Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 8-2000

Common name:

Prothonotary Warbler

Scientific name: Protonotaria citrea
Date: 24 Sept 2000
Time: 09:00
Length of time observed: 10 min
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: male
Location: Lyttle Ranch, Beaver Dam Wash
County: Washington
Distance to bird: 12 m
Optical equipment:  
Weather: 65 F, clear, 3-10 mph wind
Light Conditions: clear sky and sun relatively high
Detailed description of bird: Chunky warbler w/ bright yellow head, breast, and belly. Undetail coverts white. Wings bluish-gray white with no other markings (e.g. wingbars). Heavy bill. No facial markings. Back olive-yellow.

(See photo)

Song or call & method of delivery: No vocalization
Behavior: Bird was foraging in willows along small stream & water impoundment. Spent most time 0.5 - 1.0 m above ground, usually close to water's edge.
Habitat: Willows along watercourse w/overstory of cottonwoods in the bottom of (Beaver Dam) wash.
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
No species similar.
Previous experience with this & similar species: Extensive experience with this species as I grew up birding in Louisiana, where this species is an abundant breeder.
References consulted: Dunn and Garrett 1997 (A Field Guide to Warblers of North America)) for age/sex determination.
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Robert Dobbs
Observer's address: 234 E. Cobble Creek Dr. #4, Cedar City, Utah  84720
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Date prepared: 14 Oct 2000
Additional material: Photo

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