The Big Sit! 2015 Team Reports

Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.

AHBC

Circle Captain: Lisa Chapman

Circle Location: Smethport, Pennsylvania (United States)

A disappointing count both in terms of birds and birders, but a beautiful fall day just the same.

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Alligator River NWR

Circle Captain: Audrey Whitlock

Circle Location: East Lake, North Carolina (United States)

too windy to hear well; not an optimal day; sparrows stayed out of sight; wish we knew flight calls of warblers, etc.; only 1 Blk Bear, 1 River Otter, Monarch, Pearl Crescent, Common Buckeye, Cloudless Sulfur and Great Purple Hairstreak; big misses were the owls in early morning; if we had stayed maybe we could have gotten other woodpeckers, RWBL, CEDW, BLVU, SSHA, NOPA, AMRO, doubt we could have heard any owls unless wind died out later; probably our worse effort and 1st time not staying until at least dark

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B.W. Surf Scopers

Circle Captain: Frank Gallo

Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)

B.W.Surf Scopers doing the "Big Sit" at Milford Point. Sunny,breezy with NW winds shifting to WSW, 48-64 degrees. The day began with one of the most beautiful moon rises I've ever seen. What we lacked in species quantity, we made up for in species quality...

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Backside Boise Birders

Circle Captain: Robert Mortensen

Circle Location: Boise, Idaho (United States)

We have to start before sunrise because the ducks quickly take flight. We had a Great Horned Owl hooting to us early on. The extraordinarily hot weather likely limited the ducks and we missed a couple we usually get each year...

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Bald Eagle SP Storm Birds

Circle Captain: Matt Truesdale

Circle Location: Bald Eagle State Par, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Baugwatchers

Circle Captain: Robert Dixon

Circle Location: Central Village, Connecticut (United States)

Our second year at this location. It holds lots of promise with it's varied habitat. We came up short on gulls, warblers and a few others. Maybe next year we can get to 60 species.

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Benjamin F Goss Bird Club

Circle Captain: Tim Hahn

Circle Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin (United States)

THE 2015 BIG SIT MAYBE NOT SO BIG, AND NOT A LOT OF SITTING The inaugural Big Sit of the Ben Goss Bird Club was by all accounts a rousing success. No one in the club had organized, planned, or participated in a big sit before, but it sounded fun, so we decided we’d give it a whirl...

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Bill & Claudia in Cerro Azul

Circle Captain: William Ahrens

Circle Location: Los Altos del Cerro, Other (Panama)

Morning started nicely with 35 species in the first 2 hours. At 12:30 the rain started and it rained until past dark. We lost any distant views and sky views. Noisy neighbors from Saturday evening through the day on Sunday, which is unusual...

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Bird Nerds

Circle Captain: Laurie & Dan Mooney

Circle Location: Plaquemine Locks Sta, Louisiana (United States)

Great group(total of 13 for the day) to spend time with. Nice flow of birds all morning and then again late in the afternoon.

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BirdMilwaukee

Circle Captain: Joseph Devereaux

Circle Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States)

http://birdstud.blogspot.com/2015/10/big-sitting-in-milwaukee-wisconsin.html

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Birds By Day Bats By Night

Circle Captain: Selena And Mark Kiser

Circle Location: Monticello, Florida (United States)

Good thermals built up, so we had quite a few raptors and several storks. It was one of our best warbler days at the property.

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Birds-I-View Birders

Circle Captain: Steve Garr

Circle Location: Jefferson City, Missouri (United States)

Again this year I want to say a VERY special Thank You to the members of our local Audubon chapter, River Bluffs Audubon Society! Many RBAS members came out to support the Big Sit and share their expertise with us...

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Boreal Birdometers

Circle Captain: Bill Tefft

Circle Location: Ely, Minnesota (United States)

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Brumbaugh Birders

Circle Captain: Adam Zorn

Circle Location: Minerva, Ohio (United States)

Colder than usual temps lead to a slower day than anticipated. Bird volume was down but species diversity was generally the same. As usual, we missed a few species that should be expected, but added others we normally wouldn't expect to see on this given day...

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Caroline Blue Birds

Circle Captain: Debby Bennett

Circle Location: Ridgely, Maryland (United States)

Most birds were seen and heard by 10:30 am. Wind was a deterrent. 16 bald eagles flying high migrating. A good partnership with Adkins Arboreteum.

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Celery Fields Forever

Circle Captain: Stu Wilson

Circle Location: Sarasota, Florida (United States)

Highlights were an early morning Black-crowned Night-Heron fly-by, a flock of 3 shorebirds consisting of 1 Greater and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, a fly-by White-winged Dove, a falcon trifecta (American Kestrel, Merlin, & Peregrine), a Yellow Warbler nicely tracked by Kathryn, a pair of female-type Indigo Buntings followed by a hatch-year Blue Grosbeak (spotted by Rick), and a culminating Sora spotted just after sunset by Steve the Fireman.

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Chambers Lake Early Birders

Circle Captain: Larry Lewis

Circle Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Chemung Valley Birdwatchers

Circle Captain: Mike Powers

Circle Location: Elmira, New York (United States)

Our circle was occupied from 7:00 AM until 3:00 PM by Gail and me, Dale and Brett joined us for the afternoon. Laine was only able to join us for a little while before starting work at the nature center...

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Chunkos

Circle Captain: Al Ahlgrim

Circle Location: Oregon City, Oregon (United States)

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Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory

Circle Captain: Brian Taber

Circle Location: Northampton County, Virginia (United States)

Despite a front passing through in the early morning, it did not bring many landbird migrants. Dawn was disappointing and very quiet. We were pleased to tally as many species as we did, given the general lack of songbird activity.

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ColumbiaAudubon

Circle Captain: John Grego

Circle Location: Fort Motte, South Carolina (United States)

Good raptor flight and nighttime thrush calls. The overcast windy weather suppressed travel along the bluff so that many common species and migrants were not observed.

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Dam Sitters

Circle Captain: Mindy Waldron

Circle Location: Jumping Branch, West Virginia (United States)

It was a slow day. We were pleased to hear and see 2 black-bellied plovers. It was an extreme surprise to find the common moorhen/common gallinule among the cattails in the lake. A very tired spotted sandpiper stayed along the edge of the lake for most of the day...

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Deer Flat Sitters

Circle Captain: Cheryl Huizinga

Circle Location: Nampa, Idaho (United States)

Birders in and out throughout the day with Dave Lawrence getting the 7 TO 7 Award for staying the entire 12 hours. I left for a couple of hours and got a quick power nap. Overall good birding but didn't have the duck species needed to really get a good number...

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DFO Insaniacs

Circle Captain: Joey Kellner

Circle Location: Littleton, Colorado (United States)

Fall migration throughout Colorado this year has been VERY slow. The also showed in our total of 52 species (tied with our lowest ever count in 13 years)! Best (rarest) bird was a Red-necked Grebe...

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DudleyDowright

Circle Captain: Helen Wright-north

Circle Location: Dayton, Ohio (United States)

Our usual bounty of homemade food this year included four-cheese macaroni and cheese, forest-roaming organic pulled pork, organic turkey breast chili, vegetable beef and barley soups, Trump Breakfast Bake and loads of fruit and beer...

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DVSPBirders

Circle Captain: Nicole Gilbert

Circle Location: Glen Rose, Texas (United States)

The sit circle was on the edge of a busy parking lot at the top of a cliff above the Paluxy River. This is also the entry point for Dinosaur Track Site #1 and the equally famed Blue Hole. Due to the vegetation of mixed hardwoods and Ashe juniper, the river is not visible from the top shelf...

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East Aurora Bird Club

Circle Captain: Mary Steuer

Circle Location: Grand Island, New York (United States)

The majority of birds were spotted before 9 a.m. Breezy conditions kept most birds down. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable outing.

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Ellerbe Sitters

Circle Captain: Andrew Thornton

Circle Location: Durham, North Carolina (United States)

Nothing rare, although it is late for Barn Swallows, and both falcon species we observed are hard to find in the piedmont.

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fondly feather friends

Circle Captain: Amy Sheldon

Circle Location: fond du lac, Wisconsin (United States)

The wind was a major deterrent despite placing feeders in trees very few passerines were found, fortunately the ducks made the day including a lone gorgeous snow goose.

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fondly feather friends

Circle Captain: Amy Sheldon

Circle Location: fond du lac, Wisconsin (United States)

The wind was a major deterrent despite placing feeders in trees very few passerines were found, fortunately the ducks made the day including a lone gorgeous snow goose.

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Forest Beach

Circle Captain: Sarah Guenther

Circle Location: Gig Harbor, Washington (United States)

We had a terrific group of experienced birders at a lovely location. Nice to have a variety of birds with a combination of feeder birds and birds on the water. When the rain got a little heavy, it was time to come indoors for a wonderful spread of food provided by all...

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Glastonbury Meadow Scopers

Circle Captain: Bill Asteriades

Circle Location: Glastonbury, Connecticut (United States)

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GMAS ACE BIRDERS

Circle Captain: Gary Cowell Jr.

Circle Location: Mifflin, Ohio (United States)

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Greenies

Circle Captain: Valerie Barnes

Circle Location: Fayetteville, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Grosbreasted Rosebeaks

Circle Captain: Paul Fank

Circle Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)

Birds were active all day. Lots of American Robins. Asian beetles came out around 1:00pm. Had a beautiful day for the sit.

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Guana Hawkwatch

Circle Captain: Diane Reed

Circle Location: St. Augustine, Florida (United States)

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Gujarat Nature Conservation Society

Circle Captain: Mukesh Pathak

Circle Location: Vadodara, Other (India)

A team of 14 observers started the observation at the circle from 6 am in the morning till 6 pm. Out of wihch 11 observers could submit their individual check list. The participants were divided in to three groups...

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Hawk Mountain Young Birders

Circle Captain: Barbara Ritzheimer

Circle Location: Hamburg, Pennsylvania (United States)

There were large flocks of Canada Geese and Blue Jays migrating in the morning. The migration probably continued during the afternoon, but the sky was absolutely clear blue so I suspect we could no longer see them in the afternoon as they went higher...

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HicksFamilyCircle

Circle Captain: Jennifer Hicks

Circle Location: Valentine, Nebraska (United States)

I was disappointed as the area to be observed was teaming with birds leading up to the Big Sit event. Unfortunately, the day of the sit, the birds decided to be elsewhere! Better luck next year, and keep on birding!

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Hilton Pond (York SC)

Circle Captain: Bill Hilton Jr.

Circle Location: York, South Carolina (United States)

Nothing of consequence

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HRDABRD at Middle Creek

Circle Captain: Bruce A Carl

Circle Location: Kleinfeltersville, Pennsylvania (United States)

A total of (70) species identified. Some of the day's highlights included the following: Ring-necked Duck (4) Red-breasted Merganser (3) Ruddy Duck (11) Pied-billed Grebe (2) Horned Grebe (1) Osprey (1) Northern Harrier (1) Greater Yelllowlegs (1) American Woodcock (1) Herring Gull (1) Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1) Swainson's Thrush (2) Yellow-rumped Warbler (1) Palm Warbler (2)

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John Bunker Sands Wetland Bitterns

Circle Captain: Greg Cook

Circle Location: Seagoville, Texas (United States)

Warm, sunny, and windy conditions kept activity low in the afternoon. Calm winds in the morning allowed for passerines in the woods. Very little migration due to southerly winds.

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Circle Captain: Debbie Beer

Circle Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)

Sunday, October 11, 2015. Deb Beer, Adrian Binns, Marty Dellwo and Todd Fellenbaum led this year’s BIG SIT at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, the 6th one since 2007. At 5:00 am, the Refuge’s iconic Observation Tower stood in sturdy peace as we unloaded gear and setup supplies for a long, exciting day of birding...

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Juniata Juncos

Circle Captain: Chad Kauffman

Circle Location: Mifflintown, Pennsylvania (United States)

too much of a bluebird day for some species, but the winds did provide lift for the raptors. Another great time

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Kennard Kuckoos

Circle Captain: Jim Wilson

Circle Location: Centreville, Maryland (United States)

The Kennard Kuckoos consists of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from Kennard Elementary School in Centreville, MD. The first bird of the day was a wonderful Barred Owl and then the Crows and Jays started mobbing it...

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Kentish Plovers

Circle Captain: Walter Ellison

Circle Location: Rock Hall, Maryland (United States)

A tough sit. A brisk NE wind cut down bird activity and probably was poor for guiding migrants to our location.The late passage of a cold front the evening prior also cut down the number of arriving migrants...

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Lambton Pointers

Circle Captain: Eric Marcum

Circle Location: FOREST, Ontario (Canada)

It was a beautiful day for our team of 8 observers. Our location was on Lake Huron so we had a good day of migrating waterfowl. Highlight was a pair of Harlequin Ducks . Great day of birding and camaraderie , we hope to make this an annual event...

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Lighthouse Keeper

Circle Captain: Dave Bengston

Circle Location: Crescent City, California (United States)

We started watching at 7:45 am. We had to work between 4 pm and 5:30, so we could not count at that time. After working, we resumed counting.

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Little Orange Team

Circle Captain: Kelly Buehler

Circle Location: Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

We started at about 7:30 in our back yard and got more than 15 of our species in the first 45 minutes. It never ceases to amaze me that we can see so many beautiful birds in an urban back yard the size of a postage stamp.

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Longwood Gardens Early Birders

Circle Captain: Larry Lewis

Circle Location: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Machine Assisted Big Sit

Circle Captain: Rob Fergus

Circle Location: Union Twp, New Jersey (United States)

Cool and breezy, making observations hard in the yard. A slow start, but Cackling Goose and Golden Eagle during the 11am hour were highlights. After that, things slowed down even more--only six new species for the rest of the daylight hours...

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McHenry Audubon

Circle Captain: Stacy Iwanicki

Circle Location: Ringwood, Illinois (United States)

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Medoc Mountain "Three hoppeteers"

Circle Captain: Brian Bockhahn

Circle Location: Hollister, North Carolina (United States)

Lots of nocturnal flight calls pre dawn, good raptor movement all day, zero migrant landbird flocks.

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Middle Runners

Circle Captain: Derek Stoner

Circle Location: Newark, Delaware (United States)

All three expected owl species calling pre-dawn, with a few flight calls from Swainson's and Hermit Thrushes heard during this time period. Quality looks at Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Palm Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Eastern Phoebe, among other perched near our Big Sit location...

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Mighty Mighty Jizz Masters

Circle Captain: Greg Neise

Circle Location: Hennepin, Illinois (United States)

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Mill Creek Wildlife Sanctuary

Circle Captain: Bob Lane

Circle Location: Canfield, Ohio (United States)

All sightings were from the observation deck. Of special interest,is the fact that there were participants from six Ohio Counties: Mahoning, Columbiana, Stark, Ashtabula, Geauga, and Jefferson.

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MoonFarm Nature Group

Circle Captain: Marta Coleman

Circle Location: Fulton, Kentucky (United States)

Most birds were seen and heard at dawn and soon after. Fewer were observed as the day went on. Although some were observed returning to roost there seemed to be less movement at dusk than early in the day.

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NOTSLAR PTB

Circle Captain: Norwood Frederick

Circle Location: Ralston, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Ohio River Islands NWR

Circle Captain: Richard Esker

Circle Location: Williamstown, West Virginia (United States)

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Packcipiters

Circle Captain: Katrina Fenton

Circle Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire (United States)

Best day of raptor diversity ever recorded for the hawk watch. Decent species list overall, though there were a few notable misses for passerines typically observed.

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PeregriNATION

Circle Captain: Chris Bennett

Circle Location: Lewes, Delaware (United States)

A red-rimmed, nearly new moon greeted us as we climbed up onto the old WWII battery that serves as our hawkwatch at 5 am having just risen above the Atlantic. Orion was nearly lost in the mass of stars spread across the skies above...

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Pondicherry NWR Marsh Hawks

Circle Captain: David Govatski

Circle Location: Pondicherry NWR, New Hampshire (United States)

4 Otters were seen by many at Little Cherry Pond. Beaver was seen in Cherry Pond and 3 coyote were heard. 77 adults, 14 children and 8 dogs noted.

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PVCAsitters

Circle Captain: Jim Flanagan

Circle Location: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (United States)

beautiful day. Did not cover the busy birding morning. Only several experienced birders (5 less than 2014), had fun and are looking forward to next years event.

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PWAS

Circle Captain: Diane Lafferty

Circle Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi (United States)

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Queens County Bird Club Big Sitters

Circle Captain: Corey Finger

Circle Location: Queens, New York (United States)

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Quercus

Circle Captain: Bridget Lyell

Circle Location: Stillwater, Minnesota (United States)

Most of the birds had come through by 10:30am. After sunset I took my dogs for a walk, as I left the house the barred owl, who I had heard earlier, flew up, landed in one of the oak trees and proceeded to inspect us very carefully...

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QVAS Bird Buddies

Circle Captain: Eric Eichorn

Circle Location: Meriden, Connecticut (United States)

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Sandy Hook Half Mooners

Circle Captain: Rob And Lisa Ann Fanning

Circle Location: Sandy Hook, Highland, New Jersey (United States)

1st Bird Mallard #60 Saltmarsh Sparrow Butterflies: Monarchs (32) American Lady Cabbage White Mourning Cloak Peck's Skipper Buckeye Non-Bird Bat Species

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SASsy Seawatchers

Circle Captain: Jennifer Rycenga

Circle Location: Pescadero, California (United States)

We had a great morning from 6:00-8:30 am, accumulating well over 50 species in that time. There were some wispy clouds, but we had good sight lines to the sea and rocks, as well as to the North pond and the hills to our east...

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Seminole Sitters

Circle Captain: Marguerite Terwilleger

Circle Location: Sanford, Florida (United States)

We saw so many bald eagles we were actually saying, "Oh, it's just another bald eagle". No ducks, swallows, or sparrows were sighted which was surprising. We were fortunate to have some very experienced eyes and ears sitting with us this year.

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Shaver's Creek

Circle Captain: Doug Wentzel

Circle Location: Petersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Silver Sands Sitters

Circle Captain: Stacy Hanks

Circle Location: Milford, Connecticut (United States)

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Smallwood Sharp Eyes

Circle Captain: Chandler S Robbins

Circle Location: Pasadena, Maryland (United States)

Ran our first ever Big Sit at Fort Smallwood Park with our team captain, Chandler S Robbins, now 97 years young. The weather was down-right balmy with light winds and clear skies. Some raptors were moving early, followed by an early afternoon of mostly kettles of gulls...

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South Meadowlarks

Circle Captain: Neil Zimmerman

Circle Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)

The day started with "heard only" birds until the sun came up and we started to see birds moving around. Four American Pipits flying overhead and calling were a nice surprise. Once it was light enough, we started identifying birds on the Puget Sound...

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SPINERBIRDS

Circle Captain: Terrie Prescott

Circle Location: ORLANDO, Florida (United States)

A good time was had by all. We had a potluck. We grilled burgers and eat smores. A few took cat naps but most stayed up the whole time. I was very surprised at how many birds we saw. I didn't expect to see more then 3 or 4 different kinds...

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St. Marks Spotters / St. Marks NWR

Circle Captain: Robin Will

Circle Location: St. Marks, Florida (United States)

Beautiful day with good breeze. Where were the ducks and swallows again?

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Station 43 Big Sit

Circle Captain: Jay Kaplan

Circle Location: South Windsor, Connecticut (United States)

Best observation: 3 river otters!

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Super-silly-em!

Circle Captain: Ted Drozdowski

Circle Location: Waxahachie, Texas (United States)

Good day for raptors including four Broad-winged Hawks. Other highlights were Osprey, Eastern Screech-Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, and four Baird's Sandpipers. Big misses were Nashville Warbler and fall-like temperatures.

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Swatara Swainsons

Circle Captain: David Mcnaughton

Circle Location: Pine Grove, Pennsylvania (United States)

We started with an Eastern screech owl and a very annoying relentless rooster, and ended with house finches. In between we had three Melospizas including two Lincoln's, several ruby-crowned kinglets, a "baypoll" warbler, and sounds and good looks from a red-shouldered hawk all day.

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Table Rock

Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga

Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)

Wet conditions a challenge and some common species missed. 19 of 26 species counted before noon.

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Team Hebron

Circle Captain: Cindy Greene

Circle Location: Coudersport, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Team Norbury's

Circle Captain: Donald P Freiday

Circle Location: Del Haven, New Jersey (United States)

Spectacular morning flight of 1,382 individual warblers of 18 species. Light but somewhat diverse nocturnal migration added quite a few species. The "morning flight" continued with small numbers of Blackpolls and others well into the afternoon hours...

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The Dean Clan

Circle Captain: Patricia Dean

Circle Location: Prospect, Ohio (United States)

The day was cool early, but warmer up as the day progressed. Because I had major surgery on my lower back, I couldn't move as usual; so, I believe I probably missed some birds that are usually in the yard...

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The Hawkeyes

Circle Captain: Sam Haskins

Circle Location: Yucaipa, California (United States)

Just a nice day of bird watching.

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The Kickapoo Valley Birding Club

Circle Captain: Barbara Duerksen

Circle Location: La Farge, Wisconsin (United States)

quiet but beautiful fall day

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The Speakmans

Circle Captain: Robin Speakman

Circle Location: Danville, Illinois (United States)

Very strange that no Canadian Geese were seen or heard at this time of year at this area.

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Trayis Ridge

Circle Captain: Patty Ford

Circle Location: Pocatello, Idaho (United States)

Between the Hawk and the Pinyon Jays showing up they chased off the other little birds.

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Trinity River Refuge

Circle Captain: Stuart Marcus

Circle Location: Dayton, Texas (United States)

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Tulsa Scissortails

Circle Captain: Terry Mitchell

Circle Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States)

Has a Marsh Wren at first light in a 2' diameter clump of weeds 50 yards from the nearest vegetation. Great start.

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TUTTLE ST BIRDERS

Circle Captain: Leo Speakman

Circle Location: danville, Illinois (United States)

Seems as if some of the 'usual suspects' were absent

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Twitching Talons

Circle Captain: Mike Gardner

Circle Location: Hockessin, Delaware (United States)

It was a fairly slow day, but really fun. Highlights included an immature Golden Eagle, an immature Red-headed Woodpecker, and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

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Under Bridge Sitters

Circle Captain: Ray Scory

Circle Location: Port Orange, Florida (United States)

At sunrise over 600 White Ibis fly out of mangrove islands after roosting for the night. The highlight of the day as they rose in large groups and silhouetted against a brilliant red/orange sky.

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Utah Lakers

Circle Captain: Keeli Marvel

Circle Location: Provo, Utah (United States)

The weather seemed warmer than usual this year.

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Waccamaw Audubon Soc

Circle Captain: Richard Moore

Circle Location: Murrells Inlet, South Carolina (United States)

high water from recent rains eliminated mud flats and most clear shorelines in pond, so very few shorebirds.

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Warbler Woodland Watchers

Circle Captain: Paulette Scherr

Circle Location: Arrowwood NWR, North Dakota (United States)

Weather was too nice! Very litttle movement of birds. Duck numbers were low and several common species not observed. With calm winds we were able to pick up a few species migrating over, like the American Pipit...

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Washtenaw Wingnuts

Circle Captain: Don Chalfant

Circle Location: Whitmore Lake, Michigan (United States)

61 species tied our Big Sit record. 18 years and counting!

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Wheeler NWR Sitting Ducks

Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley

Circle Location: Decatur, Alabama (United States)

No nocturnal migration noted. The most memorable event was the 300 visitors taking advantage of activities as part of our National Wildlife Refuge Week Open House. Only seven new species recorded after noon.

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Wheeler NWR Wingers

Circle Captain: Dwight Cooley

Circle Location: Decatur, Alabama (United States)

A beautiful Fall day. Substantial nocturnal migration. Intense activity from 30 minutes before sunrise until one hour after sunrise and 80 American White Pelicans soaring over Limestone Bay from mid-morning through mid-afternoon were the most memorable events of the day...

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Whipple Bird Club

Circle Captain: Bill Thompson, Iii

Circle Location: Whipple, Ohio (United States)

It was one of our slowest Big Sits ever, but we still had a lot of fun. As always, if we'd been sitting a week or so earlier, we'd have had another 20 species. If we'd been sitting two months later, we'd have seen Ohio's first-ever western flycatcher.

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Wings Over Wastewater

Circle Captain: Greg Cook

Circle Location: Arlington, Texas (United States)

Light north winds brought in several migrants throughout the day. Clear skies did not allow for much raptor migration viewing.

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Yoder Preserve

Circle Captain: Alan Maceachren

Circle Location: Boalsburg, Pennsylvania (United States)

A group of warblers came through between 8:30 and 9:00am; not all were possible to ID. The Phoebe, Sapsucker, and Black Vulture were in the afternoon time slot. There may have been more sparrow species beyond those listed -- there was one that had some rufous above and a flat gray breast/neck and relatively small bill and a few others not seen well.

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