The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

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Team Information: Pishing in the Wind

Captain: Jim Royer
Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Cackling Goose Branta hutchinsii
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  4. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  5. Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
  6. American Wigeon Anas americana
  7. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  8. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  9. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  10. Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
  11. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  12. California Quail Callipepla californica
  13. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  14. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  15. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  16. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  17. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  18. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  19. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  20. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  21. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  22. Sora Porzana carolina
  23. American Coot Fulica americana
  24. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  25. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  26. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  27. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  28. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  29. Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
  30. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  31. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  32. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  33. Red Knot Calidris canutus
  34. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  35. Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
  36. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  37. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  38. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  39. California Gull Larus californicus
  40. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  41. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  42. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  43. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  44. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  45. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  46. Common Loon Gavia imme
  47. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  48. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  49. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  50. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  51. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  52. Great Egret Ardea alba
  53. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  54. Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
  55. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  56. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  57. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  58. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  59. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  60. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  61. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  62. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  63. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  64. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  65. Merlin Falco columbarius
  66. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  67. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  68. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  69. Cassin's Kingbird Tyrannus vociferans
  70. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  71. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  72. Common Raven Corvus corax
  73. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  74. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  75. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  76. Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
  77. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  78. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  79. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  80. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  81. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  82. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  83. Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
  84. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  85. California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
  86. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  87. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  88. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  89. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  90. Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata
  91. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  92. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  93. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  94. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  95. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  96. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  97. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  98. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  99. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  100. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  101. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  102. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  103. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  104. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta
  105. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
  106. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Kevin Colgate, Tom Edell, Herb Elliot, Joni Gardner, Kris Jacobsen, Kathanne Lynch, Jeff Miller, Kaaren Perry, Norm Pillsbury, Jim Royer, Kerry Runkle, Ron Ruppert, Steve Schubert, Maggie Smith, Mike Stiles, Dean Thompson, Janny Tillman, and Steve Tillmann.

Weather: Started cloudy and mild. Most of the day was clear, around 70 degrees with a slight breeze.

Location: Bush Lupine Point Overlook, Elfin Forest, Los Osos, California

Time At Location: 6 am - 7pm, and a visit after dark for owls.

Notes:
We started our 22nd Elfin Forest Big Sit before daylight and already had 73 species by 8am. 18 counters took shifts on what turned out to be a beautiful day, as we perched above the Morro Bay Estuary. The receding and advancing tide brought many birds into view below and the breeze blew in a few migrants and raptors by at eye level. Our new bird for the count was Reddish Egret, with two individuals feeding across the inlet of the bay. Participants and others kindly brought food which kept us energized. With 101 species by noon, it was a challenge to find new species in the afternoon (we found only five new ones). Many duck species had not arrived yet in the bay and the slow migration kept our passerine numbers down, but the total was a decent one - due to the efforts of all those who participated!

Anecdotes:
An Osprey carried a big fish in his large talons, right by us at eye level. We watched him tear it apart on a snag below us. A pair of Peregrine Falcons hunted together over the estuary. We could almost feel the breeze as a Merlin shot by us, in pursuit of a poor passerine. Several Red Knots were in scope view with an active Ruddy Turnstone (Ruddy Turnalgae?). When the birding was slow we enjoyed the incredible views from our location and the company of numbers of other birders as many stayed beyond their shifts!


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