1. English and Scientific names: Great Kiskadee

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

2 adults, 1 male 1 female

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) ______Vermilion parish_______________________

Specific Locality: __White Lake Conservation Area, approx 6 miles south of Gueydan, just south of Intracoastal Canal.

4. Date(s) when observed:   4-7-11

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  1030am- noon

6. Reporting observer and address: Toddy Guidry, Lafayette La.

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

Mac Myers

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

Kevin Leigh, Jay Huner

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Light was good, early morning sunlight. Several sightings of the birds at different angles. Nest in partial sun, shaded by tree limbs.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Leica 8X42 binocs, Nikon D5000, 300mm lens

11. Distance to bird(s): from 15 feet to 30 yards.  15 feet to nest.

12. Duration of observation: several sightings, from 1-10 minutes each.

13. Habitat: high ground/spoil banks with oaks, pecans and other hardwoods surrounded by freshwater marsh.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Birds were flying around the nest and nearby trees constantly, probably because we were so close to nest and didn’t realize at first. We found the nest and then staked out the tree, the female flew to the tree, called several times and then flew to the nest and entered the nest. She did not come out for at least an hour.

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):   no real comparisons to other species, both sexes appear to be similar, visual ID is unmistakable. See photos.

16. Voice:  very distinct “kiskadee” call heard numerous times.

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

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

yes, photos by Toddy Guidry

19. Previous experience with this species:

I have seen Kiskadees at WLCA for 3 years, likely same pair.

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

we heard the birds before we saw them, many of us had seen Kiskadees before.

a. at time of observation: distinctive call, unmistakable visual ID

b. after observation:

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:_4-16-11____   Time:___800pm____