Louisiana Ornithological Society’s
Bird Records Committee
This form is intended as a convenience in reporting
observations of species on the
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,
and Scientific names:
Iceland Gull, Laurus glaucoides
of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate
One, first winter bird.
LOUISIANA: (parish) (specific locality)
St. Tammany Parish, Lake Ponchartrain
Lakefront at termination of Lakefront Road at Mandeville Yacht Club.
November 30, 2013
of day when observed:
9:50-10:10 AM CST
observer and address:
Jay V. Huner
428 Hickory Hill Drive
Boyce, LA 71409
observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):
Michael Musumeche, Kevin Leigh,
Cecil Tarver, Judith O’Neale, and Joseph Vallee.
observers who Independently identified the bird(s):
Various – Chris Brantley, Van Remsen, and many others.
conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and
amount of light):
Clear, mid-morning. Bird seen variously in good light and
poor light – glare.
equipment (type, power, condition):
Zeiss 10 x 40 binoculars – good
75 m to 3 m.
Small boat harbor. Lake Ponchartrain.
Low salinity location. Break water structures and sea wall.
of bird/circumstances of observations (flying, feeding, resting; including
and stress habits in identification: relate events surrounding
Bird was in the company of numerous Laughing Gulls and a few
Ring-billed Gulls. It came to observers to seek chum – bread. It behaved like
any other panhandling gull. It landed on the sea wall and approached observers
seeking bread. Flew to the distant sea wall when food was not available and
then returned when food was offered. It landed in water just off the sea wall
from time to time.
(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):
This was a well reported, staked out bird. It was a large
gull, at least 1/3 larger than the Laughing Gulls. It was an overall white
color with a gray “plaid” pattern on the body. Head was rounded. Eye was dark.
Bill was black, short and stout. Legs and feet were pink.
Could not detect the bird calling.
species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):
Apparently similar to first year Glaucous
Gull but Glaucous Gull is much larger and the yellow
bill has a black tip.
Photos will be submitted to LBRC.
experience with this species:
Some years ago, I saw an Iceland Gull at some distance at Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada.
aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in
time of observation: National Geographic Field Guide.
observation: Sibley’s Field Guide and Peterson’s Field Guide.
description is written from: _x_notes made
during the observation (notes attached?); __notes made after the
observation; __x_ memory. [Cannot find field notes. Will modify this
report if/when those notes found.]
you positive of your identification? If not, explain.
I am as certain as I can be based on the opinions of learned
ornithologists who reported the bird’s presence and described it.
of reporter __Jay V. Huner__ 8:25 PM Dec. 3,