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): one

3. Locality: Parish:_St Tammany___________________________________________

†† Specific Locality: _Madisonville boat launch at the end of Lake rd. Bird on channel marker.______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 1/5/2014 Other dates reported on another long form

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1:11 PM

6. Reporting observer and address: Janine Robin, Franklinton, LA 70438

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Chris Brantley, Rosemary Seidler, Casey Wright, Mary Mehaffey, Glenn Ousset and many others

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): An overcast day with a cold front approaching. Windy with no shadows or shade, just a gray day.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Steiner nocs 8x42 and Bausch and Lomb scope 60x.

11. Distance to bird(s): approx. Ĺ to ĺ miles from shore.

12. Duration of observation: 5 minutes

13. Habitat: Lake Pontchartrain on channel marker#2.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Bird seen on channel marker and it was preening. Only stayed about 5 minutes, then took off again.

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): Bird was close to cormorant size. Could make out itís dramatic demarcation between brown on breast/head and white on itís belly. Long tail. Bill very light colored, flesh colored.

16. Voice: Not heard

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): donít know of another bird that looks like this one.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): no pictures on this day. Other photos submitted on another long form.

19. Previous experience with this species: None except seeing this one on 4 other visits to the boat launch.

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

a. at time of observation: Other birders

b. after observation:†† Kaufman and Natl Geo field guides.

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);__x___notes made after the observation (date:__1/5/14 in eBird___); ___x__memory.

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

23. Date:_2/23/14_________Time:___5:20pm____

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________________

 

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