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: Station 43 Big Sit

Captain: Jay Kaplan
Location: South Windsor, Connecticut (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  5. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  6. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  7. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  8. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  9. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  10. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  11. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  12. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  13. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  14. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  15. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  16. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  17. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  18. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  19. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  20. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  22. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  23. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  24. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  25. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  26. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  27. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  28. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  29. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  30. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  31. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  32. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  33. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  34. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  35. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  36. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  37. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  38. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  39. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  40. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  41. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  42. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  43. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  44. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  45. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  46. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  47. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  48. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  49. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  50. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  51. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  52. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  53. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  54. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  55. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  56. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  57. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  58. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  59. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  60. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  61. Green Heron Butorides virescens

Team Notes

Participants: Paul Cianfaglione, Ernie Harris, Jay Kaplan, Brian Kleinman

Weather: Early morning cold (38) nad foggy until 10 AM. Sunny and cool

Location: Hartford Audubon Society platform overlooking Station 43 marsh, South Windsor, CT

Time At Location: 6 AM - 1 PM

2014 HAS Station 43 Big Sit Report The platform at Station 43 was just a bit chilly on October, as we arrived for the 2014 edition of The Big Sit at 6 AM. The temperature was a balmy 38 degrees, but three calling great horned owls made up for the cold….at least initially. We could also hear the distinctive call notes of a migrant gray-cheeked thrush well before dawn. By 7 AM, we realized that the cold would not be the problem – it would be fog. Thick as pea soup, the fog didn’t clear until after 9:30 AM, and we were unable to see honking Canada geese that flew directly over our heads. The entire marsh was invisible and while waterfowl and marsh birds may have been there, we could not see them. Hampered by the fog during what is usually the most productive time of day kept our species count down, but we were still able to record some notable birds including a calling lesser yellowlegs and a few late migrants such as black-and-white warbler and scarlet tanager. This the first lesser yellowlegs recorded at this Big Sit location. Usual shorebirds on our Big Sit include killdeer and snipe, but these were not to be found on this day. We did manage a second shorebird and it was another first when a pectoral sandpiper flew across the marsh right at us! When the fog lifted and the sky finally brightened at 10 AM, things picked up. Two pine siskin flocks totaling about 50 birds flew into the shrubs at the south end of the marsh and began bathing. Many of the siskins stayed with us through the morning. Imagine looking through a flock of pine siskins for an American goldfinch? (We finally did see two goldfinches perched in the siskin tree after the siskins had departed). A green heron appeared on a snag and two green-winged teal came out of nowhere and flew across the marsh. Alas, our three stalwart observers began to tire as morning wore on, but our enthusiasm was renewed by new arrivals.…. or was it the thermals that brought soaring birds into view? Paul’s fresh eyes quickly added ring-billed and herring gulls to our list. A northern harrier seen dimly through the fog had been our first raptor of the day. It was followed by Cooper’s and sharp-shinned hawks; then once the skies brightened, red-tailed and red-shouldered hawk, peregrine falcon, turkey vulture, and finally, an adult bald eagle soaring over the Connecticut River far to the west of the platform! The eagle was our 61st species and bested our last year’s total by three. It was now approaching 1 PM, and we decided to call it a day. Thanks to Ernie Harris, Brian Kleinman, and Paul Cianfaglione and family for joining me on this year’s Big Sit. Jay Kaplan Big Sit Coordinator

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