Eighty-six participants in the 2020 Lakewood Circle Count were able to locate these rare or unusual species: Cackling Goose, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Black-headed Gull (first EVER for the Lakewood Circle CBC), Black Vulture (first EVER for the Lakewood Circle CBC), Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin (two species of irruptive, northern finches), and Eastern Meadowlark, along with our more common species.
CBC 2020 - GREAT YEAR!
By Nancy Howell, Compiler for the Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count
When I first wrote the Christmas Bird Count 2020 article for the Western Cuyahoga Audubon newsletter back in November titled “Christmas Bird Count 2020: It’s Going to be a Good Year”, I never dreamed that the Count would be one of the best EVER … so it was a GREAT year.
What makes a Christmas Bird Count great?
The weather? Sunday, December 27, the day of the Count, had just the right amount of snow. The day was mostly sunny and temperatures were in the mid 30’s to lower 40’s which made walking sometimes a little “too warm” with all of the layers of clothing.
The birds? The 2020 Count tallied a record number 89 species on Count Day and 5 species on Count Week. Not all routes get rare or unusual species, but ALL species and the number of each species are important whether it was one or six Black-capped Chickadees. Yes, rare and unusual species are special and the 2020 Count had these species: Cackling Goose, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Ring-necked Pheasant, Black-headed Gull (first EVER for the Lakewood Circle CBC), Black Vulture (first EVER for the Lakewood Circle CBC), Common Redpoll and Pine Siskin (two species of irruptive, northern finches), and Eastern Meadowlark.
The people? Yes, our participants ARE the most important part of the Christmas Bird Count. Whether as part of a walking or driving route, or as a feeder watcher, your skills and effort were appreciated. The 2020 Count had 86 participants logging in 45 minutes of “owling time”, feeder watchers and walking the neighborhood logged in nearly 26 hours, while walking routes tallied 74.5 hours with 73.25 miles.walked. Driving routes tallied 19.25 hours and 140.25 miles. I am always amazed at the dedication of every participant. Thank you. Mark your calendars for the Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count 2021 which will be held on Sunday, December 26, 2021.
The list of species and number of each species is below. Count Week species are noted by the cw in the tally column. The list of participants follows the bird list.
Bird Species Tally
Last, but not least, thank you to our wonderful participants:
Claudia Anders, Alison Ball, Ken and Lois Ballas, Buster Banish and the Bird Nerds (Angela, Alicia and Kimberly), Cindy Banjoff, Kathleen Bradley, Nancy Brewer, Michelle Brosius, Erik Bruder, Bob Budzilek, Marti Burrows, Diane Busch, Barbara Buser, Craig Caldwell, Toby Carlstrom, Lee and Sue Cavano, Lenore Charnigo, Tim Colborn, Frank Comodeca, Bill Deininger, Gloria Ferris, Maria and Charles Finchum, Nick Flanik, Kendralin Freeman, Dave Grasskemper, Ann Heidenreich, John and Mary Ann Henderson, Tom and Marie Herr, Heather Hodges, Nancy Howell, Debra Jesionowski, Anna Julnes, Rich and Karen Kassouf, Jessica Kowalski, Marian and Jeff Kraus, Joann Kubicki, Duane Kurapka, Jim and Maureen Lindway, Fred Losi, Paula Lozano, Michelle Manzo, Jim McCarty, Liz McQuaid, Shaun Missig, Diane Moravek, Robin Murray, Drina Nemes, Penny O’Connor, Bill Ohlsen, Rayka Petkova, Chris Pierce, Al Rand, Michelle Rodio, Mary Anne and Tom Romito, Karen and Craig Sabo-Herwick, Mike Seliga, Kathy Shank, Allen Skierski, Ryan Smylie, Kent Starrett, Sally and Paul Svoboda, Dakota Swisher, Laura and Jassen Tawil, Sierra Taylor, Joel Throckmorton, Kathleen Uhler, Nancy Valente, Dolores Watson, Dan Wilson, and Mark and Sheri Wincek.
GOOD BIRDING IN THE NEW YEAR!
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