These photos were taken the afternoon of the 9th. The bird was still present the 12th.
Peterjohn in the 2nd edition of Birds of Ohio (2001) only recognizes arrivals from the 14th on - probably in reference to a bird banded at Springville Marsh SNP (Seneca Co.) some years ago by Tom Bartlett.
Subsequent to the original posting of this page (see bottom) I received this information from Larry Rosche (editor of The Cleveland Bird Calendar - a journal of field ornithology for the Cleveland Area). Larry provides the following published early spring arrivals for the Cleveland area.
- March 25, 1962. At Aurora Pond seen by Dr. Neil Henderson.
- March 30, 1938. Listed by A.B. Williams in "Birds of the Cleveland Region" 1950.
- The March 11, 1960, report from Owen Davies was not confirmed but did appear in Audubon Field Notes 14:4:392.
In addition to the winter records listed by Peterjohn, DR. DeSantis had one in January 16, 1960, at Cleveland Public Square.