Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2020-28

Common name:

Bay-breasted Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga castanea
Date: 08-08-2020
Time: 4:45pm
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: adult
Sex: male
Location: Duck Creek USFS Visitor Center
County: Kane
Latilong: 37.5156235,-112.7000338
Elevation: 8,800ftish
Distance to bird: Less than 3m
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x42 Binoculars
Weather: Sunny,clear, 70F
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: 5.5 inches
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Shape: small passerine
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: orange and black
(Description:)            Bill Type: typical warbler
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I was sitting at a picnic table watching the hummingbird feeders at the Visitor Center, when I noticed a warbler fly into a tree nearby, then it hopped to the ground and went to the bird bath less than 10ft away. Reddish-orange flanks and throat, black head, yellow nape, white belly, black wings with 2 white wing bars, and black tail with white outer tail feathers. It was molting and pretty scruffy looking, but still to brightly colored to be anything but an adult male Bay-breasted Warbler
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Visiting a bird bath and bathing, also perching in spruce nearby
Habitat: Mixed conifer and Aspen forest
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
No other warblers are similar in breeding plumage, very distinctive
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Yes, I had one in Liberty Park SLC Oct. 2013. I've also saw a few in Colomibia Jan. 2019
References consulted: Audubon Birds app, iBird Pro App
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 84102
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: James Loveless and Terry Reid found it on later dates
Date prepared: 8-13-2020
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: eBird checklist: