English and Scientific names:

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Number of individuals: 

1 first cycle



Specific Locality:

Rutherford Beach

Date(s) when observed:

April 23, 2010

Time(s) of day when observed:  

~6:00-6:10 p.m.

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace
New Orleans, LA 

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

Steve Cardiff and Donna Dittmann discovered the bird. Seen by Curt Sorrells and Mac Myers.

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Dan Purrington and others

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

Good; bird to the south of the observers in p.m.

Optical equipment: 

Eagle 10x40 bins

Distance to bird(s): 

30-50 m

Duration of observation:

~10 minutes


Gulf beach

Behavior of bird: 

In flock with HERG, LAGU and terns. Resting, alert, walking, flying. 


The bird was larger than adjacent Herring Gulls with a bigger head. The bill was long and relatively thin for a big gull, but typical for Glaucous, with a shallow gonydeal angle. The pinkish bill had a clearly demarcated black tip. The plumage of the bird appeared all white. The eye was dark and the legs were pink.  



Similar species:

Larger than Iceland's Gull. Bill color and plumage color rule out Glaucous-winged.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Videotape submitted to LBRC.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen several times in LA

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Notes written on April 29 and video.

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



Date and time: 

June 18, 2010; 5:45 p.m.