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22 Apr: @ 20:13:00  DarbyCreek,4-22:temperateMigrants [Robert Thorn]
22 Apr: @ 18:36:24  Lawrence Woods SNP(Hardin Co) is finally warming up. [Steve Jones]
22 Apr: @ 13:37:08 Re: E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding [Cheri Tindira]
22 Apr: @ 13:25:02  Blendon Woods-Warblers, Songbirds, [Simpson, Bruce]
22 Apr: @ 12:54:16  Rockside Road Wetlands - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Cuyahoga County) [Ken Andrews]
22 Apr: @ 11:40:01  Pine warblers/ BWH [Amalee W]
22 Apr: @ 10:24:20  Pine Warblers- Nimisila [Jon Cefus]
22 Apr: @ 09:41:21  Nimisila Kinglets and Pine Warblers [Jon Cefus]
22 Apr: @ 01:41:43  CliftonGorge,MassieCreekGorge,4-21:Broad-wingedHawk,skimpyWarblers [Robert Thorn]
21 Apr: @ 17:03:03  April 24, Columbus Audubon monthly meeting at GIAC [Darlene Sillick]
21 Apr: @ 16:49:34  April 23, Delaware County Bird Club meeting, southern Delaware, Ohio [Darlene Sillick]
21 Apr: @ 16:43:07  whoops, location,... [Steve Cagan]
21 Apr: @ 15:34:49 No Subject [Steve Cagan]
21 Apr: @ 15:12:29  Lowellville area birds, Mahoning Co. [Craig Holt]
21 Apr: @ 14:19:15  Prothonotary Warblers back at the Hoover Nature Preserve [Charles Bombaci]
21 Apr: @ 12:01:12  Clark County - Yellow-headed Blackbird [Doug Overacker]
21 Apr: @ 09:10:38 Re: E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding [Kathy Mock]
21 Apr: @ 08:30:11  L Hope Zaleski- 8 Warblers [Bruce Simpson]
21 Apr: @ 08:09:47  Central Ohio shorebirds [Casey Tucker]
21 Apr: @ 07:33:53 Re: Black-throated Gray Warbler Millersburg, OH [Liz Jaggers]
21 Apr: @ 03:26:27  CORRECTION - E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area update [Jon Cefus]
20 Apr: @ 21:38:52  Western Tanager [Doreene Linzell]
20 Apr: @ 19:18:06  E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding [Jon Cefus]
20 Apr: @ 17:33:55  New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active [Ken Ostermiller]
20 Apr: @ 16:52:20  Clark County - Buck Creek SP - NE Lake Access [Daniel Kempf]
20 Apr: @ 15:40:17  Geauga County Birding [Matthew Valenic]
20 Apr: @ 14:16:29  Western Reserve Greenway Bike Trail [Trumbull County] [Judy]
20 Apr: @ 13:46:42  Firestone Metro Park, Summit County [Pat Rydquist]
20 Apr: @ 11:12:21  Buck Creek State Park - Clark County [Doug Overacker]
20 Apr: @ 10:44:19  Peregrine Falcon, Pickerington Ponds, Franklin Co. & Fairfield Co. [BOB CRIST]
20 Apr: @ 10:17:47  Black-throated Gray Warbler Millersburg, OH [Elmer Hochstetler]
20 Apr: @ 09:18:57  Short-eared owl [Eric Mullholand]
20 Apr: @ 08:54:48  Snowy Owl Gathering - Non Ohio [Bob Baran]
19 Apr: @ 22:54:54  Coe Lake, Berea [Kathy Shank]
19 Apr: @ 21:27:54  Migrants - late post [Trumbull & Summit Counties] [Judy]
19 Apr: @ 20:26:53 Re: Piping Plover-Headlands [Ian Lynch]
19 Apr: @ 20:19:26  Oberlin (Lorain County) Ruddy Ducks [Femme Metal]
19 Apr: @ 18:53:26  Avocets [Derrick Hill]
19 Apr: @ 16:13:28 Re: Piping Plover-Headlands [Gus Lanese]
19 Apr: @ 15:43:27  Piping Plover-Headlands [Sally Isacco]
18 Apr: @ 20:42:56  Magee Marsh and Surrounding Area [David Myles]
18 Apr: @ 13:58:36  Blacklick Metro Park Columbus, Oh [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
18 Apr: @ 03:48:21  Columbus,4-16,17: lateWinterMigrants [Robert Thorn]
17 Apr: @ 21:25:34  Cattle Egrets & Little Gull Stark County 4/17 [kent miller]
17 Apr: @ 20:34:39  Birds in our backyard-Lake County [Sally Isacco]
17 Apr: @ 14:16:23  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Hamilton [Cole DiFabio]
17 Apr: @ 11:51:16  Kinglets at South Bass Island [Lisa Brohl]
17 Apr: @ 11:22:01  Clark County Birding [Doug Overacker]
16 Apr: @ 18:33:57  Shorebirds between Westerville & New Albany [Casey Tucker]
16 Apr: @ 18:16:57  Fwd: [Ohio-birds] Geauga County Red-throated Loon FALSE ALARM [Matt]





Subject: DarbyCreek,4-22:temperateMigrants
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 20:13 pm
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
Temperate migrants were on the move in this riparian corridor southwest of
Columbus this morning. I stopped at several spots in Battelle Darby
MetroPark and Prairie Oaks MetroPark, and had steady numbers of
Gnatcatchers, Kinglets, Thrashers, and early Warblers. Highlights included:

Ring-necked Ducks - the last of the divers, small numbers were at the
Racetrack wetlands (north of Kuhlwein) and Darby Bend Lakes

Accipiters - Cooper's Hawks were at several spots, while a Sharp-shin was
at Sycamore Plains in Prairie Oaks

Sapsucker - only one was found, along Trail of the Ancients at Battelle
Darby

Swallows - Tree Swallows were common, but there were also small numbers of
Barns and Rough-wings at several spots

House Wrens - 2 were along Trail of the Ancients and the Terrace Trail at
Battelle Darby
Gnatcatchers - one of the most common birds, with 3-6 at nearly every stop

Kinglets - Ruby-cronws were common, with 4-9 at various stops. Only a few
Golden-cronws were found, at the Terrace Trail and Nature Center of
Battelle Darby

Brown Thrashers - 1-2 were singing at nearly every stop

Parula Warbler - singing birds were at Cedar Ridge and Sycamore Plains

Yellow-throated Warblers - singing birds were at many locations, but never
more than 2

Yellow-rumped Warblers - modest numbers (3-6) at nearly every stop, often
singing

Louisiana Waterthrush - singing birds were at the Terrace Trail and Cedar
Ridge

Tree Sparrow - 1 very late individual was in the lower portion of the Trail
of the Ancients

Field Sparrows - they've arrived in bulk, with double-digits at many
locations

E.Towhee - another bird with good numbers, with 3-6 at most stops, while
the Terrace Trail had 8

White-throated Sparrows - small flocks in many locations

E.Meadowlarks - 3 birds were singing in the short-grass fields at the
entrance to Sycamore Plains

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Subject: Lawrence Woods SNP(Hardin Co) is finally warming up.
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 18:36 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings one and all!

Just a week end report of the goings and comings of Lawrence Woods SNP in
Hardin County.

All woodpeckers are active including at least 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
The Sapsucker(s) has been staying in the area around the front of the pond
and to the right.
Hermit Thrushes are scattered around the boardwalk.
There is one Northern Parula that has been feeding near the ground with the
Kinglets, and not making any territory calls...must be passing through.
Barred Owls are hanging out on the left side of the boardwalk... somewhere
around 5 or 6...doesn't take much to get them to respond to a "who cooks
for you" call...scares the kids. :-D
Earlier this week there was a Sandhill Crane circling the field then
landing in the valley just off the west side of the property...it later
took off and headed north.
The typical prarie birds are setting up territory...no Bobolinks or Common
Yellow-throated Warblers yet.

People keep asking me if it seems like everything is behind schedule. I
really see it as we are actually close to on time for a change...what do
you guys think?

Flower report, everything but Trillium are in bloom...the Trills are really
close behind, but their growth seems to be stunted this year.

More to come next week.

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J.

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Subject: E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 13:37 pm
From: cab8038 AT cox.net
 
Hi
Just wonder if the BTGW was rebound today?
Will be down that way tomorrow and wanting to check it out.

Thanks
Cheri Tindira

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 21, 2018, at 10:09 AM, Kathy Mock <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> The Black-throated Gray Warbler was just seen minutes ago.
> Kathy Mock
>
>
> Sent from my Samsung Galaxy 9 smartphone
> -------- Original message --------From: Jon Cefus Date: 4/20/18 8:17 PM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding
> Hello all!
>
> Greetings from East Central Ohio and the Bobolink Area of Ohio. I wanted to take the time to update a few of the birds in the area.
>
>
> First of all, a very handsome and cooperative Black-throated Gray Warbler is being seen in Holmes County. The bird is on private property, but birders are invited to come and see the bird. It goes without saying that we need to be mindful of giving the bird room and respecting the property. The address to access the site is 3864 Township Hwy 366, near Berlin, Oh. There is an open gate that leads up a pretty rough road to the site. I would expect that road to be VERY MUDDY tomorrow and Sunday as temperatures increase, so you may want to park at the bottom and walk up to the pond where the bird is being seen. There is no address on the gate or at the road, so you™ll need to look carefully to find it.
>
> Near Mansfield, at 1054 Delwood Dr. Mansfield, Ohio 44905, a beautiful male Summer Tanager is visiting a resident feeder. Check in on Ohio Chase Birds or The Bobolink Area of Ohio Facebook pages for the latest updates.
>
> I birded some areas around Wayne County after seeing the BTYW this morning and there is a lot of flooding in the areas around Killbuck Marsh and Funk Bottoms. Most of the ducks appear to be ducks that have been around for over a week during our cold snap. I relocated a Eurasian Wigeon originally found by Atlee Yoder last Friday today along the west end of Wilderness Road. The bird was on the north side of the road about 1/8 mile east of the small bridge. Wilderness Rd, along with other roads that cross the ditch in Funk are flooded and impassable, so you need to navigate around the flooded areas. I did not relocate the Cinnamon Teal, but there was good diversity of ducks and ample habitat, so it™s possible that this bird is still around somewhere.
>
> In Stark County earlier this week, Shari Jackson saw a Little Gull near Walborn Reservoir. The bird was relocated the next day, but has not been seen since. This is also true of the 2 Cattle Egrets seen near the same spot earlier this week. It™s very much possible that these birds are still around and just have not been relocated. Ducks, again, seem to be sticking to their lakes and reservoirs right now. Checking Lake Cable several times over the past week has produced essentially the same ducks each time, with Buffledheads, Ruddy Ducks, RB Mergansers, Horned Grebes, and Common Loons being present.
>
> Down in Guernsey County, Derrick Hill found a group of 18 American Avocets SWIMMING in Seneca Lake yesterday. Swimming. It™s hard to imagine those long legs being good at swimming, but this is certainly not unheard of with Avocets. He also reported 2 Common Terns along with some Caspian Terns. Virginia Rails and Sora are being heard at multiple locations, so keep an eye, or more likely an ear, out for them in your local marshes.
>
> Yellow Warblers are arriving and migration is kicking in, so get out there and enjoy some birding on this beautiful weekend.
>
>
> Jon Cefus
> E.C. Ohio Director, OOS
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Subject: Blendon Woods-Warblers, Songbirds,
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 13:25 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 today (April 22nd)-Earth Day

Thoreau Lake
N Shoveler-2 males
Pied-billed Grebe-2
Mallard-ducklings
Wood Duck-pair
Herons
Green
Great Blue Heron
Swallows
Tree
Barn
N Rough-winged
E Phoebe-pair
Kinglets
Golden-crowned
Ruby-crowned
Warblers
Pine-2
Palm-2
Yellow-rumped-6
Yellow-throated
Prothonotary
Swamp Sparrow
Carolina Wren
Red-tailed Hawk-displaying mating behavior while flying ( touching
talons)
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk-chasing Osprey
E Towhee-pair
White-throated Sparrow

Lake Trail
E bluebirds

Turkeys-everywhere-males displaying

Columbus Metro Park
Nature Center
614-895-6221

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus


Nature Center
Hairy Woodpecker-male

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Subject: Rockside Road Wetlands - Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Cuyahoga County)
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 12:54 pm
From: ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
This morning I saw an osprey over the Cuyahoga River near the wetlands. It circled and called for a short time. Very beautiful.

I also heard a Sora and a Virginia Rail in the wetlands. But, every time I'd turn on my camera to try to record it with a video, the birds would stop calling. Birds...Grrr...

There was also a pied-billed grebe fishing in the open water at the marsh and a brown thrasher singing farther south where the gravel road meets the railroad tracks. The thrasher was back in the woods to the west of the road.

As I crossed the foot bridge over the Cuyahoga River near the train station, I saw two chickadees clearing out a cavity on a tree overhanging the river on the west bank just north of the bridge.

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Subject: Pine warblers/ BWH
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 11:40 am
From: theonlyamalee AT msn.com
 
Pine warblers and broad winged hawks are moving through Hamilton County around Winton Woods region this weekend.

Great weather to be out birding!


Amalee Houk

Educational Naturalist

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."



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Subject: Pine Warblers- Nimisila
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 10:24 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Update-

The campground (C-4?) is very active. At one point I had 5 Pine Warblers around me. 4 foraging on the ground (!) and one singing in the pines. Seeing them on the ground is a first for me. Also 3 Caspian Terns on the lake.

Summit Co.

Jon Cefus

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Subject: Nimisila Kinglets and Pine Warblers
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 9:41 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello!

For those interested, the pine woods on the south end of the C-1 parking lot at Nimisila Reservoir (Summit Co) is absolutely churning with Golden and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, as well as many Yellow-rumpled Warblers, many of which are in breeding plumage. RC Kinglets also heard singing. A Pine Warbler has been singing almost continuously since I arrived and at one point 2 were singing back and forth (the shorter pulse song).

This is only my first stop here this morning. I also just heard a Barred Owl call.

Happy birding!

Jon Cefus

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Subject: CliftonGorge,MassieCreekGorge,4-21:Broad-wingedHawk,skimpyWarblers
Date: Sun Apr 22 2018 1:41 am
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
We hiked around these two preserves in west-central Ohio this morning,
mostly for early wildlfowers, but with an eye and ear for migrants. We
accessed Clifton Gorge from John Bryan State Park, and Massie Creek gorge
from Indian Mound County Park. There wasn't all that much, with the
notables being:

Broad-winged Hawk - 1 was along the park road at John Bryan State Park
Turkey Vultures - good numbers at both sites
Rough-winged Swallows - 2-4 at each site
Winter Wrens - at least 2 at Clifton Gorge, none at Massie Creek
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers - small numbers (2-4) at each site
Kinglets - mostly Ruby-crowns, with 4-5 at each site; Clifton also had 2
Golden-crowns
Parula Warbler - 1 singing at Clifton Gorge
Black&White Warbler - 1 singing along the park road at John Bryan State Park
Yellow-throated Warblers - 3 singing at Clifton Gorge, 1 singing at Massie
Creek gorge
Yellow-rumped Warblers - small numbers (3-5) at each site
Louisiana Waterthrushes - 2 singing along the Little Miami River at Clifton
Gorge

Wildflowers were definitely delayed here this Spring, with many
early-blooming species (hepaticas, early meadow rue, Dutchman's breeches)
abundant at both sites. While we saw a scattering of bees on the flowers,
no butterflies were out today.

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Subject: April 24, Columbus Audubon monthly meeting at GIAC
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 17:03 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
April 24th concludes the Columbus Audubon monthly meetings for 2017-18.  The
meetings will resume Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at the Grange Insurance
Audubon Center. Please visit our calendar of events to join in our many
activities. www.columbusaudubon.org





Dr Terry Root: Climate Change and Its Effects

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



Dr.Terry L. Root, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment
at Stanford University, will help to clear away some of the confusion about
climate change. She'll fill us in on the effects of climate change on
wildlife, including birds.

Terry L. Root primarily works on how wild animals and plants are changing
with climate change, with a current focus on the possible mass extinction of
species with warming. She actively works at making scientific information
accessible to decision makers and the public. For example, she has been a
Lead Author for the Third (2001) and Fourth (2007) Assessment Reports of the
Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change and a Review Editor for the Fifth
(2014) Assessment Report. In 2007 the IPCC was co-awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize with Vice President Al Gore.

In addition to other honors, Root was awarded the Spirit of Defenders Award
for Science by the Defenders of Wildlife in 2010, in 1999 she was chosen as
an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, in 1992 as a Pew Scholar in Conservation
and the Environment and in 1990 as a Presidential Young Investigator Award
from the National Science Foundation. Terry is a member of the national
Audubon Board of Directors.

7:00 - 7:15 pm: Bird quiz and social time with light refreshments. Come and
meet old friends.or make new ones.

7:15 - 7:30 pm: Annual meeting and election of Columbus Audubon board
members.

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

This Columbus Audubon program is free and open to the public. Programs are
held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center (505 West Whittier Street,
Columbus 43215 in the Scioto-Audubon Metro Park on the Whittier Peninsula).






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Subject: April 23, Delaware County Bird Club meeting, southern Delaware, Ohio
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 16:49 pm
From: azuretrails AT columbus.rr.com
 
We hope to see you at our last DCBC meeting of the 2017/18 season. It is
Monday April 23.

We will start again Sept 24, 2018



DELAWARE COUNTY BIRD CLUB

PROGRAM LINE-UP



The Delaware County Bird Club meetings and program presentations take
place on the fourth Monday of each month, September through April, except in
November and December when they are held on alternate days to accommodate
the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Meetings are held in the lodge at
Deer Haven Park at 4183 Liberty Road, Delaware OH, 43015. Doors open at 6:30
PM, programs begin at 7:00 PM and are followed by reports of local bird
sightings and socializing. Meeting dates can also be found on the
Preservation Parks Calendar at this link:
http://www.preservationparks.c...



April 23rd: "Careless Whispers? Deciphering the Hidden Vocal Repertoire of a
Common Backyard Bird, the Dark-eyed Junco", Dr. Dustin Reichard, Assistant
Professor, Department of Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University.



Dr. Dustin Reichard is an assistant professor of zoology at Ohio
Wesleyan University where he teaches classes focused on Ornithology,
Organismal Biology and Animal Behavior. He conducts research with his
undergraduate students investigating animal communication, sociality and
hormones in birds and other species, while also serving as co-curator for
OWU's Brant Museum of Zoology. Dr. Reichard earned his Ph.D. in Evolutionary
Biology from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied the structure
and function of whispered vocalizations in Dark-eyed Juncos.



Ornithologists and bird enthusiasts alike have long been fascinated by
the diversity of songs and calls produced by birds throughout the year, but
often with renewed effort during the breeding season. These vocalizations
help us to identify species by ear, and the loud, melodic songs produced by
songbirds in the spring serve two important functions: attracting mates and
repelling rivals. Until recently, research on vocal behavior focused almost
exclusively on those loud, flashy vocalizations while largely ignoring the
quiet, whispered sounds produced by many species during close proximity
interactions with a mate or rival. Recent evidence has indicated that these
secretive sounds serve a variety of important functions that affect a bird's
ability to survive and reproduce, and in some cases these songs are even
more complex and impressive than the loud songs produced by certain species.
In this program, Dr. Reichard will reveal this "hidden" vocal repertoire in
a common winter resident of central Ohio, the Dark-eyed Junco. He will
discuss his research that focuses on determining the function and
evolutionary significance of these under-appreciated signals.




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Subject: whoops, location,...
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 16:43 pm
From: steve AT stevecagan.com
 
Everyone, I'm sorry, there was a problem getting my last post out, I had to
try a couple of times, and apparently it finally went out without the
subject line that identified the places I was talking about. I usually try
to be very careful about that--for those who don't kno, Dike 14 or the 55th
Street marina, they are on the Lake Erie shore, within the city of
Cleveland.

”Steve

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Subject:
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 15:34 pm
From: steve AT stevecagan.com
 
Hi everyone,



We went for a walk on Dike 14 this afternoon (I know, that™s not the
official name, for us it will always be Dike 14) and a visit to the 55th
Street marina.



Dike 14:



We didn™t have a lot of species, but quite a few individuals:



Red-breasted Merganser”50+

Horned Grebe (all molting into breeding plumage, and one entirely there)”15

Double-crested Cormorant”12

Bufflehead (in the turning basin)”14

Blue-winged teal (also in the basin)”1 male

American Coot ()”4

Mallard ()”1 male

Canada Goose”1 (!)

Common Loon (also in the basin)”2

Herring Gull”15

Ring-billed Gull”20

American Robin”30+

European Starling”30+

Common Grackle”8

Ruby-crowned Kinglet”3

Red-winged Blackbird 25+

Song Sparrow”a lifetime supply, at least 40 by count

Swamp Sparrow”1

Dark-eyed Junco”1

Great Blue Heron”1

and the last bird we saw: American Kestrel”1



55th Street marina:



Basically the same variety, with the addition of more geese and

Lesser Scaup”35+

Rock Pigeon”4

Killdeer”1



Best wishes,


Steve








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Subject: Lowellville area birds, Mahoning Co.
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 15:12 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
I had interesting birding this afternoon in my local area of Mahoning Co. Seen were: wood ducks, 5 ring-necked ducks, 7 buffleheads, 8 ruddy ducks, common loon, horned grebe, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, green heron, osprey (first local nesting attempt), red-shouldered hawk, 5 Wilson's snipe, solitary sandpiper, tree swallows, n. rough-winged swallow, barn swallows, e. bluebirds, brown thrasher, yellow-rumped warbler, and dark-eyed junco. A fox sparrow was seen a couple days ago, too. Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: Prothonotary Warblers back at the Hoover Nature Preserve
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 14:19 pm
From: cbombaci AT att.net
 
My official beginning of Spring occurred Today as I got my FOY Prothonotary Warbler. In all I observed 4 this morning along with Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warblers. This was a bonus as my real reason for being in Area N of the Hoover Nature Preserve at Galena, Ohio was to participate in an organized trash removal day. I and some hardy friends policed the trash left there by others and trash pushed down the Big Walnut Watershed by the high waters of this spring. The area is, at least for now, looking much better.
The harsh winter has damaged of destroyed many trees and nest boxes. The extraordinarily high water, maybe the highest I have seen it at this date, and will prevent me from repairing or replacing the lost boxes before the Prothonotaries begin to nest. The total number of nest boxes I have in place is the only reason this is not a complete disaster. There are still over 200 nest boxes awaiting the yellow swamp warblers when they all arrive. I did watch a male inspecting a couple of nest boxes this morning. I'll keep an eye on the boxes to determine if he is creating false nests in them.
Charlie BombaciHoover Nature Preserve


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Subject: Clark County - Yellow-headed Blackbird
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 12:01 pm
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
Our Clark County group had a walk to Estel Wenrick Wetlands near Medway this
morning. Near the old parking lot on Spangler Road we found a Yellow-headed
Blackbird with a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds. There is a house near the
parking lot and the bird was first seen behind this house. It flew to the
fence line just south and east of the house and then flew southeast again
and we lost it. This area is just off I-70. You go north at the I-670 exit
and just across the bridge over Mad River you come to the parking lot.

Doug Overacker
Julie Karlson

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Subject: E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 9:10 am
From: 2klmockingbird AT att.net
 
The Black-throated Gray Warbler was just seen minutes ago.
Kathy Mock


Sent from my Samsung Galaxy 9 smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Jon Cefus Date: 4/20/18 8:17 PM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding
Hello all!

Greetings from East Central Ohio and the Bobolink Area of Ohio. I wanted to take the time to update a few of the birds in the area.


First of all, a very handsome and cooperative Black-throated Gray Warbler is being seen in Holmes County. The bird is on private property, but birders are invited to come and see the bird. It goes without saying that we need to be mindful of giving the bird room and respecting the property. The address to access the site is 3864 Township Hwy 366, near Berlin, Oh. There is an open gate that leads up a pretty rough road to the site. I would expect that road to be VERY MUDDY tomorrow and Sunday as temperatures increase, so you may want to park at the bottom and walk up to the pond where the bird is being seen. There is no address on the gate or at the road, so you™ll need to look carefully to find it.

Near Mansfield, at 1054 Delwood Dr. Mansfield, Ohio 44905, a beautiful male Summer Tanager is visiting a resident feeder. Check in on Ohio Chase Birds or The Bobolink Area of Ohio Facebook pages for the latest updates.

I birded some areas around Wayne County after seeing the BTYW this morning and there is a lot of flooding in the areas around Killbuck Marsh and Funk Bottoms. Most of the ducks appear to be ducks that have been around for over a week during our cold snap. I relocated a Eurasian Wigeon originally found by Atlee Yoder last Friday today along the west end of Wilderness Road. The bird was on the north side of the road about 1/8 mile east of the small bridge. Wilderness Rd, along with other roads that cross the ditch in Funk are flooded and impassable, so you need to navigate around the flooded areas. I did not relocate the Cinnamon Teal, but there was good diversity of ducks and ample habitat, so it™s possible that this bird is still around somewhere.

In Stark County earlier this week, Shari Jackson saw a Little Gull near Walborn Reservoir. The bird was relocated the next day, but has not been seen since. This is also true of the 2 Cattle Egrets seen near the same spot earlier this week. It™s very much possible that these birds are still around and just have not been relocated. Ducks, again, seem to be sticking to their lakes and reservoirs right now. Checking Lake Cable several times over the past week has produced essentially the same ducks each time, with Buffledheads, Ruddy Ducks, RB Mergansers, Horned Grebes, and Common Loons being present.

Down in Guernsey County, Derrick Hill found a group of 18 American Avocets SWIMMING in Seneca Lake yesterday. Swimming. It™s hard to imagine those long legs being good at swimming, but this is certainly not unheard of with Avocets. He also reported 2 Common Terns along with some Caspian Terns. Virginia Rails and Sora are being heard at multiple locations, so keep an eye, or more likely an ear, out for them in your local marshes.

Yellow Warblers are arriving and migration is kicking in, so get out there and enjoy some birding on this beautiful weekend.


Jon Cefus
E.C. Ohio Director, OOS
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Subject: L Hope Zaleski- 8 Warblers
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 8:30 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
Warblers
Black-and-white
Parula
Black-throated Green
Pine
Yellow-rumped
Louisiana Waterthrush
Yellow-throated
Prairie

Hawks
Red-tailed
Red-shouldered
Sharpie

Woodpeckers
Pileated
Red-headed
Flicker

Kinglets
Golden-crowned
Ruby-crowned

Waterfowl
Mallard
Wood Duck
Lesser Scaup

R Grouse-drumming
A Kestral
Brown Thrasher-pair foraging together
G B Heron
Killdeer
Barn Swallow
Purple Martin
Fox Sparrow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Bruce Simpson- Nature Photographer

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Subject: Central Ohio shorebirds
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 8:09 am
From: tuckercasey AT hotmail.com
 
Hi Folks,

The field at S. County Line Rd. & Fancher is proving to be quite the spot for local shorebird abundance. As of 9:00 this morning there were 100+ Pectoral Sandpipers working the flooded fields. There were a few Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs, but only in 2's & 3's. A few Bonaparte's Gulls and Mallards are hanging around as well. If you spend more time scanning I'm sure there is more here including blackbirds and Lapland Longspurs (found a female a few miles north of this area earlier in the week).

If you visit you'll need a scope and be very careful about where you pull off. This can be a very busy and dangerous crossroad area.

Good luck!

Casey Tucker

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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler Millersburg, OH
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 7:33 am
From: liz.jaggers AT gmail.com
 
Good morning all,

I am contemplating a drive from Columbus to see the Black-throated Gray and
if there are reports, positive or negative, please share.

Thank you!
Happy Birding,
Liz
Worthington

On Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 11:17 AM Elmer Hochstetler <
[email protected]> wrote:

> 4093 State Route 39, Millersburg US-OH
>
>
> Left at 10:30 AM today. Still there. Not sure why it hasnt been reported
> on the listserv before this, it is all over eBird etc.
> Regards: Elmer Hochstetler
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Subject: CORRECTION - E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area update
Date: Sat Apr 21 2018 3:26 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello all!

In my previous email, I said that there is a Summer Tanager at the Mansfield location, but it is a WESTERN Tanager. Please refer to the previous email for the location.

Thanks to Doreen Linzell for being a good proof reader and catching my error!

Happy birding!

Jon Cefus
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Subject: Western Tanager
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 21:38 pm
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Thanks to Jon Cefus for his write-up about birds that are being seen in E.
C. Ohio and the Bobolink area. However, in the following quote from his
message, please replace Summer with Western. This is a beautiful male
Western Tanager. This bird is visiting the home of one of Ohio's young
birders and his parents.

Near Mansfield, at 1054 Delwood Dr. Mansfield, Ohio 44905, a beautiful male
Summer Tanager is visiting a resident feeder. Check in on Ohio Chase Birds
or The Bobolink Area of Ohio Facebook pages for the latest updates.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: E.C. Ohio/Bobolink Area birding
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 19:18 pm
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello all!

Greetings from East Central Ohio and the Bobolink Area of Ohio. I wanted to take the time to update a few of the birds in the area.


First of all, a very handsome and cooperative Black-throated Gray Warbler is being seen in Holmes County. The bird is on private property, but birders are invited to come and see the bird. It goes without saying that we need to be mindful of giving the bird room and respecting the property. The address to access the site is 3864 Township Hwy 366, near Berlin, Oh. There is an open gate that leads up a pretty rough road to the site. I would expect that road to be VERY MUDDY tomorrow and Sunday as temperatures increase, so you may want to park at the bottom and walk up to the pond where the bird is being seen. There is no address on the gate or at the road, so you™ll need to look carefully to find it.

Near Mansfield, at 1054 Delwood Dr. Mansfield, Ohio 44905, a beautiful male Summer Tanager is visiting a resident feeder. Check in on Ohio Chase Birds or The Bobolink Area of Ohio Facebook pages for the latest updates.

I birded some areas around Wayne County after seeing the BTYW this morning and there is a lot of flooding in the areas around Killbuck Marsh and Funk Bottoms. Most of the ducks appear to be ducks that have been around for over a week during our cold snap. I relocated a Eurasian Wigeon originally found by Atlee Yoder last Friday today along the west end of Wilderness Road. The bird was on the north side of the road about 1/8 mile east of the small bridge. Wilderness Rd, along with other roads that cross the ditch in Funk are flooded and impassable, so you need to navigate around the flooded areas. I did not relocate the Cinnamon Teal, but there was good diversity of ducks and ample habitat, so it™s possible that this bird is still around somewhere.

In Stark County earlier this week, Shari Jackson saw a Little Gull near Walborn Reservoir. The bird was relocated the next day, but has not been seen since. This is also true of the 2 Cattle Egrets seen near the same spot earlier this week. It™s very much possible that these birds are still around and just have not been relocated. Ducks, again, seem to be sticking to their lakes and reservoirs right now. Checking Lake Cable several times over the past week has produced essentially the same ducks each time, with Buffledheads, Ruddy Ducks, RB Mergansers, Horned Grebes, and Common Loons being present.

Down in Guernsey County, Derrick Hill found a group of 18 American Avocets SWIMMING in Seneca Lake yesterday. Swimming. It™s hard to imagine those long legs being good at swimming, but this is certainly not unheard of with Avocets. He also reported 2 Common Terns along with some Caspian Terns. Virginia Rails and Sora are being heard at multiple locations, so keep an eye, or more likely an ear, out for them in your local marshes.

Yellow Warblers are arriving and migration is kicking in, so get out there and enjoy some birding on this beautiful weekend.


Jon Cefus
E.C. Ohio Director, OOS
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Subject: New Ohio eBird shared bird reporting hotspots are active
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 17:33 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
Ohio birders have added several shared bird reporting hotspots to eBird.
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Several "stakeout" hotspots have been set up for rare bird sightings.
Information on rare bird sightings can be found by visiting this page:
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Note that stakeout hotspots are often located at private homes or on
private property. Please be respectful and ask permission before entering
private land. If you have submitted a checklist at a personal location for
one of these rarities, please change the location of your checklist to the
stakeout hotspot.

stakeout Black-throated Gray Warbler, Millersburg (2018)
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L724...

stakeout Common Raven, Lodge Road (2018)
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L720...

stakeout Painted Bunting, Weaver Rd. (2018)
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L724...

stakeout Western Tanager, Delwood Rd. (2018)
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L724...

Cuyahoga County
Woodvale Union Cemetery
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Scioto County
Shawnee State Park--Campground
http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Ken Ostermiller
eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Clark County - Buck Creek SP - NE Lake Access
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 16:52 pm
From: dvkempf AT gmail.com
 
Wed. 4/17 I saw my first spring warbler of the year - a Prairie Warbler.
Also, the White Pelicans were there, but they haven't been seen in the last
two days. Sorry for being so late, I've been birding, but I'll do better.
Here's the checklist with a photo of the PRAW.

https://ebird.org/view/checkli...

Dan Kempf

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Subject: Geauga County Birding
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 15:40 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
I know you all know, but I'll say it anyway . GET OUT THIS WEEKEND!  The
Rookery and Pekin Road Marsh had great birds this morning and great light
for pictures. Tons of Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers (plus 2 Pine
Warblers) at Rookery. Visits by a Merlin and Forster's Tern at Pekin Road
Marsh. Detail on eBird checklists if you are interested (Rookery
https://ebird.org/view/checkli... (Pekin/Auburn Road Marsh
https://ebird.org/view/checkli...



Matt Valencic





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Subject:
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 14:16 pm
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
A cold but productive morning today with 50 species along the trail. I
walked 5.6 miles round trip (3 hours 40 minutes).

Several local species were seen carrying nesting material or food, so
breeding season has definitely begun. Some of the local birds (Black-capped
Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow and Swamp
Sparrow) were well-represented and singing like crazy. Tufted Titmouse
numbers seemed a little low, but they were very quiet. I'm guessing that is
due to them being involved in nesting activities. (I saw two taking nesting
material from a cavity and flying away with it). Highlights include:
Greater Yellowlegs (19); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (15); Golden-crowned Kinglet
(4); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Gray-cheeked Thrush (1), Hermit Thrush (2),
Lincoln's Sparrow (1) and possible Slate-colored Fox Sparrows (2 - see
notes below).

Judy

*Notes on possible Slate-colored Fox Sparrows*:*
Two birds seen about 1 mile apart from each other
Gray head, no distinct markings, just plain gray, which extended to the back
Dark chocolate brown streaks, which were fine but prominent, on white chest
Rusty tail, wings somewhat rusty
Heavy, sparrow-type beak (lower mandible seemed yellowish or paler, hard to
see with the lighting - could have been the sun reflecting on it)
Song-sparrow sized but a bit larger (no other birds nearby for comparison)
Seen in tangles of vines and branches, then flew to brushy area

** If anyone has insight regarding the identification of these two birds,
please let me know/comment about it. They were very different.*


*The list, in alphabetical order:*

American Crow several
American Robin numerous
American Goldfinch 2
Barn Swallow 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Black-capped Chickadee 29
Blue Jay numerous
Blue-winged Teal 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Brown-headed Cowbird several
Canada Goose several
Carolina Wren 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Common Grackle numerous
Downy Woodpecker 14
Eastern Phoebe 1
Eastern Towhee 3
European Starling several
Fox Sparrow (Slate-colored?) 2
Gadwall 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Green-winged Teal 2
Greater Yellowlegs 19
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Hermit Thrush 2
House Finch 2
House Sparrow 5
Killdeer 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Mallard 13
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Cardinal 34
Northern Flicker 1
Northern Pintail 7
Northern Shoveler 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Purple Martin 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Redhead 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-winged Blackbird numerous
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
Song Sparrow 16
Swamp Sparrow 8
Tree Swallow 7
Tufted Titmouse 11
Turkey Vulture 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 6

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Subject: Firestone Metro Park, Summit County
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 13:46 pm
From: prydquist AT gmail.com
 
Three wren morning, Carolina, Winter and FOY House Wren. 
Many brown creepers, Hermit Thrush, Fox sparrows and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers

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Subject: Buck Creek State Park - Clark County
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 11:12 am
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
Julie and I birded some at Buck Creek State Park this morning. At the north
end of the lake we found a Great Egret and a Franklin's Gull. We watched
from the east side of the lake and saw them across the mudflats to the west.
We did not see the pelicans that had been there for most of three weeks.
There are still lots of cormorants. We also saw a pair of Common Mergansers
and four Buffleheads. Both teal were present.

On the trails south of the horsemen's area we saw our first Black-and-white
Warbler of the season.

Doug Overacker
Julie Karlson

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Subject: Peregrine Falcon, Pickerington Ponds, Franklin Co. & Fairfield Co.
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 10:44 am
From: bcrist AT ameritech.net
 
Wood Duck Picnic Area,Fra. Co
1 Peregrine Falcon in tree on Blue Winged PondMute Swan 1
Trumpeter Swan 2
Wood Duck 2
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 6
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 8
Lesser Scaup 2
Bufflehead 6
Ruddy Duck 10
Pied-billed Grebe 8
Double-crested Cormorant 3American Coot 80
Osprey 1

Yellowlegs Trail / Park Office, FAI Co.
Barn Owl 1 Continuing bird,Canada Goose 4
Bufflehead 4
Hooded Merganser 30
Ruddy Duck 11
Pied-billed Grebe 8
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 4
Bald Eagle 2 In the nest switching out. One flew out and landed in nearby tree. We watched it preen.
American Coot 8Eastern Meadowlark 5




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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler Millersburg, OH
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 10:17 am
From: 000003485f7fe84c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
4093 State Route 39, Millersburg US-OH
Left at 10:30 AM today. Still there. Not sure why it hasnt been reported on the listserv before this, it is all over eBird etc.
Regards: Elmer Hochstetler

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Subject: Short-eared owl
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 9:18 am
From: emullholand AT careyevs.org
 
I watched a Short-eared owl hunting just before sun set last night Thursday
April 19th in rural Carey (Wyandot County) on CH 4 between 96 and 97 south
of town. I always see Kestrels working this patch, and often Harriers, but
the first SEOW. It let me sit in my car for a long time and flew around me
like nothing. I'm not sure of the nesting timeline for them, but could it
be a nester here or is this a migrant? There is also a little pine grove
near this that I have always thought should have winter owls. I will be
keeping a closer eye on this area from now on.

Eric Mullholand
Carey, Ohio

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Subject: Snowy Owl Gathering - Non Ohio
Date: Fri Apr 20 2018 8:54 am
From: rjbfly01 AT gmail.com
 
This is off topic from Ohio sightings but on the 18th and 19th, ~ 37 Snow
Owls are hanging around the Buffalo Harbor up in NY. Pretty amazing number.
Just thought I would share.

Bob

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Subject: Coe Lake, Berea
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 22:54 pm
From: kshank AT wowway.com
 
There was a loon on the northern end of Coe Lake today, in good viewing 
and photographing distance. There was also a male Bufflehead with
several females and a couple Horned Grebes (they were on the southern
end). Yellow-rumped warbler present as well and the swallows are back.

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Subject:
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 21:27 pm
From: jahochadel AT gmail.com
 
Sorry for the late post. I have been busy with family matters, but I've
managed to take time to get into the field for a bit.

14 APR 2018 - While I was driving on Rt 76 in Summit County near the
Tallmadge exit, one (1) Sandhill Crane flew south over the road.

17 APR 2018 - Birding during a snow storm at Mosquito Lake and Refuge was
lucrative and interesting. I saw 57 species during the time I traveled
through the state park and refuge (12:50 PM - 5:13 PM). The snow limited my
vision, so I only recorded what I could identify up close. There were many
more birds on the lake, but they were too far out to id them. It was a
remarkable afternoon with several interesting experiences. Watching five
juvenile Bald Eagles flying together was a treat. Witnessing a flock of 25
Red-breasted Mergansers swim in a circle and then dive in tandem, "herding"
and then catching some type of minnows, was fascinating. (I saw this
behavior repeated numerous times.) Watching a Common Loon catch and then
struggle to swallow a good-sized Bluegill was entertaining. Being in awe
while over 1000 swallows frantically skimmed above the surface of the lake
in front of me, snow blowing and swirling around them, as they desperately
searched for insects to sustain them through the harsh weather. It was one
of the best days I've had for a while. I hope everyone else is enjoying
migration as well.

Judy

*The list from my notes, in alphabetical order:*
American Coot 1136
American Crow 3
American Goldfinch 1
American Kestrel 1
American Robin 6
American Tree Sparrow 1
American Wigeon 88
Bald Eagle 8
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Blue Jay several
Blue-winged Teal 17
Bonaparte's Gull 10
Bufflehead 22
Canada Goose numerous
Canvasback 2
Caspian Tern 50
Cliff Swallow 1
Common Grackle numerous
Common Loon 23
Common Tern 6
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eared Grebe 16
Eastern Bluebird 2
European Starling several
Gadwall 120
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 1
Green-winged Teal 72
Hooded Merganser 16
House Sparrow 1
Killdeer 1
Lesser Scaup 72
Mallard 83
Northern Cardinal several
Northern Flicker 2
Northern Pintail 2
Osprey 2
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Purple Martin 33
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Red-breasted Merganser 981
Redhead 9
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-winged Blackbird numerous
Redhead 32
Ring-billed Gull 12
Ring-necked Duck 314
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruddy Duck 17
Song Sparrow 6
Swallows (Barn, Tree) 1537
Tufted Titmouse several
Turkey Vulture 3
Wood Duck 10

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Subject: Piping Plover-Headlands
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 20:26 pm
From: revianlynch AT gmail.com
 
I saw it at 8:15

On Thu, Apr 19, 2018, 5:13 PM Gus Lanese wrote:

> Plover still on the beach as of 5:00 pm
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On Apr 19, 2018, at 4:42 PM, Sally Isacco
> wrote:
> >
> > The Piping Plover found yesterday by Ray Hannikman was refound this AM
> by Ray. It was observed from 11AM-12:15 PM by 3 birders. Mostly to the
> left/west of the boardwalk along the beach. If not there, look in the
> ponds south of the beach area- west of the boardwalk.
> >
> > Sally Isacco, Chardon
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Subject: Oberlin (Lorain County) Ruddy Ducks
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 20:19 pm
From: femme.metal AT gmail.com
 
Saw a flock of 46 or 47 Ruddy Ducks with one Ring Necked Duck at New Russia
Township Nature Preserve around 7 pm this evening. There's also been a
Pied Billed Grebe there most days recently.

Happy Birding!

Kristen Stillwell
Oberlin

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Subject: Avocets
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 18:53 pm
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18 American Avocets on Seneca Lake. If you go, the last place a saw them was near the small island near the dam. Plenty of Ruddy duck, terns, loons, and coots. Also good amount of black vultures frequenting the area. Plenty to be seen.

Senecaville, Ohio 04/19/18, 6:20pm

Derrick Hill

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Subject: Piping Plover-Headlands
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 16:13 pm
From: glanese48 AT gmail.com
 
Plover still on the beach as of 5:00 pm

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 19, 2018, at 4:42 PM, Sally Isacco wrote:
>
> The Piping Plover found yesterday by Ray Hannikman was refound this AM by Ray. It was observed from 11AM-12:15 PM by 3 birders. Mostly to the left/west of the boardwalk along the beach. If not there, look in the ponds south of the beach area- west of the boardwalk.
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Subject: Piping Plover-Headlands
Date: Thu Apr 19 2018 15:43 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
The Piping Plover found yesterday by Ray Hannikman was refound this AM 
by Ray. It was observed from 11AM-12:15 PM by 3 birders. Mostly to the
left/west of the boardwalk along the beach. If not there, look in the
ponds south of the beach area- west of the boardwalk.

Sally Isacco, Chardon

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Subject: Magee Marsh and Surrounding Area
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 20:42 pm
From: dkmyles55 AT gmail.com
 
All,

Below are a couple of ebird lists from my sightings this afternoon.
The first list is from Magee boardwalk and causeway. A lot of activity and should get better over the next week. I also had FOY Brown Thrasher in the yard this morning.
The second list is at the Boss Unit. Water is high and shorebirds are in the back.
The third list was a surprise. This is a flooded field about a mile south of the Boss Unit just before crossing Packer Creek. This list is only half of the shorebirds and ducks present. I had to return home about a mile away the get my scope. Unfortunately when I returned, the property owner was present with his dog and all the birds were gone. That™s birding for you.

Magee Marsh Wildlife Area (Lucas Co.)
Apr 18, 2018
3:55 PM
Traveling
1.00 miles
120 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Very active with larger numbers of Kinglets, Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrows and Creepers.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

13 Canada Goose
2 Trumpeter Swan
4 Wood Duck
12 Blue-winged Teal
16 Northern Shoveler
4 Gadwall
8 Mallard
16 Green-winged Teal
2 Redhead
4 Ring-necked Duck
18 Lesser Scaup
2 Bufflehead
4 Ruddy Duck
4 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Horned Grebe
16 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
14 Great Egret
2 Turkey Vulture
5 Bald Eagle
2 Red-tailed Hawk
150 American Coot
2 Sandhill Crane
1 Killdeer
1 American Woodcock
8 Ring-billed Gull
2 Herring Gull
1 Common Tern
2 Mourning Dove
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
4 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Phoebe
18 Tree Swallow
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
30 Brown Creeper
9 Winter Wren -- Large numbers spread out over the boardwalk.
50 Golden-crowned Kinglet
20 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
20 Hermit Thrush
25 American Robin
12 European Starling
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
12 American Tree Sparrow
15 Fox Sparrow
4 Dark-eyed Junco
8 Song Sparrow
6 Swamp Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
7 Northern Cardinal
50 Red-winged Blackbird
8 Rusty Blackbird
25 Common Grackle

Number of Taxa: 53

5498“5998 N Benton Carroll Rd, Oak Harbor US-OH (41.5996,-83.1828)
Apr 18, 2018
4:42 PM
Traveling
0.50 miles
30 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

2 Canada Goose
4 Northern Pintail
1 Great Blue Heron
4 Great Egret
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
0 Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
18 Dunlin
2 Wilson's Snipe
6 Greater Yellowlegs
12 Lesser Yellowlegs

Number of Taxa: 11

12357 W Duff Washa Rd, Oak Harbor US-OH(41.5806,-83.1826)
Apr 18, 2018
4:53 PM
Traveling
0.50 miles
30 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is a flood field on the west side of Benton Carroll road just after the West Velliquette intersection. This is only half of the birds listed. I went home to get my scope to ID the other birds further out only to find the property owner walking his dog and all the birds gone.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.5 Build 36

2 Canada Goose
32 Northern Shoveler
200 Gadwall
28 American Wigeon
4 American Black Duck
2 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
200 Dunlin
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
4 Greater Yellowlegs
7 Lesser Yellowlegs
80 Bonaparte's Gull

Number of Taxa: 12

David Myles
Oak Harbor
Ottawa County

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Subject: Blacklick Metro Park Columbus, Oh
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 13:58 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Yellow rumped warblers
Northern parulas - foraging in the plants growing in Ashton pond, landed on deck.
Yellow throated warbler - foraging in the plants growing in Ashton pond

Rose breasted grosbeak
Brown thrasher
Ruby crowned kinglets
Golden crowned kinglets
Hermit Thrushes
Fox sparrow

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Columbus,4-16,17: lateWinterMigrants
Date: Wed Apr 18 2018 3:48 am
From: robthorn6 AT gmail.com
 
The last two days have been a weird mix of wintry weather & winter migrants
here around Columbus. On Monday, I spent some time in Jefferson Township
(far east side), checking several parks during the afternoon snow squalls.
Tuesday, I hit the migrant traps of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff,
searching for migrants in the windless areas of the few parks and
greenspaces of the area. Both days showed a preponderance of temperate
migrants, with sapsuckers, kinglets, sparrows, and blackbirds topping the
program. Highlights included:

Red-headed Woodpeckers - adult birds were still hanging around Jefferson
Township Community Park and Boehnke Preserve, though they should have
departed by now

Sapsuckers - no great numbers, but a steady trickle of these birds was
present both days

Hermit Thrushes - single birds at many different locations, even around
parks in Grandview.

Kinglets - Ruby-crowns & Golden-crowns split about even, with no great
numbers of either, but often they were feeding low in the bushes or on the
ground.

Warblers - nothing but Yellow-rumpeds, but they were quite common out in
the Township

Sparrows - lots of Towhees, Field Sparrows, and Chipping Sparrows, added to
the large numbers of White-throateds, made for a late-winter-like mix of
birds

Blackbirds - flocks of Red-wings at many locations, as they abandoned
territories to flock for foraging in the chilly weather. More mysterious
was a flock of 35+ Rusty Blackbirds at Hannah Farms Park on the edge of
Jefferson Township; they were foraging along the edge of some vernal pools,
and are very late for this species around here.

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Subject: Cattle Egrets & Little Gull Stark County 4/17
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 21:25 pm
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
This evening Shari Jackson & Ronnie Macko found two Cattle Egrets on Reeder Ave in the lawns just north of Walborn Reservoir. Shortly thereafter Sean & Dana Ricker found an adult Little Gull less than a mile from there on Industry Rd just north of Price Rd with about 100 Bonaparte's Gulls in a field on the west side of Industry. Shari had seen what was most surely this same Little Gull on Reeder just south of of Walborn Reservoir the evening of 4/16 so there is good reason to hope that all these birds could be re-found tomorrow.Kent Miller


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Subject: Birds in our backyard-Lake County
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 20:34 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Very birdy day. We had 21 species of birds in our yard today. Birds of 
note: 3 Purple Finches, 1 Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco count up to
9 and new to the yard this year- 1 Fox Sparrow arrived today!

Sally Isacco, Lake County

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Hamilton
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 14:16 pm
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
A Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, reported by Brian Wulker to OCB at Fernald
Nature Preserve Lodge Pond In Hamilton County is still present at 3:15pm.
April 17
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Subject: Kinglets at South Bass Island
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 11:51 am
From: lakbrohl AT gmail.com
 
With the cold temperatures and gusty winds we have been experiencing on the islands, we have been inundated with Kinglets-mostly golden-crowned but some ruby-crowned. They are on the ground and low trying to feed-seeing twenty at a time in some locations-at Scheeff East Point, Massie Cliffside Preserve and other places.

There are also lots of yellow rumped warblers and dark-eyed juncoes on the ground feeding. Saw flock of tree sparrows on the ground at the Massie Cliffside Preserve.

There were over 60 tree swallows huddled low in a tree right by the shore at the Scheeff East Point Preserve as well as many more flying low over the water trying to feed.

Bonapartes gulls, common goldeneye, bufflehead, and red-breasted mergansers offshore.

Lisa Brohl

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Subject: Clark County Birding
Date: Tue Apr 17 2018 11:22 am
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
Julie and I visited the northern part of Buck Creek State Park this morning.
The weather was just about freezing with a few snow flurries. We saw no
warblers but we did see a few birds. There was a male Wild Turkey displaying
to a female. Then we saw a Barred Owl land near us for a minute. The
American White Pelicans are still near the north end of the lake and we
counted 10 today. We initially found two on April 1 and they have been
reported regularly since then.

Doug Overacker
Julie Karlson

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Subject: Shorebirds between Westerville & New Albany
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 18:33 pm
From: tuckercasey AT hotmail.com
 
Hi Folks,


About 5:20 p.m. this evening I drove by a large flooded field on the southwest corner of the intersection of Fancher Rd. and County Line Rd. (see map here: https://goo.gl/maps/x5wsdXdGT8...


There were lots of shorebirds in the field, but I couldn't stop to get a good look at any of them (seem to be a good variety just from size and shape alone). There is not a convenient pull-off around the field and this is a busy, dangerous intersection. Your best bet might be to negotiate a parking space in one of the driveways along County Line Rd. and then searching the field with a scope.


This field regularly floods and holds water for extended periods of time, but this is the first season I've noticed it attracting birds. Last week it attracted a large number of Bonaparte's Gulls.


Good luck!


Casey Tucker

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Subject: Geauga County Red-throated Loon FALSE ALARM
Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 18:16 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
Closer examination of pics revealed a very light colored Common Loon. When I cropped the pics on the computer (really far out) the head shape was wrong and bill too heavy.

I hope no one made a special trip to see this bird.

Matt Valencic


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> From: Matt
> Date: April 16, 2018 at 1:35:36 PM EDT
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Geauga County Red-throated Loon
> Reply-To: Matt
>
> LaDue Reservoir. Seen from Rt 44 / Bartholomew Road. Pic later on eBird report. Caspian Tern as well.
>
> Matt Valencic
>
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