The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: South Meadowlarks

Captain: Neil Zimmerman
Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  2. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  3. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  4. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
  7. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  8. Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
  9. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  10. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  11. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  12. Mew Gull Larus canus
  13. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  14. Pigeon Guillemot Cepphus columba
  15. Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata
  16. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  17. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  18. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  19. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  20. Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
  21. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  22. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  23. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  24. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  25. Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus
  26. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  28. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  29. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  30. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  31. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  32. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  33. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  34. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  35. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  36. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  37. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  38. Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus

Team Notes

Participants: Kathy and Arn Slettebak, Carleen and Neil Zimmerman

Weather: Windy and showers, 60's

Location: South Bluff, Discovery Park, Seattle, WA

Time At Location: 6:00 am to 4:00 Pm

Notes:
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. Carleen spotted a distant Northern Shrike sitting on top of a bush. It spent most of the day hunting from the same perch. Mid-morning a flock of about 20 Evening Grosbeaks stopped by and fed on a nearby Big Leaf Maple. The flock stopped by several times during the day to give us nice looks. A pair of Red-tails spent most of the day riding the strong wind coming up off the bluff. Early afternoon, the showers slowed down enough so we could ID the water birds on the Puget Sound. We were able to pick up some Harlequin Ducks, Horned and Western Grebes, Surf Scoters and Rhino Auklets. A Cooper’s Hawk cruised by a couple of times and a late afternoon appearance of a Northern Harrier gave us some excitement. The wind and rain kept the birds hunkered down. We got a good list in spite of the weather. It was one of those days where a distant call of a wren brought a cheer from the group.

Anecdotes:
The Puget Sound went through the driest spell in history this fall. That spell ended the day before we did our sit. We were huddled for a large part of the day under a canopy trying to stay dry. It was one of those days where we would look at each other and wonder what we were doing there. But if you are reading this, you already know.


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