The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: The Recurvebills - Great Meadows NWR

Captain: Nickilas Paulson
Location: Concord, Massachusetts (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  7. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  8. Brant Branta bernicla
  9. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  10. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  11. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  12. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  13. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  14. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  15. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  16. American Wigeon Anas americana
  17. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  18. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  19. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  20. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  21. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  22. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  23. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  24. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  25. Merlin Falco columbarius
  26. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  27. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  28. Sora Porzana carolina
  29. American Coot Fulica americana
  30. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  31. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  32. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  33. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  34. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  35. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  36. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  37. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  38. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  39. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  40. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  41. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  42. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  43. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  44. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  45. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  46. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  47. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  48. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  49. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  50. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  51. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  52. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  53. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  54. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  55. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  56. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  57. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  58. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  59. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  60. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  61. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  62. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  63. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  64. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  65. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  66. Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
  67. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  68. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  69. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  70. Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
  71. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  72. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  73. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  74. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  75. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  76. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  77. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  78. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

Team Notes

Participants: Nick Paulson

Weather: Sunny, Clear, 28-55 degrees F. 0-20mph winds

Location: Great Meadows NWR, Concord, Ma

Time At Location: 6:30am-6:30pm

Notes:
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. Just me for the count but lots of birders and non-birders stopped in at the platform throughout the day.

Anecdotes:
The Northern Harrier and the American Coot were my bird companions for the day as they spent the whole day with me. The Harrier kept flying around the marsh all day and made several passes by me and the Coot spent the whole day in the water near the platform. Big misses were Gray Catbird(seen on restroom break but not at sit site), Red-breasted Nuthatch(since they have been everywhere in Mass this year) and Red-bellied Woodpecker as it would have completed my Woodpecker list.


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