The Big Sit! 2019 Statistics

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Team Information: SCAS Big Sitters

Captain: Bert Alm
Location: Melbourne, Florida (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
  2. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  3. Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
  4. Limpkin Aramus guarauna
  5. Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis
  6. Wood Stork Mycteria americana
  7. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  8. Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
  9. Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
  10. Great Egret Ardea alba
  11. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  12. Snowy Egret Egretta thula
  13. Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
  14. Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
  15. Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
  16. Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
  17. White Ibis Eudocimus albus
  18. Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
  19. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  20. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  21. Osprey Pandion haliaetus
  22. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  23. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  24. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  25. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  26. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  27. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  28. Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
  29. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  30. Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
  31. Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus
  32. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  33. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  34. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  35. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  36. Palm Warbler Setophaga palmarum
  37. Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
  38. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  39. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  40. Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
  41. Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major

Team Notes

Weather: Mostly sunny with temps in the 80s

Location: Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands (Viera Wetlands), Brevard County, FL

Time At Location: 8 AM - 4 PM

Notes:
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. Mostly birds we would expect to see at Viera Wetlands with a great aerial display by two Northern Harriers; Bald Eagles, Wood Storks and Vultures enjoying the thermals; and a Swamp Sparrow. The biggest surprise was a Florida Cottonmouth during the last shift, maybe looking for one of the Marsh Rabbits we saw. The 1st shift had 34 species, 2nd shift 38, 3rd shift 17, and 4th shift 21. Morning was best but the afternoon shifts got birds that weren't seen in the morning. A big thank you to all our birders for sitting down for birds.


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