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Panders Ground Jay,©Tony Disley

27 May Clark County - Bell's Vireo [Doug Overacker ]
27 May Chimney swift roost Cleveland West Park St. Patrick's Church [Penny OConnor ]
27 May Cliff Swallows at Bradstreet's Landing, Cuyahoga County [Penny OConnor ]
27 May Conneaut Sandspit Fantasy / Ashtabula Co [robert lane ]
27 May Little Blue Heron - Lake County... [Andy Avram ]
27 May places to bird in St Mary's [Ron Looker ]
27 May Lesser Scaup [Dillon Nott ]
27 May Letha House Park in western Medina County [Ken Ostermiller ]
27 May Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County 5/27 [John Pogacnik ]
26 May Lake Erie Bluffs, C;lark Road 5/26 [John Pogacnik ]
26 May Lake Erie Bluffs, Lane Road, 5/26 [John Pogacnik ]
26 May New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
25 May Darke Co. N. Shoveler at Woods Road [Regina Schieltz ]
25 May Lake Erie Bluffs 5/25 [John Pogacnik ]
25 May Lake Erie Bluffs 5/25 [John Pogacnik ]
25 May Bike N' Bird 2015 Cuyahoga County [Chris Pierce ]
25 May Wayne County - Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Wilderness Rd. [Randy Rowe ]
25 May UPLAND SANDPIPERS - Greene County [Jacob Roalef ]
25 May Re: Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees [Katrina Heinzen ]
24 May Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/25 [John Pogacnik ]
25 May Olive-sided Flycatcher - Blendon [Doreene Linzell ]
25 May Zaleski State Forest 05/24 [Chris Pierce ]
25 May urbanScioto,Columbus,5-24: few migrants [rob thorn ]
24 May Re: Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees [Sameer Apte ]
24 May 2 White-faced Ibises - Western Holmes County, OH [Michele Skolmutch ]
24 May Re: Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees [Katrina Heinzen ]
24 May Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees [Haans Petruschke ]
23 May PrairieOaks,5-23: orioles,migrants [rob thorn ]
24 May Hoover Reservoir, Delaware County [Charles Bombaci ]
23 May Conneaut Harbor 5/23 [John Pogacnik ]
22 May Prairie Falcon - Whitehouse [Matt Anderson ]
22 May White pelicans, East Harbor State Park, 5/22 [John Pogacnik ]
22 May Observations on Franklin's Gulls at Alum Creek, 05/21/15 (long) [Jay Lehman ]
22 May Fwd: Fw: eBird Report - Sebring-Warner Rd-electric power station, May 22, 2015 [Regina Schieltz ]
22 May Fish Crow CLNP [jen brumfield ]
21 May American White Pelicans at East Harbor State Park [Reggy Hadi ]
21 May Willet Still at Deer Creek as of 4:00 pm [Jay Lehman ]
21 May volunteer opportunity to further bird conservation [Laura Peskin ]
21 May Willet [Doreene Linzell ]
20 May Portage escarpment birding incl. Heights area [Laura Peskin ]
20 May Birding Software [Hayward Chappell ]
20 May New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
19 May chimney swifts and midge hatch [Dan Best ]
19 May Re: bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24 [Kenn Kaufman ]
19 May Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Steve Jones ]
19 May Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Sameer Apte ]
19 May Magee Marsh East Beach [mary warren ]
19 May Remarkable Male Surf Scoter Day #4 [robert lane ]
19 May Babies Everywhere! [Dillon Nott ]
19 May Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Deb ]
19 May bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24 [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
19 May Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Linda McConnell ]
19 May 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Laura Peskin ]
18 May Glaucous Gull, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/19 [John Pogacnik ]
18 May Surf Scoter Day #3 / Port Clinton [robert lane ]
18 May Pickerel Creek WA / Sandusky County [robert lane ]
18 May Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
18 May Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Worthington [Paul McSweeny ]
18 May Whimbrels Logan County [Bill Whan ]
18 May Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road Area 5/18 [John Pogacnik ]
18 May Lake Erie Bluffs, Lane Road 5/18 [John Pogacnik ]
18 May Connecticut Warbler in Greene County Ohio [Stefan Minnig ]
18 May RFI: Kirtland's Warbler at Highbanks [Kathi Hutton ]
18 May Columbus BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS [James Muller ]
18 May Re: Indigo Bunting question [Helena Uber-Wamble ]
18 May Re: Indigo Bunting question ["Rompre, Ghislain" ]
18 May No More East Beach On OHIO-BIRDS LISTSERV [robert lane ]
18 May Humility and Shorebirds (Not a sighting report) [Jon ]
18 May Re: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts [jen brumfield ]
17 May Brewer's Blackbird, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/18 [John Pogacnik ]
18 May Re: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts [Terry Voss ]
17 May RFI lifers [Steve Jones ]
17 May Side Cut Park [Rachel Shamy ]
17 May Kirtland's Warbler [Doreene Linzell ]
17 May Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts [robert lane ]
17 May Columbus kirtland [Eric Elvert ]

Subject: Clark County - Bell's Vireo
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 21:33:05 -0400
We heard a Bell's Vireo in the same place as last week along the South
Charleston Bike Trail. It is about 2 miles east of town at the edge of the
woods and just east of the composting area. We first found this bird last
Wednesday and it was in the same place today.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Chimney swift roost Cleveland West Park St. Patrick's Church
From: Penny OConnor <pjo AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 21:23:18 -0400
Chimney Swifts have returned to the big square chimney on the closed school 
building behind St. Patrick's Church, corner of Rte. 237 and Puritas Ave. in 
West Park neighborhood of Cleveland. Easily viewed from the large parking lot 
off Rte. 237 just north of Puritas Ave. 


Penny O'Connor
Cleveland, Ohio 44135

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Subject: Cliff Swallows at Bradstreet's Landing, Cuyahoga County
From: Penny OConnor <pjo AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 20:44:33 -0400
Hello Birders,

Visited some spots along Lake Erie on Monday and found Cliff Swallows nesting 
under the pier at Bradstreet's Landing, Rocky River, OH 


Penny O'Connor
Cleveland, Ohio

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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit Fantasy / Ashtabula Co
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 20:06:06 -0400
Today, Wednesday, was a day of wishful thinking. Yesterday, Tuesday, about 23 
miles to the east of "The Sandspit", by the way the crow flies along the shore 
of Lake Erie, is Gull Point at Presque Isle State Park in Pennsylvania. A 
Wilson's Plover was found and photographed there. It was not seen at Gull Point 
today. In the past, some rare birds have shown up at Conneaut, then moved on to 
Gull Point, or in other cases in the reverse, Gull Point to Conneaut. A recent 
example was a Snowy Plover seen all day at Conneaut on June 2, 2012 which 
showed up at Gull Point the following day.There is only one record of Wilson's 
Plover in Ohio; one was collected in June of 1936 in Lucas County. Thus, this 
would be an Ohio Life Bird for us, which because of our years of birding, does 
not happen often. Needless to say, our visit to "The Sandspit" today did not 
produce the fantasy bird we wished for. There were some highlights though: 3 
Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Dunlin, 4 Common Terns (2 copulating), 2 Bonaparte's 
Gulls, 4 Great Black-backed Gulls, 2 Common Mergansers, and 10 Bald Eagles (2 
adults & 8 Juveniles). The Wilson's Plover is out there somewhere and right now 
is peak Whimbrel time. Keep your eyes open! 

 
Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County 
                                          
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Subject: Little Blue Heron - Lake County...
From: Andy Avram <ajavram AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 19:41:07 -0400
There is a goofy little Phragmites pond off Jackson Street in Mentor with 7 
(someone else reported 8) Great Egrets and 1 Little Blue Heron hanging out in 
it. These Google Map coords will take you there: 41.698621, -81.292923 


The egrets have been there in varying numbers for about a month now. Hopefully 
the Little Blue will hang out for awhile. Also, be careful because there is 
nowhere good to pull over and view the pond. 



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Subject: places to bird in St Mary's
From: Ron Looker <rlooker AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 19:28:25 -0400
Hello all,

A week from Sat I'll be in St. Mary's Ohio for an event. I would like to do
some birding afterwards. Where are some of the "hot spots" in the area?
Thanks in advance.

Ron

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Subject: Lesser Scaup
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 15:20:56 -0700
Indian Lake, Russels Point by the pizza shop there was a male Lesser Scaup
swimming around, also got real good pics too.

Yellow Warbler
EasternKingbird
Great Blue Heron
Swallows were all very common

Also a Green heron in the huge lily pad " forest " by Achetsons

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Subject: Letha House Park in western Medina County
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 11:10:39 -0400
We had a very birdy 2 mile walk at Letha House Park in western Medina
County this morning. We went to see if the Yellow-breasted Chats we had
previously found were still there and were not disappointed. The best new
find was a Blue-winged Warbler in nesting habitat. Several hawks, a Sora
calling, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo all made it a very pleasant walk.

We hiked the horse trail and the woods trail on the east side of the park.
The Chat was on the back side of the field on the horse trail. The
Blue-winged Warbler was on the edge of the field on the woods trail.

Complete checklist below for those interested.

Ken Ostermiller
Westfield Center

​eBird Checklist Summary for: May 27, 2015

Number of Checklists: 1
Number of Taxa: 39

Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Letha House Park
Date: May 27, 2015, 8:30 AM

9 Canada Goose -- (1)
2 Mallard -- (1)
1 Green Heron -- (1)
2 Turkey Vulture -- (1)
1 Cooper's Hawk -- (1)
2 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (1)
2 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1)
1 Sora -- (1)
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo -- (1)
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird -- (1)
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1)
3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (1)
2 Acadian Flycatcher -- (1)
11 Willow Flycatcher -- (1)
1 Red-eyed Vireo -- (1)
1 Blue Jay -- (1)
2 American Crow -- (1)
14 Tree Swallow -- (1)
1 Barn Swallow -- (1)
5 House Wren -- (1)
1 Marsh Wren -- (1)
1 Eastern Bluebird -- (1)
1 American Robin -- (1)
6 Gray Catbird -- (1)
16 European Starling -- (1)
4 Cedar Waxwing -- (1)
1 Blue-winged Warbler -- (1)
9 Common Yellowthroat -- (1)
18 Yellow Warbler -- (1)
1 Yellow-breasted Chat -- (1)
10 Eastern Towhee -- (1)
4 Field Sparrow -- (1)
10 Song Sparrow -- (1)
2 Swamp Sparrow -- (1)
7 Northern Cardinal -- (1)
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak -- (1)
25 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1)
3 Baltimore Oriole -- (1)
4 American Goldfinch -- (1)

This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.​

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County 5/27
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 10:43:57 -0400
Attached is my birding report from the bluffs for this morning. There were a 
lot of waxwings and had I stayed along the lake my total would have exceeded 
1,000. Except for the breeding warblers, most of the migrants were females. 
Of note was a late horned grebe. 


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, US-OH
May 27, 2015 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.3 mile(s)
Comments: Covered the Bluffs Trail west of Lane Road and also walked to the 
south end of the property west of Lane Road. 


Most of the migrant warblers were along the woods along the north and west 
sides of the trail. There were quite a few female warblers today. 

87 species

Canada Goose 11
Mallard 1
Horned Grebe 1 One molting bird still showing mainly winter plumage with a 
little bit of reddish on the neck. 

Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 34
Bald Eagle 3
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Ring-billed Gull 32
Herring Gull 9
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 6
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 3
Willow Flycatcher 14
Least Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Eastern Kingbird 12
Warbling Vireo 8
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 58
Purple Martin 14
Tree Swallow 12
Bank Swallow 420
Barn Swallow 16
Black-capped Chickadee 1
House Wren 4
Marsh Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Veery 8
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 9
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 22
Gray Catbird 61
Brown Thrasher 3
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 875
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 14
American Redstart 18
Magnolia Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 128
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 4
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 6
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 2
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 29
Swamp Sparrow 6
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 22
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 4
Bobolink 2
Red-winged Blackbird 38
Eastern Meadowlark 3
Common Grackle 27
Brown-headed Cowbird 14
Orchard Oriole 8
Baltimore Oriole 7
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 22

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

John Pogacnik                                     
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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, C;lark Road 5/26
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 11:06:53 -0400
I also birded the Clark Road area south of the parking lot. The area is brushy 
and wet with no trails. The Wilson's snipe may be breeding. A blue-winged 
warbler, mourning warbler, chat, and alder flycatcher were also observed. 


Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, US-OH
May 26, 2015 9:45 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Walked into the area south of the Clark Road parking lot. There are 
no trails in this area. 

76 species

Wood Duck 3
Mallard 2
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Wilson's Snipe 2
American Woodcock 1
Ring-billed Gull 16
Herring Gull 2
Mourning Dove 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 7
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 12
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Alder Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 7
Least Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 7
White-eyed Vireo 2
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 6
Bank Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 4
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 23
Brown Thrasher 2
European Starling 11
Cedar Waxwing 48
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 8
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 29
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 2
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 10
Swamp Sparrow 9
Northern Cardinal 19
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Indigo Bunting 3
Red-winged Blackbird 21
Common Grackle 16
Brown-headed Cowbird 15
Orchard Oriole 4
Baltimore Oriole 3
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3

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

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, Lane Road, 5/26
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 11:04:03 -0400
This is the list for the Lake Erie Bluffs Lane Road area. It was a little slow 
with just a few warblers singing.  The woods south of the southwest corner of 
the trail had a few birds. The only birds of note were mourning warbler, 4 
alder flycatchers, and a chat that was only observed. 


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, US-OH
May 26, 2015 6:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Walked the Bluffs Trail off Lane and into the woods south of the 
trail 

79 species

Canada Goose 3
Mallard 1
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 31
Herring Gull 14
Mourning Dove 3
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 12
Least Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 9
Warbling Vireo 8
Red-eyed Vireo 11
Blue Jay 19
American Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 58
Purple Martin 3
Tree Swallow 5
Bank Swallow 380
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 5
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Veery 4
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 7
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 58
Brown Thrasher 3
Cedar Waxwing 289
Ovenbird 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Mourning Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 19
American Redstart 17
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 131
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 3
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 27
Swamp Sparrow 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 18
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5
Indigo Bunting 4
Red-winged Blackbird 22
Common Grackle 27
Brown-headed Cowbird 12
Orchard Oriole 8
Baltimore Oriole 11
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 19

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Subject: New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 06:35:15 -0400
​

Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Clark County

Wittenberg University Campus

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Wittenberg+University+Campus



Hardin County

Hardin County Airport (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Hardin+County+Airport

Otterbein Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Otterbein+Cemetery

Saulisberry Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Saulisberry+Park



Huron County

Bellevue Reservoir No. 3

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Bellevue+Reservoir+No.+3



Lucas County

Amolsch Ditch  AT  Lallendorff Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Amolsch+Ditch+Lallendorff+Road



Portage County

Tannery Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Tannery+Park



Trumbull County

Andy Dorick Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Andy+Dorick+Park

Shenango Wildlife Area--OH-88 Access

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shenango+Wildlife+Area+OH-88+Access


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Darke Co. N. Shoveler at Woods Road
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 23:09:56 -0400
Woods Road is a short connector Road between Zumbrink Road and Brock-Cosmos
Road just west of and between Ansonia and Rossburg.

Woods Road Wetland, Darke, US-OH
May 25, 2015 1:30 PM - 1:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
16 species

Mute Swan  1
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  24
Northern Shoveler  2     A pair swimming in the wetland together
Turkey Vulture  7
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  45, also a dunlin with the sandpipers.
American Crow  1
Horned Lark  3
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  8
American Robin  5
Song Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Eastern Meadowlark  1

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs 5/25
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 21:26:35 -0400
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, US-OH
May 25, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.6 mile(s)
Comments: Birded the Bluffs trail west of lane Road and also went down to the 
southern end of the property. 

89 species

Canada Goose 9
Mallard 3
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 12
Bald Eagle 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Ring-billed Gull 34
Herring Gull 12
Mourning Dove 3
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Alder Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 14
Least Flycatcher 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 6
Eastern Kingbird 12
Warbling Vireo 9
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 14
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 65
Purple Martin 8
Tree Swallow 12
Bank Swallow 420
Barn Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
House Wren 4
Marsh Wren 1 at the south end of the property
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Veery 7
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 22
Gray Catbird 75
Brown Thrasher 6
European Starling 19
Cedar Waxwing 760
Ovenbird 3
Northern Waterthrush 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Connecticut Warbler 1 Female observed in low brush. Complete eyering and short 
tail. 

Mourning Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 16
American Redstart 24
Magnolia Warbler 5
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 145 Numerous singing and flying bird in the fields to the north 
and south 

Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Blackpoll Warbler 8
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 4
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Grasshopper Sparrow 2 Two singing in large meadow just south of the property
Song Sparrow 19
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 18
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6
Indigo Bunting 3
Bobolink 3
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 18
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
Orchard Oriole 9
Baltimore Oriole 12
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 11

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs 5/25
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 21:22:45 -0400
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, US-OHMay 25, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:15 
AMProtocol: Traveling3.6 mile(s)Comments: Birded the Bluffs trail west of lane 
Road and also went down to the southern end of the property.89 speciesCanada 
Goose 9Mallard 3Double-crested Cormorant 6Great Blue Heron 2Green Heron 1Turkey 
Vulture 12Bald Eagle 3Red-tailed Hawk 1Killdeer 1Spotted Sandpiper 2Ring-billed 
Gull 34Herring Gull 12Mourning Dove 3Black-billed Cuckoo 1Chimney Swift 
6Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3Belted Kingfisher 1Red-bellied Woodpecker 4Downy 
Woodpecker 3Hairy Woodpecker 1Northern Flicker 4Eastern Wood-Pewee 
7Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2Alder Flycatcher 4Willow Flycatcher 14Least 
Flycatcher 3Great Crested Flycatcher 6Eastern Kingbird 12Warbling Vireo 
9Philadelphia Vireo 1Red-eyed Vireo 14Blue Jay 5American Crow 4Northern 
Rough-winged Swallow 65Purple Martin 8Tree Swallow 12Bank Swallow 420Barn 
Swallow 7Black-capped Chickadee 2Tufted Titmouse 1House Wren 4Marsh Wren 1 at 
the south end of the propertyCarolina Wren 2Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1Veery 
7Gray-cheeked Thrush 1Swainson's Thrush 3Wood Thrush 5American Robin 22Gray 
Catbird 75Brown Thrasher 6European Starling 19Cedar Waxwing 760Ovenbird 
3Northern Waterthrush 1Tennessee Warbler 1Connecticut Warbler 1 Female observed 
in low brush. Complete eyering and short tail.Mourning Warbler 2Common 
Yellowthroat 16American Redstart 24Magnolia Warbler 5Blackburnian Warbler 
1Yellow Warbler 145 Numerous singing and flying bird in the fields to the north 
and southChestnut-sided Warbler 4Blackpoll Warbler 8Black-throated Blue Warbler 
1Canada Warbler 1Wilson's Warbler 2Eastern Towhee 4Chipping Sparrow 2Field 
Sparrow 1Savannah Sparrow 2Grasshopper Sparrow 2 Two singing in large meadow 
just south of the propertySong Sparrow 19Lincoln's Sparrow 1Swamp Sparrow 
3Scarlet Tanager 1Northern Cardinal 18Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6Indigo Bunting 
3Bobolink 3Red-winged Blackbird 25Eastern Meadowlark 1Common Grackle 
18Brown-headed Cowbird 11Orchard Oriole 9Baltimore Oriole 12Purple Finch 
1American Goldfinch 11View this checklist online at 
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Subject: Bike N' Bird 2015 Cuyahoga County
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 15:17:04 -0400
I did 31 miles on the bike out and back on the Rocky River Metro Park Drive 
this morning. 

Area covered was from the Interpretive Center to  Edgerton  Rd.

Highlights included two Blue Wing, a Yellow-throated and Hooded Warblers plus 
numerous American Redstarts. Also present were ten plus each Acadian 
Flycatchers and E. Wood Pewees plus Great Crested and Willow FC's, Wood 
Thrushes, Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 


See you on the trails,
Chris Pierce

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Subject: Wayne County - Killbuck Marsh, Shreve Lake, Wilderness Rd.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 10:36:33 -0400
I spent all of yesterday morning birding three areas in Wayne County. In
all areas, migrant songbirds were virtually absent, but breeders were
singing well. I started out at 7am walking *Messner Rd* through the marsh
in the Killbuck WA. Four prothonotary warblers were singing loudly and seen
well. A cooperative marsh wren showed himself singing right along the road.
Four red-headed woodpeckers were seen, as were four green herons. Willow
and great crested flycatchers were common. I had 29 species in the first
hour.

Next I walked through *Wright Marsh* in the Killbuck WA. An E. meadowlark
was singing in the first field, as were several swamp sparrows in fields
further in. A green heron was perched high in a dead snag. Willow
flycatchers were singing everywhere, as were some great crested and wood
peewees. Yellow warblers and common yellowthroats were abundant, but no
other warblers were heard. Again, a marsh wren was very cooperative,
singing in the open near the trail. The only waterfowl were Canada geese
and a few mallards and coots. I recorded 36 species in an hour.

I then went to *Shreve Lake*, which is now mostly drained and has a lot of
shorebird habitat. There was a one flock of shorebirds wheeling around in
the sky that settled down within reasonable scope distance. It was a mixed
flock of about 50 or so birds with about 20 dunlin, about a dozen each of
semipalm plovers and least sandpipers, and 4-6 white-rumped sandpipers.
Fortunately, at least two of those were preening, showing their white rumps
nicely. Other than a few great blue herons, that was all that was there.

Moving over to *Wilderness Rd* near Funk Bottoms, I found that the peat
pits there were pretty well filled up with water now, leaving very limited
shorebird habitat. The only shorebird I found were two spotted sandpipers.
I did see one immature bald eagle and four sandhill cranes at the far end,
but that was all of interest.

For the morning, I had 57 species on my list and it was a joy to be afield
on such a nice morning. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: UPLAND SANDPIPERS - Greene County
From: Jacob Roalef <jroalef AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 09:39:00 -0400
This morning at about 8:20 Dan Enders, along with Chris Collins, spotted 2 
UPLAND SANDPIPERS drop in to Huffman Prairie Flying Field in left third of the 
big field opposite the parking lot and along the fence line and the far edge of 
the shorter stuff. They flew back towards runways and scope is likely needed to 
relocate. On pic, red spot is the area. 


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Subject: Re: Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees
From: Katrina Heinzen <katrina.heinzen AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 09:36:26 -0400
Thanks, Sameer, but this song was much faster than a chipping sparrow's
song and waaay faster than a junco which would have been a more likely
suspect in this deep hemlock ravine habitat.  I appreciate you took the
time to write, though.
Katrina

On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 7:33 PM, Sameer Apte  wrote:

> Katrina,
> Check out Chipping Sparrow calls. Some of them can sound remarkably
> similar to Worm-eating Warblers.
> Good birding,
> Sameer Apte
>
> On 24 May 2015 at 14:39, Katrina Heinzen 
> wrote:
>
>> Haans,
>> So glad you posted this because I was in North Chagrin Reservation (a
>> Cleve. Metropark) just off the the main branch of the Chagrin River, about
>> seven miles directly west (and a tad bit south) from Holden.  I was
>> running
>> along a steep gorge of a side tributary when I heard what sounded like a
>> worm-eating warbler, too.  I had just listened to a recording of its call
>> in the last week, otherwise it would have been a total mystery to me.  I
>> still thought it couldn't possibly be one... until I read of your find.
>> It
>> was close to noon when I heard it.  Maybe the same bird?
>>
>> Katrina Heinzen
>> Cleveland Heights
>>
>> On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM, Haans Petruschke 
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > On our Holden BBS survey hike this morning, Frank Buck and I found a
>> > Worm-eating Warbler.  The bird was heard in appropriate full canopy
>> > habitat, with leafy slopes, and responded to a recording but was never
>> seen
>> > given the density of the forest in this area.
>> >
>> > Other highlights included Cerulean Warbler and 3 distinct Louisiana
>> > Waterthrush territories along the East Branch of the Chagrin
>> >
>> > Haans
>> > ~41°36'N, 81°20'W
>> >
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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/25
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:47:39 -0400
There is a female Connecticut warbler at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County. The 
bird was seen at 8:40 at the west end if the Bluffs Trail that's off Lane Road. 
It was about 50' south of rhe bench that is under some sumac. It was in am area 
of dense grape and honeysuckle. Three alders, mourning warbler and at least 6 
blackpoll warblers. Lot of waxwings moving through. 


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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher - Blendon
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 08:27:28 -0400
Bruce Simpson has asked me to post that last evening at 6:30 there was an 
Olive-sided Flycatcher at the west blind by Thoreau Pond. It was at the top of 
an older. Blendon Woods Metro Park is in the northeast corner of Columbus. 


Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Zaleski State Forest 05/24
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 07:22:31 -0400
I had a pretty good day driving around the forest near Lake Hope.

Highlights included 16 warbler species including Yellow Throated, Worm
Eating, Ovenbird, Cerulean, Louisiana Waterthrush,
Kentucky, Blue-wing, Prairie, N. Parula, Hooded and Yellow-breasted
Chats, many in multiple locations. In addition, songs from Wood Thrushes,
Scarlet Tanagers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Vireos, (Red-eyed,
White-eyed and Yellow-throated) filled the air as I did the tour.

Chris Pierce
N. Olmsted, OH

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Subject: urbanScioto,Columbus,5-24: few migrants
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 07:14:20 -0400
I stopped at several isolated parks along the Scioto River in Columbus 
yesterday, finding lots of resident birds, but few migrants. I visited Scioto 
Audubon, Berliner, Long St. Dam, and Sullivant Trace and found lots of singing 
birds. The woods at Berliner and Sullivant Trace proved the best for catching 
and holding the few migrants that I found. The list included: 


Green Herons - 2 at both Scioto and Berliner was more than is usually along 
this stretch of river 

Osprey - the nest is active in the old impound lot at Scioto; also had an adult 
fishing at Long St. Dam 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 was calling from near the viewing pier near the Grange 
Audubon Center in Scioto Audubon 

Flycatchers - lots of Pewees, Acadians, and Gr.Cresteds at nearly every stop. 
Willows were at Scioto, Berliner, & Sullivant 

Swallows - the expected quartet (Tree,Rough-w,Barn,&Cliff), with Cliff swallow 
colonies on both the I-70 and I-670 bridges 

Vireos - plenty of Warbling & Red-eyed. Also had a singing White-eyed in 
Berliner. 

Thrushes - very few, with 2 Woods and 1 Swainson's, all in the deep woods of 
Berliner 

Mimids - Catbirds were abundant, but Mockingbirds were also on their 
territories at Scioto Audubon 


Warblers - Yellows & Yellow-throated were widespread residents, but also had 2 
Prothonotaries at Scioto and another 2 at Berliner. The only migrants were 
Chesnut-sided (Berliner), Blackpoll (Berliner), Magnolia (Sullivant Tr.), and 
Redstarts (several locations, 2 at Sullivant Tr.) 


Buntings&Grosbeaks - Indigo Buntings were widespread, but there were no 
Grosbeaks, Blue or Rose-br. 

Icterids - Baltimore Orioles were widespread, and Scioto had 2 singing male 
Orchard orioles 


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Subject: Re: Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees
From: Sameer Apte <sameerapte1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 19:33:07 -0400
Katrina,
Check out Chipping Sparrow calls. Some of them can sound remarkably similar
to Worm-eating Warblers.
Good birding,
Sameer Apte

On 24 May 2015 at 14:39, Katrina Heinzen  wrote:

> Haans,
> So glad you posted this because I was in North Chagrin Reservation (a
> Cleve. Metropark) just off the the main branch of the Chagrin River, about
> seven miles directly west (and a tad bit south) from Holden.  I was running
> along a steep gorge of a side tributary when I heard what sounded like a
> worm-eating warbler, too.  I had just listened to a recording of its call
> in the last week, otherwise it would have been a total mystery to me.  I
> still thought it couldn't possibly be one... until I read of your find.  It
> was close to noon when I heard it.  Maybe the same bird?
>
> Katrina Heinzen
> Cleveland Heights
>
> On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM, Haans Petruschke 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > On our Holden BBS survey hike this morning, Frank Buck and I found a
> > Worm-eating Warbler.  The bird was heard in appropriate full canopy
> > habitat, with leafy slopes, and responded to a recording but was never
> seen
> > given the density of the forest in this area.
> >
> > Other highlights included Cerulean Warbler and 3 distinct Louisiana
> > Waterthrush territories along the East Branch of the Chagrin
> >
> > Haans
> > ~41°36'N, 81°20'W
> >
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Subject: 2 White-faced Ibises - Western Holmes County, OH
From: Michele Skolmutch <mjskol AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 16:51:01 -0400
Had a pleasant surprise while birding in western Holmes County today,
5/24/2015. Found 2 White-faced Ibises in a partially drained pond on the
corner of CR 22 and TR 464 in Washington, Twp. Was able to capture a few
good pictures before they flew off.

Also, our Prairie Warbler is back and singing up a storm in the backyard.

Michele Skolmutch
Western Holmes County, OH

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Subject: Re: Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees
From: Katrina Heinzen <katrina.heinzen AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 14:39:40 -0400
Haans,
So glad you posted this because I was in North Chagrin Reservation (a
Cleve. Metropark) just off the the main branch of the Chagrin River, about
seven miles directly west (and a tad bit south) from Holden.  I was running
along a steep gorge of a side tributary when I heard what sounded like a
worm-eating warbler, too.  I had just listened to a recording of its call
in the last week, otherwise it would have been a total mystery to me.  I
still thought it couldn't possibly be one... until I read of your find.  It
was close to noon when I heard it.  Maybe the same bird?

Katrina Heinzen
Cleveland Heights

On Sun, May 24, 2015 at 10:00 AM, Haans Petruschke 
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> On our Holden BBS survey hike this morning, Frank Buck and I found a
> Worm-eating Warbler.  The bird was heard in appropriate full canopy
> habitat, with leafy slopes, and responded to a recording but was never seen
> given the density of the forest in this area.
>
> Other highlights included Cerulean Warbler and 3 distinct Louisiana
> Waterthrush territories along the East Branch of the Chagrin
>
> Haans
> ~41°36'N, 81°20'W
>
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Subject: Worm-eating Warbler north of 41 degrees
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:00:21 -0400
Hi,

On our Holden BBS survey hike this morning, Frank Buck and I found a
Worm-eating Warbler.  The bird was heard in appropriate full canopy
habitat, with leafy slopes, and responded to a recording but was never seen
given the density of the forest in this area.

Other highlights included Cerulean Warbler and 3 distinct Louisiana
Waterthrush territories along the East Branch of the Chagrin

Haans
~41°36'N, 81°20'W

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Subject: PrairieOaks,5-23: orioles,migrants
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 21:06:54 -0400
The Columbus Audubon trip to Darby Creek focused on the traps around Prairie 
Oaks MetroPark, spending lots of time at Darby Bend lakes and Sycamore Plains 
forest trail. The result was a list strong on unusual residents, with some 
added spice of migrant landbirds and even some shorebirds. Notables included: 


Cormorants - small groups of 1-4 were flying around & over Darby bend Lakes 
continuously 

Osprey - at least 1 was flying over Darby bend Lakes
Shorebirds - aside from the resident Kildeer and Spotted Sandpipers, we also 
found a Dunlin (in beautiful Spring plumage) and a Least Sandpiper. 


Woodpeckers - no Red-headed, but most of the others, including Pileated at 
Sycamore Plains 

Flycatchers - Pewees, Willows, and Gr.Crested were common. We also had several 
Acadians in the forest at Sycamore Plains, and an Olive-sided on a snag at 
Darby Bend Lakes. 


Vireos - loads of Warbling at Darby Bend Lakes, while Sycamore Plains had 1 
Yellow-throated, 1 White-eyed, and 3-4 Red-eyed. 

Swallows - Tree, Rough-winged, and Barns were widespread. A few Cliffs seem to 
be nest-building on the Beach Rd bridge. 

Thrushes - a Wood was singing at Sycamore Plains, but Swainson's were almost 
absent (except 1 at the north Canoe launch) 

Mimids - Catbirds were common, but we also had Brown Thrashers at Darby Bend 
lakes 

Warblers - resident Yellows and Yellowthroats were common; we also had resident 
Yellow-throated & Parulas at Sycamore Plains. Migrants included Blackpolls (2 
at DBL), Blackburnians (2 at Sycamore Plains), Redstarts, Wilson's, and 
Mourning (1 singing at Sycamore Plains) 


Sparrows - nothing other than the expected Songs, Chipping, and Fields at 
Prairie Oaks. A singing Vesper was at Heritage Trail on the way home. The open 
fields here are one of their last strongholds in Franklin County. 


Buntings & Grosbeaks - Indigo Buntings were widespread, but no grosbeaks were 
found 

Icterids - Meadowlarks were calling at both Darby Bend Lakes and Sycamore 
Plains. Both sites also had Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, though they were 
more common at Darby Bend Lakes. We had males of both species in the same small 
tree there (being harassed by a territorial Yellow Warbler, no less!). 


Birds weren't the only stars. We had great looks at Map Turtles and swimming 
Banded Water Snakes at Darby Bend Lakes, and also had calling Cricket Frogs and 
Green frogs. 


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Subject: Hoover Reservoir, Delaware County
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 00:03:33 +0000
 Today Shaune Skinner launched the HMS Hoover. Joining us were Christopher 
Torna and an OSU graduate assistant, my apologies to her as I didn't write her 
name down. It was a delightful day to be on the water at Hoover Reservoir with 
sunshine and reasonable temperatures. The only drawback, but not a totally bad 
one was the bass tournament on Hoover. They were not a problem in the water, 
but rather at the boat launch trying to find a place to park. Once we launched 
things were pleasant. 

My top goal was to monitor for Prothonotary Warbler activity. We covered a few 
select areas and tallied 40 Prothonotaries. Some were very cooperative a put on 
private shows for us. The population at Hoover seems to be doing well this year 
as I have located pairs at every section I have covered. 

Life is more than Prothonotary Warblers. I try to convince myself of this 
daily. We had numerous other nice sightings. Some were: 

Herons - There were Great Blue Herons constantly flying over us, the young at 
the rookery are hungry; 5 Green Herons. 

Osprey - The pairs on platforms 1 and 2 in Galena are on the nest; a new nest 
in under construction north on Little Walnut Creek; and 2 other adults were 
seen flying over, neither associated with the aforementioned. It appears we 
likely have 4 active nests. 

Bald Eagles - The pair on the east shore have two fast growing young; A 
different adult was found on Big Walnut Creek; and what appears o be aa 3rd 
year juvenile did a fly over. 

Shorebirds - Spotted Sandpipers were the sole representative of the group.
Gulls and Terns - The majority were Ring-billed Gulls enjoying the Area M 
boardwalk in the absence of people; also on the boardwalk were 6 Herring Gulls; 
and a non-breeding Franklin Gull. The latter took a loon look and research to 
make a call. After all aspects were considered, coupled with the Franklins 
reported at Alum Creek, this call seemed reasonable. 

Woodpeckers - All Ohio species except sapsuckers were present. The highlight 
here were the 8 Red-headed Woodpeckers. 

Flycatchers- Pewee, Acadian, Phoebe, Great Crested and Eastern Kingbirds.
Vireos - White-eyed, Yellow-throated, Warbling and Red-eyed.
Swallows and Martins - Purple Martins, Tree Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Barn 
Swallow and Cliff Swallows. The Cliff Swallow population in Galena is doing 
very well. 

Warblers - Of course the Prothonotaries, plus Yellow, Yellow-throated, Northern 
Parula and Louisiana Waterthrush. 

Baltimore Orioles and the other common species.
Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: Conneaut Harbor 5/23
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 17:33:20 -0400
I was at Conneaut Harbor this morning from around 10:00-12:30.  When I got
there I only saw a couple common terns.  While I was there the number
swelled to about 70.  When I left a lot had taken off and there were about
30 left.  I saw no other tern but common terns.  There were a lot of terns
coming and going so it's probably a good idea to check them all out.



There were a few shorebirds moving through the area.  A few hung around a
little bit, but most stopped briefly if at all.  The highlight was 14
whimbrels that passed directly overhead.  They never even slowed down and
quickly disappeared heading west.  Also of note was a single white-rumped
sandpiper.  Shorebirds found were:



Black-bellied plover 1

Killdeer   2

Semipalmated plover   4

Whimbrel   14

Sanderling   4

Semipalmated sandpiper   31

Least sandpiper   4

White-rumped sandpiper   1

Peep spp.   70+

Dunlin   38



Other birds of note were:



Great black-backed gull  6,

Bonaparte's gull   2,

American pipit   6



John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Prairie Falcon - Whitehouse
From: Matt Anderson <Matt_Anderson AT ANDERSONSINC.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 21:43:15 +0000
Just over an hour ago, a Prairie falcon passed over our Whiteouse yard twice. A 
few additional details are at Rarebird.org. Hard to figure this one. 


This is the second record for the Toledo area.


Matt Anderson
Whitehouse OH

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Subject: White pelicans, East Harbor State Park, 5/22
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 04:51:32 -0400
There 10 American white pelicans on Middle Harbor at East Harbor State Park 
(430pm) They are easily visible from the causeway to the beach. Middle Harbor 
is low so there was quite a bit mud showing. Despite that, I saw only 1 lesser 
yellowlegs, a short-billed dowtcher, and a couple dunlin. 


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Subject: Observations on Franklin's Gulls at Alum Creek, 05/21/15 (long)
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 15:52:18 -0400
Heard about another Franklin's Gull at Alum Creek Resevoir from Alex Eberts
while viewing the Willet at Deer Creek SP.  The gull had been seen the
previous evening at about 8:15 pm.  Since I was at least halfway to
Columbus, I decided to try for it.  Arrived at Alum Creek Beach at about
7:30 pm and observed a dark mantled, hooded small gull with head tucked
resting on the beach in a flock of Ring-billed Gulls.  This bird stayed
until Jeremy Dominguez and Sarah Lucas as well as Leslie Sours and Alex
Eberts arrived. At about 8:15 pm or later, another Franklin's Gull (FRGU)
arrived.

Some identification points.  The FRGUs had small, short, black/reddish
bills with little droop or downward curvature unlike the bill of Laughing
Gulls (LAGUs) which have longer bills with noticeable downward curvature.
In general, to my eye, for FRGU, the bill extension from the head is equal
to or maybe slightly longer than the distance from the bill base to the
back of the eye.  LAGU bill is noticeably longer than the the distance from
bill base to back of the LAGU's eye.  This is a general impression (jizz)
without using specific points on the bill base to make this comparison of
distances.

The legs of these FRGUs are relatively short and shorter than the longer
legs of LAGUs.  The legs of these FRGUs were blackish/reddish, not
completely either.

In flight, these FRGUs were short winged with more rounded wing tips than
LAGUs which are relatively long-winged with pointed wing tips.

When standing or roosting on the beach, these FRGUs appeared small and
compact but LAGUs would appear more slender and elongated thus larger.

The white eye arcs on the FRGUs were thick and appeared connected in the
back and wide apart in front of the eyes unlike for LAGUs which have
thinner white eye arcs, which are usually (but not always) unconnected in
the back of eye and usually equidistant apart in front of and behind the
eye.

The tail of the first FRGU was studied closely with scope views from behind
as the bird roosted on the beach and was gray on the upper surface with
white outer edges and a white fringe on the end.  This gray tail is
maintained in adult FRGU (at least the tail center).  I did not observe a
white rump versus the gray tail for FRGU in flight.  LAGU in comparable
plumage has white tail and rump.

Neither FRGU had fully developed white between the black primaries and gray
mantle on the upper surface of the wings as in adult FRGU.  While in
flight, it was difficult to see white between the black primaries and gray
mantle for these FRGUs.  Before I left at about 9:00 pm, Leslie Sours
showed me a flight photo which showed an isolated (in white) black spot on
primary 5 or 6 (not an exact count).  This black spot is isolated by white
on the primary tip and the white between this primary and gray mantle.  If
I recall correctly, Leslie's  photo shows white tipped black primaries
without white between the outer three or four primaries (10,9,8 and maybe
7) and the gray mantle.  As stated previously by Kenn Kaufman on FB, this
indicates 2nd winter plumage.  My only reference showing this plumage is
Olson and Larson, "Gulls of North America, Europe and Asia," plate 74, page
514.

The second FRGU showed pink blush on the breast.

These FRGUs appear to be in molt to adult plumage.

Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me last night.

Thanks for listening.
Jay

Jay G Lehman Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Fwd: Fw: eBird Report - Sebring-Warner Rd-electric power station, May 22, 2015
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 13:54:28 -0400
Wilson's Phalarope

Sebring-Warner Rd-electric power station, Darke, US-OH
May 22, 2015 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Stationary
15 species

Mallard  3
Semipalmated Plover  3
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
Wilson's Phalarope  1
Horned Lark  2
House Wren  1
American Robin  5
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Field Sparrow  0
Song Sparrow  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23578350

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

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Subject: Fish Crow CLNP
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 11:03:57 -0400
Fish Crow calling and messing around near the entrance to Cleveland lakefront 
nature preserve 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: American White Pelicans at East Harbor State Park
From: Reggy Hadi <000001163286a6c4-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 16:28:18 -0400
At 3:40 today, there were 10 American White Pelicans in East Harbor State 
Park's Middle Harbor. 



Sheryl Young

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Subject: Willet Still at Deer Creek as of 4:00 pm
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 16:07:31 -0400
Arrived at about 3:00 pm.  Met Alex Eberts at the beach photographing the
Willet--a very nice bird indeed!  A Bald Eagle put the bird up and it
looked like it was going to leave but it returned.  It flew once more
possibly due to an Osprey but returned again.  Also a Ruddy Turnstone,
Spotted Sandpipers and two Semipalmated Sandpipers.  Hope it stays for
those chasing.
Jay

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Subject: volunteer opportunity to further bird conservation
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:31:55 -0400
Now that it's getting into the quieter summer birding season, I am hoping
some of you Shaker Lakes birders and area residents could support
conservation in a unique way.  2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the
Nature Center of Shaker Lakes (NCSL), an Audubon-designated Important
Birding Area.  Celebrating 50 years of conservation in the Heights involves
archiving and digitizing NCSL history.  The Nature Center came to be out of
the grassroots anti-freeway movement of the 1960s.  Without  active area
citizens, the site of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, one of the last
area green spaces, would have been the Interchange of two unbuilt
 freeways: I-290 and the Lee Freeway.  If you would like to be part of the
exciting preservation and perpetuation of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
story, please volunteer to help archive and digitize our records.  No prior
archiving or related experience is required.


Please contact Jessica Brand, NCSL volunteer coordinator,  at  216.321.5935
x 237, or at brand AT shakerlakes.org.  An application and background check
are required.  Please reply to me at this email address, or contact Jessica
if you have any questions.


--Laura Peskin

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Subject: Willet
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 07:50:34 -0700
Jason Simonis just called with news of a Willet on the beach at Deer Creek
along with a Ruddy Turnstone.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Portage escarpment birding incl. Heights area
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 13:49:04 -0400
People on the edge if the escarpment like around Euclid/ cwru who were
lucky enough to be in hi-rises w/ good views of tree tops had phenomenal
2015 warbler viewing.

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Subject: Birding Software
From: Hayward Chappell <hayward.chappell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 11:28:36 -0400
I have a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (Android)- I am considering either:

Sibley's Guide (I have the book)

or

iBirdPro (I also have Samsung phone, but it is older model and apparantly
can't run iBirdpro)

Is any one familiar with both who can make a recommendation?

Thank you-

Hayward Chappell

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Hayward Chappell
766 Private Rd. 3952
Willow Wood, OH 45696

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 08:04:12 -0400
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Belmont County

Slope Creek Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Slope+Creek+Reservoir



Cuyahoga County

Brecksville Reservation--Oak Grove, Plateau, My Mountain


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Brecksville+Reservation+Oak+Grove+Plateau+My+Mountain 


Cleveland Public Library Eastman Garden

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cleveland+Public+Library+Eastman+Garden



Franklin County

Jefferson Community Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Jefferson+Community+Park



Greene County

Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Huffman+Prairie+State+Natural+Landmark



Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park--Lily Pond

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park+Lily+Pond



Ottawa County

Lakeshore Drive Waterfront

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lakeshore+Drive+Waterfront



Sandusky County

Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area--Pump House Wetland


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Pickerel+Creek+Wildlife+Area+Pump+House+Wetland 


Sandusky River  AT  West Hurdic Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Sandusky+River+West+Hurdic+Road

Wolf Creek Park--Sandusky Scenic River Access

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Wolf+Creek+Park+Sandusky+Scenic+River+Access 


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: chimney swifts and midge hatch
From: Dan Best <bestdan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 22:48:22 -0400
As I was approaching downtown Cleveland on I-90 today, at the interbelt curve 
near Burke Lakefront Airport, I noticed a large number of chimney swifts in the 
air at mid-afternoon. 


Later, as I sat visiting my Dad in Avon Lake, I could see to the north, out the 
family room picture window, numerous swifts in the sky. Just outside of the 
window, a number of midges (locally known as "muckleheads" or "muffleheads") 
were hovering. I would say that that explains the swift swarming. The midge 
hatch is on! 


Dan Best

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Subject: Re: bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 22:34:47 -0400
Regarding predictions for the Magee Marsh area of NW Ohio, Ryan Jacob has
just posted a new prediction in the BSBO birding pages blog, at this link:
 
http://cranecreekbirding.blogspot.com/2015/05/migration-forecast-may-19-22.html 


 


This latest prediction only goes up through Friday, the 22nd. During this
time, persistent northerly winds and cooler temperatures are likely to
reduce the number of migrants arriving in the region, and probably allow
for a buildup of migrants somewhere to the south of us. When the winds
shift to southerly again, with higher temperatures, we should see another
big arrival. Based on current weather forecasts, it looks like the next
really big day would be either Sunday May 24 or perhaps a better shot for
Monday May 25.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH



On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 5:04 PM, Elaine & Marty Cohen 
wrote:

> any suggestions for a preferred date in the coming weekend to see warblers
> and others at Magee?  we went May 7-8 and couldn't get up there again from
> Akron until this time period.   thanks!
>
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Subject: Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 21:25:37 -0400
:-D I had over 139 species for Lucas County this month, and 154 species for
this migration period.  I was at Magee and Metzger marshes for about 5-6
times, and Oak Openings twice.

My observations are as follows.

Everything from the first wave was delayed about one to two weeks due to
the weather systems in late April/early May.

The second wave was close to on time, but it was mixed with the first
wave.

The third wave (female warblers and Flycatchers) is here now.

What is down in my observation is the amount of mayflies...once it does
warm up, the amount will be unbearable on the lake I have a feeling.

The weather did have a major factor in numbers and people seeing what
birds, the week had better diversity and numbers, then a system would come
through blowing everything to Canada just in time for the Big Sit...which
we had an above average 98, but no where near the record 112...would have
had 100 if the Whip-por-will and Pelicans had behaved. :-D

Anyhew, that is my observations.

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J
On May 19, 2015 8:46 PM, "Sameer Apte"  wrote:

> Deb,
> I am currently doing a daily migrant census of the Shaker Lakes area for my
> high school senior project and have noticed the same trend. While I have
> recorded over 110 species in the area in the month of May alone and every
> single "expected" warbler species but Blue-winged and Connecticut, I have
> experienced remarkably low numbers this year and not a single "fallout" day
> (my highest day count is 60 species). I know that Julie West and Gary
> Neuman, who run the banding station at Shaker Lakes, have said the same
> thing about the migration. There simply is not much species richness on a
> certain given day, and not a whole lot of migration flux through the region
> on top of the Portage Escarpment. There seems to be much more movement on
> the Lake Plains, the Grand River valley, and the Cuyahoga valley.
> Looking at Victor Fazio's numbers from his 1979 census (available on
> eBird), his fallout days of 90, 74, and 69 species occurred on stormy/rainy
> mornings with a strong south wind (following one exception 5/12/1979 in
> which wind shifted to the north after a long spell of S wind, knocking
> migrants down). Please correct me if I am wrong, but the best conditions
> for fallouts on the Portage Escarpment in spring occur with the following
> conditions.
> 1) a strong south wind (>10mph) to blow the birds over the escarpment and
> not down into the valleys
> 2) a storm quite late at night to knock the birds down pre-lake.
> From my observations so far, I have observed that while we have had several
> nights of consistent, significantly strong South winds, there has not been
> a storm or wind change to knock them down to sites like the Shaker Lakes or
> Dike 14 and they shoot straight over to Canada. On the days on which there
> is a wind change, the S wind has not been strong enough to sustain a
> movement over the escarpment and they fly down the Grand and Cuyahoga
> valleys to sites such as Lake Erie Bluffs or Wendy Park.
> Hopefully, such conditions will manifest someday this spring, and we will
> be treated to a fallout in the Heights.
> Good birding,
> Sameer Apte
>
> On 19 May 2015 at 17:23, Deb  wrote:
>
> > It's tough for those of us who have less flexibility in our schedules. I
> > have to block out birding time weeks in advance and it rarely lines up
> with
> > good weather and bird movement.
> >
> > I made two trips to Magee and Metzger~an even 100 miles door to door~and
> > thankfully both were good days. Dike 14 was marginal and now that it's
> > warmer, the ticks there are problematic. I live near Shaker Lakes and
> that
> > hasn't been great in recent years either. The best local birding I had
> was
> > at Lakeview Cemetery, and the day that there was a Swainson's thrush,
> > black-throated blue and Magnolia in my yard.
> >
> > It distresses me that other folks are seeing this decline as well. I hope
> > it's just that we're unlucky, rather than the more ominous possibilities.
> >
> > Deborah Smith
> > Cleveland Heights
> >
> >
> > > On May 19, 2015, at 12:15, Linda McConnell <
> > lindameyermcconnell AT GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > >
> > > I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to
> > home
> > > - all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
> > > disappointing. I thought it was me.
> > >
> > > On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin <
> thenaturegurl AT gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad
> > am
> > >> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has
> been
> > >> magee.  Like cake there.  Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
> > >> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands.  Weather related I think.
> > Also
> > >> early foliage this year.  Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
> > >>
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Subject: Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
From: Sameer Apte <sameerapte1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:46:34 -0400
Deb,
I am currently doing a daily migrant census of the Shaker Lakes area for my
high school senior project and have noticed the same trend. While I have
recorded over 110 species in the area in the month of May alone and every
single "expected" warbler species but Blue-winged and Connecticut, I have
experienced remarkably low numbers this year and not a single "fallout" day
(my highest day count is 60 species). I know that Julie West and Gary
Neuman, who run the banding station at Shaker Lakes, have said the same
thing about the migration. There simply is not much species richness on a
certain given day, and not a whole lot of migration flux through the region
on top of the Portage Escarpment. There seems to be much more movement on
the Lake Plains, the Grand River valley, and the Cuyahoga valley.
Looking at Victor Fazio's numbers from his 1979 census (available on
eBird), his fallout days of 90, 74, and 69 species occurred on stormy/rainy
mornings with a strong south wind (following one exception 5/12/1979 in
which wind shifted to the north after a long spell of S wind, knocking
migrants down). Please correct me if I am wrong, but the best conditions
for fallouts on the Portage Escarpment in spring occur with the following
conditions.
1) a strong south wind (>10mph) to blow the birds over the escarpment and
not down into the valleys
2) a storm quite late at night to knock the birds down pre-lake.
From my observations so far, I have observed that while we have had several
nights of consistent, significantly strong South winds, there has not been
a storm or wind change to knock them down to sites like the Shaker Lakes or
Dike 14 and they shoot straight over to Canada. On the days on which there
is a wind change, the S wind has not been strong enough to sustain a
movement over the escarpment and they fly down the Grand and Cuyahoga
valleys to sites such as Lake Erie Bluffs or Wendy Park.
Hopefully, such conditions will manifest someday this spring, and we will
be treated to a fallout in the Heights.
Good birding,
Sameer Apte

On 19 May 2015 at 17:23, Deb  wrote:

> It's tough for those of us who have less flexibility in our schedules. I
> have to block out birding time weeks in advance and it rarely lines up with
> good weather and bird movement.
>
> I made two trips to Magee and Metzger~an even 100 miles door to door~and
> thankfully both were good days. Dike 14 was marginal and now that it's
> warmer, the ticks there are problematic. I live near Shaker Lakes and that
> hasn't been great in recent years either. The best local birding I had was
> at Lakeview Cemetery, and the day that there was a Swainson's thrush,
> black-throated blue and Magnolia in my yard.
>
> It distresses me that other folks are seeing this decline as well. I hope
> it's just that we're unlucky, rather than the more ominous possibilities.
>
> Deborah Smith
> Cleveland Heights
>
>
> > On May 19, 2015, at 12:15, Linda McConnell <
> lindameyermcconnell AT GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to
> home
> > - all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
> > disappointing. I thought it was me.
> >
> > On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin 
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad
> am
> >> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
> >> magee.  Like cake there.  Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
> >> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands.  Weather related I think.
> Also
> >> early foliage this year.  Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
> >>
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Subject: Magee Marsh East Beach
From: mary warren <windbird AT BEX.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:29:32 -0400
Some of you have asked questions about the East Beach at Magee Marsh 
.....................here is the official clarification from Bob Ford from the 
Division of Wildlife. 

Hope this clears up any confusion and if you have further questions you can 
direct them to Bob. 


Mary Warren

Mary,

 The area the individual is speaking about is the narrow wooded area between 
the beach and the lakefront dike. As you know, the beach trail is actually the 
beach, which has always been open and will continue to be. The wooded area has 
always been off limits. This is not a change. When observed, folks are asked to 
vacate the wooded area and stay on the actual beach. This happens every year. 
Also the lake front dike was opened to foot traffic, which allows for 
additional viewing opportunities. Visitors need to understand that like any 
other property, there are areas where they cannot access. Ottawa Refuge had the 
same issues this year along the estuary trail. A perfect example is the 
boardwalk. Prior to the boardwalk, folks walked at ground level. This became an 
issue and the boardwalk now functions as a tool to keep traffic to a specific 
area preventing a “free for all”. Without areas of restricted access, 
habitat for the birds that everyone comes to see will be damaged, which is 
counter-productive. Management of the area must first focus on the habitat and 
needs of the species that utilize it. The recreation (wildlife viewing) aspect 
is a benefit of that management. 




Bob Ford

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Wildlife District Two

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Subject: Remarkable Male Surf Scoter Day #4
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 19:52:18 -0400
At 6:50PM today, Tuesday, for at least the fourth day in a row, the male Surf 
Scoter was present in the company of a group of Lesser Scaup and a probable 
female Greater Scaup, at the same exact location, just offshore in Lake Erie on 
SR163, just west of downtown Port Clinton in Ottawa County. They are east of 
The Moose Club and opposite The Clinton Reef Club as was stated in previous 
posts. Of interest twelve miles to the west, today, at Turtle Creek Marina And 
Campground, there are still at least about a dozen Pine Siskins at campers 
feeders. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio 
            
            
                                          
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Subject: Babies Everywhere!
From: Dillon Nott <dnott621 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 14:24:58 -0700
Literally all over my and my neighbors yards, there are many starling,
grackle and Robin babies hopping around.
Also saw a odd Flycatcher,
Looked just like a Phoebe,
But as big as a Goldfinch
Thoughts?

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Subject: Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
From: Deb <dsfromnj AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 17:23:35 -0400
It's tough for those of us who have less flexibility in our schedules. I have 
to block out birding time weeks in advance and it rarely lines up with good 
weather and bird movement. 


I made two trips to Magee and Metzger~an even 100 miles door to door~and 
thankfully both were good days. Dike 14 was marginal and now that it's warmer, 
the ticks there are problematic. I live near Shaker Lakes and that hasn't been 
great in recent years either. The best local birding I had was at Lakeview 
Cemetery, and the day that there was a Swainson's thrush, black-throated blue 
and Magnolia in my yard. 


It distresses me that other folks are seeing this decline as well. I hope it's 
just that we're unlucky, rather than the more ominous possibilities. 


Deborah Smith
Cleveland Heights


> On May 19, 2015, at 12:15, Linda McConnell  
wrote: 

> 
> I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to home
> - all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
> disappointing. I thought it was me.
> 
> On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin 
> wrote:
> 
>> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad am
>> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
>> magee.  Like cake there.  Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
>> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands.  Weather related I think.  Also
>> early foliage this year.  Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
>> 
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Subject: bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 17:04:15 -0400
any suggestions for a preferred date in the coming weekend to see warblers
and others at Magee?  we went May 7-8 and couldn't get up there again from
Akron until this time period.   thanks!

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Subject: Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
From: Linda McConnell <lindameyermcconnell AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 12:15:46 -0400
I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to home
- all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
disappointing. I thought it was me.

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin 
wrote:

> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad am
> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
> magee.  Like cake there.  Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands.  Weather related I think.  Also
> early foliage this year.  Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
>
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Subject: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 11:31:27 -0400
Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad am
weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
magee.  Like cake there.  Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands.  Weather related I think.  Also
early foliage this year.  Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.

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Subject: Glaucous Gull, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/19
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:27:48 -0400
A 2nd/3rd year Glaucous flew over at the Lake Erie Bluffs around 7:20, heading 
west. If you're in the Fairport Harbor area, keep your head up. Quite a few 
gulls moving overhead. 




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Subject: Surf Scoter Day #3 / Port Clinton
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:46:17 -0400
Today, Monday, is at least the third day the male Surf Scoter has been present 
in the company of a group of Lesser Scaup, just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, 
just west of downtown Port Clinton in Ottawa County. They are east of The Moose 
Club and opposite The Clinton Reef Club as was stated in the previous posts. It 
was brought to my attention this afternoon that one of the females could 
possibly be a Greater Scaup. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio 
            
                                          
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Subject: Pickerel Creek WA / Sandusky County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:37:12 -0400
Pickerel Creek WA provided enough entertainment today, Monday, that we birded 
there from 2:45PM to 5:15PM. The weather was pleasant and breezy, with a few 
ticks for excitement. The area northeast of the pump-house and parking lot off 
of highway US6 was super productive. A wonderful variety of birds were present. 
Some of our highlights were a male Wilson's Phalarope(best seen from the back 
left corner looking east), a Snowy Egret in breeding plumage (bright red facial 
skin), 274+ Caspian Terns, two not one Peregrine Falcons, Black-bellied 
Plovers, Dunlins, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, 
a single Common Tern, and a male Orchard Oriole, just to name a few. A scope is 
necessary. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane along with birding friend Carol 
                                          
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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 18:28:08 -0400
Mourning warbler (Nature center area)
Olive sided flycatcher
low numbers of warblers today

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Worthington
From: Paul McSweeny <pmcsweeny AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 17:47:31 -0400
There were two BBWDs still at the pond behind 1840 Snouffer Road in
Worthington as of 5:15PM.

Paul McSweeny


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Subject: Whimbrels Logan County
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 16:10:13 -0400
This just in from Troy Shively: at least 16 whimbrels are huddled at
Indian Lake SP beach--not on the sand but on a structure to the left
when you park your bike. 16 is an estimate, and more could drop in.........
Bill Whan

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road Area 5/18
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:33:29 -0400
Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, US-OH
May 18, 2015 6:45 AM - 7:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
The area covered was south of Clark Road in the extreme northeast corner of the 
property. Hopes were to get a closer look at the Brewer's Blackbirds. 

31 species

Killdeer 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 3
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 8
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 6
American Pipit 1 Feeding in plowed field
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 9
Wilson's Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brewer's Blackbird 1 Three birds, a male and two females were observed feeding 
in a plowed field. The females were grayish with some slight green glossing to 
the back. They both had dark eyes. The male was iridescent with a greenish 
gloss to the back. Eyes on the male were pale. Similar in size and shape to 
rusty blackbird, except with a longer tail. The dark eyed females were 
diagnostic. I have seen numerous Brewer's blackbirds. 

Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 4

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, Lane Road 5/18
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:30:34 -0400
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, US-OH
May 18, 2015 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments: Covered the Bluffs Trail at Lane Road and checked areas to the west 
and south. There was a good flight of cedar waxwings with over 400 counted. 
They were all headed to the west. Most of the warblers were along the woods to 
the south and west of the Bluffs Trail. 

103 species

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 2
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
American Woodcock 4
Ring-billed Gull 93
Herring Gull 22
Caspian Tern 1
Common Tern 27
Mourning Dove 4
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Great Horned Owl 2 Adult and juvenile
Chimney Swift 14
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Breeds on site
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 17
Least Flycatcher 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 9
Eastern Kingbird 6
Warbling Vireo 11
Red-eyed Vireo 23
Blue Jay 86
American Crow 9
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 60
Purple Martin 3
Tree Swallow 21
Bank Swallow 440
Barn Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1 May be nesting
House Wren 5
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Veery 9
Gray-cheeked Thrush 3
Swainson's Thrush 23
Wood Thrush 8
American Robin 31
Gray Catbird 74
Brown Thrasher 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 46
Cedar Waxwing 416
Ovenbird 3
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 2
Mourning Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 27
American Redstart 31
Cape May Warbler 1
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 16
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 145
Chestnut-sided Warbler 7
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 3
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 36
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 8
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 35
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 12
Indigo Bunting 3
Red-winged Blackbird 66
Common Grackle 25
Brown-headed Cowbird 28
Orchard Oriole 8
Baltimore Oriole 13
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 19

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler in Greene County Ohio
From: Stefan Minnig <stefanminnig AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 13:46:21 -0400
I first spotted this bird incidentally on Friday at Spring Lakes Park in Greene 
County, Ohio. I took photos; one is at: 
http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/135632-connecticut-warbler-confirm/. 
I apologize that you need to have an account to see the actual bird, but you 
can read the commentary, confirming the species at the very least. 

Today I went back and played the call with no success, however, after 
backtracking the trail in the direction to the vehicle, I heard it calling for 
several minutesaround 12:45pmclose to the trail. I didn't get a visual, but I 
did get an auditory recording. 

To best explain its location, walk from the parking lot towards the ponds. 
About two-thirds though the first pond, a trail will lead off to the left, down 
along the creek. Follow that pathsorry, it gets a little muddyuntil the path 
makes a hard right. About 20 feet after making the right turn, there is a 
grassy meadow on the inside of the trail. This is where I spotted the bird 
initially. I heard the bird today on the outside of the trail, same location. 

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Subject: RFI: Kirtland's Warbler at Highbanks
From: Kathi Hutton <KRHuttonDVM AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:56:08 -0400
Any updates on this bird on Monday May 18 appreciated. On my way south from 
Magee 


Kathi Hutton
in transit. 

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Subject: Columbus BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 11:56:27 -0400
Franklin County: 2 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported earlier by Lael 
Weyenberg. I dropped by and confirmed the sighting, with pictures on Facebook 
and eBird. Ms. Weyenberg said that it's alright for birders to come by. The 
address is 1840 Snouffer Rd, Worthington, OH 43085. Park in the driveway and 
follow the flagstone path around the left side of the garage until you see the 
pond. The birds have been in the water and around the bank. Practice good 
birding ethics if you go see these birds! 


Photo: 
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Subject: Re: Indigo Bunting question
From: Helena Uber-Wamble <helena.uberwamble AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 07:54:15 -0500
I had black oil and a millet mix. I always fill the feeders with the seed
and then scatter a scoop full on the ground. Two weeks ago I had 12 indigo
at the feeders mostly on the ground.  I live in Alabama but lived in Ohio
until a few years ago
On May 18, 2015 7:32 AM, "Rompre, Ghislain" 
wrote:

> Hi Dillon,
>
> Indigo Buntings like several kinds of seeds. Among the favorite, I would
> say Black Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, Nijer seed, some red millet,
> maybe a little white millet.
>
> The question is to get the feeder at the right place, where you have the
> Indigo Buntings not too far. And of course, not too many competition; I
> think they are a little shy at the feeders, and will not come to it if
> there's House Sparrows, Cowbirds, Grackles, etc.
>
> I hope that helps
>
> Ghislain
>
> On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 8:38 AM, Dillon Nott  wrote:
>
> > How do you attract Indigo Buntings to your feeders? Cornell doesn't
> reall=
> y
> > answer the question, but I always like to get personal info from people.
> =
> We
> > have them all over are yard, at least 8 this morning.
> > Type of Feeder?
> > Seed?
> > Water?
> >
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Subject: Re: Indigo Bunting question
From: "Rompre, Ghislain" <ghislain.rompre AT SCOTTS.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 08:31:51 -0400
Hi Dillon,

Indigo Buntings like several kinds of seeds. Among the favorite, I would
say Black Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, Nijer seed, some red millet,
maybe a little white millet.

The question is to get the feeder at the right place, where you have the
Indigo Buntings not too far. And of course, not too many competition; I
think they are a little shy at the feeders, and will not come to it if
there's House Sparrows, Cowbirds, Grackles, etc.

I hope that helps

Ghislain

On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 8:38 AM, Dillon Nott  wrote:

> How do you attract Indigo Buntings to your feeders? Cornell doesn't really
> answer the question, but I always like to get personal info from people. We
> have them all over are yard, at least 8 this morning.
> Type of Feeder?
> Seed?
> Water?
>
> Thanks
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Subject: No More East Beach On OHIO-BIRDS LISTSERV
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 07:58:13 -0400
I ask everyone! No more posts to this listserv regarding The East Beach issue! 
I totally agree with what Jen has said. The previous post she referred to was 
totally off track. A completely different issue. The intent of my message about 
East Beach was more about making people aware of the situation, than to create 
a forum for venting one's thoughts. I apologize for opening this can of worms. 
It needs to be addressed with The Ohio Division Of Wildlife in a professional 
manner. Before ending this issue on OHIO-BIRDS, I do believe this well written 
excerpt, one of many to me personally, from a Michigan birder who usually 
attends The Magee event for three or four days, somewhat tells the impact of 
what an incident like this can do to attendance and what feelings can be when 
comparing with other birding venues. THE END. 

 
Bob Lane 
 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

 
Hi Bob
 
I too am very disappointed with the closure of the east beach bushes... in
fact, I was heading to Magee today until I read about that, and decided to
go elsewhere instead. I think the ODOW is not necessarily the most birder
friendly DOW in the US.. 
For Spring Migration around here, in my opinion, the other side of the lake
offers a lot (Pelee area) and they handle birders in a much more friendly
way at Point Pelee, going way out of their way to provide posted seasonal
(season = bird migration) trails through habitat like Magee East Beach..
there's tons more room to bird in general.. and they have a great
information board and huge map showing the past 2-days sightings all at the
visitor centre by the main parking lot, near the tip. I'll be heading back
there in the next few days!

Great to see you both again, and looking forward to seeing you next year..
but not too sure how much time I will be spending around Magee during next
year's big week..
 
Best wishes and safe travels


                                          
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Subject: Humility and Shorebirds (Not a sighting report)
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 07:38:14 -0400
This is not a sighting, so if you don’t want to read a little narrative about 
learning to identify birds, then you can delete this message and move on with 
your busy life! ;) 


I formally began birding in February of 2013. Since that time, I have seen (or 
heard) a remarkable 280 species of birds in the state of Ohio. Much of that 
list happened while standing next to excellent birders and friends who have 
taken the time to point out a bird to me. Nothing illustrates the difference it 
makes to be standing next to an experienced birder more than sorting through 
shorebirds, at least that is the case in my mind. Gull IDs also feel similar in 
difficulty due to their wide range of plumage developments across multiple 
years, let alone breeding and basic plumage differences. 


I have high expectations for myself, at least in certain realms of my life. 
Birding is one area that I have thrown myself into with a sincere effort to 
develop skills that will help me to find and correctly identify the birds I see 
in the field when I am alone and do not have someone there to validate or 
challenge my ID. The truth is that my expectations are too high for where I am 
in my development. 


It’s good to set a high bar for yourself. It keeps you growing as long as you 
are able to stop and smell the roses from time to time, or perhaps a more 
appropriate metaphor for this endeavor would be to stop and admire the Northern 
Cardinal. But having high expectations can also set you up for establishing 
self-standards that are unrealistic and can begin to erode the enthusiasm that 
is experienced when everything is new. Whenever I find that I am feeling 
frustrated or even angry while birding I know that I am trying too hard and 
need to slow down. 


I experienced a few of those moments over the past weekend. I’ll spare 
everyone the details of how those frustrations played out on Friday in NW Ohio 
in the interest of keeping this a bit more brief, but suffice it to say that if 
you are going to Oak Openings for the first time, consider going with a group 
or an individual who knows the park….it is OVERWHELMING! 


Yesterday I was birding around Wayne County as I tried to jump past the lines 
of rain that were slowly moving east in NE Ohio. One of my stops was at Shreve 
Lake, which is drawn down and holding great habitat for shorebirds. I was 
looking through some peeps and Semi-palmated Plover when I saw a Dowitcher. As 
I studied the bird through my scope I was initially sure it must be a 
Short-billed Dowitcher due to time of year and a sighting the previous day. 
However, the longer I looked at the bird the more my mind wanted to turn it 
into a Long-billed Dowitcher. I was convincing myself that the rufous color was 
rich enough and was far up under the rump of the bird. I was sure that the 
scapulars were darker and that I was seeing barring along the flanks, rather 
than spotting. I was sure... 


I was sure wrong.

One of the running jokes with my birding buddies Kent Miller and Ben Morrison 
is that I am effectively in my “sophomore” year as a learning birder. I 
also often act a bit sophomoric, too, but I am not sure my puns even rise to 
that level. The fact is that had I not met these two guys, who I am now honored 
to call friends, I would still be a long way from even being a sophomore in my 
educational trajectory. I am not even certain that I qualify for being a 
sophomore, but that is that high bar emerging again. 


Separating out Dowitchers is Graduate School level birding. I need to remember 
that. Sparrows are hard. Gulls are hard. Birding is hard. Shorebirds are REALLY 
hard. 


If you are new to this like I am, then remember to take a daily dose of 
humility when birding. I bird with folks who have been doing this for all of 
their lives. I have some inkling for how they must feel when they see/hear me 
making a mistake when I see/hear someone who is totally new to this in a group 
with me. We live in an information age and that has created a big surge in 
sightings that are shared, chased, and listed by birders (like myself) who are 
otherwise unlikely to find or successfully ID these birds on their own. Part of 
me loves that so many opportunities exist for us as new birders, but part of me 
also wishes for a slower pace of learning in which studying each bird and 
learning the important structural features is the way that it is done. I do not 
do nostalgia and I cannot turn back the clock so that I learn these things as a 
much younger man (I am about to turn 48), so being mindful and humble will have 
to do. 


Happy birding to one and all...


Jon Cefus
Cuyahoga Falls  
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Subject: Re: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 07:24:57 -0400
Greetings - this conversation is at a tipping point where it could --- if fed 
with emotion and tone- lead down a very very volcanic path, very quickly. 
Particularly as it was suggested to "ban" certain enthusiasts. Such things lead 
to very impassioned and dicey conversation-territory on listserves, 
particularly when involving an enormous number Ohio's very diverse birding 
community. 


 Both ODNR and the Biggest Week in American Birding festival organizers would 
be surely willing to receive input, comments, questions, concerns, suggestions 
and opinions-- perhaps best composed in emails or phone calls. 


Best of birding--- another great night of migration and arrival of gems to find 
today 


JB
CLE, OH


On May 18, 2015, at 7:11 AM, "Terry Voss" 
<000001c6144368f8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote: 


> Can we petition ODNR regarding the East Beach area; and I wholeheartedly 
agree with points made on banning playbacks, laser pointers, and controlling 
the photographers with oversized telephotos and tripods. What about banning the 
photographers at all times EXCEPT give them the entire boardwalk (ban the 
birders) from noon to 2 pm on Tues. Thurs. and Sat??? 

> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from Windows Mail
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> From: robert lane
> Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎May‎ ‎17‎, ‎2015 ‎6‎:‎43‎ ‎PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> A short time ago at 5:30PM, Sunday, the brilliantly plumaged male Surf Scoter 
reported yesterday, was at basically the same location, still in the company of 
some Lesser Scaup. Just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown 
Port Clinton in Ottawa County. It is east of The Moose Club and opposite The 
Clinton Reef Club. The thought part of my post was what the main topic of 
conversation was today at the boardwalk. After all these years!!! What 
reasoning did The Ohio Division Of Wildlife have for making The East Beach 
traditional Kirtland's Warbler sighting area off limits. Great timing! During 
"The Biggest Week In American Birding", and at the peak arrival time of the 
Kirtland's. For myself and many others, The East Beach Area has been our place 
to get away, when things got crazy at the boardwalk. This should pretty much 
end Kirtland's Warbler and Black-throated Gray Warbler sightings at Magee 
Marsh. Remember, the beach by The Estuary Trail is part of Ottawa National 
Wildlife Refuge 

> 
> Bob Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio 
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Subject: Brewer's Blackbird, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/18
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 19:18:45 -0400
There were three Brewer's blackbirds just east of Lake Erie Bluffs on Clark 
Road in Lake County. There was a male and two females. They were in a plowed 
field along Clark Road on the south side of the road about a quarter mile east 
of the Clark Road parking lot. 


Also of note is a singing cerulean warbler near the gas well near the end of 
Lane Road. Also a couple alder flycatchers. 


John Pogacnik


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Subject: Re: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts
From: Terry Voss <000001c6144368f8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 10:50:14 +0000
Can we petition ODNR regarding the East Beach area; and I wholeheartedly agree 
with points made on banning playbacks, laser pointers, and controlling the 
photographers with oversized telephotos and tripods. What about banning the 
photographers at all times EXCEPT give them the entire boardwalk (ban the 
birders) from noon to 2 pm on Tues. Thurs. and Sat??? 







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From: robert lane
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A short time ago at 5:30PM, Sunday, the brilliantly plumaged male Surf Scoter 
reported yesterday, was at basically the same location, still in the company of 
some Lesser Scaup. Just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown 
Port Clinton in Ottawa County. It is east of The Moose Club and opposite The 
Clinton Reef Club. The thought part of my post was what the main topic of 
conversation was today at the boardwalk. After all these years!!! What 
reasoning did The Ohio Division Of Wildlife have for making The East Beach 
traditional Kirtland's Warbler sighting area off limits. Great timing! During 
"The Biggest Week In American Birding", and at the peak arrival time of the 
Kirtland's. For myself and many others, The East Beach Area has been our place 
to get away, when things got crazy at the boardwalk. This should pretty much 
end Kirtland's Warbler and Black-throated Gray Warbler sightings at Magee 
Marsh. Remember, the beach by The Estuary Trail is part of Ottawa National 
Wildlife Refuge 

 
Bob Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio 
            
                                          
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Subject: RFI lifers
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 23:51:36 -0400
Big island was decent today with 55 sp. Black Tern still hangs on...as well
as about a dozen Lesser Scaup...methinks the don't want to go any further.
:-D

I'm going for 306 and 7+ tomorrow...I am heading to Oak Openings for the
Lark Sparrows.  Any good spots to look for/photograph them?  Also needing
an Alder Flycatcher and Upland Sandpiper.  Is the Upland still at Stange?
Any good Alder haunts between Oak Openings and Magee?...and yes, I'm STILL
trying to get an Orange-crowned. :-D. ...

Thanks in advance.

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Subject: Side Cut Park
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 22:10:28 -0400
Today I visited Side Cut park on the Maumee River and saw:

1 Song Sparrow, heard a LOT.
1 Snowy Egret on river bank in a tree
1 Yellow Warbler in thicket/trees on other side of the road

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Subject: Kirtland's Warbler
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 15:57:05 -0700
The warbler is currently being seen at Highbanks Metro Park in north
Columbus.

Doreene Linze

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Subject: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 18:43:19 -0400
A short time ago at 5:30PM, Sunday, the brilliantly plumaged male Surf Scoter 
reported yesterday, was at basically the same location, still in the company of 
some Lesser Scaup. Just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown 
Port Clinton in Ottawa County. It is east of The Moose Club and opposite The 
Clinton Reef Club. The thought part of my post was what the main topic of 
conversation was today at the boardwalk. After all these years!!! What 
reasoning did The Ohio Division Of Wildlife have for making The East Beach 
traditional Kirtland's Warbler sighting area off limits. Great timing! During 
"The Biggest Week In American Birding", and at the peak arrival time of the 
Kirtland's. For myself and many others, The East Beach Area has been our place 
to get away, when things got crazy at the boardwalk. This should pretty much 
end Kirtland's Warbler and Black-throated Gray Warbler sightings at Magee 
Marsh. Remember, the beach by The Estuary Trail is part of Ottawa National 
Wildlife Refuge 

 
Bob Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio 
            
                                          
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Subject: Columbus kirtland
From: Eric Elvert <elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 18:38:39 -0400
Bird still present same location as of 6pm
Bird On!!!


Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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