Documentation of Northern Parula

Observer Information

Reporter:  Brian Fairchild  11381 Kearney Way,   Thornton, CO  80233
Other Observers:  none

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Northern Parula
First Date/Time:  1/7/2021 1:15:00 PM
Last Date/Time:  1/7/2021 1:20:00 PM
Duration (total time in view):  9 minutes
County:  Adams
Specific Location:  Location Not Listed
Number:  1
Age:  Adult
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Breeding



Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Canon EOC T3i, EFS 55-250mm lense
Distance:  15-20 feet
Light:  mostly cloudy with intermittent sun

Description of the Bird

The bird flew into the shrubbery from the South to the North over my left shoulder.  I observed the bird foraging among low branches at the top of the eastern river bank (South Platte River) just downstream of the lowhead dam South of 104th Avenue in Thornton.  In addition to foraging activity, the bird also rested near the outer edges of higher branches in the adjacent tree (sorry, I didn't think about identifying the tree species).  The bird flew back towards the South along the river bank.

Resources Used

Smithsonian Field Guide to the Birds of North America; Ted Floyd; 2008; isbn 978-0-06-112040-4; PAGE 385

The Cornel Lab  website:

Northern Parula Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology


Review of photos

Date Documentation Submitted

1/9/2021 9:43:00 AM
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