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White-winged Crossbill,©Barry Kent Mackay

7 Mar Highland county Snow Geese [Rick Asamoto ]
7 Mar BattelleDarby,3-07: goldeneye,hornedLarks [rob thorn ]
7 Mar The Wilds - Trip Report (March 7, 2015) [Glen Crippen ]
7 Mar Credit Union raptor correction - red tailed hawk [Judith Espedal ]
7 Mar RFI - OOS Spring Conference at Shawnee State Forest [Scotty K ]
7 Mar Columbus landfill gulls [Bill Whan ]
7 Mar osprey by a bank and birds at Eastwood [Judith Espedal ]
7 Mar More on dead hawk: [Dillon Nott ]
7 Mar Red-Headed Woodpecker [Ed & Linda Roush ]
7 Mar Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Census [DUG ]
6 Mar Urbana geese+dead hawk [Dillon Nott ]
6 Mar Dayton Gulls, 03/06/15 [Jay Lehman ]
6 Mar Mercer/Darke County Owls?? [Stephanie Sellers ]
6 Mar American Kestrels, Bobolinks, Cerulean Warblers: Conserving Birds [Cheryl Harner ]
6 Mar Re: Mystery bird? [Paul Gardner ]
6 Mar Posting Etiquette [Listowner ]
6 Mar Ohio's birding organizations [ ]
6 Mar The Ohio Cardinal [John Herman ]
5 Mar Mystery bird? [Dillon Nott ]
5 Mar New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
5 Mar Muskingum County red-winged blackbird [Robert Evans ]
5 Mar The Ohio Cardinal [John Herman ]
5 Mar Goshawk [Bill Whan ]
5 Mar Close view of diving duck - CVNP [Ken Andrews ]
5 Mar Lorain County - N Saw-whet Owl - Probably Banded! [Spencer Ryan ]
5 Mar The Ohio Cardinal [John Herman ]
5 Mar David Sibley plus eagles [August Froehlich ]
4 Mar Blendon Woods-Waterfowl ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
4 Mar red winged blackbird - geauga county [inga schmidt ]
4 Mar Re: Gulls in Columbus [Leslie Sours ]
4 Mar Gulls in Columbus [Ira Shulgin ]
4 Mar Lorain County - N Saw-whet Owl - Yes! [Spencer Ryan ]
4 Mar Savage Rd. Geauga County NE OH Across from Frohring Meadows [Brenner Mary ]
4 Mar Birder types in stereo [Bill Whan ]
3 Mar Re: Caley Reservation Saw-whet Owl, 3/2 [Nelson Mostow ]
3 Mar White-winged Crossbill Cleveland [jen brumfield ]
3 Mar AlumCreekLake,3-03:LtDucks,mergansers,divers [rob thorn ]
3 Mar Re: Gulls in downtown Columbus [Leslie Sours ]
3 Mar Re: Cleveland/NE OH Lakefront update, [Mary Collins-Davis ]
3 Mar Re: Cleveland/NE OH Lakefront update, [Mary Collins-Davis ]
3 Mar Kestrel on a wire [Todd Hill ]
3 Mar Dayton Gulls,ducks,geese 3/3/15 [Eric Elvert ]
3 Mar Gulls in downtown Columbus [Julie Davis ]
3 Mar Fw: [CT Birds] Very ET: Green Woodpecker and... [ ]
3 Mar Bird effigies just discovered in Ohio [Bill Whan ]
2 Mar Northern Shrike Portage Cty (rt 303) [Greg Cudworth ]
2 Mar redhead and canvasback at Eastwood [Judith Espedal ]
2 Mar Long tailed duck in the CVNP, Summit county. [Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach ]
2 Mar BlacklickGreenway,Columbus,3-02: eagle,hawks,geese [rob thorn ]
2 Mar Caley Reservation Saw-whet Owl, 3/2 [Terry Sponseller ]
2 Mar Zanesville bald eagle [Robert Evans ]
2 Mar Alum creek GBBGs and LTDUs [ ]
2 Mar Re: First common Grackles, Summit County [Patty McKelvey ]
2 Mar Ottawa NWR Census [DUG ]
2 Mar First common Grackles, Summit County ["Barrett,Robert P" ]
1 Mar Cleveland/NE OH Lakefront update, [jen brumfield ]
1 Mar Scranton Flats overlook [Gautam Apte ]
1 Mar Avon Lake Power Pant - Lorain County [Spencer Ryan ]
1 Mar Alum creek LTDUs [Gmail ]
1 Mar Avon Lake Power Plant [Chris Pierce ]
1 Mar The Cardinal wants your sightings [Craig Caldwell ]
1 Mar cuteness alert... [Bill Whan ]
28 Feb Saw nthn. shrike at Lake Erie Bluffs [Laura Peskin ]
28 Feb BlendonWoods Metro [Dillon Nott ]
28 Feb Eaglepalooza - Bald Eagle Gathering at Wills Creek Dam Area in Coshocton County [Paul ]
28 Feb Long-tailed Duck Cleveland, Jefferson overlook [Liz McQuaid ]
28 Feb SlateRun,2-28:ducks,sparrows [rob thorn ]
28 Feb Melvin Geese, swans (Clinton County) [Rick Asamoto ]
28 Feb a pair of horned larks - Twinsburg [Tony Mauser ]
28 Feb Slaty-backed gull potential ? [John Herman ]
28 Feb Landfill gull fun continues [John Herman ]
28 Feb Nature Preserves in Columbus [Dillon Nott ]
27 Feb YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD - NO. [Jacob Roalef ]
27 Feb Rough-Legged Hawk - Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation [Ken Andrews ]
27 Feb Northern Shrike, Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/27 [John Pogacnik ]
27 Feb gbbg and pileated wp [Judith Espedal ]

Subject: Highland county Snow Geese
From: Rick Asamoto <rick.asamoto AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:59:26 -0500
I counted 84 Snow Geese (16 blue) in the corn stubble on the north side of 
Roush Rd just west of E. Danville Rd. This is just west of the Old Highland 
Stone Gravel Pit. In the stubble south of Mt. Zion Rd just east of E. Danville 
Rd there were 21 Tundra swans with a few hundred Canada Geese. 


The pit itself had a bit of open water with a few Common Mergansers, Canvasback 
and many Mallards, Canada Geese, N. Pintail. 


The lake at Rocky Fork had a bit of open water by the island at the east end of 
the lake with 5 Tundra Swans among a few hundred waterfowl – mostly Canada 
Geese and Mallards. 


Rick Asamoto
Miamisburg

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Subject: BattelleDarby,3-07: goldeneye,hornedLarks
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:51:58 -0500
I spent the morning nosing around areas of BattelleDarby MetroPark SW of 
Columbus, with not much to show for it. The creek was mostly frozen except for 
a few open patches, and one near Indian Ridge had a flock of 9 CommonGoldeneye. 
Deep snows elsewhere, plus the empty feeders at Indian Ridge & Cedar Ridge, 
made for a light day for ground feeders. The interesting landbirds included 

Pileated Woodpeckers - 2 were drumming along the Terrace Trail at Indian Ridge, 
while another was at Cedar Ridge 

Golden-cr.Kinglet - a single bird wa at Cedar Ridge
HornedLarks - single flyovers at many spots. The only flock was 12 along 
Kuhlwein Rd 

E.Towhee - 1 male was near the maintenance buildings at Cedar Ridge
TreeSparrows - scarce. The only flock was 10 along the Darby Creek Drive near 
the entrance to Cedar Ridge 


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Subject: The Wilds - Trip Report (March 7, 2015)
From: Glen Crippen <ohiobirding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:18:23 -0500
Visited The Wilds in Muskingum county today - and surrounding AEP real
estate.   Turned out to be fairly productive for raptors with 9 species:

Rough-legged hawks - 11
Northern Harrier - 4
Bald Eagle - 1  (Coal Hill)
Golden Eagle - 1 (adult bird watched from SR 284, then Zion Ridge Road), my
first March record there I believe
Merlin - 1 (Zion Ridge Road)
Kestrel - 7
Red-tailed hawk - 3
Red-shouldered hawk - 1  (Knox Cemetery)
Sharp-shinned hawk - (Zion Ridge Road)


Other notable observations were a flock of approx. 77 American tree
sparrows feeding (or drinking?) frantically on exposed snow melted gravel
on Prouty Road.  I was surprised to see that these roads were
plowed/scraped.   It actually made things a mess. Also - 22 Trumpeter swans
(more than half were young birds) on a tucked away frozen lake in the coal
haul road complex on AEP land.
From Zion Ridge Road with scope looking towards the Visitor Center, I
watched a Rough-legged hawk taking advantage of a recently deceased deer.
I didn't know for sure that it was Rough-legged until a coyote chased it
off - which chewed a big piece loose and ran off. The hawk returned and was
then chased off by crows.   I used Google Earth to determine I was watching
all of this from approx. 6,200 - 6,400 feet away - and was able to get
digiscoped videos of this.

Glen Crippen
Athens

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Subject: Credit Union raptor correction - red tailed hawk
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:15:21 -0800
Correction - my daughter has now put pictures of the raptor up on Facebook. It 
was not an osprey as I thought last night. Just a red-tailed hawk which makes 
more sense. But it is still cool to get to work and find a hawk eating a 
squirrel outside the entrance. 


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Subject: RFI - OOS Spring Conference at Shawnee State Forest
From: Scotty K <campdawg AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:03:13 -0500
I am thinking very seriously about attending the OOS Spring Conference at 
Shawnee State Forest. Having never been to the conference or even to Shawnee, I 
was hoping to get some info from those who have. I have read all the info on 
the website, but still have some questions. Are there any cheap, decent places 
to stay in Portsmouth (Lodge is full)? Are any of the field trips preferable 
over others? Are there great hotspots to hit other than going on the organized 
trips? Are there many good photo opportunities (like at Magee Marsh) or is this 
mainly for birding? If any of you that have attended in the past could email me 
(or even a phone conversation) and share your information and experiences it 
would be greatly appreciated. 


Thanks,

Scott

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Subject: Columbus landfill gulls
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:45:29 -0500
Brad Sparks and I saw ~3000 gulls feeding at the south slope of the
Columbus landfill mountain today about 9 am. Last winter the east slope
was active at this time. We were 300-400 yards away on Young Rd, and the
gulls were wheeling. Many thousand starlings were roosting nearby, and
there were decent numbers of crows. The vultures come later. The only
unusual observation we were able to make at that distance was of a
glaucous gull.
        Last year, similar numbers of gulls were feeding on the east slope. It
seems the gulls maintain a schedule not unlike that of the landfill
workers. They arrive in the morning, and depart at quitting time. In
between, it seems they take lengthy breaks to digest food in their
crops, and have done so by flocking on nearby fields in mid-morning, and
again in mid-afternoon not long before they return north to night roosts.
        In our experience, these gulls are easiest to observe when they form
roosts in nearby fields. We found a few of these assemblies today about
11 am, but nothing like the thousands we found last year; we did a lot
of driving around the area, but there must have been a lot of birds out
there somewhere we didn't find. There is a marshy area on the south side
of the landfill where we could barely see pretty good numbers flying in
and out, and we found a few groups of as much as a hundred in swales in
nearby cornfields. In one of these gatherings we found an adult great
black-backed gull.
        Last year there were some predictable areas where thousands of well-fed
gulls retreated to burp and cuddle. This year, we couldn't find any
worth mentioning, even though their numbers on the landfill itself were
similar. The season is ending, but it would be good to learn from
birders who know the area well and get out during the day to locate gull
gatherings away from the landfill. This cold winter has invited gulls of
many species to feed well south into Ohio, and a shrinking number of
open waters have attracted them. Landfills attract gulls too, and we
should learn how to find them.
Bill Whan
Columbus
*p.s. The landfill authority SWACO offers tours via bus, mostly to show
schoolkids about refuse treatment. I don't know anyone who's
participated in one, but it might be quite a trip!



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Subject: osprey by a bank and birds at Eastwood
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 10:03:46 -0800
Yesterday my daughter, going to work at Wright-pat. Credit Union in Fairborn, 
saw a raptor she thought might be a falcon (she is not a birder but knows 
enough to realize it was not a hawk) eating a squirrel just outside the bank's 
employee entrance. She got pictures on her phone and in the evening I went to 
her home to look at them. It was not a falcon, it was an osprey - eating a 
squirrel by the credit union's door. Did not know they would eat anything but 
fish, but then the lakes are frozen and there is lots of competition from 
eagles and gulls on the rivers. 


This morning at Eastwood MetroPark, lagoon side: lots of Canada geese (2 sizes 
but none small enough to be cacklings) 

 gadwalls, a great blue heron, and some female lesser scaups on the lagoon, 
which has a lot more open water than the last time we were there - got close 
enough to the scaups to see the somewhat pointy heads that distinguish them 
from the greater. 

    common mergansers on the river
   a couple of small birds - a song sparrow and a white-throated sparrow

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Subject: More on dead hawk:
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 05:38:19 -0800
The hawk was a Cooper, but this is the weird part, there was a dead
starling a foot away from it. So possibly the car hit the Cooper and
starling when the Cooper was chasing the starling? I don't know.....poor
things :-(

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Subject: Red-Headed Woodpecker
From: Ed & Linda Roush <ecroush1 AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:02:58 +0000
Hello Ohio birders,
We just had a Red-Headed Woodpecker at our suet feeder here in rural Clinton 
County.  This is early for us since we usually get them back much later in the 
spring.  We still have 3 to 4 inches of icy snow still on the ground. 

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers have visited our suet off and on for the whole 
winter. 

Ed and Linda RoushWilmington

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Subject: Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 00:39:56 +0000
MARCH 06, 2015 - Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Towpath Trail Census.HIKE: Red Lock 
Trailhead to Merriman Valley. TIME: 6:20am-4:15pm TEMP.: minus2-30-26.COND.: 
Frigid early, clear with blue skies; clouding up around 11:30am; light SW winds 
at 5-7mph; turning partly sunny. Trail conditions were poor at best, frozen, 
mostly one lane; trail after Botzum Trailhead untouched, very difficult 
walking.FT.MI.: 13.0 OBS.: John Henry & Douglas W. Vogus.I. MAMMALS: 6 SPECIES. 

   - Mink - 1

   - Eastern Chipmunk - 3
   - Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1
   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 5
   - Red Squirrel - 10
   - White-tailed Deer - 7
II. BIRDS: 51 SPECIES.(NOTE: ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was 
heard calling but not sexed) 

   - Canada Goose - 134

   - Tundra Swan - 3
   - Wood Duck - 2 (1m,1f)
   - American Black Duck - 23 (15m,8f)
   - Mallard - 211 (118m,93f)
   - Canvasback - 12 (10m,2f - New Species on Census - #169)
   - Redhead - 12 (10m,2f - New Census High - previous was 1 on 03/2014)
   - Greater Scaup - 2 (m - New Species on Census - #172)
   - Lesser Scaup - 11 (m - New Census High - previous was 1 on 03/2014)
 - Common Goldeneye - 35 (8m,27f - New Census High - previous was 8 on 03/2014) 

   - Common Merganser - 57 (32m,25f)
   - Red-breasted Merganser - 13 (8m,5f)
   - Great Blue Heron - 6
 - Bald Eagle - 5 (3 adult, 2 immature - New Census High - previous was 4 on 
03/2014 & 01/2015) 

   - Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 3
   - American Coot - 1
   - Ring-billed Gull - 377
   - Herring Gull - 211 (New Census High - previous was 132 on 03/2014)
   - Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1 (New Species on Census - #171)
   - Glaucous Gull - 2 (New Species on Census - #170)
   - Great Black-backed Gull - 3 (New Census High - previous was 2 on 03/2014)
   - Rock Pigeon - 33
   - Mourning Dove - 11
   - Eastern Screech-Owl - 1 (gray morph)
   - Belted Kingfisher - 1 (m)
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 6 (2m,1f,1?,2*)
   - Downy Woodpecker - 8 (4f,1?,3*)
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 8 (1?,7*)
   - Pileated Woodpecker - 5 (1m,2?,2*)
   - Peregrine Falcon - 1 (m)
   - Northern Shrike - 1 (Tied Census High on 02/2014)
   - Blue Jay - 28
   - American Crow - 28
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 22
   - Tufted Titmouse - 15
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 9 (5m,4*)
   - Carolina Wren - 2
   - Eastern Bluebird - 19 (7m,6f,6?)
   - American Robin - 7
   - European Starling - 8
   - Eastern Towhee - 1 (*)
   - American Tree Sparrow - 6
   - Song Sparrow - 2
   - White-throated Sparrow - 11
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 17 (15m,2?)
   - Northern Cardinal - 47 (32m,11f,4*)
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 3 (m)
   - House Finch - 1 (*)
   - American Goldfinch - 4
   - House Sparrow - 27
Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Subject: Urbana geese+dead hawk
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:00:39 -0800
As I passed the airport in Urbana, I saw many geese and some ducks flying
everywhere about a 1/2 mile behind the airport. Plus about 7 large white
birds, but after I got a better look they looked like Sandhill cranes. I
guess the typical March migration started :)

Also on the highway by cedar bog there was a dead hawk on the right side
heading toward Springfield. It looked like a accipiter, but in a bit ill
double check.

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Subject: Dayton Gulls, 03/06/15
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:39:54 -0500
Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls and one adult Greater Black-backed Gull
at the dam at West Carrollton this afternoon between 2:45 and 3:30 pm in a
large flock (1000-1500 est'd) of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.  A
helicopter took off from the airpark and flushed all the gulls into the air
soon after my arrival probably helping me find the LBBGs and the GBBG.  The
LBBGs were roosting with the flock on the east shore and the GBBG stayed in
the river after the copter.  Later at about 4:30 pm at Corillion Park,
there was an adult GBBG with the gulls resting and bathing on the Dayton U.
side of the river.  Haven't found any white winged gulls yet covering the
river to north of Washington Street bridge.
Jay

Jay G Lehman Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Mercer/Darke County Owls??
From: Stephanie Sellers <stephaniesellers AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:04:15 -0500
Hi Birding Gang,
I’m headed to Mercer County this weekend and was hoping some one knew of an 
owl location for me!! I promise to be completely respectful and polite if given 
any info!! 





Stephanie Sellers
Email: stephaniesellers AT mac.com
FaceTime: stephaniesellers AT mac.com

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Subject: American Kestrels, Bobolinks, Cerulean Warblers: Conserving Birds
From: Cheryl Harner <cheryl.harner AT FLORA-QUEST.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:07:38 -0500
Conserving birds is a big challenge. There is plenty of room for all of us to 
work together. 


The Ohio Ornithological Society has worked to fund habitat in the T.N.C.’s 
Sunshine Corridor and at Meadowbrook Marsh in Marblehead, Ohio. The O.O.S. has 
also given both money and support for the work of many other organizations: 
Black Swamp Bird Observatory Rail projects, Ohio Young Birders, OSU’s 
Cerulean Warbler research, Ohio Birding Conservation Initiative and The 
Wilds’ on American Kestrel box projects. O.O.S. supported the Greater Mohican 
Audubon Society and their successful efforts to impact the management of 
grassland to protect the Bobolinks at Byers Woods. 


While O.O.S. may be faulted for not bragging enough about our efforts to 
conserve birds in Ohio, it is not for lack of good works. We provide consistent 
support for scientific projects, feet on the ground research, conservation 
education for the birding public, and significant funding for the protection of 
habitats and birds. 


The O.O.S. newsletter has also evolved to an e-mail version as an effort to 
conserve paper and dollars which can be put to better use, like our 
conservation projects. The O.O.S. Conservation Committee has been very active 
and does work towards the protection of birds by partnering with many 
organizations. We will also step up our efforts to prevent habitat destruction 
across our state, especially in our parks and forests. 


No matter where one chooses to spent his/her conservation dollars, please 
invest in our natural world. You can be assured your conservation dollars 
donated to O.O.S. are put to good use and will continue to protect birds and 
habitats in Ohio. 



Cheryl Harner
OOS Conservation Chair

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Subject: Re: Mystery bird?
From: Paul Gardner <godwit AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:33:57 -0800
Hi Dillon,

Take a look at Eastern Kingbird.

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are one of our more common breeding birds. Prothonotary 
Warblers are always a treat. 


Happy birding,
Paul


Paul Gardner
Secretary, OBRC
Columbus, OH


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 From: Dillon Nott 
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Sent: Thursday, March 5, 2015 5:02 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mystery bird?


Ok, last year in the summer, every day in the morning I pass a cow pasture
with some cool birds like red winged blackbirds, meadow larks and Hawks.
But one day, actually a couple days in a row I saw a small, about the size
of a nuthatch, black and white bird flying & hoping on the fence post. At
first I thought it was a black and white warbler, but I thought they were
forest birds. Any thoughts?

AND. Also last year I saw a blue grey gnatcatcher and a prothonotary
warbler at pew island at Indian lake, are any of those 2 bird uncommon or
rare?

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Subject: Ohio's birding organizations
From: Ethan Kistler <000001088f1477ae-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:08:19 -0800
Hi all,

I think this is a great time to remind everyone to join or renew their 
memberships to our wonderful state organizations such as the Ohio 
Ornithological Society, Black Swamp Bird Observatory and Ohio Young Birders 
Club as well as your local clubs and chapters. With help from these 
organizations, so much has been done across our state in the lines of 
conservation, research, connecting birders, and encouraging young birders. Take 
a minute to explore their websites and see for yourself and don't forget to 
join/renew! 


www.ohiobirds.org
www.bsbo.org
www.ohioyoungbirders.org

Some great events are coming up this spring including the annual OOS conference 
at Shawnee State Park (April) and the Biggest Week in American Birding (May)! 


As a former staff member at BSBO, former board member of the OOS and one of the 
founding members of the OYBC, I approve this message! 


Best,

Ethan Kistler
Newton Falls,Ohio/
Cape Town, South Africa

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Subject: The Ohio Cardinal
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:38:05 -0500
Keep sending those green-backs into the OOS. They need those to make
"significant contributions to the environment", like printing colored
photo.s of lifers on glossy, expensive paper. That will change the world
for the better. Or not.
J. P. Herman

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Subject: Mystery bird?
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:02:35 -0800
Ok, last year in the summer, every day in the morning I pass a cow pasture
with some cool birds like red winged blackbirds, meadow larks and Hawks.
But one day, actually a couple days in a row I saw a small, about the size
of a nuthatch, black and white bird flying & hoping on the fence post. At
first I thought it was a black and white warbler, but I thought they were
forest birds. Any thoughts?

AND. Also last year I saw a blue grey gnatcatcher and a prothonotary
warbler at pew island at Indian lake, are any of those 2 bird uncommon or
rare?

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:26:23 -0500
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Athens County

McAfee Rd., Athens

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/McAfee+Road+Athens



Gallia County

Elizabeth Evans Waterfowl and Bird Sanctuary


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Elizabeth+Evans+Waterfowl+and+Bird+Sanctuary 




Summit County

Water Works Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Water+Works+Park
 ​
Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Muskingum County red-winged blackbird
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:55:09 -0500
Yesterday morning (3/4) as I walked out to the road to get the newspaper at
7AM, I heard and saw my first male red-winged blackbird of the season,
giving me hope for the end of this seemingly ceaseless winter. It was the
first morning that smacked of thaw. This is later than usual this year, so
one can hardly blame the blackbirds from hanging back. We have no marshes
to speak of on the Flint Ridge upland, and the local farm ponds are still
solidly frozen. They say it will be zero again tonight. We will abide.

As for other vernal signs, cardinals have been singing in spite of the
frigid temperatures, obviously urged on by the lengthening daylight.
Woodpeckers are drumming.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: The Ohio Cardinal
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:31:36 -0500
I guess The Ohio Cardinal in paper form is for the "rich & famous". Would
not want the OOS to lower their "standards".
Bet the amish don't pay $ 45 for a paper The Ohio Cardinal. Imagine that.
If you find lifers for listers, the group gets a break..
JOHN PATRICK HERMAN

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Subject: Goshawk
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:08:24 -0500
Those many readers who care only about where they might see and
photograph a goshawk may sign off now. But if you want to learn
something, I recommend "Rapt," an article by Kathryn Schulz, in the
latest issue of the New Yorker (Mar 9, pp 90-95). Even if you have
enjoyed T. H. White's "The Goshawk", this review recommends a book even
better than his. Goshawks, rare as they have become in Ohio, are as far
as they can be from your back-yard robin!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Close view of diving duck - CVNP
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:04:39 -0500
I stopped at the Rockside Road parking lot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park 
to take a short walk. I first went to the pedestrian bridge over the Cuyahoga 
River expecting the river to be frozen over. There were openings in the water; 
and, there were a couple of ducks taking advantage of them. 


(For those not in the Cuyahoga County area: There is a pedestrian bridge over 
the Cuyahoga River that links the parking lot for the bike path along the old 
canal to the parking lot for the Cuyahoga Valley railroad station.) 


There was a male common merganser upstream in a large opening in the ice. There 
was also a male goldeneye diving in the small gap in the ice just under the 
bridge. I was able to watch it dive from above from the bridge. 


The opening in the ice in the river at this point was only about four feet 
wide. And, the ice completely covered the river for a long stretch just 
downstream. But, the duck was easily negotiating the swift flowing water even 
when large chunks of ice flowed over the water. It was really cool to watch the 
duck from above at close range like that. I would walk back and forth from one 
side of the bridge to the other following the bird. It would look up at me with 
its bright golden eyes, too, in between dives. 



Ken

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Subject: Lorain County - N Saw-whet Owl - Probably Banded!
From: Spencer Ryan <spencerryan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:57:20 -0500
All,



I had a chance last night to review my SLR photos of the Northern Saw-whet
Owl at Caley Reservation.   I emailed a few of my photos to Tom Bartlett who
has done a ton of research and banding on this particular species of owl.
Two of my photos show the owl grooming and expose the bird's right leg.
Tom and I agreed that there appears to be a gray band on the birds leg in
both photos!  The photos were taken with my SLR, but the clarity isn't good
enough to get a band number.  So if anyone goes to view or photograph the
bird today, try to get photos of the right leg.  I know this bird is located
pretty close to Dane Adams and he has taken some wonderful photos and
certainly has the equipment to get a better photo than I took!!



I don't post any of my photos on websites, I'm a birder, not a
photographer!!  This listserve does not allow photographs to be emailed as
attachments.  So if anyone would like to see the two photos, email me off
list and I'll email them directly to you.



Thanks everyone, and good luck!!



Spencer A. Ryan




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Subject: The Ohio Cardinal
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:32:44 -0500
     Why is the subscription rate for one year, for a paper magazine, of
The Ohio Cardinal $ 45, when "Pennsylvania Birds" paper magazine is $ 28.50
? The Pa. bird magazine has quality articles. Cut out some colored photo.s
& reduce the price? I don't believe TOC is a priority with the OOS.
Imagine that.
     That said, Craig Caldwell has done an excellent job getting TOC back
on a reasonable production schedule.
     J. P. Herman

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Subject: David Sibley plus eagles
From: August Froehlich <afroehlich AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:59:06 +0000
The Nature Conservancy is having a two-day grand opening celebration of the 
Grand River Conservation Campus at Morgan Swamp in northeast Ohio, featuring 
David Sibley. 


On Saturday, May 2, Sibley will give a presentation on The Psychology of Bird 
Identification. You can register for the talk and enter to win an exclusive 
opportunity to go bird-watching with Mr. Sibley earlier that morning by 
visiting the link below. 


You can explore the Grand River Conservation Campus on Sunday, May 3, during 
the Open House, which is free to the public. Join Conservancy staff, partners, 
community residents, and visitors from around the state to celebrate the grand 
opening of several new recreational amenities, followed by a guided hike 
through the grounds and nearby hemlock swamp forest. 



http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/ohio/events/david-allen-sibley-presentation-and-open-house-at-the-nature-conservancys-gr.xml 


And on my way home tonight I saw two Bald Eagles sitting in a tree along the 
Scioto River at Amberleigh Park: 

40.142525, -83.120898

August Froehlich
Dublin OH

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Waterfowl
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:50:30 -0500
  Thoreau Lake
      Common Merganser-2 females
      Green-winged Teal-male, 2 females
      Redhead-pair
      American Wigeon-male
      Gadwall-male
      Ring-necked Duck-male
      Greater Scaup-female
      Lesser Scaup-female
      Mallard-66
      A Black Duck-276

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

                           Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro
Park in Columbus

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Subject: red winged blackbird - geauga county
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:36:19 -0500
A red winged blackbird, hardly notable, but after this long, and
still lingering winter, his appearance in my yard today was
the most encouraging sign that soon, it is going to end.

Was his song always so beautiful?

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road Geauga/Cuy Co. line

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Subject: Re: Gulls in Columbus
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:26:05 -0500
Was it a third year? Maybe same one? No GBBG's at Cheshire today, but lots of 
pintail, wigeon, a few gadwall, and a flyover killdeer. 


Sent from my iPad

On Mar 4, 2015, at 3:13 PM, Ira Shulgin 
<0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote: 


> This afternoon I didn't find any gulls on Scioto in downtown of Columbus, but 
it was 1 imm.Glaucous and 3 imm. Great Black-backed at Scioto Audubon dam. 

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Subject: Gulls in Columbus
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:13:09 +0000
This afternoon I didn't find any gulls on Scioto in downtown of Columbus, but 
it was 1 imm.Glaucous and 3 imm. Great Black-backed at Scioto Audubon dam. 


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Subject: Lorain County - N Saw-whet Owl - Yes!
From: Spencer Ryan <spencerryan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:15:54 -0500
Owl is here now at Caley Reservation. Several observers. Huge thank you to 
Terry Sponseller for specific directions and Gene when I arrived. Follow 
footsteps to high traffic area. 100 yards or so from parking lot. About 20 feet 
up in pine tree with darkest bark. Enjoy, I know I sure did! 


Spencer A Ryan

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Subject: Savage Rd. Geauga County NE OH Across from Frohring Meadows
From: Brenner Mary <brenner.mary AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:45:43 -0800
Driving north on Savage road I saw a beautiful RED SHOULDER hawk fly off the 
telephone line and into the Meadow, probably for his lunch! 


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Subject: Birder types in stereo
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:58:48 -0500
Lots of laughs and food for thought, especially for us birders, who must
lug around a huge load of stereotypes, let us not forget...
https://orionmagazine.org/article/9-rules-for-the-black-birdwatcher/
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Subject: Re: Caley Reservation Saw-whet Owl, 3/2
From: Nelson Mostow <nxm6 AT CASE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:55:10 -0500
Was hoping to go to Caley Reservation tomorrow.  Is the Saw-Whet owl still
there?  If so, I would appreciate more detailed instructions.  Where to
park?  How to get from where you park to "the pond".

Thanks,

Nelson Mostow

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Subject: [Ohio-birds] Caley Reservation Saw-whet Owl, 3/2

The Saw-whet Owl continues at Caley Reservation in Lorain Co.  Thanks to
Laura Madden for pointing him out to us.  Follow the footprints to the south
side of the pond and he is in the tree with the white napkin.  He was pretty
high up next to the main trunk.  Nice meeting Laura and Terry Lutz who got
some great shots of the bird.
Terry and Barb Sponseller
Canton


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Subject: White-winged Crossbill Cleveland
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:09:00 -0500
A male White-winged Crossbill visited the feeders at Garfield Park Nature 
Center in Cleveland today. The center will not be open until Saturday. Directly 
across the street from GPNC is Calvary Cemetery--- with plenty of 
pines/firs/spruces that could also host/attract this bird. 


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: AlumCreekLake,3-03:LtDucks,mergansers,divers
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:46:13 -0500
On such a rainy afternoon that only a duck could love, I checked into the only 
sizeable open water around AlumCreekLake: the spillway below the dam and the 
Cheshire hole. Geese were mostly away somewhere else, but diving ducks 
definitely picked up the slack. No unusual large gulls, however, at either 
spot. Notables included: 


Long-tailed Ducks - the duo at Cheshire continue to put on a good show
Common Mergansers - 100+ at the Cheshire hole is a goodly number for central 
Ohio 

Red-br.Mergansers - 50+ were at Cheshire, while 2 were in the spillway
Hooded Mergansers - 10 were in the spillway
CommonGoldeneye - 90+ were at Cheshire
Bufflehead - 1 lone male was at Cheshire
Redhead - a whopping 250 were in the spillway, and another 100 were at Cheshire
Canvasback - the spillway had 80, while Cheshire had another 70
Gr.Scaup - 2 were at Cheshire
L.Scaup - 20 were at the spillway, while 10 were at Cheshire
Dabblers - Cheshire had attracted 6 Pintail, 2 Wigeon, and 4 Gadwall, among 
some 40 Mallards 

Other waterfowl - Cheshire still had 2 Horned Grebes
Gulls - a dozen Herring and some 50 Ring-billed were at Cheshire

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Subject: Re: Gulls in downtown Columbus
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:47:04 -0500
Nice spot, Ken. Thanks for posting, Julie. The Glaucous Gull is still here at 
2:30. You can pull briefly into construction Gate 3 just past the courthouse 
for decent views through the chain link fence. 

No black-backed seen. 
While writing this, a truck came out and put up all gulls. They seem to be 
resettling. 

Leslie

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> On Mar 3, 2015, at 11:22 AM, Julie Davis  wrote:
> 
> Posting for my husband, Ken. He had Glaucous Gull, Greater and Lesser
> black-backed gulls at 11:00 am behind the Federal courthouse on the Scioto
> river.
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Subject: Re: Cleveland/NE OH Lakefront update,
From: Mary Collins-Davis <neoh_birder AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:47:49 -0500
Just a quick side note. I have been getting a lot of inquiries for specifics on 
the location. Unfortuantely access to this particular area is closed to the 
public. However, one suggestion would be to look for them from one of the pull 
offs near CLE Hopkins off Brookpark Rd. One poster suggested near the 
restaurant The 100th Bomb Group. With all the snow on the ground it will 
probably take some patience to spot them. I plan on spending time there this 
weekend as well as Burke Lakefront where I have had great luck seeing them. 


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Subject: Re: Cleveland/NE OH Lakefront update,
From: Mary Collins-Davis <neoh_birder AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:07:06 -0500
We have seen a snowy twice now in the last 5 days in the back behind our 
office. It seems to be staying close by, and may be one of the three that had 
been hanging around Cleveland Hopkins area. 


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Subject: Kestrel on a wire
From: Todd Hill <00000167687b5755-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:06:01 +0000
I was sitting at my desk when an American kestrel decided to have a mouse lunch 
on a telephone wire outside my window about 20 minutes ago. He's still at it. 
Beautiful markings on this bird, and putting on quite a show. He's also 
reminded me that it's time for lunch. 

Todd HillState Route 546 and Shaffer Road, Knox County, one mile south of 
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Subject: Dayton Gulls,ducks,geese 3/3/15
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:20:09 -0500
Washington st bridge... 8 Gbbg, 1 glaucous, 
Veterans blvd... 1 Gbbg
Carillon park... 2 A wigeon, 1 cackler
E river rd... 2 a wigeon, 2 wwsc

Almost more gulls, ducks, geese and grebes than one birder can handle. Almost 
is the keyword. I now its crappy but sometimes you find great birds in less 
than ideal weather. 

Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton Oh

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Subject: Gulls in downtown Columbus
From: Julie Davis <greenheron58 AT INSIGHT.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:22:58 -0500
Posting for my husband, Ken. He had Glaucous Gull, Greater and Lesser
black-backed gulls at 11:00 am behind the Federal courthouse on the Scioto
river.



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Subject: Fw: [CT Birds] Very ET: Green Woodpecker and...
From: Lisle Merriman <000000f3462a9e25-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:06:15 +0000
Forwarded from a friend on the CT listserv-- wow!!


On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:52 AM, Jonah Cohen via CTBirds wrote:

Your day of birding has never been this weird:


http://www.itv.com/news/2015-03-02/incredible-image-shows-weasel-flying-on-woodpeckers-back/ 


Jonah Cohen
Newington

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Subject: Bird effigies just discovered in Ohio
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:06:53 -0500
I just heard from my local NPR outlet that the discovery of several
burials dating back to the ~fifth century AD have been found in Newton,
near Cincinnati. Among the grave goods are gorgets made from seashells
that came from the American southeast coast--probably acquired as trade
items by the old Ohioans--which have animal images engraved on them:
"opossum," "cat," and also a "griffin," which local experts think may be
a representation of a Carolina parakeet. More news will be forthcoming
soon, but eventually we might have an answer to the controversy about
the identity of birds found in other archaeological sites in the state.
In the meantime, you'll probably see these images in the local media soon.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Northern Shrike Portage Cty (rt 303)
From: Greg Cudworth <cudworthsg AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 22:02:14 -0500
The shrike persists along route 303 west of Streetsboro near the intersection 
of the railroad. Be forewarned there is no place to park with all the snow. 


Cud
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Subject: redhead and canvasback at Eastwood
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:56:47 -0800
This afternoon at Eastwood MetroPark in Dayton - lagoon side: a flock of 
gadwalls on the lagoon; one male redhead and one male canvasback among the 
geese and mallards on the river. A juvenile eagle flew along the river, 
startling all the ducks and geese. 


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Subject: Long tailed duck in the CVNP, Summit county.
From: Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach <fredcheryld AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:58:39 -0500
Sorry for the late post. Saturday 2/28, A female Long-tailed Duck was diving in 
the Cuyahoga River at Station Road, between the dam and the Bald Eagle nest, in 
the company of greater scaups, RB mergansers and goldeneyes. This is 20 miles 
from Lake Erie on the Summit / Cuyahoga county line in the Cuyahoga Valley 
National Park. 


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Subject: BlacklickGreenway,Columbus,3-02: eagle,hawks,geese
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:48:53 -0500
I worked along the Blacklick Creek bikepath from Cruiser Ponds up to Winchester 
lake and Shannon Rd, looking for any early migrants or departing winter 
residents. The ponds are all frozen over, but that didn't deter the many Canada 
Geese in the fields and the Mallards in the creek. Raptors were also very 
apparent. What was decidedly missing were sparrows, as a month of deep snow 
seems to have driven most of them off, even from the 'sparrowfields' around 
Winchester Lake. Notables included: 


Canada Geese - large flocks at many locations, mostly in snowy fields, 
totalling around 600 birds. 

N.Harriers - 2 were contesting over a kill off Shannon Rd
Red-tailed Hawks - common, with 6-8 along this stretch of greenbelt.
Bald Eagle - an immature was hanging around frozen Winchester Lake
Pileated Woodpecker - 1 was calling in the narrow riparian strip north of 
Cruiser Pond 

HornedLarks - 6-8 were foraging along the bikepath edge of the fields at 
Cruiser Pond; single flyovers were at many places 

Swamp Sparrow - a single bird at Cruiser Pond was the bright spot in a dismal 
sparrow afternoon 


I even checked out the runways at Port of Columbus on the way home for 
additional raptors, but could only come up with a few more Red-tailed hawks. 


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Subject: Caley Reservation Saw-whet Owl, 3/2
From: Terry Sponseller <tsbs AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 16:14:52 -0500
The Saw-whet Owl continues at Caley Reservation in Lorain Co. Thanks to Laura 
Madden for pointing him out to us. Follow the footprints to the south side of 
the pond and he is in the tree with the white napkin. He was pretty high up 
next to the main trunk. Nice meeting Laura and Terry Lutz who got some great 
shots of the bird. 

Terry and Barb Sponseller
Canton


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Subject: Zanesville bald eagle
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:48:39 -0500
About an hour ago, 2:50PM, 3/2, I was driving on I-70 through downtown
Zanesville. The large raptor soaring above the Muskingum River was an adult
bald eagle, white tail and head easily apparent.

In other news, this morning Jane and I took a snow-shoed circuit around our
successional field. We have a few more inches of snow on Flint Ridge than
on the surrounding area. A ring-billed gull flew over our farm. Not a
particularly unusual bird, but always noteworthy at our upland location. An
inlet of Dillon Reservoir is a little over a mile away, as the gull flies.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell.

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Subject: Alum creek GBBGs and LTDUs
From: Robert Batterson <000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:04:14 -0500
This morning 2 March 2015 there were 3 adult Great black-backed gulls visible 
from the cheshire rd boat ramp at Alum creek, Delaware county. Also the 2 male 
Long-tail ducks which showed up last week continue. 


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Subject: Re: First common Grackles, Summit County
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:27:38 -0500
Ironically, I had my FOY Red-winged Blackbird (Westlake Park-n-Ride bus lot) 
moments before reading this thread. Best of birding! 


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

> On Mar 2, 2015, at 12:35 AM, Barrett,Robert P  wrote:
> 
> On Sat Feb 28 I heard and saw the first grackles of the year, in the same 
treetop across the street from my house in Fairlawn where they always show up 
first. I have recorded the dates for this event as 

> 2/25/13
> 2/5/12
> 2/5/11
> 2/21/10
> 3/4/08
> 2/24/07
> 
> Dr. Bob Barrett
> Department of Geosciences
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> University of Akron
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> Environmental Studies Seminar: US Public Lands
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Subject: Ottawa NWR Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:28:10 +0000
MARCH 01, 2015 - Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Monthly Census.ROUTES: Limited 
coverage in the morning on both the east & west sides due to snow depth; 
limited coverage in the afternoon due to snow drifts, coverage on the backside 
limited to roads leading to the perimeter of the refuge - backside dikes & 
impoundments inaccessible.TIME: 8:00am-12:45pm; 2:15pm-5:15pm TEMP.: 17-31-28 
COND.: Light snow until 1:00pm changing to steady snow until 4:00pm; visibility 
improved after 4:00pm; trail & road conditions poor due to snow cover & drifts; 
no open water; Lake Erie completely frozen.OBS.: Katie Clink (morning only), 
Dave & Kim Myles (morning only), Ed Pierce, Jim Reyda, Al Schlecht (morning 
only), Douglas W. Vogus. 

I. MAMMALS: 3 SPECIES.
   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 6

   - Eastern Cottontail - 3
   - White-tailed Deer - 1
II. BIRDS: 29 SPECIES.
   - Canada Goose - 328

   - Tundra Swan - 3
   - Redhead - 3 (2m,1f)
   - Bald Eagle - 6 (adult)
   - Northern Harrier - 3
   - Cooper's Hawk - 1
   - Rough-legged Hawk - 1 (light morph)
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 11
   - Ring-billed Gull - 20
   - Mourning Dove - 14
   - Great Horned Owl - 1
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 7
   - Downy Woodpecker - 14
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 1
   - American Kestrel - 3
   - Blue Jay - 28
   - Horned Lark - 19
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 5
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 6
   - American Robin - 1
   - European Starling - 47
   - American Tree Sparrow - 57
   - Song Sparrow - 1
   - White-throated Sparrow - 8
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 10
   - Northern Cardinal - 26
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 48
   - American Goldfinch - 1
   - House Sparrow - 26
Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Subject: First common Grackles, Summit County
From: "Barrett,Robert P" <rbarret AT UAKRON.EDU>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:35:45 -0500
On Sat Feb 28 I heard and saw the first grackles of the year, in the same 
treetop across the street from my house in Fairlawn where they always show up 
first. I have recorded the dates for this event as 

2/25/13
2/5/12
2/5/11
2/21/10
3/4/08
2/24/07

Dr. Bob Barrett
Department of Geosciences
at
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Teaching Spring Semester 2015:
World Civilizations: Latin America
Environmental Studies Seminar: US Public Lands

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Subject: Cleveland/NE OH Lakefront update,
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:47:33 -0500
Freezup-doldrums continue across the board for NE Ohio, but small pockets of 
activity continue to keep folks hopeful for far far better days to come. 
Eastlake Power Plant warm water outflow continues to host a female HARLEQUIN 
DUCK, but sightings are off and on here as they have been through the 2014/2015 
winter period. Avon Lake Power Plant has had more regular coverage, with a few 
Long-tailed Ducks and up to two dozen White-winged Scoters (Gabe Leidy), 
singular Glaucous and Iceland Gulls, and impressive numbers of diving ducks. 
Bird numbers fluctuate there daily. The Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland, 
particularly around Scranton Road Park, has been offering up better gulling 
conditions the past couple of days. Chuck Slusarcyzk Jr found 6 Glaucous Gulls 
along the stretch today, and Iceland Gulls have been numbering 2-4 this week. 
An adult male Long-tailed Duck off of Jefferson Street in the flats/Tremont has 
been well-photographed. At least two Common Redpolls continue to visit a 
private residence in Rocky River. For those That continue to ask, Snowy Owls 
have not been seen in the region for many weeks now. 


May the first Red-winged Blackbirds be with you- 
jb


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Scranton Flats overlook
From: Gautam Apte <gapte3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:59:48 -0500
There was a probable Nelson's Gull spotted at Scranton Flats overlook around 6 
today. 2nd cycle bird, a touch of black near the wingtips, pale brown-white 
color. Bigger than the Herring Gulls, smaller than the Great Back-backed Gulls. 
The pond was teeming with mergs, but some Canvasback and Black Duck were 
present. This was NOT the "duck pond", this was the actual observation deck. 
Bird spotted a to the left of the small area of open water visible from the 
observation platform, back up against the wall. Beautiful size comparison with 
nearby Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. 


Good birding,
Gautam Apte
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Subject: Avon Lake Power Pant - Lorain County
From: Spencer Ryan <spencerryan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:13:07 -0500
Good action today at the power plant. Tons of Great Black Backed Gulls. Also, 
Greater Scaup, Redheads, both Mergansers, Canvasbacks, and the highlight by far 
was 6 Bald Eagles on the ice shelf. 4 matures and two immatures. Good times 
indeed! 


Spencer Ryan

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Subject: Alum creek LTDUs
From: Gmail <ohiobirder103 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:03:20 -0500
Hi all,
Two male long-tailed Ducks remain at Cheshire road boat launch (north of 
Cheshire off of Africa road) at alum creek as of Sunday afternoon. Also 2 adult 
great black-backed gulls. Lots of other waterfowl. 


Steve Landes
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Subject: Avon Lake Power Plant
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:44:13 -0500
Snowy & cold with poor visibility
Highlights included
17 White-winged Scoters
1 Long-tailed Duck (spotted by Wyatt )
1 Glaucous Gull -Adult

See you on the trails,

Chris Pierce

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Subject: The Cardinal wants your sightings
From: Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 06:07:15 -0800
Winter is over, at least as far as the Ohio Cardinal is
concerned though the weather gods say otherwise. Please send in your winter 
(December, 

January, and February) sightings.  They
go to Craig Caldwell, 1270 W. Melrose Dr., Westlake, OH, 44145 or
craig_caldwellATsbcglobal.net (substitute the “ AT ” symbol for “AT”). In 
addition to sightings, we welcome photos, 

anecdotes, book/e-media/app reviews, general interest articles, and research 
papers. If you enter your sightings into eBird, you 

do not need to send a report – we download all the entries directly from
Cornell.  Feel free, however, to expand
on items in your eBird list in a separate note to me, because I can’t look at
every note in eBird.
 
Digital photo files, please; send prints only with prior
approval.  If you post photos to
FaceBook, Flickr, or the like, you can send links to them rather than the photo
files themselves.  Photos and links go to
Laura Keene, laurakeeneATcinci.rr.com.
 
The deadline is March 21.  Thank you in advance.
 
Craig Caldwell
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Subject: cuteness alert...
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 08:17:15 -0500
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026

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Subject: Saw nthn. shrike at Lake Erie Bluffs
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:10 -0500
Around 3p I parked in lot off lane rd., a good 1/4 mile or more east down
the entranceway drive. I took my usual westward looping route.  It was full
sun with little wind & thus seemed warmer than the 20° F. reading.
Tromping over the bumpy, snow covered trails furnished a good work out.
After a while I was carrying my coat.  I was too tired in the end to care
that I hadn't seen one bird (heard a cardinal). Left the same way I came in
and at circular turnaround that was put in where the park drive meets the
lane road terminus, I spied a grayish bird atop a small tree.  I stopped
car & put my glasses on it.  Sure enough it was our masked bandit.  To me
its tail seemed long compared to its body.

I think everyone should try to see the shrike.  A very easy & interesting
sighting for novices.  Convenient parking in that large turnaround area.

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Subject: BlendonWoods Metro
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:34:27 -0800
Thanks to Steve Jones and James Muller for giving me a bit of info about
some of the metros, I made a quick stop to one, and  I chose Blendon. I
went to Thoreau Lake and Goldenrod Trail. Bird list:

Lake Trail:

Pileated Woodpecker: 2
Titmice: 6
Song Sparrow: 3
Tree Sparrow: 6
Juncos: 4
Chickadee: 2
Cardinals: 22
Red bellied Woodpecker: 4

Thoreau Lake:

Canada Goose: 100+
Mallards: 62
COMMON MERGANSER: 3
Am. Black Duck: 13

Goldenrod trail:

White Throated Sparrows: 5
Carolina Wren: 2
BARRED OWL: heard 2; 1 at the last loop on Goldenrod, other around Thoreau
lake, but were  never seen.

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Subject: Eaglepalooza - Bald Eagle Gathering at Wills Creek Dam Area in Coshocton County
From: Paul <phaskins AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:14:09 -0500
Just want to add, very similar today. Had a first, an actual kettle of 6
Bald Eagles.  When I 1st saw them I though they might be early turkey
vultures.  A lot of talon - talon action.

Saw 6 - 8 more in flight and another 6 or so perched.   All were
juvenile  except 1 flying and 2 perched adults.

Saw over 20 red tail  - possible rough leg between Zanesville and
Coshocton, seemed to be perched in every tree.




On 2/27/2015 12:48 PM, Brad Perkins wrote:
> Spent my lunch hour today watching 20+ bald eagles at Wills Creek Dam. There 
were at least 15 along Will Creek between the Dam and the village of Wills 
Creek. This is along a 2 mile stretch of CR 274, downstream of the dam (north). 
There were another 6 located between the village of Wills Creek and the old AEP 
Coal Wash Plant on another 2 mile stretch of TR 263. Most were immatures. I 
only saw 2 adults in the whole bunch. Viewing was very good as many of them 
were perched right over Wills Creek, which is very narrow, with the roads 
running very close to the creek. 

>
> The GPS coordinates for Wills Creek Dam are: 40.15766, -81.84985
>
> There were also a few mergansers and geese, and a large flock of gulls at the 
dam. Most of the gulls were ring-billed, with what appeared to be a couple 
herring gulls. 

>
> Brad Perkins
> RockTenn-Forest Resources
> Area Manager
> Coshocton, Ohio
> Office: 740.622.6543 Ext. 712
> Cell: 740.502.4215
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Subject: Long-tailed Duck Cleveland, Jefferson overlook
From: Liz McQuaid <prwarbler AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:00:51 -0500
Nice looks today at the adult male long-tail duck in Tremont neighborhood.
Chuck Slusarczyk took us there.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Rick Asamoto
Miamisburg

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

Feeding on the seeds on ground.  Made our day!

Tony & Carolyn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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