The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: Maricopa Audubon's Katheryn F. Anderson Granite Reef Asterisk's Big Sit!

Captain: Herbert Fibel
Location: Mesa, Arizona (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Egret Ardea alba
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  8. American Wigeon Anas americana
  9. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  10. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  11. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  12. Gambel's Quail Callipepla gambelii
  13. American Coot Fulica americana
  14. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  15. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  16. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  17. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  18. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  19. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  20. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  21. Gila Woodpecker Melanerpes uropygialis
  22. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  23. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  24. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  25. Common Raven Corvus corax
  26. Verdin Auriparus flaviceps
  27. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  28. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  29. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  30. Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
  31. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  32. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  33. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  34. Abert's Towhee Melozone aberti
  35. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  36. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  37. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  38. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  39. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  40. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  41. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  42. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Team Notes

Participants: Herb Fibel, Pete Moulton, Tom Partel, Rosalinda Partel, Adam Martin, Phyllis Martin, Laurie Nessel

Weather: Partly cloud, 76 degrees to 89 degrees, slightly breezy

Location: Granite Reef Recreation Area, Tonto National Forest, just northeast of Mesa, AZ. across from Red Mountain

Time At Location: 5:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This was our poorest species total in the 17 years that we have been doing the Sit! at this location. The possible reasons are a matter of great conjecture. Highlights of the day were the spotting of a family of javelina passing through the area, a new bird for this Sit!--Solitary Sandpiper--bringing our total species list for the 17 years to 141, and the all around good fellowship, on this gorgeous, sub 100 degree, autumn harbinger day. The cattails are growing so tall that we can no longer see over them, and we may have to build a platform or move the site next year.

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