Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.
Circle Captain: Tim Hurley
Circle Location: Hoover, Alabama (United States)
Actually a slow day of bird sightings in our yard. This was great fun, I will do this again.
Circle Captain: Rick Wright
Circle Location: South Amboy, New Jersey (United States)
Ten species of waterfowl including Snow Goose and Surf and Black Scoters. Eight Bald Eagles, four Forster's Terns. Eleven American Pipits and thirty Pine Siskins. Misses: too many to mention!
Allegheny Front Accipiters
Circle Captain: Alex Lamoreaux
Circle Location: Central City, Pennsylvania (United States)
The highlight was a Townsend's Solitaire that was spotted at 10:30am. This was the 11th or 12th record for the state of PA. Other details can be seen at this link - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11796542
Atlantic Audubon Society
Circle Captain: Becky Hedden
Circle Location: Oceanville, New Jersey (United States)
Peregrine Falcon going after Hooded Merganser (unsuccessful)
Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Circle Captain: Joyce Leppard
Circle Location: Mattawan, Michigan (United States)
B.W. Surf Scopers
Circle Captain: Frank Gallo
Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)
Among our 84 species were some uncommon/rare species, including 2 Northern Gannets, 2 Bald Eagles, 3 Peregrines, Am. Golden-Plover, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, Common Tern, 14 Forster's Terns, Black Skimmer, 2 Common Ravens, House Wren, Blackpoll Warbler, Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sparrows, and Pine Siskins...
Bald Eagle SP Storm Birds
Circle Captain: Diane Bierly
Circle Location: Bald Eagle State Par, Pennsylvania (United States)
Bear River Birding Brigade
Circle Captain: Jason St Sauver
Circle Location: Brigham City, Utah (United States)
Circle Captain: Javier De Leon
Circle Location: Mission, Texas (United States)
Bill & Claudia in Cerro Azul
Circle Captain: William Ahrens
Circle Location: Los Altos del Cerro, Other (Panama)
Circle Captain: Laurie & Dan Mooney
Circle Location: Plaquemine Locks Sta, Louisiana (United States)
Surprised to see a wild turkey, late orchard oriole, and at least four bald eagles. Eagles were around most of the day with ten seperate sightings during the day. We had lots of help this year from members of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society, and Friends of the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site...
Circle Captain: Steve Garr
Circle Location: Jefferson City, Missouri (United States)
Highlights were the Lincoln's sparrow, Ruby-crowned kinglet, Double-crested cormorants, and very cooperative male and female Eastern Towhee which let the team clearly observe them for a long time! We had a fun day of birding with friends and played Birding Bingo using bingo cards made specifically for this Bird Garden (suet cakes were the prizes)...
Circle Captain: Bill Tefft
Circle Location: Ely, Minnesota (United States)
Typical numbers and species for this time of year and past counts.
Circle Captain: Cecilia Riley
Circle Location: Quintana, Texas (United States)
Even the morning started out hot and the strong SE wind persisted all day. This really kept the migrants away and the seabirds too far offshore to see.
Circle Captain: Russell Emmons
Circle Location: Casco, Michigan (United States)
Circle Captain: Lauren Harter
Circle Location: Lake Havasu City, Arizona (United States)
Check out Lauren's blog post: http://phainopepla.blogspot.com/2012/10/big-sit-2012-cape-havasu.html
Carter Hill Super Speckey Sharpie Spotters
Circle Captain: Katrina Fenton
Circle Location: Concord, New Hampshire (United States)
Circle Captain: Frank Apsey
Circle Location: Harrisville, Michigan (United States)
Much fog and rain last two days. I could not observe for either Saturday or Sunday. Wind 21 mph Sunday. Temps in 50's and low 60's. Wind from West and then South.
Chambers Lake Early Birders
Circle Captain: Larry Lewis
Circle Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania (United States)
Circle Captain: Al Ahlgrim
Circle Location: Oregon City, Oregon (United States)
Copps and Robbins
Circle Captain: Andrea Robbins
Circle Location: Tuftonboro, New Hampshire (United States)
This was our first Big Sit at this location, and we definitely enjoyed ourselves. The weather was very cold, and the gusty winds definitely hurt our species total because we could not hear well for most of the time...
Circle Captain: Stanley Kornelsen
Circle Location: Aylmer, Ontario (Canada)
Circle Captain: Mindy Waldron
Circle Location: Jumping Branch, West Virginia (United States)
We had a pair of adult bald eagles fly over the lake and land in trees. We were able to observe them for an hour. One caught a fish from the lake and retuned to the tree to eat.
Dead Wood Birders
Circle Captain: Joe Sebastiani
Circle Location: Avondale, Pennsylvania (United States)
Deer Flat Sitters
Circle Captain: Cheryl Huizinga
Circle Location: Nampa, Idaho (United States)
Beautiful weather. 44 species compared to 38 last year. 14 birders compared to 6 last year. Friendly competition with Boise Big Sit on Sat. headed up by Robert Mortensen. They ended up with 50 species...
Circle Captain: Andrew Weber
Circle Location: Pulaski, New York (United States)
With the strong south winds there were no thrushes or sparrows flying overhead before dawn. Waterfowl flight was limited and mostly during the rainy morning. Raptors were grounded until it started to dry out late in the day.
Circle Captain: Becky Wolff
Circle Location: Sanibel, Florida (United States)
Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork numbers were outstanding!
Circle Captain: Helen Wright-north
Circle Location: Dayton, Ohio (United States)
Firing a marshmallow gun results in a massive bird sighting, but then afterward, not so much. Bill brewed two commemorative beers for this occasion: The Big Sit Brown, a nut-brown ale combining the finer elements of the British style with hops from the American Northwest, and The Big Sit Bitter, a classic American IPA with a well-balanced maltiness and a pleasant citrus aftertaste...
Eagle Eyes Squaw Creek NWR
Circle Captain: James Voltz
Circle Location: Mound City, Missouri (United States)
Even though we were not set up along the refuge's largest body of water we managed to observe 40 species for the day. Of interest was a flock of several thousand Redwing Blackbirds, plus regular flights of several hundred Northern Pintail ducks...
East Aurora Bird Club
Circle Captain: Mary Steuer
Circle Location: East Aurora, New York (United States)
Sighted several wooly bear caterpillars as well as numerous "jumping" spiders, and many butterflies including beautiful yellow "sulphur type" butterflies!
Circle Captain: Noel Cutright
Circle Location: Town of Belgium, Wisconsin (United States)
FU All The Time
Circle Captain: Jake Crouse
Circle Location: Cleveland, South Carolina (United States)
Although it was an acclaimed hawk watch spot, the hawks seemed to be in very low count. I was able to get a glimpse of two Cooper's Hawks off in the distance and one Bald Eagle though. For the short amount of time I was able to sit, I'd say 15 was a decent count, given that the area was fairly busy, which could have easily scared some birds out of viewing.
Circle Captain: Turk Duddy
Circle Location: Falmouth, Maine (United States)
Glastonbury Meadow Scopers
Circle Captain: Bill Asteriades
Circle Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut (United States)
GMAS ACE BIRDERS
Circle Captain: Gary Cowell Jr.
Circle Location: Mifflin, Ohio (United States)
By far our lowest species total ever due to strong winds keeping almost all passerines absent. Franklin's gull was the hi-lite of the day seen early in the morning on the lake.
Circle Captain: Richard Chyinski
Circle Location: East Lyme, Connecticut (United States)
Circle Captain: Valerie Barnes
Circle Location: Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (United States)
Highlight of the day was a Bald Eagle that flew overhead very quickly.
Circle Captain: Paul Fank
Circle Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)
Heinz Refuge NWR
Circle Captain: Debbie Beer
Circle Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)
Deb Beer, Adrian Binns and Todd Fellenbaum led this year's BIG SIT at Heinz Refuge, the 4th one since 2007. We arrived at 4:30 AM to setup on the top deck of the Observation Tower in pre-dawn darkness...
Circle Captain: John Himmelman
Circle Location: Killingworth, Connecticut (United States)
Hyatt Hidden Lakes Preserve
Circle Captain: Robert Mortensen
Circle Location: Boise, Idaho (United States)
Best bird of the day as Northern Shrike. Other unexpected birds include Lesser Goldfinch, White-throated Sparrow, Cinnamon Teal, Merlin, and House Wren. Fascinating to watch the daily comings and goings from this urban wetland.
Circle Captain: Kathie Gifford
Circle Location: Linglestown, Pennsylvania (United States)
The Sit site is a quarter acre suburban lot in a housing development with no natural water source in about a mile wide radius. Therefore, in the last 33 years I've never see this. A Great Blue Heron flew across the backyard at the height of the telephone wires, circled around and landed on the peak of the roof across the road...
Keen Eye Birders
Circle Captain: Toby Burke
Circle Location: Kenai NWR, Alaska (United States)
On Saturday the third annual Kenai National Wildlife Refuge BIG SIT, co-hosted by the refuge and the Keen Eye Birders, lasted from 7:45AM - 5:00PM at the Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch. Twenty-five adults and 30 children scanned lake, forest, and sky for birds...
Little Orange Team
Circle Captain: Kelly Buehler
Circle Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
Very cold. Too many house sparrows. Too many cats. Nuthatches (esp red-breasted) and chickadees very active.
Lower Columbia Birders
Circle Captain: Mike Patterson
Circle Location: Seaside, Oregon (United States)
The shearwaters were either Short-tailed or Sooty and the tern was either Common or Arctic, but the list does not allow for partial ID's. Jaegers were reasonably well seen there was at least one small Long-tailed seen several times and most likely two different Parasitic Jaeger.
LPO NWR Woodpeckers
Circle Captain: Mike Munts
Circle Location: Colville, Washington (United States)
Low turnout of observers and relatively low number bird species likely influenced by poor weather. Very few waterfowl were on the lake for example. Heavy rain on and off through out the weekend. High wind all day as well...
Machine Assisted Big Sit
Circle Captain: Rob Fergus
Circle Location: Union Twp, New Jersey (United States)
OldBird21c microphone manned the station from 12am-6am, and 8pm-midnight. Best microphone birds include Gray-cheeked Thrush (late) and White-crowned Sparrow (new yard bird). Best birds during the day were Yellow-breasted Chat (locally rare, new yard bird) and Northern Harrier (new yard bird)...
Maquoit Bay Birders
Circle Captain: Gordon Smith
Circle Location: Brunswick, Maine (United States)
Maricopa Audubon's Katheryn F. Anderson Granite Reef Asterisk's Big Sit!
Circle Captain: Herbert Fibel
Circle Location: Mesa, Arizona (United States)
This was our poorest species total in the 17 years that we have been doing the Sit! at this location. The possible reasons are a matter of great conjecture. Highlights of the day were the spotting of a family of javelina passing through the area, a new bird for this Sit!--Solitary Sandpiper--bringing our total species list for the 17 years to 141, and the all around good fellowship, on this gorgeous, sub 100 degree, autumn harbinger day...
Circle Captain: Michael Flemming
Circle Location: Stone Harbor, New Jersey (United States)
Not a Snowy Egret in sight! But did find an immature Little Blue.
Circle Captain: Annette Mathes
Circle Location: Newville, Pennsylvania (United States)
Location in an open area at the end of the trail through the pines. Great view of ridge and nice view to south. Ecellent morning flight flyovers and excellent raptor viewing due to SW winds.
Circle Captain: David Lovett
Circle Location: huntersville, North Carolina (United States)
American woodcock and american bittern were first for the sits red breasted nuthatch we get only during interuption years.migrating Ducks were non-existant.
Merritt Island NWR
Circle Captain: Nancy Corona
Circle Location: Titusville, Florida (United States)
A beautiful day to be outside. Thirty-six species where observed. Six volunteers participated in the count while approximately 35 people stopped by to chat and observe at the circle.
Circle Captain: Tom Heatley
Circle Location: Harrison Township, Michigan (United States)
Downed lots of coffee, brats, hot dogs, potato salad, pasta salad, potato chips, cheese and crackers, donut holes, Chex-Mix, nuts, etc. We ate very well.
Middle River Merlins
Circle Captain: Russ Titus
Circle Location: Coconut Creek, Florida (United States)
Some movement of falcons and accipiters as well as apparently Common Grackles headed south. Fairly strong wind off the ocean seemed to keep observations of buteos and other soaring birds down. Five warblers was an expected total...
Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Circle Captain: Jeff Harvey
Circle Location: Canfield, Ohio (United States)
The best Big Sit yet. More raptors in place on one day than ever!
Minnesota Valley NWR, Egret's
Circle Captain: Craig Mandel
Circle Location: Carver, Minnesota (United States)
Mud Flat Pack
Circle Captain: Lydia Thompson
Circle Location: Jekyll Island, Georgia (United States)
The day was perfect. The morning we consentated getting the birds. All through the day we were doing outreach to the non birding public. Everyone who came up helped. The beginners and the most experienced were big helps...
Ohio River Islands NWR
Circle Captain: Richard Esker
Circle Location: Williamstown, West Virginia (United States)
Lot of bird activity early. Flocks of Waxwings, Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds. Pine Siskins stayed around all day. Highlights were Bald Eagles, Lincoln's Sparrow, Palm Warbler and Pine Siskins.
Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Circle Captain: Jason Lewis
Circle Location: Oak Harbor, Ohio (United States)
I had a good count, really enjoyed being out on the refuge. Ethan Kistler stopped by for a few hours and helped me pick up a few needed species. Extremely windy and made counting even close birds difficult by ear...
Oxford Natural History Club
Circle Captain: Jason Hoeksema
Circle Location: Oxford, Mississippi (United States)
Would have been a great day, migration-wise, if the weather hadn't driven us away! eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S11798140
Circle Captain: Jessica Helmbold
Circle Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)
We had a lot of participation this year when we combined the big sit with the annual Patuxent Wildlife Festival. There must have been about 30 participants throughout the day.
Pea Island NWR
Circle Captain: Jeff Lewis
Circle Location: Pea Island NWR, North Carolina (United States)
Circle Captain: Chris Bennett
Circle Location: Lewes, Delaware (United States)
The skies were clear and star filled in the early morning hours, but unfortunately relatively free of migrating birds. Winds were relatively light from the west and west-north west early in the day. After sunrise the winds remained primarily from the west and built during the day with sustained winds between 5 to 10 mph with gusts up to 15...
Circle Captain: Gigi Gerben
Circle Location: pittsburgh , Pennsylvania (United States)
Got an earlier start on Big Sit than expected when two Great-horned Owls hooting in the backyard got me outside to listen for over half an hour. Original plan was to do Big Sit at Presque Isle State Park, but since we had a sick team member it was easy to set up on the deck...
Pondicherry NWR Marsh Hawks
Circle Captain: David Govatski
Circle Location: Pondicherry NWR, New Hampshire (United States)
A rain fly over the observation platform kept the participants dry and comfortable. The low cloud ceiling limited migration activity.The Oiseaux du Jour were 7 White-winged Scoters and a calling Greater Yellowlegs...
QVAS Bird Buddies
Circle Captain: Eric Eichorn
Circle Location: Meriden, Connecticut (United States)
Watching a Great Blue Heron swallow a 10 inch Yellow Perch Dropping it several times, restabbing it and walking a little then finally forcing it down. Sharpshinned Hawk and a Coopers Hawk circling together - a real good look at size difference...
Circle Captain: Randy Hill
Circle Location: Ridgefield, Washington (United States)
The grand prize was two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers among eight species of shorebirds, and a peregrine, merlin and several harriers to stir them up. The boobie prize was not a single feeding flock coming through all day, so we did not see or hear several songbirds that are resident...
Circle Captain: Doug Wood
Circle Location: Connerville, Oklahoma (United States)
Circle Captain: Frank Mantlik
Circle Location: Stratford, Connecticut (United States)
Except for the calling EVENING GROSBEAK, there was nothing too rare recorded. But there was a nice variety of birds, seen from a great location. Biggest misses were Black-crowned Night Heron (16 seen at a nearby roost yesterday), Fish Crow (always present), and Carolina Wren...
Circle Captain: Andrea Robbins
Circle Location: Pittsfield, New Hampshire (United States)
Rain delayed the start of the count until late morning.
Rockfish Gap Sitters
Circle Captain: Gabriel Mapel
Circle Location: Afton, Virginia (United States)
Our team of 3 observed 43 species at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch near Waynesboro Virginia. Highlights included Bald Eagle, flock of Dark-eyed Junco and nearly 700 Tree Swallows.
Circle Captain: Ric Mcarthur
Circle Location: Morpeth, Ontario (Canada)
Good activity early morning and again around 4 to 6 pm.
Circle Captain: Jennifer Rycenga
Circle Location: Pescadero, California (United States)
What a difference a year makes! We had rather trying weather for effective birding. It was foggy all day, and we could only see the horizon line over the ocean for about a thirty-minute stretch. However, we still had great participation and good spirits (well, most of the time), as we accumulated 75 species total...
Circle Captain: Nick Newberry
Circle Location: Oakton, Virginia (United States)
Very high flying Northern Harrier at end of the day. During the morning we were banding and ended up with 10 Song Sparrows, 5 Swamp Sparrows, a Western Palm Warbler, and an immature male Common Yellowthroat...
Circle Captain: Hugh Kingery
Circle Location: Franktown, Colorado (United States)
Excellent pot luck food. Fabulous & sparkling fall color -- scrub oak all shades of yellow, orange, red, & green. Two White-throated Sparrows under the feeders, feeding with White-crowneds & juncos. Endless procession of jays -- 3 species -- all day long...
Circle Captain: Christian Cederroth
Circle Location: Segerstad, Oland isl, Other (Sweden)
Autumn had progressed further than normal this time (116 species during a Big Sit in September!) but some goodies showed: A Caspian Gull on migration, some Little Gulls, A Short-eared Owl, some 14000 Geese and Duck on migration and four White-tailed Eagles hunting around the lighthouse itself.
Circle Captain: Faith Jones
Circle Location: Sanford, Florida (United States)
Juvenile roseate spoonbill flew in and landed near our circle. He was then chased off by a limpkin. Two American bitterns were another highlight of the morning.
Circle Captain: Doug Wentzel
Circle Location: Petersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)
Sherburne Savanna Sitters
Circle Captain: Betsy Beneke
Circle Location: Zimmerman, Minnesota (United States)
A great day birding with refuge volunteers and friends, even though it was windy and cold. Wind kept the number of species down. Lots of hot coffee consumed!
Silver Sands Sitters
Circle Captain: Stacy Hanks
Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)
Morning winds proved difficult. kept small birds down and hard to hear. But female American Kestral entertained us the whole day with hovering diplay and hunting. Afternoon brought diminished winds and last bird of the day-Bald Eagle! Thanks Charlie!
Circle Captain: Neil Zimmerman
Circle Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)
We got to the park early with hopes of seeing a Barn Owl hunting the meadow. No such luck. The first bird of the day was a Bald Eagle soaring along the bluff. We slowly started adding to our list as the sun came up...
St. Marks Spotters/ St. Marks NWR
Circle Captain: Robin Will
Circle Location: St. Marks, Florida (United States)
This was our fifth Big Sit! at the observation platform by the lighthouse, and we had our lowest species total to date, partly due to the unseasonably warm weather. Absent this year were ducks, falcons, Marsh Wren, and several species of wading birds...
Station 43 Big Sit
Circle Captain: Jay Kaplan
Circle Location: South Windsor, Connecticut (United States)
The new Hartford Audubon Society Platform overlooking the marsh provided an ideal location. The Platform overlooks the marsh (eliminating the need for ladders used in previous years), and also provides open views of the sky to the east and west...
Circle Captain: James Hill
Circle Location: Waterford, Pennsylvania (United States)
Circle Captain: David Mcnaughton
Circle Location: Pine Grove, Pennsylvania (United States)
Started off the day with a dawn American Woodcock displaying twittering behind the captain's chair. Adult Bald Eagle late in the afternoon to lift spirits. Red-breasted Nuthatches, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Pine Siskens, Purple Finches, and Golden- and Ruby-crowned Kinglets all in early for this year's count...
Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga
Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)
Counted 28 species by 9:25am; 5 more added in the afternoon.
Circle Captain: Samuel Denault
Circle Location: Tadoussac, Quebec (Canada)
Circle Captain: Laurie Foss
Circle Location: Bertram, Texas (United States)
We started in the rain, and as soon as the rain ended we had a quick start to our count with 34 sp by 10 am. By noon the Swainson's Hawks started to stream through, and we ended up with a conservative count of 645 Swainson's Hawks...
Circle Captain: Steve Mayo
Circle Location: New Haven, Connecticut (United States)
153 total raptors. MANY missed Park birds seen today (ie not from our site) including Am Woodcock, No Cardinal, Song Sparrow, etc.
Circle Captain: Sam Haskins
Circle Location: Yucaipa, California (United States)
Most birds were seen in the morning hours around the feeders.
The Kickapoo Valley Birding Club
Circle Captain: Barbara Duerksen
Circle Location: La Farge, Wisconsin (United States)
Additional 3 Rusty Blackbirds seen on the way to the blind.
The No Bullsitters
Circle Captain: Sam Galick
Circle Location: Cape May Point, New Jersey (United States)
A good day. A light nocturnal flight yielded several goodies, including both bitterns, Swainson's Thrush and Barn Owl. The early-morning passerine flight left much to be desired, but most of the expected species could be found...
The Recurvebills - Great Meadows NWR
Circle Captain: Nickilas Paulson
Circle Location: Concord, Massachusetts (United States)
Very cold and frosty start but lots of great dawn bird movement. Good hawk migration till 1pm. Great end at dusk with around a thousand ducks returning to roost. Last new species for the day were a flyover calling male Indigo Bunting just before sunset then right after sunset a pair of Black-bellied Plovers flying over calling...
The Riverbend Redstarts
Circle Captain: Dwayne Martin
Circle Location: Conover, North Carolina (United States)
Was a great day. Weather kept species down. Not many raptors. The date was a little later, so not many warbler either.
Circle Captain: Scott Mellis
Circle Location: New Rochelle, New York (United States)
Bald Eagle was a surprise - put on quite a soaring demonstration.
Circle Captain: Rick Sussman
Circle Location: Woodbine, Maryland (United States)
A great day despite S winds, and no owls. Set a new record for species for our count with 45, a new record for new species with 9 and a new late-date for RT Hummingbird for the county! An incursion of northern species brought us Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin and Purple Finches...
Circle Captain: Bruce Krucke
Circle Location: Yonges island, South Carolina (United States)
Not a very birdy day. The day before was much better--isn't that always the way. The only two species I don't see all the time were the ruby-crowned kinglet, which I see only occasionally and the house wren, which was only my second sighting of one here in 26 years...
Circle Captain: Douglas Wood
Circle Location: Tishomingo, Oklahoma (United States)
Trinity River Refuge
Circle Captain: Stuart Marcus
Circle Location: Dayton, Texas (United States)
3 new species added to list
Circle Captain: George Chaniot
Circle Location: Ukiah, California (United States)
This was the 13th year that we have participated in this Fall Appreciation Day at Lake Mendocino, and every year we have drawn wonderful weather. Before dawn we heard four species of owls and had time to appreciate Venus in the east and Orion and Sirius reflected in the lake...
Circle Captain: Derek Stoner
Circle Location: Hockessin, Delaware (United States)
Birds of day are the Pine Warbler (first ever for this Big Sit and rare here in fall), Peregrine Falcon (only the 4th of the season at the hawk watch), and the American Woodcocks displaying at dawn. Tremendous flocks of Pine Siskins, Purple Finch, and Cedar Waxwings.
Under Bridge Sitters
Circle Captain: Ray Scory
Circle Location: Port Orange, Florida (United States)
People Launching boats, walking dogs, sightseeing, looking at birds, fishing, having fun. Boats zipping up and down the river and a dramatic, afternoon airshow performing fantastic aerial maneuvers. A very active, enjoyable spot with visitors throughout the day...
Circle Captain: Andy Bankert
Circle Location: Beaufort Sea, Alaska (United States)
Only two species were detected, but they were two very good species: Ross's and Ivory Gulls. Ivory Gulls have been checking the boat out most days in the deeper water (our depth was around 3000 meters)...
Circle Captain: Eric Huish
Circle Location: Provo, Utah (United States)
The Provo Airport Big Sit was covered from 6:18 am to 2:30 pm and again from 5:14 pm to 7:23 pm. A little over 10 hours total time where at least one person was there. This was our 11th year participating in the big sit...
Warbler Woodland Watchers
Circle Captain: Paulette Scherr
Circle Location: Arrowwood NWR, North Dakota (United States)
Great Day! Great visibility. Birders from Bismarck, Fargo, Jamestown, Carrington and in between. Record number of bird species observed. This was our 6th year and had 5 "Firsts".
Circle Captain: Don Chalfant
Circle Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan (United States)
Winds contributed to poor owling results. Greater Yellowlegs made a first time ever(15 Big Sits) appearance at Sit site, bringing 15-year cumulative total to 112 species.
Circle Captain: Huck Hutchens
Circle Location: Weslaco, Texas (United States)
EXCELLENT was an American Bittern that walked and flew around us all day, and also the 25 almost-silent Red-Crowned Parrots (our namesake!) that tried to glide by secretly. Misses included Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Black Vulture, Green Heron, both Night-Herons, Least Bittern, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, Lincolnâ€™s Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, and we had only two Warblers (in spite of our welcoming mister!)...
Wheeler NWR Sitting Ducks
Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley
Circle Location: Decatur, Alabama (United States)
A beautiful Autumn day, though a bit warm in the afternoon. The most memorable event was the number of visitors taking advantage of activities as part of our National Wildlife Refuge Week Open House. Only two new species recorded after noon.
Wheeler NWR Wingers
Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley
Circle Location: Decatur, Alabama (United States)
A cloudy, windy day with light rain in the afternoon. No nocturnal migration. The most memorable event was of two Merlins patrolling the area for eight hours, attempting to snatch a mid-air meal. Only four new species recorded after noon.
Whipple Bird Club
Circle Captain: Bill Thompson, Iii
Circle Location: Whipple, Ohio (United States)
This is a SATURDAY Sit. Being a bit later in October this Sit missed a lot of the usual suspects among the bird species: indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, any mimid, any vireo, screech owl. But we did have some goodies: merlin, woodcock, wild turkey, yellow-bellied sapsucker, pine warbler.
Circle Captain: Brian Davis
Circle Location: Norman, Oklahoma (United States)
Very pleasant, quiet morning observing birds and animal tracks in the lake mud; wind possibly responsible for complete lack of sparrow records. Large number of pelicans resting nearby was a real treat.
Wings Over Wastewater
Circle Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Circle Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)
This was our 6th year doing the Big Sit at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington. We originally scheduled for Saturday but switched to Sunday to allow a front to pass. What an awesome rule change! While we didnâ€™t break our own record of 95 species set in 2009, we did come very close with 94 species...
Circle Captain: Alejandro Leon
Circle Location: Gilroy, California (United States)
A lot of the same species of birds