Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-94

Common name:

Western Gull

Scientific name: Larus occidentalis
Date: 12/06/2013
Time: 3:00pm
Length of time observed: 15 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Lake Park/Highbury Pond, West Valley City
County: Salt Lake
Distance to bird: 35 yards
Optical equipment: Pentax Binoculars, Canon Powershot sx50 hs Camera
Weather: Partly Cloudy
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Large Gull, 24"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Gull with large bill
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Dark gray mantle with mostly white head, fore neck, flanks and breast. Black primaries.
(Description:)            Bill Type: Large with red sub terminal marking
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Pink legs, large bill, red sub terminal mark, dark gray mantle...see photos.
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Docile, at rest on land
Habitat: Snow bank next to open water ( residential pond ).
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Pink legs and size eliminated most. Bill and head shape along with dark mantle eliminated HEGU. Size, bill shape, primaries and mantle color eliminated Thayer's.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
A lot. Seen on the West Coast as well as earlier in the year at FBWMA.
References consulted: None
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: None
Date prepared: 12/06/2013
Additional material: Photos