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Team Information: Super-silly-em!
- American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
- Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
- Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
- Great Egret Ardea alba
- Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
- Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
- Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
- Wood Duck Aix sponsa
- Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
- Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
- Osprey Pandion haliaetus
- Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
- Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
- Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
- American Kestrel Falco sparverius
- American Coot Fulica americana
- Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
- Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
- Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
- Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
- Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
- Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
- Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
- Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
- Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
- Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
- White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
- Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
- Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
- Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
- Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
- Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
- Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
- Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
- Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
- Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
- American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
- Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
- Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
- Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
- Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
- House Wren Troglodytes aedon
- Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
- Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
- European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
- Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
- Dickcissel Spiza americana
- House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
- House Sparrow Passer domesticus
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.
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.
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.