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20 Feb: @ 12:12:12  My eBird entry error, corrected [2klmockingbird]
20 Feb: @ 11:55:46 Re: First RWBB call [2klmockingbird]
20 Feb: @ 11:33:57  First RWBB call [marys1000]
20 Feb: @ 08:18:38  Blackbirds on the move - Cuyahoga Cty [Patty McKelvey]
19 Feb: @ 19:35:02  Kelleys Island saw-whets [H Thomas Bartlett]
19 Feb: @ 11:06:31  Bath Road Blue Heron Rookery - 2/20 [Phil Sisto]
19 Feb: @ 09:36:47 Re: Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island [inga schmidt]
19 Feb: @ 09:15:39 Re: Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island [richard banish]
19 Feb: @ 09:11:02 Re: Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island [Patty McKelvey]
19 Feb: @ 09:05:38  Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island [Lisa Brohl]
19 Feb: @ 05:47:42  Guernsey Co. Birds [Jon Cefus]
18 Feb: @ 08:34:51  Hoodie √ó goldeneye hybird... Dayton [Eric Elvert]
17 Feb: @ 13:13:33  Clark County - Common Goldeneye [Daniel Kempf]
17 Feb: @ 12:04:13  Clark County - White-winged Scoter [Doug Overacker]
17 Feb: @ 11:11:06  Geese 3 ways. Big Island Wildlife Area, Marion County [Steve Jones]
17 Feb: @ 09:40:19  Snowy Owl in Paulding County [J Reinhard]
16 Feb: @ 17:55:38  Snowy Owl in Paulding County [J Reinhard]
16 Feb: @ 15:30:55  Columbus Area - Large Nest [Lisa Johnson]
16 Feb: @ 14:59:38  Darke Co. Birding [Regina Schieltz]
16 Feb: @ 13:11:16 No Subject [David Hochadel]
16 Feb: @ 12:39:27 Re: White-winged Scoter Cuyahoga Cty. [George Novosel]
16 Feb: @ 12:17:43  Thank you! Re: Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations [Lisa Lazar]
16 Feb: @ 12:17:10 Re: Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations [Karen Zeleznik]
16 Feb: @ 11:15:53 Re: Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations [Brian]
16 Feb: @ 11:11:11  Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations [Lisa Lazar]
16 Feb: @ 09:31:44  White-winged Scoter Cuyahoga Cty. [Jim Heflich]
16 Feb: @ 09:12:14 No Subject [Ed Foley Home]
16 Feb: @ 08:54:46 No Subject [[email protected]]
15 Feb: @ 12:52:18  Cuyahoga County White-winged Scoter [Betsy MacMillan]
15 Feb: @ 10:37:31  Killdeer in Paulding County [J Reinhard]
14 Feb: @ 23:57:06  eBird program [[email protected]]
14 Feb: @ 17:34:52  Grackles back, Fairlawn Summit Co [Barrett,Robert P]
14 Feb: @ 16:47:52  Black Vulture - Lake County... [Andy Avram]
14 Feb: @ 14:44:38 Re: Geauga County eBird Program Sunday Feb. 18 [Manon VanSchoyck]
14 Feb: @ 11:09:53  Geauga County eBird Program Sunday Feb. 18 [Matthew Valenic]
14 Feb: @ 09:27:06  Black Vultures [Kathy Edwards]
14 Feb: @ 08:56:18  Hueston Woods SP, Preble County 2/14 [Cole DiFabio]
13 Feb: @ 20:35:05  long-tailed duck and scoter at Caesar's Creek Reservoir, Warren County [Ricardo Garcia]
13 Feb: @ 16:04:27  Mosquito L. causeway (Rte. 88) [Craig Holt]
13 Feb: @ 14:56:25  red-wing blackbirds Cuyahoga Cty [Jo Ann Kubicki]
13 Feb: @ 11:31:46  Raven flyover-Jefferson Co. [Gregory Caspers]
12 Feb: @ 18:24:10  Ottawa County Yellow-headed Blackbird [Betsy MacMillan]
12 Feb: @ 15:16:12  Mahoning Co. birds [Craig Holt]
12 Feb: @ 05:41:56  Membership [Hikida, Robert]
11 Feb: @ 19:52:12  White-fronted Geese [Bruce Miller]
11 Feb: @ 17:16:53 Re: Bill Whan [Jeff Grabmeier]
11 Feb: @ 13:27:03  Common Raven - Guernsey Co. [Doreene Linzell]
11 Feb: @ 10:53:04  Bill Whan [Steve Weed]
11 Feb: @ 10:05:29  n. shrike - Geauga Co. [inga schmidt]
11 Feb: @ 09:29:36 Re: Bill Whan [Matthew Valenic]





Subject: My eBird entry error, corrected
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 12:12 pm
From: 2klmockingbird AT att.net
 
I submitted a GBBC list for home on the 17th and mistakenly marked the box for Red-headed Woodpecker when I intended to mark Red-bellied. I failed to catch it before I submitted, but have now corrected my checklist.
Kathy Mock


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Subject: First RWBB call
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 11:55 am
From: 2klmockingbird AT att.net
 
A few weeks agp, my office relocated to an 8-floor building overlooking the West Creek confluence in Independence, Cuyahoga Co., where it meets the Cuyahoga River. I have a window on the 7th floor.
I just went out on a little walk during my lunch break and got 17 sp, including Killdeer, Turkey Vultures, Black Duck, Northern Mockingbird, and Red-winged Blackbird. Song Sparrows are singing. It's currently 70!
Last week there were 3 Bald Eagles in the air at one time.
I'm actually "trying" to get work done, too...
Kathy Mock
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-------- Original message --------From: marys1000 Date: 2/20/18 12:33 PM (GMT-05:00) To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU Subject: [Ohio-birds] First RWBB call
Not to say there haven't been earlier birds or calls but I heard my
first just now.

I also heard something last night in the dark taking out the trash that
sounded like a

killdeer or shorebird.

Marie, near Dayton

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Subject: First RWBB call
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 11:33 am
From: marys1000 AT woh.rr.com
 
Not to say there haven't been earlier birds or calls but I heard my 
first just now.

I also heard something last night in the dark taking out the trash that
sounded like a

killdeer or shorebird.

Marie, near Dayton

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Subject: Blackbirds on the move - Cuyahoga Cty
Date: Tue Feb 20 2018 8:18 am
From: pambirds AT hotmail.com
 
This morning I stopped at Bradstreets Landing and Rocky River Park. Mixed flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and Euro Starlings were continually moving west along Lake Erieôs shoreline. Rocky River Parkôs resident Northern Mockingbird also kept me company, along w/the usual birds. Best of birding, wherever it takes you,

Patty McKelvey
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Subject: Kelleys Island saw-whets
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 19:35 pm
From: hthomas.bartlett AT gmail.com
 
With 15 plus years of banding saw-whets on Kelleys one of my future goals
is to look for saw-whets wintering on Kelleys. Have never confirmed birds
over wintering. But that changed some this past weekend. We arrived on
the island Saturday morning and planned to do the monthly survey on
Sunday. While making a quick stop at the Island Market, we ran into
islander, Ed Spayd. Ed told me he had owls in his yard. I assumed he was
talking Great Horned Owl but he told me they were my small owls. So then I
assume he was talking Eastern Screech-Owl but he said no, it was the ones
that I band and go toot-toot-toot... I was very leery of this but what the
heck. We stopped at his house on the corner Huntington Lane and Upper
Cliff. There are several dense Red Cedar trees in the yard. We walked up
to the door and knocked. Ed's wife, Linda, answered and pointed to one of
the cedars about 12 feet away. I walked over, looked down under the tree
and saw the white wash. Then looked up and there was a Northern saw-whet
about 4 feet above me. Linda then said they was also one in the tree by
the drive that we had walked by. We walked back and sure enough, there was
one there. By this time Ed and Linda came out. Linda told me that I had
told her years ago that to find saw-whets you look for white wash under the
trees. She said she had found the first bird several weeks ago and that
the other two had just shown up or she had just found them in the last few
days. To which I said other two? She said, yes there was another in the
tree near the street. It took some effort but we found this third bird.
All three owls are within 30-40 feet of each other. All the roost trees
have white wash and pellets under them. Now I wonder how many more are
around...

Ed and Linda welcome visitors to see their owls. I could see but not read
a band on one of the birds. The other two made it impossible to see their
legs. Now if only I could read the band... Is it one of my birds? Are
there more owls close by? Too many questions and too little time.

Tom

--
H. Thomas Bartlett
Tiffin, Ohio
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Subject: Bath Road Blue Heron Rookery - 2/20
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 11:06 am
From: pmsisto AT msn.com
 
Stopped by the heron rookery at Bath Road and Riverview in northern Summit County around noon on 2/20. Through a steady rain 21 herons were counted in the eastern of the two trees with nests...none on the western tree. 

- Phil Sisto

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Subject: Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 9:36 am
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
I saw my first Geauga Co. turkey vulture yesterday, while driving. Had a good look stopped 
at a traffic light on SOM. (Interestingly, eBird hasnt accepted the sighting yetit is after all the
GBBC weekend, and all sorts of unusual things turn up.)

Inga Schmidt
On Feb 19, 2018, at 10:09 AM, Patty McKelvey wrote:

> Yesterday I also spotted my first of year Turkey Vulture tippily soaring over the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Erie County. Buzzard return in March - not. Best of birding, wherever that is for you,
>
> Patty McKelvey
> Sent from my iPhone
> Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
>
>> On Feb 19, 2018, at 10:05 AM, Lisa Brohl wrote:
>>
>> I saw my first turkey vulture on South Bass Island this morning. Sheri Kowalski reported one on February 13 along the west shore of the island. It has been a great ice-fishing season with lots of fish entrails on the ice off the west shore of the island-hundreds of herring gulls and an occasional greater black-backed gull have been feasting there and may be attracting the vultures too although I have not seen them there yet. We had a visit from a Glaucous Gull on January 7 and several visits to the fish by American Crows.
>>
>> Lisa Brohl
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Subject: Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 9:15 am
From: busterjoy80 AT hotmail.com
 
Saw one over my house in Gates Mills. 
Cuyahoga/Lake/Geauga line.

Buster

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> On Feb 19, 2018, at 10:09 AM, Patty McKelvey wrote:
>
> Yesterday I also spotted my first of year Turkey Vulture tippily soaring over the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Erie County. Buzzard return in March - not. Best of birding, wherever that is for you,
>
> Patty McKelvey
> Sent from my iPhone
> Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
>
>> On Feb 19, 2018, at 10:05 AM, Lisa Brohl wrote:
>>
>> I saw my first turkey vulture on South Bass Island this morning. Sheri Kowalski reported one on February 13 along the west shore of the island. It has been a great ice-fishing season with lots of fish entrails on the ice off the west shore of the island-hundreds of herring gulls and an occasional greater black-backed gull have been feasting there and may be attracting the vultures too although I have not seen them there yet. We had a visit from a Glaucous Gull on January 7 and several visits to the fish by American Crows.
>>
>> Lisa Brohl
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Subject: Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 9:11 am
From: pambirds AT hotmail.com
 
Yesterday I also spotted my first of year Turkey Vulture tippily soaring over the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Erie County. Buzzard return in March - not. Best of birding, wherever that is for you,

Patty McKelvey
Sent from my iPhone
Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.

> On Feb 19, 2018, at 10:05 AM, Lisa Brohl wrote:
>
> I saw my first turkey vulture on South Bass Island this morning. Sheri Kowalski reported one on February 13 along the west shore of the island. It has been a great ice-fishing season with lots of fish entrails on the ice off the west shore of the island-hundreds of herring gulls and an occasional greater black-backed gull have been feasting there and may be attracting the vultures too although I have not seen them there yet. We had a visit from a Glaucous Gull on January 7 and several visits to the fish by American Crows.
>
> Lisa Brohl
>
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Subject: Turkey Vulture on South Bass Island
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 9:05 am
From: lakbrohl AT gmail.com
 
I saw my first turkey vulture on South Bass Island this morning. Sheri Kowalski reported one on February 13 along the west shore of the island. It has been a great ice-fishing season with lots of fish entrails on the ice off the west shore of the island-hundreds of herring gulls and an occasional greater black-backed gull have been feasting there and may be attracting the vultures too although I have not seen them there yet. We had a visit from a Glaucous Gull on January 7 and several visits to the fish by American Crows.

Lisa Brohl

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Subject: Guernsey Co. Birds
Date: Mon Feb 19 2018 5:47 am
From: jcefus AT gmail.com
 
Hello!

I just now have a few minutes to sit and compose a bit about this past Saturday in Guernsey County after Ben Morrison, Kent Miller, and I headed down to continue our 2018 county survey. We had a pretty remarkable day.

We began at Salt Fork State Park hoping that the ice would be giving way and some dabbling ducks would be around. The ice was giving up in some areas, mostly at water inlet sights, but the majority of the lake is still frozen. We did have a group of Common Mergansers right along SR 22 just east of the park entrance. At the feeders at the Park Offices, we were fortunate to briefly spy the Northern Shrike that has been in that area for at least a month now. We also had a female Purple Finch at the feeders. We were not able to relocate a Short-eared Owl that has been working the beach/nature center area, but another birder did report seeing it.

We then made our way to Seneca Lake (the portion in Guernsey) to look for ducks. We did not relocate the Common Raven that we found the previous week, but we have seen reports that others have successfully found the bird. Most have at least heard it in the area and then seen it fly off. It seems quite wary of people. Sometimes Crows will give away itôs location. Seneca Lake was ice-free in all the areas we checked. We immediately saw some new birds for the year by the dam (Herring Gull, Horned Grebe, American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Mergansers, Greater Scaup) and then set off to check other areas along the north edge of the lake (SR 313). At our first stop by the marina, Kent spied a Long-tailed Duck mixed in with a few Scaup. In an effort to try to get a better photo of the bird, we went down a road called Bass and got a few better shots and then picked up a bonus bird, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. This bird could have wintered around the lake in the coves and creek inlets that surround the lake.

Two species had continued to defy us up to Saturday in the county. Northern Harrier and Horned Lark. We finally saw a Northern Harrier along SR 821 near SR 146. It has been surprising that this species has been so hard to locate in this county, particularly when you consider that the western border of the county is just a couple of miles from the Wilds in Muskingum Co. Horned Larks, however, continue to present a challenge and we did not find any. Part of the challenge in our minds is the dominance of grazing cattle rather than milking cows being raised, which requires a lot of manure spreading. Spread manure has typically paid off in past winter efforts on our part for locating Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, and Lapland Longspurs. We have seen none of those 3 species yet, although a local Guernsey birder has seen some (Horned Larks) this year and in recent years.

We then checked a spot along SR 146 NE of Cumberland where we had a blue-phase Snow Goose last month. There were many geese in the corn stubble including a blue-phase snow goose (same one? We think so). The snow was picking up, but we were able to see what appeared to be a Greater White-fronted Goose in the mix, so we moved the car to a better position and saw that there were 2. They were moving away from us, so getting good photos was a serious challenge, but we were able to get some poor, but diagnostic shots. As we tried to find a road that would provide better photos, word came in via the Bobolink Area Facebook Page that Rich Pendlebury found a Rossôs Goose along SR 22 east of Salt Fork. We entered the address into the navigation system and set out on our first chase since we have been doing these surveys beginning in 2014. We have tried to relocate other birds seen by other birders, obviously, but this was the first time in the years that we have been doing these county efforts that someone was in the county at the same time as us and found a great species that we were compelled to chase down! So, a big thanks to Rich for finding that bird and giving us one more bird that can be so difficult to find in any county survey!

Adding that Rossôs Goose brought our total in the county to 86 for 2018. That is the highest total to that date in February that we have had in any of the counties we have checked so far. In 2014, we had 85 in Stark by that date and we had the aforementioned manure birds, as well as some premium gulls on the list, which we do not in Guernsey thus far.

I cannot recommend highly enough that folks consider birding around Seneca Lake more. We have come to learn that this is one of the most under-birded places in Ohio and likely holds great waterfowl that slip under the radar year after year. In Noble, we have had Black and Surf Scoters, Red-throated Loon, and a fisherman showed us a picture of a beautiful Red Phalarope in 2015.

Happy birding!

Jon Cefus
Stark Co.

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Subject: Hoodie √ó goldeneye hybird... Dayton
Date: Sun Feb 18 2018 8:34 am
From: Elvert1980 AT gmail.com
 
I found a hooded merganser x common goldeneye hybrid at Eastwood metropark in dayton this morning. South of lake in far left corner swimming with a bunch of goldeneye and hooded merganser.

Eric Elvert
Dayton, Ohio

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Subject: Clark County - Common Goldeneye
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 13:13 pm
From: dvkempf AT gmail.com
 
2/17 11:30am at Buck Creek SP just off the west shore from the "Overlook"
parking loop there were 8 Common Goldeneyes in a group swimming and diving
next to the receding ice.

Dan Kempf
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Clark County - White-winged Scoter
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 12:04 pm
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
We checked out Buck Creek State Park this morning. There is open water at
the north end of the lake and at the south end of the lake with a lot of ice
remaining in the middle of the lake. From the boat ramp down from the
horsemen's area we saw a female White-winged Scoter on the far side of the
lake. There were also all of the mergansers visible from that point. Then we
drove to the access from Route 4 on the west side of the lake. On the way to
the lake we saw a few Pine Siskins. At the lake we got a little closer to
the scoter although it had swum toward the center of the lake while we moved
from one side of the lake to the other.

Doug Overacker
Julie Karlson
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Geese 3 ways. Big Island Wildlife Area, Marion County
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 11:11 am
From: sjlarue1 AT gmail.com
 
Greetings!

Thousands of geese at Big Island, at the moment. Herr Rd has Canada, Snow,
and Greater White-fronted geese. Also a reported Cackling Goose nearby.
Trumpeter Swans in the containment pond on LaRue-Prospect.

Raptors include Red-shouldered, Harriers, and Rough-legged. In addition to
Red-taileds, eagles and kestrels.

If you need them, they're here. ;-)

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J

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Subject: Snowy Owl in Paulding County
Date: Sat Feb 17 2018 9:40 am
From: jdreinhard15 AT gmail.com
 
I got to see the Snowy Owl that was found by my grandpa yesterday.  Except
today, it was about 6 miles south of Rd. 613. Today it was on Rd. 48 just
1/8 of a mile east of Rd. 127, on a telephone pole. Also I got to see my,
first of the year, pair of Red-winged Blackbirds in the field by the Owl.

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

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Subject: Snowy Owl in Paulding County
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 17:55 pm
From: jdreinhard15 AT gmail.com
 
My grandpa got to see a Snowy Owl on 613. It was on a telephone pole
about a quarter mile east of US 127.
J Reinhard

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Subject: Columbus Area - Large Nest
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 15:30 pm
From: 00000511fefae75b-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
There is a large nest near the NE corner of 270/70 on the West side of Columbus. Has anyone identified what type of nest it is? Hard to take a picture from the freeway. I don't know how long it has been there, I work from home and am not on the freeway that often.
Lisa Johnson

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Subject: Darke Co. Birding
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 14:59 pm
From: reginasch54 AT gmail.com
 
Today I found 7 White-fronted geese with about 100 Can. Geese at a place we
call Stump's Pond just south of the tiny town of Nashville southwest of
Greenville.

Another wet area just south of 36 on Hollansburg-tampico Road(just inside
Ohio from Indiana)
had 3 Pintail Ducks, 9 Ringnecks, and about 300 Can. Geese.

Walki ng at Shawnee Prairie Preserve just west of Greenville on 502
2 Brown Creepers working close to each other in the same tree.
Flicker
Red Belly
Downy
C. Wren
C. Chickadee
Titmouse
Wh. Br. Nuthatch
Wh. Thr. Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Bluejay
Crow.

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Subject:
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 13:11 pm
From: dmhochadel AT gmail.com
 
They are email listserv groups (BIRDEAST, BIRDWEST, BIRDCNTR) that have
transcripts of bird alerts and hotlines from different regions around the
country. He is trying to unsubscribe but I don't think that is how to do
it. I'm surprised those groups are still around. They go waaaay back. I
used to transcribe Mahoning Valley Audubon Hotline to BIRDCNTR about 20
years ago.

Dave Hochadel

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Subject: White-winged Scoter Cuyahoga Cty.
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 12:39 pm
From: geocoyote1229 AT gmail.com
 
I couldn't find it at Jefferson deadend but lot of  debris was moving down
the river. I went to Scranton Flats and the white-winged Scoter was
there. Is moving downstream toward the fire station. Going to see if I
can relocate

On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM Jim Heflich wrote:

> The White-winged Scoter reported yesterday to the Listserve, remains off
> end of Jefferson Ave. It was 150 yards downstream, a bit past (north) of
> the cement plant.
>
> Jim Heflich
> Cleveland
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Subject: Thank you! Re: Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 12:17 pm
From: lazarstromberg AT hotmail.com
 
Thank you so much for the quick and enthusiastic responses to my query!  The clear recommendation was for Time and Optics (Robert Hershberger) in Millersburg in Holmes County.  I will be heading there tomorrow!


I truly appreciate the advice and generosity of this group -


Lisa Lazar

Akron


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Subject: [Ohio-birds] Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations

Hello -


Where should I go to purchase a good set of binoculars in Northeast Ohio? (I am in Akron, but am willing to go to Cleveland, Canton, etc.). And what do you recommend? I have been birding for 15+ years.


I think my Equinox pair were about $600 when I bought them 12-13 years ago (they are 800x600?). Pardon my ignorance, I don't have them in front of me.


While I would prefer them to be light, I think I would like them as water/sand proof as possible since they go to the beach, whale watching, etc.


Thank you so much for any recommendations you may have, and my apologies if this is not the appropriate place to ask.


Lisa Lazar

Akron



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Subject: Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 12:17 pm
From: kzelez AT gmail.com
 
I agree with Brian. The best source for optics is Time & Optics. Remember
they are not open on Sundays.

Karen

On Feb 16, 2018 12:15 PM, "Brian" wrote:

> I'm also in Summit County. The place to go is Time & Optics down in
> Millersburg. It's a bit of a drive, but definitely worth it. You can try
> out several different pairs and see which ones you like the most.
>
> It helps to go on a cloudy/overcast day, so you can see which binoculars
> let through the most light in low light conditions.
>
> After trying out several different pairs, I ended up going with Styrka S7
> 8x42, which I hadn't even considered. They're about the same price you
> mentioned.
>
> Brian Tinker
>
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 12:10 PM, Lisa Lazar
> wrote:
>
> > Hello -
> >
> >
> > Where should I go to purchase a good set of binoculars in Northeast Ohio?
> > (I am in Akron, but am willing to go to Cleveland, Canton, etc.). And
> what
> > do you recommend? I have been birding for 15+ years.
> >
> >
> > I think my Equinox pair were about $600 when I bought them 12-13 years
> ago
> > (they are 800x600?). Pardon my ignorance, I don't have them in front of
> me.
> >
> >
> > While I would prefer them to be light, I think I would like them as
> > water/sand proof as possible since they go to the beach, whale watching,
> > etc.
> >
> >
> > Thank you so much for any recommendations you may have, and my apologies
> > if this is not the appropriate place to ask.
> >
> >
> > Lisa Lazar
> >
> > Akron
> >
> >
> >
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Subject: Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 11:15 am
From: brian0918 AT gmail.com
 
I'm also in Summit County. The place to go is Time & Optics down in
Millersburg. It's a bit of a drive, but definitely worth it. You can try
out several different pairs and see which ones you like the most.

It helps to go on a cloudy/overcast day, so you can see which binoculars
let through the most light in low light conditions.

After trying out several different pairs, I ended up going with Styrka S7
8x42, which I hadn't even considered. They're about the same price you
mentioned.

Brian Tinker



On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 12:10 PM, Lisa Lazar
wrote:

> Hello -
>
>
> Where should I go to purchase a good set of binoculars in Northeast Ohio?
> (I am in Akron, but am willing to go to Cleveland, Canton, etc.). And what
> do you recommend? I have been birding for 15+ years.
>
>
> I think my Equinox pair were about $600 when I bought them 12-13 years ago
> (they are 800x600?). Pardon my ignorance, I don't have them in front of me.
>
>
> While I would prefer them to be light, I think I would like them as
> water/sand proof as possible since they go to the beach, whale watching,
> etc.
>
>
> Thank you so much for any recommendations you may have, and my apologies
> if this is not the appropriate place to ask.
>
>
> Lisa Lazar
>
> Akron
>
>
>
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Subject: Where to buy binoculars in NE Ohio/Recommendations
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 11:11 am
From: lazarstromberg AT hotmail.com
 
Hello -


Where should I go to purchase a good set of binoculars in Northeast Ohio? (I am in Akron, but am willing to go to Cleveland, Canton, etc.). And what do you recommend? I have been birding for 15+ years.


I think my Equinox pair were about $600 when I bought them 12-13 years ago (they are 800x600?). Pardon my ignorance, I don't have them in front of me.


While I would prefer them to be light, I think I would like them as water/sand proof as possible since they go to the beach, whale watching, etc.


Thank you so much for any recommendations you may have, and my apologies if this is not the appropriate place to ask.


Lisa Lazar

Akron



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Subject: White-winged Scoter Cuyahoga Cty.
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 9:31 am
From: laureldoc AT gmail.com
 
The White-winged Scoter reported yesterday to the Listserve, remains off end of Jefferson Ave.  It was 150 yards downstream, a bit past (north) of the cement plant.

Jim Heflich
Cleveland
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Subject:
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 9:12 am
From: edfoley57 AT gmail.com
 
A little explanation please.

Sent from my iPad

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Subject:
Date: Fri Feb 16 2018 8:54 am
From: chasard AT windstream.net
 
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Subject: Cuyahoga County White-winged Scoter
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 12:52 pm
From: betsymac5 AT gmail.com
 
Beautiful views of White-winged Scoter at the dead end of Jefferson St. In Cleveland. 

Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Killdeer in Paulding County
Date: Thu Feb 15 2018 10:37 am
From: jdreinhard15 AT gmail.com
 
I got to see my first pair of Killdeer for the year today.
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Subject: eBird program
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 23:57 pm
From: jwtomkood AT windstream.net
 
Dear Matthew Manon,

Our member, Matt Valencic and Geauga Park District naturalist, Linda Gilbert have developed this program to educate and encourage participation in eBird. After some more training and refinement, from Matt and Linda we hope to include it as an offering on our "Speaker's Bureau". Then we can take our "show on the road"!

Now I surely cannot speak for Matt and Linda but if there is a true interest and an audience for the eBird presentation we might be convinced to do a Columbus presentation.

For inquiries, you can contact us at [email protected]

Jim Tomko, president, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland


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Subject: Grackles back, Fairlawn Summit Co
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 17:34 pm
From: rbarret AT uakron.edu
 
They always appear in a noisy crowd, and always in a tall oak tree across the street.  Today, it was a different tree from previous years.  In 2017, they arrived Feb 18, Feb 15 in 2016, Feb. 28 in 2015, and Feb 25 in 2013.

Dr. Bob Barrett
216 Crouse Hall
Department of Geosciences
at
University of Akron


Teaching two classes Spring Semester 2018:
Introduction to Environmental Science
and
Environmental Studies Seminar on Public Lands

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Subject: Black Vulture - Lake County...
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 16:47 pm
From: ajavram AT hotmail.com
 
At 4pm today I had a Black Vulture flying over Lake Erie Bluffs along Lane Avenue.  The bird was headed towards the dump and couldn't be relocated.


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Subject: Geauga County eBird Program Sunday Feb. 18
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 14:44 pm
From: mvs AT ohionature.org
 
I wish someone would offer this in the Columbus area.

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 12:09 PM Matthew Valenic
wrote:

> All are invited to this Sunday's program at The West Woods Nature Center in
> Geauga County: eBird - Everything you ever wanted to know! Sunday Feb. 18
> @ 3:30pm. Linda Gilbert (Geauga Parks Naturalist) and Matt Valencic
> (Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland) will bring eBird to the big screen
> and show you how it can enhance your knowledge and birding experiences
> while
> you contribute your sightings to science. No reservations are necessary. A
> 6-page handout will be given to each family so you can "dig deeper" into
> eBird when you get home. Hope to see you there!
>
>
>
> The West Woods Nature Center is at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell &
> Newbury Twps., (Russell, OH 44072
>
>
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Geauga County eBird Program Sunday Feb. 18
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 11:09 am
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
All are invited to this Sunday's program at The West Woods Nature Center in
Geauga County: eBird - Everything you ever wanted to know! Sunday Feb. 18
@ 3:30pm. Linda Gilbert (Geauga Parks Naturalist) and Matt Valencic
(Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland) will bring eBird to the big screen
and show you how it can enhance your knowledge and birding experiences while
you contribute your sightings to science. No reservations are necessary. A
6-page handout will be given to each family so you can "dig deeper" into
eBird when you get home. Hope to see you there!



The West Woods Nature Center is at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87), Russell &
Newbury Twps., (Russell, OH 44072





Matt Valencic





"It is in giving that we receive."




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Subject: Black Vultures
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 9:27 am
From: kathye198 AT gmail.com
 
10 Back Vultures seen at 10 am on Bellfontaine near Powell Rd in Huber

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Subject: Hueston Woods SP, Preble County 2/14
Date: Wed Feb 14 2018 8:56 am
From: colefor3 AT gmail.com
 
Hi,

This morning, Hueston Woods State Park-Acton Lake, in Preble County,
produced four Ross's, seven Greater-white Fronted and two Cackling Geese.
Nice variety of ducks as well in the small amount of open water actually
present on the lake.

--
Cole DiFabio

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Subject: long-tailed duck and scoter at Caesar's Creek Reservoir, Warren County
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 20:35 pm
From: ryi.mexi.kanz AT gmail.com
 
This morning at Caesar's Creek, end of Harveysburg Road there were large
rafts of redheads, ring-necked ducks, scaup and goldeneye, with lesser
numbers of canvasbacks and buffleheads, a few horned grebes and *one
long-tailed duck, and at least one scoter*, which I think was a
white-winged, but could not be sure as I kept losing sight of it as it
dived and mixed with the rest of the raft. Standing on the ice near the
far shore in front the boat ramp were two adult bald eagles and an immature.

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Subject: Mosquito L. causeway (Rte. 88)
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 16:04 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
There's a nice big open hole of water at the Mosquito L. causeway. Seen there today: 325 Canada geese, gadwall, mallards, 3 n. pintails, 10 canvasbacks, 18 redheads, 2 ring-necked ducks, 3 greater scaup, 20 lesser scaup, 2 buffleheads, 8 c. goldeneyes, 5 common mergansers, 3 red-breasted mergansers, ruddy duck, and 2 Am. coots. Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: red-wing blackbirds Cuyahoga Cty
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 14:56 pm
From: jak1 AT clevelandmetroparks.com
 
Red-wing Blackbirds have returned to the center on schedule.


RWBL have been returning within a few days of Valentine's Day (Feb 14) to Cleveland Metroparks nature centers in Cuyahoga Hts and Garfield Hts for 27 years.

Karen Lakus saw one at CanalWay Center feeder here in Cuyahoga Hts yesterday. And I heard and saw one today.


I know others have seen them earlier, but for me it is a true sign of spring when I see one here at the center. What a wonderful sound to hear them singing.

[http://sig.cmparks.net/cmp-ms-... Ann Kubicki
Information Specialist
CanalWay Center
216-206-1000
Fax: 216-206-1008
clevelandmetroparks.com


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Subject: Raven flyover-Jefferson Co.
Date: Tue Feb 13 2018 11:31 am
From: gecaspr AT gmail.com
 
This morning around 10:00 I happened to be outside and heard the distinctive croaking call of a raven. It then came into view for a while and I saw it make it's characteristic soaring and circling for a bit and then kept heading SE which is incidentally toward Fernwood State forest about 4-5 miles from my location (not to imply that is where its destination was).
The past 2 or 3 years I've been hearing them more and more and sometimes seeing them fly over. Last October I got see one hanging out on a nearby power line tower.
Greg

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Subject: Ottawa County Yellow-headed Blackbird
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 18:24 pm
From: betsymac5 AT gmail.com
 
A fabulous day today to visit Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Oak Harbor to see the Yellow-headed Blackbird in the trees by the office with dozens of cowbirds and some grackles. Many birders were there in the parking lot with scopes, cameras, and binoculars enjoying the sight and sharing other bird sightings. 
Happy birding! Enjoy the !
Betsy Mac


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Subject: Mahoning Co. birds
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 15:16 pm
From: 0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Instead of another Bill Whan post, here's some actual bird news. Just like you see on every other state's listserv. I check the Pennsylvania listserv regularly, since I live so close to that state, and I've never seen the kind of garbage that has taken over the Ohio listserv lately. Nuff said...........today I saw 4 cedar waxwings dive into a bush at the Rulli's grocery store in Boardman. You never know when or where you'll see an interesting bird! I also spotted an Am. robin in Poland Twp., my first of the winter. Lastly, I again checked the Mahoning River from Struthers - Lowellville in the afternoon. Seen there were: 100 Canada geese, 25 mallards, 4 Am. black ducks, 6 ring-necked ducks, lesser scaup, 2 buffleheads, 5 hooded mergansers, common merganser, red-tailed hawk, and 2 e. bluebirds. Craig Holt, Lowellville

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Subject: Membership
Date: Mon Feb 12 2018 5:41 am
From: hikida AT ohio.edu
 
The anti-science diatribe against Bill Whan has sadly driven me from this listserv.
Please remove my name.
Robert Hikida
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Subject: White-fronted Geese
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 19:52 pm
From: 0000050cca4a9f0e-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
At 4pm we saw about 25 White-fronted geese on the pond behind buzzards nest shelter house at Slate Run Metro Parks, south of Columbus.
I would bet they will be there in the morning.
Bruce

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Subject: Bill Whan
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 17:16 pm
From: jgrabmeier AT gmail.com
 
I agree 100 percent with what Joe says.  I will be signing off from this
listserv and not renewing with OOS.

Jeff Grabmeier
Columbus

On Sat, Feb 10, 2018 at 4:16 PM, Joe Hammond wrote:

> Good afternoon,
>
> Bill Whan is a friend of mine and has done more for birding in Ohio than
> any of us could hope to do in five lifetimes. His knowledge runs deep and
> wide, and he has always been willing to donate his time and talents to help
> and further birding in our state. He has written innumerable articles,
> edited the Ohio Cardinal, served on the Ohio Bird Records Committee, helped
> found the Ohio Ornithological Society, led the Columbus Avid Birders group,
> and so much more. I have had the privilege of not only birding with him,
> but also collaborating with him on several projects over the past 21 years,
> and I can say without question that he has been one of the most important
> influences in me becoming the birder that I am today. For that I am
> eternally grateful.
>
> As you know, I have not posted much lately, and I must say that I am not
> pleased with what has happened with birding over the past several years.
> The public shaming of Bill Whan and his subsequent removal from this list
> is one of the most ridiculous things I have witnessed here and is the
> proverbial straw for me. If you do not like this message, you need not
> worry about me posting here again because I am unsubscribing. I will also
> have to seriously consider whether I wish to continue contributing to a
> hobby where I would have to be more concerned with what some poor soul
> might think about what I say or write, especially in an historical context,
> than promoting bird welfare, habitat conservation and restoration, and
> natural history.
>
> Signing off permanently,
>
> Joe Hammond
> Pataskala, OH
>
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Subject: Common Raven - Guernsey Co.
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 13:27 pm
From: dlinzell611 AT gmail.com
 
We relocated the Common Raven in Guernsey Co. today about 1:00. We were
parked at the top of the driveway going down to the Senecaville Fish
Hatchery. The raven was seen on the ground on both sides of the road
crossing the dam. On the spillway side it sat up in a tree. When it croaked
we could see the protruding neck feathers. The wedge-shaped tail was also
obvious. Three (smaller) crows sat above the raven and at times dive-bombed
it. After about ten minutes we observed it fly high and to the north.

This is the best raven sighting we have ever had in Ohio.

Doreene Linzell
Dan Sanders

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Subject: Bill Whan
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 10:53 am
From: jweed AT columbus.rr.com
 
I missed Mr. Whan's post which stirred up so much controversy. Is there a way I can access it?

Steve Weed

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Subject: n. shrike - Geauga Co.
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 10:05 am
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
I saw a northern shrike in my fields again this morning.  This makes the fifth
consecutive month that a shrike has found my ragged, shrubby fields, along the
power line easement an attractive habitat. The first shrike here was an immature,
then it left and was repleced by an adult. Makes all my efforts at keeping this acerage productive for
birds seem worth while, when I see it providing space for this scarce bird. (In Bainbridge,
on private property.)

Inga Schmidt
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Subject: Bill Whan
Date: Sun Feb 11 2018 9:29 am
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
As a long-time watcher and contributor to this Listserv I agree  with Karen (see below).  The 'take-away' from this should be to take personal concerns off-line with the person you disagree with. That's the way they do it in business - it is part of "email etiquette"  I believe it's OK, maybe even important, to disagree, and to have a lively debate.  Both sides stand to learn and grow when that takes place.  
Let's get back to sharing sightings and helping each other grow our birding skills and environmental awareness of what benefits the birds.

Matt Valencic


It is in giving that we receive.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio birds [mailto:OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU] On Behalf Of Karen Martens
Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2018 7:46 AM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] Bill Whan

This is an opportunity for this community to agree to disagree and to see there are more things in common than the differences that occur. Let's not be an example of the division in our country. Let's be bigger than that and learn from this unfortunate incident and move on stronger.

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