|Parasitic Jaeger, Wisconsin Point, Douglas County, WI|
We stayed at the Super 8 in Superior which is minutes from Wisconsin Point. All in all the motel was clean, but nothing spectacular. It definitely met our needs as a simple place to get a good night's rest since the beds seemed newer and were actually quite comfortable. Also, Gronk's Grill and Bar is located next door, so if you are one of those people who bird by day and drink beer by night, aka "beer birding," this motel appears to be suited to such activities. The continental breakfast warrants an honorable mention too for it's good selection of tasty homemade sweetbreads.
|Part of the "Beer-birding" contingency|
|"Beer-birders" setting up to see some birds|
The weekend in a nutshell....
|Line of birders intently focused on seeing jaegers|
After withstanding two days of either blustery NW winds and rain which caused expensive optics to take "headers" in the sand or frigid morning temps with lackluster distant showings of Parasitic Jaegers and Sabine's gulls that I never saw....FINALLY Sunday morning delivered the stuff Jaegerfest is made of. Our group was among the small number of remaining birders on Sunday morning who were holding out hope for a spectacular jaeger showing. Our "jaeger whispering" antics involving shots of jagermeister
the night before apparently paid off. We were rewarded by the birding gods with near-range repeated Parasitic Jaeger flybys, acrobatic sparring between the jaeger and various gulls and long satisfying looks of said bird resting on the water offshore.
Scenes from the weekend...
|Gull flight at dawn|
|Wisconsin Point Lighthouse shrouded in a Sunday morning fog|
The star of the show...
|Parasitic Jaeger chasing Ring-billed Gull|
The supporting actors...
|American Pipits commonly landed on the beach.|
|Tom Schulz, our trip leader, with Seth Cutright|
|Seth Cutright, Daryl Tessen and the ever popular, Tom Prestby|
|Dawn stake out for jaegers and rare gulls|
|Peter Bridge, Tim Hahn and Tom Prestby wondering, "Where are those Jaegers???"|
|After two days without seeing a jaeger, Paula was getting a little cranky:)|
|Tim showing frustration after not seeing any jaegers for 2 days!|
|Dinner at Grizzly's, a nightly event during Jaegerfest|