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

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

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

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

1 Sanderling on beach about 2pm.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Rowe woods (CNC)
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: 12 CNC members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

Location: viewing platform at Cattail Marsh

Time: approx. 10-11 a.m.

We again saw 4 active great egret nests, though one was mostly obscured and difficult to see. There are 3 together in one tree, and a 4th off to the left. The lone nest to the left is the easiest one to see. There were 4 chicks, which the parents were actively feeding.

The great blue heron chicks have that buzzcut juvenile look. We saw them flapping their wings, practicing for flight, and one moved about 6 feet from the nest and flew back to it - so they are making good progress.

We did not see cormorant chicks or any sign of a cormorant on a nest. There were several adult cormorants around, and at least one first year bird perched on a branch.

The distance over the pond is such that a spotting scope is very helpful, though not absolutely essential.

Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014
Location: Blue Ash Airport
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Correction from last post, it was a Red-bellied Woodpecker, not a Red Head seen at Summit Park.

Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
Location: Blue Ash Airport
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yesterday walked the woods at Summit Park around 12 noon.
2 Brown Thrashers
Several Gray Catbirds
Eastern Towhee
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Cardinal
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Goldfinch
Blackbird
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-headed Woodpecker
Spotted a Cooper's Hawk in flight and the hawk flew down and into the woods at the park being chased by 3 European Starlings.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock #34 & Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders: Debbie Kaylor

Birded 8:00-10:30am; Total 39 species, with lots of juveniles seen; many species heard only. Best sighting was a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, my first-ever at this location. Debbie's female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was a close second. Got to watch two Belted Kingfishers feeding in the estuary; Mrs. got very annoyed at Mr. when he tried to share her fishing spot. Most Annoying Species award goes to the dozen or so White-eyed Vireos which were singing all around us, and which we never could see.

Trip List:
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Green Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
4 Mourning Dove
5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
6 Belted Kingfisher (pair fishing)
7 Red-headed Woodpecker
8 Red-bellied Woodpecker
9 Downy Woodpecker
10 Hairy Woodpecker

11 Pileated Woodpecker
12 Eastern Wood-Pewee
13 Eastern Kingbird
14 White-eyed Vireo
15 Red-eyed Vireo
16 Blue Jay
17 American Crow
18 Carolina Chickadee
19 Tufted Titmouse
20 White-breasted Nuthatch

21 Carolina Wren
22 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
23 Wood Thrush
24 American Robin
25 Gray Catbird
26 Brown Thrasher
27 European Starling
28 Prothonotary Warbler
29 Common Yellowthroat
30 Eastern Towhee M, F, immatures

31 Field Sparrow
32 Song Sparrow
33 Northern Cardinal
34 Rose-breasted Grosbeak F
35 Indigo Bunting
36 Red-winged Blackbird
37 Common Grackle
38 Orchard Oriole
39 American Goldfinch

Trip List:

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

More proof that nature abhors a vacuum--

The dog waste bag dispenser in Armleder's easternmost dog park has run out of bags, and so a pair of bluebirds has started a nest in the empty container.

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Entered the area from Symmes Rd. Can see the tree with Egrets, Cormorants and GBH nests from the bench. I stood on the viewing platform and counted 6 Cormorants, one was flying around the nesting area with one in a tree close by. Also had one of the Great Egrets close to the platform feeding in shallow water today. I did see a Cormorant land on the nest to the left of the Egrets nest which was occupied by one adult. I could not see chicks with my 10X42 binoculars. Spotted what I think were 2 American Black Ducks in large pond by nesting birds. There was a pair in the smaller pond with a viewing platform at Gilmore, I saw several of these ducks at the Lodge Pond at Fernald earlier this week. Also spotted today:
Belted Kingfisher
Common Yellowthroat
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Kingbird
Cedar Waxwing
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Also heard a Red-shouldered Hawk calling out loudly from the forest next to the large pond.

Date: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Location: Morrow Gravel Pits
Reporter: Charles Cruze
Other Birders: Peggy Cruze

One of the Osprey chicks flew today. There was a slight breeze in its face, and it flapped and hovered about 10 feet above the nest for a few seconds, and then it landed on the nest. Almost immediately after it landed, it jumped forward and to the left falling to about 5 feet above the water before it began alternately flapping its wings and soaring around and behind the nest. It then flew toward the female in the tree shelter and to the male atop his favorite post on the dead tree. After a flight of approximately 3 minutes duration, the bird returned to the nest.

We will post pictures in the next day or so.

Pictures will be at:
www.flickr.com/photos/cac_pgc_pics

Date: Monday, July 14, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

I had several new species for the season at Fernald after the storms this morning. It will be interesting to see whats around tomorrow once the front comes through. Everything was on the weapons to wetlands pond in varying degrees of public view.

1 Great Egret
1 Forster's Tern - perched on shore and feeding most of the afternoon
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Stilt Sandpiper
1 Gadwall - continuing bird
3 Blue-winged Teal
1 Green-winged Teal - I actually think I saw this bird several days ago, but didn't get a great look and wrote if off as a female Blue-winged. This was NOT the teal we saw on the Saturday field trip.

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Spooked a Woodcock out of the grass while walking along the pond on Baughman Road. Also, I heard a Peacock from the bird blind. I'm assuming it is an escaped pet.

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods
Reporter: Michael Kravitz
Other Birders: 19 bird walk participants

Good birding on this pleasant morning. The highlight was a singing prothonotary warbler on the lake. Other species seen or heard (h) were: red-winged blackbird, Eastern bluebird, indigo bunting, northern cardinal, Carolina chickadee, brown-headed cowbird, mourning dove, house finch, northern flicker, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, Eastern wood-pewee (h), American goldfinch, common grackle, ruby-throated hummingbird, blue jay, northern mockingbird, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, chipping sparrow, song sparrow, barn swallow, chimney swift, tufted titmouse, cedar waxwing, Carolina wren, house wren. A few of us lingered at the Visitor Center feeders after the walk, where we observed a hairy woodpecker (and a hungry red fox consuming sunflower seeds.

Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I was curious to see the herons and egrets that Sharon Pawlowski, Dave Dankovic, Sam Fitton and others have been watching since the spring and that Frank Frick reported here a month or so ago. In addition to the Great Egrets with nestlings, and a Great Blue Heron pair or two, there was a Double-crested Cormorant on a nest, roughly twenty feet to left (as viewed from the South viewing platform) of a Great Egret nest.

I don't know what the OBBA II results were for Double-crested Cormorants in Ohio away from the lake. I'm not sure if there are other breeders in our area, and possibly the Gilmore Ponds bird isn't a breeder, but it was an adult and it was hunkered down inside a nest. There were a couple sub adults and another adult-looking cormorant near the bird in the nest.

There is a lot of water and excellent habitat from Gilmore Ponds to the Big Pond area east of Bypass Four. One benefit to the increased development in the area is that the engineers are diverting water into places where for the past twenty-odd years they've wanted to keep it out--to the point where the city of Hamilton and other groups were threatening legal action and bringing down the proverbial hammer on those who wanted the water to stay. Perhaps when Berk Blvd. is extended east to Bypass Four, along the railroad tracks on the north side of Gilmore Ponds, this will alter the area in a truly negative way. For now, the water situation is good and interesting. I would bet there are some goodies hiding out in Big Pond, which was nearly inaccessible by foot the last time I tried to check the area, as well as other parts of Gilmore Ponds.

Mudflats are developing east of the viewing platform directly behind the power substation, nearer to the Gilmore Roads parking lot.

Take care,
---Mike

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

The great blue heron chicks (in the same area as the egret chicks mentioned previously) were flapping their wings. They're pretty big now - probably getting ready to fledge.

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Dankovic
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski

The egret nests are at the pond labeled as "Cattail Marsh" on the Butler County Metroparks map. We saw them from the viewing platform on the south side of the pond, looking northward. It's a long distance to see the little chicks; you really need a spotting scope. They'll probably be easier to see in a week or so, since they'll be bigger. We saw chicks in 4 nests, though one nest was mostly obscured by leaves.

Date: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders: 12 ASO participants

We had a nice tally of grassland bird species for the Audubon Society of Ohio's field trip today. As usual, numbers and species seen may have varied throughout group members. Open area species included:
2 Blue Grosbeak
12+ Dickcissel
3 Grasshopper Sparrow - including 2 fledglings, 1 adult singing but not seen
Eastern Meadowlark
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Orchard Oriole
Willow Flycatcher
Indigo Bunting
Common Yellowthroat
5 Swallows (Martin, Barn, NRW, Tree, and Cliff)

No Bobolinks or Savannah Sparrows this year, but I think its been several years since either of those have been regular in the summer at Fernald.

Other highlights included a flyby first of the "fall" Solitary Sandpiper, a Blue-winged Teal on weapons to wetlands, and a Mink carrying prey (young cottontail) down one of the roped off roads seen from Hickory Trail.

Date: Friday, July 11, 2014
Location: Gilmore ponds
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Regarding a previous posting of great egrets nesting at Gilmore, three of these nest now have young in them.

Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jeff Stone
Other Birders: Carol Stone

It was a great morning to go birding with my wife. We saw a lot of the southern Ohio summer residents:
Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-throated Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Brown Creeper
House Wren
House Finch
Spotted Sandpiper
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Mallards
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting

Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Location: California Woods and Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Heard a Cerulean Warbler up along the ridge of the Trillium trail. Also Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Towhee
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Armleder:
Yellow-breasted Chat
Indigo
Tree Swallow
Several Goldfinches
Song Sparrow
Common Yellowthroat
Carolina Wren
Blackbirds
Turkey Vultures
Did not hear or see any Dickcissels.
Several varities of butterflies, Monarch, Viceroy, Silver spotted Skipper, Spicebush Swalllowtail, Red Admiral, Cabbage White, Yellow and Orange Sulpur, Black Swallowtail, Great Spangled Fritillary, Pearl Crescent

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Old Highland Stone Gravel Pits (Highland County)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie, Kelley and Phoebe

The Osprey nest has two large young. We watched an adult bring a fish in to feed the young. There were also several Dickcissel, a Bobolink, and at least 10 Double-crested Cormorant. The complete list can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18997705

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area and Sharon Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Decided to go to Stonelick Lake and use my telescope with the clear skies and ran over to Indian Creek. Walked the gravel road east and spotted 2 Wild Turkeys, one which I spotted in tall grass which was a funny site to see, only the birds neck and head visible. Also a healthy Coyote in an open field.
Cedar Waxwings
Willow Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Gray Catbird
Wood Thrush
Hairy Woodpecker
Chipping, Song and Field Sparrows
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Brown Thrasher
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Blue Gray
Common Yellowthroat
Indigo
Goldfinch
Today at Sharon Woods
Brown Thrasher
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Wood Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Heard Pileated, Wood Thrush and Red-bellied Woodpecker
Indigo
White-breasted Nuthatch
BlueJay
Titmouse
C. Wren
C. Chickadee
European Starling

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Steve Wheeler
Other Birders:

Several Great Blue Herons
Great Egret
4 Green Herons
Yellow Warbler
2 Indigo Bunting
Kentucky Warbler
American Kestrel

Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014
Location: Backyard in Clermont Co. near river
Reporter: Francine Kidd
Other Birders: Rich Kidd

Have baby rose breasted grosbeaks in our yard! We have never had this many grosbeaks in any of the 14 years and this year, can confirm they are nesting. Dad feeding baby flapping it's wings. They cry out loudly. Joy!!!

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: I - 275 between KY20 and Mineola pike, westbound
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A male Blue Grosbeak was feeding on the shoulder on my way to work.

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: Fernald correction
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders:

I'm changing my Black-billed Cuckoo to a Least Bittern after listening to recordings, thanks again Neill Cade for bringing that up!

Date: Friday, July 4, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: Mom

2 Rose-brested Grosebeks were found around the back area of the park. Also the Gadwall is still present at the lodge pond, along with a family of Wood Ducks and a few Mallards. A Black-billed Cukoo was heard by the pond as well. Many Dickcissels and Field Sparrows were present throughout the park.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Location: Lunken Retention Ponds / Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

Pair of Blue Grosbeak, Wood Duck, Green Heron, Kingfishers @ Lunken. At the Armleder beanfield there were about 10 Spotted, 4 Least Sandpipers, 13 Great Blue Herons, Killdeer, and a Turkey. Conditions look very good for shorebird over the next weeks - with a scope being almost essential as the wet areas are distant.

Date: Thursday, July 3, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Hiked the Blue Jacket Trail and spent some time around the cabin area.
Cerulean Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Several Yellow-breasted Chats
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Gray
Common Yellowthroat
Indigo Bunting
Wood Thrush
Acadian Flycatcher
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Wood Pewee
Gray Catbird
Carolina Wren
White-breasted Nuthatch
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Scarlet Tanager
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chickadee
Crow
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Female American Redstart
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Goldfinch


Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Location: Armleder Park -- sunset
Reporter: Kirk Westendorf
Other Birders:

1 Black-and-White Warbler

Heard at least one male, maybe 2, at the overlook in the woods to the left of the bike rack. I tracked down one singer and it seemed to be an immature bird (slightly grungy looking like most immatures; less solid blacks and possibly fluffier with more stripes). However, I'm no expert on plumages and only saw it for a few seconds.

Also an immature Great Horned Owl (canoe launch) and a Blue Grosbeak (north retention pond).

And it should be mentioned that Armleder has almost no Dickcissels this year. I normally have 4-8 singing males in the evening this time of year and I haven't had a single bird since May. It's possible there's a pair somewhere in the areas where I don't normally bird.

Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A good look at a Yellow-billed Cuckoo foraging for caterpillars in a Sycamore tree. A pair of Spotted Sandpipers along a sandbar on the river. Also heard:
Prothonotary Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Mocking Bird
Eastern Towhee
Indigo Bunting

Date: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

2 Red-headed Woodpeckers.

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Backyard
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour, Sue Falk

We were sitting in the closed and air conditioned house about lunch time when I heard a loud whistle outside that penetrated the closed windows. When I went to investigate I heard the distinct and repeated call of the Northern Bobwhite Quail in my back yard. We never did see the bird but we recorded the vocalization. This lasted about 1-2 hours. This is strange in that the nearest area I would call a grassland is maybe a half-mile away with a lot of forest and suburban yard in between the grassland and my backyard.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Lou gardella

Eastern kingbirds nesting in my next door neighbor's sycamore tree. This would be near the intersection of vine and Clinton springs. Finally I found the nest. The yellow throated warbler is still here in the same tree, suggesting it probably nested here . That would be a first.
I finally found my password to post or response. I have not seen the Mississippi kite again.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Gilmore ponds
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

I found a small heronry that contained six nest(leaves on trees make it hard to see). One nest was Great Blue heron with young, but the other five were Great Egrets. Four nest had egrets that looked to be sitting on eggs. The other nest had two egrets standing and preening each other. There were seven great egrets all together. Seems kind of late to be sitting on eggs. To the best of my knowledge great egrets nest are not common in southwest ohio.
These nest are in the same trees where the black crowned night-herons nested a few years back but were unsuccessful. View from viewing platform across from cattail marsh. Park off symmes road.

Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 17 CNC Saturday Morning Birders

Highlights of the morning included very good looks at a Prothonotory Warbler and a Red Fox feeding that the bird feeder.
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Killdeer 1
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 16
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 18
Tree Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 6
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 15
Indigo Bunting 5
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Orchard Oriole 2
House Finch 12
American Goldfinch 8

The list with pictures of the fox can be found at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S18932762

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Location: Ellis Wetlands
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

This morning from 10 to 11:30
3 Green Herons
Northern Flicker
Willow Flycatcher
Song Sparrows
Common Yellowthroat
Blackbird that did not like me!
Common Grackle
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Orchard Oriole
Goldfinches
Heard only Wood Thrush, Warbling Vireo and Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Canada Geese family of 10
Cardinal
Crow

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014
Location: Grand Lake St. Mary's Fish Hatcheries-Notherh Ohio
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Grandpa

Not quite Cincinnati, but definitely within driving range. As with every summer, I had two Henslow's Sparrows in the fields behind the hatcheries. I also had a female Hooded Merganser with 2 ducklings. The ducklings had gained all their feathers and were feeding away from their mother. Also had 1 female wood duck with 15 ducklings (still fuzzy)! A cool breeding area for many birds! On the actual lake there was 1 bald eagle this morning, and a few ruddy ducks yesterday.

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Location: UC campus
Reporter: Kurk Dorsey
Other Birders: 8 family members

Birders, apologies for the late report. On Saturday evening about 7, I was on the UC campus with family members, near McMicken Hall, when a bird soared overhead heading west that I was sure was a Mississippi Kite, but I was without binoculars (bird had that distinctive scimitar wing shape with a longish tail, soared gracefully with just a few flaps, and just fit the mold of a kite). I see that one was reported on this list on June 6th from Clifton, so perhaps there's a pair in the area! We have 2-3 pairs here in southern New Hampshire which have been around for about 5 years.

Kurk Dorsey
Durham NH

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Location: Steak 'n' Shake on Princeton Pike
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

After working late I stopped here for a bite to eat and had a Common Nighthawk calling around 3:15 a.m.

Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

First time walking the property, nice trails with open field.
Yellow-breasted Chat
Common Yellowthroat
Several White-eyed Vireos
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Gray
Indigo
Several Orange Spangled Fritillaries in the field along with a few Spicebush Swallowtails, a few Duskywings and one Meadow Fritillary.

Date: Monday, June 23, 2014
Location: Landen Deerfield Park
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Two green herons.

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Location: East Fork - From Boat
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Maddie Varias, Ethan Rising, Cassidy Ficker

Cerulean warbler was in the same spot as last time I was there.

1 Double-crested Cormorant
5 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
2 Bald Eagle
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Killdeer
1 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Chimney Swift
2 Belted Kingfisher
15 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Eastern Kingbird
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Warbling Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
4 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
26 Purple Martin
10 Tree Swallow
2 Bank Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
3 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
1 House Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Eastern Bluebird
2 Wood Thrush
1 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
2 European Starling
10 Cedar Waxwing
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Cerulean Warbler
8 Prothonotary Warbler
1 Louisiana Waterthrush
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
1 Eastern Towhee
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Summer Tanager
1 Scarlet Tanager
2 Northern Cardinal
4 Indigo Bunting
4 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Orchard Oriole
2 Baltimore Oriole

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders: Greg Ossege

Went looking for a cerulean warbler at the water overflow are on south side of East Fork at Slade Road entrance. No ceruleans, although one was heard later in the morning, but we did see a Louisiana waterthrush, blue winged warbler, great crested flycatcher,and first year male summer tanager in about a 2 minute span about 7:30 am. All birds were right by the creek that flows into the lake in that are, to the right of the parking lot against the hillside.

Also, a redheaded woodpecker was spotted across the lake from the same spot.
Later, we saw a male prairie warbler across the road from the wild turkey habitat and sign, by the Afton entrance. Also saw a Kentucky warbler by the twin gates entrance off Bantam Road by Sugartree Road. This bird was right by the second entrance, to the right. Thanks to all on the message board for pointing out these spots!

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dave Mills
Other Birders:

1 Bald Eagle

Trip List: Bald Eagle 1

Date: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

1 Red-headed Woodpecker

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Location: Ryland Heights, Kenton Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Not knowing the exact location I took a drive through Ryland Heights but did not see the Mississippi Kites. However, I did find a very nice spot for woodland birds and am sure I will be back there again now that I know it is there. The good birding location is along Lambs Ferry Road where there are a number of excellent pull-offs and no traffic to speak of. Seen or heard on the steep wooded hillsides going down towards the Licking: 3 Acadian Flycatchers calling (1 seen on nest), 4 Wood Thrushes singing, 2 Kentucky Warblers singing, 1 Louisiana Waterthrush singing, 2 Scarlet Tanagers singing (great to have so much singing midday on a hot day), 1 Summer Tanager singing. In the more open areas above and below the woods were 3 Prairie Warblers (singing), 1 Common Yellowthroat singing and 2 Eastern Phoebes (calling).

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout Blue Jacket Trail
Reporter: Ted Ossege
Other Birders:

Blue-winged warbler on the Blue Jacket trail, directly across the trail from one of the trail education signs titled "Feathers in the Forest". 11 a.m.

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

1 Red-headed Woodpecker.

Date: Friday, June 20, 2014
Location: Afton
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Two Barnacle Geese. Probably escapees. Description can be found at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18843175

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Location: Decourcey Pike, Ryland Heights, KY
Reporter: John Leon
Other Birders: Evan Leon

Mississippi Kite from a private residence. Homeowner says he has seen 2 together over the last week. His neighbor told him he saw 6 at once (reliability?). Evan & I saw 1 today @ 11:00.

Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Location: armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders:

8 AM. Went looking for the morning warbler someone reported on e-bird. Never found but came across my first Kentucky warbler in the park. Presume post nesting wanderer as I have never seen nor heard one there. Doubt it nested in park.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

1 drake Gadwall lingering on one of the wetlands behind Lodge Pond today.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Location: on top of the Carew Tower, downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders:

The Peregrines were on the PNC building, seen from the top of the Carew Tower.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Location: on top of the Carew Tower, downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Took a trip up to the observation deck on top of the Carew Tower this afternoon, around 1:30pm. Up near the blue top was an adult Peregrine Falcon, and down on the ledge near the nest box were 2 juveniles, scampering about, flapping their wings.

Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

The Kentucky Warbler previously reported on the south side of East Fork was found again this morning. Park at the corner of S. Bantam Rd. and N. Campbell Rd. by the gate. Heard him singing before turning the car off. I believe I got a glimpse of some juveniles as well, but can't be positive.

Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Location: Mississippi Kite Location Request
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

To Bob Dalhausen and Diana Long: see message board for request for information.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Milford, Ohio
Reporter: Bob Dahlhausen
Other Birders: Diana Long

The pair of Mississippi Kites have returned for a second year in a row here in Milford; Periodic sightings in the morning and evening in a large, bare Ash tree.

Trip List: Mississippi Kite

Date: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Location: Crooked Run NP
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

lots of breeding bird activity this morning:
^Brown Thrasher family - two adults, 5 recently fledged young together on the gravel drive near the observation tower.
^Hairy Woodpecker family - adult male, with two or three birds in attendance, presumably recent fledglings.
^adult male Red-bellied Woodpecker, followed by at least one young.
^adult male Downy Woodpecker, feeding young (5 woodpecker species heard or seen in total; missing only Red-headed)
^fledgling robins and chickadees following their respective parents.
^Yellow-breasted Chat carrying food, while a male sang above.

other interesting birds:
>Yellow-billed Cuckoos are very active, driven I assume by the cicada irruption
(13 year periodical cicadas) - had great looks.
>Black-and-white and Blue-winged Warblers - excellent looks at both
>Wood Thrush - heard only
>Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Warbling Vireos.

39 species in total

Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Location: Miscellaneous
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Kilby Rd - gravel road off Kilby, across from the brown maintenance shed at the gravel pits: singing male Bell's Vireo; singing first year male Orchard Oriole, Willow Flycatcher; other regular residents. Hamilton County

Near Dravo Park - walked down the gravel road just south of the park to find the two Lark Sparrows. Hamilton County

East Fork - the "Double Gate trail" off Bantam, near Sugartree. Parked at teh gate and started down the trail - was still within sight of my car when I first heard, then saw, a male Kentucky Warbler. Clermont County

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: CNC Rowe Woods
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: CNC Bird hike

Bird hike 8am to 10am. Great weather no humidity. Also 2 white tailed deer, Gray squirrels ,chipmunks,and 3 baby turtles on the vernal pond. Please join us :Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.

Trip List: Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture 3, Mourning Dove 4, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 2, Acadian Flycatcher 3, Yellow-throated Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Blue Jay 4, Tree Swallow 10, Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 2, Wood Thrush 4, American Robin 12, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing 2, Northern Parula 2, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow 3, Northern Cardinal 8, Red-winged Blackbird 15, Brown-headed Cowbird 5

Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Location: CNC
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz Rising, Alex G, Christian M, Ray M

Birding with friends. 42 species. It was pretty slow, with a few small pockets. Best birds were: Green Heron on Lotus Pond, Blue Grosbeak. I don't know trail names well, but it was down by the field next to a creek. I took a pic of the trail head, and the beginning area of it was near a yellow maple leaf and a pink flower. There were also indigo buntings, giving a really good comparison, mostly by size. Never knew blue grosbeaks were that big! Yellowthroats and towhees in same area. Two raccoons at the feeders by the visitors center.

Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

A Snowy Egret was feeding at the back of the lotus field on the East end of Cowan Lake at noon today. Adult Bald Eagle flyover too. Other than a lot of Canada Geese and tree swallows, and a few Great Blue Herons, it was pretty quiet. Image at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nsxbirder/14407417194/

Date: Monday, June 9, 2014
Location: no sighting
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Kathy Choi:

Please check the Message Board about your mystery bird. (link in the blue column, left hand side of this page.)

Date: Monday, June 9, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Brian Wulker
Other Birders:

Least Bittern calling from an area closed to the public. I also heard it distantly from the viewing blind. No Black Terns today.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Lakeside Park, Ky
Reporter: Kathy Choi
Other Birders:


I live in Northern Kentucky and my husband and I are backyard bird enthusiasts. We have a copy of Birds of Kentucky Field Guide and thumb through it frequently to identify the birds that come to our feeders.

While talking with a neighbor in our backyard tonight we saw a bird I cannot find in my Kentucky Bird book. It was a blackish colored bird sitting on the electric wire. My neighbor asked if it was a hawk. The bird had a head that was way to small for its body and looked like a vulture. We do have Turkey Vultures but they have red heads and are much to big to sit on electric lines.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what kind of bird we saw.

Thanks,

Kathy

Trip List:

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

Arrived at Weapons to Wetlands Pond at 6:45 pm in pursuit of the Black Terns reported earlier by Frank Frick. There were four Black Terns present which I saw together until about 7:05 pm. When I left at about 7:15 pm, only one was visible. However, the group of four frequently separated and at times only two were visible. They were hard to pick up against the dark green vegetation and seemed to wander widely. Great find Frank.

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Location: fernald
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

At weapons to wetland pond at about 4pm I had three Black Terns.

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Location: Adams County
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

On Waggoner-Riffle Rd at the parking area for the Eulett Center, a Chuck-wills Widow started singing at dusk (9:24 pm) and continued until I left at about 9:40 pm. The bird moved about four times while I was there and always sang from the hillside and cedars on the hillside close to the center. After the encounter with the "chuck", I had a Whip-poor-will singing at the gravel parking area on Weaver Road. This parking area is for the trail head for the trail to Buzzards Roost Rock. The Whip-poor-will sang in the woods to the north of the parking area. I understand that there soon will be a new parking area east of this location.

I arrived at Waggoner-Riffle Road at about 6:00 pm on my way back from Hatteras, NC where I attended my first get together with the BigYear 700 Club and for pelagic birding. I birded Waggoner-Riffle and Abner Hollow Roads until sunset. Some of the birds encountered were Brown Thrasher 2, White-eyed Vireo 3, Red-eyed Vireo 6, Northern Parula 1, Yellow Warbler 1, Pine Warbler 1, Prairie Warbler 5, Ovenbird 4, Louisiana Waterthrush 3, Kentucky Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 3, Hooded Warbler 2, Yellow-breasted Chat 2, Great-crested Flycatcher 1, Acadian Flycatcher 2, Scarlet Tanager 2, Summer Tanager 1.

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014
Location: Milford Parkway and I-275
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A Peregrine Falcon flew low over the car here today.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Location: Kilby Road
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

I had two Bell's Vireos from about 7:30 to 7:40 pm along the gravel road across from the brown barn and small parking area. The Bell's Vireos were just beyond the curve on the downhill portion of the gravel road toward the railroad tracks. This curve on the gravel road is almost directly opposite the small parking area on the east side of Kilby Road at the brown barn. One of the two Bell's Vireos was singing its distinctive song. I arrived at the brown barn between 7:00 to 7:15 pm and checked for the additional Bell's Vireo previuosly reported by Ned Keller near the brown barn but did not find it.

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014
Location: opposite Dravo Park
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

I found a pair of Lark Sparrows in a traditional spot on East Miami River Road, opposite Dravo Park (3.5 miles north of Harrison Avenue). If you park at Dravo, and walk south on East Miami River Road, you will find a spot where the road is only a few feet from another gravel road. This is Hamilton County Park District property, and if you approach from this direction you won't see the sign that says the area is closed to the public. Actually, I was able to see the pair of Lark Sparrows without entering the property.

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
Location: Armleader
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: Mom

Willow Flycatcher
Yellow-breasted Chat
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Orchard Oriole on nest

Date: Friday, June 6, 2014
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

IMMATURE MISSISSIPPI KITE soaring over back yard and Vine street cemetery, last seen flying north. Ok I am done striving to add to my yard list! That was the cat's meow! A mere fluke I was working in yard and looked up. Thought falcon but that black tail made me run for my binos!

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Location: Waynesville, near Caesars Creek
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Driving out towards the Waynesville area, there is very good field habitat. Thrashers, Dickcissels, Indigo buntings, etc., but the best bird was a Henslows Sparrow, or at least what I thought it was. I didn't see any obvious yellow lores, but didn't get very good views. I see these birds every summer in a small breeding area in west-central Ohio.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Winton Woods Park near South Shore
Reporter: C.L. Hoock
Other Birders:

Cooper's Hawk trying to flush out sparrows from a clump of Americanized Lillie's. Spotted it when it flew to an above fence post to get a better view of the lillies and assess the situation.


Trip List:

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Location: Armleder Bean Field
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Shoveler
Semi Plover
Semi Sand

Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Yellow-throated Warbler in pine trees along entrance road.
Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Orchard Oriole
Barn Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Kestrel
Willow Flycatcher
Cedar Waxwing
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Indigo
Catbird
Eastern Phoebe
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Cooper's Hawk
Several Brown Thrasher's
Dickcissel
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
House Wren
Carolina Wren
American Crow
Blackbirds
A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in small tree along Weapons to Wetlands near viewing deck.

Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Caspian Tern seen in the second sky pool north of the railroad tracks, along with a late American Wigeon in the first sky pool. Numerous Semipalmated Plovers, some Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a White-rumped Sandpiper were seen as well.

Date: Monday, June 2, 2014
Location: Armleder, Magrish and California Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

ARMLEDER:A Wild Turkey near the river along with 6 Great Blue Herons.
Yellow-breasted Chat
Hummingbird
Tree Swallow
Eastern Meadowlark
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Shoveler
Blackbirds
Brown-headed Cowbirds
Grackles
Mockingbird
Turkey Vulture
Indigo
Acadian Flycather
Eastern Kingbird
First summmer male Orchard Oriole
Eastern Wood Pewee
MAGRISH
Prothonotary Warbler
Willow Flycatcher
Indigo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
CALIFORNIA WOODS:
Baltimore Oriole
Acadian Flycatcher
Wood Thrush
Blue Gray
Eastern Towhee
Summer Tanager



Date: Monday, June 2, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

A very late (or very early) male shoveler.

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Cooper's Hawk on the ground eating.
Acadian Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Wood Thrush
Baltimore Oriole
Indigo
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Heard only Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Towhee
House Wren
Blue Gray
Goldfinch
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Summer Tanager
Yellow-billed Cuckoo heard only very close but did'nt get a look.
Eastern Wood Pewee
Gray Catbird
Several Little Wood Saytr's and an unidentified moth.

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Location: Carmody Park, Franklin
Reporter: Dave Woehr
Other Birders:

Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: Mt. Nebo Road, Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp, Oxbow, Campbell Lakes
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders: Ron Otte

Mt. Nebo Road
2 Prairie Warblers

Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp
2 Prothonotary Warblers
Yellow Billed Cuckoo

Oxbow
6 Prothonotary Warbler (a record for me)
1 Great Horned Owl - The bird was being harassed and flying away from us. Initially we thought it was an immature eagle because of its color, wing span, and location. On further review I figured out it was an owl! 99% sure. This is a first for me at the Oxbow.
1 Peregrine Falcon - The owl flew into a tree while being harassed. The birds then began harassing the Peregrine Falcon.
3 horned larks
20 Great Blue Heron

Campbell Lakes
2 Yellow Billed Cuckoo
1 Willow Flycatcher
1 Mature Bald Eagle (soaring over the road before turning into the park)
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Kestrel

Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Location: Kilby Road
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

I found 3 Bell's Vireos today - a singing male near the brown barn, plus a pair across Kilby Road along the gravel road before the railroad tracks. I also heard a Bobwhite calling there.

Other west side signtings: A pair of Dickcissels, plus another singing male, along the trail through the prairie at Fernald, and a female Hooded Merganser with 6 ducklings at the Miami-Whitewater wetlands.

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders: Barb Stringer

Prothonotary Warbler Northern Parula 4
Indigo Bunting 3
Cerulean Warbler 5
American Redstart 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Wood Thrush
Pleated Woodpecker 2

At Fernald
Yellow-throated Warbler
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Yellowthroat

Date: Friday, May 30, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Walked the entire loop starting on N. Gilmore road. Also checked out the sky pond north of the tracks but really need a scope. Lots of action on the sky pond. More varieties of butterflies and dragonflies than birds:
Yellow-throated Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Sandpiper
Blue Grosbeak
Indigos
Eastern Phoebe
Willow Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Blue Grays
Baltimore and Orchard Orioles
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Gray Catbird
Green Heron
Lots of House Wrens
Eastern Kingbird
Heard only Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Pair of Great Egrets
Mallards
Grackles
Pileated Woodpecker
N. Rough winged Swallows
Tree Swallows
Goldfinch
Brown-headed Cowbird
Blackbirds

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Saw all local woodpecker species (except Sapsucker) at Armleder today, including RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. The bird was calling almost constantly and was visible from the roundabout near the canoe launch. I got better views, however, by taking the trail along the LMR south from the canoe launch to the river's confluence with Duck Creek, then walking up the trail along Duck Creek for about 25 yards.

2 Great Egret, Semi Plover, Semi Sand present in the bean field.

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Saw all local woodpecker species (except Sapsucker) at Armleder today, including RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. The bird was calling almost constantly and was visible from the roundabout near the canoe launch. I got better views, however, by taking the trail along the LMR south from the canoe launch to the river's confluence with Duck Creek, then walking up the trail along Duck Creek for about 25 yards.

2 Great Egret, Semi Plover, Semi Sand present in the bean field.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Location: Mt. Airy Forest
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

At 3:20 p.m. I was driving east on I-74 through Mt. Airy Forest and saw 1 Sandhill Crane flying east. I know it's completely bizarre for this date and location, but it was what it was.

I pulled off to the shoulder and got good binocular views of it. I ended up following it for about a mile along I-74. It was heading due east. When I first saw it, it was fairly low and seemed interested in landing (where I have no idea). When I last saw it, it was gaining altitude (though still relatively low) and soaring a bit.

I'd be interested to know if anyone else relocates this bird.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Two Bald Eagles on the ground in the flooded field this morning, presumably interested in the stranded fish that the Great Blue Herons were gorging themselves on. Both birds looked like fourth year to me.

Other sightings of note:
- Semipalmated Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, and a few peeps (unable to i.d. due to light conditions)
- Willow Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird
- Wood Duck w/ducklings, Blue-winged Teal
- Yellow Warbler, Chat, Yellowthroat

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A Blue Grosbeak along the bike trail near the bridge. It would be easy to overlook with all of the Indigos flying around. Heard the Grosbeak first.
Yellow-breasted Chat, there are several Chats at Armleder, have heard them at different locations in the park.
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
A male Prothonotary Warbler in the woods to the left after you cross the bridge.

Date: Monday, May 26, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

2 Least Bitterns were seen in the marsh along with numerous Willow Flycatchers and a couple Henslow's Sparrows.

Other birds of note included:
12 Wood Duck
1 Hooded Merganser
1 Sora
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Wood Thrush
6 Brown Thrasher
8 Cedar Waxwing
6 Common Yellowthroat
1 Prairie Warbler
6 Eastern Towhee
1 Blue Grosbeak
4 Indigo Bunting
2 Orchard Oriole
4 Baltimore Oriole

Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Location: Gilmore ponds tern
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

The black tern originally found by Andrew and another birder was still present when I left at 8:15 pm.

Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Black Tern seen in the field north of the railroad tracks on the N Gilmore road side. It was foraging in the second farthest skypool all the way in the back close to route 4. A beautiful bird in breeding plumage!

Date: Sunday, May 25, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders: Samantha, Meera, several others

At the beanfield: a couple of unidentified shorebirds at the far end, single semipalmated plover, and white-rumped sandpiper, several spotted sandpipers, yellow-breasted chat, willow flycatcher, and indigo bunting.

Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Location: Muscatatuck NWR, Seymour Indiana
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Birded until noon. Highlights were a singing Connecticut Warbler on the Auto Loop Trail, singing Henslow's Sparrows (2) and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Otherwise typical resident birds throughout the park. There is a nesting RT Hummingbird in a black locust tree in the parking lot at the Visitor's Center.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: CNC Rowe woods
Reporter: William McGill
Other Birders: 15 CNC birders

Great morning to be outside.Birds seen or heard after main hike on The Redwing Trail(4 Acadian Flycatchers, 1 Wild Turkey heard first by Tyler,1Magnolia warbler heard, 1Cape May warbler heard by Maddie, 1 Pileated woodpecker ,1 Northern Flicker,1 Scarlet Tanager, 4 Red eyed Vireos, and 1 Green Heron on Crosley Lake first spotted by Maddie Varias
Also seen an Acadian flycatcher working on her nest and a Ruby throated Hummingbird nest behind Crosley Lake!!

Trip List: Wild Turkey 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Green Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Mourning Dove 1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2, Chimney Swift 3, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 4, Acadian Flycatcher 4, Eastern Phoebe 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 5, Blue Jay 2, Tree Swallow 9, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1, Barn Swallow 1, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 3, House Wren 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10, Eastern Bluebird 1, Wood Thrush 1, American Robin 4, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 6, Cedar Waxwing 5, Blue-winged Warbler 1, Northern Parula 2, Magnolia Warbler 1, Cape May Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Prothonotary Warbler 1, Scarlet Tanager 1, Eastern Towhee 2, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 7, Indigo Bunting 6, Red-winged Blackbird 6, Brown-headed Cowbird 4, Orchard Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 4, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 2

Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014
Location: Lake Isabella
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders:

The first of the two Great Horned Owls at Lake Isabella is out of the nest in a nearby tree. One of the park staff told me it had not moved since it was first seen at 8AM this morning. One of the wings does not appear to be in a "natural" position, and was unchanged in the hour plus I was there around 1:30PM. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nsxbirder/14280630483/

Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

The black-bellied plovers have moved on, but the habitat is still pretty good for shorebirds. Activity was fairly slow this afternoon aside from a lone Common Tern in the second skypool north of the railroad tracks.

Date: Friday, May 23, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I and a few others looked to see if the stilt was around this morning and did not see it. There were 3 smart looking White-rumped Sandpipers.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Eden Park, Ault Park, Armleder
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Wanted to update everyone on the Connecticut Warbler. It was last seen and heard at 1:40 p.m. about 100 yds. east of the railroad bridge on the south side of the valley trail at Ault Park. I also saw a Canada Warbler in the same area. Easiest access would probably be to park on Red Bank Rd. and walk in on the valley trail. It's not too far. If anyone finds it again, I'd love to hear about it. I only got one decent picture and a few others that aren't so good. One is posted here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OHIORAREBIRDALERT/715069198534512/?notif_t=like

If anyone would like to see the others, feel free to email me. I'm in the directory.

The black-necked stilt was last observed around 6:45 p.m. in the flooded field in the back of Armleder. Pics can be found at the above link.

It was a fantastic day for birding. The day's list of notable birds is as follows:

Eden Park:
Great-crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated green warbler
Baltimore and orchard orioles

Ault Park:
Connecticut Warbler
Canada Warbler
Great-crested Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Cedar Waxing
Black-throated blue warbler (H)
Red-eyed vireo
Hermit thrush (H)
Pileated Woodpecker

Armleder:
Black-necked Stilt
Yellow-breasted Chat
Common Yellowthroat (H)
Eastern Meadowlark
Eastern Bluebird
Willow Flycatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Semi-pleated plovers
House Wren
10+ Great Blue Herons all grouped together

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders: Liz and Josh R

Black necked stilt is still here at 7:30 tonight. It was a ways out, so binocs are sufficient but scope would provide MUCH better views. Life bird!

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

10 Black-bellied Plovers were seen in the second skypond north of the railroad tracks, they were all the way at the far edge towards route 4. The two cattle egrets were also present as well, they were actually at the airport this time foraging in the grasses next to the runway.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

There is a black-necked stilt in the flooded field at the back of Armleder.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Armleder, 10 AM
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Stranded fish in the shrinking beanfield floodplain pool drew five great blue herons and an adult eagle.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge and Gilmore Ponds area
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Along with the already reported Ruddy Turnstone there were two White-rumped Sandpipers, seven Semipalmated Sandpipers, three Greater Yellowlegs, and four Semipalmated Plovers. At Gilmore Ponds sky pool north of rail road tracks after my third try I finally found the Cattle Egrets, there were two in the field just beyond the pond.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: skypool neat Lost Bridge
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Ruddy Turnstone seen at 3:30 this afternoon in a group of smaller shorebirds.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Connecticut warbler! Absolute visual and audio identification. In the woodland at Ault Park on the northeast corner of the park under the railroad bridge. Seen at 12:20 p.m. today.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: Chilo Lock 34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

1 Red-headed Woodpecker

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Birds seen redstart, Tennessee, magnolia, Nashville, yellow throated, bay breasted, chestnut sided, Wilson's and many black polls, mostly females and immatures.
Pair of red eyed vireos and indigo buntings.
Pewee, great crested flycatcher, both orioles and tanagers. Cedar waxwings. 2 red shouldered hawks.
As usual, something always seems to disrupt my bird watching from the blind. Today curious buck had to come nosing around obstructing my view of the water and a vole kept running over my feet. Last week a red tail dropped in to snatch a baby bunny by the pool and 2 days a 6 foot black snake came slithering through the dogwoods. I am living here just a few more weeks, enjoying the great birding spot I have called home for a long time. I am sure I can never find a renter who will appreciate the birds I have seen in this backyard.

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Location: Loveland Bike Trail-North of Nisbet Park (along Little Miami River)
Reporter: Jason Gantt
Other Birders:

Bay-Breasted Warbler(1)
Blackpoll Warbler(2)
Tennessee Warbler(5)
Northern Parula(4)
Yellow-Rumped Warbler(6)
Yellow-Throated Warbler(2)
Prothonotary Warbler(3)
American Redstart(1)
Common Yellowthroat(3)
Magnolia Warbler(1)
Indigo Bunting(4)
American Robin(many)
Northern Cardinal(many)
Baltimore Oriole(2)
Great Crested Flycatcher(1)
Acadian Flycatcher(2)
Hairy Woodpecker(3)
Downy Woodpecker(2)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker(1)
Pileated Woodpecker(1)
Mallards with ducklings(3 pairs)
Hooded Merganser with ducklings(1)
Carolina Chickadee(many)
Cedar Waxwing(5)
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher(5)
Coopers Hawk(2)
Chimney Swift(many)
Barn Swallow(4)
Tree Swallow(many)
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo(1)
Eastern Towhee(1)
White-Breasted Nuthatch(1)
Tufted Titmouse(2)

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: John Botz
Other Birders:

Highlights from an evening's walk:
summer and scarlet tanagers
yellow-throated warbler
pileated woodpecker
eastern wood peewee

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Location: Armleder, 9:30-11:00
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

53 species, all of which were summer and permanent residents except for the common moorhen in the flooded willows on the east bank of the river.

Date: Monday, May 19, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Relocated the Cattle Egret reported previously, an adult with clearly visible orange plumes! It was located in the second pond north of the tracks on the N Gilmore road side. I watched it for ~5 minutes before it flew off north towards the airport.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Robert Tunison
Other Birders: Jack Stenger, Ron Canterbury, and the rest of the ornithology class

We managed to stumble across two Northern Bobwhites this morning around 9:00 AM. There were two regularly making the "Bob-white" call so with an luck they will pick up some ladies and call the wetlands home.

Good Luck!



Trip List: Northern Bobwhite 2

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge and vicinity
Reporter: Virginia Wilson
Other Birders:

The American Avocet was a bit elusive earlier in the day, but came out and gave a nice show a couple of times, even flying across the water. What a beauty.

I wanted to primarily report that it was still present last night (Sunday) at 8:30 p.m. It was on the far side of the water (if you're on the road). And I wanted to say a big THANK YOU for reporting it and continuing to do so. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! What a delight.

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

Not much bird activity this evening (7:30-8:40 PM). One singing Henslow's Sparrow observed along farm road. Unfortunately, Kim and I picked up more ticks than an old clock, so be aware of that situation and plan accordingly.

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Location: Kilby Rd. Gravel Pits, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

A short visit at 7:00 PM produced nice views of two Common Loons, singing Dickcissels, and Grasshopper Sparrows. No Bell's Vireo, despite diligent searching & listening. Early morning may be better.

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge and Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders: K Emerson

Glad we arrived at Lost Bridge when we did, had about 5 minutes of close view of American Avocet, then the bird moved out of site.
Semipalmated Plover
Shawnee Lookout Park:
Blue-winged Warbler
Bay breasted Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Common Yellowthroat
Tennessee Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Brown Thrasher
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Purple Finch
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Meadowlark
Gray Catbird
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Chickadee
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Bluejay
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds, north of tracks
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

One Cattle Egret with three Great Egrets in the first pond north of the tracks near the Gilmore Road parking lot.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: Eden Park - Presidents Grove
Reporter: Jonathan Frodge
Other Birders:

I stopped by this morning on my way to an early appointment and in 15 minutes had: empid of some sort, Baltimore Oriole, many Yellow -rumped, 3 Bay-breasted, Orange-crowned Warblers, 2 Redstart, heard only Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Veery, and other more expected park species.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: Otto Armleder
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

Prothonotary warbler
Female blackpoll warbler
Indigo buntings
a lone mallard duckling
Orchard and Baltimore Orioles
Lot's of Cedar Waxwings
sapsucker
song sparrow

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: Magrish
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

Yellow warbler
Blackpoll warblers
Black and white warbler
warbling vireo
yellow billed cuckoo
indigo buntings
Northern mockingbird
orchard and baltimore oriole's
blue-gray gnatcatchers
thrush ?
100+ Cedar waxwings, there were so many it was distracting to even try and find anything else.lol
heard Pileated drumming and heard Eastern Towhee.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: Okeana backyard
Reporter: Bob Schlake
Other Birders:

Baby Barred owl emerged from the nest box. This is the 3rd year from this spot, 2nd from the new nest box.I hope more will come in the following days.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/schlake/14021822968/in/set-72157632953018160/

I also had an orange-variant house finch at the feeder today.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/schlake/14021803758/

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

Second turkey in the Ault Park forest over the last 45 years. The first one was recorded 20 years ago.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: Mom

Here is a photo I forgot to add of the Avocet: https://www.flickr.com/photos/123923969@N06/14207314264/

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders: Mom

The AMERICAN AVOCET is still present. Much closer than previously reported. Great veiw of this bird. Least, Semi., and Spotted Sandpipers were also present. A large number of all of the swallow species(except Purple Martin) were present. Also an Orchard Oriole and a pair of Wood Ducks were other birds of interest.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

Prothonotary warbler
Common yellow throat
Yellow Warbler
Worm-eating warbler
Indigo buntings
Great crested flycatcher
Eastern phoebe
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
+ regular common
+ 3 more I'm not sure about yet.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

Blue Grosbeak Male and female
Bobolink"s male and female
Killdeer
Song sparrow
+ most common's present

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: New Haven Rd/Dry Fork Rd./Mt. Hope Rd.
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

To add to Jack's report of a Blue Grosbeak at the wetlands, I've had one singing male on territory (5/3 and 5/14) while stopped at the stop sign at the junction of Dry Fork Rd. and New Haven Rd. (near the their New Haven's intersection with Mt. Hope Rd.). The bird has been singing from just north of New Haven Rd. in the adjacent field here.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: East Fork SP south beach
Reporter: Kathi Hutton
Other Birders:

Donald's FRANKLIN'S GULL is still present, on the sand behind an orange barricade with two Ring-billed Gulls. The preparation for the weekend regatta has turned the whole beach area into a three-ringed circus. Watch FOY people driving the wrong way and parking any way they want. I doubt if the gulls will stay here.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

There are 4-6 Henslow's Sparrows on territory at the Miami Whitewater Wetlands. Most are along the old farm road accessed from Oxford Rd.

I also had a male Blue Grosbeak across the street from the New Haven Cemetery.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: Miami-whitewater Forest - Bowles Woods
Reporter: David Brinkman
Other Birders:

At the horseshoe parking area this morning before work I had a very cooperative male Black-throated Blue Warbler, singing at point blank range. The bird was spished in at eye level and close to the ground in the understory.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Robert Tunison
Other Birders:

American Avocet 50 feet off the road at 2:30. There are also upwards of 500 (conservative estimate) swallows of all types flying over the water. Super duper cool.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The Franklin's Gull remains, but the events for the upcoming regatta has it moving around.

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Location: Armleder, 9:30-11:00
Reporter: Stanley Hedeen
Other Birders:

The chimney swift and all five swallows (barn, bank, rough-winged, tree, cliff) were feeding over the Little Miami. Also 45 other species in the park.

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Location: East Fork South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Went looking this morning for any birds that came down as a result of the storms last night.

1 1st summer (I think) FRANKLIN'S GULL was flying around the beach this morning.

Pictures on my blog at: http://donaldthebirder.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-spring-surprise.html

Other birds - 5 Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 3 Least SP, 5 Spotted SPs. Also, 1 Adult Bald Eagle.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Joshua Eastlake
Other Birders:

Am. Avocet still present as of 6:15pm this evening. What an extraordinary bird. Most species reported by Allan, et. al. were also present, except for Dowitchers. Poor visibility in the rain.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Allan Claybon
Other Birders: Andy Bess, Frank Frick, Jack Stenger, Rob

Was there from 12:30 to 3:15 with constant changes in birds present. Great Egret, 30+ Dowitcher sp., 7 Forster's Terns,35+ Least Sandpipers, several Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Solitary Sandpiper, 8+ Semipalmated Plovers, Spotted Sandpipers, many Swallows, and the American Avocet on the far South edge and small dirt spit for the first hour. 2 separate flyovers of 20+ Cedar Waxwings, and a soaring Peregrine Falcon Jack spotted as we left.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Location: Campbell County, KY between Cold Spring and Silver Grove
Reporter: Jeff Foster
Other Birders:

Two Red-shouldered Hawks circling above my house and calling back and forth to each other. Lifer! I identified them by their call. I love my Audubon bird guide app on my cell phone!

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Location: Anderson Center, Five Mile Road
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

There's a Gray-cheeked Thrush singing off the back corner of the parking lot in woods between the parking and the condos on the hill. Great to hear one again!! We didn't get one for Bird-a-thon.

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

American Avocet was present at 8:20 AM this morning. There was quick turnover. Some Short-billed Dowitchers disappeared while I was setting up my scope and were replaced by the Avocet, which was not visible when I pulled up. Other interesting peeps present but it started to rain and work beckoned.

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Mom

Went to Armleder briefly during Cassidy's volleyball practice. The bean field had many shorebirds. Least, spotted, and semipalimated. I also had a larger lighter shorebird I was led to believe was a sanderling. I saw it nearby the others to compare. Semipalimated plovers were also on the bean field. Back by duck creek, a black-billed cuckoo was seen and heard.

Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

At noon, American Avocet still here also twenty Short billed Dowitchers.

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Location: Fernald Preserve
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

20-25 Cedar Waxwings
Brown Thrashers
Indigo Buntings
yellow-throated Warblers
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Gray Catbird
Killdeer
Blue winged teals
Wood Ducks
Canada Geese with goslings
Female hooded Merganser with ducklings
mute swans
mockingbirds
plus all the usual commons

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Location: East Fork State Park, Armleder
Reporter: Taylor Myatt
Other Birders:

Rather fitting to find the Prairie Warbler along the Prairie Trail at East Fork this morning.

Highlights at Armleder this afternoon:

Dickcissel
Cedar Waxwing
Black-billed Cuckoo
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Indigo Bunting
Common Yellowthroat
Blackburnian Warbler (heard only)
Prothonotary Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Orchard Oriole
Solitary Sandpiper
Semi-palmated Plover
Spotted sandpiper
Pectoral sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Dunlin

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Avocet reported yesterday was still here as of 10:30am.

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014
Location: about one mile north of Amelia. Clermont County
Reporter: steve long
Other Birders: Jenny Long

Other than the usuals, a rose breasted grosbeak,a gray cheeked thrush,a redbellied woodpecker and a northern flicker.

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Oxbow area including Shawnee Lookout, Lawrenceburg, and Lost Bridge
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Denis Conover

Denis and I birded the Oxbow area from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday of Birdathon


Trip List: Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ruffed Grouse 1, Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, American Redstart, Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Location: Boone Cliffs/Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Lenny Beck
Other Birders:

Boone Cliffs

Bay-breasted Warbler (5)
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler (2)
Blue-winged Warbler
Hooded Warbler (3)
Northern Parula (3)
Cerulean Warbler (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Worm eating Warbler (heard...couldn't locate)
Ovenbird (2)
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Swainson's Thrush (2)
Wood thrush
Yellow-thoated Vireo (2)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4)
Eastern Wood Pewee
Scarlet Tanager (2)
Broad Winged Hawk (2)
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo

Ft. Thomas Backyard
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Cape May Warbler

Date: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Location: lost bridge
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Brian Wulker called to say there was an American Avocet at lost bridge earlier today.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods
Reporter: Michael Kravitz
Other Birders: 27 bird walk participants

Despite threatening rains and rather poor lighting, we observed many species during our morning walk. Highlights were a northern waterthrush (seen by only a few), nice views of pileated woodpeckers, and two hermit thrushes. Other species seen or heard (h) were magnolia warbler, Cape May warbler, blackpoll warbler, American redstart, summer tanager, scarlet tanager, rose-breasted grosbeak, Baltimore oriole, indigo bunting, eastern towhee, song sparrow, chipping sparrow, tree swallow, barn swallow, chimney swift, blue-gray gnatcatcher, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, blue jay, Carolina wren, house wren, red-eyed vireo (h), ruby-throated hummingbird, turkey vulture, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, white-breasted nuthatch, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, mourning dove, American robin, house finch (h), Canada goose. Following the hike, two of us continued on and spotted Nashville warbler, blackburnian warbler, and yellow-rumped warbler.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

I forgot to add there were several shorebirds down the boat ramp and to the right. I have not identified them yet. I will have to study the photos,and the guides.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Dee Long
Other Birders: Bruce Long

Multiples of Indigo buntings, Cedar Waxwings, yellow-rumped Warblers, Eastern towhee's (Males and females)Brown Thrashers, blue-gray gnatcatchers.
yellow warblers
wood thrush
Baltimore Oriole
1st spring Orchard Oriole
1st spring Summer Tanagers
Heard only 2 yellow-billed cuckoo's
Several Red-eyed Vireo's
All the usual commons

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Great Parks property on Kilby Road
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Found a Bell's Vireo today before it started to rain.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Saw the Common Gallinule at 2:00 p.m when it emrged from the cattails and swam across the lake to a larger group of cattails. It was in the large lake on the right hand side.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: Marianne Gorman
Other Birders: Mike Gorman

Birded 8:00-8:40pm. Parked at lot by Lunken connector and walked to canoe launch and around short loop. Saw Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, lots if Indigo Buntings, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Pileated Woodpecker, indeterminate Thrush, Yellow and Palm Warblers, Cedar Waxwing, White-crowned Sparrows and Eastern Meadowlark.

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Location: Little Miami River, Kroger Park
Reporter: Rick Dunning
Other Birders: Susan Dunning

Baltimore Oriole, Hooded Warbler.

I also believe we saw, and have photos of a Mountain Bluebird. Would love to show it to someone more expert than me. It was pale blue, white belly, smallish...have photos I can email.

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Location: Moore Rd - Anderson Twp.
Reporter: Bill Leaman
Other Birders:

Upland Sandpiper - Moore Rd is behind Little Miami Golf Course.

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Location: Ault Park gravel trail
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Standing at the second foot bridge down the gravel trail this morning I had the following birds all singing at once:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-eyed Vireo
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Swainson's Thrush
The only one in site was the Acadain.
Warblers were quiet this morning.

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Location: Skypool north of RR tracks @ Gilmore Road Parking lot
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: see below

greetings... the Ruff, or I should say what I believe to be a Ruff, was seen in the skypool north of the tracks near the Gilmore Road parking lot. There is a photo on the MetrParks facebook page that looks nothing like the bird we saw this morning, unfortunately, and that might confuse people.

The bird we saw was structurally a good fit for Ruff. Additionally, the upperparts were generally grayish but had "warm" or golden or brown highlights to them that the nearby yellowlegs--mostly lessers--lacked. The upperparts were marked with white splotches or patches, as if the bird was in molt and those feathers seemed to be standing out more than the rest of the body plumage; the breast was heavily streaked, the sides, underparts, rump, and tail were white. In my opinion, it was Ruff-enough to make the call to Jack Stenger, who posted it here on the Cincinnati Birds website.

Chuck Holliday took some photos, which unfortunately do not show enough detail to prove it was a Ruff. So all we have at the moment are my notes which frankly don't rule out a wacky-looking Greater Yellowlegs.

We had okay views of the legs and they were yellow--within range for Ruff but not unlike either yellowlegs. We had no luck seeing detail on the face or the base of the bill, and the bill looked dark.

There were many shorebirds out there this morning, but they are regularly flushed by passing trains. We saw this bird in flight when one train passed, and its rump and sides and tail were white. Ruffs *should* show a white "V" on the rump, but one source I read (Paulson "Shorebirds of N America") says that the tail sometimes looks white in flight because of the white on the rump.

I had hoped Chuck's photos would clinch my field notes, but the two sources do not create a slam-dunk case. If you don't mind the passing trains, the habitat there is very good and maybe someone will prove the ID call I made right or wrong. I can accept either! Plenty of Birdathon teams will be out and about. I hope someone relocates it. Thus ends my novel . . .

Take care,
---Mike

Date: Friday, May 9, 2014
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Mike Busam, Chuck Holliday, David Burcham, Linnet Dean

I just spoke on the phone with Mike Busam, who is on a Butler County Metroparks field trip to Gilmore Ponds. They recently viewed a Ruff in the flooded field north of the railroad tracks seen from North Gilmore Road. Mike will have details later.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge mud pit
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

At dusk I missed out on the Piping Plovers. However, I did get distant views at an Upland Sandpiper. It ended up flying to the far shore, perhaps even landing in the dirt.

Most of the shorebirds were out of view behind the spit that Ned described.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

A Great Horned Owl in the creek bed along the gravel trail.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo heard
Acadian Flycatcher
Great crested Flycatcher
Brown Thrasher
Wood Thrush
Red-eyed Vireo
Several Ovenbirds heard
Blue-winged Warbler
Gray Catbird
2 Hummingbirds

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald, Joe Kappa

The two Piping Plovers were still present at 8 p.m., on the end of the sand spit. We did not see them at first - the spit is tall enough to hide them when they are on the back side.

Also present were 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 7 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Least Sandpiper, and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, mostly hidden behind some brush in the back right corner of the pond.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Magrish
Reporter: mark bogosian
Other Birders:

Sightings were a little slow at first this AM, then got good: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, and Scarlet Tanager, among others.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Home- Newport, Ky
Reporter: Maddie Varias
Other Birders:

Common Nighthawk- I've been hearing them for a couple nights but this is the first time I actually saw them (with great veiws).

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders: Evan Dalton

The Piping Plovers were first discovered by Evan Dalton (Mass. birder with lots of experience with the species. We were birding together, he's a former student of mine.) on the spit in the center of the pond (S of road) at Lost Bridge. They accompanied about 12 Semipalmated Plovers as well as Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers and a Forster's Tern. Birds were noticeably pale with orange legs, stubby bills, etc.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

2 Piping Plovers still present at lost bridge on spit of land in middle of water.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Seven Hills MS
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Roosting nighthawk seen high up in a maple. Calling. My FOY, really nice to see one.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Not my sighting - Bill Buskirk reported 2 Piping Plover at Lost Bridge to eBird today.

If anyone follows up, please report.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Armleder 8:30 - 9:30 am
Reporter: Jack Thier
Other Birders:

I stayed in one place for about 40 minutes, the results: yellow, blue winged & Nashville Warblers, common Chat, common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore & Orchard Orioles, gray Catbirds, white crowned, chipping & song Sparrows, Robins, Starlings & a Green Heron. The Heron was flying over & just decided to perch for awhile not more than 100 feet from me.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: armleder
Reporter: john zahnen
Other Birders: Jacke Thier & Jack the professor in part

FOY: yellow billed cuckoo (posed in open for 5 minutes.
FOY: dicksissel (near the center parking lot)
Also: 2 yellow warblers, 1 common yellowthroat, 1 prothonotory, several Baltimores and 1 orchard oriole, 1 blue wing warbler, 1 bald eagle, 1 kingfisher, 1 wood duck, several mallards and canadas, 2 least sandpipers, 3 chats, many indigos, several white crowned sparrows, 2 barn swallows, both r.w. & tree swallows in numbers and 2 beavers. I didn't take notes so I'm sure I am missing some.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jack Stenger
Other Birders:

1 Mourning Warbler in the thick brush south of Frisbee Golf Hole # 13. Hole # 13 is about 75 meters southeast of the playground and bathrooms on the west side of the park.

It was being a typical Mourning Warbler: singing occasionally and buried in underbrush.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Location: Fernald
Reporter: Lance Miller
Other Birders:

Dawn

Cedar waxwing 3
Brown Thrasher 2
Palm Warbler 2
Common Yellow-throat
Indigo Bunting +10
Baltimore Oriole 2

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: eric burkholder
Other Birders: Kirk Westendorf

Saw two first year male Blue Grosbeaks together near the south mowed path.
Common Nighthawk flying above the Mt Washington Krogers.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

Stilt Sandpiper seen in field feeding along with both yellowleg species. I was also able to relocate the Common Gallinule I sighted yesterday as it briefly emerged from the reeds.

Other birds of note included:

3 American Wigeon
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Acadian FLycatcher
2 Least Flycatchers
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 Eastern Kingbirds
1 Bank Swallow
2 Hermit Thrush
1 Swainson's Thrush
2 Prothonotary Warblers
2 Tennessee Warblers
2 Cerulean Warblers
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Blackburnian Warbler
2 Chestnut-sided Warblers
1 Wilson's Warbler
1 Savannah Sparrow
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Rusty Blackbird
3 Indigo Buntings
6 Baltimore Orioles.

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: Shor Park - Union Township, Clermont Co.
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders:

Highlights:

2 Red-tailed Hawks, 2 Broad winged Hawks, orchard oriole, at least 8 killdeer (5+ young hatchlings)

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Armleder and Magrish
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy, Mom

Went to the bean field to find the previously reported shorebirds. I was able to find semipalimated, least, and white rumped. No sign of the others. We also saw many buntings and two chats. There was a swainson's thrush by the bean field too. We decided to explore magrish for the first time. Within 20 minutes we had seen prothonotary warbler, blackpoll warbler, heard a cape may, and saw a gray cheeked thrush. We then came home to catbirds, cerulean warbler, orange crowned warbler, black throated green warbler, and Louisiana waterthrush in the yard!

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Home in Sharonville
Reporter: Jim Terlinden
Other Birders:

Heard a whip-poor-will in the backyard this evening

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Armleder bean field
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Best birds seen Two American Golden Plover still in transition, one Stilt Sandpiper, one White-rumped Sandpiper. Also seen Three Semipalmated Plovers, three Solitary Sandpipers, twenty five Least Sandpipers.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Delhi yard
Reporter: Linda Waugh
Other Birders: Bob Waugh

This morning we were excited to spot 6-8 Cape May Warblers in the spruce tree behind our house.

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak has been a regular visitor to our feeder for the last 3 days.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Location: Eastgate Home
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Dad

As we were leaving to take me to school, was able to see and hear an orange crowned warbler in the yard and hear a cerulean warbler! Two new yard birds for us!

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014
Location: French Park
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Madeleine Lippert

Forgot to include this bird from Sunday's trip to French Park: Least Flycatcher, 1

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Eastgate Home
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy

Common nighthawk flyover!!!

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Magnus from Sweden
Other Birders:

From 1100-1400 the following species of particular interest were seen at SGC -

Northern Harrier, 1
Turkey Vulture, 4
Red-tailed Hawk, 1
Scarlet Tanager, 1
Purple Finch, 2
Black-and-white Warbler, 1
Baltimore oriole, 2
American Goldfinch, 1
Chipping Sparrow, 2
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, 4

I also had a hawk sitting in a tree in the middle of the woodlot preserve eating its lunch but due to the thickness of the vegetation I could only see its head and upper neck. If I were to guess I would say Cooper's Hawk but that's only by judging from head and neck and I am all too new to American species to really tell plus I didn't want to disturb the bird by going any closer since I thought there might be a nest close by.

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Home of the Brave Park, Symmes Twp/Loveland
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: none

Birds of note:

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Palm Warbler 8
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 (male)
Nashville Warbler 2
Wood Thrush 2 (both singing, my first ones heard singing this year)
Lincoln's Sparrow 2 (at far western edge of park where field meets woods, just northwest of the largest pond)
Brown Thrasher 1
Catbird 2

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Westside of Cincinnati
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Three Common Nighthawks over our westhouse house this evening.

Trip List:

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Ellis Lake Wetlands
Reporter: Andrew Cannizzaro
Other Birders:

a COMMON GALLINULE was present at Ellis today, viewed from the Firebird Drive parking lot swimming in the pond to the right.

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Pinehills Park in Mason
Reporter: mark evans
Other Birders:

I've been birding at this park for some time since it's only a half mile from my house. I've never seen anything extraordinary until the last couple of days. I've been hunting down Black-Crowned Night Herons for a long time at many different parks and finally I found him, a half mile from my house. Also seen here ( Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, male American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Great Crested Flycatcher, female Baltimore Oriole, plus the common birds. Pictures at www.flickr.com\photos\z3birder

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

4 vireo day: white-eyed, warbling, red- eyed &blue-headed. Warblers: yellow, yellow throated, yellow rumped, Nashville & Wilson's.
White-throated sparrows are diminishing, white-crowned sparrows increasing

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Kenwood home
Reporter: Ethan Rising
Other Birders:

Cool migrants passing through in the past few days: Nashville, Yellow, Black Throated Green, palm, plus white eyed and yellow throated vireos. In addition, we already have 3 fledged robins. I found them because I thought I heard the Che Bek of a least flycatcher, but found the bird and it was a juvenile robin squeaking. Awesome!

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Eastgate Home
Reporter: Tyler Ficker
Other Birders: Cassidy

FOY female ruby-throated hummingbird on our feeders!! Im always excited to see when these return.

Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Location: Armleder
Reporter: C Emerson
Other Birders:

Walked out to the bean field this morning 8 a.m.
2 Green Herons
6 GBH
Countless Sandpipers in the water and along the edges. Did not have my binos.
Great crested Flycatcher
Several House Wrens
Treee Swallows
N. Rough-winged Swallows
Palm Warbler
Indigo Bunting
Yellow-breasted Chat
Baltimore Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Dickcissel
Mockingbird
3 Red-winged Blackbirds chasing a male White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow

Date: Monday, July 28, 2014
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Molly Prues
Other Birders: Michael Prues

Rose breasted grosbeak

Trip List: Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

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Ned Keller, comments03@cincinnatibirds.com