The Big Sit! 2012 Team Reports

Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.

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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.

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Aimophila Adventures

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!

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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

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Atlantic Audubon Society

Circle Captain: Becky Hedden

Circle Location: Oceanville, New Jersey (United States)

Peregrine Falcon going after Hooded Merganser (unsuccessful)

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Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, Michigan

Circle Captain: Joyce Leppard

Circle Location: Mattawan, Michigan (United States)

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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...

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Bald Eagle SP Storm Birds

Circle Captain: Diane Bierly

Circle Location: Bald Eagle State Par, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Bear River Birding Brigade

Circle Captain: Jason St Sauver

Circle Location: Brigham City, Utah (United States)

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Bentsen Birders

Circle Captain: Javier De Leon

Circle Location: Mission, Texas (United States)

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Bill & Claudia in Cerro Azul

Circle Captain: William Ahrens

Circle Location: Los Altos del Cerro, Other (Panama)

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Bird Nerds

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...

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Birds-I-View Birders

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)...

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Boreal Birdometers

Circle Captain: Bill Tefft

Circle Location: Ely, Minnesota (United States)

Typical numbers and species for this time of year and past counts.

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Brazosport Birders

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.

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Camp Remote

Circle Captain: Russell Emmons

Circle Location: Casco, Michigan (United States)

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Cape Havasuvians

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

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Carter Hill Super Speckey Sharpie Spotters

Circle Captain: Katrina Fenton

Circle Location: Concord, New Hampshire (United States)

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Caspians

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.

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Chambers Lake Early Birders

Circle Captain: Larry Lewis

Circle Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania (United States)

Berm visible.

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Chunkos

Circle Captain: Al Ahlgrim

Circle Location: Oregon City, Oregon (United States)

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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...

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cwdu

Circle Captain: Stanley Kornelsen

Circle Location: Aylmer, Ontario (Canada)

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Dam Sitters

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.

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Dead Wood Birders

Circle Captain: Joe Sebastiani

Circle Location: Avondale, Pennsylvania (United States)

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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...

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Derby Hill

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.

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Ding Darling

Circle Captain: Becky Wolff

Circle Location: Sanibel, Florida (United States)

Roseate Spoonbill and Wood Stork numbers were outstanding!

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DudleyDowright

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...

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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...

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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!

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FBMP Migrants

Circle Captain: Noel Cutright

Circle Location: Town of Belgium, Wisconsin (United States)

Nothing special

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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.

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Gilsland Gulls

Circle Captain: Turk Duddy

Circle Location: Falmouth, Maine (United States)

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Glastonbury Meadow Scopers

Circle Captain: Bill Asteriades

Circle Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut (United States)

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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.

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Grassy Hill

Circle Captain: Richard Chyinski

Circle Location: East Lyme, Connecticut (United States)

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Greenies

Circle Captain: Valerie Barnes

Circle Location: Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (United States)

Highlight of the day was a Bald Eagle that flew overhead very quickly.

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Grosbreasted Rosebeaks

Circle Captain: Paul Fank

Circle Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)

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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...

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Home Base

Circle Captain: John Himmelman

Circle Location: Killingworth, Connecticut (United States)

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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.

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Kathies Korner

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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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)...

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Maquoit Bay Birders

Circle Captain: Gordon Smith

Circle Location: Brunswick, Maine (United States)

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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...

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Marshketeers

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.

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Meadows

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.

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MECKBIRDERS

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.

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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.

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Metro Munchers

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.

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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...

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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!

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Minnesota Valley NWR, Egret's

Circle Captain: Craig Mandel

Circle Location: Carver, Minnesota (United States)

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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

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Patuxent Whoopers

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.

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Pea Island NWR

Circle Captain: Jeff Lewis

Circle Location: Pea Island NWR, North Carolina (United States)

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PeregriNATION

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...

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PetersPeregrines

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...

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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...

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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...

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Resting Birders

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...

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River Rats

Circle Captain: Doug Wood

Circle Location: Connerville, Oklahoma (United States)

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Riverdogs

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...

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Robbins Deck

Circle Captain: Andrea Robbins

Circle Location: Pittsfield, New Hampshire (United States)

Rain delayed the start of the count until late morning.

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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.

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Rondeau Watchers

Circle Captain: Ric Mcarthur

Circle Location: Morpeth, Ontario (Canada)

Good activity early morning and again around 4 to 6 pm.

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SASsy Seawatchers

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...

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Scarlet Teenagers

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...

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Scrub J-oakers

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...

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Segerstads fyr

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.

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Seminole Sitters

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.

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Shavers Creek

Circle Captain: Doug Wentzel

Circle Location: Petersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)

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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!

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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!

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South Meadowlarks

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...

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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...

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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...

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Swamphens

Circle Captain: James Hill

Circle Location: Waterford, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Swatara Swainsons

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...

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Table Rock

Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga

Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)

Counted 28 species by 9:25am; 5 more added in the afternoon.

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Tadoussac OOT

Circle Captain: Samuel Denault

Circle Location: Tadoussac, Quebec (Canada)

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Team Balcones

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...

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The Coops

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.

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The Hawkeyes

Circle Captain: Sam Haskins

Circle Location: Yucaipa, California (United States)

Most birds were seen in the morning hours around the feeders.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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The ShelDrakes

Circle Captain: Scott Mellis

Circle Location: New Rochelle, New York (United States)

Bald Eagle was a surprise - put on quite a soaring demonstration.

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The Woodbinoculars

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...

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toogoodoo

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...

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TREES

Circle Captain: Douglas Wood

Circle Location: Tishomingo, Oklahoma (United States)

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Trinity River Refuge

Circle Captain: Stuart Marcus

Circle Location: Dayton, Texas (United States)

3 new species added to list

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Twitch Whiffers

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...

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Twitching Talons

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.

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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...

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USCGC Healy

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)...

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Utah Lakers

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...

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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".

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Washtenaw Wingnuts

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.

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Weslaco RedCrowns

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, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, and we had only two Warblers (in spite of our welcoming mister!)...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wing Nuts

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.

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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 didn’t break our own record of 95 species set in 2009, we did come very close with 94 species...

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WowReallyAgain

Circle Captain: Alejandro Leon

Circle Location: Gilroy, California (United States)

A lot of the same species of birds

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