Raptors, particularly Bald Eagles, made a big showing as did fruit eating birds. Ornamental crabapples, honeysuckle and Callery pear trees were loaded with fruits and in many cases, birds.
Preliminary Results Lakewood Circle - 2018 Christmas Bird Count
By Nancy Howell, Compiler for the Lakewood Circle, Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society
Due to the publication deadline for the Feathered Flyer newsletter, the information presented is preliminary. Totals of species are not included as results are still being submitted. A final compilation from the Lakewood Count will be on the Western Cuyahoga Audubon website by late January.
The Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count, held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 was good in some ways and not so good in others. The good parts were the number of participants covering the Circle, the relatively mild weather and the number of species sighted. The not so good was the relatively mild weather and the number of species sighted … uh, where were the birds many asked? Milder weather in December has kept ALL water completely open so waterbirds either have not moved south into our region or are scattered widely throughout northern Ohio. Count day temperatures held in the mid to lower 30’s with overcast skies, not bad for participants, but not concentrating birds. Wait ... all was not lost! Raptors, particularly Bald Eagles, made a big showing as did fruit eating birds. Ornamental crabapples, honeysuckle and Callery pear trees were loaded with fruits and in many cases, birds.
The following list contains most of the species that can be found in the various habitats of the Lakewood Circle. A couple of nice surprises rounded out the sightings. The list includes 72 species from count day and 3 species from count week. 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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