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: Super-silly-em!

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Waxahachie, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  2. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  3. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  4. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  5. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  6. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  7. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  8. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  9. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  10. American Coot Fulica americana
  11. American Avocet Recurvirostra americana
  12. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  13. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  14. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  15. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  16. Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
  17. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  18. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  19. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  20. Great Egret Ardea alba
  21. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  22. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  23. White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi
  24. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  25. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  26. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  27. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  28. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  29. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  30. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  31. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  32. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  33. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  34. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  35. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  36. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  37. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  38. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  39. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  40. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  41. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  42. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  43. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  44. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  45. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  46. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  47. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  48. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  49. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  50. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  51. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  52. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Frank Bumgardner, Paula Channell, Greg Cook, Christine Drozdowski, Ted Drozdowski, Dianne Duke, Bill Huffman, Susan Kosoris, Missy McAllister-Kerr, Mike Wease, E.G. White-Swift,

Weather: Temps 65-70, Wind from every direction, heavy rain half the day, mostly cloudy, dark at times, afternoon tornado warning.

Location: West end of Lake Waxahachie, Ellis County, TX.

Time At Location: 6:30am - 7:15pm

Notes:
First of all I want to give a huge "Thank you" to the ten or so people who came out to the big sit despite a horrible forecast. This was truly a team effort and I am grateful for each participant's commitment to the tradition of the big sit. We had a lot of rain over the previous month and the mudflats were covered weeks ago. Birding had been slow lately and so I had set the bar low with the goal of reaching 40 species, with 30 being our "Mendoza Line." (Our average is 64 species.) The rain started at 8:32am and by noon we returned to the house thoroughly soaked, but having found around 42 species! Nothing really special but highlights included Ruby-throated Hummingbirds still hanging around and three American Avocets. A small mixed species flock gave us Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Orange-crowned, Nashville, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, along with a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Things dried up a bit and even had a little sun as I birded in six inches of water from 4pm to dusk. I added ten species to bring our total to 52. Late afternoon highlights included a massive driftwood/debris pile in the lake along with Wood Duck, Cooper's Hawk, and a flock of 130 American White Pelicans. The last two birds of the day came in to roost on the driftwood: A White-faced Ibis and Cattle Egret. The Big Sit is always fun! Looking forward to next October already!

Anecdotes:
After a thorough soaking and lunch in the house, the remaining participants called it a day. (I was very thankful they endured the morning deluge.) Rain was now steady with occasional torrential outbursts. The wind picked up and I could hear the tornado siren on the other side of the lake. Tornado warning then came through on my phone. I suddenly realized my scope was still under the canopy tent at the edge of the lake, one hundred-fifty yards away. Venturing outside, it was getting darker and still pouring. As I ran to the lake to retrieve my scope the wind started blowing harder and the rain intensified. I made it back to the house with the scope, utterly drenched. I dried off and took an hour nap, tornado warning notwithstanding. After the worst of the rain I returned to the circle to find it now under six inches of water. (The lake had risen about eighteen inches in the hour I was asleep.) One of the canopy tents had collapsed under the wind and the rain! My wife helped me clean up a bit and we retrieved a cooler that floated away. . . I then birded the last four hours of daylight solo, picking up a few birds here and there. Big Sit excitement at its finest.


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