The Big Sit! 2008 Team Reports

Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.

Actonitz

Circle Captain: Paula Parent

Circle Location: Acton, Maine (United States)

Bird counts have been way down in this area since a recent hurricane passed, that dumped major amounts of rain. Today has been pretty much a typical day since that storm. Prior to that, I would see an average of 15 different bird species a day, now I'm lucky to see 4...

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Aimophila Adventures

Circle Captain: Rick Wright

Circle Location: Oro Valley, Arizona (United States)

This was the first Big Sit in this circle since 2005, and it proved to be a fine day with fine company. As expected, Catalina State Park remained completely off-limits to any waterfowl of any kind, putting us in the running once again for highest count anywhere in the world without a Mallard...

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Alligator River NWR

Circle Captain: Bucket Taylor

Circle Location: Manteo, North Carolina (United States)

Consistent wind speed kept many birds in low profile. Citing of bears exceeded eight, with the closest to the observation platform being only 12 meters...and he/she was keenly interested in our "behavior" pattern...

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AustinX

Circle Captain: Laurie Foss

Circle Location: Austin, Texas (United States)

Eric Carpenter started us off at 6:30 with his first bird of the day - Great Horned Owl. I joined him and Eric Brierley at 9:00a.m. at the new Hawkwatch location which is at the intersection of the three main ponds at Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory...

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Bald Eagle SP Storm Birds

Circle Captain: Bob Snyder

Circle Location: Bald Eagle State Par, Pennsylvania (United States)

This was our 2nd Big Sit at Bald Eagle State Park, in central Pennsylvania! Situated in a narrow valley between the ridge of Bald Eagle Mountain and the foothills of the Allegheny Plateau, the park also has a 5-mile long lake...

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Beckham Bird Club

Circle Captain: Rod Goforth

Circle Location: Clarksville, Indiana (United States)

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Bexar Butter Butts

Circle Captain: Sheridan Coffey

Circle Location: San Anonio, Texas (United States)

Our team compiled 77 species, two short of our total last year. We struggled greatly with the wind, which limited our passerines. We had 15 species of shorebirds which were in continuous disarray due to a very active juvenile Peregrine...

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Bird Nerds @ Moapa Valley NWR NV

Circle Captain: Laurie & Dan Mooney - Moapa Valley N W R

Circle Location: Moapa, Nevada (United States)

Total 36 species. Very windy all day. Not a lot of total species but some good birds. Best food source seemed to be California Fan Palm berries, and mistletoe berries in mesquite trees.

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Birdie Sitters

Circle Captain: Pastor Elmer Lehman

Circle Location: Weston, Wisconsin (United States)

Tufted Titmouse was not expected but sighting have been reported. A great day and I'll be bact next year with help.

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Birdorable

Circle Captain: Amy Evenstad

Circle Location: Deerfield, Illinois (United States)

Our first Big Sit. We walked to our circle (a strategically located picnic table) from our home several times throughout the day. Most activity at sunrise and sunset; too hot in the afternoon for birds and watchers...

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BIRDRANGER

Circle Captain: Brian Bockhahn

Circle Location: Wake Forest, North Carolina (United States)

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Birds of a Feather

Circle Captain: Edward Lagace Park Ranger

Circle Location: Winona, Minnesota (United States)

We had good weather over all people came and left throughout the day. I did expect a greater turnout but it will be better next year. I am going to maintain a sign in log next year and gather journal entries on a volunteer basis...

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Birds of Gujarat-GNCS

Circle Captain: Bhargav Joshi

Circle Location: Vadodara, Other (India)

Avisabawala and lekhrajsing Reached at watching site and 6 AM in morning of 12th october i my self join them at 8 and we were count birds till 12 Noon.and during course of 6 hours we have recorded 34 Species of Birds

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Black Bayou Birders

Circle Captain: Joan Brown

Circle Location: Monroe, Louisiana (United States)

We didn't see as many birds as I thought we would. Some of the more common ones were absent. Unfortunately, there was a buteo that none of us could identify. It was passing through, circling high in the sky, and even with a 60 power spotting scope, we just couldn't ID the bird.

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Border Birders

Circle Captain: Mike Carlo

Circle Location: Alamo, Texas (United States)

Fun first attempt at Big Sit. Morning crew of 18 birders included a group of 11 high school/college students - great introduction to the activity of birding for them. Afternoon count leader was not able to make it, so count totals were on the low side.

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Boreal Birdometers

Circle Captain: Bill Tefft

Circle Location: Ely, Minnesota (United States)

Midafternoon thermals above a rocky bluff on the north side of the lake attracted raptors for a short period in midafternoon. There were very few migrating sparrows compared to previous years.

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boreal48

Circle Captain: Darrell Neufeld

Circle Location: winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada)

Stayed out as long as I could stand the bad weather.There were lots of gulls flying by but could not identify any.After the sit went for ride around the park and did see the following birds Red-breasted Mergansers,Common Mergansers, Common Goldeneye,Bufflehead and American Pipit.

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BorealChickadeeTeam

Circle Captain: Claudette Cormier

Circle Location: Saint-Fulgence, Quebec (Canada)

A big irruption of Boreal Chickadee : 588 in the day !

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brucesc

Circle Captain: Bruce Krucke

Circle Location: yonges Island, South Carolina (United States)

Weather really hampered normal flying birds and my ability to see everywhere at once since I had to be inside. No winter or migrating birds except the flicker and sapsucker.

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Burnt Chimney Swifts

Circle Captain: Tim Quinn

Circle Location: Burnt Chimney, Virginia (United States)

We manned two circles on our property, and had a total of 26 species within the circles. Some of the participants also took a walk around our 13 acres, and we found two additional species outside the circles...

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Chunkos

Circle Captain: Al Ahlgrim

Circle Location: Oregon City, Oregon (United States)

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Cold Springs NWR

Circle Captain: June Whitten

Circle Location: Hermiston, Oregon (United States)

Enthusiastic and good birders spotted unusual species for this area: Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The shorebird migration is still on and lots of shorebirds were seen on the mudflats, plus Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese.

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DFO Insaniacs

Circle Captain: Joey Kellner

Circle Location: Littleton, Colorado (United States)

Colorado State Parks donated the use of a 10x10' canopy to keep us dry! Yea! Saw 5 Mule Deer, 10 Elk and one squirrel.

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Dyudden

Circle Captain: Bengt Stridh

Circle Location: Västerås, Other (Sweden)

A bit late start. Forgot to set the alarm clock... Did not have the endurance to stay at the same spot the whole day. However, spent most of the time during day outside and when I spotted something interesting I went back to the Big Sit observation circle, but I only got two new birds after 10...

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EPBWC City-Sitters

Circle Captain: Joseph Devereaux

Circle Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States)

Appreciating all things avian was the goal of the day. It was still dark as I pulled the white Dodge Dakota pickup into one of the parking spaces in the lot at Havenwoods State Forest. The air was crisp and moist on this autumn Sunday, October 12, 2008...

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FAMI whoopers

Circle Captain: Barbara Bruns

Circle Location: Aransas NWR, Texas (United States)

This being our second year at the Aransas NWR, we enthusiastically found a good number of birds during the 'Big Sit'. Our watchers were prepared to ID all birds in the area and were happy to introduce some of the Refuge visitors to our efforts for the Sit! At the end of the day, we were able to advance our prior count by ONE species...

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Finley Flyers

Circle Captain: Molly Monroe

Circle Location: Corvallis, Oregon (United States)

Highlights were three white-tailed kites hunting in our view throughout our day. Also saw the first Rough-legged hawk of the winter for the area.

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Gilsland Gulls

Circle Captain: Turk Duddy

Circle Location: Falmouth, Maine (United States)

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GMAS ACE BIRDERS

Circle Captain: Tim Leslie

Circle Location: Perrysville, Ohio (United States)

The weather was great, the food was good. First year at this location, think everyone had fun. Didn't help our species number at this location, have had 47, 51, 46, and now 48 species. May try new location next year...

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Grassy Hill

Circle Captain: Richard Chyinski

Circle Location: East Lyme, Connecticut (United States)

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Grosbreasted Rosebeaks

Circle Captain: Paul Fank

Circle Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)

The birds were busy until about 10:30 am when the rain became heavier. Bird activity started in again after the rain, but the wind picked up, keeping the birds hunkered down for a while. Very little hawk or other bird activity in the sky, except for lots of gulls at times...

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HAS Big Sit

Circle Captain: Jay Kaplan

Circle Location: South Windsor, Connecticut (United States)

The fog at dawn curtailed early morning movement, or at least, early morning visibility. A Peregrine Falcon spent much of the day soaring and perching at the end of the marsh, possibly restricting movements of some species...

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Hays Squawkers

Circle Captain: Stephanie Barko

Circle Location: Driftwood, Texas (United States)

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Hilltopers

Circle Captain: Jack Doyle

Circle Location: Lincoln City, Oregon (United States)

This was the dedication of the new Nestucca Bay Wildlife Refuge. 110 people attended but our circle had 6-8 people all day. Our group was the Audubon Society of Lincoln City.

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Holiday Beach Migration Observatory

Circle Captain: Paul Pratt

Circle Location: Amherstburg, Ontario (Canada)

Tom arrived early and was rewarded with a Barn Owl at 5:43 am. The bird called three times as it flew over the Big Creek Marsh. Four Great Horned Owls and two Eastern Screech-Owls were also heard within the first few minutes of the count...

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Jean Road Birders

Circle Captain: David Desrochers

Circle Location: Arlington, Massachusetts (United States)

Since the landlords cut down all of the trees on the property, we've had so few birds visit our home. We used to have a great bird community visit our yard on a daily basis. Nothing much anymore...

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Juniata Juncos

Circle Captain: Chad Kauffman

Circle Location: Mifflintown, Pennsylvania (United States)

This was our first attempt at our own counties big sit. We had alot of fun, good food and good friends. This is by far the most relaxing count/survey I have ever done for birds.

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Kayz Circle

Circle Captain: Kay Craig

Circle Location: Wilmar, Arkansas (United States)

I am a team of one. I could not 'sit' all day. Most of my watching was done from 7am until 9am and then sporadically throughout the day.

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KBAS Grebes

Circle Captain: Julie Van Moorhem

Circle Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon (United States)

Klamath Basin Audubon Society's first Big Sit! Very cold in the AM but moderated in the PM. Next year we need to have more watchers for the event--we'll recruit early.

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Kentish Plovers

Circle Captain: Walter Ellison

Circle Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)

The Kentish Plovers sat for eight and a half hours beginning at 6:30 AM on the platform at the west end of the Tubby Cove Boardwalk. Full-time Plovers were Walter Ellison and Nancy Martin and we were joined by part-time Plovers Meg Parry and Kathleen O'Connor for parts of the day...

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LagunaAtascosa

Circle Captain: Stacy Sanchez

Circle Location: Los Fresnos, Texas (United States)

It was a muggy, cloudy, sprinkly day. Not much bird activity

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Lenoir Lunatics

Circle Captain: Michael Bochnik

Circle Location: Yonkers, New York (United States)

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Lower Columbia Birders

Circle Captain: Mike Patterson

Circle Location: Seaside, Oregon (United States)

As nice as the weather was, birding was kind of slow. Seabirds were too far out to identify with confidence and the landbirds were few and far between.

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McNary Wildlife

Circle Captain: June Whitten

Circle Location: Umailla, Oregon (United States)

The Columbia River was fairly quiet today, both weather and birds.

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MECKBIRDERS

Circle Captain: David Lovett

Circle Location: huntersville, North Carolina (United States)

Better than ever participation- 17- and mostly good weaher along with some late migrants made this - our third year - the best yet beating our high expectations by 4 species.

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Memorial Park Lawn Chair Birders

Circle Captain: Steve Garr

Circle Location: Jefferson City, Missouri (United States)

Twenty five folks joined us off and on during the day. Several people passing by had seen the information about the Sit in the paper or heard about it on the radio. Our fist bird of the day was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the snag right above us and it was also the last bird of the day on that same snag...

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Metro Munchers

Circle Captain: Tom Heatley

Circle Location: Harrison Township, Michigan (United States)

The most exciting part of the day was when Joanna Pease said two white geese were flying in with a flock of Canada Geese. They turned out to be a Snow Goose and a Ross' Goose. The Ross' Goose was the first ever recorded for Macomb County and the park...

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Middle River Merlins

Circle Captain: Russ Titus

Circle Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (United States)

Early morning 695 White Ibis headed west. Wind from SE not great for migration except a few falcons. Warblers headed north during morning, most unidentified.

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Militia Hill Deck Sitters

Circle Captain: Rich Conroy

Circle Location: Fort Washington, Pennsylvania (United States)

Great-Horned and Eastern Screech Owls were vocal before sunrise. Common stuff picked up right at sunrise - Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird and White-throated Sparrows. A Pileated Woodpecker called from just up the hill - they've been absent in the Park since spring...

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Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

Circle Captain: Jim Dolan

Circle Location: Canfield, Ohio (United States)

We only birded during the daylight hours.

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Mosquito Food

Circle Captain: Kent Fothergill

Circle Location: Dorena, Missouri (United States)

Beautiful day. The cypress trees again put on a fantastic accipter and woodpecker show. Butterflies included: Monarchs, Orange Sulphur, Little Yellow, Cloudless Sulphur, Pearl Crescent, Fiery Skipper, Eastern Tailed-Blue.

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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Circle Captain: Julie West

Circle Location: Cleveland, Ohio (United States)

The weather was great, and unseasonably warm. No night flight calls were heard. A common nighthawk was seen both at dawn and dusk. The highlight was the appearance of one (several?) flock(s) of pine siskin which are not often seen at the Nature Center...

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NOTSLAR PTB

Circle Captain: Norwood Frederick

Circle Location: Ralston, Pennsylvania (United States)

1st BY Ruffed Grouse!

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One Old Crow and a Cute Chick

Circle Captain: Carrie Braden

Circle Location: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba (Canada)

We had a lack of observations! We dipped on many species that we should have easily had. The weather prevented us from observing much outside. Big dips were Canada Goose, any woodpecker species, and American Robin,

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OYBC Ottawa NWR

Circle Captain: Rebecca Hinkle

Circle Location: Oak Harbor, Ohio (United States)

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Patuxent NWR Aberrant Passerines

Circle Captain: Maggie O'connell

Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)

Not a ton of birds, because we were kind of tucked in behind the building, but good human traffic. We offered kids the chance to make pine cone bird feeders, take home National Wildlife Refuge Week posters, and color bird pictures...

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Pea Island NWR

Circle Captain: Jeff Lewis

Circle Location: Pea Island NWR, North Carolina (United States)

Too windy - very few migrants moving

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Peekin Peewees

Circle Captain: Bill Doyle

Circle Location: Santa Rosa, California (United States)

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Peregrine Pushers

Circle Captain: Forrest Rowland

Circle Location: Lewes, Delaware (United States)

We had lots of great things happen. Seaduck migration was in full swing with all three Scoter being counted, Black and Surf seen in the hundreds, if not thousands. Merlins came in to bomb our hawkwatch fake owl, and we had the FOS Pine Siskins for the state! "Best" birds: Pine Siskin, Cape May Warbler, Eastern Meadowlark, and Lesser Black-backed Gull...

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Pickens Picidae

Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga

Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)

21 species by 9:00am; only 3 more species added the rest of the day.

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Prairie Woods Audubon

Circle Captain: Cyndi Duda

Circle Location: Barrington, Illinois (United States)

We enjoyed watching a kingfisher diving for fish, and enjoyed the sounds of geese landing in the pond at dusk.

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Prime Hook Beach

Circle Captain: Mary Bigelow

Circle Location: Milford, Delaware (United States)

Thousands of snow geese

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Rio Salado Sitters

Circle Captain: Terry Brodner

Circle Location: Phoenix, Arizona (United States)

Tom and Frank began owling before sunrise and did well with Barn, Great Horned and Western Screech and stayed on site until 5:30 pm getting us an additional 12 species! Thanks, Guys! Mike joined us shortly after daylight and stayed till afternoon and I had to leave about l:00 pm from 5:30 am...

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Riverbend Renegades

Circle Captain: John Callow

Circle Location: Great Falls, Virginia (United States)

Two great sightings of peregrine falcons flying down the river. It was great to have lots of visitors (50+) stop by and check out what was going on. Special thanks to Chrystal and Rob for all the snacks and Dave for the fantastic grilling...

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Rose Tree Redtails

Circle Captain: Holly Merker

Circle Location: Media, Pennsylvania (United States)

This year we moved the circle a few yards closer to the wooded edge of the park so that we could see and hear more woodland birds. Deep blue skies much of the day made it difficult to find birds overhead, but we still managed to do well with the raptors, despite not finding a Bald Eagle (which is a rare day at our site to come up empty on BAEA)...

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roxys birders

Circle Captain: Tom Dilts

Circle Location: midlothian, Virginia (United States)

Started out at 4:00am, at 5:15am heard a barred owl several times, very active birding starting at about 7:30am but once a Coopers hawk showed up at 10:00am things slowed down for a while. The Coppers hawk did take one bird in the yard and disappeared as did all the other birds for awhile...

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Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge Birders

Circle Captain: Becky Wolff

Circle Location: Jet, Oklahoma (United States)

It had been windy for the past couple of days and the birds were hunkering down where we couldn't see them. We kept joking that we needed to pay the birds better so they would come out for us. It was a great sit, just hopefully next year the birds and weather will be more cooperative.

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sarcelle soucrourou

Circle Captain: Patrick Brisse

Circle Location: Tucker, Georgia (United States)

not too bad for a very windy day! The Merlin was new to count and the Kestrel is accidental. 33 Turkey Vultures is high for the count.

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Scrub J-oakers

Circle Captain: Hugh Kingery

Circle Location: Franktown, Colorado (United States)

We ended up with a surprising 37 species (second highest in 7 years) Everybody who came contributed something (fruit, veggies, birds). Karen von Saltza arrived first and first heard the Canyon Wren, but she missed the Great HOrned Owl that grunted from the oaks above the house at 6:40 a...

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Segerstads fyr

Circle Captain: Christian Cederroth

Circle Location: Segerstad, Oland isl, Other (Sweden)

20000+ Barnacle and Brent geese on migration, amongst them no less than five Brents of the form hrota and a record breaking three nigricans. White-tailed Eagle extravaganza: at least five of them were hunting around the lighthouse! Peregrine and Long-tailed Tits worth an extra mention...

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SF feeder complex

Circle Captain: Mick Zerr

Circle Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota (United States)

Rain kept many birds away. Chickadees were fighting. Downy Woodpeckers were chasing each other. Cardinals were out more than usual.

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Shavers Creek

Circle Captain: Greg Grove

Circle Location: Petersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Silver Sands Sitters

Circle Captain: Stacy Hanks

Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)

Again this year I have to extend much thanks my team mates! Particularly Matt and Jim who identify at least 80 percent (or more) of our list. It was a beautiful, fun day with friends! Stacy Hanks

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Sisters Circle

Circle Captain: Sister Marty Dermody

Circle Location: Shaker Trace - Miami, Ohio (United States)

We had a great day and were part of the banding station focusing on sparrows from sun up to sun down. We had a number of people stop by and ask what we were doing while they were birding. Great day, great people and great fun...

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Sitting Green Togeth

Circle Captain: Lori Jones

Circle Location: Okmulgee, Oklahoma (United States)

Observations in the early morning were the best. After about 10:00 a.m. sightings became few and far between. In the late afternoon, the hawks, vultures, and osprey showed up to soar on the thermals.

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SLO Birders

Circle Captain: Jim Royer

Circle Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

After 10 years of doing a big sit at this location there were still many surprises this year. Many of our reliable species were absent (due to a drought?), such as Canada Goose, W. Snipe, Killdeer, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, R-c Kinglet, and W...

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SML Osprey Campers

Circle Captain: Georgia Simpson

Circle Location: Santa Margarita Lake, California (United States)

Failed to see a number of the regulars we would have expected to see. Otherwise, had a good time

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Smok Duck

Circle Captain: Rita Grant

Circle Location: Brooksville, Florida (United States)

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Soloyanis

Circle Captain: Susan Soloyanis

Circle Location: Cascade, Colorado (United States)

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Southern Jug Bay

Circle Captain: Danny Bystrak

Circle Location: Bristol, Maryland (United States)

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Stillwater NWR

Circle Captain: Ali Chaney

Circle Location: Fallon, Nevada (United States)

It was an enjoyable day on the refuge. Five Lahontan Audubon Society members started the day off. We had good luck at identifying the birds from our circle with the exception of one little warbler that led us off into the cattails and tules below the observation deck...

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Stone Mtn Hawkeyes

Circle Captain: Trudy Kyler

Circle Location: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Swan Sitters

Circle Captain: Doris Fitchett

Circle Location: Sumner, Missouri (United States)

Much higher water levels than usual due to vey wet year with much flooding on the refuge. Had lots of activity from large numbers of White Pelicans, Cormorants, and Tree Swallows moving around all day...

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Team Peregrine Fondue

Circle Captain: Tom Reed

Circle Location: Cape May Point, New Jersey (United States)

Pulses of Yellow-rumps moving through all morning. 2 Ring-necked Ducks and a Greater Scaup appeared on Bunker Pond, as did 2 Stilt Sandpipers and 2 White-rumped Sandpipers later on. An Orange-crowned Warbler briefly appeared next to the platform around 8am...

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The Celery Stalkers

Circle Captain: Carol Flanagan

Circle Location: Allendale, New Jersey (United States)

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The Dean Clan

Circle Captain: Patricia Dean

Circle Location: Prospect, Ohio (United States)

The birds that were present were active. But, they seemed hesitant to come to the feeders. We had moved the feeders, but not the circle. So long as we remained on the side away from the feeders, the small birds came to eat...

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The Green J's

Circle Captain: Joshua Rose

Circle Location: Mission, Texas (United States)

We just barely broke last October's mark by 1 species, despite using a new location where we had tallied 90 species during the Big Sit competition of the Great Texas Birding Classic in late April. Our total was actually fairly impressive upon considering that we had not one single species of shorebird, gull or tern, thrush, warbler or sparrow!

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The Kathryn F. Anderson Granite Reef Asterisks

Circle Captain: Herbert Fibel

Circle Location: northeast of Mesa, Arizona (United States)

This year we couldn't turn down the offer of a sizeable contribution in exchange for adding the name "Kathryn F. Anderson" to our existing Sit! name to honor the memory of the mother of a new entrant to our circle, birder extraordinaire, Kathe Anderson...

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The Lakers

Circle Captain: Carolyn Fischer

Circle Location: Clear Lake, Iowa (United States)

This was our lowest Big Sit Count. So windy the birds were not flying.

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The LoveBirds

Circle Captain: Connie Kogler

Circle Location: Loveland, Colorado (United States)

Low bird counts and participants.. will promote more next year.

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The Old Coots

Circle Captain: Larry Michael

Circle Location: Horicon, Wisconsin (United States)

The birds were quiet during the morning darkness with only a few birds added to the list in the "heard only" category. As the morning light began to show itself the marsh and surrounding area came to life...

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The Solitary Vireo

Circle Captain: Jane Van Coney

Circle Location: Cincinnati, Ohio (United States)

Starry night, no owls heard. Many chirping crickets. First bird was an American Robin (7:20 a.m.) Two minutes later was a full chorus of house sparrows and northern cardinals. First fly-by,a UFO,(7:25 a...

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TREES

Circle Captain: Douglas Wood

Circle Location: Tishomingo, Oklahoma (United States)

Very slow for birds. Last year we had high flood waters so duck and shorebird numbers were higher. This year, little water so mostly focused songbirds. Best bird was probably a juvenile harrier that foraged in front of the tower...

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Trinity River Refuge

Circle Captain: Stuart Marcus

Circle Location: Dayton, Texas (United States)

Started observing from just before dawn to dusk with up to 5 folks at one time. This spot had some open water with a tree lined area behing the pier. We had hoped to get more woodland species, but a few that we expected just weren't around...

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turkeyfeathrs

Circle Captain: Caroline Stafford

Circle Location: Rapid City, South Dakota (United States)

Counted 50+ separate flocks of sandhill cranes passing overhead from 1-3pm, flock sizes ranged from 50 to over 300, estimate 4,000 to 5,000 birds total. Spotted towhee unusual for this date. Neither of the regular downy or hairy woodpeckers showed up today...

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Twitch Whiffers

Circle Captain: George Chaniot

Circle Location: Ukiah, California (United States)

This is our 10th year of participation. As usual we drew a beautiful fall day. When I arrived at the circle, Orion and Canis Major were reflected in the lake. At first the owling was slow, but eventually three species spoke up, including the Golden Bird of 2005, Northern Pygmy-Owl...

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Twitching Talons

Circle Captain: Derek Stoner

Circle Location: Hockessin, Delaware (United States)

A wonderful day afield, with many highlights. Gray-cheeked Thrush and Bobolink flight calls in the darkness, along with Barred Owl calling. An American Bittern flew overhead just after dawn, and just afterward a Green Heron came by...

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Under the Bridge

Circle Captain: Ray Scory

Circle Location: Port Orange, Florida (United States)

Today our species count was modest, in part because high waters and an easterly wind hid many of the oysterbars and sandbars that show at low tide. However, the birds at the bridge were interesting to watch...

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Up at the Blackwell Cabin

Circle Captain: Ronnie Blackwell

Circle Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi (United States)

The morning was dominated by clashing flocks of American Crows, numbering up to forty birds at a time. Songbirds, usually plentiful at this spot were practically absent.

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Utah Lakers

Circle Captain: Eric Huish

Circle Location: Provo, Utah (United States)

I brushed an inch of snow off my car early Sunday morning and headed to the Provo Airport Dike. The storm missed the dike. There was no snow on the ground and although there were storm clouds threatening us all day we only saw three or four snowflakes...

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Vansbest

Circle Captain: Kathleen Van Orsdel

Circle Location: Talbott, Tennessee (United States)

The weather was a perfect birding day. Clear skies before sunrise and puffy clouds during the day with a slight breeze. Temps started at 59 before sunrise and topped out in the mid-80's. Was disappointed in the numbers seen this year...

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Warbler Woodland Watchers

Circle Captain: Paulette Scherr

Circle Location: Arrowwood NWR, North Dakota (United States)

Heavy rains overnight gave way to light rain/drizzle about 10:30am. At noon when we started observations the fog was so thick we couldn't see the shoreline only 100 feet away. We had sporatic periods of light rain/drizzle most of the day...

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Washtenaw Wingnuts

Circle Captain: Don Chalfant

Circle Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan (United States)

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West Sequim Bay

Circle Captain: Denny Van Horn

Circle Location: Sequim, Washington (United States)

A good day!

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Wheeler NWR Wingers

Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley

Circle Location: Wheeler NWR, Alabama (United States)

Rather pleasant with short periods of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy day. Winds howled throughout the day, undoubtedly affecting bird activity contributing to 19 fewer species than last year. No nocturnal migration noted before sunrise...

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Whipple Bird Club

Circle Captain: Bill Thompson, Iii

Circle Location: Whipple, Ohio (United States)

We BROKE OUR RECORD for most species seen. Old record was 65. New record is a hard-to-beat 69. This was our 12th Big Sit at Indigo Hill and our 7th in the birding tower. We swept the expected owls and thrushes, got a surprising number of warblers, picked up some surprisingly late birds (ruby-throated hummingbird, scarlet tanager, tree swallow)...

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Wings Over Wastewater

Circle Captain: Ted Drozdowski

Circle Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

This was Fort Worth Audubon's second year of participating in the big sit and we certainly exceeded our expectations. We finished with 82 species, 10 more than last year! Our circle remained chock full of participants for most of the day...

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