1. English and Scientific names:  Great Kiskadee  (Pitangus sulphuratus)

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

1 adult bird

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:  191 Floyd Little Road, Hackberry, LA

4. Date(s) when observed:  December 17, 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  2:45 – 3:00 PM

6. Reporting observer and address:  Jeffrey W. Harris, Baton Rouge, LA 70806

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):  Eric Liffman and Kevin Morgan

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): none

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  bright sunny day; the bird was in good light

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  binocular 8 x 40 and 10 x 50

11. Distance to bird(s):  closest was about 60 feet

12. Duration of observation:  20-30 minutes

13. Habitat:  open housing area with large trees and a nearby bayou with a thick tree line along the edge of an open field

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  The bird was heard long before sighted (we could not place the single note call – but we knew it was not a usual local bird); Eric and I nearly simultaneously saw a flash of yellow, and Eric identified the bird within seconds.  It was perched when we first saw it, but our attention caused it to fly more than 80 yards away.  I used playback to draw it back to us so that we could show the home owner the bird.

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):  We saw a brightly colored and heavy set bird that had bright rufous wings, a strong black face with a white line above the eye and a black cap.  The bird was between N. Mockingbird and Blue Jays in size.

16. Voice: strong repetitive “kiskadee” in response to playback.  Before playback, the bird gave a single note “mew” call that was similar to what we had heard from Green-tailed Towhees (only louder).

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): nothing

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  photos were taken by Eric; videotape taken by me.

19. Previous experience with this species:  I have seen many in the Rio Grande Valley, and a couple in Louisiana.

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

a. at time of observation: nothing

b. after observation: nothing

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:  Jeffrey W. Harris   Date:_December 19, 2011  Time:11:30 AM