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Updated on October 24, 2014, 10:45 am

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24 Oct: @ 10:30:28  Arctic/Pacific Loon [Kenn Kaufman]
24 Oct: @ 09:33:11  Arctic loon [Lyn Boone]
24 Oct: @ 09:26:29  Wellington Reservoir White-winged Scoter [Kathy Mock]
24 Oct: @ 09:09:23 Re: Arctic Loon [jen brumfield]
24 Oct: @ 09:04:22  Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell]
24 Oct: @ 08:40:57  Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell]
24 Oct: @ 08:11:41  Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell]
24 Oct: @ 06:52:39  Arctic Loon [Doreene Linzell]
23 Oct: @ 18:44:37  Pacific/Arctic Loon at Dillon SP [Brad Perkins]
23 Oct: @ 16:32:34  Pacific Loon Update - Dillon State Park [anthony fry]
23 Oct: @ 15:14:40 Re: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park [jen brumfield]
23 Oct: @ 14:55:06  PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park [anthony fry]
23 Oct: @ 12:05:52  Mosquito Lake Black Scoters [Don Keffer]
23 Oct: @ 11:49:51  Erie Street Cemetery (Cleveland) [Aaron Milenski]
23 Oct: @ 10:57:38  Possibly Chucks Laughing Gull at 55th at 8AM. Will post picture later [disacco]
23 Oct: @ 10:41:59  Townsend's Solitaire yes [jen brumfield]
23 Oct: @ 09:33:49  N Shrike. Saw - whet Owl [Jerry Talkington]
23 Oct: @ 08:09:32  Paulding County Sabine's Gull [M & D Dunakin]
22 Oct: @ 19:11:45  Sunset park Willoughby ,Painesville park, Wake Robin [Jerry Talkington]
22 Oct: @ 19:02:46  Deer Creek Oct. 22 [Robert Royse]
22 Oct: @ 18:50:18  Cackling Geese @ Wellington Upground 10/22/14 [MikeSmith]
22 Oct: @ 18:23:53  saw whet owl - geauga co [inga schmidt]
22 Oct: @ 17:00:17  Kelleys Island Townsend's Solitaire [H Thomas Bartlett]
22 Oct: @ 10:08:29  Townsend's Solitaire Kelley's Island [jen brumfield]
22 Oct: @ 08:39:19  Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants [Ken Andrews]
22 Oct: @ 05:46:58  Turkey Vulture migration [Shaune Skinner]
21 Oct: @ 17:04:14 Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th [Chuck Slusarczyk Jr.]
21 Oct: @ 16:17:51 Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th [Liz McQuaid]
21 Oct: @ 13:58:02 Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th [Aaron Milenski]
21 Oct: @ 13:12:43 Re: Franklin's Gull East 55th [jen brumfield]
21 Oct: @ 12:13:44  Franklin's Gull East 55th [jen brumfield]
21 Oct: @ 06:40:33  Apologi [Steven Pendleton]
20 Oct: @ 18:15:40  Lake Watch-Sunset Park in Willoughby-all 3 Scoters/Loons [Sally Isacco]
20 Oct: @ 17:28:23  Sunset Park Willoughby [Jerry Talkington]
20 Oct: @ 15:37:58 Re: american pipits - geauga co. [Matt Valencic]
20 Oct: @ 15:04:50  american pipits - geauga co. [inga schmidt]
20 Oct: @ 12:29:46  2 Le Conte's & 1-2 Nelson's @ Battelle Darby [Paul Hurtado]
20 Oct: @ 11:15:16  Purple Finches [Ohio Birder]
20 Oct: @ 09:59:57  Birds in my neighborhood [Judith Espedal]
20 Oct: @ 07:00:42  Pacific loon [John Herman]
20 Oct: @ 00:38:25  Killdeer Plains WA and the Fall 2014-2015 Scavenger Hunt [Steve Jones]
19 Oct: @ 19:45:14  Deer Creek area Oct. 19 [Robert Royse]
19 Oct: @ 18:07:53  Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/19 [John Pogacnik]
19 Oct: @ 17:18:50  Cackling Goose -Lorain Co. [MikeSmith]
19 Oct: @ 17:08:52  BlacklickWoods-PickPonds,10-19 - temperateMigrants [rob thorn]
19 Oct: @ 15:51:07  Black Scoters @ Caesar Creek [Chris Zacharias]
19 Oct: @ 15:45:08  Avocet [Larry Gara]
19 Oct: @ 15:07:58  Painesville park Lake Co [Jerry Talkington]
19 Oct: @ 13:25:01  long-tailed ducks [John Herman]
19 Oct: @ 10:47:15  Little Gull, Lake County [Cole DiFabio]





Subject: Arctic/Pacific Loon
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 10:30 am
From: kenn.kaufman AT gmail.com
 
I wasn't engaged in the online discussion last night. But looking at photos
this morning, the Dillon Reservoir loon has good potential to be an Arctic
Loon, which of course would be extraordinary anywhere in the eastern half
of North America.

It's a challenge to separate Arctic and Pacific loons in any plumage.
Typical individuals look distinctly different, but there is variation in
both species. There is variation (and some overlap) in all of the
characteristics that separate them, so there isn't any one simple yes/no,
on/off distinction that would be diagnostic by itself. Here we have to
build up a case with as many characteristics as possible, especially for a
bird so far outside its normal range.

This morning the bird in question was seen by a number of people, and then
it was seen to fly away. Still trying to find out whether anyone got photos
of the bird in flight. A good, clear photo of the underparts would be
helpful in pinning down the ID, but it would also be helpful to have as
many photos as possible of the bird on the water, showing things like head
shape, bill shape, nape color, pattern of the neck stripes, flank pattern,
and so on. A photo with the bird in direct size comparison to a Common Loon
would be a bonus. I suspect that the Ohio Bird Records Committee will want
to collect materials like this and send them to someone who has really
studied loon ID, such as Lars Jonsson.

If the bird is indeed an Arctic Loon, the big question would be which
source population it represents. The most likely would be the Siberian
subspecies, G. a. viridigularis, which nests in n.w. Alaska in very small
numbers (and may sometimes interbreed with Pacific Loon, producing
intermediates, which certainly makes the ID challenge more interesting).
But we can't dismiss the (remote) possibility of a transatlantic vagrant of
G. a. arctica coming across from Europe. I wouldn't expect that bird to
show up on a reservoir in Ohio, but birds do strange things.

At any rate, here's hoping that the bird will be refound so that it can be
enjoyed by more birders, and here's hoping that it can be pinned down to a
positive identification.

Kenn Kaufman
Oak Harbor, OH

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Subject: Arctic loon
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 9:33 am
From: boonel AT denison.edu
 
Birding friends,
If anyone observes the return of the Arctic loon, please do report to this
list. I'm sure I'm not the only one who was planning a trip to the site
today and I would still do so if there's a hopeful report. Thanks to all!
Lyn Boone
Granville

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Subject: Wellington Reservoir White-winged Scoter
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 9:26 am
From: 2klmockingbird AT att.net
 
White-winged Scoter and male Long -tailed Duck at Wellington Upground Reservoir.  No Cackling Geese seen at this time.  9-10:30 am.

Kathy Mock
Barberton,  OH

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Subject: Arctic Loon
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 9:09 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Since the bird was IN FLIGHT did anyone get photos or observations of the underside (vent area) of bird???


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On Oct 24, 2014, at 10:04 AM, "Doreene Linzell" wrote:

> Very bad news. The loon took off the water, flew high, circled around,
> gained altitude, flew by the boat ramp and kept on flying east and away.
> It looked like it was in migration mode.
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Subject: Arctic Loon
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 9:04 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Very bad news. The loon took off the water, flew high, circled around,
gained altitude, flew by the boat ramp and kept on flying east and away.
It looked like it was in migration mode.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Arctic Loon
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 8:40 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
The bird is here. It is being seen from the Big Run boat ramp off of 146.

Doreene LInzell

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Subject: Arctic Loon
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 8:11 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Those waiting to observe the Arctic Loon are still waiting for the fog to
lift. It is almost getting worse.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Arctic Loon
Date: Fri Oct 24 2014 6:52 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
For those wondering about the status of this bird, I just thought I'd let
everyone know that Dillon Reservoir is currently very fogged in. It is
going to be awhile before we can even see the water.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Pacific/Arctic Loon at Dillon SP
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 18:44 pm
From: bperkin2 AT rocktenn.com
 
I was able to get a couple decent pictures this evening of the loon in question at Dillon SP this evening. My wife, Diane, will post a couple cropped pictures to the Birding Ohio Facebook shortly. Any help with ID would be appreciated.

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Subject: Pacific Loon Update - Dillon State Park
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 16:32 pm
From: mrfry07 AT hotmail.com
 
Better views by parking at the campground and heading over the hill to the water. Look west toward 146. There is a picture on Facebook of the map where we got the pictures which is away from the sun.

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Subject: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 15:14 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Anthony, the white flanks on your loon are very very very intriguing please take as many photos as possible. The much more extremely rare Arctic Loon typically shows more more excessive white flanks as your birds hints to in the photos on Birding Ohio FB page


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> There is a Pacific Loon at Dillon sate State Park. Bird can be seen from Big Run Boat Ramp off of SR146 although you will be looking into the sun. I am currently viewing the from the shore directly south of the campground and to the west of the boat ramp.
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Subject: PACIFIC LOON - Dillon State Park
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 14:55 pm
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Subject: Mosquito Lake Black Scoters
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 12:05 pm
From: donkeff AT gmail.com
 
As of 1:00 pm the 5 Black Scoters still remain on the south side of causeway at Mosquito Lake in Trumbull County.

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Subject: Erie Street Cemetery (Cleveland)
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 11:49 am
From: amilenski31 AT gmail.com
 
Along with the many sparrows, kinglets, brown creepers, and a winter
wren, I was surprised to see three woodcocks at the cemetery today.
Isn't this awfully late for them?

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Subject: Possibly Chucks Laughing Gull at 55th at 8AM. Will post picture later
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 10:57 am
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Also sedge wren at DIke 14,  FOY Fox sparrow for me.  Many winter wrens.
Sally Isacco




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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire yes
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 10:41 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
The solitaire is still present in the same area at North Shore Loop on Kelley's island, however no visual yet-- bird is calling and singing. folks are waiting it out.--- as reported by Dan G


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Subject: N Shrike. Saw - whet Owl
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 9:33 am
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 N Shrike. Saw- whet Owl at Headlands.  Now !

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Subject: Paulding County Sabine's Gull
Date: Thu Oct 23 2014 8:09 am
From: edson AT bright.net
 
Greetings from the flatlands,

Yesterday morning Micki and I, along with intrepid Paulding-based birder Scott Myers, had just finished a rather disappointing walk through the Black Swamp Nature Center and decided to check out the Paulding Reservoir. Scott had seen a few ducks there earlier in the morning, so our hopes weren’t especially high. Imagine our surprise when we saw a number of Bonaparte’s Gull with one addition- a Sabine’s Gull! Now we have been reading about the appearance of this species here and there in Ohio but never expected one to show up on our small reservoir. Fantastic plumage, wonderful bird, and best of all, it was Micki’s birthday, so the bird was the best birthday present she could have gotten!

Kinda makes up for the dozens of times we have checked the reservoir and found it wanting for birds. You just never know what surprises Mom Nature has in store.


Bird long and prosper,
Doug & Micki Dunakin
Antwerp, O.

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Subject: Sunset park Willoughby ,Painesville park, Wake Robin
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 19:11 pm
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 Cory and birded Sunset this morning for a couple hours . I went back after I warmed up.  Highlights :

1 Red-throated Loon
16 Common Loon
460 Horned Grebes
3 White-winged Scoters
2 Surf Scoters
8 Black Scoters
3 Long-tailed Ducks
30 Lesser Scaup
35 Common Tern

Painesville Park Lake Co.

15 N. Pintail
6 A. Wigeon
8 Gadwall
8 Black Duck
22 Lesser Scaup

Wake Robin Trail

1 Purple Finch
1 Le Conte's Sparrow
1 Tree Sparrow


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Subject: Deer Creek Oct. 22
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 19:02 pm
From: rroyse AT sprynet.com
 
I headed back to Deer Creek again today. No Ammodramus Sparrows were seen in the windy overcast weather, but there were a lot of other birds to be found.

One of the biggest concentrations of sparrows I've ever seen were in the middle wetland tract in the dense wall of smallweeds that covers the whole eastern side. That pond dried up earlier than usual this year shortly after the Buff-breasted Sandpipers showed up in August and there hasn't been any standing water since. When the smaetweeds first appeared in was an impenetrable thicket, but now enough vegetation has fallen that you can work you way back. Along the grassy western edges Savannah Sparrows are most numerous, but as you work your way in Song, Swamp, White-crowned, and Lincoln's become abundant. Field Sparrows were also in there in smaller numbers. Only those 6 species were seen, but easily they totaled over a thousand birds.

In the northern part of the state wildlife area there were also large sparrow flocks, especially concentrated in aster thickets. D-51, D-52, and D-57 are all productive roads now to see a lot of sparrows. Field Sparrows are in a higher concentration in those areas and most of the bigger flocks had a Fox Sparrow or two in their company. In the asters at the end of D-57 there was an Orange-crowned Warbler today. I saw one in the same area a couple of weeks ago also.

The shorebird tally in the N wetlands along Dick Road today was:

Killdeers (lots)
17 G Yellowlegs
8 L Yellowlegs
1 Least Sandpiper
11 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Dunlins
1 Wilson's Snipe

A nice group of 8 Great Egrets also remain there.

At the N end of the reservoir those same 7 shorebird species were present with some differences in numbers. Killdeers were present in triple digits. Both yellowlegs were seen only in the morning. The other totals were 1 Least, 2 Pectoral, ~15 Dunlins, 2 W.Snipes.

Last but not least,the reservoir itself. There was a huge influx of Bonaparte's Gulls in the past few days with several hundred now in southern part. From the area I could scope out I saw at least a dozen Common Loons, and perhaps twice that many Pied-billed Grebes. D-c Cormorants were widespread with one conspicuous raft of 90 birds. At least 3 Bald Eagles of different ages were also patrolling the reservoir. It would have been nice to be able to scope out the whole reservoir today including from the bluffs at the picnic sites. I did speak to the guy in charge of the road closures in the state park office today. He was actually very nice and wants to be able to accommodate birders. Apparently there has been too much vandalism to the buildings along D-5 in the picnic areas. Pipes have been ripped out for example. On top of that people have been dumping their trash in there. He said that he could possibly open the gates for one or two days or half days a week for birders, but they can't just leave it open all the time. They also said with enough notice they could open it to allow a group of birders in there. I consider this a very generous offer from them that I certainly would like to take advantage of. For myself I was going to ask that it be opened on Mondays since that's my only guaranteed day off every week. I suppose most everyone else would rather see a weekend day open. I think that I will request maybe something like Sunday afternoon and Monday mornings that the gate is opened for birders. If there is anyone out there who has any ideas about this I can share with them, please let me know by email. Hopefully something will be worked out with the park staff. Of course anyone is free to walk in there any day, but in the middle of winter with the wind howling through there, I doubt that many people are going to want to carry a scope to the bluffs and back.

Bob Royse


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Subject: Cackling Geese @ Wellington Upground 10/22/14
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 18:50 pm
From: avnu4ea AT frontier.com
 
Had 11 Cackling Geese today at Wellington Upground Reservoir in Lorain Co.
I was there from 4:55 PM – 6:05 PM.

Mike Smith
Wellington OH

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Subject: saw whet owl - geauga co
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 18:23 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
Today, in the late afternoon, a noisy, agitated flock of titmice, chickadees and
downy woodpeckers pointed out a n. saw whet owl perched at the top of the pine trees in my
small wood lot. (90 feet high?)

Looking up my ebird records, I find that the first and only other time that I found a saw whet here was in 2007.
Very similar circumstances, a flock of small birds mobbing the little owl, who just sat
tight and waited for the mob to tire of him. (I was so delighted to find him, that I joined this list on
that day.)

Inga Schmidt
Chagrin River Road, Geauga/Cuy Co. line
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Subject: Kelleys Island Townsend's Solitaire
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 17:00 pm
From: hthomas.bartlett AT gmail.com
 
Shane Roberts and I re-found the solitaire about 4:15 PM today.  We
were able to get some good photos. The bird seems to be feeding on
the Red Cedars in the first 100 yards of the North Quarry trail. At
one time it was in the largest cottonwood down in the old quarry. We
photographed it within the first 50 feet of the trail at 4:40 PM
feeding on the juniper berries.

Tom

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire Kelley's Island
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 10:08 am
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Vic Fazio III and Tom Bartlett just found 
a solitaire at the state park on Kelley's. North shore loop. Bird in the junipers but on the move with large robin flock


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Subject: Dangers for migrating songbirds from invasive plants
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 8:39 am
From: ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
Someone on Flickr I follow posted a photo of a Song Sparrow she had freed from some burrs. I did not realize that this was such a dangerous plant to birds. But, a recent study I found online stated that the burdock is an invasive species from Asia. And, a lot of birds, mostly small migrating songbirds, get caught in them and die. The document said that the researchers thought that the birds that got caught were foraging for arthropods to eat. But, they weren't 100% certain. The study also showed that Common Yellowthroats and Downy Woodpeckers forage successfully on these plants. So, if you are out birding in a field, look around in the plants. Maybe you can make a rescue, too. 

Link to the photo:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/...


Link to the PDF file for the study done in Canada:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CCAQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcanadianfieldnaturalist.ca%2Findex.php%2Fcfn%2Farticle%2Fdownload%2F1447%2F1469&ei=1q5HVMqbO6PlsASSxIE4&usg=AFQjCNGEKW8mppeITdqqQePjo-H2aERv9g&bvm=bv.77880786,d.cWc


I found the study just by doing a simple search with "birds get caught in burrs".


Hope you see some birds today!


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Subject: Turkey Vulture migration
Date: Wed Oct 22 2014 5:46 am
From: shaunemskinner AT columbus.rr.com
 
Yesterday I was driving back to Columbus from Indianapolis in the late
afternoon on I70. We had seen a steady stream of Turkey vultures the entire
trip back but when we hit I70 just west of the Big Darby we encountered well
over 300 Turkey Vultures in the air. Interesting to me was that they were at
all different elevations. I would guess that there were probably a lot more
that I could not count because I was driving. Talking about distracted
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Subject: Franklin's Gull East 55th
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 17:04 pm
From: willichas AT gmail.com
 
Update 6:00PM - Upon further review, my initial ID of a Franklin's Gull was
proven incorrect and the bird is instead an adult Laughing Gull...still a
great bird, but not what I called. Sorry for any confusion. Chuck
Slusarczyk Jr.

On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM, Liz McQuaid wrote:

> Gull still present in the public access area. He said to bring food.
>
> Liz McQuaid
> On Oct 21, 2014 2:57 PM, "Aaron Milenski" wrote:
>
> > > Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side
> of
> > lot) with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car
> >
> > Update: I was just there and the bird was indeed in the parking lot.
> > At 2:40 a Peregrine Falcon came by and scared all of the gulls back
> > into the water. As I was leaving the gulls were coming back towards
> > the parking lot. I have no doubt that it's still around.
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Subject: Franklin's Gull East 55th
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 16:17 pm
From: prwarbler AT gmail.com
 
Gull still present in the public access area. He said to bring food.

Liz McQuaid
On Oct 21, 2014 2:57 PM, "Aaron Milenski" wrote:

> > Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side of
> lot) with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car
>
> Update: I was just there and the bird was indeed in the parking lot.
> At 2:40 a Peregrine Falcon came by and scared all of the gulls back
> into the water. As I was leaving the gulls were coming back towards
> the parking lot. I have no doubt that it's still around.
>
> Aaron Milenski
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Subject: Franklin's Gull East 55th
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 13:58 pm
From: amilenski31 AT gmail.com
 
> Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side of lot) with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car

Update: I was just there and the bird was indeed in the parking lot.
At 2:40 a Peregrine Falcon came by and scared all of the gulls back
into the water. As I was leaving the gulls were coming back towards
the parking lot. I have no doubt that it's still around.

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Subject: Franklin's Gull East 55th
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 13:12 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Franklin's Gull sitting in parking lot at East 55th marina (east side of lot) with Ring-billeds, ten feet away from Chuck's car 


JB
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On Oct 21, 2014, at 1:13 PM, "jen brumfield" wrote:

> Chuck S just found a Franklin's Gull at East 55th marina, Cleveland. No other details at the moment
>
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Subject: Franklin's Gull East 55th
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 12:13 pm
From: elfin_skimmer AT hotmail.com
 
Chuck S just found a Franklin's Gull at East 55th marina, Cleveland. No other details at the moment 


JB
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Subject: Apologi
Date: Tue Oct 21 2014 6:40 am
From: stevepen AT sbcglobal.net
 
Sorry everyone. I meant to send an earlier e-mail to my wife and clicked the wrong button and everyone in my address book received it. Good thing it wasn't anything weird.
Steve

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Subject: Lake Watch-Sunset Park in Willoughby-all 3 Scoters/Loons
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 18:15 pm
From: disacco AT roadrunner.com
 
Did a lake watch from 10:00AM to 1PM with Jerry Talkington. 47 degrees
to start; 60 degrees when we left. Highlights: many Bonaparte's and
Horned Grebes, all 3 Scoters ( 7 White-winged ), about 12 Common Loons (
flying both directions ), at least 2 Red-throated Loons ( one even
landed ). Two other loons landed but could not be refound, at least 10
Common Terns. Jerry heard one Pine Siskin. Great day to be out.
Sally Isacco, Concord Twp., Chardon

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Subject: Sunset Park Willoughby
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 17:28 pm
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 Sally Isacco and I birded Sunset park in Willoughby for about three hours today. Highlights were.

None stop Bonaparte's Gulls
30 Common terns
16 Common Loons
2 Red-throated Loons
4 White-winged Scoters
5 Black Scoters
1 Surf Scoters
1 Lesser Scaup
40 Horned Grebes

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Subject: american pipits - geauga co.
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 15:37 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
Every day is different this time of year!

Matt Valencic


> On Oct 20, 2014, at 4:04 PM, inga schmidt wrote:
>
> I've been going to look for pipits at the Auburn Road section of
> LaDue reservoir, and finally today found them there. Way in the
> back of the marsh, on exposed mudflats I saw three pecking away
> at the edges of the mud.
>
> When one suddenly took flight, up came a whole flock of twenty or so.
>
> The only other shorebirds I found there were killdeer, one snipe and one gr. yellowlegs.
>
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Subject: american pipits - geauga co.
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 15:04 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
I've been going to look for pipits at the Auburn Road section of
LaDue reservoir, and finally today found them there. Way in the
back of the marsh, on exposed mudflats I saw three pecking away
at the edges of the mud.

When one suddenly took flight, up came a whole flock of twenty or so.

The only other shorebirds I found there were killdeer, one snipe and one gr. yellowlegs.

Inga Schmidt


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Subject: 2 Le Conte's & 1-2 Nelson's @ Battelle Darby
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 12:29 pm
From: paul.j.hurtado AT gmail.com
 
A dozen or so birders were treated to nice close looks at two LE CONTE'S
SPARROWS this morning, near the location I had one yesterday (different
bird!).

Both birds were along the "Rail Trail" (see the park map on the Metro Parks
website

) and responded very well to playing a recording from my Sibley app on my
phone. To get there, park at the "Wet Prairie" trails parking lot (Teal
loop to the north, Harrier trail to the south) across from the bison area.

The first was right along the trail on the west edge of the small pond.

The second bird we had this a.m. (same bird I had yesterday, most likely)
was still on the other side of the pond, and also came in nice and close in
response to playing Le Conte's song and calls from my phone. To find this
location, walk across the boardwalk along the Rail Trail, and where it
bends right as it exits the cattails, look left for some tire tracks
heading off into the grass. Follow these a short distance until you reach
an area of low vegetation -- some darker brown patches and some patches of
small white flowers (composites/asters) -- the bird could be anywhere in
the shorter vegetation bordered by the tall grass off to the south and
east, and the cattails to the west. Again, I recommend trying some
recordings (which worked his a.m.) vs. trying to see it by walking the area
(which didn't work for a group that walked this very area earlier this
morning).

I HIGHLY recommend coordinating with other birders, going as a group,
keeping eyes and ears peeled.

Also, some other birders saw one, maybe two NELSON'S SPARROWS on the east
side of he Teal trail loop, near the small sign where the trail bends
right. We had what was very likely one of these birds across the trial from
the sign a short while later, but never saw it well enough to confirm the
ID.

We also had a flyover BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER that might show up (or not)
on the sod fields off Darby Creek Rd or Kuhlwein Rd. -- so definitely give
those a look if you have time.

Good birding,
-Paul Hurtado

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Subject: Purple Finches
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 11:15 am
From: Ohiobirder AT zoominternet.net
 
Pair of purple finches at my feeders today. Near Lake Medina



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Subject: Birds in my neighborhood
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 9:59 am
From: jespedal AT sbcglobal.net
 
Interesting birds seen in my neighborhood (Kettering - near Dayton) this past week: yellow-rumped warblers, a Nashville warbler, a chestnut-sided warbler, golden-crowned kinglets, this morning - a juvenile yellow-bellied sapscuker

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Subject: Pacific loon
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 7:00 am
From: hermanjohn5270 AT gmail.com
 
Any recent sightings of the Pacific loon at Perkins Edgewater Park?
Thanks.
J. Herman

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Subject: Killdeer Plains WA and the Fall 2014-2015 Scavenger Hunt
Date: Mon Oct 20 2014 0:38 am
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Lots of good birds yesterday at Killdeer Plains.  Instead of adding a list
for all the different places I went today, I combined all of them into
one. Any and all ducks were mostly in pond one along the Marion/Wyandot
border (Pond 27...or Pond 1 depending on your map). Grebes were
everywhere. Yellow-rumps were as well. Sparrows were all along the way.
Shorebirds were in every shallow watering hole. N. Pintails and W. Snipe
were the birds of the day for me. List of birds are at the end of the
email.

IF you are a member of the Birding Ohio Facebook page, you already know
about this part. For the non-Facebookers, I have created a game using
eBird data...It is meant to be a game for advanced High School Students at
my local High School.
I have a Top 100 Scavenger Hunt for every month from October 2014 to
December of 2015...a calender if you will. Birds are listed in Taxonomical
order. Rankings are determined from the last ten complete years(2004-2013)
of the frequency histogram data (Bar Charts) for Ohio on eBird:
http://bit.ly/1s8M7zR. Each month's data is then averaged. The averaged
numbers are then sorted highest to lowest and the top 100 are then put back
into Taxonomical order. 50 is pretty easy to get, all 100 will require at
least a trip to the northern half...or the southern half of the state
almost every month...darn Chickadees anyways..:-D . I like seeing how some
birds move up and down the list, meaning that every month is different.
Because of the way the data is compiled, rare birds are pushed out of the
list. Birds that are considered introduced or invasive are excluded.

I have been looking for a way to share it with the rest of the Ohio
birding community. The best thing I could come up with is to turn it into
a PDF, and adding it to my dropbox acct. SO if you would like to play
along...:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3220c8dw2w6czwu/Ohio%20Scavenger%20Hunt%202014-2015.pdf?dl=0

Birds from yesterday:

Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

Happy Birding and God Bless!

Steve J.

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Subject: Deer Creek area Oct. 19
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 19:45 pm
From: rroyse AT sprynet.com
 
Robert Royse
rroyse@sprynet.com
www.roysephotos.comSince last week there has been a big influx of sparrows all over the Deer Creek area. Starting in the SW corner of the wetlands this morning were large numbers of Song, Savannah, Lincoln's, and Swamp Sparrows joined by 2 Nelson's Sparrows in the dried pond near the New Holland entrance. Afterwards I walked a bit around the marsh area at the edges of the cattails but found little else. Fields in the north part of the wildlife north of the reservoir also held large numbers of sparrows with additional species including White-crowned, Fox, and Vesper Sparrows. I had 13 sparrows species there today, but no LeConte's yet. Last year I saw my first LeConte;s on Oct. 28 there, so there is still plenty of time.

Henslow's are still present and singing some years well into October, but I saw the last of them 2 weeks ago. The last of the Bobolinks also seem to have departed 2 weeks ago. Bobolinks first began flocking in the southern grasslands in early August, reaching a max. of about 300 individuals during the first week of September then gradually disappeared by early Oct.

The reservoir is now being drawn down and good shorebird habitat is finally available at the N end. This evening a large number of Killdeers, both yellowlegs and a few Wilson's Snipe were utilizing the habitat. Additional shorebird species were seen at the north pond along Dick Road including about a half dozen Pectoral Sandpipers, and 2 each of Dunlins and Stilt Sandpipers.

Yes, gulls were roosting on the beach, but a larger gull roost is now on the west side of the reservoir between the marina and boat launch area. Besides the usual Ring-billed and Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls have just begun to arrive in small numbers. There were also 2 Caspian Tern mixed in with the west side roost. I haven't seen any Franklin's Gulls in about 2 weeks at Deer Creek, but winds were coming from the east much of that time. With winds now coming from the the more usual NW for this time of year hopefully more Franklin's will show up in coming weeks.

What I consider horrible news for birders and anyone who cares to know what birds are in the reservoir, the state park has closed the road that runs along the south side of the reservoir west of the beach already for the winter apparently. That means that there is no way to view anything between the beach and the SW corner of the reservoir until late spring unless something changes. That is a huge area containing the deepest water of the reservoir and is usually the last area to freeze up in the winter. This means that there is now no way to view this area from the bluffs by the picnic areas for the major passages of ducks, loons, grebes, and gulls during both the fall and spring migrations as well as in mid-winter. I would hope that everyone who visits Deer Creek during weekdays to go to the state park office and complain about this. If you feel like yelling, screaming, and throwing furniture you certainly have my blessing. As soon as I can come up an address of where we can write to voice our concerns I will post it here.

Although the water level is still high at the marina, that area too is already gated off. The only Red Phalarope record I have for Deer Creek was during early November a few years ago in the marina (from the comfort of my car window I should add). It is only a short walk from the gate to view the inside of the marine, but it is worth a look in there during the next month or so and the water level recedes.

Bob Royse


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Subject: Lakeshore Waterbird Survey 10/19
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 18:07 pm
From: jpogacnik AT adelphia.net
 
A lot different from yesterday.  A lot fewer Bonaparte's, more herring and
ring-billed gulls and cormorants. The only birds of note were single black
and surf scoters. It seems like yesterday, there were a lot of birds moving
way out.



Lakeshore Waterbird Survey

Lakeshore Reservation, North Perry, Lake County

October 19, 2014, 0730-1030

Weather- cloudy to partly cloudy, Wind- NW 10-15

Temperature 47-48 F, Barometer- 30.13-30.17

Humidity- 79-78, dew point- 40-42

Waves 2-4 ft.

Flight direction- west



Canada goose 10

SURF SCOTER 1

BLACK SCOTER 1

Bufflehead 1

Red-breasted merganser 33

Common loon 8

Horned grebe 19

Double-crested cormorant 462

Bonaparte's gull 74

Ring-billed gull 415

Herring gull 129







John Pogacnik

4765 Lockwood Road

Perry, OH 44081




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Subject: Cackling Goose -Lorain Co.
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 17:18 pm
From: avnu4ea AT frontier.com
 
Had a Cackling Goose at Wellington Upground Reservoir this evening, about 4:30.
Also in good numbers were coots and ruddys.
Others: Pied-billed Grebes, American Wigeons, Gadwall, Canada Goose, Redheads, Ring-neckeds, Lesser Scaups, Cormorants.

Mike Smith
Wellington OH

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Subject: BlacklickWoods-PickPonds,10-19 - temperateMigrants
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 17:08 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
The Columbus Audubon trip to these two parks southeast of Columbus were treated to a good fallout of temperate migrants this morning at Blacklick, and a decent waterfowl mix at Pick Ponds.  The cold morning at Blacklick made the birds very sun-conscious, and by following the shadow line, we were able to find flocks of birds for nearly 3 hours, with large #s of Yellow-rumped warblers & White-throated Sparrows.  Included among the BlacklickWoods finds were

sapsuckers - 2
other woodpeckers - 30+, mostly Downies & Red-bellieds
E.Phoebe - 2
BlueJays - 40+
Blue-headedVireo -1
Kinglets - 20-25, majority Golden-crowned, but a decent # of Ruby-crowned
E.Bluebirds - 4+
Hermit Thrushes - 2
Cedar Waxwings - 5
Nashville Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 120+, probably more
Palm Warbler - 5
Rose-br.Grosbeak - 1 female, just west of the Nature Center parking area
E.Towhee - 6+
Field Sparrows - 14+
Chipping Sparrows - 10+
Song Sparrows - 16+
SwampSparrow - 2
White-thr.Sparrows - 100+, probably more
White-cr.Sparrows - 2
Juncos - 5+
Com.Grackles - 10+
Redwing Blackbirds - 10+
Purple Finch - 1 female at Nature Center feeders
Am.Goldfinch - 16+
Pine Siskin - 1 at Ash Grove picnic area early

Pick Ponds were fairly dry, with significant water only in Teal Pond and Ellis Pond. Both of these had small flocks of dabblers, including Mallard, N.Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and Gadwall, as well as a few Pied-billed Grebes and Coots. Here'too, landbirds stole the show, with small groups of warblers (Yellow-rumped & Palm) and sparrows (Field, White-crowned, and Song). Surprisingly, the only shorebird was a lone Solitary Sandpiper at Ellis Pond. An adult Bald Eagle circling over Ellis Pond capped a good trip.

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Subject: Black Scoters @ Caesar Creek
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:51 pm
From: zachgardens AT gmail.com
 
Rick asamoto found 2 black sco, 2 common loons, pied-billed and horned grebes. best viewed from harveysburg road. he also had a long-tailed duck but it wasn't relocated

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Subject: Avocet
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:45 pm
From: lgara1 AT cinci.rr.com
 
Lenna Mae and I checked out Caesar Creek beach this PM.We found Rick’s Avocet but no Franklin’s Gulls.The Avocet was sleeping. The only other birds of interest were two Bonaparte’s
Gulls in winter plummage.

Chilly October Cheers, Larry Gara

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Subject: Painesville park Lake Co
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 15:07 pm
From: jerry073352 AT att.net
 
 Most of the birds we too far out even for a scope but we did see a few good birds.

10 Black Scoters
6 Surf Scoters
5 Pintails
3 A. Wigeon
3 Black Ducks
16 Lesser Scaup
12 Mallards
30 Horned Grebes
1 EARED GREBE
1 RED-THROATED LOON
2 Common Loon
1 LITTLE GULL


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Subject: long-tailed ducks
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 13:25 pm
From: hermanjohn5270 AT gmail.com
 
The Clear Fork reservoir Long-tailed Ducks seen late yesterday were not
relocated this a.m. Most Ohio reservoirs permit boats which generally does
not work out well for birders. Clear Fork reservoir is no exception. Until
the weather gets more winter like we have to contend with birds being
chased off the reservoirs by boats. It's called "multiple use", which
really means its worthless for anyone's activities.
Good birding,
John Herman

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Subject: Little Gull, Lake County
Date: Sun Oct 19 2014 10:47 am
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
I had an adult non-breeding Little Gull flying west, low over the water at
Sunset Park, in Lake County this morning (10:58am). Horned Grebes and
Common Loon also sitting on water.


--
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