The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: Graben Grebes

Captain: Jim Lockyer
Location: Wildomar, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  2. duck sp.
  3. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  4. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  5. Prairie Falcon Falco mexicanus
  6. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  7. California Quail Callipepla californica
  8. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  9. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  10. White-throated Swift Aeronautes saxatalis
  11. Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri
  12. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  13. Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
  14. Common Raven Corvus corax
  15. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  16. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  17. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  18. California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
  19. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  20. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  21. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  22. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  23. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  24. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  25. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Jim Lockyer

Weather: Calm and hazy most of the day. Cool 46 F rising to 76 F by mid-day.

Location: Wildomar, CA on the east side of the Temecula/Elsinore Valley at the base of the Santa Rosa Plateau (Santa Ana Mountains).

Time At Location: 7.5 hours

Notes:
A relatively slow day for this location. Most of the migrant breeding birds have left and few of the wintering birds have yet arrived. The most activity occurred near sunset and early evening when the White-throated Swifts and the Turkey Vultures passed through heading south. At sunset and into early evening the American Crows (2,400+) made their way (over a 90 minute period) to the Murrieta Crow Roost 5 miles to our south. Though it was a slow day, it was restful and it is always fun and informative to spend a day just tallying birds and enjoying your surroundings.


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