1. English and Scientific names: Black-headed Gull      Larus ridibundus


2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage):

    One1st winter bird; basic plumage


3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish) __Vermilion


Specific Locality:. ~1/4 mile west of the intersection of Prairie Road and Detraz Rd.(becomes Marsh
Rd.) on the north side of Marsh Rd. This location is about 2 miles northwest
of Mouton Cove. 

4. Date(s) when observed: 16/March/2011

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 10:20 am

6. Reporting observer and address:

    Michael Musumeche

    1621 Southwood Dr.

    New Iberia, LA 70560

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): None

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): None

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Partly cloudy, sun behind  


10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Swa. Scope 20x60

11. Distance to bird(s): ~250 meters

12. Duration of observation: ~8 minutes

13. Habitat: muddy field

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): appeared to be “resting” with several Bonaparte’s Gulls

15. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species):  red bill with dark tip, red legs, dark spot behind eyes, plumage basically white (somewhat grayer dorsally, brown carpal bar.

16. Voice: None noted

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Bonaparte’s Gull smaller, dark bill

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Photographs sent to Paul Conover by:

      Michael Musumeche

      1621 Southwood Dr.

      New Iberia, LA 70560

19. Previous experience with this species: Somewhat in Newfoundland and was part of group that found the 1st Texas

      record at Lake Livingston in East Texas.

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification):

a. at time of observation: National Geographic

b. after observation: National Geographic

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); ___X__memory.

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain: Yes

23. Signature of reporter: Michael Musumeche Date:18/March/2011 Time:8:00 pm

24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? Yes

If yes, may we include your name with the report? Yes