Date: 7/28/17 6:07 pm
From: Dave Horn <davehorn43...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Ohio list
Hello Ohio Birders,

Bill's comments on what the REAL Ohio bird list might be has me thinking
about issues that arose several years back regarding Ohio butterfly and
moth distribution: There are some early 19th-century records of species
from "Ohio" for which we have no modern (post-1900) observations. Prior to
statehood (1803) and even thereafter, a large chunk of the Northwest
Territory was know as the "Ohio Country" an collectors may have simply put
"Ohio" on their labels. Additionally, the early naturalists (Audubon
included) sometimes didn't know exactly where they were. It makes for
interesting detective work. Meanwhile, advice to birders: see that your
next-of-kin know where your field notes are (and *what* they are)'

Bird on!

Dave Horn
Worcester, MA
(frequent visitor to Ohio)

On Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 3:37 PM, Bill Whan <billwhan...> wrote:

> Species counts for birds depend on luck after we learn the reliable
> locals. The OBRC Checklist had 420 species for Ohio in 2008. Since then
> Ohio's number has grown to 432 (even taking into account the expulsion
> of the Thayer's Gull) based on the Ohio Ornithological Society
> determinations, which will soon be made public. It would be interesting
> to know what Ohio's list REALLY is--not just unseen or unreported
> species recently, but also boreal birds here doing the Ice Age, not to
> mention birds not seen or reported since then. Those data are lost to
> us, but who knows, we may have bananaquits.
> --Bill Whan
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