and Scientific names:
Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
Two, apparent mated pair.
(parish) (specific locality)
Vermilion, White Lake Management
Area, White Lake Lodge
April 7, 2011
of day when observed:
Off and on from approximately 9:45
AM CDST – 2:30 PM CDST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Several including Toddy Guidry,
Mac Meyers, and Alan Hohnshee
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
Birds present at site for
apparently 3 years. See past reports.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Light clouds during visit to
location. Good light with birds seen in a number of locations.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Zeiss, 10 x 40
binoculars. Good Condition.
Various - 20
yards to 200 yards.
Off and on from
9:45 AM CDST until 2:30 PM CDST.
Open, man-made island in marsh
with hunting/fishing lodge.Well maintained lawn. Numerous
live oak trees.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
The birds were flying, resting,
and attending a nest.
(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):
smallish kingfisher. Yellow belly, brownish-rufous
back. Black crown and face. White
supercilium and throat.
kiss ka dee, kiss ka dee.
speices (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
No similar species in region to my
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom?
Image of nest sent to Paul
Conover. Others are supposed to have sent images of the birds. I did not get
any identifiable images of the birds.
experience with this species:
Seen a number of
times in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Also
seen at Grand Chenier at Nunez Woods and White Lake in April 2010.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
- at time of observation: National Geographic Field Guide.
- after observation:
Sibley’s Field Guide.
description is written from: ___notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); ___note made after the observation (date: ______); __x_
you positive of your identification? If not, explain. Yes.
of reporter __signed Jay V. Huner__ date May 21, 2011 time 9:50 AM