LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

     This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus)

 

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): 1-2 apparent adults

3. Locality: Parish:Plaquemines

†† Specific Locality: About .6 miles upriver from entrance to Ft. Jackson and .3 miles in from Hwy 23 away from the river.

 

4. Date(s) when observed: 29 December, 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: About 1:00 p.m.

6. Reporting observer and address:

 

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA 70125

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Christie Riehl

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Rosemary Seidler joined us

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Poor (first sighting) to very good

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Eagle 10x40 binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s): 3-5 meters

12. Duration of observation: About 3 minutes total viewing time

13. Habitat: Elderberry and baccharis scrub with scattered Hackberries

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Vocalized in response to Brown-crested tape; perched, peering around; feeding on elderberries.

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): ††An obvious myiarchus with fairly bright yellow underparts from belly to undertail coverts. Grayish from belly to throat. Brownish-olive upperparts with darker brown wings with bright primary panel on folded wing. Was able to see rectrix pattern during the 2nd viewing of the bird(s) about 100 meters from where the bird(s) was first seen. The rufous in the tail extended to the tip of the rectrix. The large, long bill was all dark.

16. Voice: During both observations, the bird(s) gave various rolling calls in response to the Brown-crested tape.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Ash-throated eliminated by rectrix pattern and vocalizations. The longshot Great-crested eliminated by vocalizations and relatively pale (compared to GCFL) underparts.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Videotape with vocalizations will be submitted to the LBRC.

19. Previous experience with this species: Iíve seen several times in TX and AZ and quite a few times in LA in winter.

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

a. at time of observation: None

b. after observation: None

21. This description is written from: x memory and videotape.

 

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Yes; vocalizations and rectrix pattern are diagnostic.

23. Date: 24 January, 2012Time: 3:30 p.m.