(Adapted from a note from Big Sitter Extraordinaire, Don Chalfant)

Thanks to all who skipped the UM football game on TV to participate in this year’s BIGSIT. Without you, there would be no BIGSIT. Eyes and ears younger and more finely tuned than mine are certainly in evidence, as the results indicate. Results will be posted to the national sponsor of the BIGSIT, Bird Watcher’s Digest; and the results of all Sits nationally will be included on their website. Again, a grateful thank you to all.

Species seen (heard), not in taxonomic order:

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
A. Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Peregrine
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
E. Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Belted Kingfisher
N. Flicker
Blue Jay
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
A. Crow
Cedar Waxwing
E. Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
A. Robin
E. Phoebe
European Starling
Horned Lark
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Song Sparrow
Ruby-cr. Kinglet
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
A. Goldfinch
House Finch
E. Towhee
N. Cardinal
Rusty Blackbird
C. Grackle
Swamp Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird

57 Species Seen (Heard), over the 22-year average of 53.
Nine participants.
One species not seen in previous 21 Sits: Winter Wren
Comments: We had eight species I’d consider unusual for our Sits: Peregrine, 2 previously
Pileated Woodpecker, 2 previously
Swamp Sparrow, 3 previously
Towhee, 5 previously
Blue-winged Teal, 3 previously
Black Duck, 4 previously
E. Phoebe, 5 previously

Misses? Based on previous Sit results, the following might be considered misses:
Ring-necked Duck, seen of 11 of previous 21 Sits
Great Egret, 8
Woodcock, 7
Herring Gull, 15
Bonaparte’s Gull, 10
Gray Catbird, 9
Dark-eyed Junco, 9
Brown-headed Cowbird, 15