The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Waccamaw Audubon Soc

Captain: Richard Moore
Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  6. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  9. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  10. Wood Stork Mycteria americana
  11. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  12. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  13. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  14. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  15. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  16. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  17. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  18. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  19. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  20. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  21. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  22. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  23. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  24. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  25. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  26. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  27. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  28. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  29. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  30. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  31. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  32. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  33. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  34. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  35. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  36. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  37. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  38. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  39. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  40. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  41. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  42. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  43. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  44. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  45. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  46. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  47. Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major
  48. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  49. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  50. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus

Team Notes

Participants: Richard Moore, Jack Peachey, Martha Rozenkrantz, Rosemary Browne, Lynne Brock

Weather: beautiful!

Location: Huntington Beach State Park, S.C.

Time At Location: 12 hrs (6 am - 6 pm)

We had beautiful weather all day (unlike last year when it poured rain most of the time) and racked up a total count of 50 species from our circle on the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park. Jack Peachey opened the count at approximately 6:30 in the morning and quickly recorded his first bird - a black crowned night heron followed closely by clapper rails and as the sun came up the first of several bald eagles seen that day. Jack recorded a total of 43 species before I arrived for the afternoon shift at 12:30. During the afternoon most of the same birds were seen again and 7 new species added: culminating with ring-billed gulls at 4:30 PM. No further new birds were seen until we packed in in at about 6 PM.

Again this year the most spectacular birds seen were the 70-odd wood storks that spent most of the day roosting in tree nearly above our heads, prompting one person who dropped by to see what we were doing to ask “who is watching who?”

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