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21 Dec Redpolls and Snowy Owl Conneaut Harbor [Shawn Collins ]
21 Dec Ashtabula County 12/21 [John Pogacnik ]
21 Dec Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 12/21 [John Pogacnik ]
21 Dec Northern Goshawk Maumee Bay State Park [jen brumfield ]
21 Dec Dark morph Red tailed hawk [Manon Van Schoyck ]
21 Dec Common Redpolls Lorain Impoundment [jen brumfield ]
21 Dec Burke Lakefront Airport ( Cuyahoga Co.) [Paula Lozano ]
21 Dec Red-throated Loon - Fairport Harbor [Irene Krise ]
21 Dec Golden-crowned Sparrow, Findlay [laura madden ]
21 Dec Ross's Goose Montgomery co [Chris Zacharias ]
21 Dec Nesting Box-Barn Owl [Dillon Nott ]
20 Dec Rough-legged Hawks, Hayes Rd 12/20 [Rita Schneider ]
20 Dec Snowy Owl East 55th marina CLE [jen brumfield ]
20 Dec Snowy Owl Wildwood Marina [Jerry Talkington ]
20 Dec Saw-Whet owl [Dillon Nott ]
20 Dec Northern Shrike [John Seiler ]
20 Dec Snowy Owls - Lorain [Erik Bruder ]
20 Dec Weather or not [Bill Whan ]
19 Dec Eurasian Collared Dove, Lake County 12/19 [John Pogacnik ]
19 Dec HooverDam,12-18,19 [rob thorn ]
19 Dec Oberlin Res. Scorers [Chris Pierce ]
17 Dec Sharp-shinned Hawk, Blacklick Metro Park. [ ]
17 Dec question for birders [Barbara Zaas Partington ]
16 Dec Killdeer Plains, Big Island, and Lawrence Woods [Ken Ostermiller ]
16 Dec Owl pellet [Dillon Nott ]
16 Dec Greater White-fronted Geese - Stage's Pond [Melanie Shuter ]
16 Dec Sims Park Euclid [Jerry Talkington ]
16 Dec Hancock Co. CBC, Dec 20 [Robert Sams ]
15 Dec Clark County CBC [Doug Overacker ]
15 Dec Dayton Audubon Society CBC Saturday December 20 [Michael Boyd ]
15 Dec Blendon Woods Metro Parks ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
15 Dec Firelands CBC, Dec 20 [Sheryl Young ]
15 Dec Re: Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count ["Stierhoff, Elayna M." ]
14 Dec Re: Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count [Shaune Skinner ]
14 Dec Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count [Shaune Skinner ]
14 Dec Golden-crowned Sparrow, Hancock County [Robert Sams ]
14 Dec Christmas Bird Count [nancy w ]
14 Dec SandHill Crane [Dillon Nott ]
13 Dec New Ohio eBird hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
13 Dec Re: Email Change [Paul Hurtado ]
13 Dec Columbus Audobon [Jason Wakley ]
13 Dec Long-tailed ducks, Ottawa County, 12/13 [John Pogacnik ]
13 Dec No Subject [John Pogacnik ]
13 Dec Iceland, Glaucous Gulls Painesville [Irene Krise ]
13 Dec LONG-EARED OWL Columbus - NO [Susan Moore ]
13 Dec Second hand report of Snowy Owl in Ottawa County ["cerulean.hinkle" ]
13 Dec Red-throated Loons, Cahoon Park Cuyahoga [jen brumfield ]
13 Dec Butler county Snowy NO ["Susan K. Kailholz" ]
13 Dec Pomarine Jaeger Wendy Park [jen brumfield ]
13 Dec Gull Flight, Lake County, 12/13 [John Pogacnik ]
13 Dec Snowy Owl Butler County, evening update ["krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" ]
12 Dec Owl calling [Dillon Nott ]
12 Dec Fox sparrow/owl calling [Dillon Nott ]
12 Dec Email Change [Ben W ]
12 Dec LONG-EARED OWL Columbus [Paul Hurtado ]
12 Dec Fwd: Fwd: Flammulated Owl [Bill Whan ]
12 Dec Snowy Owl, Butler County [Kathi Hutton ]
12 Dec Lorain County Christmas Bird Count info [Terri Martincic ]
11 Dec Short-eared Owls still at Frohring Meadows in Geauga County [Matt Valencic ]
11 Dec Kingston CBC [Doreene Linzell ]
11 Dec Union County: 40 Sandhill Cranes [Blake Mathys ]
11 Dec Pickerinton Ponds [Keith ]
11 Dec Snowy Owls (4) Burke Lakefront Airport [jen brumfield ]
11 Dec Geauga Parks talk by Jim Bissell [Sandra Buckles ]
11 Dec Little Gull Edgewater Marina [jen brumfield ]
11 Dec Lorain County - Sandhill Cranes [Spencer Ryan ]
10 Dec Short-eared Owls at Frohring Meadows, Geauga County [Sally Isacco ]
10 Dec Long-tailed Ducks - Deer Creek [Melanie Shuter ]
10 Dec Greenvile Darke County Audubon Christmas Bird Count [Glenn Welch ]
10 Dec Pomarine Jaegers, Little Gull Wendy Park [jen brumfield ]
10 Dec CBC [ ]
10 Dec Re: Greene County CBC invite, Sunday, Dec. 14 [Jim Kimmel ]
10 Dec Yesterday (9th) at Pickerington Ponds [Doug ]
10 Dec Greene County CBC invite, Sunday, Dec. 14 ["Boutis, Nick" ]
9 Dec Short-eared Owls at Frohring Meadows, Geauga County [Matt Valencic ]
9 Dec Northern Shrike - Streetsboro [Tony Mauser ]

Subject: Redpolls and Snowy Owl Conneaut Harbor
From: Shawn Collins <pabirder1974 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:02:38 -0500
I stopped at Conneaut Harbor today.  Not much going on

The Snowy Owl was found by Chris Swan  waaaay far out on the breakwall
behind the lighthouse.

Behind the sand-spit area there was a large flock of Am Tree Sparrows
feeding, I spotted 2 Common Redpolls with them.


Good Birding

My Photography Page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pghdjshawn/



Shawn Collins
Crawford County PA

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Subject: Ashtabula County 12/21
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:59:28 -0500
I took a drive along the Ashtabula County shoreline this afternoon.  All in
all, it was pretty slow with no concentrations of birds.  There was nothing
of note at Conneaut.  Ashtabula Harbor was better with a flyby immature
black-legged kittiwake at Lakeshore Park.  It was heading east.  There was
also a snowy owl on the east end of the outer breakwall.  At Geneva State
Park there was an adult Kumlien's Iceland gull at the marina.



John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 12/21
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:45:34 -0500
It was pretty slow this morning.  There was almost no wind and few birds
were moving.  There were 800+ red-breasted mergansers, but nearly all passed
by in a ten minute period.  Of note was a merlin that came in off the lake
and perched briefly in a tree along the shore.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

December 21, 2014, 0730-1000

Weather- cloudy, Wind- SW <5

Temperature 33-35 F, Barometer- 30.32-30.33

Humidity-  78-75, dew point- 27-29

Waves- <1, Flight direction- east



Mallard   1

Hooded merganser   3

Common merganser   5

Red-breasted merganser  838

Common loon   1

Horned grebe   3

Ring-billed gull  60

Herring gull  48

MERLIN   1



John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Northern Goshawk Maumee Bay State Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:13:08 -0500
Kimberly Rabbitt-Warner forwarded a stunning photo of an immature Northern 
Goshawk at Maumee Bay State Park, found today by her and multiple observers. 
The bird was in the area near the large hill, and was very likely seen in the 
campground yesterday as well. Very few Northern Goshawks have been 
photo-documented in the state. This is an awesome record. 



JB
CLE, OH

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Subject: Dark morph Red tailed hawk
From: Manon Van Schoyck <mvs AT OHIONATURE.ORG>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:01:34 -0500
While driving west on 161 from Licking County today I observed 2 red tails
sitting on the New Albany exit signs. One was pointing in my direction but
as I passed the second I saw a very dark morph bird. I doubt it was a rough
legged though I was doing 65 mph. On my way back I looked for this bird but
found "only" a beautiful  mature Red shouldered hawk sitting on the top of a
flag pole. Keep your eyes open in this area.


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Subject: Common Redpolls Lorain Impoundment
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:01:26 -0500
Yesterday and today multiple Common Redpolls have been seen foraging low along 
the main path around the impoundment. Patty McKelvey took some cool video 
footage of at least one today. Lorain Impoundment is the wetland CDF complex 
just north of Spitzer Marina, bordered by the marina and Lake Erie 



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Subject: Burke Lakefront Airport ( Cuyahoga Co.)
From: Paula Lozano <000000a3d31d4b4b-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:46:21 -0500
December 21, 2015, 2:15-2:35 pm
Gates 11 & 12 at Burke Lakefront Airport
N. Marginal Drive, Cleveland
Observer: Paula Lozano

Northern Harrier - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
Snowy Owl - 1
American Kestrel

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Lakewood, Ohio




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Subject: Red-throated Loon - Fairport Harbor
From: Irene Krise <000000fa00935419-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:49:14 -0500
Jerry , Ray and I have a Red-throated Loon working just inside the breakwall at 
Fairport Harbor. 


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Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow, Findlay
From: laura madden <lauramadden59 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:29:59 -0800
Observed the golden-crowned sparrow feeding on the feeding platform today
around 12:30pm with Liz McQuaid and her friend (sorry no name).

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Subject: Ross's Goose Montgomery co
From: Chris Zacharias <zachgardens AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 13:01:38 -0500
Ross's just down stream from deeds point great Miami river. park at Temple 
Isreal 


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Subject: Nesting Box-Barn Owl
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 04:16:07 -0800
So my beautiful nest box came in today! 108.00$ was definitely worth it.
It's from JC's Wildlife. And I have some questions that i am not sure
of.....

How long does it take for a Barn to find the nest?

But anyway I do recommend this box for anyone else who wants a box. But
there's only one thing that is bothering me about the box, the hole size.
It's about 4 3/4 in wide and 3 1/4 in tall. I think it's too small. I've
read that the best size is 5 in by 5 1/2. Will my size be big enough?
Stupid Google won't answer these questions...

I will surly love some answers! Thanks! ;)

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Subject: Rough-legged Hawks, Hayes Rd 12/20
From: Rita Schneider <scribe13 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:16:32 -0500
Drove through Geauga County today with fellow birder Laura Alldridge and 
stopped in on Hayes Rd, east of Middlefield. It continues to be a reliable spot 
and we enjoyed good views of at least two light and two dark morph Rough-legged 
Hawks. 


Merry Birding!

Rita Schneider
Cuyahoga County

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Subject: Snowy Owl East 55th marina CLE
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:39:10 -0500
Snowy owl at the very end of the outer Cleveland break wall off of East 55th 
marina 



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Subject: Snowy Owl Wildwood Marina
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:32:22 -0500
 Ray reports a Snowy Owl at the Wildwood Park Marina in Cleveland .



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Subject: Saw-Whet owl
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:25:21 -0800
i was biking across the bridge in North Lewisburg at dusk and saw a adult,
Saw Whet owl hop in the tree, then flew across the road into/around the
small creek.

Google map location = 133 Sycamore St
North Lewisburg, OH  43060-9778
United States

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Subject: Northern Shrike
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:54:39 -0800
Northern Shrike Sighted On: Dec 20, 2014 9:54:36 AM

Latitude: 40.70222787, Longitude: -83.27379004
Altitude: 741 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.70222787,-83.27379004&ll=40.70222787,-83.27379004 


Address: 5701-6999 Wyandot-Marion Rd,Morral, OH 43337,USA

Killdeer plains wildlife area
Sitting at the top of a group of trees in the middle of a field between Wasburn 
rd and ch-115 on ch-68 south side of road. 


By John Seiler

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Subject: Snowy Owls - Lorain
From: Erik Bruder <erik.bruder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:58:27 -0500
2 Snowy Owls are at Lorain "hot waters" Pier far out on the breakwall. Scopes a 
must. 


Erik Bruder
Bay Village

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Subject: Weather or not
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:49:23 -0500
I've seen this story in at least six birding lists over the past 24 hrs,
so here you go...

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30531060



http://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/feathered-forecasters-tiny-birds-knew-killer-tornadoes-were-coming-n270381 


Bill Whan

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Subject: Eurasian Collared Dove, Lake County 12/19
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:10:05 -0500
This evening I had about two dozen mourning doves in my yard in North Perry,
Lake County and included amongst them was one Eurasian collared dove.  The
birds fed for about five minutes before being scared off.  It was late
afternoon and they did not return.



John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: HooverDam,12-18,19
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:30:54 -0500
Scouting for tomorrow's Hoover CBC, I birded several areas around the lower 
portion of Hoover Reservoir (NE of Columbus), and found mixed success. Nothing 
has frozen yet other than the shallowest puddles, so waterbirds still have many 
options. The reservoir below County Line Bridge had few waterfowl, but there 
were flock of mergansers north of the bridge, up thorugh the Maxtown launch and 
beyond. Landbirds seem more restricted, with very spotty fruit crops. Notables 
included: 


American Wigeon - not along the reservoir, ther was a flock of 14 at the large 
pond at Hoof Woods Park 

Redhead - 4 were with the duck flock at the Hoof Woods Pond
Red-br. Mergansers - at least 4 were along the east shore of the Reservoir 
above the dam 

Hooded mergansers - over 300+ in flocks between Maxtown boat launch and the 
County Line Bridge; only 4 below the bridge. 

Horned Grebes - 3 were above the dam
Gulls - hardly any, with only a few Bonapartes and Ring-bills around the entire 
lower Reservoir 

Red-shouldered Hawk - at least 1 adult was calling in Walnut Creek Ravine at 
Area S access 

Flickers - good numbers, with 2-3 at nearly every stop on both days
E.Bluebirds - at least 4 were foraging along the spillway edge below the dam; 
another 2 were at the Walnut St. Launch 

Yellow-rumped Warblers - small flocks at several stops, the largest being 6 
along the Disc Golf Course east of the dam. 

Tree Sparrows - a small flock of 10 birds was in weeds around the parking area 
off Central College Rd below the dam. 


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Subject: Oberlin Res. Scorers
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:55:42 -0500
Had a female White-winged and female Surf Scoter on the reservoir
Also had a lot of Hooded Mergs

See you on the trails

Chris Pierce

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Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Blacklick Metro Park.
From: James Amos Gore <000000d8f33de4be-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:47:56 -0800
There is a Sharp-shinned Hawk at Blacklick Metro Park at the Nature Center.
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Subject: question for birders
From: Barbara Zaas Partington <bzpart55 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:45:47 -0500
Anyone have suggestions for birding places in or near New Orleans in january?

have opportunity to be a snowbird for 4 days

Barb Partington

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Subject: Killdeer Plains, Big Island, and Lawrence Woods
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:55:55 -0500
We visited Killdeer Plains, Big Island, and Lawrence Woods in Wyandot and
Marion counties today. Best birds of the day were:

Seeing a Northern Shrike in both counties. First along County Road 71 at
Killdeer Plains in Wyandot County. A bit later we saw (another?) shrike
near Washburn Road across from Pond 27. The two sightings were about 1.5
miles and an hour apart. Same bird? Not sure. Could have been two.

About an hour before sunset we watched 5 Northern Harriers flying over the
fields at Lawrence Woods in Marion County (2 male "gray ghosts and 3
females). So fun to watch them flying together and interacting.

They are hunting on Pond 27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so there were few
birds there. A nice group of 40+ Tundra Swans had gathered at the
relatively safe west end of the impoundment.

All in all a nice day of birding despite the rain and despite not seeing
any Short-eared Owls at Lawrence Woods even though we waited until well
after sunset.

Ken Ostermiller
Westfield Center

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Subject: Owl pellet
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:59:19 -0800
i found a small owl pellet a couple days ago. Looking at size and location,
probably a saw whet. It was about a inch long, and under some huge pine
trees. I picked through and only one mouse in it, and some insect wings. So
maybe a Saw-whet owl pellet, or long earred?

I'll keep on a look for that Red Breasted Nuthatch ;)

Still no EveningGrosbeaks :( looking hard tho!

Female purple finch in pine yesterday

Good luck on that Big Year too!

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese - Stage's Pond
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:03:06 -0500
Stage's Pond State Nature Preserve in Pickaway County is hosting 17!!!
Greater White-fronted Geese and about 60 CAGO's.  They were seen on the
small pond complex shortly before 1 p.m. today.  I personally have never
seen so many in one place at the same time.  They were a mix of adults and
juveniles.  The small ponds are accessed from the main entrance off of
Hagerty Road.  Go back to the large parking lot, then walk a short distance
to the observation blind.  A scope would be helpful but they can be seen
and identified with binoculars.

I was out in the rain trying to find a Red-breasted Nuthatch.  Has anyone
seen one in Pickaway County?  I need one for my Big Year.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, OH

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Subject: Sims Park Euclid
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:22:15 -0500
  There more than 180 Common Goldeneye off Sims Park today .
No Scoters seen .

Sent from my iPhone.  I L S

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Subject: Hancock Co. CBC, Dec 20
From: Robert Sams <bcchcach AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:02:49 -0500
Sorry for the late post, but the Hancock County Naturalists will be
conducting their Christmas Bird Count this Saturday, December 20. If
you are interested, please contact me. Thanks
Bob Sams
bcchcach AT gmail.com

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Subject: Clark County CBC
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:47:50 -0500
We will hold the Clark County CBC on Friday, December 19. We meet at 7:30 at
Buck Creek State Park at the corner of Croft and Robert Eastman Roads. A
lunch is provided at noon at the Corps of Engineers maintenance building.
Call Doug Overacker for more information at 937-324-1871.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Dayton Audubon Society CBC Saturday December 20
From: Michael Boyd <michaeleboyd AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:38:17 -0800
The Dayton Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count will be held this Saturday, 
December 20. 

For more information please visit our website at http://www.dayton.net/audubon/
or contact organizer Jim Williams at birder8181 AT gmail.com

 Michael Boyd

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Parks
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:47:32 -0500
  Blendon Woods Metro Parks is located in the northeast corner of Columbus
off of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit, Yesterday(Dec
14th) was our Christmas Bird Count. We have 50 different species. Below is
a list of some of the Birds seen. I would like to thank the visitors who
helped find these Birds.

              Blendon Woods Nature Center Bird Viewing Window
                            Purple Finch-male
                            House Finch-2
                            White-throated Sparrow
                            A Tree Sparrow-6
                            Cooper's Hawk-2


             Lake Trail
                            Red-headed Woodpecker-young
                            Pileated Woodpecker-2



             Thoreau Lake
                           Mallard-58
                           Redhead-male
                           Gadwall-9
                           Green-winged Teal-female
                           Hooded Merganser-pair
                           Bufflehead-female
                           A Black Duck-149
                           American Widgeon-male
                           Pine Siskin-atfeeder at East Blind



           Behind Thoreau Lake(Program use only)
                           Warblers
                                 Yellow-rumped-10
                                 Pine
                            Cooper's Hawk
                            Red-tailed Hawk
                            E Towhee-2
                            Hermit Thrush
                            House Finch-12
                            E Bluebird-5
                            Carolina Wren
                            White-throated Sparrow-4

          Sugarbush Trail
                            E Bluebird-8
                            Hermit Thrush
                            E Towhee-2
                            White-throated Sparrow-9
                            Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

        Goldenrod Trail
                            Red-breasted Nuthatch
                            Winter Wren

        Picnic Area
                            Screech Owl

       Turkeys-everywhere
                             Nature Center Bird Viewing area
                             Thoreau Lake-East Blind bird feeder
                             Feeders in Picnic area

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

                                                              Bruce
Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Firelands CBC, Dec 20
From: Sheryl Young <000001163286a6c4-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:00:02 -0500
Firelands Audubon's Christmas Bird Count will be held Saturday, Dec.  20.
This count includes Sheldon Marsh, Old Woman Creek, Edison Woods,  Huron
Pier, and the Norwalk Reservoir.

Our circle is divided into blocks, with an assigned leader directing  the
efforts within each block.  If you are interested in participating, let  me
know which block you would like to join: Sheldon Marsh area, Old Woman Creek
area, Berlin Hts area, or Norwalk area.

Sheryl Young

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Subject: Re: Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count
From: "Stierhoff, Elayna M." <EMStierhoff AT COLUMBUS.GOV>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:18:49 -0500
Which dam to meet at? I believe Hoover, but it looks like you could mean Alum 
Creek Dam. 


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Skinner 

Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:40 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count

Next Saturday the 20th

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Skinner 

Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:17 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count

Needed birders for the Alum Creek count!!!!! We meet at the dam on the south 
end at 8:00. There is plenty of parking and we gather and divide up the area 
depending on how many show up which is generally not many. 


Questions- feel free to contact me at sskinner AT ascgroup.net.  

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Subject: Re: Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count
From: Shaune Skinner <shaunemskinner AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:40:23 -0500
Next Saturday the 20th

-----Original Message-----
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Skinner 

Sent: Sunday, December 14, 2014 8:17 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count

Needed birders for the Alum Creek count!!!!! We meet at the dam on the south 
end at 8:00. There is plenty of parking and we gather and divide up the area 
depending on how many show up which is generally not many. 


Questions- feel free to contact me at sskinner AT ascgroup.net.  

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Subject: Hoover/Alum Creek Christmas Bird Count
From: Shaune Skinner <shaunemskinner AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:16:56 -0500
Needed birders for the Alum Creek count!!!!! We meet at the dam on the south 
end at 8:00. There is plenty of parking and we gather and divide up the area 
depending on how many show up which is generally not many. 


Questions- feel free to contact me at sskinner AT ascgroup.net.  

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Subject: Golden-crowned Sparrow, Hancock County
From: Robert Sams <bcchcach AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:42:14 -0500
The Golden-crowned Sparrow is back again in eastern Hancock County. It
is open for birders to see, but the homeowners have made a few
requests for those who want to see it. Please check out the link
below, even if you have visited the place in years past, to read their
wishes.

http://rarebird.org/forum_posts.asp?TID=8371&title=goldencrowned-sparrow

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Subject: Christmas Bird Count
From: nancy w <00000114f3207156-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:20:29 +0000
Montgomery County Christmas Bird Count is Saturday, Dec. 20th.

There are several different groups going out. If you are interested, contact me 
here. N. Williams 


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Subject: SandHill Crane
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:29:28 -0800
single just flew over my house in champaign county flying high towards the
west. So people in county's west of champaign be on the look ;)

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Subject: New Ohio eBird hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:53:23 -0500
The Ohio eBird Hotspot web site has new features.

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



The home page now features a list of the 20 most popular birding locations
in Ohio including the number of species reported to eBird at these
locations. In many cases (such as Magee Marsh Wildlife Area or the Cuyahoga
Valley National Park) I have compiled the number of species reported at all
the hotspots in the location.



On each county page there is a list of the 5 locations in the county with
the most species reported to eBird. These are individual hotspots, so in
some cases there are sub-locations listed for a primary location.



There are similar web sites with information of eBird hotspots in Arizona,
Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode
Island, and South Dakota at

http://ebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/

About half of these web sites are still under development. If you are
traveling to any of these states, you may find the web pages helpful in
planning where you will bird.



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



Franklin County

Olentangy Park

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



Lake County

Sunset Harbor

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Sunset+Harbor



Wood County

Island View Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Island+View+Park




Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspots reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Re: Email Change
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:27:44 -0500
Which "Ben W" is this?  There are a few in the state!  :-)

-Paul Hurtado
On Dec 12, 2014 5:39 PM, "Ben W"  wrote:

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Subject: Columbus Audobon
From: Jason Wakley <wakleyjp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:22:41 -0500
Group of 12 Hooded Mergansers on the slack water side of the peninsula.

Additionally numerous Mallards and one Great Blue Heron.

Jason Wakley
Columbus

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Subject: Long-tailed ducks, Ottawa County, 12/13
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:53:25 -0500
There are currently 4 long-tailed ducks northeast of the Marblehead Lighthouse.

John Pogacnik

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Subject: No Subject
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 15:50:56 -0500
I was unfortunately only able to watch for a couple hours this morning as the 
gulls were great. I was able to watch from 7:30-9:30. I don't have the other 
details with me other than bird numbers. Gulks were great with a total of 7 
species including Thayer's, glaucous and lesser black-backed. Not many ducks. 


Common Goldeneye 4, red-breasted merganser 147, Bonaparte's gull 32, 
ring-billed gull 2300, herring gull 1125, Thayer's gull 1 1st cycle, esser 
black-backed 3 (1 1st, 1 3rd, 1 adult), glaucous gull 2 (1st/and, 1 3rd), and 
47 great black-backed gull. 


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Subject: Iceland, Glaucous Gulls Painesville
From: Irene Krise <000000fa00935419-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:09:42 -0500
Hundreds of gulls in the water today just off shore in Painesville. Several 
Great Black-backed, one Lesser Black-backed, one second year ICELAND GULL and 
one GLAUCOUS GULL. 


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Subject: LONG-EARED OWL Columbus - NO
From: Susan Moore <birdtracks AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:09:51 -0500
I checked the area Saturday morning (9:30-10:30) where the long-eared owl had 
been previously reported and came up empty. See Paul Hurtado's post for 
location details. 


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Subject: Second hand report of Snowy Owl in Ottawa County
From: "cerulean.hinkle" <cerulean.hinkle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:42:31 -0500
Someone called the refuge to report a snowy owl. Here is the message I 
received.  

Snowy owl: quarter of a mile south of 3rd street on lickert-harder rd in rocky 
ridge, on a telephone pole. 


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Subject: Red-throated Loons, Cahoon Park Cuyahoga
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:39:20 -0500
Two Red-throated Loons foraging offshore Cahoon Park moving slowly west towards 
Huntington Reservation. Cuyahoga county 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Butler county Snowy NO
From: "Susan K. Kailholz" <Capricorn1273 AT CINCI.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:20:56 -0500
As of 8:20 am, no sighting at soybean field south of Tylersville Rd.
Susan Kailholz

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Subject: Pomarine Jaeger Wendy Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:10:16 -0500
Immature Pomarine Jaeger just came in rather close to Edgewater Marina boat 
ramps (Edgewater Park, Cleveland) but continued along shore heading west 



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Subject: Gull Flight, Lake County, 12/13
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:04:36 -0500
There is a great gull flight going on this morning. From my house in Perry, 
Lake County there has been a steady movement of the larger gulls heading west. 
I have already picked up two glaucous and 2 lesser black-backed gulls. Keep 
your eyes open if you're along the lake. 


John Pogacnik                                     
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Subject: Snowy Owl Butler County, evening update
From: "krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" <krhuttondvm@FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:03:09 +0000
I saw the Butler County SNOWY OWL between approximately 4:30-5pm.  It was in a 
harvested soybean field south of Tylersville Rd, east of Seward Rd and west of 
a housing development.  It was pretty far out, so my phone-scoped photos are 
horrible.  After viewing it from the farm gate on Seward (scope not required, 
but helpful) we drove around through the housing development off Smith Rd (N on 
Seward to Tylersville, east on Tylersville past the farm and the storage unit 
place, and take the first right onto Smith.  There is a walking trail called 
Villages of Providence Trail that encircles the housing development. We 
received permission from some homeowners to walk through their yards to access 
the walking trail and view the owl.  I shared scope views with several 
residents. They were thrilled to see the rare visitor. 


Sharing Virginia Wilson's report from Cincinnati Birders Facebook group:
"Around 4:30 it was in the large wide open field south just south of 
Tylersville on the east side of the road. It was a fairly long distance away 
and without a bunch of birders looking, it would have been nearly impossible to 
locate. It gave us a couple of shows of flight as the daylight was quickly 
fading. After the sun had set it flew further south and landed near the top of 
a sycamore tree (where there is a grouping of 3 sycamores). 


The roosting location in the sycamore tree was behind the first house (farm & 
house) on the left, if coming south on Seward past Tylersville (beyond the 
large field.) Approx 6:15 p.m." 


This location is very close to the Butler County Regional Airport.  Knowing 
the propensity for Snowy Owls to favor airports, if the bird goes missing from 
this field, I would suggest trying the airport. 

 
Kathi Hutton
SW Ohio

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Subject: Owl calling
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:33:56 -0800
Screech owl maybe? I couldn't tell if I was dreaming again😂 But I saw a
opossum eating some apples on the ground. So my grandma purchased another
screech owl box, and a barn owl box! So I'll have one barn owl box at my
house, 2 screech owl boxes and a barn owl box at grandmas! Perfect
locations as well!

Will post if anything nests in any of them

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Subject: Fox sparrow/owl calling
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:50:04 -0800
I can still hear the fox sparrows in the trees by my feeders, doing some
owl calling in a bit, I'll post anything if I hear anything

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Subject: Email Change
From: Ben W <wbirding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:23:31 -0500
I now have two emails, one for my birding emails and one for my personal 
emails. I hope I can provide help to everyone who needs it. 


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Subject: LONG-EARED OWL Columbus
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:19:36 -0500
My apologies for not posting this sooner. For more details, see Birding
Ohio on Facebook.

A LONG-EARED OWL spent the day roosting outside an office window at the
Department of Job and Family Services building south of the Columbus
airport, giving the entire office building point blank views through a
mirrored window.  It is/was an easy bird to see with minimal disturbance,
and could be vied by visitors from a first floor window (also mirrored)
directly below the bird.

I'm headed there now with my kid to take another look. It's here:
http://goo.gl/maps/tWe4q

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Fwd: Fwd: Flammulated Owl
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:39:10 -0500
I thought some ohio-birds readers might be interested in this Florida
tale, passed along by my brother Pete, who lives there now. The unspoken
subtext is that this western owl--unlikely ever to show up in Florida
again, especially as a carefully identified captive--will one hopes be
released, and for a few moments seen free and unrestrained, so that a
large gang of Florida facebook "birders" will have a guaranteed
opportunity to see it, "identify" it, and add it to their "lists."  Who
can blame the local rehabilitators for passing a hat among the throng?
Ten bucks is a deal compared to the expenses of schlepping a tent out to
the Rockies.
no harm, no foul, no?
Bill Whan
Columbus


  *From:* Rangel Diaz  >
> *Date:* December 10, 2014 at 6:43:03 PM EST
> *To:* BRDBRAIN AT LISTSERV.ADMIN.USF.EDU
> 
> *Subject:* *[BRDBRAIN] Flammulated Owl in Miami-Dade County*
> *Reply-To:* Rangel Diaz  >
>
> This afternoon (12/10/2014) I received a text from Christopher Boykin
> //from P elican Harbor Seabird
> Station about an owl that was admitted. At first I didn't think
> anything of it but once a photo was sent to me with the bird in
> question next to an Eastern Screech-Owl I knew we had something on our
> hands. I ran over and was able to get the following photographs. He
> has posted on the T
> ropical Audubon
> Society's board bird and asked me to let the public know that bird
> will NOT be available to be viewed by the public, HOWEVER if it does
> survive and makes a full recovery, there will be a public release for
> all to attend. You are encouraged to follow them on FaceBook for
> updates on the status of the bird. They will be celebrating their 35
> year anniversary in 2015 and ask that the public consider a donation
> of $10 to help with the costs of rehabbing patients like this in the
> future. Please check out, http://pelicanharbor.org/
> 
 
for 

> more information.
>
> Cheers,
> Rangel Diaz
> Miami-Dade

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Subject: Snowy Owl, Butler County
From: Kathi Hutton <KRHuttonDVM AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:17:15 -0500
Not my sighting. Cross-posting from CincinnatiBirds.com and Birding Ohio 
Facebook group. 


Andrew Cannizzaro reports a Snowy Owl seen and photographed in Butler County. 
Cornfield off Seward Rd, near the intersection of Tylersville Rd. GPS 39.35514, 
-84.485382. Photo on eBird. 


Kathi Hutton, who is stuck at work in
Hamilton County

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Subject: Lorain County Christmas Bird Count info
From: Terri Martincic <naturenut AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:04:47 -0500
Join a Christmas Bird Count, it's fun!
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: 
Date: Dec 11, 2014 11:49 AM
Subject: Revised Christmas Bird Count info
To: 
Cc:




 Volunteers Needed for Lorain County CBCs!!

* Please consider joining Black River Audubon Society for their annual
CBCs. The Elyria Christmas Bird Count is December 20, 2014, call Debbie at
440-225-7601 <440-225-7601>. The Wellington CBC is January 3, 2015, contact
Diane at 440-458-2440 <440-458-2440>. *

* Please contact Black River Audubon at 440-225-7601 <440-225-7601> or
visit www.blackriveraudubon.org  for
more information and email contact.  As of the 2012-2013 season, there is
no required fee to participate in a CBC!*



What is a Christmas Bird Count?

A long-standing program sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the
115th Christmas Bird Count takes place each winter from December 14 to
January 5 in designated 15-mile (24-km) circles across North America. Each
circle count is conducted in one day. Thousands of bird watchers
participate in this annual bird census, contributing data that is
invaluable to assessing North American bird populations and guiding
conservation action.

If you have never participated in a CBC, you are truly missing out on a fun
bird-watching tradition. Each individual count is organized and run by a
local bird club or group. Each group determines the specific boundaries of
their count circle and divides the territory into various routes to ensure
the entire area is covered. Technically, each CBC lasts 24 hours, but most
people start at dawn and count through the afternoon or evening. Others
make a full 24-hour day out of it. Each group approaches the CBC with its
own style, but the end result is nearly always a fun day outdoors, enjoying
the company of friends and winter birds while contributing to science.

Beginners are always welcome. If the only Christmas Birds you've counted
are French hens and turtledoves, no worries—others on the count can help
you out with bird identification. Every single bird is counted during a
CBC, so the more eyeballs in the field, the better. There are even
opportunities for homebodies to participate as feeder watchers (ask your
Count Compiler to learn more about that). The bottom line is that anybody
can participate in a Christmas Bird Count, and that includes you.

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Subject: Short-eared Owls still at Frohring Meadows in Geauga County
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:12:24 -0500
More than 20 people gathered around the picnic pavilion at Frohring Meadows
this evening in hopes of seeing the owls and they were rewarded for their
determination to battle the bitter wind.  Two owls started hunting around
5:05 pm and did so until dark.  They stayed mostly west of the pavilion,
favoring both wetlands.  If there was a third bird it did not appear
tonight.  On Tuesday evening we could hear two Great Horned Owls calling
from the adjacent woods about 4:45pm.



Hopefully they stay through the weekend so more folks can make it out to see
them.



Frohring Meadows is a 298 acre Geauga Park District jewel that was donated
to the Park District by Paul Frohring in 1996.  The website states that the
District intends to protect this natural area in perpetuity.



eBird records show that since It opened to the public in 2007 there have
been 170 species of birds recorded - 140 species in 2014 alone!  Much of
this can be credited to the decision to create a prairie and wetland from
the approximately 100 acres that was agricultural land.  There have been
challenges in that transformation but today we have a unique habitat that
can attract Short-eared Owls, 14 species of sparrow (including Grasshopper,
LaConte's, Vesper and Lincoln'sSwamp), 11 raptor species, many species of
waterfowl and shorebirds that either rest during migration or nest in the
wetland (including Virginia Rail and Sora), and an impressive list of
passerines during the summer.  It's the juxtaposition of varied habitats in
and around the prairie that make for  this wonderful diversity of bird life.



If you see park personnel during your visits let them know how much you
appreciate this jewel of a park.    We hope that they do everything possible
to PROTECT this wonderful environment.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Kingston CBC
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:25:11 -0500
Hello! Well, this is news about another CBC. It is called the Kingston CBC and 
is south of Columbus along the Ross-Pickway County Line. This count has quite a 
lengthy 

history, having been started by Bruce Peterjohn many years ago. The current 
compiler is Brad Sparks. However, Brad is not able to do the compiling this 
year. He will resume his compilership next year! So, long story short, I am 
going to help Brad out this year and do the pre-planning and the compilation 
afterwards. If you are interested in doing this CBC again - or for the first 
time - let me know!!! 


This count takes place on January 1, 2015 and is a great way to start out a new 
year of birding. You can do this count and still get home in time to watch the 
Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl!! 


Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Union County: 40 Sandhill Cranes
From: Blake Mathys <blakemathys AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:27:45 -0500
I was working on our new chicken coop this afternoon just before 4 when I heard 
Sandhill Cranes flying over. I was only able to get a glimpse of them, but I 
then refound them in a field a couple of miles south of us. Unfortunately, they 
took off and I was unable to relocate them. A (somewhat distant) picture of 31 
of them is here: 

http://blakemathys.com/cranes.html

Blake Mathys
                                          
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Subject: Pickerinton Ponds
From: Keith <000001112ff3132f-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:37:59 +0000
Today I checked out Pickerington Ponds. At the Wood Duck area, there were  AT  
least 10 Sandhill Cranes. Across the street from the entrance to Wood Duck, WAY 
back in a field in a body of water. At least 1 birder beside my self saw a 
Trumpeter Swan. A scope is a must to look for it. We did see a black bill, and 
it was MUCH bigger than any of the other species found in Ohio.  


Keith A. Kraut

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Subject: Snowy Owls (4) Burke Lakefront Airport
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:16:05 -0500
Tim Jasinski reports FOUR Snowy Owls at Burke Lakefront Airport now. Parking 
along Marginal Road is very limited -- there are only two small pull offs along 
the fence towards the eastern end of the airport (legal). Parking on the side 
of the road is illegal. 



JB
CLE, OH

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Subject: Geauga Parks talk by Jim Bissell
From: Sandra Buckles <s-buckles AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:20:47 -0500
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txmCmCkE5WE
Jim Bissell gave this talk to over 90 people in Geauga County last week. He 
discusses the importance of conservation of our valuable parks, the rare 
plants, the habitat preservation for several avian species. If you want more 
information about the situation facing the Geauga Park District, please go to 
Protectgeaugaparks.us 


Sandy Buckles "We must strive to touch the land gently and care for it as true 
stewards that those who follow us may see our mark on the land was one of 
respect and love....."( From a trail marker at Settler's Cove, near Ketchikan , 
Alaska.)Robert B. Oetting 

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Subject: Little Gull Edgewater Marina
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:19:40 -0500
Chuck S has an adult Little Gull at Edgewater Marina boat ramps


JB
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Subject: Lorain County - Sandhill Cranes
From: Spencer Ryan <spencerryan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:04:35 -0500
I'm currently watching 2 beautiful Sandhill Cranes in the cornfield adjacent to 
Kim's Family Restaurant in North Ridgeville at the intersection of Center Ridge 
and Race Road. Birds are actually between restaurant and Race Road. Gorgeous 
birds!! 


Spencer A Ryan

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Subject: Short-eared Owls at Frohring Meadows, Geauga County
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:37:22 -0500
Just as Matt reported yesterday the 3 Short-eared Owls made their
appearance at 5PM today. They were seen all around the pavilion - north,
west, south and east just as he reported .  At first they were staying
low over the prairie,  but then went high above the pavilion.  About 6
birders were in awe at their acrobatics!  The wind was bad tonight so if
you go bundle up.  Thanks Matt!!
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks - Deer Creek
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:51:20 -0500
Today I found 2 long-tailed ducks at Deer Creek State Park.  They were in
the inlet straight across from the state park beach.  The inlet is between
the lodge and the Harding Cabin.  The best place to see them is to take the
Harding Cabin road (D-1) off of Deer Creek Road on the northeast side of
the reservoir.  I parked at the boat ramp and scoped the inlet.  Also seen
were Black Vultures. Buffleheads, Ruddies, Lesser Scaup, Redheads, Am.
Coots, Bonies and Ring-billed Gulls.

On the south side of the reservoir, off Route 207 at D-9, there were over
1200 Mallards, Am. Black Ducks, No. Pintails, No. Shovelers, and a couple
of Common Mergansers.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, OH

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Subject: Greenvile Darke County Audubon Christmas Bird Count
From: Glenn Welch <glennwelch1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:27:24 -0500
115TH Audubon Christmas Bird Count

 This year's Audubon Christmas Bird Count for Darke County will be December 20, 
2014. It is being sponsored by the Darke Countians for Wildlife Conservation 
and the Darke County Birders. Meet at the McDonalds at 1301 Wagner Ave between 
7 & 8 to eat and then we will divide into teams and receive an area to count. 


 Assemble at the Darke County Park's Nature Center, 4267 St Rte 502 at noon for 
a hot lunch and talk about the mornings unique or interesting finds, be it 
plant, animal, bird, or whatever. We will also discuss any areas that need to 
be covered in the afternoon. All areas counted can be turned in at this time to 
Bob Welch. Those finishing Saturday evening please turn in your count tallies 
at the DC Birders meeting, at 7:00 PM on December 23rd at Shawnee Prairie or at 
the Nature Center after the 23rd of December. Count Week (CW) will be the 3 
days before December 20th, 17, 18, 19 and the three days after the 20th, 21, 
22, & 23. Birds counted on the 3 days before the 20th and the 3 days after the 
20th but, not counted on the 20th, can be added to the tally and listed as CW 
species. 


 For more information contact Bob or Judie Welch at 937-968-3514 or 
glennwelch1 AT gmail.com or Steve Miller 937-547-3340 


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Subject: Pomarine Jaegers, Little Gull Wendy Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:07:09 -0500
Aaron Miller just called reporting an immature and adult Pomarine Jaeger plus 
adult Little Gull and Red-necked Grebe at Wendy Park 



JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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Subject: CBC
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:21:35 -0500
Trumbull County's Christmas Bird Count will be Sunday Dec.14

Anyone interested please contact me

Carole Babyak


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Subject: Re: Greene County CBC invite, Sunday, Dec. 14
From: Jim Kimmel <jim.kimmel AT CINCI.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:24:08 -0500
Who handles the count for the Hamilton /butler county(greater cincinnati area)?
Thanks,
Jim Kimmel West Chester
Jim.kimmel AT cinci.rr.com

Sent from JSK's iPhone

> On Dec 10, 2014, at 11:49 AM, "Boutis, Nick"  wrote:
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> We'll be doing the Greene County CBC this Sunday, and I'm seeking more
> observers to help.  Can you join us?
> 
> Some details: The count territory includes Glen Helen nature preserve, John
> Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, and several county
> parks, including Narrows, Creekside, and Indian Mound Reserve.  The Little
> Miami River bisects the count circle.
> 
> Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
> Time: 8 am to 2 pm
> Start/Finish: 8 am Sunday, we'll have a quick orientation/planning meeting
> at Trailside Museum in Glen Helen (505 Corry St. in Yellow Springs).  2 pm,
> we'll return to Trailside for a tally rally.
> 
> In 2010, we found 5926 individuals representing 51 species
> In 2011, we found 2607 individuals representing 47 species
> In 2012, we found 2407 individuals representing 51 species
> In 2013, we found 3716 individuals representing 50 species
> 
> If you'd like to join us, please RSVP to me.  I'll look forward to hearing
> from you.
> 
> Regards, Nick Boutis
> 
> [image: Glen Helen Ecology Institute] Nick Boutis
> | Executive Director
> Glen Helen Ecology Institute | 405 Corry St. | Yellow Springs, OH 45387
> Antioch's Natural Sanctuary | Outdoor Classroom | Living Laboratory
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Subject: Yesterday (9th) at Pickerington Ponds
From: Doug <daskew43230 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:40:14 -0500
Morning all,

I tend to be more of a lurker when it comes to this list, but after reading 
about Sandhill Cranes at Pickerington Ponds I thought Id sneak out and test 
my new Christmas present of a Tamron 150/600mm lens knowing that there is 
nothing easy about close in photography at Pickerington Ponds. 


I nearly had in a accident as I was coming up to the junction of Bowen & Wright 
Roads as 7 Sandhills flew from S to N about 150 ft off the deck as they were 
headed over towards the duck blind. By the time I got over and parked and set 
up my camera equipment; I could not find them. I did come across a number of 
different aquatics including the White Fronted Geese (at least 4 or more), 
Shovelers (2 females), Graylag Goose (1) acting like the boss, an adult 
Harrier(1) soaring over the marshes just east of the blind. First trip to the 
parking lot off Wright Road, I noticed as I was getting out of car looking to 
my east, 2 very large aquatics landing with what looked like a Black semi 
circle (like an upside down horse shoe) on their front. After checking my 
Sibleys the only large aquatic I could find that looked very similar where 
the wings are down cupped for landing might be Rosss Goose(s). I did not have 
my camera out of the car yet so I have no picture, just my frail memory of 
these large white bodies descending into Ellis Pond to the east of the parking 
lot to which I lost them both and could not find a local after driving around 
the Park to see if I could get a shot of what I saw. I also chanced upon a pair 
of American Kestrels and what appeared to be interest what looked to be a Song 
Sparrow. I was surprised they seemed to be chasing it at one point. I guess 
when you hungry anything goes. 


As to the Sandhills I saw them 3 times in 2 different locals. There were 2 
other groups (4) & (2) all on the Arrowhead Marsh that were in the gully near 
the tree line that dissects the dry marsh down the middle. The best view was 
from the observation deck and at first I thought I was seeing Blue Herons until 
I saw one turn sideways to me to see the beak was much different. The color in 
the overcast of the day was a grayish tan on top and lighter underneath. I ran 
to car for the camera & tripod (after ignoring a little voice that said take 
it) but they had moved further west in the gully and could on occasionally see 
a head pop up and not enough time to get a photograph. 


I also have an image of a duck that does not show up in Sibleys and need some 
help to figure out what it is. At first I though a mix of Mallards but it seems 
slightly bigger and its markings up the back of its head is unique to anything 
I have seen before. My Flickr page is 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/118775923 AT N05/with/15984795301/ 


The images should be processed and posted by 7pm this evening and appreciate 
anyone who can help id this one duck for me. I plan on posting some images I 
took yesterday and while the are ok most of the distances were in excess of 100 
yards plus pretty strong winds push the cannon around not to mention that very 
overcast skies making for terrible light & contrast. 



Tomorrow it is supposed to be clear here in Columbus and will try once again. 

Doug Askew
Gahanna, OH.
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Subject: Greene County CBC invite, Sunday, Dec. 14
From: "Boutis, Nick" <nboutis AT GLENHELEN.ORG>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:49:29 -0500
Hi folks,

We'll be doing the Greene County CBC this Sunday, and I'm seeking more
observers to help.  Can you join us?

Some details: The count territory includes Glen Helen nature preserve, John
Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, and several county
parks, including Narrows, Creekside, and Indian Mound Reserve.  The Little
Miami River bisects the count circle.

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 8 am to 2 pm
Start/Finish: 8 am Sunday, we'll have a quick orientation/planning meeting
at Trailside Museum in Glen Helen (505 Corry St. in Yellow Springs).  2 pm,
we'll return to Trailside for a tally rally.

In 2010, we found 5926 individuals representing 51 species
In 2011, we found 2607 individuals representing 47 species
In 2012, we found 2407 individuals representing 51 species
In 2013, we found 3716 individuals representing 50 species

If you'd like to join us, please RSVP to me.  I'll look forward to hearing
from you.

Regards, Nick Boutis

[image: Glen Helen Ecology Institute] Nick Boutis
 | Executive Director
Glen Helen Ecology Institute | 405 Corry St. | Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Antioch's Natural Sanctuary | Outdoor Classroom | Living Laboratory
Telephone: 937-769-1902 | Mobile: 937-286-6884
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Subject: Short-eared Owls at Frohring Meadows, Geauga County
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:53:43 -0500
Dick Hoopes saw one bird Monday evening in very poor light.  We arrived this
morning at 6:45am in hopes of confirming his LIFE bird.  It appeared about
7:00am but only hunted a short while before going to ground and staying
there.  The light was too poor for pictures.  We came back this afternoon
and were rewarded with 3 birds about 5:00pm.  Two birds were very visible
for about 15 minutes and a third made a brief appearance to the SE.  They
were seen all around the pavilion - north, west, south and east.  Their
acrobatics are amazing!



The picnic pavilion is the best spot to see them as they hunt the entire
prairie.  There are people who regularly use the trails for exercise and dog
walking but they are few and the birds did not seem to mind their walking.
They would just move to another part of the meadow.



In recent years these birds have made a one day appearance  but they have
now been observed 3 times in 24 hours.  PLEASE TRY TO STAY AROUND THE
PAVILION TO OBSERVE THEM.   IT SEEMS TO ACT LIKE A BLIND AND THEY MOVE
FREELY ALL AROUND.  IF WE DO THIS THEY JUST MIGHT STAY AROUND AND GIVE MANY
PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE A SHORT-EARED OWL IN GEAUGA COUNTY.



The light makes photography difficult.  I took about 30 pictures and only a
few were even passable - most looked ethereal!  You can go this link to see
them https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/.



Please don't even  try flash photography as the distances are too great to
be effective and it may cause the birds to leave.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Northern Shrike - Streetsboro
From: Tony Mauser <tmau12 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:55:57 -0500
We were able to see the shrike near the rrtracks this afternoon. A big thanks 
to Sue and Greg for the heads up! 

Also had a red-tail hawk calling from above the swamp area.

Tony and Carolyn

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