English and Scientific names:

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher,  Myiodynastes luteiventris 



Number of individuals: 

One bird






Specific Locality:

Woods behind the Sureway market and west of Post Lane on Grand Isle

Date(s) when observed:

October 5, 2010



Time(s) of day when observed:  

Started about 8:40 AM, saw the bird occasionally for about half an hour.



Reporting observer and address:

John P. Sevenair

New Orleans, LA 70124



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

Tom Trenchard, Mary Mehaffey, Glenn Ousset, Shelley Antoine, Janine Robin, a couple of others



Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)




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

Bird was in full sunlight to partial shade in trees.  Mostly we were looking away from the sun when we saw it.



Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 7x42, recently cleaned and serviced by the manufacturer



Distance to bird(s): 

20 to 40 feet



Duration of observation:

Cumulative total no more than ten minutes




Forest with oaks and lots of underbrush on a barrier island



Behavior of bird: 

Bird sat high in trees, changing location every minute or two.  That's about all I saw.





I took pictures and will submit them.




Not heard


Similar species:

Strong streaking underneath eliminates all other tyrant flycatchers that breed in North America.  Piratic and Variegated flycatchers have smaller bills and more clear-cut head stripes.



Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

I took photos and will attach or otherwise submit three of them (the other one was badly out of focus).  Tom Trenchard took pictures and Shelley Antoine took one, and I\'m sure there are more.



Previous experience with this species: 

None at all.


Identification aids:

Looked at the National Geographic guide the night before and while writing this report, the latter to check similar species.  I was the one in our group who first spotted the bird; the others had no trouble recognizing it.


This description is written from: 

I didn't write a description (thought more about focusing the new camera).




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





Date and time: 

October 7, 2010, at 9:10 PM