The Big Sit! 2010 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: Wings Over Wastewater

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  9. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  10. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  11. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  12. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  13. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  14. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  15. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  16. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  17. Gadwall Anas strepera
  18. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  19. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  20. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  21. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  22. American Wigeon Anas americana
  23. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  24. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  25. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  26. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  27. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  28. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  29. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  30. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  31. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  32. Sora Porzana carolina
  33. American Coot Fulica americana
  34. American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
  35. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  36. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  37. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  38. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  39. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  40. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  41. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  42. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  43. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  44. Barred Owl Strix varia
  45. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  46. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  47. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  48. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  49. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  50. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  51. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  52. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  53. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  54. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  55. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  56. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  57. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  58. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  59. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  60. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  61. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  62. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  63. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  64. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  65. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  66. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  67. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  68. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  69. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  70. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  71. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  72. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  73. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  74. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  75. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  76. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  77. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  78. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  79. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  80. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Anne Alderfer, Charley Amos, Blaine Carnes, Jane Choun, Greg Cook, Christine Drozdowski, Ted Drozdowski, Steven Fowler, Steve Glover, Ann Hoover, Carol Huffman, Bill Huffman, Simone Jenion, Jim Jones, Glenda Keilstrup, Andrew Lucas, Marcy Brown Marsden, Susan Thrower, Christian Walker, Mike Wease, Ed Wetzel.

Weather: Mid 60's to low 80's. Sunny all day. Pleasant in the morning. South wind increasing through the afternoon, 12-15 mph.

Location: Village Creek Drying Beds, Arlington, Texas.

Time At Location: 4am to 7:30pm

Notes:
Going into this year’s big sit, we didn’t have high aspirations after Tropical Storm Hermine came through last month and filled up the drying beds with water and sent all the shorebirds south. Because of all the water this year, I did some scouting and tried to justify moving our big sit circle to another part of the beds. After listing the pros and cons of each location, I decided that the circle should again go right about where it’s always been. The Village Creek Drying Beds are birded heavily year round and we knew going in that this year would be an uphill battle. I personally just wanted to get to 72 species, which was our total the very first year we did this. All in all, it was a very good morning of birding and we spent the afternoon doing what birders do best: watching and hoping. Eighty species is nothing to sneeze at.

Anecdotes:
A few of us from Fort Worth Audubon gathered at 4am as usual to try for owls and rails and again we did well, getting both Sora and Virginia Rail for the 4th year in a row. We also got the usual owls: Barred and Great Horned. Several more people showed up at dawn and as the sky started to lighten the birds started to stir. A nice early surprise was a flock of eight White-faced Ibis that couldn’t find a suitable place to put down. We didn’t expect those this year with the high water. A couple of other early morning surprises were a distant Common Nighthawk and seventeen Black-bellied Whistling Ducks. One of the goals this year was to finally get Green Heron on our cumulative VCDB big sit list. Even though VCDB is a great place for waders, Green Herons seem to vacate the beds a little earlier than the other waders and we miss it every year. I was thrilled to finally spot one perched high in a tree about mid-morning. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly two American Golden-Plovers that flew over our circle and left us somewhat astonished. Unbeknownst to us, the last new species for the day was seen around noon: Orange-crowned Warbler. Soon, the south wind picked up as forecasted and we knew that migration would remain halted. In the early afternoon, the number of participants dwindled and a half dozen of us hunkered down for a long slow sunburn. We hoped in vain for some of the raptors that we usually get like Osprey, Swainson’s Hawk, and Merlin but it was not to be. We still had lots of ducks (twelve species) and thousands of swallows (five species) to pick through and keep us company. All afternoon we looked forward to the early evening, when as in past years everything would go crazy as the birds started coming to roost and then we would add a few more species to the list right before it got dark. Greg Cook said he didn’t think we would get much else new for the rest of the day and strangely, that’s exactly what happened. So we started at 4am and had 80 species by 12:30, and then we birded another seven hours and finished stuck on 80 species. Good grief Charley Amos. I’d like to thank Steve Nutter and the City of Fort Worth water department for their continued support in letting us hang out at the beds after hours in a vain attempt to confound our spouses.


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