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: Kentish Plovers

Captain: Walter Ellison
Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Common Loon Gavia imme
  2. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  3. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  4. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  5. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  6. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  7. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  8. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  9. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  10. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  11. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  12. American Wigeon Anas americana
  13. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  14. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  15. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  16. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  17. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  19. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  20. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  21. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  22. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  23. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  24. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  25. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  26. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  27. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  28. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  29. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  30. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  31. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  32. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  33. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  34. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  35. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  36. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  37. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  38. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  39. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  40. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  41. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  42. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  43. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  44. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  45. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  46. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  47. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  48. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  49. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  50. Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
  51. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  52. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  53. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  54. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  55. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  56. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  57. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  58. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  59. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  60. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  61. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  62. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  63. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  64. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  65. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  66. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  67. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  68. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  69. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  70. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus

Team Notes

Participants: Walter Ellison, Nancy Martin, Gail Regester

Weather: Variable cloud cover, msotly clear to mostly cloudy. Wind NE 6-10 early and calming to 2-5 by afternoon. Temperature 50-71 deg F

Location: Bogles Wharf parking lot, Eastern Neck Island, Kent County, Maryland

Time At Location: 0645-1600

This is our third location we have done Big Sits on Eastern Neck Island. This is by far the best for detecting small landbirds and not quite as good for waterfowl and perhaps raptors. We added six species to our cumulative 13 year Big Sit list, all landbirds. One of these was present almost all day long and totaled four birds, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the nearby white poplars. Others in order of appearance were White-crowned Sparrow, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-throated Green Warbler, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Gray-cheeked Thrush. Other good birds included a single Snow Goose, Common Tern, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Nashville Warbler, and Purple Finch. Constant bird activity by both kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers, phoebes, and a big Blue Jay flight (715 counted) helped keep us on the alert and on site till 1600.

Somehow we managed the day with one pair of binoculars and one spotting scope between Nancy and me. My pair got forgotten at home (left ready to go in the wrong car). On the other hand Nancy's jury-rigged car-top platform made from a plywood board strapped to our canoe rack raised or point of view above nearby marsh vegetation. This allowed sweeping views of the nearby Chester River and the cove of Durden Creek next door.

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