This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names:

Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus

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

1 1st winter

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish)

Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:

Calcasieu River Jetties and again offshore about mile

4. Date(s) when observed:

November 30, 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed:

10:00AM and again at 1:15PM

6. Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton, davepatton@gmail.com

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

Paul Conover

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):

Excellent, full sun, good angles

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):

binoculars and 300mm lens

11. Distance to bird(s):

50 feet

12. Duration of observation:

30 minutes twice

13. Habitat:

Rock jetties and offshore rip line

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

Resting on the rocks near the end. Not too interested in popcorn. Feeding on a large dead fish in a rip line offshore. Finally came to gull action over popcorn on second sighting

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):

Pink bill with black tip. Pink legs and feet. Dark eye. Very white overall with brown mottling and barring on body rump, coverts, and tail. Primaries mostly white. Size: bigger than some Herring.

16. Voice:


17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):

Bigger than Iceland, and bill color different

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

Photos, 300mm lens

19. Previous experience with this species:

A few that looked much like this.

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

a. at time of observation:

b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); __X___memory.Photograph

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

23. Signature of reporter:



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

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


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