Christmas Bird Count 2011: Hoover Reservoir

Common Loon - Photo Alexandra MacKenzie

Basics

The Hoover Reservoir, Ohio (OHHR) Christmas Bird Count took place Saturday, December 17, 2011. The Circle includes parts of Northern Franklin County and Southern Delaware County. There were 48 observers in the field in 14-16 parties (non-owling) and 16 Feeder Watchers.

Highlights

One new species was added to the circle’s Christmas Bird Counts, an Ovenbird (species 137) that appeared at Inniswood Metro gardens in Westerville in early December and is still there as of this writing. New highs were established for 4 species. The results were lower than 2010 both in the numbers of species and the number of individuals.

Species List

Common Loon 3
Pied-billed Grebe 24
Horned Grebe 8
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 16
Mute Swan 6
Canada Goose 1,001
Wood Duck, 3
American Black Duck 40
Mallard 259
Northern Shoveler 16
American Wigeon 8
Ring-necked Duck 10
Lesser Scaup 4
Common Goldeneye 18
Bufflehead, 6
Hooded Merganser 164
Ruddy Duck 436
Bald Eagle 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper’s Hawk 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 56
American Kestrel 3
Wild Turkey 4
American Coot 13
Bonaparte’s Gull 107
Ring-billed Gull 1376
Herring Gull 14
Rock Pigeon 66
Mourning Dove 146
Eastern Screech Owl 4
Great Horned Owl 2
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 8
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 75
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 139
Hairy Woodpecker 11
Northern Flicker 30
Pileated Woodpecker 10
Blue Jay 139
American Crow 291
Carolina Chickadee 238
Tufted Titmouse 105
White-breasted Nuthatch 82
Brown Creeper 11
Carolina Wren 25
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 12
Eastern Bluebird 59
American Robin 554
Northern Mockingbird 11
European Starling 2,917
Cedar Waxwing, 45
Yellow-rumped Warbler 13
Ovenbird 1
Eastern Towhee 2
American Tree Sparrow 44
Song Sparrow 69
White-throated Sparrow 86
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 211
Northern Cardinal 232
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 4
House Finch 80
American Goldfinch 156
House Sparrow 232

Additional Count Week Birds: Turkey Vulture, Gadwall, Red-breasted Merganser, Hermit Thrush, and Fox Sparrow.

Totals

Totals: 70 Species, 9,740 Individuals.

Compiler: Charles Bombaci, 6715 Henschen Circle, Westerville, Ohio 43082