The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Wheeler NWR Wingers

Captain: Dwight Cooley
Location: Wheeler NWR, Alabama (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  2. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  3. Gadwall Anas strepera
  4. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  5. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  6. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  7. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  8. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  9. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  10. Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
  11. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  12. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  13. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  14. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  15. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  16. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  17. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  18. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  19. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  20. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  21. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  22. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  23. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  24. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  25. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  26. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  27. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  28. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  29. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  30. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  31. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  32. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  33. Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
  34. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  35. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  36. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  37. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  38. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  39. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  40. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  41. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  42. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  43. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  44. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  45. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  46. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  47. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  48. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  49. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  50. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  51. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  52. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  53. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  54. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  55. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  56. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  57. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  58. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  59. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  60. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  61. Great Egret Ardea alba
  62. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  63. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  64. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  65. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Team Notes

Participants: Dwight Cooley, John Ehinger, Chuck Hunter, Peg Hunter, Ken Ward, Jimmy Wells

Weather: Clear to mostly cloudy skies, temperature 71-82 F, winds ESE 0-20 mph

Location: Wheeler NWR near Decatur, Alabama – White Springs/Ferry Dike Roads

Time At Location: 14 hours, 4:30 am – 6:30 pm

Rather pleasant with short periods of sunshine in an otherwise cloudy day. Winds howled throughout the day, undoubtedly affecting bird activity contributing to 19 fewer species than last year. No nocturnal migration noted before sunrise. Impressive Blue Jay and Northern Flicker migration throughout the day. Only 12 new species recorded after noon.

The most memorable event was non-avian: two otters playing in Canvasback Pond shortly after first light.

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