Date: 9/6/17 5:51 pm From: Geoffrey Williamson <geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: Re: IBET Upcoming birding boat trips on Lake Michigan
I have one, maybe two, spots left for this coming Saturday's outing onto
Lake Michigan to look for birds, especially jaegers and Sabine's Gulls.
Lake conditions look very good for us to get out and have good viewing.
See info below.
There are also several spaces left for the outing on Saturday, 30 Sep 2017.
Let me know if you are interested in either or both trips.
Chicago (Cook County)
On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 6:08 PM, Geoffrey Williamson
<geoffrey.williamson.21...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
> I have arranged two Lake Michigan pelagics out of Chicago's Burnham
> Harbor: one on 9 Sep 2017 (Saturday) and the other on 30 Sep 2017
> (Saturday). Both trips depart at 6:30 AM and return at about 11:30 AM.
> We will be on a 50 foot boat with good space for 12+ birders. I am looking
> for interested birders to share the costs. Please email me for further
> information. To reserve a space I will request payment in advance.
> Lake Michigan Pelagics
> Burnham Harbor, Chicago departure
> Saturday, 9 Sep 2017, 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM
> Saturday, 30 Sep 2017, 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM
> Cost: $150/person for each date. Be aware also that tipping the crew is
> customary and that parking at the dock is a flat rate of about $25/car.
> These trips will be out of Burnham Harbor in Chicago, Illinois. We will
> head east out of the harbor and explore Lake Michigan in areas well off
> shore, planning to be entirely in Cook County, Illinois waters. During
> September we are especially keen to look for Sabine's Gulls, Long-tailed
> Jaegers, and Parasitic Jaegers. We expect to see gulls and terns as well,
> and will of course look carefully at anything and everything we see. Out to
> about four miles from shore is where most of the duck/grebe/loon activity
> is concentrated. Though waterbird migration is not in full force at this
> time, we will be alert and scanning as we pass through this zone on the way
> in and out. Further from shore, birds are fewer in number, but this is
> where jaegers and Sabine's Gull have been seen on previous trips. On both
> September trips we ran in 2016, we had Parasitic Jaegers: a juvenile on 10
> Sep 2016 and both a juvenile and an adult on 24 Sep 2016.
> For more information about past birding outings onto Lake Michigan,
> including some photos of birds we found, see http://geoffwilliamson.inf > o/pelagics/ and the links therein.
> Good birding,
> Geoff Williamson