1. English and Scientific names:     White-winged Scoter


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


3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish)   Cameron Parish


Specific Locality:   1 mile offshore from Cameron


4. Date(s) when observed:   March 15, 2011

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

6. Reporting observer and address:   Dave Patton

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):   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):   Full sun, sun behind us.

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


11. Distance to bird(s):   ¼ mile

12. Duration of observation:   30 seconds

13. Habitat:   open gulf

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):   resting with a large raft of scaup. Four flushed when we drifted in too close in the boat. They flew in a group but separate from scaup. 

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):   Larger than the scaup and easily picked out in the air. White wing patches formed by the white secondaries were  easily seen.

16. Voice:   No

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

Other scoters by the white wing patches.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):   Dave Patton, attached and available on a link at, http://www.pbase.com/pattonpix/cameron31511

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:   Sibley’s

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:_Oct 16, 2011_________