The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: Pondicherry NWR Marsh Hawks

Captain: David Govatski
Location: Pondicherry NWR, New Hampshire (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  3. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  4. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  5. White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
  6. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  7. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  8. Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
  9. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  10. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  11. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  12. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  13. Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus
  14. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  15. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  16. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  17. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  18. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  19. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  20. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  21. Common Raven Corvus corax
  22. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  23. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  24. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  25. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  26. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  27. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  28. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  29. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  30. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  31. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  32. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  33. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  34. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  35. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  36. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  37. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  38. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
  39. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Team Notes

Participants: David Govatski, Dick Mallion, Blake Allison, George Clark, Tom Berriman, Chris Borg, Mary Boulanger, Kathi and Bill Dube, Carl Bretton, Naomi Levesque, Jay Perrault, Diane Allen, Sharon and Scott Harvell.

Weather: Temps ranged from 48-62 degrees, no wind and a low cloud ceiling of 2,700 feet until 1300 when the skies started to clear.

Location: Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge, Jefferson, NH

Time At Location: 0615-1845.

The low numbers of waterfowl, raptor and passerine species is indicative of a 10 day stretch of Indian Summer with south winds and above average temperatures both here and further north. The comfortable weather for birders was also keeping the birds from wanting to migrate except for powerful flyers like scoters and Canada geese. Mammals: Chipmunk, Red Squirrel and a Porcupine. Signs and scat of Moose, Deer, Coyote, Black Bear and Beaver were noted. Reptiles and Amphibians: American Toad, Gray Tree Frog, Mink Frog, Green Frog, Northern Ringneck Snake and shells from recently hatched snapping turtles. Butterflies: Mourning Cloak. Visitors: We counted approximately 40 visitors, several of them arriving by bicycle and three arriving in strollers. We saw fewer dogs than usual with only three noted including a Golden Doodle, Golden Retriever and Blue Tick Hound. Birds Noted from the 17 foot count circle: 39 species is just above the seven-year average of 36 species but well below the 48 counted in 2010. Birds noted from outside the count circle: Several participants took walks to Moorhen and Cedar Marshes and saw a few species not seen or heard from the count circle: Marsh wren (3 at Moorhen Marsh and late for this species), Turkey Vulture, Palm Warbler and American Goldfinch.

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