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Red-eyed Vireo,©Barry Kent Mackay

1 Aug migrants [Eric Mullholand ]
1 Aug Re: Help: Cleveland Heights Abandoned BC Chickadee Hatchlings [Manon Van Schoyck ]
1 Aug Blue Grosbeak at SWACO Columbus [Ira Shulgin ]
1 Aug BBSP migration [Bill Whan ]
1 Aug The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings [Craig Caldwell ]
1 Aug Re: Blue Grosbeak in Glacier Ridge MP Union county [Bill Lynch ]
31 Jul Osprey behavior [ ]
31 Jul Wilderness Road Avocet [k-cmiller ]
31 Jul Blue Grosbeak in Glacier Ridge MP Union county [Ira Shulgin ]
31 Jul Small Hawks at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake Countty [Gayle Wohlken ]
30 Jul Osprey musings [Bill Whan ]
29 Jul Ruddy Turnstone on Cedar Point breakwall [Bill Ohlsen ]
29 Jul YoungsRd (SWACO Mountain),7-20: Vultures,sparrows,Dickcissel [rob thorn ]
29 Jul Conneaut Sandspit- 8 species of shorebirds incl. Avocet [Sally Isacco ]
29 Jul HooverReservoir,7-27,28: cormorants,eagle,swallows [rob thorn ]
28 Jul status of birds and more [Manon Van Schoyck ]
28 Jul All our friends at wake robin (mentor) today [Laura Peskin ]
27 Jul PrairieOaks,Hilliard,7-24: egrets,cuckoo,martins [rob thorn ]
27 Jul Blendon Woods- Birds, mudflats ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
27 Jul Shorebird migration [Bill Whan ]
26 Jul American Avocet Mosquito Lake [jen brumfield ]
26 Jul Common Loon... Dayton [Eric Elvert ]
25 Jul Avocet Lorain impound [jen brumfield ]
25 Jul Nighthawks [richard banish ]
24 Jul Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [The Rices ]
24 Jul Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [Manon Van Schoyck ]
24 Jul Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [Pete Whan ]
24 Jul Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [Manon Van Schoyck ]
24 Jul correction about nesting merlins [Bill Whan ]
24 Jul Merlin nest in Columbus? [Bill Whan ]
24 Jul New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
24 Jul Willet - Lorain Cty [Patty McKelvey ]
24 Jul Dublin,7-23: Bobolinks,sparrows [rob thorn ]
23 Jul L Hope Zaleski-Warblers, Songbirds with young ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
23 Jul shorebird migration starting at headlands [Laura Peskin ]
23 Jul shorebird migration starting at headlands [Laura Peskin ]
22 Jul Conneaut Sandspit-Whimbrel [Sally Isacco ]
22 Jul Birding Field Bag [Ken Andrews ]
22 Jul Mississippi Kite at Hurdle Waterfowl Park in Ashland County [James Muller ]
22 Jul New Wiregrass Metropark in Toledo, Flooded Corn fields [Rachel Shamy ]
20 Jul Protect Geauga Parks conservation program [Sandra Buckles ]
20 Jul Fwd: Re: [Ohio-birds] Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks [Bill Whan ]
20 Jul Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks [Steven Pendleton ]
20 Jul Cozumel bird help [Ron Looker ]
19 Jul Re: Conneaut Today [Bill Heck ]
19 Jul Upland Sandpipers Dayton [Eric Elvert ]
19 Jul Conneaut Today [Jeff Harvey ]
19 Jul Darke County Pied-billed Grebes [Regina Schieltz ]
18 Jul Local Patch Lake Erie boat trips 2015 [jen brumfield ]
18 Jul AlumCreekLake,HooverReservoir,7-18: cormorants,CaspianTern,vireos [rob thorn ]
18 Jul Geauga County - Caspian Terns at Little Punderson Lake [Matt Valencic ]
16 Jul New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller ]
16 Jul WW Dove (Stark Co) [Jon Cefus ]
16 Jul Wakerobin Trail, Mentor Marsh [Marilyn E Rohr ]
15 Jul Funk Bottoms Am. Avocets Yes! 07/15 [Jay Lehman ]
15 Jul Avocets at Funk - Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
15 Jul Wayne Co. Avocets [Jon Cefus ]
15 Jul Rainy-day ocean adventures [Bill Whan ]
14 Jul More Interesting Thoughts On Ospreys [robert lane ]
14 Jul Avocet - no! [Doreene Linzell ]
14 Jul Downy & Hummingbirds [ ]
13 Jul American avocet [Lynn Champney ]
13 Jul WW Dove - Stark Co [Jon Cefus ]
13 Jul Re: Alum Creek Avocet ["Scott E. Zimmermann" ]
13 Jul Wake Robin Trail Mentor [Jerry ]
13 Jul Wake Robin-Least Bittern [Sally Isacco ]
13 Jul Alum Creek Avocet [Gmail ]
12 Jul urbanScioto,Columbus,7-12: herons,HerringGull,vireos [rob thorn ]
12 Jul Battelle-Darby,7-11: MarshWrens,SummerTanager,CliffSwallows [rob thorn ]
12 Jul Downy [ ]
12 Jul Woodpecker-proof Hummingbird Feeders?? [Gene Stauffer ]
12 Jul More On Yesterday's Berlin Osprey Post [robert lane ]
12 Jul King Rail at Mallard Club Wildlife Area, Lucas County ["cerulean.hinkle" ]
12 Jul N Oriole family [ ]
12 Jul Re: Frustrated ["krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" ]
12 Jul Re: Frustrated but more over ebird vs. listserv [Laura Peskin ]

Subject: migrants
From: Eric Mullholand <emullholand AT CAREYEVS.ORG>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 23:32:09 -0400
We banded a Yellow-bellied flycatcher and a Tennessee warbler today a
Springville Marsh in Seneca County. A Yellow-bellied sapsucker and many of
the usual suspects were also observed. Early passerine migrants? Congrats
to Tom Bartlett for banding the 36,000 bird at Springville since 1984.
Today was a very good day for species and numbers. Fall migration can't be
far, right?

Eric Mullholand
Carey, Ohio

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Subject: Re: Help: Cleveland Heights Abandoned BC Chickadee Hatchlings
From: Manon Van Schoyck <mvs AT OHIONATURE.ORG>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:09:02 -0400
Go to www.owra.org to find a rehabilitator near you ASAP!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Amy
Eugene
Sent: Saturday, August 01, 2015 10:34 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Help: Cleveland Heights Abandoned BC Chickadee
Hatchlings

Hatchlings are maybe 4-5 days old. Parent BC Chickadees haven't returned to
their nest in 24 hours. We are now feeding the hatchlings chopped up meal
worms from pet store. Need help and suggestions! Anyone up for
adopting/nursing?

Sent from my iPhone

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> Date:    Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:03:04 -0400
> From:    Bill Whan 
> Subject: Osprey musings
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> Yesterday my wife and I ate lunch along the Scioto not far from the
> now-regular nest site of a pair of ospreys.  That site was successful
> in producing two young this year, and is now abandoned. We were
> intrigued to see two young ospreys (separable because of the bright
> white highlights on the upperparts) flying separately and together
> over the big widening of the river just above the dam. What was
> intriguing was that one of the birds was carrying a stick, which it
> deposited atop a cell-phone tower behind the new fire station, just
> like an osprey starting a nest. This tower is about 2-3 hundred yards
> away from the established nest, which is on a light tower on the
Scioto-Audubon park site.
>        This suggested some questions I can't answer. Do young ospreys
> regularly do a little practice nest-building in their first fall? Do
> only the males do this? Is anyone seeing this now? I am also intrigued
> by the date: is it the case that this practice takes place on a day
> when the duration of daylight is close to the same as the real
> nest-building by the parents? This reminds me that this raptor shares
> with the broad-winged hawk a very long migration back and forth from
> South America, and a pretty tight schedule that the birds probably
> recognize by the length of daylight; I haven't figured this out yet,
> but it could be that the same length of day governs their arrivals and
> departures. If anyone knows more, please let me know. As recently as
> 2001, Peterjohn in his "The Birds of Ohio" could be rather guarded
> about the nesting of ospreys anywhere in Ohio. But we have nests these
> days all over the state, most of which scorn nest sites put up by the
> ODOW---see Bob Lane's report of twenty nests found near lakes within
> ten or so miles of Alliance--and some of these observations could be
studied.
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Blue Grosbeak at SWACO Columbus
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:51:02 +0000
While searching for Dickcissel reported earler at this location (Young and 
Zuber rd. intersection) I found a Blue Grosbeak. After singing from the tall 
tree it went down to feed at the fenced area NE from the pond by I-71 bridge. 


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Subject: BBSP migration
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:03:55 -0400
Usually buff-breasted sandpipers are late migrants here, much later in
the month. But the reports of adults from the central flyway (Minnesota
[in the intriguingly-named Yellow Medicine County]), Arkansas, Missouri,
and even Ontario over the last couple of days signal a fairly early
migration. These are likely adult males, who having made their minor but
vital contribution to the species, are heading south. The females will
follow them soon, abandoning the young, who will be on their own,
departing still later.
These young birds will stray on their first migration, and regularly
appear as far east as Ohio by mid-August. They are not all that fond of
wetlands, and are most often seen in grassy areas: sod farms here are a
favorite place to see them. I recall we had a shin-dig about shorebirds
at Maumee Bay State Park ten Augusts ago, when quite a few of these
birds conveniently chose to forage for a week or two on the islands of
moved grass in the parking lot, snarfing moths. One bird, dubbed
"Groucho" because of a decidedly droopy bill, hung around for nineteen
days, and became the topic of an interesting article by Brian Zweibel
(Ohio Cardinal 29(1):35-37...back issues of the Cardinal may be read at
http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/publications/cardinal/archiveissues.php ).
  Anyway, while this species is not yet super-rare, it is often among
the shorebirds missed by observers because of its fairly late schedule
and its preferred migratory habitat. Look in short grass for its
distinctively cute head profile and color in plowed fields or turf farms
in a week or two.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings
From: Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:27:52 +0000
  The Ohio Cardinal’s short summer season has ended, so pleasesend in your 
June and July sightings. They go to Craig Caldwell, 1270 W. Melrose Dr., 
Westlake, OH, 44145 orcraig_caldwellATsbcglobal.net (substitute the “ AT ” 
symbol for “AT”).  In addition to sightings, we welcome photos,anecdotes, 
general interest articles, and research papers.  If you enter your sightings 
into eBird, youdo not need to send a report – we download all the entries 
directly fromCornell.  Feel free, however, to expandon items in your eBird 
list in a separate note to me, because I can’t look atevery note in 
eBird. Digital photo files, please; send prints only with priorapproval.  If 
you post photos toFaceBook, Flickr, or the like, you can send links to them 
rather than the photofiles themselves.  Photos and links go toLaura Keene, 
laurakeeneATcinci.rr.com. The deadline is August 21.  Thank you in 
advance. Craig CaldwellEditor, The Ohio CardinalThe Ohio Ornithological 
Society 


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Subject: Re: Blue Grosbeak in Glacier Ridge MP Union county
From: Bill Lynch <blmillperch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 08:17:12 -0400
Singing blue grosbeak present today at 8 AM at Glacier Ridge Metro Park, NW
of Columbus.  Was singing from the top of the tallest tree in the treeline
described by Ira.  This is an easy addition to your 2015 list if you don't
yet have a blue grosbeak.

Bill







On Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 10:50 AM, Ira Shulgin <
0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> Early morning I found a singing Blue Grosbeak from the entrance road of
> the north part of the park. It was on the tree line (right hand side of the
> road)  just after passing the red barn.
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Subject: Osprey behavior
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:11:27 -0400
I have seen Immature and Adult Bald Eagles chase Ospreys
but May 22, 2015 I saw 3 Ospreys flying over an Eagle nest that had failed.
On this day both Eagles were on the nest.    An Osprey swooped down at the nest
The Female Eagle spread her wings over the nest, while the Male stayed on the 
edge. 

The Ospreys flew away. Both Eagles stayed on the nest for about 25 minutes. The 
Female 

then flew off and a few minutes later flew back under the nest over the lake. 
The Male stayed 

 on the nest for another half hour and was still there when I left.

Is this late for Ospreys to be taking over a nest?

Carole Babyak Trumbull County NE Ohio



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Subject: Wilderness Road Avocet
From: k-cmiller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:36:04 -0400
An American Acocet just dropped into the peat ponds of Wilderness Road near 
Funk. Due to the gracious pumping of Irvin Miller this area is fast shaping up 
to be one of the premier shorebird locations again this fall. Maybe 400 
shorebirds here now of at least 11 species right now with habitat improving 
rapidly. With the reservoirs and lake Erie high this should become a magnet 


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Subject: Blue Grosbeak in Glacier Ridge MP Union county
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:50:09 +0000
Early morning I found a singing Blue Grosbeak from the entrance road of the 
north part of the park. It was on the tree line (right hand side of the road)  
just after passing the red barn. 


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Subject: Small Hawks at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake Countty
From: Gayle Wohlken <g_wohlken AT MAC.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:01:18 -0400
Yesterday my husband and I were at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County. We saw a 
quite small hawk at the top of a dead tree, and it flew away after about five 
minutes of us watching from a distance. We had been heading west on the trail 
and the tree the bird was in was on the north or to our right and not far from 
the intersection that leads to the camping area/beach access trail. Behind the 
first first bench on the beach access trail above us in a tall tree we saw a 
flash of wings and two small hawklike birds flying around a large nest. Their 
call was similar to that of a sharp shinned hawk or maybe even a kestrel. Those 
aren't supposed to be nesting here from what I have read, so does anyone know 
what we could have seen? The sound they made was not the sound of a Cooper's 
hawk. One of the birds flew to the dead tree where we had seen the first bird. 
There may have been three birds, all told. 


Gayle Wohlken

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Subject: Osprey musings
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:03:04 -0400
Yesterday my wife and I ate lunch along the Scioto not far from the
now-regular nest site of a pair of ospreys.  That site was successful in
producing two young this year, and is now abandoned. We were intrigued
to see two young ospreys (separable because of the bright white
highlights on the upperparts) flying separately and together over the
big widening of the river just above the dam. What was intriguing was
that one of the birds was carrying a stick, which it deposited atop a
cell-phone tower behind the new fire station, just like an osprey
starting a nest. This tower is about 2-3 hundred yards away from the
established nest, which is on a light tower on the Scioto-Audubon park site.
        This suggested some questions I can't answer. Do young ospreys
regularly do a little practice nest-building in their first fall? Do
only the males do this? Is anyone seeing this now? I am also intrigued
by the date: is it the case that this practice takes place on a day when
the duration of daylight is close to the same as the real nest-building
by the parents? This reminds me that this raptor shares with the
broad-winged hawk a very long migration back and forth from South
America, and a pretty tight schedule that the birds probably recognize
by the length of daylight; I haven't figured this out yet, but it could
be that the same length of day governs their arrivals and departures. If
anyone knows more, please let me know. As recently as 2001, Peterjohn in
his "The Birds of Ohio" could be rather guarded about the nesting of
ospreys anywhere in Ohio. But we have nests these days all over the
state, most of which scorn nest sites put up by the ODOW---see Bob
Lane's report of twenty nests found near lakes within ten or so miles of
Alliance--and some of these observations could be studied.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone on Cedar Point breakwall
From: Bill Ohlsen <0000023e9c4311ac-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 11:28:47 -0700
While boating/birding the Cedar Point breakwall out of Sandusky Bay this 
morning 

I saw one Male Ruddy Turnstone busy feeding at the very end of the breakwall 
where the concrete surface is flat. 

 In my boat I was able to approach within 20 feet and it never stopped feeding.

Also on the breakwall was one Great Black-Backed Gull and numerous Ring Billed 
Gulls and Herring Gulls, 

Double -Crested Cormorants. Nearby sitting on various navigation buoy's were 
many Common Terns. 


A few miles out on the lake were two Bonaparte's Gulls.

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Subject: YoungsRd (SWACO Mountain),7-20: Vultures,sparrows,Dickcissel
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:21:29 -0400
While surveying several area in south Franklin County, I stopped along Youngs 
Rd, on the western edge of the enormous Franklin County landfill south of Grove 
City. The landfill itself had a flock of 18-20 vultures, mostly Turkey but 
including 2 Blacks. The grasslands along Youngs Rd still had interesting stuff, 
including 1 Dickcissel, singing at the treeline around the ponds almost to the 
I-71 bridge, as well as 2 Savannah and 1 Grasshopper Sparrows. 


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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit- 8 species of shorebirds incl. Avocet
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:59:27 -0400
Took my sister to Erie Airport and stopped at Conneaut on the way home.
There from 8AM-10:30AM.  The Avocet was the main attraction strutting
back and forth in front of the observation tower with the following:
Greater Yellowlegs-2 ( nice comparison with the Yellowlegs side by side )
Lesser Yellowlegs-1
Semipalmated Plover-3
Least Sandpiper-1
Sanderling-3
Killdeer-10
Short-billed Dowitcher-1

Sally Isacco, Chardon, Concord Twp.

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Subject: HooverReservoir,7-27,28: cormorants,eagle,swallows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:15:41 -0400
I spent parts of the last 2 days around Hoover Reservoir (northeast of 
Columbus), checking areas from Oxbow Island and the Sunbury causeway down 
through the dam. Water level is still very high, so no mudflats here this year. 
Mosquitoes were bad in some spots, but not overwhelming, so some areas might be 
sprayed here. Notable birds included: 


Cormorants - everywhere on the open water. It's hard to believe they don't have 
a rookery here yet. 

Ring-billed Gulls - the first influx of post-breeders is under way, with small 
#s widespread. High was 90 at the marina. 

Bald Eagle - an immature was cruising the shoreline at Area F, near Maxtown 
Road 

Osprey - 2 were soaring north of the Sunbury causeway; another was near the dam
Turkey Vultures - many small groups around traditional roosts. Largest was 50 
around the Dam. 

Swallows - still a few late Cliff Swallow nests, at Twin Bidges, Sunbury 
Causeway, and the Dam. Also had small #s of free-flying Cliffs, Trees, 
Rough-wings, and Barns at many locations 

Vireos - many Warbling Vireos along the shoreline, along with a few Red-eyed 
(Dam, Oxbow Island) 

Mimids - Catbirds were abundant, with many juveniles. Single Thrashers were at 
Area O and the road to Oxbow Island 

Warblers - Yellows were at many locations, but I couldn't find any 
Prothonotaries. The only Yellow-throated found was singing in the riparian area 
below the dam. A Parula was out of place on Oxbow Island, possibly a 
post-breeding wanderer. 

Orioles - despite all the shoreline habitat, I only found 2 Baltimores, both on 
Oxbow Island, a migrant trap for them. 


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Subject: status of birds and more
From: Manon Van Schoyck <mvs AT OHIONATURE.ORG>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:11:15 -0400
The Ohio Division of Wildlife's Wild Ohio special edition is out and is it a
beauty! Lots of beautiful photos and great information on Ohio's birds and
other wildlife.  Wonderful reports  on Ohio's endangered, threatened,
species of concern, species of interest  and recovered species. Great
success stories but much more work to do.




Manon VanSchoyck


Ohio Nature Education


Licking County


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Subject: All our friends at wake robin (mentor) today
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:47:52 -0400
Got to Wake Robin before 7a today, before it got hot.  The museum's current
mechanical removal of large swaths of invasive Phragmites at the close end
of the boardwalk has facilitated great up-close views of both sora &
Virginia rail. Also sora at far end of pond for the scope-carrying. Marsh
wren present and got good view of willow flycatcher ("fitz-BEW' "),
a bird I usually only hear at wake robin. Saw the green heron or least
biTtern (not sure which) flying into the cattails, from where it continued
to call.

Laura

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Subject: PrairieOaks,Hilliard,7-24: egrets,cuckoo,martins
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:27:10 -0400
Saturday I stopped at several areas along the west edge of Columbus and 
Hilliard, starting with several areas of Prairie Oaks MetroPark, then moving 
east to the parks along Clover-Groff Run (Franks, Clover-Groff, Spindler). 
Water level was lower then prior weeks, but birding was spotty, and mosquitos 
were bad in spots. Notables included: 


Egrets - 2 Great Egrets were hunting the shallows along Clover Groff Run, quite 
a ways from the Marble Cliff colony 

Pied-billed Grebe - a single bird was at Darby Bend Lakes, where they don't 
have a history of nesting 

cormorants - none at Darby Bend Lakes, but 4 were sunning in a snag by a pond 
along Clover-Groff north of Roberts Rd. 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 was calling along the Sycamore Plains trail, in good 
nesting habitat 

Red-headed Woodpecker - an adults was calling from the snags along the River 
Rock Trail at Darby Bend Lakes 

Willow Flycatchers - good #s were in overgrown fields at nearly every stop, 
even the small fields along Clover-Groff 

Vireos - the expected Warblings were joined by Red-eyed at several spots and 
even Yellow-throated at Sycamore Plains 

Purple Martins - a small roost of 32-34 birds was in snags along the River Rock 
Trail, single flyovers were at many locations 

Thrushes - the lone Wood Thrush was at Sycamore Plains, probably the largest 
block of woodland I visited all morning 

Warblers - nothing other than the expected Yellows (few), Yellow-throated 
(few), and Common Yellowthroats (many) 

Orioles - not a single one at any of these riparian strips, where they're 
regular nesters, so they're on the move now. 


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Subject: Blendon Woods- Birds, mudflats
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:58:32 -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.

      We have lowered Thoreau Lake's water level for the Shorebirds

      Below is a list of some of the birds seen lately

            Thoreau Lake
                Mallards-10
                Wood Duck-9
                Great Blue Heron
                Great Egret
                Belted Kingfisher
                Spotted Sandpiper
                E Kingbird-3
                E Phoebe-3
                C Yellowthroat
                Yellow Warbler
                Swallows
                    Tree
                    Bank
                    Barn
                    N Rough-winged
               Green Heron-4
               Red-tailed Hawk
               Red-shouldered Hawk
               Chimney Swift
               Cedar Waxwing
               Killdeer
               Willow Flycatcher


          Lake Trail
                Woodpeckers
                    Pileated
                    Hairy
                E Wood Peewee
                Acadian Flycatcher
                Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
                Indigo Bunting
                Hooded Warbler
                Great Crested Flycatcher
                Wood Thrush
                Carolina Wren
                Red-eyed vireo-2 adults, 2 young
                Rose-breasted Grosbeak
                Cuckoos-Look for them in Black Walnut trees
                   Yellow-billed
                   Black-billed
                Brown Thrasher

         Nature Center Bird Viewing Area
                Indigo Bunting
                Turkeys-males, females, polts ( young)
                N Flicker
                Ruby-throated Hummingbird-males, females, & young
                E Towhee
                Carolina Wren
                Tanagers-taking a bath in creek
                     Summer
                     Scarlet
                Cooper's Hawk

         Sugarbush Rd
               Warblers
                    Hooded
                    C Yellowthroat
                    Ovenbird
                    Yellow-throated
               White-eyed Vireo


          Turkeys-everywhere
                We know of 12 females with young. The age (& size) of the
polts differ greatly. There are over a 100 Turkeys in this park

           Great Horned Owl-2nd loop of Goldenrod Trail

           Screech Owl-Overlook Trail

           Barred Owl-Hickory Ridge & Ripple Rock Trail

           Cuckoos-This time of year they are attracted to Black Walnuts
which have a large white Caterpillar
                   Yellow-billed
                   Black-billed Cuckoo

            E bluebirds-We have Bluebird houses all over the park

            Summer Tanager-Nature Center parking lot-Woodland edge
                                      Goldenrod Trail
                                      Picnic Areas-Woodland edge


                  Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus
                      Nature Center 614-895-6221


                           Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro
Park in Columbus

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Subject: Shorebird migration
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:30:11 -0400
Well, shorebird migration seems a little puny in Ohio this season so
far, but rest assured it's happening. It'll be even harder to witness
next month when the duck season opens. I like scooting over to Bombay
Hook in Delaware to get a better sense of the migration. It's a drive of
eight hours, but well worth it; if you leave at midnight you can bird
this and other nearby spots and be back in time to get some sleep. We've
been oohing over the odd single avocet here, but here's a report of two
hours--nice, but not extraordinary, spent by a Delaware observer at the
Hook yesterday:
                *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *
                29 species of ~9,485 individuals.
Canada Goose - 64
Mallard - 5
Double-crested Cormorant - 1
Great Blue Heron - 15
Great Egret - 420
Snowy Egret - 300
Little Blue Heron - 6
Tricolored Heron - 3
Cattle Egret - 1
Green Heron - 1
White Ibis - 8
Glossy Ibis - 320
Black-necked Stilt - 30
American Avocet - 413
Semipalmated Plover - 14
Greater Yellowlegs - 150
Willet - 1
Lesser Yellowlegs - 65
Stilt Sandpiper - 12
Least Sandpiper - 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 2480
Western Sandpiper - 60
Short-billed Dowitcher - 4890
Long-billed Dowitcher - 4
Laughing Gull - 194
Ring-billed Gull - 2
Herring Gull - 1
Caspian Tern - 2
Forster's Tern - 17
- See more at:

http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=963168&MLID=DE&MLNM=Delaware#sthash.lNMCNz7c.dpuf 

                *   *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *

There are plenty of rails here, and salt-water sparrows and so on, and
I've had a curlew sandpiper on a couple of occasions in fall.  If you
go, morning light is by far best, and high tide tends to concentrate the
flocks. There are other spots with different species nearby on the
eastern shore, all worth a visit if you have time; directions on the
internet. Other spots are better in the afternoon, and have rails and
other marsh birds seldom seen in Ohio, plus some saltwater shorebirds
less often seen at the Hook, such as knots and turnstones, sanderlings,
oystercatchers, etc, plus tern species we seldom or never see in Ohio.
Close by, on one unforgettable day in 1993 I saw the following terns in
late July: sandwich, royal, Caspian, Forster's, common, least, black,
white-winged, and whiskered (only US record).
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: American Avocet Mosquito Lake
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:39:21 -0400
Roger Hickey found and photographed a gorgeous avocet at the Mosquito Lake 
beach today. No other details 



JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Common Loon... Dayton
From: Eric Elvert <Elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:09:06 -0400
Around 530-6 pm today I swung through Eastwood metropark lake just for a quick 
check even though there were boats all over and I was surprised to see a 
breeding plumage common Loon. 

Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert 
Dayton oh

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Subject: Avocet Lorain impound
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:07:04 -0400
Lori Borowski Reports a single Avocet at Lorain impound


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Subject: Nighthawks
From: richard banish <busterjoy80 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:12:48 -0400
As I drove through "the hood" yesterday
late evening in Cleveland - I encountered
at least 3 groups of 3-5 Common Nighthawks.
I first heard/saw the around Harvard and the E. 140th
area and the last group heard/seen near E. 55th
and Payne...
Need some? Easy to get in these areas....
 
Buster
                                          
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Subject: Re: Merlin nest in Columbus?
From: The Rices <therices1039 AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:19:53 -0400
Thanks for the tip on the Merlin! As of 8pm this evening, my son Matthew and I 
just saw the Merlin sitting on top of the tree behind the Veterinarian 
Hospital. 


Tim Rice

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 12:57 PM, Bill Whan  wrote:
> 
> Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin
> here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this
> location at other more routine times of the year, but July is quite
> unusual, and suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at
> Union Cemetery may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree
> behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and
> solid additional sightings would be significant, here and of course at
> Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the
> just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some
> nestings reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful
> reports are much needed.
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Re: Merlin nest in Columbus?
From: Manon Van Schoyck <mvs AT OHIONATURE.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:50:01 -0400
I'll try to get details .

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 5:09 PM
To: Manon Van Schoyck
Cc: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?

Was it a male or female? Did it have a brood patch? Where the gonads large?
All of these would help suggest if breeding was possible. Thanks.

Pete Whan

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 3:55 PM, Manon Van Schoyck  wrote:
>
> Nicole Hafer from Muskingum County Soil & Water and licensed wildlife
rehabilitator admitted a Merlin this week that looked to have been hit by a
car. Unfortunately the bird did not make it. It was  found in Zanesville
near the waste water treatment plant.
>
>                                                                Manon
VanSchoyck
>                                                                Licking
County
>
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>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of
Bill Whan
> Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 12:57 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?
>
> Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin
here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this location at
other more routine times of the year, but July is quite unusual, and
suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at Union Cemetery
may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree behind a veterinary
hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and solid additional sightings
would be significant, here and of course at Union Cem. Merlins aren't
supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the just-completed OBBA doesn't mention
them--but there have been some nestings reported, to which we may probably
add this one. More careful reports are much needed.
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Re: Merlin nest in Columbus?
From: Pete Whan <pete.whan1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:09:01 -0400
Was it a male or female? Did it have a brood patch? Where the gonads large? All 
of these would help suggest if breeding was possible. Thanks. 


Pete Whan

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 3:55 PM, Manon Van Schoyck  wrote:
> 
> Nicole Hafer from Muskingum County Soil & Water and licensed wildlife 
rehabilitator admitted a Merlin this week that looked to have been hit by a 
car. Unfortunately the bird did not make it. It was found in Zanesville near 
the waste water treatment plant. 

> 
> Manon VanSchoyck 

>                                                                Licking County
> www.ohionature.org 

> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Bill 
Whan 

> Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 12:57 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?
> 
> Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin here 
in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this location at other 
more routine times of the year, but July is quite unusual, and suggests the 
merlins that have repeatedly been reported at Union Cemetery may be staying to 
nest. The site is a large dead tree behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and 
High in Clintonville, and solid additional sightings would be significant, here 
and of course at Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the 
just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some nestings 
reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful reports are much 
needed. 

> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Re: Merlin nest in Columbus?
From: Manon Van Schoyck <mvs AT OHIONATURE.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:55:26 -0400
Nicole Hafer from Muskingum County Soil & Water and licensed wildlife 
rehabilitator admitted a Merlin this week that looked to have been hit by a 
car. Unfortunately the bird did not make it. It was found in Zanesville near 
the waste water treatment plant. 


 Manon VanSchoyck 

                                                                Licking County
 www.ohionature.org 


-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Bill 
Whan 

Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 12:57 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?

Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin here 
in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this location at other 
more routine times of the year, but July is quite unusual, and suggests the 
merlins that have repeatedly been reported at Union Cemetery may be staying to 
nest. The site is a large dead tree behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and 
High in Clintonville, and solid additional sightings would be significant, here 
and of course at Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the 
just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some nestings 
reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful reports are much 
needed. 

Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: correction about nesting merlins
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:30 -0400
Sorry, I forgot the juggling of order in the list; there are three OBBA
reports of merlins nesting in Ohio reported by the OBBA

http://bird.atlasing.org/Atlas/OH/Main?cmd=stateSummary&theme=species&edition=current&species=merlin&species=Go 

A record in Columbus would nonetheless be significant!
BW

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Subject: Merlin nest in Columbus?
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:57:23 -0400
Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin
here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this
location at other more routine times of the year, but July is quite
unusual, and suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at
Union Cemetery may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree
behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and
solid additional sightings would be significant, here and of course at
Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the
just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some
nestings reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful
reports are much needed.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:26:56 -0400
​

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

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



Crawford County

Powers Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Powers+Reservoir



Fairfield County

Buckeye Lake SP--Fairfield Beach Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Buckeye+Lake+Fairfield+Beach+Area



Lorain County

Indian Hollow Reservation--Royal Oaks

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Indian+Hollow+Reservation--Royal+Oaks



Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail--Holland Rd. to OH-203 (renamed from Marion
Tallgrass Trail--East)

Marion Tallgrass Trail--OH-203 to Espyville Rd.

Marion Tallgrass Trail--Espyville Rd. to Agosta-Meeker Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Marion+Tallgrass+Trail



Mercer County

Celina Coldwater Bikeway

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Celina+Coldwater+Bikeway




Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Willet - Lorain Cty
From: Patty McKelvey <pambirds AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 07:33:11 -0400
There's a single Willet currently at Lorain Impoundment-Lakeside Landing.

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

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Subject: Dublin,7-23: Bobolinks,sparrows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:54:43 -0400
A quick visit to Galcier Ridge & nearby parks in far west Dublin (a Columbus 
suburb) found little unusual. The wet summer kept many other local bird areas 
active, but this site seemed like late July. The grassfields have mostly gone 
to seed, and insect numbers were low. The wetland has reeds and cattails 
growing into the open water, so it may not be as good for waterfowl the 
upcoming season. I stopped at the Multi-use loop, the wetland, and nearby 
Trabue Preserve. Notables included: 


Willow Flycatchers - quite a few both at the MUTrail and the wetland
Purple Martins - the colony at the north entrance is dispersing, and individual 
birds were all over the area 

Vireos - little other than a few Red-eyed in the area woodlots
Warblers - still many Common Yellowthroats singing in fields both at the 
MUTrail and the wetland 

Tanagers - 2 male Scarlets were in the woodlots along the MUTrail, but no 
Summers were located here 

Sparrows - many Fields & Songs, but a singing Grasshopper was in the weedfield 
southeast of the north parking lot 

Bobolinks - a few males and several females were flying around the grasslands 
on the MUTrail 

Meadowlarks - a pair was feeding a fledgeling at the MUTrail fields, while 
another bird was at the wetland 


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Subject: L Hope Zaleski-Warblers, Songbirds with young
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:14:32 -0400
        Lake Hope State Park & Zaleski State Forest are located 15 miles
from Nelsonville (Rte 33) off of Rte 278


       At eBird Hotspots is a write up about these areas. There is
information about certain areas to look for Birds. Also included is the 20
Breeding Warblers in these areas & their specific habitats

       I spent the early morning hours along a ridge in Zaleski State
Forest. I arrived at 5:09 am. It was quit! At 5:25 am the Whip-poor-wills
started singing. At 5:37 am the first songbird started singing (E Towhee)

           By 5:44 the woods were full of Bird songs. At 6:10 am it became
quieter. There was a lot of birds still singing but nothing compared to
5:44 till 6:10 am.

      Below is a list of some of the young & observations I saw on this
Cool July morning.

           Young
              Warblers
                  Magnolia-female
                  Chestnut-sided-male-singing
                  Yellow-breasted Chat
                  Yellow-female-with little yellow
                  Black-and-white-male & female
                  Prairie
                  Pine-female
                  Blue-winged
                  C Yellowthroat-female
                  Yellow-throated
                  Hooded-young male

         Young
           Songbirds
                  E Towhee-male & female
                  E Wood Peewee
                  E Kingbird
                  Baltimore Oriole-female
                  Red-headed Woodpecker-4
                  White-eyed Vireo




        Observations
                   Red-headed Woodpecker-Adult feeding a young
                   E Kingbird-with a Blackberry in its mouth
                   Black-and-white-eating a moth
                   Turkey-female with 2 polts
                   Chimney swifts-flocking up in groups
                   Whip-poor-will-circling their territory & singing
                   Red-tailed Hawk-young calling out-probably begging for
food from Adult

      Sharp-shinned Hawk-Infirmary Rd-2nd Sharp-shinned Hawk seen during
Breeding season


             Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in
Columbus

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Subject: shorebird migration starting at headlands
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:07:14 -0400
Thanks Jerry for telling me about the sanderlings at headlands today (8:30
a). They're on the Dunes beach between the lighthouse & the bathing beach.
A small scope or hi-mag binocs might help. I only had my 10x50 binocs. Good
enough for id but not very interesting viewing.

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Subject: shorebird migration starting at headlands
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:07:03 -0400
Thanks Jerry for telling me about the sanderlings at headlands today (8:30
a). They were on the Dunes beach between the lighthouse & the bathing
beach. A small scope or hi-mag binocs might help. I only had my 10x50
binocs. Good enough for id but not very interesting viewing.

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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit-Whimbrel
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:15:16 -0400
I was is Ashtabula so I continued on to Conneaut even though it was
noon.  I had 5 shorebird species from 12 noon to 1:30PM.  When I was
watching a Short-billed Dowitcher,  a Whimbrel came in.  It was chased
off the sandspit twice by walkers.  It then went to the breakwall.  It
was still present at 1:30PM on the west end of the breakwall 50 feet
from the end.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Birding Field Bag
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:41:28 -0400
I found this bag a few years ago in an office supply store. It has been perfect 
for birding. I can carry my compact camera, some snacks, a notebook and a small 
field guide. It has a big easy-to-use zipper and an outside pocket. I also have 
a neoprene water bottle carrier with a belt loop that I put on this bag's 
shoulder strap. 

BUILT 7-10-Inch Neoprene Netbook or DVD Portfolio
http://www.amazon.com/BUILT-7-10-Inch-Neoprene-Netbook-Portfolio/dp/B003FSTAQE
I have had a number of hikers and birders ask me about it when they see me with 
it. I recently found it on Amazon and thought I would pass the link on. 

I have seen a number of field bags online and even in stores. But, this one 
works very well for me. 

The only thing I wanted for this bag was a smaller inner pocket. I solved that 
by using one of these pouches: 

http://shop.eaglecreek.com/packit-sac-small/d/1337_c_213
These pouches are perfect for an extra pen, batteries or other smaller items. 
The clip attaches to the rings on the bag for the shoulder strap so I don't 
accidentally lose it. 

Here is a link for the type of water bottle carrier I have. I think you can 
pick one up at Walmart for less. This carrier is also just the right size for 
sunglasses. 


http://www.amazon.com/Bags-Less-Neoprene-Drawstring-Insulator/dp/B00856H8UQ/ref=sr_1_14?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1437589168&sr=1-14&keywords=water+bottle+carrier+with+strap 


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Subject: Mississippi Kite at Hurdle Waterfowl Park in Ashland County
From: James Muller <jrmuller12+birding AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:28:03 -0400
From Ryan Jacob on Birding Ohio Facebook page: "For anyone interested, we 
received a call at BSBO earlier today from Paul Sherwood, reporting a 
Mississippi Kite in Hurdle Waterfowl Park in Ashland County. This bird most 
likely won't stick around for too long, so anyone in the Ashland area may want 
to make a detour out to Hurdle." 



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Subject: New Wiregrass Metropark in Toledo, Flooded Corn fields
From: Rachel Shamy <shamytwinsmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:03:42 -0400
Went out yesterday to the new Wiregrass Lake Toledo's newest Metropark, So
Beautiful!! We saw and heard:

Gray Catbird
Common Yellowthroat- couple
Blue Jays
Cardinals
Barn Swallows
Purple Martins
Great Blue Heron-2-3
Female Tanager

On our way home, just down the street we saw 7 Great Blue Herons in ONE
flooded corn field!!! They all took off one after another, more there than
at Wiregrass Lake!!! Crazy! No fish in there!

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Subject: Protect Geauga Parks conservation program
From: Sandra Buckles <s-buckles AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:59:26 -0400
Protect Geauga Parks is presenting its fourth Conversations on Conservation as 
part of our grassroots efforts to return the Geauga Park District to its 
primary mission of protection, conservation, and preservation of our great 
parks. You are invited to attend : 

"The Life and Decline of the Monarch Butterfly
SUNDAY August 16th 2015
1:30 PM  4:00 PM at Century Village, Bond Bldg.
14653 E Park St, Burton, OH 44021With
Judy Semroc
Scientist, educator, photographer and conservation hero.
Conservation Specialist with CMNH.
Co-author of the popular field guide Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast 
Ohio. At the heart of Judys work is a desire to share a view of nature that 
sees plants, animals and insects in their unique communities.CRAFTS for Kids! 

Refreshments!
FREE to allPlease visit our website at protectgeaugaparks.us or find us on 
Facebook for more information about our mission. 

Sandy Buckles "We must strive to touch the land gently and care for it as true 
stewards that those who follow us may see our mark on the land was one of 
respect and love....."( From a trail marker at Settler's Cove, near Ketchikan , 
Alaska.)Robert B. Oetting 

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Subject: Fwd: Re: [Ohio-birds] Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:20:19 -0400
Oh, I hope Brenda and Steven's optimism about nighthawks is justified.
They are a favorite species of mine, and I've watched their steady,
steep decline here--I live not far from Brenda and Steve--and elsewhere
over the years. I won't pass along sad musings about this dramatic
species, but below is part of my entry about it in my book about local
birds, intended as a neutral view.
--Bill Whan

Common Nighthawk   Chordeiles minor*.  In 1874, Kirtland et al. (263)
wrote that it deposits its eggs on the bare ground, often in the middle
of a field, and in Wheatons day too nests of nighthawks were usually
found here in settings such as fallow fields; an incubated egg set of
two collected 6/12/1890 (OSU Museum #E3311) in Franklin County, for
example, was found in a slight depression in the ground.  Baless egg
collection at OSUM includes 16 sets collected from ground nests dating
from as late as 1913; the seventeenth, from 1931, was found on a roof.
Nighthawks nested in abandoned quarries on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie
as recently as 1954 (Dexter 1956:13).  As early as 1903, however, Dawson
(343) was to write [i]n Columbus it is a familiar feature, hawking
fearlessly above High Street, and nesting, as in many other cities, upon
the tarred and gravelled roofs of flat-topped buildings.  Such roofs
had gradually come into wide use after the Civil War.  Hicks (1935a:156)
pronounced nighthawks present, relying on such a nesting strategy, in
nearly every Ohio city with a human population of more than 5,000, often
absent in smaller communities.  Nests in towns grow scarcer every year,
at least in part because gravel ballast is evermore seldom employed on
roofs and flying insects have become less numerous in cities; increased
egg depredation by urban crows and raccoons is a factor as well.  Other
than brooding females, generally roosts, its long axis parallel to a
limb, in trees; Trautman (1940:281) wrote they much preferred black
walnuts and honey locusts for the purpose, trees whose bark colorations
most closely matched those of their plumage.  Spring migrant flocks tend
to number in the dozens at best, moving at higher altitudes than in
fall.  Usually arrives by 5-10 May.  Very early local records come from
4/16/1899 (OSUM specimen #882), 4/18/2011 (fide M. Skinner) and
4/19/1985 (OC 8(1):23).  The highest twilight counts of fall movements
usually come from late August-early September, and include a description
of circle-soaring by at least several thousand over the OSU campus
9/3/1968 (Mueller 1970), 3000+ on 9/3/1976 (Thomson 1983:206), and 2500
on 9/3/1992 (OC 16(1):21). Later in fall, 224 were observed 10/3/2006
(OC 30(1):20).  One entered the OSU campuss main library on 10/22/1965
(WCB 11:46).  Record late was one seen and heard calling on 11/20/1975
at High St. and Morse Rd. (J. Stahl, WCB 1(20-21):42).  Odd-looking
local fall specimens from OSUM were sent to H. C. Oberholser during the
1930s and 40s (see for example Aldrich 1936), who identified several as
western subspecies such as hesperis (#7464, 9/3/1936), howelli (#7487,
8/28/1936), and sennetti (#12021, 8/31/1938).

On 7/20/2015 7:31 AM, Steven Pendleton wrote:
> Hi all, Our house is along a railroad corridor 2 blocks north of
> Weber Rd. and Summit St. When we first moved here in 1999 Common
> Nighthawks were a constant sight and sound on summer evenings. About
> 7 years ago the warehouse on the other side of the tracks cut down
> the trees that grew behind it and after that the only nighthawks
> we've seen have been in migration. A few nights ago my wife and I
> returned from a late evening meal and she heard a nighthawk. We
> looked and found a pair flitting high over the alley behind our
> house. Since then we've seen and heard them every night. The constant
> rain and prolific mosquitos have kept us indoors every evening so
> they've probably been here all along and we just missed them.
>
> Brenda Rushka and Steven Pendleton

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Subject: Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks
From: Steven Pendleton <stevepen AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 04:31:06 -0700
Hi all,
Our house is along a railroad corridor 2 blocks north of Weber Rd. and Summit 
St. When we first moved here in 1999 Common Nighthawks were a constant sight 
and sound on summer evenings. About 7 years ago the warehouse on the other side 
of the tracks cut down the trees that grew behind it and after that the only 
nighthawks we've seen have been in migration. A few nights ago my wife and I 
returned from a late evening meal and she heard a nighthawk. We looked and 
found a pair flitting high over the alley behind our house. Since then we've 
seen and heard them every night. The constant rain and prolific mosquitos have 
kept us indoors every evening so they've probably been here all along and we 
just missed them. 


Brenda Rushka and Steven Pendleton

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Subject: Cozumel bird help
From: Ron Looker <rlooker AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:19:36 -0400
Hello,

I was in Cozumel last week and tried doing some birding while there. I was 
hoping someone could help id a couple I couldn’t figure out and also a 
mystery lizard. The one that looks like a phoebe didn’t have the same color 
as the Eastern Phoebes we have in Ohio. Maybe it was the lighting, but it 
looked more rusty or brown.


http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9041_zpswvdylxok.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0 


http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9080_zpsqxrx8e3n.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1 


http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9044_zpshnlfsqqc.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2 


http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9237_zpst5vuf1gp.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=3 


http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/mysterybird_zpsfsnkqgb7.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=4 


Thanks in advance for the help.

Ron

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Subject: Re: Conneaut Today
From: Bill Heck <bill.heck AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:31:26 -0400
One other item of note from Conneaut: there are great numbers of Bank
Swallows hanging out on the piles of rock and gravel near the entrance to
the Boat Club (east of the sand spit). Tipped off by a local birder, we
drove over there and immediately saw perhaps two hundred swallows on the
utility wires and on top of the fence. As we scanned the gravel piles, we
realized that flocks of Bank Swallows were on every one, and quickly upped
our estimate to five hundred birds. Further scanning convinced us that even
this number was a serious underestimate; we have no real idea how many
birds are there.

Locals surely see this all the time, but it's quite a spectacle for those
of us from inland parts!

Bill Heck

On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 12:18 PM, Jeff Harvey 
wrote:

> I wanted to follow up on the previous post from Conneaut. Today, the
> Conneuat sandspit was basically underwater. The drive is closed for a good
> reason. Water is as high as I have ever seen it. The areas for shorebirds
> are small but available. Best viewing is from the observation platform.
> The nice thing is that you have to really want to go out there by walking
> about a half a mile. So no vehicles and only a few people and dogs. The
> birds are not being disturbed.
> We did see the 3 Avocets, Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalm plovers,
> Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers and Killdeer that were present. Also, 14
> eagles were seen on the breakwalls and the Common Merg family consisted of
> 23 birds.
> Good Birding,
> Jeff Harvey
> Mahoning County
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Subject: Upland Sandpipers Dayton
From: Eric Elvert <Elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:27:31 -0400
I had 3 upland Sandpipers at the Dayton international airport around 230pm 
today. Also of note was a singing henslow sparrow on the fence and 2 Savannah 
sparrows. All the sightings were from my car as I drove along Dog Leg rd. 

Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert 
Dayton, Oh
Mont Co.

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Subject: Conneaut Today
From: Jeff Harvey <piwo2005 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:18:00 +0000
I wanted to follow up on the previous post from Conneaut. Today, the Conneuat 
sandspit was basically underwater. The drive is closed for a good reason. Water 
is as high as I have ever seen it. The areas for shorebirds are small but 
available. Best viewing is from the observation platform. 

The nice thing is that you have to really want to go out there by walking about 
a half a mile. So no vehicles and only a few people and dogs. The birds are not 
being disturbed. 

We did see the 3 Avocets, Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalm plovers, 
Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers and Killdeer that were present. Also, 14 eagles 
were seen on the breakwalls and the Common Merg family consisted of 23 birds. 

Good Birding,
Jeff Harvey
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Subject: Darke County Pied-billed Grebes
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 08:46:05 -0400
On Saturday about 11 a.m. I found 2 adults and 4 almost adult size
Pied-billed Grebes at a pothole along Greenville- Nashville Road southwest
of Greenville.

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Subject: Local Patch Lake Erie boat trips 2015
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:53:48 +0000
Greetings - This September, birders yet again have the opportunity for multiple 
"pelagic" birding trips on Lake Erie seeking rare jaegers and gulls. Last year, 
Local Patch trips had mind-blowing looks at Long-tailed, Parasitic and Pomarine 
Jaegers, and Little and Sabine's Gulls. These boat trips are thrilling 
opportunities to seek rarities and discover fall migration on Lake Erie-- now 
in our fourth year of massive success. This year, four September dates are 
offered, targeting Long-tailed and Parasitic Jaegers, and Little and Sabine's 
Gulls. Trips are strategically designed to cover an exceptionally productive 
area, 8-15+ miles offshore in the shallow Central Basin, during peak rarity 
season. 2015 dates: September 5th, September 13th, September 16th, September 
23rd. Trips are 8 AM - 3 PM. Each 7 hour open water birding excursion departs 
Vermilion, OH. Guides: Gabe Leidy, Jerry Talkington, Vic Fazio III, Jen 
Brumfield. Registration begins Tuesday, July 21st. Email 
elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com for more details and/or to register. best of birding 
-jb 

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Subject: AlumCreekLake,HooverReservoir,7-18: cormorants,CaspianTern,vireos
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:07:03 -0400
I made quick stops at several spots along south AlumCreekLake and North Hoover 
before the crowds and heat picked up. At Alum, I visited New Galena area and 
nearby Plumb ROad access, while at Hoover I hiked along the Wiese Rd bikepath 
and at Mudhen Marsh. Most singing and activity was slowed by 10 AM, and it was 
work finding birds after that time. ALso, both lakes are very high from recent 
rains, leading to shoreline and trail flooding in many areas. Notables 
included: 


cormorants - not much of a surprise here in summer anymore, the north end of 
Hoover had 40+, and the south end of Alum had 2-3 even with all the boat 
traffic. 


herons - high water dispersed the herons, so that Great Blues were few, but 
there was a pair of Green Herons at Mudhen 


Caspian Tern - a lone adult was feeding in the inlet off Mudhen marsh

Osprey - singles were at the southern end of Alum and at Mudhen marsh

Purple Martins - seem to be on the move, with a few at New Galena and at Wiese 
Rd 


Vireos - Warbling were at many locations, but more interesting were singing 
White-eyed at Plumb Rd and at Wiese Rd bikepath 


Mimids - Catbirds were abundant, but I also found Brown Thrashers at New Galena 
and at Wiese Rd bikepath 


Warblers - nothing unusual, with Yellows and Common Yellowthroats predominant. 
The Prothonotaries were silent along the Wiese Rd bikepath and at Mudhen. 


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Subject: Geauga County - Caspian Terns at Little Punderson Lake
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:13:58 -0400
I first saw a Caspian Tern at Punderson State Park Lake about 3;00pm and 
watched it fish for 5 min before it flew away. I suspected it might go less 
than 1 mile away to rest on the only sand spit in the county (Little Punderson 
Lake - lake drained for repairs). I took pictures of 3 adults and 2 juv which I 
will post tonight. 


Please be courteous if you go there as this is a private community. Birders are 
tolerated as long as we remember our manners. 


Not much else there but Killdeer and an occasional sandpiper or Semi-palm 
Plover. 


Thanks, 

Matt Valencic

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:57:18 -0400
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

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



Ashtabula County

Conneaut Township Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Conneaut+Township+Park



Clark County

Eagle City Rd. Borrow Pits

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Eagle+City+Road+Borrow+Pits



Clermont County

Williamsburg Community Park

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



Erie County

Battery Park

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

Galpin Nature Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Galpin+Nature+Trail



Franklin County

Spindler Road Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Spindler+Road+Park



Hancock County

Aeraland Recreation Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Aeraland+Recreation+Area

Blanchard Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blanchard+Landings

Blue Rock Nature Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blue+Rock+Nature+Preserve

Lake Lamberjack

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Lamberjack

Liberty Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Liberty+Landings



Holmes County

Holmesville Marsh (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holmesville+Marsh



Jackson County

Keystone Furnace

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Keystone+Furnace



Monroe County

Wayne National Forest--Lamping Homestead Recreation Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lamping+Homestead+Recreation+Area



Franklin County

Spindler Road Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Spindler+Road+Park



Hancock County

Aeraland Recreation Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Aeraland+Recreation+Area

Blanchard Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blanchard+Landings

Blue Rock Nature Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blue+Rock+Nature+Preserve

Lake Lamberjack

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Lamberjack

Liberty Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Liberty+Landings



Holmes County

Holmesville Marsh (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holmesville+Marsh



Jackson County

Keystone Furnace

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Keystone+Furnace



Warren County

Caesar Creek SP--Spillway

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Caesar+Creek+Spillway



Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: WW Dove (Stark Co)
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:56:30 -0400
As just reported on the Bobolink Area Facebook page, the White-winged Dove seen 
2 days ago at Pat Soehnlen's house appears to have moved over to the Wilderness 
Center (Alabama Ave.), very close to her home. The bird was seen flying around 
the parking lot area. That's all the details I have right now. 


Happy birding!

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Subject: Wakerobin Trail, Mentor Marsh
From: Marilyn E Rohr <rohrmarilyn AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:18:39 -0400
As reported, there are indeed Virginia rail, least bittern, marsh wren and 
black duck at this locale. All were located at the very beginning of the 
boardwalk. The first three are easier heard than seen (at least for me), listen 
carefully! The black duck hen has a duckling with strong markings. Thank you to 
Sally and Jerry for the posts! 


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Subject: Funk Bottoms Am. Avocets Yes! 07/15
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 21:26:28 -0400
Arrived between 7:00 & 7:30 pm.  The four Avocets were visible with a
telescope from the pull off on the north side of SR95 just before the wet
area on the north side of 95 and also from the observation platform.  One
can find the Avocets with binoculars but best views require a telescope.
From the pull off on the north side of 95,  the Avocets were towards the
white barn (look south and west) and were out in the water, sometimes
feeding by walking and swishing their bills in unison from side to side.
Also present were at least seven Short-billed Dowitchers, possibly more,
four Bonaparte's Gulls and at least five Sandhill Cranes.  Lots of mudflats
south of 95 with 100s of Killdeer and perhaps 30 to 40 Yellowlegs, only
Lessers by call.  The shorebirds were skittish.  Soon after my arrival an
adult Bald Eagle was the cause but later there was no apparent cause.  When
all the shorebirds were flushed into the air, I heard one maybe two Upland
Sandpipers giving flight calls.  However, never found the "uppies."  Also
present were two birders from Newark, husband (David?) and wife who got
their lifer Am. Avocets!  Congrats!  Good job!  David took the best photos
of the Arctic Loon that I missed earlier this year.  Avocets were still
present when I left at about 8:15 pm.
Jay

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Subject: Avocets at Funk - Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:29:48 -0400
I was just down at Funk along Route 95 at about noon. The four avocets that
were reported earlier are still there in full breeding plumage. They are on
the south side of the road and seem to stay right at the edge of the water.
That is out quite a ways, but in good scope view. They moved around a bit
while I was there but stayed at the edge of the water.

In addition to the avocets, there are a half dozen or so short-billed
dowitchers, also in breeding plumage, and both species of yellowlegs,
mostly on the north side of the road. Other than lots of killdeer, that is
all the shore birds I saw there right now. There were also 4-5 bonaparte's
gulls in breeding plumage.

There is a small, but good, pull off on the north side of the road that
allows you to get your car completely off the road. That area is *very
dangerous *with high-speed traffic and very few places to pull off or walk
along the road. Be careful!!   Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Wayne Co. Avocets
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:24:52 -0400
Cross posting from the Bobolink Area Facebook page:

Sue Evanoff reports 4 American Avocets with a group of SB Dowitchers on the 
south side of SR 95 at Funk Bottoms. 


This has, it seems, been a pretty remarkable year in Ohio for avocets. I'm new 
to this, but it seems that they've been appearing pretty regularly across parts 
of the state since spring migration. 


Happy birding!

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Subject: Rainy-day ocean adventures
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:06:37 -0400
Here's a good ten minutes with film of highlights of pelagic birding,
courtesy of Robert Flood. You can try to name the species yourself, or
coast along on his commentary. Two of these birds have Ohio records, and
another one, reported in the Toledo area and long-contested, was
eventually not accepted for the state list. Take your Dramamine and enjoy...
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1P-kPue4kX4HHSMzGd_rPg
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Subject: More Interesting Thoughts On Ospreys
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:32:36 -0400
A fact that I think most people would find surprising is the fact that other 
species of birds sometime share the nest of the Osprey. The close-up wooden 
crossbar nest previously mentioned on the southeast corner of Greenbower Road 
and SR225 has House Sparrows residing in the lower portion of the nest. They 
can easily be seen coming and going. In the Clearwater area of Florida, Monk 
Parakeets commonly communally nest in the huge stick structures right below 
their fish eating hosts. Apparently there is no threat, on site security. So 
much to learn about Ospreys. 

 
An acquaintance who is with Eagle Watch in Pinellas County, Florida, sent me 
the following message, which shows how well Ospreys are doing at other 
locations. Our previously mentioned 20 pair, what a drop in the bucket. Our 
Florida connection is that my wife Denise and I are five month residents in 
Clearwater, central gulf coast, Pinellas County. I hope all on Ohio Birds find 
the following informative correspondence we received of interest. 

 
Bob Lane / Mahoning County
 

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

 
Hi Bob, I really enjoyed reading your post to Ohio Birds. I think the ospreys 
do really well on artificial structures. Pinellas now has over 400 pair with 
the majority on artificial structures. We even have them now on chimneys and 
residential roofs. I maintain my Migratory Bird Nest Removal Permit and still 
relocate them onto platforms, but the yearly number of required platforms goes 
up and up and up. I have 24 planned for this year! 2 are replacements. One of 
my platforms was struck by lightning Sunday morning (no birds in it) and Ill 
have to replace that one and another that is tilting. In Pinellas this year for 
EagleWatch we crossed over the 50% line. Now more than 50% of our bald eagles 
are in artificial structures. No one believes me when I tell them that, and 
they say, dont you mean ospreys! Nope! They are eagles. Well, I hope you are 
doing well and I was so delighted to read your post and know that you are still 
out keeping tabs on the birds of prey. 

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Subject: Avocet - no!
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:23:50 -0700
The Avocet reported previously from Alum Creek is currently NOT present
according to Ron Sempier.

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Subject: Downy & Hummingbirds
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 09:10:02 -0400
Patience is required ,  the Downy's may change their behavior ,

and  regard these words from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison:

not a quote -   Keep a journal, recording weather and birds

it may amuse you and prove useful. The Shakers said when told that people 


were stealing their vegetables,  we must plant more.

Carole B NE Ohio

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Subject: American avocet
From: Lynn Champney <lachampney AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:00:31 -0400
Still at Alum Creek State Park Beach as of 5:50 PM. More toward center of 
beach. 


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Subject: WW Dove - Stark Co
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:28:23 -0400
I'd hate to have Bob get frustrated if this was not posted here, so even though 
I'm at work, here's a cross post from the Bobolink Area Facebook page: 


Pat Soehnlen has a White-winged dove at her feeder near the Wilderness Center 
in SW Stark county this afternoon. 


Address: 14091 Stoneford - corner of Stoneford and North Vale in Stark County, 
1.7 miles north of Wilmot. 


Last seen 45 minutes ago.

I sure hope Bob has a sense of humor about these things!  ;)

Happy Birding!

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Subject: Re: Alum Creek Avocet
From: "Scott E. Zimmermann" <sezimmermann AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:46:42 -0400
Avocet still on the Alum Creek beach - south end - as of 1:00pmEDT Monday 13 
July. Very quiet and content, milling around with dozens of gulls. 


Some touristy types did their best to flush the bird from the middle of the 
beach, and it flew but only down to the south end. 


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Subject: Wake Robin Trail Mentor
From: Jerry <jerry073352 AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:44:18 -0400
 Two possibly three Least Bitterns have been visiting the Wake Robin Trail in 
Mentor Marsh for the last few days . The pair of Virginia Rails that have spent 
the spring and summer have been arable to produce young ,possible do to the 
high water . A pair of Marsh Wrens that came in mid June are feeding young . A 
female Black Duck that was seen with a male Mallard has one young . 


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Subject: Wake Robin-Least Bittern
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:06:12 -0400
Had a nice walk this morning at Wake Robin.  Highlights for me:
Least Bittern-1
Virginia Rail-2
Marsh Wren-2 ( one was carrying nesting material-2nd brood? )
Green Heron-2
Warbling Vireo-1
Common Yellowthroat-2

Sally Isacco, Chardon Twp.

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Subject: Alum Creek Avocet
From: Gmail <ohiobirder103 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:38:47 -0400
Hi all, 
Robert Batterson reports a single American Avocet currently (10:30 am) on the 
beach at Alum Creek State Park 

Good birding!
Steve Landes

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Subject: urbanScioto,Columbus,7-12: herons,HerringGull,vireos
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:42:06 -0400
I stopped by several areas along the Scioto River in Columbus this morning, 
starting at Scioto Audubon and working north to Grandview Heights, Marble 
Cliff, and Griggs Dam. I found nothing extraordinary, but did have some unusual 
species, including 


Herons - many Great Blues in shallow areas along the river, but also a Green 
(Marble Cliff) and Great Egret (Scioto Aud) 

Waterfowl - scattering of cormorants all along river, along with big flocks 
(60-80 birds) of post-breeding Canada Geese. 

Herring Gull - an adult was at Griggs dam, probably one of the nesters from 
Campbell Quarry 

E.Kingbirds - starting to gather along rivercourse, with 3-4 at both Scioto 
Audubon and Griggs 

Bank Swallows - still a few around Griggs (they nest in private quarries west 
below the dam) 

Cliff Swallows - still a few nesting below I-70 bridge near Scioto Audubon, but 
colony at Fishinger Bridge above Griggs Dam never got going this year. 

Vireos - lots of the expected Warbling, but high #s of Red-eyed were 
unexpected. I suspect they've fled ash-less upland woodlots that have lost much 
of their canopy. 

Warblers - Yellow-throated, Yellow, & ComYellowthroats were singing at Scioto 
Audubon, while Yellow-throated and Prothonotary were still singing below Griggs 
Dam 

Orioles - the only ones were at Scioto Audubon, with 1 Baltimore along river 
and 1 Orchard up in fields north of Grange Center. 


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Subject: Battelle-Darby,7-11: MarshWrens,SummerTanager,CliffSwallows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 20:42:25 -0400
I stopped by several areas around the northern part of nattelle-Darby MetroPark 
(southwest of Columbus) yesterday morning, and found many birds still singing, 
perhaps encouraged by the rain-induced flush of vegetation (and mosquitos). I 
stopped at 3 wetlands (Clover Cemetery, Kuhlwein, and Teal Trail), as well as 
Cedar Ridge and the Nature Center area. Included among the usual suspects were: 


Marsh Wrens - singing birds were at both Teal Trail and Clover Cemetery 
wetlands, so they may be spreading 

Cliff Swallows - a pair has been building a nest at the Nature Center, one of 
the few along this stretch of the Darby 

Summer Tanager - a male is still singing around the Cedar Ridge picnic area, 
one of the most reliable birds there 

warblers - Yellow, Parula, Yellow-throated and Com.Yellowthroats at many 
locations around Darby, many singing 

SavannahSparrows - at least 1 was singing at Kuhlwein wetlands, while another 
was along Kuhlwein Road 

E.Meadowlarks - singing birds were at Kulwein wetland and the Teal Trail
Orchard Oriole - a male has been hanging around the entrance to the Nature 
Center parking lot for 2+ weeks 

Blue Grosbeak (?) - one has been reported around the bison enclosures, but I 
couldn't relocate it. 


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Subject: Downy
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 19:49:52 -0400
Downy,Hairy & Red-bellied Woodpecker families  are coming to a beef suet feeder

I usually stop putting suet out but I seem to have more birds coming this year.

I have to ask for it at the store. That feeder is 40-45 ft from the Hummingbird 
feeder 


that the N Orioles are rapidly emptying. Putting out another feeder - out of 
sight 


might help          I felt my Hummingbird was expressing his aggravation to me

last night when I took the feeder to clean & fill,  he swooped- displaying then

buzzed around.            And I am trying to make everyone happy.

Carole Babyak Howland Twp Trumbull Co NE Ohio

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Subject: Woodpecker-proof Hummingbird Feeders??
From: Gene Stauffer <stauffergene1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 18:51:06 -0400
 
We have a big problem with Downy Woodpeckers dominating our hummingbird feeder. 
At least four woodpeckers fight each other for position at the ports, and the 
hummers can seldom get in. 

 
Does anyone have suggestions for keeping the woodpeckers out? There are caged 
feeders available, intended to keep squirrels out. Has anyone tried modifying 
one of these by replacing the seed feeder with a hummingbird feeder? The cages 
allow small birds to enter, will they keep out Downy Woodpeckers? 

 
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
 
Gene Stauffer
Grove City  
                                          
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Subject: More On Yesterday's Berlin Osprey Post
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 18:10:14 -0400
After receiving positive feedback from four local birders regarding yesterday's 
posting about Berlin Lake Area Osprey nests, I ventured out this morning, 
Sunday; to verify their additional site reports, and see if I could find some 
others. I did. In all, ten more nest locations were found, bringing the two day 
total to twenty successful nest sites. Of the ten today, nine were on cell 
towers and one on a high tension tower. Cell towers seem to be a key nesting 
factor with fourteen of twenty on them. Of note is the observation that any 
tower with a flashing light on top, had no nest. Another observation is the 
fact that no Bald Eagles were observed during the two day nest census. In 
reference, with all the Bald Eagles that are present in Conneaut Harbor in 
Ashtabula County, very seldom is an Osprey seen there. Coincidence? 

With the twenty nests, and two adults per nest, plus an average of two or more 
near adult size juveniles ready to fledge at each nest site, the total of 
eighty plus Ospreys is remarkable. I believe this has to be the largest 
concentration of Ospreys in the State of Ohio. What will next year be like with 
forty plus youngsters dispersing? Yesterday's post for reference follows. 

 
Bob Lane / Mahoning County
 
Berlin Lake touches into three counties, northeastern Stark, southeastern 
Portage, and northwestern Mahoning. This morning while having my coffee, I 
decided to take a ride in my neighborhood and check on how successful the 
Osprey nesting was this year, around the Berlin Lake Area. I found ten nests, 
there are probably more to be found, all with an average of two juveniles, 
sometimes three. This years kids all looked to be about ready to fledge. Both 
adults were present at most of the sites. About twenty youngsters for 2015 for 
this relatively small area, is pretty amazing. 40+/- Ospreys for a two hour 
ride in Ohio, not bad. Of the ten nests, five were on cell towers, two on 
placed hacking poles, two on wooden utility poles, and one on a high tension 
tower. No trees! The two on the cross bars of the wooden utility poles are 
right on the edge of the road and amazingly down low. These you need to see. 
The locations of these two are the southeast corner of Greenbower Street NE and 
SR225, and just west of the Deerfield Circle on the southside of US224, you 
can't miss them. To think back in the early nineteen eighties, I can, an Osprey 
in this area was a reasonably rare sighting. My how times have changed. They 
seem to love the cell towers. A map of the nest locations found today can be 
provided upon request. If anyone finds a location not shown on my map, please 
let me know about it. 

 

            
                                          
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Subject: King Rail at Mallard Club Wildlife Area, Lucas County
From: "cerulean.hinkle" <cerulean.hinkle AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 16:34:25 -0400
    
While guiding a tour of Cedar Point NWR we saw a king rail on the road that 
travels through Mallard Club.  We watched the bird feed along side the road 
for about 20 minutes. But had to drive past it to leave.  We last saw it 
around 3:40 pm as it flew into the vegetation.  It was seen again around 4:15 
by Deb Tefft, she watched it from Cedar Point Road at the gate to the Cedar 
Point Refuge  as it crossed the road to the east and back again. 

Rebecca Lewis
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Subject: N Oriole family
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 15:23:46 -0400
For the past 3 days I've had a N. Oriole family feeding at my Hummingbird 
feeder. They all 


have no trouble perching to feed.

Carole Babyak Trumbull Co. NE Ohio

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Subject: Re: Frustrated
From: "krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" <krhuttondvm@FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 18:43:11 +0000
Dear Frustrated Drifter,

Since I don't know when you joined the listserv or what you consider "good," my 
answers are going to be, by necessity, somewhat generic. 


If you joined in the spring, when migration was in full swing, you are probably 
frustrated by the doldrums of summer, when resident breeding birds are quiet 
and hidden by the leaves, and when less people are out birding and reporting.  
Summer birding tends to be slower than spring time, so reports fall off and 
there are less "exciting" finds.  If that is the case, have patience:  Fall 
shorebird migration is about to gear up, and then things will get busy again. 


If you joined years ago, when the listserv was one of the few ways that bird 
reports were spread through the birding community, then what you are seeing now 
is the result of there being many more sources of information these days.  
eBird and Facebook groups compete with the listserv and not everybody who posts 
on one site will cross post to others.  I personally follow eBird, 3 Facebook 
groups, the Cincinnati Bird page, and this list. 


If you want to know where the rare birds are, you have to sign on to several 
services.  The Facebook group OHIO RARE BIRD ALERT is dedicated to getting out 
RBAs in the fastest, most efficient way possible.  The rules are strict: No 
chit-chat or conversations, photos are not encouraged, and the admins don't 
hesitate to remove members who don't obey.  eBird can be set to give you 
alerts for rare birds or for birds you need for your state and county lists.  


Or, you could find rare birds the old fashioned way:  Get out and bird.  I 
can guarantee you will see more birds if you spend more time looking for them, 
rather than sitting at home waiting to read what has been seen by others.| 


Kathi HuttonClermont County

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Subject: Re: Frustrated but more over ebird vs. listserv
From: Laura Peskin <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 2015 11:56:38 -0400
I think the use of ebird has unintentionally hurt the listserv.  I now get
hourly needs alerts from ebird, because people are more inclined to post to
ebird and dispense with the listserv altogether.  Boy can these needs
alerts be voluminous, especially on a day like 7/11,  a sunny, early
migration day  when many people are submitting lists for Cuyahoga County.
A number of not-so-usual warblers have in fact been spotted.  The listserv
has been a real time saver on notable sightings.  I have read on this
listserv that people don't have time to send email anymore.  I think that
takes lots less time than wading through ebird hourly needs alerts emails.

Finally the impersonalness of ebird causes issues.  For example someone
posted on ebird a little while back that they saw two, not one yellow
throated warblers at Clvld. Lakefront Nature Preserve (Dike 14)  That
sighting is not out of the question, but I would have liked it clarified
that what was viewed were not common yellowthroats, a more likely choice.
The listserv is a way of sharing with others and being available for
contact should others have questions.  Ebird, lacking contact information,
which some birders undoubtedly view as an asset, is no asset to people
receiving needs alerts.  I prefer posting to a platform where people can
ask questions and offer feedback.

Laura

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