The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Utah Lakers

Captain: Eric Huish
Location: Provo, Utah (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  5. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  6. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  7. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  8. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  12. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  13. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
  16. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  17. Merlin Falco columbarius
  18. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  19. Sora Porzana carolina
  20. American Coot Fulica americana
  21. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  22. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  23. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  24. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  25. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  26. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  27. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  28. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  29. California Gull Larus californicus
  30. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  31. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  32. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  33. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  34. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  35. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  36. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  37. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  38. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  39. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  40. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  41. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  42. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  43. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  44. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  45. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  46. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  47. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  48. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  49. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  50. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  51. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  52. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  53. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  54. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  55. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  56. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  57. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  58. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Eric Huish, Tuula Rose, Bonnie Williams, Milton Moody, Ned Bixler, Yvonne Carter, Matt Mills and Stephanie, Larry Draper, Josh Heward, Jon Watkins & son and Paulette & son

Weather: Partly cloudy, highs in the upper 60s.

Location: Provo Airport Dike - Utah Lake, Utah County, Utah

Time At Location: 6:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 12 hours

Notes:
This was our 6th annual Big Sit. We had a record number of participants this year, a record amount of time spent at the circle and we had a record number of species seen. We ended the day with a total of 58 species. 3 more than our previous record. There were two probables we weren't confident enough to count, several species seen during the week leading up to the sit that we couldn't find on the day of, and a few misses including Ring-necked Pheasant which we have never missed on a big sit. 60 species is definitely possible and will be our goal next year. Most interesting sightings included a Barn Owl hunting very near our circle in morning (6:30 a.m.) and that flew by again in the evening (7:30). Hundreds of Long-billed Dowitchers spent the day on the mudflat. We had a Sora and Virginia Rail walking out along the front of the marsh. A Merlin hung out in the trees at the other end of the mudflat much of the morning. 3 Steller's Jays in some small trees way out in the middle of the marsh (far from their normal habitat). We had a good movement of raptors in the early afternoon with at least 15 Red-tailed Hawks making their way south. Two Cattle Egret flew by in the evening. Two or three Semipalmated Plovers way out on the far end of the mudflat. A large flock of Sandhill Cranes (hundreds) flew into the marshes out on the other side of Provo Bay at dusk (we also had 3 soaring with the raptors in the early afternoon). Plus lots of other birds. No rarities.


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