For the 2009 Cape Henlopen's "Big Sit" I promised myself I'd be a proper "Birder" and arrive on site for the 3:30 AM start. Or I'd show for the 5:30 AM Dawn Watch. Or.... ? ;-)
Observation start time: 05:00:00
Observation end time: 18:00:00
Total observation time: 13 hours
Official Counter: Forrest Rowland
Observers: Bruce Lantz, Jeff Gordon, Sharon Lynn, Susan Gruver
Over 70 visitors out to join in the Big Sit! with many of them staying for hours....so much fun today!!! Matt Sarver, Lauren Morgens, and Jeff Gordon were there from the 3:30am start. Sharon Lynn, Sally O'Byrne, and Michael and Diane Kane came up at 5:30am. From 8am on it was a fairly steady stream of people including Colin Campbell, Bruce Peterjohn, Bruze Lantz, Liz and Lew Dumont, Ruth Draper, Jim Leach, Rachel Shapiro, Rob Schroeder, Andy
Urdqhart....too many familiar names to list all, or fit into the observer column. A fantastic crowd, with our friends Melody and Martin from Maryland being the last visitors to close out the day with us.
Clear and Sunny with high cirrus clouds much of the day, the light NNE
winds provided great weather for a hawk flight.
More records broken! Bald Eagle single-day count record now stands at 36.
Single day Cooper's Hawk record is now 166. Another outstanding day, and
with so many people there to enjoy the spectacle! Many birds were right
overhead at varying heights.
97 species recorded for the Big Sit! Best birds included Lark Sparrow
(which ended up coming 15 feet from us), White-winged Scoter, and
Orange-crowned Warbler. FOS birds for the platform yesterday were Brant,
Blue-headed Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Yellow-bellied
Sapsaucker, Brown Creeper, Swamp Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow.>>