The Big Sit! 2010 Statistics

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Team Information: Baton Rouge Birders

Captain: Jane Patterson
Location: near Baton Rouge, Louisiana (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  9. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  10. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  11. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  12. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  13. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  14. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  17. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  18. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  19. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  20. Sora Porzana carolina
  21. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  22. American Coot Fulica americana
  23. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  24. Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
  25. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  26. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  27. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  28. Barred Owl Strix varia
  29. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  30. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  31. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  32. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  33. Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  34. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  35. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  36. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  37. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  38. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  39. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  40. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  41. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  42. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  43. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  44. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  45. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  46. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  47. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  48. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  49. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  50. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  51. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  52. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  53. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  54. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  55. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  56. Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

Team Notes

Participants: Carol Foil, Bill and Lorry Trotter, Jerry Lenhard, Jeff Harris, Heather Mancuso, Walker Wilson, Jane Patterson

Weather: foggy cool to start, clear, warm with cool breeze throughout the day

Location: Sherburne WMA - South Farm

Time At Location: 6:30am to 7:00pm

Big Sit 2010 conducted at new observation platform in the middle of the impoundments at Sherburne Wildlife Mgt Area South Farm near Ramah/Maringuoin (just north of I-10 on the east levee of the Atchafalaya basin). 6:30 am to 7:00pm. Very foggy morning turned cool and clear with light cool north-western breeze blowing most of the day. Highs in the mid-80's. The new observation platform is located in the middle of water impoundments on the refuge which are managed for crawfish and waterfowl. As such, woodland birds are very scarce at this location. The dead end levee on which the platform is located did provide a few land birds. Notables were a late Orchard Oriole and fine adult male Yellow Warbler. Amazing lack of wading birds here -- last year at this time there were thousands of White Ibis -- this year we were lucky to get one! Little Blues have all gone. No Wood Storks or Spoonbills and we dipped on Snowies too. The Bald Eagles that nested last year in the ag field just to the east of South Farm are back and nest-tending. But we didn't see either of them til almost sundown. Late for shorebirds, but the habitat was decent and we should have had more. Mourning Dove was a strange miss. Other birds seen at South Farm but not from the platform included RC Kinglet, E. Towhee, Marsh Wren, BG Gnatcatcher, Downy Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher.

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