The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Twitching Talons

Captain: Derek Stoner
Location: Hockessin, Delaware (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  5. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  6. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  7. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  8. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  9. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  10. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  11. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  12. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  13. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  14. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  15. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  16. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  17. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  18. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  19. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  20. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  21. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  22. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  23. Barred Owl Strix varia
  24. Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
  25. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  26. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  27. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  28. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  29. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  30. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  31. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  32. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  33. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  34. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  35. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  36. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  37. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  38. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  39. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  40. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  41. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  42. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  43. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  44. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  45. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  46. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  47. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  48. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  49. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  50. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  51. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  52. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  53. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  54. Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor
  55. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  56. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  57. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  58. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  59. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  60. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  61. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  62. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  63. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  64. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  65. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  66. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  67. Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  68. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  69. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  70. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  71. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  72. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  73. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Team Notes

Participants: Primary observers were Derek Stoner, Bill Stewart, Joe Sebastiani, Jim White, Judy Montgomery, Tom Raub, Pete Ziegler, Jeff Ritterson, Carol Majors, Bob Strahorn, Molly Daly

Weather: Clear skies, 50-78 degrees, light winds from NE

Location: Ashland Nature Center's Hawk Watch Hill, Hockessin, DE

Time At Location: 3:45am to 7:00pm

A wonderful day afield, with many highlights. Gray-cheeked Thrush and Bobolink flight calls in the darkness, along with Barred Owl calling. An American Bittern flew overhead just after dawn, and just afterward a Green Heron came by. Both very unexpected. Just afer 8:00am, the bird of the day appeared: a Short-eared Owl, spotted by Judy. This is a first-ever record for the property! Songbird surprises for the day include American Pipit, Scarlet Tanager, and Prairie Warbler. First Common Loon flyovers of the season, as well as flyover Wood Ducks, Double-crested Cormorant, and Herring Gulls.

We scored more participants and visitors than bird species! A total of 93 people took part in our Big Sit, joining the circle for a time during our 15-hour count period. We all had a wonderful time enjoying a great day of fall migration. PLenty of good food and drink, too!

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