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: Boreal Birdometers

Captain: Bill Tefft
Location: Ely, Minnesota (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  5. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  6. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  7. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  8. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  9. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  10. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  11. Merlin Falco columbarius
  12. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  13. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  14. Common Raven Corvus corax
  15. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  16. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  17. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  18. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  19. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  20. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  21. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  22. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  23. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  24. Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
  25. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  26. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

Team Notes

Participants: 10

Weather: Overcast,light rain in afternoon

Location: Boat Access on South Shore of Shagawa Lake, Ely, MN

Time At Location: 8.5 hours

Notes:
Midafternoon thermals above a rocky bluff on the north side of the lake attracted raptors for a short period in midafternoon. There were very few migrating sparrows compared to previous years.

Anecdotes:
We were able to watch the feeding of common and hooded mergansers throughout the day. It was very enjoyable talking with visitors to the public access regarding their interests in birds and The Big Sit.


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