The Big Sit! 2012 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: PeregriNATION

Captain: Chris Bennett
Location: Lewes, Delaware (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  2. Common Loon Gavia imme
  3. Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
  4. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  7. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  8. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  9. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  10. Brant Branta bernicla
  11. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  12. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  13. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  14. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  17. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  18. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  19. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  20. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  21. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  22. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  23. Merlin Falco columbarius
  24. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  25. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  26. Sanderling Calidris alba
  27. Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
  28. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  29. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  30. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  31. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  32. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  33. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  34. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  35. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  36. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  37. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  38. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  39. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  40. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  41. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  42. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  43. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  44. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  45. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  46. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  47. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  48. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  49. Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla
  50. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  51. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  52. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  53. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  54. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  55. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  56. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  57. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  58. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  59. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  60. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  61. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  62. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  63. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  64. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  65. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  66. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  67. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  68. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  69. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  70. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  71. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  72. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Chris Bennett, Bruce Peterjohn, Dave Fees, Frank Rohrbacher, Jen Ottinger, Sue Gruver, Sally O'Byrne, Sharon Lynn,John Hoyt, Donna Hoyt, Diane Kane, Kevin Bronson, Rodny Murray, Rachel Shapiro,Alissa Kegelman and 45 others

Weather: Moslty Clear, Temps between 54 and 74 degrees,westerly winds were 0-5 mph in am, 5 - 15 in pm

Location: Cape Henlopen State Park Hawk Watch, Lewes, Delaware

Time At Location: 14 hours

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. With the exception of raptors and sparrows (of which we saw or heard the usual species) - most other bird groups were underepresented in our final species list. While we had a record-breaking day - setting the all-time low species total for this circle was not a record we were looking forward to breaking!

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