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 - age/sex uncertain

3. Locality: LOUISIANA   Parish:      Jefferson                  Specific locality:    Grand Isle - entrance road to Exxon property.

4. Date(s) when observed:   April 12, 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed:    mid-morning.

6. Reporting observer and address:  Glenn Ousset

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):    Dan Carroll and Warren Preble.

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Joelle Finley, Ken Harris, et al.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  Good; partly cloudy (no shade).

10. Optics:   Glenn - Zeiss 10x42; other birders optics not noted.

11. Distance to bird(s):     Variable, about 50' at the closest and about 200' at the furthest.

12. Duration of observation:   About 30 minutes on and off.

13. Habitat:     Open field of relatively short grass.

14. Behavior of bird/circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  Sallied from low perches and periodically went to the ground. Moved about in area of short grass.

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):   Body size about the size of Eastern Kingbird.  Black cap, gray wings and back (lighter than what is usually illustrated), white underside from throat to undertail coverts. Long outer tail feathers, but shorter than breeding adult.

16. Voice:   None heard; silent.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):     Eastern Kingbird eliminated by much lighter back and long outer tail feathers.

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

19. Previous experience with this species:   Seen previously in Costa Rica and Plaquemines Parish.

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

     a. at time of observation:      Sibley.

     b. after observation:             Sibley.

21. This description is written from:  [ ] notes made during the observation ([ ]notes attached?)   

[ ] notes made after the observation (date:                   );       [X]memory -- of composed description.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain:     Yes.

23. Signature of reporter:                     Glenn Ousset                                                   Date/Time:   12/5/13  4:00PM

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or portions of this report on its webite?    [X]Yes           [ ]No

If yes, may we include your name with the report?      [X]Yes              [ ]No