Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.
Circle Captain: Amy Peck
Circle Location: West Haven, Connecticut (United States)
Alligator River NWR
Circle Captain: Bucket Taylor
Circle Location: Manteo, North Carolina (United States)
This Sunday was perhaps the best weather day for birding in eastern North Carolina since early summer. The north-facing observation platform (back of a platform truck) was positioned at the ecotone between a mixed species forest and wildlife-managed fields expanding in the north-west-east directions as far as one could observe with a spotting scope...
Circle Captain: Paulette Scherr
Circle Location: Pingree, North Dakota (United States)
Most activity before 11am. No big surprises, but lots of misses. Most interesting was the Merlin that made an appearance at least 3 times. I did get an opportunity to work on my fall songs and calls...
Circle Captain: Herbert Fibel
Circle Location: northeast of Mesa, Arizona (United States)
Audubon Society of Forsyth County
Circle Captain: Chester And Ann Robertson
Circle Location: Clemmons, North Carolina (United States)
The severe drought turned our marsh viewing area into more of an overgrown lawn. Considering that several "normal" species were out of the question (Wood Ducks and Red-winged Blackbirds, for example)we had a good number of species.
Circle Captain: Laurie Foss
Circle Location: Austin, Texas (United States)
Most of our birds were recorded before 10:00a.m. We recorded 8 species after 10:00. The winds out of the south hurt our migratory bird chances. Our best bird of the day was the Yellow-headed Blackbird.
Circle Captain: Jennifer Rycenga
Circle Location: Menlo Park, California (United States)
Best bird of the day was the Vesper Sparrow, that appeared when Jeff and I were alone on the hill. We saw it coming north over the adjacent valley, and were surprised when it landed in a small rock cairn a few yards from us...
Bexar Butter Butts
Circle Captain: Sheridan Coffey
Circle Location: San Anonio, Texas (United States)
We arrived at dawn to an incredible spectacle of thousands of herons, egrets and pelicans. Mitchell Lake normally has good shorebird habitat, but this year the water is very high due to good summer rains...
Big Oak Tree SP Mosquito Fodder
Circle Captain: Kent Fothergill
Circle Location: East Prairie, Missouri (United States)
Coyotes singing at night! Butterflies observed: Common Checkered-Skipper, Fiery Skipper, Cloudless Sulphur, Little Yellow, Sleepy Orange, Pearl Crescent, Question Mark, Mourning Cloak, Red Admiral, Common Buckeye, and Monarch Dragonflies observed: Halloween Pennant (1).
Bird Nerds @ Black Bayou Lake NWR
Circle Captain: Laurie & Dan Mooney
Circle Location: Ouachita Parish, Louisiana (United States)
Good day with great weather. It was a nice way to wind down National Wildlife Refuge week. As expected, we got most of our birds by 10:00am. The wind picked up shortly after ten and as a result we had to 'work' much harder for new species the rest of the day...
Bird Study Group of Shreveport
Circle Captain: Nancy Menasco
Circle Location: Shreveport, Louisiana (United States)
Circle Captain: Barbie Hart
Circle Location: Cottonwood, Arizona (United States)
Circle Captain: Robert Dixon
Circle Location: Sterling, Connecticut (United States)
Tied previous Big Sit high of 47 species. Northern Harrier was new for the yard (#154), and new for the Sit (#79).
Circle Captain: Bill Tefft
Circle Location: Ely, Minnesota (United States)
Started the day with a red-necked grebe and ended the day with a red-necked grebe. Only gray jay seen was one that fellow off the grill of a truck at the boat access.
Circle Captain: Vicki Deloach
Circle Location: Woodstock, Georgia (United States)
Best bird was a female Hooded Warbler (we've had several Hooded's this migration) who posed for photos!
Circle Captain: Bruce Krucke
Circle Location: yonges Island, South Carolina (United States)
The best thing was seeing red-breasted nuthatches for the first time ever in my yard--bringing my yard list to 170. Rose-breasted grosbeaks were a nice surprise. As was little blue heron, which is not common on my creek...
Burr Oak Woods
Circle Captain: Michael O'keefe
Circle Location: Blue Springs, Missouri (United States)
Location was chosen for proximity to a small pond, forest edge and field edge. Most birds were seen in the morning hours, with Belted kingfisher and Spotted sandpiper making an appearance in the afternoon...
Circle Captain: Russell Emmons
Circle Location: Casco, Michigan (United States)
PM, Some sort of front moved in and brought many birds!
Cape May Weirdapillars
Circle Captain: Jessie Barry
Circle Location: Cape May Point, New Jersey (United States)
Circle Captain: Lilly Crane
Circle Location: Carbondale, Illinois (United States)
Weather has been unusually warm and dry. 3 days prior to Sunday I had my last Ruby Throated Hummingbird at my feeder - much later than normal. I think the Big Sit is a great idea - you can do it at home at your leisure when all else fails.
Circle Captain: Larry Bausher
Circle Location: New Haven, Connecticut (United States)
Highlight was watching 2 Common Ravens performing aerial acrobatics.
Circle Captain: Don Taylor
Circle Location: Kent County, Other (United Kingdom)
I'll try and attach my report to an email. Meanwhile it can be seen, with a few photos, on the Kent Ornithological Website: www.kentos.org.uk Click What's New and there is a link to the story of the day, dated 16th October, I believe...
Circle Captain: Carole A. Adams
Circle Location: Jacksonville, Florida (United States)
Every opportunity to watch birds brings about a new experience. Our group watched as a Peregrine Falcon went after an Anhinga. We doubt it was trying to catch the Anhinga but you couldn't convince the Anhinga...
Cross Creeks Wingwatchers
Circle Captain: Karen Pacheco
Circle Location: Dover, Tennessee (United States)
Our count was set up around the refuge visitor center where we have established a Visitor Center Feeder Station; Cross Creeks NWR being one of only five refuges in the FWS's Southeast Region selected for a pilot project to help educate the public about backyard bird feeding...
Deception Pass, honestly
Circle Captain: Jim Flynn
Circle Location: Oak Harbor, Washington (United States)
Lots of birds early on, saltwater almost birdless by noon. Ancient Murrelets were nice to see.
DeSoto's Gooseless Wonders
Circle Captain: Sue Mcdonald
Circle Location: Missouri Valley, Iowa (United States)
Weather challenged our observers as it was raining and windy throughout the day. We observed 34 species and overall had a good day despite the weather. This was the first BIG SIT for DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge...
Enderis Park Bird Watchers
Circle Captain: Joseph Devereaux
Circle Location: Sheboyban, Wisconsin (United States)
The 17-Foot School Joseph E. Devereaux, Enderis Park Bird Watching Club What could be more fun than watching birds for 11 hours? The answer is; standing on slick treated wood boardwalk, in a rainy, cold and windy marsh for 11 hours, watching (for) birds...
Circle Captain: Lisa Chapman
Circle Location: Euclid, Ohio (United States)
Large number of golden-crowned kinglets, and turkey vultures were surprising. Open water species were scant though C. Goldeneye, C.Loon, and White-winged Scoter were interesting finds this early. No warbler or other migrant fallouts resulted in a low count this year.
Circle Captain: Barbara Bruns
Circle Location: Austwell, Texas (United States)
The 'top of the tower' was a very good choice and participants were able to observe over a great area(bay, marshland, trees, skyline). Due to the consistent breezy condition we were unable to hear any birds underneath the tower...
Circle Captain: Michael Ruffino
Circle Location: Fresno, California (United States)
We had a great time. Everyone saw at least one lifer. Mine was a Black-throated Gray Warbler. A friends was a Green Heron and a Brown Creeper. Most action happened in the early morning as usual but the Warblers, Bushtits and Kinglets picked up teir activity around lunchtime...
Circle Captain: Turk Duddy
Circle Location: Falmouth, Maine (United States)
Linda Woodard & I were joined by 14 observers over the course of the day in trying to see or hear as many species of birds as we could from our 17 foot circle. Our final count for the day was 52. There were several song birds flying over without calling or seen in the distance & shorebirds that stayed on the other side of the river never to be identified...
Circle Captain: Jim Hiett
Circle Location: Nashville, Tennessee (United States)
Eastern bluebirds galore, in and out of the martin house. Fewer soaring birds than expected. Hoping for 30 species; got 28. Big misses were: Eastern phoebe, black vulture, cedar waxwing, and any sparrow...
GMAS ACE BIRDERS
Circle Captain: Tim Leslie
Circle Location: Lucas, Ohio (United States)
It was clear and cold most of the night, overcast and cold in the AM, overcast with a little sun in the PM and a little warmer. Only had 46 species, with 17 participants. Think everyone had a good time, this was our third year at this same location, with 47, 51, and 46 species seen...
GNCS-Birds of Gujarat
Circle Captain: Bhargav Joshi
Circle Location: Vadodara, Other (India)
We start our watching at Pond site of Nature park with woodpecker's voice and sighting followed by River turn Fly by over our head. Not any Specific or New bird record during day.all the bird we record can normally seen here at nature park...
Goosebump Gulch birds
Circle Captain: Joyce Holt
Circle Location: Salem, Virginia (United States)
RB Nuthatch first show for the season, and it was a regular visitor to the seed feeder - it also was stowing seed so I hope to have it around for the Winter. It has been a while since we have had a visitation...
Hibernia Park Early Birders
Circle Captain: Larry Lewis
Circle Location: Wagontown, Pennsylvania (United States)
Also saw a Mandarin Duck (escapee), which had been around for about a month previous. The water level was very low at the lake, which provided much shorebird habitat.
Circle Captain: Janine Mccabe
Circle Location: Kino Springs, Nogale, Arizona (United States)
What seemed to start out as a normal, very birdy sit; was interrupted during peak time of day for birding(9am)when two Border Patrol vehicles came up the road fast and with a mission, stopping at the gravel creek wash across the pond from where I sat...
joe and rascal
Circle Captain: Joe Kurnik
Circle Location: Kent City, Michigan (United States)
It was raining and mid-40s all afternoon.
Circle Captain: Walter Ellison
Circle Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)
Although the weather was beautiful, if a little breezy, a profound lack of songbirds or a serious hawk flight consigned this year's Big Sit at Eastern Neck NWR to mediocrity as we tallied 56 species (the average tally is now 57...
Circle Captain: Sue Griffin
Circle Location: Harlingen, Texas (United States)
A summer of heavy rains resulted in an abundance of food sources outside the park.Fewer birds were in the air and heavy cover within the park made observation dificult.
Circle Captain: Corey Husic
Circle Location: Kunkletown, Pennsylvania (United States)
Lots of great birds! We had some great Sharp-shinned Hawks that passed right over the sitting spot. A pair of Tennessee Warblers was a great way to start the morning. A flock of Purple Finches, and later a Pileated Woodpecker were two "late day suprises...
Circle Captain: Doug Overacker
Circle Location: Springfield, Ohio (United States)
We had a great look at a Merlin sitting in a dead tree. We also got a good look at a Virginia Rail that came out of the cattails.
Lazy Biesbosch Birders
Circle Captain: Sander Terlouw
Circle Location: Dordrecht, Other (Netherlands)
Total of 8517 migrating birds. Good numbers of Chaffinch, Skylark and Blue tit. Rarities as Cettis Warbler, Common Crane, Red Kite and Yellow-browed Warbler, Ring Ouzel and a late Common tern. A great day!
Circle Captain: Michael Bochnik
Circle Location: Yonkers, New York (United States)
Merlin eating on wing and a Kestrel hunting grasshoppers in the field in front of us.
Litchfield Hills Audubon, CT
Circle Captain: David Tripp Jr.
Circle Location: Litchfield, Connecticut (United States)
Had the four expected owls with a total of 9 species before 6:00AM. Thrushes (many Hermits, 1 Wood and 1 Swainson's) and other night migrants mostly sparrows and a couple of warblers (no cuckoos) began dropping down at 6:20AM...
Little Mt Chickadees
Circle Captain: Mike Powell
Circle Location: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (United States)
Circle Captain: Rick Ehle
Circle Location: Geneva, Florida (United States)
In addition to competing with other Big Sit Teams, we were in competition with another Seminole Audubon Society team (Seminole Stilt-porch Sitters). The pressure was crushing. We creamed them with number of individuals (216 to their 81), but they beat us by a feather on the number of species (26 to our 25)...
Circle Captain: Erin Talmage
Circle Location: Huntington, Vermont (United States)
Lower Columbia Birders
Circle Captain: Mike Patterson
Circle Location: Seaside, Oregon (United States)
Mammal List: Harbor Seal Harbor Porpoise Racoon Townsend's Chipmunk
Circle Captain: Jerry Payne
Circle Location: Musella, Georgia (United States)
Compared to normal years there was very little bird activity either in flight or song. Of course we were not at our site during optimal birding hours and we are experiencing a severe drought which translates to very little food for the birds.
Circle Captain: Gordon West
Circle Location: Bandon, Oregon (United States)
extreme high tide precluded our seeing numerous shore birds as we have in the past. high cold winds also seemed to reduce the number of birds we have seen before. conspicuously absent were raptors, especially a golden eagle we have seen every year at the big sit.
Circle Captain: Jack Simons
Circle Location: PENDLETON, Oregon (United States)
Very few raptors and shorebirds this year.
Montgomery County Sitting Ducks
Circle Captain: Rick Sussman
Circle Location: boyds, Maryland (United States)
bIG mISSES INCLUDE mOURNING dOVE, hOUSE fINCH AND BOTH cHIMNEY sWIFT AND oSPREY WHICH WE USUALLY GET.
Circle Captain: Heather Ray
Circle Location: Whitby, Ontario (Canada)
Awesome day!!! We chose a location with a variety of habitats all visible from our circle.
Circle Captain: David Hollie
Circle Location: Ringgold, Georgia (United States)
This was our first time doing the Big Sit! and it was a absolutely fantastic experience! Birding together all in a small circle is so fun, and the fellowship we have is the best part of it! Two of our team members got lifers, very exciting! One memorable experience was in the afternoon after everything had slowed down, we had left the circle, but on the way back to the circle to get our stuff (as the rest of the team had to leave), we noticed vultures soaring overhead...
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society
Circle Captain: Kate Mowbray
Circle Location: Greshamville, Georgia (United States)
Most of our birds were noted between 5:30am-9am. We were on a dike off of the Oconee River leading into Lake Oconee. The area is flooded for waterfowl when the weather gets cooler, but for now the water is really low...
Ohio River Flyers
Circle Captain: Janet Butler
Circle Location: Williamstown, West Virginia (United States)
Circle Captain: Lance Tanino
Circle Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire (United States)
It was a fabulous day for raptors.
Circle Captain: Paul Baicich
Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)
We placed this circle within a few hundred yards of the other circle (the â€œHeronsâ€) at the Patuxent Research Refuge. Ours was in a â€œbirdierâ€ location, but we didnâ€™t have many more species than the Visitor Center circle...
Circle Captain: Maggie O'Connell
Circle Location: Patuxent Research Re, Maryland (United States)
This â€œcircleâ€ didnâ€™t have the best view, since it was at the edge of the Visitors Center, with part of our view obscured by the building at our back. But the patio had a fine view of feeders and a nearby pond...
Pea Island NWR
Circle Captain: Jeff Lewis
Circle Location: Pea Island NWR, North Carolina (United States)
Circle Captain: Tony Croasdale
Circle Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)
Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga
Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)
The highlight bird was the red-breasted nuthatch which are not often seen here during the fall. This year has a good number of them in the area. No downy woodpecker was a surprise.
Circle Captain: Ruth Heino
Circle Location: Nacogdoches, Texas (United States)
Birding activity slowed to nothing as the day warmed up. No great numbers of migrants. A small flock of Pine Warblers plus a few Yellow-rumped Warblers showed up.
Circle Captain: Cynthia Powers
Circle Location: Pokagon State Park, Indiana (United States)
With the help of the Pokagon naturalist staff, we logged the birds seen from the observation window at the Nature Center.
Pondicherry NWR in Jefferson, NH
Circle Captain: David Govatski
Circle Location: Pondicherry National, New Hampshire (United States)
We had the Pemi Chapter of NH Audubon visit us in the morning and they spent a few hours looking for birds from the platform. We also had many visitors that we enjoyed meeting and we showed them several of the birds we were watching...
Rio Salado Sitters
Circle Captain: Terry Brodner
Circle Location: Phoenix, Arizona (United States)
A pair of muscrats was enjoying the wetland as was an earred-grebe among other usual birds, turtles, dragonflies, butterflies, and lizards. Tom, Frank, and Jamers even had time to lead and join a birdwalk in between their times of being in and helping with the Big Sit Circle...
Rose Tree Redtails
Circle Captain: Holly Merker
Circle Location: Media, Pennsylvania (United States)
We got most of the expected species, but were sorry to miss a few that we have been getting regularly at the park in the last week, including Red-breasted Nuthatch and Broad-winged Hawk. Eastern Phoebe was a bird we didn't get last year, but were pleased with this year...
Circle Captain: Tom Dilts
Circle Location: midlothian, Virginia (United States)
This was my first time--it was great fun but next time I will get a group together and relocate where there are more species of birds. Count me in for next year.
Circle Captain: Patrick Brisse
Circle Location: tucker, Georgia (United States)
The weather was too nice, but it was still a beautiful day to be outside. It was ok for a first try. There was 12 warbler species sighted around the park but only 7 in my circle. 39 species were sighted before 10:45am...
Circle Captain: Hugh Kingery
Circle Location: Franktown, Colorado (United States)
The menu had more entries than the bird list. Our most entertaining observation: an Osprey that flew around the pond (down the hill) and plummeted into the pond to catch a small oval (sun?)fish. The weather -- not Colorado's usual bright blue October day...
Circle Captain: Christian Cederroth
Circle Location: Segerstad, Oland isl, Other (Sweden)
Five White-tailed Eagles! Peregrine chasing Merlin! Pomarine Skua! Grey Wagtail! Parrot Crossbill! And 82 more...
Seminole Stilt-porch Sitters
Circle Captain: Faith Jones
Circle Location: Sanford, Florida (United States)
Although we enjoyed pleasant temperatures during our morning count, the sun did not shine long enough for bugs to become active and attract any of the warblers we know are in the area. It was not a great birding moring, but we sure did enjoy the company, coffee, quiche, and cake...
Circle Captain: Greg Grove
Circle Location: Petersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)
The (first annual??) Shaver's Creek Big Sit was conducted Sunday October 14. Weather was excellent - temps started in the 30s but rose to the 60s. Mostly blue sky. Occasional light wind. The count was conducted from the boardwalk at the upper (north) end of Lake Perez...
SHBO Stoop Pigeons
Circle Captain: Patrick Belardo
Circle Location: Fort Hancock, New Jersey (United States)
Wind was extremely hard and blowing in our faces so we did the sit from the inside of the center which conveniently fit inside the 17' circle. Check http://hawkowl.blogspot.com for full results with pictures.
Shiawassee NWR Blue Geese
Circle Captain: Steve Kahl
Circle Location: Shiawassee NWR, Michigan (United States)
An article written for the Friends of Shiawassee NWR newslatter (Refuge Reporter) by Steve Kahl Shiawassee Refuge participated in its first year of The Big Sit! on October 14, 2007. Bird Watcherâ€™s Digest organizes this global bird count described as "birding's most sedentary event...
Silver Sands Sitters
Circle Captain: Stacy Hanks
Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)
Matt and Jim arrived at the circle @ 5;30 a.m. When Bernice and I arrived @ 7;30 a.m., the guys had already recorded 45 species. Much Thanks to them! Stacy
Circle Captain: Sister Marty Dermody
Circle Location: Mount St. Joseph, Ohio (United States)
We had a beautiful day. Very large flocks of Grackles and other black birds surrounded our watch area throughout the day. The surprise bird to end our count was one late Chimney Swift. Early morning and late evening provided hundreds of American Robins.
Circle Captain: Jim Royer
Circle Location: Los Osos, California (United States)
We had 111 species by 10:30 am and it seemed that we were well on the way to beating our prior best count of 122 species. And then the fog bank (seen offshore earlier) rolled in. We could no longer see the bay below our overlook...
Smith Point Sharpies
Circle Captain: John Mariani
Circle Location: Smith Point, Texas (United States)
The highlight came in the morning, when we counted almost 700 Broad-winged Hawks in a single sweep of the sky. Other goodies included 5 Magnificent Frigatebirds and a Crested Caracara. Passerines were tough, and fewer than I had hoped...
Circle Captain: Susan Soloyanis
Circle Location: Cascade, Colorado (United States)
Stone Mtn Hawkeyes
Circle Captain: Trudy Kyler
Circle Location: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (United States)
Circle Captain: Pat Giaimo
Circle Location: Basking Ridge, New Jersey (United States)
About 100 people either participated or visited the site. The highlight was a curious juvenile Bald Eagle, one of 3 we saw, that flew very low(20 feet or less) over all the birders to great excitement...
Tall Tale Flycatcher
Circle Captain: Nick Pulcinella
Circle Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania (United States)
Circle Captain: Geoffrey Tucker
Circle Location: Cullman, Alabama (United States)
Circle Captain: Steve Mayo
Circle Location: New Haven, Connecticut (United States)
A great hawk day with 1,012 raptors.
The Eh! Team
Circle Captain: Ron Arvidson
Circle Location: South Melville, Prince Edward Island (Canada)
This was a fine fall day. Unfortunately, a good part of our migration has passed through over the past three weeks with many of the warblers and sparrows being more numerous before the Sit. There were still a few to be seen and some still local but not seen from the circle...
Circle Captain: Carolyn Fischer
Circle Location: Clear Lake, Iowa (United States)
This years Big Sit was short on birds due to the fact the weather conditions hampered our viewing.
The Lone Tuftmouse
Circle Captain: Janet Lee Mcknight
Circle Location: Lenoir City, Tennessee (United States)
After today, the search for the perfect Big Sit! circle continues...right next to my chosen Big Sit! circle spot, a bass tournament and a 5K race was taking place....Rats! Too bad we were not counting curse words...
The Old Coots
Circle Captain: Larry Michael
Circle Location: Horicon, Wisconsin (United States)
Well, bad weather was bound to happen during one of our â€œBig Sitsâ€ and this was the year. What began as a cool, foggy and cloudy morning, turned into a steady rain and fog for most of the day...
The Purple Finches
Circle Captain: Russell Titus
Circle Location: Springfield, Massachusetts (United States)
Big flight of Purple Finches (34) and a couple of siskins. No creeper or Red-breasted Nuthatch. A white and yellow Budgy flew by and was the first "escapee" on my yard list. Monarch - still 6 migrating south, one spring peeper and only one gray squirrel observed.
Circle Captain: Mike Purdy
Circle Location: Roanoke, Virginia (United States)
Once again we conducted the Big Sit while also conducting the hawk watch. Spotting both species of eagles was a nice addition, as well as two species of owls. The Great Horned Owl was calling before daylight and the Barred Owl started hooting midafternoon.
The Tanawha Titmice
Circle Captain: Jim Keighton
Circle Location: Sparta, North Carolina (United States)
Since site looks out on ridge where Mahogany Rock Hawk Count is conducted, some of same birds usually observed on the hawk count are countable for the Big Sit from this location including a Merlin and adult Bald Eagle this year...
The Turkey Pointers
Circle Captain: Chris Starling
Circle Location: Elk Neck State Park, Maryland (United States)
Tin Mountain Conservation Center
Circle Captain: Joshua Potter
Circle Location: Brownfield, Maine (United States)
Some of our big misses included a lack of waterfowl (including a Ring-necked Duck that was there last week!), Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, and any Nuthatch. Our highlight was most likely the Northern Pintail female that winged in with some mallards and black ducks to become species number 31...
Circle Captain: Edgar Bristow
Circle Location: Oceanville, New Jersey (United States)
Strong morning hours, slowing down in mid-afternoon with a late pick-up. Fantastic sunrise and sunset. Also seen on break, but not within circle were Eastern Phoebe and Wild Turkey. Many folks stopped briefly to review posted results...
Circle Captain: Douglas Wood
Circle Location: Tishomingo, Oklahoma (United States)
Conservation Organization: Tishomingo Refuge Ecology and Education Society (TREES) â€“ friends group of the Tishomingo NWR. Highlight was a Peregrine Falcon flying by after catching a peep.
Circle Captain: Ralph Arnold
Circle Location: Olympia, Washington (United States)
Here are the results from Team Trout, (Ralph Arnold at 2732 Fishtrap Road NE, Olympia, Wa 98506). Our team consisted of Ralph, Colefield (my grandson extraordinaire) and Bobo, my best friend. We began at 5...
Circle Captain: Caroline Stafford
Circle Location: Rapid City, South Dakota (United States)
Early ID difficult due to pea soup fog, no field marks visible. Temperatures ranging from 42-47 all day. Migrants have all gone except 1 juvenile white crowned sparrow.
Circle Captain: George Chaniot
Circle Location: near Ukiah, California (United States)
When we arrived it was a clear, cool night with Venus and Saturn close in the east and Sirius and Orion reflected in the lake. Before sunrise a high fog bank developed over the lake, but it never engulfed us or restricted the view much...
Under the Bridgers
Circle Captain: Ray Scory
Circle Location: Port Orange, Florida (United States)
Sitting at the Port Orange Bridge is an adventure. Sitting from 6:00AM to 7:00PM in a 17 ft circle looking for birds is truly a birding adventure. A Sunday at the Bridge is more than an adventure. Making the scene are - dog walkers, walkers, bikers, boaters, sightseers, fishing people, people napping in their cars and even people interested in birds...
Circle Captain: Eric Huish
Circle Location: Provo, Utah (United States)
This was our 6th annual Big Sit. We had a record number of participants this year, a record amount of time spent at the circle and we had a record number of species seen. We ended the day with a total of 58 species...
Circle Captain: Kathleen Van Orsdel
Circle Location: Talbott, Tennessee (United States)
Waccamaw Audubon Soc
Circle Captain: Richard Moore
Circle Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina (United States)
We had beautiful weather all day (unlike last year when it poured rain most of the time) and racked up a total count of 50 species from our circle on the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park. Jack Peachey opened the count at approximately 6:30 in the morning and quickly recorded his first bird - a black crowned night heron followed closely by clapper rails and as the sun came up the first of several bald eagles seen that day...
Circle Captain: Don Chalfant
Circle Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan (United States)
Circle Captain: David Arbour
Circle Location: Haworth, Oklahoma (United States)
Our location was a wildlife observation platform (tower) located next to a reservoir that contained a large heron rookery/roost. We also had shallow wetlands, bottomland hardwoods, and shrub/scrub habitats around us...
Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley
Circle Location: Wheeler NWR, Alabama (United States)
A beautiful, sunny day, though a bit warm in the afternoon. Moderate thrush migration during the early morning hours (before sunrise) with three thrush species recorded by flight calls. Surprised by an American Woodcock's twittering before sunrise...
Whipple Bird Club
Circle Captain: Bill Thompson, Iii
Circle Location: Whipple, Ohio (United States)
We tied our all-time high Big Sit count of 65 species. Great day of birding. Low on warblers, as usual. Some surprises, including a calling northern saw-whet owl. Some surprising misses, including osprey, killdeer, chimney swift, eastern phoebe...
Wings Over Wastewater
Circle Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Circle Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)
It was a very birdy day in the marsh. Bird activity remained high all day. 9 duck species, 9 raptor species, and 11 shorebirds. Multiple looks at Soras. Lots of quality birds; A Merlin, two Ospreys, multiple harriers, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, American Bittern and so forth...
Circle Captain: Alyce Quinn
Circle Location: Wirtz, Virginia (United States)