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Black and Yellow Broadbill,©Barry Kent Mackay

20 Oct Lake Watch-Sunset Park in Willoughby-all 3 Scoters/Loons [Sally Isacco ]
20 Oct Sunset Park Willoughby [Jerry Talkington ]
20 Oct Re: american pipits - geauga co. [Matt Valencic ]
20 Oct american pipits - geauga co. [inga schmidt ]
20 Oct 2 Le Conte's & 1-2 Nelson's @ Battelle Darby [Paul Hurtado ]
20 Oct Purple Finches [Ohio Birder ]
20 Oct Birds in my neighborhood [Judith Espedal ]
20 Oct Pacific loon [John Herman ]
20 Oct Killdeer Plains WA and the Fall 2014-2015 Scavenger Hunt [Steve Jones ]
19 Oct Deer Creek area Oct. 19 [Robert Royse ]
19 Oct Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/19 [John Pogacnik ]
19 Oct Cackling Goose -Lorain Co. [MikeSmith ]
19 Oct BlacklickWoods-PickPonds,10-19 - temperateMigrants [rob thorn ]
19 Oct Black Scoters @ Caesar Creek [Chris Zacharias ]
19 Oct Avocet [Larry Gara ]
19 Oct Painesville park Lake Co [Jerry Talkington ]
19 Oct long-tailed ducks [John Herman ]
19 Oct Little Gull, Lake County [Cole DiFabio ]
19 Oct Le Conte's Sparrow @ Battelle Darby [Paul Hurtado ]
19 Oct Franklin's [Bill Whan ]
19 Oct Pacific Loon off Perkins Edgewaer [jen brumfield ]
19 Oct Whitefish Point "Oldsquaw" flood gates opened [John Herman ]
18 Oct BattelleDarby,10-18 - raptors [rob thorn ]
18 Oct Long-tailed Ducks @ Clear Fork Reservoir [John Herman ]
18 Oct frohring meadows - geauga co [inga schmidt ]
18 Oct Lakeshore Waterbird Survey, Sabine's gull, 10/18 [John Pogacnik ]
18 Oct New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
18 Oct Re: Laughing Gull [troy shively ]
18 Oct Killdeer Plains WA [Ira Shulgin ]
18 Oct Metzger Reservoir [John ]
18 Oct BattelleDarby,10-18 - temperateMigrants [rob thorn ]
18 Oct Metzger Reservoir [John ]
18 Oct Harlequin Duck, Red-throated Loon Mentor [jen brumfield ]
18 Oct Laughing Gull [John ]
18 Oct Englewood Metroparks [ ]
18 Oct Bay Village towhee [Dave Lewis ]
17 Oct George "Fritz" Griffith. [James E Fry ]
17 Oct Nighthawks [Bill Whan ]
17 Oct 1st junco ["Gaunt, Sandra" ]
17 Oct Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
17 Oct Indian Lake [Don Niece ]
17 Oct Cuyahoga - Erie St. Cemetery [Patty McKelvey ]
17 Oct CLE lakefront migrants [jen brumfield ]
17 Oct Red Phalarope nope. [Steve Jones ]
17 Oct Nelson's Sparrows - Muskingum Co. [Margaret Bowman ]
17 Oct Knox County American avocet records [John Herman ]
16 Oct sea ducks are coming [John Herman ]
16 Oct Re: Knox County Ross's Goose & Am. Avocets [Margaret Bowman ]
16 Oct Deer Creek - Pickaway County [Melanie Shuter ]
16 Oct Red-throated loon - Lake Erie Bluffs metropark - Lake Co. [Randy Rowe ]
16 Oct Wake Robin and Headlands park [Jerry Talkington ]
16 Oct Red Phalarope at Buckeye Lake [Don Niece ]
16 Oct Knox County Ross's Goose & Am. Avocets [John Herman ]
16 Oct Little Gull, Black Tern, Surf Scoter Perkins Edgewater [jen brumfield ]
16 Oct Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
16 Oct Fishing raptors and more at Eastwood MetroPark in Dayton [Judith Espedal ]
16 Oct Common Redpolls 16 [jen brumfield ]
16 Oct Wendy Park spectacular [jen brumfield ]
16 Oct Wendy park enormous drop in kinglets passerines [jen brumfield ]
15 Oct Special Nov 1 (4pm) Columbus Audubon program with George Archibald (must pre-register) [Darlene Sillick ]
15 Oct Correction: RED Phalarope [James Muller ]
15 Oct Red Necked Phalarope @ Buckeye Lake: YES [James Muller ]
15 Oct Red Phalarope numbers [Kathi Hutton ]
15 Oct Wake Ronin Headlands Park, Mentor [Jerry Talkington ]
15 Oct Greater White-fronted Geese - Licking Co. [Margaret Bowman ]
15 Oct Mosquito LAke-Eurasian WIgeon [disacco ]
15 Oct Historical (and present) Licking County red phalarope records [Robert Evans ]
15 Oct Re: Red phalarope [jen brumfield ]
15 Oct Red phalarope [Thomas Patt ]
15 Oct Franklin's Gull - Dillon SP [anthony fry ]
14 Oct Buckeye Lake red phalarope, comments on current historical sightings [Robert Evans ]
14 Oct Peregrine Falcon over the OH River [James Wheat ]
14 Oct Rufous Hummingbird south of Barnesville [Jay Lehman ]
14 Oct Red Phalarope at Buckeye Lake SP [Jay Lehman ]
14 Oct Re: Buckeye Lake Red Phalarope - YES! [Leslie Sours ]
14 Oct Buckeye Lake Red Phalarope - YES! ["krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" ]

Subject: Lake Watch-Sunset Park in Willoughby-all 3 Scoters/Loons
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:14:21 -0400
Did a lake watch from 10:00AM to 1PM with Jerry Talkington. 47 degrees
to start; 60 degrees when we left.  Highlights:  many Bonaparte's and
Horned Grebes, all 3 Scoters ( 7 White-winged ), about 12 Common Loons (
flying both directions ), at least 2 Red-throated Loons ( one even
landed ).  Two other loons landed but could not be refound,  at least 10
Common Terns.  Jerry heard one Pine Siskin.  Great day to be out.
Sally Isacco, Concord Twp., Chardon

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Subject: Sunset Park Willoughby
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:27:55 -0400
 Sally Isacco and I birded Sunset park in Willoughby for about three hours 
today. Highlights were. 


None stop Bonaparte's Gulls
30 Common terns
16 Common Loons
  2 Red-throated Loons
  4 White-winged Scoters
  5 Black Scoters
  1 Surf Scoters
  1 Lesser Scaup
40 Horned Grebes

Sent from my iPhone. I L S 
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Subject: Re: american pipits - geauga co.
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:21 -0400
Every day is different this time of year!

Matt Valencic


> On Oct 20, 2014, at 4:04 PM, inga schmidt  wrote:
> 
> I've been going to look for pipits at the Auburn Road section of
> LaDue reservoir, and finally today found them there.  Way in the
> back of the marsh, on exposed mudflats I saw three pecking away
> at the edges of the mud.  
> 
> When one suddenly took flight, up came a whole flock of twenty or so.
> 
> The only other shorebirds I found there were killdeer, one snipe and one gr. 
yellowlegs. 

> 
> Inga Schmidt
> 
> 
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Subject: american pipits - geauga co.
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:04:08 -0400
I've been going to look for pipits at the Auburn Road section of
LaDue reservoir, and finally today found them there.  Way in the
back of the marsh, on exposed mudflats I saw three pecking away
at the edges of the mud.  

When one suddenly took flight, up came a whole flock of twenty or so.

The only other shorebirds I found there were killdeer, one snipe and one gr. 
yellowlegs. 


Inga Schmidt
 

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Subject: 2 Le Conte's & 1-2 Nelson's @ Battelle Darby
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:29:05 -0400
A dozen or so birders were treated to nice close looks at two LE CONTE'S
SPARROWS this morning, near the location I had one yesterday (different
bird!).

Both birds were along the "Rail Trail" (see the park map on the Metro Parks
website

 

) and responded very well to playing a recording from my Sibley app on my
phone.  To get there, park at the "Wet Prairie" trails parking lot (Teal
loop to the north, Harrier trail to the south) across from the bison area.

The first was right along the trail on the west edge of the small pond.

The second bird we had this a.m. (same bird I had yesterday, most likely)
was still on the other side of the pond, and also came in nice and close in
response to playing Le Conte's song and calls from my phone.  To find this
location, walk across the boardwalk along the Rail Trail, and where it
bends right as it exits the cattails, look left for some tire tracks
heading off into the grass. Follow these a short distance until you reach
an area of low vegetation -- some darker brown patches and some patches of
small white flowers (composites/asters) -- the bird could be anywhere in
the shorter vegetation bordered by the tall grass off to the south and
east, and the cattails to the west. Again, I recommend trying some
recordings (which worked his a.m.) vs. trying to see it by walking the area
(which didn't work for a group that walked this very area earlier this
morning).

I HIGHLY recommend coordinating with other birders, going as a group,
keeping eyes and ears peeled.

Also, some other birders saw one, maybe two NELSON'S SPARROWS on the east
side of he Teal trail loop, near the small sign where the trail bends
right. We had what was very likely one of these birds across the trial from
the sign a short while later, but never saw it well enough to confirm the
ID.

We also had a flyover BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER that might show up (or not)
on the sod fields off Darby Creek Rd or Kuhlwein Rd. -- so definitely give
those a look if you have time.

Good birding,
-Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: Ohio Birder <Ohiobirder AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:13:07 -0400
Pair of purple finches at my feeders today. Near Lake Medina



Kathy N

Medina, OH




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Subject: Birds in my neighborhood
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:56:32 -0700
Interesting birds seen in my neighborhood (Kettering - near Dayton) this past 
week: yellow-rumped warblers, a Nashville warbler, a chestnut-sided warbler, 
golden-crowned kinglets, this morning - a juvenile yellow-bellied sapscuker 


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Subject: Pacific loon
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:00:17 -0400
Any recent sightings of the Pacific loon at Perkins Edgewater Park?
Thanks.
J. Herman

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Subject: Killdeer Plains WA and the Fall 2014-2015 Scavenger Hunt
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:37:59 -0400
Lots of good birds yesterday at Killdeer Plains.  Instead of adding a list
for all the different places I went today, I combined all of them into
one.  Any and all ducks were mostly in pond one along the Marion/Wyandot
border (Pond 27...or Pond 1 depending on your map). Grebes were
everywhere.  Yellow-rumps were as well.  Sparrows were all along the way.
Shorebirds were in every shallow watering hole.  N. Pintails and W. Snipe
were the birds of the day for me.  List of birds are at the end of the
email.

IF you are a member of the Birding Ohio Facebook page, you already know
about this part.  For the non-Facebookers, I have created a game using
eBird data...It is meant to be a game for advanced High School Students at
my local High School.
I have a Top 100 Scavenger Hunt for every month from October 2014 to
December of 2015...a calender if you will. Birds are listed in Taxonomical
order. Rankings are determined from the last ten complete years(2004-2013)
of the frequency histogram data (Bar Charts) for Ohio on eBird:
http://bit.ly/1s8M7zR. Each month's data is then averaged. The averaged
numbers are then sorted highest to lowest and the top 100 are then put back
into Taxonomical order. 50 is pretty easy to get, all 100 will require at
least a trip to the northern half...or the southern half of the state
almost every month...darn Chickadees anyways..:-D .  I like seeing how some
birds move up and down the list, meaning that every month is different.
Because of the way the data is compiled, rare birds are pushed out of the
list. Birds that are considered introduced or invasive are excluded.

 I have been looking for a way to share it with the rest of the Ohio
birding community.  The best thing I could come up with is to turn it into
a PDF, and adding it to my dropbox acct.  SO if you would like to play
along...:


https://www.dropbox.com/s/3220c8dw2w6czwu/Ohio%20Scavenger%20Hunt%202014-2015.pdf?dl=0 


Birds from yesterday:

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

Happy Birding and God Bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Deer Creek area Oct. 19
From: Robert Royse <rroyse AT SPRYNET.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:44:47 -0400
Robert Royse
rroyse AT sprynet.com
www.roysephotos.comSince last week there has been a big influx of sparrows all 
over the Deer Creek area. Starting in the SW corner of the wetlands this 
morning were large numbers of Song, Savannah, Lincoln's, and Swamp Sparrows 
joined by 2 Nelson's Sparrows in the dried pond near the New Holland entrance. 
Afterwards I walked a bit around the marsh area at the edges of the cattails 
but found little else. Fields in the north part of the wildlife north of the 
reservoir also held large numbers of sparrows with additional species including 
White-crowned, Fox, and Vesper Sparrows. I had 13 sparrows species there today, 
but no LeConte's yet. Last year I saw my first LeConte;s on Oct. 28 there, so 
there is still plenty of time. 


Henslow's are still present and singing some years well into October, but I saw 
the last of them 2 weeks ago. The last of the Bobolinks also seem to have 
departed 2 weeks ago. Bobolinks first began flocking in the southern grasslands 
in early August, reaching a max. of about 300 individuals during the first week 
of September then gradually disappeared by early Oct. 


The reservoir is now being drawn down and good shorebird habitat is finally 
available at the N end. This evening a large number of Killdeers, both 
yellowlegs and a few Wilson's Snipe were utilizing the habitat. Additional 
shorebird species were seen at the north pond along Dick Road including about a 
half dozen Pectoral Sandpipers, and 2 each of Dunlins and Stilt Sandpipers. 


Yes, gulls were roosting on the beach, but a larger gull roost is now on the 
west side of the reservoir between the marina and boat launch area. Besides the 
usual Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls have just begun to 
arrive in small numbers. There were also 2 Caspian Tern mixed in with the west 
side roost. I haven't seen any Franklin's Gulls in about 2 weeks at Deer Creek, 
but winds were coming from the east much of that time. With winds now coming 
from the the more usual NW for this time of year hopefully more Franklin's will 
show up in coming weeks. 


What I consider horrible news for birders and anyone who cares to know what 
birds are in the reservoir, the state park has closed the road that runs along 
the south side of the reservoir west of the beach already for the winter 
apparently. That means that there is no way to view anything between the beach 
and the SW corner of the reservoir until late spring unless something changes. 
That is a huge area containing the deepest water of the reservoir and is 
usually the last area to freeze up in the winter. This means that there is now 
no way to view this area from the bluffs by the picnic areas for the major 
passages of ducks, loons, grebes, and gulls during both the fall and spring 
migrations as well as in mid-winter. I would hope that everyone who visits Deer 
Creek during weekdays to go to the state park office and complain about this. 
If you feel like yelling, screaming, and throwing furniture you certainly have 
my blessing. As soon as I can come up an address of where we can write to voice 
our concerns I will post it here. 


Although the water level is still high at the marina, that area too is already 
gated off. The only Red Phalarope record I have for Deer Creek was during early 
November a few years ago in the marina (from the comfort of my car window I 
should add). It is only a short walk from the gate to view the inside of the 
marine, but it is worth a look in there during the next month or so and the 
water level recedes. 


Bob Royse


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

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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/19
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:07:18 -0400
A lot different from yesterday.  A lot fewer Bonaparte's, more herring and
ring-billed gulls and cormorants.  The only birds of note were single black
and surf scoters.  It seems like yesterday, there were a lot of birds moving
way out.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

October 19, 2014, 0730-1030

Weather- cloudy to partly cloudy, Wind- NW 10-15

Temperature 47-48 F, Barometer- 30.13-30.17

Humidity-  79-78, dew point- 40-42

Waves 2-4  ft.

Flight direction- west



Canada goose   10

SURF SCOTER   1

BLACK SCOTER   1

Bufflehead   1

Red-breasted merganser  33

Common loon   8

Horned grebe   19

Double-crested cormorant   462

Bonaparte's gull   74

Ring-billed gull   415

Herring gull  129







John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Cackling Goose -Lorain Co.
From: MikeSmith <avnu4ea AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:18:07 -0400
Had a Cackling Goose at Wellington Upground Reservoir this evening, about 4:30.
Also in good numbers were coots and ruddys.
Others: Pied-billed Grebes, American Wigeons, Gadwall, Canada Goose, Redheads, 
Ring-neckeds, Lesser Scaups, Cormorants. 


Mike Smith
Wellington OH

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Subject: BlacklickWoods-PickPonds,10-19 - temperateMigrants
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:08:18 -0400
The Columbus Audubon trip to these two parks southeast of Columbus were treated 
to a good fallout of temperate migrants this morning at Blacklick, and a decent 
waterfowl mix at Pick Ponds. The cold morning at Blacklick made the birds very 
sun-conscious, and by following the shadow line, we were able to find flocks of 
birds for nearly 3 hours, with large #s of Yellow-rumped warblers & 
White-throated Sparrows. Included among the BlacklickWoods finds were 


sapsuckers - 2
other woodpeckers - 30+, mostly Downies & Red-bellieds
E.Phoebe - 2
BlueJays - 40+
Blue-headedVireo -1
Kinglets - 20-25, majority Golden-crowned, but a decent # of Ruby-crowned
E.Bluebirds - 4+
Hermit Thrushes - 2
Cedar Waxwings - 5
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 120+, probably more
Palm Warbler - 5
Rose-br.Grosbeak - 1 female, just west of the Nature Center parking area
E.Towhee - 6+
Field Sparrows - 14+
Chipping Sparrows - 10+
Song Sparrows - 16+
SwampSparrow - 2
White-thr.Sparrows - 100+, probably more
White-cr.Sparrows - 2
Juncos - 5+
Com.Grackles - 10+
Redwing Blackbirds - 10+
Purple Finch - 1 female at Nature Center feeders
Am.Goldfinch - 16+
Pine Siskin - 1 at Ash Grove picnic area early

Pick Ponds were fairly dry, with significant water only in Teal Pond and Ellis 
Pond. Both of these had small flocks of dabblers, including Mallard, 
N.Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and Gadwall, as well as a few Pied-billed 
Grebes and Coots. Here'too, landbirds stole the show, with small groups of 
warblers (Yellow-rumped & Palm) and sparrows (Field, White-crowned, and Song). 
Surprisingly, the only shorebird was a lone Solitary Sandpiper at Ellis Pond. 
An adult Bald Eagle circling over Ellis Pond capped a good trip. 


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Subject: Black Scoters @ Caesar Creek
From: Chris Zacharias <zachgardens AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:50:44 -0400
Rick asamoto found 2 black sco, 2 common loons, pied-billed and horned grebes. 
best viewed from harveysburg road. he also had a long-tailed duck but it wasn't 
relocated 


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Subject: Avocet
From: Larry Gara <lgara1 AT CINCI.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:44:41 -0400
Lenna Mae and I checked out Caesar Creek beach this PM.We found Rick’s Avocet 
but no Franklin’s Gulls.The Avocet was sleeping. The only other birds of 
interest were two Bonaparte’s 

Gulls in winter plummage.

Chilly October Cheers,  Larry Gara

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Subject: Painesville park Lake Co
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:07:29 -0400
 Most of the birds we too far out even for a scope but we did see a few good 
birds. 


10 Black Scoters
  6 Surf Scoters
  5 Pintails
  3 A. Wigeon
  3 Black Ducks
 16 Lesser Scaup
 12 Mallards
 30 Horned Grebes
   1 EARED GREBE
   1 RED-THROATED LOON
   2 Common Loon
   1 LITTLE GULL


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Subject: long-tailed ducks
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:24:36 -0400
The Clear Fork reservoir Long-tailed Ducks seen late yesterday were not
relocated this a.m. Most Ohio reservoirs permit boats which generally does
not work out well for birders. Clear Fork reservoir is no exception. Until
the weather gets more winter like we have to contend with birds being
chased off the reservoirs by boats. It's called "multiple use", which
really means its worthless for anyone's activities.
Good birding,
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Subject: Little Gull, Lake County
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:46:54 -0400
I had an adult non-breeding Little Gull flying west, low over the water at
Sunset Park, in Lake County this morning (10:58am). Horned Grebes and
Common Loon also sitting on water.


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Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow @ Battelle Darby
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:39:56 -0400
Directions: Wet Prairie area, walk south to the boardwalk that cuts through
wetlands/cattails and cross it. Where it turns right as it exits the
cattails, leave the trail and head left and bird the shorter mixed
vegetation between the cattails and tall grass. It was about 100yds back.

See http://flickr.com/photos/pauljhurtado for a photo and a habitat shot.
Edge habitat pays off again!

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Subject: Franklin's
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:34:07 -0400
I realize that yesterday is too long ago among these announcements, but
folks who weren't there might be interested in our most recent major
influx of Franklin's gulls, in the fall of 1998, when around 400 were
reported when far fewer reporters were around, even though a higher
proportion found birds on their own.
        As far as we can tell, weather--mainly storms and prevailing
winds--makes for such influxes. Franklin's gulls are a prairie wetland
species that doesn't visit oceans much outside the winter season, when
it heads to central and south America along the Pacific. In its fall
dispersals here, it has become just as--and probably more--happy along
inland lake shores as on the shores of the Great Lakes.
        1998's influx followed a major low-pressure system in mid-November, a
full month after 2014's visits; only a handful had been reported in
October '98. That November, it was easiest to find these gulls among
flocks of ring-bills gathering to pluck worms and insects behind plows
on rural fields; this was so consistent that some of us made it a point
to look for ag machinery and scrutinize inland feeding flocks for this
species. That fall, over ten days at Lakeshore Park, 111 were tallied,
while inland at Killdeer as many as 85 at once were seen in fields, and
54 near Toledo. Many Franklin's were seen on the shores and pools of
inland reservoirs, and just as many were noticed following plows, for a
total of more than 400. These were pretty good numbers for a state
decidedly outside this gull's migratory route.
        I recall my first look at breeding Franklin's gulls. My brother and I
were wandering the plains of Colorado in May, looking for birds. I
called for a screeching halt along a lonely road, calling out "Ross's
gulls! Ross's gulls!" Stupid, sure. In a prairie several hundred yards
out was a pothole, and it was easy to see pink-breasted gulls out there
among the phragmites. More careful scrutiny of course revealed they were
Franklin's, in the full flush of their breeding finery. You don't see
this plumage in the field guides very often, or of course in Ohio, but
for a couple of weeks a year--out west--it can be stunningly obvious.
I've seen a couple of pinkish Bonaparte's gulls since then, in fall, but
nothing like these Franklin's, or should I call then Pranklin's?
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Pacific Loon off Perkins Edgewaer
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:43:23 -0400
Basic plumage adult or immature type Pacific loon off of Perkins beach parking 
lot area at upper Edgewater 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Whitefish Point "Oldsquaw" flood gates opened
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:32:53 -0400
The waterbird counter at Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Michigan
yesterday recorded  8,359 Long-tailed Ducks, including one flock over 500 !
John Herman

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Subject: BattelleDarby,10-18 - raptors
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:15:57 -0400
For an hour this morning, I positioned myself on the sled hill next to the 
confluence of Little Darby & Big Darby Creeks, just east of the village of 
Georgesville. I was curious as to the potential for the wooded corridor along 
these streams to support any significant raptor migration. I have tried this 
before - most recently in mid-September - with mixed results, and today was 
fairly similar. Between 10:30 - 11:30, I tallied 26 raptors: 


14 Turkey Vultures
3 Black Vultures
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Cooper's Hawks
4 Red-tailed Hawks
1 unidentified buteo
1 N.Harrier

2 of the Red-tails were likely residents, but the others all seemed to be 
migrants, moving south with different degrees of alacrity. If I had put in a 
full morning here, I could likely have pushed the totals up to 50 - 60 birds, 
which is not bad for a site in central Ohio with limited elevation change. Most 
of my other counts have produced similar, but slightly lower figures. 


This brings up the point that perhaps we're missing out on some significant 
raptor migration here in central & southern Ohio, because we're looking in the 
wrong places. I've always been told to look in eastern or southeastern Ohio 
because of the wooded hills, but have yet to find a satisfactory viewpoint 
there. What we really need to be looking for are raptor 'funnels' - sites that 
have a tendency to offer hawks a natural pathway of north-south bluffs or hills 
that ease their migration. By this criterion, river valleys may have more to 
offer than wooded hills, especially all of our large rivers flowing south. I 
imagine that some of you all on this listserve have tried to look for migrants 
along some of these river valleys, especially the lower Scioto, the Little 
Miami, and the Greater Miami. Each of them has a long line of bluffs, along 
with some natural 'lookouts', that would seem to offer a better raptor funnel 
than Darby Creek. What have you found? 


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Subject: Long-tailed Ducks @ Clear Fork Reservoir
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:31:59 -0400
Two female long-tailed ducks at Clear Fork Reservoir out from the Sail boat
club fairly close to the dam today at ~ 6:00 p.m. Also seen by Albert
Troyer and others.
Good birding,
John Herman

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Subject: frohring meadows - geauga co
From: inga schmidt <Ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:35:41 -0400
Early evening, I stopped by Frohring Meadows after the rain.  I found a
few small flocks of sparrows, but most seemed to be hunkered down in
the grass for the evening. White crowned, swamp, song.  But, I did find
one lone vesper sparrow in the sparse grass off the unpaved trail.

Also kicked up eight W. Snipe. Not in the wetland area, but in the area next
to the soccer nets. Maybe another vesper there too, but it was getting dark
and I wasn't certain.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey, Sabine's gull, 10/18
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:07:27 -0400
It wasn't too bad today.  I expected more birds to be moving, but they may
have been further out as almost all the Bonaparte's and most of the
waterfowl were pretty distant.  Five surf and 1 white-winged scoters passed
by together.  Highlight was an immature Sabine's gull.  It passed to the
west about 9:45.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

October 18, 2014, 0730-1030

Weather- cloudy w/drizzle, Wind- NW 25-35

Temperature 50-49 F, Barometer- 29.71-29.77

Humidity-  90-89, dew point- 47-46

Waves 6-9 ft.

Flight direction- west



Redhead   1

Ring-necked duck   2

Lesser scaup   19

SURF SCOTER   5

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER   1

Bufflehead   1

Red-breasted merganser  11

Common loon   1

Horned grebe   16

Double-crested cormorant   1

SABINE'S GULL 1 imm.

Bonaparte's gull   960

Ring-billed gull   182

Herring gull  39





John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:55:08 -0400
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Ashland County

Charles Mill Lake--Co. Rd. 1217 access

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Charles+Mill+Lake

Mohican State Forest--Green Bridle Trail

Mohican State Forest--Hog Hollow Trail

Mohican State Forest--Orange Bridle Trail

Mohican State Forest--Yellow Bridle Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mohican+State+Forest

Riverside Park, Loudonville

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Riverside+Park+Loudonville

Saint Peters Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Saint+Peters+Cemetery



Franklin County

Brandon Reserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Brandon+Reserve



Lorain County

Crook Street Wetlands

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Crook+Street+Wetlands



Marion County

Marion Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Marion+Cemetery



Perry County

Twin Churches Lake

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Twin+Churches+Lake



Richland County

Black Fork River--Bowen Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Black+Fork+River



Mansfield City Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Mansfield+City+Cemetery



Mansfield Memorial Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Mansfield+Memorial+Park



North Lake Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-North+Lake+Park



South Park, Mansfield

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-South+Park+Mansfield



Sunset Park (Richland Co.)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/OH-Sunset+Park+%28Richland+Co.%29



Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Re: Laughing Gull
From: troy shively <troyph AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:48:18 -0400
Laughing gull still present at 5:45pm along with at least three Franklin's 
gulls. 

Cheers
Troy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 18, 2014, at 12:09 PM, John  wrote:
> 
> Rick and I just observed a 1st winter laughing gull at the beach in Indian 
Lake SP. Three Franklins were there also to compare it to. 

> 
> John Habig
> Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Killdeer Plains WA
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:33:38 -0700
2-3 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 Pine Siskin among the other birds. This place is 
just amazing in all autumn colors! 

1 Or-cr.warbler and a Pine Siskin were found at the brushy area east off TH-115 
on the north side of OH-71 at the first (from 115) parking space with a sign 
Dove hunting area. Siskin was not assosiated with Goldfinshes and was feeding 
on the plants 3 feet from me. 


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Subject: Metzger Reservoir
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:35:26 -0400
Red-necked Phalarope and late Barn Swallow in SE corner.

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: BattelleDarby,10-18 - temperateMigrants
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:32:44 -0400
We finally seem to be getting a big push of temperate migrants in central Ohio. 
I stopped at several spots around Battelle-Darby (Kuhlwein wetland, Trail of 
Ancients, Cedar Ridge) and a few nearby areas (Clover Wetlands, Prairie Lincoln 
School Woods) and had good numbers of temperate migrants at almost every stop. 
I also had a decent showing of raptors that I'll detail in another post. The 
list included 


Blue Jays - small flocks in many places; i counted 20 fly by the Darby 
Confluence in 30 minutes 

Blue-headed Vireo - singles at Prairie Lincoln and Cedar Ridge
Winter Wrens - singles at Prairie Lincoln and Trail of Ancients
Kinglets - both types at nearly every stop, though never in big #s
E.Bluebirds - small flocks at many areas, even flyovers
HermitThrush - singles at PrairieLincoln and Cedar Ridge; Trial of Ancients had 
2 

Robins - steady flocks for much of morning
CedarWaxwings - small flocks in many locations
AmerPipit - a flyover at Georgesville
Yellow-rumps - sizeable flocks at many locations, topped by 40 at Cedar Ridge
Palm Warblers - singles were at Prairie Lincoln, Clover Wetlands, and Trail of 
Ancients 

OtherWarblers - a Cape May was at Prairie Lincoln, while Trail of Ancients had 
a Bl.thr.Green and a Com.Yellowthroat 

SwampSparrows - at many stops, with the best being 10 at Kuhlwein Wetlands
Lincoln'c Sparrows - 2 were at Kuhlwein wetlands
White-crowned Sparrows - 3 were at Kuhlwein, while 1 was at Clover wetlands
White-throated Sparrows - small flocks at many locations, topped by 40 along 
the Trail of Ancients 

RedwingBlackbirds - small flocks flying south for much of the morning
Pine Siskin - 1 flyover at Trail of Ancients

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Subject: Metzger Reservoir
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:31:20 -0400
Red-necked Phalarope and a late Barn Swallow. In SE corner

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Harlequin Duck, Red-throated Loon Mentor
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:04:26 -0400
Jerry Talkington did a lakewatch this a.m. off of Mentor and had a single 
Harlequin Duck and Red-throated Loon pass by heading east. Such days this time 
of the year, with *strong NW winds and fronts*, offer birders exceptional 
opportunities to watch for passing waterbirds-- waterfowl, loons, grebes, gulls 
and jaegers and more. Patience and perseverance is required, as is a scope. 
Conditions are typically rough and often birds are rather distant and passing 
by quickly. But the opportunities for rarities are incredible. 





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Subject: Laughing Gull
From: John <jhabig57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:09:16 -0400
Rick and I just observed a 1st winter laughing gull at the beach in Indian Lake 
SP. Three Franklins were there also to compare it to. 


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Subject: Englewood Metroparks
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:02:34 -0400
Saturday, Oct. 18 - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

We stopped at the former duck-feeding area and discovered a small mixed
flock of birds.  Members of the flock included:

Dark-eyed juncos
Yellow-rumped warblers
Golden-crowned kinglets
Carolina chickadees
Tufted titmouses
Eastern bluebirds

Others--Coopers hawk, American crows, song sparrows

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer
Englewood, Ohio

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Subject: Bay Village towhee
From: Dave Lewis <Loopyonetwo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:28:11 -0400
We have our first Eastern Towhee of the season in our front garden. We also saw 
our first red squirrel in our back garden. 


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Subject: George "Fritz" Griffith.
From: James E Fry <jamesfry2 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:03:20 -0400
I was delighted to see Robert Evans mention "Fritz" Griffith in his
posting about the Red Phalarope at Buckeye Lake. Thanks to "Fritz", I saw
my life bird Red Phalarope at the Hebron Fish Hatchery in Licking County
on September 27, 1968. Esther Reichelderfer and T.H.Reamer were with me.
I also saw a Red
Phalarope there on September 11, 1975. Thanks to "Fritz" I saw 16 life
birds at the Hatchery from 1967 through 1974. He began working there in
1941. He knew how to raise and lower the water levels in the ponds so a
multitude of fish were raised and also so there would be shorebird
habitat in some ponds during their spring and fall migrations. There was
also at least one pond where rails, bitterns, Marsh Wrens and Common
Moorhens nested.
Jim Fry

Hocking County

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:32:27 -0400
We have heard next to nothing about nighthawk movements this fall, even 
though we are still in the later part of their migration. I searched 
reports on US lists, and find truly puny reports in many places. Ohio 
reports are next to none. I make it a point to look for them every fall 
(their spring migrations are a lot harder to observe), and this fall 
I've just seen a few small flocks, and mostly none. I hear there have 
still been some appreciable numbers moving north near the Lake in 
Minnesota and Wisconsin, but Ohio seems left out almost entirely this 
year. Has anyone seen more than a hundred in Ohio at once this year? 
Fifty? I used to, often.
        Sometimes bird populations shrink so slowly that it's easy to miss 
them, but nighthawks moving at dusk should be easy to count. There are a 
lot of beginners out there, and it's easy to lose a historical context, 
so here are some observations from my work on central Ohio birds 
concerning nighthawks that are beginning to seem already out of date:
        "Noticeably in decline as an urban nester here, and even in wilder 
spots in Canada.  Wheaton (1882:384) said of their southbound migrations 
here 130 years ago that thousands are sometimes seen, and today large 
numbers--seldom in the thousands--are reported only occasionally....The 
highest twilight counts of fall movements usually come from late 
August-early September, and include a description of circle-soaring by 
at least several thousand over the OSU campus 9/3/1968, 3000+ on 
9/3/1976, and 2500 on 9/3/1992. Later in fall, 224 were observed 
10/3/2006.  One entered the OSU campuss main library on 10/22/1965. 
Record late was one lingering 11/20/1975 at High St. and Morse Rd."  I 
hope these valiant birds will still be making their migrations to South 
America long after I'm gone, but I'm starting to worry.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: 1st junco
From: "Gaunt, Sandra" <gaunt.2 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:11:56 +0000
Fall is upon us - the first dark-eyed juncos were heard this am and then 
confirmed by visual sighting this pm at 


Hayden Blvd off Dublin Rd S of the Hayden Run Bridge in Columbus

Also think there was a flock of rough-winged swallows E of the Hayden Run 
Bridge this afternoon 


Sandy

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:57:58 -0400
Blendon woods
Nashville warbler                      Tennessee warbler
Palm warblers                           Black throated green warbler
yellow rumped warblers

Purple finch, female                   red headed woodpecker
ruby crowned kinglets                golden crowned kinglets

Woodside green (gahanna)
Brown creepers
Hermit thrush
yellow bellied sapsucker
Both kinglet species

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Indian Lake
From: Don Niece <don.niece AT COMPLIGHT-LLC.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:47:19 -0400
The usual several Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Mallards, Canada Geese, Mute 
Swans and Kingfishers. Special sightings from our pontoon boat were Sandhill 
Cranes, 2 in marsh area on East side of Lake Ridge Island and 2 in marsh are 
aon North Fork of the Great Miami River just past Longview Cove. Also, one 
Pied-billed Grebe in the Sunny Cove Channel by the bridge to Orchard Island. 
Views of parts of this channel are accessible from Orchard Island Road. 


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Subject: Cuyahoga - Erie St. Cemetery
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:15:43 -0400
It was hopping w/kinglets at the cemetery!
Oct 17, 2014
Traveling
1 miles
36 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
45 Golden-crowned Kinglet
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Palm Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco



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

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Subject: CLE lakefront migrants
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:14:14 -0400
Awesome numbers of both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets still present 
between Edgewater, Wendy Park, and Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve. Sparrow 
numbers have dropped, and fewer warblers present today. Hermit Thrushes in 
abundance. Tomorrows NW wind front should push birds out and bring in new 
batches. A single SURF SCOTER and many Horned Grebes, Bonaparte's Gulls and 
Common Terns were offshore Edgewater this a.m. 



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Subject: Red Phalarope nope.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:52:38 -0400
Went to Buckeye lake early this morning, and stayed for quite a while.
There were more fishermen than birds.  The Phalarope was not the.

Happy Birding and God Bless!
Steve J.

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Subject: Nelson's Sparrows - Muskingum Co.
From: Margaret Bowman <mbowman AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:42:55 -0400
Dave St. John reported finding two Nelson’s Sparrows on DNR Road #7, which 
runs along the western edge of Dillon Reservoir past what used to be called the 
Nashport Boat Ramp. This is in Muskingum Co. (That area is so silted in that 
the boat ramp is no longer usable.) DNR #7 runs from State Route 146 to near 
the Dillon headquarters. He found the birds in dense cover Thursday evening 
around 6:30. 


Margaret Bowman
Lickng Co., OH

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Subject: Knox County American avocet records
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 05:28:56 -0400
     With yesterday's record of two American avocets at Kokosing Lake,
there are at least three Knox County records all time. Knox Lake has two
avocet records, seven birds on 16 April 1997 (The Bobolink 1(1):5), and a
single avocet on 21 August 2013 (G. Cowell).
     Records of the American Avocet at Ohio have increased considerably in
the last twenty years. Dr. Milton Trautman in "Annotated List of the Birds
of Ohio", states, "A few reliable records (of American avocet)  along Lake
Erie and inland; not observed annually".
John Herman

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Subject: sea ducks are coming
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:05:55 -0400
They saw 65 surf, 265 white-winged and 27 black scoters and 1,481
long-tailed ducks at Whitefish Point, Michigan today !
John Herman

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Subject: Re: Knox County Ross's Goose & Am. Avocets
From: Margaret Bowman <mbowman AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:54:15 -0400
American Avocets still at Kokosing Lake as of 4:00 today (10/16)  I didn't
look for the Ross's Goose.

Margaret Bowman
Licking Co.

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Subject: [Ohio-birds] Knox County Ross's Goose & Am. Avocets

I just got a call from Gary Cowell who has a Ross's Goose at Knox Lake
along Knox Lake road & 2 American avocets along the north shore of Kokosing
Lake as seen from the south shore camping area.
Good birding,
John Herman

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Subject: Deer Creek - Pickaway County
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:47:25 -0400
Today at the Dick Road wetlands, there was a Stilt Sandpiper along with
several Pectoral and Least Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, 11
Great Blue Herons and loads of Killdeer.  There were also Blue-winged Teal,
Mallards and an American Wigeon.

At the beach, there were 2 Caspian Terns and 5 Bonaparte's Gulls along with
the usual hoard of Ring-billed Gulls and a few Herring Gulls.  25
Blue-winged Teal were also resting on the beach.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, OH

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Subject: Red-throated loon - Lake Erie Bluffs metropark - Lake Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:35:09 -0400
I stopped for an hour mid-day today, Oct 16, at the new Lake Erie Bluffs
metropark in Lake County. This was my first visit and I was very impressed.
There is lots to see now and I would expect this would be a great place for
spring migrants, both song birds and those on the Lake. There are excellent
trails through several habitats and several good lake-watching vistas atop
the cliffs.

I watched Lake Erie for ~20 minutes today from the bluffs. The best
sighting was a red-throated loon just sitting on the lake not all that far
offshore. It was pretty well in winter plumage, but I thought I could still
see a small hint of red in the central throat. There were many small flocks
of horned grebes - well over a  hundred individuals in sight. In one area,
a group of 6-10 common terns was flying over the water along with 25+
Bonaparte's gulls.

In the edge woods, I saw LOTS of yellow-rumped warblers and one magnolia
and one nashville. Kinglets of both species were abundant, as were song and
white-crowned sparrows, plus one white-throated.

It was a very nice, but short visit.  Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Wake Robin and Headlands park
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:54:32 -0400
 WOW !!! What a day to be a birder and retired.
 To quote Ray Hannikman " it's raining Golden-crowned Kinglets". We had at 
least 200 in our view at any one time . 

   The Wake Robin Boardwalk was just as good with sparrows.

5 Nelson's Sparrows
1 Henslow's Sparrow
5 Savannah Sparrows
6 Lincoln's Sparrows
2 Field Sparrows
Many Swamp, Song, White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows.
I found a Dickcissel just before it rained this morning and it was still there 
when Ray and I departed at 4pm. 

 

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Subject: Red Phalarope at Buckeye Lake
From: Don Niece <don.niece AT COMPLIGHT-LLC.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:35:47 -0400
Red Phalarope was still there at about noon today, beside the jetty at the boat 
ramp. Also looked for the white front goose at the hatchery but apparently it's 
gone. Talked to another birder who'd been looking for it for about three hours 
this morning and she hadn't seen it either. 


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Subject: Knox County Ross's Goose & Am. Avocets
From: John Herman <hermanjohn5270 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:40:54 -0400
I just got a call from Gary Cowell who has a Ross's Goose at Knox Lake
along Knox Lake road & 2 American avocets along the north shore of Kokosing
Lake as seen from the south shore camping area.
Good birding,
John Herman

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Subject: Little Gull, Black Tern, Surf Scoter Perkins Edgewater
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:31:00 -0400
Adult Little Gull, Black Tern and Surf Scoter offshore Perkins parking area at 
Edgewater plus 200 Common Terns and 120 Horned Grebes 



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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:23:06 -0400
Blendon Woods 
Cape may warbler                 Nashville warblers
Tennessee warbler                Black throated blue warbler
Yellow rumped warblers         Orange crowned warbler
The orange crowned joined a mob led by blue jays, and was a delight to watch. 
He bounced around on a leafless branch, turning around, and around, looking 
left and right, up and down, flashing its orange and fluttering his wings at an 
extremely fast rate. It was as if he was using body language to say, "Where, 
where, who are we mobbing, where is the bad guy?" 


White crowned sparrows        Swamp sparrows
yellow bellied sapsuckers       Hermit thrushes
cedar waxwings                     catbird
golden crowned kinglets        winter wrens

Woodside Green (Gahanna)
Black and white warbler         black throated blue warbler
yellow rumped warbler

Black billed cuckoo                winter wren
brown creepers                     ruby crowned kinglets
Hermit thrush

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Fishing raptors and more at Eastwood MetroPark in Dayton
From: Judith Espedal <jespedal AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:24:05 -0700
This morning at Eastwood MetroPark (off of Harshman, near SR 4 and the Air 
Force Museum -we were on the lake side of the park): 

 an immature bald eagle and an osprey. At first the eagle was perched on a tree 
near the restrooms. I was able to get so close it could have "white washed" me. 
We saw the osprey at the end of the lake where the big lake spills over into a 
shallow pond, also perched in a tree. then the osprey suddenly left and the 
eagle took its place on its tree. the osprey returned and tried to chase off 
the eagle, but the eagle just flapped its wings and let the smaller raptor know 
it was not intimidated. The eagle remained on the osprey's perch. 

 Also seen this morning at Eastwood: my first white-throated sparrow of the 
season, my first yellow-bellied sapsucker of the season 


And: a lot of robins and Canada geese, a cowbird, several red-winged 
blackbirds, ring-billed gulls (allthe gulls I saw well enough to id were 
ring-billed), quite a few yellow-rumped warblers (again all the warblers I saw 
well enough to id were yellow-rumped), 1 mallard, 1 killdeer, a cardinal, a 
Carolina chickadee, a downy woodpecker 

In addition to the Eastwood sightings, I have had a female ruby-throated 
hummingbird at my feeder the past three days, starting on Oct. 13. 


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Subject: Common Redpolls 16
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:38:17 -0400
16 common redpolls just flew low overhead Wendy park heading west below tree 
canopy height 



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Subject: Wendy Park spectacular
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:30:08 -0400
This is the most stunning number of birds we've ever witnessed at Wendy Park. 
Get here 



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Subject: Wendy park enormous drop in kinglets passerines
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:19:30 -0400
Over 550+ kinglets and 20 Hermit Thrushes, 200 WT Sparrows, 60 YR Warblers and 
counting Wendy Park 



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Subject: Special Nov 1 (4pm) Columbus Audubon program with George Archibald (must pre-register)
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:05:26 -0400
Please join us on Saturday, November 1, at 4:00 pm as George Archibald,
founder of the International Crane Foundation, shares stories of his passion
and life's work with cranes.

The Columbus Audubon Programs Committee has a special addition to our
monthly program schedule. Please note that the program below is on Saturday,
November 1, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Doors open at 3:15 pm
and this amazing presentation will begin at 4:00 and followed by a light
reception.

Tickets for this special event are $5 for Audubon members ($8 for
non-members). Click
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tickets right now. Remember, seating is limited.

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It's dawn. The morning light is just starting to peek over the horizon. The
vast field in front of you appears still. It is eerily quiet this early in
the morning - too early for most people. But you know every lost minute of
sleep will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring
phenomena that nature has to offer. In the distance, it begins - that
familiar "karrr-ooo" that causes so many of us to raise our eyes to the sky
or to scan the closest field. More rattling "karrr-ooos" join in as the
rising sun reveals the scene in front of you. Bright red face-patches, white
cheeks and pointy beaks sitting atop long, graceful necks start to appear -
first, just a scattered few here and there. As the beautiful sunrise comes
into full view however, so do the thousands of Sandhill Cranes that roosted
in this field overnight. You hold your breath as small groups of these
magnificent birds begin to take to the sky. You know what is about to take
place. You keep still - ready and waiting. Minutes later, the previous
stillness of the field is replaced by a thunderous flapping of thousands of
huge wings and a symphonic clamor of that familiar call. Lift-off! As much
as one tries to describe this experience, no words will ever do it justice.
There is nothing else like it in nature.

Please join us on Saturday, November 1, at 4:00 pm as George Archibald,
founder of the International Crane Foundation, shares stories of his passion
and life's work with cranes.

Although the Sandhill Crane population is relatively stable and lift-offs as
described above will continue to amaze outdoor enthusiasts, the future of
many other crane species are as fragile as the delicate and graceful birds
themselves. This is where the efforts of just one man have made a huge
difference.

For the past 41 years, George Archibald's inspirational leadership in
international conservation efforts has given flight to crane conservation
worldwide. In 1973, when cranes were in a perilous situation and many were
on the brink of extinction, Archibald, along with Cornell University
colleague, Ronald Sauey, Ph.D., established the International Crane
Foundation (ICF) in Baraboo, Wisconsin as the world center for the study and
preservation of cranes.

Archibald is a true conservation ambassador who uses his unique brand of
crane diplomacy to work in just about every corner of the world - from North
America to Russia to Mongolia to Africa. He leverages the charisma of cranes
to unite people from diverse cultures and countries to work together to
preserve the landscapes necessary for the survival of both cranes and
people.

The Columbus Audubon Programs Committee has a special addition to our
monthly program schedule. Please note that the program is on Saturday,
November 1, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. Doors open at 3:15 pm
and this amazing presentation will begin at 4:00.

Tickets for this special event are $5 for Audubon members ($8 for
non-members). Click
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Subject: Correction: RED Phalarope
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:44:13 -0400
I misreported a Red-necked Phalarope. Bird is a RED Phalarope that has been 
seen over the past few days. 


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Subject: Red Necked Phalarope @ Buckeye Lake: YES
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:32:41 -0400
Bird is visible from the North Shore Ramp sign at 18:30.

I am here: 39 55.917 N 82 28.673 W 
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.93196,-82.47788 


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Subject: Red Phalarope numbers
From: Kathi Hutton <KRHuttonDVM AT FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:00:12 -0400
All the reports I have read and my own personal experience have indicated only 
one Red Phalarope at the North Shore boat ramp of Buckeye Lake. An initial 
report of a "flock of ten hanging with Ring-billed Gulls by the winery" turned 
out to be misidentified Bonaparte's Gulls. 


If two additional Phals have shown up, they have not been reported anywhere 
else but this list. 


Kathi Hutton


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Subject: Wake Ronin Headlands Park, Mentor
From: Jerry Talkington <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:43:44 -0400
Two Nelson's Sparrows and two Marsh Wrens were seen on the Boardwalk today.
 460 Horned Grebes were off Headlands beach and two Orange- Crowned Warblers 
seen by Ray in the dunes area. 

 At Sunset Park in Willoughby 80 Horned Grebes 18 Common Loons,90 Common Terns 
and many Bonaparte's Gulls were seen. 



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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese - Licking Co.
From: Margaret Bowman <mbowman AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:11:38 -0400
At least three, and possibly a fourth, Greater White-fronted Geese on Wed., 
Oct. 15 at Hebron Fish Hatchery, just around the corner from the Red Phalarope 
at Buckeye Lake. The phalarope was seen as of 1:00, and there was only one at 
that time. The geese were seen between 11:30 and 12:30. From the North Shore 
Boat Ramp at Buckeye Lake, turn left onto Route 79, go about 2 miles, and turn 
right onto Canal Road. You’ll see the fish containment ponds as you approach 
the hatchery entrance. Pull off and scan through the fence. Although you are 
permitted to park in the visitor parking lot and walk the dikes, you would 
almost certainly flush all the geese by doing so. Scope helpful, but not 
necessary, to see the geese, which were resting on one of the dikes with some 
Canada geese, Mallards and Ring-billed Gulls. 


Margaret Bowman
Licking Co.

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Subject: Mosquito LAke-Eurasian WIgeon
From: disacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:40:11 -0400
Mixed in with large flock of American WIgeon ; still present 1:30PM.  North 
end of lake. 

Sally ISacco




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Subject: Historical (and present) Licking County red phalarope records
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:00:26 -0400
First of all, I personally saw a single red phalarope at the north shore
boat ramp site at Buckeye Lake (Licking County) this morning, between 10:20
and 10:40. At 10:35 the bird flew right in front of our location (I was
with four other interested birders, and a local Pleasantville photographer
who wondered what all the fuss was about as she visited the park with her
two young children.) The bird was working energetically around the boat
ramp, adjacent docks and shore. My advice is that if it isn't there
immediately upon your arrival, hang around for 20 minutes or so. The bird
was chirping as it flew from spot to spot - very distinctive. The closest
approach was within 10 feet allowing me to note that there was a vestige of
rufous breeding plumage along the sides of the belly, suggesting (to my
mind anyway) that this is an adult bird and not a first-year individual.
This was one of those 10/10 rated sightings, and I note that it is my first
Ohio red phalarope. Great bird!

 If two more showed up after that I have no personal knowledge of it.

Thanks to John Herman and Bob Foppe, each of whom wrote to tell me about
Licking County records more recent than Milt Trautman's in 1929 and 1930.
Both of Trautman's specimens are at OSU.

Bob Foppe notes a record from 10/30/1948, a female that was collected by
Ron Austing from "Buckeye Lake, Licking County." This specimen is in the
Cincinnati Museum Center collections.

John Herman wrote to me as well, informing that:

 "In Tom Thomson's "Birding in Ohio" (1983) is stated that three red
phalaropes were seen at Buckeye Lake on September 27, 1968. The exact
location is not mentioned. Thomson also states that all three species of
phalaropes have been recorded at the Hebron fish hatchery (Licking Co.).
     The ODNR's official checklist of the birds at Hebron fish hatchery
lists red phalarope as a rare migrant. George "Fritz" Griffith managed the
Hebron fish hatchery during the 1960s and 1970s. He would raise and lower
the water levels in the hatchery ponds to attract shorebirds. He reported
his shorebird and other bird sightings to Dr. Edward Thomas who used them
in his weekly nature column of the Columbus Dispatch. Possibly there is
mention of a red phalarope sighting at the Hebron fish hatchery in one or
more of these nature columns."

Thanks to these fellow Ohio birders, and to everyone else who have brought
attention to the current occurrence and historical records of this
outstanding bird.

Bob Evans
Geologist
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Re: Red phalarope
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:51:27 -0400
Three Red Phalaropes? 


JB
CLE, OH


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> 3 red phalaropes at Buckeye lake North boat ramp very friendly 1130am.
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Subject: Red phalarope
From: Thomas Patt <tom.patt78 AT ICLOUD.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:34:59 -0400
3 red phalaropes at Buckeye lake North boat ramp very friendly 1130am.

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Subject: Franklin's Gull - Dillon SP
From: anthony fry <mrfry07 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:23:08 -0400
There is a Franklin's Gull at Dillon State Park beach. It is among 30 or so 
Ring-billed Gulls. Bird was found by James Gore. 


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Subject: Buckeye Lake red phalarope, comments on current historical sightings
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:07:14 -0400
Note: this posting shares a comment I just made on Facebook, but the
information applies here as well.

Congratulations on this bird, Margaret, and whomever else got to see it. I
may try tomorrow. I checked Trautman (The Birds of Buckeye Lake, Ohio,) and
you may be right about the Licking County first record as well. He lists
the species as a very rare transient, with two records, on November 2, 1929
near Sellars Point (now called Seller's Point for some reason,) and again
on October 28, 1930 near Liebs Island. Both of these locations are in Perry
County. In both cases the birds were shot, as was the common practice of
the 20s and 30s, the first by a hunter as Milt Trautman and Charles Walker
approached, the second "collected" by Trautman himself. The birds were
scientifically examined, sexed (one each,) the skins prepared, and the
stomach contents of at least one examined (remnants of beetles and
duckweed.)

Bob Evans
Geologist
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon over the OH River
From: James Wheat <james.a.wheat AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:31:09 -0400
As I was watching the storm clouds roll by the downtown Cincinnati area
just now, I saw a Peregrine Falcon cruise over the buildings on the KY side
over the river and back again.

Then the dark, barrel-chested bird reappeared and headed across the river
toward downtown where I lost sight of it. Probably searching for a dinner
of squab.

James A. Wheat
Newport, KY

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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird south of Barnesville
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:49:59 -0400
The Rufous hummingbird is still present at 52713 State Route 800.  I
watched this adult male for about 15 minutes sitting on a wire that goes
through a maple tree in the back yard and on the feeder.  This male has
some green on the back and head but mostly has a rufous back.  Last seen at
about 4:30 pm.

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Red Phalarope at Buckeye Lake SP
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:14:29 -0400
Still present at north boat ramp when I left at about 1:45 pm.  Bouncing on
the waves at close range making photography difficult.  Great looks at
great bird!

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Re: Buckeye Lake Red Phalarope - YES!
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:25:37 -0400
Still here. Wonderful bird. Spitting rain and gusting wind. Bird riding big 
waves. Comes right in to 10 feet. Fun for photography !! 


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 wrote: 

> 
> Posting for Margaret Bowman, who is in the field. The RED PHALAROPE continues 
as of 7:40am Tues, Oct. 14. Exit 129 off I-70, south on 79, follow signs to the 
north shore boat ramp. 

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Subject: Buckeye Lake Red Phalarope - YES!
From: "krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" <krhuttondvm@FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:44:42 -0700
Posting for Margaret Bowman, who is in the field. The RED PHALAROPE continues 
as of 7:40am Tues, Oct. 14. Exit 129 off I-70, south on 79, follow signs to the 
north shore boat ramp. 


Kathi Hutton

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