Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus)

Number of accepted Prairie Falcon records for Louisiana = 1 as of June 2015

Accepted Records

One (2011-045) on 28 December 2011, Vermilion: east side White Lake Wetland Conservation Area, near west end of Pine Island Road; Donna L. Dittmann (ph) and Steven W. Cardiff. This is the first accepted Louisiana record.

Photo by Donna L. Dittmann

Unaccepted Records

One (1995-78) on 28 Sep 1995, Orleans: New Orleans, One Shell Square Building. The bird was observed without the aid of binoculars through a window from the 49th floor of a high rise building in downtown. Although this species is fairly distinctive, the observation was relatively brief as the bird flew past the observer. Because falcons, including Old World species and hybrids, are kept in captivity, most members (including the reporter) agreed that the circumstances and brevity of the observation and lack of photographic documentation precluded adding this species to the State List.

One adult (2013-098) on 31 December 2013, Natchitoches: Powhatan area (locality missing from long form). The combination of the relatively long distance, relatively brief views, lack of photos, and only one of the two observers submitting a report compelled a majority of Members to not accept this potential second state occurrence.