The Big Sit! 2018 Statistics

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Team Information: West Fairview Mergansers

Captain: Vern Gauthier
Location: Enola, Pennsylvania (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  3. American Black Duck Anas rubripes
  4. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  5. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  6. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  7. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  8. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  9. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  10. Common Tern Sterna hirundo
  11. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  12. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  13. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  14. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  15. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  16. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  17. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  18. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  19. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  20. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  21. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  22. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  23. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  24. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  25. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  26. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  27. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  28. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  29. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  30. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  31. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  32. Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
  33. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  34. Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
  35. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  36. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  37. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  38. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  39. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  40. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  41. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  42. Cape May Warbler Setophaga tigrina
  43. Blackpoll Warbler Setophaga striata
  44. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  45. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  46. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  47. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  48. Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea

Team Notes

Participants: Doris Brookens, Kathy Kuchwarwa, Vernon Gauthier, Andy Markel, Annette Mathes, Sue Strassner, Tiffany Willow

Weather: High of 59F, NW wind, showers until 8:30 a.m., mostly overcast, sun peaking out later.

Location: Harrisburg PA

Time At Location: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 8.5 hours

With the river running high we did not expect to see much in the way of waterfowl and shorebirds. This proved to be true with fewer species of waterfowl than last year and no species of shorebirds. The best bird of the day was the Common Tern which was seen early in the morning. There were hundreds of swallows over the river with at least 2/3 of them being Tree Swallows and the rest Northern Rough-winged Swallows and one Barn Swallow.

Right around lunch time a first year Cooper's Hawk came swooping in from east to west over the river and took out a Blue Jay that was flying in front of our location. It was interesting to note that a Belted Kingfisher that was nearby left its perch and harrassed the hawk as it carried the Blue Jay away in its talons.

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