The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Rio Salado Sitters

Captain: Terry Brodner
Location: Phoenix, Arizona (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  7. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  8. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  9. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  10. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  11. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  12. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  13. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  14. Gadwall Anas strepera
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  17. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  19. Common Black-Hawk Buteogallus anthracinus
  20. Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus
  21. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  22. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  23. Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus
  24. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  25. Merlin Falco columbarius
  26. Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii
  27. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  28. American Coot Fulica americana
  29. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  30. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  31. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  32. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  33. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  34. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  35. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  36. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  37. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  38. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  39. Peach-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis
  40. Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus
  41. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  42. Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
  43. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  44. Common Poorwill Phalaenoptilus nuttallii
  45. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  46. Costa's Hummingbird Calypte costae
  47. Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
  48. Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus
  49. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  50. Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  51. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  52. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  53. Hammond's Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
  54. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  55. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  56. Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens
  57. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  58. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  59. Common Raven Corvus corax
  60. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  61. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  62. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  63. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  64. Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
  65. Rock Wren Salpinctes obsoletus
  66. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  67. Black-tailed Gnatcatcher Polioptila melanura
  68. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  69. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  70. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  71. Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  72. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  73. Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens
  74. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  75. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  76. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  77. Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
  78. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  79. Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla
  80. Abert's Towhee Melozone aberti
  81. Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri
  82. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  83. Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
  84. Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
  85. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  86. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  87. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  88. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  89. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  90. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  91. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  92. Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus
  93. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  94. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  95. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  96. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Tom Gaskill, Frank Insana, Mike Clinton, Nicolas Alexandre, Terry Brodner

Weather: 57-70 degrees and sunny all day! Beautiful and cool for AZ.

Location: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Project: Under Central Avenue Bridge

Time At Location: 0430-1730 hours

Tom and Frank began owling before sunrise and did well with Barn, Great Horned and Western Screech and stayed on site until 5:30 pm getting us an additional 12 species! Thanks, Guys! Mike joined us shortly after daylight and stayed till afternoon and I had to leave about l:00 pm from 5:30 am. Nicolas joined the group in the afternoon. The morning highlight was dueling male Belted Kingfishers rattling their castinettes round and round the Demo Wetland for seemingly hours chasing each other. The afternoon highlight was a Red-tailed Hawk being tag-team harassed by a Merlin and a Raven. We had 66 species by 0830 hours and 81 species by 1210 hrs. What a spectacular day! The best finds were 2 new species to the Rio: a Common Black Hawk and a Rufous Hummingbird. Great finds, Frank!

We have never encountered so many Yellow-rumped Warblers in one place. The storm that missed us must have brought them all in at once. They were everywhere! First a Red-tailed Hawk perched on an abutment under the west side of the bridge and then an Osprey came and perched right on the same abutment! We decided it was their Big Sit Day too to people watch!