LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

     

1. English and Scientific names: Gray kingbird

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

3. Locality: Parish:_Plaquemines___________________________________________

Specific Locality: _N29*39.624 W89*58.465 about .5 miles south of Ravenna Rd. Seen flying over hwy23 from west to east and perching in a bare tree about 150ft from the hwy along with scissor-tailed flycatchers and western kingbirds______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 11/14/2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 3:00 to 3:15 pm

6. Reporting observer and address: Janine Robin13083 Blackwell Lane, Franklinton, LA 70438

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Tom Trenchard and Glenn Ousset

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): David Muth, Phillip Wallace, Tommy Harold and several others.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Poor light conditions. Very overcast. Best look was when the bird was in flight over us going from the west side of hwy23 to the east side. When it perched it was mostly silhouetted, but we could still see that it was a Gray kingbird.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Canon EOS Rebel t3i with a Sigma 70x300 lens. Steiner merlin 8x42 binoculars.

11. Distance to bird(s): About 150 to 200 ftwhen perched. Only about 30 to 40 ft when it flew over us.

12. Duration of observation: 15 minutes

13. Habitat: mixed species of trees next to a large open field on the west side of the hwy. East side was mostly a mix of trees. The tree the birds chose to perch and flycatch from was a tall, leafless tree.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): At first it remained perched with itís back to us, so it was facing east. After the STFL started flying out to catch food, it also did the same. It flew out about 10 to 20 ft, then would return to the same tree.

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): We saw the bird flying out from the west side of the hwy, so were able to view itís underside as it passed over us. White below, gray above ,a notch in itís tail. After it perched, it remained with itís back to us, but would turn itís head so that we could see itís profile. Gray above, dark line behind itís eye and a large, dark to black bill. Itís tail had no white band on the tip which even in poor lighting distinguished it from an Eastern kingbird.

16. Voice: Quiet, no audible sound.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): a bit larger than an EAKI, gray upper, not black. Larger bill than an EAKI and no white band on tip of tail which is an ID for an EAKI.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Yes, one rather poor picture due to poor lighting. Photo by Janine Robin and is attached.

19. Previous experience with this species: Seen at Honeymoon Island in FL, Grand Isle and Fort Morgan, AL

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

All agreed on the ID: Glenn Ousset, Tom Trenchard and Janine Robin

a. at time of observation: same as above

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: __x___ 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:_12/5/2013_________Time:_10:35______

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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