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: Hartford Audubon Society

Captain: Brian Kleinman
Location: South Winsdor, Connecticut (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  4. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  5. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  6. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  7. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  8. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  9. Common Loon Gavia imme
  10. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  11. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  12. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  13. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  14. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  15. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  16. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  17. Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
  18. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  19. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  20. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  21. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  22. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  23. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  24. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  25. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  26. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  27. Common Raven Corvus corax
  28. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  29. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  30. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  31. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  32. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  33. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  34. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  35. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  36. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  37. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  38. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  39. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  40. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  41. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  42. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  43. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  44. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  45. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  46. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  47. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  48. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  49. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  50. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  51. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  52. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  53. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  54. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  55. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  56. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca

Team Notes

Participants: Brian Kleinman, Jay Kaplan, Luke Kleinman, Ernie Harris, Maggie Peretto, Catherine Chalk, and Rob & Alberta Mirer

Weather: 38°F - 60°F

Location: Station 43, South Windsor, CT

Time At Location: 6AM - 1PM

There is no better way to start your morning than sitting in a marsh during a gorgeous sunrise while watching the flowing flocks of WOOD DUCKS fly over. Jay Kaplan, my son Luke, and myself (Brian Kleinman) arrived at Station 43 in South Windsor a little after 6AM. The morning temperature was a crisp 38°F with clear skies. It’s always nice to start the Big Sit with a few nocturnal birds, but the marsh and surrounding woodlands only echoed the sounds of WOOD DUCKS and a few early rising SWAMP SPARROWS. It wasn’t almost until 7AM when a pair of GREAT-HORNED OWLS decided to have a discussion off in the distance, shortly followed by an EASTERN SCREECH OWL. Just as the sun was peaking over the tress a few MORING DOVES flew in front of us with a PEREGRINE FALSON in hot pursuit! Unfortunately his breakfast eluded him, so he flew back over the marsh for an encore. Shortly after the sun rose we were joined by Ernie Harris, Maggie Peretto, Catherine Chalk, and Rob & Alberta Mirer. Highlights of the day were GREEN-WINGED TEAL, COMMON LOON (flying north over the CT River), PECTORAL SANDPIPER (several small flocks flying south over the marsh), BALD EAGLE (4), RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, CHIMNEY SWIFT (25+), YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, COMMON RAVEN, TREE SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, WINTER WREN, AMERICAN PIPIT, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, & PURPLE FINCH.

Overall we tallied 56 species, which was about 10 shy of the record. Although we didn’t break any records or see any anything extremely rare, I always look forward to catching up with friends, and birding at the BIG SIT.

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