1. English and Scientific names:  Burrowing Owl  Athene cunicularia

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

3. Locality: Parish:  Cameron ____________________________________________

   Specific Locality: _Hackberry Ridge______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:  12/23/11

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  11:50 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):  previously reported

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  overcast, no sun visible

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  Alpen binoculars 8 x 42

11. Distance to bird(s):  20 ft

12. Duration of observation:  8 minutes

13. Habitat: short grass and dirt field with culvert under dirt road; owl by culvert

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  resting on ground by culvert; stood up at one point

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):  brown owl with white spots and yellow eyes, white belly with brown spots, whitish legs

16. Voice:  did not call

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  Elf Owl, this owl was larger and had more spots and elf owls are not usually on the ground

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  photo by Mary Mehaffey sent to Paul Conover

19. Previous experience with this species:  Seen in Texas and California

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

previously reported in this location by other birders

a. at time of observation:  Sibley’s Western Bird guide

b. after observation:  Sibley’s Western Bird guide

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: Yes

23. Date:_2/1/11_________Time: 4:15 pm_______