This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: Red Crossbill  Loxia curvirostra

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): one, a female, probably an adult (?)

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) West Feliciana____________________________________________

Specific Locality: ___Starhill subdivision, home of Karen Fay; near St. Francisville______________________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:13 January 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: seen  appx. 12:20 pm; heard earlier maybe around 10:30 am??

6. Reporting observer and address:


B. Mac. Myers III 

Eunice, LA 70535

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Dave Patton, Curt Sorrels. Also present were Jay Huner, Richard Gibbons, Erik Liffman, Glen Seeholtzer, and two or three other people

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Originally found and identified by Karen Fay three or four days prior; also seen by others on preceding day(s)

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

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): 10x42 Eagle optics, good

11. Distance to bird(s): 50-60 ft. ???

12. Duration of observation: a few minutes. First spotted in a tree (not much visible to me) by Seeholtzer. The bird then went to sunflower seed feeder and fed awhile. Birds flushed, but it returned and fed some more.

13. Habitat: suburban yard with trees and shrubs and feeders

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Feeding at sunflower feeder accompanied by AMGO

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): Somewhat larger than goldfinches. Chunky, with large head and short, notched tail. Wings dusky (olive-gray?), extended well down tail. Underparts variably olive yellow on breast and sides, paler grayish around belly. Lower belly, undertail not seen well. Throat and sides of neck pale gray, slightly darker on cheeks. Lores darker gray. There was a faint semblance of a superciliary. The crown was olive with faint darker stippling. Back not real well seen, but appeared grayish olive. The bill was dark, maybe horn color, and the mandibles crossed, the upper curving below the lower and to the bird’s left

16. Voice: While Patton, Sorrels, Huner, and I were waiting for the bird to appear, and before the others arrived, I thought I heard RECR overhead twice. The first time was a single jip or kip note. I suspected it was RECR, but I was not sure then (or now) that it was. Later we heard a distinct four note call, again jip-jip-jip-jip or kip-kip-kip-kip. This time I was fairly certain that it was RECR, but it had been years since I had heard them out west. I remarked on it at the time. While the bird was in sight it did not call. When we were leaving, getting into our vehicles, Jay played RECR on his ipod. After hearing that I was absolutely certain about the four-note call we’d heard. I believe the others were also convinced of it. I certainly can’t say anything about the call that would be in any way useful in determining even speculatively what call-type it is. It was just “generic” RECR, similar to what I’ve heard out west.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): nothing very similar—see photos, video

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): photos and video by several people. I’m submitting one photo, cropped and enlarged, but no modifications to brightness, sharpness, etc. More are available if necessary.

19. Previous experience with this species:I have seen dozens at various places out west, but none in several years

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: listened to Jay Huner’s ipod later the same day; also consulted standard guides at home

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); ____x_memory. Brief notes made later in the day; looking at photos I took

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

23. Date:_26 Jan. 2012_________Time:_4:25 pm______