1. English and Scientific names: Shiny Cowbird  Molothrus Bonariensis

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

 1 male black 

3. Locality: Parish:   __Calcasieu__________________________________________

   Specific Locality: __Farmers Rice  Mill  Hwy 397 Lake Charles Louisiana


4. Date(s) when observed:      Feb 26 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed:      9: 30 am

6. Reporting observer and address: Billy Jones, Lake Charles, La. 70611

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

None took pictures

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Tom Finnie, James W. Beck

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Full Sun , Sun directly behind me

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Nikon d90 500mm lense also sony Binos

11. Distance to bird(s): less than 30 ft.

12. Duration of observation: 10 min

13. Habitat: Open grassy ground in a parking lot

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Feeding and sitting in sun.

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): Black bird  Black eye

16. Voice: Did not hear it

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Brown headed cowbirds and Bronzed Cowbirds both present.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Billy Jones

19. Previous experience with this species: None

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

a. at time of observation: None just took pictures

b. after observation: Sibleys and fellow birders


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

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Yes there’s nothing else it can be and other birders agree

23. Date:_02-26-2013_________Time:__6:45pm_____

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________________


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