LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

    

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

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage:1 sex unknown††

3. Locality: Parish:†† Calcasieu

†† Specific Locality: intersection of Elliot and Lincoln Roads, near NE corner.About 5 mi SW of Lake Charles

4. Date(s) when observed: February 19, 2012

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5. Time(s) of day when observed: about 8:30 a.m.

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6. Reporting observer and address:

 

Paul Conover

Lafayette LA

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

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8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):

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9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Overcast, cloudy, and pretty windy.Horrible viewing conditions and bird was staying hidden as much as possible.††

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10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Zeiss 10s and Nikon d50.

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11. Distance to bird(s):Probably 10-15 feet.

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12. Duration of observation: It was within a short distance of me for about 10 minutes.

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13. Habitat: Scrubby overgrown lot between houses in semi-residential area.†††

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14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation:A towhee popped up to spishing, and I thought I saw mantle spotting.I played SPTO call and bird began to whine in response.It hopped into thick bush, and I put the camera on manual focus and zoom through layers of twigs to find it.The bird went even deeper until I could no longer detect movement of any kind, but it continued to call.I used the videocamera to record audio of its call. ††

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15. Description:A ďRufous-sidedĒ Towhee with white mantle spots.Other than that, I saw very little of it.I canít even tell, given the poor views and low lighting, if it was a dark female or a male.However, photos do show the rows of spotting on the wing coverts, and the audio is good.

 

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16. Voice:Gave a whining call repeatedly, every few seconds, for 5 minutes at least. It stopped briefly and I thought it had moved out, but began again and was still calling when I left.

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17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):Eastern Towhee eliminated by white spotting on wing coverts, and by the call.††

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18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):Yes, poor photographs, and audio.

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19. Previous experience with this species: Pretty extensive; this was the 5th this winter for me in Louisiana, I believe.Iíve seen a number of them out west, including many during summer 2011.††

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

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21. Date: 02/21/2012

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