The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: Wheeler Wingers

Captain: Dwight Cooley
Location: Wheeler NWR, Alabama (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  7. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  10. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  11. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  12. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  13. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  16. Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
  17. Sora Porzana carolina
  18. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  19. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  20. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  21. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  22. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  23. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  24. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  25. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  26. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  27. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  28. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  29. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  30. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  31. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  32. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  33. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  34. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  35. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  36. Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  37. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  38. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  39. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  40. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  41. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  42. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  43. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  44. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  45. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  46. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  47. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  48. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  49. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  50. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  51. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  52. Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
  53. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  54. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  55. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  56. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  57. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  58. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  59. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  60. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  61. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  62. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  63. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  64. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  65. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  66. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  67. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  68. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  69. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  70. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  71. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  72. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  73. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  74. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  75. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  76. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  77. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  78. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  79. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  80. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  81. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  82. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  83. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  84. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Dwight Cooley, John Ehinger

Weather: Clear skies, temperature 52-86 F, winds ESE 0-10 mph

Location: Wheeler NWR near Decatur, Alabama - White Springs Dike

Time At Location: 13 hours, 5:00 am - 6:00 pm

A beautiful, sunny day, though a bit warm in the afternoon. Moderate thrush migration during the early morning hours (before sunrise) with three thrush species recorded by flight calls. Surprised by an American Woodcock's twittering before sunrise. Impressive Blue Jay migration throughout the day with over 250 recorded streaming south. The most memorable events were the intense bird activity before and one hour after sunrise and the flock of 60 American White Pelicans soaring leisurely above the site for over 30 minutes, as they took advantage of the first thermal of the morning. Wetlands adjacent to the site were significantly reduced in size due to the continuing extreme drought. Only five new species recorded after noon.

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