Audubon Society of Ohio
The Cincinnati Chapter of National Audubon Society

Location: The 2017 Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count Results

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2017

Reporter: Jay Stenger

Other Observers: 70 Participants

The 71st annual 2017 Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society, our local Audubon Chapter and the Cincinnati Bird Club, was conducted on Saturday, December 30th, 2017. Seventy participants braved the intense winter weather and helped assure the continued success of this count. We recorded 91 total species for the count. An additional 5 species were not found on count day but were found during count week. These 5 species are not included in the count total of 91 species. Count week (CW) is defined as the three days before and the three days after the actual count date. The record for this count is 95 species, set in 2012.

The list (91 species plus 5 CW):

Snow Goose 1, Canada Goose 3,553, Mute Swan 9, Tundra Swan (CW), Wood Duck 2, Gadwall 22, American Wigeon 1, American Black Duck 22, Mallard 702, Northern Shoveler (CW), Northern Pintail 2, Canvasback (CW), Redhead 8, Ring-necked Duck 32, Greater Scaup (CW), Lesser Scaup 3, Long-tailed Duck 8, Bufflehead 13, Common Goldeneye 7, Hooded Merganser 86, Common Merganser 2, Ruddy Duck 15, Wild Turkey (CW), Pied-billed Grebe 8, Great Blue Heron 13, Black Vulture 26, Turkey Vulture 4, Bald Eagle 8, Northern Harrier 7, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Cooper’s Hawk 9, Red-shouldered Hawk 14, Red-tailed Hawk 44, American Kestrel 11, Peregrine Falcon 2, American Coot 43, Sandhill Crane 103, Killdeer 10, Wilson’s Snipe 2, Ring-billed Gull 169, Rock Pigeon 253, Mourning Dove 464, Eastern Screech-Owl 8, Great Horned Owl 5, Barred Owl 4, Belted Kingfisher 17, Red-headed Woodpecker 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 292, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 33, Downy Woodpecker 228, Hairy Woodpecker 39, Northern Flicker 67, Pileated Woodpecker 36, Eastern Phoebe 5, Blue Jay 401, American Crow 511, Horned Lark 1,185, Carolina Chickadee 648, Tufted Titmouse 402, Red-breasted Nuthatch 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 131, Brown Creeper 21, Carolina Wren 300, Winter Wren 15, Golden-crowned Kinglet 118, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, Eastern Bluebird 100, Hermit Thrush 9, American Robin 3,835, Northern Mockingbird 62, Brown Thrasher 2, European Starling 19,658, American Pipit 2, Cedar Waxwing 249, Yellow-rumped Warbler 133, Eastern Towhee 147, American Tree Sparrow 75, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 23, Fox Sparrow 10, Song Sparrow 503, Swamp Sparrow 57, White-throated Sparrow 541, White-crowned Sparrow 47, Dark-eyed Junco 255, Lapland Longspur 1, Northern Cardinal 1,225, Red-winged Blackbird 28, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Rusty Blackbird 10, Common Grackle 422, Brown-headed Cowbird 19, House Finch 152, Pine Siskin 10, American Goldfinch 247, and House Sparrow 301.

Also reported on the count but not included in the species totals were 2 unidentified accipiter species, 1 unidentified buteo species, and 1 unidentified falcon species.

 

Count Highlights:

  • Horned Lark 1,185, new count high, previous high 835
  • Winter Wren 15, new count high, previous high was 9, three separate times
  • Mute Swan 9, tied 2nd highest
  • Wilson’s Snipe 2, only reported 1 time in previous 10 years, but actually reported 32 times in prior 70 years of this count.
  • Long-tailed Duck, 7th time in 71 years
  • Sandhill Crane, 7th time in 71 years
  • Lapland Longspur 8th time in 71 years
  • American Pipit, 9th time in 71 years
  • Snow Goose, 9th time in 71 years

Notable Misses:

  • Wild Turkey, recorded 10 of previous 10 years (100%)
  • Savannah Sparrow, recorded 9 of previous 10 years (90%)
  • Short-eared Owl, recorded 8 of previous 10 years (80%), efforts were made at Armleder Park and Lunken Airport
  • Northern Shoveler, recorded 8 of previous 10 years (80%)
  • Purple Finch, recorded 7 of previous 10 years (70%)
  • Merlin, recorded 5 of previous 7 years (71%)

Jay Stenger, Co-compiler

Jack Stenger, Co-compiler





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