The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: SLO Birders

Captain: Jim Royer
Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  4. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  5. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  6. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  7. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  8. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  9. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  10. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  11. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  12. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
  13. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  14. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  15. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  16. American Wigeon Anas americana
  17. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  18. Gadwall Anas strepera
  19. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  20. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  21. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  22. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  23. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  24. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  25. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  26. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  27. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  28. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
  29. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  30. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  31. Merlin Falco columbarius
  32. California Quail Callipepla californica
  33. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  34. Sora Porzana carolina
  35. American Coot Fulica americana
  36. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  37. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  38. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  39. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  40. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  41. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  42. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  43. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  44. Red Knot Calidris canutus
  45. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  46. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  47. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  48. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  49. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  50. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  51. California Gull Larus californicus
  52. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  53. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
  54. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  55. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  56. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  57. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  58. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  59. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  60. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  61. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  62. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  63. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  64. Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
  65. Vaux's Swift Chaetura vauxi
  66. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  67. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  68. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  69. Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis
  70. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  71. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  72. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  73. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  74. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  75. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  76. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  77. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  78. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  79. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  80. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  81. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  82. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  83. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  84. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  85. Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
  86. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  87. California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
  88. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  89. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  90. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  91. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  92. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  93. Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
  94. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  95. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  96. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  97. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  98. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  99. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  100. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  101. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  102. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  103. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  104. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  105. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  106. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  107. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  108. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  109. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  110. Great Egret Ardea alba
  111. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  112. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  113. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  114. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  115. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Team Notes

Participants: Bill Bouton, Karen Clarke, Claudia Duckworth, Tom Edell, Steve Jobst, Jim Royer, Ron Ruppert, Alan Schmierer, Brad Schram, Steve Schubert, Greg Smith, Maggie Smith, Mike Stiles, Roger Zachary

Weather: Clear and slight breeze at 6 am start, but low fog came in at 10:30 am, and in the afternoon it became a higher fog

Location: Elfin Forest,Los Osos, California

Time At Location: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

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. The birds in the coastal scrub at our level were quiet and much less active. The birding ground to a halt. An hour or two went by with no new species. The day had started off beautifully - with a slight offshore breeze and clear skies. The incoming tide pushed the shorebirds by our vantage point, as the morning became light enough to clearly see them in our arsenal of spotting scopes. Rails were calling on the near shore. Thrashers and sparrows were calling around us from the bush lupine and low oaks. Birds road the warming air overhead. A swallow took our binoculared eyes into a mixed flock of swallows and swifts. A Snow Goose lumbered by the quick little swallows and surveyed the bay before heading north to the harbor mouth where an Osprey flapped into view. We were racking up the species, including a Pectoral Sandpiper and Red Knots among the shore birds and ducks in the mudflats and channels of water in the rising tide. A careful scoping of the ducks yielded a rufous morph female Eurasian Wigeon and a Lesser Scaup among the numerous American Wigeon, pintail, and Green-winged Teal. Clouds of synchronized shorebirds and more scattered flocks of ducks gave away the hunting Peregrines. At least 3 took turns terrorizing their potential prey. Despite the name Big Sit we were all on our feet, scopes facing all directions so we would not miss anything from the different habitats. We were even making an effort to find birds we normally shunned, like cowbirds, starlings, House Sparrows, and collared-doves (to add them to our count). A Black-throated Gray Warbler flew low over our heads; a new bird for the count. As quickly as the species appeared around us, they vanished into the gathering mist. After noon the fog did rise off the ground to become a high overcast, but the overhead movement of passerines did not resume and we went hours with no new birds for the day. Fortunately we had the good company of most of the county's best birders along with crackers and couscous, Danish pastries, organic apples, homemade peanut butter cookies and other good food and drink brought by many of the participants. Just as counters were feeling useless, a Golden Eagle soared by in the mid afternoon. Two hours later, a Glaucous-winged Gull stopped briefly to visit the other gulls in the estuary. Next, a Sharp-shinned Hawk blasted by; looking for the same birds we were missing. A Hermit Thrush called later in the afternoon. The counted ended at 115 species; a respectable number for our count, but we had to wonder what total we would have had if the fog had stayed offshore.

During one of the dullest stretches of our count, one of the participants exclaimed that we needed an eagle to fly by to liven thing up a bit. As if on cue, a Golden Eagle flew right overhead. Unfortunately, subsequent wishes for Blue-winged Warblers and other rarities were not likewise answered. We had a non-human partner in our count as a coyote was roaming an open field to our east, flushing birds up including a Northern Harrier.

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