The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Under the Bridgers

Captain: Ray Scory
Location: Port Orange, Florida (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  7. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  8. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  9. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
  10. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  11. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  12. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  13. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  14. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  17. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  18. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  19. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  20. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  21. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  22. Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani
  23. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  24. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  25. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  26. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  27. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  28. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  29. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  30. Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
  31. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  32. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  33. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  34. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  35. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  36. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  37. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  38. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  39. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  40. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  41. Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major
  42. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

Team Notes

Participants: Ray Scory, John Carr, Jane Scory

Weather: 7o-85 degrees Fahrenheit, clear with high cumulus clouds

Location: Port Orange Bridge, NW side of the Halifax River

Time At Location: 6:00AM to 7:00Pm

Notes:
Sitting at the Port Orange Bridge is an adventure. Sitting from 6:00AM to 7:00PM in a 17 ft circle looking for birds is truly a birding adventure. A Sunday at the Bridge is more than an adventure. Making the scene are - dog walkers, walkers, bikers, boaters, sightseers, fishing people, people napping in their cars and even people interested in birds. Boats go into the water, boats motor by. boats sail by, birds fly by, Boat-tailed Grackles squawking, chattering, whistling, screeching - all day long, every second. All the time everything is in motion at the Bridge, even the Sun moves steadily from left to right.

Anecdotes:
Observed two Peregrine Falcons, one circling high, moving West, the other whizzing North low over the Halifax River. Rookery Island teeming with Brown Pelicans and other water birds, all nesting. Flocks of White Ibis flying in to roost in Rookery Island. Hundreds fo Laughing Gulls on the Oyster bars. On a Sunday, once a year, I choose to sit THE BIG SIT at the Bridge to watch the birds, and the activity - to enjoy it all, It's a wonder.


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