The Big Sit! 2014 Statistics

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Team Information: Deer Flat Sitters

Captain: Cheryl Huizinga
Location: Nampa, Idaho (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  3. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  4. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  5. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  6. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  7. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  8. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  9. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  10. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  11. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  12. American Wigeon Anas americana
  13. Gadwall Anas strepera
  14. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  15. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  16. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  17. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  18. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  19. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  20. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  21. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  22. California Quail Callipepla californica
  23. American Coot Fulica americana
  24. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  25. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  26. California Gull Larus californicus
  27. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  28. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  29. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  30. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  31. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  32. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  33. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  34. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  35. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  36. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  37. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  38. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  39. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  40. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  41. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  42. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  43. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  44. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  45. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  46. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  47. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  48. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  49. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Team Notes

Participants: Cheryl Huizinga, Jimmie Yorgensen, Betty Renstrom, Dave and Paula Lawrence, Letty Percifield, Jim Holcomb, Genevieve Johanson, Bob Kiernan, JC Bratkovich, Peggy and Roy Bales and Spike and Judy Baker.

Weather: Started with 43 degrees and warmed to mid-60's. Had a little rain in afternoon and high winds started just as we finished at 7

Location: Lake Lowell Park, Nampa, Idaho

Time At Location: 7 AM to 7 PM - 12 hours.

Cheryl, Jimmie and Dave started the morning off with owl calls but got no answers back. The first species on the list were ones we could hear in the dark – Western Grebe, Canada Goose, Mallard, etc. As more birders arrived, more bird species were added. Most were common birds that were expected, but a Common Loon was seen near the lake shore, a Bald Eagle was seen on the far side of the lake and Cheryl finally spied the white outside tail feathers of a Western Meadowlark off in the distance. The Canyon Co. Big Sit ended up with 49 species – 6 less than last year. The lake level was much higher this year so there was not much chance of any shorebirds other than Killdeer. A friendly competition was going on with the Boise Big Sit at Hyatt Wetlands (Boise Backsiders) happening at the same time. We tied this year at 49 species each. Hagerman also organized a Big Sit at Owsley Bridge and they beat everyone with 56 species! It is a good spot and disappointed that a few species that we had last year didn’t show up for us this year, but that’s birding!! All that participated had a great time and all look forward to doing it again next year!

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