The Big Sit! 2008 Statistics

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Team Information: Wings Over Wastewater

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba
  6. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  7. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  8. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  9. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  10. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  11. Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  12. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  13. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  14. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  15. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  16. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  17. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  18. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  19. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  20. American Wigeon Anas americana
  21. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  22. Gadwall Anas strepera
  23. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  24. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  25. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  26. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  27. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  28. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  29. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  30. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  31. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  32. Merlin Falco columbarius
  33. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  34. Sora Porzana carolina
  35. American Coot Fulica americana
  36. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  37. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  38. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  39. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  40. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  41. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  42. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  43. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  44. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  45. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  46. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  47. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
  48. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  49. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  50. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  51. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  52. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  53. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  54. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  55. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  56. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  57. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  58. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  59. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  60. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  61. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  62. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  63. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  64. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  65. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  66. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  67. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  68. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  69. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  70. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  71. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  72. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  73. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  74. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  75. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  76. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  77. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  78. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  79. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  80. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  81. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  82. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Catherine Winans, Allen Drozdowski, Greg Cook, Buck Buchanan, David Powll, Ted Drozdowski, DD Currie, Dell Little, Glenda Keilstrup, Marie Redwine, Debbie Hatfield, Barbara Tompkins, Amy Alonso, Jim Jones, Mike Wease, and Mary Lee Johnson.

Weather: Sunny with mixed clouds. A moderate wind from the sw with occasional strong gusts. Temps from high 60's to mid 80's.

Location: Village Creek Drying Beds, Arlington, Texas.

Time At Location: 4am to 7:30pm

Notes:
This was Fort Worth Audubon's second year of participating in the big sit and we certainly exceeded our expectations. We finished with 82 species, 10 more than last year! Our circle remained chock full of participants for most of the day. The weather was pleasant, the birding was fantastic, and the camaraderie was infectious.

Anecdotes:
We started the morning at four am out in the marsh, eighty yards west of last year's circle. Things started a off a little slow in the wee hours, but we did hear a Virginia Rail that made a brief appearance later in the day. We had four Great Horned Owls in sight at one time that made for great company as we awaited the dawn. Some of the highlights were Greg Cook locating distant flying Roseate Spoonbills not once, but twice. We watched a Merlin at our leisure for several hours as he made a meal of an unidentifiable passerine. The Merlin sat on a wire with a kestrel only 15 feet away giving a great side by side comparison of these two falcons. Later in the day a Peregrine glided over us as it was heading south. A Yellow-headed Blackbird showed up immediately after it was "wished for". We executed a devious scheme with an 8 foot ladder and a pickup truck which allowed us to locate one of the two extremely antisocial Least Grebes that have been here all summer. Catherine Winans plucked our big sit nemesis bird out of a very distant wall of green: a Northern Cardinal. The ending to our day was rather dramatic as six Black-bellied Plovers dropped out of nowhere behind us for our eightieth species of the day. The plovers spent only a few minutes with us before hastily continuing their journey south. A much hoped for Snowy Egret showed up as the sun was setting. Accompanying the Snowy Egret was a Tricolored Heron giving us 82 species for the day. We had eleven species of waterfowl, eight raptors, and fourteen shorebirds. This was so much fun that it's a shame to only do it once a year. Thanks to everybody who came out and looked, searched, waited, and watched.


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