1. English and Scientific names:  Anna’s Hummingbird

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage):

1 immature bird; sex unknown

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) East Baton Rouge

Specific Locality: Tulip Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

4. Date(s) when observed: 1/21/2012; 1/25/2012 and 1/28/2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  8:00 – 11:00 AM

6. Reporting observer and address:


Jeffrey W. Harris

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):  On 1/21/2012 the Baton Rouge Winter Hummingbird Tour (Dennis Demcheck’s group) had 15 folks see the bird.

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):  Perhaps Nancy Newfield – she tried trapping the bird in subsequent visits but really never got a great look.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  bright sunny day

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): 8 x 40 binoculars; Alpen; good condition

11. Distance to bird(s): 10 feet

12. Duration of observation:  each visit to feeders was marked by fighting with dominant Rufous hummingbirds; so the longest observations were 1-2 minutes when the bird could hide and feed at the same time

13. Habitat:  suburban yard with 15 hummingbird feeders

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  feeding and fighting for opportunity to feed

15. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species):  A mostly green-back bird with grayish white belly and vest; the bird had a distinct fish-scale appearance because of gray feather edges

16. Voice:  I could not distinguish the voice of this bird from all of the Rufous chase calls.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  The bird seemed larged and stouter than Archilochus species

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  Kim Welsh got the only photograph of the bird;  it is attached in this email.

19. Previous experience with this species:  I have seen many in California; saw the one at Dr. Remsen’s in late 2011; and I had an adult female in my yard a few years ago.

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification):

a. at time of observation:  none

b. after observation:  Williamson’s guide to hummingbirds

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); __X___memory.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: yes; Steve Cardiff, Donna Dittman and Van Remsen have all ID the bird from the photo as an Anna’s.

23. Signature of reporter: Jeffrey W. Harris  Date: 3/1/2012  Time:  8:30 AM