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19 Apr Osprey at Chippewa lake [ ]
18 Apr Re: robin dumping egg [Casey Tucker ]
18 Apr Re: robin dumping egg [Jon Cefus ]
19 Apr Re: robin dumping egg [Laura Dornan ]
18 Apr Prothonotary at Area N ["Scott E. Zimmermann" ]
18 Apr FOS Chimney Swifts Tuscarawas Co [Dennis Troyer ]
18 Apr Re: robin dumping egg [Craig ]
18 Apr Glen Helen Birds [Dillon Nott ]
18 Apr BattelleDarby,4-18: thrushes,Parulas,sparrows [rob thorn ]
18 Apr American Bittern at Schrock Lake - Sharon Woods Metro Park (N. of Columbus) [Alli Shaw ]
18 Apr Re: robin dumping egg [Douglas Bohanan ]
18 Apr robin dumping egg [Laura Dornan ]
18 Apr Forster's tern @ Big Island Wildlife Area Pelicans...No. [Steve Jones ]
18 Apr Unidentified Bird [Dillon Nott ]
18 Apr Glaucous Gull [Don Niece ]
18 Apr Western Tanager not seen for hour and a half [jen brumfield ]
18 Apr House Trailer wrens are back [Joe Faulkner ]
18 Apr Firestone Metro Park, Summit County higlights []
18 Apr Barn swallows return to Knox Co. [Todd Hill ]
18 Apr Adult male Western Tanager Wendy park Mainwood lot [jen brumfield ]
18 Apr Champaign Co, Backyard Spring Arrivals! [Dillon Nott ]
18 Apr House wrens are back. [Jane Scott ]
17 Apr Western Ohio Birding Looking for Lifers [Steve Jones ]
17 Apr Indian Lake - American White Pelican [Don Niece ]
17 Apr Indian Lake - American White Pelican [Don Niece ]
17 Apr 8 warbler day in southern Ohio [Ken Ostermiller ]
17 Apr Mystery bird-help please! [Rachel Shamy ]
17 Apr Surprising behavior [James Muller ]
17 Apr Secor Park Birding-Lucas County [Rachel Shamy ]
17 Apr Surprising accipiter behavior [James Muller ]
17 Apr Bonaparte's Gulls on West Harbor - Ottawa County [Tara Baranowski ]
17 Apr Great Horned Owl Nest, Erie Co. [Sheryl Young ]
17 Apr Re: American Goldfinch [Judith Espedal ]
17 Apr Glen Echo Park - Prairie Warbler - Columbus OH [Anthony Fries ]
17 Apr Henslow's Sparrow Wendy Park [jen brumfield ]
17 Apr My Backyard Bird Count [Rachel Shamy ]
17 Apr Re: Goldfinches [Deb ]
17 Apr Saint Marys State Fish Hatchery-2015-4-17 [Steve Jones ]
17 Apr Re: Goldfinches ["J. Hochadel" ]
17 Apr Re: Darke Shorebirds [Bill Whan ]
16 Apr CVNP Field Trip [Ben Waner ]
16 Apr Any C. Raven records recently? [Ben Waner ]
16 Apr Darke Shorebirds [Regina Schieltz ]
16 Apr Re: Lesser Frigatebird, Findlay [Ben Waner ]
16 Apr Sandy Ridge Lorain Cty [Photography by Wolfbrancher ]
16 Apr Grebes [Hayward Chappell ]
16 Apr RFI White-Winged Scoter at St Mary's & Smith's Longspurs... [Steve Jones ]
16 Apr Re: Big Island Wildlife Area Pelicans yes, Long-tailed Duck...Maybe. :-D [Steve Jones ]
16 Apr Big Island Wildlife Area Pelicans yes, Long-tailed Duck...Maybe. :-D [Steve Jones ]
16 Apr CVNP -- Pine Hollow [ ]
16 Apr New Daily Morning Song [Rachel Shamy ]
16 Apr Golden Finches [Haans Petruschke ]
16 Apr Re: American Goldfinch [Brad Perkins ]
16 Apr American Goldfinch [Trish Shaffer ]
15 Apr Re: Rustys [Steve Jones ]
15 Apr Veteran's Park (Mentor) [Richard ]
15 Apr Tree Swallows / Bluebirds [Dillon Nott ]
15 Apr Goldfinches [ ]
15 Apr Long-tailed Duck [Doreene Linzell ]
15 Apr Gold Finches [Rachel Shamy ]
15 Apr No Subject [Ken Ostermiller ]
15 Apr Ever-so-slightly extralimital - Brooks Bird Club of WV June Foray Info [Ryan Tomazin ]
15 Apr New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
15 Apr Grackle with poop on it's head??? [Rachel Shamy ]
15 Apr NO SIGHTING- Piping Plover Info [Robert Sams ]
15 Apr thanks all: Re: Wood ducks and unknown [Kathy Shank ]
15 Apr Wood ducks and unknown [Kathy Shank ]
15 Apr Fish Crow, Lake Erie Bluffs, 4/15 [John Pogacnik ]
15 Apr Cont. Ross's Goose Old Reid Park, Clark County [Stefan Minnig ]
14 Apr Barred Owl - New Albany [Jason Wakley ]
14 Apr Blacklick Metro Park (Columbus) et al [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
14 Apr FOS Chipping Sparrow - Summit County ["Barrett,Robert P" ]
14 Apr Darke County [Regina Schieltz ]
14 Apr Re: ShawneeForest clearcuts [Bill Whan ]
14 Apr Conservation of bird habitat in Ohio, (things few birders actually do) [Haans Petruschke ]
14 Apr FOS Tree Swallow - Lorain County [Spencer ]

Subject: Osprey at Chippewa lake
From: obiedon AT yahoo.com <000001740ddd288b-dmarc-request@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:48:40 GMT





 I saw an Osprey in the parking lot for the oaks restaurant at Chippewa lake 
last night.  Do they stay around here or is this a migrant? 

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone



------ Original message------From: Jon CefusDate: Sat, Apr 18, 2015 10:29 PMTo: 
OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU;Subject:Re: [Ohio-birds] robin dumping egg 

I just thought I would point out that Laura said that the robin essentially 
laid the egg, but not in a nest. Unless I misunderstood her. So I think we can 
rule out parasite disposal here.Jon CefusSent from my iPhone> On Apr 18, 2015, 
at 7:50 PM, Craig wrote:> > Perhaps mama robin recognized the egg as not of her 
own, like a cowbird egg. Good robin, smart robin.> > ----- Original Message 
----- > From: "Laura Dornan" > To: > Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:43 PM> 
Subject: [Ohio-birds] robin dumping egg> > > While birding the woodland trail 
behind my house this morning, I observed something I have never seen or heard 
of before. Â A female robing flew to a tree about 30 feet from me and perched 
about on a branch about 5-6 feet above the ground. Â She was facing away from 
me and I saw her raise her drop an egg which landed on the ground below. Â 
There was no nest anywhere around that I could see. Â After she flew off I 
walked over to confirm what I thought I saw and there was a broken robin egg 
under the branch. Â A male robin then flew to the same tree. Â > Has anyone 
else seen a bird just "lay" an egg where it would drop to the ground or have 
any thoughts on why a bird would do this. Â The only thing I can think of is 
that the nest was destroyed and when a bird has to lay an egg, she has to lay 
it NOW, nest or no nest. Â But there have been no storms in which a nest might 
be destroyed for over a week---plenty of time to rebuild.> Laura 
DornanLouisville> > 
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Subject: Re: robin dumping egg
From: Casey Tucker <tuckercasey AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:38:15 -0400
Hi Laura!
One possible explanation is that at this time of year birds have high 
reproductive hormone levels. Some females are capable of producing eggs without 
being fertilized, much like chickens do. These unfertilized shelled eggs are 
extra weight that a bird does not want to carry around, so she "dropped" the 
egg prior to flight so that she would be lighter. You'll also notice many birds 
defecate prior to lifting off. This is also so they are not carrying extraneous 
weight during flight. 

The downside of shedding unfertilized eggs is that it puts a strain on the 
female for calcium. The shells are produced with calcium from the bones of the 
female bird, or rather a particular layer of bone called the medullary bone. 
It's important that female birds replace the calcium they lose from their bones 
through dietary sources; primarily invertebrates and sometimes discarded 
eggshells. 

Hope this helps!
Casey

> Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:14:52 +0000
> From: tldornan68 AT ATT.NET
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] robin dumping egg
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> 
> I think I need to clarify about the robin that dumped an egg an egg onto the 
ground. She was NOT carrying the egg in her beak; she raised her tail and the 
egg came from her body. I watched her land on the branch--she had nothing in 
her mouth. I know this specifically because I was hearing a robin singing and I 
looked to see if it might be her. It was not, her beak was shut. She was only 
20 to 30 feet from me and I was watching her through binoculars. She definitely 
"laid" the egg herself, there just wasn't a nest there for her to deposit it 
in. When I went to take a closer look (I could hardly believe I saw what I knew 
I saw), it was definitely a robin egg with very fresh yolk (I have seen lots of 
robin eggs, a robin would nest on our front porch almost every year for about 
20 years or more). 

> So any thoughts on birds laying eggs where there is no nest or even anything 
solid underneath them? 

> Laura DornanLouisville
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Subject: Re: robin dumping egg
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:27:30 -0400
I just thought I would point out that Laura said that the robin essentially 
laid the egg, but not in a nest. Unless I misunderstood her. So I think we can 
rule out parasite disposal here. 


Jon Cefus

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 18, 2015, at 7:50 PM, Craig  wrote:
> 
> Perhaps mama robin recognized the egg as not of her own, like a cowbird egg. 
Good robin, smart robin. 

> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Laura Dornan" 
> To: 
> Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:43 PM
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] robin dumping egg
> 
> 
> While birding the woodland trail behind my house this morning, I observed 
something I have never seen or heard of before. Â A female robing flew to a 
tree about 30 feet from me and perched about on a branch about 5-6 feet above 
the ground. Â She was facing away from me and I saw her raise her drop an egg 
which landed on the ground below. Â There was no nest anywhere around that I 
could see. Â After she flew off I walked over to confirm what I thought I saw 
and there was a broken robin egg under the branch. Â A male robin then flew to 
the same tree. Â 

> Has anyone else seen a bird just "lay" an egg where it would drop to the 
ground or have any thoughts on why a bird would do this. Â The only thing I 
can think of is that the nest was destroyed and when a bird has to lay an egg, 
she has to lay it NOW, nest or no nest. Â But there have been no storms in 
which a nest might be destroyed for over a week---plenty of time to rebuild. 

> Laura DornanLouisville
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Subject: Re: robin dumping egg
From: Laura Dornan <tldornan68 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:14:52 +0000
I think I need to clarify about the robin that  dumped an egg an egg onto the 
ground.  She was NOT carrying the egg in her beak; she raised her tail and the 
egg came from her body.  I watched her land on the branch--she had nothing in 
her mouth.  I know this specifically because I was hearing a robin singing and 
I looked to see if it might be her.  It was not, her beak was shut.   She was 
only 20 to 30 feet from me and I was watching her through binoculars.  She 
definitely "laid" the egg herself, there just wasn't a nest there for her to 
deposit it in.  When I went to take a closer look (I could hardly believe I 
saw what I knew I saw), it was definitely a robin egg with very fresh yolk (I 
have seen lots of robin eggs, a robin would nest on our front porch almost 
every year for about 20 years or more). 

So any thoughts on birds laying eggs where there is no nest or even anything 
solid underneath them? 

Laura DornanLouisville

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Subject: Prothonotary at Area N
From: "Scott E. Zimmermann" <sezimmermann AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:11:18 -0400
I saw a lone Prothonotary Warbler at Hoover Reservoir Area N this evening 
around 7pm. 


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Subject: FOS Chimney Swifts Tuscarawas Co
From: Dennis Troyer <dennistroyer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:52:14 -0400
I spent the evening sitting in my backyard roasting hot dogs and was greeted to 
the chatter of Chimney Swifts which is always a welcome sound in spring. 5 is 
the highest count so far. 


Dennis Troyer 
Sugarcreek
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Subject: Re: robin dumping egg
From: Craig <CCRieker AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:50:00 -0400
Perhaps mama robin recognized the egg as not of her own, like a cowbird egg. 
Good robin, smart robin. 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Laura Dornan" 
To: 
Sent: Saturday, April 18, 2015 1:43 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] robin dumping egg


While birding the woodland trail behind my house this morning, I observed 
something I have never seen or heard of before.  A female robing flew to a 
tree about 30 feet from me and perched about on a branch about 5-6 feet above 
the ground.  She was facing away from me and I saw her raise her drop an egg 
which landed on the ground below.  There was no nest anywhere around that I 
could see.  After she flew off I walked over to confirm what I thought I saw 
and there was a broken robin egg under the branch.  A male robin then flew to 
the same tree.  

Has anyone else seen a bird just "lay" an egg where it would drop to the ground 
or have any thoughts on why a bird would do this.  The only thing I can think 
of is that the nest was destroyed and when a bird has to lay an egg, she has to 
lay it NOW, nest or no nest.  But there have been no storms in which a nest 
might be destroyed for over a week---plenty of time to rebuild. 

Laura DornanLouisville

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Subject: Glen Helen Birds
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:37:50 -0700
Today went to the one and only Glen Helen, list of bird included:

Red Tail Hawk- 1
Black Vulture- 2
Yellow Throated Warbler- 4
Yellow Rumped Warbler- 1
Common Yellow Throat- 1
Gnatcatchers- 15+
Ruby Crowned Kinglet- 1
Chickadee- 15
Titmouse- 15
Pileated WP- 2

Also heard some Warbler like call, but couldn't ID it. I also recorded it,
but it's a little hard to hear. How can I find out what it was? Websites?
Also a single Brown Bat was flying above Clifton Gorge.

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Subject: BattelleDarby,4-18: thrushes,Parulas,sparrows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:59:17 -0400
I spent the morning hiking several areas along Darby Creek southwest of 
Columbus looking for early arrivals. Stops at Indian Ridge, Cedar Ridge, and 
the Nature Center produced a healthy list with a few new arrivals, including: 


Rough-winged Swallows - 6 were jousting for nest crevices at the Darby railroad 
bridge 

House Wren - 1 singing at Indian Ridge
Gnatcatchers - loads, with 25-30 in the 3 hours I was out
Ruby-cr.Kinglets - 6-7, mostly at Indian Ridge & Cedar Ridge
Wood Thrush - 1 singing at Indian Ridge early
Hermit Thrush - 6 for the morning, in different areas
Brown Thrasher - 3 singing in different fields (2 at Indian Ridge, 1 at Cedar 
Ridge) 

Parula Warblers - 2 singing at Indian Ridge, another 1 at Cedar Ridge
Yellow-thr.Warblers - 6 total over all 3 sites, all singing in sycamores
E.Towhees - many back, with 14 over all 3 sites
Field Sparrows - many back, with singing around most fields; the Nature Center 
fields had 8-10 

Swamp Sparrow - 1 at a small creek along Terrace Trail at Indian Ridge
White-throated Sparrows - small flocks in many locations
E.Meadowlarks - 2 were singing in the cropped grass of the bison enclosure, 
recreating an ancient connection. 


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Subject: American Bittern at Schrock Lake - Sharon Woods Metro Park (N. of Columbus)
From: Alli Shaw <shaw AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:56:14 -0400
American Bittern seen during a cleanup program at Sharon Woods Metro Park (N. 
of Columbus) at Schrock Lake Sat 4/18. Bird was seen again at 6:20pm. Location: 
6911 Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, OH. East side of Schrock Lake in the cove 
to the right of the very last fishing dock on the east side (there is a prairie 
area and a bulletin board...no picnic areas close.) We will try to post if it's 
seen Sunday. 


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Subject: Re: robin dumping egg
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:33:09 -0400
Many birds drop egg shells and fecal sacs away from the nest. It is believed 
they do this to keep a nest clean of parasites and flies and also to leave as 
little sign for a ground predator to find the nest. 


-DB 

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> On Apr 18, 2015, at 1:43 PM, Laura Dornan  wrote:
> 
> While birding the woodland trail behind my house this morning, I observed 
something I have never seen or heard of before. A female robing flew to a tree 
about 30 feet from me and perched about on a branch about 5-6 feet above the 
ground. She was facing away from me and I saw her raise her drop an egg which 
landed on the ground below. There was no nest anywhere around that I could see. 
After she flew off I walked over to confirm what I thought I saw and there was 
a broken robin egg under the branch. A male robin then flew to the same tree. 

> Has anyone else seen a bird just "lay" an egg where it would drop to the 
ground or have any thoughts on why a bird would do this. The only thing I can 
think of is that the nest was destroyed and when a bird has to lay an egg, she 
has to lay it NOW, nest or no nest. But there have been no storms in which a 
nest might be destroyed for over a week---plenty of time to rebuild. 

> Laura DornanLouisville
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Subject: robin dumping egg
From: Laura Dornan <tldornan68 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:43:52 +0000
While birding the woodland trail behind my house this morning, I observed 
something I have never seen or heard of before.  A female robing flew to a 
tree about 30 feet from me and perched about on a branch about 5-6 feet above 
the ground.  She was facing away from me and I saw her raise her drop an egg 
which landed on the ground below.  There was no nest anywhere around that I 
could see.  After she flew off I walked over to confirm what I thought I saw 
and there was a broken robin egg under the branch.  A male robin then flew to 
the same tree.   

Has anyone else seen a bird just "lay" an egg where it would drop to the ground 
or have any thoughts on why a bird would do this.  The only thing I can think 
of is that the nest was destroyed and when a bird has to lay an egg, she has to 
lay it NOW, nest or no nest.  But there have been no storms in which a nest 
might be destroyed for over a week---plenty of time to rebuild. 

Laura DornanLouisville

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Subject: Forster's tern @ Big Island Wildlife Area Pelicans...No.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:56:06 -0400
Amongst all the other birds today at Big Island Wildlife Area (Marion
County) was a Forster's Tern.  When I left, it was on the west side of the
middle pond. on LaRue-Prospect Rd.

Have a great weekend.  Happy Birding, and God Bless

Steve J.

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Subject: Unidentified Bird
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:27:30 -0700
When I recheck my pics of my " Horned Larks " I found out they looked
nothing like a Lark. They look like female red wingblack birds, but the
size of a lark. Them some of the others look like Ovenbirds, but I'm not
sure. Help wanted, email me for pictures.

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Subject: Glaucous Gull
From: Don Niece <don.niece AT COMPLIGHT-LLC.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:36:23 -0400
Forgot to give credit to Troy Shively for first identifying the Glaucous Gull 
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Subject: Western Tanager not seen for hour and a half
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:19:28 -0400
Tanager not seen for an hour and a half


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Subject: House Trailer wrens are back
From: Joe Faulkner <joeinthewoods AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:04:31 -0400
    The rare Perry County subspecies of House Wren, Known as the House
Trailer wren, have returned.  I heard one in the woods two days ago.  It
was a migrant, because there were no trailers around.  They tend to nest
near trailers.  In fact, I build a nest box in the shape (and color) of my
old house trailer, and they moved right in.
     Meanwhile the Carolina wrens are comfortably lodged in the chicken's
mailbox.  They had first built an elaborate and huge nest in my welding
hood, but abandoned it when I had to close the door to the shop. Moved the
hood outside, but to no avail.  Felt bad about that, but they seem to have
adjusted.

Joe in the woods
Somerset, Ohio
Perry County

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Subject: Firestone Metro Park, Summit County higlights
From: prydquist AT SUMMITMETROPARKS.ORG
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:17:47 -0400
First bird walk on 4/17/2015 spring migration highlights at:
Firestone Metro Park
2620 Harrington Road
Akron, 44310

Wood & Ruddy Ducks
E. Phoebe
Tree Swallows
Winter Wrens
Yellow-crowned & Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Hermit Thrushes
N. Waterthrush
Pine Warblers
Myrtle Warblers
E. Towhees
Brown Thrasher
Field, Song, Swamp, & white-throated Sparrows
Rusty Blackbirds






Pat Rydquist, Naturalist, CIG
Summit Metro Parks
330-865-8064 ext. 307
prydquist AT summitmetroparks.org






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Subject: Barn swallows return to Knox Co.
From: Todd Hill <00000167687b5755-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:44:36 +0000
The barn swallows made their annual return Friday to my barn in Knox County, 4 
miles NNW of Fredericktown. I can look forward now to four months of being 
dive-bombed, but their voracious diet for bugs is much appreciated. 



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Subject: Adult male Western Tanager Wendy park Mainwood lot
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:42:19 -0400
Adult male Western Tanager Wendy park Mainwood lot


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Subject: Champaign Co, Backyard Spring Arrivals!
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:27:08 -0700
Well, went to Grandmas house again as usually and had some pretty good
birds along this morning and yesterday afternoon.Highlights included:

Red Tail Hawk- 1
Blue Grey Gnatcatcher- 7 FOY
Swamp Sparrow- 3
Field Sparrow- 8 many calling
Rusty Blackbird- 2
Wood Duck- 1
Eastern Towhee- the call sounded like a Spotted........
Ruby Crown Kinglet- 1 FOY
Goldfinch- 5
Pileated WP- 1
Sapsucker- 1 male
White Crowned Sparrow- 1
Horn Lark- 4

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Subject: House wrens are back.
From: Jane Scott <ysoscott AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:38:25 +0000






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Subject: Western Ohio Birding Looking for Lifers
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:45:57 -0400
For my birthday birding bash, I tried to hit the spots out in western Ohio
that tI haven't gotten to yet, and try to get some lifers out of my eBird
alert list. Then finish up the day getting my Big Island List caught
up...and get my wife a lifer duck.  Long day, lots of birds.

Lists of my days travels are below.  Not listed was Keiser Lake (I had to
stop and use the "facilities")  I had White-throated Sparrows, a  Parula
and a Yellow-throated Warbler calling in the trees.

Pics of everything on the lists, and a few on the Facebook page.

Happy Birding and God Bless

Steve J.


Saint Marys State Fish Hatchery, Auglaize, US-OH
Apr 17, 2015 8:31 AM - 9:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
21 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  1     Brown goose with pinkish/orange bill,
white rump, smaller than Canada geese that were around it.
SJLaRue
Photography: Greater White-fronted Goose &emdash; Greater White-Fronted
Goose
Canada Goose  40
Mallard  6
Blue-winged Teal  8
Lesser Scaup  8
White-winged Scoter  1     Continuing bird seen by many.
SJLaRue Photography: White-winged Scoter &emdash; White-winged Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser  10
Great Blue Heron  2
Killdeer  6
Ring-billed Gull  6
Mourning Dove  7
American Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  20
American Robin  20
European Starling  50
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
House Sparrow  10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22904093

Old Reid Park, Clark, US-OH
Apr 17, 2015 1:40 PM - 2:17 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
13 species

Ross's Goose  1     Continuing bird seen by others.  Almost all white with
a small bill and black wing tips.

SJLaRue Photography: Ross's Goose &emdash; Ross's Goose
Canada Goose  30
Mallard  10
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  10
Mourning Dove  4
Tree Swallow  10
American Robin  10
European Starling  20
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22908429



Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve, Hardin, US-OH
Apr 17, 2015 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
31 species

Canada Goose  3
Ring-necked Pheasant  2
Turkey Vulture  12
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  4
Red-headed Woodpecker  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Winter Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  6
European Starling  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
American Tree Sparrow  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Eastern Meadowlark  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22917034


Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Larue-Prospect Rd., Marion, US-OH
Apr 17, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
34 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  2
Trumpeter Swan  5
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  8
American Wigeon  20
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  10
Northern Shoveler  12
Green-winged Teal  2
Redhead  20
Ring-necked Duck  10
Lesser Scaup  20
Long-tailed Duck  1     First seen by Ron Sempier

SJLaRue
Photography: Long-tailed Duck &emdash; Long-tailed Duck; Big Island
Wildlife Area
Bufflehead  8
Hooded Merganser  4
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Ruddy Duck  30
Pied-billed Grebe  10
Horned Grebe  10
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Egret  12
Turkey Vulture  10
Bald Eagle  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Common Gallinule  2
American Coot  300
Killdeer  4
Ring-billed Gull  20
Mourning Dove  4
Tree Swallow  50
Song Sparrow  4
Red-winged Blackbird  30

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22916929

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Subject: Indian Lake - American White Pelican
From: Don Niece <don.niece AT COMPLIGHT-LLC.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:25:32 -0400
Sorry for previous (lack of) message, don't know what happened.

Approximately 30-40 American White Pelicans in NE part of the lake across the 
channel from Acheson's Landing off Turkey Foot Road. May be possibility of 
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Subject: Indian Lake - American White Pelican
From: Don Niece <don.niece AT COMPLIGHT-LLC.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:18:24 -0400
Approximately 30-40 American White Pelicans in North East part of Indian Lake. 
Possibly visible from area near Acheson's Landing on Turkey Foot Road looking 
east across the channel. Other sightings around the lake consisted of: 


Glaucous gull at Old Field Beach
Great Blue Herons
Great Egret - 1
Osprey - 8
Bald Eagle - 2 adult near Pony Island

Area of flooded field near Russells Point still active with many Blue-winged 
Teal, Mallard, Glaucous Gull (1). 


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Subject: 8 warbler day in southern Ohio
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:14:11 -0400
​On our way to southern Ohio for the Arc of Appalachia Wildflower Weekend
we stopped at four locations and saw 8 warbler species! Nice to see the
spring migration in progress.

(1): Tar Hollow SP
Date: Apr 17, 2015, 9:59 AM
(2): Tar Hollow State Forest (Ross Co.)
Date: Apr 17, 2015, 11:36 AM
(3): Scioto Trail SP
Date: Apr 17, 2015, 1:31 PM
(4): Paint Creek Dam
Date: Apr 17, 2015, 4:24 PM

3 Ovenbird -- (1),(2)
2 Louisiana Waterthrush -- (2),(3)
1 Black-and-white Warbler -- (1)
9 Hooded Warbler -- (2),(3)
4 Northern Parula -- (1)
8 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) -- (1),(2),(4)
5 Yellow-throated Warbler -- (1),(3)
1 Black-throated Green Warbler -- (2)

Ken Ostermiller​

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Subject: Mystery bird-help please!
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:01:13 -0400
I had sent an email after my trip to TN about my bird sightings but am
still frustrated by a gorgeous yellow bird with a black chin. I really
would like someone to help me figure out what this beautiful bird is!!!! I
have pictures!

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Subject: Surprising behavior
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:46:00 -0400
I went to the laundry facility in my apartment complex about 15 minutes ago
and noticed what I thought were my FOY Chimney Swifts. A closer look
revealed them to be bats (still FOY). As I watched for a few moments, a
juvenile Cooper's Hawk appeared from nowhere and made a pass at one of the
bats! No dice, but the hawk have it three attempts before he moved on. Has
anybody seen accipiters hunt bats before? It was an awesome but of urban
birding for me!

James Muller

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Subject: Secor Park Birding-Lucas County
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:53:22 -0400
Went to Secor Metropark in Lucas County today with my Son and saw the
following:

Turkey Vulture-3
Crows- 8
Black Capped Chickadees- 6
Robins-at least 1
Goldfinches-1
Brown Headed Cowbirds-2
Downy Woodpecker-1
Red Eyed Vireo-1
RW Blackbird- at least 1
Chipping Sparrows-2
Dark Eyed Juncos-3
blue jay-1
Tufted Titmouse-1
Mourning Dove-1
White Breasted Nuthatches-1
Cardinals-2
Canada Geese-2

Wished we could've stayed longer. Heard Red Bellied Woodpecker and possibly
a single Pileated Woodpecker calling.

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Subject: Surprising accipiter behavior
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:50:01 -0400
I went to the laundry facility in my apartment complex about 15 minutes ago and 
noticed what I thought were my FOY Chimney Swifts. A closer look revealed them 
to be bats (still FOY). As I watched for a few moments, a juvenile Cooper's 
Hawk appeared from nowhere and made a pass at one of the bats! No dice, but the 
hawk have it three attempts before he moved on. Has anybody seen accipiters 
hunt bats before? It was an awesome but of urban birding for me! 


James Muller

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Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls on West Harbor - Ottawa County
From: Tara Baranowski <tbaranowski AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:30:32 +0000
While walking the Great Egret Marsh Preserve today along West Harbor I saw 
several Bonaparte's gulls fly overhead and there were also gadwall, blue-winged 
teal, wood duck, mallard, Canada geese, trumpeter swan and common merganser in 
the marsh and harbor. Many great blue heron and great egret were lining the 
harbor today and I paused for a spell to watch a watersnake "swim" along the 
channel bordering the preserve's marsh. I also inadvertently flushed a brown 
thrasher from the edge of the marsh as I rounded a corner. Hoping everyone gets 
a chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful day. 


Tara B.
Ottawa County

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Subject: Great Horned Owl Nest, Erie Co.
From: Sheryl Young <000001163286a6c4-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:03:39 -0400
There is a Great Horned Owl nesting in a former eagle's nest on the west
side of Erie County (between Castalia and Bay View).  A scope is best for
viewing, but the outline of the adult's head (showing the "horn" feather
tufts)  is easily seen with binoculars.  Hopefully, the young will soon be
visible.

The nest can be viewed looking south from the parking lot of the  tavern at
the corner of Rt 6 and Rt 269.  I would provide you with the  address but
the google map does not seem to give the proper  directions.  To reach this
spot, exit Rt 2 at the Bay View exit, just  before crossing Sandusky Bay.
Head south, and following Rt 269  South.  You will turn right at the "T"
intersection. The tavern/drive through is on the corner at the next left. It 

is hard to miss - it has a fiberglass  Bison on the roof.

Sheryl Young
Sandusky

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Subject: Re: American Goldfinch
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:45:25 +0000
I have seen a drop in the number of goldfinches at my feeder the past couple of 
weeks.It seems to have coincided with the males molting into their bright 
summer colors. I doubt the other goldfinches just disappeared.  Could they be 
getting territorial rather early for goldfinches this year? 

 


 On Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:09 AM, Trish Shaffer  
wrote: 

   

 I too have noticed a drop in Goldfinch numbers in Scioto County. I am in
West Portsmouth & 5 years ago I was having 15 at one time on 3 feeders.  My
mother, in Wheelersburg has a wooded yard and would also have large numbers
20-30.

The past 2 winters I have only seen 2 or 3 at a time.  Currently I have 3
pair of the American Goldfinch coming to the feeders

My mother has 6 pair of the American Goldfinch coming to her feeders.

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Subject: Glen Echo Park - Prairie Warbler - Columbus OH
From: Anthony Fries <friesac AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:57:21 -0400
Good morning in Glen Echo Ravine in Columbus with:

Prairie (active and singing)
Louisiana
Northern parula
Yellow-throated
Yellow-rumped
Loads of blue-gray gnatcatchers

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22905266

Still good looks at dark-eyed juncos, white-throated sparrows and 
yellow-bellied sapsuckers too. 


Tony Fries 




                                          
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Subject: Henslow's Sparrow Wendy Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:30:08 -0400
A Henslow's Sparrow is among a number of newly arrived migrants at Wendy Park 
in Cleveland. All right in and around the main woodlot 



JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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Subject: My Backyard Bird Count
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:39:43 -0400
This morning was the first morning our Dawnsong played for the Purple
Martins. Not sure if this has anything to do with it but we had our foy,
first ever backyard Male Tree Swallow.😀

Other birds being seen & heard:

2 Pairs of Cardinals
1 Pair of White Breasted Nuthatches
1 pr Red Bellied Woodpeckers, seen/calling(especially loud last evening)
1 pr Downy Woodpeckers
6 prs of House Finches
1 pr of Goldfinches
1 pr of Black Capped Chickadees
2 calling, prob Male, Chipping Sparrows, singing
2+ Song Sparrows, singing
3 Common Grackles
6-8 American Robins
5+ European Starlings
5? House Sparrows, trying to eradicate them

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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: Deb <dsfromnj AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:37:26 -0400
Goldfinches and mourning doves were the predominant birds at my feeders all 
winter. I usually have a few individuals but this year there were 20+ 
goldfinches daily and almost that number of doves. The goldfinches are still 
around. 


I only feed sunflower kernels. I gave up on thistle after it took over my 
garden at my last house. The folks who live there now are still trying to get 
rid of it. 


I've lived in this older, developed suburb for over 20 years and the bird life 
has really changed. Less pigeons (thank you hawks) less house sparrows. There 
are several nesting pairs of red-tailed hawks, one pair quite vocal over my 
yard yesterday. I saw a wild turkey while out walking Monday and a coyote on 
Wednesday. 

Grateful for this change for the better. 

Deborah Smith
Cleveland Heights
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Subject: Saint Marys State Fish Hatchery-2015-4-17
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:19:14 -0400
Greetings!

Scoter still present. with a bonus Greater White-fronted Goose!

Happy birding and God bless.

Steve J

Observer: sjlarue
2015-04-17 08:31
Saint Marys State Fish Hatchery
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 Miles
33 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    1    Greater White-fronted Goose    "Brown goose with pink bill, white
rump, smaller than Canada geese that were around it. will post pictures
later."
    40    Canada Goose
    6    Mallard
    8    Blue-winged Teal
    8    Lesser Scaup
    1    White-winged Scoter    Continuing bird seen by many. will post
pictures later.
    10    Red-breasted Merganser
    2    Great Blue Heron
    6    Killdeer
    6    Ring-billed Gull
    7    Mourning Dove
    2    American Crow
    2    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    20    Tree Swallow
    20    American Robin
    50    European Starling
    2    Northern Cardinal
    30    Red-winged Blackbird
    10    Common Grackle
    8    Brown-headed Cowbird
    10    House Sparrow

This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog (
http://birdseyebirding.com/)

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Subject: Re: Goldfinches
From: "J. Hochadel" <jahochadel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:18:43 -0400
The maximum count for Goldfinches this winter at my feeding station was 36
individuals present at one given time. I only have one 8-port thistle
feeder and a small hopper feeder filled with black oil sunflower seed, so
most of the Goldfinches were eating seed on the ground below the feeders or
were waiting/fighting for an open spot at the feeders. When temperatures
dropped below zero, they fed almost exclusively on the sunflower seeds,
presumably because they could expend less energy in order to quickly
increase their caloric intake. A flock of about 20 visited daily, with
numbers increasing right before and then when a storm occurred. While
watching them during these "feeding frenzies," I was wishing that I was
still involved in bird banding so I could track how many, if any, return
next year and how many are locals. I'd be delighted to discuss a more
formal study here if anyone wants to do one. It will be interesting to see
the high count next winter. I may go broke buying seed... haha

Now the high count has dropped to six, and they spend about the same amount
of time at both feeders. (These are probably my neighborhood Goldfinches.)

Judy Hochadel
Champion Twp, Trumbull County

On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 7:44 PM, Carole Babyak <
000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> I had 15 - 20 Goldfinch most of the winter.   They left when the Coopers
> Hawk dove into the feeding area
>
> in February, but have returned.    Funny thing is I had bought a new
> thistle sox for them (end of Jan.) and moved the thistle
>
> tube feeder to a shepherd hook.  The winter Goldfinches continued to feed
> from the tube feeder and only
>
> Chickadees investigated the sox.      When they started to get flecks of
> gold several Goldfinches were on the sox
>
> and they continue to feed from the sox and the tube feeder.
> Conclusion could be that the Goldfinches move
>
> around and the ones I have now were not the ones I had in Jan &
> Feb......or as they became gold they became
>
> more inquisitive, daring ......      or perhaps the winter Goldfinches had
> never seen a sox and it took new comers
>
> to recognize it and then everyone fed from it.???             I may have
> more now because they are on the sunflower
>
> feeders as well as the thistle,  and the males are gold  so more
> noticeable.         Birds are Great.
>
> Carole Babyak  Trumbull Co. Howland Twp.
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Subject: Re: Darke Shorebirds
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:04:26 -0400
Hi, Regina and all--
        Interesting about the pectorals. I'd think that is far and away the
largest incursion this year thus far. The farther west you go in Ohio
the easier it is to see spring pectoral flocks (in the fall, they split
up and don't flock much). Comparatively far fewer show up in eastern
Ohio, and the farthest east I've seen big spring flocks is occasionally
at Killdeer Plains, where thousands may appear. Once only, I saw ~2000
here in Franklin Co, just after the parks flooded what were once corn
fields. Northbound pectorals tend to stick to the central flyway on
their way to the high Arctic, and I have wondered if we see the birds
going to a recently-recognized isolated and much closer nest site on
Hudson Bay (you can barely see a little pink dot in the Natl Geo birds
book). I imagine Darke Co gets more black-bellied plovers, too, for a
lot of the same reasons. Probably more of both can be displaced by
winds, too.
Thanks for the reminder,
Bill Whan

On 4/16/2015 9:39 PM, Regina Schieltz wrote:
> There are 3 places where I saw a large number of pectoral sandpipers and
> smaller numbers of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs today.
>
> All in Darke Co.    Greenville:  Sebring-Warner Road just west of st. rt.
> 127 in a flooded field.
>                             Elroy A large pot hole-flooded field just east
> of Elroy on Ansonia-Elroy Road.
>                             Greenville on Hillgrove-Woodington Road just
> east of St. Rt. 118
>
> Since Sunday the numbers of these 3 shorebirds have been increasing, but I
> have not seen any other species except Killdeer.
>
> Woods Road still has a selection of ducks and at least 38 coots.
>
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Subject: CVNP Field Trip
From: Ben Waner <wbirding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 22:18:03 -0400
Highlights were one female YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, an OSPREY, a light morph 
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, a PILEATED WOODPECKER, and a single FISH CROW 




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Subject: Any C. Raven records recently?
From: Ben Waner <wbirding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:49:44 -0400
Any records of ravens in 2014/15 ?

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Subject: Darke Shorebirds
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:39:31 -0400
There are 3 places where I saw a large number of pectoral sandpipers and
smaller numbers of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs today.

All in Darke Co.    Greenville:  Sebring-Warner Road just west of st. rt.
127 in a flooded field.
                           Elroy A large pot hole-flooded field just east
of Elroy on Ansonia-Elroy Road.
                           Greenville on Hillgrove-Woodington Road just
east of St. Rt. 118

Since Sunday the numbers of these 3 shorebirds have been increasing, but I
have not seen any other species except Killdeer.

Woods Road still has a selection of ducks and at least 38 coots.

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Subject: Re: Lesser Frigatebird, Findlay
From: Ben Waner <wbirding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:30:10 -0400
Is this an April fools joke?

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Subject: Sandy Ridge Lorain Cty
From: Photography by Wolfbrancher <wolfbrancher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:07:03 -0400
Wood ducks & Pileated woodpecker
Great Blue Heron

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Subject: Grebes
From: Hayward Chappell <hayward.chappell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:27:40 -0400
I was passing through Hillsboro Ohio today and stopped at Rocky Fork Park.
I saw three grebes- 2 in breeding plumage. It was raining and I had my
backup binocs so I was stuck between an eared or a horned grebe. It seemed
to me more like the Eared BUT my field guide (National Geographic) said
they were rare in the east.

Pictures on Cornell's "All About Birds" are very striking- ones I saw
huddled up in the rain and colrs looked somewhat mottled so hard to call

Any ideas?

Also saw 3 Great Egrets and bunch of cormorants

Hayward Chappell
Lawrence County



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766 Private Rd. 3952
Willow Wood, OH 45696

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Subject: RFI White-Winged Scoter at St Mary's & Smith's Longspurs...
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:17:46 -0400
Going to try for two to three lifer's tomorrow...

Any update on the White Winged Scoter at The Fish hatchery? And any good
Smith's Longspurs sightings...I saw one on my alert list, but that has been
a few days ago,

Thinking of trying for those and the Ross's Goose down in Springfield.

Thanks

Steve J.

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Subject: Re: Big Island Wildlife Area Pelicans yes, Long-tailed Duck...Maybe. :-D
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:34:45 -0400
hit the wrong key. :-D  Big Island list below:

Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Larue-Prospect Rd., Marion, US-OH
Apr 16, 2015 9:02 AM - 10:08 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
33 species

Canada Goose  30
Mute Swan  2
Trumpeter Swan  4
Wood Duck  2
Gadwall  5
American Wigeon  30
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  20
Northern Shoveler  10
Green-winged Teal  1
Redhead  30
Ring-necked Duck  30
Bufflehead  20
Ruddy Duck  30
Pied-billed Grebe  10
Horned Grebe  10
Double-crested Cormorant  5
American White Pelican  9     Continuing pod of Pelicans.

SJLaRue
Photography: American Pelican &emdash; American White Pelican, Marion

SJLaRue
Photography: American Pelican &emdash; American White Pelican, Marion

SJLaRue
Photography: American Pelican &emdash; American White Pelican, Marion
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  12
Bald Eagle  10
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  400
Killdeer  4
Bonaparte's Gull  10
Ring-billed Gull  30
Mourning Dove  8
Tree Swallow  30
American Robin  20
European Starling  20
Song Sparrow  4
Red-winged Blackbird  30

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22889453

On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 2:33 PM, Steve Jones  wrote:

> Well, I popped over to Big Island to try and find the Long-tailed Duck,
> but there were too many tucked in noses, and ruddy ducks to pick it out
> from amongst the bajillion (It seemed) coots.
>
> The 9 Pelicans are still there, and gave me a really good flyby as they
> moved from the East pond to the Western edge of the center pond.:
> http://www.sjlarue.com/p598998142/h4283F331#h4283f331
>
> Not to be outdone were all of the Eagles...They tried to prove that they
> were the masters of the sky.
> Other notables were a pair of Mute Swans.
>
> List below:
>
>
> Happy Birding and God Bless
>
> Steve J
>

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Subject: Big Island Wildlife Area Pelicans yes, Long-tailed Duck...Maybe. :-D
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:33:30 -0400
Well, I popped over to Big Island to try and find the Long-tailed Duck, but
there were too many tucked in noses, and ruddy ducks to pick it out from
amongst the bajillion (It seemed) coots.

The 9 Pelicans are still there, and gave me a really good flyby as they
moved from the East pond to the Western edge of the center pond.:
http://www.sjlarue.com/p598998142/h4283F331#h4283f331

Not to be outdone were all of the Eagles...They tried to prove that they
were the masters of the sky.
Other notables were a pair of Mute Swans.

List below:


Happy Birding and God Bless

Steve J

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Subject: CVNP -- Pine Hollow
From: Lisle Merriman <000000f3462a9e25-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:46:26 +0000
Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, Field Sparrows at Pine Hollow in 
the Cuy Valley Nat'l Park yesterday evening (Summit County).  Beautiful area 
for birding. 

Lisle MerrimanShaker Heights

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Subject: New Daily Morning Song
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:12:49 -0400
I've been hearing this new song (to me) the last maybe week now. I knew it
was a sparrow but hadn't really investigated, thought it looked like a
female house sparrow. Well today after daily serenades, I took pictures and
audio,video. The singers are my Chipping Sparrows, love having another song
to my bird choir in the morning here. 😀

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Subject: Golden Finches
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:00:25 -0400
Hi,

Here in my small part of the state (~41.5 N x 81.3 W) the numbers of
American Golden Finches is average.

Keep in mind that populations have random variation, and this is normal.
It takes considerable analysis to determine if there is a special or
assignable cause to any change which goes far beyond anecdotal
observation.  Regression based analysis (T tests and similar tools) usually
consider far too limited a data set and do not look at variation around the
mean in a way that determines if variation is normal and random or due to a
special (outside) cause.

This is not to say that anecdotal observation is not important.  If
multiple observers across a wide area report similar conditions these can
be indicative of a wider and more significant phenomena.

Haans

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Subject: Re: American Goldfinch
From: Brad Perkins <bperkin2 AT ROCKTENN.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:27:08 +0000
I have seen no dropoff of gold finches at my house in Muskingum County. I have 
had 20-30 all winter and so far this spring. 


Brad Perkins
Nashport,Ohio

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Trish 
Shaffer 

Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:06 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] American Goldfinch

I too have noticed a drop in Goldfinch numbers in Scioto County. I am in West 
Portsmouth & 5 years ago I was having 15 at one time on 3 feeders. My mother, 
in Wheelersburg has a wooded yard and would also have large numbers 20-30. 


The past 2 winters I have only seen 2 or 3 at a time. Currently I have 3 pair 
of the American Goldfinch coming to the feeders 


My mother has 6 pair of the American Goldfinch coming to her feeders.

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Subject: American Goldfinch
From: Trish Shaffer <trish.shaffer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:05:47 -0400
I too have noticed a drop in Goldfinch numbers in Scioto County. I am in
West Portsmouth & 5 years ago I was having 15 at one time on 3 feeders.  My
mother, in Wheelersburg has a wooded yard and would also have large numbers
20-30.

The past 2 winters I have only seen 2 or 3 at a time.  Currently I have 3
pair of the American Goldfinch coming to the feeders

My mother has 6 pair of the American Goldfinch coming to her feeders.

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Subject: Re: Rustys
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:38:59 -0400
Hey, while you guys are at Magee, keep an eye out.  I had lots of both
Rustys and Grackles...made for fun counting.
On Apr 15, 2015 4:38 PM, "Ken Ostermiller" 
wrote:

> ​Thanks to all who help track the migration of Rusty Blackbirds in Ohio
> this spring. The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz ends today in Ohio.
> However, the national coordinator is asking us to keep reporting checklists
> to eBird if we find late migrants, especially since the spring got off to
> such a cold beginning.
>
> You can see the checklists reported in Ohio for March and April on eBird:
>
> 
http://ebird.org/ebird/map/rusbla?neg=true&env.minX=-88.78314405156249&env.minY=37.42406037233251&env.maxX=-76.55536084843749&env.maxY=42.893479724553124&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=3&emo=4&yr=cur 

>
> Ken Ostermiller
> Judy Kolo-Rose
> Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
> coordinators for Ohio​
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Subject: Veteran's Park (Mentor)
From: Richard <beckwith24 AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 22:46:25 -0400

This afternoon included a very cooperative
pine warbler, also palm warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, spotted sandpiper, 
brown 

creeper, blue-gray gnatcatcher, ruby-crowned kinglet (all on stretch between 
bluebird boxes and observation deck). 

On the lake:   pied-bill grebes, canvasback, redhead, bufflehead, gadwall,
ring-necked ducks, coots. -- Rich Beckwith

                                          
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Subject: Tree Swallows / Bluebirds
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:54:57 -0700
Well I put up 2 more houses on some fence post in the pasture, I got
2 Bluebirds & 4 Swallows
I've had many many Tree Swallows flying by just not taking notice to the
boxes.
Earlier as I was putting up a 3 holed/ room box, at least 8 Swallows were
flying with in 5 feet of me, being very impatient as I put up the box :-D
Surprisingly, Sparrows haven't been a problem at all this year, haven't
seen a single one in the pasture.
Anyway the Bluebirds are about 1/4 done with the nest.
Also yesterday driving we past a farm with many Barn Swallows, very good
their finally here as well!

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Subject: Goldfinches
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:44:29 -0400
I had 15 - 20 Goldfinch most of the winter. They left when the Coopers Hawk 
dove into the feeding area 


in February, but have returned. Funny thing is I had bought a new thistle sox 
for them (end of Jan.) and moved the thistle 


tube feeder to a shepherd hook. The winter Goldfinches continued to feed from 
the tube feeder and only 


Chickadees investigated the sox. When they started to get flecks of gold 
several Goldfinches were on the sox 


and they continue to feed from the sox and the tube feeder. Conclusion could be 
that the Goldfinches move 


around and the ones I have now were not the ones I had in Jan & Feb......or as 
they became gold they became 


more inquisitive, daring ...... or perhaps the winter Goldfinches had never 
seen a sox and it took new comers 


to recognize it and then everyone fed from it.??? I may have more now because 
they are on the sunflower 


feeders as well as the thistle, and the males are gold so more noticeable. 
Birds are Great. 


Carole Babyak  Trumbull Co. Howland Twp.

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:34:36 -0400
Ron Sempier has texted me with news of a Long-tailed Duck at Big Island. He 
located it in the SE corner of the middle pond along LaRue/Prospect Rd. He said 
that it blends in real well with the coots!! 


Also, the 9 American White Pelicans are still present at Big Island Wildlife 
Area. 


Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Gold Finches
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:33:26 -0400
Has anyone else been wondering where all the Gold Finches are??? I haven't
been seeing posts of anyone seeing any. We just got a single female my
sister, also in Lucas cty saw 1 male Gold Finch . That's the extent of
them. We usually have a LOT!!!! We still have 6prs of House Finches but
really missing our Golds. Any thoughts???

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Subject: No Subject
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:37:39 -0400
​Thanks to all who help track the migration of Rusty Blackbirds in Ohio
this spring. The Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz ends today in Ohio.
However, the national coordinator is asking us to keep reporting checklists
to eBird if we find late migrants, especially since the spring got off to
such a cold beginning.

You can see the checklists reported in Ohio for March and April on eBird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/rusbla?neg=true&env.minX=-88.78314405156249&env.minY=37.42406037233251&env.maxX=-76.55536084843749&env.maxY=42.893479724553124&zh=true&gp=true&ev=Z&mr=on&bmo=3&emo=4&yr=cur 


Ken Ostermiller
Judy Kolo-Rose
Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
coordinators for Ohio​

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Subject: Ever-so-slightly extralimital - Brooks Bird Club of WV June Foray Info
From: Ryan Tomazin <wvwarblers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:42:42 -0400
Hello All,

As Co-Director of this year's Foray, I wanted to let you know that our Brooks 
Bird Club of WV will be having our annual Foray in early June, this time in 
beautiful Preston County, WV. This area includes Cranesville Swamp, the Cheat 
River, Cathedral State Park, and more. We compile county-wide data on birds, 
plants, herps, mushrooms and more, and it is published in The Redstart, our 
scientific publication of which you might be aware (editor: Albert "Jay" 
Buckelew). 


Where this could be advantageous to students or any other young 
birders/naturalists that you might know is that scholarships are available for 
applicants to cover their expenses, and we are always looking for new talent to 
enrich the group. While many of our members are West Virginians, we 
'cross-pollinate' with other groups, and we have a number of members in Ohio 
that participate. If you want forms and information, please feel free to 
contact me Even for adults/paying participants, it is only $272 per person if 
they stay the whole 7+ days, all inclusive minus gasoline. 


The Foray has been going on for 76 years now, and it is really fun and 
interesting. This is also a good opportunity for students and adults alike to 
meet people 'in the field' that might be springboards for them. 


Thanks for your time, and keep your eyes to the skies,

Ryan Tomazin - Brooks Bird Club Co-Director - 412-220-9726 - 
wvwarblers AT hotmail.com - in Bridgeville, PA 

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:22:33 -0400
​Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Ashtabula County

Lampson Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotsots.wikispaces.com/Lampson+Reservoir



Franklin County

Hoover Reservoir--Walnut Boat Ramp

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Hoover+Reservoir+Walnut+Boat+Ramp



Medina County

Spencer Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Spencer+Reservoir



Mercer County

Eastview Park

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



Noble County

Caldwell Lake

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Caldwell+Lake



Shelby County

Tawawa Park

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



Warren County

Gulley Park and Trail

http://ohioebirdhotsots.wikispaces.com/Gulley+Park+and+Trail
​
​Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Grackle with poop on it's head???
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:06:57 -0400
So we continue to see this poor Grackle with a white blotch on his head. As
we continue to check this weird spot out on this bird, it's looking less
and less like bird poop. Does anyone have any thoughts on what could be
going on with him??? Or what it is???

I have pictures I can email those curious.

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Subject: NO SIGHTING- Piping Plover Info
From: Robert Sams <bcchcach AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:05:00 -0400
I received an email back from Alice Van Zoeren, of the Great Lakes Piping
Plover Conservation Team regarding the Piping Plover from the Findlay
Reservoirs.  Based on a picture taken in less-than-ideal conditions, she
was able to tell us this much:

This photo is good enough to know something about this plover. To know
exactly which plover it is would take a better photo than anyone is likely
to have gotten on a cloudy evening. We'd have to be able to tell what color
dot is on the orange band high on the left leg, or read a three-digit
number on the light blue band low on the left leg. I don't think it would
have been possible even if you knew to look for it.

What I can say is that this plover is from the Great Lakes population. It
looks like a male. It hatched on North Manitou Island in Sleeping Bear
Dunes National Lakeshore in either 2009, 2012 or 2013. There were two males
with this combination that were in competition for territory on North
Manitou last summer, but neither found a mate. Once this plover does find a
mate and put in a nest we will trap it and re-band it with an individually
unique pattern of band colors so if you see it again we'd be able to tell
exactly which plover it is.

For those who don't know, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is in the
lower peninsula of Michigan, not far from Traverse City, along Lake
Michigan.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22851234

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Subject: thanks all: Re: Wood ducks and unknown
From: Kathy Shank <kshank AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:45:47 -0400
I believe they were Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, esp. with their obvious habit of 
flitting about in low branches. Thanks everyone. 


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Subject: Wood ducks and unknown
From: Kathy Shank <kshank AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:47:50 -0400
Saw a pair of wood ducks in the main pond at the entrance to the Rocky River 
Interpretive Center in the Rocky River Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. 
Also saw an identical pair of warbler-sized greenish-yellow birds. I obviously 
don't know my warblers, so if anyone has any thoughts, I'd appreciate a 
possible ID. No other markings that stood out, however, I was walking three 
dogs at the time and had no binoculars, so I may have missed other identifying 
markings. (Did get a good front, side and top view though as they were fairly 
close and low to the ground). 


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Subject: Fish Crow, Lake Erie Bluffs, 4/15
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:10:36 -0400
A single fish Crow flew east along the shoreline at the bluffs this morning 
around 9:50. Migrating crows along the lake in this region should be checked. 


There are a few birds migrating despite the north winds. There was also a 
female Long - tailed duck off the northwest corner of the Lane Road loop trail. 
It's hanging north of the merganser flocks. Also a couple bank swallows this 
morning. 


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Subject: Cont. Ross's Goose Old Reid Park, Clark County
From: Stefan Minnig <stefanminnig AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:42:44 -0400
The Ross's Goose is still present at Old Reid Park in Clark County as of 7:15am 
this morning. It was located in the same area as I last spotted itin the pond 
near the exit of Old Reid Park. Once again, it's rather approachable. 

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Subject: Barred Owl - New Albany
From: Jason Wakley <wakleyjp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:14:32 -0400
Saw my first Barred Owl today at my office in New Albany(Franklin county).

My office is surrounded by about 30 acres of forest and transitional field to 
forest. 


I watched it for 10 minutes while it surveyed the nearby field for dinner.

Really beautiful bird that made a long day at work much better!

Jason Wakley

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Subject: Blacklick Metro Park (Columbus) et al
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:52:56 -0400
Blacklick Metro Park
Hooded warbler (maple trail)
yellow throated warbler
yellow rumped warbler

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Pine warbler (silent, west blind)
Louisiana waterthrush (lower brookside trail actively feeding along water 
edge)(also silent) 


Wild flowers
Blue Cohosh

Woodside green (Gahanna)
Pine siskin (7)
Barred owl
yellow throated warbler

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: FOS Chipping Sparrow - Summit County
From: "Barrett,Robert P" <rbarret AT UAKRON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:43:31 +0000
I saw the little guy singing from a pine branch in the CVNP this noon

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Subject: Darke County
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:51:30 -0400
New birds for today are House Wrens and Cat BIrds.
Since Sunday evening there has been a nice movement of shorebirds at the
different flooded fields in the county.  Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs and
Pectorals.
One flooded field held a Great Egret.

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Subject: Re: ShawneeForest clearcuts
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:13:40 -0400
The Shawnee is managed by ODNR's Division of Forestry. The Division of
Wildlife has a different mission, and I imagine it properly should take
more effort and time to secure permission for harvesting trees on its
properties. The money should be less of an incentive. Because the DOW
commits a lot of effort to serving hunters (and of course wildlife), it
has to balance the income that timber harvests provide against its
mission to foster wildlife--from mushrooms to deer. Huntable species
like deer and turkeys kinda like dense forests, but the DOW is fond of
promoting the early growth following clear-cuts as habitat for the
ruffed grouse; here there are of course at least double monetary
incentives--money from the timber industry, and from grouse licenses.
Grouses are getting harder and harder to find, though, despite lots more
clear-cuts. The theory that thinned-down forests promote grouse habitat
is perhaps convenient for a state land manager, but maybe not for a
grouse. Our senior ornithologist Wheaton wrote long ago that this
species "was formerly much more numerous and widely distributed than
now, and has decreased in numbers with the rapid clearing away of
timbered lands" (1882:p.447). Trautman seems to have accepted the ODW
line, but had to reveal it didn't make much sense: in his "Birds of
Buckeye Lake" (1940:223) he writes: "The original forests, with their
cover and abundance of berries and other foods, presented a favorable
environment. Later, when the forests were replaced by brushlands and
clearings, conditions should have become more favorable, and it seems
probable that the grouse then became more numerous that (sic) it had
been at the advent of the white man." Without explanation, he goes on to
say that "the species was very numerous between 1860 and 1870, that it
decreased sharply in abundance between 1875 and 1885, and that by 1890
it had become rare or absent."
        My view is that we have a boatload of clearcuts in Ohio already, some
of them covered in asphalt to be sure, but if we continue to regard the
ragged remnants of the original forests as tree farms our wildlife will
continue to disappear.
Bill Whan


On 4/13/2015 1:19 PM, Brad Perkins wrote:
> I recently had an ODNR Division of Wildlife employee complain to me
> about the amount of effort and time it took to get timber harvests,
> including clearcuts, approved on ODNR Division of Wildlife
> properties. His professional opinion is that a whole tree chipping
> contractor, doing a series of patch (5 to 20 acres in size)
> clearcuts, in one week can do more to enhance wildlife(including game
> and non-game species of birds) numbers and diversity, than he would
> be able to do in his entire career using other wildlife habitat
> enhancement methods. I have had first hand experience with several of
> these projects, and am very impressed with the results, both for the
> timber regrowth and for the improvement in wildlife habitat and
> diversity.
>
> Brad Perkins
>
> Nashport, Ohio

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Subject: Conservation of bird habitat in Ohio, (things few birders actually do)
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:28:50 -0400
Hi,

An interesting discussion about forest management.  The sort of thing I
find  far more interesting than just sighting reports.

We must all consider that state and national forests are not parks or
preserves but rather viewed as resources.  Good management of those
resources are essential. Unfortunately ordinary citizens have little say in
actual practice as we are not the primary constituents of the managing
authority and generally the environmental community is against any
exploitation of these resources, as a result, they are not taken seriously.

People interested in conservation of bird habitat can however do concrete
things to preserve and protect habitat.  Unfortunately, given real evidence
it seems they are very reluctant to do so.

First they can purchase an Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp.  These are available
from the Division of Wildlife at www.wildohio.gov  With the stamp you will
get a pin, and I encourage birders to wear this pin in the field to show
they support habitat conservation.

Additionally they can contribute to established not for profit institutions
which manage habitat in Ohio.  Mentor Marsh is a favorite spot for birders
and is jointly managed by the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves, AND
the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  If you have been to Wake Robin
Trail in the past few years you have seen the tremendous effort the museum
is putting into restoring the marsh in that area.  You can contribute to
this effort by making a donation the Museums Mentor Marsh fund.

There are other legitimate organizations in Ohio which have similar
projects or preserve large tracts of land.  Mentor Marsh is one that just
happens to come to mind.

One other thing you can do is contribute to the Friends of Magee Marsh fund
for rebuilding of the boardwalk.  Because those 7 acres are a great birding
spot and concentrate migrants in a small area where they are easy to see,
it attracts lots of visitors and the boardwalk is essential to protecting
the area and keeping it viable as a good place to see birds.
Unfortunately, even given thousands of visits every year, the Friends do
not have enough money to do the full rebuild project, simply because
visitors are not contributing. (If every visitor contributes a paltry $3 it
will take 6 to 10 years to raise the needed funds)

I would challenge the birding community in Ohio to put their money into
habitat conservation.  Compared to what is spent on travel to see birds
alone it is a very small outlay that will go a long way.

Haans

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Subject: FOS Tree Swallow - Lorain County
From: Spencer <spencerryan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:12:54 -0400
Saw my FOS Tree Swallow in my neighborhood this morning. Bluebirds made an 
appearance as well. It's going to be a great day! 


Spencer A Ryan

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