[CT Birds] CT BIG JANUARY 2013 - Results

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Mon Feb 4 12:33:53 EST 2013

As in past years, many people who actively birded the state of CT in January 
2013 submitted their lists of birds seen during the month.  The friendly 
competition known as the Big January serves as a catalyst to get afield in the 
coldest time of the year.  Some want to start the New Year off with many rare 
birds; others simply want to reach the arbitrary threshold of 90 species.
Well the results are in.  A number of people amassed impressive lists.  But the 
top total of 144 species was recorded by SARA ZAGORSKI, who we declare the 
winner.  Congratulations!  Here is the list of those who chose to submit their 
1.   Sara Zagorski            144
2.   Bill Asteriades            133            (counting Trumpeter Swan)
      Paul Wolter            133            (counting Trumpeter Swan)
4.   Robert Dixon            130
5.   John Marshall            128            (counting Trumpeter Swan)
6.   Greg Hanisek            126
7.   Russ Smiley            119
8.   Angela Dimmitt            115
9.   Frank Gallo            112
10. Frank Mantlik            109              (99 in Stratford)
11. Charlie Barnard            108
12. Mike Warner              99
13. Bill Batsford              96
14. George Stephens              92
Among the rarest species reported include: Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow 
Goose, Cackling Goose, Trumpeter Swan (though not yet on the official CT list), 
Eurasian Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Common Eider, Black Scoter, Northern Gannet, 
American Bittern, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, White Ibis, Golden Eagle, 
Rough-legged Hawk, Virginia Rail, American Oystercatcher, Red Knot, Black-headed 
Gull, Iceland Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Murre, Razorbill, Eastern 
Phoebe, Northern Shrike, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Marsh Wren, Pine 
Warbler, Palm Warbler, Vesper Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, 
Eastern Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Boat-tailed Grackle, Bullock’s 
Oriole, Pine Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, White-winged Crossbill, and Hoary Redpoll. 

If all goes well, most/all of the actual lists, plus some photos of rare 
species, will be posted in the near future on the CT Audubon Society Blog, 
thanks to Scott Kruitbosch.
Frank Mantlik
Volunteer Compiler

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