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20 Sep: @ 14:33:58  Sooty Tern appears to have flown [kent miller]
20 Sep: @ 08:53:20  Delaware S Pk-18 Warblers 6 Vireos [Bruce Simpson]
20 Sep: @ 08:02:37  Sooty - Yes [Jon Cefus]
19 Sep: @ 22:56:31  American Crow Roosts [Jack R Perry]
19 Sep: @ 19:58:49  Request for Crow Roost Information [Doug Overacker]
19 Sep: @ 18:16:27  rest of the [Bill Whan]
19 Sep: @ 18:00:23  Sooties inshore [Bill Whan]
19 Sep: @ 14:34:16  Sooty Tern Discussion [Jon Cefus]
19 Sep: @ 13:50:24  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
19 Sep: @ 12:39:12  Hudsonian Godwit & Buff-breasted funk bottoms yes [Peggy Wang]
19 Sep: @ 11:44:50 Re: Sooty Tern information [J. Hochadel]
19 Sep: @ 08:47:47  Sooty Tern information [Jon Cefus]
19 Sep: @ 08:27:33  Sooty Tern YES [J. Hochadel]
19 Sep: @ 07:15:10  Sooty Tern Dover yes [Peggy Wang]
18 Sep: @ 16:31:05  Sooty Tern still gravel pitting [jen brumfield]
18 Sep: @ 14:43:55  Late, late Prothonoraty Warbler (Hoover Nature Preserve, Galena, Delaware Cty) [Charles Bombaci]
18 Sep: @ 07:32:26  Sootty Tern continues Mondy morning [kent miller]
18 Sep: @ 07:28:45  Sootty Tern [Gus Lanese]
17 Sep: @ 19:59:34  3-Creeks,9-17: cuckoo, thrushes [Robert Thorn]
17 Sep: @ 19:29:38  Tale of the Discovery of a Sooty Tern in Tuscarawas County [kent miller]
17 Sep: @ 18:32:26  Blendon Woods-Warblers, Migrants [Simpson, Bruce]
17 Sep: @ 15:15:07  Big Darby birding Sept 16 [David Tan]
17 Sep: @ 13:19:55  Sooty Tern checklist reports to eBird [Ken Ostermiller]
17 Sep: @ 09:33:12  East Harbor SP Ottawa County-White-crowned Sparrow 9/16 [Nancy Anderson]
17 Sep: @ 09:02:01  Sooty tern yes [jen brumfield]
17 Sep: @ 07:20:47  Broad-winged Hawk [Trumbull County] [J. Hochadel]
16 Sep: @ 18:00:59  Big&LittleDarby,9-15:thrushes,thrashers,warblers [Robert Thorn]
16 Sep: @ 17:59:52  Stow [Dave Lewis]
16 Sep: @ 17:36:39  Sooty Tern!!! Tuscarawas Co. [Jon Cefus]
16 Sep: @ 17:36:04 Re: CVNP, Summit Co - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [Brian]
16 Sep: @ 17:21:32  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
16 Sep: @ 13:35:01  West Branch SP and LaDue Res. [Craig Holt]
16 Sep: @ 11:12:45  Huffman Metro park - Greene Co. [jeremy]
16 Sep: @ 08:26:54  Hummingbird and nighthawks, Muskingum County [Robert Evans]
15 Sep: @ 19:05:29 Re: CVNP, Summit Co - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [Brian]
15 Sep: @ 16:16:27  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
15 Sep: @ 09:41:23  CVNP, Summit Co - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron [Brian]
15 Sep: @ 06:43:39  New Ohio eBird shard bird reporting hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller]
15 Sep: @ 06:36:47  Delaware State Park-17 Warblers 4-Vireos [Bruce Simpson]
14 Sep: @ 18:54:24  Palm Warblers [Trumbull County] [J. Hochadel]
14 Sep: @ 18:21:48  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
14 Sep: @ 18:09:02 Re: Buck Creek State Park - Laughing Gull - Terns [James Muller]
14 Sep: @ 17:39:21  Buck Creek State Park - Laughing Gull - Terns [Doug Overacker]
14 Sep: @ 16:26:10  Alum Creek S. P. gull [John Herman]
14 Sep: @ 15:48:46  Wood Hollow in Hudson [Dave Lewis]
14 Sep: @ 14:10:38  Conneaut -- ducks, least bittern, shorebirds, etc. [Craig Holt]
14 Sep: @ 10:23:49  Common nighthawks....Dayton [Eric Elvert]
14 Sep: @ 08:46:42  Lake Erie Bluffs, Clark Road, Lake County 9/14 [John Pogacnik]
14 Sep: @ 01:43:56 Re: Common Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts 9-11 Franklin County [Leslie Sours]
13 Sep: @ 19:27:56  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty]





Subject: Sooty Tern appears to have flown
Date: Wed Sep 20 2017 14:33 pm
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
At 1:50PM Wednesday afternoon Larry Imhoff watched the Tuscarawas County Sooty Tern catch a thermal, climb high into the air, loosely associate with some Turkey Vultures, and fly out of sight.Definitely worth checking Bair Road tonight and tomorrow yet but it certainly appears the bird has moved on.Kent Miller



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Subject: Delaware S Pk-18 Warblers 6 Vireos
Date: Wed Sep 20 2017 8:53 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
Places to Bird
Beach
Beach Rd
Sailboat Rd
Lakeview Trail
Briar Patch Trail
Mink Trail

Warblers
Orange-crowned
American Redstart
Magnolia
Worm-eating
B t Green
Wilson
Blackburian
Hooded
Bay- breasted
Chestnut-sided
Blackpoll
Tennessee
B t Blue
Pine
Mourning
Ovenbird
Black-and-white
Parula

Vireos-all 6

Thrushes
Wood
Swainson's
Grey-cheeked

Other
Red-shouldered Hawk
Killdeer
B Thrasher
R b Grosbeak
Least Flycatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
G B Heron

I had 5 flocks of Warblers on Mon & 8 flocks of Warblers on Tues

Bruce Simpson-Nature Photographer


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Subject: Sooty - Yes
Date: Wed Sep 20 2017 8:02 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
The Sooty continues this morning.  Roosting more on pipe than tire this morning.

Jon Cefus

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Subject: American Crow Roosts
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 22:56 pm
From: jack AT perry-family.org
 
Hi,

I am looking for a good place to photograph the American Crow.
Most of the information I can find on roost locations date back to 2012 etc.

Does anyone have a suggestions on locations for photographing the American Crow?

Feel free to email me directly as this isn™t likely a popular board topic.

Thanks in advance,

Jack Perry

Jack R Perry Photography
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Subject: Request for Crow Roost Information
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 19:58 pm
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
We have a large winter crow roost in Springfield. I have estimated 20000
birds for our CBC in several years but that may be low. The crows have been
roosting here in Springfield for at least 40 years. The city is trying to
find more information on crow roosts. I would like information on where
other winter crow roosts are in Ohio. If anyone knows where there are other
large winter crow roosts in Ohio would you please send me the general
location and estimate of numbers.

Thanks,

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: rest of the
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 18:16 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
...sorry. Just wanted to mention the ABA website's app which bunches
reports of rarities at http://birding.aba.org/search.... , giving an
idea of recent records of this species at Hawaii, Texas, Louisiana,
North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Kentucky,
Virginia, and Ohio. The role of the weather is obvious, and it shows
a clear boost that large soaring seabirds get from winds that once were
very unusual. Who knows if these oceanic wanderers will find their ways
back to wintering spots, but they are the vanguard of a new era. As for
crossbill etc., fuggataboutit.
Bill Whan

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Subject: Sooties inshore
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 18:00 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Sooty terns have shown up at a dozen US states, the most northern of
them reported ours in Ohio. Needless to say, these occurrences are
caused by the relentless storms moving into the southeast. In a normal
year, many sooties would have nested in the southeast, at the Dry
Tortugas off the southern FLorida coast. Ohio's sooty visitors are the
northernmost reports thus far, but they could show up in Michigan, etc.
The ABA has an app

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Subject: Sooty Tern Discussion
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 14:34 pm
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello again!

Ok, just to be more clear on a few things.

First of all, I am aware of the laws around what can and cannot be done to
a migratory bird, but I appreciate getting information about that.

Secondly, PERSONALLY, I am not much of a pro-interventionist on these kinds
of circumstances. Where our responsibility, if any, lies with this bird is
well beyond my power or pay grade to determine. I tend to agree with some
who think that it will likely move on, although I am not at all certain it
has any sense of where it is or where it should go, let alone how to get to
the straits of Florida. None of us are privy to the inner thoughts of a
Sooty Tern. I am merely an observer and a person inclined to evoke some
discussion.

That said, it seemed to me we have a chance to try to observe this bird
closely while it is here and maybe learn some things. It is easy to show
up, put the bird in your scope and move along to the next bird, but we
should remember just how out of range this bird is and that it's likelihood
of survival in the long-term is probably not all that great. So, if
observers see that it is suffering and getting sick, then I see no reason
why a *licensed rehabilitator* who has gone through the proper channels
should not do what they can if they are so inclined and have contacted the
land owner, etc. I know that some folks have actually volunteered to drive
it back to Florida! That's pretty amazing.

Never for one minute was I suggesting that I would personally go grab the
bird and take it to Florida! I just want that to be abundantly clear.

The idea here is to learn and pay closer than average attention to a bird
that is far, far from home.

I hope this clarifies things for anyone who is wondering. There are many
questions here, but the answers are few, so maybe if we all try to add a
bit of information to the situation something as positive as the great
behavior and community atmosphere that has surrounded this remarkable
storm-blown vagrant will emerge. After all, I do think we all care about
what happens to this bird.

Happy birding!

Jon Cefus
Carroll Co.

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 13:50 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Started out slow, with first warbler at 9:40.  Activity continued into the afternoon.
Connecticut warbler, 1st year (At east blind, methodically searching the white snakeroot and goldenrod at 1PM)
Wilson's warbler
Bay breasted warblers
Magnolia warblers
Common yellowthroat
American redstarts
Black throated green warbler
Tennessee warblers
Blackpoll warblers
Blackburnian warbler
Hooded warbler (heard)
Black throated blue warbler
Black and white warblers
Nashville warblers
Ovenbird
Cape may warblers, 3 males

Blue headed vireo
Swainson's thrushes
Scarlet tanager (heard)

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit & Buff-breasted funk bottoms yes
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 12:39 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Good views of both birds. 

Buff-breasted was in road briefly then flew v far over peat piles & not seen since.

Godwit was showing well in scope feeding & in flight. Mixed flock flushed by imm eagle & I have not seen it since but this happened earlier when peregrine flew thru.

Stilt, pectoral SPs also seen

Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: Sooty Tern information
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 11:44 am
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
John,

The Sooty Tern caught a fish and ate it while I was there (several people
watched it do this.). Flight seemed strong during its forays. It "rests" on
those large tires, but overall it was very active this morning.

Judy

On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 9:47 AM, Jon Cefus wrote:

> Hello all!
>
> In an effort to track the health of the Sooty Tern, it would be great if
> folks could either report here or on social media or in eBird how the bird
> seems to be flying and if you see it successfully gleaning fish on it's
> hunting forays.
>
> If it's determined that the bird is not doing well, a plan to potentially
> rescue the bird will be developed.
>
> Thanks for cooperating and happy birding!
>
> Jon Cefus
> Carroll Co.
>
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Subject: Sooty Tern information
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 8:47 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello all!

In an effort to track the health of the Sooty Tern, it would be great if folks could either report here or on social media or in eBird how the bird seems to be flying and if you see it successfully gleaning fish on it's hunting forays.

If it's determined that the bird is not doing well, a plan to potentially rescue the bird will be developed.

Thanks for cooperating and happy birding!

Jon Cefus
Carroll Co.

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Subject: Sooty Tern YES
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 8:27 am
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
GORGEOUS views. :D
If you areive to view this bird, I was told that the gravel pit workrrs
said to stay kear the road.

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Subject: Sooty Tern Dover yes
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 7:15 am
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Subject bird perched on tire but also flying this AM at least since 7:45am.

Peggy Wang
Hudson


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Subject: Sooty Tern still gravel pitting
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 16:31 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Sooty Tern still flying around gravel pit and resting on tire 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio

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Subject: Late, late Prothonoraty Warbler (Hoover Nature Preserve, Galena, Delaware Cty)
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 14:43 pm
From: cbombaci AT att.net
 
I held off posting until I could check my records going back to 1987 to see if I had any record near this. Shaune Skinner and I were out with the U.S.S. Hoover checkingactivity around the Hoover Nature Preserve as I also checked how the nest boxes were doing aftermany summer storms and high water. Near the confluence of Big Walnut Creekand the reservoir we encountered a male Prothonotary Warbler. We watched it in the edge bushes and then he flew right over the boat into Area N. My previous latest sighting was in late August. Whether he was one of our locals or passing through from further north is unknown as he was not banded.

To me, pale in comparison, were the over 50 Great Egrets, about a dozen Green Herons, 9 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 5 Black Vultures and about 50 additional species observed while we were out.

Now of course comes the fun part of the season, trudging through the mud and low water to clean and perform maintenance on my nest boxes. The season began with 258 in place but from damage noted during our scouting Sunday a minimum of 12 nest boxes are now history.

Charlie BombaciHoover Nature Preserve

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Subject: Sootty Tern continues Mondy morning
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 7:32 am
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
Reports from David Weaver and others are that the Sooty Tern continues near Dover Monday morning.Kent Miller


From: Gus Lanese
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2017 8:30 AM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Sootty Tern

Any updates, positive or negative?

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Subject: Sootty Tern
Date: Mon Sep 18 2017 7:28 am
From: glanese48 AT gmail.com
 
Any updates, positive or negative?

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Subject: 3-Creeks,9-17: cuckoo, thrushes
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 19:59 pm
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
I birded around several areas in this south Columbus Park, starting at
Heron Pond and working south past the borrow pits area to the Confluence
area. Migrant fallout was mixed with very few warblers, but plenty of
thrushes, mostly Swainson's. The borrow pits still had high water, so no
shorebirds and only a few herons (1 Great Egret, 1 Green Heron). Landbird
migrants included:

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 was foraging in the forest along the bikepath at
the Confluence area

Flycatchers - Pewees and Phoebes in several spots; also had a calling
Acadian near the Borrow pits

Vireos - Red-eyed in several spots, but nothing else

Thrushes - Swainson's widespread, probably the most common migrant. Also
had single Gray-cheeked and Wood Thrushes

Mimids - Catbirds widespread but not numerous; also had a Brown Thrasher at
the Confluence area

Warblers - very few. Did have Magnolias and Redstarts in several areas.
Also had Bay-breasted near the Borrow Pits, and ComYellowthroat near the
powerline cut

Buntings,Grosbeak - Rose-br.Grosbeak at the Confluence area, Indigo
Buntings at several spots

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Subject: Tale of the Discovery of a Sooty Tern in Tuscarawas County
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 19:29 pm
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
I™ve heard from several that folks not on social media who would appreciatehearing the story I shared on Facebook. Two warnings: This was written about1:00AM after a long, long day. And though it can take a bit to prime my verbalpump, give me a keyboard and a good story and I can talk (write) your ear off. Soconsider yourself warned and enjoy if you wish.Well, 9/16/17 was another memorable, satisfying, enjoyable, andultimately thrilling day of birding this year™s Bobolink county, Tuscarawas.Jon Cefus & I picked up Ed Schlabachand son and went to see migration unfold and see if we could pick up any birdswe still needed for our year in Tuscarawas. We were targeting ConnecticutWarbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Golden Plover, and jokingly (sort of)mentioned our ongoing hope of adding Ohio to the list of states recording SootyTern in the last week.The morning was cloaked in heavy fog but having Ed along provides ananswer to almost every strategy scenario and he brilliantly suggested hisfavorite elevated migration honey hole and it didn™t disappoint. We talliednearly 70 species and most of the day™s 17 warbler species on top of thatlittle mountain above the fog with warblers passing almost constantly overhead.We scored double digit numbers each of Magnolia, Cape May, Bay-breasted,Blackburnian, and Black-throated Green, and added Pine, Wilson™s, severalPhiladelphia Vireos, a couple Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and more, all with theglorious first sunlight at our backs warming the first meal of the day for themigrants and putting them in perfect light for us.On our way down the hill we stumbled into an out of place GrasshopperSparrow on the road away from any fields and shortly after I picked out a teedup Olive-sided Flycatcher, my 218th species in Tuscarawas this yearand one I had searched intently for. As is often the case, the frenzy of the first several morning hoursgave way to quiet woods so we moved onto checking water features primarily forshorebirds. The Screech Owl continued at Zoar, the Baird™s Sandpiper was stillat Beach City. And by the time we left Beach City dam to take Ed home we saw wehad 95 species all in Tuscarawas and figured we may as well get 100. Ed pickedout the Gallinule at Beach City Wildlife Area and our first pigeons made 97. Edhad a spot for Swamp Sparrow leaving us 2 more for 100. Winklepleck Road gaveus Snipe & Pectoral Sandpiper and a Meadowlark to spare and we headed toEd™s house with 101 birds on a delightful day in Tuscarawas.After dropping Ed off I took Jon back to his car and he said, I™d haveto do a write-up about our day for the Bobolink page. I said I would and toldhim I was going to stop at the Bair Road gravel pit to look for a Golden Ploveron my way home, Do you want to follow me over there? I asked. Jon said no, hewould head on to Atwood, and I should just call him if I found something new.Well, I ended up calling him.As I pulled off on Bair Road I saw a fairly large bird disappear behindthe pipeline that cuts across the middle of the quarry. It was just a splitsecond, maybe a Great Blue I thought. I started to scope through the shorebirdhabitat on the far side of the lake and was disappointed to not see a singleKilldeer. In fact, I didn™t see a single bird to even start an eBird list.Then a tern flew into my scope field of view. It was headed straightfor me so all I could see was its white head with a black crown and nape. Ithought Common Tern a bird I have searched for diligently and still neededfor my Tuscarawas year. Then the bird banked and I saw a completely black topside on the bird. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooty Tern my brain exploded.Photo/text/post raced through my head as adrenaline fogged all my rationale. Igrabbed my camera which is a super zoom and tried to get a shot which is agreat challenge on an erratically flying bird. I fired twice and missed twiceand the bird careened out of my view finder. I reached for my binoculars andthe bird was gone. I scanned the whole lake which is not large, maybe 10 to 20acres. No bird. I called Jon & Ben and told them I had just seen a SootyTern but no longer had it. They headed my way, Ben 45 minutes away posting forme while his wife drove; Jon 5 minutes away and closing fast. Jon arrived and we proceeded to scan the entire shoreline from everyangle for the next 20 minutes no bird. I™m the only one who™s seen it and zerophotos. Not good at all. Jon & I talk through the options. Maybe the birdis sitting somewhere out of view; terns can stay perched for a long time. Butmaybe I saw the bird just as it arrived at this small lake; a quick surveyshowed the bird it didn™t hold the necessary food and it moved on to greenerpastures. What to do. We decided one should stay the other go check nearbywater: The Tuscarawas River, Atwood, etc.Jon says I should stay and he™ll go search . I say, I already saw thebird, you pick the option you feel gives you the best chance to see it. I™llgo to Atwood, he says. He throws his scope in the car, hops behind the wheeland suddenly I see the Sooty blasting right out over the middle of the lake.SOOTY TERN FLYING JON!!!!! GET YOUR CAMERA!!!!!Jon hops out and we both get great looks and some photos of thisstunning hurricane survivor treating our little Tuscarawas gravel pit like it™sthe tropical waters around the Dry Tortugas.Less frenzied posts and calls are made letting all know the bird isback and settling into a routine of leaving the giant tires every 15 minutes orso to feed before returning to the tires.Many local birders arrive breathlessly for the next 2  hours allsoaking in the views of this dazzling visitor. Unfortunately, the clock didn™t allow for anyone to travel from anydistance to beat nightfall. Hopefully tomorrow morning the fog will stay awayand many will enjoy the rare treat of seeing this sleek black & whitebeauty right here in Ohio.You can never go wrong taking a close look at your local patch. In 2005my dad & I made the LONG trip to see the Sooty Tern that had spent the last6 days at East Fork. We were a day late.Today we were at the right place at the right time. Ben made it in timeto add it to his Ohio life list. Dad™s coming tomorrow. Ed Schlabach made itback to see the tern and picked out 2 Spotted Sandpipers & a flyoverSavannah Sparrow to be added to the tern and Palm Warbler I™d seen pumping itstail behind the tern to bring us to 106 species seen on a memorable Septemberday in Tuscarawas County. I think I™llremember #102 for quite a while.
Kent Miller

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Warblers, Migrants
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 18:32 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
Blendon Woods is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off of I270
and Rte 161. Take the Little Way exit.

Below is a list of Birds seen the last 3 days.

I would like to thank the many visitors, especially Bob and Elaine McNulty
for helping find these Birds.

Places to Bird
Good place to start in the morning is the Nature Center parking lot
Next-go to Goldenrod Trail
I would then walk the Lake Trail to Thoreau Lake
Finally I would visit the woodland trails.

Warblers
Magnolia
Black-throated Blue
Bay-breasted
Blackpoll
Palm
Tennessee
Blue-winged
Hooded
C Yellowthroat
Wilson
Ovenbird
Canada
Black-throatede Green
Nashville
Black-and-white
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided
Cape May
Blackburian

Thrushes
Wood
Grey-cheeked
Swainson's

Woodpeckers
Pileated
Hairy
Northern Flicker

Hawks
Red-tailed
Red-shouldered
Cooper's

Black Vulture
Tanager
Scarlet
Summer
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Turkeys
Olive-sided Flycatcher

Thoreau Lake
Great Blue Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
Mallards
Wood Ducks

Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus
Nature Center
614-895-6221 <(614)%20895-6221>

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Big Darby birding Sept 16
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 15:15 pm
From: melanerpers56 AT gmail.com
 
Big Darby -- Kuhlwein Rd., White Barn (including bleachers, and loop).
Migrants were
around but hard to come by--flurring in isolated trees at white barn
and bleachers. We found little water and no shorebirds and the like.

TV 28
Bald Eagle 3 (ad.)
Cooper's Hawk 4
Broad-winged Hawk 11
Red-tailed Hawk 4 (juv.)

Flycatchers--11 E Phoebe and 5 Least Flycatchers. I haven't seen an
Acadian (identified by voice or other means) since late August. Last
Willow idenified by voice 9/3. Alder's identified by voice seem to
peak late August to early Sept., seem to outnumber Willows.

Vireos--8 Yellow-throated, 2 Warbling, 3 Philadelphia. (Our earliest
date for PHVI is Sept. 10)

Warblers---16 species (incl. Black-and-white, American Redstart,
Common Yellowthroat

Northern Waterthrush 11
Tennessee warblers 15 (low to mid level, edges/margins; no
Orange-crowned, our earliest OCWA in 7 years is 9/25)

Nashville warbler 6 (low, weedy, deciduous overhangs)
Magnolia warblers 12
Cape may warblers 17 (medium-upper level deciduous clearing/edge)
Chestnut sided warblers 8
Black throated green warblers 7
Blackburnian warblers 13 (mid-upper lever, canopy; outer limbs of
tall deciduous trees)
Yellow- throated Warbler 6
Bay breasted warblers 13 (upper levels; 7 in one tree; we've only
seen several Blackpoll so finding BBWA far more common)
Connecticut Warbler 2 (flushed from dense weedy ground cover, lit on
low delidous limbs, bill up thrush like, for a few moments then
disappeared; our earliest is 9/10)
Canada Warbler 2
Wilson Warbler 4

Cedar Waxwing-150+

Blue Grosbeak 1 male (Kuhlwein Rd. -- long dark tail twitching,
chestnut wingbars, squeaky tink tink)

Bobolink 100




--
David and Patty Tan
Columbus
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Subject: Sooty Tern checklist reports to eBird
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 13:19 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
We have set up an eBird stakeout hotspot to accept sightings of the Sooty
Tern in Tuscarwarus County:
stakeout Sooty Tern, Blair Rd. NW (2017)
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

If you have submitted a checklist reporting this bird to eBird, it would be
helpful if you would change the location of your sighting to this new
hotspot.

Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: East Harbor SP Ottawa County-White-crowned Sparrow 9/16
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 9:33 am
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Yesterday around 6:30pm I found a first year White-crowned Sparrow on the Wetland Trailon the grassyloop trailat the north end of the marsh at East Harbor SP.This is just south of the causeway between the beach area to the east and the harbor to the west. Other than an Olive-sided Flycatcher and huge numbers of Grackles & Starlings not many warblers at this hour. The day before Blackpolls all over the trees near the waters edge at the south end of the beach parking lot.
Nancy Anderson,Danbury Twp, Lakeside Marblehead,
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Subject: Sooty tern yes
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 9:02 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
The sooty tern is present in Dover this morning 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio

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Subject:
Date: Sun Sep 17 2017 7:20 am
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
An extremely pale colored juvenile Broad-winged Hawk visited my feeding
station on Friday. I've never seen one so pale. It was almost completely
white except for the dark wing tips which were viable when it flew directly
over me.

An interesting sparrow joined the flock of Chipping Sparrows on Friday, but
I couldn't get a photo. It was about the same size but had a prominent
yellow-orange eyebrow stripe and a grey cheek patch. I'm leaning toward
Nelson's but can't be positive at this point. I wasn't able to watch the
feeders yesterday so I don't know if it's still here. Hopefully the flock
will show up today and it will be with them.

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still frequenting the feeders.

Judy

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Subject: Big&LittleDarby,9-15:thrushes,thrashers,warblers
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 18:00 pm
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
I made a quick foray to several areas along these 2 creeks west of Columbus
looking for migrant fallout. I stopped at several areas in Prairie Oaks
MetroPark along Big Darby -- Beaver Pond, Darby Bend Lakes, Sycamore Plains
-- then two areas along the more isolated Little Darby Creek -- West
Jefferson Community Park and the Little Darby Preserve. No place had a
major fallout, but every spot had some migrants. Included in the list were:

Shorebirds - aside from the expected flock of Killdeer, Darby Bend lakes
also had a Wilson's Snipe and a Pectoral Sandpiper.

Flycatchers - nothing unusual, with Pewees most widespread, but alos had
Phoebe, Willow, and Acadian

Vireos - 2 White-eyed at Sycamore Plains, along with a Yellow-throated,
while Darby Bend Lakes still had a singing Warbling (warbling Warbling?)

Swallows - surprisingly few, with a small cluster of 10 Rough-wings at
Darby Bend lakes the high

Thrushes - Swainson's were probably the most common migrant, being present
at every stop; Darby Bend Lakes had 7-8

Mimids - Brown Thrashers were at every stop in Prarie aks, while a
Mockingbird was along the entrance road to Sycamore Plains

Warblers - no big numbers, but OK diversity. Little Darby Preserve had the
most, with 8 species; Beaver Lake followed with 5. List included
Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolias, AmRedstart, Black&White, Blackburnian,
Blackpolls, Bay-br., Black-thr.Blue, Black-thr.Green

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Subject: Stow
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 17:59 pm
From: Loopyonetwo AT gmail.com
 
I was hoping to sleep in this morning, but the screech owl decided to start calling at 6:05am...I still can't find him...

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Subject: Sooty Tern!!! Tuscarawas Co.
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 17:36 pm
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Kent Miller just found an adult breeding plumage Sooty Tern at the gravel pits at the corner of SR 516 & Bair Rd. near Dover in Tuscarawas County.

Bird splits time between hunting and resting on large tires.

Jon Cefus


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Subject: CVNP, Summit Co - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 17:36 pm
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
Still present up in the same trees at 6:30pm.

It was also seen this morning in the canal by the CVNP census.


On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 8:05 PM Brian wrote:

> The bird was present again tonight. It was up in the trees over our heads,
> just north of the wood railing that runs along the canal. Seen 6-6:30 and
> again around 7:30-7:45. Flew south but was hanging around up in the trees.
>
> On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:41 AM Brian wrote:
>
>> From the Ohio Chase Birds Facebook group, Jen Brumfield reports via
>> Michelle Pesho that an immature YCNH has been frequenting Peninsula in the
>> evening after 7:00pm, along the canal just north of Lock 29. The most
>> recent sighting was last night at 7:15.
>>
>> "Park in the Lock 29 parking lot in Peninsula. Walk north on the towpath
>> trail. Pass by a giant cement lock on your left. Continue north and after
>> about a quarter of a mile you will see a long dark brown wooden fence. Just
>> beyond this fence on your left is a long narrow canal. The bird has been
>> frequenting this canal after 7 PM."
>>
>> Brian Tinker
>>
>

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 17:21 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Nature center parking lot during the first couple of hours of daylight had lots of activity
Chestnut sided warblers
Black throated green warblers
Blackburnian warblers
Tennessee warblers
Magnolia warblers
Common yellowthroat
Nashville warbler
Black and white warblers
Bay breasted warblers
American redstarts
Cape may warblers

Bob McNulty

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Subject: West Branch SP and LaDue Res.
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 13:35 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I went out and did some birding on my birthday today. It was a good day for green herons, anyway. At SR 14/Knapp Rd. at West Branch SP in Portage Co. I saw: double-crested cormorants, 2 great egrets, 2 green herons, 2 Cooper's hawks, red-shouldered hawk, 3 semipalmated plovers, 23 killdeer, 2 greater yellowlegs, and 3 lesser yellowlegs. At LaDue Res. in Geauga Co. I spotted: 45 double-crested cormorants, 4 green herons, 10 killdeer, lesser yellowlegs, and an osprey. Not the most exciting day in the field, but better than sitting at home! Craig Holt, Lowellville, Mahoning Co.

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Subject: Huffman Metro park - Greene Co.
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 11:12 am
From: jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com
 
Good morning with Sarah Lucas. 57 species at Huffman Metro Park in Greene Co. Highlights include Black-billed Cuckoo, Orange-crowned Warbler and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher among others. Ebird checklist was done for full list.

V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: Hummingbird and nighthawks, Muskingum County
Date: Sat Sep 16 2017 8:26 am
From: benbovas AT gmail.com
 
Yesterday morning we still had a female or immature hummingbird visiting
one of our feeders here on Flint Ridge Rd. in western Muskingum County.
They have been few and far between the last few days, but still around.

Jane and I decided to take a hike through someone else's patch of forest
yesterday afternoon. So we headed over to Belmont County for a walk through
Dysart Woods, a laboratory forest for Ohio University. Watching birds was
not our focus, although I saw a few otherwise unidentified warblers
flitting about, along with expected woodpecker and towhee calls I hear
daily at home. The forest at Dysart Woods is magnificent, with many very
large, old oaks, allowed to assume a fundamental state, with fallen giants
allowed to rot naturally, cut only to clear the trail.

On our way home, driving back on I-70, at 6:15 PM, we traversed the Mile
162 - Mile 161 section (a few miles east of Zanesville,) I estimated 70
nighthawks swooping around in the gathering evening. Given the limited time
and narrow band of my observation (I was driving on the freeway) there
could have been many more.

It made me smile.

Bob Evans
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: CVNP, Summit Co - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 19:05 pm
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
The bird was present again tonight. It was up in the trees over our heads,
just north of the wood railing that runs along the canal. Seen 6-6:30 and
again around 7:30-7:45. Flew south but was hanging around up in the trees.

On Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 10:41 AM Brian wrote:

> From the Ohio Chase Birds Facebook group, Jen Brumfield reports via
> Michelle Pesho that an immature YCNH has been frequenting Peninsula in the
> evening after 7:00pm, along the canal just north of Lock 29. The most
> recent sighting was last night at 7:15.
>
> "Park in the Lock 29 parking lot in Peninsula. Walk north on the towpath
> trail. Pass by a giant cement lock on your left. Continue north and after
> about a quarter of a mile you will see a long dark brown wooden fence. Just
> beyond this fence on your left is a long narrow canal. The bird has been
> frequenting this canal after 7 PM."
>
> Brian Tinker
>

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 16:16 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Nature center parking lot, Lake trail and Hickory ridge trail were active warbler sites.
Magnolia warblers
Black throated blue warblers
Bay breasted warblers
Blackpoll warbler
palm warbler
Tennessee warblers
Black throated green warblers
Nashville warbler
Black and white warbler
American redstarts
Chestnut sided warblers
Cape May warblers
Blackburnian warbler
Canada warbler (A male gave us superb looks on the side of the trail, then flew across the path and repeated the show)
Ovenbird (Walking on the trail, walking on the trail, then walking on the trail some more)
Wilson's warbler

Swainson's Thrushes
Wood thrush
Rose breasted grosbeak (feeding on Hornbeam seeds)
Scarlet tanager
Summer tanager (heard)

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: CVNP, Summit Co - Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 9:41 am
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
From the Ohio Chase Birds Facebook group, Jen Brumfield reports via
Michelle Pesho that an immature YCNH has been frequenting Peninsula in the
evening after 7:00pm, along the canal just north of Lock 29. The most
recent sighting was last night at 7:15.

"Park in the Lock 29 parking lot in Peninsula. Walk north on the towpath
trail. Pass by a giant cement lock on your left. Continue north and after
about a quarter of a mile you will see a long dark brown wooden fence. Just
beyond this fence on your left is a long narrow canal. The bird has been
frequenting this canal after 7 PM."

Brian Tinker

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Subject: New Ohio eBird shard bird reporting hotspots are active
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 6:43 am
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
Ohio birders have added several shared bird reporting hotspots to eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Ashland County

Mohican State Forest--Mountain Bike Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Cuyahoga County

Maple Ridge Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Hamilton County

Camp Dennison Memorial Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Huron County

Wakeman Community Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Mahoning County

Hitchcock Woods

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Mill Creek Park--East Cohasset Dr.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Stark County

Fry Family Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Delaware State Park-17 Warblers 4-Vireos
Date: Fri Sep 15 2017 6:36 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
Places to Bird
Beach
Beach road
Sailboat road
Lakeview Trail
Briar Patch Trail

Warblers
Black-and-white
Magnolia
C Yellowthroat
Blackpoll
Bay-breasted
Blackburian
Yellow- throated
A Redstart
Tennessee
B t Green
Orange-crowned
Nashville
Blue-winged
Chestnut-sided
Mourning- singing
Canada
Wilson

Vireos
Red-eyed
White-eyed
Philadelphia
Warbling

Other
Cedar Waxwing-150+
Killdeer
Thrushes
Swainson's
Wood
Y b Flycatcher
Least Tern-3
R t Hawk
B g Gnatcatcher
B Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker

Bruce Simpson - Nature Photographer

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Subject:
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 18:54 pm
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
I was delighted to watch three Palm Warblers in the yard this evening while
I was eating dinner. One of them took advantage of a large patch of exposed
dirt and took a quick dust bath. All three were actively feeding near each
other.(within about 6').

Judy

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 18:21 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Nature center parking lot was most active area.  Rain or drizzle most of the morning. 
Bay breasted warblers
Black and white warblers
Black throated green warblers
Magnolia warblers
Common yellowthroats
Tennessee warblers
American redstarts
Blackpoll warblers
Nashville warblers
Chestnut sided warblers
Cape may warblers

Scarlet tanager
Swainson's thrushes
Black vulture

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Buck Creek State Park - Laughing Gull - Terns
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 18:09 pm
From: jrmuller12+birding AT gmail.com
 
I agree with Common Tern; you can see the dark carpal bar peeking through.

On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 6:39 PM Doug Overacker
wrote:

> Julie and I checked the beach at Buck Creek State Park in Clark County this
> evening. We were alerted that there was a Black Tern there. We soon found
> the Black Tern which flew farther down the beach. Then we spotted a first
> year Laughing Gull. Farther down we saw a couple Forster's Terns and about
> 10 Common Terns. One of the terns which we decided was a Common Tern had a
> black bill and very black legs and feet which was quite different than the
> other terns. I posted some pictures on Ebird which I hope you can get to by
> following the link below.
>
> Doug Overacker
> Springfield, Ohio
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Subject: Buck Creek State Park - Laughing Gull - Terns
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 17:39 pm
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
Julie and I checked the beach at Buck Creek State Park in Clark County this
evening. We were alerted that there was a Black Tern there. We soon found
the Black Tern which flew farther down the beach. Then we spotted a first
year Laughing Gull. Farther down we saw a couple Forster's Terns and about
10 Common Terns. One of the terns which we decided was a Common Tern had a
black bill and very black legs and feet which was quite different than the
other terns. I posted some pictures on Ebird which I hope you can get to by
following the link below.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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Subject: Alum Creek S. P. gull
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 16:26 pm
From: herman.jp1257 AT gmail.com
 
Today I received a report of a possible adult Kelp Gull at Alum Creek S. P.
out from the beach that was seen yesterday. Before you drive multiple hours
to see the gull, I would wait until it is confirmed by Columbus area
birders.
A possibility, but needs confirmed.
Good birding,
John Herman

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Subject: Wood Hollow in Hudson
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 15:48 pm
From: Loopyonetwo AT gmail.com
 
On my walk along the trails...without optics...dozens of warblers right now near the beginning of the boardwalk.  Gotta run home and back!

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Subject: Conneaut -- ducks, least bittern, shorebirds, etc.
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 14:10 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I birded at Conneaut harbor from 7:10 AM to 12:50 PM today. Waterbird diversity was pretty good. Among the birds found were: wood ducks, 11 blue-winged teal, 6 n. shovelers, gadwall, common merganser, pied-billed grebe, 80 double-crested cormorants, least bittern, 15 bald eagles, black-bellied plover, semipalmated plover, sanderling, 2 least sandpipers, pectoral sandpiper, 2 greater yellowlegs, lesser yellowlegs, 2 Caspian terns, Forster's tern, belted kingfisher, blue-gray gnatcatcher, Cape May warbler, and blackpoll warbler. Craig Holt, Lowellville, Mahoning Co.

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Subject: Common nighthawks....Dayton
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 10:23 am
From: Elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
Last night around 6-630pm I had a huge flock of nighthawks flyover. I counted 133 birds in one giant flock flying east. 

Eric Elvert
Dayton Oh

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, Clark Road, Lake County 9/14
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 8:46 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
I spent a couple hours on the tower at Lake Erie Bluffs this morning. There were small numbers of birds moving. Over the lake there were a number of gulls, cormorants, and Canada geese moving. Of note was a single black tern (uncommon locally) and a merlin that flew out to harass a couple bald eagles.


There were a few songbirds moving west along the lake including eight species of warblers. A few unidentified warblers were passing by at first light.


Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, Ohio, US
Sep 14, 2017 6:50 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Cloudy with light southwest winds
51 species

Canada Goose 132
Mallard 7
Wild Turkey 9
Double-crested Cormorant 19
Great Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 6
Ring-billed Gull 121
Herring Gull 47
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Black Tern 1
Mourning Dove 3
Common Nighthawk 6
Chimney Swift 28
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Merlin 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 7
Bank Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 3
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 11
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 6
Wilson's Warbler 2
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 46
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 11
American Goldfinch 2


John Pogacnik

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Subject: Common Nighthawks and Chimney Swifts 9-11 Franklin County
Date: Thu Sep 14 2017 1:43 am
From: lmsours AT ameritech.net
 
At 3:00 this afternoon, five Common Nighthawks passed over Kiwanis, Franklin Co., following the river south. At 4:30, 35 more came in from the north. This group circled back and remained overhead for a half hour and was still there at 5:00 when it began raining and I left. A dozen or so Chimney Swifts joined them around 5:00.

> On Sep 11, 2017, at 10:01 PM, Leslie Sours wrote:
>
> Recently I reported about this year's increase in the number of Chimney Swifts staging in the small stack of a church located between the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers in Columbus. I have been monitoring numbers in this stack since July, with numbers peaking at 970 on 9/8. This coincided with one of the dates of "A Swift Night Out." The next night, 9/9, the number had dropped to 630. Tonight, 9/11, I counted only 227 Swifts entering the chimney. Tonight I was also treated to 37 Common Nighthawks drifting overhead from west to southeast. This brings the number of Common Nighthawks I have seen along this corridor in the past month to over 100.
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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
Date: Wed Sep 13 2017 19:27 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Nature center Parking lot was most active in the morning; back loop of Sugarbush trail active at 12:30 pm
Chestnut sided warblers
Black throated green warblers
Nashville warblers
Magnolia warblers
American redstarts
Canada warbler
Bay breasted warblers
Common yellowthroat
Tennessee warblers
Cape may warblers
Hooded warbler (heard)
Blackpoll warblers
Black and white warbler

Rose breasted grosbeaks
Swainson's thrushes
Gray cheeked thrush
Ruby crowned kinglet

Bob McNulty

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