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Big Day (Bird Race)

1 January 1999

by Brainard Palmer-Ball, Jr.

Big Day Statistics:


This was a Christmas Count party list rather than an effort to count as many species as possible, thus there were a number of big misses that are not listed in the Species of Note.  A taped call of Eastern Screech-Owl was used to draw in passerines during the day and solicit a reply before dawn.


Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Hooded Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk
American Kestrel
Wild Turkey
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Common Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Eastern Screech-Owl (hd)
Great Horned Owl (hd)
Barred Owl
Short-eared Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pine Warbler
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Lapland Longspur
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch