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20 Aug Re: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes [Leslie Sours ]
20 Aug Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes [Alex Champagne ]
20 Aug Little Gull, Alum Creek beach [Ira Shulgin ]
20 Aug Lorain County Red Headed woodpecker [Femme Metal ]
20 Aug shorebird migration [Bill Whan ]
20 Aug Union County: Olive-sided Flycatcher [Blake Mathys ]
20 Aug Little Gull + Black Tern [Doreene Linzell ]
20 Aug Red Knot Still Present. Conneaut, 08/20 [Jay Lehman ]
19 Aug Sandhill Cranes [Doreene Linzell ]
19 Aug Red Knot Still Present at 7:30 pm at Conneaut [Jay Lehman ]
19 Aug Alum Creek Little Gull [Gmail ]
19 Aug Conneaut Red Knot still present at about 6:15 pm [Jay Lehman ]
19 Aug Baird's Sandpipers in Stark County [Jon ]
19 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite [Doreene Linzell ]
19 Aug 2 Black Terns at Wilderness Road [Matt Valencic ]
19 Aug Black Tern [Doreene Linzell ]
19 Aug Re: Swallow-tailed Kite - Yes! [Glen Crippen ]
19 Aug Little gull Alum creek beach 19 August [ ]
19 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite - Yes! [Doreene Linzell ]
19 Aug Reminder: Conneaut D Day this weekend [Haans Petruschke ]
19 Aug Conneaut Red Knot [Chris Swan ]
18 Aug Re: Swallow Tailed Kite --Highland Co [Margaret Bowman ]
18 Aug Conneaut Red Knot [Jeff Harvey ]
18 Aug Re: Swallow Tailed Kite --Highland Co [ ]
18 Aug Swallow Tailed Kite --Highland Co [John Troyer Jr ]
18 Aug Conneaut Red Knot [Roger Redmond ]
18 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite - yes! [Doreene Linzell ]
18 Aug Conneaut Red Knot [Don Keffer ]
18 Aug Possible Cinnamon Teal Pipe Creek [jen brumfield ]
18 Aug Conneaut Red Knot [Chris Swan ]
18 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite - YES! ["krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" ]
17 Aug Little Gull - No [Doug Overacker ]
17 Aug Pipe Creek Piping Plover [Chris Pierce ]
17 Aug Hoover-Hogback,8-17 - Ospreys, woodpeckers [rob thorn ]
17 Aug Re: Dragons and Kites [ ]
17 Aug Re: Dragons and Kites [Paul Hurtado ]
17 Aug Laughing Gull [Cole DiFabio ]
17 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite - YES [Doreene Linzell ]
17 Aug Re: Dragons and Kites [ ]
17 Aug Laughing Gull Mosquito Lake [Jeff Harvey ]
17 Aug Englewood East Metropark [ ]
17 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite Highland County, day 3 ["krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" ]
17 Aug Dragons and Kites [Bill Whan ]
17 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite - yes! [Doreene Linzell ]
17 Aug Swallow Tail Kits- insect types and habitat [marys1000 ]
16 Aug Willets, Euclid Beach Park Cleveland 8/16 [ ]
16 Aug Re: Swallow-tailed Kite [ ]
16 Aug Re: Swallow-tailed Kite [Gmail ]
16 Aug Clark County Little Gull - No [Doug Overacker ]
16 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite [Doreene Linzell ]
16 Aug Reminder - Conneaut Sandspit will be closed AUG 23-25 [Roger Redmond ]
16 Aug Englewood East Metropark [ ]
16 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite [Doreene Linzell ]
16 Aug Re: Swallow-tailed Kite and habitat preferences [Kenn Kaufman ]
16 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite [Doreene Linzell ]
16 Aug Blendon Woods Metro Park - warbler migration. [Bob and Elaine McNulty ]
16 Aug Re: Swallow-tailed Kite and habitat preferences [Paul Hurtado ]
16 Aug Highland Swallow-tailed Kite- No Joy [Bob Powell ]
16 Aug Swallow tail kite [marys1000 ]
16 Aug Juvenile Laughing Gull at Mosquito Lake Causeway, 08/15/14 [Jay Lehman ]
15 Aug Laughing Gull - Mosquito Lake Res. [Doreene Linzell ]
15 Aug Possible Swallow-tailed Kite [Gmail ]
15 Aug Blendon Woods-Shorebirds ["Simpson, Bruce" ]
15 Aug Red-necked Phalarope Middle Harbor 8/15 [ ]
15 Aug Fw: Red-necked Phalarope Middle Harbor 8/15 [ ]
15 Aug Red-necked Phalarope Middle Harbor 8/15 [ ]
15 Aug Re: mystery feeder bird [Kenn Kaufman ]
15 Aug Black-headed Gull [Cole DiFabio ]
15 Aug Re: mystery feeder bird [Roger Troutman ]
15 Aug Re: mystery feeder bird [Femme Metal ]
15 Aug Re: mystery feeder bird [Jo Ann Kubicki ]
15 Aug Little Gull at Buck Creek...Still. [Steve Jones ]
15 Aug Red-neck phalarope in Conneaut [Chris Swan ]
15 Aug Re: mystery feeder bird [Blake Mathys ]
15 Aug Back-headed Gull [Doreene Linzell ]
15 Aug Black-headed Gull in Conneaut [Chris Swan ]

Subject: Re: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes
From: Leslie Sours <lmsours AT AMERITECH.NET>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:11:07 -0400
Been watching since 11:20. The gull was hanging out at the water's edge 
oblivious to two birders, swimmers, and beach chairs; however it did NOT like 
the boat that came by and took off at right at noon. Three Forster's present on 
beach, one apparently molting. Two Caspian's as well. 

Thanks for early heads up, Doreene

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 20, 2014, at 11:11 AM, Alex Champagne  wrote:
> 
> As of 10:15 a.m., the Little Gull was still at the beach at Alum Creek State 
Park and being very cooperative for many birders. Also present were 2 Forsters 
and 2 Caspian Terns. 

> 
> Good Birding,
> Alex Champagne
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Subject: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes
From: Alex Champagne <champagne.7 AT OSU.EDU>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:11:23 -0400
As of 10:15 a.m., the Little Gull was still at the beach at Alum Creek State 
Park and being very cooperative for many birders. Also present were 2 Forsters 
and 2 Caspian Terns. 


Good Birding,
Alex Champagne

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Subject: Little Gull, Alum Creek beach
From: Ira Shulgin <0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:34:08 -0700
Little Gull took off from the beach towards opposite shore when the first dog 
walker arrived around 8 a.m. 


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Subject: Lorain County Red Headed woodpecker
From: Femme Metal <femme.metal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:32:13 -0400
This woodpecker was on a utility pole along Butternut Ridge Rd., just east
of Oberlin Rd., at 9:50 AM.  Past years I've seen them at Sandy Ridge, but
haven't seen any there, or anywhere else locally, yet this year.
Year bird!  :-)
Happy Birding
Kristen

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Subject: shorebird migration
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:09:43 -0400
Some good news and interesting photos from Jean Iron's yearly summaries
of shorebird movements in Ontario are at
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=752208&MLID=ON&MLNM=Ontario  .
        Be aware that many good shorebird mudflats in Ohio wildlife areas will
be flooded soon for the 1 Sept kick-off of the teal shooting season. I
must admit that the area managers could keep these areas flooded through
August, but they often wait until the last minute, as far as I know to
accommodate non-game migrants.
        Be aware also that the ID challenges for shorebirders will be changing
week by week now. Most adult shorebirds abandon their young in the
arctic to head south ahead of them, and by this time the juvenile birds
of many species will be taking their places at migratory stopovers. It's
anybody's guess how these youngsters know where to go on their
unaccompanied first migration; that's part of the miracle, but they do
tend to move more haltingly and wander more often than their elders, so
that makes things extra interesting.
bill whan
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Subject: Union County: Olive-sided Flycatcher
From: Blake Mathys <blakemathys AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:25:10 -0400
The first bird I saw when I walked outside this morning was an Olive-sided 
Flycatcher perched at the top of a dead tree. This seems to be just about on 
time for them, the first one we ever had at our place was on August 17th, 2011. 
I've posted a picture at my website: 

http://blakemathys.com/OSFLAug14.html

Blake Mathys
http://blakemathys.com/

                                          
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Subject: Little Gull + Black Tern
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:04:22 -0400
Both birds are still present at Alum Creek State Park. The gull was resting
on the beach a bit north of the bath house. The tern was seen flying over
the reservoir at a distance. A scope is highly recommended. 7:50 a.m. on
Wed.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Red Knot Still Present. Conneaut, 08/20
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:08:54 -0400
The Red Knot was seen initially at 6:45 am.  Still present feeding along
pond bordered by vegetation.  Also present 19 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Greater
Yellowlegs and 6 flyby Black-bellied Plover.

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:27:55 -0400
Here is a post from Dan Sanders:

> Hello All... At the end of our birding day yesterday (Monday, 8/18/14), we 
made a stop at Killdeer Plains WA and checked the E and W ends of Pond 27, 
along the N side of CR 68. While scanning N at the far East end, we saw 3 
Sandhill Cranes flying W along the far shoreline. They landed along the water's 
edge, directly N of where we were standing on the dike, and my first thought 
was, 'I wonder if these are 2 adult birds with a colt'? Scope looks made it 
possible to verify this thought as 2 of the birds clearly had red feathers on 
the face/forecrown, while the 3rd bird did not. The colt was also clearly 4 or 
5 inches shorter in height. We had been at this same location 4 days earlier 
and heard a single SACR call from directly S of that parking area. Many of you 
will remember that there were reports of this species in the Spring of this 
year, in this same area, and also that there was a previous documented record 
of a 'family group' here, three or four years ago. Of course, yesterday's 
family group could have flown to this location from elsewhere, but that seems 
unlikely. 

> 
> Good Birding,
> Dan
> 
> Dan Sanders
> Central Ohio  

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Subject: Red Knot Still Present at 7:30 pm at Conneaut
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:06:01 -0400
The Red Knot was back in the pond out near the end of the spit feeding near
the grassy edge at the west end of the pond when I left for the night at
7:30 pm.  Previous to that, it flew east over the water and around to the
jetty with a Killdeer.  Then I thought I saw the knot fly east over the
water after it left the jetty.  However, the knot was back in the pond.
Hopefully, it will remain for the morning.

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Alum Creek Little Gull
From: Gmail <ohiobirder103 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:39:06 -0400
The Little Gull is currently at the north end of the beach at alum creek, in a 
group of ring bills. Looks to be hunkering down for the night. Definitely worth 
a check in the morning. 


Steve Landes
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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot still present at about 6:15 pm
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 -0400
I arrived at about 4:30 pm.  The Red Knot just appeared at about 6:15 pm on
west side of pond on spit near the grass.  A local just drove his truck
through the water but knot is still here.  So far, there were also 6
Semipalmated Plover, 2 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Least Sandpiper and 1
Greater Yellowlegs.

Hope the knot sticks!
Jay

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Subject: Baird's Sandpipers in Stark County
From: Jon <jcefus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:45:45 -0400
Greetings,

This morning, I located 2 Bairdís Sandpipers at the Hartville Community Garden 
pond in Stark County. Ben Morrison just relocated the birds and confirmed the 
ID at 3:15 pm. There are also Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpiper, Pectoral 
Sandpiper and Killdeer, as well as a very noisy Cooperís Hawk, who may mess up 
the show. Ben reported the Cooperís flew over and landed right in the mudflat! 


Earlier this morning, Kent Miller and I birded the mudflats of Berlin Lake/Deer 
Creek Reservoir beginning at Greenbower Bridge and then moving over to Price 
Rd, both of which are also in Stark Co. From Greenbower, visibility is 
difficult to say the least, but we were able to see Killdeer, Pectoral 
Sandpiper and at least 11 Great Egret. There were also many Great Blue Herons 
and the nesting Osprey. The only warbler was a lovely Prothonotary. The habitat 
looks very promising, but the trees offer visibility issues. Good for warblers, 
bad for shorebird viewing. 


As far as birding at Price Rd. goes, we parked at the small landing/parking lot 
just west of the Bridge, just west of SR 225 and then hiked the woods/shoreline 
to the south in order to look across the water toward Greenbower Bridge. While 
Kent was with me, we did not see anything that stood out shorebird wise (same 
birds as we saw from Greenbower), but we did see many more Great Egret as they 
continue to gather in that area and a lovely Caspian Tern. After Kent left, I 
continued hiking west toward Deer Creek dam and spillway and got a look at some 
more shorebirds, but had some difficulty IDíing from that distance. What were 
clear were Yellowlegs sp., Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpipers, and peeps. I also had 
3 Red-headed Woodpeckers calling and flying around, a juvenile Bald Eagle, as 
well as what appeared to be a 3-4 year old Bald Eagle whose head feathers are 
just now turning white. The only gulls I saw were Ring-billed. 


The habitat at this Berlin/Deer Creek mudflat area is looking very encouraging 
right now, provided we do not get a bunch of rain. The mudflats are fairly 
extensive and appear to be growing daily. If you are looking for shorebirds in 
or near Stark Co., this is a great place to check. If you find anything of 
note, we sure would appreciate you letting us know if possible as we are all 
doing a Big Year in Stark and are trying to see how many species we can still 
see this year. 


Many thanks and Happy Birding!

Jon Cefus


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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:31:08 -0400
Recent reports from Leslie Sours and Jenny Bowman indicate that the kite is 
still putting on a great show down in Highland County!!! As it is no 3:30, it 
is possible that the bird will not show much longer, if it follows its pattern 
from yesterday. Justin Valentine, the original discoverer of the bird, is also 
there enjoying the bird. Many, many thanks to him for bringing this bird to the 
attention of the birding community. 


Leslie told me an interesting story about Mr. Weaver, the gentleman who lives 
in the house on New Vienna Rd. This afternoon the kite was missing for awhile. 
Folks arrived and had not seen the bird. Well, Mr. Weaver got on his motorcycle 
and scouted the area to try and relocate the kite!! He is enjoying hosting this 
special visitor to our state. I plan on sending him a bird guide when I get a 
chance to get to the store to buy one!!! 


Doreene Linzell
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Subject: 2 Black Terns at Wilderness Road
From: Matt Valencic <mmvalencic AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:14:49 -0400
South of Funk Bottoms WA. Flying over ponds farthest north of road.

Matt Valencic

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Subject: Black Tern
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:48:43 -0400
Scope essential! There is one Black Tern flying over Alum Creek Reservoir
north of the dam. It is being seen from the beach, but is a very far way
off - on the far side.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite - Yes!
From: Glen Crippen <ohiobirder AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:11:40 -0400
This bird was observed from approximately 10:00 AM through 11:30 AM and was 
hardly out of sight this entire time. It was still flying around when I 
departed the area at 11:30 AM. Awesome stuff. 


Glen Crippen
Athens

> On Aug 19, 2014, at 10:37 AM, Doreene Linzell  wrote:
> 
> According to Ron Sempier the kite is still present. 
> 
> I am thinking that the best time to see this bird and to watch it put on its 
wonderful 'show' is mid to late morning to mid-afternoon. It was not seen after 
3:45 p.m. yesterday. But, it remains in the area this morning. 

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Subject: Little gull Alum creek beach 19 August
From: Robert Batterson <000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:58:03 -0400
I spotted a Little gull on the North end of the beach with a group of 
ring-bills. It was still present as of 10:00am. 


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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - Yes!
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:37:25 -0400
According to Ron Sempier the kite is still present. 

I am thinking that the best time to see this bird and to watch it put on its 
wonderful 'show' is mid to late morning to mid-afternoon. It was not seen after 
3:45 p.m. yesterday. But, it remains in the area this morning. 


Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Reminder: Conneaut D Day this weekend
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:33:12 -0400
Hi,

Just a reminder that if you are including Conneaut in your weekend birding
plan you may want to re think.  The annual D-Day re enactment is this
weekend and the sand spit will have all sorts of reenactment activity.
 Landing craft and big kerblammos etc.  Plus you will not be able to drive
out to the spit.

Haans

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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:17:19 -0400
Conneaut red knot remains!

Chris Swan

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Subject: Re: Swallow Tailed Kite --Highland Co
From: Margaret Bowman <mbowman AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:12:11 -0400
I arrived about 3:45, and missed the bird by about 10 minutes.  There were
several other birders there, some coming after work.  I left a little after
6, and the kite had not reappeared.  (Birders should pay me to stay away
from rarities!)

Margaret Bowman

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Stalnaker
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To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Swallow Tailed Kite --Highland Co



Hello,

I'm so happy this kite is sticking around and giving some of you a chance to
see it.  Even here in Florida where they are around March thru August, we
still get birders that drive across the state to see large feeding flocks of
these entertaining kites.

Here is how Pete Dunne, David Sibley and Clay Sutton opened their section on
this kite in their book "Hawks in Flight", 2nd Edition:

"Few would disagree that the Swallow-tailed Kite is the most graceful flier
of any North American raptor.  This distinctive aerial predator will glide
and float over the canopy on wings that cancel gravity and suspend time,
riding the lightest breeze to snatch dragonflies from the air or pluck prey
from treetops and consume it on the wing." ...

"Some might argue that the Swallow-tailed Kite is also the continent's most
beautiful bird.  Elegant, almost rakish in design, it dresses formally in
black-and-white attire (tails and all)."

On that point about "cancel gravity and suspend time, riding the lightest
breeze" .... This kite has a wingspan two inches "longer" than a Red-tailed
Hawk but the Red-tail weighs 2 1/2 times as much as the kite--the kite
weighs less than a pound.  That gives it very light "wing loading" for you
pilots out there or those familiar with the physics behind flight.  That's
why it floats so effortlessly.

Enjoy nature!

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL




On Monday, August 18, 2014 5:29 PM, John Troyer Jr 
wrote:



The kite put on a splendid show for us this afternoon. It was a lifer for
my wife and I.  It is an absolutely wonderful bird.



Blessings to you,

John Troyer Jr

Whispering Wind Bordeauxs & Mastiffs

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6; 36




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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot
From: Jeff Harvey <piwo2005 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:05:33 -0400
The bird is resting on the east side of the sand spit at 7pm.

Jeff Harvey 

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Subject: Re: Swallow Tailed Kite --Highland Co
From: Robert Stalnaker <00000010a846eca8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:10:08 -0700

Hello,

I'm so happy this kite is sticking around and giving some of you a chance to 
see it.† Even here in Florida where they are around March thru August, we still 
get birders that drive across the state to see large feeding flocks of these 
entertaining kites. 


Here is how Pete Dunne, David Sibley and Clay Sutton opened their section on 
this kite in their book "Hawks in Flight", 2nd Edition: 


"Few would disagree that the Swallow-tailed Kite is the most graceful flier of 
any North American raptor.† This distinctive aerial predator will glide and 
float over the canopy on wings that cancel gravity and suspend time, riding the 
lightest breeze to snatch dragonflies from the air or pluck prey from treetops 
and consume it on the wing." ... 


"Some might argue that the Swallow-tailed Kite is also the continent's most 
beautiful bird.† Elegant, almost rakish in design, it dresses formally in 
black-and-white attire (tails and all)." 


On that point about "cancel gravity and suspend time, riding the lightest 
breeze" .... This kite has a wingspan two inches "longer" than a Red-tailed 
Hawk but the Red-tail weighs 2 1/2 times as much as the kite--the kite weighs 
less than a pound.† That gives it very light "wing loading" for you pilots out 
there or those familiar with the physics behind flight.† That's why it floats 
so effortlessly. 


Enjoy nature!

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

 


On Monday, August 18, 2014 5:29 PM, John Troyer Jr  
wrote: 

  


The kite put on a splendid show for us this afternoon. It was a lifer for
my wife and I.† It is an absolutely wonderful bird.



Blessings to you,

John Troyer Jr

Whispering Wind Bordeauxs & Mastiffs

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6; 36




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Subject: Swallow Tailed Kite --Highland Co
From: John Troyer Jr <johntroyerjr AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:28:13 -0400
 The kite put on a splendid show for us this afternoon. It was a lifer for
my wife and I.  It is an absolutely wonderful bird.



Blessings to you,

John Troyer Jr

Whispering Wind Bordeauxs & Mastiffs

"Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful." Luke 6; 36




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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot
From: Roger Redmond <rogerredmond AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:01:21 -0400
Sighted the bird previously reported by Chris Swan on the east side of the
center lagoon about 4pm (8-18).   I ran home to get my camera (10 minutes)
and I couldn't locate it again on my return.


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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - yes!
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:29:50 -0400
Laura Keene is currently enjoying the Highland Co. kite.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot
From: Don Keffer <donkeff AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:12:33 -0400
The Red Knot originally spotted by Chris Swan still remains on the sandbar in 
Conneaut as of 2:10pm. 


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Subject: Possible Cinnamon Teal Pipe Creek
From: jen brumfield <elfin_skimmer AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:19:22 -0400
*POSSIBLE* immature/female-type CINNAMON TEAL at Pipe Creek Wildlife Area in 
the westernmost impoundment. With 3 Blue-winged Teal. Many Green-winged Teal 
and Mallards present. Bird has pale lores (no dark through eye), buffier (not 
gray) toned head, lack of white circular mark at malar. Bill shape/size 
undetermined but ever so straighter. If any photographers can get out here and 
get photos focusing on head, that's what will clinch it 



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CLE, OH
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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:18:51 -0400
Currently 1 red knot on the Conneaut sandspit.

Chris Swan

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - YES!
From: "krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" <krhuttondvm@FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:28:43 -0700
Not my sighting.† Per Ben Warner, the SWALLOW-TAILED KITE is still present at 
7521 New Vienna Rd in Highland County and putting on a show as of 10am. 


The homeowners, the Weavers, are very nice people and understanding.† The roads 
- New Vienna, Jones, and Connell - where the bird has been hanging out are 
unmarked country roads - lightly traveled and with wide shoulders to pull over, 
but there is still traffic, including farm equipment.† Please be respectful and 
careful when observing this magnificent visitor! 


Kathi Hutton
Clermont County


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Subject: Little Gull - No
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:25:52 -0400
I checked the beach at Buck Creek State Park again this morning and did not
see the Little Gull.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Pipe Creek Piping Plover
From: Chris Pierce <c.pierce AT ATT.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:30:43 -0400
I saw a Piping Plover in the easternmost impoundment
In addition I saw a Willet, a Am Golden and a Black Bellied Plover,
Lots of peeps and Semi-palm Plovers, 12 SB Dows, and a Snowy Egret

See you on the trails,

Chris Pierce

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Subject: Hoover-Hogback,8-17 - Ospreys, woodpeckers
From: rob thorn <robthorn AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:55:45 -0400
The Columbus Audubon trip in search of shorebirds struck out on mudflats, but 
did score well on raptors, woodpeckers, and some landbird migrants. Both Hoover 
and Alum Creek Lake continue to have very high water, so we found no mudflats 
and only tallied some kildeer and a spotted sandpiper for shorebirds. We 
started at hoover dam, then worked through Oxbow Island and the Galena 
Boardwalk, before jumping west to upper Alum Creek Lake to visit Hogback 
Preserve and Hogback basin. Notables included 


Cormorants - small numbers everywhere on the water of both reservoirs
Great Egrets - 1 along the shore west of the Galena Boardwalk, and another 2 at 
Hogback basin 

Green Herons - 2 were along the Boardwalk, while 2 were also at Hogback basin
Osprey - they were everywhere, with at least 1 at each stop. Hogback basin had 
3 adults and 2 very querulous juveniles 

Bald Eagle - at least one adult was pursuing a fish-laden Osprey north of 
Hoover dam. 

Caspian Terns - 2 adults were sitting on a driftwood log at Hogback basin
Hummingbirds - 1-2 were on Oxbow Island, while another 2 were hanging around 
the feeders at Hogback Preserve 

Red-headed Woodpeckers - good day, with 2 at Oxbow, 2 at the Boardwalk, and 
another at Hogback Basin 

Other Woodpeckers - N.Flickers were abundant, topped by 6-7 at Oxbow Island. 
Downies & Red-bellies were also common. 

E.Kingbirds - at least 4 were still flying around Oxbow Island, but none were 
at Hogback basin 

Swallows - no big flocks except for 30+ Barn Swallows along Oxbow Rd. Also saw 
a few Tree Swallows and Purple Martins over Oxbow, and 2 Cliff Swallows at the 
Galena Boardwalk. 

Mimids - good day, with Catbirds everywhere and Mockingbirds & Brown Thrashers 
at Oxbow Island 

Warblers - not much , but the stars were 2 Prothonotaries still hanging around 
Oxbow Island, and a Parula at the Hogback Preserve Visitor's Center 

Orioles - one Baltimore was at Oxbow, while another was calling at Hogback 
Preserve 


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Subject: Re: Dragons and Kites
From: Robert Stalnaker <00000010a846eca8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:37:48 -0700

Re Swallow-tailed Kite diet:

Paul, that's a good point you made since it is out of range and its normal 
prey.  The fact it perched and ate a prey item isn't the norm--an indication 
of a different than norm prey--since it normally eats on the fly.  
Noting what prey it eats could offer some good science for future 
researchers.  This is an understudied bird and birders' notes of a kite out of 
range could be useful for researchers. 


"At 13 Florida nests, 52‚Äď85% of prey items consisted of insects, frogs, and 
nestling birds (Sutton 1955, Snyder 1974, Meyer and Collopy 1990, M. Wright, R. 
Green, and N. Reed unpubl. data)." 


"Except for 1 reference to fruit-eating in winter (Lemke 1979), the only 
nonbreeding season data are for stomach contents of 8 Florida kites collected 
in mid-Jul, during premigration phase (Lee and Clark 1993). Of 345 prey items, 
340 (98.6%) were insects, and 90% of these were 20‚Äď30 mm in length. Of the 
insects, 42.4% were grasshoppers (Acrididae), 19.2% leaf-footed bugs 
(Coreidae), and 12.7% palmetto weevils (Rhynchophorus cruenlatus). The 
remainder were fire ants (Solenopsis invicta, an exotic), horntails (Eriotrenex 
formosanus), and various hemipterans. Many were flightless species or life 
stages and must have been captured directly from foliage." 


Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

Meyer, Kenneth D. 1995. Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), The Birds 
of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab 

of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: 
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/138 

doi:10.2173/bna.138 


On Sunday, August 17, 2014 3:17 PM, Paul Hurtado  
wrote: 

  


I thought I'd add that birds like kites also need healthy "resident" prey
populations.

While watching the kite yesterday, it plucked a prey item out of the
soybeans (not seen well enough to ID) which it ate on the wing, and later
it perched on a leafless treetop to eat what looked like a katydid (based
on its size and wingshape). No doubt it's days-long stopover is being
heavily influenced by food availability.

Kites slay more than just dragons, and like so many other insectivorous
bird species, their existence relies on healthy habitat that supports a
diverse prey base (read: lots of different insects) so they have year-round
access to food.

To get a handle on what this particular bird is eating, I encourage
observers to note any insect (or frog or mammal etc) prey that this bird
eats, as well as any candidate food items seen or heard in the area (e.g.
any dragonflies, or audible katydids or cicadas).

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Columbus
On Aug 17, 2014 9:57 AM, "Bill Whan"  wrote:

> I gather that only 1% of the world's dragonfly species undertake
> migrations, but apparently some large and tasty ones pass heading south in
> the US each fall in large numbers, and some birds specialize in eating
> them. Some of them are large enough to be too much to handle for the
> average bird, but raptors like kites prey on them. Because large numbers of
> these dragonflies--and it would be great to hear from dragonfly-watchers
> about this--must pass through Ohio this time of year, it seems that a few
> of the bird species adept at catching them, like kites, might move north to
> intercept them. This still seems to have been the case in recent years,
> rare as it is.
>        Formerly--and we are talking about 150+ years ago--the
> swallow-tailed kite had a range into southern Canada, where they no doubt
> ate dragonflies that no doubt also had a northerly range.
> I read in an 1854 work on hunting in Wisconsin that these kites were "at
> one time quite numerous on our prairies, and quite annoying to us in grouse
> shooting.‚ÄĚ Coues in 1874 had extensive remarks on its presence in North
> Dakota at the time. Ohio's Wheaton reported a kite shot near Pataskala in
> my area on 8/22/1878. which was first thought to be a bald eagle from P.T.
> Barnum's show and discarded, then eventually rescued, though the specimen
> has since apparently been lost.
>        It's probably unwise to celebrate that these charming birds are
> returning to our latitude in larger numbers. We just have more observers
> who report birds than we used to. Dragonflies, and their predators,
> continue to diminish. A few lucky Ohioans may get to see one during the
> warm months, but if you want to get a taste of their former abundance,
> there are some Florida spots that still routinely provide hundreds of them
> at a time at this time of year...what a show!
> Bill Whan
> Cols
>
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Subject: Re: Dragons and Kites
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:17:11 -0400
I thought I'd add that birds like kites also need healthy "resident" prey
populations.

While watching the kite yesterday, it plucked a prey item out of the
soybeans (not seen well enough to ID) which it ate on the wing, and later
it perched on a leafless treetop to eat what looked like a katydid (based
on its size and wingshape). No doubt it's days-long stopover is being
heavily influenced by food availability.

Kites slay more than just dragons, and like so many other insectivorous
bird species, their existence relies on healthy habitat that supports a
diverse prey base (read: lots of different insects) so they have year-round
access to food.

To get a handle on what this particular bird is eating, I encourage
observers to note any insect (or frog or mammal etc) prey that this bird
eats, as well as any candidate food items seen or heard in the area (e.g.
any dragonflies, or audible katydids or cicadas).

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Columbus
On Aug 17, 2014 9:57 AM, "Bill Whan"  wrote:

> I gather that only 1% of the world's dragonfly species undertake
> migrations, but apparently some large and tasty ones pass heading south in
> the US each fall in large numbers, and some birds specialize in eating
> them. Some of them are large enough to be too much to handle for the
> average bird, but raptors like kites prey on them. Because large numbers of
> these dragonflies--and it would be great to hear from dragonfly-watchers
> about this--must pass through Ohio this time of year, it seems that a few
> of the bird species adept at catching them, like kites, might move north to
> intercept them. This still seems to have been the case in recent years,
> rare as it is.
>        Formerly--and we are talking about 150+ years ago--the
> swallow-tailed kite had a range into southern Canada, where they no doubt
> ate dragonflies that no doubt also had a northerly range.
> I read in an 1854 work on hunting in Wisconsin that these kites were "at
> one time quite numerous on our prairies, and quite annoying to us in grouse
> shooting.‚ÄĚ Coues in 1874 had extensive remarks on its presence in North
> Dakota at the time. Ohio's Wheaton reported a kite shot near Pataskala in
> my area on 8/22/1878. which was first thought to be a bald eagle from P.T.
> Barnum's show and discarded, then eventually rescued, though the specimen
> has since apparently been lost.
>        It's probably unwise to celebrate that these charming birds are
> returning to our latitude in larger numbers. We just have more observers
> who report birds than we used to. Dragonflies, and their predators,
> continue to diminish. A few lucky Ohioans may get to see one during the
> warm months, but if you want to get a taste of their former abundance,
> there are some Florida spots that still routinely provide hundreds of them
> at a time at this time of year...what a show!
> Bill Whan
> Cols
>
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Subject: Laughing Gull
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:02:24 -0400
The juvenile Laughing Gull is still present in the causeway parking area at
Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County as of 2pm (August 17).

--
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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - YES
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:41:30 -0400
According to Jacob Roalef the kite is now up and flying around and putting on a 
real show! About 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. 


Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Re: Dragons and Kites
From: Robert Stalnaker <00000010a846eca8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:56:25 -0700

Hello Bill and All,

The Common Green Darner is one of the larger dragonflies and it is one of the 
small number that do migrate.  Swallow-tailed Kites (STKI) feeding on these in 
mid-August here in Florida get more energy absorbed per the same energy 
expended versus the smaller dragonflies, and it is a popular food item of STKI 
immediately before the STKI migrate. 


Here in central FL, there is a dramatic uptick in Common Green Darners 
migrating in, augmenting existing ones, in mid-August and that coincides with 
the last large feeding aggregations of STKI before they migrate.  We are 
talking only about a 10 day window here.  This is what I have observed and I 
am hoping there is a statistical based study done in the future to show a 
positive correlation of these two events.   I believe there is a study out 
there that was done with American Kestrels and dragonflies re migration. 


It is possible STKI could move north as you say then come south again as the 
Common Green Darners continue to move south.  After watching STKI feed, they 
are so skilled in catching even small insects that I personally don't think 
they need to migrate north in search of prey.  They seem to be able to get all 
the food they want. 


Re your, "Dragonflies, and their predators, continue to diminish." ......  
Yes, so sad and true.  Prey continues to shrink as pesticides grow in use as 
human population grows, and that will likely have yet another negative effect 
not only on the prey numbers but on the STKI as well as a huge number of 
insects and birds that are already in a downward trend. 


Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL 


On Sunday, August 17, 2014 9:58 AM, Bill Whan  wrote:
  


I gather that only 1% of the world's dragonfly species undertake 
migrations, but apparently some large and tasty ones pass heading south 
in the US each fall in large numbers, and some birds specialize in 
eating them. Some of them are large enough to be too much to handle for 
the average bird, but raptors like kites prey on them. Because large 
numbers of these dragonflies--and it would be great to hear from 
dragonfly-watchers about this--must pass through Ohio this time of year, 
it seems that a few of the bird species adept at catching them, like 
kites, might move north to intercept them. This still seems to have been 
the case in recent years, rare as it is.
        Formerly--and we are talking about 150+ years ago--the
swallow-tailed kite had a range into southern Canada, where they no 
doubt ate dragonflies that no doubt also had a northerly range.
I read in an 1854 work on hunting in Wisconsin that these kites were "at 
one time quite numerous on our prairies, and quite annoying to us in 
grouse shooting.‚ÄĚ Coues in 1874 had extensive remarks on its presence in 
North Dakota at the time. Ohio's Wheaton reported a kite shot near 
Pataskala in my area on 8/22/1878. which was first thought to be a bald 
eagle from P.T. Barnum's show and discarded, then eventually rescued, 
though the specimen has since apparently been lost.
        It's probably unwise to celebrate that these charming birds are 
returning to our latitude in larger numbers. We just have more observers 
who report birds than we used to. Dragonflies, and their predators, 
continue to diminish. A few lucky Ohioans may get to see one during the 
warm months, but if you want to get a taste of their former abundance, 
there are some Florida spots that still routinely provide hundreds of 
them at a time at this time of year...what a show!
Bill Whan
Cols

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Subject: Laughing Gull Mosquito Lake
From: Jeff Harvey <piwo2005 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:55:22 -0700
While returning from Conneaut today, i stopped at the Mosquito lake Causeway on 
Route 88 in Trumbull County. The previously reported Laughing Gull was sitting 
on the south causeway parking area at about 11 am. 


Jeff Harvey ††
Mahoning County

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Subject: Englewood East Metropark
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:50:55 -0400
Sunday, Aug. 17 - 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Bald eagles - 2 adult, 2 imm. (1st year)
Great egrets
Green-backed herons
Great blue herons
Lesser yellowlegs
Solitary sps
Pectoral sp
Semipalmated sps
Killdeers
Belted kingfishers
Red-shouldered hawks - 2
Barn and tree swallows
Wood ducks - many
Mallards - a few
No Canada geese--hooray!

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer, Eileen Roberts, Kurt Stein, Kathi Groves, Bessie Reel,
 and we shared all these sightings with our 12 new birding  friends

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite Highland County, day 3
From: "krhuttondvm AT frontier.com" <krhuttondvm@FRONTIER.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:22:43 -0700
Roger Hickey is on-site in Highland County now, 10:20am Sunday, and reports the 
kite is perched in a tree at the original location, 7521 New Vienna Rd. 


That is all the information I have at this time.

Kathi Hutton
Clermont County

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Subject: Dragons and Kites
From: Bill Whan <billwhan AT COLUMBUS.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:57:17 -0400
I gather that only 1% of the world's dragonfly species undertake 
migrations, but apparently some large and tasty ones pass heading south 
in the US each fall in large numbers, and some birds specialize in 
eating them. Some of them are large enough to be too much to handle for 
the average bird, but raptors like kites prey on them. Because large 
numbers of these dragonflies--and it would be great to hear from 
dragonfly-watchers about this--must pass through Ohio this time of year, 
it seems that a few of the bird species adept at catching them, like 
kites, might move north to intercept them. This still seems to have been 
the case in recent years, rare as it is.
        Formerly--and we are talking about 150+ years ago--the
swallow-tailed kite had a range into southern Canada, where they no 
doubt ate dragonflies that no doubt also had a northerly range.
I read in an 1854 work on hunting in Wisconsin that these kites were "at 
one time quite numerous on our prairies, and quite annoying to us in 
grouse shooting.Ē Coues in 1874 had extensive remarks on its presence in 
North Dakota at the time. Ohio's Wheaton reported a kite shot near 
Pataskala in my area on 8/22/1878. which was first thought to be a bald 
eagle from P.T. Barnum's show and discarded, then eventually rescued, 
though the specimen has since apparently been lost.
        It's probably unwise to celebrate that these charming birds are 
returning to our latitude in larger numbers. We just have more observers 
who report birds than we used to. Dragonflies, and their predators, 
continue to diminish. A few lucky Ohioans may get to see one during the 
warm months, but if you want to get a taste of their former abundance, 
there are some Florida spots that still routinely provide hundreds of 
them at a time at this time of year...what a show!
Bill Whan
Cols

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - yes!
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT WOWWAY.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:41:05 -0400
Butch Rockwell and Mike Hatfield have relocated the Swallow-tailed Kite in 
Highland Co. They saw it at 9:30 at the original corner - New Vienna and 
Connell. This is one beautiful bird and put on a three hour show for us 
yesterday from 11:30-2:30. Get there to see it, if you can! 


Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Swallow Tail Kits- insect types and habitat
From: marys1000 <marys1000 AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:50:36 -0400
I would love to keep this discussion going if people have any knowledge
about dragonfly types, insect types etc. that the Swallow Tail might be
eating
in the various habitats.
I would imagine a large bird would prefer larger insects.  I don't know
much about insects but I assume that just like other species they all
have their niches.
What large insect species would hang around over soybean fields? I saw a
post on on Birding Ohio that mentioned some drainage ditches.
Would that significantly change the type of insects that would be in the
fields?  Or would nearby woodlots change the type of insect in the fields
(I'm thinking breeding areas vs. foraging areas but again am just
surmising).
It is supposed to rain this next week, does that change the number or
type of dragonflies?
I realize that with a wandering bird nothing is really definitive but
any discussion would be informative in some way or another. Do we need
separate lists that
do more than just list species seen?

Thank you,

Marie, Fairborn

On 8/17/201 The habitat in that area was, again, open farmland with
numerous scattered woodlots. So I think the habitat where the bird was
seen in Highland County would be fine for this bird to stick around, and
I certainly think this Swallow-tailed Kite would be worth seeking.
[EDIT: just as I was about to post this, I saw a message that Doreene
Linzell and Dan Sanders had just seen the kite again. Way to go, Doreene
and Dan!] Kenn Kaufman Oak Harbor, OH On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM,
Paul Hurtado  wrote:
>> While this species does have habitat preferences,  this time of year they
>> can wander widely and turn up just about anywhere!
>>
>> Even the best habitat in Ohio for the species isn't guaranteed to make a
>> wandering vagrant stick around. That said, it took me three attempts before
>> successfully chasing my life bird outside West Lafayette, IN last summer
>> (in an area of mixed open agricultural habitat and woodlots).
>>
>> A risky species to chase,  but every once and a while they DO stick around!
>>
>> -Paul Hurtado
>>
>>

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Subject: Willets, Euclid Beach Park Cleveland 8/16
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:53:49 -0700
I stopped late today at Wildwood/Villa Angela/Euclid Beach Park (part of Euclid 
Creek Reservation now) on the east side of Cleveland from 4:40 to 6:10pm.† It 
was late so I didn't have much time for Villa Angela but as I was walking west 
along the asphalt trail above the beach†I†saw two Willets on the waters edge of 
the†beach†just down from the†west end of the mobile home park.† Then after I 
took some pictures†I walked†further†west†along†Euclid Beach Park and noticed 
them flying to the west end of the beach right where the old pier now goes into 
the beach.† Then they started†bathing in the water so I was able to see them up 
close from the end of the†concrete pier.† There were many people†swimming and 
on the beach.†There is no sand beach west of the pier.† 


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

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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Robert Stalnaker <00000010a846eca8-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:05:58 -0700
Greetings,

I'm reading with interest about the Swallow-tailed Kite (STKI) in Ohio.† I
grew up and lived in Ohio for years.


I hope that a good number of birders can see this kite.† I have an article
pending about the STKI and the most common words from sources I used that
described the STKI were "elegant" and "graceful".† Some call the kite the
most beautiful and graceful bird.


There are a few areas in Florida where we see "pre-migration feeding
aggregations" where hundreds of STKI can be seen low and close in July
through mid August.


When we take photos, we see a high percentage of the images showing the
kite holding or eating prey (like in many of my images at the link), or
reaching for prey just inches away.† The kite will put on a great show for
you.† If you are reasonably close, it is a show you don't want to miss.
Below is a link to my Flickr site.† If you go to "Albums" then
"Swallow-tailed Kite", you can see 17 images of this magnificent raptor
taken here in Florida--maybe you are seeing one of these.† There are not
that many.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/robert-stalnaker/

Enjoy nature!

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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Gmail <ohiobirder103 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:03:35 -0400
An update on the swallow-tailed kite. The bird went missing for over an hour 
between 2:45 and 4:15. During this time it was probably perched somewhere in 
the area. I refound the bird at about 4:15 foraging in the soybean fields west 
of jones road, which is just southeast of where it was seen before. A group of 
us then watched it sit in a dead tree in the large forest patch to the 
southwest of the intersection of Jones and New Vienna roads and eat a large 
insect until about 5 pm when it flew off to the Northeast out of sight behind 
more trees. So I would highly recommend checking the fields and trees along 
Connell, new Vienna, and jones roads if you go looking for this bird (which is 
Beautiful!). Again this area is southeast of new Vienna and north of Hillsboro 
on Highland county. There is a map attached to my ebird checklist below. A big 
thanks to Justin Valentine who originally found and reported this bird and 
helped many people refind it today! 

Good birding,
Steve Landes

> On Aug 16, 2014, at 2:28 PM, Doreene Linzell  wrote:
> 
> We have been watching the bird almost continuously since I first posted
> about 11:30. It id now 2:30 pm. We even saw it perched.
> 
> Doreene Linzell
> Dan Sanders
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Subject: Clark County Little Gull - No
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:07:04 -0400
I checked the beach at Buck Creek State Park this morning and saw no sign of
the Little Gull. A couple other people were there earlier and did not see
it. Checking in the afternoon is probably not worth it because of people on
the beach and bad lighting. I will check tomorrow morning and report if I
find it.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:28:24 -0400
We have been watching the bird almost continuously since I first posted
about 11:30. It id now 2:30 pm. We even saw it perched.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Reminder - Conneaut Sandspit will be closed AUG 23-25
From: Roger Redmond <rogerredmond AT ROADRUNNER.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:33:17 -0400
Sandspit will be closed next weekend due to annual DDay reenactment
activities.



Met people there today from as far away as Dayton (about 5 hour drive?) so I
thought it was worth mentioning.




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Subject: Englewood East Metropark
From: Edward Neubauer <00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:14:29 -0400
Saturday, August 16 - 9- 10:15 a.m.

Bald eagle
Great egrets
Green-backed herons
Great blue herons
Solitary sandpipers
Lesser yellowlegs
Semipalmated sandpipers
Belted kingfishers
Killdeer - many, many
DC cormorant
Ring-billed gulls
Wood ducks
Mallards
Canada geese
Red-shouldered hawk
Purple martins
Barn, tree, and rough-winged swallows
Chimney swifts
Eastern kingbird
Eastern phoebe
Turkey vulture
Osprey - North Park

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer, Kurt Stein

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:03:03 -0400
OK. Now that I am not so excited, let me tell you about this kite. It was
on New Vienna Rd. just east of Connell in Highland County about 15 miles
north of Hillsboro. The address of the house is 7521 New Vienna Rd. The
bird was flying/feeding over both sides of the road. There are expansive
fields of soybeans on both sides of the road. We saw it about 11:30 and
watched it for a good five minutes. We lost it for a bit, but it is back
now.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite and habitat preferences
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:44:40 -0400
I agree with Paul Hurtado's comments about the possibility of
Swallow-tailed Kite showing up in mixed open habitats and potentially
sticking around. Here's a relevant example from a comparable date and from
even farther north in the Midwest, exactly ten years ago. On Aug. 15, 2004,
Tim Martin spotted a Swallow-tailed Kite in LaPorte County in northern
Indiana. Local birders went out to look for it, couldn't find it, and
assumed it must have been just passing through. Two days later, not knowing
about the previous sighting, I was driving through and happened to spot the
bird from the Indiana Turnpike. I told local friends about it, they
searched again, and found a vantage point close to the turnpike from which
to scan for the kite. The bird stayed around and was seen by numerous
birders through at least August 28.

The habitat in that area was, again, open farmland with numerous scattered
woodlots. So I think the habitat where the bird was seen in Highland County
would be fine for this bird to stick around, and I certainly think this
Swallow-tailed Kite would be worth seeking.

[EDIT: just as I was about to post this, I saw a message that Doreene
Linzell and Dan Sanders had just seen the kite again. Way to go, Doreene
and Dan!]

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH


On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 10:49 AM, Paul Hurtado 
wrote:

> While this species does have habitat preferences,  this time of year they
> can wander widely and turn up just about anywhere!
>
> Even the best habitat in Ohio for the species isn't guaranteed to make a
> wandering vagrant stick around. That said, it took me three attempts before
> successfully chasing my life bird outside West Lafayette, IN last summer
> (in an area of mixed open agricultural habitat and woodlots).
>
> A risky species to chase,  but every once and a while they DO stick around!
>
> -Paul Hurtado
>
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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:35:21 -0400
Same spot as yesterday.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park - warbler migration.
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 11:27:32 -0400
Started the morning with a barred owl flying down the middle of the road in 
front of me. He must have had a good upbringing because he was obeying the 
speed limit. He veered off to the left and perched on a branch a few feet in 
from the road. 


Once I got back to the Sugarbush trail, Carolina wrens and titmouse were 
carrying on quite loudly. attracting chickadees, nuthatches, downy and red 
bellied woodpeckers, catbird, blue jays and song sparrows. In this crowd a 
yellow colored warbler emerged which turned out to be a young Wilson's warbler. 


On the front loop of the pet trail (Goldenrod trail) a Canada warbler with 
faint necklace and a yellow throated vireo responded to the constant chip notes 
of a brown thrasher. Also in that mob was a towhee, a great crested flycatcher, 
song sparrow and cardinals. Neither time could I figure out was bothering the 
birds. 


Other birds seen:
red eyed vireo
solitary sandpiper
summer tanager

I was so glad the park had left a few dead trees on the goldenrod trail area 
since the birds used those trees to perch and made it so much easier to enjoy 
the view. 


Bob McNulty

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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed Kite and habitat preferences
From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:49:07 -0400
While this species does have habitat preferences,  this time of year they
can wander widely and turn up just about anywhere!

Even the best habitat in Ohio for the species isn't guaranteed to make a
wandering vagrant stick around. That said, it took me three attempts before
successfully chasing my life bird outside West Lafayette, IN last summer
(in an area of mixed open agricultural habitat and woodlots).

A risky species to chase,  but every once and a while they DO stick around!

-Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Highland Swallow-tailed Kite- No Joy
From: Bob Powell <rdp1710 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:51:05 -0400
Larry Gara and I checked out the area of the Swallow-tailed Kite sighting
posted to eBird by Justin Valentine and relayed to the list by Steve
Landes.  The bird was seen  yesterday near the intersection of New Vienna
Road and Connell Road in Highland county.  The report was accompanied by a
photo that clearly depicted a Swallow-tailed Kite.

We birded the entire length of New Vienna Road and back, plus several miles
of Connell Road with no luck.

Both Larry and I have seen STKI before.  Larry saw the 1997 Lawrenceburg
bird that hung around the TriState for a while.  I have seen STKI in the
Everglades and the Lower Pascagoula River in Mississippi.  None of these
habitats match the open farmland of the reported location.  I would be very
surprised if the bird were seen again in this area.

Cheers,

Bob


--
Robert D Powell
Congress Farm Research Institute
Wilmington, OH, USA
rdp1710 AT gmail.com

Nulla dies sine aves

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Subject: Swallow tail kite
From: marys1000 <marys1000 AT WOH.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:39:24 -0400
I am curious about the habitat in the area where you saw this.  I have
only seen a SWK once, outside Kalamazoo MI.
We parked and watched from the apple orchard area of a farm.  The SWK
seemed to spend most of
its time working out aways up and down a long line of of very  tall
trees.  Unfortunately I
do not know what type they were.  I think heir general shape was the
large main branches going up fairly
straight and close to the trunk (this was a long time ago) and they
really were quite tall with big leafy canopies.
The bird was plucking some  sort of large insect from the tops of the
tree canopy
and when it was close enough you could see that he would eat them on the
fly by putting
his foot up toward its mouth.
What was this bird doing and what was the habitat in the area?


Marie, Fairborn OH

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Subject: Juvenile Laughing Gull at Mosquito Lake Causeway, 08/15/14
From: Jay Lehman <lehman.jg64 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 01:08:01 -0400
As previously reported by Doreene Linzell, Dan Sanders, Bill Kinkead
Doreene and I (Jay Lehman) saw a juvenile plumage Laughing Gull this
afternoon along the causeway at Mosquito Lake  This post addresses the
field marks seen to make it a Laughing Gull and not a Franklin's Gull.  I
have used the following references:  Gulls of North America, Europe and
Asia-K. M. Olsen and H. Larsson;  Gulls a guide to identification-P. J.
Grant;  The Sibley Guide to Birds-D.A. Sibley and National Geographic Field
Guide to the Birds of North America-J. L. Dunn and J. Alderferer.

The head, neck breast and much of the belly of this bird were brown with
some white mottling and the white mottling becomes more apparent and
overwhelms the brown in bright sunshine and with back-lighting; there was
no dark hood.  A Franklin's Gull in this plumage should have a hood,  brown
or blackish depending on age, with a distinctive white forehead with only a
much smaller amount of brown or brownish wash along the sides of the breast
with the rest of the underparts white.

There were no distinctive white tips of the primaries on the folded wings;
if there was any white on the tips it was very hard to see; thus,the
primaries appeared completely black on the folded wings and in flight.
Franklin's Gulls even in juvenile plumage have much more distinct white
tips on the primaries when the wings are folded and in flight.

There was a broad black band on the tail, so wide that the tail feathers
appeared to be almost or totally black above (only surface seen) from edge
to edge and with a narrow terminal white band proved by white tips to tail
feathers.  I have flight photos of the tail in flight showing no white
edges to the black band.  Franklin's Gull has a narrower black band on the
tail and white tail edges on the sides of the black band such that the
black band is surrounded by white even in juvenile plumage.

This gull was very long-legged relative to the Ring-billed Gulls.
Franklin's Gull has shorter legs which would be very apparent next to
Ring-billed Gulls.

There were narrow white eye arcs.  Franklin's Gull has thicker more
distinctive eye arcs accentuated by the hood.

The under surface of the wings are quite dark with a broad dark brown bar
that starts in the carpal area (giving the impression of dark arm pits),
and extends up the wing undersurface.  Franklin's Gull has black on the
primaries on the underwing but the rest of the underwing surface is very
white.

The upper wing  coverts are strongly mottled with buffy feather edges.
Franklin's Gull in this plumage is not as distinctly mottled and with
whiter feather edges.

The head was very angular in shape with a gradually sloping forehead to the
bill.  Franklin's Gull has a more rounded head and crown with a more
steeply sloped forehead to the bill.  These differences can be hard to
judge on a single bird.

The bill was relatively thick and relatively long, long enough that base to
tip is longer than the distance from the bill base to back of the eye; bill
has apparent downward  curvature
or hooked appearance.  Franklin's Gull has a shorter and more dainty bill
with less curvature.  These differences can be hard to judge on a single
bird.

We spent quite a while studying this bird and consulting Sibley and
National Geographic field guides. Dan and I had never before seen a
juvenile plumage Laughing Gull in Ohio

When I post my photos, I will announce where they are posted.

Jay

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Laughing Gull - Mosquito Lake Res.
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:33:39 -0400
An immature Laughing Gull was observed at Mosquito Lake Reservoir along the
88 causeway about 2:00. It was perched in the parking area along the south
side of the road. We also observed it in flight. Many diagnostic pictures
were taken by Jay Lehman.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders
Bill Kinkead
Jay Lehman

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Subject: Possible Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Gmail <ohiobirder103 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:02:24 -0400
Hi all,
A report was just submitted to Ebird of a Swallow-tailed Kite in Highland 
county. I can't vouch for the credibility, but that is a fairly distinctive 
bird. Kites are unfortunately known for not staying in the same area for long, 
but it might be worth a visit if you are in the area- see the link for a map 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19476191

Good luck!

Steve Landes
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Subject: Blendon Woods-Shorebirds
From: "Simpson, Bruce" <simpson AT METROPARKS.NET>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:40:03 -0400
  Blendon Woods is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off of I 270
& Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit

    Thoreau Lake
       Sandpipers
              Baird's
              Solitary
              Least-2
              Killdeer-2

     Heron
        Great Blue
        Green

    Turkeys-everywhere!!!

                Blendon Woods Metro Park
                           Hotline 614-895-6222
                           Nature Center 614-895-6221

                                       Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon
Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope Middle Harbor 8/15
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:18:57 -0700
Problem with email.† About 50 Yellowlegs a few peeps and Red-necked Phalarope.† 
No mudflats though. 


Nancy Anderson
in Lakeside
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Subject: Fw: Red-necked Phalarope Middle Harbor 8/15
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:13:11 -0700
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Subject: Red-necked Phalarope Middle Harbor 8/15
From: Nancy Anderson <0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:09:06 -0700
Monday I think I saw one yellowlegs here but today there at least 50 Yellowlegs 
and a few peeps and one Red-necked Phalarope.† I don't see any mudflats though. 


Nancy Anderson
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Subject: Re: mystery feeder bird
From: Kenn Kaufman <kenn.kaufman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:05:34 -0400
This is a good demonstration of the dangers of relying on color in bird ID.
Of course it's worthwhile to consider color as one of the characteristics,
but it's not a good starting point; details of shape and structure are
first, then things like habitat, behavior, season, vocalizations, and
"standard" field marks (including color). With photos, of course, a lot of
those clues are off the table, so we should focus on every detail of shape
before checking anything else.

If this photo hadn't shown yellowish tones, I think most people would have
arrived quickly at the correct answer (juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird). The
yellow appears to be an illusion, probably reflected color from something
outside the frame. Ignore the color, and everything is right for juvenile
cowbird. Carlton Schooley and Blake Mathys have laid out the reasons.
Oriole and meadowlark are ruled out by bill shape (and many other things);
head pattern and chest pattern are wrong for House Finch; any plumage of
Dickcissel would show much stronger striping on the back.

Female and juvenile cowbirds are classic causes of confusion. It's
worthwhile to memorize the head shape, bill shape, face pattern, and every
other detail of these tricky birds, and this is a good time of year to do
it.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, Ohio


On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM, Ron Looker 
wrote:

> For those that are interested, here is the tally of all the responses.
>
> juvenile Dickcissel 2
> House Finch 5 (hybrid or yellow variant)
> Oriole 1
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Juvenile Eastern Meadowlark  3
>
> Thanks for all the feedback.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron Looker
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:58 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird
>
> There was a mystery bird at my parents feeder in Marion over the weekend.
> I'm not sure what it is due to the yellow on it. Thanks in advance for your
> help. Picture here:
> http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c373/ronlooker/011_zpsf0607373.jpg
>
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Subject: Black-headed Gull
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:34:33 -0400
Gull continues on Conneaut west beach, viewing from boardwalk, 11:30am
8/15.

--
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Subject: Re: mystery feeder bird
From: Roger Troutman <roger.troutman AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:31:55 -0400
Please excuse if this message was double posted - my bad,  otherwise here
are my comments on the Mystery bird

Hi all,

As to the "mystery bird" in my opinion, this bird is an immature dickcissel.

Not a oriole or meadowlark because of the bill shape.

Not a house finch or cowbird as too much overall light, but somewhat
contrasting colors.  Both are dusky and do not show contrasting colors
including yellow or the lighter brown on wing feathers that have an even
lighter edge.

Also the  (compared to an assumed standard-sized feeder) is too large for a
finch and too small for a cowbird.

Too small and slender for a grosbeak

This leaves us (with the guesses given so far) with dickcissel.

The image fits the description nearly perfectly (lighting not withstanding)
of an immature bird with somewhat contrasting colors, including yellow on
breast and whitish throat, light streaking of breast, and a hint of a dark
malar stripe.

Also being found in Marion County is not unexpected as they surely nest on
occasion in the grassland/prairies found in the prairies thereof.

Good find, Ron! and thanks all for the discussion

Although "Google images" often are not reliably identified, I would suggest
checking out "Dickcissel images".  There are at least a couple of images
that highly resemble the one made of the "mysterious bird".


On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Roger Troutman 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> As to the "mystery bird" in my opinion, this bird is an immature
> dickcissel.
>
> Not a oriole or meadowlark because of the bill shape.
>
> Not a house finch or cowbird as too much overall light, but somewhat
> contrasting colors.  Both are dusky and do not show contrasting colors
> including yellow or the lighter brown on wing feathers that have an even
> lighter edge.
>
> Also the  (compared to an assumed standard-sized feeder) is too large for
> a finch and too small for a cowbird.
>
> Too small and slender for a grosbeak
>
> This leaves us (with the guesses given so far) with dickcissel.
>
> The image fits the description nearly perfectly (lighting not
> withstanding) of an immature bird with somewhat contrasting colors,
> including yellow on breast and whitish throat, light streaking of breast,
> and a hint of a dark malar stripe.
>
> Also being found in Marion County is not unexpected as they surely nest on
> occasion in the grassland/prairies found in the prairies thereof.
>
> Good find, Ron! and thanks all for the discussion
>
> Although "Google images" often are not reliably identified, I would
> suggest checking out "Dickcissel images".  There are at least a couple of
> images that highly resemble the one made of the "mysterious bird".
>
> Roger Troutman
> Mansfield
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM, Jo Ann Kubicki <
> jak1 AT clevelandmetroparks.com> wrote:
>
>> Bill is too short and stout for oriole and meadowlark.
>>
>> Can't tell size but it resembles the look and shape of house finch.
>>
>>  Jo Ann Kubicki
>> Information Specialist
>> CanalWay Center
>> 216-206-1000
>> Fax: 216-206-1008
>> clevelandmetroparks.com
>>
>>
>> ________________________________________
>> From: Ohio birds  on behalf of Ron
>> Looker 
>> Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:49 PM
>> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird
>>
>> For those that are interested, here is the tally of all the responses.
>>
>> juvenile Dickcissel 2
>> House Finch 5 (hybrid or yellow variant)
>> Oriole 1
>> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
>> Juvenile Eastern Meadowlark  3
>>
>> Thanks for all the feedback.
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Ron Looker
>> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:58 PM
>> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>> Subject: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird
>>
>> There was a mystery bird at my parents feeder in Marion over the weekend.
>> I'm not sure what it is due to the yellow on it. Thanks in advance for
>> your
>> help. Picture here:
>> http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c373/ronlooker/011_zpsf0607373.jpg
>>
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Subject: Re: mystery feeder bird
From: Femme Metal <femme.metal AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:12:31 -0400
How about a juvenile grosbeak of some sort?  The bill seems too large for a
finch to me.


On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM, Jo Ann Kubicki <
jak1 AT clevelandmetroparks.com> wrote:

> Bill is too short and stout for oriole and meadowlark.
>
> Can't tell size but it resembles the look and shape of house finch.
>
>  Jo Ann Kubicki
> Information Specialist
> CanalWay Center
> 216-206-1000
> Fax: 216-206-1008
> clevelandmetroparks.com
>
>
> ________________________________________
> From: Ohio birds  on behalf of Ron
> Looker 
> Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:49 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird
>
> For those that are interested, here is the tally of all the responses.
>
> juvenile Dickcissel 2
> House Finch 5 (hybrid or yellow variant)
> Oriole 1
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Juvenile Eastern Meadowlark  3
>
> Thanks for all the feedback.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron Looker
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:58 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird
>
> There was a mystery bird at my parents feeder in Marion over the weekend.
> I'm not sure what it is due to the yellow on it. Thanks in advance for your
> help. Picture here:
> http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c373/ronlooker/011_zpsf0607373.jpg
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Subject: Re: mystery feeder bird
From: Jo Ann Kubicki <jak1 AT CLEVELANDMETROPARKS.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:50:38 +0000
Bill is too short and stout for oriole and meadowlark.

Can't tell size but it resembles the look and shape of house finch.

 Jo Ann Kubicki
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From: Ohio birds  on behalf of Ron Looker 
 

Sent: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:49 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird

For those that are interested, here is the tally of all the responses.

juvenile Dickcissel 2
House Finch 5 (hybrid or yellow variant)
Oriole 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Juvenile Eastern Meadowlark  3

Thanks for all the feedback.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Looker
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:58 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird

There was a mystery bird at my parents feeder in Marion over the weekend.
I'm not sure what it is due to the yellow on it. Thanks in advance for your
help. Picture here:
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c373/ronlooker/011_zpsf0607373.jpg

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Subject: Little Gull at Buck Creek...Still.
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:33:26 -0400
The Little Gull is still here.  However, around 9:45 it flew off to get a
morning meal...either that or the Killdeer flushed it.  No beach goers as
of yet, but that is sure to change.

From previous accounts, it appears that the bird will come in around 4 or 5
or so, then leave out again around 9:30 ish.  As of 10:30, it has not
returned back BUT there are lots or gulls out on the open water near the
campground.  So happy birding. :-). The rest of my list is below, and I
will post pics to eBird and my blog later today.

Buck Creek SP--Beach, Clark, US-OH
Aug 15, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:17 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile
13 species

Double-crested Cormorant  6
Killdeer  15
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  8
Little Gull  1     Documented by others earlier.  It was on shore till 9:45
am. Then flew towards the campground.
Ring-billed Gull  100
Herring Gull  2
Caspian Tern  6
Common Tern  1
Mourning Dove  1
Cedar Waxwing  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19474389

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Red-neck phalarope in Conneaut
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:21:25 -0400
Currently a red-neck phalarope in Conneaut on the sandbar!

Chris

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Subject: Re: mystery feeder bird
From: Blake Mathys <blakemathys AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:04:17 -0400
My initial impression was cowbird, I think the yellow is a little bit of odd 
lighting. The body shape is classic cowbird. 


Blake Mathys
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> Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:30:59 -0700
> From: 0000000a47c94982-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] mystery feeder bird
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> 
> Would be interested to hear what others think. This matches quite closely 
with juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird except for the yellow tones. Possibly the 
yellow in the image is an illusion? The breast streaking, the facial pattern, 
the back pattern, the heavy bill all seem to point to juvenile Brown-headed 
Cowbird. Bill is too conical and stout for meadowlark or oriole, back pattern 
is too plain for Dickcissel. Facial pattern is off for House Finch - malar (?) 
stripe. 

> 
> Carlton Schooley
> Strasburg (Tuscarawas)
                                          
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Subject: Back-headed Gull
From: Doreene Linzell <dlinzell611 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:44:42 -0400
The gull is currently sitting on the beach at the end of the boardwalk out
from the pavilion. The pavilion is just west  of the entrance to the
Conneaut Spit! Thanks to Chris Swan for relocating the bird for us.

Friday, 7:30 a.m.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders
Bill Kinkead

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Subject: Black-headed Gull in Conneaut
From: Chris Swan <swan.1 AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:04:49 -0400
Just refound the black-headed gull in Conneaut but as soon as I seen it it was 
scared away by a car pulling up. It is still around!!! Seen on the sandbar. 


Chris


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