The Big Sit! 2014 Statistics

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Team Information: Team Balcones

Captain: Laurie Foss
Location: Bertram, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  2. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  3. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  4. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  5. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  6. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  7. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  8. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  9. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  10. Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus
  11. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  12. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  13. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  14. Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina
  15. hummingbird sp.
  16. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  17. Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
  18. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  19. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  20. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  21. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  22. Common Raven Corvus corax
  23. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  24. Purple Martin Progne subis
  25. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  26. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  27. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  28. Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus
  29. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  30. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  31. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  32. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  33. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  34. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  35. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  36. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  37. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  38. Rufous-crowned Sparrow Aimophila ruficeps
  39. Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
  40. Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
  41. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  42. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  43. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  44. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

Team Notes

Participants: Laurie Foss, Shelia Hargis, Cathy Harrington, John Harrington, Chuck Sexton, Lynn Chapman, Keri Cooper, Virginia Fischer, Susan Summers, Gloria Sutton, Ellen Filtness, Andy Filtness, Lee Wallace, Kelly Smith, Erik Bruhnke, Jane Tillman, Karen McBride, Sandra Rector, Lee Rector

Weather: Rain in the morning, overcast, cool and calm winds the rest of the day.

Location: Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Doeskin Ranch tract

Time At Location: 6:15 am - 5:00 pm

We had a mixed feeding flock of small passerines that passed by our locations several times during the day to keep us occupied. We expected to see some migrating hawks but only saw a single one here and there. This was the first year that we did not have any owls.

We had more people than ever before which brought with it a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it was a lot of fun, but on the other hand it was a lot noisier than ever before! Last year our sit got cancelled because of the government shut down - we were very happy to be back this year!

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