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: Super-silly-em!

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Waxahachie, Texas (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. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  6. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  7. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  8. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  9. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  10. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  11. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  12. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  13. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  16. American Coot Fulica americana
  17. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  18. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  19. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  20. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  21. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  22. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  23. Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
  24. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  25. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  26. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  27. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  28. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  29. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  30. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  31. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  32. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  33. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  34. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  35. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  36. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  37. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  38. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  39. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  40. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  41. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  42. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  43. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  44. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  45. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  46. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  47. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  48. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  49. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  50. House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Team Notes

Participants: Paula Channell, Christine Drozdowski, Ted Drozdowski, Carolyn Gritzmaker, Shannon Love, Missy McAllister-Kerr, Julie Mobley, Carolyn Molsbee, Gail Morris, Carla Savage, Barbara Tompkins, Catherine Winans.

Weather: A cold front passed through the night before. Rain until daybreak. Temps: 57 to 66. Light N winds and overcast most of the day.

Location: The southwest cove on Lake Waxahachie in Ellis County, TX.

Time At Location: 13 hours, 45 minutes.

Notes:
Since I bird the Big Sit Circle about every day, it was interesting to see what disappeared the night before with the passing of our first big cold front of the year. Some birds were definitely gone with the wind. Fortunately, some new birds came in with the front. We finished a little lower than I would have liked with 50 species, which isn't bad for a backyard count. There were few passerines around and the songbirds were largely inactive all day. Big misses were: Snowy Egret, American Robin, Cave Swallow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Rock Pigeon, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, and Spotted Sandpiper. Highlights were the two Semipalmated Plovers that hung around and several thousand Barn Swallows that put on a great show over the dried up part of the lakebed. We also had a pair of red-shafted flickers, three newly arrived Northern Shovelers, and 282 American White Pelicans that passed through. Seven Cattle Egrets were still lingering, although, we never found a single Snowy Egret which was probably our biggest miss. Other new arrivals with the front included: Two Osprey, Wilson's Snipe and Phalarope, a flyby Ring-billed Gull, only our second American Kestrel at the lake and a Common Nighthawk at dusk. The last birds of the day were the local Great Horned Owls which we didn't get in the morning due to the rain.

Anecdotes:
This was our first Big Sit on Lake Waxahachie. The circle was centered on my dock which sits on the west end of the lake. We had a decent turnout with twelve people, despite the chance of lingering rain. It was really nice to be able to have a big sit and have the house nearby, with dry clothes, a kitchen, and two bathrooms. This will now be an annual event and I look forward to it growing. We have big plans for this place as we work on our backyard to create even better habitat for birds in the coming years.


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