The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Kentish Plovers

Captain: Walter Ellison
Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  5. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  6. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  7. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  8. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  9. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  10. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  11. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  12. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  13. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  14. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  15. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  16. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  17. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  19. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  20. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  21. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  22. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  23. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  24. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  25. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  26. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  27. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  28. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  29. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  30. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  31. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  32. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  33. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  34. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  35. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  36. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  37. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  38. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  39. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  40. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  41. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  42. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  43. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  44. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  45. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  46. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  47. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  48. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  49. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  50. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  51. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  52. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  53. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  54. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  55. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  56. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  57. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  58. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  59. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  60. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  61. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  62. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  63. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  64. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  65. Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  66. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  67. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Walter Ellison; Nancy Martin; Kathleen O'Connor; Meg Parry

Weather: 50 to 71 degrees F. Clear. Wind NNE to N 0 to 7 mph.

Location: Observation tower at west end of Tubby Cove trail, Eastern Neck NWR

Time At Location: 0630 to 1500

The Kentish Plovers sat for eight and a half hours beginning at 6:30 AM on the platform at the west end of the Tubby Cove Boardwalk. Full-time Plovers were Walter Ellison and Nancy Martin and we were joined by part-time Plovers Meg Parry and Kathleen O'Connor for parts of the day. We had 67 species from the Big Sit circle. Highlights were a Virginia Rail that sounded-off in the marsh at dawn; the hooting Great Horned Owl that greeted our arrival; five warbler species featuring Nashville and Tennessee; pipit, lark and Bobolink passing overhead; a fair diversity of raptors including 18 omnipresent Bald Eagles and a Peregrine Falcon soaring east of the platform; eight waterfowl species including early-ish Lesser Scaup; a Common Loon flying by; and three Royal Terns. Myrtle Warblers, and both kinglets were around all day, often giving intimate views. Palm Warblers were around mostly in the early morning and included both subspecies with hypochrysea in the majority. The weather was also splendid, always a plus in mid-October.

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