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Wood Stork,©Mimi Hoppe Wolf

31 Oct Headlands State Park Record Day [Jerry Talkington ]
31 Oct American Avocet Berlin lake [Jeff Harvey ]
30 Oct Thanks you everyone who helped w/ Pnsvl. Twp. Pk. [Laura Peskin ]
30 Oct Common Merganser Extravaganza [robert lane ]
30 Oct Re: Black Scoters [Paul Hurtado ]
30 Oct Black Scoters [Doreene Linzell ]
29 Oct questions about Painesville birds [Laura Peskin ]
29 Oct Painesville Park Lake County [Jerry Talkington ]
29 Oct Franklin's Gulls still at Caesar Creek Beach [Bob Powell ]
29 Oct Request for Photos of the Dillion Res. Loon [Paul Gardner ]
28 Oct Alum Creek -- 6 gull species! [Paul Hurtado ]
28 Oct Big Island Cattle Egrets - NO [Paul Hurtado ]
28 Oct Nighthawks 2013 and 2014 [Ben Crow ]
28 Oct Ohio Big Year, 300th Species!! [Jacob Roalef ]
28 Oct Re: Cattle Egrets @ Big Island Wilderness Area [Steve Jones ]
28 Oct Cuyahoga - East Ninth Street Pier [Patty McKelvey ]
28 Oct Re: Alum Creek beach this morning 10/28 [Bill Heck ]
28 Oct Pacific Loon sunset park Willoughby [jen brumfield ]
28 Oct Cattle Egrets @ Big Island Wilderness Area [Steve Jones ]
28 Oct Alum Creek beach this morning 10/28 [ ]
27 Oct Lesser Black-backed Gull, Alum Creek beach [Ira Shulgin ]
27 Oct Red Breasted Nuthatch Geauga [Barbara Zaas Partington ]
27 Oct Re: Black [make that Surf] Scoter, Alum Creek SP (Delaware Co.) [Carl Winstead ]
27 Oct Buffalo petition [Bill Whan ]
27 Oct Sunset Park Lake County ["Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" ]
27 Oct Black Scoter, Alum Creek SP (Delaware Co.) ["cwinstead AT earthlink.net" ]
27 Oct Caesar Creek gulls [Larry Gara ]
26 Oct Black Scoters at Alum Creek - Yes . . . [Dan Sanders ]
26 Oct Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/26 [John Pogacnik ]
26 Oct Deer Creek Oct. 26 [Robert Royse ]
26 Oct HooverDam,AlumCreekDam,10-26 - migrant turnover [rob thorn ]
26 Oct Hoover Meadows, Galena, Delaware Cty. Ohio [Charles Bombaci ]
26 Oct The Wilds - Trip Report [Glen Crippen ]
26 Oct Delaware Co Black Scoters, Nelsons Sparrow [Steve Landes ]
26 Oct Re: Wellington Upground Reservoir [2KLMockingbird ]
26 Oct Wellington Upground Reservoir [Chris Pierce ]
26 Oct White pelicans at Ottawa NWR ["cerulean.hinkle" ]
26 Oct My Backyard, NE Cuyahoga County 10/26/14 Purple Finch [ ]
25 Oct Monday Oct 27 Delaware Cty Bird Club meeting [Darlene Sillick ]
25 Oct Re: KPWA&BIWA End of October Birding [Steve Jones ]
25 Oct KPWA&BIWA End of October Birding [Steve Jones ]
25 Oct Loon efforts? [Paul Hurtado ]
25 Oct Wildwood Park Cleveland 10/25 Purple Finch [ ]
25 Oct St. Mary fish Hatchery [John ]
25 Oct Bressler Res [John ]
25 Oct Metzger ferguson Lima [John ]
25 Oct Marbled Godwit @ Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area [Steve Jones ]
25 Oct Re: Indian lake Pacific Loon [troy shively ]
25 Oct LESP and NESP, Battelle Darby WP [David Tan ]
25 Oct Re: Indian lake Pacific Loon [Cole DiFabio ]
25 Oct Indian lake Pacific Loon [John ]
25 Oct Loon hunt [Paul Hurtado ]
25 Oct Dillon Arctic Loon [Brad Perkins ]
24 Oct Sims Park, Euclid 10/24 Surf/Black Scoters [ ]
24 Oct Arctic/Pacific Loon [Kenn Kaufman ]
24 Oct Arctic loon [Lyn Boone ]
24 Oct Wellington Reservoir White-winged Scoter [Kathy Mock ]
24 Oct Re: Arctic Loon [jen brumfield ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
24 Oct Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell ]
23 Oct Pacific/Arctic Loon at Dillon SP [Brad Perkins ]
23 Oct Pacific Loon Update - Dillon State Park [anthony fry ]
23 Oct Re: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park [jen brumfield ]
23 Oct PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park [anthony fry ]
23 Oct Mosquito Lake Black Scoters [Don Keffer ]
23 Oct Erie Street Cemetery (Cleveland) [Aaron Milenski ]
23 Oct Possibly Chucks Laughing Gull at 55th at 8AM. Will post picture later [disacco ]
23 Oct Townsend's Solitaire yes [jen brumfield ]
23 Oct N Shrike. Saw - whet Owl [Jerry Talkington ]
23 Oct Paulding County Sabine's Gull [M & D Dunakin ]
22 Oct Sunset park Willoughby ,Painesville park, Wake Robin [Jerry Talkington ]
22 Oct Deer Creek Oct. 22 [Robert Royse ]
22 Oct Cackling Geese @ Wellington Upground 10/22/14 [MikeSmith ]
22 Oct saw whet owl - geauga co [inga schmidt ]

Subject: Headlands State Park Record Day
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:48:53 -0400
 Ray Hannikman and his crew tallied 172 birds for the month of October .
Highlights today:

 12 Common Loon
   1 Eared Grebe
 90 Horned Grebes
      Great year for Horned Grebes
  this year on the lake with several
  thousand seen in past two weeks.

    1  Peregrine Falcon
  12  Snow Bunting
    2  Lapland Longspur
    1 Common Redpoll
  12  Pine Siskin


Sent from my iPhone.  I L S

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Subject: American Avocet Berlin lake
From: Jeff Harvey <piwo2005 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:11:36 -0700
The avocet found yesterday by Kent Miller was still present this morning west 
of the 225 bridge in Stark County. The bird is best viewed from the Price Road 
parking area looking north. 


Jeff Harvey
Mahoning County

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Subject: Thanks you everyone who helped w/ Pnsvl. Twp. Pk.
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:52:31 -0400
Boy were you helpful Lee, Haans, Cory, Sally & Ray.  I went to the park
today after 6p.  Actually I saw nothing save a red bellied woodpecker.
Didn't see anything at Sunset either.  I did have trouble w/ scope in
Painesvl. Twp., but no birds were in binocular range.  I understand that
sightings can change on short notice so not surprised.  Again help
appreciated.

Laura

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Subject: Common Merganser Extravaganza
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:49:22 -0400
This afternoon, Thursday, from about 3:30PM to 4:30PM, we were ecstatic at what 
we found at Pine Lake in southeastern Mahoning County. An unbelievable 206 
Common Mergansers were scattered around the lake in groups of 20 to 60. Our 
previous Fall-Winter high count at this traditional Common Merganser gathering 
location was 180. Our #2 thrill was 2 Franklin's Gulls mixed in with 200+ 
Ring-billed Gulls. Some of the other highlights in order of excitement were: 
180+ Northern Shovelers, 40+ American Black Ducks, 250+ Ruddy Ducks, a 
terrorizing adult Bald Eagle, 200+ Double-crested Cormorants, 20+ Gadwall, 20+ 
Ring-necked Ducks, 20+ Red-breasted Mergansers, 12 Hooded Mergansers, a male 
Pileated Woodpecker nearby, and 2 male Lesser Scaup, just to name a few. Of 
note: this past season at least 9 family units of Common Mergansers nested a 
short distance to the south on the tributaries of Little Beaver Creek in 
Columbiana County; and next door to Columbiana County, another 3+ on Yellow 
Creek in Jefferson County. Pine Lake is best viewed from two new private 
residential areas accessed to the east of SR7. The two locations are Avellino 
Estates and Pine Lake Reserve. A scope is necessary. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County  
                                          
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Subject: Re: Black Scoters
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:39:44 -0400
At Alum Creek beach right now (3:30pm) I'm watching 1 female type BLACK
SCOTER among a small flock of L. Scaup plus a C. Goldeneye.

It could be a great evening to watch gulls from the beach!

-Paul Hurtado
On Oct 30, 2014 1:18 PM, "Doreene Linzell"  wrote:

> Jason Simonis discovered two female/juvenile Black Scoters at Hoover
> Reservoir. He was at the Red Bank Rd boat ramp. Bill Kinkead relocated them
> a short time ago.
>
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Subject: Black Scoters
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:18:18 -0700
Jason Simonis discovered two female/juvenile Black Scoters at Hoover
Reservoir. He was at the Red Bank Rd boat ramp. Bill Kinkead relocated them
a short time ago.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: questions about Painesville birds
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:51:11 -0400
Which one of our Lake County parks here is Painesville Park ?  You have an
address or lat/ long ?

Is scope required to see jaegers, gulls, grebes ?

thanks,

laura

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Subject: Painesville Park Lake County
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:21:51 -0400
 After birding Headlands Ray and I went to Painesville Park and a two and half 
hour lake watch. 

Highlights:

2  Parasitic Jaegers
 One stunning adult put a show chasing Bonaparte's Gulls before heading east. 

    One juvi setting on the lake .
1  adult Little Gull 

10  common Loons

30  Horned Grebes

166 birds so far this month breaks the all time October record at Headlands.
Says the record keeper Ray.

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls still at Caesar Creek Beach
From: Bob Powell <rdp1710 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:06:01 -0400
Gwen Keller and I checked out the beach today and found the three
Franklin's Gulls Larry Gara and I saw on Monday.  Otherwise, not much.
Here's a link to a pic:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/68865162 AT N03/15662824332/lightbox/

--
Robert D Powell
Congress Farm Research Institute
Wilmington, OH, USA
rdp1710 AT gmail.com

Nulla dies sine aves

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Subject: Request for Photos of the Dillion Res. Loon
From: Paul Gardner <godwit AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:28:44 -0700
The Ohio Bird Records Committee is soliciting the opinions of out-of-state 
field ornithologists concerning the ID of the Dillion Reservoir loon. We would 
like to have as many photographs as possible for them to inspect. We 
particularly need photos of the bird in flight, but any photograph is welcome. 
Links to photo-sharing sites such as Flickr are probably the easiest way to 
share photos, but we can make other arrangements to get them as necessary. 


This mailing list does not accept attachments, so please don't don't try 
getting them to me that way. If you have only one or two photos, you may be 
able to email them to me as attachments to my OBRC email account: 
psg0708 AT gmail.com. However, there is a limit on the size of attachments, which 
I think is about 5 mb. You can hit that quickly with photos. If you send me 
anything, and you do not get a reply from me, you can assume it didn't make it 
to me. 


Thanks in advance for any help with this intriguing sighting.

Paul Gardner
Secretary, OBRC
Columbus, OH

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Subject: Alum Creek -- 6 gull species!
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:01:32 -0400
1 Laughing
3 Lesser Black-backed
4 Franklin's
500+ Bonaparte's (no Little or Black-headed... that I noticed)
60+ Herring
600+ Ring-billed

Leslie Sours and I had these birds on the lake out from the beach, and all
but the Laughing and Lesser BB on the beach, with all birds flying out to
the lake to roost just before we left around 7pm.

I recommend getting there before sun up tomorrow if you go after any of
these birds, and/or staying from 6ish through dusk (when they fly from the
beach or to the middle of the lake to roost) if you go on the evening.

It's also a big help to bring a scope, and/or a friend with a scope! ;-)

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Big Island Cattle Egrets - NO
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:17:14 -0400
Leslie Sours and I searched for about an hour 4-5pm, and couldn't refind
them. Hopefully they are still somewhere in the area!

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Nighthawks 2013 and 2014
From: Ben Crow <Ben.Crow AT COMMUNITYBANCSHARES.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:14:13 -0400
In reply to Bill Whan's inquiry about CONI sightings, the following 
observations from Swan Township in Vinton County are offered: 

 
2013:  August 27 to September 15  6:30 to 8:30 PM
Flocks of 10 to 50 birds (175 total) traveling WNW to ESE;  
Also one large flock of 250 to 300 in a feeding swarm near Zaleski on 8/31.
2014:  August 20 to September 9  6:30 to 8:00 PM
Flocks of 2 to 47 birds (135 total) traveling W to E.
 
Semper Aves
 

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Subject: Ohio Big Year, 300th Species!!
From: Jacob Roalef <jroalef AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:04:58 -0400
Well.... I finally achieved my goal of 300 species in Ohio for the year!! It 
has been a lot of hard work and a lot of fun! Many thanks to everyone who has 
helped me along the way, you know who you are. Too many to mention by name. 
Read all about the agony and joy of number 300 on the rogue birder blog if 
you're interested! 



http://roguebirder.blogspot.com/2014/10/journey-for-my-300th-by-jacob-roalef.html 


Good Birding,
- Jacob 


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Subject: Re: Cattle Egrets @ Big Island Wilderness Area
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:49:37 -0400
Greetings!  As a followup to the post earlier:

I posted a few pics of the Egrets both on the birding Ohio Facebook page
and here:
http://www.sjlarue.com/p256022644/e2849a4b1

The Egrets were located here: 40.587900, -83.229809

I also had a Bonaparte's Gull over at one of the ponds on
LaRue-Prospect...which would be a county bird for me...yay :-)  Harriers
are starting to filter in this week.  I have seen 5 so far in Marion
County.  two today.

Here is the list for the LaRue-Prospect ponds:

Happy Birding and God Bless!

Steve J.
Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Larue-Prospect Rd., Marion, US-OH
Oct 28, 2014 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
4 species

Pied-billed Grebe  50
Northern Harrier  2
American Coot  200
Bonaparte's Gull  1     SJLaRue
Photography: Bonaparte's Gull &emdash; Bonaparte's Gull

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20362093


On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM, Steve Jones  wrote:

> Ron Sempier texted me saying that there were Cattle Egrets over near the
> viewing platform...So I all but ran over there to try and catch a
> glimpse...A total of 5 CAEG are present.  Location is in the list below.
>
> Happy Birding and God bless!
>
> Steve J.
> Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Marion-Agosta Rd., Marion, US-OH
> Oct 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
> 3 species
>
> Cattle Egret  5     First seen by Ron Sempier. Originally 6, but one has
> disappeared.  feeding in big pond just west of viewing platform.  will post
> pics later.
> Lesser Yellowlegs  1
> Wilson's Snipe  2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/vie
>

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Subject: Cuyahoga - East Ninth Street Pier
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:05:13 -0400
Surprised to find a Common Gallinule this afternoon!
Oct 28, 2014
East Ninth Street Pier
Traveling
1 miles
29 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
16 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
4 American Coot
X Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
2 House Sparrow
1 Common Gallinule -- White on flanks, white on rear, brownish upper back near 
tail, blacker neck & breast - mixing w/American Coots for good comparison - 
nonbreeding 




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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: Re: Alum Creek beach this morning 10/28
From: Bill Heck <bill.heck AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:26:44 -0400
Gene Stauffer and I saw 17 or so Franklin's Gulls, undoubtedly the ones
that Robert found, on the beach very near the building/restrooms. The coots
floated up a small inlet to the west of the dam so were not visible by the
time we left.

While searching for scoters, we found three flocks floating well offshore:
one flock appeared to hold about 25 Lesser Scaup, the others had smaller
numbers of...well...birds. Identification was impossible given the
distance, wind, and some heat shimmer over the water.

Bill Heck
Columbus Audubon

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On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 12:06 PM, Robert Batterson <
000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> I did not manage to locate the LBBG reported yesterday but was surprised
> to find a group of 20 Franklin's gulls resting on the beach with the rest
> of the ring-billed, Bonaparte's, and herring gulls. Also a large raft of
> coots made it's way to the beach and mingled with the gulls.
>
> R. Batterson
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Subject: Pacific Loon sunset park Willoughby
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:51:51 -0400
Pacific Loon sunset park Willoughby -- Jerry Talkington


JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com

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Subject: Cattle Egrets @ Big Island Wilderness Area
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:34:12 -0400
Ron Sempier texted me saying that there were Cattle Egrets over near the
viewing platform...So I all but ran over there to try and catch a
glimpse...A total of 5 CAEG are present.  Location is in the list below.

Happy Birding and God bless!

Steve J.
Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Marion-Agosta Rd., Marion, US-OH
Oct 28, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
3 species

Cattle Egret  5     First seen by Ron Sempier. Originally 6, but one has
disappeared.  feeding in big pond just west of viewing platform.  will post
pics later.
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Wilson's Snipe  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/vie

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Subject: Alum Creek beach this morning 10/28
From: Robert Batterson <000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:06:06 -0400
I did not manage to locate the LBBG reported yesterday but was surprised to 
find a group of 20 Franklin's gulls resting on the beach with the rest of the 
ring-billed, Bonaparte's, and herring gulls. Also a large raft of coots made 
it's way to the beach and mingled with the gulls. 


R. Batterson

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Alum Creek beach
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:19:44 -0700
Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was on a beach with a group of regular gulls 
this 

afternoon.

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Subject: Red Breasted Nuthatch Geauga
From: Barbara Zaas Partington <bzpart55 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:38:52 -0400
Just had first red-breasted nuthatch of the season at suet feeder.

Barb Partington
Munson Twp
Geauga County

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Subject: Re: Black [make that Surf] Scoter, Alum Creek SP (Delaware Co.)
From: Carl Winstead <cwinstead AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:32:16 -0400
After looking over my photos with guidebooks at hand, it’s pretty clear the 
bird I saw this morning was not one of yesterday’s Black Scoters after all, 
but rather a female/immature Surf Scoter. Sorry for the confusion. 


Carl W.

> On Oct 27, 2014, at 12:00 PM, cwinstead AT earthlink.net 
 wrote: 

> 
> At least one of the Black Scoters that Steve Landes and Dan Sanders reported 
yesterday was still here this morning, best viewed from the disc golf/boat 
launch area off Africa Road. It was hanging out with a raft of coots. At 11:36 
it flew north out of sight but didn't seem to be leaving the reservoir. 

> 
> Carl Winstead
> Galloway
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Subject: Buffalo petition
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:22:45 -0400
Readers--
        I've been asked to pass along a petition from another location along
Lake Erie, where birders are among those resisting the eradication of
another one of the Lake's remaining wilder habitats. If you think we
have built enough condo retreats and ritzy restaurants for yachtsmen at
the expense of public undeveloped space, you may want to add your voice
to those of the folks of Buffalo. We could be next...
Bill Whan

petition at   http://www.change.org/p/preserve-the-buffalo-outer-harbor

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Subject: Sunset Park Lake County
From: "Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" <chitanion AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:35:12 -0400
Jerry Talkington and I spent the morning doing a lake watch from Sunset Park in 
Lake County. Viewing conditions were great. There were a bunch of Horned Grebes 
many of which were in the water , and a steady flow of Bonapartes Gulls. Common 
Loons were seen regularly. 


Common Loon 15

Red Throated Loon 2

Red Necked Grebe 1

Harlequin Duck 1

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20352243

Cory "Chia"

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Subject: Black Scoter, Alum Creek SP (Delaware Co.)
From: "cwinstead AT earthlink.net" <cwinstead@EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:00:46 -0400
At least one of the Black Scoters that Steve Landes and Dan Sanders reported 
yesterday was still here this morning, best viewed from the disc golf/boat 
launch area off Africa Road. It was hanging out with a raft of coots. At 11:36 
it flew north out of sight but didn't seem to be leaving the reservoir. 


Carl Winstead
Galloway

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Subject: Caesar Creek gulls
From: Larry Gara <lgara1 AT CINCI.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:18:16 -0400
This AM Bob Powell and I found the following on Caesar Creek beach:

3 Franklin’s Gull
7 Bonaparte’s Gull
3 Herring Gull 
46 Ring-billed Gull
20 Killdeer

Fall Cheers, Larry Gara

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Subject: Black Scoters at Alum Creek - Yes . . .
From: Dan Sanders <00000025f179d3e1-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:09:09 -0700
Hello All... Earlier today Steve Landes found and reported 5 female/immature 
Black Scoters at Alum Creek Reservoir in Delaware County. Just to let everyone 
know that on our way back from Lake Erie, we stopped there at sunset and 
re-found these 5 Scoters on the water at some distance from the swimming beach, 
near the middle of the lake and somewhat to the North. Closer to the dam was a 
large raft of American Coots in a long line of maybe 150 or more birds. 
Slightly to the N of the Coots were 20 or so Ruddy Ducks and a few Mallards, 
and then the 5 scoters. During scope (required) looks, they took flight and 
flew toward the dam, then back North before landing in the same area where I 
originally found them. Fortunately, during this flight, they came even closer 
to us for better looks. I'd guess that they will still be there tomorrow 
morning, if any of you are able to try for them. This species is usually found 
on Lake Erie and so is a very good bird for 

 inland reservoirs and for Central Ohio.

Good Birding,
Dan Sanders
Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/26
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:33:12 -0400
There was not a lot of birds today but there was some nice variety.  Of note
were 4 long-tailed ducks and a red-throated loon.  Also of interest was a
small dark loon that was with two common loons.  It was left unidentified as
it was a bit distant.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

October 26, 2014, 0730-1000

Weather- clear, Wind- NW 15-25

Temperature 53-55 F, Barometer- 29.86-29.91

Humidity-  69-68, dew point- 43-45

Waves- 2-4

Flight direction- west



Gadwall   1

American black duck   5

Mallard   16

Northern pintail   8

Lesser scaup  6

LONG-TAILED DUCK   4 (1m, 3f)

Bufflehead   4

Red-breasted merganser  106

RED-THROATED LOON   1

Common loon   6 (1 small)

Horned grebe   17

Bonaparte's gull   280

Ring-billed gull   305

Herring gull  31



John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Deer Creek Oct. 26
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:53:45 -0400
I checked out the Deer Creek area again today and there was a modest change 
over the past few days. With waterfowl hunting going on throughout the area, 
duck numbers were low. The reservoir held only a few each of Lesser Scaup, 
Ruddy Ducks, and Mallards. In the areas I could scope out I saw well over 50 
Pied-billed Grebes and about 20 Horned Grebes. Bonaparte's Gulls have now taken 
over as the most abundant gull with hundreds present joining the usual 
Ring-billeds and Herrings. No Franklin's today that I could find. American 
Coots also numbered over 100. There is still an Osprey hanging around the 
reservoir. 


In the upper reaches of the reservoir plenty of available mudflats hosted the 
usuals for the date : Lots and lots of Killdeers, both yellowlegs, Dunlins, 
Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, and a few Wilson's Snipes. 


The Dick Road mudflats continue to host a large number of both yellowlegs. 
Still lingering with them today were 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, my personal record 
late date for them. 


I found no significant large sparrow flocks in the northern part of the 
wildlife area this afternoon, but it was quite windy there then. The mother of 
all sparrow flocks continues in the smartweed jungle on the east side of the 
Middle Wetland tract. Walking through there any time of day is like walking 
through a weedy field but instead of flushing up grasshoppers, you flush up 
sparrows. The species list is almost exclusively Song, Swamp, Savannah, and 
White-crowned in there. There were far fewer Lincoln's in there today compared 
to a few days ago. Field Sparrows are still present in good numbers around the 
east edge but don't seem to venture into the smartweeds like those other 
species. There is still an abundance of food in there for the sparrows and I 
would expect this to be a sparrow hot spot all winter. They will surely be 
joined by Am. Tree Sparrows soon. 


Bob Royse


Robert Royse
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Subject: HooverDam,AlumCreekDam,10-26 - migrant turnover
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:58:22 -0400
I spent a few free hours this morning at these two sites looking for migrant 
waterfowl, raptors, and lingering landbirds. I was not able to find the Black 
Scoters found by Steve Landes at Alum creek, but did not do an exhaustive 
survey of the lower reservoir. I focused on the dam & New Galena areas at Alum, 
and the dam area at Hoover, and had a mix of waterbirds & late landbirds. 
Included among the totals were 


Grebes - the flock of Horneds at alum Creek lake had swelled to 27 by 10:30. 
Lower Hoover had only 2 Pied-billed 

Coots - the flock of 200 was still out in the middle of Alum Creek Lake above 
the dam 

Ducks - hardly anything other than a few Mallards at either site (whic is 
expected at Alum, but Hoover isn't hunted) 

Gulls - small #s of Bonaparte's at each site (15 at Alum, 6 at Hoover), along 
with the expected Ring-bills 

Vultures - good numbers, with 85 at Hoover dam and another 25 at Alum Creek 
Lake dam, all Turkey Vultures 

Blue Jays - still some movement, with 10 at Hoover Dam and 15 at Alum Creek 
Lake Dam 

Kinglets - not many, with only a few of each species at both sites. Their peak 
appears to have passed here. 

E.Bluebirds - flyovers at each site (2 at Hoover dam, 3 at New Galena); their 
numbers should pick up in the next 2 weeks 

Warblers - all Yellow-rumps, and not many at each site (5 at Hoover, 4 at Alum)
Sparrows - flocks of White-throats at both sites. Hoover had 5 Chipping, while 
Alum had a Fox Sparrow at New Galena 

Winter Finches - New Galena at Alum Lake had a Purple Finch, while Hoover dam 
had a flyover Pine Siskin 


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Subject: Hoover Meadows, Galena, Delaware Cty. Ohio
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:35:58 -0700
A visit to Hoover Meadows this morning produced some nice early season 
surprises. Near the pines at the front area we located Red-breasted Nuthatch, 
Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Pine 
Warbler. Near the second pond we had a Sharp-shinned Hawk working the field and 
in the brushy edges we located Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Bluebirds, 
Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and a Fox Sparrow. 
Near the third pond we had a Red-shouldered Hawk, Swainson's Thrush, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, an American Tree Sparrow, Swamp 
Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds. While walking back 
to the parking area a flock of about 35 Sandhill Cranes did a flyover with a 
northeast heading (wrong direction guys). All told we had 37 species at this 91 
acre section of the Hoover Nature Preserve. A pleasant day shared with a good 
friend. 


Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: The Wilds - Trip Report
From: Glen Crippen <ohiobirder AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:16:46 -0400
Took a trip to the Wilds today in Muskingum County, as well as surrounding AEP 
lands. Highlights of the day were a single Snow bunting (these are uncommon 
there even later in the season) - this was a personal early record for me. 
Also, 187 Ring-necked ducks in a large pond off of Zion Ridge Road. Tons of 
turkey vultures, but no Golden eagle(s) yet, nor shrikes or Rough legged hawks. 
Just one Harrier for the day. Savannah sparrows were singing though which was 
nice. 


Glen Crippen
Athens

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Subject: Delaware Co Black Scoters, Nelsons Sparrow
From: Steve Landes <ohiobirder103 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 17:06:32 -0400
 Hi all,

  I found 5 Black Scoters at the south end of Alum Creek Reservoir at about 8am
this morning. Also present were over 200 American Coots, 25 Ruddy Ducks, 14
Horned Grebes, and a single Common Loon- along with the expected gulls and
landbirds. Keep in mind that waterfowl season has started- these birds were all
out in the middle of the lake, so a scope is necessary.
  Also, one Nelson's Sparrow was still present just south of Leonardsburg Rd at
Delaware Wildlife Area- I have found at least one every time I've been there
since the beginning of October.
Good Birding,


Steve Landes

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Subject: Re: Wellington Upground Reservoir
From: 2KLMockingbird <2KLMockingbird AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:18:20 -0400
When I reported the Long-tailed Duck Friday as male, I sent it from my phone
while there, and was going by the amount of white on the head and crown as
shown in the limited field guides I had available at the time. I may have
relied too much on that feature and may have been mistaken.

Kathy Mock

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To: 
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:09 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Wellington Upground Reservoir


Highlights at Wellington this afternoon included a white wing scoter, a
female longtailed duck, and a couple of cackling geese.

See you on the trails,
Chris Pierce
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Subject: Wellington Upground Reservoir
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:09:02 -0400
Highlights at Wellington this afternoon included a white wing scoter, a female 
longtailed duck, and a couple of cackling geese. 


See you on the trails,
Chris Pierce
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Subject: White pelicans at Ottawa NWR
From: "cerulean.hinkle" <cerulean.hinkle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:57:40 -0400
While on the Ottawa NWR morning tram tour we were watching a flock of tundra 
swans in Crane Creek.  While we were there a flock of 24 white pelicans flew 
over heading east toward Magee Marsh. 


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Subject: My Backyard, NE Cuyahoga County 10/26/14 Purple Finch
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:57:54 -0700
I came downstairs this morning and looked out the backyard window and my eyes 
were a little blurry because I had been reading the Sunday paper. But the shape 
of and stance of a bird on the birdbath on the ground didn't look right for a 
House Finch. It's head was tall and erect. I tried to reach for my binoculars 
or camera still in my bags and it flew off. I left the room for a couple 
minutes and when I came back there on the ground under my black oil seed tube 
feeder was a female Purple Finch feeding. I am lucky if I get one sighting a 
winter in my northeastern Cuyahoga county suburb. It did stand on the 
stick/branch pile under the tree a few times and was on the taller tree 
branches looking around for awhile. It left and came back twice. Trying to do 
other things not sure if it will come back. Seen from 8:45 to 9:10am. Two 
purple finches in two days. 


Nancy Anderson
Richmond Hts, OH
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Subject: Monday Oct 27 Delaware Cty Bird Club meeting
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:57:06 -0400
We hope to see you Monday eve at OWU for the Oct 27th DCBC meeting.  Our
speaker, Stephen Bischoff age 16, was a second time speaker at the Ohio
Avian Conference at Denison University last Saturday.  His talk Monday will
be an expanded version from Oct 18.



Best

Darlene Sillick

DCBC co-program chair



Please email me privately if you would like a copy of the full Oct 2014
newsletter.







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Vol. 29  No. 7                                             Delaware County
Bird Club Newsletter                                               October
2014






DCBC PROGRAMS



     The Delaware County Bird Club meetings and program presentations take
place on the fourth Monday of each month, September through April, except in
November and December when they are held on alternate days to accommodate
the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Please join us in the City of
Delaware at the Ohio Wesleyan University, Schimmel-Conrades Science Center,
Room 163. Conversation and refreshments begin at 7:00 PM; the meetings and
programs start at 7:30 PM. Parking is available next to the Selby Stadium on
the east side of Henry Street and in the lot south of the Science Center
next to Branch Rickey Arena. Enter the south west doors by the greenhouse.



DCBC PROGRAMS FOR AUTUMN



October 27th: "Two Year Comparison of the Growth and Development of Tree
Swallow and Eastern Bluebird Using Photography and Weight Measurements",
Stephen Bischoff, Ohio Young Birder.

     During 2014 Stephen monitored two nest box trails observing the growth
and feeding habits of Tree Swallows and Eastern Bluebirds. Hatchling weights
were recorded daily and photographed against a 1/8" x 1/8" grid. Hatchlings
were also photographed against growth charts created last year to determine
whether charts could be used to age birds. Game cameras were mounted on some
nest boxes to record the frequency of visits. The exponential growth
patterns recorded last year were identical this year and pattern appeared
the same for both first nestings and second nestings. In addition, the
growth charts developed last year appear to be an accurate way to age
hatchlings. Videos captured by game cameras indicate that the parents
increase the frequency of nest visits during the rapid growth period.

     Stephen is a sixteen year old junior at Dublin Scioto High School. He
is actively involved in the Ohio Young Birders Club and also volunteers at
the Ohio Wildlife Center. Earlier this year he monitored two nest box
trails: a ten box trail at OCLC in Dublin and another 14 box trail at
Sawmill Wetlands.




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Subject: Re: KPWA&BIWA End of October Birding
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:16:28 -0400
Forgot to add this for Big Island Wildlife Area:

Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Larue-Prospect Rd., Marion, US-OH
Oct 25, 2014 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
24 species

Trumpeter Swan  5     1 with yellow neck band 7A3.
Mallard  10
Blue-winged Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  4
Green-winged Teal  1
Pied-billed Grebe  50
Great Blue Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  1
American Coot  200
Killdeer  20
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Dunlin  10
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  20
Song Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  30

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20334791


On Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM, Steve Jones  wrote:

> Greetings!
>
> Below are summaries of my trip to Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.  My
> surprises of the days were the Marbled Godwit at pond 27.  I had seen it
> last month...and it is STILL THERE! :-) And spotting an American Bittern
> before it spotted me at pond 3...to far away for pictures though.
> Disappointment...no loons yet. :-(
>  As far as conditions go, most ponds are showing a lot of uncovered
> islands...or in pond 27's case, almost completely dry/muddy.  There is a
> lot of turnover in species going on.  Shorebirds, though still present are
> few unless we are talking about Killdeer.  Ducks are starting to trickle
> in.  Coots are like their own little islands in places.
>
> I also swung by Big Island...lots of hunting going on there all over the
> place...wear orange...The ponds along LaRue Prospect are holding a little
> of everything...except Coots and Pied-billed Grebes...LOTS of those. :-)
> Shorebirds are still present in the East pond of the three ponds.  Along
> with a few ducks.  The middle pond held all the Coots and Grebes.  The west
> pond was lacking in visible activity...but there was a lot of hunting going
> on in there.
>
> Just realized...we are less that a month away from Short-eared Owls!
> Yay!..I usually will see them at Big Island around Thanksgiving.
>
> If you are looking for some fun activities to do in the upcoming months,
> the Birding Ohio Scavenger Hunt "Calender" is still in my Dropbox.  It has
> been suggested that if you are a part time birder...meaning you still have
> a full time job, that maybe 60-70 is a good number to shoot for.  The kids
> will be going for the top 50 for Marion County...
> Anyhew, you can download it below.  Enjoy!:
>
>
> 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3220c8dw2w6czwu/Ohio%20Scavenger%20Hunt%202014-2015.pdf?dl=0 

>
> Happy Birding and God Bless!
>
> Steve J.
>
> Bird Summaries:
>
> Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Reservoir, Wyandot, US-OH
> Oct 25, 2014 11:07 AM - 11:27 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     NO LOONS! :-(
> 7 species
>
> Canada Goose  25
> Mallard  10
> Ruddy Duck  25
> Red-headed Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  300
> American Goldfinch  5
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332498
>
>
> Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Harold Roe Wetland, Wyandot, US-OH
> Oct 25, 2014 11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
> 16 species
>
> Canada Goose  20
> Mallard  10
> Ruddy Duck  2
> Pied-billed Grebe  4
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Turkey Vulture  2
> Northern Harrier  1
> Bald Eagle  1
> American Coot  10
> Killdeer  20
> Lesser Yellowlegs  1
> Long-billed Dowitcher  4
> Mourning Dove  2
> American Kestrel  1
> Blue Jay  1
> American Crow  2
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332561
>
> Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot, US-OH
> Oct 25, 2014 10:56 AM - 11:58 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 10.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     Observations made while driving between hotspots. Submitted
> from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
> 28 species
>
> Great Blue Heron  2
> Turkey Vulture  3
> Red-tailed Hawk  2
> Mourning Dove  2
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-headed Woodpecker  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
> American Kestrel  1
> Blue Jay  2
> American Crow  4
> Horned Lark  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> European Starling  30
> Song Sparrow  2
> Swamp Sparrow  1
> White-throated Sparrow  1
> White-crowned Sparrow  2
> Dark-eyed Junco  3
> Northern Cardinal  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  200
> Eastern Meadowlark  2
> Brown-headed Cowbird  30
> Pine Siskin  2
> American Goldfinch  5
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20334845
>
> Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Pond 3, Wyandot, US-OH
> Oct 25, 2014 12:30 PM - 12:42 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
> 6 species
>
> Mallard  3
> Ruddy Duck  4
> Pied-billed Grebe  20
> American Bittern  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332493
>
> Marseilles, T-108, Wyandot, US-OH
> Oct 25, 2014 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
> 8 species
>
> Canada Goose  2
> American Black Duck  6
> Mallard  4
> Pied-billed Grebe  6
> Killdeer  15
> Pectoral Sandpiper  1
> Wilson's Snipe  5
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332489
>
>

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Subject: KPWA&BIWA End of October Birding
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:03:23 -0400
Greetings!

Below are summaries of my trip to Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area.  My
surprises of the days were the Marbled Godwit at pond 27.  I had seen it
last month...and it is STILL THERE! :-) And spotting an American Bittern
before it spotted me at pond 3...to far away for pictures though.
Disappointment...no loons yet. :-(
 As far as conditions go, most ponds are showing a lot of uncovered
islands...or in pond 27's case, almost completely dry/muddy.  There is a
lot of turnover in species going on.  Shorebirds, though still present are
few unless we are talking about Killdeer.  Ducks are starting to trickle
in.  Coots are like their own little islands in places.

I also swung by Big Island...lots of hunting going on there all over the
place...wear orange...The ponds along LaRue Prospect are holding a little
of everything...except Coots and Pied-billed Grebes...LOTS of those. :-)
Shorebirds are still present in the East pond of the three ponds.  Along
with a few ducks.  The middle pond held all the Coots and Grebes.  The west
pond was lacking in visible activity...but there was a lot of hunting going
on in there.

Just realized...we are less that a month away from Short-eared Owls!
Yay!..I usually will see them at Big Island around Thanksgiving.

If you are looking for some fun activities to do in the upcoming months,
the Birding Ohio Scavenger Hunt "Calender" is still in my Dropbox.  It has
been suggested that if you are a part time birder...meaning you still have
a full time job, that maybe 60-70 is a good number to shoot for.  The kids
will be going for the top 50 for Marion County...
Anyhew, you can download it below.  Enjoy!:


https://www.dropbox.com/s/3220c8dw2w6czwu/Ohio%20Scavenger%20Hunt%202014-2015.pdf?dl=0 


Happy Birding and God Bless!

Steve J.

Bird Summaries:

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Reservoir, Wyandot, US-OH
Oct 25, 2014 11:07 AM - 11:27 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     NO LOONS! :-(
7 species

Canada Goose  25
Mallard  10
Ruddy Duck  25
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
Red-winged Blackbird  300
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332498


Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Harold Roe Wetland, Wyandot, US-OH
Oct 25, 2014 11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
16 species

Canada Goose  20
Mallard  10
Ruddy Duck  2
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
American Coot  10
Killdeer  20
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Long-billed Dowitcher  4
Mourning Dove  2
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332561

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot, US-OH
Oct 25, 2014 10:56 AM - 11:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Observations made while driving between hotspots. Submitted
from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
28 species

Great Blue Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Horned Lark  2
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
European Starling  30
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Eastern Meadowlark  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  30
Pine Siskin  2
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20334845

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Pond 3, Wyandot, US-OH
Oct 25, 2014 12:30 PM - 12:42 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
6 species

Mallard  3
Ruddy Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  20
American Bittern  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted Kingfisher  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332493

Marseilles, T-108, Wyandot, US-OH
Oct 25, 2014 12:40 PM - 12:50 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
8 species

Canada Goose  2
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  4
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Killdeer  15
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Wilson's Snipe  5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332489

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Subject: Loon efforts?
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:33:55 -0400
So who went where looking for the Arctic Loon today? Negative reports are
very welcome!

I might try heading that way tomorrow and if it's still in the state it
might take some concerted efforts to cover as many of the lakes and rivers
as possible to refind it.

Anyone else looking for it tomorrow?

Good birding,
-Paul Hurtado
Columbus, OH

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Subject: Wildwood Park Cleveland 10/25 Purple Finch
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:19:02 -0700
I went to Villa Angela/Wildwood Park (Euclid Creek Reserv) on the east side of 
Cleveland at the end of yesterday and today. Today was very unimpressive more 
so than yesterday and I was there from 1 to 4pm. As I was going back to my car 
parked near Lakeshore Blvd I was in Villa Angela near the entrance to the park 
and decided one last try to go look near Euclid Creek so I crossed the road 
into Wildwood and immediately noticed three small finches flying from the trees 
along the creek. They disappeared as the pine trees down from the parking lot 
blocked my view. As I walked a little I noticed there was one leafless 
deciduous tree between and down from the multiple pine trees near the parking 
lot that had a female Purple Finch in the top of it. I don't know if this was 
one of the three that I never did see very well - but it stayed around for 
seven minutes and had no friends at that point. It did not have a melodius 
call. It had a short "Cherie or 

 cherio" call then a quick sqeak of a pik sound and it made these sounds 
repeatedly. Then it flew to a tree closer to the creek for a minute then flew 
south. I don't normally see Purple Finches at this park. 


Also, I could not find any scoters at Sims Park today but many many more Horned 
Grebes (at least 180) and at least two Common Loons. They seemed to be feeding 
in schools of fish mixed in with a few Red-breasted Mergansers and many 
Bonaparte's Gulls feeding in the frenzy. 


Nancy Anderson
Richmond Hts, OH
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Subject: St. Mary fish Hatchery
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:57:58 -0400
1 LB Dow and 4 Dunlin in middle long pond toward west end.

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Bressler Res
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:48:10 -0400
Rick found an Eared Grebe in SW corner. Moving north against the west dike.

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Metzger ferguson Lima
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:45:34 -0400
Single Snow Bunting along separating wall where it makes the 90 degree bend.

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Marbled Godwit @ Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:32:00 -0400
I will post the rest of the trip later, but there is a Marbled Godwit at
Pond 27 way in the back for those that are in the area.

Happy Birding and God Bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Re: Indian lake Pacific Loon
From: troy shively <troyph AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:59:27 -0400
The bird was not in breeding plumage, and it was far out on the lake. A scope 
is required. It has flown around a few times and we lost it. Best vantage point 
was from the West Bank. 

Cheers, 
Troy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 25, 2014, at 12:45 PM, Cole DiFabio  wrote:
> 
> Adult breeding plumage? Possibly the Arctic? Take pictures!
> 
>> On Saturday, October 25, 2014, John  wrote:
>> 
>> Rick and I just found a Pac Loon near the campground.
>> 
>> John Habig
>> Carlisle, OH
>> Jhabig57 AT gmail.com 
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Subject: LESP and NESP, Battelle Darby WP
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:19:27 -0400
All,

Two Le Conte's together along a mixed margin of short weels, ankle
length sedge type grasses and along one of the mowed areas.  Typically
avoids high stuff and when one flies usually seeks a low point (where
it may work inconspicuously higher).  Often dips in near base of low
shrubs.  By scanning the base of a shrub it can often be found sitting
near base, an inch or two off ground.  There may be several here (it
would take teams of people to work it thoroughly) and they could be
anywhere.   Nelson's prefer the tall cattails/grasses (it was in the
cattails along the path toward Teal).  When the WP trail divids (left
to Teal, right to Harrier), we went NE through tall reeds and shrubs
into areas where the grass is varied, short, with multiple margins.
This is where we found the LESP.

Canada Goose 100
Gadwall 25
AMWI  20
Mallard  150
Blue winged Teal  100
NOSH  75
GWTE  350
Ruddy Duck  3
American Bittern  1
NOHA  9 (incl. 2 ad m.)
RSHA  4
RTHA  8 (juv)
KING RAIL  1 calling for a few minutes very close, in dense cattails, east pond
VARA  4
Wilson's Snipe  5
Blue Jay
Brown Creeper  12
Winter Wren 10
Marsh Wren  15
Savannah Sparrow  5
Le Conte's Sparrow  2
Nelson's Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  22
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow  8
Red winged Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird  22

Good birding,
--
Patty & David Tan
Columbus
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Subject: Re: Indian lake Pacific Loon
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:45:36 -0400
Adult breeding plumage? Possibly the Arctic? Take pictures!

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, John  wrote:

> Rick and I just found a Pac Loon near the campground.
>
> John Habig
> Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Indian lake Pacific Loon
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:43:39 -0400
Rick and I just found a Pac Loon near the campground.

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Loon hunt
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:05:18 -0400
If anyone is birding open water in southeast Ohio today, please try and
post your birding plans and what you find!

Some coordinated coverage of the lakes and rivers south and east of Dillon
Lake (maybe nearby lakes like Buckeye Lake as well?) might relocate this
excellent bird!

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Columbus, OH

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Subject: Dillon Arctic Loon
From: Brad Perkins <bperkin2 AT ROCKTENN.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:44:08 +0000
Just wanted to thank Anthony Fry, Scott Albaugh, and James Gore for the 
original post of the presence of the Arctic Loon yesterday that, through a very 
roundabout happenstance, led to Katie West and I getting some great looks and 
good photos of it from her pontoon boat last evening. Sorry that more people 
did not have this rare and unique opportunity. 


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Nashport
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Subject: Sims Park, Euclid 10/24 Surf/Black Scoters
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:35:33 -0700
Was at Sims Park from 12:50 to 1:20pm only looking at the lake today and saw in 
the water five female Black Scoters and one Surf Scoter many Horned Grebes 
(over 80) and Bonaparte's Gulls. Did not see any scoters yesterday late. Only 
a few Red-breasted Mergansers. Only saw between 25 to 35 mergs last weekend 
here. 


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Richmond Hts.

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Subject: Arctic/Pacific Loon
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:03 -0400
I wasn't engaged in the online discussion last night. But looking at photos
this morning, the Dillon Reservoir loon has good potential to be an Arctic
Loon, which of course would be extraordinary anywhere in the eastern half
of North America.

It's a challenge to separate Arctic and Pacific loons in any plumage.
Typical individuals look distinctly different, but there is variation in
both species. There is variation (and some overlap) in all of the
characteristics that separate them, so there isn't any one simple yes/no,
on/off distinction that would be diagnostic by itself. Here we have to
build up a case with as many characteristics as possible, especially for a
bird so far outside its normal range.

This morning the bird in question was seen by a number of people, and then
it was seen to fly away. Still trying to find out whether anyone got photos
of the bird in flight. A good, clear photo of the underparts would be
helpful in pinning down the ID, but it would also be helpful to have as
many photos as possible of the bird on the water, showing things like head
shape, bill shape, nape color, pattern of the neck stripes, flank pattern,
and so on. A photo with the bird in direct size comparison to a Common Loon
would be a bonus. I suspect that the Ohio Bird Records Committee will want
to collect materials like this and send them to someone who has really
studied loon ID, such as Lars Jonsson.

If the bird is indeed an Arctic Loon, the big question would be which
source population it represents. The most likely would be the Siberian
subspecies, G. a. viridigularis, which nests in n.w. Alaska in very small
numbers (and may sometimes interbreed with Pacific Loon, producing
intermediates, which certainly makes the ID challenge more interesting).
But we can't dismiss the (remote) possibility of a transatlantic vagrant of
G. a. arctica coming across from Europe. I wouldn't expect that bird to
show up on a reservoir in Ohio, but birds do strange things.

At any rate, here's hoping that the bird will be refound so that it can be
enjoyed by more birders, and here's hoping that it can be pinned down to a
positive identification.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH

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Subject: Arctic loon
From: Lyn Boone <boonel AT DENISON.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:32:31 -0400
Birding friends,
If anyone observes the return of the Arctic loon, please do report to this
list. I'm sure I'm not the only one who was planning a trip to the site
today and I would still do so if there's a hopeful report.  Thanks to all!
Lyn Boone
Granville

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Subject: Wellington Reservoir White-winged Scoter
From: Kathy Mock <2klmockingbird AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:25:52 -0400
White-winged Scoter and male Long -tailed Duck at Wellington Upground 
Reservoir.  No Cackling Geese seen at this time.  9-10:30 am. 


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Barberton,  OH

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Subject: Re: Arctic Loon
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:08:49 -0400
Since the bird was IN FLIGHT did anyone get photos or observations of the 
underside (vent area) of bird??? 



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> Very bad news. The loon took off the water, flew high, circled around,
> gained altitude, flew by the boat ramp  and kept on flying east and away.
> It looked like it was in migration mode.
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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:03:27 -0700
Very bad news. The loon took off the water, flew high, circled around,
gained altitude, flew by the boat ramp  and kept on flying east and away.
It looked like it was in migration mode.

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:40:19 -0700
The bird is here. It is being seen from the Big Run boat ramp off of 146.

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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:10:41 -0700
Those waiting to observe the Arctic Loon are still waiting for the fog to
lift. It is almost getting worse.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Arctic Loon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:52:05 -0700
For those wondering about the status of this bird, I just thought I'd let
everyone know that Dillon Reservoir is currently very fogged in. It is
going to be awhile before we can even see the water.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Pacific/Arctic Loon at Dillon SP
From: Brad Perkins <bperkin2 AT ROCKTENN.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:44:04 +0000
I was able to get a couple decent pictures this evening of the loon in question 
at Dillon SP this evening. My wife, Diane, will post a couple cropped pictures 
to the Birding Ohio Facebook shortly. Any help with ID would be appreciated. 


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Subject: Pacific Loon Update - Dillon State Park
From: anthony fry <mrfry07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:31:51 -0400
Better views by parking at the campground and heading over the hill to the 
water. Look west toward 146. There is a picture on Facebook of the map where we 
got the pictures which is away from the sun. 


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Subject: Re: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:14:11 -0400
Anthony, the white flanks on your loon are very very very intriguing please 
take as many photos as possible. The much more extremely rare Arctic Loon 
typically shows more more excessive white flanks as your birds hints to in the 
photos on Birding Ohio FB page 



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Subject: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park
From: anthony fry <mrfry07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:54:28 -0400
There is a Pacific Loon at Dillon sate State Park. Bird can be seen from Big 
Run Boat Ramp off of SR146 although you will be looking into the sun. I am 
currently viewing the from the shore directly south of the campground and to 
the west of the boat ramp. 


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Subject: Mosquito Lake Black Scoters
From: Don Keffer <donkeff AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:04:49 -0400
As of 1:00 pm the 5 Black Scoters still remain on the south side of causeway at 
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Subject: Erie Street Cemetery (Cleveland)
From: Aaron Milenski <amilenski31 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:49:22 -0400
Along with the many sparrows, kinglets, brown creepers, and a winter
wren, I was surprised to see three woodcocks at the cemetery today.
Isn't this awfully late for them?

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Subject: Possibly Chucks Laughing Gull at 55th at 8AM. Will post picture later
From: disacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:57:03 -0400
Also sedge wren at DIke 14,  FOY Fox sparrow for me.  Many winter wrens.
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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire yes
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:40:55 -0400
The solitaire is still present in the same area at North Shore Loop on Kelley's 
island, however no visual yet-- bird is calling and singing. folks are waiting 
it out.--- as reported by Dan G 



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Subject: N Shrike. Saw - whet Owl
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:32:55 -0400
 N Shrike. Saw- whet Owl at Headlands.  Now !

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Subject: Paulding County Sabine's Gull
From: M & D Dunakin <edson AT BRIGHT.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:07:45 -0400
Greetings from the flatlands,

Yesterday morning Micki and I, along with intrepid Paulding-based birder Scott 
Myers, had just finished a rather disappointing walk through the Black Swamp 
Nature Center and decided to check out the Paulding Reservoir. Scott had seen a 
few ducks there earlier in the morning, so our hopes weren’t especially high. 
Imagine our surprise when we saw a number of Bonaparte’s Gull with one 
addition- a Sabine’s Gull! Now we have been reading about the appearance of 
this species here and there in Ohio but never expected one to show up on our 
small reservoir. Fantastic plumage, wonderful bird, and best of all, it was 
Micki’s birthday, so the bird was the best birthday present she could have 
gotten! 


Kinda makes up for the dozens of times we have checked the reservoir and found 
it wanting for birds. You just never know what surprises Mom Nature has in 
store. 



Bird long and prosper,
Doug & Micki Dunakin
Antwerp, O.

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Subject: Sunset park Willoughby ,Painesville park, Wake Robin
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:14 -0400
 Cory and birded Sunset this morning for a couple hours . I went back after I 
warmed up. Highlights : 


    1 Red-throated Loon
  16 Common Loon
460 Horned Grebes
    3 White-winged Scoters
    2 Surf Scoters
    8 Black Scoters
    3 Long-tailed Ducks
  30 Lesser Scaup
  35 Common Tern

 Painesville Park Lake Co.

  15 N. Pintail
    6 A. Wigeon
    8 Gadwall
    8 Black Duck
  22 Lesser Scaup

 Wake Robin Trail

   1 Purple Finch
   1 Le Conte's Sparrow
   1 Tree Sparrow


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Subject: Deer Creek Oct. 22
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:02:06 -0400
I headed back to Deer Creek again today. No Ammodramus Sparrows were seen in 
the windy overcast weather, but there were a lot of other birds to be found. 


One of the biggest concentrations of sparrows I've ever seen were in the middle 
wetland tract in the dense wall of smallweeds that covers the whole eastern 
side. That pond dried up earlier than usual this year shortly after the 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers showed up in August and there hasn't been any standing 
water since. When the smaetweeds first appeared in was an impenetrable thicket, 
but now enough vegetation has fallen that you can work you way back. Along the 
grassy western edges Savannah Sparrows are most numerous, but as you work your 
way in Song, Swamp, White-crowned, and Lincoln's become abundant. Field 
Sparrows were also in there in smaller numbers. Only those 6 species were seen, 
but easily they totaled over a thousand birds. 


In the northern part of the state wildlife area there were also large sparrow 
flocks, especially concentrated in aster thickets. D-51, D-52, and D-57 are all 
productive roads now to see a lot of sparrows. Field Sparrows are in a higher 
concentration in those areas and most of the bigger flocks had a Fox Sparrow or 
two in their company. In the asters at the end of D-57 there was an 
Orange-crowned Warbler today. I saw one in the same area a couple of weeks ago 
also. 


The shorebird tally in the N wetlands along Dick Road today was:

Killdeers (lots)
17 G Yellowlegs
8 L Yellowlegs
1 Least Sandpiper
11 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Dunlins
1 Wilson's Snipe

A nice group of 8 Great Egrets also remain there.

At the N end of the reservoir those same 7 shorebird species were present with 
some differences in numbers. Killdeers were present in triple digits. Both 
yellowlegs were seen only in the morning. The other totals were 1 Least, 2 
Pectoral, ~15 Dunlins, 2 W.Snipes. 


Last but not least,the reservoir itself. There was a huge influx of Bonaparte's 
Gulls in the past few days with several hundred now in southern part. From the 
area I could scope out I saw at least a dozen Common Loons, and perhaps twice 
that many Pied-billed Grebes. D-c Cormorants were widespread with one 
conspicuous raft of 90 birds. At least 3 Bald Eagles of different ages were 
also patrolling the reservoir. It would have been nice to be able to scope out 
the whole reservoir today including from the bluffs at the picnic sites. I did 
speak to the guy in charge of the road closures in the state park office today. 
He was actually very nice and wants to be able to accommodate birders. 
Apparently there has been too much vandalism to the buildings along D-5 in the 
picnic areas. Pipes have been ripped out for example. On top of that people 
have been dumping their trash in there. He said that he could possibly open the 
gates for one or two days or half days a week for birders, but they can't just 
leave it open all the time. They also said with enough notice they could open 
it to allow a group of birders in there. I consider this a very generous offer 
from them that I certainly would like to take advantage of. For myself I was 
going to ask that it be opened on Mondays since that's my only guaranteed day 
off every week. I suppose most everyone else would rather see a weekend day 
open. I think that I will request maybe something like Sunday afternoon and 
Monday mornings that the gate is opened for birders. If there is anyone out 
there who has any ideas about this I can share with them, please let me know by 
email. Hopefully something will be worked out with the park staff. Of course 
anyone is free to walk in there any day, but in the middle of winter with the 
wind howling through there, I doubt that many people are going to want to carry 
a scope to the bluffs and back. 


Bob Royse


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

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Subject: Cackling Geese @ Wellington Upground 10/22/14
From: MikeSmith <avnu4ea AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:49:39 -0400
Had 11 Cackling Geese today at Wellington Upground Reservoir in Lorain Co.
I was there from 4:55 PM – 6:05 PM.

Mike Smith 
Wellington OH

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Subject: saw whet owl - geauga co
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:23:13 -0400
Today, in the late afternoon, a noisy, agitated flock of titmice, chickadees 
and 

downy woodpeckers pointed out a n. saw whet owl perched at the top of the pine 
trees in my 

small wood lot.  (90 feet high?)

Looking up my ebird records, I find that the first and only other time that I 
found a saw whet here was in 2007. 

Very similar circumstances, a flock of small birds mobbing the little owl, who 
just sat 

tight and waited for the mob to tire of him. (I was so delighted to find him, 
that I joined this list on 

that day.)  

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road, Geauga/Cuy Co. line
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