The Big Sit! 2014 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: DudleyDowright

Captain: Helen Wright-north
Location: Dayton, Ohio (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  2. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  3. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  4. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  5. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  6. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  7. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  8. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  11. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  12. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  13. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  14. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  15. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  16. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  17. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  18. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  19. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  20. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  21. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  22. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  23. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  24. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  25. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  26. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  27. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  28. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  29. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  30. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  31. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  32. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  33. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  34. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  35. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  36. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  37. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  38. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  39. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  40. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Helen North, Bill Littleford, Lawrene Trump, Anne Denman, Darryl Trump, Barb Mackey, Ashley Albanese, Bethany Powers

Weather: crisp

Location: Trump Estates, Dayton, Ohio

Time At Location: Midnight Friday to Midnight Saturday.

Midnight Friday arrives during a gentle rain. No birds. Lawrene and Helen monitor the situation from the loft throughout the night. Bird silence is maintained until dawn, when Helen's initial reconnaissance uncovers a cardinal, winter wren, Carolina wren, grackle, and American robin. A sharp-shinned hawk arrived within minutes. The Sit 2014 proved to be a stellar birding event. The team surpassed last year's count before 10 a.m. from our circle around the fire. Speaking of, Helen and Anne spent 2.5 hours getting said fire going because of the three-day drizzle preceding the sit. The rain may have played a part in our great bird count, as many laid low during it and were famished as Saturday dawned. The Dudley DoWrights, though, never went hungry. We had incredible Dozen Vegetable Soup, legendary Breakfast Bake, huge bowls of cut fruit, caramel apples, pumpkin dip, eggplant lasagna and, in honor of the event, Pulled Bird. Helen and Bill roasted a turkey, chickens, Cornish hens, and duck. Our costume contest this year was won hands-down by Anne, whose cowbird outfit and realistic cowbird call ("More seed, please! More seed, please!") blew us away. Anne also takes the prize for most productive sitter. She painted the Trump Estates woodpecker door knocker to more appropriately reflect our native birds, turning it into a lifelike red bellied woodpecker.

Our Big Sit 2014 is dedicated to Martha, the last passenger pigeon. Our motto this year is "Better Birders for Citizen Science." If our success arc continues, next year's will be "Better Birders: In Your Face!"

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