The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

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Team Information: Mighty Mighty Jizz Masters

Captain: Greg Neise
Location: Hennepin, Illinois (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  4. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  5. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  6. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  7. American Wigeon Anas americana
  8. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  9. Gadwall Anas strepera
  10. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  11. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  12. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  13. Canvasback Aythya valisineria
  14. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  15. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  16. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  17. Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
  18. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  19. Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
  20. American Coot Fulica americana
  21. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  22. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  23. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  24. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  25. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  26. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  27. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  28. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  29. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  30. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  31. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  32. Great Egret Ardea alba
  33. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  34. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  35. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  36. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  37. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  38. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  39. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  40. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  41. Barred Owl Strix varia
  42. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  43. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  44. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  45. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  46. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  47. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  48. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  49. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  50. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  51. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  52. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  53. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  54. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  55. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  56. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  57. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  58. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  59. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  60. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  61. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  62. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  63. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  64. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  65. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  66. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  67. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  68. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  69. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  70. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  71. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  72. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  73. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  74. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  75. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  76. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  77. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  78. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  79. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  80. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  81. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  82. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  83. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  84. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  85. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  86. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  87. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  88. Merlin Falco columbarius
  89. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia

Team Notes

Participants: Greg Neise, Jeff Skrentny, Carl Giamatti, Jon Grainger

Weather: Sunny, clear and calm.

Location: Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin-Hopper Lakes Putnam County, IL. 41.209494, -89.323650

Time At Location: 5:30am -- 7:00pm

Beautiful, calm, big blue sky day. Wished for a few clouds, and a bit of a north wind to push some birds through, but overall, a great day of sitting. The morning was dead calm and cold (low 40s). A few marsh birds were calling, but no owls, and passerines were silent. As the morning warmed up, passerines came out to play. Our circle is situated where we have a commanding view of the marsh that is the floodplain on the east side of the Illinois River. The bluff defining the floodplain is immediately behind us. Birds migrate along this bluff, both in the form of moving through the trees, and flying over. Most unexpected finds were Cackling Goose and a late Black-billed Cuckoo.

There is a farm shed where heavy equipment is stored immediately adjacent to the parking lot. This building is home to about 5 or 6 feral cats. Sammy, my Border Collie mix, and the 5th member of our team, kept the cats inside, so that sparrows could safely pick up grit along the edge of the gravel parking lot.

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