The Big Sit! 2013 Statistics

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Team Information: SASsy Seawatchers

Captain: Jennifer Rycenga
Location: Pescadero, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
  2. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  3. Common Loon Gavia imme
  4. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  5. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  6. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  7. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  8. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  9. Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea
  10. Pink-footed Shearwater Ardenna creatopus
  11. Blue-footed Booby Sula nebouxii
  12. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  13. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  14. Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
  15. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  16. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  17. Great Egret Ardea alba
  18. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  19. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  20. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  21. Brant Branta bernicla
  22. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  23. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  24. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  25. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  26. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  27. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  28. American Wigeon Anas americana
  29. Gadwall Anas strepera
  30. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  31. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  32. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  33. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  34. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  35. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  36. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  37. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  38. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  39. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  40. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  41. Sora Porzana carolina
  42. American Coot Fulica americana
  43. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  44. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  45. Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani
  46. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  47. Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala
  48. Surfbird Calidris virgata
  49. dowitcher sp.
  50. Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
  51. Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
  52. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
  53. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  54. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  55. California Gull Larus californicus
  56. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  57. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  58. Common Murre Uria aalge
  59. Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus
  60. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  61. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  62. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  63. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  64. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  65. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  66. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  67. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  68. Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus
  69. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  70. Common Raven Corvus corax
  71. Violet-green Swallow Tachycineta thalassina
  72. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  73. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  74. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  75. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  76. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  77. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  78. Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
  79. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  80. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  81. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  82. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi
  83. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  84. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  85. Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
  86. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  87. Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
  88. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  89. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  90. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  91. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  92. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  93. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  94. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  95. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  96. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  97. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  98. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  99. Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
  100. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum

Team Notes

Participants: Mark Kudrav, Avis Boutell, Ginny Marshall, Marshall Dinowitz, Leslie Flint, Garth Harwood, Gary Deghi, Peggy Macres, Bill Groll, Jc Shaver, Carolyn Weng, Daria and Alex, William from Mark's workplace, Francis Toldi and Leigh Toldi, Nicole Westbrook and Dan, Susie Hons, Doug and Donna Pomeroy, Malia Kai De Felice, Bob Ulvang, Evleen Anderson, Douglas Brown, and team captain Jennifer Rycenga

Weather: Mild, generally clear throughout the day, mid-fifties to mid-sixties. Some wind in the afternoon.

Location: Pescadero State Beach and Marsh Natural Area

Time At Location: 6:05 am to 6:50 pm (12 hours and 45 minutes)

The SASsy Seawatchers have a wonderful spot at Pescadero State Beach and Marsh, overlooking the sea, the pond, the marsh, and, as we discovered this memorable day, within scope sight of a first-class migrant trap! The list of best birds is absurdly long - and then there were the birds seen by the advance team that wandered into the migrant trap, and saw species that, even with our ladder and scopes, were not detected within the circle. Here's the two lists: Great Birds within the Circle: Blue-footed Booby - part of this historic incursion Pink-footed Shearwater Greater White-fronted Goose Cackling Goose Black Scoter Harlequin Duck - long-staying male Tropical Kingbird Three species of late-migrating swallows: Barn, Violet-green, Tree Palm Warbler - at least three, maybe more individuals Clay-colored Sparrow Summer Tanager

I arrived alone at 6:05 am (my spouse dropped me off, with some trepidations), but it paid off when, after stumbling around a bit to find the trailhead, I detected a screeching Barn Owl and a Great Horned Owl. When Mark Kudrav (a hero of this exceptional day!) arrived around 6:30 or so, we were off to the races, with both rails, his find of a north-bound Blue-footed Booby, and our efforts to scratch out a few tubenoses and alcids. By the time lots more folks arrived around 8:00 am, we knew we were in for a better day than last year's fog-shrouded affair. Peggy, my wife, brought the ladder, and it immediately paid off when we saw the day's only visible Savannah Sparrow from it (the ladder would later help secure rarer species, like Tropical Kingbird and Summer Tanager!). The snacks also appeared at this time, and provided adequate nutrition and energy, such that we suffered few lunch-hour defections. Thanks to all who brought the victuals. Around 11:00, Ginny Marshall spotted our first very cool rarity - a Spizella sparrow. She asked Donna to use her advanced pishing skills, and it worked: a Clay-colored Sparrow perched up! Wow! Much happiness and high-fiving at this bona-fide rarity. Then yours truly, team captain, needed to take a bathroom break. I walked up the narrow trail to the distant eucalyptus grove for this personal research. On the way back down, I spotted a Palm Warbler. Knowing this was an important bird to at least one member of our team, I invited them to come up while I returned to the circle. Those who now went to explore found more - a warbler swarm. Another reconnaissance mission was sent, with excellent birders, and they started pointing to things. We in the circle mounted the ladder, trained the scope, and got what we could in the excitement - Palm Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager. A bit later we added a Tropical Kingbird. We missed a few other rarities seen up there - Brewer's and Chipping Sparrows, House Wren and a Baltimore Oriole, as well as some common species like Spotted Towhee and Cooper's Hawk. Amazing day - a memorable migrant event for San Mateo county, great camaraderie, stories of exultation and frustration to share.

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