1. English and Scientific names: Spotted Towhee

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

One present

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) Cameron Parish

Specific Locality: Peveto Woods Bird Sanctuary

4. Date(s) when observed: November 4, 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1:30 PM

6. Reporting observer and address: Tom Finnie, Sulphur, LA

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): none

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Devin Bosler originally found this bird earlier in the day.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Sun shiny day, bird shaded by trees

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Nikon D300, 400mm lens

11. Distance to bird(s): 30 yards

12. Duration of observation: Three minutes

13. Habitat: Peveto Woods Bird Sanctuary sitting low to ground.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Flying about woodlot in and out of brush, thickets, trees and tangles.

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):


See pictures Ö


16. Voice: Silent

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): See pictures.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photographed by me. Yes, two attached images.

19. Previous experience with this species: None

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification): Robby Bacon discovered the bird and pointed it out.

a. at time of observation: None

b. after observation: Petersonís Field Guide

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, see pictures.

23. Signature of reporter: Thomas FinnieDate: 11/7/2011

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