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Big Day (Bird Race)

12 February 2000

by Chet Gresham

Big Day Statistics:


After missing the December Big Day record by three species Tyler and I decided to invent our own records to set -- we decided on a Sedgwick Co. Big Day.  On the day of our count, we knew of the following rare species in the country, including White-winged Dove, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Thayer's Gull, and Barrow's Goldeneye.  We had a difficult time finding these birds, but, in the end, we found most of them, and ended with a respectable number for February, especially being restricted to one county.

Species List:

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Ruddy Duck
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Ring-necked Pheasant
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Glaucous Gull
Thayer's Gull
Herring Gull
Franklin's Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Loggerhead Shrike
Cedar Waxwing
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Carolina Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Horned Lark
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Lapland Longspur
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Tree Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Great-tailed Grackle
Brewer's Blackbird

Chet O Gresham

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