OHBL 2013-2014

The Buckeye Lake Christmas Bird Count

Results of December 14, 2013

This was the 91st 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: 32 °F at 7:30 a.m. High: 37 °F at 5:00 p.m.
Wind: 3-7 mph, NE
Sky: Overcast all day.  Visibility was variably diminished by precipitation during the day.
A 3-foot layer of light fog developed over Buckeye Lake starting about 3:25pm, but then disappeared by about 4:25pm.
Precipitation: Snow falling starting pre-dawn and covering roads, then diminishing during the morning.  Intermittent mist and/or light rain starting late morning.  Steady light rain 1:30-3:00pm, then intermittent mist thereafter.
Bodies of Water: Streams mostly open.  Ponds and standing water frozen over.  Buckeye Lake mostly frozen, with a couple large open areas in the middle, plus open water around docks equipped with bubblers.

Level of Effort

Observers: 11 observers in 3 field teams mostly driving, plus 15 observers covering Dawes Arboretum landholdings mostly walking, plus 1 who was exclusively a feeder watcher.
Total of 27 participants in 9-10 daytime parties.
Party Distance: Daytime observations:  221 miles by car, 13.5 miles on foot.  Total = 234.5 miles.
Owling:  2.5 miles by car, 2.75 miles on foot.  Total = 5.25 miles.
Party Time: Daytime observations:  16.75 hours by car, 16.75 hours on foot.  Total = 33.5 hours.
Owling:  0.75 hours by car, 3.75 hours on foot.  Total = 4.5 hours.
Feeder coverage:  6.75 hours.
Hours Afield: Daytime observations occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Exclusive morning owling occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Bird Feeders: 2 feeding stations were monitored by a total of 7 observers.  1 feeding station in the Harbor Hills neighborhood and 1 feeding station at Dawes Arboretum.
Owling: 13 observers in 7 teams searched expressly for owls on Dawes Arboretum land holdings (pre-dawn).  Total times and distances are noted above.

Results Summary

Dec. 14, 2013 Range Yearly Average 1921-2012
No. of Species: 72 species **
Plus 4
“Count Week” Species *
26 in 1922
96 in 1956
65 species
No. of Individuals: 7,286 ** Lowest:
419 in 1922
93,347 in 1961
* 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 14, 2013

Species Quantity Seen
 Canada Goose 461
 Mute Swan 5
 Am. Black Duck 8
 Mallard 460
 N. Shoveler 46
 Blue-winged Teal 19
 Lesser Scaup 2
 Bufflehead 5
 Common Goldeneye 5
 Common Merganser 2
 Hooded Merganser 6
 Ruddy Duck 22
 Wild Turkey 5
 Common Loon 1
 Double-crested Cormorant 1
 Great Blue Heron 42
 Black Vulture Count Week
 Turkey Vulture Count Week
 Bald Eagle Count Week
 N. Harrier 6
 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
 Cooper’s Hawk 3
 Red-shouldered Hawk 3
 Red-tailed Hawk 16
 Amer. Kestrel 9
 Amer. Coot 1
 Killdeer 4
 Wilson’s Snipe 1
 Ring-billed Gull 192
 Herring Gull 12
 Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
 Rock Pigeon 32
 Mourning Dove 282
 E. Screech Owl 1
 Great Horned Owl 7
 Barred Owl 2
 Belted Kingfisher 6
 Red-headed Woodpecker 9
 Red-bellied Woodpecker 38
 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Count Week
 Downy Woodpecker 32
 Hairy Woodpecker 3
 N. Flicker 7
 Pileated Woodpecker 2
 Blue-headed Vireo ** 1
 Blue Jay 87
 Amer. Crow 84
 Horned Lark 47
 Carolina Chickadee 27
 Tufted Titmouse 14
 White-breasted Nuthatch 23
 Brown Creeper 9
 Carolina Wren 27
 Golden-crowned Kinglet 20
 Eastern Bluebird 22
 Hermit Thrush 1
 Amer. Robin 171
 N. Mockingbird 16
 European Starling 3,921
 Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
 Eastern Towhee  16
 Amer. Tree Sparrow  51
 Song Sparrow  77
 Swamp Sparrow  2
 White-throated Sparrow  65
 White-crowned Sparrow  9
 Dark-eyed Junco  149
 N. Cardinal  97
 Eastern Meadowlark  26
 Red-winged Blackbird  2
 Rusty Blackbird  2
 Brown-headed Cowbird  45
 Purple Finch  1
 House Finch  39
 Amer. Goldfinch  30
 House Sparrow  443
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.
** Blue-headed Vireo is an unusual species, not expected in Ohio during the winter.  Written documentation detailing this observation has been submitted to the Regional Editor/Compiler for National Audubon Society, for scrutiny and consideration about whether this sighting will be included in NAS’s CBC database.
Click here for a printable version of the bird count report.