14 February 2016

Gull Frolic 2016

Gulls, birders and food. The 15th Annual IOS Gull Frolic was a great time yesterday. Birders from all around Illinois and beyond were in attendance. It was a frigid day, but despite that members were out in full force on the board walk, checking off all of our winter gull species (10 Thayer’s, 3 Iceland, 3 Glaucous, 4 Great Black-backed and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls among several hundred Herring Gulls).

Adult Lake Michigan Gull (Thayer's/Kumlien's).

3rd Cycle Thayer's Gull.

2nd Cycle Thayer's Gull.

1st Cycle Thayer's Gull.

Adult Lake Michigan Gull.

Adult Herring & Kumlien's Gulls.

3rd Cycle Type Herring and Thayer's Gulls.

A few snaps from the day:

Lunch in the Main Room.

Illinois Young Birders posing here with the legendary Kenn Kaufman.

Amar Ayyash with one of the Gull Frolic pioneers, David B Johnson.

Museum specimens from Chicago's Field Museum.

Nandu Dubey giving away another of his fine paintings in our raffle. Our lucky
winner was Stephen Wild.
(photo courtesy Anima Bajpai Dubey)

Amar Ayyash, Kenn Kaufman and Joel Greenberg.

A small sample of the 150+ birders in attendance.

The 2017 Gull Frolic will be on February 11th. Mark. Your. Calendars.