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Great Horned Owl,©Barry Kent Mackay

1 Jul New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
29 Jun N. Mockingbird [Dillon Nott ]
29 Jun Black Vulture sighting in Chippewa Lake Ohio. [Tim Komjati ]
29 Jun Re: question about Robin (?) song [Chris Caprette ]
29 Jun Re: question about Robin (?) song ["Rompre, Ghislain" ]
28 Jun Black-necked Stilts Metzger Marsh [jen brumfield ]
28 Jun Re: question about Robin (?) song [Joanne Konst ]
28 Jun question about Robin (?) song [Kathy Shank ]
27 Jun Geauga County Sandhill's, Bobolink's and more [Matt Valencic ]
27 Jun Conneaut Common Merganser Family [robert lane ]
26 Jun Birds at Metzger Marsh 6/26 [Kenn Kaufman ]
26 Jun Funk White-faced ibis, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
26 Jun Funk White-faced Ibis, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
26 Jun White-faced Ibis - Funk Bottoms - Wayne co. [Jon Cefus ]
26 Jun Laughing Gull at Metzger [Kenn Kaufman ]
26 Jun Blendon Woods ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
25 Jun "GLEANINGS IN BEE CULTURE"..... [Dean Sheldon ]
25 Jun New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots in Ohio [Ken Ostermiller ]
25 Jun 3-Creeks,WalnutWoods,6-24: vireos,warblers,cuckoo [rob thorn ]
24 Jun Darke Co. Sandhill and Pintail [Regina Schieltz ]
24 Jun Good morning on langes run trail, cvnp [Laura Peskin ]
23 Jun L Hope Zaleski-20 Warblers, many young ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
23 Jun Henslow's sparrows - Wooster Memorial Park, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
23 Jun Re: Breeding Mourning Warblers in Geauga County - Private Property [Haans Petruschke ]
22 Jun Breeding Mourning Warblers in Geauga County - Private Property [Matt Valencic ]
22 Jun birds seen today at Eastwood MetroPark near Dayton Ohio - lagoon side of the park (Montgomery County) [Judith Espedal ]
22 Jun urbanAlumCreek,6-22: the good, the bad, & the stinky [rob thorn ]
22 Jun Peregrines in the Cuyahoga Valley on the I-480 Bridge [Ken Andrews ]
22 Jun Ohio Wildlife over the years [Bill Whan ]
22 Jun Edge of Appalachia Preserve 6/21 [Jeff Bilsky ]
22 Jun Birds like peanuts ["Hutson, Timothy B" ]
22 Jun Fwd: Fw: eBird Report - cedar bog nature preserve, Jun 21, 2015 [Regina Schieltz ]
21 Jun Juveniles and more, Flint Ridge, Muskingum County, first day of "summer" [Robert Evans ]
20 Jun Peregrine's at Cuyahoga Valley NP under Turnpike bridge [Matt Valencic ]
20 Jun AlumCreekLakeDam,HooverDam,6-20: no storm waifs here.....yet [rob thorn ]
20 Jun Stebbins' Gulch Juncos, Winter Wren, Louisiana Waterthrushes [Haans Petruschke ]
20 Jun Re: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Sandhill Cranes near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, Wayne County [Bill Whan ]
19 Jun A Visit To The National Aviary [robert lane ]
19 Jun Yellow-breasted chat -Logan County ["Stierhoff, Elayna M." ]
19 Jun Sandhill Cranes near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, Wayne County [Roger Troutman ]
19 Jun White-winged Dove / Wayne County [robert lane ]
19 Jun Chuck-will's-widow location [Kathi Hutton ]
18 Jun Re: Help needed to identify range of unusual Junco vocalizations [Matt Valencic ]
18 Jun Chuck-will's-widow [Douglas Bohanan ]
18 Jun Help needed to identify range of unusual Junco vocalizations [Haans Petruschke ]
17 Jun Re: Weather or not follow-up [Dave Horn ]
17 Jun New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
17 Jun Weather or not [Bill Whan ]
16 Jun ClearCreek II, 6-16: warblers, tanagers [rob thorn ]
16 Jun Perception versus data in breeding birds around Kirtland [Haans Petruschke ]
15 Jun Reflections on the breeding season thus far around Kirtland. [Haans Petruschke ]
15 Jun eBird Report - Bath Nature Preserve, Jun 15, 2015 [Craig Caldwell ]
15 Jun Re: Baby birds all around us ["Hutson, Timothy B" ]
15 Jun New eBird shard bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
15 Jun Re: Pine Siskin Geauga [Sheryl Young ]
15 Jun Lark Sparrow location [Kathi Hutton ]
14 Jun Darke Co. Birders annual breeding bird survey [Regina Schieltz ]
14 Jun Pine Siskin Geauga [Barbara Zaas Partington ]
14 Jun Trying to locate a Lark Sparrow [John Seiler ]
14 Jun Re: Yellow-Breasted Chat - Alexander Road Bike Path (Cuyahoga County) [Liz McQuaid ]
14 Jun Yellow-Breasted Chat - Alexander Road Bike Path (Cuyahoga County) [Ken Andrews ]
14 Jun Metzger Marsh [Chris Pierce ]
14 Jun Blue grosbeak north of Sugar Creek - Tuscarawas Co. [Randy Rowe ]
14 Jun Laughing Gull in St.Mary's [Ethan Rising ]
13 Jun Re: Tennessee Warbler - Ashtabula Co. [Haans Petruschke ]
13 Jun Hoover Reservoir, Delaware County [Charles Bombaci ]
13 Jun ClearCreek,6-13: warblers, vireos [rob thorn ]
13 Jun L Hope-Zaleski-20 Warblers & more ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
13 Jun Re: Black-necked Stilts - K.P..... NO [Steve Jones ]
13 Jun Cuyahoga Cty - Bedford Reservation - Jun 13, 2015 [Patty McKelvey ]
13 Jun Baby birds all around us [Matt Valencic ]
13 Jun Tricolored Heron, Metzger Marsh, 6/13 [John Pogacnik ]
12 Jun Fwd: Hummingbirds [Kathy Edwards ]
12 Jun Black-necked Stilts - K.P. [Doreene Linzell ]
12 Jun Headlands Willet [Jerry Talkington ]
11 Jun Walnut Woods Metro Park [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]

Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:48:07 -0400
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Cuyahoga County

Cleveland Clinic--Crile Building

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cleveland+Clinic--Crile+Building

Cleveland Clinic--Intercontinental Hotel


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cleveland+Clinic--Intercontinental+Hotel 


Cuyahoga River--I-480 Bridge

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cuyahoga+River--I-480+Bridge



Fairfield County

Charles Alley Nature Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Charles+Alley+Nature+Park



Summit County

Cuyahoga Valley NP--Ohio Turnpike Bridge


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cuyahoga+Valley+National+Park--Ohio+Turnpike+Bridge 


Wood Hollow Metro Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Wood+Hollow+Metro+Park



Ottawa County

Ottawa County Courthouse

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Ottawa+County+Courthouse


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: N. Mockingbird
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:35:31 -0700
outside ofCincinnati in Springdale

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Subject: Black Vulture sighting in Chippewa Lake Ohio.
From: Tim Komjati <TJKomjati AT KOMJATI.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:53:10 -0400
At about 11:30 am Monday June 29th, I spotted a black vulture in the ditch 
across Chippewa Rd between Northvale and Craggy Creek. I was in my Jeep 
approximately 15 ft away from the bird. When I tried to get a photo with my I 
Phone, it took off and landed in a nearby maple tree. To far for a good photo 
with my phone. If this is the same bird, I've seen it locally 3 times in the 
last 2 months. 


Reported by Tim Komjati ,  Chippewa Lake Ohio. 

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Re: question about Robin (?) song
From: Chris Caprette <chriscaprette AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:47:11 -0400
There is considerable variation in robin song and they have a decent
repertoire of calls as well. Cornell's wonderful site provides typical
songs for each species but the variation presented for some species is
pretty limited, understandably so given the purpose of the site and the
additional content on identification and natural history that they provide.

If you really want to explore variation in vocalizations of particular
species, you can search OSU's Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics (BLB)
database of recordings which has metadata (dates, times, locations,
weather, recordists, equipment used, etc.) either directly at the Borror
Lab's site or indirectly through VertNet (which has other museum
collection databases also). Ohio Link's digital resource collection
(DRC) has copies of the actual audio recordings from the BLB. I think
that the learning curve for using these databases may be a bit steep but
it can be fun to browse the recordings and hear the different
vocalizations from around the world.

Ohio Link's copy of the BLB bird vocalization database:

http://drc.ohiolink.edu/handle/2374.OX/30658?submit=Go&query=borror%20lab&focusscope=&mode=search 


VertNet:
http://vertnet.org/

BLB:
http://blb.osu.edu/

On 6/29/2015 9:03 AM, Rompre, Ghislain wrote:
> In Hilliard, west Columbus, I have a similar Robin male, which sings
> constantly in the same manner: he sounds like a Tufted Titmouse! I see it
> all the time, perched on top of a condo roof. My guess is that it's also a
> lonely male, not capable of finding a female. Maybe because it's song is
> not "robin" standard (he really sounds "bad" robin wise), or the territory
> is relatively poor. Once a while another male (which sings like a real
> Robin) comes in his territory, bet never for long; since the "bad-singer"
> never stops singing.
>
> Habitat is a new condo complex, with very few scattered trees. I would say,
> not good habitat material, even for a Robin.
>
> On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM, Joanne Konst 
> wrote:
>
>> On 6/28/2015 11:31 AM, Kathy Shank wrote:
>>
>>> We have been hearing a bird song which consists of the same five notes
>>> repeated over and over again from dawn till dark.  It does sound
>>> thrush-like, but is not typical of any of the thrushes in this area except
>>> possibly for a Robin.  I have never heard this song/call come from a Robin
>>> though.  It doesn't match recordings on the Cornell site.  It starts
>>> mid-range, then up, then mid, then down, then mid.  There is no answering
>>> call.  My thought is that is a lonely male Robin desperately seeking a
>>> mate.  The habitat consists of very large, old maples and other tall,
>>> mature tress in a neighborhood about 1/4 mile from the Cleveland
>>> Metroparks.  If it would EVER STOP RAINING we might see this bird.  Always
>>> seems to be in the upper third of trees.  Any thoughts?
>>>
>>>
>> Red eyed vireo comes to mind.  I remember camping under a large tree
>> with a vireo above, singing morning to night.  I love birds, but this
>> vireo drove me nuts!
>>
>> Joanne Konst
>> Columbus
>>
>>
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Subject: Re: question about Robin (?) song
From: "Rompre, Ghislain" <ghislain.rompre AT SCOTTS.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:03:00 -0400
In Hilliard, west Columbus, I have a similar Robin male, which sings
constantly in the same manner: he sounds like a Tufted Titmouse! I see it
all the time, perched on top of a condo roof. My guess is that it's also a
lonely male, not capable of finding a female. Maybe because it's song is
not "robin" standard (he really sounds "bad" robin wise), or the territory
is relatively poor. Once a while another male (which sings like a real
Robin) comes in his territory, bet never for long; since the "bad-singer"
never stops singing.

Habitat is a new condo complex, with very few scattered trees. I would say,
not good habitat material, even for a Robin.

On Sun, Jun 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM, Joanne Konst 
wrote:

> On 6/28/2015 11:31 AM, Kathy Shank wrote:
>
>> We have been hearing a bird song which consists of the same five notes
>> repeated over and over again from dawn till dark.  It does sound
>> thrush-like, but is not typical of any of the thrushes in this area except
>> possibly for a Robin.  I have never heard this song/call come from a Robin
>> though.  It doesn't match recordings on the Cornell site.  It starts
>> mid-range, then up, then mid, then down, then mid.  There is no answering
>> call.  My thought is that is a lonely male Robin desperately seeking a
>> mate.  The habitat consists of very large, old maples and other tall,
>> mature tress in a neighborhood about 1/4 mile from the Cleveland
>> Metroparks.  If it would EVER STOP RAINING we might see this bird.  Always
>> seems to be in the upper third of trees.  Any thoughts?
>>
>>
> Red eyed vireo comes to mind.  I remember camping under a large tree
> with a vireo above, singing morning to night.  I love birds, but this
> vireo drove me nuts!
>
> Joanne Konst
> Columbus
>
>
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Subject: Black-necked Stilts Metzger Marsh
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:01:54 -0400
Carol Smidutz photographed two Black-necked Stilts at Metzger Marsh today


JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com

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Subject: Re: question about Robin (?) song
From: Joanne Konst <jfkonst AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:44:29 -0400
On 6/28/2015 11:31 AM, Kathy Shank wrote:
> We have been hearing a bird song which consists of the same five notes 
repeated over and over again from dawn till dark. It does sound thrush-like, 
but is not typical of any of the thrushes in this area except possibly for a 
Robin. I have never heard this song/call come from a Robin though. It doesn't 
match recordings on the Cornell site. It starts mid-range, then up, then mid, 
then down, then mid. There is no answering call. My thought is that is a lonely 
male Robin desperately seeking a mate. The habitat consists of very large, old 
maples and other tall, mature tress in a neighborhood about 1/4 mile from the 
Cleveland Metroparks. If it would EVER STOP RAINING we might see this bird. 
Always seems to be in the upper third of trees. Any thoughts? 

>

Red eyed vireo comes to mind.  I remember camping under a large tree
with a vireo above, singing morning to night.  I love birds, but this
vireo drove me nuts!

Joanne Konst
Columbus

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Subject: question about Robin (?) song
From: Kathy Shank <kshank AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:31:34 -0400
We have been hearing a bird song which consists of the same five notes repeated 
over and over again from dawn till dark. It does sound thrush-like, but is not 
typical of any of the thrushes in this area except possibly for a Robin. I have 
never heard this song/call come from a Robin though. It doesn't match 
recordings on the Cornell site. It starts mid-range, then up, then mid, then 
down, then mid. There is no answering call. My thought is that is a lonely male 
Robin desperately seeking a mate. The habitat consists of very large, old 
maples and other tall, mature tress in a neighborhood about 1/4 mile from the 
Cleveland Metroparks. If it would EVER STOP RAINING we might see this bird. 
Always seems to be in the upper third of trees. Any thoughts? 


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Subject: Geauga County Sandhill's, Bobolink's and more
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 22:48:46 -0400
"Bad weather makes for good Birding" (Jen Brumfield and others).



After waiting until 10:30 for the rain to stop I decided to  go 'car
birding' and see what I could see from the protection of my vehicle.  What
an unexpected treat I was in for.  A few pictures are posted at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/sets/72157653319568110.  Yes, the
rain did stop several times so this was a good decision!



I found a new Sandhill colt with its parents on Rapids Road, 1 mile south of
Rt. 87 near Burton, OH.  The birds were on the west side of the road and
there is limited parking near the green gas storage containers.  Watch the
traffic as they determine their own speed limit on this road.  This area has
been producing new baby Sandhills for quite a few years  and these fields
are a favorite feeding location.



Eldon Russell Park is just a couple miles south of here and you can find
Black-billed Cuckoo's right inside the entrance.  Just park in the first
spaces you see on the right and hang out for awhile.  Your list will quickly
grow as you wait - Yellow Warblers, Field Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat,
etc..  MOSQUITO'S ARE OUT IN FORCE SO BE PREPARED!  If you still need a
Veery drive all the way to the back at the boat launch and listen.  They are
pretty reliable.  Walk downstream along the river and see Prothonotary
Warblers and much more.



South Russell Village Park is near Chagrin Falls and has become a haven for
Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, Meadowlarks, Swallows, Purple Finches and much
more.  They will leave the extensive hay fields alone until August 1 so the
Bobolinks can fledge and leave the area.  I counted 20 Bobolinks (adults
plus young) and a friend traveled more extensively and estimated he saw 40!
This park is on Bell Road, about 5 minute drive east of downtown Chagrin
Falls (Bell terminates at The Popcorn Shop next to the falls).  Good parking
- mowed pathways - solid ground but wet from recent rains (wear waterproof
footwear).  Even a porta-potty!



Geauga County - the 'happening place' for birding in N.E. Ohio!  209 species
of birds seen so far this year!



Matt Valencic


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Subject: Conneaut Common Merganser Family
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:54:11 -0400
We visited "The Conneaut Sandspit" in Ashtabula County today from about 3PM to 
about 5:30PM. The rain never stopped. The water level of Lake Erie was high, 
with most of the sandspit being under water. Upon our arrival we were thrilled 
to find another Conneaut Creek family group of Common Mergansers; mom and 21 
little ones. Photos are available upon request. Of note, is the fact that 21 is 
the highest number of Common Merganserlets we have ever seen at any of these 
eastern Ohio breeding sites, which are located on Little Beaver Creek in 
Columbiana County, Yellow Creek in Jefferson County, and Conneaut Creek in 
Ashtabula County. There were also four adult female Common Mergansers found 
resting on the beach at a different location, bringing the total count for the 
day to 26. We recorded 28 species of birds during our visit, with some of the 
highlights being; an adult Bald Eagle sitting on top of the Bank Swallow 
colony, which probably now numbers over a thousand birds, twelve Bald Eagles (3 
adults and 9 juveniles), a single male non-breeding plumaged Ruddy Duck, 6 
Caspian Terns, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, and and unusual for Conneaut harbor, 
Osprey. A good way to spend a rainy day. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County
                                          
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Subject: Birds at Metzger Marsh 6/26
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:58:47 -0400
This info may not be immediately useful, because the weather forecast for
Saturday is grim, but there was an interesting concentration of birds this
afternoon (Friday June 26) at Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area, Lucas Co., NW
Ohio. Along the causeway on the way in, I saw relatively few birds and very
little open water. But walking east on the outer dike from the end of the
road, I had good views of a huge area of open water in the marsh. Many
hundreds of birds were present, and although they were all quite distant,
most were identifiable through the scope at 20x to 30x.

Most surprising were the numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls. My conservative
count / estimate put the total at about 630, mostly in three large flocks,
well separated from each other. This is an exceptional concentration for
summer. Essentially all of them were one-year-old immatures (I saw two
adults in partial breeding plumage), so this was a gathering of nonbreeding
birds that probably never went near the breeding range this year. Loosely
associated with the Bonaparte's was a one-year-old Laughing Gull. (I posted
a brief note about that from the field, in case anyone was nearby and
interested.) A few dozen Ring-billed and Herring Gulls were also present,
and one Lesser Black-backed Gull (probably a two-year-old) was with them.
Caspian, Forster's, and a few Common Terns were near the groups of gulls.
At least 13 Snowy Egrets were there with dozens of Great Egrets. Flocks of
Mallards (lots of males starting to show the beginnings of eclipse plumage)
and a few other ducks provided the only other numbers of birds.

With all those unseasonal Bonaparte's Gulls hanging around, it won't
surprise me if some other unusual birds are found at Metzger. But again,
the concentrations of birds are very distant from the dike, so it takes
patience and a good scope to try to sift through them.

One other surprise at Metzger this afternoon was a Wood Thrush singing in
the woodlot at the end of the road. I was so surprised to hear it that I
tracked it down and snapped a photo. I can't imagine that the species would
nest in that tiny woodlot, so I assume this was a wandering, unmated male.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, Ohio

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Subject: Funk White-faced ibis, Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:23:19 -0400
Su Snyder sent me her photo of the white-faced ibis. Great photo, pink eyes
and face, pink legs, grey bill. No question. Great find, Su. Randy Rowe,
Wooster

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Subject: Funk White-faced Ibis, Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:37:37 -0400
White-faced ibis reported on north side of Hwy 95 in Funk Bottoms just west
of Blachleyville was still there at 7:15pm, June 26. Adult in full breeding
plumage. I had difficulty seeing any pink color in the eye or facial skin,
but the white margin did extend the entire way behind the eye. I was
looking at it through my scope at quite a distance and it was cloudy, which
can make color differentiation difficult. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: White-faced Ibis - Funk Bottoms - Wayne co.
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 17:13:53 -0400
Hello! 

I am cross posting this sighting from the Bobolink area of Ohio Facebook page. 

Sue Evanoff and Su Snyder located a white faced Ibis in the area of Funk 
Bottoms in Wayne County along State Route 95 west of Blachleyville. The bird is 
foraging in a flooded farm field on the north side of the road just west of 
town. 


The bird appears to be in full breeding plumage and is absolutely beautiful!

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Laughing Gull at Metzger
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:29:06 -0400
Imm. Laughing Gull at Metzger Marsh, Lucas Co, just now. Visible from outer
dike 1/4 mile east of woodlot. In with hundreds of other gulls / terns.
Very distant, scope necessary.

Kenn Kaufman

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Subject: Blendon Woods
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:07:18 -0400
     Blendon Woods is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off of I
270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit. Below is a list of some of
the Birds that spend the summer at Blendon Woods & were seen lately


              Thoreau Lake
                       Herons
                           Great Blue
                           Green
                      Mallard-female with 5 ducklings
                      Wood Duck-female with 2 ducklings
                      Warblers
                           C Yellowthroat
                           Yellow
                      E Phoebe
                      E Kingbird
                      Red-tailed Hawk
                      Barn Swallow
                      Spotted Sandpiper
                      Willow flycatcher
                      Chimney Swift
                      Cedar Waxwing

           Lake Trail
                      Cooper's Hawk
                      Woodpeckers
                             Pileated Woodpecker
                             Hairy
                      Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
                      Indigo Bunting
                      C Yellowthroat
                      E Wood Peewee
                      Acadian Flycatcher
                      Carolina Wren
                      E Bluebird


          Hickory Ridge, Brookside, & Overlook Trails
                      Wood Thrush
                      Tanagers
                          Scarlet
                          Summer
                     Great Crested Flycatcher
                     Red-eyed Vireo

         Sugarbush Road
                      Warblers
                          Yellow-throated
                          C Yellowthroat
                          Hooded
                          Ovenbird
                      White-eyed Vireo

       Yellow-billed & Black-billed Cuckoos-Overlook Trail

       Red-shouldered Hawk-Ripple Rock Trail

       Yellow-throated Vireo-Overlook Trail

       Turkeys-male flocks, females with young -All over the park
especially around Bird feeders

       Barred Owl-Hickory Ridge & Ripple Rock Trails

       E Bluebird-picnic areas & Lake Trail

       Nature Center Bird Viewing area
               Ruby-throated Hummingbird
               House Finch
               E Towhee
               Indigo Bunting
               Rose-breasted Grosbeak
               Summer Tanager
               Turkeys

                    You can see Birds taking a bath in our creek outside
the window

               This weekend we are getting cool temperatures & lower
humidity. Take advantage of this change of weather & come to Blendon Woods
& see some Birds


                          Blendon Woods Metro Park
                               614-895-6221

                                   Bruce Simpson-Naturalist a Blendon Woods
Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: "GLEANINGS IN BEE CULTURE".....
From: Dean Sheldon <seedbed AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:55:48 -0400
---refers to it as "..the mellifluous basswood, Tilia cordata "June Bride."

And so it is..and in our yard (in south central Huron County) we have a 40'
June Bride tree which is simply inundated with dozens of hummingbirds
feeding together on the profuse blossoms. Bees and other insects are there,
as well...all feasting together. Don't miss this phenomenon.

Dean Sheldon

Ripley Twp., Huron County

419-752-1451




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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots in Ohio
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:53:43 -0400
​

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

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



Butler County

Rentschler Forest MetroPark

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Rentschler+Forest+MetroPark



Columbiana County

Guilford Lake SP--Dam and Spillway


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Guilford+Lake+State+Park--Dam+and+Spillway 


Highlandtown Reservoir--Dam

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Highlandtown+Reservoir--Dam

Highlandtown Reservoir--Headwaters

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Highlandtown+Reservoir--Headwaters

Highlandtown Reservoir--North Arm

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Highlandtown+Reservoir--North+Arm

Lee Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lee+Cemetery

Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail--Franklin Square Trailhead


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Little+Beaver+Creek+Greenway+Trail--Franklin+Square+Trailhead 


Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail--Lisbon Trailhead


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Little+Beaver+Creek+Greenway+Trail--Lisbon+Trailhead 


Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail--Logtown Trailhead


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Little+Beaver+Creek+Greenway+Trail--Logtown+Trailhead 


Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail--Teagarden Trailhead


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Little+Beaver+Creek+Greenway+Trail--Teagarden+Trailhead 


OH-39  AT  OH-164 Intersection

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-39+OH-164+Intersection

Rowley Run Beaver Marsh

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Rowley+Run+Beaver+Marsh

Willow Grove Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Willow+Grove+Park



Fairfield County

Lockville Canal Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lockville+Canal+Park



Greene County

Russ Nature Reserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Russ+Nature+Reserve



Harrison County

Tappan Lake--East Marshes and Bridge

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Tappan+Lake--East+Marshes+and+Bridge

Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: 3-Creeks,WalnutWoods,6-24: vireos,warblers,cuckoo
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:31:50 -0400
I spent the morning roaming the bikepaths and trails of these 2 Parks south of 
Columbus, finding some residual flooding and lots of residents. At 3-Creeks, I 
hiked around the Confluence area and the nearby Confluence trail, while at 
Walnut Woods I stuck to the Tall Pines Area and the nearby wetlands. Both still 
had quite a few birds in song. Among the notables were: 


Great Egret - 1 was fishing in one of the Walnut Woods wetland pools
Hummingbirds - quite a few, at several locations, suggesting that they're 
having a good Summer 

Black-billed Cuckoo - 1 singing at Walnut Woods, where the Tall Pines paved 
trails converge. These shy birds are rare around Columbus in Summer, but this 
spot had them during the OBBA2 so it may be our one reliable location. 


Flycatchers - still many calling Pewees, Acadian, and Great Crested. 
E.Kingbirds at 3 locations. 

Vireos - Red-eyed and Warbling widespread; also had singing Yellow-throated and 
White eyed at both 3-Creeks area 

Thrushes - only a few Wood Thrushes, mostly around the Confluence area of 
3-Creeks 

Mimids - lots of Catbirds everywhere. Brown Thrashers were at Walnut Woods, 
with several still singing as well as a family group foraging around the 
parking area at Tall Pines. 


Warblers - Parulas and Yellow-throateds singing at several places in 3-Creeks, 
and another Yellow-throated in the pines at Tall Pines. 2 different 
Black&Whites were along the bikepath at the Confluence area of 3-Creeks. Two 
Yellow--br.Chats were still calling at Walnut Woods. 


Sparrows - nothing but Chipping and Fields in most field areas, even at Walnut 
Woods 

Grosbeaks - Rose-br.Grosbeaks were at the Confluence area as well as at 
Blacklick Park in Groveport 

Orioles - singing Orchards were at the Confluence area and along the Blacklick 
bikepath in 3-Creeks, while a male Baltimore was shepherding a juvenile around 
Walnut Woods. 


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Subject: Darke Co. Sandhill and Pintail
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 23:32:42 -0400
This evening on Michael Road between Washington and Brock-Cosmos Roads
north of Ansonia in a flooded field, I found

1 sandhill crane
1 male Pintail duck
20 mallards
12 killdeer

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Subject: Good morning on langes run trail, cvnp
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:42:59 -0400
This is a muddy dirt  trail on the s. side of wetmore rd. So glad no noisy
gravel/ pebble paving.  Wetmore trailhead, nearby on n. side of  rd. has
restroom facilities. This edge habitat draws in some forest species.

Highlights were:
cerulean warblers (easy to see, not high up)
black & wh. warblers

yellow warbler
common yellowthroat
red bellied woodpecker eating berries
cedar waxwings
catbirds
nuthatches
robins
warbling vireo
scarlet tanagers
indigo buntings
cardinals
towhee
rose breasted grosbeak
am. goldfinches

Heard but not seen:
Wood thrush
yellow throated vireo
red eyed vireo
house wren
field sparrow

Laura

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Subject: L Hope Zaleski-20 Warblers, many young
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 11:49:17 -0400
    Lake Hope State Park & Zaleski State Forest are located 15 miles from
Nelsonville (Rte 33) off of Rte 278.

    I arrived at Zaleski State Forest on a ridge with a Shelter Woods &
Clear Cut at 5:30 am. The woods were alive with Birds singing. This went on
till 6:15 am. At that point the Birds quieted down a lot but there was
still a lot of Singing

   I also saw a lot of young!! Below is a list of some of the young I saw.

   To get more detail about summer birding at Zaleski State Forest, go to
eBird Hotspots

        Young
           Warblers
               Yellow-breasted Chat
               Prairie
               Common Yellowthroat-female
               Blue-winged
               Yellow-male

          Vireos
               White-eyed-male

          Songbirds
               E Towhee
               Orchard Oriole
               Yellow-billed Cuckoo
               Baltimore Oriole-male
               E Wood Peewee


         Other Observations
                Red-bellied Woodpecker-male feeding young
                Prairie Warblar-female-carrying food
                3 Yellow-billed Cuckoos flying around below the canopy in
the Shelter Woods


                      Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park
in Columbus Ohio

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Subject: Henslow's sparrows - Wooster Memorial Park, Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:12:19 -0400
Yesterday morning I was out to Wooster Memorial Park doing my annual
breeding bird survey. In the "Farm Field", an open field of several acres
of deep grass on the far west side, I identified three Henslow's sparrows
in three diverse locations in the field. That is quite rare for Wayne Co. I
found one there two weeks ago, but had never seen them in the park in
previous years.

I was in the area about 8:30am and, in each case, heard the Henslow's
calling. Twice, I was able to spot the bird on a dead weed stem just above
the level of the grass. Once, I watched one calling as it perched there.
This is quite a pleasing development for our park and a new species for my
breeding bird census. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Re: Breeding Mourning Warblers in Geauga County - Private Property
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 07:34:25 -0400
Hi,

During the OBBA2 Mourning Warbler was only confirmed as a breeding species
in 1 block and was probable in 4 other blocks, all in Geauga and Lake
Counties.

This confirmed breeding really is a special find.

Haans

On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 9:25 PM, Matt Valencic 
wrote:

> What a great Father's Day gift - Yesterday Scott Huge (Geauga County
> birder)
> and his dad found a female Mourning Warbler on private property in Claridon
> Township, Geauga County.  A second bird was heard nearby making an 'alarm'
> chip call and he noted that the female seemed agitated by their presence.
> He was thinking maybe a breeding pair in this overgrown brush habitat.
> They
> left the area.
>
>
>
> We went back today around 5:30pm and immediately located a male Mourning
> Warbler carrying a caterpillar back to the area where yesterday's unseen
> bird was heard.  We snapped several quick shots before the sky opened up
> and
> drenched us.  You won't be able to 'chase' this bird but you might enjoy a
> few pictures at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/sets/72157653319568110. Scott
> is
> posting his find on eBird.
>
>
>
> Sorry for the poor quality but the camera was pushed to the limit (ISO at
> 6400) in very low light conditions just before the storm.
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
> Geauga County
>
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Subject: Breeding Mourning Warblers in Geauga County - Private Property
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:25:26 -0400
What a great Father's Day gift - Yesterday Scott Huge (Geauga County birder)
and his dad found a female Mourning Warbler on private property in Claridon
Township, Geauga County.  A second bird was heard nearby making an 'alarm'
chip call and he noted that the female seemed agitated by their presence.
He was thinking maybe a breeding pair in this overgrown brush habitat.  They
left the area.



We went back today around 5:30pm and immediately located a male Mourning
Warbler carrying a caterpillar back to the area where yesterday's unseen
bird was heard.  We snapped several quick shots before the sky opened up and
drenched us.  You won't be able to 'chase' this bird but you might enjoy a
few pictures at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/sets/72157653319568110. Scott is
posting his find on eBird.



Sorry for the poor quality but the camera was pushed to the limit (ISO at
6400) in very low light conditions just before the storm.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: birds seen today at Eastwood MetroPark near Dayton Ohio - lagoon side of the park (Montgomery County)
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:55:24 +0000
Finally a great day to walk in the park. No unusual birds but a lot of birds 
were seen. The number of cliff swallows flying over the river by the Harshman 
Rd. bridge suggests their young have fledged, which is good because they will 
soon begin replacing that bridge - it really must be done or the bridge might 
fall down with cars on it some day. It is in that bad a shape. Here's hoping 
the swallows find a new nesting site while the work is being done.Birds seen or 
heard: lots and lots of robins, mourning doves, starlings, Canada geese, cedar 
waxwings, white-breasted nuthatches, a barn swallow by the restroom, northern 
rough-winged swallows, a Carolina chickadee, house wrens, a couple of chipping 
sparrows, several Baltimore orioles, blue-gray gnatcatchers, red-winged 
blackbirds, cowbirds, goldfinches,a catbird, house finches, the cliff swallows 
by the bridge, a few mallards, one great blue heron, flying over, one 
red-tailed hawk soaring above us, indigo buntings, one soaring turkey vulture, 
a female rose-breasted grosbeak, song sparrows, a male cardinal, wood-pewees 
(heard), tufted titmice (heard), red-bellied woodpeckers (heard), and the call 
of a vireo that I think was a red-eyed vireo (but I will admit that I can 
confuse the red-eyes and the yellow-throated songs. I'm not the world's best 
sound birder.) 


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Subject: urbanAlumCreek,6-22: the good, the bad, & the stinky
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:42:05 -0400
I spent the early morning biking down the Alum Creek Greenway, from Innis Park 
down to Mock Park. The good was that there were lots of birds for such an urban 
greenbelt. 

The good:
5 flycatchers: Pewee, Acadian, Willow, Phoebe, Great Crested
4 warblers: Yellow, Parula, Yellow-throated, Com.Yellowthroat, and Black&White 
(one of the few Columbus strays this summer) 

plenty of Warbling & Red-eyed Vireos
both Baltimore & Orchard orioles

The not-so-good: no Red-shouldered hawks or Wild Turkeys, both of which were 
here last summer. Much of the upland forest fragments here are turning into 
housing as the economy rebounds, making scarce habitat even scarcer. 

No Belted Kingfishers and few Rough-winged Swallows. The recent flooding may 
have cut short their nesting attempts. 


The stinky: I noticed the pervasive odor of sewage at several places along the 
trail, especially where the trail had been recently flooded. Columbus has a 
checkered history of sewer overflows during heavy rains...like the one over the 
weekend..., and it looks like that happened here. Several sewer covers had fans 
of toilet paper shards around them, and the muddy parts of the trail 
(presumably flooded the longest) positively reeked. It may not have affected 
the wildlife much, but it certainly made the trail questionable for human use. 


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Subject: Peregrines in the Cuyahoga Valley on the I-480 Bridge
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:31:50 -0400
On Sunday morning I was parked under the I-480 bridge where it goes over the 
Cuyahoga Valley. I saw a red-tailed hawk perched on the huge support pole for 
the billboard next to the highway. The hawk was looking down in the grass. It 
was probably hunting. 

After a few minutes there were screams from two Peregrine Falcons. The falcons 
have nested on the west end of the bridge the past few years. They dove on the 
hawk numerous times. The hawk didn't seem too bothered. It raised its wings in 
a defensive posture as the falcons zoomed past. 

After about 15 minutes, the falcons just perched and called. The hawk flew to 
the bridge and perched on the large red steel girder. It eventually flew away. 


I took a short shaky video. I took some screenshots of the video frames and 
tried to clean them up a bit. Here are some shots along with a photo of the 
location of the action. 

https://500px.com/photo/112803675/falcon-diving-on-hawk-by-ken-
https://500px.com/photo/112803673/falcon-diving-on-hawk-by-ken-
https://500px.com/photo/112803677/falcon-diving-on-hawk-by-ken-
https://500px.com/photo/112803681/location-by-ken-

From the actions of the falcons, I'm guessing that they have a active nest. 
Maybe they have fledglings, as well. I don't know the exact location of this 
nest. I only know it is on the west end of the bridge, which is where I was 
pointing my camera. 


There are a couple of legit parking spots under the bridge. One is for the 
Cleveland Metroparks bike path. The other is a truck turn-around circle which 
is where I was Sunday. I sometimes stop in these spots and search the 
billboards and the bridge for the falcons. 


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Subject: Ohio Wildlife over the years
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:08:01 -0400
The Ohio Journal of Science ran a fascinating article from an OSU 
professor in 1948: "The Relative Importance of Hunting Restrictions and 
Land Use in Maintaining Wildlife Populations in Ohio." Find it at 
https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/handle/1811/3664/V48N06_209.pdf?sequence=1 
   Birders will be interested in the huntable birds--you'll be surprised 
how many species--in the old days.
        Readers will be amused, or perhaps appalled, at the list of the birds 
our solons in the Legislature (p.224) designated "protected at all 
times" in 1874--the complete list is “crossbill or corncrake, dummock, 
Eur. Blackbird, great tit or blue tit, grossbeak, hedge sparrow, 
Hungarian robin, nightingale, redstart”, all of them seemingly names of 
common British birds.
        More thought-provoking are the changes in regulations covering
the taking of birds between 1857 and 1948. The first list of huntable 
birds regulated (dove, flicker, grouse, prairie chicken, quail, turkey,
woodcock) had a 14-day season from 9/15 through 2/1, and there is an 
1857 list of of only nine species named as "protected at all times" 
("bluebird, catbird, martin, mocking bird, red bird, robin, sparrow, 
swallow, thrush.")
        Four years later the prairie-chicken, grouse, and turkey seasons had 
lengthened by 14 days to 154, and seasons for killdeers and meadowlarks 
had been added. In 1861 flickers and wrens were provided protection. By 
1866 hunt days allowed for prairie-chickens and quails and turkey 
seasons had shortened by 41 days.  But by 1874, 123 days were allowed 
for hunting grouse, prairie chickens, ducks and geese. Three years 
later, quails and prairie chickens had a two-month season, and in 1883 
their season was only a month long, but in 1888 the season was 106 days.
        By 1900, the season for prairie-chickens and grouse was only 22 days 
long, and in 1902 they were protected.  In 1911, the legislature
acknowledged that "deer, otter, prairie-chicken, and wild turkey" were 
extinct in Ohio. In 1917, the following were declared songbirds, and 
protected: "blackbird, bluejay, bobolink, buzzard, eagle, gull, 
killdeer, mouse-hawk, nuthatch, quail, sparrow and other wild birds."
 By 1917, grouse season was 20 days, and by 1919 it was 11 days, then in 

1927 they were protected at any time; then it was 16 days in 1938. By 
1928 yellowlegs were off limits, and in 1937, golden and black-bellied 
plovers were protected. In 1943, the snipe was given full 
protection--temporarily. By this time, only the Hungarian partridge and 
the pheasant, both stocked European introductions, had newly specified 
seasons. In 1947, seasons were provided for "squirrel, coot, merganser, 
deer, ducks, geese, Hungarian partridge, skunk, pheasant, rabbit, and 
squirrel."
        Back in the day, the Ledge seemingly had only anecdotal advice; 
recently they have information from trained professionals; few species 
have been removed from the game list as a result, and the regulatory 
dates and bag limits don't change as often. In fact, some need to change 
more often, in my opinion. For example, does it makes sense to keep the 
bag limit for rails at 25 for year after year? Are snipes really 
numerous enough to allow their maximum take? Either way, the clumsy 
determinations of the state legislature over the centuries are one way 
of acknowledging the changing numbers---nearly all downward--of our birds.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Edge of Appalachia Preserve 6/21
From: Jeff Bilsky <jbilsky AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:14:05 -0400
Hi all,

I went to the Edge of Appalachia Preserve

on 

Sunday to hike the Buzzard Roost Rock trail and Lynx Prairie. This is fast
becoming my favorite relatively-close-to-Cincinnati area to explore.

My lists are below; let me know of any questions about any of the
sightings. The warblers, especially the ubiquitous OVENBIRDS, were singing
heartily.

Here is a link to the photos I took.  Lots of
butterflies around although I haven't yet learned to work on IDing them.
Soon enough...

Good Birding,


Edge of Appalachia Preserve--Buzzardroost Rock, Adams, Ohio, US
Jun 21, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Hiked up and back
29 species

Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  6
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Bank Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Wood Thrush  6
Ovenbird  15
Common Yellowthroat  1
Hooded Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  3
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Field Sparrow  3
Scarlet Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  2
Common Grackle  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24000884

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


Edge of Appalachia Preserve--Lynx Prairie, Adams, Ohio, US
Jun 21, 2015 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
30 species

Killdeer  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  5
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Ovenbird  5
Pine Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Field Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  1

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24000914

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--
Jeff Bilsky
801-842-4013
jbilsky AT gmail.com
flickr.com/jeffbilsky

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Subject: Birds like peanuts
From: "Hutson, Timothy B" <hutsont AT BATTELLE.ORG>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:50:12 +0000
I have had a peanut feeder for a couple of years. In previous years I've always 
mixed in sunflower seed and sometimes other see with the peanuts. This year, 
I've been feeding exclusively peanuts in it and also have a thistle seed feeder 
in the yard. 


We've had a lot of birds in the yard in the last few weeks. I've also noticed 
in the last couple of weeks that a surprising variety of birds have been 
feeding from the peanut feeder. They have included some birds that I did not 
think fed on peanuts. They include 


Various sparrows including parents feeding their young
Finches (including male and female house finches)
Downy woodpeckers including parents feeding their young
White breasted nuthatch
Carolina wren
grackles
Cardinals
Blue jays

We have had lots of daily rain deluges lately. Is the (surprising to me) 
variety of birds feeding on my feeder an indirect result of the daily rains? 
Or, am I just now noticing what has been a common occurrence all along? 


Thanks


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Subject: Fwd: Fw: eBird Report - cedar bog nature preserve, Jun 21, 2015
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:33:49 -0400
The Darke County Birders joined by Doug Overacker and Julie Karlson walked
the board walk at Cedar Bog Nature Preserve on Sunday morning.
We heard also what sounded like a grasshopper sparrow near the Education
Center, but we couldn't find the bird and never heard the first two ticking
noises that it would usually make.  Some of the numbers are approx., but
under counted if I wasn't sure.

cedar bog nature preserve, Champaign, Ohio, US
Jun 21, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
42 species

Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Willow Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  3
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  5
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3

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Subject: Juveniles and more, Flint Ridge, Muskingum County, first day of "summer"
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:39:54 -0400
I have been enjoying my "yard" this year, particularly since I spent almost
all of the spring and summer of 2014 away, at sea. Fostering the wildlife
on a piece of land has its rewards, what I personally regard as the
"intangible harvest" of our farm. The birds figure heavily into this.

Although I have long read about rose-breasted grosbeaks visiting feeders,
and although we have always had nesting season grosbeaks here, they have
always been only occasional visitors to our feeders, until this year. For
some unknown and perhaps unknowable reason from the summer of 2000, when we
moved in, until the spring of 2015, this has been the case. I have seen
them at the feeders (black oil sunflower) perhaps half a dozen times each
and every year. This year there are at least two males that are daily,
almost always present at or around the house and feeders, often singing and
bringing a new delight to the scene. My non-birder but knowledgeable wife
Jane remarked on them when they first stared showing regularly. They are
such showy birds. This morning a nearly fully grown juvenile perched on an
adjacent garden hook while its father cracked sunflower seeds from the tube
feeders and fed them to the eagerly begging and trembling youngster. No
leisure time this Father's Day for the grosbeaks...

The usual suite of nesting warbler species are present around the field
edges and forest. This morning's walk yielded the voices of common
yellowthroat, yellow, blue-winged, redstart, Louisiana waterthrush,
ovenbird, and hooded. Two days ago as I checked on the progress of the
black raspberries I scared up a chat.

Yesterday a fledgling wood thrush hopped up from the forest floor as I
explored following the recent torrential rains. Four and a half inches here
in the past week... the well will certainly not go dry, and my trusty Muck
Boots (a brand of "Wellingtons") are getting lots of use. Wood thrush song
permeates the forest soundscape.

All three mimids are around, including the sometimes elusive brown
thrasher. A thrasher this morning was acting rather agitated as my old dog
Nancy and I walked down the berry trail, possibly signalling the presence
of a fledgling nearby. Nancy (14) couldn't care less, can barely hear, and
none of our farm cats accompanied us this morning, so "nothing to be too
concerned about Mr./Ms. Thrasher."

Barn swallows have nested again this year in the horse barn, and at least
one successful brood of tree swallows have emerged from my "bluebird"
boxes. House sparrows remain an issue, as well as multiple house wrens. So
it goes.

Many other species also present and playing their respective roles in the
struggles and successes of life... All in all, the conclusion of a very
satisfying spring season.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Peregrine's at Cuyahoga Valley NP under Turnpike bridge
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:27:20 -0400
We had not been to this spot in almost a year but were rewarded immediately
by seeing two Peregrine's.  Here are some pictures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/sets/72157653319568110



They started on the east side of the road then moved under the short section
of the highway on the west side.  A picture shows "Tails Up!" as they argue
over some prey Item.  You can see them playing 'tug-of-war' with it then the
victor flies away with whatever it is.  He/she eats on it for a good while,
then launches off toward us and disappears above the bridge, but not before
showing us its 'bracelets' on each leg (the left leg appears to have two
bands).  The larger bird that lost the 'tug-of-war' remained on that perch
for hours (we came back after lunch to find it still there).



Very exciting!



At Station Road trailhead we walk the tracks north to the marsh and saw 42
species including 3 distinct Red-headed Woodpecker nest holes where adults
were feeding young.  There may have been more.  Other cavity nesters feeding
young in the marsh were Northern Flicker, Starling, Tree Swallow and
Prothonotary Warbler.



Matt Valencic


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Subject: AlumCreekLakeDam,HooverDam,6-20: no storm waifs here.....yet
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 20:44:59 -0400
I checked out the lower portions of both of these reservoirs north of Columbus 
today -- Alum in the morning, Hoover in the afternoon --- but found no 
indication of any significant displacement of birds by the arriving storm 
system. Although the rain was heavy at times, there was minimal wind. Fishermen 
must have known this, and they were out in numbers on both reservoirs. Both 
also had good numbers of resident birds, the only unusual things being: 


cormorants - 2-3 were at Alum, while 10+ were above Hoover dam
Vultures - Alum had 8-10 Turkey Vultures & 1 Black Vulture, while Hoover had 35 
Turkeys and 1 Black 

Osprey - single birds were fishing above both dams
Gulls - not much, with only 8 on the beach at Alum and even fewer around lower 
Hoover 

Swallows - good #s of Cliffs at both dams (where they nest), plus Barn, Trees, 
& Purple Martins at Alum, and Trees & Rough-wings at Hoover. Kept an eye out 
for Cave Swallows, but nothing other than Cliffs that I could see. 


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Subject: Stebbins' Gulch Juncos, Winter Wren, Louisiana Waterthrushes
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:45:11 -0400
Hi,

Another breeding bird survey walk in Stebbins' Gulch at The Holden
Arboreutum this morning.  The highlight was 3 singing Winter Wrens.  We
have only had one individual previously this season and so it was great to
hear them today.  2 of 3 were also seen.

Additionally we had 7 Juncos, one doing the Nashville Warbler like song and
the others doing the more regular trill.  Louisiana Waterthrushes remain on
previously established territories with 6 separate territories again
evident.

Juncos, Piliated Woodpeckers, and Acadian Flycatchers were the species with
the highest counts each with 7 individuals seen or heard in the gulch and
surrounding woodlands.

Haans

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Subject: Re: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Sandhill Cranes near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, Wayne County
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:29:48 -0400
Thanks to Roger and Dan for thoughtful commentary. I recommend the
latest work on cranes by the eloquent biologist Paul Johnsgard,
"Sandhill and Whooping Cranes: Ancient Voices over America's Wetlands"
(2011), where he observes that sandhills are reoccupying ancestral
breeding areas, including in Ohio. Accompanying this good news, he also
deplores the spread of proposed hunting seasons in the states newly
reoccupied in recent years, including Ohio, where our Wildlife people
seem eager to see that gunfire is one way we should welcome them. Over
the last ten years quite a few isolated spots have hosted crane nests in
our state, in small but steadily increasing numbers, while the Funk
breeders continue to have some good populations.
        As for Ohio's trumpeter swans--who have *no* history of nesting in Ohio
until the recent introductions by our Wildlife people--they may raise
young when only 2-3 years of age, but typically the parents begin at 4-7
years of age (account in The Birds of North America). These swans'
artificial populations winked out at several Ohio sites, and only Ottawa
and Killdeer have supported breeding wild nesting groups, from which a
few birds wander periodically, without--as far as I know--nesting in new
places. The ODW plan ceased carefully monitoring of these populations in
2006, but as recently as 2013 the Division reported 20 breeding pairs.
There's no doubt these birds, alien as breeders in Ohio, impact other
waterfowl; check pond 3 next time you're at Killdeer--they chase all
other waterbirds out when they nest there. And you might ask Wildlife
how many trumps illegally shot have been intercepted at check stations
since 2006.
        As for "managing" crane habitats, I say the more the merrier!
Bill Whan
Columbus


On 6/19/2015 10:59 PM, Dan Sanders wrote:
> Hi Roger . . .  Thanks for your recent post to Ohio Birds about 47
> Sandhill Cranes in the Funk area. As I recall, it was about this same
> time last year that I counted 44 Sandhills in this same area, but on
> the S side of SR. 95. There were no colts among them, and it was my
> conclusion that these were most likely 'non-breeders', perhaps too
> young to breed, though I don't know at what age they become old
> enough to become breeders. About a week ago at Metzger Marsh, we
> counted 13 Sandhills and saw a later report that same day of 17 of
> them at this location. I would presume that theses were also
> non-breeders as no young birds were found. About 2 weeks ago, Ron
> Sempier reported 2 SACR colts at Killdeer Plains WA, so this is the
> time of year that we should be seeing offspring from the breeding
> Sandhills here in Ohio. This just makes you wonder how many pairs of
> breeding Sandhills we may find here in Ohio in the next few years,
> assuming that many of these current non-breeders will remain here in
> Ohio and become breeders. On a similar note, we counted over 70
> Trumpeter Swans in cornfields just South of the Lake Erie marshes,
> along SR 2, in mid-May of last year, when several breeding pairs of
> Trumpeters were observed on nests in the area of Ottawa NWR. And so,
> these were also non-breeding birds; perhaps also not yet sexually
> mature. Of course, some of these non-breeders may have drifted down
> from MI, but with this many recent/current non-breeders, it makes one
> wonder how many breeding pairs of TRSWs there may be here in Ohio
> over the next 10 years or so? And unlike the non-native Ohio Mute
> Swan population, their numbers may not be so easy to 'manage'
> (legally) by ODNR? What impact may their increasing numbers have on
> other species of our Lake Erie marsh breeding bird species? Only time
> will tell . . . Dan
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: Doreene Linzell  Date: June 19, 2015
>> at 8:35:21 PM EDT To: Dan Sanders  Subject:
>> Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Sandhill Cranes near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area,
>> Wayne County
>>
>> FYI
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: "Roger Troutman"
>>  Date: Jun 19, 2015 8:28 PM Subject:
>> [Ohio-birds] Sandhill Cranes near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, Wayne
>> County To:  Cc:
>>
>> I traveled on St. Rt. 95 going west from Blachleyville towards Funk
>> this late afternoon.
>>
>>
>> There were 47 Sandhill Cranes observed and accurately counted on
>> the north side of the road (not Wildlife Area).They were feeding in
>> the only semi-flooded soybean field to the north of the road.
>>
>> Not much else bird-wise around.  Water is up, including on
>> Wilderness Road to the south. It is impassable beyond the bridge
>> coming from the east. Lane is dry and quite passable to observation
>> tower near Funk.
>>
>> Water should be lowering, making some good shorebird habitat in the
>> next week or 2 - assuming it stops raining and the Mohicanville Dam
>> gates are opened a bit more.
>>
>> Roger Troutman Mansfield Ohio
>>
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Subject: A Visit To The National Aviary
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:54:24 -0400
With all the rain yesterday, Thursday; my wife Denise and I, decided a field 
trip to The National Aviary, America's premier bird zoo, located on the 
downtown northside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a good rainy day activity. 
For us, living in Mahoning County, it is only a sixty-five mile drive. A visit 
to this first class birding destination, home to over 500 birds, is highly 
recommended by us. Live in flight birds of the world, and also North America, 
can be found in walk thru, no cage, botanical wonderlands, such as tropical 
rain forest, wetlands, and grasslands, just to name a few. Some of our 
favorite, to maybe be seen in North America birds on display at The Aviary, 
were; two Steller's Sea Eagles in an outdoor enclosure viewed from inside, a 
pair of Burrowing Owls with one little one in a desert setting, Greater 
Roadrunner's doing their thing, and a pair of Smew's in a year round outdoor 
rocky coast pool. The biggest surprise is when you enter The Grasslands area 
and have two Scissor-tailed Flycatchers zipping by you and have a Northern 
Bobwhite loudly calling several feet away. A visit to The Wetlands gets you up 
close to Roseate Spoonbills, Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets, and Ruddy Ducks. 
Amazingly, up close, nest building by some of the smaller birds, can be 
presently seen. Live bird shows and interactive encounters are taking place all 
day long. We suggest allowing no less than three hours for a visit. There is an 
admission and parking fee required, but it is worth it. The National Aviary is 
located at 700 Arch Street, just northeast of Heinz Field and The Rivers 
Casino. Hours are seven days a week from 10AM to 5PM. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County  
                                          
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Subject: Yellow-breasted chat -Logan County
From: "Stierhoff, Elayna M." <EMStierhoff AT COLUMBUS.GOV>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:39:02 -0400
Got to see my first yellow-breastrd chat at our place just south of West 
Mansfield Logan County. He was singing at the top of a tree - very beautiful. 


Elayna


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes near Funk Bottoms Wildlife Area, Wayne County
From: Roger Troutman <roger.troutman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:27:44 -0400
I traveled on St. Rt. 95 going west from Blachleyville towards Funk this
late afternoon.


There were 47 Sandhill Cranes observed and accurately counted on the north
side of the road (not Wildlife Area).They were feeding in the only
semi-flooded soybean field to the north of the road.

Not much else bird-wise around.  Water is up, including on Wilderness Road
to the south. It is impassable beyond the bridge coming from the east. Lane
is dry and quite passable to observation tower near Funk.

Water should be lowering, making some good shorebird habitat in the next
week or 2 - assuming it stops raining and the Mohicanville Dam gates are
opened a bit more.

Roger Troutman
Mansfield Ohio

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Subject: White-winged Dove / Wayne County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:39:36 -0400
The White-winged Dove earlier described on "The Bobolink Hotline and "Bobolink 
Facebook", was present upon our arrival today, Friday, at 12:45PM. We were 
fortunate that Robert Hershberger and sons, Greg Miller, and Jim Miller, were 
already there to point the bird out. The location is at 16283 Church Road, 
north of the town of Dalton, east of SR94 at the Jerry Neuenschander Farm. Look 
for the triple mailboxes, beware the residence numbers are not in order, follow 
the longest drive we have ever seen is to the south of the road. The 
White-winged Dove becomes Ohio Life Bird #355 for us. It I presently1:35PM and 
the celebrity is being vocal. If the bird is not found at the feeder on the 
back of the house, look to the southeast across the creek on the left side of 
the tall group of trees. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County
                                          
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Subject: Chuck-will's-widow location
From: Kathi Hutton <KRHuttonDVM AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:06:53 -0400
For Douglas Bohanan:

My "go to" spot for Chucks has always been the Eulett Center in Adams County. 
Sitting in the lower parking area at dusk, you can hear them calling as it gets 
darker. 


Eulett Center
4274 Waggoner-Riffle Rd
West Union, OH

Kathi Hutton
Clermont County

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Subject: Re: Help needed to identify range of unusual Junco vocalizations
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:35:07 -0400
I replied separately to Hans after listening to the two singing males on our 
property this evening. The calls were 'standard'. IF you are interested you can 
view and hear them at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/sets/72157653319568110. I suggest 
you look away from your computer screen once you start the short videos to 
prevent motion sickness! They were taken off-hand with a DSLR and 400mm lens. 


Matt Valencic
Geauga County - some of the best birding in Ohio!!

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To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Help needed to identify range of unusual Junco 
vocalizations 


Hi,

The breeding population of Ohio Juncos is singing again.  In early June I
posted a link to a video showing a Junco singing these Nashville or
Tennessee Warbler like songs.  The link is again included after this
missive.

We have identified 3 separate locations in Kirtland, and Chardon Township,
all along the edge of the Portage Escarpment, where Juncos are doing this
vocalization, and would like to find additional locations.

If you are in the breeding range of Juncos in Ohio:  Eastern and
southeastern Cuyahoga, northern Summit, southern Lake, and most of Geauga
and Ashtabula counties, and hear what seems to be a Nashville Warbler or
Tennessee Warbler, please investigate.  If you find a Junco please report
to me or to the list.

Our breeding Junco population is at the extreme edge of the range for this
species.  However the breeding population within the small area of Ohio
where they occur has exploded in the past 25 years. They have gone from
being rare to common nesters. Even away from their traditional habitat as
Geauga County residents will attest.

Lisa Rainsong has been recording several individuals around my yard and
surrounding area and would like to record individuals in other areas as
well.

The Macaulay Sound Library at Cornell does not have a recording of Juncos
from Ohio, and Lisa would like to rectify that, and because some of the
vocalizations are unique, they are of special interest.

Thank you for your help and cooperation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Fe9AR0ywE

Haans

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Subject: Chuck-will's-widow
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:07:37 -0400
Looking for good spot for chuck-will's-widow. Have one picked out that has had 
them in past. Just wondering where others would try? 


-DB

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Subject: Help needed to identify range of unusual Junco vocalizations
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:20:23 -0400
Hi,

The breeding population of Ohio Juncos is singing again.  In early June I
posted a link to a video showing a Junco singing these Nashville or
Tennessee Warbler like songs.  The link is again included after this
missive.

We have identified 3 separate locations in Kirtland, and Chardon Township,
all along the edge of the Portage Escarpment, where Juncos are doing this
vocalization, and would like to find additional locations.

If you are in the breeding range of Juncos in Ohio:  Eastern and
southeastern Cuyahoga, northern Summit, southern Lake, and most of Geauga
and Ashtabula counties, and hear what seems to be a Nashville Warbler or
Tennessee Warbler, please investigate.  If you find a Junco please report
to me or to the list.

Our breeding Junco population is at the extreme edge of the range for this
species.  However the breeding population within the small area of Ohio
where they occur has exploded in the past 25 years. They have gone from
being rare to common nesters. Even away from their traditional habitat as
Geauga County residents will attest.

Lisa Rainsong has been recording several individuals around my yard and
surrounding area and would like to record individuals in other areas as
well.

The Macaulay Sound Library at Cornell does not have a recording of Juncos
from Ohio, and Lisa would like to rectify that, and because some of the
vocalizations are unique, they are of special interest.

Thank you for your help and cooperation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Fe9AR0ywE

Haans

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Subject: Re: Weather or not follow-up
From: Dave Horn <davehorn43 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:24:57 -0400
Hello Ohio birders,

Thank you Bill for the excellent heads-up. One of my brothers found a Leach's 
petrel on a farm pond in Western Massachusetts after a tropical storm. (He 
thought it was a purple martin at first.) 


I thought that since some birders are moth-ers you might be looking out for the 
black witch moth which is well-known to ride northward on tropical storms from 
Mexico and Texas. In flight, they look like small bats. 


Happy birding (and moth-ing).

Dave Horn
Columbus (and Worcester, MA)   

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Whan 

Sent: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 11:01 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Weather or not

Just a reminder that the hurricane is due to move our way as it sputters out 
http://www.goes.noaa.gov/ECIR4.html . Some folks near Galveston posted photos 
yesterday of as many as 140 frigatebirds inland, and several others in states 
along the storm's projected path are talking about keeping an eye out; 
practiced observers say frigatebirds and tropical terns are the most likely 
waifs to appear. Our chances are not good, but they are a lot better with 
weather to push them our way, so just a reminder to keep alert for birds moving 
way overhead, and others settling down or hunting over fair-sized bodies of 
water. Most of our storm-driven rarities have occurred--rarely, of course--in 
conditions like this, and include especially frigatebirds, and royal and sooty 
terns. The frigatebirds are far more likely to be discovered flying overhead, 
but royal terns will set down on beaches, etc. (as did the Hoover Res bird over 
five days four years ago) though sooty terns--who apparently prefer not to rest 
on water--will, based on Ohio's single record, spend all their local hunting 
time over water. Good luck, Bill Whan 


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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:07:03 -0400
​

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

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



Carroll County

Fargo Rd. (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Fargo+Road



Huron County

Bellevue Community Center

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Bellevue+Community+Center



Licking County

Denison University

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Denison+University



Medina County

Leohr Park

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

Leohr Park--Chippewa Creek

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Leohr+Park--Chippewa+Creek

Lodi Station Outlet Mall Ponds

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lodi+Station+Outlet+Mall+Ponds



Scioto County

Shawnee State Forest--Big Run Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+State+Forest--Big+Run+Road

Shawnee State Forest--Naces Run Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+State+Forest--Naces+Run+Road

Shawnee State Forest--Picnic Point

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+State+Forest--Picnic+Point

Shawnee State Forest--Pond Run Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+State+Forest--Pond+Run+Road

Shawnee State Forest--State Forest Rd. 13


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+State+Forest--State+Forest+Road+13 




Summit County

Columbia Woods Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Columbia+Woods+Park



Vinton County

Lake Hope SP--Cabin Ridge Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Hope+State+Park--Cabin+Ridge+Road



Wayne County

Angling Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Angling+Road

County Line Trail--Creston

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/County+Line+Trail--Creston

Freelander Park

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



Wyandot County

Gottfried Nature Center

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Gottfried+Nature+Center




Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Weather or not
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:00:31 -0400
Just a reminder that the hurricane is due to move our way as it sputters
out  http://www.goes.noaa.gov/ECIR4.html . Some folks near Galveston
posted photos yesterday of as many as 140 frigatebirds inland, and
several others in states along the storm's projected path are talking
about keeping an eye out; practiced observers say frigatebirds and
tropical terns are the most likely waifs to appear. Our chances are not
good, but they are a lot better with weather to push them our way, so
just a reminder to keep alert for birds moving way overhead, and others
settling down or hunting over fair-sized bodies of water. Most of our
storm-driven rarities have occurred--rarely, of course--in conditions
like this, and include especially frigatebirds, and royal and sooty
terns. The frigatebirds are far more likely to be discovered flying
overhead, but royal terns will set down on beaches, etc. (as did the
Hoover Res bird over five days four years ago) though sooty terns--who
apparently prefer not to rest on water--will, based on Ohio's single
record, spend all their local hunting time over water. Good luck,
Bill Whan

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Subject: ClearCreek II, 6-16: warblers, tanagers
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:50:55 -0400
With a less rainy day in the forecast, Diana & I headed back to Clear Creek to 
see some of the area I missed on Saturday, especially the Fern & Hemlock 
Trails. We also stopped at the meadows at Starner & Written Rock for good 
measre, but didn't find much different from Saturday. Totals for 2 hours on the 
Fern-Hemlock Loop included: 


Red-shouldered Hawk - at least 1 calling
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - at least 2
Flycatchers - mostly Pewees (6) & Acadian (11+), but also had a Phoebe and 
Great Crested. Willow still at Written Rock. 

Vireos - LOTS of Red-eyed (24+), along with Yellow-throated (2) and White-eyed 
(1) 

Thrushes - Wood Thrushes along road and in ravines, totaling perhaps 8; Veeries 
along creek (3), and 1 Hermit singing at the upper end of Hemlock ravine 


Warblers - 14 species, mostly Ovenbirds (12+) and Hooded (18+). Redstarts (7) 
and Black&Whites (6) were mostly along the creek, as were Parulas(2) and 
Yellow-throated (2). Ceruleans (3) were on slopes above creek, while 
Worm-eating (4) were mostly towards upper end of side valleys. Black-thr.Greens 
(6) were clustered around hemlocks. A single Prairie was singing in the meadow 
where Fern Trail meets the Cemeter Ridge Trail. Yellows & Common Yellowthroats 
were common down in creekside meadows. 


Tanagers - still no Summers, but Scarlets (6-8) were much more common along 
loop. 

Grosbeaks,Buntings - single Rose-br.Grosbeak was singing along creek, while 
Indigos were widespread around meadows. 


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Subject: Perception versus data in breeding birds around Kirtland
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:50:03 -0400
Hi,

So yesterday I posted about my perceptions of this year's breeding season
around Kirtland.  I was especially curious about the perceived lack of Wood
Warblers, so I asked Mike Watson at Holden to look at my field notes from
previous years.

In past years I just kept track of presence absence in a given area and
breeding evidence.  This year I've switched to using eBird to track the
results and so also keep track of numbers of individuals in each area
during a visit.

Using the previous criteria of occurrence we looked at results in the
period from May 30 to June 15 from 2011 to 2015 for American Redstart and
Black-throated Green Warbler, as follows:

American Redstart presence May 30 - June 15
2011 - 6
2012 - 4
2013 - 2
2014 - 5
2015 - 3

Black-throated Green Warbler presence  May 30 - June 15
2011 - 3
2012 - 4
2013 - 2
2014 - 2
2015 - 1

In each year I have covered 5 or 6 areas with appropriate habitat for these
species during this 17 day period and keep in mind these are not numbers of
individuals but presence on a day in a specific area.

Based on those criteria the Redstart numbers are pretty normal and the
Green numbers are low but not out of what would seem to be the normal range
given the small sample. Yes I now wish I had kept quantitative data for
those previous years but it wasn't what we were doing. So I'm just going
with what I have.

Haans

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Subject: Reflections on the breeding season thus far around Kirtland.
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:24:34 -0400
Hi,

Having done breeding bird surveys for the Holden Arboretum every year since
2007 I like to reflect on the changes year to year.  There is natural
variation in everything and changes are normal and to be expected and not
due to some assignable cause.  So in no particular order these are the
things that sort of stand out to me at about the mid point of the breeding
season.

Louisiana Waterthrushs are having an exceptional year and we are finding
them in maximum territory density in the high quality streams.

The Wood Thrush population is also very healthy and I'm finding more
fledglings than in past years.  On the other hand there have been very few
Veerys.

Red-bellied and Piliated Woodpeckers are doing very well. Downys are about
normal and we are not finding many Hairys at all.

I predict than in another decade Wild Turkeys will be considered by many to
be a nuisance like Canada Geese.  They are everywhere.

Wood Warblers are few and far between. Even Hooded Warbler numbers seem
down over other years.  The Ceruleans are still in their favored haunts,
but Black-throated Greens, Ovenbirds, and even American Redstarts have been
practically non existent. Our Black-throated Blues were last found in 2013.

Flycatchers are all at near normal levels Phoebes are fewer than usual, but
Acadians are abundant in some areas.

Bose-grested Rosbeaks are abundant in my yard, with at least 4 possible 6
nesting pairs. Elsewhere they are less evident.

Yellow-throated Vireos are now up to probable nesters in several areas.
Blue-headed are spotty but we are still finding them in good habitat.

The breeding Scarlet Tanager population is doing fine and this morning on
Little Mountain they were the predominant bird species.  I had 8 singing.

Winter Wren is nowhere to be found. Carolina Wrens have abandoned my
neighborhood, House Wrens are at their usual numbers.

Purple Finches are not as obvious as in some years.  I have not been going
to their more usual haunts, but some years they nest in my yard. Not this
year.

Juncos are abundant in their less traditional haunts, and less obvious in
the Hemlock Ravines and rocky outcrops where they were once common.  We
have not been hearing them as much as in past years and when we do it is
the Nashville Warbler like song more often than the trill.

So these are just observations.  If I had to, I could go over my field
notes from past years and find if my casual perceptions are supported by my
actual observations.

Of all of this the most curious to me is the lack of Wood Warblers. I know
it is not my hearing because When they are around I hear them fine.  They
have just not been around.

Haans

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Subject: eBird Report - Bath Nature Preserve, Jun 15, 2015
From: Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:51:28 +0000
Bath Nature Preserve, Summit, Ohio, US
Jun 15, 2015 9:15 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.9 mile(s)
Comments:    Part of Bridle Trail and all of Creekside Trail
40 species

Wood Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Willow Flycatcher  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  25    some adults at boxes, some immatures in a tree with 
adults 

Barn Swallow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  6    two pairs plus solo male and female
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  7    one singing, one carrying food, others mewing or silent
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  2    sexes assumed - apparent pair - flew back and forth and 
perched together 

Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  9
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  4
Bobolink  12    ~10 singing males (some during towering flight), two females
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Eastern Meadowlark  7    minimum 2 singing plus apparent family group of 
five 

Common Grackle  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  2    one being fed by a sparrow - too quick to ID
American Goldfinch  10    one singing and a small flock
House Sparrow  1    just one

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23918205 


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

Craig CaldwellEditor, The Ohio CardinalOhio Ornithological Society
   

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Subject: Re: Baby birds all around us
From: "Hutson, Timothy B" <hutsont AT BATTELLE.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:18:01 +0000
I have pictures of a pair of downy woodpeckers at my peanut feeder. One 
(presumably the adult) repeatedly went to the feeder to retrieve bits of 
peanuts and fed them to the other, even though the second bird was obviously 
big enough to feed for itself; it was actually about the same size as the 
adult. The adult had no red spot on its head while the second bird had a 
partially grown in red-ish dusting on its crown. Fun to watch. ...and it was at 
MY feeder! 


Tim Hutson



-----Original Message-----
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Valencic 

Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2015 10:01 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Baby birds all around us

What a year for breeding birds on and around our little (8 acre) Fox Meadow 
Farm. 




In May we saw the baby Dark-eyed Junco's drop out of the hayloft and move to 
the buckthorn for cover. 




Today we have a hen turkey and her 6 poults in the back pasture for over an 
hour https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/sets/72157653319568110. 




The Barn Swallows have 5 young in their nest above a light fixture in the barn.



There is an active Cardinal nest outside of my office window - just 18" from 
the window! 




And a young House Finch has been begging and fluttering its wings as the adults 
feed at the sunflower feeder. 




And a very spotted-breast Robin perched on a dead ash tree.



You have to love this time of year.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County (where 208 species of birds have already been entered into eBird 
this year!) 



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Subject: New eBird shard bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:26:51 -0400
​

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

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



Ashtabula County

Re-named hotspots

(The Nature Conservancy now manages Morgan Swamp Preserve)

Morgan Swamp Preserve--Conservation Campus

(formerly Morgan Swamp--City Mission Camp)


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Morgan+Swamp+Preserve--Conservation+Campus 


Morgan Swamp Preserve--Long Pond Trail

(formerly Morgan Swamp)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Morgan+Swamp+Preserve--Long+Pond+Trail



Cuyahoga County

Bedford Reservation--Bike and Hike Trail, Alexander Rd. Bike Lot South


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Bedford+Reservation--Bike+and+Hike+Trail 




Coshocton County

Kokosing River--Township Rd. 423 Access


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+River--Township+Road+423+Access 




Fairfield County

Clear Creek Metro Park--Prairie Warbler and Tulip Tree Trails


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Clear+Creek+Metro+Park--Prairie+Warbler+and+Tulip+Tree+Trails 




Knox County

Fredericktown Community Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Fredericktown+Community+Park

Kokosing Gap Trail--Danville

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+Gap+Trail--Danville

Kokosing Lake Wildlife Area--Campground and Boat Ramp


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+Lake+Wildlife+Area--Campground+and+Boat+Ramp 


Kokosing Lake Wildlife Area--Dam and Spillway


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+Lake+Wildlife+Area--Dam+and+Spillway 


Kokosing Lake Wildlife Area--Yankee St. Access


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+Lake+Wildlife+Area--Yankee+Street+Access 


Kokosing River--Lower Gamier Rd. Access


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+River--Lower+Gamier+Road+Access 


Kokosing River--Millwood Rd. Access

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+River--Millwood+Road+Access

Kokosing River--Pipesville Rd. Access

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+River--Pipesville+Road+Access

Kokosing River--Riley Chapel Rd. Access


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+River--Riley+Chapel+Road+Access 


Knox Lake--Madison St. Boat Ramp

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Knox+Lake--Madison+Street+Boat+Ramp

Knox Lake--Old Mansfield Rd. North

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Knox+Lake--Old+Mansfield+Road+North

Knox Lake--Old Mansfield Rd. South

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Knox+Lake--Old+Mansfield+Road+South

Knox Lake--Spillway and Dam

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Knox+Lake--Spillway+and+Dam

Memorial Park, Mt. Vernon

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Memorial+Park+Mt.+Vernon

Riverside Park, Mt. Vernon

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Riverside+Park+Mt.+Vernon



Lucas County

Harroun Community Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Harroun+Community+Park

Olander Park

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



Mahoning County

Buckeye Horse Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Buckeye+Horse+Park

Lake Milton--Charley Run

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Milton--Charley+Run

Lake Milton--Dam East

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Milton--Dam+East

Lake Milton--Henry Meshel Picnic Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Milton--Henry+Meshel+Picnic+Area

Mill Creek Park--Bears Den Run

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--Bears+Den+Run

Mill Creek Park--East Golf Hike and Bike Trail


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--East+Golf+Hike+and+Bike+Trail 


Mill Creek Park--Lake Cohasset

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--Lake+Cohasset

Mill Creek Park--Lake Glacier

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--Lake+Glacier

Mill Creek Park--Lake Newport

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--Lake+Newport

Mill Creek Park--Shields Rd. Trailhead

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--Shields+Road+Trailhead

Mill Creek Park--West Gorge Trail, Chestnut Hill


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--West+Gorge+Trail+Chestnut+Hill 


Mill Creek Park--West Gorge Trail, Newport Drive


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park--West+Gorge+Trail+Newport+Drive 


Mill Creek Preserve Wetlands

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Preserve+Wetlands

Vaughn Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Vaughn+Cemetery

Vickers Nature Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Vickers+Nature+Preserve



Portage County

I-76 Rest Stop--Portage Eastbound

I-76 Rest Stop--Portage Westbound

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/I-76+Rest+Stops+Portage



Trumbull County

Foster MetroPark

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Foster+MetroPark



Wayne County

Wecht Rd. (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Wecht+Road


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot Reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Re: Pine Siskin Geauga
From: Sheryl Young <000001163286a6c4-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:04:07 -0400
I had a pine siskin at my nature center feeder at East Harbor State Park,
Ottawa Co.  The bird was first seen June 7, on an upside down thistle
feeder. It didn't act quite normal, defending its perch by hanging and keeping 

its upper wing stiffly extended (rather than showing aggression when
another bird neared) as it slowly feed.

I was not at that location again until June 11.  At that time, the  bird
sat in the hopper of the safflower feeder and looked a little  sluggish.  Its
health continued to deteriorate until June 13 when it was  feeding on the
ground.  By evening, it was too weak to fly and allowed me  to pick it up.  It
was very emaciated died soon after.

One positive note, it will become part of the Cleveland Museum of Natural
History's collection, and will be the only pine siskin they have that was
collected in Ohio.

I sincerely hope the Geauga pine siskin story has a happier  ending.

Sheryl Young

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Subject: Lark Sparrow location
From: Kathi Hutton <KRHuttonDVM AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 05:56:31 -0400
The best-known Lark Sparrow location in the state is the intersection of Reed 
and Girdham Rds , Oak Openings Metro Park, near the Toledo Express Airport, 
Stanton. (Lucas County). 


In Hamilton County, Lark Sparrows have been reported at the Cleves Community 
Park. 


I seem to remember reports of Lark Sparrows in Cuyahoga County, but can't find 
the details right now. 


Kathi Hutton,
Clermont County 

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Subject: Darke Co. Birders annual breeding bird survey
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:07:16 -0400
Private farm south of New Madison in  Darke, Ohio, US
Jun 13, 2015 6:40 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
46 species

Missing this year were chats, willow flycatchers, summer tanagers,
kingbirds.

Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  2
American Woodcock  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Great Horned Owl  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  6
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Horned Lark  3
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
Eastern Bluebird  4
Wood Thrush  1
Gray Catbird  5
Brown Thrasher  1
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  4
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  7
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23909875

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

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Subject: Pine Siskin Geauga
From: Barbara Zaas Partington <bzpart55 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:46:03 -0400
Pine siskin at feeder this evening ( a very wet pine siskin) had not seen one 
here for several weeks. This is definitely the latest date to have one at the 
feeder. 

Fledglings new this week:  Pileated, Hairy Woodpecker, Junco


Barb Partington
Munson Twp
Geauga County
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Subject: Trying to locate a Lark Sparrow
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:30:05 -0400
    

Hello,I am looking for the best place to locate a lark sparrow.  Can anyone 
help? 

Thanks....

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Subject: Re: Yellow-Breasted Chat - Alexander Road Bike Path (Cuyahoga County)
From: Liz McQuaid <prwarbler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 16:36:45 -0400
Chat was present today about 2:00 PM on the 2nd set of power towers.

Liz McQuaid
On Jun 14, 2015 3:55 PM, "Ken Andrews"  wrote:

> Yesterday afternoon at about 2:30 pm I saw the chat along the bike path.
> It flew up from the bushes close to the path, perched on a branch, sang for
> about 20 seconds, and then dropped back down into the bushes. Long enough
> for a good view with binoculars. Too short for a photo. Nice to see and
> hear.
> There are a lot of other birds along this path, especially between
> Alexander Road and Sagamore Road even in the late afternoon. There was not
> much between Sagamore Road and Valley View Road.
> I could hear a lot of peeps and wispy calls along the path in the bushes.
> I'm guessing there are a lot of nests with young in that area about now.
> One song sparrow brought nesting material to one bush multiple times.
> There were also many butterflies along the way popping up here and there
> as the sun came out.
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Subject: Yellow-Breasted Chat - Alexander Road Bike Path (Cuyahoga County)
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:55:27 -0400
Yesterday afternoon at about 2:30 pm I saw the chat along the bike path. It 
flew up from the bushes close to the path, perched on a branch, sang for about 
20 seconds, and then dropped back down into the bushes. Long enough for a good 
view with binoculars. Too short for a photo. Nice to see and hear. 

There are a lot of other birds along this path, especially between Alexander 
Road and Sagamore Road even in the late afternoon. There was not much between 
Sagamore Road and Valley View Road. 

I could hear a lot of peeps and wispy calls along the path in the bushes. I'm 
guessing there are a lot of nests with young in that area about now. One song 
sparrow brought nesting material to one bush multiple times. 

There were also many butterflies along the way popping up here and there as the 
sun came out. 


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Subject: Metzger Marsh
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:22:01 -0400
I went looking for the Tricolored Heron without luck. It was nice to see 15 Am 
White Pelicans, 17 Sandhill Cranes, 6 Snowy Egrets and a single Black Tern as a 
bonus. All were observed from the dike. A scope is helpful. 


See you on the trails,

Chris Pierce

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Subject: Blue grosbeak north of Sugar Creek - Tuscarawas Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 15:19:43 -0400
I went down to Tusc Co. to see if the blue grosbeak could be found in the
standard place on Leihley Hill Rd.about 3 miles north of Sugar Creek. This
is west of 93 and just east of the Holmes Co. line. I found the bird in
some trees in a field on the west side of the road just south of the
intersection of Leihley Hill Rd. and Stingy Lane. I was there about 8am and
the the grosbeak was singing. There were also several grasshopper sparrows
singing in the field. I then checked for lark sparrows in the log yard
further north up Stingy Lane, where I had seen them in the past, but did
not find any.

Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Laughing Gull in St.Mary's
From: Ethan Rising <ictinia12 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:09:52 -0400
Yesterday I found a Laughing Gull at the Grand Lake St. Mary's Fish Hatcheries. 
It was interacting with some Ring-billed Gulls, but was very skittish when 
approached. I went this morning and refound the bird again. It likes to hang 
out on the gravel separations on the big ponds. Also seen was a female common 
goldeneye, two scaup (both male, too far out to discern, probably lesser), and 
a female hooded merganser. Yesterday's checklist: 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23893472

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Subject: Re: Tennessee Warbler - Ashtabula Co.
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:24:39 -0400
Hi,

Did they see it or just hear it?  Our resident Juncos ​can have a song very
similar to a Tennessee Warbler.

Haans

On Sat, Jun 13, 2015 at 6:34 PM, mvas1200 AT yahoo.com <
000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> Tony Bledsoe was at Conneaut Harbor yesterday June 12 with his ornithology
> class and reported a singing Tennessee Warbler was present there
>
> Mark Vass
> Ambridge,Pa.
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Subject: Hoover Reservoir, Delaware County
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:41:11 +0000
 This morning Shaune Skinner and I set sail on the HMS Hoover to monitor a 
section of the eastern shore for Prothonotary Warblers. We had a successful day 
locating numerous territories and enjoying the show put on for us by some ultra 
bright males. We covered the shore from Twin Birdges at Redbank Road south to 
Lake of the Woods, checking the nooks and crannies along the way. The eastern 
shore of Hoover Reservoir is mostly undeveloped and has lazy backwaters with 
habitat ideal for the Prothonotary Warblers. These areas always mix in a 
variety of other species with some unexpected bonuses for us. 


Today's big surprise was a juvenile Black-crown Night Heron. It was perched in 
a black willow tree and upon our approach it climbed further up into the tree. 
The little inlet we found the night heron in also yielded Prothonotary Warbler, 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Mallard hen with her brood trailing behind. 


We observed 7 Belted Kingfishers along our route including a male with a fish 
in his bill. He played coy for a time as we worked the general area. As we 
drifted away from the bank he flew down and straight into the nest cavity in 
the earthen bank and came out sans the fish. 


We observed an interesting behavior by a pair of Herring Gulls. They were 
drifting in the middle of the reservoir and sounding off constantly, opening 
their beaks and calling loudly. I am not aware of any similar behavior at 
Hoover Reservoir or any other central Ohio inland body of water. The behavior 
was not merely gulls calling, but it seemed to be like a rite between the two. 


Osprey are becoming regulars at Hoover Reservoir. There are the two pairs 
nesting on the platforms at Area M in Galena; a pair nesting on a cell phone 
tower north of SR 3 along Little Walnut Creek; and 2 to 4 others constantly 
observed in the southern section of Hoover Reservoir. Previously we located a 
natural Osprey nest in a tree near White-tail Deer Island. That tree went down 
in a storm and we have not located a new location for the pair. 


We located a new Red-headed Woodpecker nest bringing to 27 the number of active 
Red-headed Woodpecker nests identified around Hoover Reservoir. 


We had a pleasant day with 56 species, good weather and good company.

Charlie BombaciHoover Nature Preserve

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Subject: ClearCreek,6-13: warblers, vireos
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:06:11 -0400
The Columbus Audubon trip to this MetroPark south of Lancaster enjoyed clear 
hot weather in the morning, then worked to dodge rain squalls after noon. We 
birded the meadows around Starner Rd and Written Rock early in the morning, 
where bird activity was fairly good, then moved to more forested areas at the 
Barneby Picnic area and the Fern Trail later. Unfortunately, the rain caught us 
before we could fully explore the Fern & Hemlock Trails, so we don't know what 
birds are using those hemlock-filled ravines. Highlights included 


forest buteos - had Red-shouldered and Broad-winged at Barneby; the 
Broad-winged was calling and patrolling around the area. 

cuckoos - heard calling Yellow-billeds at Starner Rd and Barneby Center 
(Tuliptree Trail). 

flycatchers - lots of Acadians and Phoebes, but surprisingly few Pewees. Our 
only Willow was at Written Rock meadow. 

vireos- lots of Red-eyed, which was expected, but we also had 8+ White-eyed, 
with birds at every stop, and 3-4 Yellow-thr. 

wrens,gnatcatchers - some House Wrens and a few Carolinas, as well as modest #s 
of Gnatcatchers (unlike the hordes around Columbus) 


thrushes - Wood Thrushes were widespread, but6 we also heard a Veery along the 
roadside and a Hermit at Barneby Center 

mimids - catbirds were abundant, but we couldn't find any mockingbirds or 
thrashers 


warblers - Redstarts, Hoodeds, and Ovenbirds widespread, but the latter 2 were 
rarely seen. Several Kentuckies were singing along the Tuliptree trail at 
Barneby. Yellows & Com.Yellowthroats were common in the meadows at Starner aadn 
Written Rock. Parulas & Yellowthroateds were along the creek at Starner and 
Fern Trail lots, and Black&Whites were there and a few other places. Heard 
Ceruleans there and along the road near the Fern Trail ,but never got a good 
look at one. A Pine Warbler was singing around the Barneby picnic area, but no 
Prairie Warblers could be found. Louisiana Waterthrushes were along the creek 
at several spots. A Chat was singing briefly at Starner, as was a 
Black-thr.Green. 


Tanagers - could only find Scarlets; they were singing at many locations, and 
were seen at two. 

Grosbeaks,Buntings - Indigo Buntings were abundant, while singing 
Rose-br.Grosbeak was at Barneby. 

Orioles - only a few Baltimores were heard, with only 2 seen. No Orchards were 
found. 


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Subject: L Hope-Zaleski-20 Warblers & more
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 17:02:38 -0400
  Lake Hope State Park & Zaleski State Forest are located 15 miles from
Nelsonville (Rte 33) off of Rte 278.

               The Warblers & songbirds were very active in the early
morning hours. I arrived  there around 5:30 am. Birds were singing
everywhere prior to sunrise

                I'm starting to see more young as well as adult birds
foraging together, finding food & eating it on the spot. This tells that
their young have fledged. The adults are preparing for their 2nd clutch.

                I start out on the ridge where Bird activity begins first.&
 as the day goes on I go down into the ravens & hollows

                Some of the ridge roads are King Hollow, Baptist Church, &
Wheelabout Rd. On these roads are Clear Cuts & Shelter Woods which have a
good variety of Birds

                Some of the roads in the ravens are Shea, Hopemoonville, &
King Hollow

                One question I get is how to find Louisiana Waterthrushes.
this time of year These birds have fledged their 2nd clutch so they are not
singing. I walk down a path or road where the creek is mainly hidden. I
look for places                          where I can see the creek.
                      A good place to look for are areas where there are
ripples. In these areas there is more Dissolved Oxygen due to the ripples.
This is where you will find more aquatic life that the Louisiana
Waterthrushes feed on.

                Some other good places to look for Birds are at Hope
Furnace & Lake Hope Schoolhouse

                If you go to eBird hotspots there is a write up about the
different Warblers & their respective habitat. This can help you find the
Warblers wherever you are.

                By 1:00 pm the Birds are quiet & it is hot. Time to leave.

                        Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro
Park in Columbus

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Subject: Re: Black-necked Stilts - K.P..... NO
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:34:59 -0400
Went back this morning, and couldn't relocate the Stilt.  I checked all the
good spots including the private pond on 108.. looks like it was a one day
wonder.

Steve J
On Jun 12, 2015 1:27 PM, "Doreene Linzell"  wrote:

> Ron Sempier just texted me with news of two Black-necked Stilts at Killdeer
> at the west end of pond 27. He also saw four Sandhill Cranes - two adults
> and two colts.
>
> Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Cuyahoga Cty - Bedford Reservation - Jun 13, 2015
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:40:47 -0400
This morning I was able to locate the previously reported Yellow-breasted Chat. 
It would vary from perching on the high tension tower & foraging on trail's 
edge. It was fairly vocal and preening quite a bit. Get there early before 
cyclists hit the trail. 

Jun 13, 2015
US-OH-Walton Hills - 41.3580x-81.5688 - Jun 13, 2015, 8:01 AM
Traveling
0.86 miles
84 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
1 Wild Turkey
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Willow Flycatcher
2 Eastern Kingbird
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
2 Indigo Bunting
4 Red-winged Blackbird
5 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
5 American Goldfinch



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Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

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Subject: Baby birds all around us
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:00:50 -0400
What a year for breeding birds on and around our little (8 acre) Fox Meadow
Farm.



In May we saw the baby Dark-eyed Junco's drop out of the hayloft and move to
the buckthorn for cover.



Today we have a hen turkey and her 6 poults in the back pasture for over an
hour https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/sets/72157653319568110.



The Barn Swallows have 5 young in their nest above a light fixture in the
barn.



There is an active Cardinal nest outside of my office window - just 18" from
the window!



And  a young House Finch has been begging and fluttering its wings as the
adults feed at the sunflower feeder.



And a very spotted-breast Robin perched on a dead ash tree.



You have to love this time of year.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County (where 208 species of birds have already been entered into
eBird this year!)


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Subject: Tricolored Heron, Metzger Marsh, 6/13
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:40:39 -0400
There is a large concentration of herons at Metzger Marsh. I watched a 
tricolored Heron fly in at around 9:00 this morning. It landed in the large 
opening along the lake dike. It landed in the Southeast corner amongst 10+ 
great egrets. There were also a couple snowy egrets and a few black-crowned 
night-herons. 


I also heard sandhill cranes ack in the marsh. Also of note were two Caspian 
terns flying around almost in courtship. Anyone birding this regularly should 
watch to see if they are possibly nesting or just migrants. There were also 3 
semipalmated sandpiper and a dunlin. They maybe drawing this area down. 




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Subject: Fwd: Hummingbirds
From: Kathy Edwards <kathye198 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:00:51 -0400
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *Kathy Edwards* 
Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Subject: Hummingbirds
To: "OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMI.EdU" 


We have just witnessed for the third time the U shaped Red throated
Hummingbird display over the Winter Berry Hawthorne that provides the
favorite perch of both the two males and one ( we think) female we have
seeing for the past few weeks. I had seen it happen once in the field and
only a brief part of it. We have seen here, from start to finish each time.
If they would just let me know when they are going to do it I would have
video! Once it starts I am too mesmerized to move!

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Subject: Black-necked Stilts - K.P.
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:26:59 -0700
Ron Sempier just texted me with news of two Black-necked Stilts at Killdeer
at the west end of pond 27. He also saw four Sandhill Cranes - two adults
and two colts.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Headlands Willet
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:23:17 -0400
 Ray and Roger had a Willet at Headlands beach state park this morning .

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Subject: Walnut Woods Metro Park
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:25:26 -0400
Walked a loop starting at Richardson Rd, going south on Sweetgum trail, picked 
up the Kestrel trail, to the Buckeye trail, returning via Monarch trail/ 

Blue grosbeaks on Kestrel trail near the bridge over Big Run creek, and north 
of that bridge. 

Kestrel was on high wires in area of dog park in Buckeye area.
Orchard orioles were common along buckeye trail and the Monarch trail that was 
adjacent to Walnut creek. 

Grasshopper sparrow on Monarch trail
Willow flycatchers 
Yellow warblers
common yellowthroats
warbling vireo
eastern kingbird
osprey

Walnut woods does not have drinking water.

Bob McNulty

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