East of St Louis Illinois
Big Year Day 13
Big Year Total: 314
Coded birds: 16
Cool animals: Bobcat, Harbor seal
Miles driven. 5180
Hours at sea: 4
Miles walked 29
states/ prov. birded:7
The reports were going out that a tremendous gullnado was forming in SW Illinois. Many people were running to take cover, some had locked themselves up in storm shelters, and many were looking out there windows and scratching their balding heads. At The Carlisle Dam, the US Army Corp of Engineers were making ready the spillway that would be the center of the storm, the eye of the gullnado so to speak. An intrepid few, like Arvid and I, we were gullnado chasers, like the men and women from the University of Oklahoma and we had flown into St. Louis just to follow the reports and to see it ourselves.
It was a dam great gull…okay bad pun. But for a code 4….
Sorry the city of four seasons or in my mind, the city of four smells, Cedar Rapids, you’d have to be skipped.
I had tried to friend him on Facebook for added intel, but alas, Olaf Danielson is not apparently friend material for a real birder like him. That is okay, I understand, I was going to creep on his sight anyhow. But not knowing wasn't a good thing for me, and so I deduced I needed to really put the hammer down and maybe I’d chase to Alaska before the end of the month. I needed to go up there in winter anyways. I’d have time to work on that as I wasn’t even sure how I was going to get back to my car. I may have a couple of chases just to get there. I had so many open ended plane flights, I have already been on two flights at the same time from adjoining gates. Where even was my car?