This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for. Attach additional pages or files as necessary. Please print or type for hard copy.  For electronic copy, be sure to save this file to your computer before entering text. Attach field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed (if hard copy), mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216, or e-mail electronic copy as an attachment to Paul Edward Conover at <zoiseaux@lusfiber.net> .

1. English and Scientific names: Black-legged Kittiwake  (Rissa tridactyla)

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

         One (1) juvenile in 1st winter plumage

3.  Parish:   Cameron

     Specific Locality: west of Holly Beach

4. Date(s) when observed:

      26 April 2014

5. Time(s) of day when observed:

       around 13:30

6. Reporting observer and address:

      Marty Floyd, Cheneyville, LA 71325

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

       LOS birding group

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

       Nancy Newfield, Casey Wright and others

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

      good light

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):

     Swarovski  8x30  plus various spotting scopes

11. Distance to bird(s):

     150 m

12. Duration of observation:

     over thirty (30) minutes

13. Habitat:

      beach along Gulf observed from Hwy 82

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):

    Resting on beach with other gulls and terns

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, or for species that are known to hybridize frequently, stress features that help eliminate possible hybrids):

   Black M pattern seen when in flight or when wings raised; black spot behind eye, black tipped tail, small black bill


16. Voice:


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


18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):

      Casey Wright has photos – probably others also

19. Previous experience with this species:

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


a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

     Sibley’s verified identification

21. This description is written from:


notes made during the observation.

Are notes attached?



notes made after the observation.

At what date?      

 That night






study of images



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




23. Date:


24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its website? __Yes______________________

If yes, may we include your name with the report? ___Yes_______________