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17 Sep: @ 19:11:47 Re: Sabine's gull, Indian Lake [troy shively]
17 Sep: @ 18:05:34  Hoover Reservoir, Delaware Cty [Charles Bombaci]
17 Sep: @ 16:30:36  Sabine's gull, Indian Lake [Bill Whan]
17 Sep: @ 13:49:35  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus. Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
17 Sep: @ 13:33:24  Headlands juvi Bald Eagles [Jerry Talkington]
17 Sep: @ 11:50:42  PB Grebe at North Chagrin and Bird Art [Ken Andrews]
17 Sep: @ 11:44:47  Wheatear not seen this AM [disacco]
17 Sep: @ 11:39:09  Ross's Goose Lake County [Cory "Chia" Chiappone]
17 Sep: @ 10:11:16  Northern Wheatear NO [jen brumfield]
17 Sep: @ 10:08:29  Englewood East Metropark [Edward Neubauer]
17 Sep: @ 09:45:42  Wheatear migration [Mary Huey]
16 Sep: @ 18:48:34  Ross' Goose Lake County.... [Andrew Avram]
16 Sep: @ 18:07:02  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
16 Sep: @ 14:56:00  Sabine's Gull and Connecticut Warbler, Lake Erie Bluffs, 9/16 [John Pogacnik]
16 Sep: @ 13:03:02  More Sabine's news [Bill Whan]
16 Sep: @ 13:00:50  Cuyahoga - Erie Street Cemetery [Patty McKelvey]
16 Sep: @ 12:53:43  Marbled Godwit..late report [Steve Jones]
16 Sep: @ 12:09:21  Lake Erie Wing Watch [mary warren]
16 Sep: @ 11:44:48  Reddish Egret - yes! [Doreene Linzell]
16 Sep: @ 10:36:55  Wheatear [Cory "Chia" Chiappone]
16 Sep: @ 09:54:09  Sabine's gulls [Bill Whan]
16 Sep: @ 09:20:09  wheatear [John Herman]
15 Sep: @ 16:55:33  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
15 Sep: @ 08:34:22  Northern Wheatear still present [jen brumfield]
14 Sep: @ 20:53:02  Tomorrow's plans, and Big Island today [Steve Jones]
14 Sep: @ 16:22:20  lorain impdmt [Dave English]
14 Sep: @ 16:03:28 Re: Wheatear update? [Leslie Sours]
14 Sep: @ 15:47:32  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
14 Sep: @ 15:36:15  Toledo white pelicans flew [Jeff Grabmeier]
14 Sep: @ 15:30:02  American White Pelicans, Toledo [Jeff Grabmeier]
14 Sep: @ 14:24:38  Big Island Wilderness Area American Avocets still here. [Steve Jones]
14 Sep: @ 09:39:33  A Week Gone By / Sunday Morning Thoughts [robert lane]
14 Sep: @ 08:42:09  Laughing gull @ Pleasant Hill Lake beach [John Herman]
14 Sep: @ 07:04:55  Wheatear yes Sunday [jen brumfield]
13 Sep: @ 21:32:15  Franklin's Gull juvenile plumage [John Herman]
13 Sep: @ 21:27:04  Wheatear tips thanks [Nancy Howell]
13 Sep: @ 20:44:55 Re: Wheatear update? [Tom Fishburn]
13 Sep: @ 20:43:44 Re: Wheatear update? [jen brumfield]
13 Sep: @ 20:40:12  Wheatear update? [Nancy Howell]
13 Sep: @ 20:16:21  Lorain Impoundment-Whimbrel/Red-necked Phalarope 3PM [Sally Isacco]
13 Sep: @ 19:04:31  cleveland nature preserve [Mark Anderson]
13 Sep: @ 15:26:27  9/13 - Lorain lakefront recap - Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Little Gull, phalaropes [Leidy Gabe]
13 Sep: @ 14:02:23  Reddish Egret Delaware County Yes [Steve Jones]
13 Sep: @ 13:52:09  Union County Egret Location [Blake Mathys]
13 Sep: @ 13:28:20  Englewood MetroPark East sightings for Sept. 13 [Judith Espedal]
13 Sep: @ 13:16:48  Sabine's Gull persists [Ernie Cornelius]
13 Sep: @ 13:16:47 Re: Reddish Egret Delaware County Yes [robert batterson]
13 Sep: @ 13:08:24  Reddish Egret Delaware County Yes [liz.jaggers]
13 Sep: @ 13:03:14  Sunset Park, 9/13 [Cole DiFabio]
13 Sep: @ 12:08:28  Mansfield Lahm American golden-plovers [John Herman]





Subject: Sabine's gull, Indian Lake
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 19:11 pm
From: troyph AT hotmail.com
 
Hello all,
Just a warning for anybody wishing to go to Oldfield beach tomorrow as there is goose hunting until 10 AM on most mornings, and I'm not sure if that is going on tomorrow. I know last Friday I could not get there in the morning because of the hunting so you might not be able to get to the beach before 10 AM. You would have been able to see the Sabine's gull from the West bank right in front of the Bass Pro shop today if you had a scope.
Cheers,
Troy
Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 17, 2014, at 5:30 PM, "Bill Whan" wrote:
>
> Troy Shively just called; a juvenile Sabine's gull is flying around well
> offshore of Oldfield Beach just now. It seems clear that unusual numbers
> are showing up in the US right now as they move south. Don't count on
> them showing up roosting on the beaches, but rather look well out over
> open water, where they are perfectly happy afloat. At that distance,
> several of the smaller gulls show the wing pattern in flight, but look
> for a bird whose dark saddle extends across the back. And if you see
> one, read up on this bird's life history!
> Bill Whan
> Collumbus
>
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Subject: Hoover Reservoir, Delaware Cty
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 18:05 pm
From: cbombaci AT att.net
 
I took advantage of the comfortable weather today to clean and do maintenance on my nest boxes at the Hoover Nature Preserve. Saturday Darrell Gange joined me in Areas M and N, and today I worked the boxes at Mudhen Marsh. As of now 90 nest boxes have been cleaned and only 160 to go. Hopefully the weather will stay as nice until all the nest boxes have been cleaned and given new screws and exterior coating.

Heavy rain June 21st through June 25th flooded much of the area, downing many trees and damaging or destroying some nest boxes. I expected to find unhatched eggs or dead hatchlings in nest boxes as the timing of the flooding was very close to the fledgling dates for the Prothonotary Warblers. I was pleasantly surprised to find little evidence of nest failure in the areas serviced thus far. No little cadavers and only two unhatched eggs. It looks like the bullet missed by mere days. At the lower east shore of Hoover some inlets were heavily flooded and at our last monitoring trip there was an absence of singing males. Those areas were all natural cavities and closer to the water than the nest boxes. Those areas likely took a very bad hit from the floods.

Today as I serviced the nest boxes at Mudhen Marsh I kept an eye out for bird activity. Mudflats have been exposed, although they are not significant, and I observed a small number of shorebirds and egrets working the edges. Shorebirds included a multitude of Killdeer and a few Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper and a single Western Sandpiper. Great Egrets seem to be everywhere at the northern end of Hoover Reservoir. A single Bald Eagle and Osprey were flying overhead. Lots of Gray Catbirds, but few warblers. Just one here and one there with a cooperative Wilson's Warbler topping the list.

At the boardwalk in Area M at Galena, mudflats are emerging off the end of the boardwalk. A small variety of peeps were on the high mound close to the Osprey platform. Lots of Killdeer, a few Semipalmated Plovers and single Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs and a Western Sandpiper. Hopefully the mudflats will develop before the shorebirds are all past Ohio.

Charlie Bombaci

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Subject: Sabine's gull, Indian Lake
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 16:30 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Troy Shively just called; a juvenile Sabine's gull is flying around well
offshore of Oldfield Beach just now. It seems clear that unusual numbers
are showing up in the US right now as they move south. Don't count on
them showing up roosting on the beaches, but rather look well out over
open water, where they are perfectly happy afloat. At that distance,
several of the smaller gulls show the wing pattern in flight, but look
for a bird whose dark saddle extends across the back. And if you see
one, read up on this bird's life history!
Bill Whan
Collumbus

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus. Woodside Green
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 13:49 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Blendon Woods ... lots of warblers today
American Redstarts Black throated green warblers
Bay breasted warblers Blackburnian warblers
Cape may warbler Palm warbler
Common yellowthroat Blue winged warbler
Nashville warblers Tennessee warblers
Blackpoll warblers Magnolia warblers
Wilson's warbler Black and white warblers
chestnut sided warblers

Lincoln's sparrow White throated sparrow (one)
Blue headed vireos Red eyed vireos
Rose breasted grosbeaks Scarlet tanagers
Green heron

Woodside Green 11:30am-1:30pm
Black throated blue warbler magnolia warblers
American redstarts chestnut sided warblers
Nashville warblers black throated green warblers
Bay breasted warblers

Cedar waxwings

Bob mcNulty

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Subject: Headlands juvi Bald Eagles
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 13:33 pm
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 The young Bald Eagles at Headlands have been mistaken for Golden Eagles for most of the summer. The many birders that bird Headlands every day have not seen a Golden Eagle in the area for several years.
Seeing one in the summer is highly unlikely .

Sent from my iPhone. I L S
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Subject: PB Grebe at North Chagrin and Bird Art
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 11:50 am
From: ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
There was a pied-billed grebe cruising and diving at Strawberry Pond this morning.

This is an artist I follow on Flickr. She does the most amazing bird sculptures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Hope you see some birds today!

Ken

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Subject: Wheatear not seen this AM
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 11:44 am
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
No sighting this AM of the bird.
Sally




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Subject: Ross's Goose Lake County
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 11:39 am
From: chitanion AT gmail.com
 
I refound the Ross’s Goose found by Andy Avram last night at a nearby pond this morning. It was on the large pond on Tyler Blvd between 615 and 306 (41.681246,-81.354943). I checked the field it was in last night and did not find it so I checked the area and found it on the pond, but shortly after I arrived 7:25am it took off with a group of CANG. It looked like they were going to stay in the area to feed. I wouldn’t be surprised if it returns to the pond to roost.

Photo at link

Chia

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Subject: Northern Wheatear NO
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 10:11 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
So far this morning, efforts to relocate the wheatear have come up dry. Ray Hannikman reports no wheatear


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Englewood East Metropark
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 10:08 am
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Wednesday, Sept. 17 - 8:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Water is disappearing, but we still had a good variety of shorebirds this
morning. The highlight of our day was the water pipit--up close and
personal with the scope. Species seen:

Bald eagles - 1 ad, 1 imm
American avocet - 1
Lesser yellowlegs
Greater yellowlegs
Semipalmated sps
Least sps
Pectoral sp
Solitary sp
Killeers
Great blue herons - over 100
Great egrets - 14
Ring-billed gulls
Mallards
Water pipit

Good birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer

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Subject: Wheatear migration
Date: Wed Sep 17 2014 9:45 am
From: mary.huey AT sbcglobal.net
 
Found this blogpost from a couple years ago that traced migration routes of several wheatears complete with a map -- thought it might interest others -- http://www.earthtimes.org/natu...

Thanks to all the generous birder/photographers who have shared their pics and sightings of this bird!

Mary Huey
Willoughby, Ohio

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Subject: Ross' Goose Lake County....
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 18:48 pm
From: ajavram AT hotmail.com
 
There is a Ross' Goose in a flock of Canada Geese in Mentor, Lake County.  The location is the park next to Mentor Lumber on 615 between Route 2 and 20.  

Tiny size, lack of grin patch IDed it as Ross, but a few bad pictures were taken for confirmation.

Googlemaps GPS - 41.673970, -81.341271
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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 18:07 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Blendon Woods ... numbers were lower today.
Mourning warbler, bathing at "creek" at the nature center
Bay breasted warblers Common yellowthroat
Chestnut sided warblers American redstarts
Magnolia warblers Wilson's warbler
Blackburnian warblers Tennessee warbler
Black throated green warbler

Common nighthawk Red shouldered hawk
Swainson's thrush Brown thrasher
Solitary sandpiper red eyed vireo

Woodside green
Bay breasted warblers American redstarts
Magnolia warblers Blackburnian warblers
Black and white warbler

Olive sided flycatcher Philadelphia vireo

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Sabine's Gull and Connecticut Warbler, Lake Erie Bluffs, 9/16
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 14:56 pm
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
After hearing of 51 Sabine's Gulls along the Indiana lakefront, it hardly seems mentioning one.  A single immature Sabine's  gull was at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County today.  I viewed it from the northwest corner of the trail system west of the Lane Road parking lot.  There is a nice area to view the lake there.  It was among a group of approximately 300 Bonaparte's gulls.  Although a ways offshore, it was easy to pick out with binoculars, although a scope would have been nice.  Gulls often congregate in this area and it has been a good spot in the past for jaegers also.
I also had 16 species of warblers along the trails there. There were a ton of blackpoll warblers. I estimated at least 150. Nashville warblers were also numerous with at least 45. I had a Connecticut in the northeast corner of the trail system. It was doing a lot of chipping, which was what drew me to it. There were also 4 mourning warblers. The only other bird of note was a yellow-billed cuckoo.
John Pogacnik
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Subject: More Sabine's news
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 13:03 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Apropos my earlier post about Sabine's gulls this season, John Herman
called to my attention a report from Ken Brock et al. who saw *51*
Sabine's gulls on the Indiana lakefront three days ago (one adult, 50 juv).
Bill Whan
Cols

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Subject: Cuyahoga - Erie Street Cemetery
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 13:00 pm
From: pambirds AT hotmail.com
 
Lots of chips & neck breaking views in cemetery. Here's what I was able to get a bead on, plus a calling Northern Flicker after closing my list:
9/16/2914
Erie Street Cemetery
Traveling
1.1 miles
38 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
1 Blue Jay
1 Swainson's Thrush
2 Cape May Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
4 Palm Warbler
2 Bay-breasted Warbler
4 Blackpoll Warbler
1 American Redstart
3 Chipping Sparrow
7 House Sparrow
3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)



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Subject: Marbled Godwit..late report
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 12:53 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Christopher Collins let me know of a Marbled Godwit yesterday at Killdeer
Plains Pond 27...I was at Headlands and Lorain, and Lakeview doing one more
day of North Shore Birding. So I wasn't able to get down there and see it
right away...so I texted Ron Sempier so that he could get it at least. :-D
He texted me back saying he saw it and where to look. All the way in the
back.

I finished early...well, the rain pushed me home. I would have stayed and
looked for more shorebirds, but it looked like it was just getting worse so
I hurried home...I was in such a hurry, I got on that dang toll road
instead of Rt 2...oh well.. :-D When I got to Killdeer, the sun was
setting so light was fading fast. But I got my scope out and scanned the
back side of the pond and found it preening on the bank. Way to far for
pictures, but it was there. :-D

The pond is drying, but it still is attracting the normal shorebirds too,
so it is still a good place to check.

Happy Birding, and God Bless

Steve J.

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Subject: Lake Erie Wing Watch
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 12:09 pm
From: windbird AT bex.net
 
Hoping that one of the 60 + American White Pelicans that are currently at East Harbor State Park will fly over to neighboring Erie County!!


LAKE ERIE WING WATCH event is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday September 20-21 in Erie County! Great speakers, vendors, food, music and field trips. K ids Activities too! All FREE. Check out the full schedule at www.LakeErieWingWatch.com or find and LIKE on Facebook.

Happy Birding!

Mary Warren

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Subject: Reddish Egret - yes!
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 11:44 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Just for the record, the Reddish Egret is in Union Co. today. Park at the
corner of Rte. 4 and Tawa. Walk south along the fence until you can see the
egret. It is not visible from the road.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Wheatear
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 10:36 am
From: chitanion AT gmail.com
 
Wheatear still being seen at Headlands today, if there are any “computer babysitters” interested. 


Chia

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Subject: Sabine's gulls
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 9:54 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
This traditionally is the time Sabine's gulls appear in North America,
and thus far state lists have reported this species recently in Iowa,
Illinois, Arkansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Texas,
Washington, Utah, British Columbia, Ontario, Indiana, Colorado, Vermont,
Oregon, Illinois, Nevada, California, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wyoming,
Michigan, Arizona, New York, New Brunswick, Virginia, Iowa, and
Nebraska. I imagine many were seen, but not reported, and many were
present but not observed. They breed in the high Arctic and winter in
South America. You can see from the list they are scarcer on the eastern
seaboard, but this has been an excellent year overall for records in
Canada and the US. Distinctive and worth looking for over any body of
water right about now.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: wheatear
Date: Tue Sep 16 2014 9:20 am
From: richlandvthrush82 AT gmail.com
 
Any reports on the wheatear this a.m.?
Cheers
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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 16:55 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Blendon Woods 
Nashville warbler Black throated green warblers
American redstarts Bay breasted warblers
Canada warbler Cape May warbler
Tennessee warblers Chestnut sided warblers
Black and white warbler Magnolia warblers
Black throated blue warbler

Philadelphia vireos Warbling vireo
red eyed vireo Yellow throated vireo (heard)
Green heron Scarlet tanager
Red headed woodpecker yellow bellied flycatcher

Woodside Green Gahanna afternoon birding
Yellow throated warbler Black throated blue warbler
American redstarts Blackburnian warblers
Chestnut sided warblers Bay breasted warblers
Magnolia warblers Black throated green warblers

yellow bellied flycatcher

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Northern Wheatear still present
Date: Mon Sep 15 2014 8:34 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Ray Hannikman reports the Northern Wheatear still present today, Monday morning, along the beach towards the lighthouse/breakwall. For those not familiar with Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, the name of the preserve says it all....respect (!) the rare dunes habitat. The location is one of Ohio's top birding locales and rare plant/habitat communities. 


JB
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Subject: Tomorrow's plans, and Big Island today
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 20:53 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings!

Tomorrow I head to the lake to see if I can get some Lifers...It will
probably end up being a day off and not much else...but we shall see. If
anyone gets over to Loraine early, could you please let me know if the
Wimbrel and Phalarope are still there...I should be there around 9 or
so...Might try for the Wheatear but that will not be a lifer to me, so it
will be secondary.

As far as Big Island goes, other than the Avocets mentioned earlier at the
first pond of Unit B. There was plenty to see and try to ID today. :-)

In the first pond of Unit B, Stilt Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater
Yellowlegs, were all around the pond...but mostly the back left(Northwest)
corner.
Lots of Killdeer, and a few Semipalmated Plovers.
Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper made up most of the peeps with a couple
of White-rumped Sandpipers mixed in. The Middle Pond held a few Teal,
Mallards, Coots, Common Gallinule, and Pied-billed Grebes...and hunters.

Nine Black-crowned Night Herons were back along the rear of the pond in
that little Island of trees that is near the very back of the pond. These
have actually been there almost all month it seems in those same trees.
Also had the usual 2K GBHs (just kidding...more like 20) and two Belted
Kingfishers.

Arial acrobatics were performed by over 50 Chimney Swifts and about the
same amount of Barn and Tree swallows...it was a bad day to be a bug. :-D

---

There were a few shorebirds in the "sky pond" along SR 95 close to Herr
Rd...one looked like a Western Sandpiper...but I never got a good look at
his bill...It had really good facial markings, and from what I could see on
its sides and wings, it looked like a Fall Juvenile. Also had some
White-rumped and Semis. Lesser Yellowlegs finished out the shorebirds at
the skypond.

The Herr Rd/Marion County Pond held basically Cormorants, and that is about
it.

An Eagle, Northern Harrier, and Red-tailed Hawk were among the raptors, and
Kestrels made up the falcons.

That is about it.

Have a great week, and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: lorain impdmt
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 16:22 pm
From: davee8375 AT windstream.net
 
Sun. 10 to 11 am   whimbrel and red necked phalarope yes, both from the north side, whimbrel on the dike, phalarope inside pool.
Dave English, Chagrin Falls

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Subject: Wheatear update?
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 16:03 pm
From: lmsours AT ameritech.net
 
Yes, I just saw it and watched until the sun was down. 
Leslie

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 13, 2014, at 9:39 PM, Nancy Howell wrote:
>
> Birders,
>
> Any update on the Wheatear at Mentor Headlands? Was it seen the evening of Sept. 13 by anyone? Appreciate any info.
>
> --
> Nancy J. Howell
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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 15:47 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Blendon Woods: Goldenrod trail and lake trail both good today
Magnolia warblers American redstarts
Blackburnian warblers Common yellowthroats
Black throated green warblers Chestnut sided warblers
Bay breasted warblers Blackpoll warblers
Tennessee warblers Wilson warbler
Black and white warbler Ovenbird

Scarlet tanager Philadelphia vireo (3 locations)
yellow throated vireo (heard) red eyed vireo

Woodside Green Park Gahanna ... afternoon birding
Northern parula Tennessee warblers
Chestnut sided warblers black throated green warblers
black and white warbler magnolia warblers
American redstarts Bay breasted warblers
Wilson's warbler Blackpoll warblers
Blackburnian warblers

Rose breasted grosbeak cedar waxwing
Swainson's thrush red eyed vireo

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Toledo white pelicans flew
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 15:36 pm
From: jgrabmeier AT gmail.com
 
No sooner had I posted about the American white pelicans in Toledo, than my
uncle called that they all flew, headed north along the bay.

Jeff Grabmeier
Columbus

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Subject: American White Pelicans, Toledo
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 15:30 pm
From: jgrabmeier AT gmail.com
 
My non-birding uncle called me to say he can see four American White
Pelicans on the Maumee Bay, visible from the east end of 116th St. in north
Toledo, where it dead ends at the bay. As I said, he is not a birder, but
I trust him to know a pelican when he sees one!

Jeff Grabmeier
Columbus

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Subject: Big Island Wilderness Area American Avocets still here.
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 14:24 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
. I came up to Big Island today  to see what was here, amongst the other
shore birds, are the three American Avocets that have been here all month
it looks like some other things have blown in , so I guess I'm gonna have
to trod around the pond. :-D
More later.

Steve J.

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Subject: A Week Gone By / Sunday Morning Thoughts
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 9:39 am
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
Last Sunday, a posting that I thought I was providing purely for entertainment, hit a nerve with several people. Unfortunately it created some negativity. Fortunately, over thirty prominent old school birders, and some new up and coming birders, sent me personal messages reinforcing the fact that there are plenty of birders out there, that do sincerely care about what goes on in the field. There were reports from the Northern Wheatear site yesterday, that once again, bad behavior was taking place, causing some verbal confrontations between visitors.  There should always be room for people with different interests, different points of view, with respect for each other and for different opinions. Whether you are a birder, a photographer, or just an individual, there is no excuse for what should be obvious bad behavior. Do you act differently when you are alone birding or photographing? Do you play a bird recording continually for a half hour, or stalk a bird until you chase it away? You have to live with yourself! If you do not realize that what you are doing is probably not acceptable, what can I say. When you are around others, do you realize when your actions are annoying to them? If so, you have crossed the line of acceptable behavior. Perhaps the consequence should be to be shunned by the overall birding community.  Some additional thoughts provided by others; "Birding Friends Are As Important As The Birds, Or More So"; "Don't Take The Distractions To Seriously, Life Is To Short For That"; and "My Attitude Is A Result Of Your Actions! So If You Don't Like My Attitude, Blame Yourself!". 

Bob Lane
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Subject: Laughing gull @ Pleasant Hill Lake beach
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 8:42 am
From: richlandvthrush82 AT gmail.com
 
one juvenile Laughing Gull at Pleasant Hill Lake (Richland Co.) beach @
7:40 a.m. today.

Not a Wheatear, but a decent bird for Richland Co. We don't have lake erie,
but we also don't have as much crime.
gull seen with a 82mm Nikon Fieldscope w/ 30x w. a. eyepiece from ~ 100
meters
looked very similar to the Clear Fork Reservoir gull of yesterday
If you see the Pleasant Hill Lake Park security, tell them I said Hi. They
came around me today, checking to see if I was shooting gulls or some other
devious act. I told security, it's a spotting 'scope, don't get many
bullets out of it. I've got that answer memorized since I've told it to
more than one ODOW "Einstein". I guess its their job to be paranoid.
Today, with the nice weather, probably isn't best for looking for this
Laughing gull, with all the campers, dog walkers, etc. That's why I was
there before sunrise. Week days early and in the late afternoon are much
better for looking thru the gulls at the beach for a local rarity.
Cheers,
John Herman

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Subject: Wheatear yes Sunday
Date: Sun Sep 14 2014 7:04 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Ray Hannikman reports wheatear still present same area Headlands


JB
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Subject: Franklin's Gull juvenile plumage
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 21:32 pm
From: richlandvthrush82 AT gmail.com
 
The gull that was reported at Clear Fork Reservoir yesterday as a juvenile
Laughing Gull is now being considered a possible juvenile Franklin's gull.
Have Franklin's gulls in juvenile plumage ever been seen in Ohio? For the
less informed, juvenile plumage is not 1st-winter plumage....apples &
oranges. Do Franklin's gulls molt to 1st-winter plumage before migrating
south to Ohio, etc?
Inconclusive photo.s of this gull were taken but don't show enough detail.
When this gull was seen sitting next to a Ring-billed gull, the "Laughing
gull" was considerably smaller. How much size variation is there in
Juvenile Franklin's and Laughings? Is there an overlap in size?
The birders studying the gull this evening thought the bill looked more
Franklin's than Laughing. Is the bill fully formed in a juvenile gull?
Gull not studied well in flight this evening by the birders present.
Thanks for info.
I think I'll crack open John Dunn's "Gulls of the Americas" and see if I
can get more confused.
Cheers,
John Herman

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Subject: Wheatear tips thanks
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 21:27 pm
From: nhowell AT cmnh.org
 
Birders,

Thanks to all who sent updates about the Wheatear today (9/13). Plan on going out 9/14 ... hope I don't get skunked. I am usually not a chaser, but this one is worth it. Saw beautiful pictures posted.

--
Nancy J. Howell
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The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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Cleveland, OH 44106
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Subject: Wheatear update?
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 20:44 pm
From: justachild AT hotmail.com
 
Yes, Nancy.  The bird was still there when I left about 6:00 pm.

Tom Fishburn
Berea, OHhttp://fowlman1954.smugmug.com...

"But God chose what is foolish...what is weak...what is low and despised...so that no human being might boast in the presence of God."(1 Corinthians 1:27-29 ESV)

> Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:39:44 -0400
> From: nhowell@CMNH.ORG
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Wheatear update?
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
>
> Birders,
>
> Any update on the Wheatear at Mentor Headlands? Was it seen the evening of Sept. 13 by anyone? Appreciate any info.
>
> --
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Subject: Wheatear update?
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 20:43 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Was observed throughout the day as late as 6:45 pm 


JB
CLE, OH

On Sep 13, 2014, at 9:40 PM, "Nancy Howell" wrote:

> Birders,
>
> Any update on the Wheatear at Mentor Headlands? Was it seen the evening of Sept. 13 by anyone? Appreciate any info.
>
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Subject: Wheatear update?
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 20:40 pm
From: nhowell AT cmnh.org
 
Birders,

Any update on the Wheatear at Mentor Headlands? Was it seen the evening of Sept. 13 by anyone? Appreciate any info.

--
Nancy J. Howell
Science Instructor/Docent Coordinator
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Dr., University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.231.4600 ext. 3225

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Subject: Lorain Impoundment-Whimbrel/Red-necked Phalarope 3PM
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 20:16 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Whimbrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Black Tern still present as of 4:30PM.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: cleveland nature preserve
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 19:04 pm
From: andersonclem AT att.net
 
I got a late start at Wildwood and Villa Angela Parks on Lake Erie on Cleveland's eastside.  Despite the wind I found a few warblers by the Euclid creek: Wilson's, Nashville, Yellowthroat, and Mourning.  Then I saw a Great-crested Flycatcher by the entrance.  In Villa Angela were Redstarts, Magnolias, Black-throated Blue as well as numerous Phoebes and Swainson's thrush as well as an all gray Empidonax.  I thought the Cleveland Nature Preserve( formerly Dike 14) might be better sheltered from the wind so I gave it a try.  At the revolving gate I spotted a Palm warbler and inside found all the same species as in Wildwood and Villa Angela except for the Mourning.  As I was walking back, however, along the east-west path that borders the fence, the area was alive with warblers including all the above and numerous Black-throated green as well as Tennessee,  Chestnut-sided, Pine, Bay-breasted,  and Black-and-white.  I saw another Great-crested as well as a Least Flycatcher and more Phoebes, Peewees and one Ruby-crowned kinglet.  Only at Magee Marsh have I seen that density of warblers.  There were a lot I couldn't get a good look at.

Mark Anderson
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Subject: 9/13 - Lorain lakefront recap - Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Little Gull, phalaropes
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 15:26 pm
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Today was the stuff the September lakewatching dreams are made of along the south shores of Lake Erie.  The weather forecast featured storms both on and offshore and sustained NW winds at 25+ throughout the morning.  I awoke to find it raining hard at home, so I took the luxury of watching the lake from our covered balcony in Sheffield Lake until 9:00 AM.  There were hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls gathering far offshore, and in their midst - 12 BLACK TERNS.


Black Tern is a species of historical abundance in our region, when it bred in the state, but in recent decades usually appears in small flocks at inland reservoirs and marshes during migration. For this reason, the concentration of birds offshore at Lorain over the past week - peaking at 150 for Jen Brumfield and I last Sunday, has surprised me greatly.


Also passing home was a 2nd-yr/adult LITTLE GULL, flying head-first into the wind, so I was able to keep this spiffy gull with coal black underwings in the scope for several minutes as it passed to the west. When the rain cleared, I headed straight to Lakeview Park in Lorain, but most of the gulls had already dispersed for the day. Late afternoon is best here, when the birds come in to roost.


Upon arrival at the impoundment, there was exactly one shorebird present on the mud islands - a beautfully scalloped juvenile WILSON'S PHALAROPE. I watched the bird for several minutes before it lifted off toward to east, a theme which carried over to the rest of the day. Today was a movement day, and these birds were not dawdling for long. I began lakewatch vigil along the north side of the impoundment, accompanied by the friendly, local WHIMBREL. Mentioned many times in previous list-serve postings, this bird is uncharacteristically bold, and has been hanging out right on the path at the impoundment all week.

At 11:30, I spotted a small jaeger coming in from the east, just above the waves, and no more than 100 yards offshore. My heart began to race, but deep-down I prepared for the inevitable failure I've met in my quest for September Long-tailed Jaeger many times before. However, this bird immediately felt, looked, and acted differently than those many young Parasitics I've viewed both on and offshore over the years. Could it be?? And it was! A intermediate juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGER! This bird passed so close, that within the scope, I could clearly count only two white primary shafts on both wings. The projection of the body and tail beyond the wings were immense, far exceeding the width of the wing base, culminating in long blunt-tipped retrices. The body was beautifully sleek and slender, lacking the "chesty" front-heavy look of the larger jaegers. The underwings and under tail were dark, not rich brown, and barred with white. I found the bird
to be intermediate because it had a brownish wash to the head and brownish breast band. And then there was the way it acted: ist flight was not as purposeful as other jaegers, with shallower wingbeats, and more bouyancy, almost reminiscent of the Black Terns I've enjoyed watching over the past week. Just the way I'd always wanted to see a Long-tailed Jaeger - a nemesis no more!

I abandoned the lakewatch, elated, shortly thereafter, and opted to check the mudflats once more before leaving. I was immediately delighted to see a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was now present on the close flat. I swung my binocs to the far one - an American Golden-Plover had dropped in, annnnnnd, whaaaaat? Right in the middle of the mudflat sat a dainty, brown-backed juvenile SABINE'S GULL!!! I opted to stay back a ways and make a couple phone calls, hoping to get others on the bird. And boom, over passed a Bald Eagle, up went the bird and it didn't hesitate heading back to the lake and off to the east. Morale of that story - photos first, and Facebook second! I stayed around about an hour longer, which paid off when a Black Tern came in to rest and feed, and the phalarope was still present when I left.
That was a lot of words, but the adrenaline is still pumping a bit. Days like these make the fruitless hours staring at an empty lake worthwhile. And no bird has ever made me work harder than Long-tailed Jaeger. Cheers, little buddy...thanks for letting me in :-)

Gabe Leidy
Sheffield Lake

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Subject: Reddish Egret Delaware County Yes
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 14:02 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Sounds like someone needs to create a hotspot....maybe someone in Delaware
can get some info and create one so that it will be ready for in the
future, and not some crazy name like Reddish Egret Pond....



On Saturday, September 13, 2014, robert batterson <
000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request@listserv.miamioh.edu
>
wrote:

> Great to hear it is still there. As far as the future of that site I found
> that it looks like it will become Ottawa creek preserve under control of
> Delaware County preservation parks in 2016. See attached map :
> http://www.preservationparks.c...
>
> Good birding
> Rob Batterson
>
>
> On Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:09 PM, liz.jaggers <
> liz.jaggers@GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>
>
>
> Between about 10:15 and noon, the bird was feeding in the ponds at the
> corner of Taway and Mooney Road.
>
> While parked in a small asphalt parking area off of Mooney, look for very
> large boulders between the lot and the ponds, we spoke to a City of
> Columbus Watershed Ranger and asked about the plans for environmental
> education at the reservoir and he told us this site is the location where
> they plan to have programs. According to him, the site will be put out for
> bid in the near future and will have a shelter and bathrooms. He did not
> tell us to move our carn so I presume it is okay to park here.
>
> Good birding and wishing this little beauty a safe flight home.
>
> Liz Jaggers
> Luke Schrader
> Worthington
>
>
> Sent on the new Sprint Network from my Samsung Galaxy S®4.
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Subject: Union County Egret Location
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 13:52 pm
From: blakemathys AT hotmail.com
 
I stopped by the Union County Reddish Egret location today, and as I started walking the gentleman who lives directly across the road flagged me down. He asked what everyone is coming there for...I was a little surprised no one had told him in the last couple of weeks. I explained the situation to him and we talked about the reservoir a bit. He said he was down in it when they were building it (and that their house has been covered in dust for three years due to the construction), and he visited this spring, after it was filled. He said he wished that it would be open to the public, and I agreed.

I didn't see the Reddish Egret (apparently it was over on the Delaware side), but I did see a couple of Sanderling, the first on eBird for Union County since 2005.

Blake Mathys
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Subject: Englewood MetroPark East sightings for Sept. 13
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 13:28 pm
From: jespedal AT sbcglobal.net
 
When we arrived at 8:30 AM Ed and Bev Neubauer were already by the now mostly dry lake and had already seen a lot of interesting birds. so I will list only the highlights of the birds we saw there as they will probably post a longer list. In spite of the lake having drained away there were still flocks of great egrets and great-blue herons "fishing" in the few shalloow puddles that remained. A mature bald eagle flew into a tree across the lake. And there were lots of American avocets.

After the Neubauers left we walked around to the other end of the lake. Along the way I saw one of the red-shouldered hawks that nested in that park this year. a question I have is as red-shouldered hawks extend their range further north is there a danger they might push out the red-tailed hawks?

At the far end of the lake in some dense tree and brush foliage warblers mingled with Carolina chickadees. I only saw a couple well enough to begin to identify them. One was a male common yellowthroat. The second I at first identified as a Canada warbler. The contrast between a dark upperside and a bright yellow underside, with a bright complete white eye ring led me to this conclusion. But after checking my field guides to verify I will admit it could have been a Nashville instead. I did not see the striped necklace of a Canada, though on a juvenile it is pale and hard t see. Also I have to consider that the bird was in a tree - in shade with any light on it filtered through leaves - which could make the contrast between the upper body and yellow breast seem stronger. My husband saw a black-and-white warbler.


Other birds seen: Carolina chickadee, ring-billed gulls, red-bellied woodpeckers, killdeer, a couple of Phoebes, a hummingbird feeding on jewelweed, robins, cardinals, and a downy woodpecker.

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Subject: Sabine's Gull persists
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 13:16 pm
From: ecornelius1 AT neo.rr.com
 
The Sabine' gull was still present at Wilderness Rd., Wayne Co. When we left at 1:30 this afternoon 9/13/2014.
Also present was the Wilson's phalarope and about 20 American Golden plovers.

Micki Hendrick & Ernie Cornelius

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Subject: Reddish Egret Delaware County Yes
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 13:16 pm
From: 000000162c6d9edb-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Great to hear it is still there. As far as the future of that site I found that it looks like it will become Ottawa creek preserve under control of Delaware County preservation parks in 2016. See attached map : http://www.preservationparks.c...

Good birding
Rob Batterson


On Saturday, September 13, 2014 2:09 PM, liz.jaggers wrote:



Between about 10:15 and noon, the bird was feeding in the ponds at the corner of Taway and Mooney Road.

While parked in a small asphalt parking area off of Mooney, look for very large boulders between the lot and the ponds, we spoke to a City of Columbus Watershed Ranger and asked about the plans for environmental education at the reservoir and he told us this site is the location where they plan to have programs. According to him, the site will be put out for bid in the near future and will have a shelter and bathrooms. He did not tell us to move our carn so I presume it is okay to park here.

Good birding and wishing this little beauty a safe flight home.

Liz Jaggers
Luke Schrader
Worthington


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Subject: Reddish Egret Delaware County Yes
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 13:08 pm
From: liz.jaggers AT gmail.com
 
Between about 10:15 and noon, the bird was feeding in the ponds at the corner of Taway and Mooney Road.

While parked in a small asphalt parking area off of Mooney,  look for very large boulders between the lot and the ponds, we spoke to a City of Columbus Watershed Ranger and asked about the plans for environmental education at the reservoir and he told us this site is the location where they plan to have programs.  According to him, the site will be put out for bid in the near future and will have a shelter and bathrooms. He did not tell us to move our carn so I presume it is okay to park here. 
 
Good birding and wishing this little beauty a safe flight home.

Liz Jaggers
Luke Schrader
Worthington


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Subject: Sunset Park, 9/13
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 13:03 pm
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
A report from Tom Frankel from Sunset Park in Lake County this morning 9/13:
Black Tern
Parasitic Jaeger


--
Cole DiFabio

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Subject: Mansfield Lahm American golden-plovers
Date: Sat Sep 13 2014 12:08 pm
From: hermanjohnpt AT gmail.com
 
3 American golden-plovers at Mansfield Lahm airport just to the east of the
control tower
American golden-plovers are fairly rare migrants of Richland County. Helps
to have habitat.

At Richland County we get our birds the old-fashioned way, we find them
ourselves.
Computer "babysitters" need not apply.
J. Herman

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