OHBL 2011-2012

The Buckeye Lake Christmas Bird Count

Results of December 17, 2011

This was the 89th year this CBC has been conducted. The first Buckeye Lake CBC was conducted in 1921, and not performed in 1923 and 1926.
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Weather During the Observation Period

Temperature: Low: 31 °F at 6:30 a.m. High: 33 °F at 10:00 a.m.
Wind: 0-10 mph, W
Sky: Overcast morning through late afternoon, clearing starting about an hour before sunset.
Precipitation: Snow flurries with wind started late morning, and persisted through late afternoon.
Bodies of Water: Open water.

Level of Effort

Observers: 24 observers in 12 field teams, plus 3 who were exclusively feeder watchers. Total of 27 participants.
Party Distance: Daytime Observations: 210 miles by car, 14.25 miles on foot.
Exclusive non-daytime searching for owls: 4.5 miles by car, 4 miles on foot.
Party Time: Daytime observations: 20.5 hours by car, 20.25 hours on foot.
Owling: 0.75 hours by car, 4.5 hours on foot.
Hours Afield: Daytime observations occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Exclusive morning owling occurred between 6:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m.
Exclusive evening owling occurred between 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Bird Feeders: 2 feeding stations were monitored by a total of 5 observers. 1 feeding station in the Harbor Hills neighborhood and 1 feeding station at Dawes Arboretum.
Owling: 14 observers in 7 teams searched expressly for owls on Dawes Arboretum land holdings (early morning and late afternoon). Total times and distances are noted above.

Results Summary

Dec. 17, 2011 Range Yearly Average 1921-2010
No. of Species: 70 Lowest:
Highest:
26 in 1922
96 in 1956
64
No. of Individuals: 5,223 Lowest:
Highest:
419 in 1922
93,347 in 1961
10,631

Observations on December 17, 2011

Species Quantity Seen
Canada Goose 730
Mute Swan 8
Wood Duck 9
Gadwall 7
American Widgeon 1
American Black Duck 10
Mallard 290
Blue-winged Teal 9
Northern Shoveler 14
Northern Pintail 3
Redhead 3
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 4
Hooded Merganser 60
Ruddy Duck 2
Common Loon 3
Pied-billed Grebe 12
Horned Grebe 4
Great Blue Heron 25
Bald Eagle 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 18
American Kestrel 6
American Coot 140
Bonaparte’s Gull 33
Ring-billed Gull 709
Herring Gull 47
Rock Pigeon 22
Mourning Dove 125
Eastern Screech Owl 3
Great Horned Owl 5
Barred Owl 6
Belted Kingfisher 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 30
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 27
Hairy Woodpecker 4
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 5
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 76
American Crow 274
Carolina Chickadee 71
Tufted Titmouse 44
White-breasted Nuthatch 27
Carolina Wren 10
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
Eastern Bluebird 33
American Robin 55
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 1,578
Cedar Waxwing 1
Eastern Towhee 4
American Tree Sparrow 47
Field Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 39
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 13
White-crowned Sparrow 29
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 63
Northern Cardinal 136
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Brewer’s Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 34
House Finch 74
Pine Siskin 9
American Goldfinch 36
House Sparrow 148
Note: National Audubon Society started including Rock Pigeon (formerly named Rock Dove) in Christmas Bird Count data, in 1973, even though the species was present many years prior.