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

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

3. Locality: Parish:   Orleans

   Specific Locality: Recovery mound

4. Date(s) when observed: 22 December 2012, 1 January 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 9:10-9:30 a.m. on 12/22; 9:10-9:20 a.m. on 1/1

6. Reporting observer and address: Phillip Wallace

                                                         4515 S. Prieur St.

                                                         New Orleans, LA 70125   

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Curt Sorrells, Luke Powell on 12/22

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):

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): 7-10 m

12. Duration of observation: 20 minutes on 12/22; 10 minutes 1/1

13. Habitat: In open area with scattered tallow and willow scrub atop old Recovery landfill; at edge of impoundment on 1/1/13.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Perching, peering, flycatching, calling (on 1/1/13).

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): Myiarchus with fairly long and deep all-dark bill. Yellow on belly and lower breast perhaps slightly richer and gray on upper breast perhaps slightly darker than on ATFL. Rectrix pattern shows rufous extending to tail tip rather than being stopped short by dark J pattern as shown on ATFL.

16. Voice: None on 22 December, but gave sharp up-slurred “whit” call notes in response to BCFL tape on 1 January.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Bill size and paler coloration plus tertial edgings eliminate Great-crested, which is absent in winter. Closest contender is Ash-throated, which is eliminated by rectrix pattern and voice.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photos by Wallace submitted with this report.

19. Previous experience with this species: I’ve seen on several trips out west and have seen several times in LA.

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: Input from Cardiff after initial sighting.

21. This description is written from: Notes made the afternoon of the observation and photos.


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

23. Date: 2 January 2013  Time: 12:30 p.m.