English and Scientific names:

Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus

Number of individuals: 

one, first winter (cycle?)

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Beach approximately 400 yards west of Peveto Woods about one half mile south of LA 27 W.

Date(s) when observed:

12 March 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

Approximately 11:30-11:45 AM CDST.


Reporting observer and address:

Jay V. Huner

Boyce, LA 71409

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


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

None to my knowledge. A first winter Glaucous Gull was said to have been found in the area some weeks previous to this sighting.

Light conditions:

Overcast with no shadows.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars.

Distance to bird(s): 

200-30 yards.

Duration of observation:

Observed about 5 minutes total. Noticed around 11:30 AM. Got close enough to note coloration of bill, legs, and feet. Left to get camera and took pictures for a few minutes before it flew off from west to east.



Behavior of bird: 

Saw group of about 30 gulls and terns about 400 yards from me. Then noticed about 4 or 5 gulls a bit closer including a very large, white gull. When first observed, it was picking on a by catch catfish in surf wash area with several gulls including 2 Laughing Gulls, a Ring-billed Gull, and an immature Herring Gull. When last observed, it was by itself and watching me.


ead, mantle, wings white like White Ibis. Black bill tip. Purplish bill and purplish legs and feet. Dirty white breast. Some what larger than nearby immature Herring Gull. [From memory - huge compared to Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls nearby.] Seemed to have slightly whiter leading edge on wings. White below when flew. No black in wings or tips noticed.



Similar species:

See 15 above.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Yes, I have a couple of good images.

Previous experience with this species?

I have recorded and viewed Glaucous Gull on the West Coast and Alaska.

Identification aids: 

at time of observation:

National Geographic Field Guide.

after observation:


Notes made from? 

Most notes in 15 taken at time of observation. Added comment about size relative to Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls.

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 




Jay V. Huner

Date and time: 

March 13, 2009, 10:20 AM