The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: Twitching Talons

Captain: Derek Stoner
Location: Hockessin, Delaware (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  2. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  3. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  5. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  6. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  7. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  8. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  9. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  10. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  11. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  12. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  13. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  14. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  15. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  16. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  17. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  18. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  19. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  20. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  21. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  22. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  23. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  25. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  26. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  27. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  28. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  29. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  30. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  31. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  32. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  33. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  34. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  35. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  36. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  37. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  38. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  39. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  40. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  41. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  42. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  43. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  44. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  45. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  46. Veery Catharus fuscescens
  47. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  48. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  49. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  50. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  51. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  52. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  53. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  54. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  55. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  56. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  57. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  58. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  59. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  60. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  61. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  62. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  63. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  64. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  65. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  66. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  67. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  68. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  69. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  70. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  71. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  72. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: "Twitching Talons" team captained by Derek Stoner and Mike Hudson, with more than 25 active observers throughout the day and 138 visitors to our 17-foot circle.

Weather: Partly cloudy, winds from South at 5 to 15mph, temperatures from 48 to 72 degrees

Location: Ashland Nature Center's Hawk Watch Hill, in Hockessin, Delaware

Time At Location: 5:00am to 7:00pm

Birds of day are the Pine Warbler (first ever for this Big Sit and rare here in fall), Peregrine Falcon (only the 4th of the season at the hawk watch), and the American Woodcocks displaying at dawn. Tremendous flocks of Pine Siskins, Purple Finch, and Cedar Waxwings.

The Sixth Annual Big Sit at the Ashland Hawk Watch was once again a big success in terms of participation and observations. Our Big Sit day began at 5:00am, with White-throated Sparrows chirping at 5:03am to become the first birds on the list. Nocturnal flight calls were scarce. Towards dawn we did have both Veery and Hermit Thrush calling briefly. We heard and saw two American Woodcock twittering around in circles above the hawk watch. Lots of common songbirds arrived in the hour after dawn, with Winter Wren, House Wren, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker being notable. At 8:02am, a Field Sparrow popped up in a hedgerow nearby, for species #50. At 8:43am, a Pine Warbler appeared atop a Sugar Maple, and we then watched this bird feed on the ground for 10 minutes. (This warbler is a new addition to the all-time Ashland Big Sit species list.) A lone Broad-winged Hawk circling up from its roost at 9:15am was species #60. It took nearly nine more hours to add ten more species, with a Blackpoll Warbler appearing at 5:44pm to become species #70. The numbers of songbirds flying over in flocks was amazing, dominated by the estimated 80 Purple Finches( high count of 44 seen at once) and 60 Pine Siskins (high count of 22 seen at once). Needless to say, the bird feeders were nearly empty by the end of the day! Notable totals of migrant birds are American Robin (650), Cedar Waxwings (85), Tree Swallows (450), and Chimney Swift (23). For the day, the only major misses that I know of were of a Brown Creeper (heard near the nature center) and Great Blue Heron (seen by the covered bridge but not up at the hill). And Merlin was the only likely raptor species that we did not record. Thank you to all the participants and observers throughout the day. I especially want to thank Mike Hudson, Bill Stewart, Sarah Yost, Amy O’Neil, Kim Steininger, Judy Montgomery, Andrew Bogush, Tom Raub, and Bob Rufe for all their contributions to the bird-counting effort.

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