Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2021-55

Common name:

Hooded Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga citrina
Date: 9/26/2021
Time: 12:30 PM
Length of time observed: 5 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Male
Location: Santa Clara River (below Baker Reservoir)
County: Washington
Latilong: 37.373100, -113.646107
Distance to bird: 5 meters
Optical equipment: 10x42 binoculars and 500 mm lens
Weather: Sunny, warm
Light Conditions: Shade
Description:        Size of bird: Small passerine
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Warbler
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Mostly yellow with black and white
(Description:)            Bill Type: Thin, straight (insectivorous)
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
An extensively yellow warbler (dark greenish-yellow above and bright yellow below). No wing bars. A black hood begins at the top of its crown and connects to a black throat below, enclosing a bright yellow face. Dusky lores, and a relatively thin, dark bill. When observed from below, it showed extensive white under-tail with darker outer edges. This stark white tail contrasted from its otherwise entirely bright yellow underparts. Pinkish legs.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: Repeatedly gave "chink" calls
Behavior: Actively flitting through dense understory and low tree branches. Mostly observed at or near eye level.
Habitat: Riparian - many large Cottonwoods and Box Elder trees with fairly dense understory. Riparian zone surrounded by pinyon/juniper woodland.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Nothing is very similar but for the sake of covering all bases:

Male Wilson's Warbler: lacks the black hood and throat, and stark white under-tail.

Kentucky Warbler: eliminated by combination of plumage details previously described. Would also appear shorter-tailed.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
One previous observation of Hooded Warbler (see UBRC 2018-55)
References consulted: None needed for ID, but I matched up the call notes later using the Sibley App.
Description from: From memory
From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mike Schijf
Observer's address: 109 S 330 W Ivins, UT 84738
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 9/27/2021
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: