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: Patuxent Migratory Robbins

Captain: Chandler S. Robbins
Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  6. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  7. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  8. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  9. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  10. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  11. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  12. Gadwall Anas strepera
  13. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  14. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  15. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  16. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  17. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  18. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  19. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  20. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  21. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  22. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  23. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  24. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  25. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  26. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  27. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  28. Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
  29. Barred Owl Strix varia
  30. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  31. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  32. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  33. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  34. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  35. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  36. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  37. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  38. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  39. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  40. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  41. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  42. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  43. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  44. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  45. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  46. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  47. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  48. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  49. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  50. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  51. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  52. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  53. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  54. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  55. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  56. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  57. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  58. Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
  59. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  60. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  61. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  62. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  63. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  64. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  65. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  66. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  67. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  68. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Chandler S. Robbins, George Robbins, Andrea Robbins, and (part time) Vincent Bryant.

Weather: foggy to start. Low 40s to 60 degrees, light north wind and partly cloudy.

Location: Patuxent Research Refuge, Central Tract, Knowles 1 marsh spillway.

Time At Location: 5:30 am to 6:10 pm.

This was our fourth year holding a BIG SIT here at the Patuxent Research Refuge, Central Tract, at the Knowles 1 marsh spillway with our team captain, Chandler S. Robbins.  Now retired and 96 years young, Chan was a wildlife biologist at Patuxent for 60 years, wrote the Golden Field Guide to the Birds of North America and is the inventor of Breeding Bird Survey Routes.  Other team participants were his family members, George and Andrea Robbins, and (for part time) a friend, Vincent Bryant. Although foggy to start, the weather was quite excellent this year, with temps from low 40s to about 60 degrees, light north winds, and plenty of clouds to make hawk watching easier.   In contrast to previous years, the impoundment pond had been drained to encourage the growth of duck weed.  This meant fewer ducks than usual.  But rain overnight created an area of lily pads and water deep enough for a Pied-billed Grebe to remain nearby for the day, and the exposed grasses attracted shorebirds, herons, egrets, geese, American Pipits, Eastern Bluebirds and Palm Warblers to the pond area. We ended the day (5:30 am to 6:10 pm) with 68 species, which was our second highest total (previous were 64, 73, and 52.).   As a result of the change in water level and some sharp-eyed and sharp-eared observations we added ten new species (Gadwall, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, and Black-billed Cuckoo) to our list which brought our cumulative total for this location to 93.

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