1. English and Scientific names: Black-legged Kittiwake

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): 1 in worn adult plumage

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: Cameron

Specific Locality: Rutherford Beach, Cameron

4. Date(s) when observed:04/24/2014

5. Time(s) of day when observed: mid-morning

6. Reporting observer and address: Paul Conover, Lafayette

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): The bird was found and identified on 4/22/2014 by Patti Holland, Molly Richard, and Angela Trahan

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):bright

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):Zeiss 10s, Nikon D50 w/300mm lens, Nikon Fieldscope w/20-60x, Samsung S4 phone camera

11. Distance to bird(s):Bird allowed close approach if done slowly. I came with 20 yards.

12. Duration of observation:†† probably 15 minutes

13. Habitat:Gulf beach, bordered on N by pastureland and marsh.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):Bird was sitting with a large gull and tern flock. Most of the birds in the flock were small, especially Forsterís Terns.The bird was near Laughing Gulls but not associating with them. It was the bird perched the highest and farthest from the waterís edge, standing facing the water from the bare strip of sand above the recent tidelines.

Short-legged, stocky medium-sized gull with blocky head, pale gray upperparts, plain black wingtips, black eye and yellow bill.


Silver-gray above, with all feathers except for mantle appearing very worn. Wings worn, with dusky markings on greater primary coverts, either due to wear or perhaps remnants of a subadult plumage. outer primaries plain dark black, with dark edge to entire visible outer web of outermost primary (p10), similar but much shorter mark on next innermost primary (p9). Primaries skeletal, white areas of primaries especially worn. Dusky tips to badly worn inner primaries (like associated dusky coverts) probably a sign of subadult plumage. Flight feathers slightly paler than upperwing coverts. Thin white trailing edge on secondaries, almost obscured by wear.


Head white, with a small dark smudge about the size of the eye above and adjacent to the rear half of eye, and a larger, slightly duskier ear spot. Slight dusky streaking connecting the eye smudge to the top of the ear spot, with duskier streaking connect both ear spots forming a weak hind-collar. Neck white. Eye dark brown, bill completely unmarked medium yellow. Some duskiness at base of bill, probably stain.


Rump and tail white.


Underparts white.


Legs dark, with dusky pink or purple hint. Legs not black.


17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):


Wing pattern eliminates similar species.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):Decent flight photos, better perched shots. †††

19. Previous experience with this species: Good. Adults in Canada, 1st years in Louisiana. This is my first look at a more advanced bird in Louisiana. ††

21. This description is written from: memory

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

23.†††††† 04/25/2014