LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

     

1. English and Scientific names:Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus)

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

One individual in basic plumage.

 

3. Locality: Parish:_Jefferson Davis_______________________________________

†† Specific Locality: _Corner of La. Hwy 380 X Lyons Road and again at Lyons Road X La. Hwy 14____________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 14 December 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: first obs. at approximately 7:40am off and on till 7:50am then again at 9:15am through 10:15am

6. Reporting observer and address: Michael A. Seymour, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Sam Holcomb, Beau Gregory

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Later by Mike Musumeche, Jay Huner, Steve Cardiff, Donna Dittmann, Paul Conover

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Bird front lit by low sun, but conditions were cloudy

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Swarovski EL 10x42 (like new) and Pentax PF-80ED with zoom eyepiece (21-63x)

11. Distance to bird(s): >1000 feet at all times

12. Duration of observation: >1.0 hour off and on

13. Habitat: dirt/mud fields and freshly plowed mud field with thin grass

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Observed feeding and flying.Very active; more active than nearby Killdeer and Black-bellied Plovers.

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): Bird was originally discovered in back of dirt/mud field feeding near Black-bellied Plovers and Killdeer.Semipalmated Plovers were fairly close as well.Bird was about the same length of nearby Killdeer, but noticeably larger (chunkier?).Bill and body were smaller than nearby Black-belliedís and thinner.Overall, bird was paler backed than Killdeer, appearing a fairly uniform dirt brown.The back did not appear patterned like that of Black-bellied or American Golden.Belly was white and upper breast and sides of breast appeared washed with tawny brown.When bird left the first location, it flew with flock of a dozen or so Black-bellieds.The bird was very small in comparison to the Black-bellieds.Wings were pale underneath and did not show dark axillaries like the Black-bellieds.Legs appeared gray, but bird was distant.

16. Voice: Not heard.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Lack of breast band(s) eliminate similarly sized birds except perhaps some beach dwellers.Back too uniform for Black-bellied or American Golden-Plover; did not show black wing pits of Black-bellied.Too small for Black-bellied and American Golden-Plover.Bill size and shape and body shape eliminated beach dwelling Wilsonís Plover.Size too large for beach dwelling Snowy and Piping Plovers; bill shaped differently.Leg color wrong for Piping Plover.Did not consider Lesser Sand-Plover until asked by Dittmann prior to her seeing bird.I believe Mountain Plovers are larger with a thinner bill.Identification was confirmed as Mountain Plover by Musumeche, Huner, Cardiff, Dittmann, and Conover at second location.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photographs by Michael Seymour (attached).Conover and Dittmann have photographs as well.

19. Previous experience with this species: None.

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

a. at time of observation: Sibley guide.Communication with Dittmann.

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); __X___memory; ≠≠≠__X___ photos.

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

23. Date:_18 Dec 2012_______Time:__10:00am_____