Western Gull, (Larus occidentalis)
Number of accepted Western Gull records for Louisiana = 1 as of June 2015
One female (1996-89) in second basic plumage on 27 October 1996, Lafourche: Fourchon Beach; B. Mac Myers III (LSUMZ 162293) and Robert D. Purrington; Donna L. Dittmann (*; B-29052). The DNA of this individual was analyzed by Pierre-Andre Crochet and Sarah Sonsthagen and is consistent with this species. Morphology and plumage are also consistent with subadult Western Gull. This represents a first state record and the only well-documented record in the southeastern region.
Photos by Donna L. Dittmann
see also: NEWSLETTER OF THE
LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE: Annual Report 2008