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Black-headed Siskin,©Tony Disley

25 Jul Black-bellied Whistling Ducks [David Hochadel ]
24 Jul Origin Of Yesterday's Conneaut Piping Plover [robert lane ]
24 Jul Cowan Lake and Caesar Creek [Bob Powell ]
24 Jul East Harbor [sandra griffiths ]
24 Jul East Harbor [sandra griffiths ]
24 Jul Frohring Meadows, Geauga Co [inga schmidt ]
24 Jul Re: Coshocton County Black Rail Update [Robert Stalnaker ]
24 Jul Re: Coshocton County Black Rail Update [Haans Petruschke ]
24 Jul Coshocton County Black Rail Update [robert lane ]
24 Jul Eureka- EUCO ["kjb8 AT juno.com" ]
24 Jul Euco dove ["kjb8 AT juno.com" ]
23 Jul Today's Conneaut Piping Plover [robert lane ]
23 Jul Re: Piping plover headlands [Cole DiFabio ]
23 Jul Piping plover headlands [Cole DiFabio ]
23 Jul Piping Plover in Conneaut [Chris Swan ]
23 Jul Piping plover in Conneaut! [Chris Swan ]
22 Jul American Avocets at LaDue Reservoir [Matt Valencic ]
22 Jul Euco doves Celina [troy shively ]
22 Jul shorebirds [mary warrren ]
21 Jul Blendon woods metropark question [Alana Gabriel ]
21 Jul Fwd: Fish Crows in Ashtabula [Cole DiFabio ]
21 Jul Hummingbird Moth [Lois Harder ]
21 Jul Avocet..White Pelly -East Harbor [sandra griffiths ]
20 Jul West OH Birding [Cole DiFabio ]
20 Jul Conneaut shorebirds [Chris Swan ]
20 Jul Red-breasted Merg. @ Haul Rd (PRIVATE!?), Columbus [Paul Hurtado ]
20 Jul Conneaut Sandspit [Roger Redmond ]
20 Jul Conneaut Sunday [Jeff Harvey ]
19 Jul RUDDY TURNSTONE!!! At Alum Creek Beach [Steve Jones ]
19 Jul Conneaut [Craig Holt ]
19 Jul Lorain Cty- Sandy Ridge Reservation [Patty McKelvey ]
19 Jul Meadowlark, Lorain/Cuyahoga County Line [Rich Nicholls ]
19 Jul New eBird shared bird reporting hot spots [Ken Ostermiller ]
18 Jul Deer Creek Wetlands [Melanie Shuter ]
18 Jul Magnolia warbler clear creek [Peggy Wang ]
18 Jul Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - Northern Bobwhite [Denise Powers Fabian ]
18 Jul Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - Northern Bobwhite []
17 Jul Northern Bobwhite - Summit County (oops) [Denise Powers Fabian ]
17 Jul Northern Bobwhite - Summit County [Denise Powers Fabian ]
17 Jul Orchard Oriole/Trumpet Vine [Thomas Guisinger ]
17 Jul AMERICAN AVOCET at Alum Creek SP beach [Paul Hurtado ]
17 Jul White Pelicans at Catawba [Lisa Brohl ]
17 Jul WalnutWoods-SlateRun,7-16 [rob thorn ]
16 Jul White Pelicans at Middle Harbor in East Harbor Park, Lake Erie [Matt Valencic ]
16 Jul L Hope, Zaleski-19 Warblers ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
16 Jul Hocking River in Athens, SE Ohio [Stefan Gleissberg ]
16 Jul Clear Creek MP [Peggy Wang ]
16 Jul Passenger Pigeon Weekend Registration is Working! [Randel Rogers ]
16 Jul BattelleDarby,7-15 [rob thorn ]
15 Jul Funk Bottoms, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
15 Jul Small glitch on Passenger Pigeon Weekend registration page... [Randel Rogers ]
15 Jul OOS Passenger Pigeon Weekend Announcement [Randel Rogers ]
14 Jul Least Bittern [Cole DiFabio ]
14 Jul Origin Of Conneaut Bald Eagle Determined [robert lane ]
14 Jul Field sparrows medina county [Jo Ann Kubicki ]
13 Jul urbanSciotoRiver,Columbus,7-13 [rob thorn ]
13 Jul CVNP Monthly Towpath Trail Census [DUG ]
13 Jul Conneaut [Cole DiFabio ]
13 Jul Conneaut Sand Spit [Jon ]
13 Jul Re: Laughing Gull at Indian Lake RFI [Steve Jones ]
13 Jul Re: Laughing Gull at Indian Lake RFI [troy shively ]
13 Jul Conneaut American Avocets Continue [robert lane ]
13 Jul Laughing Gull at Indian Lake RFI [Steve Jones ]
13 Jul Blendon Woods ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
13 Jul Conneaut- 13 avocet 1 willet [sandra griffiths ]
12 Jul Yellow billed Cuckoos ["Presutti, Lenard" ]
12 Jul Conneaut Sand Spit 7/12 Willets/Marbled Godwits ["nancyanderson3 AT yahoo.com" ]
12 Jul Rufous Hummingbird [alfred bahl ]
12 Jul Adult laughing gull at Indian Lake [troy shively ]
12 Jul North rim birding [Steve Jones ]
11 Jul Possible Negativity Of The Conneaut Eagles [robert lane ]
11 Jul Big Island Wildlife Area, Marion County [Charles Bombaci ]
11 Jul L Hope-Zalleski-Chuck-wills-widow ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
11 Jul DublinGorgeArea,7-10,11 [rob thorn ]
11 Jul Paulding County Blue Grosbeak!! [M & D Dunakin ]
10 Jul mystery bird help [Ron Looker ]

Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
From: David Hochadel <dmhochadel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:35:39 -0400
Larry Richardson and Don Keffer currently (11:30 am, 7/25) have 3
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at the Norton Lane Ponds in Grand River
Wildlife Area, Trumbull County. This site is at the dead end of Norton Lane
which runs west off SR 45 a mile or so south of SR 87. The ducks are
resting in the large pond directly north of the first pond to your right as
you walk in to the area.

Dave Hochadel

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Subject: Origin Of Yesterday's Conneaut Piping Plover
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:55:13 -0400
Thanks once again to Alice Van Zoeren, of The Great Lakes Piping Plover Banding 
Program (plover AT umn.edu), for providing the origin of the plover found by Chris 
Swan yesterday, Wednesday July 23, at The Conneaut Sandspit in Ashtabula County 
on the shore of Lake Erie. Alice has identified the origins of three Piping 
Plovers found at Conneaut in recent years, for me. The celebrity visitor was 
hatched in 2013 at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in northwestern 
Michigan, on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan. The 2013-2014 wintering 
location is unknown. He returned this summer to breed at Christmas Cove near 
Northport, Michigan, twenty-eight miles northeast of where he was hatched. 
Alice informed me her team has been looking for him since his chicks 
disappeared before fledging, and they were trying to find out whether he had 
moved them to a new location. Apparently not. Sad that his chicks didn't make 
it, but good to have the mystery solved. Hopefully he returns to the Michigan 
shore in 2015 for another spring nesting season. It would be nice to know where 
his winter destination is. Our little second year plover, headed out alone, 
traveling 330 miles southeast across Michigan and Ontario to the south shore of 
Lake Erie. Thanks to our wandering cutie for giving us the opportunity to spend 
a wonderful day appreciating him. With a restful stopover in Conneaut, he can 
now continue his journey. 



Bob Lane                                          
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Subject: Cowan Lake and Caesar Creek
From: Bob Powell <rdp1710 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:37:37 -0400
Larry Gara and I had a quick look at Cowan Lake and Caesar Creek beach this
morning (Thurs, 24 Jul).  The shorebird migration is on.  The east end of
Cowan held some shorebirds, mainly Killdeer and several Least Sandpipers
visible from the east end boat ramp.  A scope is necessary.  Might be a
little better from the Lotus Cove overlook.

There were also two Great Egrets and two Great Blue Herons.

The spillway is in very good condition.  We had six Spotted Sandpipers,
 three Leasts, a Semipalmated Sandpiper and about 40 Killdeer, as well as a
cloud of Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

We dropped in at the Caesar Creek beach for a quick look (15 minutes).
 Among the hundred or so Ring-billed Gulls was a Laughing Gull.  Big bill,
big eye crescents, as large as the ring-bills, hefty build.  See eBird
report for more detail.

Larry went back out to the beach after lunch, but the gulls were gone.
 Humans were using that end of the beach.

Cheers,

Bob


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

Nulla dies sine aves

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Subject: East Harbor
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:07:59 -0400
Sorry forgot to mention one White Pelly was still at the shorebirds spot!

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Subject: East Harbor
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:22:27 -0400
The storm pretty much cleared out 2/3rd of the birds but Don Keffer, Lee
Reed & Christopher Collins enjoyed Both Dowitchers, Stilt, Red Neck
Phalarope and I don't know what peeps as I had to go but- They were
gracious to call me back for the coveted Black Tern -but I missed it!

The Cattle Egret was still at Breakers Express on Cedar pt rd field as of
930 this morning.

Look out southern Ohio the Shorebirds are on their way I had a Great Egret
leaving Summit county and saw a White Pelly flying over Sandusky Bay!

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Subject: Frohring Meadows, Geauga Co
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:54:11 -0400
Spent a pleasant morning at Frohring Meadows, trying to locate the semipalmated
plover found by Linda Gilbert yesterday. Never did see it, but there were two 
least 

sandpipers and four solitary sandpipers in the new wetland area, along with
lots and lots of killdeer. Also using the wetland were two green and two great 
blue 

herons.  

Still a few bobolinks and a meadowlarks in the fields, and just clouds of barn 
swallows. 


The old wetland is pretty much vegetated on both sides of the little dam.

Inga Schmidt
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Subject: Re: Coshocton County Black Rail Update
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:08:12 -0700
Hello,

As you implied, the Harrison books are wrong.  Black Ra


Hello,

As you implied, the Harrison books are wrong.  Black Rails have nested, e.g., 
in land-locked states such as Arizona and North Dakota.  They are "irregular 
nesters" inland. 


They likely were much more common inland when the USA had 200+ million acres of 
wetlands.  Some states have destroyed close to 90% of their wetlands. 


Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL 


On Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:33 AM, robert lane  
wrote: 

  


On Monday July 22nd, Robert Hershberger reported on The Bobolink phone hotline 
(330-763-5119), the exciting news that the Black Rail site on the Henry Troyer 
Jr Farm in northeastern Coshocton County, visited by many birders in early 
June, reportedly has two adults and seven young. Obviously, there was more than 
one Black Rail present. I would think this is a monumental happening for the 
Ohio birding community. According to most nesting area descriptions given from 
printed information, Black Rails should be found in extensive wet meadows and 
wetlands dominated by grasses where standing water is only several inches deep. 
In both of the Harrison bird nest books, Black Rail is referred to as a coastal 
nester in salt or brackish marshes. These Black Rails have apparently not taken 
the time to read the field guides for where they are supposed to be nesting. On 
top of a hill in a high and dry agricultural field may need to be added as an 
updated nest site 

 description. The site location is now justifiably closed to all visitation.  


Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: Re: Coshocton County Black Rail Update
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:52 -0400
This is so cool and it would seem their celebrity did not disrupt their
nesting activity. During our visit I suspected there were 3 or 4
individuals present.

Haans


On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:32 AM, robert lane 
wrote:

> On Monday July 22nd, Robert Hershberger reported on The Bobolink phone
> hotline (330-763-5119), the exciting news that the Black Rail site on the
> Henry Troyer Jr Farm in northeastern Coshocton County, visited by many
> birders in early June, reportedly has two adults and seven young.
> Obviously, there was more than one Black Rail present. I would think this
> is a monumental happening for the Ohio birding community. According to most
> nesting area descriptions given from printed information, Black Rails
> should be found in extensive wet meadows and wetlands dominated by grasses
> where standing water is only several inches deep. In both of the Harrison
> bird nest books, Black Rail is referred to as a coastal nester in salt or
> brackish marshes. These Black Rails have apparently not taken the time to
> read the field guides for where they are supposed to be nesting. On top of
> a hill in a high and dry agricultural field may need to be added as an
> updated nest site description. The site location is now justifiably closed
> to all visitation.
>
>
> Bob Lane / Mahoning County
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Subject: Coshocton County Black Rail Update
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:32:38 -0400
On Monday July 22nd, Robert Hershberger reported on The Bobolink phone hotline 
(330-763-5119), the exciting news that the Black Rail site on the Henry Troyer 
Jr Farm in northeastern Coshocton County, visited by many birders in early 
June, reportedly has two adults and seven young. Obviously, there was more than 
one Black Rail present. I would think this is a monumental happening for the 
Ohio birding community. According to most nesting area descriptions given from 
printed information, Black Rails should be found in extensive wet meadows and 
wetlands dominated by grasses where standing water is only several inches deep. 
In both of the Harrison bird nest books, Black Rail is referred to as a coastal 
nester in salt or brackish marshes. These Black Rails have apparently not taken 
the time to read the field guides for where they are supposed to be nesting. On 
top of a hill in a high and dry agricultural field may need to be added as an 
updated nest site description. The site location is now justifiably closed to 
all visitation. 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: Eureka- EUCO
From: "kjb8 AT juno.com" <kjb8@JUNO.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:13:54 GMT
I think I got it- Eurasian Collared Dove. K Bradley- Strongsville

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Subject: Euco dove
From: "kjb8 AT juno.com" <kjb8@JUNO.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 05:01:32 GMT
What is a euco dove? I am sure this is a code, but I can't figure it out. 
Thanks. Kathleen - Strongsville 




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Subject: Today's Conneaut Piping Plover
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:20:34 -0400
Congratulations to Conneaut birder Chris Swan for his exciting Life Piping 
Plover find this morning, Wednesday, at about 9AM, at "The Conneaut Sandspit" 
in Ashtabula County. Birding glory at it's best. Kudos also for getting the 
word out immediately. The male Piping Plover was in perfect breeding plumage, 
including a complete dark narrow breast band. It was carrying a lot of 
hardware, five leg bands. On the right leg were top to bottom; orange flag, 
black band, and blue band. On the left leg were a metal band at the top, and a 
blue band on the bottom. Upon my wife Denise and my arrival at 9:40AM, Chris 
had the plover staked out for us on the west end of the sandspit. By 10:15AM, 
us three were the only birders present. Another memorable Conneaut craziness 
was about to take place. The entire Conneaut High School Football team showed 
up on the sandspit in about twenty cars, doing synchronized donuts in the sand 
before parking, and then having a practice, which included the coaches. Adding 
to this, one of the Port Authority tractors equipped with a drag rake, was 
determined to wear out the sandspit, literally hitting every surface out of the 
water, over and over again. The Piping Plover apparently had enough of the 
disturbance, relocating to the public beach to the west at about 10:30AM, and 
still being at this location when we departed at 4:15PM. By noon the parasail 
boarders had arrived at the sandspit, making it an area of no return. A total 
of nine plover pursuers had great views of the visiting celebrity. For six of 
the nine this was a life bird. Some of the other highlights today were 9 
Sanderlings and one breeding plumaged Ruddy Turnstone. The Bald Eagle numbers 
seem to be diminishing, with only eight being seen. The Bank Swallows are 
nearly all gone. Only in Conneaut can you have entertainment like this. Bird 
surprises and frustrating people watching. All part of the adventure here. 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: Re: Piping plover headlands
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:48:40 -0400
Still present on west beach. Left of yellow lifeguard chair.

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Cole DiFabio  wrote:

> A piping plover also at headlands beach in lake county near concessions.
> Probably near west beach.
>
>
>
> --
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>


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Subject: Piping plover headlands
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:02:36 -0400
A piping plover also at headlands beach in lake county near concessions.
Probably near west beach.



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Subject: Piping Plover in Conneaut
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:23:00 -0400
One piping plover in Conneaut on the west end of the sandbar. Also many peeps.

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Subject: Piping plover in Conneaut!
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:21:29 -0400
Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: American Avocets at LaDue Reservoir
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:39:56 -0400
Dick Hoopes spotted two Avocets around 6:30pm today on a gravel bar near the
boat launch at LaDue.  Words spread rapidly and several birders and
onlookers were able to get good views through spotting scopes.  Here are
some poor quality digiscoped images from around 8pm
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/.  Hopefully someone else has
better pictures and will post them later.



Unfortunately both birds took flight eastward about 9pm and went very high
as they flew away.



Water levels are dropping at LaDue and there are some shorebirds and terns
showing up on the mud flats and gravel bars from the boathouse north to the
dam (along Valley Road).



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Euco doves Celina
From: troy shively <troyph AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:17:28 -0400
Hello all,
There were at least five and as many as seven EUCO doves all within about 500 
yards of the corner of Mill and Market streets in Celina today. Check on the 
wires and on the spilled corn around the grain elevator. 

Cheers,
Troy
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Subject: shorebirds
From: mary warrren <windbird AT BEX.NET>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:15:45 -0400
There is some shorebird habitat at Medusa Marsh in Erie County.

This morning I found least and semi-palmated sandpiper, semi-palmated plover, 
spotted sandpiper, and killdeer. 

Also lots of herons and egrets including a couple of snowy egrets.

Many Pied-billed grebes and the trumpeter swan family was out, still with 5 
young cygnets. 


Will keep an eye on this spot to see what else might drop in.

Happy Birding!

Mary Warren

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Subject: Blendon woods metropark question
From: Alana Gabriel <aggie.101010 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:47:26 -0400
Dear Birders,

Is there a reliable place to see either cuckoo at Blendon Woods?

Thanks,
Alana Mock

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Subject: Fwd: Fish Crows in Ashtabula
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:05:22 -0400
For anyone interested...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: *James Pawlicki* 
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014
Subject: Fish Crows in Ashtabula
To: colefor3 AT gmail.com


Hi Cole-

Pulled your e-mail off the Ohio birds list, and based on your photos on
flickr, figured you were from the NE Ohio region. I am working in Ashtabula
this week, and thought it would be worth passing along that I saw and heard
2 Fish Crows there earlier this evening. They were on the powerlines and
also perching on top of the Arby's and Wendy's and near intersection of
Route 20 and West Ave on the west side of town. I know I've heard that Fish
Crows have colonized a few areas around Cleveland, but don't really know
how unusual they are in Ashtabula. They are still quite rare along the Lake
Erie shore further north in NY.  I'm thinking they probably have been
reported in Ashtabula, but figured you might be interested to hear about
the sighting. Also feel free to pass along to Ohio birds if you want.


Jim P

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Subject: Hummingbird Moth
From: Lois Harder <fritzie1990 AT AMPLEX.NET>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:40:51 -0400
A Hummingbird Moth visited our Flower Gardens this afternoon.  It had a hard
time deciding between the Butterfly Bush and the Garden Phlox.  I really
enjoy watching these little things flitting back and forth.


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Subject: Avocet..White Pelly -East Harbor
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:32:07 -0400
One Avocet was present with all the shorebirds Cole Diablo kindly posted
yesterday. As I was leaving I was thrilled to see one White Pelly
flyover...heading south. Great day out here!
Bird Blessings

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Subject: West OH Birding
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:41:19 -0400
Tom Frankel, Jim McConnor and I birded west OH today, which included
Lorain, Erie, and Ottawa. Our target birds for the day were Lark Sparrows,
Dickcissel, and American White Pelican.

Our first stop was at Black River Reservation to look for Lark Sparrows,
which were reported here on the 14th. We walked part of the Bridgeway
Trail, but we were unsuccessful on our first target bird. However, we had a
nice Yellow-billed Cuckoo seen and heard. That list can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19159689

From Black River, we headed up to the Lorain Impoundment and found a good
variety of birds. Highlights here were Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded
Merganser, juvenile American Coots, 2 Willets, 1 Least Sandpiper, 6
Semipalmated Sandpipers, and 8 Short-billed Dowitchers, plus many singing
Marsh Wrens. That list is here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19160562

Our third stop was at the Erie County Landfill, searching for Dickcissel.
We were able to find two, which were found about a half of a mile south of
the main landfill entrance, which is on Hoover Road. List with a picture of
a male can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19161206

The last stop of the day was East Harbor State Park, in search of the
long-staying American White Pelicans. We did not seen any pelicans however.
Shorebirds made up for that though. Our counts/estimates of the shorebirds
seen were:
1 Semipalmated Plover     60 Killdeer     5 Spotted Sandpiper     10
Greater Yellowlegs
2 Willets    50 Lesser Yellowlegs    10 Stilt Sandpipers     12 Least
Sandpipers
4 Pectoral Sandpipers     10 Semipalmated Sandpipers  and 25 Short-billed
Dowitchers.
Complete list here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19163231

The three of us ended with 91 species for the day.

Good Birding,

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Cole DiFabio

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Subject: Conneaut shorebirds
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:52:55 -0400
Had a great showing today in Conneaut! Up until a law mower ...yes... a lawn 
mower doing wheelies scared everything away. I'm still trying to figure out a 
good name for all of the people that come to the sandbar and destroy it without 
getting kicked off of this group... If anyone in the ODNR sees this please take 
this wonderful nature area away from this town before it is completely 
ruined!!! 


Ok I'm done venting... Here's my shorebird list at around 330pm.

4 American avocet
2 semipalmated plover
4 killdeer
5 Willet
2 lesser yellowlegs
1 sanderling
5 least sandpiper
15 semipalmated sandpiper
1 short-billed dowitcher 

Happy birding! 
Chris Swan

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Subject: Red-breasted Merg. @ Haul Rd (PRIVATE!?), Columbus
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:48:38 -0400
I chased after an ebird report, found the bird, but was told by an employee
of the cement company there that birding is no longer allowed from the road
(which IS private according to the county auditor's website).

Hopefully we can get access opened up again! Anyone have any contacts
there?

Good birding,
-Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit
From: Roger Redmond <rredmond_2 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:14:05 -0700
Nice Sunday morning in Conneaut. 4 Avocets, 5 Willets, 2 lesser Yellowlegs, 1 
Stilt sandpiper and numerous peeps. 


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Subject: Conneaut Sunday
From: Jeff Harvey <piwo2005 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 07:30:55 -0400
Shorebirds are here.

Avocets 4
Willets 5
Stilt Sandpipers 1
Semi palm sandpipers 8
Semi palm plover 1

Jeff Harvey
Subject: RUDDY TURNSTONE!!! At Alum Creek Beach
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 23:17:09 -0400
#109 for July is a Ruddy Turnstone.  It is/was at Alum Creek Beach this
evening at 7:00pm where the Avocets have been seen...Itmay have been there
for at least a few days because I THINK I saw it a few days ago when I was
there...but I thought it was a Killdeer...there were lots of those around,
so it would be easy to skip over it.

Three Caspian Terns,  And lots of Gulls and Geese were about all that was
there tonight.

Will post pictures on Birding Ohio and eBird here in a bit.


Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Steve J

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Subject: Conneaut
From: Craig Holt <hud929godwit AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:27:31 -0700
I birded at Conneaut harbor today from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  With the rain 
keeping most people away, I had pretty good success out on the spit.  Birds 
found included: double-crested cormorant, bald eagles, semipalmated plovers, 
lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated sandpipers, least sandpipers, 2 stilt 
sandpipers, 44+ short-billed dowitchers, Caspian terns, common tern, belted 
kingfisher, purple martins, many bank swallows, and yellow warbler.  Craig 
Holt, Lowellville 


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Subject: Lorain Cty- Sandy Ridge Reservation
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:29:16 -0400
Despite some light precipitation & ravenous mosquitoes in the woods at Sandy 
Ridge, it was a birdy morning! Fun observing some immature birds sprinkled with 
a few shorebirds. Best of birding to you. 



Jul 19, 2014
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Traveling
2.25 miles
202 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.4
80 Canada Goose
2 Mute Swan
23 Wood Duck
50 Mallard
1 Hooded Merganser
9 Great Blue Heron
7 Great Egret
3 Bald Eagle -- Adult w/2 imms
2 Sandhill Crane
3 Killdeer
5 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Greater Yellowlegs -- Feeding next to lesser yellowlegs & size difference 
obvious 

5 Lesser Yellowlegs
7 Least Sandpiper
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Short-billed Dowitcher
1 Caspian Tern -- Big carrot beak
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- Calling
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Willow Flycatcher -- Heard calling "fitzpew"
1 Great Crested Flycatcher -- Heard
2 Eastern Kingbird -- Adult w/imm
2 flycatcher sp.
2 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
10 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Purple Martin
13 Tree Swallow
8 Barn Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Marsh Wren -- Calling
2 Wood Thrush -- Heard & seen - adult w/imm
7 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
4 European Starling
12 Song Sparrow
4 Swamp Sparrow -- All calling
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak -- Imm
10 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Common Grackle
1 Baltimore Oriole
3 American Goldfinch



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

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Subject: Meadowlark, Lorain/Cuyahoga County Line
From: Rich Nicholls <RTNicholls AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:50:57 -0400
On the East side of Station Road about .1 mi South of Sprague Road there is 
a blue "Lots for Sale" sign.  A meadowlark often perches on the sign and 
wooden posts nearby.  Very visible from Station road.

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hot spots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:34:16 -0400
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hot spots to
eBird. We now have over 1,800 shared locations in eBird in Ohio!



Ashland County

Perrysville Union Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Perrysville+Union+Cemetery



Erie County

Saint Johns Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Saint+Johns+Cemetery



Geauga County

Horwath’s Landing, Upper Cuyahoga River

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Upper+Cuyahoga+River



Lucas County

Pearson Metropark--North

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces/Pearson+Metropark



Wayne County

Fairview Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces/Fairview+Cemetery


Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hot Spot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Deer Creek Wetlands
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:25:05 -0400
Today I birded what is considered the Middle Wetland of Deer Creek Wildlife
Area off of Egypt Pike in Pickaway County.  After a walk down a road to a
dike, there are two ponds, one on either side of the dike.  The north pond
has extensive mudflats with some open water.  Seen today were 100 +
Killdeer, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers, Least
Sandpipers (there were probably some Semipalmated Sandpipers, too), Great
Blue and Green Herons, one Great Egret, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 3 Dowitchers
(Short-billed I think), and one Semipalmated Plover.  There were also
Canada Geese, Mallards, and 2 Blue-winged Teal.

The south pond is all open water surrounded by cattails and willows.  There
I saw one adult Common Gallinule with two young, one Mallard female with 8
small youngsters, 2 Green Herons which I was scoping when a Least Bittern
popped out and flew over open water into some cattails.

This area should be good as shorebird migration revs up.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, Ohio

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Subject: Magnolia warbler clear creek
From: Peggy Wang <nharrierpw AT AOL.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:25:48 -0400
I found another (or the same, who knows) magnolia warbler today at clear creek. 
It was farther up the hemlock trail than the one I saw the other day. 


This bird perched up & was singing which seemed more like breeding bird 
behavior than an early migrant but I'm hardly an expert on such things. 


The bird I saw previously did not sing but was busy foraging & gleaning. 

I also thought I saw a hermit thrush as well. 

Hooded, ovenbird, cerulean, Blk-thr Green & Com Y-T heard or seen as well as 
White-eyed Vireo. Woods relatively quiet. 


Driving to work around 12:30pm, I was surprised to see a single Common 
Nighthawk flying above the Lancaster fairgrounds. 


Peggy Wang
Lancaster

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Subject: Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - Northern Bobwhite
From: Denise Powers Fabian <dpowersfabian AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:01:11 -0700
So were the Bobwhites!!!!


On Friday, July 18, 2014 6:31 PM, "prydquist AT SUMMITMETROPARKS.ORG" 
 wrote: 




Northern Bobwhite have been reintroduced at Springfield Bog Metro Park,
1400 Portage Line Rd, Springfield Township, 44312 & Silver Creek Metro
Park, 5000 Hametown Rd, Norton, 44203. We are really excited about this
venture.

Pat Rydquist, Naturalist, CIG
Summit Metro Parks
330-865-8064 ext. 307
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Subject: Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - Northern Bobwhite
From: prydquist AT SUMMITMETROPARKS.ORG
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:02:40 -0400
Northern Bobwhite have been reintroduced at Springfield Bog Metro Park,
1400 Portage Line Rd, Springfield Township, 44312 & Silver Creek Metro
Park, 5000 Hametown Rd, Norton, 44203. We are really excited about this
venture.

Pat Rydquist, Naturalist, CIG
Summit Metro Parks
330-865-8064 ext. 307
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Subject: Northern Bobwhite - Summit County (oops)
From: Denise Powers Fabian <dpowersfabian AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:55:59 -0700
A photo that I took can be seen here...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparrowgirl/14494322908/


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Mogadore, Ohio

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Subject: Northern Bobwhite - Summit County
From: Denise Powers Fabian <dpowersfabian AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:55:10 -0700
Sighted around 5:30 p.m. calling to another one quite a distance away that 
echoed back.   


Denise Powers Fabian
Mogadore, Ohio

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Subject: Orchard Oriole/Trumpet Vine
From: Thomas Guisinger <tguisinger AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:16:04 -0400
We have an Orchard Oriole that is routinely visiting the Trumpet Vine 
at our home. I placed an Oriole feeder, with sugar water and grape jelly 
under the Trumpet Vine. The Oriole ignores the feeder and just goes from 
one orange flower cluster to another.

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Subject: AMERICAN AVOCET at Alum Creek SP beach
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:36:07 -0400
AMERICAN AVOCET at Alum Creek SP beach (Delaware Co.) by large "5" sign
(south end of the beach). Visible from parking lot among Ring-billed Gulls
at 8pm when I left.  A flyover Pectoral Sandpiper was also seen around
7:30pm.

Good Birding,
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Subject: White Pelicans at Catawba
From: Lisa Brohl <lkbrohl AT THIRDPLANET.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 07:39:39 -0400
Steve Stapleton and Brit Schroeder both reported white pelicans at Catawba 
Island near ferry dock on Monday morning. 

Tedi Pertner of Middle Bass Island had reported ten white pelicans near Hen 
and East Sister Island on June 22.

Lisa Brohl

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Subject: WalnutWoods-SlateRun,7-16
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:08:28 -0400
I stopped by these 2 MetroParks south of Groveport, mostly to check out their 
wetlands and field areas. Walnut Woods has opened the Monarch Trail, a bikepath 
that winds by some of their new Big Run wetlands. The pools looked pretty high 
& overgrown, but could be good shorebird habitat if they can dry down somewhat. 
Slate Run Wetlands were mixed, with some full and others drying, but only 
Kildeer seemed to have discovered them. Highlights of the morning included: 


Green Herons - at least 2 were calling from drying pools at Slate Run

Shorebirds - nothing but Kildeer, but they were fairly common in the drying 
pools at Slate Run 


N.Bobwhite - one of the introduced quail was calling around the Slate Run 
wetlands 


Yellow-billed Cuckoos - at least 2 were singing along the Tall Pines loop at 
Walnut Woods 


E.Kingbirds - family groups were at both wetlands areas

Vireos - Red-eyed & White-eyed were at the Tall Pines area of Walnut Woods

Swallows - Walnut Woods had small groups of Barn, Rough-winged & Tree, while 
the Slate Run wetlands had all the common species, including 6 Purple Martins, 
1 Cliff, and 8-10 Banks. 


Brown Thrashers - at least 2 were around the shrubby edges of the Tall Pines 
area at Walnut Woods 


Common Yellowthroats - truly common, with 16+ at Walnut Woods and another 10+ 
at Slate Run wetlands 


Grasshopper Sparrows - at least 2 were singing in the grasslands around the Big 
Run wetlands at Walnut Woods 


Baltimore Orioles - females were leading juveniles at both wetlands

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Subject: White Pelicans at Middle Harbor in East Harbor Park, Lake Erie
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:34:14 -0400
Two groups totaling 22 at one point. Just 7 remained when I left at 3:30pm.

Matt Valencic

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Subject: L Hope, Zaleski-19 Warblers
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:18:08 -0400
I visited Lake Hope State Park & Zaleski State Forest yesterday(July
15th-Tues). I visited various Woods, Meadows, Shelter Woods, Clear Cuts, &
Creeks. A maintenance rd off of King Hollow Rd leads to a Shelter Woods & a
Clear Cut. Hiking distance < 2 mile. Baptist Church Rd(Car Birding) has
various habitats. E Raccoon Rd(Car Birding) along Raccoon Creek has all
your Water associated Birds.

      Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Hocking River in Athens, SE Ohio
From: Stefan Gleissberg <stefan AT GLEISSBERG.ORG>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:59:14 -0400
Two hours of birding along the Hocking River around Athens this morning 
produced 33 species. Highlights included 19 Black Vultures soaring plus one 
Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Herons and one Green Heron foraging along the river 
banks, 2 Spotted Sandpipers (one in breeding and the other in nonbreeding 
plumage) along with several Killdeer (and a possible Yellowleg), many Barn 
Swallows feeding young, a pair of Chipping Sparrow feeding a Brown-Headed 
Cowbird fledgling on the golf course, and a female American Redstart near 
Morris Avenue. 


As of non-birds, a giant Regal Moth at the Peden Stadium, and two Red Foxes 
near the golf course that were raising some concern among nearby Canada Geese. 


See the checklist at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19117772

Best summer birding wishes,

Stefan Gleissberg
Athens, Ohio  
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Subject: Clear Creek MP
From: Peggy Wang <nharrierpw AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:12:36 -0400
Things are definitely quieter the last couple times I've birded Clear Creek but 
still quite enjoyable, partic the cool, fall-like morning today. 


A surprise this AM was a Magnolia Warbler on the Hemlock Trail. Hooded Warblers 
were abundant, singing & calling. I had a couple Black-thr Greens plus 
Ovenbirds. Heard B&W, Cerulean. Of course, lots of Com Yellowthroats. 


Wood Thrushes seemed fewer but still singing. Have heard Veery a couple times 
but not today. White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos. Acadian FC, E Peewee. 


Good looks at Pileated WP. A bonus was a flyover Baltimore Oriole, just south 
of Lancaster. 


On Saturday, I had 2 adult Bald Eagles over Rt 33 between Clr Crk and 
Lancaster. 


Peggy Wang
Lancaster

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Subject: Passenger Pigeon Weekend Registration is Working!
From: Randel Rogers <randel_rogers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:55:29 -0400
The technical glitch reported yesterday has been corrected and our first folks 
have successfully registered! 

Please see the links in our previous posts for more information on this event 
to support conservation efforts for both the OOS and the Cincinnati Zoo, 
commemorate a watershed moment in bird conservation, and enjoy our programs 
featuring author Joel Greenberg! 

                                          
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Subject: BattelleDarby,7-15
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:57:02 -0400
I birded several areas of Battelle Darby MetroPark (southwest of Columbus) this 
morning, looking for late nesters & early strays. Water levels were high in 
wetlands due to the overnight rains, so I had little access to the Teal Trail. 
I stopped at Trail of Ancients, Cedar Ridge, Indian Ridge prairie, and the 
Nature Center area, and had several interesting landbirds, including: 


Cuckoos - singing Yellow-billed were along the bottom part of Trail of Ancients 
(a reliable spot for them), while a singing Black-billed was along the northern 
edge of the Indian Ridge prairie. There is no reliable spot for the latter 
species, so this spot might bear some scrutiny this month. 


Flycatchers - nothing unusual, but there were E.Kingbirds at several locations 
as they start to gather for migration. Calling Willow Flycatchers were still 
along Trail of Ancients and at Indian Ridge prairie. 


Vireos - Red-eyeds were still singing at many forest areas. The only White-eyed 
was at the upper end of Trail of Ancients. A singing Yellow-throated was along 
the forest edge west of the Nature Center. 


Swallows - small groups of adult & juvenile Barn, Tree, and Rough-winged 
Swallows at many locations. Purple Martins were still foraging around Trail of 
Ancients (there's a martin house nearby) 


Gnatcatchers - common & widespread, often adults feeding juveniles.

Warblers - scarce except for ComYellowthroats. I had a singing male Black&White 
along the Trail of Ancients, an unusual spot for a summering bird (but they 
have become more common along Columbus riparian areas of the last 2 summers). 


Tanagers - a singing Summer Tanager remains around the Cedar Ridge area, while 
singing Scarlets were at Trail of Ancients and the Nature Center area 


Blue Grosbeak - a male was singing along the forest edge just west of the 
Nature Center parking lot, so anybody visiting the Center might want to keep an 
eye out for any nesting activity here. 


Orioles - Orchard adults with fledglings were at Trail of Ancients and the 
Nature Center area. The only Baltimore was a calling bird along the creek west 
of the Nature Center. 


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Subject: Funk Bottoms, Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:41:40 -0400
Birded Wilderness Rd and other areas at Funk Bottoms WA with Su Snyder this
morning from 8:30-11:30am. There were several areas of fairly good
shorebird habitat. We saw seven species of shorebirds including good
numbers of killdeer and least sandpiper. Also saw about four each of
greater and lesser yellowlegs, two short-billed dowitcher, 5 or 6 spotted
sandpiper, and one solitary sandpiper. Other noteworthy birds were three
immature eagles, five sandhill cranes, over five swamp sparrows singing,
one female orchard oriole feeding in willows, and several bank swallows on
wires.

It was a pretty morning to be out. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Small glitch on Passenger Pigeon Weekend registration page...
From: Randel Rogers <randel_rogers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:24:05 -0400
One of our registrants was quick to point out that on the event registration 
page if you are registering for Saturday only (and missing a great time Friday 
night!), the drop down currently only allows 3 or more tickets to be purchased. 
The zoo has been notified and as soon as this is fixed I will post an 
update...sorry for any inconvenience if you tried to register and encountered 
this problem! 

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Subject: OOS Passenger Pigeon Weekend Announcement
From: Randel Rogers <randel_rogers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:13:17 -0400

Registration
is NOW OPEN for the Passenger Pigeon Weekend, August 29-30 in Cincinnati,
Ohio, hosted by the OOS and the Cincinnati Zoo. Come hear best-selling
author and Passenger Pigeon expert Joel Greenberg give a presentation about
this legendary species and its flight to extinction. Register for this
wonderful event at: https://tickets.cincinnatizoo.org/ 

Password: Pigeon.

 

Lodging
at a special OOS rate is available at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference
Center! Reservations can be made by calling: Kingsgate Marriott Conference
Center, 151 Goodman Drive Cincinnati, OH 45219. Phone: 513-487-3800 Click here 
for special OOS 

hotel rate. Dates are Friday, August 29, and Saturday,
August 30, 2014. Event name is Passenger Pigeon. Special lodging event
rate is $105, plus tax. Reservations must be made by August 5, 2014

 

 Weekend
Agenda


FRIDAY

Our
Friday night kick-off "Martini's with Martha", a fundraiser for the
Cincinnati Zoo CREW (Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered
Wildlife) and the OOS Conservation Fund. Guest presentations by Joel Greenberg,
Bill Thompson III, Dan Marsh, and Jim McCormac. Also joining us will be members
of the Masterworks for Nature artists with selected artwork on display. We’ll
also enjoy a musical performance by members of two Ohio bands: The Lonesome
Strangers and The Rain Crows! 



 

SATURDAY


Spend
the day learning more about the Passenger Pigeon from our great assemblage of
guest speakers with stories bringing a message of hope for future species and
lessons learned from the Passenger Pigeon. Speakers: Dan Marsh, Director of
Education, Cincinnati Zoo, Joel Greenberg, author "A Feathered River
Across the Sky", Jim McCormac, Ohio Division of Wildlife, author of
"Wild Ohio: The Best of our Natural Heritage", Brian Jorg, Manager of
Native Plants/Horticulture, Cincinnati Zoo. 
 


 

On
Saturday afternoon, there will be opportunity for some fantastic local tours: a
visit the Zoo's native plant garden and a preview of the new Passenger Pigeon
Memorial then a visit to CREW or a visit the Cincinnati Museum Geier Center for
Research and Collections to see specimens on display, featuring birds past and
present. 
 


 

You
may want to consider staying over for the WEBN fireworks on Sunday. This annual
event attracts more than 500,000 people from all over the Midwest! There are
many places to visit in Cincinnati, including restaurants and shopping along
the Ohio River. You can walk across the bridge from Ohio to Kentucky, and visit
some interesting points of interest in Newport, Kentucky. We will have more
information available for you at the conference. This is a busy weekend, and we
recommend making lodging reservations early by calling: Kingsgate Marriott 
Conference 

Center at 513-487-3800. Our event name is Passenger Pigeon. To make
reservations online, visit: http://tinyurl.com/OOSPPHotel. Dates are Friday, 
August 29 and Saturday, August 30, 2014. Special event 

room rate is $105, plus tax. Reservations must be made by August 5, 2014.

 

We’ll see you there! 		 	   		  
Subject: Least Bittern
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:50:45 -0400
Chia and I found a Least Bittern at the Wake Robin Trail in Mentor Marsh,
Lake county this morning. Pictures can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/81806926 AT N03/
Also seen was a flyby immature Peregrine Falcon.
Full list is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19097157

We had a flyby Semipalmated Plover at Headlands Beach SP and Ray had a
Lesser Yellowlegs early this morning. Full list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19097048

Good Birding
--
Cole DiFabio

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Subject: Origin Of Conneaut Bald Eagle Determined
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:58:43 -0400
The juvenile Bald Eagle with the "C2 Wing Tag" that I photographed and reported 
on the morning of Friday July 11th, on "The Conneaut Sandspit" in Ashtabula 
County, has been determined. The bird identified as "C2" was released on June 
20, 2012 by The American Eagle Foundation at their Douglas Lake hack site, at 
Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. At the time of release the juvenile was 
12.7 weeks old. Thus being hatched the last week of March 2012, the theme park 
celebrity visitor from Dollywood is now 2.3 years old. The only other reports 
of this eagle being seen were on August 7th and 15th, 2012 at nearby to the 
south, Pymatuming Reservoir on the Pennsylvania state line. Where has this 
bird's travels taken it to? The color pattern on the wing tags were: orange 
digits (two 2") on white oval, mounted on green background. This combination is 
visible from both above and below the left wings. Photographs can be provided 
upon request. This left wing tag color protocol has been approved since 1989 by 
the US Banding Laboratory for Bald Eagles hacked and released in Tennessee. 
Many thanks to Carole Babyak and Annette Piechowski for their efforts and 
interest in tracking down the origin of the eagle. Information was provided by 
Tom Wasilewski, Al Cecere, and Bob Hatcher. 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: Field sparrows medina county
From: Jo Ann Kubicki <jak1 AT CLEVELANDMETROPARKS.COM>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:22:31 +0000
5-7 Field Sparrows singing in the grassy fields at Top O' Ledges picnic area in 
Cleveland Metroparks Hinckley Reservation. Good view of one singing on the 
grassy hillside just above the parking area. 



Also Indigo Bunting and Common Yellowthroat.

[http://sig.cmparks.net/cmp-ms-90x122.png]Jo Ann Kubicki
Information Specialist
CanalWay Center
216-206-1000
Fax: 216-206-1008
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Subject: urbanSciotoRiver,Columbus,7-13
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:47:46 -0400
I birded several areas along the Scioto River near downtown Columbus this 
morning, starting at Haul Rd and working north through Scioto Audubon, Long St. 
Dam, and Marble Cliff bikepath. The river level was very low (this was before 
the afternoon thundershowers), allowing for good numbers of herons & egrets. 
Notables included: 


Great Egrets - 6 were feeding in the shallow bay by the Grange Audubon Center
Black-cr.Night Heron - at least one was acting as a day heron, foraging in the 
bay with the egrets 

Osprey - active nests both at Scioto Audubon and at Haul Rd
Cormorants - small numbers all up & down the river, presumably commuters from 
the Campbell Mound Quarry rookery. 

Gulls - hardly any save for a few adult Ring-bills
Swallows - many young Cliffs all along the river, along with Trees, 
Rough-wings, Barns, and even 2 Banks at Scioto Audubon. 

Willow Flycatchers - 2 were in the phragmites swamp at Haul Rd, while another 
was in the meadow north of the Grange Audubon Center 

Vireos - still singing Warbling at Scioto Audubon and Long St. Dam riparian 
strips 

Gnatcatchers - starting to move, with 2-3 at most stops, but 10+ along the 
river at Scioto Audubon 

Warblers - little other than some Yellows and Common Yellowthroats, at both 
Haul Rd and Scioto Audubon 


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Subject: CVNP Monthly Towpath Trail Census
From: DUG <vogeye AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:43:11 -0700
JULY 13, 2013 - Cuyahoga Valley National Park & Metro Parks, Serving Summit 
County Monthly Towpath Trail Census. 

HIKE: Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Rd. TIME: 5:30am-12:55pm TEMP.: 
67-78 

COND.: Cloudy; rain from 7:50am-8:30am; sprinkles from 8:30am-9:00am; rain 
again from 9:00am-9:25am; 

turning partly sunny then back to cloudy & warmer.
FT.MI.: 13.0 OBS.: John Henry & Douglas W. Vogus.
I. MAMMALS: 8 SPECIES.
1. Big Brown Bat - 1
2. Woodchuck - 1
3. Eastern Chipmunk - 8
4. Eastern Fox Squirrel - 6
5. Red Squirrel - 14
6. Muskrat - 2
7. Eastern Cottontail - 2 (1 young)
8. White-tailed Deer - 4 (does)
II. BIRDS: 66 SPECIES.
(NOTE: ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was heard calling but not 
sexed) 

1. Canada Goose - 9
2. Wood Duck - 21 (6f,15 young)
3. Mallard - 2 (f)
4. Great Blue Heron - 6
5. Green Heron - 3 (juvenile)
6. Turkey Vulture - 9
7. Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
8. Red-tailed Hawk - 1
9. Killdeer - 1
10. Spotted Sandpiper - 1
11. Rock Pigeon - 12
12. Mourning Dove - 14
13. Chimney Swift - 12
14. Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1 (?)
15. Belted Kingfisher - 2 (1m,1*)
16. Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4 (1 juvenile m,1f,2*)
17. Downy Woodpecker - 11 (1m,3f,2?,5*)
18. Hairy Woodpecker - 2 (*)
19. Northern Flicker - 3 (*)
20. Pileated Woodpecker - 1 (*)
21. Peregrine Falcon - 1 (m)
22. Eastern Wood-Pewee - 6
23. Acadian Flycatcher - 1
24. Eastern Phoebe - 1
25. Great Crested Flycatcher - 2
26. Eastern Kingbird - 2
27. Yellow-throated Vireo - 2
28. Warbling Vireo - 15
29. Red-eyed Vireo - 11
30. Blue Jay - 13 (1 juvenile)
31. American Crow - 13
32. Tree Swallow - 2
33. Northern Rough-winged Swallow - 26
34. Bank Swallow - 1
35. Barn Swallow - 8
36. Black-capped Chickadee - 12
37. Tufted Titmouse - 12 (2 juvenile)
38. White-breasted Nuthatch - 5 (*)
39. Carolina Wren - 6
40. House Wren - 1
41. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 4 (*)
42. Veery - 1
43. American Robin - 69 (10 juvenile)
44. Gray Catbird - 32 (1 juvenile)
45. European Starling - 15
46. Cedar Waxwing - 15
47. Louisiana Waterthrush - 1
48. Common Yellowthroat - 28
49. Hooded Warbler - 6 (m)
50. Yellow Warbler - 5 (2m,3f)
51. Yellow-throated Warbler - 2 (m)
52. Eastern Towhee - 2 (m)
53. Chipping Sparrow - 4
54. Field Sparrow - 1
55. Song Sparrow - 59
56. Swamp Sparrow - 12
57. Scarlet Tanager - 4 (3m,1*)
58. Northern Cardinal - 42 (27m,7f,6*,2 juv.*)
59. Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1 (*)
60. Indigo Bunting - 25 (24m,1*)
61. Red-winged Blackbird - 67 (24m,14m,3 juvenile,26?)
62. Common Grackle - 271
63. Brown-headed Cowbird - 5 (3m,2?)
64. House Finch - 8 (3m,2f,2?,1 juv.*)
65. American Goldfinch - 33 (14m,3f,3?,13*)
66. House Sparrow - 23
III. REPTILES: 3 SPECIES.
1. Common Snapping Turtle - 1
2. Midland Painted Turtle - 2
3. Eastern Spiny Softshell - 3
IV. AMPHIBIANS: 4 SPECIES.
1. American Toad - 1
2. Gray Treefrog - 3
3. Bullfrog - 2
4. Green Frog - 6
V. FISHES: 2 SPECIES.
1. Common Carp - 1
2. Bluegill - 1
VI. BUTTERFLIES: 5 SPECIES.
1. Cabbage Butterfly - 6
2. Summer Azure - 3
3. Red-spotted Purple - 1
4. Great Spangled Fritillary - 1
5. Little Wood Satyr - 1

Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Oh.

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Subject: Conneaut
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:37:22 -0400
The group of 14 American Avocets and 2 Willets flew off to the east around
5:15pm. They did not return. There is still a group of 2 Semipalmated
Sandpipers and 7 Least Sandpipers present. The sandspit is jam-packed with
people however. Thanks to Bob and Denise Lane, along with Chris Swan.

Good Birding


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Subject: Conneaut Sand Spit
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:21:39 -0400
I just wanted to say a big thank you to Bob and Denise Lane for their company 
today at the Conneaut Sand Spit. Sandra Griffiths and I set out to pick up some 
2014 new birds and potential life birds when we decided to head to Conneaut. 
When we arrived this morning, Bob and Denise were on site with Jeff Harvey and 
another gentleman named Bob….sorry for forgetting the last name. Anyway, we 
were immediately treated with the presence of 8 Short-billed Dowitcher, a 
Lesser Yellowlegs and several Least Sandpiper and 30+ bald eagles in various 
stages of development. 


We hung around for several hours and decided to head West to check some other 
potential shore habitat. As we were driving away, Bob Lane was kind enough to 
chase us down in his car to let us know that a group of 13 American Avocet in 
breeding plumage had just landed along with a Willet. Thanks…thanks….thanks!!! 
2 life birds for me in the Dowitcher and Avocet and a lifer for Sandra in the 
Willet. 


Bob and Denise were also kind enough to show us around the possible birding 
spots in Conneaut and then join us for lunch. It was great to get know them 
better and it was a joy to spend time with them seeing these great birds. 


Time and time again my faith in humanity is restored by my experiences with 
folks out in nature and the birders I have come to know. 


Here is a link to a shot of the group of Avocet and the Willet.
   

http://s1296.photobucket.com/user/joncefus/media/AmericanAvocetandWilletConneautSandSpit7-13-14_zps39dc7a78.jpg.html 



Happy birding…

Jon Cefus



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experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to 
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Subject: Re: Laughing Gull at Indian Lake RFI
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:58:16 -0400
Well the Laughing Gull wasn't there.  But as Troy mentioned, there was a
most cooperative Black Tern sitting on the jetty.  I was able to sit and
wait on the rocks and get some good pictures when it flew in a bout 20-30
feet in front of me.  I will post them later when I get home.  Will try
again Tuesday morning for the gull, but if anyone tries Monday morning, let
me know if they see it.  Thanks.

Happy Birding and God Bless!
Steve J.
On Jul 13, 2014 2:27 PM, "Steve Jones"  wrote:

> Anyone seen the Laughing Gull today at Indian Lake?
> Thanks.
>
> Steve J
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Subject: Re: Laughing Gull at Indian Lake RFI
From: troy shively <troyph AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:39:20 -0400
Hello all, I stopped by the Indian Lake Beach today and did not see the 
laughing gull. I was there at 2:30 so there were a lot of swimmers. the bird 
could still be around. I did however see a black turn with a small turn flock 
over on the rock jetty on the south side of the beach. Checking in the morning 
would provide for a better chance of seeing the laughing gull. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 13, 2014, at 2:27 PM, "Steve Jones"  wrote:
> 
> Anyone seen the Laughing Gull today at Indian Lake?
> Thanks.
> 
> Steve J
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Subject: Conneaut American Avocets Continue
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:35:54 -0400
The American Avocets reported earlier today at "The Conneaut Sandspit", 
Ashtabula County, are still here as of 2:35PM today, Sunday afternoon. The 
original 13 has gained an additional traveler, now making the total 14. The 
Willet is also still here tolerating the beach goers, the dogs, and the wind 
sails. The avocets originally arrived at 11AM as previously reported by Sandra 
Griffiths. Some of the other shorebirds present are 11 Short-billed Dowitchers, 
1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 12 Least Sandpipers. The Bald 
Eagle count today was 39, 6 adults and 33 juveniles. 



Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County                                     
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Subject: Laughing Gull at Indian Lake RFI
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:27:15 -0400
Anyone seen the Laughing Gull today at Indian Lake?
Thanks.

Steve J

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Subject: Blendon Woods
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:31:19 -0400
 Goldenrod Trail
      Ruby-throated hummingbird-3
      Cedar Waxwing-4
      Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-4
      C Yellowthroat-3
      Indigo Bunting-2
      Scarlet Tanager
      Pileated Woodpecker

   Lake Trail
      E Wood Peewee
      White-eyed Vireo
      E Towhee

 Thoreau Lake
      Belted Kingfisher-male
      Mallard-female, 5 ducklings
      Green Heron
      Wood Duck-duckling
      E Phoebe

 Hickory Ridge trail
      Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
      Yellow-billed Cuckoo
      Cedar Waxwing-3
      Yellow-throated Vireo-2
      N Flicker

 Nature Center
      Carolina Wren
      Turkey-female-3 polts

 Sugarbush Rd
       Black-billed Cuckoo-singing
       Clearwing-moth

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

                                              Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at
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Subject: Conneaut- 13 avocet 1 willet
From: sandra griffiths <stgriffiths2 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:18:26 -0400
At 11:00 13 avocet & 1 willet just flew in!   8 sbill dowitchers here as
well!   thanx to the Lanes!

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Subject: Yellow billed Cuckoos
From: "Presutti, Lenard" <presutti AT OHIO.EDU>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:08:03 -0400
I saw a pair of Yellowed Billed Cuckoos this afternoon in my backyard in 
southern Athens county that were eating caterpillars off a Hickory tree. The 
birds were picking up the caterpillars that had fallen off the top of tree and 
were on the ground. 


Len Presutti
Athens, Ohio

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Subject: Conneaut Sand Spit 7/12 Willets/Marbled Godwits
From: "nancyanderson3 AT yahoo.com" <nancyanderson3@YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:42:35 -0700
I went to  Conneaut this morning and did not get here til 11am.  Dan Sanders 
was here with three other fellows and they pointed out five Willets with two 
Marbled Godwits at the east end of the spit that flew in sometime earlier (9am 
or so).  Cars are driving by very close to the water and birds to get to that 
other side and other than flying out they are still here.  A car parked within 
45 feet and that has not bothered them yet.  That is all I know. 

   
Nancy Anderson 
Richmond Hts

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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird
From: alfred bahl <bahl.howland AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:32:39 -0400
I have been seeing at least one Rufous Hummingbird at my feeder in the past
week here in Howland Twp, Trumbull County.
Al Bahl

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Subject: Adult laughing gull at Indian Lake
From: troy shively <troyph AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:01:40 -0400
Hello all, 
This morning there was an adult laughing gull in the parking lot at Old field 
beach(off of SR 235). I would be cautious chasing it as this lot will be full 
of people starting around 10:00 AM up until dusk. The best bet would be to 
probably come to the beach early in the morning before the crowd comes in. 

Have a good one,
Troy

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Subject: North rim birding
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:24:51 -0400
Greetings!

I finally made it home. :-). I went from 81 to 92 for the month.  I wanted
to go from tip to tip today in search of shorebirds, and missing state
birds.  But I only made it to the bulge.   :-D I tried to make it all the
way to Oak Openings, or at least the Toledo containment ponds...but I hit
the physical and daylight wall at Willow Point. Bird species started off
slow, but slowly increased.  I am thinking that my issue with an Ohio
Avocet is that I am thinking like a human, and not a bird.  And it pretty
much bore out today with the birds I did find.  It seemed the more secluded
or tick infested the spot, the more shorebirds.  I should have started in
Toledo at the containment ponds...a place only birds and birders would go
to, and worked my way along to the east.

I too share Robert's concern with the Conneaut sand spit.  It seems the
port is more concerned with increasing the habitat for beach apes than for
shore birds.  Time will tell I guess.

 Looks like I need to make a trip to Big Island and maybe Lawrence Woods to
finish the  July 100. : -D

Notes and links to the lists are below.  I think I had 63 for the day.  And
I didn't want to create this huge list of lists, so if interested, just
click on the link below to see full list.

Conneaut: Eagles and Bank Swallows as thick as flies on.... :-)
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checkl
ist?subID=S19068782


Headlands beach: couple of shorebirds, a sea of gulls, but there were more
colonies of Beach Apes than bird species though.  There were even one that
obviously couldn't read the signs that said no sitting in the dune
restoration area...he had to have a secluded sun bathing area I guess.
 It looked like he wasn't the first though. :-(
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19069731

Wendy Park:  Went looking all along the downtown waterfront for a
pelican, didn't get one, not much else here.  If a Northern Mockingbird
hadn't popped out at the Volleyball courts, I probably wouldn't have even
made a list.
 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19070699

Pipe Creek: Two Black-crowned Night Herons, and others.  Was disturbing to
have an airboat in the bay just outside the containment dikes.  Nothing
liked it...including my ears.
 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19072221

Willow Point: Shorebird numbers increasing.  Lots of everything normal
tonight.  No rarities though.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19073042

Coasting in to Killdeer Plains at dusk, I went to the lake to check for
anything there, and as I was setting up my scope, I had a Barred Owl call
from both sides of the lake...nice!  Nothing else of consequence except
Tree, Bank, and Barn swallows as thick as the afore mentioned flies along
pond 27...mostly Tree.

Time to get a little rest, vacation is finally almost over.

Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Possible Negativity Of The Conneaut Eagles
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:10:30 -0400
I was at "The Conneaut Sandspit" in Ashtabula County this morning, Friday July 
11th, from 6AM to 9AM. Upon my arrival there were twelve juvenile Bald Eagles 
at various locations on the sandspit. The total Bald Eagles viewed from the 
sandspit was 37, 1 adult and 36 juveniles. I did not check out the other areas 
east of the aggregate piles. Today, the eagles on the sandspit did not flush to 
the breakwalls as they usually do. In recent weeks, they seem to becoming more 
tolerant of the human visitors. About 8AM, there was a group of 9 juveniles 
congregating nearby, not caring that myself and other birders were present. It 
is my assumption, that because of the massive eagle gathering, less and less 
variety of birds are showing up, especially the shorebirds. Even the gulls and 
terns, are now normally being found to the west, at the public beach. Compared 
to previous years, very little in the way of waterfowl is found. Another factor 
that I believe specifically adds to the lack of shorebirds, is that this year, 
The Conneaut Port Authority seems to be removing every item of washed in 
debris, from driftwood to logs, to seaweed like material. Thus there is no 
wrack. A wrack is a line of debris left by storms at the high water mark. This 
is where shorebirds can usually be found, somewhat out of sight and partially 
protected. A sterile environment is all that is left after the sandspit 
grooming. Of all the eagles I have seen at Conneaut, today was the first time I 
have ever seen one with a large placard attached to its left wing. It was an 
older juvenile with an easily read (red letters C2, on an oval shaped white 
background, on an irregular saddle shaped green background. Photos can be 
provided upon request. If anyone has information pertaining to this, please 
share it. Thanks for listening to my ramblings. 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County                                        
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Subject: Big Island Wildlife Area, Marion County
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:47:12 -0700
Longtime friend Jim Fry and I went to Big Island Wildlife Area in Marion County 
this afternoon to seek a couple of species that had eluded Jim thus far this 
year. We managed to chase one down and we tallied another species we were not 
even thinking about, a Sedge Wren. The species we had on our to find list was 
Common Gallinule. We didn't merely locate a Common Gallinule, but instead we 
located 7 adults and 21 chicks. These were all in the area along Prospect-LaRue 
Road. What made this an extra treat was that I was using a new spotting scope 
in got at the Westerville Wildbirds Unlinited store for the first time. I had 
my old scope for almost 30 years and my wonderful wife  said it was time to 
treat myself to a new spotting scope. The clarity of the new scope compared to 
the old scope is like comparing a Lamborghini to a Yugo. 


Species we observed with young in tow included Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Goose, 
Wood Duck, Mallard, Common Gallinule and American Coot. 


The Sedge Wren was in the wetland area off the observation platform off Ohio 
95. Dickcissel were also singing near the observation platform. 


A total list follows.

Charlie Bombaci

Species list:
Pied-billed Grebe & Immatures
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose & Immatures
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck & Immatures
Mallard & Immatures
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Common Gallinule & Immatures
American Coot & Immatures
Killdeer
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Sedge Wren
American Robin
Gray Catbird
European Starling
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Dickcissel
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow


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Subject: L Hope-Zalleski-Chuck-wills-widow
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:23:05 -0400
I was driving up Irish Ridge Rd(1/4 mile from Rte 278) & saw a
Chuck-will's-widow along the side of the road. As I approached the bird
flew away. In the distance I could hear another Chuck-will's-widow singing
   I visited Shelter Woods, Clear Cuts, Woods, Meadows, & Water areas. I
had 19 Warblers & many young.

 A Shelter Woods is an area that was timbered & a few trees were left. They
have a Mast crop. The Shelter Woods off of a Maintenance Rd(off of King
Hollow Rd) is over 10 years old. The Understory is around 18 feet high. The
Clear cut is over 18 feet high.Walking distance in this area is around 2
miles. The Shelter Woods & Clear Cuts on Baptist Church Rd(Car Birding) is
over 5 years old. The Understory is over 6 feet high. Water related Birds
can be found along E Raccoon Rd(Car Birding) along Raccoon Creek

               Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in
Columbus

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Subject: DublinGorgeArea,7-10,11
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:07:14 -0400
I had a few free mornings and checked several areas along the Scioto River 
around Dublin, around O'Shaughnessy Dam (including Twin Lakes & Traphagen 
Preserves) yesterday, and further south to Kozcuiscko Park, Scioto Park, & 
Kiwanis today. Water level here is high but dropping, but still had little in 
the way of waders or shorebirds. Interesting birds included 


Green Heron - at least 1 was at Twin Lakes, flushed from the shore by a 
fisherman. 


Cooper's Hawk - an adult was attending a begging juvenile at Coventry Woods, 
just west of Scioto Park 


Turkey Vultures - at least 36 were roosting in areas below O'Shaughnessy dam in 
Frink Park; 8 more were up by Home Rd. 


Barred Owl - at least 1 juvenile was calling in the woods at Traphagen, where 
adults have raised broods in prior years. 


Willow Flycatchers - a few birds are still hanging on in overgrown meadows at 
Twin Lakes and Area K on the reservoir 


E.Kingbirds - adults with juveniles were at several spots on both days, 
possibly starting to wander south 


Vireos - Red-eyed & Warbling widespread, but also had Yellow-throated (at Twin 
Lakes) and White-eyed (at Kozcuiscko) 


Cliff Swallows - colonies at O'Shaugnessy Dam (60 nests) and Home Rd bridge (25 
nests) are starting to drop fledglings. 


Gnatcatchers - unusually widespread, with adults feeding juveniles at many 
spots. They've had a great summer here so far. 


Yellow-throated Warblers - singers still common along the river, with 
individuals at Frink Park, Scioto Park, & Kiwanis 


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Subject: Paulding County Blue Grosbeak!!
From: M & D Dunakin <edson AT BRIGHT.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:43:39 -0400
Greetings from the Black Swamp,

We got an email from birding buddy Scott Myers on Tuesday that he was 60% 
certain he had heard a Blue Grosbeak in a fence row at the Paulding Sewage 
Lagoons. That probability turned out to be 100% this morning when Micki and I 
both heard and saw the Blue Grosbeak in the same location. This is only our 
second record for Paulding County, the other being a single male on our 
property on June 2, 2011. The bird sang again and again and responded well to a 
recording, coming out into the open and perching nicely for us! Perhaps this 
second summer sighting up here portends well for increased future visits by 
this wonderful species? 


A historical note: Although this bird is today found mainly in the unglaciated 
part of Ohio, early bird watcher and oologist Homer Price reported seeing Blue 
Grosbeaks in early summer in Paulding county from 1926 to 1939. 



Bird long and prosper!
Doug & Micki Dunakin
Antwerp, Ohio

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Subject: mystery bird help
From: Ron Looker <rlooker AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:58:20 -0400
This picture was taken in Atlantic Beach, NC but I'm unable to determine
exactly what it is. I'm posting for a friend. Based on location and color, I
was leaning towards female Orchard Oriole. Thanks in advance for your help.

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