The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Nerdy Birders

Captain: David Hollie
Location: Ringgold, Georgia (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  2. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  3. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  6. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  7. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  8. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  10. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  11. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  12. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  13. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  14. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  15. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  16. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  17. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  18. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  19. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  20. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  21. Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla
  22. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  23. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  24. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  25. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  26. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  27. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  28. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  29. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  30. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  31. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  32. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  33. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  34. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  35. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  36. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  37. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  38. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  39. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  40. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  41. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  42. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  43. Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
  44. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  45. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Jason Anders (age 12), Zack Barrow (age 14), Alex Donesky (age 11), Randy Folkenberg (age 13), and David Hollie (age 14)

Weather: Clear, 70s-80s degrees, light breeze

Location: Ringgold, Georgia

Time At Location: 6:45 am - 11:30 am, and 6:15 - 6: 30 pm

Notes:
This was our first time doing the Big Sit! and it was a absolutely fantastic experience! Birding together all in a small circle is so fun, and the fellowship we have is the best part of it! Two of our team members got lifers, very exciting! One memorable experience was in the afternoon after everything had slowed down, we had left the circle, but on the way back to the circle to get our stuff (as the rest of the team had to leave), we noticed vultures soaring overhead. We dashed across the creek, ran to our circle, only to find that we couldn't see them! Disappointed, we headed back with our stuff. Then we saw them again! I splashed across the creek again, but still, I couldn't find them! I crouched, stood on tiptoes, looked in between this branch and that leaf, but not vultures. The rest of the team was across the creek heading up to the house, they were yelling out to me the position of the vultures "Directly over the house now!..... Now slightly to the right!". After a few minutes of this, I finally locked onto a Turkey Vulture, but there were Black Vultures up there too! After more crouching and standing on tip toes, I finally got it! Phew! What a relief, that bumped our species number up to 44, quite a bit more than I expected! Unexpected Species: White-throated Sparrow (First of Season) Tennessee Warbler (Very few warblers this late) Orchard Oriole House Wren (I only get these occasionally) Sharp-shinned Hawk (A hit and miss species at my house)

Anecdotes:
Our team was made of 100% Young Birders, do we get extra points... hehehehe


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