The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: Alligator River NWR

Captain: Bucket Taylor
Location: Manteo, North Carolina (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  2. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  3. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  4. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  5. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  6. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  7. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  8. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  9. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  10. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  11. Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
  12. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  13. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  14. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  15. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  16. Barred Owl Strix varia
  17. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  18. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  19. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  20. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  21. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  22. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  23. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  24. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  25. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  26. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  27. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  28. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  29. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  30. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  31. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  32. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  33. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  34. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  35. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  36. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  37. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  38. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  39. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  40. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Team Notes

Participants: Bucket Taylor, Audrey Whitlock, Michael Alford, Michael Eubank, Marlene Schumm, Peggy Eubank, and Norman Budnitz

Weather: Morning low of 50; Mid-day high of 71; Moderate (~5 mph) north wind most of the day; High blue sky, bright sun with few clouds

Location: Alligator River NWR, Manteo, North Carolina

Time At Location: 6:00 AM - 6:45 PM

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. As expected, the most notable observations were the owls (Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech) and raptors (Northern Harrier, Red-tailed, American Kestrel, Cooper's, Red-shouldered, and Sharped-shinned). Future Big Sits at Alligator River NWR should document more species as the absence of rain this summer (deficit > 14 inches) has left many fields and drainage ditches well below normal water levels. The count of 40 species from a fixed location at Alligator River NWR is consistent with expectations.

Perhaps the most notable is the observation of (i) eight black bears, three of which were within 60 feet of the observation platform and (ii) one eastern bobcat.

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