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16 Apr Re: Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp [KimbaJ ]
16 Apr Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp [Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach ]
16 Apr Chimney swift [Janice Emrick ]
16 Apr Blacklick Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
16 Apr Clinton County Bald Eagle [Ed & Linda Roush ]
16 Apr Worm-eating Warbler, Highbanks Metropark (Columbus) [John Kuenzli ]
16 Apr Re: Scissor-tailed NO [mary warrren ]
16 Apr Area N Hoover Nature Preserve, Galena [Charles Bombaci ]
16 Apr Surf Scoter pics. [Steve Jones ]
16 Apr Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp [sandra griffiths ]
16 Apr Scissor-tailed NO [jen brumfield ]
16 Apr Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - 14 Apr 2014 to 15 Apr 2014 (#2014-106) [Barbara kaplan ]
15 Apr Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc. [Regina Schieltz ]
15 Apr Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in Geauga County) [Matt Valencic ]
15 Apr Conneaut Harbor [Chris Swan ]
15 Apr not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline [Julie Davis ]
15 Apr Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir [robert lane ]
15 Apr Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery [Steve Jones ]
15 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES! [Doreene Linzell ]
15 Apr e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co [inga schmidt ]
14 Apr Brown thrasher - Eagle Creek SNP, Portage County [Charles Fletcher ]
14 Apr Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday) [Paul Hurtado ]
14 Apr Eurasian Wigeon Frohring Meadows [jen brumfield ]
14 Apr Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM? [Patty McKelvey ]
14 Apr Virginia Rail, Pine wa, Ruby Crwn Kinglet- Cvnp [sandra griffiths ]
14 Apr White Pelicans [Doreene Linzell ]
14 Apr Whip-poor-will - Hocking County. [James E Fry ]
14 Apr Re: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron [Tracy the Birder ]
14 Apr Whip-poor-will in Meigs County [Tracy Morman ]
14 Apr Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday) [Bill Whan ]
14 Apr Henslow's sparrow photo [Joe Faulkner ]
14 Apr Over the weekend [Hayward Chappell ]
14 Apr Birding Conneaut Harbor [Chris Swan ]
14 Apr Athens County: YT Warbler and Vireo, Blue-wing Warblerand others [Heather A ]
14 Apr Swainson's Thrush - Pickaway County [Melanie Shuter ]
14 Apr Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday) [Paul Hurtado ]
14 Apr Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM? [Deb ]
14 Apr Probable Pacific Loon Follow Up / Mahoning County [robert lane ]
14 Apr Lorain County [Patty McKelvey ]
14 Apr Yellow-headed Blackbird, Battelle Darby (no sightings) [Paul Gardner ]
14 Apr No Subject ["Berger, Byron" ]
13 Apr Re: bald eagle? [KimbaJ ]
13 Apr Vinton Furnace, etc., April 13 [Robert Royse ]
13 Apr Probable Pacific Loon / Portage~Mahoning County [robert lane ]
14 Apr bald eagle? ["Berger, Byron" ]
14 Apr Re: Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County ["Berger, Byron" ]
13 Apr Columbus Audubon April 22 monthly program - Jim McCormac [Darlene Sillick ]
12 Apr Yellow-headed Blackbird, Batelle-Darby Metropark, Franklin Co. [Paul Gardner ]
13 Apr Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County [Charles Bombaci ]
13 Apr Wildwood Park, Cleveland 4/13 [Laura Madden ]
13 Apr Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
13 Apr Re: Any Recent Yellow Headed Blackbird Sightings at Darby-Batelle? ["Babbert, Kaylin" ]
13 Apr Clear Creek MP [Peggy Wang ]
13 Apr New birds [Janice Emrick ]
13 Apr ylw.-throated warbler at Dike 14 yesterday [Laura Peskin ]
13 Apr Darke County wh. front geese, snow geese, shorebirds, etc. [Regina Schieltz ]
13 Apr Villa Angela/Wildwood Cleveland 4/13 Ruby-crowned, Swallows, Sparrows [Nancy Anderson ]
13 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Apr 13, 2014 [Laura Gooch ]
13 Apr PickPonds,PortmannPark,4-13 [rob thorn ]
13 Apr Any Recent Yellow Headed Blackbird Sightings at Darby-Batelle? [Scott Norviel ]
13 Apr Scissor Tail FC? Still present? [Scott Norviel ]
13 Apr Dam-burst for red-necks? [Bill Whan ]
13 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Continues / Erie County [robert lane ]
13 Apr SCISSOR-TAILED yes [jen brumfield ]
13 Apr Stark County Update [Jon ]
13 Apr Wendy Park migrants [jen brumfield ]
13 Apr Clinton County Red-Headed Woodpecker [Ed & Linda Roush ]
12 Apr Yellow throated warbler at clvld. Lakfront nature preserve/ dike 14 [Laura Peskin ]
12 Apr urbanAlumCreek,Columbus,4-12 - temperateMigrants [rob thorn ]
12 Apr 6 warbler day [Peggy Wang ]
12 Apr scissor tailed flycatcher [Eric Elvert ]
12 Apr Y-H blackbird at Battelle-Darby MP near Columbus [Bill Whan ]
12 Apr Louisiana Waterthrush at Happy Days [Lisa Brohl ]
12 Apr Scissor tailed yes Saturday [Haans Petruschke ]
11 Apr Villa Angea/Wildwood Cleveland 4/11 Yellow-rumped, Gnatcatchers [Nancy Anderson ]
11 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher YES [jen brumfield ]

Subject: Re: Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
From: KimbaJ <justshakingthrough AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:03:22 -0700
where about's were these fine shorebirds? might have o go snipe hunting. I am 
jealous of that Wilson 


-Kimba J
Summit






________________________________
 From: sandra griffiths 
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU 
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:21 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
 

A heads up call from Jon Cefus that the rail and sora were visible at
Beaver marsh was made even cooler by a wilsons snipe! Never seen a snipe
there how cool is that! Pine warblers, yellow rump and blue gray
gnatcatcher-with a sapsucker, made it a pretty cool morning for the
Sponsellars and myself. Thanx Jon!
Sandra
Summit

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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
From: Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach <fredcheryld AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:04:56 -0400
We went to the Ira Road marsh in the CVNP right before dusk tonight, an osprey 
was circling over the spot, watched two Virginias forage and glimpsed a Sora 
farther out. Missed the snipe but heard a Rusty BB in the distance. 


Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach 

Sent from my iPad

Begin forwarded message:

> From: sandra griffiths 
> Date: April 16, 2014 at 1:21:14 PM EDT
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
> Reply-To: sandra griffiths 
> 
> A heads up call from Jon Cefus that the rail and sora were visible at
> Beaver marsh was made even cooler by a wilsons snipe! Never seen a snipe
> there how cool is that! Pine warblers, yellow rump and blue gray
> gnatcatcher-with a sapsucker, made it a pretty cool morning for the
> Sponsellars and myself. Thanx Jon!
> Sandra
> Summit
> 
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Subject: Chimney swift
From: Janice Emrick <emricksj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:45:58 -0400
I birded today in Harrison and Belmont Counties.  Had a FOY chimney swift
in Egypt Valley, as well as rough-winged swallows.

Janice Emrick

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Subject: Blacklick Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:25:32 -0400
Came across a large mixed flock of blackbirds on the Maple trail with 
grackles being the highest number
brewer's blackbird (1 male) 
rusty blackbird (6)
red winged blackbird
Red shouldered hawk
yellow throated warbler
hermit thrush ( 14)
swamp sparrow
white throated sparrow
yellow bellied sapsucker
ruby crowned kinglet
hooded warbler (heard)
barred owl (one at beech-maple junction and one near the connector trail to 
nature center)

Blendon Woods (afternoon)
white eyed vireo (heard)
hermit thrush
yellow rumped warbler
ruby crowned kinglet

Woodside Green
winter wren
hermit thrush

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Clinton County Bald Eagle
From: Ed & Linda Roush <ecroush1 AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:06:41 -0700
At 11:00 this morning, an adult Bald Eagle flew low over the eastern edge of 
Wilmington from the northeast to the southwest. Heading for Lake Cowan, maybe. 


Ed Roush
Wilmington


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Subject: Worm-eating Warbler, Highbanks Metropark (Columbus)
From: John Kuenzli <john.kuenzli AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:25 -0400
I'm at Highbanks Metropark right now (rt. 23 north of Columbus)  and am
currently watching a quiet and early WORM-EATING WARBLER work the
underbrush just off the muddy footpath to the right of the nature center.
 I'm trying to photograph it, but have so far failed...

Good birding,

John Kuenzli


--
John Kuenzli
Columbus, OH

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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed NO
From: mary warrren <windbird AT BEX.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:45:15 -0400
I just got back from Sheldon Marsh and we had no luck locating the bird
either.
Mary Warren

-----Original Message-----
From: jen brumfield
Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 11:48 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Scissor-tailed NO

Dan G reports that he could not find Scissor-tailed Flycatcher this morning
(Wed) at Sawmill Creek golf course


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Area N Hoover Nature Preserve, Galena
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:37:51 -0700
During the past week we had several nights of strong winds so I decided to 
check my nest boxes for any damage before the Prothonotary Warblers arrive. The 
boxes fared well with no new damage. A side bonus for the visit to Area N in 
Galena, Delaware County was a nice show by the first wave of warblers, several 
of which stay and nest. Along with the Yellow-rumped Warblers that are now in 
their nicest colors were Northern Parula, Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers. 
All were in breeding plumage and had on their Sunday best. I pished and a 
Yellow-throated Warbler flitted in so close I could almost kiss it on his bill. 
A very beautiful bird. Several other Yellow-throated warblers also came in to 
within 5 feet of us as did a couple of Northern Parula. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers 
are back and were feeding along Big Walnut Creek where there were plenty of 
insects. The creek had Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal swimming along the shore 
and in the flooded edge areas. On 

 the way out we spotted a Broad-winged Hawk perched along Dustin Road. Using 
the car as a blind we were able to get marvelous views of the hawk. 


Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: Surf Scoter pics.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:51:58 -0400
I was able to get some pics of the Surf Scoter over at the Fish Hatchery.
The only thing that I found odd about him, is that all the pictures I see
the males have a white patch on the face.  This one did not....wondering if
it was some sort of hybrid.

I also was able to get some pics of Longspurs in breeding plumage over on
Washburn Rd near Killdeer Plains Pond 27

Here is link to blog post. (there is also a link in the post to my trip to
Arizona if anyone is interested) :

http://www.sjlarue.com/blog/2014/4/surfing-through-saint-marys

Happy Birding, and God Bless

Steve J.

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Subject: Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:21:14 -0400
A heads up call from Jon Cefus that the rail and sora were visible at
Beaver marsh was made even cooler by a wilsons snipe! Never seen a snipe
there how cool is that! Pine warblers, yellow rump and blue gray
gnatcatcher-with a sapsucker, made it a pretty cool morning for the
Sponsellars and myself. Thanx Jon!
Sandra
Summit

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Subject: Scissor-tailed NO
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:48:24 -0400
Dan G reports that he could not find Scissor-tailed Flycatcher this morning 
(Wed) at Sawmill Creek golf course 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - 14 Apr 2014 to 15 Apr 2014 (#2014-106)
From: Barbara kaplan <mousewd AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:18:06 -0400
Yesterday, April 15 a yellow throated warbler was visiting my peanut feeder. 
I'm assuming my peanuts were a little on the buggy side. Still a great spring 
bird for a snowy day. 


Barb Kaplan
Peninsula

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 16, 2014, at 12:03 AM, OHIO-BIRDS automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

> 
> There are 8 messages totalling 250 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co
>  2. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES!
>  3. Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery
>  4. Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir
>  5. not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline
>  6. Conneaut Harbor
>  7. Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in
>     Geauga County)
>  8. Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc.
> 
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> 
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> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:30:37 -0400
> From:    inga schmidt 
> Subject: e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co
> 
> The eurasion wigeon, found by Dick Hoopes last evening, is
> still at Frohring Meadows this morning, accompanied by a few blue
> winged teals.
> 
> Lots of yellowlegs and snipe.
> 
> Inga Schmidt
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:01 -0400
> From:    Doreene Linzell 
> Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES!
> 
> The bird is still present! We saw it flying along the treeline between
> Sheldon Marsh and the gulf course about 11:00.
> 
> Doreene Linzell
> Dan Sanders
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> 
> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:59:21 -0400
> From:    Steve Jones 
> Subject: Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery
> 
> If anyone in the central Ohio area still needs a Surf Scoter.  The one at
> the fish hatchery at Grand Lake St Marys  is still there. When I left, it
> was in the third pond on the right giving great views.
> 
> Happy birding and God bless.
> 
> Steve J.
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:42:34 -0400
> From:    robert lane 
> Subject: Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir
> 
> This afternoon=2C Tuesday=2C from about 2:30PM to about 3:00PM=2C three Red=
> -necked Grebes were observed by us from The Marina Area off of Price Road a=
> t Walborn Reservoir in northeast Stark County. A scope is necessary. From t=
> he bluff by the picnic shelter=2C look to the south=2C to the left of the i=
> sland. Of the spattering of waterfowl also present=2C there were Northern S=
> hoveler=2C Lesser Scaup=2C Ring-necked Duck=2C Pied-billed Grebe=2C and Rud=
> dy Duck. It was cold=2C wet=2C and windy.
> 
> 
> Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County                                     =
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> 
> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:46 -0400
> From:    Julie Davis 
> Subject: not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline
> 
> The registration for the 10th annual OOS conference at Shawnee April 25-27
> will close at midnight, Thursday April17. If you have not registered, we
> still have a few spaces left. Please go through the registration process on
> line at http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/conference2014.php , BUT instead of
> mailing your form via USPS, PLEASE email to greenheron58 AT insight.rr.com
> 
> Hope your can make it!
> 
> Julie Davis
> 
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> 
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> ------------------------------
> 
> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:19 -0400
> From:    Chris Swan 
> Subject: Conneaut Harbor
> 
> Another great day in Conneaut Harbor! Always seems that the crummier the we=
> ather the better the birds! Great finds tonight! https://www.flickr.com/pho=
> tos/100129144 AT N03/ http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=3DS17911108
> =20
> Happy birding all!
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>                                          =
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> 
> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:33 -0400
> From:    Matt Valencic 
> Subject: Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in 
Geauga County) 

> 
> Still there as of 3:30pm today (4-15-14).  Has been seen at both  the new
> wetland (SW from the picnic pavilion) and what has become known as the 'rail
> wetland' (NW from the pavilion).
> 
> 
> 
> Bring a scope and keep as much distance as you can for good views.  This
> duck is nervous and takes flight easily.
> 
> 
> 
> Hope everyone gets to see it,
> 
> 
> 
> Matt Valencic
> 
> Geauga County
> 
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:27:25 -0400
> From:    Regina Schieltz 
> Subject: Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc.
> 
> Just a few sightings from the last couple of days
> All of these are from flooded fields around the county.
> 
> Just north of Versailles on Hager Road on Sunday evening
> about 75 pectorals, 3 Bonaparte's gulls, one Scaup and 2 blue-wing teal
> 
> Today north of Greenville on St. Rt. 118 and Hillgrove-Woodington Road
> about 90 Pectorals, 12 least Sandpipers
> 
> Today at Elroy, which is west of Ansonia
> 
> 5 Am. pipits
> 10 greater yellowlegs
> 12 lesser yellowlegs
> about 30 pectorals
> 
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> Pectorals were found a few other places  nearby.
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Subject: Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc.
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:27:25 -0400
Just a few sightings from the last couple of days
All of these are from flooded fields around the county.

Just north of Versailles on Hager Road on Sunday evening
about 75 pectorals, 3 Bonaparte's gulls, one Scaup and 2 blue-wing teal

Today north of Greenville on St. Rt. 118 and Hillgrove-Woodington Road
about 90 Pectorals, 12 least Sandpipers

Today at Elroy, which is west of Ansonia

5 Am. pipits
10 greater yellowlegs
12 lesser yellowlegs
about 30 pectorals


Pectorals were found a few other places  nearby.

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in Geauga County)
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:33 -0400
Still there as of 3:30pm today (4-15-14).  Has been seen at both  the new
wetland (SW from the picnic pavilion) and what has become known as the 'rail
wetland' (NW from the pavilion).



Bring a scope and keep as much distance as you can for good views.  This
duck is nervous and takes flight easily.



Hope everyone gets to see it,



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Conneaut Harbor
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:19 -0400
Another great day in Conneaut Harbor! Always seems that the crummier the 
weather the better the birds! Great finds tonight! 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100129144 AT N03/ 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17911108 

 
Happy birding all!
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Subject: not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline
From: Julie Davis <greenheron58 AT INSIGHT.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:46 -0400
The registration for the 10th annual OOS conference at Shawnee April 25-27
will close at midnight, Thursday April17. If you have not registered, we
still have a few spaces left. Please go through the registration process on
line at http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/conference2014.php , BUT instead of
mailing your form via USPS, PLEASE email to greenheron58 AT insight.rr.com

Hope your can make it!

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Subject: Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:42:34 -0400
This afternoon, Tuesday, from about 2:30PM to about 3:00PM, three Red-necked 
Grebes were observed by us from The Marina Area off of Price Road at Walborn 
Reservoir in northeast Stark County. A scope is necessary. From the bluff by 
the picnic shelter, look to the south, to the left of the island. Of the 
spattering of waterfowl also present, there were Northern Shoveler, Lesser 
Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, and Ruddy Duck. It was cold, wet, 
and windy. 



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Subject: Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:59:21 -0400
If anyone in the central Ohio area still needs a Surf Scoter.  The one at
the fish hatchery at Grand Lake St Marys  is still there. When I left, it
was in the third pond on the right giving great views.

Happy birding and God bless.

Steve J.

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES!
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:01 -0400
The bird is still present! We saw it flying along the treeline between
Sheldon Marsh and the gulf course about 11:00.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:30:37 -0400
The eurasion wigeon, found by Dick Hoopes last evening, is
still at Frohring Meadows this morning, accompanied by a few blue
winged teals.

Lots of yellowlegs and snipe.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Brown thrasher - Eagle Creek SNP, Portage County
From: Charles Fletcher <cf6613 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:16:25 -0700
A brown thrasher in a tree near the entrance joined the northern leopard frogs 
in regaling us with music for several hours this afternoon. 


Charles Fletcher

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Subject: Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday)
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:28:58 -0400
I received a few requests for directions and viewing advice for the Bexley
YCNH nest site, so I thought I should reply to the list.

For directions to 211 Preston Rd, see the "map" link at the top of the
ebird checklist below, which takes you to a google map you can use to get
directions. Also note the nearby side streets on the map, Dale Ave in
particular.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882714

The nest is in a tall sycamore at 211 Preston, just south of and across the
street from Dale Ave. Best views are from just NORTH of Dale Ave or farther
south of the nest -- far enough from the nest that you can see on top of
it. A scope is useful, but not necessary.

The bird may roost elsewhere and if we're lucky enough to have them nest
here again this year,  they should be around for a few months! So no rush
;-)

I highly recommend viewing from your vehicle or a safe distance away so as
to minimize disturbing the bird(s).

Lastly, please respect the residents on Preston Rd and let them know why
you're there if they seem interested. Sharing a look through your optics,
and/or cracking open a field guide for  the locals is highly encouraged!
:-) Like it or not, you are an ambassador for the rest of us when you
interact with them as a birder. Might as well make the best of it ;-)

Good Birding,
Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon Frohring Meadows
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:37:47 -0400
Forwarded sighting from Wes Hatch: Dick Hoopes found a Eurasian Wigeon today at 
Frohring Meadows, Geauga County. All the info at this time 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM?
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:20:19 -0400
My husband & I relocated the Scissor-tailed at approx 6pm today, inside Sawmill 
Creek, in between rains. Beautiful bird and lifer for us. 


Patty McKelvey
Sent from my iPhone
Please excuse typos - I'm a typist not a tappist.

> On Apr 14, 2014, at 8:12 AM, "Deb"  wrote:
> 
> Any sightings? I have a window late AM/early afternoon that I could zip out 
to Sheldon's marsh. 

> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Deborah Smith
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Subject: Virginia Rail, Pine wa, Ruby Crwn Kinglet- Cvnp
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:50:43 -0400
Today With the  Ira birders, I so loved the pine warbler at Indigo Lake and
the Ruby Cr Kinglet on the Ira tr before the rain started. But the absolute
show stopper heart throb were 2 Virginia Rail at the marsh! They came out
in full view foraging and clucking and they were gorgeous in their own
special rail way!  We were ecstatic what a fun morning!

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Subject: White Pelicans
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:19:12 -0400
There are presently (6:00 p.m. Mon.) 12 White Pelicans at Killdeer Plains.
They are on an island straight out from the eastern most parking area of
Pond 27.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Whip-poor-will - Hocking County.
From: James E Fry <jamesfry2 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:08:34 -0400
Greetings,
I heard my first Whip-poor-will of the spring last night(April 13)near my
home in northwestern Hocking County. It was the earliest date since April
7. 1991 although I also heard one on April 13, 2002. Otherwise, the only
date earlier than April 7 was March 24, 1979 and my migration records go
back to 1967. If I remember correctly, that was an overflight bird on
March 24 and was sitting on a branch in Green Lawn Cemetery and was shown
to me by Todd Dawson and Mike Gibbons.
Jim Fry
Hocking County

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Subject: Re: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
From: Tracy the Birder <winterfell.six AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:23:46 -0400
It's good to hear that the Yellow-Crowns are still hanging in there.  This
reminds me of 2 years ago on the NW side of Columbus in the spring when I
happened to see one fly overhead while I was out walking around.  Luckily I
had a camera handy or I'm not sure I would have known what I saw!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12081036

It would be nice to see a larger population of these birds in town.

Tracy the Birder
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Subject: Whip-poor-will in Meigs County
From: Tracy Morman <appbenthos AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:59:07 -0700
Saturday evening I heard the sound I was waiting for....through the spring 
peepers and toads calling at full volume I had to pause and make sure. 
Whip-poor-will! Something stopped the peepers and I could hear it clearly. 
Yesterday, I had my first Prairie Warbler and this morning there was an 
Ovenbird singing from the woods and a White eyed Vireo out in the old field. 
When I got to work on the Ohio River near Racine, there is an active Osprey 
nest visible right across the river on the Mountaineer Power Plant grounds in 
New Haven, WV. 


Also saw Zebra Swallowtail, Falcate Orangetip, Spring Azure and swarm of 
Grapevine Epimenis flitting about in the driveway this weekend. 



Tracy Morman

Scipio Township
Meigs County

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Subject: Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday)
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:34:17 -0400
Paul--
        Thanks, that is indeed good news. Last year, a pair was observed
nest-building on 5/3, an unusually late date. Over the previous 16
years, two or three birds had appeared by the end of March or maybe the
first few days of April, with nest-building ensuing soon thereafter, so
this bird--and last year's--is weeks late in the established nesting
schedule. I did not find young birds at the site later.
        We can hope that another adult will come. This is, in the world of
YCNH, an exotic northern spot known to only a few surviving members of
the clan, and hopes are all we have. They seem used to the Cooper's
hawks. Please let us know if you find signs this tradition will continue.
Bill Whan
Cols



On 4/14/2014 10:22 AM, Paul Hurtado wrote:
> I'm not sure if others have seen it/them yet, but I made an early a.m. stop
> by Preston Rd. yesterday on my way to Three Creeks, and on second pass had
> an adult at last year's nest (see checklist below for photos):
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882714
>
> Hopefully they set up shop again this year!  If you go looking, give these
> birds a little space.  I suspect these returning birds are extremely
> tolerant of human activity and the occasional parked car near the nest, but
> it is a bit early in the nesting season.  A cooper's hawk was perched in a
> tree just up the block, so perhaps they too will have another season of
> nesting in the area.
>
> On my way to Three Creeks, I had 1st spring male PURPLE FINCH at Capital
> University I was lucky to hear while driving by on College
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17866942
>
> and some early migrants at Three Creeks Metro Park Confluence area. Photos
> and full list at
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17868663
>
> Good birding,
> Paul
>
> --
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Subject: Henslow's sparrow photo
From: Joe Faulkner <joeinthewoods AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:06:59 -0400
Visited a  property in southern Perry County yesterday, and got
some excellent  photos of a Henslow's sparrow.  They are posted to

https://www.flickr.com/photos/117316946 AT N08/

This magnificent site had multiple Henslow's sparrows,  and thanks to the
owner for inviting us to see them.

     Also posted a pair Barred Owl photos, one full frontal, the other just
the top of the head as it was sitting on a nest.  Needless to say, look
forward to some family portraits, as this nest is on my own property, quite
close to the house, and quite accessible.

Joe Faulkner
Somerset, Ohio
Perry County

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Subject: Over the weekend
From: Hayward Chappell <hayward.chappell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:07:59 -0400
We have had yellow-throated warblers for over a week. Sunday- new
additions: yellow-rumped warbler, possibly a black and white striped
warbler., yellow-throated vireos and I heard my first ovenbird.

Hayward Chappell
Lawrence County

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Subject: Birding Conneaut Harbor
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:20:07 -0400
Good morning birding Conneaut Harbor before the rain hit. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17887558 Seen first of the year 
hermit thrush, ruby-crowned kinglet, and the first shorebird to the sandbar 
(that I have seen) a single dunlin. 

 
I'm hoping that one of the more experienced birders can help me with a tern ID. 
It's either a common or Forster's tern. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100129144 AT N03/ This guy was pretty far off and 
flew out over the lake before I could get any closer for better pictures. Any 
help would be appreciated as this is a FOY for me!!! 

 
Happy birding!
Chris Swan
                                          
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Subject: Athens County: YT Warbler and Vireo, Blue-wing Warblerand others
From: Heather A <haubke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:05:41 -0400
I think it's fair to say the rush has begun. I've had 5 new FOS birds (3 of
which were warblers) just over the weekend, and it seems like something new
turns up every day.

FOS warblers that turned up along our road in western Athens County this
weekend: Yellow-throated, Northern Parula, and brand new yesterday evening
was a Blue-winged Warbler.  Also new in the neighborhood was Yellow-throated
Vireo, and White-eyed Vireo (I'm about 90% sure on that one - the song was
distant and it only sang twice, but I'm quite confident that it wasn't just
a trick of the ear; after all, there aren't too many bird songs that sound
like "Pick up the beer tab, chick!")

I also birded along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway in Athens yesterday while
running in the annual Athens Half Marathon, and had very similar results
along the Hocking River corridor.  Noteables included: YT Warbler, Louisiana
Waterthrush, N. Parula, YT Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Gnatcatchers galore,
Chipping Sparrow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, and Tree Swallow.

I also noticed over the weekend that several local (in and around Albany,
OH) Purple Martin colonies are becoming active.

We also saw 2 "just passing through" migrants on our property this weekend:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (one each male and female, both seen on separate
days) and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet who was giving the now resident
Gnatcatchers a run for their money in the chattiness department.

Looking forward to welcoming more new birds as the weeks progress.

Good birding!

Heather Aubke
Albany (Athens Co.)

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Subject: Swainson's Thrush - Pickaway County
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:46:18 -0400
My first Swainson's Thrush of the year showed up in my backyard this
morning.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, OH
Pickaway County

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday)
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:22:14 -0400
I'm not sure if others have seen it/them yet, but I made an early a.m. stop
by Preston Rd. yesterday on my way to Three Creeks, and on second pass had
an adult at last year's nest (see checklist below for photos):

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882714

Hopefully they set up shop again this year!  If you go looking, give these
birds a little space.  I suspect these returning birds are extremely
tolerant of human activity and the occasional parked car near the nest, but
it is a bit early in the nesting season.  A cooper's hawk was perched in a
tree just up the block, so perhaps they too will have another season of
nesting in the area.

On my way to Three Creeks, I had 1st spring male PURPLE FINCH at Capital
University I was lucky to hear while driving by on College

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17866942

and some early migrants at Three Creeks Metro Park Confluence area. Photos
and full list at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17868663

Good birding,
Paul

--
Paul J. Hurtado
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University
Mathematical Biosciences Institute, http://mbi.osu.edu/
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, http://ael.osu.edu/

E-mail: hurtado.10 AT mbi.osu.edu
Webpage: http://people.mbi.ohio-state.edu/hurtado.10

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Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM?
From: Deb <dsfromnj AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:12:06 -0400
Any sightings? I have a window late AM/early afternoon that I could zip out to 
Sheldon's marsh. 


Thanks!

Deborah Smith
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Subject: Probable Pacific Loon Follow Up / Mahoning County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:09:32 -0400
I visited nearby to home Berlin Lake this morning, from about 7AM to about 8AM. 
No loons of any type were found at the US224 Causeway Area over Berlin Lake 
where they were yesterday. Apparently they moved out last night. The only birds 
of note were an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo taken), and 30+ Ruddy 
Ducks off the end of the public boat ramps on Bonner Road going toward the dam. 
The Osprey pair at the northeast corner of the US224 Causeway were busy at 
their tower nest. Of note, at the end of last season there were at least eight 
active Osprey nests to be found in the Berlin Lake Area (Mahoning, Portage, and 
Stark Counties). 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: Lorain County
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:56:05 -0400
Happy to report 2 Purple Martins have returned to our gourds this morning. 
Enjoy hearing their calls again. 


Patty McKelvey
Sent from my iPhone
Please excuse typos - I'm a typist not a tappist.
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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Battelle Darby (no sightings)
From: Paul Gardner <godwit AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:34:29 -0700
My previous post reporting the yellow-headed blackbird sighting was submitted 
on Saturday, but did not appear on the list until a day later. Since the text 
does not mention the day, I wanted to emphasize it is not a Sunday sighting. To 
my knowledge, the bird has not been seen since Saturday morning. 


Paul Gardner
Columbus, OH

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Subject: No Subject
From: "Berger, Byron" <BBerger AT STARKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:04:15 +0000
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Subject: Re: bald eagle?
From: KimbaJ <justshakingthrough AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:27:18 -0700
I do not know exactly where that is, but I do believe there is/was a nest near 
rt 21 




 
 


________________________________
 From: "Berger, Byron" 
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU 
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:20 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] bald eagle?
 

Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and Elton 
Road in Massillon?  Thanks, Byron 


________________________________________
From: Berger, Byron
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:17 PM
To: Charles Bombaci; OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: RE: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and
________________________________________
From: Ohio birds [OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] on behalf of Charles Bombaci 
[cbombaci AT ATT.NET] 

Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:13 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Today we took advantage of the weather and headed to
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The winds were gusting off and
on but it didn’t prevent us from having a day with several nice surprises.  
Activity was steady and something seemed to 

pop up wherever we went. The biggest surprise of the day though has to be a
Golden Eagle we observed near Pond 27. We had been watching two Bald eagles
when it flew in and landed near the Bald Eagles. Its golden tints on the head
and throat and the dark bill left no doubt as to the identification.
The ponds had much less waterfowl diversity than just a
week previous and the Upland Reservoir is currently so low that sandbars are
exposed. The fields throughout the wildlife area are wet with many large areas 
flooded 

creating habitat for shorebirds. Shorebirds numbers and diversity were minimal
today but if the fields remain flooded they may soon produce both variety and
numbers.
In the flooded fields we located Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers. The best area was on the south side
of CH-68. Killdeer were seen in many areas.
Waterfowl included the usual masses of Canada Geese and
Mallards along with high numbers of Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall and lesser
numbers of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Ducks, plus small
numbers of Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Wood
Duck and Ruddy Ducks.
Trumpeter Swans were at Pond 27 and the wetland along
TH-108.
Many Pied-billed Grebes were at Pond 3 where they nest
most years.
American Coot were so common as to be almost a nuisance
species
Birds of prey included a few Northern Harriers,
Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels in addition to the Bald Eagles and the
Golden Eagle.
We had a male Ring-necked Pheasant display for us a mere
6 feet from the car. He was resplendent in his spring suit and the red of his
facial patches were as vivid as I have ever seen on any of his species.
Along TH-108 near CH-77 a flock of Wild Turkey was spread
along the road edge and a couple was in mid road and waited until the last
moment to get out of our way.
Tree and Barn Swallows are back in good numbers.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere and flashing their
red shoulder patches. A close look at the various flocks was rewarded by the
discovery of a group of Rusty Blackbirds along the swampy western side of
TH-108.
Throw in the usual common suspects and we totaled 60 species.
Charlie
Bombaci

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Subject: Vinton Furnace, etc., April 13
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:05:51 -0400
I headed south again today to Vinton County.

Henslow's Sparrows are back in full force on Rt. 93 at the top of the hill N of 
Rt. 56. Grasshopper Sparrows arrive later and weren't yet present. 


Since it was heavily overcast early this morning I headed directly to Vinton 
Furnace to start the day. The warbler tally in state forest land from the loop 
starting on Sam Russell Road as well as the short section of Stone Quarry Road 
in the north is : 


Ovenbird - 2
Louisiana - 6
Black-and-white - 23
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Yellow-throated - 12
Prairie - 8
Pine - 2

Only one migrant Yellow-rumped was seen. While Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were 
abundant and widespread, migrating kinglets of both species which were so 
common a few days ago weren't noted at all anywhere at Vinton Furnace or later 
in Zaleski. 


It was the vireo tally for the day that gave the best summary of the condition 
of the forest there right now : 


White-eyed - 13
Red-eyed - 0
Blue-headed - 0
Yellow-throated - 0

Most years in most forests find White-eyed, Yellow-throated, and the very first 
of the Red-eyeds arriving at the same time. The fact that lowland shrubby 
understory vegetation is developing on a timely schedule and large trees are 
barely budding if at all make this year very different. 


I took a mid-day drive down some roads in the eastern part of Zaleski 
afterwards. Again White-eyeds were the only vireos noted. Unlike Shawnee, 
Zaleski doesn't seem to have a dependable population of Blue-headed Vireos that 
arrive in late March. I've found them in the Waterloo forest in early April on 
occasion in years past, a logical place for them, but not this year. At that 
time of day Yellow-throated Warblers were the most vocal warbler in Zaleski and 
were much more numerous and widespread than a few days ago. Addition warbler 
species noted at Zaleski only include one each of N Parula (along E Raccoon 
Creek), and a Black-thr. Green (along Crow Road). 


Bob Royse

PS - After typing this I again feel that I must again vent my hatred of the 
name "Yellow-throated Warbler". Can't we all just call them Sycamore Warblers? 
It's just too much yellow-throated B.S. with the warblers and vireos and the 
common yellowthroats. It's just too much! Can't we all start a grass roots 
movement to rebel against the tyranny imposed upon us by the AOU? 




Robert Royse
rroyse AT sprynet.com
www.roysephotos.com

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Subject: Probable Pacific Loon / Portage~Mahoning County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:38:34 -0400
Following up on a phone call from Ben Morrison about a probable Pacific Loon at 
Berlin Lake in Portage County, from about 6PM to 6:40PM, today, Sunday; my wife 
Denise and I arrived at the US224 Causeway Area at about 7:35PM. Fortunately 
upon our arrival, Jeff Harvey already had the reported bird in scope view. The 
loon by now, had drifted from the Portage County side of the lake to the east, 
and the Mahoning County side of the lake. Three Common Loons were also on the 
lake in the general area. At one time, the smaller, darker backed, probable 
Pacific Loon, passed directly in front of one of the Common Loons, for a great 
size and color comparison. A scope was necessary for viewing. The loons were 
all on the north side of the causeway, a good distance out. 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: bald eagle?
From: "Berger, Byron" <BBerger AT STARKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:20:13 +0000
Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and Elton 
Road in Massillon? Thanks, Byron 


________________________________________
From: Berger, Byron
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:17 PM
To: Charles Bombaci; OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: RE: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and
________________________________________
From: Ohio birds [OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] on behalf of Charles Bombaci 
[cbombaci AT ATT.NET] 

Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:13 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Today we took advantage of the weather and headed to
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The winds were gusting off and
on but it didnt prevent us from having a day with several nice surprises. 
Activity was steady and something seemed to 

pop up wherever we went. The biggest surprise of the day though has to be a
Golden Eagle we observed near Pond 27. We had been watching two Bald eagles
when it flew in and landed near the Bald Eagles. Its golden tints on the head
and throat and the dark bill left no doubt as to the identification.
The ponds had much less waterfowl diversity than just a
week previous and the Upland Reservoir is currently so low that sandbars are
exposed. The fields throughout the wildlife area are wet with many large areas 
flooded 

creating habitat for shorebirds. Shorebirds numbers and diversity were minimal
today but if the fields remain flooded they may soon produce both variety and
numbers.
In the flooded fields we located Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers. The best area was on the south side
of CH-68. Killdeer were seen in many areas.
Waterfowl included the usual masses of Canada Geese and
Mallards along with high numbers of Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall and lesser
numbers of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Ducks, plus small
numbers of Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Wood
Duck and Ruddy Ducks.
Trumpeter Swans were at Pond 27 and the wetland along
TH-108.
Many Pied-billed Grebes were at Pond 3 where they nest
most years.
American Coot were so common as to be almost a nuisance
species
Birds of prey included a few Northern Harriers,
Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels in addition to the Bald Eagles and the
Golden Eagle.
We had a male Ring-necked Pheasant display for us a mere
6 feet from the car. He was resplendent in his spring suit and the red of his
facial patches were as vivid as I have ever seen on any of his species.
Along TH-108 near CH-77 a flock of Wild Turkey was spread
along the road edge and a couple was in mid road and waited until the last
moment to get out of our way.
Tree and Barn Swallows are back in good numbers.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere and flashing their
red shoulder patches. A close look at the various flocks was rewarded by the
discovery of a group of Rusty Blackbirds along the swampy western side of
TH-108.
Throw in the usual common suspects and we totaled 60 species.
Charlie
Bombaci

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Subject: Re: Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County
From: "Berger, Byron" <BBerger AT STARKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:17:39 +0000
Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and 
________________________________________
From: Ohio birds [OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] on behalf of Charles Bombaci 
[cbombaci AT ATT.NET] 

Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:13 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Today we took advantage of the weather and headed to
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The winds were gusting off and
on but it didnt prevent us from having a day with several nice surprises. 
Activity was steady and something seemed to 

pop up wherever we went. The biggest surprise of the day though has to be a
Golden Eagle we observed near Pond 27. We had been watching two Bald eagles
when it flew in and landed near the Bald Eagles. Its golden tints on the head
and throat and the dark bill left no doubt as to the identification.
The ponds had much less waterfowl diversity than just a
week previous and the Upland Reservoir is currently so low that sandbars are
exposed. The fields throughout the wildlife area are wet with many large areas 
flooded 

creating habitat for shorebirds. Shorebirds numbers and diversity were minimal
today but if the fields remain flooded they may soon produce both variety and
numbers.
In the flooded fields we located Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers. The best area was on the south side
of CH-68. Killdeer were seen in many areas.
Waterfowl included the usual masses of Canada Geese and
Mallards along with high numbers of Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall and lesser
numbers of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Ducks, plus small
numbers of Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Wood
Duck and Ruddy Ducks.
Trumpeter Swans were at Pond 27 and the wetland along
TH-108.
Many Pied-billed Grebes were at Pond 3 where they nest
most years.
American Coot were so common as to be almost a nuisance
species
Birds of prey included a few Northern Harriers,
Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels in addition to the Bald Eagles and the
Golden Eagle.
We had a male Ring-necked Pheasant display for us a mere
6 feet from the car. He was resplendent in his spring suit and the red of his
facial patches were as vivid as I have ever seen on any of his species.
Along TH-108 near CH-77 a flock of Wild Turkey was spread
along the road edge and a couple was in mid road and waited until the last
moment to get out of our way.
Tree and Barn Swallows are back in good numbers.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere and flashing their
red shoulder patches. A close look at the various flocks was rewarded by the
discovery of a group of Rusty Blackbirds along the swampy western side of
TH-108.
Throw in the usual common suspects and we totaled 60 species.
Charlie
Bombaci

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Subject: Columbus Audubon April 22 monthly program - Jim McCormac
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:53:52 -0400
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day and the April Columbus Audubon monthly
program.  What better way to celebrate a 'Happy Earth Day' than listening to
Jim McCormac enlighten us about our natural world.  We hope to see you at
our last monthly meeting of the season.  Come see your friends, talk about
migration and Birdathon strategy.  Be sure to take the bird quiz and get a
ticket for a door prize. Members expected and guests quite welcomed!



Best,

Darlene Sillick and Nadya Bennett

Columbus Audubon, co-program chairs

Ohio is a treasure trove of biodiversity. Over 1,800 native plants green the
state, providing habitat for nearly 200 breeding bird species. Countless
insects fuel our birds and other predators, and some of these "bugs" are
truly extraordinary. Our lakes and rivers spawn fabulous food chains, and
we're bookended by two of North America's most significant aquatic
ecosystems: the Ohio River, and Lake Erie. Please join us as Jim McCormac
helps us to explore Ohio's greatest natural areas, look at what we've lost,
and delve into our most interesting flora and fauna via images and words.

Jim McCormac has spent his entire adult life exploring Ohio and seeking out
the rarest of the rare. His 2009 book Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural
Heritage, is a celebration of the best remaining habitats in the Buckeye
State. Jim is a longtime employee of the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources, writes a column, Nature, for the Columbus Dispatch, and has
authored two other books: Birds of Ohio, and the Great Lakes Nature Guide.
He is at work on a book on the wood-warblers of eastern North America.



7:00 - 7:15 pm: Short Program: Amanda Duren, Program Coordinator for the
Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative and Columbus Audubon Board member, will
share Unconventional Conservation: Highways as Habitat for the American
Kestrel.

7:15 - 7:30 pm: social time, light refreshments

7:30 pm: Main program

Post program book signing by Jim. Bring your own copy or visit the GIAC
store to purchase one of his books.  Be sure to visit Jim's blog Ohio Birds
and Diversity   www.jimmccormac.blogspot.com/

Columbus Audubon programs are free and open to the public. All programs are
held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center 505 West Whittier St in the
Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula.
www.columbusaudubon.org




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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Batelle-Darby Metropark, Franklin Co.
From: Paul Gardner <godwit AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:24:36 -0700
Bill Whan and I arrived at the Wet Prairie Trail at Batelle-Darby Metropark 
about 9 AM and found Jason Simonis with the previously reported yellow-headed 
blackbird in his scope. The bird was in the cat-tails on the far side of the 
big pond and gave good looks for 20 minutes or so. The bird was not in sight 
when we left. 


An American bittern was calling from the cat-tail marsh north of Kumlein Road.

Info about the park: http://www.metroparks.net/ParksBattelleDarbyCreek.aspx


Paul Gardner
Columbus, OH

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Subject: Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:13:29 -0700
Today we took advantage of the weather and headed to
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The winds were gusting off and
on but it didn’t prevent us from having a day with several nice surprises. 
 Activity was steady and something seemed to 

pop up wherever we went. The biggest surprise of the day though has to be a
Golden Eagle we observed near Pond 27. We had been watching two Bald eagles
when it flew in and landed near the Bald Eagles. Its golden tints on the head
and throat and the dark bill left no doubt as to the identification.
The ponds had much less waterfowl diversity than just a
week previous and the Upland Reservoir is currently so low that sandbars are
exposed. The fields throughout the wildlife area are wet with many large areas 
flooded 

creating habitat for shorebirds. Shorebirds numbers and diversity were minimal
today but if the fields remain flooded they may soon produce both variety and
numbers.
In the flooded fields we located Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers. The best area was on the south side
of CH-68. Killdeer were seen in many areas.
Waterfowl included the usual masses of Canada Geese and
Mallards along with high numbers of Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall and lesser
numbers of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Ducks, plus small
numbers of Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Wood
Duck and Ruddy Ducks. 
Trumpeter Swans were at Pond 27 and the wetland along
TH-108.
Many Pied-billed Grebes were at Pond 3 where they nest
most years.
American Coot were so common as to be almost a nuisance
species
Birds of prey included a few Northern Harriers,
Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels in addition to the Bald Eagles and the
Golden Eagle.
We had a male Ring-necked Pheasant display for us a mere
6 feet from the car. He was resplendent in his spring suit and the red of his
facial patches were as vivid as I have ever seen on any of his species.
Along TH-108 near CH-77 a flock of Wild Turkey was spread
along the road edge and a couple was in mid road and waited until the last
moment to get out of our way.
Tree and Barn Swallows are back in good numbers.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere and flashing their
red shoulder patches. A close look at the various flocks was rewarded by the
discovery of a group of Rusty Blackbirds along the swampy western side of
TH-108. 
Throw in the usual common suspects and we totaled 60 species.
Charlie
Bombaci

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Subject: Wildwood Park, Cleveland 4/13
From: Laura Madden <dmadden39361 AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:13:42 -0400
Hello,

Birding for a short time around 2PM today (Sunday) at Wildwood Park, Cleveland.
Highlights were:

Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Hermit Thrush, several
Brown Thrasher
Belted Kingfisher
White-crowned sparrow, several
Juncos, several
Female Eastern Towhee
Ruby-crowned kinglet

-Laura Madden

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:16:03 -0400
Pine Warbler
Yellow throated warbler
yellow rumped warbler
northern parula (heard) 
ruby crowned kinglet

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Re: Any Recent Yellow Headed Blackbird Sightings at Darby-Batelle?
From: "Babbert, Kaylin" <babbert AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:48:08 -0400
I walked the Teal Trail between 1:00pm and 2:00pm today and had no luck
finding it. It's fairly windy and a lot of birds were perched lower in the
grasses making it harder to see. If it's still there it didn't make itself
known!


On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Scott Norviel wrote:

> Any recent sightings of the YHBB at Darby?  We live about 1.5 hours away
> so don't want to chance it if no recent sightings.  Thanks for any info.
> Scott Norviel - Indian Lake Area Birder
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Kaylin Babbert

Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park

Naturalist

1775 Darby Creek Dr.

Galloway, Ohio 43119

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Subject: Clear Creek MP
From: Peggy Wang <nharrierpw AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:05:38 -0400
Windy & warm didn't make for great birding but I got my FOS Rough-winged 
Swallow. 


Some birds I didn't get on Saturday there:

Brown Thrasher
E Bluebird
Yellow-throated Warbler (Heard)

I heard B&W Warbler yesterday in one spot but today they seemed to be 
everywhere & I was able to get on 2 birds chasing each other. Heard again today 
(but still could not see) Black-throated Green. 


Butterflies: Question Mark, Spring Azure & White Cabbage.

Peggy Wang
Lancaster

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Subject: New birds
From: Janice Emrick <emricksj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:58:39 -0400
Hi,
Scott and I birded Sunfish Creek today in Monroe County.  We had FOY Yellow
warbler, Northern Parula, and Blue-headed vireo.  We also had lots of
Yellow-throated Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrushes.  Great day to be out!

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Subject: ylw.-throated warbler at Dike 14 yesterday
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:53:31 -0400
I've been having trouble posting on ohiobirds.  Yesterday, 4/12, 7:30p I
saw a yellow-throated warbler at Dike 14, west trail.  I got a very good
view.

Laura

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Subject: Darke County wh. front geese, snow geese, shorebirds, etc.
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:44:49 -0400
Many flooded fields.
Yesterday, I visited the wetland on Woods Road between Rossburg and
Ansonia.  Highlights were
White Fronted Geese 4
Many Redhead, L. Scaup, Ringneck ducks
Blue Wing Teal and N. Shovelors
60 or more coots and 1 pied-billed grebe.
My FOY Solitary Sandpiper

At Elroy, there were 2 Horned Grebes.  One grebe was turning to breeding
plumage.

This morning, I drove around the western part of the county
Highlights:
Snow geese at the wetland on Hollandsburg- Tampico Road just south of 36
2 or 3 flooded fields with
Pectoral sandpipers
Gr and Lesser Yellowlegs

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Subject: Villa Angela/Wildwood Cleveland 4/13 Ruby-crowned, Swallows, Sparrows
From: Nancy Anderson <nancyanderson3 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:19:10 -0700
I was at Villa Angela and Wildwood Parks today from 10am til 1:50pm. I spent a 
lot of time in the marina parking lot and Villa Angela, not so much along 
Euclid Creek. I had some new birds for me (not necessarily for the park). 
Seemed to be more sparrow and swallow variety today and lots of Northern 
Flickers. Saw four singingBrown Thrashers here today and my first 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Hard to find any Red-breasted Mergansers today. Here is 
some of what I saw: 


Black-crowned Night-Herons 6 in Villa Angela seen from bathhouse
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Turkey Vultures 8
Bufflehead 1
Lesser Scaup 3, Coot 3
Caspian Terns 2
Double-crested Cormorants - small groups seen 
Bonaparte's Gulls only a few (not as many as last few days)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (only 1)
Northern Flickers ~ 18 (kept seeing them flying from the east across marina - 
many in VA) 

Tree Swallows 3
Barn Swallows 3-4 (new for me here)
Northern Rough-winged Swallows 2 along creek
Golden-crowned Kinglets 7
Brown Creepers 5
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET 1 (my first)
Hermit Thrush ~ 9
Brown Thrashers 4 all singing west of grassy knoll
Yellow-rumped Warblers 2 in VA (I had one in Wildwood on 4/12)
Eastern Towhee 2 m&f
Chipping Sparrow 1 (west end of field) (new for me here- did alsohear singing 
at my house today) 

Savannah Sparrows 6 (all along grassy strips in marina parking 
lot/pavement/liked to stand on concrete parking barriers in lot) 

Fox Sparrows 4
Song Sparrows 12
Swamp Sparrows 3 (2 field in VA/1 in WW)
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 3

The field north of the library had wet areas at the southwest end with bathing 
sparrows. 


Nancy Anderson
Richmond Hts, OH
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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Apr 13, 2014
From: Laura Gooch <lgooch AT ALUM.MIT.EDU>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:09:48 -0700
Nice Audubon/Metroparks walk this morning at Cleveland Lakefront Nature 
Preserve. 

Not an enormous number of birds (other than Robins, Juncos, and 
Red-winged Blackbirds), but a nice variety, including quite a number of 
Flickers, a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers (unfortunately only seen by
 me), Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, a couple of Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a
 Peregrine Falcon, a Northern Mockingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and a 
nice variety of sparrows.

Laura Gooch
Cleveland Heights



----- Forwarded Message -----
>From: "do-not-reply AT ebird.org" 
>To: lgooch AT alum.mit.edu 
>Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 2:39 PM
>Subject: eBird Report - Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Apr 13, 2014
> 
>
>Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve, Cuyahoga, US-OH
>Apr 13, 2014 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>1.4 mile(s)
>Comments:  Audubon walk led by me. Entrance area counterclockwise to "beak", 
along outer breakwall to middle path to recently capped area (sparrow field) 
and return to gate via same route as entry. 60 F, 15 kt southwest winds, partly 
cloudy. 

>47 species
>
>Canada Goose 20
>Mallard 6
>Lesser Scaup 25
>Red-breasted Merganser 50
>Wild Turkey 1
>Pied-billed Grebe 1
>Double-crested Cormorant 75
>Great Blue Heron 12
>Turkey Vulture 30  Substantial movement along the lake shore in both 
directions. 

>Killdeer 5
>Bonaparte's Gull 75  Sizable flock out in the lake, apparently feeding on a 
school of fish. 

>Ring-billed Gull 12
>Herring Gull 30
>Caspian Tern 20
>Mourning Dove 10
>Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
>Downy Woodpecker 2
>Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 30   Substantial movement.
>Peregrine Falcon 1
>Blue Jay 1
>American Crow 6
>Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
>Barn Swallow 4
>Carolina Wren 1
>Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
>Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
>Hermit Thrush 6
>American Robin 75
>Northern Mockingbird 1
>European Starling 10
>Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
>Eastern Towhee 8
>American Tree Sparrow 6
>Chipping Sparrow 5
>Field Sparrow 2
>Savannah Sparrow 1
>Fox Sparrow (Red) 6
>Song Sparrow 20
>Swamp Sparrow 2
>White-throated Sparrow 2
>Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 40
>Northern Cardinal 8
>Red-winged Blackbird 150
>Common Grackle 20
>Brown-headed Cowbird 30
>House Finch 2
>American Goldfinch 12
>
>View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17873153 

>
>This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
>
>

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Subject: PickPonds,PortmannPark,4-13
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:18:04 -0400
The Columbus Audubon trip to Pickerington Ponds and nearby Portman Park braved 
windy conditions and came away with a good diversity of waterfowl & landbirds. 
I stopped at Big Walnut Park early, then led the group through parts of 
Pickerington Ponds and then along the Blacklick Creek greenway at nearby 
Portman Park. Included in the haul were 


Dabbling Ducks - lots at Pick Ponds, including Shovelers (60+), Gadwall (40+), 
Blue-winged Teal (30+), Green-winged Teal (5), and Wood Duck. Most were at Teal 
Pond & Mallard Marsh. Ellis Pond had only a few Black Ducks & Mallards 


Diving Ducks - 40+ Ring-necks, 15+ Lesser Scaup, 5 Ruddy Ducks, & 4 Bufflehead, 
all at TealPond/MallardMarsh 


Other Waterbirds - 6-8 Pied-billed Grebes and 150+ Coot rounded out the 
waterbirds 


Shorebirds - along with a handful of Kildeer, we also found 2 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, but water level is fairly high 


Raptors - nesting Red-tails were at both Mallard Marsh and west of Ellis Pond. 
The Osprey was seen briefly at Arrowhead marsh. A Cooper's Hawk dashed past at 
Portman Park. 


Sapsucker - one was in trees near the footbridge at Portman Park

Swallows - Tree Swallows at many places. Portman also had Rough-winged, and a 
Purple Martin was investigated nest gourds at the Wood Duck Picnic area at Pick 
Ponds 


Flycatchers - only E.Phoebes, but there were at least 2 along Blacklick Creek 
at Portman Park 


Wrens,Gnatcatchers - 1 House was singing at Big Walnut Park, while Gnatcatchers 
were widespread along the creek at Portman. 


Brown Thrashers - singles were seen at the Wood Duck Picnic area and at Portman 
Park 


Warblers - we were treated to a point-blank look at a Yellow-throated at 
Portman Park; I also heard 2 more at Big Walnut Park early. There was also a 
Black-thr.Green at Big Walnut early. 


Sparrows - Field Sparrows were abundant, with singing birds all around Pick 
Ponds and at Portman. The Wood Duck Picnic area still had 3-4 White-crowned 
Sparrows, while Portman had 6-8 White-throated 


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Subject: Any Recent Yellow Headed Blackbird Sightings at Darby-Batelle?
From: Scott Norviel <snorviel7956 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:23:10 -0400
Any recent sightings of the YHBB at Darby? We live about 1.5 hours away so 
don't want to chance it if no recent sightings. Thanks for any info. 

Scott Norviel - Indian Lake Area Birder

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Subject: Scissor Tail FC? Still present?
From: Scott Norviel <snorviel7956 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:20:01 -0400
Any updates on the scissor tail flycatcher at Sheldon Marsh. Thinking about 
driving up to get a look but it's a 2.5 hour drive. Don't want to chance it if 
no one has seen it in a while. Thanks for any updates! 

Scott Norviel - Indian Lake Area Birder

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Subject: Dam-burst for red-necks?
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:48:42 -0400
        A Canadian birder (Ontario list) posted finding 2820 red-necked grebes
in lakeside suburbs of Toronto yesterday. This seems to be a clear sign
that these birds, thus far stranded in the south by ice, are at last
moving up to their northern breeding grounds. Paul Gardner and I found
three in a pond along Dick Rd in Pickaway County--an unlikely spot which
probably is only a few feet deep and not inviting to divers in any
lasting way--yesterday as well. I'm sure all the listers have moved on
already to the latest rarity, but I'll bet we can see the grebes'
disappearance from the local scene quite soon after a truly memorable stay.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Continues / Erie County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:23:01 -0400
It is presently 9:20AM Sunday morning. We along with nine other birders are 
enjoying great views of the previously reported celebrity visitor at the golf 
course next to Sheldon Marsh Preserve. 



Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County                                     
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Subject: SCISSOR-TAILED yes
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:19:44 -0400
Ben Warner reports scissor-tailed still present 830 am at same location at 
Sawmill Creek Golf Course, very close to Sheldon Marsh SNP parking lot 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Stark County Update
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:31:42 -0400
Greetings!

It has been a few weeks since I have been able to generate a narrative update 
on my sightings in Stark County, but this week was certainly special, so I felt 
it was high time to get on it 


On Saturday April 4, I met my friend Sandra Griffiths at Sippo Lake Park to 
hopefully pick up her FOY Common Loon and Great Egret and we were successful 
immediately. There were 9 Common Loon working various parts of the lake and an 
incredible 11 Great Egret at the far south end! There were also 2 Red-necked 
Grebe, which were continuing at the lake after a high count of 6 the week 
before. The highlight of the morning with Sandra was the brief appearance of a 
Louisiana Waterthrush along a small stream off of the Sippo Lake Trail. During 
the afternoon, an Osprey continued to make appearances showing the local 
fisherman how it is done. I had my FOY Barn Swallow as well that day. The day 
was capped off at sunset with my great friend Dr. No and I being treated once 
again to a wonderful display by the resident American Woodcocks. 


On Sunday, I spent time hiking around the West side of SIppo Lake Park around 
the Sanders Rehab Center. Highlights of that time included a nice Rusty 
Blackbird, a Brown Creeper, and a marked increase in presence of Golden-crowned 
Kinglets. In addition, I had been noticing the increased presence over the 
previous two weeks of a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks. This is definitely a 
mating pair of birds, as I was witness to one of their bonding experiences. 
They have been hunting quite successfully as I have found the shredded remains 
of a few squirrels and saw one of the birds carrying off a rabbit as a small 
murder of crows pursued it. For the last year, I had been seeing a pair of 
Red-tailed Hawks in the same area, but since the appearance of the 
Red-shouldered Hawks I have not seen much of the Red-tailsI wonder if that is 
related? 


On Monday, I spent the day birding with Ben Morrison. We were searching areas 
of Southeastern Stark County for good shorebird habitat seeking sedge fields 
and sky ponds. We found several good areas south of Louisville and in the 
Robertsville area, but did not come up with any shorebirds. We did however see 
many Eastern Meadowlark, several Northern Mockingbirds, and our FOY Northern 
Rough-winged Swallows perched on a wire near Robertsville. We did not find any 
Snipe or shorebirds, but we sure did laugh a lot and had a really great day. 


The middle of the week was comprised of scattered sightings of good birds 
primarily in and around various sky ponds and wet low spots in farm fields. 
Kent Miller picked up a Lesser Yellowlegs and Savannah Sparrow along Coblentz 
Rd. in Lake Township. I headed there shortly after, but missed the Lesser YL. I 
did manage to pick up the Savannah Sparrows and American Pipits, as well as 
watching a lovely Eastern Meadowlark work the area. There were also good 
numbers of Horned Lark in the area. A few hours later, while looking again for 
the Lesser YL, I was able to located 2 Wilsons Snipe perfectly camouflaged in 
the exact spot Kent had the Yellowlegs. On Thursday, Kent located a Greater 
Yellowlegs in a sky pond along Nimishillen Church Rd. (Lake Twp) while I was 
birding at Sippo with Dale Zutavern. Dale and I hopped in the car and got great 
looks at the bird. While we were up there, we popped over to Coblentz and 
picked up a Wilsons Snipe, Horned Larks, and Savannah Sparrow for Dales FOY 
birds. Later that day, I had my FOY Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at Sippo, as well as 
another wonderful American Woodcock display with Dr. No. We also noted that 
this was the first time we had seen bats this year. 


On Friday, I made a side trip out of Stark with Kent and Ben to see the 
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Sheldon Marsh. It was thrilling to see this lovely 
bird, but even more thrilling was seeing Ben get this life bird, not an easy 
task when youve seen so many! It was a great day of fun and fellowship and the 
weather was spectacular! Congratulations Nugget Boy! 


Yesterday (Sat 4-12) was, at the risk of overusing this word, epic. I met Kent 
and Ben near Bolivar bright and squirrelly as we wanted to search some spots to 
hear the drum of Ruffed Grouse. We had some great spots, but did not hear any. 
In spite of this, it was some incredible birding in a just a few short hours. 
After the cold and fog burned off, we started searching the lowland flood-prone 
areas around Deuber Avenue for other potential migrants and recent arrivals. 
Early on, we heard the call of a Sandhill Crane. In several spots we heard 
Brown Thrashers signing from the thick underbrush. Eastern Towhees were singing 
like crazy at just about every stop. There was no shortage of Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers either. We then located a Virginia Rail working an area of 
cattails. The bird practically walked across our shoes, but remained just 
elusive enough to avoid my camera lens except for a few grass-filtered shots. 
We then parked the car up the road closer to the Bolivar Dam and were treated 
with our FOY Yellow-throated Warblers and aYellow-Throated Vireo. I had to go, 
but Kent and Ben kept birding and located a Solitary Sandpiper not far from the 
Wilderness Center in the Wilmot area. 


Later in the day, I made my way to Petros Lake Park (new eBird hotspot FYI) to 
see if I could locate a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that was reported a few days 
earlier and that Kent and Ben picked up after we parted earlier in the day. I 
was not disappointed and got some lovely pictures of this beautiful male bird. 
It can be located on the Hickory Trail and seemed to be hanging around the 
south end of the trail near a small bridge over a stream. This is also a great 
place to pick up a Fox Sparrow if you do not have one yet for the year. Once 
again, Eastern Towhees were singing like crazy. 


The day ended yesterday with a night of Owling with Dr. No at Quail Hollow 
State Park. We were not disappointed! After a cacophony of loud campers settled 
down a bit, we were treated to plenty of calls of Barred Owls, including a pair 
caterwauling, a sound that is not to be missed. Imagine what it must have been 
like hundreds of years ago to hear such a sound coming out of the dark forest! 
Soon after the Barred Owls settled down and things were quiet for a while, we 
heard what we were there to listen for.a pair of Long-eared Owls calling. The 
pair called back and forth for a little under 10 minutes. It was a real treat. 
We also had the company of an American Woodcock peenting away for most of the 
time we were there. What a day it was for this new birder let me tell you. I 
had 3 life birds, 4 new Ohio 2014 birds, and 7 Stark Big Year 2014 birds in one 
day! 


As always, thanks to Sandra, Ben, and Kent for taking the time to bird with me 
and share their experience and fellowship with me. I honestly do not know how I 
have found my way into such a wonderful group of people, but I thank my lucky 
stars everyday for it. Also, thanks to Dr. No, my best friend and a birder who 
does not know it yet, for always wanting to sit out in the woods and listen for 
owls and other interesting things. 


Thats the news from Stark County.  Happy Birding and be safe folks!

Jon Cefus


Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the 
experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to 
do so. 

-Douglas Adams


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Subject: Wendy Park migrants
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:22:25 -0400
The tiny main wood lot at Wendy Park is offering stunning looks at 30 Fox 
Sparrows, 16 Hermit Thrushes and 8 Brown Thrashers 


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Clinton County Red-Headed Woodpecker
From: Ed & Linda Roush <ecroush1 AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:58:09 -0700
Yesterday afternoon a Red-Headed Woodpecker came to our back yard suet 
feeders. This year we have had all of the common woodpecker visit: Red-Headed, 
Red-Bellied, Downy, Hairy, Pileated Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and Northern 
Flicker. 


Ed Roush
Wilmington


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Subject: Yellow throated warbler at clvld. Lakfront nature preserve/ dike 14
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:36:10 -0400
(Actually the park has a third name now since it.s a metropark, but I cant
remember it)

7:30 p today fri 4/12 ylw. throated warbler was on west path that shares
lakefront w/gordon pk & goes to obs. Deck/benches/ ,iron art.  bird was in
grassy/open area of park. It was low to ground first in grass 5 feet up,
then at base of big tree.

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Subject: urbanAlumCreek,Columbus,4-12 - temperateMigrants
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:01:21 -0400
I spent several hours this morning visiting parks along this greenbelt in east 
Columbus, and temperate migrants were out in force. I stopped at Tanager Woods, 
Innis Park, Mock park, and the Brittany Hills bikepath, and had many 
gnatcatchers, kinglets, towhees, Chipping & White-throated sparrows. More 
unusual birds included 1 Hermit Thrush (Innis), 2 singing Winter Wrens (Innis, 
Tanager Woods), 6 Yellow-throated Warblers (every stop), and 3 Fox Sparrows 
(singing at Innis & Tanager Woods) 


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Subject: 6 warbler day
From: Peggy Wang <nharrierpw AT AOL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:15:29 -0400
Clear Creek MP was pretty quiet but I still picked up my FOS N Parula (great 
looks), Black & White (heard), Black-throated Green (heard), Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher, & Field Sparrow. Only other warbler was a spiffy breeding plumage 
Yellow-rumped. E Phoebes & numerous E Towhees (v vocal) as well. Flyby Pileated 
WP. 


The best find of the morning was a Red Fox carrying a prey item. I wondered if 
it had a den that it was taking the food to b/c it took a very circuitous 
route, stopping & looking around several times, putting the food down then 
picking it up again before finally disappearing into thick cover not far from 
the creek. Nice OH mammal for me, plus it's been yrs since I've seen one. 


I ventured south to explore the Zaleski SF area & Lake Hope--both new areas for 
me. Given the summer-like temps, the birding was slow but I had a couple Wild 
Turkeys cross the road and nice looks at a Red-headed WP at the lodge. I also 
got my FOS Spring Azure BF there as well as a small sulphur sp. 


I stopped at Wahkeena on the way back & added FOS Yellow-throated Warbler & La 
Waterthrush. The waterthrush set an altitude record, perching on a limb 25' 
above the ground singing its heart out & dipping its tail. Flyover of a single 
Broad-winged Hawk & a close Green Heron. Other species there: 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Wood Duck (pair)
Pied-billed Grebe
Slate-colored Junco
White-throated Sparrows (at least 2)
Carolina Wren
B-G Gnat
E Phoebe

Yet another OH mammal: Beaver

Lovely day to be out, if a bit warm.

Peggy Wang
Lancaster

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Subject: scissor tailed flycatcher
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:40:20 -0400
Still present sheldon marsh 240 pm

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Subject: Y-H blackbird at Battelle-Darby MP near Columbus
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:29:48 -0400
No doubt this has been announced on the myriad other ways birders report
birds, but Paul Gardner and I ran into Jason Simonis at the Teal Pond at
Battelle-Darby MP this morning; Jason had relocated the male
yellow-headed blackbird in shoreline vegetation across the water to the
west. Ohio has a few nesting yhbb in Ottawa NWR, but they are scarce. We
have records in Franklin County: a M/F pair near Groveport in the summer
of 1873, six males in Columbus in March 1931, another at this same park
in May of 2010, and another here in September of 2011.  There also are
at least nine winter reports, mostly at feeders. Always a good find.
Bill Whan
Cols

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush at Happy Days
From: Lisa Brohl <lkbrohl AT THIRDPLANET.NET>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:12:53 -0400
I had a chance to walk the trail between the Happy Days Visitor Center and the 
Ledges at Virginia Kendall yesterday(Friday) following a meeting.

Went looking for skunk cabbage and coltsfoot but was happy to find a Louisiana 

waterthrush moving along the small stream's edges and then singing for us. 
Also saw two wood ducks fly through the tree tops and my first eastern phoebe 
of the year. Lots of kinglets moving around in the hemlocks.

Finished the day stopping at Sheldon's Marsh to see the scissor tailed 
flycatcher! What a beautiful bird!

Lisa Brohl

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Subject: Scissor tailed yes Saturday
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:17:56 -0400
Subject days it all

Haans

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Subject: Villa Angea/Wildwood Cleveland 4/11 Yellow-rumped, Gnatcatchers
From: Nancy Anderson <nancyanderson3 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:20:47 -0700
I went to Villa Angela/Wildwood Parks (part of Euclid Creek Reservation) on 
Lakeshore Blvd. & E. 174th St in Cleveland today from 5:30p, to 8:00pm. 
Iwalked withMark Anderson for part of the time. Here are some of the 
birdswesawtoday: 


Bonaparte's Gulls - over 60 in front of Villa Angela
Bufflehead 5 in front of Villa Angela
Red-breasted Mergansers - many scattered about
Double-crested Cormorants ~ 20
Great Egrets - 2 still in Wildwood wetland
Great Blue Herons - 3
Blue-winged Teal - 2 in Wildwood wetland (I saw them last Saturday also)
Scaup 3
Caspian Tern 1 
Black-crowned Night-Herons - 7 seen in VA south of the bathhouse (1st located 
by Mark) 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 in VA 
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER1 in VA (seen fromthe asphalt path (south)in the wet 
area west of bathhouse) 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher2 (1seen in VA woods, accidently found it while getting 
sapsucker picture) another heard closer to creek 

Brown Creepers 2
Winter Wren 1 VA
Fox Sparrows 3-4 near entrance to field north of library
Hermit Thrush 2 (one in field north of library, another closer to lake in VA in 
another wet area 

Golden-crowned Kinglets 3

While I was standing on breakwall down from bathhouse (west side of Euclid 
Creek) I took a picture of three Hooded Mergansers in the marina approx. 150 ft 
or more away. When I was walking along the asphalt bath north of the Wildwood 
wetland I disturbed three ducks that flew towards the lake and I only briefly 
noticed their dark deepsetcircled eyes looked a bit different. I believe 
these were juvenile Hooded Mergansers that I saw in the marina but I didn't see 
them clearly enough and did not walk close to marina at the time. 


Nancy Anderson
Richmond Hts, OH
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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher YES
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:20:15 -0400
Michelle Pesho reports Scissor-tailed still present at 7:30 pm tonight at 
Sawmill Creek Golf Course, viewed immediately northeast of Sheldon Marsh State 
Nature Preserve parking lot 



JB
CLE, OH
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