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):

1 - female

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish)

West Feliciana

Specific Locality:

Back yard of Karen Fay, 30.746801,-91.303554

4. Date(s) when observed:

January 13, 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed:


6. Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton, 122 Memory Lane, Lafayette, LA 70506

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Mac Myers, Curt Sorrells

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):


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

Excellent, bright day with the sun behind us.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):

30X scope

11. Distance to bird(s):

50 feet to the feeder, 40 feet in the tree

12. Duration of observation:

10 minutes

13. Habitat:

Hard wood forest edge on the backyard. Open yards around.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):

Came into a tree above a feeding area in the backyard. Surveyed the situation in the yard then came down to join American Goldfinches and other birds at the feeders. Ate Oily Sunflower seeds.

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):Size a little larger than goldfinches. Generally yellowish green body with dark brown wings without wing bars. Breast yellowish green with some tufts of gray feathers poking out. A little blotchy in appearance. The crown and back were same yellowish green with dark checkered markings. Face more gray with darker area around the eyes. Bill finch like with long tips that crossed when bill closed.

16. Voice:

Probably heard well once about an hour before finally coming to the feeder. 4 loud chirps in quick succession like those heard on reference recordings of the species

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):

Crossed bill and coloration separated it from other finches.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):

Dave Patton with 300mm lens.

19. Previous experience with this species:


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

Sibley’s and National Geo

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

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

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


23. Signature of reporter:



24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? YES

If yes, may we include your name with the report? YES

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