The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: Wheeler NWR Wingers

Captain: Dwight Cooley
Location: Decatur, Alabama (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. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  7. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  8. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. American Wigeon Anas americana
  12. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  13. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  14. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  15. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  16. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  17. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  18. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  19. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  20. Merlin Falco columbarius
  21. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  22. American Coot Fulica americana
  23. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  24. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  25. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  26. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  27. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  28. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  29. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  30. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  31. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  32. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  33. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  34. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  35. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  36. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  37. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  38. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  39. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  40. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  41. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  42. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  43. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  44. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  45. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  46. Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
  47. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  48. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  49. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  50. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  51. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  52. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  53. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  54. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  55. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  56. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  57. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  58. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  59. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  60. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  61. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  62. Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  63. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  64. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  65. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  66. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Dwight Cooley, Chuck Graham, Neill Cowles, Beth Wood, Jane Allen, Dick Bruer, Harry Dean, John Ehinger

Weather: Mostly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rain in the afternoon, temperature 64-77 F, winds SSW at 10-25 mph gusting to 30 mph.

Location: Wheeler NWR at White Springs Dike near Decatur, Alabama

Time At Location: 13 hours, 4:00 am - 5:00 pm

A cloudy, windy day with light rain in the afternoon. No nocturnal migration. The most memorable event was of two Merlins patrolling the area for eight hours, attempting to snatch a mid-air meal. Only four new species recorded after noon.

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