Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-19

Common name:

Western Gull

Scientific name: Larus occidentalis
Date: 02/03/2013
Time: 4:30 pm
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 2
Age: 3rd cycle & Adult
Location: Farmington Bay WMA
County: Davis
Elevation: 4350
Distance to bird: 20 yards
Optical equipment: Pentax bino's, Vortex Spotter and Canon PS SX50 hs Camera
Weather: Cold, hazy
Light Conditions: Evening
Description:        Size of bird: Large
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Gull
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Dark Mantle
(Description:)            Bill Type: Gullish
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
All white head, dark mantle, red spot on lower mandible and pink legs.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Habitat: Marsh
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Have photos.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Had spent 5 days looking through many on the Santa Cruz coast this past July.
References consulted: None
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the 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: 02/15/2013
Additional material: Photos