The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

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Team Information: Missisquoi Marsh Mellows

Captain: Rich Kelley
Location: Swanton, Vermont (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. duck sp.
  2. Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
  3. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  4. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  5. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  6. Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
  7. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  8. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  9. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  10. American Woodcock Scolopax minor
  11. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  12. gull sp.
  13. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  14. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  15. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  16. Great Egret Ardea alba
  17. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  18. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  19. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  20. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  21. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  22. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  23. Barred Owl Strix varia
  24. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  25. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  26. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  27. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  28. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  29. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  30. Merlin Falco columbarius
  31. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  32. Common Raven Corvus corax
  33. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  34. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  35. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  36. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  37. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  38. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  39. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  40. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  41. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  42. Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
  43. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  44. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  45. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  46. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  47. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  48. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Team Notes

Participants: 15 total throughout the day, with a core 7 that were there for most of the time.

Weather: Cool, cloudy and windy for the most part. Brief light shower early in the day, started clearing late afternoon.

Location: Observation deck at the Stephen Young Marsh, Missisquoi NWR, Swanton, VT

Time At Location: Arrived a little after 6am, first bird noted at 0632 (barred owl). Packed up shortly after 6pm. Roughly 12 hours on site.

Notes:
Pretty productive day, although the weather wasn't exactly comfortable to be sitting out. Highlight of the day was a Sandhill Crane flying over, which is rare for the refuge and the first documented sighting at this location. Good food, good friends and a fun day.

Anecdotes:
We kept checklists for each hour, 12 total. We added at least 1 new species on each of the first 10, it wasn't until 4pm that we didn't note something new. 5 mallards, a hooded merganser and 4 greater yellow-legs spent the day with us, appearing on essentially every hourly list.


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