LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

 

1. English and Scientific names: Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)

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

3 individuals, sex unknown, 2 adults, 1 unknown age

3. Locality: Parish: Cameron Parish ____________________________________________

Specific Locality: Northeastern area of Calcasieu Lake observed with scope from Miguel St. ______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 11/1/2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed: morning, 8:50am 9:30 am

6. Reporting observer and address: Mary Mehaffey; 84305 Cobblestone Ct., Folsom, LA 70437

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Cham Mehaffey, Marty Floyd, Dan Lane

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Tom Finney on different date

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

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Brunton Scope 20 x 60

11. Distance to bird(s): 1/3 mile

12. Duration of observation: 40 minutes

13. Habitat: inland lake about 20 miles from gulf

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): two perched on oil platform, one flying around the oil platform; the two perched eventually flew around platform

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): booby type bird, with dark brown head, neck, and breast, white belly with distinct line dividing brown and white color. Light colored large pointed bill, entire upper wings, body back, and back of head were all dark brown

16. Voice: did not hear any calls

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): juvenile Northern Gannet has dark brown head but no bright white belly, the adult Northern Gannet has bright white belly but no dark brown on head

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): poor photo Mary Mehaffey, attached

19. Previous experience with this species: First time observation

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

a. at time of observation: The Sibley Guide to Birds; David Sibley

b. after observation: National Geographic Field Guild to the Birds of North America

21. This description is written from: _x____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); _____memory.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Yes

23. Date:_1/18/2014_________Time:_6:00 am______