Temperatures were in the high 20’s to low 30’s throughout the day. A 2 inch snowfall on Dec. 29 covered most of the Circle area. Wind was a concern, especially in open areas and along the lakefront, with gusts bringing windchills and high waves on the lake.
Preliminary Results Lakewood Circle - 2016 Christmas Bird Count
By Nancy Howell, Compiler for the Lakewood Circle, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
Note: Due to the publication schedule for the Feathered Flyer newsletter, the information presented is preliminary and totals of species are not included as some information needs to be verified and other results may come in. Final compilation of the Lakewood Count will be on the Western Cuyahoga Audubon website by the end of January.
The Lakewood Circle CBC on Friday, December 30, 2016 turned out well. Temperatures were in the high 20’s to low 30’s throughout the day. A 2 inch snowfall on Dec. 29 covered most of the Circle area. Wind was a concern, especially in open areas and along the lakefront, with gusts bringing wind chills and high waves on the lake. Skies were mostly overcast throughout the day, yet portions of the circle had some breaks in the clouds and sunshine. Scattered snow showers occurred throughout the day, but brought little to no accumulation. Lake Erie was ice free as were any moving waters (streams and rivers), but inland ponds and lakes were mostly frozen.
Participants bundled up against the elements spending time in the field from 6:45 AM to 4:30 PM. Some individuals spent time owling in the morning.
The list contains most of the species that can be found in the various habitats of the Lakewood Circle. On the other hand a couple of nice surprises rounded out the sightings. The list includes 80 species on count day and 4 during count week for a total of 84 species. Species in bold are rare or unusual sightings at this time of the year while those in bold and italicized are count week species.
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