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30 Aug Snowy Egret - Hueston Woods State Park (Preble Co.) [Steve Gifford ]
30 Aug Stow hummingbirds [Dave Lewis ]
30 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite near Sugarcreek [k-cmiller ]
30 Aug Blendon Wood-13 Warblers ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
30 Aug Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks in Ohio [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
30 Aug Re: Ohio Birds Record Committee? [Jon Cefus ]
30 Aug Re: Ohio Birds Record Committee? [Steve Jones ]
30 Aug Ohio Birds Record Committee? [Jeff Harvey ]
30 Aug martinRoosts in CentralOhio? [rob thorn ]
30 Aug Baypoint Sandbar/Indian Lake Shorebird Chasing [Steve Jones ]
29 Aug Wilderness Rd peat pits, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe ]
29 Aug Thanks for eBirding [Matthew Valenic ]
29 Aug Union County Turkey Vultures ["Prinster, Mark" ]
29 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
29 Aug Sandhills [Bill Seles ]
29 Aug SW Ohio weekend nighthawks and more [Craig Holt ]
29 Aug Nighthawks in Ohio [Bill Whan ]
29 Aug First Nashville Warbler of season--Geauga Co. [Nancy Obryan ]
29 Aug Chimney swifts staging in Zanesville [Robert Evans ]
29 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Brad Perkins ]
29 Aug Nighthawks in the Cuyahoga Valley...going north [Ken Andrews ]
29 Aug Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks [Matt Anderson ]
29 Aug 3Creeks-to-PickPonds,8-28:Egrets,swallows [rob thorn ]
28 Aug Re: Nighthawks [Matthew Valenic ]
29 Aug Nighthawks [Angel Seurkamp ]
28 Aug Medusa Marsh, Willow Point WA - Erie County [Randy Rowe ]
28 Aug Re: Darke Co. Nighthawks, etc. [Leslie Sours ]
28 Aug Darke Co. Nighthawks, etc. [Regina Schieltz ]
29 Aug Erie Co. Shorebirds. [jeremy ]
28 Aug Western Sandpipers [Doreene Linzell ]
28 Aug Wilderness Rd. Buff Breasted SP & Black Tern [Chris ]
28 Aug Conneaut [richard banish ]
28 Aug Summit Co CVNP--22 Nighthawks over Blossom Music Center ["Coy, Patrick G." ]
28 Aug Killdeer [Lester Peyton ]
27 Aug Highbanks,8-27:flycatchers,warblers [rob thorn ]
27 Aug View from the 5th Floor [Tom Fishburn ]
27 Aug Re: Shaker Lakes? [Gautam Apte ]
27 Aug Mosquito lake [Donna Kuhn ]
27 Aug Summit Co--CVNP Kendall Lake warblers and vireos ["Coy, Patrick G." ]
27 Aug Hamilton Co. [Russell Taylor ]
27 Aug Shaker Lakes? [Ken Andrews ]
27 Aug Baird's Sandpiper [Doreene Linzell ]
27 Aug Conneaut [Donna Kuhn ]
27 Aug Geauga County LaDue Reservoir - Little Blue Heron [Jim Martin ]
27 Aug Common nighthawks - Whitehouse [Matt Anderson ]
27 Aug BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK - Oak Openings Preserve Metropark (Lucas Co.) [Matt Anderson ]
27 Aug SharonWoods,Columbus,8-26:flycatchers,cuckoo [rob thorn ]
26 Aug Conneaut harbor-slow [Sally Isacco ]
26 Aug Common Nighthawks in Geauga County [Matthew Valenic ]
26 Aug Oldfield Beach-Indian Lake. [Steve Jones ]
26 Aug Willow Point Fish Management Unit [Chris ]
26 Aug Call for Presentations--2016 Ohio Avian Research Conference [Casey Tucker ]
26 Aug Mosquito Lake (Trumbull Co.) 8/26 - Marbled Godwit, ibis + more [ ]
26 Aug Nighthawk numbers [Bill Whan ]
26 Aug Am. White Pelicans, Avocets - Deer Creek - Pickaway County [Melanie Shuter ]
26 Aug Re: lots of nighthawks [Paul ]
26 Aug news for twitchers and listers [Bill Whan ]
25 Aug lots of nighthawks [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
25 Aug Re: Whimbrel at Dillon State Park Beach in Muskingum County [Brad Perkins ]
25 Aug Whimbrel at Dillon State Park Beach in Muskingum County [Brad Perkins ]
25 Aug Clark County - Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Doug Overacker ]
25 Aug Sandy Ridge - Lorain County [Ken Andrews ]
23 Aug Western Sandpiper at Old Field Beach (Indian Lake) today. [Steve Jones ]
23 Aug Nighthawk movement Logan County ["Stierhoff, Elayna M." ]
23 Aug Pond Brook, Summit County [Dave Lewis ]
23 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
23 Aug Plegadis Ibis And Marbled Godwit / Trumbull County [robert lane ]
23 Aug Black Terns @ Rocky Fork Lake Highland County [ ]
22 Aug Medusa Marsh, Sandusky [Elaine & Marty Cohen ]
22 Aug Wilson phal....Dayton [Eric Elvert ]
22 Aug 3 AM. AVOCETS @ Oldfield Beach [Steve Jones ]
22 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
21 Aug Re: Shorebirds [Chris ]
21 Aug Shorebirds [Mary Warren ]
21 Aug Re: Swallow-tailed Kite - YES ["liz.jaggers" ]
21 Aug Chimney swifts - Zanesville [Robert Evans ]

Subject: Snowy Egret - Hueston Woods State Park (Preble Co.)
From: Steve Gifford <steve.gifford1101 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:28:22 -0400
This evening just before dusk, a Snowy Egret flew in along with three
immature Little Blue Herons into the trees across from the boat ramps.  The
birds stayed for about 10 minutes before heading towards the dam along with
the rest of the egrets and herons that typically roost for the night along
the river about a mile or so below the dam.

Attached is a picture (the Snowy is the one on the right):

https://flic.kr/p/Lycxhf

Happy birding!
Steve Gifford
Oxford, OH
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve-gifford

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Subject: Stow hummingbirds
From: Dave Lewis <Loopyonetwo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:14:31 -0400
As I'm laying on my swing on the patio, my ruby throated friends stopped by. 
There's 3 distinct ones I can pick out and I'm sure there are a few more. One I 
call Spot, because he has a small spot on his throat is the brave one that 
flies in my face and checks me and my book out whenever I'm out. Squeaky is a 
nervous female that constantly watches and chirps as she feeds and then there's 
a quiet one that looks at me, surfs the flowers I planted then has a perch on 
the feeder and drinks calmly. 

Love my feathered friends!

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite near Sugarcreek
From: k-cmiller <k-cmiller AT ATT.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:17:40 -0400
Eli Miller reports a Swallow-tailed Kite at the junction of TR 169 and TR 170 
just east of SR 93 south of Sugarcreek. The bird has been at this location 
since yesterday. 


Kent Miller

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Subject: Blendon Wood-13 Warblers
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:58:00 -0400
 Blendon Woods is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off of I 270
& Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit. Below is a list of some of the
Birds found this morning Best birding time is between 7:30-9:30 am I would
like to thank the Metro park visitors for help in finding these birds

  Goldenrod Trail
       Warblers
         American Redstart-female
        Chestnut-sided
        Magnolia
        C Yellowthroat-female
     Vireos
        Red-eyed
        Warbling
        Philadelphia
     Red-headed Woodpecker- 2 young


  Sugarbush Trail-beginning, Parking Lot
    Warblers
      Canada
      Ovenbird
      A Redstart
      Bay-breasted
      Black-throated Green
      Yellow
      Blackburian
      Chestnut-sided
      C Yellowthroat
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


   Lake Trail
      Warblers
           Chestnut-sided-male, young-male,female
           Black-and-white-female
           Canada-young male
           Bay-breasted
           Blackpoll
           Back-throated Blue-male, female
      Turkey-2 females, 6 polts (young)
      Red-eyed Vireo-adult, young

  Hickory Ridge Trail
     Warblers
       Magnolia-female
       Chestnut-sided-young
       A Redstart-female
       Black-throated Blue-female-2, male-3
      Tennessee-adult
      Bay-breasted
   E Wood Peewee


 Ripple Rock Trail
   Warblers
        Magnolia-young male, female
        Chestnut-sided-young female, male-singing

 Brookside Trail
    Warblers
      Golden-winged-female (Mon-Bob McNulty)
      Ovenbird
      A Redstart-young male & female
      Canada
      Blackburian-male, female
      Black-throated Blue-female
   Wood Thrush
   N Flicker

 Thoreau Lake
   G B Heron
   G Egret
   W Ducks-8
   Mallard-14
   E Phoebe
   C Waxwing-3
   B Kingfisher-female
   A Redstart-female
   R T Hummingbird

      Misc-Snowny Aphids-Lake Trail-Warbler food

        Bruce Simpson Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus
             Nature Center
                614-895-6221

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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks in Ohio
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:10:26 -0400
I have enjoyed the many nighthawk reports and stories since my Aug 25 post.
I guess they are all over Ohio now, preparing to migrate.

as a historical note, back in the 1960s in the Youngstown area, growing up
and several years before getting serious about birds, nighthawks were among
the few species I knew. in my recollection, they would circle the suburban
sky
most summer evenings, noticeable first by their beeps.  they were as common
in summer (seemingly) as robins and blue jays.  but for the past 30+ years
in our suburban Akron area they are rarities.

Marty Cohen

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Whan 
Date: Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 10:56 AM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks in Ohio
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT listserv.miamioh.edu


Thanks to the many folks who have been reporting on nighthawk movements.
I hope more reports of migration and breeding will be shared with
others. I checked with the Birds of North America text, where it is
admitted that "relatively little is known about this bird.*
       Most Ohioans see few nighthawks in spring: it seems flocks seen are
small, often passing quite high up, and unwilling to linger. The fall
migration is another phenomenon entirely, when flocks in four figures
have often been recorded, even though they are not so often seen in
recent years. These flocks apparently depend on insects--queen ants,
caddisflies, moths, true bugs--preferred (one stomach examined had 2175
flying ants but also 500 mosquitoes [BNA]).
       It seems universally acknowledged that these birds less often nest in
Ohio, which any careful observer over a few decades old can confirm. As
for the fall migration we're now seeing, their numbers are declining--I
cited some Columbus numbers in my post a few days ago, and other
locations report similar losses.
       I couldn't find certain basic information about the fall migration.
Do
these birds migrate over the water of the Great Lakes, or do they work
the shorelines?  One record involved 16,496 seen in one spot along the
shoreline in Minnesota; perhaps the migrant hordes eschew open lake
waters and prefer shorelines, as well as inland lakes and rivers. Are
boaters well offshore seeing lots of nighthawks these days?  Another way
to ask the question might be "where are the bugs?"
       These are fascinating birds, and their gradual disappearance is
another
bummer.
Bill Whan
Columbus


*As for "the Birds of North America." this valuable but expensive text
can be found in most good libraries, but it is often improved via new
research and discoveries available only on the electronic version. Good
libraries will provide internet access to the latest version of BNA
accounts. Check with your library.

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Subject: Re: Ohio Birds Record Committee?
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:36:07 -0400
I'm not sure if this is tongue in cheek, but from what I understand the 
evidence was pointing toward a possible hybrid, which would be even more 
remarkable even though it's not "listable". I was there the same day as several 
other Ohio birders took the ferry to see it. I spent quite a bit of time 
looking at it with Kenn and Kim, as well as others. I got great photos. I 
believe Kenn got a recording of its interesting "song". I do recall it 
responded to the Couch's song. I also believe that Tom Bartlett was able to 
collect a feather that was submitted for DNA analysis, but I've not heard of 
any results from that. The last time I inquired it was in June. 


Regardless of what may or may not be determined about its species, it was a fun 
bird to watch, although somewhat heartbreaking to know it was unlikely to ever 
leave the island alive. 


Jon Cefus
Carroll Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 30, 2016, at 10:36 AM, Steve Jones  wrote:
> 
> I wonder if they have decided on the Couch's Kingbird yet. :-D
> 
>> On Aug 30, 2016 10:29 AM, "Alex Eberts"  wrote:
>> 
>> I heard a couple of weeks ago via Vic Fazio that the OBRC has a new
>> secretary, Jack Stenger, who is finally getting the ball rolling on things.
>> The Kelp Gull was indeed accepted, and they are voting on other rarities
>> now, so I'm sure there will be an official announcement soon once they
>> clear a bit of the backlogged submissions.
>> 
>> Alex Eberts
>> 
>>> On Aug 30, 2016, at 9:37 AM, Jeff Harvey  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Does anyone know what is the status of this committee and where it is in
>> reviewing records?  Did the Kelp Gull ever get accepted?
>>> Is it still necessary to send in sighting reports?
>>> An official announcement would be nice.
>>> Jeff HarveyMahoning County
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Subject: Re: Ohio Birds Record Committee?
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:36:44 -0400
I wonder if they have decided on the Couch's Kingbird yet. :-D

On Aug 30, 2016 10:29 AM, "Alex Eberts"  wrote:

> I heard a couple of weeks ago via Vic Fazio that the OBRC has a new
> secretary, Jack Stenger, who is finally getting the ball rolling on things.
> The Kelp Gull was indeed accepted, and they are voting on other rarities
> now, so I'm sure there will be an official announcement soon once they
> clear a bit of the backlogged submissions.
>
> Alex Eberts
>
> > On Aug 30, 2016, at 9:37 AM, Jeff Harvey  wrote:
> >
> > Does anyone know what is the status of this committee and where it is in
> reviewing records?  Did the Kelp Gull ever get accepted?
> > Is it still necessary to send in sighting reports?
> > An official announcement would be nice.
> > Jeff HarveyMahoning County
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Subject: Ohio Birds Record Committee?
From: Jeff Harvey <piwo2005 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:37:29 +0000
Does anyone know what is the status of this committee and where it is in 
reviewing records?  Did the Kelp Gull ever get accepted? 

Is it still necessary to send in sighting reports?
An official announcement would be nice.
Jeff HarveyMahoning County

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Subject: martinRoosts in CentralOhio?
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:47:04 -0400
At two different areas this weekend near Columbus I noticed late afternoon 
groups of Purple Martins. At Big Island on Saturday, a group of us saw a flock 
of 25-30 swirling over the marsh around 3:30, while on Sunday I had 12+ around 
Arrowhead Marsh at Pickerington Ponds. Recalling how marshes northeast of us 
(Presque Isle, Nimisila Lake) have huge roosts, is it possible that our 
man-made marshes have reached a point to be attractive to these birds? Has 
anyone else noted martin flocks around central Ohio wetlands the past few 
weeks? 


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Subject: Baypoint Sandbar/Indian Lake Shorebird Chasing
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:34:19 -0400
Sorry for late report...way to tired last night to put a coherent sentence
together...

I took off with Kurt Wray and Jay Lehman  to check on the Piping Plover and
Red Knots on Baypoint Sandbar.  They were all still there along with around
40-50 Sanderlings a Couple of Ruddy Turnstones, a few Least and
Semipalmated Sandpipers, a couple Semipalmated Plovers and a SB Dowitcher.
A raft of Caspian Terns made for interesting photography. Carrot Beaks were
everywhere. :-D

I then headed towards Indian Lake...the long way around.  Went up along the
coast towards Magee Marsh to see if anything was working the mudflats and
coastline...not much.

Turning South, I went to Findlay Reservoir to try to find a Buffy
Sandpiper...to no avail.

Then following up on a Facebook Post, I went to Indian Lake to see if a
Stilted Sandpiper was still there, it and two Sanderlings, one Semipalmated
Plover, and 4 Leasts were mixing it up with about 400 Ring-billed Gulls, 2
Herring Gulls, 10 Caspian Terns and a Forster's Tern.

I posted a pic of the Red Knot on the Birding Ohio Facebook page...will
post more when I can stay awake longer. :-D

Happy Birding and God bless,

Steve J.

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Subject: Wilderness Rd peat pits, Wayne Co.
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:40:29 -0400
I was at Wilderness Road peat pits from 7:15 - 8:15 tonight. There is a
little more water there with the recent rains, which really helps. I
spotted nine species of shorebirds, plus one sora rail working along the
edge. Shorebird species and approximate counts were:

Am. golden plover  5
Killdeer  10
Greater yellowlegs  8
Lesser yellowlegs  4
Spotted sandpiper  4
Sanderling  1
Western sandpiper 1
Least sandpiper  3
Pectoral sandpiper  10

I saw the sanderling and western sandpiper very well and am quite sure of
the ID.  Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Thanks for eBirding
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:04:57 -0400
Thanks to all of you who have posted your Common Nighthawk sightings on
eBird.  Yes, I realize it is not data from a well-designed study but Cornell
University can tell it is valuable to them and their worldwide study of
birds.  Ultimately this benefits all of us in the birding community.



Enjoy the fall migration,



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Union County Turkey Vultures
From: "Prinster, Mark" <mark.prinster AT SCOTTS.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:42:45 -0400
Today I spotted 3 turkey vultures cooperating very nicely with one another
in what appeared to be a quest for food.  They were walking side-by-side in
a freshly mowed hay field.  Each was occupying their own row, walking in
unison and appearing as if they were either scouring the newly cut field
for injured or dead prey or were intent on flushing live critters from
their newly destroyed residences.  Either way, this behavior is a far cry
from their usual search from above.

--
Mark Prinster,

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:24:58 -0400
Wonderful day with lots of warblers
Golden winged warbler (female)  Upper section of Brookside trail
Cerulean warbler (male)  Parking lot area of nature center
Magnolia warblers (10+)
American Redstarts (10+)
Canada warblers (5+)
Blackpoll warblers (3)
Bay breasted warblers (5+)
Black and white warblers (10+)
Blackburnian warblers (5+)
Chestnut sided warblers (10+)
Nashville warbler
Black throated blue warbler
Tennessee warbler
Common yellowthroat (heard)

Wood thrush
red eyed vireos
warbling vireo
Blue gray gnatcatcher

Nature center parking lot, lake trail,  brookside trail 

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Sandhills
From: Bill Seles <wseles AT AMPLEX.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:47:12 -0400
     There are six Sandhill cranes feeding in a harvested wheat field,
along with a flock of Canada geese. They are about 3/4 mile south of the
Ottawa NWR, (south of Rt. 2) east of Stange Rd.

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Subject: SW Ohio weekend nighthawks and more
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:55:46 +0000
I spent the weekend at Eastwood L (Metropark) in Dayton.  On Saturday 8/27 
between 7:00 and 8:00 PM I saw 2 great egrets and 35 common nighthawks fly over 
going NE.  On Sunday 8/28 in the afternoon an osprey and 5 Caspian terns 
visited the lake.  On Sunday evening on the way home I saw 35+ c. nighthawks 
just northeast of there and another 13 nighthawks near Brighton along I-70 in 
Clark Co.  Craig Holt, Lowellville 


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Subject: Nighthawks in Ohio
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:56:31 -0400
Thanks to the many folks who have been reporting on nighthawk movements.
I hope more reports of migration and breeding will be shared with
others. I checked with the Birds of North America text, where it is
admitted that "relatively little is known about this bird.*
        Most Ohioans see few nighthawks in spring: it seems flocks seen are
small, often passing quite high up, and unwilling to linger. The fall
migration is another phenomenon entirely, when flocks in four figures
have often been recorded, even though they are not so often seen in
recent years. These flocks apparently depend on insects--queen ants,
caddisflies, moths, true bugs--preferred (one stomach examined had 2175
flying ants but also 500 mosquitoes [BNA]).
        It seems universally acknowledged that these birds less often nest in
Ohio, which any careful observer over a few decades old can confirm. As
for the fall migration we're now seeing, their numbers are declining--I
cited some Columbus numbers in my post a few days ago, and other
locations report similar losses.
        I couldn't find certain basic information about the fall migration. Do
these birds migrate over the water of the Great Lakes, or do they work
the shorelines?  One record involved 16,496 seen in one spot along the
shoreline in Minnesota; perhaps the migrant hordes eschew open lake
waters and prefer shorelines, as well as inland lakes and rivers. Are
boaters well offshore seeing lots of nighthawks these days?  Another way
to ask the question might be "where are the bugs?"
        These are fascinating birds, and their gradual disappearance is another
bummer.
Bill Whan
Columbus


*As for "the Birds of North America." this valuable but expensive text
can be found in most good libraries, but it is often improved via new
research and discoveries available only on the electronic version. Good
libraries will provide internet access to the latest version of BNA
accounts. Check with your library.

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Subject: First Nashville Warbler of season--Geauga Co.
From: Nancy Obryan <nancy.obryan AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:38:40 -0400
I saw my first Nashville Warbler of the season this morning. I saw a Hooded 
Warbler twice in the last few days, but it's hard to say if they were migrating 
or just moving around locally. 


Other migrants and possible migrants over the last few days:

Northern Flickers
Eastern Phoebes
Cedar Waxwings
Red-Eyed Vireos
An immature Orchard Oriole
Immature Baltimore Orioles
Common Yellow Throats (probably born here)
                                          
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Subject: Chimney swifts staging in Zanesville
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:58:46 -0400
An somewhat more quantitative update on the Zanesville chimney swift roost
reported last week:

Last night I re-visited the site I passed during a drive-by at dusk on
August 20.

Between 8:12 and 8:32 PM (August 28) I counted 137 chimney swifts
descending into the humble chimney of the Goss Rental Center, 210 Marietta
St, near the canal and river in the southern section of downtown
Zanesville. This is a very unimpressive chimney only a story tall, maybe
twenty feet. It sits and the northeast corner of the older red brick
building of the Goss complex (consisting of several connected and
disconnected buildings and additions. I haven't researched this fully, but
I think this is probably an old, unlined, and long unused chimney, a
vestige of a former time. There is a streetlight nearby that is taller than
the chimney, and likely lights the exit/entrance with glancing light from
above.

I suspect that more than 137 birds are using this structure, and that the
flock may build as the season progresses. I probably undercounted. Others
may have entered before my arrival.  I can't visit the site nightly, since
it is 12 miles from our farm, and we often have other things to do at dusk.
last night I arranged to have another reason to be in town. Other Muskingum
County birders (or nearby) may want to pitch in to monitor this interesting
site. If so, I appreciate the help. Also, I would welcome the opportunity
to enjoy this phenomenon with others of like mind. Drop me a note!

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell

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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Brad Perkins <bperkins75 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:57:23 -0400
Major flight of Nighthawks last evening in Muskingum County. From 7:15 pm to 
8:00 pm well over 100 were observed from Frazeysburg to Nashport and into the 
Dillon Wildlife Area off SR 146. They were flying quite low making for easy 
observation. This was the most I have seen at one time. 


Brad Perkins
Nashport, Ohio
740.502.4215
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Betsy MacMillan  wrote:

>7 nighthawks over Nordonia Middle School , Northfield OH. Summit County. 
7:45pm Sunday, 8/28/16. (On ebird too). 

>
>Betsy Mac.
>
>Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Aug 28, 2016, at 9:35 PM, Matthew Valenic  
wrote: 

>> 
>> The Common Nighthawk reports are really pouring in to the Listserv.  Thank
>> you all for sharing.
>> 
>> Just a reminder that it would be valuable if you did an eBird checklist for
>> these sightings, even if it is just "incidental".  The more we document the
>> better analysis our Ornithologists can do of the species over time.
>> 
>> If you would like to use eBird but don't know where to start, send me an
>> email and I will help you get going!
>> 
>> Matt Valencic
>> Geauga County
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Angel
>> Seurkamp
>> Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 9:28 PM
>> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks
>> 
>> Sorry, this report is from Friday night.  Around 6:45pm on Friday evening,
>> my kids and I were playing in our small backyard pool and glanced up to see
>> about 15-20 Nighthawks flying Southeast.  There could have been more, that
>> was just the count when we noticed them and started counting.
>> Location was Shawnee, Ohio, Perry County.
>> Pretty cool, even if it does mean the end of our beloved summer.
>> Angel Seurkamp
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Nighthawks in the Cuyahoga Valley...going north
From: Ken Andrews <Ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:53:04 -0400
Last evening I had a total of 15 nighthawks while birding at Brookside Road 
Marsh and the bridge over the river at Fitzwater Road, and while driving north 
on Canal Road from Pleasant Valley Road to Rockside Road. All the birds were 
flying north. 


eBird reports entered for all.

I also had an osprey fly low overhead while birding from the bridge at 
Fitzwater Road. 


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Subject: Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks
From: Matt Anderson <Matt_Anderson AT ANDERSONSINC.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:39:27 +0000
95 Common nighthawks over Whitehouse (Lucas Co) August 28..


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: Betsy MacMillan >
Date: August 29, 2016 at 7:13:45 AM EDT
To: >
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks
Reply-To: Betsy MacMillan >

7 nighthawks over Nordonia Middle School , Northfield OH. Summit County. 7:45pm 
Sunday, 8/28/16. (On ebird too). 


Betsy Mac.

Sent from my iPad

On Aug 28, 2016, at 9:35 PM, Matthew Valenic 
> wrote: 


The Common Nighthawk reports are really pouring in to the Listserv.  Thank
you all for sharing.

Just a reminder that it would be valuable if you did an eBird checklist for
these sightings, even if it is just "incidental".  The more we document the
better analysis our Ornithologists can do of the species over time.

If you would like to use eBird but don't know where to start, send me an
email and I will help you get going!

Matt Valencic
Geauga County

-----Original Message-----
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Seurkamp
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 9:28 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks

Sorry, this report is from Friday night.  Around 6:45pm on Friday evening,
my kids and I were playing in our small backyard pool and glanced up to see
about 15-20 Nighthawks flying Southeast.  There could have been more, that
was just the count when we noticed them and started counting.
Location was Shawnee, Ohio, Perry County.
Pretty cool, even if it does mean the end of our beloved summer.
Angel Seurkamp

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Subject: 3Creeks-to-PickPonds,8-28:Egrets,swallows
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:13:15 -0400
I spent the morning checking migrant traps at these 2 parks south of Columbus, 
with a little success. Water levels at both parks were rather high due to 
recent rains, so shorebird numbers were skimpy. Notables included: 


Great Egrets - 2-3 were at the 3-Creeks Borow Pits, Cruiser Pond, and Pick 
Ponds, so they're dispersing 

Green Herons - 2 at Turtle Pond (3Creeks) and at Teal Pond (PickPonds) hint at 
a movement of this species 

Shorebirds - the 3Creeks Borrow Pits had 15 Kildeer and 2 LYellowlegs, while 
Teal Pond had more Kildeer, another LYellowlegs, 5 Semipalmated Sprs, and 4 
Least Sprs 


Flycatchers - nearing Wood Pewee peak, with lots of individuals at every stop. 
Also had 3 Acadians and 2 Great Cresteds at locations in 3Creeks 


Vireos - 2 Warbling were still around Heron Pond )3Creeks), while Red-eyed were 
common at many locations 


Swallows - flocks of Rough-wings were at many spots,topped by 60 at the Wood 
Duck area of Pick Ponds. Glacier Knoll there had 12+ Purple Martins as well 


Thrushes - 2 Wood Thrushes were calling around the Confluence area (3-Creeks) 
early 


Mimids - Catbirds were abundant, with 6-8 at every stop; a Brown Thrasher was 
near the Borrow Pits at 3Creeks 


Warblers - still skimpy, with a Northern Waterthrush at Heron Pond (3-Creeks), 
and Yellow & Chesnut-sided near Ellis Pond (PickPonds) along with 
ComYellowthroats at many locations. 


Orioles - Baltimores were at many locations, though never more than 1.

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Subject: Re: Nighthawks
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:35:42 -0400
The Common Nighthawk reports are really pouring in to the Listserv.  Thank
you all for sharing.

Just a reminder that it would be valuable if you did an eBird checklist for
these sightings, even if it is just "incidental".  The more we document the
better analysis our Ornithologists can do of the species over time.

If you would like to use eBird but don't know where to start, send me an
email and I will help you get going!

Matt Valencic
Geauga County

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Seurkamp
Sent: Sunday, August 28, 2016 9:28 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks

Sorry, this report is from Friday night.  Around 6:45pm on Friday evening,
my kids and I were playing in our small backyard pool and glanced up to see
about 15-20 Nighthawks flying Southeast.  There could have been more, that
was just the count when we noticed them and started counting.
Location was Shawnee, Ohio, Perry County.
Pretty cool, even if it does mean the end of our beloved summer.
Angel Seurkamp

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Angel Seurkamp <patchouli_79 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:28:01 +0000
Sorry, this report is from Friday night. Around 6:45pm on Friday evening, my 
kids and I were playing in our small backyard pool and glanced up to see about 
15-20 Nighthawks flying Southeast. There could have been more, that was just 
the count when we noticed them and started counting. 

Location was Shawnee, Ohio, Perry County. 
Pretty cool, even if it does mean the end of our beloved summer. 
Angel Seurkamp

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Subject: Medusa Marsh, Willow Point WA - Erie County
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:51:04 -0400
Birded these two areas in Erie County from 3-6pm today:

*Medusa Marsh* from Barrett Rd was much drier than a week ago with far
fewer shorebirds. The best find was three buff-breasted sandpipers. There
were a dozen or so killdeer and also a few each of semipalm plover, spotted
sandpiper (1), semipalm sandpiper, least sandpiper (1), and pectoral
sandpiper.

*Willow Point WA*, in the small pond east of Willow Pt. Rd, about halfway
to the Bay, there were excellent numbers of shorebirds, including the
following and estimated numbers: killdeer (12), semipalm plover (10),
solitary sandpiper (1), semipalmated sandpiper (25), western sandpiper (1),
least sandpiper (6), pectoral sandpiper (5), stilt sandpiper (15),
short-billed dowitcher (25).

Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Re: Darke Co. Nighthawks, etc.
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:46:40 -0400
There were 35 Common Nighthawks in Westerville this evening, feeding low over 
the road. Fabulous viewing. We saw them in the distance and strung out along 
the road, so 35 is a very conservative count. Earlier in the day we had seen 11 
at 161 and 270 near Blendon Woods. 


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> On Aug 28, 2016, at 8:39 PM, Regina Schieltz  wrote:
> 
> This evening about 6:30, my brother and I witnessed about
> 30 Nighthawks
> 10 chimney swifts
> 12 barn swallows
> 6 Cedar Waxwings
> 1 Pewee
> flying overhead above his neighborhood.
> 
> Apparently, the wind currents between storms was creating a place with
> insects for a feeding frenzy.
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Subject: Darke Co. Nighthawks, etc.
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:39:01 -0400
This evening about 6:30, my brother and I witnessed about
30 Nighthawks
10 chimney swifts
12 barn swallows
6 Cedar Waxwings
1 Pewee
flying overhead above his neighborhood.

Apparently, the wind currents between storms was creating a place with
insects for a feeding frenzy.

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Subject: Erie Co. Shorebirds.
From: jeremy <jeremyxrocks AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:02:35 +0000
The western sandpipers previously reported at Willow Point were still present 
around 5:45pm this evening. Good assortment of other shorebirds also present. 


While at Willow Point a couple of gentlemen told Sarah and I about 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Medusa Marsh. Sarah and I were unsuccessful finding 
an entrance into this marsh but we scoped from the side of Barrett RD into the 
marsh and were able to locate two buffies and a surprise Baird's Sandpiper. 


V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: Western Sandpipers
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:15:04 -0400
Dan Sanders is reporting TWO Western Sandpipers from Willow Point in Erie 
County this afternoon. Unfortunately I do not have any details as to exact 
location. 


Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Wilderness Rd. Buff Breasted SP & Black Tern
From: Chris <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:13:34 -0400
Some nice shorebird action at Wilderness Rd.

The Buffie and a juvie Black Tern were the highlights this afternoon on 
Wilderness Rd. 

Also observed were Pectoral, Least and Stilt SP's, Am Golden Plovers,
lots of Killdeer and a flyby Merlin.

See you on the trails,

Chris Pierce

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Subject: Conneaut
From: richard banish <busterjoy80 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:18:10 +0000
Sandspit this morning from 7:00 - 11:00. Plover day! Black-bellied, Golden, 
SemiPalm and Killdeer were seen today. Never more that two at a time. Maybe as 
few as 2 Golden, but maybe 6. Black-bellied as few as 2 but less than 4. Half a 
dozen SPs and Killdeer. Peeps included Least, Pects, SemiSands, Sanderlings. A 
Stilt Sandpiper was extremely cooperative. A Least Bittern made a cameo and so 
did 2 Soras and Green herons. High single count of Bald Eagles was 14. 1 Boney 
made an appearance. 

There were A LOT of birders there today - at times pushing 20+. 
Good day to all!

Buster  

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Subject: Summit Co CVNP--22 Nighthawks over Blossom Music Center
From: "Coy, Patrick G." <pcoy AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:45:10 +0000
While waiting for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra to perform four of Bach's 
Bradenburg Concertos last night at Blossom Music Center in the CVNP, Susan 
Jone, Karin Tanquist, Clyde Witt and I were treated to 22 Common Nighthawks 
hawking insects over the Blossom grounds. A lovely touch to an enchanting 
evening. 


Patrick Coy
Peninsula, OH

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Subject: Killdeer
From: Lester Peyton <lesterpeyton AT BSBO.ORG>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 07:11:18 -0400
Hello all,

This is a few days late but after talking with a few people thought it
would be noteworthy to share.

On August 25, around 8 p.m. I observed a large concentration of Killdeer
moving from east to west at my home in Graytown, Ohio (NW Ohio ). The total
after the entire flock moved over head was 66. I have never seen that many
Killdeer on the wing at the same time. It was a really cool experience.

Lester Peyton
Outreach Director
Black Swamp Bird Observatory
419-898-4070 Ext. 206
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Subject: Highbanks,8-27:flycatchers,warblers
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 21:14:36 -0400
I walked the Coyote Trail at Highbanks this morning and found some modest 
migrant movement. The list included: 


Flycatchers - 8-9 Wood Pewees, 2 Acadian, and 1 Willow Flycatcher
Vireos - 6 Red-eyed, including 3 singing birds
Swallows - very few, with 1 Tree and 2 Barns
Thrushes - nothing but Bluebirds and Robins, and not many of either
Warblers - single Chesnut-sided, Blackburnian, and Blackpoll, all at different 
points along the wood edge 


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Subject: View from the 5th Floor
From: Tom Fishburn <justachild AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20:53:12 -0400


I don't know what happened to my resident Common Nighthawk (here in Berea, 
Cuyahoga County) as I have not heard a peenz since August 19th. But last 
evening I heard one thinking at first it was my buddy. A quick look out the 
window and I got a closer than usual quick glimpse before he was out of sight. 
Not really expecting to see him return as often he spends time over the 
McDonald's further west (my window looks south and the west is blocked). I 
prepared my camera anyway and positioned myself by the open window and watched 
awhile as the swifts zoomed around. Next thing I see one, no two, no four, wait 
there must be at least eight Common Nighthawks zooming back and forth feeding 
in the apartment courtyard. Almost too close for my 400mm lens. Within 20 
minutes of their feeding frenzy I shot 150 images trying to follow and focus. 
While the light was dimming I increased the ISO and hoped. 

The last 7 photos in this album of 12 are from Friday evening. This link will 
take you to my favorite: 


https://fowlman1954.smugmug.com/Nature/Species-of-Creation/Bird-Species/Swallows-Swifts/Goatsuckers-Nightjars-Nighthaw/Nighthawks/i-m5K4MKs 

Good summer birding!
Tom Fishburn
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Subject: Re: Shaker Lakes?
From: Gautam Apte <gapte3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 18:20:21 -0400
I've been going about once a week this summer. Both the Horseshoe Lake and
Lower Lake mudflats usually have at least some peeps on them, but this year
all I've seen are Spotted, Solitary, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Killdeer. Even
the Killdeer seem to have vanished recently...We may as well just start
looking for warblers already.

Good birding,

Gautam Apte

On 27 August 2016 at 11:44, Ken Andrews  wrote:

> I know some birders here visit Shake Lakes. I was wondering if anyone
> stopped by there lately. There aren't any recent eBird reports. There are
> usually some mudflats on Horseshoe Lake and Lower Shaker Lake when the
> water level is down. I was also asking because I saw a lot of Green-Winged
> Teals at Sandy Ridge a couple of days ago. I used to enjoy seeing these and
> other ducks at Shaker Lakes/Horseshoe Lake. Although these ducks are not
> rare birds, they are beautiful.
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Subject: Mosquito lake
From: Donna Kuhn <Donna_Kuhn AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:03:16 -0400
Ibis and Marbled Godwit continue. Black-bellied Plover, Stilt Sandpiper & 
Sandhill Cranes. 

Donna Kuhn

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Subject: Summit Co--CVNP Kendall Lake warblers and vireos
From: "Coy, Patrick G." <pcoy AT KENT.EDU>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 16:34:05 +0000
A steamy, early morning bird hike with Karin Tanquist on the Cross-country and 
the Lake trails at Kendall Lake in the CVNP yielded 40 species. Some nice 
migrants were among five species of warblers, four species of vireos, and a 
somewhat early Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Highlights below. 


Black-and-white Warbler--1
Tennessee Warbler--1
Blackburnian Warbler--3
Yellow Warbler--1
Chestnut-sided Warbler--1
Yellow-throated Vireo--1
Blue-headed Vireo--1
Warbling Vireo--3
Red-eyed Vireo--4

Patrick Coy
Peninsula, OH

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Subject: Hamilton Co.
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:04:08 -0400
Hi, I'm a Virginia birder who will be out in Cincinnati in two weeks.
Looking for someone who I can ask questions about the birding spots in
the county. Please contact me off list if you are willing to oblige!

Thanks,
Russ Taylor

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Subject: Shaker Lakes?
From: Ken Andrews <ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:44:00 -0400
I know some birders here visit Shake Lakes. I was wondering if anyone stopped 
by there lately. There aren't any recent eBird reports. There are usually some 
mudflats on Horseshoe Lake and Lower Shaker Lake when the water level is down. 
I was also asking because I saw a lot of Green-Winged Teals at Sandy Ridge a 
couple of days ago. I used to enjoy seeing these and other ducks at Shaker 
Lakes/Horseshoe Lake. Although these ducks are not rare birds, they are 
beautiful. 


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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:44:56 -0400
Dan and I made a very quick trip to the north end of Hoover Reservoir
(Columbus area) to follow up on a report of two Baird's Sandpipers. We
walked out the boardwalk and found one almost immediately. There is some
shorebird habitat there which can also be seen from Area N.

Due to time constraints, we did not take the time to see what else was
present. We will be returning in a few days to check things out.

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Conneaut
From: Donna Kuhn <Donna_Kuhn AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 10:38:24 -0400
Baird's Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper seen by Columbus Avids; 2 American 
Golden-plovers were initially present but flew out over the lake and have not 
returned. 


Donna Kuhn

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Subject: Geauga County LaDue Reservoir - Little Blue Heron
From: Jim Martin <jamnsmm AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:55:00 -0400
The Little Blue Heron is still in attendance at the Geauga County LaDue
Reservoir. On the small island with the Double  Crested Cormorants along
Valley road. 1/2 mile from the boat ramp.

Jim Martin / Twinsburg

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Subject: Common nighthawks - Whitehouse
From: Matt Anderson <Matt_Anderson AT ANDERSONSINC.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:09:51 +0000
No fewer than 380 Common nighthawks were feeding over our neighborhood in 
Whitehouse (Lucas Co.) last night. Most were around for almost an hour. 


Matt Anderson


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Subject: BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK - Oak Openings Preserve Metropark (Lucas Co.)
From: Matt Anderson <Matt_Anderson AT ANDERSONSINC.COM>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:00:24 +0000
Just had an adult Black-headed grosbeak in Tornado Alley (Oak Openings Preserve 
Metropark) behind and to the west of Oak Openings Lodge. As far as I can tell, 
the bird has left the area (flew north). Will post more details later. 



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Subject: SharonWoods,Columbus,8-26:flycatchers,cuckoo
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 06:13:04 -0400
A quick hike around Sharon Woods this hot afternoon found migration in a lull, 
but not entirely static. I walked the Spring Creek Trail and Thomas Trail - all 
in the blessed shade - , and still ran into some flocks of birds. Shrock Lake 
was largely empty except for geese on the shore and mallards, plus 1 Green 
Heron. Notables included: 


Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 was along the connector trail along the edge of the 
woods 

Flycatchers - fair #s, with 6+ Pewees, 1 Willow, 2 Great Crested, and 1 
E.Kingbird 

Vireos - 6 Red-eyed, including 2 singing along Spring Creek Trail.
Swallows - hardly any except for a few Barn Swallows
Wrens,Gantactchers - 4-5 House Wrens, along with 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Thrushes - nothing but Robins
Mimids - nothing but a few Catbirds
Warblers - very few - 2 Black&Whites and 1 Common Yellowthroat
Sparrows - the first flocks of postbreeding Chipping Sparrows, with 8 and 12 at 
different locations 

Oriole - 1 female Baltimore along the Spring Creek Trail

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Subject: Conneaut harbor-slow
From: Sally Isacco <disacco AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:09:07 -0400
Had 10 species of shorebirds but nothing like yesterday.  No
buff-breasted, no baird's, no pectorals and no short-billed dowitchers!
Little peeps coming and going.  3 stilt sandpipers very coperative.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Common Nighthawks in Geauga County
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:02:11 -0400
While driving to dinner around 6:30pm today I twice encountered Common
Nighthawks near or over the road.  One bird in Newberry at the intersection
of Bell Road and Lucky Bell and three birds flying together in Auburn on
Routt 44 between Stafford Road and East Washington Street.  First Nighthawks
I have seen in Geauga County in 2016.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County




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Subject: Oldfield Beach-Indian Lake.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:58:31 -0400
Greetings,

Not much today at Old Field Beach.  Normal Gulls, Caspian Terns, two Least
Sandpipers and Killdeer...First wave seems to be coming to an end.

Have a great weekend!

Steve J
(aka sjlarue)

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Subject: Willow Point Fish Management Unit
From: Chris <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:57:59 -0400
Some decent shorebirds are in the marshy areas behind the Fish
Management Station on Wahl Rd.

The ponds are behind the buildings on the Eastern side of the trail.
Hike the dike to the north

and it turns to the east. Plenty of SB Dowitchers (28), Stilts and
Pectoral SP's as well as peeps. Also a variety of terns, BC Night Herons
and more.


See you on the trails,


Chris Pierce

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Subject: Call for Presentations--2016 Ohio Avian Research Conference
From: Casey Tucker <tuckercasey AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:21:44 +0000
Dear Friends and Colleagues;

We are now accepting proposals for presentations, both oral and posters, for 
the fourth annual Ohio Avian Research Conference. This year's conference will 
be held once again at Denison University in Granville, Ohio on Saturday, 
October 22nd. http://tuckercasey.wixsite.com/aacri-birds/oarc2016 


The Ohio Avian Research Conference brings together Ohio ornithologists from a 
variety of backgrounds, including academic professionals, governmental 
agencies, non-profits, students and citizen scientists, to share new 
discoveries and information with one another, as well as with interested 
individuals. 


The keynote speaker this year is Dr. Andy Jones Director of Science, William A. 
and Nancy R. Klamm Endowed Chair of Ornithology, and Head of Department of 
Ornithology for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History 


*To submit a presentation please e-mail me with a title, abstract, author 
information, and specify whether it is an oral or poster presentation. Oral 
presentations are only 15 minutes long 


*You can view details from last year's conference at this site:
http://tuckercasey.wixsite.com/aacri-birds/oarc2015

*Registration is also open as of today (August 26th). This year student 
registration is just $15.00, and non-student registration is just $25.00. This 
is due to the generous support of our conference supporters, Nature Conservancy 
(TNC) of Ohio, and Columbus Audubon's John Wilson Memorial Education Fund. 


*To register you can visit the conference website and click on the registration 
button, which will open a new window through which you can choose your 
registration option. 

http://tuckercasey.wixsite.com/aacri-birds/oarc2016 This year we are trying a 
lunch buffet option. 


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*The deadline to register early is midnight on Friday, October 14th. After 
October 14th prices increase to $25.00 for students and $35.00 for 
non-students. 


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information or products, please contact me for details. 


*I apologize if you receive multiple copies of this announcement, but please 
help advertise this conference opportunity by sharing with your colleagues and 
friends that you think might be interested. 


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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Subject: Mosquito Lake (Trumbull Co.) 8/26 - Marbled Godwit, ibis + more
From: Ethan Kistler <000001088f1477ae-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:52:18 +0000
Hi all,

The north end of Mosquito Lake (Trumbull County) has been producing an 
excellent number of shorebirds the past week. This afternoon at least eleven 
species of shorebirds were present with the highlights being a Marbled Godwit, 
Black-bellied Plover, and two Short-billed Dowitchers. Other birds of interest 
include a plegadis ibis sp. and at least 10 Sandhill Cranes. 


The exact location is along Hoagland-Blackstub Road. There's a small pull-off 
overlooking the extensive mudflats. This site should be checked daily as 
anything can pop in! 


Best,
Ethan Kistler
Newton Falls, Ohio/Cape Town, South Africa


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Subject: Nighthawk numbers
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:22:52 -0400
Like other reporters, I have only a dribble of nighthawks to report.
I can recall climbing onto the roof of my house on an early evening
in the 80s to estimate ~600 nighthawks passing maybe 20 feet overhead. A
couple of years later I was still able to find 300+ in the neighborhood,
but three-digit numbers are no more. Here in town, Lawrence Hicks
counted 1200 on 8/26/37, not an unusual number at the time. Kirk
Alexander had 800 in town on 8/27/1987, and Bruce Stehling reported 400
here on 9/20/1975 and 500 on 9/9/1980. These numbers obviously
represented just those counted in limited areas by single observers on
certain evenings.
        This species has been estimated (Cornell Lab) to have diminished by
~61% since the mid-60s, killed off by pesticides and habitat
degradation; I wonder if this is an underestimation. The Cornell site
relates that one banded in Ohio was the oldest known, at nine years of
age. Little is known about their South American wintering grounds.
        Various experts blame the loss of their numbers on human controls of
mosquitoes and other insects; this seems unlikely, given the large part
of their lengthy migration undertaken in rural areas where such controls
are less often undertaken. Others blame new roof treatments, but of
course these too seem trivial over their range. I can't explain why, but
I am looking for fewer and fewer of these birds as time passes.
Bill Whan

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Subject: Am. White Pelicans, Avocets - Deer Creek - Pickaway County
From: Melanie Shuter <mbshuter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:11:41 -0400
This morning at the Deer Creek State Park Beach - *5 Am. Avocets, 13
Caspian Terns, 1 Forster's Tern, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Sanderling *along
with Ring-billed Gulls, Turkey Vultures, Canada Geese, Killdeer, and Osprey
flyover and a Double-crested Cormorant swimming offshore.

At 10:45 am, I walked into the Middle Wetland of the Deer Creek Wildlife
Area off Egypt Pike.  In the north shallow pond were* two American White
Pelicans, *which stayed while I scoped them and then took off, caught a
thermal and soared away toward the reservoir.  Lots of Wood Ducks, a few
Mallards and Bank, Rough-winged and Cliff Swallows.  Also Great Blue Heron,
Green Heron, and a soaring Bald Eagle.

On Dick Road at the north end of the wetland, there were *17 Great Egrets,*
14 Great Blue Herons, a Green Heron and soaring above were the *two
American White Pelicans,* still around at 12:10 pm.  Also lots of Wood
Ducks.  I counted 23.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville, OH

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Subject: Re: lots of nighthawks
From: Paul <phaskins AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:16:13 -0400
Had 3 in North Zanesville - first of season?

On 8/26/2016 11:06 AM, Barrett,Robert P wrote:
> At around the same hour, in nearby Fairlawn, I looked up and saw the tail end 
of a flock of nighthawks passing over our tree-lined street, going east to 
west. With only a small portion of sky visible, I saw 10 or 12, and presume 
there were more that I missed. 

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>
> after not seeing a single nighthawk all summer,
> just saw at least 40 of them flying about Bath Nature
> Preserve and Cleveland-Massillon Road between
> 7:00-7:30 tonight.  (Summit County)
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Subject: news for twitchers and listers
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:16:51 -0400
Seems the old "Myrtle" and "Audubon's" warblers may soon be restored as
separate species...see

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/ 

.
        Right now, Ohioans are not too far from a bona fide Common Ringed
Plover up in Toronto. This European version of our routine semipalmated
plover, a big-time rarity, has been present recently:
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1163904&MLID=ON&MLNM=Ontario
and remains twitchable. A good reason to adorn a North American list.
        In other listworthy news, 2016's AOU official list at
http://listing.aba.org/aba-checklist/ is worth a look and shows a lot of
changes, especially in the order of species. For one example, the
warblers come just before the sparrows now. I spent some time revising
the central Ohio list to conform to this one, and others will have to do
something similar to keep up--not easy if they plan to publish...
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: lots of nighthawks
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:51:14 -0400
after not seeing a single nighthawk all summer,
just saw at least 40 of them flying about Bath Nature
Preserve and Cleveland-Massillon Road between
7:00-7:30 tonight.  (Summit County)

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Subject: Re: Whimbrel at Dillon State Park Beach in Muskingum County
From: Brad Perkins <bperkins75 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:20:00 -0400
The Whimbrel is back as of 1:30 pm. Still here at 2:20 pm.

Brad Perkins
Nashport, Ohio
740.502.4215
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Brad Perkins  wrote:

>One Whimbrel hanging with flock of Ring Billed Gulls. Flock was flushed twice 
by Adult Bald Eagle. Whimbrel returned after first flush. I have not spotted it 
since Gulls returned from second flush 10 minutes ago. 

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Subject: Whimbrel at Dillon State Park Beach in Muskingum County
From: Brad Perkins <bperkins75 AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:33:44 -0400
One Whimbrel hanging with flock of Ring Billed Gulls. Flock was flushed twice 
by Adult Bald Eagle. Whimbrel returned after first flush. I have not spotted it 
since Gulls returned from second flush 10 minutes ago. 


Brad Perkins
Nashport, Ohio
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Subject: Clark County - Buff-breasted Sandpiper
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:56:56 -0400
Julie Karlson and I checked out the beach at Buck Creek State Park this
morning. As we started down the beach a juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper
flew in. We got great looks at it. We also saw a Lesser Yellowlegs and a
Pectoral Sandpiper but they soon left. There were also four Black Terns
flying over the lake. Two of them landed on the beach where we got great
looks at them through the scope. There has also been a Forster's Tern on the
beach for a few days. The Blue Grosbeak continues to sing from near the
parking lot.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Sandy Ridge - Lorain County
From: Ken Andrews <Ken.hikes AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:43:17 -0400
Yesterday afternoon:

Two semipalmated plovers, lots of greater yellowlegs, lots of green-winged 
teals, some semi-palmated sandpipers, a few least sandpipers, tons of swallows 
and swifts. 


Scope recommend. The mudflats in the southeast corner was where all the action 
was yesterday. 


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Subject: Western Sandpiper at Old Field Beach (Indian Lake) today.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:42:26 -0400
Greetings!

Well, I got my yearly Western Sandpiper at Old Field/Oldfield Beach at
Indian LAke in Logan County today.  It looks like a very bright peep with a
longish bill.  there are hints of red streaks.  It is a good one to ID with
a scope if it is still there tomorrow. I had to wait till I got home and
used my photos to ID it.  I put a couple pictures on Birding Ohio's
Facebook page.

Nothing else spectacular there today. A few Pectorial Sandpipers and two
Caspians...That's about it.

Happy birding, and God Bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Nighthawk movement Logan County
From: "Stierhoff, Elayna M." <EMStierhoff AT COLUMBUS.GOV>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:59:44 -0400
I was excited to see 7 nighthawk tonight in a group flying north along County 
Road 142 just south of West Mansfield. I had forgotten to keep an eye out for 
them this time of year. Glad I got this friendly reminder. 


Elayna



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Subject: Pond Brook, Summit County
From: Dave Lewis <Loopyonetwo AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:39:42 -0400
Went looking for otters...saw 6-10 Common Nighthawk flying over instead.

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:34:58 -0400
Tennessee warbler
Canada Warbler
Black and white warbler
Magnolia warbler
Common yellowthroat (heard)

Rose breasted grosbeak
Great crested flycatcher
scarlet tanager
cedar waxwing
Eastern wood pewee

Route: Sugarbush trail back to the opening where field and wood edge meet; then 
both loops of the golden rod trail; lake trail, brookside trail. 


Bob McNulty

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Subject: Plegadis Ibis And Marbled Godwit / Trumbull County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:51:18 +0000
Following up on Dave Hochadel's sightings of a Plegadis Ibis and a Marbled 
Godwit last night at Mosquito Lake, we arrived at the Hoagland-Blackstub Road 
site at about 7:30AM this morning, Tuesday. My wife Denise and I were in good 
company, with Larry Richardson and Jeff Harvey already there with the Marbled 
Godwit in their sights. A short time later Larry spotted the Plegadis Ibis. The 
shorebird habitat is presently near perfect, with a nice variety and hundreds 
of shorebirds to be seen, along with cranes, waterfowl, egrets, eagles, and 
numerous land birds in the surrounding trees just to name a few. By the time we 
departed at about 8:30AM, we recorded 40 species of birds. The location is the 
northwest corner of Mosquito Lake, about three miles north of SR88, and a short 
distance north of Mahan Denman Road. Park at the pull-off on the right just 
south of the double pipes (the tubes) that go under the road. A scope is 
definitely necessary. I would think these birds could be around for a while. 
Best viewing is probably in the afternoon and evening. 



Bob Lane / Mahoning County

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Subject: Black Terns @ Rocky Fork Lake Highland County
From: Marc and Sara Queen <000003f6d57476d0-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 03:33:15 +0000
I was out on the boat this evening around 7:15pm, and drove right past (8 feet 
away) 2 juvenile Black Terns in the No Wake Zone, sitting on a group of 
branches sticking up out of the water in the middle of the lake, located a 
little more than halfway between the campground and the Wake Zone. I am fairly 
certain that there was a third one flying around scooping up food. They were 
not there when I came back through 30 minutes later. I drove over to the beach 
to see if they joined the gulls, but I didn't see them. 

Enjoy!Sara Queen

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Subject: Medusa Marsh, Sandusky
From: Elaine & Marty Cohen <buckeye4c AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:09:20 -0400
following a recent listing here*, we went Sandusky area birding today:
Medusa Marsh, Pipe Creek, Castalia area

found these, among a 51 species day:

marbled godwit (* as noted)
5 black-crowned night herons (4 juveniles)
american golden plover
caspian and common terns
indigo buntings (3)
least, stilt, pectoral sandpipers
Cooper's hawk, kestrel, osprey, eagle (3)

- the Cohens

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Subject: Wilson phal....Dayton
From: Eric Elvert <Elvert1980 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:01:14 -0400
1 Willy Phal at Englewood metropark on the mudflats. Dayton.
Bird On!!!


Eric Elvert 
Dayton, Ohio

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Subject: 3 AM. AVOCETS @ Oldfield Beach
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:54:49 -0400
3 Am. Avocets are on the beach sort of hanging with the gulls...kids and
dogs flush everything, but they seem to be holding...for now.

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J.

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:01:12 -0400
Common yellowthroats 2
Blackburnian warblers 2
Chestnut sided warblers 2
Magnolia warblers 2
Blue winged warbler
Hooded warbler

Philadelphia vireo
Blue gray gnatcatchers (abundant)
Yellow billed cuckoos (heard)
Red eyed vireos
Ruby throated hummingbirds (numerous)
Osprey
Acadian flycatcher
Woodthrush

Itinerary: Sugarbush trail back to the opening where field and wood edge meet; 
then both loops of the golden rod trail; lake trail, brookside trail. 


Bob McNulty

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Subject: Re: Shorebirds
From: Chris <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:13:05 -0400
Some great shorebirds also were on the Ottawa Auto Tour especially on
Unit MS 4 on Widgeon Way :

4 Wilson's Phaleropes

7 Stilt SP

A good number of SB Dowitchers

Least and Semi-Palm SP's

Pectoral SP's

Both Yellow Legs

Semi-Palmated Plovers

A Juvie Peregrine Falcon, a successful hunter and also a disruptor of
the shorebird group.


Seen before the birds on Widgeon way were 10  Black-bellied Plovers and
a Red-necked Phalarope.

See you on the trails,


Chris Pierce





On 8/21/2016 5:36 PM, Mary Warren wrote:
> The Marbled Godwits are still present in the main marsh at Medusa Marsh in 
Erie county. 

> Also worth checking out Willow Point Wildlife Area. Drive down the gravel 
road east of the office, first little pull off on right. Park there and walk 
over dike. Nice variety but nothing rare. 

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Subject: Shorebirds
From: Mary Warren <windbird AT BEX.NET>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:36:04 -0400
The Marbled Godwits are still present in the main marsh at Medusa Marsh in Erie 
county. 

Also worth checking out Willow Point Wildlife Area. Drive down the gravel road 
east of the office, first little pull off on right. Park there and walk over 
dike. Nice variety but nothing rare. 

Happy Birding 

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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite - YES
From: "liz.jaggers" <liz.jaggers AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:43:36 -0400
    

Any reports, positive or negative,  on sightings of this marvelous bird today 
would  be appreciated.    

Thanks!Liz and LukeWorthington 

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From: Alex Eberts  
Date: 08/19/2016  3:51 PM  (GMT-05:00) 
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU 
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - YES 

Between 1:30 and 2, the Swallow-tailed Kite at the intersection of Manning Rd. 
and Diamond Mill Rd. (Montgomery Co.) put on a great show! It foraged low over 
the soybean fields and frequently made passes directly over the road...and over 
my head. The bird disappeared around 2 over the southwest tree line, only to 
reappear as I was leaving around 2:30 in the field northwest of the 
intersection, further north on Diamond Mill Rd. 


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Subject: Chimney swifts - Zanesville
From: Robert Evans <benbovas AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:49:39 -0400
Last night we just happened to be driving between social engagements,
passing through downtown Zanesville in the late dusk, when I noticed
considerable numbers of chimney swifts swirling, around the GOSS company
building at Marietta Street and the 6th Street bridge, adjacent to the
canal and river. I was driving, so detailed observation was not an option,
as correctly advised by my passenger wife, Jane. There appear to be a
couple old chimneys in the vicinity, and I do not know exactly which was
the focus of the activity, but this was classic chimney swift roosting
behavior. I would say there were around a couple hundred birds. If I have
time, some evening soon I will drive the ten or twelve miles into town to
check this out in greater detail.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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