1. English and Scientific names: Gray Kingbird

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


3. Locality: Parish: Plaquemines____________________________________________

Specific Locality: _1) About mile down-river from Becnel farm/W. Ravenna Rd. on Hwy 23 2) At Becnel Farm/W. Ravenna Rd. _____________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 1) Nov. 10, 2013 and 2) Jan. 26, 2014

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1) Nov. 10 about 7:30 a.m.; 2) Jan. 26, about 5:30 p.m.

6. Reporting observer and address: Dan Purrington, Metairie, LA 70003

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

Phillip Wallace, David Muth

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

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): 1) Nov. 10 excellent, sun behind observers;2) Jan. 26, difficult, backlighting, sun low.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): 10x42 binoculars and 20-60X Kowa scope

11. Distance to bird(s): 1) Nov. 10 as close as 50-60 ft. ;2) Jan. 26, 75 yds perched in tree.

12. Duration of observation: 1) Nov. 10, up to 20 minutes; 2) Jan. 26, less than 5.

13. Habitat: 1) brushy habitat w/scattered large trees; 2) large trees around Becnel House

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): 1) Initally in top of large tree w/ WEKIs, then low in nearby brush; with about 8 other flycatchers; 2) perched high in tree, with WEKIs.

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): kingbird with white underparts, gray back and wings, tail slightly forked, no white on tip, black mask, very heavy bill.

16. Voice: did not vocalize

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): E. Kingbird (not recorded in winter), white on tip of tail, more contrasty black/white plumage, smaller bill, no mask

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): excellent photos (RDP)

19. Previous experience with this species: In LA, 5 previous times; also FL.

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


a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);__x___notes made after the observation (date:_____); ___x__memory.

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

23. Date:___Feb. 22, 2014_______Time:_______