The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: St. Marks Spotters/ St. Marks NWR

Captain: Robin Will
Location: St. Marks, Florida (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  7. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  8. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  9. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  10. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  11. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  12. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  13. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  14. American Coot Fulica americana
  15. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  16. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  17. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  18. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  19. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  20. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  21. Red Knot Calidris canutus
  22. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  23. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  24. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  25. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  26. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  27. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  28. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  29. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  30. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  31. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  32. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  33. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  34. Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
  35. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  36. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  37. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  38. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  39. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  40. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  41. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  42. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  43. Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus
  44. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  45. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  46. Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major

Team Notes

Participants: Selena Kiser, Mark Kiser, Carol Miller, Dee Wilder, Molly McCarter, Chris Hastings, Kristen Summers

Weather: 69-83 degrees F; Clear to mostly sunny; Calm to >10 mph wind

Location: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge: St. Marks Unit/St. Marks Lighthouse

Time At Location: 6:45 AM to 5:15 PM EDT

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. Our best bird of the day was the Red-breasted Nuthatch, which we thought was quite remarkable, until we found out many other birders were also finding this species along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts that same weekend. Thanks to all the participants and the refuge for your help!

There were plenty of dragonflies, Gulf Fritillary butterflies, and Long-tailed Skippers. There were only a few Monarchs and several unknown sulphur species. A couple of American Alligators were in the marsh, and several Bottlenose Dolphins were feeding in the bay, close to the shore. Plenty of mullet were jumping in the marsh.

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