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Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: Ross Gravel Pit
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Finally got to see the Red-necked Grebe this evening.

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

The two owlets at Gilmore are still present and have grown exceptionally larger!

Other sightings included a Black-crowned Night Heron seen with a few Great Egrets at the pond near Route 4, and an Ovenbird on the trails.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Coolest birds we've ever seen. A pair of young Great Horned Owls sitting together in a tree along the Hickory Trail overlooking the creek.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park and Ohio River
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

10:30 to 12:15

Canada Goose 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 10
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Warbling Vireo 1 To the west of the main beach. Being chased by a male bluebird.
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 5
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 2
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 15
Ovenbird 1 Song by the athletics barn.
Louisiana Waterthrush 1- Song by the church.
Prothonotary Warbler 1 -By the athletics barn
Palm Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow 10
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 20
Indigo Bunting 1 Male by the athletics barn.
Brown-headed Cowbird 20
American Goldfinch 5

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: Burnett Woods
Reporter: Scott Bessler
Other Birders:

Lunch time birds:

Black throated green warbler
yellow throated warbler
yellow rumped warbler
palm warbler
blue winged warbler

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Linda Osterhage
Other Birders:

Pretty good morning at the park including

Yellow-throated Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Bluebirds
Brown Thrasher
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Cerulean Warbler
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumpled Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Heard Common Yellowthroat and Blue-winged

Video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4AqXivoqXE

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: Licking River, Alexandria, KY
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders:

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the backyard sunflower feeder, and a Louisiana Waterthrush and Red-Eyed Vireo along the Licking River in Grant's Lick area today.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: Miami-Whitewater Forest - Timberlakes Dr.
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

Brief drive through the park between Harrison Ave. and West Rd. Heard FOY Scarlet Tanager and Yellow-throated Vireo this morning. Heard an unusual towhee song, need to listen on McCauley library to see what Spotted sounds like. This towhee had a hoarse song. I'm aware that Eastern Towhee has many variations in its song repertoire.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Location: Johnson Hills Park
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 FOY Orange-crowned Warbler
3 FOY Nashville Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Camp Ernst Lake - Boone County
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

I pulled up to church tonight and noticed a large bird out of the corner of my eye. Initially I thought it was probably a Red-tailed Hawk I usually see in the area or a turkey vulture, but neither fit the shape. I got a pair of old binoculars out of the car and was delighted to see it was an Osprey. Definitely unexpected!

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Spring Valley and Caesar Creek
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

Had a great birding day, not by the numbers of birds but by how close they approached me.Started out at Spring Valleys boardwalk looking for Soras and Virginia Rails but only heard one sora so I took some pictures of birds singing their songs. Found some Northern Parulas along the trail that circles the marsh. Went on short walk around the marsh and saw Yellow-Rumped Warblers and a Prothonotary Warbler landed 12 feet in front of me. Closest that I have ever seen one. Afterwords I drove to the creek behind the Dam and sat down on the creek bed and watched Yellow-Throated Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrushes do their thing sometimes 10 to 15 feet from me. Pretty amazing. Added 2 new birds to my photo collection. check it out www.flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom, Mr. Bill McGill

Armleder Park, Hamilton, US-OH
Apr 23, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:11 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: <br />Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
41 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 1
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 10
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 3
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 40
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 15
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 15
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 35
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 5
Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 5
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 10
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18046553

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Rentschler Forest, Hamilton
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Walking along the Great Miami River,saw FOY in Cincy, Osprey cruising River and hanging out in a dead Sycamore snag. Also, several GBH, and saw rookery along River in the distance,a kingfisher, and the ubiquitous Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Location: clermont county
Reporter: steve long
Other Birders: my wife

myfirst time here and maybe wrong area.I saw two birds sat which i am not sure about . one was a large white owl. was very high up in tree but know it was probalbly a barn owl. was about 9:30 am.but could it have been a snowy owl? the other was a bird that sounded like it must be a mockingbird. it repeated at least four or five calls one of which i know was a tufted titmouse call. but it was definetly a brown bird. could it have been a bahama mockingbird? thanks ahead for all feedback.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Both Warbling Vireos and White-eyed Vireos were singing this morning, along with a least flycatcher. Also some Palm and Prairie warblers were around too!

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders:

Four Caspian Terns at a skypond in the large field, plus an immature bald eagle feasting on a fish. Also a spotted sandpiper, and osprey. Yellow Rumped Warblers were all over, at least 30-40.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Batavia, OH
Reporter: Thomas Czubek
Other Birders:

From 12:30 to 1 PM,

Broad-winged Hawk -1 (FOS)
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher - 1
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal
American Robin
Brown-headed cowbird
White Breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Chipping Sparrow
White Throated Sparrow

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning near the canoe launch area:
Bald Eagle
Green Heron
Pectoral Sandpipers
Warbling Vireo
Prothonatory Warbler
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Pileated Woodpecker

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

I came out early this morning hoping to catch some Buteo migration, but my trip was cut short by about 100 2nd graders exploring the wetlands!

Highlights:
Brown Thrasher
Common Yellowthroat
Gray Catbird
Great Egret (3)
Northern Harrier (feasting on a rabbit)

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Kenwood
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks flying low and fast through the trees in the neighborhood.
9:31 Just watched the ISS fly by Mars and Spica to form a perfect triangle!

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Kilby Road Gravel Pits & Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Kilby Road
FOY Orchard Orioles - 2

Shawnee Lookout
Great Crested Flycatcher FOY

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Ross Gravel Pit
Reporter: Sam Fitton
Other Birders:

At 4:30 pm I saw 3 Red-necked Grebes. No other migrant waterfowl. Haven't found Lark Sparrow at either of two historic locations, one each in Butler and Warren Counties.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: House in kenwood
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

White throated sparrow, which seems late. Singing loud and clear.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Magrish
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Plenty of yellow @ Magrish this evening:

1 FOY Yellow Warbler
9 Yellow-rumped Warbler (most of them feeding in a single Hackberry tree)
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat



Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom

I only had about 20 minutes to spend while my sister had volleyball practice so I mom and I ran to Armleder. Bean field was empty from what I could tell but I didn't have a scope. I saw my FOY cliff swallow flying with a group of rough wing swallows and a few trees.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Eden Park (Presidential Grove)
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

2 FOY Least Flycatcher. 2 birds sticking close together as if paired and/or traveling together. Several distinct "che-beks".

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

A Scarlet Tananger was on the upper Geo. Trail. Yummy, plus a Yellow- throated Vireo on the lower portion.

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Since I am working on my house to prepare for rental. I haven't been paying attention to the back yard. I noticed a new yard bird this week flying over as I was showing the house: black vulture. Tonight as I took a break, I noticed I have 3 black vultures roosting in the back yard! Wonder how long they have been there!
I also added a Merlin to my yard list a couple months ago but could find my password to report. I will be moving to cleveland as soon as I rent my house so I have been trying to get in those last few yard birds before I go. Now that I am retired, I hope to catch a few more new birds during migration.

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Location: My house- Kenwood
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Had a few cedar waxwings in my yard today.

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Location: Arleder bean field
Reporter: James Shelton
Other Birders:

2 Least sandpipers, Palm warbler, Yellow warbler Yellow-rumped W., Savannah sparrow and a Meadowlark. Around 11 am

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Location: Highland Heights, Ky
Reporter: Al Tallarigo
Other Birders:

1:30 pm saw large shadow on ground while cutting grass. Looked up and saw a large eagle, appearing to have 5' to 6' wingspan, heading north to south. Rear feathers on wings were not straight, but slightly curved. Bird made large sweeping curve without flapping wings and headed off northwesterly. Lost it behind trees. Head appeared to be white, thought of bald eagle. Did not have cell with me so could not photograph

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014
Location: Burnett Woods
Reporter: Scott Bessler
Other Birders:

Blue Winged Warbler near the Gazebo around 1:00PM.

also:

New Blooms:
Jack in the Pulpit
Wild Ginger

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

At dawn

1 Black & White Warbler
1 Black- Crowned Night-Heron
1 Great Egret
10+ Solitary Sandpipers
10+ Wood Ducks
5 Double Crested Cormorants
2 Gadwalls
10+ Northern Shovlers

Trip List:

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

BEWICK's WREN seen at Ellis Lake Wetlands in Fairfield. Was viewed in thicket near the outlet created by the old ice center at around 6pm. Watched for at least 2 minutes, it was a dark chocolate brown color with greyish underside, prominent eye stripe and a long barred tail with white sides to it. Unfortunately I was not able to photograph it but I will attempt to relocate it tomorrow

More detailed Ebird report: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17985919

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Debra Patek
Other Birders: Bob Patek

Late morning hike. Highlights include:

Blue Winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Bald Eagle
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (including nest)
Eastern Towhee
White Crowned Sparrow (heard only)
American Goldfinch (heard only)
Plenty of Carolina Chickadees, Titmice, Cardinals, Robins.

Audio on other Warbler-like birds that we were unable to identify.

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Birded Spring Valley late this morning. Highlights include FOY White-eyed Vireo (2) and Indigo Bunting. Several Common Yellowthroat present as well. Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped, and Pine rounded out the rest of the warblers (though I only birded the northern half of the preserve).

Nearby "skyponds" continued to hold shorebirds though habitat is certainly rapidly disappearing. Peterson Road had over 65 Pectoral Sandpiper working the muddier areas of corn stubble. Most Yellowlegs abandoned the spot overnight and only a single Greater remained today. Another "pond" on Houston Rd just north of Spring Valley held about a dozen of each Yellowlegs species early this morning in addition to a few Solitary Sandpiper but when I stopped on my way out a few hours later fewer than half of these birds remained.

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Location: Evendale
Reporter: Don Miles
Other Birders:

Red Bellied Woodpecker

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Location: Fernald and Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Saturday at Fernald: On my way to Fernald saw the White Rock Pigeon that lives near Hamitlton Rd. exit on RR highway. Beautiful weather, above birding day at Fernald. Highlights include:
2 Bald Eagles, one adult, one immature
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough winged Swallow
Northern Shoveler
Coot
Blue-winged Teal
Pair of Wood ducks
Eastern Meadowlark
Field Sparrow
Red-shouldered Hawk
Walked entire Hickory Trail:
Brown Thrasher
Several House Wrens
Northern Flicker
Eastern Bluebird
Pileated Woodpecker
Heard a Barred Owl
Blue grey Gnatcatcher
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Towhee
Yellow-throated Warbler
Kelley Nature Preserve this morning:
Swainson's Thrush
Yellow-throated Warbler
Lots of Eastern Towhees
Red-shouldered Hawk

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Location: Gilmore ponds almost
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

park at Gilmore road lot, walk back to Gilmore road turn right. Walk past railroad tracks. Temp. pond on right. This sometimes holds shorebirds. This morning there were some ducks and about 100 shorebirds here, mostly Yellowlegs also pectoral, solitary and two least sandpipers. Also seen American pipits and two green herons. Numbers and types probable change through the day. Need scope.

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Evan Leon
Other Birders: John Leon

Upland Sandpiper seen at ~12:05 just before the fork of the trail that leads to the new bird blind. We watched it for a few minutes before it wandered into the grass. We spent several minutes trying to relocate but had no luck.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Location: Franklin Co. IN
Reporter: Larry Bidinger
Other Birders:

Pileated Woodpecker, at bird feeder outside kitchen window. Occasional sightings in local woods, but first time in 20 years one has come this close.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Location: Spring Valley WA, nearby skyponds
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Birded Spring Valley yesterday mid-afternoon. Highlights include several Sora and Virginia Rail (the latter of which first started calling as I tried to calling back at a couple of Barred Owls hooting nearby). Also had my personal FOY Common Yellowthroat.

There are several skyponds within 10 minutes of Spring Valley that have been quite productive for shorebirds so far this season. The first is just north of the town of Spring Valley on 42, E side of the highway right where the median begins. Friday, it held upwards of 30 of each Yellowlegs, and an observer that morning had up to 150 Pectoral Sandpipers in addition to several Snipe. Much of the pond has receded and many birds are hidden by weeds at times. Within the last few weeks this spot also had over 150 Bonaparte's Gulls; around 30 were present today in a nearby pond off of Elam Rd.

The second set of "ponds" is off of Peterson Rd, just east of 380. Today it held 25 Greater and 20 Lesser Yellowlegs, 40 Pectoral Sandpiper, and 6 Wilson Snipe. In the past week or so it has also held Solitary Sandpiper, Blue-winged Teal, Shoveler, Wigeon, and Gadwall. Both areas may not last this next week (I see no rain in the forecast as of now) but are certainly worth watching for the time being or after heavy rains.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Location: Kenwood area
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Sitting in my backyard at dusk had a Sharp-shinned Hawk land just above me with a mole. The hawk almost fell off the branch as it was eating the mole.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake
Reporter: Evan Leon
Other Birders: Carly Ogden

Had a single Semipalmated Plover at Ellis Lake which seemed a little early.

Otherwise, despite the great shorebird habitat things were pretty quiet. Two GW Teal and two Gadwall along with about a dozen coots and a dozen Great Blue Herons.

Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 Hairy WP
1 White-eyed Vireo
1 FOY Yellow-throated Vireo
2 GC Kinglet
4 RC Kinglet
1 FOY Wood Thrush
4 N. Parula
3 YT Warbler

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: Goshen High School trail, Goshen, Ohio
Reporter: Laura Bradley
Other Birders:

1 Eastern Meadowlark
2 Blue-gray gnatcatchers

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: Armleder Flooded Field
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

1 FOY Dunlin
5 Pectoral Sandpiper
2 Wilson's Snipe

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: Withrow High School
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Mom, younger brother

After baseball practice, had my FOS Chimney Swift, flyovers, 2

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Location: Caesar Creek Lake Wildlife Area
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Horned Grebe
Belted Kingfisher
BW Teal
American Woodcock

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Patricia Lee
Other Birders:

Pretty typical regular birds, along with some early migrants. Highlights below.

I was especially happy with the early arrival of Green Heron! I saw them twice-- once when I first arrived and then also a few hours later when I was leaving. If you are trying to see then, your chances are probably good.

Yellow-rumped Warbler (7)
Yellow-throated Warbler (2)
Yellow Warbler (1)
Rusty Blackbird (1)
Brown-headed Cowbird (many)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (many)
Green Heron (2) - Mahketewah Lake

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Went looking for the 2 Green Herons that were spotted here, with no luck. But there was a good number of new arrivals anyways!

1 FOY Veery
2 FOY Grey Catbirds
Numerous Yellow-rumped warblers
and 2 Greater Yellowlegs

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: Seven Hills School
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Heard a yellow warbler and had a few cliff swallow flyovers

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Location: LM River at Foster,OH
Reporter: Jeff Gandert
Other Birders:

Tons, bunches even of Parulas, Yellow-Throated, and Louisiana Water Thrushes along the bike trail as of last Saturday, 12th.

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Backyard, near Amelia
Reporter: Kevin Mahoney
Other Birders:

Eurasin Collared-Dove

Came into yard with some Mourning Doves. Thanks to Don Morse for help with ID.

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99187372@N06/13903085615" title="Eurasian Collared-Dove...Rare sighting by Kevin Mahoney, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/13903085615_6378a58775.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Eurasian Collared-Dove...Rare sighting"></a>

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

On my afternoon walk through Burnet I had similar birds as Bill and Josh, minus a couple cool birds, plus 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, making it a 5 migrant warbler afternoon in Burnet. Also, gnatcatchers now outnumber chickadees.

On my evening walk through the park I was excited to hear the Prothonotary Warbler in full song, only to round the bend and see a photographer broadcasting a Prothonotary song on loop.

Unfortunately, this seems to be a common phenomenon these days. I know I’m preaching to the choir, but this is disrespectful to the nearby birds and birders, especially when it is done to attract birds posted on public forums. As the American Birding Association Code of Ethics states:

“Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas.”

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

Decided to take a short trip to Cincinnati Nature Center again today, several migrants are here!

- 2 Brown Thrashers (FOY) were building a nest near lotus pond
- Yellow Rumped and Yellow Throated Warblers were hanging around a solitary sandpiper on lotus pond
- the biggest surprise today was two grasshopper sparrows near lotus pond!!!

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders: Bill Hull

1 Green Heron
1 Cooper's Hawk on nest
13 Chimney Swift
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Prothonotary Warbler
3 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 PRAIRIE WARBLER near long dock on west side of pond
1 Black-throated Green Warbler

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Location: Clifton - White Castle Parking Lot
Reporter: Matthew Feist
Other Birders:

Driving down I-71, I saw an Osprey circling overhead being dive bombed by what appeared to be a peregrine falcon. After pulling off the road my suspicions were confirmed! What an exciting sighting!

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: Friday, April 25, 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: Friday, April 25, 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: Friday, April 25, 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: Friday, April 25, 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: Friday, April 25, 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: Friday, April 25, 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: Friday, April 25, 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.

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