Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-80

Common name:

Iceland Gull  (Kumlien's)

Scientific name: Larus [glaucoides] kumlieni
Date: 11/29/2013
Time: 12:30 pm
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: 1st Cycle
Sex: ?
Location: West Pond, Lee Kay Ponds
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 4325'
Distance to bird: 100 yards
Optical equipment: Pentax Binos, Vortex Spotter and Canon Camera
Weather: Hazy
Light Conditions: Sunny
Description:        Size of bird: 22-23"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Large Gull
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Pale
(Description:)            Bill Type: Medium, Black
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird was seen mixed in with multiple CAGU, RBGU, HEGU and a few Thayer's for comparison. Bird was overall pale with a completely black bill. When seen in flight it had uniform pale inner and outer primaries. Pink legs.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Habitat: Shallow water.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Glaucous Gull- bill was completely black and too small, overall size was too large.

Glaucous-winged Gull- bill and overall size were too small, in flight had uniform wings and primaries.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have fair amount with Glaucous and some with Glaucous-winged.
References consulted: NatGeo Field Guide, Gulls of the Americas- Howell/Dunn
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden UT 84414
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Kenny Frisch (has in-flight photos), Tim Avery, Taylor Abbott, Jeff Bilsky...
Date prepared: 11/29/2013
Additional material: Photos