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

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

3. Locality: Parish:   Jefferson Davis

   Specific Locality: 2nd field north of Lyons Rd x Hwy 14 (west of Lyons)

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

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 10:29-10:34 a.m.

6. Reporting observer and address: Phillip Wallace


                                                         New Orleans, LA 70125   

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): David Muth (refound the bird), Paul Conover

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Discovered by Michael Seymour; seen by Steve Cardiff, Donna Dittmann, et al.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Good

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

11. Distance to bird(s): 200-300m

12. Duration of observation: 2 minutes

13. Habitat: Plowed field

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Running along the fields and pausing in typical plover fashion; much more active than nearby Black-bellied plovers. Often partially hidden by furrows.

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): Small, tannish plover; significantly smaller than nearby Black-bellied and larger than “beach” plovers, but none of the latter were present for comparison. Pale below; dark eyeline and pale supercilium.    

16. Voice: None.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Size and coloration distinguish from other plovers.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photos by Wallace submitted with this report.

19. Previous experience with this species: I’ve seen once over 20 years ago in Colorado.

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: Memory and photos.


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

23. Date: 2 January 2013  Time: 2:00 p.m.