and Scientific names:
Gray Flycatcher, Empidonax wrightii
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One bird, winter plumage.
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Vermilion Parish, Levee on south side of White Lake Wetland
Conservation Area Nature Walk Area at end of LA 91, immediately north of the
November 18, 2011.
of day when observed:
Around 9:45 AM CST.
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
Boyce, Louisiana 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Bird somewhat backlit but easy to see moving back and forth
across an open levee in shrubs and small trees framing levee.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars.
Approximately 5 minutes.
Levee in ricefields adjacent to
marsh. Levee was about 15’ wide and flanked on both sides by small trees – hackberry,
live oak, and tallow – and shrubs, especially baccarus
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
The bird was actively flycatching
moving ahead of us once we found it. We followed it for about 150’ before
(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 saw a small empid with wing
bars, whitish loral area, and dull white eye ring.
Color was grayish-green back and yellowish belly.
I could not hear the bird. Both Cardiff and Dittmann stated
that it was whitting.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
I depended on Cardiff and Dittmann to verify identification.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
I will be submitting several images by e-mail. They are poor
quality compared to those taken by Dittmann.
experience with this species:
Had seen one individual in Arizona in April 2004.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
time of observation: Sibley’s Field Guide
observation: National Geographic Field Guide
description is written from: ___notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); _x_notes made after the observation
= review of images (date: _11-21-11_); _x_ memory.
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
Yes, based on explanations provided by Dittmann and Cardiff.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date_11-21-11_ time