One of the many exciting times for fall birding is around the end of October through much of November. This is a time when rarity potential is high among migrant waterfowl, loons, grebes, and gulls, to name a few groups. In flight years, winter finches are also on the move during this time. IOS is offering a series of simultaneous field trips on Saturday, November 5th in central Illinois where there are several large reservoirs that often attract these rare migrants. All three scoter species, Pacific and Red-throated Loons, Red-necked and Western Grebes, Black-legged Kittiwake, Little Gull, and jaegers are among the long list of unusual species that could be encountered on this trip.
The goal for this trip is to gather together in small groups to cover the large lakes of central Illinois in hopes that we come across something exciting. To cover as much ground as possible and to ensure small, mobile group sizes, we are offering three different options:
- Clinton Lake (Leader – Matt Fraker)
- Lake Shelbyville (Leader – Tyler Funk)
- Lake Springfield (Leader – Colin Dobson)
Sign up information:
You may sign up for these field trips in one of three ways. Reply to this email, send me (Tyler Funk) an email, or by calling me directly at 217-649-7885. At that time you may specify which reservoir trip you would like to attend. As with all of IOS field trips, attendance for IOS members is free and non-members the cost is $25 which includes a membership in the IOS. I hope to hear from you all soon!
Clinton Lake: Matt Fracker will be meeting his group at the new Casey’s in Farmer City, IL (exit off I-74) at 9am. The Casey’s is located on Hwy 54 just south of Rt. 150.
Lake Shelbyville: Tyler Funk will meet at the McDonald’s parking lot in Sullivan, IL. at 8am.
Lake Springfield: I will forward details concerning Lake Springfield when they are available.
If there happens to be a few IOS members considering birding in the Chatauqua area on this weekend, I am hoping they might join forces and keep the other field trip groups posted on their sightings. I am not necessarily looking for a formal field trip leader. It would just be nice to have the area surveyed along with these other reservoirs.
If you have any further questions concerning this trip or would like to help coordinate a group for the Chatauqua area feel free to contact me.
Tyler D Funk, ILYB Field Trip Chair