The Big Sit! 2016 Statistics

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Team Information: Super-silly-em!

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Waxahachie, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  2. Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  3. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Great Egret Ardea alba
  6. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  7. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  8. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  9. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  10. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  11. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  12. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  13. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  16. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  17. American Coot Fulica americana
  18. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  19. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  20. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  21. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  22. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  23. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  24. Barred Owl Strix varia
  25. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  26. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  27. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  28. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  29. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  30. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  31. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  32. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  33. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  34. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  35. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  36. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  37. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  38. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  39. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  40. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  41. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  42. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  43. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  44. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  45. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  46. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  47. Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica
  48. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  49. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  50. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  51. Merlin Falco columbarius
  52. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  53. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  54. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  55. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  56. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  57. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  58. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  59. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Chuck Baskin, Rick Benner, Kellye Bussey, Paula Channell, Christine Drozdowski, Ted Drozdowski, Brent Franklin, Eileen Frey, Charlie Hunt, Paula Thomas, Mike Wease

Weather: Morning light fog and cold. Pleasant rest of day. Light NE winds. Gradual increase in cloudiness throughout the day.

Location: West end of Lake Waxahachie, Ellis County, TX.

Time At Location: 3:45am to 7:05pm

We had some great birds for our third Big Sit at this location. The highlight of the day was a Yellow-throated Warbler, which is pretty rare considering only one other ebird record for the county. Other highlights were: Inca Dove, Merlin, and an Anhinga. Barred Owl was also a shocker considering there was no less than four Great Horned Owls in the immediate vicinity at the time. Other good birds were Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Orange-crowned Warbler. The big miss was shared between both hummingbird species that were around the day before.

Considering the high water, which left us no mud and very little shoreline, I feel we did very well with 59 species overall, including four flyby shorebird species. What kept our tally low was only two species of ducks, and no sparrows. Passerine activity was light, but a good raptor movement kept us busy in the afternoon. We wound up with nine species of hawks and falcons, plus three species of owls for twelve raptors. I want to thank all who came out to support this Big Sit!

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