The Big Sit! 2019 Statistics

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Team Information: Pishing in the Wind

Captain: Jim Royer
Location: Los Osos, California (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
  2. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  3. Gadwall Anas strepera
  4. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  5. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
  8. American Wigeon Anas americana
  9. Northern Pintail Anas acuta
  10. Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
  11. Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis
  12. California Quail Callipepla californica
  13. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  14. Clark's Grebe Aechmophorus clarkii
  15. Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis
  16. Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
  17. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  18. Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna
  19. Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
  20. Sora Porzana carolina
  21. Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
  22. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  23. Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
  24. Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus
  25. Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
  26. Red Knot Calidris canutus
  27. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  28. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  29. Sanderling Calidris alba
  30. Dunlin Calidris alpina
  31. Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
  32. Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata
  33. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  34. Willet Tringa semipalmata
  35. Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia
  36. California Gull Larus californicus
  37. Western Gull Larus occidentalis
  38. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  39. Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia
  40. Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri
  41. Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus
  42. Elegant Tern Thalasseus elegans
  43. Common Loon Gavia imme
  44. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  45. Brandt's Cormorant Phalacrocorax penicillatus
  46. American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  47. Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis
  48. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  49. Great Egret Ardea alba
  50. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  51. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  52. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  53. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  54. White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus
  55. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  56. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  57. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  58. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  59. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  60. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  61. Acorn Woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus
  62. Nuttall's Woodpecker Picoides nuttallii
  63. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  64. Merlin Falco columbarius
  65. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  66. American Kestrel Falco sparverius
  67. Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans
  68. Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
  69. Hutton's Vireo Vireo huttoni
  70. California Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma californica
  71. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  72. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  73. Chestnut-backed Chickadee Poecile rufescens
  74. Oak Titmouse Baeolophus inornatus
  75. Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus
  76. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  77. Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
  78. Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii
  79. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  80. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  81. Wrentit Chamaea fasciata
  82. Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
  83. California Thrasher Toxostoma redivivum
  84. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  85. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  86. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  87. Purple Finch Haemorhous purpureus
  88. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  89. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  90. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  91. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  92. Townsend's Warbler Setophaga townsendi
  93. Spotted Towhee Pipilo maculatus
  94. California Towhee Melozone crissalis
  95. Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
  96. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  97. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  98. Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla
  99. White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
  100. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  101. Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Team Notes

Participants: Carly Boyd-Dovideo, Jerry Breakstone, Lynne Breakstone, Tom Edell, Herb Elliot, Mark Holmgren, Steve McMasters, Jeff Miller, Norm Pillsbury, Jim Royer, Brad Schram, Steve Schubert, Maggie Smith, Mike Stiles, Steve Tillman, Wendy Walwyn

Weather: Morning 52 degrees, clear with an offshore breeze. High of 72 degrees before wind became onshore with some fog and cooler temps.

Location: Elfin Forest Bush Lupine Point Overlook, Los Osos, California, USA.

Time At Location: 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM.

Notes:
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. The afternoon was a struggle to find more species with the last two species being a pair of Canada Geese honking overhead and a lone Wilson's Snipe harshly calling as it flew around over us. Eleven raptor species was good for our count. We found nothing out of the ordinary and we unexpectedly missed Cinnamon Teal, Eared Grebe, Short-billed Dowitcher, coot and Lesser Goldfinch. Waterfowl numbers were down for the second year in a row. Land bird migration was typically slow and owls were quiet.

Anecdotes:
We had fun with our count on the wooden platform high in the coastal scrub, with a beautiful view of the Morro Bay Estuary. We got to sample five different types of muffins (one with homemade plum jam), as well as croissants with different fillings, scones, grapes, chocolate, etc. It was a great way for the veteran birders to exchange "war stories' and to mix with newer birders. We had as many as six spotting scopes at a time on the platform, with a mixture of counters, and members of the non-birding public who happened to stop by with dogs and children. Its such a beautiful place to just sit or stand that counters often stayed well beyond their scheduled shift. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we almost missed the only Merlin of the day as it shot by over our heads. Fortunately, Herb was paying attention, and he called it out for all of us to see! We were also able to watch Peregrine Falcons hunting shorebirds in the estuary off and on during the day. At one point there was a pair of Peregrines hunting together.


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