The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: Swamphens

Captain: James Hill
Location: Waterford, Pennsylvania (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  5. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  6. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  7. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  11. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  12. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  13. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  16. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  17. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  18. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  19. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  20. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  21. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  22. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  23. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  24. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  25. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  26. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  27. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  28. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  29. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  30. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  31. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  32. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  33. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  34. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  35. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  36. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  37. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  38. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  39. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  40. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  41. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  42. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  43. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  44. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  45. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  46. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  47. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  48. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  49. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  50. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  51. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  52. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: James R. Hill, III, Zoe Tarbell, Jerry McWilliams, Suzanne Winterberger,Susan Smith, Roger Donn, and Janet Price..

Weather: The day started off at 58 degrees F. and rose later in the day to the mid 70s. It sprinkled rain lightly off and on, periodicall

Location: Waterford, PA, on the house deck of James R. Hill, III

Time At Location: 19 hours

This was the second annual "Big Sit" (a synchronized, global bird census) conducted from the back porch of my Waterford, PA, home overlooking a vista of multi-habitat wetlands, cattail marsh, shrub lands, forest, and fields. During a Big Sit, participants must stay within a 17-foot diameter circle while they census birds during a 24 hour period that runs from midnight to midnight. Our observation circle was centered on the elevated deck of my house. We had an excellent birding day. We used binoculars and spotting scopes to scan the horizons and distannt landscapes. To assist our count, we also employed an amplified listening station with an outdoor microphone, amplifier, and indoor speaker. This allowed me to listen for and hear night bird sounds from the comfort of my bed. This sound system helped us pick up a few nocturnally-vocalizing bird species, such as Great Horned Owl, Mallard, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, and Canada Goose. We ended up seeing and/or hearing 52 species, surpassing last year's total of 50. The bird activity level was extremely high and we saw thousands of birds, including an immature Bald Eagle that flew past twice, a juvenile Osprey that landed in the tree right in front of us and 300 Canada Geese that came and went all day long. There was so much bird activity that we all were constantly lifting our binoculars for a better look. Lots of delicious food and drink was enjoyed by all and the birding camaraderie was great!

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