and Scientific names:
Black-legged Kittiwake -
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One – First Year Bird
(parish) (specific locality)
Cameron Parish – Beach around Mile
23 La 82, west of community of Holly Beach.
- Date(s) when observed:
April 26, 2014.
of day when observed:
Approximately 8:55 AM CDST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Many – LOS bird tour – M. Floyd,
C. Wright, L. Stewart, and others.
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
N. Newfield and K. Morgan who
located the bird initially and had left the location.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Bird was in the open on the far
side of a shallow pool. No shadow issues.
equipment (type, power, condition):
10 x 42 Zeiss Binoculars – good
condition and scope – don’t recall brand.
approximately 75 yards.
Beach immediately adjacent to surf
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):
Small compared to nearby Laughing Gulls. Distinct
spot behind eye. Head otherwise off white. Small black
bill. Dark primaries clearly seen. Did not see bird fly to see the distinct M-shaped black pattern on
back of wings.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
experience with this species:
I have seen Black-legged
Kittiwakes in Alaska on two occasions and once in Cameron.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
time of observation: National Geographic Field Guide and Sibley’s Field
- after observation: Peterson’s Field Guide.
description is written from: ___notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); ___note made after the observation (date: ______); __x__
Notes very limited. No real
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __signed Jay V. Huner__
date _June 15, 2011_ time 5:45 PM