The Big Sit! 2017 Statistics

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Team Information: Pishing in the Wind

Captain: Jim Royer
Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  4. American Wigeon Anas americana
  5. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  6. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  7. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  8. Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
  9. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  10. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  11. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  12. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  13. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  14. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  15. California Quail Callipepla californica
  16. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  17. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  18. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  19. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  20. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  21. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  22. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  23. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  24. Sora Porzana carolina
  25. American Coot Fulica americana
  26. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  27. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  28. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  29. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  30. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  31. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  32. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  33. Sanderling Calidris alba
  34. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  35. Red Knot Calidris canutus
  36. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  37. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  38. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  39. California Gull Larus californicus
  40. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  41. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  42. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  43. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  44. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  45. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  46. Common Loon Gavia imme
  47. Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
  48. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  49. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  50. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  51. Great Egret Ardea alba
  52. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  53. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  54. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  55. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  56. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  57. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  58. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  59. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  60. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  61. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  62. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  63. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  64. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  65. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  66. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  67. Merlin Falco columbarius
  68. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  69. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  70. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  71. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  72. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  73. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  74. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  75. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  76. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  77. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  78. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  79. Western Bluebird Sialia mexicana
  80. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  81. California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
  82. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  83. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  84. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  85. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  86. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  87. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  88. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  89. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi
  90. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  91. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  92. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  93. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  94. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  95. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  96. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  97. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  98. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  99. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  100. Wrentit Chamaea fasciata

Team Notes

Participants: Bill Bouton, Tom Edell, Herb Elliot, Jim Royer, Kerry Runkle, Ron Rupert, Greg Smith, Maggie Smith, Mike Stiles, and Steve Tillman

Weather: Started clear and 48 degrees with some patchy fog in the morning. Hazy afternoon conditions, with a high in the mid seventies.

Location: Elfin Forest, Los Osos, California

Time At Location: 6 am - 7pm, and a visit after dark for owls.

Our 21st sit at this location had fewer sitters than past years with only one sitter for brief periods. The poor visibility hindered long range identification of grebes, terns and other birds. There was no land bird migration apparent, with no swallows or other birds passing our observation platform from the north. Nevertheless we had an average total of 100 species, with Bald Eagle being new for our sit. Other unusual species for our sit included White-fronted Goose, Ring-necked Duck, and Eurasian Wigeon. A Black Skimmer seen on the bay the day before was not present on sit day.

There were as many as 6 Osprey perched along the bay edges in our view, which was a large number for this location. Some flew by close to our location, but the adult Bald Eagle stole the show as he cruised by at eye level near us! We inexplicably missed some species that we never miss, such as Long-billed Dowitcher and American Avocet. Avocets are hard to miss and dowitchers are usually pretty vocal, so it appeared they were really missing!

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