Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
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.
and Scientific names:
White-winged Scoter, Melanitta
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
5 birds, mixed ages. See discussion below.
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
Rapides Parish – Kincaid Reservoir, Observed from Kincaid
Recreation Day Area.
March 6, 2014
of day when observed:
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM CST.
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
S. Shively, M. Bowen, C. Bowen, and M. Richard.
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
Charlie Lyon, Mike Musumeche, Terry Davis, Steve Shively and
others over preceding 2 weeks..
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Overcast. No shade. Birds easily observed.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Swift 10x42 Waterproof Binoculars in good condition. Several
scopes – don’t recall brands.
Approximately 150-300 yards.
Initially found pair of males and subsequently found 3
younger birds about 200 yards away. Observed off and on for
about 30 minutes.
Offshore from recreation area in open
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
We found a pair of adult males offshore. They occasionally
dove but remained on the surface for the most part. We subsequently found 3
younger birds about 200 yards to the east. These birds were actively feeding
most of the time we were observing them. Interestingly, they held pretty much
in the same location returning to the same location at the completion of each
(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):
The two males were black with white wing patches and white
tear drop-shaped patches on their eyes. The three younger birds were basically
brownish in color. We did not see light (whitish) patches on their heads – in
front of and behind the eyes. There was a lighter area on one of the birds. White
wing patches were seen plainly and one bird flapped its wings showing the white
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Black and Surf scoters. White
secondary wing patches and white tear-drop-shaped white markings around the
eyes are diagnostic of White-winged Scoter.
or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? Attached”):
I did not take pictures but M. Bowen and M. Richard took many images.
experience with this species:
I have encountered White-winged Scoters at least six times 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
- after 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 ;
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ date 03/07/2014, 8:50 PM.