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Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Location: Smale Riverfront Park
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck still present at noon.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Location: Crookeed Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

Four Pintail on the river this morning.
The first I've seen for 2015.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Location: New Richmond feeder
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

I just had a Common Redpoll at my window feeders.....

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: Mt. Airy Forest
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Pileated woodpecker, brown creeper, white breasted nuthatch, downy and red bellied wood peckers. One large beautiful Barred owl within close range which didn't seem bothered by our presence. Barred owl was calling to another barred owl, heard but never located.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: George Rogers Clark Park, Covington, KY
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Long-tailed duck still present this afternoon. Plenty of other waterfowl as well: Greater/Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Redhead, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard, American Coot, and plenty of Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: Crooked RunState Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

First Wood Duck I've seen this spring, male on the river in front of the house this morning.
Also about 300 ducks spread along Preserve bank from our house to the Visitor Center good mix of species:
Lots of:
Redhead
Canvasback
Common Mergansers
Mallards
Fewer:
Wigeon
Ring-necked
Hooded Mergansers
Red-Breasted Mergansers
Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Black Duck

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: little miami eagle nests
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: adam winkle

still not on nest yet at S.Lebanon nor the 2 nests near Little Miami River south of Beechmont.

The S.Lebenon nest had 2 adult Baldies and an almost mature hanging near the nest.
The last 3 visits to the 2 nests found no eagles near.

28 Common Goldeneyes on the Ohio River.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: covington riverside & garrard
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck still present.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Casey Swecker
Other Birders:

39.065791, -84.26880

Two Great Horned Owl's calling at one another.

9:45 pm

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Schmidt Boat Ramp
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

The ducks were down by the Ohio River Launch Club when I arrived then somebody got on the floating docks and the ducks headed downstream. The only duck to fly off was the White-winged Scoter. It headed upstream towards Rivertowne. There were at least 60 Canvasbacks and 60 Redhead Ducks with 20 Scaup and 1 male Ring-necked Duck. Again I saw no Common Goldeneye.
Best observation was watching two female Redhead Ducks protect one male Redhead from other approaching males. When a male got to close to the trio one of the females swam out and grabbed the offending male by the back of the neck until it swam farther away then she either swam or flew back to the drake and other hen.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders: 4 hikers

At the canoe launch at 1:30 3 Tundra Swans, 2 Adults and 1 immature, 9 American Black Ducks, 1 Belted Kingfisher, the Snipe and Killdeer still present. Another shorebird on the gravel bars near the frozen Duck Creek but couldn't ID. Downy, Red-bellied, Pileated and Flicker Woodpeckers, American Tree Sparrow, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 4 Canada Geese flyover, 1 Red-tailed Hawk hunting from small tree near unplowed parking lot.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

The beautiful male Long-tailed Duck was still present around 1:30 p.m. Also saw Canvasbacks, Redheads, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 male Common Mergansers, 3 Bufflehead, 2 male Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards and no Common Goldeneye.
Nice find Frank.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: covington
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Miamisburg- Upper River Road
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

3 PM to 5 PM.

Tundra Swan-2
Mute Swan- 3 juveniles
Canada Geese
Mallards
Am. Black Duck
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Canvasback
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Bald eagle- 2
Great Blue Heron
Carolina Chickadee
N. Cardinal
White Breasted Nuthatch.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

1:35 PM- Small pocket of open water

Hooded Merganser - 1 male and 4 females
Blue Jays

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: East Fork SP- South Beach
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

Most of the lake was frozen over with one small pond.

Bald Eagle- 1 Juvenile
Common Merganser
American Coot
American Crow.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Armleder/LMR
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Armleder: Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Canvasback, Short-eared Owl (one with a vole), Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Coyotes

LMR just downstream of bridge over Beechmont Levy: Tundra Swan, Am. Black Duck, Common Goldeneye, Belted Kingfisher


Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Fields south of Caesar Creek
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Several small groups of Lapland Longspurs in the road and in the fields south of the park. 1 Bald Eagle flyover on the trail behind the Nature Center.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Newport, KY
Reporter: James Wheat
Other Birders:

I observed three White-winged Scoters on the KY side of the OH River between Newport and Bellevue this morning.

The birds were diving with Common Goldeneye and near some Canvasbacks. Scoped patiently to verify identification; these three were observably larger than the Goldeneyes with them.

James A. Wheat
Newport, KY

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Location: Ohio River & East Fork
Reporter: Neil Gilbert
Other Birders:

This afternoon I birded the Ohio River, visiting Smale Park, St. Rose Overlook, Ohio River Launch Club (end of Strader), Rivertowne Marina, Woodland Mound, and New Richmond. Waterfowl totals:

Canada Goose 420
Mallard 174
Canvasback 156
Redhead 54
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 27
Lesser Scaup 2
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 89
Common Merganser 21
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 91
Herring Gull 3

At East Fork, the road to South Beach was open. The lake was entirely frozen except for two small patches of open water that were jammed with ducks.

Canada Goose 50
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 400
Common Goldeneye 25
Hooded Merganser 8
Common Merganser 60
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Pied-billed Grebe 15
Bald Eagle 3

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Wilson's Snipe and Killdeer were still on the riverbank this evening. Only one Short-eared Owl today.

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Most successful day for both birding and photography Ive personally ever had at Armleder. However I'll start with the unfortunate news first. I usually see one or two great blue heron each time I visit the park. Today I came upon one of the herons laying dead and frozen on the side of river bank. Quite a sad sight.
Today's sighting list was very diverse. Ill start with raptors, I saw the Great Horned Owl, two Red Tailed Hawks, one female Kestrel, two female Northern Harriers, one hawk I could not yet identify but will do so once I upload my photos, and as I was approaching the canoe launch I heard the familiar Barred Owl song quite frequently..I imagine it took off before I could locate it as it was noisy to walk around in the frozen over snow.
On the river I saw 9 Red Head Ducks, quite a few Ring Neck ducks, one Kingfisher, one Killdeer on the river bank alongside a Wilsons Snipe. The Snipe was a first for me. The Killdeer and Snipe stayed close to eachother and were picking around the same ground together.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Felicity
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

2 male Eastern Towhees, 1 Fox Sparrow and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in my backyard after work tonight. All the usual suspects, too.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Little Miami River Loveland
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

The river is locking up pretty good except for rapids and where the creeks come in. The only new birds tonight were 5 Tundra Swans where O'bannon Creek comes in.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Ohio River Hamilton/Clermont
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

A little later then Bill Hull but we saw similar species and numbers (except the huge number of Cans, darn) The WW Scoter was just down river from Strader Ave and seemed to be with the Greater Scaup.

At the marina overlook there was a Ruddy Duck right up against the Ohio bank.

Plenty of opportunities to study divers in flight and hear the whistle from their wings as they move upstream and feed back down. Almost every bird seen today was up against the Ohio shore. It is discussed often that most birds on the Ohio river are really in KY, not today. Check out google maps for the boundaries it's pretty interesting.

52/5 mile there was a Adult Bald Eagle low and heading toward the Ohio.

In New Richmond we did not find the GBB Gull but there were 2 Herring. Otherwise a similar makeup as down river but fewer numbers.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Rising Sun, Ind. back yard
Reporter: Chandra Mattingly
Other Birders: spouse

Oregon junco was back under the feeder this afternoon. Yes, we have photos.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Rising Sun, Ind., back yard
Reporter: Chandra Mattingly
Other Birders:

Had an Oregon Junco under the bird feeder - but haven't seen it since.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Ohio River
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Quick checks for waterfowl this morning at St Rose / Schmidt / Rivertowne / Four Seasons

Canada Goose 288
Mallard 10
Canvasback 100
Redhead 40
Greater Scaup 31
White-winged Scoter 1
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 156
Common Merganser 22
Red-breasted Merganser 4

One of the stops accounted for the majority of the goldeneye even though when I first stopped I could only find a few. A passing barge flushed them from a location close to shore that was hidden from view.

Note: If one uses eBird it is very easy to sum up sightings from multiple locations using "My eBird, Summarize My Observations" to create a weekly report.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Open water near the visitor center held a variety of ducks. Common Merganser, Red breasted mergansers, greater scaup, canvasbacks, black duck, mallards, goldeneye, wigeon,canda geese, and gulls. Three mute Swans flew thru the area.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Great Miami River in Hamilton
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Was looking for a Black-backed Gull and could only find a 2nd year Greater I do believe. It was larger than the Mallard that it was standing next to. Good variety of waterfowl in the river which includes Mute Swans, Canvasbacks, Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Redheads, Scaup sp., GB heron, along with many Ring-Billed and Herring Gulls. Found 2 American Kestrels perched on wires having lunch on some poor little birds. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Stopped by around noon. No Lesser Black-backed Gull but many more ducks including 45 Canvasback, 11 Redhead, 10 Common Goldeneye, 9 Greater Scaup and at least one male Lesser Scaup, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Bufflehead and 20 Mallards. The ice today is flowing out of the Licking River into the Ohio River. Gulls still riding the ice.

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Location: Crooked Run and Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Sorry for the late post.
Six Bald Eagles were seen Crooked Run Nature Preserve on the Ohio River in the evening. There were 5 immature and 1 mature eagle eating what appeared to be a gull. Next morning one immature was perched in a tree next to the playground in Chilo Lock 34 Park. Three immature were in the backwater area of Crooked Run nature preserve. One was eating what was left of the gull. We have sighted at least one eagle each day since.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Simonson Rd off of Dry Ridge; Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

About 160 Horned Larks and 2 Snow Buntings present this morning. Birds were eating spilled (?) corn near snow pile at east end of Simonson Rd. Many more birds in corn field and more in snow covered field. Bring a bag of seed and dump it.
Shawnee Lookout boat ramp was loaded with Song, Tree, White-Throated and White-Crowned sparrows; and towhees and cardinals. All water frozen.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Ohio River Downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

This evening at sunset there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flying around the Ohio River between the Suspension and Taylor Southgate bridges. I also had about 100 Ring-billed Gulls and 15 or so Herring Gulls that looked like they were going roost at the mouth of the Licking River.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Stopped by around 3:00p.m. The Ohio River has a lot of ice on the north side of the river but the Covington riverfront and Licking River are open.
There were 20 Canvasbacks, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Common Goldeneye, 2 Scaup sp., 2 male Bufflehead 20 Mallards, 60 Ring-billed Gulls and 3 Herring Gulls and 1 beaver.
The gulls were riding the floating ice. They got on around the mouth of the Licking River and flew off right before the Suspension Bridge. It was like Kings Island to them.
The beaver came as shore below the sitting area that is surround by the wrought iron fence and overlooks the mouth of the Licking River. It was chewing on a Willow stump.
The cold is making some of the local Mallards crazy. I had two in the street. The male walked in front of on coming traffic and when cars slowed down it walked over to the drivers side looking for a handout. The female sat down in the street in a puddle of melting snow an started quacking.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: John Homer

This afternoon, John Homer photographed a light phase Rough-legged Hawk on the east side of the preserve.

I've also has several single Lapland Longspur flyovers the last couple days.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Hamilton - Great Miami River
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At 12:45 pm today there was an immature Great Black-backed Gull upstream of the Black Street Bridge along with many Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Did not see the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull or White-winged Scoter. Below the lower dam, downstream of the Columbia Bridge in with 100s of Canada Geese were 2 Cackling Geese and a Greater White-fronted Goose. There is a nice variety of waterfowl and great looks at an immature Bald Eagle that is coursing back and forth over the river below the lower dam. Saw 2 American Pipits feeding along the ice at the edge of the river with a Killdeer.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Back Yard - Lebanon
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Two male red-wing blackbirds at my seed feeder.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Camp Dennison; Lake Isabella
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Camp Dennison had 1 Lapland Longspur, several Horned Larks, Song Sparrows and Tree Sparrows in a large flock. Lake is entirely frozen.
Lake Isabella had several Hooded Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Ring-billed Ducks, Redheads, and the usual Mallards, Canada Geese.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Return of the turkey vultures. Probably around 8-10 on the way into CNC around 275. 1 northern flicker, 1 yellow bellied sap sucker, and numerous red bellied wood peckers. 3 carolina wren, 10+ white throated sparrows, 1 goldfinch, 3 house finch, 2 blue jays, 10+ dark eyed junco. There was a large amount of both male and female Eastern towhee picking through the snow. One red tailed hawk. Two Coopers hawks chatting, chasing eachother, and hunting from the same tree tops.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: western hamilton co. roads
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

got a call from andy bess sunday about horned larks, Lapland longspurs and one snow bunting on the dead end side of simonson road. the longspurs and larks were still there this morning but I could not find the bunting. snow bunting seam hard to come by this year, but mixed in with longspurs and larks were two snow bunting on Atherton road and one on willey road.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: New Richmond, OH waterfront
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A 2nd winter? Great Black-backed Gull was hanging out on the Ohio shore.

Also, redheads, common mergs, lesser scaup, canvasbacks, 1 imm bald eagle.

Pic of gull at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/53481458@N00/16441455989/

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Whitewater River Watershed
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

I visited several sites today. Heavy snow cover moved larks, longspurs and sparrows to plowed roadsides and the remaining open water during this deep freeze event concentrated some waterfowl. Highlights:
SE Wayne Co. and NW Union Co. roadsides:
Horned Lark 600+
Lapland Longspur 30
Wilson's Snipe 3 (overwintering in a seep on Stout Rd, W of US27, S of Mitchell Rd.)
North end of Brookville Lake (Dunlapsville Causeway):
Sandhill Crane 750 est (have overwintered in numbers greater than ever before)
Canvasback 11 (FOY for me in the Whitewater River Watershed)
Redhead 56 (overwintered on Brookville Lake, but increasing in numbers)
Greater Scaup 18 (could find no Lessers)
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (adult)
Lapland Longspur (2 with sparrows on roadside along causeway)
CHIPPING SPARROW 1 (adult winter) with sparrows on causeway).
Middlefork Reservoir (about 15% of lake open do to bubbling system for water treatment):
Greater White-fronted Goose 3
Snow Goose 1 imm. white form
Canada Goose 3500
Bill Buskirk
SE Wayne Co.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Milford, OH
Reporter: Tim Gibson
Other Birders:

Sighted a mature bald eagle flying over old downtown Milford, heading roughly West to East at about 9:30 a.m.

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: East Fork Camp Dennison Little Miami Loveland - Milford
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

There are two patches of open water off the beach at East Fork. Dusk or a cloudy day would be the best time to visit and scope from the dam side since the road to the beach has been closed.

Nothing unusual or exceptional yesterday but its worth stopping and scoping if you are in the area. The next couple weeks are historically the peak of waterfowl movement and with all the freezing you should turn up something good along with decent quantities.


Camp Dennison, very small patch of open water that will not support birds long.

The Little Miami is open in many spots with birds present at each stop. The Loveland area had 25+ Redheads.

South at the Remington Rd bridge there were Redheads and 1 Kingfisher, 1 Canvasback. There is a creek that enters at the bridge, this is Sycamore Creek, it has a wastewater treatment plant just upstream. The water is always open but it is hard to see unless you walk the road edge.

Between Remington and Kelly there was a flock of 25 Ring necks and a Canvasback.

Looking from the Miamiville bridge and down at Milford there area plenty of Geese, Mallards, Black Ducks and Hooded Mergansers that were present at every other stop.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Rivertowne
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Poor quality photo of WW Scoter: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129072137@N08/16436450258/

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Four Seasons/Rivertowne Marinas
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 White-winged Scoter with several other diving duck species this morning. Thanks Brian!

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Hamilton - Great Miami River
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders: Anthony and Andrew Cannizzaro and Terri Fitton

The bird of the day was no doubt the adult Lesser Black-Backed Gull, seen about 4:40 pm on the ice above the Black Street Dam. We watched the bird for some time, then couldn't find it either on the ice where we first saw it or foraging in the river with a large number of gulls. After a short while we saw it again in the same spot. It had just been rendered invisible by a couple of Herring Gulls that stood between the black-back and us. Also, no White-winged Scoter was found today. A very nice variety of waterfowl is currently on the Great Miami River in Hamilton.

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There was an adult Lesser Black-backed gull associating with numerous herring and ring-billed gulls, north of the Black street bridge. Was viewed on North black street where Two Mile Creek meets the Great Miami.

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Ohio River - Smale Park to Woodland Mound
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

With almost all other water frozen in the area there is an impressive collection of diving ducks on the Ohio River. Totals are below from Smale Park/Yeatmans Cove, St. Rose Church/Schmidt Boat Ramp, 4 Seasons/Rivertowne Marina, and Steamboat drive at Woodland Mound. See eBird for specific location breakdowns.

185 Canada Goose
14 Mallard
155 Canvasback
32 Redhead
2 Ring-necked Duck
44 Greater Scaup
2 Lesser Scaup
2 White-winged Scoter - viewed from the overlook at Rivertowne, far upstream.
8 Bufflehead
78 Common Goldeneye
2 Common Merganser
7 Red-breasted Merganser

87 Ring-billed Gull
17 Herring Gull

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Covington Riverfront, Kenton Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Not as many gulls but about the same mix of ducks as my belated post from the 18th below. There are still several Herring Gulls present,the river ice is now gone:

Good variety of birds off the Covington shore, 50 Canvasbacks, 10 Redheads, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Common Goldeneye, 10 scaup species, 4 Bufflehead, 200 Canada Geese, 400 Ring-billed Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls. (February 18)

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Home, New Richmond, Ohio
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

FOS Brown Thrasher in yard.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Mason backyard
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders:

We've seen grackles and brown headed cowbirds, a sure sign that spring is coming (believe it or not), and a first in our yard, a white throated sparrow. Plus cardinals, blue jays, house finches, gold finches, downy woodpeckers, juncos, song sparrows, Carolina chickadees, house sparrows, mourning doves, Coopers hawk, and of course a bazillion starlings.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Norwood front yard
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders: Brutus and Daisy, basset hounds

New yard bird for us; we spotted a Brown Creeper climbing our ash tree.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: My Home, Campbell County, KY
Reporter: Jeff Foster
Other Birders:

Lots of activity at my feeders today. 3 Blue Jays, 50 + Northern Cardinals, 15 Carolina Chickadees, 2 White Breasted Nuthatches, 2 Carolina Wrens, 5 American Goldfinches, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, and several species of sparrow but I'm still not good at differentiating the sparrows yet.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Home, New Richmond, Ohio
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Just spotted my FOS Eastern Phoebe in the neighbor's yard.

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Location: My feeders in the back in Withamsville
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

I make my own Woodpecker food and it works great when I keep the Starlings at bay. Just now 2:30 I had 3 Flickers, 2 Hairys, 3 Downys, 1 Red bellied, 1 Yellow bellied sapsucker, and a Pileated. All at the same time

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Location: Hamilton - Great Miami River - White-winged Scoter
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At 6:00pm a white-winged Scoter was actively feeding below the dam above Black Street Bridge where the Ford Canal enters the Great Miami River. The bird was not an adult male. Herring Gulls outnumbered Ring-billed Gulls in the same area this evening and looked as if they might stay there for the night.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge, Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

1 Snow Goose flew in with a large flock of Canada Geese. I also had 11 Greater Scaup with Common Goldeneye. All ducks and geese were on the Great Miami River as all of the gravel pits in the area are almost completely frozen.

At Fernald, there are a few Canvasback, Ring-necks, Gadwall and Mallards hanging out in a tiny patch of open water in the back corner of lodge pond. This morning was a 3 falcon morning with a flyby Peregrine, great looks at a Merlin, and a resident pair of Kestrels.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Woodland Mound Boat Ramp
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

There were 3 Greater White-fronted Geese in a flock of 75 Canada Geese that flew along the Ohio River and then up the Ninemile Creek drainage. They were low, so I don't think they were going far.

There was also a Winter Wren in the bottomland thickets near the boat ramp.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

At 2:45 there was a first cycle Great-Black-backed Gull above the dam on a gravel peninsula near the KY shore. There were also ~15 Herring Gulls, ~275 Ring-billed Gulls.

I missed out on the cool birds that Suzanne reported from Chilo because I decided not to brave the snowy side roads.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

Nice group of waterfowl by our dock this morning:
110 Common Mergansers (impressive with so many bright males!)
40 Goldeneye
2 Canvasbacks
2 Hooded Mergansers
3 Cormorants

Also two Bald Eagles perched in the yard, one immature and one mature.

The snow brought our first Fox sparrow and Juncos to the feeders for this winter. Strange no Juncos earlier.

Only one Purple Finch now, we've had plenty earlier, maybe they're moving north already.

We've not heard Woodcocks since the first ones on Feb. 9. They're probably not happy campers now!

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Excellent looks at the Hermit Thrush bouncing his tail along the river. Great contrast of brown thrush in white snow.
1 male Common Merganser
1 male and 1 female Hooded Merganser
1 male Mallard
Heard only Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Eastern Towhee
Several White-throated Sparrows

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Sugartree Backyard
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

Brown Thrasher on platform feeder

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Carillon Park in Dayton, OH (across from UD Arena)
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

Four Great Black-backed Gulls on the ice in the Great Miami River viewed from the bell tower (there are pull-offs) along Carillon Blvd. across from UD Arena. Three adults and one first-cycle.

Note: Is this an unprecedented winter for this species at inland sites away from Lake Erie? There have been several sightings in Dayton and recently the one at East Fork.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

2 pairs of eastern towhee. Downy, hairy and red bellied wood peckers everywhere. 20+ dark eyed juncos. White crowned sparrows along with white throated sparrows. Numerous northern cardinals. Carolina wren, house finch, carolina and black capped chickadees. 5 black vultures circling together until the wind carried them out of sight. The highlight of the trip was a Coopers Hawk sitting on a branch eating what looked like a starling. The hawk was within 10-15 feet of the trail and didnt seem bothered by my presence at all. Hopefully some good captures from this visit!

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Newport, KY
Reporter: James Wheat
Other Birders:

Eric, the Surf Scoter is an adult male in brilliant plumage.

It tended toward the KY side most of the day. I saw it as well from the Don Pablo's deck and no one accosted me.

James A. Wheat
Newport, KY

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Camp Denison and Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Camp Denison American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, no binoculars but could see all the waterfowl crammed in one spot of open water and some gulls on the ice nearby. Kelley Nature Preserve: 6 Common Goldeneye on the river that is mostly frozen.
3 Mallards
3 Turkey Vultures
1 Belted Kingfisher
Heard only Eastern Bluebird
2 Pileated Woodpeckers
4 Eastern Towhees
6 Mourning Doves

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Stopped by the riverfront at 4:30 p.m. There were 11 Common Goldeneye (6m,5f),3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1m, 2f), 3 Pied-billed Grebe, 20 Mallards, 3 immature Herring Gulls and 70 Ring-billed Gulls.
James, nice finding the Surf Scoter but could you be a little more specific about the bird and location. Like is it an adult male, female or immature? Is it the middle of the river or closer to one bank? Did Don Paublos let you stand on their deck to see it. I really don't want to pay to park at Sawyer Point to see it.
With this arctic air arriving tomorrow the riverfront maybe heating up this weekend for good birds. There is very little open water left. The Licking River was frozen almost to the Ohio River and the L.M.R. has only a few open spots.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Newport, KY
Reporter: James Wheat
Other Birders:

Surf Scoter remained most of today on the OH River in Newport KY. The bird is still here now. Bird visible from T.M. Berry Int'l Friendship Park on the OH side, and the Don Pablo's deck (Riverboat Row) on the KY side.

Also seen today: both Scaup, Redhead, Canvasback, RB Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Mallard.

James A. Wheat
Newport, KY

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

In fresh snow I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk over the river. Also 7 Canada Geese on the water, 2 Ring-billed Gulls did a flyover. Red-bellied, Downy and Pileated Woodpecker, Cardinal, Robin, Titmouse, C Wren, C Chickadee, Bluejay, American Crow and 40-50 White-throated Sparrows feeding on the ground. They look like the Tan stripe variety.

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015
Location: NE Union Co. IN and W Preble Co. OH
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

We had only about an inch or so snow accumulation in Union and Wayne Co. IN today, but enough to drive longspurs and Horned Larks to the roadsides. In the area S and E of Boston IN I had a total of nearly 300 Lapland Longspurs (many in pure or nearly pure flocks). None were yet showing molt to breeding plumage.

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Two LMR Bald Eagle sightings this weekend. An immature at Magrish and an adult near Armleder.

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Location: Okeana feeder
Reporter: Bob Schlake
Other Birders:

Off and on all day at the feeder 10 Purple Finch 7 female 3 male.

Saturday I only saw females.

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Location: Armleder 6:16 p.m.
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders: Brutus and Daisy, basset hounds

We saw 3 Short-eared Owls fly over at sunset tonight. We would have waited for the fourth, but it was past the hounds' chow time and they were getting cold.

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Location: Oxbow, Lost Bridge, RV Pond, Hidden Valley Lake, Aurora Landing
Reporter: Gary Stegner
Other Birders: Larry Bowdre, velda Miller, James Wheat

On this balmy Sunday morning Oxbow field trip we totaled 39 species. Highlights were bald eagle, kingfisher, mallard, AM. black duck, redhead, canvasback, bufflehead, common goldeneye, lesser scaup, ring necked duck, northern shoveler and gadwall. We also had Canada geese, coot, pied bill grebe and great blue herons.
We had the greatest variety of waterfowl at the Aurora Landing.

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

Correction for the Fernald Preserve Listing. It was for February 14, 2015 at 3:30 PM.

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Location: Fernald Nature Preserve
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

16F, strong winds, flurries, 3:30 PM

Canada Goose
Mute Swan-1
Tundra Swan-2
Gadwall
Mallard
Greater Scaup 1
Northern Shoveler-5
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead-1
American Coot
American Tree Sparrow-2
Northern Cardinal-1

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: Miami University Nature Trail System
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders: Miami Valley Audubon Society

Strong winds, flurries, 18 F,

Turkey Vulture-2
Mourning Dove-3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker-1
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird-3
Yellow-rumped Warbler-2
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
American Goldfinch

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: CNC (Rowe woods)
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: 13 Brave CNC birders


Trip List: Canada Goose, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: Rt 276 and Sharps Cutoff
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Dark Phase Rough-legged Hawk. It was sitting in a tree on the south side of the road way out in the field. Warning, there is no place to park.

Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015
Location: East Fork South beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Great Black-backed Gull on beach

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Location: East Fork Beach
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

4:00-4:30 Great Black-backed Gull, still there when i left...directly in front of the new construction...snow white crown, neck, throat, bright pink legs, jet black above.

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Location: Dayton Area
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders:

There were 8 tundra swans in a farm field along I-70 (eastbound) just north of 675 at 4:30 this afternoon.

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Location: Fernald - Snow Goose flock
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

I may have seen the same flock reported by Brian. It was around 3:10pm going east to west. The wind was buffeting them a bit and they were at times in one "v" and at others 3 or so groups. Counting by 5s I thought maybe 75 to 80 birds but accept Brian's number if it was the same time. The main thing I wanted to add was that I thought that blue morphs were approximately half of the total number.

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Flyover of 102 individually counted Snow Geese this afternoon. This is by far the largest flock I've seen in Ohio. They were headed west when I lost them behind the tree line.

Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage
Other Birders: Just Linda

Other than a lot of the usuals, I was fortunate enough to witness (and videotape) a squabble between a Bald Eagle and a Red-tailed Hawk over prey.

http://youtu.be/uVBQRLlO2AI

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Susan Kailholz

A good evening for raptors: Bald Eagle (before Susan arrived), adult Red-tailed Hawk, adult Cooper's Hawk, immature Northern Harrier, female American Kestrel, and four Short-eared Owls (appeared from the north field at 6:18pm). Also had 75 Red-winged Blackbirds by the bean field, 22 Mallards and 4 American Black Ducks on the Little Miami River, and approx 60 crows did a flyover at the south end of the park.

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning between 7 and 7:45 am:
1 Great Horned Owl
1 American Kestrel
1 Northern Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
As I was leaving I saw a flash of white flying over the river. I caught a quick glimpse of a white bird circling over the river from near the main shelter with my 10x42 binos. The bird which was larger than most Gulls was flying up the river and I saw some black marks under the wings out near the tips, the rest of the bird was white with a slow wing beat as it flew north.

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

One kingfisher, saw the killdeer once again, great blue heron, a brief encounter with a great horned owl, saw a red tailed hawk finishing off a meal by the canoe launch, Carolina wren, one northern flicker. Witnessed 2 of the short eared owls in broad daylight way out in bean field and stuck around til 620-630 when all 4 short eared owls took flight to lunken.

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Saw all four Short-eared Owls today. The first came up at 6:23 p.m and the other three came up at 6:27 p.m. Stayed until 7:00 p.m. and no calling Woodcock.
Earlier in the day I stopped at the Covington, Ky riverfront and had an adult Herring Gull, a pair of Common Goldeneye and two male Buffleheads. There was a Horned Grebe at St. Rose.

Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Arrived early in hopes of seeing the SEO's but no luck. A quick view of a Great Horned Owl in flight and 2 Fox Sparrows. Heard what could be Woodcocks in the north field around 7 a.m
Also
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
C Wren
T Titmouse

Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders: Chris Clingman

Heard Woodcocks this morning in the wetland area behind the yurts.

Date: Monday, February 9, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Rode my horse Saturday at East Fork and found a few interesting things:

Immature Bald Eagle 1

Adult Bald Eagles 2- perched in a tree near the nest sight.

The ridge points closest to the water were full of Red Headed Woodpeckers.

Found an owl pellet on the mounting block in the middle of the field at the Horseman's Day Lot.

Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Lodge pond full of ring neck ducks, the tundra swans are still lingering around, 2 kestrels, 2 female northern harriers, 1 red tailed hawk, a gold finch pair, 1 northern flicker, and a pair of pileated woodpeckers.

Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Location: Port William, Clinton County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

A bit out of the normal Cincinnati birding area, but an easy drive for any lister wanting to add a tick mark to his or her 2015 tally. 2 Eurasian Collared-Doves perched on a wire over Second St, next to the smaller grain mill and storage facility. A gravel parking area allows easy pull off for observation and photos, and there was even an obliging Mourning Dove perched near by for comparison. Add in the many pigeons flying around, and you may score a dove hat trick.

Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Location: Ox Bow
Reporter: Samantha Frodge
Other Birders: Jonathan Frodge

Snow Goose on jackpot pond with 400 Canada Geese. Seen at 2:45 p.m.

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 7 Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip Participants Lead by Darlena Graham

Not a bird sighting, but I forgot to mention that we got to watch a River Otter break through the ice at various places and eat what ever it was catching.

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Muscatatuck NWR and other points in Indiana
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 7 Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip Participants Lead by Darlena Graham

Darlena lead the Cincinnati Bird Club on a trip to Muscatatuck NWR with a side trip to Ewing Bottoms. The bird of the day was without a doubt the Sandhill Crane with excess of 10000 at Muscatutuck and 7500 at Ewing Bottoms. We couldn't ask for better weather and company for the trip.

Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson, US-IN
Feb 7, 2015 9:35 AM - 2:16 PM
Protocol: Traveling
11.62 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
44 species

Cackling Goose 2
Canada Goose 275
Gadwall 2
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 200
Northern Shoveler 20
Northern Pintail 50
Green-winged Teal 4
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 3
Bald Eagle 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Sandhill Crane 10000
Mourning Dove 8
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 1
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 10
Carolina Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 1
Eastern Towhee 1
American Tree Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow (Red) 1
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 7
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 7
Northern Cardinal 21
House Finch 7
Purple Finch 3
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 20

Other birds seen along the way include:

Rough-legged Hawk
Horned Lark
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Meadowlark
House Sparrow
Rock Dove
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk

We also saw more then 7500 Sandhill Cranes at Ewing Bottoms.

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Lebanon
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

FOS red-winged blackbird eating at back yard feeder.

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge area near Shawnee Lookout Park
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: John Meier

Between ~ 2:00 - 4:00, saw two adult Bald Eagles perched in some large trees on the west bank of the Great Miami River, looking upstream from Lost Bridge. Then another Bald Eagle, immature, was out in the crop field south of the road and near the shallow pond. In the deep gravel pit to the north of the road, a nice assemblage of ducks mostly slept in an open patch of water surrounded by ice, as well as in some other open water. These included ~ 70 Common Goldeneye, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, ~ 20 Bufflehead, 5 American Coots, ~ 100 Mallards, ~ 25 Black Ducks, and a smattering of Canada Geese. The only birds actively feeding were two Horned Grebes which dove in the middle patch of open water where the Goldeneye, Bufflehead, and Mergansers were. Lots of Ring-billed Gulls and Crows present too, perhaps 100 each. An American Kestrel and a Cooper's Hawk made nice shows near the road, perching in nearby trees. The adult Bald Eagles flew right over us a couple of times, making for great photo-ops. If you come here to watch birds, be careful not to forget yourself and get too close to the passing traffic, which often zooms by at high speed just a few feet from you. While watching so much bird action, it is easy to forget you are next to a sometimes busy road.

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Location: Kings AutoMall
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Levi Lippert

Coming out of the Kia repair facility at ~5:35, noticed a large flock of Common Grackles passing over, heading towards the sunset. The flock continued, and continued, and continued, etc., etc. Eventually there were what appeared to be Red-winged Blackbirds mixed in, quite a few at one point, though I had no binoculars with me, and quite a few Starlings, but the predominant species was Common Grackle. The flock continued in a long strand for at least 25 minutes, all heading W/SW in a long strand that must have stretched for at least 7 miles. I would estimate ~70,000 birds passed over. The line of the strand drifted off north a bit, out of sight, so it is possible it continued heading W/SW for longer than we observed. The sunset was a classic with gold beams bursting forth from a long break in the clouds, so who could blame the birds for heading towards it! Anyone know of a blackbird roost somewhere W/SW of Fields-Ertel area? A short time later as we waited in a drive-thru line, I glanced west again and saw the sunset had turned into another classic after initially fading to gray, this time a huge wash of crimson and pink. Not a bad half hour that we easily could have missed if not for a cooling system problem in the Kia!

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

1 Adult Bald Eagle, several Ring-billed Gulls on Lake, 3 Great Blue Herons, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, 1 Black Vulture, 1 Turkey Vulture, 3 Rough-legged Hawks circling and screaming near the spillway. 1 Cooper's Hawk, American Crow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Goldfinch, C Wren, Titmouse, Cardinal

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

2 red tailed hawks hunting a field together. One female northern harrier. One great horned owl who sat staring directly at me. One brown creeper. One male kestrel on top of one of the telephone poles on the way into the park. Out on the river bank flying high over the water and straight towards Lunken I am pretty sure I witnessed a juvenile bald eagle passing through...however I am unsure of this one as I have not seen one in this area yet and had to use binoculars for the brief glimpse I had.

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Location: Dayton, OH
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

Today I photographed a first winter Iceland Gull south of Kaplan College along E. River Rd. Yesterday I photographed an adult Great Black-backed Gull at Carillon Park.

Dayton is just an hour drive from Cincinnati. See the message board for a brief synopsis of other rare gulls in the Dayton area at this time, including Thayer's, Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed.

Date: Friday, February 6, 2015
Location: Campbell lakes & Fernald
Reporter: Bob Schlake
Other Birders:

A pair of Bald eagles in the lone tree along the river @ Campbell lakes. I approached slowly and they were in the same perch when I left an hour later. I think this pair has become acclimated to people fishing at the lakes. 9:30-10:30

https://www.flickr.com/photos/schlake/16273587819/in/photostream/

A Merlin very near the visitor center @ Fernald. 12:30

Also for the first time in 2 years I had 4 female Purple finch at the feeder in Okeana.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Neil Gilbert
Other Birders:

One Short-eared Owl appeared around 6:20PM, flying high toward the airport. Viewed from the playground area.

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Location: Willey Rd between Fernald and Miami Whitewater
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

40+ Lapland Longspurs mixed in with 150 Horned Lark in the fields along the road.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve, Lodge Pond
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

Along with several Ring-necked Ducks and many Mallards there were 2 pairs of Canvasbacks, FOS for me. Male and female Harrier working the large field, but in the back, and 2 RT Hawks overhead. Gadwalls and Mute Swan in ponds to the left as you make the first turn toward the visitor center. Lodge Pond mostly frozen.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Location: Great Miami River (adjacent to Miami University Hamilton)
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

This afternoon there was a single Cackling Goose associating with the large number of Canada Geese near the dam.

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Location: Fernald,Lost Bridge,Indian Creek Campground,Oxbow
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Started at Fernald where I saw a Red-Tailed Hawk,female Northern Harrier, American Kestrel and a Juv. Bald Eagle flyover that scattered 100 Canada geese off the side of the hill that they hang out on. Nothing at Lost Bridge. Gadwall, Redheads, Coots and Northern Shovelers at Indian Creek Campground.2nd year Bald Eagle at Oxbow. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Somewhere between 620-630pm I saw the short eared owls take flight heading towards lunken like everyone has been saying. They flew high and it was too dark to photograph with my camera however still amazing.
Other random sightings of the day were 1 female kestrel, 1 female harrier flying over by the bean field, numerous mockingbirds, cardinals, a wide variety of sparrows and an abundance of Canadian geese

Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning at 7:08 with the full moon and Jupiter just setting in the west and the sky in the east painted red. in the north field, I spotted one pair of Short-eared Owls circling over the field and then moving north towards the noisey business. At 7:11 I spotted the second pair near the horizon towards the overlook. They moved towards the field and came swooping down low and dissapeared. I could not tell if they landed or flew away. I was very close to the owls and standing still. Also at 7:43 near the main shelter a Northern Harrier flying low towards the fenced dcg area.

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 barred owl, 1 killdeer, 1 red tailed hawk, 1 great blue heron, 1 female northern harrier, 1 American kestrel, 2 white crowned sparrows, 2 northern flickers and one brown creeper.

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: Armleader
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

At 6:20 PM while in the parking lot by the trail that leads to Lunken I and two others saw 4 Short -eared owls fly from the north towards the airport through a gap in the tree line.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Winter Wren 1 first heard calling then seen, Virginia Rail heard calling

Both found beyond the beaver dam and pond in the northeast corner of the WA. Take the path downhill from the parking lot at the feeders at the entrance to the boardwalk trail. Turn right at bottom of the hill and continue to the corner where the spring runs under the path and the turn left. Both birds were found on the left side of the path beyond the beaver dam, now breached, and the cyprus trees on the left. Winter Wren first heard calling unassisted in the cattails. By playing calls and psishing it was attracted to sit in a willow out in the cattails where I was able to observe it. Just before I started back to the parking area, a Virginia Rail gave its grunt call unassisted. When I played the grunt call, the Virginia Rail called again.

Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Highlight was a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets. Other birds Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, 10 Mallards on the river, heard only Belted Kingfisher, C Wren, Chickadees, Cardinal, Robin, loads of Bluejays,
White-throated Sparrow, Titmouse, Canada Geese, White-breasted Nuthatch

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Dave Ackerman
Other Birders:

Good day at Armleder with some nice views of several fox sparrows, white crowned and white throated and a Merlin that sat perched and as I walked by no more than 50' away. Oh and a nice view of a GHO sleeping on his perch nestled right against the trunk of the tree. Never would have seen it if I hadn't caught the white of his collar showing.

Merlin
Red Winged Blackbird
Red Tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
Mallard
European Starling
Cardinal
White Crowded Sparrow
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker
Robin
Tufted Titmouse
White Breasted Nuthatch
Chipping Sparrow
Crow
Kestrel
Great Horned Owl
White Throated Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

4:00 PM to 6PM. 90% Cloud Cover, no wind, 39F

3 Short-eared owls emerged at 5:55 PM and flew west toward Lunken.

Great Blue Heron-1
Canada Geese-80
Red-tailed hawk-1
Cooper's Hawk-1
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
E. Starling
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
W.B. Nuthatch
C. Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Red Wing Blackbird-30 males, 1 female
Am. Goldfinch

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: Glenwood Gardens park
Reporter: Robert Pickford
Other Birders: Linda Harig

A Great Horned Owl has moved into the nesting can along the Wetlands Trail. This can was not used by owls last spring or the spring before last.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: Jeff Wiley
Other Birders:

I went to check for activity at the eagle nest today. All I saw was one adult fly over the marsh, no eagle seen near the nest. Other nice sightings were a beautiful red tail hawk circling overhead and I had a nice view of a pileated woodpecker.

Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Location: Brookville Reservoir
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Kate Stenger

Kate and I were driving past Brookville this morning, so we opportunistically stopped at the dam and both causeways. The lake was 80% frozen, but there was open water at each location.

There were good numbers of waterfowl and gulls at each stop. We could have spent a few hours at these sites, but we only had enough time for quick looks. Quick highlights:

--3 Greater White-fronted Geese and 150 Sandhill Cranes visible from the Dunlapsville causeway.
--12 Bald Eagles (throughout)
-- 150+ Common Goldeneye (all stops)

Plenty of Canada Geese (1500+) and gulls (1000+) to pick through if you have time...

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: E.Fork, S. Lebanon, Near Lunken
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: adam winkle

No eggs yet in nests at these locations, though strong hunting activity with 3 Adult Bald Eagles hunting ducks in the lake, 2 south of Armleder not far from the 2 nests, and 1 Adult at S.Lebanon whose hunting was ended by 2 Red Tails, one of which hit the Eagle, feathers flying, before the Eagle high-tailed it toward the new nest they have built along the river. At this nest we saw an Immature, formerly fledged from previous nests blown-down. The Immature was practically an adult, head half white.

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf and many others.

All four SEO emerged from the North field between 6:12-6:16 p.m.

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

About 3:30pm.

Short-eared Owl (1)

Finally! Got great looks as it flew low out from the south dog park field then north towards northern fields where I lost it. Did not see the others.

Red-winged Blackbird

Large flock near the Lunken Trail entrance. Spring is coming!

Other:

Canada Goose (8)
Bald Eagle (1)
Northern Harrier (1)
American Kestrel (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)
Downy Woodpecker (3)
American Crow (2)
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse (4)
White-breasted Nuthatch (6)
European Starling
White-crowned Sparrow (8)
Northern Cardinal (4)

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: winton woods
Reporter: Jenn Dodge
Other Birders:

one beautiful barred owl

https://www.flickr.com/photos/flutterbee9/

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: Miami/Woods
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

I should have used the term partial albino in my previous message.

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: Miami Woods/Milford
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

Brief sighting of a Northern Flicker this morning. He was about to check out my peanut and suet feeders, but unfortunately the Starlings chased him away. Another resident is a duck that swims among the Mallards, and is VERY light brown with a large patch of white of its back. Luenestic?

Date: Friday, January 30, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning in the cold wind a mature American Bald Eagle soaring from the north field area to over the levee in seconds. Also Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, C Chickadee, C Wren, Downy Woodpecker, White-crowned Sparrows,Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mallard, 1 GBH, a close up of a Belted Kingfisher diving into the river from the cliffs. Goldfinch, Canada Geese, Cardinal, large flock of European Starlings.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Location: Woodsdale/Butler county
Reporter: Tricia Holweger
Other Birders:

Saw an American Bald Eagle this morning, flying along the Great Miami River.

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Location: southwestern Butler County, OH. Rough-legged Hawk
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Adult male Rough-legged Hawk in large meadow at intersection of Hart Rd and Dunwoody Rd

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Location: Winton Woods, Hamilton County Park
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

4 Black Vultures flying over Winton Road just north of the Main Park Entrance. Don't recollect seeing these around here-I drive Winton Road for work and typically just see Turkey Vultures in appropriate seasons.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location: St. Joseph's Cemetery
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

American Crow 100, Merlin 1 (FOY)

On arrival at about 4:00 pm, cemetery overrun by crows! After about 20 minutes, I found the Merlin flying outside the cemetery to the south at the row of houses. The Merlin landed in the top of a tall tree. I observed by scope from inside the cemetery

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 (FOY), Carolina Chickadee 5, American Robin 20

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 3, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carina Wren 1, America Robin 30 feeding on bittersweet, Eastern Towhee 1 calling (FOY)

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Location: Vamp Dennison Park
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Ring-billed Gull 20, American Coot 15, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 5, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 1 (FOY) seen briefly then heard, Carolina Wren 2, American Robin 20, Northern Mockingbird 2, Song Sparrow 1, White-throsted Sparrow 5, Dark-eyed Junco 1, Northern Cardinal 1

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Mute swan is still there as are the 6 tundra swans. 2 American kestrel males, one female red tailed hawk. One female northern harrier. Four ring necked ducks, about 15 red heads, two pileated woodpeckers, Canada geese, a couple of shovel heads, and one very shy great blue heron.

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Location: Highland Stone Quarry
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

Checked out the Highland Stone Quarry today after school. Two Greater White-Fronted Geese! All the birds were flushed by gunshots shortly after we arrived but all the birds flew across the road to another body of water. Very excited to see this species again!

Hooded Merganser - 20
Gadwall - 20
Mallard - 400
Canada Geese ~ 5000
Greater White-Fronted Goose - 2
American Black Duck - 15
American Coot - 10

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Sandhill Crane 3 seen near viewing platform near sunsey

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Lodge Pond & Ponds on left on way in: Canada Goose 50, Mute Swan 1, Tundra Swan 5, Gadwall 30, Mallard 50, Redhead 20, Ring-necked Duck 30, Sandhill Crane heard but not seen.

Weapons to Wetlands Pond: Northern Shoveler 3 (2m,1f) FOY.

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Tate Boat Tamp (closed due to icey conditions): Parked at nearby lot and walked down.

Ring-billed Gull 6, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Carolina Chickadee 3, Tufted Titmouse 3, Carlina Wren 1, American Robin 6, European Starling 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 first of year (FOY), Tree Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 4, White-throated Sparrow 3, Dark-eyed Junco 2, Northern Cardinal 3

South Beach: Ring-billed Gull 75, Herring Gull 3 (imm)

Twin Lakes: Gadwall 3, Mallard 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Carolina Chickadee 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, White-throated Sparrow 4, Northern Cardinal 2.

Road to Dam at Evenrude Shop: Cedar Waxwing 12 FOY, American Robin 50 feeding on bittersweet and cedar berries, American Goldfinch 2.

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Barred owl, one male northern harrier, 4 female harriers, red tailed hawk, American kestrel, 5 tundra swans, one mute swan, numerous red head ducks and geese.

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015
Location: Fernald Overlook and Lost Bridge
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

Started at Fernald went to Lost Bridge and returned to Fernald. The harriers were active at Fernald and a group of Tundra Swans flew right overhead. I saw Canada Geese, Mallards, and Red Tails and Eastern Bluebirds when I first got to Fernald. At Lost Bridge I saw two immature eagles high in the sky. When I returned to Fernald the Harriers were everywhere including the male. I also had an immature eagle fly over. I saw a Rough Legged Hawk at quite a distance and before I left a Kestrel landed in a tree not far from me.

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Highland Stone and Gravel, Rocky Fork SP
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Highland Stone and Gravel: Lots of waterfowl, many Canada Geese and Mallards, other waterfowl - Black Duck, Hooded Merganser, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Duck, American Coot. Special highlights: Greater White-fronted Goose 10 (10:30 to 11:30 am) and 13 at 3:00 pm, American Wigeon 6, Northern Pintail 8 (3:00 pm), Sandhill Crane 23 flew in at 5:00 pm, Northern Harrier 1 female/imm, Bald Eagle 2 adults, Savannah Sparrow 2 found in grassy area along harvested corn while driving local roads

Rocky Fork SP: Eastern Bluebird 2, Red-headed Woodpecker 2 at marina off North Shore Drive.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Im reporting a day late as I just found out about this website.
One Northern Flicker
Two Carolina Wrens
One Coopers Hawk
One Red Tailed Hawk
Four House Finches
Three Red Bellied Woodpeckers
Male and Female Eastern Towhee
Numerous Downy Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Chickadees

Trip List:

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road at Route 50
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Wild Turkey 26

Observed at 9:50 am just east of this intersection on the north side of Rt. 50 in a small harvested cornfield behind the first house (not occupied, maybe abandoned) from the intersection. This field is separated by a hedgerow from a much larger harvested cornfield at the corner of Wolfpen and Rt 50. There is a dirt/gravel pull-off on the north side of Rt 50. Turkeys have been observed regularly in recent winters in these cornfields.


Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Schmitt Fields, east end
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders: Samantha Frodge

Incidental sighting - while strolling through our old neighborhood with the dog we had a flyover Merlin that landed in one of the large Cottonwoods between the ball diamonds. We have seen all three falcon species here.

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Bob Schlake
Other Birders: others

Bald Eagles

https://www.flickr.com/photos/schlake/sets/72157650067307830

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Too cold and wet to hike around, I birded Lodge Pond and those ponds on the left as you drive in. There was a VERY dark Red-tailed Hawk that I tried hard to turn into a Rough-legged. It didn't work.

The Tundra Swans were a nice get - I missed them in 2014.

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan (6; 4 adults, 2 imm)
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Great Blue Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

8:20-11am, various south side locations
(beach access closed to vehicles)

Canada Goose
Gadwall (3; Twin Ponds)
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe (40)
Red-shouldered Hawk

Ring-billed Gull
Red-headed Woodpecker (1; Turkey Ridge picnic area)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker (3; 1 each at Tate boat ramp, Turkey Ridge picnic area, trail off dam road)

Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker (1 heard at Tate boat ramp, 1 seen at Turkey Ridge picnic area
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper (trail off dam road)
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird

Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler (5; FOY - Tate boat ramp)
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park - Beach and Dam
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

Drizzle, 39 F, 100% Cloud Cover. The gate to the beach is closed.

Pileated Woodpecker-call
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Dark Eyed Juncos-10
Red-tailed hawk-1
Am. Crows-5
Ring-billed gulls-100
Herring Gulls-6
Pie-billed grebes
Am. Coots

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Two Bald Eagles on the ice by the dam. One adult and one was immature. The immature was larger than the adult. Some Crows flew in and landed next to the Eagles. Other birds seen Red-shouldered Hawk, American Kestrel, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch, Goldfinch, Ring-billed Gull, Bluejay, Cardinal, Mockingbird, White-breasted Nuthatch and 6 Red-tailed Hawks in various locations on the trip along side the road.

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: West Fork Road, Cincinnati, Ohio
Reporter: Gary Willoughby
Other Birders:

An adult American Bald Eagle flying over the creekbed on West Fork Road, heading east towards Putz's Creamy Whip. White head, white tail, an adult. It was about 3:10 pm.

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Spring Grove
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Pine Siskins - 38
Section 48. Initially heard two birds calling from separate trees, one in Sec. 48 and the other in Sec. 49. Then, a flock of 14 flew into 48 followed about five minutes later by a flock of 20. Finally, about 10 minutes after that another two flew in. While preening in the top of two bare deciduous trees, they were chattering incessantly.

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Location: Crosby road
Reporter: Dennis Smoyer
Other Birders: Hope Smoyer and Zach Smoyer

One immature and one mature bald eagle sitting in a tree at the edge of a private quarry across from Crosby road near Miami Whitewater dog park

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery Hamilton Co,. OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

12 Pine Siskins in hemlock tree in section 48.

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: various urban spots
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders: ~20 participants, Audubon field trip

The theme of today's Audubon Society of Ohio field trip was urban birding. We began at Spring Grove Cemetery, checked the Ohio River from Dayton, Bellvue, and Covington, KY and ended at the CVG Airport viewing area.

Spring Grove was slow for songbirds. We didnít find any evergreen specialists, creepers or kinglets. We did find a cooperative Barred Owl Ė likely the same bird that Denis Conover found on the Audubon tree trip 2 weeks ago.

The Covington riverfront was our most productive waterbird spot. Most activity was concentrated under the Roebling Bridge and close to the KY shore. Highlights include:

1 Horned Grebe
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Common Goldeneye
1 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Bufflehead
75 Ring-billed Gull
35 Mallard
40 Canada Geese
1 Beaver: Swam from the Roebling to the Licking River only a few feet off shore. Great looks.

The bronze life-size statue of John James Audubon did not see these birds. He unfortunately faces the Licking River.

We ended the day at the CVG Airport viewing area, which never disappoints. We saw 1 light morph Rough-legged Hawk, probably an immature bird, but maybe an adult female. It was actively hunting and covered a lot of ground. There were also ~15 Red-tailed Hawks and 4 American Kestrels in view at once, making for a dynamic panorama.

The four of us in my car ended the day with an Ohio River pelagic on the Anderson Ferry where we added 1 Herring Gull (our only non Ring-billed of the day) and 3 more Horned Grebes.

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Steve Bobonick (leader) and 9 CNC Saturday Birders

Cincinnati Nature Center--Rowe Woods, Clermont, US-OH
Jan 24, 2015 7:48 AM - 10:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.91 mile(s)
Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
27 species

Canada Goose 14
Mallard 20
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 17
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Downy Woodpecker 7
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 30
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 20
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 8
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Song Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 7
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
Northern Cardinal 25
House Finch 27
American Goldfinch 11

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21514733

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Location: Armeleder Park
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Debbie and Lon Kaylor, Erica & Joshua

The Short-eared Owls performed as promised tonight. At 5:52pm, four owls lifted off from the north field, circled a couple of times, and then headed straight for Lunken Airfield.

There are basically two prime viewing spots for these birds. The first is to park at the playground/restroom area and walk the paved path toward the river, stopping between the first and second stop signs. From here, the birds will leave the field on your left (as you face the river) and fly right over your head.

The other option is to park in the south lot, beyond the dog park, and wait in the parking area near the connector trail for the birds to fly toward you on their way to Lunken.

From the first site, you are closer to the birds, but you get only a brief look. From the second, you can watch them for longer, but by the time they fly over, they are pretty high up.

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Aric Johantges

American kestrel
White throated sparrows (several)
Song sparrows

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Risng

Was in the area and took a quick stop at Lodge Pond. I didn't have binoculars, but had good enough views to tell that there lots of Gadwall and RN Ducks with the 6 Tundra Swans. There was no Mute Swan present when I was there. Also saw a female Common/RB merganser with the other ducks, but I couldn't tell which one because no binos. Also had a GH Owl in one of the trees around the bend you pass when driving past Lodge Pond.

Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge, Fernald
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders: Morgan Button

At about noon at Lost Bridge, saw 7 Bald Eagles. When we first got there, 5 of them were on the ground by the water. 2 were up in the trees. There were also many gulls. The gulls were flying around and several of the eagles flew around but came back and landed. Most of the eagles were immature birds. As we were watching the eagles, a trucker stopped and told us that morning around 8:00, he saw 15 eagles there.

At Fernald, on the Lodge Pond, we saw the Mute Swan chasing the 6 Tundra swans. It was very interesting watching this activity. There were many other ducks on the pond also. Some that I could id were Redheads, Ringnecks, and American Coots, The ducks just stayed out of the swans way. There was also a flyover of a large flock of Canadian geese.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning at 7:20 in the north field grass trail near the white X, heard a sound like barking or ducks, looked up just in time to see a Short-eared Owl flying almost straight up from a low position. A moment later looking towards the main shelter saw two SEO's flying low with a choppy flight pattern and making their barking sound. To dark to see any details of the birds but I got a good view of the birds silhouette and floppy flight pattern. A first for me!

Trip List:

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Location: Kellogg Rd at Belterra Casino
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

5:35pm. Bald Eagle flyover, headed up the hill from the Ohio River. This is the second time I have seen a Bald Eagle in this part of Anderson Twp

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Location: P&G pond in Mason
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Found one Cackling Goose and one Greater White-fronted goose among the many Canada geese. Also swimming in the pond were Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall and Hooded Mergansers. Found the strange looking male Gadwall with the white head that was up there last year. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Location: Fernald Overlook
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

Many, many Canada Geese, one female harrier that stayed pretty far away, Tundra Swans, and a glimpse of a kestrel.

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Laura Murphy
Other Birders: Three other birders (sorry I didn't ask your names)

Four SEO arrived like clockwork at 6 and flew towards Lunken. I hope the pictures one of the birders turn out great!

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: East Fork south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Donald, Rob, Ethan & Liz Rising

35 Sandhill Cranes flew over the lake about 5:30pm. We had a *possible* on the Glaucous Gull - a large, all white bird, slow wing flaps, flying away from us and crossing over the dam. None of us had good enough views to confirm it. I left before full dark - I don't know if the rest of the group re-found the gull

Trip List:

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Location: Hamilton Ohio
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Got my best looks of a Peregrine Falcon in Downtown Hamilton this morning. Also along the Great Miami River I saw lots of Canada Geese along with Buffleheads,GBH,Gull species,Mallards,Mute Swans (adult and juveniles). At Miami U. I saw some Redheads and Gadwall. Pictures at flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Location: Rentschler Forest,and Low dam on the Great Miami River
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

At Rentschler we saw Eastern Bluebirds, Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Brown Creeper and Cardinals. Above the low dam were hundreds if not thousands of Canada Geese, 8 Buffleheads, 8 Mute swans, Mallards a White Farm Duck. a few Ring-billed gulls, and Great Blue Heron.

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Location: South beach East Fork State Park
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Roger Hickey

Not my sighting. Roger found and photographed a first winter GLAUCOUS GULL this morning. Walkers flushed it but it could return. Photos on Facebook Birding Ohio and OHIO RARE BIRD ALERT

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Location: Preble County, just east of Boston IN
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders: Several

While we watched the Snowy Owl reported by Sam Fitton and Dave Russell yesterday, it flew to the NE of the location where it was first observed (on the ground in an open soy bean field) and landed NE of the intersection of SR 122 and Toney Lybrook Road. It perched on a wooden fence post at that location.

Folks looking for the owl should probably search a radius around that intersection.

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015
Location: Preble Co. Ohio (not my sighting)
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

I don't know if folks saw this or not but Dave Russell posted a note on the banding listserv about a SNOWY OWL that Sam Fitton found up in Preble County on Sunday, which is close enough to Cincinnati to chase (just west of Dayton). Here's the note:

"Greetings!!
Sam Fitton found a Snowy Owl this afternoon just east of Boston, IN in Preble Co OH. Heading east on Rt122 from Boston you will pretty quickly cross the state line; the next intersection on your right is Toney Lybrook Rd. Turn right (south) onto Toney Lybrook. Go about 1/4 mile--there is a large soy bean field on your right--just at the guard rail look about 150 yds right (west) and the only white object is the owl!
Bob just sent the following coordinates 39 44 14.2N 84 47 52.5W
Cheers
Dave"

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Location: Camp Dennison gravel pit
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders: Don Frodge

We were privy to a nearly- adult Bald Eagle hunting Coot today. The technique was fascinating. The eagle circled above the opening in the ice and slowly descended, so that I was unsure it was hunting until it got very low over the ducks and coots. It took a few half hearted passes at the birds below, causing the coots to gather into a tight flock in the water. Then the eagle hovered over the flock, dropping lazily a few times until most of the bird took off skittering across the open water to the other end of the open water. One unfortunate bird dove rather than took off, and another bird a few yards away seemed to have done the same thing. The eagle was only maybe 20 feet above and locked in on the two submerged birds; I'm sure it could see them both clearly in the clear water. It took turns swooping on both coots as they surfaced, until it got the timing right. As one of the coots surfaced the eagle was there and made a quick grab and flew with its prey to the ice to have lunch. What was really striking to me was the eagle apparent technique, keeping the birds diving back under until it had them tired and could pick one off. It seemed very deliberate and didn't appear to expend a great deal of energy in the hunt.

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Location: East Fork, Tate Boat Ramp
Reporter: Kevin Mahoney
Other Birders:

Was taking pics of mature eagle over ice to the west of boat ramp when I noticed a different looking gull come into view. Switched to binos and saw tops of wings were completely dark slate to black over entire wing.Head was white, tail was white. Legs were an orange/ yellow. Consulted my Peterson guide book, Can only assume it was a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders: Adam Brinkman

I'm going through my photos now and will post them to my blog soon, but I wanted to get this reported:
I photographed six Tundra Swans at Lodge Pond early this afternoon. There is also a Mute Swan who has been chasing the Tundras and Canada Geese. The Tundra Swans took flight around 3 p.m. and flew in the direction of the visitor's center.

David A. Brinkman
brinkmanbirds.blogspot.com

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout Little Turtle Trail
Reporter: Robert Pickford
Other Birders: Linda Harig

Six juvenile Bald Eagles searching for thermals over the Ohio River. Also, Turkey Vulture, American Crows, American Robins, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee, Carolina Wrens

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: Oxbow and Lost Bridge
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Saw the expected at the Oxbow and Lost Bridge, but I did have a few sightings of note. First, I found a Merlin perched at the top of a tree at the Oxbow. I spotted him (or her) across the first lake closest to the Casino. Also, I had a flock of Rusty Blackbirds at Lost Bridge. I estimate between 80 and 100. They were on the side of the bridge closest to Shawnee Lookout.

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: Indian Creek, Highland Stone Gravel Pits, Stonelick State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 21 Birders on the CBC Bird Walk

Indian Creek Wildlife Area
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Blue Jay 4, European Starling 35, American Tree Sparrow 3, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 1, House Finch 1

Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits
Greater White-fronted Goose 4, Snow Goose 26, Canada Goose 3000, Gadwall 3, American Wigeon 6, American Black Duck 8, Mallard 350, Blue-winged Teal 1, Northern Shoveler 4, Northern Pintail 6, Redhead 35, Ring-necked Duck 25, Greater/Lesser Scaup 3, Bufflehead 1, Hooded Merganser 8, Ruddy Duck 3, Northern Harrier 1, Bald Eagle 2, Red-tailed Hawk 3, American Coot 3, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15, Mourning Dove 10, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, American Kestrel 1, Blue Jay 15, American Crow 8, Carolina Chickadee 3, Tufted Titmouse 1, Carolina Wren 1, American Robin 6, European Starling 35, Song Sparrow 3, Northern Cardinal 2, Eastern Meadowlark 4, House Sparrow 1

Hillsboro Wendy's
Black Vulture 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, American Crow 2 Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 2, Northern Cardinal 1, House Finch 1, House Sparrow 1

Rocky Fork State Park Camping Area
Black Vulture 20, Northern Harrier 1, Ring-billed Gull 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 1, Carolina Chickadee 1, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 1, Brown Creeper 1, American Goldfinch 1

Other Birds found in various location on the way home through Brown County.
Turkey Vulture, Red-shouldered Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Horned Lark

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: Newtown
Reporter: kathy taylor
Other Birders:

Sighted January 17th, 5:30 pm in a wooded area in Newtown (behind Ivy Hills Condominiums)- Golden Red Pheasant. This is a non native species. The male appeared healthy but has likely escaped from someplace.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Dennis Smoyer
Other Birders:

My first but not last visit to this location on a beautiful day. Not much small bird activity along the trails other than a variety of woodpeckers and a group of cardinals.I did see an immature bald eagle near the Miami Whitewater soccer complex.

Trip List: Canada Goose, Tundra Swan 6, Bald Eagle 1, Northern Harrier 1, Red-tailed Hawk 3, American Kestrel 2

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: East Fork and Armleder
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom (East Fork), Ethan Rising (Armleder)

Started out at East Fork this morning. Went to the campground beach which seemed to be mostly frozen over but then checked several other spots around the lake.

2 Bald Eagle - 125 Ramp and Campground Beach
1 Bufflehead - 125 Ramp
8 Common Goldeneye - Campground Beach
3 Red-headed Woodpecker - Scoped from Dam
3 Horned Grebe - Scoped From Dam
~25 Gadwall - Scoped From Dam
1 Wigeon on Half Acre Road

From East Fork, my mom and I met up with Ethan at Armleder.

1 Golden Crowned Kinglet - Bike trail
1 Kestrel around main parking area
1 Harrier on north side of park
1 flyover Gadwall
4 Short-eared Owls - Flew over at 6pm heading towards Lunken. Several people saw the first 3 flying over but after a few people had left, the 4th flew over.
Large flocks of Canada Geese did not contain any different geese.

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015
Location: CVG Airport, Camp Ernst Lake
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

One Rough-legged Hawk soaring above GE Aviation on Donaldson Rd., visible from the airport observation parking lot. About 1:45 today, among the several hundred Canada Geese at Camp Ernst Lake, there are 4 "Cackling-ish" geese on the ice - they had their heads tucked but were roughly half the size of the other Canadas nearby.

Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Location: Great Miami River, above and below the low dam, Hamilton, Ohio
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

Canada Geese, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Ring-billed Gulls, Fly over by Immature Bald Eagle and then it sat in a tree across the river. American Kestrel

Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Kirk Westendorf
Other Birders: Eric Burkholder

4 Short-eared Owls

SEO have been here every night I've been here for the past month. They currently pop up around 6pm and head straight for Lunken. Usually 3 owls for the past few weeks.

Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Location: Fernald Overlook
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

Many many Canada Geese, an immature bald eagle and northern harrier.

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

6 Scoters at end of boat ramp, main dam.
17 Coots, 5 Gadwalls, 1 Bufflehead, 1 Loon, 1 Snow Goose near saddle dam.
1 Immature Bald Eagle soaring low over dam cross road.

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Roxanna Gravel Pit addition
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Tundra Swan 3

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Roxanna Gravel Pit and Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Gravel Pit: Large numbers of Canada Geese and Mallards as previously reported. Bald Eagle 1 adult sitting on ice with goose flock, Black Duck 10.

Spring Valley WA boardwalk: Barred Owl 1 calling between 4:30 and 5:00 pm, heard from boardwalk calling from north end of marsh and woods.

Feeders: Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Carolina Chickadee 8, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, American Tree Sparrow 10, Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 20, Northern Cardinal 10

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek State Park
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Furnas Boat Ramp: Canada Goose 100, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 20, Greater Scaup 2, Common Merganser 1, female type plumage, Ruddy Duck 2, American Coot 2.

Visitor Center: Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, White-throated Sparrow 2, Dark-eyed Junco 6, Northern Cardinal 3, Purple Finch 3 (1m, 2 f), House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 2.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: Drive to Lost Bridge
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Along Ronald Regan Highway vicinity of Amberly Village:

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Along I275 near I74 intersection at Wendy's at Park and Ride:

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Indian Hill on Shawnnee Run Road between firehouse and Miami Ave
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Miami Meadows Park east of Milford and Milford area
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Ross's Goose 2 with flock of about 250 Canada Geese as previously reported. I arrived at about 12:00 noon. The Ross's Geese were in the pond with part of the flock of Canada Geese. The pond is all the way into the park and at the end of the long parking lot to the left. Eventually all the geese left the pond and were feeding in a grassy area on the right after entry to the park.

Turkey Vulture 1 flew over as I left the park.

Black Vulture 3, 2 flying and one still sitting in a roost along Rt 50 just after passing under the I275 bridge.

Red-shouldered Hawk 1, along Rt 131 just before the entrance to Miami Meadows.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: Roxanna
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

In the gravel pit north of the road:

Large flock of Canada Geese as previously reported but did not find the Greater White-fronted and Cackling Geese previously reported. Many Mallards mixed in. Redhead 30 estimated when the flock flew and up to 14 American Black Ducks.

During my stay, the birds flew in and out and circled the area at least twice until most of the birds left close to sunset. The one Tundra Swan previously reported was still present.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

In the gravel pit northwest of the bridge:

Canada Goose 500, Tundra Swan 6, Black Duck 3, Mallard 30, Bufflehead 1, Common Goldeneye 50 (est.), Ring-billed Gull 3.

Looked for the possible Barrow's Goldeneye but did not see it. Hoped for Common Merganser here or in the river but not found and were MIA at the Senior Center also.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: Whitewater Twp Senior Center
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

In the pond behind the center, 1:00 - 2:00 pm:

Pied-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Mallard 4, Canada Goose 200, Greater Scaup 1, male and also possibly 1 female
Greater Scaup.

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: lost Bridge
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

17 Snow Geese and minimum of 91 Common Goldeneye this evening.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: Elizabethtown Bridge and Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

This morning I had no luck finding a Barrow's Goldeneye among over 50 commons. Saw a Greater White-fronted Goose there as I was leaving. Early afternoon I saw an adult Black-crowned Night-Heron flying low upstream at the boat ramp between the dams in Hamilton, Great Miami River.

Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: Miami Meadows
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

At 10 AM two Ross's geese were seen with 750 Canada Geese. And many Mallards.

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Prairie:
Mourning Dove 5, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Carolina Chickadee 1, American Tree Sparrow 15, Field Sparrow 5, Song Sparrow 4, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 1

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