1. English and Scientific names:  Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis

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

one, adult, sex unknown, all gray and white

3. Locality: Parish:   Jefferson____________________________________________

   Specific Locality: _Grand Isle State Park by observation tower_____________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:  4/15/2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  12:57 pm

6. Reporting observer and address:  Mary Mehaffey, Folsom, LA  70437

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):  Janine Robin, Tom Trenchard, Susan Epps

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):  bird previously reported

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  bird out in open in full light

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  8 x 40 Alpen binoculars excellent condition

11. Distance to bird(s):  35’

12. Duration of observation:  1 minute

13. Habitat:  scrub no trees

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  bird flying, flitting from branch to branch in kingbird fashion

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):  bird had black bill that was longer and thicker than Eastern Kingbird, but not as thick as the Thick-billed Kingbird, bird did not have white on tip of tail as does the Eastern Kingbird, bird seemed a little larger than an Eastern Kingbird; bird had darker gray mask

16. Voice:  did not call

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  all gray and white flycatcher, gray was a lighter shade of gray than Eastern Kingbird and bird had no black cap and no white on tip of tail so Eastern Kingbird was eliminated; bird’s coverts had white edges which Thick-billed Kingbird does not have so eliminated Thick-billed Kingbird

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  photo by Mary Mehaffey attached

19. Previous experience with this species:  seen this species twice in Florida

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

a. at time of observation:  Sibley’s Guide to Birds

b. after observation:  Sibley’s Guide to Birds, National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

21. This description is written from: __x___ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);__x___notes made after the observation (date:4/16/13_____); _____memory.

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

23. Date:_5/26/2013_________Time:_6:00 am______