The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

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Team Information: St. Marks Spotters / St. Marks NWR

Captain: Robin Will
Location: St. Marks, Florida (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  2. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  3. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  4. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  5. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  6. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  7. Sora Porzana carolina
  8. Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
  9. American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus
  10. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  11. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  12. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  13. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  14. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  15. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  16. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  17. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  18. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  19. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  20. Black Skimmer Rynchops niger
  21. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  22. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  23. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  24. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  25. Great Egret Ardea alba
  26. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  27. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  28. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
  29. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  30. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  31. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  32. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  33. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  34. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  35. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  36. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  37. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  38. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  39. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  40. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  41. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  42. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  43. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  44. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  45. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  46. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  47. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  48. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  49. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  50. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  51. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  52. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  53. Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major
  54. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Selena Kiser, Mark Kiser, Matt Johnstone, Cindy Johnstone, Dana Bryan, Nico Wienders, Jocelyn Chan, Jim Smith, Jill Smith

Weather: Upper 60s (F) at dawn to a peak of upper 80s (F); maximum 10mph winds; mostly sunny

Location: St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (main unit): observation tower next to the lighthouse

Time At Location: 0654-2054 (10 hours)

Although we had a relatively good day from our count "rectangle" atop the tower, we were lacking quite a few regulars, including shorebirds and several songbirds. However, we did see the pair of Bald Eagles nesting about a mile to the north (they were prepping their large nest), a Reddish Egret, an immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (which is not so common at the lighthouse), American Oystercatchers on the sand/oyster bars during low tide, and last, but not least on our list for the day was a Peregrine Falcon (circling and eating what looked like a bird from way up high). We only saw three warblers, but we had Rose-breasted Grosbeaks here, which was a first for the count in the eight years we've participated.

It was the refuge system's celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week, so there were many birding and non-birding visitors chatting with us atop the tower. We met people from Canada as well as various states. The sunny, not-too-windy weather brought about a fair number of butterfly species today, too, including Queen, Monarch, Zebra Heliconian, Gulf Fritillary, and Cloudless Sulphur, to name a few. "Rectangle" participants: Selena Kiser, Mark Kiser, Matt Johnstone, Cindy Johnstone, Dana Bryan, Nico Wienders, Jocelyn Chan, Jim Smith, and Jill Smith.

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