The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Whipple Bird Club

Captain: Bill Thompson, Iii
Location: Whipple, Ohio (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  4. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  5. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  6. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  7. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  8. Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
  9. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  10. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  11. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  12. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  13. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  14. Barred Owl Strix varia
  15. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  16. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  17. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  18. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  19. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  20. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  21. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  22. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  23. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  24. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  25. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  26. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  27. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  28. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  29. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  30. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  31. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  32. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  33. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  34. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  35. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  36. Veery Catharus fuscescens
  37. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  38. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  39. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  40. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  41. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  42. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  43. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  44. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  45. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  46. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  47. Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
  48. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  49. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  50. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  51. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  52. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  53. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  54. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  55. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  56. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  57. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  58. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  59. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  60. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  61. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  62. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  63. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  64. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  65. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  66. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  67. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  68. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  69. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina

Team Notes

Participants: Bill Thompson, III (Captain), Julie Zickefoose, Shila Wilson, Steve McCarthy, Jim McCormac, Jen Sauter, Jason Larson, Ric & AAnne McArthur, Bob Scott Placier, Jon Benedetti, Bill & Elsa Thompson Jr., Lee Underschultz, Marc Nolls, Dick & Jenette Esker, Eva Bradley, Lucine Wright, Claire & Will Mullen, Ethan Kistler, Peter & Lynn King, Sally from Columbus, Phoebe & Liam Thompson, Chet Baker, Booker T.

Weather: Beautiful and sunny. Temps between 45 and 80 degrees. Light SE winds

Location: The birding tower at Indigo Hill, near Whipple, Ohio

Time At Location: midnight to 8 PM

We BROKE OUR RECORD for most species seen. Old record was 65. New record is a hard-to-beat 69. This was our 12th Big Sit at Indigo Hill and our 7th in the birding tower. We swept the expected owls and thrushes, got a surprising number of warblers, picked up some surprisingly late birds (ruby-throated hummingbird, scarlet tanager, tree swallow). Among our misses were killdeer, American kestrel, great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, and palm warbler.

We also set a record for the number of circle participants with 27. Many of these same folks got to try out riding a Segway courtesy of Lee Underschultz of Firefly Hollow in Little Hocking, Ohio. The record-breaking species, by the way, was a common grackle! We tied with red-headed woodpecker, spotted by wunderkind birder Ethan Kistler (fresh from his high school homecoming dance). The new record of 69 was set with a scarlet tanager, our last new bird of the day.

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