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: Insomniacs

Captain: Janine Mccabe
Location: Kino Springs, Nogale, Arizona (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Great Egret Ardea alba
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  5. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  6. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  7. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. American Wigeon Anas americana
  10. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  11. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  12. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  13. Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus
  14. Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus
  15. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  16. Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii
  17. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  18. Sora Porzana carolina
  19. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  20. American Coot Fulica americana
  21. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  22. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  23. Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
  24. Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
  25. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  26. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
  27. Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
  28. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  29. Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  30. Red-naped Sapsucker Sphyrapicus nuchalis
  31. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  32. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  33. Dusky Flycatcher Empidonax oberholser
  34. Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
  35. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  36. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  37. Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans
  38. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
  39. Common Raven Corvus corax
  40. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  41. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  42. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  43. Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
  44. Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus
  45. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  46. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  47. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  48. Crissal Thrasher Toxostoma crissale
  49. Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  50. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  51. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  52. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  53. Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
  54. Canyon Towhee Melozone fusca
  55. Abert's Towhee Melozone aberti
  56. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  57. Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
  58. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  59. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  60. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  61. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  62. Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus
  63. Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  64. Lazuli Bunting Passerina amoena
  65. Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
  66. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  67. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  68. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  69. Lawrence's Goldfinch Spinus lawrencei

Team Notes

Participants: Janine McCabe (solo)

Weather: 55 deg - 88 deg, clear, sunny, calm slight breeze to 5 mph

Location: Kino Springs, Nogales, AZ

Time At Location: 05:00 am to 17:30 pm

Notes:
What seemed to start out as a normal, very birdy sit; was interrupted during peak time of day for birding(9am)when two Border Patrol vehicles came up the road fast and with a mission, stopping at the gravel creek wash across the pond from where I sat. Four guys jumped out of the cars and started running down the wash. An added bonus for me, as they kicked up many birds from hiding, I was able to add the Greater Roadrunner, Inca Dove, and Northern Mockingbird to my list. The guys caught one illegal immigrant or drug runner (not sure which) and continued chasing three others about the hillsides. I thought they were coming back in my direction. I didn't want to be on the receiving end of bandits running from guys with AK-47's, so I temporarilly broke down the circle grabbing my scope and headed for my vehicle. About 20 minutes later when the activity ceased, I went back to my circle and resumed the count. For many people who do not live along the Mexican border, this type of event may seem rather exciting and scary. I have lived and birded the Arizona-Mexican border for many years now. It is a reality which the birding community learns to adapt to and be cautious of. A day in the life of an Arizona birder. Just plan ahead and always have an exit strategy.


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