The Big Sit! 2010 Statistics

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Team Information: Resting Birders

Captain: Randy Hill
Location: Ridgefield, Washington (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  2. Great Egret Ardea alba
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  5. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  6. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  7. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  8. Gadwall Anas strepera
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  12. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  13. American Wigeon Anas americana
  14. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  15. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  16. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  17. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  18. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  19. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  20. Merlin Falco columbarius
  21. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  22. American Coot Fulica americana
  23. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  24. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  25. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  26. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  27. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  28. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  29. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  30. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  31. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  32. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  33. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  34. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  35. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  36. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  37. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  38. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  39. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  40. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  41. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  42. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  43. Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus
  44. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  45. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  46. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  47. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  48. Black-throated Gray Warbler Setophaga nigrescens
  49. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  50. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  51. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  52. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  53. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  54. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  55. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Team Notes

Participants: 52 participants including captain Randy Hill and leaders Jim Danzenbaker and George Mayfield

Weather: A rainy morning that eventually opened up to partly cloudy afternoon and generally pleasant rest of the day

Location: Observation blind on River "S" Unit auto tour route of Ridgefield NWR

Time At Location: 07:50 to 18:35

Large flocks of Cackling Geese, a few white-fronts and Sandhill Cranes, and numerous scattered ducks enjoyed the dining at Rest Lake. Seven species of shorebirds and as many species of raptors to keep them on the move, including three different peregrines. Photos of an American Avocet taken within 1/4 mile of the circle cycled participants around the tour route for more photos, but no level of harassment by the peregrines brought it into view from the circle. Despite thousands of Cackling Geese foraging and flying by, not a single Canada Goose was seen or heard. Same with Killdeer and Brewer's Blackbird, which sat silently 150 yards distant and screened by a stand of corn. As did W Scrub Jay and Swainson's Thrush, viewed between the parking lot and the circle 60 yards away.

The young participants were the most fun, with only a chair to bring them to eye level with the brand new world of spotting scope observation. It was a difficult choice whether to root for the constant barrage of eagle, harriers and falcons getting prey airborne, or for the prey to settle and offer enough visible markings to be identified. The most frequent comment was the "cute nutria", an unfortunate blemish to a mostly native view of wildlife.

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