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28 Jul: @ 22:09:00  The swifts are descending once again! [Darlene Sillick]
28 Jul: @ 12:48:28  Sorry and Walborn Reservoir report. [Ben Morrison]
28 Jul: @ 12:15:24  R [Ben Morrison]
28 Jul: @ 08:21:41 Re: Binoculars fogging [Randy Rowe]
28 Jul: @ 04:57:32 Re: Binoculars fogging [Steve Jones]
27 Jul: @ 11:20:09 Re: Binoculars fogging [Casey Tucker]
27 Jul: @ 11:18:40 Re: Binoculars fogging [bluebirdfan]
27 Jul: @ 11:00:34 Re: Binoculars fogging [Jon Cefus]
27 Jul: @ 10:39:33  Binoculars fogging [Hayward Chappell]
27 Jul: @ 10:01:37  Peregrine and Shorebirds - Sandy Ridge [Elaine & Marty Cohen]
26 Jul: @ 21:15:25  bell's Vireo, Findlay Oh [Robert Sams]
25 Jul: @ 12:54:53  Marbled Godwit - no! [Doreene Linzell]
25 Jul: @ 12:06:46 Re: Sandy Ridge Lorain County [Edward Enold]
25 Jul: @ 10:21:28  Sandy Ridge Lorain County [Chris]
25 Jul: @ 08:28:30  Marbled Godwit [Doreene Linzell]
25 Jul: @ 07:52:54  Sandhill Cranes--St. Louisville, Licking Co. [Casey Tucker]
24 Jul: @ 11:39:30  Wren...Marsh? [Ken Andrews]
24 Jul: @ 08:07:21  Sedge Wrens CVNP [Ken Andrews]
23 Jul: @ 19:39:10  Mississippi Kite - Ross Co. [jeremy]
23 Jul: @ 18:47:59 No Subject [Ken Ostermiller]
23 Jul: @ 17:15:51  Possible Fish Crows in Parma - Cuyahoga County [Ken Andrews]
23 Jul: @ 14:55:55  Euclid Beach Park/Wildwood Parks Cleveland 7/23 Common Mergansers [Nancy Anderson]
23 Jul: @ 10:55:59  LaDue - Auburn Rd. Geauga Co. [inga schmidt]
22 Jul: @ 15:54:01  Singing warblers, Muskingum County [Robert Evans]
22 Jul: @ 15:46:17  Pickerington-Chatterton,7-22:SandhillCrane,shorebirds [rob thorn]
22 Jul: @ 09:31:19  American White Pelicans in Lake Erie [H Thomas Bartlett]
22 Jul: @ 08:00:41  Lots of fledglings in Geauga Co. [Nancy Obryan]
20 Jul: @ 15:24:11  Conneaut [Craig Holt]
20 Jul: @ 08:23:43  Little Blue Heron - Highland Co. [jeremy]
19 Jul: @ 15:29:25  PELAGICS Local Patch SEPTEMBER DATES REGISTRATION [jen brumfield]
18 Jul: @ 20:18:13 Re: Bank swallow gathering [Randy Rowe]
18 Jul: @ 16:34:22  Bank swallow gathering [Bill Whan]
18 Jul: @ 11:13:23  Black Terns - 5! [Doreene Linzell]
17 Jul: @ 22:29:39  New Suburban Columbus Yard Bird [Marc D. Schroeder]
17 Jul: @ 21:30:24  Quarry Oakes, Huffman Prairie, Englewood Metro Park today [Regina Schieltz]
17 Jul: @ 20:28:49  Villa Angela/Wildwood Parks Cleveland 7/17 Black-and-White Warbler [Nancy Anderson]
17 Jul: @ 17:32:38  Columbus,7-17: BlueGrosbeak,herons [rob thorn]
17 Jul: @ 15:12:56  Mystery Bird: I think Juvenile Horned Lark... [Ken Andrews]
17 Jul: @ 14:54:39 Re: Mystery Bird at Margaret Peak NP (Lorain County) [Matthew Valenic]
17 Jul: @ 14:05:24 Re: Mystery Bird at Margaret Peak NP (Lorain County) [Kenn Kaufman]
17 Jul: @ 13:29:04  Mystery Bird at Margaret Peak NP (Lorain County) [Ken Andrews]
16 Jul: @ 21:39:28  Big Island Wildlife Area Shorebirdapolusa-Marion County [Steve Jones]
16 Jul: @ 13:20:31  Englewood Metropark - shorebirds [jeremy]
16 Jul: @ 09:48:38  Shrum Mound news, Columbus [Bill Whan]
15 Jul: @ 14:06:29  Lawrence's Warbler in Summit Co [Brian Tinker]
15 Jul: @ 10:33:39  Common nighthawk at Polaris shopping mall Franklin Co [Lynn Champney]
15 Jul: @ 10:00:01 Re: Black Terns - 5! [Leslie Sours]
15 Jul: @ 08:02:48  leucistic house sparrows in Montville, Geauga County [Barbara Zaas Partington]
15 Jul: @ 05:42:28  Wildwood Park Cleveland 7/14/16 Hooded Merganser [Nancy Anderson]
14 Jul: @ 17:47:17  Avocets [greenheron58@insight.rr.com]





Subject: The swifts are descending once again!
Date: Thu Jul 28 2016 22:09 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
On my drive to work at Cardinal Health, from Powell, Ohio to Dublin, Ohio,
my route takes me across the O'Shaughnessy Dam near the Columbus Zoo. The
last couple weeks I have declining numbers of swallows and an increasing
number of Chimney Swifts. As I pass over the dam, swifts are all twisting
and turning as they gobble down aerial insects for breakfast. With this
observation and looking at the calendar, here we are at the end of July
already. I know it is time to start checking out the large and not so large
industrial and regular size chimneys. I do that so I can watch an annual
spectacle of nature 'the staging of Chimney Swifts' as they amass near
sunset darting lower and lower in the sky. Soon they start to circle and dip
near the chimney mouth then as darkness is imminent, they appear to be
sucked into the chimney and all is quiet. Clinging onto the brick and
mortar walls they gather and sleep.



Last night, I decided to visit a new chimney location and broaden my swift
adventures looking for new chimneys to observe at just the right time,
sunset. This past Sunday night, my friend Paula told me as her husband was
landing at OSU Don Scott Field after 9pm, when she recognized the chittering
sound of gathering swifts. Last night we drove down and arrived at
8:50pmET. There were 8 or so flying near the terminal and in 10 minutes
they doubled their numbers. The chimney to the west of the tower must have
a story. It is taller than the terminal and is a round large brick
structure. Shortly after 9pm the birds were multiplying and by about
9:30pm close to 50 birds had entered the chimney. During our time at the
back of the parking lot we had a Common Nighthawk fly across the lot from
north to south. The first time he was very fast and quiet, the second time
he meandered and twisted and continually called in wonderful nighthawk
fashion. What a great way to marvel about birds, see the stunning clouds
and sunset and talk birds with a friend.



The end of July is usually when the staging begins and then the fun starts
for 'swift watchers'. The swifts congregate in communal roosts prior to
their migration in the late summer and early fall to the Amazon basin of
Peru. Some roosts may consist of an extended family group of a half a dozen
birds or so, but the larger sites can host hundreds or even thousands of
swifts! Grab a folding chair and deal with mosquitos the best you can and
watch this amazing spectacle. Observe the roost starting about 30 minutes
before sunset and estimate the number of swifts that enter the chimney.
After the last swift enters the structure, fill out their on-line reporting
form. The form works best when using Google
Chrome as your browser. Count and enter data in
www.chimneyswift.org. Swift Watch is the
second weekend of August and September, Aug 12, 13 and 14 and Sept 9,10 and
11 are the dates for this years' Swift Night Out. Watch near dusk for the
sound of the swifts twittering and chittering and flying around a chimney.
Then count them as they enter the chimney and note the start and end time.




About 16 years ago, I discovered the large colony at Sells Middle School in
Dublin, Ohio where for a couple years there were over 5000 birds entering
the chimney. Visit
www.ColumbusAudubon.org under the conservation tab and click on Chimney
Swifts to read up on the swifts history and behavior in our area. This
YouTube Video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NN-UvvLyQ will give you a sense of the show you
will see. Take some time and look for sites in your neighborhood in old
school or business chimneys'. Take time to report your findings and get
others excited to watch the swifts. Take it a step further and get involved
in a swift tower conservation project. Several are going up in the central
Ohio area. Stop by Sells on Aug 13 and 14 and Sept 9 when I will be there
madly counting. I will answer questions and give a brief program till it is
count time. Bring your lawn chair and you and the mosquitos will enjoy the
free show. I check the sunrise sunset website and I try to go at least 30
minutes or more before sunset and watch the birds come in from all
directions. If it is a cloudy and overcast night, the birds will start
sooner. Check the Columbus Audubon calendar of events and see where members
of CA will be counting swifts and can answer your questions. Please be sure
to observe private property and be a considerate bird watcher.



Darlene Sillick

Powell, Ohio










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Subject: Sorry and Walborn Reservoir report.
Date: Thu Jul 28 2016 12:48 pm
From: 000001e5802eaff0-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Hi folks, I have no idea how my vague report blew into listserve. So sorry.
Here is a real report: the habitat at Walborn Reservoir in Stark County in prime for shorebirds.
In the last few days there have been white-rumped sandpiper and red-necked phalarope seen and today semipalmated sandpiper has shown up at German Church Road.
Berlin Reservoir, to the east, is starting to show mudflats so in about a week it should be prime south of Price Rd.
Ben Morrison
Alliance

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Subject: R
Date: Thu Jul 28 2016 12:15 pm
From: 000001e5802eaff0-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
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Subject: Binoculars fogging
Date: Thu Jul 28 2016 8:21 am
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
Hayward: What is happening to your binocs is simply atmospherics. When
outside temps are hot, the air can hold a lot more moisture than it can
when cooler. Thus there is a lot of water vapor in the air, ie. high
humidity. When your binocs are kept in AC, the surface temp of the glass is
much cooler than the outside temps. When that moisture laden air touches
your cool glass, the water vapor immediately condenses out as liquid water
that fogs up your lens. This problem should go away when the temp of the
glass comes up to equal the outside temp. This is the same thing that
happens when a glass of ice water "sweats" on the outside of the glass as
moisture condenses on the cool surface. The only option for your binocs is
to wipe off the condensation with a soft cloth until the glass warms up.

I remember one time we were in Central American birding. We had a cabin
with AC at our lodge. If we kept our binocs in the cabin at night, when we
went outside in the morning we couldn't see at all in the first 10 minutes
or so. It was so humid. Fortunately, the attached bathroom was not air
conditioned and we soon realized that we needed to keep our binocs there at
night so they would remain at the outside temps. That solved the morning
fogging problem.

Best wishes. Randy Rowe, Wooster

On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 5:57 AM, Steve Jones wrote:

> Zeiss has a Fog spray and wipe system that is good for binocs. Googlé
> "Zeiss Fog Defender". Should work on spotting scopes and cameras as well.
>
> Happy birding,
>
> Steve J.
>
> On Jul 27, 2016 11:39 AM, "Hayward Chappell"
> wrote:
>
> > OK- probably dumb question, but I think I need clarification:
> >
> > I always thought "fog free" binoculars meant that the OUTSIDE of the
> lenses
> > would not fog... so I bought Nikon Monarchs 7 which, like many other
> decent
> > binocs state that they are fog free. However, when I take my binoculars
> out
> > of my air conditioned house into this heat- they immediately fog up...
> so I
> > thought that my binocular seals had been damaged and I need to send in
> for
> > repair....
> >
> > BUT I have been reading sites that state that "fog free" DOES NOT refer
> to
> > outside of lens fogging up- is that true?
> >
> > If so- does everybody have this problem with outside of lens fogging up
> no
> > matter how fancy binocs are and is there any way to fix it?
> >
> > Seems like hear a bird I want to see- run inside and get my binoculars
> and
> > then run outside only to have them fog up and by time they clear- bird is
> > gone.
> >
> > Woe is me
> >
> > Hayward Chappell
> > Lawrence County
> >
> > --
> > Hayward Chappell
> > 766 Private Rd. 3952
> > Willow Wood, OH 45696
> >
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Subject: Binoculars fogging
Date: Thu Jul 28 2016 4:57 am
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Zeiss has a Fog spray and wipe system that is good for binocs.  Googlé
"Zeiss Fog Defender". Should work on spotting scopes and cameras as well.

Happy birding,

Steve J.

On Jul 27, 2016 11:39 AM, "Hayward Chappell"
wrote:

> OK- probably dumb question, but I think I need clarification:
>
> I always thought "fog free" binoculars meant that the OUTSIDE of the lenses
> would not fog... so I bought Nikon Monarchs 7 which, like many other decent
> binocs state that they are fog free. However, when I take my binoculars out
> of my air conditioned house into this heat- they immediately fog up... so I
> thought that my binocular seals had been damaged and I need to send in for
> repair....
>
> BUT I have been reading sites that state that "fog free" DOES NOT refer to
> outside of lens fogging up- is that true?
>
> If so- does everybody have this problem with outside of lens fogging up no
> matter how fancy binocs are and is there any way to fix it?
>
> Seems like hear a bird I want to see- run inside and get my binoculars and
> then run outside only to have them fog up and by time they clear- bird is
> gone.
>
> Woe is me
>
> Hayward Chappell
> Lawrence County
>
> --
> Hayward Chappell
> 766 Private Rd. 3952
> Willow Wood, OH 45696
>
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Subject: Binoculars fogging
Date: Wed Jul 27 2016 11:20 am
From: tuckercasey AT hotmail.com
 
To prevent external fogging you might look into applying some Rain-X, which repels most forms of condensation and moisture on glass.  Contact the manufacturer though to make sure that the Rain-X application won't affect any external coatings that optimize light transmission.


Good luck!


Casey Tucker

________________________________
From: Ohio birds on behalf of Hayward Chappell
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 11:39 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Binoculars fogging

OK- probably dumb question, but I think I need clarification:

I always thought "fog free" binoculars meant that the OUTSIDE of the lenses
would not fog... so I bought Nikon Monarchs 7 which, like many other decent
binocs state that they are fog free. However, when I take my binoculars out
of my air conditioned house into this heat- they immediately fog up... so I
thought that my binocular seals had been damaged and I need to send in for
repair....

BUT I have been reading sites that state that "fog free" DOES NOT refer to
outside of lens fogging up- is that true?

If so- does everybody have this problem with outside of lens fogging up no
matter how fancy binocs are and is there any way to fix it?

Seems like hear a bird I want to see- run inside and get my binoculars and
then run outside only to have them fog up and by time they clear- bird is
gone.

Woe is me

Hayward Chappell
Lawrence County

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

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Subject: Binoculars fogging
Date: Wed Jul 27 2016 11:18 am
From: bluebirdfan AT gmail.com
 
I think fog-free means they are resistant to some degree, as my Monarchs
don't fog anywhere near as much as the cheap binocs I used as a rank
beginner birder. But at some point they do fog when very warm humid
conditions meet cool surfaces. You can reduce this effect if you keep
binoculars at same temperature as outdoor air. Keep them in an
unconditioned garage maybe? Or keep them in a warmer spot indoors like on
top of the fridge.

Karen G.

On Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:39 AM, Hayward Chappell <
hayward.chappell@gmail.com> wrote:

> OK- probably dumb question, but I think I need clarification:
>
> I always thought "fog free" binoculars meant that the OUTSIDE of the lenses
> would not fog... so I bought Nikon Monarchs 7 which, like many other decent
> binocs state that they are fog free. However, when I take my binoculars out
> of my air conditioned house into this heat- they immediately fog up... so I
> thought that my binocular seals had been damaged and I need to send in for
> repair....
>
> BUT I have been reading sites that state that "fog free" DOES NOT refer to
> outside of lens fogging up- is that true?
>
> If so- does everybody have this problem with outside of lens fogging up no
> matter how fancy binocs are and is there any way to fix it?
>
> Seems like hear a bird I want to see- run inside and get my binoculars and
> then run outside only to have them fog up and by time they clear- bird is
> gone.
>
> Woe is me
>
> Hayward Chappell
> Lawrence County
>
> --
> Hayward Chappell
> 766 Private Rd. 3952
> Willow Wood, OH 45696
>
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Subject: Binoculars fogging
Date: Wed Jul 27 2016 11:00 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
I believe that refers to internal fogging only.  You cannot prevent external condensation in such conditions.  Best bet is to shut off the AC.

Jon Cefus
Carroll Co.

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> On Jul 27, 2016, at 11:39 AM, Hayward Chappell wrote:
>
> OK- probably dumb question, but I think I need clarification:
>
> I always thought "fog free" binoculars meant that the OUTSIDE of the lenses
> would not fog... so I bought Nikon Monarchs 7 which, like many other decent
> binocs state that they are fog free. However, when I take my binoculars out
> of my air conditioned house into this heat- they immediately fog up... so I
> thought that my binocular seals had been damaged and I need to send in for
> repair....
>
> BUT I have been reading sites that state that "fog free" DOES NOT refer to
> outside of lens fogging up- is that true?
>
> If so- does everybody have this problem with outside of lens fogging up no
> matter how fancy binocs are and is there any way to fix it?
>
> Seems like hear a bird I want to see- run inside and get my binoculars and
> then run outside only to have them fog up and by time they clear- bird is
> gone.
>
> Woe is me
>
> Hayward Chappell
> Lawrence County
>
> --
> Hayward Chappell
> 766 Private Rd. 3952
> Willow Wood, OH 45696
>
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Subject: Binoculars fogging
Date: Wed Jul 27 2016 10:39 am
From: hayward.chappell AT gmail.com
 
OK- probably dumb question, but I think I need clarification:

I always thought "fog free" binoculars meant that the OUTSIDE of the lenses
would not fog... so I bought Nikon Monarchs 7 which, like many other decent
binocs state that they are fog free. However, when I take my binoculars out
of my air conditioned house into this heat- they immediately fog up... so I
thought that my binocular seals had been damaged and I need to send in for
repair....

BUT I have been reading sites that state that "fog free" DOES NOT refer to
outside of lens fogging up- is that true?

If so- does everybody have this problem with outside of lens fogging up no
matter how fancy binocs are and is there any way to fix it?

Seems like hear a bird I want to see- run inside and get my binoculars and
then run outside only to have them fog up and by time they clear- bird is
gone.

Woe is me

Hayward Chappell
Lawrence County

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

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Subject: Peregrine and Shorebirds - Sandy Ridge
Date: Wed Jul 27 2016 10:01 am
From: buckeye4c AT gmail.com
 
thanks to the alert from Chris Pierce on Monday,
we visited Sandy Ridge (Lorain Metro Parks) on Tues Jul 26.

from 9:30-11:30 we observed many shorebirds occasionally
being scattered by a peregrine falcon, who flew low, landed in trees
and on the ground, but never attempted to actually catch anything.

seen: least, semi-palmated, pectoral, spotted, solitary, stilt
sandpipers, short-billed dowitcher, pied-billed grebe, plus
many each of killdeer, both yellowlegs, gr blue heron, gr egret,
and a great many broods of mallard and wood duck.
also a Baltimore oriole feeding at a hummingbird feeder.

Elaine & Marty Cohen

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Subject: bell's Vireo, Findlay Oh
Date: Tue Jul 26 2016 21:15 pm
From: bcchcach AT gmail.com
 
This evening, I found female Bell's Vireo inside the city of Findlay.
It was inside the quarry Lake Cascades on the SW section of town. The bird
was in the brush between the doctors office buildings found in the quarry
on the east side and a gazebo found at the water's edge.
The gazebo is private property, but a birder should be able to get a view/
listen from the parking lot of the doctors' offices.

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Subject: Marbled Godwit - no!
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 12:54 pm
From: dlinzell611 AT wowway.com
 
The current word (1:45 p.m. on Monday) is that there is no Marbled Godwit present at this time in the middle impoundment along LaRue-Prospect Rd. at Big Island in Marion County.

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: Sandy Ridge Lorain County
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 12:06 pm
From: e2enold AT gmail.com
 
theklkkkkk

On Jul 25, 2016 11:21 AM, "Chris" wrote:
>
> Just an FYI that there are extensive mudflats out at Sandy Ridge now and
> the shorebirds are using it.
>
> I was there yesterday and had 12 species of shorebirds including a
> couple of Stilt SP, a SB Dowitcher,p8
>
> lots of Least SP and Pectoral SP (plus a couple Semi-palmated SP and and
> Plovers).
>
> Most of the birds were viewed from the path before getting to the large
> observation mound.
>
> It should be good there for a while.
>oink
>
> See you on the trails,
>
>
> Chris Pierce
>
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Subject: Sandy Ridge Lorain County
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 10:21 am
From: c.pierce AT att.net
 
Just an FYI that there are extensive mudflats out at Sandy Ridge now and
the shorebirds are using it.

I was there yesterday and had 12 species of shorebirds including a
couple of Stilt SP, a SB Dowitcher,

lots of Least SP and Pectoral SP (plus a couple Semi-palmated SP and and
Plovers).

Most of the birds were viewed from the path before getting to the large
observation mound.

It should be good there for a while.


See you on the trails,


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Subject: Marbled Godwit
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 8:28 am
From: dlinzell611 AT wowway.com
 
Butch Rockwell just called to report a Marbled Godwit in the middle impoundment at Big Island along LaRue-Prospect Rd (Marion County). He just arrived and it was the first bird he saw. There may be other interesting shorebirds there as he said there are hundreds of shorebirds present.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes--St. Louisville, Licking Co.
Date: Mon Jul 25 2016 7:52 am
From: tuckercasey AT hotmail.com
 
Hi Folks,

Just a quick heads up that on my way into COTC/OSU Newark I found a pair of Sandhill Cranes in a field at 9565 Mt. Vernon Rd. (Rte 13), outside of St. Louisville. The pair was mingling with a moderate sized flock of Canada Geese.

If you decide to go, look for the mailbox marked 9565, and the geese were back in a field across from the mailbox on the west/southwest side of the road, behind what looks like an abandoned barn.

Here's a map link if it helps: http://tinyurl.com/h37sf85

Good luck & stay cool!

Best,

Casey Tucker

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Subject: Wren...Marsh?
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 11:39 am
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
I saw a post on Facebook that had a photo of a Marsh Wren recently at Brookside Road Marsh. I may have not IDed the bird correctly. I thought Sedge. Photo in my eBird list. Sorry. Still nice to see them.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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Subject: Sedge Wrens CVNP
Date: Sun Jul 24 2016 8:07 am
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
There are two Sedge Wrens  singing like crazy at Brookside Road Marsh. Cuyahoga Valley.

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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Ross Co.
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 19:39 pm
From: jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com
 
There was a Mississippi Kite present today in Ross Co. At a new park called junction Earthworks. The bird was present when I left at 5:45pm. The address is 1165 Belleview Ave Chillicothe OH.

The bird was soaring very high while I was there and I only saw one bird. Others before me apparently saw two birds perched. Good Luck!

V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject:
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 18:47 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
​Ohio birders have added several shared bird reporting hotspots to eBird.
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

New hotspots which have recently been added.

Carroll County
Algonquin Mill
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Algonquin+Mill

Clark County
I-70 South Vienna Rest Area
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/I-70+South+Vienna+Rest+Area

Cuyahoga County
Euclid Park
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Euclid+Park

Erie County
Edison Woods MetroPark--Mason Rd. Prairie Trails
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Edison+Woods+MetroPark--Mason+Road+Prairie+Trails
Edison Woods MetroPark--Rose Mallow Pond
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Edison+Woods+MetroPark--Rose+Mallow+Pond

Hamilton County
Miami Whitewater Forest--Bike Trail Outer Loop
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami+Whitewater+Forest--Bike+Trail+Outer+Loop

Hocking County
Hocking River--Haydenville to Murrays Landing
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Hocking+River--Haydenville+to+Murrays+Landing
Wayne National Forest--Greendale Wetland
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Wayne+National+Forest--Greendale+Wetland

Holmes County
Holmes County Trail--Holmesville
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holmes+County+Trail--Holmesville

Knox County
Spohn Rd.
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Spohn+Road

Lucas County
Wiregrass Lake Metropark
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Wiregrass+Lake+Metropark

Medina County
Austin Badger Park
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Austin+Badger+Park

Paulding County
Flat Rock Creek Nature Preserve (ACRES)
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Flat+Rock+Creek+Nature+Preserve

Ross County
Great Seal SP--Sugarloaf Mountain Area
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Great+Seal+State+Park--Sugarloaf+Mountain+Area

Summit County
Adell Durbin Arboretum
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Adell+Durbin+Arboretum

New Ohio Birding Drives have been added to the Ohio eBird Hotspot web site.
Birding drives provide a route and driving directions to several eBird
hotspots which may be visited in a one day trip. Feedback is especially
welcome with suggestions for improving the driving directions on these
birding drives.
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Ohio+Birding+Drives

New birding drives which have recently been added:

Castalia Birding Drive
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Castalia+Birding+Drive

Erie County Lakeshore Birding Drive
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Erie+County+Lakeshore+Birding+Drive

Huron River Birding Drive
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Huron+River+Birding+Drive

​Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Possible Fish Crows in Parma - Cuyahoga County
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 17:15 pm
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
This afternoon at 5:30 pm I was going to Kohl's in Parma. I was parked on the far west side of the building. I saw three small crows interacting with some ring-necked gulls in the air. The crow were calling like fish crows. I played my Audubon app recording in my car to verify. The crows were not there when I came out of the store.

If you do check out this area, be aware that there are some very large, very dak pigeons in the same area.

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Subject: Euclid Beach Park/Wildwood Parks Cleveland 7/23 Common Mergansers
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 14:55 pm
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
 I was at Wildwood Park/Villa Angela Park/Euclid Beach Park (part of Euclid Creek Reservation) on the east side of Cleveland today from 10:10am to noon.  The most interesting sighting was as I walked from the mobile home park near Villa Angela I could seen a Merganser swimming near the end of the old Euclid Beach concrete pier and the rockpiles near many Canada Geese.  As I walked down to the pier I could no longer see it but noticed two female Common Mergansers swimming (feeding) east of the pier.  They would dunk their heads under water sometimes in unison.  Then they went up on the beach for 5-10 mins and preened their feathers and then they swam back into Lake Erie.
Also, seen one Caspian Tern fly by Villa Angela and the marina in Wildwood and along Euclid Creek in Wildwood two juvenile Green Herons (with fuzzy hair all around their bodies) in a very large silver maple at the north end of the wetland near the asphalt path.  Only one Spotted Sandpiper.  One annoying Mute Swan continues to spend time on the beach in Villa Angela.
Nancy Anderson, Richmond Hts,https://www.flickr.com/photos/...





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Subject: LaDue - Auburn Rd. Geauga Co.
Date: Sat Jul 23 2016 10:55 am
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
There is quite a lot of decent shorebird habitat developing along
this section of LaDue Reservoir, on both sides of Auburn Road.

Lots of least sandpipers, 5 pectorals, lots of solitarys, a couple of lesser
yellowlegs, 3 or 4 spotted sandpipers and oodles of killdeer.
Nothing unusual, but at least it is busy.

It is also a nice place to watch cedar waxwings, who drop down to feed in
the weeds on the mud flats.

Also saw the first Great Egrets that have been around since spring.

Down the road, pure luck, a broad winged hawk perched on the
wires.

Inga Schnidt

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Subject: Singing warblers, Muskingum County
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 15:54 pm
From: benbovas AT gmail.com
 
This morning, 10:20, as Jane and I hiked downt into our deepest ravine at
the south end of the property, our discussion about the gathering dark
clouds of the approaching squall line was delightfully interrupted by the
song of a Louisiana waterthrush, the first I have heard in about five
weeks. (We made it home before it rained.)

As we trudge through the heat of mid-summer here at our farm, most of my
birding is by ear. Among the warblers, in addition to this morning's
waterthrush, I regularly hear common yellowthroat along the forest edges,
and hooded warblers at a couple locations in the wooded ravines. A yellow
warbler has checked in from time to time in the hollow close to the house.

Also, this year we have a white-eyed vireo singing its curious and complex
song, down in the woods by the spring. Always raises a smile...

Bob Evans
Geologist etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Pickerington-Chatterton,7-22:SandhillCrane,shorebirds
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 15:46 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I hiked around Pickerington Ponds MetroPark and biked along the nearby Blacklick Bikepath to the Chatterton Greenbelt this morning before the storms hit.  There was still quite a bit of resident nesting activity, as well as the first glimmer of migrant shorebirds in these parts.  Notables included:

Sandhill Crane - a single bird was flying around the Glacier Knoll area of Pick Ponds
Shorebirds - Pick Ponds were still too high, but the Chatterton Greenbelt drainage pools were low enough to have 24 Kildeer, 1 Pectoral Spr, and 1 Semipalmated Spr.

Cooper's Hawks - an adult was in the company of a squalling juvenile at Portman Park
Osprey - 2 were still hanging around Arrowhead Marsh and nearby Blue-Wing Pond
Bald Eagle - an adult was wading and drinking along the edge of Ellis Pond at Pick Ponds
Great Egrets - lots of post-breeding dispersal? with 5 at Chatterton and 6 at Pick Ponds
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 4-5 were calling along the Blacklick bikepath between Portman and Chatterton
WillowFlycatchers - still plenty calling both along the Blacklick Greenway and at Pick Ponds
Swallows - no big migrant flocks; mostly resident Barn Swallows and Purple Martins at Pick Ponds
Mockingbirds - singles were at Chatterton and Blue-wing Pond at Pick Ponds
Warblers - nothing except the expected Yellows and Common Yellowthroats
Rose-br.Grosbeak - a female was along the Blacklick Bikepath at Chatterton
Orioles - no Orchards, but did find 2 Baltimores around Pick Ponds.

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Subject: American White Pelicans in Lake Erie
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 9:31 am
From: hthomas.bartlett AT gmail.com
 
For the last several years, white pelicans have become more and more common
in and around Lake Erie. Several weeks ago, Teddi Pertner from Middle Bass
Island and her grandson Zach, traveled to the Chick Islands which are
nothing more than rocky outcroppings in Canadian waters north of Middle
Bass Island. They have been reporting pelicans from this spot for the last
three years in spring and summer. Two weeks ago they reported 50+. I have
been sharing their reports with birders on Pelee Island and the Pelee
Island Bird Observatory.

Yesterday, Rob Tymstra of Pelee Island traveled to the Chicks and reports
finding 5 pelican nests with eggs. So it appears that pelicans have final
began to nest in the Lake Erie region. Now we need to find them in Ohio.
One of the most likely sites might be Starve Island off South Bass. But
high water levels this year makes it unlikely. Maybe next year...

Tom

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Tiffin, Ohio
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Subject: Lots of fledglings in Geauga Co.
Date: Fri Jul 22 2016 8:00 am
From: nancy.obryan AT hotmail.com
 
Recent fledglings in Novelty:

Common Yellowthroats
Yellow Warblers
House Wrens
Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks
Northern Flickers
Robins
Catbirds

Fledged a bit earlier:

Red-winged Blackbirds
Titmice
Chickadees
House Finches
Goldfinches
Indigo Buntings
Cardinals
Downy Woodpeckers
Peewees
Bluebirds
Towhees
Field, Song, and Chipping Sparrows
Great Crested Flycatchers
Kingbirds

The last few days I have seen a lot of immature Baltimore Orioles--starting to migrate?
I have also seen immature male and female Scarlet Tanagers (with almost all their adult feathers) and an immature Cedar Waxwing. I heard a Yellow-Billed Cuckoo in our side yard twice this week. Does this mean that these birds fledged nearby, or are they already migrating?

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Subject: Conneaut
Date: Wed Jul 20 2016 15:24 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I was at Conneaut harbor from 7 to 11:45 this morning.  There was a little shorebird movement.  Totals were 14 killdeer, juv. spotted sandpiper, 6 least sandpipers, 5 semipalmated sandpipers, 6 stilt sandpipers, and a short-billed dowitcher.  Other birds of note were wood duck, 4 great blue herons, 14 double-crested cormorants, 6 bald eagles, Caspian tern, belted kingfishers, purple martins, 100 bank swallows, and 25 barn swallows.  Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: Little Blue Heron - Highland Co.
Date: Wed Jul 20 2016 8:23 am
From: jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com
 
Late report: Jeff Hickey photographed a juvenile Little Blue Heron at Rocky Fork Lake in Highland county on Saturday 7/16. No other details given.

V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: PELAGICS Local Patch SEPTEMBER DATES REGISTRATION
Date: Tue Jul 19 2016 15:29 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Hi all - Registration for September 2016 Local Patch boat trips will begin July 24th at 9 a.m.

Local Patch boat trip dates are September 3rd out of Port Clinton, and September 11th, 13th, and 22nd out of Vermillion. Again, that is September 3, 11, 13, 22. Trips depart at 8 a.m. and run till 3 p.m. We cover an average of 70 miles of open water and out to 19 miles offshore primarily seeking jaegers, terns and rare gulls. Cost for each trip is $85 per person. Registration is first-come-first-serve in order of receiving email signups starting exactly at 9 a.m. on July 24th. Email registration should include your name(s) and requested date(s). To register, email: elfin_skimmer@hotmail.com

More dates will likely be added for 2016 with the intense amount of interest.


Jen Brumfield


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Subject: Bank swallow gathering
Date: Mon Jul 18 2016 20:18 pm
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
Bill and others: I have found that bank swallows congregate each year about
now on the wires and roads along Wilderness Rd at the peat pits in Wayne
Co. Last week there were hundreds. Some times much more. Randy Rowe, Wooster

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 5:33 PM, Bill Whan wrote:

> The account below I sent a couple years back below was not a fluke. Brad
> Sparks called me today and told me he and his family had passed along
> this same road with the same result recently, on or about 7/10, though
> he said the birds numbered about just a thousand. Maybe it was because
> the blacktop was not fresh this time, but it is a thrill to hear this
> same phenomenon is still going on. This spot is probably no longer
> active for the year, but you could run across something similar along a
> quiet tar road with utility lines near a place that harbors a lot of
> bank swallow nests right about now: an awesome spectacle!
> Bill Whan
>
> [7/20/2013: I just talked with Brad Sparks, who within the past few
> days was driving from Columbus down to Chillicothe on Rte 23, and just
> for kicks took the side road next to 23 along the road past Charlie's
> Pond. This just happened to coincide with a similar date Laura and I
> went this way on 7/20/2011, and Tim and Laura Dornan happened to take a
> couple days earlier. All our experiences were similar: 10,000-plus bank
> swallows perched on wires, or sunning themselves along the pavement, in
> a one-mile stretch of this quiet roadway. A lot of the birds on the road
> itself were lying flat on the blacktop, and we all thought they were
> ridding themselves of parasites acquired during the nesting
> season--because of the road surface's heat and petrochemical
> exhalations--before migration.
> It seems this is a yearly spectacle. Probably there are numerous
> quarries and aggregate industrial sites in the region along the Scioto
> River, where this species can establish nesting colonies, and their
> migratory flocks make use of this quiet area to assemble for their
> migrations to South America. Records from the past indicate that far
> larger numbers used to gather like this in northwest Ohio, but I haven't
> heard much about them recently. It's definitely a spectacle worth
> looking for in appropriate spots elsewhere in the state just now. BW""]
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Subject: Bank swallow gathering
Date: Mon Jul 18 2016 16:34 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
The account below I sent a couple years back below was not a fluke. Brad
Sparks called me today and told me he and his family had passed along
this same road with the same result recently, on or about 7/10, though
he said the birds numbered about just a thousand. Maybe it was because
the blacktop was not fresh this time, but it is a thrill to hear this
same phenomenon is still going on. This spot is probably no longer
active for the year, but you could run across something similar along a
quiet tar road with utility lines near a place that harbors a lot of
bank swallow nests right about now: an awesome spectacle!
Bill Whan

[7/20/2013: I just talked with Brad Sparks, who within the past few
days was driving from Columbus down to Chillicothe on Rte 23, and just
for kicks took the side road next to 23 along the road past Charlie's
Pond. This just happened to coincide with a similar date Laura and I
went this way on 7/20/2011, and Tim and Laura Dornan happened to take a
couple days earlier. All our experiences were similar: 10,000-plus bank
swallows perched on wires, or sunning themselves along the pavement, in
a one-mile stretch of this quiet roadway. A lot of the birds on the road
itself were lying flat on the blacktop, and we all thought they were
ridding themselves of parasites acquired during the nesting
season--because of the road surface's heat and petrochemical
exhalations--before migration.
It seems this is a yearly spectacle. Probably there are numerous
quarries and aggregate industrial sites in the region along the Scioto
River, where this species can establish nesting colonies, and their
migratory flocks make use of this quiet area to assemble for their
migrations to South America. Records from the past indicate that far
larger numbers used to gather like this in northwest Ohio, but I haven't
heard much about them recently. It's definitely a spectacle worth
looking for in appropriate spots elsewhere in the state just now. BW""]

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Subject: Black Terns - 5!
Date: Mon Jul 18 2016 11:13 am
From: dlinzell611 AT wowway.com
 
Ron Sempier is reporting, once again, 5 adult Black Terns flying around the middle pond at Big Island along LaRue-Prospect Rd. in Marion County.

Doreene Linzell
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Subject: New Suburban Columbus Yard Bird
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 22:29 pm
From: schroeder.m.d AT gmail.com
 
This afternoon we had a surprise visit to our suburban backyard by a Yellow-Throated Warbler. The bird put on a great eye-level show visiting bird feeders, bird baths, and hanging planters, and poking around under a pine tree. There was quite a bit of other avian activity at the time, with Chickadees, Goldfinches, House Finches, and others busily feeding and coming and going, and this little guy just joined in with the rest. It was an entertaining treat for my wife and me, and a reminder that we never know what we might see when we look out the window.

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Subject: Quarry Oakes, Huffman Prairie, Englewood Metro Park today
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 21:30 pm
From: reginasch54 AT gmail.com
 
Huffman Prairie Flying Field, Greene, Ohio, US
Jul 17, 2016 9:35 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
43 species (+1 other taxa)

We also heard a chipek of a least, but it shouldn't be here?

Turkey Vulture 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 10
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Willow Flycatcher 5
Empidonax sp. 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 8
Cedar Waxwing 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 4
Dickcissel 1
Bobolink 3
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow 2

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Englewood MetroPark, Montgomery, Ohio, US
Jul 17, 2016 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
23 species

Canada Goose 24
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 5
Great Blue Heron 9
Great Egret 15
Killdeer 40
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Least Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Western Sandpiper 6 Dark markings on side with some red coloration.
Slightly downcurved bill.
Short-billed Dowitcher 6
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 1
House Wren 1
American Robin 3
European Starling 4
Common Yellowthroat 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
American Goldfinch 4

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Quarry Park, Greene, Ohio, US
Jul 17, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
22 species

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Killdeer 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 6
Chimney Swift 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Carolina Wren 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher 1
Cedar Waxwing 7
Prairie Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 2
American Goldfinch 2

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

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Subject: Villa Angela/Wildwood Parks Cleveland 7/17 Black-and-White Warbler
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 20:28 pm
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
 I was at Villa Angela and Wildwood Parks (part of Euclid Creek Reservation) on the east side of Cleveland on Lake Erie today from 10:45 to 2:40pm.  I saw the Hooded Merganser yesterday in the wetland and also Jeanne Hrenko saw it yesterday near the small sand beach just east of the marina bldg. but today I did not see it.  The only thing out of the ordinary today was in Villa Angela I saw another Black-and-White Warbler.  I had seen one on 6/25 down by Euclid Creek in Wildwood that looked like either a female or a young bird as the one picture looked like it had some fuzzy hairs around the face.  But it was washed out looking with not many black streaks.  The bird today had more black streaks below the white throat and more black streaks below and on the sides.  The Peterson's Warbler Book shows spring and fall birds but apparently after you get passed the spring they don't always have black on the throat or they have black spots.  This bird had a white throat with some finer streaks bottom of throat and more darker streaks below and sides.  The auricular strip was not real dark black but slightly darker.  I think this bird is a male but I am not sure of the age.  This bird was seen three different times near the entrance to the field north of the library.  Was not seen in the field but before you get to the field in the trees north of the east end of the field and seen from the path.  It was usually very high up and only once came down lower on a tree trunk.  
Nancy Anderson, Richmond Hts,https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


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Subject: Columbus,7-17: BlueGrosbeak,herons
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 17:32 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
While birding around some areas of south Columbus, I came across a singing male Blue Grosbeak.  He was along the road into the Columbus Impound Lot, south of St.104 near Haul Rd.  Even though the large phragmites marsh here has been largely filled in by the Shelly Gravel Company, the edges remain very birdy.  There were also singing White-eyed Vireos (2), Field Sparrows, and a Mockingbird, among other more common birds, in the vicinity.

I also took up Bill Whan's suggestion and stopped by Shrum Mound, finding a clearer view of the island and a bevy of herons & cormorants. The cormorants were over 100 birds, while the herons included 15 Great Blues, 28 Great Egrets, and 2 Green Herons. Oddly, no shorebirds were using the adjacent mudflats, but the sludge here might be fairly anoxic and sterile.

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Subject: Mystery Bird: I think Juvenile Horned Lark...
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 15:12 pm
From: ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
First of all: thank you for the replies. I appreciate them.

I do agree that this resembles a pipit in appearance. I have seen pipits out at La Due and at the Polo Grounds (South Chagrin). These birds were not like that in behavior. The pipits I have seen are sort of nervous/twitchy and, I think, slimmer. I think this bird is a bit stockier than a pipit. But, I do see the resemblance in the color patterns.

Here is what I have since found:

At first I searched for "immature" horned lark. Then, after finding this photo...

http://sdakotabirds.com/specie...

...I started searching for "juvenile" horned lark - which gave me better results with photos that looked like the birds I saw.

What does everyone think?

I do wish I could have taken better photos. These images were all cut from their original files and pasted into one file. But, they were kept at the original resolution. So, I don't have anything sharper or with more pixels. I think the heat had something to do with the lack of better detail.

Thanks to all who replied.

Not sure if I should say this: I can't wait for winter to go visit this area and this preserve!
I was thinking that this area would be good for winter hawks and owls. But, I will enjoy the summer and fall first.

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Subject: Mystery Bird at Margaret Peak NP (Lorain County)
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 14:54 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
Wow!  A hearty slice of 'Humble Pie' for me!  I failed to check the range map which was important here.  Sibley's picture sure looks like Ken Andrews picture!

Thanks to both Ken's for a reminder in Birding Basics.

Matt Valencic
Geauga County

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Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 3:05 PM
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Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Mystery Bird at Margaret Peak NP (Lorain County)

Hi Ken,

Yes, you're right, your photos show a juvenile Horned Lark. This is a classic confusion species for birders, because the juvenile looks so different from the adult -- and because it doesn't stay in that plumage for very long, so we don't have much chance to practice with it. But the bird shows the same tail pattern as the adult and the same upright stance, and nothing else that should be in Ohio in summer looks similar.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH

On Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 2:28 PM, Ken Andrews wrote:

> Such a nice place! My first time here. I saw a horned lark, a bobolink
> and two least sandpipers among others. Wish I would have come a little
> bit earlier in the day.
>
> I saw four of these birds along the middle path just north of the pond.
> See linked image.
>
> The bird in the photo has a dark tail and that white chin strap (upper
> right image). It also seems to have wing bars.
> I haven't found anything online that matches. Wish I could have been
> closer. I am guessing immature horned lark. But, I don't like that ID.
> There was a horned lark a bit farther along the path perched on a
> white plastic pipe sticking out of the ground.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/JN3oZb
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Subject: Mystery Bird at Margaret Peak NP (Lorain County)
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 14:05 pm
From: kenn.kaufman AT gmail.com
 
Hi Ken,

Yes, you're right, your photos show a juvenile Horned Lark. This is a
classic confusion species for birders, because the juvenile looks so
different from the adult -- and because it doesn't stay in that plumage for
very long, so we don't have much chance to practice with it. But the bird
shows the same tail pattern as the adult and the same upright stance, and
nothing else that should be in Ohio in summer looks similar.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH

On Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 2:28 PM, Ken Andrews wrote:

> Such a nice place! My first time here. I saw a horned lark, a bobolink and
> two least sandpipers among others. Wish I would have come a little bit
> earlier in the day.
>
> I saw four of these birds along the middle path just north of the pond.
> See linked image.
>
> The bird in the photo has a dark tail and that white chin strap (upper
> right image). It also seems to have wing bars.
> I haven't found anything online that matches. Wish I could have been
> closer. I am guessing immature horned lark. But, I don't like that ID.
> There was a horned lark a bit farther along the path perched on a white
> plastic pipe sticking out of the ground.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/JN3oZb
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Subject: Mystery Bird at Margaret Peak NP (Lorain County)
Date: Sun Jul 17 2016 13:29 pm
From: ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
Such a nice place! My first time here. I saw a horned lark, a bobolink and two least sandpipers among others. Wish I would have come a little bit earlier in the day. 

I saw four of these birds along the middle path just north of the pond. See linked image.

The bird in the photo has a dark tail and that white chin strap (upper right image). It also seems to have wing bars.
I haven't found anything online that matches. Wish I could have been closer. I am guessing immature horned lark. But, I don't like that ID. There was a horned lark a bit farther along the path perched on a white plastic pipe sticking out of the ground.

https://flic.kr/p/JN3oZb

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Subject: Big Island Wildlife Area Shorebirdapolusa-Marion County
Date: Sat Jul 16 2016 21:39 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings!

The middle pond at Big Island (LaRue-Prospect Rd.) was just getting
hammered with shorebirds today. Nothing special, but the numbers were in
the magnitude of over a thousand...mostly Killdeer, but a good showing from
everything else made the afternoon hours spectacular. No Tern today though.

Check eBird for lists...I haven't put one in yet.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Englewood Metropark - shorebirds
Date: Sat Jul 16 2016 13:20 pm
From: jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com
 
Englewood Metropark in Montgomery Co. Has good shorebird habitat currently. 9 species of shorebird observed this afternoon. Also had a Black-billed Cuckoo and Prothonotary Warbler.

Stilt Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Short-billed Dowitcher
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Killdeer
Solitary Sandpiper

V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: Shrum Mound news, Columbus
Date: Sat Jul 16 2016 9:48 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Some changes have been made at the Shrum Mound, a ~2000-year-old
undisturbed burial mound in Columbus. Recently, all the trees were
removed from the mound, some of them older hardwoods close to a foot
thick. There are several ways to appraise this; seems to me it's a
sensible way to conserve this site, which has never been dug up.
Fortunately, the conservators (they call themselves the "Ohio History
Connection" now, but they'll always be the Ohio Historical Society to
me) became aware that the mound was a good site from which nesting birds
on an island in an adjacent quarry could be observed, and some
vegetation has been removed along that sight line to make them easier to
observe from the top of the mound (~20 ft high).
As of yesterday there is plenty to see on the island, with great blue
herons, great egrets, and double-crested cormorants still hanging
around, and who can be sure what else; in my brief observation, I
couldn't tell if any late nesting was under way. I did not see the
pairof herring gulls, but they could be on the harder-to-see western
side.Birders will remember that some years ago egrets were uncommon
migrantsin the county, but the birds' discovery of this little island
have made their nests easy to see. Blue herons will nest in trees near
to water, as will cormorants, but egrets insist upon a nest site
surrounded by water. There are only a few inland nest sites for egrets
in Ohio, and this is the largest I know of. Just search "Shrum Mound"
for a map.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Lawrence's Warbler in Summit Co
Date: Fri Jul 15 2016 14:06 pm
From: brian.c.tinker AT gmail.com
 
A Lawrence's Warbler (Golden-winged x Blue-winged hybrid) was spotted and
photographed on the Wetmore Trail in Peninsula this morning. See checklist
here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

According to the birder who found it, you start at the Wetmore trailhead,
go north to the point where the Wetmore Trail loop starts, and then take
the east (right) path. It was spotted just before the trail enters the
woods, in the same area where Blue-winged and Hooded warblers were seen.

Map here: https://www.nps.gov/cuva/plany...

I have also recently seen Chestnut-sided Warbler adult and young on the
southern Valley Trail across the road.

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Subject: Common nighthawk at Polaris shopping mall Franklin Co
Date: Fri Jul 15 2016 10:33 am
From: lachampney AT gmail.com
 
One Common nighthawk just swooped low over parking lot at Mimi's restaurant near I 71 and Polaris Parkway. Was heading south. 

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Subject: Black Terns - 5!
Date: Fri Jul 15 2016 10:00 am
From: lmsours AT ameritech.net
 
One is still present today, same location. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 14, 2016, at 5:44 PM, Doreene Linzell wrote:
>
> Jason Simonis had 5 Black Terns this afternoon about 3:30 in the middle pond of Big Island along LaRue-Prospect Road. The birds were all adults, some starting to go into winter plumage.
>
> Doreene Linzell
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Subject: leucistic house sparrows in Montville, Geauga County
Date: Fri Jul 15 2016 8:02 am
From: bzpart55 AT gmail.com
 
A pair of fledgling leucistic house sparrows have been visiting a feeder in Montville Township for the past week - they are being fed by a normally colored house sparrow.  
Photos available by email - very interesting looking birds!


Barb Partington
Munson Township
Geauga County
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Subject: Wildwood Park Cleveland 7/14/16 Hooded Merganser
Date: Fri Jul 15 2016 5:42 am
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 I was at Villa Angela/Wildwood Parks (part of Euclid Creek Reservation) on the east side of Cleveland on 7/14 from 2:30 to 4:45p.  Only bird that was a little different was a female Hooded Merganser on Euclid Creek seen from the white bridge going over the creek to the marina.  Maybe not that uncommon - seems like one shows up in the summer some years.  Not sure how long it has been here.  
Nancy AndersonRichmond Hts.,https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


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Subject: Avocets
Date: Thu Jul 14 2016 17:47 pm
From: greenheron58 AT insight.rr.com
 
The 9 avocets are still present at the south end of alum creek so beachJulie Davis
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