The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

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Team Information: Mighty Mighty Jizz Masters

Captain: Jeff & Larry
Location: Hennepin, Illinois (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  2. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  3. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  4. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  5. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  6. Trumpeter Swan Cygnus buccinator
  7. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  8. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  9. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  10. American Wigeon Anas americana
  11. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  12. Gadwall Anas strepera
  13. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  14. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  15. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  16. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  17. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  18. Canvasback Aythya valisineria
  19. Redhead Aythya americana
  20. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  21. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  22. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  23. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  24. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  25. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  26. Sora Porzana carolina
  27. American Coot Fulica americana
  28. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  29. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  30. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  31. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  32. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  33. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  34. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  35. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  36. American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
  37. Great Egret Ardea alba
  38. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  39. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  40. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  41. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  42. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  43. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  44. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  45. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  46. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  47. Barred Owl Strix varia
  48. Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
  49. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  50. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  51. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  52. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  53. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  54. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  55. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  56. Merlin Falco columbarius
  57. Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
  58. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  59. Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
  60. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  61. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  62. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  63. Purple Martin Progne subis
  64. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  65. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  66. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
  67. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  68. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  69. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  70. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  71. Winter Wren Troglodytes hiemalis
  72. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  73. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  74. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  75. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  76. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  77. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  78. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  79. House Sparrow Passer domesticus
  80. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  81. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  82. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  83. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  84. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  85. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  86. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  87. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  88. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  89. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  90. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  91. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  92. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  93. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  94. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  95. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  96. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  97. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  98. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  99. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  100. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  101. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  102. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus

Team Notes

Participants: Jeff Skrentny, Larry "Skillethead" Krutulis, Tom Lally, Krzysztof Kurylowicz, Vera Miller, Trevor Dean Edmonson, Bronson Ratcliff, Vera Miller, Dave Miller, Kurtis Himmler

Weather: Cool and overcast, 42 degrees and calm at 530am. Cloudy most of day, with a brief period of sun at 130-230pm when temps hit 54

Location: Boat Launch ritualistic circle at Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Time At Location: 530am to 6pm, 12 1/2 hours

Great start to morning, Jeff and Larry arrived at 530am, Tom and Krzys were there just about 6am and all 4 of us got all three owl species. Trevor and Bronson were there early, and Vera and Dave arrived a bit later, when we had about 60 species tallied for the day. Kurtis showed up at day's end after his cattail research was done for the day. Sadly, by then we had no new birds to record. This was our largest team in four years of doing this, and we had a very enjoyable, if not slightly cool day. Funny to think we were in shorts last year. Everyone asks what was your best bird... Our day was productive because we got MOST of the birds we would have expected to get. The cold front that moved through at days end no doubt pushed stuff along and that helped us.

How do you go a whole day at this location without a Mourning Dove? We did. And it was tantalizingly annoying that scouts had Common Yellowthroat, House Wren, Common Gallinule and Red-breasted Nuthatch very close to circle, close enough that we should have been able to observe it. Sadly, we could not get them to sing or show so we could record them from the cicle. GRRRRRRrrrrrrrrr. Starting the day with a site first for me, Short-eared Owl will be memorable. The sun in early afternoon was good for getting us a quick Sharpie, Broadie, Kestrel, two Merlin and a few other migrating hawks that we had already had on our list.

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