Date: 3/4/17 2:31 am
From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Census
MARCH 03, 2017 - CUYAHOGA VALLEY MONTHLY TOWPATH TRAIL CENSUS.
ROUTE: Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Valley. TIME: 6:55am - 3:55pm
TEMP.: 26 ~ 31
COND.: Chilly and sunny early, but a coldfront moved in from the NW at
7:45am turning very gray, clouding out sun; light snow starting at 8:30am
changing to steady snow;
total white-out conditions from 9:10am to 10:10am with zero visibilty;
cloudy turning partly cloudy from 11:15am to 11:40am, turning cloudy again
from 11:40am until 12:00pm;
then light snow with low visibility from 12:00pm to 1:35pm; snow ending and
cloudy from 1:35pm to 2:25pm; clearing out to a clouds/sun mix with blue
skies until end of census.
TRAIL COND.: Covered with 3 to 4 inches of snow at start; river
erosion-control construction still ongoing along trail near north end of
Stanford Swamp; snow depth diminishing
as we headed south; many sticks & branches littering the trail from 60mph
winds earlier in the week; two large trees across trail just north of
Peninsula need cleared; no snow
on trail from just south of Hunt Farm Visitor Center until end; last
section from Botzum to Merriman Valley very muddy with some standing water.
RIVER COND.: Higher than normal from rain earlier in the week.
FT.MI.: 13.51 OBS.: John Henry & Douglas W. Vogus.

I. MAMMALS: 7 SPECIES, 28 TOTAL MAMMALS.

1. Eastern Chipmunk - 1
2. Eastern Fox Squirrel - 2
3. Red Squirrel - 11
4. Common Muskrat - 1
5. Coyote - 1 (below Ohio Turnpike at Stumpy Basin)
6. Common Raccoon - 1
7. White-tailed Deer - 11 (doe)


II. BIRDS: 46 SPECIES, 906 TOTAL BIRDS.
(NOTE: ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was heard calling but not
sexed)

1. Canada Goose - 102
2. Wood Duck - 7 (5m,2f)
3. American Black Duck - 16 (8m,8f)
4. Mallard - 16 (10m,6f)
5. Northern Pintail - 1 (m - at Ira Beaver Marsh)
6. Redhead - 5 (4m,1f - at Dover Pond)
7. Ring-necked Duck - 5 (4m,1f - at Ira Beaver Marsh)
8. Rock Pigeon - 3
9. Mourning Dove - 3
10. Killdeer - 1
11. Ring-billed Gull - 13
12. Great Blue Heron - 1
13. Cooper's Hawk - 1 (f)
14. Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
15. Red-tailed Hawk - 1
16. Eastern Screech-Owl - 1 (gray morph)
17. Belted Kingfisher - 8 (3m,4?,1*)
18. Red-bellied Woodpecker - 7 (5m,1f,1*)
19. Downy Woodpecker - 13 (4m,3f,2?,4*)
20. Hairy Woodpecker - 9 (2m,1f,6*)
21. Pileated Woodpecker - 3 (*)
22. Peregrine Falcon - 2 (1m "Trailblazer",1f "Gatewood")
23. Blue Jay - 19
24. American Crow - 68
25. Black-capped Chickadee - 22
26. Tufted Titmouse - 13
27. White-breasted Nuthatch - 20 (6m,1f,2?,11*)
28. Winter Wren - 2 (Tied Census High from 6 other occasions)
29. Carolina Wren - 9
30. Eastern Bluebird - 18 (9m,5,4?)
31. Hermit Thrush - 1 (First March Record on Census - Tied Census High
from 04/2014 & 10/2015)
32. American Robin - 59
33. European Starling - 166
34. Cedar Waxwing - 39
35. House Sparrow - 14
36. House Finch - 4 (3?,1*)
37. American Goldfinch - 3
38. American Tree Sparrow - 26
39. Fox Sparrow - 1 (First March Record on Census)
40. Song Sparrow - 43
41. White-throated Sparrow - 20
42. Dark-eyed Junco - 3 (2m,1f)
43. Northern Cardinal - 42 (29m,10f,3*)
44. Red-winged Blackbird - 57 (51m,6?)
45. Rusty Blackbird - 2 (m)
46. Common Grackle - 24

Unidentified Duck - 2
Unidentified Passerines - 10

Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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