The Ohio Bird Records Committee

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Recent Actions of the Ohio Bird Records Committee

RECENT ACTIONS OF THE OHIO BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE

APRIL 2011 – APRIL 2013

This report includes all records which have been resolved by the Ohio Bird Records Committee since the last report published in The Ohio Cardinal. A number of records are included which arise from dates later than the period covered by this issue of the journal, in order to provide you with the most recent possible decisions. All common and scientific names, and the taxonomic order in which records are presented, are based on the Fifty-third Supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-List of North American Birds.

We resolved 95 records, resulting in 84 accepted records of 42 full species, plus two additional forms, and another 11 records which were not accepted. In order to be accepted, a record must be accepted after multiple reviews by at least eight of the nine committee members. Therefore, some of the non-accepted records will show a majority voting in favor of acceptance. Three new species have been added to the official Ohio list: Black-tailed Gull, Fish Crow and Cassin’s Sparrow, bringing the total to 428 species.

A current list of those species which should be documented can always be found at http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/committee/review.php. There were many more than the 95 documented occurrences of review list species during this period. If readers wonder why a bird which they saw is not included in this report, it is simply because they did not submit documentation. There is an easy-to-use form online, at http://www.ohiobirds.org/site/committee/rarebird-submission.php. Reporting a sighting on the Ohio Ornithological Society’s email list, or on Facebook, or on any of the myriad other internet sites, will quickly get lost in the digital flood of information. The Committee encourages readers to take the additional step of submitting formal documentation of sightings of rarities. These documentations are archived at the Museum of Biological Diversity of The Ohio State University. We hope to have a searchable database of accepted documentations online in the coming year.

The Committee has also added an additional species, Northern Goshawk, to the review list. The threshold for inclusion in the review list is between 20 and 30 accepted records in the past ten years. Species with less than 20 records are on the list, species with more than 30 records are not on the list, and species with between 20 and 30 records are considered on a case-by-case basis. The only species which currently falls into the last category is Kirtland’s Warbler, which we have left on the list because of its endangered status. The status of Northern Goshawk is simply unclear. This species is certainly rare, and difficult to identify. We have added Northern Goshawk to the review list in order to encourage careful observation and reporting of this species.

I would like to thank the Committee members who donated their time and expertise to researching and reviewing records over the past two years: Matt Anderson, Jen Brumfield, Mike Busam, Rob Harlan, Gabe Leidy, Ed Pierce, Su Snyder, Jay Stenger, Sue Tackett and Bill Whan. When you see those folks in the field, please thank them for performing this important but thankless task. This will be my last report as Secretary of the Committee, as I am surrendering the post to the much more capable hands of Greg Miller.

Edward O. (Ned) Keller

1912 Devils Backbone Road

Cincinnati, OH 45233

nedkeller49@gmail.com



RECORDS ACCEPTED:

Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera):
one individual, Lorain County; 6 September 2010, documentation by Jen Brumfield; present through 7 September per internet sources; vote 9-0.

Garganey (Anas querquedula): one individual, Hamilton County; 29 April 2011, documentation by Evan and John Leon; 30 April 2011, documentation by Craig Caldwell, Dave Slager; present through 13 May 2011, documentation from internet sources; vote 9-0.

Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica): three records accepted:

a) one individual, Ashtabula County; 10 November 2011, documentation by Robert J. Hershberger; vote 9-0.

b) two individuals, Richland County; 23 November through 28 November 2011 (two individuals seen 23 November only), documentation by John P. Herman, Paul S. Gardner, Craig H. Caldwell; vote 9-0.

c) one individual, Hancock County; 21 May through 28 May 2012, documentation by Robert Sams; 25 May, documentation by Eric Mullholand; vote 9-0.

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga): two records accepted:

a) one individual, Holmes County; 28 August 2011, documentation by Wilbur Miller, Leon Miller and Rueben Erb; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Tuscarawas County; 17 May 2012, documentation by Martha and Samuel Troyer; vote 9-0.

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis): five records accepted:

a) one individual, Licking County; 21 August 2012, documentation by William Bentley; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Carroll County; 24 August through 29 August 2012, documentation by internet sources; 28 August 2012, documentation by Su Snyder and Scott Pendleton; vote 9-0.

c) one individual, Lucas County; 3 September 2012, documentation by Mark Jeremy Rozmarynowycz; vote 9-0.

d) one individual, Cuyahoga County; 3 September 2012, documentation by Erik Bruder; vote 9-0.

e) one individual, Ottawa County; 8 October 2012, documentation by Adrian Smith; vote 9-0.

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor): one individual, Lucas County; 24 April 2011, documentation by Sherrie Duris; vote 9-0.

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus):
one individual, Lucas County; 5 November through 8 November 2011, documentation by H. Thomas Bartlett; continued through 13 November per internet sources; vote 9-0.

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus): two individuals, Lucas County; 4 October 2011, documentation by H. Thomas Bartlett; vote 9-0. Two additional individuals could be accepted only as Plegadis sp. These birds were first seen 25 September, per internet reports, and continued just to the south in Ottawa County through 8 November per Bartlett’s documentation.

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi): three records accepted:

a) one individual, Ottawa County; 29 June 2011, documentation by H. Thomas Bartlett; vote 9-0. A second individual could be accepted only as Plegadis sp.

b) three individuals, Wayne County; 2 May 2012, documentation by Su Snyder; present through 7 May per internet sources; vote 9-0.

c) one individual, Franklin County; 15 July 2012, documentation by Dave Slager; present through 17 July per internet sources; vote 8-1. Two additional individuals were submitted and unanimously accepted as Plegadis sp.

Plegadis Ibis (Plegadis sp.): two records accepted:

a) two individuals, Wayne County; 28 August 2010 through 1 September 2010, documentation by Su Snyder and Dane Adams; vote 9-0.

b) two individuals, Franklin County; 27 August 2012, documentation by Bernard F. Master; vote 9-0.

Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus): one individual, Holmes County; 6 August 2012, documentation by Su Snyder; first seen but not documented by another observer 2 August; vote 9-0.

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis):
two individuals, Clermont County; 9 July 2011, documentation by Stephen and Donna Wagner; vote 9-0. A third bird included in the documentation may have also been a Mississippi Kite, but was not accepted.

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis):
two records accepted:

a) one individual, Hamilton County; 16 October 2011, documentation by Mark Gilsdorf and Kathi Hutton; vote 8-1.

b) one individual, Hancock County; 5 May 2012, documentation by Robert Sams; vote 9-0.

Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinicus): two records accedpted:

a) one individual, Mercer County; 2 May 2010, documentation by Becky Crow, additional documentation from internet; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Franklin County; 8 May 2011, documentation by Dave Slager; vote 9-0.

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus): two records accedpted:

a) two individuals, Lorain County; 15 July 2011, documentation by Dave Slager; vote 9-0. Both birds had color bands on their legs. The Cuthbert Lab at the University of Minnesota reported that one bird had been hatched in 2007, 2009 or 2010 at Gulliver Michigan, or possibly at Apostle Island National Lakeshore, Wisconsin. The other was hatched in 2007 near Escanaba, Michigan and banded in 2009 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

b) one individual, Ashtabula County; 20 August 2012, documentation by Jeff Harvey; vote 9-0.

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus): five records accepted:

a) one individual, Ottawa County; 21 April 2011, documentation by Barbara Padgett; vote 9-0.

b) two individuals, Warren County; 24 May 2011, documentation by Brad Pursell; vote 9-0.

c) two individuals, Franklin County; 26 May 2011, documentation by Dave Slager; vote 9-0.

d) one individual, Hamilton County; 2 June 2011, documentation by Jonathan Frodge; vote 9-0.

e) one individual, Butler County; 17 April 2012, documentation by Mike Busam; present through 18 April per internet sources; vote 9-0.

Ruff (Philomachus pugnax): one individual, Wayne County; 3 May 2012, documentation by Tom and Jackie Bain; vote 9-0.

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus): two records accepted:

a) one individual, Ashtabula County (Ashtabula Lakeshore Park); 18 November 2011, documentation by Paul J. Hurtado; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Ashtabula County (Conneaut); 19 November through 25 November 2011, documentation by internet sources; vote 9-0.

Black-tailed Gull (Larus crassirostris): New State Record: one individual, Ashtabula County; 16 November 2011, documentation by Dave Slager and Craig H. Caldwell; 3 December 2011, documentation by Dave Slager; continued through at least 7 January 2012 per internet sources; vote 9-0.

California Gull (Larus californicus): five records accepted:

a) one individual, Lorain County; 10 December 2011, documentation by Bill Whan, Paul S. Gardner, Andy Sewell; vote 8-1.

b) one individual (adult), Lorain County; 21 January 2012, documentation by internet sources; vote 9-0.

c) one individual (first-cycle, so not the same individual as the preceding record), Lorain County; 22 January 2012, documentation by Gabe Leidy; vote 9-0.

d) one individual, Lorain County; 12 February 2012, documentation by Gabe Leidy; vote 9-0.

e) one individual, Franklin County; 29 April 2012, documentation by Alex Hughes; 30 April, documentation by Bill Whan; also documentation from Delaware County 30 April by internet sources; vote 9-0.

Least Tern (Sternula antillarum): two records accepted:

a) one individual, Hamilton County; 22 May 2011, documentation by William Hull; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Lucas County; 16 May 2012, documentation by Sherrie Duris; present through 24 May per internet sources; vote 9-0.

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus): one individual; Delaware County, 4 March and 5 March 2011, documentation by Bill Tacon; Franklin County, 6 March 2011, documentation by Andy Sewell, Dave Slager, William Heck, 7 March 2011, documentation by Craig H. Caldwell, Dane Adams; vote 9-0.

Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus):
two records accepted:

a) one individual, Lorain County; 14 October 2011, documentation by internet sources; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Lorain/Erie County; 29 October 2011, documentation by Jerry Talkington; vote 9-0.

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto): two records accepted:

a) one individual, Wayne County; 4 August 2011, documentation by Su Snyder; vote 9- 0. Snyder reported that others including Kent Miller had reported up to four present during the summer, including one begging for food.

b) at least five individuals, Clinton County; 16 June 2012, documentation by internet sources; 23 June 2012, documentation by Kathi Hutton; vote 9-0.

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica): two records accepted:

a) one individual, Marion County; 5 June 2011, documentation by Ron Sempier; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Erie County; 3 May 2012, documentation by Dave Clark; vote 9-0.

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus): one individual, Holmes County; 14 June 2010, documentation by Su Snyder; vote 9-0.

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis): one individual, Richland County; 25 June 2011, documentation by Albert Troyer and Andy Troyer; vote 9-0.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus):
one individual, Seneca County; 8 July 2011, documentation by James Coffman; 9 July 2011, documentation by Paula Bartlett; vote 9-0.

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus): one individual, Union County; 9 April 2011, documentation by Paul J. Hurtado; vote 9-0.

Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus): New Ohio Species: four records accepted:

a) two individuals, Lucas County; 21 May 2011, documentation by Ken Beers, Robert Harlan, Tim Hochstetler, Rick Nirschl; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Lake County; 21 May 2011, documentation by Haans Petruschke; vote 8-1.

c) three or four individuals, Cuyahoga County; 23 May 2011, documentation by Laura Gooch; vote 9-0.

d) six individuals, nesting record, Cuyahoga County; 22 April 2012 through 2 June 2012, documentation by Andy Jones and Michelle Leighty; 30 April 2012 (two individuals), documentation by Craig H. Caldwell; vote 9-0.

Common Raven (Corvus corax): six records accepted:

a) two individuals, Columbiana County; 19 March 2011, documentation by Don Koch; vote 9-0. b)

c) 1 individual, Tuscarawas County; 2 October 2011, documentation by Elaine Snively; vote 8-1. d)

e) four individuals, Jefferson County; 4 January 2012, documentation by Scott Pendleton; two previously documented by internet sources on 1 January; vote 9-0. f)

g) one individual, Harrison County; 8 March 2012, documentation by Scott Pendleton; vote 8-1. h)

e) one individual, Coshocton County; 18 May 2012, documentation by Andrew Sewell; vote 8-1.

f) three individuals, Harrison County; 12 August 2012, documentation by Scott Pendleton; vote 9-0.

Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva): three individuals, Cuyahoga County; 3 December 2012, documentation by Michael Egar; vote 9-0.

Townsend’s Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi):
one individual, Erie County; 10 December 2012 through 22 January 2013, documentation by H. Thomas Bartlett; vote 9-0.

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius): three records accepted:

a) one individual, Trumbull County; 5 February 2011 and 4 March 2011, documentation by Karen Forsha; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Wayne County; 20 April and 21April 2011, documentation by Andy Troyer and Su Snyder; vote 9-0.

c) one individual, Cuyahoga County; 17 and 18 February 2013, documentation by Rich Kassouf; vote 9-0.

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulous): eleven individuals, Lucas County; 1 December 2012, documentation by Andy Sewell; vote 9-0.

Kirtland’s Warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii):
three records accepted:

a) one individual, Franklin County; 4 May 2011, documentation by Paul J. Hurtado and Dave Slager; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Cuyahoga County; 23 May 2011, documentation by Craig H. Caldwell; vote 9-0.

c) one individual, Erie County; 12 May 2012, documentation by Jann and Ross Gowans; vote 9-0.

“Audubon’s” Warbler (Setophaga coronate auduboni): one individual, Lucas County; 26 April 2011, documentation by James Fox; vote 9-0. While the Committee does not normally review subspecies records, at the time this one was being considered for a split by the A.O.U.

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens): one individual, Lucas County; 24 September 2011, documentation by Brian Zwiebel; reported on the internet through 25 September; vote 9-0.

Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi): one individual, Lucas County; 8 September 2012, documentation by Josh Haughawout; vote 9-0.

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus): one individual, Stark County; 20 through 22 January 2012, documentation by Susan E. Evanoff; vote 9-0.

Cassin’s Sparrow (Peucaea cassinii): New State Record: one individual, Shelby County; 12 June 2011, documentation by Doug Overacker, 15 June 2011, documentation by Craig H. Caldwell and Doug Slager, continued through 25 June 2011, documentation from internet; vote 9-0.

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys):
one individual, Tuscarawas County; 5 November 2012, documentation by Craig H. Caldwell; vote 9-0.

Harris’s Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula): three records accepted:

a) one individual, Wood County; 11 and 12 October 2012, documentation by Tom Kemp; vote 9-0.

b) one individual, Ashland County; 1 December through 8 December 2012, documentation by Garry Cowell Jr., vote 9-0.

c) one individual, Franklin County; 1 January 2013, documentation by internet sources; 20 January 2013, documentation by Paul Hurtado; 22 January 2013, documentation by Paul Gardner; 9 February 2013, documentation by Kathi Hutton; continued through at least 18 April 2013 per internet sources; vote 9-0.

Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii): one individual, Monroe County; 11 April 2011 through 13 April 2011, documentation by Robert E. Heins, Jr.; vote 9-0.

RECORDS NOT ACCEPTED:

Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera):
one individual, Lucas County; 12 May 2011; vote 1-8. The documentation did not rule out other waterfowl.

Pacific Loon (Gavia pacifica): one individual, Lorain County; 27 November 2010; vote 6-2. The dissenting members cited viewing conditions and the lack of some distinguishing field marks.

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis): one individual, Holmes County; 15 April 2010; vote 6-2. The dissenting members cited the very early date of the record, distance of the observer from the bird, and some details that did not fit with Mississippi Kite.

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus):
one individual, Summit County; 24 December 2011; vote 0-9. The committee would normally not review this species, but the date would have been extraordinary. However, the documentation did not exclude the much more expected Red-shouldered Hawk.

Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni): one individual, Franklin County; 20 May 2012; vote 3-6. This was a very detailed description, but it did not conclusively eliminate all other species.

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto): two individuals, Mercer County; 24 July 2011; vote 3-6. Major kudos are due to Dave Slager, who submitted this record with a request that it be rejected, because the photos indicated that at least one bird was not a pure S. decaocto. This record is from the Celina site where nesting has previously been documented. The presence of these birds highlights the importance of continuing to carefully scrutinize and document apparent Eurasian Collared-Doves.

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia): one individual, Cuyahoga County; 6 July 2012; vote 0-9. The documentation did not eliminate other species.

Common Raven (Corvus corax): one individual, Franklin County; 4 July 2012; vote 3-6. Although quite possibly a correct identification, the bird was seen under difficult conditions.

Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii): one individual, Lucas County; 30 June 2011; vote 0-9. The bird was heard only, and while the description of the song certainly fit Bewick’s Wren, the Committee believed that a rarity of this magnitude would need to be seen to be confirmed.

Smith’s Longspur (Calcarius pictus): two individuals, Lucas County; 11 December 2012; vote 2-7. The documentation suggested Smith’s Longspur, but the details provided were not sufficient.

Swainson’s Warbler (Limnothlypis swainsonii): one individual, Harrison County; 25 April 2011; vote 2-7. This was an intriguing record, which may well have been correct; however, the documentation did not fully exclude all other species.





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