Date: 2/22/21 8:29 am
From: kent miller <k-cmiller...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Black-headed Grosbeak, Holmes County 2/22/21
There is a Black-headed Grosbeak coming to a Holmes County feeder. It has been present for approximately 4 weeks according to the homeowners Allen N Ada Raber who knew they had a grosbeak but just recently told Joshua Yoder who went and confirmed the species and spoke with the homeowners about the possibility of allowing the many visitors that would love to see this bird.
Allen is most welcoming of visitors but there are some key logistics to follow to make it work well so please read and follow very carefully if you try for this bird. The address is 2690 Township Road 66, Killbuck. This is an extremely quiet narrow dirt road but there is a small running business at the house and deliveries may be made there so all of the parking is to be along the east side of the road, south of the house.
Parking will need to be from the green gate and extending south from there. During peak visitation, some will need to park south back to the curve in the road and beyond to find places wide enough to pull off the east side of the road and still allow traffic to pass. It is of course CRUCIAL to not block the road and allow even small trucks to pass. Viewing will happen only from the road viewing the feeder on the south side of the house. The land west of the road opposite the house is owned by someone that will not tolerate anyone on his land so do NOT step off the west side of the road near the house. It will be in everyone's best interest if folks are as STILL and QUIET as possible as you wait on the road as the bird seems pretty shy. It has often scanned the yard from the spruce on the north end of the row of White Pine by the green gate and people will be near this lookout tree so quiet and still will be essential to help the bird come to the feeder. Many thanks to the Raber's for their hospitality and to Joshua Yoder for helping with arrangements and confirming the bird. As a thank you please sign the guestbook by the green gate and consider a donation of bird seed.
It appears some patience may be required. The bird was seen several times this morning and now has been absent for an extended period. It has been seen every morning and afternoon since it's arrival.Good luck!

Kent Miller


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