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28 May: @ 20:38:32  Scioto-Greenlawn-GroveCity,5-28: fewMigrants [rob thorn]
28 May: @ 20:25:28  Greene County bank swallows [Ricardo Garcia]
28 May: @ 19:14:09  Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center Invite / Columbiana Co [robert lane]
28 May: @ 18:09:42  Blendon Woods-15 Warblers [Simpson, Bruce]
28 May: @ 14:27:27  Stow [Dave Lewis]
28 May: @ 11:57:12  Red-headed Woodpeckers [Carole Babyak]
28 May: @ 11:15:33  Swallow-Tailed Kite, Burr Oak State Park [Andrew Sewell]
28 May: @ 10:41:25  Respecting birds during breeding and other wildlife [Douglas Bohanan]
27 May: @ 22:40:35  respecting nature [inga schmidt]
27 May: @ 22:30:51 Re: Respecting Nature [inga schmidt]
27 May: @ 22:02:40  Mohican State Park--Hoodeds and a Connecticut [Nancy Obryan]
27 May: @ 19:35:20  HooverDam,SharonWoods,5-27:fewMigrants [rob thorn]
27 May: @ 14:00:00 Re: Ashtabula Co. upland sandpiper and more [Patty McKelvey]
27 May: @ 10:58:36  Englewood Dam and North Park [Jim Coppersmith]
27 May: @ 06:48:14  L Hope Zaleski S F-22 Warblers [Bruce Simpson]
26 May: @ 21:07:19  Magee addendum [Peggy Wang]
26 May: @ 20:19:01  20 warbler species at Magee today [Peggy Wang]
26 May: @ 17:13:49  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
26 May: @ 15:57:41  Reporting rare bird sightings to eBird in Ohio [Ken Ostermiller]
26 May: @ 15:40:30 Re: Respecting Nature... [Sandra Gaunt]
26 May: @ 15:18:54 Re: Respecting Nature... [Bill Fandrich]
26 May: @ 12:24:34 Re: Black-necked Stilt - Greene County [mike hatfield]
26 May: @ 11:19:17 Re: Respecting Nature [Kelly Kozlowski]
26 May: @ 09:13:30 Re: Respecting Nature [Dan Best]
26 May: @ 08:25:01  Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks / Holmes County [robert lane]
26 May: @ 08:00:45  Black-necked Stilt - Greene County [Doug Overacker]
26 May: @ 07:45:21 Re: Respecting Nature [Sandra Gaunt]
26 May: @ 07:35:31  Respecting Nature... [Ken Andrews]
26 May: @ 06:57:41  Respecting Nature... [Ken Andrews]
25 May: @ 21:36:48  late report on Prothonotary Warbler Cuy Cty [Jo Ann Kubicki]
25 May: @ 21:32:41 Re: Respecting Nature [KimbaJ]
25 May: @ 20:27:22 Re: Respecting Nature [inga schmidt]
25 May: @ 20:15:39  Respecting Nature [Matthew Valenic]
25 May: @ 19:30:15  Wooster Memorial Park, Wayne Co. [Randy Rowe]
25 May: @ 16:31:12  Wayne County Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks [kent miller]
25 May: @ 15:43:15  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty]
25 May: @ 07:19:13 Re: Nighthawks in Geauga County [Matthew Valenic]
25 May: @ 03:07:55  Magee-metzger-maumeeBay,5-23,24 [rob thorn]
24 May: @ 20:26:07 Re: Nighthawks in Geauga County [Holly Lynn]
24 May: @ 20:08:04  Nighthawks in Geauga County [Dan Best]
24 May: @ 19:30:53  Yard Birds [Lyn Boone]
24 May: @ 18:47:24  Yard birds [Peggy Wang]
24 May: @ 12:16:36  more Common Nighthawks! [Lisle Merriman]
24 May: @ 12:13:12  Common Nighthawk - Parma, Ohio [Ken Andrews]
24 May: @ 10:35:00  Com Nighthawk Hudson [Peggy Wang]
24 May: @ 09:31:18  C. Nighthawk (Cuyahoga Co.) [Paula Lozano]
24 May: @ 06:29:40  L Hope Zaleski - 31 Warblers Chuck-wills-widow -pair [Bruce Simpson]
23 May: @ 21:08:54  Magee Warblers [Peggy Wang]
23 May: @ 19:07:54  Magee Tuesday [Peggy Wang]
23 May: @ 17:50:55  Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green [Bob and Elaine McNulty]





Subject: Scioto-Greenlawn-GroveCity,5-28: fewMigrants
Date: Sun May 28 2017 20:38 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
I stopped at several migrant traps south of downtown Columbus, including Scioto Audubon Park, the Greenlawn Cemetery, Big Run Road, and Grant's Run, but had little to show for it other than typical residents.  The few interesting birds included:

Great Egrets - lots of single flyovers along the Scioto River, probably from the quarry colony upriver.
Ospreys - on nest at Scioto, but also fishing at Grants Run
Bald Eagle - an adult was flying down the Scioto River past Scioto Audubon
Kestrel - one was carrying food at Grants Run (a small bird)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - one was calling at Grants Run
E.Kingbirds - 2 pairs chasing intruders at Scioto Audubon suggests territories
White-eyed Vireo - 1 was singing along the bikepath at Scioto Audubon
Swainson's Thrushes - the only widespread migrant, with 1-2 at nearly every stop
Parula Warbler - 1 singing at Scioto Audubon was unusual there
Magnolia Warbler - singles were at Big Run Road and Grants Run
AmerRedstart - 1 was at Scioto Audubon, another 2 were at the Cemetery
Baltimore Orioles - widespread, at nearly every stop; Scioto Audubon had 3-4
Orchard orioles - singing birds were at Scioto Audubon and at Big Run Road

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Subject: Greene County bank swallows
Date: Sun May 28 2017 20:25 pm
From: ryi.mexi.kanz AT gmail.com
 
There is a second bank swallow colony at the Martin-Marietta gravel pit on
Cook Road near Spring Valley. This colony is directly opposite the main
entrance to the pit on Cook Road, near the intersection of SR 42 and
Centerville Road. This colony is in a bank, easily visible from the road,
in a section of the pit that is actively being excavated, so unfortunately
this colony may not come to a good end. I spoke with the pit manager about
the other colony in a big sandpile; he was very approachable and told me
they did not have plans to disturb the pile any time soon. Not sure the
news will be so positive about this most recent colony, but if anyone is
interested in photographing or shooting video of these swallows, now would
be the time.

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Subject: Beaver Creek Wildlife Education Center Invite / Columbiana Co
Date: Sun May 28 2017 19:14 pm
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
My wife Denise and I would like to put out our annual invitation to the birding community, to come and visit us at "The Center", tomorrow, Memorial Day. We will be part of the volunteer host staff from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. To those who have not visited "The Center", in reality it is a museum of natural history, with over 375 bird and mammal mounts in natural settings. Everything from a full size Musk Oxen to a Great Gray Owl can be seen, with a Passenger Pigeon thrown in for good measure. In The Ohio Room nearly every bird and mammal you will ever encounter in the state can be found. Our volunteers tomorrow range from us birders, to a college geologist, to a volunteer from The Pittsburgh Zoo, a very diverse group. BCWEC is located at 12798 Echo Dell Road, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920. It is also located adjacent to and at the entrance to Beaver Creek State Park. Come on down and see us. You won't be disappointed.


Bob and Denise Lane / Mahoning County

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Subject: Blendon Woods-15 Warblers
Date: Sun May 28 2017 18:09 pm
From: simpson AT metroparks.net
 
Blendon Woods is located in the northeast corner of Columbus off of I 270
and Rte 161. Take the Little Turtle Way exit

Below is a list of Birds seen in the last 4 days

Lake Trail
Warblers
Canada-female
Hooded
Blackburian
Black-throated Green
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided
Black-and-white
Red-eyed Vireo
Indigo Bunting
Turkey-5 males
Rose-breasted Grosbeak-2
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Veery
E Kingbird
Swainson's Thrush


Nature Center Parking Lot
Warblers
Mourning
Wilson
Magnolia
Chimney Swifts
Great Egret-fly over
Summer Tanager
Cooper's Hawk

Thoreau Lake
Warblers
Yellow-3
C Yellowthroat
Prothonotary
Great Blue Heron
Mallards-female with 5 Ducklings
Wood Duck-female with 4 Ducklings
Bald Eagle
Cedar Waxwing

Overlook Trail
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Acadian Flycatcher
Ovenbird
Great Crested Flycatcher
Wood Thrush
Louisiana Watertthrush
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-throated Vireo

Brookside Trail
Hooded Warbler
Barred Owl- Fledgling in tree while Adult forages
Acadian Flycatcher

Sugarbush Trail
Yellow-throated Vireo--nest

Hickory Ridge Trail
Wood Thrush

Ripple Rock Trail
Peregrine Falcon

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Nature Center 614-895-6221 <(614)%20895-6221>

Bruce Simpson-Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park in Columbus

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Subject: Stow
Date: Sun May 28 2017 14:27 pm
From: Loopyonetwo AT gmail.com
 
At long last a ruby-throated hummingbird at my feeders and flowers! Also had a gray catbird visit the grape jelly feeder I put out for the Orioles. I've heard the Orioles calling but have yet to see one at the feeders.

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers
Date: Sun May 28 2017 11:57 am
From: 000001100197cc98-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Friday afternoon one then two Red-headed Woodpeckers dominated the beef suet feeder.
Chased everyone else away, during that time I never noticed the Red-belly. This continued
until well after 8pm. Never saw them on Saturday. prompts lots of questions???

Carole B. Howland Twp NE Ohio

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Subject: Swallow-Tailed Kite, Burr Oak State Park
Date: Sun May 28 2017 11:15 am
From: semillama AT gmail.com
 
I'm posting on behalf of a friend whom I don't think uses the list.
Yesterday morning while camping at Burr Oak State Park he had a
Swallow-Tailed Kite fly over. He's modest about his birding skills but I
have zero reason to doubt what he saw. The species seems to be an annual
occurrence lately. Keep your eyes on the skies in SE Ohio!

Andy Sewell
Columbus

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Subject: Respecting birds during breeding and other wildlife
Date: Sun May 28 2017 10:41 am
From: bhern34 AT sbcglobal.net
 
One time I wasn't sure of a bird song out west and thought I would play the song back from Merlin at the lowest possible volume and still cup it and hold near my ear.  I thought there's no way the bird was going to hear me, but it did. Since then I have never played Birdsong in the field.

Also, playing sounds of other wildlife could also be disruptive. For example, frog and toad calls.

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Subject: respecting nature
Date: Sat May 27 2017 22:40 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
Naturalists Dept
Yesterday at 1:39pm
Hey everybody-- hope you've had a chance to go to Swine Creek and see the Kentucky warbler that has been hanging around for a few weeks (and now apparently a female as well). However, please be respectful AND REFRAIN FROM USING ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO PLAY THEIR SONGS AND CALLS. This is extremely disruptive to birds during breeding season. If we want this pair to breed here (hopefully they will), then we must take care not to disturb them. --Naturalist Linda Gilbert

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Subject: Respecting Nature
Date: Sat May 27 2017 22:30 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
Naturalists Dept
Yesterday at 1:39pm
Hey everybody-- hope you've had a chance to go to Swine Creek and see the Kentucky warbler that has been hanging around for a few weeks (and now apparently a female as well). However, please be respectful AND REFRAIN FROM USING ELECTRONIC DEVICES TO PLAY THEIR SONGS AND CALLS. This is extremely disruptive to birds during breeding season. If we want this pair to breed here (hopefully they will), then we must take care not to disturb them. --Naturalist Linda Gilbert
On May 25, 2017, at 9:15 PM, Matthew Valenic wrote:

> Some of you will appreciate this and some will say "mind your own business",
> but I believe this is my business - education.
>
>
>
> When a special bird visits we all want to see it, take pictures and get it
> on our life list - no problem, I'm right there with you. But it's well
> known that the use of recordings can be detrimental to the bird, especially
> if it is defending a breeding territory. Nature conserves energy and
> responding to a 'non-threat' (recording) wastes energy, an especially
> dangerous situation with rain and colder than normal temperatures. Food
> (caterpillars and winged insects) are slow to move and hypothermia is a real
> possibility.
>
>
>
> Study your recordings before entering the area so you are familiar with
> them, then use all your 'hunting' skills (be patient - be still) and hope
> for the best. Sometimes you will be there in a resting period and have to
> wait awhile to hear it sing or see it moving about looking for food. That's
> all part of this game we play. If we are respectful of nature you can be
> assured that it will come back to you in multiples! If we don't, we risk
> hurting the bird or chasing it out of the area, then no one gets to enjoy
> it.
>
>
>
> Thank you for reading this,
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
>
>
>
>
> "It is in giving that we receive."
>
>
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Subject: Mohican State Park--Hoodeds and a Connecticut
Date: Sat May 27 2017 22:02 pm
From: nancy.obryan AT hotmail.com
 
At least 16 Hooded Warblers were singing from mile 4 to mile 8 on the mountain bike trail this afternoon.


A Connecticut Warbler was singing and showing (somewhat) near the covered bridge--on the rise just above the road and to the left of the Lyons Falls trailhead.

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Subject: HooverDam,SharonWoods,5-27:fewMigrants
Date: Sat May 27 2017 19:35 pm
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
Migration appears to be winding down quickly here in central Ohio, if the birds at these 2 Westerville hotspots were any indication.  There were lots of singing residents so that the morning was still interesting.  But the migrants were few, and about what you might expect for late ones.  Notable birds included:

Cuckoo - a single Yellow-bill was along the Spring Creek trail at SharonWoods
Flycatchers - lots of Pewees and a few Great Crested were at both parks.

Hoover Nature Trail had 6 Acadians, while Sharon Woods had 4 Willows and 1 Yellow-bellied

Vireos - multiple Red-eyed & Warbling were at both spots

Thrushes - resident Wood Thrushes were singing at both sites, while the only Swainsons was a single bird along the Thomas Trail at Sharon Woods

Warblers - the dam spillway had a few warblers, including Parula, Yellow, Yellow-throated, Chesnut-sided, Magnolia, Redstart, & Wilson's. The Hoover Nature Trail pitched ina Black-thr.Green, while Sharon Woods had 10 Common Yellowthroats, 4 Yellows, a Wilsons, and a Chat

Tanagers - the only one was a singing Scarlet along the Hoover Nature Trail

Orioles - 2-3 Baltimores were at both spots, while Sharon Woods had a pair of Orchards in the north meadow area

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Subject: Ashtabula Co. upland sandpiper and more
Date: Sat May 27 2017 14:00 pm
From: pambirds AT hotmail.com
 
This morning we had terrific views of the Upland Sandpiper in this area, perched atop wooden pole & vocalizing. We'd mistakenly turned onto Rt. 193 closed portion which was open to local traffic only & happened upon the groovy Upland. 

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

> On May 22, 2017, at 3:00 PM, Craig Holt <0000005e41671c14-dmarc-request@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote:
>
> poles

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Subject: Englewood Dam and North Park
Date: Sat May 27 2017 10:58 am
From: 0000048e8d9bca8b-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
5/26/17 North Park Old Springfield Rd. 

An immature male Orchard Oriole has been spotted twice now at the same location across from the left side first parking lot.
Also
Yellow Billed Cuckoos
Field Sparrows
Eastern Meadowlark
Possible Blue Grosbeak- flew off before full id could be had.
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Baltimore Orioles
Orchard Oriole (adults)
Female Wood Duck with fledglings


5/27/17 Englewood Dam North side of reserve in the Northern most lot before Patty's Shelter

Male and female Summer Tanager spotted together. A first for us! So Excited!

Northern Parulas
Common Yellowthroats
Prothonotary Warbler
Swainsons Thrush
Indigo Buntings
House Wrens
Cardinals
Peewee
Phoebe
Green Herons Calling
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy
Red Bellied Woodpecker



Jim and Mandy

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Subject: L Hope Zaleski S F-22 Warblers
Date: Sat May 27 2017 6:48 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
For info on the 20 Breeding Warblers, their specific habitat, and where to bird,  Go to eBird Hotspots Zaleski  State Forest

Highlights
Y B Chat- carrying food
Cedar Waxwing- carrying nest material
Cerulean Warbler-pair -Foraging together

Bruce Simpson- Nature Photographer

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Subject: Magee addendum
Date: Fri May 26 2017 21:07 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Forgot to include species total for day: 84

And as part of the thread re birder etiquette/recordings.: I too have been frustrated how often I see birders & even some photographers playing birdsong phone apps on the Magee Boardwalk (& other places).

I'm actually surprised it isn't posted at the Magee Boardwalk entrances (prohibiting tape playing) given the volume of traffic. Beginning birders, especially, may not know playing tapes/phone apps is a bad thing & that it is stressful to the birds.

In AZ, places like Cave Creek in the Chiricahuas, are clearly posted that no song playback is allowed (or song imitation so that vocalizing a screech-owl call is also prohibited).

I was also glad the volunteer at CVNP who led the Woodcock walk in April reminded everyone that no birdsong playback is allowed in CVNP or other NPs.

Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: 20 warbler species at Magee today
Date: Fri May 26 2017 20:19 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Amazing day at Magee, especially since I only went up for the day. Started slow, maybe b/c of the cloud cover but then the warblers just kept on coming! Alas, no Connecticut, still my big miss this spring, but when are they ever easy? I did hear a short segment of song that sure sounded like a CT but too short for me to count it & I never heard it again. Interestingly, I ran into another birder who had had the same experience in roughly the same area & he was also reluctant to tick it.

More than making up for it was (those who don't have a Mourning Warbler this spring, stop reading now) 4! sightings of at least 2 different birds (bib was a bit different) with extended looks on open perches, even some photo ops. Basically, each time I went west or east on the Boardwalk, I saw a Mourning Warbler & I made 2 round trip treks.

At one spot near a shaded puddle, myself & a few other birders watched in amazement as 11 species of warblers came in to bathe in the late afternoon.

Other highlights, another Woodcock showing well by the boardwalk, both cuckoos practically side by side from the W tower, nice Dunlin along the entry road. I also picked up 2 target birds, Olive-sided & Yellow-bellied FCs. Green Heron & BC Night-Heron (ad). Hairy WP.

Warblers: Tennessee, Nashville, N Parula, yellow, chestnut-sided, Magnolia, black throated blue, yellow-rumped, BT green, Blackburnian, bay-breasted, blackpoll, black-and-white, American redstart, Prothonotary, ovenbird, Mourning Warbler, common yellowthroat, Wilson's and Canada.

Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
Date: Fri May 26 2017 17:13 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Blendon woods
Common yellowthroat
Chestnut sided warbler
Magnolia warblers, male and female
Wilson warblers
Yellow warbler
Black throated green warbler
American redstart
Hooded warbler (heard)
Ovenbird (heard)

Barred owl, fledgling and adult on Brookside trail
Summer tanager
Wood thrush
Acadian flycatcher

Woodside green (Gahanna)
Blackburnian warbler
yellow throated warbler (heard)
Northern parula (heard)

Cedar waxwings

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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Subject: Reporting rare bird sightings to eBird in Ohio
Date: Fri May 26 2017 15:57 pm
From: ken.ostermiller AT gmail.com
 
Several new stakeout hotspots have been set up in eBird recently in Ohio
to receive checklists where a regular eBird hotspot is not appropriate.

stakeout Western Meadowlark, 9812 South Kansas Rd. (2017)

stakeout Loggerhead Shrike, 11141 Salt Creek Rd., Fredericksburg (2017)

stakeout Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, 1971 Centerville Rd., Shreve (2017)


If you use eBird and submitted a checklist at a personal location for one
of these bird sightings, please edit your checklist and change the location
of your checklist to the stakeout hotspot. This helps to unclutter the
mapping tool in eBird.

Often rare birds are seen where there is an existing hotspot. Or you find a
rare bird which does not stay in one location for very long. In these
cases, using an existing hotspot or setting up a personal location where no
hotspot exists is the best choice.

For more information about reporting rare bird sightings please visit the
Ohio eBird Hotspot website:

http://ohioebirdhotspots.wikis...

Ken Ostermiller

eBird Hotspot reviewer for Ohio

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Subject: Respecting Nature...
Date: Fri May 26 2017 15:40 pm
From: gauntsa AT gmail.com
 
And you can get an app for your cell phone that records jpg files - R0DE Rec.  The Cornell Lab of Ornithology on its web page &/or in it's Living Bird mag has info on iPhone recording. S

Sandra LL Gaunt
Sent from my iPhone

> On May 26, 2017, at 4:18 PM, Bill Fandrich wrote:
>
> There is still another option , take a field recorder with you like a small Sony PCM-M10 or an Edirol R-09 or similar and record as you go and then you can always identify later by comparing your recording to something else.
>
> On Friday, May 26, 2017 8:40 AM, Ken Andrews wrote:
>
>
> Sorry. Tapped the post button inadvertently.
>
> Go birding with someone who knows the songs.
>
> Earbuds are easy to use if you must listen to a song in the field. So, there really is no excuse for playing a song out-loud.
>
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Subject: Respecting Nature...
Date: Fri May 26 2017 15:18 pm
From: bfand AT sbcglobal.net
 
There is still another option , take a field recorder with you like a small Sony PCM-M10 or an Edirol R-09 or similar and record as you go and then you can always identify later by comparing your recording to something else.

On Friday, May 26, 2017 8:40 AM, Ken Andrews wrote:


Sorry. Tapped the post button inadvertently.

Go birding with someone who knows the songs.

Earbuds are easy to use if you must listen to a song in the field. So, there really is no excuse for playing a song out-loud.

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Subject: Black-necked Stilt - Greene County
Date: Fri May 26 2017 12:24 pm
From: 000000f92fb7df1d-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Red necked phalaropes re-found at 1:10 PM today. Two birds flew into western most pond that also still contains the stilt. With butch Rockwell who accidentally left his phone full of contacts at the house. 

Mike

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> On May 26, 2017, at 9:00 AM, Doug Overacker wrote:
>
> The Black-necked Stilt remains on Solon Road in Greene County. It is just
> west of Gordon Road on Solon Road in a sky pond. There was also a
> Short-billed Dowitcher in the same pond. There are several sky ponds in the
> area and we also saw a few Semipalmated Plovers in the area. Vesper Sparrows
> and Horned Larks are also singing in the field south of the road. We didn't
> see the Red-necked Phalarope that had been reported but there is lots of
> water and it would have been easy to miss.
>
> Doug Overacker
> Springfield, Ohio
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Subject: Respecting Nature
Date: Fri May 26 2017 11:19 am
From: kellykoz AT windstream.net
 
Thanks, Matt. 

For those of us who began learning bird song before the advent of apps and easy ways to carry recordings out into the field (or even a source for recordings, period), the reward was in finding the bird that was singing and identifying it that way. I would sit and watch a bird sing until it finally moved on, just so I could learn the song. It cements it in my head. I can remember individual birds and experiences when a song was cemented into my head. Sure, I go to the app for reference. Please, let™s not scare off a possible rare nester, just to say you™ve seen a bird. It takes lots of energy to defend a territory and feed young (especially when it can™t find the bird that™s on his territory).

Those of us finding these birds may just decide to list it with all the appropriate documentation a month or two later. We do like to share, but not at the expense of the birds we love so much.

Kelly



> On May 26, 2017, at 10:13 AM, Dan Best wrote:
>
> Well put Matt, well put. You present sound reasoning that will educate the Gosh, I didn™t realize that! birders.
> And yes, there will be those who take this mild mannered admonition as an affront to their self-centered existence.
>
> Your advice to be patient and use one™s visual "hunting skills to gain a view of a skulker or singing bird that isn™t bouncing on the branches is a point well made. This lends birding its sport.
> When the bird finally gives a view, patience and persistence is paid off with greater sense of reward.
>
> Sometimes, sitting in a spot and watching what comes one™s way is the way to go. Butt birding is way better than butthead birding! Inga Schmidt™s comment, "The welfare of the bird is the first priority. Our pleasures, are secondary. is spot on.
>
> Thank you both.
>
> Dan Best
>
>> On May 25, 2017, at 9:15 PM, Matthew Valenic wrote:
>>
>> Some of you will appreciate this and some will say "mind your own business",
>> but I believe this is my business - education.
>>
>>
>>
>> When a special bird visits we all want to see it, take pictures and get it
>> on our life list - no problem, I'm right there with you. But it's well
>> known that the use of recordings can be detrimental to the bird, especially
>> if it is defending a breeding territory. Nature conserves energy and
>> responding to a 'non-threat' (recording) wastes energy, an especially
>> dangerous situation with rain and colder than normal temperatures. Food
>> (caterpillars and winged insects) are slow to move and hypothermia is a real
>> possibility.
>>
>>
>>
>> Study your recordings before entering the area so you are familiar with
>> them, then use all your 'hunting' skills (be patient - be still) and hope
>> for the best. Sometimes you will be there in a resting period and have to
>> wait awhile to hear it sing or see it moving about looking for food. That's
>> all part of this game we play. If we are respectful of nature you can be
>> assured that it will come back to you in multiples! If we don't, we risk
>> hurting the bird or chasing it out of the area, then no one gets to enjoy
>> it.
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you for reading this,
>>
>>
>>
>> Matt Valencic
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> "It is in giving that we receive."
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Subject: Respecting Nature
Date: Fri May 26 2017 9:13 am
From: bestdan AT windstream.net
 
Well put Matt, well put.  You present sound reasoning that will educate the Gosh, I didn™t realize that! birders.
And yes, there will be those who take this mild mannered admonition as an affront to their self-centered existence.

Your advice to be patient and use one™s visual "hunting skills to gain a view of a skulker or singing bird that isn™t bouncing on the branches is a point well made. This lends birding its sport.
When the bird finally gives a view, patience and persistence is paid off with greater sense of reward.

Sometimes, sitting in a spot and watching what comes one™s way is the way to go. Butt birding is way better than butthead birding! Inga Schmidt™s comment, "The welfare of the bird is the first priority. Our pleasures, are secondary. is spot on.

Thank you both.

Dan Best

> On May 25, 2017, at 9:15 PM, Matthew Valenic wrote:
>
> Some of you will appreciate this and some will say "mind your own business",
> but I believe this is my business - education.
>
>
>
> When a special bird visits we all want to see it, take pictures and get it
> on our life list - no problem, I'm right there with you. But it's well
> known that the use of recordings can be detrimental to the bird, especially
> if it is defending a breeding territory. Nature conserves energy and
> responding to a 'non-threat' (recording) wastes energy, an especially
> dangerous situation with rain and colder than normal temperatures. Food
> (caterpillars and winged insects) are slow to move and hypothermia is a real
> possibility.
>
>
>
> Study your recordings before entering the area so you are familiar with
> them, then use all your 'hunting' skills (be patient - be still) and hope
> for the best. Sometimes you will be there in a resting period and have to
> wait awhile to hear it sing or see it moving about looking for food. That's
> all part of this game we play. If we are respectful of nature you can be
> assured that it will come back to you in multiples! If we don't, we risk
> hurting the bird or chasing it out of the area, then no one gets to enjoy
> it.
>
>
>
> Thank you for reading this,
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
>
>
>
>
> "It is in giving that we receive."
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks / Holmes County
Date: Fri May 26 2017 8:25 am
From: ohiomagpie AT hotmail.com
 
A short time ago at about 8:30AM, the six celebrity ducks were eating silage in the middle of the road at The Dalroy Farm at 8695 TR553, Holmesville. They travel back and forth the short distance between this location and the pond at 1909 Centerville Road, in Wayne County. For the Wayne County location, park by the barn at 1971 Centerville Road. I don't think this group will be going anywhere soon, with the dining buffet they have available. They have been being seen at The Dalroy Farm for at least four days. Of note, it is now 9:25AM, and they have just returned to the Holmes site.

Bob Lane / Mahoning County

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Subject: Black-necked Stilt - Greene County
Date: Fri May 26 2017 8:00 am
From: cdoveracker AT woh.rr.com
 
The Black-necked Stilt remains on Solon Road in Greene County. It is just
west of Gordon Road on Solon Road in a sky pond. There was also a
Short-billed Dowitcher in the same pond. There are several sky ponds in the
area and we also saw a few Semipalmated Plovers in the area. Vesper Sparrows
and Horned Larks are also singing in the field south of the road. We didn't
see the Red-necked Phalarope that had been reported but there is lots of
water and it would have been easy to miss.

Doug Overacker
Springfield, Ohio

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Subject: Respecting Nature
Date: Fri May 26 2017 7:45 am
From: gauntsa AT gmail.com
 
And besides harassment of birds using playback can mislead other birders by adding a heard but unseen species to their birding list when the playback user is out of sight but within hearing range. I have seen this happen to a pretty well known ornithologist. 

Sandra LL Gaunt
Sent from my iPhone

> On May 25, 2017, at 10:28 PM, KimbaJ <00000171c61977de-dmarc-request@LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU> wrote:
>
> Very well said. And I will add, pack out your trash and cigarette butts, please.
>
>
> From: Matthew Valenic
> To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
> Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:16 PM
> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Respecting Nature
>
> Some of you will appreciate this and some will say "mind your own business",
> but I believe this is my business - education.
>
>
>
> When a special bird visits we all want to see it, take pictures and get it
> on our life list - no problem, I'm right there with you. But it's well
> known that the use of recordings can be detrimental to the bird, especially
> if it is defending a breeding territory. Nature conserves energy and
> responding to a 'non-threat' (recording) wastes energy, an especially
> dangerous situation with rain and colder than normal temperatures. Food
> (caterpillars and winged insects) are slow to move and hypothermia is a real
> possibility.
>
>
>
> Study your recordings before entering the area so you are familiar with
> them, then use all your 'hunting' skills (be patient - be still) and hope
> for the best. Sometimes you will be there in a resting period and have to
> wait awhile to hear it sing or see it moving about looking for food. That's
> all part of this game we play. If we are respectful of nature you can be
> assured that it will come back to you in multiples! If we don't, we risk
> hurting the bird or chasing it out of the area, then no one gets to enjoy
> it.
>
>
>
> Thank you for reading this,
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
>
>
>
>
> "It is in giving that we receive."
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Respecting Nature...
Date: Fri May 26 2017 7:35 am
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
Sorry. Tapped the post button inadvertently.

Go birding with someone who knows the songs.

Earbuds are easy to use if you must listen to a song in the field. So, there really is no excuse for playing a song out-loud.

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Subject: Respecting Nature...
Date: Fri May 26 2017 6:57 am
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
With all the CDs, websites and apps, a birder can easily listen to songs ahead of time. And, one of the best ways to learn is to go with someone who knows the sings.

Ear buds are easy to use if you really want to listen to a song on your phone or other device

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Subject: late report on Prothonotary Warbler Cuy Cty
Date: Thu May 25 2017 21:36 pm
From: jak1 AT clevelandmetroparks.com
 
Sorry for this late post.


On the last Audubon bird walk on Sunday we saw a singing male Prothonotary Warbler on the west side of the Cuyahoga River down the hill from the visitor center.


There are records of nesting Prothonotary warblers on the upper Cuyahoga River in Geauga county and ones have been recorded at Station Rd along the Cuy. River down in Brecksville.

Hope the one we saw closer to downtown Cleveland finds a mate and stays around to nest.


Also, heard a number of Tennessee Warblers.

[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: Respecting Nature
Date: Thu May 25 2017 21:32 pm
From: 00000171c61977de-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Very well said. And I will add, pack out your trash and cigarette butts, please.


From: Matthew Valenic
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 9:16 PM
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Respecting Nature

Some of you will appreciate this and some will say "mind your own business",
but I believe this is my business - education.



When a special bird visits we all want to see it, take pictures and get it
on our life list - no problem, I'm right there with you. But it's well
known that the use of recordings can be detrimental to the bird, especially
if it is defending a breeding territory. Nature conserves energy and
responding to a 'non-threat' (recording) wastes energy, an especially
dangerous situation with rain and colder than normal temperatures. Food
(caterpillars and winged insects) are slow to move and hypothermia is a real
possibility.



Study your recordings before entering the area so you are familiar with
them, then use all your 'hunting' skills (be patient - be still) and hope
for the best. Sometimes you will be there in a resting period and have to
wait awhile to hear it sing or see it moving about looking for food. That's
all part of this game we play. If we are respectful of nature you can be
assured that it will come back to you in multiples! If we don't, we risk
hurting the bird or chasing it out of the area, then no one gets to enjoy
it.



Thank you for reading this,



Matt Valencic





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Subject: Respecting Nature
Date: Thu May 25 2017 20:27 pm
From: ingais AT earthlink.net
 
Thanks Matt, for an important reminder to all of us in this community. 
The welfare of the bird is the first priority. Our pleasures, are secondary.

Inga Schmidt

On May 25, 2017, at 9:15 PM, Matthew Valenic wrote:

> Some of you will appreciate this and some will say "mind your own business",
> but I believe this is my business - education.
>
>
>
> When a special bird visits we all want to see it, take pictures and get it
> on our life list - no problem, I'm right there with you. But it's well
> known that the use of recordings can be detrimental to the bird, especially
> if it is defending a breeding territory. Nature conserves energy and
> responding to a 'non-threat' (recording) wastes energy, an especially
> dangerous situation with rain and colder than normal temperatures. Food
> (caterpillars and winged insects) are slow to move and hypothermia is a real
> possibility.
>
>
>
> Study your recordings before entering the area so you are familiar with
> them, then use all your 'hunting' skills (be patient - be still) and hope
> for the best. Sometimes you will be there in a resting period and have to
> wait awhile to hear it sing or see it moving about looking for food. That's
> all part of this game we play. If we are respectful of nature you can be
> assured that it will come back to you in multiples! If we don't, we risk
> hurting the bird or chasing it out of the area, then no one gets to enjoy
> it.
>
>
>
> Thank you for reading this,
>
>
>
> Matt Valencic
>
>
>
>
>
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>
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Subject: Respecting Nature
Date: Thu May 25 2017 20:15 pm
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
Some of you will appreciate this and some will say "mind your own business",
but I believe this is my business - education.



When a special bird visits we all want to see it, take pictures and get it
on our life list - no problem, I'm right there with you. But it's well
known that the use of recordings can be detrimental to the bird, especially
if it is defending a breeding territory. Nature conserves energy and
responding to a 'non-threat' (recording) wastes energy, an especially
dangerous situation with rain and colder than normal temperatures. Food
(caterpillars and winged insects) are slow to move and hypothermia is a real
possibility.



Study your recordings before entering the area so you are familiar with
them, then use all your 'hunting' skills (be patient - be still) and hope
for the best. Sometimes you will be there in a resting period and have to
wait awhile to hear it sing or see it moving about looking for food. That's
all part of this game we play. If we are respectful of nature you can be
assured that it will come back to you in multiples! If we don't, we risk
hurting the bird or chasing it out of the area, then no one gets to enjoy
it.



Thank you for reading this,



Matt Valencic





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Subject: Wooster Memorial Park, Wayne Co.
Date: Thu May 25 2017 19:30 pm
From: rowe926 AT gmail.com
 
Many birders are not aware of this great birding location that is located
on Silver Rd. just off US 250 a few miles NW of the town of Wooster in
Wayne Co. The park contains about 350 acres of mostly woodland encompassing
a large ravine system. There is a permanently flowing creek, Rathburn Run,
at the bottom of the ravine that flows through most of the park. At one
end, is a large old agricultural field that is now a grassland, which
provides another habitat, aside from the upland woods and the riparian
system along the creek.

Yesterday morning, I birded there several hours and managed to pish up
a *mourning
warbler*, which I saw quite well. It even sang for me! *Hooded warblers *nest
there annually in good numbers, as do *Louisiana waterthrush, blue-winged
warblers* and several other species. The last two years, I have had at
least two breeding *Henslow's sparrows*. We have had small numbers of
*bobolinks* in the old field system. I have done breeding bird surveys
there every June.

There are two entrances to the park, both on Silver Rd. There is a complex
system of marked trails throughout the park. For more information and a
trail map, see https://www.friendsofwmp.com/
I invite you to come birding in our park!
Randy Rowe, Wooster

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Subject: Wayne County Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
Date: Thu May 25 2017 16:31 pm
From: k-cmiller AT att.net
 
Su Snyder & Ruby Mast reported 6 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks at 1909 Centerville Rd, Shreve on a small pond at this address. The owners saw the birds fly in this morning. They flew east around 3:30 soon after Su & Ruby saw them but returned a few minutes ago according to John Troyer. Birders are welcomed.Kent Miller

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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
Date: Thu May 25 2017 15:43 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Migration is not done yet.
Blendon Woods
Black throated green warblers (10 in front picnic area)
Hooded warbler
Blackburnian warbler
Louisiana waterthrushes (one being fed by the other, so I assume a fledgling)
Black and white warbler, female
ovenbird (heard)
yellow warbler (heard)
Common yellowthroat (heard)

yellow billed cuckoo

Woodside green in Gahanna
Canada warbler
American redstart
Magnolia
yellow throated warbler
Northern parula

Bob McNulty

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Subject: Nighthawks in Geauga County
Date: Thu May 25 2017 7:19 am
From: mmvalencic AT roadrunner.com
 
Following up on Dan Best's comments about Nighthawks ...

Phenology ("the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomenon, especially in relation to climate, plant and animal life") is a very interesting area of science. I was taking a gardening course over the winter and was introduced to the "phenology gardens" that exist throughout Ohio and in other states. Master Gardeners (volunteers within the state Extension Services) monitor about 40 species of plants from 'first bloom' to blossom drop, recording these dates AND the various pollinators that are observed on the flowers throughout the season. This information is a huge help to those trying to either take advantage of pollinators or control for insects in crops.

Birders are being taken more seriously today as Citizen Scientists, especially when we begin to notice and report on how changes in habitat, pollution, encroachment (even birders encroaching upon prime habitat) are affecting bird populations. Knowing this information is good - sharing it is better, maybe critical, to the overall expansion of knowledge for all mankind.

If knowledge is power, then Birders have the potential to be a powerful force for good in the world.

And you thought you were just enjoying a "walk in the woods"! You were actually making a difference in the world. Take a kid birding and insure this continues.

Matt Valencic


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-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:08 PM
To: OHIO-BIRDS AT LISTSERV.MIAMIOH.EDU
Subject: [Ohio-birds] Nighthawks in Geauga County

Last evening (Tuesday, May 23) I had 3 common nighthawks calling in flight over the Upper Cuyahoga River south of Burton in Geauga County at 8:30 pm. For years, their appearance heralds the annual mayfly hatch in late May-early June on the river which provides a brief plentitude of food.
Not only nighthawks, but swallows, robins, waxwings, prothonotary warblers and various flycatchers all converge to hawk these relatively large slow-flying insects out of the air as they rise from the river. At the peak of the hatch, it looks like snow flurries in reverse.

I always wondered how the nighthawks knew where and when appear for the feast as they disappear after the brief hatch (1-2 days) until their late summer migration brings them through in, unfortunately, smaller numbers. Today™s rash of nighthawk sightings throughout the NE Ohio region has me thinking that the nighthawk spring migration is nicely timed with the mayfly hatch.

Other thoughts are welcome.

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Subject: Magee-metzger-maumeeBay,5-23,24
Date: Thu May 25 2017 3:07 am
From: robthorn AT earthlink.net
 
We made the pilgrimage to these NW Ohio migrant traps,along with a brief side trip into Ottawa NWR, and were not disappointed.  Magee was the only spot that we visited on both days, and our totals were very similar to Peggy Wangs list, with 18 species of warblers (highlights - singing Connecticut on Weds, Mournings & Canadas on both days), 8 species of flycatchers (highlights - 2 Olive-sides on Weds, 6+ Alders on Tues, Yellow-bellied both days), lots of Swainson's Thrushes & Baltimore Orioles, few cuckoos,grosbeaks,buntings. The riot of birdsong that greets the visitor to the Boardwalk in late Spring has to be heard to be believed.

The entrance road, trails, and nearby Ottawa NWR, didn't seem to attract nearly the diversity of land bird migrants, but made up for it with interesting water birds. A pair of Sandhill Cranes was along the Magee causeway on Tuesday,then in one of the Ottawa pools on Weds. There were also lots of herons & egrets looking for shallow water pools; one drying pool in Ottawa had 50+ Great Egrets,40+ Great Blues, and 5 Snowy Egrets. The handful of shorebirds included Semipalmated plovers & a beautiful Spring-plumaged Dunlin along the Magee causeway, plus 3 Least sandpipers at Ottawa, but we didn't walk all the way out to the Crane Creek estuary.

Metzger,which we visited on Tuesday, was a revelation to me. If it was anywhere else in the state, birders would be singing its praises, but close to Magee it suffers by comparison. In 30 minutes, we found 9 species of warblers,5 species of flycatchers, Swainson's Thrushes & Veery, along with the expected vireos & orioles. Also nice was a fishing Osprey, a Common Moorhen, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull (on the pier). If the lake levels had been lower, our waterfowl & shorebird totals probably would've been quite good.

Maumee was a disappointment, by comparison. The boardwalk seemed to have much more phragmites than I remembered from my last visit many years back, and the paucity of shrubby dogwoods & willows made it less attractive to landbird migrants. We did have 7 species of warbler and 4 species of flycatcher, plus a calling Least Bittern off the NE observation platform, along with a large flock of loafing gulls & Caspian Terns at the beach. Probably there are migrant hot-spots here that are less well-known to us from outside the area.

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Subject: Nighthawks in Geauga County
Date: Wed May 24 2017 20:26 pm
From: hollymlynn AT gmail.com
 
I just counted 4 nighthawks in Vermilion tonight at around 8:15!  The rule
of thumb near the lake is that the big arrival of mayflies occurs near
Memorial Day weekend, so the timing is right. (We get so many mayflies
that they cover houses and are swept with push brooms.)

Holly Lynn
Vermilion

On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Dan Best wrote:

> Last evening (Tuesday, May 23) I had 3 common nighthawks calling in flight
> over the Upper Cuyahoga River south of Burton in Geauga County at 8:30 pm.
> For years, their appearance heralds the annual mayfly hatch in late
> May-early June on the river which provides a brief plentitude of food.
> Not only nighthawks, but swallows, robins, waxwings, prothonotary warblers
> and various flycatchers all converge to hawk these relatively large
> slow-flying insects out of the air as they rise from the river. At the
> peak of the hatch, it looks like snow flurries in reverse.
>
> I always wondered how the nighthawks knew where and when appear for the
> feast as they disappear after the brief hatch (1-2 days) until their late
> summer migration brings them through in, unfortunately, smaller numbers.
> Today™s rash of nighthawk sightings throughout the NE Ohio region has me
> thinking that the nighthawk spring migration is nicely timed with the
> mayfly hatch.
>
> Other thoughts are welcome.
>
> Dan Best, Naturalist - Geauga Park District
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Subject: Nighthawks in Geauga County
Date: Wed May 24 2017 20:08 pm
From: bestdan AT windstream.net
 
Last evening (Tuesday, May 23) I had 3 common nighthawks calling in flight over the Upper Cuyahoga River south of Burton in Geauga County at 8:30 pm.  For years, their appearance heralds the annual mayfly hatch in late May-early June on the river which provides a brief plentitude of food.  
Not only nighthawks, but swallows, robins, waxwings, prothonotary warblers and various flycatchers all converge to hawk these relatively large slow-flying insects out of the air as they rise from the river. At the peak of the hatch, it looks like snow flurries in reverse.

I always wondered how the nighthawks knew where and when appear for the feast as they disappear after the brief hatch (1-2 days) until their late summer migration brings them through in, unfortunately, smaller numbers. Today™s rash of nighthawk sightings throughout the NE Ohio region has me thinking that the nighthawk spring migration is nicely timed with the mayfly hatch.

Other thoughts are welcome.

Dan Best, Naturalist - Geauga Park District
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Subject: Yard Birds
Date: Wed May 24 2017 19:30 pm
From: boonel AT denison.edu
 
Speaking of yard birds, my husband and I were stunned last week to look up
from lunch and see a gorgeous red-headed woodpecker also getting lunch at
our suet feeder in the back yard. It's the first time we've ever seen a
red-headed on our property in 30 years of living in this suburban
subdivision. And it's a long-awaited #69 on our yard-bird list.

Lyn Boone
Granville, OH

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Subject: Yard birds
Date: Wed May 24 2017 18:47 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Rather unexpected yard bird especially for an apt complex: a Wild Turkey that walked right by my patio doors. I would have missed it except it sounded an alarm call when it saw my indoor-only cats watching from said doors!

I also have a Killdeer w/4 little chicks running around as well. Talk about cute. One of the chicks was scared or cold or whatever, & ran to the adult who tucked it under its wing for a time this AM as its siblings foraged in the drizzle.

Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: more Common Nighthawks!
Date: Wed May 24 2017 12:16 pm
From: 000000f3462a9e25-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Since we seem to be reporting these cool critters, I had two last evening (again this morning at 4:30am), flying about near the second green of the Shaker Hts CC golf course, Cuyahoga County.
Lisle Merriman


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Subject: Common Nighthawk - Parma, Ohio
Date: Wed May 24 2017 12:13 pm
From: Ken.hikes AT hotmail.com
 
I saw a Nighthawk flying over West Creek just west of the Parma Snow Road Library yesterday evening.

Cuyahoga County

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Subject: Com Nighthawk Hudson
Date: Wed May 24 2017 10:35 am
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Saw a Com Nighthawk over my apt yesterday evening south of Hudson.


Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: C. Nighthawk (Cuyahoga Co.)
Date: Wed May 24 2017 9:31 am
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 10:15 am
Granger Avenue, Lakewood, Ohio

Common Nighthawk - 2, roosting in silver maple in NE corner of backyard.

Paula Lozano
Lakewood, Ohio

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Subject: L Hope Zaleski - 31 Warblers Chuck-wills-widow -pair
Date: Wed May 24 2017 6:29 am
From: nylebruce AT gmail.com
 
20 Breeding Warblers
11 Migrant Warblers

For info on the 20 Breeding Warblers, their specific habitat and where to bird Go to eBird Hotspots Zaleski State Forest

Highlights
Chuck-wills-widow-pair 5:46 am
Whip-poor-will-Calling while circling territory
Cedar Waxwing-50
Turkeys
Cuckoos-BB YB
R B Grosbeak
Orioles BA OR
Tanagers SC SU
Woodpeckers- RH PI HA

Bruce Simpson- Nature Photographer

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Subject: Magee Warblers
Date: Tue May 23 2017 21:08 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
For anyone interested, these are the warblers I saw Monday & Tuesday at Magee. 

B&W
Blackpoll (m&f)
Black-throated Blue (m&f)
Black-throated Green
Yellow
Com YT
Chestnut-sided
Magnolia
Canada (many)
Prothonotary
Mourning
Orange-crowned
Blackburnian (m&f)
Wilson's
N Parula
Am Redstart

Peggy Wang
Hudson

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Subject: Magee Tuesday
Date: Tue May 23 2017 19:07 pm
From: 00000454f4164bea-dmarc-request AT listserv.miamioh.edu
 
Bird numbers, species & activity much lower today than yesterday but still some nice birds & photo ops.

Only new Warbler for me was a brief but good look at the top half of a Mourning Warbler--gray hood, black eye--enough for an id! Still a few Wilson's & Canadas. Fair numbers of Chestnut-sideds, Maggies, & Blackpolls. A couple Prothonotaries were setting altitude records as they sang from open perches 8 or so feet off the ground.

A v cooperative Am Woodcock by the Boardwalk was a treat--it even preened in a spot of sun. Thx to the birders who alerted me. I'm amazed how small this bird looks naked eye.

Sandhill Cranes were vocalizing sporadically in the morning--never get tired of that call.

A stop at the Metzger woodlot didn't produce any new warbler species but I tallied 9 warbler species in a relatively short period of time incl another Canada. It's such a small area but has amazing diversity.

Final 2-day tally: 85 species (16 warblers).

Peggy Wang
Hudson
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Subject: Blendon Woods Metro Park Columbus and Woodside Green
Date: Tue May 23 2017 17:50 pm
From: bob.mcn AT sbcglobal.net
 
Blendon Woods
Prothonotary warbler
Magnolia warbler
Common yellowthroat
Chestnut sided warbler
Wilson's warblers
Hooded warblers (heard)
Mourning warbler (heard)
Yellow warbler (heard)
Ovenbirds (heard)
Black and white warbler (heard)

Yellow throated vireo
red eyed vireo
Veery
Swainson's thrush
Cedar waxwings

Woodside Green
Connecticut warbler (heard)
Black and white warbler
American redstart
Northern parula
Yellow throated warbler (heard)

Bob and Elaine McNulty

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