Date: 8/5/17 4:18 am
From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Census
AUGUST 04, 2017 - CUYAHOGA VALLEY MONTHLY TOWPATH TRAIL CENSUS.
ROUTE: Merriman Valley north to Red Lock Trailhead. TIME: 6:05am - 3:40pm
TEMP.: 71 ~ 84 ~ 67
COND.: Clouds/sun mix until 6:40am; turning overcast with light sprinkles
from 6:40am - 7:50am; cloudy until 8:20am; light sprinkles again from
8:20am - 8:30am;
cloudy again until 9:25am; brief thunderstorm from 9:25am - 9:35am; warming
up and partly sunny from 9:40am - 12:45pm; turning cloudy again with another
brief thunderstorm from 1:00pm - 1:05pm, then sprinkles until 1:20pm;
mostly cloudy until 2:35pm, then another thunderstorm from 2:35pm - 3:25pm,
then sprinkles until the end.
TRAIL COND.: Wet, portions with fresh-laid crushed limestone from Botzum
lot to Ira Rd. turning very "soupy" from the rain.
RIVER COND.: Extremely low, excellent visibility with many rock and
sandbars exposed.
FT.MI.: 13.63 OBS.: John Henry & Douglas W. Vogus.

I. MAMMALS: 7 SPECIES.

1. Little Brown Myotis - 2
2. Eastern Cottontail - 4
3. Eastern Chipmunk - 6
4. Woodchuck - 1
5. Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1
6. Red Squirrel - 3
7. White-tailed Deer - 1 (doe)


II. BIRDS: 66 SPECIES, (New Census High for August - previous was 64 in
2016), 574 TOTAL BIRDS, (Lowest Total Birds on August Census).
(NOTE: m = male; f = female; ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was
heard calling but not sexed)

1. Canada Goose - 23
2. Wood Duck - 38 (15m,20f,2?,1 juvenile)
3. Mallard - 10 (6m,1f,3 juvenile)
4. Common Merganser - 4 (f - flew north up the river from Stumpy Basin,
landed in river between Stumpy Basin and Turnpike bridge and started diving
in the rapids there - First August Record on Census)
5. Rock Pigeon - 9
6. Mourning Dove - 12
7. Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
8. Chimney Swift - 14
9. Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2 (f)
10. Killdeer - 5
11. Spotted Sandpiper - 2
12. Solitary Sandpiper - 2
13. Great Blue Heron - 5
14. Green Heron - 5
15. Turkey Vulture - 4
16. Osprey - 1 (east of Ira Beaver Marsh flying over the Cuyahoga River
- Tied Census High from 7 other occasions)
17. Cooper's Hawk - 1 (m - First August Record on Census)
18. Red-tailed Hawk - 1
19. Belted Kingfisher - 1 (m)
20. Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3 (1?,1*,1 immature)
21. Downy Woodpecker - 3 (1f,2*)
22. Hairy Woodpecker - 4 (1m,1f,1?,1*)
23. Northern Flicker - 4 (*)
24. Pileated Woodpecker - 1 (*)
25. Eastern Wood-Pewee - 7
26. Acadian Flycatcher - 2
27. Willow Flycatcher - 2
28. Eastern Phoebe - 8
29. Eastern Kingbird - 5
30. Yellow-throated Vireo - 2
31. Warbling Vireo - 6
32. Red-eyed Vireo - 11
33. Blue Jay - 15
34. American Crow - 7
35. Tree Swallow - 15
36. Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 4
37. Barn Swallow - 39
38. Black-capped Chickadee - 13
39. Tufted Titmouse - 11
40. White-breasted Nuthatch - 8 (2m,6*)
41. House Wren - 1
42. Carolina Wren - 12
43. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3 (2?,1*)
44. Veery - 1 (First August Record on Census)
45. American Robin - 20 (8 immature)
46. Gray Catbird - 19
47. European Starling - 2
48. Cedar Waxwing - 10
49. House Sparrow - 19
50. House Finch - 2 (1m,1f)
51. American Goldfinch - 23 (10m,1f,3?,9*)
52. Common Yellowthroat - 11 (8m,3f)
53. Hooded Warbler - 4 (1m,1 immature m,1f,1*)
54. Yellow Warbler - 2 (1m,1*)
55. Eastern Towhee - 5 (4m,1f)
56. Chipping Sparrow - 1
57. Song Sparrow - 27
58. Swamp Sparrow - 2
59. Scarlet Tanager - 1 (f)
60. Northern Cardinal - 33 (18m,7f,5*,3 juvenile*)
61. Indigo Bunting - 7 (6m,1f)
62. Red-winged Blackbird - 13 (3m,10f)
63. Common Grackle - 34
64. Brown-headed Cowbird - 3 (juvenile - 1 being fed by a Red-eyed
Vireo, 1 being fed by a male Hooded Warbler)
65. Orchard Oriole - 1 (f)
66. Baltimore Oriole - 1 (m)

Unidentified Passerines - 7

III. REPTILES: 4 SPECIES.

1. Common Snapping Turtle - 3
2. Red-eared Turtle - 4 (First August Record on Census)
3. Midland Painted Turtle - 33
4. Eastern Spiny Softshell - 5


IV. AMPHIBIANS: 3 SPECIES.

1. Gray Treefrog - 3 (heard only)
2. Bullfrog - 2
3. Green Frog - 4 (heard only)


V. FISHES: 5 SPECIES.

1. Goldfish - 2 (First August Record on Census)
2. Common Carp - 2
3. Creek Chub - 29
4. Common Shiner - 8 (First August Record on Census)
5. Largemouth Bass - 21 (about a 1-pound female with about 20 fry)


VI. BUTTERFLIES: 7 SPECIES.

1. Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 3
2. Cabbage Butterfly - 11
3. Summer Azure - 2
4. Red-spotted Purple - 1
5. Monarch - 1
6. Silver-spotted Skipper - 1
7. Least Skipper - 1 (First August Record on Census)


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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