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: Tin Mountain Conservation Center

Captain: Joshua Potter
Location: Brownfield, Maine (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  2. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  3. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  4. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  5. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  6. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  7. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  8. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  9. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  10. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  11. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  13. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  14. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  15. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  16. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  17. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  18. Common Raven Corvus corax
  19. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  20. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  21. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  22. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  23. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  25. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  26. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  27. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  28. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  29. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  30. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  31. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  32. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  33. Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus

Team Notes

Participants: Joshua Potter, Tony Federer, Jeremy Bean

Weather: Cold, windy, alternating between overcast and partly sunny

Location: Brownfield Bog (near parking area), Brownfield, ME

Time At Location: 4:45AM - 7:00PM

Some of our big misses included a lack of waterfowl (including a Ring-necked Duck that was there last week!), Northern Harrier, Belted Kingfisher, and any Nuthatch. Our highlight was most likely the Northern Pintail female that winged in with some mallards and black ducks to become species number 31. Lots and lots of Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Two Eastern Phoebes kept us company all day as they hawked insects about 50 feet from us.

Three birders undertook a cold, blustery Big Sit in the Brownfield Bog on Sunday. I kicked it off at 4:45AM decked in many layers and a blanket, straining my ears in the dark hoping for a return of the Great Horned Owl I had heard the previous evening while setting up the 17-ft. circle. At 5:10AM, perhaps starting to nod off a bit in my Adirondack chair, I was jolted by a beaver tail-slap not 20 feet from where I was seated. Later I could hear him out in a clump of alder chewing on what I can only imagine was some tasty cambium. At 5:30 the wind that would be a companion most of the day kicked up, making owling a bit more difficult. Finally at 5:53AM the Great Horned Owl began asking me if I also was awake (barely). The call was initially so soft that I had to step out of the circle a little ways to make sure it wasn’t a distant dog. Within a few minutes though, he had moved closer. From then until 9:30, I rarely went 15 minutes without adding another species. By 12:30PM we would have 32 species, by 7PM, 33. I was thankfully accompanied in the circle for most of the daylight hours by Tony Federer and Jeremy Bean. This Big Sit thing is much more fun as a social enterprise. On the mammal front, we had beaver, red squirrel, chipmunk, and gray squirrel. And shortly after dawn a short-tailed weasel ran thorough the circle about two feet in front of my toes. A great event! Next year we may even put a second circle somewhere else in the bog to see how the diversity compares.

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