The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

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Team Information: Moody Flews

Captain: Greg Whittaker
Location: Galveston, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  2. Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
  3. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  4. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  5. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  6. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  7. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  8. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  9. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  10. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  11. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  12. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  13. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  14. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  15. Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla
  16. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  17. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  18. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  19. Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
  20. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  21. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  22. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  23. Great Egret Ardea alba
  24. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  25. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  26. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  27. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
  28. Green Heron Butorides virescens
  29. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea
  30. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  31. Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
  32. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  33. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  34. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  35. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  36. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  37. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  38. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  39. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  40. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  41. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  42. Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
  43. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  44. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  45. Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

Team Notes

Participants: Greg Whittaker, Jackie Farrel

Weather: Sunny, ptly cloudy, strong south wind

Location: Moody Gardens, Colonel Paddlewheel boat, top-aft deck

Time At Location: 8am

Most birds observed feeding on the north marsh area. 2 birds with difficult IDs from the sit location were identified prior to the sit during my morning property survey - birds were seen from the sit location and size/activity used as ID (Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Palm Warbler). Others encounted on morning survey were then clearly observed from sit location. Peregrine Falcon was added at conclusion of sit as it was present on the hotel in its usual location as the sit was completed, but clearly visible from the sit location.

Great views of a juvenile Black-bellied Plover that showed up right after I started observations. Also Little Blue Heron working the shoreline with Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret (normal and white morph). Lots of Osprey (counted 6 in one view over north marsh looking west).

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