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

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

Trip List:

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

Common Yellowthroat

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a great day to be out birding.

Indian Creek Wildlife Area (Brown County)
45 species

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

Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits (Highland County)
32 species

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Reporter: Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Pretty good morning for warblers.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please note: I think I finally spelled Armleder correctly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Egret and a Double-crested Cormorant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phalarope - NO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Location: Mirror Lake, Eden Park, Cincinnati
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Red-necked Phalarope present 7:30am

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Location: Eden Park, Mirror Lake
Reporter: Vivian Wagner
Other Birders:

Red-necked Phalarope is still there. Park runners / walkers say it's been there at least since Wednesday. It likes to swim close to the concrete edge - I could get to within a few feet of it.

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Location: Eden Park, Mirror Lake
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Erin Morris

Not my sighting. Erin Morris, a Cincinnati Park Naturalist, just called me and told me she just received an email from a non-birder with a photo of a bird attached that was seen and taken at 5:18 PM this afternoon on Mirror Lake in Eden Park. The photographer asked Erin what the bird was. Erin thought it is a Red-necked Phalarope. Erin sent me the photo and wanted my opinion. I agree with Erin, the bird is a Red-necked Phalarope, probably a first year bird. The bird was reportedly seen on the north end of Mirror Lake nearest the gazebo. Eden Park is a Cincinnati Park located just northeast of downtown and reached from Gilbert Avenue. This is not typical shorebird habitat to say the least, but birds continuously surprise us.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

A juvenile Wilson's Phalarope was present at Cattail Marsh this evening! It was foraging with some pectoral sandpipers, least sandpipers, and a couple lesser yellowlegs towards the back of the marsh.

Also there was a whole bunch of unusual duck hybrids present as well, including what looked like some Northern Shoveler X Green/blue Winged Teal.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Or rather it was my "first of fall" Northern Harrier.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Today I saw my first Northern Harrier of the year hunting on the big mound. Other birds of interest this week include several sightings of an Osprey and juv. Peregrine Falcon. There is also still several family groups of Blue Grosbeaks (3-6 birds each) along the lodge pond loop and in a couple out of public access areas.

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Location: Armleder, 11 AM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

A merlin, but no other raptors.

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

Loads of Warblers today. I have been to Kelley two times in a week and both times there were tons of warblers.

List:
-Mourning Warbler
-Northern Waterthrush
-Wilsons Warbler
-Tennessee Warbler
-Black-throated green Warbler
-Blue-winnged Warbler
-White Breasted Nuthatch
-Belted Kingfisher
-Yellow-billed Cuckoo
-Ruby Throated Hummingbird
-Hairy Woodpecker
-Downey Woodpecker
-Northern Flicker
-Northern Cardinal
-American Robin
-American Goldfinch
-Indigo Bunting
-Carolina Chickadee
-Tufted Titmouse
-Turkey Vulture
-Broad Winged Hawk
-Chipping Sparrow
-House Sparrow
-Blue Jay
-Great Blue Heron

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Location: French Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This evening I walked the B trail and had the following birds all in one section of the trail.
Trip List:
Black and White Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
American Redstart
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Cedar Waxing
Several female Hummingbirds
A low flying Cooper's Hawk, only saw the wings and the tail.
Cardinal
C.Chickadee
Titmouse
C. Wren
Robin

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Location: Bicentennial Park
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

A beautiful morning of birding at this little park near Mt Airy. Although it is a multi-use park, it has a respectable nature trail.
Highlights:
-Six warbler species including Golden winged, Chestnut-sided and three yellow throated feeding together.
-Two male summer tanagers in the same tree.
-Hummingbirds galore.
-and a big flock of cedar waxwings, at least thirty, sitting high up in a dead ash, apparently just loafing.

Date: Monday, September 8, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge Lawrenceburg Rd. Pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

Not my sighting. Jack Stenger called and asked me to report this for him. Jack has a juvenile Sanderling at the shallow topsoil pond just west of Lost Bridge today, Monday, September 8 at 12:30 PM. The bird was still there when he left around 12:45 PM. Jack said the only other shorebirds present were 5 Least Sandpipers and Killdeer.

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Location: OH, Hamilton Co., Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

7:15-8:15 AM - A very different bird set than Lenny saw. Lots of Wood & Swainson's Thrushes, along with good numbers of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Cedar Waxwings, and Chipping Sparrows. Lots of Gay Catbirds (all 3 mimic thrushes) and White-eyed Vireos. Finally, some very nice warblers: 1 each of Worm-eating, Mourning, Wilson's, Kentucky, and Bay-breasted; several Cerulean, Northern Parula, Black-and-White, and Yellow-throated, and lots of American Redstarts. A nice hour in the field

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A Blue-headed Vireo this morning along with a pair of loud Pileated Woodpeckers.

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout/Lost Bridge
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Lost Bridge
Osprey, Peregrine Falcon, and my first Bald Eagle (mature) at Lost Bridge in quite a while. The bird was sitting in the middle of the river on a sandbar.

Shawnee Lookout
Red-eyed Vireo, Scarlett Tanager, Tennessee Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler (my first), Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Saw a Merlin at Ellis this afternoon, it was going after a cormorant in flight that was at least 2 times its size!

Other species seen included:
1 Wood Thrush
1 Tennessee Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroats
1 Magnolia Warbler
2 Chestnut-sided Warblers
and a Baltimore Oriole

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Back yard near Reading Rd and Sunnybrook Drive/ SW corner
Reporter: Margaret Perry
Other Birders:

There's a fifty or sixty foot high bare tree branch in the yard behind me. I am a faithful birder. I saw what I think was an eagle, its head was dark like it's body. After sitting there for a minute or so, it swooped down from the tree across my yard and was gone. I've seen crows and hawks on occasion but I was charmed and awed by the size and wing span of this bird. Did anyone else see it? I'm Hoping... Your Margaret

Trip List: Bald Eagle 1 Young

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Gale Wulker

It was absolutely awesome outside this morning and the birds weren't too bad either. A few highlights included:

1 Swainson's Thrush
1 Golden-winged Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
3 American Redstart
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
4 Blackburnian Warbler

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Beautiful morning for some (early) fall birding.



Trip List: Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 4, White-eyed Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 4, Cedar Waxwing 3, Blue-winged Warbler 1, Tennessee Warbler 5, Nashville Warbler 1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 2, Magnolia Warbler 1, Black-throated Green Warbler 4, Blackburnian Warbler 2, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, Black-and-white Warbler 1, American Redstart 4, Common Yellowthroat 2, Summer Tanager 1, Scarlet Tanager 1, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Rob Edelen

4 Caspian Terns and an Osprey at South Beach in the evening. No shorebirds other than Killdeer. Juvenile Bald Eagle earlier in the day. Also an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak visited our nearby feeders earlier in the day.

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Location: Kings Mills, Ohio
Reporter: Karen Wolnik
Other Birders: None

Eurasian Coolared-Dove walking on the railing of my deck.

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Location: Rush Run Wildlife Area
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Had close to 100 nighthawks fly over Rush Run Wildlife area over the span of 3 hrs in the evening.

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Location: My Union Twp. backyard
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Yellow Throated Warbler-1
Baltimore Oriole-1
Cedar Waxwing-7
Ruby Throated Hummingbird-2
Cardinals, Goldfinches, House Finches Galore
Hairy, Downy, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers

Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

Fall migrants starting to appear in this park. Seen this AM; Magnolia and Tennessee Warblers along the Old Farm Trail loop.

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

imm. little blue heron still here this morning, seen in big creek that feeds the lake on north end.

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Location: Northside
Reporter: melissa lawson
Other Birders:

this morning, about 10:00 a.m., an albino starling was spotted across the street from our home

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

I went up to the north end of Acton Lake at ~5:30 PM to see if I could relocate the Marbled Godwit reported there yesterday. Unfortunately I had no luck.

However, to my surprise there was a immature Little Blue Heron! It was foraging on the far side of the lake with some great egrets. There was also a lone Sanderling mingling with some ring-billed gulls and beach-goers on the beach.

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Nick Baker
Other Birders: Jeff Baker

At the pond overlooked by the new wildlife blind, at least 2 Sora were present between rain showers this morning. I put a few pictures on my Flickr page.

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

An evening walk netted a Tennessee Warbler and a Hooded Warbler both of which I have never seen at Kelley. Also a lone Canada Goose on the river.

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds Cattail Marsh
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

To add to what Mike Busam reported - about half of the great egret chicks have fledged. We still saw 2 great blue heron chicks on the nest, being fed by an adult. The pond by the rookery is drying up, but we saw 35 great egrets there on Saturday.

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Gale Wulker

More warblers from this morning between rain showers. Everything was along the warbler trail or near the nature center.

4+ Black-and-white Warbler
2 Tennessee Warbler
5+ American Redstart
4+ Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
2 Blackburnian Warbler
6+ Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Canada Warbler

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Location: Acton Lake - Not my sighting
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Bruce Brooks

There is a photo of a MARBLED GODWIT at Hueston Woods/Acton Lake posted on the Birding Ohio Facebook Page by Bruce Brooks. This sighting was made at the north end of the lake yesterday.

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Location: Magrish / Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Mid-morning after the rain passed...
Magrish was very slow until I was about to leave and hit a little pocket of activity in the parking lot: Summer Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, House Wren, a boldly marked Empidonax flycatcher, several gnatcatchers, a Black and White, Yellow-throated, and a juvenile Mourning Warbler. Details on the Mourning ID.... Initially I only saw the rear part of the bird and thought I may be looking at Orange-crowned, as the undertail coverts were bright lemon yellow and contrasted with olive retrices and lower back. However when I got a better look, the entirety of the underparts were yellow, with faded grey on the sides of neck and a faint hint of black streaks below the faded grey on the breast, but this didn't form a continuous band of different coloration across the breast, as the central breast was dull yellow and same dull yellow up through the central throat area. The bird had whiteish broken eye rings, a flat crown and big beak, dully colored, with a bit of lighter area at base of lower mandible. Legs bright pink and tail seemed quite broad as the bird pumped/ flipped / flared its tail I also got a quick look at its roughly heart shaped contour. Seemed unusually un-skulky and I got several good looks, structurally chunkier than a yellowthroat, Tennessee, or Orange- crowned. Sorry for the long winded description, but this was my first Mourning for the Cincinnati area!

Armleder beanfield is quite overgrown, but had 3 Semipalmated, 3 Least, And 3 Solitary Sandpipers.

Date: Monday, September 1, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

There's a decent amount of water and a sliver of mudflat at Gilmore Ponds in front of the rookery. I would think over the next week the mud could be pretty good as the water draws down. Today when I was there it was a tad dull. 2 or so Semipalmated Sandpipers, some Leasts, one Semipalmated Plover. Hundreds of Common Green Darners, though.

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Northern Kentucky
Reporter: Doreen Isett
Other Birders:

Bald Eagle? I was driving to CVG, on 71/75 South to 275 to the airport; on the right hand side of the ramp that leads to 275 is a very wooded, undeveloped area. A large hawk-like bird, dark, but with a very distinctive white head was soaring over this area. Hope I'm right in that it was a Bald Eagle. This was on Saturday, Aug. 30 around 11:45 am.

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Location: Old Williamsburg High School
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie

At 8:30 this evening Tammie and I watched 500+ Chimney Swifts dive into the chimney of the old high school in Williamsburg.

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park, South Beach
Reporter: Kevin Mahoney
Other Birders: Ginny Fantetti, Donald Morse

Ruddy Turnstone (Juvenile)
Semi-palm plover
Black tern 30+ on beach, more in the air

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Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Lodge Pond about 6:30pm. 12 Black Terns, I stopped back at 7:30pm and only two were left.

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge, Oxbow
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

This afternoon, after a party that put me close to these locations, I decided to get a bit of birding in despite the consistent light drizzle. Lost Bridge was slow, with a single Semi-palmated Sandpiper and Plover, along w/ expected species. At the Oxbow the highlight was a perched Osprey and a normal, if not a bit low, number of herons, egrets, cormorants, Wood Ducks and Mallards.

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Grand Lake St Mary's Fish Hatcheries
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Rising

2 Common, 11+ Caspian, 1 Black Tern seen today at the Grand Lake St Mary's Fish Hatchery. Also 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES: https://www.flickr.com/photos/114145514@N02/14900146740/

Definitely worth a day trip!

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: 1

25+ Black Terns were flying out over the lake this afternoon when the rain started. The Semipalmated Plover remains.

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Norwood back yard (about 10 a.m.)
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders:

American Kestrel, male, perched in neighbor's back yard atop dead tree.

Date: Saturday, August 30, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Gale Wulker

We decided to check out Burnet Woods around mid morning with hopes of finding an early migrant warbler species or two... In short, that goal was met. Highlights:

5+ Black-and-White Warbler
1 Hooded Warbler
3 American Redstart
3 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
1+ Blackburnian Warbler
1 Yellow Warbler
5+ Chestnut-sided Warbler
1+ Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
9+ Warbler sp.

Also had Great-crested Flycatcher, 2 Empidonax sp., Warbling Vireo, 2 female/immature Baltimore Orioles, Wood Thrush, all 3 mimids, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Location: Backyard in Kenwood
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Around 8 tonight while in my back yard I noticed several birds flying by when a Common Nighthawk came passing by, then another and finally a third Nighthawk. I could just make out the white wing bars. Also a Hummingbird, loads of Robins and 2 Chimney Swifts and a large Bat that I have seen many times. We have Bats that live in our garage attic. I have turned on the light and they are flying in circles in the garage and then out the door. Kind of scary.

Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Location: southwestern Ohio
Reporter: John Herman
Other Birders:

Now thru September is a good time to check sod farms in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas. American golden-plovers, buff-breasted sandpipers, etc. are often seen at these sod farms in autumn. By doing a sod farm search in the internet the locations of these farms can be obtained. Cincinnati has a couple large sod farms.
Hope you find some shorebirds
John Herman

Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Location: Armledder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

7:30 AM. FOS for a merlin. Saw yesterday briefly fly past and again this AM got a better look as he harassed a bunch of kildeers. First raptor in quite awhile at the park for me.

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Zoo Wetland in Mason
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Stopped by the Zoo Wetland around 7 this evening and spotted a Blue Grosbeak chasing other birds away.
Coopers Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Barn Swallows
NRW Swallows
Goldfinches
Acadian Flycatcher

Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Location: Fernbank Park (about 2 p.m.)
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders:

Adult Bald Eagle flying across the Ohio River near the Fernbank Lodge.

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie

The sky has been filled with Common Nighthawks and Dragonflies all afternoon.

Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Location: new vienna road
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

I know that this is old news but the swallow-tailed kite is still up there.My first visit up there and I was not disappointed. He or she put on a great show for me and a few other birders. pictures at flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Monday, August 25, 2014
Location: Armledder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

North pond had a d.c. cormorant this AM. Seen one or two over the years on the LMR nearby but first in the pond. Also 4 immature wood ducks.

Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

We were surprised to see 13 great egret chicks still on their nests, and still being fed by adults. They seem slow to fledge, but we did see them spearing at things in/near the nest - either practicing their fishing technique or hunting for insects.

Also 2 great blue herons still on the nest.

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Location: 7521 New Vienna Rd, Highland County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Forwarding reports from Facebook birding groups: SWALLOW-TAILED KITE still present at same location as of Saturday morning.

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014
Location: Ft. Thomas KY
Reporter: Lisa Massa
Other Birders:

I just saw a Ferruginous Hawk.....after talking with my someone who is educated at the Cincinnati Zoo.....I narrowed it down to this bird.....this Hawk is extremely large and the most beautiful bird I have seen. My first thought is that it was missing from the Zoo that's why I called. The bird is mostly the most gorgeous beige and cream on it's very large belly and the head is very owl like.

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Location: Amelia
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

Saw 4 Common Nighthawks while driving through Amelia this evening around 7:00 p.m. Probably more, but hard to drive and look up at the same time...

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

There was a Baird's Sandpiper along with 4 Least Sandpipers on the gravel bar upstream from the bridge, and 9 Great Egrets in the pond south of Lawrenceburg Road. The river is falling, and the gravel bars are lot bigger than a week ago.

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Location: East Fork SP south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

5pm: 4 Caspian Terns remain with Ring-billed Gulls. No Black Terns or Sterna terns seen. Osprey actively hunting. Only shorebirds were Killdeer.

Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Four Caspian Terns seen at 8 AM.

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

A Stilt Sandpiper was seen in the flooded field in front of the rookery, along with several greater and lesser yellowlegs, semiplamated/least sandpipers, semipalmated plovers, and killdeer.

There was an unusual flyover of ~30 nighthawks as well.

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Location: Careytown, Highland Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: many

The American Swallow-tailed Kite at Highland County put on quite a show for a number of delighted birders between 3 and 4 PM today (including me). It is an incredibly beautiful bird and a joy to watch. It was still roaming the area around the house at 7521 New Vienna Rd making a broad circle through the soybean fields, the edges of the woods and returning to fly low around the house and yard at about 15-20 minute intervals.

Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Adult Baird's Sandpiper with 4 Leasts on the left side of the beach early this morning. Also an Osprey.

Date: Monday, August 18, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

1 Black Tern flying and feeding over a couple different wetlands this morning.

Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Location: East Fork SP south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

3 Black Terns on the beach. When I arrived at 5pm, they were soaring really high, but they finally landed and were still on the ground in the middle of the gull flock, with 1 Common Tern, when I left at 5:30. Thanks to Ginny for getting me to the beach and Donald for getting me on the birds.

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Decided to explore Caesars Creek Lake more. Started at north end of lake boat ramp. 6 Ring-billed Gulls flying back and forth near boat ramp.
15 Double-crested Cormorants perched in dead trees. Main public beach had several large groups of Ring-billed Gulls and several Canada Geese. An Osprey circling the lake just north of the beach. Next stop was the Wetlands Area just north of Visitor Center.
Parked at the Archery area and walked the road.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Bluebird
Cedar Waxwing
Goldfinch
Turkey Vulture
Barn and Cliff Swallow
A Northern Bobwhite that flew into a tree and landed low. Walked closer to see the Bobwhite and the bird flew into the open field.
Walked out to the Observation Tower.
Spotted a pair of Bald Eagles soaring over the lake.
Red-shouldered Hawk
Coopers Hawk
American Crow
Gray Catbird
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow

Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Location: Riverside Natural Area, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

There are some gravel islands and mud and gravel edges accessible from the bike-hike trail at Riverside Natural Area. There were a few shorebirds there this morning, and the habitat looks promising:

Killdeer 11
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Least Sandpiper 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 9
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1

I stopped by Gilmore Ponds on the way home. The water levels were as Andrew described them yesterday. Today there were 12+ Killdeer, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 2 Solitary Sandpiper, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Spootted Sandipers, 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers, and 6+ Least Sandpipers.

A little rain to refresh the flats would be nice! This time of year, the mud will sometimes disappear in a week once it gets to this level. But the river habitat on the Great Miami ought to be good for a while.

Take care,
---Mike

Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Location: 7521 New Vienna Rd, Highland County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Roger Hickey

Duh. I'm too excited to type properly. Of course, I meant Swallow-tailed Kite in my post above.

Date: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Location: 7521 New Vienna Rd, Highland County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Roger Hickey

not my sighting

Per Roger Hickey, bird present at original location 10:20am Sunday

Git yer bird on!

Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014
Location: Jones Rd, off New Vienna Rd, Highland County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Jay Lehman, others

Highland County may be a bit out of the Cincinnati area, but for a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, I'd be willing to bet you would make the drive!

SR 28 east to New Vienna, south on 73, left (east) on Ross Rd (Twp 92) which becomes New Vienna Rd. Original sighting yesterday (by Justin Valentine, doing his field work for a quail study) was 7521 New Vienna Rd, near the intersection with Connell. The bird was last seen there about 2:30pm today and re-found over a soybean field on Jones Rd, which is the next right off New Vienna.

Jacob Roalef said (on Ohio Rare Bird Alert Facebook page): "I think Greg Sagasser and I were the last ones to see it today. We saw it from a good distance at around 6:50 pm for about 10 sec. Long enough to ID and note behavior. It dropped low and disappeared, probably into the trees. It started to rain shortly after so I suspect there is a good chance it will stay in those trees overnight...."

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Location: Oxbow & Lost Bridge
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Oxbow Inc. Field Trip, 37 participants

This evening, Friday August 15th, Oxbow Inc. conducted what has become a popular annual evening field trip in the Oxbow area. By my count thirty-seven folks participated on this super pleasant, sunny, 70 degree evening. A Western Sandpiper was the highlight of the trip. As you know, shorebird habitat is unpredictable in the Greater Cincinnati area. In some years decent mudflats develop in the late summer and early fall on Oxbow Lake. That is not the case this year as Oxbow Lake is full to the brim, certainly due to a wet spring and early summer.

So we didnít find any shorebirds in the Oxbow, but we did see many Great Blue Herons, around 20 Great Egrets, 3 Green Herons, and an adult Black-crowned Night-Heron, Belted Kingfisher and several Wood Ducks & broods. August is usually slow for songbirds but we managed to find Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Warbling Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, gobs of Indigo Buntings and American Goldfinches and numerous swallows and other residents.

We moved over to Lost Bridge around 8:00 pm and stayed there until dusk when we broke up. Unlike recent reports, we didnít have many shorebirds here either, although the water conditions are great. Aside from many Killdeer, the only other shorebirds we found were a couple of Lesser Yellowlegs and a juvenile Western Sandpiper, a rare bird in our region. Other species seen at Lost Bridge included an Osprey (just before we left, some folks just missed it), 30+ Double-crested Cormorants roosting in trees, another Black-crowned Night-Heron, 3 Green Herons, a few more Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons, Belted Kingfisher, 50+ Chimney Swifts and lots of swallows, including at least 10 of the resident Cliff Swallows, and several groups of flocking Red-winged Blackbirds.

The Western Sandpiper was foraging on the close sandbars in mid-river on the south side of the bridge. Several notable area birders were present (Joe Bens, Ann Oliver, Kathi Hutton, Karl Gross etc.) and I believe everyone agreed on the ID. Some pictures were taken, but I have not seen them yet. And we were all aware that separating Semipalmated Sandpiper (fairly-common locally) from Western Sandpiper (rare locally) is one of the more challenging and difficult identifications. We didnít have the best light (sunset to dusk) but it was good enough and we werenít terribly far from the bird.

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

The flooded area where the rookery is located has partly drained, making for a great habitat for shorebirds.
Species present included:
6 spotted sandpipers
~25 Killdeer
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Sanderling
8 Least Sandpipers
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
and 5 Semipalmated Sandpipers

A large number of egrets and cormorants were roosting in the trees as well.

Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014
Location: Fernald, Lost Bridge
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

It seemed like quite a few shorebirds were riding the NW winds today, and throughout the afternoon at work (Fernald) I kept hearing calidris and yellowlegs calls overhead. A few birds touched down briefly, and birds I was able to ID to species included:

30 Killdeer
7 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Least Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper

Also had a Forster's Tern occasionally flying around Weapons to Wetlands pond, and flushed a Sora out of a non-public area.

Checked Lost Bridge after work and found 9 species. Everything that wasn't a Killdeer was on the river gravel bars:

25 Killdeer
3 Semipalmated Plover
11 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Solitary Sandpipers
1 Spotted Sandpiper
14 Least Sandpiper
5 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Baird's Sandpiper

Other birds of interest at Lost Bridge included:

1 Great Egret
1 Osprey
6 DC Cormorant

Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge and Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Walked onto the bridge around 10 a.m. Highlight was a juvenile Bald Eagle flying down stream low over the tree tops. Landed just out of good view of my 10x42's along the river. Also had a Cooper's Hawk swooping in low under the bridge and spooking the sandpipers on the sand bars.
7 Least Sandpipers
9 Killdeers
2 Semipalmated Plovers
2 GBH
2 Green Herons
7 Ring-billed Gulls
Barn Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
American Crow
There was an earth scraper going around the open water at the large pit and I noticed a white bird from the bridge with my binos. Drove over and spotted 2 Caspian Turns standing along the edge of the water. Also:
3 GBH
Canada Geese
Shawnee Lookout:
Sitting at the Fort Trail Overlook had a 2 Red-tailed Hawks flying near the train bridge.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Acadian Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Turkey Vulture
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Wood Pewee
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Cardinal
Goldfinch
C. Wren
C. Chickadee
Titmouse
Catbird
Mourning Dove
4 Hummingbirds just below the parking area for the Fort Trail. Very close views of the hummers chasing each other.

Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

This afternoon there was some shorebird activity on the gravel bars below the bridge. It seems that if the gravel bars are exposed, that's where the birds are this year. I have not noticed much activity on the big scrape along Lawrenceburg Rd.

35 Killdeer
10 Semipalmated Plover
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
15 Least Sandpiper
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Pectoral Sandpiper

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Location: Brookville Lake
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Notables:
Double-crested Cormorant 40+
GB Heron 10+
Great Egret 4
Green Heron 1
Osprey 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Warbling Vireo 1
American Crow 6
Horned Lark 10+
Purple Martin 2
Cliff Swallow 10+
House Wren 2
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 4
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yellow Warbler 2
Prothonotary Warbler 5
Yellow-throated Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Baltimore Oriole 2

Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

5 Caspian terns on beach & average 5 least sandpiper as well. One spotted sand too

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge area
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Four Caspian Terns. Three on right side of road on the spit and one feeding in river.

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

Had 2 Caspians at around noon today. Yesterday, at 8:30pm, a juv. Peregrine flew from south to north over the lake nonstop.

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Walked right up onto an adult female Wild Turkey with
2 younger turkeys. I was crossing the field and came around the corner and they were standing in the open next to the tall grass. The adult lead the younger birds into the woods for cover.

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods
Reporter: Michael Kravitz
Other Birders: 13 bird walk participants

We enjoyed good birding on this lovely morning, but no raptors were observed. Species seen or heard (h) were: red-winged blackbird, eastern bluebird, indigo bunting, northern cardinal, Carolina chickadee, mourning dove, house finch, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, pileated woodpecker (h), eastern wood-pewee, eastern phoebe, great-crested flycatcher, blue-gray gnatcatcher, American goldfinch, common grackle, ruby-throated hummingbird, blue jay, northern mockingbird, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, song sparrow, chipping sparrow, barn swallow, chimney swift, brown thrasher, tufted titmouse, common yellowthroat (h), Carolina wren (h).

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014
Location: middletown/franklin
Reporter: kenny carpenter
Other Birders: bald eagle

While on an early morning canoe trip on the great miami river (miamisburg to middletown) me and a friend spotted three bald eagles. We noticed a male who dived down 30 to 40 yards in front of us, then two females appeared. They were in trees near the trail tressel overpass on st 73 (directly after the traffic light where Briel intersects st rt 73)

Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Location: East Fork south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

5 Least Sandpipers, 2 Double-crested Cormorants, an Osprey making a successful dive for fish, 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Black-billed Cuckoo, 1 adult and 4 juvenile Chipping Sparrows, many Canada Geese, Killdeer and Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: Monday, August 4, 2014
Location: Little Miami River near Morrow
Reporter: Jeff Wiley
Other Birders:

Watched 4 Osprey circling back and forth over the river near the Morrow nest. It looked like Mom and Dad teaching the youngsters to fish. I didn't get to see the catch but one of them ended up with a fish in it's talons.

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

This morning, saw the first osprey I've seen at Armleder since the Spring.

Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Location: Amberley Village
Reporter: Albert Lane
Other Birders: Albert Lane

At our rear kitchen window Ruby Hummingbird feeder around 7:30PM, there was a Protonotary Warbler flying towards the feeder and chased away by a Hummingbird.

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney, ODNR Watercraft officer

A Caspian Tern joined the Forster's Tern and RBs this evening after the storms.

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Successfully followed the report of Black-Crowned Night-Herons this evening at dusk. Saw 4 adults and 1 juvenile. Only my second time ever seeing this species. Thanks so much for the report!

Nighthawks, Swifts, and Bats continued their show as well.

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: Little Miami River just south of Kelly's Nature Preserve
Reporter: Rick Dunning
Other Birders:

9:30am...mature Bald Eagle...flying 10 feet off of the water headed up river...I was kayaking and was running silent...he saw me first and took off...outstanding. Clearly Bald Eagle...bright white head. Just came back from British Columbia on the coast....eagles galore. Great to see one in my backyard!

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Of note: 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 2 Least Sandpipers, 1 Forster's Tern, 1 DC Cormorant.

Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Paula Stenger

Paula and I visited the Winton Woods Settling Pond from sunset through dusk this evening. Highlights during our brief stay were 7 Black-crowned Night-Herons (4 adults, 3 immature brown birds), a pair of Blue Grosbeaks and 5 Common Nighthawks. During the last 15 minutes before dark we witnessed quite an aerial show with the low foraging nighthawks, and about 40 Chimney Swifts joined by around 15 bats (presumably little brown bats) all hunting and wheeling quite low overhead. Twice we saw one of the bats mob and chase a Chimney Swift, something Iím not sure I have seen before.

The Black-crowned Night-Herons were seen on the far shore, in willows or along the shoreline. There may have been more present, but thatís all I could pick out in the fading light. You may remember that a few Black-crowned Night-Herons nested in the Great Blue Heron rookery at Winton Woods these past few years. The Common Nighthawks were most likely early migrants and the vanguard of many more to come in August.

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The birds on the beach are changing daily. Yesterday, I had 3 Bonaparte's Gulls and 13! Spotted Sandpipers on the beach. Today at dark, I had no bonies, no spotteds, but 4 Least SP and 1 Pectoral Sandpiper that flew in. The terns were not seen since Monday.

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Cathleen Suffridge
Other Birders:

indigo bunting
Owl
yellow finch

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

I started at the Columbia Terrace parking lot and walked to the back and walked the Miami Fort Trail. So between C Emerson and myself looks like we had the park pretty well covered. Here's what I saw or heard.

Common Yellowthroat
White-eyed Vireo
Acadian Flycatcher
Cerulean Warbler (heard)
Chickadees
Titmice
Robins everywhere
Wood Thrush (heard)
Northern Parula
Blue-winged Warbler
Yellow-throated Vireo (2)
Summer Tanager (3 adults, 1 juvenile)
Kentucky Warbler (heard)
Redstart
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Chat (heard)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Indigo Bunting (heard)

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Stopped first at the boat launch.
A Black Vulture soaring high.
Common Yellowthroat
House Wren
Turkey Vulture
Indigo Bunting
Parked at Tomahawk Ridge and walked the road back towards the cabin. Had the following birds in one spot.
American Redstart, 1 male, 2 females
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 2 birds together
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
Scarlett Tanager
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Carolina Wren
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Walked some of the BlueJacket Trail
Cerulean Warbler
Broad-winged Hawk
Blackbird
Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Carolina Chickadee

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Location: West Price Hill
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

2 Common Nighthawks in courtship display @ 8:50 pm.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Not my sightings

I have seen pictures of Juv. Black Tern (1) and Forster's Tern (1) from beach today. I was too tired from work to swing by, thought others would be interested.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Riverside Natural Area and Gillmore Ponds
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Had an Osprey soaring over the river in front of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Other highlights:
Green Heron
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Brown Thrasher
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Ring-billed Gull along the river.
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Song Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Turkey Vulture
Northern Flicker
Gray Catbird
American Goldfinch
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Gilmore Ponds:
A pair of Red-tailed Hawks as I pulled in the parking lot from Symmes Road.
Red-bellied Woodpecker
House Wren
Heard only the Pileated Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
Common Yellowthroat
Counted 7 Great Egrets feeding in the shallow water just in front of the viewing platform.
3 Great Blue Herons feeding.
8 Great-crested Cormorants sitting in the trees.

Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Location: East Fork SP, South Beach
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders: Jeff Rowe and his wife.

The Sanderling still present when I arrived at about 6:15 pm along with one Semipalmated Sandpiper. Still present at about 6:50 pm. Almost directly down from the pavilion.

Jeff Rowe and his wife arrived shortly after I found the Sanderling and Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Sanderling on beach about 2pm.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Rowe woods (CNC)
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: 12 CNC members

Female Indigo Bunting seen plus male Summer Tanager in main parking lot were the highlights of our summer jaunt at CNC.

Trip List: Green Heron, Mourning Dove 6, Chimney Swift 7, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1male, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1 heard, Eastern Wood-Pewee 2, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 2, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, Blue Jay 13, Barn Swallow 7, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 7, Northern Mockingbird 2, Cedar Waxwing 3, Common Yellowthroat 2, Summer Tanager 1, Chipping Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 4, Indigo Bunting 3, Red-winged Blackbird 6, House Finch 10, American Goldfinch 11

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Location: Rt 52 at on ramps to 275
Reporter: Cindy Dierkes
Other Birders:

One mature bald eagle sitting in a tree. Another came and was dive bombing until they both flew east.

Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

A good variety of shorebirds were seen in the flooded field north of the railroad tracks, Including:

Semipalmated Plovers
Spotted Sandpipers
A Solitary Sandpiper
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpipers
Semipalmated Sandpipers
and a couple Short-billed Dowitchers

A number of Herons and Egrets were present as well, presumably those from the nests on the Symmes road side.

Date: Monday, July 21, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Most birds were spotted along the Shingle Oak Trail and the Sycamore Trail.
Common Yellowthroat
Gray Catbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Brown Thrasher
Turkey Vulture
Broadwing Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Acadian Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Eastern Towhee
Dickcissel
Goldfinch
Cardinal
Mockingbird
Blackbird
House Wren
Pileated Woodpecker
Killdeer

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders: les houser

Species of interest included: Black and White Warbler, Bank Swallow, Blue Grosbeak, Semi-palmated and Least Sandpiper.

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

Location: viewing platform at Cattail Marsh

Time: approx. 10-11 a.m.

We again saw 4 active great egret nests, though one was mostly obscured and difficult to see. There are 3 together in one tree, and a 4th off to the left. The lone nest to the left is the easiest one to see. There were 4 chicks, which the parents were actively feeding.

The great blue heron chicks have that buzzcut juvenile look. We saw them flapping their wings, practicing for flight, and one moved about 6 feet from the nest and flew back to it - so they are making good progress.

We did not see cormorant chicks or any sign of a cormorant on a nest. There were several adult cormorants around, and at least one first year bird perched on a branch.

The distance over the pond is such that a spotting scope is very helpful, though not absolutely essential.

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Location: Blue Ash Airport
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Correction from last post, it was a Red-bellied Woodpecker, not a Red Head seen at Summit Park.

Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Location: Blue Ash Airport
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday walked the woods at Summit Park around 12 noon.
2 Brown Thrashers
Several Gray Catbirds
Eastern Towhee
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Cardinal
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Goldfinch
Blackbird
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-headed Woodpecker
Spotted a Cooper's Hawk in flight and the hawk flew down and into the woods at the park being chased by 3 European Starlings.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock #34 & Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Debbie Kaylor

Birded 8:00-10:30am; Total 39 species, with lots of juveniles seen; many species heard only. Best sighting was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, my first-ever at this location. Debbie's female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was a close second. Got to watch two Belted Kingfishers feeding in the estuary; Mrs. got very annoyed at Mr. when he tried to share her fishing spot. Most Annoying Species award goes to the dozen or so White-eyed Vireos which were singing all around us, and which we never could see.

Trip List:
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Green Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
4 Mourning Dove
5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
6 Belted Kingfisher (pair fishing)
7 Red-headed Woodpecker
8 Red-bellied Woodpecker
9 Downy Woodpecker
10 Hairy Woodpecker

11 Pileated Woodpecker
12 Eastern Wood-Pewee
13 Eastern Kingbird
14 White-eyed Vireo
15 Red-eyed Vireo
16 Blue Jay
17 American Crow
18 Carolina Chickadee
19 Tufted Titmouse
20 White-breasted Nuthatch

21 Carolina Wren
22 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
23 Wood Thrush
24 American Robin
25 Gray Catbird
26 Brown Thrasher
27 European Starling
28 Prothonotary Warbler
29 Common Yellowthroat
30 Eastern Towhee M, F, immatures

31 Field Sparrow
32 Song Sparrow
33 Northern Cardinal
34 Rose-breasted Grosbeak F
35 Indigo Bunting
36 Red-winged Blackbird
37 Common Grackle
38 Orchard Oriole
39 American Goldfinch

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

More proof that nature abhors a vacuum--

The dog waste bag dispenser in Armleder's easternmost dog park has run out of bags, and so a pair of bluebirds has started a nest in the empty container.

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Entered the area from Symmes Rd. Can see the tree with Egrets, Cormorants and GBH nests from the bench. I stood on the viewing platform and counted 6 Cormorants, one was flying around the nesting area with one in a tree close by. Also had one of the Great Egrets close to the platform feeding in shallow water today. I did see a Cormorant land on the nest to the left of the Egrets nest which was occupied by one adult. I could not see chicks with my 10X42 binoculars. Spotted what I think were 2 American Black Ducks in large pond by nesting birds. There was a pair in the smaller pond with a viewing platform at Gilmore, I saw several of these ducks at the Lodge Pond at Fernald earlier this week. Also spotted today:
Belted Kingfisher
Common Yellowthroat
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Kingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Also heard a Red-shouldered Hawk calling out loudly from the forest next to the large pond.

Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Location: Morrow Gravel Pits
Reporter: Charles Cruze
Other Birders: Peggy Cruze

One of the Osprey chicks flew today. There was a slight breeze in its face, and it flapped and hovered about 10 feet above the nest for a few seconds, and then it landed on the nest. Almost immediately after it landed, it jumped forward and to the left falling to about 5 feet above the water before it began alternately flapping its wings and soaring around and behind the nest. It then flew toward the female in the tree shelter and to the male atop his favorite post on the dead tree. After a flight of approximately 3 minutes duration, the bird returned to the nest.

We will post pictures in the next day or so.

Pictures will be at:
www.flickr.com/photos/cac_pgc_pics

Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

I had several new species for the season at Fernald after the storms this morning. It will be interesting to see whats around tomorrow once the front comes through. Everything was on the weapons to wetlands pond in varying degrees of public view.

1 Great Egret
1 Forster's Tern - perched on shore and feeding most of the afternoon
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Stilt Sandpiper
1 Gadwall - continuing bird
3 Blue-winged Teal
1 Green-winged Teal - I actually think I saw this bird several days ago, but didn't get a great look and wrote if off as a female Blue-winged. This was NOT the teal we saw on the Saturday field trip.

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Spooked a Woodcock out of the grass while walking along the pond on Baughman Road. Also, I heard a Peacock from the bird blind. I'm assuming it is an escaped pet.

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods
Reporter: Michael Kravitz
Other Birders: 19 bird walk participants

Good birding on this pleasant morning. The highlight was a singing prothonotary warbler on the lake. Other species seen or heard (h) were: red-winged blackbird, Eastern bluebird, indigo bunting, northern cardinal, Carolina chickadee, brown-headed cowbird, mourning dove, house finch, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, Eastern wood-pewee (h), American goldfinch, common grackle, ruby-throated hummingbird, blue jay, northern mockingbird, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, chipping sparrow, song sparrow, barn swallow, chimney swift, tufted titmouse, cedar waxwing, Carolina wren, house wren. A few of us lingered at the Visitor Center feeders after the walk, where we observed a hairy woodpecker (and a hungry red fox consuming sunflower seeds.

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I was curious to see the herons and egrets that Sharon Pawlowski, Dave Dankovic, Sam Fitton and others have been watching since the spring and that Frank Frick reported here a month or so ago. In addition to the Great Egrets with nestlings, and a Great Blue Heron pair or two, there was a Double-crested Cormorant on a nest, roughly twenty feet to left (as viewed from the South viewing platform) of a Great Egret nest.

I don't know what the OBBA II results were for Double-crested Cormorants in Ohio away from the lake. I'm not sure if there are other breeders in our area, and possibly the Gilmore Ponds bird isn't a breeder, but it was an adult and it was hunkered down inside a nest. There were a couple sub adults and another adult-looking cormorant near the bird in the nest.

There is a lot of water and excellent habitat from Gilmore Ponds to the Big Pond area east of Bypass Four. One benefit to the increased development in the area is that the engineers are diverting water into places where for the past twenty-odd years they've wanted to keep it out--to the point where the city of Hamilton and other groups were threatening legal action and bringing down the proverbial hammer on those who wanted the water to stay. Perhaps when Berk Blvd. is extended east to Bypass Four, along the railroad tracks on the north side of Gilmore Ponds, this will alter the area in a truly negative way. For now, the water situation is good and interesting. I would bet there are some goodies hiding out in Big Pond, which was nearly inaccessible by foot the last time I tried to check the area, as well as other parts of Gilmore Ponds.

Mudflats are developing east of the viewing platform directly behind the power substation, nearer to the Gilmore Roads parking lot.

Take care,
---Mike

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

The great blue heron chicks (in the same area as the egret chicks mentioned previously) were flapping their wings. They're pretty big now - probably getting ready to fledge.

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

The egret nests are at the pond labeled as "Cattail Marsh" on the Butler County Metroparks map. We saw them from the viewing platform on the south side of the pond, looking northward. It's a long distance to see the little chicks; you really need a spotting scope. They'll probably be easier to see in a week or so, since they'll be bigger. We saw chicks in 4 nests, though one nest was mostly obscured by leaves.

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: 12 ASO participants

We had a nice tally of grassland bird species for the Audubon Society of Ohio's field trip today. As usual, numbers and species seen may have varied throughout group members. Open area species included:
2 Blue Grosbeak
12+ Dickcissel
3 Grasshopper Sparrow - including 2 fledglings, 1 adult singing but not seen
Eastern Meadowlark
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Orchard Oriole
Willow Flycatcher
Indigo Bunting
Common Yellowthroat
5 Swallows (Martin, Barn, NRW, Tree, and Cliff)

No Bobolinks or Savannah Sparrows this year, but I think its been several years since either of those have been regular in the summer at Fernald.

Other highlights included a flyby first of the "fall" Solitary Sandpiper, a Blue-winged Teal on weapons to wetlands, and a Mink carrying prey (young cottontail) down one of the roped off roads seen from Hickory Trail.

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
Location: Gilmore ponds
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Regarding a previous posting of great egrets nesting at Gilmore, three of these nest now have young in them.

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jeff Stone
Other Birders: Carol Stone

It was a great morning to go birding with my wife. We saw a lot of the southern Ohio summer residents:
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-throated Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Brown Creeper
House Wren
House Finch
Spotted Sandpiper
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Mallards
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting

Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Location: California Woods and Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Heard a Cerulean Warbler up along the ridge of the Trillium trail. Also Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Towhee
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Armleder:
Yellow-breasted Chat
Indigo
Tree Swallow
Several Goldfinches
Song Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Carolina Wren
Blackbirds
Turkey Vultures
Did not hear or see any Dickcissels.
Several varities of butterflies, Monarch, Viceroy, Silver spotted Skipper, Spicebush Swalllowtail, Red Admiral, Cabbage White, Yellow and Orange Sulpur, Black Swallowtail, Great Spangled Fritillary, Pearl Crescent

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits (Highland County)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie, Kelley and Phoebe

The Osprey nest has two large young. We watched an adult bring a fish in to feed the young. There were also several Dickcissel, a Bobolink, and at least 10 Double-crested Cormorant. The complete list can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18997705

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area and Sharon Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Decided to go to Stonelick Lake and use my telescope with the clear skies and ran over to Indian Creek. Walked the gravel road east and spotted 2 Wild Turkeys, one which I spotted in tall grass which was a funny site to see, only the birds neck and head visible. Also a healthy Coyote in an open field.
Cedar Waxwings
Willow Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Gray Catbird
Wood Thrush
Hairy Woodpecker
Chipping, Song and Field Sparrows
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Blue Gray
Common Yellowthroat
Indigo
Goldfinch
Today at Sharon Woods
Brown Thrasher
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Heard Pileated, Wood Thrush and Red-bellied Woodpecker
Indigo
White-breasted Nuthatch
BlueJay
Titmouse
C. Wren
C. Chickadee
European Starling

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Steve Wheeler
Other Birders:

Several Great Blue Herons
Great Egret
4 Green Herons
Yellow Warbler
2 Indigo Bunting
Kentucky Warbler
American Kestrel

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Backyard in Clermont Co. near river
Reporter: Francine Kidd
Other Birders: Rich Kidd

Have baby rose breasted grosbeaks in our yard! We have never had this many grosbeaks in any of the 14 years and this year, can confirm they are nesting. Dad feeding baby flapping it's wings. They cry out loudly. Joy!!!

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: I - 275 between KY20 and Mineola pike, westbound
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A male Blue Grosbeak was feeding on the shoulder on my way to work.

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: Fernald correction
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders:

I'm changing my Black-billed Cuckoo to a Least Bittern after listening to recordings, thanks again Neill Cade for bringing that up!

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: Mom

2 Rose-brested Grosebeks were found around the back area of the park. Also the Gadwall is still present at the lodge pond, along with a family of Wood Ducks and a few Mallards. A Black-billed Cukoo was heard by the pond as well. Many Dickcissels and Field Sparrows were present throughout the park.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Location: Lunken Retention Ponds / Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Pair of Blue Grosbeak, Wood Duck, Green Heron, Kingfishers @ Lunken. At the Armleder beanfield there were about 10 Spotted, 4 Least Sandpipers, 13 Great Blue Herons, Killdeer, and a Turkey. Conditions look very good for shorebird over the next weeks - with a scope being almost essential as the wet areas are distant.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Hiked the Blue Jacket Trail and spent some time around the cabin area.
Cerulean Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Several Yellow-breasted Chats
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Gray
Common Yellowthroat
Indigo Bunting
Wood Thrush
Acadian Flycatcher
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Wood Pewee
Gray Catbird
Carolina Wren
White-breasted Nuthatch
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chickadee
Crow
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Female American Redstart
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Goldfinch


Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Location: Armleder Park -- sunset
Reporter: Kirk Westendorf
Other Birders:

1 Black-and-White Warbler

Heard at least one male, maybe 2, at the overlook in the woods to the left of the bike rack. I tracked down one singer and it seemed to be an immature bird (slightly grungy looking like most immatures; less solid blacks and possibly fluffier with more stripes). However, I'm no expert on plumages and only saw it for a few seconds.

Also an immature Great Horned Owl (canoe launch) and a Blue Grosbeak (north retention pond).

And it should be mentioned that Armleder has almost no Dickcissels this year. I normally have 4-8 singing males in the evening this time of year and I haven't had a single bird since May. It's possible there's a pair somewhere in the areas where I don't normally bird.

Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A good look at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo foraging for caterpillars in a Sycamore tree. A pair of Spotted Sandpipers along a sandbar on the river. Also heard:
Prothonotary Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Mocking Bird
Eastern Towhee
Indigo Bunting

Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

2 Red-headed Woodpeckers.

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Backyard
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour, Sue Falk

We were sitting in the closed and air conditioned house about lunch time when I heard a loud whistle outside that penetrated the closed windows. When I went to investigate I heard the distinct and repeated call of the Northern Bobwhite Quail in my back yard. We never did see the bird but we recorded the vocalization. This lasted about 1-2 hours. This is strange in that the nearest area I would call a grassland is maybe a half-mile away with a lot of forest and suburban yard in between the grassland and my backyard.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Lou gardella

Eastern kingbirds nesting in my next door neighbor's sycamore tree. This would be near the intersection of vine and Clinton springs. Finally I found the nest. The yellow throated warbler is still here in the same tree, suggesting it probably nested here . That would be a first.
I finally found my password to post or response. I have not seen the Mississippi kite again.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Gilmore ponds
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

I found a small heronry that contained six nest(leaves on trees make it hard to see). One nest was Great Blue heron with young, but the other five were Great Egrets. Four nest had egrets that looked to be sitting on eggs. The other nest had two egrets standing and preening each other. There were seven great egrets all together. Seems kind of late to be sitting on eggs. To the best of my knowledge great egrets nest are not common in southwest ohio.
These nest are in the same trees where the black crowned night-herons nested a few years back but were unsuccessful. View from viewing platform across from cattail marsh. Park off symmes road.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 17 CNC Saturday Morning Birders

Highlights of the morning included very good looks at a Prothonotory Warbler and a Red Fox feeding that the bird feeder.
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 16
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 18
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 6
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 15
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Orchard Oriole 2
House Finch 12
American Goldfinch 8

The list with pictures of the fox can be found at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S18932762

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Location: Ellis Wetlands
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning from 10 to 11:30
3 Green Herons
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Song Sparrows
Common Yellowthroat
Blackbird that did not like me!
Common Grackle
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Orchard Oriole
Goldfinches
Heard only Wood Thrush, Warbling Vireo and Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Canada Geese family of 10
Cardinal
Crow

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Location: Grand Lake St. Mary's Fish Hatcheries-Notherh Ohio
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Grandpa

Not quite Cincinnati, but definitely within driving range. As with every summer, I had two Henslow's Sparrows in the fields behind the hatcheries. I also had a female Hooded Merganser with 2 ducklings. The ducklings had gained all their feathers and were feeding away from their mother. Also had 1 female wood duck with 15 ducklings (still fuzzy)! A cool breeding area for many birds! On the actual lake there was 1 bald eagle this morning, and a few ruddy ducks yesterday.

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Location: UC campus
Reporter: Kurk Dorsey
Other Birders: 8 family members

Birders, apologies for the late report. On Saturday evening about 7, I was on the UC campus with family members, near McMicken Hall, when a bird soared overhead heading west that I was sure was a Mississippi Kite, but I was without binoculars (bird had that distinctive scimitar wing shape with a longish tail, soared gracefully with just a few flaps, and just fit the mold of a kite). I see that one was reported on this list on June 6th from Clifton, so perhaps there's a pair in the area! We have 2-3 pairs here in southern New Hampshire which have been around for about 5 years.

Kurk Dorsey
Durham NH

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Location: Steak 'n' Shake on Princeton Pike
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

After working late I stopped here for a bite to eat and had a Common Nighthawk calling around 3:15 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

First time walking the property, nice trails with open field.
Yellow-breasted Chat
Common Yellowthroat
Several White-eyed Vireos
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Gray
Indigo
Several Orange Spangled Fritillaries in the field along with a few Spicebush Swallowtails, a few Duskywings and one Meadow Fritillary.

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Location: Landen Deerfield Park
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Two green herons.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Location: East Fork - From Boat
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Maddie Varias, Ethan Rising, Cassidy Ficker

Cerulean warbler was in the same spot as last time I was there.

1 Double-crested Cormorant
5 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
2 Bald Eagle
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Killdeer
1 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Chimney Swift
2 Belted Kingfisher
15 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Eastern Kingbird
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Warbling Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
26 Purple Martin
10 Tree Swallow
2 Bank Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
3 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
1 House Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Eastern Bluebird
2 Wood Thrush
1 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
2 European Starling
10 Cedar Waxwing
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Cerulean Warbler
8 Prothonotary Warbler
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Summer Tanager
1 Scarlet Tanager
2 Northern Cardinal
4 Indigo Bunting
4 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Orchard Oriole
2 Baltimore Oriole

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders: Greg Ossege

Went looking for a cerulean warbler at the water overflow are on south side of East Fork at Slade Road entrance. No ceruleans, although one was heard later in the morning, but we did see a Louisiana waterthrush, blue winged warbler, great crested flycatcher,and first year male summer tanager in about a 2 minute span about 7:30 am. All birds were right by the creek that flows into the lake in that are, to the right of the parking lot against the hillside.

Also, a redheaded woodpecker was spotted across the lake from the same spot.
Later, we saw a male prairie warbler across the road from the wild turkey habitat and sign, by the Afton entrance. Also saw a Kentucky warbler by the twin gates entrance off Bantam Road by Sugartree Road. This bird was right by the second entrance, to the right. Thanks to all on the message board for pointing out these spots!

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dave Mills
Other Birders:

1 Bald Eagle

Trip List: Bald Eagle 1

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

1 Red-headed Woodpecker

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Location: Ryland Heights, Kenton Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Not knowing the exact location I took a drive through Ryland Heights but did not see the Mississippi Kites. However, I did find a very nice spot for woodland birds and am sure I will be back there again now that I know it is there. The good birding location is along Lambs Ferry Road where there are a number of excellent pull-offs and no traffic to speak of. Seen or heard on the steep wooded hillsides going down towards the Licking: 3 Acadian Flycatchers calling (1 seen on nest), 4 Wood Thrushes singing, 2 Kentucky Warblers singing, 1 Louisiana Waterthrush singing, 2 Scarlet Tanagers singing (great to have so much singing midday on a hot day), 1 Summer Tanager singing. In the more open areas above and below the woods were 3 Prairie Warblers (singing), 1 Common Yellowthroat singing and 2 Eastern Phoebes (calling).

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout Blue Jacket Trail
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders:

Blue-winged warbler on the Blue Jacket trail, directly across the trail from one of the trail education signs titled "Feathers in the Forest". 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

1 Red-headed Woodpecker.

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Location: Afton
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Two Barnacle Geese. Probably escapees. Description can be found at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18843175

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Location: Decourcey Pike, Ryland Heights, KY
Reporter: John Leon
Other Birders: Evan Leon

Mississippi Kite from a private residence. Homeowner says he has seen 2 together over the last week. His neighbor told him he saw 6 at once (reliability?). Evan & I saw 1 today @ 11:00.

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Location: armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

8 AM. Went looking for the morning warbler someone reported on e-bird. Never found but came across my first Kentucky warbler in the park. Presume post nesting wanderer as I have never seen nor heard one there. Doubt it nested in park.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

1 drake Gadwall lingering on one of the wetlands behind Lodge Pond today.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Location: on top of the Carew Tower, downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders:

The Peregrines were on the PNC building, seen from the top of the Carew Tower.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Location: on top of the Carew Tower, downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Took a trip up to the observation deck on top of the Carew Tower this afternoon, around 1:30pm. Up near the blue top was an adult Peregrine Falcon, and down on the ledge near the nest box were 2 juveniles, scampering about, flapping their wings.

Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

The Kentucky Warbler previously reported on the south side of East Fork was found again this morning. Park at the corner of S. Bantam Rd. and N. Campbell Rd. by the gate. Heard him singing before turning the car off. I believe I got a glimpse of some juveniles as well, but can't be positive.

Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Location: Mississippi Kite Location Request
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

To Bob Dalhausen and Diana Long: see message board for request for information.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Milford, Ohio
Reporter: Bob Dahlhausen
Other Birders: Diana Long

The pair of Mississippi Kites have returned for a second year in a row here in Milford; Periodic sightings in the morning and evening in a large, bare Ash tree.

Trip List: Mississippi Kite

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Location: Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

lots of breeding bird activity this morning:
^Brown Thrasher family - two adults, 5 recently fledged young together on the gravel drive near the observation tower.
^Hairy Woodpecker family - adult male, with two or three birds in attendance, presumably recent fledglings.
^adult male Red-bellied Woodpecker, followed by at least one young.
^adult male Downy Woodpecker, feeding young (5 woodpecker species heard or seen in total; missing only Red-headed)
^fledgling robins and chickadees following their respective parents.
^Yellow-breasted Chat carrying food, while a male sang above.

other interesting birds:
>Yellow-billed Cuckoos are very active, driven I assume by the cicada irruption
(13 year periodical cicadas) - had great looks.
>Black-and-white and Blue-winged Warblers - excellent looks at both
>Wood Thrush - heard only
>Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Warbling Vireos.

39 species in total

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Location: Miscellaneous
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Kilby Rd - gravel road off Kilby, across from the brown maintenance shed at the gravel pits: singing male Bell's Vireo; singing first year male Orchard Oriole, Willow Flycatcher; other regular residents. Hamilton County

Near Dravo Park - walked down the gravel road just south of the park to find the two Lark Sparrows. Hamilton County

East Fork - the "Double Gate trail" off Bantam, near Sugartree. Parked at teh gate and started down the trail - was still within sight of my car when I first heard, then saw, a male Kentucky Warbler. Clermont County

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: CNC Rowe Woods
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: CNC Bird hike

Bird hike 8am to 10am. Great weather no humidity. Also 2 white tailed deer, Gray squirrels ,chipmunks,and 3 baby turtles on the vernal pond. Please join us :Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

Trip List: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture 3, Mourning Dove 4, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 2, Acadian Flycatcher 3, Yellow-throated Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Blue Jay 4, Tree Swallow 10, Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 2, Wood Thrush 4, American Robin 12, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing 2, Northern Parula 2, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow 3, Northern Cardinal 8, Red-winged Blackbird 15, Brown-headed Cowbird 5

Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Location: CNC
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Rising, Alex G, Christian M, Ray M

Birding with friends. 42 species. It was pretty slow, with a few small pockets. Best birds were: Green Heron on Lotus Pond, Blue Grosbeak. I don't know trail names well, but it was down by the field next to a creek. I took a pic of the trail head, and the beginning area of it was near a yellow maple leaf and a pink flower. There were also indigo buntings, giving a really good comparison, mostly by size. Never knew blue grosbeaks were that big! Yellowthroats and towhees in same area. Two raccoons at the feeders by the visitors center.

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