The Big Sit! 2019 Statistics

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Team Information: Backside Boise Birders

Captain: R L Rowland
Location: Ada County, Idaho (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  2. Gadwall Anas strepera
  3. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  4. Redhead Aythya americana
  5. Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
  6. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  7. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  8. Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
  9. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  10. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  11. American Coot Fulica americana
  12. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  13. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  14. Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
  15. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  16. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  17. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  18. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  19. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  20. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  21. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  22. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  23. Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
  24. Black-billed Magpie Pica hudsonia
  25. Common Raven Corvus corax
  26. Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
  27. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  28. Mountain Chickadee Poecile gambeli
  29. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  30. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  31. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  32. Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum
  33. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  34. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  35. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  36. Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
  37. Pine Siskin Spinus pinus
  38. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  39. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  40. Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
  41. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Team Notes

Participants: Captain and eight other folks came on station and participated thruout the day

Weather: Mid 30's at startup, light breeze from ESE. High temp. just above 60, breeze WNW. Sunny A.M., Cloudy P.M.

Location: Black's Creek Bird Preserve, Ada Co., Idaho

Time At Location: Length of Sit: set-up to close-down, 9hrs. 45mins.

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.'s arrival. Neither were successful considering the time they spent, maybe one bird each. Oddest thing I did note was the lack of bird movement, either in or out of the Preserve. Except for three species that did depart, one that arrived late and one flyover, all other birds in the checklist were on station continuously thruout the day and were seen regularly with no change in their numbers between start and end of day. I find it hard to believe but I will be able to do a proper ebird report because of this lack of movement. Three of us did some numbers and agreed on those numbers. All birds were quite active, whether feeding, swimming, chasing each other about, etc..

No real anecdotes this year. No big discussions about Double Stuff Oreos vs. original, nor any on which region of the country has the best barbecue sauce. Just a calm, quiet and competent group of birders. The hunters were no factor while on station but likely yesterday's hunters were the ones who cleared the place of most waterfowl and other waterbirds that had been noted on ebird just three days before. We did have a local photographer come thru, chatted with him a bit and when he returned showed us his photos of a Saw-whet he'd just found. However, it was too small, too far out and deeply buried in its tree to be seen by us from the circle. By now we were not getting any new birds, sky had clouded up, temperature was dropping as well as bird activity, so when some new hunters arrived on scene the group decided it was time to close up for this year. Gear was stowed and a few of us went looking for the owl and found same. Not a countable bird... Bummer! Participants in order of arrival, one all-day the others for varying periods: Team Capt. RL Rowland Amy Silver Terra Falconer Paul McGrane Craig Weisse Terri Liebler Ann Swanson Jim James Randy Langseth This was a first time at this for most and some said they'd like to do this again next year, same time, same place. I think we are set. 10,000 thanks to each and all for coming along. Continued Good Birding. RL Rowland

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