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Updated on Thursday, December 8 at 11:29 AM EST
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Rufous Sibia,©Jan Wilczur

8 Dec Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates [kent miller ]
8 Dec Changes at The Wilderness Center [Joseph Boros ]
8 Dec missing CT address [Bill Whan ]
8 Dec Snowy owl [Bill Whan ]
6 Dec Holmes County Western Tanager [kent miller ]
6 Dec Palm Warblers [Derrick Hill ]
5 Dec Ottawa NWR Census [DUG ]
5 Dec Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail Census [DUG ]
5 Dec Red-Breasted Nuthatch behavior [Susanna ]
5 Dec Clark County CBC [Doug Overacker ]
4 Dec Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.) [Craig Holt ]
4 Dec Checking Member Status [rstelzer ]
4 Dec Pine Lake Mahoning County [piwo2005 ]
4 Dec Mentor - Blackbrook CBC December 31, 2016 [ ]
4 Dec Re: Bluebirds [Manon VanSchoyck ]
4 Dec Re: Bluebirds [Debra Steinhausser ]
4 Dec Re: blue birds [Mark Sullivan ]
4 Dec blue birds [Karen Martens ]
1 Dec The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings [Craig Caldwell ]
30 Nov CBC [mary warren ]
30 Nov Trumbull CBC [Carole Babyak ]
1 Dec Carroll Co. Update - November 2016 [Jon ]
1 Dec Medina Lake ducks [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
1 Dec Seneca Lake today [Jon Benedetti ]
1 Dec HooverDam,Inniswood,12-01:Goldeneye,woodpeckers,Red-br.Nuthatch [rob thorn ]
2 Dec Iceland Gull, lake Erie Bluffs, 12/2 [John Pogacnik ]
2 Dec Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greater White-fronted Geese, Snow Buntings at MBSP [Vincent Capozziello ]
2 Dec Ross's Geese, Lake County ["Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" ]
2 Dec Re: Ross's Geese, Lake County [Gus Lanese ]
2 Dec Re: Ross's Geese, Lake County [Gus Lanese ]
2 Dec odd Ohio records [Bill Whan ]
2 Dec Lakewood CBC [Nancy Howell ]
2 Dec Wooster and Mohican State Forest Christmas Bird Counts 2016 [Roger Troutman ]
2 Dec Re: odd Ohio records [Dave Horn ]
3 Dec Lesser Black-backed Gull - Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield, Ohio [Jason Larson ]
3 Dec TREE SPARROW ARRIVAL [Dean Sheldon ]
3 Dec 3-Creeks,12-03:FoxSparrows,SwampSparrows [rob thorn ]
3 Dec Northern Saw-whet Owl [Erik Bruder ]
3 Dec New and changed eBird Hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller ]
29 Nov Re: Mandarin Duck [Jay Colburn ]
29 Nov merlins - cuyahoga co. [inga schmidt ]
29 Nov Black Vultures in Brecksville, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) [Ken Andrews ]
27 Nov Mandarin Duck [John-C-Seiler ]
26 Nov Ashtabula and Conneaut [Craig Holt ]
26 Nov OHOS CBC Sat., Dec 31, 2016 [Darlene Sillick ]
23 Nov Blog and Big Island. [Steve Jones ]
23 Nov New Yard Bird- Fox Sparrow [Ohio Birder ]
23 Nov Fremont CBC Saturday 12/17 [Jason Guerard ]
24 Nov 5 SEOW, Fairfield Co, SR 37 [jitterbugjamey52 ]
22 Nov goldfinch molts [Laura ]
22 Nov Osprey - Carroll Co. [Jon Cefus ]
22 Nov Northern Waterthrush (Cuyahoga County) [Aaron Milenski ]
22 Nov New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots area active [Ken Ostermiller ]
22 Nov Long-eared owl memories in Oberlin from 2013? [Ken Andrews ]
21 Nov Ibis - Great Egret Marsh, Ottawa County [Matthew Kovach ]
21 Nov _andarin Duck still present [Steve Jones ]
21 Nov Red-throated Loon at Delaware SP, Delaware County 11/21/2016 [Leslie Sours ]
21 Nov Delaware county Panhandle Rd. [Tania Perry ]
21 Nov Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU [Mark Sullivan ]
21 Nov Harlequin Ducks, Lake Erie Bluffs, 11/21 [John Pogacnik ]
21 Nov Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU [Janet Forrest ]
20 Nov Lake and Ashtabula Counties, 11/20 [John Pogacnik ]
20 Nov Conneaut Spectacle - Franklin's Gull [Jon ]
20 Nov Alum Creek and Hoover Reservoir 11/20 [James Smallwood ]
20 Nov Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU [Nancy M Rudd ]
20 Nov Black Vultures in downtown Brecksville, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) [Ken Andrews ]
20 Nov Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU [Susan Brauning ]
20 Nov Snow Goose Logan County [Steve Jones ]
20 Nov Sims Park Scoters, Conneaut Gulls (Cuyahoga/Ashtabula County) [Gautam Apte ]
20 Nov Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU [Susan Brauning ]
20 Nov Re: Black-headed Gull, Conneaut Harbor 11/20 [elvert1980 ]
20 Nov Black-headed Gull, Conneaut Harbor 11/20 [John Pogacnik ]
19 Nov Black Scoter Bonaparte's Gull Gt Miami River Dayton [Brad Jackson ]
19 Nov AlumCreeklake,HooverRes.11-19: Loons,Herons [rob thorn ]
19 Nov BSBO Lake Erie Pelagic [Jason Guerard ]
19 Nov Mandarin Duck at OSU [Jennifer Kuehn ]

Subject: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates
From: kent miller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:03:15 +0000
The Western & Summer Tanagers 4 miles apart in Holmes County both continue 
Thursday morning although one report suggests the Summer is looking a bit more 
lethargic and fluffed up today. 

Both Amish homeowners are exceptionally gracious. The homeowners of the Western 
Tanager are pleased to welcome birders 7 days a week including Sunday. Please 
stay on the far left side of the parking area giving as much space as possible 
to the Tupperware cup the Western likes to come feed at by the feeders. 
Yesterday the Western seemed far more likely to approach when birders remained 
in their cars waiting on the left side of the drive. Please sign the guest list 
under the roof on the first outbuilding on the left.The Summer Tanager 
homeowners are requesting only Monday through Friday visits due to business and 
family considerations on the weekends. When you stop in the owner, Edna Troyer, 
asks that you come inside the house to allow the birds to settle better and 
there sign her guest book as well. I encourage birders to ask to read through a 
copy of her Life's Journey booklet as her remarkable life journey will make 
your visit all the more memorable.The address for the Western is 8337 Township 
Road 662 which is just south of Rt 62 SW of Wilmot. The Summer is at 6830 State 
Rt. 515, Millersburg, OH which is actually just north of Trail, OH.Kent Miller 



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Subject: Changes at The Wilderness Center
From: Joseph Boros <jlboros2048 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:04:31 -0500
A few months ago The Wilderness Center in Stark county mowed down the
"invasive" shrubs and scrub near the beginning of the trail and around the
power lines to make room for a prairie garden.  The shrubby areas were one
of the best places I knew of for Yellow-breasted Chats and White-eyed
Vireos.  I guess even parks and protected areas are unkind to scrub-loving
birds!  I actually haven't been to The Wilderness Center recently but I
would guess there are fewer wintering sparrows there as well.  (Except for
Fox Sparrows, which regularly overwinter in the woods)

Joseph Boros
Holmes County

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Subject: missing CT address
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:06:58 -0500
Sorry, if you wanna see it, the URL for the CT list is
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/CT01

BW

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Subject: Snowy owl
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:47:51 -0500
The topic title is just to get your attention. It is fairly routine to
hear and read birders' reports of owls, and this time of year the
not-so-frequent appearances of strikingly white snowy owls in wide-open
spaces is when we hear about them from observers. I have plenty of
opinions about the behavior of humans in these circumstances, but won't
rehearse them here..."YOU CAN FIND THOUSANDS OF GREAT PHOTOS OF SNOWY
OWLS FOR FREE ON THE INTERNET"... no, no, make me stop!
        I realize only small select communities like ours and the Connecticut
site carry actual conversation among their users. I guess Ohio-birds has
lost its luster for serious bird observers---we saw no posts here
yesterday, one the day before, five the day before that---but the
Connecticut list, serving a population 1/3 the size of Ohio's
[http://birding.aba.org/maillist/CT01] had 33 yesterday, 15 of them
about their not-so-rare snowies and "owl etiquette", with a tasty bit of
snarkiness of course but many quite informative views from thoughtful
experienced observers. It's worthwhile looking at these, where most
posters seem to have seen a lot of owls, and read with care the opinions
of those who've paid attention to others' remarks, something you seldom
see on the Ohio list...
Just sayin',
Bill Whan


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Subject: Holmes County Western Tanager
From: kent miller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:23:53 +0000
Just received word from Ed Schlabach who this morning confirmed a female 
Western Tanager in Holmes County. Ed's note is pasted below.Kent Miller 


     

   

 I just got back from confirming a Western Tanager (female) that is visiting a 
feeder at the Marvin Troyer residence in NE Holmes county since about Nov. 30. 
The address is 8337 Township Road 662 which is .2 mile south of US route 62 
(this is just south and west of Wilmot, OH). Birders are welcome. Vehicles 
should park along the south (left) side of the driveway by the outbuildings. 
The feeders can be observed from this area. Do not park on the other side of 
the driveway as this is too close to the feeders. Also, stay out of the yard 
and please be courteous. There should be ample space for parking and observing 
in the designated area.  Thanks and good luck on seeing this first Holmes 
County and Bobolink area record. Ed Schlabach 



   

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Subject: Palm Warblers
From: Derrick Hill <000004165953d733-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 04:57:21 +0000
On a trip to Zanesville I decided to take a detour out to The Wilds off of 
Cumberland Rd.  Near the pond/lake on the public recreation side I noticed a 
few warbler like birds.  After confirmation they where late Palm Warblers.  

Derrick Hill, Cumberland Rd at The Wilds, Muskingum, Ohio

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Subject: Ottawa NWR Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:38:05 +0000
DECEMBER 04, 2016 - OTTAWA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE MONTHLY CENSUS.ROUTES: Same 
usual morning & afternoon routes. TIME: 8:00am - 12:00pm; 1:35pm - 5:15pm 
TEMP.: 37~43~39COND.: Cloudy, light south winds; no snow cover - all water 
open. OBS.: (Morning only): Katie Clink, Dave Myles, Al & Betty Schlecht, Tony 
Szilagye (partial); (All day): Ed Pierce, Jim Reyda & Douglas W. Vogus. 

I.MAMMALS: 4 SPECIES.
   
   - Virginia Opossum - 1   

   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 6
   - Common Muskrat - 2
   - White-tailed Deer - 1 (doe)

II. BIRDS: 60 SPECIES.
   
   - Canada Goose - 803   

   - Trumpeter Swan - 46
   - Tundra Swan - 346
   - Gadwall - 1,487
   - American Wigeon - 5
   - American Black Duck - 54
   - Mallard - 2,590
   - Northern Shoveler - 73
   - Northern Pintail - 116
   - Green-winged Teal - 5
   - Bufflehead - 38
   - Common Goldeneye - 4
   - Hooded Merganser - 4
   - Common Merganser - 18
   - Ruddy Duck - 15
   - Pied-billed Grebe - 5
   - Mourning Dove - 119
   - American Coot - 303
   - Sandhill Crane - 41
   - Killdeer - 9
   - Marbled Godwit - 3 (Moist Soil Unit 3)
   - Dunlin - 4 (Moist Soil Unit 3)
   - Bonaparte's Gull - 68
   - Ring-billed Gull - 257
   - Herring Gull - 11
   - Double-crested Cormorant - 4
   - Great Blue Heron - 64
   - Bald Eagle - 10 (4 adult,6 immature)
   - Northern Harrier - 7
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 10
   - Eastern Screech-Owl - 1
   - Great Horned Owl - 1
   - Long-eared Owl - 4
   - Red-headed Woodpecker - 6
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 17
   - Downy Woodpecker - 24
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 3
   - Northern Flicker - 4
   - American Kestrel - 2
   - Northern Shrike - 3 
   - Blue Jay - 44
   - Horned Lark - 18
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 13
   - Tufted Titmouse - 2
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 18
   - Brown Creeper - 3
   - Winter Wren - 2
   - Carolina Wren - 1
   - Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
   - European Starling - 50
   - House Sparrow - 7
   - American Goldfinch - 12
   - Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
   - American Tree Sparrow - 141
   - Fox Sparrow - 8
   - Song Sparrow - 10
   - Swamp Sparrow - 1
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 38
   - Northern Cardinal - 27
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 11

Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Subject: Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 23:01:06 +0000
DECEMBER 03, 2016 - CUYAHOGA VALLEY MONTHLY TOWPATH TRAIL CENSUS.HIKE: Towpath 
Trail from Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Valley. TIME: 7:30am - 4:30pm 
TEMP.: 38~42~39COND.: Chilly, gray & cloudy all day; occasional light SW winds; 
no snow cover - all water open.TRAIL COND.: Fair - some muddy, slick spots. 
Construction equipment staging between old Jaite box factory & Stanford Swamp 
to repair Cuyahoga River erosion along trail. Many dead ash trees cut down 
along trail between Red Lock & Boston to prevent future clean-ups. Overhead 
bridge maintenance between Akron Compost Facility & Akron Water Pollution 
Control Station completed. E.P.A.-mandated upgrades to sewer trunk line 
completed with many new trees/shrubs planted. RIVER COND.: Normal.FT.MI.: 13.51 
OBS.: John Henry & Douglas W. Vogus. 

I. MAMMALS: 4 SPECIES.

   - Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1

   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 3
   - Red Squirrel - 8
   - White-tailed Deer - 5 (7-pt buck,2 doe,2 yearling)

II. BIRDS: 47 SPECIES (Tied December High from 12/07/2013), 653 INDIVIDUALS 
(Lowest December Total).(NOTE: m = male; f = female; ? = bird was seen but not 
sexed; * = bird was heard calling but not sexed) 


   - Canada Goose - 12

   - American Black Duck - 23 (5m,5f,13?)
   - Mallard - 67 (26m,15f,26?)
   - Northern Pintail - 1 (m - at Ira Beaver Marsh - first December record)
   - Ring-necked Duck - 2 (1m,1f - at Dover Pond - first December record)
   - Unidentified Ducks - 5
 - Wild Turkey - 1 (getting ready to roost about 60ft up in a sycamore tree - 
first December record) 

   - Pied-billed Grebe - 1 (Ira Beaver Marsh)
   - Rock Pigeon - 3
   - Mourning Dove - 3
   - Ring-billed Gull - 27
   - Herring Gull - 1
 - Common Loon - 2 (fly-overs heading SW above Stanford Swamp - first December 
record) 

   - Great Blue Heron - 4
   - Bald Eagle - 2 (adult male & adult female near Peninsula)
   - Cooper's Hawk - 1 (m)
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 5
   - Belted Kingfisher - 4 (2m,1f,1*)
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 10 (8m,1f,1*)
   - Downy Woodpecker - 21 (10m,8f,2?,1*)
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 13 (5m,4f,4*)
   - Northern Flicker - 4 (*)
   - Pileated Woodpecker - 1 (m)
 - Peregrine Falcon - 2 (1m,1f - unbanded male tentatively named "Trailblazer" 
& female "Gatewood", now in adult plumage. Not known if "Rocky" has gone south 
or given up on the Ohio Turnpike nest site - info per Chad & Chris Saladin's 
peregrine website) 

   - Blue Jay - 26
   - American Crow - 90
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 41
   - Tufted Titmouse - 17
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 25 (8m,3f,3?,11*)
   - Brown Creeper - 2
   - Winter Wren - 1
   - Carolina Wren - 5
   - Eastern Bluebird - 9 (4m,4f,1*)
   - European Starling - 60
   - Cedar Waxwing - 14
   - House Sparrow - 5
   - House Finch - 4 (1m,2?,1*)
   - American Goldfinch - 34
   - Eastern Towhee - 3 (2m,1*)
   - American Tree Sparrow - 30
 - Field Sparrow - 1 (near the boardwalk at Lonesome Lock - first December 
record) 

   - Song Sparrow - 12
   - Swamp Sparrow - 3
   - White-throated Sparrow - 21
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 2 (1f,1?)
   - Northern Cardinal - 29 (11m,13f,5*)
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 2 (m)
   - Common Grackle - 1
   - Unidentified Passerines - 4

III. FISHES: 1 SPECIES.

   - Creek Chub - 17


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.




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Subject: Red-Breasted Nuthatch behavior
From: Susanna <susanna AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 11:00:58 -0500
We've had a Red-Breasted Nuthatch visiting feeders since Nov 11th in SW
Columbus suburb.  I'd read they can be quite tame but hadn't experienced
that behavior until yesterday.  I stepped out on the patio thinking there
weren't any birds around, then heard that funny little "een ink meep" from
the pergola vines just over my head.  The RB nuthatch then went to the
peanut feeder with me lingering about 8 feet away, which is closer than the
chickadees let me get.

Of course when I'm not outside the house sparrows are on the rampage and
discourage other birds.  What a mess.



Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus/Galloway, Franklin County OH




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Subject: Clark County CBC
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:46:11 -0500
We will be holding our Clark County CBC on Friday, December 16. We meet at
the southwest corner of the dam at Buck Creek State Park at 7:30 AM. Lunch
is provided at the Corps of Engineers maintenance building. This count
covers Buck Creek State Park, and some parks in Springfield plus George
Rogers Clark Park. Contact Doug Overacker at 937-324-1871 or
cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com if you are interested.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.)
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:05:06 +0000
I birded Evans L. and Pine L. this afternoon.  Best bird was an ad. lesser 
black-backed gull at Evans L.  Also seen there were bufflehead, 200 hooded 
mergansers, 30 common mergansers, 20 ruddy ducks, 11 pied-billed grebes, 2500 
ring-billed gulls, and 25 herring gulls.  Pine L. had 14 Am. black ducks, 160 
mallards, 48 ring-necked ducks, 22 buffleheads, 15 hooded mergansers, 25 common 
mergansers, 50 ruddy ducks, Cooper's hawk, bald eagle, and Am. coots.  Craig 
Holt, Lowellville 


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Subject: Checking Member Status
From: rstelzer <rstelzer AT INSIGHT.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:24:07 -0500
    
Can you please check and update your records as I have been a previous member 
on the Ohio Birders List Server, but recently have not been getting the alerts 
on my email. 

Richard StelzerRstelzer AT insight.rr.com 614-570-7597

Sent from my Sprint Samsung Galaxy® Note 4.

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Subject: Pine Lake Mahoning County
From: piwo2005 <piwo2005 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:12:12 -0500
    
At 11 am today, 11 Greater White Fronted Geese and over 200 Common Mergansers 
were near the south end of the lake. 

Also, A Greater and Lessor Black Backed Gull was present with over 600 Ringed 
billed Gulls. 

Numerous other ducks also present . 
Jeff Harvey 
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Subject: Mentor - Blackbrook CBC December 31, 2016
From: Dan Donaldson <000003331627f918-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:33:16 +0000
The 2016  Christmas Bird Count for the Mentor Circle -sponsored by Blackbrook 
Audubon will be held December 31, 2016. 

The Mentor Circle offers birders a chance to bird wide ranging habitats from 
the Lake Erie Shore to the hemlock lined ravines of the Penitentiary Glen and 
The Holden Arboretum.  We welcome birders of all ages and abilities.   

Contact Dan Donaldson at:danook057 AT yahoo.com for additional information.

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Subject: Re: Bluebirds
From: Manon VanSchoyck <mvs AT OHIONATURE.ORG>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:26:06 -0500
Some bluebirds will use the nesting boxes for roosting but "mock " mating
and nesting behavior is normally observed each year  in the fall. Can't
speak on this behavior being normally seen in December, however.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of
Debra Steinhausser
Sent: Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:46 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Bluebirds

I have a nest box trail of 13 boxes.  I observe this kind of behavior
almost every fall.  Some of the bluebirds will stay over the winter. I
haven't observed them using the boxes during the winter, but I don't
monitor them after the nesting season is over--just casual observation.

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Subject: Re: Bluebirds
From: Debra Steinhausser <Steinhausser2 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:45:46 +0000
I have a nest box trail of 13 boxes. I observe this kind of behavior almost 
every fall. Some of the bluebirds will stay over the winter. I haven't observed 
them using the boxes during the winter, but I don't monitor them after the 
nesting season is over--just casual observation. 


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Subject: Re: blue birds
From: Mark Sullivan <columbussully AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:36:32 +0000
We had similar activity one morning about a month ago in our yard here in
Worthington.. It even included what looked like competition with house
sparrows. But it never repeated, and the bluebird box remains empty.

On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM Karen Martens 
wrote:

> I am noticing this morning that a pair of bluebirds (probably the ones that
> nested here last year) are going in and out of the bluebird house that they
> last used for nesting. Behavior is similar to when they nest in the box. So
> what are they doing at this time of year? Making a winter retreat?
>
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> Karen H. Martens
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> Columbus, OH 43214
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Subject: blue birds
From: Karen Martens <karen.h.martens AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:15:06 -0500
I am noticing this morning that a pair of bluebirds (probably the ones that
nested here last year) are going in and out of the bluebird house that they
last used for nesting. Behavior is similar to when they nest in the box. So
what are they doing at this time of year? Making a winter retreat?

--
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293 Ceramic Drive
Columbus, OH 43214
614-261-0143 (home)
614-607-1905 (mobile)

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Subject: The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings
From: Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:33:16 +0000
  Despite its not being December 21, the Ohio Cardinal’s fallseason has 
ended and winter has begun. That means it’s time send in your August through 
November sightings.  They go to Craig Caldwell, 1270 W. MelroseDr., Westlake, 
OH, 44145 or craig_caldwellATsbcglobal.net (substitute the “ AT ”symbol for 
“AT”).  In addition to sightings,we welcome photos, anecdotes, general 
interest articles, and research papers.  If you enter your sightings into 
eBird, youdo not need to send a report – we download all the entries directly 
fromCornell.  Feel free, however, to expandon items in your eBird list in a 
separate note to me, because I can’t look atevery note in eBird. Digital 
photo files, please; send prints only with priorapproval.  If you post photos 
toFaceBook, Flickr, or the like, you can send links to them rather than the 
photofiles themselves.  Photos and links go toPhoto Editor Christopher 
Collins, ccollins0325ATyahoo.com.  (Note the double “c”.) The deadline is 
December 21.  Thank you in advance. Craig CaldwellEditor, The Ohio 
CardinalThe Ohio Ornithological Society 


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Subject: CBC
From: mary warren <windbird AT BEX.NET>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:30:50 -0500
The Christmas Bird Count for Firelands Audubon Society will be conducted on 
Saturday December 17th. 


We will be covering Erie and Huron counties. We could use some extra help this 
year as two of our block leaders are unable to participate this year. 


The more eyes the better! Everyone is welcome to join us. We cover such great 
spots as Sheldon Marsh, Old Woman Creek, Eagle Point, Edison Woods and much 
more. 


If you are able to help for all or part of the day, please contact us at 
firelandsaudubon AT gmail.com 


It’s a lot of fun and we end up the day at the Huron Pier and then go to 
Osborn Park for a potluck and final tally. 


Hope to hear from some of you..................

Thanks

Mary Warren

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Subject: Trumbull CBC
From: Carole Babyak <owllo42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:58:00 -0500
Trumbull County CBC will be held Dec. 18

Any one interested can contact  Carole Babyak

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Subject: Carroll Co. Update - November 2016
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:42:15 -0500
Hello!

2016 is winding down and the struggle to add new species to our Carroll Co. 
survey continues. For me, it is a bittersweet time of the year. I am much 
happier in cooler weather, but it’s a lot harder to find the birds. The 
photographer in me definitely revels in the lack of leaves and the days that 
cold, clear Canadian air combined with the lower relative position of the sun 
gives a particular kind of light that I find aesthetically pleasing. But, I 
digress… 


Kent Miller, Ben Morrison, and I were able to do 1 formal Raptor Watch this 
month. Unfortunately, it’s been extremely difficult to pick good days as 
there have been very few occasions in which N-NW winds have been dominant. Our 
raptor watch was pretty uneventful. We chose to watch from Fargo Rd. in western 
Carroll Co. The primary target was Rough-legged Hawk, which both Kent and I 
needed for the year. We dipped on that species, but had a nice consolation 
prize when a handsome Northern Shrike tee’d up on a nearby snag. We already 
had a Shrike in the early spring, but it’s still great to see this marvel of 
a bird, which has been colloquially referred to as “the butcher watchman.” 
While our raptor watch was a raptor bust, we all realize that we are getting 
good information regardless of whether or not we see what we want to see. 
Sometimes what you DO NOT see teaches you as much as what you do. 


Fortunately, at least for Kent, a RLHA did show up at Fargo a few days later 
and he was there to see it, as well as seeing the shrike again. Even nicer was 
that Margaret Bowman, who is conducting one of the more impressive efforts of 
cataloging bird species in Ohio, was able to see the hawk after stopping at our 
house to try for Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch. Now….if only I could 
get an eye on a RLHA this year! Hopefully, the feeder birds are more 
cooperative for Margaret the next time she stops at the house. The last date 
that we had PUFIs at the feeder was 11/13. Our RB Nuthatch(es) continue, 
although they are more irregular than the other feeder birds. 


Waterfowl activity has been extremely slow. We have been hearing from 
experienced birders that this may be the worst year for ducks in Ohio that they 
have seen in their lives. I do not have that kind of perspective, but I can say 
that we only had 9 species of ducks in Carroll in November, with the majority 
of that tally happening at Atwood on 1 very quick occasion before the raft 
lifted off and headed south. Loons have been relatively sparse, with our high 
count of 5 coming this past Sunday at Atwood Lake. We’ve also talked with 
some waterfowl hunters who have conveyed the same reports of very little 
activity. What does this point to, I wonder? 


The only new species added to our year list (as a team) was Tundra Swan on 
11/12 at Atwood Lake. I was there alone and heard them before I saw them. The 
flock flew over the lake several times and seemed to want to land, but 
eventually opted to continue their flight toward the S-SE. I was fortunate to 
be able to both photograph the flock and get an audio recording, which I 
uploaded to eBird with my report. There are many wonderful tools available to 
you through eBird if you are passionate about recording your sightings. I 
encourage folks to consider using this tool. For me, it makes me more careful 
in my efforts and I like the feeling of knowing that my “listing” lives on 
after I am gone. Your sightings can be a legacy, rather than an impressive 
catalog that may be accidentally thrown out with other belongings after you are 
gone. Just some food for thought… 


A few interesting notes. We had 35 Killdeer and a Wilson’s Snipe at Atwood 
Lake last Sunday as we picked through a growing group of gulls working the far 
east end of the lake. The MWCD is letting the water levels down rapidly at 
Atwood and Leesville, providing excellent shorebird habitat…2 months too 
late! We already knew this, though. The gull activity is worth keeping an eye 
on though. With several landfills nearby (but not IN Carroll), there is always 
a chance for premium gull species inland. If you want a more thorough 
exploration of this subject, check out Kent’s post on the Facebook Bobolink 
Page or the recent sharing of Kent’s words by Jen Brumfield on Ohio Chase 
Birds on Facebook. Also of note, I had an Osprey fly over Atwood on 11/22. That 
seemed late, but I have not had a chance to look at the data on that yet. 
Finally, I had a good candidate for a Northern Saw-whet Owl along Fargo Rd. 
last Saturday evening. It is possible that the bird I saw fly (after playing 
the Saw-whet “toots” call) was a Timberdoodle (American Woodcock). We tried 
to get a response on Sunday evening at the same spot with no luck, so our quest 
for that species, as well as Long-eared Owl will go on. I hope to contact some 
land owners so that we can walk some areas of White Pine and other favorable 
habitats. 


I saw 71 species in Carroll in November. Our team total now stands at 214 
species for the year. Carroll is ranked 22nd in Ohio in eBird for species seen 
in 2016 and 56th for all years in Ohio. As of yesterday, 1064 checklists have 
been generated in eBird in the county in 2016. The next report will be the last 
one for Carroll this year, so I want to take a moment to wish all of you a 
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. I hope to see you out 
there on the trails in 2017! 


Happy birding!


Jon Cefus
Carroll Co. 


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Subject: Medina Lake ducks
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:25:29 -0500
seen this afternoon, about 100 each of
 - ring-necked ducks
 - ruddy ducks
 - hooded mergansers

location:  Rt 18, 1/2 mile west of River Styx Road
(east of Medina center)

on north side of Rt 18.
unmarked entrance to a small paved parking lot,
short walk and stairs to the elevated reservoir.

always a variety of waterfowl.
expecting loons and horned grebes later.
scope helps but not required.

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Subject: Seneca Lake today
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 19:50:17 -0500
  Today's Mountwood Bird Club outing to Seneca Lake in Ohio was attended by
Lucine Wright, Barb & Neal Hohman, Archie Carpenter, Pat Collins and I.
cold and windy for part of the day. Lake level pretty low.

Birds:  "*" = highlights

Canada Goose
*Wood Duck - 2
*Gadwall - 10+
*American Wigeon - 3
*American Black Duck - 5
Mallard
*Blue-winged Teal 0 2
*Northern Shoveler - 12+
*Green-winged Teal - 10+
**BLACK SCOTER - 2
*Hooded Merganser 150+
*Ruddy Duck - 4
*Wild Turkey  - two flocks, 5 toms in one and a mixed flock of 15+
*Common Loon - 16+
Pied-billed Grebe - 10+
*Horned Grebe - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 3
Great Blue Heron
*Black Vulture - 5 - 4 at Hohman's and 1 at Seneca Lake
*Bald Eagle - 3 - 2  adults and 1 younger bird
*Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer - 1
*Bonaparte's Gull - 600+
*Ring-billed Gull - 600+
*Herring Gull - 10+
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
*Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird - 10+
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
*Yellow-rumped Warbler - 8+
*American Tree Sparrow - 12+
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

As usual I probably missed some.
Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV

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Subject: HooverDam,Inniswood,12-01:Goldeneye,woodpeckers,Red-br.Nuthatch
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 20:11:27 -0500
A quick run through these 2 neighboring spots in Westerville this afternoon 
found some interesting birds. The cold snap seems to have pushed in some stuff, 
including 


Common Goldeneye - one female was in the reservoir above the dam, my FOS around 
Columbus 

Hooded Mergansers - none at the dam, but 2 were at the pond along the Chipmunk 
Chatter Trail at Inniswood 

Gulls - the area around the dam had small flocks of Ring-bills (50+) and 
Bonaparte's (25) 

Woodpeckers - 5-6 Red-headed are still along the forest loop trail at 
Inniswood, and the spillway below Hoover dam had lots of other woodpeckers, 
including a Pileated 

Red-br.Nuthatch - 1 of these little beauties is frequenting the feeders at the 
Innis house at Inniswood 

Cedar Waxwings - still was able find 3-4 of them around the berry bushes at 
Inniswood 

Swamp Sparrow - singles were at the Hoover Dam Spillway and nearby Boyer 
Preserve 

White-throated Sparrows - small flocks were everywhere, possibly pushed into 
the area by the cold snap. 


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Subject: Iceland Gull, lake Erie Bluffs, 12/2
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:18:11 +0000
I did a lake watch at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County for a couple hours. There 
was a nice movement of large gulls heading west. Most were probably heading 
toward the landfill just southwest of the park. Of note was an adult Iceland 
gull and a couple lesser black-backed gulls. 



Waterfowl numbers were fairly low with mergansers heading west close to shore 
and flocks of scaup heading east. One group of 64 tundra swans was also seen. 



Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Dec 2, 2016 7:10 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Conducted a lakewatch
13 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan  64
Canvasback  29
Lesser Scaup  23
Greater/Lesser Scaup  394
Red-breasted Merganser  543
Common Loon  23
Horned Grebe  7
Bald Eagle  3
Ring-billed Gull  2740
Herring Gull  1890
Iceland Gull  1
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2     1 adult and one 2nd cycle
Great Black-backed Gull  11
American Robin  41


John Pogacnik

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greater White-fronted Geese, Snow Buntings at MBSP
From: Vincent Capozziello <vcapozziello AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:45:47 +0000
11 Greater White-fronted Geese, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, and a flock of
about 30 Snow Buntings at Maumee Bay State Park this morning.

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Subject: Ross's Geese, Lake County
From: "Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" <chitanion AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:48:10 -0500
The 3 Ross'ss Geese found by Russ Orgin on Nov 29th were seen again this 
morning at Willowick Middle School in Lake County (41.6312787,-81.4647684). 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32820119

Chia

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Subject: Re: Ross's Geese, Lake County
From: Gus Lanese <glanese48 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:03:27 -0500
A lady reported that a pair of binoculars were left by a birder in her car. She 
has since dropped them off in the school office. 


Gus

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> On Dec 2, 2016, at 11:48 AM, Cory Chia Chiappone  wrote:
> 
> The 3 Ross'ss Geese found by Russ Orgin on Nov 29th were seen again this 
morning at Willowick Middle School in Lake County (41.6312787,-81.4647684). 

> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32820119
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Subject: Re: Ross's Geese, Lake County
From: Gus Lanese <glanese48 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:56:22 -0500
Still there at 1:55 pm.  In baseball diamond. 

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> On Dec 2, 2016, at 11:48 AM, Cory Chia Chiappone  wrote:
> 
> The 3 Ross'ss Geese found by Russ Orgin on Nov 29th were seen again this 
morning at Willowick Middle School in Lake County (41.6312787,-81.4647684). 

> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32820119
> 
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Subject: odd Ohio records
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:03:13 -0500
I'm just finishing a final run through my work on the 382 bird
species of central Ohio (
http://columbusaudubon.org/resources/checklists-and-indexes-coh/ ), and
I notice among other anomalies the number of Ohio water-loving species
which were said to have been first recorded from central Ohio and not
Lake Erie. They include:
        both eiders, king and common
        all three scoters, black, white-winged, surf
        cinnamon teal
        Eurasian wigeon
        magnificent frigatebird
        long-tailed jaeger
        gulls: kittiwake and Franklin's gull, Sabine's gull
Check the dates at
http://columbusaudubon.org/resources/checklists-and-indexes-coh/ to see
the dates, or have a look at Peterjohn's "The Birds of Ohio.". All I can
think is that central Ohio's lakes and reservoirs were far more easy to
search for these water-loving species. Perhaps these species were hard
to see well or collect (some were collected but lost in museum fires up
north) from the lake and the shore. Certainly central Ohio does not
truly deserve recognition as the first-discovery location of these birds...
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Lakewood CBC
From: Nancy Howell <NHowell AT CMNH.ORG>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:13:46 +0000
Greeting fellow birders,

The Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count (west side of Cleveland), sponsored by 
Western Cuyahoga Audubon, is scheduled for Friday, December 30. Lots more 
information can be found at the Western Cuyahoga Audubon website, 
http://www.wcaudubon.org/news/117th-annual-audubon-christmas-bird-count-lakewood-circle-2016, 
and more will be forthcoming. While the area is urban and suburban, we have a 
great time and find some great species. We welcome seasoned birders and 
beginners. Contact Nancy Howell at 
nancyhowell AT wcaudubon.org Thanks! 



Nancy J. Howell
In-House Education Coordinator/Museum Educator
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
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Subject: Wooster and Mohican State Forest Christmas Bird Counts 2016
From: Roger Troutman <roger.troutman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:59:23 -0500
Hello fellow birders and CBC'ers



*67th Wooster & 68th Mohican State Forest Ohio Christmas Bird Counts 2016*

You are cordially invited to participate in either or both of these
Christmas Bird Counts. All birding experience levels welcome!


 Note: Wooster Count participants. Due to Christmas falling on a Sunday,
rather than having the count on Christmas Eve day, we are opting to have it
on a 1st time weekday on Monday following Christmas. Hopefully this works
out for all

.

===*Wooster* Mon. Dec. 26th - Meet at the Bob Evans Restaurant off Route 30
on the south edge of Wooster. Meet  AT  7 AM for breakfast and/or for
territory assignments.


Some participants meet circa noon at the Subway at the Bell Store's/Subway
Convenience Store at the northeast corner of St. Rt. 3 and 95.  All of
course are welcome to buy or brownbag and cover AM birding results.

=== *Mohican** State Forest**.* Sat. Dec 31th.  Meet at 7 AM at McDonalds
just south of  Loudonville on St. Rt. 3 for territory assignments and/or
breakfast.

Can't make the morning session?- join the group for a brown bag lunch at
the Pleasant Hill Reservoir Dam parking lot at 12:30 PM


                                                      *
Both count instructions*

If you need a territory assignment, directions etc before the count day or
have questions, contact me  by phone between 9 AM & 10 PM or by email
Roger.Troutman AT gmail.com  anytime.


If you are new to the count or are traveling more than a half-hours
distance, please contact me (email preferred) if you are expecting to
attend.


This is the basic information, but please contact me if you have any
further questions.



There are no participation fees again this year but donations to Audubon's
CBC effort are welcome and tax deductible..

Roger Troutman AT gmail.com or call (landline) (419) 884-3529

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Subject: Re: odd Ohio records
From: Dave Horn <davehorn43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:43:33 -0500
Hello Ohio Birders,

A thought in reaction to Bill's comments: The "initial discoveries" noted
by Bill may have been concentrated in central Ohio not only because of
relative ease of observation/collection but also might reflect the
distribution of competent observers.  Not to take anything away from
Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton or Cincinnati area birders but central Ohio has
long been a bastion of birding expertise (Wheaton, Trautman, Claugus et
al.), and more birding effort was expended closer to home in the days
before Interstate highways.  (I commenced my birding career in the Boston
area and in the early 1950s and if a rarity showed up on the Rhode Island
coast one simply would not, and could not, make a "chase" and return in a
single day.)

Happy birding!

Dave Horn
Columbus OH
Worcester, MA

On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 2:03 PM, Bill Whan  wrote:

> I'm just finishing a final run through my work on the 382 bird
> species of central Ohio (
> http://columbusaudubon.org/resources/checklists-and-indexes-coh/ ), and
> I notice among other anomalies the number of Ohio water-loving species
> which were said to have been first recorded from central Ohio and not
> Lake Erie. They include:
>        both eiders, king and common
>        all three scoters, black, white-winged, surf
>        cinnamon teal
>        Eurasian wigeon
>        magnificent frigatebird
>        long-tailed jaeger
>        gulls: kittiwake and Franklin's gull, Sabine's gull
> Check the dates at
> http://columbusaudubon.org/resources/checklists-and-indexes-coh/ to see
> the dates, or have a look at Peterjohn's "The Birds of Ohio.". All I can
> think is that central Ohio's lakes and reservoirs were far more easy to
> search for these water-loving species. Perhaps these species were hard
> to see well or collect (some were collected but lost in museum fires up
> north) from the lake and the shore. Certainly central Ohio does not
> truly deserve recognition as the first-discovery location of these birds...
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull - Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield, Ohio
From: Jason Larson <000000f82d644de0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:46:21 +0000
Greetings!
Large numbers of gulls are again congregating at the south end of Clear Fork 
Reservoir. 

While the vast majority are Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, Clear Fork often 
attracts large numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls , late into the season and in 
recent years, it has drawn a staggering number (relatively speaking for an 
inland location) of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The reservoir also attracts 
Iceland and Glaucous Gulls from time-to-time. 

Typically the area holds anywhere from 3-5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on a daily 
basis (late fall through early spring), but there have been times where 10-15 
birds have been seen on a single outing. The gulls typically congregate at the 
south end of the reservoir, right above the dam, at dusk and then leave the 
area right at dawn. 

Yesterday (12/02/16) I had one, adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and 
approximately 500+ Bonaparte's Gulls at the reservoir. 

Good birding!
Jason Jason S. Larson  Executive Director - Richland County Park 
District/Gorman Nature Center/B&O Bike TrailCurator - Muskingum University 
Herbarium (MUS) 2295 Lexington Avenue Mansfield, Ohio 
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Subject: TREE SPARROW ARRIVAL
From: Dean Sheldon <seedbed AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:01:51 -0500
OK: The first of the  season TREE SPARROW arrived at our winter bird feeding
area this afternoon (12/3/16) at 1445. Now we look for the rest of that
species along with our regular White-Crowned Sparrow contingent of 6 birds
which spends the entire winter season with us here in south central HURON
COUNTY. Some things are almost always right.

Dean Sheldon

Greenwich (Ripley Twp)


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Subject: 3-Creeks,12-03:FoxSparrows,SwampSparrows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 14:45:51 -0500
It was winter sparrow-palooza at 3-Creeks Park in south Columbus this morning, 
with flocks of sparrows in many locations around the park. I stopped at 
Confluence, Cruiser Pond, Borrow Pits, Winchester Lake, Oxbow Area, and Heron 
Pond. Water levels were fairly low, so many of the shallow pools have dried 
out, leaving meager waterfowl habitat. Fortunately, brushy edges and 
honeysuckle in berry was abundant here, so there were large #s of Robins, 
waxwings, starlings, and sparrows. Notable birds included: 


BrownCreepers - 3-4 were in the riparian woods down near the Confluence, a good 
# for this year so far 

Golden-cr.Kinglets - 3-4 were scattered around the Confluence area
Tree Sparrows - widely scattered, with the only large flock being 12 birds near 
Oxbow 

Swamp Sparrows - also widespread, with the largest # being 4 at Cruiser Pond
Fox Sparrows - at least 2 birds - one at the powerline cut at Confluence, the 
other at Winchester lake 

White-crowned Sparrows - 1 at Winchester lake and 2 near Oxbow were good for 
this increasingly-scarce bird 

White-throated Sparrows - perhaps the most common bird of the morning, with 
flocks at every stop 


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Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: Erik Bruder <erik.bruder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 15:35:21 -0500
I found a Northern Saw-whet Owl in the pines behind my garage while I was 
raking leaves today. Keep your eyes open in any suitable thick growth. You 
never know who may be there. 


Erik Bruder
Bay Village, OH

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Subject: New and changed eBird Hotspots are active
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:52:09 -0500
​

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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/



Knox County

Kokosing Gravel Pits

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+Gravel+Pits



Lucas County

Maumee Bay State Park--Multi-use Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Maumee+Bay+State+Park--Multi-use+Trail



Morrow County

Bryn Zion Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Bryn+Zion+Cemetery



At the suggestion of Brian Wulker, the eBird checklist reviewer for
southwest Ohio, we have made changes to several hotspots in that part of
the state.

Hamilton County

Cincinnati Zoological Gardens (please do not report the ducks)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cincinnati+Zoological+Gardens

- We have added (please do not report the ducks) to the hotspot name. You
would be amazed at how many records of captive waterfowl are invalidated
from the zoo.

Eden Park

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

- We have merged the sublocation for Mirror Lake into the general hotspot.
This is a small enough park that one hotspot can collect checklists for the
whole park.

Great Miami River--Mt. Hope Rd.

- We have reverted this to a shared personal location among the birders who
have submitted checklists. This is private property, and the original
checklist was from a CBC with permission to walk. It does not currently
have public access.

Miami Whitewater Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami+Whitewater+Forest

- We have added (please use a more specific location) to the general
hotspot for the forest. When you visit this large park, please use more
specific hotspots for your checklists rather than submitting one checklist
for the whole forest.

- The Tallgrass Prairie Trail has been merged into Bowles Woods and the new
name of this hotspot is Miami Whitewater Forest--Bowles Woods and Tallgrass
Prairie Trail.

- The Parcours Trail has been merged into Timber Lakes and the hotspot is
renamed Miami Whitewater Forest--Timberlakes and Oakleaf Trails.

- The Timber Lakes Drive hotspot has been renamed Miami Whitewater
Forest--West Rd. Bridge Environs. Parking for this hotspot is available off
Timberlakes Drive.

- The Hickory Knoll Picnic Area hotspot has been merged into the hotspot
for Miami Whitewater Forest--Badlands Trail.

Mt. Airy Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mt.+Airy+Forest

- This park now has a general hotspot, Mt. Airy Forest, and two
sublocations.

Riverside Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Riverside+Park+Cincinnati

- The hotspot for Newtown Market Fields has been merged into Riverside
Park, Cincinnati, since the only way to view the fields safely is from the
park.

Shawnee Lookout

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+Lookout

- Shawnee Lookout County Park and Shawnee Lookout--Park Rd. have been
combined into a single general location for this county park and is now
named Shawnee Lookout. The is a sublocation for the park at the Boat Ramp.

Summit Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Summit+Park+Blue+Ash

- We renamed the Blue Ash Airport hotspot. It is now Summit Park (formerly
Blue Ash Airport). Blue Ash is developing the former airport site as a park
with many amenities.



Clermont County

East Fork State Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/East+Fork+State+Park

- We have added (please use a more specific location) to the general
hotspot for this state park. East Fork is a large park, please use more
specific hotspots for your checklists rather than submitting one checklist
for the whole state park.


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck
From: Jay Colburn <ejaycolburn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:11:51 -0500
Not present at this location today, 11/29. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 27, 2016, at 12:15 PM, John-C-Seiler  wrote:
> 
> Mandarin Duck Sighted On: Nov 27, 2016 12:15:04 PM
> 
> Latitude: 39.99394859, Longitude: -83.02357284
> Altitude: 606 ft
> 
> Map Location Using Google Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.99394859,-83.02357284&ll=39.99394859,-83.02357284 

> 
> Address: Olentangy Trail,Columbus, OH 43210,USA
> 
> Duck is still here between king and 5th. Near storm drain.
> 
> By John Seiler
> 
> Sent By: Report Bird Location Mobile Application
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Subject: merlins - cuyahoga co.
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:53:28 -0500
I took a drive through Highland Park Cemetery late this afternoon and
found two merlins. The first one I saw was perched in a tree behind
the oil well, where I find them every year.  The second one came
swooping in from the golf course.

A busy flock of 50 juncos, along with a few tree sparrows, was
feeding in the weeds by the dumping area.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Black Vultures in Brecksville, Ohio (Cuyahoga County)
From: Ken Andrews <Ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:50:51 -0500
There were four black vultures on the Methodist Church chimney in downtown 
Brecksville, Ohio at 9 am this morning. But, they were gone when I drove past 
at around 11 am. 


This is in the northwest corner of the town square at the intersection of 
Routes 82 and 21 in Cuyahoga County. 


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Subject: Mandarin Duck
From: John-C-Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 09:15:22 -0800
Mandarin Duck Sighted On: Nov 27, 2016 12:15:04 PM

Latitude: 39.99394859, Longitude: -83.02357284
Altitude: 606 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.99394859,-83.02357284&ll=39.99394859,-83.02357284 


Address: Olentangy Trail,Columbus, OH 43210,USA

Duck is still here between king and 5th. Near storm drain.

By John Seiler

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Subject: Ashtabula and Conneaut
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:24:59 +0000
In mid-morning I visited Lakeshore Park and Walnut Beach in Ashtabula.  The 
only bird of interest at Walnut Beach was a Carolina wren.  Lakeshore Pk. had 
14 lesser scaup, red-breasted mergansers, horned grebes, 8 double-crested 
cormorants, small numbers of ring-billed and herring gulls, and a red-bellied 
woodpecker.  The afternoon was spent at Conneaut harbor, which produced: 
buffleheads, 27 red-breasted mergansers, 14 common mergansers, 7 horned grebes, 
8 double-crested cormorants, 2 great blue herons, bald eagle, Am. coot, 325 
ring-billed gulls, 45 herring gulls, a third-winter lesser black-backed gull, 
16 Bonaparte's gulls, only 1 imm. great black-backed gull.  Craig Holt, 
Lowellville 


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Subject: OHOS CBC Sat., Dec 31, 2016
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:17:50 -0500
Mark your calendars to help at the 117th Christmas Bird Count on Saturday,
December 31, 2016 for circle OHOS.  We meet at the Wendy's at Dublin Rd and
Glick Rd at 7amET to get your maps, check lists and assignments.  Please
reply on or before Dec 20 if you plan to help with the count so I can assign
teams.  We welcome new birders and last year our 68 observers compiled 79
species of birds for the day.



I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can help this year.  We meet
at 5pm at Iacano's in Shawnee Hills to turn in data sheets and celebrate our
hard work and warm up with food and bird tales/tails.....



Thanks



Darlene Sillick



Powell, Ohio 43065



Mobile/text  preferred 614-288-3696



National Audubon Christmas Bird Count: O'Shaughnessy Circle





Location



The O'Shaughnessy Reservoir Christmas Bird Count is centered at 40.2167
degrees North x -83.2167 degrees West, which is in Union County just
northwest of the intersection of Watkins Road (CR 104) and State Road (CR
96).  The count circle includes much of the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir,
suburban Dublin and some Plain City, eastern Marysville, western Powell,
southern Delaware and rural areas. The Columbus Zoo, Glacier Ridge Metro
Park, Blues Creek and Emily Traphagen and Ohio Wildlife Center and Twin
Lakes are some highlights along the Scioto River corridor.





History



The O'Shaughnessy Reservoir CBC has been conducted annually since 1955.






















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Subject: Blog and Big Island.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 14:42:14 -0500
To keep everyone thinking warm thoughts on this chilly Thanksgiving eve,
post 3 of 4 from my trip to Florida is finished.  Time to start heading
towards Brevard County. :-D  Next week, east coast.

http://www.sjlarue.com/blog/2016/11/heading-east

I have also seen an upswing in the amount of female Northern Harriers at
Big Island Wildlife Area, Short-eared Owls shouldn't be too far away.
Usually I get them on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: New Yard Bird- Fox Sparrow
From: Ohio Birder <ohiobirder AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:42:14 -0500
Fox Sparrow is a new bird for me in my backyard. Hanging out with about a
dozen house sparrows. Near Lake Medina



KathyN

Medina, OH






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Subject: Fremont CBC Saturday 12/17
From: Jason Guerard <jasonguerard AT BSBO.ORG>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:55:15 -0500
The count down to the Christmas Bird Count is on! Only 24 days until the
Fremont CBC, hosted by BSBO.

The count takes place on Saturday 12/17, 7 am - 5 pm. To RSVP, please call
or email Jason Guerard (419-898-4070 x206 or jasonguerard AT bsbo.org).

We will meet at the McDonalds in Fremont (2014 Ohio SR 53, Fremont, 43420)
at 7 am to distribute counting/area assignments.

It doesn't matter if you are new to birding or a seasoned CBC veteran. Join
us for the whole day, just half or count the birds at your feeders from the
comfort of your own home (you must reside within the count circle).

A count compilation pizza party will be held at the Sandusky County Park
District Office (1970 Countryside Place, Fremeont, 43420), after the days
counting is done.

Jason Guerard
Outreach Director
Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
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Subject: 5 SEOW, Fairfield Co, SR 37
From: jitterbugjamey52 <jitterbugjamey52 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:50:03 -0500
My husband and I are heading north on SR 37, having just Lancaster minutes ago. 
This is Fairfield County, slightly West of Buckeye Lake and south of the 
intersection of SR 204. To the west, 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS were crusing over the 
corn stubble. We didn't stop since there was not a safe place to pull over, but 
there are farm field pull-offs you might use with permission. Thankful today 
for many things and now we can add SEOW to that list. :) 

Jamey & Greg Emmert, Akron, OH 
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Subject: goldfinch molts
From: Laura <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:44:10 -0500
Please visit Deep Cover Cleveland on FB for photos, as I can't post them
here. Posting depicts an unusual Am. Goldfinch molt/ injury in Clevlenad
Heights, OH 11/19/20116. I imagine in a common bird like Am. Goldfinch,
what I show is not at all unusual, considering the incredible molting this
species undergoes. There could be other sources for the discoloration as
well like I alluded to: injury, nutrition, disease. Specifically the
pictured anomaly is a white head. I would like to hear from experienced
birders, though. I haven't come across this kind of discoloration much. My
field and feeder experience lags a bit.

Thanks!!
Laura

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Subject: Osprey - Carroll Co.
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:12:19 -0500
Hello!

The post about the N Waterthrush inspired me to report that I observed an 
Osprey this morning flying hard south over Atwood Lake in Carroll Co. I'm not 
sure how late is REALLY late for this species in northern Ohio, but it struck 
me as quite unusual. 


Jon Cefus 
Carroll Co.

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Subject: Northern Waterthrush (Cuyahoga County)
From: Aaron Milenski <amilenski31 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:03:13 -0500
I work at the Cuyahoga Community College building in downtown
Cleveland, on Carnegie, across the street from the baseball stadium.
I just returned from lunch to witness the strangest November sighting
I've ever had--a Northern Waterthrush, bouncing around in the
flowerbeds along our side walkway.  I couldn't believe it.    It was
not shy--I got very good looks at it for quite a while.
Unfortunately this is not a chaseable bird because parking is
complicated here, and I'm guessing it won't stick around this small
spot very long.  I just wanted to post about it because this seems to
me to be extremely late for a warbler to show up.  I know an Ovenbird
stayed around downtown Cleveland all last winter, so it's not unheard
of, but has this particular species ever been seen so late in the year
this far north?

Aaron Milenski

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Subject: New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots area active
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:11:46 -0500
​

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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/



Franklin County

Nationwide Pond

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Nationwide+Pond

Ohio State University--Golf Club

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Ohio+State+University--Golf+Club



Greene County

Shawnee Park, Xenia

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+Park+Xenia



Lucas County

Oak Openings--Springbrook Lake Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Oak+Openings--Springbrook+Lake+Trail



Medina County

Letha House Park--West Horse Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Letha+House+Park--West+Horse+Trail



Stark County

Greer Ave. Gravel Pit

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Greer+Avenue+Gravel+Pit


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Long-eared owl memories in Oberlin from 2013?
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:23:39 -0500
In preparation for winter birding I was searching the eBird Species maps for 
past reports of long-eared owls. I saw that there were five reported in the 
Oberlin area back in 2013. FIVE? Are you kidding??? 


Does anyone have a Flickr account with photos? Back then, one could not attach 
photos to eBird reports. 


If anyone wants to share memories of those owls, I would like to hear them. 
If anyone has some advice about where a long-eared owl might be seen in the 
general NE Ohio area, please let me know. I think they like large groves of 
conifers. But, that is not always the case. 


From looking at the eBird maps I have seen the various spots where these owls 
have been reported in the recent past including Brecksville Reservation, the 
Kendall Lake area (CVNP), both North and South Chagrin Reservations, and 
various spots farther east. 


I did see one of these owls at the Penitentiary Glen Wildlife Rehab Center some 
years ago. 



Thanks.


Ken

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Subject: Ibis - Great Egret Marsh, Ottawa County
From: Matthew Kovach <matthew.kovach AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:58:17 +0000
Around 10:30 this morning at Great Egret Marsh in Ottawa County, what I 
initially thought was a cormorant flying strangely turned out to be a glossy or 
white-faced ibis. I did get a few great, albeit short, views of it through my 
spotting scope at ~100 yards away, while it was both standing and flying. I 
never got a photo of it, and it didn't stick around for long before flying to 
the southwest over west harbor. I left a couple minutes after it did. I'll stop 
by on my way home from work and again tomorrow morning to see if I can relocate 
it. 


-Matt

Matthew Kovach
Lake Erie Coasts & Islands Project Manager
matthew.kovach AT tnc.org
419.627.7564
nature.org




The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
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2900 Columbus Ave.
Sandusky, OH 44870



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Subject: _andarin Duck still present
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:54:51 -0500
Greetings!

Apparently there is a ca_pus wide ban on a certain letter this week, so I
will endeavour to uphold the ban to say that the _andarian Ducks are still
present in the contai_ent pond to the north of Drake Hall.  You can
probably park at the parking lot on Olentangy River road to get a quick
look of the_...

I would like to add that if indeed these are escaped ducks, as so_e have
suggested, that so_ething should be done so that we don't have  another
House Sparrow incident, like a recapture.  I a_ content with leaving the_
be though..

Go Bucks!

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Red-throated Loon at Delaware SP, Delaware County 11/21/2016
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:50:51 -0500
Jason Simonis found the loon while scoping from the beach. It is currently at 
close range in good lighting. 


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Subject: Delaware county Panhandle Rd.
From: Tania Perry <tania.rae.perry AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:37:17 -0500
Thought I would drive out to see if there was any activity on Panhandle
road. I was not disappointed and got a clear view and some nice photos of a
Northern Shrike. It was seen seen North side of the wetland but south of
the road along brush line.
Did perch on telephone wire for about 30-45 sec before flying north of road.

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Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU
From: Mark Sullivan <columbussully AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:57:01 +0000
Still present same location 11:50.

On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 9:46 AM Janet Forrest 
wrote:

> Mandarins Ducks are  hanging around OSU.  Good view from pedestrian bridge
> (Drake Union)   Looking north from the bridge   The ducks active in a pond
> on west side of river.  8:30 AM.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 20, 2016, at 5:44 PM, Nancy M Rudd  wrote:
> >
> > The mandarin ducks were still present around 3:00 PM Sunday but quite a
> > bit further south on the river than the foot bridge next to Drake
> > Union.  They (male and female) were sleeping and only raised their heads
> > to give us a full look once.
> >
> >
> >> On 11/20/2016 4:07 PM, Susan Brauning wrote:
> >> Correction to my earlier post after studying the photos - one of the
> >> females
> >> WAS a wood duck, the other a Mandarin.  Amazingly similar and I have
> >> much to
> >> learn!
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Susan Brauning
> >> Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:19 PM
> >> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> >> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU
> >>
> >> Mandarin duck still present this morning at OSU - and there appeared
> >> to be
> >> two females with the male. We first thought the females were wood ducks
> >> since they have a similar eye pattern.
> >> We took the footbridge over the river near Drake Union and they were
> >> in the
> >> storm water overflow pond on the west side of the river about 10:30 this
> >> morning. Hanging out with some mallards and one gadwall.
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Jennifer Kuehn
> >> Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:25 AM
> >> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> >> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU
> >>
> >> Seen Saturday 9:15 a.m. on west side of Olentangy just  north of King.
> It
> >> was with Mallards under 315 ramp to OSU med center. Beautiful male
> >> Mandarin.
> >>
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Subject: Harlequin Ducks, Lake Erie Bluffs, 11/21
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:16:17 +0000
I spent a couple hours at Lake Erie Bluffs, lane Road side watching the lake 
this morning. I watched from 7:15-9:15. There were scattered flocks of 
waterfowl with a lot more variety over yesterday. Today there were a few 
dabbling ducks and swans. Of note were 2 harlequin ducks (unknown age/sex) that 
flew by around 8:15 heading west and 1 black and 4 surf scoters. There were 
quite a few gulls moving with the usual numbers of large gulls headed toward 
the landfill. There were quite a few Bonaparte's gulls moving also. About 90% 
were heading east with the remainder heading west. Also of note were two 
different red-throated loons seen flying west. 



Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Nov 21, 2016 7:15 AM - 9:20 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Conducted a lakewatch
20 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan  46
Gadwall  5
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  16
Green-winged Teal  1
Redhead  11
Greater/Lesser Scaup  14
Harlequin Duck 1 Two harlequin ducks (unknown age/sex) flew by headed west. 
Both were small compact dark-winged ducks with white facial spotting. Fairly 
rapid wingbeat compared with similar appearing scoters when in flight. 

Surf Scoter  4
Black Scoter  1
Hooded Merganser  53
Common Merganser  1
Red-breasted Merganser  1012
Red-throated Loon 2 Single birds were observed flying west low over the water. 
Small slender loon with distinctive down-turned wingbeat and drooping neck in 
flight. 

Common Loon  29
Horned Grebe  3
Bald Eagle  2
Bonaparte's Gull  830
Ring-billed Gull  1770
Herring Gull  410
Great Black-backed Gull  7


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Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU
From: Janet Forrest <jforrest47 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 14:46:41 +0000
Mandarins Ducks are hanging around OSU. Good view from pedestrian bridge (Drake 
Union) Looking north from the bridge The ducks active in a pond on west side of 
river. 8:30 AM. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 20, 2016, at 5:44 PM, Nancy M Rudd  wrote:
> 
> The mandarin ducks were still present around 3:00 PM Sunday but quite a
> bit further south on the river than the foot bridge next to Drake
> Union.  They (male and female) were sleeping and only raised their heads
> to give us a full look once.
> 
> 
>> On 11/20/2016 4:07 PM, Susan Brauning wrote:
>> Correction to my earlier post after studying the photos - one of the
>> females
>> WAS a wood duck, the other a Mandarin.  Amazingly similar and I have
>> much to
>> learn!
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Susan Brauning
>> Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:19 PM
>> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU
>> 
>> Mandarin duck still present this morning at OSU - and there appeared
>> to be
>> two females with the male. We first thought the females were wood ducks
>> since they have a similar eye pattern.
>> We took the footbridge over the river near Drake Union and they were
>> in the
>> storm water overflow pond on the west side of the river about 10:30 this
>> morning. Hanging out with some mallards and one gadwall.
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Jennifer Kuehn
>> Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:25 AM
>> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU
>> 
>> Seen Saturday 9:15 a.m. on west side of Olentangy just  north of King. It
>> was with Mallards under 315 ramp to OSU med center. Beautiful male
>> Mandarin.
>> 
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Subject: Lake and Ashtabula Counties, 11/20
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:56:07 -0500
The lake was really ripping today so I decided to watch the lake.  All in
all an interesting day, however, in the past I knew days like this could
have limited movement.  It seems like it gets too windy and a lot of the
birds find sheltered spots and this seemed like that kind of a day.  

 

I started out at Stanton Park, a small township park in Madison only  mile
from my house.  I birded there from 7:00-8:30.  There were decent numbers of
red-breasted mergansers with an estimate of about 800 seen.  The only other
waterfowl was a young male HARLEQUIN DUCK that passed by close to shore
heading west.  There were very few gulls and no loons or grebes.

 

My next stop was at Geneva State Park.  Again a few mergansers passing by
and few gulls, even in the sheltered marina.  The marina had a mute swan and
a few mallards.

 

Ashtabula Harbor was my next stop.  At Walnut beach the waves were crashing
the breakwall, making it hard to see anything.  Again a few mergs and no
gulls.  At Lakeshore park there were several hundred red-breasted mergansers
in the harbor, 2 horned grebes, a common loon, and mallards and Canada
geese.  There were a few gulls passing by out by the breakwall.  Of note was
an immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE.  It quickly disappeared behind the outer
breakwall and was not seen again.

 

Conneaut Harbor was pretty wild.  This is where all the gulls were.  There
were a couple thousand Bonapartes gulls flying and feeding in the eastern
half of the harbor.  I was able to pick out an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL.  I
was able to see it pass by once and when it turned to head back I lost it.
I was able to relocate it again about 45 minutes later.  It was difficult to
relocate, but when you did you were able to follow it easily until it would
fly back to the start of the flock.  I also saw an adult and an immature
FRANKLINS GULL in the mess.  There were a lot of herring gulls in the
marina but no black-backed gulls.  All the great and lesser black-backed
gulls were on the sand spit.  Most of the waterfowl passing through were
red-breasted mergansers and a few common mergansers.  I did see some hooded
mergs  at the south end of the harbor and one group of redheads.  Also, 1
horned grebe and 1 common loon.

 

On my way back home I stopped back at lakeshore park and most of the
mergansers had dispersed.  There were a few gulls, but no kittiwake.  I did
see a RED-THROATED LOON out by the breakwall.

 

It was an interesting day.  Most of the gull activity was at Conneaut
Harbor.  Ashtabula and Geneva were pretty slow for gulls.  Most of the
waterfowl on the open lake were red-breasted mergansers.  No swallows were
seen.

 

When I got home, I had about a dozen pine siskins and a single COMMON
REDPOLL at my feeder.  Also a couple red-breasted nuthatches.

 

John Pogacnik


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Subject: Conneaut Spectacle - Franklin's Gull
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:27:30 -0500
Hello!

Ben Morrison and I arrived at Conneaut this morning a little past 9 a.m. and 
Lake Erie was positively howling with wind and waves. The Sandspit was not 
really accessible by vehicle (we did see some vehicles drive out there, but 
there was no way we were chancing it), but we saw one brave person walking out 
there who turned out to be Guatam Apte. That was some hardcore birding! He told 
Ben that he had seen a Franklin’s Gull on the beach area that is visible from 
the marina parking lot, so we headed over there and eventually located the bird 
on the water (Thank you Mr. Apte!). Our efforts were largely limited to in-car 
birding with bins trying to locate anything different. Ben got out and scoped a 
couple of times, but the conditions were really such that you could not see 
much with your scope due to the high winds, off and on mixed precipitation 
(sometimes painful ice pellets), and pretty epic waves. We moved between the 
sandspit, Conneaut Township Park, and the marina/harbor areas for almost 5 
hours. 


Not long after reporting the Franklin’s Gull on Ohio Chase Birds (Facebook), 
we saw the report that John Pogacnik had an adult Black-headed Gull, but we 
were unable to relocate that bird. The amount of Bonaparte’s, Ring-billed, 
and Herring Gulls (along with a few Great Black-backed, and Lesser Black-backed 
Gulls) working the harbor area was what I could certainly call a spectacle. We 
entered 2000 Bonies into eBird, and that number was very conservative. They 
were churning by the hundreds at a time and huge numbers were sitting on the 
water hanging on the best they could. Mixed into the harbor area was a pretty 
steady stream of Red-breasted Mergansers coming from out on the lake and then 
making their way west against the NW gale. A few Horned Grebes were seen as 
well. It was remarkable to see them navigate what, if put into proper scale for 
a 6’ human, would have been 50'-60’ waves. 


Perhaps as remarkable as the grandeur of the harsh weather and the thousands of 
birds struggling to feed and get out of the relentless winds, was the lack of 
other kinds of duck species and loons, other than a few Mallards making the 
best of it. We had one Loon Sp. (probably a Common Loon), and 1 Scoter Sp. seen 
at a great distance from the park overlook. I am sure some good birds squeaked 
by us as setting up a scope and continually scanning was just not feasible. We 
did not see any Cave Swallows. There were a few Common Mergansers mixed in and 
we had a nice little group of Hooded Mergansers in the marsh area driving 
toward the gate to the sandspit. 


In any event, this is the second experience I have had in 2 years that I would 
call a birding spectacle in Ohio. Last year it was a fall evening in Noble 
County as Ben, Kent Miller, and I saw tens of thousands of European Starlings 
arrive at Seneca Lake with tremendous “whooshes” of atmosphere being 
displaced as the flock set down. 



Jon Cefus
Carroll Co. 


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Subject: Alum Creek and Hoover Reservoir 11/20
From: James Smallwood <jsskyline17 AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:30:08 +0000
I birded the south end of Alum Creek Lake and the northwestern end of Hoover 
Reservoir from the east end of Plumb Road/S Old 3C Hwy today. I’m new to the 
area but I’m starting to figure things out thanks to Rob Thorn’s Columbus 
Audubon field trip last week. 


Alum Creek

I started at the New Galena Boat Ramp. Of note were 2 adult Bald Eagles and 37 
Mallards. I moved on to the Kayak Launch at the Lewis Center Picnic Area. I 
added 400+ American Coots, 2 Hooded Mergansers, and 2 Common Loons. From the 
Africa Road side of the dam, I added 4 Bonaparte’s Gulls, 8 Black Scoters, 
and 9 Bufflehead. 


Hoover Reservoir

I birded the northwestern end of Hoover Reservoir.  Of note 37 Bonaparte’s,
4 Green-winged Teal, 3 Bufflehead, 2 Cormorants. A Cooper’s Hawk was located 
in the bike trail parking lot at the end of Plumb Road. 




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Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU
From: Nancy M Rudd <rudd.2 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:44:22 -0500
The mandarin ducks were still present around 3:00 PM Sunday but quite a
bit further south on the river than the foot bridge next to Drake
Union.  They (male and female) were sleeping and only raised their heads
to give us a full look once.


On 11/20/2016 4:07 PM, Susan Brauning wrote:
> Correction to my earlier post after studying the photos - one of the
> females
> WAS a wood duck, the other a Mandarin.  Amazingly similar and I have
> much to
> learn!
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Susan Brauning
> Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:19 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU
>
> Mandarin duck still present this morning at OSU - and there appeared
> to be
> two females with the male. We first thought the females were wood ducks
> since they have a similar eye pattern.
> We took the footbridge over the river near Drake Union and they were
> in the
> storm water overflow pond on the west side of the river about 10:30 this
> morning. Hanging out with some mallards and one gadwall.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jennifer Kuehn
> Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:25 AM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU
>
> Seen Saturday 9:15 a.m. on west side of Olentangy just  north of King. It
> was with Mallards under 315 ramp to OSU med center. Beautiful male
> Mandarin.
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Subject: Black Vultures in downtown Brecksville, Ohio (Cuyahoga County)
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:11:34 -0500
There are two black vultures on the Methodist Church chimney in downtown 
Brecksville. 

There are over 100 turkey vultures rising up just west of town.

https://flic.kr/p/Pe9aud

The church is located here:
65 Public Square, Brecksville, OH 44141

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Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU
From: Susan Brauning <sb3385 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 16:07:37 -0500
Correction to my earlier post after studying the photos - one of the females
WAS a wood duck, the other a Mandarin.  Amazingly similar and I have much to
learn!

-----Original Message-----
From: Susan Brauning
Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:19 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU

Mandarin duck still present this morning at OSU - and there appeared to be
two females with the male. We first thought the females were wood ducks
since they have a similar eye pattern.
We took the footbridge over the river near Drake Union and they were in the
storm water overflow pond on the west side of the river about 10:30 this
morning. Hanging out with some mallards and one gadwall.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Kuehn
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:25 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU

Seen Saturday 9:15 a.m. on west side of Olentangy just  north of King. It
was with Mallards under 315 ramp to OSU med center. Beautiful male Mandarin.

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Subject: Snow Goose Logan County
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:16:15 -0500
Greetings!

I had s single Snow Goose hanging with about 75 Canada Geese at the pond in
front of the East Liberty Auto Plant... they're hee-ere! :-D

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Sims Park Scoters, Conneaut Gulls (Cuyahoga/Ashtabula County)
From: Gautam Apte <gapte3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:32:51 -0500
Hi all,

I had 1 Black Scoter flyby at Sims Park in Euclid at around 7:30 this
morning, and a raft of about 15 when I came back later at 12. Good westward
movement of ducks; mostly Red-breasted Mergansers with a few Redheads and
Pintails mixed in. The strong north winds were pushing the flights to
within 50 meters of shore.

At Conneaut, from the observation deck I saw mostly Ring-billed and Herring
Gulls, with about 20 Great Black-backed and 5 Lesser Black-backed mixed in.
All of the black-backed gulls were immature birds. On the shore south of
the observation deck, there was a first winter Franklin's Gull mixing with
the Ring-billeds and Bonaparte's.

Interestingly, I saw no loons of any species today.

Good birding,

Gautam Apte

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Subject: Re: Mandarin Duck at OSU
From: Susan Brauning <sb3385 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 13:19:47 -0500
Mandarin duck still present this morning at OSU - and there appeared to be
two females with the male. We first thought the females were wood ducks
since they have a similar eye pattern.
We took the footbridge over the river near Drake Union and they were in the
storm water overflow pond on the west side of the river about 10:30 this
morning. Hanging out with some mallards and one gadwall.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Kuehn
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:25 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mandarin Duck at OSU

Seen Saturday 9:15 a.m. on west side of Olentangy just  north of King. It
was with Mallards under 315 ramp to OSU med center. Beautiful male Mandarin.

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Subject: Re: Black-headed Gull, Conneaut Harbor 11/20
From: elvert1980 <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 10:57:40 -0500
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Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
-------- Original message --------From: John Pogacnik  
Date: 11/20/16 10:23 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU 
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Black-headed Gull, Conneaut Harbor 11/20 


There is an adult Black-headed Gull at Conneaut Harbor, around 10:15  It's 
feeding along the east breakwall with several hundred Bonaparte's gulls.  
There have also been a couple Franklins gulls feeding in the same area.  The 
sandbar is inaccessible due to high waves. 


John Pogacnik

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Subject: Black-headed Gull, Conneaut Harbor 11/20
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 15:23:45 +0000
There is an adult Black-headed Gull at Conneaut Harbor, around 10:15 It's 
feeding along the east breakwall with several hundred Bonaparte's gulls. There 
have also been a couple Franklins gulls feeding in the same area. The sandbar 
is inaccessible due to high waves. 


John Pogacnik

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Subject: Black Scoter Bonaparte's Gull Gt Miami River Dayton
From: Brad Jackson <00000104df8a4cb3-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:37:33 +0000
Around 10:30 am this morning (Nov 19) I observed a female Black Scoter on The 
Great Miami River opposite Carillon Park. Although overcast skies limited 
color, the view was excellent. The head had the dark cap with a contrasting 
pale, (not white) cheek, which contrasted with the all-dark body. The bill was 
black with slight bump at about the mid-point of the upper side. The bird was 
noticeably smaller than nearby mallards. The bird was swimming upstream. When I 
first saw it, it was mid-stream even with the drainage pipe below the Courtyard 
by Marriott hotel. At the time I left it was checking out the waters near the 
other (more active) drainage below the UD softball stadium. 

North of Washington Street, at the edge of a flock of Ring-billed and Herring 
Gulls, a single Bonaparte's Gull was present. 

In Carillon Park, besides the regulars, the single Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 
several Golden-crowned Kinglets, 3 Brown Creepers, and many White-throated 
Sparrows broke the wind-driven silence with their calls. 

Brad JacksonFishers IN

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Subject: AlumCreeklake,HooverRes.11-19: Loons,Herons
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:42:23 -0500
The sharp cold front that pushed into central Ohio seems to have scoured out 
these 2 reservoirs, pushing out many of the interesting birds that were around 
last week without replacing them with much else. I started at Alum Creek lake, 
visiting the Beach area, SummerRidge access, and the Cheshire causeway & boat 
launch. The wind was stiff, and there were whitecaps on much of the lake, and 
landbirds were often more interesting than waterbirds. At Hoover I stopped at 
Oxbow Island, Mudhen marsh, Sunbury causeway, and Maxtown & Walnut St. boat 
ramps, and it continued the trend seen at Alum, even though the water level was 
extremely low. The interesting finds included: 


Loons - 5 were around the lower reaches of Alum creek lake
cormorants - there were still 3 of them hanging out in the upper reaches of 
Hoover, north of Oxbow. 

Waterfowl - hardly anything , with the notables being a small flock of Redhead 
off Oxbow Island 

GreatBlueHerons - a cluster of 12 were in the bay south of Oxbow, possibly a 
migrating group 

BaldEagle - 1 subadult flew south over SummerRidge access at Alum
Gulls - surprisingly scarce, with only small #s of Bonapartes and Ring-bills at 
each Lake 

Kinglets - 2 Golden-crowns were in the woods north of the Visitor's Center at 
Alum 

Yellow-rumpWarblers - surprisingly widespread, being at most stops; Mudhen led 
with 5 

Field Sparrows - 2 were still hanging around in the scrubby fields near the 
Alum Lake Visitors Center 

Tree Sparrows - 1-2 were at many different locations
Blackbirds - no Redwings, but a few small flocks of Grackles were flying south 
along the shore at Alum 


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Subject: BSBO Lake Erie Pelagic
From: Jason Guerard <jasonguerard AT BSBO.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:05:58 -0500
The BSBO Lake Erie Pelagic was held today. 49 hopeful birders braved the wet, 
windy weather aboard The Holiday. Given the brisk conditions causing 
significant wave action on the open water, we stayed behind the break wall all 
day. Overall numbers were a little low but Purple Sandpiper was a life time 
bird for some. Also seen were Ring-billed and Herring Gulls by the hundreds. 
Approximately 10 Great Black-backed Gulls and Boneparte's Gulls by the tens. A 
couple of Common Loons and Horned Grebes. We were also treated to a couple of 
Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons with a brief interaction between the two 
species. 


Jason Guerard
Outreach Director
Black Swamp Bird Observatory 
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Subject: Mandarin Duck at OSU
From: Jennifer Kuehn <Kuehn.1 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 11:25:10 -0500
Seen Saturday 9:15 a.m. on west side of Olentangy just north of King. It was 
with Mallards under 315 ramp to OSU med center. Beautiful male Mandarin. 


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