This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus)

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

3. Locality: Parish: Webster

   Specific Locality: Churchyard of the Yellow Pine Rd. Christian Church, Yellow Pine Road

4. Date(s) when observed: 14 January 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1:45 PM

6. Reporting observer and address:

Dr. James L. Ingold

Department of Biological Sciences

LSU in Shreveport

Shreveport, LA 71115

Office: 318-797-5236

Fax: 318-797-5222

Email: James.Ingold@lsus.edu


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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): None

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): When first seen the bird was sitting in the sun while on the railing of the handicapped ramp (sun was to observers back); for most of the observation the bird was on the shaded east side of the church foraging on the ground

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Brunton 11x40

11. Distance to bird(s): 15 – 20 feet

12. Duration of observation: 15 minutes

13. Habitat: I did not see where the bird came from as I was playing a Fox Sparrow call from the Stokes west CD on the west side of the church property; when I stopped I heard the bird calling and I finally found it sitting on the railing; across the road from the church is a cut over area with small hardwood trees; the east side of the and the back of the church is dense shrubs and saplings

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

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):

16. Voice: It was giving the “another buzzing call” that can be heard on this webpage: http://www.naturesongs.com/paruicte.html#embe


17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Eastern Towhee – this bird was heavily “spotted” as is typical for this species

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): photos obtained by Jim Ingold and are attached

19. Previous experience with this species: Have seen most winters in the 22 years I’ve lived in Louisiana; also have banded one female

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

a. at time of observation: None

b. after observation: None

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

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

23. Date: 17 Janurary 2012 Time: 12:00 noon

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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