Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
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.
and Scientific names:
Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hyemalis
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One – female
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Cameron – on shell spoil bank immediately south of observation
tower on east side of East Jetty Park at Cameron, LA.
May 25, 2012
of day when observed:
4:35 PM CDST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
A similar Long-tailed Duck had previously been identified in
the region at the site by Tom Finnie, M. J. Musumeche, and Daniel Dobbs.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Mid-afternoon sun with light from west..
equipment (type, power, condition):
Mine – Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars in good condition and Raven
Scope in fair condition.
About 200 yards.
Watched the bird on and off for about 15 minutes while censusing birds at site.
Shell bank near Calcasieu River Jetty.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird was loafing on a shell bank with a flock of 30+ scaup. It stayed in the same location during my
observations but did stretch some. .
(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):
Female with white “face patch” and grayish
nape. It did have a dark cheek patch. Mostly dark body
with some white splotching. Similar in size to nearby
Could not have heard the bird even if it
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Somewhat similar to adjacent Lesser Scaup but white head and white body
splotching separated it out.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
M. J. Musumeche and T. Finnie photographed a similar bird at
the site. Not sure if they will submit reports but there are images available
on Finnie’s blog site.
experience with this species:
This is the sixth time I have encountered Long-tailed Duck
in Louisiana. I have seen numerous LTDUs in Alaska on two visits – 2007 and
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
time of observation: None
- after observation: Sibley’s Field Guide and National
Geographic Field Guide.
description is written from: ___notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); _x_notes made after the observation
(date: 3-26-12); __x__ memory.
On shell bank. White
brownish back. Light white face.
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date 7/26/12 time