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28 Jan Good Birding in Swanton, OH [Rachel Shamy ]
28 Jan Eagle Behavior - Lorain Impoundment [Jon ]
28 Jan Re: White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park [John ]
28 Jan Surf Scoter - Pickaway County [Melanie Shuter ]
28 Jan White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park [Jay Lehman ]
28 Jan Snow Buntings in NC Union County [Steve Jones ]
28 Jan Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Canvasback ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
28 Jan White-winged Scoter at eastwood Metropark, Dayton, OH [Mike Shade ]
28 Jan Re: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Photography by Wolfbrancher ]
28 Jan Northern Shrike Lake Erie Bluffs 1/28 [John Pogacnik ]
28 Jan New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
27 Jan Re: Huge crow flock, Columbus [Tracy the Birder ]
27 Jan Huge crow flock, Columbus [Andrew Sewell ]
27 Jan Re: Snowy owls in Cleveland? [jen brumfield ]
27 Jan Snowy owls in Cleveland? [Lee H ]
27 Jan Re: DublinSciotoGorge,1-10: BaldEagle,Bluebirds,Siskin [James Muller ]
26 Jan Castalia-Cackling to Maumee... [Andrew Avram ]
26 Jan Re: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc [eric elvert ]
26 Jan Re: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc [John Habig ]
26 Jan Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc [Eric Elvert ]
26 Jan Snow Buntings [Douglas Bohanan ]
26 Jan "Toasted marshmallows" (snow buntings) in N. Union County [Steve Jones ]
26 Jan More Horned Larks [Dillon Nott ]
26 Jan Ross's Goose and a GWFG [Doreene Linzell ]
26 Jan Horned Larks [Dillon Nott ]
25 Jan Ohio Avian Research Conference--Hold the Date [Casey Tucker ]
25 Jan Hayes Rd Middlefield [Marilyn E Rohr ]
25 Jan EUCO Doves [Doreene Linzell ]
25 Jan WalnutCreek-to-SlateRun,1-25 [rob thorn ]
25 Jan Black vultures [Barbara Mann ]
25 Jan Merlin, Greenlawn [Douglas Bohanan ]
25 Jan Merlin, Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin Cnty. [Tom Domin ]
25 Jan Red-winged Blackbirds ["J. Hochadel" ]
25 Jan Kelleys Island Monthly Survey [H Thomas Bartlett ]
25 Jan Eastlake 1/25 [Cole DiFabio ]
24 Jan Tues. January 27.Columbus Audubon program [Darlene Sillick ]
24 Jan Snowy Owls, Cleveland [jen brumfield ]
24 Jan Mahoning River waterfowl [Craig Holt ]
24 Jan DarbyCreek,1-24: raptors,woodpeckers [rob thorn ]
24 Jan Killdeer plains today [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Great Horned Owl Nest Cam [Dillon Nott ]
24 Jan Killdeer plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Re: Snowy Owls Hopkins [jen brumfield ]
24 Jan Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area [Steve Jones ]
24 Jan Snowy Owls Hopkins [jen brumfield ]
24 Jan Eastlake Power Plant-Glaucous Gull [Sally Isacco ]
24 Jan Eurasian Collared Doves Ashland Co. [Terry Sponseller ]
24 Jan Northern Shrike Killdeer plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Northern Shrike Killdeer Plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
24 Jan Re: puzzle for a snowy day [Haans Petruschke ]
24 Jan puzzle for a snowy day [Bill Whan ]
24 Jan Holmes County [Dale Brubeck ]
24 Jan Northern Saw-whet Owl [John Seiler ]
23 Jan Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot County [Charles Bombaci ]
23 Jan Harlequin duck returned to Eastlake! [Trevor Wearstler ]
23 Jan Weekend hopefuls [Douglas Bohanan ]
23 Jan LibertyTownshipPark,1-23: SandhillCranes, Harrier [rob thorn ]
23 Jan Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Songbirds ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
23 Jan Surf Scoter [Jon Benedetti ]
23 Jan Bald Eagle - Chippewa Lake, Medina County ["Komjati Design Inc." ]
23 Jan Horned Larks, Chippewa Lake, Medina County [Komjati Design ]
23 Jan Sparrow Tales [Bill Whan ]
23 Jan Iceland Gulls, White-winged Scoters Rocky River Park [jen brumfield ]
22 Jan Great Blue Heron [Trumbull County] ["J. Hochadel" ]
22 Jan Sandhill Cranes [mary warren ]
20 Jan Fwd: Rejected posting to OHIO-BIRDS@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU [Dan Best ]
20 Jan Preble County Snowy Owl - no [Sam Fitton ]
20 Jan Eastlake-Ice is out but birds are gone [Sally Isacco ]
20 Jan Inniswood Metro Gardens, Westerville, Del. Cty [Charles Bombaci ]
20 Jan cackler dayton [Eric Elvert ]
20 Jan Snowy Owl CLE Hopkins [jen brumfield ]
20 Jan Kestrel versus RT Hawk at Springfield Bog (SUMMIT Co.) [Jon ]
19 Jan Killdeer plains [Douglas Bohanan ]
19 Jan BlackhandGorge,FlintRidge,1-19: woodpeckers,WinterWren [rob thorn ]
19 Jan Eastlake-Big change from Saturday [Sally Isacco ]
19 Jan Cackling Geese, Dublin, Franklin Co. [Ira Shulgin ]

Subject: Good Birding in Swanton, OH
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:39:34 -0500
I've been seeing almost on a daily basis about 14 Dark Eyed Juncos (various
colorings)& 6 Blue Jays, a pr of Downy Woodpeckers, Male Red Bellied
Woodpecker, White Breasted Nuthatch, a dozen or more very House Finches,
3-4 Female Gold Finches. Really surprised the female gold finches didn't
migrate but I guess the males must have.

There have been 3 male and 3 female Northern Cardinals (one pr for sure),
females fighting a lot. The males just LOVE attacking any and all mirrors
on any vehicle to attack their "competition". I've seen the females doing
it this winter as well, cracks me up.

Oh yes and between 4-5pm daily a female Coopers Hawk that likes to hunt on
the bird buffet options. Going mostly for the Mourning Doves and Starlings
of plenty.

---Fulton-Lucas border
Swanton, Ohio

Hope this interests, first post.

Happy Birding!

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Subject: Eagle Behavior - Lorain Impoundment
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:40:02 -0500
Hello,

I headed up to Lorain Impoundment today to take another shot at seeing the 
Common Redpolls and was successful beyond my hopes, both as a birder and a 
photographer. But that is not what this is about. 


After watching the Redpolls for a good long time, I started off to head back to 
my car. Looking West from the impoundment I saw 2 juvenile bald eagles flying 
close together and doing some acrobatics. When I got my bins on them I noticed 
that they were chasing a gull of some kind. The birds were quite far out 
there…between the lighthouse and the other structure that seems to form the 
mouth of the harbor, so I could not get a certain ID on the gull, but I am 
pretty sure it was a Ring-billed. Anyhow, what was interesting was these two 
eagles appeared to be working together to actually capture this gull. The gull 
seemed to be flying slower and more awkwardly than I would expect one to and it 
was just barely able to outmaneuver the eagles, having several very close 
calls. This went on for a full 3-4 minutes. 


Eventually the gull gave them the slip. I never was able to pick up anything 
being carried by the gull, but considering the distance it is possible that it 
had something and did not want to give it up, which is understandable at this 
time of year. 


Anyway, I was just curious if anyone had ever seen anything like that; and if 
it is possible that eagles would be “hunting” for another bird on the wing? 


Thanks.  Bird on.

Jon Cefus
Cuyahoga Falls


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Subject: Re: White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:16:57 -0500
Scoter is now (5:15) upriver from the whitewater area described by Jay. 

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
Jhabig57 AT gmail.com

> On Jan 28, 2015, at 4:14 PM, Jay Lehman  wrote:
> 
> About 20 minutes ago on 01/28/15, I found the White-winged Scoter on the
> Mad River.  Enter the park at the entrance close to the Mad River not the
> entrance near the lake.  The lake is completely frozen with no birds. The
> scoter was roughly half way between the whitewater facility in the river
> and an island in the river.  I found it by walking down the steps to the
> whitewater facility in the river which is accessible from the parking area
> at the end of the entry road.  I was able to catch up with Mike Shade, who
> I just met and helped him refind the scoter.
> Jay
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Subject: Surf Scoter - Pickaway County
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:56:03 -0500
The Surf Scoter is still present at the Island Road gravel quarry just west
of Circleville.  Also on the quarry:  19 Tundra Swans, 9 Greater
White-fronted Geese, lots of Mallards, some Am. Black Ducks, several
Ring-necked Ducks, Redheads, Scaup, Common Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Am.
Coots, and about 1000 Canada Geese.  Most of the quarry is still frozen.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville

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Subject: White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:14:21 -0500
About 20 minutes ago on 01/28/15, I found the White-winged Scoter on the
Mad River.  Enter the park at the entrance close to the Mad River not the
entrance near the lake.  The lake is completely frozen with no birds. The
scoter was roughly half way between the whitewater facility in the river
and an island in the river.  I found it by walking down the steps to the
whitewater facility in the river which is accessible from the parking area
at the end of the entry road.  I was able to catch up with Mike Shade, who
I just met and helped him refind the scoter.
Jay

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Subject: Snow Buntings in NC Union County
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:03:00 -0500
Well I had them a couple of days ago near the border, and now I have a few
farther south.
Phelps Rd, which is kind of between Byhalia and York Center has 4 or 5
Buntings mixed in with the Horned Larks.  They are pretty much around the
two 90° bends in the road.  Smaller than Horned Larks, and have little
white patches on the upper wing when they fly...also more white when they
are in flight over the Larks' and Longspurs' darker flight colors.

They are here, just gotta pick them out amongst the others.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Canvasback
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:02:10 -0500
  Thoreau Lake
          Canvasback-female
          Green-winged Teal-2-male, female
          Lesser Scaup-3 females
          American Black Duck-167
          Mallard-159

   Lake Trail
          Red-headed woodpecker-young
          Yellow-rumped Warbler

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

                                    Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon
Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: White-winged Scoter at eastwood Metropark, Dayton, OH
From: Mike Shade <mike AT LEMICROSCOPE.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:58:26 -0500
Lake is completely frozen so I looked on the Mad River on the east side of the 
park. Met Jay Lehman there and he spotted the WWSC just upstream of the white 
water kayaking feature. Good looks at 3:45 pm. 


Sent from my iPhone
Mike Shade
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Subject: Re: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Photography by Wolfbrancher <wolfbrancher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:24:44 -0500
I saw 3 bald eagles between mile markers 90 and 94 on eastbound interstate
90 Ohio Turnpike

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Subject: Northern Shrike Lake Erie Bluffs 1/28
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:38:49 -0500
I saw the northern shrike around noon today at the Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake 
County. It was again in the large field west of the north end of Lane Road. It 
was at the west end of the trail system and with today's sunshine it provided 
some great looks. 

the bird has been here for close to a week. If its at the top of one of the 
larger trees it is easy to spot. It however likes to perch at the top of some 
of the shorter trees and can seem to disappear. There was also a mockingbird on 
the wires off Blackmore Road. For directions to the bluffs check 
lakemetroparks.com 


John Pogacnik

                                          
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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:25:35 -0500
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Allen County

Ottawa Metro Park and Lima Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Ottawa+Metro+Park



Athens County

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Bluebell Preserve, Industrial Dr.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--East Park Drive Access

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Eclipse

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Glen Ebon Rd.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Hocking College Campus

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Hockhocking+Adena+Bikeway

West State St. Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/West+State+Street+Park



Delaware County

Alum Creek SP--Spillway

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Alum+Creek+State+Park



Franklin County

Donegal Cliffs Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Donegal+Cliffs+Park



Union Cemetery, Columbus

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



Muskingum County

Blue Rock State Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blue+Rock+State+Forest



Richland County

Charles Palm Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Charles+Palm+Park

Little Washington Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Little+Washington+Cemetery



Trumbull County

Mosquito Creek WTP (restricted access)


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mosquito+Creek-Wastewater+Treatment+Plant 




Wayne and Holmes counties

The Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area has been updated so each sub-location has
a page with a map and information.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Killbuck+Marsh+Wildlife+Area



Wyandot County

The Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area has been updated so each sub-location has
a page with a map and information.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Killdeer+Plains+Wildlife+Area



​Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Re: Huge crow flock, Columbus
From: Tracy the Birder <winterfell.six AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:49:11 -0500
Andrew,

Last winter I was at OSU's Waterman Farm at Kenny Rd & Lane Ave a few times in 
January and watched hundreds of crows flying from north to south overhead in 
the afternoon. Once they landed at Waterman Farm near Lane Avenue. There were 
hundreds of them on the ground and in the trees in the area. 


Good birding,
Tracy the Birder
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Subject: Huge crow flock, Columbus
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:42:17 -0500
Driving on Cleveland Avenue in the Linden neighborhood around 5:30 this
evening, I witnessed a very large crow flock streaming overhead, flying
south. I didn't see the beginning of the flock but did see the end; I
estimate at least 600 birds in the part of the flock I saw. The whole flock
could have been much larger.

Earlier in the week, I noted smaller flocks of crows headed north of
downtown while driving on I670, so it seems there must be a large roost
somewhere just northeast of downtown Columbus. Does anyone know where the
roost site might be?

Good birding,
Andy Sewell
Columbus

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Subject: Re: Snowy owls in Cleveland?
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:32:02 -0500
Best bet is Hopkins airport where three were seen within the past few days. 
Scanning from 100th Bomb group restaurant on Brookpark Road is safest, legal, 
and best chance 



JB
CLE, OH
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On Jan 27, 2015, at 2:29 PM, "Lee H"  wrote:

> I'm in Cleveland today and wondering if there are any snowy owls to be seen
> nearby.
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Subject: Snowy owls in Cleveland?
From: Lee H <leezmail76 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:13:52 -0500
I'm in Cleveland today and wondering if there are any snowy owls to be seen
nearby.

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Subject: Re: DublinSciotoGorge,1-10: BaldEagle,Bluebirds,Siskin
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:47:35 -0500
I visited Donegal Cliffs Park in Dublin today on my lunch break to look for
the Pine Siskin reported a few weeks ago. I thought that I heard a single
bird, so I played a recording from my phone. To my surprise, two Pine
Siskins responded by flying in and perching about 10 feet from me! It
appears that they are indeed using the rather impressive feeder setup at
the house just south of the park.

Thanks for the tip Rob, I never would have known about the park without
your previous post.

James Muller

On Sat Jan 10 2015 at 5:39:20 PM rob thorn  wrote:

> I spent 3 hours in the morning hiking through several parks along the
> Scioto gorge in Dublin (NW suburb of Columbus), staying out of the wind &
> looking for winter strays.  I stopped at Kozscuiscko Park, Traphagen
> Preserve, O'Shaughnessy Dam, Donegal Cliffs (an old riverside quarry, now a
> park), and Kiwanis Park.  The reservoir above the dam, as well as the river
> below Kiwanis, are frozen over, so the only open water lies along the steep
> grade of the gorge between the dam and Kiwanis.  Notables included:
> Great Blue Herons - 12 were below the dam, which is a bit low for this spot
> Waterfowl - big flocks of geese at both the dam and Kiwanis; Mallards at
> many places; a few Black Ducks mixed in with the flock below the dam.
> BaldEagle - 1 subadult was being chased around the riparian area below the
> dam by a Red-tailed Hawk
> Woodpeckers - nothing other than the expected Red-bellies, Downies,
> Hairies, & Flickers
> BrownCreeper - not common; could only find 1 (at Kiwanis) despite being in
> good habitat all morning
> Kinglets - only found 2 Golden-crowns, both along the gorge edge at Frink
> Park (O'Shaughnessy dam)
> E.Bluebirds - 1 was at O'Shaughnessy dam (Frink Park), while 6 were at
> Donegal Cliffs (taking advantage of a neighbor feeder)
> Yellow-rumped warblers - only found 2, at Kozscuiscko Park
> Sparrows - 3 Trees were at Traphagen, while the only White-throats were at
> Kozcuiscko and Kiwanis
> Pine Siskin - 1 was around Donegal Cliffs, probably attracted by the
> feeder array south of the park that had the bluebirds
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Subject: Castalia-Cackling to Maumee...
From: Andrew Avram <ajavram AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:04:42 -0500
Trevor Wearstler and I decided to head into Castalia this morning for some 
puddle ducks. We had the expected group, but also Trumpeter Swans, Northern 
Pintail, the wonky Goldeneye and we did find the CACKLING GOOSE. 


Then on a random meeting we headed out further west to Maumee. Northern 
Harrier, Rough-legged Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Shrike, Tundra Swans 
(in nearby fields), Brown-headed Cowbirds (Maumee, Magee and Ottawa), Norther 
Saw-whet. 


We then headed to Stange Prairie at Ottawa for an evening of 4 Short-eared Owls 
along with over 6 Eagles, many Redtails (including one who nailed a mouse right 
at the car), Rough-legged and Northern Harrier. 

                                          
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Subject: Re: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc
From: eric elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:10:01 -0800
Congrats Chris. Who needs the lake front when you got Mont Co. as your
backyard. 5 Rivers!!!!
On Jan 26, 2015 7:55 PM, "John Habig"  wrote:

> The scoter and a horned grebe gave Chris Zacharias 100 species for January
> in Montgomery County. A remarkable achievement.
>
> On Monday, January 26, 2015, Eric Elvert  wrote:
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>> Wwsc at Eastwood lake metropark in Dayton oh at 530pm.
>> Bird On!
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>> Dayton, oh
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Subject: Re: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc
From: John Habig <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:55:59 -0500
The scoter and a horned grebe gave Chris Zacharias 100 species for January
in Montgomery County. A remarkable achievement.

On Monday, January 26, 2015, Eric Elvert  wrote:

> Wwsc at Eastwood lake metropark in Dayton oh at 530pm.
> Bird On!
>
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Subject: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:46:32 -0500
Wwsc at Eastwood lake metropark in Dayton oh at 530pm. 
Bird On!

Eric Elvert
Dayton, oh

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Subject: Snow Buntings
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:25:04 -0500
Finally got to see my Snow Buntings at 4871 Maloney Rd in Delaware, OH. I saw 
three, but the owner of the property counted six. No Lapland Longspurs today. 
Owner says he has up to 6k of snow buntings before. Hundreds of Horned larks 
today. He told me to wait for more snow. He said to pull in drive next time. He 
doesn't mind people visiting. 


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Subject: "Toasted marshmallows" (snow buntings) in N. Union County
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:33:42 -0500
Finally starting to see some Snow Buntings in the LaRue area.  I was
traveling along Wennemac Pike just outside of Marion County, when I flushed
a small flock of Horned Larks.  In that grouping were three to five white
and brownish  birds with flashes of white on the upper wing.  My binoculars
are in my other car, so I couldn't stay and confirm 100%, but they looked
and acted like typical Snow Buntings.  When they are down this far, that
spot is a reliable place to see them.

Also had what looked like a Great Horned Owl on something that appeared to
be an old Red-tailed Hawk nest. It was in a private location, and I am even
less sure that was what it was than I am with the Snow Buntings.  So I am
going to withhold judgement till I can get my optics back.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: More Horned Larks
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:21:33 -0800
As we were in the car there was close to 50 Horned Larks in the field by
the church and pond . It location 7301 Urbana Woodstock Rd
Cable, OH  43009-9639
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Subject: Ross's Goose and a GWFG
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:12:52 -0800
At 2:00 we had one Ross's Goose and one Greater White-fronted Goose on the
ice at the Moose Lodge at Indian Lake. A scope and patience are required to
look through all of the geese. Thanks to Troy Shively for finding them.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Horned Larks
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:15:35 -0800
A Flock of about 15 Horned Larks. I've seen them around Woodstock,
Champaign County about every day. I'm not sure if there's any Longspurs or
Buntings in with them, they fly by too fast.

-Dillon

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Subject: Ohio Avian Research Conference--Hold the Date
From: Casey Tucker <tuckercasey AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:47:33 -0500
Hi Everyone!

This might seem a bit far in advance, but I recognize how quickly everyone's 
calendars tend to fill up. So I'd like to take the opportunity to announce the 
third annual Ohio Avian Research Conference will be held Saturday, October 
17th. 


A keynote speaker has been recruited, and location details are in negotiation. 
Stay tuned for further information on both. 


This conference highlights the best and brightest in original ornithological 
science being conducted all over the planet by Ohio's professional, student and 
amateur researchers alike. 


Last year's Ohio conference was used as a model by the American Ornithologist's 
Union for other state/regional conferences . In fact this past weekend Oregon 
held its first research conference based on the Ohio model (so for those of you 
keeping track, that's twice that Oregon has been second to Ohio--just kidding!) 


So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details. To see information 
about last year's conference check out: 

www.tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds#!oarc2014/cd8o

Thanks and I hope to see you all in October!

Casey Tucker
www.tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds

                                          
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Subject: Hayes Rd Middlefield
From: Marilyn E Rohr <rohrmarilyn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:22:52 -0500
Corner of Peters and Hayes, flock of 14 Bluebirds
Farther down,
1 rough-legged hawk
large flock of snow buntings on manure
several horned larks
many pigeons
and many picturesque Amish work horses and buggies!

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Subject: EUCO Doves
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:50:46 -0500
Today we saw eight Eurasian Collared Doves in the town of Perrysville in 
Ashland Co. We did not find them in the cemetery as reported yesterday. The 
town is not large and we just drove around until we found them. There is a 
circular road behind the brick church in town. The EUCO Doves were hanging out 
with four Mourning Doves in a tree along that road. There was like a ravine 
behind the tree and also a red fire hydrant along the road. This is the 
greatest number of EUCO Doves we have seen in OH at one time and also the first 
time that we have seen them associating with Mourning Doves. And, they were 
nowhere near a grain elevator!!! 


Good Birding!

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders
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Subject: WalnutCreek-to-SlateRun,1-25
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:16:36 -0500
Spent the morning at several parks along Walnut Creek (southern Franklin 
County), then moved down to Slate Run MetroPark (Pickaway County) just when the 
rain began to fall. Most ponds and the Slate Run wetlands were frozen over, but 
the creeks were still open. Most landbirds were in scattered flocks, and not 
easy to find. The most productive areas were around the feeders at Shady Grove 
picnic area and the wetland parking area of Slate Run. Notables included: 


Canada Geese - despite the frozen water, sizeable flocks were at Cruiser Pond 
in Groveport and at the Slate Run wetlands 

Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 was calling near the Shady Grove picnic area in Slate 
Run (Thanks Randy!); it's been in vicinity for a week according to Park staff. 

Red-tailed Hawks - singles in most field areas, though became scarcer as the 
rain started in earnest. 

Kestrels - single birds at Bareis Preserve and Buckeye Loop of Walnut Woods, 
both in fields along Walnut Creek 

Pileated Woodpeckers - 2 were calling in the ravines along 5-Oaks loop trail in 
Slate Run MetroPark 

Brown Creepers - not common, with singles at Canal Winchester's Williams Park 
and 5-Oaks Trail of Slate Run 

Golden-cr.Kinglet - even scarcer, with only a single bird at Canal Winchester's 
Williams Park 

Mockingbird - a single bird was around the parking area at Bareis Preserve
Tree Sparrows - small flocks were at Bareis Preserve, Buckeye Loop of Walnut 
Woods, and Slate Run wetlands 

White-crowned Sparrows - flocks were at Bareis Preserve and at the Slate Run 
wetlands feeder 


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Subject: Black vultures
From: Barbara Mann <bmann4 AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:52:39 -0500
A flock of about a dozen black vultures were down on a road kill at the
corner of E. Enon Rd. and Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd. in Greene County on
Friday. Sorry to be so slow about posting, but I expect they will be around
some more.



Barbara Mann

Yellow Springs, OH


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Subject: Merlin, Greenlawn
From: Douglas Bohanan <Bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:03:04 -0500
Confirmed.  Thanks for the help.  Nice look at one.  Didn't bother it too long.

-Douglas B

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Subject: Merlin, Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin Cnty.
From: Tom Domin <tmdomin AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:10:31 -0500
Female Merlin, Green Lawn Cemetery, section 68, Sunday, Jan. 25, 10:45 AM. 
Columbus, Ohio. Perched high, shaking off the snow. 


Tom Domin

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds
From: "J. Hochadel" <jahochadel AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:41:44 -0500
Three males flew in front of me this morning in the Berea [Cuyahoga County]
area. Not sure of anyone else has seen them so far this year.

Judy Hochadel

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Subject: Kelleys Island Monthly Survey
From: H Thomas Bartlett <hthomas.bartlett AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:27:17 -0500
Sandy Tkach and I conducted the monthly survey on Friday, January 23.
This was the 17th year for a January survey.  In 2000 we could not get
to the island to conduct the survey during the month.  Retirement is
so much more fun than working...

36 species were observed along the route which is below the average
for January of 41 and 3205 individuals observed is well below the
average of 6382 individuals.  Much of the island is iced in with some
open water to the SE and E.  One new species was added to the January
list of 92 species observed in 18 years.  That was Turkey Vulture.
Three were found on Thursday and 2 were observed during the survey.
Strange year for them to try to winter over...

The survey began at 8:00 AM and ended at 1215 PM which is a little
faster than normal but when there are so few birds we move along.
Temps began at 27 and ended at 33 F, winds were 5 to 15 mph from the
W-SW, and mostly overcast skies.

13     Tundra Swan
575   Greater Scaup
56     Bufflehead
777   Common Goldeneye
150   Common Merganser
450   Diving Ducks?
*       Wild Turkey
2       Turkey Vulture
8       Bald Eagle
1       Sharp-shinned Hawk
1       Cooper's Hawk
2       Red-tailed Hawk
22     Ring-billed Gull
285   Herring Gull
14     Great Black-backed Gull
125   Gull species?
4       Eastern Screech-Owl
1       Great Horned Owl
*       Long-eared Owl
*       Northern Saw-whet Owl
6       Red-bellied Woodpecker
34     Downy Woodpecker
9       Northern Flicker
1       Blue Jay
81     American Crow
119    Black-capped Chickadee
1       Red-breasted Nuthatch
3       White-breasted Nuthatch
12     Brown Creeper
1       Winter Wren
2       Carolina Wren
3       Golden-crowned Kinglet
11      Hermit Thrush
2       American Robin
324    European Starling
4       Yellow-rumped Warbler
*        Song Sparrow
2       Swamp Sparrow
7       White-throated Sparrow
4       Dark-eyed Junco
29     Northern Cardinal
*        House Finch
*        American Goldfinch
64      House Sparrow

36 Species Observed
3205 individuals observed

* = observed on island on survey day but not on route

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H. Thomas Bartlett
Tiffin, Ohio
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Subject: Eastlake 1/25
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:17:48 -0500
Black Scoter and Glaucous Gull seen at Eastlake power plant this morning.

Cole DiFabio



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



Nadya Bennett and Darlene Sillick

Columbus Audubon co-program chairs



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

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

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

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

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

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




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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

List below.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.


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

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

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



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

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

Terry and Barb Sponseller
Canton

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


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

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

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

Interesting

Haans

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

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


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

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

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


Address: Oregon, OH,USA

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Charlie Bombaci

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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

       Nature Center
                    American Tree Sparrow
                    White-tailed Sparrow

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

                                                      Bruce
Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park

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

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

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

Diana Komjati
Chippewa Lake







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


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

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



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

Judy Hochadel

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

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


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

> 
> Dan Best

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



Sam Fitton

Oxford, OH


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

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


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


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



JB
CLE, OH

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


Happy Birding! 

Jon Cefus

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


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



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

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

All this in just an hour.

Douglas B

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

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

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

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

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


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