The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

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Team Information: Sandy Hook Half Mooners

Captain: Rob And Lisa Ann Fanning
Location: Sandy Hook, Highland, New Jersey (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  3. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  4. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  5. Black Scoter Melanitta americana
  6. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  7. Sanderling Calidris alba
  8. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  9. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  10. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  11. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  12. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  13. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  14. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  15. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  16. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  17. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  18. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  19. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  20. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  21. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  22. Merlin Falco columbarius
  23. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  24. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  25. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  26. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  27. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  28. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  29. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  30. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  31. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  32. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  33. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  34. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  35. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  36. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  37. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  38. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  39. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  40. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  41. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  42. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  43. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  44. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  45. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  46. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  47. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  48. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  49. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  50. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  51. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  52. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  53. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  54. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  55. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  56. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Lisa & Rob Fanning, Patrick Belardo, Chris Monahan, David Bernstein, Alan Mart, Eleanor Swanson, Dave Saunders, Eileen Gibney, Jason Desenivich, Marissa Mizeski, Chris & Paula Williams, Carolyn Gulick, Carole Hughes, TImothy A Brown

Weather: Temps mostly in the mid 60's - winds NNE - overcast and raining by 1pm

Location: Sandy Hook, NJ - Hawkwatch Platform

Time At Location: 8 hours 40 minutes

7AM - 2:25PM; Timothy A Brown sat from 4:30-5:45PM Rains came around 1pm, getting heavier by 2PM, then heavy again by 5:45. 7 different species of Raptors - including: 9 Sharp-shinned Hawks, 1 Harrier Multiple Osprey 3 Cooper's Hawks 2 Merlin 1 Kestrel 5 Peregrine Falcons (including 1 that sat in a tree for hours)

1 Peregrine Falcon chased another, clutching a blackbird, right up to the platform. The bird dropped the blackbird, and it was caught again (unclear whether by the one who dropped it or the other bird)- and an almost Raven-like GROAN was let out by one of the birds - This all happened within FEET of the observation platform! Despite our efforts, no PIGEONS were seen - however, two were sitting atop the old Sandy Hook Bird Observatory building, and seen on the way out... THANKS GUYS 🙁

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