I had a great Big Sit on Sunday. I was able to count 29 species.
I would have been sitting at 6:30 am but I had my favorite radio show to listen to at 7:30, Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds. I started my official count at 8:40. The first bird I counted was a Canada Goose which was not surprising since the part of Alberta I live in seems to be a major flyway for the geese. I counted 2,024 Canada Geese, 2,075 Greater White-fronted Geese and 6,158 Snow Geese. I was seated in a pretty good spot for birdwatching, near a pretty large slough, grasslands and woods. My count was made up of mostly water fowl: Tundra Swans flying overhead, Mallards, Teals Shovelers and alone Bufflehead swimming on the slough.
It took me a while to catch a glimpse of the very scarce chickadees. I also had good luck with raptors: two Bald Eagles, two Northern Harriers and one Rough-legged Hawk which was a life bird. I waited until it was quite dark so I could wait for owls but none came. I finished my Big Sit after 12 hours at 8:40 pm.
I had a great Big Sit this year. I can’t wait to participate in it next year!
My circle site,
I used sticks to mark my circle,
The first bird to be counted,
I saw 80 Short-billed Dowitchers,
Thousands of Greater White-fronted Geese flew over me throughout the day,
A bad photo of a Rough-legged Hawk, life bird,
A Northern Harrier flew right past me twice through the day,