Christmas Bird Count (Lakewood) 2009

Report Dec. 27, 2009 Photos


2009 Christmas Bird Count Results

Lakewood (west side of Cleveland) Count Circle
Compiler: Nancy Howell
Sunday, December 27, 2009

With temperatures hovering in the upper 20’s to low 30’s and scattered, light snow flurries, overcast skies and almost no wind … it was, in most regards, a nice winter day. It was also one of the best of the Lakewood Christmas Counts with regard to the number of species seen, not to mention effort by the terrific counters. Seventy-five (75) species were sighted the day of the CBC and one (1) species during count week. Sixty-eight (68) participants spent 55.00 hours out in the field and 14.00 hours watching feeders.  Another 1.25 hours was spent owling either in the early morning or late in the day and it produced results!!!

Lake Erie was open and so gulls and diving ducks were not as concentrated as could be, but the crews doing the Lake Erie shoreline did a fabulous job. A few species of dabblers Wood Duck, Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Shoveler and Northern Pintail were found both along Lake Erie and a few sites inland. Big water ducks and divers generally were low in diversity and in number with the exception of Red-breasted Mergansers. Note that no Canvasback or Common Mergansers were sighted and single digits of Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser and Ruddy Duck. Two species of scoters were great additions.  A single Tundra Swan was found at, of all places, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.  Wonder if it had to have a full body scan?

Continuing with Lake Erie sightings Double-crested Cormorant, not usually hanging around in the winter, and a Common Loon added nice touches.  The gull numbers were respectable with Ring-billed Gulls far outnumbering other species. No white-winged or unusual gulls were sighted, possibly due to the lake being open and birds scattered widely.

Diurnal raptors made nice showings. At one time listing a Bald Eagle or Peregrine Falcon would be notable, not so much any longer.  What is notable is that two American Kestrels were found around the Cleveland airport.  Sightings of kestrels have dwindled over the years.  Having all three expected falcons is pretty cool.

Owls made a comeback this count year with three Great Horned Owls, including a pair, a single Barred Owl and two different Screech Owls.

Woodpeckers were in good numbers across the board with Red-headed Woodpeckers being located at a mitigated wetland site.  Red-heads are not seen every year.

American Crows and Blue Jay numbers seem to have rebounded from several years ago after West Nile virus came through.  The more feeder-friendly birds such as chickadee, titmouse and nuthatch numbers were good. Several Red-breasted Nuthatch were tallied and it was not a huge year for them.  Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and Golden-crowned Kinglets were a nice touch.

A good fruit year (honeysuckle, flowering crabapple, hawthorn and poison ivy) kept many of the fruit eaters, such as Eastern Bluebird, American Robin (lots) and Cedar Waxwing around. Five Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers were a good find. 

Three Chipping Sparrows, not usually sighted, were noted from different areas.  A single Fox Sparrow was good. One might not think that Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle and Brown-headed Cowbird are that exciting.  In northeast Ohio the numbers of blackbird and grackle were considerably higher than expected.  Normally the number of these species is in the single digits, if found at all.

Lastly, two Purple Finch, filled out our list.

As usual, there were ups and downs with the numbers of certain species.  Some of more noteworthy species are in bold and count week are in italics. Below is the list of species and numbers.

1. Canada Goose 1264
2. Tundra Swan 1
3. Wood Duck  3
4. American Black Duck 23
5. Mallard 801
6. Northern Pintail 2
7. Northern Shoveler 4
8. Redhead 1
9. Ring-necked Duck 1
10. Scaup ssp.  90
11. Black Scoter  1
12. White-winged Scoter 1
13. Bufflehead  62
14. Common Goldeneye  352
15. Red-breasted Merganser 35,677
16. Hooded Merganser  9
17. Ruddy Duck 2
18. Wild Turkey 7
19. Common Loon 1
20. Double-crested Cormorant 3
21. Great Blue Heron 5
22. Bald Eagle 2
23. Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
24. Cooper’s Hawk 11
25. Red-shouldered Hawk 3
26. Red-tailed Hawk 37
27. American Kestrel 2
28. Merlin 2
29. Peregrine Falcon 3
30. Bonaparte’s Gull  1,956
31. Ring-billed Gull   28,064
32. Herring Gull   301
33. Great black-backed Gull 17
34. Rock Pigeon 232
35. Mourning Dove 285
36. Great Horned Owl 3
37. Barred Owl  1
38. Eastern Screech Owl 2
39. Belted Kingfisher   8
40. Red-headed Woodpecker  3
41. Red-bellied Woodpecker 81
42. Downy Woodpecker 128
43. Hairy Woodpecker   29
44. Northern Flicker   7
45. Pileated Woodpecker 9
46. Blue Jay 415
47. American Crow  174
48. Black-capped Chickadee  355
49. Tufted Titmouse 117
50. Red-breasted Nuthatch  16
51. White-breasted Nuthatch 151
52. Brown Creeper   3
53. Carolina Wren  14
54. Winter Wren 1
55. Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
56. Eastern Bluebird  2
57. American Robin  1,347
58. Northern Mockingbird 4
59. European Starling 1,491
60. Cedar Waxwing 39
61. Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
  Eastern Towhee (12/30/09 1 count week
62. American Tree Sparrow 63
63. Song Sparrow  24
64. Fox Sparrow   1
65. White-throated Sparrow 24
66. Chipping Sparrow 3
67. Dark-eyed Junco 257
68. Northern Cardinal 187
69. Red-winged Blackbird   59
70. Common Grackle  89
71. Brown-headed Cowbird  1
72. Purple Finch  2
73. House Finch  148
74. American Goldfinch 317
75. House Sparrow 530


Nancy Howell, compiler
Lakewood CBC
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society

A GIANT thank you to all who participated in the 2009 Christmas Bird Count.  Whether you went afield or stayed in the comfort of your home and watched your feeders.  All tallies are appreciated.  The following is a list of the 68 participants:

Don Altemus, Jay Ambercrombie, Ken Ballas, Susan Beck, Howard Besser, Dennis and Kit Birch, Kathleen Bradley, Nancy Brewer, Erik Bruder, Diane Busch, Craig Caldwell, Lee and Mary Cavano, Liz and Todd Clingman, Gary Cowell, Jr., Sally Deems-Mogyordy, Bill Deininger, Dave Dvorak, Bob Finkelstein, Bill Fissell, Joanne and Terry Gorges, Dave Graskemper, Jim Hamilton, Jim Heflich, Jan Holkenborg, Don and Nancy Howell, Mary Lou Hura, Claire Kluskens, Audrey Kodger, JoAnn Kubicki, Jeff and Marian Kraus, Ray Kutnar, Colleen Lavelle, Dave LeGallee, Paula Lozano, Terri Martincic, Bret and Jim McCarty, Liz McQuaid, Marianne Nolan, Penny O’Connor, Michael Pasek, Peggy Patch, Chris Pierce, Mary Anne and Tom Romito, Larry Rosche, Colleen Roy, Inga Schmidt, Rita Schneider, Linda Sekura, Andrea and Robert Segedi, Judy Semroc, Paul Sherwood, Robin Slanie, Jessie St. Christopher, Page Stephens,  Nick Taylor, Bev and Sam Walker, Rachel Wassman and Jeff Wert.

Areas Covered                        
Lakefront  -  western Lakefront –  Craig Caldwell, Chris Pierce
Lakefront - eastern Lakefront- Paula Lozano & others.
Clague Park, Elmwood Park, Lakewood Cemetery – Marian & Jeff Kraus, Lee & Sue Cavano, Joanne Kubicki
Big Met/Little Met Golf courses – Rocky River Reservation -  Bill Deininger, Terry and JoAnne Gorges.
 Rocky River Reservation – Nature Center trails to Wildlife loop -Dave Dvorak (starting at 8AM)
 Rocky River feeders- Maria & Charles Finchum
 Lewis Rd. Riding Ring/Around Cleve. Hopkins Airport -Dave Dvorak in the afternoon)
 Baldwin, Wallace and Coe Lakes area  in Berea - Liz Clingman, Colleen Roy, Bill Fissell and Rachel
 Trails in Rocky River Res. – Bagley Rd. to Lagoon Picnic area
 Bradley Woods  - Erik Bruder
 Lake Isaac / Beyers Pond and area  - Kathleen Bradley & Jay Amercrombie
 Big Creek Parkway – Brookpark Rd. to Stumpf Rd. -  In the morning with Nancy and Don Howell (meet at 8 AM at Snow Rd. Picnic Area)
 Big Creek Parkway – Stumpf Rd. south to Fowles Rd.  - Nancy Howell
 Zoo/ West Park Cemetery/Big Creek Reservation - Tom and Mary Anne Romito, Mary Lou Hura, Mike Pasek, Marianne Nolan 
 Tri – C Western Campus and Parks adjacent to Tri-C - Kit & Dennis Birch
 Lake Abrams/Southwest Hospital wetlands - NEW Lake to Lake trail! - Terri Martincic, Paul Sherwood
 Renaissance Retirement Community Property/Sunset Memorial Cemetery – Penny O'Connor, Page Stephens, Jessie St.Christopher, Nancy Brewer, Ken Ballas, Betty Green, Colleen Lavelle
  Far western edge of count range – Jaycox Rd. in Avon (Lorain Co.) north to Walker Rd., east to Bradley Rd., south on Bradley to Center Ridge Rd./Mills Rd.  There are several golf courses in that area and some cemeteries that can also be checked out. - Erik Bruder
 Home feeder watchers -Audrey Kodger

Colleen & Page © Penny O'Connor

Ken & Betty © Penny O'Connor

Mockingbird at Cleveland Zoo © Mary Anne Romito

Red-tailed Hawk at Brookside Park © Mary Anne Romito

Mallards (countable) and female Smew (not countable) at Cleveland Zoo © Mary Anne Romito

Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, 4310 Bush Ave, Cleveland, OH 44109