The Big Sit! 2010 Statistics

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Team Information: St. Marks Spotters/ St. Marks NWR

Captain: Robin Will
Location: St. Marks Lighthouse, Florida (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  3. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  4. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba
  6. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  7. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  8. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  9. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
  10. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  11. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  12. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  13. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  14. Redhead Aythya americana
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  17. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  18. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  19. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  20. Sora Porzana carolina
  21. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  22. American Coot Fulica americana
  23. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  24. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  25. Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia
  26. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  27. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  28. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  29. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  30. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  31. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  32. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  33. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  34. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  35. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  36. Sanderling Calidris alba
  37. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  38. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  39. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  40. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  41. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  42. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  43. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  44. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  45. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  46. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  47. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  48. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  49. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  50. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  51. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  52. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  53. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  54. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  55. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  56. Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus
  57. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  58. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  59. Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major
  60. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

Team Notes

Participants: Selena Kiser, Mark Kiser, Dana C. Bryan, Carol Miller, Kathy Stokes, Lynn Stokes

Weather: Mostly clear 7:15am to 7:45 (with fog building); fairly heavy fog between 7:45am & 9:30am; clearing by 9:45am, sunny afterwards

Location: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: viewing platform next to lighthouse

Time At Location: 7:10am to 5:00pm

Notes:
We observed from low tide to high tide, and saw many shorebirds. A Peregrine Falcon swooped in and scared off the shorebird flock temporarily, but didn't catch anyone that we could see. A Reddish Egret was dancing in the salt marsh in the fog. An Osprey kept us company atop the lighthouse. There was more water in the salt marsh this year than last. Temperatures ranged from about 60 degrees at dawn to about 85 when we finished at 5pm.

Anecdotes:
Bottlenose Dolphins were feeding along the shore with much splashing and commotion. Monarch butterflies were draped along palm fronds and saltbush during the heavy fog, but became lively and fed on the many goldenrods in bloom once the sun came out.


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