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: Keen Eye Birders

Captain: Toby Burke
Location: Kenai NWR, Alaska (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
  5. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  6. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  7. White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
  8. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  9. Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
  10. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  11. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  12. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  13. Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
  14. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  15. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  16. Mew Gull Larus canus
  17. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  18. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  19. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  20. American Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides dorsalis
  21. Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis
  22. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  23. Common Raven Corvus corax
  24. Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
  25. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  26. Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
  27. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  28. White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
  29. Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea

Team Notes

Weather: Low 38, High 43, rain and overcast, 15 mph after 1600

Location: Kenai NWR - Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch

Time At Location: 0800 - 17:30 (9.5 hours)

On Saturday the fifth annual Kenai National Wildlife Refuge BIG SIT, co-hosted by the refuge and the Keen Eye Birders, lasted from 8:00AM to 5:30PM at the Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch Campground. Four adults and 6 children scanned lake, forest, and sky for birds. An early morning low of 38 F was recorded as well as an afternoon high of 43 F. A cold but moderate rain at the start ended by 10:00AM. Skies were completely overcast all day long but there was a noticeable lightening of the skies during the middle of the day. Conditions were windless until 4:00PM when a 15 MPH wind developed from the southwest and continued through the remainder of the survey. A total of 29 species were observed from the 17' count circle. Four species were recorded for the first time. The most notable sighting was of two light phase Rough-legged Hawks flying in tandem north across the lake. A lone harbor seal was observed on the lake.

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