The Big Sit! 2010 Statistics

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Team Information: Maricopa Audubon's Katheryn F. Anderson Granite Reef Asterisk's Big Sit!

Captain: Herbert Fibel
Location: Mesa, Arizona (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Egret Ardea alba
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  6. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  7. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  8. Gadwall Anas strepera
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  12. American Wigeon Anas americana
  13. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  14. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  15. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  16. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  17. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  18. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  19. Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii
  20. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  21. American Coot Fulica americana
  22. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  23. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  24. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  25. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  26. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  27. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  28. Western Screech-Owl Megascops kennicottii
  29. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  30. Lesser Nighthawk Chordeiles acutipennis
  31. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  32. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  33. Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  34. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  35. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  36. Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
  37. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  38. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  39. Common Raven Corvus corax
  40. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  41. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  42. Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
  43. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  44. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  45. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  46. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  47. Crissal Thrasher Toxostoma crissale
  48. Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  49. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  50. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  51. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  52. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  53. Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
  54. Abert's Towhee Melozone aberti
  55. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  56. Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
  57. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  58. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  59. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  60. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  61. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  62. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  63. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  64. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  65. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Team Notes

Participants: Herb Fibel, Pete Moulton, Cynthia Donald, Kathe Anderson, Adam and Phyllis Martin, and Tom and Rosalinda Partel

Weather: The sky was cloudless. There was no breeze to speak of. Low temp.-68 degrees. High temp. 92 degrees

Location: Northeast of Mesa, AZ, at the Granite Reef Recreation Area, Tonto Nat'l Forest

Time At Location: 9 hours

We performed our usual circle-creating ritual, but this year we used organic unbleached flour to highlight the circle. Our first birds of the day were Western Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl. The baklava tradition ended and the Bosa Donut tradition started with this, our 15 th Big Sit! at this location. Our total for the day was 65. We added five new species to our cumulative list bringing the total for the 15 years to 134. Significant misses were Song Sparrow, Vermilion Flycatcher, and Cactus Wren. A highlight of the day was watching an Osprey chasing an adult Bald Eagle. We raised about $1,200 for conservation activities for the Maricopa Audubon Society.

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