The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

These statistics reflect information submitted by reporting circles. As teams continue to report their Big Sit! results, the statistics on this page will change to reflect up-to-the-minute information.

Team Information: Birds By Day Bats By Night

Captain: Selena And Mark Kiser
Location: Monticello, Florida (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  2. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  3. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  4. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  5. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  6. Wood Stork Mycteria americana
  7. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  8. Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  9. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  10. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  11. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  12. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  13. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  16. Barred Owl Strix varia
  17. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
  18. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  19. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  20. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  21. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  22. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  23. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  24. Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  25. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  26. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  27. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  28. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  29. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  30. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  31. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  32. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  33. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  34. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  35. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  36. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  37. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  38. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  39. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  40. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  41. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  42. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  43. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  44. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  45. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  46. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  47. Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
  48. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  49. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  50. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  51. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  52. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  53. Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
  54. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
  55. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  56. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

Team Notes

Participants: Selena Birgit Kiser, Mark Kiser

Weather: Mostly sunny, high temperature in the upper 80s (degrees F), low wind

Location: Our backyard: north of Wacissa, FL and south of Monticello, FL (Payton Road)

Time At Location: Started at 0702 and finished at 1717 (10.25 hours birding total between the two of us)

The best sighting of the day was a group of 50 Wood Storks who decided to soar above us for 5 to 10 minutes. That's the most we've ever seen soaring at one time (they were acting like soaring American White Pelicans). We had several first of the fall birds today, including: Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Kestrel, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, (the sharpie was a youngster, who tried to hunt for at least 15 minutes, but a family of Blue Jays eventually chased him/her off). The Ring-billed Gull was only the second sighting here at home (a flyover); the Anhinga and pair of cormorants are also uncommon flyovers at our place. At least two Blackburnian Warblers were hanging around, as they had the day before... what a treat!

Just days prior to the sit, we were worried we might have severe hurricane damage (due to Hurricane Michael), but we got lucky and were able to participate, and had a gorgeous day! After we finished birding in the circle, we did a quick sweep of the rest of our property and saw an American Redstart. The total bird species for the day was 57, a home record!

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