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: Asterisks

Captain: Herbert Fibel
Location: northeast of Mesa, Arizona (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba
  6. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  7. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  10. Gadwall Anas strepera
  11. American Wigeon Anas americana
  12. Redhead Aythya americana
  13. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  14. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  17. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  19. Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
  20. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  21. Merlin Falco columbarius
  22. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  23. Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus
  24. Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii
  25. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  26. American Coot Fulica americana
  27. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  28. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  29. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  30. Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
  31. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
  32. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
  33. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  34. Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  35. Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
  36. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  37. Gilded Flicker Colaptes chrysoides
  38. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  39. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  40. Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  41. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  42. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  43. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  44. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  45. Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
  46. Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
  47. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  48. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  49. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  50. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  51. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  52. Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  53. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  54. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  55. Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
  56. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  57. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  58. Abert's Towhee Melozone aberti
  59. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  60. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  61. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  62. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  63. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  64. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  65. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  66. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  67. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Herb Fibel, Sit! site leader; Pete Moulton, Cynthia Donald, Adam and Phyllis Martin, and Deb Sparrow

Weather:

Location: Tonto National Forest beside Granite Reef Reservoir

Time At Location:

Notes:

Anecdotes:

All six of us (Herb Fibel, Sit! site leader; Pete Moulton, Cynthia Donald, Adam and Phyllis Martin, and Deb Sparrow) were at the site and up and running, when the predawn hours informed us that this was to be a near perfect day weatherwise. An earlier scouting trip revealed to us that the area was particularly "birdy" this fall, even after what had been a record hot and dry summer.

By daylight we had about 20 species already noted, even though the cattails growing at the water's edge now obscured our view of the upper portion of the reservoir. After a hearty lunch and a nap, no one wanted the added calories of the traditional piece of Baclava. By 2:00 p.m. we had tied our previous record of 61 species (no Turkey Vultures), but we hungered to break the record by at least one and if possible, two, more species sightings. That happenstance came to pass when an Inca Dove was spotted nearby in the mesquite bosque (#62). As we were loading up our stuff in preparation to calling it a day, Herb spotted a Northern Harrier (#63) coming around the side of Red Mountain, being harassed by a handful of Red-winged Blackbirds.

How then did we end up with 67 for the day, you ask? A review of our list that evening revealed that we had neglected to write down four additional species sighted during our Sit!

New species sighted this year were Greater Roadrunner, Prairie Falcon and Savannah Sparrow, bringing our twelve year total up to 124. Seen for only the second time in twelve years were: Peregrine Falcon, Vaux's Swift, White-throated Swift, Gilded Flicker, and Tree Swallow

We were able to raise over $1,300 for Maricopa Audubon Society for its environmental advocacy and conservation education programs.


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