Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
and Scientific names:
Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One – Male
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
St. Tammany – Home of Claire Thomas, 19170 Antenor, Mandeville, LA
Date(s) when observed:
January 19, 2012
of day when observed:
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Claire Thomas, Janine Robin, and Mary Mehaffey
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Good light when bird first observed and seen clearly.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars
Various – 100 to 200 feet.
Off and on for 10-15 minutes.
Suburban backyard. Previously pineland area.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
(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 similar in size to Northern
Cardinal. Heavy, blunt bill. Blackish above
with white stippling and wing bars. Cinnamon below.
Bird was silent.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Black wings with wing bars and
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
Huner photos to be submitted. Others taken by Robin and Mehaffey.
They may submit them.
experience with this species:
Seen often on several extended birding
trips to Arizona, California, and Oregon.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
- at time of observation: Sibley’s Field Guide; National
Geographic Field Guide.
description is written from: _x_notes made
during the observation (notes attached?); ___note made after the observation
(date: ______); _x_ memory.
you positive of your identification? If not, explain. Yes.
“BHGB ~ 19170 Antenor,
Mandeville, LA. Home of Claire Brown with Janine Robin
& Mary Mehaffey. Found around 12:30 PM.
Male bright cinnamon below. Black with sponts
on wing. Heavy Bill. BHB – Seen in bare trees
in adjacent backyard. Observed about 15 minutes. Cloudy. Warm – high 60s F, Calm.
- date_02-13-2012_ time 6:25 PM.