The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

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Team Information: BAG Birders

Captain: Genevieve Johannsen
Location: Allyn, Washington (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  2. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  3. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  4. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  5. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  6. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  7. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  8. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  9. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  10. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  11. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  12. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  13. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  14. Merlin Falco columbarius
  15. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  16. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  17. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  18. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  19. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  20. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  21. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  22. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  23. Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
  24. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  25. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  26. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  27. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  28. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  29. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  30. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  31. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens

Team Notes

Participants: Faye Hands, Diane Yorgason-Quinn, Melissa Sherwood, Kelly Palmer, Elizabeth Farrell, Valera N., Christopher Johannsen-Russie, Genevieve Johannsen

Weather: misty morning was followed by a warm, still midday than transitioned into a cooler quiet evening.

Location: Lake Anderson at Lakeland Village, Allyn, Washington

Time At Location: 7:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Notes:
The challenge was set early on as the team all trained their scopes on a singular duck diving and reemerging, but with a short neck and crested head. After much deliberation the consensus was that it was, indeed a Wood duck, but a female. Going into the day the group anticipated sighting Mallards and common waterfowl, but were treated insead to a morning of watching the hunters display their skills. An Osprey flew to a high branch across from us and sat motionless for several minutes moving its head this-way and that-way to change perspective as it studied the lake below. After a significant period of allowing us to enjoy its beauty it began its dive nd we watched it emerge from the splash with nothing in its grasp. Rather than return to its perch (one neighbors have seen it on quite often) it flew to the opposite end of the lake. A Belted Kingfisher soon landed nearby, but flew across the lake and perched on a driftwood log emerging from the water and then on a neighbor's covered platform feeder near the bank. The mirrored surface of the lake gave no indication of what might be beneath, and the fishing boats were slowly trolling, but reeling nothing in, so shortly thereafter the Kingfisher followed the path of the Osprey-- darting down into the water every-other second to see what it might catch. An elegant Great Blue Heron flew across into the cove and stayed a short while. The trees above and behind us were filled with the sounds of Vireo, Thrush, Kinglets, and sparrows while in the distance a crow kept a solitary cadence. Mid-afternoon saw more species landing on the lake and others circling in the sky. The bright sun made colors hard to detect, silhouette became more important. As the sun set and darkness fell the GBH returned to the cove and then crossed over to the reeds by a neighboring home. A swallow came from somewhere to the left, dipping quickly to the surface in the moonlight. It continued on its path dipping and darting and was quickly out of sight.


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