The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: B.W. Surf Scopers

Captain: Frank Gallo
Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  2. Common Loon Gavia imme
  3. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  4. Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
  5. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  6. Great Egret Ardea alba
  7. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  8. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  9. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  10. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  11. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  12. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  13. Brant Branta bernicla
  14. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  15. Gadwall Anas strepera
  16. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  17. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  18. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  19. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  20. American Wigeon Anas americana
  21. White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
  22. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  23. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  24. Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis
  25. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  26. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  27. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  28. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  29. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  30. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  31. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  32. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  33. Merlin Falco columbarius
  34. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  35. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  36. American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
  37. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  38. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  39. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  40. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  41. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  42. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  43. Sanderling Calidris alba
  44. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  45. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  46. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  47. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  48. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  49. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  50. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  51. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  52. Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
  53. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  54. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  55. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  56. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  57. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  58. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  59. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  60. Common Raven Corvus corax
  61. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  62. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  63. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  64. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  65. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  66. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  67. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  68. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  69. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  70. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  71. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  72. Nelson's Sparrow (formerly Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow) Ammodramus nelsoni
  73. Saltmarsh Sparrow (formerly Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow) Ammodramus caudacutus
  74. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  75. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  76. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  77. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  78. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  79. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  80. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  81. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  82. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  83. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  84. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Frank Mantlik (substitute Captain), Patrick Dugan, Jim Dugan, Tina Green, Tom Murray. (Capt. Frank Gallo was out of town)..

Weather: Very windy (SW 15-20 with gusts to 30mph), mild 56-68F, cloudy/overcast most of day, till skies cleared and wind diminished a bi

Location: Milford Point, CT, USA (outer platform)

Time At Location: 10/14/2012. 5:00am - 6:30pm.

Notes:
Among our 84 species were some uncommon/rare species, including 2 Northern Gannets, 2 Bald Eagles, 3 Peregrines, Am. Golden-Plover, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, Common Tern, 14 Forster's Terns, Black Skimmer, 2 Common Ravens, House Wren, Blackpoll Warbler, Nelson's and Saltmarsh Sparrows, and Pine Siskins. We did well with ducks (11 species) and raptors (10 species), but amazingly missed Downy Woodpecker and American Robin! There was no audible night migration, and very limited diurnal passerine migration, resulting from the unfavorable strong SW winds. Waterbirds (loons, seaducks) were migrating west over LI Sound throughout the day. Mammals seen: Raccoon, Gray Squirrel. Butterflies: LITTLE YELLOW, Monarchs, Red Admirals, Mourningcloak, QuestionMark, Orange Sulphurs, Cabbage Whites.

Anecdotes:
Perhaps the rarest species was one that got away: potentially we saw a Pacific Loon. PD alerted us to a loon flying west over the Sound, which eventually landed. It dove frequently, then 5-10 minutes later took off, flew away then continued west behind the breakwater. Head and neck shape and proportions suggested PALO, but views were not sufficient to nail the ID.


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