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: Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis)

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

1 seen, age and sex unknown

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) Cameron ____________________________________________

Specific Locality: Peveto Woods Sanctuary

4. Date(s) when observed: 28 April 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 3:00pm

6. Reporting observer and address: Erik I. Johnson, 102 Goodwood Cir., Lafayette, LA 70508

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Devin Bosler, probably several others as there were many birders in the sanctuary at the time

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): bird in mottled shade, seen from several angles

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Swarovski 10 x 42 EL, Nikon D100 with 80-400mm lens to photograph

11. Distance to bird(s): 20m

12. Duration of observation: 10 min

13. Habitat: Coastal oak chenier

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): roosting on horizontal live oak limb in subcanopy

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):

White mark at bend of wing indicating nighthawk (Chordeiles). From Common Nighthawk (C. minor) by barred primaries and bold whitish spots across lesser coverts. Structurally appears shorter winged and bulkier.

16. Voice: not heard

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): (See #15)

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Yes, photos by EIJ attached.

19. Previous experience with this species: Little seen in flight several times, but otherwise very familiar with Common Nighthawk.

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

a. at time of observation: none

b. after observation: Sibley Guide to NA Birds

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_X___notes made after the observation (date:29 April 2011); _X___memory.

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

23. Date:__30 May 2011______ Time:_11:30am___