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Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The mornings chorus included the following sounds:
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Prothonotary Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Wren
My favorite the Yellow-breasted Chat.

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Location: Firebird Lane old Erie canal towpath area, flooded field
Reporter: Mary Cullum
Other Birders: Mary Cullum

I saw the same Mystery Duck hanging around a drake mallard. Could this be an escapee or domestic/wild mix?

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park Williamsburg Wetland
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

2 American Bitterns.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Stonelick State Park
Reporter: Laura Bradley
Other Birders: Phoenix, Indie

1 osprey

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

One Great Egret fishing alone on river bank closest to bean field. One immature Bald Eagle same area as egret but flew over briefly and landed in trees opposite side of river. 4 Turkey Vultures, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Barn Swallows, only saw a few Tree Swallows out today, 1 Red Bellied Woodpecker, 2 White Breasted Nuthatch, and another large heron/egret like bird flying over I could not ID, smaller than GBH though.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Gilmore Metropark
Reporter: Mark Applebaum
Other Birders:

Correction: The date for the previous entry should have been Friday, April 24.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Gilmore Metropark
Reporter: Mark Applebaum
Other Birders: Suellen Applebaum

Several ducks including BW Teal, Gadwall, N. Shoveler, Mallard, and one very strange unidentifyable individual you can see here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mmabyfciebqfdwf/AAD8pw0nIlXmQyAlbxJks5bma?dl=0

It was larger than the BW Teal and Gadwall in the vacinity and was about the same size as the Shoveler. It was in the first patch of open water just south of the Gilmore Rd. parking area. To me, it resembled most a Gargany, but was larger and obviously very different. The eye is the same, as is some coloration, but not the markings.

Also seen were an Osprey, a nesting Great Egret, a pair of Rusty Blackbirds, many DC Cormorants roosting in the Heron rookery (one pair was mating), Field and Song Sparrows, Tree and Rough-winged Swallows, C. Swifts, and the usual other residents (C.geese, RWBB, Coots, GBH, etc.)

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Shawnee
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Blue jacket trail:
Blue-winged warblers
FOY Yellow breasted chat
White eyed

Fort trail:
Yellow throated vireos
Summer tanager (male and female)
Wood thrush
Ceruleans

The stinkin worm-eating warbler keeps evading me!

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Eastgate Home
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

While I'm in school, Cassidy just texted me to tell me that our Ruby-throated Hummingbird is back at home!

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A WESTERN SANDPIPER on south beach at 9am. A flock of sterna terns were over the water, too far out to ID.

Pictures going up on my flickr at :

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

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Kennedy Heights backyard
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

Black-throated Green Warbler singing form the Oak tree in the backyard this afternoon when I got home.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Hueston Woods State Park
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Hueston Woods was really active this morning! I was able to pick up ~74 species over a span of 4 hours.
Here are the highlights:
1 Common Loon (on the far side of acton lake in the morning)
5 Wood Duck (most seen in trees along the sycamore trail)
1 Hooded Merganser
2 Wild Turkeys
~27 Double-crested Cormorants
1 Osprey
2 Broad-winged Hawks
3 Bald Eagles (two seen near their nest)
1 Bonaparte's Gull
1 Forster's Tern
1 Hairy Woodpecker
4 Pileated Woodpeckers
2 Purple Martins
2 Hermit Thrushes
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
several Warbling Vireos
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Ovenbird (on sycamore trail)
1 Worm-eating Warbler!!! (on sycamore trail)
1 Northern Waterthrush
3 Louisiana Waterthrushes
2 Common Yellowthroat
many yellow-rumped/yellow-throated warblers
1 Blue-winged Warbler! (on sycamore trail)
1 Prothonotary Warbler (on cedar falls trail)
1 Yellow Warbler
5+ Northern Parulas
1 American Redstart
2 Prairie Warblers
1 Scarlet Tanager
3 Eastern Towhees
and 1 Eastern Meadowlark

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Wetland
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Highlight was a Red-headed Woodpecker heard first and then seen with binos.
Yellow Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow throated Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Swamp Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
American Kestrel
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, several Eastern Towhees
Wood Thrush
House and Carolina Wren
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Several other common birds seen on a beautiful day in the field.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

2 Red tailed hawks, 3 turkey vultures, 1 Barred Owl, 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Belted Kingfisher, countless Barn, Tree and Rough Winged Swallows again...seems like more every time, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Wild Turkeys in a field across from the enterance, 1 American Yellow Warbler, and the Mute Swan was being extremely aggressive today running out Geese the whole time I was there.

Also at my back yard feeder near Eden Park I had a first ever for me, a beautiful male Rose Breasted Grosbeak in breeding plumage.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Middle Creek Road, Boone County, Ky
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Many breeding warblers (Prairie, Yellow, Yellow-throated, Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird),vireos (Yellow-throated, White-eyed, Red-eyed), hawks (Broad-winged, Cooper's, Red-tailed, plus Baltimore Orioles, Gray Catbirds, Great Crested Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Bunting, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and an abundance of wildflowers.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Magrish Marsh
Reporter: charles tirone
Other Birders: Ro tirone

A resplendent male prothonotary warbler at the south end of the parking lot facing west.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Lake Lorelei Home
Reporter: Tom Jackson
Other Birders: Pat ackson

Had a Batimore Oriole visit my Humming bird feeder on 4/21 and a hummingbird visit on 4/23. They have both visited daily many times since then.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Symmes Twp back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Pamela Lippert

1 Hermit Thrush in the yard, perhaps having been here much of the week if it is the same one seen here earlier this week.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Bob Kopp
Other Birders: Donna Kopp

Saw a pair of blue-gray gnatcatchers building a nest by the Hawk Knoll parking lot in Winton Woods. There was a nesting pair about 50 ft away last year, but that site was disturbed by tree cutting.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

1 female Wild Turkey, a walker told me he heard a Tom calling the other day. Also Wood Thrush, Warbling Vireo, Scarlett Tanager, White-throated Sparrow, several Northern Flickers, Red-tailed Hawk.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Armleder Park/Turpin Sod
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

This morning from 7:45 to 8:45 - I took a scope to the bean field where there were 3 Greater & 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, & 1 Solitary Sandpiper. Both Yellow and Common Yellowthroat were singing in many areas. At the sod farm there was a single L Yellowlegs and a Cliff Swallow among the numerous swallows and blackbirds enjoying the floodle.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders:

Worm-eating Warbler, (near Blue jacket trail 100 yds downhill from prking lot), Redstart, Blue-winged, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green, Parula, Cerulean, Yellow-throated, Yellow warblers, White-eyed and Yellow throated vireo, Broad-winged hawk, Wild Turkey (male), Rose-breasted grosbeak.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: lost bridge area
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

this morning 11 Caspian terns, mixed in with the gulls. also about 10 dunlin.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Of note: 7 Caspian Terns, 1 Adult Bald Eagle, 2 Osprey, 2 FOS Yellow-throated Vireos, 1 Orchard Oriole FOS. Warblers: Yellow-rumped, N. Parula, Prairie, L. Waterthrush. Very slow compared to other places I am seeing.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning, Yellow Warlber, Warbling Vireo, Indigo Bunting, several Yellow-throated Warblers, and a very vocal Orchard Oriole. House Wren, Song Sparrow, Common Grackle, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, Goldfinch.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Western Hamilton Co
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Miami Whitewater Wetlands:
Highlights this morning included at least 4 calling Sora, a brief response from a Virginia Rail, 1 flyover American Bittern, and a flyover flock of 40+ American Golden Plovers headed west. Other Shorebirds present included 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer and Wilson's Snipe. Arrivals for me included Baltimore Oriole and Warbling Vireo.

Lost Bridge:
A breeding plumage FRANKLINS GULL was hanging out with the 150 or so Ring-billed Gulls, 5 Bonaparte's and 2 Herring Gulls that have been present for weeks. Eagles have been flushing the gulls frequently, but it was still there 2 hours later on my way back from Shawnee Lookout. I attempted distant photos and will add anything useable to flickr/eBird later tonight.

Shawnee Lookout:
Highlights included 4 Purple Finch (1 little turtle trail, 3 fort trail parking lot), 1 Worm-eating Warbler, 2 Nashville Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler, 3 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 Kentucky Warbler, 4 Common Yellowthroat, 6 American Redstart, 5 Cerulean Warbler, 14+ Northern Parula, 1 Yellow Warbler, 40+ Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Yellow-throated Warbler, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 3 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Great-crested Flycatcher, and 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Turpin Sod Farm
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

4 Semipalmated Plover
1 Peep spp.
1 Greater Yellowlegs
3 American Pipit
5 Horned Lark

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Armeleder Park
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

From about 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Highlights: Solitary Sandpiper 1 flyby falling and seen at bean field pond, flew out of dead weeds on south end and headed north. Orchard Oriole 1 male singing and seen in the short row of trees (young sycamores?) Along the east side of path going toward canoe launch from the parking lot at south pavilion, seemed to be holding territory in these trees. Both first of season for me.

Other birds: Turkey Vulture 6, Canada Goose 4, Mallard 2 drakes, females probably on nest, Bald Eagle 1 adult soaring east of bean field pond, Red-tailed Hawk 1 adult soaring east of bean field pond, Killdeer 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 6 along east edge of bean field pond (scope needed), Mourning Dove 1, Chimney Swft 100 (40 over bean field pond and 60 over grasslands in main part of park), Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Warbling Vireo 1 singing in woods south of south pavilion, Tree Swallow 20, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5, Barn Swallow 1, Carolina Chickadee 3, Tufted Titmouse 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Red-winged Blackbird 10.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Magrish
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

Magrish starting to get good with the high water and mosquitos gone. This AM:Orchard Oriole, Palm Warbler, and a Red-bellied Woodpecker right by the parking lot.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Symmes Township back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Pamela Lippert

1 Pine Siskin at our feeder today. Soon after we noticed the bird, it promptly flew into one of our windows making a fairly hard hit, then perched motionless in a nearby bush for 20 minutes or so, recovering. Thankfully it perked up all of a sudden and flew off to a nearby Maple tree. Crisis averted! You hate to have a first-ever record for your yard turn into a window-strike death moments later!

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: Symmes Township back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders:

1 Hermit Thrush in the back yard today, perhaps the same one from two days ago sticking around to pump up on bugs before the next flight.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: Armleder 3 p.m.
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders: Brutus and Daisy, Basset Hounds

One adult American Bald Eagle soaring low over the Little Miami River near the canoe launch.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

Now open. Short walk 11:15 to 11:45 AM. FOS yellow warbler, prothonotory, great egret(from bridge over the Duck), b.g. gnatcatcher, catbird. Also wood duck, 2 mallards, lots of redwings, cardinals, robins,4 turkey vultures, goldfinch, several song sparrows.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

5 Double Crested Cormorants, 2 Yellow Warblers, 6 Spotted Sandpipers, 3 Wood Ducks, also saw a quarrel between a Mink and a pair of Red Winged Blackbirds.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

The Bald Eagle's nest was hanging tough yesterday in strong wind gusts. One adult eagle was present in the nest tree. I cannot distinguish between male and female. On previous visits I have seen an adult head in the nest but it is very difficult to see. No idea if there are eaglets.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

The active Bald Eagle nest south of Beechmont survived the last few days strong wind with just a portion blown away. Sighted the female and one chick.
The nearby nest has been added to.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: South Clermont County backyard near river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Rich Kidd

It works! Put out your hummingbird feeder and you get a hummingbird same day! Also, our grosbeaks are back at feeders for 15th year in a row!

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: Madeira
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Took a morning walk on Shawnee Run Road south on Camargo to the edge of Madeira indicated by sign. Louisiana Waterthrush 1 singing at traditional spot fast flowing stream, Blue-headed Vireo 1 singing and seen (migrant) both first of season. Also Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 heard at different locations, Warbling Vireo 1 singing and Yellow-throated Warbler 1 singing. (I have had Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Yellow-throated Warbler in my yard since 04/13/15 a different location than this morning's sightings.) I walked Camargo because there is no place to stop and park.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Late afternoon and early evening highlights: Great Horned Owl 1 immature out of nest across path from nest tree with some fuzz still on head and wings but feathered and with ear tufts, 1 adult seen flying away to east of young bird, Eastern Kingbird 1 heard near second platform from south parking area, Warbling Vireo 2, heard, one near owls and one between the two viewing platforms, Chimney Swifts 5, heard and seen near second platform from south, Barn Swallow 2. mixed in with Tree and Rough-winged Swallows, House Wren 2 near owls, Yellow Warbler 3 one near owls and one each near viewing platforms. All first of the year for me.

Other birds: Double-crested Cormorant 40 at GBHE nests, Great Blue Heron 5 at nests, Great Egret 6 just before sunset at GBHE nests, Mallard 10, Wood Duck 2, Ring-necked Duck 2 m+ f, Canada Goose 4, American Coot 15, Brown Thrasher 1 singing and visible just before sunset on way back to south parking area, Red-winged Blackbird many.

I walked in from south parking lot and took the trail around the south side of impoundments to the north parking lot near the railroad crossing. The now apparently abandoned owl nest is a short distance east of Kingfisher Pond along the path that is bordered by the canal and railroad tracks.

Thanks to the man with binoculars with another man, one woman and young boy, who showed me the nest tree which will be soon hidden by developing leaves. Thanks to the woman for finding the young owl.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

In the wet field in late afternoon after the heavy rains ended-highlights: Great Egret 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 5, and Wilson's Snipe 1.

Also present: Great Blue Heron 1, Mallard 10, Blue-winged Teal 8, Double-crested Cormorant 1, Tree and Rough-winged Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrow

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Spotted Sandpiper, 4 Killdeer, 18 American Coots, 4 Blue Winged Teal, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 Woodcock, 5 Turkey Vultures, 2 juvenile Coopers Hawks, Countless Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, and Northern Rough Winged Swallows, 50+ Red Winged Blackbirds, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Clermont County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Assorted FOY birds - male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, my feeder in Franklin Twp, 2 male Indigo Buntings and a heard-only Wood Thrush on the Williamsburg wetlands trail, northern East Fork State Park.

Two "serendipity" Pileated Woodpeckers - one flew across SR 133 at Jones-Florer Rd this morning; one came from behind the State Farm Insurance office on SR 125 and perched on the power pole. Funny, when I go out looking for them, I mostly hear them rather than see them.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: South Lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Unfortunately the Bald Eagle nest sitting precariously atop a Sycamore over the Little Miami River has succumbed to high winds, along with the 2 chicklets. A repeat of history for this site and these Eagles. At least they successfully fledged 5 young in the past. I saw one of those Immatures soaring near the site.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Near the "Little Turtle Trail" this afternoon 1-2pm. Birding from the main road.

1 Cerulean Warb
1 Kentucky Warb
3 Parula
2 Yellow-throats

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: New Richmond feeders...
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

The Yellow-throated Warbler is still coming to my kitchen window feeders.

He comes right up to the window and is eating the hulled sunflower seeds/chips/hearts. :)

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There was a small flock of shorebirds foraging in the flooded field at Ellis this morning, it consisted of 5-6 Yellowlegs (both greater and lesser) and 2 Least Sandpipers!

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Symmes Township back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders:

1 Hermit Thrush, 2 Brown Thrashers, 3 White-throated Sparrows, and a male and female Eastern Towhee in the back yard this morning.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Mason backyard
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Husband and daughter

Hummingbird!
I put up the feeder on a whim yesterday, and my husband just told me that he and my daughter saw one a few minutes ago. He's going to check the bird book to see if it was our standard ruby throated or a migratory, he said that the head was very dark.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Western Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Out for 4.5 hours this morning. 95 species between Fernald, Miami Whitewater Forest, Kilby Rd Gravel Pits, and Elizabethtown (Lost) Bridge. The most surprising finds were a Purple Finch near the sausage factory on Southwest Parkway and a Magnolia Warbler at Fernald.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Yellow-throated Warbler
3 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Northern Parula
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Great-crested Flycatcher
2 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Scarlet Tanager
3 Hermit Thrush (traveling together)

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

The park is walkable again. Very muddy obviously. Plenty of dead fish, including the largest Freshwater Drum that I've ever seen.

2 Great Egret
11 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Warbling Vireo
2 Yellow Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

The great blue herons are nesting at Cattail Marsh again this year, in greater numbers than we have ever seen before. We counted 13 heron nests, most with birds on the nest. The great egrets appeared to be building nests as well - at least two, maybe 3. They're visible from the slightly decrepit viewing platform on the south side of Cattail Marsh, accessible from the Symmes Road entrance. Two were in breeding plumage. A spotting scope is helpful, but not essential. Also saw cormorants, Canada geese, mallards, and an osprey flying with a fish.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Shawnee State Forest
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Drove around from 0900-1330. Warblers found were American Redstart, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, Black and White, Prairie, Yellow-rumped, Blue-winged, Hooded Warbler. Not alot of singing. A couple Scarlet Tanagers were heard. Vireos seen were Blue-headed and Yellow-throated. Disappointing were no Ruffed Grouse or Broad-winged Hawks found. The trees around Cincinnati seem to be further along in leafing out that what was seen in Shawnee. All birding was done on roads on the south side of Route 125.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

37 species this morning, including 6 warblers. Common Yellowthroat clearly came in overnight - saw one, heard at least 6 when there were none yesterday afternoon. Yellow-throated and Prothonotary Warblers, and Northern Parula continue; new warblers for the year were Prairie and a "I'm 95% certain I heard it" Yellow-breasted Chat. Other migrants - White-eyed Vireo and my FOY Orchard Oriole. Yesterday's 2 Green Herons moved from the wetlands to the woodland pond.

Fair warning: the starlings are doing their pewee imitation again this spring. Don't let them fool you.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Home near Owensville, OH
Reporter: Jo Johnstone
Other Birders: Dave Johnstone

We still have at least 25 Siskins feeding on thistle. Heard our first of the season Wood Thrush this morning. Two Red headed Woodpeckers have been regulars for a couple weeks now. Life is, indeed, good!!

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Madeira Ohio
Reporter: Michael Scott
Other Birders:

A first for me. Several friends and I spotted a Ferruginous hawk feeding in the city park in Madeira at about 11:00 am. Very large with white head and body with streaks on wings..

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Ellis Wetlands & Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Ellis Wetlands ( Northern Shovelers, Blue and Green-Winged Teals, spooked a Wilsons Snipe, Great Egrets, Mallards and this strange looking duck I think is some kind of hybrid. Let me know if its something other than that. At Gilmore Ponds, one of the Great Horned Owlets has left its nest and was perched in a tree right across the trail from the nest. There was still one in the nest. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: goshen at 131 n 132
Reporter: Lee Gruber
Other Birders:

RB Hummer came for a sip this eve. The Tree sparrows are back and the Wood thrush. Bluebirds in house with 5 eggs.Cuckoo calling too. Life is good.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Meldahl Dam, Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

FOY Clermont County birds this afternoon, 4/18. Heard-only Louisiana Waterthrush at Meldahl Dam - along the backwaters caused by recent flooding downstream from the dam (to the right as you enter the property).

At Crooked Run Nature Preserve, 2 Green Herons at the wetlands, Gray Catbird, White-eyed Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler, and a heard-only Northern Parula.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

First stopped at Lost Bridge pits, 4 Double-crested Cormorants, several Gulls, Barn Swallow, GBH, Mt. Nebo Rd. a Prairie Warbler, boat ramp several House Wrens and 1 Prothonotary Warbler, area near Fort trail, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlett Tanager, heard only Common Yellowthroat, Great crested Flycathcher, Wood Thrush.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Milford Miami Woods
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

FOS: Ruby-throated-Hummingbird, 1:50 PM.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders:

My FOS Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow Warblers, Cerulean Warblers, and Wood Thrushes. Other niceties--N. Parula, Yellow-throated Warblers, House Wren, R-S Hawk, Pileated, R-Bellied, Flicker, and Downy woodpeckers, E. Phoebe, E. Bluebird, Tree Swallows, many other singers on a nice morning.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

A few new arrivals for me included a slightly early Summer Tanager, a singing Kentucky Warbler, Gray Catbird and White-eyed Vireos. I also had a Pine Warbler singing on the fort trail and numerous Yellow-rumps, Yellow-throated Warblers, and Nothern Parulas. At the Mount Nebo pit there was a singing Prairie Warbler. Earlier in the morning I heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Burnet Woods.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: John Botz
Other Birders:

Got good looks at a male cerulean warbler this evening. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers as well.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park.
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

There was a Baltimore Oriole hanging out at the Slade Road boat launch this AM. Several Prairie Warblers in the Cedar trees along the Tailwater access road.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area, Fayetteville
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: fide Margaret Bowman (not my sighting)

Margaret texted me that she found a Black-crowned Night-Heron at Indian Creek WA this morning about 11:15am. From her description, it sounds like it was on Snowhill Rd, after the usual gravel parking area but before the turn at Campbell Rd.

She also had Sora (heard) and Wilson's Snipe ( seen)

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The soft sound of the Yellow-throated Warbler combined with a Mourning Dove makes a nice two-part harmony.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

Had to get in the back way but while there I saw two pair of Wood Ducks in a couple of Sycamores, the creek had several Louisiana Water Thrushes, and the best of all an Osprey high in a tree in the meadow.

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Location: Nesbit Park- Loveland
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

FOY Chimney Swifts- heard overhead and then saw 3 birds circling a few times before moving on

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Wild Turkey, 2 Barred Owls in the pines calling back and forth, 1 Carolina Wren, 5 Pileated Woodpeckers, 3 Turkey Vultures overhead, 8 Tree Swallow, 10-12 Goldfinch, 4 Brown Headed Cowbirds, 8 Red Winged Blackbirds a mix of male and female, 6 Bluejay, 4 White Throated Sparrow, 1 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: "upper" Armleder and Kellogg Ave
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Armleder remains closed, but I thought I'd take a look this evening to see if the receding water held anything interesting. It do not, however I walkedthe grassy area behind the U.S. Bank building and found 10 or so Savannah Sparrows and 6-8 E. Meadowlarks. Traveling to see if any flooded areas on Kellogg had good birds and I saw a flock of 55 cormorants fly in to roost near the mouth of the LMR. I walked part of the Lunken Trail to take a look in the flooded interior of the airstrip and saw some very distant dabbling ducks including a N. Shoveler and Bonapartes Gull in the mix. Stalking them was what appeared to be a lame or three legged Coyote.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: 1730 Wittenberg St. Loveland
Reporter: Dana Cornelisen
Other Birders:

Red Shouldered hawks nesting in crook of solitary Sycamore tree.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Fort Thomas, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Prairie Warblers are back at River Rd cedars as of yesterday. A Louisiana Waterthrush has been at Sergeant Park,Covert Run, since Saturday. Yellow-throated Warblers popping up in at least a half dozen locations around town.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Amber Latham

1 FOS Caspian Tern - flew from W to E out of sight

1 Spotted Sandpiper remains on beach. Windy, pretty dead elsewhere.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Loaded with yellow-throated warblers and northern parulas

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Kilby Road Gravel Pits
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

Found the following in the gravel pit lake.
DC Cormorant 200 (catching many fish)
Common Loon 1
C Merganser 1
C Geese 5
Bald Eagle 1

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Indiana, Union County, west of Stone Road on Sand Run
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

this afternoon saw and heard two Smith's Longspurs from the road. They were in the corn stubble and yellow foxtail just to the south of the road. Continued west along Sand Run stopping occasionally but found no other longspurs.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Avoca Park
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Blackburnian Warbler - a brilliant male, rather early: https://flic.kr/p/s6mG45

1 Northern Parula

3 Yellow-throated Warbler

8 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Georgetown
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Correction: Upon further research I now believe what I saw was a Fox Squirrel because of its size, larger than a Gray Squirrel. I realize this site is not about all wildlife but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Various
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Sunday April 12 at East Fork

16 Ruddy Ducks on the lake

Monday April 13 at East Fork between Slade Rd. and the spill way

Tons of Tree Sparrows
Eastern Bluebirds
Eastern Meadowlarks
Chipping Sparrows
Prairie Warblers-2 seen, many more heard

Tuesday April 14 on private property in Georgetown

Northern Parula-2
Louisiana Waterthrush-2
Yellow-rumped Warblers-2

Also saw a gorgeous Red Squirrel. I've never seen one before.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Highlights: Great Egret, Rusty Blackbirds, Solitary and Pectoral Sandpipers.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Spotted Sandpiper on beach FOS
1 Osprey
Stiff north wind, very dead elsewise.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Colonial Park, Lebanon
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Yellow-throated Warbler.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

First Prothonotary Warbler of the spring in the backwater estuary this morning!

First White-eyed vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on Friday 4/10/15

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

A good number of birds were present at Ellis this morning, especially warblers!

Highlights included:
Many Blue/Green Winged-teal
6 Northern Shovelers
3 Wood Ducks
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 White-eyed Vireo
many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
4+ Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Swainson's Thrush
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Northern Parula
2 Palm Warblers
3+ Yellow-rumped Warblers
2 Yellow-throated Warblers
1 Prairie Warbler!!
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
and ~7 Rusty Blackbirds.

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Tom Laughlin
Other Birders:

Black Crowned Night Heron
Osprey
Coots
Bluebird
Northern Shoveler
American Widgeon
Great Blue Heron
Double Breasted Cormorant
Pied Billed Grebe
Canada Goose
American Kestrel
Wood Ducks
Common Merganser
Great Egret
Mallard
Blue Winged Teal
Robin, Red Winged Blackbird, Swift

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Caesar Creek SP Gorge Trail
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

A group of nearly 30 birders enjoyed the fine weather and scenery at Spring Valley Wildlife Area near Waynesville. Participants in this Audubon Society of Ohio (ASO) field trip included folks from Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky.
Photographers on the boardwalk had briefly seen a Virginia Rail before we arrived, but part of our group glimpsed a Sora a bit later. Flyover Ospreys were seen throughout the day.
Mid-morning, we ventured to the Spring Valley lake parking area and cut over to the bike trail. The Bald Eagle nest (walk left/south about a mile to a small bridge and the nest can be seen off the right side of the bike trail) appears to have two eaglets and attentive adults.
From the SV parking lot, Northern Parula and Yellow-throated Warblers were heard but not seen.
In the early afternoon, the die-hard members of the group walked part of the gorge trail at Caesar Creek SP. We delighted in views of Louisiana Waterthrush and Yellow-throated Warblers as well as a Black Vulture and Red-tailed Hawk.

Here's a trip list from participant James Wheat:

Canada Goose - Branta canadensis 20
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos 10
Blue-winged Teal - Anas discors 7
Northern Shoveler - Anas clypeata 1
Pied-billed Grebe - Podilymbus podiceps 2
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias 3
Black Vulture - Coragyps atratus 7
Turkey Vulture - Cathartes aura 18
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus 3
Cooper's Hawk - Accipiter cooperii 1
Bald Eagle - Haliaeetus leucocephalus 4
Red-shouldered Hawk - Buteo lineatus 3
Red-tailed Hawk - Buteo jamaicensis 2
Sora - Porzana carolina 1
American Coot - Fulica americana 35
Killdeer - Charadrius vociferus 1
Rock Pigeon - Columba livia 10
Mourning Dove - Zenaida macroura 10
Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - Melanerpes carolinus 7
Downy Woodpecker - Picoides pubescens 10
Northern Flicker - Colaptes auratus 1
Pileated Woodpecker - Dryocopus pileatus 1
Eastern Phoebe - Sayornis phoebe 1
Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata 1
American Crow - Corvus brachyrhynchos 1
Tree Swallow - Tachycineta bicolor 18
Carolina Chickadee - Poecile carolinensis 11
Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - Sitta carolinensis 2
Carolina Wren - Thryothorus ludovicianus 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - Polioptila caerulea 14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula 1
American Robin - Turdus migratorius 28
Brown Thrasher - Toxostoma rufum 1
European Starling - Sturnus vulgaris 15
Louisiana Waterthrush - Parkesia motacilla 1
Northern Parula - Setophaga americana 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - Setophaga coronata 5
Yellow-throated Warbler - Setophaga dominica 3
Eastern Towhee - Pipilo erythrophthalmus 1
Chipping Sparrow - Spizella passerina 6
Field Sparrow - Spizella pusilla 4
Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia 10
Swamp Sparrow - Melospiza georgiana 3
White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis 2
Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis 10
Red-winged Blackbird - Agelaius phoeniceus 40
Eastern Meadowlark - Sturnella magna 1
Common Grackle - Quiscalus quiscula 2
Brown-headed Cowbird - Molothrus ater 1
House Finch - Haemorhous mexicanus 2
American Goldfinch - Spinus tristis 11

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Western Hamilton County
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Birded Western Hamilton Co. for the first time this year. Beautiful day. Got 11 FOS birds. Highlights:

MITCHELL MEMORIAL: Sharp-sinned Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Yellow-throated Warbler, Pine Warbler, Northern Parula, Pine Siskin, House Wren

LOST BRIDGE: Lesser Yellowlegs, Greater Yellowlegs, Cliff Swallow

MOUNT NEBO: Wild Turkey, Prairie Warbler, American Goldfinches building nest

SHAWNEE LOOKOUT: Broad-winged Hawk, Nothern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets singing beautifully, Whited-eyed Vireo

KILBY RD. GRAVEL PITS: Common Loon, 203 (!) Double-crested Cormorant, Wilson's Snipe

FERNALD: Yellow-throated Warbler

MIAMI WHITEWATER WETLANDS: Great Egret, Barn Swallow

FERNBANK: Yellow-throated Warbler

STORY WOODS: Yellow-throated Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

1 Osprey in a tree along the river, then the bird flew off heading upstream. The first time I have ever seen an Osprey at KNP. Heard and seen: Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-throated Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Towhee.

Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbirds, Bluejays

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Fairfield
Reporter: Ken Clouse
Other Birders:

Red bellied woodpecker feeding young in tree
10 mallards ,4 Canadian geese,tree swallows

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Bufflehead
Wood Duck
Northern Flicker
GB Heron
Common Loon
Eastern Meadowlark
AW Pelican
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
Wild Turkey
B&T Vulture
Pine Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Just a few highlights from this morning. Several FOY (first of the year) birds:

1 Green Heron, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Northern Parula, 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: California Golf Course & Reservoirs
Reporter: Cliff Cook
Other Birders:

Bald eagle wind hovering and lateral gliding back and forth over the east most reservoir and around holes #4 thru #7 and #16 for an elongated period of time. The eagle was relatively low enjoying the mid afternoon spring sun and a head wind coming out of the west. Beautiful!

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Northern Parula
Brown Thrasher
Dark-eyed Junco
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Kestrel
YR&YT Warblers
Louisiana Waterthrush
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: Ft. Ancient
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: Hueston Woods-Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

White Pelican is still in the northeast corner of Acton Lake. Black and White, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated, Myrtle Warblers were at Sugar Shack along with a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warblers also present along Loop Rd.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Fernald, Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Warblers heard singing at Fernald today: 6+ Yellow-throated Warbler, 2 Louisiana Waterthrush, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler

Heard singing at Shawnee lookout this evening: 3 Yellow-throated Warblers, 1 Prairie Warbler

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Northeast of Oxford
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Heard a Broad-winged Hawk calling this afternoon. FOS for me.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Hueston Woods State Park
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

The American White Pelican was still present beteen 5:30 to 6:00 pm today visible from the marina. It was standing on a log in the water behind the dredge and was visible from the marina parking lot near the water toward the beach. I was toward the beach and beyond the building along the lake at the marina. This roosting location is blocked from view if one is too close to the lake inlet stream.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: old 74
Reporter: levi parker
Other Birders: none

Least sandpiper in puddle

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Several Yellow-throated Warblers and 2 N Rough-winged Swallows.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Yep, still there this morning
American White Pelican

Yellow-throated & Yellow-rumped Warblers
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Chipping Sparrow
Killdeer
Eastern Towhee
Bank Swallow
Wild Turkey
Black & Turkey Vultures
Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Duck

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Anderson Twp. Backyard
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 House Wren, singing near nest box.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yellow-throated Warbler and lots of Towhee s singing

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center- Long Branch Farm
Reporter: Kurt Gaertner
Other Birders:

Sightings to note:
3 Yellow-throated warblers
Dozens of Myrtle warblers
White-eyed Vireo
Lots of other common birds.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Window Feeder
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

Just had a Yellow-throated Warbler on my window feeder.

Every year for the past few years I have had one show up on the feeders.

Wonder if it is the same one... :)

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Location: Warren/Clinton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Gandert
Other Birders: jeff gandert

On Sunday Sis and I saw 5 Pectoral Sandpiper in a flooded crop field near Butlerville. Common Loon,Horned Grebe,Bufflehead,Red-Breasted Merganser at Cowan Lake, Osprey in Morrow and AAAaaaahhh this morning in Maineville a singing White-Eyed Vireo in the wet thicket behind my house. Alas, Spring hath arrived!

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

12 Blue Winged Teal, 10 American Coot, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 female Northern Harrier, 25+ Tree Swallow, 3 Northern Rough Winged Swallow, 2 female Red Winged Blackbirds and 50+ males, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, 4 Killdeer, 1 Northern Flicker.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: no sighting
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

Isacc Campos I would be interested in the location of the RSHA nest in Northside.
JLHAYS@fuse.net

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: houston woods
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

after a heads up from andy bess I went to Houston woods today to see the white pelican. I think this bird was reported on some face book site but not the Cincinnati or ohio site. the bird was across from the marina.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: swan lake,zoo
Reporter: levi parker
Other Birders: derek

non-tagged hooded merganser!

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Northside
Reporter: Isaac Campos
Other Birders:

Two nesting Red-shouldered hawks right her in the city.

Trip List: Red-shouldered Hawk

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: Sand Run Rd, West of West College Corner
Reporter: Everitt Kitchen
Other Birders:

Smith Longspurs, 2 definite; 2 groups
of 6-10 possible flying. Within 1/2 mi west of County Rd 300E both sides of road in corn stubble. Weds 11 am. Drive slowly on roads from West College Corner approaching area because of potholes.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: I-71 at Silverton/Kenwood
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: MaryAnne Morris

MaryAnne had always mentioned an albino Redtail Hawk, which I saw for the 1st time a few weeks ago on I-71 heading up the hill from Red Bank entrance ramp. Looks almost all albino except for 2 red splotches on its back.

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Notables:
Great Egret
Double-crested Cormorant
Canvasback
Wood Duck
Downey,Red-bellied,Pileated Woodpeckers
Chipping,Field,Song,Sparrows
Carolina Wren
Dark-eyed Junco
Tree Swallow
Brown Thrasher
Northern Flicker
GHO
Yellow-throated,Yellow-rumped Warblers
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers


Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

3 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Location: 4440 Lake Forest Drive
Reporter: Cindy B
Other Birders:

2nd Sighting of a white robin !!

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Location: California Woods
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Yellow-throated Warblers. Gates locked due to high water this morning but a walk back revealed the water was not actually up to the park road at the time.

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Pine Siskin

Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Location: Indiana Smiths Longspurs - reply on message board
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Indiana Smiths Longspurs - reply on message board

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Location: Davis Memorial, Adams County
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders: Adie and Isaac Eastlake

4 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Location: Various - First of Year
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Backyard Madeira - FOY Yellow- throated Warbler back for another year. Armleder (side note it's closed as of this afternoon) FOY Barn and Rough-winged Swallows. Ault Park FOY Pine Warbler.

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center- Long Branch Farm
Reporter: Kurt Gaertner
Other Birders:

Yellow-rumped warbler, Yellow throated warbler, pine warbler, golden-crowned kinglet.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Highlights include a Peregrine Falcon, 6 Green-winged Teals sitting in a flooded farm field and 6 Brown Thrashers all singing their endless songs. Also quick stop at Spring Valley netted Coots, Pie-billed Grebe, Buffleheads and Canada Geese. 4 Red-tailed Hawks, Eastern Bluebirds, Barred Owl heard only at wetland. Tree Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Swamp Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Horned Grebe, Eastern Towhee, Red-shouldered Hawk, Crows, Cardinals, Chickadees, Robins, Goldfinch, Grackles, Starlings, Blackbirds, Blujays, Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy and Flicker Woodpeckers.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Abbott & State Line Rds, Franklin Co, IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

After striking out further north, I tried the original longspur spot Sam Fitton reported earlier this week. Unfortunately, there were no lonspurs. Once again, hundreds of American Pipits enroute (all along Harmony Rd), 5 Black Vultures, 18 Turkey Vultures, 5 American Kestrels, a Northern Harrier, and the first Northern Bobwhite I've heard in 4 years.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Sand Run & Stone Rds, Union Co. IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Linda & Sue Osterhage, Ab Scruggs, Jim Rettig, & others

"They just flew out of the field a few minutes ago, and we lost track of them." That was as close as I got to a Smith's Longspur in two hours of searching. As a consolation, there were hundreds of American Pipits on CR 300E, a couple of miles west. Large numbers of Horned Larks, Eastern Meadowlarks, Savannah, Vesper, and Field Sparrows, were also in the area, with a fly-by FOY Barn Swallow

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Indiana Smiths Longspurs
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Jim, did you go out into the field to find them or did you hear them only? I was there two hours before you today and I got kicked out of the field and the road by a farmer. At one point did you ever see a red Chevy pick up truck?

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Indiana- SW corner of Sand Run and Stone Rd (south of Rt. 27) #2
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders: about 10

Smith's Longspurs (40+/-) still present at this location 10:00 AM and Horned Larks, Meadowlarks, Killdeer.

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: VOA Park, West Chester
Reporter: Rachel Echols
Other Birders:

I walked the path around the lake and also drove all the roads in the park today. FOS purple martin and barn swallows were seen. Other highlights were red-breasted merganser, immature red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, Eastern meadowlark, field sparrow, and pied-billed grebe.

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Location: Indiana- SW corner of Sand Run and Stone Rd (south of Rt. 27) near West College
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Mike Acheson, Bill Zimmerman

At least 75+ Smith's were still present at dusk (Friday) in the INDIANA farm field at the SW corner of Sand Run and Stone (south of Rt. 27) near West College Corner, just across the Ohio border. We birded extensively from the road and from our car during inclement weather (driving rain and bitterly cold wind) but could not see any Smith's at that time. With sunlight fading, and a break in the weather, we walked into the wet corn field (Dr. Dave Russell said the farmer IS allowing birders to respectfully enter/walk this property). The Smith's were in small scattered groups throughout the field, plus Vesper and Savannah Sparrows, Horned Larks, Wilson's Snipe, and Brown Thrasher. Worth the bone-chilling effort for our trio to see this coveted LIFE bird!

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Location: Avoca Park
Reporter: Kirk Westendorf
Other Birders:

1 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Osprey

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Location: Sand Run Road, just past the train tracks west of Stone Road
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Rising, Bob Holmes

Great views today of Smith's Longspurs. If you stay in your car they are pretty approachable (8 ft). Most are in transition plumage, but some of them were basically in breeding plumage and were beautiful. Also around were snipes, pipits, and savannah sparrows.
Photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/114145514@N02/16405220823/

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Arrived at 1:30. Flushed several Wilson's Snipes, saw over 30 Snipes total. Eastern Meadowlark, Swamp Sparrow, Eastern Bluebirds, Field Sparrow, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Kestrels, more Snipes along trail to blind. Coots, Mallards, 1 Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, several hundred Blackbirds. Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Canada Geese, Killdeer

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Location: sand run road
Reporter: Bob Holmes
Other Birders: Ethan Liz

Smith's Longspurs further west on SandRun today. Quarter of mile west Of road 300e.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Location: New Miami,Gilmore pond,South Lebanon
Reporter: Ken Clouse
Other Birders: Patty samples

2 mature Bald Eagles 1sitting on nest New Miami
, Great Horned owl sitting on nest Gilmore ponds
Adult Bald Eagle siting on nest South Lebanon up the road saw the Osprays on the nest thanks John had a great day seeing so many Beautiful Birds.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Location: Sand Run Rd, .25 mile west of Stone Road, IN
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders: Bob and Jan Holmes, Bill Buskirk, Dave Russell, Michael Hall, Terri Fitton

More Smith's Longspurs today, up to 60 at this location and at least 10 still present to the south as described yesterday. Good views with patience, at least in flight. Watch for them to fly overhead and watch for buffy undersides, white shoulders and longish black tails with white outer tail feathers. A few Laplands in the area as well as Horned Larks, Savannah Sparrows, American Pipit

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Location: Not a Sighting
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Sam Fitton:

Please see Message Board.

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Bald Eagle-1 immature flying low over bean field
Blue winged Teal-7
Wood Duck-10
Wilson's Snipe-4 probably more
Killdeer-4
Tree Swallow-38
Barn Swallow-1
Great Blue Heron-1
Canada Goose-2
Mallard-1
Red winged Blackbird-tons, many bathing in river

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

1 Woodcock, 1 Sora, 1 bajillion spring peepers.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Location: Governor Bebb MetroPark
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Purple Martins are back at the private home on the entrance road. One Yellow-throated Warbler was singing along the creek where the road is washed out and closed. Chipping Sparrows and Brown Thrasher were also present and singing. Did not hear Henslow's Sparrow.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Location: Smith's Longspur - Indiana, Abbott Road just .5 mile west of State Line Road
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Saw at least 10 Smith's Longspur right along the grassy edge of the road with a soybean field on the south and a corn field on the north. The habitat didn't seem like anything special that might draw or keep them there. I flushed them, stopped then watched as they flew a great distance away then came back. They called with their rattle calls as they approached. A couple landed and afforded reasonable looks while the others continued with the others soon following. They again went far but then circled back. Good binoc views as they flew low overhead.

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Saw a pair of Red-Breasted mergansers, two Common Loons, many Bufflehead and Horned Grebes, Scaup sp., and DC Cormorants flying around. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Location: South Lebanon, Armleder
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: Mike Sweeney

I've noticed posts announcing no chicklets in the Bald Eagle nest along the Little Miami River outside South Lebanon - there have been 2 chicklets for over a week, just down in the nest.

South of Armleder along Little Miami, Mike and I saw 15 Blue Wing Teals, 4 Wood Ducks, numerous Mallards, and 2 Adult Bald Eagles.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

3 Turkey Vultures, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 7 Tree Swallows, 5 Northern Rough Winged Swallows, 50+ Male Red Winged Blackbirds, 1 Great Blue Heron, 5 Killdeer, 1 Great Horned Owl.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Location: California, OH / Fort Thomas, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

Belated post-Veronica and I had some luck Saturday at the California, Ohio Reservoirs with five Common Loons and one Bald Eagle.The eagle caught several fish and rested in the trees in the back golf course area. Also saw a Peregrine Falcon atop the I-275 Combs-Hehl bridge Sat., Sun. and Mon. Still no waterthrush, or other early warblers or gnatcatchers noted at California Woods as of today, Tues. March 31. Two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers there Monday, and one sapsucker at Riggs Park in Fort Thomas today.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center--Rowe Woods
Reporter: Neil Gilbert
Other Birders:

Louisianna Waterthrush along the Geology Trail.

1-2 Pine Siskins (singing!) and a male Purple Finch at the nature center feeders.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Lake and Hisey Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Mute Swans still present. Hisey Wetland loaded with Tree Swallows, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow. Caesar Creek Lake 3 Common Loons, a pair of Horned Grebes, Coots, Eastern Phoebe, Crows chasing a Red-shouldered Hawk, and a second Red-shouldered came flying in and screaming at the crows. Black Vulture, estimated over 45 Turkey Vultures or more seen during the day.

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Location: Cooked Run State Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

After a little email exchange with Brainard (in Kentucky) I feel bound to take back my report of 7 Eared Grebe at Crooked Run. He shared with me that 7 Eared Grebe that early in the spring in this area would essentially be pretty much impossible!

So I'm still on a quest for an Eared Grebe at Crooked Run. I know two were reported from Chilo Lock 34 Park back in Feb. 2011 but I missed those. Mine will have to go down as 7 Horned Grebe in a plumage new to me.

But the pair of Surf Scoters were there. I even got a bad picture when I saw them again later that afternoon.

For today: I male White-winged Scoter still hanging out at the boat ramp.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: Morrow, Mason Morrow Milgrove Rd.
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Ospreys on nest in quarry lake.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

The only unusual birds were 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: spring valley wildlife refuge
Reporter: Nancy Weller
Other Birders:

Beautiful springy day at spring valley! So much spring noise! 100's of coots and Canada geese. At least 10 pair of buffleheads,many ring neckeds, shovelers,blue winged teals,pair of gadwall and a pair of common mergansers. Also saw an osprey, yellow rumped warblers and a belted kingfisher.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: Afton Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: Story Woods (Delhi Twp.)
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

1 Louisiana Waterthrush singing from the creek, just before the first bridge on Trail A.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Wetland
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A Wild Turkey near the pond by the observation tower. Also American Kestrel, several Northern Flickers, Field Sparrow, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Tree Swallows, lots of Eastern Towhees singing. Stopped and hiked to the confluence of Caesar Creek and the Little Miami river on Corwin Rd. and found 2 Mute Swans. The swans almost seemed out of place, floating in the brown river with snow white feathers and their beautiful long necks. Wish I had my camera. Also a Great Blue Heron.

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Location: My Yard, Mariemont S 80, Camp Dennison
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Chipping Sparrow in Madeira; Savannah Sparrow in S 80; several Purple Martins at Camp Dennison.

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Location: Hawley Rd, Batavia
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

56 Wilson's Snipe
6 Savannah Sparrows
2 Horned Larks, making lark-lings

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands/Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

The field at Ellis is currently hosting a good number of waterfowl, most are Mallards but there were good numbers of Blue/Green-winged Teal, Pintail, and possibly more as many of the birds were deep in the field. Other highlights included some Wilson's Snipe, a FOY Greater Yellowlegs and a FOY Great Egret!

The female Great Horned Owl was on her nest this morning at Gilmore, and the woods leading up to the nest were filled with blackbirds including a good number of Rusty Blackbirds as well. The pond adjacent to the Roadrunner Transportation building had its fair share of activity as well. including ~25 Hooded Mergansers, another Great Egret (possibly the same one), a couple Wilson's Snipe and even a Lesser Yellowlegs. The absolute highlight was an extremely early GREEN HERON which flew over the post and landed on some branches on the pond's far side.

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Location: Gilmore ponds
Reporter: Ken Clouse
Other Birders:

1 great Horned owl
Sitting in a tree in the back section .

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Location: Great Miami River, near New Miami, Butler County
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders:

Active Butler County eagle nest located on Great Miami River near New Miami, Ohio. Eagles, both adult and immatures, had been routinely seen in the area for several years. According to ODNR this nest had never been reported to them.

This could be the most ideal and best location for viewing spot of a nest in Ohio, according to an ODNR official. The nest is on private property, and is not approachable by the public, viewing is from the opposite side of the river. Caution this is on a very busy road, located near the old Armco Coke plant on Augspurger Rd.

Try this location and or theses coordinates

4117 Augspurger Rd, Hamilton, OH 45011
39.436055, -84.522020

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Location: Driving Range pond on Kellog
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Correction. I saw a Horned Grebe Saturday, not an Eared Grebe. Sorry.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Rocky Fork Camping Area
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie, Kenny and Barb

1 Franklin's Gull

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Anderson Twp. Greenspace (opposite side of LMR from Armleder)
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

53 Wilson's Snipe (single flock) in a wet meadow
2 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Pectoral Sandpiper
37 Green-winged Teal

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Ivy Trails neighborhood
Reporter: K Stopa
Other Birders:

Common (Yellow Shafted) Flicker - Bird was walking in backyard, searching ground for bugs. 'Was a very brief visit, ~5". Bird visited the day before approx. same time (early afternoon) and for same length of time. (As I recall, this bird visited in the Spring, 2014.)

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Various
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Friday March 27 at East Fork:

I slogged back to check on the Eagles. From a distance of about 100 yards I could see one white head down in the nest and another adult coming and going on short trips. Never returned with food. There were also 2 juveniles circling high over the nest. On the way out I saw what I believe was a Hermit Thrush, and a pair of singing Brown Thrashers. Also heard a calling Barred Owl.

Saturday March 28:

On the driving range pond at Harbor Town, there were 5 Ring-necked ducks, 1 Ruddy Duck, 1 Eared Grebe, and 6 Common Mergansers.

In my Union Twp. backyard I had a good Sparrow day. Throughout the day there were Chipping Sparrows (first for my yard), American Tree Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, House Sparrows, and my favorite, one Fox Sparrow.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Chilo Lock #34 & Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Highlights from my morning: FOY Brown Thrasher, Wilson's Snipe (wetlands), White-winged Scoter (Ohio River in front of the lockmaster's house), Golden-crowned Kinglet (2)
Also had Blue-winged Teal, Wood Duck, and 6 woodpecker species, missing only Red-headed. Watched a pair of Downies interacting with a sapsucker. I couldn't decide if they were courting and it was just in the way, or if the two of them were ganging up to drive it away. Cold but sunny, a nice morning to be out.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, 3 Northern Flicker, 1 Barred Owl, 2 Wood Ducks (male and female), 2 Mallards, 2 Canada Geese, 1 Red Tailed Hawk, 1 Turkey Vulture, 6 Red Bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Blue Jay.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Once again visiting the 2 Bald Eagle nests south of Beechmont to see if birds are on nest yet, as the newest nest was inactive a few days ago. Carefully moving into the area, noticed no Eagles, ending-up standing under the newest nest, when, suddenly an Immature Baldy is soaring just above me and the nest, quickly followed by and Adult. I quickly removed myself from the area a few 100 feet and turned around only to see a white head in the nest - no wonder they were soaring just above the nest. A Red Tail soared-in and was quickly marshalled away by the Immature, the Adult, and another Adult from across the river. I've never seen an Immature Bald Eagle as a team member with an Adult. I'm suspecting another nest on the hillside above the river.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Wetland
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The day started out well and ended even better. First stop at the Wetland area netted 2 Barred Owls caterwauling. A loud Crow harassing a Red-shouldered Hawk. Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Towhee and 3 Eastern Phoebes hawking shallow puddles in the field and a Brown Thrasher. At the lake spotted 1 Common Loon and several Coots. The small pond by the Archery range had American Wigeon, Lesser Scaup, Pie-billed Grebe, Mallard and several Wood Ducks. FOS Osprey landed very close to visitor center observation deck. Last stop in South Lebanon to see the Bald Eagle nest. 3 other birders present and we watched the nest as the female sat on the nest with male swooping in close to check us out. Did not see any chicks. Male Eagle landed on the nest once. Also nearby 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Clouse Lake
Reporter: Ken Clouse
Other Birders:

My Purple Martins have returned.

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: (8) CNC bird walk participants

Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Wood Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Greater Scaup (3), Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch. (37) Species

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Madeira
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Golden-crowned Kinglet, one, first of season. Usually present in my yard or neighborhood in January and February but not this year apparently due to extreme cold. This is an apparent returning migrant.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: James Wheat
Other Birders: Woodcock Field Trip

Here's my list of birds seen at Miami Whitewater Wetlands. I started at 6pm; the field trip started at 7pm. We all finished up around 8:30pm. It was chilly and we had some snow flurries, but we did find some woodcock and enjoyed their interesting sounds, and one flew overhead and gave us a brief show in silhouette. The list!

Species Name Count
Canada Goose 200
Wood Duck 8
Am. Black Duck 5
Mallard 15
Black/Mall (hyb)1
No. Shoveler 35
No. Pintail 2
GW Teal 5
Canvasback 3
Redhead 20
RN Duck 12
Ruddy Duck 3
GB Heron 1
No. Harrier 3
RT Hawk 1
Sandhill Crane 1
Killdeer 10
Am. Woodcock 5
Mourning Dove 2
Downy WP 1
Hairy WP 1
Am. Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 6
American Robin 3
Eu. Starling 15
Eastern Towhee 2
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 6
No. Cardinal 2
RW Blackbird 1,000
Common Grackle 30

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Location: Ohio River at Ross, Campbell Co. KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I took a ride east along the Ohio side of the river all the way up to Meldahl Dam this afternoon hoping for signs of pelicans. No trace, but from the Woodland Mound river access area, I did see 40 Bonaparte's gulls on the Ross, KY side of the river. I notice the google map has somehow lost the designation for the town of Ross, but it is just upriver of Melbourne. No sign of anything at Meldahl from the little I could see now that the observation tower is no longer accessible to the public. It is a shame all of the access we have lost to public areas since 2001.

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

Went back to Otto Armleder and found one of the two juvenile Bald Eagles again, surveying over the water. Got a closer look this time you can see the white coming in, still spotty though.
There is only about 1/4 the amount of waterfowl left in the bean field. Also 1 Great Blue Heron flew in.
In the fields I saw 4 Eastern Meadowlark, about 50 male Red Wing Blackbirds, and 6 Turkey Vultures.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Location: Spring Grove
Reporter: Barbara Casson
Other Birders:

Related to March 22 report of ruffed
grouse....there's a great video on
YouTube of a ruffed grouse drumming.
Think you can access it by just
entering Ruffed Grouse Drumming.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Location: Madeira
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Chipping Sparrow 1, seen and heard singing in my neighbor's front yard. FOS for me. Spring has arrived!

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Rivertowne Marina
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

One 1st year male Surf Scoter was the only duck I could see from the river overlook at Rivertowne Marina yesterday evening (2/26).

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

3 Vesper Sparrow (Lifer!)
4 Savannah Sparrow

Bean field was loaded (Shoveler, both teals, Wigeon, Gadwall, Wood, Ruddy, Black, Ring-necked, Horned Grebe, Coot, Mallard). Scope and boots definitely required.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Grand Valley
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

4 Common Loons, ~50 Horned Grebe, 2 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 8 lesser Scaup, 15 Redheads, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 15 Wigeon, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 3 Green-winged Teal, Mallards, Geese, Buffleheads, 6 Ruddy Duck, Coot, 24 Bonapartes Gulls, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Leblond Park , next to St. Rose
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Not my sighting

Ebird sighting of 23 White Pelicans seen this morning floating on the Ohio River. Last seen flying east upriver.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders: Chris Clingman

A couple great birds in a group of ducks on the river in front of our house at the back of the preserve this morning.

SURF SCOTERS! a male and a female
EARED Grebe! 7 (3 in nearly complete breeding plumage)
along with:
1 Goldeneye
8 Gadwall
7 Bufflehead
14 Red-breasted Mergansers
20 Ring-necked
50 Lesser Scaup

also 45 Bonaparte's Gulls, first of the spring
Brown Thrasher, another first

And our first Common Loons of the spring were calling last night (3/25)

Ain't spring grand!!

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: South Lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Sighted 2 Bald Eagle chicklets perched on the edge of the nest along the Little Miami, but no adult. Soon a Red Tail soared above the nest, then away, landing in a nearby tree. I was hoping the female Baldy was just down in the nest not visible. A trespass got me closer from another angle and I was relieved to see the white head down in the nest. Then the male came in with part of a duck for all in the nest, returning to his perch in a nearby tree to feed on the rest.

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Northern Flicker. 2 Barred Owls calling eachother. One was very timid and deep in the woods, the other seemed not to care about my presence after a short period of time and was sitting in a tree right along the road. One adult Coopers Hawk, dark grey. Possibly the same bird that someone thought was a Goshawk not too long ago. 2 mallards, 1 Eastern Towhee and quite a few Downy Woodpeckers.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Two large juvenile Bald Eagles over the bean field. Also an incredible amount of waterfowl in the bean field. Ruddy Ducks, American Coots, Mallards, Red Heads, Ring Necks and many more out of my range.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: VOA
Reporter: John Botz
Other Birders:

Stopped by today after work for a couple of hours . . . highlights (nice-to-see-agains):

eastern meadowlark
tree swallow
horned lark
Wilson's snipe
merlin fly-by

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom, Cassidy

I just noticed that on my last post I forgot to mention the 3 lesser scaup at Cincinnati Nature Center

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: Newtown
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

This evening I flushed 4 Vesper Sparrows from the overgrown gravel parking lot south of the Newtown Farmers Market.

On the Brewer Cote Gravel Pit behind hydrosystems there was a Common Loon, 53 Horned Grebes, and 25 Red-breasted Mergansers with smaller numbers of other waterbirds.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

3:30-6 PM. Closed to vehicular traffic.

Highlights:
Lesser Yellowlegs-1 FOY
Northern Rough-winged swallow-1
Red-breasted merganser
ruddy ducks

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: East Fork and Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom, Cassidy

Highlights Include:

East Fork:
- Tree Swallows
- Mixed Group of Scaup
- 4 Blue Winged Teal
- 2 FOY Lesser Yellowlegs

Cincinnati Nature Center
- 4 Bluebirds using boxes
- Tree Swallows
- FOY Chipping Sparrow near playscape

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Robert Tunison
Other Birders:

Around 6:30 pm I heard two Barred Owls calling back and forth. Then found one in the pines along the road leading from DAAP to the pond.

Also of note is a pair of Wood Ducks in the pond.

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 8 Dark-eyed Juncos and 1 Eastern Comma

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

1 Common Loon, a handful of Horned Grebes, Bonaparte's Gull, lots of Bufflehead, Redheads and Turkey Vultures.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Eagles not yet on nest for either of the nests south of Beechmont.

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Location: Ellis Wetlands preserve
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders:

FOY Great Egret
American Coots
American Kestrel
TV's
Red-Tailed
Mallards

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Location: East Fork SP - South Beach
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders: Jerry Fritsch

1 Bonaparte's Gull, FOS; 3 Herring Gulls, 1 adult; 2 Horned Grebes, 150+ American Coots up on the grass as water level begins to go down, a few Ring-billed Gulls, Canvasbacks, Lesser Scaup, and Buffleheads.

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Three pipits in the mowed area of the south field.

Date: Monday, March 23, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Lots of bird activity today. 100's of Gulls on the lake.
Eastern Bluebird calling at the bird blind near Gorge Trail
Canada Goose
Bufflehead
Rough-legged Hawk
Great Blue Heron
White-throated Sparrow
Pileated Woodpecker
Nature Center area:
Wood Duck
Red-shouldered Hawk
Heard only Great Horned Owl
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Coot
A pair of Common Loons
Both beaches:
Redhead
Red-breasted Merganser
Horned Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Greater Scaup

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery Woodland
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

My note below should have referred to grouse feces, not grouse feathers. Perhaps I can blame the mistake on Spell Check.

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery Woodland
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Relative to Jack Stenger's report of grouse feathers at Spring Grove, Karl Maslowski's A Naturalist Afield column of 17 April 1983 reported that three grouse had been seen by Roland Oliver at the Spring Grove woodland on 3 October 1968. The subject of the column was a grouse that had died when it flew into a window at the Mercy Montessori School Building in Walnut Hills on 22 March 1983.

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Location: four seasons marina
Reporter: scott campbell
Other Birders:

While leaving sons baseball game today at river city we spotted a bald eagle by four seasons marina. Pretty cool to see.

Older Sightings

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Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com