The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Twitch Whiffers

Captain: George Chaniot
Location: Ukiah, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  4. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  5. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  6. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  7. Great Egret Ardea alba
  8. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  9. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  10. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  11. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  12. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  13. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  14. American Wigeon Anas americana
  15. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  16. Canvasback Aythya valisineria
  17. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  18. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  19. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  20. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  21. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  22. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  23. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  24. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  25. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
  26. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  27. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  28. Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
  29. California Quail Callipepla californica
  30. American Coot Fulica americana
  31. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  32. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  33. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  34. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  35. California Gull Larus californicus
  36. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  37. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  38. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  39. Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
  40. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  41. Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium gnoma
  42. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  43. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  44. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  45. Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber
  46. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  47. Nuttall's Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii
  48. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  49. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  50. Pacific-slope Flycatcher Empidonax difficilis
  51. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  52. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  53. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  54. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  55. Common Raven Corvus corax
  56. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  57. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  58. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  59. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  60. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  61. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  62. Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
  63. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  64. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  65. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  66. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  67. Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
  68. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  69. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  70. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  71. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  72. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  73. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  74. Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
  75. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  76. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  77. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  78. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  79. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  80. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  81. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  82. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  83. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  84. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  85. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  86. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  87. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  88. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  89. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Team Notes

Participants: George Chaniot, Chuck Vaughn, Cheryl Watson, Geoff Heinecken, Karen Havlena, Barbara Dolan, Matthew Matthiessen, Janet Chaniot

Weather: Fine fall day, 38-73 F, occasional light wind

Location: Mesa Day-Use Area, Lake Mendocino, Mendocino Co., CA

Time At Location: 05:37-18:45

This is our 10th year of participation. As usual we drew a beautiful fall day. When I arrived at the circle, Orion and Canis Major were reflected in the lake. At first the owling was slow, but eventually three species spoke up, including the Golden Bird of 2005, Northern Pygmy-Owl. By the time the sun was over the hill we had seen or heard 40 species - a little slow, but by the end of the day we had logged 89 species - beating our previous record by two. Some late-lingering species, Caspian Terns, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and Cliff Swallow and an early group of Pine Siskins were new for the count and brought our 10-year cumulative list to 127 species.

One of the most memorable events of the day was a series of close passes by a pair of Golden Eagles. A close second was a hot breakfast and a string of delicious snacks through the day.