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Amar Ayyash

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Gull Frolic 2013
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:36:06 AM »
This year's Gull Frolic was another success! Where else can you mingle with 150 like-minded birders, attend an intriguing presentation, have lunch and tally all of our winter gull species?

A special thanks to the Kitchen Crew, Tara Beveroth for her great presentation, Doug Stotz for the bird specimens display, the Orange Hats for manning the outside, and all of the other volunteers that made everything run smoothly. We're also very appreciative for all of the Co-sponsors that help make this event possible.

I kept a tentative gull list that I think Ethan and others will be able to add to, I hope.

11 Thayer's Gulls (all ages represented)
4 Kumlien's Iceland Gulls (all ages represented)
4 Glaucous Gulls (1st, 2nd and adults)
3 Lesser Black-backeds (1st cycle, 2nd cycle, adult)
1 Great Black-backed (adult)
1 Kumlien's/Thayer's Intermediate type (adult)
1 Presumed Nelson's Gull (Herring x Glaucous; adult)
1 Presumed Great Black-backed x Herring (adult; well photographed)


A few photos of some photogenic birds:

First cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


2nd cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


3rd cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


2nd cycle Thayer's Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


2nd cycle Thayer's Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


Adult Thayer's type; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


Adult Glaucous Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


Adult Glaucous Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


1st cycle Glaucous Gull; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


Adult Kumlien's/Thayer's type; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.


Same individual above.


Presumed adult GBBG x Herring; Winthrop Harbor, IL; 16 Feb 2013.

Note on the Kumlien's/Thayer's type that P5 has a full band, something unexpected on Kumlien's. But the pigmentation of the wingtips seems too pale for a pure Thayer's.

There are some great photos of the GBBG x Herring that Ryan Sanderson took. The photos show a primary pattern and leg color consistent with this hybrid combination.

Hopefully others will add some of the species they saw, including the ducks and geese that I missed.

 
 
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Nick Minor

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013, 12:47:47 PM »
Great shots Amar! That Glaucous Gull's a stunner!
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Tyler D Funk

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2013, 01:57:19 PM »
Amar,

  Thank you for the well organized and very entertaining frolic. I had a great time, and was great to see so many birders there that I have met over the years.
Thank you,
Tyler D Funk

Joan Norek

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013, 06:55:10 PM »
Thank you Amar for the memories tied up in those photos. Leisurely watching an adult Glaucous Gull naked eye was one of best gull experiences to date.

Joan

Ryan Sanderson

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2013, 08:32:05 PM »
Here are a few photos that I'll load directly to ILBirds.  I've been extremely busy since the event, and only had time to go through around half of my photos, so there are still tons to add to my Flickr site.  Here are a few of my better shots: the first three are of the Hybrid Gull, the next is an adult Thayer's, and the next is an adult Glaucous.  (The last is a flight shot of the hybrid gull I added after my first post.)

I have many other photos on my Flickr site at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanjsanderson/sets/72157632781773221/
I have not yet had a chance to title them/go through all the species.  I anticipate needing some help with some of the IDs on the young birds.

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Sam Burckhardt

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2013, 07:42:20 AM »
A thank you goes out to Amar and all who helped to organize this latest edition of the Gull Frolic. I had a great time and enjoyed encountering both gulls and fellow birders. Here are a few pictures from the event. I have posted more on my Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/35584678@N04/sets/72157632796840417/

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Adult Glaucous Gull


DSCN7900 by samburckhardt, on Flickr

2nd cycle Iceland Gull (Kumlien's)


DSCN7951 by samburckhardt, on Flickr

Adult Herring Gull (American) being harassed by 2nd cycle Herring Gull (American)


DSCN7864 by samburckhardt, on Flickr

Feeding frenzy, Herring Gulls (American)


DSCN7962 by samburckhardt, on Flickr
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Keith A. McMullen

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2013, 07:44:04 AM »
Nice report and shots, Amar. I'm curious, when was the GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL seen? I recall hearing Paul mentioning someone called out a flyover GREAT BLACK-BACKED but I wasn't certain that was the one you're referring to.

Just curious.

Kudos to you and all the crew to make the event a success!

Keith

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2013, 07:51:11 AM »
Andy Sigler told me he had a flyby adult Great Black-backed Gull in the morning. I am uncertain as to when.
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Keith A. McMullen

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2013, 07:51:42 AM »
Many got to see the ROSS' GOOSE and the 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE amongst the large group of CANADA GEESE and many duck species including:

MALLARD
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK
REDHEAD
LESSER & GREATER SCAUP
all 3 MERGANSERS (I'm pretty certain someone mentioned seeing HOODED)
CANVASBACK (there was one male)
COMMON GOLDENEYE
BUFFLEHEAD

NO SCOTERS (:

I know some were fortunate enough to drop by Lyons Woods mid-morning or after leaving the Frolic to enjoy the WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (I had 2 males, 3 females around 10:30 am).

Keith

Keith A. McMullen

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2013, 07:52:39 AM »
Shame on Andy for not broacasting that sighting :)

Amar Ayyash

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2013, 09:24:08 AM »
Nice report and shots, Amar. I'm curious, when was the GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL seen? I recall hearing Paul mentioning someone called out a flyover GREAT BLACK-BACKED but I wasn't certain that was the one you're referring to.

Just curious.

Kudos to you and all the crew to make the event a success!

Keith

It was good seeing you on Saturday, Keith. I'm not sure when the GBBG was seen, but it was a flyover that kept on (north?) without ever stopping for gas. I think birders spotted it between 9:30-10:30 am?
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Steve Gent

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2013, 09:59:08 AM »
I saw the GBBG but it was very brief views and seen flying away.  I don't think a lot of people got on it

Keith A. McMullen

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Re: Gull Frolic 2013
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2013, 01:16:56 PM »
Drats!  Must have been during my 30 minute hiatus to go see the WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Lyons Woods  :-[

 

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