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12 Feb: @ 20:47:25  Snowy owls/geese around Cleveland? [Lisa Lazar]
12 Feb: @ 10:03:55  Scioto county questions [Bill Whan]
11 Feb: @ 21:49:02  Portage Cy. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker [Jim Tomko]
11 Feb: @ 14:12:55  Rusty Blackbirds - Tuscarawas Co. [Dan Kramer]
11 Feb: @ 14:04:07  Ross Geese FRANK 2/11/16 [David Tan]
11 Feb: @ 11:07:17 Re: Kelp Gull Viewing [Doreene Linzell]
11 Feb: @ 10:29:03  Kelp Gull Viewing [Jon Cefus]
11 Feb: @ 09:22:58  Kelp Gull not seen am [Craig Caldwell]
11 Feb: @ 08:05:57  Why eBird?? [Matthew Valenic]
10 Feb: @ 11:53:36  Redpolls, not crossbills [Bill Whan]
10 Feb: @ 11:31:23  Feeder mix - Muskingum County - Flint Ridge upland farm [Robert Evans]
10 Feb: @ 11:29:14 Re: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots [jeremy]
10 Feb: @ 10:50:40 Re: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots [Alex Eberts]
10 Feb: @ 09:57:59  AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots [Bill Whan]
10 Feb: @ 08:35:08  Rusty Blackbirds in backyard [Sally Isacco]
09 Feb: @ 22:06:16  Snow Geese @ Big Island Wildlife Area [Steve Jones]
09 Feb: @ 17:54:34  Ross's Goose & ovenbird- Cleveland [Betsy MacMillan]
09 Feb: @ 11:30:53  Mentor, Lake County Ross's Geese [Chris Swan]
09 Feb: @ 10:32:47  Mentor Ross's Geese??? [Chris Swan]
09 Feb: @ 09:41:08  Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Terry Sponseller]
08 Feb: @ 18:37:23  Brambling Medina County [jen brumfield]
08 Feb: @ 18:29:37  Snowy Owls, Burke [jen brumfield]
08 Feb: @ 18:17:28  CLE Ross's Goose and Snow [jen brumfield]
08 Feb: @ 18:10:04  New eBird Hotspots have been activated [Ken Ostermiller]
08 Feb: @ 16:28:25  SSW Logan County (East Liberty) Waterfowl [Steve Jones]
08 Feb: @ 16:27:43 Re: Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co. [Mark Vass]
08 Feb: @ 16:10:57  Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co. [mvas1200@yahoo.com]
08 Feb: @ 12:41:08  Ross's Geese-Four still remain southeast of Mentor Lagoons [Sally Isacco]
08 Feb: @ 12:06:47  Geese numbers? [Steve Jones]
08 Feb: @ 10:28:48  Ottawa NWR Monthly Census [DUG]
08 Feb: @ 10:26:00  RPT: Cincinnati Bird Club Merlin Census [Brian Wulker]
07 Feb: @ 20:14:02  Cackling geese at Scenic Park, Emerald Necklace Marina Lakewood [Penny OConnor]
07 Feb: @ 18:58:13  Red Crossbill Edgewater Park CLE [jen brumfield]
07 Feb: @ 18:43:22 Re: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Elaine & Marty Cohen]
07 Feb: @ 18:42:01  Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [Elaine & Marty Cohen]
07 Feb: @ 16:30:16  Kelp Gull Springfield Lake [jen brumfield]
07 Feb: @ 16:16:19  Killdeer Plains/Big Island/Panhandle Road [Andrew Sewell]
07 Feb: @ 14:39:18  Ross's Goose and Snow Goose [Paul Kowalczyk]
07 Feb: @ 13:48:25  AlumCreekLake,2-07: scoters No, Goldeneye Yes [rob thorn]
07 Feb: @ 13:43:18 Re: 2/6/16 [KBPhotoshop]
07 Feb: @ 13:15:49 Re: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment [Deb]
07 Feb: @ 11:55:14  Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment [Nancy Anderson]
07 Feb: @ 09:29:14  BRAMBLING - Yes [jeremy]
07 Feb: @ 08:59:30  Slate Run MP snow geese [Randel Rogers]
07 Feb: @ 08:51:36  Snow and Ross's Geese Cleveland [jen brumfield]
07 Feb: @ 08:37:03  Ross's Goose in Highland Hills Cuyahoga County - Yes [Todd Eiben]
07 Feb: @ 06:57:04  KELP - YES [Jon Cefus]
07 Feb: @ 05:53:51  2/6/16 [Debora Parker]
06 Feb: @ 21:33:18  Mosquito Creek WA Trumbull County - Snow Geese Additions 2/6/16 [Nancy Anderson]
06 Feb: @ 21:09:15  CLE Hopkins airport 3 Snowy Owls [jen brumfield]





Subject: Snowy owls/geese around Cleveland?
Date: Fri Feb 12 2016 20:47 pm
From: lazarstromberg AT hotmail.com
 



Hello -

I am heading up to Lakewood today (Sat. 2/13) and am wondering if any snowy owls are still at Burke or Hopkins (last show on this list was 2/9). I am also wondering where might be good in the area to see any non-Canadian geese . . .

Thanks for any thoughts - wonderful list!

Lisa Lazar




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Subject: Scioto county questions
Date: Fri Feb 12 2016 10:03 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
A lot of questions could be answered if we knew more about the work of 
Mrs. G. W. Bannon. The Bannons were prominent in Portsmouth, with much
interest in natural history, and Ms. Bannon was skilled in the taxidermy
of birds.
The following announcement appeared in the Forty-third annual report of
the Ohio State Board of Agriculture for the year 1888 (Westbote Co,
Columbus, 1889, p. 70):
"The ladies in charge of the Woman's Department have taken the liberty
to commend the following exhibits to the attention of the Board, and to
recommend that a silver medal be awarded for excellence: ...3. To Mrs.
G. W. Bannon, of Portsmouth, for a large exhibit of the birds of Scioto
county, the product of her skill in taxidermy. The exhibit was not only
very large, but was pronounced by skilled persons as very excellent work."
On page 155 we learn that Ms. Bannon won that silver medal. Recently,
the Local History department of the Portsmouth Public Library located an
undated clipping from the local newspaper in a story about a passenger
pigeon specimen retained there, which reported in part that “Much of
Mrs. Bannon’s collection is in the State Archaeological and Historical
Museum in Columbus now.”
The 1888 exhibit could not have attracted the attention of J. M.
Wheaton, the state’s foremost ornithologist, who died the year before,
but Oliver Davie, the famous oologist and taxidermist, lived in Columbus
at the time. He does not mention Bannon in any published work I could
find. The exhibit is presented in a sexist context here, and no doubt
that affected its future. It may well have preceded Bannon’s preparation
of the state's only whooping crane specimen, however, and any donation
to the collection in the Statehouse that later became the OSU Museum
presumably took place at a later date. Acquisition of the crane may have
occurred after the donation, and as late as 1902.
The Historical Society, some of whose collections preceded those at OSU,
retains a good number of bird specimens without data.
The Archaeological and Historical Museum was a product of the A&H
Society, formed in Columbus in 1885, later garnering State support in
1888. In 1894 its library and museum were moved to the OSU Campus and
curated by faculty. This was the direct antecedent of the current OSU
Museum. Over a thousand bird skins from the A&H collection are retained
at the Ohio Historical Society, forming the majority of the Wheaton
Collection, nearly all of them study skins which lack tag data except
for species names. There is currently nothing in either collection with
data citing Bannon by name as collector, despite her many contributions
to Ohio ornithology. There are 121 OSU Museum specimens from Scioto
County, but only two of them lack data. Even if the donation was very
large, such as the material in the exhibit, it could still conceivably
be hidden among the several hundred OSUM specimens (counting only those
likely from North America) with no data, which include one demounted
whooping crane specimen, #756. Without data, however, this is a dead end.
Is there somewhere a description of Bannon’s collection, or even an
inventory of its contents? Is there an A&H Society accessions record
from before 1902? There seems to be nothing of this kind at OSU. We can
look at the ledgers at the OHS, but they do not elaborate on each and
every article in a large accession. Most likely is more searches for
information in Portsmouth, maybe with the Bannon family, or perhaps in
some other place. But even if a Portsmouth inventory is found with a
whooping crane and data more complete than the known record offers, we
are not a millimeter closer to a specimen. The only remnant I could find
of her work was a passenger pigeon mount that is still retained in
Portsmouth city library. Some research on Bannon's work with birds could
be very revealing, and needs doing.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Portage Cy. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 21:49 pm
From: jwtomkood AT windstream.net
 
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker feeding on suet block interchanging with 2 Downy and 1 Hairy today.

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - Tuscarawas Co.
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 14:12 pm
From: dankramer6 AT gmail.com
 
The current cold snap has brought 5 rusty blackbirds to my feeders today.



Dan Kramer

Bolivar - Tuscarawas County


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Subject: Ross Geese FRANK 2/11/16
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 14:04 pm
From: melanerpers56 AT gmail.com
 
At 11 am we had four ad. Ross Geese (not hybrids fyi) in Darby Bend
Lake, Prairie Oak MP. They were together with 11 Canada Geese and 6 L
Scaup along the east shore. Their tiny triangular bills were pink
with white tips and bluish rings at the base.

Two Rough-legged Hawks were along Kulhwein Rd. at Battelle Darby.

--
Patty and David Tan
Columbus
melanerpers56@gmail.com

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Subject: Kelp Gull Viewing
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 11:07 am
From: dlinzell611 AT wowway.com
 
To follow up on John's post about where to view the Kelp Gull - I put Lakemore Recreation Park into my GPS/phone and the directions take me right there!!

Many thanks to John for posting so much about this bird!!

Doreene Linzell





On Feb 11, 2016, at 11:28 AM, Jon Cefus wrote:

> I wanted to take a moment to speak to a facet of trying to see the Kelp Gull that was addressed when it was first found by Ben Morrison, but has not been recently spoken to. If you are using the parking area and Gazebo for the party center directly east of the Springfield skating rink you are on private property and should cease using that area.
>
> When the bird was first found at the rink the owner of the rink was very excited and accommodating to the rush of birders to see the gull. Almost immediately, folks realized that the parking area with the gazebo was superior viewing of the lake and started to use it. The owner of the rink in conversation with myself and Ben said that the owner of the party center is NOT ok with folks using their property for anything other than paid events at their business. If you were previously unaware of this, then I hope this reminder solves that lack of information. The parking lot of the rink itself is fine, but you're dealing with a chain link fence unless you get elevated in some way.
>
> There are several public spots available around the lake that provide ample views of the birds and have been widely reported since this bird showed up, the community park on the south shore being the primary spot. It's true that you cannot always see all the diagnostic field marks from those spots, but that's birding. Using the multiple factors associated with making the call on this species can make it hard to make the call with certainty, but if you're diligent and deliberate it's doable.
>
> This is just a friendly reminder so that we can continue to watch this remarkable gull AND be seen as a respectable and conscientious group of enthusiasts.
>
> Jon Cefus
>
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Subject: Kelp Gull Viewing
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 10:29 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
I wanted to take a moment to speak to a facet of trying to see the Kelp Gull that was addressed when it was first found by Ben Morrison, but has not been recently spoken to.  If you are using the parking area and Gazebo for the party center directly east of the Springfield skating rink you are on private property and should cease using that area.  

When the bird was first found at the rink the owner of the rink was very excited and accommodating to the rush of birders to see the gull. Almost immediately, folks realized that the parking area with the gazebo was superior viewing of the lake and started to use it. The owner of the rink in conversation with myself and Ben said that the owner of the party center is NOT ok with folks using their property for anything other than paid events at their business. If you were previously unaware of this, then I hope this reminder solves that lack of information. The parking lot of the rink itself is fine, but you're dealing with a chain link fence unless you get elevated in some way.

There are several public spots available around the lake that provide ample views of the birds and have been widely reported since this bird showed up, the community park on the south shore being the primary spot. It's true that you cannot always see all the diagnostic field marks from those spots, but that's birding. Using the multiple factors associated with making the call on this species can make it hard to make the call with certainty, but if you're diligent and deliberate it's doable.

This is just a friendly reminder so that we can continue to watch this remarkable gull AND be seen as a respectable and conscientious group of enthusiasts.

Jon Cefus

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Kelp Gull not seen am
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 9:22 am
From: craig_caldwell AT sbcglobal.net
 
 Despite up to 10 pairs of eyes present at the gazebo next to the roller rink and party center from 7:15 to 8:30 am, we couldn't turn any of the black-backed gulls into the Kelp.  At least two great and one lesser were there on the ice with the 500+ herring gulls until a bald eagle put them to flight.
Craig CaldwellEditor, The Ohio CardinalThe Ohio Ornithological Society

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Subject: Why eBird??
Date: Thu Feb 11 2016 8:05 am
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
Birding is enjoyed at many levels but the things we see at every level is
important. Cornell Lab of Ornithology just released an animation of the
migration routes of migratory birds across South and North American, in both
directions. The data to create this animation came for the 'Citizen
Science' data entries in eBird. Here is a link to the Cornell website
animation
(https://www.allaboutbirds.org/...
migrate-across-a-map-of-the-western-hemisphere/?utm_source=Crnell%20Lab%20e
News

&utm_campaigny1d17d813-Cornell_Lab_eNews_2016_02_11&utm_medium=eail&utm_t
erm=047588b5758-791d17d813-277970361).



If you already use eBird, that's great. Your inputs helped make the
migration animation possible. If you don't use eBird, why not consider
establishing an account and start by entering some or your sightings,
especially when you see something special (large numbers or a specie or 'a
bird out of place').



An added bonus of using eBird, and the thing that got me hooked about 5
years ago, is that it keeps track of your Life List - everywhere! Of
course, you have to enter the birds for that data to be complete. For me,
it's worth it.



With 12" of new snow in the last 24 hours I am ready for the spring
migration to begin!



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Redpolls, not crossbills
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 11:53 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
I've already gotten five kindly reminders that I had written
"crossbills" rather than "redpolls" in my last post. I am grateful for
the corrections, but won't need any more!
Scusi,
Bill

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Subject: Feeder mix - Muskingum County - Flint Ridge upland farm
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 11:31 am
From: benbovas AT gmail.com
 
The sudden drop in temperatures over the past two days combined with the
three inches of blowing snow has had the expected result, but sometimes
it's nice to see that expected result.

Ground feeding sparrows (junco, tree, white-throated) have joined the
crowds around our feeders in impressive numbers. We see a few even during
warmer winter temperatures, but they arrived in numbers with the re-arrival
of winter.

Jane and I added a pair of feeders seen through our north-facing picture
window of the kitchen, and so now we have birds on three sides during
breakfast. This makes it difficult to come up with real numbers, but what
the heck...

For reference, we feed black oil sunflower, nyger thistle, and suet.

I would say around fifty juncos are frequenting the area now, with 15 tree
sparrows and half a dozen white-throated sparrows. These join our usual mix
of dozens of goldfinches and house finches, quite a few house sparrows
(although fewer than the finches,) a few song sparrows, a dozen or more
cardinals, along with common appearances by the expected chickadees
(Carolina at this latitude), titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, downy,
hairy and red-bellied woodpeckers. During January we were getting visits
from a flicker or two, but I haven't seen them the past couple days. An few
blue jays swoop in to stir things up now and then.

A Cooper's hawk cruised through the area yesterday afternoon. I didn't see
it take anything although I have in the past.

The one real difference is that a flock of cowbirds arrived yesterday
morning, joining the always-present starlings or at least sharing the
space. These are the first cowbirds I have seen here in 2016. My high
count, between feeders and the nearby maple tree, was 23.

Waiting and watching for others...

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 11:29 am
From: jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com
 
I also don't see anything about crossbills. There is something about the redpolls.

V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

On Feb 10, 2016, at 12:12 PM, Alex Eberts wrote:

Bill, did you mean to say lump our local redpolls? Don't think it would be logical to lump our crossbills. :)

On Feb 10, 2016, at 10:57 AM, Bill Whan wrote:

Changes are formally proposed yearly to the official list of North
American bird species, and the most recent may be found at
http://www.gizard.org/nacc/pro... . At least two of
these proposals may influence Ohio birders if accepted: lumping of our
two local crossbills, and new species status among four Ohio
woodpeckers, which would be kind of the opposite, though no splits are
involved.
There is also an argument for lumping the American and Caribbean coots!
I can remember hours spent staring at coots in Florida hoping to find
"Caribbeans" years ago, without any conclusive result, and--just as for
the crossbills--I am relieved to see a proposal to lump them...just too
much ambiguity. I'm glad to see rigorous scientific work that confirms
impressions of field observations. Listers may rankle at these
proposals, but it's the birds that really 'count"!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 10:50 am
From: aeberts33 AT gmail.com
 
Bill, did you mean to say lump our local redpolls? Don't think it would be logical to lump our crossbills. :)

> On Feb 10, 2016, at 10:57 AM, Bill Whan wrote:
>
> Changes are formally proposed yearly to the official list of North
> American bird species, and the most recent may be found at
> http://www.gizard.org/nacc/pro... . At least two of
> these proposals may influence Ohio birders if accepted: lumping of our
> two local crossbills, and new species status among four Ohio
> woodpeckers, which would be kind of the opposite, though no splits are
> involved.
> There is also an argument for lumping the American and Caribbean coots!
> I can remember hours spent staring at coots in Florida hoping to find
> "Caribbeans" years ago, without any conclusive result, and--just as for
> the crossbills--I am relieved to see a proposal to lump them...just too
> much ambiguity. I'm glad to see rigorous scientific work that confirms
> impressions of field observations. Listers may rankle at these
> proposals, but it's the birds that really 'count"!
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
>
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Subject: AOU checklist proposals on crossbills and coots
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 9:57 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Changes are formally proposed yearly to the official list of North
American bird species, and the most recent may be found at
http://www.gizard.org/nacc/pro... . At least two of
these proposals may influence Ohio birders if accepted: lumping of our
two local crossbills, and new species status among four Ohio
woodpeckers, which would be kind of the opposite, though no splits are
involved.
There is also an argument for lumping the American and Caribbean coots!
I can remember hours spent staring at coots in Florida hoping to find
"Caribbeans" years ago, without any conclusive result, and--just as for
the crossbills--I am relieved to see a proposal to lump them...just too
much ambiguity. I'm glad to see rigorous scientific work that confirms
impressions of field observations. Listers may rankle at these
proposals, but it's the birds that really 'count"!
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds in backyard
Date: Wed Feb 10 2016 8:35 am
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Had a nice surprise today,  a dozen Rusty Blackbirds in the backyard.  A
White-throated sparrow also showed up. Blackbirds last seen at 9:30AM.
My Red-winged Blackbird is still here. He has been here all winter.
Not bad for a snowy day.
Sally Isacco, Lake County

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Subject: Snow Geese @ Big Island Wildlife Area
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 22:06 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Well, I fear that the Snow Geese at Big Island have flown to warmer
pastures. As the Short-eared owls were coming out to play, the geese flew
up and up and out of sight, heading west. They may have flown somewhere
close by, but I doubt it. they were higher in the sky than I have ever
seen them, and they were getting into more of a formation for flying
instead of the close murmur type groupings that they were using closer to
the ground. We shall see.

The rest of the birds were the typical winter birds.

Happy Birding, and God Bless.

Steve J

Big Island Wildlife Area--North of Marion-Agosta Rd., Marion, Ohio, US
Feb 9, 2016 5:20 PM - 6:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4
6 species

Snow Goose 80 Both blue and white morphs. Continuing flock.
Ross's Goose 15 Continuing flock. Mixed in with flock of Snow Geese
Canada Goose 50 Not many around today...pretty much flyovers.
Mallard 16
Northern Harrier 3
Short-eared Owl 3

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Subject: Ross's Goose & ovenbird- Cleveland
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 17:54 pm
From: betsymac5 AT gmail.com
 
 Near tennis courts in front of VA Hospital on MLK Boulevard
Tuesday, 3:30 with a flock of Canada Geese. See photo.
Also, ovenbird still in Ralph J. Perk Plaza, Cleveland with house sparrows
and white throated sparrows. (no Lincoln's Sparrows today)

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Subject: Mentor, Lake County Ross's Geese
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 11:30 am
From: swan.1 AT live.com
 
Yes!!! All 4 were feeding in the back lawn of the house east of the water treatment plant with Canada Geese. Thank you Ray for the help! 

Chris Swan

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Subject: Mentor Ross's Geese???
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 10:32 am
From: swan.1 AT live.com
 
Any sightings of the Mentor Lagoons/water plant Ross's Geese today? Going to try and run down in a bit. 

Swan



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Subject: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
Date: Tue Feb 9 2016 9:41 am
From: tsbs AT neo.rr.com
 
We observed the Kelp Gull this morning from about 7:30 until 8:00 when all the gulls lifted.  It was sitting on the ice near the roller rink.  There were also several Lesser Black- backed Gulls and a Great Black-backed Gull.
Terry and Barb Sponseller

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Subject: Brambling Medina County
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 18:37 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
The long-staying Brambling was again seen today (the 8th) at the private feeders in front of the private white farm house immediately west of Allardale Park in Medina County. The bird has been seen daily since its discovery. Some days folks have waited upwards of 2 hours, and other days, five to 15 minutes in between sightings. 


Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Snowy Owls, Burke
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 18:29 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Liz McQuaid relocated both Snowy Owls at Burke Lakefront Airport today. Folks routinely ask where the best spots are to view Burke Snowy Owls---there are no best sites beyond using effort and attention *all along the entire length of Marginal Road along the airport*. There are multiple legal pull off spots at gates along the fence. The Snowy Owls move around enough at Burke to where their locations change daily and often hourly. On days when they cannot be located at the airport proper they may be resting on the outer CLE breakwall just offshore the airport, best viewed from East 9th street pier and East 55th marina, with a scope  


Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: CLE Ross's Goose and Snow
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 18:17 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
The blue Snow Goose was present this afternoon at East 55th Marina and Lisa Rainsong and others had the Ross's Goose in front of the CLE Museum of Art at the pond called "Wade Lagoon"


Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH

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Subject: New eBird Hotspots have been activated
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 18:10 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 


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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Erie County

Lake Park, Huron

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Lake+Park+Huron



Franklin County

Parkridge Park--Alum Creek Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Parkridge+Park--Alum+Creek+Trail



Greene County

Kinsey Road Mound Preserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kinsey+Road+Mound+Preserve



Hamilton County

Walnut Hills Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Walnut+Hills+Cemetery

Miami Whitewater Forest--Strimple Rd.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami+Whitewater+Forest--Strimple+Road



Hocking County

Kachelmacher Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kachelmacher+Park



Lake County

Holden Arboretum--Corning Lake

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Holden+Arboretum--Corning+Lake



Meigs County

Racine Hydro Picnic Area

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Racine+Hydro+Picnic+Area



Mercer County

Grand Lake Saint Marys State Park--Windy Point

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Grand+Lake+Saint+Marys+State+Park--Windy+Point



Montgomery County

Sunsite Lake

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Sunsite+Lake



Morrow County

Gleason Family Nature Reserve

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Gleason+Family+Nature+Reserve

Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Maple+Grove+Cemetery+Chesterville



Shelby County

Miami-Erie Trail--Lake Loramie

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami-Erie+Trail--Lake+Loramie



Summit County

Chestnut Hill Memorial Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Chestnut+Hill+Memorial+Park


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: SSW Logan County (East Liberty) Waterfowl
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 16:28 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Well, the Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese are still here, and I
finally got good counts on both of them...last time some were hidden by the
bank, but this time they were all out resting on the grass. They don't
seem to have a care in the world as to wanting to move. :-D
Makes me wonder how long they will stick around.

Happy Birding and God Bless.

Steve J.

US-Ohio-East Liberty-11000 Ohio 347 - 40.332x-83.559
Feb 08, 2016
3:30 PM
Stationary
9 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Continuing birds at factory's pond.
Submitted from eBird Android 1.0.2-beta4

13 Greater White-fronted Goose -- Medium sized geese brown and white with
orange bill. Continuing flock.
7 Snow Goose -- 4 white, 3 blue
51 Canada Goose

Number of Taxa: 3

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Subject: Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co.
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 16:27 pm
From: 000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Sorry,
I should have signed my location
Ambridge,Pa.
--------------------------------------------
On Mon, 2/8/16, mvas1200@yahoo.com wrote:

Subject: [Ohio-birds] Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co.
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Date: Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:03 PM

There was a Snow Goose foraging in a
field with Canada Geese in Monroe Center alongside Rt. 7
this morning

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Snow Goose - Ashtabula Co.
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 16:10 pm
From: 000001e9902b144b-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
There was a Snow Goose foraging in a field with Canada Geese in Monroe Center alongside Rt. 7 this morning

Mark Vass
Beaver Co.

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Subject: Ross's Geese-Four still remain southeast of Mentor Lagoons
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 12:41 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Ross's Geese 4 remain 2-8-16-southeast of Mentor Lagoons in the lawn in
front of the water treatment plant found by Ray Hannikman and Tom
Frankel on 2-6-16. Still present at 10:30AM.
Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Geese numbers?
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 12:06 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings!

I would be interested to know, with the change in the wind speed and
direction, if the Snow, Ross's, and Canada Geese numbers have declined.
So if you go out to areas where they have been lately, please post
positively or negatively. I'm betting that some are still here, just not
the numbers that we have seen.

Thanks,

Steve J

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Subject: Ottawa NWR Monthly Census
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 10:28 am
From: 0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
FEBRUARY 07, 2016 - Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Monthly Census.ROUTES: Same usual morning & afternoon routes. TIME: 8:00am-12:00pm; 1:30pm-6:30pmTEMP.: 26-52-47 COND.: Chilly early, turning mostly sunny through the morning; clouding up after 2:00pm;no snow cover; Lake Erie open, most canals & impoundments open.OBS.: Katie Clink (morning only), Donna Kuhn, Dave & Kim Myles (morning only), Ed Pierce, Jim Reyda,Al & Betty Schlecht (morning only) & Douglas W. Vogus.
I. MAMMALS: 7 SPECIES.
- Raccoon - 3

- Mink - 1
- Eastern Fox Squirrel - 5
- White-footed Mouse - 9
- Muskrat - 3
- Eastern Cottontail - 3
- White-tailed Deer - 5

II. BIRDS: 53 SPECIES.
- Snow Goose - 15 (7 white morph,8 blue morph)

- Ross's Goose - 1
- Cackling Goose - 4
- Canada Goose - 2,852
- Mute Swan - 2
- Trumpeter Swan - 44 (green band "74M"; yellow band "1A2"; yellow band (too far away to read)
- Tundra Swan - 4,000+
- Gadwall - 6
- American Black Duck - 16
- Mallard - 93
- Ring-necked Duck - 3
- Lesser Scaup - 3
- Common Goldeneye - 4
- Hooded Merganser - 2
- Common Merganser - 172
- Great Blue Heron - 18
- Bald Eagle - 13 (6 adult,7 immature)
- Northern Harrier - 9
- Red-tailed Hawk - 7
- Sandhill Crane - 7
- Ring-billed Gull - 163
- Herring Gull - 37
- Rock Pigeon - 1
- Mourning Dove - 55
- Eastern Screech-Owl - 1
- Great Horned Owl - 1
- Red-bellied Woodpecker - 8
- Downy Woodpecker - 18
- Hairy Woodpecker - 1
- Northern Flicker - 1
- American Kestrel - 4
- Blue Jay - 27
- American Crow - 6
- Horned Lark - 36
- Black-capped Chickadee - 22
- White-breasted Nuthatch - 12
- Brown Creeper - 2
- Eastern Bluebird - 2
- American Robin - 26
- European Starling - 70
- Lapland Longspur - 102
- American Tree Sparrow - 148
- Savannah Sparrow - 1
- Song Sparrow - 6
- Dark-eyed Junco - 5
- Northern Cardinal - 21
- Red-winged Blackbird - 124
- Rusty Blackbird - 20
- Common Grackle - 43
- Brown-headed Cowbird - 26
- House Finch - 2
- American Goldfinch - 43
- House Sparrow - 7

III. FISHES: 1 SPECIES.

- Goldfish - 1 (promptly devoured by a Herring Gull)


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.



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Subject: RPT: Cincinnati Bird Club Merlin Census
Date: Mon Feb 8 2016 10:26 am
From: bdwulker AT gmail.com
 
This weekend (2/6), the Cincinnati Bird Club embarked on the “first that we
know of” Cincinnati Merlin Census of the city’s urban green spaces and
surrounding areas. We fielded 16 parties with 32 participants covering 26
different locations around Cincinnati. Our original focus was to cover the
urban core of the city, where several locations have long histories of
wintering Merlins such as Old and New St. Joseph Cemeteries and Spring
Grove Cemetery. Other locations around these spots have also produced birds
in the past, so our goal was to get an approximate figure for just how many
Merlins are moving back and forth between these pockets of green space. Was
it just one or two that make the rounds around town, or was there one at
every property? Once our 8 main focus areas were covered, we expanded
outward to the Little Miami River Valley, Northern Kentucky and other
locations based on our member’s interests. Survey times were from 3pm – 5pm
in an effort to get birds coming into night roosts. Afterwards, we all met
at a local establishment to tally our finds.

A google map of the surveyed locations can be found here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z6zfKMbqPiMY.kf_ZOg2LG8m4&usp=sharing

Here are our results for Merlins and other raptors during the tally. Merlin
was the only species that we made a significant effort to identify
individually (time first observed – time last observed, behavior, age,
gender, anything else individually identifiable).

37 Black Vulture
24 Turkey Vulture
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
4 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Accipiter sp.
6 Red-shouldered Hawk
29 Red-tailed Hawk
1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
8 Merlin

Merlin breakdown:
1 at St. Mary’s Cemetery from 3:00-4:08pm
1 at Old St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:40–4:42pm
1 at New St. Joseph Cemetery from 4:35-5:00pm
2 at Spring Grove Cemetery, one from 4:05-4:27pm and another at 4:08pm
1 at the Newtown Gravel Pits 4:50-4:51pm
1 at Highland Cemetery at 5:10pm (Kenton Co. KY)
1 at Evergreen Cemetery from 3:55-4:00pm (Campbell Co. KY).

Within our original scope of the Cincinnati urban core, 5 total birds were
counted. 2 more were in Northern Kentucky, and another in the Little Miami
River Valley. Using times, age, gender, photos, and other individually
identifiable information, we have a very high degree of confidence that all
of these are different individuals. In addition to the 8 we counted today,
the California Woods golf course had one on Thursday that is likely another
individual, and Arlington Cemetery recorded one during the Western Hamilton
CBC 5 weeks ago, but that bird has not been reported since. There were also
recent Northern Kentucky reports from CVG airport and along I-275, two
locations not surveyed today.

Special thanks to co-organizer Bill Zimmerman and all of our section
leaders: Ned Keller, Kathy McDonald, Josh Eastlake, Kathi Hutton, Jack
Stenger, Steve Pelikan, Bill Stanley, Joe Bens, Mark Gilsdorf, Jeff Bilsky,
Jay Stenger, Gale Wulker, Eric Burkholder, Kirk Westendorf, Rodney Crice,
Bill Hull and Jim Rettig. Also thanks to all of our participants who helped
with the count.

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Subject: Cackling geese at Scenic Park, Emerald Necklace Marina Lakewood
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 20:14 pm
From: pjo AT earthlink.net
 
This afternoon there were 2 Cackling Geese in a flock of about 25 Canada Geese at the boat launch ramp at Scenic Park by Emerald Necklace Marina, Lakewood, extreme north end of Valley Parkway.

Penny O'Connor
4534 Grayton Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44135-2324
(216)676-4859
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Subject: Red Crossbill Edgewater Park CLE
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 18:58 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
This evening I had a flyover Red Crossbill on Lake Road immediately south of upper Edgewater Park. Bird gave 13 flight call notes, headed WSW


Jen Brumfield
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Subject: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 18:43 pm
From: buckeye4c AT gmail.com
 
er, Ross's *Geese*!

On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM, Elaine & Marty Cohen
wrote:

>
> excellent profile view of the standing Kelp gull from the Ice Rink parking
> lot from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
> (southeast side of lake)
> size and yellow-green legs (plus black back) compared to neighbor Herring
> gulls.
> second lifer today - 5 Ross's gulls at pond on St Peter's Church road near
> Rt 44 in Stark County.
>
> Elaine and Marty Cohen
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: jen brumfield
> Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
> To: OHIO-BIRDS@listserv.miamioh.edu
>
>
> Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird
> sitting on ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the
> lake
>
>
> Jen Brumfield
> Cleveland, OH
>
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Subject: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 18:42 pm
From: buckeye4c AT gmail.com
 
excellent profile view of the standing Kelp gull from the Ice Rink parking
lot from 5:00 to 5:30 pm.
(southeast side of lake)
size and yellow-green legs (plus black back) compared to neighbor Herring
gulls.
second lifer today - 5 Ross's gulls at pond on St Peter's Church road near
Rt 44 in Stark County.

Elaine and Marty Cohen

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From: jen brumfield
Date: Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
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Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird
sitting on ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the
lake


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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Kelp Gull Springfield Lake
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 16:30 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Larry Rosche reports Kelp Gull present at Springfield Lake now, bird sitting on ice floe viewed looking to the NNE from the south side of the lake 


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Subject: Killdeer Plains/Big Island/Panhandle Road
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 16:16 pm
From: semillama AT gmail.com
 
I hit the above three places today. I was looking for snow geese and other
rare geese. Nearly all had cleared out, with the exception of a flyover
flock of 90 snow geese at Big Island. Lots of Tundras and hoards of Canada
Geese at KP and BI, but otherwise waterfowl diversity was low. Seems like
the wave is moving on...

Andy Sewell
Columbus

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Subject: Ross's Goose and Snow Goose
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 14:39 pm
From: bldgcodereview AT gmail.com
 
Excellent showing of Ross's Goose at Cleveland Art Museum pond and the Snow
Goose at Gordon Park. Also saw 2 Horned Lark foraging in the ground at
Gate 12 Burke Lakefront.

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Subject: AlumCreekLake,2-07: scoters No, Goldeneye Yes
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:48 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I ran through many of the southern Alum Creek Lake accesses, from the dam up through Berlin Station, looking for early migrants divers as well as the scoters reported yesterday, but with limited success.  The lake was fully open, with ice only in the narrowest bays, but held few flocks of waterfowl other than Geese and goldeneye.  A flock of 200 Canada Geese was massed above the Cheshire Bridge, but didn't contain any other geese species.  Common Goldeneye were at many access points, with the largest # being some 35 just south of the Cheshire bridge; I had 48 in all. Raptors included the expected Red-tails, plus an adult Bald Eagle north of SummerRidge access. Landbirds were unremarkable save for a wide scattering of Yellow-rumped warblers.  I had them at many stops, the most being 7 at SummerRidge access.

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Subject: 2/6/16
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:43 pm
From: kenbusch1 AT gmail.com
 
All birds still there 2:30 Sunday
On Feb 7, 2016 6:53 AM, "Debora Parker" wrote:

> A flock of 25 Snow Geese spotted on a farmers pond at 28385 St. Rt. 58 in
> Wellington, Ohio. Easily viewed from road. Half were Blue.
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Subject: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 13:15 pm
From: dsfromnj AT sbcglobal.net
 
Now on lawn between art museum and art museum lagoon.  

Deb Smith

> On Feb 7, 2016, at 12:55, Nancy Anderson wrote:
>
> The Ross's Goose is in the large pond south of the art museum just north of MLK. Park East side in street. Was in grass before dog walker came by.
>
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> Nancy Anderson
>
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Subject: Ross's Goose University Circle 2/7 comment
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 11:55 am
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
The Ross's Goose is in the large pond south of the art museum just north of MLK. Park East side in street. Was in grass before dog walker came by.


Nancy Anderson

Richmond Hts.

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Subject: BRAMBLING - Yes
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 9:29 am
From: jeremyxrocks AT hotmail.com
 
The BRAMBLING at the private residence near allardale Park in medina Oh. Continued just now. It made two appearances in my very brief visit. 10:10 - 10:20. No purple finches were seen in that 10 minute window.

V/r

Jeremy Dominguez
Greene Co. Ohio

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Subject: Slate Run MP snow geese
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 8:59 am
From: randel_rogers AT hotmail.com
 
Slate Run MetroPark SE of Columbus has joined the goose rush with 10 snow geese joining the resident geese in the pond at the Buzzards Roost picnic area.

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Subject: Snow and Ross's Geese Cleveland
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 8:51 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
The blue Snow Goose is still at Gordon Park Marina (just east of East 72nd street) and the Ross's Goose is still at Rockefeller Park on MLK Blvd


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Cleveland, OH

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Subject: Ross's Goose in Highland Hills Cuyahoga County - Yes
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 8:37 am
From: eibentbss AT hotmail.com
 
The Ross's Goose I posted pics on ebird a couple of times on Saturday is back again today as of 8:50 am.  You can enter the UH building off of Route 8 driveway near Harvard Ave and you should see it for good photo ops.  Todd

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Subject: KELP - YES
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 6:57 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
The Kelp gull was seen by a small group of us this morning on the ice at Springfield Lake (Summit Co).  There were also 2 GBBG and 1 first cycle Glaucous present among the many HEGU and RBGU.  The lake ice opened up with last weekend's warm, windy conditions, which has brought the gulls back.  With the nearby landfills not operating today, it may be worth a shot at trying this spot again this afternoon as the gulls return, although it's true that the KEGU has largely defied any real discernible pattern.

Jon Cefus

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Subject: 2/6/16
Date: Sun Feb 7 2016 5:53 am
From: medinaparker AT earthlink.net
 
A flock of 25 Snow Geese spotted on a farmers pond at 28385 St. Rt. 58 in Wellington, Ohio. Easily viewed from road. Half were Blue. 

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Subject: Mosquito Creek WA Trumbull County - Snow Geese Additions 2/6/16
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 21:33 pm
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
 I thought I would mention some of my sightings today previously reported by others earlier in the week and today.  I took Rte 87 east and went south on Townline Rd and turned east on Denman-Mahan Rd NE and on the north side of road found the pond to the north and the group with Chris Pierce around 12:10pm  After seeing 35 Greater White-fronted Geese and four Snow Geese and many Canda Geese and Rough-legged Hawk I went with Paul Kiplinger and Susan Prior north on Hoagland Blackstrub Rd and stopped at the pulloff on the east side of the road looking to the reservoir around 1:25pm.  There were six swans which only a few looked like Tundra. Paul sighted a large flock of Snow Geese very far east near the island.  They looked like about 60 of them.  They disappeared then reappeared but we did not see them land.  We then went to the east end of Denman-Mahan Rd that goes east to the water at the boat launch.  The dirt road with many deep holes as we were told it might be good there but we did not see anything interesting.  We went on a long wild goose chase much further down near the campground at Mosquito Park but only found some Redheads, Coots, Scaup, Bufflehead and some too far to see but we did run into someone who lives around there who had just seen the Snow Geese in the water at the boat launch area.  We returned to Hoagland Blackstrub Rd north of Denman-Mahan Rd and split up.  I then saw at least 17 Greater White-fronted Geese near the island.  Also, there were five Bald Eagles that were flying like in a kettle with only one adult.   The Greater White-fronted Geese started swimming south so I decided to go back to the Denman-Mahan Rd going down to the boat launch on the reservoir (just east off of Hoagland Blackstrub Rd.)  I did not see the Greater White-front Geese I was expecting but approx 120 Snow Geese very far out in a tight bunched up line SSE at 4pm.  At 4:06pm they lifted up and flew north then west right after a Bald Eagle flew by.  I decided to return to the pond where I started on Denman-Mahan Rd (which is west of Hoagland Blackstrub Rd) and there I found 17 Greater White-fronted Geese again and the four Snow Geese that must of been there all day but those four were now feeding in the field just north of the pond around 4:25pm.  After a little while a huge group of Snow Geese seemed to fly in from the northeast or east over the field and pond going WSW around 4:29pm and after a couple minutes seemed to reposition themselves.  They looked like they might be landing just west of where I was.  The four Snow Geese then flew west like they were joining the others.  Many Canada Geese were flying in from the east before I left.  I was not able to see the Snow Geese in the field when I left going west down the road to get to Townline Rd to get back to Rt 87 to get back to Cleveland but I am sure they were there.  When I got home I counted the Snow Goose pictures at the last location and I counted 128.  When I was at the boat launch earlier and saw the  Snow Geese far away I estimated about 120 at the time.  
Nancy Anderson
Richmond Hts, https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

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Subject: CLE Hopkins airport 3 Snowy Owls
Date: Sat Feb 6 2016 21:09 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Three total Snowy Owls at CLE Hopkins airport were confirmed tonight by Tim Jasinski viewed from the 100th Bomb group restaurant on the north side of Brookpark Road looking south over the airport. Scope recommended. Best times to view: birds can be seen throughout the entire day but best opps are early morning and late afternoon towards dusk  

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, OH

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