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: Ferruginous Hawk Buteo regalis

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): 1

3. Locality: Parish:  Cameron

   Specific Locality: Pasture North of Holly Beach

4. Date(s) when observed: 12/27/14

5. Time(s) of day when observed: ~15:30

6. Reporting observer and address: Dan O’Malley Baton Rouge

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): Sun behind and to left of observer.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Eagle Optics Ranger 8X42, Swarovski 80 mm ATM scope

11. Distance to bird(s): ~30 meters at closest 1 km at furthest

12. Duration of observation: 10 minutes

13. Habitat: Pasture/grazed wetlands

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Hovering near power lines next to road. Tucked in wings and glided north as soon as I exited my vehicle. Flew low over field and perched on ground. Flew to a different location and perched on ground again.

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): Huge Buteo. Large gape. Big head. Pale underneath. No patagial bar. Large white patches on primaries. Bold white rump patch speckled with a few well-defined spots.

16. Voice: Not heard.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): From first year RTHA by size of body, projection of head, size of gape, lack of scapular V, pattern of rump.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photos by Dan O’Malley. Attached.


19. Previous experience with this species: None.

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

a. at time of observation: Sibley.

b. after observation: Nat Geo. Crossley Raptor ID 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:__01/22/2014________Time:____1336___

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

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


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