Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2011-56

Common name:

Prairie Warbler

Scientific name:

(Dendroica discolor)  [Setophaga discolor]

Date: 23-25 Sept, 2011
Length of time observed:  ~ 2 -3 minutes
Number: 1
Age: likely first-fall
Sex: male
Location: St. George
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Elevation: ~ 875 m
Distance to bird: 5-10 m
Optical equipment: 10 x 42 binoculars
Weather: various
Light Conditions:  
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Small, active warbler, moving about rapidly and pumping tail. Underparts bright yellow with black streaking along sides to flanks. Upperparts olive green from crown to upper tail coverts. Wings and tail black, with very slight white edging on primaries and rectricres. White outer tail feathers visible in flight. Face with gray auricular patch and wide white eye arcs around black eye, lower eye arc bordered by broad black arc from lores to below eye, faint dark eyeline extending through eye.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: frequently gave dry chip while foraging and moving about
Behavior: very active, moving rapidly between locations, and frequently pumping tail.
Habitat: manicured hedges, ornamental plantings, and adjacent patch of native mesquite, chrysomthamnus, and atriplex.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from:  
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Found by Rob Dobbs
Date prepared: 11-17-2011
Additional material: Photo
Additional_Comments: photo taken by Rob Dobbs on 09-23-2011, and information copied from field notes written on 09-25-2011.