The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: Birding with David Simpson

Captain: David Simpson
Location: Bradenton Beach, Florida (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  4. Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Great Egret Ardea alba
  7. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  8. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  9. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
  10. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  11. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  12. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  13. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  14. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  15. Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  16. Wood Stork Mycteria americana
  17. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  18. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  19. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  20. Merlin Falco columbarius
  21. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  22. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  23. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  24. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  25. Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
  26. Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
  27. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  28. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  29. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  30. Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  31. Black-hooded Parakeet Nandayus nenday
  32. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  33. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  34. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  35. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  36. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  37. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  38. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  39. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  40. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  41. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  42. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  43. Veery Catharus fuscescens
  44. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  45. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  46. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  47. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  48. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  49. Northern Parula Setophaga americana
  50. Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica
  51. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  52. Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor
  53. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  54. Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
  55. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
  56. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  57. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  58. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  59. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  60. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  61. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  62. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Team Notes

Participants: David Simpson

Weather: Clear, light winds variable from NE to SE.

Location: Leffis Key at Coquina Bay. Top of the higher mound.

Time At Location: 0605 - 1040

Notes:
Fantastic spot to bird! The mound gives a window to the Gulf of Mexico. There are several views of the lagoon. Several clumps of trees, including Ficus and mulberries as well as brushy vegetation on the field and broad stretches of mangroves make this one of the better spots to do a Big Sit in Florida. There are several Mangrove islands in view where I was able to pick up Roseate spoonbill from these islands as well as many other waders. The spot lacks a good look at sandy beaches or muddy flats for shorebirds. Other than that, it's a great spot.

Anecdotes:
Several folks were birding the area, some locals, some with the Florida Ornithological Society meeting. Some of the locals knew I was doing the Big Sit through Facebook and other avenues, even though I only decided to do it the day before. Next year, I hope to come back with some more preparation and publicity. Some of the folks birding the area picked up Magnolia and Chestnut-sided warblers which I did not see from the sit. These birds were also present Friday when I came through before. Summer and Scarlet tanagers as well as Eastern pewee were there Friday but no on Sunday.


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