The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

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Team Information: Fredericksburg Flighty Flickers

Captain: Sally Knight
Location: Stafford, Virginia (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  3. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  4. Gadwall Anas strepera
  5. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  6. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  7. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  8. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  9. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  10. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  11. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  12. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  13. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  14. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  15. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  16. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  17. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  18. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  19. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  20. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  21. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  22. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  23. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  24. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  25. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  26. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  27. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  28. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  29. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  30. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  31. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  32. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  33. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  34. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  35. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  36. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  37. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  38. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  39. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  40. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  41. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  42. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  43. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  44. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

Team Notes

Participants: Mike Lott, Joyce and Mike Bathke, Maureen Daly Hamm, Scott Byrd, Tim Stamps, Georgia Patton and daughter Joan, Jim Goehring, Bill Hohenstein, Marilynn Mendell, Dave Larson, Candice Lowther, Blake Gostelow, Jeff and Joan Pozner,, Allen Seitner and Sally Knight

Weather: Heavy clouds and rain shower at dawn. Blue skies and sun in morning. Strong winds mid day. 50’s to 60’s.

Location: Aquia Landing Park, Stafford, Virginia.

Time At Location: 6:30am - 3:00pm

The cold, showery start to the day, was brightened by an Eastern Screech-Owl flying over our heads and landing in a tree, next to our circle, where it proceeded to whinny softly to the early risers. By 9:00am we were ready for our camp breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, toast and hot chocolate once again lovingly cooked by Joyce and Mike Bathke. Blue Jays and Red-bellied Woodpeckers were busy all day eating acorns from an adjacent oak tree, a pair of Bald Eagles was observed attending to a new nest across Aquia Creek and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was added to the tally. By mid morning the sun broke through bringing in a few Warblers busy gleaning insects in an Eastern Ceder. Once the wind picked up the bird activity dropped off and team participants started heading for home. By 3:00pm, having tallied 44 species, we called it a day. Thank You Bird Watchers Digest for all your hard work.

Hanging out in a 17 foot circle with a group of birding friends is a lot of fun! Some notable species seen by some team members but not from within the circle included a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blackpoll Warbler, several Palm Warblers and a King Rail ambling across the entrance road!

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