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Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Beanfield: for the intrepid only at this point in the season. Very buggy, with shoulder high stinging nettle. But, there were some shorebirds there this evening including 6 or so Solitary Sandpipers, killdeer, & 4 distant peeps, 2 of which I' m comfortable calling White-rumped in basic plumage, the other two showing brighter colors and likely Least or Semipalmated. Scope necessary. I also had 2 Dickcissel and a singing Blue Grosbeak in the location previously reported north of the dog park.

Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Billed Cuckoo calling from behind the fishing pond on the trail near the dirt mound
1 Green Heron
2 Eastern Kingbirds
10+ Indigo Bunting
4 Tree Swallows
2 Mockingbirds
1 Killdeer
And a lot of Monarchs out today

Date: Monday, July 27, 2015
Location: Armleder, 10:30 AM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Blue grosbeaks: singing male at the north end of the dog park and a male chasing a female at the northeast corner of the soccer fields.

Date: Monday, July 27, 2015
Location: South Clermont County backyard
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard Kidd

Nesting confirmed! We saw a dad rose breasted grosbeak feeding a youngling at our feeder. For sure we have 2 couples -saw all four together-and now offspring!

Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Location: Oxbow region
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

I spent the morning hitting a number of spots in the Oxbow watershed. Stops included Lost Bridge, the gravel scrap along Lawrenceburg Rd., Mt. Nebo Rd., Shawnee Lookout, Indian Springs Campground and the Oxbow proper. Missed a lot of the resident breeders, but it is the end of July. Highlights were the Blue Grosbeak at Mt. Nebo and an Osprey hunting above Juno Pond.

Trip list:

Canada Goose 16
Mallard 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 7
Killdeer 20
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Solitary Sandpiper 5
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Least Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Mourning Dove 11
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 8
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 4
White Breasted Nuthatch 1
Horned Lark 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15
Cliff Swallow 35
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 4
Kentucky Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 7
Prairie Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 12
Northern Cardinal 5
Blue Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 8
Orchard Oriole 7
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 11 intrepid birds on the CNC Saturday bird walk

11 people showed up for the CNC Saturday bird walk. Young birds were all around making for some interesting ID challenges. We also got very good looks at Summer Tanagers and found no Scarlet Tanagers. The ebird list for the walk can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S24379059

Green Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 6
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
American Robin 15
Common Yellowthroat 4
Eastern Towhee 5
Chipping Sparrow 8
Field Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 3
Summer Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 12
Indigo Bunting 15
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 1
House Finch 15
American Goldfinch 10

Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
Location: East Fork SP Beach
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

This morn (7.25.15)
1 Least Sand
1 Spotted Sand
Whole lotta Killdeer
1 DC Cormor
Whole lotta ring-billed gulls

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Location: Hidden Valley Lake
Reporter: Dan Argo
Other Birders:

Around 7:00pm a mature bald eagle was soaring over the lake near the damn.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Location: Rt. 32 and McKeever Pike
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

The Osprey have continued to nest this year on top of the cell phone tower located just north of Rt 32 on McKeever pike. Last year they were not successful, but this year they have two large, healthy young.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

6 Caspian Terns on beach. 1 Osprey.

Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
7 Indigo Buntings
4 Eastern Kingbirds
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Eastern Wood Peewee
2 Eastern Meadowlark
5 Dickcissel
1 Female Wood Duck with 8 or 9 duckilings
3 Great Blue Heron
1 Green Heron
1 Red Tailed Hawk
2 Turkey Vultures


Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: St. Mary's GA/Cumberland Island/Pompano Beach FL
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

St. Mary's GA and Cumberland Island-Painted Buntings

It took me three trips to this area but I finally found them. Saw many male and female. Once I had my ear tuned to their song, I realized I heard them in the trees in the more "wild" areas on the water and in marshes frequently.

Pompano Beack-Monk Parakeets

From the hotel balcony I heard a squawking I couldn't identify and looked up from my book just in time to see about a dozen fly by.

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

2 Bobolinks, along Hickory Trail between the visitor center and bird blind.

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Location: Morrow, Ohio, Little Miami River
Reporter: Christopher Sandman
Other Birders: 4 Osprey

Correction to the earlier post today.

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum
Reporter: Sara Barnes
Other Birders:

Foraging over Geyser Lake today was a pair of noisy Belted Kingfishers. I also witnessed there a Green Heron. It remained perched on a dead branch just above the water's surface where it was preening its feathers.

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Location: Morrow, Ohio, Little Miami River
Reporter: Christopher Sandman
Other Birders: 4 eagles

2 adults and 2 juveniles sharing a nest atop a man-made pole. Viewed from Mason Morrow Millgrove Road.

Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

A few shorebirds on the new gravel pit after the storms today:

2 Least Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Killdeer

Date: Monday, July 13, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

11:30-12:30 - On walk back from Cattail Marsh on path along pond, before bridge back to parking area off Symmes Rd.,saw 2 House Wrens at one of the Bluebird boxes, one of which we photographed and was white-banded and bringing back an insect for the nesting box. At Cattail Marsh we also saw the Great Egrets, adults and young, on the nests, 2 Black-crowned Night-Herons on nests, and many Cormorants. In the same area saw a Green Heron, GBH, Empidonax sp.,Cedar Waxwings. At South Pond saw an Eastern Phoebe.

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015
Location: Riverside Natural Area -Beaver Pond, Hamilton
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders:

12:30-1:15 today, along bike/hike path beside Great Miami River: Great Blue Herons, male and female Orchard Orioles, (Willow?) Flycatchers (sounds on Audubon Bird app matched ), Common Yellow-throats, Brown Thrasher. Twice within last 2 weeks we've seen Osprey fishing ponds near dam around noon, both times on sunny days.

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

6 Caspian Terns, also 2 eagles 1 adult 1 young, 1 Osprey.

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Location: About Space studios, Northside
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

One of the Northside Kestrels was hanging out around the parking lot of the About Space studios in Northside today, being harassed by a Mockingbird and spending a good deal of time perched on the ladder rungs of the nearby cell tower on Hoffner Street.

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds - Cattail Marsh
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

The heron-egret-cormorant rookery at Cattail Marsh is active again this year. Some of the great blue herons have fledged, others are coming along. Great egrets are being fed by parents, still weeks away from fledging. Young cormorants being fed by parents, and 3 black-crowned night heron nests seen, possibly incubating eggs. We observed them from the old viewing platform south of Cattail Marsh; it's a long view across the lake, and a spotting scope is helpful. The closest approach is from the Symmes Road parking lot.

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders:

12:30-2:00 At Lodge Pond, GBH, American Coot, Kingfishers. Wood Duck Mother and 9 babies at Visitors center Pond. Along Hickory Trail before woods, Green Heron flyover, 3 Common Yellowthroats, numerous Indigo Buntings, Dickcissel, Wood Ducks, Barn Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cedar Waxwings, Wild Turkey, Brown Thrasher. Bank Swallows at second pond as you enter Fernald on the left near blue bldg.

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: CNC Birdwalk Participants

Great Blue Heron, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Common Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Zoo EcoOhio Farm, Warren County
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

There was a plant sale today at the farm so it was open to the public. In the cattals close to Hamilton Road and across from the pond we heard and saw a Marsh Wren. We heard it calling for about 10 minutes then it perched up on the top of the cattails for a couple minutes giving a good view. There was also an immature Red-shouldered Hawk that for awhile perched on the hay bales.
As for the plants, Brian Jorg is growing an incredible collection of native plants including 10 species of milkweeds and 11 species of liatris.

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Location: East Fork-South Beach
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

2 Black Terns around the beach

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Location: goshen
Reporter: Lee Gruber
Other Birders:

911 Hummer in distress please call me 625-2960

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Location: oxbow
Reporter: Jenn Dodge
Other Birders:

5 double crested cormorants
6 great egrets
1 beaver
White tail female following large 8pt buck in velvet

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Location: East Walnut Hills
Reporter: Evan Leon
Other Birders:

I was ambulating about the neighborhood today and a Mockingbird decided he didn't much care for the direction I was heading.

The following moments were filled with some swears, some squawks, some flailings, and hopefully witnessed by someone from a living room window.

At any rate, keep an eye out for divebombing mockingbirds this time of year!

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

2 Red Shouldered Hawks, very loud and vocal.

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2015
Location: Miami Heights Ohio
Reporter: Phil Heil
Other Birders:

Scarlet Tanager high in the tree tops behind my home.

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Location: New Miami
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Enjoyed 3 hours out at the Eagles Nest this morning watching both adults bringing in food and feeding the Eaglets. Pretty cool to watch. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Location: Gov Bebb Paek
Reporter: Bob Holmes
Other Birders:

The Henslow's Sparrows are still at Gov Bebb. Located in field on the right on the way in.

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Location: My Union Twp. backyard
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

A new yard bird for me!

Red Headed Woodpecker

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge mudflats
Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage
Other Birders: Just Linda

At around 9:15 this morning there was an American White Pelican at the Lost Bridge mudflats. There was also a Mute Swan, an immature Bald Eagle, a Spotted Sandpiper, several Killdeer, and hundreds of Swallows. Suddenly, everything took off. On the other side of the mudflats were two Red Foxes. The water is really flowing in from the river which should bring in some fish. Last weekend there were at least 20 Bald Eagles (mostly immature) hanging around the mudflats. The most I've seen around here in one spot. Here's a short video.

http://youtu.be/CZX9h6ZG-jI

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Location: Backyard
Reporter: Ted Ellwood
Other Birders: Nancy Ellwood

Cedar Waxwing moving up and down branches of willow. Downy woodpecker spending a lot of time at hummingbird feeder.

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Location: Lake Logan
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Went to Lake Logan OH this weekend. Watched an Osprey fishing while a Bald Eagle was flying in. As soon as the Eagle noticed the Osprey it locked its sights on the Osprey. The two were soon in an aerial battle with the Eagle as the victor. There were also many Great Blue Heron.

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Location: Armleder 2 p.m.
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders: Brutus and Daisy, Basset Hounds

Saw a Great Egret perched on a snag behind the fishing pond. I've seen them at the beanfield, but this was the first time I saw one in this area.

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Walked the Little Turtle trail, stopped at the canoe launch, the cabin, Tomahawk Ridge and the Fort trail parking area. Highlight was an immature Bald Eagle soaring over the cabin area and great looks at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo and a Summer Tanager.
Green Heron
House Wren
Turkey Vulture
Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Cerulean Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Northern Parula
Red-eyed, White-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireo
Wood Thrush
Acadian Flycatcher
Wood Pewee
Catbird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Towhee
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
Goldfinch
Did not see any Hummingbirds, there were several near the back parking lot last year this time. Also several types of butterflies!

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015
Location: Governor Bebb MetroPark, Butler County
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

After several attempts this spring, finally heard at least two singing Henslow's Sparrow toward the southern end of the old field along the entrance road. Also there was a singing male Blue Grosbeak.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

3 Black Vultures and 1 Turkey Vulture sitting in a tree together, Barred Owls caterwauling, 2 Eastern Phoebes, 2 Brown Thrashers, 5 Indigo Buntings, 10+ Brown Headed Cowbirds, 2 Barn Swallows, Downy and Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Common Grackles, Red Wings, House Finches, Blue Jays, Gold Finch.

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Location: VOA
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Found a Juvenile Horned Lark along the gravel road leading back to the soccer fields today. I thought Horned Larks were more of a winter bird around here. I got to looking in my bird book and it says that its southern boundry for breeding is the southern part of Canada. BORN IN THE USA. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Bean Field is full of water; and a few mallards and GBH.

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

Oxbow is pretty flooded but as I kayaked around I saw a snowy egret along with 4 greats and 6 or 7 great blue herons. Also 3 black crowned NH in the trees.

Date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

6 Yellow Breated Chats this time dispersed around the perimeter of the park seen calling out. 10+ Indigo Buntings, 1 Northern Mockingbird and her 3 fledglings, a few Turkey Vultures flying over head, a single Eastern Kingbird, numerous Killdeer, Red Wings and the normal variety of Swallows.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Location: Mining Pond by Lost Bridge
Reporter: Sara Barnes
Other Birders:

Around 3:45PM, I witnessed 7 Bald Eagles gathered around the mining pond on Lawrenceburg Road just before Lost Bridge. I identified what I believe to be 3 juveniles, 2 second-years (with white mottling on belly, wings, and mantle), and 2 third-years (much like second-years but with more white on their mantle and head). I came back to the same site at 7:00PM to find two additional Bald Eagles, another juvenile and one adult with a very distinct white head! I was lucky enough to get some close views as a few of them would soar above the side of the pond closest to the road. They were foraging for fish, grazing the surface of the water, feet and claws extended forward. It was a thrill to watch!

9 Bald Eagle
17 Great Blue Heron
4 Killdear
2 American Crow
2 Canada Goose
3 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
1 female Mallard followed by 6 of her ducklings
Too many swallows to count (I identified Tree, Bank, and Cliff)

In tall-grass, meadow area next to pond:
2 American Goldfinch
1 Summer Tanager
1 Song Sparrow
1 Indigo Bunting

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Location: Mariemont South 80
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Along the river a Turkey hen with 4 poults eating fallen mulberries. Two flew (just barely) and two ran. And the usual summer crowd.

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

9 A.M. While coming back from the Duck I ran into a hen turkey near the entrance to the canoe launch. She had some chicks in the tall ragweed which I could not see but could hear their cheeps in answer to her soft clucks. While maneuvering around the ragweed I flushed a covey of bob-whites. 7 or 8 I think as they did their usual scare the stuffin out of you take off. First covey I have ever seen at Armleder, had a single quail years ago. Hopefully they are here to stay.

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Location: Ohio River at Newport & Fort Thomas. KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I have made a few attempts to go down and look for Cliff Swallows lately but was stymied by the parking lots along the river being closed off during Reds Games and Festivals. I got lucky this morning as there was nobody down there, and I was able to see about 8 or 9 CliffSwallow nests under the Daniel Carter Beard bridge (close to the Newport shore) with a half dozen Cliff Swallows going in and out. The vegetation has grown up along the shore making it difficult now to see all of the bridge piers clearly though. Also 1 Warbling Vireo singing there. At Fort Thomas Yellow-throated Warblers have been making a strong showing in residential areas so far this June.

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015
Location: Little Miami River south of Beechmont
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

2 adult Bald Eagles and an Immature at the nest with the growing chicklet. Will fly in July.

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015
Location: Wyoming Bike-hike Trail
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

Even though it was hot and windy and mid-afternoon, the breeding birds were up and about at this quarter-mile or so of paved trail that follows the west fork of the Mill Creek through mature riparian forest. Wood Thrush, Acadian Flycatcher, and Yellow-throated Vireo were singing, a Baltimore Oriole was carrying food, two yellow-throated Warblers were scouring the sycamores and two Great Crested Flycatchers paused by the bridge. Not bad for an hour on an unpromising day.

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Location: The Camargo Club
Reporter: Mike Haehnle
Other Birders:

Bald Eagle

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Yellow Breasted Chat, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 10+ Indigo Buntings, 1 juvenile Bald Eagle fly over in bean field, 1 Turkey Vulture, 6 Killdeer, 1 Green Heron, and an unidentifiable group of around 20 small shore birds that took off all that same time but I couldn't get a close enough look at.

Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout- Little Turtle Trail
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Bell's Vireo - seen & heard
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - seen & heard

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Location: Kilby, Lost Bridge, Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Rising

Kilby was pretty slow today. A male Orchard Oriole, Dickcissels, and a juvenile Great-crested Flycatcher were highlights. No Bell's Vireo heard or seen, but this was also at 3 pm and it was very hot.

Lost bridge had many assorted swallows, with a Mute Swan on the right coming from Elizabethtown. I'm assuming this is the Fernald bird.

Shawnee was our best stop. Immediately after entering the Little Turtle Trail, we heard a Northern Parula extremely close, which gave very good views. Afterwards, we heard and saw 2 White-eyed Vireos, which both gave a good show. This was 30 feet past the very first bend on that trail on the left. On the right in the same place was a beautiful Blue-winged Warbler. Past the second curve, we encountered a very cooperative Yellow-breasted Chat.

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Dickcissel, 15-20+ behind Visitors Center; and the usual summer crowd.

Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Location: Milford Miami Woods
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

Sighted a Sphinx Moth in my flower basket.

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Green Heron, 2 Dickcissel, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 2 Eastern Kingbird, 1 Eastern Bluebird, 10+ Tree Swallow, 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Killdeer, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Red Tailed Hawk.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Joe, Kirk and Carl

The 14 Meadow Fritillaries were at Twin Bridges Boat Ramp. The Hayhurst's Scallopwings, Pepper and Salt Skippers, Red-banded Hairstreak and 1 Northern Cloudywing were at Williamsburg Wetlands. The other 3 Northern Cloudywings were at the North Horseman's area. The Banded and Striped Hairstreaks were in the Dogbane patch near the Army Corp. of Engineers Office.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Joe, Kirk and Carl

Yesterday was the fifth annual East Fork Butterfly Count. In just five years the total butterfly species record is a respectable 58 species. This year we added two late Spring species, Pepper and Salt Skipper and Juvenal's Duskywing. We also had Red-banded, Banded and Striped Hairstreaks, 3 Hayhurst's Scallopwings, 4 Northern Cloudywings, 14 Meadow Fritillaries at Twin Bridges boat ramp.
The morning was cloudy and we saw very few butterflies but did find 4 Bobwhite in three different locations. On the Northeast side of the park we had a male walking down a country road. We found the pair that Bill Stanley reported to ebird on Bethel Concord and we heard the one calling at the Williamsburg Wetlands. I checked online to see how easy it is to buy Bobwhite Chicks if you would want to reintroduce them. It is very easy. The only thing is that it takes 16 weeks for them to be old enough to let go and none hatched this year would be old enough now. Not sure what is going on but it was nice to see them.

Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Barred Owl, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 4 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 Indigo Buntings, 2 Barn Swallows nesting with 4 babies, 3 Tree Swallows, 1 Gold Finch, 1 Eastern Kingbird, 1 Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

2 Dickcissels, one near the visitor center and one close to the blind. Meadowlarks calling, 2 Bluebirds, Belted Kingfisher, Orchard Orioles. Several young rabbits, a deer, a beaver and a snake in the grass. Lots of bird activity today. Canada Goose with 4 or 5 young geese. Field Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats singing.

Date: Friday, June 5, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater bird blind
Reporter: Bob Kopp
Other Birders: Donna Kopp

Red-breasted merganser and two chicks
pair of Canada geese swimming with 6 goslings in a row between them
a superfluity of Red-winged blackbirds
Yellow warblers and Cedar waxwings in the adjacent oak grove
Gray catbird

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Location: Sharon Woods Kroger Hills and Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Today at Sharon Woods: Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Baltimore Oriole, Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy, and Hairy Woodpeckers, lots of drumming sounds. Acadian Flycatcher, Wood Pewee, Great-crested Flycatcher, Song Sparrow, Yellow-throated Warbler and a large snake in the grass. Yesterday at Kroger Hills: Prairie Warbler, Hummingbird, Chat, female Wood Duck with fewer ducklings than last post, only 7. Mallards, GBH, N. Rough-winged Swallows, Prothonotary Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Tree Swallows, Indigo Buntings, Common Yellowthroat, Great-crested Flycatcher. Shawnee Lookout on cool Tuesday morning: Warblers seen or heard: Kentucky, Cerluean, Blue-winged, Parula, Redstart, Yellow-throated, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Chat. Vireos: Red-eyed, Yellow-throated, White-eyed and Warbling. Flycatchers: Acadian, Willow, Great-crested, Pewee. Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Catbird, Mockingbird, several Yellow-billed Cuckoo birds heard and seen. Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Summer Tanager, Prothonotary Warbler, House Wren, GBH

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Location: New Miami
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

The Eagles nest out in New Miami has two Eaglets in it. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Location: Cleves Community Park - Lark Sparrow
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Today Lark Sparrow at Cleves Community Park as described earlier.

Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Location: No sighting
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Patti: See Message Board re: Bar-headed Goose

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Location: Loveland Ohio
Reporter: Patti Cripe
Other Birders:

I spotted a Bar Headed Goose at the pond in the Heritage Green subdivision in Loveland. From my research, he is a long way off course. Does anyone know why he might be here?

Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

There are 2 Prothonotary Warbler nests with activity on the property. I watched as the female brought worms off a Sycamore tree to the nest and the male was close by calling. Also seen or heard: Scarlett Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Location: top soil pit at lost bridge
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

imm. gull that I'm calling a laughing gull. incomplete hood, dark back, bill black and large compared to franklin's. the wings showed no white spots while standing on the mud. seen between 11 and 12 noon. rain and overcast scope needed.

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Richard Todd
Other Birders:

I've never seen a bald eagle in the Cinti region before, but as I was driving WNW on Lawrenceburg Road toward Rt 50, looking over gated trail entrance on the right (400' before the RR tracks), I thought I saw a bald eagle standing in a grassy area.
I turned around and pulled off into the entrance to the blocked entrance there, grabbed binoculars, and saw not only that it was a bald eagle, but it was fighting with another bird that looked just as big. This was in a grassy area 200 feet NNE (measurements by Google maps). I only saw the last 3 seconds of their fight before they both flew back to trees in very close formation and fought there for a few seconds. The eagle moved to a nearby tree and I could see the other bird was a red-tailed hawk. It moved to a perch nearer the eagle then took off after a few minutes.
1100 feet ESE and across the road, I also saw a great blue heron in the mining pond, and 3 turkey vultures drinking from the pond at the spot nearest the road.
I saw vultures in as many places I've ever seen on a single day Sunday. Wxr was coolish overcast, with intermittent misty rain.

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A lone adult Herring Gull was soaring above the beach this evening, seemed odd.

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Location: Cleves Community Park (Gulf Park)
Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Andy Bess called to let us know he found 2 Lark Sparrows at Cleves Community Park, known to some as Gulf Park. Found them right where Andy told us. We entered from Miamiview Rd and right past the first ballfield is a Port-o-let. The sparrows were seen right past that, on both sides of the road; once on a low faded yellow post (corn field side) and also in a small tree on the other side of the road. This great photo is by Andy.

https://flic.kr/p/tUwhk8

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Of note: 4 Least and 1 Semipalmated SP briefly on beach at 9:30am.

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek State Park
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Saw a yellow-breasted chat along the edge of the spillway and heard a barred owl call in the woods along the edge of the lake.

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park Williamsburg Wetland
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Connecticut Warbler singing near wetlands this morning. Details can be found here:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23690198

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Watched a Yellow-billed Cuckoo bird fly out of low trees, circle and land back close to where it started. Slow flyer, with visible spots on tail. Heard 4 other Yellow-billed Cuckoo birds at Armleder. Also a Hummingbird at Ault Park.

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Location: Mt. Carmel, Ohio
Reporter: Gerald Beckman
Other Birders:

Pileated Woodpecker - a pair feed every few days from my suet square. They are spectacular. I have several photos, they seem to accept us being within a reasonable distance.

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Along edge of pond and top soil removal area on right side of road before the bridge, flock of 30 Semipalmated Sandpiper with one Semipalmated Plover. More shorebirds further out on islands in pond but too distant to ID even with scope. Looked for and hoped for a White-rumped Sandpiper but not luck!

Common Loon (non-breeding plumage) in large pond on left side before bridge.

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Forrest Park
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Summer Tanager, male heard and seen calling (pi-tuck-i-tuck) at Timberlakes, behavior here seemed to indicate defense of territory. Also heard calling along road to Prairie (Bolles Woods).

Kentucky Warbler pair on territory scolding along Prairie Trail. Take immediate left after entry from road. In relatively thick undercover on right side of trail and down hill at slight curve in trail just before Wood Duck or owl box and bench.

Also about 6 Acadian Flycatchers, many Red-eyed Vireos, one Rose-breasted Grosbeak, one Pileated Woodpecker, about four Wood Thrushes and at least two Eastern Wood Peewees singing in wooded areas along road to prairie.

Least Bittern singing "soft series of ku-ku-ku" notes and seen briefly west of viewing platform between 7:30 and 8:15 pm.

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Dickcissel seen and singing at about 3:00. Take Hickory Trail north accessed east of Visitor Center. The Dickcissel was sitting in a leafless small tree near two other small trees south of the viewing blind. From halfway out the trail to the viewing platform, this tree is in line with the Fernald production facility building to the south. The bird is probably setting up territory or has already done so. In previous years, Dickcissels have been closer to the Visitor Center...but it may be early.

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Location: Sycamore Township
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday afternoon a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the bay window. We had one visit several times last summer. Sitting in my back yard Saturday evening and heard loud Bluejays only to see them chasing a Red-tailed Hawk that had something in its claws (baby Bluejay). Also a House Wren in the wood pile and a Snowberry Clearwing moth that likes pink Dianthus.

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Cassie Crawford
Other Birders: Angela Myers

-Canada Goose
-Mute Swan
-Wood Duck
-Mallard
-Blue-winged Teal
-Hooded Merganser (with ducklings)
-Turkey Vulture
-Killdeer
-Red-bellied Woodpecker
-Downy Woodpecker (heard chicks nearby)
-Eastern Wood-Pewee
-Willow Flycatcher
-Eastern Kingbird
-Blue Jay
-American Crow
-Tree Swallow
-Carolina Chickadee
-White-breasted Nuthatch
-House Wren
-Eastern Bluebird
-American Robin
-Northern Mockingbird (with fledglings)
-Brown Thrasher
-European Starling (with fledglings)
-Yellow Warbler
-Field Sparrow
-Savannah Sparrow
-Song Sparrow
-Northern Cardinal
-Indigo Bunting
-Dickcissel
-Red-winged Blackbird
-Eastern Meadowlark
-Common Grackle
-Baltimore Oriole
-American Goldfinch

Date: Monday, May 25, 2015
Location: Mason backyard
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Hubby and kids

Female hairy woodpecker hanging out in the neighborhood. We get downies a lot, hairys are really unusual.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: CNC Rowe Woods
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: 20 intrepid birders

Birds seen and mostly heard during our biweekly walks.

Trip List: Canada Goose, Turkey Vulture, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Blackpoll Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders: Eight other kayakers

ODNR offered the fourth instalment of the kayak birding field trips today. This trip took us from Carl Rahe canoe/kayak launch to Lake Isabella. A distance of about 6.4 miles. As usual many birds were heard, but we also saw some as well (58 species in total). The list follows in no particular order.

List:
-Chimney Swifts
-Cliff Swallows
-Bank Swallows
-Tree Swallows
-Barn Swallows
-Northern rough-winged Swallows
-Prothonotary Warbler
-Yellow-rumped Warbler
-Yellow-throated Warbler
-Northern Parula
-Common Yellowthroat
-Blackpoll Warbler
-Prairie Warbler
-American Redstart
-Carolina Chickadee
-Wood Thrush
-Tufted Titmouse
-Northern Cardinal
-American Robin
-American Goldfinch
-Blue-gray Gnatcather
-Blue Jay
-Warbling Vireo
-Common Grackle
-Baltimore Oriole
-Willow Flycatcher
-Great Crested Flycatcher
-Acadian Flycatcher
-Canada Geese
-European Starling
-Cedar Waxwing
-Pileated Woodpecker
-Hairy Woodpecker
-Red-bellied Woodpecker
-Mourning Dove
-Mallard
-Rock Dove
-Great Blue Heron
-Turkey Vulture
-Red-tailed Hawk
-Eastern Towhee
-Solitary Sandpiper
-Spotted Sandpiper
-Brown-headed Cowbird
-Red-winged Blackbird
-White-breasted Nuthatch
-Downey Woodpecker
-Northern Flicker
-Scarlet Tanager
-Eastern Wood Pewee
-Eastern Kingbird
-Indigo Bunting
-Northern Mockingbird
-Chipping Sparrow
-Song Sparrow
-Killdeer
-Ruby-throated Hummingbird
-American Crow
-Yellow-throated Vireo
-Red-eyed Vireo
-European-house Sparrow

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Shawnee lookout
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: None

ALDER FLYCATCHER calling in the area behind the stone schoolhouse.

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Location: Our house in Kenwood
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

I'm still seeing and/or hearing at least 3 Blackpoll Warblers in my yard. I have already seen a male and a female this morning.

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Least Bittern audio (captured on video w/camera) if you're interested: https://flic.kr/p/sswiam

Not professional sound equipment, obviously. Listen closely/turn up volume...

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Northern Bobwhite (heard only)
3 Least Bittern (heard only)
22 Hooded Merg (8 adult females, 14 ducklings)
30,000 Skeeters
50,000 Ticks
Spiderwort and False Indigo blooming brilliantly.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Location: South 80 Trails/ Mariemont
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Karen Sullivan

Karen Sullivan emailed me today regarding seeing a Connecticut Warbler on THURSDAY along the South 80 river trail about halfway along the loop. To access this site, park in the lot for the Mariemont pool, follow the road downhill under the railroad overpass, walk beyond the community garden, and follow the river path to the left (runs behind a large open field). There is a large fallen tree in the water about hallway and a bonus Prothonotary Warbler nearby in the area where the CAWA was seen. A Connecticut was 'heard' for 5-10 minutes at the start of the trail on Sunday. Good luck!

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Location: Magrish
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Good DAY, that is.

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Location: Magrish
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Mourning Warbler

Brian Wulker texted me this morning to say that he had a Mourning Warbler singing at Magrish, so I stopped by for 5 minutes on my way to work. Got to hear it sing once in the short time I was there. Did not see it. Possibly the same bird I reported the other day. Brian suspects that the recent north winds made it stay put. It was in the low, periodically flooded area just south (and immediately adjacent to) the parking lot as of 8:45 am - probably about 20-30' from the parking lot. So if you're interested in hearing (and possibly seeing) a Mourning Warbler, today might be a good today to stop by Magrish.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Location: Armleder Park -- sunset
Reporter: Kirk Westendorf
Other Birders:

Connecticut Warbler

Heard 2 clear songs in cottonwoods next to the bean field but couldn't track the bird down for a look.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Delhi, Ohio
Reporter: Michelle Keppel
Other Birders:

Blue Heron

Trip List: Great Blue Heron 1

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Ginny Fantetti and Rob Edelen

~30 Semipalmated Sandpipers on beach as were many swallows including bank and cliff. I think this may be the biggest peep flock I have ever seen on the beach at one time.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning 1 Great Egret in the bean field. Also several GBH's and shorebirds. A scope would be best for viewing. Found the Blue Grosbeak again in a tree singing.

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Christian Univ Campus, Price Hill
Reporter: Linda Waugh
Other Birders:

Red Shoulder Hawk - I saw it land in a grassy area and then sitting on top of a light pole.

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Location: SPCA "park" Sharonville
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders:

Four Broad-wing hawks in Sharonville at SPCA facility--they were kettling over a building, with RW blackbirds harrasing..they flew north after a few minutes..

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Location: Magrish
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Mourning Warbler

Heard it singing shortly after I got out of the car. Singing/skulking in a dense honeysuckle thicket the entire time I was there. Only caught a few brief glimpses.

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

3 Forster's Terns, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 2 Spotted SPs on beach.

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Location: Walnuts Hills - Indoor Sighting
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Chimney Swift (aspiring Landscape Architect)

Around lunchtime, when the guy who shares my Landscape Architecture studio with me was at lunch, I heard a weird scratching coming from the other end of the room. I got up and briefly looked around but didn't see anything, so I sat back down at my desk. When I heard the noise again a few minutes later, I got up to take another look and found this beauty sitting on my co-worker's drawings: https://flic.kr/p/sdgquW
I caught it gently, took it outside, and let it go, apparently unharmed. Watched it fly very rapidly out of sight.

Date: Monday, May 18, 2015
Location: Kroger State Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A female Wood Duck with 12 young ducklings in the river. There are 2 Prothonotary Warblers along the river trail. Also Hummingbird, YB Chats, both Baltimore and Orhcard Orioles, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Indigo Buntings, Common Yellowthroats, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Wood Pewee, American Redstart, Tennessee Warbler.

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: VOA
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Ann

During Birdathon we spotted quail chicks crossing the road near the entrance to Shawnee Lookout. Yesterday my wife and I noticed an American Woodcock and at least two chicks attempt to cross Liberty Way (aka Hamilton Mason Road) next to VOA. It seems to be the spring of dangerous crossings.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Long Branch Farm & Trails, Goshen
Reporter: Michael Kravitz
Other Birders: 12 participants - Cincinnati Bird Club field trip

Oops, I omitted yellow-throated warbler from the list below.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Long Branch Farm & Trails, Goshen
Reporter: Michael Kravitz
Other Birders: 12 participants - Cincinnati Bird Club field trip

We enjoyed a pleasant spring morning at this Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC) property (normally accessible only to CNC members). Under a mix of clouds and sun and 10 minutes of rain, highlights included a Red-headed Woodpecker in flight; Lincoln’s Sparrow; aerial display of sparring between a Red-tailed Hawk and (smaller) Red-shouldered Hawk; nice view of a singing Acadian Flycatcher; Blue-gray Gnatcatchers flying in and out of a tree with two nests; and young male Orchard Orioles singing from the treetops. Other species seen or heard were Canada Goose, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Barred Owl, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern), House Wren, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Eastern Screech-Owl (red morph) in the same hole that I saw Female Wood Duck fly into about a month ago. Also saw Common Nighthawks flying around. (700pm) People walking around the park kept scaring the owl back into it's hole. pictures at flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Loveland/Miamiville Ohio
Reporter: Mary ann Falter
Other Birders: Keith Falter

Bullocks Oriole. 1st year male near Branch Hill Miamiville Road.

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Keehner Park
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Hubby and the kids

Managed to get the kids to stand still long enough to look at a male American redstart, they were both excited. Also saw a female American redstart, red eyed vireo and a female hairy woodpecker. Heard a Louisiana waterthrush and a Nashville warbler.

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Avoca Park
Reporter: Kirk Westendorf
Other Birders:

CONNECTICUT WARBLER

Go down path through woods towards river. Bird left/east of grapevine lying down by the side of the trail maybe 200 ft down the trail (well before you get to the river).

Interesting Ann had one not too far from here.

Also had a Mourning at Bass Island. I should probably buy a lottery ticket.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Kenwood Road, Madeira
Reporter: Carol Pearce
Other Birders:

very large white bird with dark edges along wings when viewed from below was being chased by about 5 black birds (starlings?, crows?)

The only thing to match this is a white falcon who is located in artic region.

Any help???

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: South 80 Trails/ Mariemont
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Dave Helm, Linnett Leisner, Karen Sullivan

Singing Connecticut Warbler at the far edge of the community garden where the trail along the wood edge (leading to the river) begins (edge of the fallow field).

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon field trip

Whimbrel,3 Ruddy Turnstones,2 White ramped Sandpipers, 30 Black bellied Plovers, 200 total shorebirds.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout, Oxbow, Miami Whitewater F
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders:

Shawnee Warblers--Black-throated green, Black-throated blue, N. Parula, Yellow-throated, Common Yellowthroat, A. Redstart, Cerulean, Yellow, Nashville, Kentucky. Shorebirds at Lost Bridge--Least Sp, Semi-palmated Sp, Semi-palmated Plover, Spotted Sp, (and 2 separate reports of 2 Short-billed dowitchers that I couldn't find). Oxbow-Two Prothonatary Warblers. Miami Whitewater F. heard La. Waterthrush.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Rowe Arboretum and Avoca Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

At Rowe: Hummingbird, Flicker, Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, Yellow-throated Warbler, Grackles
At Avoca: Baltimore Oriole, Palm Warbler, Redstarts, Gnatcatcher, Buntings, Waxwings, GBH, several Red-tailed Hawks soaring, Cooper's Hawk, Great-crested Flycatcher, Pewee, Wood Thrush.

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Location: Mason backyard
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Neighborhood kids

Yellow warbler hanging out in the subdivision for the second year!

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Location: not a sighting
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders:

Sue McDonald see message board about the Bar-headed gose. It seems it has reappeared!

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Location: Mason Ohio
Reporter: Sue McDonald
Other Birders:

A Barheaded goose with a group of Canada geese on Duke Drive. I was very close to the geese and identified the barheaded goose with a field guide when I got home. Indigenous to the Himalayas?? How would it get here? A pet of someone? Surely they don't migrate this far.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Location: Keehner Park
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Aric Johantges

It turned out to be a great day for bird watching.
Tennessee warbler
American Redstarts (2)
Louisiana Waterthrush
Eastern Towhee
Indigo Bunting
Black throated green (heard)
Pee wee (heard)
Magnolia (heard)
Hooded warbler (heard)
Hummingbirds

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: Adam Winkle

We hiked Red Fox Trail to check-out the Bald Eagle nest to see if we could spot chicks. Leaf made it difficult to find, though we were right there where we've seen it 3 times. Found feathers on the ground and about to give-up, when I saw a nest in what seemed a nearby tree, different from the original nest, which the female was on a month ago. Has anybody noticed this? The female was there guarding the nest.

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Watched a Ruby-throated Hummingbird preening its wings in a Honeysuckle bush. Waited patientley and was rewarded with the sound of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a Pileated drumming loudly finished by the flute-like Wood Thrush. Also heard only: Red-eyed Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Pewee.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Location: Union Twp backyard
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Two new yard birds for me:

Turkey (Tues am)
Veery (Thurs pm)

I'm having greater numbers of old friends and new friends this year probably as a result of my 4th year of feeding birds. I'm concerned that this will all change as our yard is adjacent to the new West Clermont High School soon to be under construction. Fearful that loss of habitat will devastate bird and other wildlife populations.

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Location: Fernald NP - Shingle Oak Trail
Reporter: Bob Kopp
Other Birders: Donna Kopp

Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Towhee
female Baltimore Oriole
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Kingbird
European Starling
Red-winged Blackbird
Field Sparrow
Tree Swallow

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Location: Miami Woods Milfod
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

Since I live lakeside, it's not unusual to see swallows early morning and evening swooping over the water. However, this morning a most unusual sighting: a Tree Swallow perched on my feeding station on the deck. With the sun shining on it and the constant preening and rotation of its body the swallow was absolutely gorgeous!

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A Blue Grosbeak in the north field. also a Willow Flycatcher.

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Location: Kroger Hills State Nature Preserve
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

Ohio DNR owns a sizable amount property in Terrace Park. The preserve is leased to Great Parks of Hamilton County. The property is mostly field, but there are some river edge woodlands as well. I took a short trip there yesterday and had a good day birding.

Trip list:
-Yellow-breasted Chat
-Yellow-throated Warbler
-Yellow-rumped Warbler
-Tennessee Warbler
-Nashville Warbler
-Blackpoll Warbler
-American Redstart
-Chestnut-sided Warbler
-Bay-breasted Warbler
-Common Yellowthroat
-Prothonotary Warbler
-Black Vulture
-Turkey Vulture
-Red-tailed Hawk
-Coopers Hawk
-Blue Jay
-American Robin
-Northern Cardinal
-Field Sparrow
-House Sparrow
-Carolina Wren
-Tufted Titmouse
-Carolina Chickadee
-Common Grackle
-Brown-headed Cowbird
-European Starling
-Tree Swallows
-Northern-rough winged Swallows
-Chimney Swifts
-Eastern Bluebird
-Orchard Oriole
-Baltimore Oriole
-Scarlet Tanager
-Song Sparrow
-Red-bellied Woodpecker
-Pileated Woodpecker

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Location: Mt Washington
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Had a Common Nighthawk calling above the Mt Washington Krogers.

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Melissa Partin
Other Birders:

On the trails near williamsburg-bantam rd. we saw a
prairie warbler, prothonotary warbler, kingbird, indigo bunting and I believe a mourning warbler but didn't get a very long look. Also heard several wood thrush and scarlet tanagers.

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

An early lunch near the wood lot yielded a nice mix of breeders and migrants. Definite highlights were a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and 3 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS. A half-dozen GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS and nesting PILEATED WOODPECKERS were also welcome sights.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds Butler Co. MetroPark
Reporter: Mary Cullum
Other Birders:

Gilmore Wetlands Loop. Of note: Prothonotary female & Solitary sandpiper between Smartweed flats and Old Ice Pond. Great look at a Black-crowned night heron flying over Smartweed Flats! Several Kentucky warblers in forested area between Smartweed Flats and Cattail Marsh. Many Indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles, Warbling vireos seen/heard throughout (all the usual suspects as well).

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

This morning the Great Egret was in the bean field. The Egret flew away as a very large adult Bald Eagle headed towards the river. The Egret circled and landed back in the same spot. Heard only near bean field, a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Also Chats, Buntings, C Yellowthroats, Field Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler,Orchard Oriole, Warbling Vireo.

Trip List:

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 male Baltimore Oriole, 2 Indigo Buntings, 10+ each of Tree Swallows and Northern Rough Winged, 2 Turkey Vultures, 1 male Rose Breasted Grosbeak, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Solitary Sandpiper by the pond near the huge dirt mound, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, as I walked into the bean field there were so many more Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers I could not even count them as they would fly off and land again, 2 Great Blue Heron, 10+ Killdeer, 1 Yellow Warbler.

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: John Botz
Other Birders:

Stopped by the park and birded a bit around the boat launch around 5:00pm.
Highlights:
Both orioles
A y-b chat singing very high in a tree trying hard to get a date
A pair of y-b cuckoos who were on a date (hopefully they will produce some cuckettes)

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Wetland and Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Today at Caesar Creek, lots of Flycatchers: Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Great crested Flycatcher, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern Wood Peewee, Blue winged Warbler, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-throated Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Scarlett Tanager, Wood Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, Baltimore Oriole, Catbird, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Osprey soaring high over wetland. Kelley Nature Preserve yesterday, walked only 20 yards towards river when I heard a Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow throated Warbler, Palm Warbler, Blue Gray, Swainson's Thrush, Baltimore Oriole, Red-eyed Vireo, Cooper's Hawk, Belted Kingfisher

Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Of note: Spotted SP on beach daily, 3 yesterday. 1 Pectoral SP yesterday, 5 Greater Yellowlegs on beach this morning.

Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Location: armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

At 10:00 AM drove through between appointments. 5 feet off the road to the canoe launch area where five male Baltimores having a free-for-all. Have seen 2 or 3 fighting but thought 5 to be exceptional. Must be a great territory.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Not a great photo, but here is the Black-bellied Plover from Saturday: https://flic.kr/p/rKjRpG

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Location: Blue Rock Creek at Lockwood Hill Rd.
Reporter: Bob Kopp
Other Birders: Donna Kopp

Saw a Muscovy duck with 17 ducklings swimming in Blue Rock Creek on Friday May 8th. Stopped by again today and they were still there.

Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Location: Keehner
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Hubby and kids

Palm warbler - that was exciting!
Indigo buntings
Magnolia warbler (heard only)
Black throated green (heard only)
Eastern towhee
Eastern kingbirds
Peewee (heard only)

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location: Birdathon
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

The Oxbow Birdathon was this weekend. Had a nice turnout but room for more teams. The tally was at Fernald this year. The weather was almost hot. No great fallouts of migrants and no rare warblers were sighted.
Here are some of the highlghts:
A sighting of baby Bobwhite crossing the road at Shawnee Lookout. Bobwhite also found in Indiana and at Williamsburg Wetlands.
Nesting Pine Siskins at Spring Grove.
Bell's Vireo back at Kilby along with Commom Loon and Red-breasted Merganser on the large Gravel Lake.
Miami Whitewater Wetlands had an American Bittern, viewable Sora and a Ruddy Duck.
Lost Bridges had Dunlin, male Lesser Scaup, female Ring-neck Duck and Caspian Tern.
Shorebird habitat is at Caesar Creek Lake, Cowan Lake, Armleder bean field and Lost Bridges.
A group of 4 Bald Eagles were meeting at Oxbow.
Stopped at VOA for Bobolink. What a joke. The IBA field is now overgrown with Pear trees and Teasel. We couldn't find any Bobolink. Another group did see a couple.
Henslow's Sparrows were reported to be doing well in Highland County.
Barred Owls put in a good showing with almost all groups finding them.
Went out to Tranquility Wildlife Area for Whip-poor-will and Chucks-will's-widow. Struckout on the Chucks but another group did find them. Definitely an interesting place. I recommend getting there before sunset because it is really dark out there. Also there is a large dog in the area that will chase your vehicle a long distance.
Hopefully next year a few more teams will show up and share some stories and pizza.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods
Reporter: Michael Kravitz
Other Birders: 35 bird walk participants

Thanks to good spotting by the large number of participants on this bird walk, we saw quite a few species. Highlights were both species of oriole (Baltimore and orchard) and tanager (summer and scarlet), a rose-breasted grosbeak, and a cooperative yellow warbler. Other species seen or heard (h) were yellow-throated warbler, blackburnian warbler, blackpoll warbler (h), Tenessee warbler (h), Nashville warbler (h), wood pewee, indigo bunting, eastern towhee, song sparrow, chipping sparrow, tree swallow, chimney swift, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, blue jay, Carolina wren (h), red-eyed vireo (h), ruby-throated hummingbird, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, mourning dove, wood thrush (h), swainson’s thrush, eastern bluebird, American robin, American goldfinch, house finch (h), great blue heron, Canada goose. Following the hike, a few of us continued on and noted eastern phoebe (with nest), turkey vulture and prothonotary warbler (h).

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location: Erlanger, Ky
Reporter: Helen Wright-North
Other Birders:

Brian,

Sounds like you have a Common Grackle in you yard. Also, the hummingbirds have been stopping by my feeder recently so it's a good time to put up your hummingbird feeder.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location: home sharonville
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders:

Have had a Cape May Warbler in my yard for 5 days, singing and apparently healthy..just found that time period unusual, but pleasing!

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location: LMR Valley
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Anderson Twp. Walls Greenspace: 3 Blue Grosbeak

Armleder Beanfield: all of the species reported on Friday by J. Frodge (below) + a Black-bellied Plover and a Blue Grosbeak. Will post some photos in a day or two.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Location: New Richmond feeders...
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

Kitchen window and front porch feeders and bird bath.....

Pine Siskins ( Still here at feeders since winter )
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks ( showed up about a week ago at feeders )
Baltimore Orioles ( orange feeder and bird bath )
Yellow throated Warbler ( Still here at feeder...definitely eating hulled sunflower seeds....and bird bath ( not eating the bird bath but in it )
Hummingbirds...
Pileateds...( suet feeder )
White Crowned Sparrow ( feeder and bird bath )
White throated Sparrows
Blue - Gray Gnatcatchers... ( bird bath )
Gray Catbirds....( these guys won't stay out of the bird bath )
Brown Thrashers...( tending a nest )
Eastern Phoebe ( bird bath ) and are building a nest on top of gutter downspout )
Assorted Woodpeckers ( suet feeder )....
Eastern Towhees..
Mockingbirds....
Chickadees....Cards...Jays... etc..etc...

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

There were ~100 shorebirds at the beanfield this evening. 40+ Least, 10 Spotted, 15 Solitary, several Lesser and 1-2 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Dunlin, 25+ semipalmated Plovers and a couple Killdeer. I highly enjoyed a little territorial or perhaps breeding display where the semi plovers crouched and shook their tail feathers at the sky. In addition there were 12 Great Blue Heron, one of which seemed to consider taking a run at catching a giant carp stranded in the muddy, diminishing waters. Ducks included Mallards, Blue winged Teal, and Wood Duck. Non- bird sighting: a group from the young birders club - hope you guys got out there with enough light left to see!

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Location: Various
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

I had a fun day of birding without trying.

My day started with being entertained by a Robin trying to build a nest in a Birch tree bordering my back deck. My gas grill and the deck around it are covered in nesting material that would not take hold. The Robin would fly off, return with more materials, try to place them, and it would all fall down. Funny that it would fly off to find more when it could have dropped down a few feet and picked up what fell. (Bird Brain?) There are only two blades of grass hanging from the limb this evening and a mess to clean up off the deck. Hopefully it has abandoned this location.

Spent the day kayaking on the lake at East Fork. This was my maiden voyage so I did not bring binoculars. I put in at the ramp on the Afton side and explored coves in the vicinity of the old gold mine.

Sightings:

Canada Geese, Mallards, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Scarlet Tanager, Tree Swallows, Bluejays, Baltimore Orioles, one of whom was trying valiantly to free some tangled fishing line from the bank I assume for nesting material, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Blue Herons, and I think Forsters Terns (4). They were near the boat ramp. If anyone can confirm this, I'd love to know if I ID'd them correctly. (Again, no binoculars.)

At my parent's house( Batavia/EF vicinity ) I was happy to see a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder. Mom says there were 3 yesterday.

At home (Union Twp.) this evening I looked out the window to see a Gray Catbird at my fruit feeder fly off with a grape. I see Catbirds in the yard but never at a feeder so that was cool. A little bit later, I saw a Common Nighthawk fly over.

Sorry for rambling. A fun day for me!

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015
Location: Norwood
Reporter: brian kemble
Other Birders:

I've lived here five years, a black bird with a glossy sheen and blue head has been in my yard today. I never noticed it in the past and was wondering what its name is. It was about the size of a cardinal or blue jay. I was also wondering if its time to fill my hummingbird feeder?

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Location: Edit
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Common, not Commin in my earlier post

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Location: Seven Hills School
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Had my FOY Commin Nighthawk fly over my baseball gamer around 5:30 pm today!

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: Dave Ackerman
Other Birders:

Summer Tananger near the overlook. Nice looks as he perched on a low branch singing away.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Madeira
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

A couple of new arrivals: Common Nighthawk x 2 or 3 at the zoo and 2 Blackpoll Warblers singing this morning in Madeira.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Location: Clifton
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

One Common Nighthawk cruising the neighborhood and vocalizing around 8:00 p.m.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Location: Okeana backyard
Reporter: Bob Schlake
Other Birders:

1st baby Barred owl has emerged from the nest box. Within a few days of previous years.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

While gardening before work this morning, I had the following birds in/near the yard:

Wild Turkey
Swainson's Thrush
Veery
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Tennessee Warbler

Of these, the only two that I actually saw were the Cape May and the Maggie. The thrushes were singing their lungs out. Hadn't heard Veery song in a few years. What a cool sound.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Location: Williamsburg Wetlands
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Three new birds for me today:

Virginia Rail
Sora
Marsh Wren

Also saw/heard:

Prothonotary Warbler
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole
Blue Winged Teal
Canada Geese
Common Yellowthroat
Goldfinch
Turkey
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red winged Blackbirds
Brown Headed Cowbirds
Northern Parula
Prairie Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Wood Peewee
Wood Thrush
Eastern Towhee
Great Blue Heron
Brown Thrasher (singing his heart out!)
Eatstern Meadowlark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Cardinals, Blue Jays, Robins, Chickadees, Titmice, Red Bellies, Downys, Hairys, Mockingbirds, Crows, Mourning Doves, Chipping, Song, Whitethroat, and Field Sparrows



Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Location: Armleder, 11 AM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Greater and lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated plovers and sandpipers, solitary sandpiper, blue-wing teal, mallard, and numerous great blue herons.

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

In addition to many other nice birds this morning, I saw a Eurasian-collared Dove fly over the park from west to east. I believe it flew over the LMR.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

While riding my bike across the dam there were 4 Caspian Terns flying over the lake.

Further down the road where they fly remote control airplanes I saw 3 Great-crested Flycatchers.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Location: Maineville
Reporter: Jeff Gandert
Other Birders:

This morning Tennessee, Cape May, Nashville in front yard. Yesterday at Magee Marsh 16 warbler species. Highlights were numerous Blackburian, Black-Throated Green and Blue, a Kentucky and Bay-Breasted.

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Symmes Township yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders:

This past Sunday had the pleasure of seeing 1 male Black-throated Green Warbler, 5 male Yellow-rumped Warblers in bold plumage, 1 female Yellow-rumped Warlber, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, all feeding in a Shingle Oak tree in flower. Lots of other trees available, but this group of migrants stayed almost exclusively in the Shingle Oak for at least 45 minutes, actively feeding.

Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning a Spotted Sandpiper near the pond parking lot. Yesterday morning an adult Bald Eagle flying over the bend in the river and 1 Lousisiana Waterthrush at California Woods.

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Location: Armleder, 10 AM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Two bobolinks in the south field, and the American toads are calling.

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Location: East Fork SP, Williamsburg wetlands
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

LEAST BITTERN seen this morning, along with two Sora and a Green Heron. I couldn't find the American Bitterns, but right now, I don't really care.

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Location: Avoca
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

We stopped by Avoca before school today to do a quick hike. Lots of bird activity over the course of 40 minutes.
Highlights:

Great-crested Flycatcher
Scarlet Tanager
Palm/Yellow/Yellow-rumped/blackburnian Warblers, Northern Parula, American Redstart
Baltimore Orioles
Indigo Buntings
Cliff Swallows at Bass Island

Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

I spent the better part of May 2 and May 3 birding at East Fork State Park. Much of that time was spent on a kayak leading field trips as part of the East Fork Birding Festival. I also spent some time on the local trails. Thanks to Donald and all participants for making the first East Fork Birding Festival happen! Combined list in no particular order for both days follows:

Prairie Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Louisiana Waterthrush
Blue-winged Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Cardinal
American Robin
European Starling
Carolina Chickadee
Mourning Dove
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Warbling Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Kingbird
American Crow
Red-winged Blackbird
Mockingbird
Eastern Towhee
Blue Jay
Bluebird
Hummingbird
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-tailed Hawk
Downey Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-headed Woodpecker
Indigo Bunting
Killdeer
Canada Goose
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Scarlet Tanager
Barred Owl
Common Grackle
Wood Thrush
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cormorant



Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders: Bill Zimmerman, Billy Zimmerman, Isaac Eastlake

Spent the day fishing and enjoying the birding festival (thanks Donald, et al.!). Some highlights:
Caspian Tern
Red-headed Woodpecker
Summer Tanager
Baltimore Oriole
Prothonotary Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Northern Parula
Palm Warbler
Indigo Bunting
Billy's first Largemouth and Crappie!
Isaac's first Crappie!

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Nesbit Park - Loveland Bike Trail heading North
Reporter: Dana Cornelisen
Other Birders:

Black Throated Green warbler
Prothonotary warbler

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: East Fork - Williamsburg Wetlands
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom, Cassidy, Dad

2 Northern Bobwhite
1 Wild Turkey
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Bald Eagle
2 American Woodcock
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Warbling Vireo
2 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
1 Tufted Titmouse
1 House Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Eastern Bluebird
2 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Yellow Warbler
2 Prairie Warbler
1 Worm-eating Warbler - this was a surprise for me. Seen and heard
2 Common Yellowthroat
3 Eastern Towhee
5 Field Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting
2 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Eastern Meadowlark
4 Baltimore Oriole
2 American Goldfinch

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Little Turtle Trail and Blue Jacket Trail
Highlight a Kentucky Warbler down the Blue Jacket trail singing loudly and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo heard only.
Blue-winged Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Palm Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-throated and Yellow Rumped Warbler
Blue Gray
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Scarlett Tanager
Baltimore Oriole
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Great crested Flycatcher
Heard all over: Common Yellowthroat, Yellow breasted Chat, White-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush



Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Colerain Township yard
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders: Morgan Button

We have had our hummingbird feeders up for about a week now without seeing any but this afternoon we saw our first hummer of the season. We were very excited!

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Gilmore was practically swimming with birds this morning, I was able pick up 71 species over a three hour time period. Here are some of the highlights:
6 Wood Ducks
1 Green-winged Teal
1 Pied-billed Grebe
5 Double-crested Cormorants
2 Green Herons
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Pileated Woodpecker
7 Warbling Vireos
2 Red-eyed Vireos
1 Hermit Thrush
1 Northern Parula
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
2 Prothonotary Warblers
1 Kentucky Warbler!!! (The absolute highlight of the trip)
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Yellow Warblers
6 Palm Warblers
Many yellow-rumped/throated warblers
2 Field Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Scarlet Tanager
2 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (male and female)
4 Indigo Buntings
1 Rusty Blackbird
3 Orchard Orioles
and
~15 Baltimore Orioles (they were everywhere!!)

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Farbach Werner Nature Preserve
Reporter: Paul Seevers
Other Birders:

Black Throated Green warbler
Nashville warbler
Black and White warbler
Yellow Rumped warbler
Rose Breasted grosbeak
Scarlet tanager
Baltimore oriole

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: Boone Co. Cliffs May 1
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders: Barb Stringer, Rebecca Huesman

BCC:
Notables -
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellow throat
Baltimore & Orchard Orioles
Indigo Buntings

Shawnee Lookout -
Blue-winged,Cerulean,Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped, Prairie Warblers
American Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Northern Parula
B-g Gnatcatcher
White-eyed, Yellow-throated Vireos

Germantown Metro Park 5/3
Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Hooded, Palm, Pine Warblers
Scarlet Tanager
Great Crested Flycatcher





Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Location: New Miami
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Don't know how common these birds are around here but I got a great look at a Lark Sparrow along side the road where the Eagles Nest is in New Miami. Pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: East Fork Dam area
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: David Brinkman, Becky Powers

Highlights from the day of the EF Birding Festival:

1 Blue Grosbeak at the 2nd pulloff going to the spillway. Also, Summer Tanager.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Otto Armleder Park, 7pm
Reporter: Adam Allen
Other Birders:

Red-headed Woodpecker
Orchard Oriole
Catbird
Tree swallow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
RW blackbird
BH cowbird

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Highlight a Prothonotary Warbler
Yellow throated Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Baltimore Oriole
Wood Duck
N. Rough-winged Swallow

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: In laws yard - east side
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

4 Pine Siskens seen and more heard mid morning

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Amelia Kroger's
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Proof that you can bird anywhere: 7 adult Mallards with 19 ducklings, 1 Canada Goose, and 2 Solitary Sandpipers in the retention basin by the gas pumps 3:45pm

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

Black-bellied Plover, Bald Eagle, Bonaparte'so Gull, Yellow Warbler, many Cliff Swallows gathering mud.

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2015
Location: Maineville
Reporter: Jeff Gandert
Other Birders:

Front yard Cape May.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Location: Kings Mills yard
Reporter: Karen Wolnik
Other Birders:

Eurasian Collared-dove hanging around in the trees by our deck. This morning there were 3 Spotted Sandpipers where the Muddy Creek meets the Little Miami.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

11 GBH's and 1 Blue-winged Teal in the bean field, 1 Green Heron along Duck Creek. heard 7 Common Yellowthroats.

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015
Location: Maineville
Reporter: Jeff Gandert
Other Birders:

Hooded Warbler in back yard. We don't get many of these little beauties over this way. Stunning Stupid Gorgeous!

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Location: Okeana backyard
Reporter: Bob Schlake
Other Birders:

Barred owl perched at the nest box opening. If history holds true they will emerge next weekend.

This will be the 4th year in a row.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Location: lost bridge area
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

water dropping and a spit of mud is exposed. tonight there were 4 Caspian terns, and 2 forster's terns mixed in with ring-billed gulls and a few Bonaparte's gulls.

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

One Common Loon (not in breeding plumage)

Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

All "Seen in less than 60 minutes"
FOS Eastern Kingbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a flyby.
A pair of Wood Ducks near the overlook
2 unidentified Shore birds along opposite bank from overlook
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
Eastern Meadowlark
Killdeer
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
4 GBH
1 Blue-winged Teal
2 Mallards
Tree, Barn, and Rough-winged Swallows
Orchard Oriole
Purple Finch
Chimney Swift

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Location: East Fork-Various
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Williamsburg-Bantam Rd.-Wetlands/Bike Trail

Baltimore Oriole
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Bluebird
Song Sparrows
Chipping Sparrows
White throat Sparrows
Field Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Red Winged Blackbirds
Brown headed Cowbirds
Sharp Shinned Hawk
Red Tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Kingbird

At the pond:
Green Heron
Canada Geese-nesting pair
Mallards-pair
Blue Winged Teal-too obscured to count-5 last week
Swamp Sparrows-2
Indigo Bunting

Birds heard but not seen:

Turkey
Quail
Northern Parula
Two I could not identify-Frustrating!

Equine Manor on Greenbriar Rd.

Blue Grosbeak!
Barn Swallows-at least 4 nesting pairs
Tree Swallows
Eastern Meadowlark-2
Eastern Phoebe
Mockingbirds
Killdeer

Also, the neighbor's Mute Swans are nesting in my horse's pasture. We know the dog has stolen two eggs and buried them in the manure pile. There are plans to relocate the eggs, if any are left.

Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Location: Johnson Hills Park
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Northern Waterthrush (heard only)
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Location: Newtown Bottoms - Newtown Sod Farm
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom

There are a decent amount of shorebirds starting to accumulate at the Newtown Sod Farms

Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 6
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Dunlin 1

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Cincinnati, Oh
Reporter: John Boyle
Other Birders:

Saw my first Hummingbird

Trip List:

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.)

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Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com