The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: Metro Munchers

Captain: Tom Heatley
Location: Harrison Township, Michigan (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  3. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  5. Redhead Aythya americana
  6. Greater Scaup Aythya marila
  7. White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
  8. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  9. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  10. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  11. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  12. Sora Porzana carolina
  13. Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
  14. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  15. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  16. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  17. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  18. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  19. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  20. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  21. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  22. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  23. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  24. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  25. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  26. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  27. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  28. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  29. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  30. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  31. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  32. Merlin Falco columbarius
  33. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  34. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  35. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  36. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  37. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  38. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  39. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  40. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  41. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  42. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  43. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  44. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  45. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  46. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  47. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  48. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  49. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  50. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  51. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  52. Northern Parula Setophaga americana
  53. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  54. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  55. Nelson's Sparrow (formerly Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow) Ammodramus nelsoni
  56. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  57. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  58. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  59. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  60. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  61. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  62. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  63. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  64. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  65. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Jason Alesi, Jennifer Anderson, Barb Baldinger, Jim Fowler, Tom Heatley, Kathy Hince, Tom Hince, Wayne Hoch, Brian McGee, Andrea Meldrum, Diane Miller, Beth Nuren Murphy, Gary Murphy, Joanna Pease, Paul Poronto, Alan Ryff, Kevin Rysiewski, Andrew Simon, Jeff Steinmetz, Andy Weinrauch

Weather: Temperatures were 37 to 59. Wind from 3 to 8 MPH. Skies were clear.

Location: The circle is located on a slight hill overlooking Point Rosa Marsh at Lake St. Clair Metropark (formerly called Metro Beach Me

Time At Location: 6:00 am to 7:30 pm

We were pleased to add two species to our all time list of Big Sits at this location: Northern Parula and the bird of the day, Nelson's Sparrow, spotted by Paul Poronto and seen by everyone. This brings our entire Big Sit list from 1996 to 2016 to 140 species. The highest list for any one year was 69.

Many park visitors were curious about our circle and asked what we were doing. We were able to tell them about the International count sponsored by Bird Watcher's Digest. They were fascinated and impressed!

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