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21 Jul: @ 02:53:50  July Richland Co. Merlin(s) [Gary Cowell]
20 Jul: @ 17:46:25  Sedge Wrens and other goodies near Columbus [Birding Ecotours]
20 Jul: @ 09:14:40 Re: New avian taxonomy [rstelzer]
20 Jul: @ 09:14:38 Re: New avian taxonomy [rstelzer]
20 Jul: @ 09:14:38 Re: New avian taxonomy [rstelzer]
20 Jul: @ 09:02:35  New avian taxonomy [Bill Whan]
19 Jul: @ 10:50:20  Information requested for help in Junco banding study [Haans Petruschke]
19 Jul: @ 08:30:45  L Hope Zaleski-20 Warblers [Bruce Simpson]
18 Jul: @ 05:30:06  Franklin's Gull (Delaware Co) [cwinstead@earthlink.net]
17 Jul: @ 21:53:02  Wilderness Rd. and Funk at Rt 95, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe]
17 Jul: @ 21:45:37  Conneaut Help [Sean McGovern]
17 Jul: @ 09:00:31  Eastern Wood Peewee @The Ohio State University [Gary Moon]
16 Jul: @ 12:30:40  Carroll Co. Sedge Wren and Osprey takes first flight [Jon]
16 Jul: @ 11:56:42 Re: Additional information about Chimney Swifts [Darlene Sillick]
16 Jul: @ 11:45:15  trio of Great Egrets, Baldwin Lake in Berea [Kathy Shank]
15 Jul: @ 14:10:21 Re: Mississippi Kite [Douglas Bohanan]
15 Jul: @ 10:13:24  Mississippi Kite [John-C-Seiler]
14 Jul: @ 14:40:32  Conneaut sandspit gates [Craig Holt]
14 Jul: @ 14:18:47  red-breasted merganser, least bittern and more at Conneaut [Craig Holt]
12 Jul: @ 18:11:20  Conneaut Harbor Bald Eagle Gathering Begins [robert lane]
12 Jul: @ 15:46:21 Re: The swifts are staging! [Robert Evans]
12 Jul: @ 15:00:22 Re: The swifts are staging! [Alex Eberts]
12 Jul: @ 14:28:08 Re: The swifts are staging! [Manon VanSchoyck]
12 Jul: @ 14:21:39 Re: The swifts are staging! [KimbaJ]
12 Jul: @ 11:41:17  finding shorebirds in "autumn" [John Herman]
11 Jul: @ 20:12:57  chimney swifts -- Geauga Co. [inga schmidt]
11 Jul: @ 07:50:47 Re: Big Island Wildlife Area - north of Larue/Prospect Road [Steve Jones]
11 Jul: @ 07:14:48  Big Island Wildlife Area - north of Larue/Prospect Road [Birding Ecotours]
10 Jul: @ 21:56:59  The swifts are staging! [Darlene Sillick]
10 Jul: @ 21:23:57  Osprey & Nighthawk [Peggy Wang]
09 Jul: @ 21:35:33  Mississippi Kite-Junction Earthworks [Sally Isacco]
08 Jul: @ 21:16:10 Re: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - 5 Jul 2017 to 7 Jul 2017 (#2017-182) [Cecelia Johnston]
08 Jul: @ 19:42:34 Re: Kestrel 2nd brood ?? [Darlene Sillick]
08 Jul: @ 15:10:02  Kestrel 2nd brood ?? [Stierhoff, Elayna M.]
08 Jul: @ 11:02:30  American Avocet [Doreene Linzell]
08 Jul: @ 10:39:34 Re: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Clark County [Birding Ecotours]
08 Jul: @ 09:15:45  Final Chapter On Conneaut From Yesterday [robert lane]
08 Jul: @ 08:00:46  Yellow-crowned night-heron - Fulton County [Matt Anderson]
08 Jul: @ 07:10:00  Conneaut Sandspit Posting - Link to article [Ken Andrews]
08 Jul: @ 07:04:51  L Hope Zaleski-18 Warblers [Bruce Simpson]
07 Jul: @ 19:20:24  Conneaut Sandspit Posting Followup [robert lane]
07 Jul: @ 18:58:59  Update On The Continuing Conneaut Sandspit Saga [robert lane]
07 Jul: @ 18:02:16  Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Clark County [Doug Overacker]
05 Jul: @ 20:52:40  Gully Brook Park, Willoughby [Mary Huey]
04 Jul: @ 16:08:40  Blendon Woods-Summer Birds [Simpson, Bruce]
04 Jul: @ 14:47:05 Re: Mississippi Kite [Manon VanSchoyck]
04 Jul: @ 14:41:52 Re: Mississippi Kite [Alex Eberts]
04 Jul: @ 14:02:07  Mississippi Kite [Douglas Bohanan]
04 Jul: @ 13:46:13  Dickcissels & cranes [Peggy Wang]
04 Jul: @ 08:44:39  American Avocets Conneaut [jen brumfield]





Subject: July Richland Co. Merlin(s)
Date: Fri Jul 21 2017 2:53 am
From: 0000016b4d0aac3f-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Whileon the upper levelOhioHealth Hospital parking garage 9-9:30am Thursday 7-20-17 in downtown Mansfield I was able to observe (with bins and scope)and hear callingan adult male Merlin flying and then perching just NW of the garage. I also had another unobservableMerlin calling from some tall evergreens at the same time just SE of the garage.
RecentlyIhad also observed a Merlin on 7-4-17 fly low over my workplace area and into some evergreens at dusklocated at a localgolf course about 3km SSE of this location.
G.Cowell

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Subject: Sedge Wrens and other goodies near Columbus
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 17:46 pm
From: info AT birdingecotours.co.za
 
Hi Birders!

It was nice to see and hear two Sedge Wrens at Battelle Darby Creek Metro
Park this morning, both of them along the dryer parts of the Teal Trail, one
of them singing and the other calling, but both also giving really good
visuals! (as always, there were also zillions of Marsh Wrens singing in the
reeds). Just in case you want to try and see/photograph Sedge Wren, I can
give detailed directions to the ones I saw (just e-mail me).

As usual, there were stacks of "singing" (if you can really call it that)
Henslow's Sparrows (mainly along the Harrier Loop but also a couple of them
along the dryer parts of the Teal Trail. I showed these to some very nice
visiting birders from Texas the other day, who were very excited about
finally catching up with this species - these Henslow's really do always
tend to show well (close to the trail and all) and are pretty cooperative!

Other highlights were a Least Bittern that actually flew into the reeds and
sat there, giving amazing views, and an American Bittern standing in the
water/reeds right next to the trail (I've seen American Bitterns - almost
always flying though - on all 8 out of 8 visits I've made to Battelle Darby
during June and July this year).

And as always, this is a great place for Virginia and Sora Rails.

If anyone wants to join me at this site, let me know - 6 am on Tuesday would
work well - early morning is always best (not that the late morning in the
heat today was bad!).

Cheers!

Chris

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Subject: New avian taxonomy
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 9:14 am
From: rstelzer AT insight.rr.com
 
potter and
-------- Original message --------From: Bill Whan Date: 7/20/17 10:02 (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: New avian taxonomy
I've been thinking of recording for readers of this forum all the
changes made in the official AOU--no, no, it's the AOS now--bird
checklists which we are all to follow. If you write or talk about birds,
you have to know the ever-shifting lingo. Sheila Willis of Georgia has
done this work and shares it via the internet at
http://birding.aba.org/message...
and I am glad to pass along this information. Bless her. She
concentrates on Georgia birds, but Ohio changes are pretty much alike.
She also cites the full official list of changes on full display at
http://www.americanornithology...
. It is slow to load at 23 pages, so fetch a cup of coffee!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: New avian taxonomy
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 9:14 am
From: rstelzer AT insight.rr.com
 
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Bill Whan Date: 7/20/17 10:02 (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: New avian taxonomy
I've been thinking of recording for readers of this forum all the
changes made in the official AOU--no, no, it's the AOS now--bird
checklists which we are all to follow. If you write or talk about birds,
you have to know the ever-shifting lingo. Sheila Willis of Georgia has
done this work and shares it via the internet at
http://birding.aba.org/message...
and I am glad to pass along this information. Bless her. She
concentrates on Georgia birds, but Ohio changes are pretty much alike.
She also cites the full official list of changes on full display at
http://www.americanornithology...
. It is slow to load at 23 pages, so fetch a cup of coffee!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: New avian taxonomy
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 9:14 am
From: rstelzer AT insight.rr.com
 
HarryjoOr

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Bill Whan Date: 7/20/17 10:02 (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: New avian taxonomy
I've been thinking of recording for readers of this forum all the
changes made in the official AOU--no, no, it's the AOS now--bird
checklists which we are all to follow. If you write or talk about birds,
you have to know the ever-shifting lingo. Sheila Willis of Georgia has
done this work and shares it via the internet at
http://birding.aba.org/message...
and I am glad to pass along this information. Bless her. She
concentrates on Georgia birds, but Ohio changes are pretty much alike.
She also cites the full official list of changes on full display at
http://www.americanornithology...
. It is slow to load at 23 pages, so fetch a cup of coffee!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: New avian taxonomy
Date: Thu Jul 20 2017 9:02 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
I've been thinking of recording for readers of this forum all the
changes made in the official AOU--no, no, it's the AOS now--bird
checklists which we are all to follow. If you write or talk about birds,
you have to know the ever-shifting lingo. Sheila Willis of Georgia has
done this work and shares it via the internet at
http://birding.aba.org/message...
and I am glad to pass along this information. Bless her. She
concentrates on Georgia birds, but Ohio changes are pretty much alike.
She also cites the full official list of changes on full display at
http://www.americanornithology...
. It is slow to load at 23 pages, so fetch a cup of coffee!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Information requested for help in Junco banding study
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 10:50 am
From: haans42 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

MIke Watson, conservation biologist, at The Holden Arboretum, and I, are
conducting a multi year banding study to determine if our Ohio breeding
Dark-eyed Junco population, is migratory or resident. Our overall protocol
is to color band individuals during the breeding season , and then to look
for color banded birds in the same locations during the non breeding season.

This is our first year and so we are still working out capture strategies.
We have had good success with getting males on territory to respond to a
decoy and playing of song. However we would also like to band females and
fledglings.

If anyone has experience and a successful strategy for attracting females
and fledglings of any passerine species, or knows someone who does, either
personally or academically, any information would be greatly appreciated.
Also keep in mind we want to reduce by-catch of non Juncos, so we do not
want to use a general banding strategy, and instead set up in areas where
we know Juncos are present in good numbers.

Thanks for any help or pointing us to someone who may have useful knowledge

Haans

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Subject: L Hope Zaleski-20 Warblers
Date: Wed Jul 19 2017 8:30 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
I visited this area Sunday and Tuesday 

A lot of activity I saw many Adults and young foraging

Young seen this week
Warblers
Hooded
Blue-winged
N Parula
Kentucky
Prairie
Magnolia
Black-and-white
Pine
E Towhee
White-eyed Vireo
Baltimore Oriole
Red-headedWoodpecker
Scarlet Tanager
B Thrasher

Behavior
Whip-poor-will--calling while circling territory
Kentucky Warbler -adult feeding young
A Goldfinch- male foraging with young

For more info about the 20 Breeding Warblers, there specific habitat, and where to Bird, go to eBird Hotspots Zaleski State Forest

Bruce Simpson- Nature Photographer
Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Franklin's Gull (Delaware Co)
Date: Tue Jul 18 2017 5:30 am
From: cwinstead AT earthlink.net
 
There was a breeding plumage Franklin's Gull on the Alum Creek SP beach when I arrived but it appears to have left even as I was typing this. May still be worth keeping an eye out though.

Carl Winstead
Westerville

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Subject: Wilderness Rd. and Funk at Rt 95, Wayne Co.
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 21:53 pm
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
I was at Wilderness Rd and Funk at St Rt 95 from 9:30 to 11am this morning.
Still lots of water there. The "shorebird" spot on the north side of
Wilderness Rd. is still a total lake. There are three pumps parked along
the road, but no sign of any pumping yet. With all the water, perhaps there
is no place to pump that water into. The area south of St. Rt 95 at Funk is
also still a lake, beginning 50yds away from the road. Right now, there is
very little shorebird habitat at either location.

Despite that, I had a good morning, with a total of 40 species identified.
Highlights at Wilderness Road were 1 adult and 2 immature bald eagles, 20
double-breasted cormorants, 100s of Canada geese and a pair of trumpeter
swans. Way out in the large fields west of the farm house, there were 34
sandhill cranes. There were four kestrels together on wires along the road
and a single bank swallow among a group of about 20 perched barn swallows.
I was lucky to find a little shorebird habitat in a plowed field on the
south side of the road, just west of the main flooded area and east of the
single farmhouse. There were five species there including 5 killdeer, 5
solitary, 3 spotted, 1 least, and 2 pectoral sandpipers. Although I did not
see them, a friend later saw bobolinks and dickcissels in the field of tall
grass and weeds on the south side of Wilderness Rd, west of the one house
just west of Elyria Rd, but before the small bridge.

At Funk, in the extensive flooded area south of St Rt 95, there were 15
common egrets and 10 great blue herons, plus 100s of Canada geese. There
was no obvious shorebird habitat there, but I did see a small flock of
unidentified shorebirds in flight once. Hopefully conditions for shorebirds
there will improve in August, if it ever quits raining.

Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Conneaut Help
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 21:45 pm
From: smcgovern AT sare.org
 
Hi all-



I'm going to be in Conneaut all week, and hope to do some birding at the
sand bar. Would anyone be interested in sharing some time/knowledge with a
birder who's got lots of life lists gaps in the shorebird department? I'd
really like to get more proficient, and am willing to put some time in this
weekend to make it happen- it would be a much better learning opportunity if
I could tag along with someone with a bit more experience.



If interested, message me privately..lunch is on me if we can make it work.







Regards,






Sean McGovern

SARE Outreach

614-306-6422

www.sare.org






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Subject: Eastern Wood Peewee @The Ohio State University
Date: Mon Jul 17 2017 9:00 am
From: ggm520 AT gmail.com
 
Hello,

Yesterday I observed or heard my first Eastern Wood Peewee on The Ohio
State University campus.

More specifically, it was singing on the NW edge of the Oval from a number
of trees there.

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Subject: Carroll Co. Sedge Wren and Osprey takes first flight
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 12:30 pm
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello!

Following up on an eBird report by John Puschock, I headed for Fargo Rd. (Carroll Co.) this morning to search for the reported Sedge Wren and was not disappointed. The bird was located as described in the eBird report a little bit west and north of the green gas well at the highest point on Fargo (the grassland area). The bird was singing and seemed to be moving around a bit. At one time it was on the south side of the road, and then as I was entering my sightings into eBird, it popped up right next to my car (I was sitting in it) and gave the buzz call a few times. A few decent photos resulted.

Also, following the spirit of Bob Lane™s updates on the Osprey activity in our part of Ohio, last night I was privileged to witness the first flight of a young Osprey at Atwood Lake on the nesting platform near Delroy. I was returning home from a very productive day with Kent Miller in Tuscarawas Co. looking for new year birds and decided to check in on the progress of this Osprey family. The adults have brought 2 birds to point of fledging successfully.

I set up my scope and was observing the birds and getting my video camera adapter set up when a man stopped to ask how the birds were doing. I invited him to look through the scope and he was thrilled. He had been keeping an eye on them through the summer. Not long after, another gentleman pulled up who had been keeping very carful track of these birds all year. He even proclaimed, They haven™t flown yet, but I bet tomorrow is the day! Well, not 2 minutes later a bird that was jumping up and flapping against the evening breeze decided to go for it. What a sight!

The young bird lifted off with ease and flew in circles gaining altitude for several minutes. Soon an adult bird, one of the parents I presume, took off from a nearby tree and followed the young bird around calling at it. It even dove toward the bird a few times in what looked like aggressive territorial behavior. I cannot say what was happening, but the young bird flew for a full 5 minutes or more before taking an approach at landing on the platform. It successfully set down and took some time catching it™s breath. I am not certain if the adult bird was helping the fledgling or maybe thought of it as a possible competitor, but it did swoop pretty aggressively toward the young bird several times.

It was great to watch this dramatic event unfold with 2 complete strangers who shared the admiration for these remarkable birds of prey. Unfortunately, I was not able to capture video of that first lift off. I™m not sure if it was a technical glitch or operator error (probably the latter), but regardless it did not diminish the experience whatsoever.

Happy birding!

Jon Cefus
Carroll Co.
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Subject: Additional information about Chimney Swifts
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 11:56 am
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
While I am not an expert with Chimney Swifts, I have done a lot of research and talked to a few experts.  Apparently it is not easy to find a natural cavity that holds Chimney Swifts.  See some sites below. My passion and interest is to make more people aware of the declining Chimney Swifts and take some action to try to help the species before they vanish.  In a National Geographic article, they are Near Threatened and decreasing in population. I can only imagine that deforestation has played a large part in their decline, along with capped chimney™s and the deplorable condition of old industrial chimney™s. http://www.nationalgeographic....   Also Cornell All About Birds gives some very good information. 



On Tuesday October 24, the Columbus Audubon will hold their monthly meeting and Judy Semroc, Conservation Specialist with the Cleveland Natural History Museum. She has a fantastic presentation about Chimney Swifts and she has put up a tower with nesting success. We are looking forward to hearing her talk as we plan to put up some towers in the central Ohio area. We meet at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center in Columbus. More information about Judy™s talk is in the Columbus Audubon website and calendar of events. Consider joining Columbus Audubon members and guests for any of our monthly meetings.



Hope this information is helpful and go out at dusk and collect some data on new staging chimney™s in your area. Then enter your data on Swift Night Out and spread the word. See below.



Here is one article on Chimney Swifts nesting in a natural cavity. I don™t have an account and I don™t have the abstract.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/full...



Chimney Swifts (Chaetura pelagica) Nest in Tree Cavities in Arkansas

Richard E. Hines, Troy J. Bader, and Gary R. Graves

Southeastern Naturalist Dec 2013 : Vol. 12, Issue 4, pg(s) N18- N20 https://doi.org/10.1656/058.01...

Abstract & References

Abstract

We report the first records of tree-nesting Chaetura pelagica (Chimney Swifts) in Arkansas from the White River National Wildlife Refuge (WRNWR). These represent the only well-documented reports of tree-nesting swifts for many decades in the lower Mississippi Valley. The WRNWR may support a large population of tree-nesting swifts.



Next the Mass Audubon could not find any in natural cavities after a long search. The Chimney Swifts fascinate me and I have done some rehab with friends who do it well. They are difficult to rehab.



I have an interesting 14 year study by Ralph W. Dexter in Ohio. Please email me privately if you are interested to see the study. He was a distinguished biology professor at Kent State University and he did a long term study of Chimney Swifts. He retired in 1982 and he taught there for 45 years. Take a look at the university seal for Kent State and you should recognize the tribute to Ralph Dexter. How interesting so much research was done in Ohio.



I hope to get 3 to 4 towers up this fall and see what happens next year. I have been working closely with Paul and Georgian Kyle from Texas. http://www.chimneyswifts.org/ They sell a book about building towers for Chimney Swifts and they give a lot of great information on their website.



http://www.massaudubon.org/get...



Best

Darlene Sillick

Powell, Ohio



From: KimbaJ [mailto:justshakingthrough@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 3:17 PM
To: Darlene Sillick; OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] The swifts are staging!



I just had an interesting thought...where did chimney swifts live before we had chimneys? Now I have to look into the etiology/ecology of this species. We had to make caps for our chimney this year because they were coming into the house.

-K Justice







_____

From: Darlene Sillick
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 10:57 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] The swifts are staging!



Tonight my bluebird friends Paula Ziebarth and Sue Guarasci and I had just

finished dinner in downtown Dublin and I said, look there are swifts above,

let's see what is happening at Sells Middle School. Sells is on 161 and east

of Frantz Rd and west of Dublin Rd and on the north side of 161. We watched

the swifts from the back of the 1919 building and parked in between the

tennis courts and the back of the building. We arrived about 9:00pmET and

about 8 or so swifts were flying over the building. This location is a

favorite place for staging Chimney Swifts in late July, August and September

and into early October.







I discovered the staging site about 15 plus years ago and I have enjoyed

making others aware of these amazing creatures and their important use of

tall chimney stacks close to dusk. The birds gather from all different

directions and fly in a clockwise flight getting tighter and tighter in

their circle then start to enter the chimney for the night. We say it looks

like they are being sucked into the chimney or it looks like reverse chimney

smoke. We were not disappointed tonight and we were quite surprised while

counting the birds as they were entering the chimney. They kept coming in

and by 9:45-9:50pm we had counted over 675 birds entering the chimney for

their evening roost. And this is only July 10!







As an avid conservation person working with Eastern Bluebirds, Tree

Swallows, Purple Martins and American Kestrels and putting up state of the

art housing, many of us monitors have noticed we are having an amazing

season with nesting and fledging many birds. Bluebirds have started their

3rd nesting in central Ohio. Some areas might say the cicadas have helped

but that is only for a few weeks and not all of Ohio. I can now add Chimney

Swifts to the list of insect eating birds doing very well so far this

season. Of course, they are going to eat smaller insects. I have never

seen this many birds staging this early in the 15 years I have been watching

them.







I count and enter data in www.chimneyswift.org and over the weekend of Aug

11, 12, 13 is Swift Night Out. They want you to watch near dusk for the

sound of the swifts twittering and chittering and flying around a chimney

before they begin to enter when the light is low enough. Then, as best as

you can, count them as they enter the chimney and note the start and end

time.







On Sept 8, 9, 10 they have a second Swift Night Out. For both monthly

counts, I will visit Sells Middle School. 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 entering sooner.







About 12 years ago, the peek counts at Sells Middle School 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=5RNN-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 later this year. Check Columbus Audubon's calendar of events for

several public programs about the swifts during Swift Night out. Bring your

lawn chair and you and the mosquitos will enjoy the free show.







Darlene Sillick



Powell, Ohio





















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Subject: trio of Great Egrets, Baldwin Lake in Berea
Date: Sun Jul 16 2017 11:45 am
From: kshank AT wowway.com
 
There is a trio of beautiful Great Egrets hanging around Baldwin Lake in
Berea a few hundred yards south of the dam at N. Quarry Ln., on the east
side of the lake.

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Subject: Mississippi Kite
Date: Sat Jul 15 2017 14:10 pm
From: bhern34 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Two Mississippi kites just now

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 15, 2017, at 11:13 AM, John-C-Seiler wrote:
>
> Mississippi Kite Sighted On: Jul 15, 2017 11:12:56 AM
>
> Junction Earthworks
>
> Latitude: 39.31492619, Longitude: -83.01139595
> Altitude: 666 ft
>
> Map Location Using Google Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF...
>
> Address: Scioto Township, OH 45601,USA
>
> Soaring over trees.
>
> By John-C-Seiler
>
> Sent By: Report Bird Location Mobile App: @Copy Right 2015 John Seiler
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Subject: Mississippi Kite
Date: Sat Jul 15 2017 10:13 am
From: jseiler6200 AT gmail.com
 
Mississippi Kite Sighted On: Jul 15, 2017 11:12:56 AM

Junction Earthworks

Latitude: 39.31492619, Longitude: -83.01139595
Altitude: 666 ft

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

Address: Scioto Township, OH 45601,USA

Soaring over trees.

By John-C-Seiler

Sent By: Report Bird Location Mobile App: @Copy Right 2015 John Seiler

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Subject: Conneaut sandspit gates
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 14:40 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I forgot to mention the situation with the 2 gates on the sand road out to the spit at Conneaut. Both the old one at the entrance and the new toll gate were open early this morning. Nobody showed up at the new toll gate today. I don't know if they have hired a gatekeeper yet. Bottom line is, nothing has changed as far as access to the spit at this time. Craig Holt

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Subject: red-breasted merganser, least bittern and more at Conneaut
Date: Fri Jul 14 2017 14:18 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I had a good morning at Conneaut harbor today. I birded there from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, by which time sailboarders had taken over the spit. Upon my arrival, I saw a least bittern in flight between phragmites stands out on the first third of the spit drive. Later I saw a red-breasted merganser (female-plumaged) both swimming and then resting on shore. Migrant shorebirds were represented by 5 sanderlings, 4 least sandpipers, and 2 semipalmated sandpipers. Other birds found included: wood ducks, a family group of 4 common mergansers, double-crested cormorants, bald eagles, spotted sandpipers, great black-backed gull, Caspian tern, belted kingfisher, e. kingbird, purple martins, bank swallows, and a juv. cliff swallow (a migrant here). Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: Conneaut Harbor Bald Eagle Gathering Begins
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 18:11 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
The gate was open this morning, but with last nights rain and the water level even higher, I had to drive thru about 200 feet of water to access the sandspit. The in recent years annual arrival of eagles in July to The Conneaut Harbor Area in Ashtabula County, is now in full swing. Amazing numbers can be found first thing most mornings. This morning I arrived at 6:55AM, and began a Bald Eagle count at 7:30AM when the rains had completely ceased. With a spotting scope this mornings actual count was 55. 10 adults and 44 juveniles. 22 could be found on the east breakwall, 15 from the lighthouse west, and the rest in and around the aggregate pile and conveyor area to the southeast, and in the tops of the dead trees looking over the aggregate piles. As many as 6 could be found on the peaks of individual piles. The big question is, where do all these eagles come from, and why do they gather here. Some of the other highlights today were 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, 14 Least Sandpipers, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 Common Terns, 2 Caspian Terns, and a possible out of season female Red-breasted Merganser with a tag along probable half size Common Merganser juvenile, just to name a few. With the drive thru water access, I was pretty much to myself.


Bob Lane / Mahoning County

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Subject: The swifts are staging!
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 15:46 pm
From: benbovas AT gmail.com
 
Audubon gave a very interesting account of crawling inside an enormous
sycamore tree full of chimney swifts. But I have often wondered if anyone
knows of any specific modern accounts or documentation of chimney swifts
using natural cavities. It seems like they would not abandon the ancestral
practice altogether, no matter how convenient they find our human
structures.

Anyone with such specific info or accounts?

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County



On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM, Alex Eberts wrote:

> Historically, Chimney Swifts nested in large hollowed out trees that were
> killed by fires as well as tree cavities and caves/cliffs. In some areas,
> they still do use these natural sources. They're unable to perch like a
> normal bird due to their toe morphology, so they need a vertical surface.
>
> > On Jul 12, 2017, at 3:17 PM, KimbaJ <00000171c61977de-dmarc-
> request@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote:
> >
> > I just had an interesting thought...where did chimney swifts live before
> we had chimneys? Now I have to look into the etiology/ecology of this
> species. We had to make caps for our chimney this year because they were
> coming into the house.-K Justice
> >
> > From: Darlene Sillick
> > To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> > Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 10:57 PM
> > Subject: [Ohio-birds] The swifts are staging!
> >
> > Tonight my bluebird friends Paula Ziebarth and Sue Guarasci and I had
> just
> > finished dinner in downtown Dublin and I said, look there are swifts
> above,
> > let's see what is happening at Sells Middle School. Sells is on 161 and
> east
> > of Frantz Rd and west of Dublin Rd and on the north side of 161. We
> watched
> > the swifts from the back of the 1919 building and parked in between the
> > tennis courts and the back of the building. We arrived about 9:00pmET
> and
> > about 8 or so swifts were flying over the building. This location is a
> > favorite place for staging Chimney Swifts in late July, August and
> September
> > and into early October.
> >
> >
> >
> > I discovered the staging site about 15 plus years ago and I have enjoyed
> > making others aware of these amazing creatures and their important use of
> > tall chimney stacks close to dusk. The birds gather from all different
> > directions and fly in a clockwise flight getting tighter and tighter in
> > their circle then start to enter the chimney for the night. We say it
> looks
> > like they are being sucked into the chimney or it looks like reverse
> chimney
> > smoke. We were not disappointed tonight and we were quite surprised while
> > counting the birds as they were entering the chimney. They kept coming
> in
> > and by 9:45-9:50pm we had counted over 675 birds entering the chimney for
> > their evening roost. And this is only July 10!
> >
> >
> >
> > As an avid conservation person working with Eastern Bluebirds, Tree
> > Swallows, Purple Martins and American Kestrels and putting up state of
> the
> > art housing, many of us monitors have noticed we are having an amazing
> > season with nesting and fledging many birds. Bluebirds have started
> their
> > 3rd nesting in central Ohio. Some areas might say the cicadas have helped
> > but that is only for a few weeks and not all of Ohio. I can now add
> Chimney
> > Swifts to the list of insect eating birds doing very well so far this
> > season. Of course, they are going to eat smaller insects. I have never
> > seen this many birds staging this early in the 15 years I have been
> watching
> > them.
> >
> >
> >
> > I count and enter data in www.chimneyswift.org and over the weekend of
> Aug
> > 11, 12, 13 is Swift Night Out. They want you to watch near dusk for the
> > sound of the swifts twittering and chittering and flying around a chimney
> > before they begin to enter when the light is low enough. Then, as best
> as
> > you can, count them as they enter the chimney and note the start and end
> > time.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Sept 8, 9, 10 they have a second Swift Night Out. For both monthly
> > counts, I will visit Sells Middle School. 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 entering sooner.
> >
> >
> >
> > About 12 years ago, the peek counts at Sells Middle School 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 later this year. Check Columbus Audubon's calendar of events
> for
> > several public programs about the swifts during Swift Night out. Bring
> your
> > lawn chair and you and the mosquitos will enjoy the free show.
> >
> >
> >
> > Darlene Sillick
> >
> > Powell, Ohio
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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Subject: The swifts are staging!
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 15:00 pm
From: aeberts33 AT gmail.com
 
Historically, Chimney Swifts nested in large hollowed out trees that were killed by fires as well as tree cavities and caves/cliffs. In some areas, they still do use these natural sources. They're unable to perch like a normal bird due to their toe morphology, so they need a vertical surface. 

> On Jul 12, 2017, at 3:17 PM, KimbaJ <00000171c61977de-dmarc-request@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote:
>
> I just had an interesting thought...where did chimney swifts live before we had chimneys? Now I have to look into the etiology/ecology of this species. We had to make caps for our chimney this year because they were coming into the house.-K Justice
>
> From: Darlene Sillick
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 10:57 PM
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] The swifts are staging!
>
> Tonight my bluebird friends Paula Ziebarth and Sue Guarasci and I had just
> finished dinner in downtown Dublin and I said, look there are swifts above,
> let's see what is happening at Sells Middle School. Sells is on 161 and east
> of Frantz Rd and west of Dublin Rd and on the north side of 161. We watched
> the swifts from the back of the 1919 building and parked in between the
> tennis courts and the back of the building. We arrived about 9:00pmET and
> about 8 or so swifts were flying over the building. This location is a
> favorite place for staging Chimney Swifts in late July, August and September
> and into early October.
>
>
>
> I discovered the staging site about 15 plus years ago and I have enjoyed
> making others aware of these amazing creatures and their important use of
> tall chimney stacks close to dusk. The birds gather from all different
> directions and fly in a clockwise flight getting tighter and tighter in
> their circle then start to enter the chimney for the night. We say it looks
> like they are being sucked into the chimney or it looks like reverse chimney
> smoke. We were not disappointed tonight and we were quite surprised while
> counting the birds as they were entering the chimney. They kept coming in
> and by 9:45-9:50pm we had counted over 675 birds entering the chimney for
> their evening roost. And this is only July 10!
>
>
>
> As an avid conservation person working with Eastern Bluebirds, Tree
> Swallows, Purple Martins and American Kestrels and putting up state of the
> art housing, many of us monitors have noticed we are having an amazing
> season with nesting and fledging many birds. Bluebirds have started their
> 3rd nesting in central Ohio. Some areas might say the cicadas have helped
> but that is only for a few weeks and not all of Ohio. I can now add Chimney
> Swifts to the list of insect eating birds doing very well so far this
> season. Of course, they are going to eat smaller insects. I have never
> seen this many birds staging this early in the 15 years I have been watching
> them.
>
>
>
> I count and enter data in www.chimneyswift.org and over the weekend of Aug
> 11, 12, 13 is Swift Night Out. They want you to watch near dusk for the
> sound of the swifts twittering and chittering and flying around a chimney
> before they begin to enter when the light is low enough. Then, as best as
> you can, count them as they enter the chimney and note the start and end
> time.
>
>
>
> On Sept 8, 9, 10 they have a second Swift Night Out. For both monthly
> counts, I will visit Sells Middle School. 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 entering sooner.
>
>
>
> About 12 years ago, the peek counts at Sells Middle School 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=5RNN-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 later this year. Check Columbus Audubon's calendar of events for
> several public programs about the swifts during Swift Night out. Bring your
> lawn chair and you and the mosquitos will enjoy the free show.
>
>
>
> Darlene Sillick
>
> Powell, Ohio
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: The swifts are staging!
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 14:28 pm
From: mvs AT ohionature.org
 
I believe hollowed out trees is what they used before chimneys.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of
KimbaJ
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 3:17 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] The swifts are staging!

I just had an interesting thought...where did chimney swifts live before we
had chimneys? Now I have to look into the etiology/ecology of this species.
We had to make caps for our chimney this year because they were coming into
the house.-K Justice

From: Darlene Sillick
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 10:57 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] The swifts are staging!

Tonight my bluebird friends Paula Ziebarth and Sue Guarasci and I had just
finished dinner in downtown Dublin and I said, look there are swifts above,
let's see what is happening at Sells Middle School. Sells is on 161 and east
of Frantz Rd and west of Dublin Rd and on the north side of 161. We watched
the swifts from the back of the 1919 building and parked in between the
tennis courts and the back of the building. We arrived about 9:00pmET and
about 8 or so swifts were flying over the building. This location is a
favorite place for staging Chimney Swifts in late July, August and September
and into early October.



I discovered the staging site about 15 plus years ago and I have enjoyed
making others aware of these amazing creatures and their important use of
tall chimney stacks close to dusk. The birds gather from all different
directions and fly in a clockwise flight getting tighter and tighter in
their circle then start to enter the chimney for the night. We say it looks
like they are being sucked into the chimney or it looks like reverse chimney
smoke. We were not disappointed tonight and we were quite surprised while
counting the birds as they were entering the chimney. They kept coming in
and by 9:45-9:50pm we had counted over 675 birds entering the chimney for
their evening roost. And this is only July 10!



As an avid conservation person working with Eastern Bluebirds, Tree
Swallows, Purple Martins and American Kestrels and putting up state of the
art housing, many of us monitors have noticed we are having an amazing
season with nesting and fledging many birds. Bluebirds have started their
3rd nesting in central Ohio. Some areas might say the cicadas have helped
but that is only for a few weeks and not all of Ohio. I can now add Chimney
Swifts to the list of insect eating birds doing very well so far this
season. Of course, they are going to eat smaller insects. I have never
seen this many birds staging this early in the 15 years I have been watching
them.



I count and enter data in www.chimneyswift.org and over the weekend of Aug
11, 12, 13 is Swift Night Out. They want you to watch near dusk for the
sound of the swifts twittering and chittering and flying around a chimney
before they begin to enter when the light is low enough. Then, as best as
you can, count them as they enter the chimney and note the start and end
time.



On Sept 8, 9, 10 they have a second Swift Night Out. For both monthly
counts, I will visit Sells Middle School. 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 entering sooner.



About 12 years ago, the peek counts at Sells Middle School 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 later this year. Check Columbus Audubon's calendar of events for
several public programs about the swifts during Swift Night out. Bring your
lawn chair and you and the mosquitos will enjoy the free show.



Darlene Sillick

Powell, Ohio










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Subject: The swifts are staging!
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 14:21 pm
From: 00000171c61977de-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I just had an interesting thought...where did chimney swifts live before we had chimneys? Now I have to look into the etiology/ecology of this species. We had to make caps for our chimney this year because they were coming into the house.-K Justice

From: Darlene Sillick
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 10:57 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] The swifts are staging!

Tonight my bluebird friends Paula Ziebarth and Sue Guarasci and I had just
finished dinner in downtown Dublin and I said, look there are swifts above,
let's see what is happening at Sells Middle School. Sells is on 161 and east
of Frantz Rd and west of Dublin Rd and on the north side of 161. We watched
the swifts from the back of the 1919 building and parked in between the
tennis courts and the back of the building. We arrived about 9:00pmET and
about 8 or so swifts were flying over the building. This location is a
favorite place for staging Chimney Swifts in late July, August and September
and into early October.



I discovered the staging site about 15 plus years ago and I have enjoyed
making others aware of these amazing creatures and their important use of
tall chimney stacks close to dusk. The birds gather from all different
directions and fly in a clockwise flight getting tighter and tighter in
their circle then start to enter the chimney for the night. We say it looks
like they are being sucked into the chimney or it looks like reverse chimney
smoke. We were not disappointed tonight and we were quite surprised while
counting the birds as they were entering the chimney. They kept coming in
and by 9:45-9:50pm we had counted over 675 birds entering the chimney for
their evening roost. And this is only July 10!



As an avid conservation person working with Eastern Bluebirds, Tree
Swallows, Purple Martins and American Kestrels and putting up state of the
art housing, many of us monitors have noticed we are having an amazing
season with nesting and fledging many birds. Bluebirds have started their
3rd nesting in central Ohio. Some areas might say the cicadas have helped
but that is only for a few weeks and not all of Ohio. I can now add Chimney
Swifts to the list of insect eating birds doing very well so far this
season. Of course, they are going to eat smaller insects. I have never
seen this many birds staging this early in the 15 years I have been watching
them.



I count and enter data in www.chimneyswift.org and over the weekend of Aug
11, 12, 13 is Swift Night Out. They want you to watch near dusk for the
sound of the swifts twittering and chittering and flying around a chimney
before they begin to enter when the light is low enough. Then, as best as
you can, count them as they enter the chimney and note the start and end
time.



On Sept 8, 9, 10 they have a second Swift Night Out. For both monthly
counts, I will visit Sells Middle School. 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 entering sooner.



About 12 years ago, the peek counts at Sells Middle School 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=5RNN-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 later this year. Check Columbus Audubon's calendar of events for
several public programs about the swifts during Swift Night out. Bring your
lawn chair and you and the mosquitos will enjoy the free show.



Darlene Sillick

Powell, Ohio










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Subject: finding shorebirds in "autumn"
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 11:41 am
From: herman.jp1257 AT gmail.com
 
If a person lives in an area where there is not much shorebird habitat,
with the recent rains, flooded harvested wheat fields might be worth
looking at. Fields that were flooded this spring for potential shorebird
habitat, where corn is grown now are mostly worthless for shorebird
potential now.
A person might also try looking at fields on ebird maps when the person is
in what ebird calls the Hybrid mode. A person needs to zoom in almost
completely to see the difference in fields that are relatively high & dry &
those that have shorebird potential. Take a look at Krause Road just east
of Centerville while in the Hybrid mode and zoomed in nearly completely.
The area that had s. b. dowichers & willets this spring looks much
different than fields that don't generally flood.
Good luck
John Herman

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Subject: chimney swifts -- Geauga Co.
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 20:12 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
And again this year, I have chimney swifts nesting in my chimney.  I started hearing 
them chattering yesterday.so take it that the swifts are feeding their young. It is really
rather a delight to be sitting in my living room, and hearing them. I keep thinking
I should cap the chimney to avoid squirrels and others falling in, but can’t resist
the pleasure of housing the swifts.

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road, Geauga Co. at the Cuy. Co. Line
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Subject: Big Island Wildlife Area - north of Larue/Prospect Road
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 7:50 am
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
To echo and add to this report, ODNR is dropping the water in the east
(right) containment pond. Lots of shorebirds. The entire back west side
of the pond has been dropped down to about an inch or two at most. All the
birds are still in breeding plumage.

Be on the lookout for Upland Sandpipers...a few have been reported in the
general area...which would be awesome!

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J.



On Jul 11, 2017 8:15 AM, "Birding Ecotours"
wrote:

Hi Birders!



Thanks to Cam Lee and Christopher Collins for alerting me. Conditions are
excellent for shorebirds and there are stacks of them at this site right now
(http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...
pect+Road).



I managed to get my Ohio state tick American Avocet there on Saturday. And,
yesterday, I got my state tick Stilt Sandpiper - there were actually 3 of
them and I was really pleased to get good views of 1 in beautiful breeding
plumage - my record photo is on the e-bird checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...



There is a Wilson's Snipe that tends to stay right in the open all the time
- photos are also on the above checklist link (it was there yesterday and
also on Sat).



Yesterday we also estimated 80 Lesser Yellowlegs, 12 Greater Yellowlegs, 37
Least Sandpiper, 6 Short-billed Dowitcher, 5 Pectoral Sandpiper, 7 Spotted
Sandpiper, 3 Solitary Sandpiper, etc.



Near the duck blind I got great views of my 2nd Ohio Least Bittern flying
very low (after all my trying, with eventual success on my 6th visit, at
Battelle Darby - now I suppose I'm going to see them popping out
everywhere?). And a Trumpeter Swan with 2 cygnets (and another pair of
adults).



At least 4 Bald Eagles around.



Please do let me know/post a report if you go there and see a rarer
shorebird (or wader as we call them in South Africa). As mentioned,
conditions there are currently perfect for shorebirds and its well worth a
visit.



Hopefully there will be another Ohio state tick for me to go for - this
state listing is proving to be a good excuse to get acquainted with the
amazing wildlife areas and parks of central Ohio!



Just a side note on mammals, although I'm from Africa where I was able to
find a myriad mammals including Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Wild Dog, etc.
within 5 hours of my previous home (Jo'burg), and although I've also lived
in Wyoming with all the incredible wildlife there, I'm really excited about
what I'm finding in Ohio. My latest life mammal was American Mink yesterday
on a brief drive through Killdeer Plains - it kept crossing the road and
gave wonderful views. Now hoping to see a Bobcat somewhere!



Cheers and good birding,

Chris

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Subject: Big Island Wildlife Area - north of Larue/Prospect Road
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 7:14 am
From: info AT birdingecotours.co.za
 
Hi Birders!



Thanks to Cam Lee and Christopher Collins for alerting me. Conditions are
excellent for shorebirds and there are stacks of them at this site right now
(http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...
pect+Road).



I managed to get my Ohio state tick American Avocet there on Saturday. And,
yesterday, I got my state tick Stilt Sandpiper - there were actually 3 of
them and I was really pleased to get good views of 1 in beautiful breeding
plumage - my record photo is on the e-bird checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...



There is a Wilson's Snipe that tends to stay right in the open all the time
- photos are also on the above checklist link (it was there yesterday and
also on Sat).



Yesterday we also estimated 80 Lesser Yellowlegs, 12 Greater Yellowlegs, 37
Least Sandpiper, 6 Short-billed Dowitcher, 5 Pectoral Sandpiper, 7 Spotted
Sandpiper, 3 Solitary Sandpiper, etc.



Near the duck blind I got great views of my 2nd Ohio Least Bittern flying
very low (after all my trying, with eventual success on my 6th visit, at
Battelle Darby - now I suppose I'm going to see them popping out
everywhere?). And a Trumpeter Swan with 2 cygnets (and another pair of
adults).



At least 4 Bald Eagles around.



Please do let me know/post a report if you go there and see a rarer
shorebird (or wader as we call them in South Africa). As mentioned,
conditions there are currently perfect for shorebirds and its well worth a
visit.



Hopefully there will be another Ohio state tick for me to go for - this
state listing is proving to be a good excuse to get acquainted with the
amazing wildlife areas and parks of central Ohio!



Just a side note on mammals, although I'm from Africa where I was able to
find a myriad mammals including Leopard, Lion, Cheetah, Wild Dog, etc.
within 5 hours of my previous home (Jo'burg), and although I've also lived
in Wyoming with all the incredible wildlife there, I'm really excited about
what I'm finding in Ohio. My latest life mammal was American Mink yesterday
on a brief drive through Killdeer Plains - it kept crossing the road and
gave wonderful views. Now hoping to see a Bobcat somewhere!



Cheers and good birding,

Chris

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Subject: The swifts are staging!
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 21:56 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
Tonight my bluebird friends Paula Ziebarth and Sue Guarasci and I had just
finished dinner in downtown Dublin and I said, look there are swifts above,
let's see what is happening at Sells Middle School. Sells is on 161 and east
of Frantz Rd and west of Dublin Rd and on the north side of 161. We watched
the swifts from the back of the 1919 building and parked in between the
tennis courts and the back of the building. We arrived about 9:00pmET and
about 8 or so swifts were flying over the building. This location is a
favorite place for staging Chimney Swifts in late July, August and September
and into early October.



I discovered the staging site about 15 plus years ago and I have enjoyed
making others aware of these amazing creatures and their important use of
tall chimney stacks close to dusk. The birds gather from all different
directions and fly in a clockwise flight getting tighter and tighter in
their circle then start to enter the chimney for the night. We say it looks
like they are being sucked into the chimney or it looks like reverse chimney
smoke. We were not disappointed tonight and we were quite surprised while
counting the birds as they were entering the chimney. They kept coming in
and by 9:45-9:50pm we had counted over 675 birds entering the chimney for
their evening roost. And this is only July 10!



As an avid conservation person working with Eastern Bluebirds, Tree
Swallows, Purple Martins and American Kestrels and putting up state of the
art housing, many of us monitors have noticed we are having an amazing
season with nesting and fledging many birds. Bluebirds have started their
3rd nesting in central Ohio. Some areas might say the cicadas have helped
but that is only for a few weeks and not all of Ohio. I can now add Chimney
Swifts to the list of insect eating birds doing very well so far this
season. Of course, they are going to eat smaller insects. I have never
seen this many birds staging this early in the 15 years I have been watching
them.



I count and enter data in www.chimneyswift.org and over the weekend of Aug
11, 12, 13 is Swift Night Out. They want you to watch near dusk for the
sound of the swifts twittering and chittering and flying around a chimney
before they begin to enter when the light is low enough. Then, as best as
you can, count them as they enter the chimney and note the start and end
time.



On Sept 8, 9, 10 they have a second Swift Night Out. For both monthly
counts, I will visit Sells Middle School. 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 entering sooner.



About 12 years ago, the peek counts at Sells Middle School 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 later this year. Check Columbus Audubon's calendar of events for
several public programs about the swifts during Swift Night out. Bring your
lawn chair and you and the mosquitos will enjoy the free show.



Darlene Sillick

Powell, Ohio










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Subject: Osprey & Nighthawk
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 21:23 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I saw "my" Osprey twice today over the apt complex pond, this morning trying to fish in the rain then late this afternoon, it flew over again but didn't stay long. 

Tonight I was out for a walk & heard a Common Nighthawk call twice.

Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: Mississippi Kite-Junction Earthworks
Date: Sun Jul 9 2017 21:35 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Just returned from Mothapalooza in southern Ohio and stopped in
Chillicothe on our way home. We were at Junction Earthworks from 2:30PM
to 3PM today 7/9. Saw the Mississippi Kite 3 times in the 1/2 hr.
Beautiful bird.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: OHIO-BIRDS Digest - 5 Jul 2017 to 7 Jul 2017 (#2017-182)
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 21:16 pm
From: cecehj AT gmail.com
 
I recently hear that Louise Gambill passed away a day or so ago. Louise and
Red will long be remembered as avid birders in Ohio and in southern Texas
where they found several 1st sighting in the states. I have fond memories
of my beginning years of birding with them at Greenllawn
Cemetery.........Louise never missed a bird call and Red had or so so many
stories.............

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> Topics of the day:
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> 1. Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Clark County
> 2. Update On The Continuing Conneaut Sandspit Saga
> 3. Conneaut Sandspit Posting Followup
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> Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2017 19:01:55 -0400
> From: Doug Overacker
> Subject: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Clark County
>
> Julie Karlson and I were driving along Summerford Road just south of Thomas
> Road in Clark County when we saw this leucistic Red-tailed Hawk. I have put
> a couple pictures on Ebird. I hope you can get to the checklist at
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> Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2017 23:58:48 +0000
> From: robert lane
> Subject: Update On The Continuing Conneaut Sandspit Saga
>
> Today, Friday July 7th, my wife Denise and I visited "The Conneaut
> Sandspit", as I call it, in Ashtabula County, for about five hours. For
> those interested, the access toll gate, mentioned in an earlier posting by
> me, is now complete. Fortunately it was open this morning, with no one
> collecting the $5 fee. A recent attached newspaper article gives additional
> proposals, why it is being done, and how soon. Open the file for the update
> on what is planned. Thanks to Ashtabula County birder Bob Krajeski for
> providing the most recent local information to me. It is hoped, on my part,
> that regulating the access to this one of a kind Ohio birding treasure,
> will help benefit, to some extent, the celebrity stopover migrating birds.
>
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> Bob Lane / Mahoning County
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> Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2017 00:20:13 +0000
> From: robert lane
> Subject: Conneaut Sandspit Posting Followup
>
> Apparently I am unable, or not knowledgeable enough, to attach the PDF
> file to the "Ohio Birds" post.
>
>
> The article was in yesterdays, July 6th, Star Beacon weekly newspaper.
> The story was "Vehicle Fee Coming To Conneaut Sandbar".
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>
> Sorry for the confusion.
>
>
> Bob Lane
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Subject: Kestrel 2nd brood ??
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 19:42 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
Hi Elayna,

I have been doing a kestrel project around the state from a grant I received last year and I have a 2nd nesting at Ottawa Boss Unit nest box. This is not uncommon to have a second nesting. They fledged 5 young in June and she laid 2 more eggs June 30 and is incubating now. We are putting up a 2nd nestbox at Ottawa at the Adam Grimm prairie area in the next week or so. I have 20 boxes up with my new ladder-less design. Mike and Dawn Zook are the thrilled monitors at Ottawa. Their text with a 2nd nesting rattled my phone. What a thrill to work with AMKE and have success.

Be careful not to bother the female too much while she is incubating. And I imagine the areas that had cicadas had pretty full clutches of young in their nestboxes this season.

I have boxes on 14 foot Troyer Purple Martin poles with a winch system to raise and safely lower the cedar kestrel boxes. I use a quick release baffle. Many boxes are in local Franklin County Metro Parks and a few are placed around the state to learn what the birds will do. I do use locks so the boxes are not lowered by curious non-monitors.

Dick Tuttle has done a lot of work for over 22 years with kestrels. His boxes are placed on the back of interstate signs. View his work on the Columbus Audubon conservation page. He has several nice articles. The first successful kestrel nest fledged young in 1995, and after 22 successful seasons, 1,029 young falcons have entered the skies over Delaware County. My design is without ladders with safety for the monitors and of course for the birds. Dick is my mentor and many of us have learned much about conservation from him. I did cc: him so you can email him.

Visit The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho for excellent information on raptor conservation. This has been a great source of information and their work is amazing. I have been working with them and Cornell Nestwatch for a few years getting ready for the kestrel project. http://peregrinefund.org/explo...

I will let you know how the numbers are this season. It is still early and eggs are still being laid and are hatching.

Best,
Darlene Sillick
Powell, Ohio


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Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kestrel 2nd brood ??

Hi Everyone,

To our surprise, our kestrels are on the nest again with 4 eggs. Have others seen this happen as well? If so, does it happen very often? This has only happened once before in over 15 years and that time the eggs did not hatch.

Thanks,

Elayna



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Subject: Kestrel 2nd brood ??
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 15:10 pm
From: EMStierhoff AT columbus.gov
 
Hi Everyone,

To our surprise, our kestrels are on the nest again with 4 eggs. Have others seen this happen as well? If so, does it happen very often? This has only happened once before in over 15 years and that time the eggs did not hatch.

Thanks,

Elayna



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Subject: American Avocet
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 11:02 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
There is currently an American Avocet at Big Island in Marion County. It is
in the east pond along LaRue Prospect Rd. Walk the dike between the east
pond and the middle pond half way back and look east.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Clark County
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 10:39 am
From: info AT birdingecotours.co.za
 
Very interesting, thanks Doug (copy to others)



How common are these leucistic Red-tailed Hawks? Tom Fishburn and I also saw
the one shown at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/c... just
under a week ago.



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Subject: [Ohio-birds] Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Clark County



Julie Karlson and I were driving along Summerford Road just south of Thomas
Road in Clark County when we saw this leucistic Red-tailed Hawk. I have put
a couple pictures on Ebird. I hope you can get to the checklist at

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



Doug Overacker

Springfield, Ohio



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Subject: Final Chapter On Conneaut From Yesterday
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 9:15 am
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
First of all, thanks to Ken Andrews for posting the link to the Conneaut article. Hopefully next time I will know the proper procedure. As for our visit yesterday, we birded The Sandspit, The Harbor Area, and the wooded overlook area at The Township Park above the public beach, from 8:30AM to 1:30AM. Great birding, recording 50 species. At about 8:40AM, just before the hour and a half torrential rains and wind came, we did  a Bald Eagle count, scoping the breakwalls and the aggregate pile areas, from the sandspit. The amazing, annual Conneaut Harbor gathering of eagles, has begun, with 25 yesterday. 6 adults and 19 juveniles, in all stages of plumage. 58 Turkey Vultures rounded out the survey. The Lake Erie water level is still presently about as high as it can get. Shorebird habitat is excellent, if they decide to drop in, even though our only sightings yesterday were Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, and Killdeer. Some of the other highlights on the spit were a Caspian Tern, 3 groups of Common Mergansers, a single Marsh Wren, a Green Heron, and had to be seen to believe, twice, we saw a male Red-winged Blackbird actually land on the back of a low flying Turkey Vulture, pecking away at it. Apparently the vulture was to close to the blackbird nest behind the observation tower. Bank Swallows were numerous over in the dock area at the end of the marina road. The Canada Goose count in the harbor area was the highest ever, at no less than 450. After noon birding the township park on top of the hill, was very rewarding. Red-headed Woodpecker, Cedar Waxwing, Purple Finch, Pileated Woodpecker, and an Eastern Kingbird, just to name a few. At the end of our adventure, we closed out with ice cream at the nice concession stand in the lower parking lot. Our total list of sightings can be found on E-bird. Just another memorable, this time all good, day at Conneaut. By 1:30PM, "The Sandspit" was becoming flooded with people. It was time to head home.


Bob and Denise Lane / 90 miles away in Mahoning County

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Subject: Yellow-crowned night-heron - Fulton County
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 8:00 am
From: 000004a31559e9c9-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
This morning, the Yellow-crowned night-heron was back in the same spot as it was three weeks ago...feeding in a large lawn at 3261 Fulton County Road F, just southwest of Swanton. It was present from when I arrived at 6:30 until about 7:45 when it flew to the back of the property.


Matt Anderson


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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit Posting - Link to article
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 7:10 am
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
Link to article...

http://www.starbeacon.com/news...

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Subject: L Hope Zaleski-18 Warblers
Date: Sat Jul 8 2017 7:04 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
Visited area July 3rd and 7th

Saw many adults foraging and males singing

Young birds
White-eyed Vireo
Baltimore Oriole-young males and females
Brown Thrasher

Behavior
Sharpie- hunting
Baltimore Oriole-female feed young female
Whip-poor-will--calling

For more info on the 20 Breeding Warblers go to eBird Hotspots Zaleski State Forest

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Subject: Conneaut Sandspit Posting Followup
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 19:20 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
Apparently I am unable, or not knowledgeable enough, to attach the PDF file to the "Ohio Birds" post.


The article was in yesterdays, July 6th, Star Beacon weekly newspaper. The story was "Vehicle Fee Coming To Conneaut Sandbar".


Sorry for the confusion.


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Subject: Update On The Continuing Conneaut Sandspit Saga
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 18:58 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
Today, Friday July 7th, my wife Denise and I visited "The Conneaut Sandspit", as I call it, in Ashtabula County, for about five hours. For those interested, the access toll gate, mentioned in an earlier posting by me, is now complete. Fortunately it was open this morning, with no one collecting the $5 fee. A recent attached newspaper article gives additional proposals, why it is being done, and how soon. Open the file for the update on what is planned. Thanks to Ashtabula County birder Bob Krajeski for providing the most recent local information to me. It is hoped, on my part, that regulating the access to this one of a kind Ohio birding treasure, will help benefit, to some extent, the celebrity stopover migrating birds.


Bob Lane / Mahoning County

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Subject: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Clark County
Date: Fri Jul 7 2017 18:02 pm
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
Julie Karlson and I were driving along Summerford Road just south of Thomas
Road in Clark County when we saw this leucistic Red-tailed Hawk. I have put
a couple pictures on Ebird. I hope you can get to the checklist at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Gully Brook Park, Willoughby
Date: Wed Jul 5 2017 20:52 pm
From: mary.huey AT sbcglobal.net
 
I spent a couple hours wandering through Gully Brook Park in Willoughby today -- being just 3/4 mile from my house, I'm there at least once a week. Even though it's a small park, there is plenty to interest one.
Today was extra good because I saw all six woodpeckers -- red-headed (coming and going from an active nest which I've been watching since June 26), red-bellied, pileated (with a fledgling), hairy (with a fledgling), downy, and flicker! In addition to all the usual suspects, I heard 2 wood thrush, rose-breasted grosbeak, and at least 4 each of indigo bunting and red-eyed vireo; found a red-shouldered hawk loafing deep in the woods, heard one or two Barred Owls calling around 4:30 p.m. (for the third time in the past two weeks), and great crested flycatcher. It's an easy park to walk and doing it slowly usually scores 20 to 30 species. I've seen an odd male scarlet tanager there twice -- mottled red and yellow with black wings -- still trying to get a picture, so if you go there, take your camera and keep on the look out for him!
There is a tiny wet area at the center of the park that has been yielding an interesting variety of dragonflies recently -- probably nothing uncommon but they are pretty easy to see because the area is so small. Today there were blue dashers, a ruby meadowhawk, a 12-spotted skimmer and quite a few common whitetails and last week we found one of the spreadwings and a least skipper butterfly.
Also keep your eye out for a magnificent 8-point buck with velvet covered antlers -- I'm not a deer fan, but he's a healthy good looking animal.
Mary HueyWilloughby

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Summer Birds
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 16:08 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of
Columbus off of I 270 and Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit.

Below is a list of some of the birds seen Sunday (July 2nd)

Nature Center Parking lot
Wood Thrush
Chimney Swifts-3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-male, female
Hairy Woodpecker-male

Lake Trail
Red-eyed Vireo
E Wood Peewee
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
E Bluebird-male
Carolina Wren
E Towhee
C Yelowthroat
Indigo Bunting

Thoreau Lake
Mallard-female with 3 ducklings
Wood Duck-female with 2 ducklings
Female with 3 ducklings
Turkey-female
Green Heron-adult, young
Great Blue Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
E Kingbird
E Phoebe
N Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Brown Thrasher-young

Brookside Trail
Hooded Warbler

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Nature Center 614-895-6221

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Mississippi Kite
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 14:47 pm
From: mvs AT ohionature.org
 
Can someone share the details on where to find.

On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 3:46 PM Alex Eberts wrote:

> If you're asking whether the MIKIs in Chillicothe are still present, the
> answer is yes. They were seen yesterday morning at 10:30.
>
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Subject: Mississippi Kite
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 14:41 pm
From: aeberts33 AT gmail.com
 
If you're asking whether the MIKIs in Chillicothe are still present, the answer is yes. They were seen yesterday morning at 10:30. 

> On Jul 4, 2017, at 3:01 PM, Douglas Bohanan wrote:
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Subject: Mississippi Kite
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 14:02 pm
From: bhern34 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Mississippi Kite today, yes or no?

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Subject: Dickcissels & cranes
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 13:46 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
This AM, I checked out the Margaret Peak Nature Reserve in Lorain Cty. Several Dickcissels were cooperative, perched & singing. Great views, even some decent photo opps. Some were still singing when I left at noon. 

Sparrows: Grasshopper (mostly heard only), Vesper, Savannah (v good looks), & Song.

Several Spotted SPs (& Killdeer) that I presume nest there?

Great Egret, Great Blue, Pied-billed Grebe, mallard, Wood Duck female w/ducklings.

Indigo Buntings. Heard an E Meadowlark.

Moved on to Sandy Ridge where I saw one adult & one imm Bald Eagle. Many Great Egrets. Picked up a beautiful male Orchard Oriole. Female RB Grosbeak. More Wood Ducks w/ducklings. E Bluebird flycatching alongside an E Kingbird--both successful.

Before heading home, decided to check out an apt complex nearby. My gps took me the long way in but as I was about to turn into the apt complex (retreat at stafford), I did a double take: a pair of Sandhill Cranes were nonchalantly grazing in an empty lot in the adjacent subdivision right by the road. They did not seem disturbed by the multiple people stopping incl a carload of photographers. At one point, the pair both knelt down for an afternoon snooze--something I don't think I've ever seen.

The photographers said it was likely the pair that attempted to nest at Sandy Ridge but were not successful.

Never know what you'll find driving around OH!!

Peggy Wang
Hudson



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Subject: American Avocets Conneaut
Date: Tue Jul 4 2017 8:44 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Mark Shaver reports two American Avocets at Conneaut harbor spit this morning at 8:40 am 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH
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