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27 Feb: @ 21:29:15  Columbus Audubon Tuesday, 7:00 pm: Birds Really Are Dinosaurs [Bill Heck]
27 Feb: @ 18:14:15  Northern Shrike in Greene County [Rick Luehrs]
27 Feb: @ 16:46:27  urbanAlumCreek,Columbus,2-27:Eagle,Phoebe,FoxSparrows [rob thorn]
27 Feb: @ 10:41:04  Sandhill Cranes - Lake County... [Andy Avram]
26 Feb: @ 23:07:11  Weekend wrap up Killdeer, Big Island, La Rue, and Lawrence Woods (Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin Counties) [Steve Jones]
26 Feb: @ 20:34:20  Delaware County Bird Club Feb 27 meeting [Darlene Sillick]
26 Feb: @ 18:57:43  Waterfowl at Cleveland Public Power on the lakeshore [Ken Andrews]
26 Feb: @ 16:17:55  tundra swans - Geauga Co. [inga schmidt]
26 Feb: @ 16:15:03 Re: Sandhills Cranes [Barrett,Robert P]
26 Feb: @ 13:23:45  PrairieOaks,2-26:Vultures,bluebirds [rob thorn]
26 Feb: @ 13:15:35  Sims Park, Euclid 2/26 Harlequin Duck/Long-tailed [Nancy Anderson]
25 Feb: @ 19:13:46  Groveport-to-PickPonds,2-25:TreeSwallow,waterfowl [rob thorn]
25 Feb: @ 10:59:55  FOY TVs, Chardon [Marilyn E Rohr]
25 Feb: @ 10:36:13  Sandhills Cranes [Annette]
25 Feb: @ 08:10:17  Summit Co Merlin, Woodcock, Bufflehead [Coy, Patrick G.]
25 Feb: @ 07:09:12  Eurasian Wigeon [John-C-Seiler]
24 Feb: @ 21:47:56  Erie County highlights - California Gull [jen brumfield]
24 Feb: @ 18:43:00  Woodcocks - Dublin [Paul McSweeny]
24 Feb: @ 18:28:55  Woodcocks - Lewis Rd Riding Area - Berea Oh [Chris Pierce]
24 Feb: @ 12:21:31 Re: Bird Checklists [Tracy the Birder]
24 Feb: @ 11:43:30  Bird Checklists [Bill Whan]
24 Feb: @ 10:35:31  Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/24 [John Pogacnik]
23 Feb: @ 19:39:27  Merlin, Greenlawn Cemetery, Summit Co. [Kathy Mock]
23 Feb: @ 17:15:44  Darke Co. Pectorals [Regina Schieltz]
23 Feb: @ 14:23:05  Rocky Fork Metro Park [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
23 Feb: @ 11:07:42  Field sparrow - Muskingum County [Robert Evans]
23 Feb: @ 10:42:35  Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/23 [John Pogacnik]
23 Feb: @ 07:52:01  Summit Co Woodcocks [Brian]
23 Feb: @ 07:02:17  Geauga woodcocks [Britt Townsend]
22 Feb: @ 20:41:29  Darke Co. vultures [Regina Schieltz]
22 Feb: @ 20:14:24  Stow Silver Springs Park, 22 Feb late afternoon [Ken Thompson]
22 Feb: @ 20:12:52  Woodcock- Cuyahoga County [Betsy MacMillan]
22 Feb: @ 08:19:11  New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller]
22 Feb: @ 07:40:23  LTDU Tuscarawas Co. - Atwood Lake [Jon Cefus]
22 Feb: @ 06:58:27  Delaware State Park & Wildlife Area-Waterfowl Songbirds [Bruce Simpson]
22 Feb: @ 05:45:35  Woodcocks [Paul and Kristen Lauer]
21 Feb: @ 19:53:46  Gahanna,2-20,21:Vultures,SandhillCranes [rob thorn]
21 Feb: @ 17:28:32  MERLIN, Summit Co. (2 sightings in 4 days) [Kathy Mock]
21 Feb: @ 13:36:18  Sims Park Euclid 2/21/17 Three Long-tailed Ducks [Nancy Anderson]
21 Feb: @ 10:47:42  Ross's and Snow Geese and other migrants, Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/21 [John Pogacnik]
21 Feb: @ 10:00:23  Delaware State Park-Pine Warbler [Bruce Simpson]
21 Feb: @ 08:41:24  Woodcock - Vinton County [Ben Crow]
20 Feb: @ 19:58:45  westDublin,2-20:Phoebe,waterfowl [rob thorn]
20 Feb: @ 10:58:05  Campephilus principalis [Bill Whan]
20 Feb: @ 09:58:45  American white pelican [Linda Woolard]
19 Feb: @ 21:24:18  SlateRun,1-19:waterfowl,blackbirds [rob thorn]
19 Feb: @ 14:40:41  sparrow singing, nuthatch caching.. [Susanna]
19 Feb: @ 12:33:40  Western Tanager [2nd]
19 Feb: @ 10:52:54 Re: Eurasia Wigeon Tuscarawas County [2nd]
19 Feb: @ 10:35:06  Eurasian wigeon at Funk on Rt 95, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe]





Subject: Columbus Audubon Tuesday, 7:00 pm: Birds Really Are Dinosaurs
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 21:29 pm
From: bill.heck AT gmail.com
 
Central Ohio birders may be interested in learning more about the
evolutionary history of our avian friends. Tomorrow evening, Tuesday,
February 28, Dale Gnidovec speaks at our Columbus Audubon monthly program.
His topic:

*Teeth, Jaws & Claws: Why Are Birds Really Carnivorous Dinosaurs?*
Dale is the curator of the Orton Museum at The Ohio State University. I can
vouch for him being a fun, dynamic speaker. He's also bringing items to
illustrate his talk; you'll have to come to see what they because I don't
know!

The program is free and open to all. It's at the Grange Insurance Audubon
Center, 505 W Whittier St, Columbus 43215. Announcements and preliminaries
start at 7:00 and Dale speaks shortly after that. Doors open and light
refreshments are available starting at 6:30. See you there!

Bill Heck

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Subject: Northern Shrike in Greene County
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 18:14 pm
From: Rluehrs AT sbcglobal.net
 
I was surprised to see a Northern Shrike at Twin Towers Park in Greene County this evening. Actually saw it first in the main parking area near the porta-potty. Then it flew into the trees to the left of the stables. It was perched in the top of a dead tree for quite a while. There were also at least 4 Eastern Meadowlarks calling nearby. Pics are on Facebook in the Rare Bird Alert area.

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Subject: urbanAlumCreek,Columbus,2-27:Eagle,Phoebe,FoxSparrows
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 16:46 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I spent a few hours this afternoon birding around Innis Park and the bikepath south of it, finding a few interesting birds despite the overcast drizzle.  Most notable were
Bald Eagle - 1 adult was flying up the creek at Innis. These birds seem to be patrolling both Big Walnut Creek and Alum Creek with regularity now.

E.Phoebe - 1 was calling along the bikepath south of Innis

BrownCreeper - 1 was calling along the creek between the bikepath and Mock Park

E.Bluebirds - several were along the bikepath south of Innis

Fox Sparrows - singles were at Innis and along the path south of there.

Blackbirds - nowhere near as common here as in outlying areas, but there were still 4-5 along the bikepath

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes - Lake County...
Date: Mon Feb 27 2017 10:41 am
From: ajavram AT hotmail.com
 
Not that Sandhills are completely rare, but they aren't normally seen on the ground in Lake County.  There are two in Kirtland Hills in the giant fields along the Chagrin River on Route 615 just south Route 90.  They've been there since at least 8:30 this morning.  Both were getting a little too close to the road for comfort, but be careful about stopping here as the police usually don't appreciate it.


Andy


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Subject: Weekend wrap up Killdeer, Big Island, La Rue, and Lawrence Woods (Wyandot, Marion, and Hardin Counties)
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 23:07 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Nothing REALLY spectacular this weekend.

Woodcocks have returned to La Rue. I hear at least 5 or 6 peenting and
flying out in the switch grass to the north west of town.

A Blue-winged Teal was on the Marion County side of the road across from
Pond 27 at Killdeer Plains(Wyandot) yesterday. Also had 130-140 Greater
White-fronted Geese in Pond 27(a). Lots of ducks, and Harriers at most of
the ponds and wet spots. The Reservoir is almost drained, and as a result
there are not that many waterfowl. Still waiting on Wood Ducks. Lots of
pipeline construction happening to the north of CH71, be careful and watch
for crews along 71. No Long-eared Owls as far as I know. I have a theory
that part of the "problem" for them is that the areas that are the
traditional grounds are also hunted quite regularly,(Deer and Varmints) so
maybe they just can't handle all the shooting, and are out looking for
quieter spots. Not the complete reason, but certainly a factor.

Big Island Wildlife Area (Marion) is kind of slow, but it is kind of
birdy. Lots of ducks hiding in the grass, not much in the open waters.
Eagles everywhere. Snipe out on Herr Road. Harriers are loving the wind,
I imagine the Short-eared Owls are not.

Lawrence Woods (Hardin) had 31 species. Basic migrants are returning
Blackbirds setting up territory, Meadowlarks are as well. Killdeer are at
every wet spot around the preserve. I took the opportunity to drive around
the perimeter of Lawrence Woods and got a couple of raptors that were
hiding out in the back. Barred Owls were calling all around the back side
of the boardwalk. Red-headed Woodpeckers are starting to really shine
again. Waiting for first wave of long distance migrants, hoping for
Yellow-bellied Woodpeckers again.

County lists below.

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J

54 species over the past two days.

Killdeer had 32 species:
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Sandhill Crane
Killdeer
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
American Robin
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Sparrow

Big Island Wildlife Area had 15 species...although I am missing a checklist
somewhere...I'm missing Ring-billed Gulls from the generated lists below.

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Northern Harrier
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe
Mourning Dove
American Kestrel

Lawrence Woods had 31 species:

Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

And I finished the day here in La Rue with American Woodcock.

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Subject: Delaware County Bird Club Feb 27 meeting
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 20:34 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
Guests always welcome to our bird club meetings!!



The Delaware County Bird Club meetings and program presentations take place
on the fourth Monday of each month, September through April, except in
November and December when they are held on alternate days to accommodate
the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. 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... or at Columbus
Audubon calendar of events: www.columbusaudubon.org



February 27th: "Home on the Range: The Biology and Breeding Behaviors of
Prairie-Chickens" - Dr. Jackie Augustine, Associate Professor, The Ohio
State University.

Dr. Jackie Augustine will discuss the biology of Greater and Lesser
Prairie-Chickens, a species that she has been studying for almost 15 years.
These charismatic birds perform impressive displays to gain mating
opportunities. Come hear about the rolling prairie, the antics of
prairie-chickens, and the challenges of studying this declining species.




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Subject: Waterfowl at Cleveland Public Power on the lakeshore
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 18:57 pm
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
I was downtown today and stopped at Cleveland Public Power on Marginal Road just east of Burke Lakefront Airport.. There was a good assortment of waterfowl out beyond the first breakwall. I was able to see some American Widgeons, Gadwalls, Scaups, Pintails Canvasbacks, Redheads and, of course, plenty of Red-breasted Mergansers. A scope would have helped as I was unable to see the ducks near the far breakwall. 

If you do go there, stay close to the building and maybe wear a hood, which is what I did. The last time I was there I walked right up to the edge of the viewing area, and the ducks saw me right away. They moved away. Today, they were much less nervous. I dont think they could quite make out what I was.

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Subject: tundra swans - Geauga Co.
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 16:17 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
Just over thirty tundra swans showed up at
LaDue Reservoir today. There is also a nice assortment
of ducks. Along with abundant redheads and ringnecked
ducks, there are lots of wigeons, several canvasbacks, scaup, shovelers,
red breasted and hooded mergansers, a lone
bufflehead and a lone ruddy. Coots and several horned grebes.

Lovely to watch, fairly close in to shore, beautiful in the bright sun.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Sandhills Cranes
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 16:15 pm
From: rbarret AT uakron.edu
 
Yesterday 2/25 I saw 7 cranes in SE Michigan, between Ann Arbor & the state line, from the US 23 expressway.  They were flying east to west.

Dr. Bob Barrett
216 Crouse Hall
Department of Geosciences
at
University of Akron


Teaching three classes Spring Semester 2017:
Introduction to Environmental Science
World Civilizations: Latin America
Geography of Cultural Diversity



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From: Ohio birds on behalf of Annette
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2017 11:35:59 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Sandhills Cranes

We had 2 Sandhill Cranes in the wetland behind our house this morning, seen from about 9:20-9:45 a.m.

Annette Webb
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Summit County

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Subject: PrairieOaks,2-26:Vultures,bluebirds
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 13:23 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
A trip out to Darby Creek west of Columbus this morning yielded little in the way of new early migrants.  I stopped at Clover Cemetery wetlands, Battelle-Darby Nature center, Kuhlwein wetlands, US40 Bridge, Sycamore Plains Trail, and Darby Bend Lakes.  Waterbird activity was virtually nonexistant; the only interesting waterfowl were some Ring-necked Ducks at Clover Cemetery wetlands and a pair of Bufflehead at Darby Bend Lakes.  The notable birds included:

Turkey Vultures - 1-2 at virtually every stop
Killdeer - small numbers at most of the open fields
BrownCreeper - at least 1 was calling along the Sycamore Plains Trail
E.Bluebirds - 1-2 at virtually every stop, including many singing males
Kinglets - only a few, with single Golden-crowns at US40 Bridge and Sycamore Plains
Tree Sparrows - still a fair-sized flock (25) at Kuhlwein wetlands
E.Meadowlark - 1 was singing at Kuhlwein wetlands
Blackbirds - Red-winged blackbirds were abundant & widespread.

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Subject: Sims Park, Euclid 2/26 Harlequin Duck/Long-tailed
Date: Sun Feb 26 2017 13:15 pm
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
This was also reported by Jay Lehman on FB but we have been looking at a male Harlequin Duck and three female Long-tailed Ducks far east of pier for awhile now at Sims Park in Euclid in Cuyahoga County.
Nancy Anderson, Richmond Hts
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Subject: Groveport-to-PickPonds,2-25:TreeSwallow,waterfowl
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 19:13 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I spent the changeable-weather morning birding south of Columbus, from around Groveport east to Pickerington Ponds, starting at Cruiser Pond, and going through Blacklick Park and Walnut Woods, before finishing at Pickerington Ponds, after which the wind & sleet made birding too much of a trial.  Lots of early temperate migrants were on the bill, including

dabblers - flocks of Green-winged Teal and Gadwall were among the regular Mallards at Pick Ponds
divers - 40+ Ring-necked Ducks were diving in the wind-whipped waves of Teal Pond at Pick Ponds
BaldEagle - an adult was cruising over Walnut Woods Tall Pines area
Coots - 60+ were scattered around several areas of Pick Ponds
Killdeer - widespread, though never more than 3 in one spot
Tree Swallow - one was prospecting for nest sites at Cruiser Pond in Groveport early
BrownCreeper - rare so far this winter here, one was singing at Blacklick Park in Groveport
Golden-cr.Kinglet - scarce, but was still able to find one at Walnut Woods among the spruce copses
Tree Sparrows - scarce, but still had a few at Blacklick Park and at Pick Ponds (Glacier Ridge feeder)
Fox Sparrow - 1 was in a scrubby edge at Blacklick Park
White-crowned Sparrows - still 2 hanging around the Wood Duck picnic area feeder at Pick Ponds
Blackbirds - flocks of 30-40 mixed Red-winged Blackbirds & Grackles were at several spots in Pick Ponds

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Subject: FOY TVs, Chardon
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 10:59 am
From: rohrmarilyn AT gmail.com
 
5 turkey vultures are soaring over their traditional roost at Rocky Cellars, Chardon. Quite early, but not unexpected, given the weather patterns. The roost usually swells to over a dozen for the nesting season.
They have to chase the crows out in the spring. It gets quite noisy, but the TVs prevail. It is apparently a very desirable spot.

Marilyn Rohr
Chardon, Ohio

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Subject: Sandhills Cranes
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 10:36 am
From: waxwing AT neo.rr.com
 
We had 2 Sandhill Cranes in the wetland behind our house this morning, seen from about 9:20-9:45 a.m.

Annette Webb
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Summit County

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Subject: Summit Co Merlin, Woodcock, Bufflehead
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 8:10 am
From: pcoy AT kent.edu
 
Early this morning, the Merlin that Kathy Mock found at Greenlawn Cemertery in Barberton and posted on this list-serv about on February 21 was present again in Section G. The bird was prominently perched at the top of a conifer tree with a dead top near the building adjacent to Section G. It flew out of the cemetery at 7:35 AM. 

There were 7 Bufflehead on Silver Lake this mornig as well.

Last night shortly after dusk, Karin Tanquist and I had American Woodcock performing their flight display on the Cross-country Trail at Kendall Lake in the CVNP. Also had Barred Owl there.

Patrick Coy
Peninsula, OH

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon
Date: Sat Feb 25 2017 7:09 am
From: jseiler6200 AT gmail.com
 
Eurasian Wigeon Sighted On: Feb 25, 2017 8:08:30 AM

Latitude: 40.7512922, Longitude: -82.10712676
Altitude: 946 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...

Address: Plain Township, OH,USA

Wigeon still here. Scope required. With other wigeons on land feeding. Viewable from the observation tower.

By John-C-Seiler

Sent By: Report Bird Location Mobile Application

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Subject: Erie County highlights - California Gull
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 21:47 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Dan G and I birded Erie County, starting out early for the morning flight at Sherod Park. Highlights were massive movement of blackbirds and crows, 7 meadowlarks, 70 Horned Larks, 11 Lapland Longspurs, many robins and bluebirds, 5 Cackling Geese with Canada Goose flock, and 246 Killdeer. 

At the Erie County landfill, an adult basic CALIFORNIA GULL in the midst of many hundreds of Herring and Ring-billed, and 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

A small movement of migrant raptors kicked up after 1 pm with several Red-shouldered Hawks and a small push of Turkey Vultures.

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH
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Subject: Woodcocks - Dublin
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 18:43 pm
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At least three separate woodcocks were calling and displaying at about 7PM
in the vicinity of Sawmill Rd. and Hard Rd.

Paul McSweeny


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Subject: Woodcocks - Lewis Rd Riding Area - Berea Oh
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 18:28 pm
From: c.pierce AT att.net
 
At least 4 Woodcocks were calling and flying around the large field on Lewis Rd tonight at about 6:30

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Subject: Bird Checklists
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 12:21 pm
From: winterfell.six AT gmail.com
 
Many thanks to Bill Whan for his amazing document,  The Birds of Central Ohio.  I'm learning a lot from reading it.   I encourage central Ohioans to take a look!

Tracy the Birder
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Subject: Bird Checklists
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 11:43 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Very few folks make their personal bird lists public, and that makes
sense. Far more valuable to readers are lists of species centered on
locations--data about the birds, not their human observers. Among these
data are seasons of occurrence, habitat preferences, nesting status,
abundance, behavior--answers to questions about when and where birds
might be found, how many are likely to be found, and how they behave.
Some observers will be interested in less immediate information: the
history of almost every species found in a given location is likely to
have changed during the past; red-cockaded woodpeckers used to nest in
downtown Columbus, Cincinnati hosted chuck-will's-widows in February,
geese flights caused the cessation of air travel in Cleveland, Columbus,
and Pittsburgh in the fall of 1969...none of these seems likely to
recur, but something new seems inevitable.
I am acquainted with half a dozen Ohio birders who are working on county
and regional checklists, and I encourage them to publish them.
My own--on the birds of seven counties of central Ohio--is published
only electronically, by the Columbus Audubon Society, at
https://columbusaudubon.org/re... You
don't have to write your own checklist, but please submit interesting
occurrences to publications like the Ohio Cardinal so that your data
will be available in times to come!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/24
Date: Fri Feb 24 2017 10:35 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
I spent a few hours on the tower watching the migration.  Until 8:30 it was calm, 39 degrees, and very slow.  Around 8:30 the wind picked up out of the south and and the birds began pouring through.  One of the things I found interesting today was the birds migrating east and west.  Blackbirds right over the lakeshore were heading west.  They were either red-winged blackbirds or starlings.  To the south there were a lot of mixed flocks of blackbirds. There were a lot of killdeer moving with 93 counted.  The last few days they were either singles or a couple here and there.  Today there were several flocks with the largest 14 birds.  Of note was a short-eared owl out over the lake and 4 white-fronted geese heading east out over the lake.


Vultures began moving around 9:00. I ended up with 155. They seemed to slow down a bit when it started getting very windy. Other hawks counted were northern harrier 2, Cooper's hawk- 1, red-tailed- 14, red-shouldered 3, and merlin-1. Not bad for February.


Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, Ohio, US
Feb 24, 2017 7:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Stationary from tower at the Clark Road parking lot. Calm winds and 39 degree temperature until 8:30. At 8:30 winds switched and by the time I left, it was 71 degrees.
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose 4 Four birds flew by low over the water heading east. Identified by smaller size, speckled bellies and white above the bill.
Canada Goose 218
Tundra Swan 19
Gadwall 6
Mallard 10
Common Goldeneye 3
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 405
Turkey Vulture 155 Vultures were migrating . First birds were noted by 9:00.
Northern Harrier 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 14
Killdeer 93 Killdeer were migrating. The largest flock was 14 birds.
American Woodcock 2
Ring-billed Gull 860
Herring Gull 236
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 8
Short-eared Owl 1 Flying out over the lake.
Downy Woodpecker 1
Merlin 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 943
Eastern Bluebird 17
American Robin 126
European Starling 455
Red-winged Blackbird 2450
Eastern Meadowlark 11 Meadowlarks were migrating overhead.
Rusty Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 240
Brown-headed Cowbird 96
blackbird sp. 1500
American Goldfinch 2



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Subject: Merlin, Greenlawn Cemetery, Summit Co.
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 19:39 pm
From: 2klmockingbird AT att.net
 
I re-located the Merlin at the cemetery after work today, this time at the top of a snag near Section G.

It was harder for me to find the grave of my grandparents than it was to find the Merlin. It was in the same view as their grave, just across one of the roadways in a different section.

My grandparents on Mom’s side both died when she was 6 months pregnant with me, so it was very cool to find their grave and then look up and see the Merlin perched where it was.

“This time, it’s personal.”

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Subject: Darke Co. Pectorals
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 17:15 pm
From: reginasch54 AT gmail.com
 
Chad Arment found 3 Pectoral Sandpipers on Tues. near Elroy on
Elroy-Ansonia Road west of Ansonia.
Today, I found them in the same prairie pothole.
E, Meadowlarks were also singing in several places.

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Subject: Rocky Fork Metro Park
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 14:23 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
A northern harrier was hunting the North meadow area 

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Field sparrow - Muskingum County
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 11:07 am
From: benbovas AT gmail.com
 
This morning, as we took our walk around the property a little later than
usual (10:30,) I heard my first-of-season field sparrow singing along the
center fencerow at the top of our pasture hill, a high spot along Flint
Ridge.

I'll admit that I haven't been paying much attention to the sparrow, at
least visually. Field sparrows may have been around already, just not
vocal. The singing field sparrow is earlier than usual by a week or two,
not surprising, since it is 64 degrees F.

The unseasonably warm weather has activated plenty of singers: song
sparrows, house finches, cardinals, of course Carolina wrens (who seem to
sing all winter.) Flickers are flickering, and woodpeckers have begun to
drum. Screaming killdeer are frequent overhead.

Plenty of worm castings are in emerging grass and on the soil surface,
indicating a food source, but I have not heard or seen woodcocks here yet.

Our sheep are trying to graze.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/23
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 10:42 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
I watched from the tower at the Clark Road side of the Lake Erie Bluffs. This 50' tower provides 360 degrees of viewing. There were again a lot of geese moving today, however they were all Canada geese with 809 birds counted. Some were heading north and others were heading east along the she shoreline. I also saw 26 swans. Blackbird numbers were a little lower and most were moving well inland away from the immediate lakeshore. There were a lot of crows with over 400 birds counted. Also of note was an adult Iceland gull, an eastern phoebe, and 5 American pipits.


Lake Erie Bluffs- Clark Road, Lake, Ohio, US
Feb 23, 2017 7:10 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Stationary on tower. Winds were gusty SW and turned west around 9:30.
26 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 809
Tundra Swan 26
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 12
Greater/Lesser Scaup 8
Hooded Merganser 3
Red-breasted Merganser 748
Bald Eagle 3
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 480
Herring Gull 225
Iceland Gull 1 adult
Great Black-backed Gull 8
Mourning Dove 7
Merlin 1
American Crow 420
American Robin 115
European Starling 92
American Pipit 5
Cedar Waxwing 4
American Tree Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 11
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 620
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Common Grackle 110
Brown-headed Cowbird 35
blackbird sp. 1400


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Subject: Summit Co Woodcocks
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 7:52 am
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
I'm not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but there has been a lot of
Woodcock activity near dusk at Bath Nature Preserve, with up to 6 being
recorded across the park. When I was there Monday around dusk, I could hear
two interacting at the pond just south of the Ira Rd parking lot, and a
third one was heard farther to the east.

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Subject: Geauga woodcocks
Date: Thu Feb 23 2017 7:02 am
From: britt_townsend AT windstream.net
 
Yikes...heard multiple woodcocks' aerial displays this morning in northern Geauga county.  Perhaps I could enlist them to help with the ever-filling sap buckets...

Britt
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Subject: Darke Co. vultures
Date: Wed Feb 22 2017 20:41 pm
From: reginasch54 AT gmail.com
 
Carol Hathaway reported this morning about 11 a.m. 4 Black Vultures with 2
Turkey Vultures in a tree on Rt. 502 just west of Greenville.

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Subject: Stow Silver Springs Park, 22 Feb late afternoon
Date: Wed Feb 22 2017 20:14 pm
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Killdeer flyover, red-wings calling in the cat-tails.  (and spring peepers calling in the marsh)

Ken Thompson
Silver Lake, OH

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Subject: Woodcock- Cuyahoga County
Date: Wed Feb 22 2017 20:12 pm
From: betsymac5 AT gmail.com
 
Brecksville- Station Road in Cuyahoga Valley NP field by parking lot.
6:31 PM. Peent calls and display flight twittering.

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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
Date: Wed Feb 22 2017 8:19 am
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
​Ohio birders have added several shared bird reporting hotspots to eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Lake County

Bruce Yee Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Lake Metroparks Environmental Learning Center

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Mahoning County

Bull Creek @ Lipply Rd. (roadside access only)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Poland Municipal Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Muskingum County

The Wilds--Mt. Zion Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Portage County

Portage Hike and Bike Trail--Middlebury Road

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



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Subject: LTDU Tuscarawas Co. - Atwood Lake
Date: Wed Feb 22 2017 7:40 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
I currently have a Male Long-tailed duck at the Atwood lake dam looking east from the boat launch parking lot of SR 212.

Tuscarawas Co.

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Delaware State Park & Wildlife Area-Waterfowl Songbirds
Date: Wed Feb 22 2017 6:58 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
Warblers
Yellow-rumped
Pine
Waterfowl
Redhead
Ring-necked
A Wigeon
Pintail
Trumpeter Swan
Green-winged Teal
Horned & Pied-billed Grebe
A Black Duck
Shoveler
L Scaup
C Merganser
Ruddy Duck
A Tree Sparrow
Killdeer
R W Blackbird
G B Heron
Brown Creeper
R T Hawk
Bluebird
Y B Sapsucker
G C Kinglet
W Wren

Bonus
Frogs
Spring Peppers
Chorus
This is a list of some of the birds seen

Bruce Simpson-Nature Photographer

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Subject: Woodcocks
Date: Wed Feb 22 2017 5:45 am
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Yesterday evening, in Montgomery County, Butler Township, I heard two woodcocks peenting and saw one fly up in his display flight. As my neighbor said- "It's a great May we're having this February!" Kristen Lauer

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Subject: Gahanna,2-20,21:Vultures,SandhillCranes
Date: Tue Feb 21 2017 19:53 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
The larger early migrants appear to be on the move here along the Big Walnut Creek corridor east of Columbus.  Yesterday we had several small kettles of Turkey Vultures (totaling 10 birds), plus a pair of Black Vultures, soaring overhead moving north.  Not to be outdone, today Diana looked up and had 8 Sandhill Cranes flying over late this morning.  Keep one eye on the sky these next few weeks, especially if you're near a river corridor.

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Subject: MERLIN, Summit Co. (2 sightings in 4 days)
Date: Tue Feb 21 2017 17:28 pm
From: 2klmockingbird AT att.net
 
On Saturday during the GBBC, a Merlin buzzed my back yard and landed on a post on the roof of a high rise on the next block. I got very poor photos with a handheld camera.

I thought that Greenlawn Cemetery on Romig Rd. would be a logical place for it to hang out and, sure enough, I found it there at 5:25 pm today on my way home from work! The cemetery is about 2-1/2 miles from my house, “as the Merlin flies”.

It was perched on a power line stanchion in Section E. I got a somewhat better photo today before it flew, which I’ve attached to my eBird report. I assume it will continue at the cemetery for a while…

Also for my Great Backyard Bird Count Saturday, highlights included 2 Red-shouldered Hawks and 3 Red-tailed Hawks, one of which was a high fly-over of an almost completely leucistic one that appeared to be the same bird that I photographed nearby a few years ago. I tallied 27 species over Saturday and Sunday.

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Subject: Sims Park Euclid 2/21/17 Three Long-tailed Ducks
Date: Tue Feb 21 2017 13:36 pm
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I was at Sims Park just now from 1:20 to 2:25pm. I had to walk out on the pier when I had trouble ID'ing a dark duck which ended up being a female Ring-necked Duck.  It is real hazy here and while I was looking at it I noticed a Long-tailed Duck and then after awhile I realized there were three in a row often diving but moving in a predictable direction and they look like females.  Pictures later if they are visible as did not look to see if anything shows on camera.
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Subject: Ross's and Snow Geese and other migrants, Lake Erie Bluffs, 2/21
Date: Tue Feb 21 2017 10:47 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
There were a lot of birds moving today at Lake Erie Bluffs Park in Lake County. Most notable were the number of geese moving. A total of 482 Canada geese were observed. There were a couple flocks of 50-60 birds, but most were less than 20. A total of 113 snow geese were also found and a single Ross's goose. The Ross's was with a group of 16 snow geese (all snows). A group of 94 snow geese (60% snows and another group of 4, 2 snow and 2 blue. Other birds of note were 45 tundra swans, 1 lesser black-backed gull, 11 killdeer, 34 song sparrows, and 26 rusty blackbirds.

Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Feb 21, 2017 7:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Stationary watching the lake from 7:10-8:45.
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Snow Goose 113 Flocks of 16 all snows, 4 (2 snows and 2 blues) and 94 (60% snows)
Ross's Goose 1 A single Ross's goose was observed with a f;lock of 16 snow geese. The size being 2/3 the size of the snow, with a shorter neck and bill in direct comparison with the snow geese.
Canada Goose 482
Tundra Swan 45
Mallard 5
Northern Pintail 1
Redhead 8
Common Goldeneye 3
Hooded Merganser 6
Common Merganser 9
Red-breasted Merganser 671
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 1
Killdeer 11
Ring-billed Gull 1340
Herring Gull 475
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 1st cycle plumage
Great Black-backed Gull 11
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 245
Horned Lark 3
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 260
European Starling 146
American Tree Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 34 Numerous birds around, appeared to have just migrated in.
Northern Cardinal 9
Red-winged Blackbird 2930
Rusty Blackbird 28
Common Grackle 1120
Brown-headed Cowbird 275
blackbird sp. 1100
American Goldfinch 2

John Pogacnik

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Subject: Delaware State Park-Pine Warbler
Date: Tue Feb 21 2017 10:00 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
Pine Warbler Mink Trail-pine grove

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Subject: Woodcock - Vinton County
Date: Tue Feb 21 2017 8:41 am
From: Ben.Crow AT communitybancshares.com
 
Signs of spring!  Three (3) Am. Woodcock were heard on the ground and seen in the air Monday evening from 6 to 6:45 PM.  Also heard one Spring Peeper calling.

Semper Aves,
Ben Crow

Swan Township


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Subject: westDublin,2-20:Phoebe,waterfowl
Date: Mon Feb 20 2017 19:58 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I stopped by several parks along the west margin of Dublin, a NW Columbus suburb, looking for early 'migrants'.  I stopped at Glacier Ridge Metropark and wetlands, along with nearby Trabue Preserve and Darree Fields.  The fog kept raptors under wraps, but the mild temperatures had lots of other avian residents active, including drumming woodpeckers, calling chickadees, and singing titmice.  More unusual were:

Waterfowl- Corazon Lake had 60 Redhead, along with a few Ring-necks & Canvasback, while the nearby Honda wetland had Mallards, Black Ducks, and a few N.Shovelers

Killdeer - widespread in fields; the Honda wetland had 3-4
woodpeckers - lots of residents; also had a Pileated at the north woods of Glacier Ridge
E.Phoebe - 1 was foraging around the pond at Trabue Preserve
Horned Larks - overflying birds at many different locations
Mockingbird - 1 was stranded out a Darree Fields, a location where they are very rare
Sparrows - surprisingly few, with Song Sparrows the most abundant
Blackbirds - Redwings at many locations; the Honda Wetlands had 8+

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Subject: Campephilus principalis
Date: Mon Feb 20 2017 10:58 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Those interested in ivory-billed woodpeckers may want to read an article
with photos announcing a recent sighting at
http://www.heliyon.com/article... .
An excellent treatment of this species in Ohio is in the summer 2006
issue of The Ohio Cardinal by Ben Leese (all issues available at the OOS
site). Later, Ben discovered an obscure reference to a Miami County Ohio
record (at Hopkins, G. 1804, updated 1862. "A Mission to the Indians,
from the Indian Committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting, to Fort Wayne in
1804, with an appendix compiled in 1862 by Martha E. Tyson").
Bill Whan
Columbus
---somewhere there is a photo of me *carefully* embracing the OSU
Museum's three specimens of IBWP, none of them known to be local.

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Subject: American white pelican
Date: Mon Feb 20 2017 9:58 am
From: woolardl AT gmail.com
 
From the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club about noon Sunday, Feb 19, we saw one American white pelican flying west to east. It remained close to the southern shore and went inland right before the winery.  

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Subject: SlateRun,1-19:waterfowl,blackbirds
Date: Sun Feb 19 2017 21:24 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
A trip to Slate Run MetroPark (northeast Pickaway County) and nearby preserves along Walnut Creek (southeast Franklin County) found mild temperatures and some early winter 'migrants', including:

Waterfowl - Slate Run wetlands had a mixed flock of Wigeon, Redhead, and Ring-necked Ducks
Red-shouldered Hawk - an adult was flying over the Slate Run wetlands
Kestrels - widespread, with 3 along Walnut Creek (Bareis & Kelley Preserves) along with birds along Winchester Pike and the I-270 outerbelt of Columbus
Killdeer - singles in many different places
Barred Owl - one was being harassed by flock birds along the Maple Loop at Slate Run
N.Flickers - good #s at several spots suggested a minor movement; slate Run was tops with 12 birds
Pileated Woodpeckers - at least 2 were calling in the ravines along the 5-Oaks Trail at Slate Run
Horned Larks - flyovers were at several different locations
Mockingbird - scarce here this winter, so one was at Bareis Preserve was noteworthy
Tree Sparrows - only 2 at the Slate Run wetland, but a flock of 20 was at Bareis Preserve
White-crowned Sparrows - also scarce hereabouts, so 12 at Bareis was noteworthy
Swamp Sparrows - 2 were still in the reedbeds around the Slate Run wetlands
Blackbirds - Red-wings and Grackles were widespread, with the Slate Run wetlands tops with 15 of the former and 30 of the latter

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Subject: sparrow singing, nuthatch caching..
Date: Sun Feb 19 2017 14:40 pm
From: susanna AT columbus.rr.com
 
Just heard a Song Sparrow practicing putting his tea kettle on in SW
Columbus suburb. Nice to hear until I remember this is February.

Couple of weeks ago I was entertained by a White-breasted Nuthatch stashing
safflower around our patio. He placed one seed in between panels of a gate
and then grabbed a dead leaf and stuffed that in also, presumably to help
hide the seed.



Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus / Galloway, Franklin County










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Subject: Western Tanager
Date: Sun Feb 19 2017 12:33 pm
From: tefta13 AT gmail.com
 
The continuing Western Tanager was still present at
8337 TR-662, Wilmot (2016-2017), Holmes, Ohio.

Seen at 10:35 am on Sunday



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Subject: Eurasia Wigeon Tuscarawas County
Date: Sun Feb 19 2017 10:52 am
From: tefta13 AT gmail.com
 
Eurasian Wigeon still present on Sunday 11:50 am at
Zoar Wetlands Arboretum in Tuscarawas County.


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 16, 2017, at 11:21 AM, kent miller wrote:
>
> Zoar Wetlands Arboretum in Tuscarawas County.

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Subject: Eurasian wigeon at Funk on Rt 95, Wayne Co.
Date: Sun Feb 19 2017 10:35 am
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
I was on Rt 95 just west of Blachleyville in the Funk Bottoms area this
morning about 9am. Several of us saw a Eurasian wigeon on the south side of
the road very well among the many waterfowl and Am. wigeon there. I hear it
had been reported there the last two days. It was about halfway across the
flat bottoms there fairly close to the road. Unfortunately, two eagles flew
over and the ducks scattered. I doubt it left the area because most of them
came back down, but it was not visible in the same spot.

In addition, the following and estimated numbers were there:
Tundra swan - 65
Canada goose - many
Mallard - 20
Pintail - 500+
Green-winged teal - 100+
Am. wigeon - 250+
Eurasian wigeon - 1!!
Shoveler - 10
Ring-neck duck - 4
Ring-billed gull - 10

Randy Rowe, Wooster

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