1. English and Scientific names:  Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens

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


3. Locality: Parish:   Jefferson ____________________________________________

   Specific Locality:  Sureway Woods on Grand Isle in large fenced area of Turk’s Cap_______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:  12/24/12

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  11:12 am – 11:27 am

6. Reporting observer and address:  Mary Mehaffey, Folsom, LA   70437

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

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

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  partly cloudy, sunlight on turk’s cap

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  8 x 40 Alpen binoculars, excellent condition

11. Distance to bird(s):  12’



12. Duration of observation:  15 minutes

13. Habitat:  large garden area of Turk’s Cap next to house near oak woods

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

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 about 5” in length, warbler size, black bill, black eye, yellow lores, white supercilium, gray stripe through eye, white throat, white wing bars, black legs

16. Voice:  did not call or sing

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  yellow-rumped warbler, this bird had no yellow on body except lores

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  picture taken by Mary Mehaffey

19. Previous experience with this species: seen numerous times in Arizona

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

a. at time of observation:  11:12 am

b. after observation:  11:17 am

21. This description is written from: __x___ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);__x___notes made after the observation (date: 12/24/12); _____memory.

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

23. Date:_2/27/13_________Time:  9:45 am_______