English and Scientific names:

Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus

Number of individuals: 

1, first year

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:

Holly Beach, a few miles W of community

Date(s) when observed:


Time(s) of day when observed:  

9:55-10:10 am

Reporting observer and address:

Paul Conover

Lafayette, LA

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

Mac Myers

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Overcast but adequate.

Optical equipment: 

Zeiss 10s, Nikon Fieldscope, Nikon d50 w/20mm lens.

Distance to bird(s): 

Perhaps 30 yards minimum

Duration of observation:

15 minutes



Behavior of bird: 

Loafing on beach, flying around a little as we approached. We tried to lure it in with snacks, and while seemingly tempted, it managed to resist.


Large “all-white” gull, as large or larger than Herring. Legs and bill pale pink, bill with black tip. Wavy pale brown barring on undertail and uppertail coverts, blotchy pale brown markings on underparts, perhaps faint streaking on head. Primaries worn down to shaft at tip. Eyes dark.


This is perhaps one of the two Glaucous Gulls seen throughout the winter near this site.


Not heard.

Similar species:

Other “white” gulls smaller. Combination of characters matches Glaucous rather white Herring.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?


Previous experience with this species: 

Seen perhaps 3 other times in Louisiana, including an observation of two in late March.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Memory, photos.

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




Paul Conover

Date and time: 

June 9, 2009

4:02 PM