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Least Sandpiper,©David Sibley

1 Sep Battelle Darby plovers [James Muller ]
1 Sep Conneaut Shorebirds today [Shawn Collins ]
1 Sep BlacklickWoods,9-01 - 7warblerSpecies, 4flycatchers [rob thorn ]
1 Sep Labor Day Kayaking Trip [Steve Jones ]
1 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpipers still at Findlay Reservoir [Jay Lehman ]
1 Sep Re: Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm [ ]
1 Sep East Harbor Ottawa Cty 9/1 [ ]
1 Sep Marbled Godwit [Ernie Cornelius ]
1 Sep Blendon Woods-Olive-sided Flycatcher, White-rumped Sandpiper,10 Warblers ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
1 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpipers - 2 + Black Terns - 2 [Doreene Linzell ]
1 Sep Lorain Cty--Sandy Ridge Reservation [Patty McKelvey ]
1 Sep Tis the season... [Steve Jones ]
1 Sep Re: Help on Gull at Conneaut today! [Cynthia Carsey ]
1 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Doreene Linzell ]
1 Sep Hudsonian Godwits [Doreene Linzell ]
1 Sep Conneaut [Doreene Linzell ]
31 Aug HUGOs (Hudsonian Godwits) at Big Island. [Steve Jones ]
31 Aug Hudsonian Godwits and other shorebirds remain at Big Island; no Little Gull at Delaware [Bill Heck ]
31 Aug Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm [David Tan ]
31 Aug Conneaut Gull of interest [Andrew Sewell ]
31 Aug Re: Help on Gull at Conneaut today! [Cole DiFabio ]
31 Aug Help on Gull at Conneaut today! [Shawn Collins ]
31 Aug Hudson [Dave Lewis ]
31 Aug Shorebirds along Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne County 8/31/14 [Su Snyder ]
31 Aug Re: Hudsonian Godwits [Leslie Sours ]
31 Aug Commemorating the Passing of Martha [Casey Tucker ]
31 Aug Now 2 Wilson's Phalaropes in Hartville (Stark Co.) [ ]
31 Aug 12 shorebird species conneaut harbor today [Pabirder1974 ]
31 Aug Marbled Godwit in Wayne County still here 8/31/14 [Su Snyder ]
31 Aug Hudsonian Godwits still at Big Island [Jay Lehman ]
31 Aug Variety of habitat Big Darby area FRI and SAT [David Tan ]
31 Aug Hudsonian Godwits [Doreene Linzell ]
31 Aug Re: Hudsonian Godwits Big Island [Steve Jones ]
30 Aug Headlands State Park update - Lake Erie near Painesville, OH [Matt Valencic ]
30 Aug Hudsonian Godwits Big Island [John ]
30 Aug Big Darby migrants,8-30 [rob thorn ]
30 Aug Marbled Godwit along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne County 8/30/14 [Su Snyder ]
30 Aug Blendon Woods-15 Warblers ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
30 Aug Wilson's Phalarope in Hartville (Stark County) [ ]
30 Aug Conneaut Shorebird Report, Aug 30 [Cole DiFabio ]
30 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
30 Aug Englewood East Metropark [ ]
30 Aug LIttle Gull still at Delaware Lake state park beach [Steve Jones ]
30 Aug Passenger pigeon sad anniversary tomorrow [Bill Whan ]
30 Aug CELOTEX MARSH PORT CLINTON [ ]
29 Aug Killdeer Plains and RFI for good Falcon spot. [Steve Jones ]
29 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Academy woods Bike trail [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
29 Aug Re: Dragons and Kites [David Tan ]
29 Aug Mourning Warbler -- Kiwanis Riverway Park, Dublin [James Muller ]
29 Aug Area N, Hoover Nature Preserve, Delaware Cty [Charles Bombaci ]
29 Aug Blendon Woods-8 Warblers ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
29 Aug Delaware S. P. little gull [John Herman ]
29 Aug Golden-winged Warbler [Cole DiFabio ]
29 Aug Black-bellied Plover [John Seiler ]
28 Aug ColumbusAirportMargins,8-28 [rob thorn ]
28 Aug Conneaut Sandspit, Aug 28 [Cole DiFabio ]
28 Aug black-crowned night heron [Linda Woolard ]
28 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
28 Aug Pipe creek [disacco ]
28 Aug Highland Co Kite [Duane Troyer ]
28 Aug Avocets [Doreene Linzell ]
28 Aug Alum Creek res. little gull [John Herman ]
28 Aug Whimbrel past Edgewater [jen brumfield ]
28 Aug Little Gull [Doreene Linzell ]
27 Aug American Avocet and other shorebirds in Wayne County 8/27/14 [Su Snyder ]
27 Aug Re: Birding Around Highland County [Helen Ostermiller ]
27 Aug Conneaut Harbor...any update?? [Shawn Collins ]
27 Aug Birding Around Highland County [John Seiler ]
27 Aug Conneaut Sandspit [Chris Swan ]
27 Aug Conneaut Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Chris Swan ]
27 Aug Englewood East Metropark [ ]
27 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus 2 day report [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
27 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper Conneaut update [Don Keffer ]
27 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper Conneaut... yes [Don Keffer ]
27 Aug Highland Co Kite [Duane Troyer ]
26 Aug black-and-white warbler [Judith Espedal ]

Subject: Battelle Darby plovers
From: James Muller <jrmuller12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:33:15 -0400
I had some time this evening to look at the muddy field across from the 
Kuhlwein wetlands that was mentioned in a couple of earlier posts. I was hoping 
for American Golden-plover. My scope wasn't really up to the challenge, but I 
did see a lot moving around. I saw a few dozen Killdeer and a Black-bellied 
Plover for sure. It might be worth paying attention to in the next few weeks. 


The field is at: http://goo.gl/maps/D2xO8

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Subject: Conneaut Shorebirds today
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:40:02 -0400
The best ( for me) was the Buff Breasted Sandpiper.  I missed the
Whimbrel..but that's nothing new for me ha

Highlights from today
1 Buff Breasted Sandpiper
1 Red Knot ( different bird than the one last week)
2 Willets
3 Short Billed Dowitchers
4 Pectoral Sandpipers ( I think there were 4 )
many Semipalmated, Least, Semi Plovers
2 Black Bellied Plovers
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Osprey
3 Blue Wing Teal.

Some photos from today are here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

Good Birding!

Shawn Collins
Crawford County PA

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Subject: BlacklickWoods,9-01 - 7warblerSpecies, 4flycatchers
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:28:31 -0400
I made a quick hike around Blacklick Woods this morning, spending around 2hours 
on the forest trails west of the Nature Center. Migrants were present, but not 
easily seen; I only ran into around 3 small flocks of mixed migrants. I also 
stopped at nearby Reynoldsburg Civic Park, but had hardly any migrants there. 
Highlights included: 


Green Heron - 1 flew south over the park early. This is their prime migration 
period now, in early September. 

Hummingbirds - several on trails and around Nature Center, all females or 
juveniles 

Woodpeckers - all the expected ones, including Pileated, but no Red-headed
Flycatchers - many Pewees (8+), but also had single Phoebe, Great Crested, and 
Acadian 

Vireos - I saw none, but Red-eyed were reported by others; not a good day to 
find them here 

Wrens,Gnatcatcher - 2-3 House Wrens were expected, while just 1 
Blue-grayGnatcatcher showed that they were mostly gone. 

Thrushes - many Robins, as well as my FOS Swainson's Thrush
Mimids - nothing but Catbirds
Warblers - Magnolias most widepsread (4), but also had Nashville, Tennessee, 
Chesnut-sided, Black-thr.Green, Black&White, and AmericanRedstart, as well as a 
handful of fly-bys that couldn't be IDed. 

Icterids - nothing other than a few Redwings and Grackles

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Subject: Labor Day Kayaking Trip
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:56:18 -0400
Took a "quick trip down the Scioto River looking for my trash can. That was
the "official" reason ;-) Someone stole it last week...who steals a trash
can???  I figured that they might have thrown it in the river...they
hadn't...Oh well, might as well bird a little. :-D  Lots of birds seen and
heard.  The list is below.

Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Steve J

Scioto River Clark Rd to SR 37, Marion, US-OH
Sep 1, 2014 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Kayaking down Scioto River. From Clark Rd Bridge to the dam
south of Sr 37
37 species

Wood Duck  5
Mallard  8
Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  5
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  50
Eastern Meadowlark  1
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19639889

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers still at Findlay Reservoir
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:47:32 -0400
There are now 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers.  Met Jacob R. here by accident.
Enter from south on 240
Walk west to middle dike, turn right north.  The birds were near the corner
where the dike turns east.  Fun birds!

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Re: Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm
From: "cls_121389 AT yahoo.com" <0000000a47c94982-dmarc-request@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:14:51 -0700
Thanks for the shore bird report. Checked it out from 2-2:45 this afternoon, 
without a scope. As had been reported, a scope is essential to see many the 
birds. Had around a hundred Killdeer and a couple American Golden-Plovers. 
Noticed a couple other different things I could not ID as too far away - some 
were peep size and some bigger with white tails. Also a few Horned Larks. 


Carlton Schooley
Strasburg

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Subject: East Harbor Ottawa Cty 9/1
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:26:03 -0700
North side of causeway 2 Red Knots, from boardwalk east of observation deck 
over 60 shorebirds some to far for me. Black-bellied Plover 1, Dowitchers (over 
15) Yellowlegs and peeps. (This area middle harbor). 


Nancy Anderson
Richmond Hts.

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Subject: Marbled Godwit
From: Ernie Cornelius <ecornelius1 AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:47:06 -0400
Micki Hendrick and I are looking at the Godwit previously reported by Su Snyder 
along Overton Rd. In Wayne Co. As of 12:45 PM today. 


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Subject: Blendon Woods-Olive-sided Flycatcher, White-rumped Sandpiper,10 Warblers
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:18:06 -0400
  Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of Columbus
off of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit.

     Goldenrod Trail 8:45 am
            Olive-sided Flycatcher
            Warblers
                 C Yellowthroat
                 Wilson
                 Magnolia-young male
                 Tennessee-2 adults, 2 young
                 American Redstart-female, young male
                 Nashville
                 Canada
                 Black-throated Green
                 Chestnut-sided
                 Black-and-white
          N Flicker-pair
          Ruby-throated Hummingbird-female
          Cedar Waxwing-10+
          Red-eyed Vireo
          E Wood Peewee

    Nature Center Area
          Philadelphia Vireo

    Lake Trail
          Red-shouldered Hawk

    Thoreau Lake
          White-rumped Sandpiper
          Green Heron
          Mallard-female
          E Phoebe

 Nature Center Bird Viewing
          Turkeys-5 males

                      Blendon Woods Metro Park
                              Hotline 614-895-6222
                              Nature Center 614-895-6221

                                       Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon
Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers - 2 + Black Terns - 2
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:38:55 -0400
The above birds are currently at Findlay Reservoir (11:30). The terns are
flying over the small reservoir. The Buffies are foraging on the middle
dike. They fly about when flushed by walkers or joggers.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Lorain Cty--Sandy Ridge Reservation
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:55:04 -0400
A nice morning at Sandy Ridge

Sep 1, 2014
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Traveling
2.13 miles
146 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: W/Kevin
40 Canada Goose
2 Trumpeter Swan
16 Wood Duck
24 Mallard
1 Blue-winged Teal
3 Northern Shoveler
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
7 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
2 Green Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 American Kestrel
1 Semipalmated Plover
30 Killdeer
8 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
10 Least Sandpiper
5 Pectoral Sandpiper
4 Wilson's Snipe
3 Mourning Dove
3 Chimney Swift
2 Belted Kingfisher
3 Eastern Wood-Pewee -- Calling
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Warbling Vireo
8 Blue Jay
30 Purple Martin
2 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Song Sparrow
2 Indigo Bunting -- Immatures
3 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch
3 House Sparrow



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Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

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Subject: Tis the season...
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:13:54 -0400
Looks like it is the start of Squirrel Dove, Rail, Moorhen, Snipe, and
early Goose season.  Teal is coming up next week...stay safe and wear
something flashy...and don't wear any doves on your head. :-D

Happy Birding, and God Bless.

Steve J.

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Subject: Re: Help on Gull at Conneaut today!
From: Cynthia Carsey <cjcarsey AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:48:44 -0400
Kaufman's and the American Museum of Nat. Hist. both say a California
Gull has greenish yellow legs not pink and a red eye ring, but show a
2nd winter Western Gull with the dark ring on the bill.

On 8/31/2014 8:25 PM, Cole DiFabio wrote:
> Hi,
>
> When I am looking at these pictures, I am noticing field marks suitable for
> a CALIFORNIA GULL. Here are my reasonings:
>
> 1. As you can see in Chris Swan's pictures here (
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/100129144 AT N03/14907587127/) with the
> Ring-billed Gulls around the dark-backed gull, it looks very similar in
> size to those surrounding gulls. A Western Gull is very close to the same
> size as a Herring Gull, which is noticeably much larger. Looking at both
> links to the pictures, this black-backed gull definitely does not look that
> big.
>
> 2. If you look at the markings on the bill, it shows a solid black tip,
> with a red dot on the bottom of the bill. Based on my field guides I am
> looking at right now (Peterson North America and Sibley Western Birds),
> both clearly show a California Gull with both the black and red markings.
> However, a Western Gull shows only a sold red dot.
>
> Overall, I am  calling this a CALIFORNIA GULL. I would like to hear others'
> reasonings on this, so feel free to post!
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 8:01 PM, Shawn Collins 
> wrote:
>
>> I have posted photos of the Lesser Black Backed Gull...but we all were
>> scratching our heads today because it has PINK legs.  I posted photos and 2
>> people told me it was a Western Gull.   I'm no Gull Expert and if Anyone
>> can help w/ the ID..
>>
>> Pics are here
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/
>>
>> I have them labeled as "Lesser Black Back Gulls"  From today at Conneaut
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Shawn Collins
>> Crawford County PA
>>
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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:13:15 -0400
Butch Rockwell is now reporting a Buff-breasted Sandpiper from the spit at
Conneaut.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:53:38 -0400
Donna Kuhn just called to report that there are still 8 Hudsonian Godwits
at Big Island. For the location from which to observe the godwits, click on
the map link provided in Bill Heck's post from last night.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Conneaut
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:02:54 -0400
Butch Rockwell just called from the spit at Conneaut. On the ground he has seen 
one Whimbrel, one Red Knot and 2 Willets plus several peeps. The Whimbrel was 
in the small pond. What a great beginning! I'm sure a bit later there will be 
lots of non-birders enjoying the area. 


Doreene
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Subject: HUGOs (Hudsonian Godwits) at Big Island.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:45:02 -0400
I had a great day on the"pond"...It was a bit bigger...and shallower than I
remembered, and it threatened rain, but cleared up reall quick.  I was
eventually able to find the channel and check for any tags on the Godwits.
There weren't any tags...so the chance to meet our visitor from 6 years ago
fizzled...not that I was really expecting it..but it would have been fun if
it had happened. :-D
Lots of little peeps out there.  I was able to get some pics to get a few
IDs but there were far more than I could ID.

The Godwits are really far back, but easily viewed by scope.  The water is
shallow in places but really deep in others.  Plus there is a lot of soft
silt in places...and leeches.  The Godwits were snacking down, and I was
trying to not become one. :-D  I did have to get out once due to a shallow
spot...but other than that it was a good day out on the pond.

Best other finds were 2 Western Sandpipers (I got really good looks at the
bills and the pecs), 9 Black-crowned Night Herons (mostly juvis, and 2
Least Bitterns.

Pics of some of the Godwits here.  The first four are from 2008, the rest
are from today.:
http://www.sjlarue.com/p732913775/h2DD2E614#h2dd2e614

My list from today is below.

Have a great Labor Day!  Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Big Island Wildlife Area--Larue-Prospect Rd. north (Unit B), Marion, US-OH
Aug 31, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Kayaked far right pond to document Hudsonian Godwits.  It was
shallower than expected, so I stayed in the channel that crosses the pond
(lake).
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  10
Trumpeter Swan  2
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  10
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Least Bittern  2     Flushed 2 while kayaking around pond.
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  15
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  9
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Sora  1     heard
Common Gallinule  3     heard
Black-bellied Plover  5
American Golden-Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  10
Killdeer  30
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  30
Hudsonian Godwit  7     High count of the day was 13, but I was only able
to verify 7.
Stilt Sandpiper  3
Least Sandpiper  8
Pectoral Sandpiper  8
Western Sandpiper  2
peep sp.  30     Too far away to ID...but small shorebirds.
Short-billed Dowitcher  10
Black Tern  5
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  10
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  4
Song Sparrow  2
Red-winged Blackbird  4
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19630049

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits and other shorebirds remain at Big Island; no Little Gull at Delaware
From: Bill Heck <bill.heck AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:12:15 -0400
The previously reported Hudsonian Godwits were seen by multiple observers
today, Sunday, at Big Island and remained as of 4:35 pm.

To find the best vantage point day, we walked out the dike that runs to the
north and starts just East of the parking lot along LaRue-Prospect Road. (A
helpful person has placed a large soda cup on a post at this parking lot;
the cup survived today's rainstorm and was in place when we left.) Continue
north on the dike until you reach a point at which it curves sharply to the
right. See this Google map:


https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B034%2718.8%22N+83%C2%B015%2755.7%22W/ AT 40.5718845,-83.265482,3451m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 


This corner is about as close as you can get to where the godwits were
today. A couple of us walked all the way around the impoundment without
finding a better view.

What has been less reported is that this impoundment hosts many shorebirds
of various species. Among them were Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral
Sandpipers, a few Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitchers, a single Semipalmated
Plover (found near the northwest corner of the impoundment), and large
numbers of Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers. Truly stunning views of the
latter (well, stunning if you really like shorebirds) were had along the
dike parallel and closest to the road. Great Blue Herons were very
numerous, along with a single Green Heron and many Great Egrets. Juvenile
Pied-billed Grebes were in the impoundment just to the west. As a bonus, at
least five Black Terns were feeding over the water for most of the time we
were there.

We did not locate any rarities other than the godwits

The tops of the dikes have been mowed recently, which made for easy
walking.

We checked the beach at Delaware SP late in the afternoon, but did not spot
the Little Gull.

--
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Subject: Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:15:50 -0400
Darby Creek MP
Darby Dan House, the large bare earth field had shorebirds post-rain
Wet Prairie parking spot
5 - 8 pm.

Darby Dan fields, irregular in its use to shorebirds, best following
rains which leave numerous pools. Can;t stop along Darby Creek Rd., to
busy, no shoulder.   But only a short walk from Kulhwein Rd. Park on
left side of Kuhlwein Rd. immediately after turning off Darby Creek
Rd. and walk N. 100 yds. on Greenways Trail, crossing Darby Creek Rd.
where with a good telescope, scan the area. Be patient; its not level
ground and has a large ridge which hides much of the west end.   The
plovers sometimes sit in depressions on the ridge. Grass patches and
grassy pools can be worth checking; some of the closest are in plain
view on the northern side   (5 p.m.):

Black-bellied Plover--1 ad. breeding plumage
American Golden-plover---33
Semipalmated Plover--16
Killdeer--40
Solitary Sandpiper--17, most in small rain pools looking N
Lesser Yellowlegs--5 juv.
Semipalmated Sandpiper--20 juv.
Western Sandpiper--4 ad. Wading, legs nearly covered in large shallow
grassy pool, foraging with long fine tipped bill down ward
Least Sandpiper--26
Baird's Sandpiper--6, juv
Pectoral Sandpiper--11
Buff-breasted Sandpiper--14

BDMP, overlook trails, steep wooded ravines (6 p.m)

Olive-sided Flycatcher--2
Whip poor willl--1 flushed from ground in dense wooded wind fall, on
steep ravine.  Watched in make off through mature forest, on long
rounded wings, at near mid level
Kentucky Warbler---1 imm. dense wooded area of falling dead limbs
within forest  "chink!"
Summer Tanager--1 m.

Wet Prairie; standing on raised knoll, 7 p.m  hr. +.  Air was full of
large aerial flys, Two sp. of swallows foraging early.  Common
Nighthawks in constant view overhead and to the west.  Seemed to be
arriving in periods of constant streams, then in groups of 50 - 100,
in a SW direction.  When they reached the WP, they foraged actively,
usually 100 + ft., then sliding off.

Bald Eagle--1 dark/imm, flying above forest to the west
Common Nighthawk--760
Cliff Swallow--80, high
Barn Swallow--120, low

Only one Common Grackle, no Red-wingeds.  One flyover Dickcissel,
bzzzt-ing.  A few Common Yellowthroat/buntings/goldfinches dropping
into cover in bison pen.   Only ducks were Mallards, all flying south
in small flocks (8 - 15).Still no American Black Duck

Good Birding

--
David Tan
Columbus
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Subject: Conneaut Gull of interest
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:07:00 -0400
I think it's a second or third cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull. The yellow
eye rules out California, and pinkish legs do occur in young birds of this
species. Combined with the mantle color and size comparisons, I don't see
anything that would rule out LBBG.

Not a bad way to spend the last day of August, debating gull IDs! Must be
Ohio!

Andy Sewell
Columbus, Ohio.

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Subject: Re: Help on Gull at Conneaut today!
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:25:38 -0400
Hi,

When I am looking at these pictures, I am noticing field marks suitable for
a CALIFORNIA GULL. Here are my reasonings:

1. As you can see in Chris Swan's pictures here (
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100129144 AT N03/14907587127/) with the
Ring-billed Gulls around the dark-backed gull, it looks very similar in
size to those surrounding gulls. A Western Gull is very close to the same
size as a Herring Gull, which is noticeably much larger. Looking at both
links to the pictures, this black-backed gull definitely does not look that
big.

2. If you look at the markings on the bill, it shows a solid black tip,
with a red dot on the bottom of the bill. Based on my field guides I am
looking at right now (Peterson North America and Sibley Western Birds),
both clearly show a California Gull with both the black and red markings.
However, a Western Gull shows only a sold red dot.

Overall, I am  calling this a CALIFORNIA GULL. I would like to hear others'
reasonings on this, so feel free to post!


On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 8:01 PM, Shawn Collins 
wrote:

> I have posted photos of the Lesser Black Backed Gull...but we all were
> scratching our heads today because it has PINK legs.  I posted photos and 2
> people told me it was a Western Gull.   I'm no Gull Expert and if Anyone
> can help w/ the ID..
>
> Pics are here
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/
>
> I have them labeled as "Lesser Black Back Gulls"  From today at Conneaut
>
> Thanks!
>
> Shawn Collins
> Crawford County PA
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Subject: Help on Gull at Conneaut today!
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:01:44 -0400
I have posted photos of the Lesser Black Backed Gull...but we all were
scratching our heads today because it has PINK legs.  I posted photos and 2
people told me it was a Western Gull.   I'm no Gull Expert and if Anyone
can help w/ the ID..

Pics are here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/

I have them labeled as "Lesser Black Back Gulls"  From today at Conneaut

Thanks!

Shawn Collins
Crawford County PA

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Subject: Hudson
From: Dave Lewis <Loopyonetwo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:31:13 -0400
My brother lives in a new development called The Trails Of Hudson, off Hudson 
Drive. It's a newer development with a large pond adjacent to the units. Today 
at the pond two Common Terns were watched diving into it, fishing. Also seen 
were Great Blue Herons. I guess this development isn't as sterile as I thought! 

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Subject: Shorebirds along Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne County 8/31/14
From: Su Snyder <bird348 AT SSSNET.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:30:14 -0400
Hi all:  17 shorebird species along Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne
County late this afternoon:  Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover,
Semipalm Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater
Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, Semipalm
Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt
Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Wilson's Snipe.  Also 4 BLACK TERNS.
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Subject: Re: Hudsonian Godwits
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:18:44 -0400
Yea Doreene, you did it again! Perfect directions. Many enjoying the godwits, a 
black tern, black-bellied plovers, assorted other shorebirds and wood ducks all 
quite visible now that rain has stopped. 

Not sure who posted yesterday, but special thanks for reporting a great find. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 31, 2014, at 9:14 AM, Doreene Linzell  wrote:
> 
> There are still about 13 present at Big Island. A scope is essential! Use
> the first parking west of Espyville Rd on LaRue-,Prospect Rd. Walk straight
> out until the path turns right. Stop and scope from there. The birds are
> about at 11:00. Rain prevented us from identifying other shorebirds.
> 
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Subject: Commemorating the Passing of Martha
From: Casey Tucker <tuckercasey AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:52:12 -0400
Hi Friends,
We all know by now that tomorrow is the 100 year anniversary of the passing of 
'Martha,' an important milestone in American conservation. Her passing at the 
Cincinnati Zoo marked the complete extinction of her species, which once 
numbered in the billions. While many species had been over-hunted, and others 
had gone extinct, the Passenger Pigeon was one of the first species in America 
that we could point to as being directly impacted by human activities. 

Rather than simply noting this anniversary as another date in history, reading 
historical accounts, and listening to lectures about de-extinction which may, 
or may not, ever happen, let's use this important day as nature's "Ice Bucket 
Challenge." 

I challenge all of you reading this to take at least one of the following 
actions: 

*Donate some money to your favorite conservation organization(s). We have many 
great groups advocating for, educating about, and caring for birds, other 
wildlife, and their habitats in this state who could really use your support. 
It doesn't have to be $100. Even something as small as $5.00 can make a 
difference for some of these organizations. 

*Consider supporting student research and education, while giving recognition 
to a couple of influential ornithologists from Ohio.You can help by donating to 
crowd-funding campaigns that will help create conference presentation awards 
for undergraduate and graduate students at the Ohio Avian Research Conference 
(http://tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds#!oarc2014/cd8o)--The Osborne Award has 
been established to recognize Miami University (Ohio) Zoology Professor 
Emeritus Dr. David R. Osborne. Dr. Osbornes research included studies on the 
avifauna of the Bahamas as well as Guyana, with an emphasis on the Wattled 
Jacana. This award is hosted and managed by the Oxford (Ohio) Community 
Foundation. You can show your support of Dr. Osborne by contributing in one of 
three tax-deductible ways:1.Contact the Oxford Community Foundation ((513) 
523-0623) and ask how you can contribute to the Osborne Award.2.Contribute via 
the Oxford Community Foundation website, specify Osborne Award: 
http://www.oxfordfdn.org/ 3.Contribute via GoFundMe 
(http://www.gofundme.com/osbornaward) --The Edward H. Burtt, Jr. Award has been 
created to recognize Dr. Jed Burtt, Jr. of Ohio Wesleyan Universitys 
Department of Biology. Dr. Burtts research into the microbiology of feathers 
led to his discovery of feather-degrading bacteria on wild birds, new insights 
into the evolution of avian color and maintenance behavior. In 2010 he was 
elected a Fellow of the International Ornithological Union, one of 100 Fellows 
worldwide. In 2013 he received the Margaret Morse Nice Medal from the Wilson 
Ornithological Society for lifetime contributions to ornithology. 

You can contribute to the student award fund, in Dr. Burtts honor, via 
GoFundMe: (http://www.gofundme.com/BurttBirdAward). Contributions to this fund 
will be considered tax deductible, and the fund will be hosted and managed by 
the Ohio Biological Survey. 

*Commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon 
by creating a public awareness campaign among your non-birding friends. On 
Monday, September 1st I ask that you "Join the Virtual Flock" by changing the 
banner of your Facebook page to one of two images which can be downloaded from 
this site: http://tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds#!passengerpigeon/cav7In 
addition to the Facebook images you'll also find links to other resources and 
suggested activities that you can do to commemorate this date. I especially 
encourage you to check out Project Passenger Pigeon: 
http://passengerpigeon.org/(*I also recommend this essay: 
http://tinyurl.com/ovnlmkt)Let's bring awareness about the plight of endangered 
species today by using the memory of Martha as a call to action, especially in 
light of recent changes made in the interpretation of the Endangered Species 
Act: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/opinion/conservation-or-curation.htmlThank 
you, 

Casey Tuckerhttp://tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds
                                          
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Subject: Now 2 Wilson's Phalaropes in Hartville (Stark Co.)
From: Eric Schlabach <0000002d128c013c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:02:39 -0400
As of 12:30 this afternoon there are now two Wilson's Phalaropes at the pond 
behind the Hartville Community Garden. After the rain overnight most of the 
pond has filled up, but the western side didn't completely flood, moving all 
the shorebirds over there. 


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Subject: 12 shorebird species conneaut harbor today
From: Pabirder1974 <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:51:52 -0400
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Many shorebirds were coming and going this morning

1 white rumped
4 willets
10 lesser yellowlegs
3 short billed dowitchers
10 plus semipalmated plover
20 ish semipalmated sandpiper
3 least sandpiper
4 black bellied plovers
2 spotted sandpipers
1 solitary sandpiper
Many killdeer
Many sanderlings
1 common tern
15 forsters terns
3 caspian terns
1 lesser black back gull
15ish bonapartes gull

Good birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford county pa

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Subject: Marbled Godwit in Wayne County still here 8/31/14
From: Su Snyder <bird348 AT SSSNET.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:23:11 -0400
Hi all:  Just got a call from Jeff & Marian Kraus who refound the MARBLED
GODWIT along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne County at the fish
hatchery at noon today.  Su Snyder, Wooster




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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits still at Big Island
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:24:10 -0400
I arrived at about 9:30 am and found the godwits as directed by Doreene.
They are a long way out and scope is required.  With rain and cloud cover,
the light is poor and the high power required for a  loser look is
difficult.  I waited patiently for one bird to fly during which it showed a
black tail and white rump.  Another bird showed dark wings and white wing
stripe during post preening short flight.  Now taking a break from rain but
planning to return for more viewing and study.  If you come, be prepared
for intermittent rain showers.  I brought an umbrella and a somewhat
waterproof coat!

These are really good birds for Ohio.  They are feeding a lot.  Who knows
how long they may stay after the rain stops and it clears.
Jay

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Subject: Variety of habitat Big Darby area FRI and SAT
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:37:12 -0400
Big Darby Creek, 8/29 and 8/30
6 a.m around Big Darby Creek area, covering the same route each
morning..At the Wet Prairie, we walked the bridle path abound Teal and
south nearly to Harrier area finding the interior viewing from the
paths impossible because the rushes/prairie grass was too high and
thick, as Rob implied. On Friday we entered to the interior and waded
to several areas but it was a struggle (I don't recommend that).

Hot and humid both mornings but found several active flocks of
nontropical migrants at each stop. This surprised me.  These included:
the tall cluster of deciduous trees at the small parking space for the
Wet Prairies; the overgrown shrub/broad leaf/grassy edge and fence row
to bison pen near Nature Center; and open deciduous woodlands
woody/vine thicket understory near the roundbarn on the Greenways
trail followed by another episode in the mixed spruce/deciduous trees
with mostly open ground or tall grasses with a nice boarder of
shrub/thickets along the trail by the straw barn.  There is an open
area here with a tucked in grassy pool, surrounded by extensive
sedge/tall grass/brushy flora.  The pool is often used by shorebirds
when conditions are good, which they aren't.

Some true surprises!  Flycatchers, especially empidonax were in good
showing both days, especially the last spot where there are numerous
twiggy snags high and low of all sized, Warblers around too, moderate
variety.

The rundown:

FRI, 8/29
ducks:  numerous small flocks of Mallards and Wood Ducks flying out of
the prairies at dawn.  Still no AMBD, usually here by now.  First
Gadwall and AMWI, each a small flock flushed.  BWTE.Ad. f. Hooded
Merganser with her two full grown young in Teal.

grebe -- a HORNED GREBE in full breeding plumage was on an open pond
well inside the marsh E of Teal.  A small bird, it swam along, never
diving, alertly flapping  and excited swam as I moved off, but didn't
fly or go into rushes.  Golden fan still full, flaring behind ear;
neck distinctly deep chestnut; definitely Horned not Eared.

Bitterns/herons:  A single AMBI, flushed from marsh, and 5 LEBI.  LEBI
bred here this year, at least two juv. seen late JUL-early AUG.  A
Yellow-crowned Nightheron, flying over in predawn light, going to
roost after nightly foraging (I suppose).  I think they breed in the
Darby watershed as several were seen like this over the summer
including a juv. 8/3.  But both bitterns and herons increase here in
late summer through dispersal.

Rails:  flushed a large excited King tall grasses/tussocks well into
the marsh, east of Teal;  flushed two VARA from dense veg. along
bridle path.  Heard three others and two Soras. While in the marsh
waste deep in water at Teal, was 1 Common Gallinue, an ad. It swam
further along the dense edge followed by its two juv!  The 2nd Aug. in
a row.

Shorebirds:  BBPL calling, flyover, predawn.  Two SOSA.  Six ad. LBDO
along a pool edge, in water leg deep.  They flushed in a flurry of
high notes, calling as the gained altitude and disappeared  AMWO -- 4,
singles, fly by, pre dawn, apparently retuning to its day roost.

Black-billed Cuckoo - 2, saw one, heard another along fenced area near
Nature Center.

Hummingbirds - 4, 2 investigating canopy of a tree WP parking; 2 same,
but near ground checking a cattail tussock near straw barn.

Flycatchers - 16 EWPE including a very dark heavily vested one near
barn.  YBFL - 5, two in broadleaf canopy at WP parking, 3 near barn;
YB/LF - 2 near barn (these are probably ad. YB that have 0faded to
nearly white below; narrow eyering and vest should exclude LEFL but
not seen well enough; I have this category since past banding life on
mid Atlantic and south Atlantic coast. By early Sept. YB ad. are often
gray with white underparts.  We, including some far more knowledgeable
than I, needed to key them to ID); ACFL - 2, juv. Getting late for
this sp.  ALFL - 6, probably in their peak period; 2, in dry mid level
deciduous trees at WP parking; 1 near Nature Center; 3, at the barn
site.  Calls (like a sharp DOWO or HAWO).  WIFL - 2, preferring areas
near ground, cattails.  Calls.  AL/WI - 5, probably ALDER  but no
calls, prolonged views/ LEFL - 8.  I love these flycatchers, all of
them?

Wrens,Gnatcatchers -  Sedge 2; Marsh Wrens 5 along the Teal Trail;
BGGN -- 2 straw barn

Vireos - Warbling scattered thruout; 1 YTVI in a shrub near roundbarn;
1 juv. White-eyed.

Cedar Waxwings - one still nest sitting near roundbarn.

Warblers - several species present at each site including; one m.
BLWW; 6 TEWA; 8 NASH (incl. two in wetland thicket near Teal; 2
Chestnut-sided, 7 Blackburnian, 2 Cerulean (imm. m.),, 3
Yellow-throated, 1 Prairie (m; a rarity for me here, along Greenway),
8 Bay-breasted, 1 Worm eating (investigating a vine covered thicket,
fence post near Nature Center); 8 NOWA; 2 MOWA (both along Greenways
incl. an immature male working the broadleaf tip of a mature hardwood
at mid level, I've seen them at heights before - once a spring m.
nearly 50 ft. up in the canopy along a wooded ravine - but its always
neat. It is on the down side of MOWA peak; being an early arrival in
fall, barely overlaps with the mid Sept. arrival of COWA, as banding
studies support; 34 Common Yellowthroats ( mostly in the prairie
marshes); 4 WIWA (males).  I still have not seen a YBCH in BD region
this year......

Sparrows - 10 Field; 2 juv. Vesper (that would not leave the short
grass path near Harrier); 5 Grass; 10 Henslow's (2 ad. and 8 juv.; 7
working the short grass in well spaced spots along the bridle path);
50 SONG (juv. Greenways); 21 Swamp (incl. 12 juv. in prairies).

Buntings/Grosbeaks/Icterids - 30 INBU (including several males); 2
Blue Grosbeak (the first I've seen that are likely true migrants,
rather than family groups which were daily at several places to mid
AUG); 11 DICK (in blackbird roost in cattails Teal); 210 Bobolink, in
blackbird roost; 28 E.Meadowlark flying into Greenways overgrown
pastures near roundbarn; RWBB 7000 (roosting in cattails Teal, an
annual event).; COGR 2000; 6 Orchard Orioles (prob. the last).

Sat. 8/30
ducks:  small parties of Wood Ducks, Mallards.

Bitterns/herons: 2 LEBI. 1 YCNH

Northern Harrier -- 1 juv. (very orange) gliding past Teal

Rails: 2 VARA; 8 Sora.Teal; flushed a juv. VARA from the edge of the
wetlands near straw barn

Shorebirds:  AMGP -- 28, a loose strung out flock flying low over
Greenways; they looked to be descending and heading toward the bare
earth behind Darby House off Darby Creek Rd.; this bare field had over
50 a week a go;
Wilson's Snipe -- 2 snipe flushed as we neared Teal; not that unusual,
I see a few each summer
AMWO -- 1 fly by, pre dawn
Red necked Phalorope -- 1 juv.; near the Straw Barn in the wetland
pool (north end of Greenways)

GHOW -- 2. calling before light, in distant west

Whp poor will -- flying low, then higher, near canopy height, passed
Teal in the growing light before dawn.

Flycatchers -
EWPE 9
YBFL - 3
ALFL - 3
"Traill's" -- 10, probably ALDER
LEFL - 11
EAKI - 12, Teal

Swallows - Teal, for a few minutes at first light
Cliff 15
Barn 10

Wrens  -  Carolina, House, Sedge and Marsh Wrens

Vireos - 1 BEVI, began scolding along fence row near Nature Center,
came into viiew and gave us good looks.  We followed it.  Finally,
worked its way near BDC Rd. and flew into trees at WP parking.  (maybe
the same bird we found singing in this very tree back on May 17); 3
YTV and 3 Warbling

Thrushes - 6 Swainson's and a single fly over Robin

Warblers -
GWWA 4, all males, mid morning, mid to upper level mature woodlands,
with dense margins of succession's growth
TENW - 5
NOPA - 2
YEWA - 1, late, prob. last
MAGW - 9
CMWA - 11
5 Blackburnian,, 3 Yellow-throated, 1 Pine (these three sp. in same
edge as GWWA
Bay-breasted 11
B&W, AMRE
PROW  2
NOWA 4
Common Yellowthroat - 12
HOWA - 3 (2 ad. m., 1 f. type)

Sparrows -
Field 1
Henslow's 1
Song --10
Swamp 11

Buntings//Icterids -
INBU 3
Bobolink 320
RWBB 9,000+
COGR 2000
BAOR -- 2


--
David Tan
Columbus
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:14:18 -0400
There are still about 13 present at Big Island. A scope is essential! Use
the first parking west of Espyville Rd on LaRue-,Prospect Rd. Walk straight
out until the path turns right. Stop and scope from there. The birds are
about at 11:00. Rain prevented us from identifying other shorebirds.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Re: Hudsonian Godwits Big Island
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:20 -0400
Sounds oddly familiar...:-)  Did one happen to have a tag on it?  Might be
one of Cornelle's birds again.


On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 8:35 PM, John  wrote:

> Rick Asamoto and I had 16 HUGO in the pond about one half mile west of
> Espyville Road. We were on the road parallel and south of SR 95. They were
> about 3/4 of the way back and in the center. Lots of other good shorebirds
> also.
>
> John Habig
> Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Headlands State Park update - Lake Erie near Painesville, OH
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:47:29 -0400
Following on the heels of Chia's report yesterday I went 'warbling' along
the Coast Guard Road and was not disappointed.  6 confirmed warblers and a
possible Blackburnian -(picture too much like 'big foot')



Black-and White's

Mourning Warbler (life bird for me + picture
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/)

Yellow Warblers

Redstarts all over the area

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Wilson's Warbler



Lots of sparrows with the flocks of warbler to confuse me - still working
through the pictures to confirm other than Chipping.



The vegetation makes 'warblering' more challenging than in the spring, not
to mention that some of them look considerably different.  I had to increase
the ISO of my camera to 1000 in order to get any 'stop action' in the
shadows.  Still, lots of fun.  Hope you can get out this weekend.



Matt Valencic

Chagrin Falls, OH


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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits Big Island
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:35:45 -0400
Rick Asamoto and I had 16 HUGO in the pond about one half mile west of 
Espyville Road. We were on the road parallel and south of SR 95. They were 
about 3/4 of the way back and in the center. Lots of other good shorebirds 
also. 


John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Big Darby migrants,8-30
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:56:15 -0400
The Columbus Audubon field trip to several spots along Big Darby Creek found a 
fair mix of early migrants this morning, though nothing very unexpected. We 
stopped at Darby Bend Lakes, the Teal Trail, and the Nature Center area, and I 
stopped at Sycamore Plains trail very early in the morning before the trip. The 
wetlands along the Teal Trail are pretty thoroughly grown-in, so we had little 
in the way of waterfowl or shorebirds. There were several clumps of migrants 
along the sunny wood edges early at Sycamore Plains and Darby Bend Lakes. Among 
the highlights were 


Yellow-billed Cuckoo - we had a breif look at one along the RippleRock Trail at 
Darby Bend Lakes 

Hummingbirds - oddly enough, we had 2 fly by us out on the Teal Trail, well 
away from any flower concentrations 

Red-headed Woodpecker - an adult was in the dead snags along the RippleRock 
Trail at Darby Bend Lakes 


Flycatchers - Pewees were everywhere & common. An Olive-sided and an E.Phoebe 
were along the RippleRock Trail, while 2 Willows were along the Sycamore Plains 
Trail 


Vireos - 8+ Warbling were scattered in trees along the RippleRock Trail, while 
2 Red-eyed & 1 White-eyed were at Sycamore Plains 


Wrens,Gnatcatchers - House Wrens were common, and 2 Marsh Wrens were still 
singing along the Teal Trail. The only Gnatcatchers were 4 along the wood edge 
at Sycamore Plains Trail early. 


Thrushes - little other than Robins

Mimids - only Catbirds, and not very many of them.

Cedar Waxwings - good #s, with small flocks of 10-20 birds at many places

Warblers - scarce, but the total did include 3-4 Magnolias, 2 Blackburnians, 2 
Yellow-throated, 3 Redstarts, and 2 Com.Yellowthroats (the latter along the 
Teal Trail) 


Icterids - Bobolinks were fly-bys at Darby Bend Lakes (4) and Teal Trail. An 
E.Meadowlark was at Darby Bend Lakes, as were 2 Baltimore Orioles 


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Subject: Marbled Godwit along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne County 8/30/14
From: Su Snyder <bird348 AT SSSNET.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:41:59 -0400
Hi all:  Found a MARBLED GODWIT along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne
County late this afternoon.  It was feeding near a mudflat at the fish
hatchery dikes. It was still there when I left at 5:10PM.   Su Snyder,
Wooster


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Subject: Blendon Woods-15 Warblers
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:07:48 -0400
  Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in northeast corner of Columbus off
of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit. Below is a list of
some of the Birds seen at Blendon Woods the last few days. I would like to
thank the many visitors who helped find these Birds.

        Thoreau Lake
              Wood Duck
              Mallard
              Great Blue Heron
              Green Heron
              Belted Kingfisher
              American Black Duck-3
              Sandpipers
                   Spotted
                   Solitary
                   Least
                   Killdeer-3
            Cooper's Hawk

        Lake Trail
             Warblers
                  Canada-male-2
                  Blackburian-female
                  Chestnut-sided-young
                  Bay-breasted
                  Wilson-2 males
                  Black-and-white
                  American Redstart-female-3
                  Magnolia
                  Pine
                  Yellow-young
                  C Yellowthroat-female
                  Hooded
                  Black-throated Green
                  Blue-winged
           Ruby-crowned Kinglet
           Pileated Woodpecker
           Cedar Waxwing
           Brown Thrasher
           Red-eyed Vireo
           Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
           Indigo Bunting
           Swainson's Thrush
           Great Crested Flycatcher
           Summer Tanager

    Nature Center Bird Viewing Window
           Northern Waterthrush
           Hairy Woodpecker-male
           Ruby-throated Hummingbird-female

                           Blendon Woods Metro Park
                                  Hotline 614-895-6222
                                  Nature Center 614-895-6221

                                                   Bruce Simpson-Naturalist
at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope in Hartville (Stark County)
From: Eric Schlabach <0000002d128c013c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:05:21 -0400
Around 2:30 today there was a Wilson's Phalarope at the pond behind the 
Hartville Community Garden on Kaufman Ave. This is the same pond that hosted 
the Willet a couple weeks ago. While the total numbers are never that high 
here, there were several other species too: SB Dowitcher, Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, and Semipalmated 
Sandpiper. All except the Killdeer and Least Sandpiper were single birds. 


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Subject: Conneaut Shorebird Report, Aug 30
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:34:47 -0400
Shorebirds from Conneaut Sandspit this morning (7:45-10:45):
Black-bellied Plover--1
Semipalmated Plover--6
Killdeer--4
Greater Yellowlegs--1
Willet--1
Lesser Yellowlegs--5
Sanderling--3
Least Sandpiper--6
Pectoral Sandpiper--1
Semipalmated Sandpiper--4
Short-billed Dowitcher--3

Also around: American Black Duck (1), Green-winged Teal (4), Common
Merganser (7), and Bonaparte's Gull (70).

Good Birding

--
Cole DiFabio

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:20:36 -0400
Had two waves of warblers this morning ... front loop of goldenrod trail early 
and upper portion of brookside trail  AT 10 am. 

Chestnut sided warbler
magnolia warbler
Wilson's warbler
American redstart
common yellowthroat
blackburnian warbler
blue winged warbler
black throated green warbler

common nighthawk
cedar waxwings
red eyed vireo
Baltimore oriole (seen yesterday)

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Englewood East Metropark
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:21:14 -0400
Saturday, Aug. 30 - 8:15-10 a.m.

Bald eagles - 1 adult, 1 imm.
Belted kingfishers - 3
Great egrets - 10
Great blue herons - many
Green-backed herons - 2
DC cormorants
Lesser yellowlegs
Semipalmated sps
Least sps
Killdeer
Mallards
Canada geese
Wood ducks
Red-tailed hawk
Turkey vultures
Tree swallows
Carolina wrens

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer, Bessie Reel, Karen Stose, Jerry Baker, Jim and  Dona

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Subject: LIttle Gull still at Delaware Lake state park beach
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:00:27 -0400
As of10.30 the little gull is still at the beach on Delaware Lake. We also
spotted it out on the lake within easy scoping distance.  When gull is in
flight it is really easy to distinguish from the rest of the gulls by how
fast its wings are flapping.

On to Lincoln Tower!

Steve

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Subject: Passenger pigeon sad anniversary tomorrow
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:53:34 -0400
Tomorrow marks the centenary of the death of the world's last passenger
pigeon, once North America's most numerous bird. A suitable short essay
on its extinction can be found at

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/fate_of_the_passenger_pigeon_looms_as_a_somber_warning/2797/ 

  by Joel Greenberg, author this year of "A Feathered River Across the
Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction," a stirring chronicle
of this amazing bird's history, in which the villains are, lamentably,
of our species, and our ignorance, greed, and insouciance. This still
plays out: see some scary warnings at

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140827-seabird-puffin-tern-iceland-ocean-climate-change-science-winged-warning/ 

.
Good birding,
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: CELOTEX MARSH PORT CLINTON
From: George Nivosel <0000000dfb6a76df-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:28:04 -0400
" 
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable
Mime-Version: 1.0 (1.0)

It's 9:24 am in Saturday and have been at CELOTEX Marsh for. About 30 minute=
s.   Although most of the marsh is dried, the west end toward the south stil=
l has hundreds of a wide range of shorebirds.  Among are black bellied plove=
rs, short billed so witches marbles godwit semipalmated plovers and many pee=
ps to name a few.=20

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Subject: Killdeer Plains and RFI for good Falcon spot.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:27:03 -0400
Greetings!

Two lists for Killdeer,  one specifically for pond 27.   Lots of good
flycatcher action all around.  Avocets were a no show, but the earlier
reported Black-bellied Plover was down front and center.  I only listed
what I could ID, there were a lot of birds on the opposite shore that I
couldn't determine.  I could pick out Killdeer, but that was it.

I am looking to find a good place in Columbus for Peregrine Falcons...I
still need one...I can't get one to show up here in LaRue...go figure. 😄.
Anyhew, I was also hoping to be able to get a shot of one, so if anyone
knows of a good place, please let me know.  I am leaving for Columbus in
the morning.

Lists are bellow.

Happy birding, have a great and safe Labor Day Weekend, and God Bless

Steve J.

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot, US-OH
Aug 29, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
43 species

Canada Goose  6
Trumpeter Swan  7
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Green Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  15
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  6
Killdeer  20
Mourning Dove  30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  8
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  6
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
Willow Flycatcher  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  4
Horned Lark  2
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  5
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  20
Cedar Waxwing  6
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2
American Goldfinch  20
House Sparrow  8

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Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Pond 27, Wyandot, US-OH
Aug 29, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
37 species

Canada Goose  2
Trumpeter Swan  2
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  12
Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Great Blue Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  4
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  1
Killdeer  100
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  50
Stilt Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  10
Pectoral Sandpiper  10
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Mourning Dove  6
Great Horned Owl  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  2
Willow Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Tree Swallow  20
Barn Swallow  10
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  20
Cedar Waxwing  6
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1
American Goldfinch  6

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Academy woods Bike trail
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:59:47 -0400
Warbler numbers were low.  
Magnolia warbler
chestnut sided warbler
black and white warbler
northern waterthrush   Came in twice to the "creek" at the nature center window

Olive sided flycatcher
cedar waxwing
red eyed vireo
great crested flycatcher

Woodside green (Gahanna) afternoon 
Canada warbler  moving around the least flycatcher who was perched and singing
magnolia warbler
chestnut sided warbler
least flycatcher

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Re: Dragons and Kites
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:27:08 -0400
Ever wonder why the STKI and not the MIKI formally ranged naturqlly
throughout the Great Plains N to CAN and east through the Great Lakes?
  It is the Mississippi Kite that takes to near excluvity large flying
insects i.e. dragonflies, etc.  Any thoughts of "returning: STKI to
their former glory is likely to nothing but fancy: STKI is a common
resident old growth extensive tracts of mature moist forests and
grasslands, the later for which hundreds of post breeding birds and
birds of the year congregate in AUG before moving south.  Common
practice in the coastal plain of SC and GA even today.  Kites are
aerial birds and it is weather, humid systems from the south that
bring them STKI N in summer, probably the Mississippi Valley which
widens near the southern Great Lakes, to include the Ohio Valley in
central OH and the N Scoito watershed.  STKI is a strikingly long
winged, long bodied bird, for plucking food from extensive forest
canopy not from air which it can do and does here out of neccessity
because it never meant to do.   Its favorite food is arboreal reptiles
and amphibians, once abundant now in short supply.  Like the Broad
winged Hawk, this preferred diet is a main factor for leaving the US
in winter.

David Tan
Columbus

On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM, Robert Stalnaker
<00000010a846eca8-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:
>
>
> Hello Bill and All,
>
> The Common Green Darner is one of the larger dragonflies and it is one of the 
small number that do migrate. Swallow-tailed Kites (STKI) feeding on these in 
mid-August here in Florida get more energy absorbed per the same energy 
expended versus the smaller dragonflies, and it is a popular food item of STKI 
immediately before the STKI migrate. 

>
> Here in central FL, there is a dramatic uptick in Common Green Darners 
migrating in, augmenting existing ones, in mid-August and that coincides with 
the last large feeding aggregations of STKI before they migrate. We are talking 
only about a 10 day window here. This is what I have observed and I am hoping 
there is a statistical based study done in the future to show a positive 
correlation of these two events. I believe there is a study out there that was 
done with American Kestrels and dragonflies re migration. 

>
> It is possible STKI could move north as you say then come south again as the 
Common Green Darners continue to move south. After watching STKI feed, they are 
so skilled in catching even small insects that I personally don't think they 
need to migrate north in search of prey. They seem to be able to get all the 
food they want. 

>
> Re your, "Dragonflies, and their predators, continue to diminish." ...... 
Yes, so sad and true. Prey continues to shrink as pesticides grow in use as 
human population grows, and that will likely have yet another negative effect 
not only on the prey numbers but on the STKI as well as a huge number of 
insects and birds that are already in a downward trend. 

>
> Bob Stalnaker
> Longwood, FL
>
>
> On Sunday, August 17, 2014 9:58 AM, Bill Whan  
wrote: 

>
>
>
> I gather that only 1% of the world's dragonfly species undertake
> migrations, but apparently some large and tasty ones pass heading south
> in the US each fall in large numbers, and some birds specialize in
> eating them. Some of them are large enough to be too much to handle for
> the average bird, but raptors like kites prey on them. Because large
> numbers of these dragonflies--and it would be great to hear from
> dragonfly-watchers about this--must pass through Ohio this time of year,
> it seems that a few of the bird species adept at catching them, like
> kites, might move north to intercept them. This still seems to have been
> the case in recent years, rare as it is.
>         Formerly--and we are talking about 150+ years ago--the
> swallow-tailed kite had a range into southern Canada, where they no
> doubt ate dragonflies that no doubt also had a northerly range.
> I read in an 1854 work on hunting in Wisconsin that these kites were "at
> one time quite numerous on our prairies, and quite annoying to us in
> grouse shooting.” Coues in 1874 had extensive remarks on its presence in
> North Dakota at the time. Ohio's Wheaton reported a kite shot near
> Pataskala in my area on 8/22/1878. which was first thought to be a bald
> eagle from P.T. Barnum's show and discarded, then eventually rescued,
> though the specimen has since apparently been lost.
>         It's probably unwise to celebrate that these charming birds are
> returning to our latitude in larger numbers. We just have more observers
> who report birds than we used to. Dragonflies, and their predators,
> continue to diminish. A few lucky Ohioans may get to see one during the
> warm months, but if you want to get a taste of their former abundance,
> there are some Florida spots that still routinely provide hundreds of
> them at a time at this time of year...what a show!
> Bill Whan
> Cols
>
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Subject: Mourning Warbler -- Kiwanis Riverway Park, Dublin
From: James Muller <jrmuller12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:51:04 -0400
I stopped by the park on my lunch break and found what I'm convinced was 
Mourning Warbler. It stayed near the ground by the edge of the paved path, 
right where the paved part of trail splits. The bird had a broken eye-ring; a 
yellow throat, breast, and belly; a gray cap; greenish-brown back and wings; 
and a green tail. Good to see, as I missed this bird in the spring! 


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Subject: Area N, Hoover Nature Preserve, Delaware Cty
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:20:26 -0700
This morning I took time to check the water
level at Hoover Reservoir in the areas where I have my nest box trail. Up until
recently the water level had been at an unusually high level for late summer
and I really wasn’t able to begin maintenance of my nest boxes. During the 
past 

week the water level has fallen so rapidly that it is like someone pulled the
plug in a bathtub. Along with my being able to begin cleaning nest boxes this
is also beginning to expose mudflats, though very meager so far. If there are
no heavy rains in the coming days there may yet be decent mudflats and
shorebirds at the north end of Hoover Reservoir in September.
Bird activity was surprisingly productive in
Area N. Some of the more interesting observations include the following:
Double-crested Cormorants – Many perched on
available snags and swimming near the boardwalk.
Herons – Along with many Great Blue Herons
there were 7 Great Egrets and 5 Green Herons.
Ducks – 2 Blue Teal and a lone Wood Duck.
Birds of Prey – 2 adult and 1 juvenile Osprey
flying near the nest platforms and perching in dead trees, 1 immature Bald
Eagle soaring over the boardwalk.
Shorebirds  - meager findings limited to 2 Killdeer , 1 Spotted Sandpiper and a
Greater Yellowlegs, working the limited mudflat along the edge of the old road.
Gulls
and Terns – a couple dozen Ring Bill Gulls and 4 Herring Gulls on the 
boardwalk 

railing, plus 2 Caspian and 1 Black Tern flying around the water off the end of
the boardwalk.
 
Hummingbirds -  a lone female Ruby-throated working on a
trumpeter vine’s flowers.
 
Kingfishers – 4 Belted Kingfishers,
3 near the old bridge base in Area N and 1 on the boardwalk railing.
 
Woodpeckers – 6 of Ohio’s 7 species
were observed. Only Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was missing. Highlight here were
10 Red-Headed Woodpeckers made up of adults and juveniles. A pair of Pileated
Woodpeckers was active in the dead trees off the old road in Area N.
 
Flycatchers – Several Pewees and
Phoebes and one each of Eastern Kingbird and Olive-sided, the latter flitting 
off and back 

continuously from a prominent perch.
 
Vireos – Mostly absent with one a
single Red-eyed and a single White-eyed.
 
Swallows – Only 4 Barn Swallows.
 
Mimics – 3 Gray Catbirds. 
Waxwings – 18 Cedar Waxwings working flora
with berries.
Warblers – Several surprises here. First, I
only saw 2 species. Where are the migrants? Are Blendon Woods Metro Park’s
insects that much better? But back to the positive starting with 2 Northern 
Water 

Thrushes. One of them kept coming closer as I phished until it was only about
two feet from my face. This was the best look I ever had of the species. The
other stayed further back but still fairly close.
The other species was my Prothonotary
Warblers. I first spotted the male and phished to get its attention. Next I
spotted the female with a caterpillar in her bill. When I followed her flight
to a large buttonbush I discovered 4 young waiting for mom and a snack. Last
year Logan Kahle and I observed a pair with fledglings on August 15th,
this pair is finishing up even later. My first guess is that they are a pair
whose nest was flooded out during the June 25 heavy rain and they re-nested
afterward. Usually most if not all the Prothonotary Warblers have gone south by
now.
Charlie
Bombaci
Hoover Nature
Preserve


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Subject: Blendon Woods-8 Warblers
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:13:53 -0400
Blendon Woods Metro Parks is located in the northeast corner of Columbus
off of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Way exit

    Blendon Woods Nature Center Parking Lot
        Olive-sided Flycatcher

   Lake Trail
         Warblers
               Chestnut-sided
               Blackburian-female
               American Redstart-female
               Black-and-white
               Wilson's
               Magnolia
        Ruby-crowned Kinglet

   Thoreau Lake
       Killdeer
       Green Heron
       Wood Duck-duckling
       Cooper's Hawk
       Solitary Sandpiper


 Nature Center Bird Viewing Window
       Northern Waterthrush
       Turkey-12+
       Hairy Woodpecker-male

               Blendon Woods Metro Park
                            Hotline 614-895-6222
                            Nature Center 614-895-6221

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Subject: Delaware S. P. little gull
From: John Herman <pgallinule52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:57:15 -0400
The Little Gull continues at Delaware State Park beach as of 9:30 this
morning. Unlike Conneaut, no rednecks driving 20 year old pickups on the
sand, morons raking the sand for that "perfect" swimming beach surface, or
mafia members present.
Good birding,
John Herman

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Subject: Golden-winged Warbler
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:45:28 -0400
Female golden-winged warbler just seen at headlands on coast guard
construction road. 12 species of warblers so far.

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Subject: Black-bellied Plover
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:36:08 -0700
Black-bellied Plover Sighted On: Aug 29, 2014 8:35:48 AM

Latitude: 40.70258618, Longitude: -83.2942162
Altitude: 754 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: 
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Address: 5701-6999 Wyandot-Marion Rd,Morral, OH 43337,USA

Killdeer Plains pond 27.

By John Seiler

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Subject: ColumbusAirportMargins,8-28
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:49:37 -0400
I spent around an hour and a half in stops at several wooded parks around the 
eastern margin of Port of Columbus, including Whitehall Community Park, Pizzuro 
Park, and Price Road Park, the latter 2 in Gahanna. Because of their position 
along a bend in Big Walnut Creek around the airport, these parks can accumulate 
some strays & migrants. Today's finds included: 


Osprey - at least 1 was flying down Big Walnut Creek, being shadowed by a 
resident Red-tailed hawk 

Great Horned Owl- 1 was at Price Rd Park. This area is one of the last areas in 
urban Columbus to hold resident GHOWs 

Hummingbirds - 5-6. scattered over all 3 sites, which is a good number here
Nighthawk - only had 1 here the prior evening. Has anyone seen big flocks this 
month around Columbus? 

Red-headed Woodpecker - an adult was at Whitehall Community Park, one of the 
few areas here with fair #s of oak trees. 

Flycatchers - nothing by E.Wood Pewees, but they were very common, with 12+ in 
the time span 

Vireos - not much, other than single singing Warbling and Red-eyed.
Wrens,Gnatcatchers - 3 House Wrens and 3 Gnatcatchers was about average for 
this area 

Thrushes - a Wood Thrush was giving an alarm call at Price Rd, possibly because 
of the GHOW there. 

Warblers - a scattering of migrants, topped by 3 Black&Whites, along with 
single Magnolia, Blackpoll, Wilson's, and Redstart, all fall juveniles except 
the Black&Whites 


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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit, Aug 28
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:30:48 -0400
Buster Banish and I birded Conneaut Sandspit this evening. We had eight
species of shorebirds: 8 Semipalmated Plovers, 4 Killdeer, 1 Willet, 1
Sanderling, 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 8 Least Sandpipers, 8 Semipalmated
Sandpipers, and 3 Short-billed Dowitchers. No sign of any avocets, buffy,
or knot unfortunately. There were also some Bonaparte's Gulls and a couple
Caspian Terns, plus two Common Mergansers seen fishing west of the
sandspit. Chris Swan told me they have been seen the past couple days
recently.
Full list with a couple pics can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19600427

Good Birding

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Cole DiFabio

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Subject: black-crowned night heron
From: Linda Woolard <woolardl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:02:23 -0400
At twilight today and also on Tuesday, I saw a black-crowned night heron on
the northeast side of Cranberry Bog. Today it was feeding and Tuesday it
was about a yard up on a dead bush or tree.
Also thirteen great egrets flew into roost at the bog- one remained
motionless in the air for a few seconds with the setting sun shining behind
its wings- awesome!
We also saw maybe thirty or more green herons in Maple Bay and on our
return most of them flew by us seemingly headed for the bog.
Finally also saw 4 wood ducks, numerous mallards and kingbirds, several
GBH, 4 cormorants, lots of swallows, and a kingfisher.

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:07:51 -0400
Warbler numbers were low. found on 1st section of Sugarbush trail, front loop 
of Goldenrod trail, Hickory ridge trail and Brookside trail. 

Magnolia warbler
black throated green warbler
bay breasted warbler
chestnut sided warbler
American redstart
blue winged warbler
black and white warbler
hooded warbler

brown thrasher
red eyed vireo
blue gray gnatcatcher
indigo bunting, immature
Swainson's thrush

Wild flowers on Goldenrod trail
3 nodding ladies' tresses
1 slender ladies' tresses
2 rose pink

Added bonus: We had a mourning warbler in our backyard last evening. Our first 
fall migration warbler this season. 


Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Pipe creek
From: disacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:13:30 -0400
Red Knot contines as off 12:30 as well as 1 white-rumped and 5 Stilts
Sally isacco




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Subject: Highland Co Kite
From: Duane Troyer <duane9266 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:05:23 -0400
Numerous birders were present this morning to look for the Swallow-tailed Kite 
and it was not seen up until 10:30. I left the site then and returned at 1:00 
with no signs of the bird so far today that I know of. 

Good birding 
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Subject: Avocets
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:32:47 -0400
There are currently (12:15) 3 Avocets at Killdeer Plains. They are on rocky
outcroppings in front of the island in the upland reservoir. A scope is
essential!

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Alum Creek res. little gull
From: John Herman <pgallinule52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:48:36 -0400
Any recent sightings of the Alum Creek reservoir little gull?
Thanks.
J. Herman

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Subject: Whimbrel past Edgewater
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:52:56 -0400
Chuck Slusarczyk Jr and Tim Jasinski had a Whimbrel fly east past Cleveland 
Metroparks Edgewater Park this morning 



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Subject: Little Gull
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:49:16 -0400
There is presently (8:45 am) a Little Gull on the beach at Delaware S. P.
It could be the same one that has been at Alum Creek as we just came from
there and there was no Little Gull present.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: American Avocet and other shorebirds in Wayne County 8/27/14
From: Su Snyder <bird348 AT SSSNET.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:31:47 -0400
Hi all:  Birded along Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne County late this
afternoon. Had 14 of species of shorebirds.  New for me this season at this
site were an AMERICAN AVOCET and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER.  Also present
were: Semipalm Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalm Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER,
Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Wilson's
Snipe.  Su Snyder, Wooster




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Subject: Re: Birding Around Highland County
From: Helen Ostermiller <hostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:10:53 -0400
One source of information for birding in any county is the Ohio e-bird hotspots 
website. The Highland County page with information on about 10 shared birding 
sites is at http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Highland+County 


Helen Ostermiller

On Aug 27, 2014, at 3:45 PM, John Seiler wrote:

> I will be out trying to locate the Swallow-tailed Kite.  Is there any other
> areas to bird around Highland county?
> 
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Subject: Conneaut Harbor...any update??
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:50:19 -0400
Has anyone been to Conneut this late afternoon???  Wondering what was
there/update.


Thanks

Shawn Collins
Crawford County PA

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Subject: Birding Around Highland County
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:45:11 -0400
I will be out trying to locate the Swallow-tailed Kite.  Is there any other
areas to bird around Highland county?

Thanks,

*John Seiler*

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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:00:19 -0400
Other notables are 3 avocet, 3 short-billed dowitchers, 3 sanderlings, many 
common and Caspian terns, Boneparte's gulls, 12 blue-wing teal flyby, 4 common 
mergansers, and of course the usual peeps. 


Chris Swan 

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Subject: Conneaut Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:15:06 -0400
The Buff-breasted sandpiper reported earlier by Don Keffer has returned! Many 
people are there with eyes on it. 

 
Also of note this morning and afternoon were 3 avocets that just dropped in, 3 
short-billed dowitchers, Baird's, sanderlings, and all the usual peeps. 

 
Tons of Boneparte's gulls, common and a few Caspian terns.
 
12 blue-wing teal flyby and 4 common mergansers.
 
Chris Swan
                                          
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Subject: Englewood East Metropark
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:11:00 -0400
Wednesday, Aug. 27 - 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Highlight of the day was 2 black-crowned night herons--1 adult, 1
imm--standing in the remaining north end "puddle".

Semipalmated plover
Semipalmated sps
Least sps
Greater yellowlegs
Lesser yellowlegs
Pectoral sp
Solitary sp
Great egrets
Great blue herons
Green-backed herons
DC cormorants
Ring-billed gull
Canada geese
Wood ducks
Mallards
Belted kingfishers

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer, Kurt Stein, Dean Porter and a couple of shy  strangers

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus 2 day report
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:57:18 -0400
Tuesday:  low number of birds
Chestnut sided warbler
blackburnian warbler
Canada warbler
magnolia warbler
empy flycatchers, one was wagging the tail a lot. 
red headed woodpecker, immature

Wednesday
Blackburnian warblers ... a flock of 4
Wilson's warbler,  female and immature
Canada warbler, female
magnolia warbler
Tennessee warbler

Philadelphia vireo
red eyed vireo
wood thrush

Bob mcNulty

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper Conneaut update
From: Don Keffer <donkeff AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:25:59 -0400
At 10:20 the Buff-breasted Sandpiper flew over open water north towards the 
breakwall and hasn't return yet..... 


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper Conneaut... yes
From: Don Keffer <donkeff AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:40 -0400
Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the sandspit  as of 10am

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Subject: Highland Co Kite
From: Duane Troyer <duane9266 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:10:34 -0400
The Swallow-tailed Kite is still present this morning at 9 am and putting on 
quite the show along New Vienna Rd. 

Duane Troyer

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Subject: black-and-white warbler
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:01 -0700
Saw one black and white warbler mingling with a bunch of Carolina chickadees at 
Hills and Dales Metropark - near the wetwood boardwalk. Don't know if this one 
is an early migrant or a resident one as they do nest in Ohio. Also saw a 
tailless house wren. almost mistook it for a 

winter wren (a bit early I think) till I got a better look at it and 
realized it had lost all of its tail in some encounter. Note - Hills and Dales 
MetroPark is nestled between Oakwood and Kettering in the Dayton 

area - You go out West Dorothy Lane and turn north on Patterson. There 
are a couple of entrances to the park off of Patterson.


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