OHBL 2012-2013

The Buckeye Lake Christmas Bird Count

Results of December 15, 2012

This was the 90th 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: 34 °F at 7:00 a.m. High: 50 °F at 4:00 p.m.
Wind: 0-9 mph, SE
Sky: Mostly clear to partly cloudy in the morning, then turning overcast during the afternoon.
Precipitation: Periods of light rain during the afternoon.
Bodies of Water: Open water.

Level of Effort

Observers: 8 observers in 3 field teams mostly driving, plus 20 observers covering Dawes Arboretum landholdings mostly walking, plus 2 who were exclusively feeder watchers. Total of 30 participants in 6 parties.
Party Distance: Daytime observations:  206.5 miles by car, 19 miles on foot.
Exclusive non-daytime searching for owls: 7 miles by car, 2.75 miles on foot.
Party Time: Daytime observations:  18.75 hours by car, 25.25 hours on foot.
Owling: 1.25 hours by car, 4 hours on foot.
Feeder coverage: 4.5 hours.
Hours Afield: Daytime observations occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Exclusive morning owling occurred between 5:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Bird Feeders: 3 feeding stations were monitored by a total of 6 observers. 2 feeding stations in the Harbor Hills neighborhood and 1 feeding station at Dawes Arboretum.
Owling: 14 observers in 6 teams searched expressly for owls on Dawes Arboretum land holdings (pre-dawn). Total times and distances are noted above.

Results Summary

Dec. 15, 2012 Range Yearly Average 1921-2011
No. of Species: 80, plus 4 “Count Week” Species* Lowest:
Highest:
26 in 1922
96 in 1956
65
No. of Individuals: 5,263 Lowest:
Highest:
419 in 1922
93,347 in 1961
10,870
* A “Count Week” species is one seen 3 days before or after the bird count day, but not on the day of the count.

Observations on December 15, 2012

Species Quantity Seen
Snow Goose 2
Canada Goose 1,080
Mute Swan 15
Wood Duck 1
Gadwall 2
American Widgeon 2
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 178
Northern Shoveler 8
Ring-necked Duck 15
Lesser Scaup 22
Bufflehead 2
Hooded Merganser 2
Ruddy Duck 5
Wild Turkey 1
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 8
Horned Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 37
Black Vulture Count Week
Turkey Vulture Count Week
Bald Eagle Count Week
N. Harrier 2
Cooper’s Hawk 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 22
Rough-legged Hawk Count Week
American Kestrel 9
American Coot 53
Killdeer 1
Wilson’s Snipe 1
Bonaparte’s Gull 30
Ring-billed Gull 654
Herring Gull 14
Rock Pigeon 41
Mourning Dove 585
Barn Owl 1
Eastern Screech Owl 1
Great Horned Owl 4
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 13
Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 40
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 41
Hairy Woodpecker 6
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker 11
Pileated Woodpecker 9
Blue Jay 72
American Crow 142
Horned Lark 10
Carolina Chickadee 86
Tufted Titmouse 49
Red-breasted Nuthatch 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 50
Brown Creeper 17
Carolina Wren 33
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 14
Eastern Bluebird 50
American Robin 70
Northern Mockingbird 18
European Starling 643
Cedar Waxwing 2
Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler 7
Eastern Towhee 10
American Tree Sparrow 143
Field Sparrow 6
Fox Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 54
Swamp Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 24
White-crowned Sparrow 18
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco 100
Northern Cardinal 145
Eastern Meadowlark 6
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 20
House Finch 55
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 70
House Sparrow 388
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.
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