The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: SASsy Seawatchers

Captain: Jennifer Rycenga
Location: Pescadero, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  2. Common Loon Gavia imme
  3. Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
  4. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  5. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  6. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  7. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  8. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  9. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  10. Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
  11. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  12. Great Egret Ardea alba
  13. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  14. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  15. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  16. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  17. American Wigeon Anas americana
  18. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  19. Gadwall Anas strepera
  20. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  21. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
  22. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  23. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  24. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  25. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  26. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  27. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  28. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  29. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  30. Merlin Falco columbarius
  31. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  32. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  33. American Coot Fulica americana
  34. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  35. Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani
  36. Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  37. Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala
  38. Surfbird Calidris virgata
  39. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  40. California Gull Larus californicus
  41. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
  42. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  43. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  44. Common Murre Uria aalge
  45. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  46. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  47. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  48. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  49. Florida Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens
  50. Common Raven Corvus corax
  51. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  52. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  53. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  54. Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea
  55. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  56. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  57. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  58. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  59. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  60. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  61. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  62. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  63. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  64. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  65. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  66. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  67. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  68. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  69. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  70. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  71. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  72. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  73. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  74. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  75. Wrentit Chamaea fasciata

Team Notes

Participants: Jennifer Rycenga, Nelle Lyons, Mark Kudrav, Peter Grossman, Matt and Meika Pope, Ginny Marshall, Susan Stratton, Edwin Geer, J.C. Shaver, Leslie Flint, Marshall Dinowitz, Michael Park, Logan Kahle, Alvaro Jaramillo, David Wimpfheimer and Patty, Vivek T. and family, Malia DeFelice, Norm, Sharon Hull, Al Eisner, Eric, Amanda and Matt Hofeditz

Weather: Foggy, cool, sometimes windy. Upper 50s in temperature. Limited sight lines

Location: Pescadero State Beach and Marsh

Time At Location: 6:30 am to 5:45 pm

Notes:
What a difference a year makes! We had rather trying weather for effective birding. It was foggy all day, and we could only see the horizon line over the ocean for about a thirty-minute stretch. However, we still had great participation and good spirits (well, most of the time), as we accumulated 75 species total. Our highlights included a Palm Warbler, a difficult-to-ID Eurasian Wigeon, a Hooded Merganser identified by profile in the fog, a Merlin, and more. We did not find a single tubenose, could not locate the known Harlequin Duck, suffered from a paucity of shorebirds, and the fog caused us to miss anything interesting flying over. Good snacks, some great young birders present, camaraderie abounded, and we continued the tradition of Big SIT! as a fundraiser for Sequoia Audubon.

Anecdotes:
Michael and Logan were supposed to join us in the morning, but they drove by Pescadero, unable to recognize it in the fog! Kumaran was going to join us with his kids, but they got way-laid, then discouraged by the fog. But his 12-year old daughter ID'd the Eurasian Wigeon from the car, while those of us on the hill had to take a very painstaking multi-level study and discussion! The Eurasian Wigeon was a male in eclipse plumage, with rufous sides - a plumage with which most of us were unfamiliar. The Palm Warbler - our highlight - actually made itself visible and audible for all who were in the circle to see. Many of us used the platform as a windbreak through the day, and a place to recharge our batteries. Leslie kept saying the day would clear and the sun would come out Though she was proven mostly incorrect, her optimism still helped sustain the group. Thanks to all who participated!


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