The Big Sit! 2007 Team Reports

Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.

AEPSIA

Circle Captain: Amy Peck

Circle Location: West Haven, Connecticut (United States)

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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...

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Arrowwood NWR

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...

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Asterisks

Circle Captain: Herbert Fibel

Circle Location: northeast of Mesa, Arizona (United States)

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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.

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AustinX

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.

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Bayfrontal Oddities

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...

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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...

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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).

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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...

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Bird Study Group of Shreveport

Circle Captain: Nancy Menasco

Circle Location: Shreveport, Louisiana (United States)

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Birdyverde Cockoos

Circle Captain: Barbie Hart

Circle Location: Cottonwood, Arizona (United States)

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Bobolinks

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).

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Boreal Birdometers

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.

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BradshawFarmBigSit

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!

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brucesc

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...

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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...

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Camp Remote

Circle Captain: Russell Emmons

Circle Location: Casco, Michigan (United States)

PM, Some sort of front moved in and brought many birds!

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Cape May Weirdapillars

Circle Captain: Jessie Barry

Circle Location: Cape May Point, New Jersey (United States)

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Carbondale Chickadees

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.

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Cardinals

Circle Captain: Larry Bausher

Circle Location: New Haven, Connecticut (United States)

Highlight was watching 2 Common Ravens performing aerial acrobatics.

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Cliffe birders

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...

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Cowford Catbirds

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...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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eriebird

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.

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FAMI whoopers

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...

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Fresno WBC

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...

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Gilsland Gawkers

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...

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Glendale Flock

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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Insomniacs

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...

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joe and rascal

Circle Captain: Joe Kurnik

Circle Location: Kent City, Michigan (United States)

It was raining and mid-40s all afternoon.

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Kentish Plovers

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...

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Kiskadees

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.

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Kunkletown Kingbirds

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...

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Lakeside Willows

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.

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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!

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Lenoir Lunatics

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.

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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...

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Little Mt Chickadees

Circle Captain: Mike Powell

Circle Location: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Longshadow Birders

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)...

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Loonatics

Circle Captain: Erin Talmage

Circle Location: Huntington, Vermont (United States)

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Lower Columbia Birders

Circle Captain: Mike Patterson

Circle Location: Seaside, Oregon (United States)

Mammal List: Harbor Seal Harbor Porpoise Racoon Townsend's Chipmunk

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Lunacurrie

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.

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Marsh Dwellers

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.

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MISSION PONDS

Circle Captain: Jack Simons

Circle Location: PENDLETON, Oregon (United States)

Very few raptors and shorebirds this year.

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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.

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Mygr8ors

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.

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Nerdy Birders

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...

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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...

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Ohio River Flyers

Circle Captain: Janet Butler

Circle Location: Williamstown, West Virginia (United States)

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PackMonadnockRaptors

Circle Captain: Lance Tanino

Circle Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire (United States)

It was a fabulous day for raptors.

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Patuxent Chickadees

Circle Captain: Paul Baicich

Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)

We placed this circle within a few hundred yards of the other circle (the “Herons”) at the Patuxent Research Refuge. Ours was in a “birdier” location, but we didn’t have many more species than the Visitor Center circle...

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Patuxent Herons

Circle Captain: Maggie O'Connell

Circle Location: Patuxent Research Re, Maryland (United States)

This “circle” didn’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...

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Pea Island NWR

Circle Captain: Jeff Lewis

Circle Location: Pea Island NWR, North Carolina (United States)

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Philadelphia(de-listed)Eagles

Circle Captain: Tony Croasdale

Circle Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Pickens Picidae

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.

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Pineywoods Audubon

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.

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Pokagon Peepers

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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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roxys birders

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.

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sarcelle soucrourou

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...

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Scrub J-oakers

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...

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Segerstads fyr

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...

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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...

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Shavers Creek

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...

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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.

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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 Watcher’s Digest organizes this global bird count described as "birding's most sedentary event...

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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

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Sisters Circle

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.

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SLO Birders

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...

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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...

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Soloyanis

Circle Captain: Susan Soloyanis

Circle Location: Cascade, Colorado (United States)

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Stone Mtn Hawkeyes

Circle Captain: Trudy Kyler

Circle Location: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Swamp Sitters

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...

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Tall Tale Flycatcher

Circle Captain: Nick Pulcinella

Circle Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Team Cullman

Circle Captain: Geoffrey Tucker

Circle Location: Cullman, Alabama (United States)

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The Coops

Circle Captain: Steve Mayo

Circle Location: New Haven, Connecticut (United States)

A great hawk day with 1,012 raptors.

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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...

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The Lakers

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.

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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...

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The Old Coots

Circle Captain: Larry Michael

Circle Location: Horicon, Wisconsin (United States)

Well, bad weather was bound to happen during one of our “Big Sits” 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...

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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.

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The Raptorians

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.

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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...

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The Turkey Pointers

Circle Captain: Chris Starling

Circle Location: Elk Neck State Park, Maryland (United States)

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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...

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Tower Tattlers

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...

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TREES

Circle Captain: Douglas Wood

Circle Location: Tishomingo, Oklahoma (United States)

Conservation Organization: Tishomingo Refuge Ecology and Education Society (TREES) – friends group of the Tishomingo NWR. Highlight was a Peregrine Falcon flying by after catching a peep.

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trout

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...

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turkeyfeathrs

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.

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Twitch Whiffers

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...

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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...

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Utah Lakers

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...

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Vansbest

Circle Captain: Kathleen Van Orsdel

Circle Location: Talbott, Tennessee (United States)

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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...

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Washtenaw Wingnuts

Circle Captain: Don Chalfant

Circle Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan (United States)

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Wetland Watchers

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...

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Wheeler Wingers

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...

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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...

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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...

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Wirtz Whip-poor-wills

Circle Captain: Alyce Quinn

Circle Location: Wirtz, Virginia (United States)

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