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08 Dec: @ 14:34:52 Re: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates [cls_121389@yahoo.com]
08 Dec: @ 11:46:15 Re: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates [slhackett]
08 Dec: @ 10:20:11  Changes at The Wilderness Center [Joseph Boros]
08 Dec: @ 10:10:32  Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates [kent miller]
08 Dec: @ 09:07:17  missing CT address [Bill Whan]
08 Dec: @ 08:48:11  Snowy owl [Bill Whan]
06 Dec: @ 10:31:06  Holmes County Western Tanager [kent miller]
05 Dec: @ 23:16:11  Palm Warblers [Derrick Hill]
05 Dec: @ 17:39:42  Ottawa NWR Census [DUG]
05 Dec: @ 17:01:21  Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail Census [DUG]
05 Dec: @ 10:01:25  Red-Breasted Nuthatch behavior [Susanna]
05 Dec: @ 09:46:26  Clark County CBC [Doug Overacker]
04 Dec: @ 15:05:19  Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.) [Craig Holt]
04 Dec: @ 13:24:23  Checking Member Status [rstelzer]
04 Dec: @ 11:12:27  Pine Lake Mahoning County [piwo2005]
04 Dec: @ 10:34:30  Mentor - Blackbrook CBC December 31, 2016 [Dan Donaldson]
04 Dec: @ 10:26:22 Re: Bluebirds [Manon VanSchoyck]
04 Dec: @ 10:00:59 Re: Bluebirds [Debra Steinhausser]
04 Dec: @ 09:36:58 Re: blue birds [Mark Sullivan]
04 Dec: @ 08:15:18  blue birds [Karen Martens]
03 Dec: @ 19:53:04  New and changed eBird Hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller]
03 Dec: @ 15:02:20  TREE SPARROW ARRIVAL [Dean Sheldon]
03 Dec: @ 14:35:44  Northern Saw-whet Owl [Erik Bruder]
03 Dec: @ 13:46:07  3-Creeks,12-03:FoxSparrows,SwampSparrows [rob thorn]
03 Dec: @ 08:46:35  Lesser Black-backed Gull - Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield, Ohio [Jason Larson]
02 Dec: @ 15:43:50 Re: odd Ohio records [Dave Horn]
02 Dec: @ 15:14:04  Lakewood CBC [Nancy Howell]
02 Dec: @ 14:59:33  Wooster and Mohican State Forest Christmas Bird Counts 2016 [Roger Troutman]
02 Dec: @ 13:04:29 Re: Ross's Geese, Lake County [Gus Lanese]
02 Dec: @ 13:03:27  odd Ohio records [Bill Whan]
02 Dec: @ 12:56:37 Re: Ross's Geese, Lake County [Gus Lanese]
02 Dec: @ 10:48:29  Ross's Geese, Lake County [Cory "Chia" Chiappone]
02 Dec: @ 10:46:09  Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greater White-fronted Geese, Snow Buntings at MBSP [Vincent Capozziello]
02 Dec: @ 10:18:34  Iceland Gull, lake Erie Bluffs, 12/2 [John Pogacnik]
01 Dec: @ 19:11:45  HooverDam,Inniswood,12-01:Goldeneye,woodpeckers,Red-br.Nuthatch [rob thorn]
01 Dec: @ 18:57:12  Seneca Lake today [Jon Benedetti]
01 Dec: @ 18:25:41  Medina Lake ducks [Elaine & Marty Cohen]
01 Dec: @ 07:33:50  The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings [Craig Caldwell]
01 Dec: @ 06:42:41  Carroll Co. Update - November 2016 [Jon]
30 Nov: @ 12:58:10  Trumbull CBC [Carole Babyak]
30 Nov: @ 10:31:03  CBC [mary warren]
29 Nov: @ 15:54:12  merlins - cuyahoga co. [inga schmidt]
29 Nov: @ 14:12:05 Re: Mandarin Duck [Jay Colburn]
29 Nov: @ 10:51:05  Black Vultures in Brecksville, Ohio (Cuyahoga County) [Ken Andrews]
27 Nov: @ 18:37:41  Cuyahoga County Merlins 11/25 & 11/27 Euclid/Richmond Hts [Nancy Anderson]
27 Nov: @ 11:15:31  Mandarin Duck [John-C-Seiler]
26 Nov: @ 20:17:52  OHOS CBC Sat., Dec 31, 2016 [Darlene Sillick]
25 Nov: @ 18:25:10  Ashtabula and Conneaut [Craig Holt]
24 Nov: @ 17:05:24  5 SEOW, Fairfield Co, SR 37 [jitterbugjamey52]
23 Nov: @ 15:55:28  Fremont CBC Saturday 12/17 [Jason Guerard]





Subject: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 14:34 pm
From: 0000000a47c94982-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I didn't get close enough to see what the Western is eating.  The Summer was mostly eating a homemade peanut butter/oatmeal/corn meal mixture (might be other ingredients).
Carlton SchooleyStrasburg (Tuscarawas)
cls_121389@yahoo.com

On Thursday, December 8, 2016 2:37 PM, "slhackett@ZOOMINTERNET.NET" wrote:


What are the Tanagers eating at the feeders?

  Original Message  
From: kent miller
Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:10 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Reply To: kent miller
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates

The Western & Summer Tanagers 4 miles apart in Holmes County both continue Thursday morning although one report suggests the Summer is looking a bit more lethargic and fluffed up today.
Both Amish homeowners are exceptionally gracious. The homeowners of the Western Tanager are pleased to welcome birders 7 days a week including Sunday. Please stay on the far left side of the parking area giving as much space as possible to the Tupperware cup the Western likes to come feed at by the feeders. Yesterday the Western seemed far more likely to approach when birders remained in their cars waiting on the left side of the drive. Please sign the guest list under the roof on the first outbuilding on the left.The Summer Tanager homeowners are requesting only Monday through Friday visits due to business and family considerations on the weekends. When you stop in the owner, Edna Troyer, asks that you come inside the house to allow the birds to settle better and there sign her guest book as well. I encourage birders to ask to read through a copy of her Life's Journey booklet as her remarkable life journey will make your visit all the more memorable.The address for the Western is 8337 Township Road 662 which is just south of Rt 62 SW of Wilmot. The Summer is at 6830 State Rt. 515, Millersburg, OH which is actually just north of Trail, OH.Kent Miller


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Subject: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 11:46 am
From: slhackett AT zoominternet.net
 
What are the Tanagers eating at the feeders?

Original Message
From: kent miller
Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:10 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Reply To: kent miller
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates

The Western & Summer Tanagers 4 miles apart in Holmes County both continue Thursday morning although one report suggests the Summer is looking a bit more lethargic and fluffed up today.
Both Amish homeowners are exceptionally gracious. The homeowners of the Western Tanager are pleased to welcome birders 7 days a week including Sunday. Please stay on the far left side of the parking area giving as much space as possible to the Tupperware cup the Western likes to come feed at by the feeders. Yesterday the Western seemed far more likely to approach when birders remained in their cars waiting on the left side of the drive. Please sign the guest list under the roof on the first outbuilding on the left.The Summer Tanager homeowners are requesting only Monday through Friday visits due to business and family considerations on the weekends. When you stop in the owner, Edna Troyer, asks that you come inside the house to allow the birds to settle better and there sign her guest book as well. I encourage birders to ask to read through a copy of her Life's Journey booklet as her remarkable life journey will make your visit all the more memorable.The address for the Western is 8337 Township Road 662 which is just south of Rt 62 SW of Wilmot. The Summer is at 6830 State Rt. 515, Millersburg, OH which is actually just north of Trail, OH.Kent Miller


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Subject: Changes at The Wilderness Center
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 10:20 am
From: jlboros2048 AT gmail.com
 
A few months ago The Wilderness Center in Stark county mowed down the
"invasive" shrubs and scrub near the beginning of the trail and around the
power lines to make room for a prairie garden. The shrubby areas were one
of the best places I knew of for Yellow-breasted Chats and White-eyed
Vireos. I guess even parks and protected areas are unkind to scrub-loving
birds! I actually haven't been to The Wilderness Center recently but I
would guess there are fewer wintering sparrows there as well. (Except for
Fox Sparrows, which regularly overwinter in the woods)

Joseph Boros
Holmes County

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Subject: Holmes County Western & Summer Tanagers updates
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 10:10 am
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
The Western & Summer Tanagers 4 miles apart in Holmes County both continue Thursday morning although one report suggests the Summer is looking a bit more lethargic and fluffed up today. 
Both Amish homeowners are exceptionally gracious. The homeowners of the Western Tanager are pleased to welcome birders 7 days a week including Sunday. Please stay on the far left side of the parking area giving as much space as possible to the Tupperware cup the Western likes to come feed at by the feeders. Yesterday the Western seemed far more likely to approach when birders remained in their cars waiting on the left side of the drive. Please sign the guest list under the roof on the first outbuilding on the left.The Summer Tanager homeowners are requesting only Monday through Friday visits due to business and family considerations on the weekends. When you stop in the owner, Edna Troyer, asks that you come inside the house to allow the birds to settle better and there sign her guest book as well. I encourage birders to ask to read through a copy of her Life's Journey booklet as her remarkable life journey will make your visit all the more memorable.The address for the Western is 8337 Township Road 662 which is just south of Rt 62 SW of Wilmot. The Summer is at 6830 State Rt. 515, Millersburg, OH which is actually just north of Trail, OH.Kent Miller


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Subject: missing CT address
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 9:07 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Sorry, if you wanna see it, the URL for the CT list is
http://birding.aba.org/maillis...

BW

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Subject: Snowy owl
Date: Thu Dec 8 2016 8:48 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
The topic title is just to get your attention. It is fairly routine to
hear and read birders' reports of owls, and this time of year the
not-so-frequent appearances of strikingly white snowy owls in wide-open
spaces is when we hear about them from observers. I have plenty of
opinions about the behavior of humans in these circumstances, but won't
rehearse them here..."YOU CAN FIND THOUSANDS OF GREAT PHOTOS OF SNOWY
OWLS FOR FREE ON THE INTERNET"... no, no, make me stop!
I realize only small select communities like ours and the Connecticut
site carry actual conversation among their users. I guess Ohio-birds has
lost its luster for serious bird observers---we saw no posts here
yesterday, one the day before, five the day before that---but the
Connecticut list, serving a population 1/3 the size of Ohio's
[http://birding.aba.org/maillis... had 33 yesterday, 15 of them
about their not-so-rare snowies and "owl etiquette", with a tasty bit of
snarkiness of course but many quite informative views from thoughtful
experienced observers. It's worthwhile looking at these, where most
posters seem to have seen a lot of owls, and read with care the opinions
of those who've paid attention to others' remarks, something you seldom
see on the Ohio list...
Just sayin',
Bill Whan


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Subject: Holmes County Western Tanager
Date: Tue Dec 6 2016 10:31 am
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
Just received word from Ed Schlabach who this morning confirmed a female Western Tanager in Holmes County. Ed's note is pasted below.Kent Miller





I just got back from confirming a Western Tanager (female) that is visiting a feeder at the Marvin Troyer residence in NE Holmes county since about Nov. 30. The address is 8337 Township Road 662 which is .2 mile south of US route 62 (this is just south and west of Wilmot, OH). Birders are welcome. Vehicles should park along the south (left) side of the driveway by the outbuildings. The feeders can be observed from this area. Do not park on the other side of the driveway as this is too close to the feeders. Also, stay out of the yard and please be courteous. There should be ample space for parking and observing in the designated area.  Thanks and good luck on seeing this first Holmes County and Bobolink area record. Ed Schlabach




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Subject: Palm Warblers
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 23:16 pm
From: 000004165953d733-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
On a trip to Zanesville I decided to take a detour out to The Wilds off of Cumberland Rd.  Near the pond/lake on the public recreation side I noticed a few warbler like birds.  After confirmation they where late Palm Warblers. 
Derrick Hill, Cumberland Rd at The Wilds, Muskingum, Ohio

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Subject: Ottawa NWR Census
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 17:39 pm
From: 0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
DECEMBER 04, 2016 - OTTAWA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE MONTHLY CENSUS.ROUTES: Same usual morning & afternoon routes. TIME: 8:00am - 12:00pm; 1:35pm - 5:15pm TEMP.: 37~43~39COND.: Cloudy, light south winds; no snow cover - all water open. OBS.: (Morning only): Katie Clink, Dave Myles, Al & Betty Schlecht, Tony Szilagye (partial); (All day): Ed Pierce, Jim Reyda & Douglas W. Vogus.
I.MAMMALS: 4 SPECIES.

- Virginia Opossum - 1

- Eastern Fox Squirrel - 6
- Common Muskrat - 2
- White-tailed Deer - 1 (doe)

II. BIRDS: 60 SPECIES.

- Canada Goose - 803

- Trumpeter Swan - 46
- Tundra Swan - 346
- Gadwall - 1,487
- American Wigeon - 5
- American Black Duck - 54
- Mallard - 2,590
- Northern Shoveler - 73
- Northern Pintail - 116
- Green-winged Teal - 5
- Bufflehead - 38
- Common Goldeneye - 4
- Hooded Merganser - 4
- Common Merganser - 18
- Ruddy Duck - 15
- Pied-billed Grebe - 5
- Mourning Dove - 119
- American Coot - 303
- Sandhill Crane - 41
- Killdeer - 9
- Marbled Godwit - 3 (Moist Soil Unit 3)
- Dunlin - 4 (Moist Soil Unit 3)
- Bonaparte's Gull - 68
- Ring-billed Gull - 257
- Herring Gull - 11
- Double-crested Cormorant - 4
- Great Blue Heron - 64
- Bald Eagle - 10 (4 adult,6 immature)
- Northern Harrier - 7
- Red-tailed Hawk - 10
- Eastern Screech-Owl - 1
- Great Horned Owl - 1
- Long-eared Owl - 4
- Red-headed Woodpecker - 6
- Red-bellied Woodpecker - 17
- Downy Woodpecker - 24
- Hairy Woodpecker - 3
- Northern Flicker - 4
- American Kestrel - 2
- Northern Shrike - 3 
- Blue Jay - 44
- Horned Lark - 18
- Black-capped Chickadee - 13
- Tufted Titmouse - 2
- White-breasted Nuthatch - 18
- Brown Creeper - 3
- Winter Wren - 2
- Carolina Wren - 1
- Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
- European Starling - 50
- House Sparrow - 7
- American Goldfinch - 12
- Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
- American Tree Sparrow - 141
- Fox Sparrow - 8
- Song Sparrow - 10
- Swamp Sparrow - 1
- Dark-eyed Junco - 38
- Northern Cardinal - 27
- Red-winged Blackbird - 11

Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.

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Subject: Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail Census
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 17:01 pm
From: 0000004b93466e03-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
DECEMBER 03, 2016 - CUYAHOGA VALLEY MONTHLY TOWPATH TRAIL CENSUS.HIKE: Towpath Trail from Red Lock Trailhead south to Merriman Valley. TIME: 7:30am - 4:30pm TEMP.: 38~42~39COND.: Chilly, gray & cloudy all day; occasional light SW winds; no snow cover - all water open.TRAIL COND.: Fair - some muddy, slick spots. Construction equipment staging between old Jaite box factory & Stanford Swamp to repair Cuyahoga River erosion along trail. Many dead ash trees cut down along trail between Red Lock & Boston to prevent future clean-ups. Overhead bridge maintenance between Akron Compost Facility & Akron Water Pollution Control Station completed. E.P.A.-mandated upgrades to sewer trunk line completed with many new trees/shrubs planted. RIVER COND.: Normal.FT.MI.: 13.51 OBS.: John Henry & Douglas W. Vogus.
I. MAMMALS: 4 SPECIES.

- Eastern Gray Squirrel - 1

- Eastern Fox Squirrel - 3
- Red Squirrel - 8
- White-tailed Deer - 5 (7-pt buck,2 doe,2 yearling)

II. BIRDS: 47 SPECIES (Tied December High from 12/07/2013), 653 INDIVIDUALS (Lowest December Total).(NOTE: m = male; f = female; ? = bird was seen but not sexed; * = bird was heard calling but not sexed)

- Canada Goose - 12

- American Black Duck - 23 (5m,5f,13?)
- Mallard - 67 (26m,15f,26?)
- Northern Pintail - 1 (m - at Ira Beaver Marsh - first December record)
- Ring-necked Duck - 2 (1m,1f - at Dover Pond - first December record)
- Unidentified Ducks - 5
- Wild Turkey - 1 (getting ready to roost about 60ft up in a sycamore tree - first December record)
- Pied-billed Grebe - 1 (Ira Beaver Marsh)
- Rock Pigeon - 3
- Mourning Dove - 3
- Ring-billed Gull - 27
- Herring Gull - 1
- Common Loon - 2 (fly-overs heading SW above Stanford Swamp - first December record)
- Great Blue Heron - 4
- Bald Eagle - 2 (adult male & adult female near Peninsula)
- Cooper's Hawk - 1 (m)
- Red-tailed Hawk - 5
- Belted Kingfisher - 4 (2m,1f,1*)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker - 10 (8m,1f,1*)
- Downy Woodpecker - 21 (10m,8f,2?,1*)
- Hairy Woodpecker - 13 (5m,4f,4*)
- Northern Flicker - 4 (*)
- Pileated Woodpecker - 1 (m)
- Peregrine Falcon - 2 (1m,1f - unbanded male tentatively named "Trailblazer" & female "Gatewood", now in adult plumage. Not known if "Rocky" has gone south or given up on the Ohio Turnpike nest site - info per Chad & Chris Saladin's peregrine website)
- Blue Jay - 26
- American Crow - 90
- Black-capped Chickadee - 41
- Tufted Titmouse - 17
- White-breasted Nuthatch - 25 (8m,3f,3?,11*)
- Brown Creeper - 2
- Winter Wren - 1
- Carolina Wren - 5
- Eastern Bluebird - 9 (4m,4f,1*)
- European Starling - 60
- Cedar Waxwing - 14
- House Sparrow - 5
- House Finch - 4 (1m,2?,1*)
- American Goldfinch - 34
- Eastern Towhee - 3 (2m,1*)
- American Tree Sparrow - 30
- Field Sparrow - 1 (near the boardwalk at Lonesome Lock - first December record)
- Song Sparrow - 12
- Swamp Sparrow - 3
- White-throated Sparrow - 21
- Dark-eyed Junco - 2 (1f,1?)
- Northern Cardinal - 29 (11m,13f,5*)
- Red-winged Blackbird - 2 (m)
- Common Grackle - 1
- Unidentified Passerines - 4

III. FISHES: 1 SPECIES.

- Creek Chub - 17


Douglas W. Vogus - Akron, Ohio.




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Subject: Red-Breasted Nuthatch behavior
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 10:01 am
From: susanna AT columbus.rr.com
 
We've had a Red-Breasted Nuthatch visiting feeders since Nov 11th in SW
Columbus suburb. I'd read they can be quite tame but hadn't experienced
that behavior until yesterday. I stepped out on the patio thinking there
weren't any birds around, then heard that funny little "een ink meep" from
the pergola vines just over my head. The RB nuthatch then went to the
peanut feeder with me lingering about 8 feet away, which is closer than the
chickadees let me get.

Of course when I'm not outside the house sparrows are on the rampage and
discourage other birds. What a mess.



Susanna Heideman

SW Columbus/Galloway, Franklin County OH




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Subject: Clark County CBC
Date: Mon Dec 5 2016 9:46 am
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
We will be holding our Clark County CBC on Friday, December 16. We meet at
the southwest corner of the dam at Buck Creek State Park at 7:30 AM. Lunch
is provided at the Corps of Engineers maintenance building. This count
covers Buck Creek State Park, and some parks in Springfield plus George
Rogers Clark Park. Contact Doug Overacker at 937-324-1871 or
cdoveracker@woh.rr.com if you are interested.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Evans L. and Pine L. (Mahoning Co.)
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 15:05 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I birded Evans L. and Pine L. this afternoon.  Best bird was an ad. lesser black-backed gull at Evans L.  Also seen there were bufflehead, 200 hooded mergansers, 30 common mergansers, 20 ruddy ducks, 11 pied-billed grebes, 2500 ring-billed gulls, and 25 herring gulls.  Pine L. had 14 Am. black ducks, 160 mallards, 48 ring-necked ducks, 22 buffleheads, 15 hooded mergansers, 25 common mergansers, 50 ruddy ducks, Cooper's hawk, bald eagle, and Am. coots.  Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: Checking Member Status
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 13:24 pm
From: rstelzer AT insight.rr.com
 


Can you please check and update your records as I have been a previous member on the Ohio Birders List Server, but recently have not been getting the alerts on my email.
Richard StelzerRstelzer@insight.rr.com 614-570-7597

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Subject: Pine Lake Mahoning County
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 11:12 am
From: piwo2005 AT sbcglobal.net
 


At 11 am today, 11 Greater White Fronted Geese and over 200 Common Mergansers were near the south end of the lake.
Also, A Greater and Lessor Black Backed Gull was present with over 600 Ringed billed Gulls.
Numerous other ducks also present . 
Jeff Harvey 
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Subject: Mentor - Blackbrook CBC December 31, 2016
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 10:34 am
From: 000003331627f918-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
The 2016  Christmas Bird Count for the Mentor Circle -sponsored by Blackbrook Audubon will be held December 31, 2016.
The Mentor Circle offers birders a chance to bird wide ranging habitats from the Lake Erie Shore to the hemlock lined ravines of the Penitentiary Glen and The Holden Arboretum.  We welcome birders of all ages and abilities.  
Contact Dan Donaldson at:danook057@yahoo.com for additional information.

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Subject: Bluebirds
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 10:26 am
From: mvs AT ohionature.org
 
Some bluebirds will use the nesting boxes for roosting but "mock " mating
and nesting behavior is normally observed each year in the fall. Can't
speak on this behavior being normally seen in December, however.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of
Debra Steinhausser
Sent: Sunday, December 4, 2016 10:46 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Bluebirds

I have a nest box trail of 13 boxes. I observe this kind of behavior
almost every fall. Some of the bluebirds will stay over the winter. I
haven't observed them using the boxes during the winter, but I don't
monitor them after the nesting season is over--just casual observation.

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Subject: Bluebirds
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 10:00 am
From: Steinhausser2 AT msn.com
 
I have a nest box trail of 13 boxes.  I observe this kind of behavior almost every fall.  Some of the bluebirds will stay over the winter. I haven't observed them using the boxes during the winter, but I don't monitor them after the nesting season is over--just casual observation.

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Subject: blue birds
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 9:36 am
From: columbussully AT gmail.com
 
We had similar activity one morning about a month ago in our yard here in
Worthington.. It even included what looked like competition with house
sparrows. But it never repeated, and the bluebird box remains empty.

On Sun, Dec 4, 2016 at 9:15 AM Karen Martens
wrote:

> I am noticing this morning that a pair of bluebirds (probably the ones that
> nested here last year) are going in and out of the bluebird house that they
> last used for nesting. Behavior is similar to when they nest in the box. So
> what are they doing at this time of year? Making a winter retreat?
>
> --
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Subject: blue birds
Date: Sun Dec 4 2016 8:15 am
From: karen.h.martens AT gmail.com
 
I am noticing this morning that a pair of bluebirds (probably the ones that
nested here last year) are going in and out of the bluebird house that they
last used for nesting. Behavior is similar to when they nest in the box. So
what are they doing at this time of year? Making a winter retreat?

--
Karen H. Martens
293 Ceramic Drive
Columbus, OH 43214
614-261-0143 (home)
614-607-1905 (mobile)

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Subject: New and changed eBird Hotspots are active
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 19:53 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 


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

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...



Knox County

Kokosing Gravel Pits

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Kokosing+Gravel+Pits



Lucas County

Maumee Bay State Park--Multi-use Trail

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Maumee+Bay+State+Park--Multi-use+Trail



Morrow County

Bryn Zion Cemetery

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Bryn+Zion+Cemetery



At the suggestion of Brian Wulker, the eBird checklist reviewer for
southwest Ohio, we have made changes to several hotspots in that part of
the state.

Hamilton County

Cincinnati Zoological Gardens (please do not report the ducks)

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Cincinnati+Zoological+Gardens

- We have added (please do not report the ducks) to the hotspot name. You
would be amazed at how many records of captive waterfowl are invalidated
from the zoo.

Eden Park

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

- We have merged the sublocation for Mirror Lake into the general hotspot.
This is a small enough park that one hotspot can collect checklists for the
whole park.

Great Miami River--Mt. Hope Rd.

- We have reverted this to a shared personal location among the birders who
have submitted checklists. This is private property, and the original
checklist was from a CBC with permission to walk. It does not currently
have public access.

Miami Whitewater Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Miami+Whitewater+Forest

- We have added (please use a more specific location) to the general
hotspot for the forest. When you visit this large park, please use more
specific hotspots for your checklists rather than submitting one checklist
for the whole forest.

- The Tallgrass Prairie Trail has been merged into Bowles Woods and the new
name of this hotspot is Miami Whitewater Forest--Bowles Woods and Tallgrass
Prairie Trail.

- The Parcours Trail has been merged into Timber Lakes and the hotspot is
renamed Miami Whitewater Forest--Timberlakes and Oakleaf Trails.

- The Timber Lakes Drive hotspot has been renamed Miami Whitewater
Forest--West Rd. Bridge Environs. Parking for this hotspot is available off
Timberlakes Drive.

- The Hickory Knoll Picnic Area hotspot has been merged into the hotspot
for Miami Whitewater Forest--Badlands Trail.

Mt. Airy Forest

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Mt.+Airy+Forest

- This park now has a general hotspot, Mt. Airy Forest, and two
sublocations.

Riverside Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Riverside+Park+Cincinnati

- The hotspot for Newtown Market Fields has been merged into Riverside
Park, Cincinnati, since the only way to view the fields safely is from the
park.

Shawnee Lookout

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Shawnee+Lookout

- Shawnee Lookout County Park and Shawnee Lookout--Park Rd. have been
combined into a single general location for this county park and is now
named Shawnee Lookout. The is a sublocation for the park at the Boat Ramp.

Summit Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/Summit+Park+Blue+Ash

- We renamed the Blue Ash Airport hotspot. It is now Summit Park (formerly
Blue Ash Airport). Blue Ash is developing the former airport site as a park
with many amenities.



Clermont County

East Fork State Park

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikispaces.com/East+Fork+State+Park

- We have added (please use a more specific location) to the general
hotspot for this state park. East Fork is a large park, please use more
specific hotspots for your checklists rather than submitting one checklist
for the whole state park.


Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio​

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Subject: TREE SPARROW ARRIVAL
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 15:02 pm
From: seedbed AT frontier.com
 
OK: The first of the  season TREE SPARROW arrived at our winter bird feeding
area this afternoon (12/3/16) at 1445. Now we look for the rest of that
species along with our regular White-Crowned Sparrow contingent of 6 birds
which spends the entire winter season with us here in south central HURON
COUNTY. Some things are almost always right.

Dean Sheldon

Greenwich (Ripley Twp)


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Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 14:35 pm
From: erik.bruder AT gmail.com
 
I found a Northern Saw-whet Owl in the pines behind my garage while I was raking leaves today. Keep your eyes open in any suitable thick growth. You never know who may be there. 

Erik Bruder
Bay Village, OH

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Subject: 3-Creeks,12-03:FoxSparrows,SwampSparrows
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 13:46 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
It was winter sparrow-palooza at 3-Creeks Park in south Columbus this morning, with flocks of sparrows in many locations around the park.  I stopped at Confluence, Cruiser Pond, Borrow Pits, Winchester Lake, Oxbow Area, and Heron Pond.  Water levels were fairly low, so many of the shallow pools have dried out, leaving meager waterfowl habitat.  Fortunately, brushy edges and honeysuckle in berry was abundant here, so there were large #s of Robins, waxwings, starlings, and sparrows.  Notable birds included:

BrownCreepers - 3-4 were in the riparian woods down near the Confluence, a good # for this year so far
Golden-cr.Kinglets - 3-4 were scattered around the Confluence area
Tree Sparrows - widely scattered, with the only large flock being 12 birds near Oxbow
Swamp Sparrows - also widespread, with the largest # being 4 at Cruiser Pond
Fox Sparrows - at least 2 birds - one at the powerline cut at Confluence, the other at Winchester lake
White-crowned Sparrows - 1 at Winchester lake and 2 near Oxbow were good for this increasingly-scarce bird
White-throated Sparrows - perhaps the most common bird of the morning, with flocks at every stop

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull - Clear Fork Reservoir, Mansfield, Ohio
Date: Sat Dec 3 2016 8:46 am
From: 000000f82d644de0-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Greetings!
Large numbers of gulls are again congregating at the south end of Clear Fork Reservoir.
While the vast majority are Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, Clear Fork often attracts large numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls , late into the season and in recent years, it has drawn a staggering number (relatively speaking for an inland location) of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The reservoir also attracts Iceland and Glaucous Gulls from time-to-time.
Typically the area holds anywhere from 3-5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on a daily basis (late fall through early spring), but there have been times where 10-15 birds have been seen on a single outing. The gulls typically congregate at the south end of the reservoir, right above the dam, at dusk and then leave the area right at dawn.
Yesterday (12/02/16) I had one, adult Lesser Black-backed Gull and approximately 500+ Bonaparte's Gulls at the reservoir.
Good birding!
Jason Jason S. Larson  Executive Director - Richland County Park District/Gorman Nature Center/B&O Bike TrailCurator - Muskingum University Herbarium (MUS) 2295 Lexington Avenue Mansfield, Ohio 44907-3027jlarson@richlandcountyoh.usgormannaturecenter@gmail.com 419-884-3764gormannaturecenter.org

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Subject: odd Ohio records
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 15:43 pm
From: davehorn43 AT gmail.com
 
Hello Ohio Birders,

A thought in reaction to Bill's comments: The "initial discoveries" noted
by Bill may have been concentrated in central Ohio not only because of
relative ease of observation/collection but also might reflect the
distribution of competent observers. Not to take anything away from
Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton or Cincinnati area birders but central Ohio has
long been a bastion of birding expertise (Wheaton, Trautman, Claugus et
al.), and more birding effort was expended closer to home in the days
before Interstate highways. (I commenced my birding career in the Boston
area and in the early 1950s and if a rarity showed up on the Rhode Island
coast one simply would not, and could not, make a "chase" and return in a
single day.)

Happy birding!

Dave Horn
Columbus OH
Worcester, MA

On Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 2:03 PM, Bill Whan wrote:

> I'm just finishing a final run through my work on the 382 bird
> species of central Ohio (
> http://columbusaudubon.org/res... ), and
> I notice among other anomalies the number of Ohio water-loving species
> which were said to have been first recorded from central Ohio and not
> Lake Erie. They include:
> both eiders, king and common
> all three scoters, black, white-winged, surf
> cinnamon teal
> Eurasian wigeon
> magnificent frigatebird
> long-tailed jaeger
> gulls: kittiwake and Franklin's gull, Sabine's gull
> Check the dates at
> http://columbusaudubon.org/resources/checklists-and-indexes-coh/ to see
> the dates, or have a look at Peterjohn's "The Birds of Ohio.". All I can
> think is that central Ohio's lakes and reservoirs were far more easy to
> search for these water-loving species. Perhaps these species were hard
> to see well or collect (some were collected but lost in museum fires up
> north) from the lake and the shore. Certainly central Ohio does not
> truly deserve recognition as the first-discovery location of these birds...
> Bill Whan
> Columbus
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Subject: Lakewood CBC
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 15:14 pm
From: NHowell AT cmnh.org
 
Greeting fellow birders,

The Lakewood Circle Christmas Bird Count (west side of Cleveland), sponsored by Western Cuyahoga Audubon, is scheduled for Friday, December 30. Lots more information can be found at the Western Cuyahoga Audubon website, http://www.wcaudubon.org/news/... and more will be forthcoming. While the area is urban and suburban, we have a great time and find some great species. We welcome seasoned birders and beginners. Contact Nancy Howell at nancyhowell@wcaudubon.org Thanks!


Nancy J. Howell
In-House Education Coordinator/Museum Educator
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106
T 216.231.4600 x. 3225
F 216.231.9960
nhowell@cmnh.org
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Subject: Wooster and Mohican State Forest Christmas Bird Counts 2016
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 14:59 pm
From: roger.troutman AT gmail.com
 
Hello fellow birders and CBC'ers



*67th Wooster & 68th Mohican State Forest Ohio Christmas Bird Counts 2016*

You are cordially invited to participate in either or both of these
Christmas Bird Counts. All birding experience levels welcome!


Note: Wooster Count participants. Due to Christmas falling on a Sunday,
rather than having the count on Christmas Eve day, we are opting to have it
on a 1st time weekday on Monday following Christmas. Hopefully this works
out for all

.

===*Wooster* Mon. Dec. 26th - Meet at the Bob Evans Restaurant off Route 30
on the south edge of Wooster. Meet @ 7 AM for breakfast and/or for
territory assignments.


Some participants meet circa noon at the Subway at the Bell Store's/Subway
Convenience Store at the northeast corner of St. Rt. 3 and 95. All of
course are welcome to buy or brownbag and cover AM birding results.

=== *Mohican** State Forest**.* Sat. Dec 31th. Meet at 7 AM at McDonalds
just south of Loudonville on St. Rt. 3 for territory assignments and/or
breakfast.

Can't make the morning session?- join the group for a brown bag lunch at
the Pleasant Hill Reservoir Dam parking lot at 12:30 PM


*
Both count instructions*

If you need a territory assignment, directions etc before the count day or
have questions, contact me by phone between 9 AM & 10 PM or by email
Roger.Troutman@gmail.com anytime.


If you are new to the count or are traveling more than a half-hours
distance, please contact me (email preferred) if you are expecting to
attend.


This is the basic information, but please contact me if you have any
further questions.



There are no participation fees again this year but donations to Audubon's
CBC effort are welcome and tax deductible..

Roger Troutman@gmail.com or call (landline) (419) 884-3529

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Subject: Ross's Geese, Lake County
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 13:04 pm
From: glanese48 AT gmail.com
 
A lady reported that a pair of binoculars were left by a birder in her car.   She has since dropped them off in the school office. 

Gus

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 2, 2016, at 11:48 AM, Cory Chia Chiappone wrote:
>
> The 3 Ross'ss Geese found by Russ Orgin on Nov 29th were seen again this morning at Willowick Middle School in Lake County (41.6312787,-81.4647684).
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> Chia
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Subject: odd Ohio records
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 13:03 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
I'm just finishing a final run through my work on the 382 bird
species of central Ohio (
http://columbusaudubon.org/res... ), and
I notice among other anomalies the number of Ohio water-loving species
which were said to have been first recorded from central Ohio and not
Lake Erie. They include:
both eiders, king and common
all three scoters, black, white-winged, surf
cinnamon teal
Eurasian wigeon
magnificent frigatebird
long-tailed jaeger
gulls: kittiwake and Franklin's gull, Sabine's gull
Check the dates at
http://columbusaudubon.org/resources/checklists-and-indexes-coh/ to see
the dates, or have a look at Peterjohn's "The Birds of Ohio.". All I can
think is that central Ohio's lakes and reservoirs were far more easy to
search for these water-loving species. Perhaps these species were hard
to see well or collect (some were collected but lost in museum fires up
north) from the lake and the shore. Certainly central Ohio does not
truly deserve recognition as the first-discovery location of these birds...
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: Ross's Geese, Lake County
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 12:56 pm
From: glanese48 AT gmail.com
 
Still there at 1:55 pm.  In baseball diamond. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 2, 2016, at 11:48 AM, Cory Chia Chiappone wrote:
>
> The 3 Ross'ss Geese found by Russ Orgin on Nov 29th were seen again this morning at Willowick Middle School in Lake County (41.6312787,-81.4647684).
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/ch...
>
> Chia
>
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Subject: Ross's Geese, Lake County
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 10:48 am
From: chitanion AT gmail.com
 
The 3 Ross'ss Geese found by Russ Orgin on Nov 29th were seen again this morning at Willowick Middle School in Lake County (41.6312787,-81.4647684). 

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

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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greater White-fronted Geese, Snow Buntings at MBSP
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 10:46 am
From: vcapozziello AT gmail.com
 
11 Greater White-fronted Geese, a Lesser Black-backed Gull, and a flock of
about 30 Snow Buntings at Maumee Bay State Park this morning.

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Subject: Iceland Gull, lake Erie Bluffs, 12/2
Date: Fri Dec 2 2016 10:18 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
I did a lake watch at Lake Erie Bluffs in Lake County for a couple hours.  There was a nice movement of large gulls heading west.  Most were probably heading toward the landfill just southwest of the park.  Of note was an adult Iceland gull and a couple lesser black-backed gulls.


Waterfowl numbers were fairly low with mergansers heading west close to shore and flocks of scaup heading east. One group of 64 tundra swans was also seen.


Lake Erie Bluffs Metropark--Lane Rd., Lake, Ohio, US
Dec 2, 2016 7:10 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Conducted a lakewatch
13 species (+1 other taxa)

Tundra Swan 64
Canvasback 29
Lesser Scaup 23
Greater/Lesser Scaup 394
Red-breasted Merganser 543
Common Loon 23
Horned Grebe 7
Bald Eagle 3
Ring-billed Gull 2740
Herring Gull 1890
Iceland Gull 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 1 adult and one 2nd cycle
Great Black-backed Gull 11
American Robin 41


John Pogacnik

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Subject: HooverDam,Inniswood,12-01:Goldeneye,woodpeckers,Red-br.Nuthatch
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 19:11 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
A quick run through these 2 neighboring spots in Westerville this afternoon found some interesting birds.  The cold snap seems to have pushed in some stuff, including

Common Goldeneye - one female was in the reservoir above the dam, my FOS around Columbus
Hooded Mergansers - none at the dam, but 2 were at the pond along the Chipmunk Chatter Trail at Inniswood
Gulls - the area around the dam had small flocks of Ring-bills (50+) and Bonaparte's (25)
Woodpeckers - 5-6 Red-headed are still along the forest loop trail at Inniswood, and the spillway below Hoover dam had lots of other woodpeckers, including a Pileated
Red-br.Nuthatch - 1 of these little beauties is frequenting the feeders at the Innis house at Inniswood
Cedar Waxwings - still was able find 3-4 of them around the berry bushes at Inniswood
Swamp Sparrow - singles were at the Hoover Dam Spillway and nearby Boyer Preserve
White-throated Sparrows - small flocks were everywhere, possibly pushed into the area by the cold snap.

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Subject: Seneca Lake today
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 18:57 pm
From: jon.benedetti AT gmail.com
 
  Today's Mountwood Bird Club outing to Seneca Lake in Ohio was attended by
Lucine Wright, Barb & Neal Hohman, Archie Carpenter, Pat Collins and I.
cold and windy for part of the day. Lake level pretty low.

Birds: "*" = highlights

Canada Goose
*Wood Duck - 2
*Gadwall - 10+
*American Wigeon - 3
*American Black Duck - 5
Mallard
*Blue-winged Teal 0 2
*Northern Shoveler - 12+
*Green-winged Teal - 10+
**BLACK SCOTER - 2
*Hooded Merganser 150+
*Ruddy Duck - 4
*Wild Turkey - two flocks, 5 toms in one and a mixed flock of 15+
*Common Loon - 16+
Pied-billed Grebe - 10+
*Horned Grebe - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 3
Great Blue Heron
*Black Vulture - 5 - 4 at Hohman's and 1 at Seneca Lake
*Bald Eagle - 3 - 2 adults and 1 younger bird
*Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer - 1
*Bonaparte's Gull - 600+
*Ring-billed Gull - 600+
*Herring Gull - 10+
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
*Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird - 10+
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
*Yellow-rumped Warbler - 8+
*American Tree Sparrow - 12+
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

As usual I probably missed some.
Jon Benedetti
Vienna, WV

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Subject: Medina Lake ducks
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 18:25 pm
From: buckeye4c AT gmail.com
 
seen this afternoon, about 100 each of
- ring-necked ducks
- ruddy ducks
- hooded mergansers

location: Rt 18, 1/2 mile west of River Styx Road
(east of Medina center)

on north side of Rt 18.
unmarked entrance to a small paved parking lot,
short walk and stairs to the elevated reservoir.

always a variety of waterfowl.
expecting loons and horned grebes later.
scope helps but not required.

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Subject: The Ohio Cardinal wants your sightings
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 7:33 am
From: craig_caldwell AT sbcglobal.net
 
  Despite its not being December 21, the Ohio Cardinal’s fallseason has ended and winter has begun. That means it’s time send in your August through November sightings.  They go to Craig Caldwell, 1270 W. MelroseDr., Westlake, OH, 44145 or craig_caldwellATsbcglobal.net (substitute the “@”symbol for “AT”).  In addition to sightings,we welcome photos, anecdotes, general interest articles, and research papers.  If you enter your sightings into eBird, youdo not need to send a report – we download all the entries directly fromCornell.  Feel free, however, to expandon items in your eBird list in a separate note to me, because I can’t look atevery note in eBird. Digital photo files, please; send prints only with priorapproval.  If you post photos toFaceBook, Flickr, or the like, you can send links to them rather than the photofiles themselves.  Photos and links go toPhoto Editor Christopher Collins, ccollins0325ATyahoo.com.  (Note the double “c”.) The deadline is December 21.  Thank you in advance. Craig CaldwellEditor, The Ohio CardinalThe Ohio Ornithological Society

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Subject: Carroll Co. Update - November 2016
Date: Thu Dec 1 2016 6:42 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello!

2016 is winding down and the struggle to add new species to our Carroll Co. survey continues. For me, it is a bittersweet time of the year. I am much happier in cooler weather, but it’s a lot harder to find the birds. The photographer in me definitely revels in the lack of leaves and the days that cold, clear Canadian air combined with the lower relative position of the sun gives a particular kind of light that I find aesthetically pleasing. But, I digress…

Kent Miller, Ben Morrison, and I were able to do 1 formal Raptor Watch this month. Unfortunately, it’s been extremely difficult to pick good days as there have been very few occasions in which N-NW winds have been dominant. Our raptor watch was pretty uneventful. We chose to watch from Fargo Rd. in western Carroll Co. The primary target was Rough-legged Hawk, which both Kent and I needed for the year. We dipped on that species, but had a nice consolation prize when a handsome Northern Shrike tee’d up on a nearby snag. We already had a Shrike in the early spring, but it’s still great to see this marvel of a bird, which has been colloquially referred to as “the butcher watchman.” While our raptor watch was a raptor bust, we all realize that we are getting good information regardless of whether or not we see what we want to see. Sometimes what you DO NOT see teaches you as much as what you do.

Fortunately, at least for Kent, a RLHA did show up at Fargo a few days later and he was there to see it, as well as seeing the shrike again. Even nicer was that Margaret Bowman, who is conducting one of the more impressive efforts of cataloging bird species in Ohio, was able to see the hawk after stopping at our house to try for Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch. Now….if only I could get an eye on a RLHA this year! Hopefully, the feeder birds are more cooperative for Margaret the next time she stops at the house. The last date that we had PUFIs at the feeder was 11/13. Our RB Nuthatch(es) continue, although they are more irregular than the other feeder birds.

Waterfowl activity has been extremely slow. We have been hearing from experienced birders that this may be the worst year for ducks in Ohio that they have seen in their lives. I do not have that kind of perspective, but I can say that we only had 9 species of ducks in Carroll in November, with the majority of that tally happening at Atwood on 1 very quick occasion before the raft lifted off and headed south. Loons have been relatively sparse, with our high count of 5 coming this past Sunday at Atwood Lake. We’ve also talked with some waterfowl hunters who have conveyed the same reports of very little activity. What does this point to, I wonder?

The only new species added to our year list (as a team) was Tundra Swan on 11/12 at Atwood Lake. I was there alone and heard them before I saw them. The flock flew over the lake several times and seemed to want to land, but eventually opted to continue their flight toward the S-SE. I was fortunate to be able to both photograph the flock and get an audio recording, which I uploaded to eBird with my report. There are many wonderful tools available to you through eBird if you are passionate about recording your sightings. I encourage folks to consider using this tool. For me, it makes me more careful in my efforts and I like the feeling of knowing that my “listing” lives on after I am gone. Your sightings can be a legacy, rather than an impressive catalog that may be accidentally thrown out with other belongings after you are gone. Just some food for thought…

A few interesting notes. We had 35 Killdeer and a Wilson’s Snipe at Atwood Lake last Sunday as we picked through a growing group of gulls working the far east end of the lake. The MWCD is letting the water levels down rapidly at Atwood and Leesville, providing excellent shorebird habitat…2 months too late! We already knew this, though. The gull activity is worth keeping an eye on though. With several landfills nearby (but not IN Carroll), there is always a chance for premium gull species inland. If you want a more thorough exploration of this subject, check out Kent’s post on the Facebook Bobolink Page or the recent sharing of Kent’s words by Jen Brumfield on Ohio Chase Birds on Facebook. Also of note, I had an Osprey fly over Atwood on 11/22. That seemed late, but I have not had a chance to look at the data on that yet. Finally, I had a good candidate for a Northern Saw-whet Owl along Fargo Rd. last Saturday evening. It is possible that the bird I saw fly (after playing the Saw-whet “toots” call) was a Timberdoodle (American Woodcock). We tried to get a response on Sunday evening at the same spot with no luck, so our quest for that species, as well as Long-eared Owl will go on. I hope to contact some land owners so that we can walk some areas of White Pine and other favorable habitats.

I saw 71 species in Carroll in November. Our team total now stands at 214 species for the year. Carroll is ranked 22nd in Ohio in eBird for species seen in 2016 and 56th for all years in Ohio. As of yesterday, 1064 checklists have been generated in eBird in the county in 2016. The next report will be the last one for Carroll this year, so I want to take a moment to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. I hope to see you out there on the trails in 2017!

Happy birding!


Jon Cefus
Carroll Co.


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Subject: Trumbull CBC
Date: Wed Nov 30 2016 12:58 pm
From: owllo42 AT gmail.com
 
Trumbull County CBC will be held Dec. 18

Any one interested can contact Carole Babyak

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Subject: CBC
Date: Wed Nov 30 2016 10:31 am
From: windbird AT bex.net
 
The Christmas Bird Count for Firelands Audubon Society will be conducted on Saturday December 17th.

We will be covering Erie and Huron counties. We could use some extra help this year as two of our block leaders are unable to participate this year.

The more eyes the better! Everyone is welcome to join us. We cover such great spots as Sheldon Marsh, Old Woman Creek, Eagle Point, Edison Woods and much more.

If you are able to help for all or part of the day, please contact us at firelandsaudubon@gmail.com

It’s a lot of fun and we end up the day at the Huron Pier and then go to Osborn Park for a potluck and final tally.

Hope to hear from some of you..................

Thanks

Mary Warren

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Subject: merlins - cuyahoga co.
Date: Tue Nov 29 2016 15:54 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
I took a drive through Highland Park Cemetery late this afternoon and
found two merlins. The first one I saw was perched in a tree behind
the oil well, where I find them every year. The second one came
swooping in from the golf course.

A busy flock of 50 juncos, along with a few tree sparrows, was
feeding in the weeds by the dumping area.

Inga Schmidt

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Subject: Mandarin Duck
Date: Tue Nov 29 2016 14:12 pm
From: ejaycolburn AT gmail.com
 
Not present at this location today, 11/29. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 27, 2016, at 12:15 PM, John-C-Seiler wrote:
>
> Mandarin Duck Sighted On: Nov 27, 2016 12:15:04 PM
>
> Latitude: 39.99394859, Longitude: -83.02357284
> Altitude: 606 ft
>
> Map Location Using Google Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.99394859,-83.02357284&ll=39.99394859,-83.02357284
>
> Address: Olentangy Trail,Columbus, OH 43210,USA
>
> Duck is still here between king and 5th. Near storm drain.
>
> By John Seiler
>
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Subject: Black Vultures in Brecksville, Ohio (Cuyahoga County)
Date: Tue Nov 29 2016 10:51 am
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
There were four black vultures on the Methodist Church chimney in downtown Brecksville, Ohio at 9 am this morning. But, they were gone when I drove past at around 11 am.

This is in the northwest corner of the town square at the intersection of Routes 82 and 21 in Cuyahoga County.

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Subject: Cuyahoga County Merlins 11/25 & 11/27 Euclid/Richmond Hts
Date: Sun Nov 27 2016 18:37 pm
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
 On Friday (11/25) I went to the business park just east of the old Euclid Square Mall on the east side of East 260th St in Euclid.  At first I only saw one American Kestrel kiting above the field but then another joined it and they chased each other near the empty bldg. and then one left.  During that another unknown small raptor flew in a disappeared quickly.  I watched the Kestrel a long time sitting on the electric lines and then continue with the kiting.  It apparently landed on a tree near the parking lot as I was leaving when I noticed across to the other field another raptor and Kestrel chasing each other.  I could see the other one was a Merlin.  I watched the Merlin fly west across E. 260th St. to a tree just south of the entrance to the former Euclid Square Mall near where Red Lobster used to be.  I was able to drive over there and get better views from that bldgs parking lot while in my car.
Today (11/27) I decided to stop at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights just east of Richmond Rd. on my way to "the lake" in Euclid cause I sometimes see Eagles and Swans fly thru there.  I drove east on Curtiss Wright Pkwy and saw a Red-tailed Hawk sitting in a tree near last bldgs.  After driving thru I returned driving west on Curtiss Wright just as I approached the light at Richmond Rd I saw a Red-shouldered Hawk flying west across the grass towards some pine trees.  After checking that out as I was pulling out of the parking lot area just south of the disk golf course area I saw a small raptor flying from behind me but heading east along Curtiss Wright Pkwy possibly landing near the trees further along the road.  I drove east and pulled into the red brick Horizon Bldg and looked around and could not find it.  As I was pulling out of the parking lot I looked across the street and in a tree along Curtiss Wright was a Merlin.  So the sun was shining and I got very good looks at it from the car in the parking lot. 
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Subject: Mandarin Duck
Date: Sun Nov 27 2016 11:15 am
From: jseiler6200 AT gmail.com
 
Mandarin Duck Sighted On: Nov 27, 2016 12:15:04 PM

Latitude: 39.99394859, Longitude: -83.02357284
Altitude: 606 ft

Map Location Using Google Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q9.99394859,-83.02357284&ll9.99394859,-83.02357284

Address: Olentangy Trail,Columbus, OH 43210,USA

Duck is still here between king and 5th. Near storm drain.

By John Seiler

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Subject: OHOS CBC Sat., Dec 31, 2016
Date: Sat Nov 26 2016 20:17 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
Mark your calendars to help at the 117th Christmas Bird Count on Saturday,
December 31, 2016 for circle OHOS. We meet at the Wendy's at Dublin Rd and
Glick Rd at 7amET to get your maps, check lists and assignments. Please
reply on or before Dec 20 if you plan to help with the count so I can assign
teams. We welcome new birders and last year our 68 observers compiled 79
species of birds for the day.



I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can help this year. We meet
at 5pm at Iacano's in Shawnee Hills to turn in data sheets and celebrate our
hard work and warm up with food and bird tales/tails.....



Thanks



Darlene Sillick



Powell, Ohio 43065



Mobile/text preferred 614-288-3696



National Audubon Christmas Bird Count: O'Shaughnessy Circle





Location



The O'Shaughnessy Reservoir Christmas Bird Count is centered at 40.2167
degrees North x -83.2167 degrees West, which is in Union County just
northwest of the intersection of Watkins Road (CR 104) and State Road (CR
96). The count circle includes much of the O'Shaughnessy Reservoir,
suburban Dublin and some Plain City, eastern Marysville, western Powell,
southern Delaware and rural areas. The Columbus Zoo, Glacier Ridge Metro
Park, Blues Creek and Emily Traphagen and Ohio Wildlife Center and Twin
Lakes are some highlights along the Scioto River corridor.





History



The O'Shaughnessy Reservoir CBC has been conducted annually since 1955.






















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Subject: Ashtabula and Conneaut
Date: Fri Nov 25 2016 18:25 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
In mid-morning I visited Lakeshore Park and Walnut Beach in Ashtabula.  The only bird of interest at Walnut Beach was a Carolina wren.  Lakeshore Pk. had 14 lesser scaup, red-breasted mergansers, horned grebes, 8 double-crested cormorants, small numbers of ring-billed and herring gulls, and a red-bellied woodpecker.  The afternoon was spent at Conneaut harbor, which produced: buffleheads, 27 red-breasted mergansers, 14 common mergansers, 7 horned grebes, 8 double-crested cormorants, 2 great blue herons, bald eagle, Am. coot, 325 ring-billed gulls, 45 herring gulls, a third-winter lesser black-backed gull, 16 Bonaparte's gulls, only 1 imm. great black-backed gull.  Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: 5 SEOW, Fairfield Co, SR 37
Date: Thu Nov 24 2016 17:05 pm
From: jitterbugjamey52 AT gmail.com
 
My husband and I are heading north on SR 37, having just Lancaster minutes ago. This is Fairfield County, slightly West of Buckeye Lake and south of the intersection of SR 204. To the west, 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS were crusing over the corn stubble. We didn't stop since there was not a safe place to pull over, but there are farm field pull-offs you might use with permission. Thankful today for many things and now we can add SEOW to that list. :)
Jamey & Greg Emmert, Akron, OH 
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Subject: Fremont CBC Saturday 12/17
Date: Wed Nov 23 2016 15:55 pm
From: jasonguerard AT bsbo.org
 
The count down to the Christmas Bird Count is on! Only 24 days until the
Fremont CBC, hosted by BSBO.

The count takes place on Saturday 12/17, 7 am - 5 pm. To RSVP, please call
or email Jason Guerard (419-898-4070 x206 or jasonguerard AT bsbo.org).

We will meet at the McDonalds in Fremont (2014 Ohio SR 53, Fremont, 43420)
at 7 am to distribute counting/area assignments.

It doesn't matter if you are new to birding or a seasoned CBC veteran. Join
us for the whole day, just half or count the birds at your feeders from the
comfort of your own home (you must reside within the count circle).

A count compilation pizza party will be held at the Sandusky County Park
District Office (1970 Countryside Place, Fremeont, 43420), after the days
counting is done.

Jason Guerard
Outreach Director
Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449
419-898-4070 Ext. 206


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