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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Birds seen and mostly heard during our biweekly walks.

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

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

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

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

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

ALDER FLYCATCHER calling in the area behind the stone schoolhouse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good DAY, that is.

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

1 Mourning Warbler

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

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

Connecticut Warbler

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

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

Blue Heron

Trip List: Great Blue Heron 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Mourning Warbler

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

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

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

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

1 Chimney Swift (aspiring Landscape Architect)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONNECTICUT WARBLER

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

Interesting Ann had one not too far from here.

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

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

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

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

Any help???

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two new yard birds for me:

Turkey (Tues am)
Veery (Thurs pm)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Had a Common Nighthawk calling above the Mt Washington Krogers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trip List:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian,

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

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

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

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

Anderson Twp. Walls Greenspace: 3 Blue Grosbeak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I had a fun day of birding without trying.

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

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

Sightings:

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

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

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

Sorry for rambling. A fun day for me!

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

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

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

Common, not Commin in my earlier post

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three new birds for me today:

Virginia Rail
Sora
Marsh Wren

Also saw/heard:

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Black Throated Green warbler
Prothonotary warbler

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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

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

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

Highlights from the day of the EF Birding Festival:

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 Pine Siskens seen and more heard mid morning

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

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

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

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

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

Front yard Cape May.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This will be the 4th year in a row.

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

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

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

One Common Loon (not in breeding plumage)

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

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

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

Williamsburg-Bantam Rd.-Wetlands/Bike Trail

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

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

Birds heard but not seen:

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

Equine Manor on Greenbriar Rd.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saw my first Hummingbird

Trip List:

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The mornings chorus included the following sounds:
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Prothonotary Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Wren
My favorite the Yellow-breasted Chat.

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015
Location: Firebird Lane old Erie canal towpath area, flooded field
Reporter: Mary Cullum
Other Birders: Mary Cullum

I saw the same Mystery Duck hanging around a drake mallard. Could this be an escapee or domestic/wild mix?

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park Williamsburg Wetland
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

2 American Bitterns.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Stonelick State Park
Reporter: Laura Bradley
Other Birders: Phoenix, Indie

1 osprey

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

One Great Egret fishing alone on river bank closest to bean field. One immature Bald Eagle same area as egret but flew over briefly and landed in trees opposite side of river. 4 Turkey Vultures, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Barn Swallows, only saw a few Tree Swallows out today, 1 Red Bellied Woodpecker, 2 White Breasted Nuthatch, and another large heron/egret like bird flying over I could not ID, smaller than GBH though.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Gilmore Metropark
Reporter: Mark Applebaum
Other Birders:

Correction: The date for the previous entry should have been Friday, April 24.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Gilmore Metropark
Reporter: Mark Applebaum
Other Birders: Suellen Applebaum

Several ducks including BW Teal, Gadwall, N. Shoveler, Mallard, and one very strange unidentifyable individual you can see here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mmabyfciebqfdwf/AAD8pw0nIlXmQyAlbxJks5bma?dl=0

It was larger than the BW Teal and Gadwall in the vacinity and was about the same size as the Shoveler. It was in the first patch of open water just south of the Gilmore Rd. parking area. To me, it resembled most a Gargany, but was larger and obviously very different. The eye is the same, as is some coloration, but not the markings.

Also seen were an Osprey, a nesting Great Egret, a pair of Rusty Blackbirds, many DC Cormorants roosting in the Heron rookery (one pair was mating), Field and Song Sparrows, Tree and Rough-winged Swallows, C. Swifts, and the usual other residents (C.geese, RWBB, Coots, GBH, etc.)

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Shawnee
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Blue jacket trail:
Blue-winged warblers
FOY Yellow breasted chat
White eyed

Fort trail:
Yellow throated vireos
Summer tanager (male and female)
Wood thrush
Ceruleans

The stinkin worm-eating warbler keeps evading me!

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: Eastgate Home
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

While I'm in school, Cassidy just texted me to tell me that our Ruby-throated Hummingbird is back at home!

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A WESTERN SANDPIPER on south beach at 9am. A flock of sterna terns were over the water, too far out to ID.

Pictures going up on my flickr at :

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

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Kennedy Heights backyard
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

Black-throated Green Warbler singing form the Oak tree in the backyard this afternoon when I got home.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Hueston Woods State Park
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Hueston Woods was really active this morning! I was able to pick up ~74 species over a span of 4 hours.
Here are the highlights:
1 Common Loon (on the far side of acton lake in the morning)
5 Wood Duck (most seen in trees along the sycamore trail)
1 Hooded Merganser
2 Wild Turkeys
~27 Double-crested Cormorants
1 Osprey
2 Broad-winged Hawks
3 Bald Eagles (two seen near their nest)
1 Bonaparte's Gull
1 Forster's Tern
1 Hairy Woodpecker
4 Pileated Woodpeckers
2 Purple Martins
2 Hermit Thrushes
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
several Warbling Vireos
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Ovenbird (on sycamore trail)
1 Worm-eating Warbler!!! (on sycamore trail)
1 Northern Waterthrush
3 Louisiana Waterthrushes
2 Common Yellowthroat
many yellow-rumped/yellow-throated warblers
1 Blue-winged Warbler! (on sycamore trail)
1 Prothonotary Warbler (on cedar falls trail)
1 Yellow Warbler
5+ Northern Parulas
1 American Redstart
2 Prairie Warblers
1 Scarlet Tanager
3 Eastern Towhees
and 1 Eastern Meadowlark

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Caesar Creek Wetland
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Highlight was a Red-headed Woodpecker heard first and then seen with binos.
Yellow Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow throated Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Swamp Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
American Kestrel
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, several Eastern Towhees
Wood Thrush
House and Carolina Wren
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Several other common birds seen on a beautiful day in the field.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

2 Red tailed hawks, 3 turkey vultures, 1 Barred Owl, 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Belted Kingfisher, countless Barn, Tree and Rough Winged Swallows again...seems like more every time, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Goldfinch, 2 Wild Turkeys in a field across from the enterance, 1 American Yellow Warbler, and the Mute Swan was being extremely aggressive today running out Geese the whole time I was there.

Also at my back yard feeder near Eden Park I had a first ever for me, a beautiful male Rose Breasted Grosbeak in breeding plumage.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Middle Creek Road, Boone County, Ky
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Many breeding warblers (Prairie, Yellow, Yellow-throated, Northern Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird),vireos (Yellow-throated, White-eyed, Red-eyed), hawks (Broad-winged, Cooper's, Red-tailed, plus Baltimore Orioles, Gray Catbirds, Great Crested Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Bunting, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and an abundance of wildflowers.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Magrish Marsh
Reporter: charles tirone
Other Birders: Ro tirone

A resplendent male prothonotary warbler at the south end of the parking lot facing west.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Location: Lake Lorelei Home
Reporter: Tom Jackson
Other Birders: Pat ackson

Had a Batimore Oriole visit my Humming bird feeder on 4/21 and a hummingbird visit on 4/23. They have both visited daily many times since then.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Symmes Twp back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Pamela Lippert

1 Hermit Thrush in the yard, perhaps having been here much of the week if it is the same one seen here earlier this week.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Bob Kopp
Other Birders: Donna Kopp

Saw a pair of blue-gray gnatcatchers building a nest by the Hawk Knoll parking lot in Winton Woods. There was a nesting pair about 50 ft away last year, but that site was disturbed by tree cutting.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

1 female Wild Turkey, a walker told me he heard a Tom calling the other day. Also Wood Thrush, Warbling Vireo, Scarlett Tanager, White-throated Sparrow, several Northern Flickers, Red-tailed Hawk.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Armleder Park/Turpin Sod
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

This morning from 7:45 to 8:45 - I took a scope to the bean field where there were 3 Greater & 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, & 1 Solitary Sandpiper. Both Yellow and Common Yellowthroat were singing in many areas. At the sod farm there was a single L Yellowlegs and a Cliff Swallow among the numerous swallows and blackbirds enjoying the floodle.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders:

Worm-eating Warbler, (near Blue jacket trail 100 yds downhill from prking lot), Redstart, Blue-winged, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green, Parula, Cerulean, Yellow-throated, Yellow warblers, White-eyed and Yellow throated vireo, Broad-winged hawk, Wild Turkey (male), Rose-breasted grosbeak.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Location: lost bridge area
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

this morning 11 Caspian terns, mixed in with the gulls. also about 10 dunlin.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Of note: 7 Caspian Terns, 1 Adult Bald Eagle, 2 Osprey, 2 FOS Yellow-throated Vireos, 1 Orchard Oriole FOS. Warblers: Yellow-rumped, N. Parula, Prairie, L. Waterthrush. Very slow compared to other places I am seeing.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning, Yellow Warlber, Warbling Vireo, Indigo Bunting, several Yellow-throated Warblers, and a very vocal Orchard Oriole. House Wren, Song Sparrow, Common Grackle, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, Goldfinch.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Western Hamilton Co
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Miami Whitewater Wetlands:
Highlights this morning included at least 4 calling Sora, a brief response from a Virginia Rail, 1 flyover American Bittern, and a flyover flock of 40+ American Golden Plovers headed west. Other Shorebirds present included 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer and Wilson's Snipe. Arrivals for me included Baltimore Oriole and Warbling Vireo.

Lost Bridge:
A breeding plumage FRANKLINS GULL was hanging out with the 150 or so Ring-billed Gulls, 5 Bonaparte's and 2 Herring Gulls that have been present for weeks. Eagles have been flushing the gulls frequently, but it was still there 2 hours later on my way back from Shawnee Lookout. I attempted distant photos and will add anything useable to flickr/eBird later tonight.

Shawnee Lookout:
Highlights included 4 Purple Finch (1 little turtle trail, 3 fort trail parking lot), 1 Worm-eating Warbler, 2 Nashville Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler, 3 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 Kentucky Warbler, 4 Common Yellowthroat, 6 American Redstart, 5 Cerulean Warbler, 14+ Northern Parula, 1 Yellow Warbler, 40+ Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Yellow-throated Warbler, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 3 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Great-crested Flycatcher, and 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
Location: Turpin Sod Farm
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

4 Semipalmated Plover
1 Peep spp.
1 Greater Yellowlegs
3 American Pipit
5 Horned Lark

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Armeleder Park
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

From about 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Highlights: Solitary Sandpiper 1 flyby falling and seen at bean field pond, flew out of dead weeds on south end and headed north. Orchard Oriole 1 male singing and seen in the short row of trees (young sycamores?) Along the east side of path going toward canoe launch from the parking lot at south pavilion, seemed to be holding territory in these trees. Both first of season for me.

Other birds: Turkey Vulture 6, Canada Goose 4, Mallard 2 drakes, females probably on nest, Bald Eagle 1 adult soaring east of bean field pond, Red-tailed Hawk 1 adult soaring east of bean field pond, Killdeer 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 6 along east edge of bean field pond (scope needed), Mourning Dove 1, Chimney Swft 100 (40 over bean field pond and 60 over grasslands in main part of park), Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Warbling Vireo 1 singing in woods south of south pavilion, Tree Swallow 20, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5, Barn Swallow 1, Carolina Chickadee 3, Tufted Titmouse 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Red-winged Blackbird 10.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Magrish
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

Magrish starting to get good with the high water and mosquitos gone. This AM:Orchard Oriole, Palm Warbler, and a Red-bellied Woodpecker right by the parking lot.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Symmes Township back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Pamela Lippert

1 Pine Siskin at our feeder today. Soon after we noticed the bird, it promptly flew into one of our windows making a fairly hard hit, then perched motionless in a nearby bush for 20 minutes or so, recovering. Thankfully it perked up all of a sudden and flew off to a nearby Maple tree. Crisis averted! You hate to have a first-ever record for your yard turn into a window-strike death moments later!

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: Symmes Township back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders:

1 Hermit Thrush in the back yard today, perhaps the same one from two days ago sticking around to pump up on bugs before the next flight.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: Armleder 3 p.m.
Reporter: Barb Schwallie
Other Birders: Brutus and Daisy, Basset Hounds

One adult American Bald Eagle soaring low over the Little Miami River near the canoe launch.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

Now open. Short walk 11:15 to 11:45 AM. FOS yellow warbler, prothonotory, great egret(from bridge over the Duck), b.g. gnatcatcher, catbird. Also wood duck, 2 mallards, lots of redwings, cardinals, robins,4 turkey vultures, goldfinch, several song sparrows.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

5 Double Crested Cormorants, 2 Yellow Warblers, 6 Spotted Sandpipers, 3 Wood Ducks, also saw a quarrel between a Mink and a pair of Red Winged Blackbirds.

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

The Bald Eagle's nest was hanging tough yesterday in strong wind gusts. One adult eagle was present in the nest tree. I cannot distinguish between male and female. On previous visits I have seen an adult head in the nest but it is very difficult to see. No idea if there are eaglets.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

The active Bald Eagle nest south of Beechmont survived the last few days strong wind with just a portion blown away. Sighted the female and one chick.
The nearby nest has been added to.

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: South Clermont County backyard near river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Rich Kidd

It works! Put out your hummingbird feeder and you get a hummingbird same day! Also, our grosbeaks are back at feeders for 15th year in a row!

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Location: Madeira
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Took a morning walk on Shawnee Run Road south on Camargo to the edge of Madeira indicated by sign. Louisiana Waterthrush 1 singing at traditional spot fast flowing stream, Blue-headed Vireo 1 singing and seen (migrant) both first of season. Also Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 heard at different locations, Warbling Vireo 1 singing and Yellow-throated Warbler 1 singing. (I have had Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Yellow-throated Warbler in my yard since 04/13/15 a different location than this morning's sightings.) I walked Camargo because there is no place to stop and park.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Late afternoon and early evening highlights: Great Horned Owl 1 immature out of nest across path from nest tree with some fuzz still on head and wings but feathered and with ear tufts, 1 adult seen flying away to east of young bird, Eastern Kingbird 1 heard near second platform from south parking area, Warbling Vireo 2, heard, one near owls and one between the two viewing platforms, Chimney Swifts 5, heard and seen near second platform from south, Barn Swallow 2. mixed in with Tree and Rough-winged Swallows, House Wren 2 near owls, Yellow Warbler 3 one near owls and one each near viewing platforms. All first of the year for me.

Other birds: Double-crested Cormorant 40 at GBHE nests, Great Blue Heron 5 at nests, Great Egret 6 just before sunset at GBHE nests, Mallard 10, Wood Duck 2, Ring-necked Duck 2 m+ f, Canada Goose 4, American Coot 15, Brown Thrasher 1 singing and visible just before sunset on way back to south parking area, Red-winged Blackbird many.

I walked in from south parking lot and took the trail around the south side of impoundments to the north parking lot near the railroad crossing. The now apparently abandoned owl nest is a short distance east of Kingfisher Pond along the path that is bordered by the canal and railroad tracks.

Thanks to the man with binoculars with another man, one woman and young boy, who showed me the nest tree which will be soon hidden by developing leaves. Thanks to the woman for finding the young owl.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

In the wet field in late afternoon after the heavy rains ended-highlights: Great Egret 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 5, and Wilson's Snipe 1.

Also present: Great Blue Heron 1, Mallard 10, Blue-winged Teal 8, Double-crested Cormorant 1, Tree and Rough-winged Swallows, Red-winged Blackbirds, Song Sparrow

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Spotted Sandpiper, 4 Killdeer, 18 American Coots, 4 Blue Winged Teal, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 Woodcock, 5 Turkey Vultures, 2 juvenile Coopers Hawks, Countless Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, and Northern Rough Winged Swallows, 50+ Red Winged Blackbirds, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Clermont County
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Assorted FOY birds - male Ruby-throated Hummingbird, my feeder in Franklin Twp, 2 male Indigo Buntings and a heard-only Wood Thrush on the Williamsburg wetlands trail, northern East Fork State Park.

Two "serendipity" Pileated Woodpeckers - one flew across SR 133 at Jones-Florer Rd this morning; one came from behind the State Farm Insurance office on SR 125 and perched on the power pole. Funny, when I go out looking for them, I mostly hear them rather than see them.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: South Lebanon
Reporter: John Hill
Other Birders:

Unfortunately the Bald Eagle nest sitting precariously atop a Sycamore over the Little Miami River has succumbed to high winds, along with the 2 chicklets. A repeat of history for this site and these Eagles. At least they successfully fledged 5 young in the past. I saw one of those Immatures soaring near the site.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Near the "Little Turtle Trail" this afternoon 1-2pm. Birding from the main road.

1 Cerulean Warb
1 Kentucky Warb
3 Parula
2 Yellow-throats

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: New Richmond feeders...
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

The Yellow-throated Warbler is still coming to my kitchen window feeders.

He comes right up to the window and is eating the hulled sunflower seeds/chips/hearts. :)

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There was a small flock of shorebirds foraging in the flooded field at Ellis this morning, it consisted of 5-6 Yellowlegs (both greater and lesser) and 2 Least Sandpipers!

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Symmes Township back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders:

1 Hermit Thrush, 2 Brown Thrashers, 3 White-throated Sparrows, and a male and female Eastern Towhee in the back yard this morning.

Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Location: Mason backyard
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Husband and daughter

Hummingbird!
I put up the feeder on a whim yesterday, and my husband just told me that he and my daughter saw one a few minutes ago. He's going to check the bird book to see if it was our standard ruby throated or a migratory, he said that the head was very dark.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Western Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Out for 4.5 hours this morning. 95 species between Fernald, Miami Whitewater Forest, Kilby Rd Gravel Pits, and Elizabethtown (Lost) Bridge. The most surprising finds were a Purple Finch near the sausage factory on Southwest Parkway and a Magnolia Warbler at Fernald.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Yellow-throated Warbler
3 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Northern Parula
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Great-crested Flycatcher
2 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Scarlet Tanager
3 Hermit Thrush (traveling together)

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

The park is walkable again. Very muddy obviously. Plenty of dead fish, including the largest Freshwater Drum that I've ever seen.

2 Great Egret
11 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Warbling Vireo
2 Yellow Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

The great blue herons are nesting at Cattail Marsh again this year, in greater numbers than we have ever seen before. We counted 13 heron nests, most with birds on the nest. The great egrets appeared to be building nests as well - at least two, maybe 3. They're visible from the slightly decrepit viewing platform on the south side of Cattail Marsh, accessible from the Symmes Road entrance. Two were in breeding plumage. A spotting scope is helpful, but not essential. Also saw cormorants, Canada geese, mallards, and an osprey flying with a fish.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Shawnee State Forest
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Drove around from 0900-1330. Warblers found were American Redstart, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, Black and White, Prairie, Yellow-rumped, Blue-winged, Hooded Warbler. Not alot of singing. A couple Scarlet Tanagers were heard. Vireos seen were Blue-headed and Yellow-throated. Disappointing were no Ruffed Grouse or Broad-winged Hawks found. The trees around Cincinnati seem to be further along in leafing out that what was seen in Shawnee. All birding was done on roads on the south side of Route 125.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

37 species this morning, including 6 warblers. Common Yellowthroat clearly came in overnight - saw one, heard at least 6 when there were none yesterday afternoon. Yellow-throated and Prothonotary Warblers, and Northern Parula continue; new warblers for the year were Prairie and a "I'm 95% certain I heard it" Yellow-breasted Chat. Other migrants - White-eyed Vireo and my FOY Orchard Oriole. Yesterday's 2 Green Herons moved from the wetlands to the woodland pond.

Fair warning: the starlings are doing their pewee imitation again this spring. Don't let them fool you.

Date: Sunday, April 19, 2015
Location: Home near Owensville, OH
Reporter: Jo Johnstone
Other Birders: Dave Johnstone

We still have at least 25 Siskins feeding on thistle. Heard our first of the season Wood Thrush this morning. Two Red headed Woodpeckers have been regulars for a couple weeks now. Life is, indeed, good!!

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Madeira Ohio
Reporter: Michael Scott
Other Birders:

A first for me. Several friends and I spotted a Ferruginous hawk feeding in the city park in Madeira at about 11:00 am. Very large with white head and body with streaks on wings..

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Ellis Wetlands & Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Ellis Wetlands ( Northern Shovelers, Blue and Green-Winged Teals, spooked a Wilsons Snipe, Great Egrets, Mallards and this strange looking duck I think is some kind of hybrid. Let me know if its something other than that. At Gilmore Ponds, one of the Great Horned Owlets has left its nest and was perched in a tree right across the trail from the nest. There was still one in the nest. pictures on flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: goshen at 131 n 132
Reporter: Lee Gruber
Other Birders:

RB Hummer came for a sip this eve. The Tree sparrows are back and the Wood thrush. Bluebirds in house with 5 eggs.Cuckoo calling too. Life is good.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Meldahl Dam, Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

FOY Clermont County birds this afternoon, 4/18. Heard-only Louisiana Waterthrush at Meldahl Dam - along the backwaters caused by recent flooding downstream from the dam (to the right as you enter the property).

At Crooked Run Nature Preserve, 2 Green Herons at the wetlands, Gray Catbird, White-eyed Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler, and a heard-only Northern Parula.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

First stopped at Lost Bridge pits, 4 Double-crested Cormorants, several Gulls, Barn Swallow, GBH, Mt. Nebo Rd. a Prairie Warbler, boat ramp several House Wrens and 1 Prothonotary Warbler, area near Fort trail, White-eyed Vireo, Northern Parula, Cerulean Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Scarlett Tanager, heard only Common Yellowthroat, Great crested Flycathcher, Wood Thrush.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Milford Miami Woods
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

FOS: Ruby-throated-Hummingbird, 1:50 PM.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Albert Scruggs
Other Birders:

My FOS Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow Warblers, Cerulean Warblers, and Wood Thrushes. Other niceties--N. Parula, Yellow-throated Warblers, House Wren, R-S Hawk, Pileated, R-Bellied, Flicker, and Downy woodpeckers, E. Phoebe, E. Bluebird, Tree Swallows, many other singers on a nice morning.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

A few new arrivals for me included a slightly early Summer Tanager, a singing Kentucky Warbler, Gray Catbird and White-eyed Vireos. I also had a Pine Warbler singing on the fort trail and numerous Yellow-rumps, Yellow-throated Warblers, and Nothern Parulas. At the Mount Nebo pit there was a singing Prairie Warbler. Earlier in the morning I heard a Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Burnet Woods.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: John Botz
Other Birders:

Got good looks at a male cerulean warbler this evening. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers as well.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: East Fork State Park.
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

There was a Baltimore Oriole hanging out at the Slade Road boat launch this AM. Several Prairie Warblers in the Cedar trees along the Tailwater access road.

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area, Fayetteville
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: fide Margaret Bowman (not my sighting)

Margaret texted me that she found a Black-crowned Night-Heron at Indian Creek WA this morning about 11:15am. From her description, it sounds like it was on Snowhill Rd, after the usual gravel parking area but before the turn at Campbell Rd.

She also had Sora (heard) and Wilson's Snipe ( seen)

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

The soft sound of the Yellow-throated Warbler combined with a Mourning Dove makes a nice two-part harmony.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

Had to get in the back way but while there I saw two pair of Wood Ducks in a couple of Sycamores, the creek had several Louisiana Water Thrushes, and the best of all an Osprey high in a tree in the meadow.

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Location: Nesbit Park- Loveland
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

FOY Chimney Swifts- heard overhead and then saw 3 birds circling a few times before moving on

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jordan West
Other Birders:

1 Wild Turkey, 2 Barred Owls in the pines calling back and forth, 1 Carolina Wren, 5 Pileated Woodpeckers, 3 Turkey Vultures overhead, 8 Tree Swallow, 10-12 Goldfinch, 4 Brown Headed Cowbirds, 8 Red Winged Blackbirds a mix of male and female, 6 Bluejay, 4 White Throated Sparrow, 1 Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: "upper" Armleder and Kellogg Ave
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Armleder remains closed, but I thought I'd take a look this evening to see if the receding water held anything interesting. It do not, however I walkedthe grassy area behind the U.S. Bank building and found 10 or so Savannah Sparrows and 6-8 E. Meadowlarks. Traveling to see if any flooded areas on Kellogg had good birds and I saw a flock of 55 cormorants fly in to roost near the mouth of the LMR. I walked part of the Lunken Trail to take a look in the flooded interior of the airstrip and saw some very distant dabbling ducks including a N. Shoveler and Bonapartes Gull in the mix. Stalking them was what appeared to be a lame or three legged Coyote.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: 1730 Wittenberg St. Loveland
Reporter: Dana Cornelisen
Other Birders:

Red Shouldered hawks nesting in crook of solitary Sycamore tree.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Fort Thomas, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Prairie Warblers are back at River Rd cedars as of yesterday. A Louisiana Waterthrush has been at Sergeant Park,Covert Run, since Saturday. Yellow-throated Warblers popping up in at least a half dozen locations around town.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Amber Latham

1 FOS Caspian Tern - flew from W to E out of sight

1 Spotted Sandpiper remains on beach. Windy, pretty dead elsewhere.

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Alexander Clark
Other Birders:

Loaded with yellow-throated warblers and northern parulas

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Kilby Road Gravel Pits
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

Found the following in the gravel pit lake.
DC Cormorant 200 (catching many fish)
Common Loon 1
C Merganser 1
C Geese 5
Bald Eagle 1

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Indiana, Union County, west of Stone Road on Sand Run
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

this afternoon saw and heard two Smith's Longspurs from the road. They were in the corn stubble and yellow foxtail just to the south of the road. Continued west along Sand Run stopping occasionally but found no other longspurs.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Avoca Park
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Blackburnian Warbler - a brilliant male, rather early: https://flic.kr/p/s6mG45

1 Northern Parula

3 Yellow-throated Warbler

8 Yellow-rumped Warbler

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Georgetown
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Correction: Upon further research I now believe what I saw was a Fox Squirrel because of its size, larger than a Gray Squirrel. I realize this site is not about all wildlife but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Various
Reporter: Amber Latham
Other Birders:

Sunday April 12 at East Fork

16 Ruddy Ducks on the lake

Monday April 13 at East Fork between Slade Rd. and the spill way

Tons of Tree Sparrows
Eastern Bluebirds
Eastern Meadowlarks
Chipping Sparrows
Prairie Warblers-2 seen, many more heard

Tuesday April 14 on private property in Georgetown

Northern Parula-2
Louisiana Waterthrush-2
Yellow-rumped Warblers-2

Also saw a gorgeous Red Squirrel. I've never seen one before.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Highlights: Great Egret, Rusty Blackbirds, Solitary and Pectoral Sandpipers.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Spotted Sandpiper on beach FOS
1 Osprey
Stiff north wind, very dead elsewise.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Colonial Park, Lebanon
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Yellow-throated Warbler.

Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

First Prothonotary Warbler of the spring in the backwater estuary this morning!

First White-eyed vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on Friday 4/10/15

Older Sightings

Comments? Suggestions?
Let me know!
Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com