The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: AustinX

Captain: Laurie Foss
Location: Austin, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  4. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba
  6. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  7. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  8. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  9. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  10. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  11. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  12. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  13. American Wigeon Anas americana
  14. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  15. Gadwall Anas strepera
  16. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  17. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  18. Redhead Aythya americana
  19. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  20. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  21. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  22. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  23. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  24. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  25. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  26. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  27. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  28. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  29. American Coot Fulica americana
  30. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  31. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  32. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  33. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  34. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  35. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  36. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  37. Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  38. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  39. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  40. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  41. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  42. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  43. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  44. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  45. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  46. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  47. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  48. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  49. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  50. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  51. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  52. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  53. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  54. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  55. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  56. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  57. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  58. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  59. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  60. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  61. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  62. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  63. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  64. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  65. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  66. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  67. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  68. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  69. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  70. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

Team Notes

Participants: Laurie Foss, Eric Brierley, Eric Carpenter, Allie Burnitt, Sam Blasdell, Katy Riddle, Mari Allan Hanna, Sarah Griffith, Matt Sauer, Robin Doughty, Ian Mannerly, Theresa Bayoud, Eric Radjef, Miles Earney, Kelly Quilenberry, Shanti Trent, Daphne Hamilton, Margaret Wallace, Gary Newgord

Weather: Sunny, ended up at 88 degrees, variable winds up to 8 mph

Location: Hornsby Bend Hawkwatch, Austin, TX

Time At Location: 6:30a.m. to 6:00p.m.

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. As usual, most of our species were counted by 10:00, but thought the species count slowed down our enthusiasm never did.

We knew all day that an Indigo Bunting was nearby, but we had never caught a glimpse of it. Finally, near the end of our day Gary Newgord took a scouting walk and found the bird. I saw it from the circle, he ID'd it and we had our final species of the day.

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