Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
and Scientific names:
Mountain Plover, Charadrius
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One – winter
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Jefferson Davis – Cleaned rice field at NW corner of Lyons
Road and LA 14.
December 14, 2012
of day when observed:
9:15-9:45 AM CST.
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
M. J. Musumeche, Michael Seymour, Sam
Holcomb, Beau Gregory, Donna Dittmann, Steve Cardiff, and Paul Conover.
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Sun reasonably high with light from over
equipment (type, power, condition):
Musmeche’s Swarovski Scope.
About 350 yards.
Watched the bird on and off for about 30 minutes.
Plowed rice field.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird was foraging with a mixed flock of Black-bellied
Plovers and Killdeer.
(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):
Michael Seymour’s description is far superior to mine and is
already on record. However, to me, the bird was a dull Killdeer without breast
bands although there was some brown extending onto the breast area. The bird
was dull brown above and white below. I noticed a white eyebrow and the bill
was noticeably “small”.
Bird was silent.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Somewhat similar to distant Killdeer and Black-bellied
Plovers but distinctly smaller and did not have breast bands – Killdeer – or
mottled back – Black-bellied Plover.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
Paul Conover took digi-scope
pictures and I assume that they were submitted.
experience with this species:
I saw a pair of Mountain Plovers in western Colorado
grasslands in March 2006.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
- at time of observation: Sibley’s Field Guide and
National Geographic Field Guide.
- after observation: Peterson’s Field Guide.
description is written from: ___notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); __notes made after the observation (date: 3-26-12); __x__
I did write notes but simply cannot find them at this
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date 6/7/2013 6:45 AM