The Big Sit! 2009 Statistics

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Team Information: B.W. Surf Scopers

Captain: Frank Gallo
Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Brant Branta bernicla
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  4. Gadwall Anas strepera
  5. American Wigeon Anas americana
  6. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  7. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  8. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  9. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  10. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  11. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  12. White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
  13. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  14. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  15. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  16. Common Loon Gavia imme
  17. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  18. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  19. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  20. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  21. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  22. Great Egret Ardea alba
  23. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  24. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  25. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  26. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  27. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  28. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  29. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  30. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  31. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  32. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  33. Merlin Falco columbarius
  34. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  35. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  36. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  37. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  38. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  39. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  40. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  41. Sanderling Calidris alba
  42. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  43. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  44. White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
  45. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  46. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  47. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  48. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  49. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  50. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  51. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  52. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  53. Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus
  54. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  55. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  56. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  57. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  58. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  59. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  60. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  61. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  62. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  63. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  64. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  65. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  66. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  67. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  68. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  69. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  70. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  71. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  72. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  73. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  74. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  75. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  76. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  77. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  78. Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
  79. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  80. Nelson's Sparrow (formerly Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow) Ammodramus nelsoni
  81. Saltmarsh Sparrow (formerly Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow) Ammodramus caudacutus
  82. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  83. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  84. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  85. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  86. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  87. Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  88. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  89. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  90. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  91. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  92. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  93. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  94. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

Team Notes

Participants: Frank Mantlik, Patrick Dugan, Jim Dugan, Tina Green

Weather: mostly clear, sunny and blue skies, 45-63 F, windy NW 5-10mph > W 15-20+.

Location: CT, Milford, Milford Point (outermost observation platform) – coastal dune, spartina salt marsh, LI Sound

Time At Location: 4:15am – 7:00pm (EDT)

Notes:
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. Some birder friends came by early afternoon with some much-needed hot coffee.

Anecdotes:
Highlights included red-throated & common loons, Am. Bittern, an Am. black duck sporting a radio transmitter (state DEP study), Am. Wigeons, northern shoveler, northern pintail, all three scoters, red-breasted merganser, 10 species of raptors including 6+ bald eagles and 2-3 peregrine falcons, 10 species of shorebirds including 2 white-rumped sandpipers, Bonaparte’s gull, chimney swift (late), three species of thrushes (gray-cheeked, Swainson’s, hermit) heard calling overhead predawn, vesper sparrow, Nelson’s & salt marsh sparrows, eastern meadowlarks, rusty blackbird, and a few pine siskins.


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