LOUISIANA BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

REPORT FORM

     

1. English and Scientific names: Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage): one, first winter, sex unknown

3. Locality: Parish: ____Orleans________________________________________

Specific Locality: _Lake Pontchartrain Seabrook Bridge area ______________________________________________

4. Date(s) when observed: 12/6/12

5. Time(s) of day when observed: 1:15 pm

6. Reporting observer and address: Mary Mehaffey, Folsom, LA, 70437

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Janine Robin and Glenn Ousset

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): cloudy, out in open

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): 8 x 42 binocular, excellent condition

11. Distance to bird(s): about 60

12. Duration of observation: 45 minutes

13. Habitat: on seawall of lake

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): resting

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): much larger than Ring-billed Gull, slightly larger than Herring Gull, all white plumages, dark eye, pink legs, long pink bill with black tip

16. Voice: did not call

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Ring-billed Gull there was no gray on this gull and it was much larger

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): photo by Mary Mehaffey attached

19. Previous experience with this species: seen in Cameron Parish Louisiana 3/24/12

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

a. at time of observation: Sibley Guide to Birds

b. after observation: Sibley Guide to Birds

21. This description is written from: __x___ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);___x__notes made after the observation (date: 12/6/12_____); _____memory.

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

23. Date:_3/14/13_________Time:_6:30 pm______