The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

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Team Information: Middle Runners

Captain: Derek Stoner
Location: Newark, Delaware (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  4. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  5. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  6. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  7. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  8. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  9. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  10. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  11. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  12. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  13. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  14. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  15. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  16. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  17. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  18. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  19. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  20. Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
  21. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  22. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  23. Barred Owl Strix varia
  24. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  25. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  26. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  27. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  28. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  29. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  30. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  31. Merlin Falco columbarius
  32. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  33. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  34. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  35. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  36. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  37. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  38. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  39. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  40. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  41. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  42. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  43. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  44. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  45. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  46. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  47. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  48. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  49. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  50. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  51. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  52. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  53. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  54. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
  55. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  56. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  57. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  58. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  59. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  60. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  61. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  62. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  63. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  64. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  65. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  66. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  67. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  68. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  69. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  70. Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea
  71. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  72. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  73. American Woodcock Scolopax minor

Team Notes

Weather: Heavy rain from 5:30am to near 11:00am, then clearing slightly with strong NNE winds and sun through the afternoon.

Location: Trail Marker 4 on the Middle Run Birding Trail, Middle Run Natural Area, Newark, DE

Time At Location: 5:40am to 7:03pm (13 hours and 23 minutes)

Challenging conditions birding in heavy rain for the first five hours of counting, and we made the most of the situation by still connecting with owls, falcons migrating in the rain, and a mix of songbirds. The raptor flight was spectacular once the skies cleared, with falcons leading the way: 31 Kestrels, 4 Merlins, and 2 Peregrines. to go along with 56 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 14 Cooper's Hawks, 17 Red-tailed Hawks, 6 Red-shouldered Hawks, 5 Bald Eagles, 3 Northern Harriers and one first-of-season Golden Eagle. The feeders drew in Purple Finch, White-crowned Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, and other goodies. Quality warblers included late Northern Waterthrush and Yellow Warbler. Primary misses for the day are Tufted Titmouse, Brown Thrasher, and Common Grackle.

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