The Big Sit! 2008 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: The Green J's

Captain: Joshua Rose
Location: Mission, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  2. Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
  3. Gadwall Anas strepera
  4. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  5. Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
  6. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  7. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  8. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  9. Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  10. Great Egret Ardea alba
  11. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  12. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  13. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  14. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  15. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  16. Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
  17. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  19. Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus
  20. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  21. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  22. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  23. Merlin Falco columbarius
  24. Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
  25. Sora Porzana carolina
  26. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  27. American Coot Fulica americana
  28. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  29. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  30. Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  31. Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
  32. Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris
  33. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  34. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  35. Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
  36. Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis
  37. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  38. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  39. Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
  40. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  41. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  42. Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus
  43. Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii
  44. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  45. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  46. Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas
  47. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  48. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  49. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  50. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  51. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  52. Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
  53. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  54. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  55. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  56. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  57. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  58. Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre
  59. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  60. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  61. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  62. Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  63. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  64. Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis
  65. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

Team Notes

Participants: John Yochum, Kyle O'Haver, Rex Stanford, Josh Rose, Mary Beth Stowe, Carol Navarro

Weather: Partly cloudy, hot, light breeze

Location: Hawk tower at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Time At Location: 4 AM to 8 PM

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!

The most impressive spectacle of the day was the evening Barn Swallow flight. I believe it was around 7 PM that I attempted to estimate the numbers of swallows streaming past the Bentsen tower, headed east, presumably to some unknown roost site. I wound up at roughly 10,000 birds. Around 7:15 I scanned the skies again, completely lost any thought of estimating numbers, and just repeated "Oh my God!" and "Good Lord!" and a few similar exclamations. There were several hundred swallows just within a single binocular view, and these numbers were occupying large swaths of the evening sky, more than 20 binocular field's worth. Total number of swallows must have been in the six-digit range, if not more.... A Mississippi Kite was a surprise this late in the season. Local specialties in evidence included Least Grebe, Gray Hawk, Altamira Oriole, Great Kiskadee and Groove-billed Ani; Lesser Nighthawk and Common Pauraque were well in evidence in both morning and evening. Mary Beth Stowe and I had a tough time adding new species to the tally in the afternoon, but Carol Navarro spotted the first of two V's of American White Pelicans to bring us within one species of last year's final tally. At sunset, as I was on the phone with John, who had headed home hours before and was calling for an update, a Merlin streaked by to guarantee a tie; and, somewhat anticlimactically, a Long-billed Thrasher called in the darkening brush to put us over.

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