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, possibly of subspecies magister

3. Locality: Parish:   Plaquemines

   Specific Locality: Diamond

4. Date(s) when observed: 27 December 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 9:30-10:20 a.m.

6. Reporting observer and address: Phillip Wallace

                                                        New Orleans, LA 70125   

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): David Muth

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): 5-10 m

12. Duration of observation: 10 minutes

13. Habitat: Wood copse adjacent to Mississippi River levee with tallow, hackberry, mulberry scrub.

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.

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 bright yellow belly, gray breast, and pale gray throat. Brownish-olive back and crown, dark brown wings with 2 whitish wingbars. Very long, wide, and deep all-dark bill. Gray face. Rufous in spread tail extends to tail tip.

16. Voice: In response to BCFL tape, responded with partial song (whit-will-do) and loud “whit” call notes.

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. This is the 5th winter the species has been at this location.

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: Pyle and myiarchus article by Cardiff and Dittmann for subspecies.

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: 28 December 2012  Time: 5:00 p.m.