Checklist S44128936

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C&O Count Compilation

Owner JAMES SPEICHER

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Checklist Comments

This list is a compilation of 25 eBird checklists of the 2018 C&O Canal Count. The 2018 count marked the 19th effort in this series with a gap year in 2017.

64 species (+3 other taxa), 3445 individuals

2018 count period: 1/27/18 thru 2/4/18 with activity on all days except February 2nd and 4th. The minimum temp on days with activity ranged from 14 to 41 degrees F. The maximum temp on days with activity ranged from 33 to 60 degrees F. Light precipitation occurred on three days with activity. The river was open with skim ice present in the canal basin on the coldest mornings. Winds were generally light [~5mph] from the SW, or SSW on 4 days and generally light [~6mph] from the NW, NE, or NNE on three days. Maximum gusts exceeded 20mph on only three days, peaking @34mph on 30 January. Weather information was from data recorded at the Frederick, MD airport.

17 total parties participated in 2018. 24.5 "traveling" miles - all on foot - were covered by 16 parties. ONE PARTY was comprised of 14 individuals with size of 1 in 15 PARTIES. The large party covered three miles, while ten individuals were responsible for the remaining miles traveled. ONE PARTY/individual conducted a "stationary" count. Stationary count observations are included in total counts with the actual stationary count following, enclosed in parenthesis. There were no duplicate miles submitted. County coverage was: DC - none; Montgomery - miles 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 31, 32; Frederick - miles 46 and 58; Washington - miles 59 thru 65, 68, 71 thru 73, with milepost 99 as a stationary count; Allegany - miles 172 thru 174, and 184 to Canal terminus. Party hours were 28.68 for travelers, with one stationary count of one hour duration.

A note on the revived C&O Canal Count:
D. C. Audubon Society [DCAS], the previous caretaker of the count's first 18 years interpreted the towpath mile markers to indicate a specific mile's BEGINNING. This count and future counts will interpret the towpath mile markers to indicate a specific mile's ENDING, which corresponds to the view of the National Park Service. In the years of DCAS' stewardship, the count occurred on a single day. It's unknown where the data for those efforts reside.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 1

    Details: Snow Goose flying over towpath with a single Canada Goose

  2. Number observed: 6
  3. Number observed: 658
  4. Number observed: 139
  5. Number observed: 18
  6. Number observed: 3
  7. Number observed: 2
  8. Number observed: 228
  9. Number observed: 6
  10. Number observed: 74
  11. Number observed: 63
  12. Number observed: 22
  13. Number observed: 115
  14. Number observed: 42
  15. Number observed: 6
  16. Number observed: 78
  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 9
  19. Number observed: 34
  20. Number observed: 58

    Details: (1)

  21. Number observed: 1
  22. Number observed: 5

    Details: (3)

  23. Number observed: 8
  24. Number observed: 9
  25. Number observed: 11
  26. Number observed: 4
  27. Number observed: 5
  28. Number observed: 15
  29. Number observed: 75

    Details: (1)

  30. Number observed: 53
  31. Number observed: 12
  32. Number observed: 36

    Details: (1)

  33. Number observed: 28
  34. Number observed: 1
  35. Number observed: 1
  36. Number observed: 1
  37. Number observed: 12

    Details: (1)

  38. Number observed: 124
  39. Number observed: 9
  40. crow sp.

    Number observed: 4
  41. Number observed: 4
  42. Number observed: 164

    Details: (3)

  43. Number observed: 105

    Details: (2)

  44. Number observed: 24
  45. Number observed: 3
  46. Number observed: 63
  47. Number observed: 7
  48. Number observed: 5
  49. Number observed: 103

    Details: (3)

  50. wren sp.

    Number observed: 3
  51. Number observed: 31

    Details: (1)

  52. Number observed: 2
  53. Number observed: 78

    Details: (1)

  54. Number observed: 2
  55. Number observed: 158

    Details: (24)

  56. Number observed: 167
  57. Number observed: 23

    Details: (1)

  58. Number observed: 14
  59. Number observed: 23

    Details: (4)

  60. Number observed: 1
  61. Number observed: 99

    Details: (6)

  62. Number observed: 203
  63. Number observed: 31
  64. Number observed: 1
  65. blackbird sp.

    Number observed: 17
  66. Number observed: 56
  67. Number observed: 81

    Details: (1)