The Big Sit! 2009 Team Reports

Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.

Aberrant Passerines at MN Valley NWR

Circle Captain: Maggie O'connell

Circle Location: Rapids Lake Visitor, Minnesota (United States)

With the first snow of the season on Saturday and more expected on Sunday, we didn't get a lot of participation from either birds or people. Unusually cold, even for Minnesota. No ducks on the river; not even the usually ubiquitous bald eagles...

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Acer saccharum

Circle Captain: John Triana

Circle Location: Hamden/Woodbridge, Connecticut (United States)

Great weather. Perched on cliff above Konold's Pond. Hundreds of Blue Jays migration through. Peregrine stooping in front of the cliff. Watching raptors at eye-level.

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Alligator River NWR

Circle Captain: Cindy Heffley

Circle Location: East Lake, North Carolina (United States)

We were fortunate to see at least seven different Black Bears one of which walked right past our truck. It was so close that we could hear it breathing.

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B.W. Surf Scopers

Circle Captain: Frank Gallo

Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)

We were hoping to break our all-time CT record (101 set in 2007), but fell a little short. Even so, it was a fun time with old (and new) birding friends. It was great to be on site nearly 15 hours to watch the beautiful sunrise, the full tidal cycle and all the birds that it brings, then to watch an equally great sunset...

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Bald Eagle SP Storm Birds

Circle Captain: Bob Snyder

Circle Location: Bald Eagle State Par, Pennsylvania (United States)

This is the third year we have done the Big Sit at Bald Eagle State Park and we were able to add five new species that were not seen or heard in the previous two years: common merganser, white-breasted nuthatch, eastern towhee, chipping sparrow, and northern cardinal...

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Bentsen Green Beam

Circle Captain: Jose Uribe

Circle Location: Mission, Texas (United States)

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Bill & Claudia in Cerro Azul

Circle Captain: William Ahrens

Circle Location: Los Altos del Cerro, Other (Panama)

Had an incredible day with warm temperatures in the mid 70s. Clear sky with some distant cumulus clouds. No rain after about 7AM. What a great day!

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Birding on Broadmeade

Circle Captain: Mikael Behrens

Circle Location: Austin, Texas (United States)

See my blog entry here.

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BIRDRANGER

Circle Captain: Brian Bockhahn

Circle Location: Wake Forest, North Carolina (United States)

Pre Dawn flight calls heard: 37 Swainsons Thrush, 24 Veery, 3 Gray-cheeked Thrush. Record smashing high of 80 species, with 20 species not seen in previous five years of sits.

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Black Bayou Birders

Circle Captain: Joan Brown

Circle Location: Monroe, Louisiana (United States)

The day was overcast, cold, misty and miserable. In general, not a good day for birds! We were hoping to beat our record from last year, but considering the weather conditions, we thought we did pretty good!

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Blind Birders

Circle Captain: Michael Zerr

Circle Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota (United States)

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Bobolinks

Circle Captain: Robert Dixon

Circle Location: Sterling, Connecticut (United States)

Clear night followed by breezy(nw)day provided great birding. My best total (58 species) in 15 yrs of participating in the Big Sit! Topped my previous record (47) by 11 species. Added 4 new species {Green Heron, Swainson's Thrush...

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Border Birders

Circle Captain: Gisela Chapa

Circle Location: Alamo, Texas (United States)

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Brumbaugh Birders

Circle Captain: Chuck Mcclaugherty

Circle Location: Alliance, Ohio (United States)

Big surprise was northern Harrier Large number of bluebirds

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Chambers Lake Early Birders

Circle Captain: Larry Lewis

Circle Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Chunkos

Circle Captain: Al Ahlgrim

Circle Location: Oregon City, Oregon (United States)

A cold, gusty north wind likely held our count down; but, we still had fun!

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Clyde Shepherd

Circle Captain: Woody Hickcox

Circle Location: Decatur, Georgia (United States)

Location may be everything, but advertising gets the people out. Disappointing lack of warblers at a site that's usually good for them. Very few small songbirds compared to previous weeks. Fortunately there were sufficient raptor moments to keep me on my toes...

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Cold Springs NWR

Circle Captain: June Whitten

Circle Location: Hermiston, Oregon (United States)

Various species continued to come in or pass through during the a.m. Activity seemed to end after noon.

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Columbia NWR

Circle Captain: Randy Hill

Circle Location: Othello, Washington (United States)

First flock of northern migrant geese of the fall; Sandhill Cranes passing by on their way south; a Belted Kingfisher wanted to land on the bridge adjacent to our circle. Generally few migrants had arrived

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Covert Operations

Circle Captain: Donald And Lillian Stokes

Circle Location: Hancock, New Hampshire (United States)

Cooperative weather brought birds in. Front moved through, with clearing during the day. Still morning air allowed us to hear many birds. Then the winds picked up and many raptors moved through. Some highlights: an unexpected Pied-billed Grebe, rare for inland NH; while watching a male Northern Harrier in flight, a Ruffed Grouse flew through the same binocular view; seeing Bald Eagles three times.

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Dead Wood Birders

Circle Captain: Joe Sebastiani

Circle Location: Avondale, Pennsylvania (United States)

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DeSoto's Gooseless Wonders

Circle Captain: Sue Mcdonald

Circle Location: Missouri Valley, Iowa (United States)

We moved our Big Sit circle from a nearby nature trail to the Visitor Center. Not only was this much more comfortable for the birders it gave us an opportunity to speak to the public about what we were doing...

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DFO Insaniacs

Circle Captain: Joey Kellner

Circle Location: Littleton, Colorado (United States)

This was the fourth year in a row where the weather was either cold, rainy or both. But the birds were good. With 7 years in a row of Big Sits, we tied our best year with 71 species this year! State Parks even supplied breakfast muffins, donuts, bottled water and later in the day some needed hot chocolate and hot cider!! Thanks Colorado State Parks!

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Eagle Eyes Squaw Creek NWR

Circle Captain: James "jimmie" Voltz

Circle Location: Mound City, Missouri (United States)

Midland Empire Audubon Society (MEAS), Saint Joseph, Missouri, held their 2009 "Big Sit" at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge (Mound City, Missouri) on Sunday, October 11th. Six MEAS members were in attendance...

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Fallon Feathers

Circle Captain: Susan Sawyer

Circle Location: Fallon, Nevada (United States)

Members of the Lahontan Audubon Soc.(Reno/Carson City area), the refuge friends group "Spring Wings", along with FWS staff showed up for airboat tours of the marsh, as well as a driving tour of the refuge sanctuary zone...

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FAMI whoopers

Circle Captain: Barbara Bruns

Circle Location: Aransas NWR, Texas (United States)

No break in the weather would give us an advantage from the 'top of tower' view. Flocks of ducks cruised by along the shoreline but never settled down. Hundreds of swallows migrating through all day...

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FBMP Migrants

Circle Captain: Noel Cutright

Circle Location: Town of Belgium, Wisconsin (United States)

40 species - nothing unusual

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Friends of Anahuac Refuge

Circle Captain: David Sarkozi

Circle Location: Anahuac, Texas (United States)

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Gerg-birds

Circle Captain: Greg Davis

Circle Location: New Baltimore, Virginia (United States)

A Sharp-shinned hawk was mobbed by Crows and Flickers as I started the sit in the morning. He then tried tailing into a swallow (which turned out to be a female martin). She outwitted him and returned to a tree in my yard...

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Gilsland Gulls

Circle Captain: Turk Duddy

Circle Location: Falmouth, Maine (United States)

This was our third year doing the Big Sit & our lowest count. We didn't have the large number of sparrows as in past years. We missed a couple that we had in both the prior years. A Dickcissel was found at the Sit site a couple days after the sit...

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Grassy Hill

Circle Captain: Richard Chyinski

Circle Location: East Lyme, Connecticut (United States)

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Great Salt Plains

Circle Captain: Ron Shepperd

Circle Location: Jet, Oklahoma (United States)

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Grosbreasted Rosebeaks

Circle Captain: Paul Fank

Circle Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)

First, THANK YOU to all who participated at our 5th Big Sit. We had a good time watching for the birds to pass by or stop and visit. The yard and surrounding area was very active with birds, considering we had 1 inch of snow the night before and temperatures being very cool...

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Gulls Galore

Circle Captain: June Whitten

Circle Location: Umatilla, Oregon (United States)

This area was too cold for a longer "sit" so these participants joined another circle at Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge where the weather was more acceptable.

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HAS Big Sit

Circle Captain: Jay Kaplan

Circle Location: South Windsor, Connecticut (United States)

Nothing better than sitting in that marsh just before dawn with wood ducks all around us. The morning was a little slow, although American Woodcock,Common Raven and Gray-cheeked Thrush were new to the Sit...

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HBMO Hawks

Circle Captain: Justin Bosler

Circle Location: Amherstburg, Ontario (Canada)

Write-up forthcoming.

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HMANA Yard Raptors

Circle Captain: Joe Wojtanowski

Circle Location: Poquonock, Connecticut (United States)

Weather: thru 16.1C. Visiblity fair (haze). Of all the Big Sits I have done in CT & MA who would have guess I would have the most species (49) from my driveway.

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Humrbirds

Circle Captain: Kelly Hill

Circle Location: Magnolia, Texas (United States)

It seemed that the birds knew right before it was going to rain. They would flock in to eat and then when the rain came, all would flee to their sheltering hiding places. The hummers didn't seem to mind the rain as much as they took advantage of it in order to bathe...

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Indy Birders

Circle Captain: Don Gorney

Circle Location: Indianapolis, Indiana (United States)

Since this was our inaugural Big Sit we had no comparisons but were hoping for 50 species. The site was chosen because it was next to the newly opened Ornithology Center at Eagle Creek Park, a designated Important Bird Area...

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Juniata Juncos

Circle Captain: Chad Kauffman

Circle Location: Mifflintown, Pennsylvania (United States)

Nice day, but boy do you get tired doing a whole lot of nothing.

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Kentish Plovers

Circle Captain: Walter Ellison

Circle Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)

Nancy and I were at the viewing platform at the end of the Tubby Cove Boardwalk from 6:35 AM to 3:05 PM today (11 Oct '09). We had 70 species, a new record for us. We had 15 waterfowl species including 7 Blue-winged Teal, 4 shovelers, both scaup, 9 American Wigeon, a Cackling Goose (Richardson's), 2 Gadwall, and, the highlight of the day, a single BRANT with the Canada Geese for the last two hours at the mouths of Calfpasture and Tubby coves...

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Killingworth Yard

Circle Captain: John Himmelman

Circle Location: Killingworth, Connecticut (United States)

Some people add butterflies and dragonflies to their observations. Thought I'd include the singing insects (Ensifera). Their songs were with us night and day: True Katydids, Carinate Katydids, Fall Field Crickets, Allards Ground Crickets, Tinkling Ground Crickets, Carolina Ground Crickets, 2-spotted Tree Crickets, Jumping Bush Crickets

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Kunkletown Kingbirds

Circle Captain: Corey Husic

Circle Location: Kunkletown, Pennsylvania (United States)

Great day for Sharp-shinned Hawks; several hundred flew past. Birds were scattered unlike recent days, where the sparrows and warblers have flocked up.

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Lakeside Willows

Circle Captain: Doug Overacker

Circle Location: Springfield, Ohio (United States)

It was a very pleasant day but there wasn't a lot of bird activity. Through the middle of the day we saw very little. Even the large flock of Killdeer that we saw in the morning left us. Two immature Bald Eagles flew over at about 12:20 PM and we saw one again at about 6:00 PM.

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Lenoir Lunatics

Circle Captain: Michael Bochnik

Circle Location: Yonkers, New York (United States)

2000 Blue jays migrating, 8 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers,

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Lk Pine Gray Gooses

Circle Captain: Maggie Thomas

Circle Location: Medford, New Jersey (United States)

First time venture - quite an experience, which I nicknamed "The Little Big Sit!" Heard in the darkness: Black-crowned Night Heron, 2 (count 'em - 2!) Great Horned Owls, Green Heron, 1 Grackle and some others...

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Loony Tuners

Circle Captain: Jim Flynn

Circle Location: Oak Harbor, Washington (United States)

I had a very limited time at the site this year 🙁 Only about 1.5 hours in the afternoon. Still, I was very happy to see two Ancient Murrelets close to shore - not something I see very often and the first I've seen reported in Washington this fall.

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Lower Columbia Birders

Circle Captain: Mike Patterson

Circle Location: Seaside, Oregon (United States)

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Maricopa Audubon's Katheryn F. Anderson Granite Reef Asterisk's Big Sit!

Circle Captain: Herbert Fibel

Circle Location: Mesa, Arizona (United States)

It was a little warm, but an otherwise clear day with just a slight breeze. Our ace spotter, and fellow participant on all 13 prior Big Sits!, Pete Moulton, didn’t arrive until about 7:30 a...

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MECKBIRDERS

Circle Captain: David Lovett

Circle Location: huntersville, North Carolina (United States)

It was a lovely day and we heard two of the three possible owls at dawn. Winds were from the west - not good for land bird migration- and winter sparrows and other winter species had not arrived in any numbers as yet...

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Memorial Park Lawn Chair Birders

Circle Captain: Steve Garr

Circle Location: Jefferson City, Missouri (United States)

The Big Sit at Memorial Park this year was VERY cold compared to last year ( we were in shorts & t-shirts last year- - in coats and hats & gloves this year!). Again this year, the Sit was to raise money for a community Wild Bird Garden , this time specifically for signs and more plants...

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Metro Munchers

Circle Captain: Tom Heatley

Circle Location: Harrison Township, Michigan (United States)

We had a few species we normally don't get every year and it turned into a really good hawk day.

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Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

Circle Captain: Jim Dolan

Circle Location: Canfield, Ohio (United States)

It was a cold, windy day, but everyone had a good time. We had a good group of birders.

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Montgomery County Sitting Ducks

Circle Captain: Chuck Parker

Circle Location: Boyds, Maryland (United States)

Total species count (55) is attached in an Excel spreadsheet as well as several photos of the day’s events. Highlights of the day were a Lincoln’s Sparrow, Widgeon, N. Shoveler and Yellow Bellied Sapsucker...

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Mosquito Fodder

Circle Captain: Chris Barrigar

Circle Location: Dorena, Missouri (United States)

Earlier the previous week, two big storm fronts moved through the area from the WNW which in one 24 hour period 4.5 inches of rain was recorded. These fronts brought with them cooler temps than in previous two years at this location - see weather notes above...

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N Houston Birders

Circle Captain: Bill And Mavis Townsley

Circle Location: Brazoria, Texas (United States)

Bad conditions for a lot of birds and windy. Mosquitos horrible also. Only had 2 species we couldn't identify. Not enough features to tell.

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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Circle Captain: Julie West

Circle Location: Cleveland, Ohio (United States)

Our lowest count(37) to date. Added one species: Rusty blackbird. Nice show by Cooper's hawk which moved from perch to perch around the circle area during the first hour of daylight.

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NAZARETHBIRDER

Circle Captain: Joanne Corpora

Circle Location: NAZARETH, Pennsylvania (United States)

A small flock of Blue Jays flew overhead (10 or more). Saw the 1st Junco of the Fall/Winter Season eat seed on my patio! Beautiful purple finch perched for a long time on top of feeder pole catching the sun...

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NMBS dingbats

Circle Captain: Jeanie Joppru

Circle Location: Thief River Falls, Minnesota (United States)

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NOCO Wrenegades

Circle Captain: Connie Kogler

Circle Location: Loveland, Colorado (United States)

Surprise bird was a flyover by a Greater Yellowlegs. Easy misses were Downy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Raven.

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NOTSLAR PTB

Circle Captain: Norwood Frederick

Circle Location: Ralston, Pennsylvania (United States)

Still some migrating hawks. Nice arial display of 2 Ravens enjoying the Fall breeze.

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NW Audubon

Circle Captain: Pam Steinhaus

Circle Location: Savanna, Illinois (United States)

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Patuxent Migratory Robins

Circle Captain: Chandler Robbins

Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)

Twenty-five species identified before sunrise. Except for Common Grackle, Wood Duck was the most abundant species, with at least 150 individuals. The bird most actively migrating was Blue Jay.

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Patuxent Research Refuge Vicious Chickadees

Circle Captain: Paul Baicich

Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)

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Pea Island NWR

Circle Captain: Jeff Lewis

Circle Location: Pea Island NWR, North Carolina (United States)

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Pickens Picidae

Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga

Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)

Counted 17 species by 9:15am; only 7 more added the rest of the day. Tied for lowest count at this circle. Did not count any migrant winter residents for this area.

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Pineywoods Audubon

Circle Captain: Ruth Heino

Circle Location: Nacogdoches, Texas (United States)

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Pishing in the Wind

Circle Captain: Jim Royer

Circle Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

Twenty-one birders gathered at the Elfin Forest Bush Lupine Point for our 13th annual sit at this location. Starting at 5:30 AM, we birded by shifts from this overlook of the Morro Bay Estuary. From our vantage point we had a panoramic view of most of the bay, the sand spit which separates the bay from the ocean, the hills and pastureland of Morro Bay State Park, the coastal scrub of the Elfin Forest and some of the adjoining residential part of Los Osos...

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Pondicherry NWR Marsh Hawks

Circle Captain: David Govatski

Circle Location: Pondicherry NWR, New Hampshire (United States)

A surprisingly good day with 40 species observed from a 17 foot circle especially after the passage of the cold front. We saw 10 new species this year not observed in the previous two years. No real surprises or rarities...

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QVAS Bird Buddies

Circle Captain: Eric Eichorn

Circle Location: Meriden, Connecticut (United States)

One 3rdyear Bald Eagle cataching a large trout and eating it in front of our circle, while fending off another 3rd year Bald Eagle. Mallards in mass coming ashore at duck to devour acorns. Mute Swans - the noise made by the wings as two flew close by, then the loud slapping as it pattled for a landing on the water later in the day...

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RCBNC

Circle Captain: Barbara Duerksen

Circle Location: Lone Rock, Wisconsin (United States)

Habitat: Cruson Slough (marsh and open water), bottomland woods, upland shrubs Large flocks of grackles (>800) and blackbirds (>400) Sound of crows mobbing something was followed by Red-shouldered Hawk calls...

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Rio Salado Sitters

Circle Captain: Thomas Gaskill

Circle Location: Phoenix, Arizona (United States)

Because of the failed summer rains, seed crops were poor and invasive creeping watercress had covered much of the open water. Hence, there were few sparrows and even fewer water & shore birds. On the other hand, the maturing vegetation on the shore draws more warblers every year, and there was a wealth of icterids (including large flocks of yellow-headed blackbirds).

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roxys birders

Circle Captain: Tom Dilts

Circle Location: midlothian, Virginia (United States)

We had a death in the family and I was only able to do the big sit off my back deck in short time intervals. It was a good stress releaser and although I was not able to spend much time, it was again worth the effort...

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Santee Storks

Circle Captain: Susan Heisey

Circle Location: Summerton, South Carolina (United States)

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sarcelle soucrourou

Circle Captain: Patrick Brisse

Circle Location: Tucker, Georgia (United States)

Nothing exceptional, but a good day to be watching bird. This is the first time that I got 49 species around my yard in one day. My previous big sit record was 43 species. We were short on warblers - only 4 species...

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SCASbirders

Circle Captain: Renee Davis

Circle Location: Wurtsboro, New York (United States)

4 Bald Eagles seen flying south above the mountain; 3 flocks of migrating C Geese (30, 60, 85); 3 Hermit Thrushes; 1 Harrier over the marsh, the last species of the day. We saw 1 adult and 1 dead young snake together (water snake?); and only 2 mammals: a gray squirrel and a chipmunk...

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Scrub J-oakers

Circle Captain: Hugh Kingery

Circle Location: Franktown, Colorado (United States)

Our scouts saw three species we couldn't see from the roof: Northern Bobwhite, Chipping & White-crowned Sparrows.

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Segerstads fyr

Circle Captain: Christian Cederroth

Circle Location: Segerstad, Oland isl, Other (Sweden)

Great passage of seabirds, 50000+ but obviously hard with raptors and fine calls... The late season have driven all songbirds and most waders away but again excellent migration.

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Seminole Sitters

Circle Captain: Faith Jones

Circle Location: Sanford, Florida (United States)

When a few of our Observers took a break and left our circle a limpkin came and visited the remaining Seminole Sitters.

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SF feeder complex

Circle Captain: Mick Zerr

Circle Location: Sioux Falls, South Dakota (United States)

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Silver Sands Sitters

Circle Captain: Stacy Hanks

Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)

Missed a some obvious species like Morning Dove, Blk-capped Chickadee and Titmouse. But a Beautiful Day and a great time with friends. And the usual food fare of beef jerky,banana bread, brownies, grilled hot dogs and mulled cider.

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South Meadowlarks

Circle Captain: Neil Zimmerman

Circle Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)

We were on a bluff that has a view of the Puget Sound, a meadow in the park and nearby woods. We had an early start to see the Barn Owl hunting the meadow. The Puget Sound gave us three species of grebes along with scoters, cormorants,and Pigeon Guillemots...

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St. Marks Spotters

Circle Captain: Robin Will

Circle Location: St. Marks Lighthouse, Florida (United States)

Weather conditions and drought seemed to have hurt our efforts--there were far less shorebirds than last year's count, and the weather was more like summer than fall. Marsh to the east of lighthouse was very dry, with few birds.

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Staunton River Sitters

Circle Captain: Mary Foster

Circle Location: Scottsburg, Virginia (United States)

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Stone Mtn Hawkeyes

Circle Captain: Trudy Kyler

Circle Location: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Team Balcones

Circle Captain: Laurie Foss

Circle Location: Liberty Hill, Texas (United States)

We observed a family group of American Kestrels throughout the day across the road from us as they flew and fussed, chased each other and caught prey items. In the gloom of the rain a male Northern Cardinal appeared to glow! We got wet in the first prolonged shower, then John went to the ranch house and brought back a tent shelter for us...

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Team Merlin

Circle Captain: Tim Hajda

Circle Location: Berwyn, Nebraska (United States)

Despite the miserable weather, I tallied 30 species for my first The Big Sit! The usual plethora of sparrows bottomed-out on me, with several that have been previously abundant not appearing at all. Many other "should-have-been-easy" birds were impossible to find...

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Team Pack Monadnock

Circle Captain: Lance Tanino

Circle Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire (United States)

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The (No) Bull-sittas

Circle Captain: Tom Reed

Circle Location: Cape May Point, New Jersey (United States)

A special day in Cape May. Nearly 40 species were recorded before dawn, including nocturnal migrants such as Seaside Sparrow, Barn Owl and Bicknell's Thrush. A large morning flight ensued, dominated by approx...

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The Bear Bottom Sitters

Circle Captain: Betsy Beneke

Circle Location: Brigham City, Utah (United States)

Most interesting birds of the day were two LATE migrant Lazuli Buntings. Flocks of gulls, blackbirds and starlings flew overhead all day. Betsy grills a great burger and Brian's chili heated us up!

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The Fledglings

Circle Captain: Madeline Yancey

Circle Location: Stevinson, California (United States)

This was the first time participating in the Big Sit! for our group. We hope to get our orgnizational efforts started earlier next year so our circle is "manned" for a longer period of time and more group members are able to participate...

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The Pulpit Peregrines

Circle Captain: Alex Lamoreaux

Circle Location: Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania (United States)

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the Slob-O-Links

Circle Captain: Joshua Rose

Circle Location: Ware, Massachusetts (United States)

Numbers of American Pipits were impressive early on. One of the Common Loons broke into yodeling through the morning fog at one point. Nearly all of our species (39 of 42) were recorded before noon...

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The Woodbinoculars

Circle Captain: Rick Sussman

Circle Location: Woodbine, Maryland (United States)

We had an amazing day for our 1st sit at this location. 40 species will be hard to beat, as we saw almost all local birds and almost all migrants possible, including Blue-headed Vireo, and Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Bald Eagles, A...

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toogoodoo

Circle Captain: Bruce Krucke

Circle Location: Yonges island, South Carolina (United States)

It was the weakest Big Sit I've ever had. There were simply no birds around. Nearly all my sightings were of single birds except for crows, cardinals, and doves. Lots of my regulars didn't even appear...

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Tower Tattlers

Circle Captain: Edgar Bristow

Circle Location: Oceanville, New Jersey (United States)

A gorgeous day to enjoy birding at its best - good weather, good company. A number of visitors to the refuge stopped to chat and a few to participate for varying amounts of time. Missed a number of shorebirds and waterfowl that were out of even telescope range including our visiting Roseate spoonbill...

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Tradewinds Park Merlins

Circle Captain: Russ Titus

Circle Location: Coconut Creek, Florida (United States)

Not a migration day other than two Broad-wings and a flock of 10 DC Cormorants headed south. Only winter resident warblers. Great view of the landfill to east but not one gull there, and few vultures...

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TREES

Circle Captain: Douglas Wood

Circle Location: Tishomingo, Oklahoma (United States)

Huge numbers or N. Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows. A. Kestrel catching and eating a dragonfly a bonus. Cold, drizzly, cloudy, windy = bad conditions for humans, but great for birds! High water levels in Cumberland Pool gave us our highest count year yet at 72 species...

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turkeyfeathrs

Circle Captain: Caroline Stafford

Circle Location: Rapid City, South Dakota (United States)

Feeders were busy, weather was cold and snowy, saw most of the usual winter feeder birds. I installed the birdbath heater today, we have had 2 record lows, in the past 2 days. Missed the sandhill cranes this year, I saw them Saturday afternoon...

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Twitching Talons

Circle Captain: Derek Stoner

Circle Location: Hockessin, Delaware (United States)

A great 17 hours of birding effort today combined with ideal migration conditions helped to establish a new record for the Big Sit at the Ashland Hawk Watch. A dedicated team of “Twitching Talons” enthusiasts showed that there is much, much more than raptors to count at a hawk watch site...

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Under the Bridge

Circle Captain: Ray Scory

Circle Location: Port Orange, Florida (United States)

When John Carr and Ray Scory do THE BIG SIT at the Dunlawton Bridge, it's more about seeing through the obstructions than to moving slowly and whispering quietly (Yikes, don' slam the car door) to find their avian quarry...

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Utah Lakers

Circle Captain: Eric Huish

Circle Location: Provo, Utah (United States)

The Utah Lake Sit Circle was covered from 6:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  This was our 8th year participating on the big sit.    We didn't have the mudflats we've had in past years so our shorebird list was low but we got a higher than average duck list...

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UUFC Youth

Circle Captain: Patricia Voelker

Circle Location: Columbia, South Carolina (United States)

Introductory event for children. Most were highly engaged in listening, watching, and identifying birds. Several then drew pictures of birds seen or heard. Only 3 were not actively engaged throughout...

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Vansbest

Circle Captain: Kathleen Van Orsdel

Circle Location: Talbott, Tennessee (United States)

Surprised this year that I was missing some of our common visitors, but shouldn't be - the boys next door started shooting the birds with their BB guns this summer. I quit putting feed out - didn't want to bring in the birds so they could target practice! I was pleased with my low count anyway.

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Waccamaw Audubon Soc

Circle Captain: Richard Moore

Circle Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina (United States)

We moved our location this year to get away from the traffic. While we were not afforded a direct view of the slat marsh, and may have missed several shorebirds because of this, we did have good views of freshwater and brackish marshes and mudflats as well as wooded areas that contributed to several new species for our Big Sit list: Roseate Spoonbills, Black-throated blue warbler, and American Avocets...

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Waiting For Woodpecker

Circle Captain: Kathie Gifford

Circle Location: Linglestown, Pennsylvania (United States)

I'd been wondering how many species of birds have been frequenting my quarter acre of certified wildlife habitat this summer. The plants in the habitat have grown dramatically over the last few years and have created so much cover for the birds that I only breifly see them coming and going and I haven't taken out the binoculars to confirm their identities...

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Walkwood Watchers

Circle Captain: Andy Gibb

Circle Location: Redditch, Other (United Kingdom)

A good thing I included four feet of dining room within the circle: drizzle lasted until mid-afternoon.

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Warbler Woodland Watchers

Circle Captain: Paulette Scherr

Circle Location: Arrowwood NWR, North Dakota (United States)

Fairly quiet. No surprises, but many misses of common birds in the area.

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Washtenaw Wingnuts

Circle Captain: Don Chalfant

Circle Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan (United States)

Highlihgts: a literal chorus of owls calling simultaneously, at least five Great Horned and three Screech. Harmoniously!!!!!

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Weslaco RedCrowns

Circle Captain: John Yochum

Circle Location: Weslaco, Texas (United States)

Big miss was Least Grebe, which are usually very plentiful! Semi-expected Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, Bobwhites, Greater Yellowlegs and Green Kingfisher didn't materialize, but best bird was certainly the Short-Tailed Hawk, whose details were submitted to the Texas Bird Record Committee by team member Mary Gustafson.

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Wheeler NWR Wingers

Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley

Circle Location: Wheeler NWR, Alabama (United States)

Raw and damp during the morning, becoming pleasant in the afternoon. Moderate nocturnal migration before sunrise. Impressive Blue Jay and Northern Flicker migration throughout the day. The most memorable events were the intense bird activity before and two hours after sunrise; the 230 American White Pelicans in three flocks moving leisurely to the southeast; and, a dark ibis (probably Glossy) moving downstream followed two hours later by three adult White Ibis following the same path...

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Whipple Bird Club

Circle Captain: Bill Thompson, Iii

Circle Location: Whipple, Ohio (United States)

A few surprises among the birds: saw-whet owl, osprey, indigo bunting, the warblers, the vireos. And a few surprisingly painful misses: kestrel, ruby-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, great blue heron, red-breasted nuthatch...

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Wing Nuts

Circle Captain: Angie Holt

Circle Location: Norman, Oklahoma (United States)

The inaugural Wing Nuts Big Sit was a huge success! We managed to identify 47 species. Most numerous birds were Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows by the hundreds, and Franklin's Gulls by the thousands...

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Wings Over Wastewater

Circle Captain: Ted Drozdowski

Circle Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

The weather was damp and mostly unpleasant for the birders but great for the birds. We never expected anywhere near 95 species we finished up with, especially after all the rain over the last month. All the ponds were full and subsequently we had no mud near our circle...

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