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

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

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

12 Pine Siskins in hemlock tree in section 48.

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

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

Spring Grove was slow for songbirds. We didn’t find any evergreen specialists, creepers or kinglets. We did find a cooperative Barred Owl – likely the same bird that Denis Conover found on the Audubon tree trip 2 weeks ago.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American kestrel
White throated sparrows (several)
Song sparrows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip List:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip List:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David A. Brinkman
brinkmanbirds.blogspot.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Short-eared Owls

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tundra Swan 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Along Ronald Regan Highway vicinity of Amberly Village:

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

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

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

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

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

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

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

Turkey Vulture 1 flew over as I left the park.

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

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

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

In the gravel pit north of the road:

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

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

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

In the gravel pit northwest of the bridge:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Location: Kelly Nature Preserve
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Start at 2:00 pm
Hairy Woodpecker 1,Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 3, Carolina Wren 3, White-throated Sparrow 1

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Location: East Fork. SP addition
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Boat Ramp just east of beach:
Mourning Dove 1

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Saddledam and nearby boat ramp:
Great Blue Heron 1
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Hooded Merganser 1,f
Canada Goose 100 (fly over flock)

South Beach:
Ring-billed Gull 300 estimate, on beach perhaps 300 more on lake
Herring Gull 1 adult
Pileated Woodpecker 1, heard
Dark-eyed Junco 8

Boat Ramp just east of beach:
Hooded Merganser 8
Common GoldenEye 6, 4m, 2f

Ended just before dusk.

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Location: Milford, Eastgate, Batavia
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Milford: Red-tailed Hawk 1

Eastgate: Red-tailed Hawk 1, Rock Pigeon 5

Batavia just east of on Rt 222:
Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

North Pool at AIM (very small hole of open water) Start at 1:30 pm.
Pied-billed Grebe 1, Mallard 12, Redhead 1, Lesser Scaup 2, Bufflehead 6, Ruddy Duck 1, American Kestrel 1 ( on high transmission wire east of pits- scope view).

South Pool (visible from park on open water just south of island)
Gadwall 6, Mallard 50, Bufflehead 6, Hooded Merganser 6 (5 m, 1 f), Canvasback 2, Ring-necked Duck 3, Lesser Scaup 2, American Coot 75, Ring-billed Gull 9, Belted Kingfisher 1 (heard), Downy Woodpecker 2, Blue Jay 1, Carolina Chickadee 3, Tufted Titmouse 1, American Robin 20, Northern Mockingbird 1

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Location: Warren County- Caesar Creek, Spring Valley, & Roxana New Burlington Gravel Pit
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Took the day to birdwatch- foggy and rainy until around 1030 but I still had some great finds. Highlights:

Caesar Creek: only open water was at Furnas Shore boat ramp- Horned Grebe, Goldeneye, Ruddy Ducks & all 3 mergansers
Beach area- 1 Merlin
North Boat Ramp- Hermit Thrush
Wellman Boat Ramp- 2 immature Bald Eagles
Visitor Center- 2 Bluebirds, 3 Purple Finches (1 male, 2 female)

Best birds were at Spring Valley & Roxana New Burlington Gravel Pit:
Roxana gravel pit- Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Ducks

Spring Valley- Virginia Rail (vocalizing at the spring at back end of lake), 2 Swamp Sparrows (same area), flyover of 1700 Geese mostly Canadas but 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED, & 2 CACKLING picked out, 1 Tundra Swan led the whole group; 10 mins later flocks of the ducks I just saw on the gravel pit came overhead obviously displaced by the geese

Went back to the gravel pit again after Spring Valley and found the large flock of Canada Geese along with the White-fronted & Cackling Geese and the Tundra Swan

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Location: Whitewater Twp Sr Center, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

3:15 PM Two Common Merganser continue (thanks Frank!) along with 30+ Redhead, a male Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Duck Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, two Hooded Merganser, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, and a Great Blue Heron.

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Location: Elizabethtown Bridge, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

3:45 PM 50+ Common Goldeneye with good male & female candidate for BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. Female candidate had all-yellow bill and seemed to have a steep forehead. She was actively associating with other goldeneyes. Male was largely alone, and seemed to be a first-winter bird. Facial patch was subdued, small, but forehead seemed steep. There were moderately extensive white areas on his side, flank, and shoulder completely surrounded by black. Both sexes showed broken and reduced areas of white on wings (a few flaps and extensions) vs. their Common Goldeneye counterparts.

These birds were seen in the large gravel pit just northwest of the bridge. There were a number of other birds including Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Redhead, Bufflehead, Mallard, Gadwall, and American Coots. Across the road, and way out in the field, there were several hundred Canada Geese and 6 Tundra Swans.

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: MV Audubon walk participants

Mute Swan, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Pine Siskin, House Sparrow

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Location: Miami Woods/Milford
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders: Laura Watkins

Just sighted a Wild Turkey across the lake! I've seen many in the past out in fields, but never here. Are they considered in the Bird Counts?

Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Location: Hueston woods
Reporter: James Hart
Other Birders: rachel Ritze (hart)

Pileated woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Tufted titmouse
Dark eyed juncos
Cardinals
Robins
White breasted nuthatches
European starlings
Canada Goose

And also as we were leaving thepark i saw a large bird in the tree above so i
stopped the car and we were right under
it at this point.. It was mostly all white from where we could see it underneath.it took off in flight almost immediately after we got under it. It looked fatter than a regular hawk and different in general. So afterards we kinda thought it could have been a snowy owl but we were not 100% sure

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: Fernald Overlook
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

I saw harriers at long range and red tailed hawks. All the ponds were frozen and I didn't see any waterfowl. I returned home to find a red shouldered hawk in a tree above my house.

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: Grand Valley, Roundbottom rd., St Rose
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

I birded a couple of spots today. Highlights are listed here: Grand Valley - Green-winged Teal, C. Goldeneye, Am. Black Duck; Roundbottom Rd - Kestrel, Bald Eagle; St. Rose - 23 C. Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Sharp-shinned Hawk

Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Location: Covington/Cincinnati Ohio River
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A pair of Hooded Mergansers with a female Common Merganser, on the Covington side of the mouth of the Licking. 60 Ring-bllied Gulls on Cincinnati's public landing.

Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Location: lost bridge pit,fernald,senior center
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:


at lost bridge on gravel pit 12 common goldeneye,3 bufflehead, at fernald light morph juvenile rough-legged hawk, at pit behind whitewater senior center 2 common mergansers. all the pits had lots of Canada geese.

Date: Friday, January 9, 2015
Location: No sighting
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Karen Glover: See the Message Board for a discussion of herons vs cranes. Click the link in the left hand column of this page.

Date: Thursday, January 8, 2015
Location: price hill cincinnati
Reporter: karen glover
Other Birders:

Yesterday I posted a sighting in Price Hill of Blue Heron, my son thinks it was a Sand Hill Crane. Anyone else see either one of these birds in Cincinnati area?

Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Location: Old St. Joseph Cemetery, West Price Hill
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Sat in my car for nearly half an hour watching a male Merlin eating a small bird. After he ate most of the bird, he got to the legs. He was trying to swallow a leg whole, starting at the thigh. It would get as far as the foot sticking out of the Merlin's bill, but no farther. He would gag a bit, reach up with his talons and pull the leg out, then repeat the process. Swallow, gag, pull - over and over again. Finally, he gave up and dropped it. Before he could finish his meal, a group of crows joined him on his tree and started swooping at him. He ignored their antics for a while, then eventually took his leftovers and flew off. Fascinating stuff.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: price hill cincinnati
Reporter: karen glover
Other Birders:

I think it was a blue heron.

Trip List:

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach and tailwaters area
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

The Bald Eagle pair was on the East Fork State Park south beach eating on a waterfowl carcass when I arrived this evening before dark. As I was watching them, a woman who was walking her dog let it off its leash right in front of me. The dog ran down toward the eagles. One eagle let out a scream before they took off. https://flic.kr/p/qqH5dR

Also had a Merlin on top of the hill at the tailwaters area. The Great-horned Owl pair appeared before dark on top of the hill as well. They hooted and attempted courting as we watched from the parking lot before you get to the picnic shelter lot. A Cooper's Hawk flew in and dived one of the owls which caused the merlin and GHO to take flight out of sight. I can't ever remember seeing two GHOs, a Merlin and a Coop at the same time ever. Pretty cool series of events.

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Location: Hamilton, Butler County, Great Miami River
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Today around noon there was a Cackling Goose just upstream of the High Street Bridge. It was with numerous Canada Geese and one large mostly white domestic goose. The river is up and many of the geese were feeding among recently and currently flooded weedy edges. Two adult Bald Eagles were near the Columbia Bridge. No Peregrine seen downtown today. Few gulls, all ring-bills.

Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Location: Caesar creek nature center feeders
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

2 PURPLE FINCHES visiting about every 5-10 minutes

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Location: ~1000 Malone Rd, West Union; Adams County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

The Loggerhead Shrike was present today, about noon, but was a bit tricky to find. It was tucked into a large cedar tree along the ridge line, behind the cattle, presumably because of the wind and cold. I almost missed it because I thought it was the mockingbird at first. Also, there are examples of the grubs it has been feeding on impaled, in the typical shrike fashion, onto barbs of the fence. I have photos; if anyone thinks they can ID the grubs, let me know and I can send them to you.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: between Armleder and Ohio River
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: Mike Sweeney

Two Bald Eagle nests between Armleder and Ohio River.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: between Armleder and Ohio River
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: Mike Sweeney

Two Bald Eagle nests between Armleder and Ohio River.

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015
Location: between Armleder and Ohio River
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: Mike Sweeney

Two Bald Eagle nests between Armleder and Ohio River.

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Location: south of Beechmont Little Miami
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Following the river's edge from Kellogg to Beechmont on the airport side, about 1/2 way to Beechmont, I encountered 2 immature Bald Eagles hanging together in a tree along the river about 50 yards from 2 adult Bald Eagles in trees on the same side of the river.

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Dad

Red Headed woodpeckers can been seen when on the main dike that you can see from the beach. When on the dike, Set up a scope and search the dead trees in the cove behind the tower in the water. It only took me about 15 seconds of scanning to find them flying around.

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Bill Hull

Flyover of 46 snow geese, headed west.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Kevin & Tim Rogers
Other Birders: none

3:45 PM--Clough Creek by corner of Stanley/Petri (residential area), spotted GBH walking out of under-street tunnel in creek before it quickly flew off about 100 yrds.

Date: Friday, January 2, 2015
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Kevin & Tim Rogers
Other Birders: none

3:45 PM--Clough Creek by corner of Stanley/Petri (residential area), spotted GBH walking out of under-street tunnel in creek before it quickly flew off about 100 yrds.

Date: Friday, January 2, 2015
Location: various w. Hamilton county sites
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

Highlights only:

Fernald Preserve - Greater White-fronted Goose seen in flight with a dozen Canada Geese.

Miami-whitewater Forest - 2 Barred Owls found and photographed.

Miami-whitewater Wetlands - 21 American Tree Sparrows in cattails adjacent to Baughman Rd. parking lot.

Old St. Joseph Cemetery - female MERLIN found atop a conifer. Harassed by crows, after it flew I was unable to relocate it.

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Location: Clermont County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Started the New Year with 41 species seen during 10 hours in the field on my annual Clermont County Medium-sized Day (I don't do Big Days). Best birds included 2 Bald Eagles - an immature along the Ohio River near the mouth of the Bullskin and an adult seen from the dam at East Fork - Buffleheads on the Ohio and Common Goldeneyes flying over the tail water area of East Fork (I was able to hear the wing whistling, which was fascinating); American Tree Sparrows at Crooked Run, and Pine Siskin at a private residence.

Date: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Location: Highland Stone Quarry
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie

Very good morning at the Quarry. Lots of Geese including Greater White-fronted, Snow and Cackling. A group of Sandhill Cranes and a flock of 30 Meadowlarks. The whole list can be found here. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21115383
Many ducks could not be identified because of distance, waves and heat rising from the water.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Location: Great Miami River near Stewart Bridge
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

For the January listers that want to get a jump on 2 "good" birds. Great Black-backed Gull and Ross's Goose viewed from Veterans Park this afternoon. Red-necked Grebe at Eastwood, too. Images at http://www.flickr.com/nsxbirder

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Armleder Park section of the Cincinnati CBC
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: David Carr, Kirk Westendorf and Russ from Maryland

The highlights of our section were a Cackling Goose, 2 American Widgeons and a Green-winged Teal in the bean field. Got good photos of the Cackling Goose next to Canada Geese and Mallards.
Had not one, not two but three Bald Eagles. We had two adults and one immature. One of the adults was seen flying down river carrying sticks. Looks like there maybe a nest south of the Beechmont Levee bridge.
Also had a Merlin perched in an Alder tree in soccer fields across from the dog park. We found another paler Merlin across the river near rte 32. Also had American Kestrel, Red- tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier and Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Had at least 4 GHO, Two were calling early and late in the day below the large mound of dirt at the north end of the park. Also at dusk there were two calling near the bean field and at dark two were calling at the canoe landing. Two SEO emerged at dusk and headed south to Lunken, Also had one Eastern Meadowlark and one Savannah Sparrow.
Had a flock of 20+ Horned Larks feeding on a gravel road between the Anderson Township soccer fields and the driving range on rte 32. And finally at Bass Island we found one Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Location: Whitewater and Brookville Lakes, IN
Reporter: David Carr
Other Birders: None

I saw two Long-tailed Ducks on Brookville Lake from the Fairfield Causeway. There were also 1200 noisy Sandhill Cranes on the mudflats north of the Dunlapsville Causeway (probably best viewed from Whitewater Memorial State Park). Other waterfowl included Canada Geese, Mute Swans, Gadwall, American Black Ducks, Mallards, a Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneyes, Hooded Mergansers, a Red-breasted Merganser, and Ruddy Ducks. Other birds of interest included Horned and Pied-billed Grebe, 5 Bald Eagles, American Coots, and Bonaparte's Gulls.

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Location: Jackpot Pond, Oxbow
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

Pretty sure there was a dark morph Snow Goose on Jackpot pond today, although I did not see it until I was looking at images on the computer this evening. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nsxbirder/15965937989/

Date: Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Location: Fernald Lodge Pond
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders: Morgan Button

5 Tundra swans are still on the Lodge pond.

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count Circle
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Cincinnati CBC Participants

Since my posting of just a couple of hours ago, the Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count total species number has increased by another two species, from 87 to 89. It turns out that the Condominium pond that held the Common Goldeneye also held a number of other species of waterfowl including two Lesser Scaup. Another feeder watcher has reported 6 Common Grackles. These two late additions bring our count total to 89 total species. There are still a few feeder watchers unaccounted for, so there is a slim chance the total number could still increase. Count week also continues through Wednesday December 31.

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: NAS Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: 118 Participants

On Sunday, December 28th, the 68th Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count was conducted. What follows are the results from the field portion of the count only and does not include the results from feeder watchers which will hopefully be totaled in the next few days. While feeder numbers will certainly increase the numbers of several common species, it is possible that we could still add a species are two by the time all the feeders’ results are in.

For the most part, overnight rain had ended before we took to the field in the AM. Temperatures ranging from 35 to 40 degrees, 4 mph wind, cloudy skies and a dry day provided decent Christmas count weather. We had a very good turnout of 118 participants, 110 in the field and 8 at feeders. We only managed to find 87 species which was down from last year’s 93 (and our 3rd highest) and also down from our ten year average of 90 species. Our all time high is 95 species set in 2012. Those of you who attended the tally will note that our standing total of 87 species is one more than the 86 we ended the tally with. This was because one of our feeder counters reported 2 Common Goldeneye seen on a Condominium pond after the tally concluded.

Our highlights included 16 species of waterfowl (anatidae) including a Cackling Goose. Other good finds included; 15 Northern Bobwhite, 2 Common Loons, 10 Bald Eagles, 2 Peregrine Falcons, 3 Merlin’s, 6 Herring Gulls, 2 Short-eared Owls, 10 Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Phoebe, 4 Chipping Sparrows, 6 Purple Finches and 3 Pine Siskins.

The total list (87 species as it stands):
Cackling Goose 1, Canada Goose 1359, Wood Duck 7, Gadwall 27, American Wigeon 25, American Black Duck 13, Mallard 593, Northern Shoveler 21, Northern Pintail 1, Green-winged Teal 1, Redhead 14, Ring-necked Duck 23, Bufflehead 22, Common Goldeneye 2, Hooded Merganser 123, Ruddy Duck 3, Wild Turkey 4, Northern Bobwhite 15, Common Loon 2* (tied count high), Pied-billed Grebe 12, Great Blue Heron 14, Black Vulture 63, Turkey Vulture 6, Bald Eagle 10*(count high), Northern Harrier 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 4, Cooper’s Hawk 22, Red-shouldered Hawk 31, Red-tailed Hawk 55, buteo species 2, American Kestrel 7, Merlin 3* (count high), Peregrine Falcon 2, American Coot 98, Ring-billed Gull 12, Herring Gull 6, Rock Pigeon 751, Mourning Dove 690, Eastern Screech-Owl 5, Great Horned Owl 12, Barred Owl 3, Short-eared Owl 2, Belted Kingfisher 22, Red-headed Woodpecker 10, Red-bellied Woodpecker 322, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 19, Downy Woodpecker 341, Hairy Woodpecker 58, Northern Flicker 112, Pileated Woodpecker 48, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 552, American Crow 810, Horned Lark 32, Carolina Chickadee 1418, Tufted Titmouse 615, White-breasted Nuthatch 215, Brown Creeper 17, Carolina Wren 367, Winter Wren 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 15, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5, Eastern Bluebird 90, Hermit Thrush 4, American Robin 5176, Northern Mockingbird 110, European Starling 42036, Cedar Waxwing 31, Yellow-rumped Warbler 65, Eastern Towhee 105, American Tree Sparrow 240, Chipping Sparrow 4, Field Sparrow 81, Savannah Sparrow 1, Fox Sparrow 8, Song Sparrow 535, Swamp Sparrow 32, White-throated Sparrow 690, White-crowned Sparrow 124, Dark-eyed Junco 415, Northern Cardinal 1550, Red-winged Blackbird 130, Eastern Meadowlark 9, Purple Finch 6, House Finch 473, Pine Siskin 3, American Goldfinch 412, House Sparrow 877.

Notable misses: Mute Swan (6 of last 8), Canvasback (9 of last 10), Lesser Scaup (8 of last 10), Greater Scaup (5 of last 7), Killdeer (65 of prior 67), Red-breasted Nuthatch (59 of 67), Brown Thrasher (6 of last 10), Rusty Blackbird (last 5 years), Common Grackle (59 of prior 67), Brown-headed Cowbird (54 of prior 67).

Thanks to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of this count.

Date: Monday, December 29, 2014
Location: adams co.
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

loggerhead shrike seen at
12pm day . see ned keller's report from yesterday for location.

Date: Monday, December 29, 2014
Location: Whitewater State Park Ramp
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders:

CORRECTION: False alarm on the Whooping Crane-it turned out to be a leucistic sandhill crane. Sorry for any confusion.

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Whitewater State Park boat ramp, Liberty, IN/ Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders: Greg Ossege

Thousands of sandhill cranes to the left of the boat ramp on the mud flats, until about 10 am, when most had left, except for about 50. There was one whooping crane that left with the others. Blurry picture at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lickingriverpictures/15945134139/

Hopefully it just went into the surrounding fields to feed, so others may be able to get a look if it returns. We did see small groups of sandhills feeding in surrounding fields as we left.

The five tundra swans remain at Lodge Pond. Thanks to others for posting!

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Adams County Loggerhead Shrike
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

The Loggerhead Shrike was apparently first found on the Adams County CBC on December 14. It has been seen since by several other Adams County residents, none of whom regularly post birds on the internet. It was still in the same spot at 12:30 today, so there’s a good chance it will stick around.

From West Union, go east on Ohio 125 about two miles, and turn right onto Poplar Ridge. At the T intersection, go left, staying on Poplar Ridge. At the next T, turn left again onto Malone, and keep going left to stay with Malone. Just after you pass under some transmission lines, there is an abandoned house on your left. The bird has been on the wires and the manure pile just past the house. There is no actual address here, but 1000 Malone, West Union in your GPS will get you there. Although the house is abandoned, the fields are part of a farm, so stay on the road.

Two Northern Mockingbirds were also present for comparison. Northern was ruled out by the shorter bill, wider mask, and clear breast with no hint of streaking.

Note to self: charge your camera battery before chasing a rare bird.

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Ferald Lodge Pond
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders: Morgan Button

At noon, 5 Tundra Swans flew from one of the back ponds and landed on the Lodge Pond. We watched them for about a half hour. They were swimmings and feeding when we left. About 6 or 7 Canadian geese flew over and were heading west. There were also mallards, Ring-necked ducks, American Wigeons, Gadwalls, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, Green-wing Teals, Buffleheads, and Canvasbacks on the pond.

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: East of West Union
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

Loggerhead Shrike at ~1000 Malone, past abandoned house on the left. Details later.

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

Highlights:
35-40 Hooded Merganser on the lake

Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Location: Lebanon Back Yard
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Two great horned owls were hooting at each other in the woods behind my house at 3:30 this morning.

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: Jeff Gandert
Other Birders: Jenny Gandert

Not a lot bird activity, 3 mallards, a number of swamp and song sparrows, a wad of robins and a very nice fly over by a Rough Legged Hawk that made the day.

Date: Saturday, December 27, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: None

(5) Tundra Swans, no doubt the same birds that Frank Frick had at Lost Bridge a few days ago. Other waterfowl present included: Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, American Wigeon, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, Canvasback

Date: Friday, December 26, 2014
Location: Covedale yard
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders: Emily Brinkman, Bridget Brinkman

6:41 p.m.
Pair of Great Horned Owls calling as we were getting into the van to go out to dinner.

Date: Friday, December 26, 2014
Location: Fernald Nature Preserve
Reporter: David Carr
Other Birders: none

At about 11:15 Friday morning (12/26) I had a Greater White-fronted Goose at Fernald. Unfortunately it flushed with a bunch of Canadas and Mallards and settled out of sight to the east of the visitor center. A couple of hours later I ran into a small group of birders in a minivan with NC tags who had also seen the bird that morning.

Date: Friday, December 26, 2014
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: None

Today at about noon I observed one Red-necked grebe among several coots. Also present were two Ruddy ducks.

Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Location: lost bridge water on right side
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

five tundra swans, three adults, two imm.

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Location: Western Hamilton County CBC
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: 43 observers

It was a slow day, despite good weather. We found 84 species, which is several below our average in recent years. We did well with waterfowl, finding 16 species, including record numbers of Gadwall (211), Green-winged Teal (66) and Redhead (11), plus a single Lesser Scaup, which hasn't been seen for at least five years.

We also found two Peregrine Falcons, which resulted in one Starling being subtracted from the count. But we missed Merlin for the first time in several years.

Passerines were down, as we missed Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Purple Finch, and Common Grackle. Numbers of most other species were also down.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Fernald, Lost Bridge, Oxbow
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Fernald - 1 Snow Goose hanging out with the Canada Geese

Oxbow - 6-8 Bald Eagles flying over the back field behind Channel Lake. I saw 6 at one time, but I saw others earlier in the day that could have been different eagles. I also had a large flock of Northern Pintails. I'd estimate 30-40. It is the most I've ever seen at 1 time!

Lost Bridge - I pretty much heard gun fire everywhere all day. I'm assuming its hunters. Anyway, Lost Bridge was most likely desolate because of the presence of hunters. However, there were 5 swans (either tundra or trumpeter) present on the other end of the gravel pit.

Trip List:

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Rachel ritze
Other Birders: James Hart



Trip List: Cackling Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, American Crow, Chipping Sparrow

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Location: Kellogg Soccer fields
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

There is a large white domestic goose hanging out with the Canada Geese at the Kellogg Soccer fields. I saw it a couple weeks ago right before the Snow Geese showed up in Newtown. When I looked at it through the binoculars you can see it is bigger than the Canada Geese.
I drove by the soccer fields today and it is back.

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Details on the "Common Eider" are needed in order for this to be a credible report. Photos and a re-sighting are needed. This would be an incredible find

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Location: East Fork River and Lake
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

1 Adult Bald Eagle on the river below the dam, the 2 usual Loons, 2 adult female Common Eiders in an eastern backwater of the lake - thought I was seeing things at first, but got very clear ID.
A Bald Eagle nest that replaced the nest blown-down 2 yrs ago, which had 2 yrs of fledges. The new nest is about 100 yards up the hill from the old one near a hiking trail.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Armaleder
Reporter: Dave Ackerman
Other Birders:

Quick walk around the north field and the bean field and river. There is an active beaver bank den just south of the overlook. Hard to see unless your down along the bank. Nice raptors today.

Trip List: Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Northern Harrier, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

3:45 PM While checking out the 150+ canadas, 50+ mallards, 2 black ducks a mature Bald Eagle did a half-hearted rush on the ducks and put them to flight. He did not pursue but headed down the LMR. A few minutes later about 12 geese took flight. 4 of the 12 were about half size. Definitely geese. They broke off and flew east. Cackling geese? Could not get any points to go on except extraordinary small size. All at the beanfield.

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Location: Northside
Reporter: Susan Deister
Other Birders:

Lone red shouldered hawk sitting on the backyard fence--at one point he flew down about 5 ft from the open back door, very un-phased as I took pictures. This is the third time this week, and much surprised he's not going after feeder birds, but instead was going after worms.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: West union
Reporter: Dave Ackerman
Other Birders:

Very large white bird perched in a red cedar about 250 yards from the road on the south side of 125 about a half mile east of West union. My first thought was a snowy but I dismissed it thinking it was too far south and there hadn't been any sightings that I had heard of South of Cleveland so far this year but after reading reports of a snowy in Fairfield I would say it's better than 50/50.

Trip List: Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

The Great Parks Winter Bird Count was today. Found a total of 40 species at Armleder.
Great Blue Heron 3, Canada Geese 181, Mallard 103, Black Duck 9, Pintail 1m, Cooper's Hawk 3, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Northern Harrier 2, American Kestrel 1, unidentified Falcon 1,Short-eared Owl 1, Belted kingfisher 2, Common Flicker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 17, Red-bellied Woodpecker 9,Horned Lark 2,Blue Jay 2, Common Crow 111, C, Chickadee 25, Tufted Titmouse 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 5, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 16, Mockingbird 1, American Robin 98, Eastern Bluebird 8, Cedar Waxwing 6, Starling 64, Yellow-rumped Warbler 15, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Cardinal 23, House Finch 71, American Goldfinch 61, Eastern Towhee 2. Tree Sparrow 18, White-crowned Sparrow 33, White- throated Sparrow 9, Swamp Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 25.
Misses were Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Rock Dove, Fox Sparrow, Snow Goose, Savannah Sparrow and Eastern Meadowlark. Saw Snow Goose, Fox Sparrow , Rock Dove and Mourning Dove last Sunday. I am afraid that the habitat may no longer hold Eastern Meadowlarks and Savannah Sparrows in the winter. No Killdeer were found in any of the parks this year,
The hybrid goose was mixed in with the Canada Geese, It looks like a Greater White-fronted Goose with a pale breast, black neck, round white head with a streak above the eye and a pink bill. Looks to be slightly smaller than the Canada Geese but a little stockier.
The were 2 Northern Harriers, One was an immature that made a brief appearance the other was a female and she spent time perched low in a tree next to the North mowed path.
No sighting of the LEO. It was not at its original spot on the South side of the bike path near the overlook, but I was told today that it has been seen at least once this week in the South end between the dog park and the Duck Creek bridge.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Whtewater Memorial State Park IN
Reporter: Fannie Courtier
Other Birders: Roger Courtier

Hundreds of sandhill cranes in corn fields just south of Whitewater Memorial Park off 101 on Meyer Road 3:00 pm. Cranes fly back to mud flats in State Park at around 4:30PM. Also saw a barred owl fly across the road in the park.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Bill Hutchison
Other Birders:

Other highlights, Kestrel and a Merlin.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Bill Hutchison
Other Birders:

Started the day on Seward looking for the snowy owl - was not able to locate the owl. Continued on to the lost bridge. Saw the typical birds (belted kingfisher, white throated and white crowned sparrows, Eastern Robins, Cardinals, Dark-eyed Juncos, small group of mallards and Canada geese) - The highlights for the trip - Two lesser scaups and two Greater white-fronted Geese (on the water, East side of bridge, up river). The greater white-fronted geese were easy to identify - white vertical stripe on the face and dark bars present.

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Seward Rd
Reporter: Jenny Gandert
Other Birders: Jeff Gandert (brother)

Two Sandhill Cranes in the corn field, just off of Tylersville. That helped make up for not locating the snowy owl!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gandert/15827071567/in/photostream/lightbox/

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Location: Fairfield
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders: Samantha

We were unable to relocate the Snowy Owl despite searching several nearby locations. We first walked towards Ellis Lake from the parking area off do Seward Rd. where we had a Savannah Sparrow and not much else notable. We stopped briefly at a congregation of cars on Seward, where no one had seen the owl apparently, then went on to Southport Rd. in the adjacent subdivision where there's access to the neighborhood walking trail and excellent views of the fields where the owl was reported. We had a Longspur rattle here, and a Kestrel and Great Blue were hunting the ditch, but still no owl. Our final stop was brief at Gilmore Ponds and then a quick scan of the airport from E Airport Rd, where you can see most of the runway fields.

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Seward Road, Fairfield Township
Reporter: Virginia Wilson
Other Birders: a whole lot of folks

SNOWY OWL still present!!! Thanks for posting!

Around 4:30 it was in the large wide open field south just south of Tylersville on the east side of the road. It was a fairly long distance away and without a bunch of birders looking, it would have been nearly impossible to locate. It gave us a couple of shows of flight as the daylight was quickly fading. After the sun had set it flew further south and landed near the top of a sycamore tree (where there is a grouping of 3 sycamores).

The roosting location in the sycamore tree was behind the first house (farm & house) on the left, if coming south on Seward past Tylersville (beyond the large field.) Approx 6:15 p.m.

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Crooked Run NP, Chilo, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

1 female Black Scoter on river between the wooden overlook and the residence. It was close to the shore.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/53481458@N00/16008109065/

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Seward Road, Fairfield Township
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

SNOWY OWl was still present as of 3:45 PM, it's likely to spend the night.

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Fairfield
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders: SNOWY OWL

Still present in given location

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Fairfield
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders: SNOWY OWL UPDATES

Updates on the snowy owl would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Date: Friday, December 12, 2014
Location: Seward Road, Fairfield Township
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There is a SNOWY OWL in a cornfield on Seward road near the intersection with Tylersville road in Butler County. It was in the eastern field behind one of the houses (Google maps coordinates: 39.35514,-84.485382).

I managed to get a fuzzy picture of it from the road: https://www.flickr.com/photos/acryptozoo/15382921344/

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Taylor Creek and Miamitown, Ohio
Reporter: Joan Redd
Other Birders:

Huge flocks of starlings feeding on pear and other ornamental fruit trees and flocking and swirling in huge formations up and down the Great Miami and Taylor Creek valleys, leaving a large amount of "fruit bombs" in their wake.

Trip List: European Starling hundreds

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Location: Brookville & Ewing Bottoms
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

Several thousand Sandhill Cranes on the Treaty Line Rd. mudflat at Brookville Lake Dec. 8, and even more at Ewing Bottoms today. Link to a video on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nsxbirder/15375451343/

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Location: St Joseph Cemetery (old) West Price Hill
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Merlin (female) Old St Joseph Cemetery 3:15pm

Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Location: East Fork Lake - South Beach
Reporter: John Botz
Other Birders:

Snow Bunting still present at 8:00 this morning. Same general location as previous post.

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

One lonesome Snow Bunting this afternoon on the south beach at East Fork SP. Flushed originally from the base of the leftmost (west) algae sign, flew to the rocks on west beach, and then back to the base of the sign.

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Location: Great Cincinnati
Reporter: Erica Lynne
Other Birders:

As noted on the ebird website - Long-eared Owls are considered a sensitive species that is particularly vulnerable to human disturbance in their day roosts.

PLEASE do not post specific details about this sighting!

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006789-guidelines-for-reporting-sensitive-species

Thanks!!

Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Arrived at 10:00 a.m. just in time to see the waterfowl fly out of the bean field. Did see 3 Snow Geese fly N while the Canada Geese flew S. There were many flocks of Mallards flying around for the next two hours. There were 4 Black Ducks and one much smaller duck, teal or Bufflehead mixed in.
It was an okay raptor day with 4 Red-tailed Hawks, three soaring at one time. Two Cooper's Hawks hunting together and a male American Kestrel perched in trees near soccer fields.
Nice movement of Horned Larks with +40 flying over coming from the Sw and heading Ne. Most were in ones and twos but had a flocks of 15 and 12.
Had calling Eastern Bluebirds on both ends of the park.
Found a Brown Creeper, Pileated Woodpecker and +3 Yellow-rumped Warblers near the canoe launch.
Other highlights were +40 House Finches, Tree, White-crowned, White-throated, Swamp and Song Sparrows.
Unable to find the reported LEO found earlier in the day.
The Armleder winter bird count is next Saturday. Can always use help. Go to greatparks.org to register

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: New Richmond feeders.....
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

I have had one lone Pine Siskin for a few weeks now....

It turned into 3 a few days ago....

Those 3 turned into about 30-35 yesterday.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

1:30 PM. 150+ canadas, 100+ mallards (I'm sure that there were probably some other dabblers mixed in but light horrible) and 4 snow geese.

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders: Frank Frick and several others

125 Sandhill Cranes
4 Ross's Geese
5 Greater white-fronted Geese
3 Snow Geese
400 Canada Geese
3 Bald Eagles
Many common duck in the sky pools.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

Here's a link to a picture of the Sandhill Cranes I saw at Fernald.

http://paulmiles.smugmug.com/Waterfowl-Shore-Birds/i-DQkjFfJ/0/X2/Sandhill%20Crane%20in%20Flight%20Fernald%2020141203%204-X2.jpg

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

At 4:45pm,
- 4 Ross's Goose still present in the rear pond with the Canada.
- At least 160 Sandhill Crane between edge of rear pond and as far as the fog would let me see into the field behind in. Groups of 5-10 were pretty steadily coming in adding to it.
- Could not find Greater White-fronted Goose, but that doesn't mean they weren't tucked into the foggy field somewhere.

There are some ducks in that back pond, but it's so foggy I couldn't make much out.

I also had an interesting gull hanging with the Ring-billed Gull on a mud flat in the closest pond. I saw it last weekend, and I need to try to come back to get a picture. Similar size to Ring-billed, but back is noticeably darker.

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Sugartree Residence
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

Ginny related to me that our neighbors have admitted to releasing the Northern Bobwhites (unknown origin) previously reported by me. Sorry for the mis-info.

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Sharps Cutoff Clermont County
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Steve Foreman, Dave Hatfield

7 Sandhill Cranes in a corn field on Sharps Cutoff off of Rt 276 in Clermont County. If your coming from 276 go up Sharps Cutoff, through the sharp curves and watch the corn fields a ways up on the right. They are way out in the field.

Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders: Paul Krusling

As of 10:30 this morning the Ross's geese first found by Frank Frick were in the distant skypool with the Canada Geese.

Paul and I also located 5 Greater White-fronted Geese in the distant corn stubble with 140 Sandhill Cranes.
Note that the GWF Geese cannot be seen from Lawrenceburg road. We saw them by entering the first gravel road past Lawrenceburg road off of Route 50 and crossing the train tracks. A good scope is required to see these birds. It is possible that there are more than 5. They were mixed in with the Cranes.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

I saw a good size flock of sandhill cranes flying in circles high in the air. There were also red tailed hawks, kestrels, and a great blue heron. Lodge pond had some scaup.

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Location: Sugartree Residence
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders: Photographs

I've been here 8 years, and tonight there are three Northern Bobwhite under the feeder...way cool!

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge area pit on west side of road
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders: Andy Bess

4 Ross's Geese mixed in with Canada Geese, 11 Pintail,about 100 Sandhill cranes. Geese were still there at 1:30.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: Eastfork Park Beach and Dam
Reporter: Fannie Courtier
Other Birders:

100 ring bill gulls, one herring gull, three common loons at the beach. 200 coots at the dam.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: fernald and voa
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Fernald(Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, Ring-Billed Ducks, Mallards and a flyover of Sandhill Cranes) At VOA( Red-Tailed Hawks hunting the fields and Horned Larks feeding along the roadsides) pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

3:45-4:45 PM. Super day at the beanfield. 150+canadas, 1 greater white fronted goose mixed in, 50+ mallards, 2 black ducks, 3 bufflehead, 2 N.pintail, 9 turkeys (running across the far side, 2 gb herons, and 1 harrier on way out. The white fronted I checked in all my books to make sure not a blue or some mixture. All the visible signs points to the gwf. Not one I was expecting, ever at that spot.

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: Clermont Co. Backyard near river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard

Veritable fall out of over 30 pine siskins at our back feeder!

Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Location: Felicity
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Chipping Sparrow at my backyard feeder this morning

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Location: armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

Revision to my post earlier. Swans (presume tundra) not sandhills. I knew better, just not thinking when typing. Age related.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Location: Grand Valley Preserve (Camp Dennison)
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

Thank you Bill for earlier post of swans. At 4 PM there were 6 adult and 1 immature Trumpeter Swans on the lake. Photos and video at: http://www.flickr.com/nsxbirder
A park ranger told me they had flown in earlier today.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

4-5PM. While counting 100+ canadas, 48 mallards, 6 black ducks, and 2 pileated wp, a skein of approximately 60 sandhills headed SSE flew right over the bean field.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Location: Armleder, 4:00-5:00 PM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

A vee of about 75 very vocal tundra swans flew out of the fog and down the Little Miami. Also, about 200 Canada geese, 200 mallards, and 15 black ducks in the bean field.

Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Location: Grand Valley main lake
Reporter: Bill Creasey
Other Birders: Denise Strasser

I just received a call from a hiker at Grand Valley who saw 6 swans out in the lake. When she was hiking the same trial yesterday they were not there. No binoculars so she is not sure which species they are.

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Location: Lake Isabella Loveland, OH
Reporter: Fannie Courtier
Other Birders:

30 hooded mergansers, one female bufflehead, 3 coots, 15 canada geese, 1 kingfisher

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Location: Rapid Run and Covedale rds
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Merlin perched in a tree in a yard across from the New St. Joseph Cemetery, 5:15pm

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

~300 Canada Geese, ~200 Mallards, 3 Ring-billed Gulls, 5 American Black Ducks, 23 Sandhill Cranes

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Location: Newtown farm market field
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

2 Snow Geese, 182 Canada Geese

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Location: Newtown Farmers Market
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

There are now 2 Snow Geese and 18 Canada Geese.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Location: Home, Oxford
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Around the house today were several each of Purple Finches, Rusty Blackbirds and Fox Sparrows.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Location: Home, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

3 Snow Geese just flew south over the house.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Location: Fernald/Shawnee/Oxbox
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders: julie morris

Fernald--sad, but one of the mute swans is apparently dead, floating, head submerged, neck twisted. No one to report it to, as the visitors center was closed.

Shawnee-Merlin, just past golf course parking lot perched, then flew away from the road.
Oxbow-one mature and two immature bald eagles..one of the immatures had quite substantial "golden" coloration, but I am not experienced with immature golden eagles, so I assume it's bald..

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders: Morgan Button

Around 9:30 this morning, there were 24 Sandhill Cranes and 3 immature Bald Eagles. The eagles were flying around above the cranes. One by one, the eagles landed on the beach area and the cranes all went into the water. The eagles stayed for about 10 minutes and then flew off. I was amazed at the wing-span of the eagles.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Location: Newton Farmers
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Rising

Snow Goose was also seen at 11:15. Actively foraging; I wouldn't be surprised if he stuck around. Also there was a domestic x Canada goose hybrid present among many Canada Geese.

Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Location: Newtown Farm Market
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

Snow Goose still present at 10:45am.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Location: Covedale and Rapid Run backyard
Reporter: susan babey
Other Birders:

3:00am Great-Horned Owl woke me up and stayed about 20 mins on tall tree right above house. What a lovely Thanksgiving treat!

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Location: Indian Hill
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

While working outside cleaning up down trees from Monday's winds, a flock of 70 Sandhill Cranes flew over at 3:00 p.m They came from the NW and were heading towards Mariemont and the Little Miami River.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Location: Newtown Farmers Market
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders: Not my sighting

Two family members have reported they saw the continuing Snow Goose in the fields next to the market. Most recently from mid morning today.

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Location: Edit
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Due not do* . I really should be able to edit my posts

Date: Friday, November 28, 2014
Location: Pond across the street from Jewish Hospital- Galbraith Road
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Rising

Driving by this pond I thought I had a brant swimming. Walked back from my house with my camera, and it turns out it was a Muscovy Duck. It was mostly black, but had some white feathers speckling it's body. Also, it let me get close enough that I could give it a high five. Pictures below. I suspect it's a juvenile do to the lack of large "bubbles" on his face.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/114145514@N02/15712909408/

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Lake Isabella, Loveland, OH
Reporter: Fannie Courtier
Other Birders:

1 great blue heron, 40 hooded mergansers, 1 female bufflehead, 1 common goldeneye, 1 kingfisher, two mallards,

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge/ Oxbow/ Fernald
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

Highlights:
10 Sandhill Crane at Lost Bridge
50+ Bonaparte's Gull at Oxbow
1 Bufflehead at Fernald (Lodge Pond)

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake and Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Wellman boat ramp: An immature Bald Eagle flyover, 10-12 Eastern Bluebirds, 1 Red-throated Loon, Coots, Pie-billed Grebe, Coopers Hawk, Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull flyover, Ring-billed Gull, GBH, Pileated Woodpecker. North boat ramp: more Eastern Bluebirds, 5 Common Loons, 1 Red-throated Loon, Coots, Crows, lots of Bluejays, Killdeer. A large buck standing in the middle of the road near the spillway and American Kestrel.
Tuesday morning at Armleder: 4 Eastern Meadowlarks, Fox Sparrow, Purple Finch, White-crowned Sparrow

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Late Vesper Sparrow in agricultural field closest to casino.

Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Location: West Chester Ohio
Reporter: Jeff Sebastian
Other Birders:

Saw a Bald Eagle in a tree over looking a pond near the intersection of 747 and Port Union.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Location: Newton Farmer's Market
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There was a Snow Goose mixed in with the Canada Geese yesterday late afternoon.

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Location: Elmwood Dr., Edgewood, KY 41017
Reporter: Tim Guilfoile
Other Birders:

Female Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker

Date: Monday, November 24, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday from 10 am till around 12. FOS Dark-eyed Junco and Northern Harrier. Also: Eastern Bluebird 2 American Kestrels, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Ring-necked Duck, Coot,Mallard,Canada Geese,
GBH,Goldfinch, Red-winged Blackbird

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Farm field on lawrenceburg Road, cleves, close to little Miami river
Reporter: Lori Burkhart
Other Birders:

Flock of about 80 sandhill cranes.

Trip List:

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: American White Pelican at Eastwood Metropark and Ross's Geese at Mercer WA
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

A lone American White Pelican was at Eastwood Metropark near Dayton at around 9:00 am this morning. Around 12:30 pm there were 3 Ross’s Geese at the Mercer Wildlife Area near Grand Lake. They were with Canada Geese on the pond closest to the observation tower.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

There was a Merlin today at the settling ponds, hunting from the big sycamore across the road.When it flew out over the water, the male kestrel that hunts from the telephone wire there flew out to do battle and they had a brief but thrilling duel over the pond.

Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
Location: Oxbow and Lost Bridge
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders: Oxbow Field Trip - 15 Participants

Oxbow Field Trip, Sunday morning. Oxbow and Lost Bridge. Highlights at Lost Bridge were 2 Trumpeter Swans, 80 Sandhill Cranes (still there), 80 Bonaparte's Gull, Harrier. Highlights at Oxbow were Merlin, 3 Bald Eagles (immatures). Other birds of note were 15 Rusty Blackbirds, many White-crowned Sparrows along with a few Tree, Field, Song, and White-throated Sparrow, a Pileated WP drinking from the river bellow Lost Bridge. Some ducks - 25 Black, 1 Pintail, 1 Shoveler, 50 Mallards, and 6 Green-winged Teal.

Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: (5) CNC Bird Walk Participants

Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downey Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Pine Sisken, American Goldfinch

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

65 Sandhill Cranes seen from bridge on riverbank.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

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

Trip List:

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

Sandhill Cranes 10-Flying SW

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

Cowbirds.

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

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

3:30 PM FOS Harrier (f)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fox Sparrows 4!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the ground below my feeders, all present together:

White-throated Sparrow 9
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 dark phase Rough-legged Hawk.

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

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

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

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

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

One female Purple Finch at the feeder.

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