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, Dendroica townsendi

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

1 individual, female or First Year bird.

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) _________Jefferson Parish_________

Specific Locality: __Grand Isle, Sureway Woods_____________________

4. Date(s) when observed:

11 October, 2010.

5. Time(s) of day when observed:


6. Reporting observer and address:

Justin Hite

24409 Second St

Hayward, CA 94541




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

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

Alan Kneidel

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

Good, late afternoon light so no heavy contrast between brightness and shadows. 

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

Swarovski 10x42 EL binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s): 5-10m

12. Duration of observation: 15 minutes

13. Habitat: Maritime Oak forest over Post Ln, Grand Isle

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

Foraging mostly high up in Live Oak trees.  Acting like a typical Dendroica warbler, hopping actively from branch to branch, inspecting leaves and twigs for food. 

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):

Size and shape of typical Dendroica warbler.  White outer tail feathers visible in flight.  Yellow throat, breast and belly, highlighted with blackish streaking on the sides of the breast trailing all the way to the flanks.  Two obvious white wing bars.  Face pattern definitively a Townsend’s: dark crown, eye patch, and malar highlighted with yellow eyebrow and mustache. Back darkish greenish.


16. Voice: Thick “chup” call notes.  I’m a California birder so am used to the call note of Townsend’s Warblers, and this fit that very well.  But I find that Black-throated Greens have a similar call note, and I couldn’t necessarily distinguish my bird’s call notes from that of a Black-throated Green’s.

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

 Shape and completeness of eye patch ruled out Black-throated Green, as did full yellow belly and breast.


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

19. Previous experience with this species:

Extensive experience, one of the most common warblers where I grew up.  I have often found myself in flocks of more than a 100 Townsend’s Warblers in central California in the winter. 

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

a. at time of observation:

No book.

b. after observation:

Sibley’s, National Geographic

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:

100% positive.

23. Signature of reporter: ______________________________Date:__________Time:_______

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? ______________Yes__________

If yes, may we include your name with the report? ______Yes____________


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