1. English and Scientific names:  Tropical Kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus

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


3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) ____Caddo________________________________

Specific Locality: _____E Croom Street, Mooringsport, La____________________

4. Date(s) when observed:  01-26-13

5. Time(s) of day when observed: about 3:00 pm and again at 4:00 pm

6. Reporting observer and address:  Steve Pagans  128 Honeysuckle Drive, West Monroe, La

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):  Jim Ingold, Mike Musumeche, Allison Wilkes and Dee Baum

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

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

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition  8x binoculars in good shape, also photos with 400 mm lens on Canon 5D Mark II

11. Distance to bird(s):  70 yards at 3:00 pm and 60 feet at 4:00 pm

12. Duration of observation:  five minutes

13. Habitat:  residential with open yards but with large trees and near water

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):  Perching and occasionally flying out to catch an insect.

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):  Bright yellow stomach and breast, light colored throat, dark bill, dark eye, dark, wide mask, moderately forked tail.

16. Voice:  none

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):  Couch’s Kingbird.  Other birders had previously heard the bird call and had eliminated the Couch’s.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):  Photo sent to Van Remsen

19. Previous experience with this species:  None

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

National Geographic and Sibley’s

a. at time of observation:  other birders

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:  I’m confident in Jim Ingold, Terry Davis and other local birders in having properly identified this species.

23. Date: 2-11-13___Time:11:30 am__