Sunday, May 20, 2012

116 Species on Our May 19 Big Day Count

Our club's annual Big Day Count May 19, 2012 could not have had a much better day weatherwise; still, there were too few warbler and shorebird species to make a serious run at our all-time 156 record.
From mid-morning until early afternoon yesterday we had twelve peoplethree die-hards went from 4:50 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
The total for the day (Lane's Landing, State Game Area, Wastewater, Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve, Snug Harbor and the Channel) was 116 species

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Lane's Landing
May 19, 2012 4:50 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
68 total species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  X
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  X
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  1
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  X
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  X
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  X
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  X
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  X
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  X
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  X
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  X
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)  1
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)  X
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  X
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  X
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)  X
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio)  2
Eastern Whip-poor-will (Caprimulgus vociferus)  1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  X
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  X
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  X
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  X
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  X
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  X
Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum)  X
Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)  X
Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  X
Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  X
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  X
Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  X
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  X
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  X
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  X
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  X
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  X
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  X
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  X
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  X
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)  1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)  X
Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  X
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  X
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  X
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  X
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  X
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)  X
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  X
American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  X
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  X
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  X
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  X
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  X
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  X
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  X
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  X
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  X
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  X
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  X
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  X
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  X
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  X
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  X
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  X 

State Game Area
May 19, 2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
10 more species

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  X
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  X
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  X
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  X
Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera)  X
Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia)  1Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)  1
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  X
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  X 

Wastewater Properties
May 19, 2012 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
32 more species

Gadwall (Anas strepera)  X
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)  X
Redhead (Aythya americana)  X
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  X
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  X
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)  X
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  X
American Coot (Fulica americana)  X
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  X
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  X
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  X
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  X
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)  X
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)  X
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla)  X
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  X
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)  X
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  X
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  X
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)  2
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)  X
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)  X
Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia)  X

Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  X
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  X
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)  X
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  X
Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus)  X
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum)  X
Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)  X
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  X 

Muskegon Lake Nature Preserve
May 19, 2012 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
2 more species

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)  1  (on roof of B.C. Cobb Plant)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  1 

Snug Harbor
May 19, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
2 more species

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  X
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  X 

Muskegon Channel
May 19, 2012 8:15 PM - 9:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
2 more species
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  X
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  X