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English and Scientific names:  Mountain Bluebird, Sialia currucoides


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


Parish: Jefferson


Specific Locality: Grand Isle: LA 1 at Cheniere Caminada Cemetery



Date(s) when observed: 28 December 2010


Time(s) of day when observed: 1310


Reporting observer and address: Robert C. Dobbs

LaVerkin, UT


Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Meribeth Huizinga


Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Discovered during Grand Isle CBC, 22 December 2010

Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Clear sky; no shade

Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Swarovski 8x30 binoculars

Distance to bird(s): As close as approx. 15 m

Duration of observation: 15 min

Habitat: Deforested cheniere in marsh landscape (primarily LA 1 right-of-way)

Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Foraging by perching on utility wires, signs, and dead trees along LA 1 and sallying down to pounce on insects in mowed grass of cemetery and road shoulder.

Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: Approximately similar to Eastern Bluebird in size, shape, and posture. Plain gray head, back, breast and belly, with pale blue flight feathers. Fine, all-black bill.

Voice: Not vocal.

Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): All age/sex classes of other bluebird species show some orange in breast. Females of other bluebird species also have heavier bills with yellowish gapes. Townsend’s Solitaire is longer-tailed, has conspicuous buffy wing stripe, and has no blue in flight feathers. 

Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photo by Robert C. Dobbs

Previous experience with this species: Extensive experience with this species in the mountain west, where it is common, and where I have lived since 2003.

Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification): Consulted Sibley Guide to Birds for additional info on Sialia female plumage.


This description is written from: Photo


Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Positive

Date/Time: 17 January 2011, 1440 MST