Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-17

Common name:

Northern Parula

Scientific name: Setophaga americana
Date: 5/13/2020
Time: 12:17 PM
Length of time observed: 2 minutes
Number: 1
Location: Antelope Island (Garr Ranch)
County: Davis
Distance to bird: About 40 feet at the closest.
Optical equipment: Observed through my camera lens 70-200mm with a 2X teleconverter
Weather: We saw the bird shortly after a rain storm that started around 9 AM. The wind had just died down and the clouds were starting to dissipate. It was sunny and calm about 15 minutes after the sighting.
Light Conditions: overcast with some of the observations taking place in the shade of the Russian Olives.
Description:        Size of bird: Small (warbler size) 4-5"
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Blue-gray back, Yellow-orange throat and chest, white belly
(Description:)            Bill Type: small with a sharp point
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Blue-gray head, back and wings
White belly, eye arcs and wing bars
Yellow chin and chest with a dark band between the chin and chest and a red patch at the top of the chest just below the dark band.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Feeding in a mixed flock of warblers, vireos, kinglets, sparrows and flycatchers.
Habitat: Russian Olive trees along a fence line in the middle of a grassy field.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
The closest common Utah bird I can think of is the adult male (Audubon's) Yellow-rumped Warbler which does not have the yellow chest with the red-orange patch at the top.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen 4 years ago almost to the day at the same location.
eBird checklist with photos:
References consulted: I recognized and called out the name of the bird immediately. My son and daughter looked it up on the Audubon app on my phone after we lost track of it.
Description from: From memory
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Cullen Clark
Observer's address: 146 East 200 South
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Britney Clark
Calvin Clark
Date prepared: 5/14/2020
Additional material: Photos   eBird checklist
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