English and Scientific names:

Black-Headed Grosbeak

Number of individuals: 

One present


Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:

Peveto Woods Bird Sanctuary

Date(s) when observed:

October 31, 2010

Time(s) of day when observed:  

1:30 PM

Reporting observer and address:

Tom Finnie, Sulphur, LA 70665

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

Tom Maddox, Dave Patton, Jeff Harris

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Mike Musumeche on 10/30/2010 and others at LOS Weekend

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):


Optical equipment: 

Nikon D300

Distance to bird(s): 

30 yards

Duration of observation:

Two minutes


Peveto Woods Bird Sanctuary sitting in live oak tree near Dave’s Pond

Behavior of bird: 

Flew to Live Oak Tree then turned around and flew off.


See attached picture



Similar species:

Species was determined by Dave Patton and Jeff Harris as bird flew in tree.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographed by Tom Finnie.

Previous experience with this species: 


Identification aids:

Dave Patton, Jeff Harris, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America

This description is written from: 


Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


I am positive of the identification. See attached picture.

Date and time: 

10/31/2010  Time: 8:45 PM