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Great Grey Owl,©Jan Wilczur

24 Jan Surf Scoters, Summit Co [Terry Sponseller ]
24 Jan Holmes Co. feeders [Randy Rowe ]
23 Jan Blue Morph Snow Goose [Dave Chase ]
23 Jan Re: Ross's Goose, Lake County, 1/23 [Ian Lynch ]
23 Jan Ross's Goose, Lake County, 1/23 [John Pogacnik ]
23 Jan Mosquito L. snow geese, Ashtabula Co. lakefront [Craig Holt ]
23 Jan Schrock Lake Great Blue Heron [Mark Sullivan ]
23 Jan Cleveland rarities update - Snowy Owl, Green Heron [jen brumfield ]
23 Jan CHAMPAIGN CTY: Ross's, GWFG, Cackling, Snow Goose - 1/22/17, 3:30pm [Stefan Minnig ]
22 Jan Darke Co. geese [Regina Schieltz ]
22 Jan Carroll N Shrike [Jon Cefus ]
22 Jan Late post: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area and Cleveland Lakefront, 1/22 [Andrew Sewell ]
22 Jan Snow geese, Toledo [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
20 Jan Northern Shrike, Battelle-Darby MP (Franklin Co) ["cwinstead AT earthlink.net" ]
20 Jan Snow/Ross's Geese...FINALLY! Marion/Union County. And some field "notes" [Steve Jones ]
20 Jan Delaware County Bird Club Monday, Jan 23, 2017 program [Darlene Sillick ]
20 Jan Ross's and Greater WF Geese Summit County [jen brumfield ]
20 Jan E. Collared Dove [Randy Rowe ]
21 Jan Bird records for Villa Angela/Wildwood, Cleveland 1940s-1960s?? [Laura ]
21 Jan Summit Co GWFG and Ross's [Brian ]
21 Jan Singing bluebird, Muskingum Co. [Robert Evans ]
21 Jan Scranton Rd/Carter Rd.- 2 Surf Scoters remain 12 noon [Sally Isacco ]
21 Jan Ross's Goose [Holly Lynn ]
21 Jan Lawrence Woods [Steve Jones ]
21 Jan Peregrine & Harrier at Darby Creek [Susanna ]
21 Jan Battelle-Darby,1-21:SnowGeese,Jays,Sparrows [rob thorn ]
20 Jan Summit County - Ross's Goose (2) [Brian ]
20 Jan News on red-headed woodpeckers [Bill Whan ]
20 Jan New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller ]
20 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Robert Hinkle ]
20 Jan Delaware Wildlife Area Northern Shrike [Charles Bombaci ]
19 Jan Re: Columbus CBC 1923 [Andrew Sewell ]
19 Jan Re: Columbus CBC 1923 [Joseph Boros ]
19 Jan Columbus CBC 1923 [rob thorn ]
19 Jan Killdeer plains snow and white-fronted geese [Randy Rowe ]
19 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Cynthia Norris ]
19 Jan Re: 1923 Xmas count post [Roger Troutman ]
19 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Cynthia Norris ]
19 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Burke [kenbusch1 ]
19 Jan Hopkins raptors [Timothy Jasinski ]
19 Jan Snow Geese on the move [Rick Luehrs ]
19 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Burke [ohlsenbill2 ]
19 Jan 1923 Xmas count post [Bill Whan ]
19 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Robert Hinkle ]
19 Jan Snowy Owl Burke [jen brumfield ]
19 Jan 5 Woodpecker Walk [Mary Huey ]
18 Jan Snow Goose flocks over SW Ohio [Brian Wulker ]
18 Jan Greene County [Rick Luehrs ]
19 Jan Snow/Ross's geese Greene Co. [jeremy ]
18 Jan Golden Eagles (2) at The Wilds [jen brumfield ]
18 Jan Re: Xmas count in Columbus 1923 [Karen Martens ]
18 Jan Re: Xmas count in Columbus 1923 [Joseph Boros ]
18 Jan Xmas count in Columbus 1923 [Bill Whan ]
18 Jan Geesepalooza, Killdeer Plains [Ira Shulgin ]
18 Jan Red-tailed Hawk encounter [Mary Huey ]
17 Jan Scranton Flats Cleveland [Chris ]
16 Jan Wendy Park Gulls [Joseph Boros ]
16 Jan Rustys and other birds,Tusc Co. !/16 [Terry Sponseller ]
16 Jan Northern shrike on Magee causeway ["Donna_Kuhn AT Juno.com" ]
16 Jan Fwd: White-winged Scoters Lake Logan [Bill Whan ]
16 Jan CLE Gull and waterfowl update [jen brumfield ]
16 Jan Wyandot and Marion birding [Ian Ruppenthal ]
15 Jan Findlay Eagles [Paul Graham ]
15 Jan White pelican [Lynn Champney ]
15 Jan Rufous Hummingbird in Warren County no longer receiving visitors [Allen Chartier ]
15 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Sightings? [Joel Zaas ]
15 Jan Re: White pelican [ ]
15 Jan Euclid Creek Reservation-Surf Scoters 2 [Sally Isacco ]
15 Jan Re: Snowy Owl Sightings? [Timothy Jasinski ]
15 Jan White pelican [Lynn Champney ]
15 Jan Snowy Owl Sightings? [Caleb Jackson ]
15 Jan Red-necked Grebe, Caesar Creek, Warren Co. [Jeff Peters ]
15 Jan Sims Park Euclid Surf Scoter 1/15 [ ]
15 Jan FW: urban bird surveys [Matthew Valenic ]
14 Jan Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County [Ken Ostermiller ]
14 Jan Cleveland gulling update - Iceland, Glaucous, Thayer's etc [jen brumfield ]

Subject: Surf Scoters, Summit Co
From: Terry Sponseller <tsbs AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:33:32 -0500
There are three Surf Scoters (1m,2f) on Nimisila Reservoir. They can be viewed 
from the end of the parking lot next to the campground entrance looking north. 
We observed them at 2:30 today ( 1/24.) 

Terry and Barb Sponseller

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Subject: Holmes Co. feeders
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:42:11 -0500
I stopped at the home at 8337 TR 662, south of Wilmot, where the Western
tanager has been seen. I was there 9-9:30 am. Did not seen tanager, but saw
two red-headed woodpeckers and a brown creeper. Both were additions to my
January list, so that was good.

I then stopped at 9501 Hogback Rd near Fredericksburg, where the
orange-crowned warbler had been seen. The owner told me it has not been
seen in three days, with the warm weather.

I checked in Kidron for the Eu. collared dove, but did not see that either.
Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Blue Morph Snow Goose
From: Dave Chase <dchase AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:37:45 -0500
Blue Morph Snow goose. Currently present east of 60 Williams road (Ohio 
towmotor). This is in Grand River, Lake County 


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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose, Lake County, 1/23
From: Ian Lynch <revianlynch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:09:13 -0500
At 2:00 it is now 4 Ross's together with the 2 Snow

Ian Lynch

On Jan 23, 2017 1:06 PM, "John Pogacnik"  wrote:

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> There are 6 Ross's geese just east of Lake Erie Bluffs Park in Lake
> County.  The birds were feeding in a field southwest of the intersection of
> Clark Road and Perry Park Road and were best viewed from Perry Park Road.
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Subject: Ross's Goose, Lake County, 1/23
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:05:56 +0000
There are 6 Ross's geese just east of Lake Erie Bluffs Park in Lake County. The 
birds were feeding in a field southwest of the intersection of Clark Road and 
Perry Park Road and were best viewed from Perry Park Road. There are also 2 
white snow geese just to the south of the Ross's, same field. 

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Subject: Mosquito L. snow geese, Ashtabula Co. lakefront
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:42:50 +0000
 Yesterday 1/22 I visited Conneaut and Ashtabula.  Conneaut had canvasback, 
greater scaup, buffleheads, common mergansers, red-breasted mergansers, ruddy 
ducks, Am. coots, great black-backed gulls, and a belted kingfisher.   I 
searched several places in Ashtabula, but didn't see anything noteworthy.  On 
the way home I stopped at Mosquito L. and birded at a number of spots, the 
only birds were at scope range at the Hoagland-Blackstub Rd. pulloff.  With 
hundreds of Canada geese there were 8 snow geese (2 blue, 6 white), Am. black 
ducks, common mergansers, and 2 bald eagles.  Craig Holt, Lowellville 


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Subject: Schrock Lake Great Blue Heron
From: Mark Sullivan <columbussully AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:43:04 +0000
Saw one great blue heron and five hooded mergansers along with several
mallards at Schrock Lake in Sharon Woods in Westerville this morning.

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Subject: Cleveland rarities update - Snowy Owl, Green Heron
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:39:54 +0000
An adult Green Heron was at Scranton Flats "Collision Bend" downtown CLE 
---first found by Lisa Cellura yesterday, Scott Watkins this morning, and 
photographed by many today. The fire station on Scranton Road is the best spot 
to scan from. Be vigilant of roadwork. 


Two Surf Scoters remain at the same site - collision bend in the flats. 

Two Great Egrets remain at Jefferson Avenue in the flats. 

The Snowy Owl continues at Burke. Better views were had today by scoping from 
the end of the East 9th street pier, as the bird has been more regularly seen 
on the outer breakwall off of Burke, with occasional sightings on the runways. 
Please be wise about parking, stopping. CLE police will ticket vehicles not 
abiding by regulations on Marginal Road. 


Gull numbers and diversity have declined 85% since the warm up. Conditions have 
been far too pleasant to mass up birds in the harbors and marinas. As cold 
weather creeps back in, watch for gulling success to rise slowly. 


Best sites for waterfowl diversity and numbers: scoping from upper Edgewater 
Park, Lakewood Park, Rocky River Park. 


A Merlin at Lakewood Park has been showing extremely well the past two days. 

Larks and Snow Buntings have been moving overhead the lakeshore in small 
numbers. 




Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: CHAMPAIGN CTY: Ross's, GWFG, Cackling, Snow Goose - 1/22/17, 3:30pm
From: Stefan Minnig <stefanminnig AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 01:09:42 +0000
Hello,


Sorry for the late message-I didn't arrive home until later this evening with 
no access to the internet. A pond and surrounding land near the corner of 
Church and Couchman Roads in Champaign County (1/3 mile from 
Siegenthaler-Kaestner Esker State Nature Preserve) was bustling with activity 
this afternoon, containing at least 5 Ross's Geese, 17 Greater White-Fronted 
Geese, 4 Cackling Geese, 46 Snow Geese and approximately 350 Canada Geese. A 
few Mallards were in the mix as well as a single Ring-Necked Duck, the latter 
which I didn't realize was there until reviewing photos at home. The road the 
pond is on is lightly traveled and set back a hundred yards, so hopefully 
they'll remain for a bit. 



Stefan Minnig

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Subject: Darke Co. geese
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:00:12 -0500
This morning on a set of ponds off 36 west just inside Ohio from Indiana on
Hollansburg-Tampico Road there were flocks of Snow Geese and White-Fronted
Geese.  At least 30 Snow and 40 White-fronted geese.  This was about 8:30
a.m.

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Subject: Carroll N Shrike
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:19:39 -0500
Northern Shrike along Bellflower Rd (Carroll Co). North of the bridge over 
Stillfork Creek (north of Arbor Rd) along the brushy areas on the west side of 
road. Shrikes work pretty large territories, so patience is likely needed to 
catch it tee'd up. 


1/22
4:00 pm

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Late post: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area and Cleveland Lakefront, 1/22
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:31:27 -0500
Yesterday I birded Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in the late afternoon and
it was loaded with large waterfowl. Easily 7000 Canada Geese at the
minimum, but couldn't manage to pull out any Cackling Geese out of the
mobs. I did have a flyover flock of around 70 Snow Geese (27 blue morphs)
with a single white morph Ross's Goose in the flock, and had three groups
of Greater White-fronted Geese: 11 at Pond 27 and two groups at the upland
reservoir, one containing about 20 birds and the other containing 80(!)
birds. Duck variety was low, with mallards dominating in terms of numbers,
but there were decent numbers of pintail at Pond 27 and some Redheads and
Ring-necked Ducks at the Harold Roe Wetlands. A couple of American Wigeon
were at Pond 27 as well, along with some Black Ducks. Swans were present in
very large numbers, I would guess a couple thousand Tundras and perhaps a
hundred or so Trumpeters.

In contrast to the waterfowl, raptors were relatively scarce, with just a
couple Red-tails, harriers, and kestrels. Four eagles were present as well.
I didn't stay late enough for short-eared owls.

Hunting is still active here, so be respectful of that if you go. The
hunters were pretty much clearing out in late afternoon, though.

I spent the morning at locations along the Erie lakefront and as would be
expected with temperatures in the high 50s, it was pretty unremarkable. Had
the normal gulls with the highlight being a Lesser Black-backed Gull at
Wendy Park. Fair numbers of gulls about at E. 55th, Wendy Park, and
Edgewater Marina but were mainly Ring-billeds with some Herring and Greater
Black-backed gulls as well. Almost no ducks around anywhere, with some
Redheads at Edgewater. Lorain was pretty dull - the only thing of note is
there is a dead swan in the impoundment up against the eastern shore.

Good birding,
Andy Sewell
Columbus

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Subject: Snow geese, Toledo
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:47:54 -0500
Flock of perhaps 200 snow geese in a field on north side of turnpike at mile 
marker 73, 11:00 am. 


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Subject: Northern Shrike, Battelle-Darby MP (Franklin Co)
From: "cwinstead AT earthlink.net" <cwinstead@EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:21:55 -0500
I just now found a Northern Shrike in the big field between Darby Creek Drive 
and the exercise barn while walking the northern stretch of the Greenway Trail 
from Kuhlwein Road. It was moving south and I lost track of it, but this is 
pretty good habitat so maybe it will stick around. 


Carl Winstead
Westerville

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Subject: Snow/Ross's Geese...FINALLY! Marion/Union County. And some field "notes"
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:37:58 -0500
Greetings!

     Well, it took a week of looking at all times of the day and at several
locations, but I finally got my FOS Snow and Ross's Geese.  There are
around 20 in all.  I saw at least 1 Ross's in the mix.  They are in a field
bordering Marion and Union Counties along Winnemac Pike.
     For me, this will be a record January. Last year it was 50, the year
before 60.  Right now it's 77.  I am hoping that it will be around 80 for
January, not the lofty goal ofv100.  I have yet to go walking through
Blendon Woods, and there are enough birds that I don't have there to bring
me to that mark...

Other notes from the field:

1. I have seen a lot more Bicycle Helmets (White-crowned) and less Chin
Straps (White-throated) this year at Killdeer Plains.

2.  Lots of "smoke" on the horizon the past week as squadrons of Geese are
making there way south/north..wherever they are heading. :-D. As well as a
few waterfowl hunters out in the fields...Be careful.

3. In relation to the previous smoke comment,  It looks that Wyandott will
be getting more "metal trees" to go along with the one to the west along
the north of CR 71...all the gravel drives and temporary post roads that
are going in, are undoubtedly for the heavy equipment that will soon be
coming next...I can't think of anything else it could be for.  We'll have
to see what happens with that.  I do find it...interesting...that there are
no signs touting what all the access strips will be for...Hopefully some
regulations will be in place regarding when they are running.  If not, I
think the waterfowl hunting community might have something to say about it.

4. And on the feeder front...Red ribbon is still for the most part,
working.  I have had one or two brave souls a day, but the other 50 stay on
the ground eating the cup or so of seed and cracked corn I spread on the
ground for the ground scratchers, (Squirrels, Jays, Sparrows, and
Cardinals...And whatever else flies in.)

Anyhew,

Happy Birding, and God bless.

Steve J.

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Subject: Delaware County Bird Club Monday, Jan 23, 2017 program
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:27:07 -0500
January 23rd: "Birding at Green Lawn Cemetery", Randel Rogers, Board Member,
Green Lawn Cemetery.
     Green Lawn Board Member Randy Rogers will tell the story of one of
Ohio's most historically important cemeteries with an emphasis on its
importance to birders as part of an Audubon Important Bird Area. We will
learn about its genesis as a "rural" cemetery, the naturalists buried there,
and how the cemetery is being managed to provide enhanced bird habitat.
     Randy Rogers is a retired Army National Guard officer with a B.S. in
Recreation Studies from Ohio University. He is the Vice President of the
Ohio Ornithological Society and Cedar Bog Association and has been the Chair
of the Grounds and Historic Preservation Committee at Green Lawn for three
years. He is also a part-time park ranger with Franklin County Metro Parks.



Here is a quick overview of the 2017 programs which end in April and start
back up in September.  Thanks!



Jan 23 is Randy Rogers "Birding at Green Lawn Cemetery"



Feb 27 is Dr Jackie Augustine "Home on the Range: The biology and breeding
behaviors of prairie-chickens"



March 27, Bryan Sharp "Dr. Burtt's Alexander Wilson."  And let's make it a
tribute to Jed night.  Please wear a bird tie or bird scarf or bird pin or
bird hat in tribute to Dr. Jed Burtt.



April 24, John Watts  "Birds of Hocking Hills".



Meetings are held in the lodge at Deer Haven Preserve at 4183 Liberty Road,
Delaware OH, 43015. Doors open at the new time of 6:30 PM and programs begin
at 7:00 PM and will be followed by reports of local bird sightings and
socializing. Meeting dates can also be found on the Preservation Parks
Calendar at this link:

http://www.preservationparks.com/events-calendar/



We hope you will join us.

Darlene Sillick

Co-program chair




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Subject: Ross's and Greater WF Geese Summit County
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:38:45 +0000
Greg Cudworth found two Ross's and two Greater White-fronted Geese today at 
Darrow Lake in Stow, Summit County 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: E. Collared Dove
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:33:03 -0500
Are the European collared doves being seen in Kidron currently? Thanks.
Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Bird records for Villa Angela/Wildwood, Cleveland 1940s-1960s??
From: Laura <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:39:01 -0500
Greetings,

I sometimes look at bird records to help in writing parks/gardens history.
I have some info on Villa Angela, Wildwood beach/marina/park history pre
1940 and post-1970, but little from 1940-1970. I'm out to bird/bike in SC
now, and am having trouble with using sites like Googlebooks or KBC. eBird
of course goes back far and easier to use, but has no records for dates in
mind for these locations on Lake Erie. Maybe someone here on Ohio Birds can
let me know if they were birded in '40s,'50s, '60s.

Thank you very Much,
Laura

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Subject: Summit Co GWFG and Ross's
From: Brian <brian0918 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:16:36 +0000
6 GWFG and 2 Ross's Geese were at Darrow Lake this morning, viewed from
Darrow Lake Drive in Stow. The GWFG were only seen for a few minutes after
the fog lifted and before they flew off. The pattern has been to leave at
sunrise and return at sunset. Also 2 Lesser Scaup, and several hundred or
even 1000+ Canada Geese.

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Subject: Singing bluebird, Muskingum Co.
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 10:22:54 -0500
As the fog lifted this morning and I headed out to tend to the AM animal
husbandry chores, a bluebird sang incessantly, as if it were March 21. This
continued for 40 minutes as the horses and sheep were fed and the horse
barn cleaned.

As I emerged from the horse barn, struggling and slogging through six
inches of sticky, puddled mud with the manure cart, the contrast between
the task at hand and the soundtrack could not have been more stark and
ironic.

Those who think the country life sounds great do not know what they are
missing.

Don't get me wrong, I laugh at such moments. I know that the mid-winter
rains bring life. The salamanders are digging it, as are apparently the
bluebirds.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Scranton Rd/Carter Rd.- 2 Surf Scoters remain 12 noon
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:52:08 -0500
Scranton Flats-Two Surf Scoters remain with Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Ducks
and 2 Black-crowned Night Herons.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Ross's Goose
From: Holly Lynn <hollymlynn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:07:08 -0500
The Black River Audubon birders saw 4 Ross's Geese fly over at the Lorain 
Impoundment Lakeside Landing at about 9:30 am. We also heard a killdeer at the 
north end of the trail. 


Holly Lynn
Vermilion, Ohio

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Subject: Lawrence Woods
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:15:03 -0500
Greetings!

Crazy day at Lawrence Woods. I went in with an already a personal best 77
species ...I heard what I thought were gulls...50 Blue Morph Snow Geese
flew overhead, which I already had.
As I was leaving, I saw what looked like a Harrier...till it hovered in
place and showed me it's bracelets...Rough-legged Hawk!
I had close to a dozen Red-headed Woodpeckers, and finally got a Northern
Mockingbird for 81.

Definitely a record January so far for me, by the time I got home, I was
one short of 85!

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Peregrine & Harrier at Darby Creek
From: Susanna <susanna AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:50:52 -0500
This afternoon saw what had to be a Peregrine Falcon at Battelle Darby Creek
Metro Park ~  mile south of nature center perched at top of an oak tree,
then it flew east across Darby Creek Dr and the wetlands area.  I also got
great looks at a Northern Harrier at wetlands parking lot perched low over
utility shed, then she flew very low over grass and up onto a utility pole.

Saw one American Kestrel, a honeybee, and briefly heard Spring Peepers (??)
at south end of wetlands.

 

Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus/ Galloway, Franklin County OH

 


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Subject: Battelle-Darby,1-21:SnowGeese,Jays,Sparrows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:41:43 -0500
I stopped at several spots in Battelle-Darby MetroPark SW of Columbus this 
morning, and found lots of winter 'migrants' already on the move. These are 
birds that move north as soon as the weather allows, and include waterfowl, 
jays, larks, bluebirds, sparrows, and blackbirds. Only the last group was 
poorly represented this morning, and the totals included: 


Snow Geese - 6 were in a flock of Canada Geese that flew north over Kuhlwein 
wetlands 

Canada Geese - lots of noisy flocks, including many headed north
Green-winged Teal - 1 was with Mallards flying around Kuhlwein wetlands
Pileated Woodpeckers - 2 were along the Terrace Trail, while another was at 
Cedar Ridge 

Blue Jays - good #s, with flocks at many oak areas around Indian Ridge & Cedar 
Ridge 

E.Bluebirds - small groups of 1-3 in many different areas, with a few even 
singing 

Horned Larks - lots of flyovers at Kuhlwein wetlands
E.Towhees - small groups of 2-3 at Indian Ridge Prairie, Terrace Trail, and 
Cedar Ridge 

Tree Sparrows - a large straggling flock of 3-=40 at Kuhlwein wetland, with 
singles many other places 

Field Sparrow - 1 was with a mixed sparrow flock at Cedar Ridge
Swamp Sparrows - at least 2 were along the trail at Kuhlwein wetlands
White-crowned Sparrows - 2 were at Kuhlwein wetlands
White-throated Sparrows - small flocks at several locations, but no large #s
C.Grackles - singles at a few places, the only blackbird to put in an 
appearance this morning. 


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Subject: Summit County - Ross's Goose (2)
From: Brian <brian0918 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:12:56 -0500
I don't see too many rare bird posts for my area, so I thought I'd report
the two Ross's Geese that were spotted at Darrow Lake in Stow starting
yesterday (thanks to Susan Carpenter). They were there yesterday morning,
gone in the afternoon, but returned overnight, likely due to the incoming
storms.

Photos from this morning are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33798699

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Subject: News on red-headed woodpeckers
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:09:05 -0500
My post on that old CBC in town elicited a lot of replies, mostly
off-list. I will pass along news and info about this species from
well-informed correspondents:
        "Red-headed woodpeckers have increased markedly in Oak Openings
Preserve Metropark since the Tornado came through in June 2010. Thinning
of oak woodlands and burning of understories have also created favorable
habitat. It was not too many years ago that you had to hunt for
Red-headed woodpeckers on a Big Day (or any day for that matter) to make
sure you got it on your list. This is clearly a big winter for them.
Last year, few overwintered. Whether they stay or migrate south is
likely driven by the acorn crop. My guess is that, in recent years,
you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere in the state that's more
productive for this great woodpecker species."
        This is an interesting reminder. It is possible that parklands can, if
protected or just by chance, not support birds that might profit from
natural events like fires, tornadoes, etc. Another correspondent
mentioned: "Much of Columbus's periphery then was made up of small
farms, with large hedgerows of trees & bushes separating fields, not
unlike some of the Amish areas today.  That's been totally changed,
first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization."
        Finally, Peterjohn wrote (p.292 of 2001 edition): "Ideal Red-headed
Woodpecker nesting habitats are fields with scattered open woodlots and
telephone poles provide suitable cavities...[their] numbers increased
rapidly after 1860, when open farmlands with numerous fencerows and
small woodlots provided nearly ideal habitats."
        A real sleuth might be able to describe the landscape this CBC was
enacted in; all I can venture to say is they had no lakes or rivers on
their route!
Bill Whan
Cols

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Subject: New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:22:50 -0500
​

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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/



Champaign County

Melvin Miller Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Melvin+Miller+Park



Cuyahoga County

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Erie+Nature+and+Science+Center



Franklin County

Northcrest Park

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

Sharon Woods Metro Park--Edward S. Thomas Trail


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Sharon+Woods+Metro+Park--Edward+S+Thomas+Trail 




Gallia County

Cheshire Gravel Pits

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cheshire+Gravel+Pits



Sandusky County

Co. Rd. 244 (Sandusky Co.)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/County+Road+244+Sandusky+County
​
Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
From: Robert Hinkle <bob AT 10SQUIRRELS.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:52:41 -0500
Thanks, Bill !   He'd be a wet guy this morning !

Bob Hinkle Solon OH



On 1/19/17 9:42 AM, ohlsenbill2 wrote:
> Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
> Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted
>
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> -------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield 
 Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: 
OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke 

> Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front 
of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway 

>
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> Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Delaware Wildlife Area Northern Shrike
From: Charles Bombaci <cbombaci AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:11:47 +0000
 The Northern Shrike is still present at the Lenordsburg Road section of  the 
Delaware Wildlife Area, Area A. This morning the shrike was very active and 
provided some great views. 

Charlie Bombaci 

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Subject: Re: Columbus CBC 1923
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:47:18 -0500
One other thing of note about that count was the number of crows. 27 seems
low, but back then I suspect the species was pretty significantly
persecuted.

On Jan 19, 2017 8:26 PM, "rob thorn"  wrote:

As the current compiler for Columbus, I was struck by several features of
this old count.  These were great observers, so the totals are probably
what a good team could have expected to get if they had the run of the
entire circle.  Many have already noted about the Red-headed Woodpeckers,
so I won't belabor .
that difference other than to put it in the context of land changes.  My
observations include:

-Large #s of 'hedgerow birds':  Bobwhites, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Mourning
Doves, Tree Sparrows, Juncos, Cardinals.  Much of Columbus' periphery then
was made up of small farms, with large hedgerows of trees & bushes
separating fields, not unlike some of the Amish areas today.  That's been
totally changed, first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization.

-Small #s of feeder birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,
Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-br.Nuthatch, Goldfinch.   Some
of these are forest birds that were restricted by the heavy deforestation
of the period; today they're all boosted strongly by feeders in urban &
suburban areas here.

-Missing species - No waterfowl, White-throated Sparrows, or House
Sparrows.   Without knowing their route, it's hard to say what these misses
mean; perhaps they didn't wish to count the imported Sparrows.  The lack of
waterfowl probably means they had little or no open water, not to mention
that extensive hunting probably made ducks wary back then.

-High Bluebirds & Kinglets - For a single team to see 13 Bluebirds or
Kinglets would be fairly extraordinary today.  I don't know what habitats
they visited to secure them, but it's good to see that Bluebirds were
fairly abundant winter residents back then, even on cold days.

Rob Thorn

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Subject: Re: Columbus CBC 1923
From: Joseph Boros <jlboros2048 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:07:24 -0500
Well I live around Amish country and I had a male Northern Bobwhite walk
past my front door this summer!  I don't know much about the expected bird
species in the Columbus area, but I'd say there are certainly lots of
"hedgerow" birds around here.  Definitely not as many as back then, but
still decent numbers.

Have you come across any records of now rare or extirpated species like
Loggerhead Shrike, Bewick's Wren, or Bachman's Sparrow?  It always
fascinated me that those birds used to occur in Ohio...

Joseph Boros,
Holmes County

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 8:26 PM, rob thorn  wrote:

> As the current compiler for Columbus, I was struck by several features of
> this old count.  These were great observers, so the totals are probably
> what a good team could have expected to get if they had the run of the
> entire circle.  Many have already noted about the Red-headed Woodpeckers,
> so I won't belabor .
> that difference other than to put it in the context of land changes.  My
> observations include:
>
> -Large #s of 'hedgerow birds':  Bobwhites, Red-headed Woodpeckers,
> Mourning Doves, Tree Sparrows, Juncos, Cardinals.  Much of Columbus'
> periphery then was made up of small farms, with large hedgerows of trees &
> bushes separating fields, not unlike some of the Amish areas today.  That's
> been totally changed, first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization.
>
> -Small #s of feeder birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,
> Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-br.Nuthatch, Goldfinch.   Some
> of these are forest birds that were restricted by the heavy deforestation
> of the period; today they're all boosted strongly by feeders in urban &
> suburban areas here.
>
> -Missing species - No waterfowl, White-throated Sparrows, or House
> Sparrows.   Without knowing their route, it's hard to say what these misses
> mean; perhaps they didn't wish to count the imported Sparrows.  The lack of
> waterfowl probably means they had little or no open water, not to mention
> that extensive hunting probably made ducks wary back then.
>
> -High Bluebirds & Kinglets - For a single team to see 13 Bluebirds or
> Kinglets would be fairly extraordinary today.  I don't know what habitats
> they visited to secure them, but it's good to see that Bluebirds were
> fairly abundant winter residents back then, even on cold days.
>
> Rob Thorn
>
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Subject: Columbus CBC 1923
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:26:05 -0500
As the current compiler for Columbus, I was struck by several features of this 
old count. These were great observers, so the totals are probably what a good 
team could have expected to get if they had the run of the entire circle. Many 
have already noted about the Red-headed Woodpeckers, so I won't belabor . 

that difference other than to put it in the context of land changes. My 
observations include: 


-Large #s of 'hedgerow birds': Bobwhites, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Mourning 
Doves, Tree Sparrows, Juncos, Cardinals. Much of Columbus' periphery then was 
made up of small farms, with large hedgerows of trees & bushes separating 
fields, not unlike some of the Amish areas today. That's been totally changed, 
first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization. 


-Small #s of feeder birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina 
Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-br.Nuthatch, Goldfinch. Some of these are 
forest birds that were restricted by the heavy deforestation of the period; 
today they're all boosted strongly by feeders in urban & suburban areas here. 


-Missing species - No waterfowl, White-throated Sparrows, or House Sparrows. 
Without knowing their route, it's hard to say what these misses mean; perhaps 
they didn't wish to count the imported Sparrows. The lack of waterfowl probably 
means they had little or no open water, not to mention that extensive hunting 
probably made ducks wary back then. 


-High Bluebirds & Kinglets - For a single team to see 13 Bluebirds or Kinglets 
would be fairly extraordinary today. I don't know what habitats they visited to 
secure them, but it's good to see that Bluebirds were fairly abundant winter 
residents back then, even on cold days. 


Rob Thorn

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Subject: Killdeer plains snow and white-fronted geese
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:59:21 -0500
I was at Killdeer plains today about 9:30 am to see all the snow geese
reported the last two days, but found not a snow goose anywhere. I talked
with a guy who was there at dawn and he said a big flock lifted off earlier
and headed south. I did find one white-fronted goose on Pond 27 along with
lots of Canada geese and about 125 tundra swans there. Next I checked the
Harold Roe pond. There were lots of Canada geese and tundra swans there
too, plus one mute swan, but no other geese. The rest of the morning I
drove around, checking various places. I looked hard for Northern shrike,
but never found one.

I checked the owl pines, but nothing there. At that time, I ran into Su
Snyder and Sue Evanoff and they told me of a flock of rusty blackbirds at
the south end of TH-108. About 1:15pm, as I was driving south on 108, near
Harold Roe pond, a very large flight of snow geese flew over quite high,
heading south. I had a great scope view of these as they flew over,
probably at least 500 geese. I then checked for the blackbirds and they
were on both sides of 108 about 1/4 mile north of the intersection with
Morral-Kirkpatrick. There were about 100 birds including about even numbers
of rusty and redwing blackbirds, with a few cowbirds too. I stopped back at
Pond 27 and found a lot more white-fronted geese, a count of 80 is
conservative, as they were mixed in with a lot of Canada geese.

I decided to head down to Big Island refuge, which turned out to be a
mistake as there was very little there. Driving back through Killdeer
Plains about 3:15pm on CH-115, another very large flight of snow geese went
over, again over 500 birds heading south. Not sure what is going on with
these snow geese, but they are heading south. It looks like afternoon might
be the better time to seek them. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
From: Cynthia Norris <cncavelady AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:19:52 -0500
Yes, sorry, Burke. 

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> On Jan 19, 2017, at 1:19 PM, mmpesho AT yahoo.com wrote:
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> Burke airport not Hopkins!
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>> On Jan 19, 2017, at 12:53 PM, Cynthia Norris  wrote:
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>>> On Jan 19, 2017, at 12:50 PM, kenbusch1  wrote:
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>>> Anyone know if the snowy is still at Hopkins
>>> 
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>>> Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
>>> Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted
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>>> -------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield 
 Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: 
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>>> Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in 
front of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway 

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Subject: Re: 1923 Xmas count post
From: Roger Troutman <roger.troutman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:02:04 -0500
Hello list,

Since this thread began with an early CBC but shifted to a discussion on
RHWP, I thought I would add some more recent CBC data in the form of a
graph. The graph shows CBC 60 years worth of Ohio CBC data from 1951 to
2010.  The data was created from data obtained from the National Audubon
Society's CBC site.

Regrettably, for this discussion,party-hours before 1950 were not well
tracked and thus are not reliable. Likewise the raw numbers of any species
is not reliable as there was/was not more birds but definitely fewer counts
and counters.

As to the graph, the vertical axis is birds per party-hour (determined by
dividing the total (state-wide) number of birds by the total number of
party-hours of those counts where birds were seen. For example. the 0.2
line really means one whole bird was seen every 5 hours on average.

The horizontal axis is obviously years.  The trendline Poly[nominal]-5 is a
fifth form polynomial as per the formula in Microsoft EXCEL 2003. The
Moving Ave - 3 is computed as being the average of the graphed year and the
2 previous years.e.g. average of 1973, 1974 and 1975 for the year 1975 on
the graph.  Also note that for the poly trendline, the first and most
recent curves are exaggerated downward due to the nature of the formula.

That being said, note the drastic downward trend for whatever reason during
the 1960's.

To add to Bill's observations, one could speculate  (but not verify) that
another agricultural practice contributed to the habitat loss including
food supply. During the 1960's and 70's the predominance and increased
number of multi-headed, self-propelled corn combines (rather than pulled
few-headed corn ear pickers) which more efficiently removed the grain from
the fields was possibly a mitigating factor in the bird's food supply.
Farmers, to make these large machines more economical, also expanded field
sizes which in the process decimated any field edges and woodlots.

It would be interesting to compare Ohio's RHWP numbers with non-cornbelt
states.

To add to Milt Trautman's early 20th century observation of road kills
(redheaded woodpeckers are almost addicted to corn spilled along highways)
was the 1950's and 1960's increases of traffic speed limits on all types of
roads throughout the state. For a corn-eating bird, gleaning the grain
along a road when vehicles are going 30 mph is a dangerous habit. At 60 mph
it is suicidal.

  Also note that the numbers are somewhat cyclic over a 2 to 4 year period.

Roger Troutman
Mansfield Ohio

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
From: Cynthia Norris <cncavelady AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:53:21 -0500
Yes 12:52 pm

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> On Jan 19, 2017, at 12:50 PM, kenbusch1  wrote:
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> Anyone know if the snowy is still at Hopkins
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> Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
> Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted
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> -------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield 
 Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: 
OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke 

> Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front 
of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway 

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
From: kenbusch1 <kenbusch1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:50:33 -0500
Anyone know if the snowy is still at Hopkins


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Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
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-------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield 
 Date: 1/19/17  8:42 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: 
OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke 

Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of 
signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway 


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Subject: Hopkins raptors
From: Timothy Jasinski <tim.jasinski AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:16:00 -0500
Checked Cleveland Hopkins Airport today from the parking lot of 100th Bomb
Group restaurant on Brookpark Road. Had one Rough-legged Hawk, at least 9
Red-tailed Hawks and three American Kestrels. No Snowys yet.

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Subject: Snow Geese on the move
From: Rick Luehrs <Rluehrs AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:22:38 -0500
I got out early this morning to see the Snow Geese today in Greene County. On 
the way I saw another large flock of 100+ Snow Geese at the Stringtown Rd 
overpass. When I got to the original location I reported yesterday (offramp 
from Interstate 35 and 72) the Snow Geese were all still present. Unfortunately 
someone with a camera and very large lens got out and started walking around 
the pond. Every Goose got spooked and flew away. These birds apparently are not 
used to much human interaction and will spook easily. 


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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
From: ohlsenbill2 <0000023e9c4311ac-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:42:05 -0500
Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted


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 Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: 
OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke 

Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of 
signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: 1923 Xmas count post
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:10:05 -0500
I got a lot of unexpected mail in which readers of this list noticed the 
large numbers of red-headed woodpeckers. I kind of expected folks would 
notice the heavyweights involved as counters. Anyway, as an explanation 
for such woodpecker numbers--pretty much across Ohio in those days--here 
is my account of the RHWP in my book on central Ohio birds...BW

Red-headed Woodpecker   Melanerpes erythrocephalus*.  In Wheaton’s day 
and for decades thereafter this savanna-dweller was called far and away 
the county’s (and western Ohio’s) most abundant woodpecker, though often 
persecuted as a presumed agricultural pest.  Later, Hicks (1935a:157) 
reported it continued to breed in every county in the state, pointing 
however to its decline versus other woodpecker species, and suggesting 
its abundance had perhaps been overestimated because it frequented areas 
near highways.  With time, competition from introduced birds for nest 
cavities, increased removal of dead and decaying trees, creosote 
treatment of utility poles, and its warm-weather habits conducive to 
mortality via vehicles have taken their toll, and it is now scarce, 
especially as a nester, in the area.  Trautman (2006:222) counted as 
many as 40 a day found as traffic roadkills during Ohio surveys during 
the ‘20s and ‘30s.  Families prefer open woodlots with mature nut trees. 
  Research in the region suggests these beleaguered birds may at times 
benefit from exotic suburban settings such as golf courses (Rodewald et 
al. 2005).  In the warm months it is largely insectivorous, and Jasper 
(1873:2) wrote long ago that “[t]he girdled, or deadened timber, common 
among cornfields, is his favorite retreat, whence he sallies out to make 
his depredations.” Back in the days before dynamite was readily 
available, farmers were often content to let skeletal trees stand. 
Variable numbers of wintering birds, however, are closely related to the 
mast crop, and thus fluctuate periodically, though falling noticeably 
overall in recent decades.  Trautman (1945, 1952) over ten years of 
winter surveys at Buckeye Lake, found 187 in five odd-numbered years and 
only one in the five even-numbered ones, likely due to biennial peak 
productions of nuts of local beech trees; he attributed their steadily 
falling overall numbers to habitat losses.  The Columbus CBC of 1956 
tallied 117, but all counts since 1965 have been in the single digits. 
Interestingly, the count of 1/2/1966 recorded none at all, while only 25 
miles distant and but a week earlier the Buckeye Lake count had found 
105 (WCB Vol 11, September 1966:39).  Among migrants, movements—fewer 
than in days gone by—arrive in May and  depart in September for the most 
part. Small and shrinking populations at county parks persist, aided in 
part by dead and dying trees allowed to stand, as well as living oaks 
and hickories.  Specimen 6/3/1875 OSUM #843.

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
From: Robert Hinkle <bob AT 10SQUIRRELS.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:49:42 -0500
Where's a good observation point, Jen?


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> Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front 
of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway 

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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:42:01 +0000
Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of 
signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: 5 Woodpecker Walk
From: Mary Huey <mary.huey AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:06:08 +0000
 Walked at Pete's Pond Preserve in Wickliffe, Lake County Wednesday and had all 
five of our wintering woodpecker species -- 2 pileated, 7 red-bellied, 3 
red-headed (including two sub-adults), 2 hairy, and 3 downy.  Love it when 
that happens.  

If you aren't familiar with Pete's Pond, it's a 70 acre preserve tucked into a 
densely populated area -- not sure what the total species list for it includes 
but with a 19 acre pond with a beaver dam and the rest in mature woodland and a 
pleasant walking trail, it's often interesting.  Here's a link to Lake 
Metroparks description of it -- 
http://www.lakemetroparks.com/parks-trails/pete-s-pond-preserve 

Mary HueyWilloughby, Lake County


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Subject: Snow Goose flocks over SW Ohio
From: Brian Wulker <bdwulker AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:23:46 -0500
There seems to have been quite the movement of Snow Geese over the last 2
days. All reports I've seen have been of birds on the ground or groups
flying west/southwest.  Cincinnati area reports (all locations Hamilton Co.
OH unless otherwise noted) include:

510 Snow Geese, 57 Greater White-fronted Geese in the Great Miami River
floodplain near the OH-IN line seen by Jack Stenger at 5:30pm 1-18.  There
were 90 Snows there at 11:25 am.

126 Snow, 6 Ross's Geese along Oxford Road near Miami Whitewater Wetlands
seen by me at 5:40pm 1-18. This likely included most of the 75+ reported
feeding along Willey Rd a 1/2 mile away earlier in the afternoon.

44+ Snows and 18+ White-fronts over Fernald Preserve  by Ruhikant Meetei‎
at 1pm 1-18.

36 Snow Geese flying west just south of the Fernald Preserve seen by me
yesterday (1-17) at 4:41pm

50 over southern Dearborn Co. IN (a few miles from OH) by Dave Brinkman
yesterday (1-17) around 4:30pm.

Be sure to watch for and report flocks like these over the next day or so
in SW Ohio!

Additionally, there have been at least nine Snow Goose reports in north and
central Kentucky in the same time period of large flocks with 175 and 200
being the biggest.  Ewing Bottoms in Jackson Co. IN had 5,500 Snow Geese
reported this morning. More info on these is on the Indiana and Kentucky
listervs, but they're certainly part of the same movement going on in SW
Ohio right now.


Good birding,
Brian Wulker
Cincinnati OH

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Subject: Greene County
From: Rick Luehrs <Rluehrs AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:18:02 -0500
There was much action again today at the little pond in Greene Co.(the offramp 
at Interstate 35 and 72 in Jamestown). Today I saw over 150 Snow Geese as well 
as several Ross's Geese, Cackling Geese and Greater White Fronted Geese. 


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Subject: Snow/Ross's geese Greene Co.
From: jeremy <jeremyxrocks AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:10:55 +0000
Rick Luehrs and Carroll Smith both report high # of snow geese at the pond off 
the exit ramp of 35 near Jamestown in Greene co. Rick says there's about 130 
snow 4 Ross's at least six GWFG and several Cackling geese present as well. The 
change over at the small pond is awesome and the combination of cornfields and 
ponds makes this place a goose magnet. 


V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: Golden Eagles (2) at The Wilds
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:26:41 +0000
Dan Gesualdo found, photographed and video-ed two Golden Eagles at The Wilds 
this morning between 9:45 and 11 am at Jeffrey's Point overlook on 
International Road. Photo on Ohio Chase Birds Facebook page 


Jen Brumfield 
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Subject: Re: Xmas count in Columbus 1923
From: Karen Martens <karen.h.martens AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:58:30 -0500
In my younger years, I remember seeing red-headed woodpeckers frequently in
the picnic grove at Whetstone Park in Clintonville. I live by there now and
never see them.

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:40 PM, Joseph Boros  wrote:

> 48 Bobwhites and 46 Red-headed Woodpeckers...  That's not something
> you're going to come across these days!  (Although I do see Red-headed
> Woodpeckers here in Holmes County with some frequency)
>
> Joseph Boros,
> Holmes County
>
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Bill Whan 
> wrote:
>
> > Here's the tally from some famous local birders of the Wheaton Club on a
> > routine Christmas Count in Columbus in 1923:
> >        "Columbus, Ohio. Dec 23: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5 pm. Fair in
> > a.m.,
> > heavy clouds in p.m. Snow on ground; wind moderate, southwest; temp. 28
> > to 35 degrees. Distance covered, 5 mi on foot, about 35 miles by
> > automobile. Observers together. Bob-white 48, mourning dove 24, marsh
> > hawk 2, Cooper's hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk , sparrow hawk 5, barn owl
> > 1, screech owl 1, hairy woodpecker 7, downy woodpecker 21, red-headed
> > woodpecker 46, red-bellied woodpecker 3, flicker 6, horned lark heard,
> > blue jay 19, crow 26, meadowlark 4, goldfinch 7, tree sparrow 141, junco
> > 55, song sparrow 8, towhee 3, cardinal 29, Carolina
> > wren 2, brown creeper 14, white-breasted nuthatch 15, tufted titmouse
> > 22, chickadee 12, golden-crowned kinglet 13, robin 1, bluebird 13. Total
> > 31 species, 542 individuals. E. S. Thomas, John Thomas, Milton Trautman,
> > and Robert Geist."
> >        Thought this might be of some interest for folks who've done Xmas
> > counts recently, worth comparing with results from local experts almost
> > a century ago...
> > Bob White
> >
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Subject: Re: Xmas count in Columbus 1923
From: Joseph Boros <jlboros2048 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:40:09 -0500
48 Bobwhites and 46 Red-headed Woodpeckers...  That's not something
you're going to come across these days!  (Although I do see Red-headed
Woodpeckers here in Holmes County with some frequency)

Joseph Boros,
Holmes County

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Bill Whan 
wrote:

> Here's the tally from some famous local birders of the Wheaton Club on a
> routine Christmas Count in Columbus in 1923:
>        "Columbus, Ohio. Dec 23: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5 pm. Fair in
> a.m.,
> heavy clouds in p.m. Snow on ground; wind moderate, southwest; temp. 28
> to 35 degrees. Distance covered, 5 mi on foot, about 35 miles by
> automobile. Observers together. Bob-white 48, mourning dove 24, marsh
> hawk 2, Cooper's hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk , sparrow hawk 5, barn owl
> 1, screech owl 1, hairy woodpecker 7, downy woodpecker 21, red-headed
> woodpecker 46, red-bellied woodpecker 3, flicker 6, horned lark heard,
> blue jay 19, crow 26, meadowlark 4, goldfinch 7, tree sparrow 141, junco
> 55, song sparrow 8, towhee 3, cardinal 29, Carolina
> wren 2, brown creeper 14, white-breasted nuthatch 15, tufted titmouse
> 22, chickadee 12, golden-crowned kinglet 13, robin 1, bluebird 13. Total
> 31 species, 542 individuals. E. S. Thomas, John Thomas, Milton Trautman,
> and Robert Geist."
>        Thought this might be of some interest for folks who've done Xmas
> counts recently, worth comparing with results from local experts almost
> a century ago...
> Bob White
>
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Subject: Xmas count in Columbus 1923
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:09:18 -0500
Here's the tally from some famous local birders of the Wheaton Club on a
routine Christmas Count in Columbus in 1923:
        "Columbus, Ohio. Dec 23: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5 pm. Fair in a.m.,
heavy clouds in p.m. Snow on ground; wind moderate, southwest; temp. 28
to 35 degrees. Distance covered, 5 mi on foot, about 35 miles by
automobile. Observers together. Bob-white 48, mourning dove 24, marsh
hawk 2, Cooper's hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk , sparrow hawk 5, barn owl
1, screech owl 1, hairy woodpecker 7, downy woodpecker 21, red-headed
woodpecker 46, red-bellied woodpecker 3, flicker 6, horned lark heard,
blue jay 19, crow 26, meadowlark 4, goldfinch 7, tree sparrow 141, junco
55, song sparrow 8, towhee 3, cardinal 29, Carolina
wren 2, brown creeper 14, white-breasted nuthatch 15, tufted titmouse
22, chickadee 12, golden-crowned kinglet 13, robin 1, bluebird 13. Total
31 species, 542 individuals. E. S. Thomas, John Thomas, Milton Trautman,
and Robert Geist."
        Thought this might be of some interest for folks who've done Xmas
counts recently, worth comparing with results from local experts almost
a century ago...
Bob White

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Subject: Geesepalooza, Killdeer Plains
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:44:14 +0000
Thousands of Geese on ponds and corn fields. Mostly Canada, but also I observed 
1 flock flying north of 31 Greater White-fronted, and right after them  2 huge 
flocks of Snow Geese over 300 total with several mixed in Ross's. Later I found 
Snow Geese on corn field north of RT-71. 


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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk encounter
From: Mary Huey <mary.huey AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:32:00 +0000
 This afternoon at the end of my weekly walk around the Oxbow Lagoon at North 
Chagrin Metropark in Willoughby Hills, I spotted a red-tailed hawk perched 
about 20 feet up in a tree at the edge of the lagoon and about 50 feet away 
from me.  He seemed to be watching the area below him but suddenly (while I 
had my binoculars on him), he dropped down and then I realized he was coming 
straight towards me.  I lowered my binoculars as he swooped past 2' over my 
head and as I turned to see where he went, he pounced on a mouse at the edge of 
lagoon 15' directly behind me.  He only stayed on the ground long enough to be 
sure of his grasp and then returned to the tree to eat it.  Once I 
recovered from the surprise of having a hawk swooping right at me, I got to 
thinking how little it bothered him that I was there and wondering how he 
"spotted" that mouse behind me -- wondering how much "hearing" helps hawks 
hunt? 

Birds were very active with the mild weather.  The field south of the lagoon 
has small flocks of tree sparrows, bluebirds, and juncos.  I also saw two 
male hairy woodpeckers at the same time working in dead ash trees about 60 
feet apart.  I feel like I'm seeing hairy woodpeckers more frequently along 
the Chagrin River -- wondering if they are benefitting from the emerald ash 
borer? 

The brambles in one section of that field are host to quite a few praying 
mantis egg cases and this afternoon, I watched a downy woodpecker opening one 
and emptying it.  

An interesting walk!Mary HueyWilloughby, Lake County  

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Subject: Scranton Flats Cleveland
From: Chris <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:58:43 -0500
Birded with Bill Ohlsen. Highlights included 2 Surf Scoters, Ruddy
Ducks, L. Scaup, Black-crowned Night Herons and a N. Mockingbird.

Oh, and lot's of rain too.

See you on the trails,


Chris Pierce

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Subject: Wendy Park Gulls
From: Joseph Boros <jlboros2048 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:39:13 -0500
Great day, with Thayer's, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed.  Best
viewing was from the old coast guard station.  Here's my checklist with
lots of photos:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33729065

Also the Ross's Goose at Bradstreets Landing was not present.

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Subject: Rustys and other birds,Tusc Co. !/16
From: Terry Sponseller <tsbs AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:23:54 -0500
There was quite a few birds feeding in the receding flood waters in the field 
off Rt 212 just before TR 83 ( the road to Camp Tuscazoar ). This is just east 
of Rt 800. 

Birds seen:
Rusty Blackbirds - 10 to 12
Flickers – many   More than we have ever seen at one time
Pileated Woodpeckers – 2
There were also many Yellow- rumped Warblers, A. tree Sparrows, bluebirds, 
woodpeckers and chickadees in the trees and scrub along the road. 

A scope is needed for birds feeding in the field.
Terry and Barb Sponseller

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Subject: Northern shrike on Magee causeway
From: "Donna_Kuhn AT Juno.com" <Donna_Kuhn@JUNO.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:04:53 -0500
Shrike seen on causeway just past the sportsman center.
Donna Kuhn
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Subject: Fwd: White-winged Scoters Lake Logan
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:55:02 -0500
John Watts added the white-winged scoter to the Hocking County list, and
asked me to mention it (photo attached); his message reads:
"just found three white-winged scoters at lake Logan. They are between
the dam and the fishing pier parking lot and best viewed from the pull
off located in between. This is a county record and the duck we searched
for."
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Subject: CLE Gull and waterfowl update
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:26:31 +0000
Cleveland gulling update Sunday 1/15

Once again the diversity and numbers of gulls off Wendy Park were great. While 
overall numbers have dropped to around 9 - 11,000 birds, large gulls make up at 
least 3 - 4,000 of that total. Highlights included at least 2 Thayer's Gulls (2 
first cycles), at least one Glaucous (adult) and at least 4 Iceland Gulls (2 
adults, 2 first cycles). Great Black-backed numbers are good, and Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls were present in just under double-digits. 


Waterfowl abound in the area with 16 species recorded today with highlights of 
Surf Scoter and Long-tailed Duck. Best sites for waterfowl (west to east): 


Cahoon Park in Bay Village 
Rocky River Park in Rocky River 
Lakewood Park in Lakewood 
Edgewater Park 
Edgewater Marina 
Wendy Park
East 9th street pier
East 55th street Marina 
East side of Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve 
Sim's Park in Euclid 

Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Wyandot and Marion birding
From: Ian Ruppenthal <ianm.rupp AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:48:24 +0000
Hello Ohio Birders,

I drove down from Oberlin to spend the day birding Killdeer Plains and Big
Island Wildlife Areas.  I'd never been before so I quite enjoyed the trip.
The day started relatively slow.  After driving around getting a sense of
the preserve, I spent a long time in the 'owl pines' attempting to locate a
Long-eared owl but this proved unsuccessful.  Later on I surveyed Pond 27
only to find Canada Geese, and swans.  However after leaving to find a
shrike (also unsuccessful) I came back and found 4 white-fronted geese!
Those were a long-overdue lifer.
Around 4:00 I drove to Big Island where I was unsurprisingly greeted by
harriers and more geese.  Around 4:20 the first Short-eared owl (another
lifer!) appeared and after about 30 minutes there were 5 hovering around
the wetlands off Agosta road.  This was quite spectacular especially when
they'd clash with the harriers.
Other things to note were Lapland Longspurs in the fields off highway 71
and a sulky Swamp Sparrow in the drainage ditches at Big Island.
Overall I'd say it was a successful venture and can't wait to return!

Ian Ruppenthal
Oberlin, OH by way of Davidson, NC

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Subject: Findlay Eagles
From: Paul Graham <paulgraham AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:20:11 -0500
I saw today that 2 eagles were perched beside the nest south of Findlay at 
Eagle Creek along SR 15 

Paul GrahamWorthington OH

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Subject: White pelican
From: Lynn Champney <lachampney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:55:16 -0500
Thanks Robert for update. I'll probably still go take a look around tomorrow. 
Hopefully I'll have something positive to report. 

Lynn


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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird in Warren County no longer receiving visitors
From: Allen Chartier <amazilia3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:51:56 -0500
Birders,

The homeowner hosting the Rufous Hummingbird in Warren County has indicated
that they will no longer be hosting visitors to see their hummingbird. It
is still on site, and the last day she is observed will be reported to Ohio
Birds.

Thanks to everyone for being polite and respectful.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: amazilia3 AT gmail.com
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mihummingbirdguy/collections/
Website: www.amazilia.net
Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogspot.com/

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Sightings?
From: Joel Zaas <jhzaas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:50:51 -0500
Dave Chase reported on Dec 20th a Snowy Owl on a telephone pole on the
north side of Fairport-Nursery rd in Fairport Harbor which is about 40
miles east of Cleveland. I was lucky enough to see him later that week but
I haven't heard of any reports if the Snowy Owl is still present.

On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 5:06 PM, Timothy Jasinski 
wrote:

> Hi Caleb,
>
> We haven't had any Snowy Owls in Cleveland so far this year. There have
> been 3 Ohio reports but those were only present for a day and never
> relocated, that I know of. Cleveland Hopkins Airport is a good place,
> viewed from 100th Bomb Group restaurant on Brookpark Road, and I'd check
> Burke Airport as well.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Tim
>
> On Jan 15, 2017 4:27 PM, "Caleb Jackson"  wrote:
>
> > Hi all, my brothers and I are headed to Cleveland next weekend for a bit
> of
> > birding. We've been hoping to take this trip since we started birding 3
> > years ago in hopes to catch a glimpse of a snowy! But so far this year I
> > haven't seen many posts about sightings. Any advice for a few still
> novice
> > birders?
> >
> > Caleb Jackson
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Subject: Re: White pelican
From: robert batterson <000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:29:04 +0000
There were 2 negative reports posted to Central Ohio birders on Facebook today. 


 On Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:32 PM, Lynn Champney  
wrote: 

 

 Any more recent reports of the White pelican?  I'm planning to go to Alum 
Creek Reservoir tomorrow. 

Any positive or negative reports appreciated. 
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Subject: Euclid Creek Reservation-Surf Scoters 2
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:27:56 -0500
12:45PM  Two Surf Scoters
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Sightings?
From: Timothy Jasinski <tim.jasinski AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:06:30 -0500
Hi Caleb,

We haven't had any Snowy Owls in Cleveland so far this year. There have
been 3 Ohio reports but those were only present for a day and never
relocated, that I know of. Cleveland Hopkins Airport is a good place,
viewed from 100th Bomb Group restaurant on Brookpark Road, and I'd check
Burke Airport as well.

Good luck!

Tim

On Jan 15, 2017 4:27 PM, "Caleb Jackson"  wrote:

> Hi all, my brothers and I are headed to Cleveland next weekend for a bit of
> birding. We've been hoping to take this trip since we started birding 3
> years ago in hopes to catch a glimpse of a snowy! But so far this year I
> haven't seen many posts about sightings. Any advice for a few still novice
> birders?
>
> Caleb Jackson
>
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Subject: White pelican
From: Lynn Champney <lachampney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:31:43 -0500
Any more recent reports of the White pelican? I'm planning to go to Alum Creek 
Reservoir tomorrow. 

Any positive or negative reports appreciated. 
Thanks. Lynn


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Subject: Snowy Owl Sightings?
From: Caleb Jackson <cjackson1589 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:12:16 -0500
Hi all, my brothers and I are headed to Cleveland next weekend for a bit of
birding. We've been hoping to take this trip since we started birding 3
years ago in hopes to catch a glimpse of a snowy! But so far this year I
haven't seen many posts about sightings. Any advice for a few still novice
birders?

Caleb Jackson

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Caesar Creek, Warren Co.
From: Jeff Peters <jeffrey.peters AT WRIGHT.EDU>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:24:52 -0500
One of my former students, Jon Becker, found a red-necked grebe at Caesar Creek 
beach area, Warren Co. 1/15/2017, ~10:00am. 


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Subject: Sims Park Euclid Surf Scoter 1/15
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:13:18 +0000
Was here from noon til 1pm saw just one female Surf Scoter straight north from 
pier, at least 69 Common Goldeneye most Mergansers far to west with gulls, one 
female Scaup couple Bufflehead and a strange Mallard decoy. 

Nancy Anderson, Richmond Hts,http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancy_a

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Subject: FW: urban bird surveys
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:40:50 -0500
I received this email (see below) and don’t have enough specific information 
about the birds of the City of Cleveland proper to answer it. However, I know 
many of you Cleveland-area birders would be most helpful with the survey. I 
followed the link, selected for North America, then United States and then 
Cleveland. It too me to the survey and when I scrolled down the list of birds I 
knew I would only be guessing. 


 

Perhaps some of you would be interested and willing to contact the researcher, 
Fran Bonier, and complete the survey. If this were about Geauga County I would 
‘be all over it’, but, alas, it isn’t!! 


 

Matt Valencic

Geauga County

 

From: fbonier AT gmail.com [mailto:fbonier AT gmail.com] On Behalf Of Frances Bonier
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 7:05 AM
To: Frances Bonier 
Cc: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com; disacco AT roadrunner.com; 
jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com; corinna.honscheid AT gmail.com; 
mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com; rowe926 AT gmail.com 

Subject: urban bird surveys

 

I am a biologist at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. My colleague, Paul 
Martin, and I are studying urban birds, and are seeking help from birders and 
ornithologists around the globe to identify which of our focal species breed in 
the largest cities, worldwide. 


I found your contact information on the ABA Birding News web site for Ohio. We 
would appreciate it if you would consider completing our survey if you are 
familiar with the birds of any of the cities on our list (all with populations 
>750,000). For example, we are seeking data for the birds of Cleveland and 
Cincinnati. The survey should take less than 10 minutes for one city. You can 
find more information about our study, a complete list of focal cities, and 
links to the surveys here: 


http://post.queensu.ca/~pm45/urban.html 
 


Please feel free to email me with any questions, and please share this link 
widely! 



best regards,

Fran Bonier


-- 



****************************************************
 Fran Bonier

 Assistant Professor

 Queen's University                
 Biology Department         
 Biosciences Complex 3523
 Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
 Canada

 phone: 613-533-6000 x77024
 email: bonierf AT queensu.ca  
 http://post.queensu.ca/~bonierf/index.html 
 

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Subject: Killdeer Plains, Wyandot County
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 21:00:12 -0500
​We spent the day birding at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot
County ​on Saturday. The highlight of the day was nearby. There was a huge
flock of Lapland Longspur on Township Road 65 near the intersection with
US-23 just NE of Harpster. Over 250 Longspurs with just a few Horned Larks.
Quite a sight to see the flock in the air, all at the same time.

There was a large flock of American Tree Sparrows -- at least 50 -- feeding
in the parking lot for Pond 30 on the east end of the wildlife area.

We found a pod of birds on the road outside Pond 3 and watched 4 Red-headed
Woodpeckers feeding in a cornfield beside the road.

Many Trumpeter Swans were talking to each other on the Harold Roe Wetland
and we found more on Pond 27. Ducks were scarce with just a few Mallards
staying around during the cold weather.

At sunset we parked in parking area U near the wildlife headquarters. We
watched at least 800 Canada Geese fly in to the area for the night. And
right on time, about 20 minutes after sunset, a Short-eared Owl soared by.
In the morning we had hiked looking for Long-eared Owls but did not find
any. We also watched for Northern Shrikes, but didn't find any.

All in all quite a nice day of birding and the ice storm cooperated in
passing by south of us.

Ken Ostermiller
Westfield Center

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Subject: Cleveland gulling update - Iceland, Glaucous, Thayer's etc
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 23:28:08 +0000
Greetings- 
Cleveland gulling opportunities continue to be excellent with surprisingly 
great diversity and numbers today despite very very calm conditions. The best 
sites include viewing from Wendy Park and the old coast guard station, East 9th 
street pier, and East 55th. 


Iceland Gull - 8 individuals off Wendy Park, 4 adults, 4 first cycles. Another 
2 off East 9th street- one adult and one first cycle. 


Glaucous Gull - two adults off Wendy Park. 

Thayer's Gull - one adult off Wendy Park. A first cycle at East 55th Marina. 

Lesser Black-backed Gull - 10 individuals off Wendy Park, 6 first cycles, four 
adults. 


Total gull numbers off of Wendy Park today were between 6,000 to 8,000 birds. 

Long-tailed Duck - one female in Whiskey Island Marina, one immature type off 
of East 55th 


Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH
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