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Big Day (Bird Race)

13 September 1998

by Christopher L. Wood

Big Day Statistics:


“This was our first attempt at a Big Day in Indiana.  In fact, Jim and I met less than a month earlier, the day I arrived after moving to attend graduate school in Indiana.  I had a total of 14 state life birds on this trip as we broke the previous September Big Day record of 111 species.  We were helped by a nice variety of warblers (22), but had very few hawks, and only a moderate number of shorebirds.  This is our first of four monthly record-breaking Big Days this year.  Hopefully by the time May comes, we will have enough experience to contend with our friends up north.  In the meantime, we will have fun with breaking the monthly Big Day records.”

Total Species: 125

Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Wild Turkey
Northern Bobwhite
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Common Snipe
American Woodcock
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Forester's Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
"Trail's" Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Bell's Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Chickadee
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Golden-winged Warbler - 1 Stillwater
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Canada Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Dr. James D. Hengeveld