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22 Nov: @ 17:41:13  Huron Pier Harris Sparrow [Chris Pierce]
22 Nov: @ 17:35:14  urbanAlumCreek,Columbus,11-22 : waxwings, FoxSparrows [rob thorn]
22 Nov: @ 17:34:23 Re: Clay-colored robin question [cls_121389@yahoo.com]
22 Nov: @ 15:45:07  Chipping Sparrow [Trumbull County] [J. Hochadel]
22 Nov: @ 15:35:03  LaDue Reservoir Saturday Morning [Dan Best]
22 Nov: @ 15:33:10  LaDue Reservoir Saturday morning [Dan Best]
22 Nov: @ 14:37:40  In the back birding [Dillon Nott]
22 Nov: @ 13:27:58  Backyard Birding [Ben W]
22 Nov: @ 13:19:13  Carroll county Bald eagles [Lori Brumbaugh]
22 Nov: @ 13:13:39  Eastlake Power Plant [Irene Krise]
22 Nov: @ 11:55:56  Cuyahoga co, rough legged hawk [Lori Brumbaugh]
22 Nov: @ 10:43:49  Clay-colored robin question [Charles Bombaci]
22 Nov: @ 09:04:38  Clark County Siskins and Fox Sparrows [Michael Hatfield]
22 Nov: @ 07:56:19 Re: more foxes -- [Karen Martens]
22 Nov: @ 07:35:15  more foxes -- [Lisle Merriman]
21 Nov: @ 19:14:12  LaDue Reservoir loaded with waterfowl (Geauga County) [Matt Valencic]
21 Nov: @ 17:52:59 Re: Question - Merlin? [Allen Chartier]
21 Nov: @ 16:24:46  Question - Merlin? [Rob Shields]
21 Nov: @ 15:19:50  Clinton County Sandhill Cranes [Bob Powell]
21 Nov: @ 14:23:20  Pine Siskins at Rocky River feeder [John Edwards]
21 Nov: @ 12:58:30  Caesar Creek Am. Pipits [James Hickman]
21 Nov: @ 12:09:30  Clark County Sandhill Cranes [David & Suzy Edens]
21 Nov: @ 11:10:46  Sandhill Cranes-Delaware County 11-21-14 [Linda McClintock]
21 Nov: @ 11:03:31  Chipping Sparrow & Fox Sparrows - Richland County Park District - Gorman Nature Center - 11/21/14 [Jason Larson]
21 Nov: @ 08:44:13  Birding history and art [Ken Andrews]
21 Nov: @ 06:43:26  sandhill cranes Montgomery co [Chris Zacharias]
21 Nov: @ 03:27:26  Pipits on South Bass Island [Lisa Brohl]
20 Nov: @ 20:02:42  Dec 31 OHOS CBC - Can you help? [Darlene Sillick]
20 Nov: @ 16:22:45  more Fox Sparrows [Robert Royse]
20 Nov: @ 15:26:28  Blendon Woods-waterfowl & Songbirds [Simpson, Bruce]
20 Nov: @ 13:53:40  Sand Hill Cranes [Glenn Welch]
20 Nov: @ 13:33:53  Medina County lakes [Ken Ostermiller]
20 Nov: @ 13:19:24  Lake County birding today [Jerry Talkington]
20 Nov: @ 13:12:29  Headlands-Lapland Longspur [Sally Isacco]
20 Nov: @ 11:46:23  Fox sparrow - Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe]
19 Nov: @ 21:43:05  Deer Creek State Park [Melanie Shuter]
19 Nov: @ 15:28:56  Lakewood Fox Sparrows (Cuyahoga County) [Paula Lozano]
19 Nov: @ 15:13:13  Pine Siskins on South Bass Island [Lisa Brohl]
19 Nov: @ 14:30:05  Fox Sparrows and Rusty Blackbird [Lester Peyton]
19 Nov: @ 14:13:33  Lake County Ducks [Jerry Talkington]
19 Nov: @ 11:33:28  Lake County Ducks [Jerry Talkington]
19 Nov: @ 09:13:04  Lorain Cty-Sandy Ridge Reservation [Patty McKelvey]
19 Nov: @ 08:23:38  Lake county water fowl [Jerry Talkington]
19 Nov: @ 08:01:06  HOMECOMING [Dean Sheldon]
19 Nov: @ 07:03:09  Snowy Owl in Williams co. [Paul Hurtado]
19 Nov: @ 01:51:48  FrigidHoover,11-18 - divingDucks,TreeSwallow [rob thorn]
18 Nov: @ 21:08:19  Backyard-Fox Sparrows3/White-throats4 [Sally Isacco]
18 Nov: @ 19:52:54  Lake Snowden, SE Ohio: swans, waterfowl [Stefan Gleissberg]
18 Nov: @ 19:48:44  Pine Lake Common Mergansers Plus More [robert lane]
18 Nov: @ 17:58:12 Re: Jumping on the Fox Sparrow bandwagon [Dan Best]





Subject: Huron Pier Harris Sparrow
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 17:41 pm
From: c.pierce AT att.net
 
The previously reported Harris Sparrow remains at the Huron Pier as well as about 200 Horned Grebes and a Lesser Black-backed Gull

See you on the trails


Chris Pierce

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Subject: urbanAlumCreek,Columbus,11-22 : waxwings, FoxSparrows
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 17:35 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I spent this morning (and part of yesterday afternoon) scouting spots along Alum Creek for the Columbus & Hoover CBCs.  After the ice had melted, I stopped at Mock Park, Innis Park, and Tanager Woods, while yesterday I visited Heritage Park in Westerville.  Each of these represents a 'bulge' of forest along the Alum Greenbelt, and they often attract late migrants & strays.  Lots of birds were out as the ice was melting and the temperatures rising, including

Red-tailed Hawks - 6+, on a stretch where 2-3 are the norm. Probably driven 'in-town' by the snowfall & ice.
Flickers - 2-4 at every park, so they also were likely driven south
Cedar Waxwings - small flocks at many locations, implying a late movement of these fruit eaters.
Yellow-rumped Warblers - flocks in several spots, usually around poison ivy. These are classic late-migrants here
Fox Sparrows - singles at Mock, Innis, and Heritage, so they're all around. My records often show them as common in November, so the early snowfall has probably pushed these late migrants to feeders.
PineSiskin - 1 flyover at Innis Park. These irruptors are having a good Fall.

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Subject: Clay-colored robin question
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 17:34 pm
From: 0000000a47c94982-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Rusty Blackbird?


On Saturday, November 22, 2014 12:49 PM, Charles Bombaci wrote:


The posting below is being sent on behalf of Elayna M. Stierhoff .

Charlie Bombaci



From: "Stierhoff,
Elayna M."
Sent: Sat, Nov 22, 2014
Subject: Clay-colored robin question
Hi Everyone,

We had a bird at our feeders this morning that was a little smaller than and
American robin and was a nice warm brown all over with a bit darker tail and
wing tips. No streaking anywhere but just a faint light eye streak over the
eye. I have never seen this bird before, but in the guide looks like a clay
colored robin - which does not seem like it would be here given it's
distribution. Any help someone can give me with what this might be would be
great. Are there other birds I should be looking at?

We did get one picture of it but it ducked down as we took the picture. It will
take a while for us to get the picture off the camera and in a form that I can
send for those that might help me with the ID.

Thanks,

Elayna

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Subject:
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 15:45 pm
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
A single Chipping Sparrow arrived at my feeding station with a flock of
eight Juncos a little over two weeks ago. Nine Tree Sparrows finally showed
up a few days later and all have been here daily. I didn't see the Chipping
Sparrow yesterday and thought it left, but I really wasn't able to watch
the feeders much. A few minutes ago it was eating seed on the ground with a
Junco. Hopefully it will stay long enough to be counted for Christmas Bird
Count. :)

A stray cat showed up about a week ago and I haven't seen the Carolina Wren
since. Hopefully that is just a coincidence.

At least fourteen Goldfinches are devouring the thistle (most seen at one
time). No Pine Siskins at the feeders, yet, but two flew over about three
weeks ago while I was working outside so I am hopeful. The thistle feeder
was not up yet so they had no reason to stay.

A single male Purple Finch was here for about two hours last week. The
House Finches kept driving it away from the feeder and I haven't seen it
since.

Still waiting for Fox Sparrows to visit here....

Judy Hochadel
*Champion Twp, Trumbull County*

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Subject: LaDue Reservoir Saturday Morning
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 15:35 pm
From: bestdan AT windstream.net
 
A hardy crew of 9 of us out on the Ohio Div. of Natural Areas and Preserves Association (ODNAPA)  field trip defied the off-and-on rain and had a pretty good day at LaDue Reservoir this morning.  More than 200 hooded mergs, dozens of gadwalls - which outnumbered the mallards - several shovellers, 1 nice pintail drake, several good numbers (several dozen) buffleheads, at least one sizable rafts of ruddy ducks3 female goldeneye, 2 female common mergansers; only a few Canada geese (!); some pied-billed grebes, a couple of common loons.   

Didn't see any bald eagles   or Bonaparte's gulls, but there were ring-billed gulls and at least one herring gull pecking at a dead fish. Still hundreds of coots. Other birds included a pair of red-tailed hawks, a small flock (< 10) pine siskins in the alders near the boathouse; at least one American pipit, a great blue heron, and, in the ponds on the west side of Valley Rd, several killdeer and a greater yellow legs. Special thanks to Matt Valencic for his help in making sure we saw all that LaDue had offer today.

Dan Best


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Subject: LaDue Reservoir Saturday morning
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 15:33 pm
From: bestdan AT windstream.net
 
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Subject: In the back birding
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 14:37 pm
From: dnott621 AT gmail.com
 
Back Woods Totals:

Female Cardinal-1
Dark eyed Junco's- +10
Fox Sparrow- 1
BlueJay- 5
Gold Finch- 2
Hairy Woodpecker- 3
Downy Woodpecker- 3
Red Wing Black Bird- +10
WhiteBreasted Nuthatch- 1
House Finch- 7
Coopers Hawk- 3
Crow- 5 huge flocks in corn fields- +100
Red Tailed Hawk- 1
Chickadee- +10
Titmouse- 5
Song Sparrow- 4
Snow Bunting???- 6
Winter Wren- 1
Red bellied Woodpecker- 2
Barred Owl???????
And a lot of Black birds that is the size of a Cowbird, but about a cm
bigger, but looked like a grackle, can some help me find out what bird this
is. It also kinda had the body of a starling, but with a longer tail. I
heard some of you talking about Rusty Blackbirds, but I don't know what
they look like so I guess it could be one of them. Please help

-Dillon Nott

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Subject: Backyard Birding
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 13:27 pm
From: birdinosaur AT gmail.com
 
List:

3 house finch
2 northern cardinal
4 blue jay
1 red bellied woodpecker
1 coopers hawk
4 dark eyed junco
2 downy woodpecker
1 mourning dove
4 rock dove
2 black capped chickadee
9 house sparrow
1 american goldfinch
3 herring gull

Ben Waner

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Subject: Carroll county Bald eagles
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 13:19 pm
From: 000000be0ae96c21-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
2 adult bald eagles on route 43 between Arrow road and rt 171
Lori Brumbaugh
Garfield Heights

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Subject: Eastlake Power Plant
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 13:13 pm
From: 000000fa00935419-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Jerry, Ray and I have an adult Thayer's, a first year Iceland and Lesser black-backed gull at Eastlake. Thousands of RB Mergansers, with some Common Mergansers and Horned Grebes.

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Subject: Cuyahoga co, rough legged hawk
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 11:55 am
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Going west on 480 bridge, bird perched on north side
Lori brumbaugh
Garfield Heights

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Subject: Clay-colored robin question
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 10:43 am
From: cbombaci AT att.net
 
The posting below is being sent on behalf of Elayna M. Stierhoff .

Charlie Bombaci



From: "Stierhoff,
Elayna M."
Sent: Sat, Nov 22, 2014
Subject: Clay-colored robin question
Hi Everyone,

We had a bird at our feeders this morning that was a little smaller than and
American robin and was a nice warm brown all over with a bit darker tail and
wing tips. No streaking anywhere but just a faint light eye streak over the
eye. I have never seen this bird before, but in the guide looks like a clay
colored robin - which does not seem like it would be here given it's
distribution. Any help someone can give me with what this might be would be
great. Are there other birds I should be looking at?

We did get one picture of it but it ducked down as we took the picture. It will
take a while for us to get the picture off the camera and in a form that I can
send for those that might help me with the ID.

Thanks,

Elayna

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Subject: Clark County Siskins and Fox Sparrows
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 9:04 am
From: 000000f92fb7df1d-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
This morning there are at least 6 Pine Siskins and one Fox sparrow at my feeders right here in beautiful Springfield,Ohio!!! The rest of the normal crowd is there as well! 

Good luck birding,
Michael and the Queen

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Subject: more foxes --
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 7:56 am
From: karen.h.martens AT gmail.com
 
We have had one fox sparrow daily since I reported it a week or so ago.
Today there are 3. The action at our feeders is extremely busy with 6
cardinals even! That is unusual unless the weather is really bad. In fact,
it is warmer in Columbus now and slightly drizzly.


On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 8:31 AM, Lisle Merriman <
000000f3462a9e25-dmarc-request@listserv.miamioh.edu> wrote:

> Energetic Fox Sparrow ten minutes ago, scratching around under a small
> dogwood (have I raked yet?? ha), bossing the House Sparrows. This is in a
> small yard built on top of the garage of a converted apt. building, smack
> in the heart of urban Shaker Hts. Nature reigns. . . .
> Lisle Merriman(Cuyahoga Cty)
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Subject: more foxes --
Date: Sat Nov 22 2014 7:35 am
From: 000000f3462a9e25-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Energetic Fox Sparrow ten minutes ago, scratching around under a small dogwood (have I raked yet?? ha), bossing the House Sparrows.  This is in a small yard built on top of the garage of a converted apt. building, smack in the heart of urban Shaker Hts.  Nature reigns. . . .
Lisle Merriman(Cuyahoga Cty)

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Subject: LaDue Reservoir loaded with waterfowl (Geauga County)
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 19:14 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
The last two days have been great with large numbers and good variety of
waterfowl. Dick Hoopes and I counted 15 Sandhill Cranes at dusk on the
gull sand spit (about the distance between the boathouse and the dam
along Valley Road). One of them had a radio tracking device on one leg and
a band on the other. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/....
Pictures are poor quality because it was dusk and I was pushing the ISO to
get pictures that were not blurred!



This is the second time I have photographed a Sandhill at LaDue with a radio
tracking device. The last time was December 12, 2009. I also have a picture
of one at Funk Bottoms from September, 2010. It appears that a lot of
research is being conducted on these birds if one birder can see so many
tracked birds.



We keep checking the lake every day because it has a history of producing
Scoters and Long-tailed Ducks. Wouldnt that be nice to get for us
twitchers (aka, listers)! See eBird for the latest sightings.



Matt Valencic

Geauga County


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Subject: Question - Merlin?
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 17:52 pm
From: amazilia3 AT gmail.com
 
Rob,

Cooper's Hawk, juvenile.

Allen T. Chartier
Inkster, Michigan
Email: amazilia3@gmail.com
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/m...
Website: www.amazilia.net
Blog: http://mihummingbirdguy.blogsp...

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM, Rob Shields
wrote:

> Hanging around the bird feeder this evening - Merlin??
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...15845071001/" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
>
> Rob Shields Pelotonia rider rs0001.
> pelotonia.org/RS0001
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/sgrmtn/
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Subject: Question - Merlin?
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 16:24 pm
From: robtshields AT columbus.rr.com
 
Hanging around the bird feeder this evening - Merlin??

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...15845071001/" rel="nofollow">https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Rob Shields Pelotonia rider rs0001.
pelotonia.org/RS0001
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sgrmtn/

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Subject: Clinton County Sandhill Cranes
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 15:19 pm
From: rdp1710 AT gmail.com
 
Nancy Compton reported 55 passing close over her home on Antioch Road.

Cheers,

Bob

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Congress Farm Research Institute
Wilmington, OH, USA
rdp1710@gmail.com

Nulla dies sine aves

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Subject: Pine Siskins at Rocky River feeder
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 14:23 pm
From: 000000f66de987bc-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
We had 3 Pine Siskins this morning at 10:15AM at our backyard thistle feeder.  They hung around about ten minutes, but unfortunately we haven't seen them since.  We still have 5 Fox Sparrows.

John and Ann Edwards
Rocky River
Cuyahoga County

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Subject: Caesar Creek Am. Pipits
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 12:58 pm
From: 000000f094328d69-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
6 Am. Pipits at North Pool Hand Launch Caesar Creek Lake,Warren Co.
3 Am. Pipits at end Harveyburg Rd. Caesar Creek.
11/21 10:00am-12:00pm
Assorted Divers around lake , nothing unusual.

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Subject: Clark County Sandhill Cranes
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 12:09 pm
From: dedens AT woh.rr.com
 
A flock of 25 flying west from Enon towards Fairborn 13:00

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes-Delaware County 11-21-14
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 11:10 am
From: mcclintock.linda AT gmail.com
 
Flyover Sandhills Cranes going northbound over Old 3C Rd just west of Hoover reservoir, approx. 11 am this morning.


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Subject: Chipping Sparrow & Fox Sparrows - Richland County Park District - Gorman Nature Center - 11/21/14
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 11:03 am
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Greetings!
For the last three days we have been hosting a flock of three Fox Sparrow at the Gorman Nature Center feeders. Today, that flock grew to 6 Fox Sparrows and while observing them this morning, they were joined by a late Chipping Sparrow sporting its winter plumage.
Gorman Nature Center is located at 2295 Lexington Avenue, Mansfield, OH  44907-3027. If you are interested in coming for a visit, give us a call at 419-884-3764. The nature center building should be open tomorrow (volunteer staffed) from about 10-3, but the feeders can be easily accessed from outside the building. The birds have been frequenting the feeders on the north and west sides of the nature center.
Good birding!
Jason
Jason S. Larson
Executive Director - Richland County Park District/Gorman Nature Center/B&O Bike Trail
Curator - Muskingum University Herbarium (MUS)
2295 Lexington Avenue
Mansfield, Ohio 44907
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Subject: Birding history and art
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 8:44 am
From: ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
If you can’t get out to bird because of the weather, you can read about birds/birding online. The Toledo Art Museum had an exhibition this past spring during “The Biggest Week in American Birding”. They have a catalog of the exhibition online for viewing:

http://www.toledomuseum.org/ex...

I have been exchanging some emails with someone at the museum. She told me that they run a special exhibit that is related to birds every two years. They run bird-related programs on the off years. If you know something about how birding and bird research developed in America, or if you have read the book by Scott Weidensaul titled “Of a Feather: a Brief History of American Birding”, you will recognize some of the names in the exhibit. I was told that this book was used to help build the exhibit.

The museum also talked with Kenn Kaufman when they were preparing for the exhibit. The museum recorded some videos of Kenn talking about the importance of Roger Tory Peterson. Here is the link to those videos:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6brwo59qK41gspKo-oahh7kQpgqRo9mG

If you do get the chance to go to NW Ohio to bird in the spring, keep the museum in mind in case it (gasp!) rains one day. They have a world-class collection.

Now, if you will excuse me, I want to go look online at that 2015 Charley Harper engagement calendar. It has a red-headed woodpecker on the front cover.

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Subject: sandhill cranes Montgomery co
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 6:43 am
From: zachgardens AT gmail.com
 
29 cranes still at veteran's park

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Subject: Pipits on South Bass Island
Date: Fri Nov 21 2014 3:27 am
From: lkbrohl AT thirdplanet.net
 
It was our third really cold windy day with no ferries on the islands. Waterfowl were not deterred on South Bass Island-tundra swans, horned grebes, pied-billed grebe, hooded and red-breasted mergansers, greater and lesser scaup, bufflehead, redheads, mallards, black ducks and a few golden eye were found in large rafts. A single pied billed grebe was at the pond.

A ride out to the Lime Kiln dock produced American Pipits landing for short periods of time on the ground in the wind and then off again.

Lisa Brohl

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Subject: Dec 31 OHOS CBC - Can you help?
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 20:02 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
The National Audubon 115th CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT for the O'Shaughnessy CBC
circle
is Wednesday December 31, 2014. The OHOS CBC circle takes in the counties of
NW
Franklin, SW Delaware and NE Union Counties and includes western Powell,
southern Delaware, northern Dublin and eastern Marysville including a
portion of Plain City and all of Shawnee Hills. It includes Glacier Ridge
Metro Park, The Columbus Zoo, Emily Traphagen PP and Blues Creek PP and a
long portion of the Scioto River shoreline and Ohio Wildlife Center and the
Twin Lakes area.



I am looking for volunteer counters/participants again this year and both
experienced and beginners/students are
welcome!! I also welcome feeders counters. I set up areas within the
circle as much as I can the week
before, so please let me know as soon as possible if you can help.

We meet at 7:15 am at the Wendy's at Glick Rd & Dublin Rd, to take care of
paperwork, and we try to be on territory by sunrise 7:55 am. Then we meet
at Iacano's in Shawnee Hills between 4:30-5:30pm to turn in totals, have
dinner
and socialize about the day's fun and who gets bragging rights Teams
receive a packet of materials for the circle portion they are covering. Come
for all or part of the time. If you want to help at GRMP or OWC then you
meet at 8am and contact me for more details about these mostly walking
locations.

I look forward to hearing from you and hope you can join us on Wednesday
Dec.
31, 2014. This is the 115th CBC and this is always a lot of fun for the
participants who take part in this long running citizen science project. I
know
many of you enjoy helping with several CBC's.

Learn more at http://birds.audubon.org/chris...

Contact Darlene Sillick, OHOS CBC compiler at azuretrails@columbus.rr.com or
text/cell 614-288-3696 if you are interested in helping.

Thanks ~ Darlene





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Subject: more Fox Sparrows
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 16:22 pm
From: rroyse AT sprynet.com
 
A busy schedule these past couple of weeks has limited my birding to looking out my back window. This evening I saw 5 Fox Sparrows at once. One or 2 have been present all week and really aren't unusual in late November or early December in central Ohio, but 5 is probably my highest count at once here. My guess is all the Fox Sparrows showing up at feeders recently throughout the state is more a reflection on the unusually cold weather for the date than an unusual influx in numbers. It's a lot easier for them to pick up seeds by feeders than to scratch on a frozen ground for fallen seeds.

Bob Royse

Robert Royse
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Subject: Blendon Woods-waterfowl & Songbirds
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 15:26 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
      Thoreau Lake
Gadwall-26
Redhead-13
Hooded Merganser-4 male, 4 female
Green-winged Teal-female
A Black Duck-253
Mallard-87
American Widgeon-male

Bird Feeder at the East Blind at Thoreau Lake
White-throated Sparrow-5
A Tree Sparrow-1
Fox Sparrow-2

Nature Center Bird Viewing Window
Fox Sparrow-2
Pine Siskin
Rusty Blackbird-adult male
young male
Nonbreeding female
House finch-male

Lake Trail
Red-headed Woodpecker-young
Red-tailed Hawk

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

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at
Blendon Woods Metro Park

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Subject: Sand Hill Cranes
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 13:53 pm
From: glennwelch1 AT gmail.com
 
From the Ranch, Darke County
We just had a flock of 30-40 Sand Hill Cranes fly over the house. They should hit the west edge of Greenville. These are the first ones we have seen this year.

Bob and Judie Welch

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Subject: Medina County lakes
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 13:33 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
There were a number of waterfowl on two lakes near our home in Medina
County this morning. Both Hubbard Valley Lake and Chippewa Lake had a
couple of Tundra Swans. Here is a complete list of what we saw at Hubbard
Valley:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20614664

Chippewa Lake is a much larger lake and we were surprised to see 3 Killdeer
and 1 American Pipit. Many Hooded Mergansers and small numbers of both
Common and Red-breasted Mergansers. A group of Redheads were swimming with
Ruddy Ducks. Complete list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20614963

This cold spell has not frozen over either of these lakes and the birds
seem content to hang around a while longer.

Ken Ostermiller

Westfield Center

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Subject: Lake County birding today
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 13:19 pm
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
  Many duck still being seen on the Lake County shore today. The largest numbers being Scaup, Redhead,Bufflehead and Ruddy. A Red-necked Grebe was seen at Fairport Harbor marina again today.
Snow Buntings are being seen between the gravel piles along the Grand river in Fairport.


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Subject: Headlands-Lapland Longspur
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 13:12 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Went to Headlands from Noon to 1PM.  Had a lone Lapland Longspur in the
dunes close to the beach on the east end. Large raft of ducks; mostly
Ruddies with some Buffleheads mixed in. One Lesser Scaup further out.
One Robin/one Tree Sparrow and one Song Sparrow. Slim pickings!
Enjoyed the Longspur in spite of the wicked west wind. Before that I was
at Fairport Harbor. Several large rafts of ducks; mostly Ruddies and
Redheads with a few Scaup and Canvasbacks mixed in. One flock of 18
Snow Buntings seen. No unusual gulls noted. Two Greater Blackbacks on
the breakwall.
Sally Isacco, Chardon-Concord Twp.

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Subject: Fox sparrow - Wayne Co.
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 11:46 am
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
There have  been several recent reports of fox sparrows being seen in the
counties along Lake Erie. Today, I had a beautiful fox sparrow under my
feeder in Wooster feeding with white-throated sparrows, house sparrows and
juncos. That is the first fox sparrow that I have ever seen on my property
in 30 years of watching here.

I also had a brown creeper on my backyard trees today, which is always a
good sighting here. Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Deer Creek State Park
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 21:43 pm
From: mbshuter AT gmail.com
 
I checked out the beach and dam today and found an end of season
Black-belllied Plover on the beach along with several Killdeer,and
Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls. On the lake were Horned Grebes,
Pied-billed Grebe, several Common Loons, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy
Ducks, 3 Hooded Mergansers, and two Northern Shovelers. Also saw 2 Black
Vultures and a Northern Harrier. All along the country roads were Horned
Larks in abundance. Several Am. Kestrels seen along the way.

Melanie Shuter
Circleville - Pickaway County

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Subject: Lakewood Fox Sparrows (Cuyahoga County)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 15:28 pm
From: 000000a3d31d4b4b-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Granger Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio
Observer: Paula Lozano

Our small, suburban backyard hosted 4 Fox Sparrows today.

Paula Lozano
Lakewood, Ohio



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Subject: Pine Siskins on South Bass Island
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 15:13 pm
From: lkbrohl AT thirdplanet.net
 
Spent most of the day on the computer in view of the bird feeder and got to see my first pine siskins of the year here on South Bass Island. There were six siskins mixed in with the house finches and goldfinches at the feeder.

Lisa Brohl

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Subject: Fox Sparrows and Rusty Blackbird
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 14:30 pm
From: lesterpeyton AT bsbo.org
 
Greetings,



7 Fox Sparrows and 1 Rusty Blackbird under the feeders at the Black Swamp
Bird Observatory today.



Lester Peyton



Outreach Director

Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449

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Subject: Lake County Ducks
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 14:13 pm
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 Made nine stops along the shore line of Lake Erie here in Lake County . I started at 8:00 am at Sunset in Willoughby and ended up at Mentor Beach Park at 2:00 pm. I saw more than 5000 water fowl not counting the thousands of Red-breasted Mergs.
Highlights :

Common Loon. 3
Horned Grebe. 30
Pied-billed Grebe. 6
Gadwall. 30
A. Wigeon. 35
N. Shoveler. 3
Canvasback. 42
Redhead 800
Ring-necked duck. 21
Scaup spec. 1900
Bufflehead 1000
C. Goldeneye 3
Hooded Merg. 340
Ruddy Duck. 1200
Also saw Mallards, Black Duck, Wood Duck
Ray had Pipit and Dunlin at Headlands

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Subject: Lake County Ducks
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 11:33 am
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 Thousands of ducks are resting along the Lake Erie shore here in Lake County today.  



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Subject: Lorain Cty-Sandy Ridge Reservation
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 9:13 am
From: pambirds AT hotmail.com
 
Had a few minutes before heading to work to check feeders at Sandy Ridge in search of fox sparrow being seen there. Didn't find the sparrow, instead was pleasantly surprised to find an American Pipit foraging on path by utility garage near Visitor's Center. Tim the park naturalist was happy to get to see it as well.
Nov 19, 2014
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Stationary
0 miles
18 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Watched feeders at Visitor's Center
1 Mourning Dove
2 Blue Jay
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 American Pipit -- Walking on trail by garage
2 American Tree Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
3 Dark-eyed Junco
4 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch
5 House Sparrow



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Subject: Lake county water fowl
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 8:23 am
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 Made a few stops along the lake shore this am and at every stop was several rafts of waterfowl .Some of the rafts are in the hundreds .
More later .

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Subject: HOMECOMING
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 8:01 am
From: seedbed AT frontier.com
 
Early on in the afternoon of Tuesday [11/19], as if by magic, both
White-throated and White-crowned Sparrows appeared in our wonderful winter
bird feeding area here in south central Huron County (sw of Greenwich).

White-throateds appear off/on as regulars during winter feeding. However(and
for the past 30 years), it has been common for a flock of 6 or 8
White-crowneds to spend the entire winter with us..and what a treat that has
been!

Dean Sheldon

Ripley Township (Huron County)


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Subject: Snowy Owl in Williams co.
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 7:03 am
From: paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com
 
The first report for Ohio this winter, at least that I've heard of, via a
photo posted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources facebook page
(open to public viewing, so no facebook account necessary to see the photo):

https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid88121798144081&id0008388255065&set=o.128447157168783&refid

The bird was seen Monday evening (November 17, 2014) approximately 5:30pm
on County Road M between County Roads 19 and 20 (Williams county).

Paul Hurtado
Columbus, OH

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Subject: FrigidHoover,11-18 - divingDucks,TreeSwallow
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 1:51 am
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I made a few stops along the shore of Hoover Reservoir (NE of Columbus) yesterday afternoon, trying to stay in protected areas & avoid frostbite.  Much of the upper reservoir remains open, but the ice has started to seal off the shallower areas.  I started at Oxbow Island, then stopped at Sunbury causeway, Maxtown boat launch, Walnut St. boat launch, and the marina above the dam.  The lower reservoir was largely devoid of waterfowl except for a few small groups of Hooded Mergansers.  Oxbow Island was a different story, with rafts of divers off the eastern tip of the island, including

Ring-necked Ducks - 10
Lesser Scaup - 100
Redhead - 20
Canvasback - 3
Surf Scoter - 1 juvenile male
Bufflehead - 8
Ruddy Duck - 300+
Hooded Merganser - 150+

Other waterbirds of interest included Common Loons at Oxbow and off Walnut St. ramp, 3 cormorants sitting on a gravel bar off Maxtown launch area, as well as a flock of 60 Coots in one of the bays south of Oxbow Island

Landbirds were laying low in the bitter wind, but there was a very late Tree Swallow trying to glean insects from the water in a protected cove at Maxtown launch.

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Subject: Backyard-Fox Sparrows3/White-throats4
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 21:08 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
My husband came home from work and had 3 Fox Sparrows, 4 White-throated
Sparrows and 15 Juncos around our feeders. Sounds like Fox Sparrows
were the birds of the day ( at least around the feeders ). 3 Fox
Sparrows is the most we have ever had in previous yrs.; hope this yr.
we can break the record. The 3rd is a new arrival as of today.
Sally Isacco, Chardon, Concord Twp.

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Subject: Lake Snowden, SE Ohio: swans, waterfowl
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 19:52 pm
From: stefan AT gleissberg.org
 
I ventured out in the ice-cold weather to look for waterbirds at Lake Snowden this morning. A juvenile tundra Swan with a pink bill was in the company of Canada Geese, and later joined an adult bird with a black bill further out on the lake. Please check out the pictures on the eBird list below and let me know if you think it might NOT be a Tundra. Also, there were several Gadwalls, two American Wigeons, Mallards, some Ring-necked Ducks, a few Hooded Mergansers, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a hundred American Coots. A Wilsons Snipe was feeding in plain view, closely followed by a friendly Coot. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20600589

Earlier, I checked the Hocking River at the Habitat House in Athens and found a pair of Hooded Mergansers. Wintering watering birds are back, even in SE Ohio!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20600588

Best birding

Stefan Gleissberg
Athens, Ohio





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Subject: Pine Lake Common Mergansers Plus More
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 19:48 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
The annual Fall/Winter gathering of Common Mergansers continued today, Tuesday, at Pine Lake in southeastern Mahoning County. At about 2:30PM, we recorded another unbelievable count of 238+ of these beauties during our visit. The Common Mergansers were concentrated at the southwest corner of the lake adjacent to The Firestone Tire tractor test track. Viewing with a scope can be accomplished from the east end of Lipply Road looking to the northwest or from the end of Harbour Lights Boulevard, accessed thru The Pine Lake Reserve development off of SR7. On Lipply Road you will pass right under a visible Bald Eagle nest. Some of the other lake highlights today were: 150+ Hooded Mergansers, 90+ Northern Shovelers, 250+ Ruddy Ducks, 1 Blue Phase Snow Goose, 40+ Buffleheads, 40+ Lesser Scaup, and 20+ Herring Gulls. 

Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County

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Subject: Jumping on the Fox Sparrow bandwagon
Date: Tue Nov 18 2014 17:58 pm
From: bestdan AT windstream.net
 
Had 5 fox sparrows under the feeders today at The West Woods Nature Center in Russell Twp., Geauga County.  

Dan Best, Geauga Park District

On Nov 18, 2014, at 6:03 PM, John Edwards wrote:

> We've had 4 Fox Sparrows in our backyard Monday and Tuesday. Also, one White-throated Sparrow today. Plus a gazillion House Sparrows unfortunately. Spending my retirement savings on bird seed.
>
> John and Ann Edwards
> Rocky River
> Cuyahoga County
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