The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: Keen Eye Birders

Captain: Toby Burke
Location: Kenai NWR, Alaska (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  3. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
  4. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  5. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  6. Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
  7. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  8. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  9. Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
  10. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  11. Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
  12. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  13. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  14. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  15. Mew Gull Larus canus
  16. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  17. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  18. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  19. Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis
  20. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  21. Common Raven Corvus corax
  22. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  23. Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
  24. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  25. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  26. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  27. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  28. Pine Grosbeak Pinicola enucleator
  29. Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea
  30. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus

Team Notes

Participants: Keen Eye Birders and friends

Weather: 20's and 30's F and snow

Location: Kenai NWR, Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch

Time At Location: Saturday, 7:45AM - 5:00PM

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. An early morning low of 23 F was recorded as well as an afternoon high of 37 F. Skies were mostly cloudy with short breaks of afternoon sun. The day was mostly windless but by evening clouds descended, snowfall ensued - quickly reduced visibility to less than a quarter mile, and a cold 5MPH breeze from the north quickly brought temperatures back into the 20’s. A total of 30 species were observed from the 17' count circle. Seven were recorded that were not previously recorded in 2010 or 2011. The most notable sightings were a late Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet most of which typically depart our area long before the first snows of the season. A lone harbor seal was visible from the boat launch most of the afternoon. Much of Skilak Lake Big Sit birding is an exercise in long-distance bird identification.

A nearby campfire warmed young birders as they roasted hotdogs and marshmallows... The cold and snow on October 13 was seasonable for our area... The youngest birder, 16 days old, positively identified two boobies that were not included on our count list.

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