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: Exeter WTP (Wing Tracking Protocol)

Captain: Andrea Robbins
Location: Exeter, New Hampshire (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  3. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  4. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  5. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  8. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  9. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  10. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  11. Sora Porzana carolina
  12. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  13. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  14. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  15. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  16. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  17. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  18. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  19. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  20. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  21. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  22. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  23. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  25. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  26. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  27. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  28. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  29. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  30. Common Raven Corvus corax
  31. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  32. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  33. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  34. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  35. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  36. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  37. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  38. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  39. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  40. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  41. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  42. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  43. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  44. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  45. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  46. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  47. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  48. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  49. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  50. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  51. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  52. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  53. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  54. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  55. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  56. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  57. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  58. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Andrea Robbins

Weather: Clear overnight, clouds building through the morning. Temperature 48 to 65 degrees. Very light SSE wind.

Location: Exeter WTP

Time At Location: 5:30 am to 11:20 am

First ever Big Sit in this location. Planned circle location ( at the intersection of the dike roads) was too noisy because of filtration pumps running. Tried moving the circle back beyond the ponds, overlooking the river, but flashlight activity by the river revealed duck hunters getting situated. So, the eventual position of the circle, which turned out to be far better, was just behind the "Coot Gallinule" marsh pond. This location sacrificed the view of the first gull pond, but added views into the marshy pond and more land birds in the trees and fencerow. A recording of Sora actually got a response! Sora was the first bird of the day. Most numerous were Common Grackle in flocks of over 500. The trees were active with lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers and one Blackpoll Warbler. Enjoyed comparing the feeding habits of Green- and Blue-winged Teal and Pintail. One Ruddy Duck was sleeping on the treatment plant equipment, where a couple of Double-crested Cormorants were drying their outstretched wings. Several American Pipits were feeding in the grassy edge. Most surprising was a late Barn Swallow.

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