December 20, 2008, marked the 53rd Anniversary of the Hoover Reservoir Christmas Bird Count.
We set 4 new record highs for individual species:
and tying the high for 2 species:
Our final count was 70 species.
Absent from the count for the first time since 1993 were Sharp-shinned Hawks. Owls were also unusually low with only 1 Great Horned and 2 Barred Owls being recorded. However, the 14 Bald Eagles was just 1 shy of the record 15 recorded in 2005.
Count Date and time: December 20, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Weather: Temp. 24 F to 31 F. Wind ENE, 5-10 mph. Snow depth 0 inches. Still water partially frozen. Moving water open. Partly Cloudy in AM, Partly Sunny in PM.
Count center: 40′ 12 N, 82′ 5 W, as described 1975, center I-71, 7.5 mi. n. Rt. 161.
Observers: 61 in the field (including 24 attending Metro Park programs at Highbanks and Sharon Woods) in 14-16 parties (non-owling) and 4 Feeder Watch. Total party-hours 92.25; total party-miles 181.75; 79.50 hours and 44.00 miles on foot; 12.75 hours and 137.75 miles by car.
|Great Blue Heron||14|
|American Black Duck||245|
|Great Horned Owl||1|
|American Tree Sparrow||56|
Pied-billed Grebe, Cackling Goose, Snow Goose, Canvasback, Redhead, American Wigeon, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and Field Sparrow .
70 Species; 23,160 Individuals.
Compiler: Charles Bombaci, 6715 Henschen Circle, Westerville, Ohio 43082