1. English and Scientific names: White-winged Scoter: Melanitta fusca

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

1 adult-plumaged male

3. Locality: Parish:   East Baton Rouge Parish

   Specific Locality: Lake at Pennington Biomedical Research Center

4. Date(s) when observed: 2/4/2014

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 12:45pm

6. Reporting observer and address:

Eric Liffmann 

Baton Rouge La. 70808

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): none

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Dr. James Van Remsen Jr., Kevin Morgan, Dan O’Malley, Kimberly Lanka, Alex Haun, Winston Caillouet

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

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): EO 10x Binoculars, Nikon d600 w/ 70-200 f2.8 and 1.4 TC

11. Distance to bird(s): 100 Yards

12. Duration of observation: Ten Minutes

13. Habitat: Lake

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

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): Large, predominantly black duck with lighter flanks, white “comma” near eye with no other white on head visible, orange tipped bill.  Strongly back-sloped forehead.    

16. Voice: Not heard

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): None

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

19. Previous experience with this species: None

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: Sibley’s Guide to Birds, Kaufman’s Field Guide…

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); _____memory. Memory, Photograph

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Yes

23. Date:2/4/14__Time 10:55pm__