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

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

3. Locality: Parish:  Jefferson

   Specific Locality: Orleans Ave Grand Isle

4. Date(s) when observed: 4/19/13

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1435

6. Reporting observer and address: Dan O’Malley Lafayette

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Michael Seymour

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Sun behind observers.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Eagle Optics Ranger 8X42

11. Distance to bird(s): 15 meters

12. Duration of observation: 10 minutes

13. Habitat: Open marshy fields mixed with residential area

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Perched for minutes at a time, making some short forays into the air for insects, as well as longer flights to perch in other spots in the same general area. Also aggressive interactions with EAKI.

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): Slender bird with smallish bill. White ventrally, gray dorsally. Black cap and face mask. Long tail.

16. Voice:

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): EAKI by size, coloration, and tail length and pattern.

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


19. Previous experience with this species: None

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

a. at time of observation: None. (Stake-out bird).

b. after observation: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: Yes

23. Date:__4/30/13________Time:____1630___