• Yellow Warbler

    Common NameYellow Warbler
    Scientific NameSetophaga petechia
    Type of ReportOut-of-Season
    Date of Observation12/05/2017
    MediaOther Documentation of Observation
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameSpencer Hardy
    Mailing Address133 Tucker Hill Rd
    Norwich, VT 05055
    United States
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    Date Completed12/05/2017
    Latitude of Observation44.0168454
    Longitude of Observation-73.1842661
    Place NameMiddlebury beaver pond
    Vermont eBird Checklist URLebird.org
    Time of Day09:45 AM
    Length of Time Observed3 mins
    Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)50
    Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)25
    Noteworthy Weather Conditions

    49°F with a strong and gusty south wind

    Optical Equipment Used for Observation

    Minox 8x42

    Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species

    193 ebird observations, 20+ banded. Familiar with all other possible warblers

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    Description of Habitat

    A strip of invasive deciduous scrub and junipers along a large cattail marsh and beaver pond border by suburban house on one side and farm field on the other. YEWA associating with a single chickadee

    Behaviors Observed

    Following a chickadee that approached me in response to pishing. Flitting through 15' high brush, maybe a bit on the slower side for a warbler

    Description of Vocalizations


    Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation

    Without binos I noticed a yellow bird, which was immediately ID as a YEWA through binoculars. I watched it for several minutes with relatively good views. Another minute or two spent trying to document with my phone

    Relative Size & Shape

    A chubby warbler


    Clean yellow face with a large dark eye

    Feet & Bill

    Thickish bill, perhaps a grayish-pink. Legs were pale

    Upper Back

    A dull greenish-yellow

    Lower Back & Rump

    A dull greenish-yellow


    Slightly greener than back, no markings

    Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts

    A brighter yellow (including under tail coverts). Dingy greenish streaking on breast


    I did not notice the diagnostic tail pattern

    IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?

    The thick bill and large eye immediately said YEWA, the yellow under tail coverts eliminate TEWA and the lack of facial markings along with the thick bill eliminate OCWA

    Other Notes & Comments

    Likely an immature, no red on chest

    This report was written from notes taken:During the Observation

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