1. English and Scientific names:Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

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

on, age/sex uncertain

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) _____Cameron_______________________________________

Specific Locality: Lighthouse Rd., near old Sabine Pass lighthouse. Appx.29d 4’ 04.1”N, 093d 50’ 56.9”_________________________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:14 May 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed:appx. 2:40pm

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):Paul Conover found it; Dave Patton, David Muth, Dan Purrington, Phillip Wallace, Curt Sorrells

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):variable, but okay

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

11. Distance to bird(s):variable, maybe within 80-90feet

12. Duration of observation: off and on for maybe half hour or more, actually in view several minutes

13. Habitat: mixed open areas, brush and small copses of trees (hackberries, etc.), near salt marsh

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Conover called Patton on cellphone and said he had good woodpecker he needed help with, back near the trucks. We grabbed Purrington and headed that way. First seen flying overhead, calling once and landing in top of nearby tree. We identified it as Ladder-backed and maybe popped a couple of photos.It flushed and we called the others and followed it around as it landed near tops of several trees; perched in typical upright woodpecker fashion. Conover had already taken photos before we saw bird. Subsequently phots by several of us, and video with audio by Wallace, including calls of the bird, I think.

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): Small woodpecker, between Downy and Hairy in size. Transvers black and white barring on back, including upper back. Red on center to rear crown. Face mostly white with black lines from eye and base of bill back to rear of face. Black stripe down nape to barred upper back. Underparts dingy off-white with dark dotting/broken streaks

16. Voice: distinctive; lower than Downy, different from Hairy

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):I think the barring of upper back eliminated Nuttall’s; nothing else really similar

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): mine attached; much better photos by others have been submitted; and I think Wallace got video with audio of bird

19. Previous experience with this species: in southwestern U.S. but not in several years; limited experience with Nuttall’s and that was many years ago.

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: the usual  guides

21. This description is written from: ___x__ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); ____x_memory. Very brief notes made on scrap of paper.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain:yes

23. Signature of reporter: ___Buford Mac. Myers III___________________________Date:_17 July 2011_________Time:_6:40 pm______

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

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

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