Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)

Number of accepted Iceland Gull records for Louisiana = 4 as of May 2014

Accepted Records

One female in first basic plumage molting to first alternate plumage (1994-053) on 27 April 1994, Cameron: 1 mi. E of Holly Beach; Donna L. Dittmann (DLD 4161, ph cover and below) and Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 160608). This represents the first state record. See discussion in LBRC 2013 Newsletter, page 7

Photos by Donna L. Dittmann

One male in first basic plumage (2006-073) on 19 November 2006, Cameron: 5 mi. W of old mouth Mermentau River (Rutherford Beach), N 29o 46’ 29”, W 93o 12’ 21”; Donna L. Dittmann (DLD 8829) and Steven W. Cardiff (LSUMZ 179733). DNA analyzed by S. Sonsthagen, who determined that the allelic optimal is Larus smithsonianus (but also L. californicus and L. fuscus) so that genetic ID as L. glaucoides was not confirmed. Sonsthagen commented: “This individual has a lot of common alleles with a few rare ones for Thayer's and Glaucous-winged, which likely muddied up the genetic ID. Joe Jehl thought it was a L. kumlieni but he thought the tail was too dark for kumlieni.” Tentatively identified as Kumlien’s Iceland Gull.

Photos by Donna L. Dittmann

One in first basic plumage (2013-018) from 9 March-4 April 2013, Plaquemines: Venice, Venice Boat Harbor and Venice landfill; Tom Johnson (ph), Mary Mehaffey, Nancy L. Newfield (03/17/2013 report), (field notes), (04/07/2013 report), Phillip A. Wallace (ph), Tom Trenchard (ph), and Justin Bosler (ph).

Photos by Tom Johnson

One in first basic plumage (2013-019) from 23 November- 14 December 2013; St. Tammany: Mandeville lakefront;
Chris Brantley (ph) Janine Robin (ph), Tom Trenchard (ph), James Beck (ph), Mike Musumeche (ph), Jay V. Huner (ph), Dave Patton (ph), J. V. Remsen (ph only; 11/23), Dan O'Malley (ph), Mary Mehaffey (ph), B. Mac. Myers III (ph), and Charles Lyon (ph only; 12/07).

Photos by Van Remsen, Janine Robin, Dave Patton, and Charles Lyon