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Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Location: lost Bridge
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

65 Sandhill Cranes seen from bridge on riverbank.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

4 Common Mergansers flyby. All three species of mergs seen from beach this morning. All flybys at fairly close range.

Trip List:

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Location: Union Twp. backyard.
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Sandhill Cranes 10-Flying SW

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: Back Yard Feeders - Lebanon
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Cowbirds.

Also - a red-winged blackbird. I usually don't see them at this time of year.

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

3:30 PM FOS Harrier (f)

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: Loveland, Ohio
Reporter: John Robinson
Other Birders:

Cranes flying hi over the house heading south. Love the primal sound.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Location: Colerain Township front yard- kitchen window
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders: Morgan Button

We had a juvenile Rough-legged hawk sitting in our Magnolia tree right next to our kitchen window next to our kitchen table. It sat there for well over an hour looking around and scratching its head etc. It was not concerned with us movinhg around in the kitchen. This was the tird encounter that we have had with this bird but the first time to really observe all the details of the actual bird. We had to look in our Sibley guide to birds to ID it.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Location: Schmidt Boat Ramp
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A pair of American Pipits feeding on the ground. They did not seem concerned as I drove up in my car and got very close. 2 Mallards on the river.

Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Location: My Union Twp. backyard
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Fox Sparrows 4!

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Location: Licking River and St. Rose
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Found 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Buffleheads and 2 Pied-billed Grebes on the Covington side of the Licking River.
St Rose had 7 Hooded Mergansers swimming next to the bank just left of the parking lot
All of the ducks were immature or female.

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pit
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Today two bald eagles were playing aerial tag over the lake and scared all of the ring-billed gulls and the coots into flight. Three pipits were feeding in the road. Just a few ducks.
Lake Isabella had 80+ cedar waxwings and 34 hooded mergansers.

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: Chiloc Lock 34 Park & Crooked Run State Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

6 pipits wading in the snow melt puddles on the parking lot near the Park entrance from Chilo.

This morning, Wednesday Nov. 19, our first Purple Finches at our feeders (2) and also a Sharp-shinned Hawk hanging around our feeders at the house in the Preserve.

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Location: My Union Twp. backyard
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

On the ground below my feeders, all present together:

White-throated Sparrow 9
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: East Fork Beach and Sugartree Rd
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders: Ginny Fantetti

I saw the Pacific Loon 10 feet from the beach in what i might call a blizzard.
Went home to tell Ginny, and when we returned to the beach it was worse...40 mph wind that chaffed our eyeballs. Common Loons, Pied-billed Grebes, Horned Grebes, a flock of 13+ Scoters! blazing across the lake, maybe 5 inches above the water...definitely not white-winged...nothing more to say on that subject...coots, 4 young eagles cavorting in the wind as if gales were second nature, gazillions of Bonaparte's, 2 Herring gulls one adult one youngster...7 Pippits frolicking at the left side of the beach, Savannah Sparrow parading in shrubs left side of beach...GB Herron, Belted Kingfisher.
At our Sugartree home: Purple Finches, House Finches, 3 Red-winged Blackbirds, Rusty Blackbirds (7+), 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Pine Siskins (finally!!),
Several Butterbutts (Ginny calls them),
Waxwings galore. With the crappy weather, we are inundated with the glory of feathered friends!!!!

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: Winton Woods backyard
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

The inclement weather brought many birds to the feeders today including a flock of 300 Red-winged Blackbirds about 90% male. Returning to my feeders were 3 Pine Siskins, 1 White-throated Sparrow, and 2 Dark-eyed Juncos along with the usual cast of characters and a Cooper's Hawk to stir things up a bit.

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pit
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

At the gravel pit I saw a female Merlin and 8 Horned Larks. Also many coots, no ducks.

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

1 dark phase Rough-legged Hawk.

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Location: Caesar creek gorge loop
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Pipits, horned larks, and Lapland long spurs along roads near and in Caesar creek area. Caesar creek gorge loop yielded a small flock (7-9) PURPLE FINCH

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders: Jim Rettig (in part)

Jim saw a couple of pipits before we walked the barren landscape. Nothing to show for it, however as I was driving out there were FOS horned larks, about a dozen.

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: Kings Mills
Reporter: Karen Wolnik
Other Birders:

One female Purple Finch at the feeder.

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: Fernald and Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Fernald
-26 Wilson's Snipe - Hanging out along pond edges and on the ice
-10 Pipets
-5 Horned Lark
-2 Northern Harriers (1 male, 1 female)

Driving to Miami Whitewater Wetlands
-At least 200 Horned Larks feeding along the road (conservative estimate). I wasn't able to stop to see if there were other birds mixed with the Larks.

Miami Whitewater Wetlands
-FOS Short-eared Owl around 4 pm.
-2 Northern Harriers (1 male, 1 female)

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: Reagan hwy at Winton Rd
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Just had 30 Sandhill Cranes flyover Winton Rd at Reagan hwy headed due west.

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Gale Wulker

After searching East Fork unsuccessfully for the Pacific Loon (A Surf Scoter was a nice consolation) we checked the Meldahl Dam area for waterbirds. Highlights included:

1 Long-tailed Duck
32 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Hooded Merganser
6 Ring-necked Duck
1 Redhead
3 Ruddy Duck
2 Gadwall
8 Mallard

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Location: Clermont county backyard near Ohio river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard Kidd

We had SIX Tom Turkeys at our front feeders. One seemed to be dominant as it chased others away from prime seed on the ground. Alas, our golden retrievers saw them and barked them away!

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Location: Eastgate
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom

Finally had a fox sparrow return to the yard!

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Location: Brookville Lake Region
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Co-Leader Jack Stenger, 12 Participants

On Sunday November 16, 2014 the Audubon Society (Cincinnati Chapter) conducted what has become an annual November field trip to Brookville Lake located in Franklin and Union Counties, Indiana. A high of 39, overcast skies, and calm winds made for better weather than expected. A total of 12 participants were treated to a great day of birding.

Our highlight, without a doubt, was a Prairie Falcon. This regionally accidental species has occasionally occurred over the years in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, but this sighting may be a Greater Cincinnati region first record. We had just turned off of CR 150 South (Hubble Rd.) onto Mt Pleasant Rd. in Union County Indiana, when co-leader Jack Stenger told me to stop the car; he had a large falcon and thought it was a Prairie Falcon. Needless to say, the caravan came to an abrupt halt and everyone was alerted to the bird. Sure enough Jack nailed it. The Prairie Falcon soared directly over our heads for a few minutes, giving everyone great views, until it made a beeline directly north and flew out of view. Field trip participants Alan Claybon https://www.flickr.com/photos/nsxbirder and Rodney Crice https://www.facebook.com/rodney.crice were both able to get several quality pictures which support the identification. The exact spot on Mt Pleasant Road where we had this sighting was 1.2 miles south of SR 44, just at the intersection of CR 150 South (Hubble Road).

The Prairie Falcon overshadowed several other highlights which included 4 Eurasian Collared-Doves, 2 Sandhill Cranes, 9 Bald Eagles and 37 Common Loons. We also had 15 species of waterfowl and 10 species of raptors. We ended our day with a quick stop at Hueston Woods where we picked up a couple of new species for a total of 65 species for the day. Below is the complete trip list as we know it. We may have missed something others may have seen and we estimated the numbers of common species the best we could.

Canada Goose 130 (120 at Hueston), Mute Swan 2, Gadwall 55, American Black Duck 5, Mallard 850+ (obvious migrants), Northern Shoveler 2, Northern Pintail 2, Green-winged Teal 15, Ring-necked Duck 2, Lesser Scaup 17, Bufflehead 65, Common Goldeneye 2 (at Hueston), Hooded Merganser 120+, Red-breasted Merganser 1 (at Hueston), Ruddy Duck 30 (10 at Hueston), Wild Turkey 13, Common Loon 37, Pied-billed Grebe 35, Horned Grebe 25 (9 at Hueston), Great Blue Heron 15, Black Vulture 180, Turkey Vulture 10, Bald Eagle 9 (2 ad, 7 im), Northern Harrier 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper’s Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 11, American Kestrel 4, PRAIRIE FALCON 1, American Coot 450, Sandhill Crane 2, Killdeer 75+, Bonaparte’s Gull 800, Ring-billed Gull 110 (30 at Hueston), Rock Pigeon 100~, Eurasian Collared-Dove 4 (Liberty IN), Mourning Dove 180~, Belted Kingfisher 7, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 8, Pileated Woodpecker 3, Blue Jay 20+, American Crow 60, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 5, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Eastern Bluebird 20, American Robin 150~, Northern Mockingbird 5, European Starling 300+, Cedar Waxwing 25, Yellow-rumped Warbler 6, Song Sparrow 7, White-throated Sparrow 5, Dark-eyed Junco 50~, Northern Cardinal 15, Red-winged Blackbird 25, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 30, House Sparrow 50+.

Jack and I also visited Brookville Lake last week on Saturday, November 8th. In a mix up between the two of us, neither of us posted the results from that pretty good day. I would let it go, but we did have a few species that I think should be noted for the record. We had 2 Red-throated Loons and a third Red-throated/Pacific Loon candidate that was so far away we left it unidentified. One of the Red-throated Loons was seen north of the Fairfield Causeway. The other one was seen looking south from the Mounds Beach. Sam Fitton also reported one at the Mounds on Monday, November 10th. We also had a pretty late Common Tern at the Hanna Creek Marina, 2 Dunlin at the Whitewater Park boat ramp and 45 Sandhill Cranes seen from Treaty Ramp Road.

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

I was able to relocate the Pacific Loon at around 2:30 pm! It was with two common loons on the side of the lake near the right boat ramp. It was noticeably smaller and even though it was far away I was clearly able to note the 'clean' border between black and white on the neck with no jagged area. I was able to view it for ~20 until a boat sped by and spooked it (and the 2 other loons).

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie

Just when to look for the Pacific Loon. No luck but there is a Black Scooter near the north boat ramp.

Date: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake and Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The American White Pelican is still in the area. Watched it soar over the dam from the Visitors Center Observation deck. The bird drifted east and then higher up before I lost site. Also a pair of Bonaparte's Gulls, Belted Kingfisher, GBH, Downy, Red-bellied, Hairy, Pileated Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Eastern Bluebird. Yesterday at Fernald a pair of Lesser Scaup in pond near the blind. Gadwall with several Canada Geese. White-throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow, American Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk, 3 Red-tailed Hawks along with 4 more Red-tailed Hawks seen on Ronald Reagan Highway between Blue Rock and I-71.


Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Location: East Fork Lake, south beach
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

I posted the "probable" Pacific Loon from my phone, just to get it out there. At this point, I think you can scratch the "probable" part. I got better looks at it, and Allan Claybon has a barely recognizable photo on facebook.

There were also twenty or so Common Loons, and several dozen Pied-billed and Horned Grebes. Bill and I also saw an intriguing long-necked bird, which we would have liked to turn into a Red-necked Grebe, but it was too far away - near the boat ramp on the other side of the lake from the south beach.

Oh, and the very tame Blue Goose is still there.

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom, Cassidy, Dad

Was able to locate the pacific loon. This bird was smaller than the common loon, rounder head and smaller beak. I was able to see it in the scope with a common loon for verification.

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Bill Stanley

Probable Pacific Loon off the south Beach on the far shore left of the dam.

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Location: Caesar Creek Nature Center Warren, Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

6 Pine Siskins and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers. Looks like we are having a great season for siskins.

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Location: Eastwood Metropark
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

About 9:30 am 14 Tundra Swan and 11 Red-breasted Merganser along with several Common Loon, Horned Grebe, American Coot flock and numerous Pied-billed Grebe.

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

There has been an impressive flock of Bonaparte's Gulls at Lost Bridge for the last week or so. I haven't been able to pick anything rare out of it yet, but you never know with cold weather on the way. Decent mix of juveniles and adults.

Bonaparte's Gull 250 (350 this weekend)
Ring-billed Gull 40

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

FOS fox sparrow

Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

The first Pine Siskins of the fall this morning 3 at the feeder.

Also 2 Common Loons in front of the house and more calling down river.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: Along Paint Creek in Ross County near Bainbridge
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Bald Eagle --- eating a road-killed raccoon! I thought that was the turkey vulture's job.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Only "new" birds noted: 1 Franklin's Gull on beach, 1 Snow Bunting flushed up from grass/weeds at west beach. Flew across the lake.

Date: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday morning saw a small hawk in the trees near the overlook. Watched it dart quickly down to the ground hunting. This morning at 7:24 as I approached the overlook the hawk was on the ground and it flew and landed in the tall grass within 10 feet of me. I of course froze. I could see the squared off tail with stripes of the Sharp-shinned Hawk . I saw something moving on the sidewalk and a 3 point buck was walking towards me and got within 20 ft. of me before it jumped in the tall grass. The hawk stayed another 20 seconds and then flew off into the tall grass. A two for one wildlife encouter!

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Location: Mounds Beach, Brookville Res, IN
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Around 3 pm there was a RED-THROATED LOON visible from the parkinglot above the beach. It was at least half way to the opposite shore straight west from the beach. Several Common Loons were also in the area south of Fairfield Causeway to the limit of vision looking south along with Horned Grebes, and over 200 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A Horned Grebe near the dam feeding. Also Pileated, Downy, Hairy, Northern Flicker, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, At the beach did not see the Pelican reported but other gulls present, Ring-billed, Bonaparte's and one Herring, Goldfinch, Carolina Wren, Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, American Crow, Bluejay, Cardinal, GBH, White-breasted Nuthatch

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: near Verona, Kentucky
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

I lease property for deer hunting near Verona. This weekend, while sitting in my deer stand, was able to see Downy, Red-bellied, Northern Flickers (many), Pileated and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker for woodpeckers; Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks; plenty of Carolina chickadees, Tufted titmice, WB nuthatches, a few Brown Creepers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, loads of American robins, a single Catbird, and a few Hermit Thrushes. Great looks at a Great-horned Owl being mobbed by crows. Best of all was having a young Bobcat walk around my stand and viewing it for a couple minutes. I have deer cam photos from three weeks ago of what I think is this same animal.

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Location: Caeser's Creek
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Highlight was a lone AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN. Bird was spotted in flight circling over the beach. It slowly drifted north towards the North boat ramp when I lost sight of it. It didn't look terribly interested in gaining altitude so perhaps it found a cove to tuck down into however I was unable to refind it with brief scans from the north ramp and Harveysburg.

12 Common Loons were feeding very actively just off of the beach along with about 25 Bonaparte's Gulls and a Merlin that actually took a dive at one of the Loons. Harveysburg held a few Common Loon, approx 400 American Coot, and a mixture of Herring/RB/Bonaparte's Gulls.

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: David Tibbetts

In addition to the Blue Snow Goose, had a flyover Lapland Longspur that did not land and the Merlin sneaked in and took a bath or got some water on the west beach and then proceeded to perch in the eagle tree to the right of beach. Crows harassed it off.

Date: Monday, November 10, 2014
Location: Back Yard - Lebanon
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Savannah Sparrow. Eating sunflower seed from my back yard feeder. This is a first-time visitor to my property.

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Location: (Rowe woods )Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: 12 CNC birders

Lincoln's Sparrow seen sitting on the vernal pond sign! Great for the group to see this secretive migrant! My first sighting at Rowe woods. 30 species seen with 4 being seen after the hike. Canada geese, Mallards, American Crow, Bluejay, Hairy, Downy, Red bellied , Northern Flickers, Pileated heard, Mourning Doves, American Robin, Golden crowned kinglet, Dark eyed Juncos, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song sparrow, White throated sparrow, White breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Mockingbird, Red shouldered hawk, Turkey vulture, House Finches, American Goldfinches , Northern Cardinals and a flock of Cedar waxwings flew over us. Thanks to all who showed for the hike.

Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Location: Home near Newtonsville
Reporter: Jo Johnstone
Other Birders: Dave Johnstone

We have our FOS Fox Sparrow just in time for Project Feeder Watch! Also, 4 Purple Finches.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Woodland Mound camp area
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard kidd

1030 AM saw mature and immature bald eagles circling above with 2 retailed Hawks in the "kettle"!

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Eastwood Metropark
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There was an immature RED-THROATED LOON present this morning, moving through the lake on the far side. A couple common loons, 2 horned grebes, and a merlin were present as well.

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Kate Stenger

1 Short-eared Owl over the wetlands at dusk.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One Pine Siskin in with 10 goldfinches feeding in the hemlocks in section 9.

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Location: Home, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

FOS 1 Pine Siskin at feeder.

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Location: Madeira, neighbor's backyard
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, same bird as on October 25?

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: Madeira, my backyard
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

First of Fall. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Location: Madeira, my backyard
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Cedar Waxwing 12, feeding on wild grapes

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

From 4:30 to 5:00 pm. Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper 2.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Location: Camp Dennison, park
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

From 3:30 to 4:15 pm. Turkey Vulture 1, at bridge over river, American Coot several hundred south of island, visible from park, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 1, Carolina Chickadee 3, American Robin 12, White-throated Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 4

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary, addendum
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Northern Cardinal 12

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Went to Spring Grove Cemetery looking for winter finches. Highlight: 50 Pine Siskins in section 53 near the stone Shelter House and adjoining Martin Memorial fedding in the hemlocks on cones.

Arrived at about 11:00 am and stayed until about 1:30 pm. Birded around woodlot and areas adjoining to section 53 near entry.

Canada Goose 1, Mallard 32, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Mourning Dove 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Downy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 60, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 100, Northern Mockingbird 8, European Starling 10, Cedar Waxwing 1, Chipping Sparrow 20, Song Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 10, Dark-eyed Junco 60, House Finch 7, Pine Siskin 50, American Goldfinch 7.

Large flocks of robins, feeding on berries and largest flocks of juncos near section 53 and entry.

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

In between rain showers this morning spotted a Cooper's Hawk in the north field. Also 5 Eastern Bluebirds landing on the soccer goals near the pond. Other birds: White-throated, White-crowned and Field Sparrows, C. Wren, Downy Woodpecker, American Crow, Canada Goose, White-breasted Nuthatch, C. Chickadee, Mockingbird, Starlings, Blackbirds, Killdeer, Goldfinch

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

At least 3 Franklin's Gulls on the river with a small flock of Bonaparte's Gulls. Also a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers and a small flock of American Coots.

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Location: Felicity
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

male Purple Finch at my feeder this morning. This is an unusual bird for my habitat and early for me.

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Location: Old US 127 Rest Area Pines at Richwood Rd, Boone Co, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

12 Pine Siskins today in the shortleaf pines towards the north end of the pine grove.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Location: Armleder, 10-11 AM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

21 species, including both kinglets and a greater yellowlegs killing and swallowing a fish longer than the bird's beak.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Location: Hyde Park
Reporter: Suellen Ruttkay
Other Birders:

Golden Eagle. I'm unsure of the date; it was probably about a month ago. It had a squirrel in its talons but seemed unable to fly off with it, which it tried to do a few times. By the time we left the location it was still there. (We were inside. The bird was outside in the courtyard of the building.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

100-150 Gadwall were on one of the back ponds today (up from about 25 last week) and there seemed to be a few more individuals of the other dabbler species on Lodge Pond mixed in with Mallards. The Ring-necked Duck flock on Weapons to Wetlands pond was up to about 100 birds today.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Location: East Fork SP, south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Immature dark-morph ("blue") SNOW GOOSE still present as of 2:30pm Monday. Hanging with the gull flock on shore.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Location: Caesar Creek SP Field Trip
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders: 5 participants

Five participants in addition to leader. Started shortly after 8:00 am in cold and snow.  Walked the beach north through trees to canoe launch, scanned part of North Pool out of wind from canoe launch, walked back along beach and birded brushy area south of beach.  Drove to North Boat Ramp and scanned North Pool, then birded the trail to the yacht storage area and back to North Boat Ramp.  Drove to end of Harveysburg Road, then to Ward Road to scan North Pool.  Drove to Furnace Boat Ramp to scan water protected from wind, then to Visitor Center and feeders, then to Prairie Area east of intersection of Middletown and Clarksville Roads.Clarksville is road to Visitor Center.  Finally, two of us revisited the beach (where we started) on our way home.

Highlights:  Snow Bunting (early and unusual here) at about 20-30 feet on beach first thing walking north and again walking south, Merlin at trip start from parking lot and again by part of the group at North Boat Ramp, winter Wren at Furnace Boat Ramp in rocky rip-rap.  Black-bellied Plover, juvenile,on beach at about 5:00 pm as leaving the area.  Heard about this bird very late at prairie second hand report from two Dayton area birders attending. 

Birding conditions were tough to almost but not quite impossible.  We worked very hard to get a list of 55 species.  Waterfowl in a large flock were very distant in North Pool from all viewing points with few exceptions.  Difficult to get clear views due to wind causing vibration at high power, waves and chop and "heat shimmy" apparently caused by warmer water and colder air temperatures.  Very frustrating to not be able to see well enough to pick out more species. Always just out of range from all vantage points.  The following list is my best assessment of what the group reported, but not everyone got all birds.  Thanks to all participants for their reports/sightings.

Common Loon 15, Horned Grebe 15, Double-crested Cormorant 73, Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 12, Turkey Vulture 10, Gadwall 8, American Wigeon 1, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 1, Bufflehead 12 (6 males, other 6 females), Ruddy Duck 40, Osprey 1, Bald Eagle 3 (1 ad., 2 juv.), Northern Harrier 1 (at prairie), Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 2 (1 juv., 1ad.), Red-tailed Hawk 1, Merlin 1, Black-bellied Plover 1 (juv.), Killdeer 8, Dunlin 2, Bonaparte's Gull 158 (most on North Pool), Ring-billed Gull 50, Herring Gull 5, Mourning Dove 6, Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 8, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 4, Winter Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 6, American Robin 26, European Starling 16, Cedar Waxwing 25, Yellow-rumped Warbler 15, Eastern Towhee 1, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 7, Song Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 1 (heard, briefly seen at prairie), White-throated Sparrow 10, Dark-eyed Junco 32,  Snow Bunting 1 (beach), Northern Cardinal 5, Red-winged Blackbird 20, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 12.

Had a small flock of Canada Geese near Mason on my way home not added to trip list.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I checked the fields at Ellis Lake and found one Vesper Sparrow among the assorted Songs, Field, Swamp, and White-Crowned. I found no White-throated Sparrows, which was odd or perhaps a "user error." There was a Virginia Rail stalking around the outside of a little spot of cattails. It was feeding in the company of six or so Swamp Sparrows, and it was a great opportunity to spend a few minutes studying the difference between the two species. The Virginia Rail just wasn't moving much, and I was able to watch it for about five minutes.

Take care,
---Mike

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Arrived at about 2:30 pm. Juvenile blue-morph Snow Goose still there and still present when I left at about 3:00 pm. Upon arrival the goose walked from the grassy area and joined the Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gull flock on the beach. Have not often seen this plumage.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Location: Osprey lake, Oxbow
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders:

Flushed an American Bittern early this morning on the mowed path that circles Osprey Lake. It was in thick weeds near the back of the lake near the floodwall and US 50. It was about 5 feet away from me when it flushed and flew a bit farther down the path, then flushed again a short time later and flew into the thick weeds.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Location: Brookville Reservoir, Treaty Line Rd at north end
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders: Terri Fitton

Over 40 Sandhill Cranes in the growing mudflats at the northern end of the reservoir, two Dunlin, and along the road a single AMERICAN TREE SPARROW in with a nice mix of other sparrows. My FOS.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Location: East Fork SP south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Darlena Graham, Ginny Fantetti

first year dark morph SNOW GOOSE flew in about 9am. Still there when we left at 10, looking lost and forlorn.

Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Location: Our home near Newtonsville
Reporter: Jo Johnstone
Other Birders: Dave Johnstone

We just had our first Pine Siskin. Also, a couple weeks ago we had a red breasted nuthatch stop by but only stayed a couple days.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Location: East Fork Dam tailwater area
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

We flushed an American Woodcock from the trail that is straight down from the 2nd to last parking lot by the river/tailwater by bend. Also, the screech owl is back in his hole in the dead tree to the left by the river.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

FOS winter wren in the east-west ravine along the northern border of Ault Park. Also, earlier in the week in Hyde Park, I heard and saw a flying bird I believe was a fish crow. I am well-acquainted with the species from the many months I've spent in Georgia.

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Location: Intersection of Tylersville and Kinnesaw Roads
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: John R

There was a Merlin on a telephone pole near this intersection.

Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Doug Day, Frank Frick, Rob Edelen, others

The American White Pelican originally found by Ginny Fantetti and Rob Edelen at East Fork was refound this morning flying circles over the lake to the east. It went out of sight 3 times only to reappear over the beach and then disappear east again. Also, the Franklin's Gull was still on the beach when I left. 4 Dunlin were also had this morning early. Also, Eagles and an Osprey.

Doug and myself got some documentation pics. The lighting was horrible. My pics at:

http://donaldthebirder.blogspot.com/2014/10/a-big-white-bird-pelican.html

Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Rob Edelen

Nice birds this morning from about 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 included WHITE PELICAN, CATTLE EGRET, FRANKLIN'S GULL, 2 Common Loons, Horned & Pied-billed Grebes as well as several Grebes I couldn't identify for sure, Dunlin, 1st year Bald Eagle, 300 Bonaparte's Gulls with about the same number of Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Herring Gull and 3 Tree Swallows. The Pelican flew up and out of sight shortly after 10:00. The Egret also disappeared within the next hour.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

A yellow-bellied Sapsucker was back in our elm tree. I think this is six straight years to have one here.

Trip List: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve Adjacent ot Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

7 loons on the river, running relay races and calling. They looked like they were having great fun! In front of our house in the back of the Preserve. These are the first we've seen, we usually see the first ones earlier in October. Great fun to watch!

Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Location: A J Jolly Park Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Looked for the gallinule in the early PM and could not find it, although the main cattail area is not as visible as it once was due to an island of willows that has grown up in front of them. Not sure exactly what habitat it was being seen in either, but I scanned the shore area across from the horse camp fairly thoroughly.

Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

32 Sandhill Cranes were present this morning on one of the ponds behind lodge pond, viewed from the trail loop. The birds took off to the south around 10:30.

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Location: A J Jolly Park Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: not my sighting

Just happened to notice there was a Common Gallinule sighted across from the Horse Campground yesterday. It was posted on KY Bird as a follow-up to a previous sighting reported on eBird Saturday.

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Location: Glendale Gardens
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Continued from previous post

Also saw a chipping sparrow which seemed late, plus toms of GC Kinglets.

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Location: Glendale Gardens
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Mom

Had one Pine Siskin at the beginning of the loop trail today at around 5:00pm.

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Hiked the trail behind the Nature Center and visited the beach. Old Woodland Trail and parking lot by Pioneer Village, 3 very loud Red-shouldered Hawks, Pine Siskin, Waxwings, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler. On the lake: 1 Common Loon, 2 Pie-billed Grebes, 1 immature Bald Eagle flyover. The beach area: White-crowned Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Turkey Vulture, Ring-billed Gulls, 4 Bonaparte's Gulls, Canada Goose, Killdeer, Great Blue Heron

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: East Fork Beach
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders: Donald

I believe it was Thursday when we counted over 124 Bonaparte's Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls, in addition to the Red-necked Grebes reported by Donald. Also several groups of 8-12 Ruddy Ducks over the last 3 days, and MANY Horned Grebes. Two Common Loons on Tuesday and Wednesday. Chipping Sparrows and Waxwings SWARMING. First Juncos and White-throated sparrows at our Sugartree Rd feeder, no Siskins yet.

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: Beechmont Lowes
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

3:30 during my lunch break, harrier crossed the parking lot flying low, then over the goodwill store heading east. wonderful.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Rt 50, east of Greendale/Lawrencebug
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

Sorry for the late post, just checked my Sibley.

I observed a bright white breasted Buteo on the ground that looked strange enough, I turned around for a second look. The bird was pure white on the breast with black speckling only on the legs and lower flanks. The bird was hunting on the ground hopping around and watching for prey. If anyone is in the area, keep a look out on the fill mound east of the VA facility. I will check again today but I want another look before calling it what I think it is!

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Miami Whitewater was really productive for sparrows this morning. I had a total of 10 different species, highlights including a Nelson's Sparrow and a Savannah Sparrow, and several Swamp Sparrows!

Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: East Fork south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

2 Red-necked Grebes, about 26 Horned Grebes way-way out by the dam, 3 Bald Eagles, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, the Bar-headed Goose, and the usual suspects this morning

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

I found myself at VOA after a morning appointment and spent about 40 minutes birding the park. Highlights we're three crisply plumaged Vesper Sparrows at the parking lot and building on the lake loop along with maybe 50 total Horned Lark throughout the park. Also had some late Chipping Sparrows, Kestrel, and big numbers of migrant robins and red- winged blackbirds.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

1:20-3:20pm, walking 1.3 miles

2 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Killdeer
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
11 Carolina Chickadee
4 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
3 Carolina Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5 Palm Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
12 White-crowned Sparrow
134 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Eastern Meadowlark

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Window feeder....
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

Had a Pine Siskin at my window feeder today eating sunflower seeds.

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge, Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

3 Pine Siskin feeding on some goldenrod along Lawrenceburg Rd. I also had 2-3 Bald Eagle, 5 Ring-billed Gull, and several hundred Canada Geese on the gravel pit.

Pine Siskin have also been at Fernald, I've been hearing call notes the last few days and saw a flock of 15+ feeding in the prairies along the Hickory Trail yesterday (10/23).

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Today during my lunch I had a few visitors at the park:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Heard only, Downy Woodpecker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crownded Kinglet
Cardinal
Carolina Chickadee

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Camp Denison Gravel Pits
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday around 4:30 p.m, a large group of Coots and 1 Red-necked Grebe mixed in with the Coots.

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Lebanon Area
Reporter: Jane Van Coney
Other Birders:

Kettle of broad-winged hawks over I-71 at SR 48 yesterday, October 22 early afternoon

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Of note: 2 Red-necked Grebes to the right of the beach. Also, many Horned Larks flying around.

Photos at:

http://donaldthebirder.blogspot.com/2014/10/red-necked-invasion-repeat.html

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Gravel bar at the overlook, the 2 Pectoral and 1 Spotted Sandpipers have been there all week in the morning. This am there was another Sandpiper but not sure what kind, slightly larger than other 3. No binos today. Also a Belted Kingfisher feeding from the middle of the river. Large groups of Blackbirds and a Brown Thrasher, Killdeer, White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows in the fields.

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Merlin flying upriver about 1pm today.

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Location: East Fork Lake SP South Beach
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Early morning was cold and cloudy when around 10:00 the skies opened up and the gulls scattered and I looked up and saw two adult bald eagles flying right over my head. Mr. and Mrs. I presume. Birding can go from a low point to a high point in a matter of seconds and that's why I enjoy it so much. Also saw the bar-headed goose and 10-15 Bonaparte's gulls. Pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Bill Hull

We had a pretty good winter bird morning at Spring Grove Cemetery today. Highlights included a female Purple Finch, flyover Pine Siskins, Merlin, Brown Creeper, both Kinglets, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 2 Winter Wren, 2 Hermit Thrush, White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. There was also at least 200 Chipping Sparrows in 2-3 large flocks, which is one of the highest counts I have seen of this species.

A non-avian highlight found by Bill was a Red Fox, which caught and played with a chipmunk in the open for several minutes. Photos and video at https://www.flickr.com/photos/bdwulker/

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Location: Milford Technecenter
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Late report - there were 9 Pine Siskins flying around the Milford Technecenter last Friday morning.

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park (South Beach)
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

A quick check of the beach after work and the rain was fruitful.

List:

-Greater Yellowlegs (2)
-Sanderling (1)
-Bonaparte's Gulls (15+)
-Herring Gull (1)
-Both Kinglet species (along west side
of beach in wooded area)

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Ginny Fantetti, Rob Edelen

Of note: 3 Flyover Pine Siskins, 1 flyover American Pipit, about a dozen Northern Shovelers.

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods State Park
Reporter: Pat Bell
Other Birders:

A long tailed duck flew in late in the day near the marina.

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds and Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

There was a decent variety of birds at Gilmore Ponds this morning. Mostly, it was dominated by scads of White-throated Sparrows, but there were also dozens of Swamp, Song, lesser numbers of White-Crowned, a few Field Sparrows, 1 Fox, 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, and 5+ Eastern Towhees. Other highlights included Orange-crowned Warbler, both kinglets, a couple dozen Yellow-rumped, five Nashville, and about that many Common Yellowthroats. Winter Wren, House Wren, multiple Carolina Wrens, a flock of a dozen or so Cedar Waxwings, numerous Robins and Red-winged Blackbirds and around 10 Hermit Thrushes. Also 2 Red-shouldered Hawks. Someone is doing some work clearing out the brush and trees below the utility lines at Gilmore Ponds, which hasn't been done in nearly 20 years. It looks ugly now, but this time next year, it should be pretty productive. I walked throughout West Pond, but couldn't find any Nelson's Sparrows, and though the vegetation looks promising, there weren't a lot of birds in West Pond, proper. Most of the birds were tucked into the south edge of West Pond, near the woods, and along the Symmes Road dike.

Ellis Lake highlights included a flyover Lapland Longspur that was giving both its "tew" and rattle calls while it circled over the field. There were impressive numbers of Swamp Sparrows. I walked out through the weedy corn field and flushed dozen upon dozen of mostly Swamp Sparrows, with lesser numbers of Song Sparrows included, and a lone Savannah Sparrow. There was also 1 Marsh Wren, and a Wilson's Snipe in the wet area of the field. It was a pleasant enough morning.

Take care.
---Mike

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

11:30 this morning, an American Avocet with large group of Ring-billed Gulls at public beach. Also spotted at beach an Osprey hunting. I saw the Avocet that was at Lost Bridge in spring plumage and I feel lucky to see one in fall plumage in one season!
Other highlights:
Canada Goose
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Killdeer
Large group of Black Vultures on the ground along Rt. 73 near entrance to beach.
Cedar Waxwing
American Crow
Bluejay
Wetlands Area:
C. Chickadee
Eastern Bluebird
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Cardinal
Goldfinch
Nashville Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Tufted Titmouse
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Phoebe
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
European Starling
Overlook near the dam:
2 Ring-billed Gulls and a Double-crested Cormorant on buoys near the dam.
Belted Kingfisher
Great Blue Heron

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock #34 & Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club

Eleven members of the Cincinnati Bird Club attended a walk at Chilo Lock #34 Park and Crooked Run Nature Preserve in Clemont County this morning. We had good weather and good birds, including some FOS (First Of the Season) species and great looks at a late warbler - Northern Parula. A heard-only vireo species was diagnosed as a late Red-eyed Vireo. Second year Bald Eagle was a fly-over. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Blue Jays were numerous. Seven sparrow species (Song, Swamp, Field, White-throated, White-crowned, Eastern Towhee and Dark-eyed Junco) were seen, missing only Savannah to sweep the expected sparrows. Five woodpecker species were observed. No Red-headed or Pileated, although both are possible.

Trip List:
Canada Goose
Wood Duck 2
Bald Eagle - 2nd year
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 FOS
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe

Red-eyed Vireo (heard)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 FOS
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 FOS
Eastern Bluebird

American Robin
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing 1
Northern Parula 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Greeen Warbler 1
Palm Warbler [probable]
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow

Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow FOS
White-crowned Sparrow FOS
Dark-eyed Junco 2 FOS

Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird 2 (M/F)
American Goldfinch

Another birder on the property reported seeing Purple Finches, Brown Creepers, and a Blue-headed Vireo this morning.

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location: Indian Lake
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders: Terri Fitton

12 LONG-TAILED DUCKS viewed from Russell Point and Chippewa Boat Ramp between 3:00 and 4:30 pm, 2 Common Loons, 4 Franklin's Gulls on the Oldfield Beach and a possible 5th following a boat with other gulls near the above-mentioned boat ramp. Also Ruddy Duck and Northern Shoveler.

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

2 Pectoral and 1 Spotted Sandpiper on a gravel bar at the overlook. Black- throated Green and many Palm Warblers.

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Location: east fork s. beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Franklin's gulls, greater yellowlegs

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock #34 & Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

White-crowned Sparrows are back - saw my FOS this evening. An adult and a first winter bird, at the wetlands in the park.

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Jan and Bob Holmes, Allan Claybon

1 Franklin's Gull on beach. Also 2 Greater Yellowlegs. 5 Bald Eagles seen at one time as well.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Location: Greenbriar Rd.-Private Property
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Tennessee Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Cape May Warbler (95% sure)
Eastern Phoebe
Belted Kingfisher

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

4 Franklin's Gulls were seen on the beach this evening resting with numerous ring-billed gulls and a Bonaparte's gull.

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: 8959 Blue Ash Rd Eastern Sheet Metal
Reporter: Mike Feldhues
Other Birders: Greg Feldhues

Another evening of natures spectacles.!!! Over 5000 chimney swifts all hunkering down for the night right at 7:30pm Just an awesome sight.

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Location: Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Not my sighting:

Suzanne reported to me that she is 95% certain she saw a MERLIN at Crooked Run Nature Preserve on Monday.

This is perfect timing for the Cincinnati Bird Club field trip to Crooked Run, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 19. Check the Calendar (left hand column of this page) for details.

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods State Park beach
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

this evening there was a winter adult FRANKLIN'S GULL along with a couple of Bonaparte's and about 25 Ring-bills

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

The Common Gallinule emerged from the cattails around 3pm.(Lodge Pond)

Notables List:

-Northern Harriers (3) Hunting
in the field behind the
visitors center
-Lincoln's Sparrows (2)
-Nelson's Sparrow
-Bay Breasted Warblers
-Yellow-rumped warbler(1)

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Union Twp. backyard
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Possibly last of season Ruby-throated Hummingbird checking out the lingering flowers on my back deck this morning.

First of season White-throated Sparrow this afternoon.

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning around 8 a.m heard White-throated Sparrows along with Eastern Meadowlarks, Mockingbirds near main shelter. Also a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at end of trail near overlook of river. Canada Geese, two groups flying towards the bean field.

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Location: Loveland
Reporter: Fannie Courtier
Other Birders:

Yellow bellied sap sucker

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Bath IN
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flying southerly in low clouds and scattered showers at about 2:00 pm today.

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Jack Thier
Other Birders:

Approx. 9 AM around the parking lot to the left of the shelter a pair of juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers were hanging out with a couple of juvenile Killdeer. Took several fairly good pictures, given the weather!

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

First of the season white-crowned sparrow.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: 8959 Blue Ash Rd Eastern Sheet Metal
Reporter: Mike Feldhues
Other Birders:

Over 1000 chimney swifts circling over the building and grounds before descending into the tall stack. It all starts around 6:50pm and is over at 7:30pm I'm sure they will be gone any day now. Awesome Sight!!

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Fernald Preserve, Lodge Pond
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders: many

Common Gallinule and Sora on East side of Lodge Pond in the cattails between 12:30 and 2:30 this afternoon, off and on, but mostly hidden. Female Northern Pintail, m/f American Wigeons, m/f Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, and many Mallards.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: My house in Kenwood
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Just had a female BTG Warbler in my yard-great views from short distances. Also, many kinglets, juncos, and white throated sparrows.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Marsh area near Gorge Trail: Highlight was a single Swamp Sparrow. Also a Marsh Wren that was so elusive I was 4 to 5 ft. away and I still didn't get but brief glimpses of the bird.
Also seen at Marsh, several Waxwings, Bluejays and Eastern Bluebirds
Goldfinch
White-throated Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
American Crow
Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
3 Cooper's Hawks
Cardinal
Large flock of Eastern Starlings
Along trail from Wellman Meadows to Pioneer Village: 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Nashville Warbler
Swainson's Thrush
Field near Pioneer Village:Monarch, Red Admiral,Cabbage White and Yellow Sulphur and Common Buckeye butterflies.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Lots of Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Tennessees, Common Yellowthroats, Nashvilles, and one beautiful male Mourning Warbler. Also quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, some Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, White-throated Sparrows, and a Blue-headed Vireo. It's pretty muddy. So, if you go, wear your mud boots or bring an extra pair of shoes.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Bantam Rd Bike Path East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Purple Finch, Fox Sparrow, Lots of White-throated Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. The complete list can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20207507

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Fairfield
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Over a 6 hour period heard flyover Pine Siskins on 2 occasions, the second time saw 2 individuals. Other highlights were Orange-crowned Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Wood Thrush, Hermit Thrush, both kinglets, Lincoln Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland / Oxbow
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

The highlights of the day were not necessarily a diversity of species, but rather big numbers of migrants. I was flagged on eBird for the total of 650 Tree Swallows between the two locations, but I think this was likely on the low end of actual numbers. Other prevalent species included Great Egret, Yellow-rumped Warblers, which were everywhere at Oxbow particularly, Palm Warblers, Tennessee Warblers, Blue Jays, and Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles. Less common species include: Merlin at MWW, N. Shovelers and Green- winged Teal, 3 L. Yellowlegs, Wilson's Warbler, both Kinglets (FOS), a good candidate for Nelson's Sparrow that was uncooperative after flushing at MWW, along with 7 other species of sparrow.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Backyard - Poplar Hill - Lebanon, OH
Reporter: D Peercy
Other Birders: Ed Peercy

Keep those hummingbird feeders out! Had a visitor, RT female, this morning at 8:00 am.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Northern Waterthrush and Winter Wren. The Winter Wren came out when I was pishing the waterthrush out for a better look.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Waterfowl was the theme this week at Fernald. All 9 expected dabbling species were present by the end of this week (in low numbers) and there were also 4 Ring-necked Ducks by Thursday. Pied-billed Grebes have also come in in good numbers, and I saw a Dunlin on a patch of mud out of public access. Good numbers were also noticeable this week for Swamp, Savannah, Lincoln's, and Song Sparrows.

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Lots of yellow this morning: three bobolinks in the northeast field, two meadowlarks near the center pavilion, and a lesser yellowlegs at the canoe landing. Also an adult eagle flying upriver.

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: East Fork Beach
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

AS MANY AS 40 CANADA GEESE, AN INCREDIBLE BAR-HEADED GOOSE FROM WHATEVER DERIVATION FOR THE LAST 5 DAYS,
UP TO 11 CORMORANTS, 7-9 CASPIAN TERNS,
1 ADULT OSPREY 2 LESS-THAN-ADULT BALD EAGLES, 11 TURKEY VULTURES, LARGE NUMBERS OF PB GREBES ARRIVED OVERNIGHT, 2-6 HORNED GREBES AT GREAT DISTANCE, SEVERAL STILL IN NEAR BREEDING PLUMMAGE,
PERHAPS 9 TREE SWALLOWS BLAZING ACROSS THE LAKE AT 2 FEET AGL TOWARD THE TINY BAY AT THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BEACH...ONE OF THE CASPIAN TERNS WAS VERY YOUNG AND BEGGING WITH AN ORANGER/SHORTER BILL, 15 PLUS KILLDEER, 2 BLUEBIRDS, CROWS OF COURSE. EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT, EVERY DAY IS WONDERFUL. "YOU HAVE TO GET OUT!" AS HANK WOULD SAY TO GINNY.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

I noticed a small flock of Juncos foraging in my backyard today.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Northside
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

Pine siskin across the road from Mt. Airy forest.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 White-throated Sparrow, 3 Yellow-rump Warblers and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the yard tonight. The only hope that winter is not here yet was 2 Eastern Meadowlarks that flew over the yard.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Of note: 7 Ruddy Ducks, Coots, Osprey, Green Heron flushed from woods up the hill. RC Kinglets.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Bethel Area Backyard
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

Still Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here -- 2 at the feeders on the 7th and 1 this morning. I looked unsuccessfully for rufous color...

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Location: Rowe Arboretum, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I just noticed it looks like no one has posted a junco as yet. I did have a Dark-eyed Junco at the arboretum on Oct.1, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet on Oct. 4.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Location: in tree off road, Warren County near intersection of Turtle Creek and Mason-Morr
Reporter: Rita Murphy
Other Birders: Mike and Jeaane Glassmeyer

Bald Eagle, Mature

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Location: Brookville and Oxford
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

This morning at the Mounds Beach, Brookville Reservoir, were 2 adult Peregrine Falcons, 8 subadult Bald Eagles, only 20 Ring-billed Gulls and no other gull species seen, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blackburnian Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler. On Sunday I saw a Merlin just northeast of Oxford and another at the beach at Acton Lake, Hueston Woods State Park.

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Location: Bethel Area Backyard
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

I was surprised to still have a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting the feeders this afternoon. Also a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a flock of about 20 Cedar Waxwings.

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock #34 & Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

8-11am: FOS Swamp Sparrows (2) at the wetlands, joined by a late-ish House Wren. FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (immature) near the third bird blind, at the end of the gravel road. No warblers or other neotropical migrants. Blue Jays were very active.

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Several stops, started at Gorge Trail:
Great Blue Heron
Downy Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
Northern rough-winged Swallow
American Crow
American Robin
Visitors Center area:
Large numbers of Common Grackle and Bluejay
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Eastern Phoebe
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Canada Goose
Tufted Titmouse
Cardinal
Wetlands viewing platform:
Several Black Vultures
Turkey Vulture
Goldfinch
Field Sparrow
Eastern Bluebird
Mourning Dove
Beach area:
Several Ring-billed Gull
Canada Goose
Common Yellowthroat
Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
White-eyed Vireo
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Killdeer
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
European Starling
Large group of Black Vultures in the road and roosting in a large Sycamore Tree, Oregonia Road

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 9 Cincinnati Bird Club Walk Birders

East Fork State Park, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 7:33 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.93 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose 20, Pied-billed Grebe 6, Double-crested Cormorant 10, Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Cooper's Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 3, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Killdeer 10, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Ring-billed Gull 60, Herring Gull 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 10, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 25, American Crow 10, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 3, American Robin 10, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 15, Cedar Waxwing 50, Common Yellowthroat 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 3,Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 15, Savannah Sparrow 1 (thanks to Donald Morris), Song Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 20, Indigo Bunting 6, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 20
East Fork SP--Williamsburg Wetland, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 11:16 AM - 12:36 PM
1.4 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

duck sp. 30,
Turkey Vulture 3, Osprey 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Killdeer 5, Chimney Swift 150, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 5, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 1, Swainson's Thrush 1, American Robin 5, European Starling 2, Northern Cardinal 8, Indigo Bunting 1, American Goldfinch 5

Numbers were estimated after the walk.

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 9 Cincinnati Bird Club Walk Birders

East Fork State Park, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 7:33 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.93 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose 20, Pied-billed Grebe 6, Double-crested Cormorant 10, Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Cooper's Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 3, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Killdeer 10, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Ring-billed Gull 60, Herring Gull 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 10, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 25, American Crow 10, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 3, American Robin 10, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 15, Cedar Waxwing 50, Common Yellowthroat 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 3,Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 15, Savannah Sparrow 1 (thanks to Donald Morris), Song Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 20, Indigo Bunting 6, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 20
East Fork SP--Williamsburg Wetland, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 11:16 AM - 12:36 PM
1.4 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

duck sp. 30,
Turkey Vulture 3, Osprey 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Killdeer 5, Chimney Swift 150, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 5, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 1, Swainson's Thrush 1, American Robin 5, European Starling 2, Northern Cardinal 8, Indigo Bunting 1, American Goldfinch 5

Numbers were estimated after the walk.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

2 Common Nighthawks.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Jerry Baker

Of note: 1 Sanderling on beach, 3 Bald Eagles (all adults), 1 Osprey, 1 Merlin (flying), Swainson's Thrush, Cape May, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Blackpoll Warblers, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Bass Island
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

A good variety of Warblers still moving through here around 11am: Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and Tennessee.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

A good 10 minutes spent on my way to work.

Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 2

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders: Jennel (in part)

Thur: 8 AM 1 osprey, 6 gb herons, 1 wood duck, 1 solitary sandpiper, 2 kingfishers. Lots of yard birds.

Wed.: 2 merlin (woods by the overlook) and Jennel saw 4 blue birds. Not much else.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird just came to the feeder. First one in three days.

Trip List:

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Location: Westwood backyard
Reporter: Elizabeth Brennan
Other Birders:

Common Yellowthroat

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Found my first Merlin down at the tate boat ramp this afternoon. flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

A few observations of interest from Monday at Fernald:
1 American Black Duck
22 Green-winged Teal
10 Blue-winged Teal
5 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Northern Harrier
1 Greater Yellowlegs
15+ Yellow-rumped Warbler (entrance road pines)
6+ Palm Warbler (mixed in with Yellow-rumps)
2-3 Blue Grosbeak still hanging around the lodge pond loop

Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area and Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 7 participants of the Cincinnati Bird Club Bird Walk

Eight of us started at Indian Creek Wildlife area this morning. First thing we found were Great Horned Owls calling and Red-headed Woodpeckers. Other highlights include Vesper Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Horned Larks, Yellow-throated Warbler and Summer Tanager. When things started to slow down at Indian Creek we decided to go to the Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits. But before we could leave we were delayed by a group of warblers. On the way to the gravel pits a Red-tailed Hawk with a patagial tag was spotted.
When we arrived at the Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits we were again greeted by Red-headed Woodpeckers. Highlight from this area include Merlin, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier Blue Grosbeak, and Eastern Meadowlark.

It was a great day to be out birding.

Indian Creek Wildlife Area (Brown County)
45 species

Great Blue Heron 1, Cooper's Hawk 1 ,Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Killdeer 9, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7, Mourning Dove 27, Great Horned Owl 2, Chimney Swift 20, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-headed Woodpecker 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Downy Woodpecker 8, Northern Flicker 5, Pileated Woodpecker 2, American Kestrel 4, Eastern Phoebe 5, Blue Jay 35, American Crow 15, Horned Lark 20, Carolina Chickadee 2, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 6, Carolina Wren 2, Eastern Bluebird 8, Swainson's Thrush 1, American Robin 27, Gray Catbird 2, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 47, Cedar Waxwing 50, Common Yellowthroat 2, American Redstart 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Black-throated Green Warbler 4, Eastern Towhee 1, Chipping Sparrow 4, Field Sparrow 1, Vesper Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 3, Lincoln's Sparrow 2, Summer Tanager 1, Northern Cardinal 15, Red-winged Blackbird 60, American Goldfinch 7

Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits (Highland County)
32 species

Canada Goose 70, Pied-billed Grebe 3, Double-crested Cormorant 2, Turkey Vulture 5, Northern Harrier 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 1, Red-tailed Hawk 4, Killdeer 5, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6, Mourning Dove 35, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, American Kestrel 1, Merlin 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 35, Horned Lark 5, Carolina Wren 3, Eastern Bluebird 10, American Robin 2, Gray Catbird 1, European Starling 25, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Song Sparrow 5, Blue Grosbeak 1, Indigo Bunting 6, Eastern Meadowlark 8, American Goldfinch 6

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: (13) CNC Bird Walk Participants

Cooper's Hawk, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downey Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Summer Tanager, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds (and surrounding areas)
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Had a FOS Wilson's Snipe at the pond near the truck stop on N Enterprise Drive. Along with a large number of mallards/canada geese and egrets/herons.

Although cattail marsh is totally dry right now this pond has dried up a good bit and has some exposed areas, it could become a pretty good shorebird habitat in the coming weeks.

Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Searched the open area across from the playground this morning with . American Kestrel headed towards Armleder.
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
W. Nuthatch
C. Chickadee
C. Wren
Cardinal
Bluejay
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Several Chiminey Swifts feeding high in the sky.

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Location: Lost bridge
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Not a bad mix of shorebirds at lost bridge this evening, but the river is so low right now it can take some time to scan all the gravel bars.

1 American Golden Plover
2 Semipalmated Plover
20 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Stilt Sandpiper
1 Baird's Sandpiper
4 Pectoral Sandpiper
4 Least Sandpiper

I also had an American Golden Plover in an out of public access area at Fernald this afternoon.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Reporter: Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Pretty good morning for warblers.



Trip List: Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting

Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park (South Beach Area)
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

EAST FORK 7:45am-9:45am
Warbler and Vireo Central
Species seen (and photographed) included, Wilson's Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated green Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, and a LIFER Philadelphia Vireo

-South beach. West side. Line of trees leading to the normal shorebird spot. They were all spotted within that small little line of trees.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

First sign of fall, one Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Also a Magnolia Warbler.

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park Williamsburg Wetlands area
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Golden-winged Warbler seen around the parking lot at the end of Williamsburg Bantam Rd on the Williamsburg side. Seen feeding high in the trees along the closed road leading from the parking lot. It was about 20 feet down the closed road from the parking lot,

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

This morning I saw a kettle of about 50 Broad-winged Hawks flying south along Paddy's Run. There was also a juvenile Bald Eagle loosely associating with the Broad-wings.

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Location: Caesar Creek SP - Beach
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

On the beach from 4:45 to 7:15. Franklin's Gull not located. There were 5 Common Terns, a Bonaparte's Gull, a Herring Gull, 100+ RB Gulls, 2 Killdeer, Osprey, immature Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon. Will post pictures and video to Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/nsxbirder

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: John Botz
Other Birders:

A pretty good flurry of activity of all the usual migrants - particularly in the parking lot (on the right as you pull in).

Did not see the Wilson's, but while walking along one of the trails, a very cooperative OVENBIRD gave me a good look at his black-and-orange crown.

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

This evening there was a Baird's Sandpiper on the Great Miami River north of the bridge. Other birds of note included a Pectoral Sandpiper, heard only Semipalmated Plover, immature Bald Eagle, and immature Purple Martin.

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

3 PM. Song birds absent. Went down to the beach near Duck Ck. just in time to see an osprey dive and catch a small fish. First osprey I've seen there this year. Also an eagle (adult) on Friday.

Please note: I think I finally spelled Armleder correctly.

Date: Monday, September 22, 2014
Location: Little Miami River park @ Beechmont
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

Warblers very active here today: Black-throated Green, Bay-breasted, Black-and -white, Magnolia, and Tennessee among those I could i.d.

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The wind made it a challenge to spot moving birds today.
Trip List:
Tennessee Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Swainson's Thrush
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
C. Chickadee
Robin
Cardinal
Goldfinch
C. Wren
Female Indigo Bunting
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bluejay

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Brookville Lake Region
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip

The Cincinnati Bird Club conducted a field trip to the Brookville Lake Region (Franklin & Union Counties, Indiana) today, Sunday September 21. Only six people made the trip (Jay Stenger, Jack Stenger, Mark Gilsdorf, Chris Moran, Bill Hutchinson and David Edwards) but we were rewarded with a beautiful, mild, breezy day and some pretty good birding. The persistent 15 mph wind did keep the song birds down most of the day but we still managed a few. On the other hand the wind seemed to encourage the raptors to get up and soar.

Our highlights include 3 American Avocets, 17 Bald Eagles, 7 Ospreys and 3 Broad-winged Hawks.

Water levels are higher than normal for this time of year at the north end of Brookville Lake and no mudflats are exposed. The only shorebirds we saw there were the 3 American Avocets and a Greater Yellowlegs, all long-legged species that could deal with a few extra inches of water.

Some of the species we found at Brookville Lake today included: Pied-billed Grebe 2, Double-crested Cormorant 90~, Great Blue Heron 25+, Great Egret 21, Black Vulture 80~, Turkey Vulture 150~, Osprey 7, Bald Eagle 17 (5 adult, 12 immature), Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Broad-winged Hawk 3 (all widely spaced individual birds), Red-tailed Hawk 4, ZERO American Kestrels, American Avocets 3, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Ring-billed Gull 400~, Belted Kingfisher 3, Northern Flicker 12 (obvious migrants), Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 14, Traill’s Flycatcher 2 (probably Willow), Eastern Phoebe 4, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Blue Jay 75~ (obvious migrants), Eastern Bluebird 25+, Swainson’s Thrush 1, Gray Catbird 1, Cedar Waxwing 25~ (one flock), Tennessee Warbler 6, Northern Parula 2, Magnolia Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 2, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, Summer Tanager 2, Scarlet Tanager 2, Chipping Sparrow 30~, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3, Indigo Bunting 1, and Brown-headed Cowbird 250~ (one flock foraging on the ground in a cattle pasture).

On the way home we made a quick stop at Hueston Woods State Park and in addition to the more common species we were able to add to the days list a Forster's Tern 1, Bonaparte’s Gull 2 (fairly early), American Coot 3, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, and 6 more Great Egrets.

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: Great Miami River
Reporter: Rodney Crice
Other Birders:

Stilt Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Kildeer
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Crow
Swallow spp.
Mallard
probably a flock of Blue-winged Teals, but they spooked before we got a good look.

Took a canoe trip from Shawnee Boat Ramp to the confluence of the Greater Miami and Whitewater Rivers. Bald Eagle swooped in front of us to nab a fish...Ospreys whirled overhead...Stilt Sandpiper hiding in the shade under the bridge along with some Pectorals and a Least. A good day.

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Location: East Fork south beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Roger Hickey

12 Frankin's Gulls, which all took off to the east, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Least sp, 1 Merlin hanging around, 1 Black Tern and 1 Forster's Tern still. (Bald Eagles and Ospreys as well).

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Location: Fort Thomas, Campbell Co. KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

30 Double-crested Cormorants flying by the ridge overlooking the river Friday evening.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Location: Grand Valley
Reporter: Charlotte Fairlie
Other Birders:

Kayaking this morning. A quiet day on the lake except for many kingfishers and a great view of my first American bittern. At least I am almost sure!

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Location: Ridge and Highland Ave
Reporter: Jay Henry
Other Birders:

Huge flock of birds living in the ravine in front of Home Depot. Noisy in the dark. Send out small groups just before sunrise. When the light is right, the remaining group in the ravine gets quiet and then they fly out in huge numbers. Do not know the type of bird or if they stay here or migrate. Fun to watch.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Lois Shadix
Other Birders: none

Kettle of 15-20 Broad - winged Hawks migrating over my house.

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Location: Armleder Park--sunset
Reporter: Kirk Westendorf
Other Birders:

2 Great Horned Owl counter-calling
1 Barred Owl
9 Bobolink (northern mowed path)

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Location: Eastfork Lake Southbeach
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Stopped down in the morning and got great looks at 5 or 6 Black Terns, 5 or 6 Common Terns, 1 juvenile Bonaparte's Gull(very pretty gull) I think, 1 Forster' tern, juvenile GBH, lots of Turkey Vultures on the beach and of course RB gulls. Pictures at flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Location: Four Seasons Driving Range pond on Kellogg
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Great Egret and a Double-crested Cormorant

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

5pm: 2 Osprey, 2 Double-crested Cormorants, 3 Capsian Terns, 1 juvenile Bonaparte's Gull, 2 Sanderlings, 3 Least Sandpipers, 2 Savannah Sparrows, along with the usual suspects.

Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
Location: Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Looked for the phalarope at mirror lake and the other ponds, no luck. Jeez, wish we still had a rare bird hotline like in the olden days when communication on these things was actually much better. It could even be better now with just some quick texts instead of long phone calls. I did find a Pine Warbler in the Ponderosa Pines by the Donald and Marion Spencer Overlook.

Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Location: East Fork - Upon further review
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

While at the beach, I looked at the black bill and the dark carpal-bar on the bird and thought the bird matched the plumage of the Little gull at Alum Creek this past August. After looking at my photos, I found one head on shot that shows dark tips on the primaries. I now believe the bird to be a Bonaparte's gull. Sorry for the false alarm, but the differences in single first winter birds is subtle.

Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Location: East Fork Lake - South Beach
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

In addition to Donald's sightings, at 2:15 I had what appeared to be a Little Gull and 2 Black Terns. The possible Little gull was on the far east side of the beach with the ring billed gulls. I have good photos of the bird. For some reason, all the gulls flushed to the water. The terns all flew out over the lake spiraling higher and higher out of sight. The Little gull should return with the ring bills this evening.

Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Location: East Fork south beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Jeff Hickey

1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Sanderlings, 2 Least Sandpipers, 5 Common Terns, 1 Caspian Tern while I was there. Birds moving.

Date: Sunday, September 14, 2014
Location: Eden Park
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Phalarope - NO.

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy Ficker, Bill McGill

3 sanderlings and 1 semipalmated sandpiper still present at 5:20

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

3 Sanderlings and 1 Semipalmated SP on beach at 2pm. Also 1 Caspian and 1 Common Tern.

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Location: Eden Park
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Maddie Varias, Ethan Rising, Cassidy Ficker

Phalarope still present as of 2:00. Very friendly bird!

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Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com