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

Merlin flying upriver about 1pm today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

List:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care.
---Mike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franklin's gulls, greater yellowlegs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not my sighting:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notables List:

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

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

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

First of season White-throated Sparrow this afternoon.

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning around 8 a.m heard White-throated Sparrows along with Eastern Meadowlarks, Mockingbirds near main shelter. Also a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at end of trail near overlook of river. Canada Geese, two groups flying towards the bean field.

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Location: Loveland
Reporter: Fannie Courtier
Other Birders:

Yellow bellied sap sucker

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Bath IN
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flying southerly in low clouds and scattered showers at about 2:00 pm today.

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Jack Thier
Other Birders:

Approx. 9 AM around the parking lot to the left of the shelter a pair of juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers were hanging out with a couple of juvenile Killdeer. Took several fairly good pictures, given the weather!

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

First of the season white-crowned sparrow.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: 8959 Blue Ash Rd Eastern Sheet Metal
Reporter: Mike Feldhues
Other Birders:

Over 1000 chimney swifts circling over the building and grounds before descending into the tall stack. It all starts around 6:50pm and is over at 7:30pm I'm sure they will be gone any day now. Awesome Sight!!

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Fernald Preserve, Lodge Pond
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders: many

Common Gallinule and Sora on East side of Lodge Pond in the cattails between 12:30 and 2:30 this afternoon, off and on, but mostly hidden. Female Northern Pintail, m/f American Wigeons, m/f Wood Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, and many Mallards.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: My house in Kenwood
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Just had a female BTG Warbler in my yard-great views from short distances. Also, many kinglets, juncos, and white throated sparrows.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Marsh area near Gorge Trail: Highlight was a single Swamp Sparrow. Also a Marsh Wren that was so elusive I was 4 to 5 ft. away and I still didn't get but brief glimpses of the bird.
Also seen at Marsh, several Waxwings, Bluejays and Eastern Bluebirds
Goldfinch
White-throated Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
American Crow
Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-shouldered Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
3 Cooper's Hawks
Cardinal
Large flock of Eastern Starlings
Along trail from Wellman Meadows to Pioneer Village: 5 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Nashville Warbler
Swainson's Thrush
Field near Pioneer Village:Monarch, Red Admiral,Cabbage White and Yellow Sulphur and Common Buckeye butterflies.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Lots of Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Tennessees, Common Yellowthroats, Nashvilles, and one beautiful male Mourning Warbler. Also quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, some Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, White-throated Sparrows, and a Blue-headed Vireo. It's pretty muddy. So, if you go, wear your mud boots or bring an extra pair of shoes.

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Location: Bantam Rd Bike Path East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Purple Finch, Fox Sparrow, Lots of White-throated Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows. The complete list can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20207507

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Fairfield
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Over a 6 hour period heard flyover Pine Siskins on 2 occasions, the second time saw 2 individuals. Other highlights were Orange-crowned Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Wood Thrush, Hermit Thrush, both kinglets, Lincoln Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland / Oxbow
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

The highlights of the day were not necessarily a diversity of species, but rather big numbers of migrants. I was flagged on eBird for the total of 650 Tree Swallows between the two locations, but I think this was likely on the low end of actual numbers. Other prevalent species included Great Egret, Yellow-rumped Warblers, which were everywhere at Oxbow particularly, Palm Warblers, Tennessee Warblers, Blue Jays, and Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles. Less common species include: Merlin at MWW, N. Shovelers and Green- winged Teal, 3 L. Yellowlegs, Wilson's Warbler, both Kinglets (FOS), a good candidate for Nelson's Sparrow that was uncooperative after flushing at MWW, along with 7 other species of sparrow.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Backyard - Poplar Hill - Lebanon, OH
Reporter: D Peercy
Other Birders: Ed Peercy

Keep those hummingbird feeders out! Had a visitor, RT female, this morning at 8:00 am.

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Northern Waterthrush and Winter Wren. The Winter Wren came out when I was pishing the waterthrush out for a better look.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Waterfowl was the theme this week at Fernald. All 9 expected dabbling species were present by the end of this week (in low numbers) and there were also 4 Ring-necked Ducks by Thursday. Pied-billed Grebes have also come in in good numbers, and I saw a Dunlin on a patch of mud out of public access. Good numbers were also noticeable this week for Swamp, Savannah, Lincoln's, and Song Sparrows.

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Lots of yellow this morning: three bobolinks in the northeast field, two meadowlarks near the center pavilion, and a lesser yellowlegs at the canoe landing. Also an adult eagle flying upriver.

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Location: East Fork Beach
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

AS MANY AS 40 CANADA GEESE, AN INCREDIBLE BAR-HEADED GOOSE FROM WHATEVER DERIVATION FOR THE LAST 5 DAYS,
UP TO 11 CORMORANTS, 7-9 CASPIAN TERNS,
1 ADULT OSPREY 2 LESS-THAN-ADULT BALD EAGLES, 11 TURKEY VULTURES, LARGE NUMBERS OF PB GREBES ARRIVED OVERNIGHT, 2-6 HORNED GREBES AT GREAT DISTANCE, SEVERAL STILL IN NEAR BREEDING PLUMMAGE,
PERHAPS 9 TREE SWALLOWS BLAZING ACROSS THE LAKE AT 2 FEET AGL TOWARD THE TINY BAY AT THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BEACH...ONE OF THE CASPIAN TERNS WAS VERY YOUNG AND BEGGING WITH AN ORANGER/SHORTER BILL, 15 PLUS KILLDEER, 2 BLUEBIRDS, CROWS OF COURSE. EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT, EVERY DAY IS WONDERFUL. "YOU HAVE TO GET OUT!" AS HANK WOULD SAY TO GINNY.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

I noticed a small flock of Juncos foraging in my backyard today.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Northside
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

Pine siskin across the road from Mt. Airy forest.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 White-throated Sparrow, 3 Yellow-rump Warblers and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the yard tonight. The only hope that winter is not here yet was 2 Eastern Meadowlarks that flew over the yard.

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

Of note: 7 Ruddy Ducks, Coots, Osprey, Green Heron flushed from woods up the hill. RC Kinglets.

Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Location: Bethel Area Backyard
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

Still Ruby-throated Hummingbirds here -- 2 at the feeders on the 7th and 1 this morning. I looked unsuccessfully for rufous color...

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Location: Rowe Arboretum, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I just noticed it looks like no one has posted a junco as yet. I did have a Dark-eyed Junco at the arboretum on Oct.1, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet on Oct. 4.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Location: in tree off road, Warren County near intersection of Turtle Creek and Mason-Morr
Reporter: Rita Murphy
Other Birders: Mike and Jeaane Glassmeyer

Bald Eagle, Mature

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Location: Brookville and Oxford
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

This morning at the Mounds Beach, Brookville Reservoir, were 2 adult Peregrine Falcons, 8 subadult Bald Eagles, only 20 Ring-billed Gulls and no other gull species seen, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Blackburnian Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler. On Sunday I saw a Merlin just northeast of Oxford and another at the beach at Acton Lake, Hueston Woods State Park.

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Location: Bethel Area Backyard
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

I was surprised to still have a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting the feeders this afternoon. Also a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a flock of about 20 Cedar Waxwings.

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock #34 & Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

8-11am: FOS Swamp Sparrows (2) at the wetlands, joined by a late-ish House Wren. FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (immature) near the third bird blind, at the end of the gravel road. No warblers or other neotropical migrants. Blue Jays were very active.

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Location: Caesars Creek Lake
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Several stops, started at Gorge Trail:
Great Blue Heron
Downy Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
Northern rough-winged Swallow
American Crow
American Robin
Visitors Center area:
Large numbers of Common Grackle and Bluejay
American Goldfinch
Song Sparrow
Eastern Phoebe
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Canada Goose
Tufted Titmouse
Cardinal
Wetlands viewing platform:
Several Black Vultures
Turkey Vulture
Goldfinch
Field Sparrow
Eastern Bluebird
Mourning Dove
Beach area:
Several Ring-billed Gull
Canada Goose
Common Yellowthroat
Black Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
White-eyed Vireo
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Killdeer
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
European Starling
Large group of Black Vultures in the road and roosting in a large Sycamore Tree, Oregonia Road

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 9 Cincinnati Bird Club Walk Birders

East Fork State Park, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 7:33 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.93 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose 20, Pied-billed Grebe 6, Double-crested Cormorant 10, Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Cooper's Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 3, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Killdeer 10, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Ring-billed Gull 60, Herring Gull 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 10, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 25, American Crow 10, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 3, American Robin 10, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 15, Cedar Waxwing 50, Common Yellowthroat 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 3,Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 15, Savannah Sparrow 1 (thanks to Donald Morris), Song Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 20, Indigo Bunting 6, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 20
East Fork SP--Williamsburg Wetland, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 11:16 AM - 12:36 PM
1.4 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

duck sp. 30,
Turkey Vulture 3, Osprey 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Killdeer 5, Chimney Swift 150, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 5, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 1, Swainson's Thrush 1, American Robin 5, European Starling 2, Northern Cardinal 8, Indigo Bunting 1, American Goldfinch 5

Numbers were estimated after the walk.

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 9 Cincinnati Bird Club Walk Birders

East Fork State Park, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 7:33 AM - 10:41 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.93 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose 20, Pied-billed Grebe 6, Double-crested Cormorant 10, Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Cooper's Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 3, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Killdeer 10, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Sanderling 1, Ring-billed Gull 60, Herring Gull 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 10, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 25, American Crow 10, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 3, American Robin 10, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 15, Cedar Waxwing 50, Common Yellowthroat 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 3,Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 15, Savannah Sparrow 1 (thanks to Donald Morris), Song Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 20, Indigo Bunting 6, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 20
East Fork SP--Williamsburg Wetland, Clermont, US-OH
Oct 4, 2014 11:16 AM - 12:36 PM
1.4 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

duck sp. 30,
Turkey Vulture 3, Osprey 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Killdeer 5, Chimney Swift 150, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 5, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 2, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 1, Swainson's Thrush 1, American Robin 5, European Starling 2, Northern Cardinal 8, Indigo Bunting 1, American Goldfinch 5

Numbers were estimated after the walk.

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

2 Common Nighthawks.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Jerry Baker

Of note: 1 Sanderling on beach, 3 Bald Eagles (all adults), 1 Osprey, 1 Merlin (flying), Swainson's Thrush, Cape May, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Blackpoll Warblers, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Bass Island
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

A good variety of Warblers still moving through here around 11am: Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, and Tennessee.

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

A good 10 minutes spent on my way to work.

Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 2

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders: Jennel (in part)

Thur: 8 AM 1 osprey, 6 gb herons, 1 wood duck, 1 solitary sandpiper, 2 kingfishers. Lots of yard birds.

Wed.: 2 merlin (woods by the overlook) and Jennel saw 4 blue birds. Not much else.

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

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

Trip List:

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

Common Yellowthroat

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was a great day to be out birding.

Indian Creek Wildlife Area (Brown County)
45 species

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

Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits (Highland County)
32 species

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Reporter: Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Pretty good morning for warblers.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please note: I think I finally spelled Armleder correctly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great Egret and a Double-crested Cormorant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phalarope - NO.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red-necked Phalarope present 7:30am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A merlin, but no other raptors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Back yard near Reading Rd and Sunnybrook Drive/ SW corner
Reporter: Margaret Perry
Other Birders:

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

Trip List: Bald Eagle 1 Young

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

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

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

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Susan & Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Beautiful morning for some (early) fall birding.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Definitely worth a day trip!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also 2 great blue herons still on the nest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Four Caspian Terns seen at 8 AM.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take care,
---Mike

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

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

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

not my sighting

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

Git yer bird on!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other birds of interest at Lost Bridge included:

1 Great Egret
1 Osprey
6 DC Cormorant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

indigo bunting
Owl
yellow finch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 Sanderling on beach about 2pm.

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Location: Rowe woods (CNC)
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: 12 CNC members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com