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: Holiday Beach Migration Observatory

Captain: Paul Pratt
Location: Amherstburg, Ontario (Canada)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  7. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  8. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  9. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  10. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  11. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  12. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  13. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  14. American Wigeon Anas americana
  15. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  16. Gadwall Anas strepera
  17. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  18. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  19. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  20. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  21. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  22. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  23. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  24. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  25. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  26. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  27. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  28. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  29. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  30. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  31. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  32. Sora Porzana carolina
  33. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  34. American Coot Fulica americana
  35. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  36. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  37. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  38. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  39. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  40. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  41. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  42. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  43. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  44. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  45. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  46. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  47. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  48. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  49. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  50. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  51. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  52. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  53. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  54. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  55. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  56. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  57. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  58. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  59. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  60. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  61. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  62. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  63. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  64. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  65. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  66. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  67. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  68. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  69. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  70. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  71. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  72. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  73. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  74. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  75. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  76. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  77. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  78. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  79. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  80. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  81. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  82. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  83. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  84. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  85. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  86. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  87. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  88. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  89. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  90. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  91. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Tom Hince, Paul Pratt

Weather: clear sunny day with light SE wind, high of 27C

Location: Hawk tower at Holiday Beach Conservation Area, Amherstburg, ON

Time At Location: 5:40am-12:15pm and 5:15pm-7:15pm

Tom arrived early and was rewarded with a Barn Owl at 5:43 am. The bird called three times as it flew over the Big Creek Marsh. Four Great Horned Owls and two Eastern Screech-Owls were also heard within the first few minutes of the count. The hawk tower is located within sight of the Lake Erie shoreline and next to the wooded edge of the extensive Big Creek Marsh. The early morning was very productive but only nine species were added to the list after 9:00 am. The last bird of the day was a Peregrine Falcon at 7:15pm.