The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: PeregriNATION

Captain: Chris Bennett
Location: Lewes, Delaware (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Northern Gannet Morus bassanus
  3. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  4. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  5. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  6. Brant Branta bernicla
  7. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  11. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  12. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  13. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  14. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  17. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  18. Merlin Falco columbarius
  19. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  20. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  21. Sanderling Calidris alba
  22. Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
  23. Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
  24. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  25. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  26. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  27. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  28. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  29. Sabine's Gull Xema sabini
  30. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  31. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  32. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  33. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  34. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  35. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  36. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  37. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  38. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  39. Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla
  40. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  41. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  42. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  43. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  44. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  45. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  46. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  47. Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  48. Crow sp. Corvis sp.
  49. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Team Notes

Weather: Cloudy with light rain before dawn. WINDY - 20 - 25 MPH with 30 mph gusts from the ENE - a full blown Nor'easter!!

Location: Cape Henlopen State Park Hawkwatch

Time At Location: 6:00 am to 4:00 pm

By far the best bird of the day was the immature Sabine's Gull that passed by heading south. Persistent, extremely strong easterly winds kept all but a few songbirds deep in cover for the entire day. We did get great looks at several Peregrine Falcons that came very close to the hawkwatch - inlcuding a few excellent views of birds flying by below eye level. Pretty impressive considering our hawk watch platfrom is about 30 feet above sea level!! Considering the elements I thought we had a great day.

How do you ensure that everyone who came out to brave gale force winds to count gets to see a mega-rarity (at least from shore in Delaware)? Have the captain take a bathroom break!! Yup, I was the only one not to see the immature Sabine's Gull!!

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