The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

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Team Information: Fredericksburg Flighty Flickers

Captain: Sally Knight
Location: Stafford, Virginia (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  3. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  4. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  5. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  6. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  7. Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
  8. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  9. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  10. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  11. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  12. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  13. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  14. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  15. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  16. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  17. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  19. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  20. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  21. Merlin Falco columbarius
  22. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  23. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  24. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  25. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  26. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  27. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  28. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  29. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Team Notes

Participants: Sally Knight, Mike Lott, Jim Goehring, Mike, Joyce and Andrew Bathke, David and Georgia Patton and friend Tannis, Dixie Summers, Dave Larson, Candice Lowther.

Weather: Early cloud to full sun, strong wind all day with gusts up to 40mph. Temps on the low 60s.

Location: Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia.

Time At Location: 11 hours. 7:35 am - 6:35 pm.

Hurricaine Matthew impacted our first Big Sit! We had to pick between rain all day Saturday, or sun and wind on Sunday - we picked the latter! The wind was relentless, which kept all the song birds hunkered down and out of sight. In addition, we were unable to hear virtually any vocalizations. However, despite our dismal showing, we had a fun day, with great company, delicious food, and a shared love for being outdoors enjoying the natural world. We will be back! Non-avian species seen: river otter; deer; sulphur, cabbage white, and monarch butterflies.

While birding in the rain is miserable, birding in wind, up to 40mph, is virtually impossible. At one point we spotted 3 Osprey, but it turned out they were headed to Qnantico Marine Base! Mike Bathke scoped 6 birds across Aquia Creek, foraging on the grass, they turned out to be Northern Flickers, a fortuitous sighting considering our team name!

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