Date: 10/7/17 6:52 pm
From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Census
*OCTOBER 07, 2017 - CUYAHOGA VALLEY MONTHLY TOWPATH TRAIL CENSUS.*
*ROUTE*: Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Valley (with stops at Trail
Mix in Peninsula and Szalay's Farm Market.) *TIME*: 7:35pm - 5:00pm
*TEMP.*: 61 ~ 82
COND.: Light fog early, then mostly cloudy; partly cloudy from 10:30am -
11:30am; sunny and warming 11:30am - 12:45pm, turning mostly sunny and
breezy, winds S/SW at 5-15mph rest of day.
*TRAIL COND.*: Good. *RIVER COND.*: Very low with good visibility; many
rock and sandbars exposed - no significant rainfall since early September.
*FT.MI.*: 13.93 *OBS.*: Michelle Vogus (halfway between Peninsula and
Bolanz Rd. to Ira Trailhead) and Douglas W. Vogus.

*I. MAMMALS*: 5 SPECIES.

1. Eastern Chipmunk - 62
2. Eastern Gray Squirrel - 2 (1 black morph)
3. Red Squirrel - 8
4. Common Muskrat - 1
5. White-tailed Deer - 4 (doe)


*II. BIRDS*: 52 SPECIES, 1,536 TOTAL BIRDS (Lowest October Total - previous
low was 53 Species in 2012; Last Year: 71 Species and 1,913 Total Birds)
*(NOTE: m = male; f = female; ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was
heard calling but not sexed)*

1. Canada Goose - 202
2. Wood Duck - 5 (1m,4f)
3. Mallard - 15 (6m,2f,7?)
4. Mourning Dove - 4
5. Chimney Swift - 58
6. Killdeer - 8
7. Solitary Sandpiper - 1 *(First October Record on Census)*
8. Ring-billed Gull - 3
9. Double-crested Cormorant - 1 *(First October Record on Census)*
10. Great Blue Heron - 6
11. Turkey Vulture - 19
12. Red-tailed Hawk - 4 (1 immature)
13. Belted Kingfisher - 4 (2m,2?)
14. Red-bellied Woodpecker - 26 (4m,7f,2?,13*)
15. Downy Woodpecker - 12 (5m,1f,4?,2*)
16. Hairy Woodpecker - 3 (1m,1?,1*)
17. Northern Flicker - 7 (1m,1?,5*)
18. Pileated Woodpecker - 3 (*)
19. Peregrine Falcon - 1 (f - "Gatewood" at the Ohio Turnpike bridge)
20. Eastern Phoebe - 2
21. Blue Jay - 38
22. American Crow - 61
23. Black-capped Chickadee - 23
24. Tufted Titmouse - 10
25. White-breasted Nuthatch - 15 (4m,3f,2?,6*)
26. Carolina Wren - 13
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2 (1f,1*)
28. Eastern Bluebird - 24 (2m,3f,19?)
29. American Robin - 49
30. Gray Catbird - 2
31. European Starling - 568
32. Cedar Waxwing - 6
33. House Sparrow - 19
34. House Finch - 6 (1m,3?,2*)
35. American Goldfinch - 30
36. Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
37. Magnolia Warbler - 1 (f)
38. Palm Warbler - 1
39. Yellow-rumped Warbler - 28
40. Eastern Towhee - 3 (1m,1f,1*)
41. Chipping Sparrow - 4
42. Field Sparrow - 1
43. Song Sparrow - 28
44. Lincoln's Sparrow - 2 *(Tied Census High from 05/2010, 10/2013,
05/2016 & 10/2016)*
45. Swamp Sparrow - 14
46. White-throated Sparrow - 7
47. White-crowned Sparrow - 2
48. Dark-eyed Junco - 1 (f)
49. Northern Cardinal - 23 (6m,2f,12*,3 juvenile*)
50. Red-winged Blackbird - 117 (27m,19f,71?)
51. Rusty Blackbird - 5 (1m,4f)
52. Common Grackle - 38

Unidentified Hawk - 1 *(Buteo - flying away from me in bad light)*
Unidentified Passerines - 9

*III. REPTILES*: 5 SPECIES.

1. Common Snapping Turtle - 4
2. Red-eared Turtle - 3
3. Midland Painted Turtle - 48
4. Northern Brown Snake - 1 *(also 1 dead due to Towpath Trail traffic)*
5. Eastern Garter Snake - 2 *(First October Record on Census)*


*IV. AMPHIBIANS*: 2 SPECIES.

1. Northern Spring Peeper - 24 (heard only)
2. Bullfrog - 7

*(also 1 dead American Toad due to Towpath Trail traffic)*

*V. FISHES*: 5 SPECIES.

1. Common Carp - 2 *(one in Cuyahoga River & one at Ira Beaver Marsh)*
2. Creek Chub - 2 *(Stanford Run)*
3. Northern Hog Sucker - 4 *(Yellow Creek)*
4. Largemouth Bass - 2 *(one at Ira Beaver Marsh & one in Cuyahoga
River)*
5. Bluegill - 6 *(Yellow Creek)*


*VI. BUTTERFLIES*: 3 SPECIES.

1. Cabbage Butterfly - 8
2. Clouded Sulphur - 4
3. Monarch - 3


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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