The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: The Raptorians

Captain: Mike Purdy
Location: Roanoke, Virginia (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  2. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  3. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  4. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  5. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  6. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  7. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  8. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  9. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  10. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
  11. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  12. Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
  13. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  14. Barred Owl Strix varia
  15. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  16. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  17. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  18. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  19. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  20. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  21. Common Raven Corvus corax
  22. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  23. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  24. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  25. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  26. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  27. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  28. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  29. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  30. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  31. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  32. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  33. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  34. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  35. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  36. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  37. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  38. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  39. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Tad Finnell, Jeremy McEntire,Baron Gibson,Dillard Childress,Clark Hill,Stephanie Hill

Weather: Partly cloudy, temps in the 60's and 70's

Location: Harvey's Knob Hawkwatch Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia milepost 95.5

Time At Location: 5:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Once again we conducted the Big Sit while also conducting the hawk watch. Spotting both species of eagles was a nice addition, as well as two species of owls. The Great Horned Owl was calling before daylight and the Barred Owl started hooting midafternoon.

At the overlook where we conduct the Big Sit we're at 2,424 ft. We have a great view of the Roanoke Valley below. I jokingly said that if we scanned the fields below we might spot turkeys. Well, it wasn't long until Tad was scoping the fields when suddenly he started laughing. He had spotted a flock of 14 Wild Turkeys hiking across a field in single file.

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