The Big Sit! 2019 Statistics

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Team Information: The Chris Ellison All-Stars

Captain: Joshua Rose
Location: Montague, Massachusetts (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Canada Goose Branta canadensis
  2. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  3. Common Merganser Mergus merganser
  4. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
  5. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  6. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  7. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  8. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  9. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  10. Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  11. Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
  12. Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
  13. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  14. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  15. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  16. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  17. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  18. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  19. Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
  20. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  21. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  22. Common Raven Corvus corax
  23. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  24. Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
  25. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  26. White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
  27. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  28. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  29. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  30. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  31. American Pipit Anthus rubescens
  32. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  33. American Goldfinch Spinus tristis
  34. Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata
  35. Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  36. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  37. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  38. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Team Notes

Participants: Joshua Rose, Airlie Rose (briefly)

Weather: Almost too good for birding: mostly sunny, light & variable breeze, high 60s

Location: Canalside Rail Trail bridge between Deerfield and Montague, MA

Time At Location: 11 hours, 37 minutes

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!

Moment of the day was probably when I heard the pigeons roosting on the bridge all erupt into flight simultaneously, and when I looked up, the Peregrine had zipped right over me and was hot on one pigeon's tail! I grabbed my camera, but the pigeon and falcon were moving and changing direction with such speed and agility that I couldn't keep them in view long enough to focus! The pigeon got away in the end. When I arrived in the morning, the river was as low as I'd ever seen it. I was hoping that all the exposed riverbed would bring in some shorebirds, but mid-morning the water level started rising rapidly, until it was lapping at the bases of the riverbank trees. It eventually started falling again, but I finished the Sit with only one shorebird, a Spotted Sandpiper, though a few dozen American Pipits did forage on the exposed rocks before the water rose. Airlie didn't join me until the last half-hour or so, but in addition to noticing the bats, also added a species to the bird list, spotting the only Double-crested Cormorant of the day flying by during sunset.

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