Blake,I have been hesitant to post this to the list due to the fact that I have not been able to confirm it, but I have seen what I am very sure is a raven twice this year between Bellefontaine and Marysville. Each time I was going 70 MPH and couldn't get a diagnostic look, but I once saw it flying and the tail was a perfect match for a raven. The only problem is - I've been burned before. A few times I have seen large birds with raven-like characteristics and when I got close to them I found they were very large crows. There are other birders in the Logan/Union county area who have seen possible ravens in the past year. We also have at least one pair of black vultures, so keep an eye out for them. Eastern Logan county has the perfect habitat for ravens, so I wouldn't put it past there being a few in the area. I just won't believe it 100%(even my own sightings) until all the field marks are noted and/or a photograph is taken.Thanks for the sighting,Troy
> Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2013 08:33:58 -0400
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> Subject: [Ohio-birds] Union County: Possible Raven
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> On our way to work on Friday, my wife noticed a large dark bird perched on telephone wires along State Route 31 just south of State Route 47. I quickly turned the car around, but didn't get to see the bird. She regularly sees vultures and crows, and felt this was something different. This morning on our drive in to Columbus, I saw a group of black birds in a tree, and one of them was much larger than the others, reminding me very much of a raven-size as compared to the accompanying crows. I've seen a lot of ravens, and this bird seemed to fit the requirements, with the usual caveat that it was a short view across the highway while traveling at a high rate of speed. Unfortunately, we were on US33, which precluded turning around without adding about 20 minutes to our commute (and it is Monday, after all). Today's bird was in a tree on the north side of 33, not far past the rest area if you're heading west on 33 (toward Marysville). This location is over 10 miles (as the raven flies) from Friday's sighting, but that doesn't seem unreasonable for a wandering corvid over the weekend. If anyone is driving in the Marysville area, please keep an eye out, I'll be looking carefully on the way home this afternoon.
> Blake Mathys
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