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29 Jan: @ 16:04:42  Sparrow-like birds in Lorain County [kjb8@juno.com]
29 Jan: @ 11:50:38  No Island Rd., Pickaway County Surf Scoter [James Muller]
29 Jan: @ 09:55:53  Barrett Gravel Pit near West Carrolton [Jay Lehman]
28 Jan: @ 22:55:12  Good Birding in Swanton, OH [Rachel Shamy]
28 Jan: @ 18:40:47  Eagle Behavior - Lorain Impoundment [Jon]
28 Jan: @ 16:17:49 Re: White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park [John]
28 Jan: @ 15:56:40  Surf Scoter - Pickaway County [Melanie Shuter]
28 Jan: @ 15:15:07  White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park [Jay Lehman]
28 Jan: @ 15:03:39  Snow Buntings in NC Union County [Steve Jones]
28 Jan: @ 15:03:20  Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Canvasback [Simpson, Bruce]
28 Jan: @ 14:59:14  White-winged Scoter at eastwood Metropark, Dayton, OH [Mike Shade]
28 Jan: @ 14:40:24 Re: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Photography by Wolfbrancher]
28 Jan: @ 14:39:25  Northern Shrike Lake Erie Bluffs 1/28 [John Pogacnik]
28 Jan: @ 05:26:51  New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots [Ken Ostermiller]
27 Jan: @ 22:49:51 Re: Huge crow flock, Columbus [Tracy the Birder]
27 Jan: @ 17:42:52  Huge crow flock, Columbus [Andrew Sewell]
27 Jan: @ 13:33:01 Re: Snowy owls in Cleveland? [jen brumfield]
27 Jan: @ 13:29:41  Snowy owls in Cleveland? [Lee H]
27 Jan: @ 12:04:21 Re: DublinSciotoGorge,1-10: BaldEagle,Bluebirds,Siskin [James Muller]
26 Jan: @ 21:05:22  Castalia-Cackling to Maumee... [Andrew Avram]
26 Jan: @ 19:10:42 Re: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc [eric elvert]
26 Jan: @ 18:56:41 Re: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc [John Habig]
26 Jan: @ 16:47:06  Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc [Eric Elvert]
26 Jan: @ 16:25:43  Snow Buntings [Douglas Bohanan]
26 Jan: @ 15:34:25  "Toasted marshmallows" (snow buntings) in N. Union County [Steve Jones]
26 Jan: @ 15:22:13  More Horned Larks [Dillon Nott]
26 Jan: @ 14:13:31  Ross's Goose and a GWFG [Doreene Linzell]
26 Jan: @ 11:16:29  Horned Larks [Dillon Nott]
25 Jan: @ 19:48:16  Ohio Avian Research Conference--Hold the Date [Casey Tucker]
25 Jan: @ 19:23:25  Hayes Rd Middlefield [Marilyn E Rohr]
25 Jan: @ 15:51:22  EUCO Doves [Doreene Linzell]
25 Jan: @ 15:17:17  WalnutCreek-to-SlateRun,1-25 [rob thorn]
25 Jan: @ 14:53:17  Black vultures [Barbara Mann]
25 Jan: @ 14:03:44  Merlin, Greenlawn [Douglas Bohanan]
25 Jan: @ 12:12:39  Merlin, Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin Cnty. [Tom Domin]
25 Jan: @ 10:42:36  Red-winged Blackbirds [J. Hochadel]
25 Jan: @ 10:27:58  Kelleys Island Monthly Survey [H Thomas Bartlett]
25 Jan: @ 10:12:34  Surf Scoter Pickaway County [Pixilated63]
25 Jan: @ 09:18:35  Eastlake 1/25 [Cole DiFabio]
24 Jan: @ 20:41:37  Tues. January 27.Columbus Audubon program [Darlene Sillick]
24 Jan: @ 20:33:37  Northern Shrike, White-winged Gulls, Northern Saw-whet Owl, etc. - NW Ohio [Jason Larson]
24 Jan: @ 16:38:21  Snowy Owls, Cleveland [jen brumfield]
24 Jan: @ 15:46:21  Mahoning River waterfowl [Craig Holt]
24 Jan: @ 15:44:37  DarbyCreek,1-24: raptors,woodpeckers [rob thorn]
24 Jan: @ 15:36:00  Killdeer plains today [Douglas Bohanan]
24 Jan: @ 14:23:45  Great Horned Owl Nest Cam [Dillon Nott]
24 Jan: @ 13:42:44  Killdeer plains [Douglas Bohanan]
24 Jan: @ 13:39:48 Re: Snowy Owls Hopkins [jen brumfield]
24 Jan: @ 13:39:11  Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area [Steve Jones]
24 Jan: @ 13:17:27  Snowy Owls Hopkins [jen brumfield]





Subject: Sparrow-like birds in Lorain County
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 16:04 pm
From: kjb8 AT juno.com
 
I saw a small flock of sparrow-like birds on Rt. 83 in Lorain County this morning, just south of Rt. 82.  Don't want to hazard a guess that they were something special, though acting a bit like larks. If you are in the area, you might want to take a look.  It was raining and I was on my way to exciting farm meeting- so could not stop to investigate. They flew low across the road east to west and into the weeds. Kathleen B. - Strongsville



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Subject: No Island Rd., Pickaway County Surf Scoter
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 11:50 am
From: jrmuller12+birding AT gmail.com
 
I spent about an hour this morning looking for the Surf Scoter and Greater White-fronted Geese this morning. There were lots of waterfowl, but I didn't see any members of these two species. Granted, it was cloudy and my scope isn't the best, so the scoter could be out there somewhere; there weren't many geese, so I'm confident that the GWFG weren't present. 

Also of note, a Sheriff stopped and told me that I was not allowed to scope from my car even pulled off to the side of the very lightly used road, so that's something to keep in mind if you're visiting.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21589012

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Subject: Barrett Gravel Pit near West Carrolton
Date: Thu Jan 29 2015 9:55 am
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
At the end of the day yesterday, 01/28/15, I stopped by the gravel pit on
West Carrolton-Farmersville Road. While scanning the geese and ducks, I
found a Double-crested Cormorant. Close to sunset, a flock of 10
Red-winged Blackbirds flew over and a single calling Horned Lark.
Jay

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Subject: Good Birding in Swanton, OH
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 22:55 pm
From: shamytwinsmom AT gmail.com
 
I've been seeing almost on a daily basis about 14 Dark Eyed Juncos (various
colorings)& 6 Blue Jays, a pr of Downy Woodpeckers, Male Red Bellied
Woodpecker, White Breasted Nuthatch, a dozen or more very House Finches,
3-4 Female Gold Finches. Really surprised the female gold finches didn't
migrate but I guess the males must have.

There have been 3 male and 3 female Northern Cardinals (one pr for sure),
females fighting a lot. The males just LOVE attacking any and all mirrors
on any vehicle to attack their "competition". I've seen the females doing
it this winter as well, cracks me up.

Oh yes and between 4-5pm daily a female Coopers Hawk that likes to hunt on
the bird buffet options. Going mostly for the Mourning Doves and Starlings
of plenty.

---Fulton-Lucas border
Swanton, Ohio

Hope this interests, first post.

Happy Birding!

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Subject: Eagle Behavior - Lorain Impoundment
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 18:40 pm
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello,

I headed up to Lorain Impoundment today to take another shot at seeing the Common Redpolls and was successful beyond my hopes, both as a birder and a photographer. But that is not what this is about.

After watching the Redpolls for a good long time, I started off to head back to my car. Looking West from the impoundment I saw 2 juvenile bald eagles flying close together and doing some acrobatics. When I got my bins on them I noticed that they were chasing a gull of some kind. The birds were quite far out there…between the lighthouse and the other structure that seems to form the mouth of the harbor, so I could not get a certain ID on the gull, but I am pretty sure it was a Ring-billed. Anyhow, what was interesting was these two eagles appeared to be working together to actually capture this gull. The gull seemed to be flying slower and more awkwardly than I would expect one to and it was just barely able to outmaneuver the eagles, having several very close calls. This went on for a full 3-4 minutes.

Eventually the gull gave them the slip. I never was able to pick up anything being carried by the gull, but considering the distance it is possible that it had something and did not want to give it up, which is understandable at this time of year.

Anyway, I was just curious if anyone had ever seen anything like that; and if it is possible that eagles would be “hunting” for another bird on the wing?

Thanks. Bird on.

Jon Cefus
Cuyahoga Falls


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Subject: White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 16:17 pm
From: jhabig57 AT gmail.com
 
Scoter is now (5:15) upriver from the whitewater area described by Jay. 

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
Jhabig57@gmail.com

> On Jan 28, 2015, at 4:14 PM, Jay Lehman wrote:
>
> About 20 minutes ago on 01/28/15, I found the White-winged Scoter on the
> Mad River. Enter the park at the entrance close to the Mad River not the
> entrance near the lake. The lake is completely frozen with no birds. The
> scoter was roughly half way between the whitewater facility in the river
> and an island in the river. I found it by walking down the steps to the
> whitewater facility in the river which is accessible from the parking area
> at the end of the entry road. I was able to catch up with Mike Shade, who
> I just met and helped him refind the scoter.
> Jay
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Subject: Surf Scoter - Pickaway County
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 15:56 pm
From: mbshuter AT gmail.com
 
The Surf Scoter is still present at the Island Road gravel quarry just west
of Circleville. Also on the quarry: 19 Tundra Swans, 9 Greater
White-fronted Geese, lots of Mallards, some Am. Black Ducks, several
Ring-necked Ducks, Redheads, Scaup, Common Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Am.
Coots, and about 1000 Canada Geese. Most of the quarry is still frozen.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville

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Subject: White-winged Scoter, Eastwood Park
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 15:15 pm
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
About 20 minutes ago on 01/28/15, I found the White-winged Scoter on the
Mad River. Enter the park at the entrance close to the Mad River not the
entrance near the lake. The lake is completely frozen with no birds. The
scoter was roughly half way between the whitewater facility in the river
and an island in the river. I found it by walking down the steps to the
whitewater facility in the river which is accessible from the parking area
at the end of the entry road. I was able to catch up with Mike Shade, who
I just met and helped him refind the scoter.
Jay

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Subject: Snow Buntings in NC Union County
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 15:03 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Well I had them a couple of days ago near the border, and now I have a few
farther south.
Phelps Rd, which is kind of between Byhalia and York Center has 4 or 5
Buntings mixed in with the Horned Larks. They are pretty much around the
two 90° bends in the road. Smaller than Horned Larks, and have little
white patches on the upper wing when they fly...also more white when they
are in flight over the Larks' and Longspurs' darker flight colors.

They are here, just gotta pick them out amongst the others.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Waterfowl, Canvasback
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 15:03 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
  Thoreau Lake
Canvasback-female
Green-winged Teal-2-male, female
Lesser Scaup-3 females
American Black Duck-167
Mallard-159

Lake Trail
Red-headed woodpecker-young
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Hotline 614-895-6222
Nature Center 614-895-6221

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon
Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: White-winged Scoter at eastwood Metropark, Dayton, OH
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 14:59 pm
From: mike AT lemicroscope.com
 
Lake is completely frozen so I looked on the Mad River on the east side of the park. Met Jay Lehman there and he spotted the WWSC just upstream of the white water kayaking feature. Good looks at 3:45 pm.

Sent from my iPhone
Mike Shade
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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 14:40 pm
From: wolfbrancher AT gmail.com
 
I saw 3 bald eagles between mile markers 90 and 94 on eastbound interstate
90 Ohio Turnpike

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Subject: Northern Shrike Lake Erie Bluffs 1/28
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 14:39 pm
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
I saw the northern shrike around noon today at the Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County.  It was again in the large field west of the north end of Lane Road.  It was at the west end of the trail system and with today's sunshine it provided some great looks.
the bird has been here for close to a week. If its at the top of one of the larger trees it is easy to spot. It however likes to perch at the top of some of the shorter trees and can seem to disappear. There was also a mockingbird on the wires off Blackmore Road. For directions to the bluffs check lakemetroparks.com

John Pogacnik


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Subject: New eBird shared bird reporting hotspots
Date: Wed Jan 28 2015 5:26 am
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
Ohio birders have added several new shared bird reporting hotspots to
eBird.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Birding+in+Ohio



Allen County

Ottawa Metro Park and Lima Reservoir

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Ottawa+Metro+Park



Athens County

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Bluebell Preserve, Industrial Dr.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--East Park Drive Access

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Eclipse

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Glen Ebon Rd.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway--Hocking College Campus

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Hockhocking+Adena+Bikeway

West State St. Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/West+State+Street+Park



Delaware County

Alum Creek SP--Spillway

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Alum+Creek+State+Park



Franklin County

Donegal Cliffs Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Donegal+Cliffs+Park



Union Cemetery, Columbus

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Union+Cemetery+Columbus



Muskingum County

Blue Rock State Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Blue+Rock+State+Forest



Richland County

Charles Palm Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Charles+Palm+Park

Little Washington Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Little+Washington+Cemetery



Trumbull County

Mosquito Creek WTP (restricted access)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mosquito+Creek-Wastewater+Treatment+Plant



Wayne and Holmes counties

The Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Area has been updated so each sub-location has
a page with a map and information.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Killbuck+Marsh+Wildlife+Area



Wyandot County

The Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area has been updated so each sub-location has
a page with a map and information.

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Killdeer+Plains+Wildlife+Area



​Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: Huge crow flock, Columbus
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 22:49 pm
From: winterfell.six AT gmail.com
 
Andrew,

Last winter I was at OSU's Waterman Farm at Kenny Rd & Lane Ave a few times in January and watched hundreds of crows flying from north to south overhead in the afternoon. Once they landed at Waterman Farm near Lane Avenue. There were hundreds of them on the ground and in the trees in the area.

Good birding,
Tracy the Birder
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Subject: Huge crow flock, Columbus
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 17:42 pm
From: semillama AT gmail.com
 
Driving on Cleveland Avenue in the Linden neighborhood around 5:30 this
evening, I witnessed a very large crow flock streaming overhead, flying
south. I didn't see the beginning of the flock but did see the end; I
estimate at least 600 birds in the part of the flock I saw. The whole flock
could have been much larger.

Earlier in the week, I noted smaller flocks of crows headed north of
downtown while driving on I670, so it seems there must be a large roost
somewhere just northeast of downtown Columbus. Does anyone know where the
roost site might be?

Good birding,
Andy Sewell
Columbus

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Subject: Snowy owls in Cleveland?
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 13:33 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Best bet is Hopkins airport where three were seen within the past few days. Scanning from 100th Bomb group restaurant on Brookpark Road is safest, legal, and best chance 


JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com

On Jan 27, 2015, at 2:29 PM, "Lee H" wrote:

> I'm in Cleveland today and wondering if there are any snowy owls to be seen
> nearby.
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Subject: Snowy owls in Cleveland?
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 13:29 pm
From: leezmail76 AT gmail.com
 
I'm in Cleveland today and wondering if there are any snowy owls to be seen
nearby.

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Subject: DublinSciotoGorge,1-10: BaldEagle,Bluebirds,Siskin
Date: Tue Jan 27 2015 12:04 pm
From: jrmuller12+birding AT gmail.com
 
I visited Donegal Cliffs Park in Dublin today on my lunch break to look for
the Pine Siskin reported a few weeks ago. I thought that I heard a single
bird, so I played a recording from my phone. To my surprise, two Pine
Siskins responded by flying in and perching about 10 feet from me! It
appears that they are indeed using the rather impressive feeder setup at
the house just south of the park.

Thanks for the tip Rob, I never would have known about the park without
your previous post.

James Muller

On Sat Jan 10 2015 at 5:39:20 PM rob thorn wrote:

> I spent 3 hours in the morning hiking through several parks along the
> Scioto gorge in Dublin (NW suburb of Columbus), staying out of the wind &
> looking for winter strays. I stopped at Kozscuiscko Park, Traphagen
> Preserve, O'Shaughnessy Dam, Donegal Cliffs (an old riverside quarry, now a
> park), and Kiwanis Park. The reservoir above the dam, as well as the river
> below Kiwanis, are frozen over, so the only open water lies along the steep
> grade of the gorge between the dam and Kiwanis. Notables included:
> Great Blue Herons - 12 were below the dam, which is a bit low for this spot
> Waterfowl - big flocks of geese at both the dam and Kiwanis; Mallards at
> many places; a few Black Ducks mixed in with the flock below the dam.
> BaldEagle - 1 subadult was being chased around the riparian area below the
> dam by a Red-tailed Hawk
> Woodpeckers - nothing other than the expected Red-bellies, Downies,
> Hairies, & Flickers
> BrownCreeper - not common; could only find 1 (at Kiwanis) despite being in
> good habitat all morning
> Kinglets - only found 2 Golden-crowns, both along the gorge edge at Frink
> Park (O'Shaughnessy dam)
> E.Bluebirds - 1 was at O'Shaughnessy dam (Frink Park), while 6 were at
> Donegal Cliffs (taking advantage of a neighbor feeder)
> Yellow-rumped warblers - only found 2, at Kozscuiscko Park
> Sparrows - 3 Trees were at Traphagen, while the only White-throats were at
> Kozcuiscko and Kiwanis
> Pine Siskin - 1 was around Donegal Cliffs, probably attracted by the
> feeder array south of the park that had the bluebirds
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Subject: Castalia-Cackling to Maumee...
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 21:05 pm
From: ajavram AT hotmail.com
 
Trevor Wearstler and I decided to head into Castalia this morning for some puddle ducks.  We had the expected group, but also Trumpeter Swans, Northern Pintail, the wonky Goldeneye and we did find the CACKLING GOOSE.  

Then on a random meeting we headed out further west to Maumee. Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Shrike, Tundra Swans (in nearby fields), Brown-headed Cowbirds (Maumee, Magee and Ottawa), Norther Saw-whet.

We then headed to Stange Prairie at Ottawa for an evening of 4 Short-eared Owls along with over 6 Eagles, many Redtails (including one who nailed a mouse right at the car), Rough-legged and Northern Harrier.

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Subject: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 19:10 pm
From: elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
Congrats Chris. Who needs the lake front when you got Mont Co. as your
backyard. 5 Rivers!!!!
On Jan 26, 2015 7:55 PM, "John Habig" wrote:

> The scoter and a horned grebe gave Chris Zacharias 100 species for January
> in Montgomery County. A remarkable achievement.
>
> On Monday, January 26, 2015, Eric Elvert wrote:
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>> Wwsc at Eastwood lake metropark in Dayton oh at 530pm.
>> Bird On!
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Subject: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 18:56 pm
From: jhabig57 AT gmail.com
 
The scoter and a horned grebe gave Chris Zacharias 100 species for January
in Montgomery County. A remarkable achievement.

On Monday, January 26, 2015, Eric Elvert wrote:

> Wwsc at Eastwood lake metropark in Dayton oh at 530pm.
> Bird On!
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> Dayton, oh
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Subject: Eastwood metropark, Dayton wwsc
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 16:47 pm
From: elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
Wwsc at Eastwood lake metropark in Dayton oh at 530pm. 
Bird On!

Eric Elvert
Dayton, oh

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Subject: Snow Buntings
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 16:25 pm
From: Bhern34 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Finally got to see my Snow Buntings at 4871 Maloney Rd in Delaware, OH.  I saw three, but the owner of the property counted six.  No Lapland Longspurs today.  Owner says he has up to 6k of snow buntings before.  Hundreds of Horned larks today.  He told me to wait for more snow.  He said to pull in drive next time.  He doesn't mind people visiting.

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Subject: "Toasted marshmallows" (snow buntings) in N. Union County
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 15:34 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Finally starting to see some Snow Buntings in the LaRue area.  I was
traveling along Wennemac Pike just outside of Marion County, when I flushed
a small flock of Horned Larks. In that grouping were three to five white
and brownish birds with flashes of white on the upper wing. My binoculars
are in my other car, so I couldn't stay and confirm 100%, but they looked
and acted like typical Snow Buntings. When they are down this far, that
spot is a reliable place to see them.

Also had what looked like a Great Horned Owl on something that appeared to
be an old Red-tailed Hawk nest. It was in a private location, and I am even
less sure that was what it was than I am with the Snow Buntings. So I am
going to withhold judgement till I can get my optics back.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: More Horned Larks
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 15:22 pm
From: dnott621 AT gmail.com
 
As we were in the car there was close to 50 Horned Larks in the field by
the church and pond . It location 7301 Urbana Woodstock Rd
Cable, OH 43009-9639
United States

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Subject: Ross's Goose and a GWFG
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 14:13 pm
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
At 2:00 we had one Ross's Goose and one Greater White-fronted Goose on the
ice at the Moose Lodge at Indian Lake. A scope and patience are required to
look through all of the geese. Thanks to Troy Shively for finding them.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Horned Larks
Date: Mon Jan 26 2015 11:16 am
From: dnott621 AT gmail.com
 
A Flock of about 15 Horned Larks. I've seen them around Woodstock,
Champaign County about every day. I'm not sure if there's any Longspurs or
Buntings in with them, they fly by too fast.

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Subject: Ohio Avian Research Conference--Hold the Date
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:48 pm
From: tuckercasey AT hotmail.com
 
Hi Everyone!

This might seem a bit far in advance, but I recognize how quickly everyone's calendars tend to fill up. So I'd like to take the opportunity to announce the third annual Ohio Avian Research Conference will be held Saturday, October 17th.

A keynote speaker has been recruited, and location details are in negotiation. Stay tuned for further information on both.

This conference highlights the best and brightest in original ornithological science being conducted all over the planet by Ohio's professional, student and amateur researchers alike.

Last year's Ohio conference was used as a model by the American Ornithologist's Union for other state/regional conferences . In fact this past weekend Oregon held its first research conference based on the Ohio model (so for those of you keeping track, that's twice that Oregon has been second to Ohio--just kidding!)

So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details. To see information about last year's conference check out:
www.tuckercasey.wix.com/aacri-birds#!oarc2014/cd8o

Thanks and I hope to see you all in October!

Casey Tucker
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Subject: Hayes Rd Middlefield
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 19:23 pm
From: rohrmarilyn AT gmail.com
 
Corner of Peters and Hayes, flock of 14 Bluebirds
Farther down,
1 rough-legged hawk
large flock of snow buntings on manure
several horned larks
many pigeons
and many picturesque Amish work horses and buggies!

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Subject: EUCO Doves
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 15:51 pm
From: dlinzell611 AT wowway.com
 
Today we saw eight Eurasian Collared Doves in the town of Perrysville in Ashland Co. We did not find them in the cemetery as reported yesterday. The town is not large and we just drove around until we found them. There is a circular road behind the brick church in town. The EUCO Doves were hanging out with four Mourning Doves in a tree along that road. There was like a ravine behind the tree and also a red fire hydrant along the road. This is the greatest number of EUCO Doves we have seen in OH at one time and also the first time that we have seen them associating with Mourning Doves. And, they were nowhere near a grain elevator!!!

Good Birding!

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders
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Subject: WalnutCreek-to-SlateRun,1-25
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 15:17 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
Spent the morning at several parks along Walnut Creek (southern Franklin County), then moved down to Slate Run MetroPark (Pickaway County) just when the rain began to fall.  Most ponds and the Slate Run wetlands were frozen over, but the creeks were still open.  Most landbirds were in scattered flocks, and not easy to find.  The most productive areas were around the feeders at Shady Grove picnic area and the wetland parking area of Slate Run.  Notables included:

Canada Geese - despite the frozen water, sizeable flocks were at Cruiser Pond in Groveport and at the Slate Run wetlands
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 was calling near the Shady Grove picnic area in Slate Run (Thanks Randy!); it's been in vicinity for a week according to Park staff.
Red-tailed Hawks - singles in most field areas, though became scarcer as the rain started in earnest.
Kestrels - single birds at Bareis Preserve and Buckeye Loop of Walnut Woods, both in fields along Walnut Creek
Pileated Woodpeckers - 2 were calling in the ravines along 5-Oaks loop trail in Slate Run MetroPark
Brown Creepers - not common, with singles at Canal Winchester's Williams Park and 5-Oaks Trail of Slate Run
Golden-cr.Kinglet - even scarcer, with only a single bird at Canal Winchester's Williams Park
Mockingbird - a single bird was around the parking area at Bareis Preserve
Tree Sparrows - small flocks were at Bareis Preserve, Buckeye Loop of Walnut Woods, and Slate Run wetlands
White-crowned Sparrows - flocks were at Bareis Preserve and at the Slate Run wetlands feeder

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Subject: Black vultures
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 14:53 pm
From: bmann4 AT woh.rr.com
 
A flock of about a dozen black vultures were down on a road kill at the
corner of E. Enon Rd. and Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd. in Greene County on
Friday. Sorry to be so slow about posting, but I expect they will be around
some more.



Barbara Mann

Yellow Springs, OH


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Subject: Merlin, Greenlawn
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 14:03 pm
From: Bhern34 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Confirmed.  Thanks for the help.  Nice look at one.  Didn't bother it too long.

-Douglas B

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Subject: Merlin, Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin Cnty.
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 12:12 pm
From: tmdomin AT frontier.com
 
Female Merlin, Green Lawn Cemetery, section 68, Sunday, Jan. 25, 10:45 AM. Columbus, Ohio. Perched high, shaking off the snow.

Tom Domin

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Subject: Red-winged Blackbirds
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 10:42 am
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
Three males flew in front of me this morning in the Berea [Cuyahoga County]
area. Not sure of anyone else has seen them so far this year.

Judy Hochadel

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Subject: Kelleys Island Monthly Survey
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 10:27 am
From: hthomas.bartlett AT gmail.com
 
Sandy Tkach and I conducted the monthly survey on Friday, January 23.
This was the 17th year for a January survey. In 2000 we could not get
to the island to conduct the survey during the month. Retirement is
so much more fun than working...

36 species were observed along the route which is below the average
for January of 41 and 3205 individuals observed is well below the
average of 6382 individuals. Much of the island is iced in with some
open water to the SE and E. One new species was added to the January
list of 92 species observed in 18 years. That was Turkey Vulture.
Three were found on Thursday and 2 were observed during the survey.
Strange year for them to try to winter over...

The survey began at 8:00 AM and ended at 1215 PM which is a little
faster than normal but when there are so few birds we move along.
Temps began at 27 and ended at 33 F, winds were 5 to 15 mph from the
W-SW, and mostly overcast skies.

13 Tundra Swan
575 Greater Scaup
56 Bufflehead
777 Common Goldeneye
150 Common Merganser
450 Diving Ducks?
* Wild Turkey
2 Turkey Vulture
8 Bald Eagle
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
22 Ring-billed Gull
285 Herring Gull
14 Great Black-backed Gull
125 Gull species?
4 Eastern Screech-Owl
1 Great Horned Owl
* Long-eared Owl
* Northern Saw-whet Owl
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
34 Downy Woodpecker
9 Northern Flicker
1 Blue Jay
81 American Crow
119 Black-capped Chickadee
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
12 Brown Creeper
1 Winter Wren
2 Carolina Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
11 Hermit Thrush
2 American Robin
324 European Starling
4 Yellow-rumped Warbler
* Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
7 White-throated Sparrow
4 Dark-eyed Junco
29 Northern Cardinal
* House Finch
* American Goldfinch
64 House Sparrow

36 Species Observed
3205 individuals observed

* = observed on island on survey day but not on route

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H. Thomas Bartlett
Tiffin, Ohio
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Subject: Surf Scoter Pickaway County
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 10:12 am
From: 00000139bd73b98a-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Reported by Kyle Jones on 1/24/15 and 1/25/15.  On Island Road Quarry Pond just north of Circleville.  Bird was still present @ 0930 this morning.  Possibly young male.  

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Subject: Eastlake 1/25
Date: Sun Jan 25 2015 9:18 am
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
Black Scoter and Glaucous Gull seen at Eastlake power plant this morning.

Cole DiFabio



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Subject: Tues. January 27.Columbus Audubon program
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 20:41 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
Please join us as a Columbus Audubon/GIAC member and/or guest, as we welcome
former Westerville North High School science and ecology teacher and
researcher herpetologist, Doug Wynn, to discuss some amazing aspects of his
more than 25 years of field research.



Nadya Bennett and Darlene Sillick

Columbus Audubon co-program chairs



The Timber Rattlesnake is Ohio's largest venomous snake, reaching a record
length of 74 inches. Timber Rattlesnakes were historically found across much
of Ohio, but their range has been reduced to three general areas - largely
public forests and are listed as an endangered species in Ohio by the Ohio
Division of Wildlife. At this time, their reproductive characteristics are
insufficient for survival since they cannot keep up with the present levels
of intentional killings, road mortality, commercial collecting, diseases,
and habitat destruction. A realistic evaluation recognizes that controlling
habitat destruction is the only practical solution to preventing the Ohio
Timber Rattlesnake from extirpation. Present management plans by the Ohio
Division of Forestry include an increase in logging and the use of
controlled burning. Research published in scientific journals indicate that
Ohio's forestry plans will likely be devastating to our Timber Rattlesnake.

Please join us as we welcome Doug Wynn, Herpetologist, who will ask the
question: Ohio's Timber Rattlesnake: After Twenty-five years of Studies are
we Documenting an Extirpation?

7:00 - 7:15 pm: CA Short Program: Kendra Wecker, Wildlife Diversity
Coordinator for the Ohio Division of Wildlife, will review the Ohio Wildlife
Legacy Stamp program

7:15 - 7:30 pm: Social time, light refreshments and Bird Quiz with study
skins from Dr. Angelika Nelson and fun quiz with a special prize.

7:30 - 9:00 pm: Main program, door prizes

This Columbus Audubon program is free and open to the public. All programs
are held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center 505 West Whittier Street in
the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).




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Subject: Northern Shrike, White-winged Gulls, Northern Saw-whet Owl, etc. - NW Ohio
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 20:33 pm
From: 000000f82d644de0-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Greetings!

A few sightings from today of note:

Northern Saw-whet Owl - still present at Maumee Bay State Park.

Northern Shrike - Maumee Bay State Park. South of the ranger station...along the park road.

Gulls: Glaucous (2) - 1st & 2nd winter, Iceland (1) - 1st winter and Lesser Black-backed (1) - adult. All birds were seen, on the ice, behind the Bayshore Supper Club, west of Maumee Bay State Park. Lots of gulls and waterfowl present including a Horned Grebe.

Good Birding!

Jason

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Subject: Snowy Owls, Cleveland
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 16:38 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
For those seeking Snowy Owls in northeast Ohio, the most reliable and safely-viewed birds are up to THREE that are frequenting CLE Hopkins International Airport as of this afternoon. The best location to scan from is the 100th Bomb Group restaurant on Brookpark Road. Reports from Burke airport have been scattered and there are no legal locations to stop and scan from right now, as snow is blocking the pull-offs. The birds viewed today at Hopkins include two apparent females and one immature. Patience and intense scoping required


JB
CLE, OH
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Subject: Mahoning River waterfowl
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 15:46 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I birded the Mahoning R. from Struthers to Lowellville (Mahoning Co.) today, and had decent luck.  Waterfowl found were: Canada geese, 66 mallards, 8 Am. black ducks, canvasback, 19 ring-necked ducks, greater scaup, lesser scaup, 3 buffleheads, and 2 hooded mergansers (a low number for the location).  No c. goldeneyes was unusual, also.  Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: DarbyCreek,1-24: raptors,woodpeckers
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 15:44 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I spent a fairly nice morning hiking around areas along Darby Creek southwest of Columbus, starting at the US40 bridge, then visiting Kuhlwein wetlands, the Battelle Darby Nature Center, Cedar Ridge, and Indian Ridge.  Lots of chickadees and woodpeckers in wooded areas, but field birds were noticeably scarce.  Highlights included:

Canada Geese - flocks in many stretches of the Creek, which was largely open.
Raptors - Red-tails at every stop, but also had Red-shouldered (Cedar Ridge), Harriers (2 @ Kuhlwein), and Kestrel (Nature Center road).
Woodpeckers - many Downies, Red-bellies, but also had 4 Hairies, 3 Flickers, and 1 Sapsucker (on Terrace Trail, Indian Ridge
Chickadees - normally not noted, but #s were up at every stop, often in double digits
BrownCreeper - not a single one, despite being in great habitat all morning
Golden-cr.Kinglet - only 1, with chickadees at the US40 bridge
E.Bluebirds - small groups in many spots, often in company with House Finches
Horned Larks - small #s, topped by 3 along Kuhlwein Rd. No snow allows them to spread away from roads here
Yellow-rumped Warblers - 2 at US 40 bridge
E.Towhee - a small flock of 3 males & 2 females was along the south leg of the Terrace Trail at Indian Ridge
Tree Sparrows - small #s at most stops, topped by 5-6 at the Kuhlwein wetlands
Swamp Sparrow - a single bird was at the Kuhlwein wetlands

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Subject: Killdeer plains today
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 15:36 pm
From: Bhern34 AT sbcglobal.net
 
3 Rough-legged hawks
2 Red- tailed hawks
2 Kestrels
1 Northern Harrier, male
1 Imm Bald eagle
1 Northern Shrike
1 Flicker
1 Imm Red-headed woodpecker
1 Downy woodpecker
1 Red-bellied woodpecker
2 N cardinals

Outside of Killdeer at CH-117 & 294-
Huge flock of Horned Larks, Mourning Doves and a few Lapland Longspurs. There was some flashes of white which could have been Snow Buntings. I started by watching a small group on the road and saw the LL's in them. Then a larger group came from east and everything took off to the west. Lost them then.

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Subject: Great Horned Owl Nest Cam
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 14:23 pm
From: dnott621 AT gmail.com
 
The Lab of Cornell or at the All About Birds website has a live broadcast
of a nest of great horns nesting in possibly a Osprey nest. The pair have
two eggs.
Link: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/...

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Subject: Killdeer plains
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 13:42 pm
From: Bhern34 AT sbcglobal.net
 
Nope, the big blue box.  Honda element

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Subject: Snowy Owls Hopkins
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 13:39 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
THREE Snowy Owls at Hopkins now, all viewed from 100th bomber group restaurant. Two birds near IX center, one on far northeast end of airport 


JB
CLE, OH
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> Two Snowy Owls at Hopkins now, viewed from 100 Bomber Group restaurant looking out towards the IX center
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Subject: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 13:39 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Great hawk watching day at Killdeer today.  Lots of Red-tailed hawks.  One
Red-sholdered hawk was across from the Ranger's station...it got flushed
out by a dark morph Rough-legged hawk...who promptly took over hunting the
area...really good views of the Rough-legged Hawk hunting technique. Wife
FINALLY saw a Northern Shrike...after 3 years of looking. :-D

Everything else typical for Hunted Killdeer Plains. Didn't go looking for
owls...too many rifles, and not enough orange.

List below.

Happy birding and God bless!

Steve J.


Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot, US-OH
Jan 24, 2015 11:29 AM - 1:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
13 species

Canada Goose 30
Northern Harrier 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 5
Rough-legged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 10
American Kestrel 1
Northern Shrike 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 2
European Starling 400
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516915

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Subject: Snowy Owls Hopkins
Date: Sat Jan 24 2015 13:17 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Two Snowy Owls at Hopkins now, viewed from 100 Bomber Group restaurant looking out towards the IX center 


JB
CLE, OH
www.jenbrumfield.com
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