The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: The Kathryn F. Anderson Granite Reef Asterisks

Captain: Herbert Fibel
Location: northeast of Mesa, Arizona (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  3. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  4. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  7. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  8. Great Egret Ardea alba
  9. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  10. American Wigeon Anas americana
  11. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  12. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  13. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  14. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  15. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  16. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  17. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  18. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  19. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  20. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  21. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  22. Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii
  23. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  24. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  25. American Coot Fulica americana
  26. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  27. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  28. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  29. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  30. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  31. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  32. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  33. Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
  34. Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
  35. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  36. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
  37. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  38. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  39. Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  40. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  41. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  42. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  43. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  44. Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
  45. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  46. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  47. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  48. Common Raven Corvus corax
  49. Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
  50. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  51. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  52. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  53. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  54. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  55. Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  56. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  57. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  58. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  59. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  60. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  61. Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
  62. Abert's Towhee Melozone aberti
  63. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  64. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  65. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  66. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  67. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  68. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  69. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  70. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Team Notes

Participants: Captain Herb Fibel, Kathe Anderson, longtime veterans Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald, second time participants Tom and Rosalinda Partel, Cynthia Grant.

Weather: Mid 80's, crisp and sunny

Location: Central Arizona

Time At Location: All day


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.

Would you believe that here in central Arizona it is not unusual for the daily high temperature to not start registering below the three figure level until mid-October? So we were relieved to be confronted by a day which only reached into the mid-eighties, a day that we define a just a little crisp, but nevertheless sunny.

We arrived just before the daylight and quickly established our circle so that we could count all the heard birds, followed by shadowy presences. The Audubon's race of Yellow-rumped warblers had arrived in substantial numbers. I always worry that we won't hit fifty species, but the numbers quickly began to turn significant.

Our all day observers this year were the above-mentioned Kathe Anderson, longtime veterans Pete Moulton and Cynthia Donald, second time participants Tom and Rosalinda Partel, Cynthia Grant and me. Helping for several hours was veteran Phyllis Martin. I, Herb Fibel, founder of this circle, have pretty much become the administrator and coordinator of the operation. If I spot a couple of new and different species during the day, it is the exception rather than the rule.

We ended the day with 70 species, topping last year's record of 67, which was in and of itself well above normal. We added four new species this year to our cumulative list-Snowy Egret, Virginia rail, Wilson's snipe and White-winged dove (which usually leaves for the winter months promptly each year on the first day of dove hunting season, September 1st)-bringing our cumulative total for the 13 years to 128 species.

When all is said and done, we will have raised over close to $2,000, for the Maricopa Audubon Society in Phoenix with this year's Big Sit!

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