The Big Sit! 2009 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: The (No) Bull-sittas

Captain: Tom Reed
Location: Cape May Point, New Jersey (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  2. Common Loon Gavia imme
  3. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  4. Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
  5. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  6. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  7. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  8. Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
  9. Great Egret Ardea alba
  10. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  11. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  12. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  13. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  14. Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
  15. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  16. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  17. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  18. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  19. Brant Branta bernicla
  20. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  21. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  22. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  23. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  24. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  25. American Wigeon Anas americana
  26. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  27. Gadwall Anas strepera
  28. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  29. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  30. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  31. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  32. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  33. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  34. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  35. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  36. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  37. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  38. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  39. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  40. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  41. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  42. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  43. Merlin Falco columbarius
  44. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  45. American Coot Fulica americana
  46. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  47. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  48. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  49. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  50. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  51. Sanderling Calidris alba
  52. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  53. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  54. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  55. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  56. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  57. Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
  58. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  59. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  60. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  61. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  62. Sabine's Gull Xema sabini
  63. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  64. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  65. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  66. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  67. Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
  68. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  69. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  70. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  71. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  72. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  73. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  74. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  75. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  76. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  77. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  78. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  79. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  80. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  81. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  82. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  83. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  84. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  85. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  86. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  87. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  88. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  89. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  90. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  91. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  92. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  93. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  94. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  95. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  96. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  97. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  98. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  99. Veery Catharus fuscescens
  100. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  101. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  102. Bicknell's Thrush Catharus bicknelli
  103. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  104. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  105. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  106. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  107. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  108. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  109. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  110. Northern Parula Setophaga americana
  111. Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
  112. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  113. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  114. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  115. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  116. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  117. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  118. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  119. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  120. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  121. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  122. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  123. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  124. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  125. Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus
  126. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  127. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  128. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  129. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  130. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  131. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  132. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  133. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  134. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  135. Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  136. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  137. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  138. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  139. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  140. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  141. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  142. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  143. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  144. Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
  145. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  146. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum

Team Notes

Participants: Dave Hedeen, Michael O'Brien, David La Puma, Tom Reed, Richard Crossley, Sam Galick, Doug Gochfeld, Pete Dunne, Louise Zemaitis, Ian Davies, Mark Garland, Don Freiday, Tom Johnson, Tim Lenz, Karl Lukens, Cameron Cox, Melissa Roach, Josh Lawrey, Claire Iseton, Ari Waldstein, Jessica Donahue, Mike Crewe, Megan Crewe, Patti Reed, Beth Ciuzio, Paul Guris, Anita Guris, Jim Armstrong, Lillian Armstrong, Tony Geiger, Amy Gaberlein, Chuck Slugg, Mary Jane Slugg, Marc Breslow, Sheila Lego

Weather: Start: N winds, 5mph. Clear and cold. NW winds 5-10 during the day, high temp. around 70; mostly sunny. End: light NW winds.

Location: Cape May Bird Observatory Hawk Watch Site, Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point, NJ

Time At Location: 12:00am - 10:00pm (22 hours)

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. 5000 Yellow-rumped Warblers. A Black-billed Cuckoo hung out nearby for a while, and a decent hawk flight developed. A late-morning tally brought us to 125 species. After a few slow hours, the afternoon lull abruptly ended when Michael O'Brien picked out a Sabine's Gull flying by offshore. A stampede to the nearest dune crossover eventually revealed the bird on the water, where it stayed for a few minutes before continuing south toward Delaware. The last few hours of daylight brought some excellent birds and allowed us to clean up on a few misses: Caspian Tern, Red-throated Loon, Carolina Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Nashville Warbler. At dusk, Don Freiday spied a Least Bittern circling up behind the Cape May Lighthouse. It gained altitude and shot off across the bay to Delaware. A few more American Bitterns were visible and audible as they took off for the night, another Barn Owl flew past, and at least 2 or 3 Common Nighthawks patrolled the treelines. The last bird of the day came at 7:45pm, in the form of an American Redstart. As always, a huge thank-you to everybody in attendance. A huger thank-you to Michael O'Brien, who came up with some sweet birds all day (and all night) long. And the hugest thank-you to everyone who stopped by to root for us, feed us and otherwise make our day a blast.

If you've never seen five grown men snoozing in sleeping bags on a hawk watch deck, then come visit the Cape May Hawkwatch at 3am on big sit day. We gave Dave Hedeen just one objective during the day: to find a Gray Catbird. He succeeded. Three different birders all called the same flying woodpecker something different. Their names will not be revealed here. O'Brien's Sabine's Gull set a new record for the shortest amount of time required to completely empty the Cape May Hawkwatch: 23.6 seconds.

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