The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: Station 43 Big Sit

Captain: Jay Kaplan
Location: South Windsor, Connecticut (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  3. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  6. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  7. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  10. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  11. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  12. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  13. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  14. American Coot Fulica americana
  15. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  16. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  17. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  18. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  19. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  20. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  22. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  23. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  24. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  25. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  26. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  27. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  28. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  29. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  30. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  31. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  32. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  33. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  34. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  35. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  36. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  37. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  38. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  39. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  40. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  41. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  42. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  43. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
  44. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  45. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  46. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  47. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  48. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  49. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  50. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  51. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  52. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  53. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  54. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  55. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  56. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  57. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Jay Kaplan, Brian Kleinman, Ernie Harris, Micky Nordell, Gil Kleiner, Sylvia Halkin, Brian Toal

Weather: AM: Intermittent showers, south wind at 10 mph, temp in low 50s; PM clearing, temp in low 60s.

Location: Station 43 Platform, South Windsor, CT

Time At Location: 6 AM - 6 PM

The new Hartford Audubon Society Platform overlooking the marsh provided an ideal location. The Platform overlooks the marsh (eliminating the need for ladders used in previous years), and also provides open views of the sky to the east and west. An adjacent corn field provides food and cover for blackbirds. A group of 20+ American Coots was a first for this Big Sit as was a lingering Northern Waterthrush. Unfortunately, the inclement weather conditions were not conducive to migration in the morning hours, nevertheless a good time was had by all!

The aforementioned corn field also provides food for other animals such as raccoons. These creatures apparently also like to hang out on the platform leaving behind certain calling cards that are not immediately visible on the stairs and deck in the dark at 6 AM!

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