The Big Sit! 2007 Statistics

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Team Information: Wings Over Wastewater

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  9. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  10. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  11. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  12. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  13. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  14. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  15. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  16. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  17. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  18. American Wigeon Anas americana
  19. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  20. Gadwall Anas strepera
  21. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  22. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  23. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  24. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  25. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  26. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  27. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  28. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  29. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  30. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  31. Merlin Falco columbarius
  32. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  33. Sora Porzana carolina
  34. American Coot Fulica americana
  35. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  36. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  37. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  38. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  39. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  40. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  41. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  42. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  43. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  44. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
  45. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  46. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  47. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  48. Barred Owl Strix varia
  49. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  50. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  51. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  52. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  53. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  54. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  55. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  56. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  57. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  58. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  59. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  60. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  61. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  62. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  63. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  64. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  65. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  66. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  67. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  68. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  69. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  70. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  71. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  72. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Charlie Amos, Buck Buchanan, Greg Cook, D.D. Currie, Allen Drozdowski, Ted Drozdowski, Peter Gottschling, Ann Hoover, Mary Lee Johnson, Jim Jones, Dell Little, Gail Morris, Bob Smith, Bob Stone, Bill Toon

Weather: Steady mix of sun and clouds, strong south wind all day with occasional lulls, pleasant temps from mid 60's to mid 80's.

Location: Village Creek Drying Beds, Arlington, TX

Time At Location: 4:30am to 7:10pm

Notes:
It was a very birdy day in the marsh. Bird activity remained high all day. 9 duck species, 9 raptor species, and 11 shorebirds. Multiple looks at Soras. Lots of quality birds; A Merlin, two Ospreys, multiple harriers, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, American Bittern and so forth. The highlight was definitely a Virginia Rail that seemed to reappear everytime somebody new stopped by and wanted to see the bird. The "roosting" show at dusk was nothing short of amazing. Thousands of birds everywhere. Had two Great Horned Owls (not counted) by vehicle as we were leaving the facility shortly after dusk.

Anecdotes:
This was our first "official" Big Sit! by members of Fort Worth Audubon. We took a chance by positioning ourselves in the middle of the marsh, quite far from anything that could be considered a tree, but we had several sharp-eyed snipers who managed to pick off distant perched passerines throughout the day including 4 woodpecker species. The strong wind surely hurt us for sparrows and small marshy passerines. But herons, ibis, ducks, shorebirds and other water birds were abundant throughout the day. This was so much fun it was sick, it was supposed to be a big sit, but many of us stood for most of the day. Since the circle captain is from Philadelphia, we made hoagies out in the marsh. I told some birders that if they came back next year, we'd find a way to make cheesesteaks in the circle.


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