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Updated on Friday, April 18 at 04:53 PM EST
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Rock-Jumper,©Tony Disley

18 Apr Blacklick Metro Park (Columbus) and Woodside Green (Gahanna) [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
18 Apr Possible Red-throated Loon? [Chris Swan ]
18 Apr Fish Crows [Doreene Linzell ]
18 Apr Red-shouldered hawks at Severance Center [Steve Cagan ]
18 Apr Little Blue, Am Bittern, Sora, Comm Moorhen [sandra griffiths ]
18 Apr Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve-2014-4-18 [Steve Jones ]
18 Apr Hummers [Hayward Chappell ]
18 Apr Work being done on Magee Marsh's boardwalk [Sheryl Young ]
18 Apr Clionton Co. wren [Larry Gara ]
18 Apr Sandy ridge lil blu, am bittern. Sora [sandra griffiths ]
18 Apr 2 Virginia Rails at Beaver Marsh [Jim Martin ]
18 Apr Fw: ["becky8910 AT aol.com" ]
18 Apr Welcomed Newcomers [Hayward Chappell ]
18 Apr Old Man Peabody & Purple finch pair ["kjb8 AT juno.com" ]
18 Apr Darke Co. shorebirds [Regina Schieltz ]
17 Apr Shawnee SF April 17 [Robert Royse ]
17 Apr Magee & Metzger warming up [Matt Valencic ]
17 Apr White-eyed vireo and golden-crowned kinglet seen. []
17 Apr House wren [Janice Emrick ]
17 Apr Blacklick Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
17 Apr Virginia Rail Sippo (Stark) [Jon Cefus ]
17 Apr Re: Little blue Heron at Sandy Ridge [jen brumfield ]
17 Apr Little blue Heron at Sandy Ridge [jen brumfield ]
17 Apr Union County: Red-necked Grebe, Virginia Rail [Blake Mathys ]
17 Apr Cvnp-quick update [sandra griffiths ]
17 Apr Cvnp-sora, snipe, rail location [sandra griffiths ]
17 Apr Nickelplate Trail between Georgetown Rd and Metzger Park, Stark County, Apr 17, 2014 [Adam Zorn ]
17 Apr Reminder of Birding Etiquette [Matt Valencic ]
17 Apr Bobolink and Butterfly Festival [Don and Diana Plant ]
17 Apr Va. Rail Harrison County [Dan Kramer ]
16 Apr Re: Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp [KimbaJ ]
16 Apr Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp [Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach ]
16 Apr Chimney swift [Janice Emrick ]
16 Apr Blacklick Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
16 Apr Clinton County Bald Eagle [Ed & Linda Roush ]
16 Apr Worm-eating Warbler, Highbanks Metropark (Columbus) [John Kuenzli ]
16 Apr Re: Scissor-tailed NO [mary warrren ]
16 Apr Area N Hoover Nature Preserve, Galena [Charles Bombaci ]
16 Apr Surf Scoter pics. [Steve Jones ]
16 Apr Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp [sandra griffiths ]
16 Apr Scissor-tailed NO [jen brumfield ]
16 Apr Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - 14 Apr 2014 to 15 Apr 2014 (#2014-106) [Barbara kaplan ]
15 Apr Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc. [Regina Schieltz ]
15 Apr Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in Geauga County) [Matt Valencic ]
15 Apr Conneaut Harbor [Chris Swan ]
15 Apr not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline [Julie Davis ]
15 Apr Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir [robert lane ]
15 Apr Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery [Steve Jones ]
15 Apr Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES! [Doreene Linzell ]
15 Apr e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co [inga schmidt ]
14 Apr Brown thrasher - Eagle Creek SNP, Portage County [Charles Fletcher ]
14 Apr Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday) [Paul Hurtado ]
14 Apr Eurasian Wigeon Frohring Meadows [jen brumfield ]
14 Apr Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM? [Patty McKelvey ]
14 Apr Virginia Rail, Pine wa, Ruby Crwn Kinglet- Cvnp [sandra griffiths ]
14 Apr White Pelicans [Doreene Linzell ]
14 Apr Whip-poor-will - Hocking County. [James E Fry ]
14 Apr Re: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron [Tracy the Birder ]
14 Apr Whip-poor-will in Meigs County [Tracy Morman ]
14 Apr Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday) [Bill Whan ]
14 Apr Henslow's sparrow photo [Joe Faulkner ]
14 Apr Over the weekend [Hayward Chappell ]
14 Apr Birding Conneaut Harbor [Chris Swan ]
14 Apr Athens County: YT Warbler and Vireo, Blue-wing Warblerand others [Heather A ]
14 Apr Swainson's Thrush - Pickaway County [Melanie Shuter ]
14 Apr Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday) [Paul Hurtado ]
14 Apr Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM? [Deb ]
14 Apr Probable Pacific Loon Follow Up / Mahoning County [robert lane ]
14 Apr Lorain County [Patty McKelvey ]
14 Apr Yellow-headed Blackbird, Battelle Darby (no sightings) [Paul Gardner ]
14 Apr No Subject ["Berger, Byron" ]
13 Apr Re: bald eagle? [KimbaJ ]
13 Apr Vinton Furnace, etc., April 13 [Robert Royse ]
13 Apr Probable Pacific Loon / Portage~Mahoning County [robert lane ]
14 Apr bald eagle? ["Berger, Byron" ]
14 Apr Re: Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County ["Berger, Byron" ]

Subject: Blacklick Metro Park (Columbus) and Woodside Green (Gahanna)
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:28:45 -0400
Worm-eating warbler
Black and white warbler
Hooded warbler (heard)
yellow throated  warbler (heard)
ovenbird (heard)
white eyed vireo
brown thrasher
hermit thrush
swamp sparrow
winter wren
house wren (heard)

Woodside Green (Gahanna)
black throated green warbler
yellow throated warbler
yellow rumped warbler
barred owl
rough winged swallow (taking looks inside the kingfisher's burrow)
pileated woodpecker
brown creeper

Bob and Elaine McNulty 

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Subject: Possible Red-throated Loon?
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:10:51 -0400
Observed this guy floating around Conneaut Harbor. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100129144 AT N03/ This would be a lifer for me! 

 
 What a great day! 2 definite lifers with savannah and vesper sparrows. And a 
possible 3rd with the loon. Also 5 year birds! Seen palm warbler at Malek Park 
and a field sparrow in Conneaut Harbor (plus loon and lifer sparrows). 

 
My first spring as a "birder" is AWESOME!!! Thanks to any who take the time to 
help me with the ID help! 

Chris
                                          
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Subject: Fish Crows
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:52:43 -0400
We just watched 8 Fish Crows for at least an hour. We only heard a few
vocalizations, a single nasal call, not the double nasal call. We first
spotted them as we were walking in Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve.
They were on picnic tables just outside the fence at the Gordon Boat Ramp.
We exited the preserve and drove to the boat ramp. We watched two of them
fly from one very tall light post to another. We saw two feeding each
other. One of the birds has a few white feathers in the rump area. I texted
Jen Brumfield and she was able to stop by and she saw four Fish Crows.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Red-shouldered hawks at Severance Center
From: Steve Cagan <steve AT STEVECAGAN.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:03:10 -0400
Hi all,

Itąs common to see Red-tailed Hawks soaring over Severance Shopping Center
in Cleveland Heights, and the occasional Cooperąs Hawk does not seem to
warrant comment‹but this morning there were two Red-shouldered Hawks soaring
in circles over the area‹great to see them!

Best wishes,

Steve Cagan
Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County



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Subject: Little Blue, Am Bittern, Sora, Comm Moorhen
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:01:27 -0400
All seen this morning at sandy ridge in lorain. The action was mostly along
the south edge. What a fabulous spring! Happy holiday everyone.

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Subject: Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve-2014-4-18
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:47:46 -0400
Decent day birding at Lawrence Woods.

Had all species of woodpeckers...red head was heard only.

Neat find of the trip was a Great Egret.

On to Killdeer.

Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Steve J.

Observer: Steven Jones
2014-04-18 08:43
Lawrence Woods State Nature Preserve
Protocol: Traveling
2 Miles
282 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    1    Wood Duck
    1    Ring-necked Pheasant
    1    Great Egret
    1    Green Heron
    10    Turkey Vulture
    2    Mourning Dove
    1    Barred Owl
    1    Red-headed Woodpecker    heard
    3    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    2    Downy Woodpecker
    1    Hairy Woodpecker
    1    Northern Flicker
    2    Pileated Woodpecker
    1    White-eyed Vireo
    2    Blue Jay
    4    American Crow
    2    Carolina Chickadee
    2    Tufted Titmouse
    3    White-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Winter Wren
    4    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    2    Hermit Thrush
    2    American Robin
    1    Brown Thrasher
    4    European Starling
    1    Northern Parula
    1    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1    Eastern Towhee
    1    Chipping Sparrow    yy
    4    Field Sparrow
    2    Song Sparrow
    1    Swamp Sparrow
    2    White-throated Sparrow
    2    Northern Cardinal
    4    Red-winged Blackbird
    2    Eastern Meadowlark
    2    Common Grackle
    4    American Goldfinch

This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog
(http://
birdseyebirding.com/ )

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Subject: Hummers
From: Hayward Chappell <hayward.chappell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:31:12 -0400
My wife said our first hummingbirds have returned. Same day as Wood
Thrushes.

Great day

hayward chappell
Lawrence County

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Subject: Work being done on Magee Marsh's boardwalk
From: Sheryl Young <SY1154 AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:04:46 -0400
Yesterday, in Matt Valencic's report he wrote, "The Boardwalk is receiving  
a lot of repairs to railings and the decking.  Kudo's to whomever is doing  
the work."

The work has been totally funded by the Friends of Magee  Marsh.  FOMM 
provided the first $25,000 for the work that has been completed. They are now 

working to raise $300,000 to complete the  remainder of the boardwalk.  

I am sure FOMM appreciates our kudo's,  but what they really need is our 
help to reach this goal!  Donations are  tax deductible and can be made via 
PayPal on the Friends' website  www.friendsofmageemarsh.org or on Facebook at  
www.facebook.com/friendsofmageemarsh.   In addition, donation  envelopes 
are available at Magee's Sportsmen’s Migratory Bird Center and donation boxes 

are located at both entrances to the boardwalk.  

This is your opportunity to give back to Magee Marsh.  Please do  what you 
can to help FOMM reach their goal so that this world class birding site  
remains accessible for years to come. 
 
Sheryl Young
Sandusky

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Subject: Clionton Co. wren
From: Larry Gara <lgara1 AT CINCI.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:19:24 -0400
As I was putting up our wren house I heard my first wren for the season. I hope 
the wren will put it to good use. 


Spring Cheers,  Larry Gara

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Subject: Sandy ridge lil blu, am bittern. Sora
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:03:14 -0400
Just got here and the party continues! Yesss they are here!

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Subject: 2 Virginia Rails at Beaver Marsh
From: Jim Martin <jamnsmm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:55:37 -0400
Two rails have been making their appearance this morning at beaver March.

Jim Martin

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Subject: Fw:
From: "becky8910 AT aol.com" <becky8910@AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:52:31 +0100
Hi!

News:  http://1a-waro.de/hywc/page.php



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Subject: Welcomed Newcomers
From: Hayward Chappell <hayward.chappell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:22:06 -0400
This morning I was happy to hear two of the birds that first got me started
in birding over 20 years ago up in New Hampshire. At that time all I heard
was what seemed like someone plying the flute in the woods.  I never could
get a look at it and it took me over a month to find out what it was. But
that month started a process of discovery that stuck for I continue to
enjoy it today. Wood thrushes- an amazingly designed bird. God is awesome!

Hayward Chappell
Lawrence County.

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Subject: Old Man Peabody & Purple finch pair
From: "kjb8 AT juno.com" <kjb8@JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:38:50 GMT
We have been hearing white-throated sparrows around Wayne Drive in Berea, Ohio. 
Jay Abercrombie reports a pair of purple finches in his yard in Suffield, Ohio- 
no, not house finches. Kathleen Bradley 




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Subject: Darke Co. shorebirds
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:36:18 -0400
At the flooded field at 118 and Hillgrove-Woodington Road:  North of
Greenville
1 Am. Golden Plover
100 or so Pectorals
2 Least Sandpipers
2 Blue-wing Teal

At flooded field on Hager Road north of Versailles:
120 Pectorals
4 Gr. Yellowlegs
3 L. Yellowlegs
2 Least Sandpipers
3 Killdeer
1 Crow

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Subject: Shawnee SF April 17
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:57:39 -0400
I headed down to Shawnee SF today. The vegetation was only slightly ahead of 
what I saw at Zaleski last Sunday. There was sufficient vegetation along creeks 
and valleys, but large ares with little undergrowth in the ridges looked no 
different that they probably did on March 17th. It was very cold still this 
morning and many birds were quiet, or at least not singing persistently. Many 
birds seen also seemed to be foraging in groups like migrants and not on 
territory at all. Seeing that at Shawnee at this time of year is very unusual. 
My guess is that some birds arrived with the strong S winds and warm weather a 
couple of days ago, but the sudden cold weather and lack of vegetation kept 
some of them from immediately establishing territories like they normally do. 
At one point I encountered the full triplet of yellow-throated birds feeding 
down low in one clump of bushes, a Common Yellowthroat, a Yellow-throated 
Warbler, and a Yellow-throated Vireo all together. Is there a word for that or 
is it it just a lot of confusion? 


Here's a run down of the state of the birds there today :

Louisianas, Yellow-throated Warblers, Pine Warblers, N Parulas, B-g 
Gnatcatchers, Blue-headed Vireos, E Towhees, E Phoebes, Brown Thrashers, etc. 
all seemed to be present where you'd expect them to be. Black&Whites may be in 
that group too, but they weren't singing very persistently in the cold weather 
this morning. 


Ovenbirds, American Redstarts, and Yellow-throated and White-eyed Vireos are 
just starting to arrive and are widely scattered in low numbers, some on 
territory, some probably not. 


One or two each was seen of Hooded, Worm-eating, Cerulean, B-t Green, 
Blue-winged, CYellowthroat, Prairie, and Wood Thrush. I only saw one Prairie, a 
female with a group of other warblers in a thicket in a valley where they don't 
nest. I didn't hear a single singing male in any of the many clear cuts at 
Shawnee, which is surprising since they were fairly common already at Vinton 
Furnace last weekend. 


There was no sign yet of Red-eyed Vireos, Y-b Chats, KY Warblers, or Scarlet 
Tanagers, all which could be arriving on territory about now in a warm year at 
Shawnee. 


I saw 3 different Ruffed Grouse in scattered locations. I used to see them 
often at Zaleski (Tar Hollow too), but I don't think I've seen any there in at 
least 5 years or so. 


There's no doubt about it, to those of us who have been birding at Shawnee for 
20 years or so, the sight of the southern part of the forest is supremely ugly. 
The excessive clear cutting along with the tiers of roads made by the trucks 
have left the place hideously scarred. I didn't hear any chainsaws or see any 
logging trucks driving by today, but their presence will be felt for many 
decades. 


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Subject: Magee & Metzger warming up
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:11:32 -0400
Metzger Marsh (NW Ohio, near Ottawa NWR) is going to be 'drawn down' in the
next couple weeks to create mud  flats according to a Division of Wildlife
manager I spoke to today.  Two Snowy Egrets were a surprise today (pictures
at https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/13917970143/) .



Magee is warming up as well.  I found the following warblers in about 15
minutes at the N. end of the big loop:  Prothonotary, Black-throated Green,
N. Parula, Yellow-rumped as well as Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet and a Hermit Thrush.  Pictures of some of these birds at the link
above.



The Boardwalk is receiving a lot of repairs to railings and the decking.
Kudo's to whomever is doing the work.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: White-eyed vireo and golden-crowned kinglet seen.
From: Lynnjosefsen AT AOL.COM
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:59:00 -0400
I saw a white-eyed vireo and a golden-crowned kinglet in Spencer Ohio
today.

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Subject: House wren
From: Janice Emrick <emricksj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:32:41 -0400
I heard my FOY house wren today in Monroe County.

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Subject: Blacklick Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:45:07 -0400
Black throated green warbler
black and white warbler  Male and female
yellow throated warbler
yellow rumped warbler
ovenbird
golden crowned kinglet
ruby crowned kinglet
hermit thrush
wood thrush
junco
house wren (heard)
red headed woodpecker
red tailed hawk
red shouldered hawk
white eyed vireo
rusty blackbird (2)
swamp sparrow
brown thrasher
fox sparrow
winter wren (2)
wood duck

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Virginia Rail Sippo (Stark)
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:05:44 -0400
Hello all!

If you're in or near Stark Co. and would like to pick up a Virginia Rail, I had 
one an hour ago on the limestone path near Exploration Gateway at Sippo. There 
is a bridge over water and cattails just SE of EG and that's where it was doing 
a grunting display call. 


Happy birding...

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Re: Little blue Heron at Sandy Ridge
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:52:15 -0400
Sandy Ridge Reservation is part of Lorain County Metroparks


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> Tim Fairweather reports a Little Blue Heron present now at Sandy Ridge
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Subject: Little blue Heron at Sandy Ridge
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:49:26 -0400
Tim Fairweather reports a Little Blue Heron present now at Sandy Ridge


JB
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Subject: Union County: Red-necked Grebe, Virginia Rail
From: Blake Mathys <blakemathys AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:40:30 -0400
Randy Shonkwiler and I visited the Marysville Reservoir and Glacier Ridge 
today. There was a Red-necked Grebe on the reservoir (plus a small collection 
of other grebes and ducks), and we heard a Virginia Rail near the Osprey 
platform at the Honda Wetlands section of Glacier Ridge; it sang repeatedly. 
Songbirds weren't very numerous today...a few Yellow-rumps, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, and such, but the large number of Blue-winged Teal (near the rail) 
made up for it; we also saw a few snipe in the same area, and in the big pool 
near the parking lot. 


Blake
                                          
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Subject: Cvnp-quick update
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:53:42 -0400
The Casanovas just reported they definetly saw the snipe and the sora, not
sure about the rail but ive seen them twice this week so definetly worth
checking out. Best to all

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Subject: Cvnp-sora, snipe, rail location
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:51:07 -0400
So glad people are finding these spring treasures! The spot is very easy.
Go north from Ira trailhead, when you get to the boardwalk they were viewed
from the east side in the reedy marshy area  past the trees. The rail and
sora actively foraged within 4" of the boardwalk.  the cutie pie snipe was
not too far out in the marsh in a wet low spot among the reeds.  i saw them
all about 11: am thursday.
Happy spring
Sandra
Snipe

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Subject: Nickelplate Trail between Georgetown Rd and Metzger Park, Stark County, Apr 17, 2014
From: Adam Zorn <aszorn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:00:19 -0400
33 species were observed during "Birds Before Work" on the Nickle Plate Trail 
this morning. Excellent views of a Cooper's Hawk at the Pinevale trailhead for 
the second visit in a row. One House Wren was singing from the brush on the 
west side of the paved path adjacent to the Pinevale trailhead parking lot, but 
I could not get my eyes on it. Walking a half mile north there were many 
White-throated Sparrows still present in the honeysuckle hedgerows just south 
of Metzger Park. One Dark-eyed Junco was spotted foraging in the same area. A 
Hermit Thrush was present in the same vicinity. The southern edge of Metzger 
Park, adjacent to the trail, delivered 3 Brown Thrashers and a single, singing 
Eastern Meadowlark. A full list of observed species is noted below. 

Good birding,Adam ZornProgram ManagerHuston-Brumbaugh Nature Center

Nickelplate Trail - between Georgetown Rd and Metzger Park, Stark, US-OH
Apr 17, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Birds Before Work  Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.3
33 species

Canada Goose  4     flying over
Mallard 2 in pond below high tension power line structure, south end of Metzger 
Park 

Cooper's Hawk  1     At the Pinevale trailhead
Ring-billed Gull  15     flying over
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1     singing near the Pinevale trailhead but not seen
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  12
Eastern Bluebird  1 heard but not seen
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  14
Brown Thrasher  3     All 3 were near the edge of Metzger Park
European Starling  X
Eastern Towhee  8
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  25
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird 18 Mostly males, 2 females near the Pinevale trailhead 

Eastern Meadowlark  1     On the edge of Metzger Park
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
American Goldfinch  6

                                          
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Subject: Reminder of Birding Etiquette
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:19:06 -0400
It seems we need to be reminded about this from time to time. Like doctors, our 
first concern in the field should be "Do No Harm" - to the environment, the 
birds, and to others enjoying the area. 


This morning a photographer was observed (and photographed!) leaving the 
established path at Frohring Meadows to get a closer picture of a bird, 
probably the Eurasian Wigeon. This was wrong at so many levels I won't take 
space to elaborate except to say it is selfish. If this rare bird is 
sufficiently disturbed it may leave the area for good, preventing others from 
enjoying good views of a special bird. Some of those visitors travel far and 
have to wait for weekends to bird. 


Let's remember to minimize our impact on the places we bird, stay on paths & 
trails if they exist, and be considerate of others who come there to get joy 
from viewing wildlife. Signs can be an intrusion to the experience ("Stay on 
Trails" or "Do No Disturb Wildlife"). In public places trails and paths exist 
for humans. Assume the rest of the space is for plants and animals and be 
considerate by staying on the trail. 


Enjoy the migration!

Matt Valencic

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Subject: Bobolink and Butterfly Festival
From: Don and Diana Plant <ddplantbirds AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:06:57 -0700
Hello Everybody:  Just a quick reminder to put on your calendar. Our 8th annual 
 "Bobolink & Butterflies Festival" will soon be here. The Festival is held at 
Byers Woods, which is located south of Ashland Ohio, off of State Route 60. The 
date is June 28, 2014, from 9:00 AM-1PM.  Observe the beautiful male Bobolinks 
up close as they vocalize their babbling song to the admiration of their female 
"sweeties".  Also, enjoy guided bird and insect walks.  Interesting and 
rewarding for nature-lovers of all ages.  Co-sponsored by Greater Mohican 
Audubon Society & Ashland County Park District.   Questions? Contact Don Plant, 
419-606-7011 


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Subject: Va. Rail Harrison County
From: Dan Kramer <dankramer6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:44:32 -0400
Yesterday afternoon ((4/16/14) I stopped just east of New Athens in Harrison 
County to scan a group of swallows feeding over a wetland. The group was all 
northern rough-winged swallows, approximately 20 of them. While there I coaxed 
a Virginia rail to call back at me from the cattails. 


Dan Kramer
Bolivar

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Subject: Re: Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
From: KimbaJ <justshakingthrough AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:03:22 -0700
where about's were these fine shorebirds? might have o go snipe hunting.  I am 
jealous of that Wilson 


-Kimba J
Summit


 
 


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Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:21 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
 

A heads up call from Jon Cefus that the rail and sora were visible at
Beaver marsh was made even cooler by a wilsons snipe! Never seen a snipe
there how cool is that! Pine warblers, yellow rump and blue gray
gnatcatcher-with a sapsucker, made it a pretty cool morning for the
Sponsellars and myself. Thanx Jon!
Sandra
Summit

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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
From: Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach <fredcheryld AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:04:56 -0400
We went to the Ira Road marsh in the CVNP right before dusk tonight, an osprey 
was circling over the spot, watched two Virginias forage and glimpsed a Sora 
farther out. Missed the snipe but heard a Rusty BB in the distance. 


Fred & Cheryl Dinkelbach 

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Begin forwarded message:

> From: sandra griffiths 
> Date: April 16, 2014 at 1:21:14 PM EDT
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
> Reply-To: sandra griffiths 
> 
> A heads up call from Jon Cefus that the rail and sora were visible at
> Beaver marsh was made even cooler by a wilsons snipe! Never seen a snipe
> there how cool is that! Pine warblers, yellow rump and blue gray
> gnatcatcher-with a sapsucker, made it a pretty cool morning for the
> Sponsellars and myself. Thanx Jon!
> Sandra
> Summit
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Subject: Chimney swift
From: Janice Emrick <emricksj AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:45:58 -0400
I birded today in Harrison and Belmont Counties.  Had a FOY chimney swift
in Egypt Valley, as well as rough-winged swallows.

Janice Emrick

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Subject: Blacklick Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:25:32 -0400
Came across a large mixed flock of blackbirds on the Maple trail with 
grackles being the highest number
brewer's blackbird (1 male) 
rusty blackbird (6)
red winged blackbird
Red shouldered hawk
yellow throated warbler
hermit thrush ( 14)
swamp sparrow
white throated sparrow
yellow bellied sapsucker
ruby crowned kinglet
hooded warbler (heard)
barred owl (one at beech-maple junction and one near the connector trail to 
nature center)

Blendon Woods (afternoon)
white eyed vireo (heard)
hermit thrush
yellow rumped warbler
ruby crowned kinglet

Woodside Green
winter wren
hermit thrush

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Clinton County Bald Eagle
From: Ed & Linda Roush <ecroush1 AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:06:41 -0700
At 11:00 this morning, an adult Bald Eagle flew low over the eastern edge of 
Wilmington from the northeast to the southwest.  Heading for Lake Cowan, maybe. 


Ed Roush
Wilmington


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Subject: Worm-eating Warbler, Highbanks Metropark (Columbus)
From: John Kuenzli <john.kuenzli AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:57:25 -0400
I'm at Highbanks Metropark right now (rt. 23 north of Columbus)  and am
currently watching a quiet and early WORM-EATING WARBLER work the
underbrush just off the muddy footpath to the right of the nature center.
 I'm trying to photograph it, but have so far failed...

Good birding,

John Kuenzli


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Columbus, OH

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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed NO
From: mary warrren <windbird AT BEX.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:45:15 -0400
I just got back from Sheldon Marsh and we had no luck locating the bird
either.
Mary Warren

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Subject: [Ohio-birds] Scissor-tailed NO

Dan G reports that he could not find Scissor-tailed Flycatcher this morning
(Wed) at Sawmill Creek golf course


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Subject: Area N Hoover Nature Preserve, Galena
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:37:51 -0700
During the past week we had several nights of strong winds so I decided to 
check my nest boxes for any damage before the Prothonotary Warblers arrive. The 
boxes fared well with no new damage. A side bonus for the visit to Area N in 
Galena, Delaware County was a nice show by the first wave of warblers, several 
of which stay and nest. Along with the Yellow-rumped Warblers that are now in 
their nicest colors were Northern Parula, Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers. 
All were in breeding plumage and had on their Sunday best. I pished and a 
Yellow-throated Warbler flitted in so close I could almost kiss it on his bill. 
A very beautiful bird. Several other Yellow-throated warblers also came in to 
within 5 feet of us as did a couple of Northern Parula. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers 
are back and were feeding along Big Walnut Creek where there were plenty of 
insects. The creek had Wood Ducks and Blue-winged Teal swimming along the shore 
and in the flooded edge areas. On 

 the way out we spotted a Broad-winged Hawk perched along Dustin Road. Using 
the car as a blind we were able to get marvelous views of the hawk. 


Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: Surf Scoter pics.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:51:58 -0400
I was able to get some pics of the Surf Scoter over at the Fish Hatchery.
The only thing that I found odd about him, is that all the pictures I see
the males have a white patch on the face.  This one did not....wondering if
it was some sort of hybrid.

I also was able to get some pics of Longspurs in breeding plumage over on
Washburn Rd near Killdeer Plains Pond 27

Here is link to blog post. (there is also a link in the post to my trip to
Arizona if anyone is interested) :

http://www.sjlarue.com/blog/2014/4/surfing-through-saint-marys

Happy Birding, and God Bless

Steve J.

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Subject: Sora, Va Rail, Wil Snipe, Pine War-Cvnp
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:21:14 -0400
A heads up call from Jon Cefus that the rail and sora were visible at
Beaver marsh was made even cooler by a wilsons snipe! Never seen a snipe
there how cool is that! Pine warblers, yellow rump and blue gray
gnatcatcher-with a sapsucker, made it a pretty cool morning for the
Sponsellars and myself. Thanx Jon!
Sandra
Summit

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Subject: Scissor-tailed NO
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:48:24 -0400
Dan G reports that he could not find Scissor-tailed Flycatcher this morning 
(Wed) at Sawmill Creek golf course 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - 14 Apr 2014 to 15 Apr 2014 (#2014-106)
From: Barbara kaplan <mousewd AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:18:06 -0400
Yesterday, April 15 a yellow throated warbler was visiting my peanut feeder. 
I'm assuming my peanuts were a little on the buggy side. Still a great spring 
bird for a snowy day. 


Barb Kaplan
Peninsula

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> On Apr 16, 2014, at 12:03 AM, OHIO-BIRDS automatic digest system 
 wrote: 

> 
> There are 8 messages totalling 250 lines in this issue.
> 
> Topics of the day:
> 
>  1. e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co
>  2. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES!
>  3. Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery
>  4. Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir
>  5. not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline
>  6. Conneaut Harbor
>  7. Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in
>     Geauga County)
>  8. Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc.
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:30:37 -0400
> From:    inga schmidt 
> Subject: e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co
> 
> The eurasion wigeon, found by Dick Hoopes last evening, is
> still at Frohring Meadows this morning, accompanied by a few blue
> winged teals.
> 
> Lots of yellowlegs and snipe.
> 
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:01 -0400
> From:    Doreene Linzell 
> Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES!
> 
> The bird is still present! We saw it flying along the treeline between
> Sheldon Marsh and the gulf course about 11:00.
> 
> Doreene Linzell
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:59:21 -0400
> From:    Steve Jones 
> Subject: Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery
> 
> If anyone in the central Ohio area still needs a Surf Scoter.  The one at
> the fish hatchery at Grand Lake St Marys  is still there. When I left, it
> was in the third pond on the right giving great views.
> 
> Happy birding and God bless.
> 
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:42:34 -0400
> From:    robert lane 
> Subject: Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir
> 
> This afternoon=2C Tuesday=2C from about 2:30PM to about 3:00PM=2C three Red=
> -necked Grebes were observed by us from The Marina Area off of Price Road a=
> t Walborn Reservoir in northeast Stark County. A scope is necessary. From t=
> he bluff by the picnic shelter=2C look to the south=2C to the left of the i=
> sland. Of the spattering of waterfowl also present=2C there were Northern S=
> hoveler=2C Lesser Scaup=2C Ring-necked Duck=2C Pied-billed Grebe=2C and Rud=
> dy Duck. It was cold=2C wet=2C and windy.
> 
> 
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:46 -0400
> From:    Julie Davis 
> Subject: not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline
> 
> The registration for the 10th annual OOS conference at Shawnee April 25-27
> will close at midnight, Thursday April17. If you have not registered, we
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:19 -0400
> From:    Chris Swan 
> Subject: Conneaut Harbor
> 
> Another great day in Conneaut Harbor! Always seems that the crummier the we=
> ather the better the birds! Great finds tonight! https://www.flickr.com/pho=
> tos/100129144 AT N03/ http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=3DS17911108
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:33 -0400
> From:    Matt Valencic 
> Subject: Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in 
Geauga County) 

> 
> Still there as of 3:30pm today (4-15-14).  Has been seen at both  the new
> wetland (SW from the picnic pavilion) and what has become known as the 'rail
> wetland' (NW from the pavilion).
> 
> 
> 
> Bring a scope and keep as much distance as you can for good views.  This
> duck is nervous and takes flight easily.
> 
> 
> 
> Hope everyone gets to see it,
> 
> 
> 
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> 
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> Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:27:25 -0400
> From:    Regina Schieltz 
> Subject: Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc.
> 
> Just a few sightings from the last couple of days
> All of these are from flooded fields around the county.
> 
> Just north of Versailles on Hager Road on Sunday evening
> about 75 pectorals, 3 Bonaparte's gulls, one Scaup and 2 blue-wing teal
> 
> Today north of Greenville on St. Rt. 118 and Hillgrove-Woodington Road
> about 90 Pectorals, 12 least Sandpipers
> 
> Today at Elroy, which is west of Ansonia
> 
> 5 Am. pipits
> 10 greater yellowlegs
> 12 lesser yellowlegs
> about 30 pectorals
> 
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> Pectorals were found a few other places  nearby.
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Subject: Darke Co. Birds- Least Sandpipers, etc.
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:27:25 -0400
Just a few sightings from the last couple of days
All of these are from flooded fields around the county.

Just north of Versailles on Hager Road on Sunday evening
about 75 pectorals, 3 Bonaparte's gulls, one Scaup and 2 blue-wing teal

Today north of Greenville on St. Rt. 118 and Hillgrove-Woodington Road
about 90 Pectorals, 12 least Sandpipers

Today at Elroy, which is west of Ansonia

5 Am. pipits
10 greater yellowlegs
12 lesser yellowlegs
about 30 pectorals


Pectorals were found a few other places  nearby.

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon continues at Frohring Meadows (near Chagrin Falls in Geauga County)
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:33 -0400
Still there as of 3:30pm today (4-15-14).  Has been seen at both  the new
wetland (SW from the picnic pavilion) and what has become known as the 'rail
wetland' (NW from the pavilion).



Bring a scope and keep as much distance as you can for good views.  This
duck is nervous and takes flight easily.



Hope everyone gets to see it,



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Conneaut Harbor
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:19 -0400
Another great day in Conneaut Harbor! Always seems that the crummier the 
weather the better the birds! Great finds tonight! 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100129144 AT N03/ 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17911108 

 
Happy birding all!
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Subject: not a sighting - OOS conference registration deadline
From: Julie Davis <greenheron58 AT INSIGHT.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:46 -0400
The registration for the 10th annual OOS conference at Shawnee April 25-27
will close at midnight, Thursday April17. If you have not registered, we
still have a few spaces left. Please go through the registration process on
line at http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/conference2014.php , BUT instead of
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Hope your can make it!

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Subject: Red-necked Grebes / Walborn Reservoir
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:42:34 -0400
This afternoon, Tuesday, from about 2:30PM to about 3:00PM, three Red-necked 
Grebes were observed by us from The Marina Area off of Price Road at Walborn 
Reservoir in northeast Stark County. A scope is necessary. From the bluff by 
the picnic shelter, look to the south, to the left of the island. Of the 
spattering of waterfowl also present, there were Northern Shoveler, Lesser 
Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, and Ruddy Duck. It was cold, wet, 
and windy. 



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Subject: Surf Scoter still at Grand Lake St Marys fish hatchery
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:59:21 -0400
If anyone in the central Ohio area still needs a Surf Scoter.  The one at
the fish hatchery at Grand Lake St Marys  is still there. When I left, it
was in the third pond on the right giving great views.

Happy birding and God bless.

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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - YES!
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:01 -0400
The bird is still present! We saw it flying along the treeline between
Sheldon Marsh and the gulf course about 11:00.

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: e wigeon - frohring meadows - geauga co
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:30:37 -0400
The eurasion wigeon, found by Dick Hoopes last evening, is
still at Frohring Meadows this morning, accompanied by a few blue
winged teals.

Lots of yellowlegs and snipe.

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Subject: Brown thrasher - Eagle Creek SNP, Portage County
From: Charles Fletcher <cf6613 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:16:25 -0700
A brown thrasher in a tree near the entrance joined the northern leopard frogs 
in regaling us with music for several hours this afternoon. 


Charles Fletcher

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Subject: Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday)
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:28:58 -0400
I received a few requests for directions and viewing advice for the Bexley
YCNH nest site, so I thought I should reply to the list.

For directions to 211 Preston Rd, see the "map" link at the top of the
ebird checklist below, which takes you to a google map you can use to get
directions. Also note the nearby side streets on the map, Dale Ave in
particular.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882714

The nest is in a tall sycamore at 211 Preston, just south of and across the
street from Dale Ave. Best views are from just NORTH of Dale Ave or farther
south of the nest -- far enough from the nest that you can see on top of
it. A scope is useful, but not necessary.

The bird may roost elsewhere and if we're lucky enough to have them nest
here again this year,  they should be around for a few months! So no rush
;-)

I highly recommend viewing from your vehicle or a safe distance away so as
to minimize disturbing the bird(s).

Lastly, please respect the residents on Preston Rd and let them know why
you're there if they seem interested. Sharing a look through your optics,
and/or cracking open a field guide for  the locals is highly encouraged!
:-) Like it or not, you are an ambassador for the rest of us when you
interact with them as a birder. Might as well make the best of it ;-)

Good Birding,
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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon Frohring Meadows
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:37:47 -0400
Forwarded sighting from Wes Hatch: Dick Hoopes found a Eurasian Wigeon today at 
Frohring Meadows, Geauga County. All the info at this time 



JB
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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM?
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:20:19 -0400
My husband & I relocated the Scissor-tailed at approx 6pm today, inside Sawmill 
Creek, in between rains. Beautiful bird and lifer for us. 


Patty McKelvey
Sent from my iPhone
Please excuse typos - I'm a typist not a tappist.

> On Apr 14, 2014, at 8:12 AM, "Deb"  wrote:
> 
> Any sightings? I have a window late AM/early afternoon that I could zip out 
to Sheldon's marsh. 

> 
> Thanks!
> 
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Subject: Virginia Rail, Pine wa, Ruby Crwn Kinglet- Cvnp
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:50:43 -0400
Today With the  Ira birders, I so loved the pine warbler at Indigo Lake and
the Ruby Cr Kinglet on the Ira tr before the rain started. But the absolute
show stopper heart throb were 2 Virginia Rail at the marsh! They came out
in full view foraging and clucking and they were gorgeous in their own
special rail way!  We were ecstatic what a fun morning!

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Subject: White Pelicans
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:19:12 -0400
There are presently (6:00 p.m. Mon.) 12 White Pelicans at Killdeer Plains.
They are on an island straight out from the eastern most parking area of
Pond 27.

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Whip-poor-will - Hocking County.
From: James E Fry <jamesfry2 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:08:34 -0400
Greetings,
I heard my first Whip-poor-will of the spring last night(April 13)near my
home in northwestern Hocking County. It was the earliest date since April
7. 1991 although I also heard one on April 13, 2002. Otherwise, the only
date earlier than April 7 was March 24, 1979 and my migration records go
back to 1967. If I remember correctly, that was an overflight bird on
March 24 and was sitting on a branch in Green Lawn Cemetery and was shown
to me by Todd Dawson and Mike Gibbons.
Jim Fry
Hocking County

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Subject: Re: Yellow-Crowned Night Heron
From: Tracy the Birder <winterfell.six AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:23:46 -0400
It's good to hear that the Yellow-Crowns are still hanging in there.  This
reminds me of 2 years ago on the NW side of Columbus in the spring when I
happened to see one fly overhead while I was out walking around.  Luckily I
had a camera handy or I'm not sure I would have known what I saw!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12081036

It would be nice to see a larger population of these birds in town.

Tracy the Birder
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Subject: Whip-poor-will in Meigs County
From: Tracy Morman <appbenthos AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:59:07 -0700
Saturday evening I heard the sound I was waiting for....through the spring 
peepers and toads calling at full volume I had to pause and make sure. 
Whip-poor-will! Something stopped the peepers and I could hear it clearly. 
Yesterday, I had my first Prairie Warbler and this morning there was an 
Ovenbird singing from the woods and a White eyed Vireo out in the old field. 
When I got to work on the Ohio River near Racine, there is an active Osprey 
nest visible right across the river on the Mountaineer Power Plant grounds in 
New Haven, WV. 


Also saw Zebra Swallowtail, Falcate Orangetip, Spring Azure and swarm of 
Grapevine Epimenis flitting about in the driveway this weekend. 



Tracy Morman

Scipio Township
Meigs County

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Subject: Re: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday)
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:34:17 -0400
Paul--
        Thanks, that is indeed good news. Last year, a pair was observed
nest-building on 5/3, an unusually late date. Over the previous 16
years, two or three birds had appeared by the end of March or maybe the
first few days of April, with nest-building ensuing soon thereafter, so
this bird--and last year's--is weeks late in the established nesting
schedule. I did not find young birds at the site later.
        We can hope that another adult will come. This is, in the world of
YCNH, an exotic northern spot known to only a few surviving members of
the clan, and hopes are all we have. They seem used to the Cooper's
hawks. Please let us know if you find signs this tradition will continue.
Bill Whan
Cols



On 4/14/2014 10:22 AM, Paul Hurtado wrote:
> I'm not sure if others have seen it/them yet, but I made an early a.m. stop
> by Preston Rd. yesterday on my way to Three Creeks, and on second pass had
> an adult at last year's nest (see checklist below for photos):
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882714
>
> Hopefully they set up shop again this year!  If you go looking, give these
> birds a little space.  I suspect these returning birds are extremely
> tolerant of human activity and the occasional parked car near the nest, but
> it is a bit early in the nesting season.  A cooper's hawk was perched in a
> tree just up the block, so perhaps they too will have another season of
> nesting in the area.
>
> On my way to Three Creeks, I had 1st spring male PURPLE FINCH at Capital
> University I was lucky to hear while driving by on College
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17866942
>
> and some early migrants at Three Creeks Metro Park Confluence area. Photos
> and full list at
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17868663
>
> Good birding,
> Paul
>
> --
> Paul J. Hurtado

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Subject: Henslow's sparrow photo
From: Joe Faulkner <joeinthewoods AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:06:59 -0400
Visited a  property in southern Perry County yesterday, and got
some excellent  photos of a Henslow's sparrow.  They are posted to

https://www.flickr.com/photos/117316946 AT N08/

This magnificent site had multiple Henslow's sparrows,  and thanks to the
owner for inviting us to see them.

     Also posted a pair Barred Owl photos, one full frontal, the other just
the top of the head as it was sitting on a nest.  Needless to say, look
forward to some family portraits, as this nest is on my own property, quite
close to the house, and quite accessible.

Joe Faulkner
Somerset, Ohio
Perry County

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Subject: Over the weekend
From: Hayward Chappell <hayward.chappell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:07:59 -0400
We have had yellow-throated warblers for over a week. Sunday- new
additions: yellow-rumped warbler, possibly a black and white striped
warbler., yellow-throated vireos and I heard my first ovenbird.

Hayward Chappell
Lawrence County

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766 Private Rd. 3952
Willow Wood, OH 45696

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Subject: Birding Conneaut Harbor
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:20:07 -0400
Good morning birding Conneaut Harbor before the rain hit. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17887558 Seen first of the year 
hermit thrush, ruby-crowned kinglet, and the first shorebird to the sandbar 
(that I have seen) a single dunlin. 

 
I'm hoping that one of the more experienced birders can help me with a tern ID. 
It's either a common or Forster's tern. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/100129144 AT N03/ This guy was pretty far off and 
flew out over the lake before I could get any closer for better pictures. Any 
help would be appreciated as this is a FOY for me!!! 

 
Happy birding!
Chris Swan
                                          
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Subject: Athens County: YT Warbler and Vireo, Blue-wing Warblerand others
From: Heather A <haubke AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:05:41 -0400
I think it's fair to say the rush has begun. I've had 5 new FOS birds (3 of
which were warblers) just over the weekend, and it seems like something new
turns up every day.

FOS warblers that turned up along our road in western Athens County this
weekend: Yellow-throated, Northern Parula, and brand new yesterday evening
was a Blue-winged Warbler.  Also new in the neighborhood was Yellow-throated
Vireo, and White-eyed Vireo (I'm about 90% sure on that one - the song was
distant and it only sang twice, but I'm quite confident that it wasn't just
a trick of the ear; after all, there aren't too many bird songs that sound
like "Pick up the beer tab, chick!")

I also birded along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway in Athens yesterday while
running in the annual Athens Half Marathon, and had very similar results
along the Hocking River corridor.  Noteables included: YT Warbler, Louisiana
Waterthrush, N. Parula, YT Vireo, Brown Thrasher, Gnatcatchers galore,
Chipping Sparrow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, and Tree Swallow.

I also noticed over the weekend that several local (in and around Albany,
OH) Purple Martin colonies are becoming active.

We also saw 2 "just passing through" migrants on our property this weekend:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (one each male and female, both seen on separate
days) and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet who was giving the now resident
Gnatcatchers a run for their money in the chattiness department.

Looking forward to welcoming more new birds as the weeks progress.

Good birding!

Heather Aubke
Albany (Athens Co.)

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Subject: Swainson's Thrush - Pickaway County
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:46:18 -0400
My first Swainson's Thrush of the year showed up in my backyard this
morning.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, OH
Pickaway County

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Bexley (Sunday)
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:22:14 -0400
I'm not sure if others have seen it/them yet, but I made an early a.m. stop
by Preston Rd. yesterday on my way to Three Creeks, and on second pass had
an adult at last year's nest (see checklist below for photos):

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17882714

Hopefully they set up shop again this year!  If you go looking, give these
birds a little space.  I suspect these returning birds are extremely
tolerant of human activity and the occasional parked car near the nest, but
it is a bit early in the nesting season.  A cooper's hawk was perched in a
tree just up the block, so perhaps they too will have another season of
nesting in the area.

On my way to Three Creeks, I had 1st spring male PURPLE FINCH at Capital
University I was lucky to hear while driving by on College

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17866942

and some early migrants at Three Creeks Metro Park Confluence area. Photos
and full list at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17868663

Good birding,
Paul

--
Paul J. Hurtado
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ohio State University
Mathematical Biosciences Institute, http://mbi.osu.edu/
Aquatic Ecology Laboratory, http://ael.osu.edu/

E-mail: hurtado.10 AT mbi.osu.edu
Webpage: http://people.mbi.ohio-state.edu/hurtado.10

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Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatcher this AM?
From: Deb <dsfromnj AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:12:06 -0400
Any sightings? I have a window late AM/early afternoon that I could zip out to 
Sheldon's marsh. 


Thanks!

Deborah Smith
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Subject: Probable Pacific Loon Follow Up / Mahoning County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:09:32 -0400
I visited nearby to home Berlin Lake this morning, from about 7AM to about 8AM. 
No loons of any type were found at the US224 Causeway Area over Berlin Lake 
where they were yesterday. Apparently they moved out last night. The only birds 
of note were an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull (photo taken), and 30+ Ruddy 
Ducks off the end of the public boat ramps on Bonner Road going toward the dam. 
The Osprey pair at the northeast corner of the US224 Causeway were busy at 
their tower nest. Of note, at the end of last season there were at least eight 
active Osprey nests to be found in the Berlin Lake Area (Mahoning, Portage, and 
Stark Counties). 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: Lorain County
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:56:05 -0400
Happy to report 2 Purple Martins have returned to our gourds this morning. 
Enjoy hearing their calls again. 


Patty McKelvey
Sent from my iPhone
Please excuse typos - I'm a typist not a tappist.
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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird, Battelle Darby (no sightings)
From: Paul Gardner <godwit AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:34:29 -0700
My previous post reporting the yellow-headed blackbird sighting was submitted 
on Saturday, but did not appear on the list until a day later. Since the text 
does not mention the day, I wanted to emphasize it is not a Sunday sighting. To 
my knowledge, the bird has not been seen since Saturday morning. 


Paul Gardner
Columbus, OH

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Subject: No Subject
From: "Berger, Byron" <BBerger AT STARKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:04:15 +0000
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Subject: Re: bald eagle?
From: KimbaJ <justshakingthrough AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:27:18 -0700
I do not know exactly where that is, but I do believe there is/was a nest near 
rt 21 




 
 


________________________________
 From: "Berger, Byron" 
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU 
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:20 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] bald eagle?
 

Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and Elton 
Road in Massillon?  Thanks, Byron 


________________________________________
From: Berger, Byron
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:17 PM
To: Charles Bombaci; OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: RE: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and
________________________________________
From: Ohio birds [OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] on behalf of Charles Bombaci 
[cbombaci AT ATT.NET] 

Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:13 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Today we took advantage of the weather and headed to
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The winds were gusting off and
on but it didn’t prevent us from having a day with several nice surprises.  
Activity was steady and something seemed to 

pop up wherever we went. The biggest surprise of the day though has to be a
Golden Eagle we observed near Pond 27. We had been watching two Bald eagles
when it flew in and landed near the Bald Eagles. Its golden tints on the head
and throat and the dark bill left no doubt as to the identification.
The ponds had much less waterfowl diversity than just a
week previous and the Upland Reservoir is currently so low that sandbars are
exposed. The fields throughout the wildlife area are wet with many large areas 
flooded 

creating habitat for shorebirds. Shorebirds numbers and diversity were minimal
today but if the fields remain flooded they may soon produce both variety and
numbers.
In the flooded fields we located Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers. The best area was on the south side
of CH-68. Killdeer were seen in many areas.
Waterfowl included the usual masses of Canada Geese and
Mallards along with high numbers of Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall and lesser
numbers of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Ducks, plus small
numbers of Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Wood
Duck and Ruddy Ducks.
Trumpeter Swans were at Pond 27 and the wetland along
TH-108.
Many Pied-billed Grebes were at Pond 3 where they nest
most years.
American Coot were so common as to be almost a nuisance
species
Birds of prey included a few Northern Harriers,
Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels in addition to the Bald Eagles and the
Golden Eagle.
We had a male Ring-necked Pheasant display for us a mere
6 feet from the car. He was resplendent in his spring suit and the red of his
facial patches were as vivid as I have ever seen on any of his species.
Along TH-108 near CH-77 a flock of Wild Turkey was spread
along the road edge and a couple was in mid road and waited until the last
moment to get out of our way.
Tree and Barn Swallows are back in good numbers.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere and flashing their
red shoulder patches. A close look at the various flocks was rewarded by the
discovery of a group of Rusty Blackbirds along the swampy western side of
TH-108.
Throw in the usual common suspects and we totaled 60 species.
Charlie
Bombaci

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Subject: Vinton Furnace, etc., April 13
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:05:51 -0400
I headed south again today to Vinton County.

Henslow's Sparrows are back in full force on Rt. 93 at the top of the hill N of 
Rt. 56. Grasshopper Sparrows arrive later and weren't yet present. 


Since it was heavily overcast early this morning I headed directly to Vinton 
Furnace to start the day. The warbler tally in state forest land from the loop 
starting on Sam Russell Road as well as the short section of Stone Quarry Road 
in the north is : 


Ovenbird - 2
Louisiana - 6
Black-and-white - 23
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Yellow-throated - 12
Prairie - 8
Pine - 2

Only one migrant Yellow-rumped was seen. While Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were 
abundant and widespread, migrating kinglets of both species which were so 
common a few days ago weren't noted at all anywhere at Vinton Furnace or later 
in Zaleski. 


It was the vireo tally for the day that gave the best summary of the condition 
of the forest there right now : 


White-eyed - 13
Red-eyed - 0
Blue-headed - 0
Yellow-throated - 0

Most years in most forests find White-eyed, Yellow-throated, and the very first 
of the Red-eyeds arriving at the same time. The fact that lowland shrubby 
understory vegetation is developing on a timely schedule and large trees are 
barely budding if at all make this year very different. 


I took a mid-day drive down some roads in the eastern part of Zaleski 
afterwards. Again White-eyeds were the only vireos noted. Unlike Shawnee, 
Zaleski doesn't seem to have a dependable population of Blue-headed Vireos that 
arrive in late March. I've found them in the Waterloo forest in early April on 
occasion in years past, a logical place for them, but not this year. At that 
time of day Yellow-throated Warblers were the most vocal warbler in Zaleski and 
were much more numerous and widespread than a few days ago. Addition warbler 
species noted at Zaleski only include one each of N Parula (along E Raccoon 
Creek), and a Black-thr. Green (along Crow Road). 


Bob Royse

PS - After typing this I again feel that I must again vent my hatred of the 
name "Yellow-throated Warbler". Can't we all just call them Sycamore Warblers? 
It's just too much yellow-throated B.S. with the warblers and vireos and the 
common yellowthroats. It's just too much! Can't we all start a grass roots 
movement to rebel against the tyranny imposed upon us by the AOU? 




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

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Subject: Probable Pacific Loon / Portage~Mahoning County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:38:34 -0400
Following up on a phone call from Ben Morrison about a probable Pacific Loon at 
Berlin Lake in Portage County, from about 6PM to 6:40PM, today, Sunday; my wife 
Denise and I arrived at the US224 Causeway Area at about 7:35PM. Fortunately 
upon our arrival, Jeff Harvey already had the reported bird in scope view. The 
loon by now, had drifted from the Portage County side of the lake to the east, 
and the Mahoning County side of the lake. Three Common Loons were also on the 
lake in the general area. At one time, the smaller, darker backed, probable 
Pacific Loon, passed directly in front of one of the Common Loons, for a great 
size and color comparison. A scope was necessary for viewing. The loons were 
all on the north side of the causeway, a good distance out. 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: bald eagle?
From: "Berger, Byron" <BBerger AT STARKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:20:13 +0000
Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and Elton 
Road in Massillon? Thanks, Byron 


________________________________________
From: Berger, Byron
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 9:17 PM
To: Charles Bombaci; OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: RE: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and
________________________________________
From: Ohio birds [OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] on behalf of Charles Bombaci 
[cbombaci AT ATT.NET] 

Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:13 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Today we took advantage of the weather and headed to
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The winds were gusting off and
on but it didn’t prevent us from having a day with several nice surprises. 
Activity was steady and something seemed to 

pop up wherever we went. The biggest surprise of the day though has to be a
Golden Eagle we observed near Pond 27. We had been watching two Bald eagles
when it flew in and landed near the Bald Eagles. Its golden tints on the head
and throat and the dark bill left no doubt as to the identification.
The ponds had much less waterfowl diversity than just a
week previous and the Upland Reservoir is currently so low that sandbars are
exposed. The fields throughout the wildlife area are wet with many large areas 
flooded 

creating habitat for shorebirds. Shorebirds numbers and diversity were minimal
today but if the fields remain flooded they may soon produce both variety and
numbers.
In the flooded fields we located Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers. The best area was on the south side
of CH-68. Killdeer were seen in many areas.
Waterfowl included the usual masses of Canada Geese and
Mallards along with high numbers of Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall and lesser
numbers of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Ducks, plus small
numbers of Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Wood
Duck and Ruddy Ducks.
Trumpeter Swans were at Pond 27 and the wetland along
TH-108.
Many Pied-billed Grebes were at Pond 3 where they nest
most years.
American Coot were so common as to be almost a nuisance
species
Birds of prey included a few Northern Harriers,
Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels in addition to the Bald Eagles and the
Golden Eagle.
We had a male Ring-necked Pheasant display for us a mere
6 feet from the car. He was resplendent in his spring suit and the red of his
facial patches were as vivid as I have ever seen on any of his species.
Along TH-108 near CH-77 a flock of Wild Turkey was spread
along the road edge and a couple was in mid road and waited until the last
moment to get out of our way.
Tree and Barn Swallows are back in good numbers.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere and flashing their
red shoulder patches. A close look at the various flocks was rewarded by the
discovery of a group of Rusty Blackbirds along the swampy western side of
TH-108.
Throw in the usual common suspects and we totaled 60 species.
Charlie
Bombaci

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Subject: Re: Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County
From: "Berger, Byron" <BBerger AT STARKSTATE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:17:39 +0000
Does anyone know if there is a bald eagle/nest near John Glenn Park and 
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From: Ohio birds [OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] on behalf of Charles Bombaci 
[cbombaci AT ATT.NET] 

Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:13 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County

Today we took advantage of the weather and headed to
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County. The winds were gusting off and
on but it didn’t prevent us from having a day with several nice surprises. 
Activity was steady and something seemed to 

pop up wherever we went. The biggest surprise of the day though has to be a
Golden Eagle we observed near Pond 27. We had been watching two Bald eagles
when it flew in and landed near the Bald Eagles. Its golden tints on the head
and throat and the dark bill left no doubt as to the identification.
The ponds had much less waterfowl diversity than just a
week previous and the Upland Reservoir is currently so low that sandbars are
exposed. The fields throughout the wildlife area are wet with many large areas 
flooded 

creating habitat for shorebirds. Shorebirds numbers and diversity were minimal
today but if the fields remain flooded they may soon produce both variety and
numbers.
In the flooded fields we located Greater Yellowlegs,
Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpipers. The best area was on the south side
of CH-68. Killdeer were seen in many areas.
Waterfowl included the usual masses of Canada Geese and
Mallards along with high numbers of Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall and lesser
numbers of American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler and Ring-necked Ducks, plus small
numbers of Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Hooded Merganser, Lesser Scaup, Wood
Duck and Ruddy Ducks.
Trumpeter Swans were at Pond 27 and the wetland along
TH-108.
Many Pied-billed Grebes were at Pond 3 where they nest
most years.
American Coot were so common as to be almost a nuisance
species
Birds of prey included a few Northern Harriers,
Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels in addition to the Bald Eagles and the
Golden Eagle.
We had a male Ring-necked Pheasant display for us a mere
6 feet from the car. He was resplendent in his spring suit and the red of his
facial patches were as vivid as I have ever seen on any of his species.
Along TH-108 near CH-77 a flock of Wild Turkey was spread
along the road edge and a couple was in mid road and waited until the last
moment to get out of our way.
Tree and Barn Swallows are back in good numbers.
Red-winged Blackbirds were everywhere and flashing their
red shoulder patches. A close look at the various flocks was rewarded by the
discovery of a group of Rusty Blackbirds along the swampy western side of
TH-108.
Throw in the usual common suspects and we totaled 60 species.
Charlie
Bombaci

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