1. English and Scientific names:  Scott’s Oriole Icterus parisorum

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

3. Locality: Parish:   East Baton Rouge____________________________________________

   Specific Locality:  Barre’s residence _______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed:  1/8/12

5. Time(s) of day when observed:  4:00 pm

6. Reporting observer and address: 


Mary Mehaffey 

Folsom, LA 70437

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):  Janine Robin, Janie and Coney Barre’, Bob and Karen Pierson

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): previously reported by other birders

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):  afternoon light coming from the left of the bird

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):  Alpen 8 x 42 binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s):  50’ at closest 

12. Duration of observation:  4 minutes

13. Habitat:  residential area with open yard with shrubs and fruit trees

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  first observed eating satsumas in Satsuma tree; then perched on clothesline pole and then feeding at hummingbird feeder

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):  grey head and throat, dull yellow breast and belly, grey wings with two white wing bars; pointed black bill typical of oriole species

16. Voice: did not call

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  orchard oriole female – this bird was not as yellow and had grey head or hood

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  photos by Mary Mehaffey sent to Paul Conover

19. Previous experience with this species:  seen in Texas

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

a. at time of observation:  Sibley’s Western Bird guide

b. after observation:  Sibley’s Western Bird guide

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); __x___memory.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain:  Yes

23. Date:___2/1/12_______Time:__5:00 pm_____