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: South Meadowlarks

Captain: Neil Zimmerman
Location: Seattle, Washington (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  2. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  3. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  4. Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
  5. Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
  6. Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
  7. Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
  8. Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
  9. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  10. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  11. Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata
  12. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  13. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  14. Rhinoceros Auklet Cerorhinca monocerata
  15. Mew Gull Larus canus
  16. Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens
  17. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  18. Pelagic Cormorant Phalacrocorax pelagicus
  19. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  20. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  21. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  22. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  23. Red-breasted Sapsucker Sphyrapicus ruber
  24. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  25. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  26. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  27. Merlin Falco columbarius
  28. Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri
  29. Common Raven Corvus corax
  30. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  31. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  32. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  33. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  34. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  35. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  36. Pacific Wren Troglodytes pacificus
  37. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  38. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  39. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  40. Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
  41. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  42. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  43. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  44. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  45. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  46. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  47. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  48. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  49. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  50. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  51. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  52. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  53. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  54. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  55. Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
  56. Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Team Notes

Participants: Kathy and Arn Slettbak, Neil Zimmerman and numerous friends through out the day

Weather: Sunny, 60s during the day, light wind

Location: South Bluff, Discovery Park, Seattle WA

Time At Location: 6 am to 4:30 pm

Fantastic weather. No rain which for us in WA, that is always a big plus. We start out at 5:30 with the hopes of picking up the Barn Owls who nest in or near the park but no luck. I hate getting up early but I love being up early. The sunrise colors on Mt Rainer made it worth it. As usual, the morning started out busy and slowed down throughout the day. A Horned Lark which landed in the sand dunes right next to us gave us some excitement. We missed some species we normally see, but we picked up four new ones for the total species list. A male Black-headed Grosbeak gave us a quick look as it flew by but three of us got good enough looks to determine what it was. Cedar Waxwings were zooming around us pretty much all day. Two Meadow Larks flew in during early afternoon to re-energize us. We were hoping for more species, as do all birders but we tied last year with 56 species. This is the third year with that number and remains our best total.

Discovery Park is the largest park in Seattle and one of the best places in town for birding. We had several friends stop by to help out. Wendy even remembered the suggestion to bring treats. A beautiful fall day brings out many to the people to the park. We really enjoyed meeting people who came by and wanted to know what we were doing. So birders but mostly walkers. We only got the "you must be nuts look" from a few people.Our tenth year doing the Big Sit and a very fun day.

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