The Big Sit! 2017 Statistics

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Team Information: Super-silly-em!

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

Team Checklist

  1. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  2. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  4. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  5. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  6. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  7. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  8. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  9. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  10. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  11. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  12. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  13. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  14. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  15. Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
  16. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  17. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  18. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  19. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  20. Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
  21. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  22. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  23. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  24. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  25. Great Egret Ardea alba
  26. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  27. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  28. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  29. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  30. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  31. Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  32. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  33. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  34. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  35. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  36. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  37. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  38. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  39. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  40. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  41. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  42. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  43. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  44. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  45. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  46. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  47. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  48. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  49. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  50. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  51. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  52. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  53. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  54. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  55. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  56. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  57. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  58. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  59. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  60. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  61. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  62. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  63. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  64. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  65. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  66. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  67. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  68. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  69. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  70. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  71. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  72. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Team Notes

Participants: Sheryll Barker, Amanda Brochu, Buck Buchanan, Frank Bumgardner, Winston Caillouet, Paula Channell, Barbara Chouinard, Christine Drozdowski, Ted Drozdowski, Jean Ferguson, Bill Huffman, Susan Kosoris, Missy McAllister-Kerr, Carolyn Molsbee, Gail Morris, Patricia Noell, Amy Richards, Shiela Shallcross, Barbara Tompkins, Mike Wease, Valerie Wilmot

Weather: Morning: Comfortably overcast. SW winds shifting NW at noon and then N. Highs in the 80's with a mix of sun and clouds.

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

Time At Location: 04:00 to 19:38

Notes:
We had a nice turnout of nineteen people. Happy to have mud and shorebirds to pick through all day long. We had eleven species of shorebirds including Semisand and semiplover, plus a dozen Stilt Sandpipers. North winds in the afternoon gave us a small raptor movement, but passerines were in short supply. October 7th is early for the sit and so not too many winter species found. We were excited to have Roseate Spoonbills first thing in the morning and again coming back to roost for the evening. It was a good day with mostly expected species and we finished only three away from our record of 75 set in 2015.

Anecdotes:
We were thrilled to get a Green Heron before sunrise as this bird is difficult in October. We also had a five dove day, something we haven't had before. We picked up nine new species for our cumulative four-year list, which now stands at 99 species. We had only two warbler species and no sparrows. Swallow movement was light and we only got the two expected species: Barn and Cave. We had great weather and plenty of birds, good friends and good times.


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