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Red-throated Loon,©Julie Zickefoose

12 Feb Snowy owls/geese around Cleveland? [Lisa Lazar ]
12 Feb Scioto county questions [Bill Whan ]
11 Feb Portage Cy. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker [Jim Tomko ]
11 Feb Rusty Blackbirds - Tuscarawas Co. [Dan Kramer ]
11 Feb Ross Geese FRANK 2/11/16 [David Tan ]
11 Feb Re: Kelp Gull Viewing [Doreene Linzell ]
11 Feb Kelp Gull Viewing [Jon Cefus ]
11 Feb Kelp Gull not seen am [Craig Caldwell ]
11 Feb Why eBird?? [Matthew Valenic ]
10 Feb Redpolls, not crossbills [Bill Whan ]
10 Feb Feeder mix - Muskingum County - Flint Ridge upland farm [Robert Evans ]
10 Feb Re: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots [jeremy ]
10 Feb Re: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots [Alex Eberts ]
10 Feb AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots [Bill Whan ]
10 Feb Rusty Blackbirds in backyard [Sally Isacco ]
9 Feb Snow Geese @ Big Island Wildlife Area [Steve Jones ]
9 Feb Ross's Goose & ovenbird- Cleveland [Betsy MacMillan ]
9 Feb Mentor, Lake County Ross's Geese [Chris Swan ]
9 Feb Mentor Ross's Geese??? [Chris Swan ]
9 Feb Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Terry Sponseller ]
8 Feb Brambling Medina County [jen brumfield ]
8 Feb Snowy Owls, Burke [jen brumfield ]
8 Feb CLE Ross's Goose and Snow [jen brumfield ]
8 Feb New eBird Hotspots have been activated [Ken Ostermiller ]
8 Feb SSW Logan County (East Liberty) Waterfowl [Steve Jones ]
8 Feb Re: Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co. [Mark Vass ]
8 Feb Ross's Geese-Four still remain southeast of Mentor Lagoons [Sally Isacco ]
8 Feb Geese numbers? [Steve Jones ]
8 Feb Ottawa NWR Monthly Census [DUG ]
8 Feb RPT: Cincinnati Bird Club Merlin Census [Brian Wulker ]
7 Feb Cackling geese at Scenic Park, Emerald Necklace Marina Lakewood [Penny OConnor ]
7 Feb Red Crossbill Edgewater Park CLE [jen brumfield ]
7 Feb Re: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
7 Feb Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
7 Feb Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [jen brumfield ]
7 Feb Killdeer Plains/Big Island/Panhandle Road [Andrew Sewell ]
7 Feb Ross's Goose and Snow Goose [Paul Kowalczyk ]
7 Feb AlumCreekLake,2-07: scoters No, Goldeneye Yes [rob thorn ]
7 Feb Re: 2/6/16 [KBPhotoshop ]
7 Feb Re: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment [Deb ]
7 Feb Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment [ ]
7 Feb BRAMBLING - Yes [jeremy ]
7 Feb Slate Run MP snow geese [Randel Rogers ]
7 Feb Snow and Ross's Geese Cleveland [jen brumfield ]
7 Feb Ross's Goose in Highland Hills Cuyahoga County - Yes [Todd Eiben ]
7 Feb KELP - YES [Jon Cefus ]
7 Feb 2/6/16 [Debora Parker ]
6 Feb CLE Hopkins airport 3 Snowy Owls [jen brumfield ]
6 Feb Snow Geese in Muskingum County [Brad Perkins ]
6 Feb Snow Geese in NE Muskingum County [Brad Perkins ]
6 Feb East Liberty getting all Goosey :-D [Steve Jones ]
6 Feb Kelp Gull - Springfield Lake (Summit Co) YES [Jon Cefus ]
6 Feb WW Crossbills at Greenlawn; all three scoter species at Alum Creek [Bill Lynch ]
6 Feb Ross's goose & blue morph snow goose [Edward Enold ]
6 Feb White Geese, Mentor, Lake County ["Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" ]
6 Feb Snow Geese Portage County east of Aurora, OH [Matthew Valenic ]
6 Feb Big Island Wildlife Area Gooseapalooza [Alex Eberts ]
6 Feb 3-Creeks-to-PickPonds,2-05: Snow Geese, Fox Sparrow [rob thorn ]
6 Feb Kinglet [ ]
6 Feb Ross's Goose Cleveland [jen brumfield ]
6 Feb Geese, Panhandle rd., Delaware [Ira Shulgin ]
6 Feb Mosquito Lake Gr White-fronted Geese [Chris Pierce ]
6 Feb Cackling geese [Douglas Bohanan ]
6 Feb Griggs,MarbleCliff,2-04 - creepers, RIng-necks [rob thorn ]
6 Feb Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Census [DUG ]
5 Feb all white hawk seen at Orchard Hiils Park, Chesterland [Laura ]
5 Feb Re: Red-breasted nuthatch, question [Steve Jones ]
5 Feb Snow/Ross's Geese, Logan County Feb. 5, 2016 [Steve Jones ]
5 Feb Re: i.e Golden Eagle BDMP - Sighting in NOV 2015 ["Kevin O'Neil" ]
5 Feb Brambling present today [Paul Graham ]
5 Feb Blue Snow Goose Eaat 55th [jen brumfield ]
5 Feb Iceland gull....Dayton [Eric Elvert ]
5 Feb Snow Goose East 55th marina [jen brumfield ]
4 Feb Snow Geese, Lorain County [Femme Metal ]
4 Feb Blendon Woods-Greater Scaup-2 males ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
4 Feb i.e Golden Eagle BDMP [David Tan ]

Subject: Snowy owls/geese around Cleveland?
From: Lisa Lazar <lazarstromberg AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:47:13 -0500


Hello - 

I am heading up to Lakewood today (Sat. 2/13) and am wondering if any snowy 
owls are still at Burke or Hopkins (last show on this list was 2/9). I am also 
wondering where might be good in the area to see any non-Canadian geese . . . 


Thanks for any thoughts - wonderful list!

Lisa Lazar



                                          
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Subject: Scioto county questions
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:03:24 -0500
A lot of questions could be answered if we knew more about the work of 
Mrs. G. W. Bannon. The Bannons were prominent in Portsmouth, with much 
interest in natural history, and Ms. Bannon was skilled in the taxidermy 
of birds.
 The following announcement appeared in the Forty-third annual report of 

the Ohio State Board of Agriculture for the year 1888 (Westbote Co, 
Columbus, 1889, p. 70):
        "The ladies in charge of the Woman's Department have taken the liberty 
to commend the following exhibits to the attention of the Board, and to 
recommend that a silver medal be awarded for excellence: ...3. To Mrs. 
G. W. Bannon, of Portsmouth, for a large exhibit of the birds of Scioto 
county, the product of her skill in taxidermy. The exhibit was not only 
very large, but was pronounced by skilled persons as very excellent work."
        On page 155 we learn that Ms. Bannon won that silver medal. Recently, 
the Local History department of the Portsmouth Public Library located an 
undated clipping from the local newspaper in a story about a passenger 
pigeon specimen retained there, which reported in part that “Much of 
Mrs. Bannon’s collection is in the State Archaeological and Historical 
Museum in Columbus now.”
        The 1888 exhibit could not have attracted the attention of J. M. 
Wheaton, the state’s foremost ornithologist, who died the year before, 
but Oliver Davie, the famous oologist and taxidermist, lived in Columbus 
at the time. He does not mention Bannon in any published work I could 
find. The exhibit is presented in a sexist context here, and no doubt 
that affected its future. It may well have preceded Bannon’s preparation 
of the state's only whooping crane specimen, however, and any donation 
to the collection in the Statehouse that later became the OSU Museum 
presumably took place at a later date. Acquisition of the crane may have 
occurred after the donation, and as late as 1902.
The Historical Society, some of whose collections preceded those at OSU, 
retains a good number of bird specimens without data.
        The Archaeological and Historical Museum was a product of the A&H 
Society, formed in Columbus in 1885, later garnering State support in 
1888. In 1894 its library and museum were moved to the OSU Campus and 
curated by faculty. This was the direct antecedent of the current OSU 
Museum. Over a thousand bird skins from the A&H collection are retained 
at the Ohio Historical Society, forming the majority of the Wheaton 
Collection, nearly all of them study skins which lack tag data except 
for species names. There is currently nothing in either collection with 
data citing Bannon by name as collector, despite her many contributions 
to Ohio ornithology. There are 121 OSU Museum specimens from Scioto 
County, but only two of them lack data. Even if the donation was very 
large, such as the material in the exhibit, it could still conceivably 
be hidden among the several hundred OSUM specimens (counting only those 
likely from North America) with no data, which include one demounted 
whooping crane specimen, #756. Without data, however, this is a dead end.
        Is there somewhere a description of Bannon’s collection, or even an 
inventory of its contents?  Is there an A&H Society accessions record 
from before 1902? There seems to be nothing of this kind at OSU. We can 
look at the ledgers at the OHS, but they do not elaborate on each and 
every article in a large accession. Most likely is more searches for 
information in Portsmouth, maybe with the Bannon family, or perhaps in 
some other place. But even if a Portsmouth inventory is found with a 
whooping crane and data more complete than the known record offers, we 
are not a millimeter closer to a specimen. The only remnant I could find 
of her work was a passenger pigeon mount that is still retained in 
Portsmouth city library. Some research on Bannon's work with birds could 
be very revealing, and needs doing.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Portage Cy. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
From: Jim Tomko <jwtomkood AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 21:48:41 -0600
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker feeding on suet block interchanging with 2 Downy and 
1 Hairy today. 


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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - Tuscarawas Co.
From: Dan Kramer <dankramer6 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:12:40 -0500
The current cold snap has brought 5 rusty blackbirds to my feeders today.



Dan Kramer

Bolivar - Tuscarawas County


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Subject: Ross Geese FRANK 2/11/16
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:03:48 -0500
At 11 am we had four ad. Ross Geese (not hybrids fyi) in Darby Bend
Lake, Prairie Oak MP.  They were together with 11 Canada Geese and 6 L
Scaup along the east shore.   Their tiny triangular bills were pink
with white tips and bluish rings at the base.

Two Rough-legged Hawks were along Kulhwein Rd. at Battelle Darby.

--
Patty and David Tan
Columbus
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Subject: Re: Kelp Gull Viewing
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:04:51 -0500
To follow up on John's post about where to view the Kelp Gull - I put Lakemore 
Recreation Park into my GPS/phone and the directions take me right there!! 


Many thanks to John for posting so much about this bird!!

Doreene Linzell





On Feb 11, 2016, at 11:28 AM, Jon Cefus  wrote:

> I wanted to take a moment to speak to a facet of trying to see the Kelp Gull 
that was addressed when it was first found by Ben Morrison, but has not been 
recently spoken to. If you are using the parking area and Gazebo for the party 
center directly east of the Springfield skating rink you are on private 
property and should cease using that area. 

> 
> When the bird was first found at the rink the owner of the rink was very 
excited and accommodating to the rush of birders to see the gull. Almost 
immediately, folks realized that the parking area with the gazebo was superior 
viewing of the lake and started to use it. The owner of the rink in 
conversation with myself and Ben said that the owner of the party center is NOT 
ok with folks using their property for anything other than paid events at their 
business. If you were previously unaware of this, then I hope this reminder 
solves that lack of information. The parking lot of the rink itself is fine, 
but you're dealing with a chain link fence unless you get elevated in some way. 

> 
> There are several public spots available around the lake that provide ample 
views of the birds and have been widely reported since this bird showed up, the 
community park on the south shore being the primary spot. It's true that you 
cannot always see all the diagnostic field marks from those spots, but that's 
birding. Using the multiple factors associated with making the call on this 
species can make it hard to make the call with certainty, but if you're 
diligent and deliberate it's doable. 

> 
> This is just a friendly reminder so that we can continue to watch this 
remarkable gull AND be seen as a respectable and conscientious group of 
enthusiasts. 

> 
> Jon Cefus
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Kelp Gull Viewing
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:28:48 -0500
I wanted to take a moment to speak to a facet of trying to see the Kelp Gull 
that was addressed when it was first found by Ben Morrison, but has not been 
recently spoken to. If you are using the parking area and Gazebo for the party 
center directly east of the Springfield skating rink you are on private 
property and should cease using that area. 


When the bird was first found at the rink the owner of the rink was very 
excited and accommodating to the rush of birders to see the gull. Almost 
immediately, folks realized that the parking area with the gazebo was superior 
viewing of the lake and started to use it. The owner of the rink in 
conversation with myself and Ben said that the owner of the party center is NOT 
ok with folks using their property for anything other than paid events at their 
business. If you were previously unaware of this, then I hope this reminder 
solves that lack of information. The parking lot of the rink itself is fine, 
but you're dealing with a chain link fence unless you get elevated in some way. 


There are several public spots available around the lake that provide ample 
views of the birds and have been widely reported since this bird showed up, the 
community park on the south shore being the primary spot. It's true that you 
cannot always see all the diagnostic field marks from those spots, but that's 
birding. Using the multiple factors associated with making the call on this 
species can make it hard to make the call with certainty, but if you're 
diligent and deliberate it's doable. 


This is just a friendly reminder so that we can continue to watch this 
remarkable gull AND be seen as a respectable and conscientious group of 
enthusiasts. 


Jon Cefus

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Kelp Gull not seen am
From: Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 15:22:35 +0000
 Despite up to 10 pairs of eyes present at the gazebo next to the roller rink 
and party center from 7:15 to 8:30 am, we couldn't turn any of the black-backed 
gulls into the Kelp.  At least two great and one lesser were there on the ice 
with the 500+ herring gulls until a bald eagle put them to flight. 

Craig CaldwellEditor, The Ohio CardinalThe Ohio Ornithological Society

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Subject: Why eBird??
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:05:46 -0500
Birding is enjoyed at many levels but the things we see at every level is
important.  Cornell Lab of Ornithology just released an animation of the
migration routes of migratory birds across South and North American, in both
directions.  The data to create this animation came for the 'Citizen
Science' data entries in eBird.  Here is a link to the Cornell website
animation
(https://www.allaboutbirds.org/mesmerizing-migration-watch-118-bird-species-
migrate-across-a-map-of-the-western-hemisphere/?utm_source=Cornell%20Lab%20e
News

&utm_campaign=791d17d813-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2016_02_11&utm_medium=email&utm_t
erm=0_47588b5758-791d17d813-277970361).



If you already use eBird, that's great.  Your inputs helped make the
migration animation possible.  If you don't use eBird, why not consider
establishing an account and start by entering some or your sightings,
especially when you see something special (large numbers or a specie or 'a
bird out of place').



An added bonus of using eBird, and the thing that got me hooked about 5
years ago, is that it keeps track of your Life List - everywhere!  Of
course, you have to enter the birds for that data to be complete.  For me,
it's worth it.



With 12" of new snow in the last 24 hours I am ready for the spring
migration to begin!



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Redpolls, not crossbills
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:53:18 -0500
I've already gotten five kindly reminders that I had written
"crossbills" rather than "redpolls" in my last post. I am grateful for
the corrections, but won't need any more!
Scusi,
Bill

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Subject: Feeder mix - Muskingum County - Flint Ridge upland farm
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:31:04 -0500
The sudden drop in temperatures over the past two days combined with the
three inches of blowing snow has had the expected result, but sometimes
it's nice to see that expected result.

Ground feeding sparrows (junco, tree, white-throated) have joined the
crowds around our feeders in impressive numbers. We see a few even during
warmer winter temperatures, but they arrived in numbers with the re-arrival
of winter.

Jane and I added a pair of feeders seen through our north-facing picture
window of the kitchen, and so now we have birds on three sides during
breakfast. This makes it difficult to come up with real numbers, but what
the heck...

For reference, we feed black oil sunflower, nyger thistle, and suet.

I would say around fifty juncos are frequenting the area now, with 15 tree
sparrows and half a dozen white-throated sparrows. These join our usual mix
of dozens of goldfinches and house finches, quite a few house sparrows
(although fewer than the finches,) a few song sparrows, a dozen or more
cardinals, along with common appearances by the expected chickadees
(Carolina at this latitude), titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, downy,
hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers. During January we were getting visits
from a flicker or two, but I haven't seen them the past couple days. An few
blue jays swoop in to stir things up now and then.

A Cooper's hawk cruised through the area yesterday afternoon. I didn't see
it take anything although I have in the past.

The one real difference is that a flock of cowbirds arrived yesterday
morning, joining the always-present starlings or at least sharing the
space. These are the first cowbirds I have seen here in 2016. My high
count, between feeders and the nearby maple tree, was 23.

Waiting and watching for others...

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Re: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots
From: jeremy <jeremyxrocks AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:28:51 +0000
I also don't see anything about crossbills. There is something about the 
redpolls. 


V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

On Feb 10, 2016, at 12:12 PM, Alex Eberts 
> wrote: 


Bill, did you mean to say lump our local redpolls? Don't think it would be 
logical to lump our crossbills. :) 


On Feb 10, 2016, at 10:57 AM, Bill Whan 
> wrote: 


Changes are formally proposed yearly to the official list of North
American bird species, and the most recent may be found at
http://www.gizard.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2016-A.pdf  . At least two of
these proposals may influence Ohio birders if accepted: lumping of our
two local crossbills, and new species status among four Ohio
woodpeckers, which would be kind of the opposite, though no splits are
involved.
     There is also an argument for lumping the American and Caribbean coots!
I can remember hours spent staring at coots in Florida hoping to find
"Caribbeans" years ago, without any conclusive result, and--just as for
the crossbills--I am relieved to see a proposal to lump them...just too
much ambiguity. I'm glad to see rigorous scientific work that confirms
impressions of field observations. Listers may rankle at these
proposals, but it's the birds that really 'count"!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Re: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots
From: Alex Eberts <aeberts33 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:50:00 -0500
Bill, did you mean to say lump our local redpolls? Don't think it would be 
logical to lump our crossbills. :) 


> On Feb 10, 2016, at 10:57 AM, Bill Whan  wrote:
> 
> Changes are formally proposed yearly to the official list of North
> American bird species, and the most recent may be found at
> http://www.gizard.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2016-A.pdf  . At least two of
> these proposals may influence Ohio birders if accepted: lumping of our
> two local crossbills, and new species status among four Ohio
> woodpeckers, which would be kind of the opposite, though no splits are
> involved.
>       There is also an argument for lumping the American and Caribbean coots!
> I can remember hours spent staring at coots in Florida hoping to find
> "Caribbeans" years ago, without any conclusive result, and--just as for
> the crossbills--I am relieved to see a proposal to lump them...just too
> much ambiguity. I'm glad to see rigorous scientific work that confirms
> impressions of field observations. Listers may rankle at these
> proposals, but it's the birds that really 'count"!
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
> 
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Subject: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 10:57:40 -0500
Changes are formally proposed yearly to the official list of North
American bird species, and the most recent may be found at
http://www.gizard.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2016-A.pdf  . At least two of
these proposals may influence Ohio birders if accepted: lumping of our
two local crossbills, and new species status among four Ohio
woodpeckers, which would be kind of the opposite, though no splits are
involved.
        There is also an argument for lumping the American and Caribbean coots!
I can remember hours spent staring at coots in Florida hoping to find
"Caribbeans" years ago, without any conclusive result, and--just as for
the crossbills--I am relieved to see a proposal to lump them...just too
much ambiguity. I'm glad to see rigorous scientific work that confirms
impressions of field observations. Listers may rankle at these
proposals, but it's the birds that really 'count"!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds in backyard
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 09:34:31 -0500
Had a nice surprise today,  a dozen Rusty Blackbirds in the backyard.  A
White-throated sparrow also showed up.  Blackbirds last seen at 9:30AM.
My Red-winged Blackbird is still here.  He has been here all winter.
Not bad for a snowy day.
Sally Isacco,  Lake County

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Subject: Snow Geese @ Big Island Wildlife Area
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 23:06:03 -0500
Well, I fear that the Snow Geese at Big Island have flown to warmer
pastures.  As the Short-eared owls were coming out to play, the geese flew
up and up and out of sight, heading west.  They may have flown somewhere
close by, but I doubt it.  they were higher in the sky than I have ever
seen them, and they were getting into more of a formation for flying
instead of the close murmur type groupings that they were using closer to
the ground.  We shall see.

The rest of the birds were the typical winter birds.

Happy Birding, and God Bless.

Steve J

Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Marion-Agosta Rd., Marion, Ohio, US
Feb 9, 2016 5:20 PM - 6:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4 6 species Snow Goose 80 Both blue and white morphs. Continuing flock. Ross's Goose 15 Continuing flock. Mixed in with flock of Snow Geese Canada Goose 50 Not many around today...pretty much flyovers. Mallard 16 Northern Harrier 3 Short-eared Owl 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27405337 ______________________________________________________________________ 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: Ross's Goose & ovenbird- Cleveland
From: Betsy MacMillan <betsymac5 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 18:54:22 -0500
 Near tennis courts in front of VA Hospital on MLK Boulevard
Tuesday, 3:30 with a flock of Canada Geese.  See photo.
Also, ovenbird still in Ralph J. Perk Plaza, Cleveland with house sparrows
and white throated sparrows.  (no Lincoln's Sparrows today)

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Subject: Mentor, Lake County Ross's Geese
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:30:40 +0000
Yes!!! All 4 were feeding in the back lawn of the house east of the water 
treatment plant with Canada Geese. Thank you Ray for the help! 


Chris Swan

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Subject: Mentor Ross's Geese???
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:32:32 +0000
Any sightings of the Mentor Lagoons/water plant Ross's Geese today? Going to 
try and run down in a bit. 


Swan 



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Subject: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
From: Terry Sponseller <tsbs AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:40:57 -0500
We observed the Kelp Gull this morning from about 7:30 until 8:00 when all the 
gulls lifted. It was sitting on the ice near the roller rink. There were also 
several Lesser Black- backed Gulls and a Great Black-backed Gull. 

Terry and Barb Sponseller

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Subject: Brambling Medina County
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:37:06 -0500
The long-staying Brambling was again seen today (the 8th) at the private 
feeders in front of the private white farm house immediately west of Allardale 
Park in Medina County. The bird has been seen daily since its discovery. Some 
days folks have waited upwards of 2 hours, and other days, five to 15 minutes 
in between sightings. 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Snowy Owls, Burke
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:29:19 -0500
Liz McQuaid relocated both Snowy Owls at Burke Lakefront Airport today. Folks 
routinely ask where the best spots are to view Burke Snowy Owls---there are no 
best sites beyond using effort and attention *all along the entire length of 
Marginal Road along the airport*. There are multiple legal pull off spots at 
gates along the fence. The Snowy Owls move around enough at Burke to where 
their locations change daily and often hourly. On days when they cannot be 
located at the airport proper they may be resting on the outer CLE breakwall 
just offshore the airport, best viewed from East 9th street pier and East 55th 
marina, with a scope 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: CLE Ross's Goose and Snow
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:17:11 -0500
The blue Snow Goose was present this afternoon at East 55th Marina and Lisa 
Rainsong and others had the Ross's Goose in front of the CLE Museum of Art at 
the pond called "Wade Lagoon" 



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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: New eBird Hotspots have been activated
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:09:13 -0600
​

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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/



Erie County

Lake Park, Huron

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Park+Huron



Franklin County

Parkridge Park--Alum Creek Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Parkridge+Park--Alum+Creek+Trail



Greene County

Kinsey Road Mound Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kinsey+Road+Mound+Preserve



Hamilton County

Walnut Hills Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Walnut+Hills+Cemetery

Miami Whitewater Forest--Strimple Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami+Whitewater+Forest--Strimple+Road



Hocking County

Kachelmacher Park

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



Lake County

Holden Arboretum--Corning Lake

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holden+Arboretum--Corning+Lake



Meigs County

Racine Hydro Picnic Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Racine+Hydro+Picnic+Area



Mercer County

Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park--Windy Point


http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Grand+Lake+Saint+Marys+State+Park--Windy+Point 




Montgomery County

Sunsite Lake

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



Morrow County

Gleason Family Nature Reserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Gleason+Family+Nature+Reserve

Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Maple+Grove+Cemetery+Chesterville



Shelby County

Miami-Erie Trail--Lake Loramie

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami-Erie+Trail--Lake+Loramie



Summit County

Chestnut Hill Memorial Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Chestnut+Hill+Memorial+Park


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: SSW Logan County (East Liberty) Waterfowl
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:28:10 -0500
Well, the Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese are still here, and I
finally got good counts on both of them...last time some were hidden by the
bank, but this time they were all out resting on the grass.   They don't
seem to have a care in the world as to wanting to move. :-D
Makes me wonder how long they will stick around.

Happy Birding and God Bless.

Steve J.

US-Ohio-East Liberty-11000 Ohio 347 - 40.332x-83.559
Feb 08, 2016
3:30 PM
Stationary
9 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Continuing birds at factory's pond.
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4

13 Greater White-fronted Goose -- Medium sized geese brown and white with
orange bill. Continuing flock.
7 Snow Goose -- 4 white, 3 blue
51 Canada Goose

Number of Taxa: 3

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Subject: Re: Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co.
From: Mark Vass <000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:27:30 +0000
Sorry,
I should have signed my location
Ambridge,Pa.
--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 2/8/16, mvas1200 AT yahoo.com 
<000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote: 


 Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co.
 To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
 Date: Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:03 PM

 There was a Snow Goose foraging in a
 field with Canada Geese in Monroe Center alongside Rt. 7
 this morning

 Mark Vass
 Beaver Co.

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Subject: Ross's Geese-Four still remain southeast of Mentor Lagoons
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:40:17 -0500
Ross's Geese 4 remain 2-8-16-southeast of Mentor Lagoons in the lawn in
front of the water treatment plant found by Ray Hannikman and Tom
Frankel on 2-6-16.   Still present at 10:30AM.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Geese numbers?
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:06:38 -0500
Greetings!

I would be interested to know, with the change in the wind speed and
direction,  if the Snow, Ross's, and Canada Geese numbers have declined.
So if you go out to areas where they have been lately, please post
positively or negatively.  I'm betting that some are still here, just not
the numbers that we have seen.

Thanks,

Steve J

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Subject: Ottawa NWR Monthly Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:25:33 +0000
FEBRUARY 07, 2016 - Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Monthly Census.ROUTES: Same 
usual morning & afternoon routes. TIME: 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:30pm-6:30pmTEMP.: 
26-52-47 COND.: Chilly early, turning mostly sunny through the morning; 
clouding up after 2:00pm;no snow cover; Lake Erie open, most canals & 
impoundments open.OBS.: Katie Clink (morning only), Donna Kuhn, Dave & Kim 
Myles (morning only), Ed Pierce, Jim Reyda,Al & Betty Schlecht (morning only) & 
Douglas W. Vogus. 

I. MAMMALS: 7 SPECIES.
   - Raccoon - 3

   - Mink - 1
   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 5
   - White-footed Mouse - 9
   - Muskrat - 3
   - Eastern Cottontail - 3
   - White-tailed Deer - 5

II. BIRDS: 53 SPECIES.
   - Snow Goose - 15 (7 white morph,8 blue morph)

   - Ross's Goose - 1
   - Cackling Goose - 4
   - Canada Goose - 2,852
   - Mute Swan - 2
 - Trumpeter Swan - 44 (green band "74M"; yellow band "1A2"; yellow band (too 
far away to read) 

   - Tundra Swan - 4,000+
   - Gadwall - 6
   - American Black Duck - 16
   - Mallard - 93
   - Ring-necked Duck - 3
   - Lesser Scaup - 3
   - Common Goldeneye - 4
   - Hooded Merganser - 2
   - Common Merganser - 172
   - Great Blue Heron - 18
   - Bald Eagle - 13 (6 adult,7 immature)
   - Northern Harrier - 9
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 7
   - Sandhill Crane - 7
   - Ring-billed Gull - 163
   - Herring Gull - 37
   - Rock Pigeon - 1
   - Mourning Dove - 55
   - Eastern Screech-Owl - 1
   - Great Horned Owl - 1
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 8
   - Downy Woodpecker - 18
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 1
   - Northern Flicker - 1
   - American Kestrel - 4
   - Blue Jay - 27
   - American Crow - 6
   - Horned Lark - 36
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 22
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 12
   - Brown Creeper - 2
   - Eastern Bluebird - 2
   - American Robin - 26
   - European Starling - 70
   - Lapland Longspur - 102
   - American Tree Sparrow - 148
   - Savannah Sparrow - 1
   - Song Sparrow - 6
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 5
   - Northern Cardinal - 21
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 124
   - Rusty Blackbird - 20
   - Common Grackle - 43
   - Brown-headed Cowbird - 26
   - House Finch - 2
   - American Goldfinch - 43
   - House Sparrow - 7

III. FISHES: 1 SPECIES.

   - Goldfish - 1 (promptly devoured by a Herring Gull)


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.



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Subject: RPT: Cincinnati Bird Club Merlin Census
From: Brian Wulker <bdwulker AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:25:41 -0500
This weekend (2/6), the Cincinnati Bird Club embarked on the “first that we
know of” Cincinnati Merlin Census of the city’s urban green spaces and
surrounding areas. We fielded 16 parties with 32 participants covering 26
different locations around Cincinnati. Our original focus was to cover the
urban core of the city, where several locations have long histories of
wintering Merlins such as Old and New St. Joseph Cemeteries and Spring
Grove Cemetery. Other locations around these spots have also produced birds
in the past, so our goal was to get an approximate figure for just how many
Merlins are moving back and forth between these pockets of green space. Was
it just one or two that make the rounds around town, or was there one at
every property? Once our 8 main focus areas were covered, we expanded
outward to the Little Miami River Valley, Northern Kentucky and other
locations based on our member’s interests. Survey times were from 3pm – 5pm
in an effort to get birds coming into night roosts. Afterwards, we all met
at a local establishment to tally our finds.

A google map of the surveyed locations can be found here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z6zfKMbqPiMY.kf_ZOg2LG8m4&usp=sharing

Here are our results for Merlins and other raptors during the tally. Merlin
was the only species that we made a significant effort to identify
individually (time first observed – time last observed, behavior, age,
gender, anything else individually identifiable).

37 Black Vulture
24 Turkey Vulture
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
4 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Accipiter sp.
6 Red-shouldered Hawk
29 Red-tailed Hawk
1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
8 Merlin

Merlin breakdown:
1 at St. Mary’s Cemetery from 3:00-4:08pm
1 at Old St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:40–4:42pm
1 at New St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:35-5:00pm
2 at Spring Grove Cemetery, one from 4:05-4:27pm and another at 4:08pm
1 at the Newtown Gravel Pits 4:50-4:51pm
1 at Highland Cemetery at 5:10pm (Kenton Co. KY)
1 at Evergreen Cemetery from 3:55-4:00pm (Campbell Co. KY).

Within our original scope of the Cincinnati urban core, 5 total birds were
counted. 2 more were in Northern Kentucky, and another in the Little Miami
River Valley. Using times, age, gender, photos, and other individually
identifiable information, we have a very high degree of confidence that all
of these are different individuals. In addition to the 8 we counted today,
the California Woods golf course had one on Thursday that is likely another
individual, and Arlington Cemetery recorded one during the Western Hamilton
CBC 5 weeks ago, but that bird has not been reported since. There were also
recent Northern Kentucky reports from CVG airport and along I-275, two
locations not surveyed today.

Special thanks to co-organizer Bill Zimmerman and all of our section
leaders: Ned Keller, Kathy McDonald, Josh Eastlake, Kathi Hutton, Jack
Stenger, Steve Pelikan, Bill Stanley, Joe Bens, Mark Gilsdorf, Jeff Bilsky,
Jay Stenger, Gale Wulker, Eric Burkholder, Kirk Westendorf, Rodney Crice,
Bill Hull and Jim Rettig. Also thanks to all of our participants who helped
with the count.

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Subject: Cackling geese at Scenic Park, Emerald Necklace Marina Lakewood
From: Penny OConnor <pjo AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 21:13:46 -0500
This afternoon there were 2 Cackling Geese in a flock of about 25 Canada Geese 
at the boat launch ramp at Scenic Park by Emerald Necklace Marina, Lakewood, 
extreme north end of Valley Parkway. 


Penny O'Connor
4534 Grayton Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44135-2324
(216)676-4859
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Subject: Red Crossbill Edgewater Park CLE
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:57:59 -0500
This evening I had a flyover Red Crossbill on Lake Road immediately south of 
upper Edgewater Park. Bird gave 13 flight call notes, headed WSW 



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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Re: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:43:01 -0500
er, Ross's *Geese*!

On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM, Elaine & Marty Cohen 
wrote:

>
> excellent profile view of the standing Kelp gull from the Ice Rink parking
> lot from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
> (southeast side of lake)
> size and yellow-green legs (plus black back) compared to neighbor Herring
> gulls.
> second lifer today - 5 Ross's gulls at pond on St Peter's Church road near
> Rt 44 in Stark County.
>
> Elaine and Marty Cohen
>
>
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> From: jen brumfield 
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> Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird
> sitting on ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the
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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:41:50 -0500
excellent profile view of the standing Kelp gull from the Ice Rink parking
lot from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
(southeast side of lake)
size and yellow-green legs (plus black back) compared to neighbor Herring
gulls.
second lifer today - 5 Ross's gulls at pond on St Peter's Church road near
Rt 44 in Stark County.

Elaine and Marty Cohen

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Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird
sitting on ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the
lake


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Subject: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:30:00 -0500
Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird sitting on 
ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the lake 



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Subject: Killdeer Plains/Big Island/Panhandle Road
From: Andrew Sewell <semillama AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:16:05 -0500
I hit the above three places today. I was looking for snow geese and other
rare geese. Nearly all had cleared out, with the exception of a flyover
flock of 90 snow geese at Big Island. Lots of Tundras and hoards of Canada
Geese at KP and BI, but otherwise waterfowl diversity was low. Seems like
the wave is moving on...

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Columbus

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Subject: Ross's Goose and Snow Goose
From: Paul Kowalczyk <bldgcodereview AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:24:01 -0500
Excellent showing of Ross's Goose at Cleveland Art Museum pond and the Snow
Goose at Gordon Park.  Also saw 2 Horned Lark foraging in the ground at
Gate 12 Burke Lakefront.

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Subject: AlumCreekLake,2-07: scoters No, Goldeneye Yes
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:48:04 -0500
I ran through many of the southern Alum Creek Lake accesses, from the dam up 
through Berlin Station, looking for early migrants divers as well as the 
scoters reported yesterday, but with limited success. The lake was fully open, 
with ice only in the narrowest bays, but held few flocks of waterfowl other 
than Geese and goldeneye. A flock of 200 Canada Geese was massed above the 
Cheshire Bridge, but didn't contain any other geese species. Common Goldeneye 
were at many access points, with the largest # being some 35 just south of the 
Cheshire bridge; I had 48 in all. Raptors included the expected Red-tails, plus 
an adult Bald Eagle north of SummerRidge access. Landbirds were unremarkable 
save for a wide scattering of Yellow-rumped warblers. I had them at many stops, 
the most being 7 at SummerRidge access. 


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Subject: Re: 2/6/16
From: KBPhotoshop <kenbusch1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:43:06 -0500
All birds still there 2:30 Sunday
On Feb 7, 2016 6:53 AM, "Debora Parker"  wrote:

> A flock of 25 Snow Geese spotted on a farmers pond at 28385 St. Rt. 58 in
> Wellington, Ohio. Easily viewed from road. Half were Blue.
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Subject: Re: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment
From: Deb <dsfromnj AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:15:32 -0500
Now on lawn between art museum and art museum lagoon.  

Deb Smith

> On Feb 7, 2016, at 12:55, Nancy Anderson 
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> The Ross's Goose is in the large pond south of the art museum just north of 
MLK. Park East side in street. Was in grass before dog walker came by. 

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Subject: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:55:00 -0800
The Ross's Goose is in the large pond south of the art museum just north of 
MLK. Park East side in street. Was in grass before dog walker came by. 



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Subject: BRAMBLING - Yes
From: jeremy <jeremyxrocks AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:29:01 +0000
The BRAMBLING at the private residence near allardale Park in medina Oh. 
Continued just now. It made two appearances in my very brief visit. 10:10 - 
10:20. No purple finches were seen in that 10 minute window. 


V/r

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Subject: Slate Run MP snow geese
From: Randel Rogers <randel_rogers AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:58:48 -0500
Slate Run MetroPark SE of Columbus has joined the goose rush with 10 snow geese 
joining the resident geese in the pond at the Buzzards Roost picnic area. 


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Subject: Snow and Ross's Geese Cleveland
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:41:17 -0500
The blue Snow Goose is still at Gordon Park Marina (just east of East 72nd 
street) and the Ross's Goose is still at Rockefeller Park on MLK Blvd 



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Subject: Ross's Goose in Highland Hills Cuyahoga County - Yes
From: Todd Eiben <eibentbss AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 09:21:51 -0500
The Ross's Goose I posted pics on ebird a couple of times on Saturday is back 
again today as of 8:50 am. You can enter the UH building off of Route 8 
driveway near Harvard Ave and you should see it for good photo ops. Todd 


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Subject: KELP - YES
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 07:56:38 -0500
The Kelp gull was seen by a small group of us this morning on the ice at 
Springfield Lake (Summit Co). There were also 2 GBBG and 1 first cycle Glaucous 
present among the many HEGU and RBGU. The lake ice opened up with last 
weekend's warm, windy conditions, which has brought the gulls back. With the 
nearby landfills not operating today, it may be worth a shot at trying this 
spot again this afternoon as the gulls return, although it's true that the KEGU 
has largely defied any real discernible pattern. 


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Subject: 2/6/16
From: Debora Parker <medinaparker AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 06:53:34 -0500
A flock of 25 Snow Geese spotted on a farmers pond at 28385 St. Rt. 58 in 
Wellington, Ohio. Easily viewed from road. Half were Blue. 


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Subject: CLE Hopkins airport 3 Snowy Owls
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:08:58 -0500
Three total Snowy Owls at CLE Hopkins airport were confirmed tonight by Tim 
Jasinski viewed from the 100th Bomb group restaurant on the north side of 
Brookpark Road looking south over the airport. Scope recommended. Best times to 
view: birds can be seen throughout the entire day but best opps are early 
morning and late afternoon towards dusk 


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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Snow Geese in Muskingum County
From: Brad Perkins <bperkins75 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:12:12 -0500
This afternoon, there were 21 Snow Geese, including 3 Blue Morph Snow Geese, 
mixed in with a large flock of Canada Geese on the Shelly Wildlife Habitat Site 
lake with the Osprey platforms in it. This lake is located on the south side of 
Gene Cox Memorial Drive, between Dresden and Adams Mills, in NE Muskingum 
County. They were at the very southern end of the lake. A scope is essential 
for decent looks, depending upon the sun angle. My wife, Diane, will post a 
long distance picture tonight on Birding Ohio Facebook showing all 3 goose 
types in the same shot. 

Brad Perkins

Nashport, Ohio
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Subject: Snow Geese in NE Muskingum County
From: Brad Perkins <bperkins75 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:36:18 -0500
This afternoon, there were 21 Snow Geese, including 3 Blue Morph Snow Geese, 
mixed in with a large flock of Canada Geese on the Shelly Wildlife Habitat Site 
lake with the Osprey platforms in it. This lake is located on the south side of 
Gene Cox Memorial Drive, between Dresden and Adams Mills, in NE Muskingum 
County. They were at the very southern end of the lake. A scope is essential 
for decent looks, depending upon the sun angle. My wife, Diane, will post a 
long distance picture tonight on Birding Ohio Facebook showing all 3 goose 
types in the same shot. 


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Subject: East Liberty getting all Goosey :-D
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:21:16 -0500
Greetings!  Never have I went to work to not work, but I had to go to show
my family the visiting geese.

To add to what I got yesterday, there were 10 Greater White-fronted Geese.
They were probably there yesterday, I was just too much in a hurry to get
home.

We then popped up to Indian Lake to see the 100+ Snow Geese that Troy
Shively reported previously.  We missed them at the Slough, (flooded field
on SR 720) but we were able to find them on the lake as the whole kit and
kaboodle flew over us heading back to the aforementioned Slough...awesome
sight. :-D

We finished up the day with waffles and House Sparrows at the House of
Waffles in Bellefontaine...the waffles were delicious...the House Sparrows,
not so much. :-D :-D

Happy Birding and God bless,

Steve J.

US-Ohio-East Liberty-11000 Ohio 347 - 40.332x-83.559, Logan, Ohio, US
Feb 6, 2016 3:55 PM - 4:15 PM
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Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4 5 species Greater White-fronted Goose 10 Brown geese with orange bill. About the size of Canada Goose Snow Goose 7 Ross's Goose 1 Continuing bird. Small white goose with smaller bill than the snow geese around it. Canada Goose 200 Mallard 20 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27340541 ______________________________________________________________________ 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: Kelp Gull - Springfield Lake (Summit Co) YES
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:45:42 -0500
Shari Jackson and Ronnie Macko just had the Kelp Gull sitting on the ice in 
front of the roller rink at Springfield Lake. If interested in seeing this 
bird, I'd try in the morning if you can. 


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Subject: WW Crossbills at Greenlawn; all three scoter species at Alum Creek
From: Bill Lynch <blmillperch AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:32:02 -0500
Sorry for the late post, but only had a dumb flip phone today.

This morning at 9:30 AM, 4 ww crossbills (3M, 1F) flew into the hemlocks at
the entrance to the Ravine at Greenlawn Cemetery.  Also, a RB nuthatch was
present in the ravine. 20 siskins at he feeders by the pit.

At 1 PM, found all the scoters at Alum Creek Reservoir.  A lone black
scoter was near the dam by the spillway, likely the same bird seen several
weeks ago.

On the east shoreline opposite the Hollenback Boat Ramp, were one male surf
scoter and three WW scoters in a very large group of Common Goldeneyes.
Also in the group were several lesser scaup, one stunning male greater
scaup, 3 redheads, and a bufflehead.

At Dealware Reservoir around 4 PM, 18 white fronted geese were on the beach
with 200+ canadas.

A truly remarkable day for Feb. in central Ohio.

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Subject: Ross's goose & blue morph snow goose
From: Edward Enold <e2enold AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:17:12 -0500
The Ross's goose reported by JB is still present on MLK Blvd.
A blue morph snow goose in feeding in the grass at Gordon boat ramp
(cleveland metroparks reservation at the northern end of MLK Blvd.)

Bird on-
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Subject: White Geese, Mentor, Lake County
From: "Cory \"Chia\" Chiappone" <chitanion AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:00:16 -0500
Earlier today Ray Hannikman and Tom Frankel found 4 Rosss’ss’s Geese at 
Mentor Lagoons, they flew off but they refound them just southeast of the park 
in the lawn in front of the water treatment plant (41.719854, -81.336663). 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27334433

While driving on the freeway to see the geese I spotted a Snow Goose in the 
lawn just northeast of the large pond on Tyler Blvd (41.682386, -81.352572). 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27334304 

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Subject: Snow Geese Portage County east of Aurora, OH
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:52:59 -0500
About 10:30am today in Portage County I came upon 65 Snow Geese mixed with
similar number of Canadas and three or four Rosss geese.  Pictures on my
Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/85567104 AT N05/

 

This was about 4  miles east of Aurora, OH (Rt. 306/43) on Pioneer Trail,
about  mile west of Diagonal Road.

 

Thanks to Jim Tomko of Audubon of Greater Cleveland for alerting me to them
yesterday.

 

Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Big Island Wildlife Area Gooseapalooza
From: Alex Eberts <aeberts33 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:10:33 -0500
At 12:45 pm, Leslie Sours and I had a high count of 28 ROSS'S GEESE on Herr 
Road near Big Island Wildlife Area. Also present were 5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED 
GEESE as well as 79 SNOW GEESE. Smaller waterfowl included Northern Pintails, 
Mallards, and American Black Ducks. An eagle strafed the flock and flushed most 
of the birds, but they were circling and seemed to want to stay in the area. 


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Subject: 3-Creeks-to-PickPonds,2-05: Snow Geese, Fox Sparrow
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:08:02 -0500
I hiked & biked several areas around these two MetroParks south of Columbus 
this morning, and found fair birding. At 3-Creeks, I biked around the 
Confluence area and the Borrow Pits area, then biked over between Cruiser Pond 
and Winchester Lake along the Blacklick Creek Greenway. Lastly, I stopped at 
Pickerington Ponds and nearby Portman Park. Most birds were near the creeks in 
these places. At Pick Ponds, Ellis Pond, Mallard Marsh, and Teal Pond were 
partly open, but only the last one had many waterfowl. Notables included: 


Snow Geese - 2 were with a flock of 300 Canadas south of Wright Rd west of 
Bowen. Another large flock of Canadas (350) near Cruiser Pond had nothing 
unusual. 


Dabblers - Teal Pond and Mallard Marsh at Pick Ponds had mostly Mallards, but 
also had smaller numbers of Black Ducks, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, and 
Wigeon. 


Raptors - Red-tailed hawks were at many locations. Cooper's were much scarcer, 
with only 1 seen, at Portman 


Woodpeckers - nothing but the expected 4, but they were very active at many 
places, with lots of calling & drumming 


Brown Creepers - scarce, with only singles at 2 spots in 3-Creeks

Robins - small #s, with 2-5 at many locations but no big flocks

Horned Larks - flyovers at 4 different locations, all headed north, so the 
first 'migrants' appear to be running. 


Fox Sparrow - the red form bird at 3-Creeks has moved from near the Confluence 
parking area east to where the bikepath passes beneath the power lines (a 
reliable spot for them in years past). 


White-crowned Sparrows - 2-3 were still hanging around the feeder at the Wood 
Duck picnic area in Pick Ponds 


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Subject: Kinglet
From: mary.huey AT sbcglobal.net <mary.huey@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:01:05 GMT
Looking at a golden-crowned kinglet right now in my backyard! Early or late?? 
Nice!! 

Mary Huey
Willoughby, Ohio 
Lake County

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Subject: Ross's Goose Cleveland
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:01:01 -0500
i just found a Ross's Goose at the large pond on Martin Luther King Blvd at 
intersection with 105th. This is immediately north of CLE Museum of Natural 
History 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Geese, Panhandle rd., Delaware
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:22:51 +0000
Around 8.30 a.m. it was a flock of 110 Snow Geese coming to the pond south of 
Panhandle rd. My pictures showed 2-3 Ross'ses mixed in the flock. On the pond 
were also present 18 White-fronted Geese. N.Shrike was in the field on south 
side of the road. 


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Subject: Mosquito Lake Gr White-fronted Geese
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:10:51 -0500
 A large group observed about 35 Greater White-fronted Geese along with 4 Snow 
Geese, a large contingent of Canada's and a light morph Rough-legged Hawk at a 
pond on 

Mahan Denman Rd east of Hoagland Blackstrub Rd. The GWFG's flew off towards 
Mosquito Res. 


Chris Pierce

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Subject: Cackling geese
From: Douglas Bohanan <bhern34 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:11:06 -0500
Sorry to show such ignorance, but I just can't seem to id Cackling geese. I 
look and look over the flocks and just can't seem to distinguish between 
Canada's and Cackling geese. My hearing not so hot either so picking them out 
that way doesn't seem to be working. Can someone provide photos of the two 
together from a local spot so I can maybe see a difference? 


Humbly,

Douglas B

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Subject: Griggs,MarbleCliff,2-04 - creepers, RIng-necks
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 07:32:43 -0500
Not much along this stretch of the Scioto from Griggs Dam down to Marble Cliff. 
Water is open & ice-free, so there's nothing to hold the ducks below Griggs 
Dam, which had very few waterfowl. There was a small flock of Ring-necked Ducks 
at Marble Cliff, but little else other than Mallards. Landbirds also continued 
their winter disappearing act, with few birds along the whole stretch, other 
than a few chickadees, woodpeckers, and brown creepers at both spots. 


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Subject: Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Census
From: DUG <0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:45:48 +0000
FEBRUARY 05, 2016 - Cuyahoga Valley Monthly Towpath Trail Census.HIKE: Ohio & 
Erie Canal Towpath Trail from Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Rd.TIME: 
7:30am-3:45pm TEMP.: 25-42-39 COND.: Mostly sunny with clouds/sun mix turning 
sunny with blue skies back to mostly sunny with clouds/sun mix again. No snow 
cover; Dover Pond was ice-free, Ira Beaver Marsh had skim-ice melting away to 
3/4 open.TRAIL COND.: Frozen & rutted, thawing to sloppy & muddy. RIVER COND.: 
Above normal from last week's rains, swift & muddy.FT.MI.: 13.51 OBS.: John 
Henry & Douglas W. Vogus. 

I. MAMMALS: 4 SPECIES.   
   - Eastern Gray Squirrel - 4   

   - Eastern Fox Squirrel - 4
   - Red Squirrel - 41
   - White-tailed Deer - 3 (doe)

II. BIRDS: 41 SPECIES.(NOTE: ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was 
heard calling but not sexed) 

   - Canada Goose - 106   

   - American Black Duck - 25 (14m,11f)
   - Mallard - 70 (45m,25f)
   - Common Goldeneye - 1 (f - First February Record)
   - Common Merganser - 1 (m)
   - Great Blue Heron - 2
   - Bald Eagle - 4 (3 adult,1 immature)
   - Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
   - Red-tailed Hawk - 7 (1 immature)
   - Ring-billed Gull - 20
   - Herring Gull - 27
   - Rock Pigeon - 11
   - Mourning Dove - 3
   - Eastern Screech-Owl - 1 (gray morph)
   - Belted Kingfisher - 3 (m)
   - Red-bellied Woodpecker - 12 (3m,2f,3?,4*)
   - Downy Woodpecker - 19 (6m,6f,2?,5*)
   - Hairy Woodpecker - 7 (1m,2f,3?,1*)
   - Pileated Woodpecker - 2 (*)
   - Peregrine Falcon - 1 (m)
   - Blue Jay - 23
   - American Crow - 36
   - Black-capped Chickadee - 36
   - Tufted Titmouse - 13
   - White-breasted Nuthatch - 31 (12m,6f,2?,11*)
   - Carolina Wren - 5
   - Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4 (1m,1f,2*)
   - Eastern Bluebird - 13 (4m,8f,1?)
   - American Robin - 5
   - European Starling - 83
   - Eastern Towhee - 1 (*)
   - American Tree Sparrow - 33
 - Chipping Sparrow - 1 (at thistle feeder at house just west of Lock 32 in 
Boston - First February Record) 

   - Song Sparrow - 8
   - White-throated Sparrow - 17
   - Dark-eyed Junco - 18 (10m,4f,4?)
   - Northern Cardinal - 30 (19m,8f,3*)
   - Red-winged Blackbird - 2 (m)
   - House Finch - 4 (2m,1f,1*)
   - American Goldfinch - 17
   - House Sparrow - 22

Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio. 

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Subject: all white hawk seen at Orchard Hiils Park, Chesterland
From: Laura <thenaturegurl AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 22:19:43 -0500
I and at least three others saw an all white hawk around 2:45p. 2/5.  Near
Caves Rd. Buteo sized. Two park goers, not necessarily bird watchers, saw
white hawk with two other darker "normal"  Buteo types. I saw about two
darker Buteo types at park myself, but not with white hawk.  Captive bird
of falconer perhaps? (I know almost nothing about that hobby.) Aviary
escapee? Did anyone else's see this?

Thanks,

Laura

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Subject: Re: Red-breasted nuthatch, question
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:36:07 -0500
Usually one or two are reported yearly.  We get more when seed crops in
Canada are not up to par.
On Feb 5, 2016 10:19 AM, "Ken Thompson" <
000002ec82ee436f-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> Looked out my home computer-room window couple days ago and saw a
> red-breasted nuthatch hopping around in an arbor vitae.  In the area that
> we left (St Louis MO) that would've been fodder for the Rare Bird Alert.
> How rare or common are they in NE Ohio?  Also seeing white-breasted
> nuthatch, chickadee, titmouse, robins, red-bellied woodpecker ....   Also
> in the St Louis area, downy woodpeckers were plentiful -- haven't heard or
> seen any here yet.    ??
> Ken Thompson
> Silver Lake, OHkth0mpsn AT yahoo.com
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Subject: Snow/Ross's Geese, Logan County Feb. 5, 2016
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 16:08:24 -0500
To add to the Snow/Ross's Geese reports. I saw to pop their heads up as I
was leaving work. I quickly turned around and went back to work to see how
many there were.  There was a total of 8, three were blue morph, one of the
white ones was a Ross's goose... and I left my stupid camera at home.
Associates working at Honda can see these geese in the big pond out front
of East Liberty.

Have a great weekend, happy birding and God bless.

Steve J
US-Ohio-East Liberty-11000 Ohio 347 - 40.332x-83.559
Feb 05, 2016
3:30 PM
Stationary
11 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Lake at Honda East Liberty. Restricted access.
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4

6 Snow Goose
1 Ross's Goose -- White goose with stubby bill. Bill smaller than the rest
of the snow geese that it was next to.
1 Snow/Ross's Goose
200 Canada Goose

Number of Taxa: 4

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Subject: Re: i.e Golden Eagle BDMP - Sighting in NOV 2015
From: "Kevin O'Neil" <kevin.c.oneil AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:37:28 -0500
I got excited seeing the post until I read it and realized it was three months 
ago. 


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Subject: Brambling present today
From: Paul Graham <paulgraham AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:37:33 -0500
The bird made a brief appearance at 12:30. Property owner said its there 
everyday -- and had been earlier this morning 

Paul Graham

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Subject: Blue Snow Goose Eaat 55th
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 14:05:12 -0500
Blue Snow Goose still present at East 55th marina showing well in the marina 
and up on shore grazing with Canada Geese 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Iceland gull....Dayton
From: Eric Elvert <Elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:37:07 -0500
I had a 1st winter Iceland gull at deeds park just below the dam on the river 
bank. It flew south a handful of minutes after I found it. 

Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton, Ohio

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Subject: Snow Goose East 55th marina
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:47:49 -0500
Just found a "blue" Snow Goose with 42 Canada Geese in the marina at East 55th, 
Cleveland 



Jen Brumfield 
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Snow Geese, Lorain County
From: Femme Metal <femme.metal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:51:40 -0500
I spotted a mixed group of Canada Geese and Snow Geese in a field on
Butternut Ridge Rd (West of Rt. 58) this morning around 8:15 AM.  Was only
able to take a quick look.  There were two blue morph and 15 to 20 white
Snow Geese.

This afternoon around 1:30 PM the flock had moved East to the pond at New
Russia Township Nature Preserve (to the East of Rt 58 - still on Butternut
Ridge Rd).  The drive to the preserve is closed but I was able to get a
decent view (with binoculars) from the fence.

Kristen Stillwell
Oberlin, OH

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Greater Scaup-2 males
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 16:57:26 -0500
  Thoreau Lake- 2 male Greater Scaup

     Blendon Woods Metro Park
        Nature Center
           614-895-6221

          Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: i.e Golden Eagle BDMP
From: David Tan <melanerpers56 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 15:14:05 -0500
We had a immature Golden Eagle over the nature center 11 Nov. (plus
three Rough-legged) making circles and high glides moving south.  The
third one we've seen there (now fourth).

Patty and David Tan
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David Tan
Columbus
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