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: Memorial Park Lawn Chair Birders

Captain: Steve Garr
Location: Jefferson City, Missouri (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  2. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  3. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  4. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  5. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  6. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  7. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  8. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  9. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  10. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  11. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  12. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  13. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  14. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  15. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  16. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  17. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  18. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  19. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  20. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  21. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  22. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  23. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  24. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  25. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  26. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  27. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  28. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

Team Notes

Participants: Steve & Rgina Garr, Gary Bagnull, Jane Frazier, Carl & Hillary & Eowyn Wakefield ( with Phoenix the dog), Barb Duncan, Kay Kasiske, John & Barbara Bailie, Julie Love, Ann Pollock, Maxine Walker ( with Chamois), Stan Scott, Betty Richey, Tammy Simmons, Elizabeth & Vicki Questar, Joan Stubinger, Gabrielle Peton, Caroline Stephens, Barbara Schanuth, Marty Gardner.

Weather: Windy, clear day, 60's to mid 70's.

Location: Jefferson City, Mo. South East corner of Memorial Park, at woods edge in mown grass area near city street.

Time At Location: 6:10 am-7:30 pm

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. We got the Brown Creeper while searching for the Golden-crowned Kinglet. Cedar Waxwings put on a nice show in the Hackberry tree and a Sharp-shinned Hawk got a "starling lunch" in front of us. The Chickadee on our list was recorded as a Carolina instead of a Black-capped based on the keen ear of an experienced birder in our circle. The big surprise for the day was seven Double-crested Cormorants which flew over and circled around for us to get a better view! We were certainly not expecting to see that in this habitat. Many folks in the circle and passing by got to see or hear birds they were not familiar with and everyone who participated in the sit received a Bird ID chart and additional information. It was a great teaching opportunity.

This Big Sit was the first for the Memorial Park Lawn Chair Birders. It was a fundraiser to raise funds and awareness for a new "Bird Garden" going in at Memorial Park. While a great park, this particular area is not known for having a large variety of bird species, which is why this spot was chosen by local birders to build a moving-water bird garden. Our teams 28 bird species were actually a bit more than we expected to get at this location and we are looking forward to next years Big Sit to see how many more birds we get after the Bird Garden is completed next spring!

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