This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: Burrowing Owl,  Warbler, Athene cinicularia

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

1 individual, unknown sex or age. 

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) ____Jefferson Parish______

Specific Locality: ______________Grand Isle, Grand Isle State Park_________

4. Date(s) when observed: 20 October, 2010

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 10am

6. Reporting observer and address:

Justin Hite

24409 Second St

Hayward, CA 94541



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

Slade Sapora, Michelle Curtis

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):

Very good, late morning sun directly behind as bird flew from Jetty to brush

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

No binoculars used at first (bird was 5’ away).  10x42 EL Swarovski’s just before the bird dropped into the brush.

11. Distance to bird(s):

5’ at first, bird settled about 40m away

12. Duration of observation:

About 5 seconds, maybe more

13. Habitat:

On inside of Rock Jetty at Grand Isle State Park separating brushy sandy inland from the gulf.

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

The bird was sitting in plain sight on the jetty as I approached, but I did not see it until it flushed right in front of me and slowly flew away at an angle, dropping down into the brushy growth of the State Park.  It looked back at me as it flew away.  Wing beats deep.

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):

I only saw the bird in flight.  Light brown or buff colored plumage with lots of dark and white streaking and spotting throughout back and wings.  Breast paler.  Eyes yellow with black pupils.  No horns.  Wings long with very rounded tips. Very long buff-colored legs extending beyond tip of tail when in flight.  Size, well, just about Burrowing Owl sized.  I guess this would mean maybe somewhere between the body size of a Mourning Dove or Rock Pigeon.

16. Voice:

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

No other owl has long legs. 

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


19. Previous experience with this species:

Extensive experience in California.  Also seen often in Peru. 

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

a. at time of observation:

No book used.

b. after observation:

Check in Sibley’s.

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:

100% Positive.  I’ve seen hundreds of burrowing owls, and this was absolutely a Burrowing Owl. 

23. Signature of reporter: ______________________________Date:__________Time:_______

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? _________Yes_______________

If yes, may we include your name with the report? ________Yes__________


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