The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: Pishing in the Wind

Captain: Jim Royer
Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  4. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  5. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  6. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  7. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  8. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  9. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  10. Great Egret Ardea alba
  11. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  12. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  13. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  14. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  15. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
  16. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  17. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  18. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  19. American Wigeon Anas americana
  20. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  21. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  22. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  23. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  24. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  25. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  26. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  27. Merlin Falco columbarius
  28. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  29. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  30. California Quail Callipepla californica
  31. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  32. Sora Porzana carolina
  33. American Coot Fulica americana
  34. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  35. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  36. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  37. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  38. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  39. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  40. Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
  41. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  42. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  43. Red Knot Calidris canutus
  44. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  45. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  46. Sanderling Calidris alba
  47. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  48. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  49. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
  50. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  51. California Gull Larus californicus
  52. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  53. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  54. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  55. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  56. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  57. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  58. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  59. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  60. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  61. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  62. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  63. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  64. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  65. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  66. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  67. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  68. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  69. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  70. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  71. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  72. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  73. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  74. Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
  75. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  76. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  77. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  78. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  79. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  80. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  81. Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
  82. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  83. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  84. Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
  85. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  86. California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
  87. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  88. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  89. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  90. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  91. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  92. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi
  93. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  94. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  95. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  96. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  97. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  98. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  99. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  100. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  101. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  102. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  103. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  104. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Dawn Beattie, Bill Bouton, Jay Carrol, Rick Derevan, Tom Edell, Sue Girard, Jessica Griffiths, Dave Keeling, Kaaren Perry, Bob Revel, Robbie Revel, Jim Royer, Ron Rupert, Maggie Smith, Mike Stiles, Dean Thompson and Yolanda Waddell.

Weather: Low of 50 and high of 67. Off and on overcast all day with a moderate on-shore breeze in the afternoon.

Location: Bush Lupine Point in the Los Osos Elfin Forest.

Time At Location: 6AM - 8PM.

High fog for much of the day slowed land bird migration and raptors. We had many good birders helping, but not many birds were moving. We missed a number of birds that we knew were in the immediate area, such as Ruddy Duck, White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Band-tailed Pigeon and House Sparrow (hard to get too upset by that miss). A Fox Sparrow sang near our parked cars about 200 yards from our count circle, but we never did see it or hear it from the circle. We did find one Eurasian Wigeon after much sorting through all the ducks, and it is always a treat to watch Peregrine Falcons hunting and Osprey fishing. Thousands of shorebirds fed in the estuary below us, but we could find nothing more unusual than some Red Knots. The one new bird (after doing this Big Sit for 15 years) was the American Robin, which seemed out of place in the coastal scrub around our observation platform. The final total of 104 was lower than usual, but good for the conditions.

As we were all scoping the bay for falcons, raptors and unusual shorebirds, we almost missed a Merlin as it shot right by us at eye level. We needed some occasional excitement like that, as we poured through the thousands of birds in the back bay, standing at our scopes looking down at the estuary. It was definitely more of a big stand than a big sit. Many people visited our big sit platform during the day. They seemed to enjoy looking through our spotting scopes at the birds in the bay and checking out our developing list of birds for the day, posted on a big board. We appreciated all the food that counters and others brought for us, including banana bread, pumpkin bread, oatmeal cookies and brownies (maybe it should have been a big run). We also enjoyed the traditional champagne at just before sunset. This location is such a beautiful place to sit and look at the birds and scenery, that many of us stayed way beyond our 2 hour shifts.

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