The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Metro Munchers

Captain: Tom Heatley
Location: Harrison Township, Michigan (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Egret Ardea alba
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Ross's Goose Chen rossii
  6. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  7. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  8. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  9. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  12. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  13. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  14. American Coot Fulica americana
  15. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  16. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  17. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  18. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  19. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  20. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  21. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  22. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  23. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  24. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  25. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  26. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  27. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  28. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  29. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  30. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  31. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  32. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  33. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  34. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  35. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  36. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  37. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  38. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  39. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  40. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  41. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  42. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  43. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  44. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  45. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  46. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  47. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  48. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  49. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  50. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  51. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  52. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  53. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Barb Baldinger, Chris Chamberlin, Frank Dennis, Marilyn Dennis, Jim Fowler, Tom Heatley, Joanna Pease, Ken Slayton

Weather: Cool morning, very warm sunny day

Location: Metro Beach Metropark, Harrison Township, MI

Time At Location: 6:30 am to 7:30 pm; 13 hours total

Notes:
The most exciting part of the day was when Joanna Pease said two white geese were flying in with a flock of Canada Geese. They turned out to be a Snow Goose and a Ross' Goose. The Ross' Goose was the first ever recorded for Macomb County and the park. Altogether we added 5 species not seen from the count circle in the past, bringing our total since 1996 to 128 species. We ate very well feasting on Brats, homemade potato salad, potato chips, and homemade cookies.

Anecdotes:
Since we were counting species we also had: Dragonflies: Meadowhawks, Black Saddlebags and Green Darners Butterflies: Sulfer, Cabbage, Monarch Other insect: A Praying Mantis which entertained us by walking over our feet and leaping from chair to chair Mammals: White-tailed Deer, Gray Squirrel, Raccoon, Woodchuck and many Big Brown Bats. We also had many inquisitive people wanting to know what we were doing.


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