1. English and Scientific names: Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): 1 female

3. Locality: Parish:   Cameron

   Specific Locality: East Jetty Beach (from observation tower)

4. Date(s) when observed: 5 May 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

6. Reporting observer and address: Phillip Wallace

                                                         4515 S. Prieur St.

                                                         New Orleans, LA 70125

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Curt Sorrells, Chris Brantley, Dan O’Malley, Tori Bachelor

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Seen and ID’d by several others earlier

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Fair to good; bird slightly west of south of tower; sun to the west; clear to PC

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Kowa spotting scope 20-60x

11. Distance to bird(s): 100 meters

12. Duration of observation: 5 minutes

13. Habitat: Shell beach at edge of Gulf

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Sitting, preening, standing; facing away far the most part; sometimes with head tucked; when preening, face pattern was clearly seen.

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): Fairly small duck with stubby bill and pointed central rectrices about 3 inches long. Most conspicuous feature was circular pale gray cheek patch on white background.

16. Voice: None

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Pretty clear cut ID

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): None

19. Previous experience with this species: I’ve seen several times in LA.

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: Madge and Burn, Waterfowl

21. This description is written from:  Notes written the evening of the observation

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

23. Date: 12 March 2013  Time:3:00 p.m.