Sunday, October 14, 2007

Big Sit Update #2

Sunday, October 14, 2007

It's 10:10 am and the birds have slowed down a tad. But it's been a really good morning.

By sun-up we had 12 species, including a northern saw-whet owl that called five times from our pines. We also added the great-horned, making this a four-owl Sit.

Jim McCormac and Jason Larson were the first guest Sitters to show. And they immediately started adding birds to the list. Jen Sauter and Judy Kolo-Rose arrived after dawn, helping us get to 26 species by 7:30 am.

By the time Mike and Chris Austin joined us, we were passing 30 species. We hit 43 by 8 am and 46 by 8:20. Jon Benedetti came over from West Virginia and helped us get over the half-century mark.

The list currently stands at 53 species and, as always, the morning rush is over. Every bird we get from here on will be tough. 65 is the record we want to break. We've got a ways to go.

Highlights thus far: green heron, northern harrier, gray catbird, blue-headed vireo, and the aforementioned saw-whet owl.

I'll give another update after lunch. Gotta get back up top now.

More soon....


On October 14, 2007 at 3:46 PM Dea said...

The first live-blogging of a Big Sit! Keep it up!

On October 14, 2007 at 4:24 PM Trixie said...

Are you making birding history? Maybe you should be streaming! ;-)

I am a little disappointed in that there has been no Cheeto update.

Our mini-Big Sit is paltry with four species, but that could because we have five inches of snow since last night and should be getting about three more...

On October 14, 2007 at 4:54 PM KatDoc said...

Ooh, a Saw-whet owl. Definitely on my "must-see" list.

It's almost 5pm - how are we doing?


On October 15, 2007 at 12:41 PM Mary said...

Yeah, I want to hear about the Cheetos and Chili, too.