The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Bald Eagle SP Storm Birds

Captain: Bob Snyder
Location: Bald Eagle State Par, Pennsylvania (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  2. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  3. Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  8. Common Raven Corvus corax
  9. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  10. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  11. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  12. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  13. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  14. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  15. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  16. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  17. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  18. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  19. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  20. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  21. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  22. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  23. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  25. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  26. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  27. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  28. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  29. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  30. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  31. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  32. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  33. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  34. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  35. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  36. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  37. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum

Team Notes

Participants: Captain Bob Snyder, Diane Bierly, Debra Grim, Nan Butkovich, Dick and Margaret Sprott, and BESP Naturalist Nick Thomas, and .

Weather: Clear sky, fair, mid-60's F, West, calm to 10 mph

Location: 35 yds south of the beach at Bald Eagle State Park, PA

Time At Location: 5:15 am to 6:30 pm

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. Our site was located in the main park area, adjacent to swimming beach, with great views in every direction. We had a beautiful, warm day in the upper 60's to low 70's (F) that had started off as a chilly (upper 30's), foggy morning as Diane Bierly, Debra Grim (5:15 am) and Nan Butkovich(6:00 am)listened for owls. Dick and Margaret Sprott got up early, and drove up from Huntingdon, PA to join the circle at 8:50 am. Bald Eagle State Park Naturalist Nick Thomas stopped by in the morning and later in the afternoon. Circle captain Bob Snyder joined the group at 10 am and all stayed on until 6:30 pm (sunset). Our 37 species flapped by in a slow play of characters while morning slowly drifted into mid-morning, slowed down a bit at lunch time and picked up the pace a bit as the day ebbed toward sunset. So, between conversations on chores we weren't doing, best places to get bar-b-qued ribs, or political humor, we all would jump up in excitement to ID our next entry for the LIST! The best find for us was one Palm Warbler that was mixed in with a flock of Yellow-rumped Warbers and Eastern Bluebirds. Another thrilling observation occurred when a Basic II plumage Bald Eagle flew low, and directly over the circle: perhaps attracted by the small red, white and blue flags used to mark off the circle. We all had a great day and look forward to the 3rd annual BESP Big Sit in 2009!!

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