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01 Sep: @ 21:34:39  Protect Geauga Parks - Still fighting the good fight in Geauga [Sandra Buckles]
01 Sep: @ 20:33:35  Battelle Darby plovers [James Muller]
01 Sep: @ 19:40:24  Conneaut Shorebirds today [Shawn Collins]
01 Sep: @ 19:29:00  BlacklickWoods,9-01 - 7warblerSpecies, 4flycatchers [rob thorn]
01 Sep: @ 16:56:40  Labor Day Kayaking Trip [Steve Jones]
01 Sep: @ 16:48:10  Buff-breasted Sandpipers still at Findlay Reservoir [Jay Lehman]
01 Sep: @ 14:18:13 Re: Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm [cls_121389@yahoo.com]
01 Sep: @ 13:26:24  East Harbor Ottawa Cty 9/1 [Nancy Anderson]
01 Sep: @ 11:47:31  Marbled Godwit [Ernie Cornelius]
01 Sep: @ 11:18:29  Blendon Woods-Olive-sided Flycatcher, White-rumped Sandpiper,10 Warblers [Simpson, Bruce]
01 Sep: @ 10:39:27  Buff-breasted Sandpipers - 2 + Black Terns - 2 [Doreene Linzell]
01 Sep: @ 09:55:33  Lorain Cty--Sandy Ridge Reservation [Patty McKelvey]
01 Sep: @ 09:15:39  Tis the season... [Steve Jones]
01 Sep: @ 08:49:23 Re: Help on Gull at Conneaut today! [Cynthia Carsey]
01 Sep: @ 07:13:37  Buff-breasted Sandpiper [Doreene Linzell]
01 Sep: @ 06:54:00  Hudsonian Godwits [Doreene Linzell]
01 Sep: @ 06:03:33  Conneaut [Doreene Linzell]
31 Aug: @ 21:45:25  HUGOs (Hudsonian Godwits) at Big Island. [Steve Jones]
31 Aug: @ 21:12:54  Hudsonian Godwits and other shorebirds remain at Big Island; no Little Gull at Delaware [Bill Heck]
31 Aug: @ 20:16:13  Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm [David Tan]
31 Aug: @ 20:07:20  Conneaut Gull of interest [Andrew Sewell]
31 Aug: @ 19:25:56 Re: Help on Gull at Conneaut today! [Cole DiFabio]
31 Aug: @ 19:02:05  Help on Gull at Conneaut today! [Shawn Collins]
31 Aug: @ 17:31:32  Hudson [Dave Lewis]
31 Aug: @ 17:30:31  Shorebirds along Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne County 8/31/14 [Su Snyder]
31 Aug: @ 15:19:08 Re: Hudsonian Godwits [Leslie Sours]
31 Aug: @ 14:52:37  Commemorating the Passing of Martha [Casey Tucker]
31 Aug: @ 12:03:05  Now 2 Wilson's Phalaropes in Hartville (Stark Co.) [Eric Schlabach]
31 Aug: @ 11:52:13  12 shorebird species conneaut harbor today [Pabirder1974]
31 Aug: @ 11:23:31  Marbled Godwit in Wayne County still here 8/31/14 [Su Snyder]
31 Aug: @ 10:24:29  Hudsonian Godwits still at Big Island [Jay Lehman]
31 Aug: @ 08:37:37  Variety of habitat Big Darby area FRI and SAT [David Tan]
31 Aug: @ 08:14:38  Hudsonian Godwits [Doreene Linzell]
30 Aug: @ 23:01:50 Re: Hudsonian Godwits Big Island [Steve Jones]
30 Aug: @ 21:47:49  Headlands State Park update - Lake Erie near Painesville, OH [Matt Valencic]
30 Aug: @ 19:36:14  Hudsonian Godwits Big Island [John]
30 Aug: @ 16:56:35  Big Darby migrants,8-30 [rob thorn]
30 Aug: @ 16:42:14  Marbled Godwit along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne County 8/30/14 [Su Snyder]
30 Aug: @ 16:08:09  Blendon Woods-15 Warblers [Simpson, Bruce]
30 Aug: @ 15:05:40  Wilson's Phalarope in Hartville (Stark County) [Eric Schlabach]
30 Aug: @ 12:35:04  Conneaut Shorebird Report, Aug 30 [Cole DiFabio]
30 Aug: @ 12:21:01  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
30 Aug: @ 11:21:43  Englewood East Metropark [Edward Neubauer]
30 Aug: @ 10:00:55  LIttle Gull still at Delaware Lake state park beach [Steve Jones]
30 Aug: @ 08:54:06  Passenger pigeon sad anniversary tomorrow [Bill Whan]
30 Aug: @ 08:28:32  CELOTEX MARSH PORT CLINTON [George Nivosel]
29 Aug: @ 19:27:24  Killdeer Plains and RFI for good Falcon spot. [Steve Jones]
29 Aug: @ 18:00:06  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Academy woods Bike trail [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
29 Aug: @ 17:27:58 Re: Dragons and Kites [David Tan]
29 Aug: @ 12:51:32  Mourning Warbler -- Kiwanis Riverway Park, Dublin [James Muller]





Subject: Protect Geauga Parks - Still fighting the good fight in Geauga
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 21:34 pm
From: s-buckles AT hotmail.com
 
We are still fighting for the birds here in Geauga County. Please see article about Geauga Parks problems in latest Kirtland Bird Club newsletter. http://www.kirtlandbirdclub.or...

We have collected over 1000 signatures on our petitions. You can sign one on line at: https://www.causes.com/posts/925218?conversion_request_id=108589981&recruiter_id=188702060&utm_campaign=share&utm_content=post__story&utm_medium=wall&utm_source=fb

If you live in Geauga County, please attend the next Park Board meeting at the Meyer Center, Big Creek park (north of Chardon) on Tuesday Sept. 9 at 5:30 pm.
Read John Fitzpatrick's article in the Sunday NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/31/opinion/sunday/saving-our-birds.html?_r=1
Sandy Buckles

"We must strive to touch the land gently and care for it as true stewards that those who follow us may see our mark on the land was one of respect and love....."( From a trail marker at Settler's Cove, near Ketchikan , Alaska.)
Robert B. Oetting


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Subject: Battelle Darby plovers
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 20:33 pm
From: jrmuller12 AT gmail.com
 
I had some time this evening to look at the muddy field across from the Kuhlwein wetlands that was mentioned in a couple of earlier posts. I was hoping for American Golden-plover. My scope wasn't really up to the challenge, but I did see a lot moving around. I saw a few dozen Killdeer and a Black-bellied Plover for sure. It might be worth paying attention to in the next few weeks.

The field is at: http://goo.gl/maps/D2xO8

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Subject: Conneaut Shorebirds today
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:40 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
The best ( for me) was the Buff Breasted Sandpiper.  I missed the
Whimbrel..but that's nothing new for me ha

Highlights from today
1 Buff Breasted Sandpiper
1 Red Knot ( different bird than the one last week)
2 Willets
3 Short Billed Dowitchers
4 Pectoral Sandpipers ( I think there were 4 )
many Semipalmated, Least, Semi Plovers
2 Black Bellied Plovers
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Osprey
3 Blue Wing Teal.

Some photos from today are here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

Good Birding!

Shawn Collins
Crawford County PA

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Subject: BlacklickWoods,9-01 - 7warblerSpecies, 4flycatchers
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 19:29 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I made a quick hike around Blacklick Woods this morning, spending around 2hours on the forest trails west of the Nature Center.  Migrants were present, but not easily seen; I only ran into around 3 small flocks of mixed migrants.  I also stopped at nearby Reynoldsburg Civic Park, but had hardly any migrants there.  Highlights included:

Green Heron - 1 flew south over the park early. This is their prime migration period now, in early September.
Hummingbirds - several on trails and around Nature Center, all females or juveniles
Woodpeckers - all the expected ones, including Pileated, but no Red-headed
Flycatchers - many Pewees (8+), but also had single Phoebe, Great Crested, and Acadian
Vireos - I saw none, but Red-eyed were reported by others; not a good day to find them here
Wrens,Gnatcatcher - 2-3 House Wrens were expected, while just 1 Blue-grayGnatcatcher showed that they were mostly gone.
Thrushes - many Robins, as well as my FOS Swainson's Thrush
Mimids - nothing but Catbirds
Warblers - Magnolias most widepsread (4), but also had Nashville, Tennessee, Chesnut-sided, Black-thr.Green, Black&White, and AmericanRedstart, as well as a handful of fly-bys that couldn't be IDed.
Icterids - nothing other than a few Redwings and Grackles

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Subject: Labor Day Kayaking Trip
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 16:56 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Took a "quick trip down the Scioto River looking for my trash can. That was
the "official" reason ;-) Someone stole it last week...who steals a trash
can??? I figured that they might have thrown it in the river...they
hadn't...Oh well, might as well bird a little. :-D Lots of birds seen and
heard. The list is below.

Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Steve J

Scioto River Clark Rd to SR 37, Marion, US-OH
Sep 1, 2014 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Kayaking down Scioto River. From Clark Rd Bridge to the dam
south of Sr 37
37 species

Wood Duck 5
Mallard 8
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 10
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 8
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 5
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 5
Eastern Towhee 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Eastern Meadowlark 1
American Goldfinch 5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19639889

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers still at Findlay Reservoir
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 16:48 pm
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
There are now 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers.  Met Jacob R. here by accident.
Enter from south on 240
Walk west to middle dike, turn right north. The birds were near the corner
where the dike turns east. Fun birds!

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 14:18 pm
From: 0000000a47c94982-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Thanks for the shore bird report.† Checked it out from 2-2:45 this afternoon, without a scope.† As had been reported, a scope is essential to see many the birds.† Had around a hundred Killdeer and a couple American Golden-Plovers.† Noticed a couple other different things I could not ID as too far away - some were peep size and some bigger with white tails.† Also a few Horned Larks.

Carlton Schooley
Strasburg

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Subject: East Harbor Ottawa Cty 9/1
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 13:26 pm
From: 0000000bf2aec77c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
North side of causeway 2 Red Knots, from boardwalk east of observation deck over 60 shorebirds some to far for me. Black-bellied Plover 1, Dowitchers (over 15) Yellowlegs and peeps.† (This area middle harbor).

Nancy Anderson
Richmond Hts.

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Subject: Marbled Godwit
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 11:47 am
From: ecornelius1 AT neo.rr.com
 
Micki Hendrick and I are looking at the Godwit previously reported by Su Snyder along Overton Rd. In Wayne Co. As of 12:45 PM today.

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Subject: Blendon Woods-Olive-sided Flycatcher, White-rumped Sandpiper,10 Warblers
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 11:18 am
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
  Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in the northeast corner of Columbus
off of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit.

Goldenrod Trail 8:45 am
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Warblers
C Yellowthroat
Wilson
Magnolia-young male
Tennessee-2 adults, 2 young
American Redstart-female, young male
Nashville
Canada
Black-throated Green
Chestnut-sided
Black-and-white
N Flicker-pair
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-female
Cedar Waxwing-10+
Red-eyed Vireo
E Wood Peewee

Nature Center Area
Philadelphia Vireo

Lake Trail
Red-shouldered Hawk

Thoreau Lake
White-rumped Sandpiper
Green Heron
Mallard-female
E Phoebe

Nature Center Bird Viewing
Turkeys-5 males

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

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon
Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers - 2 + Black Terns - 2
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 10:39 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
The above birds are currently at Findlay Reservoir (11:30). The terns are
flying over the small reservoir. The Buffies are foraging on the middle
dike. They fly about when flushed by walkers or joggers.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Lorain Cty--Sandy Ridge Reservation
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 9:55 am
From: pambirds AT hotmail.com
 
A nice morning at Sandy Ridge

Sep 1, 2014
Sandy Ridge Reservation
Traveling
2.13 miles
146 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: W/Kevin
40 Canada Goose
2 Trumpeter Swan
16 Wood Duck
24 Mallard
1 Blue-winged Teal
3 Northern Shoveler
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
7 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
2 Green Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 American Kestrel
1 Semipalmated Plover
30 Killdeer
8 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
10 Least Sandpiper
5 Pectoral Sandpiper
4 Wilson's Snipe
3 Mourning Dove
3 Chimney Swift
2 Belted Kingfisher
3 Eastern Wood-Pewee -- Calling
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Warbling Vireo
8 Blue Jay
30 Purple Martin
2 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Song Sparrow
2 Indigo Bunting -- Immatures
3 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch
3 House Sparrow



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Subject: Tis the season...
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 9:15 am
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Looks like it is the start of Squirrel Dove, Rail, Moorhen, Snipe, and
early Goose season. Teal is coming up next week...stay safe and wear
something flashy...and don't wear any doves on your head. :-D

Happy Birding, and God Bless.

Steve J.

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Subject: Help on Gull at Conneaut today!
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 8:49 am
From: cjcarsey AT columbus.rr.com
 
Kaufman's and the American Museum of Nat. Hist. both say a California
Gull has greenish yellow legs not pink and a red eye ring, but show a
2nd winter Western Gull with the dark ring on the bill.

On 8/31/2014 8:25 PM, Cole DiFabio wrote:
> Hi,
>
> When I am looking at these pictures, I am noticing field marks suitable for
> a CALIFORNIA GULL. Here are my reasonings:
>
> 1. As you can see in Chris Swan's pictures here (
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...) with the
> Ring-billed Gulls around the dark-backed gull, it looks very similar in
> size to those surrounding gulls. A Western Gull is very close to the same
> size as a Herring Gull, which is noticeably much larger. Looking at both
> links to the pictures, this black-backed gull definitely does not look that
> big.
>
> 2. If you look at the markings on the bill, it shows a solid black tip,
> with a red dot on the bottom of the bill. Based on my field guides I am
> looking at right now (Peterson North America and Sibley Western Birds),
> both clearly show a California Gull with both the black and red markings.
> However, a Western Gull shows only a sold red dot.
>
> Overall, I am calling this a CALIFORNIA GULL. I would like to hear others'
> reasonings on this, so feel free to post!
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 8:01 PM, Shawn Collins
> wrote:
>
>> I have posted photos of the Lesser Black Backed Gull...but we all were
>> scratching our heads today because it has PINK legs. I posted photos and 2
>> people told me it was a Western Gull. I'm no Gull Expert and if Anyone
>> can help w/ the ID..
>>
>> Pics are here
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>>
>> I have them labeled as "Lesser Black Back Gulls" From today at Conneaut
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Shawn Collins
>> Crawford County PA
>>
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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 7:13 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Butch Rockwell is now reporting a Buff-breasted Sandpiper from the spit at
Conneaut.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 6:54 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
Donna Kuhn just called to report that there are still 8 Hudsonian Godwits
at Big Island. For the location from which to observe the godwits, click on
the map link provided in Bill Heck's post from last night.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Conneaut
Date: Mon Sep 1 2014 6:03 am
From: dlinzell611 AT wowway.com
 
Butch Rockwell just called from the spit at Conneaut. On the ground he has seen one Whimbrel, one Red Knot and 2 Willets plus several peeps. The Whimbrel was in the small pond. What a great beginning! I'm sure a bit later there will be lots of non-birders enjoying the area.

Doreene
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Subject: HUGOs (Hudsonian Godwits) at Big Island.
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 21:45 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
I had a great day on the"pond"...It was a bit bigger...and shallower than I
remembered, and it threatened rain, but cleared up reall quick. I was
eventually able to find the channel and check for any tags on the Godwits.
There weren't any tags...so the chance to meet our visitor from 6 years ago
fizzled...not that I was really expecting it..but it would have been fun if
it had happened. :-D
Lots of little peeps out there. I was able to get some pics to get a few
IDs but there were far more than I could ID.

The Godwits are really far back, but easily viewed by scope. The water is
shallow in places but really deep in others. Plus there is a lot of soft
silt in places...and leeches. The Godwits were snacking down, and I was
trying to not become one. :-D I did have to get out once due to a shallow
spot...but other than that it was a good day out on the pond.

Best other finds were 2 Western Sandpipers (I got really good looks at the
bills and the pecs), 9 Black-crowned Night Herons (mostly juvis, and 2
Least Bitterns.

Pics of some of the Godwits here. The first four are from 2008, the rest
are from today.:
http://www.sjlarue.com/p732913...

My list from today is below.

Have a great Labor Day! Happy Birding, and God Bless!

Big Island Wildlife Area--Larue-Prospect Rd. north (Unit B), Marion, US-OH
Aug 31, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Kayaked far right pond to document Hudsonian Godwits. It was
shallower than expected, so I stayed in the channel that crosses the pond
(lake).
44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 10
Trumpeter Swan 2
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 10
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Least Bittern 2 Flushed 2 while kayaking around pond.
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 15
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 9
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Sora 1 heard
Common Gallinule 3 heard
Black-bellied Plover 5
American Golden-Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 10
Killdeer 30
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 30
Hudsonian Godwit 7 High count of the day was 13, but I was only able
to verify 7.
Stilt Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 8
Pectoral Sandpiper 8
Western Sandpiper 2
peep sp. 30 Too far away to ID...but small shorebirds.
Short-billed Dowitcher 10
Black Tern 5
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 10
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 2
European Starling 10
Cedar Waxwing 4
Song Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19630049

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits and other shorebirds remain at Big Island; no Little Gull at Delaware
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 21:12 pm
From: bill.heck AT gmail.com
 
The previously reported Hudsonian Godwits were seen by multiple observers
today, Sunday, at Big Island and remained as of 4:35 pm.

To find the best vantage point day, we walked out the dike that runs to the
north and starts just East of the parking lot along LaRue-Prospect Road. (A
helpful person has placed a large soda cup on a post at this parking lot;
the cup survived today's rainstorm and was in place when we left.) Continue
north on the dike until you reach a point at which it curves sharply to the
right. See this Google map:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/40%C2%B034%2718.8%22N+83%C2%B015%2755.7%22W/@40.5718845,-83.265482,3451m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0

This corner is about as close as you can get to where the godwits were
today. A couple of us walked all the way around the impoundment without
finding a better view.

What has been less reported is that this impoundment hosts many shorebirds
of various species. Among them were Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral
Sandpipers, a few Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitchers, a single Semipalmated
Plover (found near the northwest corner of the impoundment), and large
numbers of Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers. Truly stunning views of the
latter (well, stunning if you really like shorebirds) were had along the
dike parallel and closest to the road. Great Blue Herons were very
numerous, along with a single Green Heron and many Great Egrets. Juvenile
Pied-billed Grebes were in the impoundment just to the west. As a bonus, at
least five Black Terns were feeding over the water for most of the time we
were there.

We did not locate any rarities other than the godwits

The tops of the dikes have been mowed recently, which made for easy
walking.

We checked the beach at Delaware SP late in the afternoon, but did not spot
the Little Gull.

--
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Subject: Shorebirds/Nighthawk show, Battelle Darby, 8/31, 5 pm
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 20:16 pm
From: melanerpers56 AT gmail.com
 
Darby Creek MP
Darby Dan House, the large bare earth field had shorebirds post-rain
Wet Prairie parking spot
5 - 8 pm.

Darby Dan fields, irregular in its use to shorebirds, best following
rains which leave numerous pools. Can;t stop along Darby Creek Rd., to
busy, no shoulder. But only a short walk from Kulhwein Rd. Park on
left side of Kuhlwein Rd. immediately after turning off Darby Creek
Rd. and walk N. 100 yds. on Greenways Trail, crossing Darby Creek Rd.
where with a good telescope, scan the area. Be patient; its not level
ground and has a large ridge which hides much of the west end. The
plovers sometimes sit in depressions on the ridge. Grass patches and
grassy pools can be worth checking; some of the closest are in plain
view on the northern side (5 p.m.):

Black-bellied Plover--1 ad. breeding plumage
American Golden-plover---33
Semipalmated Plover--16
Killdeer--40
Solitary Sandpiper--17, most in small rain pools looking N
Lesser Yellowlegs--5 juv.
Semipalmated Sandpiper--20 juv.
Western Sandpiper--4 ad. Wading, legs nearly covered in large shallow
grassy pool, foraging with long fine tipped bill down ward
Least Sandpiper--26
Baird's Sandpiper--6, juv
Pectoral Sandpiper--11
Buff-breasted Sandpiper--14

BDMP, overlook trails, steep wooded ravines (6 p.m)

Olive-sided Flycatcher--2
Whip poor willl--1 flushed from ground in dense wooded wind fall, on
steep ravine. Watched in make off through mature forest, on long
rounded wings, at near mid level
Kentucky Warbler---1 imm. dense wooded area of falling dead limbs
within forest "chink!"
Summer Tanager--1 m.

Wet Prairie; standing on raised knoll, 7 p.m hr. +. Air was full of
large aerial flys, Two sp. of swallows foraging early. Common
Nighthawks in constant view overhead and to the west. Seemed to be
arriving in periods of constant streams, then in groups of 50 - 100,
in a SW direction. When they reached the WP, they foraged actively,
usually 100 + ft., then sliding off.

Bald Eagle--1 dark/imm, flying above forest to the west
Common Nighthawk--760
Cliff Swallow--80, high
Barn Swallow--120, low

Only one Common Grackle, no Red-wingeds. One flyover Dickcissel,
bzzzt-ing. A few Common Yellowthroat/buntings/goldfinches dropping
into cover in bison pen. Only ducks were Mallards, all flying south
in small flocks (8 - 15).Still no American Black Duck

Good Birding

--
David Tan
Columbus
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Subject: Conneaut Gull of interest
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 20:07 pm
From: semillama AT gmail.com
 
I think it's a second or third cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull. The yellow
eye rules out California, and pinkish legs do occur in young birds of this
species. Combined with the mantle color and size comparisons, I don't see
anything that would rule out LBBG.

Not a bad way to spend the last day of August, debating gull IDs! Must be
Ohio!

Andy Sewell
Columbus, Ohio.

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Subject: Help on Gull at Conneaut today!
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 19:25 pm
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

When I am looking at these pictures, I am noticing field marks suitable for
a CALIFORNIA GULL. Here are my reasonings:

1. As you can see in Chris Swan's pictures here (
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...) with the
Ring-billed Gulls around the dark-backed gull, it looks very similar in
size to those surrounding gulls. A Western Gull is very close to the same
size as a Herring Gull, which is noticeably much larger. Looking at both
links to the pictures, this black-backed gull definitely does not look that
big.

2. If you look at the markings on the bill, it shows a solid black tip,
with a red dot on the bottom of the bill. Based on my field guides I am
looking at right now (Peterson North America and Sibley Western Birds),
both clearly show a California Gull with both the black and red markings.
However, a Western Gull shows only a sold red dot.

Overall, I am calling this a CALIFORNIA GULL. I would like to hear others'
reasonings on this, so feel free to post!


On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 8:01 PM, Shawn Collins
wrote:

> I have posted photos of the Lesser Black Backed Gull...but we all were
> scratching our heads today because it has PINK legs. I posted photos and 2
> people told me it was a Western Gull. I'm no Gull Expert and if Anyone
> can help w/ the ID..
>
> Pics are here
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/...
>
> I have them labeled as "Lesser Black Back Gulls" From today at Conneaut
>
> Thanks!
>
> Shawn Collins
> Crawford County PA
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Subject: Help on Gull at Conneaut today!
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 19:02 pm
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
I have posted photos of the Lesser Black Backed Gull...but we all were
scratching our heads today because it has PINK legs. I posted photos and 2
people told me it was a Western Gull. I'm no Gull Expert and if Anyone
can help w/ the ID..

Pics are here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...

I have them labeled as "Lesser Black Back Gulls" From today at Conneaut

Thanks!

Shawn Collins
Crawford County PA

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Subject: Hudson
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 17:31 pm
From: Loopyonetwo AT gmail.com
 
My brother lives in a new development called The Trails Of Hudson, off Hudson Drive. It's a newer development with a large pond adjacent to the units. Today at the pond two Common Terns were watched diving into it, fishing. Also seen were Great Blue Herons. I guess this development isn't as sterile as I thought!
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Subject: Shorebirds along Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne County 8/31/14
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 17:30 pm
From: bird348 AT sssnet.com
 
Hi all:  17 shorebird species along Wilderness Road near Funk in Wayne
County late this afternoon: Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover,
Semipalm Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater
Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, RUDDY TURNSTONE, SANDERLING, Semipalm
Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, Pectoral Sandpiper, Stilt
Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Wilson's Snipe. Also 4 BLACK TERNS.
Su Snyder, Wooster








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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 15:19 pm
From: lmsours AT ameritech.net
 
Yea Doreene, you did it again! Perfect directions. Many enjoying the godwits, a black tern, black-bellied plovers, assorted other shorebirds and wood ducks all quite visible now that rain has stopped.
Not sure who posted yesterday, but special thanks for reporting a great find.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 31, 2014, at 9:14 AM, Doreene Linzell wrote:
>
> There are still about 13 present at Big Island. A scope is essential! Use
> the first parking west of Espyville Rd on LaRue-,Prospect Rd. Walk straight
> out until the path turns right. Stop and scope from there. The birds are
> about at 11:00. Rain prevented us from identifying other shorebirds.
>
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Subject: Commemorating the Passing of Martha
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 14:52 pm
From: tuckercasey AT hotmail.com
 
Hi Friends,
We all know by now that tomorrow is the 100 year anniversary of the passing of 'Martha,' an important milestone in American conservation. Her passing at the Cincinnati Zoo marked the complete extinction of her species, which once numbered in the billions. While many species had been over-hunted, and others had gone extinct, the Passenger Pigeon was one of the first species in America that we could point to as being directly impacted by human activities.
Rather than simply noting this anniversary as another date in history, reading historical accounts, and listening to lectures about de-extinction which may, or may not, ever happen, let's use this important day as nature's "Ice Bucket Challenge."
I challenge all of you reading this to take at least one of the following actions:
*Donate some money to your favorite conservation organization(s). We have many great groups advocating for, educating about, and caring for birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in this state who could really use your support. It doesn't have to be $100. Even something as small as $5.00 can make a difference for some of these organizations.
*Consider supporting student research and education, while giving recognition to a couple of influential ornithologists from Ohio.You can help by donating to crowd-funding campaigns that will help create conference presentation awards for undergraduate and graduate students at the Ohio Avian Research Conference (http://tuckercasey.wix.com/aac...#!oarc2014/cd8o)--The Osborne Award has been established to recognize Miami University (Ohio) Zoology Professor Emeritus Dr. David R. Osborne. Dr. Osborneís research included studies on the avifauna of the Bahamas as well as Guyana, with an emphasis on the Wattled Jacana. This award is hosted and managed by the Oxford (Ohio) Community Foundation. You can show your support of Dr. Osborne by contributing in one of three tax-deductible ways:1.Contact the Oxford Community Foundation ((513) 523-0623) and ask how you can contribute to the Osborne Award.2.Contribute via the Oxford Community Foundation website, specify Osborne Award: http://www.oxfordfdn.org/ 3.Contribute via GoFundMe (http://www.gofundme.com/osborn...) --The Edward H. Burtt, Jr. Award has been created to recognize Dr. Jed Burtt, Jr. of Ohio Wesleyan Universityís Department of Biology. Dr. Burttís research into the microbiology of feathers led to his discovery of feather-degrading bacteria on wild birds, new insights into the evolution of avian color and maintenance behavior. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the International Ornithological Union, one of 100 Fellows worldwide. In 2013 he received the Margaret Morse Nice Medal from the Wilson Ornithological Society for lifetime contributions to ornithology.
You can contribute to the student award fund, in Dr. Burttís honor, via GoFundMe: (http://www.gofundme.com/BurttB.... Contributions to this fund will be considered tax deductible, and the fund will be hosted and managed by the Ohio Biological Survey.
*Commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon by creating a public awareness campaign among your non-birding friends. On Monday, September 1st I ask that you "Join the Virtual Flock" by changing the banner of your Facebook page to one of two images which can be downloaded from this site: http://tuckercasey.wix.com/aac... addition to the Facebook images you'll also find links to other resources and suggested activities that you can do to commemorate this date. I especially encourage you to check out Project Passenger Pigeon: http://passengerpigeon.org/(*I also recommend this essay: http://tinyurl.com/ovnlmkt)Let's bring awareness about the plight of endangered species today by using the memory of Martha as a call to action, especially in light of recent changes made in the interpretation of the Endangered Species Act: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08... you,
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Subject: Now 2 Wilson's Phalaropes in Hartville (Stark Co.)
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 12:03 pm
From: 0000002d128c013c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
As of 12:30 this afternoon there are now two Wilson's Phalaropes at the pond behind the Hartville Community Garden.  After the rain overnight most of the pond has filled up, but the western side didn't completely flood, moving all the shorebirds over there.

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Subject: 12 shorebird species conneaut harbor today
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 11:52 am
From: pabirder1974 AT gmail.com
 
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Many shorebirds were coming and going this morning

1 white rumped
4 willets
10 lesser yellowlegs
3 short billed dowitchers
10 plus semipalmated plover
20 ish semipalmated sandpiper
3 least sandpiper
4 black bellied plovers
2 spotted sandpipers
1 solitary sandpiper
Many killdeer
Many sanderlings
1 common tern
15 forsters terns
3 caspian terns
1 lesser black back gull
15ish bonapartes gull

Good birding
Shawn Collins
Crawford county pa

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Subject: Marbled Godwit in Wayne County still here 8/31/14
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 11:23 am
From: bird348 AT sssnet.com
 
Hi all:  Just got a call from Jeff & Marian Kraus who refound the MARBLED
GODWIT along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne County at the fish
hatchery at noon today. Su Snyder, Wooster




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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits still at Big Island
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 10:24 am
From: lehman.jg64 AT gmail.com
 
I arrived at about 9:30 am and found the godwits as directed by Doreene.
They are a long way out and scope is required. With rain and cloud cover,
the light is poor and the high power required for a loser look is
difficult. I waited patiently for one bird to fly during which it showed a
black tail and white rump. Another bird showed dark wings and white wing
stripe during post preening short flight. Now taking a break from rain but
planning to return for more viewing and study. If you come, be prepared
for intermittent rain showers. I brought an umbrella and a somewhat
waterproof coat!

These are really good birds for Ohio. They are feeding a lot. Who knows
how long they may stay after the rain stops and it clears.
Jay

Jay G Lehman, Cincinnati, OH
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Subject: Variety of habitat Big Darby area FRI and SAT
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 8:37 am
From: melanerpers56 AT gmail.com
 
Big Darby Creek, 8/29 and 8/30
6 a.m around Big Darby Creek area, covering the same route each
morning..At the Wet Prairie, we walked the bridle path abound Teal and
south nearly to Harrier area finding the interior viewing from the
paths impossible because the rushes/prairie grass was too high and
thick, as Rob implied. On Friday we entered to the interior and waded
to several areas but it was a struggle (I don't recommend that).

Hot and humid both mornings but found several active flocks of
nontropical migrants at each stop. This surprised me. These included:
the tall cluster of deciduous trees at the small parking space for the
Wet Prairies; the overgrown shrub/broad leaf/grassy edge and fence row
to bison pen near Nature Center; and open deciduous woodlands
woody/vine thicket understory near the roundbarn on the Greenways
trail followed by another episode in the mixed spruce/deciduous trees
with mostly open ground or tall grasses with a nice boarder of
shrub/thickets along the trail by the straw barn. There is an open
area here with a tucked in grassy pool, surrounded by extensive
sedge/tall grass/brushy flora. The pool is often used by shorebirds
when conditions are good, which they aren't.

Some true surprises! Flycatchers, especially empidonax were in good
showing both days, especially the last spot where there are numerous
twiggy snags high and low of all sized, Warblers around too, moderate
variety.

The rundown:

FRI, 8/29
ducks: numerous small flocks of Mallards and Wood Ducks flying out of
the prairies at dawn. Still no AMBD, usually here by now. First
Gadwall and AMWI, each a small flock flushed. BWTE.Ad. f. Hooded
Merganser with her two full grown young in Teal.

grebe -- a HORNED GREBE in full breeding plumage was on an open pond
well inside the marsh E of Teal. A small bird, it swam along, never
diving, alertly flapping and excited swam as I moved off, but didn't
fly or go into rushes. Golden fan still full, flaring behind ear;
neck distinctly deep chestnut; definitely Horned not Eared.

Bitterns/herons: A single AMBI, flushed from marsh, and 5 LEBI. LEBI
bred here this year, at least two juv. seen late JUL-early AUG. A
Yellow-crowned Nightheron, flying over in predawn light, going to
roost after nightly foraging (I suppose). I think they breed in the
Darby watershed as several were seen like this over the summer
including a juv. 8/3. But both bitterns and herons increase here in
late summer through dispersal.

Rails: flushed a large excited King tall grasses/tussocks well into
the marsh, east of Teal; flushed two VARA from dense veg. along
bridle path. Heard three others and two Soras. While in the marsh
waste deep in water at Teal, was 1 Common Gallinue, an ad. It swam
further along the dense edge followed by its two juv! The 2nd Aug. in
a row.

Shorebirds: BBPL calling, flyover, predawn. Two SOSA. Six ad. LBDO
along a pool edge, in water leg deep. They flushed in a flurry of
high notes, calling as the gained altitude and disappeared AMWO -- 4,
singles, fly by, pre dawn, apparently retuning to its day roost.

Black-billed Cuckoo - 2, saw one, heard another along fenced area near
Nature Center.

Hummingbirds - 4, 2 investigating canopy of a tree WP parking; 2 same,
but near ground checking a cattail tussock near straw barn.

Flycatchers - 16 EWPE including a very dark heavily vested one near
barn. YBFL - 5, two in broadleaf canopy at WP parking, 3 near barn;
YB/LF - 2 near barn (these are probably ad. YB that have 0faded to
nearly white below; narrow eyering and vest should exclude LEFL but
not seen well enough; I have this category since past banding life on
mid Atlantic and south Atlantic coast. By early Sept. YB ad. are often
gray with white underparts. We, including some far more knowledgeable
than I, needed to key them to ID); ACFL - 2, juv. Getting late for
this sp. ALFL - 6, probably in their peak period; 2, in dry mid level
deciduous trees at WP parking; 1 near Nature Center; 3, at the barn
site. Calls (like a sharp DOWO or HAWO). WIFL - 2, preferring areas
near ground, cattails. Calls. AL/WI - 5, probably ALDER but no
calls, prolonged views/ LEFL - 8. I love these flycatchers, all of
them?

Wrens,Gnatcatchers - Sedge 2; Marsh Wrens 5 along the Teal Trail;
BGGN -- 2 straw barn

Vireos - Warbling scattered thruout; 1 YTVI in a shrub near roundbarn;
1 juv. White-eyed.

Cedar Waxwings - one still nest sitting near roundbarn.

Warblers - several species present at each site including; one m.
BLWW; 6 TEWA; 8 NASH (incl. two in wetland thicket near Teal; 2
Chestnut-sided, 7 Blackburnian, 2 Cerulean (imm. m.),, 3
Yellow-throated, 1 Prairie (m; a rarity for me here, along Greenway),
8 Bay-breasted, 1 Worm eating (investigating a vine covered thicket,
fence post near Nature Center); 8 NOWA; 2 MOWA (both along Greenways
incl. an immature male working the broadleaf tip of a mature hardwood
at mid level, I've seen them at heights before - once a spring m.
nearly 50 ft. up in the canopy along a wooded ravine - but its always
neat. It is on the down side of MOWA peak; being an early arrival in
fall, barely overlaps with the mid Sept. arrival of COWA, as banding
studies support; 34 Common Yellowthroats ( mostly in the prairie
marshes); 4 WIWA (males). I still have not seen a YBCH in BD region
this year......

Sparrows - 10 Field; 2 juv. Vesper (that would not leave the short
grass path near Harrier); 5 Grass; 10 Henslow's (2 ad. and 8 juv.; 7
working the short grass in well spaced spots along the bridle path);
50 SONG (juv. Greenways); 21 Swamp (incl. 12 juv. in prairies).

Buntings/Grosbeaks/Icterids - 30 INBU (including several males); 2
Blue Grosbeak (the first I've seen that are likely true migrants,
rather than family groups which were daily at several places to mid
AUG); 11 DICK (in blackbird roost in cattails Teal); 210 Bobolink, in
blackbird roost; 28 E.Meadowlark flying into Greenways overgrown
pastures near roundbarn; RWBB 7000 (roosting in cattails Teal, an
annual event).; COGR 2000; 6 Orchard Orioles (prob. the last).

Sat. 8/30
ducks: small parties of Wood Ducks, Mallards.

Bitterns/herons: 2 LEBI. 1 YCNH

Northern Harrier -- 1 juv. (very orange) gliding past Teal

Rails: 2 VARA; 8 Sora.Teal; flushed a juv. VARA from the edge of the
wetlands near straw barn

Shorebirds: AMGP -- 28, a loose strung out flock flying low over
Greenways; they looked to be descending and heading toward the bare
earth behind Darby House off Darby Creek Rd.; this bare field had over
50 a week a go;
Wilson's Snipe -- 2 snipe flushed as we neared Teal; not that unusual,
I see a few each summer
AMWO -- 1 fly by, pre dawn
Red necked Phalorope -- 1 juv.; near the Straw Barn in the wetland
pool (north end of Greenways)

GHOW -- 2. calling before light, in distant west

Whp poor will -- flying low, then higher, near canopy height, passed
Teal in the growing light before dawn.

Flycatchers -
EWPE 9
YBFL - 3
ALFL - 3
"Traill's" -- 10, probably ALDER
LEFL - 11
EAKI - 12, Teal

Swallows - Teal, for a few minutes at first light
Cliff 15
Barn 10

Wrens - Carolina, House, Sedge and Marsh Wrens

Vireos - 1 BEVI, began scolding along fence row near Nature Center,
came into viiew and gave us good looks. We followed it. Finally,
worked its way near BDC Rd. and flew into trees at WP parking. (maybe
the same bird we found singing in this very tree back on May 17); 3
YTV and 3 Warbling

Thrushes - 6 Swainson's and a single fly over Robin

Warblers -
GWWA 4, all males, mid morning, mid to upper level mature woodlands,
with dense margins of succession's growth
TENW - 5
NOPA - 2
YEWA - 1, late, prob. last
MAGW - 9
CMWA - 11
5 Blackburnian,, 3 Yellow-throated, 1 Pine (these three sp. in same
edge as GWWA
Bay-breasted 11
B&W, AMRE
PROW 2
NOWA 4
Common Yellowthroat - 12
HOWA - 3 (2 ad. m., 1 f. type)

Sparrows -
Field 1
Henslow's 1
Song --10
Swamp 11

Buntings//Icterids -
INBU 3
Bobolink 320
RWBB 9,000+
COGR 2000
BAOR -- 2


--
David Tan
Columbus
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits
Date: Sun Aug 31 2014 8:14 am
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
There are still about 13 present at Big Island. A scope is essential! Use
the first parking west of Espyville Rd on LaRue-,Prospect Rd. Walk straight
out until the path turns right. Stop and scope from there. The birds are
about at 11:00. Rain prevented us from identifying other shorebirds.

Doreene Linzell

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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits Big Island
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 23:01 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Sounds oddly familiar...:-)  Did one happen to have a tag on it?  Might be
one of Cornelle's birds again.


On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 8:35 PM, John wrote:

> Rick Asamoto and I had 16 HUGO in the pond about one half mile west of
> Espyville Road. We were on the road parallel and south of SR 95. They were
> about 3/4 of the way back and in the center. Lots of other good shorebirds
> also.
>
> John Habig
> Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Headlands State Park update - Lake Erie near Painesville, OH
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 21:47 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
Following on the heels of Chia's report yesterday I went 'warbling' along
the Coast Guard Road and was not disappointed. 6 confirmed warblers and a
possible Blackburnian -(picture too much like 'big foot')



Black-and White's

Mourning Warbler (life bird for me + picture
https://www.flickr.com/photos/...)

Yellow Warblers

Redstarts all over the area

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Wilson's Warbler



Lots of sparrows with the flocks of warbler to confuse me - still working
through the pictures to confirm other than Chipping.



The vegetation makes 'warblering' more challenging than in the spring, not
to mention that some of them look considerably different. I had to increase
the ISO of my camera to 1000 in order to get any 'stop action' in the
shadows. Still, lots of fun. Hope you can get out this weekend.



Matt Valencic

Chagrin Falls, OH


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Subject: Hudsonian Godwits Big Island
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 19:36 pm
From: jhabig57 AT gmail.com
 
Rick Asamoto and I had 16 HUGO in the pond about one half mile west of Espyville Road. We were on the road parallel and south of SR 95. They were about 3/4 of the way back and in the center. Lots of other good shorebirds also. 

John Habig
Carlisle, OH
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Subject: Big Darby migrants,8-30
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 16:56 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
The Columbus Audubon field trip to several spots along Big Darby Creek found a fair mix of early migrants this morning, though nothing very unexpected.  We stopped at Darby Bend Lakes, the Teal Trail, and the Nature Center area, and I stopped at Sycamore Plains trail very early in the morning before the trip.  The wetlands along the Teal Trail are pretty thoroughly grown-in, so we had little in the way of waterfowl or shorebirds.  There were several clumps of migrants along the sunny wood edges early at Sycamore Plains and Darby Bend Lakes.  Among the highlights were

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - we had a breif look at one along the RippleRock Trail at Darby Bend Lakes
Hummingbirds - oddly enough, we had 2 fly by us out on the Teal Trail, well away from any flower concentrations
Red-headed Woodpecker - an adult was in the dead snags along the RippleRock Trail at Darby Bend Lakes

Flycatchers - Pewees were everywhere & common. An Olive-sided and an E.Phoebe were along the RippleRock Trail, while 2 Willows were along the Sycamore Plains Trail

Vireos - 8+ Warbling were scattered in trees along the RippleRock Trail, while 2 Red-eyed & 1 White-eyed were at Sycamore Plains

Wrens,Gnatcatchers - House Wrens were common, and 2 Marsh Wrens were still singing along the Teal Trail. The only Gnatcatchers were 4 along the wood edge at Sycamore Plains Trail early.

Thrushes - little other than Robins

Mimids - only Catbirds, and not very many of them.

Cedar Waxwings - good #s, with small flocks of 10-20 birds at many places

Warblers - scarce, but the total did include 3-4 Magnolias, 2 Blackburnians, 2 Yellow-throated, 3 Redstarts, and 2 Com.Yellowthroats (the latter along the Teal Trail)

Icterids - Bobolinks were fly-bys at Darby Bend Lakes (4) and Teal Trail. An E.Meadowlark was at Darby Bend Lakes, as were 2 Baltimore Orioles

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Subject: Marbled Godwit along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne County 8/30/14
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 16:42 pm
From: bird348 AT sssnet.com
 
Hi all:  Found a MARBLED GODWIT along Overton Road nw. of Wooster in Wayne
County late this afternoon. It was feeding near a mudflat at the fish
hatchery dikes. It was still there when I left at 5:10PM. Su Snyder,
Wooster


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Subject: Blendon Woods-15 Warblers
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 16:08 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
  Blendon Woods Metro Park is located in northeast corner of Columbus off
of I 270 & Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit. Below is a list of
some of the Birds seen at Blendon Woods the last few days. I would like to
thank the many visitors who helped find these Birds.

Thoreau Lake
Wood Duck
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Belted Kingfisher
American Black Duck-3
Sandpipers
Spotted
Solitary
Least
Killdeer-3
Cooper's Hawk

Lake Trail
Warblers
Canada-male-2
Blackburian-female
Chestnut-sided-young
Bay-breasted
Wilson-2 males
Black-and-white
American Redstart-female-3
Magnolia
Pine
Yellow-young
C Yellowthroat-female
Hooded
Black-throated Green
Blue-winged
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Pileated Woodpecker
Cedar Waxwing
Brown Thrasher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Indigo Bunting
Swainson's Thrush
Great Crested Flycatcher
Summer Tanager

Nature Center Bird Viewing Window
Northern Waterthrush
Hairy Woodpecker-male
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-female

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

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist
at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope in Hartville (Stark County)
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 15:05 pm
From: 0000002d128c013c-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Around 2:30 today there was a Wilson's Phalarope at the pond behind the Hartville Community Garden on Kaufman Ave.  This is the same pond that hosted the Willet a couple weeks ago.  While the total numbers are never that high here, there were several other species too: SB Dowitcher, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, and Semipalmated Sandpiper.  All except the Killdeer and Least Sandpiper were single birds.

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Subject: Conneaut Shorebird Report, Aug 30
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 12:35 pm
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
Shorebirds from Conneaut Sandspit this morning (7:45-10:45):
Black-bellied Plover--1
Semipalmated Plover--6
Killdeer--4
Greater Yellowlegs--1
Willet--1
Lesser Yellowlegs--5
Sanderling--3
Least Sandpiper--6
Pectoral Sandpiper--1
Semipalmated Sandpiper--4
Short-billed Dowitcher--3

Also around: American Black Duck (1), Green-winged Teal (4), Common
Merganser (7), and Bonaparte's Gull (70).

Good Birding

--
Cole DiFabio

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 12:21 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Had two waves of warblers this morning ...  front loop of goldenrod trail early and upper portion of brookside trail @10 am.
Chestnut sided warbler
magnolia warbler
Wilson's warbler
American redstart
common yellowthroat
blackburnian warbler
blue winged warbler
black throated green warbler

common nighthawk
cedar waxwings
red eyed vireo
Baltimore oriole (seen yesterday)

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Englewood East Metropark
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 11:21 am
From: 00000008a49aa226-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Saturday, Aug. 30 - 8:15-10 a.m.

Bald eagles - 1 adult, 1 imm.
Belted kingfishers - 3
Great egrets - 10
Great blue herons - many
Green-backed herons - 2
DC cormorants
Lesser yellowlegs
Semipalmated sps
Least sps
Killdeer
Mallards
Canada geese
Wood ducks
Red-tailed hawk
Turkey vultures
Tree swallows
Carolina wrens

Happy birding,
Ed and Bev Neubauer, Bessie Reel, Karen Stose, Jerry Baker, Jim and Dona

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Subject: LIttle Gull still at Delaware Lake state park beach
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 10:00 am
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
As of10.30 the little gull is still at the beach on Delaware Lake. We also
spotted it out on the lake within easy scoping distance. When gull is in
flight it is really easy to distinguish from the rest of the gulls by how
fast its wings are flapping.

On to Lincoln Tower!

Steve

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Subject: Passenger pigeon sad anniversary tomorrow
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 8:54 am
From: billwhan AT columbus.rr.com
 
Tomorrow marks the centenary of the death of the world's last passenger
pigeon, once North America's most numerous bird. A suitable short essay
on its extinction can be found at
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/f...
by Joel Greenberg, author this year of "A Feathered River Across the
Sky: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction," a stirring chronicle
of this amazing bird's history, in which the villains are, lamentably,
of our species, and our ignorance, greed, and insouciance. This still
plays out: see some scary warnings at
http://news.nationalgeographic...
.
Good birding,
Bill Whan
Columbus

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Subject: CELOTEX MARSH PORT CLINTON
Date: Sat Aug 30 2014 8:28 am
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It's 9:24 am in Saturday and have been at CELOTEX Marsh for. About 30 minutes. Although most of the marsh is dried, the west end toward the south still has hundreds of a wide range of shorebirds. Among are black bellied plovers, short billed so witches marbles godwit semipalmated plovers and many peeps to name a few.

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Subject: Killdeer Plains and RFI for good Falcon spot.
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 19:27 pm
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings!

Two lists for Killdeer, one specifically for pond 27. Lots of good
flycatcher action all around. Avocets were a no show, but the earlier
reported Black-bellied Plover was down front and center. I only listed
what I could ID, there were a lot of birds on the opposite shore that I
couldn't determine. I could pick out Killdeer, but that was it.

I am looking to find a good place in Columbus for Peregrine Falcons...I
still need one...I can't get one to show up here in LaRue...go figure. ūüėĄ.
Anyhew, I was also hoping to be able to get a shot of one, so if anyone
knows of a good place, please let me know. I am leaving for Columbus in
the morning.

Lists are bellow.

Happy birding, have a great and safe Labor Day Weekend, and God Bless

Steve J.

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Wyandot, US-OH
Aug 29, 2014 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
10.0 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
43 species

Canada Goose 6
Trumpeter Swan 7
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 6
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 3
Green Heron 3
Turkey Vulture 15
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 6
Killdeer 20
Mourning Dove 30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 6
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 4
Horned Lark 2
Tree Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 6
Eastern Towhee 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 2
American Goldfinch 20
House Sparrow 8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19604957

Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area--Pond 27, Wyandot, US-OH
Aug 29, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
37 species

Canada Goose 2
Trumpeter Swan 2
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 12
Ring-necked Pheasant 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 1
Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 100
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 50
Stilt Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 10
Pectoral Sandpiper 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper 10
Mourning Dove 6
Great Horned Owl 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Willow Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 20
Barn Swallow 10
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 20
Cedar Waxwing 6
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1
American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19604817

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Academy woods Bike trail
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 18:00 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Warbler numbers were low.  
Magnolia warbler
chestnut sided warbler
black and white warbler
northern waterthrush Came in twice to the "creek" at the nature center window

Olive sided flycatcher
cedar waxwing
red eyed vireo
great crested flycatcher

Woodside green (Gahanna) afternoon
Canada warbler moving around the least flycatcher who was perched and singing
magnolia warbler
chestnut sided warbler
least flycatcher

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Dragons and Kites
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 17:27 pm
From: melanerpers56 AT gmail.com
 
Ever wonder why the STKI and not the MIKI formally ranged naturqlly
throughout the Great Plains N to CAN and east through the Great Lakes?
It is the Mississippi Kite that takes to near excluvity large flying
insects i.e. dragonflies, etc. Any thoughts of "returning: STKI to
their former glory is likely to nothing but fancy: STKI is a common
resident old growth extensive tracts of mature moist forests and
grasslands, the later for which hundreds of post breeding birds and
birds of the year congregate in AUG before moving south. Common
practice in the coastal plain of SC and GA even today. Kites are
aerial birds and it is weather, humid systems from the south that
bring them STKI N in summer, probably the Mississippi Valley which
widens near the southern Great Lakes, to include the Ohio Valley in
central OH and the N Scoito watershed. STKI is a strikingly long
winged, long bodied bird, for plucking food from extensive forest
canopy not from air which it can do and does here out of neccessity
because it never meant to do. Its favorite food is arboreal reptiles
and amphibians, once abundant now in short supply. Like the Broad
winged Hawk, this preferred diet is a main factor for leaving the US
in winter.

David Tan
Columbus

On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM, Robert Stalnaker
wrote:
>
>
> Hello Bill and All,
>
> The Common Green Darner is one of the larger dragonflies and it is one of the small number that do migrate. Swallow-tailed Kites (STKI) feeding on these in mid-August here in Florida get more energy absorbed per the same energy expended versus the smaller dragonflies, and it is a popular food item of STKI immediately before the STKI migrate.
>
> Here in central FL, there is a dramatic uptick in Common Green Darners migrating in, augmenting existing ones, in mid-August and that coincides with the last large feeding aggregations of STKI before they migrate. We are talking only about a 10 day window here. This is what I have observed and I am hoping there is a statistical based study done in the future to show a positive correlation of these two events. I believe there is a study out there that was done with American Kestrels and dragonflies re migration.
>
> It is possible STKI could move north as you say then come south again as the Common Green Darners continue to move south. After watching STKI feed, they are so skilled in catching even small insects that I personally don't think they need to migrate north in search of prey. They seem to be able to get all the food they want.
>
> Re your, "Dragonflies, and their predators, continue to diminish." ...... Yes, so sad and true. Prey continues to shrink as pesticides grow in use as human population grows, and that will likely have yet another negative effect not only on the prey numbers but on the STKI as well as a huge number of insects and birds that are already in a downward trend.
>
> Bob Stalnaker
> Longwood, FL
>
>
> On Sunday, August 17, 2014 9:58 AM, Bill Whan wrote:
>
>
>
> I gather that only 1% of the world's dragonfly species undertake
> migrations, but apparently some large and tasty ones pass heading south
> in the US each fall in large numbers, and some birds specialize in
> eating them. Some of them are large enough to be too much to handle for
> the average bird, but raptors like kites prey on them. Because large
> numbers of these dragonflies--and it would be great to hear from
> dragonfly-watchers about this--must pass through Ohio this time of year,
> it seems that a few of the bird species adept at catching them, like
> kites, might move north to intercept them. This still seems to have been
> the case in recent years, rare as it is.
> Formerly--and we are talking about 150+ years ago--the
> swallow-tailed kite had a range into southern Canada, where they no
> doubt ate dragonflies that no doubt also had a northerly range.
> I read in an 1854 work on hunting in Wisconsin that these kites were "at
> one time quite numerous on our prairies, and quite annoying to us in
> grouse shooting.‚ÄĚ Coues in 1874 had extensive remarks on its presence in
> North Dakota at the time. Ohio's Wheaton reported a kite shot near
> Pataskala in my area on 8/22/1878. which was first thought to be a bald
> eagle from P.T. Barnum's show and discarded, then eventually rescued,
> though the specimen has since apparently been lost.
> It's probably unwise to celebrate that these charming birds are
> returning to our latitude in larger numbers. We just have more observers
> who report birds than we used to. Dragonflies, and their predators,
> continue to diminish. A few lucky Ohioans may get to see one during the
> warm months, but if you want to get a taste of their former abundance,
> there are some Florida spots that still routinely provide hundreds of
> them at a time at this time of year...what a show!
> Bill Whan
> Cols
>
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Subject: Mourning Warbler -- Kiwanis Riverway Park, Dublin
Date: Fri Aug 29 2014 12:51 pm
From: jrmuller12 AT gmail.com
 
I stopped by the park on my lunch break and found what I'm convinced was Mourning Warbler. It stayed near the ground by the edge of the paved path, right where the paved part of trail splits. The bird had a broken eye-ring; a yellow throat, breast, and belly; a gray cap; greenish-brown back and wings; and a green tail. Good to see, as I missed this bird in the spring!

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