Sunday, October 12, 2008

Big Sit 2008. Post #12

Sunday, October 12, 2008
Most of the 2008 Big Sit crew at Indigo Hill in the birding tower.

The sun is setting at 6:59 PM (the Blogger/Blogspot server clock is on weird time Pacific I think).

We broke the record!

Let me say that again:


Moments after I posted at noon, a small flock of GRACKLES flew over. Can you believe we broke then record with common grackle?

We tied the record with a red-headed woodpecker spotted by Ethan Kistler. Then the grackles. After common grackle, we got broad-winged hawk (spotted by me and ID'd by me and Jim McCormac) , then tree swallow (spotted by me and ID'd by several), and, finally (so far) scarlet tanager (spotted by Dick Esker and ID'd by me).

But we're still trying for #70....our new goal.

Thanks to all who wished us well. Hope your sit went swimmingly, too.


On October 12, 2008 at 7:23 PM NCmountainwoman said...

Congratulations! Let me say that again, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

On October 12, 2008 at 7:39 PM Anonymous said...

Way to go, Sitters! Great spotting, good work.


On October 12, 2008 at 7:52 PM Kathi said...

Woo-hoo! Way to go, regular and auxiliary members of the Whipple Bird Club. One for the record books!

Glad to hear you had such a great day.

On October 12, 2008 at 7:59 PM Janet Creamer Martin said...

Awesome! So glad to hear you broke the record. Kudos, Bill, on the broadwing and tree swallow. Hope you hit 70+.


On October 12, 2008 at 8:41 PM Mary said...

Wahoo! That's what I wanted to hear. Your photos tell a great story.

On October 12, 2008 at 10:11 PM rmharvey said...

Looks like it is become The Big Stand Elbow-to-Elbow!

On October 13, 2008 at 12:34 AM Caroline said...

You, your crew and Chet Baker got us South Dakota watchers beat on the number of species, but we'll offer our 4-5,000 sandhill cranes....

Caroline Stafford, and able Schnauzer assistant, Jack Sparrow.

On October 13, 2008 at 9:22 AM denapple said...

We had a mature Bald Eagle at the Falls of the Ohio. Whoo-Hoo!

On October 14, 2008 at 11:52 AM Owlman said...

Awesome event and congrats to all!!