Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus)

Number of accepted Glaucous Gull records for Louisiana > 50 as of June 2015

Accepted Records

(1976-04; formerly 82-9). An immature photographed by Howard Kisner at Holly Beach, Cameron Parish on 1 January 1976.

A first winter immature (1982-42) at the Paris Road dump, Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish on 23 January 1982 (Van Remsen, Steven W. Cardiff*,David P. Muth, MB,JR,TD).

(1982-7). An immature seen by B. Mac Myers III, David P. Muth, LO, and Dan Purrington at Grand Isle on 7 February 1982.

A first- winter immature (1982-44) collected (LSUMZ 103495) at the same location (Paris Road dump, Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish) on 28 February 1982 (Steven W. Cardiff); the collected bird represents the first specimen record for Louisiana. Because of minor plumage differences, this was thoughtnot to be the same individual seen there a month earlier.

A first-winter immature (1983-04) west of Holly Beach, Cameron Parish on 16 January 1983 (Malcolm Mark Swan).

Two first-winter immatures (1984-24) on the beach at the end of Fourchon Road, Lafourche Parish, on 17 April 1984 (TS; Nancy L. Newfield, Van Remsen, et al.), with one bird still present on 21 April 1984.

One immature (1985-9) photographed on Fourchon Beach, Lafourche Parish, on 21 April 1985 (Phillip Wallace*;Al Smalley,Gwen Smalley, Curt Sorrells, John Sevenair).

One in first winter immature (1985-35) two miles west of Holly Beach, Cameron Parish, on 25 November 1985 (Joe Kleiman; DH).

One in first basic plumage (1989-166) on 30 Dec. 1989, St. Bernard: Chalmette, "BFI" Crescent Acres Landfill; Steven W. Cardiff (ph) and Donna L. Dittmann (AB 46 (2):277; LOS 147).

One female in very worn plumage, beginning molt into first summer plumage (1990-50) on 10-11 Jun. 1990, Cameron: 1 mi. W old mouth Mermentau River; Donna L. Dittmann (ph) & Steven W. Cardiff (ph, LSUMZ #152028). Erroneously reported as present through 22 Jun. in AB 45(5): 1128.

One in first basic plumage (1991-45) on 8 Dec. 1991, Orleans: New Orleans, junction of inner harbor and Lake Pontchartrain at Seabrook Bridge; Alfred E. and Gwen B. Smalley (ph), and David P. Muth (ph) (AB 46(2):277).

One in definitive basic plumage (1991-50) on 21 Dec. 1991, St. Bernard: Chalmette, “BFI" Crescent Acres Landfill; Steven W. Cardiff (ph), Donna L. Dittmann, and Curtis A. Marantz (ph) (AB 46 (2):277; LOS 147). This is the first accepted record of an adult in Louisiana.

One (1993-28) in first basic plumage on 9 Jan 1993, St. Bernard: BFI Crescent Acres Landfill near Chalmette; David P. Muth and Jon L. Dunn (ph); AB 47(2): 267.

One female in 1st basic plumage (1993-05) on 6 Feb 1993, St. Bernard: landfill 2 mi. NNE Arabi; Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 159168) and Donna L. Dittmann (*); AB47(2):267.

One in first alternate plumage (1993-31) from 24-25 Apr. 1993, Cameron: Broussard Beach near Cameron; Curtis A. Marantz, John P. Sevenair, Cecil C. Kersting (ph), Phillip A. Wallace, Joseph P. Kleiman, and Gayle Strickland (ph)(AB 47(3):422).

One female in first alternate plumage (1994-32) from 23-28 Apr. 1994, Cameron: 6 mi. W of old mouth Mermentau River (Rutherford Beach); John P. Sevenair, Joseph P. Kleiman, Jim Holmes (ph only), Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 160626) and Donna L. Dittmann (*).

One female in first alternate plumage (1994-33) from 23-27 Apr. 1994, Cameron: 1 mi. E of (town of) Holly Beach; Paul E. Conover (ph), Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 160628) and Donna L. Dittmann (*).

Video by Paul E. Conover

One female in second alternate plumage (1994-61) on 15 May 1994, Cameron: 5 mi. W of old mouth Mermentau River (Rutherford Beach); Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 160627) and Donna L. Dittmann (*). This and the two preceding records appear in FN 48 (3):309 and LOS 159.

One first winter (1997-24) on 8 February 1997, Cameron: 2 mi. W of Hackberry Ridge; Douglas A. Faulkner.

One in first basic plumage (1997-06) on 10 Feb. 1997, and likely the same individual 27 Apr. 1997, Cameron: 2 mi. W of (town of) Holly Beach; B. Mac Myers III (ph), Phillip A. Wallace (ph), Laurence C. Binford, and Joseph P. Kleiman (FN 51(4):882).

One first winter (1997-72) on 26 March 1997, Jefferson: Grand Isle, Grand Isle State Park; Richard S. Bello.

One in first alternate plumage (1997-21) from 23 Apr.-3 May 1997, Cameron: Rutherford Beach, 1-5 mi. W of old mouth Mermentau River (Rutherford Beach); Daniel F. Lane (ph) and Brian Gibbons (ph only) (FN 51(4):882 includes ph by Lane).

One (1998-39) in first basic plumage on 21 Jun 1998, Plaquemines: Baptiste Collette, Shea Island (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spoil-created island), 29o 24’ 17” N, 89 o 17’ 18” W; R. D. Purrington (ph); FN 52(4): 467.

Two (1999-25), one in first basic plumage 13 Feb-13 Mar 1999, and one in second basic plumage 23 Jan-13 Mar 1999, Jefferson: Greater New Orleans Landfill on Hwy. 90; Peter H. Yaukey (ph); NAB 53(3): 290, LOS News 187: 2.

One (1999-07) in first basic plumage on 13 Feb 1999, Cameron: W. end of Rutherford Beach (“Broussard’s Beach”); Joseph P. Kleiman (ph); NAB 53(2): 175.

One in first winter plumage (1999-034) on 25 March 1999, Gulf of Mexico, 110 mi. SW of Patterson; Richard L. (Rick) Knight.

One (1999-23) in first alternate molting to second alternate plumage on 3-16 Apr 1999, Jefferson: Grand Isle beach; Phillip Wallace (ph) and Cecil C. Kersting; NAB 53(3): 290, LOS News 187: 3.

Two in first winter plumage (1999-033) on 10 April 1999, Cameron: beach 4 mi. W of Johnsons Bayou Road and 8-9 mi. W of Johnsons Bayou; Melvin Weber.

One (99-22) in first basic plumage on 24 Apr 1999, Cameron: W. end of Rutherford Beach, 10 mi. W of old mouth Mermentau River (“Broussard’s Beach”); Joseph P. Kleiman (ph) and Peter H. Yaukey (ph); NAB 53(3): 290; LOS News 187: 3.

One in 1st basic plumage (2004-48) on 24 Dec 2004, Vermilion: approximately 2 mi. S of Maurice along Hwy. 167; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Dave Patton

One first basic (2008-28) on 31 March-5 April 2008, Lafourche: Port Fourchon, Fourchon Beach at mouth of Belle Pass; R. Martin Guidry (ph), Justin Bosler (ph) and Devin Bosler (ph only).
Secretarial note: This individual is actually beginning (primary) molt to second basic plumage and thus not in its first cycle (H-P or modified H-P terminology).

Photo by Marty Guidry

One in subadult plumage (2008-34) on 11 May-18 July 2008, Terrebonne: Isles Dernieres, east spit Trinity Island; Cecilia Leumas and Justin Bosler. One in worn first cycle (2008-34) on 29 May-18 July 2008, Terrebonne: Isles Dernieres, Wine Island, 29.0955oN, 90.6108o W; Justin Bosler (ph). Secretarial note: this record is considered to represent the same individual reported earlier by Cecilia Leumas (2008-34) and for that reason it has the same LBRC number.

Two (2009-31) one present 12-29 March 2009 the second to 17 April 2009, Cameron: Holly Beach; Jay Huner (ph), Gary Broussard (ph only), Paul E. Conover (two birds on 29 March; ph), and Devin Bosler (ph).

Photo by Paul Conover

One first basic (2009-92) on 12-29 March 2009, Cameron: Peveto Beach and Holly Beach; Jay V. Huner (ph), Paul E. Conover (ph), Devin Bosler (ph), and Gary Broussard (ph only). Rumored to have been present since 21 February. This bird and 2009-31 were photographed together on 28 March.

Photo by Gary Broussard

One first basic (2009-31) on 28 March & 17 April 2009, Cameron: 3-5 mi. W of Holly Beach; Paul E. Conover (ph). This bird and 2009-92 were photographed together on 28 March; fine details of the bird seen on 17 April were thought to be more consistent with 2009-31.

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One first basic (2009-32) 18-19 April 2009, Jefferson: Grand Isle, beach in vicinity of Blue Dolphin Inn and Artie’s Sports Bar; Devin Bosler (ph), Donna L. Dittmann (ph), Phillip A. Wallace (ph); found by Jeff Webster.

Photo by Devin Bosler

One second basic (2009-91) on 18 October 2009, Jefferson: Elmer’s Island; Phillip A. Wallace (ph).

Photo by Phillip A. Wallace

One first basic (2010-08) on 19 January 2010, Vermilion: near end of Lurby Road off Hwy. 167, approximately 3.5 mi. N of Abbeville; Paul E. Conover (ph).

Photo by Paul E. Conover

One second basic (2010-62) on 28-30 March 2010, Jefferson: Elmer’s Island; Jeffrey W. Harris (ph), Duane Huval (ph only), and Michael J. Musumeche (ph). May pertain to same individual (LBRC 2009-91) found 18 October 2009 (http://www.losbird.org/lbrc/newsletter2010b.pdf), but no confirmed reports during the intervening period.

Photo by Michael J. Musumeche

One first basic (2010-75) on 17 April 2010, Jefferson: Queen Bess Island, ca 3 mi. N of E. end Grand Isle; Donna L. Dittmann (ph) and Steven W. Cardiff.

Two first basic (2010-16) on 18 April 2010, Cameron: Cameron, jetties at mouth of Calcasieu River; Dave Patton (ph).



Photos by Dave Patton

One first basic (2010-90) on 23-24 April 2010, Cameron: Rutherford Beach; Donna L. Dittmann (ph), Steven W. Cardiff, Phillip A. Wallace (ph), and Robert D. Purrington (card only).

One first winter (2012-096) on 17 February 2012, Terrebonne: Isles Dernieres, West Raccoon Island; Dan O’Malley (ph).

Photo by Dan O'Malley

One (2012-061) from 12 April-1 June 2012, Cameron: vicinity of Calcasieu River jetties [=mouth Calcasieu River]; Thomas Finnie (ph), Dave Patton (ph). This and 2012-085 may involve the same individual.

Photo by Dave Patton

One (2012-085) on 28 April 2012, Cameron: W of Holly Beach on Hwy. 27 near mile marker 45; Jeff Trahan (ph), Jane Patterson (ph only), and Melvin Weber (ph only). This and 2012-061 may involve the same individual.

Photo by Jeff Trahan

One (2012-092) on 1-2 July 2012, Cameron: Cameron, East Jetty Beach, approximately 2 mi. S of Cameron; Devin Bosler (ph).Possibly same bird present in area during late Spring 2012 and reported as late as 1 June 2012 by Dave Patton (2012-061).

Photo by Devin Bosler

One first winter (2012-091) on 3 and 6 December 2012 and presumably the same individual to 29 March 2013, Orleans: Lake Pontchartrain at Seabrook Bridge; Robert D. Purrington (ph), Mary Mehaffey (ph), Janine Robin (ph only), Phillip A. Wallace (ph), Justin Bosler (ph), and Tom Trenchard.

Photo by Janine Robin

One first-year immature (2013-068) on 20 March 2013; Jefferson: Elmer’s Island WMA; Erik I. Johnson (ph).

Photo by Erik I. Johnson

One first-year immature (2013-088) on 30 November 2013, Cameron: Cameron-Calcasieu ship channel [Calcasieu River] near mouth; Paul E. Conover (ph) and Dave Patton (ph).

Photo by Dave Patton

One first-year immature (2013-090) on 4 December 2013, Jefferson: Elmer’s Island WMA, E. end; Erik I. Johnson (ph).

Photo by Erik I. Johnson

One (2014-039) on 12 April 2014, Plaquemines: Venice, end of McDermott Rd.; Cameron Rutt (ph).

Photo by Cameron Rutt

One (2014-040) on 26 April 2014, Cameron: Holly Beach; Mary Mehaffey (ph).

Photo by Mary Mehaffey

Unaccepted Records

One immature (81-37) at Rutherford Beach, Cameron Parish, 22 March 1981. This record unfortunately was decided on a technicality. The supporting photograph was accidentally lost during the review process. Many Committee members felt that the identification was correct, based on an initial examination of the original slide, but the accompanying written description was too weak to stand alone, and so was not accepted once the slide was lost. The Committee has learned its lesson from this accident, and no longer circulates unique copies of documentation. Contributors should draw their own lesson: while a photograph always helps support a record, it should always be accompanied by a good written description. Such descriptions serve to emphasize important features shown in the photograph, and to supply supplemental information not conveyed by the photograph.

One immature (1985-40; formerly 86-9) two miles west of Holly Beach, Cameron Parish, from 25 to 28 April 1985. This bird was "mostly" Glaucous in its features, but the wing-tips were noticeably darker that the rest of the wing, suggesting some degree of hybridization with some other species of gull.

One first or second year bird (89-93) on 2 Jan. 1989, Calcasieu: Lake Charles. Although the bird may have been correctly identified, the description and the observer did not convincingly eliminate the possibility that the bird may have been a leucistic Herring Gull.

Two (2010-85) on 24 April 2010, Cameron: Cameron, Cameron jetties. The photographs show very distant individuals that appear to be Royal Terns.

One first winter (2010-111) on 22 September 2010, Cameron: Holly Beach, beach at E end of Egret St. Most members believed that the details were insufficient to confirm Glaucous Gull over other whitish gull species or a leucistic individual, or for that matter, even an extremely bleached summering Herring Gull. Much better documentation would be required, especially for a September occurrence.

One immature (2012-126) on 24 March 2012, Cameron: East Jetty Beach, 1 mi. S Cameron. Possibly correctly identified, but photographs and the description did not adequately rule-out other species. Close examination of photographs indicated that this was not one of the two accepted individuals present in the vicinity around the same time.

One immature (2012-133) on 27 April 2012; Cameron: Cameron, East Jetty Park. Despite there being a Glaucous Gull reported in the vicinity around the time of this observation and that this could have potentially been the same individual, unfortunately the description and photographs were not adequate for elimination of a very bleached or leucistic Herring Gull or hybrid.

One immature (2012-135) on 9 May 2012; Cameron: beach 3.3 mi. E Holly Beach. Possibly correctly identified, but distance from the bird and the relatively superficial description did not provide enough support to eliminate other species.

One second-winter (2014-025) on 13 February 2014, Vermilion: just N of SW Pass in Vermilion Bay. The bird is suggestive of a Glaucous Gull, but photos only showed the bird’s underside as it passed overhead, and other features could not be ascertained well-enough to rule out a hybrid or leucistic individual of another species.