A Sister Site of Northern Michigan Birding.
Michigan Birds Checklist:

Michigan Checklist Report Board NMB Forum Sightings Database

 Great Black-backed Gull

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common

Early Spring Date

Late Fall Date
Note: Early and Late Dates are being researched.
Image Credits
Count totals in the NMB Databases for Great Black-backed Gull.

Use the links below to view the Great Black-backed Gull reports in the respective databases.
If there are zero sightings for a particular season, that database will return no results.

Active Database - Spring 2005
View Great Black-backed Gull sightings.
Great Black-backed Gull Archives Reports
Fall 2003 57
Spring 2003 23
Winter 02-03 42
Fall 2002 16
Summer 2002 6
Spring 2002 37
Winter 01-02 289
Fall 2001 23
Summer 2001 1
Spring 2001 28
Winter 00-01 30
Fall 2000 64
Summer 2000 4
Spring 2000 14
Winter 00-99 20
Fall 1999 21
Spring/Summer 1999 2

NMB Database
Seasonal Percentage Graph
For: Great Black-backed Gull

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
Active Database - Fall 2003
View Fall 2003 sightings.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Great Black-backed Gull
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Great Black-backed Gull
Note: Some species will not be present in the WPBO archives and will return no records.

Search "The Birds of Michigan" text.

Home - Foreword - Preface - Introduction - Hypothetical List - Literature Cited

Historical Text

Larus marinus Linnaeus
Great Black-backed Gull

Rare visitant.

Barrows (1912: 52) referred to a record of a Black-backed Gull taken at Detroit in March, 1904, which was cited by Swales (1904o: 82), but Swales (notes) later considered the record unreliable. The first unquestionable Michigan specimen (U.M.M.Z.) was taken by Harold Mayfield and L. W. Campbell in the Erie marsh area, Monroe County, on February 27, 1943. There are a number of sight records of Black-backed Gulls for the same area: 1, January 17 (1937, by Mr. and Mrs. F. Steams) ; 1, February 7 (1937, by L. W. Campbell and J. J. Stophlet) ; 6, March 15; 3, March 21; and 4, March 23 (1942, by Harold Mayfield); and 1, March 17 (1928, by L. W. Campbell). The report of 1 seen inland at Newberry, Luce County, on January 22, 2023 (R. Beebe, 1933: 120) seems doubtful.

Mueseum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
[email protected]

| Checklist Home | View | List All | Log Off |

Be sure to visit these websites for more sighting and banding counts.

Michigan Bird Records Committee Website.
MI HummerNet - WPBO - RRBO - SMRR - Saginaw Bay
Copyright 1998 Gossamer Threads Inc. Database Powered by Gossamer Threads Inc.