The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Grosbreasted Rosebeaks

Captain: Paul Fank
Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  8. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  9. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  10. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  11. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  12. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  13. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  14. Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
  15. Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
  16. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  17. Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
  18. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  19. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  20. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  21. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  22. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  23. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  24. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  25. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  26. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  27. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  28. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  29. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  30. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  31. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  32. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  33. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  34. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  35. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  36. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  37. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  38. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  39. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  40. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  41. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  42. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  43. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  44. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  45. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  46. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  47. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Paul & Koni Fank, Suzie Maki, Denny & Barb Burkstrand, Carl Runke, Earl & Bernice Hall, Ron Erpelding, Lance & Rosanne Heaton, Bob & Ruby Schroeder, Roger Schroeder & kids, Karen DeBoer, Pete Hoeger and Judy Klawitter

Weather: Morning, rain off & on, 60F,SE wind(5-10). Afternoon, 75F, cloudy & SE winds (15-20mph).

Location: Orchard Hill,Dassel,MN.

Time At Location: 6:00 am - 7:00pm (13 hrs.)

The birds were busy until about 10:30 am when the rain became heavier. Bird activity started in again after the rain, but the wind picked up, keeping the birds hunkered down for a while. Very little hawk or other bird activity in the sky, except for lots of gulls at times. We had the Cooper’s & Sharp-shinned Hawks make a pass through the Orchard, keeping the birds still for a while. The winds made it a slow day for bird watching, but not for us birders. We kept on watching the sky, trees, field and water for anything that might show up. The usual birds were around with a straggler showing up at times. The weather seemed to have an effect on many species not being around, we had Hawks and warblers migrating around until this weather change. But that’s birding!!!!! We still had a decent and fun day for birding, the weather could have been much worse.

Thanks to our fellow Hutchinson Bird Club members for joining us. We appreciated all their efforts in locating birds and the terrific food that we had. This is our 4th Big Sit that we have enjoyed together. The birds, laughs and moments of the Big Sit are always remembered each time we do this event, giving us another opportunity to bird together again. The weather made it a rough day, but we stuck together and watched for as many species as we could possibly find. We want to say “Thanks to Bird Watchers Digest” for having this event. It makes it possible for other birders to see what birds are being seen elsewhere.

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