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.

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

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

One presumed adult female, winter plumage

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) St Martin


Specific Locality: Lake Martin formerly Lake LaPointe


4. Date(s) when observed:

February 9, 2011 and February 14, 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed:

9:00 am both times


6. Reporting observer and address:

208 Cricklade

Youngsville, La 70592


7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Katherine Kobrin saw it, but was unsure


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

Danny Dobbs 3 days later after told to be on lookout


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


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

Canon 7d, 400 mm f/5.6 lens

11. Distance to bird(s):

50 yards


12. Duration of observation: 30 seconds first observation, then 10 minutes 2nd

13. Habitat: Shallow Cypress/tupelo lake

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): hanging out with lesser scaup first time just loafing, 2nd time was in middle of lake by itself resting

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): Head shape was unlike scaup, had a sloped type appearance on the head, and the white wing shown when flying confirmed the sighting

16. Voice: None

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): The white wing easily identified this bird


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

I have attached two photos of my own


19. Previous experience with this species:



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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation: National Geographic Field Guide to Birds of NA


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

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

23. Signature of reporter: Matt Pardue______Date:_March 18___Time:_09:15______

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? ________________________yes

If yes, may we include your name with the report? _______________yes___

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