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 immature male

3. Locality: Parish:_Jefferson___________________________________________

†† Specific Locality: Residential yard between Colonial Golf Course and Mississippi River batture in Harahan, La_______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 1-26-12

5. Time(s) of day when observed: approx. 16:30

6. Reporting observer and address:


Lizette Wroten

Harahan La

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

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

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Late in the day but light was good, with sun behind observer

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Nikon Monarch 10.5 x 45 good condition

11. Distance to bird(s): approx. 30 feet

12. Duration of observation: approx. 30 minutes

13. Habitat: residential yard with mature trees and shrubs, black-oil sunflower seed feeder

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): First saw the bird perched in a large Burford Holly, eyeing the sunflower seed feeder. It flew to the feeder briefly, then to the ground where it foraged for several minutes. It then flew to the feeder again and ate sunflower seeds for approx. 10 minutes. The bird then flew to a Sasanqua camellia and surveyed the available water features, before flying to a hanging saucer birdbath for a drink. It returned to the camellia, then the feeder again briefly before startling and flying out of the yard.

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): Typical Grosbeak shape and massive bill. Blackish-grey head, wings and tail with white wingbars, supercilium and malar stripe. Breast cinnamon, fading to tawny buff on belly. Yellow wing linings visible when bird flew.

16. Voice: Did not vocalize

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Rose-breasted Grosbeak; the breast was more intensely colored than an immature male RBGR and the wing linings were yellow, lacked the heavy streaking of a female

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photographs taken by Lizette Wroten, attached

19. Previous experience with this species: Hosted an immature male for several weeks in a previous winter

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: National Geographic Field Guide, Petersonís Eastern Birds, confirmed id with David Muth

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. Date:_3-7-12_________Time:_10:45______