Christmas Bird Count 2013: Hoover Reservoir

Hooded Merganser - Photo Paul Albertella

Location and Time

40′ 12″ N, 82′ 5″ W (as described in 1975; center I-71, 7.5 mi. n. of Rt. 161). December 14, 2013; 7:45 am to 4:00 pm.

Conditions

Temp 30 F to 36 F. Wind E-ESE, 3-9 mph. Snow depth 1 to 2 inches. All large water was open, small ponds were frozen. Cloudy all day (300 and 600 foot ceiling), snow in morning, then rain (0.2 inches), followed by more snow.

Observers

Observation plan: 4 teams for Hoover Reservoir and surrounding areas, 1 team for Olentangy River, 1 team for Alum Creek Lake, and 3 teams at Metro Parks.

Observers: 34 in the field in 10 parties (non-owling) and 3 Feeder Watch. Total party-hours 46.25; total party-miles 193; 33.5 hours and 27.5 miles on foot; 12.75 hours and 165.5 miles by car.

Species Seen

Summary: 81 Species, 9,010 Individuals; 4 new high counts or ties, 18 species seen by only one team in the area.

4 Common Loon
8 Pied-billed Grebe
12 Horned Grebe
3 Double-crested Cormorant
13 Great Blue Heron
4 Mute Swan
677 Canada Goose
32 Northern Shoveler
2 Green-winged Teal
83 American Black Duck
913 Mallard
8 Gadwall
7 Redhead
2 American Wigeon
8 Lesser Scaup
19 Common Goldeneye
11 Bufflehead
430 Hooded Merganser
1 Common Merganser
17 Red-breasted Merganser
42 Ruddy Duck
3 Bald Eagle
2 Northern Harrier
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
4 Cooper’s Hawk
4 Red-shouldered Hawk
28 Red-tailed Hawk
2 American Kestrel
23 Wild Turkey
2 Killdeer
24 Bonaparte’s Gull
765 Ring-billed Gull
6 Herring Gull
69 Rock Pigeon
157 Mourning Dove
20 American Coot
1 Eastern Screech Owl
3 Great Horned Owl
2 Barred Owl
3 Belted Kingfisher
88 Red-bellied Woodpecker
6 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
75 Downy Woodpecker
13 Hairy Woodpecker
32 Northern Flicker
8 Pileated Woodpecker
4 Horned Lark
207 Blue Jay
134 American Crow
168 Carolina Chickadee
92 Tufted Titmouse
6 Red-breasted Nuthatch
61 White-breasted Nuthatch
8 Brown Creeper
44 Carolina Wren
5 Winter Wren
40 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
108 Eastern Bluebird
2 Hermit Thrush
328 American Robin
11 Northern Mockingbird
5 American Pipit
115 Cedar Waxwing
2,488 European Starling
41 Yellow-rumped Warbler
246 Northern Cardinal
4 Eastern Towhee
32 American Tree Sparrow
3 Fox Sparrow
3 Field Sparrow
92 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
212 White-throated Sparrow
2 White-crowned Sparrow
281 Dark-eyed Junco
127 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
91 House Finch
80 American Goldfinch
328 House Sparrow.

Count Period: Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose, Tundra Swan, and Red-headed Woodpecker

Compiler: Lee McBride, 445 Caldy Ct, Dublin, Ohio 43017