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: Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus

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

1 adult male

3. Locality: Parish:   Cameron _________________________

   Specific Locality: Coto Road SE of Hayes, LA south of LA Hwy 14 along SE side of drainage canal that flows under large concrete bridge on Coto Road_

4. Date(s) when observed: 16 December 2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: approx. 3:30 pm

6. Reporting observer and address: Christopher G. Brantley, 162 Elm St., Mandeville, LA 70448; cell (985) 237-5399

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Walker Wilson and Heather Mancuso

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): Fair, weather overcast with light mist/rain falling, sun angle was not an issue.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): B&L Elite 10x42 binoculars

11. Distance to bird(s): 20-30 feet

12. Duration of observation: 2-3 minutes

13. Habitat: Canal spoil bank with various small trees/shrubs and adjacent grasses

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Used fox sparrow playback in attempt to get Wilson/Mancuso view of fox sparrow seen earlier when Wilson & Mancuso sighted the towhee perched nearby in low shrub.  Stayed low to ground but occasionally perched in open.  Photos were taken by Wilson.

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): Towhee shaped bird with dark head, red eye and rufous flanks.  Back and wings dark with white flecks on back and wings.

16. Voice: None noted

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Eastern Towhee eliminated by the white markings on mantle and coverts.

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

19. Previous experience with this species: Observed on 28 Dec 1987, St. Tammany Parish CBC

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

a. at time of observation: none

b. after observation: Sibley Guide to Birds

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: 22 January 2012  Time: 10:00 pm

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

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