The Big Sit! 2010 Statistics

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Team Information: The Chris Ellison All-Stars

Captain: Joshua Rose
Location: Plum Island, Massachusetts (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  2. Common Loon Gavia imme
  3. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  4. Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
  7. Great Egret Ardea alba
  8. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  9. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  10. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  11. Brant Branta bernicla
  12. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  13. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  14. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  15. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  16. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  17. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  18. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  19. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  20. Common Eider Somateria mollissima
  21. White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
  22. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  23. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  24. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  25. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  26. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  27. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  28. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  29. Merlin Falco columbarius
  30. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  31. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  32. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  33. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  34. Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  35. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  36. Sanderling Calidris alba
  37. White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
  38. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  39. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  40. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  41. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  42. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  43. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  44. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  45. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  46. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  47. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  48. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  49. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  50. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  51. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  52. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  53. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  54. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  55. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  56. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  57. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  58. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  59. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  60. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  61. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  62. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  63. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  64. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  65. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  66. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  67. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  68. American Pipit Anthus rubescens

Team Notes

Participants: Josh Rose, Chris Ciccone, Jason Forbes

Weather: Sunny, high around 60, windy at times

Location: Stage Island Pool observation tower, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island MA

Time At Location: 6:30 AM to 6:45 PM

When we first arrived there were numerous flocks of Canada Geese and Double-crested Cormorants cruising overhead; I soon abandoned my hopes of keeping track of bird numbers as well as species. There were also many flocks of birds over the ocean, mostly White-winged Scoter but also several of Brant among other species. Tim Factor and Neil Hayward stopped by the tower and spotted a Eurasian Green-winged Teal among the hundreds of its American cohorts. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo surprised us, but others were seen from numerous locations of coastal Massachusetts and Connecticut the same day, so perhaps a movement of this species was taking place. Ours reappeared (or maybe there were more than one?) many times through the afternoon and evening.

Due to my not having been to the Refuge in many years, I got my pools mixed up when I registered; we actually did our Sit at the Stage Island Pool, not Bill Forward Pool. The local weather forecasters issued a frost warning the night before the Sit in our area, but by the end of our count Jason and I, trying to hang on and tally one more owl species before the refuge closed, were being harassed by mosquitoes... Chris and Jason briefly left the Sit circle to see a Curlew Sandpiper that was being admired by dozens of birders a bit further south on the Island, just out of sight from our circle. A number of other bird species that we missed from within the circle were seen by birders just beyond our visibility, including Black Skimmer, Short-eared Owl, Horned Lark, Northern Shoveler, Chipping Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco. At least 16 other species were reported from other parts of the island that eluded detection from our Sit circle. Maybe next year I should Sit in a less popular birding spot so I won't know as much about what we missed!

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