The Big Sit! 2019 Team Reports

Check out team reports submitted by the captains of Big Sit! circles around the world.

Acer saccharum

Circle Captain: John Triana

Circle Location: Prospect, Connecticut (United States)

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Circle Captain: Amy Peck

Circle Location: West Haven, Connecticut (United States)

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Backside Boise Birders

Circle Captain: R L Rowland

Circle Location: Ada County, Idaho (United States)

Surprise hits: Mtn. Chick, No. Shrike, Barn Swall, Pect Sandpiper, Dunlin, Com Goldeneye, L-b Dowitcher. Surprise misses, RTHA's, place devoid of waterfowl. But, it was the second day of Idaho waterfowl season and we did have two hunting parties on team capt...

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Bald Eagle Migrants

Circle Captain: Jon Kauffman

Circle Location: State College, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Bell Hollow Buteos

Circle Captain: John Carter

Circle Location: Howard, Pennsylvania (United States)

This is our 3rd year at Sayers Dam and 4th overall Big Sit experience. We had bird activity throughout the day with the first bird of the day being a juvenile Great Horned Owl calling within feet of our circle...

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Bill's Deck Sitters

Circle Captain: Bill Eddleman

Circle Location: Cape Girardeau, Missouri (United States)

White-fronted Geese were in full migration today. Summer Tanager was a bit late.

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Bird Nerds

Circle Captain: Laurie & Dan Mooney

Circle Location: Plaquemine, Louisiana (United States)

Mississippi River 19' - second highest High temperature 69 degrees - lowest high temperature Participants 17 - highest count

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Birding on Broadmeade

Circle Captain: Mikael Behrens

Circle Location: Austin, Texas (United States)

Highlights are here:

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Birds-I-View Birders

Circle Captain: Steve Garr

Circle Location: Jefferson City, Missouri (United States)

Highlights this year were: Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk (Krider's), Bald Eagle, eight Double Crested Cormorants, and a Belted Kingfisher (a "first time species" for Big Sits at the BIV Bird Garden!) While the warblers and the winter sparrows certainly let us down this year, the sharp eyes of some of our Sit participants picked up a great variety of fly-overs...

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Blacklick Blackcaps

Circle Captain: Cameron Svoboda

Circle Location: Reynoldsburg, Ohio (United States)

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Bucktoe Early Birders

Circle Captain: Larry Lewis

Circle Location: Avondale, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Camp Remote

Circle Captain: Russell Emmons

Circle Location: Casco, Michigan (United States)

Results declining each year. Very disappointing & very concerned

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Caroline Blue Birds

Circle Captain: Debby Bennett

Circle Location: Ridgely, Maryland (United States)

Three birds just outside the circle: Palm warbler, red-tailed hawk, and starling

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Celery Fields Forever

Circle Captain: Stu Wilson

Circle Location: Sarasota, Florida (United States)

It was a very average count in most respects with very few surprises (White-winged Dove, Indigo Bunting) and some disappointing dips (Wood Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Sora, American Coot, Rock Pigeon, Tree Swallow, European Starling, and Savannah Sparrow).

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Chambers Lake Early Birders

Circle Captain: Larry Lewis

Circle Location: Coatesville, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Circle Captain: Al Ahlgrim

Circle Location: Oregon City, Oregon (United States)

Good showing of the local fall birds.

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Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory

Circle Captain: Brian Taber

Circle Location: Northampton County, Virginia (United States)

148 Northern Flickers 40 Blue Jays 19 Cedar Waxwings 14 Canada Geese 8 Eastern Bluebirds 8 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers 4 Eastern Meadowlarks (FOS) 3 Eastern Phoebes 3 House Finches 2 Common Nighthawks 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Blue Grosbeak 1 Common Loon 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 House Wren 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

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Commons Ford

Circle Captain: Shelia Hargis

Circle Location: Austin, Texas (United States)

It was very quiet with several slow periods during the day. There were numerous species we missed, but we persevered and ended with 54 species. One of the highlights was an Anhinga late in the day. This species had not been reported in eBird before at Commons Ford.

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Copps and Robbins

Circle Captain: Andrea Robbins

Circle Location: Tuftonboro, New Hampshire (United States)

Dreary weather, with drizzle and wind made for low variety of species. No night birds, No migrating raptors. No shorebirds.

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Dam Sitters

Circle Captain: Mindy Waldron

Circle Location: Jumping Branch, West Virginia (United States)

We didn't see any warblers, few sparrows and hawks. What we did see, seemed to be mostly resident species. Few migrants.

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DFO Insaniacs

Circle Captain: Joey Kellner

Circle Location: Littleton, Colorado (United States)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife helped me advertise The Big Sit! and also provided a canopy to help shade us from the sun. Thank you!

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Circle Captain: Helen Wright-north

Circle Location: Dayton, Ohio (United States)

The traditional breakfast bake was a big hit, eaten on the screen porch. High anticipation built through the night as the brisket cooked for eight hours. Dinner was delicious, accompanied by sweet potato apple bake, roasted vegetables and salad...

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East Aurora Bird Club

Circle Captain: Mary Steuer

Circle Location: Grand Island, New York (United States)

Our club has seen at least one bald eagle each year during the Big Sit since we have been at this site (2013). This year we saw both adult and juvenile bald eagles.

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East Lake Loonies

Circle Captain: Carolyn Schwab

Circle Location: Newton, Kansas (United States)

The wind direction shifted after about an hour and distracting highway noise disappeared. There was very little wind and the lake was like glass.

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Feathered Friends of Iroquois NWR

Circle Captain: Celeste Morien

Circle Location: Basom, New York (United States)

The day started very cold during the pre-dawn first hour and ended with sunny jacket weather mild conditions.

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Fredericksburg Flighty Flickers

Circle Captain: Sally Knight

Circle Location: Stafford, Virginia (United States)

Mother Nature was kind to us this year, with no wind and warm, sunny skies. However, hybrid storm Melissa was parked off the coast of Delaware and produced coastal flooding at high tides. The gate to Aquia Landing Park was closed due to flooding, so we had to carry in all our supplies...

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Galveston Ornithological Society

Circle Captain: Jim Stevenson

Circle Location: Galveston, Texas (United States)

Birds that were missed all day: Greater Yellowlegs, House Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Long-billed Curlew, Orange-crowned, Wilson’s and Yellow-rumped Warbler.

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Circle Captain: Gary Cowell Jr.

Circle Location: Mifflin, Ohio (United States)

Cape May warbler new sit bird for GMAS. Black vultures, Chimney swifts and Double-crested cormorants abundant throughout the day. Missed Cooper's hawk, Eastern Phoebe, European starling and Rock pigeon.

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Goose Pond

Circle Captain: Brad Feaster

Circle Location: Linton, Indiana (United States)

We had 26 participants show up throughout some part of the day. We had lots of good food. Was overall a very good day.

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Grosbreasted Rosebeaks

Circle Captain: Paul Fank

Circle Location: Dassel, Minnesota (United States)

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Gulf Coast Bird Club

Circle Captain: David Booth

Circle Location: lake Charles, Louisiana (United States)

Site worked well, maybe next time set up two. One at Sam Houton State Park and another one here. Was good for club visibility. Add a club sign to explain what we are doing.

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Hawk Mountain Young Birders

Circle Captain: Barbara Ritzheimer

Circle Location: Kempton, Pennsylvania (United States)

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HRDABRD at Middle Creek

Circle Captain: Bruce A Carl

Circle Location: Kleinfeltersville, Pennsylvania (United States)

Another successful BIG SIT @ Middle Creek with (70) species identified. This is our average as well during the six years of doing this count. Cumilative list now stands at (113) species with 6 new species being added today...

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John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

Circle Captain: Debbie Beer

Circle Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (United States)

Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 5:40 am - 5:05 pm. Deb Beer, Adrian Binns, and Marty Dellwo were the first on-site, to lead the 2019 Big Sit at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. This was our 10th Anniversary of the event, started in 2007 by Tony Croasdale, with Adrian Binns, and the late Steve Kacir...

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Little Creek, Big Sit

Circle Captain: Chris Bennett

Circle Location: Little Creek, Delaware (United States)

Songbird diversity was rather disappointing and disappointing to cut the count short due to light to moderate rain setting in 2-23 hours before our planned end time. Missed a few birds that should have been guarantees - like Golden-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird and at least a few other warblers...

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Lost Tinamous

Circle Captain: Everilda Buchan

Circle Location: Santa Lucia Cotz., Other (Guatemala)

The first three members of our team (our captain Everilda, and Josué, and Heidi V) woke up at 3 a.m., and after a quick cup of coffee, walked over to the old farm's horse stables, which have been converted into "The Lost Tinamou's" observation center for birders, providing gathering and resting spaces...

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Lower Columbia Birders

Circle Captain: Mike Patterson

Circle Location: Seaside, Oregon (United States)

Very cooperative MERLIN and very shy WHITE-THROATED SPARROW

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Circle Captain: Ron Clark

Circle Location: Huntersville, North Carolina (United States)

One of our lowest species counts, I'm sure due to the rain. It's hard to complain as we desperately needed it.

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Metro Munchers

Circle Captain: Joanna Pease

Circle Location: Harrison Township, Michigan (United States)

Strong south winds impeded migration so numbers of species recorded this year was very low.

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Missisquoi Marsh Mellows

Circle Captain: Rich Kelley

Circle Location: Swanton, Vermont (United States)

Beautiful fall day today! Not much wind, which seemed to limit bird activity, but made it much more enjoyable to be out. Steady activity, with the expected afternoon lull. Even without a lot of activity, we added 7 new species to our Big Sit list.

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Moody Flews

Circle Captain: Greg Whittaker

Circle Location: Galveston, Texas (United States)

Strong winds kept bird activity down somewhat, but did introduce some unexpected species including Northern Pintail, Anhinga and White Pelicans.

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Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Circle Captain: Julie West

Circle Location: Cleveland, Ohio (United States)

This location provided fewer birds than our usual location at the Nature Center boardwalk hub, which was under construction and not accessible this year. Our total of 32 species is now our new low. We did add Pied-billed grebe to our cumulative Big Sit list which now totals 90 species over the 15 years we have held this event...

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NB Overlookers

Circle Captain: Lisa Garrett

Circle Location: North Beach, Maryland (United States)

This was North Beach's first Big Sit. We got a respectable 52 species despite cool temps and the sudden downpours of rain in the afternoon. Highlights included kingfishers, bald eagles and phoebes...

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Circle Captain: Meg Kolodick

Circle Location: Oil City, Pennsylvania (United States)

Hearty birders braved wind, drizzling weather and dropping temperatures, with intermittent sun.

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North Branch Bird Club

Circle Captain: Karol Pasquinelli

Circle Location: Danville, Pennsylvania (United States)

This was our first Big Sit. Thanks to all who helped!

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Northrock Bluebirds

Circle Captain: Carolyn Schwab

Circle Location: Newton, Kansas (United States)

I counted until 12:15, took an hour break for lunch, and resumed counting at 1:15 PM. Lisa joined me in late afternoon.

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Circle Captain: Levi Burford

Circle Location: Peterborough, New Hampshire (United States)

Held Big Soup soup contest in the middle. Not a good day for tallying bird species. Few present.

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Circle Captain: Gigi Gerben

Circle Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Piedmont Pishers

Circle Captain: Lynne Gray

Circle Location: Greensboro, North Carolina (United States)

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Pishing in the Wind

Circle Captain: Jim Royer

Circle Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

The morning started with a beautiful setting full orange moon and shooting stars reflected in the bay below us. The tide was rising and shorebirds, rails, night herons, and ducks called from the bay. We had 32 species by 7 am, and 91 species by noon...

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Circle Captain: Jim Flanagan

Circle Location: Spring Mills, Pennsylvania (United States)

Great morning bird turnout on species. Evening was many of the same species.

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Circle Captain: Larry Basden

Circle Location: Hattiesburg, Mississippi (United States)

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QVAS Bird Buddies

Circle Captain: Eric Eichorn

Circle Location: Meriden, Connecticut (United States)

A helicopter made many flights over the "Big Sit" area to do an aerial scan of high tension power lines. We had a beautiful low fly by from a Bald Eagle A Raccoon did a walk by at 5:55 a...

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Circle Captain: Barbara Duerksen

Circle Location: Richland Center, Wisconsin (United States)

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Richmond Audubon Society

Circle Captain: Ellison Orcutt

Circle Location: Richmond, Virginia (United States)

First couple hours very productive followed by a very very slow middle of the day and then a few late additions. Gulf Fritillary photo'ed and also many monarchs soaring around.

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Circle Captain: John Callow

Circle Location: Great Falls, Virginia (United States)

Our slowest day in our 14 year history. Virtually no Passerines. Always a fun day but we struggled to get to our total of 39. had some noisy non birding groups nearby this year but that can't be blamed...

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Riverbound Farm

Circle Captain: Eric Eichorn

Circle Location: Cheshire, Connecticut (United States)

Interesting watching leaves fall.

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sarcelle soucrourou

Circle Captain: Patrick Brisse

Circle Location: Tucker, Georgia (United States)

All the species were seen before noon. No new species were seen in the afternoon because of the rain. Same location description as used before in previous big sits. Most likely missed a few warblers as they were moving fast through the yard...

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SASsy Seawatchers

Circle Captain: Jennifer Rycenga

Circle Location: Pescadero, California (United States)

We had a good day, with observations in every hour. The camaraderie was the best - lots of chairs, delicious and plentiful junk food, always enough scopes, and people looking in every direction. The ladder was unnecessary this year, but the tidal movement on the North Pond was interesting to follow...

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Sawmill Preserve

Circle Captain: Rich Chyinski

Circle Location: Salem , Connecticut (United States)

species most seen Yellowrumped Warbler best sighting Golden Crowned Kinglet" misses: WB Nuthatch, Flicker, first time doing "The Sit" that these 2 species were not seen.

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SCAS Big Sitters

Circle Captain: Bert Alm

Circle Location: Melbourne, Florida (United States)

This was a great experience and a wonderful opportunity for Space Coast Audubon Society to participate in the larger birding community with Bird Watching Digest's Big Sit. We had a total of 41 species at the end of our four 2-hour shifts for a full 8-hour day...

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Shaver's Creek

Circle Captain: Doug Wentzel

Circle Location: Petersburg, Pennsylvania (United States)

Nice flight of Sharp-shinned Hawks moving WSW; other highlights included American Wigeon, Adult Bald Eagle, Winter Wren, Swainson's Thrush and high flying Common Loon.

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Circle Captain: Douglas Stinson

Circle Location: Gardnerville, Nevada (United States)

Haze from smoke made distant viewing difficult towards the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Low temps uncommon for this time of the season. A pleasant day overall and hit right around species number I expected.

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Stoner Farm Sitters

Circle Captain: Derek Stoner

Circle Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania (United States)

Our third annual Big Sit, held in our fire pit circle at the East end of the pond. Observed a good mix of species as always, with notables being Eastern Wood-peewee, Common Raven, and Killdeer. No ducks seen and only one warbler, a Palm by the pond...

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Circle Captain: Ted Drozdowski

Circle Location: Waxahachie, Texas (United States)

The morning was very birdy and we were at 59 species by 11am. With adequate mudflats, I was optimistic we could hit the 70 mark in the few days leading up to the sit, but a strong cold-front the day before moved out some shorebirds and wading birds...

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Swamp Sitters

Circle Captain: Janet Stadelmeier

Circle Location: Basking Ridge, New Jersey (United States)

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Circle Captain: James Hill

Circle Location: Waterford, Pennsylvania (United States)

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Table Rock State Park

Circle Captain: Scott Stegenga

Circle Location: Pickens, South Carolina (United States)

Morning bird activity much less due to rain. Got seven species before 9am, and nine species between 4-5pm. Last species(Eastern Screech Owl) 11:40pm.

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Tawny Oaks

Circle Captain: Mike Miller

Circle Location: Edelstein , Illinois (United States)

Windy day, after an overnight freeze. Birds have been scarce this fall, but early hours were productive. Still very few sparrows for this time of year.

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Team Flycatcher

Circle Captain: Geoffrey Tucker

Circle Location: Cullman, Alabama (United States)

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The Chris Ellison All-Stars

Circle Captain: Joshua Rose

Circle Location: Montague, Massachusetts (United States)

In addition to the list of birds, I saw at least 5 Monarchs, many mating pairs of Meadowhawk dragonflies, and one huge Underwing moth (Catocala sp.). After Airlie arrived at sunset, she pointed out a couple of what she thought were birds but turned out to be some rather late bats!

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The Coops

Circle Captain: Steve Mayo

Circle Location: New Haven, Connecticut (United States)

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The Kickapoo Valley Birding Club

Circle Captain: Barbara Duerksen

Circle Location: La Farge, Wisconsin (United States)

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TNP big sit

Circle Captain: Brandon Swayser

Circle Location: Schnecksville, Pennsylvania (United States)

49 species reported, which I believe is our high species count in the 4 years of conducting this big sit. Non-bird highlight- coyotes howling before dawn.

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Utah Lakers

Circle Captain: Keeli Marvel

Circle Location: Provo, Utah (United States)

We had 19 people across the day, and the count had someone continuously sitting all day. Jeremy Telford ran the count all day. This was our 17th year doing a sit, and we hit an all time record number of species with 64 species as our final count.

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West Fairview Mergansers

Circle Captain: Vern Gauthier

Circle Location: Enola, Pennsylvania (United States)

First Bird was a Great Blue Heron at 6:22 am. We had 7 Bald Eagles (6 adult, 1 immature) We had 2 Peregrine Falcons together. By size difference looked liked a male/female pair. Last new bird was a male Northern Parula right about Noon.

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Wonder Woman Camp

Circle Captain: Dawn Hewitt

Circle Location: Lansing, West Virginia (United States)

The air was cool but the hot tub was 90 degrees during our Wonder Woman Camp 2019. Female staff of Bird Watcher's Digest and female staff and volunteers at New River Birding and Nature Festival enjoyed a women-only weekend at our favorite spring migration location to enjoy some fall migration for a change...

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