Recommendations

Please provide a detailed description of the bird or birds referred to in your report. Include as much pertinent information as possible that will help specify/clarify how you identified the species in question. It is recommended that your description be made in situ (whenever possible) where originally observed (ideally without the use of a field guide). Please take into account the following points:

1)    Describe the habitat where the species was observed in and/or the conditions under which you made your observation.

2)    Describe the behavior observed of the species. It is often helpful to note:

  1. a)    if the species was alone or accompanied by other birds (i.e., mixed foraging flock, single species flock, loose association, etc.)
  2. b)    similarity in look or behavior to other known species, genera or families (i.e., warblerlike, thrushlike, etc.)
  3. c)    comparisons to other species it was found or interacting with.

3)    Describe significant field characteristics you actually observed in situ, including size, shape, posture, colors, patterns, specific field marks. Include characteristics of plumage, soft-parts (beak, eye color, legs and feet, bare skin), etc. It may be helpful to mention field characteristic you could not observe due to viewing conditions (i.e., distance, angle of view, light conditions, etc.)

4)    Compare carefully with similar species that could be potentially confusing and/or cause identification problems (present or not at the time of your sighting).

5)    Mention previous experience, if any, with the species in question.

6)    Describe any vocalizations heard and/or use of tape playback. Include any recordings made, if possible

7)    If a photograph of the species in question is included with this report, some comments, if necessary, about noteworthy field characteristics, as well as anything not notable in the picture may be helpful.

8)    If a specimen was taken, please include pertinent data.

9)    If species was captured (i.e., mist net), please include morfometric measurements.

10)  Use additional pages if necessary.