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Updated on Sunday, March 19 at 10:18 PM EST
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20 Mar Common Mergansers [Steve Hughes ]
19 Mar Short-eared Owls at Lorain County Airport [Sally Isacco ]
19 Mar Pleasant Hills Lake and Funk Bottoms [Chris Pierce ]
19 Mar Hoover Reservoir [Andrew & Annette Boose ]
19 Mar Hoover Reservoir [Andrew & Annette Boose ]
19 Mar Common Loons at Deer Creek SP--Pickaway County [Leslie Sours ]
19 Mar Loons And Horned Grebes in Medina County [Komjati Design ]
19 Mar Blendon Woods Metro Park-waterfowl, songbirds ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
19 Mar Common Loons - Carroll Co. [Jon Cefus ]
19 Mar Common Loons [Ernie Cornelius ]
14 Mar E Towhee still in Columbus yard [Susanna ]
14 Mar {Spam?} Re: information [Ohio birds ]
15 Mar just for you [Ohio birds ]
15 Mar {Spam?} Re: [Ohio-birds] just for you [Debora Parker ]
15 Mar SPAM!! [Liz McQuaid ]
15 Mar Re: SPAM!! [Steve Jones ]
15 Mar ducks at Spring Valley Wildlife Area, March 15 [Ricardo Garcia ]
15 Mar Red-necked Grebe [Doreene Linzell ]
15 Mar Re: Red-necked Grebe [Leslie Sours ]
15 Mar Sharp-shinned Hawk in Columbus yard [Susanna ]
15 Mar SharonWoods,Columbus,3-15:TreeSwallows,Phoebe [rob thorn ]
16 Mar Common Loon and Hooded Mergansers at Coe Lake, Berea [Kathy Shank ]
16 Mar HooverReservoir,3-16:waterfowl,RustyBlackbird [rob thorn ]
17 Mar Re: Crossbills? [Haans Petruschke ]
17 Mar Re: Crossbills? [William Hull ]
17 Mar Crossbills? [Bill Whan ]
17 Mar Rain & woodcocks? [Amalee W ]
17 Mar Wood ducks [Karen Martens ]
17 Mar Summit Lake Waterfowl 03/17 [Douglas Vogus ]
17 Mar LaDue Waterfowl - Geauga County [Matt ]
17 Mar Surf Scoter, Nimisila Reservoir 3/17 [Terry Sponseller ]
17 Mar Re: Pleasant Hill Lake(Ashland County) Red-necked Grebe, YES! [Steve Jones ]
17 Mar Pleasant Hill Lake(Ashland County) Red-necked Grebe, YES! [Steve Jones ]
18 Mar Nimisila Reservoir - Surf Scoter [Brian ]
18 Mar Common Loon and Hooded Mergansers and MORE at Coe Lake, Berea [Ken Andrews ]
18 Mar Re: Crossbills? [Bill Whan ]
18 Mar AlumCreekLake,3-19:waterfowlSurge [rob thorn ]
18 Mar AlumCreekLake,3-18 not 3-19 [rob thorn ]
18 Mar Nimisila Pine Warbler [Douglas Vogus ]
18 Mar Darke County eagle and others [Regina Schieltz ]
18 Mar Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Eurasian widgeon [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
18 Mar Eurasian widgeon [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
18 Mar Ross's Goose on South Bass Island [Lisa Brohl ]
18 Mar Snow Buntings - Ashtabula Co. [Mark Vass ]
18 Mar Woodcock, rain, dancing, yes [Joe Faulkner ]
19 Mar Hooded Merganser, Silver Springs Dog Park Lake, Summit County. [Steve Hughes ]
18 Mar Redheads Portage Cy. [Jim Tomko ]
8 Mar black scoter still at Caesar Creek [Ricardo Garcia ]
9 Mar Northern Shrike at Magee Marsh [Vincent Capozziello ]
9 Mar Harlequin Duck [Doreene Linzell ]
9 Mar Akron Merlin remains at Greenlawn Cemetery 9 March 2017 [Kathy Mock ]
9 Mar O'ShaughnessyReservoir,3-09:Redheads,Vultures,Waxwings [rob thorn ]
9 Mar Buck Creek State Park [Doug Overacker ]
10 Mar Short-eared Owl and Laughing Gull [H Thomas Bartlett ]
10 Mar New Ohio eBird Hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller ]
10 Mar Chipping Sparrow, E. Towhee in Columbus yard [Susanna ]
10 Mar Darke Co. Tree Swallow [Regina Schieltz ]
11 Mar Woodcock, Muskingum Co. - quantitative and qualitative observations [Robert Evans ]
11 Mar Alum-Delaware,3-11:ducks,harrier [rob thorn ]
11 Mar Fish Crows (38) in Lakewood [jen brumfield ]
11 Mar Darke County report ducks, etc. [Regina Schieltz ]
27 Feb Weekend wrap up Killdeer, Big Island, La Rue, and Lawrence Woods (Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin Counties) [Steve Jones ]
26 Feb Delaware County Bird Club Feb 27 meeting [Darlene Sillick ]
26 Feb Waterfowl at Cleveland Public Power on the lakeshore [Ken Andrews ]
26 Feb tundra swans - Geauga Co. [inga schmidt ]
26 Feb Re: Sandhills Cranes ["Barrett,Robert P" ]
26 Feb PrairieOaks,2-26:Vultures,bluebirds [rob thorn ]
26 Feb Sims Park, Euclid 2/26 Harlequin Duck/Long-tailed [ ]
25 Feb Summit Co Merlin, Woodcock, Bufflehead ["Coy, Patrick G." ]
25 Feb Sandhills Cranes [Annette ]
25 Feb FOY TVs, Chardon [Marilyn E Rohr ]
25 Feb Groveport-to-PickPonds,2-25:TreeSwallow,waterfowl [rob thorn ]
25 Feb Eurasian Wigeon [John-C-Seiler ]
25 Feb Erie County highlights - California Gull [jen brumfield ]
24 Feb Woodcocks - Dublin [Paul McSweeny ]
24 Feb Woodcocks - Lewis Rd Riding Area - Berea Oh [Chris Pierce ]

Subject: Common Mergansers
From: Steve Hughes <shughes3 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:57:33 +0000
There was a raft of 20 Common Mergansers on the Gorge Lake in Cuyahoga Falls, 
Summit County today. 


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Subject: Short-eared Owls at Lorain County Airport
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:24:03 -0400
Had a great evening at Lorain County Airport.  The first Owl appeared at
6:30PM.  A Northern Harrier was playing cat and mouse with it.  Nice
meeting you Susan!  The next two Owls appeared at 7PM.  Watched them for
the next hour.  They came to say goodbye at 7:45PM giving a grand finale
flying near the road and one landed on the fence.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Pleasant Hills Lake and Funk Bottoms
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:29:55 -0400
 The previously reported Red-necked Grebe was seen at Pleasant Hills Lake along 
with a dozen Common Loons and others this morning. Also, a single Eurasian 
Wigeon was spotted from the Funk observation deck along with a lot of other 
ducks and raptors. 


Chris Pierce

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Subject: Hoover Reservoir
From: Andrew & Annette Boose <boose AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:35:56 -0400
Common Loon. Mudflats boardwalk viewing area; Galena, OH

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Subject: Hoover Reservoir
From: Andrew & Annette Boose <boose AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:18:53 -0400
Common Loon. Hoover mudflats boardwalk viewing area-Galena, OH

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Subject: Common Loons at Deer Creek SP--Pickaway County
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:33:56 -0400
Others have reported large numbers of Common Loons today. We found 8 at Deer 
Creek, mostly in breeding plumage. This was flagged as a high count at this 
location by eBird. Three began simultaneously yodeling for a few minutes, which 
is always a thrill. We also tallied 19 Horned Grebes together in one flotilla, 
9 American Pipits, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, and 8 
Bonaparte’s Gulls. 

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Subject: Loons And Horned Grebes in Medina County
From: Komjati Design <dkomjati AT KOMJATI.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:17:48 -0400
About a dozen+ Loons on Lake Medina and some are vocalizing. Also 2 dozen+ 
Horned Grebes! Chippewa Lake has 7 Loons at last count that arrived today. 


Diana and Tim Komjati 
Chippewa Lake

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park-waterfowl, songbirds
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:52:11 -0400
  Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of Columbus
off of I 270 and Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit

  Below is a list of some of the Birds seen in the last week

  Lake Trail
     Woodpeckers
        Red-headed
        Hairy
        N Flicker
        Pileated
    Hawks
        Red-tailed

   Sparrows
        White-throated
        Dark-eyed Junco
   Yellow-rumped Warbler
   Carolina Wren
   E Towhee
   E Bluebird

Thoreau Lake
    Mallards
    A Black Duck
    Gadwall
    Hooded Merganser
    N Shoveler
    Belted KIngfisher
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Great Blue Heron
    Red-tailed Hawk
    N Shoveler
    Wood Duck
    Green-winged Teal
    Amertican Wigeon
    Ring-necked Duck
    Lesser Scaup



 Nature Center
    Sparrows
      A Tree
      White-throated
      Dark-eyed Junco
      Fox
   Hairy Woodpecker
   Carolina Wren
   Hermit Thrush

         Blendon Woods Metro Park
            Nature Center
               614-895-6221 <(614)%20895-6221>

             Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in
Columbus

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Subject: Common Loons - Carroll Co.
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:05:09 -0400
Hello!

I had 11 Common Loons, all appeared in breeding plumage, on Atwood Lake in 
Carroll County around midday. I had 1 across the line in Tuscarawas Co. for a 
total of 12. There appears to have been good numbers of Loons on the move last 
night. Horned Grebes continue in decent numbers as well. Hooded Mergansers have 
also been appearing at most of the spots I've been checking. 


Happy birding!

Jon Cefus 
Carroll Co.

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Subject: Common Loons
From: Ernie Cornelius <ecornelius1 AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:12:03 -0400
There were 12, 11 breeding plumage and 1 non breeding, at Nimisila Reservoir 
today 3/19 at around 12:30 viewed from the boat launch on S Main St. lot #2. 


Ernie Cornelius & Micki Hendrick 


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Subject: E Towhee still in Columbus yard
From: Susanna <susanna AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:58:10 -0400
Hosting male Eastern Towhee for 6 days now in cramped SW Columbus yard.
Usually have one for only a couple days, so I'm guessing the drop in temp
has stranded him.  He's even come onto patio a couple times, then bowled
through juncos under feeders and went into brush pile.

Red-breasted Nuthatch at patio today I assume is same individual we've had
all winter.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35176468

Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus / Galloway, Franklin County OH




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Subject: {Spam?} Re: information
From: Ohio birds <kshank AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:57:51 -0500
Yo! 


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Subject: just for you
From: Ohio birds <000003c0bb627cab-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:00:19 +0500
Hi, 

Look what they have for you, I guess it's worth reading, more info here 
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Subject: {Spam?} Re: [Ohio-birds] just for you
From: Debora Parker <medinaparker AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:14:29 -0400
Has Ohio birds been hacked?

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Subject: SPAM!!
From: Liz McQuaid <prwarbler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:14:38 -0400
The message that just came through Ohio Birds id a phishing attempt. DO NOT
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Subject: Re: SPAM!!
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:26:01 -0400
Yesterday we got one too...if you ever get one from Ohio Birds, it will
probably be Spam since the Listserv sends the email with the original
poster's name and email.

Happy Birding and God bless,

Steve J.

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Subject: ducks at Spring Valley Wildlife Area, March 15
From: Ricardo Garcia <ryi.mexi.kanz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:00:28 -0400
Spring Valley Lake today is partly frozen over, but is hosting hundreds of
ducks, including many shovelers, mallards, gadwalls, Am. widgeon, and a
least 1 pintail.  They are all at the far end of the lake from the parking
lot, up against the cattails, so scope is needed.  Also saw an immature
bald eagle buzzing the diving duck flocks on the nearby gravel pit lake.

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:46:24 -0400
There is a Red-necked Grebe at Pleasant Hill Lake, west of Perrysville. We
observed it from the Covert Rd. access - just off point. This road is to
the west of the marina/beach entrance. Also present are several Horned
Grebes, one Common Loon and several Bonaparte's Gulls.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Re: Red-necked Grebe
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:24:40 -0400
All present at 4:00. There were close to a dozen Horned Grebes, a pair of 
Red-breasted Mergansers, and a raft of Ruddy Ducks as well. 


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> On Mar 15, 2017, at 12:46 PM, Doreene Linzell  wrote:
> 
> There is a Red-necked Grebe at Pleasant Hill Lake, west of Perrysville. We
> observed it from the Covert Rd. access - just off point. This road is to
> the west of the marina/beach entrance. Also present are several Horned
> Grebes, one Common Loon and several Bonaparte's Gulls.
> 
> Doreene Linzell
> Dan Sanders
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Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk in Columbus yard
From: Susanna <susanna AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:18:58 -0400
Had a Sharp-shinned Hawk in backyard pine tree this afternoon in almost
exact spot where one perched in late December.  I didn't notice until my
final fuzzy photo that this one may have a silver band on its ankle.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35201757

Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus / Galloway, Franklin County OH


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Subject: SharonWoods,Columbus,3-15:TreeSwallows,Phoebe
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:09:52 -0400
The recent cold snap has slowed, but not stopped, Spring migration here in 
central Ohio. I stopped at Sharon Woods today, and found it bustling with 
birds, despite the bone-chilling wind. Notables for 2 hours included: 


Ducks - Shrock Lake was open and had Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, and 
Bufflehead, along with geese 

Vultures - 2-3 Turkey Vultures were floating over the park in the cold wind
WildTurkeys - at least 2 were along the Thomas Trail, scratching for nuts and 
acorns 

E.Phoebe - 1 was sitting on one of the docks at Shrock lake, looking for 
chilled insects 

Tree Swallows - 4-5 were swirling over the Lake surface, looking for any 
hatching insects 

Yellow-rumped Warblers - had 4 at several different spots along the trails
Tree Sparrows - still 4 of them lingering in the alders around the Shrock lake 
shore 

E.Towhee - had 5 in different spots along the trails.
Blackbirds - few Red-wings, but a small flock of grackles was turning leaves 
along the Thomas Trail 


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Subject: Common Loon and Hooded Mergansers at Coe Lake, Berea
From: Kathy Shank <kshank AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:54:47 -0400
One Common Loon sighted on south-central end of lake; seven Hooded
Mergansers (four beautiful males) in same area, a little west of the
loon and close to the southern bank.  I believe there were a few Greater
Scaups as well on the northern end, but they were far away.   --Kathy
Shank, Berea

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Subject: HooverReservoir,3-16:waterfowl,RustyBlackbird
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:37:03 -0400
I stopped by several access points at Hoover Reservoir this afternoon, and was 
treated to small clusters of migrating waterfowl. I started at Oxbow Island, 
and went south through Mudhen Marsh, the Sunbury Causeway, Maxtown boat ramp, 
Walnut St. Boat ramp, and the Dam. Small groups of waterfowl were in almost all 
of the small wind=protected bays, and the list included 


Mallards - (abundant)
Green-winged Teal - pairs at several locations
N.Shovelers - a foursome off Oxbow Island
Gadwalls - a trio off Walnut St. Boat Ramp
Redhead - a few off Walnut St. ramp
Bufflehead - small #s in many locations
Red-br.Merganser - 50+, with most in a flock above the Dam
Hooded Mergansers - small numbers at Mudhen Marsh
Ruddy Ducks - flocks at Oxbow Island (35) & Maxtown ramp (40), with 1-3 at most 
other sites 

Horned Grebes - 20+ over all sites; the dam had the high of 8
Pied-billed Grebes - 5 over several sites
CommonLoon - a beautiful spring-plumaged bird off Oxbow Island
Cormorants - 3 off Oxbow Island, and another 2 off the Sunbury bridge
Coots - a nice flock of 65 were around the pond and inlet at Mudhen Marsh
Gulls - scarce elsewhere, but the dam & marina had 220+ Ring-bills, 2 Herring, 
and 10 Bonaparte's 


Landbirds were much less impressive, but the Eagle Nest across from Oxbow 
Island was/is occupied, small #s of Turkey Vultures were at every stop, and 
there was a nice male Rusty Blackbird around the parking area at the Maxtown 
boat ramp 


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Subject: Re: Crossbills?
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:17:48 -0400
Hi Bill and All,

Looking at eBird there is one report of Red Crossbill, from Oak Openings in
January.

Three reports of White-winged Crossbill. Montgomery(Dayton), 2 on 2-18,
Delaware, 5 on 2-19, and Bay Village, 4 on 2-20.

Interesting how these were found in similar numbers on consecutive days
moving south to north in roughly a straight line running SW to NE.

Haans


On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 9:55 AM, Bill Whan  wrote:

> I'm curious to know if anyone has seen crossbills in Ohio this season. I
> don't recall any recorded reports from last winter, either. FYI below are
> central Ohio records taken from my book on the region's birds going way
> back...
> Bill Whan
>
> Red Crossbill   Loxia curvirostra.  Rare and seemingly more erratic than
> the following species, in cold weather, with a few interesting occurences
> in other seasons as well.  Wheaton wrote: “I saw a specimen said to have
> been taken in this vicinity in the winter of 1859-60,” and noted the
> acquisition, via Oliver Davie, of “a male shot with a pistol by C. Hinman
> from a flock of 8-10 in conifers in his Columbus garden” on the intriguing
> date of 18 June 1878 (Wheaton 1879:62), now OSUM #2162, which A. R.
> Phillips (tag data) identified as L. c. neogaea.  Three were at Green Lawn
> Cemetery 12/18/1925 with siskins (Thomas 1926).  OSUM #10234 is a
> window-kill, its crop filled with pine seeds, from 4/2/1964 (CD 4/20/1964)
> on Hamilton Road, which three different crossbill experts have identified
> variously as L. c. pusilla, L. c. benti, and L. c. neogaea on museum tags.
> Subsequent studies have found that differences in calls, rather than
> plumage and measurements, are more reliable in subspecies identifications.
> D. Borror taped a calling flock that grew to 15 at Blendon Woods
> 4/12-16/1970 (WCB 16:37).  E. S. Thomas observed one eating white pine
> seeds in Clintonville on the unexpected date of 8/27/1972 (WCB 18:24); 5-6
> were observed elsewhere in town that day (AB 27(1):70), with one seen the
> ensuing winter at a Clintonville birdbath on 2/24/1973.  There is another
> August record, from the 30th in 1985 (AB 40(1):123), and one from September
> on the 29th in 1979 (OC 2(3):26). Bent (237(1):512) gives an early normal
> arrival in Columbus of 10/11. Local reports come from ten months of the
> year.  More recently, in 2009 one was reported heard and seen on 3/28 in
> Hilliard (NAB 63(3):429) and another on 2/3 at Green Lawn Cemetery (fide G.
> Stauffer).  In 2012, the same location hosted at least seven on 11/26/2012
> (ph. I. Shulgina). Maximum 20 on 1/31/1976 (AFN 30(3):727).  A pair in Ross
> County in April 1973 (Thomson 1983:235) provided Ohio’s only confirmed
> nesting, which was apparently unsuccessful.
>
> White-winged Crossbill   Loxia leucoptera.  Seemingly unknown to our
> area’s nineteenth-century observers, but present in appreciable numbers
> here during occasional winter incursions from the north since, most
> recently in 2012-13.  At such times their flocks are partial to conifer
> seeds, both on the tree and the ground, as well as fruits of sweetgums.
> Groves of fruiting mature trees are preferred. One visited Green Lawn
> Cemetery 1/3/1920 (OSMSB 27), where 20+ were present 1/31/1976 (AB
> 30(3):727) and as many in certain later years. One was singing 2/5/1996 (OC
> 19(2):51), and two found 12/8/1997 (OC 21(2):49), an example of rarely-seen
> incursions in consecutive winters.  A late crossbill report came from
> 4/29/1981 (OC 4(1):37).  During the winter of 1963-64, 15 were tallied for
> the Columbus CBC, only the second record for the count; 62 were in hemlocks
> later on 1/19/1964, and Trautman reported one at Green Lawn Cemetery
> 2/16/64 (fide E. Thomas).  The county participated in a memorable statewide
> invasion of these birds in the winter of 2008-9, with numerous reports,
> mostly involving crossbills feeding on conifers, through the period; this
> incursion alone raised the number of Ohio CBCs having ever recorded this
> species from 21 to 27 (Troutman 2010), and Franklin County hosted at least
> 140 reported, when especially preferred were hemlock seeds in ornamental
> plantings (OC 32(2):84).  Fifteen at Green Lawn 11/8/2012 were the first
> seasonal arrivals (NAB 67(1):73), with 25-30 the next day, and similar
> sightings continued through February; 20+ were in a Clintonville back yard
> feeding on hemlocks obliviously at arm’s length away 1/21 that same year
> (pers. obs.). Specimen 1/15/1954 OSUM #9307.
>
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Subject: Re: Crossbills?
From: William Hull <mangoverde AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:19:25 -0400
Bill,
I personally have not seen either in SW Ohio since the 2012/2013
irruption of both species.

I even had White-winged as a yard bird that year.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mangoverde/8706707185/in/photolist-j4YQep-ego9H8-ego9FR-imauUU 


Regards,
Bill Hull
Cincinnati

On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 9:55 AM, Bill Whan  wrote:
> I'm curious to know if anyone has seen crossbills in Ohio this season. I
> don't recall any recorded reports from last winter, either. FYI below are
> central Ohio records taken from my book on the region's birds going way
> back...
> Bill Whan
>
> Red Crossbill   Loxia curvirostra.  Rare and seemingly more erratic than the
> following species, in cold weather, with a few interesting occurences in
> other seasons as well.  Wheaton wrote: “I saw a specimen said to have been
> taken in this vicinity in the winter of 1859-60,” and noted the 
acquisition, 

> via Oliver Davie, of “a male shot with a pistol by C. Hinman from a flock 
of 

> 8-10 in conifers in his Columbus garden” on the intriguing date of 18 June
> 1878 (Wheaton 1879:62), now OSUM #2162, which A. R. Phillips (tag data)
> identified as L. c. neogaea.  Three were at Green Lawn Cemetery 12/18/1925
> with siskins (Thomas 1926).  OSUM #10234 is a window-kill, its crop filled
> with pine seeds, from 4/2/1964 (CD 4/20/1964) on Hamilton Road, which three
> different crossbill experts have identified variously as L. c. pusilla, L.
> c. benti, and L. c. neogaea on museum tags.  Subsequent studies have found
> that differences in calls, rather than plumage and measurements, are more
> reliable in subspecies identifications.  D. Borror taped a calling flock
> that grew to 15 at Blendon Woods 4/12-16/1970 (WCB 16:37).  E. S. Thomas
> observed one eating white pine seeds in Clintonville on the unexpected date
> of 8/27/1972 (WCB 18:24); 5-6 were observed elsewhere in town that day (AB
> 27(1):70), with one seen the ensuing winter at a Clintonville birdbath on
> 2/24/1973.  There is another August record, from the 30th in 1985 (AB
> 40(1):123), and one from September on the 29th in 1979 (OC 2(3):26). Bent
> (237(1):512) gives an early normal arrival in Columbus of 10/11. Local
> reports come from ten months of the year.  More recently, in 2009 one was
> reported heard and seen on 3/28 in Hilliard (NAB 63(3):429) and another on
> 2/3 at Green Lawn Cemetery (fide G. Stauffer).  In 2012, the same location
> hosted at least seven on 11/26/2012 (ph. I. Shulgina). Maximum 20 on
> 1/31/1976 (AFN 30(3):727).  A pair in Ross County in April 1973 (Thomson
> 1983:235) provided Ohio’s only confirmed nesting, which was apparently
> unsuccessful.
>
> White-winged Crossbill   Loxia leucoptera.  Seemingly unknown to our area’s
> nineteenth-century observers, but present in appreciable numbers here during
> occasional winter incursions from the north since, most recently in 2012-13.
> At such times their flocks are partial to conifer seeds, both on the tree
> and the ground, as well as fruits of sweetgums.  Groves of fruiting mature
> trees are preferred. One visited Green Lawn Cemetery 1/3/1920 (OSMSB 27),
> where 20+ were present 1/31/1976 (AB 30(3):727) and as many in certain later
> years. One was singing 2/5/1996 (OC 19(2):51), and two found 12/8/1997 (OC
> 21(2):49), an example of rarely-seen incursions in consecutive winters.  A
> late crossbill report came from 4/29/1981 (OC 4(1):37).  During the winter
> of 1963-64, 15 were tallied for the Columbus CBC, only the second record for
> the count; 62 were in hemlocks later on 1/19/1964, and Trautman reported one
> at Green Lawn Cemetery 2/16/64 (fide E. Thomas).  The county participated in
> a memorable statewide invasion of these birds in the winter of 2008-9, with
> numerous reports, mostly involving crossbills feeding on conifers, through
> the period; this incursion alone raised the number of Ohio CBCs having ever
> recorded this species from 21 to 27 (Troutman 2010), and Franklin County
> hosted at least 140 reported, when especially preferred were hemlock seeds
> in ornamental plantings (OC 32(2):84).  Fifteen at Green Lawn 11/8/2012 were
> the first seasonal arrivals (NAB 67(1):73), with 25-30 the next day, and
> similar sightings continued through February; 20+ were in a Clintonville
> back yard feeding on hemlocks obliviously at arm’s length away 1/21 that
> same year (pers. obs.). Specimen 1/15/1954 OSUM #9307.
>
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Subject: Crossbills?
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:55:45 -0400
I'm curious to know if anyone has seen crossbills in Ohio this season. I 
don't recall any recorded reports from last winter, either. FYI below 
are central Ohio records taken from my book on the region's birds going 
way back...
Bill Whan

Red Crossbill   Loxia curvirostra.  Rare and seemingly more erratic than 
the following species, in cold weather, with a few interesting 
occurences in other seasons as well.  Wheaton wrote: “I saw a specimen 
said to have been taken in this vicinity in the winter of 1859-60,” and 
noted the acquisition, via Oliver Davie, of “a male shot with a pistol 
by C. Hinman from a flock of 8-10 in conifers in his Columbus garden” on 
the intriguing date of 18 June 1878 (Wheaton 1879:62), now OSUM #2162, 
which A. R. Phillips (tag data) identified as L. c. neogaea.  Three were 
at Green Lawn Cemetery 12/18/1925 with siskins (Thomas 1926).  OSUM 
#10234 is a window-kill, its crop filled with pine seeds, from 4/2/1964 
(CD 4/20/1964) on Hamilton Road, which three different crossbill experts 
have identified variously as L. c. pusilla, L. c. benti, and L. c. 
neogaea on museum tags.  Subsequent studies have found that differences 
in calls, rather than plumage and measurements, are more reliable in 
subspecies identifications.  D. Borror taped a calling flock that grew 
to 15 at Blendon Woods 4/12-16/1970 (WCB 16:37).  E. S. Thomas observed 
one eating white pine seeds in Clintonville on the unexpected date of 
8/27/1972 (WCB 18:24); 5-6 were observed elsewhere in town that day (AB 
27(1):70), with one seen the ensuing winter at a Clintonville birdbath 
on 2/24/1973.  There is another August record, from the 30th in 1985 (AB 
40(1):123), and one from September on the 29th in 1979 (OC 2(3):26). 
Bent (237(1):512) gives an early normal arrival in Columbus of 10/11. 
Local reports come from ten months of the year.  More recently, in 2009 
one was reported heard and seen on 3/28 in Hilliard (NAB 63(3):429) and 
another on 2/3 at Green Lawn Cemetery (fide G. Stauffer).  In 2012, the 
same location hosted at least seven on 11/26/2012 (ph. I. Shulgina). 
Maximum 20 on 1/31/1976 (AFN 30(3):727).  A pair in Ross County in April 
1973 (Thomson 1983:235) provided Ohio’s only confirmed nesting, which 
was apparently unsuccessful.

White-winged Crossbill   Loxia leucoptera.  Seemingly unknown to our 
area’s nineteenth-century observers, but present in appreciable numbers 
here during occasional winter incursions from the north since, most 
recently in 2012-13.  At such times their flocks are partial to conifer 
seeds, both on the tree and the ground, as well as fruits of sweetgums. 
  Groves of fruiting mature trees are preferred. One visited Green Lawn 
Cemetery 1/3/1920 (OSMSB 27), where 20+ were present 1/31/1976 (AB 
30(3):727) and as many in certain later years. One was singing 2/5/1996 
(OC 19(2):51), and two found 12/8/1997 (OC 21(2):49), an example of 
rarely-seen incursions in consecutive winters.  A late crossbill report 
came from 4/29/1981 (OC 4(1):37).  During the winter of 1963-64, 15 were 
tallied for the Columbus CBC, only the second record for the count; 62 
were in hemlocks later on 1/19/1964, and Trautman reported one at Green 
Lawn Cemetery 2/16/64 (fide E. Thomas).  The county participated in a 
memorable statewide invasion of these birds in the winter of 2008-9, 
with numerous reports, mostly involving crossbills feeding on conifers, 
through the period; this incursion alone raised the number of Ohio CBCs 
having ever recorded this species from 21 to 27 (Troutman 2010), and 
Franklin County hosted at least 140 reported, when especially preferred 
were hemlock seeds in ornamental plantings (OC 32(2):84).  Fifteen at 
Green Lawn 11/8/2012 were the first seasonal arrivals (NAB 67(1):73), 
with 25-30 the next day, and similar sightings continued through 
February; 20+ were in a Clintonville back yard feeding on hemlocks 
obliviously at arm’s length away 1/21 that same year (pers. obs.). 
Specimen 1/15/1954 OSUM #9307.

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Subject: Rain & woodcocks?
From: Amalee W <theonlyamalee AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:08:59 +0000
Has anyone seen woodcocks displaying in light rain before? I'm planning on 
going out tonight, but there is a 40-70% chance of light rain occurring form 
7-9 pm tonight in my area. I don't want to take a group of people out in the 
rain if there is no woodcock activity. Let me know if you have had success in 
the rain before. Thanks! 



Amalee Houk

Educational Naturalist

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."



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Subject: Wood ducks
From: Karen Martens <karen.h.martens AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:29:44 -0400
Just saw my first wood ducks on the Olentangy River by Whetstone Park in
the Clintonville area of Columbus.

--
Karen H. Martens
293 Ceramic Drive
Columbus, OH 43214
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614-607-1905 (mobile)

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Subject: Summit Lake Waterfowl 03/17
From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:00:48 -0400
Waterfowl are plentiful currently at Summit Lake (Akron). Lake is
completely open, most waterfowl is at the north end of the lake.


   1. Canada Goose - 18
   2. American Wigeon - 4
   3. Mallard - 20+
   4. Northern Shoveler - 30+
   5. Ring-necked Duck - 50+
   6. Lesser Scaup - 2
   7. Hooded Merganser - 50+
   8. Ruddy Duck - 20+
   9. Pied-billed Grebe - 2
   10. Horned Grebe - 16
   11. Common Loon - 2


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Subject: LaDue Waterfowl - Geauga County
From: Matt <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:04:51 -0400
WOW! What a great day for waterfowl at LaDue Reservoir in Geauga County. You 
should try to get here this weekend - a scope helps but the bulk of the ducks 
can be seen from Valley Road. Start your viewing at the boat house and go north 
to keep the sun behind you. 18 species of waterfowl so far. As I write this I 
am seeing my first Common Loon of 2017. 2 Trumpeter Swans are here for the 
second day in a row. Eagles sitting on nest (north side of dam - nest tree to 
the right of spillway). 


Matt Valencic

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Subject: Surf Scoter, Nimisila Reservoir 3/17
From: Terry Sponseller <tsbs AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:35:47 -0400
There is a male Surf Scoter in with a nice group of diving ducks at the east 
end of the dam at Nimisila Reservoir in Summit County. You can park in the lot 
on Main St. and walk along the dam to get a closer look. 

Terry and Barb Sponseller

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Subject: Re: Pleasant Hill Lake(Ashland County) Red-necked Grebe, YES!
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:55:06 -0400
That should be Richland County, not Ashland

On Mar 17, 2017 3:50 PM, "Steve Jones"  wrote:

> Lots of Grebes, Loons, and Merge here at Pleasant Hill Lake...Found the
> afore mentioned Red-necked Grebe(on the Facebook page Ohio Chase Birds) at
> the Covert Rd. boat ramp.  Five Common l Loons also spotted from the Dam
> area toward the bend.  Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers scattered
> throughout and 3 Bonaparte Gulls were flying around the lake...
>
> Lovely day off.
>
> Full list below
>
> Happy birding and God bless,
>
> Steve J
>
> Pleasant Hill Lake
> Mar 17, 2017
> 2:19 PM
> Traveling
> 15.00 miles
> 72 minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments:
>
> 57 Canada Goose
> 2 Bufflehead
> 9 Hooded Merganser
> 30 Red-breasted Merganser
> 5 Common Loon
> 2 Pied-billed Grebe
> 35 Horned Grebe
> 1 Red-necked Grebe
> 1 Bald Eagle
> 1 Killdeer
> 3 Bonaparte's Gull
> 9 Ring-billed Gull
> 12 American Crow
> 3 Song Sparrow
>
> Number of Taxa: 14
>
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Subject: Pleasant Hill Lake(Ashland County) Red-necked Grebe, YES!
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:50:35 -0400
Lots of Grebes, Loons, and Merge here at Pleasant Hill Lake...Found the
afore mentioned Red-necked Grebe(on the Facebook page Ohio Chase Birds) at
the Covert Rd. boat ramp.  Five Common l Loons also spotted from the Dam
area toward the bend.  Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers scattered
throughout and 3 Bonaparte Gulls were flying around the lake...

Lovely day off.

Full list below

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J

Pleasant Hill Lake
Mar 17, 2017
2:19 PM
Traveling
15.00 miles
72 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

57 Canada Goose
2 Bufflehead
9 Hooded Merganser
30 Red-breasted Merganser
5 Common Loon
2 Pied-billed Grebe
35 Horned Grebe
1 Red-necked Grebe
1 Bald Eagle
1 Killdeer
3 Bonaparte's Gull
9 Ring-billed Gull
12 American Crow
3 Song Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 14

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Subject: Nimisila Reservoir - Surf Scoter
From: Brian <brian0918 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 13:47:32 +0000
Male Surf Scoter still present toward eastern side of the dam on the
southern edge of Nimisila Reservoir. Also a handful of Canvasback, Am
Wigeon, Goldeneye, Horned Grebes, several hundred Scaup, and lots of
Redheads and Ring-necked Ducks.

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Subject: Common Loon and Hooded Mergansers and MORE at Coe Lake, Berea
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 10:30:45 -0400
The common loon is still at Coe Lake. It is in the far south section along with 
five greater scaups. 

A northern shoveler flew in when I was walking in that area, too. It seemed to 
have a difficult time negotiating the ice. 

The hooded mergansers are all the way in the back the southeast corner. There 
were four of them. Two males and two females. 

Close to the gazebo in the main lake were three horned grebes. One had a lot of 
its full breeding plumage. 

There were four American black ducks in with the mallards.
Two herring gulls were making a lot of noise.
I had a Cooper's hawk fly by as I was walking through the parking lot.

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Subject: Re: Crossbills?
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 12:29:11 -0400
We can learn a lot from publications, but talking with other Ohio
birders can provide extra enlightenment. I got replies from seven others
on this topic after I asked. Crossbills are irregular in their
movements; sometimes it seems a few are taking advantage of mild winters
here, but generally it is only food shortages in the north that govern
their movements.  Only very seldom do they hang around to nest in Ohio;
Peterjohn (2001:556) offers a few examples.
        Several folks pointed to larger numbers once every few years--2012-13
was one example some observers mentioned--and it seems these flocks
gather in response to winter food shortages up north and show up in the
US, sometimes quite far south. Climate change seems likely to gradually
curtail these invasions. I will not forget the sunny winter days when my
wife and I sat on the back deck and watched crossbills feeding on
hemlock cones only inches away; we humans were no more frightening to
them than reindeer.
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Subject: AlumCreekLake,3-19:waterfowlSurge
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:03:04 -0400
Waterfowl continued their recent strong showing in central Ohio, this morning 
at Alum Creek Lake. The big flocks were divers, but other waterfowl showed good 
diversity if not numbers. I stopped at the Dam, New Galena boat ramp, Plumb Rd 
access, SummerRidge access, Cheshire boat ramp, and Berlin Station access, and 
had waterfowl flocks at every stop. Included among the hordes were: 


Lesser Scaup - the dominant species, with 600+ over the morning
Greater Scaup - small #s mixed in with the Lessers, perhaps 25 in all
Redhead - declining, but still had 40+ at the Dam and a few elsewhere
Canvasback - 3 were with the scaup at Berlin Station access
Ring-necked Ducks - small group in many locations, perhaps 80+ for the morning
Bufflehead - good numbers, with small flocks at every stop, totaling probably 
50 birds 

Red-br.Merganser - only 1, at Berlin Station access
Hooded Mergansers - a few pair at Berlin Station
Ruddy Ducks - 6 with the scaup at Berlin Station
Mallards - small flocks in many locations
Black Ducks - 5-6 with the flock off New Galena
N.Shovelers - 2 off Berlin Station
Green-winged Teal - 6 off Berlin Station
Blue-winged Teal - 2 males were with the flock in the pond at the start of 
SummerRidge access 

Amer.Wigeon - 2 pairs were in the pond at the start of SummerRidge access
Gadwall - small flocks in many locations, totaling 40+ birds
N.Pintail - a pair was in the bay off Berlin Station access
HornedGrebes - small #s at every stop, totaling 24
Common Loons - 2 Spring-plumaged adults, one at the Dam another at SummerRidge 
access 


Landbirds were not as interesting, but I did have a juvie Bald Eagle at Berlin 
Station access and a Cooper's Hawk soaring at Plumb Rd access, as well as 2 Fox 
Sparrows at SummerRidge access, single Tree Sparrows at SummerRidge and 
Cheshire, a pipit at the Dam, and Yellow-rumped Warblers at many locations. 


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Subject: AlumCreekLake,3-18 not 3-19
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:05:58 -0400
Much as I would like to be prescient about what I'll find the next day, I'm not 
:-) 


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Subject: Nimisila Pine Warbler
From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:32:54 -0400
Had a male Pine Warbler singing along Christman Rd. on east side of
Nimisila Reservoir today.

Plenty of waterfowl on Nimisila Reservoir right now, including the male
Surf Scoter first spotted by Terry & Barb Sponseller and posted again by
Brian Tinker.

Along with his aforementioned ducks, there were 23 Gadwall near the
Christman & Comet Rd. intersection (east backwaters). Good numbers of
Bufflehead and Hooded Merganser, 2 Greater Scaup among the 200+ Lesser
Scaup - probably more than just two greaters. Handful of Common Goldeneye,
Ruddy Duck, and a pair of male Green-winged Teal. 2 Pied-billed Grebe as
well, and about 6 Horned Grebe. Adult Bald Eagle sitting (standing) on the
Osprey nest on the big island. Only one present at time and does not appear
to be actually nesting.

One Common Loon persists at Summit Lake now and there were 49 Horned Grebe
present there as well, though we did not check the southern end as thorough
as the north, probably 55+ grebes at Summit Lake now.

Nesmith Lake had 6 Northern Shoveler.

Springfield Lake had skim-ice on it, managed one Turkey Vulture.

Quail Hollow State Park had a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks. Their Visitor
Center has a few injured raptors on display, a pair of Red-tailed Hawks, a
pair of Barred Owls, and one Great Horned Owl, proving that "free as a
bird" doesn't hold up when Man enters the equation.

Douglas W. & Michelle Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Subject: Darke County eagle and others
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:51:20 -0400
This morning:
Saw an adult eagle today at Woods Road in Darke County. This is between
Ansonia and Rossburg. There were also Gr. W Teal, N. Shovelers, Gadwalls
and Mallards. One Ring billed Gull and 2 C. geese.

Also at Elroy on the western end of Elroy Ansonia Road had 3 snipe.

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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Eurasian widgeon
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:15:46 -0400
Killbuck area Wayne county.

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: jeremy 
> Date: March 18, 2017 at 5:13:25 PM EDT
> To: Elaine & Marty Cohen 
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Eurasian widgeon
> 
> Where's this? City? County? Any other details? 
> 
> V/r
> 
> Jeremy Dominguez 
> Greene Co. Ohio
> 
> On Mar 18, 2017, at 5:12 PM, Elaine & Marty Cohen  
wrote: 

> 
>> Right now.  Valley rd north of Clark.
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Eurasian widgeon
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:12:11 -0400
Right now.  Valley rd north of Clark.

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Subject: Ross's Goose on South Bass Island
From: Lisa Brohl <lakbrohl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:53:23 -0400
Elizabeth Heineman found and photographed a Ross's Goose with a bunch of Canada 
geese on the grounds of the Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial 
this morning on South Bass Island. She also got a photo Wednesday of a fox 
sparrow at her feeder. 


Lots of horned grebes, common goldeneye, bufflehead, displaying red-breasted 
mergansers, around the island as well as a few hooded mergansers. 


Lisa Brohl

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Subject: Snow Buntings - Ashtabula Co.
From: Mark Vass <000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:24:49 +0000
This afternoon there were four Snow Buntings at the Pymatuning Reservoir 
causeway parking lot 


Mark Vass
Ambridge,Pa.

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Subject: Woodcock, rain, dancing, yes
From: Joe Faulkner <joeinthewoods AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:13:38 -0400
 Was sitting in the rain on our prairie deck at 8:00 this evening, when I did, 
in fact, hear a woodcock "dancing", or in its mating flight. So, yes, woodcock 
apparently do "dance" in the rain. This is the third evening this week I've 
heard them, but the first time in two or three years. 

 Another question might be what I was doing sitting in the rain on such a 
miserable evening. Ask the dogs. They get very upset if they don't get to go to 
the prairie, regardless of the weather. So, they pester me until I go. They 
usually win, but I wouldn't call it a loss for me. 



Joe Faulkner 
Somerset, Ohio
Perry county
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Subject: Hooded Merganser, Silver Springs Dog Park Lake, Summit County.
From: Steve Hughes <shughes3 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:45:00 +0000
A single Male Hooded Merganser was hanging out on the Silver Springs Dog Park 
lake off Stow Rd. in Stow today. 

Steve Hughes Stow, Summit

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Subject: Redheads Portage Cy.
From: Jim Tomko <jwtomkood AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:38:26 -0500
For the last 4 days there have been between 24 and 45 Redheads on a partially 
frozen pond at the St. Rt. 82 entrance to a development called the Lakes of 
Aurora. About an equal number of drakes and hens. Seems odd to find them on 
such a small body of water. They are so close that binoculars are not even 
needed! 


Jim Tomko

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Subject: black scoter still at Caesar Creek
From: Ricardo Garcia <ryi.mexi.kanz AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:11:58 -0500
The single male black scoter was still on Caesar Creek Lake at 10:00 this
morning, spotted again from the end of the Harveysburg Road.  It was
swimming and diving by itself in the chop kicked up by the stiff breeze,
close enough to shore to be visible with the naked eye.

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Subject: Northern Shrike at Magee Marsh
From: Vincent Capozziello <vcapozziello AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 15:57:25 +0000
A Northern Shrike is still being seen this morning along the causeway at
Magee Marsh.

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Subject: Harlequin Duck
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 12:46:07 -0500
The first year male Harlequin Duck originally found by Nancy Anderson and
Jay Lehman is still present at Sims Park in Euclid. The bird is to the east
of the pier at the left end of a long string of goldeneye. We observed it
from the cliff to the right of the path leading from the parking lot to the
pier. A scope is essential.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders.

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Subject: Akron Merlin remains at Greenlawn Cemetery 9 March 2017
From: Kathy Mock <2klmockingbird AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 19:25:56 -0500
I hadn’t seen the Merlin for several days, between either not being able to 
stop to look or nature being uncooperative, like with the high winds we had 
yesterday. 


Today when I stopped to look, two American Crows were perched in the Merlin’s 
favored conifer. As I started to look for it, it flew in and tried to regain 
its perch without success. It flew to a conifer in Section N/O along the 
northern border of the cemetery and perched there for a while. Then it left and 
I resumed my search, relocating it on the stanchion in Section K. It stayed 
there long enough for me to digiscope some photos I have again included with my 
eBird report. 


Finally, the crows moved on and the Merlin moved to the top of its preferred 
conifer in Section G shortly before I left at 6:02 pm. 


Kathy Mock
Barberton, OH

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Subject: O'ShaughnessyReservoir,3-09:Redheads,Vultures,Waxwings
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 20:54:58 -0500
I checked several areas around this reservoir northwest of Columbus, and didn't 
find too much migrant movement. I stopped at Pylon Point at the north end, 
around the Home Road bridge in the middle, and at the dam at the south end, 
along with a side trip to Traphagen Preserve. Notables included: 


Redheads - a modest flock of 30 was above the dam
Green-winged teal - 2 of them were feeding off Pylon Point (Area P)
Turkey Vultures - small #s everywhere, with 16 at the dam the high number
Red-shouldered hawk - 1 was calling in Traphagen, an unusual location for them
Amer.Kestrel - 1 was in a field along Home Rd east of the reservoir
Gulls - oddly, not a single one of any species was on the reservoir
Pileated Woodpecker - 1 was calling in Traphagen woods
E.Bluebirds - pairs were at many locations along the reservoir
Cedar Waxwings - a small flock of 8 was perched in shrubs at Area L below the 
Home Road bridge 

Tree Sparrows - 4 were still around Pylon Point
Swamp Sparrow - 1 was in the marsh at Pylon Point
Blackbirds - small #s of Red-wings and grackles were everywhere

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Subject: Buck Creek State Park
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:54:45 -0500
We looked over the lake at Buck Creek State Park in Clark County this
morning. There were lots of gulls but we didn't find any unusual species.
The dominate bird was Horned Grebe. We saw about 100 of them. We also saw
several species of ducks including American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler,
Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser,
Red-breasted Merganser, and Ruddy Duck. We also saw a couple Pied-billed
Grebes and a Common Loon. We also saw our first Tree Swallow of the year. A
bridge on Old Columbus Road is out just west of Grant Road so it is a longer
drive to get from the north end of the lake to the south end of the lake.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Short-eared Owl and Laughing Gull
From: H Thomas Bartlett <hthomas.bartlett AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:32:38 -0500
Put this under, anything can happen in the birding world...  Had to go
to Cleveland Museum of Natural History yesterday and bird the way home
to Tiffin.  Cleveland lakefront was a little slow.  But along US 6
just before the Cuyahoga-Lorain county line, in a residential area
close to Lake Erie, I noticed a crow harassing a raptor which I
thought at first was a Red-tail but as the bird began to try to
escape, I realized it was a Short-eared Owl.  All of this was above
the tree tops at 12:30 PM and not a field to be seen...  The owl
continued north and, I assume, out over Lake Erie.

At the Lorain marina, I found the reported adult Laughing Gull resting
on one of the sets of docks.  There were 100's of Ring-billed Gulls
resting on these docks but this individual was resting by itself.

Tom

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Tiffin, Ohio
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Subject: New Ohio eBird Hotspots are active
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:44:05 -0500
​

Ohio birders have added several shared bird reporting hotspots to eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/



Crawford County

Stevens Rd.  AT  OH-98 Skypools (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Stevens+Road+OH-98+Skypools



Cuyahoga County

Veterans Memorial Park, Parma

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Veterans+Memorial+Park+Parma



Delaware County

O'Shaughnessy Reservoir--Boater Education Facility, Area C


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/O'Shaughnessy+Reservoir--Boater+Education+Facility+Area+C 


 




Erie County

Shoreline Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shoreline+Park



Fairfield County

Coyote Run (restricted access)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Coyote+Run

Birders are welcome but must arrange to meet the managers on a first visit.
Please see info on webpage above for contact information.



Greene County

Karohl Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Karohl+Park



Pickaway County

Slate Run Metro Park--Bobolink Grassland Trail


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Slate+Run+Metro+Park--Bobolink+Grassland+Trail 




Wayne County

Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area--Railroad  AT  Willow Road


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Killbuck+Marsh+Wildlife+Area--Railroad+Willow+Road 


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Chipping Sparrow, E. Towhee in Columbus yard
From: Susanna <susanna AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:49:32 -0500
I heard a Chipping Sparrow earlier this week and finally saw one under
feeders today.  Yesterday a male Eastern Towhee visited the backyard for at
least half the day, announcing his presence.  Still have Red-breasted
Nuthatch and Juncos, not surprisingly.



Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus / Galloway, Franklin County OH


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Subject: Darke Co. Tree Swallow
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:15:43 -0500
Carol Hathaway reported seeing 2 tree swallow flying over their family farm
pond just south of Greenville.

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Subject: Woodcock, Muskingum Co. - quantitative and qualitative observations
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:32:47 -0500
Some observations and musings:

I am leaving for a week and a half of business in California on Monday.
This means I will miss a period of impending spring here on the farm on
Flint Ridge, western Muskingum County.

Last night the moon was nearly full. I finished up taking care of the
sheep, horses and goat about 6:45. It was a lovely sunset. The temperature
was 30F and a brisk breeze was blowing, setting the tube feeders to
pendulate, but I decided to hike out to the back forty to check out the
woodcocks again, because it might be my last chance this "Spring." Jane
arrived home from her Zanesville art studio just as I was leaving. Her
first comment was, "It's cold." I asked if she wanted to join me. She
smiled knowingly, and said, "That's OK. Go enjoy yourself."

I hike the quarter mile up the hill and out the tributary ridge to our
campfire and picnic table site, where I have a small shed with some
supplies. I grabbed a folding lawn/camp chair for my observations, planning
to give my arthritic knees a break (standing in the cold and all...)

As I arrived at the shed I could hear a woodcock peenting exuberantly from
the successional field beyond, just as I had on March 5th. But this time
the calls seems quite rapid-fire, maybe more so than I have ever heard. I
wondered if this signaled a greater urgency, do to either the presence of a
female, or perhaps the colder temperatures. I sat down at the top of the
trail that slightly descends from the clearing, and listened through the
familiar cycle: peenting, followed by the whistling wings of ascent and
descent. A couple times I managed to catch a glimpse of the bird as he
circled the sky. When he landed in the weeds, as expected, he resumed his
peenting. Because it was so rapid-fire, in my opinion, I decided to
actually quantify the rate. I took out my iPhone and used the stopwatch
function, tallying 45.8 seconds for 20 peents, a rate of one every two and
a quarter seconds.

Has anyone had similar data or experience? I haven't researched this at
all, I'm just asking.

When the bird took flight again I walked down the trail a short distance to
a spot I thought was close to his previous landing. I have done this
before, in previous years. Once I was so lucky than a woodcock landed only
a few feet from me, on the mowed trailed, and I was able to actually watch
a peenting woodcock in the moonlight, an experience I will never forget. It
was not so this time, but when when he landed I would guess he was about 25
feet away.

This time the peenting was not quite as frantic, perhaps because he was
aware that the scene had changed, and a large inquisitive primate was
sitting on a chair in the trail. The wind was cold, I opted to keep my
gloves on and my phone in my pocket. I wanted to remain as unobtrusive as
possible. So I just sat there drinking the beauty of the dimming sunset,
Orion brightening, the calls of the bird of my interest, and the overall
tranquility of the whole setting.

I sat there chilling (figuratively and literally) through another two
woodcock cycles, just a short time really, but so fulfilling. Then I
ascended back up the trail, put the chair away, and walked across the windy
pasture back to the house. I know I was smiling in the moonlight.

Life is good. This is why we bird.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Alum-Delaware,3-11:ducks,harrier
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:55:59 -0500
I visited several areas north of Columbus in the cold this morning, focusing on 
the north end of Alum Creek lake (Howard Rd and Hogback Rd) and the south end 
of Delaware lake (Panhandle Rd and the Dam area). Most of the shallow pools & 
marshes at Alum Creek lake and the Delaware Wildlife Area were iced over (it 
was 17 F on my car thermometer), so waterfowl were concentrated in the few open 
water areas. Notables included: 


Lesser Scaup - a flock of 120 was in Delaware reservoir off Panhandle Rd, while 
another 30 were off Howard Rd bridge at Alum Creek Lake 

Ring-necked Duck - 10 were with the scaup off Panhandle Rd
Mergansers - Howard Rd bridge at Alum Creek Lake had 4 Hooded and 1 Common, 
while 6 Red-breasted were north of the Delaware Dam. 

N.Harrier - 1 was searching the marshes along Panhandle Rd
Bonaparte's Gulls - small numbers were on the Delaware reservoir both off 
Panhandle Rd and off the Dam. 

E.Bluebirds - a few were at almost every stop
Water Pipit - 1 was along the dike at the southern portion of Pandhandle Rd
Field Sparrows - 2 were at River Run Park along the Olentangy River south of 
the Delaware Dam 

Tree Sparrows - small numbers at many locations, especially in the scrubby 
areas of the Delaware Wildlife Area 

Fox Sparrow - 1 was in the swamp at the east end of Leonardsburg Rd in the 
Delaware Wildlife Area 

Blackbirds - Red-wings & grackles were widespread, and the first small flocks 
of Cowbirds were at several different locations. 


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Subject: Fish Crows (38) in Lakewood
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:43:04 +0000
Hi all, just a few minutes ago I had 38 Fish Crows with 10 American Crows at 
the Get Go at the corner of Bunts and Detroit in Lakewood. Sound recording on 
Ohio Chase Birds on Facebook 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Darke County report ducks, etc.
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 21:13:21 -0500
Today the Darke Co. birders went on their annual duck drive. We checked out
several wet areas/ponds in western and northern Darke Co. Ducks/birds
included Gr. and Bl. wing teal, mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads,
Red heads, Ringnecks, L. Scaup, A. Widgeon, Pintail, Shovelers, Gadwalls,
Canvasbacks, Can. Geese, Horned Grebe. N. Harriers, Redtail Hawks, Snipes,
E. Meadowlarks, Fox Sparrow, Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, etc.

Tonight a few of us walked at a private farm/woods:
4 woodcocks flying
1 screech owl
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Phoebe
Bluebirds

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Subject: Weekend wrap up Killdeer, Big Island, La Rue, and Lawrence Woods (Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin Counties)
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:07:00 -0500
Nothing REALLY spectacular this weekend.

Woodcocks have returned to La Rue.  I hear at least 5 or 6 peenting and
flying out in the switch grass to the north west of town.

A Blue-winged Teal was on the Marion County side of the road across from
Pond 27 at Killdeer Plains(Wyandot) yesterday.  Also had 130-140 Greater
White-fronted Geese in Pond 27(a). Lots of ducks, and Harriers at most of
the ponds and wet spots.  The Reservoir is almost drained, and as a result
there are not that many waterfowl. Still waiting on Wood Ducks.  Lots of
pipeline construction happening to the north of CH71, be careful and watch
for crews along 71.  No Long-eared Owls as far as I know.  I have a theory
that part of the "problem" for them is that the areas that are the
traditional grounds are also hunted quite regularly,(Deer and Varmints) so
maybe they just can't handle all the shooting, and are out looking for
quieter spots.  Not the complete reason, but certainly a factor.

Big Island Wildlife Area (Marion) is kind of slow, but it is kind of
birdy.  Lots of ducks hiding in the grass, not much in the open waters.
Eagles everywhere.  Snipe out on Herr Road.  Harriers are loving the wind,
I imagine the Short-eared Owls are not.

Lawrence Woods (Hardin) had 31 species.  Basic migrants are returning
Blackbirds setting up territory, Meadowlarks are as well.  Killdeer are at
every wet spot around the preserve.  I took the opportunity to drive around
the perimeter of Lawrence Woods and got a couple of raptors that were
hiding out in the back.  Barred Owls were calling all around the back side
of the boardwalk.  Red-headed Woodpeckers are starting to really shine
again. Waiting for first wave of long distance migrants, hoping for
Yellow-bellied Woodpeckers again.

County lists below.

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J

54 species over the past two days.

Killdeer had 32 species:
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Sparrow

Big Island Wildlife Area had 15 species...although I am missing a checklist
somewhere...I'm missing Ring-billed Gulls from the generated lists below.

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel

Lawrence Woods had 31 species:

Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

And I finished the day here in La Rue with American Woodcock.

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Subject: Delaware County Bird Club Feb 27 meeting
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:34:16 -0500
Guests always welcome to our bird club meetings!!



The Delaware County Bird Club meetings and program presentations take place
on the fourth Monday of each month, September through April, except in
November and December when they are held on alternate days to accommodate
the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Meetings are held in the lodge at
Deer Haven Preserve at 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware OH, 43015. Doors open at
the new time of 6:30 PM and programs begin at 7:00 PM and will be followed
by reports of local bird sightings and socializing.



Meeting dates can also be found on the Preservation Parks Calendar at this
link:  http://www.preservationparks.com/events-calendar/ or at Columbus
Audubon calendar of events: www.columbusaudubon.org



February 27th: "Home on the Range: The Biology and Breeding Behaviors of
Prairie-Chickens" - Dr. Jackie Augustine, Associate Professor, The Ohio
State University.

     Dr. Jackie Augustine will discuss the biology of Greater and Lesser
Prairie-Chickens, a species that she has been studying for almost 15 years.
These charismatic birds perform impressive displays to gain mating
opportunities. Come hear about the rolling prairie, the antics of
prairie-chickens, and the challenges of studying this declining species.




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Subject: Waterfowl at Cleveland Public Power on the lakeshore
From: Ken Andrews <Ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:57:34 -0500
I was downtown today and stopped at Cleveland Public Power on Marginal Road 
just east of Burke Lakefront Airport.. There was a good assortment of waterfowl 
out beyond the first breakwall. I was able to see some American Widgeons, 
Gadwalls, Scaups, Pintails Canvasbacks, Redheads and, of course, plenty of 
Red-breasted Mergansers. A scope would have helped as I was unable to see the 
ducks near the far breakwall. 


If you do go there, stay close to the building and maybe wear a hood, which is 
what I did. The last time I was there I walked right up to the edge of the 
viewing area, and the ducks saw me right away. They moved away. Today, they 
were much less nervous. I dont think they could quite make out what I was. 


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Subject: tundra swans - Geauga Co.
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:17:22 -0500
Just over thirty tundra swans showed up at
LaDue Reservoir today.  There is also a nice assortment
of ducks. Along with abundant redheads and ringnecked
ducks, there are lots of wigeons, several canvasbacks, scaup, shovelers,
red breasted and hooded mergansers, a lone
bufflehead and a lone ruddy. Coots and several horned grebes.

Lovely to watch, fairly close in to shore, beautiful in the bright sun.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Re: Sandhills Cranes
From: "Barrett,Robert P" <rbarret AT UAKRON.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:14:49 +0000
Yesterday 2/25 I saw 7 cranes in SE Michigan, between Ann Arbor & the state 
line, from the US 23 expressway. They were flying east to west. 


Dr. Bob Barrett
216 Crouse Hall
Department of Geosciences
at
University of Akron


Teaching three classes Spring Semester 2017:
Introduction to Environmental Science
World Civilizations: Latin America
Geography of Cultural Diversity



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From: Ohio birds  on behalf of Annette 
 

Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:35:59 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Sandhills Cranes

We had 2 Sandhill Cranes in the wetland behind our house this morning, seen 
from about 9:20-9:45 a.m. 


Annette Webb
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Summit County

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Subject: PrairieOaks,2-26:Vultures,bluebirds
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:23:19 -0500
A trip out to Darby Creek west of Columbus this morning yielded little in the 
way of new early migrants. I stopped at Clover Cemetery wetlands, 
Battelle-Darby Nature center, Kuhlwein wetlands, US40 Bridge, Sycamore Plains 
Trail, and Darby Bend Lakes. Waterbird activity was virtually nonexistant; the 
only interesting waterfowl were some Ring-necked Ducks at Clover Cemetery 
wetlands and a pair of Bufflehead at Darby Bend Lakes. The notable birds 
included: 


Turkey Vultures - 1-2 at virtually every stop
Killdeer - small numbers at most of the open fields
BrownCreeper - at least 1 was calling along the Sycamore Plains Trail
E.Bluebirds - 1-2 at virtually every stop, including many singing males
Kinglets - only a few, with single Golden-crowns at US40 Bridge and Sycamore 
Plains 

Tree Sparrows - still a fair-sized flock (25) at Kuhlwein wetlands
E.Meadowlark - 1 was singing at Kuhlwein wetlands
Blackbirds - Red-winged blackbirds were abundant & widespread.

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Subject: Sims Park, Euclid 2/26 Harlequin Duck/Long-tailed
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:15:22 +0000
This was also reported by Jay Lehman on FB but we have been looking at a male 
Harlequin Duck and three female Long-tailed Ducks far east of pier for awhile 
now at Sims Park in Euclid in Cuyahoga County. 

Nancy Anderson, Richmond Hts
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Subject: Summit Co Merlin, Woodcock, Bufflehead
From: "Coy, Patrick G." <pcoy AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:09:43 +0000
Early this morning, the Merlin that Kathy Mock found at Greenlawn Cemertery in 
Barberton and posted on this list-serv about on February 21 was present again 
in Section G. The bird was prominently perched at the top of a conifer tree 
with a dead top near the building adjacent to Section G. It flew out of the 
cemetery at 7:35 AM. 


There were 7 Bufflehead on Silver Lake this mornig as well. 

Last night shortly after dusk, Karin Tanquist and I had American Woodcock 
performing their flight display on the Cross-country Trail at Kendall Lake in 
the CVNP. Also had Barred Owl there. 


Patrick Coy 
Peninsula, OH   

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Subject: Sandhills Cranes
From: Annette <waxwing AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:35:59 -0500
We had 2 Sandhill Cranes in the wetland behind our house this morning, seen 
from about 9:20-9:45 a.m. 


Annette Webb
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Summit County

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Subject: FOY TVs, Chardon
From: Marilyn E Rohr <rohrmarilyn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:59:44 -0500
5 turkey vultures are soaring over their traditional roost at Rocky Cellars, 
Chardon. Quite early, but not unexpected, given the weather patterns. The roost 
usually swells to over a dozen for the nesting season. 

They have to chase the crows out in the spring. It gets quite noisy, but the 
TVs prevail. It is apparently a very desirable spot. 


Marilyn Rohr
Chardon, Ohio

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Subject: Groveport-to-PickPonds,2-25:TreeSwallow,waterfowl
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:13:19 -0500
I spent the changeable-weather morning birding south of Columbus, from around 
Groveport east to Pickerington Ponds, starting at Cruiser Pond, and going 
through Blacklick Park and Walnut Woods, before finishing at Pickerington 
Ponds, after which the wind & sleet made birding too much of a trial. Lots of 
early temperate migrants were on the bill, including 


dabblers - flocks of Green-winged Teal and Gadwall were among the regular 
Mallards at Pick Ponds 

divers - 40+ Ring-necked Ducks were diving in the wind-whipped waves of Teal 
Pond at Pick Ponds 

BaldEagle - an adult was cruising over Walnut Woods Tall Pines area
Coots - 60+ were scattered around several areas of Pick Ponds
Killdeer - widespread, though never more than 3 in one spot
Tree Swallow - one was prospecting for nest sites at Cruiser Pond in Groveport 
early 

BrownCreeper - rare so far this winter here, one was singing at Blacklick Park 
in Groveport 

Golden-cr.Kinglet - scarce, but was still able to find one at Walnut Woods 
among the spruce copses 

Tree Sparrows - scarce, but still had a few at Blacklick Park and at Pick Ponds 
(Glacier Ridge feeder) 

Fox Sparrow - 1 was in a scrubby edge at Blacklick Park
White-crowned Sparrows - still 2 hanging around the Wood Duck picnic area 
feeder at Pick Ponds 

Blackbirds - flocks of 30-40 mixed Red-winged Blackbirds & Grackles were at 
several spots in Pick Ponds 


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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon
From: John-C-Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:08:49 -0800
Eurasian Wigeon Sighted On: Feb 25, 2017 8:08:30 AM

Latitude: 40.7512922, Longitude: -82.10712676
Altitude: 946 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7512922,-82.10712676&ll=40.7512922,-82.10712676 


Address: Plain Township, OH,USA

Wigeon still here. Scope required. With other wigeons on land feeding. Viewable 
from the observation tower. 


By John-C-Seiler

Sent By: Report Bird Location Mobile Application

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Subject: Erie County highlights - California Gull
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:47:43 +0000
Dan G and I birded Erie County, starting out early for the morning flight at 
Sherod Park. Highlights were massive movement of blackbirds and crows, 7 
meadowlarks, 70 Horned Larks, 11 Lapland Longspurs, many robins and bluebirds, 
5 Cackling Geese with Canada Goose flock, and 246 Killdeer. 


At the Erie County landfill, an adult basic CALIFORNIA GULL in the midst of 
many hundreds of Herring and Ring-billed, and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 


A small movement of migrant raptors kicked up after 1 pm with several 
Red-shouldered Hawks and a small push of Turkey Vultures. 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Woodcocks - Dublin
From: Paul McSweeny <pmcsweeny AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:42:37 -0500
At least three separate woodcocks were calling and displaying at about 7PM
in the vicinity of Sawmill Rd. and Hard Rd.

Paul McSweeny


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Subject: Woodcocks - Lewis Rd Riding Area - Berea Oh
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:18:34 -0500
At least 4 Woodcocks were calling and flying around the large field on Lewis Rd 
tonight at about 6:30 


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