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31 Jul: @ 14:18:36  Osprey behavior [Carole Babyak]
31 Jul: @ 10:40:03  Wilderness Road Avocet [k-cmiller]
31 Jul: @ 09:54:30  Blue Grosbeak in Glacier Ridge MP Union county [Ira Shulgin]
31 Jul: @ 08:01:47  Small Hawks at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake Countty [Gayle Wohlken]
30 Jul: @ 11:13:14  Osprey musings [Bill Whan]
29 Jul: @ 13:44:59  Ruddy Turnstone on Cedar Point breakwall [Bill Ohlsen]
29 Jul: @ 12:25:40  YoungsRd (SWACO Mountain),7-20: Vultures,sparrows,Dickcissel [rob thorn]
29 Jul: @ 11:59:53  Conneaut Sandspit- 8 species of shorebirds incl. Avocet [Sally Isacco]
29 Jul: @ 06:14:12  HooverReservoir,7-27,28: cormorants,eagle,swallows [rob thorn]
28 Jul: @ 12:11:43  status of birds and more [Manon Van Schoyck]
28 Jul: @ 07:48:15  All our friends at wake robin (mentor) today [Laura Peskin]
27 Jul: @ 11:59:23  PrairieOaks,Hilliard,7-24: egrets,cuckoo,martins [rob thorn]
27 Jul: @ 11:58:57  Blendon Woods- Birds, mudflats [Simpson, Bruce]
27 Jul: @ 10:40:39  Shorebird migration [Bill Whan]
26 Jul: @ 19:39:50  American Avocet Mosquito Lake [jen brumfield]
26 Jul: @ 19:09:28  Common Loon... Dayton [Eric Elvert]
25 Jul: @ 12:07:31  Avocet Lorain impound [jen brumfield]
25 Jul: @ 08:13:17  Nighthawks [richard banish]
24 Jul: @ 19:35:19 Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [The Rices]
24 Jul: @ 16:50:33 Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [Manon Van Schoyck]
24 Jul: @ 16:25:01 Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [Pete Whan]
24 Jul: @ 14:55:56 Re: Merlin nest in Columbus? [Manon Van Schoyck]
24 Jul: @ 12:04:03  correction about nesting merlins [Bill Whan]
24 Jul: @ 11:58:01  Merlin nest in Columbus? [Bill Whan]
24 Jul: @ 10:45:41  Delaware county Trumpeter Swans [Robert Batterson]
24 Jul: @ 07:28:02  New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller]
24 Jul: @ 06:34:04  Willet - Lorain Cty [Patty McKelvey]
24 Jul: @ 05:55:42  Dublin,7-23: Bobolinks,sparrows [rob thorn]
23 Jul: @ 15:14:53  L Hope Zaleski-Warblers, Songbirds with young [Simpson, Bruce]
23 Jul: @ 00:07:34  shorebird migration starting at headlands [Laura Peskin]
23 Jul: @ 00:07:25  shorebird migration starting at headlands [Laura Peskin]
22 Jul: @ 14:16:20  Conneaut Sandspit-Whimbrel [Sally Isacco]
22 Jul: @ 13:42:04  Birding Field Bag [Ken Andrews]
22 Jul: @ 12:28:52  Mississippi Kite at Hurdle Waterfowl Park in Ashland County [James Muller]
22 Jul: @ 09:04:17  New Wiregrass Metropark in Toledo, Flooded Corn fields [Rachel Shamy]
20 Jul: @ 14:36:21  Conneaut, Walnut Beach [Craig Holt]
20 Jul: @ 12:59:50  Protect Geauga Parks conservation program [Sandra Buckles]
20 Jul: @ 08:21:58  Fwd: Re: [Ohio-birds] Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks [Bill Whan]
20 Jul: @ 06:34:26  Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks [Steven Pendleton]
19 Jul: @ 23:19:51  Cozumel bird help [Ron Looker]
19 Jul: @ 14:32:05 Re: Conneaut Today [Bill Heck]
19 Jul: @ 14:27:52  Upland Sandpipers Dayton [Eric Elvert]
19 Jul: @ 11:18:30  Conneaut Today [Jeff Harvey]
19 Jul: @ 08:57:18  Am. Avocets Conneaut Harbor Ashtabula [Marky]
19 Jul: @ 07:46:25  Darke County Pied-billed Grebes [Regina Schieltz]
18 Jul: @ 17:54:11  Local Patch Lake Erie boat trips 2015 [jen brumfield]
18 Jul: @ 16:07:26  AlumCreekLake,HooverReservoir,7-18: cormorants,CaspianTern,vireos [rob thorn]
18 Jul: @ 15:14:25  Geauga County - Caspian Terns at Little Punderson Lake [Matt Valencic]
16 Jul: @ 13:58:17  New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller]
16 Jul: @ 07:56:53  WW Dove (Stark Co) [Jon Cefus]





Subject: Osprey behavior
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 14:18 pm
From: 000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I have seen Immature and Adult Bald Eagles chase Ospreys
but May 22, 2015 I saw 3 Ospreys flying over an Eagle nest that had failed.
On this day both Eagles were on the nest. An Osprey swooped down at the nest
The Female Eagle spread her wings over the nest, while the Male stayed on the edge.
The Ospreys flew away. Both Eagles stayed on the nest for about 25 minutes. The Female
then flew off and a few minutes later flew back under the nest over the lake. The Male stayed
on the nest for another half hour and was still there when I left.

Is this late for Ospreys to be taking over a nest?

Carole Babyak Trumbull County NE Ohio



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Subject: Wilderness Road Avocet
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 10:40 am
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
An American Acocet just dropped into the peat ponds of Wilderness Road near Funk. Due to the gracious pumping of Irvin Miller this area is fast shaping up to be one of the premier shorebird locations again this fall. Maybe 400 shorebirds here now of at least 11 species right now with habitat improving rapidly. With the reservoirs and lake Erie high this should become a magnet

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Subject: Blue Grosbeak in Glacier Ridge MP Union county
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 9:54 am
From: 0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Early morning I found a singing Blue Grosbeak from the entrance road of the north part of the park. It was on the tree line (right hand side of the road)  just after passing the red barn.

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Subject: Small Hawks at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake Countty
Date: Fri Jul 31 2015 8:01 am
From: g_wohlken AT mac.com
 
Yesterday my husband and I were at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County. We saw a quite small hawk at the top of a dead tree, and it flew away after about five minutes of us watching from a distance.  We had been heading west on the trail and the tree the bird was in was on the north or to our right and not far from the intersection that leads to the camping area/beach access trail.  Behind the first first bench on the beach access trail above us in a tall tree we saw a flash of wings and two small hawklike birds flying around a large nest. Their call was similar to that of a sharp shinned hawk or maybe even a kestrel. Those aren't supposed to be nesting here from what I have read, so does anyone know what we could have seen?  The sound they made was not the sound of a Cooper's hawk.   One of the birds flew to the dead tree where we had seen the first bird. There may have been three birds, all told. 

Gayle Wohlken

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Subject: Osprey musings
Date: Thu Jul 30 2015 11:13 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Yesterday my wife and I ate lunch along the Scioto not far from the
now-regular nest site of a pair of ospreys. That site was successful in
producing two young this year, and is now abandoned. We were intrigued
to see two young ospreys (separable because of the bright white
highlights on the upperparts) flying separately and together over the
big widening of the river just above the dam. What was intriguing was
that one of the birds was carrying a stick, which it deposited atop a
cell-phone tower behind the new fire station, just like an osprey
starting a nest. This tower is about 2-3 hundred yards away from the
established nest, which is on a light tower on the Scioto-Audubon park site.
This suggested some questions I can't answer. Do young ospreys
regularly do a little practice nest-building in their first fall? Do
only the males do this? Is anyone seeing this now? I am also intrigued
by the date: is it the case that this practice takes place on a day when
the duration of daylight is close to the same as the real nest-building
by the parents? This reminds me that this raptor shares with the
broad-winged hawk a very long migration back and forth from South
America, and a pretty tight schedule that the birds probably recognize
by the length of daylight; I haven't figured this out yet, but it could
be that the same length of day governs their arrivals and departures. If
anyone knows more, please let me know. As recently as 2001, Peterjohn in
his "The Birds of Ohio" could be rather guarded about the nesting of
ospreys anywhere in Ohio. But we have nests these days all over the
state, most of which scorn nest sites put up by the ODOW---see Bob
Lane's report of twenty nests found near lakes within ten or so miles of
Alliance--and some of these observations could be studied.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone on Cedar Point breakwall
Date: Wed Jul 29 2015 13:44 pm
From: 0000023e9c4311ac-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
While boating/birding the Cedar Point breakwall out of Sandusky Bay this morning
I saw one Male Ruddy Turnstone busy feeding at the very end of the breakwall where the concrete surface is flat.
In my boat I was able to approach within 20 feet and it never stopped feeding.

Also on the breakwall was one Great Black-Backed Gull and numerous Ring Billed Gulls and Herring Gulls,
Double -Crested Cormorants. Nearby sitting on various navigation buoy's were many Common Terns.

A few miles out on the lake were two Bonaparte's Gulls.

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Subject: YoungsRd (SWACO Mountain),7-20: Vultures,sparrows,Dickcissel
Date: Wed Jul 29 2015 12:25 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
While surveying several area in south Franklin County, I stopped along Youngs Rd, on the western edge of the enormous Franklin County landfill south of Grove City.  The landfill itself had a flock of 18-20 vultures, mostly Turkey but including 2 Blacks.  The grasslands along Youngs Rd still had interesting stuff, including 1 Dickcissel, singing at the treeline around the ponds almost to the I-71 bridge, as well as 2 Savannah and 1 Grasshopper Sparrows.

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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit- 8 species of shorebirds incl. Avocet
Date: Wed Jul 29 2015 11:59 am
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Took my sister to Erie Airport and stopped at Conneaut on the way home.
There from 8AM-10:30AM. The Avocet was the main attraction strutting
back and forth in front of the observation tower with the following:
Greater Yellowlegs-2 ( nice comparison with the Yellowlegs side by side )
Lesser Yellowlegs-1
Semipalmated Plover-3
Least Sandpiper-1
Sanderling-3
Killdeer-10
Short-billed Dowitcher-1

Sally Isacco, Chardon, Concord Twp.

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Subject: HooverReservoir,7-27,28: cormorants,eagle,swallows
Date: Wed Jul 29 2015 6:14 am
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I spent parts of the last 2 days around Hoover Reservoir (northeast of Columbus), checking areas from Oxbow Island and the Sunbury causeway down through the dam.  Water level is still very high, so no mudflats here this year.  Mosquitoes were bad in some spots, but not overwhelming, so some areas might be sprayed here. Notable birds included:

Cormorants - everywhere on the open water. It's hard to believe they don't have a rookery here yet.
Ring-billed Gulls - the first influx of post-breeders is under way, with small #s widespread. High was 90 at the marina.
Bald Eagle - an immature was cruising the shoreline at Area F, near Maxtown Road
Osprey - 2 were soaring north of the Sunbury causeway; another was near the dam
Turkey Vultures - many small groups around traditional roosts. Largest was 50 around the Dam.
Swallows - still a few late Cliff Swallow nests, at Twin Bidges, Sunbury Causeway, and the Dam. Also had small #s of free-flying Cliffs, Trees, Rough-wings, and Barns at many locations
Vireos - many Warbling Vireos along the shoreline, along with a few Red-eyed (Dam, Oxbow Island)
Mimids - Catbirds were abundant, with many juveniles. Single Thrashers were at Area O and the road to Oxbow Island
Warblers - Yellows were at many locations, but I couldn't find any Prothonotaries. The only Yellow-throated found was singing in the riparian area below the dam. A Parula was out of place on Oxbow Island, possibly a post-breeding wanderer.
Orioles - despite all the shoreline habitat, I only found 2 Baltimores, both on Oxbow Island, a migrant trap for them.

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Subject: status of birds and more
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 12:11 pm
From: mvs AT ohionature.org
 
The Ohio Division of Wildlife's Wild Ohio special edition is out and is it a
beauty! Lots of beautiful photos and great information on Ohio's birds and
other wildlife. Wonderful reports on Ohio's endangered, threatened,
species of concern, species of interest and recovered species. Great
success stories but much more work to do.




Manon VanSchoyck


Ohio Nature Education


Licking County


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Subject: All our friends at wake robin (mentor) today
Date: Tue Jul 28 2015 7:48 am
From: thenaturegurl AT gmail.com
 
Got to Wake Robin before 7a today, before it got hot.  The museum's current
mechanical removal of large swaths of invasive Phragmites at the close end
of the boardwalk has facilitated great up-close views of both sora &
Virginia rail. Also sora at far end of pond for the scope-carrying. Marsh
wren present and got good view of willow flycatcher ("fitz-BEW' "),
a bird I usually only hear at wake robin. Saw the green heron or least
biTtern (not sure which) flying into the cattails, from where it continued
to call.

Laura

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Subject: PrairieOaks,Hilliard,7-24: egrets,cuckoo,martins
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 11:59 am
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
Saturday I stopped at several areas along the west edge of Columbus and Hilliard, starting with several areas of Prairie Oaks MetroPark, then moving east to the parks along Clover-Groff Run (Franks, Clover-Groff, Spindler).  Water level was lower then prior weeks, but birding was spotty, and mosquitos were bad in spots.  Notables included:

Egrets - 2 Great Egrets were hunting the shallows along Clover Groff Run, quite a ways from the Marble Cliff colony
Pied-billed Grebe - a single bird was at Darby Bend Lakes, where they don't have a history of nesting
cormorants - none at Darby Bend Lakes, but 4 were sunning in a snag by a pond along Clover-Groff north of Roberts Rd.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 was calling along the Sycamore Plains trail, in good nesting habitat
Red-headed Woodpecker - an adults was calling from the snags along the River Rock Trail at Darby Bend Lakes
Willow Flycatchers - good #s were in overgrown fields at nearly every stop, even the small fields along Clover-Groff
Vireos - the expected Warblings were joined by Red-eyed at several spots and even Yellow-throated at Sycamore Plains
Purple Martins - a small roost of 32-34 birds was in snags along the River Rock Trail, single flyovers were at many locations
Thrushes - the lone Wood Thrush was at Sycamore Plains, probably the largest block of woodland I visited all morning
Warblers - nothing other than the expected Yellows (few), Yellow-throated (few), and Common Yellowthroats (many)
Orioles - not a single one at any of these riparian strips, where they're regular nesters, so they're on the move now.

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Subject: Blendon Woods- Birds, mudflats
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 11:58 am
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
  Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of Columbus
off of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit.

We have lowered Thoreau Lake's water level for the Shorebirds

Below is a list of some of the birds seen lately

Thoreau Lake
Mallards-10
Wood Duck-9
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Belted Kingfisher
Spotted Sandpiper
E Kingbird-3
E Phoebe-3
C Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Swallows
Tree
Bank
Barn
N Rough-winged
Green Heron-4
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Chimney Swift
Cedar Waxwing
Killdeer
Willow Flycatcher


Lake Trail
Woodpeckers
Pileated
Hairy
E Wood Peewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Indigo Bunting
Hooded Warbler
Great Crested Flycatcher
Wood Thrush
Carolina Wren
Red-eyed vireo-2 adults, 2 young
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Cuckoos-Look for them in Black Walnut trees
Yellow-billed
Black-billed
Brown Thrasher

Nature Center Bird Viewing Area
Indigo Bunting
Turkeys-males, females, polts ( young)
N Flicker
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-males, females, & young
E Towhee
Carolina Wren
Tanagers-taking a bath in creek
Summer
Scarlet
Cooper's Hawk

Sugarbush Rd
Warblers
Hooded
C Yellowthroat
Ovenbird
Yellow-throated
White-eyed Vireo


Turkeys-everywhere
We know of 12 females with young. The age (& size) of the
polts differ greatly. There are over a 100 Turkeys in this park

Great Horned Owl-2nd loop of Goldenrod Trail

Screech Owl-Overlook Trail

Barred Owl-Hickory Ridge & Ripple Rock Trail

Cuckoos-This time of year they are attracted to Black Walnuts
which have a large white Caterpillar
Yellow-billed
Black-billed Cuckoo

E bluebirds-We have Bluebird houses all over the park

Summer Tanager-Nature Center parking lot-Woodland edge
Goldenrod Trail
Picnic Areas-Woodland edge


Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus
Nature Center 614-895-6221


Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro
Park in Columbus

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Subject: Shorebird migration
Date: Mon Jul 27 2015 10:40 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Well, shorebird migration seems a little puny in Ohio this season so
far, but rest assured it's happening. It'll be even harder to witness
next month when the duck season opens. I like scooting over to Bombay
Hook in Delaware to get a better sense of the migration. It's a drive of
eight hours, but well worth it; if you leave at midnight you can bird
this and other nearby spots and be back in time to get some sleep. We've
been oohing over the odd single avocet here, but here's a report of two
hours--nice, but not extraordinary, spent by a Delaware observer at the
Hook yesterday:
* * * * * * * * *
29 species of ~9,485 individuals.
Canada Goose - 64
Mallard - 5
Double-crested Cormorant - 1
Great Blue Heron - 15
Great Egret - 420
Snowy Egret - 300
Little Blue Heron - 6
Tricolored Heron - 3
Cattle Egret - 1
Green Heron - 1
White Ibis - 8
Glossy Ibis - 320
Black-necked Stilt - 30
American Avocet - 413
Semipalmated Plover - 14
Greater Yellowlegs - 150
Willet - 1
Lesser Yellowlegs - 65
Stilt Sandpiper - 12
Least Sandpiper - 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 2480
Western Sandpiper - 60
Short-billed Dowitcher - 4890
Long-billed Dowitcher - 4
Laughing Gull - 194
Ring-billed Gull - 2
Herring Gull - 1
Caspian Tern - 2
Forster's Tern - 17
- See more at:
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid–3168&MLIDŢ&MLNMŢlaware#sthash.lNMCNz7c.dpuf
* * * * * * * * *

There are plenty of rails here, and salt-water sparrows and so on, and
I've had a curlew sandpiper on a couple of occasions in fall. If you
go, morning light is by far best, and high tide tends to concentrate the
flocks. There are other spots with different species nearby on the
eastern shore, all worth a visit if you have time; directions on the
internet. Other spots are better in the afternoon, and have rails and
other marsh birds seldom seen in Ohio, plus some saltwater shorebirds
less often seen at the Hook, such as knots and turnstones, sanderlings,
oystercatchers, etc, plus tern species we seldom or never see in Ohio.
Close by, on one unforgettable day in 1993 I saw the following terns in
late July: sandwich, royal, Caspian, Forster's, common, least, black,
white-winged, and whiskered (only US record).
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: American Avocet Mosquito Lake
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 19:39 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Roger Hickey found and photographed a gorgeous avocet at the Mosquito Lake beach today. No other details 


JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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Subject: Common Loon... Dayton
Date: Sun Jul 26 2015 19:09 pm
From: Elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
Around 530-6 pm today I  swung through Eastwood metropark lake just for a quick check even though there were boats all over and I was surprised to see a breeding plumage common Loon.
Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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Subject: Avocet Lorain impound
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 12:07 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Lori Borowski Reports a single Avocet at Lorain impound


JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com

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Subject: Nighthawks
Date: Sat Jul 25 2015 8:13 am
From: busterjoy80 AT hotmail.com
 
As I drove through "the hood" yesterday
late evening in Cleveland - I encountered
at least 3 groups of 3-5 Common Nighthawks.
I first heard/saw the around Harvard and the E. 140th
area and the last group heard/seen near E. 55th
and Payne...
Need some? Easy to get in these areas....

Buster

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Subject: Merlin nest in Columbus?
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 19:35 pm
From: therices1039 AT ameritech.net
 
Thanks for the tip on the Merlin!  As of 8pm this evening, my son Matthew and I just saw the Merlin sitting on top of the tree behind the Veterinarian Hospital. 

Tim Rice

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 12:57 PM, Bill Whan wrote:
>
> Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin
> here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this
> location at other more routine times of the year, but July is quite
> unusual, and suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at
> Union Cemetery may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree
> behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and
> solid additional sightings would be significant, here and of course at
> Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the
> just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some
> nestings reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful
> reports are much needed.
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Merlin nest in Columbus?
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 16:50 pm
From: mvs AT ohionature.org
 
I'll try to get details .

-----Original Message-----
From: Pete Whan [mailto:pete.whan1@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 5:09 PM
To: Manon Van Schoyck
Cc: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?

Was it a male or female? Did it have a brood patch? Where the gonads large?
All of these would help suggest if breeding was possible. Thanks.

Pete Whan

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 3:55 PM, Manon Van Schoyck wrote:
>
> Nicole Hafer from Muskingum County Soil & Water and licensed wildlife
rehabilitator admitted a Merlin this week that looked to have been hit by a
car. Unfortunately the bird did not make it. It was found in Zanesville
near the waste water treatment plant.
>
> Manon
VanSchoyck
> Licking
County
>
www.ohionature.org
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of
Bill Whan
> Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 12:57 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?
>
> Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin
here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this location at
other more routine times of the year, but July is quite unusual, and
suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at Union Cemetery
may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree behind a veterinary
hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and solid additional sightings
would be significant, here and of course at Union Cem. Merlins aren't
supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the just-completed OBBA doesn't mention
them--but there have been some nestings reported, to which we may probably
add this one. More careful reports are much needed.
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Merlin nest in Columbus?
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 16:25 pm
From: pete.whan1 AT gmail.com
 
Was it a male or female? Did it have a brood patch? Where the gonads large? All of these would help suggest if breeding was possible. Thanks. 

Pete Whan

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 3:55 PM, Manon Van Schoyck wrote:
>
> Nicole Hafer from Muskingum County Soil & Water and licensed wildlife rehabilitator admitted a Merlin this week that looked to have been hit by a car. Unfortunately the bird did not make it. It was found in Zanesville near the waste water treatment plant.
>
> Manon VanSchoyck
> Licking County
> www.ohionature.org
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Bill Whan
> Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 12:57 PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?
>
> Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this location at other more routine times of the year, but July is quite unusual, and suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at Union Cemetery may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and solid additional sightings would be significant, here and of course at Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some nestings reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful reports are much needed.
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Merlin nest in Columbus?
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 14:55 pm
From: mvs AT ohionature.org
 
Nicole Hafer from Muskingum County Soil & Water and licensed wildlife rehabilitator admitted a Merlin this week that looked to have been hit by a car. Unfortunately the bird did not make it. It was  found in Zanesville near the waste water treatment plant.

Manon VanSchoyck
Licking County
www.ohionature.org

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From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Bill Whan
Sent: Friday, July 24, 2015 12:57 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Merlin nest in Columbus?

Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this location at other more routine times of the year, but July is quite unusual, and suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at Union Cemetery may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and solid additional sightings would be significant, here and of course at Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some nestings reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful reports are much needed.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: correction about nesting merlins
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 12:04 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Sorry, I forgot the juggling of order in the list; there are three OBBA
reports of merlins nesting in Ohio reported by the OBBA
http://bird.atlasing.org/Atlas/OH/Main?cmd=stateSummary&theme=species&edition=crrent&species=merlin&species=Go
A record in Columbus would nonetheless be significant!
BW

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Subject: Merlin nest in Columbus?
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 11:58 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Jason Simonis just stopped by. He had just gotten good looks at a merlin
here in Columbus, a few blocks away. He has seen merlins at this
location at other more routine times of the year, but July is quite
unusual, and suggests the merlins that have repeatedly been reported at
Union Cemetery may be staying to nest. The site is a large dead tree
behind a veterinary hospital at Weber and High in Clintonville, and
solid additional sightings would be significant, here and of course at
Union Cem. Merlins aren't supposed to be nesting in Ohio--the
just-completed OBBA doesn't mention them--but there have been some
nestings reported, to which we may probably add this one. More careful
reports are much needed.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Delaware county Trumpeter Swans
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 10:45 am
From: 000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Earlier today I payed a visit to the upground reservoir retention ponds on Mooney and Taway roads in Northern Delaware county. There wasn't much going on up there except 4 Trumpeter swans feeding in one of the ponds.

Good birding,
Robert Batterson

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 7:28 am
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
​

Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+Ohio



Crawford County

Powers Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Powers+Reservoir



Fairfield County

Buckeye Lake SP--Fairfield Beach Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Buckeye+Lake+Fairfield+Beach+Area



Lorain County

Indian Hollow Reservation--Royal Oaks

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Indian+Hollow+Reservation--Royal+Oaks



Marion County

Marion Tallgrass Trail--Holland Rd. to OH-203 (renamed from Marion
Tallgrass Trail--East)

Marion Tallgrass Trail--OH-203 to Espyville Rd.

Marion Tallgrass Trail--Espyville Rd. to Agosta-Meeker Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Marion+Tallgrass+Trail



Mercer County

Celina Coldwater Bikeway

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Celina+Coldwater+Bikeway




Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Willet - Lorain Cty
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 6:34 am
From: pambirds AT hotmail.com
 
There's a single Willet currently at Lorain Impoundment-Lakeside Landing.

Patty McKelvey
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Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

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Subject: Dublin,7-23: Bobolinks,sparrows
Date: Fri Jul 24 2015 5:55 am
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
A quick visit to Galcier Ridge & nearby parks in far west Dublin (a Columbus suburb) found little unusual.  The wet summer kept many other local bird areas active, but this site seemed like late July.  The grassfields have mostly gone to seed, and insect numbers were low.  The wetland has reeds and cattails growing into the open water, so it may not be as good for waterfowl the upcoming season. I stopped at the Multi-use loop, the wetland, and nearby Trabue Preserve.  Notables included:

Willow Flycatchers - quite a few both at the MUTrail and the wetland
Purple Martins - the colony at the north entrance is dispersing, and individual birds were all over the area
Vireos - little other than a few Red-eyed in the area woodlots
Warblers - still many Common Yellowthroats singing in fields both at the MUTrail and the wetland
Tanagers - 2 male Scarlets were in the woodlots along the MUTrail, but no Summers were located here
Sparrows - many Fields & Songs, but a singing Grasshopper was in the weedfield southeast of the north parking lot
Bobolinks - a few males and several females were flying around the grasslands on the MUTrail
Meadowlarks - a pair was feeding a fledgeling at the MUTrail fields, while another bird was at the wetland

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Subject: L Hope Zaleski-Warblers, Songbirds with young
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 15:14 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
        Lake Hope State Park & Zaleski State Forest are located 15 miles
from Nelsonville (Rte 33) off of Rte 278


At eBird Hotspots is a write up about these areas. There is
information about certain areas to look for Birds. Also included is the 20
Breeding Warblers in these areas & their specific habitats

I spent the early morning hours along a ridge in Zaleski State
Forest. I arrived at 5:09 am. It was quit! At 5:25 am the Whip-poor-wills
started singing. At 5:37 am the first songbird started singing (E Towhee)

By 5:44 the woods were full of Bird songs. At 6:10 am it became
quieter. There was a lot of birds still singing but nothing compared to
5:44 till 6:10 am.

Below is a list of some of the young & observations I saw on this
Cool July morning.

Young
Warblers
Magnolia-female
Chestnut-sided-male-singing
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-female-with little yellow
Black-and-white-male & female
Prairie
Pine-female
Blue-winged
C Yellowthroat-female
Yellow-throated
Hooded-young male

Young
Songbirds
E Towhee-male & female
E Wood Peewee
E Kingbird
Baltimore Oriole-female
Red-headed Woodpecker-4
White-eyed Vireo




Observations
Red-headed Woodpecker-Adult feeding a young
E Kingbird-with a Blackberry in its mouth
Black-and-white-eating a moth
Turkey-female with 2 polts
Chimney swifts-flocking up in groups
Whip-poor-will-circling their territory & singing
Red-tailed Hawk-young calling out-probably begging for
food from Adult

Sharp-shinned Hawk-Infirmary Rd-2nd Sharp-shinned Hawk seen during
Breeding season


Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in
Columbus

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Subject: shorebird migration starting at headlands
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 0:07 am
From: thenaturegurl AT gmail.com
 
Thanks Jerry for telling me about the sanderlings at headlands today (8:30
a). They're on the Dunes beach between the lighthouse & the bathing beach.
A small scope or hi-mag binocs might help. I only had my 10x50 binocs. Good
enough for id but not very interesting viewing.

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Subject: shorebird migration starting at headlands
Date: Thu Jul 23 2015 0:07 am
From: thenaturegurl AT gmail.com
 
Thanks Jerry for telling me about the sanderlings at headlands today (8:30
a). They were on the Dunes beach between the lighthouse & the bathing
beach. A small scope or hi-mag binocs might help. I only had my 10x50
binocs. Good enough for id but not very interesting viewing.

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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit-Whimbrel
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 14:16 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
I was is Ashtabula so I continued on to Conneaut even though it was
noon. I had 5 shorebird species from 12 noon to 1:30PM. When I was
watching a Short-billed Dowitcher, a Whimbrel came in. It was chased
off the sandspit twice by walkers. It then went to the breakwall. It
was still present at 1:30PM on the west end of the breakwall 50 feet
from the end.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Birding Field Bag
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 13:42 pm
From: ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
I found this bag a few years ago in an office supply store. It has been perfect for birding. I can carry my compact camera, some snacks, a notebook and a small field guide. It has a big easy-to-use zipper and an outside pocket. I also have a neoprene water bottle carrier with a belt loop that I put on this bag's shoulder strap.
BUILT 7-10-Inch Neoprene Netbook or DVD Portfolio
http://www.amazon.com/BUILT-7-...
I have had a number of hikers and birders ask me about it when they see me with it. I recently found it on Amazon and thought I would pass the link on.
I have seen a number of field bags online and even in stores. But, this one works very well for me.
The only thing I wanted for this bag was a smaller inner pocket. I solved that by using one of these pouches:
http://shop.eaglecreek.com/pac...
These pouches are perfect for an extra pen, batteries or other smaller items. The clip attaches to the rings on the bag for the shoulder strap so I don't accidentally lose it.
Here is a link for the type of water bottle carrier I have. I think you can pick one up at Walmart for less. This carrier is also just the right size for sunglasses.
http://www.amazon.com/Bags-Less-Neoprene-Drawstring-Insulator/dp/B00856H8UQ/ref=sr_1_14?s=outdoor-recreation&ie=UTF8&qid=1437589168&sr=1-14&keywords=water+bottle+carrier+with+strap

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Subject: Mississippi Kite at Hurdle Waterfowl Park in Ashland County
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 12:28 pm
From: jrmuller12+birding AT gmail.com
 
From Ryan Jacob on Birding Ohio Facebook page: "For anyone interested, we received a call at BSBO earlier today from Paul Sherwood, reporting a Mississippi Kite in Hurdle Waterfowl Park in Ashland County. This bird most likely won't stick around for too long, so anyone in the Ashland area may want to make a detour out to Hurdle."

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hurdle+Waterfowl+Park/@41.0211759,-82.241327,17z

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Subject: New Wiregrass Metropark in Toledo, Flooded Corn fields
Date: Wed Jul 22 2015 9:04 am
From: shamytwinsmom AT gmail.com
 
Went out yesterday to the new Wiregrass Lake Toledo's newest Metropark, So
Beautiful!! We saw and heard:

Gray Catbird
Common Yellowthroat- couple
Blue Jays
Cardinals
Barn Swallows
Purple Martins
Great Blue Heron-2-3
Female Tanager

On our way home, just down the street we saw 7 Great Blue Herons in ONE
flooded corn field!!! They all took off one after another, more there than
at Wiregrass Lake!!! Crazy! No fish in there!

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Subject: Conneaut, Walnut Beach
Date: Mon Jul 20 2015 14:36 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I birded Conneaut harbor today from 7:00 - 11:45 AM.  Birds found included: 40 double-crested cormorants, osprey, 6 bald eagles, 10 killdeer (some must have been migrants), spotted sandpiper, 2 lesser yellowlegs, 3 sanderlings, 4 semipalmated sandpipers, least sandpiper, short-billed dowitcher, first juv. ring-billed gull of the season, Caspian tern, belted kingfisher, willow flycatcher, purple martins, n. rough-winged swallow, bank swallows, cliff swallow (a migrant here), and 6 yellow warblers (first migrants of the season).  From there I went to Walnut Beach in Ashtabula; the water was high there.  I saw bald eagle, belted kingfisher, and purple martins.  Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: Protect Geauga Parks conservation program
Date: Mon Jul 20 2015 12:59 pm
From: s-buckles AT hotmail.com
 
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Subject: Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks
Date: Mon Jul 20 2015 8:21 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Oh, I hope Brenda and Steven's optimism about nighthawks is justified.
They are a favorite species of mine, and I've watched their steady,
steep decline here--I live not far from Brenda and Steve--and elsewhere
over the years. I won't pass along sad musings about this dramatic
species, but below is part of my entry about it in my book about local
birds, intended as a neutral view.
--Bill Whan

Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor*. In 1874, Kirtland et al. (263)
wrote that it “deposits its eggs on the bare ground, often in the middle
of a field,” and in Wheaton’s day too nests of nighthawks were usually
found here in settings such as fallow fields; an incubated egg set of
two collected 6/12/1890 (OSU Museum #E3311) in Franklin County, for
example, was found in “a slight depression in the ground.” Bales’s egg
collection at OSUM includes 16 sets collected from ground nests dating
from as late as 1913; the seventeenth, from 1931, was found on a roof.
Nighthawks nested in abandoned quarries on Kelleys Island in Lake Erie
as recently as 1954 (Dexter 1956:13). As early as 1903, however, Dawson
(343) was to write “[i]n Columbus it is a familiar feature, hawking
fearlessly above High Street, and nesting, as in many other cities, upon
the tarred and gravelled roofs of flat-topped buildings.” Such roofs
had gradually come into wide use after the Civil War. Hicks (1935a:156)
pronounced nighthawks present, relying on such a nesting strategy, in
nearly every Ohio city with a human population of more than 5,000, often
absent in smaller communities. Nests in towns grow scarcer every year,
at least in part because gravel ballast is evermore seldom employed on
roofs and flying insects have become less numerous in cities; increased
egg depredation by urban crows and raccoons is a factor as well. Other
than brooding females, generally roosts, its long axis parallel to a
limb, in trees; Trautman (1940:281) wrote they much preferred black
walnuts and honey locusts for the purpose, trees whose bark colorations
most closely matched those of their plumage. Spring migrant flocks tend
to number in the dozens at best, moving at higher altitudes than in
fall. Usually arrives by 5-10 May. Very early local records come from
4/16/1899 (OSUM specimen #882), 4/18/2011 (fide M. Skinner) and
4/19/1985 (OC 8(1):23). The highest twilight counts of fall movements
usually come from late August-early September, and include a description
of circle-soaring by “at least several thousand” over the OSU campus
9/3/1968 (Mueller 1970), 3000+ on 9/3/1976 (Thomson 1983:206), and 2500
on 9/3/1992 (OC 16(1):21). Later in fall, 224 were observed 10/3/2006
(OC 30(1):20). One entered the OSU campus’s main library on 10/22/1965
(WCB 11:46). Record late was one seen and heard calling on 11/20/1975
at High St. and Morse Rd. (J. Stahl, WCB 1(20-21):42). Odd-looking
local fall specimens from OSUM were sent to H. C. Oberholser during the
1930s and ‘40s (see for example Aldrich 1936), who identified several as
western subspecies such as hesperis (#7464, 9/3/1936), howelli (#7487,
8/28/1936), and sennetti (#12021, 8/31/1938).

On 7/20/2015 7:31 AM, Steven Pendleton wrote:
> Hi all, Our house is along a railroad corridor 2 blocks north of
> Weber Rd. and Summit St. When we first moved here in 1999 Common
> Nighthawks were a constant sight and sound on summer evenings. About
> 7 years ago the warehouse on the other side of the tracks cut down
> the trees that grew behind it and after that the only nighthawks
> we've seen have been in migration. A few nights ago my wife and I
> returned from a late evening meal and she heard a nighthawk. We
> looked and found a pair flitting high over the alley behind our
> house. Since then we've seen and heard them every night. The constant
> rain and prolific mosquitos have kept us indoors every evening so
> they've probably been here all along and we just missed them.
>
> Brenda Rushka and Steven Pendleton

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Subject: Franklin County/Clintonville Nighthawks
Date: Mon Jul 20 2015 6:34 am
From: stevepen AT sbcglobal.net
 
Hi all,
Our house is along a railroad corridor 2 blocks north of Weber Rd. and Summit St. When we first moved here in 1999 Common Nighthawks were a constant sight and sound on summer evenings. About 7 years ago the warehouse on the other side of the tracks cut down the trees that grew behind it and after that the only nighthawks we've seen have been in migration. A few nights ago my wife and I returned from a late evening meal and she heard a nighthawk. We looked and found a pair flitting high over the alley behind our house. Since then we've seen and heard them every night. The constant rain and prolific mosquitos have kept us indoors every evening so they've probably been here all along and we just missed them.

Brenda Rushka and Steven Pendleton

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Subject: Cozumel bird help
Date: Sun Jul 19 2015 23:19 pm
From: rlooker AT columbus.rr.com
 
Hello,

I was in Cozumel last week and tried doing some birding while there. I was
hoping someone could help id a couple I couldn’t figure out and also a
mystery lizard. The one that looks like a phoebe didn’t have the same color
as the Eastern Phoebes we have in Ohio. Maybe it was the lighting, but it
looked more rusty or brown.

http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9041_zpswvdylxok.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9080_zpsqxrx8e3n.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9044_zpshnlfsqqc.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9237_zpst5vuf1gp.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=3
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/mysterybird_zpsfsnkqgb7.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=4

Thanks in advance for the help.

Ron

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Subject: Conneaut Today
Date: Sun Jul 19 2015 14:32 pm
From: bill.heck AT gmail.com
 
One other item of note from Conneaut: there are great numbers of Bank
Swallows hanging out on the piles of rock and gravel near the entrance to
the Boat Club (east of the sand spit). Tipped off by a local birder, we
drove over there and immediately saw perhaps two hundred swallows on the
utility wires and on top of the fence. As we scanned the gravel piles, we
realized that flocks of Bank Swallows were on every one, and quickly upped
our estimate to five hundred birds. Further scanning convinced us that even
this number was a serious underestimate; we have no real idea how many
birds are there.

Locals surely see this all the time, but it's quite a spectacle for those
of us from inland parts!

Bill Heck

On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 12:18 PM, Jeff Harvey
wrote:

> I wanted to follow up on the previous post from Conneaut. Today, the
> Conneuat sandspit was basically underwater. The drive is closed for a good
> reason. Water is as high as I have ever seen it. The areas for shorebirds
> are small but available. Best viewing is from the observation platform.
> The nice thing is that you have to really want to go out there by walking
> about a half a mile. So no vehicles and only a few people and dogs. The
> birds are not being disturbed.
> We did see the 3 Avocets, Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalm plovers,
> Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers and Killdeer that were present. Also, 14
> eagles were seen on the breakwalls and the Common Merg family consisted of
> 23 birds.
> Good Birding,
> Jeff Harvey
> Mahoning County
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Subject: Upland Sandpipers Dayton
Date: Sun Jul 19 2015 14:27 pm
From: Elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
I had 3 upland Sandpipers at the Dayton international airport around 230pm today. Also of note was a singing henslow sparrow on the fence and 2 Savannah sparrows. All the sightings were from my car as I drove along Dog Leg rd.
Bird On!!!

Eric Elvert
Dayton, Oh
Mont Co.

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Subject: Conneaut Today
Date: Sun Jul 19 2015 11:18 am
From: piwo2005 AT sbcglobal.net
 
I wanted to follow up on the previous post from Conneaut. Today, the Conneuat sandspit was basically underwater. The drive is closed for a good reason. Water is as high as I have ever seen it. The areas for shorebirds are small but available. Best viewing is from the observation platform.
The nice thing is that you have to really want to go out there by walking about a half a mile. So no vehicles and only a few people and dogs. The birds are not being disturbed.
We did see the 3 Avocets, Short-billed Dowitchers, Semipalm plovers, Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers and Killdeer that were present. Also, 14 eagles were seen on the breakwalls and the Common Merg family consisted of 23 birds.
Good Birding,
Jeff Harvey
Mahoning County     

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Subject: Am. Avocets Conneaut Harbor Ashtabula
Date: Sun Jul 19 2015 8:57 am
From: 0000021f01a1f530-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Three American Avocets just arrived Conneaut Sandspit. 7/19, 9:45am. Other species as well. Gate is locked due to high water. Will have to walk out (.5mi) but rewarded with great views from observation deck.


Mark Shaver

Geauga County 

(Transplanted in Ashtabula)


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Subject: Darke County Pied-billed Grebes
Date: Sun Jul 19 2015 7:46 am
From: reginasch54 AT gmail.com
 
On Saturday about 11 a.m. I found 2 adults and 4 almost adult size
Pied-billed Grebes at a pothole along Greenville- Nashville Road southwest
of Greenville.

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Subject: Local Patch Lake Erie boat trips 2015
Date: Sat Jul 18 2015 17:54 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Greetings - This September, birders yet again have the opportunity for multiple "pelagic" birding trips on Lake Erie seeking rare jaegers and gulls. Last year, Local Patch trips had mind-blowing looks at Long-tailed, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, and Little and Sabine's Gulls. These boat trips are thrilling opportunities to seek rarities and discover fall migration on Lake Erie-- now in our fourth year of massive success. This year, four September dates are offered, targeting Long-tailed and Parasitic Jaegers, and Little and Sabine's Gulls. Trips are strategically designed to cover an exceptionally productive area, 8-15+ miles offshore in the shallow Central Basin, during peak rarity season. 2015 dates: September 5th, September 13th, September 16th, September 23rd. Trips are 8 AM - 3 PM. Each 7 hour open water birding excursion departs Vermilion, OH. Guides: Gabe Leidy, Jerry Talkington, Vic Fazio III, Jen Brumfield. Registration begins Tuesday, July 21st. Email elfin_skimmer@hotmail.com for more details and/or to register.  best of birding -jb
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Subject: AlumCreekLake,HooverReservoir,7-18: cormorants,CaspianTern,vireos
Date: Sat Jul 18 2015 16:07 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I made quick stops at several spots along south AlumCreekLake and North Hoover before the crowds and heat picked up.  At Alum, I visited New Galena area and nearby Plumb ROad access, while at Hoover I hiked along the Wiese Rd bikepath and at Mudhen Marsh.  Most singing and activity was slowed by 10 AM, and it was work finding birds after that time.  ALso, both lakes are very high from recent rains, leading to shoreline and trail flooding in many areas.  Notables included:

cormorants - not much of a surprise here in summer anymore, the north end of Hoover had 40+, and the south end of Alum had 2-3 even with all the boat traffic.

herons - high water dispersed the herons, so that Great Blues were few, but there was a pair of Green Herons at Mudhen

Caspian Tern - a lone adult was feeding in the inlet off Mudhen marsh

Osprey - singles were at the southern end of Alum and at Mudhen marsh

Purple Martins - seem to be on the move, with a few at New Galena and at Wiese Rd

Vireos - Warbling were at many locations, but more interesting were singing White-eyed at Plumb Rd and at Wiese Rd bikepath

Mimids - Catbirds were abundant, but I also found Brown Thrashers at New Galena and at Wiese Rd bikepath

Warblers - nothing unusual, with Yellows and Common Yellowthroats predominant. The Prothonotaries were silent along the Wiese Rd bikepath and at Mudhen.

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Subject: Geauga County - Caspian Terns at Little Punderson Lake
Date: Sat Jul 18 2015 15:14 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
I first saw a Caspian Tern at Punderson State Park Lake about 3;00pm and watched it fish for 5 min before it flew away.  I suspected it might go less than 1 mile away to rest on the only sand spit in the county (Little Punderson Lake - lake drained for repairs). I took pictures of 3 adults and 2 juv which I will post tonight. 

Please be courteous if you go there as this is a private community. Birders are tolerated as long as we remember our manners.

Not much else there but Killdeer and an occasional sandpiper or Semi-palm Plover.

Thanks,

Matt Valencic

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
Date: Thu Jul 16 2015 13:58 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+Ohio



Ashtabula County

Conneaut Township Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Conneaut+Township+Park



Clark County

Eagle City Rd. Borrow Pits

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Eagle+City+Road+Borrow+Pits



Clermont County

Williamsburg Community Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Williamsburg+Community+Park



Erie County

Battery Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Battery+Park

Galpin Nature Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Galpin+Nature+Trail



Franklin County

Spindler Road Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Spindler+Road+Park



Hancock County

Aeraland Recreation Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Aeraland+Recreation+Area

Blanchard Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blanchard+Landings

Blue Rock Nature Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blue+Rock+Nature+Preserve

Lake Lamberjack

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Lamberjack

Liberty Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Liberty+Landings



Holmes County

Holmesville Marsh (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holmesville+Marsh



Jackson County

Keystone Furnace

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Keystone+Furnace



Monroe County

Wayne National Forest--Lamping Homestead Recreation Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lamping+Homestead+Recreation+Area



Franklin County

Spindler Road Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Spindler+Road+Park



Hancock County

Aeraland Recreation Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Aeraland+Recreation+Area

Blanchard Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blanchard+Landings

Blue Rock Nature Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blue+Rock+Nature+Preserve

Lake Lamberjack

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Lamberjack

Liberty Landings

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Liberty+Landings



Holmes County

Holmesville Marsh (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holmesville+Marsh



Jackson County

Keystone Furnace

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Keystone+Furnace



Warren County

Caesar Creek SP--Spillway

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Caesar+Creek+Spillway



Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: WW Dove (Stark Co)
Date: Thu Jul 16 2015 7:56 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
As just reported on the Bobolink Area Facebook page, the White-winged Dove seen 2 days ago at Pat Soehnlen's house appears to have moved over to the Wilderness Center (Alabama Ave.), very close to her home.  The bird was seen flying around the parking lot area.  That's all the details I have right now.

Happy birding!

Jon Cefus

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