LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

 

1. English and Scientific nameBroad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris

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

1 individual, female, ?, green back, white eye stripe with black cheek, large paddle shaped tail mostly blue, red under beak near chin

3. Locality: Parish:†† St. Tammany

†† Specific Locality: Antenor St., Mandeville

4. Date(s) when observed: FO: 1/2/2013, seen again on 1/26/2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed: On 1/2/2013 seen in late afternoon, on 1/26/2013 seen in morning around 10:30

6. Reporting observer and address: Claire Thomas, Antenor St., Mandeville, LA 70471

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): none

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Linda Beall identified the bird from photos taken by Claire on 1/26/2013

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): On first occasion it was cloudy/raining. On second occasion it was sunny with light coming from the east.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Eagle Optics 10x50 Ranger, Nikon D80 with 55-200mm lens attached

11. Distance to bird(s): 5-10ft.

12. Duration of observation: FO: 2mins. Second: It came in to feed at a Red Buckeye tree and Pineapple Sage bush 3 times landing each time in a Swamp Rose for several seconds before taking off.

13. Habitat: Backyard within a suburban neighborhood which is kept in a natural state using natives and herbal plants. There is also a bog, woodpile and water drip.

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

The bird was feeding at a Red Buckeye tree and Pineapple Sage plant. I was on my deck messing around when it flew in over my head to the Red Buckeye then it went to the Sage. It flew into a Swamp Rose that hangs over the bog and sat for a few seconds and I was then able to snap a few pictures.

 

It was observed pumping itís tail in flight. I also observed itís white eye stripe with black cheek color and knew it was something different than what has been in my yard. I also observed itís blue tail color and the red color under itís beak near itís chin.

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):

It has a white eye stripe which is not present on the Rufous or Calliope which are also present in my yard. It seemed larger than those birds and had a completely green back. Itís tail when first observed seemed black but the second time I saw it I could see it was actually blue. Itís tail seemed to me to be larger and more paddle shaped than other birds Iíd seen. The red under itís beak was only seen on the second occasion. While feeding from the flowers itís tail pumped. It also has a slightly de-curved beak which my other over-winters do not have.

16. Voice: I have not heard it.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): I am not familiar with any other similar species from this area with a white eye stripe and blue tail.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): I, Claire Thomas, took several pictures and they will be attached.

19. Previous experience with this species: none

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

Petterson Field Guides: Hummingbirds of North America, Linda Beall (registered hummingbird bander)

a. at time of observation: Petterson Field Guides: Hummingbirds of North America

b. after observation: Petterson Field Guides: Hummingbirds of North America, Linda Beall (registered hummingbird bander)

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

23. Date: 1/27/2013 Time: 4.11pm (Iím assuming this is the date and time that Iím filling this out since Iíve already entered the date and time of observation.