[wisb] Re: Jaegerfest is coming...

For those of you who might not be familiar with "Jaegerfest", this extended 
birding field trip will take place in Superior (on Wisconsin Point) on Sept. 
24-26.  Most participants typically arrive sometime on Friday, but some will 
be birding on Wisconsin Point beginning as early as Tuesday of that week. 
This year will mark the 12th anniversary of this annual outing.

We have had very good success with finding jaegers on this outing, with some 
years being quite spectacular -- which is why we coined this event 
"Jaegerfest".  The most likely of the jaeger species is Parasitic, but we 
have also found Pomarine and Long-tailed on a few occasions.  We also 
typically find a nice variety of gulls, with Sabine's being one of the most 
highly sought.  We have found at least one during most years, and one year 
we had several flocks that totalled at least 30 birds!!  Arctic Terns have 
also been found on several occasions, as have Pacific Loons, and an 
assortment of other rarities.  Who knows what might turn up this year, with 
the possibility of "hurricane birds" drifting into the upper Midwest?!! 
This is generally a reliable time/place to find Harris's Sparrows, as well 
as a variety of other sparrows, warblers, shorebirds, etc.

One thing to keep in mind about this trip is that ANYTHING may be possible 
weather-wise, so it would be prudent to come prepared.  We have experienced 
some very warm days, when shorts and t-shirts are fine -- but we have also 
had very cold mornings, with frost on the ground and cold winds blowing off 
Lake Superior -- so bringing a hat, gloves and a warm winter parka would be 
recommended.  Wet weather is also possible, so make sure you have a 
rainsuit, boots, and protection for your optics.  One suggestion would be to 
bring some stiff plastic sheeting and rubber bands so you can cover your 
scope, as well as soft cotton cloths for drying wet lenses.  We have birded 
in all weather on Wisconsin Point -- except for during heavy downpours or 
lightning storms.

Be sure to bring a cooler and lots of food (sandwich makings, etc.) and 
beverages, as most people stay all day on The Point for each of those days. 
A comfortable folding chair might be a wise addition.  We are planning to 
arrange for a porta-potty again this year, so I will be happy to 
receive/collect any donations to help cover the cost (in Superior), so WSO 
doesn't have to pay for this.  Also we recommend that you bring along your 
family-band radio(s), as this is always a popular and useful means of 
communication.  I will have some extras on hand to loan out.  We use 
Motorolas radios on channel 11 and sub-channel 22 for these birding events, 
and they have proven very helpful for reporting bird sightings.

Most birders stay in motels, but some choose to stay in one of the nearby 
campgrounds.

As always, there is no requirement to be a WSO member to attend this outing. 
Just show up on The Point anytime after 7 AM on any of those three days and 
join in the fun!

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake

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From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2010 4:33 PM
To: "Wisconsin Birding Network" <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [wisb] Jaegerfest is coming...

> While turning over calendars this morning, I realized with a start that
> Jaegerfest is only three weeks away!  If you haven't gotten your lodging
> reservations made yet, now would be a good time to do so.  It doesn't
> look as though there will be any major events in either Superior or
> Duluth the weekend of the 24th-26th, but there is a Folkswalk and
> Folksbike in Two Harbors (just north of Duluth,) and those events
> sometimes are very popular.
>
> And duck season does start that Saturday morning in the Northern Zone,
> so we'll have a background soundtrack of gunshots from Allouez Bay to
> look forward to...
>
> Peter Fissel
> thinking Autumnally in
> Madison, WI
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