1. English and Scientific names: Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens)

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): 1 immature female

3. Locality: Parish:Jefferson

†† Specific Locality: Grand Isle; Sureway Woods


4. Date(s) when observed: 2 December 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 11:25-11:35

6. Reporting observer and address: Phillip Wallace


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7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Dan Purrington (discovered), David Muth

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): None that I know of.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Good. We were able to maneuver around bird to get the sun behind us.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Eagle 10x40 binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s): 5-10 m

12. Duration of observation: Bird constantly in view for 10 minutes

13. Habitat: Woods near the parking area behind the Sureway; hackberry and live oak

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

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): Warbler; white below with coarse black streaking on the flanks; gray above with darker gray wings and two white wingbars; black auricular patch bordered by white above and below; yellow spot in loral area. White throat and absence of black breast band indicates immature female.

16. Voice: None

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Forages differently from Black-and-white; distinctive facial pattern.

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

19. Previous experience with this species: Iíve many times out west and several times in LA

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: Dunn and Garrett for aging.

21. This description is written from: x memory and photos.


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

23. Date: 3 December 2012Time: 8:00 p.m.