The Big Sit! 2009 Statistics

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Team Information: Wings Over Wastewater

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Arlington, Texas (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. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  9. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  10. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  11. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  12. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  13. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  14. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  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. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  25. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  26. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  27. Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
  28. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  29. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  30. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  31. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  32. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  33. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  34. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  35. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  36. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  37. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  38. Merlin Falco columbarius
  39. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  40. Sora Porzana carolina
  41. American Coot Fulica americana
  42. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  43. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  44. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  45. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  46. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  47. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
  48. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  49. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  50. Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
  51. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  52. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  53. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  54. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  55. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  56. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  57. Barred Owl Strix varia
  58. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  59. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  60. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  61. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  62. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  63. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  64. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  65. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  66. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  67. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  68. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  69. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  70. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  71. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  72. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  73. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  74. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  75. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  76. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  77. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  78. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  79. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  80. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  81. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  82. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  83. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  84. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  85. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  86. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  87. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  88. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  89. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  90. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  91. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  92. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  93. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  94. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  95. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: DD Currie, Dell Little, Greg Cook, Catherine Winans, Steve Glover, David Powell, Jim Jones, Blaine Carnes, Ken Beazley, David Borrego, Chris Runk, Paula Channell, Polly Schulle, Charley Amos, Susan Thrower, Ted Drozdowski, Anne Alderfer, Bob Smith, and Ed W.

Weather: Overcast, some mist and rain, Mid 50's to low 60's, 5-8 NNE

Location: Village Creek Drying Beds, Arlington, TX

Time At Location: 0400-1850

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. We anticipated low shorebird and wader numbers but still picked off 8 flyby shorebird species and most of the waders including a small egret (sp?) taken by an adult Bald Eagle. We had alot of migrants come through: a couple of hundred each of American White Pelicans, DC Cormorants, Franklin's Gulls, plus some Greater White-fronted Geese, Common Nighthawks, and lots of hawks including several dozen Swainson's, two late Broad-wings and a late Mississippi Kite. Thirteen species of hawks and falcons on the day. A dozen or so Soras were vocal and kept things lively for us. Our big miss? - A Sedge Wren which was seen the day before and somewhat dictated the exact placement of our circle.

Another crazy day of big sit birding at the drying beds! We didn't have as many observers as last year due to the unpleasant weather, but we had a good team and a good migration day with light winds from the NNE. We were serenaded right before dawn by the local coyotes which got the Soras going and together it sounded like many things were being killed. We spent a good part of the afternoon watching hawks migrating through and I brought plenty of junk food to keep most people awake. We had hundreds of ducks and thousands of swallows (mostly barns) in the main big pond which provided the backdrop to a very birdy day. This was a day to remember. **It turns out that two of the best birds at VCDB on this day were unseen and thus uncounted by our team from the circle: A Crested Caracara and a White-tailed Kite!

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