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25 Oct Dillon Arctic Loon [Brad Perkins ]
24 Oct Sims Park, Euclid 10/24 Surf/Black Scoters [ ]
24 Oct Arctic/Pacific Loon [Kenn Kaufman ]
24 Oct Arctic loon [Lyn Boone ]
24 Oct Wellington Reservoir White-winged Scoter [Kathy Mock ]
24 Oct Re: Arctic Loon [jen brumfield ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
23 Oct Pacific/Arctic Loon at Dillon SP [Brad Perkins ]
23 Oct Pacific Loon Update - Dillon State Park [anthony fry ]
23 Oct Re: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park [jen brumfield ]
23 Oct PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park [anthony fry ]
23 Oct Mosquito Lake Black Scoters [Don Keffer ]
23 Oct Erie Street Cemetery (Cleveland) [Aaron Milenski ]
23 Oct Possibly Chucks Laughing Gull at 55th at 8AM. Will post picture later [disacco ]
23 Oct Townsend's Solitaire yes [jen brumfield ]
23 Oct N Shrike. Saw - whet Owl [Jerry Talkington ]
23 Oct Paulding County Sabine's Gull [M & D Dunakin ]
22 Oct Sunset park Willoughby ,Painesville park, Wake Robin [Jerry Talkington ]
22 Oct Deer Creek Oct. 22 [Robert Royse ]
22 Oct Cackling Geese @ Wellington Upground 10/22/14 [MikeSmith ]
22 Oct saw whet owl - geauga co [inga schmidt ]
22 Oct Kelleys Island Townsend's Solitaire [H Thomas Bartlett ]
22 Oct Townsend's Solitaire Kelley's Island [jen brumfield ]
22 Oct Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants [Ken Andrews ]
22 Oct Turkey Vulture migration [Shaune Skinner ]
21 Oct Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th ["Chuck Slusarczyk Jr." ]
21 Oct Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th [Liz McQuaid ]
21 Oct Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th [Aaron Milenski ]
21 Oct Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th [jen brumfield ]
21 Oct Franklin's Gull East 55th [jen brumfield ]
21 Oct Apologi [Steven Pendleton ]
20 Oct Lake Watch-Sunset Park in Willoughby-all 3 Scoters/Loons [Sally Isacco ]
20 Oct Sunset Park Willoughby [Jerry Talkington ]
20 Oct Re: american pipits - geauga co. [Matt Valencic ]
20 Oct american pipits - geauga co. [inga schmidt ]
20 Oct 2 Le Conte's & 1-2 Nelson's @ Battelle Darby [Paul Hurtado ]
20 Oct Purple Finches [Ohio Birder ]
20 Oct Birds in my neighborhood [Judith Espedal ]
20 Oct Pacific loon [John Herman ]
20 Oct Killdeer Plains WA and the Fall 2014-2015 Scavenger Hunt [Steve Jones ]
19 Oct Deer Creek area Oct. 19 [Robert Royse ]
19 Oct Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/19 [John Pogacnik ]
19 Oct Cackling Goose -Lorain Co. [MikeSmith ]
19 Oct BlacklickWoods-PickPonds,10-19 - temperateMigrants [rob thorn ]
19 Oct Black Scoters @ Caesar Creek [Chris Zacharias ]
19 Oct Avocet [Larry Gara ]
19 Oct Painesville park Lake Co [Jerry Talkington ]
19 Oct long-tailed ducks [John Herman ]
19 Oct Little Gull, Lake County [Cole DiFabio ]
19 Oct Le Conte's Sparrow @ Battelle Darby [Paul Hurtado ]
19 Oct Franklin's [Bill Whan ]
19 Oct Pacific Loon off Perkins Edgewaer [jen brumfield ]
19 Oct Whitefish Point "Oldsquaw" flood gates opened [John Herman ]
18 Oct BattelleDarby,10-18 - raptors [rob thorn ]
18 Oct Long-tailed Ducks @ Clear Fork Reservoir [John Herman ]
18 Oct frohring meadows - geauga co [inga schmidt ]
18 Oct Lakeshore Waterbird Survey, Sabine's gull, 10/18 [John Pogacnik ]
18 Oct New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
18 Oct Re: Laughing Gull [troy shively ]
18 Oct Killdeer Plains WA [Ira Shulgin ]
18 Oct Metzger Reservoir [John ]
18 Oct BattelleDarby,10-18 - temperateMigrants [rob thorn ]
18 Oct Metzger Reservoir [John ]
18 Oct Harlequin Duck, Red-throated Loon Mentor [jen brumfield ]
18 Oct Laughing Gull [John ]
18 Oct Englewood Metroparks [ ]
18 Oct Bay Village towhee [Dave Lewis ]
17 Oct George "Fritz" Griffith. [James E Fry ]
17 Oct Nighthawks [Bill Whan ]
17 Oct 1st junco ["Gaunt, Sandra" ]
17 Oct Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
17 Oct Indian Lake [Don Niece ]
17 Oct Cuyahoga - Erie St. Cemetery [Patty McKelvey ]

Subject: Dillon Arctic Loon
From: Brad Perkins <bperkin2 AT ROCKTENN.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:44:08 +0000
Just wanted to thank Anthony Fry, Scott Albaugh, and James Gore for the 
original post of the presence of the Arctic Loon yesterday that, through a very 
roundabout happenstance, led to Katie West and I getting some great looks and 
good photos of it from her pontoon boat last evening. Sorry that more people 
did not have this rare and unique opportunity. 


Brad Perkins
Nashport
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Subject: Sims Park, Euclid 10/24 Surf/Black Scoters
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:35:33 -0700
Was at Sims Park from 12:50 to 1:20pm only looking at the lake today and saw in 
the water five female Black Scoters and one Surf Scoter many Horned Grebes 
(over 80) and Bonaparte's Gulls. Did not see any scoters yesterday late. Only 
a few Red-breasted Mergansers. Only saw between 25 to 35 mergs last weekend 
here. 


Nancy Anderson 
Richmond Hts.

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Subject: Arctic/Pacific Loon
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:03 -0400
I wasn't engaged in the online discussion last night. But looking at photos
this morning, the Dillon Reservoir loon has good potential to be an Arctic
Loon, which of course would be extraordinary anywhere in the eastern half
of North America.

It's a challenge to separate Arctic and Pacific loons in any plumage.
Typical individuals look distinctly different, but there is variation in
both species. There is variation (and some overlap) in all of the
characteristics that separate them, so there isn't any one simple yes/no,
on/off distinction that would be diagnostic by itself. Here we have to
build up a case with as many characteristics as possible, especially for a
bird so far outside its normal range.

This morning the bird in question was seen by a number of people, and then
it was seen to fly away. Still trying to find out whether anyone got photos
of the bird in flight. A good, clear photo of the underparts would be
helpful in pinning down the ID, but it would also be helpful to have as
many photos as possible of the bird on the water, showing things like head
shape, bill shape, nape color, pattern of the neck stripes, flank pattern,
and so on. A photo with the bird in direct size comparison to a Common Loon
would be a bonus. I suspect that the Ohio Bird Records Committee will want
to collect materials like this and send them to someone who has really
studied loon ID, such as Lars Jonsson.

If the bird is indeed an Arctic Loon, the big question would be which
source population it represents. The most likely would be the Siberian
subspecies, G. a. viridigularis, which nests in n.w. Alaska in very small
numbers (and may sometimes interbreed with Pacific Loon, producing
intermediates, which certainly makes the ID challenge more interesting).
But we can't dismiss the (remote) possibility of a transatlantic vagrant of
G. a. arctica coming across from Europe. I wouldn't expect that bird to
show up on a reservoir in Ohio, but birds do strange things.

At any rate, here's hoping that the bird will be refound so that it can be
enjoyed by more birders, and here's hoping that it can be pinned down to a
positive identification.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH

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Subject: Arctic loon
From: Lyn Boone <boonel AT DENISON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:32:31 -0400
Birding friends,
If anyone observes the return of the Arctic loon, please do report to this
list. I'm sure I'm not the only one who was planning a trip to the site
today and I would still do so if there's a hopeful report.  Thanks to all!
Lyn Boone
Granville

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Subject: Wellington Reservoir White-winged Scoter
From: Kathy Mock <2klmockingbird AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:25:52 -0400
White-winged Scoter and male Long -tailed Duck at Wellington Upground 
Reservoir.  No Cackling Geese seen at this time.  9-10:30 am. 


Kathy Mock
Barberton,  OH

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Subject: Re: Arctic Loon
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:08:49 -0400
Since the bird was IN FLIGHT did anyone get photos or observations of the 
underside (vent area) of bird??? 



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On Oct 24, 2014, at 10:04 AM, "Doreene Linzell"  wrote:

> Very bad news. The loon took off the water, flew high, circled around,
> gained altitude, flew by the boat ramp  and kept on flying east and away.
> It looked like it was in migration mode.
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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:03:27 -0700
Very bad news. The loon took off the water, flew high, circled around,
gained altitude, flew by the boat ramp  and kept on flying east and away.
It looked like it was in migration mode.

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:40:19 -0700
The bird is here. It is being seen from the Big Run boat ramp off of 146.

Doreene LInzell

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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:10:41 -0700
Those waiting to observe the Arctic Loon are still waiting for the fog to
lift. It is almost getting worse.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:52:05 -0700
For those wondering about the status of this bird, I just thought I'd let
everyone know that Dillon Reservoir is currently very fogged in. It is
going to be awhile before we can even see the water.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Pacific/Arctic Loon at Dillon SP
From: Brad Perkins <bperkin2 AT ROCKTENN.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:44:04 +0000
I was able to get a couple decent pictures this evening of the loon in question 
at Dillon SP this evening. My wife, Diane, will post a couple cropped pictures 
to the Birding Ohio Facebook shortly. Any help with ID would be appreciated. 


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Subject: Pacific Loon Update - Dillon State Park
From: anthony fry <mrfry07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:31:51 -0400
Better views by parking at the campground and heading over the hill to the 
water. Look west toward 146. There is a picture on Facebook of the map where we 
got the pictures which is away from the sun. 


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Subject: Re: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:14:11 -0400
Anthony, the white flanks on your loon are very very very intriguing please 
take as many photos as possible. The much more extremely rare Arctic Loon 
typically shows more more excessive white flanks as your birds hints to in the 
photos on Birding Ohio FB page 



JB
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On Oct 23, 2014, at 3:55 PM, "anthony fry"  wrote:

> There is a Pacific Loon at Dillon sate State Park. Bird can be seen from Big 
Run Boat Ramp off of SR146 although you will be looking into the sun. I am 
currently viewing the from the shore directly south of the campground and to 
the west of the boat ramp. 

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Subject: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park
From: anthony fry <mrfry07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:54:28 -0400
There is a Pacific Loon at Dillon sate State Park. Bird can be seen from Big 
Run Boat Ramp off of SR146 although you will be looking into the sun. I am 
currently viewing the from the shore directly south of the campground and to 
the west of the boat ramp. 


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Subject: Mosquito Lake Black Scoters
From: Don Keffer <donkeff AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:04:49 -0400
As of 1:00 pm the 5 Black Scoters still remain on the south side of causeway at 
Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County. 


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Subject: Erie Street Cemetery (Cleveland)
From: Aaron Milenski <amilenski31 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:49:22 -0400
Along with the many sparrows, kinglets, brown creepers, and a winter
wren, I was surprised to see three woodcocks at the cemetery today.
Isn't this awfully late for them?

Aaron Milenski

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Subject: Possibly Chucks Laughing Gull at 55th at 8AM. Will post picture later
From: disacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:57:03 -0400
Also sedge wren at DIke 14,  FOY Fox sparrow for me.  Many winter wrens.
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire yes
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:40:55 -0400
The solitaire is still present in the same area at North Shore Loop on Kelley's 
island, however no visual yet-- bird is calling and singing. folks are waiting 
it out.--- as reported by Dan G 



JB
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Subject: N Shrike. Saw - whet Owl
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:32:55 -0400
 N Shrike. Saw- whet Owl at Headlands.  Now !

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Subject: Paulding County Sabine's Gull
From: M & D Dunakin <edson AT BRIGHT.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:07:45 -0400
Greetings from the flatlands,

Yesterday morning Micki and I, along with intrepid Paulding-based birder Scott 
Myers, had just finished a rather disappointing walk through the Black Swamp 
Nature Center and decided to check out the Paulding Reservoir. Scott had seen a 
few ducks there earlier in the morning, so our hopes weren’t especially high. 
Imagine our surprise when we saw a number of Bonaparte’s Gull with one 
addition- a Sabine’s Gull! Now we have been reading about the appearance of 
this species here and there in Ohio but never expected one to show up on our 
small reservoir. Fantastic plumage, wonderful bird, and best of all, it was 
Micki’s birthday, so the bird was the best birthday present she could have 
gotten! 


Kinda makes up for the dozens of times we have checked the reservoir and found 
it wanting for birds. You just never know what surprises Mom Nature has in 
store. 



Bird long and prosper,
Doug & Micki Dunakin
Antwerp, O.

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Subject: Sunset park Willoughby ,Painesville park, Wake Robin
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:14 -0400
 Cory and birded Sunset this morning for a couple hours . I went back after I 
warmed up. Highlights : 


    1 Red-throated Loon
  16 Common Loon
460 Horned Grebes
    3 White-winged Scoters
    2 Surf Scoters
    8 Black Scoters
    3 Long-tailed Ducks
  30 Lesser Scaup
  35 Common Tern

 Painesville Park Lake Co.

  15 N. Pintail
    6 A. Wigeon
    8 Gadwall
    8 Black Duck
  22 Lesser Scaup

 Wake Robin Trail

   1 Purple Finch
   1 Le Conte's Sparrow
   1 Tree Sparrow


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Subject: Deer Creek Oct. 22
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:02:06 -0400
I headed back to Deer Creek again today. No Ammodramus Sparrows were seen in 
the windy overcast weather, but there were a lot of other birds to be found. 


One of the biggest concentrations of sparrows I've ever seen were in the middle 
wetland tract in the dense wall of smallweeds that covers the whole eastern 
side. That pond dried up earlier than usual this year shortly after the 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers showed up in August and there hasn't been any standing 
water since. When the smaetweeds first appeared in was an impenetrable thicket, 
but now enough vegetation has fallen that you can work you way back. Along the 
grassy western edges Savannah Sparrows are most numerous, but as you work your 
way in Song, Swamp, White-crowned, and Lincoln's become abundant. Field 
Sparrows were also in there in smaller numbers. Only those 6 species were seen, 
but easily they totaled over a thousand birds. 


In the northern part of the state wildlife area there were also large sparrow 
flocks, especially concentrated in aster thickets. D-51, D-52, and D-57 are all 
productive roads now to see a lot of sparrows. Field Sparrows are in a higher 
concentration in those areas and most of the bigger flocks had a Fox Sparrow or 
two in their company. In the asters at the end of D-57 there was an 
Orange-crowned Warbler today. I saw one in the same area a couple of weeks ago 
also. 


The shorebird tally in the N wetlands along Dick Road today was:

Killdeers (lots)
17 G Yellowlegs
8 L Yellowlegs
1 Least Sandpiper
11 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Dunlins
1 Wilson's Snipe

A nice group of 8 Great Egrets also remain there.

At the N end of the reservoir those same 7 shorebird species were present with 
some differences in numbers. Killdeers were present in triple digits. Both 
yellowlegs were seen only in the morning. The other totals were 1 Least, 2 
Pectoral, ~15 Dunlins, 2 W.Snipes. 


Last but not least,the reservoir itself. There was a huge influx of Bonaparte's 
Gulls in the past few days with several hundred now in southern part. From the 
area I could scope out I saw at least a dozen Common Loons, and perhaps twice 
that many Pied-billed Grebes. D-c Cormorants were widespread with one 
conspicuous raft of 90 birds. At least 3 Bald Eagles of different ages were 
also patrolling the reservoir. It would have been nice to be able to scope out 
the whole reservoir today including from the bluffs at the picnic sites. I did 
speak to the guy in charge of the road closures in the state park office today. 
He was actually very nice and wants to be able to accommodate birders. 
Apparently there has been too much vandalism to the buildings along D-5 in the 
picnic areas. Pipes have been ripped out for example. On top of that people 
have been dumping their trash in there. He said that he could possibly open the 
gates for one or two days or half days a week for birders, but they can't just 
leave it open all the time. They also said with enough notice they could open 
it to allow a group of birders in there. I consider this a very generous offer 
from them that I certainly would like to take advantage of. For myself I was 
going to ask that it be opened on Mondays since that's my only guaranteed day 
off every week. I suppose most everyone else would rather see a weekend day 
open. I think that I will request maybe something like Sunday afternoon and 
Monday mornings that the gate is opened for birders. If there is anyone out 
there who has any ideas about this I can share with them, please let me know by 
email. Hopefully something will be worked out with the park staff. Of course 
anyone is free to walk in there any day, but in the middle of winter with the 
wind howling through there, I doubt that many people are going to want to carry 
a scope to the bluffs and back. 


Bob Royse


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Subject: Cackling Geese @ Wellington Upground 10/22/14
From: MikeSmith <avnu4ea AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:49:39 -0400
Had 11 Cackling Geese today at Wellington Upground Reservoir in Lorain Co.
I was there from 4:55 PM – 6:05 PM.

Mike Smith 
Wellington OH

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Subject: saw whet owl - geauga co
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:23:13 -0400
Today, in the late afternoon, a noisy, agitated flock of titmice, chickadees 
and 

downy woodpeckers pointed out a n. saw whet owl perched at the top of the pine 
trees in my 

small wood lot.  (90 feet high?)

Looking up my ebird records, I find that the first and only other time that I 
found a saw whet here was in 2007. 

Very similar circumstances, a flock of small birds mobbing the little owl, who 
just sat 

tight and waited for the mob to tire of him. (I was so delighted to find him, 
that I joined this list on 

that day.)  

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road, Geauga/Cuy Co. line
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Subject: Kelleys Island Townsend's Solitaire
From: H Thomas Bartlett <hthomas.bartlett AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:59:41 -0400
Shane Roberts and I re-found the solitaire about 4:15 PM today.  We
were able to get some good photos.  The bird seems to be feeding on
the Red Cedars in the first 100 yards of the North Quarry trail.  At
one time it was in the largest cottonwood down in the old quarry.  We
photographed it within the first 50 feet of the trail at 4:40 PM
feeding on the juniper berries.

Tom

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire Kelley's Island
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:07:36 -0400
Vic Fazio III and Tom Bartlett just found 
a solitaire at the state park on Kelley's. North shore loop. Bird in the 
junipers but on the move with large robin flock 



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Subject: Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:38:19 -0400
Someone on Flickr I follow posted a photo of a Song Sparrow she had freed from 
some burrs. I did not realize that this was such a dangerous plant to birds. 
But, a recent study I found online stated that the burdock is an invasive 
species from Asia. And, a lot of birds, mostly small migrating songbirds, get 
caught in them and die. The document said that the researchers thought that the 
birds that got caught were foraging for arthropods to eat. But, they weren't 
100% certain. The study also showed that Common Yellowthroats and Downy 
Woodpeckers forage successfully on these plants. So, if you are out birding in 
a field, look around in the plants. Maybe you can make a rescue, too. 


Link to the photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparrowbon/15594685542/


Link to the PDF file for the study done in Canada:


http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcanadianfieldnaturalist.ca%2Findex.php%2Fcfn%2Farticle%2Fdownload%2F1447%2F1469&ei=1q5HVMqbO6PlsASSxIE4&usg=AFQjCNGEKW8mppeITdqqQePjo-H2aERv9g&bvm=bv.77880786,d.cWc 



I found the study just by doing a simple search with "birds get caught in 
burrs". 



Hope you see some birds today!


Ken

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Subject: Turkey Vulture migration
From: Shaune Skinner <shaunemskinner AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:44:54 -0400
Yesterday I was driving back to Columbus from Indianapolis in the late
afternoon on I70.  We had seen a steady stream of Turkey vultures the entire
trip back but when we hit I70 just west of the Big Darby we encountered well
over 300 Turkey Vultures in the air. Interesting to me was that they were at
all different elevations. I would guess that there were probably a lot more
that I could not count because I was driving.  Talking about distracted
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Subject: Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th
From: "Chuck Slusarczyk Jr." <willichas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:03:09 -0400
Update 6:00PM - Upon further review, my initial ID of a Franklin's Gull was
proven incorrect and the bird is instead an adult Laughing Gull...still a
great bird, but not what I called.  Sorry for any confusion.  Chuck
Slusarczyk Jr.

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM, Liz McQuaid  wrote:

> Gull still present in the public access area. He said to bring food.
>
> Liz McQuaid
>  On Oct 21, 2014 2:57 PM, "Aaron Milenski"  wrote:
>
> > > Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side
> of
> > lot) with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car
> >
> > Update:  I was just there and the bird was indeed in the parking lot.
> > At 2:40 a Peregrine Falcon came by and scared all of the gulls back
> > into the water.  As I was leaving the gulls were coming back towards
> > the parking lot.  I have no doubt that it's still around.
> >
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Subject: Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th
From: Liz McQuaid <prwarbler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:17:26 -0400
Gull still present in the public access area. He said to bring food.

Liz McQuaid
 On Oct 21, 2014 2:57 PM, "Aaron Milenski"  wrote:

> > Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side of
> lot) with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car
>
> Update:  I was just there and the bird was indeed in the parking lot.
> At 2:40 a Peregrine Falcon came by and scared all of the gulls back
> into the water.  As I was leaving the gulls were coming back towards
> the parking lot.  I have no doubt that it's still around.
>
> Aaron Milenski
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Subject: Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th
From: Aaron Milenski <amilenski31 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:57:18 -0400
> Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side of lot) 
with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car 


Update:  I was just there and the bird was indeed in the parking lot.
At 2:40 a Peregrine Falcon came by and scared all of the gulls back
into the water.  As I was leaving the gulls were coming back towards
the parking lot.  I have no doubt that it's still around.

Aaron Milenski

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Subject: Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:12:06 -0400
Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side of lot) 
with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car 



JB
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On Oct 21, 2014, at 1:13 PM, "jen brumfield"  wrote:

> Chuck S just found a Franklin's Gull at East 55th marina, Cleveland. No other 
details at the moment 

> 
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Subject: Franklin's Gull East 55th
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:12:49 -0400
Chuck S just found a Franklin's Gull at East 55th marina, Cleveland. No other 
details at the moment 



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Subject: Apologi
From: Steven Pendleton <stevepen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:39:47 -0700
Sorry everyone. I meant to send an earlier e-mail to my wife and clicked the 
wrong button and everyone in my address book received it. Good thing it wasn't 
anything weird. 

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Subject: Lake Watch-Sunset Park in Willoughby-all 3 Scoters/Loons
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:14:21 -0400
Did a lake watch from 10:00AM to 1PM with Jerry Talkington. 47 degrees
to start; 60 degrees when we left.  Highlights:  many Bonaparte's and
Horned Grebes, all 3 Scoters ( 7 White-winged ), about 12 Common Loons (
flying both directions ), at least 2 Red-throated Loons ( one even
landed ).  Two other loons landed but could not be refound,  at least 10
Common Terns.  Jerry heard one Pine Siskin.  Great day to be out.
Sally Isacco, Concord Twp., Chardon

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Subject: Sunset Park Willoughby
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:27:55 -0400
 Sally Isacco and I birded Sunset park in Willoughby for about three hours 
today. Highlights were. 


None stop Bonaparte's Gulls
30 Common terns
16 Common Loons
  2 Red-throated Loons
  4 White-winged Scoters
  5 Black Scoters
  1 Surf Scoters
  1 Lesser Scaup
40 Horned Grebes

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Subject: Re: american pipits - geauga co.
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:21 -0400
Every day is different this time of year!

Matt Valencic


> On Oct 20, 2014, at 4:04 PM, inga schmidt  wrote:
> 
> I've been going to look for pipits at the Auburn Road section of
> LaDue reservoir, and finally today found them there.  Way in the
> back of the marsh, on exposed mudflats I saw three pecking away
> at the edges of the mud.  
> 
> When one suddenly took flight, up came a whole flock of twenty or so.
> 
> The only other shorebirds I found there were killdeer, one snipe and one gr. 
yellowlegs. 

> 
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Subject: american pipits - geauga co.
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:04:08 -0400
I've been going to look for pipits at the Auburn Road section of
LaDue reservoir, and finally today found them there.  Way in the
back of the marsh, on exposed mudflats I saw three pecking away
at the edges of the mud.  

When one suddenly took flight, up came a whole flock of twenty or so.

The only other shorebirds I found there were killdeer, one snipe and one gr. 
yellowlegs. 


Inga Schmidt
 

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Subject: 2 Le Conte's & 1-2 Nelson's @ Battelle Darby
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:29:05 -0400
A dozen or so birders were treated to nice close looks at two LE CONTE'S
SPARROWS this morning, near the location I had one yesterday (different
bird!).

Both birds were along the "Rail Trail" (see the park map on the Metro Parks
website

 

) and responded very well to playing a recording from my Sibley app on my
phone.  To get there, park at the "Wet Prairie" trails parking lot (Teal
loop to the north, Harrier trail to the south) across from the bison area.

The first was right along the trail on the west edge of the small pond.

The second bird we had this a.m. (same bird I had yesterday, most likely)
was still on the other side of the pond, and also came in nice and close in
response to playing Le Conte's song and calls from my phone.  To find this
location, walk across the boardwalk along the Rail Trail, and where it
bends right as it exits the cattails, look left for some tire tracks
heading off into the grass. Follow these a short distance until you reach
an area of low vegetation -- some darker brown patches and some patches of
small white flowers (composites/asters) -- the bird could be anywhere in
the shorter vegetation bordered by the tall grass off to the south and
east, and the cattails to the west. Again, I recommend trying some
recordings (which worked his a.m.) vs. trying to see it by walking the area
(which didn't work for a group that walked this very area earlier this
morning).

I HIGHLY recommend coordinating with other birders, going as a group,
keeping eyes and ears peeled.

Also, some other birders saw one, maybe two NELSON'S SPARROWS on the east
side of he Teal trail loop, near the small sign where the trail bends
right. We had what was very likely one of these birds across the trial from
the sign a short while later, but never saw it well enough to confirm the
ID.

We also had a flyover BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER that might show up (or not)
on the sod fields off Darby Creek Rd or Kuhlwein Rd. -- so definitely give
those a look if you have time.

Good birding,
-Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: Ohio Birder <Ohiobirder AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:13:07 -0400
Pair of purple finches at my feeders today. Near Lake Medina



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Medina, OH




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Subject: Birds in my neighborhood
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:56:32 -0700
Interesting birds seen in my neighborhood (Kettering - near Dayton) this past 
week: yellow-rumped warblers, a Nashville warbler, a chestnut-sided warbler, 
golden-crowned kinglets, this morning - a juvenile yellow-bellied sapscuker 


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Subject: Pacific loon
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:00:17 -0400
Any recent sightings of the Pacific loon at Perkins Edgewater Park?
Thanks.
J. Herman

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Subject: Killdeer Plains WA and the Fall 2014-2015 Scavenger Hunt
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:37:59 -0400
Lots of good birds yesterday at Killdeer Plains.  Instead of adding a list
for all the different places I went today, I combined all of them into
one.  Any and all ducks were mostly in pond one along the Marion/Wyandot
border (Pond 27...or Pond 1 depending on your map). Grebes were
everywhere.  Yellow-rumps were as well.  Sparrows were all along the way.
Shorebirds were in every shallow watering hole.  N. Pintails and W. Snipe
were the birds of the day for me.  List of birds are at the end of the
email.

IF you are a member of the Birding Ohio Facebook page, you already know
about this part.  For the non-Facebookers, I have created a game using
eBird data...It is meant to be a game for advanced High School Students at
my local High School.
I have a Top 100 Scavenger Hunt for every month from October 2014 to
December of 2015...a calender if you will. Birds are listed in Taxonomical
order. Rankings are determined from the last ten complete years(2004-2013)
of the frequency histogram data (Bar Charts) for Ohio on eBird:
http://bit.ly/1s8M7zR. Each month's data is then averaged. The averaged
numbers are then sorted highest to lowest and the top 100 are then put back
into Taxonomical order. 50 is pretty easy to get, all 100 will require at
least a trip to the northern half...or the southern half of the state
almost every month...darn Chickadees anyways..:-D .  I like seeing how some
birds move up and down the list, meaning that every month is different.
Because of the way the data is compiled, rare birds are pushed out of the
list. Birds that are considered introduced or invasive are excluded.

 I have been looking for a way to share it with the rest of the Ohio
birding community.  The best thing I could come up with is to turn it into
a PDF, and adding it to my dropbox acct.  SO if you would like to play
along...:


https://www.dropbox.com/s/3220c8dw2w6czwu/Ohio%20Scavenger%20Hunt%202014-2015.pdf?dl=0 


Birds from yesterday:

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

Happy Birding and God Bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Deer Creek area Oct. 19
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:44:47 -0400
Robert Royse
rroyse AT sprynet.com
www.roysephotos.comSince last week there has been a big influx of sparrows all 
over the Deer Creek area. Starting in the SW corner of the wetlands this 
morning were large numbers of Song, Savannah, Lincoln's, and Swamp Sparrows 
joined by 2 Nelson's Sparrows in the dried pond near the New Holland entrance. 
Afterwards I walked a bit around the marsh area at the edges of the cattails 
but found little else. Fields in the north part of the wildlife north of the 
reservoir also held large numbers of sparrows with additional species including 
White-crowned, Fox, and Vesper Sparrows. I had 13 sparrows species there today, 
but no LeConte's yet. Last year I saw my first LeConte;s on Oct. 28 there, so 
there is still plenty of time. 


Henslow's are still present and singing some years well into October, but I saw 
the last of them 2 weeks ago. The last of the Bobolinks also seem to have 
departed 2 weeks ago. Bobolinks first began flocking in the southern grasslands 
in early August, reaching a max. of about 300 individuals during the first week 
of September then gradually disappeared by early Oct. 


The reservoir is now being drawn down and good shorebird habitat is finally 
available at the N end. This evening a large number of Killdeers, both 
yellowlegs and a few Wilson's Snipe were utilizing the habitat. Additional 
shorebird species were seen at the north pond along Dick Road including about a 
half dozen Pectoral Sandpipers, and 2 each of Dunlins and Stilt Sandpipers. 


Yes, gulls were roosting on the beach, but a larger gull roost is now on the 
west side of the reservoir between the marina and boat launch area. Besides the 
usual Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls have just begun to 
arrive in small numbers. There were also 2 Caspian Tern mixed in with the west 
side roost. I haven't seen any Franklin's Gulls in about 2 weeks at Deer Creek, 
but winds were coming from the east much of that time. With winds now coming 
from the the more usual NW for this time of year hopefully more Franklin's will 
show up in coming weeks. 


What I consider horrible news for birders and anyone who cares to know what 
birds are in the reservoir, the state park has closed the road that runs along 
the south side of the reservoir west of the beach already for the winter 
apparently. That means that there is no way to view anything between the beach 
and the SW corner of the reservoir until late spring unless something changes. 
That is a huge area containing the deepest water of the reservoir and is 
usually the last area to freeze up in the winter. This means that there is now 
no way to view this area from the bluffs by the picnic areas for the major 
passages of ducks, loons, grebes, and gulls during both the fall and spring 
migrations as well as in mid-winter. I would hope that everyone who visits Deer 
Creek during weekdays to go to the state park office and complain about this. 
If you feel like yelling, screaming, and throwing furniture you certainly have 
my blessing. As soon as I can come up an address of where we can write to voice 
our concerns I will post it here. 


Although the water level is still high at the marina, that area too is already 
gated off. The only Red Phalarope record I have for Deer Creek was during early 
November a few years ago in the marina (from the comfort of my car window I 
should add). It is only a short walk from the gate to view the inside of the 
marine, but it is worth a look in there during the next month or so and the 
water level recedes. 


Bob Royse


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rroyse AT sprynet.com
www.roysephotos.com

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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/19
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:07:18 -0400
A lot different from yesterday.  A lot fewer Bonaparte's, more herring and
ring-billed gulls and cormorants.  The only birds of note were single black
and surf scoters.  It seems like yesterday, there were a lot of birds moving
way out.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

October 19, 2014, 0730-1030

Weather- cloudy to partly cloudy, Wind- NW 10-15

Temperature 47-48 F, Barometer- 30.13-30.17

Humidity-  79-78, dew point- 40-42

Waves 2-4  ft.

Flight direction- west



Canada goose   10

SURF SCOTER   1

BLACK SCOTER   1

Bufflehead   1

Red-breasted merganser  33

Common loon   8

Horned grebe   19

Double-crested cormorant   462

Bonaparte's gull   74

Ring-billed gull   415

Herring gull  129







John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Cackling Goose -Lorain Co.
From: MikeSmith <avnu4ea AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:18:07 -0400
Had a Cackling Goose at Wellington Upground Reservoir this evening, about 4:30.
Also in good numbers were coots and ruddys.
Others: Pied-billed Grebes, American Wigeons, Gadwall, Canada Goose, Redheads, 
Ring-neckeds, Lesser Scaups, Cormorants. 


Mike Smith
Wellington OH

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Subject: BlacklickWoods-PickPonds,10-19 - temperateMigrants
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:08:18 -0400
The Columbus Audubon trip to these two parks southeast of Columbus were treated 
to a good fallout of temperate migrants this morning at Blacklick, and a decent 
waterfowl mix at Pick Ponds. The cold morning at Blacklick made the birds very 
sun-conscious, and by following the shadow line, we were able to find flocks of 
birds for nearly 3 hours, with large #s of Yellow-rumped warblers & 
White-throated Sparrows. Included among the BlacklickWoods finds were 


sapsuckers - 2
other woodpeckers - 30+, mostly Downies & Red-bellieds
E.Phoebe - 2
BlueJays - 40+
Blue-headedVireo -1
Kinglets - 20-25, majority Golden-crowned, but a decent # of Ruby-crowned
E.Bluebirds - 4+
Hermit Thrushes - 2
Cedar Waxwings - 5
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 120+, probably more
Palm Warbler - 5
Rose-br.Grosbeak - 1 female, just west of the Nature Center parking area
E.Towhee - 6+
Field Sparrows - 14+
Chipping Sparrows - 10+
Song Sparrows - 16+
SwampSparrow - 2
White-thr.Sparrows - 100+, probably more
White-cr.Sparrows - 2
Juncos - 5+
Com.Grackles - 10+
Redwing Blackbirds - 10+
Purple Finch - 1 female at Nature Center feeders
Am.Goldfinch - 16+
Pine Siskin - 1 at Ash Grove picnic area early

Pick Ponds were fairly dry, with significant water only in Teal Pond and Ellis 
Pond. Both of these had small flocks of dabblers, including Mallard, 
N.Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and Gadwall, as well as a few Pied-billed 
Grebes and Coots. Here'too, landbirds stole the show, with small groups of 
warblers (Yellow-rumped & Palm) and sparrows (Field, White-crowned, and Song). 
Surprisingly, the only shorebird was a lone Solitary Sandpiper at Ellis Pond. 
An adult Bald Eagle circling over Ellis Pond capped a good trip. 


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Subject: Black Scoters @ Caesar Creek
From: Chris Zacharias <zachgardens AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:50:44 -0400
Rick asamoto found 2 black sco, 2 common loons, pied-billed and horned grebes. 
best viewed from harveysburg road. he also had a long-tailed duck but it wasn't 
relocated 


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Subject: Avocet
From: Larry Gara <lgara1 AT CINCI.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:44:41 -0400
Lenna Mae and I checked out Caesar Creek beach this PM.We found Rick’s Avocet 
but no Franklin’s Gulls.The Avocet was sleeping. The only other birds of 
interest were two Bonaparte’s 

Gulls in winter plummage.

Chilly October Cheers,  Larry Gara

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Subject: Painesville park Lake Co
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:07:29 -0400
 Most of the birds we too far out even for a scope but we did see a few good 
birds. 


10 Black Scoters
  6 Surf Scoters
  5 Pintails
  3 A. Wigeon
  3 Black Ducks
 16 Lesser Scaup
 12 Mallards
 30 Horned Grebes
   1 EARED GREBE
   1 RED-THROATED LOON
   2 Common Loon
   1 LITTLE GULL


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Subject: long-tailed ducks
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:24:36 -0400
The Clear Fork reservoir Long-tailed Ducks seen late yesterday were not
relocated this a.m. Most Ohio reservoirs permit boats which generally does
not work out well for birders. Clear Fork reservoir is no exception. Until
the weather gets more winter like we have to contend with birds being
chased off the reservoirs by boats. It's called "multiple use", which
really means its worthless for anyone's activities.
Good birding,
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Subject: Little Gull, Lake County
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:46:54 -0400
I had an adult non-breeding Little Gull flying west, low over the water at
Sunset Park, in Lake County this morning (10:58am). Horned Grebes and
Common Loon also sitting on water.


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Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow @ Battelle Darby
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:39:56 -0400
Directions: Wet Prairie area, walk south to the boardwalk that cuts through
wetlands/cattails and cross it. Where it turns right as it exits the
cattails, leave the trail and head left and bird the shorter mixed
vegetation between the cattails and tall grass. It was about 100yds back.

See http://flickr.com/photos/pauljhurtado for a photo and a habitat shot.
Edge habitat pays off again!

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Subject: Franklin's
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:34:07 -0400
I realize that yesterday is too long ago among these announcements, but
folks who weren't there might be interested in our most recent major
influx of Franklin's gulls, in the fall of 1998, when around 400 were
reported when far fewer reporters were around, even though a higher
proportion found birds on their own.
        As far as we can tell, weather--mainly storms and prevailing
winds--makes for such influxes. Franklin's gulls are a prairie wetland
species that doesn't visit oceans much outside the winter season, when
it heads to central and south America along the Pacific. In its fall
dispersals here, it has become just as--and probably more--happy along
inland lake shores as on the shores of the Great Lakes.
        1998's influx followed a major low-pressure system in mid-November, a
full month after 2014's visits; only a handful had been reported in
October '98. That November, it was easiest to find these gulls among
flocks of ring-bills gathering to pluck worms and insects behind plows
on rural fields; this was so consistent that some of us made it a point
to look for ag machinery and scrutinize inland feeding flocks for this
species. That fall, over ten days at Lakeshore Park, 111 were tallied,
while inland at Killdeer as many as 85 at once were seen in fields, and
54 near Toledo. Many Franklin's were seen on the shores and pools of
inland reservoirs, and just as many were noticed following plows, for a
total of more than 400. These were pretty good numbers for a state
decidedly outside this gull's migratory route.
        I recall my first look at breeding Franklin's gulls. My brother and I
were wandering the plains of Colorado in May, looking for birds. I
called for a screeching halt along a lonely road, calling out "Ross's
gulls! Ross's gulls!" Stupid, sure. In a prairie several hundred yards
out was a pothole, and it was easy to see pink-breasted gulls out there
among the phragmites. More careful scrutiny of course revealed they were
Franklin's, in the full flush of their breeding finery. You don't see
this plumage in the field guides very often, or of course in Ohio, but
for a couple of weeks a year--out west--it can be stunningly obvious.
I've seen a couple of pinkish Bonaparte's gulls since then, in fall, but
nothing like these Franklin's, or should I call then Pranklin's?
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Pacific Loon off Perkins Edgewaer
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:43:23 -0400
Basic plumage adult or immature type Pacific loon off of Perkins beach parking 
lot area at upper Edgewater 



JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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Subject: Whitefish Point "Oldsquaw" flood gates opened
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:32:53 -0400
The waterbird counter at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Michigan
yesterday recorded  8,359 Long-tailed Ducks, including one flock over 500 !
John Herman

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Subject: BattelleDarby,10-18 - raptors
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:15:57 -0400
For an hour this morning, I positioned myself on the sled hill next to the 
confluence of Little Darby & Big Darby Creeks, just east of the village of 
Georgesville. I was curious as to the potential for the wooded corridor along 
these streams to support any significant raptor migration. I have tried this 
before - most recently in mid-September - with mixed results, and today was 
fairly similar. Between 10:30 - 11:30, I tallied 26 raptors: 


14 Turkey Vultures
3 Black Vultures
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Cooper's Hawks
4 Red-tailed Hawks
1 unidentified buteo
1 N.Harrier

2 of the Red-tails were likely residents, but the others all seemed to be 
migrants, moving south with different degrees of alacrity. If I had put in a 
full morning here, I could likely have pushed the totals up to 50 - 60 birds, 
which is not bad for a site in central Ohio with limited elevation change. Most 
of my other counts have produced similar, but slightly lower figures. 


This brings up the point that perhaps we're missing out on some significant 
raptor migration here in central & southern Ohio, because we're looking in the 
wrong places. I've always been told to look in eastern or southeastern Ohio 
because of the wooded hills, but have yet to find a satisfactory viewpoint 
there. What we really need to be looking for are raptor 'funnels' - sites that 
have a tendency to offer hawks a natural pathway of north-south bluffs or hills 
that ease their migration. By this criterion, river valleys may have more to 
offer than wooded hills, especially all of our large rivers flowing south. I 
imagine that some of you all on this listserve have tried to look for migrants 
along some of these river valleys, especially the lower Scioto, the Little 
Miami, and the Greater Miami. Each of them has a long line of bluffs, along 
with some natural 'lookouts', that would seem to offer a better raptor funnel 
than Darby Creek. What have you found? 


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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks @ Clear Fork Reservoir
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:31:59 -0400
Two female long-tailed ducks at Clear Fork Reservoir out from the Sail boat
club fairly close to the dam today at ~ 6:00 p.m. Also seen by Albert
Troyer and others.
Good birding,
John Herman

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Subject: frohring meadows - geauga co
From: inga schmidt <Ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:35:41 -0400
Early evening, I stopped by Frohring Meadows after the rain.  I found a
few small flocks of sparrows, but most seemed to be hunkered down in
the grass for the evening. White crowned, swamp, song.  But, I did find
one lone vesper sparrow in the sparse grass off the unpaved trail.

Also kicked up eight W. Snipe. Not in the wetland area, but in the area next
to the soccer nets. Maybe another vesper there too, but it was getting dark
and I wasn't certain.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey, Sabine's gull, 10/18
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:07:27 -0400
It wasn't too bad today.  I expected more birds to be moving, but they may
have been further out as almost all the Bonaparte's and most of the
waterfowl were pretty distant.  Five surf and 1 white-winged scoters passed
by together.  Highlight was an immature Sabine's gull.  It passed to the
west about 9:45.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

October 18, 2014, 0730-1030

Weather- cloudy w/drizzle, Wind- NW 25-35

Temperature 50-49 F, Barometer- 29.71-29.77

Humidity-  90-89, dew point- 47-46

Waves 6-9 ft.

Flight direction- west



Redhead   1

Ring-necked duck   2

Lesser scaup   19

SURF SCOTER   5

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER   1

Bufflehead   1

Red-breasted merganser  11

Common loon   1

Horned grebe   16

Double-crested cormorant   1

SABINE'S GULL 1 imm.

Bonaparte's gull   960

Ring-billed gull   182

Herring gull  39





John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:55:08 -0400
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+Ohio



Ashland County

Charles Mill Lake--Co. Rd. 1217 access

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Charles+Mill+Lake

Mohican State Forest--Green Bridle Trail

Mohican State Forest--Hog Hollow Trail

Mohican State Forest--Orange Bridle Trail

Mohican State Forest--Yellow Bridle Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mohican+State+Forest

Riverside Park, Loudonville

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Riverside+Park+Loudonville

Saint Peters Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Saint+Peters+Cemetery



Franklin County

Brandon Reserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Brandon+Reserve



Lorain County

Crook Street Wetlands

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Crook+Street+Wetlands



Marion County

Marion Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Marion+Cemetery



Perry County

Twin Churches Lake

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Twin+Churches+Lake



Richland County

Black Fork River--Bowen Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Black+Fork+River



Mansfield City Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Mansfield+City+Cemetery



Mansfield Memorial Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Mansfield+Memorial+Park



North Lake Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-North+Lake+Park



South Park, Mansfield

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-South+Park+Mansfield



Sunset Park (Richland Co.)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Sunset+Park+%28Richland+Co.%29



Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Re: Laughing Gull
From: troy shively <troyph AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:48:18 -0400
Laughing gull still present at 5:45pm along with at least three Franklin's 
gulls. 

Cheers
Troy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 18, 2014, at 12:09 PM, John  wrote:
> 
> Rick and I just observed a 1st winter laughing gull at the beach in Indian 
Lake SP. Three Franklins were there also to compare it to. 

> 
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> Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Killdeer Plains WA
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:33:38 -0700
2-3 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 Pine Siskin among the other birds. This place is 
just amazing in all autumn colors! 

1 Or-cr.warbler and a Pine Siskin were found at the brushy area east off TH-115 
on the north side of OH-71 at the first (from 115) parking space with a sign 
Dove hunting area. Siskin was not assosiated with Goldfinshes and was feeding 
on the plants 3 feet from me. 


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Subject: Metzger Reservoir
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:35:26 -0400
Red-necked Phalarope and late Barn Swallow in SE corner.

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: BattelleDarby,10-18 - temperateMigrants
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:32:44 -0400
We finally seem to be getting a big push of temperate migrants in central Ohio. 
I stopped at several spots around Battelle-Darby (Kuhlwein wetland, Trail of 
Ancients, Cedar Ridge) and a few nearby areas (Clover Wetlands, Prairie Lincoln 
School Woods) and had good numbers of temperate migrants at almost every stop. 
I also had a decent showing of raptors that I'll detail in another post. The 
list included 


Blue Jays - small flocks in many places; i counted 20 fly by the Darby 
Confluence in 30 minutes 

Blue-headed Vireo - singles at Prairie Lincoln and Cedar Ridge
Winter Wrens - singles at Prairie Lincoln and Trail of Ancients
Kinglets - both types at nearly every stop, though never in big #s
E.Bluebirds - small flocks at many areas, even flyovers
HermitThrush - singles at PrairieLincoln and Cedar Ridge; Trial of Ancients had 
2 

Robins - steady flocks for much of morning
CedarWaxwings - small flocks in many locations
AmerPipit - a flyover at Georgesville
Yellow-rumps - sizeable flocks at many locations, topped by 40 at Cedar Ridge
Palm Warblers - singles were at Prairie Lincoln, Clover Wetlands, and Trail of 
Ancients 

OtherWarblers - a Cape May was at Prairie Lincoln, while Trail of Ancients had 
a Bl.thr.Green and a Com.Yellowthroat 

SwampSparrows - at many stops, with the best being 10 at Kuhlwein Wetlands
Lincoln'c Sparrows - 2 were at Kuhlwein wetlands
White-crowned Sparrows - 3 were at Kuhlwein, while 1 was at Clover wetlands
White-throated Sparrows - small flocks at many locations, topped by 40 along 
the Trail of Ancients 

RedwingBlackbirds - small flocks flying south for much of the morning
Pine Siskin - 1 flyover at Trail of Ancients

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Subject: Metzger Reservoir
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:31:20 -0400
Red-necked Phalarope and a late Barn Swallow. In SE corner

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Harlequin Duck, Red-throated Loon Mentor
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:04:26 -0400
Jerry Talkington did a lakewatch this a.m. off of Mentor and had a single 
Harlequin Duck and Red-throated Loon pass by heading east. Such days this time 
of the year, with *strong NW winds and fronts*, offer birders exceptional 
opportunities to watch for passing waterbirds-- waterfowl, loons, grebes, gulls 
and jaegers and more. Patience and perseverance is required, as is a scope. 
Conditions are typically rough and often birds are rather distant and passing 
by quickly. But the opportunities for rarities are incredible. 





JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Laughing Gull
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:09:16 -0400
Rick and I just observed a 1st winter laughing gull at the beach in Indian Lake 
SP. Three Franklins were there also to compare it to. 


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Subject: Englewood Metroparks
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:02:34 -0400
Saturday, Oct. 18 - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

We stopped at the former duck-feeding area and discovered a small mixed
flock of birds.  Members of the flock included:

Dark-eyed juncos
Yellow-rumped warblers
Golden-crowned kinglets
Carolina chickadees
Tufted titmouses
Eastern bluebirds

Others--Coopers hawk, American crows, song sparrows

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer
Englewood, Ohio

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Subject: Bay Village towhee
From: Dave Lewis <Loopyonetwo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:28:11 -0400
We have our first Eastern Towhee of the season in our front garden. We also saw 
our first red squirrel in our back garden. 


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Subject: George "Fritz" Griffith.
From: James E Fry <jamesfry2 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:03:20 -0400
I was delighted to see Robert Evans mention "Fritz" Griffith in his
posting about the Red Phalarope at Buckeye Lake. Thanks to "Fritz", I saw
my life bird Red Phalarope at the Hebron Fish Hatchery in Licking County
on September 27, 1968. Esther Reichelderfer and T.H.Reamer were with me.
I also saw a Red
Phalarope there on September 11, 1975. Thanks to "Fritz" I saw 16 life
birds at the Hatchery from 1967 through 1974. He began working there in
1941. He knew how to raise and lower the water levels in the ponds so a
multitude of fish were raised and also so there would be shorebird
habitat in some ponds during their spring and fall migrations. There was
also at least one pond where rails, bitterns, Marsh Wrens and Common
Moorhens nested.
Jim Fry

Hocking County

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:32:27 -0400
We have heard next to nothing about nighthawk movements this fall, even 
though we are still in the later part of their migration. I searched 
reports on US lists, and find truly puny reports in many places. Ohio 
reports are next to none. I make it a point to look for them every fall 
(their spring migrations are a lot harder to observe), and this fall 
I've just seen a few small flocks, and mostly none. I hear there have 
still been some appreciable numbers moving north near the Lake in 
Minnesota and Wisconsin, but Ohio seems left out almost entirely this 
year. Has anyone seen more than a hundred in Ohio at once this year? 
Fifty? I used to, often.
        Sometimes bird populations shrink so slowly that it's easy to miss 
them, but nighthawks moving at dusk should be easy to count. There are a 
lot of beginners out there, and it's easy to lose a historical context, 
so here are some observations from my work on central Ohio birds 
concerning nighthawks that are beginning to seem already out of date:
        "Noticeably in decline as an urban nester here, and even in wilder 
spots in Canada.  Wheaton (1882:384) said of their southbound migrations 
here 130 years ago that thousands are sometimes seen, and today large 
numbers--seldom in the thousands--are reported only occasionally....The 
highest twilight counts of fall movements usually come from late 
August-early September, and include a description of circle-soaring by 
at least several thousand over the OSU campus 9/3/1968, 3000+ on 
9/3/1976, and 2500 on 9/3/1992. Later in fall, 224 were observed 
10/3/2006.  One entered the OSU campuss main library on 10/22/1965. 
Record late was one lingering 11/20/1975 at High St. and Morse Rd."  I 
hope these valiant birds will still be making their migrations to South 
America long after I'm gone, but I'm starting to worry.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: 1st junco
From: "Gaunt, Sandra" <gaunt.2 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:11:56 +0000
Fall is upon us - the first dark-eyed juncos were heard this am and then 
confirmed by visual sighting this pm at 


Hayden Blvd off Dublin Rd S of the Hayden Run Bridge in Columbus

Also think there was a flock of rough-winged swallows E of the Hayden Run 
Bridge this afternoon 


Sandy

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:57:58 -0400
Blendon woods
Nashville warbler                      Tennessee warbler
Palm warblers                           Black throated green warbler
yellow rumped warblers

Purple finch, female                   red headed woodpecker
ruby crowned kinglets                golden crowned kinglets

Woodside green (gahanna)
Brown creepers
Hermit thrush
yellow bellied sapsucker
Both kinglet species

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Indian Lake
From: Don Niece <don.niece AT COMPLIGHT-LLC.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:47:19 -0400
The usual several Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Mallards, Canada Geese, Mute 
Swans and Kingfishers. Special sightings from our pontoon boat were Sandhill 
Cranes, 2 in marsh area on East side of Lake Ridge Island and 2 in marsh are 
aon North Fork of the Great Miami River just past Longview Cove. Also, one 
Pied-billed Grebe in the Sunny Cove Channel by the bridge to Orchard Island. 
Views of parts of this channel are accessible from Orchard Island Road. 


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Subject: Cuyahoga - Erie St. Cemetery
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:15:43 -0400
It was hopping w/kinglets at the cemetery!
Oct 17, 2014
Traveling
1 miles
36 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
45 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Palm Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco



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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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