Louisiana Bird Records Committee
and Scientific names:
Anna’s Hummingbird, Calypte anna
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One, identified by Dr. J. V. Remsen as a
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Iberville Parish, Yard of Dr. J. V. Remsen, Pecan Drive, St.
January 13, 2012
of day when observed:
2:10 – 2:25 PM CST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
Dr. J. V. Remsen
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
In light afternoon shade with light over
my shoulder. Good view of bird.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars
Heavily grown up suburban yard –
bottomland hardwood forest area. Bird associated with several very large
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird flew to a sugar water feeder. Rested
in bare tree limbs within 50-100 feet of the feeder. Sometimes flew well
above the tops of the bushes and small trees in the area. Chittered/ticked
(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):
Medium-sized hummingbird. Back a
bright metallic green. Underside grayish with some green.
Bill was straight and not especially longish.
Bird chittered/ticked periodically.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Female and immature winter hummingbirds are pretty
non-descript and several species were present in the area. However, Dr. Remsen
assured me that the bird was indeed a female Anna’s Hummingbird.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
Photographs were submitted some weeks ago. Finally sending long form.
experience with this species:
I have recorded Anna’s Hummingbird on several trips to
California and at least once in Louisiana. Birds in California were in breeding
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
time of observation: Sibley’s Field Guide
observation: National Geographic Field Guide
description is written from: _x_notes made
during the observation (notes attached?); ___note made after the
observation (date: ______); __x__ memory.
Remsen St. Gabriel, LA 01-13-2012 2:10 PM – 2:25 PM. Medium
hummingbird. Metalic green back. Straight black bill. Gray front. White triangle back of eye.
Working area around feeders marked by flags. Vocalizations – rapid ticking.
Anna’s Hummingbird female. Did not notice any colored feathers in gorget area.
you positive of your identification? If not, explain. Yes
- date 02/26/2012 time 7:25 PM