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Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Location: Loveland Bike Trail-North of Nisbet Park
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

The sun came out around 10:30 am and so did the birds.

List:
-Indigo Bunting(1)
-Hermit Thrush(1)
-Prothonotary Warbler(1)
-Pine Warbler(4)
-Yellow-rumped Warbler(6)
-Wood Duck(3)
-Blue-gray Gnatcatcher(many)
-Eastern Bluebird(1)

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Location: My yard....
Reporter: Tracy Brewer
Other Birders:

Hummingbird in my front yard today....

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Denis Conover, Megan Philpott

It's not every year that you get to see a Prothonotary Warbler in the snow, but one obliging bird was foraging low along the pond in Burnet woods early this morning. Otherwise, bird activity was generally slow.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Symmes Township back yard
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Levi Lippert

Today we had a Hermit Thrush hanging around the back yard all day, hunting in the flowerbeds. Several times it hunted just 18 inches from our window which afforded great looks. Also two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were gathering spiderwebs for a nest. A White-throated Sparrow (starting to get brighter plumage), Carolina Wren, and a female Rufous-sided Towhee were working diligently at feeding.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Intersection of Union Road and Hamilton Lebanon Road
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

An astonishing number of shorebirds seen in a flooded field near the railroad tracks. Species included:

~120 Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs
6 Solitary Sandpipers
4 Spotted Sandpipers
2 Dunlin
23 Pectoral Sandpipers
2 Least Sandpipers
and possibly others as I was not able to stay long.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: West Price Hill yard
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

This evening, in the nimbostratus clouds, 4 Chimney Swifts, my FOS.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Carl A Rahe Canoe Access- Loveland
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Since I hadn't seen one posted yet I thought I would report the Eastern Kingbird I saw today when walking the trail. Other highlights:

2 Wood Ducks, 1 Barred Owl, 4 Yellow-throated Warblers, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

4 new FOY birds this morning

3 Louisiana Waterthrush on the Geology Trial
1 Northern Parula near the parking lot
1 Palm Warbler near lotus pond
2 White Eyed Vireo near lotus pond

other birds included yellow rumped and yellow throated warblers, solitary sandpiper on Tealtown road right outside the park in a flooded puddle, ruby crowned kinglet, tons of gnatcatchers, one of which was doing an odd dance I had never seen before where he stood strait upright with his head to the sky and swayed back and forth and then acted like a cat and was rubbing his head on the branch he stood on.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Crooked Run State Nature Preserve/ Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders: Chris Clingman

Our first Prothonotary Warbler of the spring this morning!
Also firsts today:
Chipping Sparrow
Great Egret

New spring arrivals on Sunday 4/13
White-eyed Vireo
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-throated Warbler
Nothern Parula first seen 4/11
All in the Preserve except the Egret was the wetland.

Also Sunday:
2 mature Bald Eagles in the Estuary
and 2 Osprey around our house.

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Location: Kelly Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Heard Yellow-throated Warbler
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Chickadee
Loads of Cardinals
White-throated Sparrow
Low flying Turkey Vultures
Titmouse
Blue grey Gnatcatcher
Bluejay
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Lots of Grapevine Epimenis
Eastern Comma
Spring Azure
White Cabbage

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Ross Gravel Pit
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Checking in on status of recent birds: 3 remaining Red-necked Grebes, one Greater Scaup, one Horned Grebe, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Canada Geese, and no White-winged Scoters, or Long-tailed Ducks seen. Was there about 7:30 pm.

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Location: Ross Gravel Pit
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Checking in on status of recent birds: 3 remaining Red-necked Grebes, one Greater Scaup, one Horned Grebe, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Canada Geese, and no White-winged Scoters, or Long-tailed Ducks seen. Was there about 7:30 pm.

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Location: Shawnee State Forest
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Headed East today for birds and zest. Found both. Will start with the bird highlights.
Broad-winged Hawk 2, White-eyed Vireo 1,Black and white Warbler 1, Louisiana Waterthrush 5, Northern Parula 1, Ovenbird 2, Pine Warbler 2, Prairie Warbler 1,Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler +10.
Now the zest.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 9, Spicebush Swallowtail 2, Zebra Swallowtail 4, Falcate Orangetip 12, Spring Azure many, Henry's Elfin 3, Eastern Comma 1, Mourning Cloak 3, Juvenal's Duskywing many, Sleepy Duskywing +3, Cabbage White 0.
Five-lined Skink 1

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods, Fernald
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom, Dad

5 new FOY birds today!

2 Great Egret at Hueston Woods, 1 at fernald
1 chimney swift near hueston woods
2 Forsters tern at hueston
3+ Caspian Tern at hueston
2 American Golden Plover at Fernald

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs were seen in the flooded field along with many Shovelers and Teal.

The flooded forest in the back was also full of warblers with at least 8 yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 Yellow-throated Warblers, and a Northern Parula.

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Location: Felicity
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

90% sure I heard a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER today in my yard. Seems a bit early though.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Gilmore Ponds Preserve
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Green wing Teal
Great Horned Owl
Lesser Yellowlegs
Tree Swallow

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds Preserve
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Green wing Teal
Great Horned Owl
Lesser Yellowlegs
Tree Swallow

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Batavia back yard
Reporter: linda romine
Other Birders: none

Osprey

Awesome yard bird! Soaring over my house as I sat on my back porch!

And to my lep fans: Henry's Elfins were everywhere at Shawnee Thursday, plus Brown Elfins, Sleepy and Juvenal's Duskywings and a few tigers. Red Admirals crossed the river today at Meldahl plus Meadow Frits were flitting about the downstream field near the gravel parking lot. Birds are Best but Butterflies add Zest!

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brad Rapien
Other Birders:

Highlights:
FOS Palm Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Pileated Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2)
Eastern Towhee
Wood Duck
Great Egret
Red-shouldered Hawk

Plus the usual ducks and other common species.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Smithhaven Studios, Northside
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

6 Chimney Swifts circling overhead tonight at sunset.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

2 Hermit Thrush
4 Pileated Woodpeckers, have seen and heard the Pileated at Kelly Nature Preserve and Armleder this week.
Heard a Yellow-throated Warbler
Gold and House Finches
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
A pair of Northern Harriers
Red-tailed Hawk
Titmouse
Cardinal
Chickadee
Mourning Dove
Brown-headed Cowbird
Blackbirds
White-breasted Nuthatch

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Newport, KY.
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders:

FOY Chimney Swift- I only saw a few but the numbers will only grow as the month goes on.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Glenwood Gardens - Wetland Loop Trail, Prairie Pond
Reporter: Mark Otten
Other Birders: Dianne Otten

4 blue-winged teals (2 males, 2 females)
2 wood ducks (1 male, 1 female)
American coot
Warbling vireo
Yellow-rumped warbler (males and females)
Yellow-throated warbler
Green heron
Blue-gray gnatcatcher

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co. OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

The highlight of the day was watching two Ospreys circling low around the waterworks reservoirs and vicinity. The Ospreys were doing a lot of vocalizing.

At the nature preserve there were 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 Yellow-throated Warblers and 2 Northern Parulas. Yesterday evening there was one Barred Owl near a nest site in a hollow tree they have used in previous years, and a Louisiana Waterthrush along the creek.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom, Dad

4 New FOY birds today!

1 Spotted Sandpiper on the bean field (thanks to Cassidy)
2 Solitary Sandpipers in the beanfield
1 Bank swallow
1 Vesper Sparrow


Other birds included Tree, barn, and rough wing swallows, many singing white crowned sparrows, wood ducks, bw and gw teal, and gnatcatchers

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Both a Forster's Tern and a Caspian Tern were seen feeding on Acton Lake.

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Kilby Ponds
Reporter: Bob Schlake
Other Birders:

2 Caspian Terns feeding in the westside lakes.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: My dog Katie

Several FOS birds for me this morning on a walk to the lake and back with my dog: Brown Creeper, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers (everywhere), Hermit Thrush, Pine Warbler & Northern Parula.
Also Pileated Woodpecker (pair), Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler and many calling Towhees.
Red-headed Woodpeckers (at leaast 3) are continuing in my nearby yard, along with a singing Brown Thrasher.

Trip List:

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: sharon woods
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

I believe wood ducks are nesting in a sycamore tree at the bottom of gorge trail near the creek. Pictures at www.flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Had two FOY Spotted Sandpipers. One was on the small island in the bean field and the other was on the East bank of the Little Miami River.
Also in the flooded bean field were 35 Blue-winged Teal. 3 Wood Ducks and 1 Pied-billed Grebe.
Had 7 Great Egrets tonight, Six were fly overs and one was wading on the riverbank below the overlook.
Had 7 Double-crested Cormorants,9 Wilson's Snipe, and two more Wood Ducks fly over.
There were 3 Woodcock calling tonight.
Other interesting birds were 2 Eastern Meadowlarks, 1 Barn Swallow, 2 Field Sparrows and 10 Savannah Sparrows,

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Location: armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

FOY male prothonotory back at his territory at LMR & Duck Creek. No sign of the other male closer to the canoe launch. Also 10 - 12 rusty blackbirds in flooded woods near bean field. 3 coots, 2 woodies, 4 bw teal.

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Brown Thrasher
Great Egret
Mallard
Gadwall
Shoveler
B&G winged Teals
Ring- necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Buffleheads
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Location: California Woods
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Northern Parula
7 Yellow-throated Warbler, most of them in a single Sycamore (constant chasing)
1 Winter Wren

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: Magrish Nature Preserve
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

A lot of the lower path was flooded, but it was so nice that I still trodded around in the mud for about an hour this afternoon. I had hoped for more migrants, but no luck. The Yellow-rumped weren't shy at all, though, and were my FOY!

2 Mallard
7 Turkey Vulture
1 Merlin
3 Carolina Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Field Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
House Sparrow
American Robin

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

American Kestrel pair
Wood duck pair
Blue-winged Teal pair
White-throated sparrow
Carolina Wren

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: Miami Valley Christian Academy
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders:

I went outside for lunch at school and it seems as though the barn swallows are nesting in the church behind the school. They had done this for years but did not last year. Hopefully they return!

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: Burnett Woods
Reporter: Scott Bessler
Other Birders:

Lunchtime notable birds:

Golden Crowned Kinglet
Yellow-Throated Warbler (heard)

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Marian Button
Other Birders: Ellen Fisher and several Fernald employees

Between 9:45 and 10:15, we saw an immature bald eagle sitting up in the stand of 4 trees behind the Weapons to Wetlands pond. We were all in the parking area by the little brown building.

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: Heritage Park
Reporter: Natalie Grein
Other Birders:

Saw a bald eagle fly down and glide right over the Little Miami and up to a high tree. I had a retired park ranger next to me freaking out because he never saw a bald eagle fly so close in front of him in real life, and of course niether had I so his mood was very much contagious. It was a great experience that I will never forget. This was 3 years ago before I knew about this site, but figured it was a positive perspectvive that they are on the comeback trail! :)

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: Mt. Airy Forest
Reporter: Natalie Grein
Other Birders:

Pileated Woodpecker- saw entire family back around Feb. 10th, did not know about website then.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Mt. Airy Forest
Reporter: Natalie Grein
Other Birders:

Pileated Woodpecker

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Location: Kilby Road Gravel Pits, Campbell Lakes, and Boone Cliffs/Middle Creek
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Kilby Road Gravel Pits
2 Osprey in one tree along the river. Nesting?
2 Mature Eagles

Campbell Lakes
1 osprey soaring over the preserve

Boone Cliffs
Yellow-throated Warbler

Middle Creek
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Wood Pewee
Louisiana Water Thrush
Yellow-throated Warbler (5)

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There is currently a Great Horned Owl nesting at Gilmore, with two little owlets already!

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co. OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Finally they have arrived, 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler and 2 Blue Gray Gnatcatchers. White-breasted Nuthatches appear to be in the incubation stage. One Brown Creeper hitched itself up the trunk past their nest hole, Mrs. Nuthatch didn't notice (possibly napping), and Mr. Nuthatch was away catching bugs. Usually they have a big reaction to anything approaching the nest. Mr Nuthatch did react to a gnatcatcher that came too close by going into defensive posture a little while later.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

FOY Black-and-white warbler!
also plenty of Blue grey gnatcatchers, and a great egret.

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Location: Ault Park Gardens
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

All spotted within 10 minutes of arriving:
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Flicker
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
House Finch
Goldfinch
Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Chickadee
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Also had a Brown Creeper on a large Oak tree in my front yard last night, a first.

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

The usual, but I did see a large number of Wilson Snipe, 29. My guess is that no one walked towards the bird blind today due to the terrible weather. I seemed to flush snipe every 10 to 15 feet.

Date: Monday, April 7, 2014
Location: Richmond Municipal Airport, IN
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

I am doubting the Black-bellied Plover identification I reported earlier. I saw them at a distance, in flight only, but only saw black in the axillaries not also a strong wing stripe or white rump. I did not see golden-plovers with any ventral black markings perched on the ground and at the time thought that was sufficient for identifying the black-bellies. Because the date is so early for black-bellies and the reliance on one potentially misinterpreted field mark, I am withdrawing the record and will try to verify tomorrow.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

A Yellow-throated Warbler flitting around a sapling, right at eye level, just before you cross the foot bridge over the lake, near the campgrounds.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
Other Birders:

Two Cliff Swallows scouting out nesting possibilities on the bridge, although with the water as high as it's been, it may be awhile.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Various
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders: Katie Beck

Shawnee Lookout
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (FOY)
Brown Creeper
Pair of Cooper's Hawks
Eastern Towhee
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Bluebird
Chipping Sparrow
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Northern Cardinal
Dark-eyed Junco
Downy Woodpecker
Goldfinch
House Finch
Song Sparrow
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Chickadee

Mt. Nebo Road
Turkey

Kilby Road Gravel Pits
300-400 Double-creasted Cormorants
Tree Swallow
Eastern Meadowlark (7)
Eastern Bluebird
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-tailed Hawk
Canada Geese
Redhead duck
Ring-necked duck
Kestrel
Red-winged Blackbird
Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brown Thrasher

Oxbow
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Middle Creek Road
Barred Owl 2 (1 seen, 1 heard)
Yellow-throated Warbler FOY
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Crow
Kestrel
Cooper's Hawk
Bluejay
Eastern Phoebe



Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: southeast of Richmond Municipal Airport, IN
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Near to and northwest of the intersection of Old 122 and Kitchel Rds is a large wet spot in a field. Hundreds of shorebirds were present this evening: 400 Pectoral Sandpipers, 40 American Golden-Plovers and at least 8 Black-bellied Plovers. Also in the area were Bald Eagle, American Pipits, Horned Lark, Savannah Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Armleder, 8:40 pm
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Woodcock continue to display along both sides of the central path through the grassland.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Grandparents house- Butler County
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy

FOY barn swallow
also had pine warbler and chipping sparrow

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Armledder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

8 woodies, 8 bw teal, some mallards, 1 coot and 1 pied billed grebe. No shorebirds.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: Withrow nature preserve
Reporter: Mark Wessel
Other Birders: Meg Hanrahan

Winter Wren near overlook.

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Location: The Hermitage, Anderson Township
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Winter Wren

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Location: Various
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Newtown:

1 Peregrine Falcon @ end of Edwards Rd.
7 Red-necked Grebe, multiple locations
1 Purple Martin @ Brewer Cote Pit
4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher @ Indian Valley

Armleder:

In addition to the Bonaparte's reported by Jonathan, I also had a pretty good sparrow day: Savannah, Fox, Field, Swamp, White-crowned, White-throated, Song. No sightings of the Vespers I went there to find.

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Location: Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

2 Chimney Swifts over the Great Miami River adjacent to the Riverside Natural Area, Hamilton.

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Location: California Woods NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are back. My FOY. Saw 1, heard more.

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Location: Armleder & Newtown soccer fields
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders: Maddie & Sharon

Water was very high at Armleder and I would not be surprised if it closes over the next few days. This left no exposed mud in the beanfield for waders, but it held a nice collection nevertheless: Mallards, Wooducks, Shovelers, B-W Teal, Ring-necked, Redhead, and a flock of close to 60 Bonaparte's Gulls along with a couple Ring-billed. On the way out I had a field sparrow and ~12 Savannah Sparrows and a flyover pipit. I had hoped that with the recent rains that the sod farm would have some fluddles, which it did, however no shorebirds were present. At the very back of the Newtown soccer fields off of 32 there's a field w bean stubble and a bit of flooding which held about 20 pipits. I also saw presumably the same flock of Bonaparte's Gulls flying over.

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Location: Ross Gravel Pit
Reporter: Evan Leon
Other Birders: John Leon

Pair of Long-Tailed Ducks along with several Red-Necked Grebes present. At 12:20 pm

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: armledder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

12 shovelers and 2 bw teals along with a few mallards in the bean field.

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

3 Red-necked Grebes, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 50+ Tree Swallows, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and 2 Vesper Sparrows were highlights this afternoon.

Other waterbirds included 52 American Coots, 1 Canada Goose, 1 American Wigeon, 2 Mallards, 9 Gadwall, 3 Northern Shovelers, 2 Redheads, 10 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Bufflehead (female) and 1 Horned Grebe.

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: East Fork wetlands
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

I saw a Brown Thrasher, a Yellow-throated warbler, 4 Common mergansers, 12 B-W teals, a Great blue heron, Field, White-throated, and Song sparrows. Plus when I got home to Withamsville I heard a House wren.

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: Kings Domain - (Near Caesar's Creek)
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders:

While on a trip with my high school, was able to add 4 new year birds despite the storms. Was able to get my FOY chipping sparrow, pine warbler, yellow throated warbler at king's domain. On the way back, driving past the sod farm in Newtown by my school, I found a least sandpiper with a few killdeer.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Location: Fort Thomas, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

Belated yard note: Our resident Gray Catbird arrived early this Spring and was singing away on Sunday March 30.

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Location: Kenwood house
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Fun to watch the finches and cardinals bathe in a ditch surrounding a mature oak that has filled up with water. Also, a YB Sapsucker remains.

Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014
Location: Backyard
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders:

FOY Brown Thrasher

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Location: Ross Gravel Pit/RR Hwy/Deer Park
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

2 Long-tailed Ducks (1m,1f), 2 White-winged Scoters (1m,1f), 5 Red-necked Grebes, 7 Horned Grebes.

Also, the Red-tailed Hawk pair along Ronald Reagan Highway just west of I-75 and near rt. 4 is again nesting on the eastbound side. As I drove past and noticed the male sitting on a dead snag on the opposite side of the highway, I looked up at the nest and saw the female's tail hanging over the rim.

Also, in Deer Park a Mourning Dove was carrying sticks to a pine tree.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Location: Hidden Valley Lake, Mt. Nebo gravel pits
Reporter: Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Hidden Valley

Scaups 24 (I think Lesser but couldn't get the scope out in the rain)
Ruddy Ducks 16
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Buffleheads 5
Horned Grebe 1
Common Merganser 2

Mt. Nebo gravel pits

Wilson's Snipe 5
Killdeer 7
Eastern Meadowlark 1

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Location: EAST FORK BEACH
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders:

Caspian Tern Left Beach
Blue-Winged Teal (13) at the Ponds near the Ranger Station.

Date: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Location: Felicity
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

FOY - 4 PURPLE MARTINS returned to my yard this morning. Also, the first Chipping Sparrow in my yard, singing from the maple tree.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Armleder (Revised)
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Also several Pectoral Sandpipers...

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: Bill Hutchison
Other Birders:

Bufflehead Ducks
Golden-Crowned Kinglets (5-8)

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

FOY NRW Swallow
FOY Least Sandpiper
FOY Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Barn Swallow
E. Meadowlark
Both Teal spp.
N. Shoveler

Also saw a single peep with blackish legs that was very obviously a different species from the smaller, greenish-yellow legged Least when they were within a few feet of each other. Too distant for me to discern characteristics that would distinguish Western from Semipalmated (or some other Peep spp.). Still learning. Maybe I'll figure them out someday.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Ross Gravel Pit - mid day; Gilmore; Acton Lake
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Saw 5 Red-necked Grebes (9 yesterday, there are places they can go that you can't see), male and female Long-tailed
Duck and two White-winged Scoters. Yesterday at Acton Lake Dam heard a Eurasian Collared-Dove and saw and heard a Broad-winged Hawk. 3 Red-necked Grebes, 40 Common Loon, one RED-THROATED LOON reported to me by Bill Wilson. At Gilmore, no Eurasian but did see a Greater White-fronted Goose with Canada's south of the south parking area in front of a Diebold office.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Horizon Comm. church
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

The lonely Red- neck still there.

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Jim Rettig
Other Birders:

Common Loon 3, Red-necked Grebe 1, Horned Grebe 4, Eared Grebe 1, and the usual crowd, no warblers.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

There were 2 Bald eagles over Armleder today also there were Blue- winged teal, Shovlers, and Mallards in the shallows with both Yellow-legs and a small piper I couldn't ID, Rough-winged swallows and a Fox sparrow there as well. I saw the same sparrows that I saw yesterday along the paved trail in the same place feeding right on the edge of the pavement that I still can't ID.

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Although there was no sign of the Eurasian Wigeon or the Greater-white Fronted Goose this afternoon. Gilmore was pretty active with birds. There were several Field Sparrows, A Fox Sparrow, A Hermit Thrush, Bluebirds, a few tree swallows and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow, a Pine Warbler, And the best out of them all an American Bittern calling out from the marsh!!

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

Today I walked around Burnet Woods from 10:30 - 11:30. I had 29 species, 4 of which I hadn't yet seen in Burnet this year.

1 Yellow-throated Warbler singing and providing outstanding looks as it foraged in the leafless canopy.

1 Eastern Phoebe

1 Fox Sparrow

4 Chipping Sparrows, back and singing.

It's been a fun week at Burnet because the juncos, creepers, and both species of kinglets have been in full song, which I only hear at this time of year. I also saw 6 Eastern Commas today.

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Location: California Woods and Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

California Woods:

2 Hermit Thrushes sticking close together. 1 Phoebe. Harbinger-of-spring in bloom. Spring-beauty should start blooming in next few days. Virginia Bluebells, Trillium, Hepatica, Toothwort, Dutchman's-breeches, Squirrel-corn, Trout Lily, and other spring ephemerals starting to emerge. I love spring.

Withrow:

5 Fox Sparrows, all singing beautifully from tops of large shrubs on edge of old farm field at dusk. 2 at one end of field, 2 at the other end, and 1 sort of in the middle. Have never seen this many at once before. In fact, I'm not sure that I've ever seen more than one at a time other than at winter feeders. This was also the first time I've ever heard their surprisingly loud "smack!" alarm call (as I approached).

1 FOY bat. Species unknown. Small. Flying within 2-3' of me on woodland path. Again, I love spring.

Date: Monday, March 31, 2014
Location: Eden Park Presidential Grove
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

At lunchtime:

1 Pine Warbler in pines right across the street from Krohn.

1 Hermit Thrush

1 Eastern Phoebe

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Location: Hueston Woods SP, marina
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

Adult Bald Eagles on the nest for the second year. Behavior suggests egg(s) in the nest. Other birds seen: immature Bald Eagle, 5 Common Loons, 6+ Horned Grebes all but 1 in breeding plumage, Double-crested Cormorants, Pied-billed Grebe, many Wood Ducks and Red-breasted Mergansers, Ruddies, Am Coots. 1 Osprey and both Turkey and Black Vultures. Did not see any shorebirds. The rehab center has taken in a Merlin with an injured wing and it will now be a resident as they will be unable to release it.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Sugartree Residence
Reporter: Robert Edelen
Other Birders: Ginny Fantetti

Beginning Friday and continuing daily since then, we have had the pleasure of observing a crow which is plummaged, shall we say, the color of oak leaves still on the branches from last year, a very pale golden-oak, most remarkable.
Not leucisistic (spell) Ginny says, but whatever. Just in case you're at eastfork and seeking adventure with no guarantees...stop by. I'll try to get a photo as it makes daily appearances.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Location: East Fork SB
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Ashley

FOS Osprey.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Location: Cloverlick Creek (Clermont)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Checked my best early Louisiana Waterthrush location this morning with no luck. There were three Eastern Phoebes calling like they were on territory and one had a partially built nest.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Location: Kilby Road Gravel Pits
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Osprey's are back in the area. I watched one fish at the Kilby Road Gravel pits. Later the Osprey re-spotted me along the Whitewater River adjacent to the gravel pits. It let me know it was happy I was in the area with its alarm call. I left, didn't want to disturb it.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Fairfield
Reporter: Andrew Fix
Other Birders:

Male Eurasian Wigeon just found and photographed. Park at south parking lot off Symmes and walk north across the new footbridge. Go to the first observation platform. Bird was back to the east with American Wigeon, Gadwall, and American Coot. A scope helps but isn't necessary as it was pretty obvious with binocs.

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: Date Correction
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

Sorry - Date on that previous sighting should be Saturday March 29, not Sunday March 30.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Backyard near East Fork (Bethel)
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

We still have a Swamp Sparrow and Fox Sparrow as well as at least 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers coming to the feeders. Also two Chipping Sparrows for the last week or so. This evening a flock of about 50 Rusty Blackbirds came through perching briefly and loudly in the trees, then moving on.

Trip List:

Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Ethan Rising, Rob Ripma

Despite the rain, there were some good number of birds at fernald. We had 50+ wilson's snipe flying around, almost all the expected waterfowl. Many tree swallows, and two rough wing swallows!

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

35 Red-breasted Merganser
8 Ruddy Duck
4 Red-necked Grebe
2 Bufflehead

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 FOY Barn Swallow
1 Fox Sparrow
4 Swamp Sparrow

Plenty of waterfowl, including both Teals, Shoveler, Am. Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Wood Duck, Gadwall.

The frogs were both deafening and awesome.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Armleder 5:00PM
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

75 Pectoral Sandpipers
5 Lesser Yellowlegs
9 Wilson's Snipe
1 Barn Swallow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 American Pipits

Stan, the field adjacent to Armleder was loaded with Pecs and had very few L. Yellowlegs when I was there a little after you. The Pecs were in very similar numbers to yesterday when I counted 64.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Armleder, 3-4:30
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Forty plus lesser yellowlegs in the flooded beanfield and shallow portions of the river, a flock of seven turkeys in the woods along Duck Creek, and large numbers of calling spring peepers and chorus frogs along the northern edge of the park.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Park
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders:

I took a 30 minute break around 3:00 pm this afternoon and visited the Winton Woods Settling Pond. Still lots of waterfowl, coots and grebes present. A Brown Thrasher sang from a tree just on the opposite side of the road the entire time I was there. A Red-tailed Hawk left its nearby perch as I drove in. Red-necked grebes are still present; at least two were seen this afternoon. Seven Horned Grebes were also seen, all either in transitional or summer plumage. 3 Pied-billed grebes made it a 3 grebe day. About 60 American Coots were mixed in with the waterfowl. Waterfowl numbered around 200+ individuals and were made up of 14 species that included; Canada Goose 2, Wood Duck 4, Gadwall 80+ (the most prolific species today), American Wigeon 3, Mallard 3, Blue-winged Teal 25+ (apparently back in force), Northern Shoveler 3, Green-winged Teal 3, Redhead 7, Ring-necked Duck 35~, Lesser Scaup 4, Bufflehead 6, Hooded Merganser 6, and Ruddy Duck 30~ (several males in full breeding plumage).

A Pine Warbler was singing at the Campgrounds and the Great Blue Heron Rookery, best viewed across the lake from along Valley View Road, is active and well underway. At least 8 nests were occupied but many other nests looked like they need some work.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands/Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

There was a FOY Great Egret present at Ellis today, along with some pectoral sandpipers and an assortment of ducks.

At Gilmore there was a Great-horned Owl perched near the blind next to the railroad tracks, and a Brown Thrasher.

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: Cincinnati water works/California golf course pond
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

12:30 pm. 1 breeding plumage Common Loon, calling. (Beautiful!)
Ring-billed Gulls and a small diver, probably a grebe. No ducks.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Intersection of Kilby Rd. and Simonson Rd.
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

3:25 p.m. - one adult Bald Eagle

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Kilby Road Gravel Pits
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

1 Red-necked Grebe, 2 Horned Grebes, 2 Common Loons, 7 Eastern Meadowlarks, 1 American Kestrel.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Newtown pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

early evening - off Broadwell, end of Edwards and behind Hydro Systems

8 DC Cormorants
1 Common Loon
17 Red-necked Grebes
14 Horned Grebes
1 Peregrine Falcon

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: Bill Hutchison
Other Birders:

2 Male Ring-Necked ducks,
1 Female Ring-Neck duck

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Armleder Park
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

Armleder Park, Hamilton, US-OH
Mar 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:22 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
29 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 6
Redhead (Aythya americana) 1
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 4
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 15
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
FOY Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 6
FOY Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) 15
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 5
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 35
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 10
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 1
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 100
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Caesar Creek SP- Harveysburg Road
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Was able to locate the California Gull that was reported before. It was with a group of ring-bills and herring gull, it was larger than the ring-bills but notably smaller than the herring gulls next to it. I was not able to see its leg color but both the black and red on the bill were apparent.

Several Common loons, Horned grebes, and Bonaparte's gulls were seen as well.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: LeBlond Rec Center, East End
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

At lunchtime:

3 White-winged Scoter (2 m, 1 f)
6 Common Goldeneye

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Went to flooded field this morning in a downpour of sleet.

11 Pectoral Sandpiper
8 Wilson's Snipe
8 Am. Pipit
No ducks other than mallards.

Also saw two medium sandpipers taller than Pectorals/Dunlins but shorter than Yellowlegs. Different gait than Yellowlegs, and long, yellowish-green legs more drab than Yellowlegs. Bills seemed slightly turned down at tip. Gray back. Light belly. Feeding in a sewing machine-like fashion similar to Dowitchers. Everything tells me that these were Stilt Sandpipers, but it seems far too early. Still not ultra-confident in my sandpiper i.d. skills, so I logged them as Shorebird spp. on ebird. Bill Hull went back at lunch and did not find them. He did find 3 Lesser Yellowlegs and many more Pectorals, Snipes, and Pipits than I found.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: Ault Park and Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday at Ault Park an inmature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, lots of House Finches.
This morning had 6 Wilson's Snipes at Armleder soaring over the south field and landing near the river.

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Location: mouth of Little Miami River
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

Double-crested Cormorant sitting on a snag this morning.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Gravel Pits near Lost Bridge
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Common Loon hanging out with some wood ducks.

Trip List:

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

I saw a lot of coots and canada geese today and a group of four immature bald eagles.

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Location: Newtown, end of Edwards
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

13 Red-necked Grebes. I had this same count at the same location last Friday.

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Location: Campbell Lakes Preserve
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

FOY Osprey and adult Bald Eagle. Only waterbirds I could muster were 2 Canada Geese, 4 Redheads and 4 Ruddy Ducks. No grebes.

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Location: cowen lake
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders: none

Good variety of ducks on the lake this morning. I saw common loons,red-breasted mergansers,horned grebes,hooded mergansers,male northern pintail,lesser scaup,bufflehead,coots,mallards,canada geese.Good looks at the loons on my flickr account.flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Location: Hidden Valley Lake
Reporter: Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

1 Common Loon
13 Horned Grebes (at least one in breeding plumage but no time to scope them)
1 Red-necked Grebe
4 Buffleheads
1 Ringed-neck
1 Scaup (female)

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Location: St. Rose Church , Ohio River overlook
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Stopped by at 4:30 p.m.. Found 6 White-winged Scoters including 3 adult males and 16 Common Goldeneye. Was able to get id able photos of all the birds. Will post them later.
I had stopped at St. Rose yesterday and noticed way downstream near the new condos was a flock of 6 dark bulky ducks. I was pretty sure they were Scoters so I stopped by again today. I first parked next to the LeBlond Rec. Center. A barge going upstream flushed 5 White-winged Scoters and they flew upstream. I then headed to St. Rose and found the 5 Scoters, plus one, swimming upstream towards Shmidt Boat Ramp while the Common Goldeneye were swimming downstream towards St. Rose. Eventually the two flocks met up. Didn't see any Red-necked Grebes.

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Location: Kenwood home
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: -

Forgot to say that we also had a YB Sapsucker remaining, and even a GCKI seen on Saturday.

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Location: Kenwood Home
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Mom

My orange plumages house finch is now visiting my feeder, really cool bird!

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Location: Acton Lake, Brookville Res, Silver Lake
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

Recent influx of Common Loons with 9 at Acton Lake, 20 from Mounds Beach Brookville Res, and one at Silver Lake. Also an Osprey at Silver Lake. Yesterday, still Red-necked Grebe (8) and Long-tailed Duck (1 male) at the Ross Gravel Pit.

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Location: Caesar Creek- Campground
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Refound the reported adult CALIFORNIA GULL around 930 this morning. I observed the bird closely associating with an adult Herring Gull and these two birds were in a group of about 20 birds with a couple more Herring gulls and the rest Ring-billed Gulls. I noticed first the size of the bird which was smaller than the herring but larger than the ring-bills certainly closer to the Herring gull in size compared to the Ring bills. I then noticed the dark eye next compared to the yellow iris of the Herring. I then moved to the legs which were a greenish color definitely not pink but still hard to make out because it was standing behind a few rocks. I was then able to discern that the mantle was a bit darker than the Herring but not significantly. The longer I observed the bird I could tell the head and bill were just a bit smaller and the head had a rounder look to it. The lower mandible of the bill did have the red and black spot toward the tip. I digiscoped a very poor photo as I don't have a lot of experience with it but I will share it later when I get a chance to upload it. The picture unfortunately shows both gulls actively preening so you cannot see their heads well however I think it shows the difference in leg color and size so I will make sure to include a link later. The gull did take off with the Herring Gull and they flew around a bit before settling on the water further out from the boat ramp.

Other highlights included 1 Red-necked Grebe & 2 American Wigeon at the Furnas Shore boat ramp; 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows (FOY) mixed in with several Tree Swallows at Spring Valley.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Covington, KY right across from down town Cincinnati
Reporter: Sherry Carran
Other Birders:

Peregrine Falcom - Saw it several times through out the day. Following day saw it flying on the Cincinnati side of the Ohio River.

Date: Monday, March 24, 2014
Location: Armleder, 10-11 AM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

27 species, including a flock of 14 pipits feeding in the short stubble of the south field

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout north to Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Canoe launch at Shawnee Lookout:
Canada Goose
6 Hooded Merganser
2 Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Mallard
White-breasted Nuthatch
Shawnee Park:
1 Eastern Phoebe
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Towhee
Common Grackle
Turkey Vulture
Mt. Nebo pits:
Wilson's Snipe
Pectoral Sandpiper
Blue-winged Teal
Lesser Yellowlegs
American Wigeon
3 Wild Turkey
Killdeer
Tree Swallow
Lost Bridge:
6 Ring-billed Gulls
2 Hooded Merganser
Kilby Road pits:
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
4 soaring Red-tailed Hawks
1 American Kestrel
Campbell Lakes:
4 Redheads
3 Canada Geese
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Gadwall
Coot
Shoveler
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Mallard
Redhead
Fernald:Lodge Pond
Bufflehead
Coot
American Wigeon
Shoveler
Blue-winged Teal
Weapons to Wetlands Trail:
4 Eastern Medowlark
Song Sparrow
Mockingbird
Bufflehead
Lesser Scaup
Gadwall
2 Ruddy Duck adults with what looked like a younger Ruddy Duck. The smaller one could not stay under water as long as the two adults.
Redhead
Blue-winged Teal
Shoveler
Tree Swallow
There was a blue mini van with two dogs they were letting run and scaring the birds on the left pond after you pass lodge pond. Later saw the van driving on gravel roads near the blind. I didn't think that was permitted on the property.


Trip List:

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake - trail
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

30+ GW Teal in fields, along with 10+ BW Teal, several dozen Mallards, 3 N Shovelers, 1 L Yellowlegs, 1 Pipit, and a few Killdeer. In the flooded woods at 1 - 1.25 mile markers; 4 Hooded Merg, 10 BW Teal and 2 Wood Ducks. At .5 mile marker in a pond behind some businesses, 3 RN Duck and 2 Hooded Merg.

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Location: St. Rose Parking Lot on the Ohio River
Reporter: Mary Jo White
Other Birders:

Between 6:30-7:30 pm, 14 Red-necked Grebes floated and dived by.

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Location: Avoca Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Mature Bald Eagle sitting on opposite bank above the bend in the river.

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Location: East Fork dam area
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

4 (or more) Common Loons in near-breeding plumage (one calling) and 1 still in winter dress.
8+ Horned Grebes, many in near breeding plumage
11 Red-necked Grebes, pair displaying
2 Pied-billed Grebes
3 Buffleheads
1 Ruddy Duck
9 Eastern Meadowlarks
Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows
1 Eastern Phoebe

Spring is in the air, if not on the thermometer

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Location: Craigs Creek lake, Warsaw, Ky.
Reporter: Kathleen Moorman
Other Birders:

3 white pelicans

Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014
Location: Newtown gravel pit
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

One Ruddy Duck and 2 Loons flying north

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: ellis lake wetlands westchester
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders: none

Out in the fields are many green-winged teal. This was the first time that I was able to approach these very timid ducks without them flying away. Got pretty close to them and got some OK pictures on my flickr account. www.flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: Bill Hutchison
Other Birders:

American Woodcock

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Newtown RN Grebes
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

11 of them on Saturday. 7 at the pit next to the Farm Market. 3 at the Brewer Cote pit. 1 at DSI Pond. Love being able to see them, but would like to see them start moving. Hope they have enough time/strength to get to their breeding grounds and rear broods.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Caesar's Creek/Spring Valley/Camp Dennison/Horizon/Newtown Gravel Pit
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mr. Bill McGill, Dad

We had a great day of birding today! 74 total species beating our record for last year at 73! This day has become a tradition for Mr. Bill, my dad, and I to go to Caesar's Creek once during March.

Highlights included
- Red-throated loon at Harveysburg Road. The bird was a winter plumage bird with a shorter upturned bill with more spots than a common loon. Possibly the same bird seen earlier this month.
- California Gull at Harveysburg Road. This gull was larger than a ring-billed and smaller than a herring, both of which were present at the time. The gull had both red and black on the lower mandible and had greenish color legs, unlike the others. The bird had a darker eye, another field mark of the California gull. This bird was found later by Ethan Rising along with some people we met at Spring Valley who were able to get good pictures of the ring-billed, herring, and california gull all together for good comparison.
- We found a great horned owl nest outside of Spring Valley thanks to my dad.
- white winged scoter at harveysburg
- breeding plumage horned grebe and common loon were amazing to see
- Great waterfowl! We had both scaup, both teal, black duck, mallard, gadwall, pintail, bufflehead, coot, wood duck, mute swans, wigeon, ring necked, and all three mergansers at spring valley.
- Lots of tree swallows along with 2 purple martins at Spring Valley.
- Swamp sparrows were in abundance today on the boardwalk.
- 5 total red-necked grebes today! One at harveysburg road, one at horizon, one at camp Dennison, and 2 at newtown gravel pit (this was the first time I ever looked into this pit. We were able to get permission to go back to it.)

Overall a great day (a little colder than expected). I was able to add 3 new year birds, the California Gull, Red-Throated Loon, and Purple Martin making 117 for Ohio this year!

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

4 FOY Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
5 Wilson's Snipe
BW Teal, GW Teal, Shoveler, Tree Swallow

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: East Fork SP-- Dam
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders:

I forgot to add the one lone Common Merganser I observed with the other two speices of Merganser. There could have been more.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: VOA Park, Cincinnati Zoo Wetland in Mason, North Park at Monroe
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Horned Larks at VOA
Several Lesser Scaup
Chipping Sparrow
Canada Geese
Blackbirds
American Coot
2 Pie-billed Grebe at North Park lakes
1 Red-necked Grebe
American Coot
Loads of Canada Geese along Union Rd.
Horned Lark
Zoo Wetland-corner of Hamilton and Mason-Montgomery Rd.
Several Tree Swallows
Canada Geese
Great Blue Heron
Killdeer
Eastern Meadowlark
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Marsh on Bunnel Rd.
6 Wood Duck
Several Great Blue Herons in the rookery near driving range on Cincinnati Rd.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: East Fork SP-- Dam
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: mom

Here's another Red-necked Grebe sighting for you:

Red-necked Grebe-12(some of them are already starting to get the rufous coloring on their necks)
Common Loon-2(already black and white)
Red-breasted Mergansers- 15+
Hooded Merganser-13+
Ruddy Duck-30+(probably more)
Gadwall-25+
Bufflehead-4
Lesser Scaup-2
Redhead-1
Horned Grebe-6
Pied-billed Grebe-2
American Coot-40+
Tree Swallow-1

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Horizon Community Church fountain pond
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Red-necked Grebe still here. It was sleeping when I was there. Easy to see from the parking lot. Didn't need to get out of my truck.

Date: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Location: Johnson Hills Park, Anderson
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 FOY Chipping Sparrow
1 Phoebe
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (hunting Robins)
2 Hairy Woodpeckers (M & F interacting as if paired up)
2 Sapsuckers

Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Location: Fernald Nature Preserve
Reporter: Paul Miles
Other Birders:

I got pictures today of ring necked ducks, northern shovelers, a kestrel, mute swan, canada goose, a red winged blackbird, eastern meadowlark, and a tree swallow.

Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

A non sighting.

Just reporting that the can in the tree next to the shelter that has held nesting great horned owls in the past was seemingly unoccupied today around 4 p.m.

Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Location: Newtown Farmers Market
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: Brian Wulker

Brian passed through Newtown 1.5 hrs after I did this morning and called to say he had found two white geese, appearing to be a Ross's and a Ross's X Snow, in the sod field to the left of the market. I ran over and took a look and initial conclusion was the same on the ID. I took a few distant photos but will not get to look at them until tonight.

Date: Friday, March 21, 2014
Location: Newtown pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Had time to check two locations this morning, end of Edwards and adjacent to Broadwell.

13 Red-necked Grebes
5 Horned Grebes
2 Common Goldeneye
2 Red-breasted Mergansers
etc

As an aside, last year there was a nice Bank Swallow colony in a large mound of sand on the west side of Mt. Carmel Rd just south of the intersection of Roundbottom Rd and Mt. Carmel Rd. The mound has been removed.

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Location: Ohio River, various
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Got off work a little early this evening, so I went on "duck patrol" and made the Ohio River run, east side edition.

Nothing at LeBlond Rec Center, St. Rose Church, or Schmidt boat ramp.

The pond in front of Four Seasons Marina held 1 male/3 female Mallards, 2 male/2 female Lesser Scaup, and 1 female Bufflehead (no Red-necked Grebe)

The pond at Cincinnati Water Works (California) had 1 Canada Goose, 21 Red-breasted Mergansers, and Ring-billed Gulls. (Do all those "No Trespassing, No Parking, Keep Out" signs worry anyone else? I saw a woman walking a dog around the pond, so I didn't know how seriously this is enforced.)

Neville boat ramp: heard Canada Geese, nothing seen.

Meldahl Dam: nothing on the Ohio side (I didn't walk down the path, just scanned from the locks area) Probable scaup on the Kentucky side.

Chilo Lock #34 boat ramp: nothing.
Chilo Lock #34 wetlands: pair Canada Geese, 4 male Blue-winged Teal, 2 male/1 female Green-winged Teal, 10 Wood Ducks.

Bullskin Run: 1 male/4 female Common Mergansers, 1 Horned Grebe, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 2 Black Vultures, and 2 adult Bald Eagles.

This is the second time this month that I have found the two eagles here. The first time, they were perching together; today, they were interacting and soaring together. I looked all around for a nest, but didn't see anything.

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Location: gravel pit seen from Mt. Nebo rd.
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Pectoral Sandpiper 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Wilson's Snipe 1. Three Purple Martins mixed with six Tree Swallows. Also of note Campbell Lakes is still holding the two Red-Necked Grebes.

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Location: Alexandria, KY
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders:

2 purple martins seen at my gourd rack in Alexandria going in and out of gourds Monday and Tuesday night.

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Location: Horizon Community Church/DSI
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 RN Grebe, Buffleheads, Scaups in church pond.

1 RN Grebe, Redheads, Canvasbacks, Gadwalls, Scaups, Ring-necked Ducks in DSI pond.

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Location: California Woods, Cincinnati.OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One Red-necked Grebe still at the front Cincy WW reservoir, 31 Red-breasted Mergansers and and 30 Ring-billed Gulls on the back lake. Pair of Phoebes have nest built at nature preserve.

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Location: None
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: None

A quick reminder to the Cincinnati Birding community that local birder Jay Lehman will present a program on his highly successful 2013 ABA area Big Year (4th highest ever!)this Friday, March 21, 7:00 PM at the Sharon Woods Visitor Center. See the Calendar for more details.

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Location: Horizon Comm. church
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

The front lake still had a resting RN grebe. A pair of Buffleheads and Ringnecks several Scaups and Mallards. The back lake had many birds but I could only ID Redheads as the sun was right there.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: The Oxbow Nature Conservancy
Reporter: Loran Gibson
Other Birders:



Trip List: Canada Goose 7, Mallard 4, Green-winged Teal 19, Redhead 2, Hooded Merganser 4, Pied-billed Grebe 1, Horned Grebe 1, Red-necked Grebe 1, Double-crested Cormorant 22, Great Blue Heron 4, Bald Eagle 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Coot 35, Killdeer 2, Ring-billed Gull 40, American Crow 2, Tree Swallow 6, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 2, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 1, Song Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 2

Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Cassidy Ficker
Other Birders: Tracy Ficker

Went to Lake Isabella this morning. The Great Horned Owl was in its bucket and the White-winged Scoter was enjoying the thawed out lake.

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: Brookville Lake Region
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club 9 Participants

The Cincinnati Bird Club conducted our annual March trek to the Brookville Lake region on Sunday, March 16. While the temperature hovered at 30 degrees most of the day, a blustery 20 mph wind made it feel more like 10 degrees. We had 9 total participants which in addition to me included Jack Stenger, Allan Claybon, Kathi Hutton, Susan Conner, Lance Miller, Beth Pierson and Dan and Donna Rouster.

The cold and wind aide, we had a great day. By my count we saw over 2,800 waterfowl at Brookville Lake, and that included only 110 Canada Geese and 175 Mallards. For the day we saw 21 species (19 at Brookville, added 2 at Hueston) of waterfowl (waterfowl = ducks, geese and swans only), in addition to loon, grebes and other water birds. Our highlights included 9 White-winged Scoters, 16 Long-tailed Ducks, 5 Bald Eagles (and a new nest to add to our growing regional number), 130 Sandhill Cranes and fairly early but expected yellowlegs, one of which was a Lesser Yellowlegs and the second left unidentified. Maybe most remarkable was the fact that we saw NO Red-necked Grebes. As Brian W recently suggested, any hole in the ground with some water seems to have a Red-necked Grebe on it lately, and to that I would agree. But this hole in the ground has 5,000 acres of water in it but we couldnít find one today. The best spot at Brookville was the waters at the Mounds Beach. The water from the Fairfield Causeway to the north on south to a ways beyond the beach was literally carpeted with about 2,000 waterfowl, the most I have ever seen at this specific spot in 30 years of birding Brookville Lake. The second best location was Silver Lake (aka Whitewater Lake) in Whitewater State Park which had a concentration of over 300 waterfowl. As usual, we made a quick run over to Hueston Woods at the end of the day but the continuing cold caught up to us and we didnít stay long. By my count we had 67 species for the day (8:30 to 3:30). Below is our trip lists from the various locations. It is quite possible I have missed something and we spent little time looking for songbirds.

US 52 & IN 1 to Brookville: The Great Blue Heron Colony on the Whitewater River at IN 46 is again active with at least 30 active nests. The larger historical rookery (about 90 annual nests) farther north along IN 1, about .5 mile north of Mound Haven was apparently empty of nesting birds, although there were up to 30 flying around the area. The reason for this might have something to do with the large Bald Eagle nest built smack dab in the middle of previous yearís heron nests and the obvious presence of 2 adult birds obviously going about their business.

Brookville Lake region: Canada Goose 110, Gadwall 35, American Wigeon 45, American Black Duck 4, Mallard 175, Northern Shoveler 14, Northern Pintail 2, Canvasback 200, Redhead 975 (by far the most prolific species), Ring-necked Duck 370, Greater Scaup 140, Lesser Scaup 416, scaup species 15, White-winged Scoter 9, Long-tailed Duck 16, Bufflehead 110, Common Goldeneye 80, Hooded Merganser 45, Common Merganser 15, Red-breasted Merganser 57, Wild Turkey 8, Common Loon 1, Pied-billed Grebe 2, Horned Grebe 6, Great Blue Heron 120~ (on the day), Black Vulture 90~, Turkey Vulture 70~, Bald Eagle 2 (1 a,1 im), Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooperís Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 13 (on the day), American Kestrel 2 (+ 5 on the road), American Coot 20~, Sandhill Crane 130, Killdeer 20~, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, yellowlegs species 1, Bonaparteís Gull 90, Ring-billed Gull 450, Herring Gull 3, Rock Pigeon 150~, Mourning Dove 150~, Northern Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 50~, Horned Lark 45~ (almost all ones & twos), Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 3, Eastern Bluebird 15~, American Robin 300+, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling (large flocks), Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Song Sparrow 10~, White-throated Sparrow 5, Dark-eyed Junco 25~, Northern Cardinal 20~, Red-winged Blackbird 100~, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 300+, House Finch 10~, American Goldfinch 15~, House Sparrow 25~.

Hueston Woods; Canada Goose 75, Mallard 10, Green-winged Teal 15~, Canvasback 10, Redhead 20, Ring-necked Duck 30, scaup species 100, Bufflehead 4, Ruddy Duck 4, Bald Eagle 1 (a, active nest), Ring-billed Gull 75~.

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

2 Ring-billed Gulls soaring and diving for fish on the lake.
1 White-winged Scooter
Mallard
Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Bluebird
6 White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Chickadee
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Male Cardinals singing loudly


Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: Various Eastside locations
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Leblond Park: There are at least 6 Scoters still present including the 2 adult male White-winged Scoters. They are farther downstream than on Wednesday and right next to the bank. The Ohio River is up a little and the Scoters and about 12 Scaup were swimming amongst flooded branches. Also one Eastern Phoebe.
Four Seasons Marina and Driving Range Lake. No Red-necked Grebes. Found 4 Scaup, 2 Gadwall and 2 Bufflehead.
Cincinnati Water Works Lake: One Red-necked Grebe on the first lake. There were 25 Red-breasted Mergansers, 30 Ring-billed Gulls and only one first year Herring Gull on the back lake. The wind blew an adult Bald Eagle over the first lake.
Meldahl Dam: Very little today. One female Canvasback, 4 male Scaup, 1 Herring Gull and an Eastern Phoebe.
Chilo Lock 34 Park: 9 White-winged Scoters (only one male), 1 female Canvasback and 65 Scaup. Looked like most of the Scaup were Lesser Scaups today. The Scoters were downstream from the boat ramp and stayed farther out in the river than the Scaup.
Crooked Run Nature Preserve: Pair of Common Mergansers and a Horned Grebe in breeding plumage

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: no sighting
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Stephanie Johantges: Please see the Message Board for some duck ID help.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders:

Also at the settling pond, Buffleheads.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders: Aric Johantges, Bob & Donna Kopp

Total cluster duck at the settling pond yesterday.

I'm not the best at water birds but here's what I was able to ID:

Lesser scaup
Canvasback
Redhead
Rink neck
American Wigeon
Horned Grebe (immature)
American coots

If anyone wants to play ID the ducks here are my photos: https://plus.google.com/photos/115721824666423406211/albums/5991156043311569361?authkey=CJuAu-7U9bHWdA

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: Horizon Church
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: none

Went to Horizon for church with a friend. From inside the building I was able to see the pond where the grebe has been reported. I didn't get a good look but was able to find ring-necked ducks, redheads, and lots more that I couldn't ID. I think I will try to go there soon and look because there were easily 200 ducks.

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: Lake Waynoka, Brown County
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

2 Red-Necked Grebe
11 Horned Grebe
68 Bufflehead
15 Ring-necked Duck
15 Scaup
11 Canvasback
1 Redhead
2 Black Duck
1 Wood Duck
5 Hooded Merg
5 Red-headed Woodpecker

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: john landon
Other Birders:

RN Grebe , 2 mallards, 4 Common Goldeneye's in the cove off to the right of the flat fields as you take the road into the park that leads to the visitors center. Swimming in the waters by the spillway dam at least a half dozen Red -Breasted Mergansers and a trio of Horned Grebes.At the beach more Horned and 4 Pied-Billed,plus the Gulls.Finally in the cove that the rowing club uses, a Common Loon was ,at least once, catching fish larger than he could handle.Note to self,again, remove eye from scope BEFORE advancing forward on rocky surfaces.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Clermont County
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Joanna Crewe

Oops, that previous entry was supposed to be Saturday March 15, not Sunday March 16. Sorry!

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Clermont County
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Joanna Crewe

Spent a lovely afternoon at several Clermont County locations, starting at East Fork State Park & ending at Meldahl Dam.
Highlights at East Fork included 2 Red-Necked Grebes at East Fork South Beach and FOS Chipping Sparrow at the Corps of Engineer Visitor Center. Other birds included 30 Redhead, 150 Greater Scaup, 3 Bufflehead, 8 Common Goldeneye, 23 Red-breasted Merganser, 30 American Coot, Turkey Vulture, 2 Cooper's Hawk, Killdeer, 1 Bonaparte's Gull, 1 Herring Gull, 40 Ring-billed Gull, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Carolina Wren, Eastern Towhee and the usual feeder birds at the Corps Visitor Center feeders.
At Bullskin Creek, there were 4 Common Mergansers (1 male with a harem of 3 females), Mute Swan, Red-tailed Hawk and Canada Geese.
At Meldahl Dam, we had close looks at a female Long-tailed Duck and also female Canvasback, 4 Gadwall, 2 Lesser Scaup, 4 Bufflehead, 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Horned Grebes, a FOS Osprey, a pair of American Kestrels, and a flock of 350+ Scaup on the river too far out for me to ID as to Greater or Lesser.
All in all, it was a beautiful day to be out!

Trip List:

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Camp Ernst, Burlington Ky
Reporter: Ken Blick
Other Birders:

6 Northern Shoveler, 1 pair Canvasback,
4 Killdeer, mallards, coots, canada geese

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Armleader
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: mom

I wanted to go down to Armleader to try to find some Wilson's Snipe and some FOY Blue-winged Teal- my sightings were around 11:00 am.

Wilson's Snipe-5(very camouflaged in the bean field)
Blue-winged Teal-around 10
Northern Shoveler-6
Green-winged Teal-8(give or take a few)
Northern Harrier-1

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014
Location: Oxbow Area, Lawrenceburg, IN
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Locating tree planting positions. Small flocks of Ring-necked Duck (20), Lesser Scaup (25), Gadwall (6), Ring-billed Gull (50), crows, turkey vultures, Carolina chickadee, Downy Wp. We almost stepped on a good size beaver as we walked along the shore line.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Brown County
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders: Isaac Eastlake

Hess Rd. Borrow Pit - 2 RED-NECKED GREBE, 1 WILSON'S SNIPE, 1 Bufflehead, 3 Wood Duck, 8 Hooded Merg, 10 Ring-necked Duck, 25 Lesser Scaup, 1 Black Duck

Grant Lake (quick look) - 18 Common Merg

Lake Waynoka (quick look) - 1 COMMON LOON, 4 RED-NECKED GREBE, 13 Hooded Merg. Will take more thorough look in morning.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Miami Wetlands and Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Beutiful day to be outside.
Miami Wetlands
Mockingbird
Blackbird
Eastern Towhee
Northern Harrier
Song Sparrow
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Redhead
Red-tailed Hawk
Mallard
American Crow
Cardinal
Fernald
Usual waterfowl on Lodge Pond
Pie-billed Grebe
Green winged Teal
Killdeer
5 Tree Swallows flew by the visitor center
Turkey Vulture
American Tree Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
European Starling

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Glenwood Gardens - Wetland Loops Trail, prairie pond
Reporter: Mark Otten
Other Birders: Dianne Otten

Yellow-rumped warbler (female)
Lesser scaup (2 males, 2 females)
Bufflehead (6 males, 6 females)

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: MVCA Bird Club

Fernald, Hamilton, US-OH
Mar 15, 2014 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: MVCA Bird club outing
58 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 150
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 30
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 10
Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) 1
Same bird as previously reported
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15
BLUE-WINGED TEAL (Anas discors) 5 Glad to see these birds again
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 50
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 10
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 50
Redhead (Aythya americana) 100
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 50
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila) 5
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 20
Greater/Lesser Scaup (Aythya marila/affinis) 15
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 15
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 40
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 20
GREATER YELLOWLEGS (Tringa melanoleuca) 1
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 2 Heard
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3
TREE SWALLOW (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 5
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 4
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 5
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1
SAVANNAH SPARROW (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1 one with song sparrows at lodge pond
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 100
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 20
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 100
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 10
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17444393

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Camp Dennison, Newtown
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Few notable sightings from today:

2 Purple Martins at Camp Dennison checking out the martin house. One adult and one 2nd year. Also had 4 Tree Swallows flying around.

I counted a total of 11 Red-necked Grebes in Newtown around noon. 1 by Horizon Community church, 2 at the Brewer Cote pit, and a total of 8 behind the farmers market. 1 of these was way out beyond the gravel bar, 3 were fairly close to the dike, and 4 swam out from behind the gravel bar while I was there. I thought I had a 9th at one point, but never got a count higher than 8. I missed the one Josh had on the DSI pond, so there's at least 12 in this area.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Various - Eastern Hamilton County
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Great morning of birding (for me, at least). Notable sightings included:

Lake Barber/Brewer Cote Gravel Pit, Newtown - 2 RED-NECKED GREBE (one of them was calling), 4 Hooded Merg, 1 Scaup, 3 Ring-necked Duck, 2 Ruddy Duck, 1 Belted Kingfisher

Horizon Community Church, Newtown - 1 MERLIN (perched on church roof), 1 RED-NECKED GREBE (continuing?), 6 Scaup, 4 Hooded Merg

DSI Pond, Newtown (just southeast of Horizon Church pond) - 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 89 Redhead, 19 Gadwall, 10 Ring-necked Duck, 4 Canvasback

Gravel Pit behind Newtown Farm Market - 2 RED-NECKED GREBE, 9 Scaup

Newtown Farm Market - 1 PINE WARBLER, singing in small stand of Eastern White Pines behind market (of course). Originally thought it was a junco and nearly didn't look. Decided to look though, hoping that it might be my FOY Chipping Sparrow. Glad I looked. Brilliant coloration.

Evans Landscaping, Newtown - MERLIN flyover. Same bird seen earlier at Horizon?

Old Indian Valley Golf Course, Newtown - 2 Common Merg (flyover), 2 Wood Duck (flyover), 1 Pileated, 2 Field Sparrow (singing), 2 Black Vulture, 2 FOY Cowbird

Rowe Arboretum, Indian Hill - Another PINE WARBLER. Singing beautifully, much more drab than bird seen earlier in Newtown. 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Armleder - 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 4 Shoveler, 9 Green-winged Teal, 3 Blue-winged Teal, all in flooded field. 2 FOY Tree Swallow in vicinity of nesting platform.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Stonelick State Park
Reporter: john landon
Other Birders: a lady with 2 loosed hounds

Took a chance with the recent reports of the Red-necked Grebe's and was rewarded with a life sighting! The bird was working the waters off of the beach heading to the campground area.I tried to relocate the bird further back in the lake but no luck. Nothing on the beach worth noting, the usual gulls and a lone Killdeer.

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Location: Voice of America park
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders:

A huge flock of lesser scaup (50 maybe), one northern shoveler and one blue winged teal on the retaining pond and marshy areas by the athletic fields.

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: Backyard in Mason
Reporter: Stephanie Johantges
Other Birders:

Brown headed cow bird at the feeder

Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Location: home near Owensville, OH
Reporter: Jo Johnstone
Other Birders: Dave Johnstone

We were very excited to have a Pine Warbler feeding in the sunflower seeds on our deck rail this morning! Spring is in the air!! Also a Yellow-belled Sapsucker eating left over suet from the knots in the tree. Very nice!!

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Location: Various
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

A few highlights from several stops around Hamilton and Butler Counties today:

Ross Gravel Pit:
LT Ducks, WW Scoter, and RN Grebes all continue. 8 RN Grebe counted today.

Campbell Lakes:
2 RN Grebe continue

Lost Bridge:
3 RN Grebe on the big Martin Marietta pit. 1 Lesser Yellowlegs on the Mt. Nebo Rd gravel pit.

Spring Grove Cemetery:
Met up with Bill Hull for an hour or so in the early afternoon. Highlights include 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Rusty Blackbirds, 1 Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Brown Creepers.

Allen Rd. Retention Pond:
Proof that any hole in the ground plus a little water can have a Red-necked Grebe this spring... 1 RN Grebe with 13 Canada Geese, 6 Redhead, 2 RB Merganser, and 2 Gadwall.

Date: Friday, March 14, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

No blue-winged teal present at Ellis yet. But there was a large number of green-winged teal(~50). Along with a few shovelers, gadwall, and pintail.

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: Bill Hull

3 Blue-winged Teal in the beanfield along with 24 Green-winged Teal, 4 Northern Shoveler and a pair of Mallards. At dusk from the south parking lot we had a flyover Wilson's Snipe and at least 3 displaying American Woodcock.

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Location: Glenwood Gardens wetlands loop trail
Reporter: Tom Borgman
Other Birders:

Merlin

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Location: East End
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders:

Started at Gen. Taylor Park in Newport Ky, where there were 3 Pied-billed Grebes.
LeBlond Rec Center: White-winged Scoters 6, Surf Scoter 1, Scaup 18, Bufflehead 4. Many of the scaup looked like Greater to me.
Kellogg Scoccer field: immature Herring Gulls 2.
Four Seasons driving range lake : Red-necked Grebe 1, Northern Shoveler 2.
Cincinnati Water Works lake : Gadwall 18, Common Merganser 2, immature Herring Gulls 2. Largest pure flock of Gadwalls I have ever seen. No Red-necked Grebe but it could be on the back lake. It was too cold to walk back there.
Magrish: Wood Ducks 12.

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: mom

With the nice spring-like weather, we needed to get out of the house before it got cold again. Fernald had a good varity of waterfowl. My estimates on the numbers of each individual duck species might be a little off. The Eurasian/American Wigeon hybrid was still present on the lodge pond.

Gadwall(37)Green-winged Teal(4)Northern Shoveler(2)American Wigeon(15)Mallard(17)American/Eurasion Wigeon hybrid(1)Ring-necked Duck(95)Lesser Scaup(56)Canvasback(43)Redhead(95+)Ameican Coot(87)Canada Goose(40+)Mute swan(2)
*Also one Harrier was present*

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Glenview Golf Course
Reporter: Mark Gilsdorf
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While stopped at the traffic light at the corner of Sharon Rd. and Springfield Pike last night at around 10 pm, I heard one American Woodcock peenting above the grassy field at Glenview Golf Course.

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

Woodcocks out agaian around 7 a.m. Heard one make odd sound, like a motor trying to start when the bird was roding. Saw two different birds fly over my head in display flight. Estimatie at least 6-8 American Woodcocks in the north field.

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Location: East Fork of the Little Miami River near Williamsburg
Reporter: Bill Stanley
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Three Great-blue Herons on nests in rookery.

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Oasis Golf Course Pond
Reporter: Ken Stuparyk
Other Birders:

Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Hooded Mergansers (18), Buffleheads , pair of Black Ducks, Pair of Mallards and the Red Necked Grebe is still there. All seen at 8 am.

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Oasis Golf Course Pond
Reporter: Ken Stuparyk
Other Birders:

Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Hooded Mergansers (18), Buffleheads , pair of Black Ducks, Pair of Mallards and the Red Necked Grebe is still there. All seen at 8 am.

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Four Seasons Marina/Magrish Riverland Preserve
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Four Seasons: 2 Red-necked Grebes, one in pond, one in yacht basin. Also RB Mergs, Buffleheads, Scaups, 1 Herring Gull.

Magrish: 3 Red-necked Grebes.

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: East End
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Female/imm. Surf Scoter (continuing bird?) at LeBlond Park in company with a female/imm. White-winged Scoter. Best viewed from the vicinity of the playground as of 1:30 p.m.

34 Scaups at St. Rose.

Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning just after 7 a.m heard an American Woodcock peenting in the north field. A second one heard north of the grass trail near the white X. Also heard Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Blackbirds, Eastern Meadowlark, Canada Goose, Eastern Towhee, Robin, Killdeer, Crows

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Location: Fernald - Lodge pond
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

Brief 10 minute stop.

Eurasian X American Wigeon hybrid still present this afternoon around 3:15 p.m. Duck numbers diminished, but still good variety. No grebes seen.

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Location: New Baltimore
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

2 Great Blue Herons staking a claim on one of the nests at the rookery.

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Location: Ohio River, multiple spots, and East Fork lake
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Birded the Ohio River from Higginsport to the East End. 7 Bald Eagles - 3 adult, 4 immature. Breaksown - 1 adult on the nest at the Brown County water facility, 1 immature in a tree just west of the buildings; 3 immature at White Oak Creek, 2 adults at Bullskin Creek.

18 species of waterfowl included many Common and Red-breasted Mergansers at nearly every stop, a few Hooded Mergansers, a lone RUDDY DUCK at White Oak campgrounds and a single male LONG-TAILED DUCK at White Oak boat ramp, Common Goldeneye at several sites, Mute Swans at Bullskin and White Oak Creeks, Canvasbacks at Meldahl Dam, Bufflehead, Gadwall and Ring-necked Ducks at the pond in front of Four Seasons Marina, White-winged Scoters at the boat ramp at Schmidt Park.

Total of 14 RED-NECKED GREBES - 10 from the south beach and 3 from the Harsha boat ramp at East Fork plus 1 at the pond at Four Seasons.

It was a great day to be out.

Date: Monday, March 10, 2014
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Bob Kopp
Other Birders: Donna Kopp

Saw two Great Blue Herons on nests at the rookery by the lake.

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Location: Ewing Bottoms
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Its abit of a drive from the Cincinnati area but there was a WHOOPING CRANE present at Ewing Bottoms today seen with the many sandhills there.

Photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/acryptozoo/

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Location: Horizon Community Church, Newtown
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Checked the pond behind the church and a Red-necked Grebe was still present, with 6 Lesser Scaup. Another pond visible to the south held another Red-necked Grebe, 120+ Redheads, 3 Canvasbacks, 15 Ring-necked Ducks, 4 Gadwall, 4 Mallards, 1 Scaup sp., 1 Am. Coot and 1 flyover FOS Tree Swallow.

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Location: Morrison Have hillside
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Robert Hust

Not my sighting. Robert Hust is reporting on ebird that he saw a Summer Tanager on Morrison Ave in Clifton today. This is the second time he has seen it. Didn't include any description. Also saw 7 Chipping Sparrows.
There was a Summer Tanager last winter in Mt Washington.

Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Location: Oasis Golf Course Lake
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders: Jennifer Smolenski

I have been checking for the past week regularly and today there is finally a winter plumaged Red-necked Grebe here. 15 lesser scaup, 3 redheads, 4 buffleheads, 8 hooded mergansers

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