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8 Feb Brambling Medina County [jen brumfield ]
8 Feb Snowy Owls, Burke [jen brumfield ]
8 Feb CLE Ross's Goose and Snow [jen brumfield ]
8 Feb New eBird Hotspots have been activated [Ken Ostermiller ]
8 Feb SSW Logan County (East Liberty) Waterfowl [Steve Jones ]
8 Feb Re: Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co. [Mark Vass ]
8 Feb Ross's Geese-Four still remain southeast of Mentor Lagoons [Sally Isacco ]
8 Feb Geese numbers? [Steve Jones ]
8 Feb Ottawa NWR Monthly Census [DUG ]
8 Feb RPT: Cincinnati Bird Club Merlin Census [Brian Wulker ]
7 Feb Cackling geese at Scenic Park, Emerald Necklace Marina Lakewood [Penny OConnor ]
7 Feb Red Crossbill Edgewater Park CLE [jen brumfield ]
7 Feb Re: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
7 Feb Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
7 Feb Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [jen brumfield ]
7 Feb Killdeer Plains/Big Island/Panhandle Road [Andrew Sewell ]
7 Feb Ross's Goose and Snow Goose [Paul Kowalczyk ]
7 Feb AlumCreekLake,2-07: scoters No, Goldeneye Yes [rob thorn ]
7 Feb Re: 2/6/16 [KBPhotoshop ]
7 Feb Re: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment [Deb ]
7 Feb Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment [ ]
7 Feb BRAMBLING - Yes [jeremy ]
7 Feb Slate Run MP snow geese [Randel Rogers ]
7 Feb Snow and Ross's Geese Cleveland [jen brumfield ]
7 Feb Ross's Goose in Highland Hills Cuyahoga County - Yes [Todd Eiben ]
7 Feb KELP - YES [Jon Cefus ]
7 Feb 2/6/16 [Debora Parker ]
6 Feb CLE Hopkins airport 3 Snowy Owls [jen brumfield ]
6 Feb Snow Geese in Muskingum County [Brad Perkins ]
6 Feb Snow Geese in NE Muskingum County [Brad Perkins ]
6 Feb East Liberty getting all Goosey :-D [Steve Jones ]
6 Feb Kelp Gull - Springfield Lake (Summit Co) YES [Jon Cefus ]
6 Feb WW Crossbills at Greenlawn; all three scoter species at Alum Creek [Bill Lynch ]
6 Feb Ross's goose & blue morph snow goose [Edward Enold ]
6 Feb White Geese, Mentor, Lake County ["Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" ]
6 Feb Snow Geese Portage County east of Aurora, OH [Matthew Valenic ]
6 Feb Big Island Wildlife Area Gooseapalooza [Alex Eberts ]
6 Feb 3-Creeks-to-PickPonds,2-05: Snow Geese, Fox Sparrow [rob thorn ]
6 Feb Kinglet [ ]
6 Feb Ross's Goose Cleveland [jen brumfield ]
6 Feb Geese, Panhandle rd., Delaware [Ira Shulgin ]
6 Feb Mosquito Lake Gr White-fronted Geese [Chris Pierce ]
6 Feb Cackling geese [Douglas Bohanan ]
6 Feb Griggs,MarbleCliff,2-04 - creepers, RIng-necks [rob thorn ]
6 Feb Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Census [DUG ]
5 Feb all white hawk seen at Orchard Hiils Park, Chesterland [Laura ]
5 Feb Re: Red-breasted nuthatch, question [Steve Jones ]
5 Feb Snow/Ross's Geese, Logan County Feb. 5, 2016 [Steve Jones ]
5 Feb Re: i.e Golden Eagle BDMP - Sighting in NOV 2015 ["Kevin O'Neil" ]
5 Feb Brambling present today [Paul Graham ]
5 Feb Blue Snow Goose Eaat 55th [jen brumfield ]
5 Feb Iceland gull....Dayton [Eric Elvert ]
5 Feb Snow Goose East 55th marina [jen brumfield ]
4 Feb Snow Geese, Lorain County [Femme Metal ]
4 Feb Blendon Woods-Greater Scaup-2 males ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
4 Feb i.e Golden Eagle BDMP [David Tan ]
4 Feb Thayer's Gull/Northern Shrike FRANK 1/14/16 [David Tan ]
4 Feb Thayer's Gull/Northern Shrike FRANK Co. 1/14/16 [David Tan ]
4 Feb Kestrels [David Tan ]
4 Feb Re: Golden Eagle, Battelle Darby Franklin Co. [David Tan ]
3 Feb Binocular Lens Cover [Gene Stauffer ]
3 Feb Re: Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, Trumbull County [Lukas Padegimas ]
3 Feb Sandhill Cranes [Betsy MacMillan ]
3 Feb Killdeer, Muskingum County [Robert Evans ]
3 Feb Red-breasted mergansers [Barbara Natterer ]
3 Feb Black Vulture Sandusky County [jen brumfield ]
3 Feb Northern Shrike Magee Marsh [jen brumfield ]
3 Feb Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, Trumbull County [Matthew Valenic ]
3 Feb Greater White Fronted Geese - Pickaway County [Melanie Shuter ]
3 Feb Snowy Owl at NASA Glenn Research Center in Brookpark yesterday [Nancy Obryan ]
3 Feb Snow Geese - K.P. [Doreene Linzell ]
3 Feb Re: Huge movement of geese, site totals [Steve Jones ]
2 Feb Huge movement of geese, site totals [jen brumfield ]
2 Feb Portage Cy. Chipping Sparrow Already! [Jim Tomko ]
2 Feb Re: Snowy Owl at Hopkins airport [Liz McQuaid ]
2 Feb Snowy Owl at Hopkins airport [Matthew Valenic ]

Subject: Brambling Medina County
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:37:06 -0500
The long-staying Brambling was again seen today (the 8th) at the private 
feeders in front of the private white farm house immediately west of Allardale 
Park in Medina County. The bird has been seen daily since its discovery. Some 
days folks have waited upwards of 2 hours, and other days, five to 15 minutes 
in between sightings. 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Snowy Owls, Burke
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:29:19 -0500
Liz McQuaid relocated both Snowy Owls at Burke Lakefront Airport today. Folks 
routinely ask where the best spots are to view Burke Snowy Owls---there are no 
best sites beyond using effort and attention *all along the entire length of 
Marginal Road along the airport*. There are multiple legal pull off spots at 
gates along the fence. The Snowy Owls move around enough at Burke to where 
their locations change daily and often hourly. On days when they cannot be 
located at the airport proper they may be resting on the outer CLE breakwall 
just offshore the airport, best viewed from East 9th street pier and East 55th 
marina, with a scope 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: CLE Ross's Goose and Snow
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:17:11 -0500
The blue Snow Goose was present this afternoon at East 55th Marina and Lisa 
Rainsong and others had the Ross's Goose in front of the CLE Museum of Art at 
the pond called "Wade Lagoon" 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: New eBird Hotspots have been activated
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:09:13 -0600
​

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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/



Erie County

Lake Park, Huron

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Park+Huron



Franklin County

Parkridge Park--Alum Creek Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Parkridge+Park--Alum+Creek+Trail



Greene County

Kinsey Road Mound Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kinsey+Road+Mound+Preserve



Hamilton County

Walnut Hills Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Walnut+Hills+Cemetery

Miami Whitewater Forest--Strimple Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami+Whitewater+Forest--Strimple+Road



Hocking County

Kachelmacher Park

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



Lake County

Holden Arboretum--Corning Lake

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holden+Arboretum--Corning+Lake



Meigs County

Racine Hydro Picnic Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Racine+Hydro+Picnic+Area



Mercer County

Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park--Windy Point


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




Montgomery County

Sunsite Lake

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



Morrow County

Gleason Family Nature Reserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Gleason+Family+Nature+Reserve

Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Maple+Grove+Cemetery+Chesterville



Shelby County

Miami-Erie Trail--Lake Loramie

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami-Erie+Trail--Lake+Loramie



Summit County

Chestnut Hill Memorial Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Chestnut+Hill+Memorial+Park


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: SSW Logan County (East Liberty) Waterfowl
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:28:10 -0500
Well, the Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese are still here, and I
finally got good counts on both of them...last time some were hidden by the
bank, but this time they were all out resting on the grass.   They don't
seem to have a care in the world as to wanting to move. :-D
Makes me wonder how long they will stick around.

Happy Birding and God Bless.

Steve J.

US-Ohio-East Liberty-11000 Ohio 347 - 40.332x-83.559
Feb 08, 2016
3:30 PM
Stationary
9 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Continuing birds at factory's pond.
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4

13 Greater White-fronted Goose -- Medium sized geese brown and white with
orange bill. Continuing flock.
7 Snow Goose -- 4 white, 3 blue
51 Canada Goose

Number of Taxa: 3

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Subject: Re: Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co.
From: Mark Vass <000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:27:30 +0000
Sorry,
I should have signed my location
Ambridge,Pa.
--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 2/8/16, mvas1200 AT yahoo.com 
<000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote: 


 Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co.
 To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
 Date: Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:03 PM

 There was a Snow Goose foraging in a
 field with Canada Geese in Monroe Center alongside Rt. 7
 this morning

 Mark Vass
 Beaver Co.

 Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone



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Subject: Ross's Geese-Four still remain southeast of Mentor Lagoons
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:40:17 -0500
Ross's Geese 4 remain 2-8-16-southeast of Mentor Lagoons in the lawn in
front of the water treatment plant found by Ray Hannikman and Tom
Frankel on 2-6-16.   Still present at 10:30AM.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Geese numbers?
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:06:38 -0500
Greetings!

I would be interested to know, with the change in the wind speed and
direction,  if the Snow, Ross's, and Canada Geese numbers have declined.
So if you go out to areas where they have been lately, please post
positively or negatively.  I'm betting that some are still here, just not
the numbers that we have seen.

Thanks,

Steve J

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Subject: Ottawa NWR Monthly Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:25:33 +0000
FEBRUARY 07, 2016 - Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Monthly Census.ROUTES: Same 
usual morning & afternoon routes. TIME: 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:30pm-6:30pmTEMP.: 
26-52-47 COND.: Chilly early, turning mostly sunny through the morning; 
clouding up after 2:00pm;no snow cover; Lake Erie open, most canals & 
impoundments open.OBS.: Katie Clink (morning only), Donna Kuhn, Dave & Kim 
Myles (morning only), Ed Pierce, Jim Reyda,Al & Betty Schlecht (morning only) & 
Douglas W. Vogus. 

I. MAMMALS: 7 SPECIES.
   - Raccoon - 3

   - Mink - 1
   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 5
   - White-footed Mouse - 9
   - Muskrat - 3
   - Eastern Cottontail - 3
   - White-tailed Deer - 5

II. BIRDS: 53 SPECIES.
   - Snow Goose - 15 (7 white morph,8 blue morph)

   - Ross's Goose - 1
   - Cackling Goose - 4
   - Canada Goose - 2,852
   - Mute Swan - 2
 - Trumpeter Swan - 44 (green band "74M"; yellow band "1A2"; yellow band (too 
far away to read) 

   - Tundra Swan - 4,000+
   - Gadwall - 6
   - American Black Duck - 16
   - Mallard - 93
   - Ring-necked Duck - 3
   - Lesser Scaup - 3
   - Common Goldeneye - 4
   - Hooded Merganser - 2
   - Common Merganser - 172
   - Great Blue Heron - 18
   - Bald Eagle - 13 (6 adult,7 immature)
   - Northern Harrier - 9
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 7
   - Sandhill Crane - 7
   - Ring-billed Gull - 163
   - Herring Gull - 37
   - Rock Pigeon - 1
   - Mourning Dove - 55
   - Eastern Screech-Owl - 1
   - Great Horned Owl - 1
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 8
   - Downy Woodpecker - 18
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 1
   - Northern Flicker - 1
   - American Kestrel - 4
   - Blue Jay - 27
   - American Crow - 6
   - Horned Lark - 36
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 22
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 12
   - Brown Creeper - 2
   - Eastern Bluebird - 2
   - American Robin - 26
   - European Starling - 70
   - Lapland Longspur - 102
   - American Tree Sparrow - 148
   - Savannah Sparrow - 1
   - Song Sparrow - 6
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 5
   - Northern Cardinal - 21
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 124
   - Rusty Blackbird - 20
   - Common Grackle - 43
   - Brown-headed Cowbird - 26
   - House Finch - 2
   - American Goldfinch - 43
   - House Sparrow - 7

III. FISHES: 1 SPECIES.

   - Goldfish - 1 (promptly devoured by a Herring Gull)


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.



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Subject: RPT: Cincinnati Bird Club Merlin Census
From: Brian Wulker <bdwulker AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:25:41 -0500
This weekend (2/6), the Cincinnati Bird Club embarked on the “first that we
know of” Cincinnati Merlin Census of the city’s urban green spaces and
surrounding areas. We fielded 16 parties with 32 participants covering 26
different locations around Cincinnati. Our original focus was to cover the
urban core of the city, where several locations have long histories of
wintering Merlins such as Old and New St. Joseph Cemeteries and Spring
Grove Cemetery. Other locations around these spots have also produced birds
in the past, so our goal was to get an approximate figure for just how many
Merlins are moving back and forth between these pockets of green space. Was
it just one or two that make the rounds around town, or was there one at
every property? Once our 8 main focus areas were covered, we expanded
outward to the Little Miami River Valley, Northern Kentucky and other
locations based on our member’s interests. Survey times were from 3pm – 5pm
in an effort to get birds coming into night roosts. Afterwards, we all met
at a local establishment to tally our finds.

A google map of the surveyed locations can be found here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z6zfKMbqPiMY.kf_ZOg2LG8m4&usp=sharing

Here are our results for Merlins and other raptors during the tally. Merlin
was the only species that we made a significant effort to identify
individually (time first observed – time last observed, behavior, age,
gender, anything else individually identifiable).

37 Black Vulture
24 Turkey Vulture
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
4 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Accipiter sp.
6 Red-shouldered Hawk
29 Red-tailed Hawk
1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
8 Merlin

Merlin breakdown:
1 at St. Mary’s Cemetery from 3:00-4:08pm
1 at Old St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:40–4:42pm
1 at New St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:35-5:00pm
2 at Spring Grove Cemetery, one from 4:05-4:27pm and another at 4:08pm
1 at the Newtown Gravel Pits 4:50-4:51pm
1 at Highland Cemetery at 5:10pm (Kenton Co. KY)
1 at Evergreen Cemetery from 3:55-4:00pm (Campbell Co. KY).

Within our original scope of the Cincinnati urban core, 5 total birds were
counted. 2 more were in Northern Kentucky, and another in the Little Miami
River Valley. Using times, age, gender, photos, and other individually
identifiable information, we have a very high degree of confidence that all
of these are different individuals. In addition to the 8 we counted today,
the California Woods golf course had one on Thursday that is likely another
individual, and Arlington Cemetery recorded one during the Western Hamilton
CBC 5 weeks ago, but that bird has not been reported since. There were also
recent Northern Kentucky reports from CVG airport and along I-275, two
locations not surveyed today.

Special thanks to co-organizer Bill Zimmerman and all of our section
leaders: Ned Keller, Kathy McDonald, Josh Eastlake, Kathi Hutton, Jack
Stenger, Steve Pelikan, Bill Stanley, Joe Bens, Mark Gilsdorf, Jeff Bilsky,
Jay Stenger, Gale Wulker, Eric Burkholder, Kirk Westendorf, Rodney Crice,
Bill Hull and Jim Rettig. Also thanks to all of our participants who helped
with the count.

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Subject: Cackling geese at Scenic Park, Emerald Necklace Marina Lakewood
From: Penny OConnor <pjo AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:13:46 -0500
This afternoon there were 2 Cackling Geese in a flock of about 25 Canada Geese 
at the boat launch ramp at Scenic Park by Emerald Necklace Marina, Lakewood, 
extreme north end of Valley Parkway. 


Penny O'Connor
4534 Grayton Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44135-2324
(216)676-4859
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Subject: Red Crossbill Edgewater Park CLE
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:57:59 -0500
This evening I had a flyover Red Crossbill on Lake Road immediately south of 
upper Edgewater Park. Bird gave 13 flight call notes, headed WSW 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Re: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:43:01 -0500
er, Ross's *Geese*!

On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM, Elaine & Marty Cohen 
wrote:

>
> excellent profile view of the standing Kelp gull from the Ice Rink parking
> lot from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
> (southeast side of lake)
> size and yellow-green legs (plus black back) compared to neighbor Herring
> gulls.
> second lifer today - 5 Ross's gulls at pond on St Peter's Church road near
> Rt 44 in Stark County.
>
> Elaine and Marty Cohen
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: jen brumfield 
> Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT listserv.miamioh.edu
>
>
> Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird
> sitting on ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the
> lake
>
>
> Jen Brumfield
> Cleveland, OH
>
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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:41:50 -0500
excellent profile view of the standing Kelp gull from the Ice Rink parking
lot from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
(southeast side of lake)
size and yellow-green legs (plus black back) compared to neighbor Herring
gulls.
second lifer today - 5 Ross's gulls at pond on St Peter's Church road near
Rt 44 in Stark County.

Elaine and Marty Cohen

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: jen brumfield 
Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT listserv.miamioh.edu


Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird
sitting on ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the
lake


Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:30:00 -0500
Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird sitting on 
ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the lake 



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Subject: Killdeer Plains/Big Island/Panhandle Road
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:16:05 -0500
I hit the above three places today. I was looking for snow geese and other
rare geese. Nearly all had cleared out, with the exception of a flyover
flock of 90 snow geese at Big Island. Lots of Tundras and hoards of Canada
Geese at KP and BI, but otherwise waterfowl diversity was low. Seems like
the wave is moving on...

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Columbus

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Subject: Ross's Goose and Snow Goose
From: Paul Kowalczyk <bldgcodereview AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:24:01 -0500
Excellent showing of Ross's Goose at Cleveland Art Museum pond and the Snow
Goose at Gordon Park.  Also saw 2 Horned Lark foraging in the ground at
Gate 12 Burke Lakefront.

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Subject: AlumCreekLake,2-07: scoters No, Goldeneye Yes
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:48:04 -0500
I ran through many of the southern Alum Creek Lake accesses, from the dam up 
through Berlin Station, looking for early migrants divers as well as the 
scoters reported yesterday, but with limited success. The lake was fully open, 
with ice only in the narrowest bays, but held few flocks of waterfowl other 
than Geese and goldeneye. A flock of 200 Canada Geese was massed above the 
Cheshire Bridge, but didn't contain any other geese species. Common Goldeneye 
were at many access points, with the largest # being some 35 just south of the 
Cheshire bridge; I had 48 in all. Raptors included the expected Red-tails, plus 
an adult Bald Eagle north of SummerRidge access. Landbirds were unremarkable 
save for a wide scattering of Yellow-rumped warblers. I had them at many stops, 
the most being 7 at SummerRidge access. 


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Subject: Re: 2/6/16
From: KBPhotoshop <kenbusch1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:43:06 -0500
All birds still there 2:30 Sunday
On Feb 7, 2016 6:53 AM, "Debora Parker"  wrote:

> A flock of 25 Snow Geese spotted on a farmers pond at 28385 St. Rt. 58 in
> Wellington, Ohio. Easily viewed from road. Half were Blue.
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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment
From: Deb <dsfromnj AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:15:32 -0500
Now on lawn between art museum and art museum lagoon.  

Deb Smith

> On Feb 7, 2016, at 12:55, Nancy Anderson 
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> 
> The Ross's Goose is in the large pond south of the art museum just north of 
MLK. Park East side in street. Was in grass before dog walker came by. 

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Subject: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:55:00 -0800
The Ross's Goose is in the large pond south of the art museum just north of 
MLK. Park East side in street. Was in grass before dog walker came by. 



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Subject: BRAMBLING - Yes
From: jeremy <jeremyxrocks AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:29:01 +0000
The BRAMBLING at the private residence near allardale Park in medina Oh. 
Continued just now. It made two appearances in my very brief visit. 10:10 - 
10:20. No purple finches were seen in that 10 minute window. 


V/r

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Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: Slate Run MP snow geese
From: Randel Rogers <randel_rogers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:58:48 -0500
Slate Run MetroPark SE of Columbus has joined the goose rush with 10 snow geese 
joining the resident geese in the pond at the Buzzards Roost picnic area. 


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Subject: Snow and Ross's Geese Cleveland
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:41:17 -0500
The blue Snow Goose is still at Gordon Park Marina (just east of East 72nd 
street) and the Ross's Goose is still at Rockefeller Park on MLK Blvd 



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Subject: Ross's Goose in Highland Hills Cuyahoga County - Yes
From: Todd Eiben <eibentbss AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:21:51 -0500
The Ross's Goose I posted pics on ebird a couple of times on Saturday is back 
again today as of 8:50 am. You can enter the UH building off of Route 8 
driveway near Harvard Ave and you should see it for good photo ops. Todd 


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Subject: KELP - YES
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 07:56:38 -0500
The Kelp gull was seen by a small group of us this morning on the ice at 
Springfield Lake (Summit Co). There were also 2 GBBG and 1 first cycle Glaucous 
present among the many HEGU and RBGU. The lake ice opened up with last 
weekend's warm, windy conditions, which has brought the gulls back. With the 
nearby landfills not operating today, it may be worth a shot at trying this 
spot again this afternoon as the gulls return, although it's true that the KEGU 
has largely defied any real discernible pattern. 


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Subject: 2/6/16
From: Debora Parker <medinaparker AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:53:34 -0500
A flock of 25 Snow Geese spotted on a farmers pond at 28385 St. Rt. 58 in 
Wellington, Ohio. Easily viewed from road. Half were Blue. 


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Subject: CLE Hopkins airport 3 Snowy Owls
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:08:58 -0500
Three total Snowy Owls at CLE Hopkins airport were confirmed tonight by Tim 
Jasinski viewed from the 100th Bomb group restaurant on the north side of 
Brookpark Road looking south over the airport. Scope recommended. Best times to 
view: birds can be seen throughout the entire day but best opps are early 
morning and late afternoon towards dusk 


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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Snow Geese in Muskingum County
From: Brad Perkins <bperkins75 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:12:12 -0500
This afternoon, there were 21 Snow Geese, including 3 Blue Morph Snow Geese, 
mixed in with a large flock of Canada Geese on the Shelly Wildlife Habitat Site 
lake with the Osprey platforms in it. This lake is located on the south side of 
Gene Cox Memorial Drive, between Dresden and Adams Mills, in NE Muskingum 
County. They were at the very southern end of the lake. A scope is essential 
for decent looks, depending upon the sun angle. My wife, Diane, will post a 
long distance picture tonight on Birding Ohio Facebook showing all 3 goose 
types in the same shot. 

Brad Perkins

Nashport, Ohio
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Subject: Snow Geese in NE Muskingum County
From: Brad Perkins <bperkins75 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:36:18 -0500
This afternoon, there were 21 Snow Geese, including 3 Blue Morph Snow Geese, 
mixed in with a large flock of Canada Geese on the Shelly Wildlife Habitat Site 
lake with the Osprey platforms in it. This lake is located on the south side of 
Gene Cox Memorial Drive, between Dresden and Adams Mills, in NE Muskingum 
County. They were at the very southern end of the lake. A scope is essential 
for decent looks, depending upon the sun angle. My wife, Diane, will post a 
long distance picture tonight on Birding Ohio Facebook showing all 3 goose 
types in the same shot. 


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Nashport, Ohio
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Subject: East Liberty getting all Goosey :-D
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:21:16 -0500
Greetings!  Never have I went to work to not work, but I had to go to show
my family the visiting geese.

To add to what I got yesterday, there were 10 Greater White-fronted Geese.
They were probably there yesterday, I was just too much in a hurry to get
home.

We then popped up to Indian Lake to see the 100+ Snow Geese that Troy
Shively reported previously.  We missed them at the Slough, (flooded field
on SR 720) but we were able to find them on the lake as the whole kit and
kaboodle flew over us heading back to the aforementioned Slough...awesome
sight. :-D

We finished up the day with waffles and House Sparrows at the House of
Waffles in Bellefontaine...the waffles were delicious...the House Sparrows,
not so much. :-D :-D

Happy Birding and God bless,

Steve J.

US-Ohio-East Liberty-11000 Ohio 347 - 40.332x-83.559, Logan, Ohio, US
Feb 6, 2016 3:55 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4 5 species Greater White-fronted Goose 10 Brown geese with orange bill. About the size of Canada Goose Snow Goose 7 Ross's Goose 1 Continuing bird. Small white goose with smaller bill than the snow geese around it. Canada Goose 200 Mallard 20 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27340541 ______________________________________________________________________ Ohio-birds mailing list, a service of the Ohio Ornithological Society. Please consider joining our Society, at www.ohiobirds.org/site/membership.php. Our thanks to Miami University for hosting this mailing list. You can join or leave the list, or change your options, at: listserv.miamioh.edu/scripts/wa.exe?LIST=OHIO-BIRDS Send questions or comments about the list to: listowner AT ohiobirds.org
Subject: Kelp Gull - Springfield Lake (Summit Co) YES
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:45:42 -0500
Shari Jackson and Ronnie Macko just had the Kelp Gull sitting on the ice in 
front of the roller rink at Springfield Lake. If interested in seeing this 
bird, I'd try in the morning if you can. 


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Subject: WW Crossbills at Greenlawn; all three scoter species at Alum Creek
From: Bill Lynch <blmillperch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:32:02 -0500
Sorry for the late post, but only had a dumb flip phone today.

This morning at 9:30 AM, 4 ww crossbills (3M, 1F) flew into the hemlocks at
the entrance to the Ravine at Greenlawn Cemetery.  Also, a RB nuthatch was
present in the ravine. 20 siskins at he feeders by the pit.

At 1 PM, found all the scoters at Alum Creek Reservoir.  A lone black
scoter was near the dam by the spillway, likely the same bird seen several
weeks ago.

On the east shoreline opposite the Hollenback Boat Ramp, were one male surf
scoter and three WW scoters in a very large group of Common Goldeneyes.
Also in the group were several lesser scaup, one stunning male greater
scaup, 3 redheads, and a bufflehead.

At Dealware Reservoir around 4 PM, 18 white fronted geese were on the beach
with 200+ canadas.

A truly remarkable day for Feb. in central Ohio.

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Subject: Ross's goose & blue morph snow goose
From: Edward Enold <e2enold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:17:12 -0500
The Ross's goose reported by JB is still present on MLK Blvd.
A blue morph snow goose in feeding in the grass at Gordon boat ramp
(cleveland metroparks reservation at the northern end of MLK Blvd.)

Bird on-
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Subject: White Geese, Mentor, Lake County
From: "Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" <chitanion AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:00:16 -0500
Earlier today Ray Hannikman and Tom Frankel found 4 Rosss’ss’s Geese at 
Mentor Lagoons, they flew off but they refound them just southeast of the park 
in the lawn in front of the water treatment plant (41.719854, -81.336663). 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27334433

While driving on the freeway to see the geese I spotted a Snow Goose in the 
lawn just northeast of the large pond on Tyler Blvd (41.682386, -81.352572). 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27334304 

Chia

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Subject: Snow Geese Portage County east of Aurora, OH
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:52:59 -0500
About 10:30am today in Portage County I came upon 65 Snow Geese mixed with
similar number of Canadas and three or four Rosss geese.  Pictures on my
Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/

 

This was about 4  miles east of Aurora, OH (Rt. 306/43) on Pioneer Trail,
about  mile west of Diagonal Road.

 

Thanks to Jim Tomko of Audubon of Greater Cleveland for alerting me to them
yesterday.

 

Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Big Island Wildlife Area Gooseapalooza
From: Alex Eberts <aeberts33 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:10:33 -0500
At 12:45 pm, Leslie Sours and I had a high count of 28 ROSS'S GEESE on Herr 
Road near Big Island Wildlife Area. Also present were 5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED 
GEESE as well as 79 SNOW GEESE. Smaller waterfowl included Northern Pintails, 
Mallards, and American Black Ducks. An eagle strafed the flock and flushed most 
of the birds, but they were circling and seemed to want to stay in the area. 


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Subject: 3-Creeks-to-PickPonds,2-05: Snow Geese, Fox Sparrow
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:08:02 -0500
I hiked & biked several areas around these two MetroParks south of Columbus 
this morning, and found fair birding. At 3-Creeks, I biked around the 
Confluence area and the Borrow Pits area, then biked over between Cruiser Pond 
and Winchester Lake along the Blacklick Creek Greenway. Lastly, I stopped at 
Pickerington Ponds and nearby Portman Park. Most birds were near the creeks in 
these places. At Pick Ponds, Ellis Pond, Mallard Marsh, and Teal Pond were 
partly open, but only the last one had many waterfowl. Notables included: 


Snow Geese - 2 were with a flock of 300 Canadas south of Wright Rd west of 
Bowen. Another large flock of Canadas (350) near Cruiser Pond had nothing 
unusual. 


Dabblers - Teal Pond and Mallard Marsh at Pick Ponds had mostly Mallards, but 
also had smaller numbers of Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, and 
Wigeon. 


Raptors - Red-tailed hawks were at many locations. Cooper's were much scarcer, 
with only 1 seen, at Portman 


Woodpeckers - nothing but the expected 4, but they were very active at many 
places, with lots of calling & drumming 


Brown Creepers - scarce, with only singles at 2 spots in 3-Creeks

Robins - small #s, with 2-5 at many locations but no big flocks

Horned Larks - flyovers at 4 different locations, all headed north, so the 
first 'migrants' appear to be running. 


Fox Sparrow - the red form bird at 3-Creeks has moved from near the Confluence 
parking area east to where the bikepath passes beneath the power lines (a 
reliable spot for them in years past). 


White-crowned Sparrows - 2-3 were still hanging around the feeder at the Wood 
Duck picnic area in Pick Ponds 


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Subject: Kinglet
From: mary.huey AT sbcglobal.net <mary.huey@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:01:05 GMT
Looking at a golden-crowned kinglet right now in my backyard! Early or late?? 
Nice!! 

Mary Huey
Willoughby, Ohio 
Lake County

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Subject: Ross's Goose Cleveland
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:01:01 -0500
i just found a Ross's Goose at the large pond on Martin Luther King Blvd at 
intersection with 105th. This is immediately north of CLE Museum of Natural 
History 



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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Geese, Panhandle rd., Delaware
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:22:51 +0000
Around 8.30 a.m. it was a flock of 110 Snow Geese coming to the pond south of 
Panhandle rd. My pictures showed 2-3 Ross'ses mixed in the flock. On the pond 
were also present 18 White-fronted Geese. N.Shrike was in the field on south 
side of the road. 


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Subject: Mosquito Lake Gr White-fronted Geese
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:10:51 -0500
 A large group observed about 35 Greater White-fronted Geese along with 4 Snow 
Geese, a large contingent of Canada's and a light morph Rough-legged Hawk at a 
pond on 

Mahan Denman Rd east of Hoagland Blackstrub Rd. The GWFG's flew off towards 
Mosquito Res. 


Chris Pierce

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Subject: Cackling geese
From: Douglas Bohanan <bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:11:06 -0500
Sorry to show such ignorance, but I just can't seem to id Cackling geese. I 
look and look over the flocks and just can't seem to distinguish between 
Canada's and Cackling geese. My hearing not so hot either so picking them out 
that way doesn't seem to be working. Can someone provide photos of the two 
together from a local spot so I can maybe see a difference? 


Humbly,

Douglas B

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Subject: Griggs,MarbleCliff,2-04 - creepers, RIng-necks
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 07:32:43 -0500
Not much along this stretch of the Scioto from Griggs Dam down to Marble Cliff. 
Water is open & ice-free, so there's nothing to hold the ducks below Griggs 
Dam, which had very few waterfowl. There was a small flock of Ring-necked Ducks 
at Marble Cliff, but little else other than Mallards. Landbirds also continued 
their winter disappearing act, with few birds along the whole stretch, other 
than a few chickadees, woodpeckers, and brown creepers at both spots. 


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Subject: Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:45:48 +0000
FEBRUARY 05, 2016 - Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Towpath Trail Census.HIKE: Ohio & 
Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Rd.TIME: 
7:30am-3:45pm TEMP.: 25-42-39 COND.: Mostly sunny with clouds/sun mix turning 
sunny with blue skies back to mostly sunny with clouds/sun mix again. No snow 
cover; Dover Pond was ice-free, Ira Beaver Marsh had skim-ice melting away to 
3/4 open.TRAIL COND.: Frozen & rutted, thawing to sloppy & muddy. RIVER COND.: 
Above normal from last week's rains, swift & muddy.FT.MI.: 13.51 OBS.: John 
Henry & Douglas W. Vogus. 

I. MAMMALS: 4 SPECIES.   
   - Eastern Gray Squirrel - 4   

   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 4
   - Red Squirrel - 41
   - White-tailed Deer - 3 (doe)

II. BIRDS: 41 SPECIES.(NOTE: ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was 
heard calling but not sexed) 

   - Canada Goose - 106   

   - American Black Duck - 25 (14m,11f)
   - Mallard - 70 (45m,25f)
   - Common Goldeneye - 1 (f - First February Record)
   - Common Merganser - 1 (m)
   - Great Blue Heron - 2
   - Bald Eagle - 4 (3 adult,1 immature)
   - Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 7 (1 immature)
   - Ring-billed Gull - 20
   - Herring Gull - 27
   - Rock Pigeon - 11
   - Mourning Dove - 3
   - Eastern Screech-Owl - 1 (gray morph)
   - Belted Kingfisher - 3 (m)
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 12 (3m,2f,3?,4*)
   - Downy Woodpecker - 19 (6m,6f,2?,5*)
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 7 (1m,2f,3?,1*)
   - Pileated Woodpecker - 2 (*)
   - Peregrine Falcon - 1 (m)
   - Blue Jay - 23
   - American Crow - 36
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 36
   - Tufted Titmouse - 13
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 31 (12m,6f,2?,11*)
   - Carolina Wren - 5
   - Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4 (1m,1f,2*)
   - Eastern Bluebird - 13 (4m,8f,1?)
   - American Robin - 5
   - European Starling - 83
   - Eastern Towhee - 1 (*)
   - American Tree Sparrow - 33
 - Chipping Sparrow - 1 (at thistle feeder at house just west of Lock 32 in 
Boston - First February Record) 

   - Song Sparrow - 8
   - White-throated Sparrow - 17
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 18 (10m,4f,4?)
   - Northern Cardinal - 30 (19m,8f,3*)
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 2 (m)
   - House Finch - 4 (2m,1f,1*)
   - American Goldfinch - 17
   - House Sparrow - 22

Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio. 

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Subject: all white hawk seen at Orchard Hiils Park, Chesterland
From: Laura <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:19:43 -0500
I and at least three others saw an all white hawk around 2:45p. 2/5.  Near
Caves Rd. Buteo sized. Two park goers, not necessarily bird watchers, saw
white hawk with two other darker "normal"  Buteo types. I saw about two
darker Buteo types at park myself, but not with white hawk.  Captive bird
of falconer perhaps? (I know almost nothing about that hobby.) Aviary
escapee? Did anyone else's see this?

Thanks,

Laura

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Subject: Re: Red-breasted nuthatch, question
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:36:07 -0500
Usually one or two are reported yearly.  We get more when seed crops in
Canada are not up to par.
On Feb 5, 2016 10:19 AM, "Ken Thompson" <
000002ec82ee436f-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> Looked out my home computer-room window couple days ago and saw a
> red-breasted nuthatch hopping around in an arbor vitae.  In the area that
> we left (St Louis MO) that would've been fodder for the Rare Bird Alert.
> How rare or common are they in NE Ohio?  Also seeing white-breasted
> nuthatch, chickadee, titmouse, robins, red-bellied woodpecker ....   Also
> in the St Louis area, downy woodpeckers were plentiful -- haven't heard or
> seen any here yet.    ??
> Ken Thompson
> Silver Lake, OHkth0mpsn AT yahoo.com
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Subject: Snow/Ross's Geese, Logan County Feb. 5, 2016
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:08:24 -0500
To add to the Snow/Ross's Geese reports. I saw to pop their heads up as I
was leaving work. I quickly turned around and went back to work to see how
many there were.  There was a total of 8, three were blue morph, one of the
white ones was a Ross's goose... and I left my stupid camera at home.
Associates working at Honda can see these geese in the big pond out front
of East Liberty.

Have a great weekend, happy birding and God bless.

Steve J
US-Ohio-East Liberty-11000 Ohio 347 - 40.332x-83.559
Feb 05, 2016
3:30 PM
Stationary
11 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Lake at Honda East Liberty. Restricted access.
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4

6 Snow Goose
1 Ross's Goose -- White goose with stubby bill. Bill smaller than the rest
of the snow geese that it was next to.
1 Snow/Ross's Goose
200 Canada Goose

Number of Taxa: 4

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Subject: Re: i.e Golden Eagle BDMP - Sighting in NOV 2015
From: "Kevin O'Neil" <kevin.c.oneil AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:37:28 -0500
I got excited seeing the post until I read it and realized it was three months 
ago. 


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Subject: Brambling present today
From: Paul Graham <paulgraham AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:37:33 -0500
The bird made a brief appearance at 12:30. Property owner said its there 
everyday -- and had been earlier this morning 

Paul Graham

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Subject: Blue Snow Goose Eaat 55th
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:05:12 -0500
Blue Snow Goose still present at East 55th marina showing well in the marina 
and up on shore grazing with Canada Geese 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Iceland gull....Dayton
From: Eric Elvert <Elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:37:07 -0500
I had a 1st winter Iceland gull at deeds park just below the dam on the river 
bank. It flew south a handful of minutes after I found it. 

Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton, Ohio

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Subject: Snow Goose East 55th marina
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:47:49 -0500
Just found a "blue" Snow Goose with 42 Canada Geese in the marina at East 55th, 
Cleveland 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Snow Geese, Lorain County
From: Femme Metal <femme.metal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:51:40 -0500
I spotted a mixed group of Canada Geese and Snow Geese in a field on
Butternut Ridge Rd (West of Rt. 58) this morning around 8:15 AM.  Was only
able to take a quick look.  There were two blue morph and 15 to 20 white
Snow Geese.

This afternoon around 1:30 PM the flock had moved East to the pond at New
Russia Township Nature Preserve (to the East of Rt 58 - still on Butternut
Ridge Rd).  The drive to the preserve is closed but I was able to get a
decent view (with binoculars) from the fence.

Kristen Stillwell
Oberlin, OH

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Greater Scaup-2 males
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:57:26 -0500
  Thoreau Lake- 2 male Greater Scaup

     Blendon Woods Metro Park
        Nature Center
           614-895-6221

          Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: i.e Golden Eagle BDMP
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:14:05 -0500
We had a immature Golden Eagle over the nature center 11 Nov. (plus
three Rough-legged) making circles and high glides moving south.  The
third one we've seen there (now fourth).

Patty and David Tan
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Subject: Thayer's Gull/Northern Shrike FRANK 1/14/16
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:12:37 -0500
A Thayer's Gull (3rd winter) was found 330 pm 1/14 Hoover Dam (marina
at Smoke Burr Dr. and Sunbury Rd.) Franklin Co. loafing on the pier
with Ring-billed and 130 Herring (adults, 2-3 2nd winter, 1 first
winter) in good light for over 45 min.  It flew several times for
short distances, spending its time on the pier or in the water below
it.  I carry at Canon with 300 m lens but wasn't able to get ph..

About 5 % smaller than av. Herring Gull and similar shade gray mantle,
pale gray/gray-brown wash over face and neck with variable blurry
streaking, grayish streak through eye, dark eyes and surrounding
(pupil not visible), thin bill with steep hook, short legs.  Legs
"rich" pink.  Bill much thinner than Herring, steep hook often made it
appear long billed.  Bill yellowish with gray cast, more pure yellow
in center, pale tip, with ring over gony ( dark triangle, dark
lower/pale upper).

Wing tips on sitting bird gray (slightly darker than mantle) with
about 5 with tips showing.  They often appeared a shade of gray brown.
On spread wing, the pattern of outer five above gave a venetian-blind
look with dark along outer web and subterminally the tip, the length
of gray on each primary substantially shorter on each moving inward.
Thus, the effect was "L" pattern on each primary.  From below, the
white tips showed only gray spots, the "bars" from the subterminal
pattern above.  On the folded wing, the paleness  of the primaries was
surprisingly easy to see.

Combination of size, eye color, bill structure, and wing tip pattern,
from above and below, point decisively to Thayer's (excl. potential
hybrids, also).  I have not been able to find any published Franklin
Co. records but believe "a couple" recent ones exist (if memory
serves).

PS
An ad. Northern Shrike was seen along a hedge (near OSU agricultural
field) in Arlington near NW Broadway and Kenny 1/13.
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Subject: Thayer's Gull/Northern Shrike FRANK Co. 1/14/16
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:10:31 -0500
A Thayer's Gull (3rd winter) was found 330 pm 1/14 Hoover Dam (marina
at Smoke Burr Dr. and Sunbury Rd.) Franklin Co. loafing on the pier
with Ring-billed and 130 Herring (adults, 2-3 2nd winter, 1 first
winter) in good light for over 45 min.  It flew several times for
short distances, spending its time on the pier or in the water below
it.  I carry at Canon with 300 m lens but wasn't able to get ph..

About 5 % smaller than av. Herring Gull and similar shade gray mantle,
pale gray/gray-brown wash over face and neck with variable blurry
streaking, grayish streak through eye, dark eyes and surrounding
(pupil not visible), thin bill with steep hook, short legs.  Legs
"rich" pink.  Bill much thinner than Herring, steep hook often made it
appear long billed.  Bill yellowish with gray cast, more pure yellow
in center, pale tip, with ring over gony ( dark triangle, dark
lower/pale upper).

Wing tips on sitting bird gray (slightly darker than mantle) with
about 5 with tips showing.  They often appeared a shade of gray brown.
On spread wing, the pattern of outer five above gave a venetian-blind
look with dark along outer web and subterminally the tip, the length
of gray on each primary substantially shorter on each moving inward.
Thus, the effect was "L" pattern on each primary.  From below, the
white tips showed only gray spots, the "bars" from the subterminal
pattern above.  On the folded wing, the paleness  of the primaries was
surprisingly easy to see.

Combination of size, eye color, bill structure, and wing tip pattern,
from above and below, point decisively to Thayer's (excl. potential
hybrids, also).  I have not been able to find any published Franklin
Co. records but believe "a couple" recent ones exist (if memory
serves).

PS
An ad. Northern Shrike was seen along a hedge (near OSU agricultural
field) in Arlington near NW Broadway and Kenny 1/13.
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Subject: Kestrels
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:06:00 -0500
early Kestrels seen:  1 VA hosp. 1/28; 1 Battielle Darby wetlands 2/3

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Subject: Re: Golden Eagle, Battelle Darby Franklin Co.
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:01:56 -0500
We had a immature Golden Eagle over the nature center 11 Nov. (plus
three Rough-legged) making circles and high glides moving south.  The
third one we've seen there (now fourth).

Patty and David Tan

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:05 PM, Ira Shulgin
<0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:
> This afternoon I observed and took pictures of 2nd year Golden Eagle flying 
south along Darby Creek rd. It was flying low making circles around wetlands 
area. 

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Subject: Binocular Lens Cover
From: Gene Stauffer <stauffergene1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:28:06 -0500
Today I found a binocular lens cover at Glacier Ridge Metro Park near Dublin in 
Union County. If you lost one e-mail me off-line and we can arrange to get it 
to you. 

Gene StaufferGrove City
                                          
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Subject: Re: Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, Trumbull County
From: Lukas Padegimas <Lukas_Padegimas AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:12:25 -0500
Hello,



Approx. 150 Snow Geese, 47 Greater White-fronted Geese, and the 3 Ross's
Geese were in the field off of Denman-Mahan Road from 4:30-6 pm today. Pull
off at the little parking lot which I believe is labeled #2. The approximate
address of the house on the opposite side of the street is 767 Mahan Denman
Rd NE, Bristolville OH if you go on googlemaps to check it out ahead of
time. A scope is highly recommended, although you can see the geese quite
well with your binoculars.



Sincerely yours,

Lukas Padegimas


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Betsy MacMillan <betsymac5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:41:54 -0500
Gingerich Road, Middlefield, Ohio (Butler County)

Just at sunset on Tuesday, the 4 Sandhill Cranes previously sighted on this
road flew in and landed in a farm field.   (We did not find them in 2
passes on this road the on Tuesday 2/2.)

Serendipity!   The photo shows the tracking device mentioned in the  prior
post.

5:30 PM -2/3/16

Betsy Mac

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Subject: Killdeer, Muskingum County
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 20:04:14 -0500
This evening in the late dusk, nearly dark, 6:25 PM, I heard the cry of a
killdeer flying above the Flint Ridge upland, at our farm in Hopewell
Township, Muskingum County.

After they disappear in late fall I don't usually see or hear them here
again until late February. So this was something unusual, and slightly out
of season. Certainly, the temperatures were unseasonably warm the past
couple days, topping out at 63 today. When Jane and I walked up the pasture
for our evening walk, just before I heard the killdeer, it was 54 F.

Interesting.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Red-breasted mergansers
From: Barbara Natterer <bnatterer AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:48:23 -0500
Today at 10:30 am, over 200 Red-breasted mergansers were floating in the 
Cuyahoga River, at the Holiday boat landing area in the Cleveland Flats. This 
boat landing is where Scranton Rd. dead ends into the flats. The opposite side 
of the river is Tower City and the Hard Rock Café’s huge red guitar that 
hangs on the building. 


Barb Natterer

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Subject: Black Vulture Sandusky County
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:48:05 -0500
Natalie Shroder saw a low-flying Black Vulture at the Route 53 / I-80 junction 
in Sandusky County yesterday 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Northern Shrike Magee Marsh
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:43:41 -0500
Mark Hainen reports the continuing Northern Shrike along the Magee Marsh 
causeway today 



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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Mosquito Creek Wildlife Area, Trumbull County
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 19:28:47 -0500
Received a report this morning from Mark Shave that the Snow Geese and
Greater White-fronted Geese were still at Mosquito Creek on the reservoir.
I arrive about 10:45 am but did not see them for an hour.  As I left to
search the Wildlife Area for them (feeding, I hoped!) I heard tremendous
honking and hundreds of geese and ducks were leaving the fields west of the
reservoir and heading to the lake, right over my head!  I snapped some pics,
watched them on the water for a while, and after about 20 minutes they
returned to the fields. Great views about 1.6 miles west on Denman-Mahan
Road, looking at the small lake to the north.  A real surprise was three
Ross's Geese in with the Snow's.



Here are some pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/.



eBird checklist submitted.  Thanks to Larry Richardson & others who watched
with me for help with the Ross's Geese.



Matt Valencic

(escaped for the day from Geauga County)


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Subject: Greater White Fronted Geese - Pickaway County
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:38:54 -0500
Seen at Deer Creek State Park today:

Greater White Fronted Geese - 24 (thanks to Margaret Bowman who saw them
yesterday.
Canada Geese - 39
Gadwall - 3
American Wigeon - 7
American Black Duck - 8
Mallard - 64
Northern Pintail - 9
Green-winged Teal - 22
Common Goldeneye - 1
Hooded Merganser - 4
Ruddy Duck - 4
Bald Eagle - 3
Northern Harrier - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 242
Herring Gull - 1

At the Island Road gravel quarry west of Circleville:

Redheads - 12


Melanie Shuter
Circleville

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Subject: Snowy Owl at NASA Glenn Research Center in Brookpark yesterday
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 14:55:28 -0500


I'm working remotely from Tucson now, but my officemates in Cleveland told me 
about the snowy owl that was on the roof of my work building yesterday. I'm 
sorry that I missed it, but the birds in Tucson are pretty nice. Photos are 
posted below: 



 https://www.instagram.com/p/BBTAdRjjdFY/?taken-by=nasaglenn  

 

                                          
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Subject: Snow Geese - K.P.
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:13:03 -0500
Ron Sempier is reporting incredible numbers of Snow Geese at Killdeer
Plains.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Re: Huge movement of geese, site totals
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:06:06 -0500
To add to this,

I personally didn't get a count, due to lack of light, but another birder I
talked to yesterday had snow geese in Marion Co. on one of the ponds at Big
Island Wildlife Area along Rt 95 somewhere.

Seems to be the season. :-D

We still have about 120 Tundra Swans and 20-30 Trumpeter Swans along with
the usual Canada Geese, Ducks, and some Ring-billed Gulls at the middle
pond of Big Island Wildlife Area along Larue-Prospect.

Steve J.
On Feb 2, 2016 10:32 PM, "jen brumfield"  wrote:

> Throughout the state multiple reports poured in today of high numbers of
> both Snow and and Greater White-fronted Geese along with scattered Ross's
> Geese--- a movement spawned by recent weather combinations erupting from
> the south and Midwest. One of the highest totals came from Mosquito Lake in
> Trumbull County where Larry Richardson had 120 Snow Geese and 30 Greater
> White-fronted Geese as well as several Ross's Geese at this Trumbull County
> site. Ethan Kistler reports: take Mahan-Denman road All the way to the east
> where it ends at the waters edge and scope thoroughly through the hundreds
> upon hundreds of geese in the middle of the lake.
>
> Dave Clark II had 5 Greater White-fronted Geese fly in off Lake Erie at
> Huron harbor this afternoon in Erie County.
>
> The 16 Ross's Geese found yesterday by Donna Kaminski at Lorain Impound
> were not present today.
>
> A Ross's Goose at Chagrin River Park in Lake County yesterday was not
> found today.
>
> Remarkably, John Petruzzi and Jeff Harvey found 100 Snow Geese and 50
> Greater White-fronted Geese in Mahoning County today at a half frozen lake
> along Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township.
>
> Scott Myers had 40 white geese on a frozen farm pond of US 30 on the
> Putnam/Allen County Line.
>
> Kent Miller had 26 Snow and 4 Ross's Geese put down near his property in
> Stark county.
>
> Bennie Saylor found a Greater White-fronted Goose with Canada Geese on
> Reeder Road at Walborn Reservoir.
>
>
>
>
> Jen Brumfield
> Cleveland, OH
>
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Subject: Huge movement of geese, site totals
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 22:32:09 -0500
Throughout the state multiple reports poured in today of high numbers of both 
Snow and and Greater White-fronted Geese along with scattered Ross's Geese--- a 
movement spawned by recent weather combinations erupting from the south and 
Midwest. One of the highest totals came from Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County 
where Larry Richardson had 120 Snow Geese and 30 Greater White-fronted Geese as 
well as several Ross's Geese at this Trumbull County site. Ethan Kistler 
reports: take Mahan-Denman road All the way to the east where it ends at the 
waters edge and scope thoroughly through the hundreds upon hundreds of geese in 
the middle of the lake. 


Dave Clark II had 5 Greater White-fronted Geese fly in off Lake Erie at Huron 
harbor this afternoon in Erie County. 


The 16 Ross's Geese found yesterday by Donna Kaminski at Lorain Impound were 
not present today. 


A Ross's Goose at Chagrin River Park in Lake County yesterday was not found 
today. 


Remarkably, John Petruzzi and Jeff Harvey found 100 Snow Geese and 50 Greater 
White-fronted Geese in Mahoning County today at a half frozen lake along 
Western Reserve Road in Beaver Township. 


Scott Myers had 40 white geese on a frozen farm pond of US 30 on the 
Putnam/Allen County Line. 


Kent Miller had 26 Snow and 4 Ross's Geese put down near his property in Stark 
county. 


Bennie Saylor found a Greater White-fronted Goose with Canada Geese on Reeder 
Road at Walborn Reservoir. 





Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Portage Cy. Chipping Sparrow Already!
From: Jim Tomko <jwtomkood AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:12:20 -0600
February 1st and 2nd there was a single Chipping Sparrow at my backyard bird 
feeders in Aurora. Could he be in agreement with Punxsutawney Phil? I know it 
is very early. I don't usually see them until April. 


Jim Tomko

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl at Hopkins airport
From: Liz McQuaid <prwarbler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:14:04 -0500
Please be aware that both NASA and Airport security WILL STOP YOU AND
QUESTION YOU on W Hangar Rd.
On Feb 2, 2016 9:06 PM, "Matthew Valenic"  wrote:

> After watching from the restaurant parking lot for an hour without success
> (I did see Red-tailed Hawks, a Peregrine and a Rough-legged Hawk) I drove
> to
> Hanger Road near NASA and cruised slowly - SUCCESS!  Here are a few
> pictures
> of the bird.  It did not  hesitate to perch on this rather flimsy marker -
> funny to watch.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
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Subject: Snowy Owl at Hopkins airport
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 21:05:59 -0500
After watching from the restaurant parking lot for an hour without success
(I did see Red-tailed Hawks, a Peregrine and a Rough-legged Hawk) I drove to
Hanger Road near NASA and cruised slowly - SUCCESS!  Here are a few pictures
of the bird.  It did not  hesitate to perch on this rather flimsy marker -
funny to watch.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/



Matt Valencic


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