The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: South Meadowlarks

Captain: Neil Zimmerman
Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  2. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  3. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  6. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  7. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  8. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  9. Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
  10. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  11. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  12. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  13. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  14. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  15. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  16. Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus
  17. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  18. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  19. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  20. Cassin's Vireo Vireo cassinii
  21. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  22. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  23. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  24. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  25. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  26. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  27. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  28. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
  29. Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus
  30. Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata
  31. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  32. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  33. Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
  34. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  35. Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
  36. Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
  37. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  38. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  39. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  40. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  41. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  42. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  43. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  44. Merlin Falco columbarius
  45. Mew Gull Larus canus
  46. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  47. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  48. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  49. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  50. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  51. Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
  52. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

Team Notes

Participants: Kathy and Arn Slettebak. Penny Rose, Carleen and Neil Zimmerman

Weather: Showers early turning to mostly sunny

Location: South Bluff, Discovery Park, Seattle, WA

Time At Location: 6:30 to 17:00

Notes:
We started before sunrise to find the Barn Owl which Carleen did catch a glimpse of. The early showers didn't deter the woodland birds. We had a nice group of Robins and Varied Thrushes working over a Madrone tree right next to us. When the sun came up we were able to ID some of the birds on the Puget Sound. We had a flock of about 20 Harlequin Ducks, many Surf Scoters, two Marbled Murrelets, several Rhino Auklets, cormorants, a Red-throated Loon and a couple of species of gulls. There was a flock of Cedar Waxwings flying around most of the day. We had one exciting moment when a Merlin zoomed in and chased one of the waxwings. They went out of sight so we did not see if it was successful. As the day went on, we had good luck with raptors. The resident Red-tailed Hawk was around in the afternoon. We had good looks at Cooper's Hawk, a Sharpie, N Harrier and a Bald Eagle. We had a distant Turkey Vulture cruise to the south. Steady sightings of woodland birds kept us alert and hopeful through the day. A mostly dry day this time of the year in Seattle is always appreciated. Penny came by and birded with us for several hours but it was the coffee and scones that were a big hit. Her birding skills helped pick up some additional species.

Anecdotes:
The park is a busy place on a sunny day. Many people stopped to ask what we were doing. Several asked if we were looking for whales. While we did have Killer Whales two years ago, we didn't see any this day. After hearing what we were doing, I am sure many people walked away thinking to themselves, "those people are nuts". Well they probably are right. But hey, we had a day of good birds, weather and friends.


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