The Big Sit! 2012 Statistics

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Team Information: Wings Over Wastewater

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  2. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba
  6. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  9. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  10. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  11. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  12. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  13. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  14. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  15. Gadwall Anas strepera
  16. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  17. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  18. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  19. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  20. American Wigeon Anas americana
  21. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  22. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  23. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  24. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  25. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  26. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  27. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  28. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  29. Merlin Falco columbarius
  30. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  31. Sora Porzana carolina
  32. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  33. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  34. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  35. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  36. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  37. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  38. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  39. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  40. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  41. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  42. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  43. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
  44. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  45. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  46. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  47. Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
  48. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  49. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  50. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  51. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  52. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  53. Barred Owl Strix varia
  54. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  55. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  56. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  57. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  58. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  59. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  60. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  61. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  62. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  63. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  64. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  65. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  66. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  67. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  68. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  69. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  70. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  71. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  72. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  73. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  74. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  75. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  76. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  77. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  78. Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
  79. Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
  80. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  81. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  82. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  83. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  84. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  85. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  86. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  87. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  88. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  89. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  90. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  91. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  92. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  93. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  94. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Charley Amos, Sheryll Barker, Greg Cook, DD Currie, Ted Drozdowski, Nieta El-Arab, Steve Glover, Jim Jones, Annika Lindquist, Dell Little, Darlene Moore, Vicki Moore, Bret Newton, Mike Wease, Terri Wegner, and Ed “Kermit” Wetzel.

Weather: Temps: mid 60's - mid 80's. Wind: Calm in morning, increasing to WNW 5-12 mph most of day. Sky: Clear, no clouds.

Location: Village Creek Drying Beds, Arlington, TX

Time At Location: 05:00 to 19:30

This was our 6th year doing the Big Sit at Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington. We originally scheduled for Saturday but switched to Sunday to allow a front to pass. What an awesome rule change! While we didn’t break our own record of 95 species set in 2009, we did come very close with 94 species. The highlight was several kettles of migrating Swainson’s Hawks. One kettle contained 1200 birds and another kettle contained at least 10 dark morphed birds. We had 4900 Swainson’s Hawks plus 4800 migrating Turkey Vultures. Other highlights were several flocks of American White Pelicans, an American Bittern, White and White-faced Ibis, a couple dozen accipiters, two Broad-winged Hawks, two Soras, a lingering Black-bellied Plover, a flyover Barn Owl at dawn, all 3 falcons, two late Indigo Buntings, and four Pine Siskin.

It was a great day out at the beds. All enjoyed spending the day just hanging around while surrounded by ducks and shorebirds with plenty of raptors all over the place. Due to lower water levels than usual, we didn’t get any diving ducks this year but shorebird variety was good with plenty of action all day. Waders were also tough to come by but we made up for it with more passerines than usual and so its always a trade off. Good times.

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