Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
and Scientific names:
Long-tailed Duck, Clangula
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One – female
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Union Parish - D’Arbonne Lake – in front
of docking area of motel on Farmerville, LA side of LA 33 crossing of lake.
March 1, 2014
of day when observed:
5:05 PM CST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
This was a staked out bird present in the area for at least
7 days. Reported by numerous observers including Gerry Click,
John Dillon, Roselie Overby, and Steve Pagans.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Fair light from left.
equipment (type, power, condition):
10 x 42 Swift Binoculars, good condition.
About 300 yards.
Watched the bird for about 5 minutes.
area, large reservoir in area around boat launch and motel adjacent to
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird was swimming around in front of the landing area
immediately in front of the referenced motel.
(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 dark head
and white “face patch”. The neck and flanks were white which stood out
prominently at the distance from which the duck was viewed. The back was dark. Actually surprised to see it so closely
associated with a very active location with boats motoring back and forth the
Bird was silent.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
The duck was too
small to be a domestic Peking Duck and shape was wrong
for a gull.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
None – pointless to take a picture at the
experience with this species:
This is the fifth 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
- at time of observation: Sibley’s Field Guide.
- after observation: National Geographic Field Guide and
Peterson’s Field Guide..
description is written from: _x_notes made
during the observation (notes attached?); _x_notes
made after the observation (date: 3-26-12); __x__ memory.
Notes garbled. Summarized above.
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date 3/4/2014, 12:20 PM