OHBL 2015-2016

The Buckeye Lake Christmas Bird Count

Results of December 19, 2015

This was the 93rd 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: 29 °F at 8:00 a.m. High: 34 °F at 2:00 p.m.
Wind: Calm
Sky: Mostly clear all day.
Precipitation: None.
Bodies of Water: Streams, ponds and Buckeye Lake open.

Level of Effort

Observers: 10 observers in 4 field teams mostly driving, plus 12 observers covering Dawes Arboretum landholdings mostly walking.
Total of 22 participants in 4-8 daytime parties.
Party Distance: Daytime observations: 232 miles by car, 23.25 miles on foot. Total = 255.25 miles.
Owling: 3 miles by car, 1.5 miles on foot. Total = 4.5 miles.
Party Time: Daytime observations: 22 hours by car, 23.25 hours on foot. Total = 38 hours.
Owling: 1 hour by car, 2 hours on foot. Total = 3 hours.
Feeder coverage: 3 hours.
Hours Afield: Daytime observations occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Exclusive pre-dawn owling occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Exclusive evening owling occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Bird Feeders: 1 feeding station (at Dawes Arboretum) was monitored by a total of 4 observers.
Owling: 5 observers in 3 teams searched expressly for owls on Dawes Arboretum land holdings during pre-dawn and post-daylight periods. Total times and distances are noted above.

Results Summary

Dec. 19, 2015 Range Yearly Average 1921-2015
No. of Species: 71 species Lowest:
Highest:
26 in 1922
96 in 1956
65 species
No. of Individuals: 9,081 Lowest:
Highest:
419 in 1922
93,347 in 1961
10,675

Observations on December 19, 2015

Species Quantity Seen
Snow Goose 3
Canada Goose 631
Tundra Swan 1
Mute Swan 16
Am. Black Duck 2
Mallard 385
Gadwall 36
N. Pintail 10
N. Shoveler 57
Blue-winged Teal 8
Redhead 9
Ring-necked Duck 30
Lesser Scaup 6
Bufflehead 9
Hooded Merganser 46
Ruddy Duck 1
Wild Turkey 35
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Great Blue Heron 7
Turkey Vulture 7
Bald Eagle 4
N. Harrier 1
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 27
Amer. Kestrel 11
Amer. Coot 16
Sandhill Crane 2
Bonaparte’s Gull 19
Ring-billed Gull 1,760
Herring Gull 13
Rock Pigeon 48
Mourning Dove 176
E. Screech Owl 2
Great Horned Owl 3
Barred Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 32
Downy Woodpecker 27
Hairy Woodpecker 2
N. Flicker 13
Pileated Woodpecker 6
Blue Jay 62
Amer. Crow 150
Horned Lark 10
Carolina Chickadee 29
Tufted Titmouse 14
White-breasted Nuthatch 25
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 11
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 9
Amer. Robin 476
N. Mockingbird 10
European Starling 3,570
Cedar Waxing 7
Amer. Tree Sparrow 28
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 37
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 21
White-crowned Sparrow 17
Dark-eyed Junco 97
N. Cardinal 48
Common Grackle 9
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Finch 30_
Pine Siskin 2
Amer. Goldfinch 29
House Sparrow 304
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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