The Big Sit! 2016 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: COAN San Blas

Captain: Mark Stackhouse
Location: San Blas, Other (Mexico)

Team Checklist

  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  2. Blue-winged Teal
  3. Northern Shoveler
  4. Rufous-bellied Chachalaca
  5. Red-billed Tropicbird
  6. Wood Stork
  7. Magnificent Frigatebird
  8. Blue-footed Booby
  9. Brown Booby
  10. Neotropic Cormorant
  11. Anhinga
  12. Brown Pelican
  13. Great Blue Heron
  14. Great Egret
  15. Snowy Egret
  16. Little Blue Heron
  17. Tricolored Heron
  18. Reddish Egret
  19. Cattle Egret
  20. Green Heron
  21. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  22. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  23. White Ibis
  24. White-faced Ibis
  25. Roseate Spoonbill
  26. Black Vulture
  27. Turkey Vulture
  28. Osprey
  29. Crane Hawk
  30. Common Black Hawk
  31. Gray Hawk
  32. Common Gallinule
  33. American Coot
  34. Black-necked Stilt
  35. American Avocet
  36. American Oystercatcher
  37. Semipalmated Plover
  38. Killdeer
  39. Northern Jacana
  40. Whimbrel
  41. Stilt Sandpiper
  42. Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
  43. Red-necked Phalarope
  44. Spotted Sandpiper
  45. Greater Yellowlegs
  46. Willet
  47. Lesser Yellowlegs
  48. Laughing Gull
  49. Heermann's Gull
  50. Ring-billed Gull
  51. Gull-billed Tern
  52. Caspian Tern
  53. Black Tern
  54. Common Tern
  55. Royal Tern
  56. Rock Pigeon
  57. Red-billed Pigeon
  58. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  59. Inca Dove
  60. Ruddy Ground-Dove
  61. White-winged Dove
  62. Groove-billed Ani
  63. Barn Owl
  64. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  65. Mottled Owl
  66. Lesser Nighthawk
  67. Common Pauraque
  68. Vaux's Swift
  69. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  70. Cinnamon Hummingbird
  71. Belted Kingfisher
  72. Green Kingfisher
  73. Golden-cheeked Woodpecker
  74. Gila Woodpecker
  75. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  76. Lineated Woodpecker
  77. Collared Forest-Falcon
  78. Crested Caracara
  79. Laughing Falcon
  80. American Kestrel
  81. Peregrine Falcon
  82. Mexican Parrotlet
  83. Orange-fronted Parakeet
  84. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  85. Vermilion Flycatcher
  86. Brown-crested Flycatcher
  87. Great Kiskadee
  88. Social Flycatcher
  89. Tropical Kingbird
  90. Thick-billed Kingbird
  91. Masked Tityra
  92. Rose-throated Becard
  93. Bell's Vireo
  94. Black-throated Magpie-Jay
  95. Purplish-backed Jay
  96. Sinaloa Crow
  97. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  98. Gray-breasted Martin
  99. Mangrove Swallow
  100. Barn Swallow
  101. Happy Wren
  102. Sinaloa Wren
  103. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  104. Rufous-backed Robin
  105. Northern Mockingbird
  106. Northern Waterthrush
  107. Orange-crowned Warbler
  108. MacGillivray's Warbler
  109. American Redstart
  110. Tropical Parula
  111. Yellow Warbler
  112. Yellow-breasted Chat
  113. Blue-black Grassquit
  114. White-collared Seedeater
  115. Grayish Saltator
  116. Summer Tanager
  117. Blue Grosbeak
  118. Dickcissel
  119. Red-winged Blackbird
  120. Great-tailed Grackle
  121. Bronzed Cowbird
  122. Black-vented Oriole
  123. Orchard Oriole
  124. Streak-backed Oriole
  125. Yellow-winged Cacique
  126. Scrub Euphonia
  127. House Sparrow

Team Notes

Participants: Mark Stackhouse + two others

Weather: Clear, hot, light wind

Location: Cerro de La Contaduria, San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico

Time At Location: 8 hours

On Sunday, October 9, the Nayarit Bird Watchers Club (COAN for it’s Spanish name) conducted it’s fifth annual “Big Sit,” at the Cerro de La Contaduria in San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico. Starting an hour before dawn, three species of owls were the first birds, joined by a few calls of diurnal birds that were up in the night. But it’s still early for much migratory movement here, so the only flight call heard in the darkness was a lone Dickcissel. Somehow, Common Pauraque wasn’t heard, and would have to wait for evening to get on the list as our last bird of the day. As the sky lightened in the east, a Collared Forest-Falcon called, signaling the transition from night to day birding. For the next hour, there was so much activity that it was hard to keep up with it all, and by 8:00 a.m. we had 82 species recorded. The “morning commute” of Red-billed Pigeons, egrets, ibis and others past our hilltop was impressive as always. The great morning light at our backs made sea watching over the ocean easy, and we racked up a number of birds through the scope. We had a flock of phalaropes, almost certainly Red-necked, that were the first phalaropes we’ve had on the Big Sit. We also saw only the second Red-billed Tropicbird seen on this event. But the day was very clear, very sunny, and headed for a brutal mid-day heat. The bird activity tapered off quickly, and it wasn’t until just after 10:00 a.m. that we crossed 100 species – an Orange-crowned Warbler working through the large trees behind us. The next two hours added just ten new species, and we all gave in to the relentless sun at noon, and, like the birds, took a break until late afternoon. The afternoon shift started slow, even though the different light angle gave us better views into some of the wetlands and shrimp farms below us. We added a few species, and then, in the last hour, things picked up. We added 14 more species, enjoyed a lovely sunset, and soaked in the cool breeze on the hilltop that wiped away the memory of the mid-day inferno. As the light faded, a pair of Crested Caracaras flew by, almost close enough to touch, and the a Black-crowned Night-Heron, not quite so close, flew past. Finally, all the daytime bird calls gave way to the sounds of Sunday evening in a small Mexican village, and even the distant Laughing Falcon fell silent. As darkness once again enveloped the hill, I finally heard the Common Pauraque we had missed before dawn – species number 127 for the day. It was our second-highest species total for the Big Sit, three fewer than our record last year – but a great day by any measure.

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