The 2014 Big Sit!
Our Thanks to everyone who turned out to participate in
the 2014 Big Sit Bird Count Saturday October 11, 2014
It was a beautiful Fall day with great Birds and wonderful fellowship.
The official total for the day was 43 species
Thank you Team "Birds-I-View Birders"! Below is our species list for the day,
(in order of appearance!)
Official Species List:
(43 Species--a new record!)

White-throated sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Carolina Wren
Blue Jay
Northern Mockingbird
Mourning Dove
House Sparrow
American Robin
European Starling
Chickadee sp.
Orange-crowned Warbler
Downy Woodpecker
Common Yellowthroat
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cedar Waxwing
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Northern Flicker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Bluebird
White-breasted Nuthatch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-winged Blackbird
Eurasian Collared Dove
Turkey Vulture
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Hairy Woodpecker
Rock Pigeon
Eastern Phoebe
Canada Goose
American Goldfinch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Dark-eyed Junco
Chimney Swift
Red-tailed Hawk
Coopers Hawk
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
The Trees were FULL of
Cedar Waxwings! Gorgeous
birds in adult plumage, as
well as immatures (like the
one pictured directly below).
An abundance of berries,
including Hackberries,
Virginia Creeper, Juniper,
and yes, even honeysuckle,
made for large flocks of busy
birds!


The Two Bald Eagles pictured
here were a great treat
...However, not the only
noteworthy fly-overs: The
Double-crested Cormorants
listed above numbered 200!
This Turkey Vulture was
spotted by our young
friend Sky. She is
becoming a good birder
and was a pleasure to
have with us !
Eastern Phoebe

BIG thank you to the River Bluffs
Audubon Society members who came
out to share their knowledge and
expertise with us!
Above: Downy Woodpecker on the
"Suet Log" made of recycled plastic
Thanks for the tent Chris!
Participants played "BIV Big Sit Bingo"
to win Suet Cakes and Bird Seed....prizes were
also given for "First Bird of the Day" and
"First Bird of the Hour".
We awarded a total of 59 suet cakes and 13
bags of seed!
Cedar Waxwings
All  bird photos above by Steve Garr.
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All photos below by Chris Barrigar
Left and Right: Great pics Chris of our resident
Bird Garden Chipmunk ( check out those cheek
pouches on the one on the left!). Steve says
these guys are part of his "ground crew" for
taking care of the BIV bird garden.
Downy Woodpecker
The two Bald Eagles through Chris Barrigar's scope!
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See results from the 2013 Big Sit HERE
See results from the 2012 Big Sit HERE!