Date: 6/22/17 7:37 am
From: Barbara Zaas Partington <bzpart55...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Brown Thrasher; Juncos
I have had breeding juncos since 1987 in Munson Twp - initially the only location i found them in summer was in hemlock ravine back in the woods. By 1993 they were nesting out of the ravine and in the yard in a variety of shrubs/vines
I assumed they were in the ravine because it was cooler and moved to the yard around the bird feeders due to easy food - but that certainly could be wrong. Right now there are at least two pairs running around with fledglings and for the first time in a long time, no cowbirds.

Barb Partington
Munson Township
> On Jun 22, 2017, at 10:21 AM, Haans Petruschke <haans42...> wrote:
>
> ​Hi,
>
> It is probably worth reminding those in NE Ohio that Dark-eyed Junco is now
> a common nesting species in its breeding range. Nesting habitat is not
> restricted to Hemlock ravines and never really was. Kirtland called them
> common nesters in the Beech forests east of Cleveland. The hemlock ravine
> notion seems to be the result of speculation by Williams in the first
> edition of Birds of the Cleveland Region when nesting was at its nadir in
> the mid 20th century.
>
> Contemporary observation indicates they may nest anywhere on the glaciated
> Allegheny Plateau, and habituate to new circumstances easily. For instance
> in central and southern Geauga county they are often reported nesting in
> hanging planters.
>
> If you are on the higher elevations in Lake, Geauga, eastern Cuyahoga,
> Northern Summit, Portage and Ashtabula counties, you have a good chance of
> finding nesting Juncos in habitats with forests, good quality running water
> and a healthy herbaceous ground cover layer.
>
> Haans
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 8:23 AM, Lisle Merriman <
> <000000f3462a9e25-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
>> Have seen a Brown Thrasher four days in a row in Parma, near office
>> (heavily industrial area near Brookpark Rd and Chevrolet Blvd.; Cuyahoga
>> Cty). Suspect he is nesting in shrubs; he's perched on wires and carrying
>> on wonderfully.
>> Also saw four male Dark-Eyed Juncos at Sulphur Springs Picnic Area, South
>> Chagrin Reservation (Cuyahoga Cty), on Sunday 6/18. Seems a bit odd, but
>> perhaps not; hemlock ravine.
>>
>> happy summer birding!
>>
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