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: Sandy Hook Half Mooners

Captain: Rob And Lisa Ann Fanning
Location: Sandy Hook, Highland, New Jersey (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Brant Branta bernicla
  3. Mute Swan Cygnus olor
  4. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  5. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  6. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  7. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  8. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  9. Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans
  10. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  11. Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
  12. Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
  13. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  14. Herring Gull Larus argentatus
  15. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  16. Common Loon Gavia imme
  17. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  18. Great Egret Ardea alba
  19. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  20. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  21. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  22. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  23. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  24. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  25. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  26. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  27. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  28. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  29. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  30. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  31. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  32. Merlin Falco columbarius
  33. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  34. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  35. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  36. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  37. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  38. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  39. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  40. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  41. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  42. Brown Creeper Certhia americana
  43. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  44. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  45. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  46. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  47. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  48. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  49. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  50. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  51. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  52. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  53. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  54. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  55. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  56. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  57. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  58. Pine Warbler Setophaga pinus
  59. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  60. Nelson's Sparrow (formerly Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow) Ammodramus nelsoni
  61. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  62. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  63. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  64. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  65. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Team Notes

Participants: Rob and Lisa Fanning, Pat Belardo, Linda Rovder, Eleanor Swanson, Carolyn Gullick, Fred and Suzanne Kaselow, Donald Heberling, Bob and Vera Musser, Bill Dalton, Simon Lane, Priscilla, Jeff Ellerbusch, Bob Auster, Tom Brown, Bob Dodleson, Scott Barnes, Linda Mack, Carole Hughes, NJA Youth Birding

Weather: low 50's winds NNW turning W

Location: Sandy Hook - Spermaceti Cove

Time At Location: 9 hours

Notes:
Shout out to Pat Belardo for being an anchor of the team, and his great spotting. This year, we brought the party back to the Spermaceti Cove Boardwalk! New birds for our team this year (10): Rock Pigeon, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Loon, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Creeper, Nelson's Sparrow, Cape May Warbler, Pine Warbler. Props to Jeff Ellerbusch for his impeccable ability to identify call notes!!! About 2 dozen monarchs; 1 Red Admiral

Anecdotes:
Got a late start due to the lousy weather forecast (heavy rain) and the fact that our core team needed to chase their NJ State Black-throated Grey Warbler. (Start Time 9:15AM) Lots of folks stopped by to bring us snacks and hot cocoa/coffee - for which we are VERY APPRECIATIVE of. How on Earth did we miss Oystercatcher and Mourning Dove? Species seen every year drops to 26. (we lost 4 this year - Carolina Wren, Black-crowned Night Heron, Laughing Gull and Mourning Dove)


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