Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-44

Common name:

Palm Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga palmarum
Date: June 30, 2017
Time: 7:00
Length of time observed: 30 sec
Number: 1
Age: NA
Sex: NA
Location: Ponderosa CG
County: Juab
Latilong: 39.7670644,-111.7143686
Elevation: 6800 ft
Distance to bird: 10-15 ft
Optical equipment: 10x42 bino
Weather: clear, calm
Light Conditions:  good, just before sunrise with sun behind me
Description:        Size of bird: About 5in, comparable to other warblers
(Description:)       Basic Shape: comparable to other warblers
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brownish-gray
(Description:)            Bill Type:  small, narrow, pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
extensive red or rufous cap, bright yellow under tail coverts, yellow throat.
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: flitting around the branches picking at the branches, never stopping or holding still long enough to even consider trying to photo. Flew across the road and repeated action, then disappeared and could not relocate even on following days.
Habitat: Thick round bushes 8-10 ft high and dia. possibly chokecherry or similar located along a very small quiet stream
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
ruby-crowned kinglet, cap was more rufous, no wing bars, yellow throat and under tail
Virginia's warbler, red cap more extensive, yellow throat not breast, upper tail coverts brown
green-tailed towhee, rufous cap about the same but laying flat, much smaller, throat and under-tail yellow not yellow green
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Found and photographed the one on the UP rail trail in summit Co. Apr. 29 2016
References consulted: I bird pro
Description from: From memory
Observer: Neldon Kunz
Observer's address: 3980 Cowan Way, West Valley City, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: July 4, 2017
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