English and Scientific names:

Red-necked Phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus

Number of individuals: 

2 birds (see photos for details)

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

About 34 mi off Southwest Pass at 220 degrees (this from Dan Purrington's website)

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  


Reporting observer and address:

John Sevenair

New Orleans LA

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

Devin Bosler, Dan Purrington, David Muth, about 20 birders total on this pelagic trip.

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


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

Birds were in full sunlight, unobstructed

Optical equipment: 

Canon camera w. 100-400mm telephoto lens

Distance to bird(s): 

75 ft (est.)

Duration of observation:

20 min (est.)


Deep water in the Gulf of Mexico above or near Mississippi Canyon.

Behavior of bird: 

The birds were feeding (I think) in a line of sargassum weed and trash between clear blue water and green water.The birds were feeding.  Sometimes they would move nervously away from the boat.


The birds were feeding.  Sometimes they would move nervously away from the boat.They were very roughly the size of Sanderling.  See the pictures for more information.


Not heard

Similar species:

Bill was too long for Red, too short for Wilson's Phalarope. The habitat was unusual for other species of shorebirds, though we did see a Sanderling earlier.  Once again, see the photos.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographs were obtained by several observers. Mine are attached.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen one in Louisiana before and a number of others (mostly in breeding plumage in places like Iceland)

Identification aids:

The other birders called out the name of the species while we were watching and taking pictures.

This description is written from: 

The location information came from Dan Purrington's website.  The rest came from memory and from the pictures.

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



Date and time: 

12/2/09, 1:20 PM