1. English and Scientific names: Burrowing Owl

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

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) Cameron Parish

Specific Locality: Hackberry Ridge


4. Date(s) when observed: December 7, 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 12:43 PM

6. Reporting observer and address: Thomas Finnie, Sulphur, LA

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Devin Bosler, Justin Bosler

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Devin Bosler / Justin Bosler (original finder of the bird)

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Blue skies

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Nikon D300

11. Distance to bird(s): Twenty yards

12. Duration of observation: Fifteen minutes

13. Habitat: Low grassy field

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

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): See picture

16. Voice: Not vocal

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): See attached picture.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photographed by me.

19. Previous experience with this species: Yes

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

a. at time of observation: Not needed

b. after observation: Not needed

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


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

23. Signature of reporter:

Name: Thomas Finnie

Date: December 12, 2011

Time: 10:00 PM