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12/13/18 2:20 pm Doug Overacker <cdoveracker...> [Ohio-birds] Clark County CBC
12/11/18 6:23 pm Kathy Mock <2klmockingbird...> [Ohio-birds] Red-bellied Woodpecker Photo Caption in The Ohio Cardinal, Summer 2018 Issue
12/11/18 12:53 pm Bruce Simpson <nylebruce...> [Ohio-birds] Blendon Woods-Snow Goose
12/10/18 2:29 pm Douglas Fisher <0000012653f46702-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Short Eared Owl at Killdeer Plains
12/10/18 3:29 am Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...> [Ohio-birds] New Ohio shared bird reporting hotspots are active
12/9/18 3:42 pm Jennifer Kleinrichert <kleiny03...> [Ohio-birds] Turkey Vulture, Morrow Co., OH 12/8/18
12/9/18 12:08 pm Rick Luehrs <000005bb36948ac7-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Flyin' South
12/9/18 10:00 am Doug Overacker <cdoveracker...> [Ohio-birds] Clark County - Cape May Warbler
12/8/18 5:59 pm Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> Re: [Ohio-birds] Mosquito Lake NorthEastOhio
12/8/18 5:57 pm james brown <jimandlaura.brown...> [Ohio-birds] Mosquito Lake NorthEastOhio
12/8/18 11:06 am Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> [Ohio-birds] BlacklickCreek,12-08 - HouseWren,Catbird
12/8/18 9:40 am J Reinhard <jdreinhard15...> [Ohio-birds] Flying Sandhill cranes in Paulding county
12/8/18 7:04 am Michael Nierzejewski <bronko...> [Ohio-birds] Evening Grosbeak in Ashtabula
12/8/18 6:08 am Michael Nierzejewski <bronko...> [Ohio-birds] Evening grosbeaks in Ashtabula County
12/8/18 4:49 am Douglas Vogus <vogeye...> [Ohio-birds] Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Census
12/7/18 7:56 pm Judy <jahochadel...> [Ohio-birds] Northern Harrier [Trumbull County]
12/7/18 6:14 pm Paul <0000058abbfed79a-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Juvenile bald eagle & RB Nuthatches
12/7/18 1:12 pm Jo Ann Kubicki <jak1...> [Ohio-birds] Bald Eagles, one Pine Siskin, hawks Cuy County
12/6/18 2:49 pm Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> [Ohio-birds] GahannaWoods,GlennAirport,12-06:Phoebes,BarredOwl,Kestrels
12/5/18 2:38 pm Steve Cagan <steve...> [Ohio-birds] Turkeys at Cleveland—Cleveland Hts boundary
12/5/18 6:28 am Regina Schieltz <reginasch54...> [Ohio-birds] Greenville(Darke County) Christmas Bird count
12/4/18 2:51 pm Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> [Ohio-birds] AlumCreekLake,12-04 - TundraSwans,grebes,Loon
12/4/18 1:59 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> [Ohio-birds] Athens and Vinton Counties--Red-headed Woodpeckers and other highlights
12/4/18 9:49 am Ian Lynch <revianlynch...> Re: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark, Lake County, 12/4, Common raven
12/4/18 8:56 am John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...> [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs 12/4
12/4/18 8:40 am John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...> [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark, Lake County, 12/4, Common raven
12/3/18 3:20 pm Douglas Vogus <vogeye...> [Ohio-birds] Ottawa NWR Monthly Census
12/3/18 2:42 pm Karl Mechem <karlmechem...> [Ohio-birds] American White Pelican, Columbus OH
12/3/18 12:14 pm Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Pine Siskins Granville
12/3/18 12:11 pm Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> [Ohio-birds] Merlin pursues Common Redpoll, Preble County, December 3
12/3/18 4:43 am Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...> [Ohio-birds] New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
12/2/18 9:52 am Simpson, Bruce <SIMPSON...> [Ohio-birds] Blendon Woods-Songbirds, Raptors, Waterfowl
12/1/18 11:41 am Haans Petruschke <haans42...> [Ohio-birds] Ohio Breeding Dark-eyed Junco Residency Project Update
12/1/18 10:49 am Birding Ecotours <info...> [Ohio-birds] Free birding outing near Columbus on Wed Dec 5
12/1/18 10:43 am Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> [Ohio-birds] 3Creeks,PickPonds,12-01: eagle, gulls
12/1/18 5:29 am Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell...> [Ohio-birds] The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings
11/30/18 2:19 pm John Seiler <jseiler6200...> [Ohio-birds] Short-eared Owl
11/30/18 2:12 pm Inga Schmidt <ingais...> [Ohio-birds] white eyed vireo -- geauga co.
11/30/18 12:45 pm Laura McLellan <laura.mclellan...> [Ohio-birds] Solo red-winged blackbird Lake County
11/29/18 1:09 pm Simpson, Bruce <SIMPSON...> [Ohio-birds] Blendon Ravines-Hawks, Songbirds, Woodpeckers
11/29/18 12:23 pm Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Mosquito L. / WA
11/28/18 12:18 pm Greg Cornett <gocornet...> [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Madison County
11/27/18 8:13 am John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...> [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County, 11/27- Pomarine Jaeger
11/26/18 4:21 am Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...> [Ohio-birds] New eBird shared bird reporting hotspot is active
11/25/18 5:08 pm james brown <jimandlaura.brown...> [Ohio-birds] Where to Look for Waterfowl in NEO
11/25/18 3:29 pm Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> [Ohio-birds] Common Ravens, California Gull, Lake County 11/25
11/25/18 3:13 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> [Ohio-birds] The Wilds--SE Owls and Harriers, Dillon Reservoir--huge gull flocks
11/25/18 2:11 pm Joe Faulkner <joeinthewoods...> [Ohio-birds] Leucistic red tailed hawk
11/25/18 10:12 am Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] BL kittiwake Hoover
11/25/18 5:40 am Paul <0000058abbfed79a-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Fwd: Ross County Northern Harrier
11/25/18 4:54 am Paul <0000058abbfed79a-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Ross County Northern Harrier
11/24/18 11:37 am Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> [Ohio-birds] Highbanks,ShaleHollow,11-24:swans,sparrows
11/23/18 2:30 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> [Ohio-birds] Common Goldeneye on Lake Logan, Hocking County
11/23/18 10:16 am Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> [Ohio-birds] All three Scoter species, Sim’s Park 11/23
11/23/18 7:51 am Kathy Shank <kshank...> [Ohio-birds] Bald Eagle flyover in Mill Stream Run
11/22/18 4:31 pm Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> Re: [Ohio-birds] 2017 vs. 2018 Ohio eBird sightings
11/22/18 3:11 pm Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> [Ohio-birds] 2017 vs. 2018 Ohio eBird sightings
11/22/18 8:34 am James Glover <000005cae1f58552-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Black-throated Green Warbler, Franklin Co.
11/21/18 4:34 pm Randy Rowe <rowe926...> [Ohio-birds] Tundra swans, waterfowl, cranes at Wilderness Rd, Wayne Co.
11/21/18 1:46 pm Jason Larson <000000f82d644de0-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Clear Fork Reservoir - Lesser Black-backed Gulls - 11/21/18
11/21/18 12:49 pm John Seiler <jseiler6200...> [Ohio-birds] Black-legged Kittiwake
11/21/18 12:47 pm Ethan Kistler <000001088f1477ae-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Tri-Reservoir CBC (Trumbull, Portage, Mahoning Co.) -- Jan 1st
11/21/18 12:18 pm Daniel Kempf <dvkempf...> [Ohio-birds] Clark county - Scoter
11/21/18 12:14 pm Byron Berger <bergerbyron...> Re: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count OHOS Dec 31
11/21/18 11:59 am Jo Ann Kubicki <jak1...> [Ohio-birds] Bald Eagles Cuyahoga County
11/20/18 4:00 pm Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> [Ohio-birds] INDIANA/MI: Ancient Murrelet report. NOT OHIO
11/20/18 2:09 pm jon diller <000000e7eb05d7da-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] sandhill cranes
11/20/18 11:04 am Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] evening grosbeak, Mahoning Co.
11/20/18 10:20 am Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.)
11/20/18 7:42 am John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...> [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County 11/20
11/19/18 5:46 pm Inga Schmidt <ingais...> [Ohio-birds] saw-whet owl. geauga co.
11/19/18 8:32 am Mark Sullivan <columbussully...> [Ohio-birds] Kittiwake present at Hoover Dam
11/19/18 6:24 am downto business <000004191472a777-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Hancock County Christmas Bird Count 2018 on December 29
11/19/18 3:56 am Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...> [Ohio-birds] New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
11/18/18 4:27 pm Randy Rowe <rowe926...> [Ohio-birds] Scoters at Sims Park, Euclid, and Fairport Harbor, Painesville
11/18/18 2:09 pm Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> [Ohio-birds] AlumCreekDam,HooverDam,11-18: Bluebirds,GreatEgret,Kittiwake
11/18/18 1:50 pm Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic...> [Ohio-birds] Snow Goose probably a Graylag
11/18/18 12:39 pm Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Kittiwake
11/18/18 8:53 am Jon Cefus <jcefus...> [Ohio-birds] WW Scoters- Nimisila - Summit Co.
11/18/18 8:24 am Darlene Sillick <azuretrails...> Re: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count OHOS Dec 31
11/17/18 5:09 pm Robert Thorn <robthorn6...> [Ohio-birds] Battelle-Darby,11-17: Jays,Sparrows
11/17/18 1:12 pm Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn...> [Ohio-birds] Hoover Reservoir dam
11/17/18 12:02 pm Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...> [Ohio-birds] Funk Bottoms, Wayne County
11/17/18 11:27 am Marc Hanneman <marchanneman...> [Ohio-birds] Ashtabula CBC
11/17/18 11:11 am Steve Jones <sjlarue1...> [Ohio-birds] Pine Siskins feeder birds! (Marion Co)
11/17/18 8:44 am Nancy Howell <nancyhowell...> [Ohio-birds] Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count
11/17/18 7:28 am Sheryl Young <000001163286a6c4-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Firelands CBC - Erie and Huron Co
11/17/18 5:32 am H Thomas Bartlett <hthomas.bartlett...> [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count dates
11/16/18 4:16 pm Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Trumbull CBC
11/16/18 12:07 pm Roger Troutman <roger.troutman...> [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count Season less than a month away
11/16/18 11:46 am Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] Evans L. white-winged scoter, black scoters
11/14/18 8:13 pm Lynn Champney <lachampney...> [Ohio-birds] 2 Merlin’s Westerville Franklin County
11/14/18 8:02 pm Lynn Champney <lachampney...> [Ohio-birds] Recent yard birds Westerville, Franklin County
11/14/18 3:16 pm Brenda Rushka <brendarushka...> [Ohio-birds] Pine Siskins Westerville Ohio
11/14/18 2:59 pm Inga Schmidt <ingais...> [Ohio-birds] saw-whet owl. geauga co.
11/14/18 12:44 pm Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] N Mockingbird Granville
11/14/18 12:26 pm Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> [Ohio-birds] Rusty Blackbirds in Athens County
11/14/18 12:17 pm Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request...> [Ohio-birds] RBN-behavior
11/14/18 9:49 am Matt <mmvalencic...> [Ohio-birds] Eared Grebe Mosquito Lake, Trumbull County
11/14/18 8:21 am Matt Straley <straleymd...> Re: [Ohio-birds] Albino House Finch with saga of another abnormally colored bird
11/13/18 5:56 pm Regina Schieltz <reginasch54...> [Ohio-birds] Darke County Purple Finch and RB Nuthatch
11/13/18 3:37 pm Gregory Caspers <gecaspr...> Re: [Ohio-birds] Tundra swans
11/13/18 8:07 am John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...> [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County 11/13
 
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Date: 12/13/18 2:20 pm
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Clark County CBC
We are holding our Clark County CBC on Friday, December 21. We are meeting
at Buck Creek State Park at the corner of Croft and Robert Eastman Roads
which is at the southwest corner of the dam at 7:30 AM. You can email me if
you have any questions.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Date: 12/11/18 6:23 pm
From: Kathy Mock <2klmockingbird...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Red-bellied Woodpecker Photo Caption in The Ohio Cardinal, Summer 2018 Issue
While I am pleased that my juvenile Red-bellied Woodpecker photo was published in the latest issue of The Ohio Cardinal, it is unfortunately mis-captioned as a young Red-headed Woodpecker. 
Regards,Kathy MockSummit Co.






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Date: 12/11/18 12:53 pm
From: Bruce Simpson <nylebruce...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Blendon Woods-Snow Goose
Stephanie West reported a Snow Goose at Thoreau Lake in Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

Bruce Simpson-Nature Photographer

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Date: 12/10/18 2:29 pm
From: Douglas Fisher <0000012653f46702-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Short Eared Owl at Killdeer Plains
Today at 5PM I observed a Short Eared Owl at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area. The bird was perched for several minutes at the top of a large tree beside TH 108 just south of where it intersects with county road 71.

Doug Fisher
Worthington, OH

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Date: 12/10/18 3:29 am
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] New Ohio shared bird reporting hotspots are active
Thanks to the many Ohio birders who have submitted suggestions of eBird
hotspots, tips for birding, and photos of hotspots. This week we activated
three new hotspots, one each in Fairfield, Hocking, and Wayne counties.

For more information check the latest "What's New" post in the Ohio eBird
Hotspot website: https://birding-in-ohio.com/whats-new-december-10-2018/

Ken Ostermiller
eBird hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Date: 12/9/18 3:42 pm
From: Jennifer Kleinrichert <kleiny03...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Turkey Vulture, Morrow Co., OH 12/8/18
We spotted a Turkey Vulture at Gleason Family Nature Reserve
<http://www.morrowcountyparkdistrict.org/chestervillebog.html> sunbathing
atop a snag on 12/8. We usually don't see these guys up here in the winter
so it was a good sighting.

Jennifer Kleinrichert & Steve Ross

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Date: 12/9/18 12:08 pm
From: Rick Luehrs <000005bb36948ac7-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Flyin' South
The ducks are back at the Spring Valley gravel pits on Roxanna Rd in Greene County! Today I saw a good variety of ducks, 5 Sandhill Cranes and a Ross's Goose swimming with a large flock of Canada's in the North pit. They're Here!

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Date: 12/9/18 10:00 am
From: Doug Overacker <cdoveracker...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Clark County - Cape May Warbler
Julie and I took a walk to Old Reid Park this morning. Just as we approached
Croft Road at the north end of the ponds we found a Cape May Warbler with a
small flock of birds. I took lots of pictures and a few were good enough to
identify the bird. I have entered eBird checklist
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50545291. It seems like there have been a
lot of late warbler sightings this fall. This is the first eBird sighting
listed for eBird in Ohio for December although there is one from Michigan
and a couple other nearby states.

Doug Overacker
Julie Karlson

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Date: 12/8/18 5:59 pm
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Mosquito Lake NorthEastOhio
https://ebird.org/region/US-OH-155/activity?yr=all&m=


On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 8:57 PM james brown <jimandlaura.brown...>
wrote:

> Does anyone know if Mosquito Lake is still good for waterfowl? Is it
> frozen yet? Trying to decide where to go look for waterfowl on Sunday.
> Any recommendations would be appreciated.
> -Jim
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Date: 12/8/18 5:57 pm
From: james brown <jimandlaura.brown...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mosquito Lake NorthEastOhio
Does anyone know if Mosquito Lake is still good for waterfowl?  Is it frozen yet?  Trying to decide where to go look for waterfowl on Sunday.  Any recommendations would be appreciated.
-Jim 

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Date: 12/8/18 11:06 am
From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] BlacklickCreek,12-08 - HouseWren,Catbird
Still scouting for the CBC, I visited several spots along this creek
southeast of Columbus this morning, starting at Reynoldsburg Civic Park,
then moving through the east part of Blacklick Woods, Portman Park, and
Chatterton wetlands. Lots of birds out despite the cold, with the notables
being

waterfowl - Mallards widespread, but also had 1 N.Shoveler and 3 Gadwalls
mixed in with a big flock of 150 Mallards at Chatterton wetlands.

Hawks - Red-tails in several spots, but also had a Red-shouldered at
Chatterton wetlands

House Wren - 1 was with sparrows along the east loop of the Multipurpose
Trail at Blacklick Woods. This is about as late as I've seen them, but
Blacklick has had late ones before.

Catbird - 1 was calling and feeding along the bike path at Chatterton
wetlands, which had a decent amount of wild berries still.

Sparrows - the cold seems to have driven in small flocks of White-throats,
which were everywhere, but I also had 1 Field and 3-4 Trees at Chatterton.
The new prairie at Reynoldsburg Civic had plenty of Songs & White-throats,
but nothing unusual yet.

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Date: 12/8/18 9:40 am
From: J Reinhard <jdreinhard15...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Flying Sandhill cranes in Paulding county
I just counted at least 350 Sandhill cranes flying over our house. They
were flying in multiple different groups. A very interesting fall/winter
sight.

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Date: 12/8/18 7:04 am
From: Michael Nierzejewski <bronko...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Evening Grosbeak in Ashtabula
The evening grosbeaks previously reported are in Kingsville, Ashtabula county, alongside the Conneaut Creek.

Mike

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Date: 12/8/18 6:08 am
From: Michael Nierzejewski <bronko...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Evening grosbeaks in Ashtabula County
This morning brought six evening grosbeaks to our feeders. This is the second time this winter for evening grosbeaks, and for the first time, two males were among them. We've also had a red breasted nuthatch at the feeders all season.

Mike

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Date: 12/8/18 4:49 am
From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Census
*DECEMBER 07, 2018 - CUYAHOGA VALLEY MONTHLY TOWPATH TRAIL CENSUS.*
*HIKE*: Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Valley. *TIME*: 7:30am -
4:25pm *TEMP.*: 28 ~ 32
*COND.*: Cloudy with steady flurries until 11:30am; then partly sunny with
blue skies until 1:30pm, then mostly cloudy;
Brandywine Pond and Dover Pond ice-free, Ira Beaver Marsh covered with
skim-ice with only one small open area.
*TRAIL COND.*: About a half-inch of fresh snow at start, melting away and
thawing, making trail wet and sloppy heading south.
*RIVER COND.*: Slightly above normal. OBS.: John Henry and Douglas W.
Vogus.

*I. MAMMALS*: 5 SPECIES.

1. Eastern Cottontail - 1
2. Eastern Fox Squirrel - 4
3. Red Squirrel - 18
4. American Beaver - 1
5. White-tailed Deer - 10 (bucks: 10-pt,8-pt,6pt,4pt; does: 6)


*II. BIRDS*: 42 SPECIES, 748 TOTAL BIRDS.
(NOTE: m = male; f = female; ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was
heard calling but not sexed)

1. Canada Goose - 95
2. American Black Duck - 6 (3m,2f,1?)
3. Mallard - 8 (5m,3f)
4. Common Merganser - 9 (6m,3f)
5. Rock Pigeon - 10
6. Mourning Dove - 9
7. Ring-billed Gull - 7
8. Great Blue Heron - 2
9. Bald Eagle - 5 (4 adult,1 immature) (Tied Census High from 03/2015 &
01/2016)
10. Cooper's Hawk - 1 (immature f)
11. Red-tailed Hawk - 9 (1 immature)
12. Eastern Screech-Owl - 1 (red morph)
13. Belted Kingfisher - 4 (2m,1?,1*)
14. Red-bellied Woodpecker - 18 (6m,4f,1?,7*)
15. Downy Woodpecker - 21 (8m,6f,2?,5*)
16. Hairy Woodpecker - 10 (3m,3f,4*)
17. Pileated Woodpecker - 3 (*)
18. American Kestrel - 1 (m) (First December Record on Census)
19. Blue Jay - 22
20. American Crow - 168
21. Black-capped Chickadee - 25
22. Tufted Titmouse - 8
23. White-breasted Nuthatch - 11 (2m,2?,7*)
24. Winter Wren - 1
25. Carolina Wren - 20 (New Census High - previous was 18 on 11/2017 &
05/2018)
26. Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1 (m)
27. Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 (f) (being chased by the Golden-crowned
Kinglet - First December Record on Census)
28. Eastern Bluebird - 67 (28m,21f,18?) (New Census High - previous was
63 on 11/2017)
29. American Robin - 5
30. European Starling - 62
31. Cedar Waxwing - 11
32. House Sparrow - 11
33. House Finch - 2 (1?,1*)
34. American Goldfinch - 23
35. American Tree Sparrow - 9
36. Song Sparrow - 23
37. Swamp Sparrow - 6
38. White-throated Sparrow - 10
39. Dark-eyed Junco - 3 (f)
40. Northern Cardinal - 35 (14m,11f,10*)
41. Red-winged Blackbird - 1 (f)
42. Rusty Blackbird - 1 (m)

Unidentified Passerines - 3

Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Date: 12/7/18 7:56 pm
From: Judy <jahochadel...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Northern Harrier [Trumbull County]
A stunning male Northern Harrier was cruising over our field today. It was
a treat to watch him fly so gracefully during the snow shower. The birds at
the feeder have been easily spooked the past few days. I'm wondering if the
Harrier has actually been hunting here for the past several days but I
haven't seen him until now.

A Purple Finch visited the feeder earlier this week. Tree Sparrows and
Juncos are making daily rounds as well as the "local gang."

Judy
Champion Twp.

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Date: 12/7/18 6:14 pm
From: Paul <0000058abbfed79a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Juvenile bald eagle & RB Nuthatches
Yesterday- Friday - saw a juvenile bald eagle flying south on the Scioto River at the US 22 bridge at Circleville, Pickaway Co.

In northern Ross County saw 3 red breasted nuthatches at feeders- same place I saw 2 RBN last week

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Date: 12/7/18 1:12 pm
From: Jo Ann Kubicki <jak1...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Bald Eagles, one Pine Siskin, hawks Cuy County
Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation has been in the news lately due to the large number of Bald Eagles seen along a stretch of approx. 2.5 miles going north and south of CanalWay Nature Center.

Number of sightings vary from 2 - 20 along that stretch. From the visitor center you can walk south along the Towpath 1.25 miles to the NEORSD outflow (41.422086,-81.648706) or north 1.5 miles to where this years successful eagles nest is located.


A variety of hawk species have also been seen in this area; Rough-legged Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk


We also have had one Pine Siskin visiting our feeders for the last couple of days.



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Date: 12/6/18 2:49 pm
From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] GahannaWoods,GlennAirport,12-06:Phoebes,BarredOwl,Kestrels
While out scouting for the Columbus CBC, I ran across some interesting
sightings. I stopped at Gahanna Woods, and several areas around the
Airport, and had

Kestrels - rare in Columbus now, I had 1 at the east end of the Airport
(along Bridgewat Dr) and along I670 near the west end. This might be a
good omen for their #s here.

Barred Owl - 1 was being scolded by 2 Red-br.Nuthatches at Gahanna Woods.
Kind of the 'two-birds-with-one-stone' phenomenon.

E.Phoebe - calling birds were at two spots - Gahanna Woods and Pizzuro park
(along Big Walnut Creek at the east end of the Airport. This species is
very rare here in Winter.

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Date: 12/5/18 2:38 pm
From: Steve Cagan <steve...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Turkeys at Cleveland—Cleveland Hts boundary
Hi all,

This afternoon, walking up Mayfield Hill about 4:30, we had six Wild
Turkeys--apparently 1 tom and 5 hens--get up on the top of the 6 1/2 foot
concrete wall of Lake View Cemetery and brave the traffic to fly across
Mayfield Road. They narrowly avoided some cars, while others stopped for
them. Their goal was evidently a water feature next to one of the "luxury
townhouses" on the south side of the street.

We haven't actually seen turkeys inside the cemetery before, but always
assumed they'd be there.

Best wishes,

Steve Cagan
Cuyahoga County

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Date: 12/5/18 6:28 am
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Greenville(Darke County) Christmas Bird count
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The Greenville Audubon Christmas Bird count is on Sunday, Dec. 16. We meet
before 8 a.m at McDonald's Northtowne on Wagner Ave. Please come and join
us. If you are a less experienced birder, you can be paired with more
experienced birders. More eyes and ears find more birds. We have a lunch
provided at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie on 502 at noon. You can
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Date: 12/4/18 2:51 pm
From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] AlumCreekLake,12-04 - TundraSwans,grebes,Loon
I stopped at the beach and the Hollenback Rd marina after work today, and
found a few waterbirds on the windy lower reservoir. A hike around the
beach and Visitors Center area wasn't near as productive, with small
numbers of the expected land birds. Best birds were:

Tundra Swans - 8 birds far out in the middle of the lower reservoir
Bufflehead - a pair off the beach and another off the marina
Horned Grebes - small flocks off both ehe beach and the marina
CommonLoon - the only one was far out from the marina
Gulls - large flock pf 250 birds on the water off the beach - mostly
Ring-bills, with only a few Bonapartes and Herring mixed in.

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Date: 12/4/18 1:59 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Athens and Vinton Counties--Red-headed Woodpeckers and other highlights
Lake Snowden:

Mallard--23
Ring-necked Duck--12
Pied-billed Grebe--2
Cooper's Hawk--1
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
American Coot--2
Red-headed Woodpecker--1

Enlow Road:

Turkey Vulture--33 at 2 roosts

Fox Lake:

Mallard--4
Golden-crowned Kinglet--1

Waterloo State Forest:

Cooper's Hawk--1
Red-headed Woodpecker--4
Dark-eyed Junco--4
White-throated Sparrow--4
Eastern Towhee--5

Lake Hope State Park Lodge:

Red-headed Woodpecker--3

Lake Hope State Park beach area:

Red-breasted Nuthatch--2
Brown Creeper--1
Dark-eyed Junco--6

Lake Hope State Park Nature Center:

Red-headed Woodpecker--4
Golden-crowned Kinglet--2
Dark-eyed Junco--3
White-throated Sparrow--3
Eastern Towhee--4

Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH

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Date: 12/4/18 9:49 am
From: Ian Lynch <revianlynch...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark, Lake County, 12/4, Common raven
Just before 11:30, my wife sent me pictures of a raven she saw at close
range at Mentor Beach Park in Mentor-on-the-Lake (where Andrews Road meets
Lakeshore Blvd). Perhaps this is where at least one of them wandered off to.

Peace שָׁלוֹם سلام

Ian Lynch
he/him/his


On Tue, Dec 4, 2018 at 11:40 AM John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...> wrote:

> I spent the morning at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County watching the lake
> and walking the trails west of Lane Road. The lake was relatively quiet.
> There were about 1500 gulls in the area with the only one of note being a
> lesser black-backed gull. Not a lot of waterfowl, although a group of 42
> tundra swans and 14 canvasbacks were of note.
>
> Along the trails, songbirds were down over recent visits with only 7
> robins seen. Along the trails 3 common redpolls and a gray catbird were
> seen. Two common ravens were observed flying east from the landfill. They
> briefly landed in the large meadow then onto a high tension line tower,
> before flying off north-northeast. They seem to fly east out of the dump
> heading who knows where and then come back to the landfill.
>
> For those looking for the ravens. The landfill is not open to the public.
> The gravel trail leading from Lane Road and the railroad tracks are not on
> Lake Metroparks property. They also do not want people parking along the
> road near the railroad tracks on Lane Road. They have been giving people
> warnings. The best way is walking the loop trail west of the cul-de-sac and
> at the southwest corner of the trail walk south along the grass trail. When
> you get to the end of the property you'll see two white conduit pipes. They
> are just off our property.
>
>
> Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
> Dec 4, 2018 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Weather was cloudy with very light flurries. Winds were
> north 20-25, but diminished to 10-15. Temperature was 34 degrees. I watched
> the lake from 7:00-9:45. From 9:45 i walked the trails until 10:30 where I
> was accompanied for part of the walk with two other birders. Gulls were
> flying east along the lake and gulls were heading west.
> 36 species
>
> Tundra Swan 42
> Gadwall 1
> Mallard 4
> American Black Duck 6
> Canvasback 14
> Red-breasted Merganser 337
> Wild Turkey 2
> Ring-billed Gull 468
> Herring Gull 1045
> Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1 adult bird flew by heading west
> Great Black-backed Gull 4
> Common Loon 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 4
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Bald Eagle 4 2 adults and 2 immatures
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 1
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 1
> Common Raven 2 Two ravens were observed flying east from the
> landfill. They landed in the meadow briefly, then both sat on the high
> tension line tower briefly before heading north-northeast. Birds were all
> black and close to red-tailed hawk size. They had large thick bills and a
> wedge-shaped tail. They called with a loud croaking call. They have been
> present in the same area for over a week.
> Black-capped Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Carolina Wren 1
> American Robin 7
> Gray Catbird 1 Feeding in a small crab apple tree.
> European Starling 112
> House Finch 9
> Common Redpoll 3
> American Goldfinch 7
> American Tree Sparrow 4
> White-throated Sparrow 4
> Northern Cardinal 14
>
> John Pogacnik
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Date: 12/4/18 8:56 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs 12/4
A quick correction in my list, it was 1045 ring-billed gulls and 468 herring gulls

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Date: 12/4/18 8:40 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark, Lake County, 12/4, Common raven
I spent the morning at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County watching the lake and walking the trails west of Lane Road. The lake was relatively quiet. There were about 1500 gulls in the area with the only one of note being a lesser black-backed gull. Not a lot of waterfowl, although a group of 42 tundra swans and 14 canvasbacks were of note.

Along the trails, songbirds were down over recent visits with only 7 robins seen. Along the trails 3 common redpolls and a gray catbird were seen. Two common ravens were observed flying east from the landfill. They briefly landed in the large meadow then onto a high tension line tower, before flying off north-northeast. They seem to fly east out of the dump heading who knows where and then come back to the landfill.

For those looking for the ravens. The landfill is not open to the public. The gravel trail leading from Lane Road and the railroad tracks are not on Lake Metroparks property. They also do not want people parking along the road near the railroad tracks on Lane Road. They have been giving people warnings. The best way is walking the loop trail west of the cul-de-sac and at the southwest corner of the trail walk south along the grass trail. When you get to the end of the property you'll see two white conduit pipes. They are just off our property.


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Dec 4, 2018 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments: Weather was cloudy with very light flurries. Winds were north 20-25, but diminished to 10-15. Temperature was 34 degrees. I watched the lake from 7:00-9:45. From 9:45 i walked the trails until 10:30 where I was accompanied for part of the walk with two other birders. Gulls were flying east along the lake and gulls were heading west.
36 species

Tundra Swan 42
Gadwall 1
Mallard 4
American Black Duck 6
Canvasback 14
Red-breasted Merganser 337
Wild Turkey 2
Ring-billed Gull 468
Herring Gull 1045
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1 adult bird flew by heading west
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 4 2 adults and 2 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 1
Common Raven 2 Two ravens were observed flying east from the landfill. They landed in the meadow briefly, then both sat on the high tension line tower briefly before heading north-northeast. Birds were all black and close to red-tailed hawk size. They had large thick bills and a wedge-shaped tail. They called with a loud croaking call. They have been present in the same area for over a week.
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 1 Feeding in a small crab apple tree.
European Starling 112
House Finch 9
Common Redpoll 3
American Goldfinch 7
American Tree Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 14

John Pogacnik

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Date: 12/3/18 3:20 pm
From: Douglas Vogus <vogeye...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Ottawa NWR Monthly Census
*DECEMBER 02, 2018 - OTTAWA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE MONTHLY CENSUS.*
*ROUTES*: East and West sides in the morning and Auto Tour Area in the
afternoon. *TIME*: 8:00am - 12:10pm; 1:55pm - 5:00pm *TEMP.*: 52 ~ 61 ~ 52
*COND.*: Sunny with blue skies, winds W at 5-10mph; winds shifting to W/SW
and turning cloudy at 3:00pm, then overcast with a front from the west and
rain
from 4:00pm - 4:30pm, winds 10-15mph, rain ending and mostly cloudy until
end of census. Unseasonably warm, no snow cover, and all water open.
*OBS.EAST*: Katie Clink, Jim Koppen, Ed Pierce. *OBS.WEST*: Jennifer
Keuhn, Donna Kuhn, Dave & Kim Myles, Jim Reyda, Al & Betty Schlecht, Tony
Szilagye,
Douglas W. Vogus. *OBS.AFTERNOON*: Bob Bartolotta, Claire Johnson, Ed
Pierce, Jim Reyda, Douglas W. Vogus.

*I. MAMMALS*: 4 SPECIES.

1. Virginia Opossum - 1
2. Eastern Fox Squirrel - 24
3. Coyote - 1 (First December Record on Census)
4. White-tailed Deer - 5


*II. BIRDS*: 66 SPECIES, 10,940 BIRDS.

1. Canada Goose - 598
2. Trumpeter Swan - 104
3. Tundra Swan - 3,824
4. Wood Duck - 2
5. Gadwall - 304
6. American Wigeon - 12
7. American Black Duck - 55
8. Mallard - 2,713
9. Blue-winged Teal - 4
10. Northern Shoveler - 11
11. Northern Pintail - 23
12. Green-winged Teal - 8
13. Redhead - 5
14. Ring-necked Duck - 3
15. Lesser Scaup - 65
16. Bufflehead - 36
17. Hooded Merganser - 21
18. Common Merganser - 92
19. Red-breasted Merganser - 26
20. Mourning Dove - 56
21. American Coot - 11
22. Sandhill Crane - 41
23. Bonaparte's Gull - 1
24. Ring-billed Gull - 1,304
25. Herring Gull - 14
26. Double-crested Cormorant - 1
27. Great Blue Heron - 53
28. Great Egret - 7
29. Bald Eagle - 8 (4 adult,4 immature)
30. Northern Harrier - 3
31. Red-tailed Hawk - 14
32. Rough-legged Hawk - 1 (light morph)
33. Great Horned Owl - 1
34. Belted Kingfisher - 3
35. Red-headed Woodpecker - 10
36. Red-bellied Woodpecker - 14
37. Downy Woodpecker - 24
38. Hairy Woodpecker - 3
39. Northern Flicker - 2
40. American Kestrel - 1
41. Northern Shrike - 1
42. Blue Jay - 58
43. Horned Lark - 11
44. Tree Swallow - 1
45. Black-capped Chickadee - 15
46. Tufted Titmouse - 3
47. Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
48. White-breasted Nuthatch - 8
49. Brown Creeper - 3
50. Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
51. American Robin - 7
52. European Starling - 168
53. House Sparrow - 65
54. House Finch - 3
55. American Goldfinch - 28
56. Lapland Longspur - 36
57. American Tree Sparrow - 170
58. Fox Sparrow - 1
59. Song Sparrow - 11
60. Swamp Sparrow - 2
61. Dark-eyed Junco - 38
62. Northern Cardinal - 14
63. Red-winged Blackbird - 259
64. Rusty Blackbird - 33
65. Common Grackle - 12
66. Brown-headed Cowbird - 46

Unidentified Duck Species - 465
Unidentified Falcon (American Kestrel or Merlin) - 1

*III. REPTILES*: 2 SPECIES.

1. Eastern Garter Snake - 1 (First December Record on Census)
2. Eastern Milk Snake - 1 (First December Record on Census)


*IV. AMPHIBIANS*: 2 SPECIES.

1. Bullfrog - 3 (First December Record on Census)
2. Northern Leopard Frog - 1


*V. BUTTERFLIES*: 1 SPECIES.

1. Question Mark - 1 (First December Record on Census)


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Date: 12/3/18 2:42 pm
From: Karl Mechem <karlmechem...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] American White Pelican, Columbus OH
American White Pelican, Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus, 4pm, 12/3/18.
Visible from the boat ramp and the south observation deck.
--Karl

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Date: 12/3/18 12:14 pm
From: Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Pine Siskins Granville
I had 2 Pine Siskins at my thistle feeders this afternoon—the first for my backyard.

I birded Blacklick and Pick Ponds yesterday. Wonderful spring-like day to be out but quiet bird-wise. There were 22 Sandhill Cranes at Pick Ponds and a large flock of mixed gulls at Ellis Pond (herring, ring-billed & Bonaparte’s), around 75+.

Peggy Wang
Granville
Licking Cty

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Date: 12/3/18 12:11 pm
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Merlin pursues Common Redpoll, Preble County, December 3
Good afternoon,

This morning, while birding my second favorite local patch of Ohio, Hueston
Woods State Park, I heard the call notes of a Common Redpoll. I turned and
not only saw the Redpoll flying towards me, only about 20 feet off the
ground, but a Merlin was in close pursuit! The falcon gave chase for about
15 seconds until I lost both of them over a treeline. After about a minute,
I heard the Redpoll making numerous calls, so I recorded it. I could not
locate the bird while it was calling, but after a 30-second recording was
obtained, the Redpoll circled up over the parking lot a few times, then
took off southwest, not to be seen or heard again.

This observation marks the first eBirded Common Redpoll in Preble County (I
was at the beach parking lot at the time). This is also, by far, the
furthest south a Redpoll has been reported in the state this winter.

--
Cole DiFabio

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Date: 12/3/18 4:43 am
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
Thanks to the many Ohio birders who have submitted suggestions of eBird
hotspots, tips for birding, and photos of hotspots. Check the latest
"What's New" post in the Ohio eBird Hotspot website.
https://birding-in-ohio.com/whats-new-december-3-2018/

There are three new shared bird reporting hotspots in Geauga, Greene, and
Lucas counties.

If you plan to do birding in Cleveland this winter check out the Focus on
Cuyahoga River Winter Birding.

We have added photos to the description of Lake Cable in Stark County and
updated the information and map for birding the Puritas Wetland in Cuyahoga
County.

Ken Ostermiller
eBird hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Date: 12/2/18 9:52 am
From: Simpson, Bruce <SIMPSON...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Blendon Woods-Songbirds, Raptors, Waterfowl
Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off
of I 270 and Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit.

Below is a list of some of the Birds seen the last 5 days.

Thoreau Lake
Hooded Merganser
Gadwall
Pintail
American Black Duck
Mallard
Wood Duck

Lake Trail
Hawks
Red-tailed
Red-shouldered
Cooper's
Brown Creeper
Hermit Thrush
E Towhee
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren

Nature Center Bird Viewing Window
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pine Siskin
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
House Finch

Sugarbush Road
Brown Creeper
Hermit Thrush
White-throated Sparrow


Blendon Woods Metro Park
Nature Center
614-895-6221

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Date: 12/1/18 11:41 am
From: Haans Petruschke <haans42...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Ohio Breeding Dark-eyed Junco Residency Project Update
Hi,

After color banding 18 individuals during the 2018 breeding season, adding
to the 10 from 2017, we began non breeding season monitoring on November 1.

This year we have gone with 7 squirrel proof bird feeders with trail cams,
all set up very near sites where we banded individuals. We will also look
for these birds in person, but given just 2 of us working on this part
time, we need automation as well.

Thus far the system is proving successful. We have good documentary photos
of 3 banded individuals, in 2 different locations. 2 of these birds were
banded in 2017 and the third is from 2018. Last winter we got photos of
individuals in all 4 of our study locations.

All of the study locations are in or near Kirtland, and 3 are in Holden
Arboretum natural areas, which are permit only. My yard on Gildersleeve
Mountain is the 4th location.

Haans

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Date: 12/1/18 10:49 am
From: Birding Ecotours <info...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Free birding outing near Columbus on Wed Dec 5
Greetings, Ohio birders!



Please do join me on a free birding outing near Columbus on Wednesday
afternoon/early evening. I did see a Short-eared Owl there yesterday at 5
pm, and the harriers have been around for a while, so this bodes well for
the outing.!



Short-eared Owl, Northern Harrier, winter ducks and more at Battelle Darby
Metro Park near Columbus.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 3 pm to 6 pm

We'll meet at the parking for the Wet Prairie access (
<http://birdingecotours.acemlna.com/lt.php?s=759938fae76342c191ce92a07372897
5&i=87A149A4A3409> 1378 Darby Creek Drive) at 3 pm. Please bring waterproof
hiking boots or wellies as the first section of the trail is often muddy.
Also, this trip will still be "on" come rain or snow but just dress warmly
if needed! We plan to walk the Teal Trail in search of species that move
here in winter, which can include lots of wildfowl. If you can't make it in
time for the walk, please do meet us at 4.30 for 4.45 pm at the mound at the
parking lot: we plan to position ourselves here to scan the expansive
prairies and wetlands for Northern Harrier and, around dusk (sunset is at
5:07 pm), hopefully Short-eared Owls as they start hunting! When it gets
completely dark, you'll be able to go home for dinner hopefully with some
good winter species on your lists.



Please Note: This is a free outing, but we recommend that you donate $10 (or
more) to the
<http://birdingecotours.acemlna.com/lt.php?s=759938fae76342c191ce92a07372897
5&i=87A149A4A3410> Black Swamp Bird Observatory for their amazing bird
conservation work in Ohio. If you do opt to donate money to this
organization, you can either bring cash (and we'll have a register for you
to note your name and the amount) or a check made out to "BSBO". We also
highly recommend you join the Columbus Audubon Society
(https://columbusaudubon.org/) which I lead quite a number of these free
outings in central Ohio for.

Cheers, good birding and I hope to see you there! All our welcome!

Chris

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Date: 12/1/18 10:43 am
From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] 3Creeks,PickPonds,12-01: eagle, gulls
The steady rain depressed most bird numbers at these two hot-spots south of
Columbus this morning, but you could still find interesting birds. Among
the best finds were:

Waterfowl - surprisingly few, despite the 'ducky' weather. Mallards were
in most spots. Cruiser Pond also had a big flock of geese, Winchester Lake
had 1 Bufflehead, and Mallard Marsh at Pick Ponds had small #s of Teal and
Wigeons.

Eagle - an adult Bald Eagle was perched at Greenwing Pond in Pick
Ponds...probably explaining why this pond was empty of waterfowl

Gulls - a large flock of 300+ gulls - mostly Bonapartes, but with some
Ring-bills, and 1-2 Herring -- had descended upon Ellis Pond at Pick
Ponds. Probably something rarer in such a group, but the rain made viewing
difficult for me at that point.

Brown Creepers - 1-2 were along the bike path at 3-Creeks Confluence area,
despite the rain

Sparrows - small numbers of Songs and White-throats at most spots, but
3-Creeks had a Field Sparrow, and Pick Ponds had 2-3 Tree Sparrows

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Date: 12/1/18 5:29 am
From: Craig Caldwell <craig_caldwell...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings
The Ohio Cardinal’s schedule says winter is here, despitewhat the weather and calendar say. That means it’s time to send in your Augustthrough November sightings.  They go toCraig Caldwell, 1270 W. Melrose Dr., Westlake, OH, 44145 or CardinalATohiobirds.org(substitute the “@” symbol for “AT”).  Inaddition to sightings, we welcome photos, field notes, anecdotes, generalinterest articles, and research papers. If you enter your sightings into eBird, you do not need to send a report– we download all the entries directly from Cornell.  Feel free, however, to expand on items in youreBird list in a separate note to me, because I can’t look at every note ineBird.

 

Digital photo files, please; send prints only with priorapproval.  If you post photos toFaceBook, Flickr, or the like, you can send links to them rather than the photofiles themselves.  Photos and links go toPhoto Editor Christopher Collins, chris.collinsATohiobirds.org.

 

The deadline is December 21.  Thank you in advance.

 

Craig Caldwell
Editor, The Ohio CardinalThe Ohio Ornithological Society

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Date: 11/30/18 2:19 pm
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl Sighted On: Nov 30, 2018 5:18:27 PM

Darby Creek Wetlands

Latitude: 39.91518691, Longitude: -83.20988699
Altitude:

Map Location Using Google Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.91518691,-83.20988699&ll=39.91518691,-83.20988699

Address: 1271 Darby Creek Dr, Galloway, OH 43119, USA

Observed one owl flying. Also observed 5 Northern Harriers.

By John Seiler

Sent By: Report Bird Location Mobile App: @Copy Right 2015 John Seiler

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Date: 11/30/18 2:12 pm
From: Inga Schmidt <ingais...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] white eyed vireo -- geauga co.
I was at Swine Creek today, hovering around hoping to get a glance at the fugitive partridge hanging around at the feeders. Too much activity, with park personnel coming and going, but I was probably more pleased to have a very good view, of a very late white eyed vireo poking through a brush pile off the parking lot. A bird I don't see often, and certainly not the last day of
November. Bright strong yellow rear underparts, and then a clear view of the distinctive yellow spectacles.

Inga Schmidt
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Date: 11/30/18 12:45 pm
From: Laura McLellan <laura.mclellan...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Solo red-winged blackbird Lake County
One male red-winged blackbird has visited my sunflower seed feeder multiple times today in eastern Lake County. I'm only posting about it because at this time of year I'd expect it to be in a flock with other blackbirds, grackles and/or starlings. Is it just a random loner?

Laura McLellan, Leroy Township, Lake County
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Date: 11/29/18 1:09 pm
From: Simpson, Bruce <SIMPSON...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Blendon Ravines-Hawks, Songbirds, Woodpeckers
Blendon Ravines is one of our new parks. 5247 Cambria Way

This land was set up years ago by the landowners as a Nature Preserve.
These woods are located on a 98 acre tract of land overlooking Big Walnut
Creek. The area consists of pristine woods with high river bluffs and shale
ravines. The Metro Parks are protecting this beautiful native habitat for
the benefit of wildlife and visitors alike.

Below is a list of some of the Winter residents.

Woodpeckers
Red-headed
Yellow-breasted Sapsucker
Pileated
N Flicker
Hawks
Red-tailed
Cooper's

Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Blendon Woods Metro Park (We maintain Blendon Ravines also)
Blendon Woods Nature Center
614-895-6221

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods and Blendon Ravines Metro
Parks in Columbus

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Date: 11/29/18 12:23 pm
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Mosquito L. / WA
There was a good variety of birds at Mosquito L. today.  Among those found were: 6 trumpeter swans, 24 tundra swans, n. shovelers, 50 gadwalls, green-winged teals, white-winged scoter, buffleheads, hooded mergansers, ruddy ducks, horned grebes, 420 Am. coots, Bonaparte's gulls, common loons, great blue herons, red-shouldered hawk, belted kingfisher, e. bluebirds, white-throated sparrows, and e. towhee.  Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Date: 11/28/18 12:18 pm
From: Greg Cornett <gocornet...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Madison County
Currently watching a Snowy Owl from Yutzys Market on Converse Huff Rd in Madison County. Also seen from the Miller Cabinet parking lot. We dipped on the Dun Road Snowy Owl.

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Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:12:44 +0000
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County, 11/27- Pomarine Jaeger

The weather looked like it might be good for bird movement, so i birded Lake Erie Bluffs this morning from 7:00-10:20 this morning. I watched the lake for a couple hours and then walked the trails. The lake watch was decent with about 4,000 gulls flying by. Among them was a 2nd cycle GLAUCOUS GULL. Waterfowl were again fairly slow. Other than 700+ red-breasted mergansers, there were only 4 bufflehead and 4 scaup spp.. The best bird was an immature POMARINE JAEGER. The bird flew by low over the water heading west.

There were a lot of songbirds in the area with about 417 robins counted. There were big flocks all through the park. Of note with the songbirds were a gray catbird and immature mockingbird in the same crab apple tree and a fox sparrow in another. I did walk to the south end of the property and saw very little activity in the dump area.


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Nov 27, 2018 7:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
Comments: Cloudy with occasional light flurries, 32-33 degrees, Winds Northwest 20-300 decreasing to 15-20 mph. Snow cover .5" by the lake to 2" at the south end. I watched the lake from 7:00-9:00 the wolked the trails from 9:00-10:20
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater/Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 4
Red-breasted Merganser 784
Pomarine Jaeger 1 The bird was observed flying low over the water and was heading west. It passed by a couple ring-billed gulls, but did not veer from its flight. It appeared to be the same size as them if not slight larger. The head and wings were a uniform dark brown. The rump appeared a little lighter. There was a small white flash in the upper and lower wings. It appeared to have the double flash in the underwing. The double flash, pale rump, and dark head made me believe Pomarine jaeger. The birds flight appeared more powerful than the ring-billed gulls.
Ring-billed Gull 1771
Herring Gull 2314
Glaucous Gull 1 2nd winter bird
Great Black-backed Gull 8
Common Loon 6
Northern Harrier 1 Flying low over the lake
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 8 2 adults, 6 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 5
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 417
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 92
House Finch 11
American Goldfinch 5
American Tree Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow 1 One bird feeding in a crab apple tree
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 19
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 24


John Pogacnik

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Date: 11/27/18 8:13 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County, 11/27- Pomarine Jaeger
The weather looked like it might be good for bird movement, so i birded Lake Erie Bluffs this morning from 7:00-10:20 this morning. I watched the lake for a couple hours and then walked the trails. The lake watch was decent with about 4,000 gulls flying by. Among them was a 2nd cycle GLAUCOUS GULL. Waterfowl were again fairly slow. Other than 700+ red-breasted mergansers, there were only 4 bufflehead and 4 scaup spp.. The best bird was an immature POMARINE JAEGER. The bird flew by low over the water heading west.

There were a lot of songbirds in the area with about 417 robins counted. There were big flocks all through the park. Of note with the songbirds were a gray catbird and immature mockingbird in the same crab apple tree and a fox sparrow in another. I did walk to the south end of the property and saw very little activity in the dump area.


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Nov 27, 2018 7:00 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.2 mile(s)
Comments: Cloudy with occasional light flurries, 32-33 degrees, Winds Northwest 20-300 decreasing to 15-20 mph. Snow cover .5" by the lake to 2" at the south end. I watched the lake from 7:00-9:00 the wolked the trails from 9:00-10:20
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater/Lesser Scaup 4
Bufflehead 4
Red-breasted Merganser 784
Pomarine Jaeger 1 The bird was observed flying low over the water and was heading west. It passed by a couple ring-billed gulls, but did not veer from its flight. It appeared to be the same size as them if not slight larger. The head and wings were a uniform dark brown. The rump appeared a little lighter. There was a small white flash in the upper and lower wings. It appeared to have the double flash in the underwing. The double flash, pale rump, and dark head made me believe Pomarine jaeger. The birds flight appeared more powerful than the ring-billed gulls.
Ring-billed Gull 1771
Herring Gull 2314
Glaucous Gull 1 2nd winter bird
Great Black-backed Gull 8
Common Loon 6
Northern Harrier 1 Flying low over the lake
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 8 2 adults, 6 immatures
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 5
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 417
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 92
House Finch 11
American Goldfinch 5
American Tree Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow 1 One bird feeding in a crab apple tree
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-throated Sparrow 19
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 24


John Pogacnik

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Date: 11/26/18 4:21 am
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] New eBird shared bird reporting hotspot is active
Thanks to the many Ohio birders who have submitted suggestions of eBird
hotspots, tips for birding, and photos of hotspots for the Ohio eBird
Hotspot website.

To see what is new this week check:
https://birding-in-ohio.com/whats-new-november-26-2018/

There is one new eBird hotspot, Morris Reserve in Greene County.

Rob Thorn has provided tips for birding and photos of many locations along
the Big Walnut Trail in Franklin County.

For those who view the mobile version of the website on a smartphone, I am
working to improve the display on these devices. The text is now left
justified on all pages. The bar chart table fits the width of the display
on the home page. I am making this same adjustment on county and hotspot
pages as I have time.

Ken Ostermiller
eBird hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Date: 11/25/18 5:08 pm
From: james brown <jimandlaura.brown...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Where to Look for Waterfowl in NEO
Hello -
My wife and I just recently moved to the NorthEast Ohio area and were wondering where we could go to look for waterfowl.   We were out to Burton Wetlands and Ladue Reservoir today but didn't see too much (we did see about 10 Loons- that was exciting).  Is late November the time to catch waterfowl around this area?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thank you.
-Jim Brown

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Date: 11/25/18 3:29 pm
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Common Ravens, California Gull, Lake County 11/25
Good evening,

Erin and Andy Avram strike again, this time with the amazing find of two
Common Ravens flying into the Painesville/Perry Landfill, then flying out
shortly after. Pictures were taken. The last observation of this species in
Lake County was March 27, 1998. Crazy catch today.

Another outstanding sighting today was a California Gull on the water seen
from Painesville Township Park, found by Irene Krise and Jerry T.

--
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Date: 11/25/18 3:13 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] The Wilds--SE Owls and Harriers, Dillon Reservoir--huge gull flocks
As reported yesterday on eBird, there were 3 Short-eared Owls at the Wilds
in Muskingum County. Today I saw presumably the same 3 birds about 3:50 pm
flying over the pond south of the Birding Station at Jeffrey Point. Also
there were 7 Trumpeter Swans, including 2 juveniles, plus 55 Canada Geese
and a Pied-billed Grebe.

At the pond east of Jeffrey Point along Zion Ridge Road, there was a female
Canvasback, 3 Ring-necked Ducks, 3 Buffleheads, 4 Hooded Mergansers, and an
American Coot. Just south along the road was a female Northern Harrier.

Along International Road from the shuttle bus lot south to the first pond,
another female Harrier was seen along with 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 American
Kestrel, 19 Mallards, 12 Buffleheads, 3 Lesser Scaups, 4 Ring-necked Ducks,
and 2 Canada Geese.

Earlier in the day, I visited Dillon Dam and reservoir north of Zanesville.
At the dam there were about 375 Bonaparte's Gulls. This may well be a
record for the county, since the previous eBird high was 200 birds on Nov.
1, 2018. Also present were 4 Ring-billed Gulls, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 2
Pied-billed Grebes, 4 Double-crested Cormorants, and 1 Great Blue Heron. 2
American Tree Sparrows were also present in the shrubs just below the
parking lot.

At the beach, I conservatively estimated 2,000 Ring-billed Gulls and 20
Herring Gulls. No Bonaparte's. The Ring-billed total exceeds by 300 birds
the previous eBird county high from March 5, 2010.

There were no birds at the marina, where the docks have been pulled for the
winter.

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH

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Date: 11/25/18 2:11 pm
From: Joe Faulkner <joeinthewoods...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Leucistic red tailed hawk
Found a beautiful leucistic red tailed hawk on Rt 37 in Perry County this afternoon. It was between junction city and new Lexington on a transmission tower. Got great photos. Posted one to ohio chase birds. A really beautiful sight.
Also had a dark morph rough-legged hawk at the rehoboth reclamation area, several harriers, and a sharp shinned hawk on our lane near Somerset. Might have had a back lit Merlin near new reading, but even with photos, could not be sure. None the less, a darned good birding day, especially with the winter wren and six turkeys in our own 60 acre “yard”


Joe Faulkner
Somerset, Ohio
Perry county
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Date: 11/25/18 10:12 am
From: Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] BL kittiwake Hoover
Black-legged Kittiwake still at spillway area. Loafing on docks but did some fishing around 12:45pm at the S end of spillway before going back to docks.

Also saw several Hooded Mergansers, a couple Eared as well as pied-billed grebes.

Peggy Wang
Granville



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Date: 11/25/18 5:40 am
From: Paul <0000058abbfed79a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Fwd: Ross County Northern Harrier
I forgot to mention also on Saturday had a pair of red breasted nuthatch on a feeder in Northern Ross County


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Paul <eagleredheart...>
> Date: November 25, 2018 at 7:53:59 AM EST
> To: <OHIO-BIRDS...>
> Subject: Ross County Northern Harrier
>
> Late post, but I saw a NH on Saturday around 4pm west of the intersection of county roads 87 & 127 in northern Ross County
>
> Paul Graham
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/25/18 4:54 am
From: Paul <0000058abbfed79a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Ross County Northern Harrier
Late post, but I saw a NH on Saturday around 4pm west of the intersection of county roads 87 & 127 in northern Ross County

Paul Graham

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Date: 11/24/18 11:37 am
From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Highbanks,ShaleHollow,11-24:swans,sparrows
I slogged around the Coyote Trail at Highbanks MetroPark and the Great
Horned Owl Trail at Shale Hollow - both looping around upland fields and
ravine heads - and found birding teetering on the edge of winter. (Nearly)
all the leaves were down, and the skies were gray....... But there were
some interesting birds, including:

Swans - a trio of birds looking like Trumpeters were at the Dragonfly
day-camp pond at Highbanks. 2 of the 3 were tucked in, but the one
standing was a massive bird with a large dark triangular bill.

Flickers - 7-8 were at Highbanks and another 1-2 were at Shale Hollow

Blue Jays - still late movement - you could even see small flocks moving
south across the fields in both parks. I had 15+ at Highbanks and another
5-6 at Shale Hollow.

Sparrows - Highbanks had 1 Swamp Sparrow, along with the expected flocks of
White-throateds and Songs. Shale Hollow was even better, with its planted
prairie having Tree, Field, Fox(2), as well as the expected White-throats,
Songs, and Juncos

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Date: 11/23/18 2:30 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Common Goldeneye on Lake Logan, Hocking County
An early female was present early this afternoon near the north end of the
lake. This is the first November eBird record at this location, with the
caveat that it is not a very heavily birded location. Earliest record
previously was December 8.

Also present:

Mallard--26
Ring-necked Duck--1 drake
Bufflehead--a pair
Hooded Merganser--7
Pied-billed Grebe--4
Great Blue Heron--2
Belted Kingfisher--1
Pileated Woodpecker--1

Morning sightings:

Rush Creek Lake in Perry County:

Ring-billed Gull--14
Herring Gull--3

At Burr Oak State Park beach, Athens County:

Canada Goose--39
Pied-billed Grebe--1

At Tom Jenkins Dam at Burr Oak State Park, Athens County:

Canada Goose--22
Pileated Woodpecker--2
Eastern Bluebird--7

At Strouds Run State Park beach area, Athens County:

Canada Goose--2. 1 appears to have a broken wing.
Pied-billed Grebe--2
Killdeer--1
Belted Kingfisher--1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--2

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH

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Date: 11/23/18 10:16 am
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] All three Scoter species, Sim’s Park 11/23
Numerous Black Scoters and a few White-winged were viewed point blank at
Sim’s Park in Cuyahoga. Excellent light and they were only 20 yards away.
Surf Scoter seen distant. 90+ Common Goldeneye.
--
Cole DiFabio

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Date: 11/23/18 7:51 am
From: Kathy Shank <kshank...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Bald Eagle flyover in Mill Stream Run
We saw a Bald Eagle flying south down the river corridor in the Mill
Stream Run Reservation this morning (the ford at Eastland Rd. and Valley
Parkway).  Saw one fly over the Coe Lake parking lot as well a few weeks
ago.  I wonder if they are nesting somewhere in the Mill Stream Run
Reservation.

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Date: 11/22/18 4:31 pm
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] 2017 vs. 2018 Ohio eBird sightings
Thanks to Erin for reminding me of the Cave Swallow that was found by Ray
Hannikman on October 27 this year. However, It is not in the eBird Ohio
year list.

On Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 6:10 PM Cole DiFabio <colefor3...> wrote:

> Good evening and Happy Thanksgiving!
>
>
>
> As many of you may be recovering from a food coma, some birders might
> appreciate a comparison of 2017 vs. 2018 bird sightings in the state of
> Ohio.
>
>
> Resources: eBird primarily, as well as Facebook
>
>
>
> I was comparing species observed and reported to eBird in 2017 versus 2018
> and noticed that on this day, November 22, 2018, the Ohio overall eBird
> year list is currently tied with the complete Ohio eBird year list from
> last year (331 species overall in 2017). I was intrigued and made a list of
> birds recorded in 2017 but not 2018, and vice versa. I would like to point
> out, however, that if the Sabine's Gull that was reported from Ashtabula
> County a week ago by John Pogacnik were eBirded, 2018 would be one species
> higher than last year.
>
> If any errors are found in my post, feel free to correct me.
>
>
> Here are the results:
>
>
>
> Species eBirded in 2017, but not 2018 (yet) (The species in bold are
> species I think will be the easiest, specifically relating to the birds
> listed below. However, some are not easy!!)
>
> King Eider, (two locations, completely opposite ends of the state), Anna’s
> Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, *Purple Sandpiper, Red Phalarope,
> Black-headed Gull,* Sooty Tern, Northern Gannet, Tricolored Heron, White
> Ibis, Say’s Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, *Cave Swallow*, *White-winged
> Crossbill.*
>
>
>
> Species eBirded in 2018, but not 2017
>
> Cinnamon Teal (two locations), Western Grebe, Purple Gallinule, Curlew
> Sandpiper, Roseate Spoonbill, Gray Kingbird, Western Kingbird (two
> locations), Northern Wheatear, Varied Thrush, Chestnut-collared Longspur,
> Smith’s Longspur, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak.
>
>
>
> Total species eBirded in 2018, but not in 2017: 13
>
>
>
> Total first state records in 2018: 2
>
> Thanks Andy and Erin Avram (Chestnut-collared Longspur, May)! and Jeff
> Peters (Gray Kingbird, October)! Great work guys.
>
>
>
> Total species eBirded in 2017, but not in 2018: 14
>
>
>
> Total first state records in 2017: 0
>
>
>
> Note: Sabine's Gull was reported in both 2017 and 2018, but it was not
> eBirded this year.
>
>
> In conclusion, who will be the first to fill in the gaps for this year? 😉
>
> I think, with the five bold species above, plus throw in a rarity or two,
> a goal of 338-340 is reasonable. Let's get it done.
>
>
> Good birding!
> --
> Cole DiFabio
>
--
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Date: 11/22/18 3:11 pm
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] 2017 vs. 2018 Ohio eBird sightings
Good evening and Happy Thanksgiving!



As many of you may be recovering from a food coma, some birders might
appreciate a comparison of 2017 vs. 2018 bird sightings in the state of
Ohio.


Resources: eBird primarily, as well as Facebook



I was comparing species observed and reported to eBird in 2017 versus 2018
and noticed that on this day, November 22, 2018, the Ohio overall eBird
year list is currently tied with the complete Ohio eBird year list from
last year (331 species overall in 2017). I was intrigued and made a list of
birds recorded in 2017 but not 2018, and vice versa. I would like to point
out, however, that if the Sabine's Gull that was reported from Ashtabula
County a week ago by John Pogacnik were eBirded, 2018 would be one species
higher than last year.

If any errors are found in my post, feel free to correct me.


Here are the results:



Species eBirded in 2017, but not 2018 (yet) (The species in bold are
species I think will be the easiest, specifically relating to the birds
listed below. However, some are not easy!!)

King Eider, (two locations, completely opposite ends of the state), Anna’s
Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, *Purple Sandpiper, Red Phalarope,
Black-headed Gull,* Sooty Tern, Northern Gannet, Tricolored Heron, White
Ibis, Say’s Phoebe, Vermilion Flycatcher, *Cave Swallow*, *White-winged
Crossbill.*



Species eBirded in 2018, but not 2017

Cinnamon Teal (two locations), Western Grebe, Purple Gallinule, Curlew
Sandpiper, Roseate Spoonbill, Gray Kingbird, Western Kingbird (two
locations), Northern Wheatear, Varied Thrush, Chestnut-collared Longspur,
Smith’s Longspur, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak.



Total species eBirded in 2018, but not in 2017: 13



Total first state records in 2018: 2

Thanks Andy and Erin Avram (Chestnut-collared Longspur, May)! and Jeff
Peters (Gray Kingbird, October)! Great work guys.



Total species eBirded in 2017, but not in 2018: 14



Total first state records in 2017: 0



Note: Sabine's Gull was reported in both 2017 and 2018, but it was not
eBirded this year.


In conclusion, who will be the first to fill in the gaps for this year? 😉

I think, with the five bold species above, plus throw in a rarity or two, a
goal of 338-340 is reasonable. Let's get it done.


Good birding!
--
Cole DiFabio

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Date: 11/22/18 8:34 am
From: James Glover <000005cae1f58552-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Black-throated Green Warbler, Franklin Co.
Sitting in family room, I glanced out the window and saw quick movement in a neighbor’s tangle of Japanese Honeysuckle. First thought was a kinglet. I hunted around for bins and was able to spot a brightish patch of yellow on the head. Out to the back deck where I watched the female/first year Black-throated Green Warbler work it’s way through the bushes, 8 to 15 feet above the ground for nearly ten minutes. Yellow-green face patch, olive-green back, sharp warbler bill. Only a little dark streaking on sides of chest against wings, light/white underparts. Right across the street from Gables Elementary School in northwest Columbus, OH.

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Date: 11/21/18 4:34 pm
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Tundra swans, waterfowl, cranes at Wilderness Rd, Wayne Co.
I birded Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne Co., today from 2:30-4:30pm. I
saw over 350 tundra swans in flooded fields there, mostly north of
Wilderness Rd, west of the big ponds. They are not near the road, so a
scope is needed. Along with them were 100s of Canada Geese and mallards. In
addition, there were about 25 redheads, and less than 10 each of black
ducks, pintail, green-winged teal, Am. wigeon, and ring-necked duck. I saw
a male and two female hooded merganser. On the agricultural fields south of
Wilderness Rd., there were about 50 sandhill cranes along with many of the
Canada geese. Five bald eagles were spotted - two adults, and three
juveniles. There is a lot of water there, but right now, it is not over the
roads.

Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Date: 11/21/18 1:46 pm
From: Jason Larson <000000f82d644de0-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Clear Fork Reservoir - Lesser Black-backed Gulls - 11/21/18
Greetings!
Good numbers of gulls and waterfowl are starting to congregate on Clear Fork Reservoir (SW of Mansfield) Richland County.
Being one of the highest locations in the state, it attracts incredible numbers of gulls, which gather each evening (late fall through early spring, but especially in the winter) at the southern end of the lake, above the dam.
Clear Fork also hosts one of the largest wintering populations of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in the state. As the cold season lengthens, it's not unusual to find 10-15 birds, or more, among the gulls each evening.
Last evening (11/20/18), a quick look produced 2 adults and 1 first-winter bird. This evening (11/21/18), Amanda Cicila and I found 3 adults and 1 first-winter bird.
The best location for viewing the birds is the small yacht club, on the south west end of the lake, along SR 97. Park along the road, right near the gate and walk in. Please do not park in the drive and block the gate!
This is one of the easiest and most consistent places to get Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Ohio.
Good Birding!
Jason

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Date: 11/21/18 12:49 pm
From: John Seiler <jseiler6200...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Black-legged Kittiwake
Black-legged Kittiwake Sighted On: Nov 21, 2018 12:09:12 PM

Hoover Dam Spillway

Latitude: 40.10752463, Longitude: -82.88066411
Altitude:

Map Location Using Google Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=40.10752463,-82.88066411&ll=40.10752463,-82.88066411

Address: Brent Hambrick Memorial Disc Golf Course, 4151 Central College Rd, Westerville, OH 43081, USA

Bird is still present, good views.

By John Seiler

Sent By: Report Bird Location Mobile App: @Copy Right 2015 John Seiler

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Date: 11/21/18 12:47 pm
From: Ethan Kistler <000001088f1477ae-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Tri-Reservoir CBC (Trumbull, Portage, Mahoning Co.) -- Jan 1st
Hi all,

The Christmas Bird Count season is just around the corner and there's still plenty of room for help with the productive Tri-Reservoir CBC, which covers Berlin Lake, Lake Milton, and West Branch (Portage, Mahoning, Trumbull Counties). The count date will be the usual Jan 1st, a great day to get a head start on your 2019 year lists! Please contact me privately if you're interested in helping.

Best,
Ethan Kistler

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Date: 11/21/18 12:18 pm
From: Daniel Kempf <dvkempf...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Clark county - Scoter
Tues. 11/20 9:50am. A Scoter, I believe a White-winged Scoter, was seen at
Buck Creek SP off shore in front of the Crabill House. It was swimming with
Mallards and Hooded & Red-breasted Mergansers. I have a couple very poor
photos, due to the distance, but its shape was evident and it is a very
dark bird with white spots around its eyes and a very light tip on its bill
which are barely visible.

Jeff Peters and I returned this morning to the spot but did not see it. He
also checked the NE Lake Access, but did not see it.

Ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50091912 with photos.

Dan Kempf

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Date: 11/21/18 12:14 pm
From: Byron Berger <bergerbyron...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count OHOS Dec 31
Looking for someone to help me do a CBC in the Charlestown area near Ravenna New Year's day from about 8 to noon. Byron Berger 330-391-0709
Thanks

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 18, 2018, at 11:23 AM, Darlene Sillick <azuretrails...> wrote:
>
> Roger. my CBC compiler mentor, said it so well. Thank you Roger !!
>
> Let the CBC’s begin.!! I always look forward to this annual citizen science event. The people we are with and the birds we find make for an interesting day. Every CBC circle is different so consider doing more than one!
>
> The O’Shaughnessy (OHOS) CBC is Monday Dec 31. Kyle Davis (OWU JR) is my co-compiler. We welcome young birders and new birders and love having some top birders in the area helping each year. Please contact me if you can participate so I can add you to a circle section. I have a variety of walking and driving areas I will have teams organized by Dec. 20.
>
> A couple areas in my circle of interest are Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Deer Haven, Emily Traphagen and Blues Creek, several smaller parks, OHOS is just below the O’Shaughnessy Dam and north on both sides of the Scioto River, the Columbus Zoo, several golf courses and some private areas that always reveal surprises.
>
> Visit the CBC web site to find a circle near you or where you might be traveling. https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count
>
> Kyle and I hope to hear from you that you can join us.
> Darlene and Kyle
>
> *Seasons Greetings and give some time to count birds for a great cause!
>
> *Take a young person out birding!!!
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio birds <OHIO-BIRDS...> On Behalf Of Roger Troutman
> Sent: Friday, November 16, 2018 1:07 PM
> To: <OHIO-BIRDS...>
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count Season less than a month away
>
> Fellow birders,
>
> Believe it or not, the 119th Christmas Bird Count season is less than a month away.
>
> The following events are part of the world's greatest Citizen Science project.
>
> You are all cordially invited to participate in these and/or other CBC activities.
>
> If you will be a first-time participant, please contact me for further details and so that I can be looking for you on the count dates.
>
> Thanks for your participation,
>
> Great Birding!
>
> Roger Troutman
>
>
>
> *68th Wooster & 69th Mohican State Forest Ohio Christmas Bird Counts
> 2018-2019*
>
>
>
> =*Wooster* Sat. Dec. 22nd. - Meet at Bob Evans Restaurant off Route 30 on the
>
> south edge of Wooster. Meet @ 7 AM for breakfast and/or for territory assignments.
>
> Afternoon- Bell Store/Marathon/Subway @ Rt. 95 & Rt 3 @ noon
>
>
>
> = *Mohican** State Forest**.* Sat. Dec. 29st Meet at 7 AM at McDonalds just south of Loudonville on St. Rt. 3 for territory assignments and/or breakfast.
>
> Can't make the morning session?- join the group for a brown bag lunch at the Pleasant Hill Reservoir Dam parking lot at 12:30 PM
>
> If you need a territory assignment, directions etc before the count day or have questions,
>
> phone between 9 AM & 10 PM or by snail or email <Roger.Troutman...> <mailto:<Roger.Troutman...> anytime.
>
>
>
> Compiler: Roger Troutman - 3360 St. Rt. 546 Mansfield OH 44904-9328
>
> (419) 884-3529.
>
> (567) 303-9588 – count day only
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>
> *Seasons Greetings and **Bring a Birding Friend!*
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Date: 11/21/18 11:59 am
From: Jo Ann Kubicki <jak1...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Bald Eagles Cuyahoga County
This is a late posting. On Monday 11/19 at least 15 Bald Eagles seen along the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland Metroparks Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation.

About a mile north along the Towpath from CanalWay Visitor Center. Also check Clevelandmetroparks.com website.

[http://sig.cmparks.net/cmp-ms-90x122.png]Jo Ann Kubicki
Information Specialist
CanalWay Center
216-206-1000
Fax: 216-206-1008
clevelandmetroparks.com<http://www.clemetparks.com/>


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Date: 11/20/18 4:00 pm
From: Cole DiFabio <colefor3...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] INDIANA/MI: Ancient Murrelet report. NOT OHIO
Good evening,

A report of an Ancient Murrelet came in from Michigan, first seen in St
Joseph, (
http://birding.aba.org/mobiledigest/MI03?fbclid=IwAR0heefMLqSgUvKdpmxjn41qWlGuQoL-7JqX2PxWyeZLONoKdshARocW6mA#1498626)
at 9 am, then spotted less than 30 miles south within official Indiana
waters not too long after. The bird was seen briefly here
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50077779?fbclid=IwAR0ZXP6sQ_tmvC5moNdjVOArURg_2ZAf3evvNTIQWYKOMm06c2k1gd2G_Bk


It flew south from Lake Michigan (Indiana waters) shortly after. Although
this may sound crazy, it is not impossible, in my opinion, for this bird to
continue flying east into Ohio. To be fair, it was sighted ~140 miles to
the west of the Ohio state line, but based on watching the current wind
radars, western Ohio tonight, and most of Ohio tomorrow, will have strong
SW switching to W winds, then more NW as the day progresses. Given the last
sighting of the Murrelet was flying south from Lake Michigan, maybe a very
lucky Ohio birder can stumble upon this bird if it flies into Ohio with
that beneficial tailwind. It obviously likes (or has been boosted) to fly
east!!

Enough with my wild musing. If anyone read this far, I will share a quick
update of birds in Ohio recently (some not all personally seen):

Eared Grebe (found by Oscar Wilhelmy on Nov 17) continues at Alum Creek SP,
viewed from the canoe launch, or known as the Sailing club access in eBird
(40.1980029,-82.9705149)

Black-legged Kittiwake continues Nov 20 at the Hoover Dam Spillway per
Nicholas Rosner.

Numerous Red-throated Loons reported from Lake Co. recently along the
lakeshore, as well as a couple observed from Cuyahoga Co. too.

Snowy Owl: Mosquito Lake causeway (Trumbull Co.).

Northern Shrike recent sightings: Killdeer Plains, Magee Marsh, and
Mosquito Lake.

Common Redpoll, at least one at the Lorain Impoundment the past week.
Plus Evening Grosbeaks continue to get reported here and there.

Winds this week look to be shaping up for good lakewatches.
Good birding.

--
Cole DiFabio

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Date: 11/20/18 2:09 pm
From: jon diller <000000e7eb05d7da-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] sandhill cranes
Had a group of over 100 sandhill cranes flying over Stryker,Ohio(Williams county) this afternoon.Calling loud and clear.

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Date: 11/20/18 11:04 am
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] evening grosbeak, Mahoning Co.
I just had a female/imm. evening grosbeak at my sunflower feeder here in Poland Twp., Mahoning Co.  It only stayed for 5 minutes.  

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Date: 11/20/18 10:20 am
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.)
Lots of waterfowl this morning at these 2 Mahoning Co. reservoirs.  Evans L. had: 15 canvasbacks, 30 redheads, 100 lesser scaup, 22 buffleheads, 175 hooded mergansers, common mergansers, 130 ruddy ducks, pied-billed grebes, Am. coots, and Bonaparte's gulls.  Pine L. held: 5 tundra swans, gadwalls, 20 canvasbacks, 125 lesser scaup, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, 95 hooded mergansers, 30 common mergansers, 150 ruddy ducks, 2 double-crested cormorants, and great blue heron.  Craig Holt, Lowellville, Mahoning Co.

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Date: 11/20/18 7:42 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County 11/20
I spent the morning at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County from about 7-10. It pays to get there early. Of the 4500 red-breasted mergansers, 4300 passed by before 7:30. Most of the gulls also went by before 7:45. Of note were 57 tundra swans, 2 red-throated loons, and an Iceland gull. On the Lane Road trails, songbird numbers were down, but two catbirds were seen at opposite ends of the trail. Most of the songbirds were in the sheltered from the wind southwest corner of the trail.


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Nov 20, 2018 7:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Cloudy with occasional snow and drizzle. Winds west to northwest 10-20, 35-36 degrees. I watched the lake from 7:00-9:00 and walked the lane Road trails, 9:00-9:45. Most birds were flying west. Of the 4,500 red-breasted mergansers, 4,300 passed by before 7:30. Most of the gulls passed by the first 45 minutes. Songbirds were few and were mainly in southwest corner of the trails, where it was protected by the wind.
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan 57
Mallard 11
Canvasback 4
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 86
Greater/Lesser Scaup 140
Common Goldeneye 1
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 4513
Horned Grebe 6
Bonaparte's Gull 8
Ring-billed Gull 1830
Herring Gull 685
Iceland Gull 1 One 3rd year passed by heading west.
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Red-throated Loon 2 Both were observed flying west
Common Loon 43
Bald Eagle 2 2 immatures
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 2 2 individuals seen at opposite ends of the trails
American Goldfinch 4
American Tree Sparrow 8
Dark-eyed Junco 7
White-crowned Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 27


John Pogacnik

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Date: 11/19/18 5:46 pm
From: Inga Schmidt <ingais...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] saw-whet owl. geauga co.
Again tonight, after several days since I first heard it, a saw whet owl was calling. Around 6:30,
continually for 10 or so minutes. Moving around. I don't know how to describe the call
except to say that it isn't the toot toot call. Just a little shriek.

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Rd. Geauga Co. at the Cuy. Co. line
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Date: 11/19/18 8:32 am
From: Mark Sullivan <columbussully...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kittiwake present at Hoover Dam
As I write this the Kittiwake is actively fishing at the Hoover Dam
spillway. It is readily visible from the parking lot.

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Date: 11/19/18 6:24 am
From: downto business <000004191472a777-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Hancock County Christmas Bird Count 2018 on December 29
Happy Holidays!  
Our Hancock County Naturlist club is once again leading our CBC 2018 this year on Saturday, December 29 8am-5pm, and contact me if interested:
Amy Downing:    <downtobusiness2001...> 
Betsy Worden and Shane Myers also leading up the tracking/organizing/reporting.
Your time could be spent counting at your home feeders for a few minutes or all the way up to birding most of the day in a local park or an assigned area with one of our teams to report in by 5pm that day.  Areas to be covered including Findlay Reservoir, Camp Berry (this is special access, so a real treat), Van Buren State Park, and many other great birding areas.  Count them all, big or small!
Thank you!
Amy Downingphone: 419.722.0206

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Date: 11/19/18 3:56 am
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
Ohio birders have added four new eBird shared bird reporting hotspots.
They have been added to the Ohio eBird Hotspot website:
https://birding-in-ohio.com/whats-new-november-19-2018/

There are also new help pages describing Ohio Birding Drives and a Focus on
Birding near a State Line.

There are added tips on viewing birds at the Brecksville Town Square.

Thanks to the many birders who have suggested hotspots, written
descriptions and tips, and sent photos. There are now over 3200 locations
described in the website.

Ken Ostermiller
eBird hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Date: 11/18/18 4:27 pm
From: Randy Rowe <rowe926...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Scoters at Sims Park, Euclid, and Fairport Harbor, Painesville
Took a trip up to the lakeshore today in the misty rain. All three species
of scoters have been reported at Sims the last few weeks, and we found all
three. At Sims, we saw 20 black scoters, 10 white-winged scoters, and one
surf scoter. The latter was possibly still in alternate plumage, but it was
pretty distant in the fog. At Sims we also saw a dozen horned grebes, six
common loons, and two red-throated loons, all in basic plumage. There were
also about 30 common goldeneye. We stopped at Mentor Beach park along
Lakeshore Blvd and saw flocks of 9 hooded mergansers and 7 ruddy ducks.
There was not a lot of interest at Headlands Dunes at Painesville except
two ruby-crowned kinglets, but on the east side of the Grand River at
Fairport Harbor park, there was a group of 5 surf scoters at pretty close
range, that were easy to study. The high point of the day, was one of these
surf scoters was in full alternate plumage with the clown-like,
multi-colored bill and white patches on the head and nape. A wonderful
sighting! Talking to a local birder who was there, he said that scoter had
been there the last 2-3 days. For the day, we had a total of 24 species. A
great winter day on the Lake!
Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Date: 11/18/18 2:09 pm
From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] AlumCreekDam,HooverDam,11-18: Bluebirds,GreatEgret,Kittiwake
I birded around the 2 nearby dams, looking for migrants and strays. The
celebrity Kittiwake was putting on a nice show at Hoover Dam, resting on
the marina dock, then flying over to fish in the spillway. Watching it
dive under water for fish was cool. There was still plenty of action from
other species, with the best being:

Horned Grebes - 6 were above Alum Creek dam, while 9 were above Hoover Dam
Waterfowl - both spots had a few Hooded Mergansers, while Alum had 30+
Lesser Scaup and 8 Bufflehead
Coots - the flock of 200+ birds is still hanging around New Galena at Alum
Creek Lake
Gulls - Bonapartes were king at both spots, with 20+ at Alum and 70+ at
Hoover
Great Egret - less noticed by the kittiwake watchers was an egret along the
shore north of the marina.
BlueJays - still some movement at Alum, with 20+ birds flying south past
New Galena & the dam
E.Bluebirds - good movement at Alum, with 30 flying south in small flocks
over 90 minutes, past New Galena and the Dam.
HermitThrush - 1 was along the trails at New Galena at Alum Creek Lake
Kinglets - 1-2 Golden-crowns were at Alum, while 3-4 were below Hoover Dam
Sparrows - not much movement here, with the expected small #s of
White-throats and Songs at both spots. Hoover also had a Swamp Sparrow in
the spillway

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Date: 11/18/18 1:50 pm
From: Matthew Valenic <mmvalencic...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snow Goose probably a Graylag
A snow goose was reported this morning in Newbury Township, OH (Geauga
county) in with a flock of Canada Geese. We arrived about an hour after the
reported sighting and found the flock of Canada Geese but the only white
bird in with them was a Graylag-type goose (see pictures on my checklist at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50026200).



Another report came through later (another checklist) showing the same - 1
Snow goose in with a flock of Canada Geese. If you just drive by it's
possible to mistake the white goose for a Snow Goose, but we took pictures
and watched it flap its wings - all white from body to tip, lacking the
black tips of a Snow Goose.



Exciting, but 'no bananas' for a Snow Goose (I still need one for 2018!!).



Matt Valencic





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Date: 11/18/18 12:39 pm
From: Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kittiwake
Black-legged Kittiwake showing well at spillway at Hoover Res. Showed up around 3pm. Had also been seen this AM per another birder.

Lovely bird. Cool to see markings so well from above.

couple hundred Tundra Swans at funk bottoms. About a dozen Sandhills.

Peggy Wang
Granville

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Date: 11/18/18 8:53 am
From: Jon Cefus <jcefus...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] WW Scoters- Nimisila - Summit Co.
2 White-winged Scoters at Nimisila Reservoir (Summit Co) from the dam.

Jon Cefus

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Date: 11/18/18 8:24 am
From: Darlene Sillick <azuretrails...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count OHOS Dec 31
Roger. my CBC compiler mentor, said it so well. Thank you Roger !!

Let the CBC’s begin.!! I always look forward to this annual citizen science event. The people we are with and the birds we find make for an interesting day. Every CBC circle is different so consider doing more than one!

The O’Shaughnessy (OHOS) CBC is Monday Dec 31. Kyle Davis (OWU JR) is my co-compiler. We welcome young birders and new birders and love having some top birders in the area helping each year. Please contact me if you can participate so I can add you to a circle section. I have a variety of walking and driving areas I will have teams organized by Dec. 20.

A couple areas in my circle of interest are Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Deer Haven, Emily Traphagen and Blues Creek, several smaller parks, OHOS is just below the O’Shaughnessy Dam and north on both sides of the Scioto River, the Columbus Zoo, several golf courses and some private areas that always reveal surprises.

Visit the CBC web site to find a circle near you or where you might be traveling. https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science/christmas-bird-count

Kyle and I hope to hear from you that you can join us.
Darlene and Kyle

*Seasons Greetings and give some time to count birds for a great cause!

*Take a young person out birding!!!

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Subject: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count Season less than a month away

Fellow birders,

Believe it or not, the 119th Christmas Bird Count season is less than a month away.

The following events are part of the world's greatest Citizen Science project.

You are all cordially invited to participate in these and/or other CBC activities.

If you will be a first-time participant, please contact me for further details and so that I can be looking for you on the count dates.

Thanks for your participation,

Great Birding!

Roger Troutman



*68th Wooster & 69th Mohican State Forest Ohio Christmas Bird Counts
2018-2019*



=*Wooster* Sat. Dec. 22nd. - Meet at Bob Evans Restaurant off Route 30 on the

south edge of Wooster. Meet @ 7 AM for breakfast and/or for territory assignments.

Afternoon- Bell Store/Marathon/Subway @ Rt. 95 & Rt 3 @ noon



= *Mohican** State Forest**.* Sat. Dec. 29st Meet at 7 AM at McDonalds just south of Loudonville on St. Rt. 3 for territory assignments and/or breakfast.

Can't make the morning session?- join the group for a brown bag lunch at the Pleasant Hill Reservoir Dam parking lot at 12:30 PM

If you need a territory assignment, directions etc before the count day or have questions,

phone between 9 AM & 10 PM or by snail or email <Roger.Troutman...> <mailto:<Roger.Troutman...> anytime.



Compiler: Roger Troutman - 3360 St. Rt. 546 Mansfield OH 44904-9328

(419) 884-3529.

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Date: 11/17/18 5:09 pm
From: Robert Thorn <robthorn6...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Battelle-Darby,11-17: Jays,Sparrows
The last landbird 'migrants' of the season were scattered through sites
around & near this MetroPark southwest of Columbus. I stopped at Kuhlwein
wetlands, the Nature Center, and Cedar Ridge, along with nearby Clover
Cemetery wetlands and Big Run Park. Waterfowl haven't made much of an
appearance yet, and that was true here. But other 'migrants' included:

N.Flickers - 2-3 at most stops, even in very open areas
Pileated Woodpeckers - pairs of calling birds were at both the Nature
Center and Cedar Ridge
Blue Jays - modest flocks clustered in areas with oaks trees - Cedar Ridge
had the most with 14+
Tree Sparrows - 1-2 at nearly all sites with any open areas
Fox Sparrows - 2 beautiful red individuals were along the Hawthorn trail at
Cedar Ridge
White-crowned Sparrows - 2-3 were singing along the greenbelt trail at
Kuhlwein wetlands
Swamp Sparrows - 2-3 were at each of the three wetlands visited, so either
there will be record numbers of wintering birds or these are laggard
migrants.
Blackbirds - very few Redwings, but a large flock of nearly 300 Grackles
were at Cedar Ridge

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Date: 11/17/18 1:12 pm
From: Bob and Elaine McNulty <bob.mcn...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Hoover Reservoir dam
Black legged kittiwake is still visiting in causeway below dam. I was there between 1 and 2pm.

At home in Gahanna, we are getting daily visits from purple finches, yellow bellied sapsucker is making sporadic visits

Bob McNulty

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Date: 11/17/18 12:02 pm
From: Ken Ostermiller <ken.ostermiller...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Funk Bottoms, Wayne County
Funk Bottoms in Wayne County is hosting flocks of Tundra Swans both along
OH-95 and Wilderness Road. We counted 255 on Wilderness along with almost
100 Sandhill Cranes. There were 2 Cackling Geese flying with Canadas.

Ken Ostermiller
Westfield Center
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Date: 11/17/18 11:27 am
From: Marc Hanneman <marchanneman...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Ashtabula CBC
Count day is Saturday, 12/29. Circle includes both Ashtabula and Conneaut harbors. Anyone interested, please contact Marc Hanneman. Please use ebird if you happen to bird within the Circle during Count Week. Several hotspots in Circle, including Stollacker Rd along southern edge.

Marc Hanneman
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Date: 11/17/18 11:11 am
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Pine Siskins feeder birds! (Marion Co)
Greetings, and Happy Thanksgiving!

I currently have 3-5 Pine Siskins visiting my Sunflower feeder here in La
Rue (Marion County). They also have been hitting my Thistle feeder as
well, but mostly the sunflower.
I think they arrived last nite because I went out to fill the feeder last
night, and one of the Siskins didn't move from the feeder until I put my
hand on the tube. :-O today they are more active. hoping for Redpolls! :-D

Also have had Carolina Wrens, Goldfinches, Blue Jays, WB Nuthatches, and
Downy, Hairy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers fightign the House Sparrows for
feeder time.

I'm keeping a lookout for Short-eared Owls at Big Island...I'm expecting
them sometime around Thanksgiving...or the week after. As long as the
winds are calm, we should have some good showings...I never seem to see
them here when the winds are more than 5-10 mph.

Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Steve J.

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Date: 11/17/18 8:44 am
From: Nancy Howell <nancyhowell...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count
Hello friends and birders,

The Lakewood Circle (west side of Cleveland) Christmas Bird Count,
sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon, is scheduled for Saturday, December
29, 2018. As compiler for the Lakewood Circle, please contact me at the
address below and check the Western Cuyahoga Audubon website,
www.wcaudubon.org and click on the Christmas Bird Count button.

Thank you and have a good Thanksgiving.
--
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Date: 11/17/18 7:28 am
From: Sheryl Young <000001163286a6c4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Firelands CBC - Erie and Huron Co
Our Firelands Audubon Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec 15.  Areas covered include Sheldon Marsh, Edison Woods, Old Woman Creek, Norwalk Reservoir, and more.
Contact me for further information.Sheryl Young

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Date: 11/17/18 5:32 am
From: H Thomas Bartlett <hthomas.bartlett...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count dates
Up-coming counts which can use help if you are interested.

December 15 - Tiffin, Ohio contact Jim Coffman
December 16 - Lake Erie Islands contact John Pogacnik, Tom Bartlett, or
Lisa Brohl

December 30 - Carey, Ohio contact Eric Mulholland
January 4 - Gypsum (Port Clinton area) contact Tom Bartlett
January 5 - Ottawa NWR contact Tom Bartlett

Tom
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Date: 11/16/18 4:16 pm
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Trumbull CBC
Trumbull County Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 16

Anyone wishing to help please contact Carole Babyak <owllo...>

Carole B

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Date: 11/16/18 12:07 pm
From: Roger Troutman <roger.troutman...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Christmas Bird Count Season less than a month away
Fellow birders,

Believe it or not, the 119th Christmas Bird Count season is less than a
month away.

The following events are part of the world's greatest Citizen Science
project.

You are all cordially invited to participate in these and/or other CBC
activities.

If you will be a first-time participant, please contact me for further
details and so that I can be looking for you on the count dates.

Thanks for your participation,

Great Birding!

Roger Troutman



*68th Wooster & 69th Mohican State Forest Ohio Christmas Bird Counts
2018-2019*



=*Wooster* Sat. Dec. 22nd. - Meet at Bob Evans Restaurant off Route 30 on
the

south edge of Wooster. Meet @ 7 AM for breakfast and/or for territory
assignments.

Afternoon- Bell Store/Marathon/Subway @ Rt. 95 & Rt 3 @ noon



= *Mohican** State Forest**.* Sat. Dec. 29st Meet at 7 AM at McDonalds
just south of Loudonville on St. Rt. 3 for territory assignments and/or
breakfast.

Can't make the morning session?- join the group for a brown bag lunch at
the Pleasant Hill Reservoir Dam parking lot at 12:30 PM

If you need a territory assignment, directions etc before the count day or
have questions,

phone between 9 AM & 10 PM or by snail or email <Roger.Troutman...>
anytime.



Compiler: Roger Troutman - 3360 St. Rt. 546 Mansfield OH 44904-9328

(419) 884-3529.

(567) 303-9588 – count day only



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Date: 11/16/18 11:46 am
From: Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Evans L. white-winged scoter, black scoters
Today at Evans L. in Mahoning Co. there was a male white-winged scoter and 3 black scoters.  Also seen were Am. wigeons, buffleheads, 150 hooded mergansers, common mergansers, ruddy ducks, Am. coots, and n. mockingbird.  Nearby Pine L. had 100 n. shovelers, gadwall, Am. black ducks, green-winged teals, buffleheads, hooded mergansers, common mergansers, ruddy ducks, double-crested cormorants, great blue heron, and bald eagle.  Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Date: 11/14/18 8:13 pm
From: Lynn Champney <lachampney...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] 2 Merlin’s Westerville Franklin County
Perched atop wooden utility poles.
East side of Spring Road on both sides of Church of Christ north of Walnut Street 3:30 today.
Check all poles from in Highland Park till north of Spring Road Church of Christ.
In past years I’ve seen them on most every pole at one time or another. Not always 2.
Good luck
Lynn Champney

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Date: 11/14/18 8:02 pm
From: Lynn Champney <lachampney...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Recent yard birds Westerville, Franklin County
Sightings since 7 November 2018.
Red-breasted nuthatch seen daily.
Purple finch one male not seen since.
White-throated sparrow, many seen daily.
9 November
Fox sparrow not seen since.
Eastern tohee not seen since.
11 November
White-crowned sparrow also seen on 13 November.
12 November
Hairy woodpecker female on feeder
First sighting in yard.
Barred owl at dusk flew off neighbors roof across street into Hemlock tree. I went to tree and he was sitting there looking at me.
13 November
Pine siskin one on tray feeder not seen today. Got fresh thistle seed in feeders today. Hopefully returns with all his friends.
Lynn Champney

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Date: 11/14/18 3:16 pm
From: Brenda Rushka <brendarushka...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Pine Siskins Westerville Ohio
We have had Pine Siskins show up on our backyard feeders in the last two days. Yesterday, a total of more than 30!

Has anyone else seen any other irruptive species lately in the Columbus OHIO area?

We are hoping for evening grosbeaks and this many pine siskins is a promising sign.

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Date: 11/14/18 2:59 pm
From: Inga Schmidt <ingais...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] saw-whet owl. geauga co.
At my Bainbridge home this evening, we heard, and then saw fly off from the pines, a saw-whet owl.
My husband had just come in and told me he heard and unusual sound, so I went out to listen.
The owl wasn't making any of the toot series sounds, but just an odd screechy, almost one note call.

I see saw-whets here on occasion, but usually I find them perched, when mobbed by little birds. This was the first time I'd heard one calling.

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road Geauga/Cuy co. line

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Date: 11/14/18 12:44 pm
From: Peggy Wang <00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] N Mockingbird Granville
I was pleased to see one N Mockingbird hanging out by my feeders this AM. It’s prob more interested in my neighbor’s bountiful crabapple tree.

Peggy Wang
Granville
Licking Cty
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Date: 11/14/18 12:26 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Rusty Blackbirds in Athens County
Early this afternoon I encountered a huge flock of over 1,000 blackbirds
near the middle of Frost Road along the Hocking River in Athens County. My
very rough estimates were 800 Red-winged Blackbirds, 200 Common Grackles,
and 25 Rusty Blackbirds. Females of the last were easily picked out by
their light brown color compared to the others; males were harder since
some appeared to be partially molted. All those numbers may be undercounts.

Near the north end of Frost Road about 30 Cedar Waxwings were feeding on
wild grapes

Early morning at Veto Lake in Washington County:

Canada Goose--6
Mallard--6
Hooded Merganser--2

Along Rocky Point Road in Washington County:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker--2
Golden-crowned Kinglet--2
Hermit Thrush--1
Cedar Waxwing--8, including 1 juvenile
Eastern Towhee--1
Dark-eyed Junco--2

--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH

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Date: 11/14/18 12:17 pm
From: Carole Babyak <000001100197cc98-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] RBN-behavior
Yesterday just before 5pm I was filling the peanut feeder when an intensely colored male RBN jumped on the feeder
in a branch above him a female (lighter colored breast) landed, vocalizing in that rapid call they make. He answered
then flew to her branch, still vocalizing she moved around the branch, flew up to the next branch then flew to a
spruce tree. He was vocalizing that same rapid call, following her and also went to the spruce tree. I'm not assigning
them any human qualities,,,,,however for me it was a charming experience.

Carole Babyak

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Date: 11/14/18 9:49 am
From: Matt <mmvalencic...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Eared Grebe Mosquito Lake, Trumbull County
Watching now (12:45) off Mahan-Denman Road, beyond the vegetation.

Matt Valencic

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Date: 11/14/18 8:21 am
From: Matt Straley <straleymd...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Albino House Finch with saga of another abnormally colored bird
Thank you for your response. I never heard about leucistic birds before, but after your description of leucistic, that's actually the finch that I've seen. It stayed with and acted like the other house finches. I stopped seeing that bird a few days after I posted that comment. The house finches are still in the area but not as many. I hope it comes back!

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Date: 11/13/18 5:56 pm
From: Regina Schieltz <reginasch54...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Darke County Purple Finch and RB Nuthatch
Yesterday, Monday, Nov.12, I had a flock of 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches in my
yard.
Today, at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie just west of Greenville on
502, there was a pair of Purple Finches and a Red -breasted Nuthatch.
A few ducks are being seen in the county also. Green-wing Teal and Hooded
Mergansers.

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Date: 11/13/18 3:37 pm
From: Gregory Caspers <gecaspr...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Tundra swans
Seen my FOY Tundra Swan fly-overs this afternoon. There were four flocks
within about a half an hour.
Greg
Jefferson County

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 10:55 AM Dan Best <bestdan...> wrote:

> Yep, predictable. They arrive with the first blast of winter weather when
> the Witch of November chases them out of Alaska and Canada and across
> northern Ohio on their way to Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Coast for the
> winter. Three “V”s of swans so far totaling 124 over Eldon Russell Park
> where I’m out in a canoe bringing in the Prothonotary Warbler and Tree
> Swallow bird houses off the Upper Cuyahoga. Can’t wait any longer for an
> Indian summer day. Sandhill cranes bugling off in the river swamps too.
> Hoping to see an otter.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 10, 2018, at 8:39 AM, Nancy Howell <NHowell...> wrote:
> >
> > Had a flock of 50 to 60 Tundra Swans fly over Cleveland's University
> Circle area at 8:05 this morning. They were headed east. First of the fall.
> >
> > Nancy J. Howell
> > In-House Education Coordinator/Museum Educator
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Date: 11/13/18 8:07 am
From: John Pogacnik <jpogacnik...>
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Lake Erie Bluffs, Lake County 11/13
I birded Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County this morning for about three hours. It started out great with a short-eared owl flying just north of the parking lot at Lane Road. The bird continued west over the trees along the lake. It appeared to be migrating. There were the usual large numbers of gulls heading west in the morning. Many are heading to the dump and the Fairport Harbor area. It was not until after 7:45 that I saw my first loon go by. I ended up counting 109 birds, with most heading west high in the sky. Only two flocks exceeded 10 birds with most flocks at 3-5 birds. Of note was a group of three birds flying low. Two were common loons and the third was much smaller. It did not have the characteristic red-throated loon wing beat. It went as unidentified. There were very few ducks going by and the only ones of note were two adult white-winged scoters. There were a lot of songbirds on the trails. Most were robins and starlings feeding on the crabapples. A palm warbler was seen along the trail just west of the shelter. Three purple finches, two females and a male were in the southwest corner of the Lane Road trail. A complete list will be posted on the Ohio bird list-serve.


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Nov 13, 2018 7:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Cloudy with light drizzle, winds northwest 10-20 mph, 35-38 degrees. The majority of the birds were flying west. First two hours were spent doing a lake watch and the last hour was spent on the Lane Road trails.
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 58
Tundra Swan 62
Gadwall 1
Mallard 13
American Black Duck 1
Northern Pintail 1
White-winged Scoter 2 2 adult birds flying west with two red-breasted mergansers
Red-breasted Merganser 26
Mourning Dove 1
Bonaparte's Gull 17
Ring-billed Gull 520
Herring Gull 340
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Common Loon 109 Almost all were flying high heading west. There were two groups that exceeded 10 birds. Most were in groups of 3-5.
loon sp. 1 I small dark loon was observed flying with two common loons. It was not a red-throated loon.
Bald Eagle 9 6 immatures and 3 adults
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Short-eared Owl 1 Flew by early over the Lane Road parking lot. It headed west over the trees
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 6
Blue Jay 19
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 82
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 234
House Finch 2
Purple Finch 3 Two females and a male in the southwest corner of the lane road trail.
American Goldfinch 5
Snow Bunting 6
American Tree Sparrow 37
Dark-eyed Junco 3
White-crowned Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 23
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 21
Rusty Blackbird 6
Palm Warbler 1 An immature palm warbler was along the trail just west of the shelter. The bird was feeding on the trail. It wagged its tail constantly. Bird was small with a faded rusty cap. Faint yellowish wash on the undertail. The back was dull brown. There was very faint chest streaking.
Northern Cardinal 18


John Pogacnik

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