Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-02

Common name:

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Scientific name: Larus fuscus
Date: 12/22/2012
Time: 1pm
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 2
Location: Bountiful Pond
County: Davis
Distance to bird: 100 yards
Optical equipment: Pentax DCF 10x50 bino's, Vortex Impact spotter, Canon PS SX50 hs
Weather: Cold, sunny
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: 21"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Gull
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: White/gray
(Description:)            Bill Type: Yellow w/ red spot on lower mandible
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Yellow legs, yellow bill with oblong red spot on lower mandible, dark gray mantle and slightly smaller than Herring Gulls.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Stationary
Habitat: Frozen pond adjacent to landfill.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
California Gull- slightly larger, absent of dark spot on bill and much darker mantle.
Herring Gull- smaller and had yellow legs.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen with Ryan O'Donnel previous month in Cache County.
References consulted: Petersen's, Sibley and Stokes Field Guides.
Description from: Notes taken at time of sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Taylor Abbott
Date prepared: 1/05/2013
Additional material: Photos