1. English and Scientific names: Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus


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

1 adult male

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) Cameron

Specific Locality: Peveto Woods


4. Date(s) when observed: October 30, 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 4:30 -5:00 pm


6. Reporting observer and address: Rosemary Seidler, 740 Prospect St., Shreveport, LA



7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Justin and Devin Bosler and Nancy Menasco.

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): bird was found and IDd by Cody ? from Pennsylvania, a friend of the Boslers. He called us over to see it.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): bird was seen at the top of a tree in full late afternoon sun.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): could be IDd by naked eye but used 10X Swarowski bins.

11. Distance to bird(s): 20 - 30 ft

12. Duration of observation: a little less than 30 min.

13. Habitat: Oak chenier with thick underbrush.



14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Cody heard the bird first then saw it. He called us over. The bird was low to the ground in thick brush. It was still calling/chipping. Cody played its call and it popped up to the top of a tree and was seen in full view responding vigorously to the tape.

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 head, nape, throat and back. Red eyes. White breast. Rufous sides. Long tail. Wings black with lots of white spots.

16. Voice: responded to played call. Sounded very similar.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Eastern Towhee. Calls were different. Heavy spotting on wing also eliminated EATO.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): I have photos (attached) as do Cody, Justin and Devin.

19. Previous experience with this species: More familiar with EATO but have seen many Spotted Towhees in the west and a few near Shreveport.

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

a. at time of observation: Cody and the Boslers and my own experience with the bird.

b. after observation: Sibley

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

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

23. Signature of reporter: __Rosemary Seidler__Date:__11/16/2010_Time:_9am______