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23 May: @ 20:07:17  PrairieOaks,5-23: orioles,migrants [rob thorn]
23 May: @ 19:07:13  Hoover Reservoir, Delaware County [Charles Bombaci]
23 May: @ 16:33:56  Conneaut Harbor 5/23 [John Pogacnik]
22 May: @ 16:43:42  Prairie Falcon - Whitehouse [Matt Anderson]
22 May: @ 16:08:34  White pelicans, East Harbor State Park, 5/22 [John Pogacnik]
22 May: @ 14:52:41  Observations on Franklin's Gulls at Alum Creek, 05/21/15 (long) [Jay Lehman]
22 May: @ 12:54:54  Fwd: Fw: eBird Report - Sebring-Warner Rd-electric power station, May 22, 2015 [Regina Schieltz]
22 May: @ 10:05:01  Fish Crow CLNP [jen brumfield]
21 May: @ 15:28:39  American White Pelicans at East Harbor State Park [Reggy Hadi]
21 May: @ 15:07:54  Willet Still at Deer Creek as of 4:00 pm [Jay Lehman]
21 May: @ 14:32:42  volunteer opportunity to further bird conservation [Laura Peskin]
21 May: @ 09:51:03  Willet [Doreene Linzell]
20 May: @ 19:53:09  Cuyahoga county backyard [Lori Brumbaugh]
20 May: @ 12:49:28  Portage escarpment birding incl. Heights area [Laura Peskin]
20 May: @ 10:28:57  Birding Software [Hayward Chappell]
20 May: @ 07:05:18  New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller]
19 May: @ 21:48:41  chimney swifts and midge hatch [Dan Best]
19 May: @ 21:35:14 Re: bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24 [Kenn Kaufman]
19 May: @ 20:26:05 Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Steve Jones]
19 May: @ 19:47:04 Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Sameer Apte]
19 May: @ 19:30:05  Magee Marsh East Beach [mary warren]
19 May: @ 18:52:53  Remarkable Male Surf Scoter Day #4 [robert lane]
19 May: @ 16:25:18  Babies Everywhere! [Dillon Nott]
19 May: @ 16:24:08 Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Deb]
19 May: @ 16:04:45  bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24 [Elaine & Marty Cohen]
19 May: @ 11:16:19 Re: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Linda McConnell]
19 May: @ 10:31:56  2015 is weirdest warbler year in while. [Laura Peskin]
19 May: @ 06:30:49  Glaucous Gull, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/19 [John Pogacnik]
18 May: @ 18:46:41  Surf Scoter Day #3 / Port Clinton [robert lane]
18 May: @ 18:37:33  Pickerel Creek WA / Sandusky County [robert lane]
18 May: @ 17:28:29  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
18 May: @ 16:47:59  Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Worthington [Paul McSweeny]
18 May: @ 15:10:53  Whimbrels Logan County [Bill Whan]
18 May: @ 13:33:51  Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road Area 5/18 [John Pogacnik]
18 May: @ 13:31:29  Lake Erie Bluffs, Lane Road 5/18 [John Pogacnik]
18 May: @ 12:46:45  Connecticut Warbler in Greene County Ohio [Stefan Minnig]
18 May: @ 10:56:57  Columbus BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS [James Muller]
18 May: @ 10:56:47  RFI: Kirtland's Warbler at Highbanks [Kathi Hutton]
18 May: @ 08:10:12 Re: Indigo Bunting question [Helena Uber-Wamble]
18 May: @ 07:32:47 Re: Indigo Bunting question [Rompre, Ghislain]
18 May: @ 06:58:41  No More East Beach On OHIO-BIRDS LISTSERV [robert lane]
18 May: @ 06:38:34  Humility and Shorebirds (Not a sighting report) [Jon]
18 May: @ 06:25:52 Re: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts [jen brumfield]
18 May: @ 06:21:56  Brewer's Blackbird, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/18 [John Pogacnik]
18 May: @ 06:11:13 Re: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts [Terry Voss]
17 May: @ 22:52:08  RFI lifers [Steve Jones]
17 May: @ 21:10:49  Side Cut Park [Rachel Shamy]
17 May: @ 17:57:25  Kirtland's Warbler [Doreene Linzell]
17 May: @ 17:43:47  Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts [robert lane]
17 May: @ 17:38:58  Columbus kirtland [Eric Elvert]





Subject: PrairieOaks,5-23: orioles,migrants
Date: Sat May 23 2015 20:07 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
The Columbus Audubon trip to Darby Creek focused on the traps around Prairie Oaks MetroPark, spending lots of time at Darby Bend lakes and Sycamore Plains forest trail.  The result was a list strong on unusual residents, with some added spice of migrant landbirds and even some shorebirds.  Notables included:

Cormorants - small groups of 1-4 were flying around & over Darby bend Lakes continuously
Osprey - at least 1 was flying over Darby bend Lakes
Shorebirds - aside from the resident Kildeer and Spotted Sandpipers, we also found a Dunlin (in beautiful Spring plumage) and a Least Sandpiper.

Woodpeckers - no Red-headed, but most of the others, including Pileated at Sycamore Plains
Flycatchers - Pewees, Willows, and Gr.Crested were common. We also had several Acadians in the forest at Sycamore Plains, and an Olive-sided on a snag at Darby Bend Lakes.

Vireos - loads of Warbling at Darby Bend Lakes, while Sycamore Plains had 1 Yellow-throated, 1 White-eyed, and 3-4 Red-eyed.
Swallows - Tree, Rough-winged, and Barns were widespread. A few Cliffs seem to be nest-building on the Beach Rd bridge.
Thrushes - a Wood was singing at Sycamore Plains, but Swainson's were almost absent (except 1 at the north Canoe launch)
Mimids - Catbirds were common, but we also had Brown Thrashers at Darby Bend lakes
Warblers - resident Yellows and Yellowthroats were common; we also had resident Yellow-throated & Parulas at Sycamore Plains. Migrants included Blackpolls (2 at DBL), Blackburnians (2 at Sycamore Plains), Redstarts, Wilson's, and Mourning (1 singing at Sycamore Plains)

Sparrows - nothing other than the expected Songs, Chipping, and Fields at Prairie Oaks. A singing Vesper was at Heritage Trail on the way home. The open fields here are one of their last strongholds in Franklin County.

Buntings & Grosbeaks - Indigo Buntings were widespread, but no grosbeaks were found
Icterids - Meadowlarks were calling at both Darby Bend Lakes and Sycamore Plains. Both sites also had Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, though they were more common at Darby Bend Lakes. We had males of both species in the same small tree there (being harassed by a territorial Yellow Warbler, no less!).

Birds weren't the only stars. We had great looks at Map Turtles and swimming Banded Water Snakes at Darby Bend Lakes, and also had calling Cricket Frogs and Green frogs.

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Subject: Hoover Reservoir, Delaware County
Date: Sat May 23 2015 19:07 pm
From: cbombaci AT att.net
 
 Today Shaune Skinner launched the HMS Hoover. Joining us were Christopher Torna and an OSU graduate assistant, my apologies to her as I didn't write her name down. It was a delightful day to be on the water at Hoover Reservoir with sunshine and reasonable temperatures. The only drawback, but not a totally bad one was the bass tournament on Hoover. They were not a problem in the water, but rather at the boat launch trying to find a place to park. Once we launched things were pleasant.
My top goal was to monitor for Prothonotary Warbler activity. We covered a few select areas and tallied 40 Prothonotaries. Some were very cooperative a put on private shows for us. The population at Hoover seems to be doing well this year as I have located pairs at every section I have covered.
Life is more than Prothonotary Warblers. I try to convince myself of this daily. We had numerous other nice sightings. Some were:
Herons - There were Great Blue Herons constantly flying over us, the young at the rookery are hungry; 5 Green Herons.
Osprey - The pairs on platforms 1 and 2 in Galena are on the nest; a new nest in under construction north on Little Walnut Creek; and 2 other adults were seen flying over, neither associated with the aforementioned. It appears we likely have 4 active nests.
Bald Eagles - The pair on the east shore have two fast growing young; A different adult was found on Big Walnut Creek; and what appears o be aa 3rd year juvenile did a fly over.
Shorebirds - Spotted Sandpipers were the sole representative of the group.
Gulls and Terns - The majority were Ring-billed Gulls enjoying the Area M boardwalk in the absence of people; also on the boardwalk were 6 Herring Gulls; and a non-breeding Franklin Gull. The latter took a loon look and research to make a call. After all aspects were considered, coupled with the Franklins reported at Alum Creek, this call seemed reasonable.
Woodpeckers - All Ohio species except sapsuckers were present. The highlight here were the 8 Red-headed Woodpeckers.
Flycatchers- Pewee, Acadian, Phoebe, Great Crested and Eastern Kingbirds.
Vireos - White-eyed, Yellow-throated, Warbling and Red-eyed.
Swallows and Martins - Purple Martins, Tree Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow and Cliff Swallows. The Cliff Swallow population in Galena is doing very well.
Warblers - Of course the Prothonotaries, plus Yellow, Yellow-throated, Northern Parula and Louisiana Waterthrush.
Baltimore Orioles and the other common species.
Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: Conneaut Harbor 5/23
Date: Sat May 23 2015 16:33 pm
From: jpogacnik AT adelphia.net
 
I was at Conneaut Harbor this morning from around 10:00-12:30.  When I got
there I only saw a couple common terns. While I was there the number
swelled to about 70. When I left a lot had taken off and there were about
30 left. I saw no other tern but common terns. There were a lot of terns
coming and going so it's probably a good idea to check them all out.



There were a few shorebirds moving through the area. A few hung around a
little bit, but most stopped briefly if at all. The highlight was 14
whimbrels that passed directly overhead. They never even slowed down and
quickly disappeared heading west. Also of note was a single white-rumped
sandpiper. Shorebirds found were:



Black-bellied plover 1

Killdeer 2

Semipalmated plover 4

Whimbrel 14

Sanderling 4

Semipalmated sandpiper 31

Least sandpiper 4

White-rumped sandpiper 1

Peep spp. 70+

Dunlin 38



Other birds of note were:



Great black-backed gull 6,

Bonaparte's gull 2,

American pipit 6



John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Prairie Falcon - Whitehouse
Date: Fri May 22 2015 16:43 pm
From: Matt_Anderson AT andersonsinc.com
 
Just over an hour ago, a Prairie falcon passed over our Whiteouse yard twice. A few additional details are at Rarebird.org. Hard to figure this one. 

This is the second record for the Toledo area.


Matt Anderson
Whitehouse OH

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Subject: White pelicans, East Harbor State Park, 5/22
Date: Fri May 22 2015 16:08 pm
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 

There 10 American white pelicans on Middle Harbor at East Harbor State Park (430pm) They are easily visible from the causeway to the beach. Middle Harbor is low so there was quite a bit mud showing. Despite that, I saw only 1 lesser yellowlegs, a short-billed dowtcher, and a couple dunlin.

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Subject: Observations on Franklin's Gulls at Alum Creek, 05/21/15 (long)
Date: Fri May 22 2015 14:52 pm
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
Heard about another Franklin's Gull at Alum Creek Resevoir from Alex Eberts
while viewing the Willet at Deer Creek SP. The gull had been seen the
previous evening at about 8:15 pm. Since I was at least halfway to
Columbus, I decided to try for it. Arrived at Alum Creek Beach at about
7:30 pm and observed a dark mantled, hooded small gull with head tucked
resting on the beach in a flock of Ring-billed Gulls. This bird stayed
until Jeremy Dominguez and Sarah Lucas as well as Leslie Sours and Alex
Eberts arrived. At about 8:15 pm or later, another Franklin's Gull (FRGU)
arrived.

Some identification points. The FRGUs had small, short, black/reddish
bills with little droop or downward curvature unlike the bill of Laughing
Gulls (LAGUs) which have longer bills with noticeable downward curvature.
In general, to my eye, for FRGU, the bill extension from the head is equal
to or maybe slightly longer than the distance from the bill base to the
back of the eye. LAGU bill is noticeably longer than the the distance from
bill base to back of the LAGU's eye. This is a general impression (jizz)
without using specific points on the bill base to make this comparison of
distances.

The legs of these FRGUs are relatively short and shorter than the longer
legs of LAGUs. The legs of these FRGUs were blackish/reddish, not
completely either.

In flight, these FRGUs were short winged with more rounded wing tips than
LAGUs which are relatively long-winged with pointed wing tips.

When standing or roosting on the beach, these FRGUs appeared small and
compact but LAGUs would appear more slender and elongated thus larger.

The white eye arcs on the FRGUs were thick and appeared connected in the
back and wide apart in front of the eyes unlike for LAGUs which have
thinner white eye arcs, which are usually (but not always) unconnected in
the back of eye and usually equidistant apart in front of and behind the
eye.

The tail of the first FRGU was studied closely with scope views from behind
as the bird roosted on the beach and was gray on the upper surface with
white outer edges and a white fringe on the end. This gray tail is
maintained in adult FRGU (at least the tail center). I did not observe a
white rump versus the gray tail for FRGU in flight. LAGU in comparable
plumage has white tail and rump.

Neither FRGU had fully developed white between the black primaries and gray
mantle on the upper surface of the wings as in adult FRGU. While in
flight, it was difficult to see white between the black primaries and gray
mantle for these FRGUs. Before I left at about 9:00 pm, Leslie Sours
showed me a flight photo which showed an isolated (in white) black spot on
primary 5 or 6 (not an exact count). This black spot is isolated by white
on the primary tip and the white between this primary and gray mantle. If
I recall correctly, Leslie's photo shows white tipped black primaries
without white between the outer three or four primaries (10,9,8 and maybe
7) and the gray mantle. As stated previously by Kenn Kaufman on FB, this
indicates 2nd winter plumage. My only reference showing this plumage is
Olson and Larson, "Gulls of North America, Europe and Asia," plate 74, page
514.

The second FRGU showed pink blush on the breast.

These FRGUs appear to be in molt to adult plumage.

Unfortunately, I did not have my camera with me last night.

Thanks for listening.
Jay

Jay G Lehman Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Fwd: Fw: eBird Report - Sebring-Warner Rd-electric power station, May 22, 2015
Date: Fri May 22 2015 12:54 pm
From: reginasch54 AT gmail.com
 
Wilson's Phalarope

Sebring-Warner Rd-electric power station, Darke, US-OH
May 22, 2015 8:40 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Stationary
15 species

Mallard 3
Semipalmated Plover 3
Killdeer 3
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper 5
Wilson's Phalarope 1
Horned Lark 2
House Wren 1
American Robin 5
European Starling 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Field Sparrow 0
Song Sparrow 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23578350

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Fish Crow CLNP
Date: Fri May 22 2015 10:05 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Fish Crow calling and messing around near the entrance to Cleveland lakefront nature preserve 


JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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Subject: American White Pelicans at East Harbor State Park
Date: Thu May 21 2015 15:28 pm
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At 3:40 today, there were 10 American White Pelicans in East Harbor State Park's Middle Harbor.


Sheryl Young

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Subject: Willet Still at Deer Creek as of 4:00 pm
Date: Thu May 21 2015 15:07 pm
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
Arrived at about 3:00 pm.  Met Alex Eberts at the beach photographing the
Willet--a very nice bird indeed! A Bald Eagle put the bird up and it
looked like it was going to leave but it returned. It flew once more
possibly due to an Osprey but returned again. Also a Ruddy Turnstone,
Spotted Sandpipers and two Semipalmated Sandpipers. Hope it stays for
those chasing.
Jay

Jay G Lehman Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: volunteer opportunity to further bird conservation
Date: Thu May 21 2015 14:32 pm
From: thenaturegurl AT gmail.com
 
Now that it's getting into the quieter summer birding season, I am hoping
some of you Shaker Lakes birders and area residents could support
conservation in a unique way. 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of the
Nature Center of Shaker Lakes (NCSL), an Audubon-designated Important
Birding Area. Celebrating 50 years of conservation in the Heights involves
archiving and digitizing NCSL history. The Nature Center came to be out of
the grassroots anti-freeway movement of the 1960s. Without active area
citizens, the site of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, one of the last
area green spaces, would have been the Interchange of two unbuilt
freeways: I-290 and the Lee Freeway. If you would like to be part of the
exciting preservation and perpetuation of the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
story, please volunteer to help archive and digitize our records. No prior
archiving or related experience is required.


Please contact Jessica Brand, NCSL volunteer coordinator, at 216.321.5935
x 237, or at brand@shakerlakes.org. An application and background check
are required. Please reply to me at this email address, or contact Jessica
if you have any questions.


--Laura Peskin

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Subject: Willet
Date: Thu May 21 2015 9:51 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Jason Simonis just called with news of a Willet on the beach at Deer Creek
along with a Ruddy Turnstone.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Cuyahoga county backyard
Date: Wed May 20 2015 19:53 pm
From: 000000be0ae96c21-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Pathetic warbler showing here! One Tennessee warbler was taking a bath today in our pond. Lou found a Blue Jay sitting on a nest and the grackles are fledging. There was a headless house sparrow today and we were thinking raptor victims. Nope, Lou saw a Grackle eating it! No wonder all the sparrows were chasing the grackles today. 
Lori Brumbaugh
Lou Gardella
Garfield Hts
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Subject: Portage escarpment birding incl. Heights area
Date: Wed May 20 2015 12:49 pm
From: thenaturegurl AT gmail.com
 
People on the edge if the escarpment like around Euclid/ cwru who were
lucky enough to be in hi-rises w/ good views of tree tops had phenomenal
2015 warbler viewing.

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Subject: Birding Software
Date: Wed May 20 2015 10:28 am
From: hayward.chappell AT gmail.com
 
I have a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (Android)- I am considering either:

Sibley's Guide (I have the book)

or

iBirdPro (I also have Samsung phone, but it is older model and apparantly
can't run iBirdpro)

Is any one familiar with both who can make a recommendation?

Thank you-

Hayward Chappell

--
Hayward Chappell
766 Private Rd. 3952
Willow Wood, OH 45696

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
Date: Wed May 20 2015 7:05 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



Belmont County

Slope Creek Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Slope+Creek+Reservoir



Cuyahoga County

Brecksville Reservation--Oak Grove, Plateau, My Mountain

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Brecksville+Reservation+Oak+Grove+Plateau+My+Mountain

Cleveland Public Library Eastman Garden

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cleveland+Public+Library+Eastman+Garden



Franklin County

Jefferson Community Park

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



Greene County

Huffman Prairie State Natural Landmark

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Huffman+Prairie+State+Natural+Landmark



Mahoning County

Mill Creek Park--Lily Pond

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mill+Creek+Park+Lily+Pond



Ottawa County

Lakeshore Drive Waterfront

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lakeshore+Drive+Waterfront



Sandusky County

Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area--Pump House Wetland

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Pickerel+Creek+Wildlife+Area+Pump+House+Wetland

Sandusky River @ West Hurdic Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Sandusky+River+West+Hurdic+Road

Wolf Creek Park--Sandusky Scenic River Access
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Subject: chimney swifts and midge hatch
Date: Tue May 19 2015 21:48 pm
From: bestdan AT windstream.net
 
As I was approaching downtown Cleveland on I-90 today, at the interbelt curve near Burke Lakefront Airport, I noticed a large number of chimney swifts in the air at mid-afternoon.

Later, as I sat visiting my Dad in Avon Lake, I could see to the north, out the family room picture window, numerous swifts in the sky. Just outside of the window, a number of midges (locally known as "muckleheads" or "muffleheads") were hovering. I would say that that explains the swift swarming. The midge hatch is on!

Dan Best

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Subject: bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24
Date: Tue May 19 2015 21:35 pm
From: kenn.kaufman AT gmail.com
 
Regarding predictions for the Magee Marsh area of NW Ohio, Ryan Jacob has
just posted a new prediction in the BSBO birding pages blog, at this link:
http://cranecreekbirding.blogs...


This latest prediction only goes up through Friday, the 22nd. During this
time, persistent northerly winds and cooler temperatures are likely to
reduce the number of migrants arriving in the region, and probably allow
for a buildup of migrants somewhere to the south of us. When the winds
shift to southerly again, with higher temperatures, we should see another
big arrival. Based on current weather forecasts, it looks like the next
really big day would be either Sunday May 24 or perhaps a better shot for
Monday May 25.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH



On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 5:04 PM, Elaine & Marty Cohen
wrote:

> any suggestions for a preferred date in the coming weekend to see warblers
> and others at Magee? we went May 7-8 and couldn't get up there again from
> Akron until this time period. thanks!
>
>

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Subject: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
Date: Tue May 19 2015 20:26 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
:-D I had over 139 species for Lucas County this month, and 154 species for
this migration period. I was at Magee and Metzger marshes for about 5-6
times, and Oak Openings twice.

My observations are as follows.

Everything from the first wave was delayed about one to two weeks due to
the weather systems in late April/early May.

The second wave was close to on time, but it was mixed with the first
wave.

The third wave (female warblers and Flycatchers) is here now.

What is down in my observation is the amount of mayflies...once it does
warm up, the amount will be unbearable on the lake I have a feeling.

The weather did have a major factor in numbers and people seeing what
birds, the week had better diversity and numbers, then a system would come
through blowing everything to Canada just in time for the Big Sit...which
we had an above average 98, but no where near the record 112...would have
had 100 if the Whip-por-will and Pelicans had behaved. :-D

Anyhew, that is my observations.

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J
On May 19, 2015 8:46 PM, "Sameer Apte" wrote:

> Deb,
> I am currently doing a daily migrant census of the Shaker Lakes area for my
> high school senior project and have noticed the same trend. While I have
> recorded over 110 species in the area in the month of May alone and every
> single "expected" warbler species but Blue-winged and Connecticut, I have
> experienced remarkably low numbers this year and not a single "fallout" day
> (my highest day count is 60 species). I know that Julie West and Gary
> Neuman, who run the banding station at Shaker Lakes, have said the same
> thing about the migration. There simply is not much species richness on a
> certain given day, and not a whole lot of migration flux through the region
> on top of the Portage Escarpment. There seems to be much more movement on
> the Lake Plains, the Grand River valley, and the Cuyahoga valley.
> Looking at Victor Fazio's numbers from his 1979 census (available on
> eBird), his fallout days of 90, 74, and 69 species occurred on stormy/rainy
> mornings with a strong south wind (following one exception 5/12/1979 in
> which wind shifted to the north after a long spell of S wind, knocking
> migrants down). Please correct me if I am wrong, but the best conditions
> for fallouts on the Portage Escarpment in spring occur with the following
> conditions.
> 1) a strong south wind (>10mph) to blow the birds over the escarpment and
> not down into the valleys
> 2) a storm quite late at night to knock the birds down pre-lake.
> From my observations so far, I have observed that while we have had several
> nights of consistent, significantly strong South winds, there has not been
> a storm or wind change to knock them down to sites like the Shaker Lakes or
> Dike 14 and they shoot straight over to Canada. On the days on which there
> is a wind change, the S wind has not been strong enough to sustain a
> movement over the escarpment and they fly down the Grand and Cuyahoga
> valleys to sites such as Lake Erie Bluffs or Wendy Park.
> Hopefully, such conditions will manifest someday this spring, and we will
> be treated to a fallout in the Heights.
> Good birding,
> Sameer Apte
>
> On 19 May 2015 at 17:23, Deb wrote:
>
> > It's tough for those of us who have less flexibility in our schedules. I
> > have to block out birding time weeks in advance and it rarely lines up
> with
> > good weather and bird movement.
> >
> > I made two trips to Magee and Metzger~an even 100 miles door to door~and
> > thankfully both were good days. Dike 14 was marginal and now that it's
> > warmer, the ticks there are problematic. I live near Shaker Lakes and
> that
> > hasn't been great in recent years either. The best local birding I had
> was
> > at Lakeview Cemetery, and the day that there was a Swainson's thrush,
> > black-throated blue and Magnolia in my yard.
> >
> > It distresses me that other folks are seeing this decline as well. I hope
> > it's just that we're unlucky, rather than the more ominous possibilities.
> >
> > Deborah Smith
> > Cleveland Heights
> >
> >
> > > On May 19, 2015, at 12:15, Linda McConnell <
> > lindameyermcconnell@GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> > >
> > > I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to
> > home
> > > - all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
> > > disappointing. I thought it was me.
> > >
> > > On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin <
> thenaturegurl@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad
> > am
> > >> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has
> been
> > >> magee. Like cake there. Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
> > >> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands. Weather related I think.
> > Also
> > >> early foliage this year. Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
> > >>
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Subject: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
Date: Tue May 19 2015 19:47 pm
From: sameerapte1 AT gmail.com
 
Deb,
I am currently doing a daily migrant census of the Shaker Lakes area for my
high school senior project and have noticed the same trend. While I have
recorded over 110 species in the area in the month of May alone and every
single "expected" warbler species but Blue-winged and Connecticut, I have
experienced remarkably low numbers this year and not a single "fallout" day
(my highest day count is 60 species). I know that Julie West and Gary
Neuman, who run the banding station at Shaker Lakes, have said the same
thing about the migration. There simply is not much species richness on a
certain given day, and not a whole lot of migration flux through the region
on top of the Portage Escarpment. There seems to be much more movement on
the Lake Plains, the Grand River valley, and the Cuyahoga valley.
Looking at Victor Fazio's numbers from his 1979 census (available on
eBird), his fallout days of 90, 74, and 69 species occurred on stormy/rainy
mornings with a strong south wind (following one exception 5/12/1979 in
which wind shifted to the north after a long spell of S wind, knocking
migrants down). Please correct me if I am wrong, but the best conditions
for fallouts on the Portage Escarpment in spring occur with the following
conditions.
1) a strong south wind (>10mph) to blow the birds over the escarpment and
not down into the valleys
2) a storm quite late at night to knock the birds down pre-lake.
From my observations so far, I have observed that while we have had several
nights of consistent, significantly strong South winds, there has not been
a storm or wind change to knock them down to sites like the Shaker Lakes or
Dike 14 and they shoot straight over to Canada. On the days on which there
is a wind change, the S wind has not been strong enough to sustain a
movement over the escarpment and they fly down the Grand and Cuyahoga
valleys to sites such as Lake Erie Bluffs or Wendy Park.
Hopefully, such conditions will manifest someday this spring, and we will
be treated to a fallout in the Heights.
Good birding,
Sameer Apte

On 19 May 2015 at 17:23, Deb wrote:

> It's tough for those of us who have less flexibility in our schedules. I
> have to block out birding time weeks in advance and it rarely lines up with
> good weather and bird movement.
>
> I made two trips to Magee and Metzger~an even 100 miles door to door~and
> thankfully both were good days. Dike 14 was marginal and now that it's
> warmer, the ticks there are problematic. I live near Shaker Lakes and that
> hasn't been great in recent years either. The best local birding I had was
> at Lakeview Cemetery, and the day that there was a Swainson's thrush,
> black-throated blue and Magnolia in my yard.
>
> It distresses me that other folks are seeing this decline as well. I hope
> it's just that we're unlucky, rather than the more ominous possibilities.
>
> Deborah Smith
> Cleveland Heights
>
>
> > On May 19, 2015, at 12:15, Linda McConnell <
> lindameyermcconnell@GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to
> home
> > - all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
> > disappointing. I thought it was me.
> >
> > On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad
> am
> >> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
> >> magee. Like cake there. Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
> >> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands. Weather related I think.
> Also
> >> early foliage this year. Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
> >>
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Subject: Magee Marsh East Beach
Date: Tue May 19 2015 19:30 pm
From: windbird AT bex.net
 
Some of you have asked questions about the East Beach at Magee Marsh .....................here is the official clarification from Bob Ford from the Division of Wildlife.
Hope this clears up any confusion and if you have further questions you can direct them to Bob.

Mary Warren

Mary,

The area the individual is speaking about is the narrow wooded area between the beach and the lakefront dike. As you know, the beach trail is actually the beach, which has always been open and will continue to be. The wooded area has always been off limits. This is not a change. When observed, folks are asked to vacate the wooded area and stay on the actual beach. This happens every year. Also the lake front dike was opened to foot traffic, which allows for additional viewing opportunities. Visitors need to understand that like any other property, there are areas where they cannot access. Ottawa Refuge had the same issues this year along the estuary trail. A perfect example is the boardwalk. Prior to the boardwalk, folks walked at ground level. This became an issue and the boardwalk now functions as a tool to keep traffic to a specific area preventing a “free for all”. Without areas of restricted access, habitat for the birds that everyone comes to see will be damaged, which is counter-productive. Management of the area must first focus on the habitat and needs of the species that utilize it. The recreation (wildlife viewing) aspect is a benefit of that management.



Bob Ford

Wildlife Management Supervisor

Wildlife District Two

419.429.8360



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Subject: Remarkable Male Surf Scoter Day #4
Date: Tue May 19 2015 18:52 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
At 6:50PM today, Tuesday, for at least the fourth day in a row, the male Surf Scoter was present in the company of a group of Lesser Scaup and a probable female Greater Scaup, at the same exact location, just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown Port Clinton in Ottawa County. They are east of The Moose Club and opposite The Clinton Reef Club as was stated in previous posts. Of interest twelve miles to the west, today, at Turtle Creek Marina And Campground, there are still at least about a dozen Pine Siskins at campers feeders.  

Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio



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Subject: Babies Everywhere!
Date: Tue May 19 2015 16:25 pm
From: dnott621 AT gmail.com
 
Literally all over my and my neighbors yards, there are many starling,
grackle and Robin babies hopping around.
Also saw a odd Flycatcher,
Looked just like a Phoebe,
But as big as a Goldfinch
Thoughts?

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Subject: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
Date: Tue May 19 2015 16:24 pm
From: dsfromnj AT sbcglobal.net
 
It's tough for those of us who have less flexibility in our schedules. I have to block out birding time weeks in advance and it rarely lines up with good weather and bird movement. 

I made two trips to Magee and Metzger~an even 100 miles door to door~and thankfully both were good days. Dike 14 was marginal and now that it's warmer, the ticks there are problematic. I live near Shaker Lakes and that hasn't been great in recent years either. The best local birding I had was at Lakeview Cemetery, and the day that there was a Swainson's thrush, black-throated blue and Magnolia in my yard.

It distresses me that other folks are seeing this decline as well. I hope it's just that we're unlucky, rather than the more ominous possibilities.

Deborah Smith
Cleveland Heights


> On May 19, 2015, at 12:15, Linda McConnell wrote:
>
> I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to home
> - all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
> disappointing. I thought it was me.
>
> On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin
> wrote:
>
>> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad am
>> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
>> magee. Like cake there. Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
>> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands. Weather related I think. Also
>> early foliage this year. Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
>>
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Subject: bird forecast for Magee for May 21-24
Date: Tue May 19 2015 16:04 pm
From: buckeye4c AT gmail.com
 
any suggestions for a preferred date in the coming weekend to see warblers
and others at Magee? we went May 7-8 and couldn't get up there again from
Akron until this time period. thanks!

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Subject: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
Date: Tue May 19 2015 11:16 am
From: lindameyermcconnell AT gmail.com
 
I'm glad it's not just me. I took last week off work to bird close to home
- all the places you mentioned. And saw hardly anything. Very
disappointing. I thought it was me.

On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:31 AM, Laura Peskin
wrote:

> Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad am
> weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
> magee. Like cake there. Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
> Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands. Weather related I think. Also
> early foliage this year. Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.
>
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Subject: 2015 is weirdest warbler year in while.
Date: Tue May 19 2015 10:31 am
From: thenaturegurl AT gmail.com
 
Since I'm not an a.m. birder (& no not sleeping -- just busy + our bad am
weather), only place have seen migrating, non-nesting warblers has been
magee. Like cake there. Nearly impossible at all the other standbys:
Wendy pk., dike 14, le bluffs, headlands. Weather related I think. Also
early foliage this year. Heard migrating warblers at a # of places.

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Subject: Glaucous Gull, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/19
Date: Tue May 19 2015 6:30 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 

A 2nd/3rd year Glaucous flew over at the Lake Erie Bluffs around 7:20, heading west. If you're in the Fairport Harbor area, keep your head up. Quite a few gulls moving overhead.



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Subject: Surf Scoter Day #3 / Port Clinton
Date: Mon May 18 2015 18:46 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
Today, Monday, is at least the third day the male Surf Scoter has been present in the company of a group of Lesser Scaup, just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown Port Clinton in Ottawa County. They are east of The Moose Club and opposite The Clinton Reef Club as was stated in the previous posts. It was brought to my attention this afternoon that one of the females could possibly be a Greater Scaup. 

Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio


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Subject: Pickerel Creek WA / Sandusky County
Date: Mon May 18 2015 18:37 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
Pickerel Creek WA provided enough entertainment today, Monday, that we birded there from 2:45PM to 5:15PM. The weather was pleasant and breezy, with a few ticks for excitement. The area northeast of the pump-house and parking lot off of highway US6 was super productive. A wonderful variety of birds were present. Some of our highlights were a male Wilson's Phalarope(best seen from the back left corner looking east), a Snowy Egret in breeding plumage (bright red facial skin), 274+ Caspian Terns, two not one Peregrine Falcons, Black-bellied Plovers, Dunlins, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, a single Common Tern, and a male Orchard Oriole, just to name a few. A scope is necessary.

Bob and Denise Lane along with birding friend Carol

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
Date: Mon May 18 2015 17:28 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Mourning warbler (Nature center area)
Olive sided flycatcher
low numbers of warblers today

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - Worthington
Date: Mon May 18 2015 16:47 pm
From: pmcsweeny AT sbcglobal.net
 
There were two BBWDs still at the pond behind 1840 Snouffer Road in
Worthington as of 5:15PM.

Paul McSweeny


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Subject: Whimbrels Logan County
Date: Mon May 18 2015 15:10 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
This just in from Troy Shively: at least 16 whimbrels are huddled at
Indian Lake SP beach--not on the sand but on a structure to the left
when you park your bike. 16 is an estimate, and more could drop in.........
Bill Whan

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road Area 5/18
Date: Mon May 18 2015 13:33 pm
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, US-OH
May 18, 2015 6:45 AM - 7:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
The area covered was south of Clark Road in the extreme northeast corner of the property. Hopes were to get a closer look at the Brewer's Blackbirds.
31 species

Killdeer 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Alder Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Barn Swallow 3
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 8
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 6
American Pipit 1 Feeding in plowed field
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 9
Wilson's Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Brewer's Blackbird 1 Three birds, a male and two females were observed feeding in a plowed field. The females were grayish with some slight green glossing to the back. They both had dark eyes. The male was iridescent with a greenish gloss to the back. Eyes on the male were pale. Similar in size and shape to rusty blackbird, except with a longer tail. The dark eyed females were diagnostic. I have seen numerous Brewer's blackbirds.
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Orchard Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 4

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, Lane Road 5/18
Date: Mon May 18 2015 13:31 pm
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, US-OH
May 18, 2015 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.2 mile(s)
Comments: Covered the Bluffs Trail at Lane Road and checked areas to the west and south. There was a good flight of cedar waxwings with over 400 counted. They were all headed to the west. Most of the warblers were along the woods to the south and west of the Bluffs Trail.
103 species

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 2
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 4
Turkey Vulture 11
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 4
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
American Woodcock 4
Ring-billed Gull 93
Herring Gull 22
Caspian Tern 1
Common Tern 27
Mourning Dove 4
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Great Horned Owl 2 Adult and juvenile
Chimney Swift 14
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Breeds on site
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 17
Least Flycatcher 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 9
Eastern Kingbird 6
Warbling Vireo 11
Red-eyed Vireo 23
Blue Jay 86
American Crow 9
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 60
Purple Martin 3
Tree Swallow 21
Bank Swallow 440
Barn Swallow 7
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1 May be nesting
House Wren 5
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Veery 9
Gray-cheeked Thrush 3
Swainson's Thrush 23
Wood Thrush 8
American Robin 31
Gray Catbird 74
Brown Thrasher 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 46
Cedar Waxwing 416
Ovenbird 3
Northern Waterthrush 2
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 2
Mourning Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 27
American Redstart 31
Cape May Warbler 1
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 16
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 145
Chestnut-sided Warbler 7
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 3
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 36
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 8
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 35
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 12
Indigo Bunting 3
Red-winged Blackbird 66
Common Grackle 25
Brown-headed Cowbird 28
Orchard Oriole 8
Baltimore Oriole 13
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 19

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Subject: Connecticut Warbler in Greene County Ohio
Date: Mon May 18 2015 12:46 pm
From: stefanminnig AT hotmail.com
 
I first spotted this bird incidentally on Friday at Spring Lakes Park in Greene County, Ohio. I took photos; one is at: http://www.whatbird.com/forum/index.php?/topic/135632-connecticut-warbler-confirm/. I apologize that you need to have an account to see the actual bird, but you can read the commentary, confirming the species at the very least.
Today I went back and played the call with no success, however, after backtracking the trail in the direction to the vehicle, I heard it calling for several minutesaround 12:45pmclose to the trail. I didn't get a visual, but I did get an auditory recording.
To best explain its location, walk from the parking lot towards the ponds. About two-thirds though the first pond, a trail will lead off to the left, down along the creek. Follow that pathsorry, it gets a little muddyuntil the path makes a hard right. About 20 feet after making the right turn, there is a grassy meadow on the inside of the trail. This is where I spotted the bird initially. I heard the bird today on the outside of the trail, same location.
Best of success!
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Subject: Columbus BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS
Date: Mon May 18 2015 10:56 am
From: jrmuller12+birding AT gmail.com
 
Franklin County: 2 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were reported earlier by Lael Weyenberg. I dropped by and confirmed the sighting, with pictures on Facebook and eBird. Ms. Weyenberg said that it's alright for birders to come by. The address is 1840 Snouffer Rd, Worthington, OH 43085. Park in the driveway and follow the flagstone path around the left side of the garage until you see the pond. The birds have been in the water and around the bank. Practice good birding ethics if you go see these birds!

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Subject: RFI: Kirtland's Warbler at Highbanks
Date: Mon May 18 2015 10:56 am
From: KRHuttonDVM AT frontier.com
 
Any updates on this bird on Monday May 18 appreciated. On my way south from Magee

Kathi Hutton
in transit.

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Subject: Indigo Bunting question
Date: Mon May 18 2015 8:10 am
From: helena.uberwamble AT gmail.com
 
I had black oil and a millet mix. I always fill the feeders with the seed
and then scatter a scoop full on the ground. Two weeks ago I had 12 indigo
at the feeders mostly on the ground. I live in Alabama but lived in Ohio
until a few years ago
On May 18, 2015 7:32 AM, "Rompre, Ghislain"
wrote:

> Hi Dillon,
>
> Indigo Buntings like several kinds of seeds. Among the favorite, I would
> say Black Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, Nijer seed, some red millet,
> maybe a little white millet.
>
> The question is to get the feeder at the right place, where you have the
> Indigo Buntings not too far. And of course, not too many competition; I
> think they are a little shy at the feeders, and will not come to it if
> there's House Sparrows, Cowbirds, Grackles, etc.
>
> I hope that helps
>
> Ghislain
>
> On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 8:38 AM, Dillon Nott wrote:
>
> > How do you attract Indigo Buntings to your feeders? Cornell doesn't
> reall> y
> > answer the question, but I always like to get personal info from people.
> > We
> > have them all over are yard, at least 8 this morning.
> > Type of Feeder?
> > Seed?
> > Water?
> >
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Subject: Indigo Bunting question
Date: Mon May 18 2015 7:32 am
From: ghislain.rompre AT scotts.com
 
Hi Dillon,

Indigo Buntings like several kinds of seeds. Among the favorite, I would
say Black Oil Sunflower, Sunflower Chips, Nijer seed, some red millet,
maybe a little white millet.

The question is to get the feeder at the right place, where you have the
Indigo Buntings not too far. And of course, not too many competition; I
think they are a little shy at the feeders, and will not come to it if
there's House Sparrows, Cowbirds, Grackles, etc.

I hope that helps

Ghislain

On Sun, May 17, 2015 at 8:38 AM, Dillon Nott wrote:

> How do you attract Indigo Buntings to your feeders? Cornell doesn't really
> answer the question, but I always like to get personal info from people. We
> have them all over are yard, at least 8 this morning.
> Type of Feeder?
> Seed?
> Water?
>
> Thanks
>
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Subject: No More East Beach On OHIO-BIRDS LISTSERV
Date: Mon May 18 2015 6:58 am
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
I ask everyone! No more posts to this listserv regarding The East Beach issue! I totally agree with what Jen has said. The previous post she referred to was totally off track. A completely different issue. The intent of my message about East Beach was more about making people aware of the situation, than to create a forum for venting one's thoughts. I apologize for opening this can of worms. It needs to be addressed with The Ohio Division Of Wildlife in a professional manner. Before ending this issue on OHIO-BIRDS, I do believe this well written excerpt, one of many to me personally, from a Michigan birder who usually attends The Magee event for three or four days, somewhat tells the impact of what an incident like this can do to attendance and what feelings can be when comparing with other birding venues. THE END.

Bob Lane

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hi Bob

I too am very disappointed with the closure of the east beach bushes... in
fact, I was heading to Magee today until I read about that, and decided to
go elsewhere instead. I think the ODOW is not necessarily the most birder
friendly DOW in the US..
For Spring Migration around here, in my opinion, the other side of the lake
offers a lot (Pelee area) and they handle birders in a much more friendly
way at Point Pelee, going way out of their way to provide posted seasonal
(season = bird migration) trails through habitat like Magee East Beach..
there's tons more room to bird in general.. and they have a great
information board and huge map showing the past 2-days sightings all at the
visitor centre by the main parking lot, near the tip. I'll be heading back
there in the next few days!

Great to see you both again, and looking forward to seeing you next year..
but not too sure how much time I will be spending around Magee during next
year's big week..

Best wishes and safe travels



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Subject: Humility and Shorebirds (Not a sighting report)
Date: Mon May 18 2015 6:38 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
This is not a sighting, so if you don’t want to read a little narrative about learning to identify birds, then you can delete this message and move on with your busy life!  ;)

I formally began birding in February of 2013. Since that time, I have seen (or heard) a remarkable 280 species of birds in the state of Ohio. Much of that list happened while standing next to excellent birders and friends who have taken the time to point out a bird to me. Nothing illustrates the difference it makes to be standing next to an experienced birder more than sorting through shorebirds, at least that is the case in my mind. Gull IDs also feel similar in difficulty due to their wide range of plumage developments across multiple years, let alone breeding and basic plumage differences.

I have high expectations for myself, at least in certain realms of my life. Birding is one area that I have thrown myself into with a sincere effort to develop skills that will help me to find and correctly identify the birds I see in the field when I am alone and do not have someone there to validate or challenge my ID. The truth is that my expectations are too high for where I am in my development.

It’s good to set a high bar for yourself. It keeps you growing as long as you are able to stop and smell the roses from time to time, or perhaps a more appropriate metaphor for this endeavor would be to stop and admire the Northern Cardinal. But having high expectations can also set you up for establishing self-standards that are unrealistic and can begin to erode the enthusiasm that is experienced when everything is new. Whenever I find that I am feeling frustrated or even angry while birding I know that I am trying too hard and need to slow down.

I experienced a few of those moments over the past weekend. I’ll spare everyone the details of how those frustrations played out on Friday in NW Ohio in the interest of keeping this a bit more brief, but suffice it to say that if you are going to Oak Openings for the first time, consider going with a group or an individual who knows the park….it is OVERWHELMING!

Yesterday I was birding around Wayne County as I tried to jump past the lines of rain that were slowly moving east in NE Ohio. One of my stops was at Shreve Lake, which is drawn down and holding great habitat for shorebirds. I was looking through some peeps and Semi-palmated Plover when I saw a Dowitcher. As I studied the bird through my scope I was initially sure it must be a Short-billed Dowitcher due to time of year and a sighting the previous day. However, the longer I looked at the bird the more my mind wanted to turn it into a Long-billed Dowitcher. I was convincing myself that the rufous color was rich enough and was far up under the rump of the bird. I was sure that the scapulars were darker and that I was seeing barring along the flanks, rather than spotting. I was sure...

I was sure wrong.

One of the running jokes with my birding buddies Kent Miller and Ben Morrison is that I am effectively in my “sophomore” year as a learning birder. I also often act a bit sophomoric, too, but I am not sure my puns even rise to that level. The fact is that had I not met these two guys, who I am now honored to call friends, I would still be a long way from even being a sophomore in my educational trajectory. I am not even certain that I qualify for being a sophomore, but that is that high bar emerging again.

Separating out Dowitchers is Graduate School level birding. I need to remember that. Sparrows are hard. Gulls are hard. Birding is hard. Shorebirds are REALLY hard.

If you are new to this like I am, then remember to take a daily dose of humility when birding. I bird with folks who have been doing this for all of their lives. I have some inkling for how they must feel when they see/hear me making a mistake when I see/hear someone who is totally new to this in a group with me. We live in an information age and that has created a big surge in sightings that are shared, chased, and listed by birders (like myself) who are otherwise unlikely to find or successfully ID these birds on their own. Part of me loves that so many opportunities exist for us as new birders, but part of me also wishes for a slower pace of learning in which studying each bird and learning the important structural features is the way that it is done. I do not do nostalgia and I cannot turn back the clock so that I learn these things as a much younger man (I am about to turn 48), so being mindful and humble will have to do.

Happy birding to one and all...


Jon Cefus
Cuyahoga Falls
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Subject: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts
Date: Mon May 18 2015 6:25 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Greetings - this conversation is at a tipping point where it could --- if fed with emotion and tone- lead down a very very volcanic path, very quickly. Particularly as it was suggested to "ban" certain enthusiasts. Such things lead to very impassioned and dicey conversation-territory on listserves, particularly when involving an enormous number Ohio's very diverse birding community.

Both ODNR and the Biggest Week in American Birding festival organizers would be surely willing to receive input, comments, questions, concerns, suggestions and opinions-- perhaps best composed in emails or phone calls.

Best of birding--- another great night of migration and arrival of gems to find today

JB
CLE, OH


On May 18, 2015, at 7:11 AM, "Terry Voss" wrote:

> Can we petition ODNR regarding the East Beach area; and I wholeheartedly agree with points made on banning playbacks, laser pointers, and controlling the photographers with oversized telephotos and tripods. What about banning the photographers at all times EXCEPT give them the entire boardwalk (ban the birders) from noon to 2 pm on Tues. Thurs. and Sat???
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Sent from Windows Mail
>
>
>
>
>
> From: robert lane
> Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎May‎ ‎17‎, ‎2015 ‎6‎:‎43‎ ‎PM
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>
>
>
>
>
> A short time ago at 5:30PM, Sunday, the brilliantly plumaged male Surf Scoter reported yesterday, was at basically the same location, still in the company of some Lesser Scaup. Just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown Port Clinton in Ottawa County. It is east of The Moose Club and opposite The Clinton Reef Club. The thought part of my post was what the main topic of conversation was today at the boardwalk. After all these years!!! What reasoning did The Ohio Division Of Wildlife have for making The East Beach traditional Kirtland's Warbler sighting area off limits. Great timing! During "The Biggest Week In American Birding", and at the peak arrival time of the Kirtland's. For myself and many others, The East Beach Area has been our place to get away, when things got crazy at the boardwalk. This should pretty much end Kirtland's Warbler and Black-throated Gray Warbler sightings at Magee Marsh. Remember, the beach by The Estuary Trail is part of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
>
> Bob Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio
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Subject: Brewer's Blackbird, Lake Erie Bluffs, 5/18
Date: Mon May 18 2015 6:21 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
There were three Brewer's blackbirds just east of Lake Erie Bluffs on Clark Road in Lake County. There was a male and two females.  They were in a plowed field along Clark Road on the south side of the road about a quarter mile east of the Clark Road parking lot.

Also of note is a singing cerulean warbler near the gas well near the end of Lane Road. Also a couple alder flycatchers.

John Pogacnik


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Subject: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts
Date: Mon May 18 2015 6:11 am
From: 000001c6144368f8-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Can we petition ODNR regarding the East  Beach area; and I wholeheartedly agree with points made on banning playbacks, laser pointers, and controlling the photographers with oversized telephotos and tripods.  What about banning the photographers at all times EXCEPT give them the entire boardwalk (ban the birders) from noon to 2 pm on Tues. Thurs. and Sat???






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From: robert lane
Sent: ‎Sunday‎, ‎May‎ ‎17‎, ‎2015 ‎6‎:‎43‎ ‎PM
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A short time ago at 5:30PM, Sunday, the brilliantly plumaged male Surf Scoter reported yesterday, was at basically the same location, still in the company of some Lesser Scaup. Just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown Port Clinton in Ottawa County. It is east of The Moose Club and opposite The Clinton Reef Club. The thought part of my post was what the main topic of conversation was today at the boardwalk. After all these years!!! What reasoning did The Ohio Division Of Wildlife have for making The East Beach traditional Kirtland's Warbler sighting area off limits. Great timing! During "The Biggest Week In American Birding", and at the peak arrival time of the Kirtland's. For myself and many others, The East Beach Area has been our place to get away, when things got crazy at the boardwalk. This should pretty much end Kirtland's Warbler and Black-throated Gray Warbler sightings at Magee Marsh. Remember, the beach by The Estuary Trail is part of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Bob Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio


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Subject: RFI lifers
Date: Sun May 17 2015 22:52 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Big island was decent today with 55 sp. Black Tern still hangs on...as well
as about a dozen Lesser Scaup...methinks the don't want to go any further.
:-D

I'm going for 306 and 7+ tomorrow...I am heading to Oak Openings for the
Lark Sparrows. Any good spots to look for/photograph them? Also needing
an Alder Flycatcher and Upland Sandpiper. Is the Upland still at Stange?
Any good Alder haunts between Oak Openings and Magee?...and yes, I'm STILL
trying to get an Orange-crowned. :-D. ...

Thanks in advance.

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Subject: Side Cut Park
Date: Sun May 17 2015 21:10 pm
From: shamytwinsmom AT gmail.com
 
Today I visited Side Cut park on the Maumee River and saw:

1 Song Sparrow, heard a LOT.
1 Snowy Egret on river bank in a tree
1 Yellow Warbler in thicket/trees on other side of the road

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Subject: Kirtland's Warbler
Date: Sun May 17 2015 17:57 pm
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
The warbler is currently being seen at Highbanks Metro Park in north
Columbus.

Doreene Linze

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Subject: Surf Scoter Continues Plus Thoughts
Date: Sun May 17 2015 17:43 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
A short time ago at 5:30PM, Sunday, the brilliantly plumaged male Surf Scoter reported yesterday, was at basically the same location, still in the company of some Lesser Scaup. Just offshore in Lake Erie on SR163, just west of downtown Port Clinton in Ottawa County. It is east of The Moose Club and opposite The Clinton Reef Club. The thought part of my post was what the main topic of conversation was today at the boardwalk. After all these years!!! What reasoning did The Ohio Division Of Wildlife have for making The East Beach traditional Kirtland's Warbler sighting area off limits. Great timing! During "The Biggest Week In American Birding", and at the peak arrival time of the Kirtland's. For myself and many others, The East Beach Area has been our place to get away, when things got crazy at the boardwalk. This should pretty much end Kirtland's Warbler and Black-throated Gray Warbler sightings at Magee Marsh. Remember, the beach by The Estuary Trail is part of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

Bob Lane / Mahoning County, Ohio


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Subject: Columbus kirtland
Date: Sun May 17 2015 17:38 pm
From: elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
Bird still present same location as of 6pm
Bird On!!!


Eric Elvert
Dayton oh

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