The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

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Team Information: Twitching Talons

Captain: Hannah Greenberg
Location: Hockessin, Delaware (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  3. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  4. Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
  5. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  6. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  7. Common Loon Gavia imme
  8. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  9. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  10. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  11. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  12. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  13. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  16. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  17. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  18. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  19. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  20. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  21. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  22. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  23. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  24. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  25. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  26. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  27. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  28. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  29. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  30. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  31. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  32. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  33. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  34. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  35. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  36. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  37. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  38. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  39. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  40. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  41. Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus
  42. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  43. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  44. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  45. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  46. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  47. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  48. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  49. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  50. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  51. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  52. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  53. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  54. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  55. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  56. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  57. Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
  58. Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
  59. Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
  60. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  61. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  62. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  63. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  64. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  65. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  66. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  67. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Hannah Greenberg, Kelley Nunn, Derek Stoner, Al Guarente, Steve Cottrell, Judy Montgomery, John and Andy Dunn, Tom and Ryan Lazlo and many others

Weather: Cloudy, 50's, light NE wind, rain starting at Noon.

Location: Ashland Hawk Watch, Hockessin, DE

Time At Location: 6:00am to 12:45pm (Six Hours and forty-five minutes)

Good flights calls of Swainson's Thrushes before dawn, along with several Great-horned Owls and a Screech-owl that responded to whistled calls. Dawn chorus fairly strong with the expected species, and a surprise Indigo Bunting singing. First migrant raptor was a Kestrel headed South at 7:59am. Quality birds included a Common Loon flying East at 8:41am, a flock of five Double-crested Cormorants flying SE at 9:11am for species #61, and good looks at Bald Eagles, Harriers, and an Osprey at close range. For the first-ever time at this Big Sit (in nine years of counting) we observed zero vultures! The heavy skies and eventual rain led to this vulture-less experience. All told, a solid tally for a half day's effort cut short by heavy rain.

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