The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: The Turkey Pointers

Captain: Chris Starling
Location: Elk Neck State Park, Maryland (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Egret Ardea alba
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  6. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  7. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  8. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  9. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  10. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  11. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  12. Gadwall Anas strepera
  13. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  14. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  15. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  16. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  17. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  18. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  19. Merlin Falco columbarius
  20. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  21. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  22. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  23. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  24. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  25. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  26. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  27. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  28. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  29. Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus
  30. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  31. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  32. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  33. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  34. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  35. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  36. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  37. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  38. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  39. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  40. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  41. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  42. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  43. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  44. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  45. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  46. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  47. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  48. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  49. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  50. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  51. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  52. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  53. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  54. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  55. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  56. Northern Parula Setophaga americana
  57. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  58. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  59. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  60. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  61. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  62. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  63. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  64. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  65. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  66. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  67. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  68. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  69. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  70. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  71. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  72. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  73. Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  74. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  75. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  76. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  77. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Chris Starling, Sean Mccandless, Tom Raub, Parke John, Pat Valdata

Weather: Clear, approx. 42F at 0430 to 75F at 1130

Location: Turkey Point, Cecil County, Maryland

Time At Location: 0430-1130

Anecdotes:
Greetings, As most of you know, yesterday was Birdwatcher’s Digest’s international BIG SIT! We, The Turkey Pointers, began our SIT at Turkey Point; Elk Neck State Park, Cecil County at around 0430. We stayed until 1130. Our early departure was the result of very few birds being around. There was little to no evident flight of passerines; particularly neotropics. We only had five warblers (listed below) and we totally missed all flycatchers and vireos! However, we did score some nice “boreal” species including 20 or so Purple Finches, 10+ Pine Siskin, and our best bird of the day, which came around 0600; Northern Saw-whet Owl! Other notables included Great Egret, Snow Goose, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Hermit Thrush (our only catharus), Red-headed Woodpecker, Merlin, Scarlet Tanager, Rusty Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Baltimore Oriole, and Common Loon. The latter was heard “singing” numerous times from out on the bay pre-dawn. Notable misses were: Phoebe, BH Vireo (here the day before), most warblers, Song Sparrow, Chimney Swift, and Red-tailed Hawk. Also we only had TWO Cardinals (heard only). Despite my seemingly dim notation previously, we had a rather nice morning with beautiful weather, a gorgeous sunrise, and a spectacular view of the cosmos; which included views of Saturn and Venus forming a triangle with Leo’s Regulus, meteors, Orion’s Blue Nebula, fly-by satellites, the Milky Way, and many constellations, all while being serenaded by at least 5 owls of 3 different species! Yes, we probably could have ticked a few more birds if we’d stayed longer but we were happy with the 77 species we attained. I have placed a few photos on my “flckr” photo album. If you would like to view them just follow this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Thanks go out to the following participants: Sean McCandless, Tom Raub, Pat Valdata, Harold Fogleman, and Parke John. Below is a complete list of the birds we saw or heard from our circle. If anyone would like numbers contact me directly, I will happily supply that information: Turkey Point, Cecil County, MDBIG SITOctober 14, 2007 0430-1130


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