Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
This form is intended as a convenience in reporting
observations of species on the
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,
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 – in surf near rock jetty about one quarter mile east
of Peveto Woods.
March 24, 2012
of day when observed:
1:35 PM CDST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Daniel Mooney, Erik Johnson, Heather Mancuso and Walker
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
A similar Long-tailed Duck has subsequently been identified
in the region – East Jetty Park at Cameron, LA – by Tom Finnie, M. J. Musumeche, and Daniel Dobbs.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Sun reasonably high with light from over shoulder.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Mine – Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars in
good condition. Bird was identified initially by Erik Johnson using a scope –
don’t recall brand. Two other scopes were used to watch bird.
About 200 yards.
Watched the bird on and off for about 15 minutes.
Surf around rock jetties in front of sand beach.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird was loafing with a large flock of scaup.
It dove from time to time.
(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):
Erik Johnson’s description: Female with white “face patch”
and grayish nape. Mostly dark body with some white in flanks undertail area. In scaup raft.
Similar in size to Lesser Scaup but, perhaps, more
Bird was silent.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Somewhat similar to Lesser Scaup
in the raft with it but white head separated it out.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
As best I recall, Erik Johnson took photos which, I presume,
he will submit.
experience with this species:
This is the fourth 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
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.
Used notes from Erik Johnson’s ebird
report – ACBS-Peveto Woods Beachfront.
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date 4/15/12 time