Date: 2/25/18 6:49 pm From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Geauga County - Update on Grebes at LaDue today
As of this writing (9:30pm Sunday night) there were 20 Checklists posted on eBird for LaDue Reservoir today, many of them names we (those of us in the County) don't recognize. I guess it was quite a scene along Valley Road in the early morning as cars and birders searched for the Eared and Red-necked Grebes. I didn't arrive until 1:30pm but others told me some fishermen didn't even have places to park in the usual pull-offs and some vocalized their discontent with colorful language (shame on them).
Anyway, thanks to good notes on one checklist we can understand why most people did not see the grebes (see https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43166832) . A weather front moved through around 8:45am and many, many ducks picked up and left, including the Eared Grebe that left with a bunch of Scaup. The wind came with the front and the lake area was an uncomfortable place for birds and birders until about 2:30pm.
Searches were made of all the usual places around the lake but without relocating the birds. HOWEVER . it sure was cool to see the huge flock of Redheads numbering over 400 by some counts! They have been around for several days and you have to scan them for bonus birds, like the single female Canvasback we spotted in the afternoon.
If we find the Grebes again we will let you know. LaDue is the #1 eBird Hotspot in Geauga County and we hope to get more 'Celebrity Birds' during Spring Migration. Keep watching the Listserv and posting your sightings on eBird.
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