1. English and Scientific names: Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus savana

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

One, likely immature

3. Locality: Parish:   __Jefferson__________________________________________

   Specific Locality: __161 Willow Lane, Grand Isle___________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 19 April 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 0800 CDT

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

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Bill Fontenot and many others; originally found by Glenn Ousset, I think.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Seen in the open, and in shade of mulberry tree, under overcast conditions.

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

11. Distance to bird(s): As close as 30 m

12. Duration of observation: 30 min

13. Habitat: Manicured yard and scrub/disturbed area bordering salt marsh

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

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): Shape/structure/posture typical of Tyrannus. Notably long tail feathers, although not as long as typical adult Fork-tailed Flycatcher, suggesting an immature bird. Black cap/auriculars contrasted with white throat and submoustacial/malar, which extended back toward nape creating a collared effect. Dark gray upperparts.

16. Voice: Did not vocalize

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Black cap/auriuclars and dark back and tail contrasting with unmarked white underparts superficially recalls Eastern Kingbird. Eastern Kingbird eliminated by long tail; Eastern Kingbird also lacks collared look of white on throat/submoustacial area extending back toward nape. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher eliminated by black cap/auriculars.

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

19. Previous experience with this species: Extensive experience in Bolivia, where it is a common austral migrant

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

a. at time of observation: None

b. after observation: Nat Geo Complete Birds of North America

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: Yes, positive

23. Date:_29 January 2014___Time:__1000 CST_____

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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