Date: 10/3/17 6:25 am From: Jared Gorrell <jsgorrell...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...> Subject: IBET IOS Carlyle Lake Pelagic Trip (9/30)
Since I have seen nothing about this trip posted on here since the weekend, here's my blogpost about the Illinois Ornithological Society's trip to Carlyle Lake on September 30. I'm not sure why the least-experienced birder is writing up the first trip report that appears in this listserv, but so it goes.
In summary, if you don't want to read the whole thing, our best finds were Nelson's Sparrow in Eldon Hazlet State Park and Red Phalarope along the southeastern side of Carlyle Lake. Large flocks of Forster's Terns (well over 150 birds) were observed towards the end of the trip. No Sabine's Gulls were seen, continuing the streak of bad luck with this species for this trip, despite a sighting just the night before. I personally had four lifers (Nelson's Sparrow, Philadelphia Vireo, Black-bellied Plover and Red Phalarope) and one state lifer (Marsh Wren), as well as 89 birds for the day, and considering my lack of experience others definitely had longer lists. While no spectacular rarities were discovered, it was a good trip with plenty to see.