The Big Sit! 2014 Statistics

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Team Information: Grosbreasted Rosebeaks

Captain: Paul Fank
Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Great Egret Ardea alba
  5. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  6. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  7. Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  10. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  11. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  12. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  13. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  14. Merlin Falco columbarius
  15. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  16. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  17. Franklin's Gull Leucophaeus pipixcan
  18. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  19. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  20. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  21. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  22. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  23. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  24. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  25. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  26. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  27. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  28. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  29. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  30. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  31. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  32. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  33. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  34. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  35. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  36. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  37. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  38. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  39. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  40. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  41. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  42. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: Paul & Koni Fank, Earl & Bernice Hall, Doug Eno, Ken Ellstum, Suzi Maki, Pete Haeger, Ruby Schroeder, Barb Burkstrand

Weather: WINDY. S WINDS @ 10-15, gusts of 30, starting temps at 7:00am of 41 degrees, high of 62 @ 2:00pm, ending at 55 at 6:30pm

Location: Orchard Hill at Fank's farm

Time At Location: 7:00 am - 6:30 pm 11 hours and 30 minutes

With the strong winds out of the South, the bird activity was down and birding by ear was very limited. The day started off slow for bird species and continued to be slow with the strong wind from the south. The bird movement was extremely slow between noon and 5:00 pm. Then we had a surge of birds come through and we were able to add a few to the list. In the past years, we have been used to having a lot of bird activity all day long with so lulls between sightings. This year, we knew with having windy conditions, there would be some difficulty in spotting the birds. We know this is all part of birding. We still had fun.

We would like to extend a Big "Thank You" Bird watchers Digest & to all of our Birding friends for joining in on the 10th Big Sit we have participated in. On Monday morning, we had European Starlings, Wild Turkeys and Mourning Dove in the yard, which we did not see on Big Sit. As in past years, we have had strange mystery birds show up about 2 days prior to the Big Sit, This year it was the Green-crested Gnatcatcher, with a green crest on it's head, a white breast and a long orange tail. We think it came on an Orr boat across Lake Superior to Duluth Harbor in Duluth MN. This Gnatcatcher is unlike other Gnatcatchers. He spends most of his time in brush & lower tree branches and on gravel searching for iron deposits that are mixed with gravel, which help his digestive system. This time of year he craves wild grapes, Virginia Creeper and Bittersweet berries which we have throughout the area. He should be in Arizona by this time, but, he has stuck around because of the habitat and food source. We had a terrific pot luck with great food, many laughs and funny stories being told while waiting for a possible bird to fly through with the Windy weather conditions.

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