Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
and Scientific names:
Smith’s Longspur, Calcarius
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
Flock of at least a dozen birds.
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Caddo Parish – Shreveport Airport
January 26, 2013
of day when observed:
1:50 PM CST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Terry Davis, Jim Holmes, and others with
Louisiana Ornithological Society’s Winter Meeting Field Trip.
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
It is my understanding that D. Bosler
and J. Bosler visited the site on 1-27-13 and
recorded the birds.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
equipment (type, power, condition):
Mine – Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars in good condition.
At least 15 minutes as the birds flew, landed, were
approached, and flew again.
Airport with short grass and bare ground.
Dominant grass identified as Aristida.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
The birds were flushed from the ground where they were
apparently feeding. The birds remained in a rather tight flock that made wide
circles around the area and eventually returned to the area where they were
first flushed. They may have returned because various party participants played
recordings of the song and call.
(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):
These were small birds somewhat larger than Savannah Sparrows.
They were basically buffy with narrow white outer tail feathers extending the
length of the tail.
Birds did not sing. They gave made rattling and clicking
calls/sounds as they flew about resembling closely my BirdJam
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Call and white tail feather pattern. Likely other species
could be Lapland Longspur and Chestnut-collared Longspur (2 present in
association with the SMLS flock.)
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
experience with this species:
I had recorded Smith’s Longspurs at the site the previous
two winters. I have seen and heard Smith’s Longspur on breeding grounds in
interior Alaska several years ago.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
time of observation: BirdJam
- after observation: Sibley’s Field Guide and National
Geographic Field Guide.
description is written from: ___notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); __notes made after the observation ;
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date 6/30/13 time 9:30 PM.