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20 Nov: @ 15:43:05  Blendon Woods-Waterfowl and Songbirds [Simpson, Bruce]
20 Nov: @ 13:29:17  Snow geese - Muskingum County [anthony fry]
20 Nov: @ 12:57:06  Overlook Beach Park-Scoters [Sally Isacco]
20 Nov: @ 12:37:32  Summit Lk Red-necked Grebe [Peggy Wang]
20 Nov: @ 10:23:32  SNOWY OWL - LORAINE HARBIR [George Novosel]
20 Nov: @ 10:09:01  Snowy Owl Lorain Harbor [jen brumfield]
20 Nov: @ 09:16:25  Fish Crow ID. What shall we do? [Jon Cefus]
20 Nov: @ 08:05:16  Three Red Phalaropes Lorain harbor [jen brumfield]
20 Nov: @ 07:42:37  Pine Siskins Geauga County [Barbara Zaas Partington]
20 Nov: @ 06:25:51  Snowy Owl Burke Lakefront Airport [jen brumfield]
19 Nov: @ 21:46:40  Union County: Probable White-winged Crossbills [Blake Mathys]
19 Nov: @ 20:31:08  Calliope Delaware Ohio [Tania Perry]
19 Nov: @ 19:59:40  Wayne County locations [Randy Rowe]
19 Nov: @ 12:37:57  Summit Co & Lake RN Grebe [Coy, Patrick G.]
19 Nov: @ 11:47:30  Cave swallows, Ashtabula, 11/19 [John Pogacnik]
19 Nov: @ 10:29:26  Red-necked Grebes Lorain Harbor and Gordon Marina in Cuyahoga [jen brumfield]
19 Nov: @ 10:27:49  Black-legged Kittiwake Huntington Reservation, Cuyahoga county [jen brumfield]
19 Nov: @ 10:23:16  Red Phalarope Lorain harbor [jen brumfield]
19 Nov: @ 10:14:41  Red Necked Grebe still at Summit Lake Akron [Betsy MacMillan]
18 Nov: @ 19:05:44  3-Creeks-to-PickPonds,11-18: SandhillCranes,raptors,sapsuckers [Robert Thorn]
18 Nov: @ 13:47:55  Peregrine Falcon [Trumbull County] [J. Hochadel]
18 Nov: @ 10:35:14  Snowy Owl(s) on Lake Erie Islands... [H Thomas Bartlett]
18 Nov: @ 09:57:10  RED-NECKED GREBE - SUMMIT LAKE [George Novosel]
18 Nov: @ 09:37:11  RT Loon , DaytonRt ..continuing [Eric Elvert]
18 Nov: @ 08:37:07  Cleveland snowy owl E. 9th St. pier [jen brumfield]
17 Nov: @ 21:24:07  Calliope Delaware Ohio [Tania Perry]
17 Nov: @ 18:31:04  Rose breasted Grosbeak [Carole Babyak]
17 Nov: @ 18:21:30  Cleveland Snowy Owl [jen brumfield]
17 Nov: @ 18:10:00  Eagle sighting [Mary Huey]
17 Nov: @ 12:45:13  Bibliography of Ohio ornithology [Bill Whan]
16 Nov: @ 09:31:33  Crow roost (?): western Muskingum County [Robert Evans]
15 Nov: @ 22:19:55  Calliope Delaware Ohio [Tania Perry]
15 Nov: @ 14:13:41 Re: Akron - Red-necked Grebe at Summit Lake [Elaine & Marty Cohen]
15 Nov: @ 12:13:54  CONT. RED-THROATED LOON MONTGOMERY CTY., Eastwood Metropark, 11/15, 12:30pm [Stefan Minnig]
15 Nov: @ 09:51:43  Northern Shrike, Letha House Park, Medina County [Ken Ostermiller]
15 Nov: @ 08:07:41  Red Crossbills [Bill Whan]
14 Nov: @ 19:58:15  HooverDam-Inniswood,11-14:loon,grebes,blackbirds [Robert Thorn]
14 Nov: @ 16:08:29  Sims Park ( Euclid )-Full of Scoters [Sally Isacco]
14 Nov: @ 15:14:56  Appeal to Ohio museums [Bill Whan]
14 Nov: @ 15:08:18  Akron - Red-necked Grebe at Summit Lake [Brian]
13 Nov: @ 21:03:45  Calliope Delaware Ohio [Tania Perry]
13 Nov: @ 15:51:30 Re: Pacific Loon and Pom Jaeger [Elaine & Marty Cohen]
13 Nov: @ 11:17:12  Pacific Loon and Pom Jaeger [jen brumfield]
13 Nov: @ 10:16:14  50 + Ruddy Ducks, common loon Lake Medina, Medina County [Jo Ann Kubicki]
12 Nov: @ 20:13:42  Pine Siskins/WW Scoter Marblehead Ottawa County 11/12/17 [Nancy Anderson]
12 Nov: @ 15:30:40  Black scoter - geauga [Inga Schmidt]
12 Nov: @ 13:40:48  11-12,UrbanSciotoColumbus - Mergansers,Robins [Robert Thorn]
12 Nov: @ 10:06:28  Red throated Loon - Bay Village [Erik Bruder]
12 Nov: @ 08:09:49  RT Loon , Dayton [Eric Elvert]
12 Nov: @ 07:44:41  Calliope - Delaware, OH [Tania Perry]





Subject: Blendon Woods-Waterfowl and Songbirds
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 15:43 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off
of I 270 and Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit.

Below is a list of some of the Birds seen the last 6 days.

Thoreau Lake
Hooded Merganser
Wood Duck
Mallards
American Black duck
Gadwall
Great Blue Heron
Pied-billed Grebe
Belted Kingfisher

Lake Trail
Woodpeckers
Pileated
Hairy
N Flicker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-headed-Pipeline cut
Hawks
Red-tailed
Cooper's
Sparrows
White-throated
Dark-eyed Junco
E Towhee
Carolina Wren
E Bluebird
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Nature Center
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco

Turkeys-over a hundred in the park
Feeders
Ranger Station
Nature Center
Thoreau Lake-East Blind
Picnic areas

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Nature Center
614-895-6221 <(614)%20895-6221>

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Snow geese - Muskingum County
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 13:29 pm
From: mrfry07 AT hotmail.com
 
7 snow geese at Memorial Park cemetery in Zanesville with about 80 Canada geese

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Subject: Overlook Beach Park-Scoters
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 12:57 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Overlook Beach Park-Mentor on the Lake, north end of 306 all 3 scoters. 
From 12 Noon-1PM I watched a raft of Scoters; about 11 ( hard to count
with the waves ). 1 White-winged, 6 Black and 4 Surf-probably more.
Red-breasted Mergs flying west; 90-100 each wave; sometimes more.

Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Summit Lk Red-necked Grebe
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 12:37 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Subject bird still here thus afternoon. Best views from small baseball field parking lot just N of machester & trail rds on W side. Had head up & swimming for awhile but snoozing w/head tucked currently. Sometimes hard to see behind small group of trees near shore. 

Thx for great directions.

Did not see Goldeneyes but had Scaup, ring-necked, ruddy, gadwall, canvasbacks. Lots of coots & pied-billeds.

Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: SNOWY OWL - LORAINE HARBIR
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 10:23 am
From: geocoyote1229 AT gmail.com
 
The one adult snowy is located on the eastern most breakwall   Scope is
very helpful. Follow the rocks toward the end. There is a set of stairs.
It is 20-25 feet in front of the stairs on top of the breakwall next to a
large boulder

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Subject: Snowy Owl Lorain Harbor
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 10:09 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
At least one Snowy Owl is being seen at Lorain Harbor on the outer breakwall 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio

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Subject: Fish Crow ID. What shall we do?
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 9:16 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello!

Yesterday, following up on a previous report in Summit Co. I headed toward
Cuyahoga Falls to see if I could locate the reported Fish Crow(s) in the
area of Chapel Hill mall (Howe Ave.). Almost immediately when I got to
where the old Border's Books was (now Books-a-Million), I saw crows flying
and chasing each other. I pulled into a restaurant by the bookstore and
definitely heard several Fish Crows calling back and forth. The group flew
over to a tree between a car dealership and the Home Depot and I snapped a
few photos for documentation purposes. I waited for some time with my
phone at the ready to record their calls, but once these particular birds
got to the tree they did not make another sound, so no recording was made.
I had some sense of confidence about knowing their nasally call after my
trip to Florida earlier this year when there was ample chance to hear them.

It seems to me that we have a challenge ahead of us as Ohio birders. It is
very likely that Fish Crows will continue to spread as they seem to be
having success breeding in the Cleveland area, which one would suppose
means dispersing to more areas. I have learned that the ONLY reliable way
to ID a Fish Crow versus American Crow is to get a recording of the bird(s)
in question.

A thought occurred to me this morning on my commute. How often will we
observe Fish Crows in circumstances that allow for good recording of their
calls? I was thinking about areas like New Philadelphia (Tuscarawas Co.)
where roosts of tens of thousands of crows happen each late fall/winter.
In the din of these roosts can we hope to get a good recording even if we
were able to pick out a Fish Crow call in that context? How often can we
hope to get a little group in isolation that will allow for good recording?

I do not know the answers. I know that recording will be imperative as
they move inland and their population grows, which again I think is to be
expected. Perhaps this will be more of a problem for another generation of
Ohio birders, but I thought I would open the discussion up here, and in
other forums, to see how we might proceed effectively.

Happy birding and Happy Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it) to all!

Jon Cefus
Carroll Co.

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Subject: Three Red Phalaropes Lorain harbor
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 8:05 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Lori Brumbaugh is looking at 3 Red Phalaropes at Lorain Harbor now, 8:50 am 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio

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Subject: Pine Siskins Geauga County
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 7:42 am
From: bzpart55 AT gmail.com
 
I have at least a dozen pine siskins at seed feeder - first of year


Barb Partington
Munson Township
Geauga County

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Subject: Snowy Owl Burke Lakefront Airport
Date: Mon Nov 20 2017 6:25 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
At least one snowy owl can be seen from gate 12 at Burke Lakefront Airport, sitting on a runway light. Just drove by it

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio
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Subject: Union County: Probable White-winged Crossbills
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 21:46 pm
From: blakemathys AT hotmail.com
 
I'm certainly no birding-by-ear expert, but I had a group of flyover birds today that sounded very much like White-winged Crossbills. I estimate that there were 10 to 20 of them.


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Subject: Calliope Delaware Ohio
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 20:31 pm
From: tania.rae.perry AT gmail.com
 
The rain that we have had over the past few days has not deterred our
Calliope.

He has been feeding at all three feeders now and even took a stance with a
Downy Woodpecker who dared to enter his territory.

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Subject: Wayne County locations
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 19:59 pm
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
I was out on a cold windy afternoon birding several sites in Wayne County.
I started at Shreve Fishpond where there were 7 Bonaparte's gulls, about 28
dunlin and I think one least sandpiper, and two greater yellowlegs.

The big pond on Cemetery Rd is now full of water again. There were a few
groups of waterfowl there including about 25 each of gadwalls and
shovelers, 4 mallards, 6 green-winged teal, 5 ring-necks, 3 buffleheads,
and 4 pied-billed grebes.

There was not much in the Wilderness Rd lake (which is now back to a lake),
but west of the farmhouse in the far back of the large field was a group of
about 55 tundra swans. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Summit Co & Lake RN Grebe
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 12:37 pm
From: pcoy AT kent.edu
 
The Red-necked Grebe first found by Brian Tinker earlier in the week is still present at the North End of Summit Lake along with other collections of nice waterfowl, including Ring-necked, Northern shoveler, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, lesser scaup, American coot, Pied-billed grebe.

The parking lot next to the baseball field along Manchester at the corner of Clearview offers clearviews.

Patrick Coy

Peninsula

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Subject: Cave swallows, Ashtabula, 11/19
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 11:47 am
From: jpogacnik AT hotmail.com
 
There are two cave swallows at Walnut Beach in Ashtabula. They were flying near the trees west of the two shelters. They also flew up the grassy area that runs up the hill west of that and disappeared for a while. I checked that area and couldn't find them. I came back and of them was back. It startedsnowing and it went back up the hill.

Also a young brant at Malek Park on Parrish Road just west of Conneaut. At Conneaut Harbor, single long-tailed duck, surf and white-winged scoters, and six common redpolls.

At Ashtabula, a distant snowy owl sitting at the bottom of a large gravel pile. Also 2 surf scoters at Lakeshore Park.



John Pogacnik

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Subject: Red-necked Grebes Lorain Harbor and Gordon Marina in Cuyahoga
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 10:29 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
2 Red-necked Grebes in Lorain Harbor and one at Gordon marina in Cuyahoga 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio

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Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake Huntington Reservation, Cuyahoga county
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 10:27 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
A juv Black-legged Kittiwake passed heading west with 4 Bonies from Huntington Reservation in Bay Village, Cuyahoga 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio
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Subject: Red Phalarope Lorain harbor
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 10:23 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Patty McKelvey found a Red Phalarope in Lorain Harbor 30 Min ago. Swimming on water in harbor 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio
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Subject: Red Necked Grebe still at Summit Lake Akron
Date: Sun Nov 19 2017 10:14 am
From: betsymac5 AT gmail.com
 
Continuing bird clearly seen from Trail St. side of lake with other ducks and Pied billed grebes and coots. Scope helpful but seen well with bins also.  Thanks to George and Joanne!  LB!

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Subject: 3-Creeks-to-PickPonds,11-18: SandhillCranes,raptors,sapsuckers
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 19:05 pm
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
The overcast skies didn't seem to have much effect on bird activity in
these parks in south Columbus today. Most landbird migrants seem through,
but winter residents and waterbird migrants seem in full swing. Highlights
included

Waterfowl - Pick Ponds still have good diversity, but the higher water
levels have allowed them to spread out. I had N.Shovelers, Green-winged
Teal, Pied-billed Grebes, and Hooded Mergansers there, along with the
expected geese and mallards

Raptors - not much at 3-Creeks, but Pick Ponds had 2 Bald Eagles, 1
Cooper's Hawk, and a Red-tailed Hawk, all around the Wood Duck picnic area

Sandhill Cranes - 2 were still hanging around Mallard marsh east of the
Wood Duck picnic area

Sapsuckers - finally appearing in numbers, with 3 at 3 different sites
along the Blacklick greenbelt

BrownCreepers - another winter resident finally showing itself, with birds
at many locations

Fruit-eaters - still flocks of Robins in many places in both parks and
along the Blacklick Greenbelt between them. The only Cedar Waxwings were
at Chatterton Greenbelt, and the only Mockingbird was at the Bowen Rd
parking area by Ellis Pond at Pick Ponds.

Golden-crowned Kinglets - still small #s at many locations; the Confluence
area of 3-Creeks had 5

Sparrows - lots of White-throated flocks in many locations, along with good
#s of Song Sparrows. Swamp Sparrows were at Cruiser Pond and several
locations along the Blacklick Greenbelt, and White-cronws were at Pick
Ponds; more unusual were Tree Sparrows at Chatterton greenbelt

Blackbirds - conspicuous by their absence, with not a one around either park

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Subject:
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 13:47 pm
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
Shortly before 1:30 this afternoon, I watched a Peregrine diving at the
group of Pigeons that hang around and nest under the Rt 82 bridge that
spans Elm Rd in Cortland (near Walmart). The Peregrine missed the Pigeon it
was trying to catch, dove back into the group and missed again, and then it
flew to the top of one of the tallest utility poles. The Pigeons scattered
then eventually landed on the wires near the bridge where they usually
roost. A bit of excitement to brighten a rainy afternoon. :)

Judy

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Subject: Snowy Owl(s) on Lake Erie Islands...
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 10:35 am
From: hthomas.bartlett AT gmail.com
 
A Snowy Owl was reported Tuesday for Middle Bass Island.  One was
photographed on South Bass Island yesterday. And today one was found
by Tom Behlon on Kelleys Island. Same bird moving around or multiple
birds???

Tom

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Subject: RED-NECKED GREBE - SUMMIT LAKE
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 9:57 am
From: geocoyote1229 AT gmail.com
 
Red-necked Grebe continues on Summit Lake in Akron mixed in with pied
grebes and various other waterfowl. Thanks Joann for taking me to a good
observation area to see clearly with a scope.

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Subject: RT Loon , DaytonRt ..continuing
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 9:37 am
From: Elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
The red throated loon is still here at Eastwood metropark lake in Dayton  as of 10am Sat morning

Eric Elvert
Dayton, Ohio

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Subject: Cleveland snowy owl E. 9th St. pier
Date: Sat Nov 18 2017 8:37 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
And immature snowy owl is visible on the Burke lakefront airport runway looking east from the E. 9th St. pier

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio
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Subject: Calliope Delaware Ohio
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 21:24 pm
From: tania.rae.perry AT gmail.com
 
Our Calliope continues his presence in Delaware Oh. Despite of the cool
weather at night, there continues to be an abundancy of flying insects,
plenty of shelter and nectar to sustain his needs.

I am still monitoring his daily activities, environment and behaviors as he
continues his stay.

We have placed another feeder up under the eave of the house and out of the
wind. Just in case he decides to stay longer and as the weather gets
consistently colder I wanted the presence of the feeder to be familiar to
him.

We'll keep you updated as time goes on.
Corey and Tania Perry

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Subject: Rose breasted Grosbeak
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 18:31 pm
From: 000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I had an immature Rose-breasted Grosbeak at my sunflower feeder Nov. 12

Carole Babyak NE Ohio Trumbull County

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Subject: Cleveland Snowy Owl
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 18:21 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Hey all - found an immature Snowy Owl at Edgewater Marina, on the outer breakwall, on Wednesday. Patty McKelvey relocated likely the same bird today, on the outer breakwall off of Burke, viewed from East 9th street pier 

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio
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Subject: Eagle sighting
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 18:10 pm
From: mary.huey AT sbcglobal.net
 
Late this morning while visiting the new pier out into Lake Erie at Painesville Township Park (it's impressive), friends and I watch a mature bald eagle catch a fish (effortlessly) just off the end of the pier. Then instead of flying to the tree line to eat it, it flew east along the lake until a very dark immature eagle flew out from the shore. Once the immature was close to the adult, the adult dropped the fish and the immature dropped down and snatched it up. Teaching the first year bird to fish?? Sure looked like it.
There were also at least half a dozen horned grebes on the water and perhaps a thousand gulls (too far east to identify) sitting on the water or spiraling in the air.
Mary HueyLake County

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Subject: Bibliography of Ohio ornithology
Date: Fri Nov 17 2017 12:45 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Eight years ago I offered on this forum a 56-page bibliography of
publications treating birds in Ohio. It's easily consulted by author or
topic (such as Vireo, Vulture, or Veery); if someone wants to put it on
the Net, fine. I will send it on request. I haven't added to it, because
only one person wrote to ask for a copy, so it could use updating. I
offer it once again because I don't know of anything more easily
available to scholars of Ohio ornithology, even though it treats
publications only through 2009. Most of these articles can be found on
the internet. Lemme know if you're interested.
Bill Whan

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Subject: Crow roost (?): western Muskingum County
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 9:31 am
From: benbovas AT gmail.com
 
This morning between 7:30 and 8:00 a loosely constituted stream of crows
flew across our hilltop pasture (on the Flint Ridge upland) in Hopewell
Township, Muskingum County. A conservative estimate is that 600 crows flew
by while I sipped my morning coffee and gazed out the kitchen window,
before we went out to feed our sheep and horses, and clean the horse barn,
(our daily post-dawn routine.)

A group of about eighty of the birds lingered on our land and the field
across Flint Ridge Rd. as I worked in and around the barns. The crows
seemed agitated, swooping around and calling, but I could not see any
deserving focus of their attention (like a hawk or something.) Perhaps it
was just their own form of morning exuberance.

I mention this abundance of crows because it has not been a daily
occurrence. This is the first I have noticed such a flight. Perhaps a
winter roost is forming near the west side of Dillon Reservoir, which is a
little more than a mile distant from our place, as the crow flies.

Bob Evans
Geologist, etc.
Hopewell Township, Muskingum County

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Subject: Calliope Delaware Ohio
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 22:19 pm
From: tania.rae.perry AT gmail.com
 
Quick Calliope update. Our avian visitor continues to be present. Foraging
for insects and feeding on nectar. He still remains very active and full of
energy.
Will keep everyone updated as time goes by.

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Subject: Akron - Red-necked Grebe at Summit Lake
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 14:13 pm
From: buckeye4c AT gmail.com
 
Brian,
thanks for the tip.

Summit Lake, Wed late morning:
one each: red necked grebe, common loon.
two canvasback, several gadwall.
many: pied billed grebe, ring-necked duck, coot.

Springfield Lake, early pm:
25 tundra swan

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 4:07 PM, Brian wrote:

> I found a Red-necked Grebe this afternoon at 2:30 at Summit Lake, on the
> northern end of the lake in the center, mixed in with Ring-necked Ducks and
> Coots. Best viewed by parking in the lot on Manchester Rd and walking down
> the hill to the water. You can also park on the eastern side of the lake at
> Summit Lake Park and scope from there, but you won't be as close.
>
> Approximate location: 41.058693, -81.546509
>
> Brian Tinker
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Subject: CONT. RED-THROATED LOON MONTGOMERY CTY., Eastwood Metropark, 11/15, 12:30pm
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 12:13 pm
From: stefanminnig AT hotmail.com
 
The Red-Throated Loon found by Eric Elvert last week continues at Eastwood Metropark in Montgomery County (Dayton) as of 12:30pm. It was located more on the northern side of the lake. Two Common Loons were also present. I couldn't locate the White-Winged Scoter seen yesterday in that area.


Stefan Minnig

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Subject: Northern Shrike, Letha House Park, Medina County
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 9:51 am
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
Northern Shrike seen on the Great Horned Owl Bridle Trail at Letha House
Park in Medina County Wednesday morning. We were on the trail on the west
side of the web prairie and the Shrike was perched in the tree line. It
flew toward the parking lot.

Ken Ostermiller
Westfield Center

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Subject: Red Crossbills
Date: Wed Nov 15 2017 8:07 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
At
http://birding.aba.org/message...
is some information about what the
eastern gurus tell us is an invasion of red crossbills of great
magnitude. I sure haven't heard much about Ohio crossbills recently, but
things are only beginning. I can recall an invasion a few years back
when on a warmish day my wife and I sat on chairs on the back deck,
which is partly shaded by a big hemlock, and fed these little beggars
from the hand. They were obviously from a place where we
seemed no dangerous than reindeer. The gurus predict as many or more
this winter, so peel an eye.
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: HooverDam-Inniswood,11-14:loon,grebes,blackbirds
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 19:58 pm
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped by the lower part of Hoover Resevoir (Walnut St. ramp and the
dam) as well as a few nearby wooded parks (Boyer Preserve, Inniswood) this
afternoon. Late migrants were scarce and spotty, with notables including :

MuteSwans - not really a migrant, but 3 adults and 2 juveniles were off the
Walnut St. ramp
American Wigeon - none on the reservoir, but 6 were on the pond at Boyer
Preserve
CommonLoon - at least one was in the deep part of the reservoir off the dam
Pied-billed Grebes - 2 were off Walnut St ramp and another 2 were off the
dam
Gulls - small flocks of Ring-bills and Bonapartes were at many spots in the
lower reservoir
Pileated Woodpecker - 1 was calling from the woodland loop trail at
inniswood
Golden-cr.Kinglets - still some around with 2 below Hoover Dam and another
2 at inniswood
Sparrows - Songs common, at every spot; Boyer had 12. Boyer also had a
Swamp Sparrow. A Tree Sparrow was along the spillway south of Hoover Dam
Blackbirds - small flocks of Redwings flew south past the Walnut St ramp
and at inniswood. Inniswood also had 35-40 Common Grackles staging for a
roost somewhere to the south.

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Subject: Sims Park ( Euclid )-Full of Scoters
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 16:08 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
After fighting with Drs. offices and Insurance People all morning, I 
had to let off some steam! So, off I went to Sims Park to look for
Scoters. I haven't seen any this fall yet. I was there between 2-3PM.
I had all 3 species. Only 2 White-winged Scoters. I counted 43
Surf/Black. Basically in 2 groups. One directly north of the pier and
the other NE of the pier. Hard to get an accurate count with the surf
and them diving. It was so peaceful!! Also about 14 Goldeneye, 1
common loon. 43 degrees and hardly any wind. I don't think I have had
this many Scoters before.

Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Appeal to Ohio museums
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 15:14 pm
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
The whooping crane Grus americana has *not* been recognized as a
species verified for the Ohio list. Peterjohn, writing about this
species as a candidate for the Ohio list accepted by the first Bird
Records Committee, rejected it for lack of a curated specimen with data
verifying Ohio as the location for its collection.
It seems that whooper specimens have been collected in numbers over
time in Ohio in days gone by, mostly in the late nineteenth and early
twentieth centuries. Eventually some gunners whose names are known,
recognizing them as rarities, donated them to museums long ago, but the
specimens were not accompanied by these data. Most reports of this
species in the state come from long ago in southwestern Ohio passing on
their migratory pathways to and from the northern breeding grounds.
It seems more than a century ago whooper specimens did not seem so rare
as to require complete information on their tags: along with specimen
name, the dates and places of collection, name of collector etc. were
not always recorded on tags, even if these data were recorded elsewhere.
It seems that Peterjohn and others did not always check complete
museum data to assess specimens. The Cincinnati Museum, for example, did
not find it necessary always to make known the place in which specimens
were collected--even though southwestern Ohio was where most specimens
were to be found. In that region this species was likeliest to be added
to the Ohio list.
I don't know how many museums---with huge scientific collections or
just a few specimens for educational purposes--exist in Ohio. I have
kinda worn out my welcome with some of them, but I'd welcome it if
someone could undertake the job of hunting up all the
academic/scientific museums with addresses so requests could be made. It
would be paradise if all the museums in Ohio could make their bird
specimens' basic data made public online. There is now even a
website---Vertnet--that makes available such data in searchable public
form. Right now the only Ohio museum I know of that Vertnet carries is
the Ohio State University Museum, where I have been allowed to examine
all the specimens. I don't know even all the names of Ohio's
academic/scientific museums, but I'd think that nearly all have records
of their holdings. The Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo museums have
told me they plan to make their holdings available to researchers, and I
have been told this over the past decade, with nothing available yet.
These records need only report names and known data for each specimen;
photos are not necessary; no one doubts the identification of specimens
and there are prettier pictures elsewhere. What is of greatest interest
is the tag data: name of species, location, and date of collection.
Yes, much more can be learned from such specimens, but this
information is not shared by all specimens. These data will not appear
on the specimen's tag, but date and location, along with its identity
(at least species, sex, age) are the minimum. Ordinary citizens like
you and I are perfectly happy to know where the specimen was taken,
when, and where. If you're looking for isotopes or parasites for
example, you need to work out a formal agreement with the relevant
museum for scientific study. I know that even
species/age/location/date/name of collector are just not always
available, but knowing that would be helpful if available. I suspect
that the whooping crane, for example, could be added to the Ohio list if
all these data were available.
Bill Whan
Columbus




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Subject: Akron - Red-necked Grebe at Summit Lake
Date: Tue Nov 14 2017 15:08 pm
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
I found a Red-necked Grebe this afternoon at 2:30 at Summit Lake, on the
northern end of the lake in the center, mixed in with Ring-necked Ducks and
Coots. Best viewed by parking in the lot on Manchester Rd and walking down
the hill to the water. You can also park on the eastern side of the lake at
Summit Lake Park and scope from there, but you won't be as close.

Approximate location: 41.058693, -81.546509

Brian Tinker

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Subject: Calliope Delaware Ohio
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 21:03 pm
From: tania.rae.perry AT gmail.com
 
Calliope is still present. His activities today were active and vibrant as
he scavenged for insects among the Golden Raspberry and Purple Coneflower
plants. There were lots of flying insects to be seen and he was taking
advantage of their abundancy.


Throughout the day he was feeding again at both feeders, hovering more when
feeding as compared to the prior days last week when the temperatures were
frigid. Finally, as he has displayed before, he had no hesitation in
defending his territory today against the Chickadees, Golden Finches and
others. I did observe his climbing, hovering and diving display at various
times this afternoon as well.


I have posted video and other pictures on the Delaware Co.-Ohio Calliope
Hummingbird FB page.

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Subject: Pacific Loon and Pom Jaeger
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 15:51 pm
From: buckeye4c AT gmail.com
 
missed them all except the red-breasted mergansers, 2:15 pm,
but did get a female long-tailed duck among a few buffleheads at
Bradstreet. you never know about birds.

(also, red-headed woodpecker at the Lake Erie Nature Center, Huntington.)

- the Cohens

On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:16 PM, jen brumfield
wrote:

> PACIFIC, Red-throated and Common Loons off Rocky River Park with a few
> Black and Surf Scoters, loads of mergansers and POMARINE JAEGER off
> Bradstreet Landing just to West
>
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> Cleveland, Ohio
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Subject: Pacific Loon and Pom Jaeger
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 11:17 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
PACIFIC, Red-throated and Common Loons off Rocky River Park with a few Black and Surf Scoters, loads of mergansers and POMARINE JAEGER off Bradstreet Landing just to West

Jen Brumfield
Cleveland, Ohio
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Subject: 50 + Ruddy Ducks, common loon Lake Medina, Medina County
Date: Mon Nov 13 2017 10:16 am
From: jak1 AT clevelandmetroparks.com
 
Yesterday took a walk on the upper trail along Lake Medina. Large numbers of Ruddy Ducks on the southeast end of Lake Medina. Also seen was a Common Loon, Redhead, Bufflehead, Double-crested Cormorant, Ring-billed Gull and other waterbirds too far away to ID.


In the woods were Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Carolina Wren.


Lake Medina has two entrances. The southern entrance is off Rt. 18 west of I-71. The sign is not very obvious. GPS Coordinates N 41 08' 14.238, W 081 49' 21.072.

The northern entrance is off Granger Road. GPS Coordinates N41 09' 08.754, W 081 49' 20.310.

[http://sig.cmparks.net/cmp-ms-... Ann Kubicki
Information Specialist
CanalWay Center
216-206-1000
Fax: 216-206-1008
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Subject: Pine Siskins/WW Scoter Marblehead Ottawa County 11/12/17
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 20:13 pm
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Today I was looking for ducks along the shoreline starting at the Lakeside Dockand moving along the shore just east of Lakeside. I did see small numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers and about 17 Bufflehead.Then Iwent to the far southeasterntip of the peninsula (mile south of Marblehead Lighthouse) and parked the caron the gravel pulloff. Apparently, this is called Lake Point Park which includes the quarry park west of the road and the pulloff east of the road. I was still seeing only about four dozen Red-breasted Mergansers but after a short while a female White-winged Scoter was slowly swimming south straightout from my car. After awhile it started to feed. Wasn't sure I was ever going to see any scoters over this way.
Then after stopping at a few other places I stopped at Mazurik Access Area which is a boat launch area just west of Lakeside in Danbury Twp from 11:45 to 12:55am.There were about eight Common Loons and only a few Red-breasted Mergansers. As I was standing on the east side of the breakwall entranceway I could hear finch sounds. There were Goldfinch flying from the trees east of the walkway and landing along the rocks and the smaller trees. But there were close to 24 Pine Siskins flying around also and they were landing in the much taller trees along the south sidejust west of the concrete walkway entrance. All of this is east of the boat launch area.Then it started to rain heavily. I waited in the car for awhile but then when the rain stopped I realized the Siskinsthey were still hanging around and feeding in the grassy/weedson the edge of the trees that are east of the breakwall entrance area very near the green fence near a house on the shore.They were also feeding along the pine trees along the east side of the park.Then they wereflying from tree to tree much further from the water but on the east side of this ODNR park. This park has a very reliable goldfinch population most of the time. I almost went to this parkearlier thismorning but decided to stop there later as there were many people walking around at the time and it was probably better that it was going to rain when I got there.
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Subject: Black scoter - geauga
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 15:30 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
At la due reservoir a lone black scoter. Far from shore, need a scope, but duck numbers are very low and it is easy to pick through them to locate the scoter.
Inga Schmidt

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Subject: 11-12,UrbanSciotoColumbus - Mergansers,Robins
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 13:40 pm
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped at several areas along the Scioto River near downtown Columbus
this morning, including Long St. dam, Scioto Audubon, Berliner Park, and
Haul Rd. The last bits of landbird migrants were still around, but no big
waterbird push was in evidence yet. Notables for the morning included:

HoodedMergansers - a few at Scioto Audubon and 4-5 at Hard Rd

Cormorants - still small numbers all along the river

Cooper's Hawk - an adult male was terrorizing flocks of Robins at Scioto
Audubon

Gulls - small flocks of Ring-bills at both Scioto Audubon and Haul Rd.

Brown Creeper - still almost a no-show, with only 1 in the riparian forest
at Berliner

fruit-eaters - small flocks of Robins & waxwings everywhere, the only
abundant birds of the morning, eating honeysuckle berries and hackberries

Mockingbird - still one around Scioto Audubon, a traditional wintering spot

Kinglets - still some Golden-crowns around at Scioto and Berliner, but not
many

Sparrows - flocks of White-throats at many locations, smaller #s of Songs

Blackbirds - not a one

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Subject: Red throated Loon - Bay Village
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 10:06 am
From: erik.bruder AT gmail.com
 
Off Cahoon Park. Due north from east end of  parking lot. Scope required.

Erik Bruder
Bay Village

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Subject: RT Loon , Dayton
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 8:09 am
From: Elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
Still here as of 9am Nov 12.

Eric Elvert
Dayton, Ohio

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Subject: Calliope - Delaware, OH
Date: Sun Nov 12 2017 7:44 am
From: tania.rae.perry AT gmail.com
 
The calliope hummingbird has, again, been seen feeding and flying around
this morning.

This will be the last day of "open" visitation for a while. We may allow
for some viewing in the future, if he remains. Since he appears to be
remaining for a while, we are going to work and focus on creating suitable
habitats for him to keep his strength up through the colder days.

Please email with any questions, in the meantime.

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