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 -------------------------------------------------- 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 > #################### > You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin > Birding Network (Wisbirdn). > To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: > http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. > To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: > http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. > Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn. > > #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.