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: Wings Over Wastewater

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba
  6. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  7. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  8. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  9. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  10. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  11. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  12. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  13. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  14. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  15. American Wigeon Anas americana
  16. Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
  17. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  18. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  19. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  20. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  21. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  22. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  23. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  24. Merlin Falco columbarius
  25. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  26. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  27. American Coot Fulica americana
  28. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  29. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  30. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  31. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  32. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  33. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  34. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  35. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  36. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  37. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  38. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  39. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  40. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  41. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  42. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  43. Barred Owl Strix varia
  44. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  45. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  46. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  47. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  48. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  49. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  50. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  51. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  52. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  53. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  54. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  55. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  56. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  57. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  58. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  59. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  60. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  61. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  62. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  63. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  64. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  65. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  66. Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
  67. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  68. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  69. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  70. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  71. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  72. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  73. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  74. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  75. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  76. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  77. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Team Notes

Participants: Anne Alderfer, Charley Amos , Robin Buchanan, Greg Cook, Ted Drozdowski, Steven Fowler, Steve Glover, Ann Hoover, Camille Kerr, Michael Kerr, Joe Martinez, Missy McAllister-Kerr, Vicki Moore, Bob Moore, Bret Newton, Robbie Roberson, Polly Schulle, Susan Thrower, Lori Tiefenthaler, Diane Turner, Jerry Turner, Ed “Wayward and Westward” Wetzel.

Weather: Temp was comfortable as to be not noticable. Cloudy. Winds mainly light from the SE, occasionally shifting S or NE.

Location: Village Creek Drying Beds, just east of new parking area.

Time At Location: 14 hours, 10 minutes.

We ended up with 77 species, which was a little low of our six year average of 82 species. This was our seventh year in a row at the Village Creek Drying Beds for the Big Sit and was probably the most uneventful Big Sit we’ve had. Turnout was good with 22 total participants. As usual, about six or seven of us stayed nearly the entire day. We got started around 5am and finished up at 7:10pm. Rain threatened for much of the afternoon but we only endured rain for a total of 15 minutes. Weather conditions were not great for a lot of migrants. We were hoping the front would pass through and bring north winds but that didn't happen as the winds were mainly coming from the southeast. Even though the north winds never materialized we were happy to have to not deal with the blazing Texas Sun. Still, a little sun in the morning would have probably helped us with our low passerine count. The fact that the drying beds were "dry" up until recently definitely factored into our low species count. Even though we had plenty of water in the beds, it seems the life cycle had been disrupted as we just did not have a good diversity of ducks, and wading birds. This was by far our worst year for ducks and long-legged waders as we missed Snowy and Little Blue Herons, and Cattle Egret, species we usually see. Nevertheless, there were some highlights: We heard four owl species before dawn - Great Horned, Barred, Barn and Eastern Screech. We also heard at least one American Bittern. We added some new species to the Big Sit cumulative list this year: Yellow and Nashville Warblers, Eastern Screech-Owl, Mottled Duck and a Hairy Woodpecker. The highlight of the day was probably a young Peregrine Falcon, which took a lap around the main pond and came towards us at eye level giving us a unique, level, head on view. We had some other raptors come through which occasionally broke up a long, somewhat uneventful day. Other flyby highlights were two Black-bellied Plovers, a Mottled Duck, Merlin, and several Northern Harriers.

There were a lot of changes this year at the drying beds and we are grateful that we are still able to have afterhours access to the Drying Beds. Special thanks to Greg Cook and Charley Amos for their work with Steven Nutter and the Fort Worth Water Department for working through some tough issues and keeping VCDB open to the public while working through ever increasing water usage issues. We'll be back at it next year for sure!

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