The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Stillwater NWR

Captain: Ali Chaney
Location: Fallon, Nevada (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  3. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  4. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  7. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  8. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  9. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  10. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  11. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  12. Gadwall Anas strepera
  13. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  14. Canvasback Aythya valisineria
  15. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  16. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  17. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  18. American Coot Fulica americana
  19. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  20. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  21. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  22. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  23. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  24. Common Raven Corvus corax
  25. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  26. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  27. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  28. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  29. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  30. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  31. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Team Notes

Participants: Ali Chaney, Jacque Lowery, Gene and Sue Hansel, Jane Burnham, Juan and Rosa Gonzales, Julie Karlson, Brian Menker, Doug Overacker

Weather: Sunny, clear skies, mid 50's; slight crisp breeze in the afternoon

Location: Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Stillwater Point Overlook

Time At Location: 9:00am - 4:30pm

It was an enjoyable day on the refuge. Five Lahontan Audubon Society members started the day off. We had good luck at identifying the birds from our circle with the exception of one little warbler that led us off into the cattails and tules below the observation deck. Unfortunately we were not able to get a positive id on him. We had some visitors stop by that were just visiting the refuge and didn't know about the Big Sit. They enjoyed learning about the event and the refuge and getting to see some birds through binoculars and spotting scope. We even ran into a few Ohio Big Sitters who were passing through on their way to Bodega Bay, California. They mentioned that they normally spend their second Sunday in October at a Big Sit location in Ohio, so they were pleased to run into our Big Sit on their travels. They helped us add a few more species to our list. The afternoon was slow and brisk. Juan and Rosa Gonzales, two Audubon members joined us for the last part of the day. It was a beautiful day seeing good birds and eating wonderful treats; a successful first time Big Sit!

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