The Big Sit! 2014 Statistics

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Team Information: Swatara Swainsons

Captain: David Mcnaughton
Location: Pine Grove, Pennsylvania (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  2. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  3. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  4. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  5. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  6. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  7. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  8. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  9. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  10. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  11. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  12. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  13. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  14. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  15. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  16. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  17. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  18. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  19. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  20. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  21. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  22. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  23. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  24. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  25. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  26. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  27. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  28. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  29. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  30. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  31. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  32. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  33. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  34. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  35. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  36. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  37. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  38. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  39. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  40. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  41. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  42. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  43. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  44. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  45. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  46. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  47. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  48. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  49. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  50. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  51. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  52. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  53. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  54. Common Raven Corvus corax
  55. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum

Team Notes

Participants: David McNaughton, Barbara Ritzheimer, Richard Light, Yvonne Werzinsky, David Ravegum, and 5 guests

Weather: Cold fog to start clearing and rising to mid-60's and full sun with breeze picking up at dusk

Location: Swatara State Park, Suedberg Airport, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, PA

Time At Location: 13:50 (0527-1917)

Notes:
Started with 2 American Woodcock buzzing the airfield, male purple finch singing early, ruby-crowned kinglet singing, Lincoln's sparrow, palm warbler, peregrine falcon, American kestrel, red-breasted nuthatch, juvenile bald eagle, common ravens, double-crested cormorants, and the usual thousands of robins and thousands of grackles.

Anecdotes:
A juvenile magnolia warbler popped up several times including into open bare trees, but we couldn't coordinate the viewers in the circle with the warbler's appearances. Immediately before the circle's nemesis Lincoln's sparrow popped up directly outside the ring after two straight years of seeing them around corners and out of view of the counter. We always end the day with the madness of counting robins, grackles, and cedar waxwings by the ones, then fives, then tens, and finally estimating by the hundreds as they stream into the nearby swamps. Started as we ended, in a chorus of white-crowned and white-throated sparrows.


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