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White-tailed Shrike,©Tony Disley

28 Feb SlateRun,2-28:ducks,sparrows [rob thorn ]
28 Feb Melvin Geese, swans (Clinton County) [Rick Asamoto ]
28 Feb a pair of horned larks - Twinsburg [Tony Mauser ]
28 Feb Slaty-backed gull potential ? [John Herman ]
28 Feb Landfill gull fun continues [John Herman ]
28 Feb Nature Preserves in Columbus [Dillon Nott ]
27 Feb YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - NO. [Jacob Roalef ]
27 Feb Rough-Legged Hawk - Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation [Ken Andrews ]
27 Feb Northern Shrike, Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/27 [John Pogacnik ]
27 Feb gbbg and pileated wp [Judith Espedal ]
27 Feb landfill birding [John Herman ]
27 Feb Bald Eagle Gathering at Wills Creek Dam Area in Coshocton County [Brad Perkins ]
27 Feb New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
27 Feb Re: Dayton Gulls [eric elvert ]
27 Feb Dayton Gulls [Eric Elvert ]
27 Feb Large gull roost in Canton [kent miller ]
27 Feb Historic February for Ohio inland great black-backed gulls [John Herman ]
26 Feb THERES SOMETING IN THE NESTBOX [Dillon Nott ]
26 Feb Tundra Swans [ ]
26 Feb Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz how to report videos [Ken Ostermiller ]
26 Feb Great Black-backed Gulls at inland locations [Margaret Bowman ]
26 Feb Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Songbirds ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
26 Feb birds on the river by Carillon Park and off of Veterans Blvd. in Dayton [Judith Espedal ]
26 Feb Rough-legged Hawk - More info [Kim Graham ]
26 Feb RFI: Lorain conditions [Adam Beeler ]
26 Feb Rough-legged Hawk - Dark Morph [Kim Graham ]
26 Feb birding weather [John Herman ]
26 Feb Cuyahoga River - Scranton Road ["Plante, Stanley" ]
25 Feb Cheshire Boat Ramp and Killdeer Plains WA, 02/25/15 [Jay Lehman ]
25 Feb 2/25 - YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - YES! [Jacob Roalef ]
25 Feb Deceased Barred Owl - Ohio Dominican U., Columbus [Blake Mathys ]
25 Feb Avon Lake power not hopping [Craig Caldwell ]
25 Feb Chesshire Boat Ramp [Keith ]
25 Feb Alum creek Long-tailed ducks [ ]
25 Feb What a "GREAT" extremely unexpected visitor!!!!! [Rachel Shamy ]
24 Feb Re: YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - Montgomery County [eric elvert ]
24 Feb YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - Montgomery County [Jacob Roalef ]
24 Feb RPT: Cincinnati Lesser Black-backed Gull [Brian Wulker ]
24 Feb GBBGs at Richland landfill, ducks, OBBA II [John Herman ]
24 Feb Re: Long-tailed Duck at Cheshire Rd Boat Launch, Delaware County [Greg ]
24 Feb Hungry geese ["Barrett,Robert P" ]
24 Feb Re: Long-tailed Duck at Cheshire Rd Boat Launch, Delaware County [James Muller ]
24 Feb Long-tailed Duck at Cheshire Rd Boat Launch, Delaware County [Nancy Rudd ]
24 Feb Purple Martins [Rachel Shamy ]
24 Feb Hummingbird map [ ]
24 Feb Marblehead Lifeboat Station bird sitings [Keith McClintock ]
24 Feb Re: Counting a dead duck [Dave Horn ]
24 Feb Re: Hybrid (Spotted X Eastern) Towhee (Columbus, Ohio) [Jacob Roalef ]
24 Feb Hybrid (Spotted X Eastern) Towhee (Columbus, Ohio) [Mike Horn ]
23 Feb Albino? [Rachel Shamy ]
23 Feb Counting a dead duck [Douglas Bohanan ]
23 Feb Cleveland lakefront - Avon and Eastlake power plants [Randy Rowe ]
23 Feb Dayton Rivers [Eric Elvert ]
23 Feb AlumCreekLake,Hoover,2-23: A Tale of Two Holes [rob thorn ]
23 Feb Deeds/ Island Park, Dayton oh [Eric Elvert ]
23 Feb veterans blvd dayton [Eric Elvert ]
23 Feb 5 New Editions to the Feeders [Dillon Nott ]
23 Feb Crawford County landfill Glaucous & LBBG [John Herman ]
23 Feb Duo of Carolina Wrens Shelby, Richland Co. Ohio ["Jane D. Fidler" ]
23 Feb Mahoning River waterfowl, raptors [Craig Holt ]
23 Feb Mute Swans, Tundra Swans, Coot Lancaster, OH [Lee H ]
22 Feb Slate Run MetroPark today (horned grebe) [Randel Rogers ]
22 Feb Killdeer Plains [Dillon Nott ]
22 Feb Englewood Metroparks [ ]
22 Feb Unexpected feeder bird [Craig ]
22 Feb PrairieOaks,Amlin,2-22: hornedlarks,sparrows [rob thorn ]
22 Feb Darke County Snow Buntings [Regina Schieltz ]
22 Feb BlacklickWoods,2-22: thrasher,towhees,redwings [rob thorn ]
22 Feb Darke County Blackbird question [Regina Schieltz ]
22 Feb Eastlake Waterfowl Awesomeness... [Andy Avram ]
22 Feb Re: snow buntings and larks - geauga co. [ ]
22 Feb Avon Lake Power plant highlights [jen brumfield ]
22 Feb Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Songbirds ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
22 Feb Red-throated Loon Avon Lake [jen brumfield ]
22 Feb Clark County - Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Collared Doves [Doug Overacker ]
22 Feb New Feeder Bird-Horned Lark-South Bass Island [Lisa Brohl ]

Subject: SlateRun,2-28:ducks,sparrows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:59:58 -0500
I made several stops around this huge MetroPark south of Columbus and found a 
tiny loosening of winter's grip. Sure, the temperature was still abysmal, but 
lots of birds were singing, woodpeckers were drumming, and both BuzzardsRoost 
Lake and one of the wetland ponds had some open water that had attracted 
migrant ducks. I stopped at the Shady Grove/5-Oaks trails, Buzzardsroost Lake, 
and the Slate Run wetlands, and here are the notables: 


Canvasbacks - 2 were at Buzzardsroost Lake (BRL), while 3 were at the wetland
Redheads - 15 were at BRL, while 55 were at the wetland (crammed into a small 
patch of unfrozen water on one of the ponds) 

Lesser Scaup - 2 were at the wetlands
Ring-necked Duck - 1 male was with the throng at the wetlands
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 was calling near Buzzardsroost Lake
Red-tailed Hawks - fairly widespread, with singles at all sites, and 2 at the 
wetland and another 2 along Winchester Pike 

Pileated Woodpecker - 1 was drumming along the 5-Oaks trail, while another was 
just foraging 

BrownCreepers - 2 were along the 5-Oaks trail
Yellow-rumped Warbler - at least 6 were at different spots along the 5-Oaks 
Trail 

Tree Sparrows - scads, with 15+ at BRL feeders, topped at 25 at the wetland 
feeder 

Field Sparrow - 1 was with the birds at the BRL feeder back by the picnic 
shelter 

Chipping Sparrows - I couldn't find them, but a few were reported at the 
wetland feeder in the morning 

White-crowned Sparrows - 5 were around the wetland feeder
White-throated Sparrows - 15 were at the BRL feeders, while another 15 were at 
the wetland feeders 


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Subject: Melvin Geese, swans (Clinton County)
From: Rick Asamoto <rick.asamoto AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:28:45 -0500
The Melvin quarry east of Wilmington on SR22 held thousands of Canada Geese 
this morning along with over 30 Snow Geese and 3 smaller white geese that kept 
their heads tucked. There were also 9 Tundra Swans. Many of the geese flew to 
the fields just east on SR22 but I don’t know of a convenient place to stop 
and scan that area. 


Rick Asamoto
Miamisburg

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Subject: a pair of horned larks - Twinsburg
From: Tony Mauser <tmau12 AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:23:49 -0500
Just happened to be looking out at our feeders this afternoon to find our first 
in yard lark sparrows. They must be hungry! 

Feeding on the seeds on ground.  Made our day!

Tony & Carolyn

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Subject: Slaty-backed gull potential ?
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:41:20 -0500
At the risk of opening "Pandora's box", birders looking at black-backed
gulls should look closely for a Slaty-backed gull. Ideally, an adult would
be preferable.
Gull on !
John Herman

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Subject: Landfill gull fun continues
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:06:11 -0500
     This a.m. at the Crawford County landfill I saw 10 adult and two
2nd-cycle great black-backed gulls, one 2nd-cycle & a 1st-cycle Glaucous
gull. However, no luck seeing an employee shooting gulls. And I had my
sights set on gull stew.  : ) Maybe they heard I did a Freedom of
Information Act quest for information about the Crawford gull shooting.
Couldn't be.
     Yesterday, at the Richland landfill I was told there is no hunting,
fishing or birding allowed at the landfill. Right, and know back to
reality. I was told there is a "liability" issue, or as I call it, a b.s.
"issue". I wonder if the locals that bring their trash to the landfill have
a "liability issue"? Maybe if I slipped somebody there a couple "Jackson's"
& "Grants" the "liability issue" would miraculously disappear. Imagine that.
     I digress. So why are there so many GBBGs, glaucous gulls, etc. at
inland Ohio, and other locations? Arkansas got its 1st ever GBBG in
January. Does the almost complete freezing of lake erie answer the
question? Lake erie was frozen near completely during the brutal winters of
the late 1970s and multiple other winters, yet no major movement inland of
GBBGs. Is there a food shortage at the hot-water places along lake erie?
I'm told there has not been a major duck die-off this winter, as happened a
winter or so ago. Could it be the brutality of this winter that is the
answer? Cleveland has had the coldest February ever recorded. Even colder
than last winter & colder than the late 1970s winters. Are even the large
gulls having some trouble maintaining body temperature?
     Its these kinds of events that make birding interesting. Every year is
different, every autumn, every spring is different than another year's.
That's one of the things that makes birding interesting. The challenge to
understand what is happening.
     Hope you have a great weekend & don't shovel too much,
     John Herman

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Subject: Nature Preserves in Columbus
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:02:24 -0800
So I'm going to be in the Columbus area today, ( going to Dicks Sporting
goods) and I will be able to stop by a preserve. Which is the best one? All
various birds, but I like owls the most. Any hotspots in that area?
Thanks
-Dillon

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Subject: YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - NO.
From: Jacob Roalef <jroalef AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:35:26 -0500
A group of 6 birders (including myself) tried for the YHBL this evening in
the location it has been for the past 3 nights and we did not have any
luck. Most of us arrived at 5:20 which was apparently too early because the
blackbirds didn't start showing up until 5:55ish. By that time we were all
quite cold, not good! Also lighting conditions for this evenings viewing of
the birds was very poor. Majority of the flock was on the opposite side of
the road than previous days making things very backlit.

With all that being said, it is certainly possible (even likely) that the
bird is still in the area and we just missed it. Stay warm if you go and
hope the birds on the good side for viewing! I plan on trying for this bird
again sometime during the weekend and dressing warmer!

Good Birding!
- Jacob Roalef
Rogue Birders
thefirebirder.blogspot.com

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Subject: Rough-Legged Hawk - Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:38:12 -0500
I was walking along the bike path just south of Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer 
District 49th St. Outflow from the waste water treatment plant (Cuyahoga County 
Birding Hot Spot in the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation). There had been a lot 
of waterfowl in the stream. I was checking my list of birds when I saw a 
cottontail rabbit flopping around in the snow on top of the frozen canal. It 
was obviously injured. On the opposite side of the path where there is a field 
were two deciduous trees. A red-tailed hawk was perched in one. A light morph 
rough-legged hawk was perched in the other. Both hawks took off when they saw 
me looking at them. I got a good long look at the rough-legged hawk with my 
binoculars. I’m guessing both hawks were watching the rabbit. Maybe one of 
them injured it. 


Rough-legged hawks have been reported in this area in the past. Some have been 
seen a couple of miles south hunting near I-480 and Transportation Boulevard. 


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Subject: Northern Shrike, Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/27
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:34:58 -0500
The northern shrike was still present this afternoon at the Lake Metroparks' 
Lake Erie Bluffs. The bird was perched at the top of a tree at the west end of 
the trails west of Lane Road. 

The shrike exhibited some very interesting behavior. It was perched at the top 
of a tall tree in the field. A robin landed about half way up in the same tree. 
It sat there for a few minutes and when the robin flew, the shrike chased it. 
The shrike chased it for quite a while. A couple times the shrike attempted to 
hit the robin, but the robin was able to evade it. They eventually flew out of 
sight. It was interesting to see the shrike going after something larger than 
itself. I have seen them going after small birds like tree sparrows before, but 
never anything that large. 


John Pogacnik                                     
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Subject: gbbg and pileated wp
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:56:43 -0800
today we again drove along Veterans Pkwy around 10:30 AM under a bright sun. 
Not as many birds as on previous days but there was an adult great black-backed 
gull sitting on the our side of the river, in the company of two adult herring 
gulls. I am pretty sure it was the great bbg as its back was very black and it 
was a little bit larger than its companions. 


Later on a male pileated woodpecker landed in my next door neighbor's maple 
tree. This was the first pileated I've seen in my neighborhood since last June. 


Note: the black backed gulls are not lifebirds; we saw lots of them in Scotland 
in 2005. but this winter was my first N. American sighting of the lbbg and the 
2nd N. American sighting of the gbbg. (The first was near Pt. Pelee in Canada 
so it is my first USA sighting) 


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Subject: landfill birding
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:55:58 -0500
If anyone has ever obtained permission to bird at a Roepke landfill
facility, please contact me.
Thank you.
John Herman

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Subject: Bald Eagle Gathering at Wills Creek Dam Area in Coshocton County
From: Brad Perkins <bperkin2 AT ROCKTENN.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:48:34 +0000
Spent my lunch hour today watching 20+ bald eagles at Wills Creek Dam. There 
were at least 15 along Will Creek between the Dam and the village of Wills 
Creek. This is along a 2 mile stretch of CR 274, downstream of the dam (north). 
There were another 6 located between the village of Wills Creek and the old AEP 
Coal Wash Plant on another 2 mile stretch of TR 263. Most were immatures. I 
only saw 2 adults in the whole bunch. Viewing was very good as many of them 
were perched right over Wills Creek, which is very narrow, with the roads 
running very close to the creek. 


The GPS coordinates for Wills Creek Dam are: 40.15766, -81.84985

There were also a few mergansers and geese, and a large flock of gulls at the 
dam. Most of the gulls were ring-billed, with what appeared to be a couple 
herring gulls. 


Brad Perkins
RockTenn-Forest Resources
Area Manager
Coshocton, Ohio
Office: 740.622.6543 Ext. 712
Cell: 740.502.4215
Fax: 740.623.8603
E-mail: bperkin2 AT rocktenn.com


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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:04:31 -0500
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Butler County

Combs Park

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



Clark County

Gallagher Fen Nature Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Gallagher+Fen+Nature+Preserve



Franklin County

Boyer Nature Preserve

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



Greene County

Fairborn Community Park

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



Hamilton County

Jackson Hill Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Jackson+Hill+Park



Mercer County

Grand Lake Saint Marys SP--Spillway

Grand Lake Saint Marys SP--West Bank Picnic Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Grand+Lake+Saint+Marys+State+Park



Richland County

John Todd Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/John+Todd+Park

Pavonia Cemetery

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

Ken Ostermiller

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Subject: Re: Dayton Gulls
From: eric elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:17:07 -0800
I meant last evening.
On Feb 27, 2015 7:08 AM, "Eric Elvert"  wrote:

> This evening I made a few stops going up the river as I headed home from
> work. While everyone else was getting their yellow headed black bird on. I
> stopped at west carrollton dam, e river rd, carillon park and veterans blvd
> in Dayton. I had a total of 7 lbbg, 6 gbbg and 2 first winter Iceland's.
> All of the stops also had good numbers of waterfowl.
> Bird On!!!
>
>
> Eric Elvert
> Dayton oh
>
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Subject: Dayton Gulls
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:07:17 -0500
This evening I made a few stops going up the river as I headed home from work. 
While everyone else was getting their yellow headed black bird on. I stopped at 
west carrollton dam, e river rd, carillon park and veterans blvd in Dayton. I 
had a total of 7 lbbg, 6 gbbg and 2 first winter Iceland's. All of the stops 
also had good numbers of waterfowl. 

Bird On!!!


Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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Subject: Large gull roost in Canton
From: kent miller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:55:47 -0800
Incredible numbers of large gulls are roosting in downtown Canton in and around 
an industrial area just north of the intersection of I77 & Rt 30. Viewing spots 
will fluctuate but last night Ben Morrison, Terry & Barb Sponseller, & I 

watched where Prospect Ave SW hits the RR tracks and at a ball field
called West Park near the corner of 9th St SW and Schroyer. Very early morning 
and 

evening seem to be the only times the birds are around en masse but
tonight's totals were 136 Great Black-backed, 2 Lesser Black-backed, 7
Glaucous, 5 Iceland, and 1 Thayer's. We probably were only able to sort
through about half of the 5000 large gulls that were in the air at once. More 
details are on the Bobolink Area of Ohio page. 


Kent Miller

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Subject: Historic February for Ohio inland great black-backed gulls
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:16:52 -0500
     Yesterday, the Ohio inland record book for great black-backed gulls
got demolished !  Excellent birder, Ben Morrison had 136 ! !  GBBGs, 2
LBBGs, 5 Iceland, 7 glaucous & a Thayer's at Stark County yesterday. Seven
GBBGs were recorded at Dover, Ohio yesterday & up to 10 have been at Dayton
along the Great Miami river recently.
     There probably isn't an active Ohio landfill that does not have GBBGs
now.
     Great time to be a gull watcher at inland Ohio.
     John Herman

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Subject: THERES SOMETING IN THE NESTBOX
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:28:14 -0800
Well, I had a unexpected call from my other grandma and said there was
something a good size in my Barred Owl nest box! They said it was grayish,
and straight. So while I was celebrating for five minutes, they said they
got a closer look and said it was a squirrel ;-( So, how do ya get a
squirrel out of a barred owl nestbox? Beside having the owl have the
squirrel for dinner ;)

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Subject: Tundra Swans
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:55:46 -0500
Kurt Stein just called at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25 and reported 3 tundra 
swans in a cornfield on Sweet Potato Road just east of Haber Rd. 


Ed and Bev Neubauer

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz how to report videos
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:26:35 -0500
The Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz begins in just a few days on March 1
and we have been hearing reports of some Rusties arriving in Ohio despite
the cold. I hope Ohio birders will report sightings of this species and use
the special eBird protocol when reporting seeing Rusties or not seeing them
when you were looking for them. There are two videos which provide
information on how to report your sightings.

1. Beginner video: targeted at birders who are new to eBird and want to be
walked through the entire data submission process. 7.5 minutes long.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjqOLXyJLro&feature=youtu.be

2. Advanced video: targeted at birders who are comfortable with eBird but
who want more information about how, when, and what to submit to the Blitz.
~4 minutes long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETRXujTSsZQ

 


Ken Ostermiller

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Subject: Great Black-backed Gulls at inland locations
From: Margaret Bowman <mbowman AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:37:48 -0500
I saw what may be the first record Great Black-backed Gull for Muskingum Co. 
this morning at Dillon State Park, on the ice in the beach area with about 400 
other gulls. The one I IDed was an adult, but there may have been immatures as 
well. (I’m not good at immature gull ID.) Earlier this week, I had my first 
ever Licking Co. Great Black-backed Gull at Buckeye Lake, North Shore Park. 
Photographs appeared on FaceBook of multiple GBBGs in Tuscarawas Co., and a 
well-respected birder is checking reports in Stark Co. as well. 


So, get out there and check your local landfills and reservoirs. This appears 
to be the year of the Great Black-backed Gull inland in Ohio. 


Margaret Bowman
Licking Co., OH

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Songbirds
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:27:49 -0500
       Blendon Woods Metro Park 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 seen lately at Blendon Woods Metro Park

              Thoreau Lake
                    Common Merganser-2 males
                    Greater Scaup-3
                    Lesser Scaup-1
                    American Black Duck-98
                    Mallard-72
                    Green-winged Teal-3
                    American Wigeon-3
                    Gadwall-6

            Bird Feeders-Nature Center, East Blind-Thoreau Lake, Picnic
areas
                    E Towhees-males & females
                    Dark-eyed Juncos
                    White-throated Sparrow
                    American Tree Sparrow

          Lake Trail
                    Red-headed Woodpecker-young getting Adult plumage

           Nature Center Bird Viewing Area
                   Hairy Woodpecker
                   Cooper's Hawk
                   Turkeys-hanging out 40 yards east of Bird Window on
downed trees after eating

           Barred Owl-active along Hickory Ridge Trail, Ripple Rock Trail,
& the beginning of Sugarbush Trail

           Turkeys-everywhere. They go from one Bird feeder to the next. We
have seen up to 50+ in one flock. They are in male flocks and female/young
flocks


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

                                                 Bruce Simpson-Naturalist
at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: birds on the river by Carillon Park and off of Veterans Blvd. in Dayton
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:58:50 -0800
My husband and I did another "drive-by" birding trip along the river by 
Carillon Park (I believe that road is called Carillon Blvd.) and off of 
Veterans Pkwy. The gulls were mostly by Carillon Park but there were ducks and 
geese off of Veterans Parkway. 


We did not see any adult black-backed gulls but the two good-sized juveniles we 
saw before were there. I am not as skilled a birder as Eric, at least where 
gulls are concerned, and while I have no trouble recognizing adult black-backed 
gulls who do tend to stand out in a crowd, I have trouble telling the juveniles 
of the lbbg, the gbbg and the herring gulls apart. 


By Carillon Park: the 2 larger juv. gulls, lots of ring-billed gulls, herring 
gulls, mallards, Canada geese including some smaller ones that may or may not 
be cacklings, and 1 great blue heron. 


By Veteran's Pkwy: Scaups (not sure if greater or lesser; leaning towards 
greater as the males seemed to have very white sides), more Canada geese, 
mallards, coots, another great blue heron, common goldeneyes (one pair and 
another group of several females), 1 male common merganser (did not see the 
female this time), and a few mostly flying gulls, including one herring gull 
that came close enough for me to see the red on its bill. 


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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk - More info
From: Kim Graham <kimlphotograham AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:10:12 +0000
Thanks Richard - my bad.

     One of the boundary roads of Battelle Darby Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio.  


Kim

       






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Subject: RFI: Lorain conditions
From: Adam Beeler <doctorpyserphd AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:12:40 -0500
I’m traveling up to Lorain this Sunday and have a few spare hours to bird. 
Can anyone tell me what the lake conditions are around Lorain Harbor? Is it 
iced over or open? I understand the area will likely get 3-5 inches of snow. 
Any other good areas would be much appreciated, thanks! 


-Adam Beeler
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk - Dark Morph
From: Kim Graham <kimlphotograham AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:40:52 +0000
 Towards the end of the day, yesterday, after enjoying the warmer temps and 
sunshine, I came across what appeared to be a Dark Morph or a Rough-legged Hawk 
along Kuhlwein Rd. 


I was struck by how dark the bird was and noticeably larger than a Red Tail. 
Further down the same stretch of road was a group of ten or eleven pheasants, 
apparently all females. 


    A couple of pics of said hawk may be seen on my web page.

    kimgraham.zenfolio.com


Good Birding,

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Subject: birding weather
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:02:43 -0500
I like the sign at the Boston church that reads, " If you are praying for
snow, please stop".
Stay warm
Landfill Gulls R Us
John Herman

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Subject: Cuyahoga River - Scranton Road
From: "Plante, Stanley" <PlanteSV AT CDMSMITH.COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:27:57 +0000
I haven't checked it out but there is some open water on the Cuyahoga just 
south of the intersection of Scranton Road and Carter Road that has a large 
concentrations of gulls and waterfowl. I haven't stopped but while dodging 
potholes I could pick out many greater black backs, red-breasted mergs and 
there are very likely a variety of other diving ducks - last year redhead, 
canvasback and ring-necks to name a couple. 


Stan

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Subject: Cheshire Boat Ramp and Killdeer Plains WA, 02/25/15
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:08:04 -0500
Arrived at Cheshire Boat Ramp at Alum Creek at about 2:30 pm.  Found at
least one of the Long-tailed Ducks and saw the immature white phase Snow
Goose between 2:30 to about 3:30 pm.  Large numbers of Canada Geese, Tundra
Swans, which identified themselves with their high pitched calls, thus
their previous name of Whistling Swans, and all the other waterfowl
previously reported there today on Ohio Birds.

There was enough daylight to head to Killdeer Plains WA.  I entered from
Washburn Road and had 4 light-phase and 1 dark-phase Rough-legged Hawks
along CH 68 (one easy of Washburn).  One more light-phase along 108.  Lots
of Tree Sparrows with a few Song Sparrows feeding along the road edges
where grass and bare ground are exposed.  An adult Bald Eagle on the nest
visible with optics from 108.

I drove north of 71 on 108 and continued past 294.  Small scattered groups
of Horned Larks, numbering about 20.  Hoping for but not finding any
Lapland Longspurs.

In my drive around, I found 6 Rough-legged Hawks, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 3
Northern Harriers all male grey ghosts and two American Kestrels.

The highlight of Killdeer Plains occurred just before dusk.  As I returned
on 68 to Washburn Road, I found a shrike sitting on top of one of the cedar
trees on the north side of 68 just after Washburn.  I followed it slowly in
my car as it dropped down several times and flew close to the ground until
it swooped up in a leafless tree out in the open east of Washburn and on
the north side of 68.  I was able to study it in my scope and confirm that
it was a Northern Shrike.  After returning to Washburn to head home, I
found a Short-eared Owl sitting in the open field on the east side of
Washburn and south of the farmer's lane.  Another late highlight!  Other
birds encountered were Northern Flicker (2) and Eastern Meadowlark.  It was
a great afternoon of winter birding!
Jay

Jay G Lehman Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: 2/25 - YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - YES!
From: Jacob Roalef <jroalef AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:47:12 -0500
This evening (2/25), the female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD found yesterday in
Dayton was seen again by some rogue birders, (Chris Collins, Jeremy
Dominguez, Alex Eberts, Eric Elvert) and a few other folks as well. Same
location as the previous night on Upper River Rd. The bird arrived in a
blackbird flock around 5:30 pm and they stayed until about 5:55 pm to go
and roost just like the previous night.

Best chance to see this bird would be in the evening. Get to the location
around 5:15 pm and wait for the blackbirds to come in. Also of note in the
blackbird flock was a Rusty Blackbird.

Good Birding!
- Jacob Roalef
Rogue Birder
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Subject: Deceased Barred Owl - Ohio Dominican U., Columbus
From: Blake Mathys <blakemathys AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:22:41 -0500
As I finished teaching my Ecology class at Ohio Dominican this morning, one of 
our Public Safety officers came in and said there was a dead hawk on campus. 
They had just seen it while driving around, so he and I walked over to where it 
was. As we were getting close to a grove of pine trees, I mentioned to him that 
we had found a Barred Owl there in December (which I reported to this list), 
and then I looked down and realized that the reported dead bird was in fact a 
Barred Owl, and probably the same owl we had seen. There were no obvious signs 
of trauma, it was on its back in the snow, and didn't seem to have been dead 
very long. It maybe seemed a little thin, but we'll know more about its 
condition when it's prepared as a specimen to add to our teaching collection. A 
sad find, but hopefully some good can come out of it through using it for 
future education of students. 


Blake Mathys


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Blake Mathys, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Ohio Dominican University

Office: Sansbury Hall 213 

Office Phone: (614) 251-4527

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> Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:53:46 -0500
> From: blakemathys AT HOTMAIL.COM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> This is Ohio Dominican's final exam week, so I suggested a short on-campus 
excursion for our university birding club (a chance to relax in the middle of 
studying/grading). Our hope was to find any roosting owls on campus. We visited 
a few likely places, and were fortunate to find one Barred Owl in a group of 
evergreen trees. I was very happy with this result, since we only spent about 
an hour in our search. Picture here: 

http://blakemathys.com/campusbarred.html
> Blake Mathys
                                          
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Subject: Avon Lake power not hopping
From: Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:11:29 -0800
I and a couple others spent a half hour scoping the open water. Yesterday's 
masses of ducks have departed, leaving a moderate number of representatives 
behind. Mallards, red-breasted and common mergansers, a couple bufflehead, a 
few lesser scaup, some common goldeneye and redheads (no more than 100 of 
anything); ring-billed, herring, and great black-backed gulls plus what I think 
is a great black-backed X herring hybrid. 


Craig Caldwell
Editor, The Ohio Cardinal
Ohio Ornithological Society

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Subject: Chesshire Boat Ramp
From: Keith <000001112ff3132f-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:21:40 +0000
The Chessire Boat Ram continues to be hotspot. This am I saw the following:
Bald EagleTundra Swans (6)CanvasbackLesser & Greater ScaupLong Tailed Duck 
(2)Snow Goose ( imm. White Phase)Common & Red Breasted MergansersCommon 
GoldeneyeBuffleheadRedhead 


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Subject: Alum creek Long-tailed ducks
From: Robert Batterson <000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:18:11 -0500
2 male Long-tailed ducks are still present this morning 2/25/15 in the open 
patch of water at the Cheshire road boat launch. They were hugging the far ice 
and actively diving it took a while to locate them but they are there. 


Good luck,
Rob Batterson

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Subject: What a "GREAT" extremely unexpected visitor!!!!!
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:57:58 -0500
What a beautiful morning this was starting out to be. The sun was shining
and my Cardinals were singing.

Really perplexing at my bird feeders, not a single bird.....suddenly my son
yells he sees our Coopers Hawk and I go to look and there is a Great Horned
Owl in my Maple tree!!!!! Sooo excited, fumbling with my camera taking
quick peeks and suddenly he's gone with a gorgeous, giant wingspan after a
starling.

Hope he visits again!!

I love birding!

Rachel S.
Fulton/Lucas County Line

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Subject: Re: YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - Montgomery County
From: eric elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:59:40 -0800
Anybody who goes for this bird should probably wait till the evening.
Because like Jacob said the blackbirds meet here and then fly to their
roost wherever that may be every night. Good luck. I know I'll be checking.
Will You!!!
Great Flippin Find Jeremy and Sarah!!!
Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton oh
On Feb 24, 2015 8:01 PM, "Jacob Roalef"  wrote:

> This evening at about 6:00-6:15 pm Jeremy Dominguez and Sarah Lucas located
> a nice female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on Upper River Rd. along the river
> about a quarter mile west of Farmersville West Carrollton Rd in Dayton
> (Mont. Co.). It seems that a good number of blackbirds come to this area in
> the evening to meet up and then they left before dusk to probably go and
> roost somewhere. A photo of the bird can be seen here:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/127069455 AT N05/16639256555/in/contacts/
>
> Congrats to them on a great find tonight! #RogueBirders
>
> Bird On!
> - Jacob Roalef
> Rogue Birder
> thefirebirder.blogspot.com
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Subject: YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - Montgomery County
From: Jacob Roalef <jroalef AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:00:20 -0500
This evening at about 6:00-6:15 pm Jeremy Dominguez and Sarah Lucas located
a nice female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on Upper River Rd. along the river
about a quarter mile west of Farmersville West Carrollton Rd in Dayton
(Mont. Co.). It seems that a good number of blackbirds come to this area in
the evening to meet up and then they left before dusk to probably go and
roost somewhere. A photo of the bird can be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127069455 AT N05/16639256555/in/contacts/

Congrats to them on a great find tonight! #RogueBirders

Bird On!
- Jacob Roalef
Rogue Birder
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Subject: RPT: Cincinnati Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: Brian Wulker <bdwulker AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:29:40 -0500
At sunset tonight there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flying around
the Ohio River between the Suspension and Taylor Southgate bridges in
downtown Cincinnati.There was also about 100 Ring-billed Gulls and 15 or so
Herring Gulls that looked like they were going roost at the mouth of the
Licking River.


Good birding,

Brian Wulker
Cincinnati OH

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Subject: GBBGs at Richland landfill, ducks, OBBA II
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:10:41 -0500
     About 3:30 today there were 3 adult great black-backed gulls at the
Richland County landfill, along Noble road. Other goodies possibly there
but viewing difficult in 20+ mph wind & drifting snow.
     33 redheads & one male canvasback at the spring-fed pond near route 39
& Gfrer road, north of Mansfield O.S.U.
     Anyone heard when the Ohio breeding bird atlas II book is getting
printed. Next month, year, decade ??
     J. Herman

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Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck at Cheshire Rd Boat Launch, Delaware County
From: Greg <gocornet AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:56:50 -0500
Thanks for the posting of the Long-tailed Duck! We watched it from about 2:30 
to 3:00 PM. It took wing several times while we were there and I believe I last 
saw it heading south of Cheshire road. 


Greg & Leslie Cornett, Sunbury On Feb 24, 2015 1:49 PM, Nancy Rudd 
 wrote: 

>
> We watched the mass of waterfowl at the patch of open water off the 
> Cheshire Rd. boat launch site on Alum Creek Reservoir (Delaware County) 
> from about 11:30-1:00 today (February 24).  The not-previously-reported 
> sighting was of a single long-tailed duck. Most of the time we were 
> there it was in the patch of water closest to the parking lot and though 
> often underwater, was clearly visible when up.  By the time we left it 
> had moved to a smaller bit of water further from the parking area and 
> was harder to spot. 
>
> Other birds included one bufflehead, three horned grebes, quite a few 
> lesser scaup, and large numbers of canvasbacks, redheads, common 
> mergansers, red-breasted mergansers, common goldeneyes, tundra swans, 
> and Canada geese.  When we first arrived several different species were 
> harrassing the grebes which was odd.  We also enjoyed watching a 
> substantial number of male goldeneyes gather around a female and 
> display.  They think it's spring.... 
>
> Nancy Rudd and Bob Gold 
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Subject: Hungry geese
From: "Barrett,Robert P" <rbarret AT UAKRON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:36:38 -0500
This afternoon in the center of the campus of the University of Akron, 77 
Canada geese are feeding on the very short grass where the deep snow has melted 
above a steam tunnel. Some are seated at the edge of a busy sidewalk, paying no 
attention to the crowds of humans walking by. They have devoured almost all the 
greenery, and some are probing into the snow along the borders of the cleared 
area in search of more. A few are standing as they feed, but most are sitting 
on the ground and eating everything within reach, then walking a few steps and 
sitting down again. 

They appear to seek safety in numbers, as they are clustered in a small area, 
while a nearby green grassy patch has no geese in it. 

Has anyone else observed geese finding food in odd locations during this cold 
wave? 


Bob Barrett
Akron

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Subject: Re: Long-tailed Duck at Cheshire Rd Boat Launch, Delaware County
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:01:58 +0000
I managed to find one Snow Goose there too, an immature blue morph. I put a
picture in my eBird checklist.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22055032

James Muller

On Tue Feb 24 2015 at 1:49:14 PM Nancy Rudd  wrote:

> We watched the mass of waterfowl at the patch of open water off the
> Cheshire Rd. boat launch site on Alum Creek Reservoir (Delaware County)
> from about 11:30-1:00 today (February 24).  The not-previously-reported
> sighting was of a single long-tailed duck. Most of the time we were
> there it was in the patch of water closest to the parking lot and though
> often underwater, was clearly visible when up.  By the time we left it
> had moved to a smaller bit of water further from the parking area and
> was harder to spot.
>
> Other birds included one bufflehead, three horned grebes, quite a few
> lesser scaup, and large numbers of canvasbacks, redheads, common
> mergansers, red-breasted mergansers, common goldeneyes, tundra swans,
> and Canada geese.  When we first arrived several different species were
> harrassing the grebes which was odd.  We also enjoyed watching a
> substantial number of male goldeneyes gather around a female and
> display.  They think it's spring....
>
> Nancy Rudd and Bob Gold
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Subject: Long-tailed Duck at Cheshire Rd Boat Launch, Delaware County
From: Nancy Rudd <rudd.2 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:49:02 -0500
We watched the mass of waterfowl at the patch of open water off the
Cheshire Rd. boat launch site on Alum Creek Reservoir (Delaware County)
from about 11:30-1:00 today (February 24).  The not-previously-reported
sighting was of a single long-tailed duck. Most of the time we were
there it was in the patch of water closest to the parking lot and though
often underwater, was clearly visible when up.  By the time we left it
had moved to a smaller bit of water further from the parking area and
was harder to spot.

Other birds included one bufflehead, three horned grebes, quite a few
lesser scaup, and large numbers of canvasbacks, redheads, common
mergansers, red-breasted mergansers, common goldeneyes, tundra swans,
and Canada geese.  When we first arrived several different species were
harrassing the grebes which was odd.  We also enjoyed watching a
substantial number of male goldeneyes gather around a female and
display.  They think it's spring....

Nancy Rudd and Bob Gold

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Subject: Purple Martins
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:45:13 -0500
My husband, kids and I just built our first Purple Martin Barn, any
thoughts of when to put our first one up this year?? Not sure too bc of the
significant sub zero temps now almost into March.

Rachel S.
Fulton/Lucas Cty Line

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Subject: Hummingbird map
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:29:17 -0500
Sub zero temperatures are still with us

so watching the Hummingbirds return should lift our spirits.

Carole Babyak    Trumbull County


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Subject: Marblehead Lifeboat Station bird sitings
From: Keith McClintock <kmcclintock AT WRLANDCONSERVANCY.ORG>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:16:09 +0000
To all you Lake Erie birders. I am working with staff at Western Reserve Land 
Conservancy to pull together an application to acquire the Lifeboat Station 
property in Marblehead (providing direct Lake Erie access to the public). The 
application has to be submitted by Friday. Have any of you made recordings of 
Ohio Endangered or Threatened species from this site? 

Any documentation would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!


________________________________
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Subject: Re: Counting a dead duck
From: Dave Horn <davehorn43 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:08:41 -0500
Hello Ohio Birders,

In response to DB's question, my answer is "it depends," depending on why
you are counting.  The ABA rules for counting birds toward ones total for
ABA Area or state life and year lists are very specific: the bird must be
alive and unrestrained.  But data are data, and the late long-tailed duck as
present in the area.  In my case I maintain "lists" by a few ABA categories
(ABA area life, states in which I've lived, and Ohio year) and I also keep
"notes" on what I've observed, including birds and other things (mostly
insects).  So dead birds and inconclusive identifications are in my notes.
(I extracted a dead common ground-dove from a car radiator grille in
Massachusetts once, and years ago I thought  I heard a certain extinct
woodpecker in Louisiana.  Both are in my notes but not on my lists.)

Bird on!

Dave Horn
Columbus and Worcester (MA)

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Douglas Bohanan
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 8:26 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Counting a dead duck

I also visited Eastlake and Avon.  Big question is can I count a dead duck?
The long-tailed was alive earlier in the day and data is data.  I was
unable, along with two others to find any more living ones. Thoughts,
anyone?

-DB

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Subject: Re: Hybrid (Spotted X Eastern) Towhee (Columbus, Ohio)
From: Jacob Roalef <jroalef AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:00:21 -0500
No problem Mike! It was a very interesting bird and provided a great
learning opportunity. I also want to be sure to thank Jen B who was
instrumental in nailing the ID of this bird that is sooooo close to being
'pure' Spotted Towhee. It really doesn't get much closer than that.

Congrats on an excellent find Mike. I don't believe it has been seen since
late Saturday afternoon.

Good Birding Everyone!
- Jacob Roalef
Rogue Birders
thefirebirder.blogspot.com

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 6:15 AM, Mike Horn  wrote:

> There has been a male Hybrid (Spotted X Eastern) Towhee at the Scioto
> Audubon in downtown Columbus.  I first saw him on 02/17/15 and he has been
> present through the weekend.  He has been working the leaf litter between
> the observation decks.  The call is certainly a Spotted and the field marks
> are, too.  However, the small patch of white at the base of the primaries
> indicated hybridization with Eastern Towhees.  Special thanks to Jacob
> Roalef, James Muller, Leslie Sours and Paul Hurtado for nailing down the
> ID.
>
> Here is a photo I took on 02/20/15:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/procana/16445765328/
>
> Peace and all good,
> Mike Horn
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Subject: Hybrid (Spotted X Eastern) Towhee (Columbus, Ohio)
From: Mike Horn <procana AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 06:15:25 -0500
There has been a male Hybrid (Spotted X Eastern) Towhee at the Scioto
Audubon in downtown Columbus.  I first saw him on 02/17/15 and he has been
present through the weekend.  He has been working the leaf litter between
the observation decks.  The call is certainly a Spotted and the field marks
are, too.  However, the small patch of white at the base of the primaries
indicated hybridization with Eastern Towhees.  Special thanks to Jacob
Roalef, James Muller, Leslie Sours and Paul Hurtado for nailing down the ID.

Here is a photo I took on 02/20/15:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/procana/16445765328/

Peace and all good,
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Subject: Albino?
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:36:20 -0500
I saw what looked like an albino (pure white) rock pigeon today?? It was
sitting in 2 rows of pigeons on electrical lines in Lucas County. Any
thoughts on this? Never seen anything like it!

Also was happy to see a small flock of American Robins, about 8 in Holland,
OH.

I LOVE BIRDING!

Rachel S.
Fulton/Lucas County border

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Subject: Counting a dead duck
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:26:29 -0500
I also visited Eastlake and Avon. Big question is can I count a dead duck? The 
long-tailed was alive earlier in the day and data is data. I was unable, along 
with two others to find any more living ones. Thoughts, anyone? 


-DB

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Subject: Cleveland lakefront - Avon and Eastlake power plants
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:41:59 -0500
Today (Feb 23) I drove from Wooster and birded the only open water on the
Cleveland lakefront - Avon power plant (Avon Lake) and Eastlake power
plant. It was a beautiful sunny day with only light wind, but it was VERY
COLD (0-5F).

I was at Avon from 11:15am-12:15 before my fingers gave out (not to mention
that the optical gear was not working all that well either). There is quite
a bit of open water there stretching from the fishing pier over to the
power plant. There were several thousand birds there, mostly mergansers.
When I arrived, there were 4-5 other birders there who told me I was 30
minutes too late for the long-tailed duck, as one of the greater
black-backed gulled had killed it in a fight over a fish and was eating it.
When I got out to the end of the pier, I saw the gull eating a duck it had
dragged out on the ice and I did see that it was the long-tailed. I
wondered about counting a dead long-tailed on my annual list, since I
needed one, but fortunately two more long-tailed males came soaring in
right in front of me about noon. The mass of ducks off the fishing pier was
quite impressive and nearly all the red-breasted mergs had their crown
feathers covered in frost/snow. Quite a sight. There were very good, close
views of the white-winged scoters, but I did not see any other species of
scoters, nor any loons. The biggest problem was all the fog that was
condensing in the frigid air, making visibility very poor at times as it
swirled around. That made any species counts very approximate. Conservative
totals for Avon were:
Canada goose 8-10
Mallard 25-30
Redhead 4-5
Canvasback 20-25
Greater scaup 5-10
Com. goldeneye 25-30
Bufflehead 1
Long-tailed duck males 3 (one dead)
White-winged scoter 6-8
Com. merganser 100+
Red-breasted merganser 1000+
Bald eagle 1
Ring-billed gull 4-5 (surely more)
Herring gull 20-25
Greater black-backed gull 50+

I birded Eastlake from 1:30-2:30pm. The fog was even worse there and there
seemed to be fewer birds. There were pretty good groups over towards the
edge of the ice, but with the fog it was nearly impossible to see them or
get any reasonable counts. Species there included: mallard, canvasback,
both scaup species, Com. goldeneye, Bufflehead, White-winged scoter (6-8
for sure, some pretty close), both mergansers, bald eagle (1), Herring gull
(40+), Greater black-backed gull (50+). At both places, greater
black-backed were by far the most numerous gulls.

Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Dayton Rivers
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:25:57 -0500
Nows the time to head down to the rivers in Dayton or anywhere in ohio. With 
the freezing temps to continue for the next few days at least in my neck of the 
woods all of the big bodies of water are completely frozen. So all of the 
waterfowl are making their way to the river. I checked the west carrollton dam 
on hydraulic rd, e river rd, carillon park, veterans blvd and deeds/island park 
in dayton. Besides the 1000's of gulls flooding the river these days we have 
quite an amazing number of ducks and geese up and down the river. Diving ducks 
were at all of the locations today with west carrollton dam being the hot spot 
(below the dam). Redhead, common GoldenEye, canvasback, common merge and hooded 
mergs, G/L scaup and ring necked ducks. As far as geese there were 1000's of 
cans and I only managed 2 cacklers but I wouldn't be surprised if there were 
greater whites and snow geese around somewhere. So like I said nows the time to 
get out to your local rivers and find something good like scoters, long tailed 
duck or red necked grebes. And its probably a long shot but keep your eyes 
peeled and look carefully through all those GoldenEye's for a dare I say 
Barrows GoldenEye. All you need to do is get out and look, you never know what 
you might kick up. 

Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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Subject: AlumCreekLake,Hoover,2-23: A Tale of Two Holes
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:51:05 -0500
I spent some time this afternoon checking out the Cheshire hole at Alum Creek 
Lake, then going over to Hoover to check the one large hole there, off Area O 
(Knoll Dr.). The comparison between the 2 was very informative about how local 
early migration can be. The Cheshire hole has many of the same species that 
were noted there 2 weeks ago: 

120 Tundra Swans
1200 Canada Geese
a few Greater (3) & Lesser (2) Scaup
50 Redhead
50 Canvasback
65+ Common Goldeneye
20 Red-br.Mergansers
60 Common Mergansers
3 Horned Grebes

The Hoover hole is harder to get a good look at, sitting about halfway between 
Area O & Maxtown boat launch. I parked on Knoll Dr off Redbank Rd and walked 
over to the edge of the small yacht club there, but the view was still much 
further than the point-black views at Cheshire. Still, the numbers were 
interesting: 

900 Canada Geese
2 Black Ducks
10 Mallards
2 Greater Scaup
12 Common Goldeneye
20 Red-br. Mergansers
20 Common Mergansers

I didn't check the dam spillway due to lack of time, but doubt it would've held 
much different than the dabblers it has held of late. Still, Goldeneye and 
Mergansers seem to be on the move, along with the usual early divers. Neither 
hole had much for gulls, with just a pair of Herring at each. It seems likely 
that most of the gulls have been sucked south to the 'regular meals' of the 
Columbus landfill. 


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Subject: Deeds/ Island Park, Dayton oh
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:44:10 -0500
2 gbbg (1adult, 1 imm) and 2 cacklers. This park is on north bend blvd off of 
Helena st in Dayton. 

Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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Subject: veterans blvd dayton
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:17:25 -0500
10 gbbg at veterans blvd in Dayton oh. Right now. 2 adult and 8 1st winter.
Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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Subject: 5 New Editions to the Feeders
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:57:16 -0800
At my grandmothers house, we've spotted

Northern Mockingbirds
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Carolina Wren
Eastern Towhees
All five have been visiting quite often, with some good and bad pictures,
other regular birds include:

Cardinals
Nuthatches
Goldfinches
Juncos
White Crowned Sparrows
White Throated Sparrows
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Bluejays
House Finch
House sparrows
Starlings
Crows
Tree Sparrows
Field Sparrows
Doves
Song Sparrows
Chickadee
Titmouse
Occasionally Brown Creepers
Plus a lot more that I can't think of the moment......
Plus we'll have 1 Cooper's hawk & 1 Red Tailed flying around for a snack....

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Subject: Crawford County landfill Glaucous & LBBG
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:26:34 -0500
     About 3:15 today I saw a 2nd-cycle Glaucous Gull & a 1st-cycle Lesser
Black-backed Gull at the Crawford County landfill. I was parked on Peterman
road, which has almost no traffic. Peterman is the first north-side road
west of the landfill off the Lincoln hiway (Co. rd. 330). I was about 1/4
mile north of the Lincoln hiway. The gulls were sitting, near the ridge of
the landfill. Also a couple hundred herring gulls.
     Good birding,
     John Herman

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Subject: Duo of Carolina Wrens Shelby, Richland Co. Ohio
From: "Jane D. Fidler" <jgfidler AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:02:22 -0500
I had two beautiful Carolina Wrens visiting my feeders this morning for suet 
and seeds. I was able to see them up close for remarkable detail with my 
binocs. These birds were a first for me...........have seen many house wrens 
but never birds with this coloring. 

Jane Fidler
Shelby Ohio

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Subject: Mahoning River waterfowl, raptors
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:22:51 +0000
I birded the Struthers-Lowellville section of the Mahoning R. (Mahoning Co.) 
again this morning. Found were: 150 Canada geese, 100 mallards, 7 ring-necked 
ducks, 2 greater scaup, 5 buffleheads, 13 c. goldeneyes, 6 hooded mergansers, 
common merganser, bald eagle, red-shouldered hawk, 2 red-tailed hawks, and 6 
Am. tree sparrows.  Craig Holt, Lowellville 


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Subject: Mute Swans, Tundra Swans, Coot Lancaster, OH
From: Lee H <leezmail76 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:15:05 -0500
Around noon today the pond across the road from the gravel pit on the east
end of the Lancaster Rt 33 business loop has at least a half-dozen Mute
Swans as well as Tundra Swans among a mixture of Canada Geese and
assortment of diving ducks. Also Common Mergansers and a Coot. There are
around 40 swans total w/ the majority sleeping on the ice.

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Subject: Slate Run MetroPark today (horned grebe)
From: Randel Rogers <randel_rogers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:45:05 -0500
For those around Columbus, Slate Run MetroPark has had some decent winter 
birding this week. 

 
Today the pond at Buzzards Roost picnic shelter held several redheads, 3-4 
canvasbacks, 3 goldeneyes, and a horned grebe. Earlier in the week a lesser 
scaup was observed. A red shouldered hawk (not sure if one or more than one) 
has been seen throughout the park, most recently and most often along Duvall 
Road, but also in Shady Grove and along the main park road. Northern harriers 
have been seen periodically, often along the farm road or Marcy road. Barred 
and great-horned owls can be heard at dusk in the wetlands or near the park 
main gate. Coveys of quail and pheasant have been observed along the road to 
the living history farm and along Marcy Rd. The quail are part of a 
reintroduction program that has so far been successful in producing park-born 
birds. Expected winter and feeder birds are present in good numbers. 

                                          
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Subject: Killdeer Plains
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:41:25 -0800
Finally got to Killdeer today at noon till 6:00, had amazing first time
there, birds included:

Red Tailed Hawks- 10 - mostly every where, mostly on CH-115 and through
TH-103

Red Shoulder Hawk- 1( juvenile ) - in tree line on right hand side going
north on CH-115

Northern Harriers - 17 - genders were quite equal, most seen on CH-115 &
CH-71

Rough Legged Hawks - 4 - 3 light 1 dark, all seen on CH-115 & CH-68

Bald Eagles - 7 - 3 adults, 4immature - most flying and perched over the
three huge ponds a little east of CH-115, and some on CH-68 and CH-71

Northern Shrike - 1 - on tree lines on CH-68, past the two ponds

Ring Necked Pheasant - 5 - all males, all on CH-71 a little east of TH-108

Short Eared Owl - 1 - THANKS AGAIN BILL, Bill spotted it on CH-68 while
looking for the Shrike, then we showed to see, first Short Eared my whole
life. It was way out on some trees just a little west of Washburn Rd.

Flickers & TreeSparrows seen aswell, some Jays and woodpeckers.

No Saw Whet or Long Eared seen in the pine grove, Saw Whet seen in the
middle of the loop this morning.

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Subject: Englewood Metroparks
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:07:19 -0500
Sunday, February 22 - 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Had a great ride this afternoon. All species were seen at the Metroparks unless 
otherwise noted. 


Bald eagle
Red-tailed hawk
Rough-legged hawk (North Park)
Tree, song, white-throated sparrows
Horned larks (Ballenger Rd.)
Lapland longspurs (Ballenger Rd.)
Pileated and downy woodpeckers
Northern cardinals
White-breasted nuthatch
Dark-eyed juncos
Hooded merganser - male (Aullwood Gardens)
Canada geese
Mallards
American robin

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer

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Subject: Unexpected feeder bird
From: Craig <CCRieker AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:04:11 -0500
Like Lisa Brohl's lark, I thought a swamp sparrow feeding on sunflower and suet 
all day yesterday was rather unusual. 

Craig

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Subject: PrairieOaks,Amlin,2-22: hornedlarks,sparrows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:59:13 -0500
I spent the morning visiting spots along the far western edge of Franklin 
County (central Ohio - Columbus), checking for held up early migrant waterfowl, 
pipits, larks, etc. I stopped at several spots around Prairie Oaks MetroPark, 
as well as areas around Amlin (Heritage Rail Trail, Darree Fields Park). 
Despite the extensive snow cover, winter field birds were scarce. Open water 
was even scarcer, so waterfowl were very limited. Notables included: 


Redheads - a small group of 10 was in one of the few open ponds along Cosgray 
Rd 

Cooper's Hawk - only 1, a bird at Heritage Rail Trail
BrownCreepers - 1 was at Sycamore Plains in Prairie Oaks, another 2 were at 
Darby Bend Lakes in the same area 

Mockingbird - 1 bird was trying to defend a berry bush along Darby Creek at 
Sycamore Plains Trail 

Horned Larks - a flock of 15 was along the road at Darby Bend Lakes, but there 
were few others elsewhere 

Lapland Longspur - only 1 bird, a fly-by at Darby Bend Lakes
Sparrows - call it the Power of Prairie, but a tiny patch of planted prairie at 
Darree Fields held the best sparrow flock, with 26 Tree Sparrows, 3 Songs, 2 
Juncos, and 1 Swamp Sparrow. Elsewhere, I only ran across occasional birds. 


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Subject: Darke County Snow Buntings
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:52:06 -0500
This afternoon between 2:30 and 4, Pat McCarthy and I drove several back
roads between Greenville and Versailles.
We saw several flocks of horned larks with up to 20 snow buntings feeding
with the horned larks.
On Schroader Road we saw one Lapland Longspur and a male Harrier

The blackbirds (I am thinking Rusty) were close to the intersection of
Arcanum-Bears Mill and Children's Home-Bradford Road.

We also saw another male harrier and a kestrel on Children's Home-Bradford
Road close to 121.

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Subject: BlacklickWoods,2-22: thrasher,towhees,redwings
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:45:04 -0500
We slogged around the trails at Blacklick Woods this afternoon, and this 
MetroPark southeast of Columbus had a fair bit of bird activity, especially at 
the feeders around the Beech-Maple Lodge and the Nature Center. The deep snow 
apparently pushed a lot of the smaller ground feeders to the feeder arrays. 
Aside from swarms of chickadees, titmice, White-thr,Sparrows, and Cardinals, 
more unusual fare included 


BrownThrasher - 1 bird working the leaves under the eaves-line at the 
Beech-Maple Lodge 

BrownCreepers - 2 at different points along the Beech-Maple trail
Yellow-rumped Warblers - 1-2 were along the Beech-Maple trail
E.Towhees - 4 birds, with 2 at each feeder set
Tree Sparrows - 3 at the Nature Center Feeders
Red-winged Blackbirds - 2 males were in the throng of sparrows & cardinals at 
the Nature Center feeders 


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Subject: Darke County Blackbird question
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:25:13 -0500
This afternoon, Pat McCarthy and I were out looking for snow buntings and
we found a flock of about 60 blackbirds feeding in a close group along the
edge of a side road.  When taking off when a car came by, they would all
fly in unison as a group.
The only time, in the darker light this afternoon, that we actually could
get a close look, I could see a brown bird with a lot of rufus on its head
and some on the back/wings.  I thought the eye was dark, but again the
light wasn't all that good.

They had to be either Rusty's or Brewer's.
Is one bird migrating now and not the other?
Can anyone help?

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Subject: Eastlake Waterfowl Awesomeness...
From: Andy Avram <ajavram AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:35:47 -0500
Aside from all the expected waterfowl there was also:

HARELQUIN DUCK (continuing female)
WHITE_WINGED SCOTERS (~6)
and
RED-THROATED LOONS (at least a 4-pack, but maybe as many as 5 or 6)

                                          
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Subject: Re: snow buntings and larks - geauga co.
From: George Nivosel <0000000dfb6a76df-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:48:18 -0500
Snowing buntings and Horned larks still present as of 1:45 Sunday.

There is easily 300 birds in this flock. Had to climb up off the road to get a 
good vantage point. Farmer was just spreading manure. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 20, 2015, at 4:55 PM, inga schmidt  wrote:
> 
> This afternoon, on Soltis Road, I found another flock of
> snow buntings and horned larks. Mainly horned larks, 80 or
> 90, and about 20 snow buntings.  Like the ones on Hayes 
> Road, they were feeding in a field that had been manured.
> I didn’t find any longspurs in the flock.
> 
> Also one kestrel and what looked to be a pair of red tailed hawks.
> 
> (In Geauga Co., Soltis Road, like Hayes Rd. is a reliable spot for these 
birds. 

> This is near Parkman.)
> 
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Subject: Avon Lake Power plant highlights
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:36:38 -0500
Folks are reporting two Red-throated Loons, Long-tailed Duck, and both Black 
and White-winged Scoters 


JB
CLE, OH
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On Feb 22, 2015, at 12:44 PM, "jen brumfield"  
wrote: 


> Patty McKelvey reports a Red-throated Loon at Avon Lake power plant. The 
location to park and view this area is Miller Road Park 

> 
> 
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Subject: Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Songbirds
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:21:33 -0500
           Blendon Woods Metro Park 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 seen today at Blendon Woods Metro Park

           Thoreau Lake
                 Common Merganser-6 males
                 Green-winged Teal-2 males,female
                 American Wigeon-male
                 Greater Scaulp-female
                 Canvasback-female
                 A Black Duck-306
                 Mallard-102

         Lake Trail
                 Red-headed Woodpecker-young-going into Adult plummage
                 Pileated Woodpecker-pair

         Nature Center Bird Viewing area
                 Carolina Wren
                 American Tree Sparrows
                 White-throated Sparrows
                 Dark-eyed Juncos
                 Hairy Woodpecker-female
                 Pileated Woodpecker
                 N Flicker

       Turkeys-Male & Female/young flocks-together over 50. They can be
seen at the Nature Bird Viewing area, East Blind Bird feeder at Thoreau
Lake, & Bird Feeders in the picnic areas

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

                                                 Bruce Simpson-Naturalist
at Blendon Woods Metro Park

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Subject: Red-throated Loon Avon Lake
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:43:47 -0500
Patty McKelvey reports a Red-throated Loon at Avon Lake power plant. The 
location to park and view this area is Miller Road Park 



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Subject: Clark County - Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, Collared Doves
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:30:46 -0500
Julie Karlson and I visited South Charleston today. Just south of the bike
trail on Route 41 at the first house were several Eurasian Collared-Doves.
They seem to like one of the trees at that house.

There are Lapland Longspurs along many of the roads in the area. The best
road was Copeland Road. This runs off Route 42 a couple miles east of South
Charleston. Along this short road we found large flocks of Horned Larks with
maybe 25 Lapland Longspurs and 5 Snow Buntings.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: New Feeder Bird-Horned Lark-South Bass Island
From: Lisa Brohl <lkbrohl AT THIRDPLANET.NET>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:26:35 -0500
On South Bass Island, we have been enjoying a little bit of warmth-out of the 
zero range and the birds have been out at the feeders. MaryAnn McCann reported 
24 northern cardinals at her feeder. Large groups of American Robins have been 
reported all over the island feeding on whatever crabapples or berries are 
left. 


Today, I got a new feeder bird on the ground where all the seed had fallen from 
the feeders at my home. A horned lark! 


The only open water around the island is under docks where bubblers are 
running. The bubblers around the Boardwalk Docks produced: 


2 Canvasback
4 Redheads
12 Red-breasted Mergansers
6 Common Goldeneye
8 Herring Gull
1 Black-backed Gull

Numerous bald eagles and a red-tailed hawk have been enjoying fish guts on the 
ice left by fisherman at the South Bass Island State Park and west shore ice 
ramp. 


Lisa Brohl

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