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, maybe first winter

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) _____Jackson_______________________________

Specific Locality: ___N 32 degrees 29 15.7 and W 92 degrees 28 3.3______________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 2/5/2012 and 2/6/2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 2/5, mid-afternoon, 2/6, late afternoon

6. Reporting observer and address:


Stephen L. Pagans,

West Monroe, La 71291

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

Joan Brown on 2/6

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): Both days the bird was east of the observer(s) with the bird being in full sunlight.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition 8x binoculars and 400 mm lens on a Canon 5D Mark II camera

11. Distance to bird(s): 2/5: 40 feet, 2/6: 80 feet

12. Duration of observation: Both days: several minutes

13. Habitat: Young pine plantation with brush, briars and vines that were up to six feet tall.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): 2/5: Bird was first heard calling while hidden from me. It continued to be hard to see while I played its song/call. I then switched to a Spotted Towhee song/call after which it showed itself, and I photographed it. 2/6: It behaved similarly to the first day but was even more secretive. I finally got it to show itself for photographs by playing the Eastern Screech Owl call for several minutes.

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): 2/5: I saw a gray bodied, green wing and tail, rufous crown, white throated bird. 2/6: Joan Brown and I saw the same bird.

16. Voice: All that was heard was a whiny call note.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): None

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):Photographs by Stephen L. Pagans on 2/5. Photographed again on 2/6 by myself and Joan Brown.

19. Previous experience with this species: None

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

a. at time of observation: None

b. after observation: Several bird books. However, I had previously looked at pictures of the Green-tailed Towhee so I already knew what it looked like.

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. Signature of reporter: _____Stephen L. Pagans________Date:2-23-2012___Time:_3:56 pm_