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Sightings Log Archive: July 1997 - September 1997

Date: Sept. 30, 97 9am-9:45am
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest (Timberlakes area)
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

3 Black and White, 2 Bay-breasted, 10 Tennessee, 1 Black-throated Green, 3 Magnolia, 4 Yellow-rumped, 1 Imm. Hooded Warbler(s), 1 Ovenbird, 1 Redstart, 2 Pewees, Blue Jays, Cardinals,and 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Date: sept.28,sun.
Location: miami whitewater retention base
Reporter: Jason Hovekamp
Other Birders:

tree swallows, bank swallows, great blue heron, broad winged hawk, red-tailed hawk,sharp-shinned hawk,peregrine falcon
tv's

Date: sept. 27, sat.
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest And Wetlands
Reporter: Jason Hovekamp
Other Birders: Mike Busm

forest:downy,hairy,pileated woodpeckers,
blue jays, chickadee's, titmice,1 unidentified accipiter,blue gray gnathatcher, following warblers: magnolia, chestnut sided, hashville,
black-and-white, black throated greens, Wetlands: lincoln and savana sparrows,
great blue heron, common yellowthroats,
2 grebes, mocking birds.

Date: September 28, 1997
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Steve Ray

Warblers: 6 Magnolia, 1 Black and White, 1 Redstart. 1 Red-eyed Vireo. 3+ Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow. Pileated, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. White-breasted Nuthatches. (Among the pines along the road to the parking lot we heard a single, high-pitched call from a nuthatch that sounded very "red-breasted," but I wouldn't bet my lunch money on it...) Goldfinch, 3 Towhees, 6+ Cardinals. House and Carolina Wrens. 10 Blue Jays, 6+ Crow.

Date: Saturday, September 27, 1997
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Darlene Sadler
Other Birders: George Sadler

Ospry, Warbling vireo, Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Magnolia warbler, Nashville warbler, Lincoln, Song & Swamp sparrows, Rose-breasted grosbeak, Great Egret, GB heron, Chimney swifts, Indigo buntings, Catbirds, 200+ House finch, House wren.

Date: Saturday, September 27th, 8:15-Noon
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Highlights: 2 T Vulture, 1 SS Hawk, 2 Cooper's Hawk, 3 YB Cuckoo, 1 GH Owl, 1 P Woodpecker, 2 YB Sapsucker, 1 E Phoebe; Thrushes--1 Gray-cheeked, 3 Swainson's, 1 Veery, 4 Wood; 1 RC Kinglet, 4 RE Vireo; Warblers--4 Tennessee, 3 Nashville, 1 N Parula, 1 Magnolia, 10+ Cape May, 1 BT Blue, 1 Yellow-rumped, 10+ BT Green, 3 Blackburnian, 2 Chestnut-sided, 5 Bay-breasted, 2 Blackpoll, 10+ "Baypoll", 3 Pine, 2 Prairie, 1 L Waterthrush, 2 C Yellowthroat, 1 Wilson's, 5+ A Redstart.

Date: September 22, 1997 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: George & Darlene Sadler + 35 4H Club Members and Parents

1 Ovenbird. Fly-overs: 3 Great Egrets, 4 Great Blue Herons. 6 Black-crowned Night Herons at Dusk. There's no water in the ponds, but there is water in the canal and retention basins to the west and east (including east pond), which accounts for the fly-overs. The Night Herons have been in the vicinity of the Rumpke landfill that sits on the canal, just west of Gilmore Road, all summer.

Date: September 21, 1997
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest and Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jason Hovekamp, Lester Peyton, Paul Wharton

Miami-Whitewater Forest: Black and White Warbler, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll/Baybreasted, Peewee, Yellow-billed Cuckoo. 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, Paul saw one UFO Buteo from the Timberlakes lot area, maybe a Broad-winged.
Miami-Whitewater Wetlands: 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (flying 15 feet above the observation deck), 1 Red-Tail.

Date: 9/19/97 10am-12noon
Location: Baughman Rd. Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Ernest Gilkeson
Other Birders:

A Black Vulture took off directly across the street from the pulloff on Baughman Rd. Seen on the way to the new tower were Mallards, killdeer, Mourning Dove,Northern Mockingbird, Catbird,Song Sparrow,and Red Winged Blackbirds. From the tower Common Yellowthroat,Black-capped Chickadee(Carolina?),Blue Winged Teal Wood Ducks(6 or7) Pied-Billed Grebes. The last three were with the use of a scope which another birder had with him and allowed me to have a look. The male Wood Ducks were in full color. Also for everyones info the pulloff on Baughman road is owned by CINERGY. Two workers were bushhogging the area when I returned to my car.

Date: September 15 1997
Location: East Fork Beach
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

What a beautiful Gull!!! I got to see it from abot 3:00 to 4:00 pm. The back of the bird dosen't look as black while it is in flight as when it is sitting on the beach with the other Ring billed Gulls. Also there was at least 2 but possibly 3 Osprey's.

Date: Sunday, September 14, 1997
Location: Grand Lake St. Marys
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club, led by Norm Walker

1 Pied-bileld Grebe, 20 Cormorants, 2 Great Egrets, 5 Green-winged Teal, 2 Shovelers, 2 Wigeon, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 23 American Golden-Plover, 6 Sempipalmated Plover, Killdeer, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Sanderling, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 1 Western Sandpiper, 3 Least Sandpiper, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 3 Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, and the following warblers: Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Cape May, Pine, Bay-breasted, Black-and-white, and Redstart.
A side trip to Englewood Reserve on the way back added about 40 Lesser Yellowlegs, 5 Solitary Sandpipers, a Stilt Sandpiper, and Blackpoll Warbler.

Date: September 14, 1997 8:00 am to 10:30 am
Location: Gilmore Ponds / Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Gilmore: 1 Swainson's Thrush, 3+ Common Yellowthroats, 1 Palm Warbler, 3 Great Egrets, (7 in the retention basin along route 4 bypass), 1 Great Blue Heron, 5 Catbirds, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 White-eyed Vireo. Riverside: 1 Osprey, 1 Great Egret, 1 Great Blue Heron, 30+ Mallards, 23 Wood Ducks, 2 Green Heron, 1 Indigo Bunting, 5 Song Sparrows, "1001 Starlings" (in case you need to add them to your year list...) Very slow morning. Little moving or flying around.

Date: Sept. 14
Location: East Lake SP
Reporter: John Rakestraw
Other Birders:

The Lesser Black-backed Gull was still present this morning. If you haven't seen this bird, make plans to do so. It is a textbook specimen in full breeding plumage - much nicer than trying to decipher an immature bird in cryptic plumage. Also present along the south beach was one Black-bellied Plover

Date: Saturday, Sept. 13--9:45am
Location: East Fork SP beach
Reporter: Darlene Sadler
Other Birders: George Sadler

The Lesser Black-backed gull was still on the beach this morning. There were 4 Caspian Terns, 2 DC Cormorants, 1 Ospry, 20+ Killdeer and an airplane that we would have shot down had we had a gun.

Date: Sept. 11, 97 6:30pm
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders: Mike Busam

No sign of Red-necked Phalarope at wetlands.

Date: 10 Sept 1997
Location: Richmond Municipal Airport, Boston, IN
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders: Ron Williams

28 Lesser Golden-Plovers on lawns and plowed field east of terminal building. Also present there and in nearby mowed hay fields was a total of 265 Killdeer.

Date: September 10, 1997
Location: East Fork Lake State Park
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Gary and Cass Daily

The Lesser black-backed gull was still present as of this evening.

Date: Sept. 10, 97 8am
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands(observation deck)
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

Red-necked Phalarope was still present as of 9:30am Wednesday.Other birds seen:
Great Egret, 4 Great Blue Herons, Wood Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Mallards, Sora, Coots, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, Comm. Yellowthroats, White-eyed Vireo, Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Mockingbird, 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 5 Pied-billed Grebes.
The new observation platform that I am refering to can easily be seen from Baughman road.

Date: Sept. 9, 97 6:30pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands(observation deck)
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

A Red-necked Phalarope was sighted in the marsh directly in front of the observation deck. Use the bat house as a reference point.

Date: Sept. 9, 97 1:30pm-2:45pm
Location: East Fork ST. Park (south beach)
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

2 Caspian Terns, 2 Forster's Terns, 25+ Ring-billed Gulls, 10 Turkey Vultures, 1 Osprey, and Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Date: 8 Sept 1997
Location: Richmond Municipal Airport, Boston, IN
Reporter: bill buskirk
Other Birders:

14 Lesser Golden-Plovers on lawn and plowed area.

Date: August 7 1997
Location: Adams County
Reporter: Robert Foppe
Other Birders:

Seen today in Adams County:Mourning Doves, 3+ Yellow billed Cuckoo, 5 Ruby throated Hummingbirds, 3 Red bellied, 1 Downey, 1 Hairy, and 2 Pileated Woodpeckers.. Also seen were 2 Northern Flickers,Wood pewee,Blue Jay, Crow, Craolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmice. Also 1 WB Nuthatch, House and Carolina Wrens, Robin, Catbirds, 2 Brown Thrashers, 25+ Red eyed Vireo's, 2 American Redstarts, 2 Ovenbirds, and 7 Kentucky Warblers..

Date: sept. 7,1997
Location: miami whitewater along timber lakes dr.
Reporter: Jason Hovekamp
Other Birders:

Ruby-Throated hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker,
pewees, carolina chickadees, tufted titmouse, white-br. nuthatch,
wood thrush and swainson's thrush, blue-gr. gnatcatcher, cedar waxwings,
red-eyed vireos, scarlet tanager(female), catbird,
following warblers: bl.-and whites, 1 tennessee, bl.-thr. greens, cerulean,
canada warbler, and 1 female redstart

Date: Septermber 6, 1997
Location: Farm pond on TR 88, Attica OH
Reporter: Jackie & Gary Yambert
Other Birders:

1 Osprey

Date: Saturday, September 6th, 7:30AM-1:30PM
Location: Caesar Creek and Spring Valley
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Audubon Bird Walk

Best Birds: 5+ DC Cormorant, 20+ W Duck, 5+ BW Teal, 5+ T Vulture, 1 C Hawk, 20+ Killdeer, 2 BB Plover (CC Beach), 1 L Yleg, 2 H & 2 P Woodpeckers, Flycatchers--3+ Great Crested, 1 Olive-sided, 1(+?) Yellow-bellied, 2 Acadian, many Empidonax (sp. ?), 2 Kingbirds, and 10+ EW Pewee; 3 S Thrush, 2 B Thrasher, 1 RC Kinglet, 80+ C Waxwing; Vireos--1 Philadelphia, 10+ Red-eyed, 3+ Warbling, 5+ White-eyed, and 1 Yellow-throated; Warblers--1 Blue-winged, 1 Tennessee, 1 Blackpoll, 2+ "Baypoll", 1 Yellow-throated, 2+ A Redstart, 1 Oporornis (Connecticut ?), and 5+ C Yellowthroat; 1 Scar Tanager, and 5+ RB Grosbeak.

Date: Saturday, September 6th, 2:30-3:30 PM
Location: East Fork State Park (South Beach)
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Darlena Graham, and 4 others

Best Birds: 1 Osprey, 8 Turkey Vultures, 1 imm. Herring Gull, 40+ Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (breeding plumage), 2 Black Terns.

Date: Friday, September 5, 1997
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

Hank reports finding an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull on the south beach at East Fork this morning. The bird was there until at least 10:30.
--- Ned Keller

Date: 9/1/97 7 PM
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: Darlene Sadler

2 G. Yellowlegs, 1 Solitary Sandpiper,
1 G. Heron, 3 Killdear, 5 mallards. The water at Gilmore is essentially gone (with the exception of the gravel pit and East Pond). The rain predicted for this week will not have any effect on the ponds. Unless we get 4-5 inches at one time shorebirding is over for the year at Gilmore.

Date: Sept. 1 , 97
Location: Miami Whitewater/ Timberlakes area
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders: Mike Busam and Steve Ray

Acadian, Great Crested, and Traill's Flycatchers, Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireos, Scarlet Tanager, Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 12 Catbirds, 5 E. Towhee( 1 IMM.), 5 Wood Thrush, 3 Swainson's Thrush, and the following Warblers: 2 Canada, 3 Baypoll, 3 Chesnut-sided.

Date: August 31,97
Location: Miami Whitewater / Timberlakes area
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders: Mike Busam

4 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Acadian( calling), Great Crested, and Traill's Flycatchers, 2 Scarlet Tanagers, Red-eyed, White-eyed, and Yellow-throated Vireos, 7 Wood Thrush, Red-shouldered Hawk, 4 Pileated, 1 Downy, Several Red-bellied, and Hairy woodpeckers, and the following Warblers: Parula, Baypoll, 2 Chesnut-sided, and 1 Black & White.

Date: August 30, 97
Location: Miami Whitewater Park/Timberlakes area
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders: Mike Busam

4 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 6 Wood Thrush, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 15 Robins, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 10 Red-eyed Vireos, 3 Yellow-throated Vireos, 1 White-eyed Vireo, 3 Great Crested Flycatchers, several Traill's Flycatchers, Scarlet Tanager, 8 Catbirds, 10 Cedar Waxwings, 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds(1 adult male, 3 female or Imm.) 2 Cerulean, 2 Blackburnian, Tennessee, and Baypoll Warblers.

Date: Saturday, August 30th, 10:15 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Tanner's Creek Levee and Oxbow
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Ron Austing, et al.

Best Birds: 12+ DC Cormorants, 8 G Egrets, 6 BC NHerons, 8+ T Vultures, 3 B Vultures, 4+ Kestrels, 25+ C Waxwings, 1 Vesper Sparrow, 1 Unknown (imm. Horned Lark?).

Date: Saturday, August 30th, 8:00-10:00 AM
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Best Birds: 1 SS Hawk, 3 RB Nuthatches, 6 RT Hummingbirds; Flycatchers--Acadian, Great-crested, Least, Olive-sided (on snag in maintenance-area clearing), and E WPewee; Vireos--Red-eyed, Warbling, and White-eyed; Warblers--Blackburnian, Blue-winged, Nashville, A Redstart, and Yellow-throated.

Date: 8/26/97
Location: Adams County
Reporter: donna sue groves
Other Birders: maxine groves

1 Cassowary. Sited in a dense fog at
6:40AM on 247 South two miles outside
West Union. Lost, I assume..... :-)

Date: 8/23/97
Location: Grand Lake St. Mary's
Reporter: Annie Milliron
Other Birders:

2 Mute Swan; Multitudes of Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, DC Cormorants

Date: 8/23-24/97
Location: State Fish Hatchery, Grand Lake St. Mary's
Reporter: Annie Milliron
Other Birders: Russell Milliron

15+ Caspian Terns, 12+ Great Egrets, 30+ GB Herons, 4+ Common Terns, 3+ Bonaparte Gulls

Date: Sunday, August 24, 1997 7:500/10:30 AM
Location: Tanners Creek dike in Lawrenceburg, IN
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: 50+ birders from: Indianapolis, Louisville, Fairfield, and three presons passing through to home in Ontario Canada, among others

Kite came up about 9:50 over southern portion of Tanners Creek. Just proir to leaving, bird came extremely low over dike near bridge. Other better birds seen: 1 DC cormorant, 3 great white egrets, 2 great blue herons, 1 kingfisher, 1 black crowned night heron, 1 black vulture

Date: Sunday August 24, 1997
Location: Kroger parking lot, Lawrenceburg, IN
Reporter: Andy Fix
Other Birders: Pat Gatch

Observed the Swallow-tailed Kite from about 12:30 to 1:00 pm. The bird spent most of its time south of the road over the river enjoying a ride on the wind. Also saw an Osprey near the Oxbow on the way out.

Date: Sunday, August 24th, 9:30-11:00 AM
Location: West Fork Dam and Winton Woods
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Best Birds: 40+ Mallards, 20+ W Ducks, 5+ BW Teal, 10 L Sandpipers, 20+ Killdeer, 1 Sedge Wren (willows near settling pond gate, on left), 2 RH Woodpeckers, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 2 BG Gnatcatchers, 3 A Redstarts, 1 CS Warbler, 1 Magnolia Warbler, 2 YT Warbler, 2 RE Vireos.

Date: Sunday, August 24th, 7:30-9:00 AM
Location: Gilmore Ponds (Hamilton, OH)
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Best Birds: 34 GB Herons, 6 G Herons, 23 G Egrets, 70+ Killdeer, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 3 SB Dowitchers, 30+ L Ylegs, 3 G Ylegs; Sandpipers--15+ Lesser, 4 Pectoral, 5+ Semipalmated, 2 Spotted, 1 Solitary, 1 Stilt; 1 YT Vireo, 2 A Redstarts.

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 11:00AM-12:30 PM
Location: Buck Creek State Park (Springfield, OH)
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Best Birds: 250+ RB Gulls, 10+ H Gulls, 7 Caspian Terns, 3 Common Terns, 2 A Kestrels, 20+ Killdeer

Date: Saturday, August 23rd, 8:00-9:30 AM
Location: Englewood Reserve (Dayton, OH)
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jeff Rowe and Andy ??

Best Birds: 120+ Killdeer, 70+ L Ylegs; Sandpipers--40+ Least, 5+ Semipalmated, 2 Solitary, 1 Spotted, 2 White-rumped; GC Flycatcher, A Redstart, C Ythroat.

Date: Sat. Aug. 23
Location: Lawrenceburg, IN
Reporter: Maynard Schaus
Other Birders: several who were there

The Swallow-tailed Kite was observed today by myself and many others. That was a nice lifer for me! Thanks to all who provided such excellent directions.

Date: 8/21/97
Location: Oxbow/Lawrenceburg
Reporter: Dale A. Bodmer
Other Birders: Chris Potensky

Oxbow was mostly large waders,
Great Blues, Egrets, Cormorants.
We drove to the Krogers store in Lawrenceburg
and were there for about 2 minutes when
we saw the Kite. It started out over the
creek next to the brewery (but closer to
the Ohio). We watched it soaring over the
Ohio for about 15-20 minutes. time was
about 6:30pm (Ohio time)

Date: August 21, 97 9:00am-10am
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Timberlakes Dr.
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

3 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 4 Eastern Towhees, 6 Red-eyed Vireos, 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, 2 Scarlet Tanagers ( 1 bird Imm. male),
4 Goldfinch, a flock of 15 Carolina Chickadees, and 8 Tufted titmice,
5 Cardinals, Bluejay, Pewees, 1 Kentucky Warbler, and 1 Canada Warbler.

Date: 21 Aug 1997
Location: Lawrenceburg IN
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

The Kite was still present at 1:00PM Seen soaring over Tanner's Creek south of Rt. 50. The levee east of Tanner's Creek and south of Rt. 50 is a great spot to see the bird hunting. Also 4 Black Vultures over Ohio River.

Date: 8/19
Location: lawrenceburg
Reporter: Jason Hovekamp
Other Birders:

Seen Kite flying over tanner's creek around 2:15 p.m.

Date: 8/18
Location: Lawrenceburg
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: Darlene Sadler, Paul Wharton

Kite still present as of 1:30 today. Seen soaring over Tanner's Creek and US 50

Date: 8/18
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: Darlene Sadler

8-10 AM 14 Gr. Egrets, one imm. Little Bl. Heron, 20 Gr. Bl. Herons, 24+ Green Herons, 3 BC Night Herons, 5 B. Kingfishers, Pectoral sandpipers, 5 Dunlin, peeps, 4 Bl. w. Teal,
12+ Woodducks, mallards, B. Orioles, catbirds, one PB Grebe, one Coot,
one DC Cormorant, GR. Yellowlegs, Song and Field Sparrows, Marsh Wren, Cedar Waxwings, Indigo Buntings, RT Hawk, Turkey Vulture, 2 Kingbirds

Date: August 17, 1997
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Steve Ray

10 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 2 imm/female American Redstarts, 5 Common Yellowthroats, 1 Yellow Warbler, 12 Coot, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, Mallards, 2 Green Herons, 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Cooper's Hawk, Indigo Buntings, Song and Field Sparrows, 1 Belted Kingfisher, Barn Swallows, Chimney Swifts, 6 Catbirds, 2 male Baltimore Orioles, 3 Carolina Wrens. Drove to Lawrenceburg, but the rains started. Didn't see the Kite, but there was a fiberglass Bald Eagle perched atop the bank sign;).

Date: 7:30-10:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 17, 1997
Location: Lawrenceburg, IN
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: see below

RE: swallow-tailed kite. Followed directions to Kroger's lot at 7:30. Joined later by Jeff Hays, Bob & Cheryl Dykstra, and later, by Brad Etter from Ft. Wayne, IN. Shortly after 8:00, Brad left and went down to the small shopping on the left - came back about 8:25 said he spotted the bird from his vantage point. We observed the bird from 8:35 to 10:00 AM when stopped by heavy rainstorm. Great lifer! Thanks to all for the reports.

Date: 8/16/97
Location: Lawrenceburg
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

I saw the Swallow-tailed Kite around 3:25 this afternoon soaring over the Krogers parking lot, and the fields south of the parking lot. Beautiful Bird!!!!! I also saw a Peregrine Falcon fly by.

Date: Saturday, August 16, 1997
Location: Lawrenceburg
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: several

A Swallow-tailed Kite was seen this morning by Craig Harmer at the Kroger's
parking lot in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Craig called Greg Mendell and Connie McNamee, who
verified the sighting and then called the Bird Club's rare bird alert. I got there about
1:00 p.m., and found the bird along with several other Bird Club members.

To reach this spot, take I-275 to the Lawrenceburg exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left
(west) onto U.S. 50, and proceed through Lawrenceburg. Just after passing Tanner's Creek, turn
right into the Kroger's parking lot. The bird was seen here, and over the fields south of U.S.
50.

Swallow-tailed Kites nested in Ohio and Indiana into the first half of the 19th Century, but are
now accidental in our area. Bruce Peterjohn, in The Birds of Ohio (1989), lists only one 20th
Century records, at Fremont in 1975. Charles, Shirley and Timothy Keller, in Indiana Birds and
their Haunts (1986), lists two 20th Century records, from Porter County, in 1921 and 1948.

If you go to look for this bird, please post your results, either positive or negative.

Date: August 12, 1997
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jim Cooper

(one other person was present, whose name, unfortunately, I didn't catch. Sorry!) 2 Black Terns, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, UFO Peeps, (the shorebirds began coming in at dusk.) 7+ Black-crowned Night Herons, 1 Great Egret, 2 Great Blue Herons, 3 Green Herons, 50+ Mallards, 40 Canada Geese, Song and Field Sparrows, 3 Eastern Kingbirds, 1 Kingfisher, Barn Swallows. The Terns and Shorebirds were seen from the deck off the Symmes Road dike. The 2 imm. Little Blue Herons might still be in the area, since 2 "smaller" white Herons flew over the deck just before sunset. It was tough to ID them positively, though. Additionally, there now seems to be limited parking at Symmes Road and Berk Blvd. during the evening, but you might want to excercise caution when parking there.

Date: 8/9
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Dave Dister
Other Birders:

North side of the railroad tracks. 17 Great Egrets, 60 Gr. Bl. Herons.
Add to Neill Cade's list 2 dowitchers.

Date: August 10, 1997
Location: Gilmore Ponds & Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong, Jason Hovekamp, Lester Peyton

Gilmore Ponds: 17+ Black-crowned Night Herons, 15+ Green Herons, 6 Great Blue Herons, 4 Great Egrets, 3 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Least, Killdeer, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Marsh Wren, Peewee, Song and Field Sparrows, Mallards, Purple Martins, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows. Riverside: Grasshopper Sparrows, Song Sparrows, 2 imm White-eyed Vireos, 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos, 2 Great Blue Herons, 5 Green Herons, House Wren, 2 Kestrel, 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Common Yellowthroat, Cliff, Barn, and Tree Swallows, Indigo Buntings, Downy Woodpecker, Titmice, Chickadees, Wood Ducks and Mallards.

Date: Saturday, August 9th, 2:15-5:15 PM
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Norm Walker

1 PB Grebe, 5 DC Cormorants, 9 G Egret, 15+ GB Heron, 1 LB Heron (imm.), 25+ G Heron, 2 BC NHeron, 6 C Goose, 50+ Mallard, 4 B Duck, 6 BW Teal, 20+ W Duck, 1 T Vulture, 3 RT Hawks, 2 Kestrels, 80+ Killdeer; Sanpipers--5+ Spotted, 10+ Solitary, 4 G Ylegs, 10+ L Ylegs, 10+ Pectoral, 20+ Least, 5 Semipalmated, 2 SB(?) Dowitchers (breeding plumage), 3 Stilt--50+ M Dove, 15+ R Dove, 1 YB Cuckoo, 150+ C Swift, 1 RT Hummingbird, 3+ B Kingfisher, 2 C Flicker, 2 RB Wpecker, 1 D Wpecker, 5+ E Kingbird, 2 W Flycatcher, 50+ T Swallow, 20+ RW Swallow, 500+ Barn Swallow, 30+ P Martin, 10+ B Jay, 15+ Crow, 5+ C Chickadee, 3 T Titmouse, 1 H Wren, 2 C Wren, 1 Catbird, 10+ A Robin, 300+ E Starling, 1 C Ythroat, 2 Bobolink, 1 E Meadowlark, 200+ RW Blackbird, 15+ C Grackle, 15+ N Cardinal, 8+ I Bunting, 20+ Goldfinch, 4 Field Sparrow, 30+ Song Sparrow, 5+ House Sparrow. No Red-necked Phalarope!

Date: August 2, 1997 6:00-7:00 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Gail McNierney
Other Birders:

Blue-Winged Teal, 2 Great Blue Herons, Least Bittern, Yellow-Billed Cuckcoo,
?Flycathcer, House Wren, Carolina Wren, Gray Catbird, 2 Prothonotary Warblers,
Yellow Warbler,Nashville Warbler,Common Yellowthroat, Red-winged Blackbirds,
Grackles,Balitmore Oriole, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinches, Indigo Bunting,
Field Sparrows and Song Sparrows.

Date: August 2, 1997
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Ted & Judy Ellis

5 Double Crested Cormorants, 12 Great Egrets, 2 Little Blue Heron (these have been around since at least Friday, according to multiple observers), 13 Great Blue Herons, 6 Green Heron, 2 Black Crowned Night Herons, 40+ Canada Geese, Mallards, 10+ Wood Duck, 2 Prothonotary Warblers, House Wrens, 1 Marsh Wren, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, Indigo Bunting, Goldfinch, Cardinals, Killdeer o'plenty and 2 UFO shorebirds in West Pond, near the power plant.

Date: July 30, 1997
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Darlene Sadler
Other Birders: George Sadler

When visiting Gilmore Ponds, don't forget to check Smartweed Flats for the DC Cormorants that have been there for the last few months. Also, there is still plenty of water north of the tracks, so check there for shorebirds.

At the present time, Symmes Road is closed from By-pass 4 to Berk Blvd. You will need to park at the Gilmore Road parking lot. If you are unfamiliar with this location, please email us for directions.

Date: July 30
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: John Rakestraw
Other Birders: Gary Saxton

In addition to species listed in previous entry: Common Tern

Date: 7/30
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: Darlene Sadler, Ted & Judy Ellis

10+ Green herons, 12 GB herons, 2 BC nightherons, imm. Little blue heron,
75+ shorebirds- solitary and pectoral sandpipers and peeps. Many of the shorebirds were seen from the tower along the canal. This pool is drying up fast and will be gone in a few days. Still good habit in West pond and good views from both platforms.

Date: Saturday, July 26, 1997 8:30-12:00AM
Location: Cilmore Ponds
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

These sightings are in addition to those reported previously today

by Neil Cade.

35+ Canada's, 15+ Wood ducks, 1 Red tailed hawk, house wrens, catbirds, indigo buntings, red wing blackbirds, song sparrows, 1 yellow throated vireo - seen along canal at Smartwood Flats.

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Location: Riverside Nature Preserve
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: 1 G Egret, 75+ Killdeer, 1 RT Hawk, 2 Kestrels, 1 Bal. Oriole, 4 Grasshopper Sparrows, and 1 Dickcissel.

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jim Cooper

Highlights: 15+ DC Cormorants, 2 BC NHeron, 7+ G Egrets, 1 imm. Little Blue Heron (sighted from the viewing platform south of the Gilmore Ave. parking area), Sandpipers--5+ Least, 10+ Pectoral, 2 Spotted, 8+ Solitary, 20+ Killdeer--4+ W Flycatchers, 1 M Wren, and 2 unknown Sparrows (imm.).

Date: Saturday, July 26th, 8:30-9:30 AM
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: 1 PB Grebe, 5 B Ducks, 6 BW Teal, 2 BC NHeron, Sandpipers--8+ Least, 10+ Solitary, 5+ Spotted, 10+ Pectoral, 3 L Ylegs, 40+ Killdeer, 1 very pale "peep", 1 dove-looking sandpiper (too far to discern the latter two)--1 H Wpecker, and 2 W Flycatchers.

Date: 7/17/97
Location: Downtown Dayton
Reporter: Annie Milliron
Other Birders:

I just read the 7/21/97 of the Southwest Ohio RBA (Dayton), regarding the sighting of two Yellow-crowned Night Herons. Apparently, they are along the Great Miami River in Downtown Dayton, appoximately 1 block south of the Salem Avenue bridge. For further directions, check the summary of the SW Ohio RBA, on the Dayton Aubdubon Society's home page.

Date: Wednesday evening, July 23, 1997
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Marsh, Carolina, and House Wrens, Prothonotary Warbler, Numerous Grackles, 1 Black-crowned Night Heron, (1 Horsefly the size of a Black-crowned Night Heron!) Song and Field Sparrows, Indigo Bunting, Goldfinches, Cardinals, 1 White-eyed Vireo.

Date: July 21
Location: Cowan Lake (Clinton Co.)
Reporter: John Rakestraw
Other Birders:

Shorebirds seen at the spillway included 3 Least SP, 1 Pectoral SP, 4 Solitary SP, 8 Spotted SP, and 75+ Killdeer.

Date: 7/20/97 6:30am-10:00am
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands and Oak Leaf trail
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

Green Heron, 20+ Wood Ducks, 15+ Mallards, Northern Bobwhite, American Coot, Lesser Yellowlegs, 25+ Mourning Doves, Chimney Swifts, 8+ Ruby-throated Hummers, 2 Belted Kingfishers, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Horned Lark, Purple Martin, Tree, Rough-winged, Bank, and Barn Swallows( 1 albino Barn Swallow has been seen the last 2 days at wetland area), Carolina and House Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebirds, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, 50+ Cedar Waxwings, 400+ flock of Starlings, Red-eyed Vireos, Northern Parula, Yellow Warblers, Black & White Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanagers, Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Common Grackle, 100+ Red -winged Blackbirds, 4 Orchard Orioles, 10 American Goldfinch.

Date: Sunday, July 20th, 8:00-11:15 AM
Location: Boone Cliffs & Aurora Ferry
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: 15+ T Vulture, 2 BW Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 3+ N Bobwhite, both cuckoos, H& P Woodpecker, 4 EW Pewee, 10+ Acadian Flycatcher, 1 E Phoebe, 1 GC Flycatcher, 3 E Kingbird, 5+ H Lark, 2 BG Gnatcatcher, 5 E Bluebird, 15+ W Thrush, 30+ C Waxwing, 1 WE Vireo, 5+ YT Vireo, 2 W Vireo, 80+ RE Vireo, 1 BW Warbler, 3 N Parula, 2 YT Warbler, 2 Prairie Warbler, 4 WE Warbler, 2 Ovenbird, 3 L Waterthrush, 1 Kentucky Warbler, 20+ C Yellowthroat, 3 H Warbler, 5 YB Chat, 3+ Sum Tanager, 12+ Scar Tanager, 2 RB Grosbeak, 3 Balt Oriole.

Date: 7/19
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: J.Becker, D.Johnson, D,Sadler, B.Bergstein

Jim becker led a butterfly field at the ponds and the following birds were observed. YB cuckoo, PB grebe, woodcock, osprey, purple martins, woodducks, GB herons, Green herons, Gr. egrets, killdeer, mallards, indigo bunting, Baltimore and orchard orioles, house wren, DC cormorants, RT hummingbird, warbling vireo, commom yellowthroat, willow flycatcher

Date: Saturday, July 19th, 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: All Swallows except Cliff, 1 RT Hummingbird, 2 YB Cuckoos, 4+ Acad Flycatchers, 2 EW Pewees, 3+ W Thrushes, All Mimic Thrushes; RE, W, WE, & YT Vireos; 2+ Prairie Warblers, 15+ RS Towhees

Date: Saturday, July 19th, 8:00-9:30 AM
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: 15+ GB Herons, 2 BC NHerons, 3+ G Herons, 10+ DC Cormorants, 15+ C Geese, 25+ W Ducks, 20+ Mallards, 2 RT Hawks, 1 Kestrel, 5+ T Vultures, 1 L Ylegs, 2 Spot Sandpipers, 10+ Killdeer, 5+ H Larks, 15+ W Vireos, 10+ Kingbirds, 2 W Flycatchers, 20+ I Buntings, 5+ Field Sparrows, 2000+ E Starlings

Date: 7/18/97
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: darlene Sadler

5 Great Egrets, 12+ Gr. Blue Herons, 15 Green herons, 3 Kingfishers, Carolina, House and Marsh wrens(found the nest),
Am. coots, Mallards, C. geese, Woodducks, Baltimore and Orchard orioles, 3 photonotary warblers, common yellowthroat, yellow warblers, 11 DC. cormoants, willow flycatchers, 12+ killdeer, 2 Solitary sandpipers, 2 peeps, spotted sandpiper, field sparrows, song sparrows

Date: July 12, 1997
Location: Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

10+ Grasshopper Sparrows, 2 Dickcissel, 10+ Indigo Buntings, abundant Song Sparrows, 2 Kestrel, 17 Wood Duck, 11 Mallards, 2 Green-Herons, 4 Killdeer, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Pewee, Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker, 2 Tree Swallows, Chimney Swifts, 1 Pied-billed Grebe heard in Lagoon.

Date: 7/4/97
Location: State Fish Farm & Grand Lake St. Marys
Reporter: Annie Milliron
Other Birders: Russell Milliron

We saw a male Ruddy Duck swimming on one of the ponds at the fish farm. Overhead, there were a few Common Terns. We saw Red-headed woodpeckers along the south side of the lake, and were lucky to see one of the adult Bald Eagles perching at the top of a dead tree, also on the south side of the lake. It flew out of our range of visiion, but returned shortly with a fish clutched in its' talons.

Date: July 10, 1997
Location: Caesar Creek and Spring Valley
Reporter: Martha Davis
Other Birders: Catherine Miller, Joan Scherder

Gr. Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Am. Black
Duck, T. Vulture, Red Tailed Hawk, M.
Dove, Chimney Swift, Willow Fly Catcher,
Eastern Kingbird, Purple Martin, Tree
Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Barn
Swallow, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tufted
Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern
Bluebird, American Robin, Northern
Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, European
Starling, White-eyed Vireo, Common
Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal, Field
Sparrow, Song Sparrow, House Sparrow,
Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle,
Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch.

Date: 7/5/97
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jim Becker
Other Birders:

These birds were seen from a canoe.
15+ black-crowned night herons, 12+ Gr. Bl. herons, 25 green herons, 2 prothonotary warblers, 1 great egret,
11 db.cr. coromorants, 5 bl wing teal (3 young), 5 Am. coots, 3+ kingfishers, kingbird, 12+ woodducks

Date: Sunday, July 6th, 8:00-11:00 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: PB Grebe, G Heron, Wood and Ruddy Ducks, RS Hawk, T Vulture, C Moorhen, B Kingfisher, W Flycatcher, EW Pewee, H Lark, RT Hummingbird, Balt and Orchard Orioles, Sum Tanager, Y Warbler, C Ythroat, YB Chat, WE, RE, and W Vireos, Chip, Field, Sav, and Song Sparrows.

Date: Sunday, July 6, 1997
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

30 Killdeer, 6 Least Sandpipers, 1 Cooper's Hawk, Purple Martins, and Tree, Rough-winged, Barn and Bank Swallows.

We were not able to relocate the Blue Grosbeak at Miami-Whitewater.

Date: Saturday, July 5, 1997
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

Kathy saw a female Blue Grosbeak, which I missed, along the treeline about 200 yards north of Baughman Road in the wetlands. We ran into Steve Pelikan, who thought he had heard one singing in that area.

We also ran into Paul Wharton, who found a juvenile Black-and-white Warlber on the hill along the road just before the Timberlakes parking area.

Also seen today: Pied-billed Grebe, Green Heron, Ruddy Duck, Northern Bobwhite, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Cerulean Warbler, Lousiana Waterthrush, Summer and Scarlet Tanager, Orchard Oriole.

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