Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Scientific name: Dendroica Pensylvanica
Date: September 15, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: 1st year
Sex: Female
Location: Garr Ranch, Antelope Island
County: Davis
Latilong: 40.92529819760189,-112.16646730899811
Elevation: 5,308 feet
Distance to bird: 5 feet at one point. Stayed very close and gave good looks.
Optical equipment: Nikon Monarchs
Weather: Overcast with a little sun shining through
Light Conditions: Good lighting.
Description:        Size of bird: Small and warbler size
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Small bird
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Gray face, chest, and underparts
(Description:)            Bill Type: small sharp bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bold White eye-ring and gray face, chest, and underparts with yellowish crown and back extending down to the tail. Two white wing bars.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Not singing or calling.
Behavior: The bird first flew into an tree just above the spring then worked its way down to the spring and hopped around on the ground and in the bushes for a while then flew off.
Habitat: Spring area, Tall trees with smaller growth below.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Yellow and Nashville Warbler. Told apart from the Nashville Warbler by the Yellow on the head and back, wing bars, and gray underparts. Told apart from yellow warbler by, bold white eye-ring (some Yellow Warblers show eye-ring) Bright yellowish back and rump, wing bars, and gray underparts and face.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I've been back east and have seen a lot of these birds in Non-breeding and breeding plumage.
References consulted: The Sibley Guide to Birds.
Description from: From memory
Observer: Kendall Watkins
Observer's address: 2622 Dry Creek Drive Riverton, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
  Dave Hanscom, Paul Higgins, and many others.
Date prepared: September 28, 2012
Additional material: Photos