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:   Plaquemines____________________________________________

   Specific Locality: _Foster’s Rd off Hwy 23  near W Pointe a la Hache ______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:  1/28/12

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  10:28 am and again at 10:55 am

6. Reporting observer and address: 


Mary Mehaffey 

Folsom, LA 70437

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):  Cham Mehaffey, Susan Epps

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

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  Partly cloudy, bird in good light

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  Alpen 8 x 43 binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s):  10’, 20’

12. Duration of observation:  3 minutes and then a little later 1 minute

13. Habitat:  Weedy field with woods at back

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  responded to call immediately; calling and flying from tree to tree and resting

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):  large dark bill, brown flycatcher with grey throat, light yellow belly, off white edges of tertial feathers about same size as Great-crested Flycatcher but much paler yellow belly and longer bill  

16. Voice:  Loud “keerp” repeated in response to Brown-crested Flycatcher call played

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  Brown-crested Flycatcher – this bird was less colorful than Brown-crested with paler yellow belly and brown tail

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  photos by Mary Mehaffey sent to Paul Conover

19. Previous experience with this species:  Seen in Plaquemines Parish before; Texas, Arizona

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:  Sibley’s Guide to Birds

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);__x___notes made after the observation (date: 1/29/12_); __x___memory.

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

23. Date:__2/3/12________Time:_7:10 am______