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: Kentish Plovers

Captain: Walter Ellison
Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  5. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  6. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  7. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  8. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  9. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  10. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  11. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  12. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  13. American Wigeon Anas americana
  14. Gadwall Anas strepera
  15. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  16. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  17. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  18. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  19. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  20. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  21. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  22. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  23. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  24. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  25. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  26. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  27. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  28. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  29. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  30. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  31. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  32. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  33. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  34. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  35. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  36. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  37. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  38. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  39. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  40. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  41. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  42. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  43. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  44. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  45. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  46. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  47. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  48. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  49. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  50. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  51. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  52. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  53. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  54. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  55. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  56. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Walter Ellison; Nancy Martin; Gail Regester; Ryan Scheuermann; Jim Dennis

Weather: Clear, 50 to 57 degrees F, Wind WNW to NW 0-12 mph, rising through day.

Location: West end of Tubby Cove Boardwalk, Eastern Neck NWR, Rock Hall, Kent County, MD

Time At Location: 6:40 AM to 2:00 PM

Although the weather was beautiful, if a little breezy, a profound lack of songbirds or a serious hawk flight consigned this year's Big Sit at Eastern Neck NWR to mediocrity as we tallied 56 species (the average tally is now 57.5 for six years). It was a pleasant mediocrity nonetheless. Our best bird was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE that spent the early morning with Canada Geese in Calfpasture Cove to our south. It left for the fields at Ingleside at 8:05 AM and was not seen again, although it could have hidden amongst the returning Canadas as the light went against us. We also had two CACKLING GEESE in the flock, a gander and a goose. Other good birds were Wilson's Snipe (a quick flyby), 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Gadwall, 2 American Wigeon, and a very confiding Red-breasted Nuthatch (reflecting the big flight here on the Eastern Shore this fall). Although they are "routine" on our Big Sits it was also a pleasure to have the regular presence through the day of at least 16 Bald Eagles, 4 Northern Harriers (hunting close to the platform), 8 Royal Terns, and 16 Caspian Terns. Thanks to everyone who came by to help count, to Cindy Heffley from the Refuge who helped publicize the event, and to all of the visitors who dropped by to ask what the heck we were up to.

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