Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2019-21

Common name:

Palm Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga palmarum
Date: 10/12/2018
Time: 1824
Length of time observed: 1 minute
Number: 1
Age: Unknown
Sex: Unknown
Location: Stone Mountain Drive, Springdale, Utah
County: Washington
Latilong: 12s 322860 4118512
Elevation: 4000
Distance to bird: 5m
Optical equipment: 10x50 binoculars
Weather: Clear
Light Conditions: Toward sunset, sun behind our mountain at least
Description:        Size of bird: Small passerine
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Drab brown with yellow highlights
(Description:)            Bill Type: Small and pointy
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
First seen naked-eye as it hopped along a branch of a cherry in my yard. Occasional chip notes were chunky - not too dissimilar from WCSP. Plain drab warbler with some yellow undertail and yellow vent. In low shrub at first and then flew into cherry and then low into juniper. Pumping tail furiously as it crept along branches. I ran and got my camera and tried to catch it but only managed to get binoculars on it briefly and no pics.
Song or call & method of delivery: Chips only, see above.
Behavior: Pumping tail and creeping along branches.
Habitat: Suburban shrubs
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Visually, several warblers are somewhat drab with yellow. Most similar to this bird and expected in this area are Virginia's Warbler and Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler. YRWA has yellow in the wrong area, however, and VIWA are grayer than drab-brown in my experience. The tail-pumping behavior was eye-catching and is distinctive for Palm Warbler among these species. The chips reinforced my ID, after the fact.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I've seen several Palm Warblers in nearby Clark County, Nevada, as well as many Palm Warblers in my previous years of birding the eastern USA.
References consulted: Sibley App, etc.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Jason Pietrzak
Observer's address: PO Box 965, Springdale, Utah 84767
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 7/7/2019
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