The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Twitch Whiffers

Captain: George Chaniot
Location: near Ukiah, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  3. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  4. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  5. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  6. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  7. Great Egret Ardea alba
  8. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  9. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  10. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  11. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  12. American Wigeon Anas americana
  13. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  14. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  15. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  16. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  17. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  18. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  19. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  20. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  21. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  22. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
  23. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  24. Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
  25. California Quail Callipepla californica
  26. American Coot Fulica americana
  27. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  28. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  29. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  30. California Gull Larus californicus
  31. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  32. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  33. Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
  34. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  35. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
  36. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  37. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  38. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  39. Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber
  40. Nuttall's Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii
  41. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  42. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  43. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  44. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  45. Common Raven Corvus corax
  46. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  47. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  48. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  49. Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
  50. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  51. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  52. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  53. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  54. Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
  55. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  56. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  57. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  58. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  59. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  60. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  61. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  62. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  63. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  64. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  65. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  66. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  67. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  68. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  69. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  70. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  71. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

Team Notes

Participants: George Chaniot, Chuck Vaughn, Vishnu, Cheryl Watson, Geoff Heinecken, Matthew Matthiessen

Weather: Fine fall day as always. Temp. 47-80ºF. Little wind.

Location: Lake Mendocino, near Ukiah, California

Time At Location: 05:45-18:50

When we arrived it was a clear, cool night with Venus and Saturn close in the east and Sirius and Orion reflected in the lake. Before sunrise a high fog bank developed over the lake, but it never engulfed us or restricted the view much. This is the 9th year that we have "sat" here - long enough to see branches grow up to obscure the view and other trees disappear. We have always drawn a beautiful fall day. We got two owl species right off the bat, but after that, the whole day seemed a bit slow birdwise. By sunup we only had 42 species. We ended the day with 71 species - tying our all-time low. The lake level was fairly low - usually this means good conditions for shorebirds and dabbling ducks - but that did not bear our this year. The big miss of the day, inconceivable really, was Western Scrub-Jay! The last new bird of the day was a Northern Pygmy-Owl which spoke up just as I was preparing to leave. Maybe this was the Golden Bird from 2003 or one of its descendants.

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