Christmas Bird Count 2008: Hoover Reservoir

Double-crested Cormorant - Photo Ken and Nyetta

December 20, 2008, marked the 53rd Anniversary of the Hoover Reservoir Christmas Bird Count.


We set 4 new record highs for individual species:

  • Double-crested Cormorant (9)
  • Northern Pintail (22)
  • Peregrine Falcon (1 – the first ever recorded for the count circle)
  • European Staling (10,277)

and tying the high for 2 species:

  • Pileated Woodpecker (8)
  • Fox Sparrow (3).

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.

Species List

Double-crested Cormorant9
Great Blue Heron14
Mute Swan4
Canada Goose2,753
Wood Duck2
American Black Duck245
Northern Shoveler4
Northern Pintail22
Green-winged Teal2
Ring-necked Duck3
Lesser Scaup1
Hooded Merganser133
Ruddy Duck19
Bald Eagle14
Northern Harrier1
Cooper’s Hawk7
Red-tailed Hawk33
American Kestrel8
Peregrine Falcon1
Wild Turkey20
American Coot4
Bonaparte’s Gull453
Ring-billed Gull1,573
Herring Gull6
Rock Pigeon65
Mourning Dove111
Great Horned Owl1
Barred Owl2
Belted Kingfisher5
Red-headed Woodpecker2
Red-bellied Woodpecker94
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2
Downy Woodpecker103
Hairy Woodpecker13
Northern Flicker33
Pileated Woodpecker8
Blue Jay125
American Crow175
Horned Lark11
Carolina Chickadee305
Tufted Titmouse112
Red-breasted Nuthatch2
White-breasted Nuthatch70
Brown Creeper5
Carolina Wren30
Winter Wren2
Golden-crowned Kinglets5
Eastern Bluebird120
Hermit Thrush1
American Robin804
Northern Mockingbird10
European Starling10,277
Cedar Waxwing496
Yellow-rumped Warbler22
American Tree Sparrow56
Fox Sparrow3
Song Sparrow53
Swamp Sparrow13
White-throated Sparrow112
White-crowned Sparrow8
Dark-eyed Junco332
Northern Cardinal213
Red-winged Blackbird3
Purple Finch19
House Finch174
American Goldfinch193
House Sparrow222


Additional Count Week Birds

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