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Here are some recent bird sightings. If you've seen anything good lately, please Add It to the sightings log!
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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: Saturday, December 20, 2014
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: Saturday, December 20, 2014
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: Saturday, December 20, 2014
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: Saturday, December 20, 2014
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: Saturday, December 20, 2014
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 Rossís 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: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

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

Trip List:

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

Sandhill Cranes 10-Flying SW

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

Cowbirds.

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

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

3:30 PM FOS Harrier (f)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fox Sparrows 4!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On the ground below my feeders, all present together:

White-throated Sparrow 9
Fox Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 dark phase Rough-legged Hawk.

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

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

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

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

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

One female Purple Finch at the feeder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finally had a fox sparrow return to the yard!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOS fox sparrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Short-eared Owl over the wetlands at dusk.

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

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

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

FOS 1 Pine Siskin at feeder.

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

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

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

First of Fall. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

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

Cedar Waxwing 12, feeding on wild grapes

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

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

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

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

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

Northern Cardinal 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
---Mike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

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

Trip List: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sorry for the late post, just checked my Sibley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos at:

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

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

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

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

Merlin flying upriver about 1pm today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

List:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care.
---Mike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franklin's gulls, greater yellowlegs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not my sighting:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notables List:

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

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

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

First of season White-throated Sparrow this afternoon.

Older Sightings

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Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com