One adult in alternate plumage (1988-51; formerly 89-47) on 21 June 1988, Cameron: 7 mi. W OMMR; Donna L. Dittmann & Steven W. Cardiff.
One immature male (1988-53; formerly 89-49) on 21 June 1988, Cameron: 7 mi. W OMMR; Donna L. Dittmann & Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ #135934).
These three records are the first records for Louisiana. Although the latter two individuals were observed together and represent a single occurrence, they were reviewed separately because they were in different plumages and because one was collected and the other was a sight record.
One female in first summer plumage (1990-47) on 10 Jun. 1990, Cameron: 7 mi. W old mouth Mermentau River; Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ #152033), DLD (AR 44(5): 1147).
Two adults in alternate plumage (1990-49) on 23 Jun. 1990, Cameron: "Broussard's Beach,” 10 mi. W old mouth Mermentau River, Donna L. Dittmann (ph) & Steven W. Cardiff (AB 44(5):1147). These represent the third and fourth records (Editor's note: 4th and 5th records) for Louisiana.
One in definitive alternate plumage (1995-61) on 30 May 1995, Cameron: 1.5-2 mi. W of (town of) Holly
Beach; Paul E. Conover (ph) and Gary Broussard (ph only) (FN 49(3):262).
This is the sixth record for Louisiana.
Photo and video by Paul Conover
One female (2000-4) in second alternate plumage on 4 Jun 2000, Cameron: Rutherford Beach, 6 mi. W of old mouth Mermentau River; B. Mac Myers III (LSUMZ 171768; Donna L. Dittmann) and Phillip Wallace (ph); NAB 54(4): 391. This represents the 6th record (Editor's note: 7th) for Louisiana. All records have occurred between 30 May-23 Jun.
One adult (2015-070) on 10 July 2015, Plaquemines: Breton NWR, Breton Island; David P. Muth (ph).
This represents the eighth state occurrence and first in 15 years.
Photo by David Muth
One adult (1996-26) on 4 May 1996, Gulf of Mexico: approximately 15 mi. S of Southwest Pass Mississippi River on LOS-sponsored pelagic trip. In addition to the brevity of the observation and associated description, and that only one observer on the pelagic trip submitted a report, opposition to this record also focused on the early date, which did not fit the currently established pattern of occurrence for this species in the Gulf of Mexico.