The Big Sit! 2019 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: Piedmont Pishers

Captain: Lynne Gray
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  3. Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus
  4. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  5. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  6. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  7. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  8. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  9. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
  11. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  12. Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
  13. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  14. Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
  15. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  16. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  17. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  18. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  19. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  20. Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla
  21. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  22. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  23. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  24. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  25. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  26. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  27. Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
  28. Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum
  29. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  30. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  31. Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis
  32. Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
  33. Tennessee Warbler Oreothlypis peregrina
  34. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  35. Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
  36. Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
  37. Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
  38. American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
  39. Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
  40. Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
  41. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  42. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  43. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  44. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  45. White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
  46. Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens

Team Notes

Weather: Cool (60s to 70s);sunny, slight breeze

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, Bog Garden

Time At Location: 6:00 am to 6:30 pm

Piedmont Bird Club's "Big Sit" October 12, 2019 Submitted by Lynne Gray, Circle Captain A beautiful early fall day and a good and varied supply of birds brought the Piedmont Pishers back to our 17-foot circle at Greensboro's Bog Garden for the 2019 Big Sit. Last year's extensive storm damage at the Bog Garden prevented us from participating. We were happy to be joined by an Ohio visitor, Andrew Hood, whose quick eyes and extensive knowledge helped us identify several of the typically confusing fall birds migrating through. We had a quite respectable total species count of 46, much closer to our first count in 2016 of 52 than the disappointing total in 2017 of 32. For me, some of the favorites were the Scarlet Tanager (our first for the Sit), male and female American Redstarts and the Black-throated Blue and Black-and-White Warblers who kept us company for the last hour of the day. This year we counted from approximately 7 am to 6:30 pm. The only thing missing from the day was the Bog Garden's famous Barred Owl. We neither saw nor heard from them, despite much hoping. People who helped with the count as shift leaders and/or observers were Dennis Burnette, Ann Walter-Fromson, Jim Strickland, Mike Howard, Diana Bowman, Ann Steighner, Lynn Allison, Lawrence Mann, Ann Mann, Paul Sumner, Matt Wangerin, Jim Eldrett and Stella and Tom Ware. Thanks to all for your enthusiasm and your participation. Special thanks go to Ann Van Sant and Roberta Newton, who opened and closed our site, took many pictures to include with our report and posted our results to eBird. A sign of the times were the many Pokemon fans who passed through our 17-foot circle glued to their phones, some without even realizing we were there. It was fun to see all the participants in a Pokemon event based at the Arboretum, just across the street from the Bog Garden. They kept our visitor numbers higher than usual, but it really wouldn't be fair to count them in this report. The day was well summed up one of our Pishers: "I went out for a two-hour stint and stayed for for about three and a half hours." It was that kind of day.

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