The Big Sit! 2010 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: Keen Eye Birders

Captain: Toby Burke
Location: Kenai NWR, Alaska (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
  3. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  4. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
  7. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  8. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  9. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  10. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  11. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  12. Mew Gull Larus canus
  13. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  14. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  15. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  16. American Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides dorsalis
  17. Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis
  18. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  19. Common Raven Corvus corax
  20. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  21. Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
  22. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  23. Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
  24. White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
  25. Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea
  26. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

Team Notes

Participants: 20 participants

Weather: Sunny, warm, mostly clear, calm, low of 23 degrees at 0800, high of 44 degrees at 1400

Location: Kenai NWR - Skilak Lake (Lower Boat Launch)

Time At Location: 11 hours - sunrise to sunset (0800- 1900)

One lone moose across the lake. Spruce Grouse, Northern Goshawk, Great Horned Owl, and Red-breasted Nuthatch seen nearby but not from the count circle, alas. Expected to tally 30 species but weather was abnormally sunny, windless, and warm. Because the Big Sit is so late for us at this latitude, 60 degrees north latitude, fall migration (diversity and abundance) peaks much earlier - late July to early August. This venue should yield 60 to 70 species from late May to mid June.

One birder fell in the frigid lake and had to dry off by a fire! Possibly the first officially registered and reported Big Sit in Alaska ever!!!

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