The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Bayfrontal Oddities

Captain: Jennifer Rycenga
Location: Menlo Park, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  2. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  7. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  8. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  12. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  13. Gadwall Anas strepera
  14. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  15. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  16. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  17. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  18. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  19. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
  20. Merlin Falco columbarius
  21. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  22. American Coot Fulica americana
  23. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  24. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  25. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  26. Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
  27. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  28. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  29. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  30. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  31. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  32. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  33. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  34. California Gull Larus californicus
  35. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  36. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  37. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  38. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  39. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  40. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  41. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  42. Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia
  43. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  44. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  45. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  46. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  47. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  48. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  49. Common Raven Corvus corax
  50. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  51. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  52. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  53. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  54. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  55. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  56. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  57. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  58. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  59. Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
  60. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  61. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  62. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  63. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  64. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  65. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  66. Tricolored Blackbird Agelaius tricolor
  67. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  68. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  69. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  70. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  71. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii

Team Notes

Participants: Jennifer Rycenga (captain), Rich Ferrick, Laurie Graham, Jeff Fairclough, Chris MacIntosh, Jaan Lepson, Kevin, Jennifer, Arnel Gunlao, Sonny Mencher, Ray the ranger

Weather: Mild pre-dawn, cooler and foggy in morning, warming and sunny in afternoon, wind picked up in late afternoon

Location: Bayfront Park, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, San Francisco

Time At Location: 5:30 am to 5:30 pm

Notes:
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. We presumed it would be a Savannah Sparrow, but as it posed for us, we realized we had something rare. The pictures will attest we had a Vesper Sparrow - only the second ever recorded for this park, and the first in a decade. Only a half dozen or fewer are seen every year in the county. The Golden Eagle was also an excellent county bird. The Lesser Yellowlegs obligingly foraged alongside a Greater Yellowlegs. The Burrowing Owl is a specialty of the park, but they generally only winter here. Rich, who is a major advocate for this park in local birding circles, and I were surprised to here the small rasping call of the Owl just before first light. Rich was unable to locate the bird at a burrow in daylight. One bird that the system would not let us record was the Cackling Goose we saw at the front of a large flock of Canada Geese.

Anecdotes:
We were often joined by Ray, the friendly birding ranger. He brought his signed copy of Roger Tory Peterson's Western guide. A frequent park jogger was worried when she saw us looking over the salt ponds with our scopes: she feared we were from some development corporation! We reassured her that we, too, want this park to remain forever open space! The chair of the Friends of the Park, Chris MacIntosh, also a fine birder, joined us at various times. The group consumed all the snack food, but left the raisins untouched! The goal of having the Big SIT! at this location was to bring greater awareness to birders locally and throughout the state, about the birding wonders of this park. We think this was accomplished admirably. Easy misses included Marbled Godwit and Willet, Brown-headed Cowbird, California Towhee, American Wigeon, and Black-crowned Night-heron.


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