The Big Sit! 2010 Statistics

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Team Information: South Meadowlarks

Captain: Neil Zimmerman
Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  2. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  3. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  4. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  5. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  6. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  7. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  8. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  9. Barred Owl Strix varia
  10. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  11. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  12. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  13. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  14. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  15. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  16. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  17. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  18. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  19. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  20. Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus
  21. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  22. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  23. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  24. Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
  25. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  26. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  27. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  28. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  29. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  30. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  31. Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus
  32. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus

Team Notes

Participants: Kathy and Arn Slettebak, Carleen and Neil Zimmerman

Weather: Heavy rain in the morning breaking up mid-day

Location: Discovery Park, Seattle WA

Time At Location: 7:00 to 17:00

Notes:
Heavy rain in the morning put a damper on the birding but not our spirits. As the rain let up, the woodland birds started showing themselves. A Pileated Woodpecker flew by a couple of times and Evening Grosbeaks called from the tree tops. When the weather improved in the afternoon, we got looks at a Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle and a late Osprey. We were reminded of the fall migration when we saw small groups of Greater White-fronted, Snow, and Cackling Geese. The Cacklers were calling as they flew by to help with the ID. As we were packing up in the late afternoon, a calling Barred Owl gave us a nice end to a great day.

Anecdotes:
The weather forced us off the bluff over looking the Puget Sound where we were last year. We decided to set up next to the visitor center at Discovery Park. We brought bird study skins along and took turns talking to people about birds and the park. Generous walk up visitors donated over a hundred dollars to the park's plant restoration fund which was the reason we were doing the Big Sit. When we weren't seeing birds, we were talking about birds. We didn't see a lot of birds, but we had a very birdy day.


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