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: Swamphens

Captain: James Hill
Location: Waterford, Pennsylvania (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Great Egret Ardea alba
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  5. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  6. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  7. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  8. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  9. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  10. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  11. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  12. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  13. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  14. American Coot Fulica americana
  15. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  16. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  17. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  18. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  19. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  20. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  21. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  22. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  23. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  24. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  25. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  26. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  27. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  28. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  29. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  30. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  31. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  32. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  33. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  34. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  35. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  36. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  37. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  38. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  39. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  40. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  41. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  42. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  43. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  44. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  45. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  46. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  47. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  48. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  49. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  50. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: James R. Hill, III, Zoe Tarbell, Tim Adkins, Jerry McWilliams, Lee Ann Reiners, Charlie Haupt, Kenneth Nicholson, Roseanna Nicholson, Suzanne Winterberger, Calvin Robinson, Chuck Gerhinger, Mary Birdsong, Mike Plyler, Mari Harrison, Mark Harrison, Michele Franz, Tee Scarlet, and Sally Scarlet.

Weather: Started off overcast and in the 50s. By mid-morning it was clear and sunny, but windy. Temperatures reached into the 70s.

Location: The porch of James Hill's house 1 mile east of Waterford, PA, USA, Erie County.

Time At Location: 24 hours

This was the first annual Big Sit conducted from the back porch of my Waterford`, PA, home overlooking a vista of multi-habitat wetlands, cattail marsh, shrub lands, forest, and fields. I invited 25 birding and photography friends, and a total of 18 folks participated throughout the day. Our team was called the Swamphens. We had an excellent birding day with some unexpected afternoon hawk migration. The day started off in the 50s and overcast, then changed to mostly clear and windy. Temperatures got into the 70s. By suppertime, it started to sprinkle. To assist our count, we also employed an amplified listening station with an outdoor microphone, amplifier, and indoor speaker. This allowed me to listen for and hear night bird sounds from the comfort of my bed. This sound system helped us pick up a few nocturnally-vocalizing bird species, such as Great Horned Owl, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, and Canada Goose. We also tried sound playback after dark, but got no responses after broadcasting Eastern Screech-Owl, Barred Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Virginia Rail calls.

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