This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: Green-tailed Towhee, Pipilo chlorurus

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

1, adult-like plumage

3. Locality: Parish:   Vermilion Parish

   Specific Locality: Euphemon Rd., 5.7 mi WSW Kaplan, LA

4. Date(s) when observed: 28 Dec 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 7:40 am

6. Reporting observer and address: Erik I. Johnson, 102 Goodwood Cir., Lafayette, LA 70508

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Marty Guidry found and identified the bird, then put me on it.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): bright morning light at about 90 deg to right.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): 10 x 42 Swarovski EL binoculars, Nikon D100 with Nikon 80-400 ED lens

11. Distance to bird(s): 5 to 15 meters

12. Duration of observation: I saw it for about 5 minutes, Marty had seen it off and on for about 15

13. Habitat: hedgerow in agricultural landscape; lots of Rubus sp., various forbs, and woody shrubs

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Responded to playback with mews and other squeaky calls, feeding intermittently.

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): Rufous crown, white throat and malar broken by blackish line, olive green wings and tail, otherwise largely gray.

16. Voice: mewing and twitter-squeaking; fairly unique sounds

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Olive Sparrow without rufous crown, Swamp Sparrow without olive-green tones, Rufous-crowned Sparrow has eyeline and gray throat.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Yes, photos by EIJ:



More available upon request.

19. Previous experience with this species: 3rd bird seen in LA this December, seen once before in AZ 15+ years ago.

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

a. at time of observation: none

b. after observation: Sibley Guide to North American Birds

21. This description is written from: _____ 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: 14 Jan 2012     Time: 10:00pm

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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