The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: The Old Coots

Captain: Larry Michael
Location: Horicon, Wisconsin (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  7. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  8. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  9. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  10. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  11. Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
  12. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  13. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  14. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  15. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  16. American Wigeon Anas americana
  17. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  18. Gadwall Anas strepera
  19. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  20. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  21. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  22. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  23. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  24. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  25. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  26. Merlin Falco columbarius
  27. Sora Porzana carolina
  28. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  29. American Coot Fulica americana
  30. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  31. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  32. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  33. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  34. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  35. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  36. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  37. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  38. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  39. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  40. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  41. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  42. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  43. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  44. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  45. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  46. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  47. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  48. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  49. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  50. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  51. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  52. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  53. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  54. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  55. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  56. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  57. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  58. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  59. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  60. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  61. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  62. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  63. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  64. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  65. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  66. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  67. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  68. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Club Members: Larry Michael, Marc Zuelsdorf, Weldon & Christine Kunzeman, Brad & Royan Webb, Sharon & Jerry Woelfel, Kay Voelker, Kathy Gallick and a few more that I do not remember, sorry

Weather: Temperaturea almost reached 80, with light winds and sunny skies for most of the day.

Location: Horicon Marsh Observation Deck, located on the SE corner of Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area.

Time At Location: 4:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The birds were quiet during the morning darkness with only a few birds added to the list in the "heard only" category. As the morning light began to show itself the marsh and surrounding area came to life. The highlight of this Big Sit was adding a "new" bird species to the Horicon Marsh Checklist. Beginning the day with 299 documented bird species for the marsh, the Old Coots found not one but three Surf Scotters! While all three scotters can be found in limited numbers on the Great Lakes, finding them inland is something unusual. Add that to the fact that they were in but 2 foot of water full of lilly pads made this find more unlikely for ocean diving ducks. My hat goes off to the Coots for their find and thorough ID evaluation.

As in past years, the person who first ID's a new bird for the day had the "privilege" to mark it down on the board. It became kind of a joke as a few birders were sitting comfortably when they added a new bird and were "required" to get up and post it. At about the 1/2 way point for the day we had hoped to break our Big Sit record of 73 species, but we really had to work to get the 68 species that we ended up with. Many times a great weather day does not mean a great birding day. As I stated last year. We need a sign-up sheet more so than ever. Memories, especially mine, are not something that can be relied upon and with that said I apologize to those who I have left off on the above "circle participant" list. Hey, Old Coots remember this for next year. In closing I would like to thank all the "Old Coots" for spending time birding and for making the day a fun and interesting time. Thanks for the coffee and donuts. Our Big Sit would not be the same without them. Photos by Brad Webb

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