The Big Sit! 2019 Statistics

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Team Information: Super-silly-em!

Captain: Ted Drozdowski
Location: Waxahachie, Texas (United States)

Team Checklist

  1. Wood Duck Aix sponsa
  2. Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula
  3. Gadwall Anas strepera
  4. Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
  5. Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
  6. Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
  7. Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
  8. Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
  9. White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
  10. Inca Dove Columbina inca
  11. Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica
  12. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
  13. Killdeer Charadrius vociferus
  14. Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
  15. Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
  16. Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
  17. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
  18. Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius
  19. Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
  20. Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
  21. Great Egret Ardea alba
  22. Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
  23. Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
  24. Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
  25. Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii
  26. Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
  27. Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni
  28. Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
  29. Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
  30. Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
  31. Barred Owl Strix varia
  32. Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
  33. Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
  34. Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
  35. Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
  36. Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
  37. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
  38. Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
  39. White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
  40. Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
  41. American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
  42. Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
  43. Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
  44. Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva
  45. Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
  46. Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
  47. Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor
  48. House Wren Troglodytes aedon
  49. Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
  50. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea
  51. Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
  52. Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
  53. American Robin Turdus migratorius
  54. Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
  55. European Starling Sturnus vulgaris
  56. House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
  57. Nashville Warbler Oreothlypis ruficapilla
  58. Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata
  59. Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
  60. Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
  61. Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
  62. Dickcissel Spiza americana
  63. Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
  64. Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
  65. Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
  66. Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Team Notes

Participants: Frank Bumgardner, Paula Channell, Susan Chiusano, Jessie Crowley, Christine Drozdowski, Ted Drozdowski, Brent Franklin, Jackie Howard, Bill Huffman, Susan Kosoris, Jeanne Kuehn, Ed Lane, Shannon Love, Mike Lyon, Pat Noell, Shiela Shallcross, Jane Tillman, Mike Wease, and E.G. White-Swift,

Weather: Cold and still in the morning at 40F. Light NE winds and warming up to a pleasant 67 degrees. Very few clouds.

Location: West end of Lake Waxahachie, Ellis County, TX.

Time At Location: 5:00am - 7:20pm

Notes:
The morning was very birdy and we were at 59 species by 11am. With adequate mudflats, I was optimistic we could hit the 70 mark in the few days leading up to the sit, but a strong cold-front the day before moved out some shorebirds and wading birds. We had only six shorebird species and two herons and egrets. That hurt us. Also only one sparrow, a Lincoln's. Despite the few disappointments it was a very fun day, as all big sits are. Bird highlights were a Mottled Duck that cooperated nicely, a dark morphed Broad-winged Hawk that blew through, two Western Sandpipers, Inca Doves, Barred Owl, Blue-headed Vireo, and four swallow species.

Anecdotes:
We had an annoying helicopter make a few low passes around the lake. Towards dusk someone got a motorboat stuck out on a low lying mud bar. He had to swim out and go get some help in the form of a pontoon boat. Neither incident seemed to hurt us much since it was during the slow afternoon. It was a good day with good weather, good friends, some new faces and a few good birds. I was very pleased with the turnout of 19 people. A big THANK YOU! goes out to each and every one of you who turned out for this fun-filled day!


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