44-B-2018 Palm Warbler

STATUS
Pending
HOW MANY OBSERVED?
1 adult, sex unknown
DATE SIGHTING OCCURRED
DATE REPORT PREPARED
REPORTER
Kathy Eklund
OTHER OBSERVERS
The following birders observed this bird on 9-30-2018 at the same location, my residence, the following day after I initially saw it on 9-29-2018 along with my husband:
Melody Asher, Patricia Weber, Kathryn Wright-Pullium, Sarah Harris
LOCALITY OF OBSERVATION
1129 Six S Ranch Rd Declo ID 83323 (My residence)
HABITAT WHERE THE BIRD WAS OBSERVED
In my yard which is bordered by juniper, sage and farmed fields.
SIGHTING DURATION, CONDITIONS, and EQUIPMENT USED
The original sighting was from my kitchen window, when a small warbler sized bird flitted in some spent flowers just long enough for me to take note of size color and the bobbing of its tail in full daylight.
I then grabbed my binoculars and camera went outside to get pictures to aid me in identifying this bird.
I did relocate and took a few pictures. The bird was seen and heard for 3-5 minutes on this date. The call was similar to an Orange-crowned warbler. The following day, I saw and heard it briefly. Four birding friends came to my home, and we were able to relocate it and viewed it with binoculars for apx 1 minute again in full sun. It was found in juniper trees that border my yard.
DID YOU TAKE NOTES?
Yes, during the observation
DID YOU CONSULT A FIELD GUIDE OR OTHER REFERENCE WORK?
Yes, during the observation
Yes, later the same day
WHICH GUIDE(S) OR REFERENCE(S): DID YOU CONSULT?
Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America, Kenn Kaufman 2000 and Audubon Birds Pro birding app with bird sounds.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BIRD(s)
small brown gray in color, 5 inches, light line above the eye, yellow vent, constant tail bobbing.
Warbler family
BEHAVIOR OF THE BIRD(s)
Constant tail bobbing while searching for flying insects, constantly moving.
Loud Chip call was heard multiple times.
Chip call was similar to an Orange Crowned Warbler, size was similar to a Yellow-rumped Warbler, bobbing tail was similar to an American Pipit.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU POSITIVELY IDENTIFY THE BIRD, AND WHAT CLINCHED THE IDENTIFICATION FOR YOU?
I determined that it was most likely a Palm Warbler due to the size, overall look when comparing my photos to pictures in the field guide and mobile ap. Along with the yellow vent and tail bobbing.
HOW DID YOU ELIMINATE SIMILAR SPECIES? WHAT WERE THEY?
Yellow vent and tail bobbing which YRWA don't have.
WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS (AND SIMILAR) SPECIES?
I have seen Palm Warblers previously in Florida.
DESCRIBE YOUR GENERAL BIRDING EXPERIENCE
Intermediate-Experienced birder with over 10 yrs birding experience.
WERE PHOTO(S), VIDEO, AND/OR AUDIO OBTAINED FROM THIS SIGHTING?
Photo
SUPPORTING IMAGES