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: Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Captain: Ranger Chris Leeser
Location: Las Vegas NWR, New Mexico (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  5. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  6. American Wigeon Anas americana
  7. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  8. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  9. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  10. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  11. American Coot Fulica americana
  12. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  13. Common Raven Corvus corax
  14. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  15. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  16. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  17. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  18. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  19. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  20. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  21. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  22. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  23. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  24. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia

Team Notes

Participants: Ranger Chris, Volunteers: Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Board Member Sonya Berg, Adam Berg, Super birder - Cassidy Ruge, Chris Ruge and Teslin Ruge and 12 visitors to refuge, two from as far away as Carrollton, GA.

Weather: Sunny and clear to partly cloudy

Location: Melton Pond Overlook - Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

Time At Location: 12 hours - 7 a.m to 7 p.m.

Notes:
High water in Melton Pond resulted in few wading species. Sparrows had already begun migration south and were not abundant or sighted from circle. Northern Harrier put on quite a show in the afternoon, returning twice to "harry" the pond.

Anecdotes:
The participant who had traveled the farthest to reach our sit came from Carrollton, Georgia.


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