The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: Utah Lakers

Captain: Eric Huish
Location: Provo, Utah (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  3. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  4. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  5. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  6. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  7. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  8. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  9. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  12. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  13. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  14. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  15. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  16. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  17. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  18. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  19. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  20. Merlin Falco columbarius
  21. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  22. Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
  23. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  24. American Coot Fulica americana
  25. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  26. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  27. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  28. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  29. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  30. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  31. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  32. Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
  33. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  34. California Gull Larus californicus
  35. Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
  36. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  37. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  38. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  39. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  40. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  41. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  42. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  43. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  44. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  45. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  46. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  47. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  48. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  49. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  50. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  51. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  52. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  53. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  54. Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
  55. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  56. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  57. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  58. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  59. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  60. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  61. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Milt Moody, Carlos Caceres, Keeli Marvel, Keeli's friend Mahauni, Jeff Cooper, Alona Huffaker, Robert Brown, John Crawley, Yvonne Carter, Mark Thal, Ned Bixler, Doug Mead, Briant DiChellis, Cindy DiChellis, Sharee Harrison, Stan & Jessica McShinsky, Tanner & Jules Poe, Eric Huish.

Weather: Calm and sunny in the morning. Overcast in the evening. Low of 37°. High of 64°.

Location: Utah Lake. Southwest corner of the Provo Airport Dike.

Time At Location: 6:02 am to 7:53 pm. 13 Hours 50 Minutes

The Provo Airport Dike Big Sit was covered continuously from 6:02 am to 7:53 pm. (13 Hours 50 Minutes). We sat at the Southwest Corner of the dike loop. Low water levels and very large numbers of duck hunters all week long had me convinced this year's sit would not be good. But it was our best sit ever! We got 61 species! Breaking our previous record of 58 species (2007). Our 12 year (12 day) Big Sit Life List is now at 117 species. We added 4 Big Sit Lifers this year that we have never seen on any previous sits - Common Merganser, Parasitic Jaeger, Violet-green Swallow and Green-tailed Towhee. The Jaeger was our rarest bird and probably the rarest bird we have ever got on a Big Sit. The Jaeger was kind enough to fly right over us then circle over us giving everyone a great view. The Jaeger was a lifer for almost everyone that was in the circle at that time. Very exciting. There were several duck hunters in the morning but the birds didn't seem to mind. The hunters were all friendly and some showed us the ducks they got. Hunters brought in Northern Shoveler and Blue-winged Teal that we never saw from our sit circle. Other misses included American Robin, Mourning Dove and White-faced Ibis (seen from the sit spot the day before). Our last sighting of the day was a Barn Owl. A great finish to a great day.

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