The Big Sit! 2015 Statistics

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Team Information: SASsy Seawatchers

Captain: Jennifer Rycenga
Location: Pescadero, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
  2. Common Loon Gavia imme
  3. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  4. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  5. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  6. Pink-footed Shearwater Ardenna creatopus
  7. Black-vented Shearwater Puffinus opisthomelas
  8. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  9. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  10. Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
  11. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  12. Great Egret Ardea alba
  13. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  14. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  15. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  16. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  17. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  18. American Wigeon Anas americana
  19. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  20. Gadwall Anas strepera
  21. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  22. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  23. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  24. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  25. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  26. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  27. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  28. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  29. California Quail Callipepla californica
  30. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  31. Sora Porzana carolina
  32. American Coot Fulica americana
  33. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  34. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  35. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  36. Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani
  37. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  38. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  39. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  40. Black Turnstone Arenaria melanocephala
  41. Surfbird Calidris virgata
  42. Red Knot Calidris canutus
  43. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  44. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  45. dowitcher sp.
  46. California Gull Larus californicus
  47. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  48. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
  49. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  50. Common Murre Uria aalge
  51. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  52. Barn Owl Tyto alba
  53. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  54. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  55. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  56. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  57. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  58. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  59. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  60. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  61. Common Raven Corvus corax
  62. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  63. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  64. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  65. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  66. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  67. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  68. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  69. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  70. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  71. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  72. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  73. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  74. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  75. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  76. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  77. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  78. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  79. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  80. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  81. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  82. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  83. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  84. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Team Notes

Participants: SASsy Seawatchers

Weather: Foggy, cool, windy - considerably less than ideal!

Location: Pescadero State Beach and Marsh Natural Area

Time At Location: 10 hours and 45 minutes: 6:00 am to 4:45 pm

Notes:
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. But, just as we gained more participants, the fog came in - and never left! The whole rest of the day, from 8:30 to 4:45, we had horribly foggy conditions, with only momentary breaks allowing for longer views. The fog also held the passerine numbers down; I noted very very few flying insects in our vicinity, which had a negative impact on insectivores. The fact that we pulled 84 species out of this pea soup is actually an accomplishment of which we can be quite proud. This was our fifth year atop the hill at Pescadero. We do this as a fun-raiser and fund-raiser for Sequoia Audubon Society, our San Mateo county Audubon chapter. After five years, we have some interesting data accumulating, and a total species list The participants included Mark Kudrav - hero of the count and morning stalwart Gena Zolatar - another hero of the count and morning stalwart Leslie Flint Donna Pomeroy Doug Pomeroy Ginny Marshall Anne Kelley Nelle Lyons Al Eisner Susie Hons (and her amazing date bars) The Big RIDE team joined us late in the day Rob Furrow Malia DeFelice Chris Hayward Chris O'Connell

Anecdotes:
A California Gull stopped by to examine our snacks, and susceptibility to sharing said snacks. We didn't see a Red-tailed Hawk. Not even a whiff of one, nada. That's how thick the fog was. Also missed Red-throated Loon. This was the first year of a parallel event, the Big RIDE! - Green birding by bike to some of this richest areas for migrant passerines along the coast. They saw 99 species across the day, before joining us atop the hill to give us their empathy. We at Sequoia are proud to offer these two events, and will do so into the future.


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