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5 Sep Athens, SE Ohio: 84 Common Nighthawks [Stefan Gleissberg ]
4 Sep Conneaut sandspit today [Laura Peskin ]
5 Sep Nighthawks near Akron ["Barrett,Robert P" ]
4 Sep RB Gull behavior [Jon Cefus ]
4 Sep Geauga County Rarities [Wes Hatch ]
4 Sep Beach City Dam Buff-breasted Sandpiper [kent miller ]
4 Sep Buff - breasted Sandpiper at Walnut Beach, Ashtabula 9/4 [John Pogacnik ]
4 Sep World Shorebird Day [August Froehlich ]
4 Sep Blendon Woods-14 Warblers Golden-winged Warbler ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
4 Sep Berlin Lake Shorebirds 9/4 American Golden-Plover, Stilt Sandpipers etc [kent miller ]
4 Sep Blendon Woods-Golden-winged Warbler ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
4 Sep Piping Plover, Conneaut 9/4 [John Pogacnik ]
4 Sep Golden and Blue-winged warblers, Glacier Ridge North [Ira Shulgin ]
4 Sep Black Throated Blue Warbler [marys1000 ]
3 Sep Conneaut Piping Plover Update [robert lane ]
3 Sep Slightly off topic [Matthew Valenic ]
3 Sep Re: Blen Woods-Golden-winged Warbler [Leslie Sours ]
3 Sep Long-tailed Jaeger, North Perry, 9/3 [John Pogacnik ]
3 Sep Blen Woods-Golden-winged Warbler ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
3 Sep Wednesday Conneaut Piping Plover [robert lane ]
3 Sep Englewood East Metropark [Beverly Neubauer ]
3 Sep Nighthawks one more time [Bill Whan ]
3 Sep Sharon Woods-Golden-winged Warbler ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
3 Sep Re: 17 Common Nighthawks-Columbus ["Prinster, Mark" ]
3 Sep Westerville,9-01: Nighthawks,swifts,starlings [rob thorn ]
2 Sep Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
2 Sep Re: Wilderness Rd - Wayne Co. [Nancy Rudd ]
2 Sep 17 Common Nighthawks-Columbus [Leslie Sours ]
2 Sep Re: Drew's Fish Crows - Garfield Heights [ ]
2 Sep Wilderness Rd - Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
2 Sep Drew's Fish Crows - Garfield Heights [Ken Andrews ]
1 Sep Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
1 Sep 25 Buff-breasted Sandpipers Wilderness Road [jen brumfield ]
1 Sep Blendon Woods-14 Warblers ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
1 Sep nighthawks coda [Bill Whan ]
1 Sep Appreciate Those Buff-breasted Sandpipers [robert lane ]
1 Sep Re: Nighthawks ["liz.jaggers" ]
1 Sep MERLIN Ottawa County ["krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" ]
31 Aug Re: Nighthawks [rob thorn ]
31 Aug robins roosting [inga schmidt ]
31 Aug Wayne County: Buff-breasted and Baird's continue [Scott Hannan ]
31 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Paul ]
31 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Robert Evans ]
31 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
31 Aug (19) Buff-breasted Sandpipers Wilderness Road [jen brumfield ]
31 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Paul ]
31 Aug Re: Nighthawks [ ]
31 Aug Nighthawks [Bill Whan ]
30 Aug Black Bellied Plover - Geauga co. (continuing) [Edward Enold ]
30 Aug Recent birds in Geauga County [Matthew Valenic ]
30 Aug 13 Buff-breasted Sandpipers / Wayne Co [robert lane ]
30 Aug urbanScioto,Columbus,8-30: warblers, orioles [rob thorn ]
30 Aug Black bellied plover - Geauga C0/ [inga schmidt ]
30 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
30 Aug Bairds sp geaugA [Inga Schmidt ]
30 Aug Re: WILDERNESS RD WAYNE COUNTY [Jon Cefus ]
30 Aug Red-necked Phalarope at Wilderness [Jon Cefus ]
30 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpipers [Doreene Linzell ]
30 Aug Blendon Woods-9 Warblers ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
29 Aug DarbyCreek,8-29: flycatchers,warblers,BlueGrosbeak [rob thorn ]
29 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
29 Aug Buff breasted sandpipers [Ernie Cornelius ]
29 Aug Re: Woods rd shorebirds, darke county [Rick ]
29 Aug Magee marsh [ ]
29 Aug Woods rd shorebirds, darke county [Rick ]
29 Aug Bairds Sandpipers- Mentor Headlands [Irene Krise ]
29 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpiper [John Seiler ]
28 Aug ruddy turnstone - Geauga Co. [inga schmidt ]
28 Aug Re: nighthawks in Dublin [ ]
28 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
28 Aug Buff-breasted at Wilderness Rd. [Jon Cefus ]
28 Aug Clark County - Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Doug Overacker ]
28 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpipers _ wilderness road [Dave Chase ]
28 Aug Wendy Park migrants [jen brumfield ]
28 Aug Ultimate Yard Birds / Ten Year Anniversary [robert lane ]
27 Aug Pickaway County - Deer Creek State Park and Wildlife Area [Melanie Shuter ]

Subject: Athens, SE Ohio: 84 Common Nighthawks
From: Stefan Gleissberg <stefan AT GLEISSBERG.ORG>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2015 01:11:12 -0400
After several unsuccessful attempts to see the migration of nighthawks in 
Athens, I finally got my fix tonight (one day after Bill Whanís magic day): Up 
to 50 nighthawks were foraging near the Hocking River over the Ohio University 
Campus, at the edge of an approaching thunderstorm front. Then a higher-flying 
flock of 34 nighthawks passed over, heading in a southeast direction. I managed 
to take some pictures: 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24892050

Also, an Osprey continues to patrol the river, and some 183 Turkey Vultures 
were soaring. 


Stefan Gleissberg
Athens  
   
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Subject: Conneaut sandspit today
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 20:58:37 -0400
Glad vehicles again permitted down there.  Way too hot today to have walked
that scope down.  Saw small plovers in confusing fall plumage-- may have
been a piping in the mix.  Check out my photos at
https://www.facebook.com/deepcovercleveland.

Laura

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Subject: Nighthawks near Akron
From: "Barrett,Robert P" <rbarret AT UAKRON.EDU>
Date: Sat, 5 Sep 2015 00:56:58 +0000
September 4, between 6:30 and 7:00 PM, in Fairlawn, Summit County 44333, I 
observed the largest group of nighthawks yet this year: 3. 

On three occasions while walking through the neighborhood west of Fort Island 
Park, I saw 3 nighthawks circling together. It is remotely possible that they 
were 6 or even 9 individuals, but more probable that the same group ranged more 
widely and came into view in another place later. For a moment I thought I had 
spotted a fourth, but it flew too directly, and soon it became clear it was a 
larger bird - a ring-billed gull. 


Dr. Bob Barrett
Department of Geosciences
at
University of Akron
now rebranded as "Ohio's Polytechnic University"

Teaching Fall  Semester 2015:
Introduction to Geography
World Civilizations: Latin America

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Subject: RB Gull behavior
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 19:29:09 -0400
For the second year in a row now, at this time of year (late summer, fall on 
the birding calendar) I just observed a decent sized flock (50-75) of 
Ring-billed Gulls circling and catching insects in flight. 


The birds were working over a cemetery in Stark county near Belden Village Mall 
and slowly making their way east. I was able to watch birds lunge toward flying 
insects and snatch them, bringing to mind watching flycatchers do their work, 
without the return to a roost part of the behavior. 


I was not able to get an idea of what they were feeding on, but I would think 
it would be large enough to pay off on the effort. 


Just thought I would share this in case others have seen it or were interested 
in observed behaviors. 


Jon Cefus
Cuyahoga Falls

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Subject: Geauga County Rarities
From: Wes Hatch <whatch11 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 18:49:20 -0400
Today I birded within Geauga County and I was able to find a few good rarities: 
2 Bairds Sandpipers, 1 Stilt Sandpiper. 


A single Stilt and Bairds Sandpiper were at LaDue Reservoir--auburn rd. and 
another Bairds was at Headwaters Park. Headwaters has great habitat for a 
Buff-breasted but after looking for an hour I could not find one. 


Overall I had 10 species of shorebirds and 11 species of warbler.

Wes Hatch

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Subject: Beach City Dam Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: kent miller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 19:20:25 +0000
Following up on Donna Johnson's report of 6 birds several days ago, Ben 
Morrison & Jon Cefus have one Buff-breasted Sandpiper looking from the Beach 
City Dam. This is along Route 250 in Tuscarawas County just south of Stark 
County. An excellent Tuscarawas County record.Kent Miller 


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Subject: Buff - breasted Sandpiper at Walnut Beach, Ashtabula 9/4
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:05:33 -0400
A single buff - breasted Sandpiper was on the narrow area of sand south of the 
breakwall at Walnut Beach in Ashtabula. It flushed when an eagle went over. It 
ended up in the shallow marsh area where it remained. Also both yellowlegs, 
killdeer and least sandpiper. 


Also both teal and shoveled in the marsh and a young broad-winged hawk that 
kept going after things on the edge of the marsh. I saw him eating what looked 
like a minnow. 


There were some songbirds also. I saw an olive - sided flycatchers and 9 
species of warblers. 


John Pogacnik


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Subject: World Shorebird Day
From: August Froehlich <afroehlich AT TNC.ORG>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 16:36:16 +0000
Ohio Birders-

An email from The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network reminded me that 
this weekend, 5-6 September 2015, is the 2nd annual World Shorebirds' Day. 


The WHSRN page has a lot of details about how you can participate, including 
eBird details, FaceBook page, and other social sharing opportunities. 

http://www.whsrn.org/alertsupdates/update/20150903

It's really a weekend-long event celebrating shorebirds on both ends of their 
ranges. The only WHSHRN site in Ohio is the "Lake Erie Marshes", but that site 
covers a lot of area. 

http://www.whsrn.org/site-profile/lake-erie-marsh-region

More info about The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network is here
http://www.whsrn.org/western-hemisphere-shorebird-reserve-network

The site for the original organizer of World Shorebird Day (September 6th) can 
be found here 

https://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/



August Froehlich
Dublin, Ohio

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Subject: Blendon Woods-14 Warblers Golden-winged Warbler
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 12:13:11 -0400
 Blendon Woods Metro Park is located off of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the
Little Turtle Way exit.Below is a list of some of the birds found lately. I
would like to thank our Visitors for helping find these birds.

     Best Birding time 7:30- 9:30 am

    Goldenrod Trail-7:20 am
            Warblers
               C Yellowthroat-female
               Nashville
               American Redstart-female
               Magnolia
               Black-and-white
               Chestnut-sided-young
            E Wood Peewee
            E Phoebe
            Red-eyed Vireo
            N Flicker
            Ruby-throated Hummingbird
            E Towhee
            Cedar Waxwing-27

   Lake Trail
            Warblers
                  Blue-winged
                  Chestnut-sided
                  American Redstart
                  Blackpoll
                  Bay-breasted
                  Tennessee
            E Towhee
            Carolina Wren
            E Wood Peewee
            Black-billed Cuckoo-eating apples

  Thoreau Lake
            Mallard-27
            Wood Duck
            E Phoebe
            Great Blue Heron

   Hickory Ridge Trail
             Warblers
                   Golden-winged-male (yesterday)
                   American Redstart-young female
                   Tennessee
                   Magnolia-female
                   Chestnut-sided-young
                   Nashville
            Vireos
                   Red-eyed- young begging food from adult
                   Yellow-throated
            Wood Thrush-2
            Ruby-throated Hummingbird-2

     Road-in area of Hickory Ridge Trail (thank you Bob McNulty)
            Warblers
                  Chestnut-sided
                  Blackpoll
                  Bay-breasted
                  American Redstart
                  Magnolia
                  Tennessee

     Amphitheater
             Golden-winged Warbler-male-7:00 am till 9:40 am
                Seen in same area last night around 6:00 pm by Leslie Sours



  Brookside Trail
           Warblers
                 Hooded

  Nature Center
           Warblers
                 Canada
                 Pine
                 Magnolia-female
           Turkeys-4 females, 8 males
           Ruby-throated Hummingbird-male, female, young male & female
           Chimney Swift-2
           Hairy Woodpecker-female, young male
           House Finch-male, female
           Baltimore Oriole-male

    Parking Lot
           Warblers
                 Canada-male-chip notes
                 American Redstart-female
                 Magnolia-female
           Chimney Swift-
           Cedar Waxwing-11
           Swainson's Thrush
           Baltimore Oriole-male

              Feeding Behavior-Many Warblers are hovering beneath leaves &
capturing caterpillars



               Blendon Woods Metro Park
                   Nature Center 614-895-6221

                      Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park
in Columbus

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Subject: Berlin Lake Shorebirds 9/4 American Golden-Plover, Stilt Sandpipers etc
From: kent miller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 16:09:38 +0000
Berlin Lake in Stark County has finally been drawn down to prime shorebird 
levels. This morning by walking south from the Price Road parking lot Ben 
Morrison, Jon Cefus, & I found 7 American Golden-Plover, 4 Stilt Sandpiper, 1 
Wilson's Snipe, 14 Pectoral Sandpiper, 31 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Greater 
Yellowlegs, 4 Solitary Sandpiper, 8 Least Sandpiper, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 
2 Semipalmated Plover, & 206 Killdeer. This area should be outstanding for the 
rest of the season.Just west of here I had a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in a large 
group of Killdeer at the large, private pond at the corner of St. Peters Church 
Road & State Route 44 but the bird flew out of sight to the west.Kent Miller 



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Subject: Blendon Woods-Golden-winged Warbler
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:06:59 -0400
   Golden-winged Warbler has been around the Amphitheater all morning-area
near Nature Center-the bird comes & goes. High up in the trees

    Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Piping Plover, Conneaut 9/4
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:49:13 -0400
The piping plover is still at Conneaut this morning. Not much else of note so 
far. 


I had no Bonaparte ' gulls or terns this morning at my yard in North Perry. It 
was actually very quiet. I'll check later if the wind shifts north again. 


John Pogacnik


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Subject: Golden and Blue-winged warblers, Glacier Ridge North
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 13:45:19 +0000
I found  male Golden-winged Warbler, also  Blue-winged along with other 
warblers around 8 a.m. feeding by the bench near the vernal pool at north part 
of the park. 


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Subject: Black Throated Blue Warbler
From: marys1000 <marys1000 AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:00:44 -0400
I walked outside my apt and was surprised to see a Black Throated Blue
Warbler
in the honeysuckle? bushes at the fringe of the wooded lot behind me.
I'm not that good at id but looking in the book I can't see what else it
would be.
I got a good look.

99.9% house sparrows.  .01% the random awesome bird!

Marie
Fairborn Oh

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Subject: Conneaut Piping Plover Update
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 22:37:07 -0400
Tonight, Thursday, after arriving home from attending The Mahoning County Fair, 
I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had a phone call at 7:14PM, and a text 
message at 9:04PM, from Ashtabula County birder Bob Krajeski. He visited "The 
Conneaut Sandspit" after work tonight and was rewarded with a Piping Plover, 
assumed to be the same plover reported from yesterday. In Bob's text message he 
informed me the Piping Plover was still present at 7:45PM when he departed the 
sandspit. Thanks to Bob for following up on the earlier posting from this 
afternoon. Bob Krajeski lives nearby in the town of North Kingsville. Us 
regular Conneaut birders refer to Bob as the Mayor. 

 
Bob Lane 
                                          
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Subject: Slightly off topic
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:36:45 -0400
Many birders take pictures of things other than birds.  Such was my
situation at Wake Robin Trail (Lake County, OH) on September 1.  I'm a
sucker for butterflies and was rewarded with my first tagged Monach (see
pictures at https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/) .  You will notice
that it was feeding on something other than milkweed.  The tag I easily read
with binoculars if you don't have a camera



I reported the find and suggest we all take another glance at those Monarchs
that are a daily part of our birding.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Re: Blen Woods-Golden-winged Warbler
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 21:15:02 -0400
Three of us were able to relocate the bird around 6:00 this evening in the 
clearing off the parking lot near the nature center. The bird worked his way 
around the clearing, staying high in the treetops. Other warblers seen were 
Black-and-White, Black-throated Green, and male and female American Redstarts. 
Five Common Nighthawks flew over. Other highlights included Yellow-throated 
Vireo, Red-eyed vireo, and large flocks of Cedar Waxwings. Thanks for the heads 
up, Bruce. This was a new county bird for us and always a beautiful bird to 
see. 


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On Sep 3, 2015, at 1:19 PM, "Simpson, Bruce"  wrote:

>  A Golden-winged Warbler was found on the Hickory Ridge Trail around 11:00
> am. As you walk the trail, there is an uprooted tree with an exposed big
> root system. Water sets in the hole produced by the tree falling. In this
> area was the Golden-winged Warbler-male
> 
>         Blendon Woods Metro Park
>            Nature Center
>                      614-895-6221
> 
>         Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus
> 
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Subject: Long-tailed Jaeger, North Perry, 9/3
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik AT ADELPHIA.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 18:43:32 -0400
I happened to glance out at the lake around 5:40 and there were hundreds of
Bonaparte's gulls and common and Forster's terns passing by to the west.  As
I was watching through the scope a jaeger passed by around 6:00.  The bird
was a dark gray with narrow wings, a paler head and rump.  It flew with a
buoyant tern-like flight.  There was distinct white flash on the undersides
of the wings.  The bird was pretty close to the size of the nearby
Bonaparte's gulls.  The bird flew steadily to the west before disappearing
out of sight  I continued watching with hopes of something else good.  The
flight stopped abruptly around 6:20.  Winds were out of the northwest and
were gusty.  The winds slowed down considerably about the same time the
flight stopped.



I'm not sure how long they were passing before I started watching.  In the
40 minutes or more that I watched I'd say around 1,000 birds passed by with
Bonaparte's making up around 70%.  Nearly all appeared to be adults.  There
were both common and Forster's terns with Forster's being a bit more common.
It might give something to look for over the next few days.



John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Blen Woods-Golden-winged Warbler
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:19:32 -0400
  A Golden-winged Warbler was found on the Hickory Ridge Trail around 11:00
am. As you walk the trail, there is an uprooted tree with an exposed big
root system. Water sets in the hole produced by the tree falling. In this
area was the Golden-winged Warbler-male

         Blendon Woods Metro Park
            Nature Center
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Subject: Wednesday Conneaut Piping Plover
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 12:35:07 -0400
This morning, Jerry Talkington, while at Veterans Park, was approached by a 
local female birder, and asked about the identification of a bird she had 
photographed yesterday morning at "The Conneaut Sandspit" in Ashtabula County. 
Lo and behold, the photo was of a Piping Plover. Jerry took a picture with his 
camera of her photo on her camera, and sent me the picture. Definitely a Piping 
Plover; from the photo you could see no leg bands, and probably an adult 
non-breeding, with it showing a little bit of orange at the base of the bill. 
If anyone is in the Conneaut area today, it might be worth checking out the 
sandspit and the public beach. 

 
Bob Lane 
                                          
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Subject: Englewood East Metropark
From: Beverly Neubauer <neubauers.bev.ed AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 11:46:36 -0400
Thursday, Sept. 3 - 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Viewable from the first parking area overlooking the lake:

Bald eagles - 2 imm
DC cormorants - 26
Great blue herons - many
Wood ducks
Mallards

Viewable from the north end of the lake (former feeding-the-ducks parking
area):

Pectoral sp - 2
Lesser yellowlegs - 1
Solitary sp - 1
Least sp - 1
Spotted sp
Killdeers - many
Green-backed herons - 3
Great egrets - 4
Blue-winged teals

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer, Dean Porter, Lee Reed

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Subject: Nighthawks one more time
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 10:16:37 -0400
Many thanks to the folks who have looked for and found some nighthawk
flights recently. Fall soccer games provide some marginal foraging for
nighthawks, and it could be worthwhile to glance up for them.
As I mentioned before, there seems to be something magical about
today--3 September--for peak numbers: Columbus had "at least several
thousand" on 9/3/68, 3,000+ on 98/3/76, and ~2500 on 9/3/92. I believe
we hold the record for the state's latest nighthawk--11/20/756, flying
and calling over High Street on the north side.
        Anyway, the thoughtful observations and remarks are valuable.
Thanks,
Bill Whan

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Subject: Sharon Woods-Golden-winged Warbler
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 09:52:51 -0400
 Diane Peters found a female Golden-winged Warbler off of the Apple Ridge
picnic area Take the gravel trail south a short distance

      Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park

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Subject: Re: 17 Common Nighthawks-Columbus
From: "Prinster, Mark" <mark.prinster AT SCOTTS.COM>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 07:52:59 -0400
We had 7 nighthawks fly over last evening.  A first from our home northwest
of Marysville in Union County.  They were hanging out with some high-flying
chimney swifts.  They were doing lazy circles, feeding as they went along
and generally heading towards the southwest.

On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 7:21 PM, robert batterson <
000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> I had a single bird in Delaware county at the intersection of Hyatts and
> Liberty roads about 20 minutes ago also along the Olentangy corridor.
>
>
>      On Wednesday, September 2, 2015 6:11 PM, Leslie Sours <
> lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET> wrote:
>
>
>  At 5:30 a tight flock of 17 Common Nighthawks flew over my yard in the
> Olentangy corridor near OSU in Columbus. They were flying east/ slightly
> northeast and coming from the southwest instead of the north.  This was
> immediately after a thunderstorm. That brings my total for the week to
> 49....not staggering numbers, but still coming in dribs and drabs.
>
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Subject: Westerville,9-01: Nighthawks,swifts,starlings
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2015 02:58:03 -0400
Last night, I journeyed to check on a swift roost in Westerville (NE suburb of 
Columbus) and wound up with en evening bird trifecta. Along the NE stretch of 
I-270, I had a flock of 10+ Nighthawks feeding over Cherrybottom Park. This was 
low-darting flights, unlike the high flights of birds on migration. I guess 
this was a supper stop. This might also explain why migrant nighthawks in 
Columbus cluster in the river valleys -- they're the only places left with 
large forests that might offer food and shelter for these birds. 


In old Westerville, I found not one but two swift roosts. The old city building 
had about 530 birds, while the Masons' Hall 3 blocks south had some 350+ birds. 
These dueling roosts happen often in this particular area, since old 
Westerville has many old brick chimneys. If the pattern of past years holds, 
the Mason's Hall roost will decline soon, while the city building roost will 
stay robust for several more weeks. Later migrants must find something more 
attractive about this latter site. 


Finally, the huge Starling roost at I-270 & Westerville Road was in full swing 
with 6000+ birds. The birds appear to roost in a stand of small pines right 
inside the southwest exit cloverleaf, and the staging areas around the 
interchange can look positively Hitchcock-ian with bird-covered wires. I 
surmise that cold weather isn't necessary for these roosts to form, as it was a 
balmy 84 degrees while these birds were gathering for the evening. 


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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 22:03:11 -0400
Numbers were low;  activity decreased as the day got hotter.

Chestnut sided warblers
American redstarts
bay breasted warbler
tennessee warbler
blackburnian warbler
blackpoll warbler
blue winged warbler

Bottled gentian blooming.
Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Re: Wilderness Rd - Wayne Co.
From: Nancy Rudd <rudd.2 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 19:16:18 -0400
If anyone has been to the Wilderness Rd. peat pit this afternoon or
evening (Wednesday, 9/2), please report on what was there/not there.

Thanks,

Nancy Rudd

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Subject: 17 Common Nighthawks-Columbus
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:10:59 -0400
At 5:30 a tight flock of 17 Common Nighthawks flew over my yard in the 
Olentangy corridor near OSU in Columbus. They were flying east/ slightly 
northeast and coming from the southwest instead of the north. This was 
immediately after a thunderstorm. That brings my total for the week to 
49....not staggering numbers, but still coming in dribs and drabs. 


Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Re: Drew's Fish Crows - Garfield Heights
From: Lori Brumbaugh <000000be0ae96c21-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:13:50 -0400
I have been telling my husband for months that I hear fish crows at that same 
place when shopping at the big lots. I just couldn't document it. Thank you for 
posting. 

Lori brumbaugh 
Garfield Heights

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 2, 2015, at 11:04 AM, Ken Andrews  wrote:
> 
> Recently Drew Rolik has been sending me emails that he has been seeing Fish 
Crows at Garfield Mall area near Rockside and Turney Roads. I have never seen 
them myself until today. 

> 
> I was driving west on Rockside Road. I had to slow down at the intersection 
with Turney because the road is rough. I saw three small crows perched in front 
of Arby's. I turned around and parked near where one of the crows was perched 
on a utility line. I managed to get a video. 

> 
> I could hear all three crows making the call that IDs them as Fish Crows. 
They were all about 2/3s the size of American Crows. 

> 
> Here is a link to my video in Flickr:
> https://flic.kr/p/y8so3x
> I wish I could clean up the road noise. But, you can hear the crows' calls.
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Subject: Wilderness Rd - Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:58:27 -0400
I was at Wilderness Rd. in Wayne Co. this morning from 8:30-10am. I had it
all to myself until a few cars showed up as I was leaving. The shorebirds
did not disappoint. I saw 15 species, so I was very pleased.

The buff-breasted sandpipers continued there. Yesterday evening there was a
report of 25, but I think there were more like 8-10 this morning. They were
moving around quite a bit, so it was hard to get a count. About 9:15, a
peregrine falcon swept by and all the birds flushed, but eventually most
came back.

Aside from the buffies, the highlights were an Am. golden plover, that has
been there awhile, and a Wilson's phalarope in non-breeding plumage.
Several of those have been around the last week or so too. Three stilt
sandpipers were also a treat. My list follows.  Randy Rowe, Wooster

Am. golden plover - 1
Killdeer - 40+
Semipalmated plover - 5-6
Gr. yellowlegs - 1
Ls. yellowlegs - 20+
Spotted sdp - 1
Semipalmated sdp - 5-6
Least sdp - 40+
Baird's sdp - 2
Pectoral sdp - 8-10
Stilt sdp - 3
Buff-breasted sdp - 8-10
Short-billed dowitcher - 2
Wilson's snipe - 2
Wilson's phalarope - 1

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Subject: Drew's Fish Crows - Garfield Heights
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:04:04 -0400
Recently Drew Rolik has been sending me emails that he has been seeing Fish 
Crows at Garfield Mall area near Rockside and Turney Roads. I have never seen 
them myself until today. 


I was driving west on Rockside Road. I had to slow down at the intersection 
with Turney because the road is rough. I saw three small crows perched in front 
of Arby's. I turned around and parked near where one of the crows was perched 
on a utility line. I managed to get a video. 


I could hear all three crows making the call that IDs them as Fish Crows. They 
were all about 2/3s the size of American Crows. 


Here is a link to my video in Flickr:
https://flic.kr/p/y8so3x
I wish I could clean up the road noise. But, you can hear the crows' calls.

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:50:51 -0400
Birds widely scattered today.
Blue winged warbler
Common yellowthroat
blackburnian warbler
American redstart
Nashville warblers

Swainson's thrush
cedar waxwing (large numbers)
summer tanager
barred owl
red headed woodpecker

Bonus critters
Box  turtle
Eastern milk snake
Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: 25 Buff-breasted Sandpipers Wilderness Road
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:41:48 -0400
Aaron Miller reports 25 (twenty-five) Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Wilderness 
Road peat pits as of 6:30 pm this evening. Forwarded by Su Snyder 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Blendon Woods-14 Warblers
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 18:27:17 -0400
    Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of Columbus
off of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit.

    Below is a list of some of the Birds seen yesterday( Aug 31st) In
addition, a Mourning Warbler was seen by Jennifer Kuehn  on the Goldenrod
Trail on the path to the 2nd loop.

    The best Birding is between 7:30 am & 9:30 am.

                   Goldenrod Trail 7:35 am
                        Warblers
                             Tennessee-3 adults, 3 young
                             American Redstart-female
                             Nashville-3
                             Blackburian-female, young female
                             Canada
                             Worm-eating
                             C Yellowthroat-2 males singing
                             Chestnut-sided-young
                             Black-and-white-female
                      E Wood Peewee
                      C Nighthawk
                      N Flicker
                      Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-2
                      Indigo Bunting-young
                      Ruby-throated Hummingbird-3

                 Thoreau Lake 9:40 am
                      E Phoebe
                      Mallard-3
                      Wood Duck-3
                      Green Heron-2
                      Great Blue Heron

                 Lake Trail  9:59 am
                      Warblers
                            Magnolia-female
                            Chestnut-sided-2 young, female
                      Turkeys-2 male, 2 females with 2 polts

                 Brookside Trail 10:40 am
                       Warblers
                             Chestnut-sided 3 young
                             Blue-winged
                             Black-and-white-female
                             Blackburian-female
                             Hooded
                             N Parula-male
                             Blackpoll
                     Yellow-throated Vireo
                     Carolina Wren


                            Blendon Woods Metro Park
                                 Nature Center 614-895-6221

                               Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods
Metro Park

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Subject: nighthawks coda
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:02:02 -0400
Thanks to all for helpful remarks on and off this list regarding my
nighthawks post. Among the laments were a few hopeful reports of
three-digit numbers, I'm glad to say. And only one person, in the
politest of ways, pointed out my brain-burp saying spring warblers are
more numerous than fall ones!
Happy night-hawking,
Bill Whan

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Subject: Appreciate Those Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 08:30:30 -0400
To all the birders that have been lucky enough to see, or will hopefully see, 
the Buff-breasted Sandpipers passing thru Northeastern Ohio this Fall, here are 
some facts to help you appreciate what these buff colored beauties go thru on 
there migratory journey. Buff-breasted Sandpipers have one of the longest 
migration routes of any of the birds we see in Ohio, traveling nearly 10,000 
miles from their artic breeding grounds on the tundra of the far north of 
Canada, to the wintering grounds in the southern most areas of South America in 
Argentina and Chile. When stopping over in Ohio, they are not even a quarter of 
the way to their destination, having already traveled about 2250 miles to us, 
with about 7750 miles to go. As hard as it is to believe, the Buffies were 
hunted to dangerously low levels in the early 20th century, with present 
numbers appearing stable. My experience with Buff-breasted Sandpipers, only in 
the Fall in Ohio, is if you have total sightings of 1 to 3, it has been a great 
year. Don't expect to have the phenomenon of The Wilderness Road happening 
every year. I believe the highest single Ohio sighting of 30+ was on August 31, 
2005 at Hoover Reservoir during Hurricane Katrina, coincidentally, the same 
date as yesterday. The highest count I heard reported at Wilderness Road 
yesterday was 24. Will more be found today, or have the little cuties moved on. 
No matter what, it is definitely another banner year for Buffies. Enjoy it, and 
don't expect to see it happen every year. 

 
Bob Lane   
                                          
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: "liz.jaggers" <liz.jaggers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 07:57:09 -0400
On 8/28 Luke Schrader and I observed a flock of 20 or so fly west over our 
neighborhood and as we walked toward the Colonial Hills school (Worthington) we 
watched another close to 100 circling low and feeding over the school for a 
good 20 minutes.  When the local Chimney swifts arrived to roost the 
Nighthawks dispersed to the west as well. About  5 minutes later it appeared 
that the two flocks merged and like a squadron on a mission we observed them 
flying much higher toward the northeast.  


We have since seen smaller flocks over the neighborhood, but nothing like the 
numbers we saw on the 28th. 


Liz 


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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
I checked several areas around downtown Columbus this evening, after attending one of the MetroParks Citizen Input Meetings (at Scioto Audubon). Stops at Berliner park, Long St Dam, Broad St., and Bexley yielded a total of 3 birds -- 2 at Berliner, 1 at Long Street Dam. I've not had any big flocks so far this fall, which may suggest that the early wave of Nighthawk migrants has learned to circle around the Columbus urban area. Not much food or roost spots here, and plenty of predators (Cooper's hawks). Perhaps the second wave - usually in mid-September - will have more robust numbers. On the positive side, Chimney Swift numbers seem OK. 260-270 birds were seen swirling into the Drexel Theater chimney in Bexley this evening, and another large flock was milling around northeast of downtown Columbus (Nationwide & 5th). ______________________________________________________________________ Ohio-birds mailing list, a service of the Ohio Ornithological Society. Please consider joining our Society, at www.ohiobirds.org/site/membership.php. Our thanks to Miami University for hosting this mailing list. You can join or leave the list, or change your options, at: listserv.miamioh.edu/scripts/wa.exe?LIST=OHIO-BIRDS Send questions or comments about the list to: listowner AT ohiobirds.org ______________________________________________________________________ Ohio-birds mailing list, a service of the Ohio Ornithological Society. Please consider joining our Society, at www.ohiobirds.org/site/membership.php. Our thanks to Miami University for hosting this mailing list. You can join or leave the list, or change your options, at: listserv.miamioh.edu/scripts/wa.exe?LIST=OHIO-BIRDS Send questions or comments about the list to: listowner AT ohiobirds.org
Subject: MERLIN Ottawa County
From: "krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" <krhuttondvm@FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:37:29 +0000
Cross-posting from Birding Ohio Facebook group:

Debbie Carr-Taylor found and photographed a MERLIN at Meadowbrook Marsh, 
Danbury Twp, Ottawa County yesterday, Aug. 31.  Photos on Birding Ohio. 


Kathi Hutton

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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:01:20 -0400
I checked several areas around downtown Columbus this evening, after attending 
one of the MetroParks Citizen Input Meetings (at Scioto Audubon). Stops at 
Berliner park, Long St Dam, Broad St., and Bexley yielded a total of 3 birds -- 
2 at Berliner, 1 at Long Street Dam. I've not had any big flocks so far this 
fall, which may suggest that the early wave of Nighthawk migrants has learned 
to circle around the Columbus urban area. Not much food or roost spots here, 
and plenty of predators (Cooper's hawks). Perhaps the second wave - usually in 
mid-September - will have more robust numbers. 


On the positive side, Chimney Swift numbers seem OK. 260-270 birds were seen 
swirling into the Drexel Theater chimney in Bexley this evening, and another 
large flock was milling around northeast of downtown Columbus (Nationwide & 
5th). 


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Subject: robins roosting
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:50:54 -0400
Iíve been making a point of going out in the evening to count the robins coming 
in to 

roost in the fields behind my house. (Mainly low growing shrubs, buckthorn, and 
apple trees.) 


A very rough count, but somewhere in the vicinity of 2000 birds came in, in 
just 

under half an hour.  7:50pm to 8:20.  

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road, Geauga Co. at the Cuy. County line
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Subject: Wayne County: Buff-breasted and Baird's continue
From: Scott Hannan <000001c1146b2c38-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:53:46 -0400
As of 8 PM, both were present (5 buffy and 1 Baird's) at the Wildernes Road 
peat mining areas... see prior posts for details. 


Both were life birds!

Scott Hannan
Wooster
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Paul <phaskins AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:38:49 -0400
150-200 or more - all in 3-4 minutes North Zanesville - Very high all
heading directly south

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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:30:21 -0400
From my perspective on Flint Ridge in far western Muskingum County, I first
noticed nighthawk two nights ago, August 29. There were at least eight
swooping around the treetops of one of our three forested ravines close to
dusk. These are not tremendous numbers, but they did make me smile. I was
otherwise occupied last night, but I will check it out again tonight, to
see if they are present, and in what numbers.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County


On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:07 PM, Paul  wrote:

> Follow up to Bill's post ..
>
>
> I am able to ... usually , see at least a few evenings of Nighthawks
> from my front yard.  Zanesville area - north end.  I've casually tracked
> dates for a few years.
>
> So far this year I had zero, until yesterday.  In a period of no more
> than 10 minutes I had 100+.  Started around 7:30 pm.  There was a large
> flock just at the North edge of my viewing and within a minute they
> seemed to be coming primarily from the south as well as west and seemed
> to form one huge south east movement.  I'm west of the Muskingum river
> corridor and would not doubt that they move there and follow it, though
> I have never observed them there.
>
> Historically I usually see movement from the West heading South East.
>
> I'm guessing the spend their days in various trees or tops of graveled
> buildings and arise at similar times.   I'm fairly close to several
> typical box stores , malls and their roof tops.   At least one pair has
> been reported on the nearby mall this summer, nesting was reported one
> building a few years ago.
>
>
>   For me -  - this is a little later than previous prime times by a
> week or so.
>
>
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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:45:26 -0400
Lots more birds and lots of variety, staying busy even at noon. Pet trail and 
Broookside trail were both good 


chestnut sided warblers
Tennessee warblers
Nashville warblers
American redstart
Canada warbler
blackburnian warblers
blackpoll warblers
common yellowthroat
Black and white warblers
magnolia warblers
northern parulas

common nighthawk
yellow throated vireo
red eyed vireo
cedar waxwings
indigo buntings
blue gray gnatcatchers

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Subject: (19) Buff-breasted Sandpipers Wilderness Road
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:23:06 -0400
Anna Wittmer and Ben Warner report 19 (nineteen) Buff-breasted Sandpipers at 
the Wilderness Road peat pits plus Baird's Sandpiper and an American Golden 
Plover 



JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Paul <phaskins AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:07:39 -0400
Follow up to Bill's post ..


I am able to ... usually , see at least a few evenings of Nighthawks
from my front yard.  Zanesville area - north end.  I've casually tracked
dates for a few years.

So far this year I had zero, until yesterday.  In a period of no more
than 10 minutes I had 100+.  Started around 7:30 pm.  There was a large
flock just at the North edge of my viewing and within a minute they
seemed to be coming primarily from the south as well as west and seemed
to form one huge south east movement.  I'm west of the Muskingum river
corridor and would not doubt that they move there and follow it, though
I have never observed them there.

Historically I usually see movement from the West heading South East.

I'm guessing the spend their days in various trees or tops of graveled
buildings and arise at similar times.   I'm fairly close to several
typical box stores , malls and their roof tops.   At least one pair has
been reported on the nearby mall this summer, nesting was reported one
building a few years ago.


   For me -  - this is a little later than previous prime times by a
week or so.

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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com <azuretrails@COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:06:58 GMT





 Great email, once again my friend. Hope all is well and keep writing.Darlene 

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone



------ Original message------From: Bill WhanDate: Mon, Aug 31, 2015 11:34 AMTo: 
OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU;Subject:[Ohio-birds] Nighthawks 

We are not seeing, or at least not reporting, many remarkable fallmigrants, 
judging by contributions to this list. To learn that 68+people have trudged the 
same path to see the same piping plover tells usa lot less about birds than 
about birders, for example. We're only atthe edge of migration, and one can 
hope that healthy numbers of birdsmoving south will be reported. Barring some 
catastrophe, far morewarblers pass through in spring than in fall, let's not 
forget. The ABA's Birding News web site has a feature at the top of its 
page--http://birding.aba.org/search.php --and I used it to discoverrecent 
reports of nighthawks. There were 568 posts reporting commonnighthawks--and 
some lessers--in the ABA reporting area. Some reportsestimated flyover flocks 
of 10 thousand or more. One report, not thelargest, gave 9490 birds seen 
yesterday over 20 minutes from anobserver's front yard in Minnesota's Lake 
County. As far as we know, migrating nighthawks often clump into foraginggroups 
on migration to South America. Those that move during the day mayfly high 
enough that they aren't seen or reported; this is the case fornearly all of the 
northbound birds in the spring. Most of those we seefrom the ground are the 
larger low-altitude early-evening flocks as theyfeed on insects along their way 
in autumn; nighthawks sleep by night, ofcourse. Large numbers of migrants are 
seen along the GreatLakes--apparently, not so much on Lake Erie, as its shore 
extendseast/west--where large numbers of observers in Michigan, Wisconsin, 
andMinnesota see birds in fall. In Ohio, bodies of water orientednorth/south, 
like many of our rivers and reservoirs, may invite moremodest flocks. Here in 
Columbus, for example, many of our big fallrecords come from the OSU campus, 
where there are lots ofobservers--attentive or not--and some tracts of open 
area with flyinginsects, along the Olentangy flight path. Oddly enough, a 
goodly numberof the biggest ones have occurred on September 3... That said, we 
haven't been seeing them in numbers such as we've seen inrecent years, at least 
according to reports. I myself am not seeing theflocks of hundreds of migrants 
that at times induced me to climb ontothe roof of my house, or walk over to the 
schoolyard, to count them. Icertainly am not seeing any good numbers on this 
list, either. Come tothink of it, I don't see as many flying insects as I used 
to, and thenumber of nesting birds in the neighborhood seems way down, as I 
supposeit may be in other metropolitan areas. Anyway, I hope it is just fewer 
urban insects. Heaven knows we havemore observers, and more ways of discovering 
what they're seeing.Folks who want to see gatherings of insects can find them 
in many nearbyplaces, but I hope the diminution of nighthawks seen here is just 
a lackof food rather than of birds to chase it.Bill 
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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:32:23 -0400
We are not seeing, or at least not reporting, many remarkable fall
migrants, judging by contributions to this list. To learn that 68+
people have trudged the same path to see the same piping plover tells us
a lot less about birds than about birders, for example. We're only at
the edge of migration, and one can hope that healthy numbers of birds
moving south will be reported. Barring some catastrophe, far more
warblers pass through in spring than in fall, let's not forget.
        The ABA's Birding News web site has a feature at the top of its page--
http://birding.aba.org/search.php  --and I used it to discover
recent reports of nighthawks. There were 568 posts reporting common
nighthawks--and some lessers--in the ABA reporting area. Some reports
estimated flyover flocks of 10 thousand or more. One report, not the
largest, gave 9490 birds seen yesterday over 20 minutes from an
observer's front yard in Minnesota's Lake County.
        As far as we know, migrating nighthawks often clump into foraging
groups on migration to South America. Those that move during the day may
fly high enough that they aren't seen or reported; this is the case for
nearly all of the northbound birds in the spring. Most of those we see
from the ground are the larger low-altitude early-evening flocks as they
feed on insects along their way in autumn; nighthawks sleep by night, of
course. Large numbers of migrants are seen along the Great
Lakes--apparently, not so much on Lake Erie, as its shore extends
east/west--where large numbers of observers in Michigan, Wisconsin, and
Minnesota see birds in fall. In Ohio, bodies of water oriented
north/south, like many of our rivers and reservoirs, may invite more
modest flocks. Here in Columbus, for example, many of our big fall
records come from the OSU campus, where there are lots of
observers--attentive or not--and some tracts of open area with flying
insects, along the Olentangy flight path. Oddly enough, a goodly number
of the biggest ones have occurred on September 3...
        That said, we haven't been seeing them in numbers such as we've seen in
recent years, at least according to reports. I myself am not seeing the
flocks of hundreds of migrants that at times induced me to climb onto
the roof of my house, or walk over to the schoolyard, to count them. I
certainly am not seeing any good numbers on this list, either. Come to
think of it, I don't see as many flying insects as I used to, and the
number of nesting birds in the neighborhood seems way down, as I suppose
it may be in other metropolitan areas.
        Anyway, I hope it is just fewer urban insects. Heaven knows we have
more observers, and more ways of discovering what they're seeing.
Folks who want to see gatherings of insects can find them in many nearby
places, but I hope the diminution of nighthawks seen here is just a lack
of food rather than of birds to chase it.
Bill Whan
Columbus


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Subject: Black Bellied Plover - Geauga co. (continuing)
From: Edward Enold <e2enold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:02:30 -0400
Black Bellied Plover continuing at LaDue Reservoir.  It was observed until
7:30 pm this evening.  The bird was seen on the small island to the north
of the boat ramp.

Happy Birding
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Subject: Recent birds in Geauga County
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:09:15 -0400
Yes, I am shamelessly promoting Geauga County as a birding destination in NE
Ohio.  As reported earlier by Inga Schmidt, today a Baird's Sandpiper and a
Black-bellied Plover were seen at LaDue Reservoir in the area near the
boathouse islands and nearby shorelines.  Here are a few pictures from LaDue
Reservoir, Orchard Hills Park and West Geauga Commons
https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/albums/72157653319568110.





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Subject: 13 Buff-breasted Sandpipers / Wayne Co
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:18:23 -0400
Jeff Harvey, my wife Denise, and myself, arrived at The Wilderness Road site at 
6PM today, Sunday. Only two other birders besides us were there, with a third 
arriving after us. Upon our arrival, we immediately found 8 Buff-breasted 
Sandpipers scattered along the west side of the impoundment. About ten minutes 
later, 5 more came flying in bringing the total visible to 13. This is the 
highest count I have ever had anywhere, with my previous best total being 11, 
at the west side of the SR225 Bridge at Berlin Reservoir in Stark County, on 
9/07/08. We located the previously reported Red-necked Phalarope down the 
channel along the east side of the east access road. About 6:30PM, an 
ultra-light aircraft came along flying low causing all the shorebirds to go 
airborne. What a sight, they appeared to be in the hundreds. Fortunately when 
the birds settled back down, the Red-necked Phalarope was right in front of us 
near the second green pump. Some of the other highlights of 16 species of 
shorebirds were: 1 American Golden-Plover, 7 Short-billed Dowitchers, 3 Baird's 
Sandpipers, 20+ Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Wilson's Snipe, and a single American 
Pipit. Numerous Mourning Doves were present and many more were arriving. The 
sky had an eerie look upon our departure at 7:30PM, and a spooky looking full 
moon showed us the direction home. 

 
Bob Lane / Mahoning County 
                                          
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Subject: urbanScioto,Columbus,8-30: warblers, orioles
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:03:48 -0400
I checked out several areas along the Scioto River near Columbus this morning, 
starting at Scioto Audubon and working my way upriver to Marble Cliff & Griggs 
Dam. Despite the overnight rain, migrants were thin, and it took much effort to 
find them (except for the orioles). Birders looking to get to the Shrum Mound 
Quarry should be aware that the 5th Ave bridge over the Scioto is torn down for 
repairs, and you'll need to detour by way of Trabue and McKinley. Notables 
included: 


Herons - Great Blues were at normal #s, and were joined by 2 great Egrets 
(Scioto Aud) and 1 Green Heron (Marble Cliff) 

Osprey - 1 adult was still hanging around Scioto
Vultures - the Turkey Vulture flock at Griggs has 40+ birds in it, but no Black 
Vultures 

Gulls and Terns - startlingly scarce, with only 5 Ring-billed Gulls seen all 
morning 

Flycatchers - Pewees still widespread, but also had Acadian (Griggs), Willow 
(Scioto Aud), and Phoebe 

Swallows - very few other than some flocks of Barn Swallows around the Scioto 
Audubon fields, perhaps 35-40 birds. 

Vireos - singing Warbling at several locations, along with Red-eyed at Marble 
Cliff & Griggs 

Gnatcatchers - 2 birds were at Scioto Audubon, while another 2 were at Griggs
Warblers - hard to find, but did scrounge up Tennessees, Chesnut-sided, 
Blackburnians, Yellow-throated, Bay-breasted (FOS-Griggs), AmericanRedstarts, 
and N.Waterthrush (Marble Cliff) 

Orioles - Baltimores at many locations, often singing, Griggs had at least 3. 
This may be their migration peak. 


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Subject: Black bellied plover - Geauga C0/
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:23:24 -0400
A surprisingly good afternoon at LaDue Reservoir.  First Wes Hatch 
found one Bairdís Sandpiper right near the boat launch area, and then we 
noticed two ruddy turnstones along the shore edge. Both in nonbreeding 
plumage so we have a total of at least three at LaDue in the last week.

Then, not visible from the parking lot, walking in along the shore line
Wes saw a breeding plumage black belllied plover. Just beautiful! 

Otherwise, of note semipalmated plovers, least and semi palm sandpipers, 
solitary and 

spotted sandpipers.  Oh, and a couple of common terns.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:06:20 -0400
Chestnut sided warblers
common yellowthroat
blackburnian warblers
Northern parula
Magnolia warblers

Barred owl
Red shouldered hawk
green heron
belted kingfisher
empy flycatcher
cedar waxwings

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Bairds sp geaugA
From: Inga Schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:24:41 -0400
At ladue resv bairds sp and 2 ruddy
Turnstones
Inga schmidt
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Subject: Re: WILDERNESS RD WAYNE COUNTY
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:14:17 -0400
The Buffy count is up to 5 right now, plus a Red-necked Phalarope.

Jon Cefus

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> On Aug 30, 2015, at 9:54 AM, George Novosel 
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> A group of birders have located 3 buff breasted sandpipers still present at 
Wilderness. Thanks Chris for getting me a life bird ! 

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope at Wilderness
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:11:27 -0400
Barb and Terry Sponseller and I just had a Red-necked Phalarope by the green 
pump on the east shore. 


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:41:06 -0700
There are currently four Buff-breasted and two Baird's Sandpipers at
Wilderness Rd. There are also many peeps and yellowlegs and killdeer.

Doreene

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Subject: Blendon Woods-9 Warblers
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:29 -0400
  Parking Lot 7:30
       Warblers
          Canada
          Magnolia
          Black-and-white
          Tennessee
          Black-throated Green

   Lake Trail
           Black-throated Black Warbler
           E Wood Peewee
           Cooper's Hawk

  Thoreau Lake
           Barred Owl-great looks!
           Cooper's Hawk
           Nashville Warbler-2
           Carolina Wren


    Goldenrod Trail
            Warblers
                  Canada
                  Blue-winged
            Summer Tanager

    Nature Center
            Warblers
                    C Yellowthroat-female
                    Black-and-white-female
             E Towhee
             Turkeys-6-male

          Nature Center
                614-895-6221

              Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in
Columbus

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Subject: DarbyCreek,8-29: flycatchers,warblers,BlueGrosbeak
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 21:29:56 -0400
I made stops at several migrant traps along Big Darby Creek west of Columbus, 
including Darby Bend Lakes, Kuhlwein Wetlands, Trail of the Ancients, and 
Grassle Rd. access. For 3 hours, migrant numbers were spotty, with no one group 
or species standing out. Notables included: 


Sora - one was calling from the tiny wetland near the bridge at Darby Bend 
lakes 


Red-headed Woodpecker - an adult persists in the dead trees along the River 
Rock Trail at Darby Bend Lakes 


Flycatchers : Pewees widespread, but also had Phoebe, Acadian, GreatCrested 
(4), and 2 late E.Kingbirds (Darby Bend Lakes, Grassle Rd) 


Swallows - hardly any, with only a smattering of Barn Swallows. 15 at Kuhlwein 
was the high, so you know it was slow. 


Vireos - single Warbling (Darby Bend Lakes), White-eyed (TrAncients), and 
Red-eyed (Grassle) 


Thrushes - nothing other than some Robins & E.Bluebirds

Cedar Waxwings - flocks at every stop; Darby Bend Lakes had 60+

Warblers - not many, but the list did include Yellow, Parula, Tennessee, 
Chaesnut-sided, Yellow-throated, Black&White, Blackpoll, and ComYellowthroat. 
Yellowthroats were easily the most common. 


BlueGrosbeak - a singing male was near the Kuhlwein parking lot, around where 
one has been seen off-and-on all summer 


Icterids - small flocks of Redwings at several spots, as well as a bigger flock 
of grackles (100+) on Trail of Ancients. A Baltimore Oriole male was still 
hanging around Darby Bend Lakes. 


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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:38:59 -0400
Chestnut sided warblers
Tennessee warblers
Blackburnian warblers 
Black throated green warbler
Canada warbler
Blue winged warbler

Barred owl
Red shouldered hawk

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Buff breasted sandpipers
From: Ernie Cornelius <ecornelius1 AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:45:22 -0400
There are currently 4 of them at 1:45 PM at Wilderness Rd . site.

Micki Hendrick & Ernie Cornelius

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Subject: Re: Woods rd shorebirds, darke county
From: Rick <rick.asamoto AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:04:07 -0400
Also a juvenile Baird's sandpiper on the right side near edge. Often obscured 
by the vegetation. 


Rick Asamoto 



> On Aug 29, 2015, at 12:33 PM, Rick  wrote:
> 
> 
> 
> There are a good number of shorebirds at the wetland on woods rd. 2 stilt 
sandpipers in addition to lesser yellowlegs, least, semipalmated, and pectoral 
sandpipers. 

> 
> Rick Asamoto

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Subject: Magee marsh
From: George Novosel <0000000dfb6a76df-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:32:59 -0400
1 single black bellied plover at Magee. Drive straight back As the road turns 
left park by the road closest to the shed and a green open sumpter and look 
south of the road in a wet patch. Was there with a pectoral at 12:30 pm 
Saturday about half way back in the open. 

White eyed vireo seen on the boardwalk. Was pretty dead besides common stuff. 
Didn't spend much time though. 


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Subject: Woods rd shorebirds, darke county
From: Rick <rick.asamoto AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:33:04 -0400
There are a good number of shorebirds at the wetland on woods rd. 2 stilt 
sandpipers in addition to lesser yellowlegs, least, semipalmated, and pectoral 
sandpipers. 


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Subject: Bairds Sandpipers- Mentor Headlands
From: Irene Krise <000000fa00935419-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:22:49 -0400
There are 2 handsome Bairds Samdpipers working the waters edge on the west 
beach at Headlands. 9:15 am. 


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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 05:56:55 -0700
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Sighted On: Aug 29, 2015 8:56:36 AM

Latitude: 40.73705463, Longitude: -82.0724403
Altitude: 882 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.73705463,-82.0724403&ll=40.73705463,-82.0724403 


Address: Plain, OH,USA

still at wilderness road.

By John Seiler

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Subject: ruddy turnstone - Geauga Co.
From: inga schmidt <ingais AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:15:00 -0400
At Ladue Reservoir this evening, I found a ruddy turnstone on the sandpit 
again. 

There has been one there for several days. Interestingly, it wasnít the same 
bird. 

The first one seen there was in breeding plumage. This one looked to be an 
adult 

bird in nonbreeding plumage.  

Otherwise, a small assortment of peeps, one Greater Yellowlegs and the usual 
killdeer. 


Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Re: nighthawks in Dublin
From: Gretchen Fluke <000002799237ea65-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:08:57 -0400
Friday night, 7:45, about 20-25 nighthawks flying southeast in the vicinity of 
Sawmill-Summit View. Hooray for central Ohio. 


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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:44:19 -0400
Variety is increasing; most birds found before 9:30am; most of the warblers 
were on the Lake trail. 

Canada warbler
Black throated blue warbler
Tennessee warblers
Nashville warbler
Blackburnian warbler
Magnolia warblers
Ovenbird
Chestnut sided warbler

Philadelphia vireo
red eyed vireo
Red shouldered hawk
Barred owl
green herons

Woodside green Park (Gahanna)
Canada warbler
Black and white warbler

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Subject: Buff-breasted at Wilderness Rd.
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:23:56 -0400
2 birds being seen by me and Kent Miller right now.  Wayne Co.

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Clark County - Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:28:55 -0400
We found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the beach at Buck Creek State Park
this morning. It was a beautiful juvenile. There were also about 100
Killdeer and two Least Sandpipers. There are about 200 Ring-billed Gulls and
about six Herring Gulls on the beach now. Tomorrow they are having a race
there in the morning and I don't know if you will even be able to get to the
beach.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers _ wilderness road
From: Dave Chase <dchase AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:15:15 -0400
There are currently two buff breasted Sandpipers, a Baird sandpiper and many 
more shore birds present t wilderness road 


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Subject: Wendy Park migrants
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:56:43 -0400
Wendy Park main wood lot right now, good numbers and diversity of warblers, 
vireos, flycatchers including Mourning, 3 Canada, 8 Cape May, Philadephia 
Vireo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and more; 

14 species of warblers 


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Ultimate Yard Birds / Ten Year Anniversary
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:39:26 -0400
The dream of every avid birder is to have an out of the ordinary bird show up 
in your own backyard. Ten years ago today, we did. It is hard to believe that 
it has been a decade since my wife came to the house on the morning of August 
28, 2005, to get me, claiming to have two Black-billed Magpies in the backyard, 
and she did!!! Over the next forty-seven days the pair of western celebrities 
could sometimes be found roaming the environs of our hometown of Damascus on 
the Mahoning-Columbiana County line. By the last day of the magpies visit on 
October 14th, over 140 birders, some from as far away as Ontario, had succeeded 
in adding Black-billed Magpie to their Ohio Life List. Icing on the cake was 
The Ohio Birds Record Committee in March 2006 accepted the magpies, 
constituting the 4th Ohio record. This experience was an interesting chapter in 
our lives. It gave us an identity. An e-mail address was created, 
(ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com), a vanity plate (2MAGPIE) was now on one of our 
vehicles, and we were dubbed the Magpie People. As diehard birders, this was 
our once in-a-lifetime spot in the limelight, right in our backyard, our moment 
of birding glory! The changes that have taken place in reporting rare bird 
sightings in the past ten years is unbelievable. There were no smart phones or 
computers to send messages from the field. You had to get to a phone and call 
someone, hoping they could relay your find to others, again by phone. If a 
person could get access to a computer, about the only site was 
birdingonthe.netohio, and even if it was posted, someone had to see it, then 
again somehow relay the sighting information. There were some phone hotlines, 
updated occasionally, but again, access in the field was not readily available. 
Today's birders, including us, have almost instant access to knowing where the 
rarities are. It is hard to imagine the way birding has changed in the past ten 
years. 

 
Bob and Denise Lane  
                                          
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Subject: Pickaway County - Deer Creek State Park and Wildlife Area
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:05:31 -0400
There is little to no shorebird habitat at Deer Creek right now.  But the
beach is always worth a stop.  During the last three days:

Tues. eve - The usual 100+ Ring-billed gulls, 6 Caspian Terns, 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Osprey, Killdeer, Double-crested Cormorants,
Great Blue Herons.  The Dick Road wetland was a Wood Duck factory this
summer, Pied-billed Grebes, lots of swallows, 1 Belted Kingfisher.

Weds. morning at the beach - the usual RBGU and KILL, 2 Spotted Sandpipers,
9 Common Terns flew in, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 Sanderling (first
year).  The middle wetland holds 100+ Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes,
Blue-winged Teal.  Eastern Kingbirds are everywhere.  Swallows also -
Purple Martins, Barn, Cliff, Rough-winged for certain.  No shorebird
habitat.

Thurs AM at the beach - 2 Ospreys, 1 Sanderling, 1 Forster's Tern (first
year), 3 Least Sandpipers, plus the RBGU and KILL.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, OH

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