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 or files as necessary. Please print or type for hard copy.  For electronic copy, be sure to save this file to your computer before entering text. Attach field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed (if hard copy), mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216, or e-mail electronic copy as an attachment to Paul Edward Conover at <zoiseaux@lusfiber.net> .

1. English and Scientific names: Rough-legged Hawk

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


3.  Parish: Orleans   

     Specific Locality:  along Highway 11, north of Hwy 90

4. Date(s) when observed: March 13, 1982.  I have limited memory of this sighting but was asked to submit to the LOSBRC as there was no prior documentation of this record.  I believe this bird was found by others previously and that we went to look for it (I do not think we were the first to find/identify this bird), but I am not sure of this.

5. Time(s) of day when observed: I believe we went in the late morning.  We birded initially along road 434 in St. Tammany Parish and then went to this location.

6. Reporting observer and address:  Jim Holmes

4109 U Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): My father, James Holmes, Sr., also saw this bird.

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): If I remember correctly, the bird had been identified previously by others (not sure who). 

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): I do not remember.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): We had a scope and binoculars but I am not sure what equipment we had in 1982.

11. Distance to bird(s): I do not remember.  The bird was perched on a perch over the marsh and then seen in flight.

12. Duration of observation: I do not remember.  I do remember that we were able to set up the scope and watch it from the road.

13. Habitat: marsh

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

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, or for species that are known to hybridize frequently, stress features that help eliminate possible hybrids):

From my notes (from the day of observation): “watched through scope for long time. light head and dark belly. when it flew, white rump seen well, dark wrist to underside of wing (no red in tail).”


16. Voice: I do not remember hearing the bird

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): From my notes, we excluded Red-tailed Hawk based on lack red in tail and on the wing and tail pattern. 

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): none

19. Previous experience with this species: none.  This was the 1st time that I saw this species.

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

a. at time of observation: I do not remember.

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from:


notes made during the observation.

Are notes attached?



notes made after the observation.

At what date?      







study of images



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



23. Date: September 28, 2014

      Time: 3:45pm

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

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