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: Boreal Birdometers

Captain: Bill Tefft
Location: Ely, Minnesota (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  2. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  3. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  4. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  5. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  6. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  7. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  8. Common Loon Gavia imme
  9. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  10. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  11. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  12. Common Raven Corvus corax
  13. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  14. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  15. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  16. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  17. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  18. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  19. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  20. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  21. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  22. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  23. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  24. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  25. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca

Team Notes

Participants: 10 Ely Field Naturalist Members

Weather: Steady 10-15 mph wind form the WNW off the lake, cloudy skies, temperatures in the low 30 degree Farenheit range.

Location: Next to the boat ramp next to the boat access on the south of Shagawa Lake, in Ely, MN - St. Louis County

Time At Location: 6:15 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. - 12 hours

Sparrows, rusty blackbirds, chickadees, loons, cormorants, crows, ravens and nuthatches present at bird feeders or on the lake throughout the day. Surprising absence of woodpeckers and jays. The only woodpeckers was pished in just before leaving for the day. The appearance of the two yellowleg species was surprising this far north this late in the year.

There were a lot of discussion about the ages, behavior and upcoming migration of loons. A number of aquatic invertebrate species were netted and examined with a microscope as a side activity during the count.

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