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: Gilsland Gawkers

Captain: Turk Duddy
Location: Falmouth, Maine (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  2. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  3. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  4. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  9. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  10. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  11. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  12. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  13. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  14. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  15. Merlin Falco columbarius
  16. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  17. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  18. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  19. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  20. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
  21. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  22. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  23. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  24. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  25. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  26. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  27. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  28. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  29. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  30. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  31. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  32. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  33. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  34. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  35. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  36. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  37. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  38. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  39. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  40. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  41. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  42. Nelson's Sparrow (formerly Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow) Ammodramus nelsoni
  43. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  44. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  45. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  46. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  47. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  48. Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  49. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  50. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  51. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  52. Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Team Notes

Participants: Turk Duddy, Linda Woodard, Kristen Lindquist, Joe Scott, Kathleen Kelly, Jim Honeth, Naomi Honeth, Karen D'Andrea, Julie Krasne, Nick Lund, Bob Bittenbender, Margi Huber, Patti Bicknell, Frank Paul, Eddie Woodin, Lysle Brinker

Weather: 41-56 deg., winds 7-13 mph w to nw, clear to partly cloudy skies

Location: Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm Sanctuary North Meadow on the Presumpscot River

Time At Location: 4:00 am - 6:30 pm

Linda Woodard & I were joined by 14 observers over the course of the day in trying to see or hear as many species of birds as we could from our 17 foot circle. Our final count for the day was 52. There were several song birds flying over without calling or seen in the distance & shorebirds that stayed on the other side of the river never to be identified. There was a goose that might have been a cackling but uncertainty precluded its listing. There were the birds seen on other parts of the sanctuary that we missed. Where were the resident turkeys? Maybe next year we'll add these to the list. On the bright side, we could have done a workshop on sparrow identification. We saw 7 species including a late Nelson's Sharp-tailed found by Naomi. At one point there were 45 sparrows of six species, both adult & juv., counted on the path leading to our circle. We also saw 9 species of raptors, including an American Kestral that hung over the field for quite a long time looking for dinner & a Peregrine Falcon that I missed when I went to the car. Then, of course, there was the grazing. The homemade apple cake, fresh, warm donut holes from Duckfat's, how come the french fries didn't get there?, pizza, cheese & crackers, bagels & cream cheese & coffee, hot chocolate & apple cider.

This was our first Big Sit & we are looking forward to others. There was talk of having a second circle next year on the other side of the sanctuary where it is more wooded. It'll be interesting to see how the two compare.

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