The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Bexar Butter Butts

Captain: Sheridan Coffey
Location: San Anonio, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  3. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  4. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  5. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  6. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  7. Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  8. Great Egret Ardea alba
  9. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  10. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  11. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  12. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  13. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  14. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  15. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  16. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  17. Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  18. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  19. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  20. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  21. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  22. American Wigeon Anas americana
  23. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  24. Gadwall Anas strepera
  25. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  26. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  27. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  28. Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
  29. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  30. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  31. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  32. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  33. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  34. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  35. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  36. American Coot Fulica americana
  37. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  38. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  39. Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
  40. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  41. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  42. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  43. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  44. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  45. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  46. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  47. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  48. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  49. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  50. Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
  51. Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
  52. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  53. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  54. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  55. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  56. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  57. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  58. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  59. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  60. Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  61. Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
  62. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  63. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  64. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  65. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  66. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  67. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  68. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  69. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  70. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  71. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  72. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  73. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  74. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  75. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  76. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  77. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  78. Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  79. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Martin Reid, Eric Brierly, Maryann Golden, Dodge Engleman, Helen Rejzek

Weather: Partly cloudy, strong south wind

Location: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, San Antonio, Texas

Time At Location: 7:00-18:00

Notes:
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. Despite the lack of habitat we were able to log 14 species of shorebirds, including a fly over Long-billed Curlew. Winds were from the south and fierce, keeping passerines to a minimum. We had hoped for a good passage of raptors, but were rather disappointed. We did have a good selection of species, but very few individuals. Large numbers of swallows passed by all day.

Anecdotes:
A couple of the funnier moments involved birds that were blocked by shrubs or the pump structure by our circle. A far off Roseate Spoonbill could be seen across the lake from just outside the circle. We got a step ladder and Martin stood on top of it while I held up his scope. He got the bird! Then Dodge pulled his SUV into the circle and climbed up on top to try to view a distant Belted Kingfisher. Unfortunately the bird flew while he was climbing up. Luckily it did a fly by later in the day.


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