The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: Keep Birding Weird

Captain: D D Currie
Location: Streetman, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Great Egret Ardea alba
  7. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  8. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  9. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  10. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  11. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  12. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  13. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  14. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  15. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  16. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  17. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  18. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  19. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  20. American Wigeon Anas americana
  21. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  22. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  23. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  24. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  25. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  26. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  27. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  28. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  29. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  30. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  31. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway
  32. Merlin Falco columbarius
  33. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  34. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  35. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  36. Sora Porzana carolina
  37. Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
  38. American Coot Fulica americana
  39. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  40. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  41. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  42. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  43. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  44. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  45. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  46. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  47. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  48. Barred Owl Strix varia
  49. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  50. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  51. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  52. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  53. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  54. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  55. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  56. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  57. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  58. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  59. Purple Martin Progne subis
  60. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  61. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  62. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  63. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  64. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  65. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  66. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  67. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  68. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  69. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  70. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  71. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  72. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  73. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  74. Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  75. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  76. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  77. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  78. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  79. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  80. Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
  81. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  82. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

Team Notes

Participants: Ed Wetzel, Linda Gail Price, Dell Little, D. D. Currie, Uday Sant, Linda Belssner, Susan Tiholiz, Betsy Baker,Danny Sansome

Weather: Thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, sun, overcast

Location: Richland Creek WMA, Navarro County, Texas

Time At Location: 4:30am - 7:15pm

Lethargy Encouraged Neither thunderstorms, nor high winds, nor lightning, nor water moccasins, nor a herd of feral hogs, nor mosquitos the size of B-2 bombers, nor swarms of gnats stays birdwatchers from completion of their appointed stations at the “Big Sit”. What is a “Big Sit” you ask? The Big Sit is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest and founded by the New Haven, CT Bird Club. Birdwatchers across the nation gather at a designated location, set up a 17-foot diameter circle, and count all the birds they see and hear from that circle for a 24 hour period on either the second Saturday or Sunday in October. My husband, Dell Little and I hosted a Big Sit at Richland Creek Wildlife Management Area in Navarro County, Texas on October 12, 2013. What makes this place unique and a fantastic place to bird watch is the fact that it contains over 2000 acres of a constructed wetlands. Water is pumped from the Trinity River through numerous cells, and then is discharged into Richland Creek Reservoir, which is a drinking water source for Tarrant County. Richland Creek WMA is owned and managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Tarrant Regional Water District oversees the water quality aspects of the wetlands. A birdwatcher and an ESH nerd……I’m in heaven! We started our Big Sit at 4:30am on Saturday morning. Believe or not, we were joined by nine other crazy birdwatchers, some of which joined us at 4am, 6:30am and 8:30am. The 4am bunch was plagued with gigantic mosquitos and swarms of gnats so thick they created a loud whirring noise in the background. Even more exciting was a herd of feral hogs that were feeding in a marshy area adjacent to our circle. We did not even realize they were there until we had been sitting in the circle for about 30 minutes and suddenly heard loud grunting noises approximately 10 feet from the circle. We all started whooping and hollering to scare way the pigs. First bird of the day……two Great-horned Owls at 4:30am, followed closely by a chorus of Barred Owls. After daylight, the day went smoothly until the first thunderstorm passed through around noon. The lightning and heavy rain scared away four of our participants. After about a 20 minute delay, we resumed our post and continued with the count until the second thunderstorm came through around 3pm. Between the heavy rain, severe cloud-to-ground lightning, and strong winds, we lost 2 more participants. This one resulted in a 2 hour rain delay. At about 5pm, we set up again, water logged, muddy, and covered in bug bites, but reinvigorated. Three of us finished out the count which we ended at 7:15pm. We tallied 82 species of birds without leaving a 17-foot diameter circle. This one was so much fun, we’re already planning next year’s event. D. D. Currie

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