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: Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory

Captain: Brian Taber
Location: Northampton County, Virginia (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  2. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  3. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  4. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  5. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  6. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  7. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  8. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  9. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  10. Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
  11. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  12. Common Loon Gavia imme
  13. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  14. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  15. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  16. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  17. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  18. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  19. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  20. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  21. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  22. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  23. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  25. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  26. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  27. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  28. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  29. Merlin Falco columbarius
  30. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  31. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  32. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  33. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  34. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  35. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  36. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  37. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  38. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  39. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  40. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  41. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  42. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  43. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  44. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  45. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  46. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  47. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  48. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  49. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Team Notes

Weather: Rain in the AM & very high winds (30-40 mph; 60 mph gusts) in the PM; upper 60's to low 70's deg F.

Location: Hawkwatch platform at Kiptopeke State Park, VA (southern tip of Delmarva Peninsula)

Time At Location: 8 am to 7:30 pm

Unfavorable weather conditions (rain in the morning and high winds in the afternoon) greatly reduced the count this year. Normally, we find around 70-80 species, but could barely find around 50 thanks to Hurricane Matthew and the colliding cold front. Thanks to all who braved the weather: Brian Taber, Lynn Davidson, Scott Housten, Ellison Orcutt, Paul Nasca, Heidi Krofft, Harry & Liz Armistead, Bob & Lori Schamerhorn, Lee Adams, Larry Darby, Jenny Gaden, Janet Paisley, Penny & Don Owings, Peter & Charm Peterman, Hal Wierenga.

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