The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Smith Point Sharpies

Captain: John Mariani
Location: Smith Point, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  2. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  3. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  4. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  5. Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  6. Great Egret Ardea alba
  7. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  8. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  9. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  10. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  11. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  12. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  13. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  14. Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  15. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  16. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  17. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  18. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  19. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  20. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  21. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  22. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  23. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  24. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  25. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  26. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  27. Merlin Falco columbarius
  28. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  29. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  30. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  31. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  32. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  33. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  34. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  35. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  36. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  37. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  38. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  39. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  40. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  41. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  42. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  43. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  44. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  45. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  46. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  47. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  48. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  49. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  50. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  51. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  52. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Team Notes

Participants: John Mariani, m.o.b.

Weather: Clear in the morning, overcast in the afternoon. Windy.

Location: Smith Point Hawk Watch Tower, Smith Point, Chambers Co., TX

Time At Location: 6 hours (8am to 2pm)

The highlight came in the morning, when we counted almost 700 Broad-winged Hawks in a single sweep of the sky. Other goodies included 5 Magnificent Frigatebirds and a Crested Caracara. Passerines were tough, and fewer than I had hoped. Unfortunately I had to leave early, otherwise I might have added a few more species. Volunteers at the hawk watch boosted the final tally with a few species that I missed.

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