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Big Day (Bird Race)

04 October 1998

by Christopher L. Wood

Big Day Statistics:


“As in September, we started out in the Bloomington area and ended up at Lake Michigan at dusk.  We did not see a lot of rarities but did well on a number of groups.  Ten raptor species (counting Turkey Vulture), including 3 falcons (a Peregrine from our front deck was nice!), is a respectable total and 11 shorebird species in October is excellent.  We also tallied 7 woodpecker species, 11 sparrows and 15 warbler species (very good for October), thanks largely to Chris's sharp eyes and ears.”

Species List:

Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Ring-necked Pheasant
Northern Bobwhite
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Common Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern (YS) Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
European Starling
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Tennessee Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped (Myr.) Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed (SC) Junco
Savannah Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Dr. James D. Hengeveld