LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

 

1. English and Scientific names: Bullockís Oriole Icterus bullockii

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

one, immature/female type

3. Locality: Parish:_Jefferson ___________________________________________

†† Specific Locality: _Colonial Lane, Harahan, La,______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: October 8, 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1:00 pm

6. Reporting observer and address: Lizette Wroten, Harahan, La.

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

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): Seen in bright sunlight initially, then in dappled light created by vegetation

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Nikon Monarch 10.5 x 45 binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s): 25 feet

12. Duration of observation: 10 minutes

13. Habitat: Landscaped yard with Live Oaks and abundant nectar plants

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): I was inside, watching a warbler drink from a mister/dripper above a hanging birdbath, when this bird landed on a perch next to it. It flew to the bath and bathed, then flew into a Sasanqua and preened.

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): Medium-sized songbird with a long tail and long, pointy bill. Crown was grayish olive, wings dark grey with two white wingbars. Face was yellow with a dark eyeline. Throat, breast and undertail coverts were yellow, belly was white.

16. Voice: Did not vocalize

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Shape similar to Baltimore Oriole but lacked orangish tones of that bird. Also unlike Baltimore, belly was white, giving a definite tri-toned look to the underparts.

 

 

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photographs attached; obtained by me, taken through a window.

19. Previous experience with this species: Very little. Saw an adult male and female in the Oregon Cascades, July 2012.

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: National Geographic and Stokes Field Guides to the Birds of North America.

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

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: No. I feel confident that itís not a Baltimore, but am not familiar enough with intergrades to know if it could be one.

23. Date:__10-13-13________Time:_10:00 pm______