LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

     This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

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

2, apparently adults??

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) _Vermiliion___________________________________________

Specific Locality: _White Lake Preserve, on Headquarters island, mostlywest of headquarters building________________________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:7 April 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: late morning-early afternoon

6. Reporting observer and address: B. Mac. Myers III, 641 S. 5th St., Eunice, LA 70535

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):Toddy Guidry, Jay Huner, many others

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): I donít know, but the birds have been around there for maybe a couple of years

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):variable, but often very good

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):10x42 Eagle Optics, good condition

11. Distance to bird(s):variable, but at times within 40 feet

12. Duration of observation: Off and on for more than an hour, but not always in view or calling

13. Habitat: mowed yard with large live oaks; across canal there was thicker habitat, brush, various trees, etc.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Flying around the whole area, calling, perching in trees and on large pump; one bird observed entering nest found by T. Guidry. Later we saw it sitting in nest, apparently incubating.

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):Large, chunky flycatcher. Brown above, brighter rusty on wings and tail. Yellow below except for throat. Bold black and white head pattern (see photos). Rather bull-headed and large bill.

16. Voice:called repeatedly: Eeeek; Ka-dee; and Ick-a-dee (Kiskadee) calls

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):Nothing in U.S. Many somewhat similar species in several genera in tropics. Most similar boat-billed lacks rusty wings and tail. I think the calls ofGreat Kiskadee are distinctive.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):photos attache; other better photos by others, including T. Guidry photo of bird in the nest

19. Previous experience with this species: Several in LA, many in tropics. Also some experience with Boat-billed, Lesser Kiskadee, several of Social-types and Myiodynastes in tropics

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

a. at time of observation: none

b. after observation: none

21. This description is written from: _x____ 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: Buford M. Myers III______________________________Date:17 July 2011__________Time:__7pm_____

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? ________________________

If yes, may we include your name with the report? __________________

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