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21 Jan: @ 08:16:58  Summit Co GWFG and Ross's [Brian]
21 Jan: @ 01:39:11  Bird records for Villa Angela/Wildwood, Cleveland 1940s-1960s?? [Laura]
20 Jan: @ 20:33:12  E. Collared Dove [Randy Rowe]
20 Jan: @ 17:39:00  Ross's and Greater WF Geese Summit County [jen brumfield]
20 Jan: @ 16:27:17  Delaware County Bird Club Monday, Jan 23, 2017 program [Darlene Sillick]
20 Jan: @ 14:38:08  Snow/Ross's Geese...FINALLY! Marion/Union County. And some field "notes" [Steve Jones]
20 Jan: @ 13:22:23  Northern Shrike, Battelle-Darby MP (Franklin Co) [cwinstead@earthlink.net]
20 Jan: @ 09:28:08  Summit County - Ross's Goose (2) [Brian]
20 Jan: @ 09:09:17  News on red-headed woodpeckers [Bill Whan]
20 Jan: @ 08:23:43  New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller]
20 Jan: @ 07:52:58 Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Robert Hinkle]
19 Jan: @ 22:14:58  Delaware Wildlife Area Northern Shrike [Charles Bombaci]
19 Jan: @ 21:47:31 Re: Columbus CBC 1923 [Andrew Sewell]
19 Jan: @ 21:07:38 Re: Columbus CBC 1923 [Joseph Boros]
19 Jan: @ 19:26:23  Columbus CBC 1923 [rob thorn]
19 Jan: @ 17:59:33  Killdeer plains snow and white-fronted geese [Randy Rowe]
19 Jan: @ 12:20:04 Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Cynthia Norris]
19 Jan: @ 12:19:18 Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Michelle Pesho]
19 Jan: @ 12:02:17 Re: 1923 Xmas count post [Roger Troutman]
19 Jan: @ 11:53:37 Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Cynthia Norris]
19 Jan: @ 11:50:50 Re: Snowy Owl Burke [kenbusch1]
19 Jan: @ 11:16:13  Hopkins raptors [Timothy Jasinski]
19 Jan: @ 09:22:50  Snow Geese on the move [Rick Luehrs]
19 Jan: @ 08:42:19 Re: Snowy Owl Burke [ohlsenbill2]
19 Jan: @ 08:10:21  1923 Xmas count post [Bill Whan]
19 Jan: @ 07:50:00 Re: Snowy Owl Burke [Robert Hinkle]
19 Jan: @ 07:42:14  Snowy Owl Burke [jen brumfield]
19 Jan: @ 06:06:25  5 Woodpecker Walk [Mary Huey]
18 Jan: @ 19:24:03  Snow Goose flocks over SW Ohio [Brian Wulker]
18 Jan: @ 18:33:12  Greene County [Rick Luehrs]
18 Jan: @ 18:11:08  Snow/Ross's geese Greene Co. [jeremy]
18 Jan: @ 17:33:35 Re: Xmas count in Columbus 1923 [David Brinkman]
18 Jan: @ 15:26:55  Golden Eagles (2) at The Wilds [jen brumfield]
18 Jan: @ 13:58:44 Re: Xmas count in Columbus 1923 [Karen Martens]
18 Jan: @ 12:40:31 Re: Xmas count in Columbus 1923 [Joseph Boros]
18 Jan: @ 10:09:32  Xmas count in Columbus 1923 [Bill Whan]
17 Jan: @ 19:45:02  Geesepalooza, Killdeer Plains [Ira Shulgin]
17 Jan: @ 19:32:14  Red-tailed Hawk encounter [Mary Huey]
17 Jan: @ 14:58:40  Scranton Flats Cleveland [Chris]
16 Jan: @ 16:39:24  Wendy Park Gulls [Joseph Boros]
16 Jan: @ 13:24:11  Rustys and other birds,Tusc Co. !/16 [Terry Sponseller]
16 Jan: @ 12:05:14  Northern shrike on Magee causeway [Donna_Kuhn@Juno.com]
16 Jan: @ 09:55:30  Fwd: White-winged Scoters Lake Logan [Bill Whan]
15 Jan: @ 21:26:51  CLE Gull and waterfowl update [jen brumfield]
15 Jan: @ 19:03:53  Wyandot and Marion birding [Ian Ruppenthal]
15 Jan: @ 17:20:22  Findlay Eagles [Paul Graham]
15 Jan: @ 16:55:28  White pelican [Lynn Champney]
15 Jan: @ 16:52:08  Rufous Hummingbird in Warren County no longer receiving visitors [Allen Chartier]
15 Jan: @ 16:51:04 Re: Snowy Owl Sightings? [Joel Zaas]
15 Jan: @ 16:29:16 Re: White pelican [robert batterson]





Subject: Summit Co GWFG and Ross's
Date: Sat Jan 21 2017 8:16 am
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
6 GWFG and 2 Ross's Geese were at Darrow Lake this morning, viewed from
Darrow Lake Drive in Stow. The GWFG were only seen for a few minutes after
the fog lifted and before they flew off. The pattern has been to leave at
sunrise and return at sunset. Also 2 Lesser Scaup, and several hundred or
even 1000+ Canada Geese.

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Subject: Bird records for Villa Angela/Wildwood, Cleveland 1940s-1960s??
Date: Sat Jan 21 2017 1:39 am
From: thenaturegurl AT gmail.com
 
Greetings,

I sometimes look at bird records to help in writing parks/gardens history.
I have some info on Villa Angela, Wildwood beach/marina/park history pre
1940 and post-1970, but little from 1940-1970. I'm out to bird/bike in SC
now, and am having trouble with using sites like Googlebooks or KBC. eBird
of course goes back far and easier to use, but has no records for dates in
mind for these locations on Lake Erie. Maybe someone here on Ohio Birds can
let me know if they were birded in '40s,'50s, '60s.

Thank you very Much,
Laura

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Subject: E. Collared Dove
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 20:33 pm
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
Are the European collared doves being seen in Kidron currently? Thanks.
Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Ross's and Greater WF Geese Summit County
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 17:39 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Greg Cudworth found two Ross's and two Greater White-fronted Geese today at Darrow Lake in Stow, Summit County 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Delaware County Bird Club Monday, Jan 23, 2017 program
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 16:27 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
January 23rd: "Birding at Green Lawn Cemetery", Randel Rogers, Board Member,
Green Lawn Cemetery.
Green Lawn Board Member Randy Rogers will tell the story of one of
Ohio's most historically important cemeteries with an emphasis on its
importance to birders as part of an Audubon Important Bird Area. We will
learn about its genesis as a "rural" cemetery, the naturalists buried there,
and how the cemetery is being managed to provide enhanced bird habitat.
Randy Rogers is a retired Army National Guard officer with a B.S. in
Recreation Studies from Ohio University. He is the Vice President of the
Ohio Ornithological Society and Cedar Bog Association and has been the Chair
of the Grounds and Historic Preservation Committee at Green Lawn for three
years. He is also a part-time park ranger with Franklin County Metro Parks.



Here is a quick overview of the 2017 programs which end in April and start
back up in September. Thanks!



Jan 23 is Randy Rogers "Birding at Green Lawn Cemetery"



Feb 27 is Dr Jackie Augustine "Home on the Range: The biology and breeding
behaviors of prairie-chickens"



March 27, Bryan Sharp "Dr. Burtt's Alexander Wilson." And let's make it a
tribute to Jed night. Please wear a bird tie or bird scarf or bird pin or
bird hat in tribute to Dr. Jed Burtt.



April 24, John Watts "Birds of Hocking Hills".



Meetings are held in the lodge at Deer Haven Preserve at 4183 Liberty Road,
Delaware OH, 43015. Doors open at the new time of 6:30 PM and programs begin
at 7:00 PM and will be followed by reports of local bird sightings and
socializing. Meeting dates can also be found on the Preservation Parks
Calendar at this link:

http://www.preservationparks.c...



We hope you will join us.

Darlene Sillick

Co-program chair




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Subject: Snow/Ross's Geese...FINALLY! Marion/Union County. And some field "notes"
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 14:38 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings!

Well, it took a week of looking at all times of the day and at several
locations, but I finally got my FOS Snow and Ross's Geese. There are
around 20 in all. I saw at least 1 Ross's in the mix. They are in a field
bordering Marion and Union Counties along Winnemac Pike.
For me, this will be a record January. Last year it was 50, the year
before 60. Right now it's 77. I am hoping that it will be around 80 for
January, not the lofty goal ofv100. I have yet to go walking through
Blendon Woods, and there are enough birds that I don't have there to bring
me to that mark...

Other notes from the field:

1. I have seen a lot more Bicycle Helmets (White-crowned) and less Chin
Straps (White-throated) this year at Killdeer Plains.

2. Lots of "smoke" on the horizon the past week as squadrons of Geese are
making there way south/north..wherever they are heading. :-D. As well as a
few waterfowl hunters out in the fields...Be careful.

3. In relation to the previous smoke comment, It looks that Wyandott will
be getting more "metal trees" to go along with the one to the west along
the north of CR 71...all the gravel drives and temporary post roads that
are going in, are undoubtedly for the heavy equipment that will soon be
coming next...I can't think of anything else it could be for. We'll have
to see what happens with that. I do find it...interesting...that there are
no signs touting what all the access strips will be for...Hopefully some
regulations will be in place regarding when they are running. If not, I
think the waterfowl hunting community might have something to say about it.

4. And on the feeder front...Red ribbon is still for the most part,
working. I have had one or two brave souls a day, but the other 50 stay on
the ground eating the cup or so of seed and cracked corn I spread on the
ground for the ground scratchers, (Squirrels, Jays, Sparrows, and
Cardinals...And whatever else flies in.)

Anyhew,

Happy Birding, and God bless.

Steve J.

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Subject: Northern Shrike, Battelle-Darby MP (Franklin Co)
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 13:22 pm
From: cwinstead AT earthlink.net
 
I just now found a Northern Shrike in the big field between Darby Creek Drive and the exercise barn while walking the northern stretch of the Greenway Trail from Kuhlwein Road. It was moving south and I lost track of it, but this is pretty good habitat so maybe it will stick around.

Carl Winstead
Westerville

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Subject: Summit County - Ross's Goose (2)
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 9:28 am
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
I don't see too many rare bird posts for my area, so I thought I'd report
the two Ross's Geese that were spotted at Darrow Lake in Stow starting
yesterday (thanks to Susan Carpenter). They were there yesterday morning,
gone in the afternoon, but returned overnight, likely due to the incoming
storms.

Photos from this morning are here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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Subject: News on red-headed woodpeckers
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 9:09 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
My post on that old CBC in town elicited a lot of replies, mostly
off-list. I will pass along news and info about this species from
well-informed correspondents:
"Red-headed woodpeckers have increased markedly in Oak Openings
Preserve Metropark since the Tornado came through in June 2010. Thinning
of oak woodlands and burning of understories have also created favorable
habitat. It was not too many years ago that you had to hunt for
Red-headed woodpeckers on a Big Day (or any day for that matter) to make
sure you got it on your list. This is clearly a big winter for them.
Last year, few overwintered. Whether they stay or migrate south is
likely driven by the acorn crop. My guess is that, in recent years,
you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere in the state that's more
productive for this great woodpecker species."
This is an interesting reminder. It is possible that parklands can, if
protected or just by chance, not support birds that might profit from
natural events like fires, tornadoes, etc. Another correspondent
mentioned: "Much of Columbus's periphery then was made up of small
farms, with large hedgerows of trees & bushes separating fields, not
unlike some of the Amish areas today. That's been totally changed,
first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization."
Finally, Peterjohn wrote (p.292 of 2001 edition): "Ideal Red-headed
Woodpecker nesting habitats are fields with scattered open woodlots and
telephone poles provide suitable cavities...[their] numbers increased
rapidly after 1860, when open farmlands with numerous fencerows and
small woodlots provided nearly ideal habitats."
A real sleuth might be able to describe the landscape this CBC was
enacted in; all I can venture to say is they had no lakes or rivers on
their route!
Bill Whan
Cols

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Subject: New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 8:23 am
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 


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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Champaign County

Melvin Miller Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Cuyahoga County

Lake Erie Nature and Science Center

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Franklin County

Northcrest Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Sharon Woods Metro Park--Edward S. Thomas Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Gallia County

Cheshire Gravel Pits

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Sandusky County

Co. Rd. 244 (Sandusky Co.)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Fri Jan 20 2017 7:52 am
From: bob AT 10squirrels.com
 
Thanks, Bill !   He'd be a wet guy this morning !

Bob Hinkle Solon OH



On 1/19/17 9:42 AM, ohlsenbill2 wrote:
> Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
> Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted
>
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> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke
> Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway
>
> Jen Brumfield
> Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Delaware Wildlife Area Northern Shrike
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 22:14 pm
From: cbombaci AT att.net
 
 The Northern Shrike is still present at the Lenordsburg Road section of  the Delaware Wildlife Area, Area A. This morning the shrike was very active and provided some great views.
Charlie Bombaci 

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Subject: Columbus CBC 1923
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 21:47 pm
From: semillama AT gmail.com
 
One other thing of note about that count was the number of crows. 27 seems
low, but back then I suspect the species was pretty significantly
persecuted.

On Jan 19, 2017 8:26 PM, "rob thorn" wrote:

As the current compiler for Columbus, I was struck by several features of
this old count. These were great observers, so the totals are probably
what a good team could have expected to get if they had the run of the
entire circle. Many have already noted about the Red-headed Woodpeckers,
so I won't belabor .
that difference other than to put it in the context of land changes. My
observations include:

-Large #s of 'hedgerow birds': Bobwhites, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Mourning
Doves, Tree Sparrows, Juncos, Cardinals. Much of Columbus' periphery then
was made up of small farms, with large hedgerows of trees & bushes
separating fields, not unlike some of the Amish areas today. That's been
totally changed, first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization.

-Small #s of feeder birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,
Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-br.Nuthatch, Goldfinch. Some
of these are forest birds that were restricted by the heavy deforestation
of the period; today they're all boosted strongly by feeders in urban &
suburban areas here.

-Missing species - No waterfowl, White-throated Sparrows, or House
Sparrows. Without knowing their route, it's hard to say what these misses
mean; perhaps they didn't wish to count the imported Sparrows. The lack of
waterfowl probably means they had little or no open water, not to mention
that extensive hunting probably made ducks wary back then.

-High Bluebirds & Kinglets - For a single team to see 13 Bluebirds or
Kinglets would be fairly extraordinary today. I don't know what habitats
they visited to secure them, but it's good to see that Bluebirds were
fairly abundant winter residents back then, even on cold days.

Rob Thorn

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Subject: Columbus CBC 1923
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 21:07 pm
From: jlboros2048 AT gmail.com
 
Well I live around Amish country and I had a male Northern Bobwhite walk
past my front door this summer! I don't know much about the expected bird
species in the Columbus area, but I'd say there are certainly lots of
"hedgerow" birds around here. Definitely not as many as back then, but
still decent numbers.

Have you come across any records of now rare or extirpated species like
Loggerhead Shrike, Bewick's Wren, or Bachman's Sparrow? It always
fascinated me that those birds used to occur in Ohio...

Joseph Boros,
Holmes County

On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 8:26 PM, rob thorn wrote:

> As the current compiler for Columbus, I was struck by several features of
> this old count. These were great observers, so the totals are probably
> what a good team could have expected to get if they had the run of the
> entire circle. Many have already noted about the Red-headed Woodpeckers,
> so I won't belabor .
> that difference other than to put it in the context of land changes. My
> observations include:
>
> -Large #s of 'hedgerow birds': Bobwhites, Red-headed Woodpeckers,
> Mourning Doves, Tree Sparrows, Juncos, Cardinals. Much of Columbus'
> periphery then was made up of small farms, with large hedgerows of trees &
> bushes separating fields, not unlike some of the Amish areas today. That's
> been totally changed, first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization.
>
> -Small #s of feeder birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,
> Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-br.Nuthatch, Goldfinch. Some
> of these are forest birds that were restricted by the heavy deforestation
> of the period; today they're all boosted strongly by feeders in urban &
> suburban areas here.
>
> -Missing species - No waterfowl, White-throated Sparrows, or House
> Sparrows. Without knowing their route, it's hard to say what these misses
> mean; perhaps they didn't wish to count the imported Sparrows. The lack of
> waterfowl probably means they had little or no open water, not to mention
> that extensive hunting probably made ducks wary back then.
>
> -High Bluebirds & Kinglets - For a single team to see 13 Bluebirds or
> Kinglets would be fairly extraordinary today. I don't know what habitats
> they visited to secure them, but it's good to see that Bluebirds were
> fairly abundant winter residents back then, even on cold days.
>
> Rob Thorn
>
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Subject: Columbus CBC 1923
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 19:26 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
As the current compiler for Columbus, I was struck by several features of this old count.  These were great observers, so the totals are probably what a good team could have expected to get if they had the run of the entire circle.  Many have already noted about the Red-headed Woodpeckers, so I won't belabor .
that difference other than to put it in the context of land changes. My observations include:

-Large #s of 'hedgerow birds': Bobwhites, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Mourning Doves, Tree Sparrows, Juncos, Cardinals. Much of Columbus' periphery then was made up of small farms, with large hedgerows of trees & bushes separating fields, not unlike some of the Amish areas today. That's been totally changed, first by farm amalgamation, then by suburbanization.

-Small #s of feeder birds: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-br.Nuthatch, Goldfinch. Some of these are forest birds that were restricted by the heavy deforestation of the period; today they're all boosted strongly by feeders in urban & suburban areas here.

-Missing species - No waterfowl, White-throated Sparrows, or House Sparrows. Without knowing their route, it's hard to say what these misses mean; perhaps they didn't wish to count the imported Sparrows. The lack of waterfowl probably means they had little or no open water, not to mention that extensive hunting probably made ducks wary back then.

-High Bluebirds & Kinglets - For a single team to see 13 Bluebirds or Kinglets would be fairly extraordinary today. I don't know what habitats they visited to secure them, but it's good to see that Bluebirds were fairly abundant winter residents back then, even on cold days.

Rob Thorn

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Subject: Killdeer plains snow and white-fronted geese
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 17:59 pm
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
I was at Killdeer plains today about 9:30 am to see all the snow geese
reported the last two days, but found not a snow goose anywhere. I talked
with a guy who was there at dawn and he said a big flock lifted off earlier
and headed south. I did find one white-fronted goose on Pond 27 along with
lots of Canada geese and about 125 tundra swans there. Next I checked the
Harold Roe pond. There were lots of Canada geese and tundra swans there
too, plus one mute swan, but no other geese. The rest of the morning I
drove around, checking various places. I looked hard for Northern shrike,
but never found one.

I checked the owl pines, but nothing there. At that time, I ran into Su
Snyder and Sue Evanoff and they told me of a flock of rusty blackbirds at
the south end of TH-108. About 1:15pm, as I was driving south on 108, near
Harold Roe pond, a very large flight of snow geese flew over quite high,
heading south. I had a great scope view of these as they flew over,
probably at least 500 geese. I then checked for the blackbirds and they
were on both sides of 108 about 1/4 mile north of the intersection with
Morral-Kirkpatrick. There were about 100 birds including about even numbers
of rusty and redwing blackbirds, with a few cowbirds too. I stopped back at
Pond 27 and found a lot more white-fronted geese, a count of 80 is
conservative, as they were mixed in with a lot of Canada geese.

I decided to head down to Big Island refuge, which turned out to be a
mistake as there was very little there. Driving back through Killdeer
Plains about 3:15pm on CH-115, another very large flight of snow geese went
over, again over 500 birds heading south. Not sure what is going on with
these snow geese, but they are heading south. It looks like afternoon might
be the better time to seek them. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 12:20 pm
From: cncavelady AT gmail.com
 
Yes, sorry, Burke. 

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>>> On Jan 19, 2017, at 12:50 PM, kenbusch1 wrote:
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>>> Anyone know if the snowy is still at Hopkins
>>>
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>>> -------- Original message --------From: ohlsenbill2 Date: 1/19/17 9:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
>>> Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
>>> Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted
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>>> -------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke
>>> Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway
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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 12:19 pm
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Burke airport not Hopkins!

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>> On Jan 19, 2017, at 12:50 PM, kenbusch1 wrote:
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>> Anyone know if the snowy is still at Hopkins
>>
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>> -------- Original message --------From: ohlsenbill2 Date: 1/19/17 9:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
>> Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
>> Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted
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>> Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>> -------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke
>> Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway
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Subject: 1923 Xmas count post
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 12:02 pm
From: roger.troutman AT gmail.com
 
Hello list,

Since this thread began with an early CBC but shifted to a discussion on
RHWP, I thought I would add some more recent CBC data in the form of a
graph. The graph shows CBC 60 years worth of Ohio CBC data from 1951 to
2010. The data was created from data obtained from the National Audubon
Society's CBC site.

Regrettably, for this discussion,party-hours before 1950 were not well
tracked and thus are not reliable. Likewise the raw numbers of any species
is not reliable as there was/was not more birds but definitely fewer counts
and counters.

As to the graph, the vertical axis is birds per party-hour (determined by
dividing the total (state-wide) number of birds by the total number of
party-hours of those counts where birds were seen. For example. the 0.2
line really means one whole bird was seen every 5 hours on average.

The horizontal axis is obviously years. The trendline Poly[nominal]-5 is a
fifth form polynomial as per the formula in Microsoft EXCEL 2003. The
Moving Ave - 3 is computed as being the average of the graphed year and the
2 previous years.e.g. average of 1973, 1974 and 1975 for the year 1975 on
the graph. Also note that for the poly trendline, the first and most
recent curves are exaggerated downward due to the nature of the formula.

That being said, note the drastic downward trend for whatever reason during
the 1960's.

To add to Bill's observations, one could speculate (but not verify) that
another agricultural practice contributed to the habitat loss including
food supply. During the 1960's and 70's the predominance and increased
number of multi-headed, self-propelled corn combines (rather than pulled
few-headed corn ear pickers) which more efficiently removed the grain from
the fields was possibly a mitigating factor in the bird's food supply.
Farmers, to make these large machines more economical, also expanded field
sizes which in the process decimated any field edges and woodlots.

It would be interesting to compare Ohio's RHWP numbers with non-cornbelt
states.

To add to Milt Trautman's early 20th century observation of road kills
(redheaded woodpeckers are almost addicted to corn spilled along highways)
was the 1950's and 1960's increases of traffic speed limits on all types of
roads throughout the state. For a corn-eating bird, gleaning the grain
along a road when vehicles are going 30 mph is a dangerous habit. At 60 mph
it is suicidal.

Also note that the numbers are somewhat cyclic over a 2 to 4 year period.

Roger Troutman
Mansfield Ohio

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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 11:53 am
From: cncavelady AT gmail.com
 
Yes 12:52 pm

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> Anyone know if the snowy is still at Hopkins
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> -------- Original message --------From: ohlsenbill2 Date: 1/19/17 9:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
> Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
> Bill OhlsenNorth Olmsted
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> -------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke
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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 11:50 am
From: kenbusch1 AT gmail.com
 
Anyone know if the snowy is still at Hopkins


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-------- Original message --------From: ohlsenbill2 Date: 1/19/17 9:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: Re: Snowy Owl Burke
Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
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-------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield Date: 1/19/17  8:42 AM  (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke
Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway

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Subject: Hopkins raptors
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 11:16 am
From: tim.jasinski AT gmail.com
 
Checked Cleveland Hopkins Airport today from the parking lot of 100th Bomb
Group restaurant on Brookpark Road. Had one Rough-legged Hawk, at least 9
Red-tailed Hawks and three American Kestrels. No Snowys yet.

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Subject: Snow Geese on the move
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 9:22 am
From: Rluehrs AT sbcglobal.net
 
I got out early this morning to see the Snow Geese today in Greene County. On the way I saw another large flock of 100+ Snow Geese at the Stringtown Rd overpass. When I got to the original location I reported yesterday (offramp from Interstate 35 and 72) the Snow Geese were all still present. Unfortunately someone with a camera and very large lens got out and started walking around the pond. Every Goose got spooked and flew away. These birds apparently are not used to much human interaction and will spook easily.

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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 8:42 am
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Snowy owl is viewable due North of Gate 11, sitting on a sign.
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-------- Original message --------From: jen brumfield Date: 1/19/17 8:42 AM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snowy Owl Burke
Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway

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Subject: 1923 Xmas count post
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 8:10 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
I got a lot of unexpected mail in which readers of this list noticed the 
large numbers of red-headed woodpeckers. I kind of expected folks would
notice the heavyweights involved as counters. Anyway, as an explanation
for such woodpecker numbers--pretty much across Ohio in those days--here
is my account of the RHWP in my book on central Ohio birds...BW

Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus*. In Wheaton’s day
and for decades thereafter this savanna-dweller was called far and away
the county’s (and western Ohio’s) most abundant woodpecker, though often
persecuted as a presumed agricultural pest. Later, Hicks (1935a:157)
reported it continued to breed in every county in the state, pointing
however to its decline versus other woodpecker species, and suggesting
its abundance had perhaps been overestimated because it frequented areas
near highways. With time, competition from introduced birds for nest
cavities, increased removal of dead and decaying trees, creosote
treatment of utility poles, and its warm-weather habits conducive to
mortality via vehicles have taken their toll, and it is now scarce,
especially as a nester, in the area. Trautman (2006:222) counted as
many as 40 a day found as traffic roadkills during Ohio surveys during
the ‘20s and ‘30s. Families prefer open woodlots with mature nut trees.
Research in the region suggests these beleaguered birds may at times
benefit from exotic suburban settings such as golf courses (Rodewald et
al. 2005). In the warm months it is largely insectivorous, and Jasper
(1873:2) wrote long ago that “[t]he girdled, or deadened timber, common
among cornfields, is his favorite retreat, whence he sallies out to make
his depredations.” Back in the days before dynamite was readily
available, farmers were often content to let skeletal trees stand.
Variable numbers of wintering birds, however, are closely related to the
mast crop, and thus fluctuate periodically, though falling noticeably
overall in recent decades. Trautman (1945, 1952) over ten years of
winter surveys at Buckeye Lake, found 187 in five odd-numbered years and
only one in the five even-numbered ones, likely due to biennial peak
productions of nuts of local beech trees; he attributed their steadily
falling overall numbers to habitat losses. The Columbus CBC of 1956
tallied 117, but all counts since 1965 have been in the single digits.
Interestingly, the count of 1/2/1966 recorded none at all, while only 25
miles distant and but a week earlier the Buckeye Lake count had found
105 (WCB Vol 11, September 1966:39). Among migrants, movements—fewer
than in days gone by—arrive in May and depart in September for the most
part. Small and shrinking populations at county parks persist, aided in
part by dead and dying trees allowed to stand, as well as living oaks
and hickories. Specimen 6/3/1875 OSUM #843.

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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 7:50 am
From: bob AT 10squirrels.com
 
Where's a good observation point, Jen?


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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 7:42 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Male snowy owl at Burke lakefront airport. West side of the airport in front of signature flight buildings, just out from the first runway

Jen Brumfield
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Subject: 5 Woodpecker Walk
Date: Thu Jan 19 2017 6:06 am
From: mary.huey AT sbcglobal.net
 
 Walked at Pete's Pond Preserve in Wickliffe, Lake County Wednesday and had all five of our wintering woodpecker species -- 2 pileated, 7 red-bellied, 3 red-headed (including two sub-adults), 2 hairy, and 3 downy.  Love it when that happens.  
If you aren't familiar with Pete's Pond, it's a 70 acre preserve tucked into a densely populated area -- not sure what the total species list for it includes but with a 19 acre pond with a beaver dam and the rest in mature woodland and a pleasant walking trail, it's often interesting.  Here's a link to Lake Metroparks description of it -- http://www.lakemetroparks.com/...
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Subject: Snow Goose flocks over SW Ohio
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 19:24 pm
From: bdwulker AT gmail.com
 
There seems to have been quite the movement of Snow Geese over the last 2
days. All reports I've seen have been of birds on the ground or groups
flying west/southwest. Cincinnati area reports (all locations Hamilton Co.
OH unless otherwise noted) include:

510 Snow Geese, 57 Greater White-fronted Geese in the Great Miami River
floodplain near the OH-IN line seen by Jack Stenger at 5:30pm 1-18. There
were 90 Snows there at 11:25 am.

126 Snow, 6 Ross's Geese along Oxford Road near Miami Whitewater Wetlands
seen by me at 5:40pm 1-18. This likely included most of the 75+ reported
feeding along Willey Rd a 1/2 mile away earlier in the afternoon.

44+ Snows and 18+ White-fronts over Fernald Preserve by Ruhikant Meetei‎
at 1pm 1-18.

36 Snow Geese flying west just south of the Fernald Preserve seen by me
yesterday (1-17) at 4:41pm

50 over southern Dearborn Co. IN (a few miles from OH) by Dave Brinkman
yesterday (1-17) around 4:30pm.

Be sure to watch for and report flocks like these over the next day or so
in SW Ohio!

Additionally, there have been at least nine Snow Goose reports in north and
central Kentucky in the same time period of large flocks with 175 and 200
being the biggest. Ewing Bottoms in Jackson Co. IN had 5,500 Snow Geese
reported this morning. More info on these is on the Indiana and Kentucky
listervs, but they're certainly part of the same movement going on in SW
Ohio right now.


Good birding,
Brian Wulker
Cincinnati OH

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Subject: Greene County
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 18:33 pm
From: Rluehrs AT sbcglobal.net
 
There was much action again today at the little pond in Greene Co.(the offramp at Interstate 35 and 72 in Jamestown). Today I saw over 150 Snow Geese as well as several Ross's Geese, Cackling Geese and Greater White Fronted Geese.

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Subject: Snow/Ross's geese Greene Co.
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 18:11 pm
From: jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com
 
Rick Luehrs and Carroll Smith both report high # of snow geese at the pond off the exit ramp of 35 near Jamestown in Greene co. Rick says there's about 130 snow 4 Ross's at least six GWFG and several Cackling geese present as well. The change over at the small pond is awesome and the combination of cornfields and ponds makes this place a goose magnet.

V/r

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Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: Xmas count in Columbus 1923
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 17:33 pm
From: 0000008c24d685a4-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
When I started birding Red-headed Woodpeckers were common, regular visitors to our feeders in the 1970's. By the late 1970's they were displaced by Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

David A. Brinkman, M. Ed.
Cincinnati, OH

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> On Jan 18, 2017, at 11:09 AM, Bill Whan wrote:
>
> Here's the tally from some famous local birders of the Wheaton Club on a
> routine Christmas Count in Columbus in 1923:
> "Columbus, Ohio. Dec 23: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5 pm. Fair in a.m.,
> heavy clouds in p.m. Snow on ground; wind moderate, southwest; temp. 28
> to 35 degrees. Distance covered, 5 mi on foot, about 35 miles by
> automobile. Observers together. Bob-white 48, mourning dove 24, marsh
> hawk 2, Cooper's hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk , sparrow hawk 5, barn owl
> 1, screech owl 1, hairy woodpecker 7, downy woodpecker 21, red-headed
> woodpecker 46, red-bellied woodpecker 3, flicker 6, horned lark heard,
> blue jay 19, crow 26, meadowlark 4, goldfinch 7, tree sparrow 141, junco
> 55, song sparrow 8, towhee 3, cardinal 29, Carolina
> wren 2, brown creeper 14, white-breasted nuthatch 15, tufted titmouse
> 22, chickadee 12, golden-crowned kinglet 13, robin 1, bluebird 13. Total
> 31 species, 542 individuals. E. S. Thomas, John Thomas, Milton Trautman,
> and Robert Geist."
> Thought this might be of some interest for folks who've done Xmas
> counts recently, worth comparing with results from local experts almost
> a century ago...
> Bob White
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Subject: Golden Eagles (2) at The Wilds
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 15:26 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Dan Gesualdo found, photographed and video-ed two Golden Eagles at The Wilds this morning between 9:45 and 11 am at Jeffrey's Point overlook on International Road. Photo on Ohio Chase Birds Facebook page 

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Subject: Xmas count in Columbus 1923
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 13:58 pm
From: karen.h.martens AT gmail.com
 
In my younger years, I remember seeing red-headed woodpeckers frequently in
the picnic grove at Whetstone Park in Clintonville. I live by there now and
never see them.

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:40 PM, Joseph Boros wrote:

> 48 Bobwhites and 46 Red-headed Woodpeckers... That's not something
> you're going to come across these days! (Although I do see Red-headed
> Woodpeckers here in Holmes County with some frequency)
>
> Joseph Boros,
> Holmes County
>
> On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Bill Whan
> wrote:
>
> > Here's the tally from some famous local birders of the Wheaton Club on a
> > routine Christmas Count in Columbus in 1923:
> > "Columbus, Ohio. Dec 23: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5 pm. Fair in
> > a.m.,
> > heavy clouds in p.m. Snow on ground; wind moderate, southwest; temp. 28
> > to 35 degrees. Distance covered, 5 mi on foot, about 35 miles by
> > automobile. Observers together. Bob-white 48, mourning dove 24, marsh
> > hawk 2, Cooper's hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk , sparrow hawk 5, barn owl
> > 1, screech owl 1, hairy woodpecker 7, downy woodpecker 21, red-headed
> > woodpecker 46, red-bellied woodpecker 3, flicker 6, horned lark heard,
> > blue jay 19, crow 26, meadowlark 4, goldfinch 7, tree sparrow 141, junco
> > 55, song sparrow 8, towhee 3, cardinal 29, Carolina
> > wren 2, brown creeper 14, white-breasted nuthatch 15, tufted titmouse
> > 22, chickadee 12, golden-crowned kinglet 13, robin 1, bluebird 13. Total
> > 31 species, 542 individuals. E. S. Thomas, John Thomas, Milton Trautman,
> > and Robert Geist."
> > Thought this might be of some interest for folks who've done Xmas
> > counts recently, worth comparing with results from local experts almost
> > a century ago...
> > Bob White
> >
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Subject: Xmas count in Columbus 1923
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 12:40 pm
From: jlboros2048 AT gmail.com
 
48 Bobwhites and 46 Red-headed Woodpeckers...  That's not something
you're going to come across these days! (Although I do see Red-headed
Woodpeckers here in Holmes County with some frequency)

Joseph Boros,
Holmes County

On Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Bill Whan
wrote:

> Here's the tally from some famous local birders of the Wheaton Club on a
> routine Christmas Count in Columbus in 1923:
> "Columbus, Ohio. Dec 23: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5 pm. Fair in
> a.m.,
> heavy clouds in p.m. Snow on ground; wind moderate, southwest; temp. 28
> to 35 degrees. Distance covered, 5 mi on foot, about 35 miles by
> automobile. Observers together. Bob-white 48, mourning dove 24, marsh
> hawk 2, Cooper's hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk , sparrow hawk 5, barn owl
> 1, screech owl 1, hairy woodpecker 7, downy woodpecker 21, red-headed
> woodpecker 46, red-bellied woodpecker 3, flicker 6, horned lark heard,
> blue jay 19, crow 26, meadowlark 4, goldfinch 7, tree sparrow 141, junco
> 55, song sparrow 8, towhee 3, cardinal 29, Carolina
> wren 2, brown creeper 14, white-breasted nuthatch 15, tufted titmouse
> 22, chickadee 12, golden-crowned kinglet 13, robin 1, bluebird 13. Total
> 31 species, 542 individuals. E. S. Thomas, John Thomas, Milton Trautman,
> and Robert Geist."
> Thought this might be of some interest for folks who've done Xmas
> counts recently, worth comparing with results from local experts almost
> a century ago...
> Bob White
>
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Subject: Xmas count in Columbus 1923
Date: Wed Jan 18 2017 10:09 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Here's the tally from some famous local birders of the Wheaton Club on a
routine Christmas Count in Columbus in 1923:
"Columbus, Ohio. Dec 23: 8:30 to 12:30 and 1:30 to 5 pm. Fair in a.m.,
heavy clouds in p.m. Snow on ground; wind moderate, southwest; temp. 28
to 35 degrees. Distance covered, 5 mi on foot, about 35 miles by
automobile. Observers together. Bob-white 48, mourning dove 24, marsh
hawk 2, Cooper's hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk , sparrow hawk 5, barn owl
1, screech owl 1, hairy woodpecker 7, downy woodpecker 21, red-headed
woodpecker 46, red-bellied woodpecker 3, flicker 6, horned lark heard,
blue jay 19, crow 26, meadowlark 4, goldfinch 7, tree sparrow 141, junco
55, song sparrow 8, towhee 3, cardinal 29, Carolina
wren 2, brown creeper 14, white-breasted nuthatch 15, tufted titmouse
22, chickadee 12, golden-crowned kinglet 13, robin 1, bluebird 13. Total
31 species, 542 individuals. E. S. Thomas, John Thomas, Milton Trautman,
and Robert Geist."
Thought this might be of some interest for folks who've done Xmas
counts recently, worth comparing with results from local experts almost
a century ago...
Bob White

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Subject: Geesepalooza, Killdeer Plains
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 19:45 pm
From: 0000000950790161-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Thousands of Geese on ponds and corn fields. Mostly Canada, but also I observed 1 flock flying north of 31 Greater White-fronted, and right after them  2 huge flocks of Snow Geese over 300 total with several mixed in Ross's. Later I found Snow Geese on corn field north of RT-71.

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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk encounter
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 19:32 pm
From: mary.huey AT sbcglobal.net
 
 This afternoon at the end of my weekly walk around the Oxbow Lagoon at North Chagrin Metropark in Willoughby Hills, I spotted a red-tailed hawk perched about 20 feet up in a tree at the edge of the lagoon and about 50 feet away from me.  He seemed to be watching the area below him but suddenly (while I had my binoculars on him), he dropped down and then I realized he was coming straight towards me.  I lowered my binoculars as he swooped past 2' over my head and as I turned to see where he went, he pounced on a mouse at the edge of lagoon 15' directly behind me.  He only stayed on the ground long enough to be sure of his grasp and then returned to the tree to eat it.  Once I recovered from the surprise of having a hawk swooping right at me, I got to thinking how little it bothered him that I was there and wondering how he "spotted" that mouse behind me -- wondering how much "hearing" helps hawks hunt?
Birds were very active with the mild weather.  The field south of the lagoon has small flocks of tree sparrows, bluebirds, and juncos.  I also saw two male hairy woodpeckers at the same time working in dead ash trees about 60 feet apart.  I feel like I'm seeing hairy woodpeckers more frequently along the Chagrin River -- wondering if they are benefitting from the emerald ash borer?
The brambles in one section of that field are host to quite a few praying mantis egg cases and this afternoon, I watched a downy woodpecker opening one and emptying it. 
An interesting walk!Mary HueyWilloughby, Lake County  

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Subject: Scranton Flats Cleveland
Date: Tue Jan 17 2017 14:58 pm
From: c.pierce AT att.net
 
Birded with Bill Ohlsen. Highlights included 2 Surf Scoters, Ruddy
Ducks, L. Scaup, Black-crowned Night Herons and a N. Mockingbird.

Oh, and lot's of rain too.

See you on the trails,


Chris Pierce

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Subject: Wendy Park Gulls
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 16:39 pm
From: jlboros2048 AT gmail.com
 
Great day, with Thayer's, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed.  Best
viewing was from the old coast guard station. Here's my checklist with
lots of photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Also the Ross's Goose at Bradstreets Landing was not present.

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Subject: Rustys and other birds,Tusc Co. !/16
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 13:24 pm
From: tsbs AT neo.rr.com
 
There was quite a few birds feeding in the receding flood waters in the field off Rt 212 just before TR 83 ( the road to Camp Tuscazoar ).  This is just east of Rt 800.
Birds seen:
Rusty Blackbirds - 10 to 12
Flickers – many More than we have ever seen at one time
Pileated Woodpeckers – 2
There were also many Yellow- rumped Warblers, A. tree Sparrows, bluebirds, woodpeckers and chickadees in the trees and scrub along the road.
A scope is needed for birds feeding in the field.
Terry and Barb Sponseller

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Subject: Northern shrike on Magee causeway
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 12:05 pm
From: Donna_Kuhn AT juno.com
 
Shrike seen on causeway just past the sportsman center.
Donna Kuhn
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Subject: Fwd: White-winged Scoters Lake Logan
Date: Mon Jan 16 2017 9:55 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
John Watts added the white-winged scoter to the Hocking County list, and
asked me to mention it (photo attached); his message reads:
"just found three white-winged scoters at lake Logan. They are between
the dam and the fishing pier parking lot and best viewed from the pull
off located in between. This is a county record and the duck we searched
for."
Bill Whan





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Subject: CLE Gull and waterfowl update
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 21:26 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Cleveland gulling update Sunday 1/15

Once again the diversity and numbers of gulls off Wendy Park were great. While overall numbers have dropped to around 9 - 11,000 birds, large gulls make up at least 3 - 4,000 of that total. Highlights included at least 2 Thayer's Gulls (2 first cycles), at least one Glaucous (adult) and at least 4 Iceland Gulls (2 adults, 2 first cycles). Great Black-backed numbers are good, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls were present in just under double-digits.

Waterfowl abound in the area with 16 species recorded today with highlights of Surf Scoter and Long-tailed Duck. Best sites for waterfowl (west to east):

Cahoon Park in Bay Village
Rocky River Park in Rocky River
Lakewood Park in Lakewood
Edgewater Park
Edgewater Marina
Wendy Park
East 9th street pier
East 55th street Marina
East side of Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve
Sim's Park in Euclid

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Wyandot and Marion birding
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 19:03 pm
From: ianm.rupp AT gmail.com
 
Hello Ohio Birders,

I drove down from Oberlin to spend the day birding Killdeer Plains and Big
Island Wildlife Areas. I'd never been before so I quite enjoyed the trip.
The day started relatively slow. After driving around getting a sense of
the preserve, I spent a long time in the 'owl pines' attempting to locate a
Long-eared owl but this proved unsuccessful. Later on I surveyed Pond 27
only to find Canada Geese, and swans. However after leaving to find a
shrike (also unsuccessful) I came back and found 4 white-fronted geese!
Those were a long-overdue lifer.
Around 4:00 I drove to Big Island where I was unsurprisingly greeted by
harriers and more geese. Around 4:20 the first Short-eared owl (another
lifer!) appeared and after about 30 minutes there were 5 hovering around
the wetlands off Agosta road. This was quite spectacular especially when
they'd clash with the harriers.
Other things to note were Lapland Longspurs in the fields off highway 71
and a sulky Swamp Sparrow in the drainage ditches at Big Island.
Overall I'd say it was a successful venture and can't wait to return!

Ian Ruppenthal
Oberlin, OH by way of Davidson, NC

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Subject: Findlay Eagles
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 17:20 pm
From: paulgraham AT wowway.com
 
I saw today that 2 eagles were perched beside the nest south of Findlay at Eagle Creek along SR 15
Paul GrahamWorthington OH

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Subject: White pelican
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:55 pm
From: lachampney AT gmail.com
 
Thanks Robert for update. I'll probably still go take a look around tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have something positive  to report. 
Lynn


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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird in Warren County no longer receiving visitors
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:52 pm
From: amazilia3 AT gmail.com
 
Birders,

The homeowner hosting the Rufous Hummingbird in Warren County has indicated
that they will no longer be hosting visitors to see their hummingbird. It
is still on site, and the last day she is observed will be reported to Ohio
Birds.

Thanks to everyone for being polite and respectful.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
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Subject: Snowy Owl Sightings?
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:51 pm
From: jhzaas AT gmail.com
 
Dave Chase reported on Dec 20th a Snowy Owl on a telephone pole on the
north side of Fairport-Nursery rd in Fairport Harbor which is about 40
miles east of Cleveland. I was lucky enough to see him later that week but
I haven't heard of any reports if the Snowy Owl is still present.

On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 5:06 PM, Timothy Jasinski
wrote:

> Hi Caleb,
>
> We haven't had any Snowy Owls in Cleveland so far this year. There have
> been 3 Ohio reports but those were only present for a day and never
> relocated, that I know of. Cleveland Hopkins Airport is a good place,
> viewed from 100th Bomb Group restaurant on Brookpark Road, and I'd check
> Burke Airport as well.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Tim
>
> On Jan 15, 2017 4:27 PM, "Caleb Jackson" wrote:
>
> > Hi all, my brothers and I are headed to Cleveland next weekend for a bit
> of
> > birding. We've been hoping to take this trip since we started birding 3
> > years ago in hopes to catch a glimpse of a snowy! But so far this year I
> > haven't seen many posts about sightings. Any advice for a few still
> novice
> > birders?
> >
> > Caleb Jackson
> >
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Subject: White pelican
Date: Sun Jan 15 2017 16:29 pm
From: 000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
There were 2 negative reports posted to Central Ohio birders on Facebook today. 

On Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:32 PM, Lynn Champney wrote:


Any more recent reports of the White pelican?  I'm planning to go to Alum Creek Reservoir tomorrow.
Any positive or negative reports appreciated.
Thanks. Lynn


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