The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Militia Hill Deck Sitters

Captain: Rich Conroy
Location: Fort Washington, Pennsylvania (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  2. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  3. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  8. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  9. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  10. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  11. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  12. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  13. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  14. Merlin Falco columbarius
  15. Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
  16. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  17. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  18. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  19. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  20. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  21. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  22. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  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-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  31. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  32. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  33. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  34. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  35. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  36. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  37. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  38. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  39. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  40. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  41. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  42. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  43. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  44. Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
  45. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  46. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  47. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  48. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  49. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  50. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  51. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  52. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  53. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  54. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  55. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  56. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  57. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  58. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  59. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  60. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Rich Conroy, Andy Fayer

Weather: Warm and sunny with few clouds.

Location: Militia Hill Hawk Watch, Fort Washington State Park, PA

Time At Location: 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Notes:
Great-Horned and Eastern Screech Owls were vocal before sunrise. Common stuff picked up right at sunrise - Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird and White-throated Sparrows. A Pileated Woodpecker called from just up the hill - they've been absent in the Park since spring. Three calling Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were good birds also. Managed to find Palm, Black Throated Blue, and Black Throated Green Warblers among the many Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Also had first-of-season Dark-eyed Juncos - always one of our favorites! Raptors started mid-morning (this is a hawkwatch platform) with all 3 falcons, sharpies and Cooper's hawks. We got lucky at about 2:00 when three Wild Turkeys wandered into the parking lot. All in all, a good day with 60 species. We missed a few expected species, but not many.

Anecdotes:
The two best birds of the day were not countable! Tom, a friend of the Hawk Watch and a Master Falconer, brought his immature male Gyrfalcon and his "Finnish" Northern Goshawk for people to see and study. About 80 people came by to see the birds.


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