Connecticut Warbler,  Oporornis agilis

Number of accepted Connecticut Warbler records for Louisiana = 5 as of July 2015


Accepted Records

One (93-41) on 28 Apr. 1993, Cameron: Johnsons Bayou; Dawn Brenner and Doug Wechsler (ph; VIREO 16-4; W02117/033 DC). The bird was netted, banded, and photographed in flight during release. This represents the first accepted record for Louisiana.

Photo by Doug Wechsler (ŠVIREO)

One male in alternate plumage (1995-56) on 1 May 1995, Cameron: Peveto Beach Woods; Robby J. Bacon; NASFN49(3):263.

One male in alternate plumage (1998-87) on 30 Apr 1998, Gulf of Mexico: 138 mi. S of Cameron, Garden Banks 189A oil platform, 27o46'43˛N, 93o18'34˛W; Jon R. King.

One (2013-031) on 4 May 2013, Jefferson: Grand Isle, TNC Landry-LeBlanc Tract (Sureway Woods); Robert D. Purrington (ph) and Phillip A. Wallace.

Photo by Robert D. Purrington

One adult female specimen (2014-077) on 19 May 2014, Gulf of Mexico: ca 52 mi. SE South Pass Mississippi River, N 28.71919° W 88.346995°; Gene Revelas (LSUMZ, ph), Nick Osman (ph only), and Donna L. Dittmann (DLD 10774). Bird was observed aboard ship MV Irish and subsequently succumbed later the same day. This represents the fifth accepted Louisiana occurrence and the first specimen.

Photo by Gene Revelas

Unaccepted Records

One male (1980-06; formerly 82-15) in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, 14 May 1980.

One (83-18) at the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, Madison Parish, 30 April 1983.

One (83-20) at the Tensas National Wildlife Refuge, Madison Parish, 16 September 1983.

One male (1995-88) on 8 Oct 1995, Iberia: Spanish Lake. Although possibly correctly identified, the majority of members believed that the plumage description and behavior did not seem completely consistent with this species, especially for what would constitute the first fall record. During a five-minute observation, the reporter never mentions that the bird walks whereas he does mention that the bird was "actively feeding on insects." Characters used by the reporter to support identification and exclude other species did not include shape or behavior; the description, which primarily focused on the presence of a white eyering, only briefly covered general body coloration.

One immature (2006-025) on 16 September 2006, Orleans: New Orleans, City Park. The description actually eliminated this species.