The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Utah Lakers

Captain: Eric Huish
Location: Provo, Utah (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  3. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  8. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  9. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  10. Merlin Falco columbarius
  11. Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
  12. American Coot Fulica americana
  13. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  14. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  15. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  16. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  17. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  18. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  19. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
  20. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  21. California Gull Larus californicus
  22. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  23. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  24. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  25. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  26. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  27. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  28. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  29. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  30. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  31. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  32. Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides
  33. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  34. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  35. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  36. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  37. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  38. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  39. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  40. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  41. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  42. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  43. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  44. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  45. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

Team Notes

Participants: Ned Bixler, Georgiana Deming, Eric Huish, Benji Martineau, Keeli Marvel, Milton Moody, Cheryl Peterson, Susan Powell, Rachel Rollins, Tuula Rose, Bryan Spencer and Bonnie Williams.

Weather: 34-40 F Cloudy, breezy.

Location: Provo Airport, North Provo Bay, Utah Lake

Time At Location: 6:15 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 13 Hours 15 minutes

I brushed an inch of snow off my car early Sunday morning and headed to the Provo Airport Dike. The storm missed the dike. There was no snow on the ground and although there were storm clouds threatening us all day we only saw three or four snowflakes. The sun broke through the clouds late in the afternoon giving us great lighting on the mudflat. It was cold ( in the 30s with a breeze) all day long and we ended the day with one of the lowest species counts we've had on a big sit. It was still great fun. This year the count circle was occupied by at least one person all day from before dawn to dusk. We saw 45 species. Most exciting bird was a Stilt Sandpiper mingling with the many dowitchers that spent the day on the mudflat. Other good birds included 5 Mountain Bluebirds, a Merlin, and two Pectoral Sandpipers. The Mountain Bluebirds, Coopers Hawk and Stilt Sandpiper were all new for our 'Big Sit Life List', which after 7 years is now at 104 species.

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