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

1 Franklin's Gull

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

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

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

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

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

Friday March 27 at East Fork:

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

Saturday March 28:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Purple Martins have returned.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 Vesper Sparrow (Lifer!)
4 Savannah Sparrow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ain't spring grand!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights Include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three pipits in the mowed area of the south field.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

This afternoon I joined Denis Conover, Paul Krusling, David Gresley (Director of Horticulture at Spring Grove), and two others on a walk through the undeveloped north end of Spring Grove Cemetery. This area is closed to the public, but I’d like to share an interesting sighting we had. It wasn’t a sighting of a bird, but perhaps the sign left by a rare one.

I think we may have found a Ruffed Grouse display log. There was a large fallen log in the open woods not far from Laboiteaux Woods. On top of the log and to the side was what I believe were grouse feces (think miniature goose poop). The feces were not fresh, but were from this spring. There were also multiple three-claw scratches on the top surface of the log. These scratches were the size of a grouse foot. Do grouse make these? I checked a lot of sources and the only reference I could find was on a forum for the Ruffed Grouse Society describing “claw marks” on display logs. I don’t claim that this is definitive evidence that there are Ruffed Grouse within Cincinnati city limits, but I thought there would be interest in the observation. This log looked similar to display logs I've seen where grouse are more common.

Ruffed Grouse are rare in these parts. The closest known significant Ohio population is in Adams County. There’s about 3,000 acres of continuous forest in this area and it makes you wonder. Laboiteaux Woods, Parker Woods, Buttercup Valley, and Mt. Airy are all within a stone’s throw…

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Location: Sharon Woods and Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Many Wood Ducks hanging around the sycamore trees at the bottom of the gorge trail. I was watching them, trying to find their nesting hole, then the female flew into a small hole on the side of the tree. This was at Sharon Woods. At Gilmore ponds I saw RN ducks, Northern Shovelers, Bufflehead, RT Hawk, Cooper's Hawk and on the way home found an American Kestrel. Pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake wetlands
Reporter: Maria Hamre
Other Birders:

Sorry this post is a week after my sighting on Sunday March 15. An adult bald eagle was perched in the trees along the bike path just west of the Firebird Lane cul de sac. This is the first time I've seen a bald eagle at this park.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: Kilby Road gravel pits and Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Bob Kopp
Other Birders: Donna Kopp

Miami Whitewater - saw four blue winged teals on the frog pond by Baughman Road and many Canadian Geese, coots and ring necks on the wetlands.

Kilby Road - Sixteen hooded mergansers, one great blue heron, numerous Canadian geese and some house swallows checking out the nesting boxes

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

First time ever experience, 1 Bar Headed Goose swimming alongside 2 Canada Geese. Did not know these could be seen in the area.
6 Bufflehead, 150-200 American Coot, 2 Herring Gulls, 8 Horned Grebe, 2 Killdeer, 5 Turkey Vultures, 1 Eastern Bluebird.

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: Ohio River - 4 Seasons Marina to Ripley OH
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Brainard Palmer-Ball

Brainard Palmer-Ball and I checked the Ohio River upstream from Cincinnati today in search of waterfowl and gulls. Highlights included 67 total White-winged Scoters (11 at 4 Seasons, 7 at Meldahl, 49 between Higginsport and Ripley in small flocks). Most of the other divers were seen in a flock at the mouth of White Oak Creek dominated by 215 Lesser Scaup. For the most part, scoter flocks were only viewable by pulling over on US 52. Location breakdowns in eBird, totals on the day:

12 Canada Goose
4 Wood Duck
1 American Black Duck
17 Mallard
6 Blue-winged Teal
15 Green-winged Teal
1 Canvasback
2 Redhead
42 Ring-necked Duck
20 Greater Scaup
281 Lesser Scaup
67 White-winged Scoter
1 Common Goldeneye
17 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Hooded Merganser
17 Ruddy Duck

1 Pied-billed Grebe
10 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Bald Eagle (2 on Brown Co. nest)
4 American Coot
106 Ring-billed Gull
15 Herring Gull (all at 4 seasons)

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: David Csokasy
Other Birders: none

While there were lots of waterfowl, I was after the "little" birds and saw my first of the season yellow rumped warbler and golden crowned kinglet. Let the warbler season begin> :-)

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake
Reporter: Steve Wheeler
Other Birders: Tracy Wheeler

Around 30 mallards, 4 American Coots, 6 Blue Winged Teals, 4 Wood Ducks (in trees to right of parking area), American Kestrel, around 10 Red Wing blackbirds, White Throated sparrow, Song sparrow, 2 Killdeers, a turkey vulture, a red tailed hawk, and several robins. There were more waterfowl in standing water far off in corn field but the wind was whipping my scope too much to identify the species.

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Location: Ross/128
Reporter: Gary Becker
Other Birders:

Driving south on 128 this morning around 9::15 just north of the high school passed a small field on the left side with about 15 or so turkeys with 6 or 7 males in full strut...stopped by Fernald and picked up a red tail hawk in a tree north of Lodge pond and a great blue Heron wading in Lodge pond with a small mix of ducks..

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Location: Felicity
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Heard at 6:45am today, American Woodcocks peenting in the wet scrub field across the road from my house in the Greater Felicity Metro area. First ones were heard on Sun night, March 15, 8:10pm. They might have arrived during the previous week, but I was in Florida then and Sunday was my first day back home. Spring peepers are calling, too.

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Location: Davis Road along the Little Miami River
Reporter: Dana Cornelisen
Other Birders:

8am had 1 Tundra swan foraging along the bank of the river.

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Location: Turpin Sod Farms
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Gale Wulker, Bill Hull, Josh Eastlake

In addition to the large, distant aythya flock that's been around here and Armleder for the last week or so, several new birds this evening included 25+ Bonaparte's Gulls, 4 Pectoral Sandpipers, and a Blue-winged Teal x Northern Shoveler hybrid. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bdwulker/16660801877/

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge, Kilby rd flooded fields
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

There is an amazing collection of waterbirds in the flooded fields of the lower Great Miami and Whitewater Rivers. From Lost Bridge, I estimated 1300 ducks consisting mostly of Lesser Scaup with good numbers of Redhead and Greater Scaup. Way in the back (approx. 1 mile) there was a flock of ducks estimated at around 1700, but could do little more than guess it probably contained Redhead and Canvasback. Once done at Lost Bridge, I drove down US 50 to one of the driveways to try and get a closer look at the larger duck flock. As I got out of my car, a Bald Eagle put up every single duck at that end of the flood allowing for great flight views of 1500 Redhead and about 150 Canvasback. The only other ducks I could pick out of this flock were 11 Common Goldeneye. They slowly started to land again and eventually settled in two flocks of 700-800 birds each still far away from the Lost Bridge vantage point. I also checked the flooded field at the corner of US 50 and Kilby rd, which had a nice dabbler mix. There was also a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls with a few Herring Gulls and 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (1st winter, 2nd winter) mixed in.

Totals from all locations (splits in eBird)

16 Canada Goose
6 Wood Duck
32 Gadwall
34 American Wigeon
155 Mallard
3 Blue-winged Teal
87 Northern Shoveler
55 Northern Pintail
78 Green-winged Teal
165 Canvasback
1650 Redhead
100 Ring-necked Duck
70 Greater Scaup
930 Lesser Scaup
19 Bufflehead
13 Common Goldeneye
4 Hooded Merganser
5 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Common Merganser - (Kilby gravel pits)
10 Ruddy Duck

3 Pied-billed Grebe
13+ Horned Grebe
5 Double-crested Cormorant
315 Ring-billed Gull
27 Herring Gull
2 Lesser Black-backed Gull (1st and 2nd winter)

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
Location: Miami Woods Millford
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

This morning, I sighted small birds swooping over the lake. Based on the habitat here, in the past I concluded they were Bank Swallows. Seems a bit early.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Location: Indian Lake
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At 10:00 am there was a calling Greater Yellowlegs at the Old Field Beach that then flew to the south to some rip rap along the shore. The lake is about 25% ice free. Between the lake and a large flooded area just south of it were a total of 23 waterfowl species. Wood Duck, 9 Tundra Swans and 23 Greater White-fronted Geese were highlights. In addition quite a few Horned Grebes on Indian Lake exhibiting quite a variety of plumage transitioning into breeding plumage. A few Tree Swallows were also present.

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Shiloh Benz
Other Birders:

In addition to all the ring-necked ducks about 10 Double-crested Cormorants flew in about 7pm

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Not my sighting.

Ebird report of a male Cinnamon Teal seen today with some Blue-winged Teal.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Location: New Baltimore rookery
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders:

There were 6 blue herons on nests at the New Baltimore rookery this morning. When I came back through later in the afternoon, I could only see two birds.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Location: New Richmond
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

I have not been watching my feeders lately...but today I noticed that there are still Pine Siskins at my feeders.......
And the Wood Ducks have been back on my ponds for at least a week.

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Location: Brown County Water Work and US 52
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders: Chris Clingman

I did some birding up river yesterday between Chilo and Ripley. We saw Allan's post from 3/16/15 and realized we haven't posted anything that we've seen at the Brown County Water Works eagle's nest.

We first saw a mature plumage eagle sitting in the nest one 1/31/15! We figured she must be just testing it out but later when we came through again going home she was still sitting in the nest.
We sent a group of scouts camping at the yurts to see them on 2/7/15 and they got pictures of her sitting in the nest. We assumed she started her nest early!
We went though both way on 3/14/15 and she was sitting. There was another time between 2/7 and 3/14 that we went though and she was sitting on the trip out and back.

Yesterday when I went by going to Ripley I was surprised that she was NOT sitting.
Hours later on the way back a mature eagle was standing on the side of the nest and appeared to be feeding young but they were too small for me to see heads. As I watched a second mature flew in and they stood on the nest together and were reaching down like they were feeding young and then one flew to a nearby tree. After awhile the other bird flew to the same tree and then one flew off and one went back to the nest and appeared to be tending
young again. When I left one eagle was still standing on the side of the nest.

Looked to me like the young were hatched and they were busy feeding we'll check on them again later this week.

The beat of the river waterfowl was a group of 34 White-winged Scoters on the river between Straight creek and Ripley.

There are still ducks in the backwater and flooded areas but numbers have really dropped.




Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

6 Tree Swallows, 2 pairs of Eastern Bluebirds actively using nest boxes and bringing many insects to the nests, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 male Brown Headed Cowbird, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 1 Black Vulture, 9 Goldfinch, 4 White Breated Nuthatch, numerous male Red Winged Blackbirds, Black Capped Chickadees, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, and White Throated Sparrows.

Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

White-winged Scoter, probably a 1st winter male, actively diving near the point where Lawrenceburg Rd. is swallowed up by the river.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: Oxford Township, northeast of Oxford, OH
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

This afternoon a Pine Warbler was singing in the yard.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: Higginsport Bald Eagle nest site
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders: Jerry Fritsch

Watched the nest and nearby areas for almost 3 hours this morning. The eagle(s)I saw on the nest March 2, and others have reported up to March 12 are no longer on the nest. Saw one adult on a distant tree along the river, far from the nest, until it flew off along the river. The same, or another, adult flew into a tree near the nest about an hour later but showed no interest in the nest. This nest site failed in 2014 and looks like it has happened again in 2015. Hope others will report future activity at this location. Since 2005 the pair has fledged 16 eaglets.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kathi Hutton

8 Eagles seen at one time, a few Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, FOS Tree Swallows, 1 Red-breasted Merganser. After Kathi left, I had 1 breeding Common Loon (seen and heard) calling far out on the lake. Also, 1 Horned Grebe and 1 Common Merganser, and 5 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: Mariemont S 80
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

56 Wood Ducks (yes 56) and other waterfowl at the very flooded Mariemont S 80.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: Ohio River near the mouth of the Little Miami
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I could only see 4 White-winged Scoters today, about halfway between 4 Seasons and Rivertowne.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Great Horned Owl on the nest at 2:45pm.

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
Location: S.Lebanon/Morrow
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: Adam Winkle

An Osprey on nest just outside Morrow off Mason Milgrove Morrow Rd, nest on one of those poorly manufactured "standard" posts on a gravel pit lake. Further down road near Bald Eagle on nest, an Adult and Immature Bald Eagle soaring above TV's.

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 mature male Bald Eagle soaring very high over lodge pond then out and over the fields, 1 American Kestrel, 2 Red Tailed Hawks, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 2 Tree Swallows, 6 Killdeer, 4 Buffleheads, 10+ male Red Winged Blackbirds, 20-30 of the following Red Head Ducks, Ringneck Ducks and Canvasbacks.

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

The recent rains/snowmelt have flooded a good portion of Gilmore, making cattail marsh currently a great place for waterfowl. As it housed ring-necked ducks, redheads, canvasback, mallards, bufflehead, northern pintail, green-winged teal, and even an adult male Ruddy Duck already in breeding plumage! The great horned owl pair that nested here last year has seemingly started building their nest in the same dead tree. As one of the adults was seen "guarding it".

Date: Sunday, March 15, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

2 American Kestrels, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, 6 Black Vultures, 2 Rough-legged Hawks, 1 Northern Harrier, several Eastern Bluebirds, several Tree Swallows, heard only Great Horned Owl, 100 or more Ring-billed, Herring and Bonaparte's Gulls, Canada Goose, Belted Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, American Crow, Bluejay, Chickadee, C Wren, European Starling, Titmouse, Blackbird, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy and Flicker Woodpeckers.
Counted 27 Great Blue Herons and 10 Herons on the nests at the rookery on Rt. 42 north of the Houston Inn. Wood Ducks in the swamp along Bunnell Road off Rt. 42.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: Shor Park
Reporter: Neil Gilbert
Other Birders:

This evening there were at least four American Woodcocks displaying at Shor Park along Tealtown Rd.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: Four Seasons Marina, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

10 White-winged Scoters in front of the Marina inlet, observed from across the river.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: Little Miami River, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

1 Tundra Swan along Davis Rd, 1 Imm. Mute Swan at Glen Island Canoe Access. Also 1 Eastern Phoebe calling.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: Mill Creek Queensgate
Reporter: Susan Deister
Other Birders:

Along with several mallards and Canada geese, there was a male and a female Pied-billed Grebe enjoying the high water.

Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: OYBC Group

From 8:45-10:00 am, the Ohio Young Birder's Club was scanning the ducks at Armleder. It's the worst flooding I've seen there, but there were tons of ducks.
Highlights:
150+ Ring-necked Ducks
30+ Redheads
20+ Scaup (mixed between L and G)
4 Buffleheads
1 Common Merganser
2 FOY Blue-winged Teal (1 male, 1 female, pics)
5 FOY Wood Ducks
2 Canvasback
10 Mallards
1 Pied-billed Grebe
15 American Coots
8 Ring-billed Gulls
2 Herring Gulls
10 FOY Tree Swallows (way back by the river, scope needed)
Tons of Killdeer

Total we had 33 species.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Location: East fork Lake
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: Luke Steinbrunner

An hour of slogging horse trails like lakes in steady rain brought us near the eagle nest, where they are on nest awaiting this year's new arrivals.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Location: Oxford Township, northeast of Oxford, OH
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At least two American Woodcock performing courtship flights. First time this season at this location. Still no spring peepers heard, any day now.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Location: Stonelick Lake and Cowan Lake
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

This morning we made quick stops at each of these. Both lakes still were mostly frozen over but areas where water comes into the lake were open as well as the dam area at Cowan. Cowan has historically been a great dabbler spot with concentrations of Wigeon including Eurasian in 2009 and 12 during the second week of March.

Stonelick has 3 Wood Ducks and 15 Common Mergansers.

Cowan had 95 Canada Geese, 4 Gadwall, 8 American Wigeon, 125 Mallards, 17 N Pintail, 23 GW Teal, 1 Canvasback, 124 Redhead, 325 Ring-necked Duck, 2 G Scaup, 12 L Scaup, 11 Bufflehead, 8 C Goldeneye, 4 H Mergeansers, 2 Common Mergs, 1 RB Merg, 21 Ruddy Duck including a couple in breeding plumage, 1 Herring Gull.

Date: Friday, March 13, 2015
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve adjavent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

10 White-winged Scoters on the river 4male 6female

2 Woodcocks back dancing in the preserve field I wonder if the ones from Feb. 9 survived the cold and snow.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: Half Acre Pond / East Fork
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

There were a lot of birds coming and going from the Half Acre pond around 1000 today. The pond is on the North side of SR 32 and very hard to safely see, be careful.

Normal waterfowl mix for this time of year: 6 Gadwall, 2 Wigeon, 15 Black Ducks, 315 Mallards, 5 Pintails, 6 Canvasback, 35 Redheads, 25 RN Ducks, 5 G Scaup, 3 Bufflehead and 2 Hooded Mergansers. There were double the amount of birds between the ones flying and unable to be viewed in the corn field.

At East Fork there was very little open water this morning. 1 Pintail, 5 GW Teal, 6 G Scaup, 2 Bufflehead, 5 Goldeneye, 8 Ruddy, 5 Horned Grebes and 4 young Eagles all on the ice.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: Kellogg Soccer fields
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Just stopped after work and John Hill is right, ducks galore. Counted 450 ducks, 120 Ring-billed Gulls and 6 Killdeer in the private soccer field. There are another 100 ducks on the public soccer field. I had Canvasbacks, Redheads, both Scaups, Ring-necks, Mallards and a pair of American Widgeons on the private field. On the public field I added Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Merganser.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: New Balitmore, Fernald
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders:

On my way out to Fernald, I drove by the Great Blue Heron rookery in New Balitmore. There was one blue heron on a tree branch next to a nest. It was still there when I was on my way home.
At Fernald on the Lodge pond, there were many ducks and 6 Tundra swans as well as the one Mute swan which is still chasing the Tundra swans. On the Weapons to Wetlands pond, which is almost totally frozen, there were 4 Canada geese. 2 were in the only open spot of water and 2 were on the ice. 1 kildeer was flying overhead.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: RiverTowne Marina
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

High River with ducks galore and an Adult Bald Eagle dining on one in a Cottonwood tree, another adult soaring over ducks.

3 Wood Ducks
150 Ring Necked
30 Greater Scaup
100+ Red Headed
42 Canvasback
23 Coot
6 Mallard
3 Pied Billed Grebe

1 coyote

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: Ohio River near the mouth of the Little Miami
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Went back with my scope to double-check on the scoters. This time I counted 26 White-winged Scoters. Six of them were in front of the Four Seasons inlet, so would have been visible from Four Seasons. Water is up higher than yesterday also.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

American Woodcock and Barred Owl were calling near the North Entrance Wetland.

Trip List:

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Co. Pk. wetlands
Reporter: Loran Gibson
Other Birders:

FOS blue-winged teal at Miami Whitewater County Park wetlands today.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Kellogg Soccer fields
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Drove by the soccer fields near 4 Seasons Marina on the way home tonight. The Ohio River is rising again and the fields are flooded. There were many flocks of ducks,geese and gulls on the water. With the Ohio River not supposed to peak until Saturday and more rain on the way these fields may hold waterfowl for awhile. The 4 Seasons Driving Range Pond is still frozen over.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Blue Ash Airport
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Gale Wulker

At least 12 displaying American Woodcock.

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Ohio River near the mouth of the Little Miami
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Viewing from the KY side I counted 23 White-winged Scoters between the Four Seasons outlet and the Mouth of the Little Miami, close to the Ohio shoreline. Probably not easily visible from the Ohio side. Probably all in Ohio waters though at the time of the observation.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: Brookville Lake Region
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Co-leader Jack Stenger, ASO/CBC Trip

The Cincinnati Bird Club (CBC) & Audubon Society (ASO) conducted a joint field trip to the Brookville Lake region this past Sunday, March 8th. Thirteen participants had a pretty good day of birding. The weather was spring like and sunny with a high of 55 degrees. But Brookville Lake itself looked like the middle of January as it was still mostly frozen. Almost all of our waterfowl and water birds were seen in three areas of open water; the East Fork of the Whitewater River below the Dam, a couple of open leads in the Fairfield basin, best viewed from the Sagamore Resort, and the far north end of the lake along the Dunlapsville Causeway. While we did not see anything extremely rare, we did have some great birding. Our highlights included Bald Eagles (one on nest), a just getting started Great Blue Heronry disrupted by an uninvited Bald Eagle, 94 Sandhill Cranes, and 19 species of waterfowl (anatidae) in pretty decent numbers. Actually many ducks were seen in flight throughout the day, at distances, and were left unidentified. We were in the field from 8 AM through 3 PM.

Participants included Jack Stenger, Jay Stenger, Joe Bens, Mark Gilsdorf, Jason Gantt, Allan Claybon, Karl Gross, James Wheat, Lance Miller, Larry Bowdre, Steve Wheeler, Jack Zimmerman and Don Zimmerman. The following list is Jack’s & my best effort with input from several other trip participants. It is quite possible our numbers will vary or I have omitted something. Jack and I did not keep track of all the numbers of the numerous song birds we heard and saw throughout the day.

The list (66 species); Canada Goose 525, Gadwall 40, American Wigeon 5, American Black Duck 15, Mallard 540, Northern Shoveler 3, Northern Pintail 10, Green-winged Teal 2, Canvasback 46, Redhead 225, Ring-necked Duck 10, Greater Scaup 107, Lesser Scaup 35, Bufflehead 25, Common Goldeneye 57, Hooded Merganser 1, Common Merganser 30, Red-breasted Merganser 12, Ruddy Duck 15, Wild Turkey 24, Pied-billed Grebe 3, Horned Grebe 2, Great Blue Heron 23 (18 at an active colony along the Whitewater River), Black Vulture 219 (215 at usual roost in Brookville Park at 8:30 PM), Turkey Vulture 16, Bald Eagle 5 (3 ad, 2 im), Cooper’s Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 13, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 24, Sandhill Crane 94, Killdeer 6, Ring-billed Gull 125, Herring Gull 5, Rock Pigeon xx, Mourning Dove xx, Barred Owl 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker x, Downy Woodpecker x, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay xx, American Crow xx, Horned Lark 45, Carolina Chickadee x, Tufted Titmouse x, White-breasted Nuthatch x, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren x, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin xx, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling xxx, Eastern Towhee 1, American Tree Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow xx, White-throated Sparrow x, Dark-eyed Junco xx, Northern Cardinal xx, Red-winged Blackbird 68, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 5, House Finch xx, American Goldfinch x, House Sparrow xx.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Pretty great weather for a day at Fernald. 2 Eastern Meadowlark, 2 Red Tailed Hawks, 3 American Kestrels, 1 Northern Harrier, 30+ Red Head Ducks, 30+ Ring Necked Ducks, 5 Gadwall, 2 Killdeer, 10 Red Winged Blackbirds, 1 Turkey Vulture.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Furnas Shore Boat Ramp
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

I thought I included the most important bird but after looking over my list I see somehow I missed it so my highlight of the day:

GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL! (stood out from Herring Gulls it was standing between; checkerboard black and white mantle, large white head, large bodied, large thick black bill, bullied nearby gulls and ducks for their food)

Lots of gulls to pick through standing on the edge of the ice and flying around. Well over 300 Ring-bills and 40 Herring Gulls the most I've seen at Caesar Creek in awhile. The Bald Eagle kept flying in and out putting up the gulls each time. Could have easily missed something

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek & Union Rd field
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Picked up some great birds today at multiple locations.

Caesar Creek (only 2 places with open water)
Harveysburg Rd- 2 Tundra Swans, 4 Trumpeter Swans, Gadwall, Pintails, Canvasback, Redhead, Bufflehead, Goldeneye, both Scaup sp, Ring-necks

Furnas Shore boat ramp- 4 Trumpeter Swans (different birds including 2 immatures), Goldeneye, Black Ducks, Redhead, Canvasback, both Scaup sp, Ring-necks, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle, 2 Lapland Longspurs (odd behavior; heard calling overhead and then descended onto snow covered ice briefly before taking off again)

Roxana New Burlington Rd roadside field
2 American Pipits

Hisey Park
1 Northern Harrier, White-crowned Sparrows

Union Rd roadside field (South Lebanon; found a huge concentration of geese and ducks out in a distant cornfield near the intersection of Union Rd & Nickel Rd)
1 Snow Goose (stuck out amongst all the Canadas; actually saw it fly in)
1500 Canada Geese (easily more; coming and going constantly)
Mallards, Gadwall, Black Ducks (only ducks I could ID)

I recommend keeping an eye on this field as it was stuffed with birds. The checklist I submitted to Ebird has a pin on the exact location. Great birding!

Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve adjacnet to Chilo Lock 34 park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders: Chris Clingman

Ducks and Geese flying and floating everywhere this morning.
The most fun were the Wood Ducks
(and the Sharp-shinned at the feeders)
60+ Wood Duck in the flooded woods and at the mouth of the back water estuary. What a noisy hyper bunch!

Wigeons were calling when we got home Sunday at midnight, the cool 3 note whistle call. It was very noisy with lots of other ducks and geese. Spring at last! Sounded like an mid February night.

With our 7+inches of snow Thursday March 5 we did get some nice "new for the year" feeder birds to end our winter:
24 Rusty Blackbirds
3 Brewer's Blackbirds
30+ Redwing Blackbirds (all males)
1 Grackle
1 White-crowned Sp. (rare to our feeders)
Also on the river Thurday:
9 White-winged scoters (5 males, 4 females)
They didn't mind the current and 3 males spent hours diving in front of the house.
Also a continuous parade of other waterfowl/gull species drifting downriver:
Pintail
Ringneck
Goldeneye
Wigeon
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup
Canvasback
Redhead
Blacks
Mallard
Herring gull
Ring-billed gull
Canada Geese
Only saw two 2 Bald Eagles Thursday(both immature)





Date: Monday, March 9, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

One lone Sandhill Crane flew in from the west at a pretty high elevation. I heard it before I saw it. It circled lower and lower over the water calling the whole time. I thought it might land on the ice edging the open water but it flew off toward the north and quit calling.

Also one immature Bald Eagle making passes at the coots and gulls in the open pool.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: Great Miami River in Hamilton
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

FOS DC Cormorant and Killdeer. Along the river I saw all three Mergansers, Bufflehead, Redheads, Scaup, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, PB Grebe, and Ring-necked Ducks. Yesterday I watched a Cooper's Hawk take down a pigeon and devoured it up under the High Street Bridge. I'm sure he won't have to eat for a couple days. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: Lower LMR Valley
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Gale Wulker

Waterfowl totals from this morning around the Lower Little Miami River valley: The vast majority of birds were in the flooded Turpin Sod Farms and Armleder Park. In most places the birds are very distant and a scope was required. See ebird for location breakdown.

189 Canada Goose
7 Wood Duck
8 Gadwall
52 American Wigeon
155 Mallard
30 Northern Shoveler
40 Northern Pintail
57 Canvasback
399 Redhead
283 Ring-necked Duck
15+ Greater Scaup
45+ Lesser Scaup
220 Scaup Sp. (Couldn't guess on the scaup slit at Turpin. Probably mostly lesser, but there was a noticeable Greater presence. Most of the birds were very distant)
3 White-winged Scoters - 2m/1f floated past 4 seasons on the Ohio River
7 Bufflehead
65 Common Goldeneye
15 Common Merganser
7 Red-breasted Merganser

9 Killdeer
260 Ring-billed Gull
42 Herring Gull
4 Bald Eagle
1 Peregrine Falcon

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: East Fork Horseman's lot north side
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Kevin Mahoney

We had 4 Pine Siskins at W side of the lot by the road.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: Union Twp. backyard.
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Three Red-shouldered Hawks have been flying over and calling for most of the day today. At one point they were all perched in a tree and one of them was dining on a Starling.

Also had a Field Sparrow, new for my yard, and some of the reddest House Finches I've ever seen. Mixed in was one that was orange. Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown headed Cowbirds are back too.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: Fernald and Lake Isabella
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday at Fernald, 4 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Northern Harriers, 1 Black Vulture flyover, 1 American Kestrel, 3 Ring-billed Gulls flyover, and heard only 1 Great Horned Owl along the Sycamore trail. Today at Lake Isabella, unfortunately the bucket is unoccupied. 1 Redhead at the dock area, 2 more Redheads landing in the river seen from the blind, also flying in 3 Hooded Mergansers, and 1 more male Hooded Merganser just upstream. Canada Geese, Pileated, Hairy, Downy and Flicker Woodpeckers, House Sparrows, Titmouse, C Wren, Starlings, Chickadees, Cardinals.

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: Window feeders...
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

Two Pine Siskins at the feeders today...

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Location: Mason backyard
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders:

FOS Red-winged blackbird at the feeder

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

Lodge Pond had some open water
Mute Swan,
Tundra Swans
Northern Pintails (Life Bird for us)
Canada Geese
Mallards
Canvasbacks
Ring necked
Red Heads
Northern Harrier
Red-Tailed hawk

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

Tree Swallow- FOY

Bald Eagle-1 adult
Herring Gull
Ring billed gull
American Crow

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Crooked Run Natur Preserve
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

White-winged scoters- 7 with 2 males.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Lesser Scaup
Canvasback
Common Merganser
Belted Kingfisher
American crow
Car. Chickadee
Tufted Titmice
E. Starling.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Flooded areas - lower east side
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

I had about a half hour to bird this evening and started at Armleder, which is closed and fully inundated. Ther were about 50 gulls out on the ice and without a scope the only ones which really stood out were the immature Herring Gulls and a few adults that I assume we're Herring by size and association. There were a dozen or so a herring there. I checked Rivertowne and the soccer fields on Kellog. Rivertowne had another 50 or so gulls w the same proportion of Herring ( and much closer). In the soccer fields were geese, red heads, canvasback, and mallards. I suspect that this area, as it warms and water recedes will be very productive.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Fairfield,Oh
Reporter: Ken Clouse
Other Birders:

60 Mallard Ducks,12 Canadian geese,3 Red shouldered Hawks,2 Eastern Bluebirds

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Location: Turpin Sod Farm/Clear Creek Park (Flooded)
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

5 Bald Eagle: 4 juvenile + 1 adult (or nearly so)
7 Am. Wigeon
2 N. Pintail
Large numbers of Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-billed Gull

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Location: South Lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Adult Bald Eagle on nest today.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Location: Hamilton by Knights bridge
Reporter: Ken Clouse
Other Birders:

Bald eagle in tree by Columbia bowling lanes ....first sighting ever so exciting.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Location: New Richmond feeders... Rusty Blackbird ?
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

Howdy...

This Rusty Blackbird was at my feeders all day yesterday....

( At least I think it's a Rusty... )

Along with the Common Redpoll....

Pictures at....

Ride The Wind Wild Bird Rehab Center

https://www.facebook.com/birdrehabbersOhio

Take care....

Tracy.... :)

Date: Friday, March 6, 2015
Location: Maineville / South Lebanon
Reporter: Harry Nieman
Other Birders:

I take this as a sure sign of spring....

Yellow-Rumped warbler on the suet this morning

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Last evening (3/5) there was a nice waterfowl collection on the Great Miami River at Lost Bridge. There were also a few birds on 2 small holes on the back end of the adjacent gravel pit.

45 Canada Goose
4 Gadwall
45 American Wigeon
8 American Black Duck
150 Mallard
5 Northern Shoveler
112 Northern Pintail - likely missed a few
1 Canvasback
1 Ring-necked Duck
3 Greater Scaup
8 Lesser Scaup
3 Bufflehead
25 Common Goldeneye
2 Common Merganser
3 Red-breasted Merganser

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Location: S.Lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

2Hrs. near the Bald Eagle nest along the Little Miami, found one of the adults sitting on the nest for a while as the other soared. In addition another Immature appeared, different from the practically adult Immature with 1/2 white head. I guess Bald Eagles are slightly familial, as I have seen numerous Immatures hangin around fledged nests for years. This also true for the 2 Immatures and 2 Adults around the 2 nests south of Beechmont.

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The 6 Hooded Mergansers are back. Also 2 Red-tailed Hawks, Eastern Towhee, Belted Kingfisher, Canada Goose, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker and 2 sets of fresh tracks that look like coyotes on all of the trails that I walked. They can into the preserve from across the street from the entrance.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Location: Covington/ Newport Riverfront, Kenton/Campbell Cos., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Made a quick check of the river around 4 PM, it is rising rapidly with lots of floating debris. There were about 30 Canvasback and 20 Redheads on the Covington side. Looked like another 20 Canvasbacks, 10 Redheads and 15 Red-breasted Mergansers on the Newport side. I didn't see the Long-tailed Duck with either group but didn't stay long to search either.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Can't understand why all the duplicates of that eagle post.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Can't understand why all the duplicates of that eagle post.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Can't understand why all the duplicates of that eagle post.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Bald eagle pair adding to nest, same spot as previous nests which had fledged at least 6 eagles over the years, and been destroyed by winds, the present nest following a two year absence from the area and looking just as precarious.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Bald eagle pair adding to nest, same spot as previous nests which had fledged at least 6 eagles over the years, and been destroyed by winds, the present nest following a two year absence from the area and looking just as precarious.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Bald eagle pair adding to nest, same spot as previous nests which had fledged at least 6 eagles over the years, and been destroyed by winds, the present nest following a two year absence from the area and looking just as precarious.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Bald eagle pair adding to nest, same spot as previous nests which had fledged at least 6 eagles over the years, and been destroyed by winds, the present nest following a two year absence from the area and looking just as precarious.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Bald eagle pair adding to nest, same spot as previous nests which had fledged at least 6 eagles over the years, and been destroyed by winds, the present nest following a two year absence from the area and looking just as precarious.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Location: south lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Bald eagle pair adding to nest, same spot as previous nests which had fledged at least 6 eagles over the years, and been destroyed by winds, the present nest following a two year absence from the area and looking just as precarious.

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Tuesday morning early: 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Northern Harrier, White-crowned Sparrow, Goldfinch, House Finch, a group of about 12-15 Mallards flocking over the river with more joining in. Watched 2 fly in to take the lead only to have the flock turn the other direction rapidly. The flock was roughly in the shape of a U. Large flock of Blackbirds.
2 more raptors spotted, one in the trees near the overlook and the other farther downriver near the canoe launch. This morning: 1 Northern Harrier, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 Killdeer, 2 Canada Geese, 12 Chipping Sparrows, 2 Fox Sparrows, 4 White-throated Sparrows, Redheads flying low over the river, flyover by 2 Ring-billed Gulls

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Location: Smale Riverfront Park
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck still present at noon.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Location: Crookeed Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

Four Pintail on the river this morning.
The first I've seen for 2015.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Location: New Richmond feeder
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

I just had a Common Redpoll at my window feeders.....

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: Mt. Airy Forest
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Pileated woodpecker, brown creeper, white breasted nuthatch, downy and red bellied wood peckers. One large beautiful Barred owl within close range which didn't seem bothered by our presence. Barred owl was calling to another barred owl, heard but never located.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: George Rogers Clark Park, Covington, KY
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Long-tailed duck still present this afternoon. Plenty of other waterfowl as well: Greater/Lesser Scaup, Canvasback, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Merganser, Redhead, Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard, American Coot, and plenty of Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: Crooked RunState Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

First Wood Duck I've seen this spring, male on the river in front of the house this morning.
Also about 300 ducks spread along Preserve bank from our house to the Visitor Center good mix of species:
Lots of:
Redhead
Canvasback
Common Mergansers
Mallards
Fewer:
Wigeon
Ring-necked
Hooded Mergansers
Red-Breasted Mergansers
Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Black Duck

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: little miami eagle nests
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders: adam winkle

still not on nest yet at S.Lebanon nor the 2 nests near Little Miami River south of Beechmont.

The S.Lebenon nest had 2 adult Baldies and an almost mature hanging near the nest.
The last 3 visits to the 2 nests found no eagles near.

28 Common Goldeneyes on the Ohio River.

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Location: covington riverside & garrard
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck still present.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Casey Swecker
Other Birders:

39.065791, -84.26880

Two Great Horned Owl's calling at one another.

9:45 pm

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Schmidt Boat Ramp
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

The ducks were down by the Ohio River Launch Club when I arrived then somebody got on the floating docks and the ducks headed downstream. The only duck to fly off was the White-winged Scoter. It headed upstream towards Rivertowne. There were at least 60 Canvasbacks and 60 Redhead Ducks with 20 Scaup and 1 male Ring-necked Duck. Again I saw no Common Goldeneye.
Best observation was watching two female Redhead Ducks protect one male Redhead from other approaching males. When a male got to close to the trio one of the females swam out and grabbed the offending male by the back of the neck until it swam farther away then she either swam or flew back to the drake and other hen.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders: 4 hikers

At the canoe launch at 1:30 3 Tundra Swans, 2 Adults and 1 immature, 9 American Black Ducks, 1 Belted Kingfisher, the Snipe and Killdeer still present. Another shorebird on the gravel bars near the frozen Duck Creek but couldn't ID. Downy, Red-bellied, Pileated and Flicker Woodpeckers, American Tree Sparrow, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 4 Canada Geese flyover, 1 Red-tailed Hawk hunting from small tree near unplowed parking lot.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

The beautiful male Long-tailed Duck was still present around 1:30 p.m. Also saw Canvasbacks, Redheads, Greater Scaup, Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 male Common Mergansers, 3 Bufflehead, 2 male Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards and no Common Goldeneye.
Nice find Frank.

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Location: covington
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Long-tailed Duck

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Miamisburg- Upper River Road
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

3 PM to 5 PM.

Tundra Swan-2
Mute Swan- 3 juveniles
Canada Geese
Mallards
Am. Black Duck
Common Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Canvasback
Redhead
Greater Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Bald eagle- 2
Great Blue Heron
Carolina Chickadee
N. Cardinal
White Breasted Nuthatch.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

1:35 PM- Small pocket of open water

Hooded Merganser - 1 male and 4 females
Blue Jays

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: East Fork SP- South Beach
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

Most of the lake was frozen over with one small pond.

Bald Eagle- 1 Juvenile
Common Merganser
American Coot
American Crow.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Armleder/LMR
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Armleder: Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Canvasback, Short-eared Owl (one with a vole), Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Coyotes

LMR just downstream of bridge over Beechmont Levy: Tundra Swan, Am. Black Duck, Common Goldeneye, Belted Kingfisher


Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Fields south of Caesar Creek
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Several small groups of Lapland Longspurs in the road and in the fields south of the park. 1 Bald Eagle flyover on the trail behind the Nature Center.

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Location: Newport, KY
Reporter: James Wheat
Other Birders:

I observed three White-winged Scoters on the KY side of the OH River between Newport and Bellevue this morning.

The birds were diving with Common Goldeneye and near some Canvasbacks. Scoped patiently to verify identification; these three were observably larger than the Goldeneyes with them.

James A. Wheat
Newport, KY

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Location: Ohio River & East Fork
Reporter: Neil Gilbert
Other Birders:

This afternoon I birded the Ohio River, visiting Smale Park, St. Rose Overlook, Ohio River Launch Club (end of Strader), Rivertowne Marina, Woodland Mound, and New Richmond. Waterfowl totals:

Canada Goose 420
Mallard 174
Canvasback 156
Redhead 54
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 27
Lesser Scaup 2
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 89
Common Merganser 21
Red-breasted Merganser 6
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 91
Herring Gull 3

At East Fork, the road to South Beach was open. The lake was entirely frozen except for two small patches of open water that were jammed with ducks.

Canada Goose 50
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 400
Common Goldeneye 25
Hooded Merganser 8
Common Merganser 60
Red-breasted Merganser 10
Pied-billed Grebe 15
Bald Eagle 3

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Wilson's Snipe and Killdeer were still on the riverbank this evening. Only one Short-eared Owl today.

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

Most successful day for both birding and photography Ive personally ever had at Armleder. However I'll start with the unfortunate news first. I usually see one or two great blue heron each time I visit the park. Today I came upon one of the herons laying dead and frozen on the side of river bank. Quite a sad sight.
Today's sighting list was very diverse. Ill start with raptors, I saw the Great Horned Owl, two Red Tailed Hawks, one female Kestrel, two female Northern Harriers, one hawk I could not yet identify but will do so once I upload my photos, and as I was approaching the canoe launch I heard the familiar Barred Owl song quite frequently..I imagine it took off before I could locate it as it was noisy to walk around in the frozen over snow.
On the river I saw 9 Red Head Ducks, quite a few Ring Neck ducks, one Kingfisher, one Killdeer on the river bank alongside a Wilsons Snipe. The Snipe was a first for me. The Killdeer and Snipe stayed close to eachother and were picking around the same ground together.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Felicity
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

2 male Eastern Towhees, 1 Fox Sparrow and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in my backyard after work tonight. All the usual suspects, too.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Little Miami River Loveland
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

The river is locking up pretty good except for rapids and where the creeks come in. The only new birds tonight were 5 Tundra Swans where O'bannon Creek comes in.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Ohio River Hamilton/Clermont
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

A little later then Bill Hull but we saw similar species and numbers (except the huge number of Cans, darn) The WW Scoter was just down river from Strader Ave and seemed to be with the Greater Scaup.

At the marina overlook there was a Ruddy Duck right up against the Ohio bank.

Plenty of opportunities to study divers in flight and hear the whistle from their wings as they move upstream and feed back down. Almost every bird seen today was up against the Ohio shore. It is discussed often that most birds on the Ohio river are really in KY, not today. Check out google maps for the boundaries it's pretty interesting.

52/5 mile there was a Adult Bald Eagle low and heading toward the Ohio.

In New Richmond we did not find the GBB Gull but there were 2 Herring. Otherwise a similar makeup as down river but fewer numbers.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Rising Sun, Ind. back yard
Reporter: Chandra Mattingly
Other Birders: spouse

Oregon junco was back under the feeder this afternoon. Yes, we have photos.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Rising Sun, Ind., back yard
Reporter: Chandra Mattingly
Other Birders:

Had an Oregon Junco under the bird feeder - but haven't seen it since.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Ohio River
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Quick checks for waterfowl this morning at St Rose / Schmidt / Rivertowne / Four Seasons

Canada Goose 288
Mallard 10
Canvasback 100
Redhead 40
Greater Scaup 31
White-winged Scoter 1
Bufflehead 2
Common Goldeneye 156
Common Merganser 22
Red-breasted Merganser 4

One of the stops accounted for the majority of the goldeneye even though when I first stopped I could only find a few. A passing barge flushed them from a location close to shore that was hidden from view.

Note: If one uses eBird it is very easy to sum up sightings from multiple locations using "My eBird, Summarize My Observations" to create a weekly report.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Open water near the visitor center held a variety of ducks. Common Merganser, Red breasted mergansers, greater scaup, canvasbacks, black duck, mallards, goldeneye, wigeon,canda geese, and gulls. Three mute Swans flew thru the area.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Great Miami River in Hamilton
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Was looking for a Black-backed Gull and could only find a 2nd year Greater I do believe. It was larger than the Mallard that it was standing next to. Good variety of waterfowl in the river which includes Mute Swans, Canvasbacks, Common Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers, Buffleheads, Redheads, Scaup sp., GB heron, along with many Ring-Billed and Herring Gulls. Found 2 American Kestrels perched on wires having lunch on some poor little birds. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Stopped by around noon. No Lesser Black-backed Gull but many more ducks including 45 Canvasback, 11 Redhead, 10 Common Goldeneye, 9 Greater Scaup and at least one male Lesser Scaup, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Bufflehead and 20 Mallards. The ice today is flowing out of the Licking River into the Ohio River. Gulls still riding the ice.

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Location: Crooked Run and Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Sorry for the late post.
Six Bald Eagles were seen Crooked Run Nature Preserve on the Ohio River in the evening. There were 5 immature and 1 mature eagle eating what appeared to be a gull. Next morning one immature was perched in a tree next to the playground in Chilo Lock 34 Park. Three immature were in the backwater area of Crooked Run nature preserve. One was eating what was left of the gull. We have sighted at least one eagle each day since.

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Location: Simonson Rd off of Dry Ridge; Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

About 160 Horned Larks and 2 Snow Buntings present this morning. Birds were eating spilled (?) corn near snow pile at east end of Simonson Rd. Many more birds in corn field and more in snow covered field. Bring a bag of seed and dump it.
Shawnee Lookout boat ramp was loaded with Song, Tree, White-Throated and White-Crowned sparrows; and towhees and cardinals. All water frozen.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Ohio River Downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

This evening at sunset there was an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull flying around the Ohio River between the Suspension and Taylor Southgate bridges. I also had about 100 Ring-billed Gulls and 15 or so Herring Gulls that looked like they were going roost at the mouth of the Licking River.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Stopped by around 3:00p.m. The Ohio River has a lot of ice on the north side of the river but the Covington riverfront and Licking River are open.
There were 20 Canvasbacks, 8 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Common Goldeneye, 2 Scaup sp., 2 male Bufflehead 20 Mallards, 60 Ring-billed Gulls and 3 Herring Gulls and 1 beaver.
The gulls were riding the floating ice. They got on around the mouth of the Licking River and flew off right before the Suspension Bridge. It was like Kings Island to them.
The beaver came as shore below the sitting area that is surround by the wrought iron fence and overlooks the mouth of the Licking River. It was chewing on a Willow stump.
The cold is making some of the local Mallards crazy. I had two in the street. The male walked in front of on coming traffic and when cars slowed down it walked over to the drivers side looking for a handout. The female sat down in the street in a puddle of melting snow an started quacking.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: John Homer

This afternoon, John Homer photographed a light phase Rough-legged Hawk on the east side of the preserve.

I've also has several single Lapland Longspur flyovers the last couple days.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Hamilton - Great Miami River
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At 12:45 pm today there was an immature Great Black-backed Gull upstream of the Black Street Bridge along with many Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Did not see the adult Lesser Black-backed Gull or White-winged Scoter. Below the lower dam, downstream of the Columbia Bridge in with 100s of Canada Geese were 2 Cackling Geese and a Greater White-fronted Goose. There is a nice variety of waterfowl and great looks at an immature Bald Eagle that is coursing back and forth over the river below the lower dam. Saw 2 American Pipits feeding along the ice at the edge of the river with a Killdeer.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Back Yard - Lebanon
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Two male red-wing blackbirds at my seed feeder.

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Location: Camp Dennison; Lake Isabella
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Camp Dennison had 1 Lapland Longspur, several Horned Larks, Song Sparrows and Tree Sparrows in a large flock. Lake is entirely frozen.
Lake Isabella had several Hooded Mergansers, Canvasbacks, Ring-billed Ducks, Redheads, and the usual Mallards, Canada Geese.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

Return of the turkey vultures. Probably around 8-10 on the way into CNC around 275. 1 northern flicker, 1 yellow bellied sap sucker, and numerous red bellied wood peckers. 3 carolina wren, 10+ white throated sparrows, 1 goldfinch, 3 house finch, 2 blue jays, 10+ dark eyed junco. There was a large amount of both male and female Eastern towhee picking through the snow. One red tailed hawk. Two Coopers hawks chatting, chasing eachother, and hunting from the same tree tops.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: western hamilton co. roads
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

got a call from andy bess sunday about horned larks, Lapland longspurs and one snow bunting on the dead end side of simonson road. the longspurs and larks were still there this morning but I could not find the bunting. snow bunting seam hard to come by this year, but mixed in with longspurs and larks were two snow bunting on Atherton road and one on willey road.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: New Richmond, OH waterfront
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A 2nd winter? Great Black-backed Gull was hanging out on the Ohio shore.

Also, redheads, common mergs, lesser scaup, canvasbacks, 1 imm bald eagle.

Pic of gull at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/53481458@N00/16441455989/

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Whitewater River Watershed
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

I visited several sites today. Heavy snow cover moved larks, longspurs and sparrows to plowed roadsides and the remaining open water during this deep freeze event concentrated some waterfowl. Highlights:
SE Wayne Co. and NW Union Co. roadsides:
Horned Lark 600+
Lapland Longspur 30
Wilson's Snipe 3 (overwintering in a seep on Stout Rd, W of US27, S of Mitchell Rd.)
North end of Brookville Lake (Dunlapsville Causeway):
Sandhill Crane 750 est (have overwintered in numbers greater than ever before)
Canvasback 11 (FOY for me in the Whitewater River Watershed)
Redhead 56 (overwintered on Brookville Lake, but increasing in numbers)
Greater Scaup 18 (could find no Lessers)
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (adult)
Lapland Longspur (2 with sparrows on roadside along causeway)
CHIPPING SPARROW 1 (adult winter) with sparrows on causeway).
Middlefork Reservoir (about 15% of lake open do to bubbling system for water treatment):
Greater White-fronted Goose 3
Snow Goose 1 imm. white form
Canada Goose 3500
Bill Buskirk
SE Wayne Co.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Milford, OH
Reporter: Tim Gibson
Other Birders:

Sighted a mature bald eagle flying over old downtown Milford, heading roughly West to East at about 9:30 a.m.

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: East Fork Camp Dennison Little Miami Loveland - Milford
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

There are two patches of open water off the beach at East Fork. Dusk or a cloudy day would be the best time to visit and scope from the dam side since the road to the beach has been closed.

Nothing unusual or exceptional yesterday but its worth stopping and scoping if you are in the area. The next couple weeks are historically the peak of waterfowl movement and with all the freezing you should turn up something good along with decent quantities.


Camp Dennison, very small patch of open water that will not support birds long.

The Little Miami is open in many spots with birds present at each stop. The Loveland area had 25+ Redheads.

South at the Remington Rd bridge there were Redheads and 1 Kingfisher, 1 Canvasback. There is a creek that enters at the bridge, this is Sycamore Creek, it has a wastewater treatment plant just upstream. The water is always open but it is hard to see unless you walk the road edge.

Between Remington and Kelly there was a flock of 25 Ring necks and a Canvasback.

Looking from the Miamiville bridge and down at Milford there area plenty of Geese, Mallards, Black Ducks and Hooded Mergansers that were present at every other stop.

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Rivertowne
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Poor quality photo of WW Scoter: https://www.flickr.com/photos/129072137@N08/16436450258/

Date: Monday, February 23, 2015
Location: Four Seasons/Rivertowne Marinas
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 White-winged Scoter with several other diving duck species this morning. Thanks Brian!

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Hamilton - Great Miami River
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders: Anthony and Andrew Cannizzaro and Terri Fitton

The bird of the day was no doubt the adult Lesser Black-Backed Gull, seen about 4:40 pm on the ice above the Black Street Dam. We watched the bird for some time, then couldn't find it either on the ice where we first saw it or foraging in the river with a large number of gulls. After a short while we saw it again in the same spot. It had just been rendered invisible by a couple of Herring Gulls that stood between the black-back and us. Also, no White-winged Scoter was found today. A very nice variety of waterfowl is currently on the Great Miami River in Hamilton.

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Great Miami River, Hamilton
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There was an adult Lesser Black-backed gull associating with numerous herring and ring-billed gulls, north of the Black street bridge. Was viewed on North black street where Two Mile Creek meets the Great Miami.

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Ohio River - Smale Park to Woodland Mound
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

With almost all other water frozen in the area there is an impressive collection of diving ducks on the Ohio River. Totals are below from Smale Park/Yeatmans Cove, St. Rose Church/Schmidt Boat Ramp, 4 Seasons/Rivertowne Marina, and Steamboat drive at Woodland Mound. See eBird for specific location breakdowns.

185 Canada Goose
14 Mallard
155 Canvasback
32 Redhead
2 Ring-necked Duck
44 Greater Scaup
2 Lesser Scaup
2 White-winged Scoter - viewed from the overlook at Rivertowne, far upstream.
8 Bufflehead
78 Common Goldeneye
2 Common Merganser
7 Red-breasted Merganser

87 Ring-billed Gull
17 Herring Gull

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Covington Riverfront, Kenton Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Not as many gulls but about the same mix of ducks as my belated post from the 18th below. There are still several Herring Gulls present,the river ice is now gone:

Good variety of birds off the Covington shore, 50 Canvasbacks, 10 Redheads, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Common Goldeneye, 10 scaup species, 4 Bufflehead, 200 Canada Geese, 400 Ring-billed Gulls and 2 Herring Gulls. (February 18)

Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015
Location: Home, New Richmond, Ohio
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

FOS Brown Thrasher in yard.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Mason backyard
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders:

We've seen grackles and brown headed cowbirds, a sure sign that spring is coming (believe it or not), and a first in our yard, a white throated sparrow. Plus cardinals, blue jays, house finches, gold finches, downy woodpeckers, juncos, song sparrows, Carolina chickadees, house sparrows, mourning doves, Coopers hawk, and of course a bazillion starlings.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Norwood front yard
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders: Brutus and Daisy, basset hounds

New yard bird for us; we spotted a Brown Creeper climbing our ash tree.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: My Home, Campbell County, KY
Reporter: Jeff Foster
Other Birders:

Lots of activity at my feeders today. 3 Blue Jays, 50 + Northern Cardinals, 15 Carolina Chickadees, 2 White Breasted Nuthatches, 2 Carolina Wrens, 5 American Goldfinches, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, and several species of sparrow but I'm still not good at differentiating the sparrows yet.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Location: Home, New Richmond, Ohio
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Just spotted my FOS Eastern Phoebe in the neighbor's yard.

Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Location: My feeders in the back in Withamsville
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

I make my own Woodpecker food and it works great when I keep the Starlings at bay. Just now 2:30 I had 3 Flickers, 2 Hairys, 3 Downys, 1 Red bellied, 1 Yellow bellied sapsucker, and a Pileated. All at the same time

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Location: Hamilton - Great Miami River - White-winged Scoter
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At 6:00pm a white-winged Scoter was actively feeding below the dam above Black Street Bridge where the Ford Canal enters the Great Miami River. The bird was not an adult male. Herring Gulls outnumbered Ring-billed Gulls in the same area this evening and looked as if they might stay there for the night.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Lost Bridge, Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

1 Snow Goose flew in with a large flock of Canada Geese. I also had 11 Greater Scaup with Common Goldeneye. All ducks and geese were on the Great Miami River as all of the gravel pits in the area are almost completely frozen.

At Fernald, there are a few Canvasback, Ring-necks, Gadwall and Mallards hanging out in a tiny patch of open water in the back corner of lodge pond. This morning was a 3 falcon morning with a flyby Peregrine, great looks at a Merlin, and a resident pair of Kestrels.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Woodland Mound Boat Ramp
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

There were 3 Greater White-fronted Geese in a flock of 75 Canada Geese that flew along the Ohio River and then up the Ninemile Creek drainage. They were low, so I don't think they were going far.

There was also a Winter Wren in the bottomland thickets near the boat ramp.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

At 2:45 there was a first cycle Great-Black-backed Gull above the dam on a gravel peninsula near the KY shore. There were also ~15 Herring Gulls, ~275 Ring-billed Gulls.

I missed out on the cool birds that Suzanne reported from Chilo because I decided not to brave the snowy side roads.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve adjacent to Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

Nice group of waterfowl by our dock this morning:
110 Common Mergansers (impressive with so many bright males!)
40 Goldeneye
2 Canvasbacks
2 Hooded Mergansers
3 Cormorants

Also two Bald Eagles perched in the yard, one immature and one mature.

The snow brought our first Fox sparrow and Juncos to the feeders for this winter. Strange no Juncos earlier.

Only one Purple Finch now, we've had plenty earlier, maybe they're moving north already.

We've not heard Woodcocks since the first ones on Feb. 9. They're probably not happy campers now!

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Excellent looks at the Hermit Thrush bouncing his tail along the river. Great contrast of brown thrush in white snow.
1 male Common Merganser
1 male and 1 female Hooded Merganser
1 male Mallard
Heard only Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Eastern Towhee
Several White-throated Sparrows

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Sugartree Backyard
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

Brown Thrasher on platform feeder

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Carillon Park in Dayton, OH (across from UD Arena)
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

Four Great Black-backed Gulls on the ice in the Great Miami River viewed from the bell tower (there are pull-offs) along Carillon Blvd. across from UD Arena. Three adults and one first-cycle.

Note: Is this an unprecedented winter for this species at inland sites away from Lake Erie? There have been several sightings in Dayton and recently the one at East Fork.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

2 pairs of eastern towhee. Downy, hairy and red bellied wood peckers everywhere. 20+ dark eyed juncos. White crowned sparrows along with white throated sparrows. Numerous northern cardinals. Carolina wren, house finch, carolina and black capped chickadees. 5 black vultures circling together until the wind carried them out of sight. The highlight of the trip was a Coopers Hawk sitting on a branch eating what looked like a starling. The hawk was within 10-15 feet of the trail and didnt seem bothered by my presence at all. Hopefully some good captures from this visit!

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Newport, KY
Reporter: James Wheat
Other Birders:

Eric, the Surf Scoter is an adult male in brilliant plumage.

It tended toward the KY side most of the day. I saw it as well from the Don Pablo's deck and no one accosted me.

James A. Wheat
Newport, KY

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Camp Denison and Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Camp Denison American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, no binoculars but could see all the waterfowl crammed in one spot of open water and some gulls on the ice nearby. Kelley Nature Preserve: 6 Common Goldeneye on the river that is mostly frozen.
3 Mallards
3 Turkey Vultures
1 Belted Kingfisher
Heard only Eastern Bluebird
2 Pileated Woodpeckers
4 Eastern Towhees
6 Mourning Doves

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Covington Ky riverfront
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Stopped by the riverfront at 4:30 p.m. There were 11 Common Goldeneye (6m,5f),3 Red-breasted Mergansers (1m, 2f), 3 Pied-billed Grebe, 20 Mallards, 3 immature Herring Gulls and 70 Ring-billed Gulls.
James, nice finding the Surf Scoter but could you be a little more specific about the bird and location. Like is it an adult male, female or immature? Is it the middle of the river or closer to one bank? Did Don Paublos let you stand on their deck to see it. I really don't want to pay to park at Sawyer Point to see it.
With this arctic air arriving tomorrow the riverfront maybe heating up this weekend for good birds. There is very little open water left. The Licking River was frozen almost to the Ohio River and the L.M.R. has only a few open spots.

Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Location: Newport, KY
Reporter: James Wheat
Other Birders:

Surf Scoter remained most of today on the OH River in Newport KY. The bird is still here now. Bird visible from T.M. Berry Int'l Friendship Park on the OH side, and the Don Pablo's deck (Riverboat Row) on the KY side.

Also seen today: both Scaup, Redhead, Canvasback, RB Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Mallard.

James A. Wheat
Newport, KY

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

In fresh snow I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk over the river. Also 7 Canada Geese on the water, 2 Ring-billed Gulls did a flyover. Red-bellied, Downy and Pileated Woodpecker, Cardinal, Robin, Titmouse, C Wren, C Chickadee, Bluejay, American Crow and 40-50 White-throated Sparrows feeding on the ground. They look like the Tan stripe variety.

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015
Location: NE Union Co. IN and W Preble Co. OH
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

We had only about an inch or so snow accumulation in Union and Wayne Co. IN today, but enough to drive longspurs and Horned Larks to the roadsides. In the area S and E of Boston IN I had a total of nearly 300 Lapland Longspurs (many in pure or nearly pure flocks). None were yet showing molt to breeding plumage.

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Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com