Today we spent a few hours at the Illinois Ornithological Society Gull Frolic at the Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club.
Alvaro Jaramillo talked about Slaty-backed Gulls and his own road to becoming a larophile. Alvaro is a great speaker and I really enjoyed his presentation. I still need some work on my gull-love, though.
Well over 200 birders were in attendance and the gulls did not disappoint with at least seven species identified.
It was cold and snow fell for most of the morning and early afternoon. Larophobes like me could ask IOS members for assistance in locating and identifying gulls. They were easy to spot in hot orange hats.
It was warm and cozy inside the yacht club. Birding facilities should be so comfy.
There was a spread of pastries and doughnuts for breakfast, and a nice lunch buffet to warm up cold birders.
It was our first Gull Frolic and we heard it was more crowded than recent years. Kudos to the sponsors for organizing a great gathering!