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: Townsend’s Warbler Setophaga townsendi

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

1, adult male in basic plumage ???

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) ______Cameron______________________________________

Specific Locality: _BRAS Peveto Sanctuary________________________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 1 Oct. 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: mid/late afternoon

6. Reporting observer and address:


B. Mac. Myers III

Eunice, LA 70535

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Paul Conover (I think he got some sort of look at it)

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Devin Bosler found the bird earlier and told us about it

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): pretty good for looking, but somewhat tricky for photos

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): 10x42 Eagle optics good condition

11. Distance to bird(s): 50 ft.???

12. Duration of observation: a couple of minutes, but it was popping in and out of sight in the foliage. After my first good look at it I spent most of my time trying to get a photo. I am aware that some LBRC members dislike and seldom  accept any sight records, so I wasted time when I could have been studying the bird trying to photograph it.

13. Habitat: coastal chenier, in upper branches of live oak

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

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): I had been alerted to its presence by D. Bosler and immediately recognized it when it came into view. Obviously a “Dendroica” of the Black-throated Green type. Olive above with some darker markings (broken stripes/dashes). Gray wings with bold white wingbars. Bold blackish cheeks framed by yellow. My initial impression was that the bird’s throat and extreme upper breast were mostly blackish, indicating a probable adult male. Unfortunately this was something I was unable to further study due to attempts to photograph the bird. One photo appears to show this, but the other two do not. I think they are probably washed out from over exposure, but…. D. Bosler was also of the opinion that it was probably an adult male. Below the black of throat/upper breast there was yellow (also washed out in photos), becoming white on the belly. The flanks were boldly streaked with black.

16. Voice: not heard

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Pretty distinctive, nothing to suggest TOWA x HEWA hybrid

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): 3 photos by me, submitted earlier

19. Previous experience with this species: a few in LA, some out west , mostly not recently

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

a. at time of observation: none

b. after observation: Dunn and Garrett concerning age/sex and possible hybrids

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); ___x__memory. And very brief notes just after observation

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

23. Date:_26 Jan. 2012_________Time:_3:40 pm______