1. English and Scientific names: Bullock's Oriole, Icterus bullockii

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

1 ASY male

3. Locality: Parish:   _Cameron___________________________________________

   Specific Locality: _Oak Grove Sanctuary____________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 25 April 2014

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1110 CDT

6. Reporting observer and address: Robert C. Dobbs, Lafayette, LA

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

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

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Observed under bright, but overcast, sky, on exposed branch (not in shade).

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Swarovski 8x30 binos

11. Distance to bird(s): 10-30 m

12. Duration of observation: 2 min

13. Habitat: cheniere forest

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

     Observed bird perched on exposed branches in crowns of two trees in large gap in forest, first directly above me, at approx. 10 m distance, and subsequently at approx. 30 m distance.

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):

     Bright orange adult male oriole, approximately size of Baltimore Oriole (of which I saw several that day), with black crown/nape, lores, eye-line, chin/throat, and back. Black in wings contrasted with conspicuous large white patch on primary coverts and white edging on tertials, secondaries, and primaries.

16. Voice: First detected (and tentatively identified to species) by single, loud whistle-like call note.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Other orioles, including expected Baltimore Oriole, eliminated by combination of black crown/nape and eye-line, and conspicuous white wing patch.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached?): Photo by Robert C. Dobbs, attached.

19. Previous experience with this species: Extensive, from living in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and birding throughout western U.S. and Mexico

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

a. at time of observation: None

b. after observation: None

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:

23. Date:_18 May 2014____Time:_1455 CDT______


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