Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
This form is intended as a convenience in reporting
observations of species on the
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,
and Scientific names:
White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One – Male
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Cameron – in surf near rock jetty about one quarter mile east
of Peveto Woods.
April 9, 2012
of day when observed:
9:45 AM CDST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Paul Conover who pointed the bird out to me.
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
White-winged Scoters were reported in the area during the pervious weekend by M. J. Musumeche.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Sun reasonably high with light from the east while looking
equipment (type, power, condition):
Mine – Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars in
good condition. Bird was identified initially by Paul Conover using a scope –
don’t recall brand.
About 150 yards.
Watched the bird on and off for about 15 minutes.
Surf around rock jetties in front of sand beach.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird was loafing with a large flock of scaup.
I did not see it diving. It did a bit of stretching, flapping and preening.
(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):
Blocky black bird. Had white tear drop around eyes. White
wing patch visible when the bird was stretching-flapping.
Could not hear bird even if it were vocalizing.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Somewhat similar to Lesser Scaup
in the raft but dark body, bill shape, white tear drop eye patch, and white
wing patches separated it from the scaup and Surf
Scoters in the raft.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
Paul Conover photographed the bird and I
presume, he will submit one or more image.
experience with this species:
I have encountered White-winged Scoters one other time in
Louisiana and have seen them in Alaska in 2007 and 2010.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
time of observation: None
observation: Sibley’s Field Guide and National Geographic Field Guide.
description is written from: ___notes made during the observation (notes
attached?); __notes made after the observation ; __x__ memory.
Reviewed image and comments on Paul Conover’s blog.
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date 4/16/12 time