1. English and Scientific names: Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus)

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

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) _______Jefferson_____________________________________

Specific Locality: backyard of private resident 121 East Henfer Ave. River Ridge________________________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: September 20, 2011 and  September 23, 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 12:24pm. and Approx. 4:00pm on 20th.   Approx. 7:00am on 23rd.

6. Reporting observer and address: Craig Mineo  121 East Henfer Ave. River Ridge La.

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

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

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Bright sunlight coming from right to left above 45 degrees.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): 10x42 Nikon Monarchs, good (Craig)  8x42 Nikon Monarchs, good (Megan)  Photographed with Nikon D60 using 200mm nikkor lens

11. Distance to bird(s): 25-30 ft.

12. Duration of observation: 3-5 minutes

13. Habitat: urban (backyard feeding station)

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): feeding on black-oil sunflower seeds at platform feeder. 

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): Stocky bird with large bill consistent with Grosbeaks.  Peachy-orange wash on breast with dark wings and bold facial pattern.  Upper mandible contrast with lighter lower mandible.


16. Voice: silent

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?) photographed and video by Craig Mineo photos attached.

19. Previous experience with this species: none

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

a. at time of observation: Kaufman focus guides Birds of North America

b. after observation: Shared pictures with Dr. J V Remsen

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); ____X_memory.

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

23. Signature of reporter:  Craig Mineo  10/27/11