Date: 5/7/18 5:34 pm From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Census
*MAY 05, 2018 - CUYAHOGA VALLEY TOWPATH TRAIL MONTHLY CENSUS.* *ROUTE*: Towpath Trail from Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Valley. *TIME*: 6:20am - 6:10pm *TEMP.*: 46 ~ 76 ~ 74 *COND.*: Cool early, warming and turning sunny and pleasant; mostly cloudy from 11:30am on. *TRAIL COND.*: Perfect; the bridge in Boston is still out, but they're allowing access around it via the old parking lot east of Boston Store; the first bridge south of Deep Lock has metal plates over the creek, allowing access to continue down the trail; the second bridge south of Deep Lock is still out, had to leave trail where the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad crosses Riverview Rd. and re-join the trail after crossing that creek via the roadway; the bridge over Furnace Run is still out, so we detoured onto the Valley Trail to Riverview Rd. and through Szalay's Farm Market to Bolanz Rd. *RIVER COND.*: Just about normal. *FT.MI.*: 13.63 *OBS.*: John Henry, Christopher Medvedeff (Red Lock Trailhead to Boston Trailhead; Hunt Farm Trailhead to Ira Trailhead), Mark Medvedeff (Red Lock Trailhead to Boston Trailhead), Douglas W. Vogus.
*III. REPTILES*: 8 SPECIES, (1 SPECIES NEW TO CENSUS), 1 DEAD.
1. Common Snapping Turtle - 9 2. Stinkpot - 1 (in canal just south of Ohio Turnpike bridge) (Tied Census High from 06/2017) 3. Red-eared Turtle - 15 (New Census High - previous was 8 on 05/2016) 4. Midland Painted Turtle - 228 5. Eastern Spiny Softshell - 11 6. Northern Water Snake - 3 (New Census High - previous was 2 on 05/2013) 7. Eastern Garter Snake - 1 8. Black Rat Snake - 1 (about 3&1/2-feet long between the Peninsula Tunnel & Lock 30) (New Reptile on Census - now at 9 Species since 01/01/2010)
X. Northern Brown Snake - 1 (dead on Towpath Trail)
*IV. AMPHIBIANS*: 6 SPECIES, (1 SPECIES NEW TO CENSUS).
1. Red-spotted Newt / Red Eft - 1 (in Lock 30 north of Peninsula - appeared ready to go terrestrial) (New Amphibian on Census - now at 9 Species since 01/01/2010) 2. American Toad - (1 along trail plus many calling) 3. Northern Spring Peeper - 6 (calling) 4. Gray Treefrog - 1 (calling) 5. Bullfrog - 2 6. Green Frog - 3
*V. FISHES*: 6 SPECIES.
1. Central Mudminnow - 2 (last month's mystery fish is this species, giving us 18 Species since 01/01/2010. These are present in Lock 28, a.k.a. "Deep Lock") 2. Golden Shiner - 2 3. Creek Chub - 3 4. Largemouth Bass - 1 5. Bluegill - 2 6. Pumpkinseed - 2
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