The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Litchfield Hills Audubon, CT

Captain: David Tripp Jr.
Location: Litchfield, Connecticut (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Great Egret Ardea alba
  3. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  4. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  5. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  6. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  7. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  10. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  11. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  12. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  13. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  14. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  15. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  16. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  17. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  18. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  19. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  20. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  21. Merlin Falco columbarius
  22. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  23. American Coot Fulica americana
  24. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  25. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  26. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  27. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  28. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  29. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  30. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  31. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  32. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  33. Barred Owl Strix varia
  34. Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus
  35. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  36. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  37. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  38. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  39. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  40. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  41. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  42. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  43. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  44. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  45. Common Raven Corvus corax
  46. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  47. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  48. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  49. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  50. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  51. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  52. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  53. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  54. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  55. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  56. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  57. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  58. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  59. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  60. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  61. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  62. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  63. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  64. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  65. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  66. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  67. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  68. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  69. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  70. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  71. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  72. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  73. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  74. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  75. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  76. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  77. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  78. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  79. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  80. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Team Notes

Participants: David Tripp Jr, Fran Zygmont, Robert Stanowski, Angela Dimmitt

Weather: Clear and chilly (low 40's),winds very light WSW predawn, mid 50's Breezy NWN winds and mostly cloudy with front until noon.

Location: Litchfield, CT at the south end of Little Pond on Sutton's Bridge (crosses over the Bantam River).

Time At Location: 0430 to 1230hrs

Notes:
Had the four expected owls with a total of 9 species before 6:00AM. Thrushes (many Hermits, 1 Wood and 1 Swainson's) and other night migrants mostly sparrows and a couple of warblers (no cuckoos) began dropping down at 6:20AM. Total by 7:00 jumped to 32sp., 8:00-55sp., 9:00-62sp., 10:00-72sp., 12:30-79sp. Only one evening shift person showed up to hit the 80 mark! Missed G-w Teal, Carolina Wren and a couple of other possibilities. All in all, an awesome day of birding.

Anecdotes:
We were in cell phone contact with the state leaders, Milford Surf Scopers, constantly to see where their totals were. When we called at 9:00, they guessed we were at the mid 40's, we had 62. They were at 73. I was hoping to call them back with the 70 milestone within ten minutes to make them sweat a little. We banged out a bunch right away then couldn't buy a specie for a while. Of course they pulled away and smashed their old record which is also the state record!! Good job. Come to find out, our total was better than half of their previous years' totals.


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