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

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

one not sure of age or sex

3. Locality: Parish:   ______Rapides______________________________

   Specific Locality: _  Elbow Slough WMA______________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:  11/11/2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  4 pm

6. Reporting observer and address:  Rosemary Seidler, Shreveport, LA  rseidler@centenary.edu

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

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): bird was in and out of sunlight in a thicket

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  10x Swarowski bins.

11. Distance to bird(s):  20 ft

12. Duration of observation:  2 min

13. Habitat:  trees and bramble/shrubs surrounding a dry impoundment manages dove dove and waterfowl hunting


14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): skulking in a tangle of brush chipping and “mewing.”  Agitated when I played its call.

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):  sparrow sized bird with long olive green tail.  Olive green wings with no clear wing bars.  Peaked on top of head was rufous but not strongly so.

16. Voice: chips, mew

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):

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

19. Previous experience with this species:  Seen several times in Utah and west Texas

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

Jay Huner posted seeing the bird so I knew what to look for when I went to search for it. 

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:  Sibley, Crossley, National Geo.

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

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

23. Date:___12/4/2011_______Time:__2:45_____