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22 Aug: @ 18:51:45  Swallow-tailed Kite update? [Cole DiFabio]
22 Aug: @ 17:53:24  Willow Point Wilson's Phalaropes / Erie Co [robert lane]
22 Aug: @ 17:24:50  Odd duck. [Stilt]
22 Aug: @ 17:19:33  Mosquito Lake [Trumbull County] [J. Hochadel]
22 Aug: @ 14:21:15  Pipe Creek Marbled Godwit / Erie County [robert lane]
22 Aug: @ 14:18:58  Olive-sided Flycatcher, Killdeer Plains WA [Ira Shulgin]
22 Aug: @ 13:10:42  c. nighthawks behavior [inga schmidt]
22 Aug: @ 12:23:15  Stand with us in Geauga County [Sandra Buckles]
22 Aug: @ 10:44:22  Little Gull continues, Alum Creek (Delaware Co.) [cwinstead@earthlink.net]
22 Aug: @ 10:06:37  Highland Co. Kite [Duane Troyer]
22 Aug: @ 08:47:49  Marbled Godwit at Pipe Creek [jen brumfield]
22 Aug: @ 06:03:49  Join us Saturday in Geauga to protect our birds [Sandra Buckles]
22 Aug: @ 02:24:10  CR-448A Lake County- Lake Apopka , Florida - Sumter County , Florida- Swallow-Tailed Kite Field of Dreams Still Alive ! [Steve Petruniak]
21 Aug: @ 22:17:56  Baird's Sandpiper at LaDue [Matt Valencic]
21 Aug: @ 22:10:06  Columbus Migrants (and eBird) [Paul Hurtado]
21 Aug: @ 20:19:31  nighthawks - geauga co. [inga schmidt]
21 Aug: @ 19:46:04  Columbus,8-21 - Olive-sided & Yellow-bellied Flycatchers [rob thorn]
21 Aug: @ 16:20:35  Swallow-tailed Kite - Highland County [Paul McSweeny]
21 Aug: @ 13:00:43  Conneaut Sandspit Thursday Final Report [robert lane]
21 Aug: @ 12:46:20  Banded Black-Crowned Night-Heron (late report & request) [Paul Hurtado]
21 Aug: @ 12:10:23  Willet at Mosquito Lake [Don Keffer]
21 Aug: @ 11:00:05  phaloropes [mary warrren]
21 Aug: @ 10:25:27 Re: Possible Swallow-tailed Kite - Franklin County [Paul Hurtado]
21 Aug: @ 10:24:45 Re: Possible Swallow-tailed Kite - Franklin County [Paul Hurtado]
21 Aug: @ 09:42:35  Conneaut American Avocets [robert lane]
21 Aug: @ 09:35:54  Possible Swallow-tailed Kite - Franklin County [McCormac, Jim]
21 Aug: @ 09:22:24  Swallow-tailed Kite [Duane Troyer]
21 Aug: @ 09:13:00  Alum Creek Little gull day 3 [Robert Batterson]
21 Aug: @ 06:55:45  Conneaut Red Knot / Day #4 [robert lane]
20 Aug: @ 20:08:08  Cooper's hawks [Stilt]
20 Aug: @ 19:33:50  Avocet - Englewood MetroPark [Christopher Collins]
20 Aug: @ 19:14:06  common nighthawks- Twinsburg [Tony Mauser]
20 Aug: @ 17:35:37  willet at Ladue Resv. - Geauga Co. [inga schmidt]
20 Aug: @ 17:34:52  Avocet at Englewood Montgomery county [Chris Zacharias]
20 Aug: @ 16:34:28  Pickaway County - Deer Creek State Park [Melanie Shuter]
20 Aug: @ 15:05:35 Re: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes [Nancy Rudd]
20 Aug: @ 15:03:30  Swallow-tailed Kite - Yes [Doug Overacker]
20 Aug: @ 11:11:57 Re: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes [Leslie Sours]
20 Aug: @ 10:12:13  Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes [Alex Champagne]
20 Aug: @ 09:34:47  Little Gull, Alum Creek beach [Ira Shulgin]
20 Aug: @ 09:32:43  Lorain County Red Headed woodpecker [Femme Metal]
20 Aug: @ 09:10:30  shorebird migration [Bill Whan]
20 Aug: @ 08:26:03  Union County: Olive-sided Flycatcher [Blake Mathys]
20 Aug: @ 07:04:49  Little Gull + Black Tern [Doreene Linzell]
20 Aug: @ 06:09:16  Red Knot Still Present. Conneaut, 08/20 [Jay Lehman]
19 Aug: @ 21:28:19  Sandhill Cranes [Doreene Linzell]
19 Aug: @ 19:06:20  Red Knot Still Present at 7:30 pm at Conneaut [Jay Lehman]
19 Aug: @ 18:39:43  Alum Creek Little Gull [Gmail]
19 Aug: @ 17:30:51  Conneaut Red Knot still present at about 6:15 pm [Jay Lehman]
19 Aug: @ 14:46:10  Baird's Sandpipers in Stark County [Jon]





Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite update?
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 18:51 pm
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
Any update from today, August 22, on the swallow-tailed kite? I saw an
eBird report from this evening saying "climbed a thermal and glided out of
site headed SSE at 5:20pm". If anybody has any info on whether it came back
or not or any other info on this, please let me know. Thanks in advance.

--
Cole DiFabio

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Subject: Willow Point Wilson's Phalaropes / Erie Co
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 17:53 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
At about 5PM today, Friday; we, along with Jeff and Marian Kraus, visited The Willow Point State Wildlife Area in extreme northwestern Erie County on Wahl Road. The highlights were 2 Wilson's Phalaropes and 2 Baird's Sandpipers. A nice variety of other shorebirds was also present, along with Eastern Kingbirds and Cedar Waxwings. To reach the impoundment, walk northwest from the parking lot, going between the buildings, and continuing to the dike. Follow it north to where the path goes left. You are there.

Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County
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Subject: Odd duck.
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 17:24 pm
From: 0000001cec717f29-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
He is at sunrise late. Trying to fit in with some mallards.

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Subject:
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 17:19 pm
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
I was able to take quick look at the State Park beach area for the Willet
this afternoon but only saw 14 Mallards and 1 Killdeer.

At the causeway:
32 Ring-billed gulls
1 Double-crested cormorant
1 Bonaparte's gull
1 Laughing gull (juvenile)

Judy Hochadel

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Subject: Pipe Creek Marbled Godwit / Erie County
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 14:21 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
The previously reported Marbled Godwit at Pipe Creek State Wildlife Area, was present as of 2:30PM, this afternoon, Friday. Other birds of interest were 2 Black-bellied Plovers and a Snowy Egret. There was also a nice variety of other shorebirds and waterfowl. They are in the western basin looking toward Cedar Point. Thanks to Jen Brumfield for her morning post about the godwit.


Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County


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Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Killdeer Plains WA
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 14:18 pm
From: 0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Olive-sided Flycatcher was on bare tree on the west side of soybean field, which is NW off 71 and 103 intersection. Also,the middle overgrown section of pond 27 was loaded with Bobolinks. This area may be a good place to look  for fall Sparrows.


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Subject: c. nighthawks behavior
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 13:10 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
I was thinking about what had attracted 17 nighthawks to the
fields at home last night, and wondered if they had been attracted
to the green darners. I've had just huge numbers of darners swarming
over the fields for the last three days.

Looking for information I came across this interesting description from
the Minnesota Dragonfly Society:

> On several occasions in the fall, I have observed flocks of migrating Common Nighthawks flying
>
> above swarms of Common Green Darners, both creatures feeding on masses of smaller flying insects.
>

> I have never once seen the nighthawks eat a darner, and both species tend to keep to their own space.
>

> The relationship appears to exist only due to the concentration of small insect prey.
>
>
Inga Schmidt, Chagrin River Road, Geauga Co.


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Subject: Stand with us in Geauga County
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 12:23 pm
From: s-buckles AT hotmail.com
 
We birders all  know that our open space, parks, and other natural areas are under constant threat by development, fragmentaion, and pollution. Please stand with us in Geauga County to protect our 9000 acres of parks, their wetlands, forests, wildflowers.....and of course BIRDS!!!Sign our petition on line. https://www.causes.com/posts/925218?conversion_request_id=108589981&recruiter_id=188702060&utm_campaign=share&utm_content=post__story&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb

Sandy Buckles

"We must strive to touch the land gently and care for it as true stewards that those who follow us may see our mark on the land was one of respect and love....."( From a trail marker at Settler's Cove, near Ketchikan , Alaska.)
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Subject: Little Gull continues, Alum Creek (Delaware Co.)
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 10:44 am
From: cwinstead AT earthlink.net
 
Still on the beach as of 11:45am.

Carl Winstead
Galloway

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Subject: Highland Co. Kite
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 10:06 am
From: duane9266 AT gmail.com
 
The Swallow-tailed Kite along New Vienna Rd is still present at 11am and currently flying over the soybean field on the south side of the road! (In the rain!)
Duane Troyer
Leesburg

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Subject: Marbled Godwit at Pipe Creek
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 8:47 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Single Marbled Godwit at Pipe Creek now, westernmost impoundment. 9:45 am


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Join us Saturday in Geauga to protect our birds
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 6:03 am
From: s-buckles AT hotmail.com
 
Birders, come share some birthday cake for the 53rd anniversary of the Geauga Park System and help us, a Geauga Parks grassroots group, preserve, protect and conserve over 9000 acres.A letter in our local newspaper, the Maple Leaf says "When did the Virginia rail (a bird) and the coyotes (varmints) start paying taxes to acquire and maintain our Geauga County parks?.......Why does a negligible group of environmentalist-elitists think that they can dictate their special-interest limits on how the county's taxpayers use their own publicly funded parks? " So If you love our parks and all that lives in them, meet us at Orchard Hills Park, 11340 Caves Road, Chester Twp. This former golf course is being reforested and provides habitat for five bird species listed as rare in Ohio: Dark-eyed Junco, Henslow's Sparrow, Bobolink, Brown Creeper, and Canada Warbler. 
We will be meeting from 11am -1 pm in the lodge. Help us plan to counter the new "recreational activities" such as fire arms ranges, skateboard parks, ATVs, snowmobiles and dirtbikes proposed by our Park Board. Our letter to the editor expert wonders why we are protecting a bird that lives out of state? So join us environmental -elitists on Saturday August 23 for come birthday cake and planning. This is a fight many counties are facing and we are making a stand in Geauga.

Sandy Buckles

"We must strive to touch the land gently and care for it as true stewards that those who follow us may see our mark on the land was one of respect and love....."( From a trail marker at Settler's Cove, near Ketchikan , Alaska.)
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Subject: CR-448A Lake County- Lake Apopka , Florida - Sumter County , Florida- Swallow-Tailed Kite Field of Dreams Still Alive !
Date: Fri Aug 22 2014 2:24 am
From: raeliancaver AT hotmail.com
 
Hello Fellow Birders,

I am just new to your site and have been very interested in all of your recent posts on your Swallow-Tailed Kites there in Ohio that have been spotted in various locations in your area. It is really amazing to see that you are actually seeing any Swallow-Tailed Kites there at all as Ohio is way out of their normal range of travel and even more amazing this late in the season! We still have some of our Swallow-Tailed Kites here in Florida and it has been an absolutely incredible season and year here to see our precious Swallow-Tailed Kites and I just thought that I would like to share this last weekends encounters that I had with some of them here and would like to recommend to anyone there in Ohio that if you are coming to Florida sometime soon and would like to experience some of our Magnificent Swallow-Tailed Kites here before they all leave for their wintering ranges in Brazil, Please do come soon because it would be most definitely well worth the trip !


Good Birding,

Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach,Florida

Volusia County, 32114




Just a Short Report:

This is now the 5 TH consecutive weekend that I have come here to see this
Awesome Swallow-Tailed Kite Spectacular Event, and it still has not disappointed
in the least ! First on Saturday at CR448A- Lake County at the entrance to Lake
Apopka, at the parking lot I spotted a bit later in the day-afternoon flying low
and foraging very fast about a dozen or more Swallow-Tailed Kites moving very
fast from the entrance on back foraging back and forth far in the distance never
coming very close and after about 15 - to 20 minutes they disbursed and quickly
exited and left the area completely ! Most amazingly earlier coming down Jones
RD I saw 4 to 5 Roseate Spoonbills that were down in the canal foraging and
later went up into the farm fields and went into them walking thru picking on the
ground and walked on out of sight ! Later at the bridge over the canal back in
the trail groups of Swallows were swooping all around back and forth over the
bridge. Lots of Towhees were seen and heard & Several Sandhill Cranes were
seen foraging out in the farm fields as well.

On Sunday I started by going over to the The 2nd melon field which has now
been mostly plowed and was full of cattle egrets well over 1000 were reported
by the owner and the field was still being plowed when I was there just past
SMITH's FARRIER driveway on 223. Despite the the heat of the day which had
already started early the Swallow-Tailed Kites arrived just like clockwork around
9:40 AM and started their morning routine of flying into the the now plowed
fields which didn't seem to affect their foraging at all in the least and flying both
high and low occasionally coming right down to the ground to catch some more
of the stink bugs ! There were probably anywhere between 1 to 2 dozen
Swallow-Tailed Kites , way less than originally were seen on previous weekends
but nevertheless impressive ! Later on there were 2 Mississippi Kites that came
into view and the came flying quite close to my position swooping back and forth
a few times and flew very close even right over head ! The Swallow-Tailed Kites
continued to fly all around until about noon time and then completely left the
area ! Just another breathtakingly Spectacular Swallow-Tailed Kite Show !

Later at Field # 3 At BLACK GOLD COMPOST CO. there were no Swallow-Tailed
Kites but looking far out into the distance in the direction of the Field # 1 way
up in the sky with binoculars I could see several Swallow-Tailed Kites flying and
riding the thermals and foraging as well ! Several Kestrels and some Red-
Headed Woodpeckers were spotted along the way. Now at Field # 4 at County
Road 233, after waiting a while at the dead end in the road several Swallow-
Tailed Kites appeared in the sky and were mainly flying at higher altitudes there
were probably 1 to 2 dozen there foraging but only a couple of Swallow-Tailed
Kites actually came down low and foraged at ground level for a while which is a
rare sight now because most of the Swallow-Tailed Kites have left Florida to go
to their wintering fields in Brazil !

Going over to Field # 1 1ocated on route 466, no Swallow-Tailed Kites were
visible there anywhere at all ! So I went back to Field # 4 one last time and
watch several more Swallow-Tailed Kites now flying up very high and fast
working the skies and leaving the area ! It is really quite amazing that there still
are some Swallow-Tailed Kites left this late in the season here so I would highly
recommend to any one who hasn't experienced this arial spectacular yet to
come and see and marvel at these arial acrobats the very Graceful- ever-flying
Swallow-Tailed Kites in the very short time left !


The Swallow-Tailed Kite Melon fields are located on route 466. You can get there
by going on the turnpike to the Wildwood exit, to route 301. Go north to route
466, turn left and go about 2 1/2 miles down 466. The site is on route 466, 2.5
miles west of 301.

The 2nd melon field that I reported recently: from
301/466 - drive .9 miles to cr209. Turn left, or south on 209 for 1.7 miles.
Turn left, or east, on cr223 (there is NO sign at this intersection), you will see
the birds from 209 to your left. The field is just past SMITH's FARRIER
driveway on 223

The 3rd melon field in Sumter County which also had dozens of
STKIs.
This field is on CR 237. Drive 3.7 miles WEST of 466/301(Oxford), turn left,
south,
on CR 237. You will see BLACK GOLD COMPOST CO.


Field # 4 is located within a half a mile or so of the Original Melon Fields . The
Original site is on route 466, 2.5 miles west of 301. So Continue on to County
Road 233. Go right then You can go down this road which dead ends- the grass
field is on the left.


Please Enjoy these Graceful Flying- Swallow-Tailed Kites in the very short time
left now while they are still here !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Florida

Volusia County, 32114

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Subject: Baird's Sandpiper at LaDue
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 22:17 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
It's been a while since I got a Life Bird in Geauga County, but thanks to
Inga Schmidt and Dick Hoopes that happened today. See my new baby at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/... The thing I noticed on these
pictures was the black bill all the way to the base. Sibley says that
White-rumped Sandpipers are quite similar but "all ages have small reddish
area on the base of the lower mandible". Also visible are the wing tips
extending beyond the tail.



If you go looking for it (north side of the boat launch in the vegetation
near the water) be aware that it is very skittish. We could see it from the
boat launch by standing near the water line and looking north (left). Be
still and scan the area carefully. It stood 'stock still' for a period even
though we were standing still. It's a slow mover compared to most peeps.
Binoculars were satisfactory but a scope is always a plus.



Matt Valencic

S. Russell - Geauga County


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Subject: Columbus Migrants (and eBird)
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 22:10 pm
From: paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com
 
Rob's post reminded me that I had an early Yellow Warbler and early
American Redstart this morning on the OSU campus in Columbus.

I suspect that last night's rains forced a few early migrants to land in
the dark and spend the day in the nearest marginal habitat. To verify
this, I would normally look back at last night's radar loop (
http://www.pauljhurtado.com/US... ) to see if there were in
fact birds migrating through central Ohio when the storms hit, but my site
is down for another day or two until I get it back up and running again (my
apologies!)

Fall songbird migration, it seems, has arrived!

For all you eBirders (and future eBirders!), that means now is a great time
to start checking your local migrant traps!

Not only will you get to witness the shift in the composition of your local
bird community from our summer residents to fall migrants, but you'll also
be documenting the absence and subsequent arrival of all those migrants.

By submitting complete checklists for those not-so-birdy outings BEFORE
migration picks up, you're actually making those later observations more
valuable! Sometimes documenting the ABSENCE of a species is just as
important as documenting their presence. Together, those data help us
better understand changes in seasonal movement patterns, and fall migration
for many species is right around the corner.

Good birding,
Paul Hurtado
Columbus, OH

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Subject: nighthawks - geauga co.
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 20:19 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
Just before 7:00 this evening, in the fields behind my house, I saw
several nighthawks circling low over the fields. Blocked by trees, I could
only see 3 at once, but after a few minutes they lifted up and flew off, heading north in
single file. 17 birds. First I've seen since May.

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road Geauga Co. at the Cuy Co. line

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Subject: Columbus,8-21 - Olive-sided & Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 19:46 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I stopped by 2 isolated wooded parks today in the NE Columbus suburbs and stumbled onto these two boreal flycatchers.  The Olive-sided was in a snag by the pond in Boyer Nature Preserve, in Westerville.  The Yellow-bellied was calling from the pine woods in Gahanna Woods (in the area north of the State Nature Preserve).  Add in some Pewees, Acadians, and a Willow at Gahanna Woods, and it was a productive day for small flycatchers.  Little in the way of other obvious migrants, however, at either locations, though Gahanna Woods did have a Green Heron (out of place) and a young Redstart (out of season).

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - Highland County
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 16:20 pm
From: pmcsweeny AT sbcglobal.net
 
Had great views of this spectacular raptor this afternoon at 3PM just after
the rain stopped. It was quartering the soybean field at the SE corner of
New Vienna and Connel roads. It appeared to be eating prey on the wing.

I'm grateful to all the observers who left such clear directions to this
out-of-the-way place!

Paul McSweeny


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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit Thursday Final Report
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 13:00 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
It is 2PM, and after a seven and a half hour visit, time to go home. Even though the sandspit is now loaded with people, kids, and dogs; the Red Knot and the five American Avocets are still here. I am the only birder here, so everyone else has no idea of the celebrities nearby. At about 11:30AM, small groups of Common Terns began moving in, finally totaling at about eighty. Several Caspian Terns joined them. Ruddy Turnstones finally made an appearance on the breakwall. Conneaut, today, was entertaining as always.

Bob Lane / Mahoning County
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Subject: Banded Black-Crowned Night-Heron (late report & request)
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 12:46 pm
From: paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com
 
Columbus area birders might keep an eye out for the/a banded Black-Crowned
Night-Heron near the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. I saw it Friday, August 15
2014 around 11am (and again later in the afternoon) in the boat launch area
roosting in a tree. The exact location (according to Google Maps)
was 39.9436515,-83.0026704

The partial band number on the right leg reads: ...367-7016...
Unfortunately, the BBL was unable to narrow it down much without the full
number.

If you see this bird and can get a scope on it, I'd love to hear from you!
:-)

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-Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Willet at Mosquito Lake
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 12:10 pm
From: donkeff AT gmail.com
 
Currently a single Willet inside Mosquito Lake State Park near the swimming beach. Pretty good Trumbull County Bird.

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Subject: phaloropes
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 11:00 am
From: windbird AT bex.net
 
Had two beautiful Wilson’s Phalaropes at Willow Point Wildlife Area in Erie County this morning.


Coming up in Erie County, LAKE ERIE WING WATCH September 20-21
check out the full schedule at www.LakeErieWingWatch.com or like on FB

Happy Birding!

Mary Warren

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Subject: Possible Swallow-tailed Kite - Franklin County
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 10:25 am
From: paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com
 
Oops!  Here's the Central Ohio Birders facebook group link:
https://www.facebook.com/group...
-PH


On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM, Paul Hurtado
wrote:

> For those looking to follow up on this report: I've uploaded a map of the
> Watermark area to the Central Ohio Birders facebook page (which I believe
> is visible without a facebook account).
>
> ACCESS for anyone chasing this report is probably best from either behind
> the buildings at 1335-1337 Dublin Rd (paved bike path along the top of the
> dike that forms the north/east bank of the river) or perhaps off of
> McKinley Ave south of the river, via the new foot bridge just downstream of
> the 670 bridge. Scanning from the Watermark "island" (assuming the gates
> are open) parking areas probably wouldn't hurt.
>
> If the bird isn't refound, it would also be worth checking the Scioto
> river area (including Griggs and O'Shaughnessy reservoirs) and any nearby
> open agricultural areas with woodlots (Glacier Ridge MP, OSU Airport, lots
> of agricultural areas north and west of 270).
>
> Good luck!
> -Paul Hurtado
> Columbus
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM, McCormac, Jim <
> Jim.McCormac@dnr.state.oh.us> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> John Richardson just called, and asked me to relay the following. He
>> spotted what he thinks might be a Swallow-tailed Kite along the north side
>> of Interstate 670, just before the Grandview Avenue exit. This is on the
>> east side of Columbus. At that point there is a wide sluggish bend in the
>> Scioto River, and much marshy ground, open fields, and tall trees and
>> snags. The bird was atop a snag. John could not stop for better viewing,
>> but thought that the bird should be followed up on. His sighting took place
>> about 10 am.
>>
>> Jim
>>
>> Jim McCormac
>> Ohio Division of Wildlife
>> 2045 Morse Rd., G-2
>> Columbus, OH 43229
>> 614-265-6440
>> Keep Ohio Wild, learn how you can help @ Wildlife Legacy Stamp<
>> http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Hom...
>> >
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>> http://www.lakeerieohiobirding...>
>>
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Subject: Possible Swallow-tailed Kite - Franklin County
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 10:24 am
From: paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com
 
For those looking to follow up on this report: I've uploaded a map of the
Watermark area to the Central Ohio Birders facebook page (which I believe
is visible without a facebook account).

ACCESS for anyone chasing this report is probably best from either behind
the buildings at 1335-1337 Dublin Rd (paved bike path along the top of the
dike that forms the north/east bank of the river) or perhaps off of
McKinley Ave south of the river, via the new foot bridge just downstream of
the 670 bridge. Scanning from the Watermark "island" (assuming the gates
are open) parking areas probably wouldn't hurt.

If the bird isn't refound, it would also be worth checking the Scioto river
area (including Griggs and O'Shaughnessy reservoirs) and any nearby open
agricultural areas with woodlots (Glacier Ridge MP, OSU Airport, lots of
agricultural areas north and west of 270).

Good luck!
-Paul Hurtado
Columbus


On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM, McCormac, Jim <
Jim.McCormac@dnr.state.oh.us> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> John Richardson just called, and asked me to relay the following. He
> spotted what he thinks might be a Swallow-tailed Kite along the north side
> of Interstate 670, just before the Grandview Avenue exit. This is on the
> east side of Columbus. At that point there is a wide sluggish bend in the
> Scioto River, and much marshy ground, open fields, and tall trees and
> snags. The bird was atop a snag. John could not stop for better viewing,
> but thought that the bird should be followed up on. His sighting took place
> about 10 am.
>
> Jim
>
> Jim McCormac
> Ohio Division of Wildlife
> 2045 Morse Rd., G-2
> Columbus, OH 43229
> 614-265-6440
> Keep Ohio Wild, learn how you can help @ Wildlife Legacy Stamp<
> http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Hom...
> >
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> http://www.lakeerieohiobirding...>
>
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Subject: Conneaut American Avocets
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 9:42 am
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
Five American Avocets arrived at "The Sandspit" about 10AM. Within minutes, an amphibious craft crossing the sandspit went right thru them. They flushed and flew east out over the far breakwall, fortunately they did a turn and came back to the sandspit. The Red Knot is being cooperative for the photographers, but is having to dodge numerous amphibious craft as they cross the sandspit. Some of the other new arrivals since the earlier post are Short-billed Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Killdeer, and Bonaparte's Gulls. Of note, these are the first avocets of the fall in non-breeding plumage, without buffy color on the heads. It is 10:40AM and things are beginning to get crazy out here.

Bob Lane / Mahoning County
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Subject: Possible Swallow-tailed Kite - Franklin County
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 9:35 am
From: Jim.McCormac AT dnr.state.oh.us
 
Hi all,

John Richardson just called, and asked me to relay the following. He spotted what he thinks might be a Swallow-tailed Kite along the north side of Interstate 670, just before the Grandview Avenue exit. This is on the east side of Columbus. At that point there is a wide sluggish bend in the Scioto River, and much marshy ground, open fields, and tall trees and snags. The bird was atop a snag. John could not stop for better viewing, but thought that the bird should be followed up on. His sighting took place about 10 am.

Jim

Jim McCormac
Ohio Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Rd., G-2
Columbus, OH 43229
614-265-6440
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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 9:22 am
From: duane9266 AT gmail.com
 
At 10:15 this morning the Kite is sitting on a dead tree branch at the far south edge of the soybean field at it's normal location.
Duane Troyer

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Subject: Alum Creek Little gull day 3
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 9:13 am
From: 000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
The little gull is still present as of 0945 this morning despite the best efforts of children and unleashed dogs. It was right in front of the bath house mid-beach when I left. also  had a brief visit from a pair of lesser yellowlegs which didn't stick around long.

Rob Batterson

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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot / Day #4
Date: Thu Aug 21 2014 6:55 am
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
It is presently 7:55AM, Thursday morning, at "The Conneaut Sandspit", in Ashtabula County. The previously reported Red Knot is continuing its visit. I arrived at 6:35AM to a beautiful sunrise. Some of the other birds of interest this morning are: 32+ Bald Eagles (5 adults & 27 juveniles), 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 continuing Northern Shoveler, and 1 Forster's Tern. Unreported by others yesterday at "The Sandpit", were 5 Willets and 2 Baird's Sandpipers. The Red Knot seems to favor being at the back corner of the east end of the main beach pool. Bob Krajeski and I, along with several photographers, have the place to ourselves. Setup for this weekends D-Day Reenactment, is taking place at the public beach to the west. Be aware that most likely, there will be no vehicular access to the sandspit on Friday, Saturday, and possibly Sunday.

Bob Lane / Mahoning County
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Subject: Cooper's hawks
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 20:08 pm
From: 0000001cec717f29-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
3 preying on my feeders. 3.

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Subject: Avocet - Englewood MetroPark
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 19:33 pm
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Eric Elvert has an American Avocet at the boat ramp at Englewood MetroPark at 4:30 PM today. Bird is easily visible from the ramp.Christopher CollinsRogue BirderSent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

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Subject: common nighthawks- Twinsburg
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 19:14 pm
From: tmau12 AT windstream.net
 
Had a dozen nighthawks down our street about 7pm.  A life bird for my wife!

Tony

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Subject: willet at Ladue Resv. - Geauga Co.
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 17:35 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
This afternoon I found one willet standing on the sandbar, along with
10 Caspian terns. This is a first in Geauga Co. for me.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Avocet at Englewood Montgomery county
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 17:34 pm
From: zachgardens AT gmail.com
 
now at 6:30 found by Eric Elvert

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Subject: Pickaway County - Deer Creek State Park
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 16:34 pm
From: mbshuter AT gmail.com
 
At the Deer Creek beach today, there were three Forster's Terns, four
Caspian Terns, and lots of Ring-billed Gulls. The Middle Wetland off Egypt
Pike is practically bone dry. There were only Killdeer and one Spotted
Sandpiper. The Dick Road ponds had several Green Herons, plus GBHE, Belted
Kingfishers, and a good number of Wood Ducks.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville

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Subject: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 15:05 pm
From: rudd.2 AT osu.edu
 
The Little Gull was on the Alum Creek Beach circa 1:30 to 2:30 PM today
(Wednesday). We first saw it sitting with a large flock of gulls on the
beach not far from the parking lot. It flew before we got much of a
look at it and we walked on a ways looking for a Forster's tern (found
one sitting next to a Caspian tern--what a size difference!). As we
walked back in the direction of the parking lot the Little Gull was back
all by itself at the water's edge. Other birders watched it with us.
It did not fly away even when a family with small children plopped down
in front of it but merely walked away. So the bird seems to be taking
flight now and then but coming back.

Nancy Rudd and Bob Gold

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite - Yes
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 15:03 pm
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
Larry Jeanblanc, Julie Karlson, and I traveled to Highland County to look
for the Swallow-tailed Kite this morning. There were several people there
already. It showed up at about 10:30 and put on a good show. We left by
about 11:00 and it was still flying around the area.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 11:11 am
From: lmsours AT ameritech.net
 
Been watching since 11:20. The gull was hanging out at the water's edge oblivious to two birders, swimmers, and beach chairs; however it did NOT like the boat that came by and took off at right at noon.  Three Forster's present on beach, one apparently molting.  Two Caspian's as well. 
Thanks for early heads up, Doreene

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> On Aug 20, 2014, at 11:11 AM, Alex Champagne wrote:
>
> As of 10:15 a.m., the Little Gull was still at the beach at Alum Creek State Park and being very cooperative for many birders. Also present were 2 Forsters and 2 Caspian Terns.
>
> Good Birding,
> Alex Champagne
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Subject: Little Gull Alum Creek Beach - Yes
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 10:12 am
From: champagne.7 AT osu.edu
 
As of 10:15 a.m., the Little Gull was still at the beach at Alum Creek State Park and being very cooperative for many birders.  Also present were 2 Forsters and 2 Caspian Terns.

Good Birding,
Alex Champagne

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Subject: Little Gull, Alum Creek beach
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 9:34 am
From: 0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Little Gull took off from the beach towards opposite shore when the first dog walker arrived around 8 a.m.

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Subject: Lorain County Red Headed woodpecker
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 9:32 am
From: femme.metal AT gmail.com
 
This woodpecker was on a utility pole along Butternut Ridge Rd., just east
of Oberlin Rd., at 9:50 AM. Past years I've seen them at Sandy Ridge, but
haven't seen any there, or anywhere else locally, yet this year.
Year bird! :-)
Happy Birding
Kristen

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Subject: shorebird migration
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 9:10 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Some good news and interesting photos from Jean Iron's yearly summaries
of shorebird movements in Ontario are at
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesidu2208&MLID=ON&MLNM=Ontario .
Be aware that many good shorebird mudflats in Ohio wildlife areas will
be flooded soon for the 1 Sept kick-off of the teal shooting season. I
must admit that the area managers could keep these areas flooded through
August, but they often wait until the last minute, as far as I know to
accommodate non-game migrants.
Be aware also that the ID challenges for shorebirders will be changing
week by week now. Most adult shorebirds abandon their young in the
arctic to head south ahead of them, and by this time the juvenile birds
of many species will be taking their places at migratory stopovers. It's
anybody's guess how these youngsters know where to go on their
unaccompanied first migration; that's part of the miracle, but they do
tend to move more haltingly and wander more often than their elders, so
that makes things extra interesting.
bill whan
columbus

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Subject: Union County: Olive-sided Flycatcher
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 8:26 am
From: blakemathys AT hotmail.com
 
The first bird I saw when I walked outside this morning was an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched at the top of a dead tree. This seems to be just about on time for them, the first one we ever had at our place was on August 17th, 2011. I've posted a picture at my website:
http://blakemathys.com/OSFLAug...

Blake Mathys
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Subject: Little Gull + Black Tern
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 7:04 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Both birds are still present at Alum Creek State Park. The gull was resting
on the beach a bit north of the bath house. The tern was seen flying over
the reservoir at a distance. A scope is highly recommended. 7:50 a.m. on
Wed.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Red Knot Still Present. Conneaut, 08/20
Date: Wed Aug 20 2014 6:09 am
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
The Red Knot was seen initially at 6:45 am.  Still present feeding along
pond bordered by vegetation. Also present 19 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Greater
Yellowlegs and 6 flyby Black-bellied Plover.

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 21:28 pm
From: dlinzell611 AT wowway.com
 
Here is a post from Dan Sanders:

> Hello All... At the end of our birding day yesterday (Monday, 8/18/14), we made a stop at Killdeer Plains WA and checked the E and W ends of Pond 27, along the N side of CR 68. While scanning N at the far East end, we saw 3 Sandhill Cranes flying W along the far shoreline. They landed along the water's edge, directly N of where we were standing on the dike, and my first thought was, 'I wonder if these are 2 adult birds with a colt'? Scope looks made it possible to verify this thought as 2 of the birds clearly had red feathers on the face/forecrown, while the 3rd bird did not. The colt was also clearly 4 or 5 inches shorter in height. We had been at this same location 4 days earlier and heard a single SACR call from directly S of that parking area. Many of you will remember that there were reports of this species in the Spring of this year, in this same area, and also that there was a previous documented record of a 'family group' here, three or four years ago. Of course, yesterday's family group could have flown to this location from elsewhere, but that seems unlikely.
>
> Good Birding,
> Dan
>
> Dan Sanders
> Central Ohio

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Subject: Red Knot Still Present at 7:30 pm at Conneaut
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 19:06 pm
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
The Red Knot was back in the pond out near the end of the spit feeding near
the grassy edge at the west end of the pond when I left for the night at
7:30 pm. Previous to that, it flew east over the water and around to the
jetty with a Killdeer. Then I thought I saw the knot fly east over the
water after it left the jetty. However, the knot was back in the pond.
Hopefully, it will remain for the morning.

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Alum Creek Little Gull
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 18:39 pm
From: ohiobirder103 AT gmail.com
 
The Little Gull is currently at the north end of the beach at alum creek, in a group of ring bills. Looks to be hunkering down for the night. Definitely worth a check in the morning. 

Steve Landes
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Subject: Conneaut Red Knot still present at about 6:15 pm
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 17:30 pm
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
I arrived at about 4:30 pm.  The Red Knot just appeared at about 6:15 pm on
west side of pond on spit near the grass. A local just drove his truck
through the water but knot is still here. So far, there were also 6
Semipalmated Plover, 2 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Least Sandpiper and 1
Greater Yellowlegs.

Hope the knot sticks!
Jay

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Baird's Sandpipers in Stark County
Date: Tue Aug 19 2014 14:46 pm
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Greetings,

This morning, I located 2 Baird’s Sandpipers at the Hartville Community Garden pond in Stark County. Ben Morrison just relocated the birds and confirmed the ID at 3:15 pm. There are also Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and Killdeer, as well as a very noisy Cooper’s Hawk, who may mess up the show. Ben reported the Cooper’s flew over and landed right in the mudflat!

Earlier this morning, Kent Miller and I birded the mudflats of Berlin Lake/Deer Creek Reservoir beginning at Greenbower Bridge and then moving over to Price Rd, both of which are also in Stark Co. From Greenbower, visibility is difficult to say the least, but we were able to see Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpiper and at least 11 Great Egret. There were also many Great Blue Herons and the nesting Osprey. The only warbler was a lovely Prothonotary. The habitat looks very promising, but the trees offer visibility issues. Good for warblers, bad for shorebird viewing.

As far as birding at Price Rd. goes, we parked at the small landing/parking lot just west of the Bridge, just west of SR 225 and then hiked the woods/shoreline to the south in order to look across the water toward Greenbower Bridge. While Kent was with me, we did not see anything that stood out shorebird wise (same birds as we saw from Greenbower), but we did see many more Great Egret as they continue to gather in that area and a lovely Caspian Tern. After Kent left, I continued hiking west toward Deer Creek dam and spillway and got a look at some more shorebirds, but had some difficulty ID’ing from that distance. What were clear were Yellowlegs sp., Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpipers, and peeps. I also had 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers calling and flying around, a juvenile Bald Eagle, as well as what appeared to be a 3-4 year old Bald Eagle whose head feathers are just now turning white. The only gulls I saw were Ring-billed.

The habitat at this Berlin/Deer Creek mudflat area is looking very encouraging right now, provided we do not get a bunch of rain. The mudflats are fairly extensive and appear to be growing daily. If you are looking for shorebirds in or near Stark Co., this is a great place to check. If you find anything of note, we sure would appreciate you letting us know if possible as we are all doing a Big Year in Stark and are trying to see how many species we can still see this year.

Many thanks and Happy Birding!

Jon Cefus


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