1. English and Scientific names: California Gull Larus californicus


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

1, second winter


3. Locality: Parish: Cameron

Specific Locality: I mile west of Holly Beach

4. Date(s) when observed: 10.11.13

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1515h

6. Reporting observer and address: David P. Muth, 2765 Orchid St., New Orleans, LA 70119.

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

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Mac Myers saw later that afternoon; Dave Patton 10.13.13

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

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): Eagle Optics Platinum 10x42

11. Distance to bird(s): 100

12. Duration of observation: 10 minutes

13. Habitat: gulf beach

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): preening and loafing in mixed species flock on beach

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):


Size in range of smaller HERG; bicolored bill, long and not very deep, yellowish flesh w/ dark tip; heavily streaked nape; eye smudge; mantle slightly darker than HERG; primaries very dark brown, mottled-grey-mottled pattern in folded secondaries (lesser-median-greater coverts?); white below; tail dark terminal band with white rump; pale greenish legs.

16. Voice: not heard

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): HERG and LBBG ruled out by combination of leg color, bill pattern, tail pattern, mantle color.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): yes

19. Previous experience with this species: fairly extensive

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

a. at time of observation: none

b. after observation: field guides; my photos of bird.

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. Date: 03/07/14 Time: x

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

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