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: PeregriNATION

Captain: Forrest Rowland
Location: Cape Henlopen State , Delaware (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  2. Common Loon Gavia imme
  3. Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
  4. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
  7. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  8. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  9. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  10. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  11. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  12. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  13. Brant Branta bernicla
  14. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  15. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  16. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  17. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  18. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  19. White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
  20. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  21. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  22. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  23. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  24. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  25. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  26. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  27. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  28. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  29. Merlin Falco columbarius
  30. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  31. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  32. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  33. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  34. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  35. Sanderling Calidris alba
  36. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  37. Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
  38. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  39. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  40. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  41. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  42. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  43. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  44. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  45. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  46. Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
  47. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  48. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  49. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  50. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  51. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  52. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  53. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  54. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  55. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  56. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  57. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  58. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  59. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  60. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  61. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  62. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  63. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  64. Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla
  65. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  66. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  67. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  68. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  69. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  70. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  71. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  72. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  73. Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
  74. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  75. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  76. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  77. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  78. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  79. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  80. Northern Parula Setophaga americana
  81. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  82. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  83. Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
  84. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  85. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  86. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  87. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  88. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  89. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  90. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  91. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  92. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  93. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  94. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  95. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  96. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  97. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  98. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  99. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  100. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  101. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  102. Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
  103. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  104. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  105. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  106. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  107. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  108. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

Team Notes

Participants: Jeffrey Gordon, Liz Gordon, Matthew Sarver, Lauren Morgens, Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver, Lynn Smith, Diane Kane, Michael Kane, Frank Rohrbacher, Bruce Peterjohn, Cyrus Moqtaderi, Kevin Bronson, James McMurrer, Edward Crawford, Martin Sokolich, Melody Schultz, and some 48 other visitors!

Weather: Sunny, cloudless, with a high of 75F. Winds were light out of the NE early, strengthening to 10mph out of the ESE.

Location: Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, USA

Time At Location: Four AM start time to Eight PM stop time. Total 16 hours observation.

108 species - a new record for Delaware and the State Park! Few raptors were moving, but, as always, many species were represented during the course of the day. Waterfowl diversity was lower than past years, but had all three species of Scoter and several dabbler species, including a first for the Cape Henlopen Circle - Mallard. Nocturnal migration provided us with 13 species of passerines before dawn. One late Bobolink was the highlight. Black-crowned Night-Heron made up for no-show Eastern Screech-Owl, but we were all shocked that there was no sign of Great Horned Owl morning or evening! Gladly, by 9 am, we already had 96 species including several more species of Warblers, Purple Finch, and the biggest surprise of the day: SANDWICH TERN! Though they breed in the region, and often at the Cape, they are extremely rare after September. October 10th now constitutes the latest date in Delaware for this species. While no truly rare, or surprising, species were recorded later in the day, the weather was beautiful. It was a delight to close the day out with a flyby Red-throated Loon, in beautiful evening sun, for species #108.

It's almost sad that one needs an excuse to get out, pre-dawn, to greet the sun as it crests the horizon over the Atlantic. Worse still, en excuse to gaze for several hours at a moonless, star-filled sky, wondering what's above both near and far. This year's Big Sit was not unique. It proved to be just as grand an excuse to get out, enjoy migration, relish the outdoors, and be together, as always. Above the din of Gull squawks, Tern creaks, Yellow-rump chips, and Mockingbird warbles, the laughter of the day was loud and constant. A better occasion to laugh, learn, and teach one another about birds and birding has yet to be conceived. Thanks again, for the perfect excuse...

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