The Big Sit! 2017 Statistics

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Team Information: Jaegers

Captain: Shantanu Phukan
Location: Capitola, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  2. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  3. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  4. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  5. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  6. Sanderling Calidris alba
  7. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  8. Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
  9. Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
  10. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  11. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  12. California Gull Larus californicus
  13. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  14. Heermann's Gull Larus heermanni
  15. Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
  16. Sooty Shearwater Ardenna grisea
  17. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  18. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  19. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  20. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  21. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  22. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  23. Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
  24. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  25. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  26. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  28. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  29. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  30. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  31. Common Murre Uria aalge
  32. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  33. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  34. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  35. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  36. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  37. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  38. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  39. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  40. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  41. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  42. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  43. Common Raven Corvus corax
  44. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  45. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  46. Pygmy Nuthatch Sitta pygmaea
  47. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  48. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  49. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  50. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  51. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  52. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  53. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  54. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi
  55. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  56. Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
  57. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  58. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  59. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  60. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  61. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  62. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  63. Western Tanager Piranga ludoviciana
  64. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  65. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  66. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  67. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  68. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  69. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  70. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  71. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  72. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  73. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca

Team Notes

Participants: Shantanu Phukan, Alex Gauguine, Kumaran, Jeremy and Julian Arul, Lisa Sheridan, Reef Comer, Lois Goldfrank, Phil Brown, Ray Dyer, Pete Sole, Nancy Collins, David Apgar,

Weather: Sunny and up to about 75 degrees in the warmest part of the day

Location: New Brighton State Park

Time At Location: 7:45 am to 6:30 pm

The most exciting thing was the almost constant jaeger chases we witnessed. There were at least 4 Parasitic Jaegers and one Pomarine visible nearly the entire day giving elaborate chases to both Elegant Terns and Heerman's Gulls. And on the land there was a constant flurry fo Brown Creepers and Acorn Woodpeckers overhead in this beautiful grove of Monterey Pines overlooking a section of Monterey Bay.

This, as far as I am aware, is the first Big Sit in Santa Cruz County. it was immense fun to do this. Apart from the birds this was a long, sustained meditation on the changing light and wonderful conversation with old and new friends.

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