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):

1 - female

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish)


Specific Locality:

Peveto Woods Sanctuary

4. Date(s) when observed:

January 29, 2012

5. Time(s) of day when observed:


6. Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton, Lafayette, LA

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

Paul Conover, Mac Myers

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

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Excellent, bright sun

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):


11. Distance to bird(s):

30 feet

12. Duration of observation:

several times over 20 minutes

13. Habitat:

brush, fallen trees, understory thickets

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

associating with sparrows and remaining hidden most of the time. Jumped up for looks during our tracking it.

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):

Head was a worn brown. Flanks rusty red, tail black with large white corners, back and wing dark brown with distinct white spots on mantle and wings.

16. Voice:

couple of call notes wreeerrr

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

Eastern Towhee, this bird had distinct spots on mantle and the call note.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):

Yes, Dave Patton, submitted.

19. Previous experience with this species:

A few

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


a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

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:___1/30/12_______