The Big Sit! 2014 Statistics

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Team Information: Patuxent North Trackers

Captain: Andrea Robbins
Location: Laurel, Maryland (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  2. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  3. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  4. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  5. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  6. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  7. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  8. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  9. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  10. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  11. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  12. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  13. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  14. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  15. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  16. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  17. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  18. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  19. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  20. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  21. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  22. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  23. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  24. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  25. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  26. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  27. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  28. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  29. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  30. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  31. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  32. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  33. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  34. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  35. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  36. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  37. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  38. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  39. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  40. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  41. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  42. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  43. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  44. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Andrea Robbins, George Robbins

Weather: Overcast with rain and drizzle in the 50s, calm or breezy

Location: Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract at Merganser Pond

Time At Location: 9:30 am to 12:40 pm

We had planned to try a Big Sit at Fort Smallwood, but the weather for Saturday was too miserable so we did our first ever sit in the Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract at the Merganser Pond Wildlife viewing location instead. For most of the time we birded from inside our pickup truck, and we were only there for a little over 3 hours. But despite the conditions and short time, we had a respectable 44 species. Most fun were the adult and juvenile Pied-billed Grebes that were fishing, calling and even flying around the small pond; a Wilson's Snipe that hugged the shoreline; the at least 5 Brown Thrashers that were calling nearby (3 different calls but we never saw any of them); and 3 unexpected Northern Rough-winged Swallows that flew over calling their buzzy call. We also enjoyed the presence of a Red-shouldered Hawk and an American Kestrel hunting the area.

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