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24 Jan Tues. January 27.Columbus Audubon program [Darlene Sillick ]
24 Jan Snowy Owls, Cleveland [jen brumfield ]
24 Jan Mahoning River waterfowl [Craig Holt ]
24 Jan DarbyCreek,1-24: raptors,woodpeckers [rob thorn ]
24 Jan Killdeer plains today [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Great Horned Owl Nest Cam [Dillon Nott ]
24 Jan Killdeer plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Re: Snowy Owls Hopkins [jen brumfield ]
24 Jan Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area [Steve Jones ]
24 Jan Snowy Owls Hopkins [jen brumfield ]
24 Jan Eastlake Power Plant-Glaucous Gull [Sally Isacco ]
24 Jan Eurasian Collared Doves Ashland Co. [Terry Sponseller ]
24 Jan Northern Shrike Killdeer plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Northern Shrike Killdeer Plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Re: puzzle for a snowy day [Haans Petruschke ]
24 Jan puzzle for a snowy day [Bill Whan ]
24 Jan Holmes County [Dale Brubeck ]
24 Jan Northern Saw-whet Owl [John Seiler ]
23 Jan Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot County [Charles Bombaci ]
23 Jan Harlequin duck returned to Eastlake! [Trevor Wearstler ]
23 Jan Weekend hopefuls [Douglas Bohanan ]
23 Jan LibertyTownshipPark,1-23: SandhillCranes, Harrier [rob thorn ]
23 Jan Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Songbirds ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
23 Jan Surf Scoter [Jon Benedetti ]
23 Jan Bald Eagle - Chippewa Lake, Medina County ["Komjati Design Inc." ]
23 Jan Horned Larks, Chippewa Lake, Medina County [Komjati Design ]
23 Jan Sparrow Tales [Bill Whan ]
23 Jan Iceland Gulls, White-winged Scoters Rocky River Park [jen brumfield ]
22 Jan Great Blue Heron [Trumbull County] ["J. Hochadel" ]
22 Jan Sandhill Cranes [mary warren ]
20 Jan Fwd: Rejected posting to OHIO-BIRDS@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU [Dan Best ]
20 Jan Preble County Snowy Owl - no [Sam Fitton ]
20 Jan Eastlake-Ice is out but birds are gone [Sally Isacco ]
20 Jan Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Del. Cty [Charles Bombaci ]
20 Jan cackler dayton [Eric Elvert ]
20 Jan Snowy Owl CLE Hopkins [jen brumfield ]
20 Jan Kestrel versus RT Hawk at Springfield Bog (SUMMIT Co.) [Jon ]
19 Jan Killdeer plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
19 Jan BlackhandGorge,FlintRidge,1-19: woodpeckers,WinterWren [rob thorn ]
19 Jan Eastlake-Big change from Saturday [Sally Isacco ]
19 Jan Cackling Geese, Dublin, Franklin Co. [Ira Shulgin ]
19 Jan " Am I early? :-D " [Dillon Nott ]
19 Jan Dark Morph Rough-legged Hawk @ Big Island Wildlife Area...well sort of. [Steve Jones ]
18 Jan Greater White-fronted Geese/Snow Geese [Mike Shade ]
18 Jan Re: Don't be a user!!! [eric elvert ]
18 Jan Darke County rough-legged, etc. [Regina Schieltz ]
18 Jan Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 1/18 [John Pogacnik ]
18 Jan Snowy Owl [Bob Holmes ]
18 Jan Re: Possible Merlin [Gautam Apte ]
18 Jan NOMO and dead duck [Ken Andrews ]
18 Jan UrbanSciotoII,Grandview-to-Griggs,1-18: BaldEagle,ducks [rob thorn ]
18 Jan Greater white-fronted, snow geese, west carrollton gravel pit, montgomery county [Rick ]
18 Jan Green-winged Teal at Jackson Bog in STARK county [Jon Cefus ]
18 Jan Don't be a user!!! [Eric Elvert ]
18 Jan Buntings and Horned Larks at Soltis road [Matt Valencic ]
18 Jan Late report- Cleveland area birding [Andrew Sewell ]
18 Jan Summit Lake & CVNP [DUG ]
17 Jan Eastlake, Cleveland and Lorain... [Andrew Avram ]
17 Jan Barred owl box [Dillon Nott ]
17 Jan Greenlawn-Scioto,1-17: geese raptors [rob thorn ]
17 Jan Trying to Locate a Saw Whet Owl [John Seiler ]
17 Jan Many raptors [Ken Ostermiller ]
17 Jan Harlequin duck still present [Cole DiFabio ]
17 Jan Lawrence Woods Winter Hike [Steve Jones ]
17 Jan Chickadee arguments [Haans Petruschke ]
17 Jan Snowy Owl at Cleveland Hopkins Airport [Femme Metal ]
17 Jan Hoover Dam Spillway, Columbus [Nancy Rudd ]
17 Jan Merlin Muskingum Co [anthony fry ]
17 Jan Iceland gull deeds park/ island park [Eric Elvert ]
17 Jan Possible Merlin [Dillon Nott ]
17 Jan Eastlake Harlequin [Jerry Talkington ]
17 Jan No Harlequin at Eastlake, Red-necked Grebe consolation prize [Andrew Sewell ]
17 Jan Long-tailed Ducks Edgewater [jen brumfield ]
17 Jan Re: Black Scoter (female) at Eastlake Seawall [Marcia ]
16 Jan Black Scoter (female) at Eastlake Seawall [Matt Valencic ]
16 Jan Tour of Cleveland area Lake Erie waterfowl sites [Randy Rowe ]

Subject: Tues. January 27.Columbus Audubon program
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:41:10 -0500
Please join us as a Columbus Audubon/GIAC member and/or guest, as we welcome
former Westerville North High School science and ecology teacher and
researcher herpetologist, Doug Wynn, to discuss some amazing aspects of his
more than 25 years of field research.



Nadya Bennett and Darlene Sillick

Columbus Audubon co-program chairs



The Timber Rattlesnake is Ohio's largest venomous snake, reaching a record
length of 74 inches. Timber Rattlesnakes were historically found across much
of Ohio, but their range has been reduced to three general areas - largely
public forests and are listed as an endangered species in Ohio by the Ohio
Division of Wildlife. At this time, their reproductive characteristics are
insufficient for survival since they cannot keep up with the present levels
of intentional killings, road mortality, commercial collecting, diseases,
and habitat destruction. A realistic evaluation recognizes that controlling
habitat destruction is the only practical solution to preventing the Ohio
Timber Rattlesnake from extirpation. Present management plans by the Ohio
Division of Forestry include an increase in logging and the use of
controlled burning. Research published in scientific journals indicate that
Ohio's forestry plans will likely be devastating to our Timber Rattlesnake.

Please join us as we welcome Doug Wynn, Herpetologist, who will ask the
question: Ohio's Timber Rattlesnake: After Twenty-five years of Studies are
we Documenting an Extirpation?

7:00 - 7:15 pm: CA Short Program: Kendra Wecker, Wildlife Diversity
Coordinator for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, will review the Ohio Wildlife
Legacy Stamp program

7:15 - 7:30 pm: Social time, light refreshments and Bird Quiz with study
skins from Dr. Angelika Nelson and fun quiz with a special prize.

7:30 - 9:00 pm: Main program, door prizes

This Columbus Audubon program is free and open to the public. All programs
are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center 505 West Whittier Street in
the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).




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Subject: Snowy Owls, Cleveland
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:37:36 -0500
For those seeking Snowy Owls in northeast Ohio, the most reliable and 
safely-viewed birds are up to THREE that are frequenting CLE Hopkins 
International Airport as of this afternoon. The best location to scan from is 
the 100th Bomb Group restaurant on Brookpark Road. Reports from Burke airport 
have been scattered and there are no legal locations to stop and scan from 
right now, as snow is blocking the pull-offs. The birds viewed today at Hopkins 
include two apparent females and one immature. Patience and intense scoping 
required 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Mahoning River waterfowl
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:45:46 +0000
I birded the Mahoning R. from Struthers to Lowellville (Mahoning Co.) today, 
and had decent luck.  Waterfowl found were: Canada geese, 66 mallards, 8 Am. 
black ducks, canvasback, 19 ring-necked ducks, greater scaup, lesser scaup, 3 
buffleheads, and 2 hooded mergansers (a low number for the location).  No c. 
goldeneyes was unusual, also.  Craig Holt, Lowellville 


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Subject: DarbyCreek,1-24: raptors,woodpeckers
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:44:02 -0500
I spent a fairly nice morning hiking around areas along Darby Creek southwest 
of Columbus, starting at the US40 bridge, then visiting Kuhlwein wetlands, the 
Battelle Darby Nature Center, Cedar Ridge, and Indian Ridge. Lots of chickadees 
and woodpeckers in wooded areas, but field birds were noticeably scarce. 
Highlights included: 


Canada Geese - flocks in many stretches of the Creek, which was largely open.
Raptors - Red-tails at every stop, but also had Red-shouldered (Cedar Ridge), 
Harriers (2  AT  Kuhlwein), and Kestrel (Nature Center road). 

Woodpeckers - many Downies, Red-bellies, but also had 4 Hairies, 3 Flickers, 
and 1 Sapsucker (on Terrace Trail, Indian Ridge 

Chickadees - normally not noted, but #s were up at every stop, often in double 
digits 

BrownCreeper - not a single one, despite being in great habitat all morning
Golden-cr.Kinglet - only 1, with chickadees at the US40 bridge
E.Bluebirds - small groups in many spots, often in company with House Finches
Horned Larks - small #s, topped by 3 along Kuhlwein Rd. No snow allows them to 
spread away from roads here 

Yellow-rumped Warblers - 2 at US 40 bridge
E.Towhee - a small flock of 3 males & 2 females was along the south leg of the 
Terrace Trail at Indian Ridge 

Tree Sparrows - small #s at most stops, topped by 5-6 at the Kuhlwein wetlands
Swamp Sparrow - a single bird was at the Kuhlwein wetlands

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Subject: Killdeer plains today
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:35:22 -0500
3 Rough-legged hawks
2 Red- tailed hawks
2 Kestrels
1 Northern Harrier, male
1 Imm Bald eagle 
1 Northern Shrike
1 Flicker
1 Imm Red-headed woodpecker
1 Downy woodpecker 
1 Red-bellied woodpecker 
2 N cardinals
 
Outside of Killdeer at CH-117 & 294-
Huge flock of Horned Larks, Mourning Doves and a few Lapland Longspurs. There 
was some flashes of white which could have been Snow Buntings. I started by 
watching a small group on the road and saw the LL's in them. Then a larger 
group came from east and everything took off to the west. Lost them then. 


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Subject: Great Horned Owl Nest Cam
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:23:00 -0800
The Lab of Cornell or at the All About Birds website has a live broadcast
of a nest of great horns nesting in possibly a Osprey nest. The pair have
two eggs.
Link: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/46/Great_Horned_Owls/

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Subject: Killdeer plains
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:41:48 -0500
Nope, the big blue box.  Honda element

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owls Hopkins
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:38:55 -0500
THREE Snowy Owls at Hopkins now, all viewed from 100th bomber group restaurant. 
Two birds near IX center, one on far northeast end of airport 



JB
CLE, OH
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On Jan 24, 2015, at 2:17 PM, "jen brumfield"  wrote:

> Two Snowy Owls at Hopkins now, viewed from 100 Bomber Group restaurant 
looking out towards the IX center 

> 
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Subject: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:38:41 -0500
Great hawk watching day at Killdeer today.  Lots of Red-tailed hawks.  One
Red-sholdered hawk was across from the Ranger's station...it got flushed
out by a dark morph Rough-legged hawk...who promptly took over hunting the
area...really good views of the Rough-legged Hawk hunting technique.  Wife
FINALLY saw a Northern Shrike...after 3 years of looking. :-D

Everything else typical for Hunted Killdeer Plains.  Didn't go looking for
owls...too many rifles,  and not enough orange.

List below.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.


Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot, US-OH
Jan 24, 2015 11:29 AM - 1:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
13 species

Canada Goose  30
Northern Harrier  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  10
American Kestrel  1
Northern Shrike  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Horned Lark  2
European Starling  400
Northern Cardinal  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516915

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

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Subject: Snowy Owls Hopkins
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:16:53 -0500
Two Snowy Owls at Hopkins now, viewed from 100 Bomber Group restaurant looking 
out towards the IX center 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Eastlake Power Plant-Glaucous Gull
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:12:13 -0500
Even though it's 30 degrees out,  with the wind chill, it seems much
colder.  Lots of open water.  Best bird was a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Eurasian Collared Doves Ashland Co.
From: Terry Sponseller <tsbs AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:54:21 -0500
There were 8 Eurasian Collared Doves at the Perrysville cemetery this morning. 
Also, there is a large mixed flock of Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings and 
Horned Lark along CR 2920 between Perrysville and Loudonville. 

Terry and Barb Sponseller
Canton

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Subject: Northern Shrike Killdeer plains
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:44:29 -0500
Just saw Northern Shrike again at Killdeer, but different location. It was on 
CH-71 east of TH-108 and on North side in a line of trees going north. Here are 
gps 40.724 n by -83.319 w. Rest of day list to come. 


-Douglas B

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Subject: Northern Shrike Killdeer Plains
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:39:54 -0500
Just saw North

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Subject: Re: puzzle for a snowy day
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:29:26 -0500
Hi,

I remember the flat Copper piece.  It did not have the long tail feathers
of the Parakeet.  Neither does this pipe.

Interesting

Haans

On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 12:28 PM, Bill Whan 
wrote:

> Yeah, I know we discussed this years ago, but the Ohio Historical
> Society--recently renamed the Ohio Historical 'Connection' (yuck)--now
> has some really neat ways for us citizens to inspect the precious
> objects in its collections.
>        This
> http://www.ohiomemory.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/
> p267401coll32/id/2346
>   just might interest a birder up to her hubcaps in snow. I'm a big fan
> of birding without a car from time to time.
>        Yes, this is the pipe image many of us discussed a couple of years
> ago,
> but the OHS--OK, the OH"C"--now has some nifty new ways for ordinary
> folks to scrutinize these treasures. Check out all the buttons--you can
> do everything but smell it! Previously, the big dispute was: does the
> image represent a Carolina parakeet--as Mills characterized it--or a
> "hawk"--more precisely, a peregrine falcon, based largely on the facial
> mask-- as others would have it? I'm not gonna press anew my own opinion,
> but observant birders will have a lot of features to look at, some of
> which may point in different directions...just what were they smokin'
> down in Scioto County, anyway?
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: puzzle for a snowy day
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:28:40 -0500
Yeah, I know we discussed this years ago, but the Ohio Historical
Society--recently renamed the Ohio Historical 'Connection' (yuck)--now
has some really neat ways for us citizens to inspect the precious
objects in its collections.
        This
http://www.ohiomemory.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p267401coll32/id/2346
   just might interest a birder up to her hubcaps in snow. I'm a big fan
of birding without a car from time to time.
        Yes, this is the pipe image many of us discussed a couple of years ago,
but the OHS--OK, the OH"C"--now has some nifty new ways for ordinary
folks to scrutinize these treasures. Check out all the buttons--you can
do everything but smell it! Previously, the big dispute was: does the
image represent a Carolina parakeet--as Mills characterized it--or a
"hawk"--more precisely, a peregrine falcon, based largely on the facial
mask-- as others would have it? I'm not gonna press anew my own opinion,
but observant birders will have a lot of features to look at, some of
which may point in different directions...just what were they smokin'
down in Scioto County, anyway?
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Holmes County
From: Dale Brubeck <dbrubeck AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:42:19 +0000
Traveling to Holmes County mid-week. Would appreciate any hints on where to 
bird, any special sightings recently. 


Dale Brubeck

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Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:25:47 -0800
Northern Saw-whet Owl Sighted On: Jan 24, 2015 9:25:43 AM

Latitude: 41.6844419, Longitude: -83.38901792
Altitude: 515 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=41.6844419,-83.38901792&ll=41.6844419,-83.38901792 


Address: Oregon, OH,USA

Maumee State Park
Park at sled hill follow bike path north first path go left first y go right 
next y go left look for owl left side of trail 7 ft high. Look for foot prints. 


By John Seiler

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Subject: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot County
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:39:07 -0800
Observations at Killdeer Plains  Wildlife Area today.

Ring-necked Pheasant, a cock and a hen together off TH-108
Northern Harrier, both males and females, off CH-71, CH-77, CH-68 and CH-67
Cooper's Hawk, one on CH-71 and a second at TH-103
Red-shouldered Hawk, one near the pine grove parking area off CH-71 and one 
near Pond 27 

Red-tailed Hawk, many spread around the area
Rough-legged Hawk, individuals at CH-115 near Ohio 294, Ch-71, CH-68, CH-67, 
and CH-108 

American Kestrels, numerous and spread about
Peregrine Falcon, a lone bird harassing American Tree Sparrows along CH-68 near 
Washburn Road 

Barred Owl, one in front area of the pine grove off CH-71
Northern Saw-whet Owl, one near the rear of the pine grove off CH-71
Red-headed Woodpeckers, 6 in all, at Pond 33, CH-103, CH-71, CH-123
Horned Larks, abundant, but no Lapland Longspurs to play with

Bald eagles, not a single one seen today; no sign of the shrike; no indication 
of Long-eared Owls; and I left early rather than hang around for Short-eared 
Owls. 


Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: Harlequin duck returned to Eastlake!
From: Trevor Wearstler <neobirder AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:44:51 -0500
In a desperate attempt to see a few birds today I stopped by the Eastlake
seawall/fishing pier and spotted the female Harlequin duck around 5:35pm
tonight. She was swimming solo east of the pier toward the mouth of the
Chagrin River.

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Subject: Weekend hopefuls
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:49:10 -0500
Hoping to see Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings this weekend. Any help in 
this endeavor would be appreciated. Live in Columbus so the nearer the better. 
Will travel though for Long- tailed duck, Long-eared owl, Scoters, and Barn 
owl. 


-Douglas Bohanan

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Subject: LibertyTownshipPark,1-23: SandhillCranes, Harrier
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:45:49 -0500
I found myself in Liberty Township (Powell and north) today, so I made some 
brief stops at Liberty Township Park and Scioto Ridge Woods (also known as Big 
Bear Woods, for those who remember Big Bear Farms). Best birds were flyovers at 
Liberty Township: 

Sandhill Cranes - 2 flying fairly low to the northeast. This is near some 
aboveground reservoir, where they may have been headed, so folk in the vicinity 
might keep their ears open tomorrow. 


N.Harrier - 1 juvenile soaring north. Always a treat to see these around the 
edge of suburbia. 


The park also had the usual woodpeckers & flock birds, including a lively flock 
of Juncos & Tree Sparrows. Scioto Ridge had similar flock birds, along with 7-8 
Blue Jays and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers. 


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Subject: Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Songbirds
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:08:26 -0500
         Blendon Woods is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off
of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit. Below is a list of
some of the Birds seen the last few days at Blendon Woods

           Thoreau Lake
                    Blue-winged Teal-2
                    Green-winged Teal-2
                    Rudy Duck-young male
                    Greater Scaup-2 females
                    American Wigeon-6
                    Canvasback-2
                    Hooded Merganser-2
                    Mallard-60+
                    American Black Duck-100+

          Bird Feeder at East Blind at Thoreau Lake
                     Brown Creeper-In tree behind Bird feeder


         Lake Trail
                    Red-headed Woodpecker-young
                    Pileated Woodpecker-2
                    Hairy Woodpecker
                    Hawks
                           Red-tailed Hawk
                           Cooper's

       Nature Center
                    American Tree Sparrow
                    White-tailed Sparrow

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

                                                      Bruce
Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park

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Subject: Surf Scoter
From: Jon Benedetti <jon.benedetti AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:04:04 -0500
  The young female Surf Scoter that the Eskers found yesterday afternoon,
and the Hohman's saw last evening, was still in the Ohio River off Virginia
Avenue in Marietta at 2:30 this afternoon.  It was in the river toward the
downriver end of Virginia Ave., just before the big right turn where it
heads toward Route 7. It was with some Redheads and a couple Lesser Scaup.

   The bird was far enough out in the river to be in West Virginia at times
and closer to shore and probably in Ohio at others.

Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV
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Subject: Bald Eagle - Chippewa Lake, Medina County
From: "Komjati Design Inc." <dkomjati AT KOMJATI.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:50:05 -0500
My husband saw an adult bald eagle at Kennard Road and Westfield Landing
Road at about 1:45 pm. It's sitting in the tree next to the road.

Diana Komjati
Chippewa Lake







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Subject: Horned Larks, Chippewa Lake, Medina County
From: Komjati Design <dkomjati AT KOMJATI.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 13:14:26 -0500
I just saw 10 Horned Larks at the intersection of Chippewa Road and Ballash 
Road in cornfield east of Ballash Road and on the road. Also 2 red-shouldered 
Hawks that are wanted to have a snack! 


Diana Komjati
Chippewa Lake

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Subject: Sparrow Tales
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:21:45 -0500
In 1963, Milton Trautman wrote a short note, "John Maynard Wheaton's
'Tired' Bird", which describes the only major error in Wheaton's 1882
"Report on the Birds of Ohio". In his description of the grasshopper
sparrow, Wheaton thought he had observed a change in its song "later in
the season, as if the bird, tired of the monotony of its breeding note,
changes it to a shorter and less monotonous 'se ick.'"
        Trautman recognized this 'changed' song as that of the Henslow's
sparrow, another furtive meadow species. Wheaton had collected one back
in 1856, but felt he had found the young of the grasshopper sparrow.
Trautman notes that Theodore Jasper, another physician and birder who
lived only a few blocks from Wheaton, had collected a "Henslow's
Bunting" in 1872 (OSU Museum #1171), but Wheaton apparently did not
recognize it as such for his book.
        Trautman wrote in his 1963 note this for his readers:
"Do not feel too superior. How much knowledge of birds would you have,
if like Wheaton, you had no field glasses or at best a pair of opera
glasses not designed for outdoor use, no book by Peterson or the other,
now available, information which has been amassed since his day, no
automobile to dash from one end of the state to the other, no rare bird
telephone service, and no 40 hour week? If Wheaton had desired to work
out the song and habitat differences between the Grasshopper and
Henslow, he would have had to do a great deal of traveling by horse and
buggy, and much collecting with a gun of these two secretive and
difficult-to-shoot species." Hmm.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Iceland Gulls, White-winged Scoters Rocky River Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:43:56 -0500
Three Iceland Gulls (2 adults one 1st cycle) and 14 White-winged scoters off of 
Rocky River Park, Rocky River 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Great Blue Heron [Trumbull County]
From: "J. Hochadel" <jahochadel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:26:15 -0500
One flew over while I was in the Howland [Trumbull County] area today. It
was interesting to see it flying during the steady snowfall. First Great
Blue Heron of the year for me. Hopefully it finds enough open water and
food for the next month or two.

Judy Hochadel

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: mary warren <windbird AT BEX.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:36:13 -0500
A bird that eluded me last year when I was doing a Big Year for Erie County, 
was the Sandhill Crane. 

So I was just out filling my bird feeders. I heard them first, as one often 
does with cranes. I looked up and saw 28 Sandhill Cranes fly right over my 
backyard! What a beautiful sight, even it was too late for my Big Year count. 


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Subject: Fwd: Rejected posting to OHIO-BIRDS@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
From: Dan Best <bestdan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:07:08 -0500
> Hayes Road, Middlefield Twp, Geauga County maintained its reputation 
yesterday (Jan. 19th) as a good bet for rough-legged hawks. Hayes Road north of 
Rt. 87 featured a light phase juvenile. Hayes Rd. south of Rt. 87 produced 
another light phase juvenile briefly interacting in flight with an adult light 
phase female. Perched in a tree in the NE corner of Swine Creek Reservation, an 
adult light phase male gave a good long look in the scope. 

> 
> Dan Best

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Subject: Preble County Snowy Owl - no
From: Sam Fitton <sfitton AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:41:32 -0500
Spent 2 hours mid-day looking for the snowy today with no luck. Drove all
roads within a mile, then went west to look around the Richmond Municipal
Airport.



Sam Fitton

Oxford, OH


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Subject: Eastlake-Ice is out but birds are gone
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:19:33 -0500
Most numerous are Common and Red-breasted Mergs.  Several Lesser Scaup
and the usual Gulls remain.  This was about 3:15PM. The female Black
Scoter remains;  she looked lonely;  no one to hang with! There was an
adult Bald Eagle on the ice.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Del. Cty
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 13:51:31 -0800
Things were somewhat quiet at Inniswood Metro Gardens today with mostly common 
species, however nature has a way of providing a silver lining. In a cavity off 
the Chipmunk Chatter Trail I located a gray morf Eastern Screech Owl and near 
the intersection of the Boardwalk Preserve Trail and the Spring Run Trail I 
located a Barred Owl that was just to the side of the trail. A family was 
nearby and I shared the owl with them. I'm not sure if the 5-year old or the 
adults were more excited to see an owl, a new experience for all of them. I 
didn't locate the resident Great Horned Owl which was my objective when I went 
to the park. 


Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: cackler dayton
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:54:35 -0500
1 cackler at west carrollton dam on Alex rd in Dayton oh mixed with a bunch of 
cans on the other side of the river 


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Subject: Snowy Owl CLE Hopkins
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:45:25 -0500
Two adult Snowy Owls were seen at CLE Hopkins airport yesterday-- one was 
reported today. Best place to look for them is from the 100th Bomb Squad 
Restaurant on Brookpark Road 



JB
CLE, OH

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Subject: Kestrel versus RT Hawk at Springfield Bog (SUMMIT Co.)
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:14:38 -0500
This past Friday, I stopped by Springfield Bog Metropark on the border of 
Summit and Portage counties to bird a little bit. When I arrived, I immediately 
noticed a RT Hawk sitting on a power pole looking over the open fields. Before 
I knew it, an American Kestrel started strafing the Hawk. I think the Kestrel 
preferred to have that roost for himself. I took some shots and thought I would 
share links for those interested in seeing some images of this behavior. By the 
way, the hawk did fly off and I think that the Kestrel got a little ego boost 
as a result! 


Happy Birding! 

Jon Cefus

http://s1296.photobucket.com/user/joncefus/slideshow/Kestrel%20vs%20RT%20Hawk 
 


http://s1296.photobucket.com/user/joncefus/library/Kestrel%20vs%20RT%20Hawk 
 



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Subject: Killdeer plains
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:57:50 -0500
Good end of day at Killdeer Plains.

3 Rough-legged hawks
2 Red-shouldered hawks
2 Kestrels
1 Bald eagle
1 Mockingbird
1 Junco
4 Song sparrows

All this in just an hour.

Douglas B

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Subject: BlackhandGorge,FlintRidge,1-19: woodpeckers,WinterWren
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:28:57 -0500
We spent the gorgeous morning hiking these two sites in the hilly country of 
E.Licking County. Aside from scattered patches of pines & hemlocks, the world 
is very sere and leafless in these parts (unlike around Columbus, where some of 
the plants are still vaguely green). Most of the rivers & creeks were ice-free, 
but ponds were frozen. Birds were widely scattered, but the totals did include: 

Red-headed Woodpeckers - 3 at Flint Ridge Preserve
Pileated Woodpeckers - singles calling at both the Gorge and Flint Ridge
BrownCreeper - at least 2 in the woods at Flint Ridge Preserve
WinterWren - 1 calling along the Blackhand Gorge Trail
Golden-cr.Kinglets - 2+ along Blackhand Gorge Trail

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Subject: Eastlake-Big change from Saturday
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:13:07 -0500
Very treacherous walking.  Ice has moved in close to shore line; birds
further out.  About 3PM only found the Black Scoter and usual other
expected species.  Merwin's Wharf had all expected species reported
prior.  Best bird for me was Black-crowned Night Heron.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Cackling Geese, Dublin, Franklin Co.
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:28:11 +0000
I found 5 Cacklings among hundreds of Canada Geese scanning the field in front 
of Nationwide company off Frantz rd. This location is also just across the road 
from "Corn graveyard", our local outdoor piece of art. 

Geese started to depart for the night around 5p.m. I think it's worse to check 
this field tomorrow. 


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Subject: " Am I early? :-D "
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:02:59 -0800
What a amazing and beautiful morning! The title is a secret :D

Grandpas woods:
Champaign County
7:00 - 11:30 AM
Flatfoot Road Birds list:

House Finch - 5
GoldFinch - 2
Carolina Wren - 4
Golden Crown Kinglets! ( not very many around here.) - 6
White Breasted Nuthatch - 3
Cardinal - 5
Downy W - 2
Hairy W - 2
Red Bellied W - 1
Bluejay - 3
Tufted Titmouse - +20
Carolina Chick - 16
Robin - 7
Cedar W.W - 3
Crow - 17
Bird of Prey - 0 :(

Today, is by far the sunniest day yet this year, and like Spring, Our
birds sing their amazing songs, and that's exactly what they did today :-D
Also, Robins were on the grounds looking for insects, but I don't think
they had much luck.. Andddd with the title: " Am I Early?" Goes with 2 bird
species that are common, but rare in the winter:

TREE SWALLOW - 2 - flying in the air like Swallows in the summer, and this
was no other bird, everyone on Listserv knows how easy it is to tell a tree
Swallow in the air from any other bird.

INDIGO BUNTING - 3 - roosting on top of 1 Sliver Oak, calling to each other
:-D

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Subject: Dark Morph Rough-legged Hawk @ Big Island Wildlife Area...well sort of.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:58:02 -0500
Sunday afternood, while driving behind Big Island Wildlife Area on
LaRue-Green Camp Rd. that lead back towards LaRue, I spotted what looked to
be a large Crow on a branch...First I thought I caught a sighting of the
elusive half Crow/Half Eagle, Creagle that they are always seeing up around
Cleveland in early March. (Before I get emails from the uninitiated, see
this post by Dave Lewis:
http://burdzbuttz.blogspot.com/2009/03/creagles.html).

Well, It wasn't a super sized crow...or a Raven (Yeah, that would have been
a bird for the eBird mods. ;-D )  It was a Dark-morph Rough-legged
Hawk...My first that I have seen without help. :-D
The GPS location was here:  40.5633772,-83.3438251  Of course it is not
there now, but it will get you in the ballpark of where I spotted it.
Picture here: http://www.sjlarue.com/p656698502/e28d667cd .  eBird list
below, online list has picture embedded in it as well as a map location
feature.

This was actually my fourth Rough-legged Hawk around LaRue in the last two
days.  So they are finally making their way here.

*opine*

My personal tip for spotting them in trees while going 50mph; Red-tailed
Hawks around here tend to perch lower in the trees, on thick side branches.
They are bigger, and have a whitish "Belly" Rough-legged Hawks are usually
for me higher in the tree tops...like on the very tip of the top. Three of
the four were in the top quarter of the canopy, where the Dark-morph was
lower at about half way...but the wind was high today, so maybe it was
retreating to a more stable location.  They also are more brown (or black)
in the belly.   Both act the same, if they see you, they fly off. :-D

*end opine*

The south side of the Scioto that runs along the border of Big Island
Wildlife Area has a lot of switch-grass that are frequented by hawks, owls,
sparrows, and such.  So don't forget to run along LaRue-Green Camp Rd when
visiting Big Island.  this Road runs from just outside LaRue to just
outside Green Camp and is a road less traveled.

Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Steve J.

LaRue to Big Island South of Scioto River, Marion, US-OH
Jan 18, 2015 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Switch Grass Fields south of Big Island Wildlife Area
6 species

Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Rough-legged Hawk  1     Dark Morph
American Tree Sparrow  20
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Northern Cardinal  2

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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese/Snow Geese
From: Mike Shade <mike AT LEMICROSCOPE.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:17:49 -0500
As Rick Asamoto posted earlier today, there are Greater White-fronted Geese 
(17) and Snow Geese (6, 3 dark morph and 3 white morph) at the Barrett Paving 
gravel pit on Farmersville-West Carrollton Road just west of the intersection 
with River Road, Montgomery County, OH. The gravel pit is on the north side of 
the road and is posted no trespassing. If you go, park on the side of the road 
near the gate so as not to obstruct entry, stand on top of the berm that runs 
adjacent and parallel to the road, on the west side of the driveway. LOTS of 
ducks and gulls, too. A spotting scope is highly recommended. 


Mike Shade
Miamisburg, OH

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Subject: Re: Don't be a user!!!
From: eric elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 17:54:11 -0800
Yea I didn't mean to single anyone out in particular because I know
Everybody doesn't have a phone, etc... But I know most of us who do use
social media have something. So all I was trying to do was make people
aware that there are others who rely on social media as well and you never
know it might be your post someone sees on a bird you found or a great
refind that gets them out to see what you just saw. Whether they're 5 min
away, 5 miles away, 5 hours away or even 5 days away ( I know a little far
fetched but we all know what a new sighting feels like). "So just give
back. Its the right thing to do". A message doesn't take more than a minute
or two. And you've done your part. So let's keep on birding and reporting
those great finds.
Peace Out!!!
On Jan 18, 2015 12:34 PM, "Eric Elvert"  wrote:

> So I have a little bone pick. I live in the Dayton area and recently we've
> had gull explosion. So yesterday I decided to dedicate 4 hours to finding
> the Thayer's gull that's been reported with no luck. Which is how it goes
> sometimes but I did come up on an Iceland gull which isn't a bad trade off.
> So very shortly after seeing the bird I put it on listserv and Facebook so
> if others were in the area they'd have a chance at seeing the bird. So when
> I woke up this morning I got a ebird alert that a few people had seen the
> Thayer's gull not but a handful of mins from where  I had been all morning.
> Would be a life bird for me a many others in the area. So here's my bone to
> pick and I'm just usins my case and my county as an example as I'm sure
> this happens else where. There's a few birders including myself that post
> good sightings on listserv and Facebook and call and text people so they
> have the chance to see the bird if they want whether you live in the county
> or outside of it. So if your using any of these sources please give back
> when possible. If you find something good yourself or if you re reporting a
> sighting so others can have the chance to come. It just seems like there's
> quite a few people who use and don't give back. And I understand that not
> everybody has a cell phone or tablet or laptop but most of us who use these
> social media outlets to keep up on great birds have access. And it only
> takes a couple minutes to keep people up to date. As I and many others do.
> Sorry if anyone takes offense to this that was not my intention.
>
> Keep reporting those good birds and as my brother would say..Bird On!!!!
>
> Eric Elvert
> Dayton oh
>
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Subject: Darke County rough-legged, etc.
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 20:34:12 -0500
The Rough-Legged and Northern Harriers have been in that area for at least
a week.



stahl Rd  east of Greenville, Darke, US-OH
Jan 18, 2015 3:45 PM - 4:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     We drove around 2 country blocks with Stahl Road in the
middle.
9 species

Ring-necked Pheasant  1
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rough-legged Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
American Kestrel  1
American Crow  1
Horned Lark  4

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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 1/18
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:16:59 -0500
The lake opened up a bit today.  There were a fair number of herring gulls
moving early over the ice along the shore.  Later the herring gulls slowed
down and a few ring-billed gulls moved overhead. Not a lot of waterfowl
moving.  The only bird of note was a glaucous gull.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

January 2, 2015, 0745-1000

Weather- cloudy and rain, Wind- SW 5-10

Temperature 37-38 F, Barometer- 29.74-29.73

Humidity-  84-83, dew point- 33-34

Ice 40%, Flight direction- west



Canada goose   8

Common merganser   24

Red-breasted merganser  5128

Ring-billed gull   450

Herring gull  1220

GLAUCOUS GULL   1 adult

Great black-backed gull   42





John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: Bob Holmes <oxfordbob AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:42:21 -0500
Seen by many, seen from Toney-Lybrook road in Preble County

http://goo.gl/maps/WdrHd

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Subject: Re: Possible Merlin
From: Gautam Apte <gapte3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:08:31 -0500
Harrier?
On Jan 17, 2015, at 12:40 PM, Dillon Nott  wrote:

> As I finished my game today, as I was driving to Urbana from Catholic
> Central, ( Springfield) High way 72, by a giant sport center. As I was
> looking At the telephone poles, it took off and I thought it was just a
> Kestrel, but it was slimmer and a lot darker, also the wings were real
> sharp looking.
> 
> -Dillon
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Subject: NOMO and dead duck
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:59:30 -0500
I do like being a birder. You can do it anywhere because birds are just about 
everywhere. Today I was driving in Brooklyn, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) along 
Granger Road where it crosses I-480. Not exactly a "hotspot". But, as I was 
pulling away from the traffic light going west I saw a northern mockingbird in 
a sumac next to the road. (I really try to not bird while driving. But, I was 
going slowly as I was pulling away from the traffic light.) Just to the east of 
this location along Granger Road I regularly see red-tailed hawks perched in 
the trees (between Granger Road and the highway.) 


I do like seeing mockingbirds in the winter. They are very active compared to a 
lot of other birds I see. I find them along the bike path from Granger Road 
down to Tinkers Creek Road. They sometimes fly around close to the ground 
spreading their wing and tail feathers. Their black and white and gray feathers 
are really nice. 


The duck...

Last week I was hiking in Bedford Reservation (Cuyahoga County) along Tinkers 
Creek (from the Hemlock Creek picnic area). I came across a dead female mallard 
along the shore. Its head was gone except for the bottom bill. It was partially 
fed upon. I could see in the snow around it that there were no tracks leading 
to the water. There were some faint wing tip prints outlining the carcass. 


I am thinking that maybe a great horned owl got the duck while it was on shore. 
The creek has trees all along the shore at this point. There are red-tails in 
this area, too. And, the bald eagles from the Cuyahoga Valley (just to the 
west) do fly up this creek regularly. But, the wing tip imprints in the snow 
didn't look big enough to be a red-tail or an eagle. That's why I was leaning 
towards an owl. Opinions are welcome on this. I wish I could have put up a 
motion-sensitive camera nearly to see what would come to feed next. 


Hope you see some birds today!

Ken

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Subject: UrbanSciotoII,Grandview-to-Griggs,1-18: BaldEagle,ducks
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:34:45 -0500
I spent a few hours this morning working further north along the Scioto River 
than we reached during the Audubon field trip yesterday. I started at Long St. 
Dam, then moved to Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff, and Griggs dam. The 
quarries and ponds, including huge Watermark Lake, were still frozen over, but 
the river was mostly open, and that's where most stuff was hiding. Notables 
included: 


Dabblers - only Mallards plus a handful of Black Ducks
Ring-necked Ducks - a flock of 35 was in the River near Marble Cliff (bikepath 
at Hangar Clinic) 

Bufflehead - a pari were in the river below Griggs Dam
ComGoldeneye - a lone female was in the river at Marble Cliff, while 3 more 
females were in the river below Griggs dam 

HoodedMergansers - small groups at many places, topped by 30 in the river at 
Marble Cliff 

BaldEagle - an immature was soaring over the disc golf course below Griggs dam
Cooper's Hawk - at least 1 was patrolling feeders in Grandview Heights
Gulls - 100+ Ring-billed were hanging around the spillway at Griggs dam, along 
with 1 juvie Herring 

Woodpeckers - lots of Downies along the river, but the only Red-bellies & 1 
Hairy were away from the river (WymanWoods) 

BrownCreepers - 4 were along the river below Griggs dam, including one crazy 
bird that was singing! 

White-throated Sparrows - small flocks at nearly every stop, topped by 20+ in 
Grandview Heights 


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Subject: Greater white-fronted, snow geese, west carrollton gravel pit, montgomery county
From: Rick <rick.asamoto AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:24:01 -0500
Shane Egleston found 3 greater white-fronted geese and 6 snow geese, 3 white (1 
immature) 3 blue at the Barrett Paving pit in West carrollton this afternoon. 


Also canvasback, common merganser, redhead, green winged teal, pintail.
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Subject: Green-winged Teal at Jackson Bog in STARK county
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:56:47 -0500
This morning I spent some time birding at the bog in Jackson Township in Stark 
County. At the western side of the boardwalk I located seven green winged teal, 
five were male and two were female. I also located a winter wren a little 
further along on the boardwalk heading east. I marked a spot in the snow on the 
boardwalk with an arrow and then WW for winter wren. 


A note of caution: this boardwalk is extremely hazardous. Walking on it can be 
very dangerous as it is covered with snow and ice and the footing on it during 
any kind of wet conditions is extremely sketchy. Please use extreme caution if 
you decide to go and try and locate these birds. 


From the parking lot of the bog, you follow the trail down towards the right 
side of the woods which eventually takes you to the far west end of the 
boardwalk. You walk in about 40 yards and there's a spot in which you can look 
west into the marsh. You will see a lot of Canada geese, Mallard, American 
black duck, and also the Green Wing teal if they are still there. 


Good luck and happy birding!

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Don't be a user!!!
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:33:36 -0500
So I have a little bone pick. I live in the Dayton area and recently we've had 
gull explosion. So yesterday I decided to dedicate 4 hours to finding the 
Thayer's gull that's been reported with no luck. Which is how it goes sometimes 
but I did come up on an Iceland gull which isn't a bad trade off. So very 
shortly after seeing the bird I put it on listserv and Facebook so if others 
were in the area they'd have a chance at seeing the bird. So when I woke up 
this morning I got a ebird alert that a few people had seen the Thayer's gull 
not but a handful of mins from where I had been all morning. Would be a life 
bird for me a many others in the area. So here's my bone to pick and I'm just 
usins my case and my county as an example as I'm sure this happens else where. 
There's a few birders including myself that post good sightings on listserv and 
Facebook and call and text people so they have the chance to see the bird if 
they want whether you live in the county or outside of it. So if your using any 
of these sources please give back when possible. If you find something good 
yourself or if you re reporting a sighting so others can have the chance to 
come. It just seems like there's quite a few people who use and don't give 
back. And I understand that not everybody has a cell phone or tablet or laptop 
but most of us who use these social media outlets to keep up on great birds 
have access. And it only takes a couple minutes to keep people up to date. As I 
and many others do. Sorry if anyone takes offense to this that was not my 
intention. 


Keep reporting those good birds and as my brother would say..Bird On!!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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Subject: Buntings and Horned Larks at Soltis road
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:26:06 -0500
There baaaack! About 100 horned larks on the manure spread - north side of 
Soltis Road - and a flock if about 150 Snow Buntings in the field on the south 
side of Soltis Rd (Geauga County, south of Parkman off Rt 88). Both flocks 
moving around a lot. 


Searching for Longspurs but none yet. Will report back if we find some. Windy & 
cold - hooded coat useful. 


Matt Valencic

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Subject: Late report- Cleveland area birding
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 10:08:35 -0500
Hi all

The Columbus Audubon Avid Birders trip to Cleveland was an interesting one
to be sure. We actually started in Canton, where we waited for an hour for
the White-Winged Crossbill, who is apparently feeling better and had moved
on.

We visited Eastlake Power Plant twice: once in the morning and again in the
afternoon after the Harlequin Duck made their appearance. A Red-necked
Grebe is also hanging out here, along with the usual waterfowl you find at
Lake Erie in the winter.

A visit to the Cuyahoga River was rewarded with a third-year Thayer's Gull,
a flyover Glaucous Gull, and a huge ship manoeuvering the twists of the
river, followed by a horde of gulls.  A Lesser Black - backed Gull made an
incredibly brief appearance in the wake of the ship.

We finished at Cleveland-Hopkins Airport, where one of our group was
fortunate to glimpse a distant Snowy Owl as the sun went down.

A tip for the Eastlake ducks: the Harlequin blends in quite well with the
steel breakwall, so look carefully when scanning that area. We had the
Long-tailed on the very eastern side of the open water, and it was making
brief appearances from behind what can be best described as an ice castle.
Patience is required!

Good Birding,
Andy Sewell
Columbus

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Subject: Summit Lake & CVNP
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:46:55 +0000
A quick stop by Summit Lake yesterday produced a small sampling of waterfowl. 
Most of the Portage Lakes are still frozen. Ice fisherman still out on Nimisila 
- no open water there. 

Summit Lake still has plenty of American Coots. Also seen were 3 Redhead (all 
drakes), 2 Lesser Scaup (drake & hen), 1 Hooded Merganser (female) & 5 Ruddy 
Duck. There was a lone Northern Shoveler (drake) there last week, but he 
apparently moved on. 

In the Ohio & Erie Canal at Manchester Rd. near Nesmith Lake there is the usual 
sliver of open water & it held 2 Trumpeter Swan, 2 Mute Swan, 1 male Wood Duck 
& 1 Muscovy (for those of you adding escapes/exotics to your lists). 

Meanwhile, down in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park we had 1 adult Bald Eagle 
near Ira Rd. (There is a dead doe on the sandbar at the Ira Rd. bridge & he may 
be feeding on it, as I've had crows & a Red-shouldered Hawk feeding on it on my 
lunch break all last week). Meanwhile, at the Bolanz Rd. bridge, looking north 
on the Cuyahoga River at the mouth of Furnace Run, there has been a nice 
congregation of Common Mergansers. Had as many as 22 last week during my lunch 
break, with a low of 6 yesterday. Also present on Thursday during my lunch 
break was a lone Ruddy Duck - a difficult duck to get in the CVNP at any time. 
At the Bath Rd. bridge over the Cuyahoga River looking south towards the Akron 
Water Pollution Station's warm water outflow was the usual mass of Mallards but 
also a lone female Wood Duck. 

Doug & Michelle Vogus (in - but not limited to - the Cuyahoga Valley, Akron, 
Oh.) 


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Subject: Eastlake, Cleveland and Lorain...
From: Andrew Avram <ajavram AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:42:30 -0500
Trevor Wearstler and I decided to hit the lakefront today.  Noteworthy finds:

Eastlake had, aside from this year's standard collection:
Ring-necked Duck
Long-tailed Duck (being very uncooperative)
Black Scoter
Red-necked Grebe
We missed the Harlequin, but it was seen earlier and later in the day

Cleveland along the Cuyahoga at a Cleveland Metroparks restaurant whose name I 
forgot: 

Nice assortment of diving ducks
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe

Lorain Impound:
Snow Buntings
Common Redpolls (2 flocks)
Lapland Longspur (2 birds)
--aside, Trevor had seen the longspurs there last week, but unwittingly, on the 
OTHER side of the river, he said they were in a flock of about 20-30. We did 
not have time to search for this flock, but keep it in mind if you are 
searching the area. 


Lorain Airport:
Frozen toes, 2 Horned Larks and NO Short-eared Owls. We were there from 5:15 or 
so until 6:30. 



                                          
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Subject: Barred owl box
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:53:24 -0800
With some bloody fingers and some struggled, my grandpa and I finally built
our Barred owl box today! Well, one sad thing about.... As we got supplies,
there was a dead Barred owl on the side of the road.. :,(
We gave him a proper funeral....but, with one death comes a new birth. So,
I'm crossing my fingers that at all the pain we went threw to get it built
and mounted, we'll have a pair for march and April.

-dillon

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Subject: Greenlawn-Scioto,1-17: geese raptors
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:45:24 -0500
The Columbus Audubon field trip to the urban Scioto River found moderate 
weather today, which made for a pleasant morning, but limited the unusual birds 
(which often congregate at open water 'holes' here during extended freezes). We 
stopped at both Scioto Audubon and Berliner Park, walking the riverside 
bikepath in both parks. I also made a brief stop at the Greenlawn Cemetery 
afterwards, but didn't find much. While the Scioto River above the Greenlawn 
dam was almost completely frozen, the river below the dam had long stretches of 
open water. We were still able to pull out some interesting birds, including: 


Canada Geese - flocks everywhere, with 400+ along the open parts of the river 
and another 100-150 flying around Scioto Park 

Black Ducks - at least 2 below the Greenlawn dam
Hooded Mergansers - 3-4 pairs at various points below the dam
Great Blue Herons - 8+ were scattered at various points along the river below 
the Greenlawn dam, a modest # for winter here 

Gulls - a large flock swirled past, headed north; mostly Ring-bills, but with 
at least 1 Herring 

BaldEagle - 1 was in Berliner Park early, but couldn't be relocated later in 
the morning 

Accipiters - a Coopers was in Berliner, and a Sharpie was in the nearby 
Greenlawn Cemetery 

Red-tailed - at least 3 were hunting over the fields at the south part of 
Berliner, giving us excellent views 

Sapsucker - at least 1 was in the Cemetery, a juvenile in the ravine area
BrownCreepers - 2-3 were in the bottomland forest along the Berliner park 
bikepath 

Tree Sparrows - at least 4 were lurking in the large weedfield at the southern 
part of Berliner Park 

White-throated Sparrows - flocks along the bikepath in Scioto Audubon Park; few 
elsewhere 


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Subject: Trying to Locate a Saw Whet Owl
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:24:44 -0500
I am reaching out to the birding community to get in finding a Saw Whet
Owl.  Can anyone please tell me where I can locate one of these owls?


Thanks,

*John Seiler*

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Subject: Many raptors
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:16:06 -0500
Oh, my. Raptors were out and about on our journeys today in Medina, Wayne,
and Holmes counties. Funk Bottoms and Wilderness Road in Wayne County were
especially good. Here are our raptor totals for the day:
2 Northern Harrier
2 Bald Eagle
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
6 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Rough-legged Hawk
4 American Kestrel

​Ken Ostermiller
Westfield Center

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Subject: Harlequin duck still present
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:01:17 -0500
eastlake power plant lake county 5pm

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Subject: Lawrence Woods Winter Hike
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:44:19 -0500
Hiked through Lawrence Woods today...most would call it a walk, but with an
inch or two of icy snow on the boardwalk...I call it a hike. :-D

Lot's of Red-headed Woodpeckers...I counted 8 which is a new high for me
there.  Lots of other woodpeckers as well.  I got every one but a
Sapsucker...which is typical, I don't usually see evidence of their
presence till their return trip in the spring.

I found a roosting Barred Owl, which promptly flew off when it saw me.  I
began to wonder if that is where I would find him in the morning...might
have to give it another go at some point.

Harriers are flying, and all they typical woodland birds were present.  All
were singing and calling this morning, which made for a pleasant trek
around the boardwalk.  Also had a 20 Canada Goose flyover.  List of
everything below.  Can't wait for spring!

Happy Birding and God Bless!

Steve J

Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve, Hardin, US-OH
Jan 17, 2015 9:00 AM - 10:42 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
20 species

Canada Goose  20
Northern Harrier  1
Mourning Dove  4
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  4
Horned Lark  6
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  12
American Tree Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  3

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21378471

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Subject: Chickadee arguments
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:29:20 -0500
Hi,

So in our ongoing discussion of behavior, I would like to share something
I've observed many times around my yard:

It is well established that Chickadees convey perceived threat level with
dees. More dees equals more perceived threat.  E.g. a low threat gets one
dee but a greater threat may get dee dee dee dee or more.

In my yard the Chickadees who know me do not see me as a threat and will
actually greet me with their tweedeldee call.  But Chickadees who do not
know me treat me as a threat and will give me between two and four dees.

When a Chickadee who knows me hears this, an argument of sorts sometimes
ensues. Today was a good example as I was out clearing snow in the warmer
temperatures.  A chickadee gave me 3 dees but another immediately responded
with a tweedeldee.  Three dees again from the other bird so the bird who
apparently knows me to not be a threat flies to within a foot of me and
sits on a branch repeatedly doing a tweedledee.  This goes back and forth
for about a minute.  After that time the bird doing the repeated dees quit
and the one who came over by me went to the feeder for some seed.

A minute or so later I heard the exchange going on again but in a spruce
tree across the yard.  I cannot be certain it was the same birds but it was
the same sort of arguing back and forth:  Dee dee dee with a tweedeldee
response.

Haans
Elev 1086 ft 41.59 °N, 81.36 °W

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Subject: Snowy Owl at Cleveland Hopkins Airport
From: Femme Metal <femme.metal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:11:27 -0500
Sorry for the late post on this...
Yesterday evening, around 5:20 PM, I spotted a Snowy Owl sitting on one of
the orange poles (just a pole, not one of the ones with the wide band of
lights at the top where I've often seen hawks) within the airport property
while I was driving past on Brookpark Rd.  It was easily seen from the
road.  Stopped in at the 100th Bomb Group parking lot to try to get another
look and it was still there.  Didn't have my camera with me, but thankfully
did have my binoculars in the car.

Hadn't made it out to the lakefront to look for the owls this year and
hadn't seen any when I was specifically at 100th Bomb Group over lunch
breaks looking for hawks and owls in late December and at the beginning
this year.  Funny how sightings happen sometimes.

I also saw a Red Tailed Hawk, on a tower across the side street from the
restaurant parking lot, as I left.
Happy Birding!
Kristen

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Subject: Hoover Dam Spillway, Columbus
From: Nancy Rudd <rudd.2 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:50:09 -0500
Between noon and 1:00 at the Hoover Dam spillway northeast of Columbus
on January 17, 2015:

Common Goldeneyes (at least 4)
Redheads (quite a few)
Ring-necked duck (1)
Bufflehead (1)
Hooded mergansers (quite a few)
Northern shovelers (many)
Canvasbacks (2)
Common merganser (female-1)
Gadwalls (quite a few)

When we left shortly before 1:00 we couldn't locate the canvasbacks but
the female common merganser was still there.

Not much at Blendon Woods Metro Park where we stopped before going to
Hoover Dam--one ruddy duck, 2 pairs of green-winged teals, 2 gadwalls,
and the usual black ducks and mallards.

Nancy Rudd and Bob Gold

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Subject: Merlin Muskingum Co
From: anthony fry <mrfry07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:21:26 -0500
There is currently a Merlin on top of the hill in a large oak tree at Memorial 
Park Cemetery on Military Road in Zanesville Ohio. 


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Subject: Iceland gull deeds park/ island park
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:59:51 -0500
Iceland gull at deeds park/island park in Dayton oh. On the ice above the dam

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Subject: Possible Merlin
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:40:43 -0800
As I finished my game today, as I was driving to Urbana from Catholic
Central, ( Springfield) High way 72, by a giant sport center. As I was
looking At the telephone poles, it took off and I thought it was just a
Kestrel, but it was slimmer and a lot darker, also the wings were real
sharp looking.

-Dillon

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Subject: Eastlake Harlequin
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:24:06 -0500
 The Harlequin Duck is still being seen at the Eastlake power plant .

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Subject: No Harlequin at Eastlake, Red-necked Grebe consolation prize
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 11:52:54 -0500
As of 11:40, no sign of Harlequin Duck or Long-tailed Duck at Eastlake
Power plant. The previously reported Black Scoter is there, along with a
Red-necked Grebe.

Andy Sewell
Columbus

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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks Edgewater
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 08:24:10 -0500
Two Long-tailed Ducks are offshore Perkin's parking lot (west end) of Edgewater 
Park in CLE. One is a stunning adult male, the other a very white-headed young 
male 



JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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Subject: Re: Black Scoter (female) at Eastlake Seawall
From: Marcia <outdooraddix AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:18:12 -0500
The Long-tailed Duck and the Harlequin were nowhere to be seen for a couple
of hours after you left. The Harlequin flew in with a bunch of Redheads,
and the LTDU literally came out of nowhere. I was standing there right next
to the seawall talking with Donna Owens, and it surfaced literally at our
feet! It was working the entire length of the seawall. I got to experience
not getting a great photo because my subject was TOO close lol.
Donna told me that she saw another picture online of this LTDU, and it also
showed the bird hugging the seawall.
I watched it work its way in and out of the indentations of the seawall. I
had to get on my knees and reach over the wall to get a good look, although
occasionally it would come out a few feet, but that was it.


On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 8:39 PM, Matt Valencic 
wrote:

> No luck spotting the Harlequin or Long-tailed Ducks today but I did see a
> female Black Scoter among the 300 or so mixed ducks at Eastlake.  Here's a
> pic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/).
>
>
>
> Nothing unexpected but a nice mix of ducks, gulls, Great Blue Herons and an
> adult Bald Eagle.  Even a few robins where you park.  Dress warm and be
> VERY
> careful walking on the parking lot.  The snow is covering very irregular,
> smooth ice.
>
>
>
> Fishermen against the wall kept any birds from getting close.  They caught
> a
> couple steelhead while I was there - too cold for me to fish!
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
> Geauga County
>
>
>
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Subject: Black Scoter (female) at Eastlake Seawall
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:39:55 -0500
No luck spotting the Harlequin or Long-tailed Ducks today but I did see a
female Black Scoter among the 300 or so mixed ducks at Eastlake.  Here's a
pic (https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/).



Nothing unexpected but a nice mix of ducks, gulls, Great Blue Herons and an
adult Bald Eagle.  Even a few robins where you park.  Dress warm and be VERY
careful walking on the parking lot.  The snow is covering very irregular,
smooth ice.



Fishermen against the wall kept any birds from getting close.  They caught a
couple steelhead while I was there - too cold for me to fish!



Matt Valencic

Geauga County




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Subject: Tour of Cleveland area Lake Erie waterfowl sites
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:53:08 -0500
I hit several Cleveland area hot spots along Lake Erie today. Started at
Eastlake Power Plant from 11am-noon. Open water there held 11 species of
waterfowl, including both species of scaup and one female black scoter. I
did not see the harlequin or long-tailed duck, but that does not mean they
were not there. Only gulls I saw were ring-billed, herring and greater
black backed.

E. 72nd street was totally frozen, so did not stop. Wendy Park held
thousands of gulls, but far fewer waterfowl (only 6 species). After much
looking among the gulls, I found one adult glaucous gull on the river among
other gulls. This group was upstream under the first bridge. I got very
good scope looks at the adult glaucous.

Last stop was the fishing pier at Avon power plant. Numbers of gulls and
waterfowl there were much smaller (7 species of waterfowl). A pair of black
ducks there were the only blacks seen. Unfortunately, there were three guys
in a boat out on the water there setting goose decoys, which probably
explained the low numbers of gulls and waterfowl.

In summary, Eastlake was great, but the other areas were slower. Best finds
of the day were the adult glaucous gull at Wendy and the female black
scoter at Eastlake.
Randy Rowe, Wooster

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