OHBL 2016-2017

The Buckeye Lake Christmas Bird Count

Results of December 17, 2016

This was the 94th 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: 33 °F at 8:00 a.m. High: 37 °F at 4:00 p.m.
Wind: Calm
Sky: Overcast all day.
Precipitation: Periods of light drizzle throughout the day.
Bodies of Water: Streams with moving water were partly 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: 3 observers in 1 field team mostly driving, plus 10 observers covering Dawes Arboretum landholdings mostly walking.
Total of 13 participants in 4-7 daytime parties.
Party Distance: Daytime observations: 70 miles by car, 16.1 miles on foot. Total = 86.1 miles.
Owling: 0 miles by car, 2.7 miles on foot. Total = 2.7 miles.
Party Time: Daytime observations: 6.75 hours by car, 17 hours on foot. Total = 23.75 hours.
Owling: 0 hours by car, 3.00 hours on foot. Total = 3.00 hours.
Feeder coverage: 3.75 hours.
Hours Afield: Daytime observations occurred between 7:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Exclusive pre-dawn owling occurred between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.
Bird Feeders: 1 feeding station (at Dawes Arboretum) was monitored by a total of 2 observers.
Owling: 7 observers in 3 teams searched expressly for owls on Dawes Arboretum land holdings (pre-dawn). Total times and distances are noted above.

Results Summary

Dec. 17, 2016 Range Yearly Average 1921-2015
No. of Species: 60 species **
Plus 3
“Count Week” Species *
Lowest:
Highest:
26 in 1922
96 in 1956
65 species
No. of Individuals: 2,503 ** Lowest:
Highest:
419 in 1922
93,347 in 1961
10,588
* 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 17, 2016

Species Quantity Seen
Snow Goose 1
Ross’s Goose 1
Canada Goose 204
Am. Black Duck 2
Mallard 110
N. Shoveler 13
Common Goldeneye 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Wild Turkey 2
Great Blue Heron 15
Black Vulture Count Week
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle Count Week
N. Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 20
Amer. Kestrel 7
Ring-billed Gull 26
Herring Gull Count Week
Rock Pigeon 37
Mourning Dove 109
E. Screech Owl 2
Great Horned Owl 1
Barred Owl 1
Long-eared Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 18
Downy Woodpecker 13
Hairy Woodpecker 1
N. Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 40
Amer. Crow 69
Horned Lark 8
Carolina Chickadee 31
Tufted Titmouse 28
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 15
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 13
Eastern Bluebird 21
Amer. Robin 48
N. Mockingbird 10
European Starling 1,001
American Pipit 8
Cedar Waxwing 8
Rufous-sided Towhee 3
Amer. Tree Sparrow 25
Song Sparrow 32
White-throated Sparrow 9
White-crowned Sparrow 17
Dark-eyed Junco 61
N. Cardinal 68
Eastern Meadowlark 30
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Rusty Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 133
Brown-headed Cowbird 62
House Finch 30
Amer. Goldfinch 66
House Sparrow 55
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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