English and Scientific names:

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Number of individuals: 

1 first cycle

Locality: LOUISIANA: 


Specific Locality:

Grand Isle

Date(s) when observed:

18 April, 2009

Time(s) of day when observed:  

Later afternoon

Reporting observer and address:

Phillip Wallace

New Orleans, LA

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

David Muth, Curt Sorrells

Other observers who independently identified the bird(s)

Discovered by Jeff Webster; seen  by Devin Bosler, et al.

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

Low sun to west; line of sight initially toward west, but later toward south and east. Good light.

Optical equipment: 

Kowa Scope 20x

Distance to bird(s): 

20-80 m

Duration of observation:

10-15 minutes


Sandy beach

Behavior of bird: 

Feeding on dead fish, interacting with Herring, flying


Large pale gull; slightly larger than adjacent Herring. Head and body off-white contrasting with bright white wings and tail. In flight, the wings were clearly all white. Long straight bill with distinctly demarcated black tip; pinkish/flesh colored on the proximal three-quarters of the bill. Pinkish legs. Dark eye.



Similar species:

Plumage color, bill shape, color, and pattern eliminate other species.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Video will be submitted to LBRC.

Previous experience with this species: 

I've seen several times in LA.

Identification aids:


This description is written from: 

Memory and video

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




Phillip Wallace

Date and time: 

12 June, 2009
5:00 p.m.