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 probable adult

3. Locality: Parish: Plaquemines

Specific Locality: Adjacent to Diamond Recreation Center

4. Date(s) when observed: 21 January, 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 10:45-11:00 a.m.

6. Reporting observer and address:

 

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA 70125

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): None that Im aware of.

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

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

11. Distance to bird(s): 5-7 meters

12. Duration of observation: 5-6 minutes

13. Habitat: Small wood copse with willow, hackberry, elderberry, and dried giant ragweed stalks; at base of levee on River (Diamond) Rd.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Responding to iPod; flycatching; perched, looking around. Ranged from 1-5 meters off ground.

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): Obvious myiarchus with pale yellow from lower breast to undertail coverts; pale gray from lower breast to whitish throat. Brownish-olive upperparts with darker brown wings with two pale wingbars and rufous primary panel on folded wing. Prominent brownish crest at times contrasting with gray face. Rectrix pattern with rufous going to tail tip seen well. Large, long all-dark bill.

16. Voice: Various rolling calls along with strong whit call given several times.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Ash-throated eliminated by rectrix pattern and vocalizations. Long shot Great Crested eliminated by pale coloration of underparts and vocalizations.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Stills from video accompany this report. Video with vocalizations will be submitted to LBRC.

19. Previous experience with this species: Ive seen several times in TX and AZ, as well as 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 notes made an hour after the observation and video.

 

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Yes

23. Date: 24 January, 2012 Time: 5:30 p.m.

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its website? Yes

 

If yes, may we include your name with the report? Yes