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Retzs Helmet-shrike,©Tony Disley

25 Feb Summit Co Merlin, Woodcock, Bufflehead ["Coy, Patrick G." ]
25 Feb Sandhills Cranes [Annette ]
25 Feb FOY TVs, Chardon [Marilyn E Rohr ]
25 Feb Groveport-to-PickPonds,2-25:TreeSwallow,waterfowl [rob thorn ]
25 Feb Eurasian Wigeon [John-C-Seiler ]
25 Feb Erie County highlights - California Gull [jen brumfield ]
24 Feb Woodcocks - Dublin [Paul McSweeny ]
24 Feb Woodcocks - Lewis Rd Riding Area - Berea Oh [Chris Pierce ]
24 Feb Re: Bird Checklists [Tracy the Birder ]
24 Feb Bird Checklists [Bill Whan ]
24 Feb Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/24 [John Pogacnik ]
23 Feb Merlin, Greenlawn Cemetery, Summit Co. [Kathy Mock ]
23 Feb Darke Co. Pectorals [Regina Schieltz ]
23 Feb Rocky Fork Metro Park [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
23 Feb Field sparrow - Muskingum County [Robert Evans ]
23 Feb Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/23 [John Pogacnik ]
23 Feb Summit Co Woodcocks [Brian ]
23 Feb Geauga woodcocks [Britt Townsend ]
22 Feb Darke Co. vultures [Regina Schieltz ]
23 Feb Stow Silver Springs Park, 22 Feb late afternoon [Ken Thompson ]
22 Feb Woodcock- Cuyahoga County [Betsy MacMillan ]
22 Feb New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller ]
22 Feb LTDU Tuscarawas Co. - Atwood Lake [Jon Cefus ]
22 Feb Delaware State Park & Wildlife Area-Waterfowl Songbirds [Bruce Simpson ]
22 Feb Woodcocks [ ]
21 Feb Gahanna,2-20,21:Vultures,SandhillCranes [rob thorn ]
21 Feb MERLIN, Summit Co. (2 sightings in 4 days) [Kathy Mock ]
21 Feb Sims Park Euclid 2/21/17 Three Long-tailed Ducks [ ]
21 Feb Ross's and Snow Geese and other migrants, Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/21 [John Pogacnik ]
21 Feb Delaware State Park-Pine Warbler [Bruce Simpson ]
21 Feb Woodcock - Vinton County [Ben Crow ]
20 Feb westDublin,2-20:Phoebe,waterfowl [rob thorn ]
20 Feb Campephilus principalis [Bill Whan ]
20 Feb American white pelican [Linda Woolard ]
19 Feb SlateRun,1-19:waterfowl,blackbirds [rob thorn ]
19 Feb sparrow singing, nuthatch caching.. [Susanna ]
19 Feb Western Tanager [2nd ]
19 Feb Re: Eurasia Wigeon Tuscarawas County [2nd ]
19 Feb Eurasian wigeon at Funk on Rt 95, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
19 Feb BlacklickWoods,2-18:blackbirds,woodpeckers,Red-br.Nuthatch [rob thorn ]
19 Feb Sims Park, Villa Angela/Wildwood Cleveland 2/18 Sapsuckers/Pintails [ ]
18 Feb Battelle-Darby,2-18:kildeer,blackbirds [rob thorn ]
18 Feb Migrant push on lakefront [jen brumfield ]
18 Feb 41 Turkey Vultures Brecksville -Cuyahoga County. [Betsy MacMillan ]
18 Feb Cleveland region Birds of note [jen brumfield ]
17 Feb Amateur Photo Contest - Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland [Matthew Valenic ]
17 Feb Re: Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland [Patty McKelvey ]
17 Feb Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
17 Feb Re: Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland [Deb ]
17 Feb Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland [Haans Petruschke ]
17 Feb Winter records [Bill Whan ]
17 Feb turkey vulture - geauga co. [inga schmidt ]
16 Feb Eastern Bluebirds [Karen Martens ]
16 Feb Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.) [Craig Holt ]
16 Feb Eurasia Wigeon Tuscarawas County [kent miller ]
16 Feb Re: Redwings [Jo Ann Kubicki ]
16 Feb Re: Summit Cy. Red-wings [Patty McKelvey ]
15 Feb Summit Cy. Red-wings [Jim Tomko ]
15 Feb Re: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates [Karyn Delaney ]
16 Feb Clinton County red-headed woodpecker [Ed & Linda Roush ]
15 Feb Re: Redwings [Lisa Brohl ]
15 Feb Redwings [Dan Best ]
15 Feb Summit County birding day [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
15 Feb "Early" Muskingum killdeer [Robert Evans ]
15 Feb Northern Shrike [Vincent Capozziello ]
15 Feb Horned Larks in Seven Hills in Cuyahoga County [Ken Andrews ]
14 Feb Re: Veery no- Hermit Thrush- yes Cuyahoga County [Sameer Apte ]
14 Feb Veery no- Hermit Thrush- yes Cuyahoga County [Betsy MacMillan ]
14 Feb Veery- Cuyahoga County [Betsy MacMillan ]
14 Feb More on EuCo doves [Bill Whan ]
14 Feb Re: More on Eurasian collared doves [Steve Jones ]
13 Feb Eurasian Collared-Dove history [Kenn Kaufman ]
14 Feb Re: More on Eurasian collared doves ["Barrett,Robert P" ]
13 Feb California Gull Edgewater Park [jen brumfield ]
13 Feb Bluebirds at Lorain County's Wellington Reservation [Helen Ostermiller ]
13 Feb Rocky River Park Surf Scoters . [Chris Pierce ]

Subject: Summit Co Merlin, Woodcock, Bufflehead
From: "Coy, Patrick G." <pcoy AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:09:43 +0000
Early this morning, the Merlin that Kathy Mock found at Greenlawn Cemertery in 
Barberton and posted on this list-serv about on February 21 was present again 
in Section G. The bird was prominently perched at the top of a conifer tree 
with a dead top near the building adjacent to Section G. It flew out of the 
cemetery at 7:35 AM. 


There were 7 Bufflehead on Silver Lake this mornig as well. 

Last night shortly after dusk, Karin Tanquist and I had American Woodcock 
performing their flight display on the Cross-country Trail at Kendall Lake in 
the CVNP. Also had Barred Owl there. 


Patrick Coy 
Peninsula, OH   

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Subject: Sandhills Cranes
From: Annette <waxwing AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:35:59 -0500
We had 2 Sandhill Cranes in the wetland behind our house this morning, seen 
from about 9:20-9:45 a.m. 


Annette Webb
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Summit County

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Subject: FOY TVs, Chardon
From: Marilyn E Rohr <rohrmarilyn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:59:44 -0500
5 turkey vultures are soaring over their traditional roost at Rocky Cellars, 
Chardon. Quite early, but not unexpected, given the weather patterns. The roost 
usually swells to over a dozen for the nesting season. 

They have to chase the crows out in the spring. It gets quite noisy, but the 
TVs prevail. It is apparently a very desirable spot. 


Marilyn Rohr
Chardon, Ohio

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Subject: Groveport-to-PickPonds,2-25:TreeSwallow,waterfowl
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:13:19 -0500
I spent the changeable-weather morning birding south of Columbus, from around 
Groveport east to Pickerington Ponds, starting at Cruiser Pond, and going 
through Blacklick Park and Walnut Woods, before finishing at Pickerington 
Ponds, after which the wind & sleet made birding too much of a trial. Lots of 
early temperate migrants were on the bill, including 


dabblers - flocks of Green-winged Teal and Gadwall were among the regular 
Mallards at Pick Ponds 

divers - 40+ Ring-necked Ducks were diving in the wind-whipped waves of Teal 
Pond at Pick Ponds 

BaldEagle - an adult was cruising over Walnut Woods Tall Pines area
Coots - 60+ were scattered around several areas of Pick Ponds
Killdeer - widespread, though never more than 3 in one spot
Tree Swallow - one was prospecting for nest sites at Cruiser Pond in Groveport 
early 

BrownCreeper - rare so far this winter here, one was singing at Blacklick Park 
in Groveport 

Golden-cr.Kinglet - scarce, but was still able to find one at Walnut Woods 
among the spruce copses 

Tree Sparrows - scarce, but still had a few at Blacklick Park and at Pick Ponds 
(Glacier Ridge feeder) 

Fox Sparrow - 1 was in a scrubby edge at Blacklick Park
White-crowned Sparrows - still 2 hanging around the Wood Duck picnic area 
feeder at Pick Ponds 

Blackbirds - flocks of 30-40 mixed Red-winged Blackbirds & Grackles were at 
several spots in Pick Ponds 


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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon
From: John-C-Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:08:49 -0800
Eurasian Wigeon Sighted On: Feb 25, 2017 8:08:30 AM

Latitude: 40.7512922, Longitude: -82.10712676
Altitude: 946 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.7512922,-82.10712676&ll=40.7512922,-82.10712676 


Address: Plain Township, OH,USA

Wigeon still here. Scope required. With other wigeons on land feeding. Viewable 
from the observation tower. 


By John-C-Seiler

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Subject: Erie County highlights - California Gull
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:47:43 +0000
Dan G and I birded Erie County, starting out early for the morning flight at 
Sherod Park. Highlights were massive movement of blackbirds and crows, 7 
meadowlarks, 70 Horned Larks, 11 Lapland Longspurs, many robins and bluebirds, 
5 Cackling Geese with Canada Goose flock, and 246 Killdeer. 


At the Erie County landfill, an adult basic CALIFORNIA GULL in the midst of 
many hundreds of Herring and Ring-billed, and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 


A small movement of migrant raptors kicked up after 1 pm with several 
Red-shouldered Hawks and a small push of Turkey Vultures. 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Woodcocks - Dublin
From: Paul McSweeny <pmcsweeny AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:42:37 -0500
At least three separate woodcocks were calling and displaying at about 7PM
in the vicinity of Sawmill Rd. and Hard Rd.

Paul McSweeny


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Subject: Woodcocks - Lewis Rd Riding Area - Berea Oh
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:18:34 -0500
At least 4 Woodcocks were calling and flying around the large field on Lewis Rd 
tonight at about 6:30 


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Subject: Re: Bird Checklists
From: Tracy the Birder <winterfell.six AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:21:12 -0500
Many thanks to Bill Whan for his amazing document, The Birds of Central Ohio. 
I'm learning a lot from reading it. I encourage central Ohioans to take a look! 


Tracy the Birder
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Subject: Bird Checklists
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:42:56 -0500
Very few folks make their personal bird lists public, and that makes
sense. Far more valuable to readers are lists of species centered on
locations--data about the birds, not their human observers. Among these
data are seasons of occurrence, habitat preferences, nesting status,
abundance, behavior--answers to questions about when and where birds
might be found, how many are likely to be found, and how they behave.
Some observers will be interested in less immediate information: the
history of almost every species found in a given location is likely to
have changed during the past; red-cockaded woodpeckers used to nest in
downtown Columbus, Cincinnati hosted chuck-will's-widows in February,
geese flights caused the cessation of air travel in Cleveland, Columbus,
and Pittsburgh in the fall of 1969...none of these seems likely to
recur, but something new seems inevitable.
I am acquainted with half a dozen Ohio birders who are working on county
and regional checklists, and I encourage them to publish them.
My own--on the birds of seven counties of central Ohio--is published
only electronically, by the Columbus Audubon Society, at
https://columbusaudubon.org/resources/checklists-and-indexes-coh/. You
don't have to write your own checklist, but please submit interesting
occurrences to publications like the Ohio Cardinal so that your data
will be available in times to come!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/24
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:35:16 +0000
I spent a few hours on the tower watching the migration. Until 8:30 it was 
calm, 39 degrees, and very slow. Around 8:30 the wind picked up out of the 
south and and the birds began pouring through. One of the things I found 
interesting today was the birds migrating east and west. Blackbirds right over 
the lakeshore were heading west. They were either red-winged blackbirds or 
starlings. To the south there were a lot of mixed flocks of blackbirds. There 
were a lot of killdeer moving with 93 counted. The last few days they were 
either singles or a couple here and there. Today there were several flocks with 
the largest 14 birds. Of note was a short-eared owl out over the lake and 4 
white-fronted geese heading east out over the lake. 



Vultures began moving around 9:00. I ended up with 155. They seemed to slow 
down a bit when it started getting very windy. Other hawks counted were 
northern harrier 2, Cooper's hawk- 1, red-tailed- 14, red-shouldered 3, and 
merlin-1. Not bad for February. 



Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, Ohio, US
Feb 24, 2017 7:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Stationary from tower at the Clark Road parking lot. Calm winds and 
39 degree temperature until 8:30. At 8:30 winds switched and by the time I 
left, it was 71 degrees. 

35 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 4 Four birds flew by low over the water heading 
east. Identified by smaller size, speckled bellies and white above the bill. 

Canada Goose  218
Tundra Swan  19
Gadwall  6
Mallard  10
Common Goldeneye  3
Common Merganser  2
Red-breasted Merganser  405
Turkey Vulture 155 Vultures were migrating . First birds were noted by 9:00. 

Northern Harrier  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  14
Killdeer  93     Killdeer were migrating.  The largest flock was 14 birds.
American Woodcock  2
Ring-billed Gull  860
Herring Gull  236
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  8
Short-eared Owl  1     Flying out over the lake.
Downy Woodpecker  1
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  943
Eastern Bluebird  17
American Robin  126
European Starling  455
Red-winged Blackbird  2450
Eastern Meadowlark  11     Meadowlarks were migrating overhead.
Rusty Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  240
Brown-headed Cowbird  96
blackbird sp.  1500
American Goldfinch  2



John Pogacnik

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Subject: Merlin, Greenlawn Cemetery, Summit Co.
From: Kathy Mock <2klmockingbird AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:39:10 -0500
I re-located the Merlin at the cemetery after work today, this time at the top 
of a snag near Section G. 


It was harder for me to find the grave of my grandparents than it was to find 
the Merlin. It was in the same view as their grave, just across one of the 
roadways in a different section. 


My grandparents on Mom’s side both died when she was 6 months pregnant with 
me, so it was very cool to find their grave and then look up and see the Merlin 
perched where it was. 


“This time, it’s personal.”

Kathy Mock
Barberton

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Subject: Darke Co. Pectorals
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:15:26 -0500
Chad Arment found 3 Pectoral Sandpipers on Tues. near Elroy on
Elroy-Ansonia Road west of Ansonia.
Today, I found them in the same prairie pothole.
E, Meadowlarks were also singing in several places.

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Subject: Rocky Fork Metro Park
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:22:45 -0500
A northern harrier was hunting the North meadow area 

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Field sparrow - Muskingum County
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:07:27 -0500
This morning, as we took our walk around the property a little later than
usual (10:30,) I heard my first-of-season field sparrow singing along the
center fencerow at the top of our pasture hill, a high spot along Flint
Ridge.

I'll admit that I haven't been paying much attention to the sparrow, at
least visually. Field sparrows may have been around already, just not
vocal. The singing field sparrow is earlier than usual by a week or two,
not surprising, since it is 64 degrees F.

The unseasonably warm weather has activated plenty of singers: song
sparrows, house finches, cardinals, of course Carolina wrens (who seem to
sing all winter.) Flickers are flickering, and woodpeckers have begun to
drum. Screaming killdeer are frequent overhead.

Plenty of worm castings are in emerging grass and on the soil surface,
indicating a food source, but I have not heard or seen woodcocks here yet.

Our sheep are trying to graze.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/23
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:42:22 +0000
I watched from the tower at the Clark Road side of the Lake Erie Bluffs. This 
50' tower provides 360 degrees of viewing. There were again a lot of geese 
moving today, however they were all Canada geese with 809 birds counted. Some 
were heading north and others were heading east along the she shoreline. I also 
saw 26 swans. Blackbird numbers were a little lower and most were moving well 
inland away from the immediate lakeshore. There were a lot of crows with over 
400 birds counted. Also of note was an adult Iceland gull, an eastern phoebe, 
and 5 American pipits. 



Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, Ohio, US
Feb 23, 2017 7:10 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Stationary on tower. Winds were gusty SW and turned west around 9:30. 

26 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  809
Tundra Swan  26
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  12
Greater/Lesser Scaup  8
Hooded Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  748
Bald Eagle  3
Killdeer  1
Ring-billed Gull  480
Herring Gull  225
Iceland Gull  1     adult
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  7
Merlin  1
American Crow  420
American Robin  115
European Starling  92
American Pipit  5
Cedar Waxwing  4
American Tree Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  11
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  620
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  110
Brown-headed Cowbird  35
blackbird sp.  1400


John Pogacnik

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Subject: Summit Co Woodcocks
From: Brian <brian0918 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:51:49 -0500
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but there has been a lot of
Woodcock activity near dusk at Bath Nature Preserve, with up to 6 being
recorded across the park. When I was there Monday around dusk, I could hear
two interacting at the pond just south of the Ira Rd parking lot, and a
third one was heard farther to the east.

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Subject: Geauga woodcocks
From: Britt Townsend <britt_townsend AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:01:56 -0600
Yikes...heard multiple woodcocks' aerial displays this morning in northern 
Geauga county. Perhaps I could enlist them to help with the ever-filling sap 
buckets... 


Britt
--
C. Britt Townsend
Thompson, Ohio

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Subject: Darke Co. vultures
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:41:17 -0500
Carol Hathaway reported this morning about 11 a.m. 4 Black Vultures with 2
Turkey Vultures in a tree on Rt. 502 just west of Greenville.

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Subject: Stow Silver Springs Park, 22 Feb late afternoon
From: Ken Thompson <000002ec82ee436f-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 02:14:07 +0000
Killdeer flyover, red-wings calling in the cat-tails. (and spring peepers 
calling in the marsh) 


Ken Thompson
Silver Lake, OH

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Subject: Woodcock- Cuyahoga County
From: Betsy MacMillan <betsymac5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:12:38 -0500
Brecksville- Station Road in Cuyahoga Valley NP field by parking lot.
6:31 PM.  Peent calls and display flight twittering.

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:18:08 -0500
​Ohio birders have added several shared bird reporting hotspots to eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/



Lake County

Bruce Yee Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Bruce+Yee+Park

Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Metroparks+Environmental+Learning+Center 




Mahoning County

Bull Creek  AT  Lipply Rd. (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Bull+Creek+Lipply+Road

Poland Municipal Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Poland+Municipal+Forest



Muskingum County

The Wilds--Mt. Zion Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/The+Wilds--Mt+Zion+Cemetery



Portage County

Portage Hike and Bike Trail--Middlebury Road


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Portage+Hike+and+Bike+Trail--Middlebury+Road 




Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio
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Subject: LTDU Tuscarawas Co. - Atwood Lake
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:40:12 -0500
I currently have a Male Long-tailed duck at the Atwood lake dam looking east 
from the boat launch parking lot of SR 212. 


Tuscarawas Co.

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Delaware State Park & Wildlife Area-Waterfowl Songbirds
From: Bruce Simpson <nylebruce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:58:05 -0500
Warblers
  Yellow-rumped
  Pine
Waterfowl
  Redhead
  Ring-necked
  A Wigeon
  Pintail
  Trumpeter Swan
  Green-winged Teal
  Horned & Pied-billed Grebe
  A Black Duck
  Shoveler
  L Scaup
  C Merganser
  Ruddy Duck
A Tree Sparrow
Killdeer
R W Blackbird
G B Heron
Brown Creeper
R T Hawk
Bluebird
Y  B Sapsucker
G C Kinglet
W Wren

Bonus
  Frogs
    Spring Peppers
    Chorus
This is a list of some of the birds seen

Bruce Simpson-Nature Photographer

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Subject: Woodcocks
From: Paul and Kristen Lauer <000001354c5c0c06-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:45:22 +0000
Yesterday evening, in Montgomery County, Butler Township, I heard two 
woodcocks peenting and saw one fly up in his display flight. As my neighbor 
said- "It's a great May we're having this February!" Kristen Lauer 


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Subject: Gahanna,2-20,21:Vultures,SandhillCranes
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:53:32 -0500
The larger early migrants appear to be on the move here along the Big Walnut 
Creek corridor east of Columbus. Yesterday we had several small kettles of 
Turkey Vultures (totaling 10 birds), plus a pair of Black Vultures, soaring 
overhead moving north. Not to be outdone, today Diana looked up and had 8 
Sandhill Cranes flying over late this morning. Keep one eye on the sky these 
next few weeks, especially if you're near a river corridor. 


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Subject: MERLIN, Summit Co. (2 sightings in 4 days)
From: Kathy Mock <2klmockingbird AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:28:21 -0500
On Saturday during the GBBC, a Merlin buzzed my back yard and landed on a post 
on the roof of a high rise on the next block. I got very poor photos with a 
handheld camera. 


I thought that Greenlawn Cemetery on Romig Rd. would be a logical place for it 
to hang out and, sure enough, I found it there at 5:25 pm today on my way home 
from work! The cemetery is about 2-1/2 miles from my house, “as the Merlin 
flies”. 


It was perched on a power line stanchion in Section E. I got a somewhat better 
photo today before it flew, which I’ve attached to my eBird report. I assume 
it will continue at the cemetery for a while… 


Also for my Great Backyard Bird Count Saturday, highlights included 2 
Red-shouldered Hawks and 3 Red-tailed Hawks, one of which was a high fly-over 
of an almost completely leucistic one that appeared to be the same bird that I 
photographed nearby a few years ago. I tallied 27 species over Saturday and 
Sunday. 


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Barberton, OH

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Subject: Sims Park Euclid 2/21/17 Three Long-tailed Ducks
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:36:06 +0000
I was at Sims Park just now from 1:20 to 2:25pm. I had to walk out on the pier 
when I had trouble ID'ing a dark duck which ended up being a female Ring-necked 
Duck.  It is real hazy here and while I was looking at it I noticed a 
Long-tailed Duck and then after awhile I realized there were three in a row 
often diving but moving in a predictable direction and they look like females. 
 Pictures later if they are visible as did not look to see if anything shows 
on camera. 

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Subject: Ross's and Snow Geese and other migrants, Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/21
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:47:13 +0000
There were a lot of birds moving today at Lake Erie Bluffs Park in Lake County. 
Most notable were the number of geese moving. A total of 482 Canada geese were 
observed. There were a couple flocks of 50-60 birds, but most were less than 
20. A total of 113 snow geese were also found and a single Ross's goose. The 
Ross's was with a group of 16 snow geese (all snows). A group of 94 snow geese 
(60% snows and another group of 4, 2 snow and 2 blue. Other birds of note were 
45 tundra swans, 1 lesser black-backed gull, 11 killdeer, 34 song sparrows, and 
26 rusty blackbirds. 


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Feb 21, 2017 7:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Stationary watching the lake from 7:10-8:45.
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose 113 Flocks of 16 all snows, 4 (2 snows and 2 blues) and 94 (60% 
snows) 

Ross's Goose 1 A single Ross's goose was observed with a f;lock of 16 snow 
geese. The size being 2/3 the size of the snow, with a shorter neck and bill in 
direct comparison with the snow geese. 

Canada Goose  482
Tundra Swan  45
Mallard  5
Northern Pintail  1
Redhead  8
Common Goldeneye  3
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  9
Red-breasted Merganser  671
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Killdeer  11
Ring-billed Gull  1340
Herring Gull  475
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1     1st cycle plumage
Great Black-backed Gull  11
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  245
Horned Lark  3
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
American Robin  260
European Starling  146
American Tree Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  34     Numerous birds around, appeared to have just migrated in.
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  2930
Rusty Blackbird  28
Common Grackle  1120
Brown-headed Cowbird  275
blackbird sp.  1100
American Goldfinch  2

John Pogacnik

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Subject: Delaware State Park-Pine Warbler
From: Bruce Simpson <nylebruce AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:00:11 -0500
Pine Warbler Mink Trail-pine grove

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Subject: Woodcock - Vinton County
From: Ben Crow <Ben.Crow AT COMMUNITYBANCSHARES.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:38:44 -0500
Signs of spring! Three (3) Am. Woodcock were heard on the ground and seen in 
the air Monday evening from 6 to 6:45 PM. Also heard one Spring Peeper calling. 


Semper Aves,
Ben Crow

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Subject: westDublin,2-20:Phoebe,waterfowl
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:58:28 -0500
I stopped by several parks along the west margin of Dublin, a NW Columbus 
suburb, looking for early 'migrants'. I stopped at Glacier Ridge Metropark and 
wetlands, along with nearby Trabue Preserve and Darree Fields. The fog kept 
raptors under wraps, but the mild temperatures had lots of other avian 
residents active, including drumming woodpeckers, calling chickadees, and 
singing titmice. More unusual were: 


Waterfowl- Corazon Lake had 60 Redhead, along with a few Ring-necks & 
Canvasback, while the nearby Honda wetland had Mallards, Black Ducks, and a few 
N.Shovelers 


Killdeer - widespread in fields; the Honda wetland had 3-4
woodpeckers - lots of residents; also had a Pileated at the north woods of 
Glacier Ridge 

E.Phoebe - 1 was foraging around the pond at Trabue Preserve
Horned Larks - overflying birds at many different locations
Mockingbird - 1 was stranded out a Darree Fields, a location where they are 
very rare 

Sparrows - surprisingly few, with Song Sparrows the most abundant
Blackbirds - Redwings at many locations; the Honda Wetlands had 8+

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Subject: Campephilus principalis
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:57:33 -0500
Those interested in ivory-billed woodpeckers may want to read an article
with photos announcing a recent sighting at
http://www.heliyon.com/article/e00230/  .
        An excellent treatment of this species in Ohio is in the summer 2006
issue of The Ohio Cardinal by Ben Leese (all issues available at the OOS
site). Later, Ben discovered an obscure reference to a Miami County Ohio
record (at  Hopkins, G. 1804, updated 1862.  "A Mission to the Indians,
from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, to Fort Wayne in
1804, with an appendix compiled in 1862 by Martha E. Tyson").
Bill Whan
Columbus
---somewhere there is a photo of me *carefully* embracing the OSU
Museum's three specimens of IBWP, none of them known to be local.

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Subject: American white pelican
From: Linda Woolard <woolardl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:58:27 -0500
From the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club about noon Sunday, Feb 19, we saw one American 
white pelican flying west to east. It remained close to the southern shore and 
went inland right before the winery. 


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Subject: SlateRun,1-19:waterfowl,blackbirds
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 22:23:56 -0500
A trip to Slate Run MetroPark (northeast Pickaway County) and nearby preserves 
along Walnut Creek (southeast Franklin County) found mild temperatures and some 
early winter 'migrants', including: 


Waterfowl - Slate Run wetlands had a mixed flock of Wigeon, Redhead, and 
Ring-necked Ducks 

Red-shouldered Hawk - an adult was flying over the Slate Run wetlands
Kestrels - widespread, with 3 along Walnut Creek (Bareis & Kelley Preserves) 
along with birds along Winchester Pike and the I-270 outerbelt of Columbus 

Killdeer - singles in many different places
Barred Owl - one was being harassed by flock birds along the Maple Loop at 
Slate Run 

N.Flickers - good #s at several spots suggested a minor movement; slate Run was 
tops with 12 birds 

Pileated Woodpeckers - at least 2 were calling in the ravines along the 5-Oaks 
Trail at Slate Run 

Horned Larks - flyovers were at several different locations
Mockingbird - scarce here this winter, so one was at Bareis Preserve was 
noteworthy 

Tree Sparrows - only 2 at the Slate Run wetland, but a flock of 20 was at 
Bareis Preserve 

White-crowned Sparrows - also scarce hereabouts, so 12 at Bareis was noteworthy
Swamp Sparrows - 2 were still in the reedbeds around the Slate Run wetlands
Blackbirds - Red-wings and Grackles were widespread, with the Slate Run 
wetlands tops with 15 of the former and 30 of the latter 


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Subject: sparrow singing, nuthatch caching..
From: Susanna <susanna AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:41:15 -0500
Just heard a Song Sparrow practicing putting his tea kettle on in SW
Columbus suburb.  Nice to hear until I remember this is February.

Couple of weeks ago I was entertained by a White-breasted Nuthatch stashing
safflower around our patio.  He placed one seed in between panels of a gate
and then grabbed a dead leaf and stuffed that in also, presumably to help
hide the seed.



Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus / Galloway, Franklin County










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Subject: Western Tanager
From: 2nd <tefta13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:33:19 -0500
The continuing Western Tanager was still present at
8337 TR-662, Wilmot (2016-2017), Holmes, Ohio.

Seen at 10:35 am on Sunday



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Subject: Re: Eurasia Wigeon Tuscarawas County
From: 2nd <tefta13 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:52:33 -0500
Eurasian Wigeon still present on Sunday 11:50 am at
Zoar Wetlands Arboretum in Tuscarawas County.


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> On Feb 16, 2017, at 11:21 AM, kent miller  wrote:
>
> Zoar Wetlands Arboretum in Tuscarawas County.

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Subject: Eurasian wigeon at Funk on Rt 95, Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:34:56 -0500
I was on Rt 95 just west of Blachleyville in the Funk Bottoms area this
morning about 9am. Several of us saw a Eurasian wigeon on the south side of
the road very well among the many waterfowl and Am. wigeon there. I hear it
had been reported there the last two days. It was about halfway across the
flat bottoms there fairly close to the road. Unfortunately, two eagles flew
over and the ducks scattered. I doubt it left the area because most of them
came back down, but it was not visible in the same spot.

In addition, the following and estimated numbers were there:
Tundra swan - 65
Canada goose - many
Mallard - 20
Pintail - 500+
Green-winged teal - 100+
Am. wigeon - 250+
Eurasian wigeon - 1!!
Shoveler - 10
Ring-neck duck - 4
Ring-billed gull - 10

Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: BlacklickWoods,2-18:blackbirds,woodpeckers,Red-br.Nuthatch
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:01:14 -0500
A quick afternoon hike around this wooded park southeast of Columbus found lots 
of late winter activity on a warm afternoon. Woodpeckers were abundant, with 
lots of drumming & territorial skirmishes, and 3 Red-headed woodpeckers were 
still in the vicinity of Ashton Pond. The Nature Center feeders had large #s of 
Cardinals, plus a small flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, as well as lingering 
Red-br.Nuthatch and Tree Sparrow. 


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Subject: Sims Park, Villa Angela/Wildwood Cleveland 2/18 Sapsuckers/Pintails
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:32:18 +0000
I went to Sims Park in Euclid today from 11:30 to 12:50pm.  I should of gone 
yesterday as the heat shimmer over the water made it difficult to focus far 
off-was only able to see about 55 Common Goldeneye, small numbers of 
Red-breasted Mergansers, two Bufflehead, gulls and one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
in the woods at the west end of the park that the disk golf players trample 
through-- 

Then I went to Villa Angela/Wildwood Parks in Cleveland from 1 to 3pm.  I 
had gone there yesterday later in the day and had not seen anything 
interesting.  Today there was a pair of Northern Pintail in the wetland.  
When I had run into Mark Anderson earlier in January he had seen them for 
several days during the week but I was only going on weekends and missed 
them.  At that time I noticed they were being seen around East 55th Street 
Marina on eBird so maybe they are the same ones.  Then as I walked up into the 
Wildwood woods (from Euclid Creek) I saw another Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  
Also saw two Brown Creepers in the birch/alder woods in the field north of the 
library.  I had seen one earlier this winter and Mark and seen two so maybe 
they are the same ones.  I haven't seen the Long-tailed Duck since last 
weekend.  Not sure it is around but didn't see it the last two days at Euclid 
Beach, Villa Angela or Wildwood. 

Also, saw two Turkey Vultures slowly flying west near East 260th Street in 
Euclid before I went to Sims Park.  

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Subject: Battelle-Darby,2-18:kildeer,blackbirds
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:28:07 -0500
Hikes around several forest & edge trails at this MetroPark southwest of 
Columbus found few early migrants on this mild morning. I stopped at Indian 
Ridge Prairie & Terrace Trail, and the Georgesville & Cedar Ridge area. 
Killdeer were at many locations, and flyover Horned Larks were regular, but 
most of the wintering sparrows appear to have moved north. Blackbirds were 
widespread, with Redwing males at several locations, and small grackle flocks 
around the Georgesville and Cedar Ridge areas. 


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Subject: Migrant push on lakefront
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:21:06 +0000
Hi all - the "FOY's" are here. This morning through the afternoon saw a nice 
push of Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Grackles, flocks working east along 
the shoreway. As it warmed, the first migrant Turkey Vultures made their annual 
stream over Edgewater. Killdeer as well. A group of 11 Greater White-fronted 
Geese flanked by Canada Geese shot north straight over Lake Erie, firing over 
Edgewater towards Canadian shores. 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: 41 Turkey Vultures Brecksville -Cuyahoga County.
From: Betsy MacMillan <betsymac5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:31:24 -0500
Flock soaring over downtown Brecksville at 5:05 PM headed south
No black vultures seen
Temperature-65!

Happy Birding!

Betsy Mac.
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Subject: Cleveland region Birds of note
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:05:41 +0000
Hi all - this afternoon I had three White-winged and one Surf Scoter off 
Perkin's overlook at upper Edgewater Park, with over 100 Common Goldeneye. Gull 
numbers have fluxed significantly day to day. Waterfowl diversity is good from 
Rocky River east to East 55th. 


Five Black Vultures were in downtown Brecksville town square this morning on 
top of the Methodist church. 


Merlins continue at Calvary Cemetery in Garfield Heights. 

Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Amateur Photo Contest - Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:12:26 -0500
A message to all Ohio Birds Listserv AMATEUR photographers.



The Greater Cleveland Audubon chapter is having its second annual photo
contest.  Entries can be submitted from March 15 thru April 14 in four
categories:  Birds of Ohio, Nature, Cell Phone Shots and Youth (under 18
years old).  For a $15 donation you can enter 3 pictures ($5 for each extra
picture) and be eligible to win $100 (Grand Prize), $75 (First Place in each
category), $50 (Second Place in each category) or $25 (Third Place in each
category).  That's 10 chances to win more money than the cost of entry!
What's not to like about that??



Full details can be found at the website
(http://clevelandaudubon.org/?page_id=2138).



Matt Valencic

Geauga County






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Subject: Re: Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:02:05 +0000
I saw 2 TUVUs today soaring in Avon, Lorain County.

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

> On Feb 17, 2017, at 5:16 PM, Deb  wrote:
> 
> I think that climate change necessitates a change in that old, tiresome 
trope. Change is the essential process of existence. 

> 
> Deborah A Smith
> 
>> On Feb 17, 2017, at 16:53, Haans Petruschke  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi,
>> 
>> There was a Turkey Buzzard, aka Kreagle, flying south of Gildersleeve
>> Mountain in Kirtland this afternoon. Buzzards do not officially return to
>> Hinckley until March 15, so all reports from north of that location are
>> subject to additional verification.
>> 
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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:43:15 -0500
can anyone explain the absence of winter turkey vultures in Hinckley
(as well as all of Summit County, as far as I can tell),
yet the significant winter population of turkey vultures, plus
a few black vultures, in nearby and slightly north Brecksville?

is there an analogy with other bird species in Ohio?

Marty Cohen


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Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland
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I think that climate change necessitates a change in that old, tiresome
trope. Change is the essential process of existence.

Deborah A Smith

> On Feb 17, 2017, at 16:53, Haans Petruschke  wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> There was a Turkey Buzzard, aka Kreagle, flying south of Gildersleeve
> Mountain in Kirtland this afternoon. Buzzards do not officially return to
> Hinckley until March 15, so all reports from north of that location are
> subject to additional verification.
>
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Subject: Re: Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland
From: Deb <dsfromnj AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:15:52 -0500
I think that climate change necessitates a change in that old, tiresome trope. 
Change is the essential process of existence. 


Deborah A Smith

> On Feb 17, 2017, at 16:53, Haans Petruschke  wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> There was a Turkey Buzzard, aka Kreagle, flying south of Gildersleeve
> Mountain in Kirtland this afternoon. Buzzards do not officially return to
> Hinckley until March 15, so all reports from north of that location are
> subject to additional verification.
> 
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Subject: Turkey Buzzard, Kirtland
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:53:45 -0500
Hi,

There was a Turkey Buzzard, aka Kreagle, flying south of Gildersleeve
Mountain in Kirtland this afternoon. Buzzards do not officially return to
Hinckley until March 15, so all reports from north of that location are
subject to additional verification.

Haans

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Subject: Winter records
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:14:36 -0500
This season is shaping up to be one of Ohio's warmest winters, and it
might be useful to keep an eye on species that we normally don't see at
this time. I was just looking into northern waterthrush records here in
central Ohio, and found the latest I know of stayed in Delaware County
as late as 3 January 2011; Peterjohn (p. 462) however cites one that was
seen at that date in 1998 in Tuscarawas County, and then later there on
15 February!
        This winter's forecast is for a record mild season. It is more likely
we'll see birds staying late, rather than birds arriving early of
course, but we could break some records, so keep an eye peeled...if
you're a jaded state lister, you could start an Ohio early list!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: turkey vulture - geauga co.
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:57:18 -0500
First of the year, a turkey vulture was soaring over my fields
this afternoon. Welcome back. Another sign of spring, along with
the two singing red-winged blackbirds.

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road at the Geauga/Cuy. Co. line

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Subject: Eastern Bluebirds
From: Karen Martens <karen.h.martens AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:13:04 -0500
While just working at the computer, I heard a tap at the window. The
bluebirds are hanging out on the backporch and also at the big side window.
Tap tap cheep cheep....as if it wanted in. I suppose it sees a reflection.
Surely hope it doesn't hurt itself.

--
Karen H. Martens
293 Ceramic Drive
Columbus, OH 43214
614-261-0143 (home)
614-607-1905 (mobile)

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Subject: Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.)
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:09:38 +0000
 I checked Evans L. and Pine L. today.  Waterfowl migration has evidently 
begun.  Evans L. had: mute swan, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, hooded 
mergansers, common mergansers, Cooper's hawk, bald eagle, red-shouldered hawk, 
and 33 dark-eyed juncos.  Pine L. produced: common mergansers, bald eagle at 
nest, and red-tailed hawks.  Craig Holt, Lowellville 


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Subject: Eurasia Wigeon Tuscarawas County
From: kent miller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:21:18 -0800
Ben Morrison and I have a Eurasia Wigeon at Zoar Wetlands Arboretum in 
Tuscarawas County. Hanging with many other dabbles in the northwest corner. Be 
patient as birds of5en disappear behind brush. 


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Subject: Re: Redwings
From: Jo Ann Kubicki <jak1 AT CLEVELANDMETROPARKS.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:59:11 +0000
The ones that have been visiting our center since January 31 are now singing. 
What a wonderful sound. 



With the snow we have many birds at the feeders today. 30 cardinals, blue jay, 
WB Nuthatch, black-capped chickadees, downy woodpecker, mourning dove, house 
finch, goldfinch and a surprise visit by our resident mockingbird who usually 
does not come to the feeder. 


[http://sig.cmparks.net/cmp-ms-90x122.png]Jo Ann Kubicki
Information Specialist
CanalWay Center
216-206-1000
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Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 7:11 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Redwings

Two red-winged blackbirds (males) at the feeding station at The West Woods 
Nature Center (Geauga Park District) this morning in Russell Twp., Geauga 
County. 


Dan Best, GPD Naturalist
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Subject: Re: Summit Cy. Red-wings
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:32:40 +0000
Hi Folks,
I've had a Red-winged Blackbird come & go to my Lorain County feeders all 
winter, along with several Brown-headed Cowbirds. I suspect our on & off winter 
has kept some around. Best of birding! 


Patty McKelvey
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> On Feb 15, 2017, at 11:56 PM, Jim Tomko  wrote:
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> Tuesday morning a pair of male Red-winged Blackbirds were feeding at the suet 
feeder at the Liberty Park Nature Center in Twinsburg. 

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Subject: Summit Cy. Red-wings
From: Jim Tomko <jwtomkood AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:56:00 -0600
Tuesday morning a pair of male Red-winged Blackbirds were feeding at the suet 
feeder at the Liberty Park Nature Center in Twinsburg. 


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Subject: Re: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates
From: Karyn Delaney <kdelaney17 AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:54:23 -0500
I'm planning on driving to see the birds next week.  Does anyone know if the
parking directions are still applicable?  And if the guest books are still
out?
Thank you,
Karyn Delaney
Baden, PA

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Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:03 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates

The Western & Summer Tanagers 4 miles apart in Holmes County both continue
Thursday morning although one report suggests the Summer is looking a bit
more lethargic and fluffed up today.
Both Amish homeowners are exceptionally gracious. The homeowners of the
Western Tanager are pleased to welcome birders 7 days a week including
Sunday. Please stay on the far left side of the parking area giving as much
space as possible to the Tupperware cup the Western likes to come feed at by
the feeders. Yesterday the Western seemed far more likely to approach when
birders remained in their cars waiting on the left side of the drive. Please
sign the guest list under the roof on the first outbuilding on the left.The
Summer Tanager homeowners are requesting only Monday through Friday visits
due to business and family considerations on the weekends. When you stop in
the owner, Edna Troyer, asks that you come inside the house to allow the
birds to settle better and there sign her guest book as well. I encourage
birders to ask to read through a copy of her Life's Journey booklet as her
remarkable life journey will make your visit all the more memorable.The
address for the Western is 8337 Township Road 662 which is just south of Rt
62 SW of Wilmot. The Summer is at 6830 State Rt. 515, Millersburg, OH which
is actually just north of Trail, OH.Kent Miller


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Subject: Clinton County red-headed woodpecker
From: Ed & Linda Roush <ecroush1 AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:02:24 +0000
Yesterday we saw a lone red-headed woodpecker at our suet feeders along with 
(3) male red-winged blackbirds in a small flock of starlings. 

Ed and Linda RoushWilmington

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Subject: Re: Redwings
From: Lisa Brohl <lakbrohl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:39:00 -0500
First bird I heard this morning outside my door on South Bass Island was a
red-winged blackbird!

Lisa Brohl

On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM, Dan Best  wrote:

> Two red-winged blackbirds (males) at the feeding station at The West Woods
> Nature Center (Geauga Park District) this morning in Russell Twp., Geauga
> County.
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From: Dan Best <bestdan AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:11:29 -0500
Two red-winged blackbirds (males) at the feeding station at The West Woods 
Nature Center (Geauga Park District) this morning in Russell Twp., Geauga 
County. 


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Subject: Summit County birding day
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:47:52 -0500
39 species on this cold day.

highlights:

redhead, ring-necked, ruddy, hooded merg, bufflehead,
coot, pied billed grebe, lesser black backed gull at Summit Lake.

canvasback, great blue heron at North Reservoir

song, white-throated, and fox sparrow at Ariss Park (Green).

gadwall, black duck, and pintail at Ira Rd Beaver Marsh.

pileated, red bellied, hairy and downy woodpeckers all
in 2 adjacent trees at same time at Seiberling Naturealm
observation window.  also tree, white throated, song sparrows.

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Subject: "Early" Muskingum killdeer
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:37:09 -0500
Yesterday afternoon at 5:00 I heard and saw our first killdeer of 2017
flying over our pastures, am upland setting.

Our "latest" killdeer for 2016 occurred in early December. And I suppose
that yesterday's bird represents an arrival of sorts at least for our
particular landform, Flint Ridge.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Northern Shrike
From: Vincent Capozziello <vcapozziello AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:46:13 +0000
Northern Shrike still being seen along the causeway at Magee Marsh Wildlife
Area.

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Subject: Horned Larks in Seven Hills in Cuyahoga County
From: Ken Andrews <Ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:42:07 -0500
There are three Horned Larks foraging in the grass behind the Seven Hills Rec 
Center. Kurt Grenig told me about the walking trail here. I decided to stop by 
since I was in the area. I saw the birds in the grass and used my binocs to 
verify them. This is on the west edge of the baseball field closest to the 
brick Council Chambers building. With the falling snow, the grass may be 
covered soin. 


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Subject: Re: Veery no- Hermit Thrush- yes Cuyahoga County
From: Sameer Apte <sameerapte1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:33:15 -0500
Hi Betsy,
This is likely the same bird that has been hanging out there since December.
Amazing that it has lasted the whole winter. There are very few records of
wintering HETH from this far north.
Good birding,
Sameer Apte

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> Pale Hermit Thrush at Lakefront Nature Preserve today
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Subject: Veery no- Hermit Thrush- yes Cuyahoga County
From: Betsy MacMillan <betsymac5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:11:16 -0500
Pale Hermit Thrush at Lakefront Nature Preserve today

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Subject: Veery- Cuyahoga County
From: Betsy MacMillan <betsymac5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:45:30 -0500
Lakefront Nature Preserve - Perimeter Trail on eastern side. 3:35 PM. Pictures 
will be added on eBird 

Happy birding!
Betsy Mac

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Subject: More on EuCo doves
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:11:02 -0500
Meshing with Troy Shively's remarks on this forum is an article I wrote
on this species in Ohio in the Fall 2007 Ohio Cardinal; it can be read
online at
http://ohiobirds.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/V31.1.OhioCardinal_Fall2007.pdf
. In this article I did not foresee well enough the strong tendency for
this species to conduct migrations well to the west in Ohio, as has
happened since. The Ohio Ornithological Society deserves praise for
making this and every issue of the Cardinal back to 1978 available
online at  http://ohiobirds.org/the-ohio-cardinal-archived-issues/  .
Bill Whan

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Subject: Re: More on Eurasian collared doves
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 02:24:00 -0500
This all reminds me of when I was down in FLA in October.  I was able to
talk to some of the non-migratory birders about some of the local birds.

One thing I took notice of is the LACK of MODOs in urban areas.  My local
birders contact said that they were being crowded out by the
Eurasians...But only in the urban and suburban areas.  When you leave the
city, MODOs return to the telephone wires.  It seems, if I remember
correctly, the MODOs couldn't compete as well in the urban areas for food
sources.  I would check where they are actually reported on eBird...Might
be something there.

Another thing that comes to mind as I see the distribution maps is they
seem to doing well in the agricultural areas where there is minimal if any
frost...Again probable abundance of food sources.  Kentucky #1 (legal) cash
crop is still tobacco, and generally the grains are produced for farm
animals on sight...mostly corn.  This is true for most of Southern
Appalachia. Very little grain is sent to elavators where most of our
Eurasians have been found.  Also a lot of the corn is still harvested on
the cob, so there is little chance for loss.

A third thing in our case is that we have a ton of small Sparrows, Snow
Buntings, and Horned Larks to eat the grasses and grain spills.

So my thought is that in our case, because we still have a freeze/frost
agricultural area, plus all of the small grain eating winter birds, there
is not enough grain and seed to supply the Eurasian's appetite.

Just my wooden nickle's worth.

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J.

On Feb 13, 2017 7:45 PM, "Barrett,Robert P"  wrote:

> WHY these doves should persist in this NW-SE range is a mystery, and if
> there was a simple explanation, I expect we would have heard it by now.
> Complex explanations, anyone?
>
> Dr. Bob Barrett
> 216 Crouse Hall
> Department of Geosciences
> at
> University of Akron
>
>
> Teaching three classes Spring Semester 2017:
> Introduction to Environmental Science
> World Civilizations: Latin America
> Geography of Cultural Diversity
>
>
>
> ________________________________________
> From: Ohio birds  on behalf of Bill Whan
> 
> Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 9:35:53 AM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] More on Eurasian collared doves
>
> Thanks to all for reflections on your sightings--or not--of this bird in
> Ohio. I recall interesting exchanges in this forum a few years back, and
> you can read about the ever-growing numbers of this introduced species
> in the US.  But not, it seems, in Ohio. We foresaw its future better
> than many western birders.
>         This prolific species entered the US via Bermuda not all that long
> ago.
> You will not find it included in Peterjohn's "The Birds of Ohio," for
> example in the 2001 edition. The birds probably came from Europe, having
> in turn arisen in the far East. They flourished, and spread via a strict
> route aimed northwest: they flew over the Alps and France and Britain,
> then ran out of territory up in Ireland.
>         They flourished in the US too--based on recent releases in
> Bermuda, and
> stubbornly headed in the same direction, ending in Alaska. If you look
> at a good US range map--I'm looking at p. 266 of the National Geographic
> bird guide--you'll see they took a beeline northwest from Florida, with
> little presence northeast; Ohio isn't involved; Indiana and Minnesota
> show light populations, and every state west of there has plenty of Euco
> doves.
>         Recent reports from Ohio birders show that map is still up to date;
> Eurasian collared-doves stubbornly move northwest, and here in Ohio up
> to New England misled doves are hard to find. I recommend Troy Shively's
> post on this species if you're looking for one; in keeping with their
> propensities, the western areas of Ohio have more than the east.
>         Here in Columbus, smack-dab in the center, a few are probably still
> around, but very seldom seen. If you head west, you'll start seeing them
> in Indiana, and by the time you reach Illinois, they'll be yawners.
> Based on what I hear, these doves are even scarcer than they were a
> decade ago, despite all the effusions about their presence elsewhere.
>         Their stubborn insistence on flight direction is unique: we have a
> lot
> of species distributed by north-south and east-west boundaries, but few
> with such a unique SE-NW distribution. We knew about this route ten
> years ago, and it seems to be just as persistent today.
> Bill Whan
>
>
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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove history
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:57:12 -0500
Birders interested in the origins of Eurasian Collared-Doves in North
America will find a thorough discussion in an article by P. William Smith,
published 30 years ago (1987) in American Birds magazine. It's a long
article, but well worth reading for the detailed discussion of this species
and related forms and the history of their range expansions in other part
of the world. The article is available online at this link:
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/nab/v041n05/p01371-p01380.pdf

Briefly, the Eurasian Collared-Dove got its start in the western hemisphere
at Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas, in the mid 1970s. A pet store
owner there had tried breeding the species, but after some of his birds
escaped during a burglary attempt, he released the rest. This initial flock
probably numbered no more than 50 birds, but the birds reproduced so
rapidly that they soon became abundant on New Providence and began to
spread through the Bahamas. The Bahamian population undoubtedly was the
source for the invasion of Florida, which was well under way by the mid
1980s, although the significance of the birds' presence wasn't recognized
right away.

I have a personal history of a near miss with this species. In May 1985,
friends and I were driving up the Florida Keys, and we paused to look at
some "Ringed Turtle-Doves" that had been reported. When we saw the birds we
were struck by the fact that they looked darker and more robust than other
populations of feral Ringed Turtle-Doves that we'd seen, but we had no
references along that would have shed any light on our questions. By the
time we went home and started consulting our libraries, we learned that
another friend, Tony White, had correctly identified the birds as Eurasian
Collared-Doves. And it was around that time that P. William Smith started
the thorough research that led to the article linked above.

In an earlier post on Ohio-Birds, Bill Whan mentioned that the dispersal of
the species had been strongly westward, rather than northward. It's
interesting that Smith made this point in 1987, when the invasion was just
beginning. He wrote: "Because dispersal is primarily westward, it may take
a few more years before the species breaks out of the Florida peninsula.
However, expansion then might occur rapidly." It certainly did. Check out
this eBird map for a quick look at just how widespread the Eurasian
Collared-Dove has become. Among other things, the map also shows how the
species is still curiously scarce or missing in northeastern North America:
  http://bit.ly/2l9M2hR  -

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, Ohio

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Subject: Re: More on Eurasian collared doves
From: "Barrett,Robert P" <rbarret AT UAKRON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:44:49 +0000
WHY these doves should persist in this NW-SE range is a mystery, and if there 
was a simple explanation, I expect we would have heard it by now. 

Complex explanations, anyone?

Dr. Bob Barrett
216 Crouse Hall
Department of Geosciences
at
University of Akron


Teaching three classes Spring Semester 2017:
Introduction to Environmental Science
World Civilizations: Latin America
Geography of Cultural Diversity



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From: Ohio birds  on behalf of Bill Whan 
 

Sent: Monday, February 13, 2017 9:35:53 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] More on Eurasian collared doves

Thanks to all for reflections on your sightings--or not--of this bird in
Ohio. I recall interesting exchanges in this forum a few years back, and
you can read about the ever-growing numbers of this introduced species
in the US.  But not, it seems, in Ohio. We foresaw its future better
than many western birders.
        This prolific species entered the US via Bermuda not all that long ago.
You will not find it included in Peterjohn's "The Birds of Ohio," for
example in the 2001 edition. The birds probably came from Europe, having
in turn arisen in the far East. They flourished, and spread via a strict
route aimed northwest: they flew over the Alps and France and Britain,
then ran out of territory up in Ireland.
        They flourished in the US too--based on recent releases in Bermuda, and
stubbornly headed in the same direction, ending in Alaska. If you look
at a good US range map--I'm looking at p. 266 of the National Geographic
bird guide--you'll see they took a beeline northwest from Florida, with
little presence northeast; Ohio isn't involved; Indiana and Minnesota
show light populations, and every state west of there has plenty of Euco
doves.
        Recent reports from Ohio birders show that map is still up to date;
Eurasian collared-doves stubbornly move northwest, and here in Ohio up
to New England misled doves are hard to find. I recommend Troy Shively's
post on this species if you're looking for one; in keeping with their
propensities, the western areas of Ohio have more than the east.
        Here in Columbus, smack-dab in the center, a few are probably still
around, but very seldom seen. If you head west, you'll start seeing them
in Indiana, and by the time you reach Illinois, they'll be yawners.
Based on what I hear, these doves are even scarcer than they were a
decade ago, despite all the effusions about their presence elsewhere.
        Their stubborn insistence on flight direction is unique: we have a lot
of species distributed by north-south and east-west boundaries, but few
with such a unique SE-NW distribution. We knew about this route ten
years ago, and it seems to be just as persistent today.
Bill Whan


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Subject: California Gull Edgewater Park
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:56:41 +0000
Hi all - I had an adult California Gull move west past the pier at Edgewater 
Park in the morning gull flight. Photos on Ohio Chase Birds Facebook page 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Bluebirds at Lorain County's Wellington Reservation
From: Helen Ostermiller <hostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:43:50 -0500
Hello,

Bluebirds were singing loudly at many of the nest boxes, including two bat
boxes! during Ken's and my walk this morning.  Although we have seen
numerous bluebirds recently, we hadn't seen such territoriality.

Wondering about their night-time roosts since the covers remain on the nest
boxes this early in the season, I was reminded of a time several years ago
when we were at Lawrence Woods at dusk, watching for Short-eared Owls, when
we watched three bluebirds go to roost on a low branch of one of the small
oak trees, among the leaves that the young oaks hold tight to throughout
the winter.  The birds really disappeared on that branch among the leaves!

There were a number of waterfowl at Wellington Reservation, as well,
including 8 Pintails, 8 American Wigeon, quite a few Mallards and Canada
Geese.

Helen Ostermiller

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Subject: Rocky River Park Surf Scoters .
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:31:45 -0500
3 Surf Scoters currently hanging out with some C. goldeneye past the pier. 
These are the first I have seen here this year. 


Chris Pierce

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