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Sightings Log Archive: January 1999 - March 1999

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 1999
Location: Wesselman Road (W. Hamilton Co.)
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Kathy McDonald

Louisiana Waterthrush, singing from the creek across the road.

Date: April 1st and 2nd
Location: Fairfield Backyard
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders:

A Kingfisher has been circling a mostly dry creek bed / field for the last 2 days. The area is a newly constructed detention basin that only holds water when we get heavy rains, but the Kingfisher has found something he likes ??

Date: Thursday, April 1, 1999
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: I. V. Seanit
Other Birders: No

2 Greater Wandering Vagrants (all males?) heard whistling under the west wooden dock

Date: 3/31/99 1:30-1:45 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

On my afternoon break I strolled through the Wildflower Drive. Nesting activity is in full swing for waterfowl and woodpeckers. Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, and Mallards are busy "setting up shop", as are Downy, Red-bellied, and Pileated Woodpeckers. Other birds not nesting are at least singing. Heard and seen today were Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper (singing), Hermit Thrush (singing), Eastern Phoebe, Winter Wren, Purple Finch (singing), and Rough-winged Swallow. Unfortunately, Brown-headed Cowbirds are also actively courting. Finally...warbler watchers alert! Yellow-rumped Warblers are actively singing. Learn the song now, so you can tune it out in May!!!

Date: March 31, 1999
Location: Miami Whitewater Marsh
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Dansand

A Peregrine Falcon was hunting the marsh all morning. It chased a flock of L. Scaup (including one male Greater) to the point at least one of the ducks flew directly into the water without landing making a huge splash! The falcon then perched on the large tree near the observation shelter for nearly 30 min.
It then moved to the top of a tree next to the bat house and remained there for the remainder of our visit. We were next to the tree it landed in-it showed only minor interest, even when we walked beneath the tree to leave. The bird is primarily in adult plumage, although there are frequent and widely scattered brown feathers still in the wings and on the back. 43 other species were seen including singing Field Sparrows, 12 species of ducks, C. snipe, and one Great Egret.

Date: Wed. Mar. 31, 1999 - 10:00 AM
Location: Homesite in Edgewood, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: neighbors

For the first time in years, saw a male Purple Finch at my platform feeder this morning! - (along with about 22 other species). He flew up to a perch and stayed there for over 10 minutes. Females have visited in recent years, but not males. Could this portend a good year for passerines? Anxious for the warblers to begin ariving.

Date: 3/31/99
Location: Calif. Woods NP @ 0720 to 0755; Withrow NP @ 0815 to 0910.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Note: Red-bellied woodpeckers nesting at BOTH locations!

Calif. Woods: RB wp (male calling at nest hole about 110 ft. up in a sycamore), C wrens, goldfinches, GC Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe (singing near traditional site), H wp (pair courting), Flicker (singing), WB nuth. (singing), cowbirds :(, Wood ducks (pair, again - perching high in trees looking for nest site), 4 C Geese (flyovers). [Great horned not seen today (usu. about 50% of visits) - CJT not walked].

Withrow: E towhees (many singing males), goldfinches, flicker (singing male away from suitable nesting areas), D wp (courtship), Cardinals (pair bond formed, female apparently looking for nesting material), RB wp (male at two freshly drilled holes about 80 ft. up in dead ash, calling), WT sp, Field sparrow (singing male- just one), RW blackbird (one singing male).

Date: 03/30/99
Location: Harrison, Oh ( Whitewater Township)
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

A Merlin flew over my house today around 6:00 p.m. It was headed west towards the Whitewater River. My first for Ohio!

Date: March 27,28 1999
Location: Oxbow area but not HVL
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders: Oxbow Inc. field trip

Given the time of the year, waterfowl numbers were very low. In addition, there was a major exodus of birds Sat.night.Highlights (or lowlights based on the dismal numbers!) were:
P.B.Grebe 6,Horned Grebe4,DCCormorant 1,GBH 16,Can Goose15,Mallard 20,Gadwall 12, BWTeal 6, GWTeal 8, N.Shoveler 10, Woodie 8, Ring-neck 100 Sat.-10 Sun.,L.Scaup 8,Hooded Merg.6,Coot 50, Redtail 4,Kestrel 3,Peregrine 1(at Cinergy stacks),TV20,Blk.V 2, Fox sp.1 Vesper sp. 8,Horned Lark50, Lapland Longspur 5(#?-flyovers with HLs),RBGull 15,Bonapartes Gull 8,Killdeer 15, Pectoral 15, L.Golden Plover 1 (Sat)

Date: 3/30/99
Location: North College Hill
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

A mocking bird decided to start singing at 4 AM this morning, he was joined about an hour later by zillions of robins. The joys of spring. I think tonight I'll shut the window and turn on the A/C!

Date: March 30, 1999
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

A chipping sparrow was singing away this morning when I went out to get the paper. It must have picked UCONN in it's migration pool ;)

Date: 3/20-28/99
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders: Robert W. Ruedisueli

This is a summary of what I've seen around winton woods the past week or so. Unless otherwise noted they are at the settling ponds near West Fork Dam.

Northern Shovlers (more than 20 on the 27th), Pied Billed Grebe (1, along lower hike/bike trail), Ring Necked Ducks (more than 20 on the 27th), RT Hawk (4 on the 27th), Am. Kestrel (only 1 seen briefly), RS Hawk (seen on 3 occasions near lower hike/bike trail), Bonaparte's Goal (1 in harbor area on the 20th, 2 at settling ponds on 25th), Other Gulls (4 on 25th), several teals, mallards, Canada Geese, and un-id'd ducks (dabbling and diving) on the 25th-27th at the settling ponds; 3 GB Herons on the 27th, lots of chickadees, titmice, RW Blackbirds, Grackles, Starlings, House Sparrows, cardinals, and Song Sparrows at all locations on all dates. Stayed till the end of dusk on the 27th with no sightings of owls or woodcocks. Deer in groups as large as 4 were seen near Winton Center at dusk most evenings, mos seen on one night was 6.

Date: Sunday March 28, 1999
Location: California Woods NP
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Highlights: Pair of great horned owls still present (Male at traditional roost high in sycamore at head of Trillium valley trail [sits on a large grapevine branch about 60+ ft. up], Female flushed from the "T" at the beginning of the loop to California junction trail (CJT) - lots of potential cavity nest sites, nest suspected to be along this trail somewhere), an Eastern Phoebe at CJT and a pair of wood ducks in the stream. Also usual woodland permanent residents.

Date: Sunday, 3/28/99, 5:00 - 6:15 PM
Location: Aurora Fery Rd Sloughs
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

One of better days at the sloughs, total numbers were not high but number of species made up for that.

Great Blue Heron; Canada Geese; Grn-winged Teal; Am. Black Duck; Mallard; Northern Pintail (south slough); Nrthrn Shoveler (s.s.); Am. Wigeon; Ring-nkd Duck; Lesser Scaup; Hooded Merganser; Turkey Vulture; Red-t Hawk; Am. Kestrel;
Am. Coot; Killdeer; Common Snipe; Mrng Dove; Tree Swallows (first of year); Am. Crow; Robins; usual blackbird species; Song Sparrow; and one muskrat playing on and under water.

Date: Sunday, March 28, 1999
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: No

2 males Pine Warbler

Date: Saturday, March 27, 1999
Location: Summit Lake State Park
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: Not with me, but plenty of them

Great day of waterfowl birding, as expected:
(numbers are acccording to my memory, I messed up my field notes)
Common Loon (4); Red-necked Grebe (1?: bad lighting conditions+distance); Horned Greebe (5+); Pied-billed Grebe (10+); Great Blue Heron (2); Snow Goose, white phase (1); Canada Goose (100+); Mallard (20+); Gadwall (10+); Green-winged Teal; American Wigeon; Northern Shoveler (20+); Ruddy Duck (5); Canvasback (5+); Redhead (2 pairs); Ring-necked Duck (50+); Lesser Scaup (100+); Surf Scoter (3, at least one adult male); Common Goldeneye (1 female); Bufflehead (30+); Common Merganser (1 female); Red-breasted Merganser (1 pair); Hooded Merganser (10+); American Coots (1 ;-)); Kildeer (5); Greater Yellowleg (6); Ring-billed Gull (ca. 10); Turkey Vulture (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); American Kestrel (2 males); Mourning Dove (2); Belted Kingfisher (2-4); Pileated Woodpecker (1, heard only); Tree Swallow (10+); Blue Jay (1); American Crow; White-breated Nuthatch (1); Eastern Bluebird (3); American Robin (10+); Northern Cardinal; Song Sparrow; American Tree Sparrow; Red-winged Blackbird; Rusty Blackbird (10+); Common Grackle

Date: March 27 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Mark Stephens

15 Pectoral Sandpipers, 7 Snipe, 6 or so Killdeer. 4 Green Winged Teal, 6 Blue-winged Teal. 7 Wood Duck, 2 Gadwall.

Date: Sunday, March 28, 1999
Location: Caesar Creek & Spring Valley
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon field trip

Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, all usual dabblers, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Virginia Rail, Bonaparte's Gull, Eastern Phoebe, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow.

Date: March 24, 1999
Location: Flooded Fields outside Bath, IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Dansand

Highlight of the year so far was a Merlin chasing a flock of 15-20 Pectoral Sandpipers over the southern-most pond (near the barn). It missed all of the sandpipers and flew north along the drainage only inches over the mud (and nearly 100 C. Snipe's heads). The snipe and remaining Pecs remained frozen for nearly 5 min after the Merlin was out of sight. [on March 25 a harrier caught a snipe in nearly the same spot!] Several thousand dabblers remain, vast majority of which are Mallards with a mix of all other regular species.

Date: 3-26-99
Location: East Frok S. P.
Reporter: Henry Armstrong
Other Birders:

I spotted a lone male Surf Scoter in a raft of 36 Lesser Scaup, 16 Buffleheads,6 Mallards, 2 Black Ducks, 8 Wigeon and 3 C. Looms. I didn't get the chance to put my sighting on the hot line because a local fisherman also spotted the raft of ducke and drove his boat through them and chased them all off the lake. Great sportsman?

Hank Armstrong

Date: March 24, 1999 5:20-6:40 PM
Location: The Oxbow, Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: 8 GB Heron, 20+ T Vulture, 1,000+ dabblers of all species, 30+ Redheads, 250 RN Ducks, 50 L Scaup, 3 H Merganser, 15 W Duck, 20 R Duck, 6+ RT Hawk, 1 SS Hawk, 2 Buteo, 7 A Kestrel, 30+ Killdeer, 3 "Grasspipers" (near casino pond), 5+ L Longspur.

WARNING!!! Beware muddy spots. I came this >< close to getting my car stuck. The western approach (adjoining Argosy Casino) is the driest.

Date: March 24, 1999 1:45-2:00PM
Location: Fleischmann Gardens (in Avondale), Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

During my afternoon break, I strolled through this small city park. Much to my suprise, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers were actively courting, complete with drumming behavior. There were also 5+ Golden-crowned Kinglets, 3 Carolina Wrens, 1 Northern Mockingbird, and 25+ Cedar Waxwings scattered among the very large Holly Trees. They were feeding on the abundant scarlet berries, and were easy to view without binoculars.

Date: 3/22/99
Location: Mt. Storm Park and Burnet Woods Pond
Reporter: Denis Conover
Other Birders:

On evening of 3/22/99 saw woodcocks engaged in courtship ritual on soccer field at Mt. Storm Park in Cincinnati. Also saw male scaup (lesser I think) on pond at Burnet Woods Park in Cincinnati. This bird has been hanging around for several days. There is also a pied-bill grebe on this same pond.

Date: 3/22/99
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstromg
Other Birders:

Western Grebe is still being seen at East Fork Lake and was heard calling today by Frank Renfrow as he stood on the road above the saddle dam. We are still seeing birders from Northern Ohio at the lake checking off this Ohio rarity.

Date: March 21, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

In addition to the previous posting:
1 Phoebe near Hamilton Center, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Tree Swallow, 4 Rusty Blackbirds, 1 immature White-crowned Sparrow, 1 singing Field Sparrow.

Date: 3/21/99 11:30am
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Tim Daugherty
Other Birders: Claire D. & Myra D.

[Our first posting] Sunny, breezy and chilly! Highlights of our walk: 4 A. Coots, Northern Shovelers (6m and 5f) and a really good look at a female Kestrel.

Date: March 20, 1999 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Muscatatuck NWR, Jackson/Jennings Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club, led by Darlena Graham

Trip List w/numbers for some species:
PB Grebe, GB Heron, 1 M Swan (imm.), C Goose, W Duck, 50+ GW Teal, AB Duck, Mallard, 12+ N Pintail, BW Teal, N Shoveler, Gadwall, A Wigeon, 50 Redhead, RN Duck, 1 G Scaup, L Scaup, 20+ C Goldeneye, Bufflehead, H Merganser, R Duck, T Vulture, 2 B Eagle (imm.), 10+ N Harrier, RS Hawk, RT Hawk, 1 G Eagle (imm.), A Kestrel, A Coot, Killdeer, 3 G Ylegs, 1 L Ylegs, C Snipe, RB Gull, R Dove, M Dove, 1 Barred Owl (heard), B Kingfisher, RB Wpecker, D Wpecker, N Flicker, P Wpecker, 2 E Phoebe, T Swallow, 2 Barn Swallow, B Jay, A Crow, C Chickadee, T Titmouse, WB Nuthatch, B Creeper, C Wren, GC Kinglet, E Bluebird, A Robin, N Mockingbird, E Starling, YR Warbler, N Cardinal, RS Towhee; Sparrows-- A Tree, Field, 20+ Savannah, 4 Le Conte's, 4+ Fox, Song, Swamp, W-throat, W-crowned; DE Junco, RW Blackbird, E Meadowlark, C Grackle, BH Cowbird, H Finch, A Goldfinch.

76 species in all. Some birds were seen and heard before and after official field trip, but all were at Muscatatuck.

Date: 18 March 1999
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Dave Millward
Other Birders: Amanda Hils

While Birding today, we were fortunate to see Tree Swallows in two different locations. At one location we saw 2 birds and at the other 6 birds. Since I hadn't seen any reports of these birds yet this Spring, I thought I'd post it.

We also saw a lot of species listed on the previous report from March 12th.

Date: March 17, 1999 5:20-7:00 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Kim, Jason, and Marcus Cade

Highlights: 3 PB Grebe, 10+ T Vulture, 30 C Goose, 20 Mallard, 7 AB Duck, 4 Gadwall, 20 N Shoveler, 6 BW Teal, 8+ GW Teal, 80+ RN Duck, 20+ L Scaup, 3 H Merganser, 7 W Duck, 6 R Duck, 1 Falcon (sp. ?), 1 C Hawk, 6 Killdeer, 15+ H Lark, 10+ T Swallow, 2 E Meadowlark, 7,500+ RW Blackbird, 5,000+ C Grackle, 200+ BH Cowbird, 1 V Sparrow.

Date: 3/17/99
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

The Western Grebe is still being seen on the north side of the main lake near the saddle dam. Seen at 9:AM this date feeding near the shore line. Near night fall the lake filled up with several thousand ducks but I could not ID them do to the lack of light and distance from shore. Woodcock are very active in the park in the area fo the Horsemans parking lot on the north side

Date: Tues. 3/16/99 3:50-5:00 PM
Location: KY Rte 8 - Boone Co. KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

At junction of Rt's 237 & 8, north side,is a small (1/4-1/3 Acre)pond, which held 105-150 waterfowl - a goodly number for such a small impoundment.


10+ Am. Widgeons; 6+ Hooded Mergansers; 2 Black Ducks; 12+ Mallard; 20+ Redheads; 50+ Ring-necked Ducks; 2 Lesser Scaup. Farther west on Rt 8; Am Tree Sparrrows, N Cardinals, Whilte-cr Sparrows, Turkey V, Chickadees, and usual assortment of the blackbirds.

Date: 3/18
Location: Houston Woods SP
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders:

Add to Frank Frick's list of the 16th, 2 common loons, one was in pretty nice plumage.

Date: March 17, 1999
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: No

* this morning, I flushed an American Woodcock

* yesterday, there were 1 male Lesser Scaup and 2 Canada Geese in the pond

Date: 3/17
Location: East Fork
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

P.S. All three owls were silent. The park was very quiet. The 2 screech flew in responding to playback. The barred flew in front of the car.

Date: 3/17/99
Location: East Fork 12:10am - 2:45am*
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

A nocturnal survey yielded 2 screech-owls, 1 barred owl, 2 robins and the following mammals: 4 skunks, 4 cottontails, 7 white-tails.

*Please Note: Birding in the park during these hours requires a permit (I obtained mine as a participant in the park's breeding bird survey).

Date: 3/15/99, 7:15 P.M.
Location: Mt. Storm Park, Cincinnati
Reporter: Denis Conover
Other Birders:

Observed woodcocks engaged in mating ritual.

Date: Mar.16,1999
Location: Houston Woods S.P. on the lake
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

23 TUNDRA SWANS,60 Canada Geese,60 Mallards,6 C.Pintails,12 Buffleheads,24 Ring-Necked Ducks,20 Ruddy Ducks,4 C.Mergansers,40 Red-Breasted Mergansers,
22 Hooded Mergansers,1 Pied-Billed Grebe,4 Horned Grebes,50 A. Coots,and 40 Ring-Billed Gulls.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

whoops, mistyped my email

Date: March 13th, 1999
Location: Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

Raptors: Long Eared Owls 5, Saw Whet 1, Short Eared Owl 1, Red-Tailed 6+, Cooper, 1 unk accipt, Harrier 6+, Bald Eagle 1 (on nest), T. Vulture.

Water Fowl: Tundra Swan 30+, Canada Geese 1000+, Black Duck 30+, Gadwall 10, Mallard 500+, Pintail 12, A Wigeon 75, Wood Duck 50, N Shoveler 10, Canvasback 7, Redhead 200+, Ring-Necked Duck 1000+, L. Scaup 1000+, Greater?, C. Goldeneye 2, Bufflehead 4, H. Merganser 5, Coot 30.

Other noteables: Horned Larks 100+, Tree Sparrows 150 - 200, MeadowLarks 30+, Juncos, WT Sparrow.

It was very cold and most of the water was frozen over. But where it was open, the ducks massed in Great numbers. The above are our best guestimates - if you get a chance to go there soon, it's well worth it.


Date: 3/15/99
Location: Withamsville - Clermont County
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Pair of kestrels on territory near the Amelia exit, adjacent to Beechmont Ford.
This pair nested further East up Rt. 125 last year in the pipe of a school zone sign. I believe that this nest was abandoned.

Date: March 13, 1999 7:00AM-1:00PM
Location: East Fork SP, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

In addition to the birds Hank posted for 3/11/99, we had the following: 9 Pintail, 12+ A Wigeon, 25+ AB Duck, 4 Gadwall, 1 C Merganser, 1 RS Hawk, 19+ W Turkey (2 flocks--17 seen, 2+ heard). We had the expected woodland and field birds, and the Bald Eagle was still present.

One note: molting Horned Grebes look an awful lot like winter plumaged Eared Grebes. We had 3 birds together that showed the spectrum. One was a classic winter Horned Grebe, one was obviously a Horned Grebe just starting to molt, and one was an Eared Grebe look-alike. If it hadn't been for the other two birds available to show the molt progression, I would have sworn it was an Eared. Please show extra caution in identifying "Eared Grebes" over the next few weeks.

Date: 3/14/99
Location: Sharonville
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

At the Ramada Inn on Chester Rd.

Arrived for Sportscard show at 7:25Am. 2 C. Geese were circling the building all morning, must have been confused by the weather or something! Later I saw 2 Mallards fly overhead, the nearest water is the Mill Creek which branches in several directions through this area. This could be a good sign of the clean-up efforts. Heading out for lunch I heard the call of a Kestrel. Looking up I saw an adult male gliding, hoovering, and diving through the wind. Left at 4:15. Pretty good for an area bordering on heavy comercial and industrial land.

Date: 3/12/99
Location: Bear River, Bringham, Utah
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: Willy Benson

Just returned from a business trip to Salt Lake City. Had some extra time so I drove north to Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Since I forgot my binoculars, I bought a pair at a local Wal-Mart and I don't regret it.

The refuge has a 12 mile loop road. Before I ever got to the actual refuge, we saw several Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers and various water fowl. TNTC (too numerous to count).

The Highlights of this short trip were a immature Bald Eagle catching a fish about 50 yards from the car. Should be a good photo of this action. I also spooked some ducks one of which was struggling to fly. Closer observation with the binoculars I'm glad I bought, confirmed a falcon with some king of duck in it's tallons. Never saw that before!!!

On the loop, we saw the following: at least 24 Bald Eagles (adult and immature, should have one photo with 9 eagles in it), 2 falcons (i'm waiting for the photos to be develped to confirm species), about 75 Northern Harriers, at least a 1,000 swans (some were definitely larger than others, I'm guessing these were Trumpeter), and at least 1,000 White Pelicans. Mixed in with these were Barrow's Goldeneye, Pintail, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Nortern Shovelers, Canvsback, Canada Goose, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Coots, Great Blue Herrons, and one Egret (probably Cattle),, Double Crested Cormorant, and several Ringnecked Phesant. It was a quick tour so I know I missed a lot of birds but while leaving, I even added 2 Sandhill Cranes to my list.

If you are ever in Salt Lake City, this refuge is definitely worth the 45 minute drive.

Date: March 13,1999 9-3:30 pm
Location: Oxbow area
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders: Indiana Audubon Society Field Trip

Waterfowl numbers were a bit disappointing given the time of year but there were a few highlights-
GBH 1,PB Grebe 3,Can.Goose 40,Mallard 150,Blacks 10,Pintail 20,Gadwall 30,GW Teal 1,BW Teal 3,N.Shoveler 25,Wood Duck 5,Redhead 2,Ringneck 20,L.Scaup 12,Gr.Scaup 1(on State Line Pond),Ruddy Duck5,Hooded Merg.20,N.Harrier 3,Coopers 1,Redtail 8,Kestrel 4, Peregrine 2(at Cinergy Plant),TV 15, BlkV 4, Coot 100, Horned Lark 700+/-,Lapland Longspur 700+/-, Snow Bunting 10, Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
There were 2 flocks of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. The first flock was of approx. 1000 birds along Kilby Rd. 1/2 mile N of Rt.50. It was about 70% Horned Larks. The second flock was just behind the Miller Cemetary and was very close to our group. It consisted of approx. 600 birds-400+/-Lapland Longspurs, 200 Horned Larks, and 10 Snow Buntings. Many of the Longspurs were in their breeding plumage or very close to it.These birds were definitely the highlights of the day.

Date: 3/13/99
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

Driving through the park saw the following:

1 Killdeer near cottonwood meadow, 20 C Geese+10 Mallards near Hammel Pond, 1 Turkey Vulture near Sharon+Winton intersection.

I also encountered a group of deer 6 near Hammel Pond and a single deer near Kingfisher Wetlands.

At my house in North College Hill saw a Cooper's hawk this morning.

Date: March 13, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Dan Kohler, Jack Mormon

4 Bonaparte's gulls, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 7 Wood Duck, 3 Ring-necked Duck (2 females 1 male), 1 pair of Lesser Scaup, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 Red-tail Hawk, 4 Coot, 1 Creeper, 12+ Yellow-Rumped Warblers, 100+ Red-winged Blackbirds (only saw 1 female), 5 or so Rusty BBs mixed in, and a lone Grackle.
Good numbers of Tree and Song Sparrows, saw no White-throated sparrows, oddly enough. Must not have been looking too hard.

Date: March 11, 1999
Location: Acton Lake (Hueston Woods + golf course pond)
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Sean Walker

Largest concentration of ducks this year on Acton including first C. Loon, 75+ RB Mergansers, 45+ Hooded Mergansers, 10 Common Mergansers, G. Scaup (3 on golf course pond), L. Scaup 60+, Redheads, 10+ on golf course, 170+ RN Ducks on Acton [25 on golf course pond, first Wood Ducks on Acton 80+ (!), 25+ Ruddy Ducks, PB Grebes, Horned Grebes, Gadwall, GW Teal, Pintail,Bufflehead, C. Goldeneye, Mallards, C. Geese, Coots. Huge number of T. Vultures have arrived at the HW Lodge and adjacent trees (75+) including 1 B. Vulture.

Date: 12 March 1999
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Don Kinsman
Other Birders: Manfred biermann

In general I don't like to count when I bird so with a couple of exceptions there are no numbers listed in the following:

Great Blue Heron, Tundra Swan (1 isolated; elsewhere 2 groups of 10 each), Canada Goose, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, American Wigeon, Redhead (at least 30), Ring-necked Duck (a lot), Lesser Scaup (2; the lighting was perfect and with a scope the head shape and color were definitive), Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tree Swallow, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Brown Creeper, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, American Tree Sparrow, Fox sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, House Finch

Date: March 11, 1999
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: None

2 Horned Grebe
1 Western Grebe
4 Great Blue Heron
40 Canada Geese
30 Mallards
1000+ Ring-necked Ducks
20+ Lesser Scaup
16 Bufflehead
30+ Hooded Mergansers
40+ Red-breasted Mergansers
2 Ruddy Ducks
14 Turkey Vultures
1 Bald Eagle (first year)
400+ Ring-billed Gulls
1 Herring Gull (adult)
8 American Pipits

Date: March 11, 1999
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

I arrived at the lake at 11:30AM and found the following species.
1 Common Loon
20+ Pied-billed Grebes

Date: March 6, 1999
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

Correction!!! It was 200+ Greater and Lesser Scaup!

Date: March 6,1999
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

Late report.
28 Pied-billed Grebes
7 C. Geese
6 Mallard
30+ Ring-necked Duck
200 mixed Lesser & Greater Merganser
30+ Gadwall
6 Ruddy
18 Bufflehead
7 Red-breasted Merganser
5 Hooded Merganser
40+ Redhead
Ned, I got to the lake just at daylight after Friday night heavy rain and before the boaters got on the lake. This was the best flock of warefowl I have had this year at East Fork. I did not spot the W. Grebe on the lake. I think it has left.
Good birding.
Hank

Date: March 7, 1999 8:00AM-Noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

16 C Goose, 6 W Duck, 3 Gadwall, 40 Mallard, 2 AB Duck, 18 N Shoveler, 35 RN Duck, 1 L Scaup, 5 H Merganser, 1 T Vulture, 4 RT Hawk, 1 A Kestrel, 1 N Bobwhite, 50 A Coot, 1 A Woodcock, 9 C Snipe, 45 Killdeer, 25 R Dove, 4 M Dove, 1 GH Owl, 4 RB Wpecker, 1 YB Sapsucker, 2 D Wpecker, 1 H Wpecker, 1 N Flicker, 2 B Jay, 10 A Crow, 4 E Bluebird, 15 A Robin, 3 N Mockingbird, 20 E Starling, 3 C Chickadee, 2 T Titmouse, 5 H Lark, 8 H Sparrow, 2 A Goldfinch, 5 H Finch, 8 YR Warbler; Sparrows-- 2 Fox, 40 Song, 3 Swamp, 25 White-crowned, 3 White-throated, 7 A Tree, 1 Field; 20 N Cardinal,

Date: 2/28/1999 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond, near
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert, Wayne Waligman, 3 others

3 Am. Woodcocks 'beezp'ing and made a few flights. Pond had many Mallards, Black Ducks, about 10 RN Ducks, 10+ Woodies, 2 Am. Widgeon, 1 GW Teal and C Geese. And the Kestral on the line. Also heard many RW Blackbirds and a few WT Sparrows.

Date: Saturday, February 27, 1999
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

Great Blue Heron 3, Wood Duck 2, Green-winged Teal 3, Am. Black Duck 1, Mallard 50, N. Shoveler 9, Canvasback 1, Ring-necked Duck 16, Ruddy Duck 4, Turkey Vulture 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Am. Kestrel 2, Am. Coot 2, Am. Woodcock 1, many Red-winged Blackbirds.

Date: February 27, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Mark Stephens

400 Blackbirds. 380 or so were Rusties, 6 or so Cowbirds, the remainders were Red-wings. 13 Yellow-Rumped Warblers, 50+ Tree Sparrows, 2 A. Coot.

Date: 2/28/99
Location: Fernald, OH
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

Finnally had time to pass an interesting sighting on to all who might agree. On Monday morning, 2/22/99 I was passing an old sludge pond at work that has grown over with cattails and other grasses. Every morning, the starlings and Red-winged blackbirds start calling from the grasses. On this day, I witnessed a fellow worker try to make them fly by throwing rocks into the weeds. That didin't work. But almost immediately after that, the birds came out of the weeds like smoke from a fire. An Accipiter (small cooper's or large sharp shinned) decided to join the blackbirds in the weeds. The blackbirds flew but the hawk stayed in the weeds for about 2 - 3 minutes. When it emerged, the hawk flew to a nearby tree and sat for about an hour. Since I didin't have binoculars and it was not very light (just at sunrise) I couldn't tell if the hawk was enjoying breakfast or just suffering from a bout of frustration.

Date: Sat. Feb. 27, 1999 1:35 - 3:00 PM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

3 Red T Hawks
1 T Vulture
? Am Crows
20+ Starlings
1 Song Sparrow
4 Red-w Blackbirds
2 Com Grackles

On north slough:
6 Wood Ducks (3 male)
20 Mallard
2 American Wigeon
1 Lesser Scaup (female)
4 Hooded Mergansers (2 Male)
1 Ruddy Duck





Date: February 26, 1999 7:00-10:00 PM
Location: East Fork SP, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

East end of Williamsburg Bantam Rd.---7 A Woodcock (calling, displaying), 2 GH Owl (both sexes calling), 1 Barred Owl (calling).

Date: 2/26/99
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

Near Cottonwood meadow saw one huge turkey vulture, with a wing span of at least close to 3.5 ft! Could have been black vulture as it didn't have a red head, but it also didn't have white wing tips. Perhaps I didn't see the head due to lighting. Also was a GB on a mud-flat just past the campgrounds.

Also just now (2/27) a RT Hawk glided past my 3rd story bedroom window. Perhaps this explains the poor feeder results I had this week.

Date: Feb.26,1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

On exposed mud flats
20 Killdeer,2 Common Snipe

Date: 2/26/1999 7:45am
Location: Corner of Mason-Montgomery and Tylersville roads
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

7 Sandhill Cranes heading north

Date: 2/24/1999 5 - 7pm
Location: Gilmore Ponds, near
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

We walked the path West of Gilmore near the landfill. As the sun set the ducks came in... 300-400 Mallards, 20 Black Ducks, 18 Ring Necked Ducks, 2 G-W Teals, 2 B-W Teals, 8 Wood Ducks, 2 Am Widgeon, 100 C Geese, 2 Gadwall. These are low estimates. There were many-many that we could not identify due to the low light.

Date: 2/23/99
Location: Mason Montgomery Rd just N of Irwin Simpson, Warren Co.
Reporter: Jay G Lehman
Other Birders:

Ring necked Duck 30
Redhead 8 (5 m, 3 f)
Gadwall 15
Mallard 40

Date: 2/15/99
Location: Mason-Montgomery Rd, just N. of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

P&G HealthCare Research Center

Upper Pond

Ring-necked duck 60
Gadwall 8

Seems to be more waterfowl present on non-working days. Suspect that waterfowl fly between Landen Lake andthis location.

Date: February 21, 1999
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest lake
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: Chantal DEBRE

3 males Northern Shovelers, 2 of which between eclipse and breeding plumage (a bit late in my opinion, no?)

Date: February 21, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

A mixed flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Tree Sparrows, roughly a dozen of each, were along South Pond near the observation deck. Also, 1 male Cowbird.

Date: February 20, 1999 8am to 11am
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jay Mager

1 Great Blue Heron, 30+ Mallard, 2 Coot, 2 Red-tail Hawk, 6 Killdeer, 1 Common Snipe, 10 Robin, 4 Red-winged Blackbird, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, one of which was a male in breeding plumage, 2 White-throated Sparrows, 6 Tree Sparrows, assorted Song Sparrows.

Date: 2/19/99
Location: UC Clermont Campus (Batavia OH.)
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Highlights of GBBC - Saw and heard singing 1 Winter Wren. Also thought I heard a House Wren?

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 1999
Location: The Wilds area, Muskingum & Noble Co. OH
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Joe Bens, Jack Stenger, & Paul Wharton


Well aware of the tremendous raptor
reports from this region this winter, our party could hardly wait to visit. We
got our chance Wednesday and were not
disapointed. In an attempt to get an accurate number of raptors, we only counted the hawks we saw on our first pass through the area. When we revisited
a spot, we did not include any subsequent raptor sightings to our origional totals. We repeated this process for Short-eared Owls, which was simple enough as we did not see any
prior to 4:45 pm, when we started a new
pass through the area. We birded all of the roads around The Wilds and also
included CR 20, which runs east of US 83 in Noble Co, about 2 miles south of Cumberland. Our raptor totals were No.
Harrier 36, Red-tailed Hawk 20, Rough-legged Hawk 51 (13 dark-phased),
Am. Kestrel 13, Short-eared Owl 83,
Great Horned Owl 2 (one on the nest),
Turkey Vulture 1. We were blown away.
Other birds of interest included;
Great Blue Heron 2, Canada Geese 300+,
Am. Black Duck 40, Mallard 60, Redhead
7, Ring-necked Duck 77, Bufflehead 3,
Hooded Merganser 2, Wild Turkey 13,
Killdeer 2, Am. Woodcock 3, Belted
Kingfisher, Horned Lark 100+, E. Bluebird 8, Am. Robin 40, 2 Yellow-
rumped Warblers, Am. Tree sparrow 40,
Dark-eyed Junco 50, Red-winged Blackbird
80, Co. Grackle 1.
This area can be located in Delorme's
Ohio Atlas on page 71, B-5. What a great place. I found myself watching The Wilds
(which is a zoological park) resident
mammal population almost as much as the birds.
Jay Stenger
Cincinnati, OH

Date: February 14, 1999 12:30-2:00 PM
Location: Cowan Lake SP, Clinton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

1 PB Grebe, 2 H Grebe, 1 T Vulture, 70+ C Goose, 1 Mallard, 7 C Goldeneye, 13 RB Merganser, 4 R Duck, 1 Osprey, 1 N Harrier, 3 RT Hawk, 9 A Kestrel, 40+ A Coot, 10+ B Gull, 50+ RB Gull, 30+ R Dove, 7 M Dove, 2 RB Wpecker, 6 D Wpecker, 1 N Flicker, 10+ B Jay, 150+ A Crow, 4 H Lark, 20 C Chickadee, 3 T Titmouse, 4 WB Nuthatch, 2 E Bluebird, 30+ A Robin, 60+ E Starling, 25 AT Sparrow, 6 S Sparrow, 2 WT Sparrow, 15 DE Junco, 10+ N Cardinal, 15 RW Blackbird, 60+ C Grackle, 6 BH Cowbird, 11 A Goldfinch, 4 H Sparrow.

Date: February 14, 1999 8:00-11:45 AM
Location: Caesar Creek SP, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

2 PB Grebe, 2 GB Heron, 25 C Goose, 3 Mallard, 11 Redhead, 3 C Merganser, 1 Bald Eagle (2nd year), 2 SS Hawk, 4 RT Hawk, 5 A Kestrel, 1 N Bobwhite, 20 A Coot, 1 Killdeer, 40+ B Gull, 90+ RB Gull, 4 H Gull, 10+ R Dove, 25 M Dove, 1 GH Owl, 1 Barred Owl, 1 B Kingfisher, 6 RB Wpecker, 15+ D Wpecker, 2 N Flicker, 1 P Wpecker, 15+ B Jay, 45 A Crow, 40+ C Chickade, 12 T Titmouse, 8 WB Nuthatch, 1 B Creeper, 3 GC Kinglet, 4 E Bluebird, 2 H Thrush, 75+ A Robin, 1 N Mockingbird, 200+ E Starling, 17 C Waxwing, 1 E Towhee, 130+ AT Sparrow, 15 Song Sparrow, 10+ WT Sparrow, 40+ DE Junco, 25 N Cardinal, 60 RW Blackbird, 15 C Grackle, 2 P Finch, 9 H Finch, 16 A Goldfinch, 10+ H Sparrow.

Date: 2/14/99
Location: Brookville Lake
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Description and Instructions on Cincybirds are fabulous!! Great place! Probably missed a lot of birds.

P.-b. Grebe -1
Horned Grebe - 1
Ring-n. Duck - 2
Canvaskack - 1,f
Lesser Scaup - 10
Scaup (sp) - flock of 20-30, Fairfield Causeway, at great distance
Common Goldeneye - 2 (Bonwell Hill)
Surf Scoter - 1, 1rst winter, f; 2 white facial spots, no white wing bar; no apparent whitish nape patch, underparts white, bill all dark (Fairfield Boat Ramp, looking north)
Ruddy Duck - 1
Hooded Merganser - 2m, 1f
Red-br. Merganser - 2 (Garr Hill Boat Ramp)
Am. Coot - hundreds
Killdeer - 6 (Mounds RA, beach)
Ring-b. Gull - 300
Herring Gull - 1 (1rst winter) (Mounds RA at beach)
Bonaparte's Gull - 3

Date: 2/14/99
Location: Hidden Valley Lake (
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

"Hidden" an apt name to a newcomer!! :>) :>)
Horned grebe - 1
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Gadwall - 2 (m,f)
Ring-necked Duck - 5m, 1f
Lesser Scaup - 1,m
Ruddy Duck - 13
Am. Coot - 13, probably more
Killdeer - 2 (1 fight display)

Date: 2/14/99
Location: Dee's Delight Pond, State Line Road, 9:00-9:30am
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Oldsquaw - 1 (imm. male)
Imm. Male: orangish-flesh stripe on dark bill. NGFG, Audubon Master Guide, and Peterson field guides indicate that females lack the flesh colored stripe. In agreement with Neil Cade's report of 2/6, this bird appears to be intermediate between the immature and winter male plummages shown in the National Geographic Field Guide (darker check patch and chest than for the imm, male). Any other information on plummage of this bird? Out of curiosity, I checked Life Histories of North Ameirican Wild Fowl, A. F. Bent.

"..during winter and spring there is a slow but steady progress toward maturity of plummage by a practically continuous molt. ...by the end of March the young male begins to look like the winter adult, but the colors are not so pure or so intense. during August and September a complete molt occurs...by November, at the latest, this plummage (adult) is complete and the young bird may be said to be adult at seventeen months old."

Date: 2/13/99
Location: The Wilds, SE of Zanesville
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Not Local Birds but may be of local interest.
Rough-legged Hawk - 15 (at least)
Red-t. Hawk 4
N. Harrier - 5 (2m, 3f)
Am. kestrel - 6 (2 pair near nest boxes)
Killdeer - 3
Ring-necked Duck - 20
Lesser Scaup - 1 (f)
E. Meadowlark - 1 (flushed by 2 male N. Harriers

Heard about this site from Ned keller on the Killdeer Plains owl trip. This is a great spot to see Rough-legs! It's well worth the trip. After moving here from upstate New york, I was suffering withdrawal pains from not seeing a Rough-leg, so I endured the 3 hour (one-way) drive. Met an expert birder from Dayton who reported 35 Rough-legs and 14 N. Harriers by 3:00 pm! He was ID'ing the RL's by sex and age. See Hawk Field Guide by Smith and Wheeler.

Date: 2/13/99
Location: Mason-Montgomery Rd, just N. of Irwin Simpson, Warren Co.
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

P&G HealthCare Research Center

Gadwall 14
Ring-necked Duck 30

Date: 2/10/99
Location: Mason Montgomery Road, just N. of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Killdeer 4 Marks the return en force to this site, since the cold period starting just before Christmas, 1998.

Two more single earlier records here:
1/15/99 and 1/20/99
Killdeer 1

Date: 2/14/99 5:30-6:25 PM
Location: Winton Woods-West Fork Dam
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

Lighting wasn't as good, but the birds were kinder with their positioning. Basically same numbers as yesterday (see below) with the following exceptions:
4 Total Buffleheads. About 20 Diving ducks total, but bad lighting kept me from positively identifying other than buffleheads. Only 6 coot(s?) Saw a GB Heron. There was one Grebe-shaped bird, looked lighter on neck than body. Grackle numbers were lower. (I did have 2 grackles visit my feeders in North College Hill this morning, perhaps the flocks are disbanding.) Geese were quieter, flocks coming in were of only 2-4 geese. Saw a few mourning doves. Kestrel was absent.

Date: 2/14/99
Location: West Chester 6083 Schumacher
Reporter: Steve Rapien
Other Birders: Steve Rapien II

2 Mute Swans Cincinnati Dayton Rd. to west on Allen to south on Schumacher in pond by Progressive Die.

Date: 2/14/99
Location: Landen Lake, Landen, Ohio
Reporter: Linda McCaig
Other Birders:

Right in my backyard: lesser scaup (25), Ring necked (20), redheads (4), canvasback (4), mallards (25)

Date: 2/14/99
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Steve Rapien
Other Birders:

Peregrine Falcon (95% sure) I didn't have scope with me.
It was on power line by Mills Rd between
Rialto and Beckett by USA car factory and new P&G building. I have seen Peregrines at the school many times over the past 3 years.

Date: 2/12/99 5:30 PM
Location: Winton Woods-West Fork Dam Area.
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

I couldn't accurately identify everything from the overlook of the retention basin (settling ponds, whatever you want to call them) as I don't own a scope. Here's what I came up with anyways.

10+ Coot (or is it Coots?) 60+ Mallards, 1 Bufflehead, 2 Goldeneye, 1 Canvasback, 2 Gadwall. I had trouble positively ID'ing these, but it's likely they were there: Lesser Scuap, Hooded Mersanger. There was posibly a ring-necked, but I doubt it. Just before I left a flock of mixed blackbirds (1000 or so?) left. I had heard both red-winged and grackles while observing the ducks. Also I had heard zillions of song sparrows, but all on the other side of the pond. As I left the Canada geese came in. I'd estimate by the sound there was 100 already there. I also thought I heard a GB Heron, but it could have been a low pitched goose. (a goose with a cold?:-) More geese flew overhead as I wound back through the (now starting to get snowy) park.

Date: 2/13/99
Location: East Fork Lake S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: @aol.com

Western Grebe still on the lake but is spending more tine near the saddle dam. Hank.

Date: Friday, February 12, 1999, 1:30 PM
Location: Oxbow area
Reporter: Granville Careyl
Other Birders: Frank Renfro arrived just as I was leaving

Pond on State Line Rd. near US 50:
Oldsquaw still there. Seen 150-200 feet from Delight's parking lot. Full sun made plummage markings very striking. Also seen were 2 Canada Geese and one Greater Scaup.
Backwaters at Lawrence Fairgrounds
were 6+ Greater Scaup, many mallards, several Canada Geese and 1 Tundra Swan.
I 275 South near bridge: 1 N Harrier hovering about 15-20 feet above
emergency lane.
Oxbow: hundreds of mixed ducks - mallards, blacks, several coots, 75+ Canada Geese, 10+ Ring Billed Gulls, plus many other unidentified birds.

Date: February 11, 1999
Location: Tylersville Road / Rt 747
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

A huge flock of around 2000 or so Grackles were moving roughly to the southwest over my neighborhood last evening, around 5:30. A few flocks of assorted smaller blackbirds (redwings and starlings) were interspersed among the waves of Grackles, but the Grackles had the numbers.

Date: 11 Feb 99
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders: Denis Conover

At the Oxbow there was an adult Tundra Swan along with several hundred ducks, mostly Mallards. There was also an adult Bald Eagle.

The Oldsquaw is still on the pond on State Line Road by U.S. 50.

Date: Feb 11, 1999
Location: Acton Lake and Heuston Woods S.P
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: JD Dansand

4 American Coot, 3 Wigeon, 5 Goldeneye, 7 RB Merganser, 3 Hooded Merganser, 80+ Canadian Geese, 2 Killdeer, imm Bald Eagle, 15 Turkey Vultures, 50+ RB Gulls, 2 Herring Gulls, Grackles, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker.

Date: Thursday 2/11/99
Location: East Fork 4:05pm to 6:20pm (North and South sides)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

North side: Breeding bird survey - 1 Sharpie, 1 flicker, 1 red-sh. hawk (last year's nest is inactive), 7 crows, 8 house finches. Also, 1 kestrel over Elk Lick Rd., 2 turkey vultures.

Saddle Dam area: 2 red-tails, 25 each of ring-billed and bonaparte's gulls at the dam area boat ramp.

South Beach: 1 WESTERN GREBE!, 9 pied-billed grebes, 280+ ring-billed gulls, 10 mallards, 12 coots, 1 great blue heron.

Date: February 10, 1999 4:00-5:30 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Highlights: 3 GB Heron, 70+ C Goose, 5 W Duck, 1 A Wigeon, 3 A B Duck, 60+ Mallard, 1 L Scaup, 1 SS Hawk (female), 1 RT Hawk, 1 A Kestrel, 2 Killdeer, 1 GH Owl, 1 B Kingfisher, 1 P Woodpecker, 3 GC Kinglet, 4 P Siskin.

Date: 2/10/99
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Linnett Leisner & Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

4 Snow Geese(2 white, 2 blue),few Pied-billed Grebes, Gadwall, A. Black Duck, A. Wigeon, G.W. Teal, C. Goldeneye, Common & Hooded Merganser, Mute Swans, Coots, 1 Bald Eagle(adult).

Date: 2/10/99
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Linnett Leisner & Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Western Grebe seen due north against the shoreline directly across from center of south beach. Little Gull seen from the Army Corps of Engineer's boatramp near dam. Other sightings include: Canvasback(1), Horned Grebe(2), numerous Pied-billed Grebes, Common Loon(1), C. Goldeneye(7).

Date: Feb 9, 1999
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Dennis Timberlake
Other Birders:

I just stumbled upon this Sighting Log. What a great help! Went to the South Beach area to find the Western Grebe. It's still there. Just west of the South Beach area along with the Western Grebe were Canvasback (1), Horned Grebe (1) and a multitude of Pied-Billed Grebes. Looking across the lake found Common Loon (1) and Common Goldeneye (5) by the dam. The only gulls I found were Ring-billed. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to post information here!

Date: February 9, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 Woodcock, 1 Great Horned Owl, 2 Killdeer, 11 Shoveler, 100+ Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 1999
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: No

I forgot to mention a Turkey Vulture

Date: 8 Feb 1999
Location: State Line Rd. Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

The Oldsquaw is still in the same location today at 4:30 PM. He was the "only duck on the pond" very easy to pickout.

Date: 2/5/99
Location: P&G Health Care Research Center, n. of Irwin Simpson, Warren Co.
Reporter: Jay g. Lehman
Other Birders:

Ruddy Duck 2
Horned Lark 1 singing; (They breed here in the maintained prairie habitat)

Date: 2/7/99; 5:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Poor light; incomplete count?
Pied-b Grebe 10
Canvasback 2
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 5
Com. Goldeneye 2, drakes, full plummage
Bufflehead 5
Hooded Merganser 10
Com. Merganser 3
Ruddy Duck 10
Am. Coot many
Canada Goose 10-20

Date: 2/7/99; 4:15 - 4:45 pm
Location: Newtown Gravel Pit, Broadwell near curve (off Roundbottom Rd)
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Com. Goldeneye 1
Hooded Merganser 3
Com. Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Am. Coot 6
Ring-b. Gull 6

Date: 2/6/99; 12:30 to 1:00 pm
Location: Winton Woods Siltwater Collection Basin
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

G-w Teal 1,f
Mallard 17
N. Shoveler 5
Canvasback 1
Ring-n. Duck 10
Ruddy Duck 2
Am. Coot 4
Cooper's Hawk 1 (soaring)
Horned Lark 1 (fly over)

Date: 2/8/99
Location: New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Finally - saw 1 Am. Woodcock flying over house.

Date: Saturday, February 6, 1999
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: No

Not much to see, the lake was almost empty.
But on the pond on the south side of the road, there were a bunch of Mallards, with some American Black Ducks and a female Green-winged Teal.

Date: 2/6/99
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

I did not have my binoculars with me, but I did pretty well anyways. For the first time since the cold spell after Christmas, there were a significant number of mallards and Canadian Geese at the lake. Mallards Geese and humans aside, there was little activity around the harbor.

The west fork dam area was much better. Human activity was fairly active (4 whole people at once from 3 different cars!) and the Kestrel(s) had been spooked from the power lines. I do believe I saw two floating around, though. Without binoculars the settling ponds yeilded nothing but about 100 unknown ducks, probably 75% mallards. Heading towards the dam I encountered the songs of Song Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Chickadees (including spring songs) and Titmice (also including spring songs.) Just infront of the dam between 100 and 300 chickadees flew across my path. There was a great blue heron in the lake beneath the dam, the first I've seen in about a month. I heard the full song of a house finch coming from the spill-way. On the far side of the Damn I was met by a flock of starlings, 30 more chickadees and 2 cardinals. Returning across the dam I saw geese flying overhead in pairs, landing in the water in front of the dam, another certain sign that Mr. Groundhog was right when he didn't see his shadow and called for an early spring. Heading back to the parking lot I stopped and listened more closely in the area where the chickadees greeted me. I was able to identify 2 nuthatch (nuthatches?) and a downy (hairy?) woodpecker by sound.

Date: February 7, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds 4pm to 5pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Nancy Busam

3 Sandhill Crane circled over the ponds for 10 minutes or so, then flew towards Hamilton. 4 Shoveler in South Pond. Water levels, after last night's rain, are excellent in all the pond areas. Few ducks yet, though.

Date: Saturday - February 6, 1999
Location: East Fork Lake Reservoir
Reporter: Andy Fix
Other Birders:

The Western Grebe was found just of the South Beach area. Also were Horned Grebe (1), Canvasback (1), Bufflehead (1), many Pied-Billed Grebes, Ring-billed Gulls (25-30), and winter adult Bonaparte's (2). The Little Gull was not seen. A Common Loon and a pair of Goldeneye were near the big dam.

Date: February 6, 1999
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Highlights: 1 T Vulture, 12 Mallard, 1 RT Hawk, 2 Killdeer, 1 B Kingfisher, 1 H Woodpecker, 2 N Flicker, 1 B Creeper, 3 GC Kinglet, 80 RW Blackbird.

Date: February 6, 1999 11:00-12:00 Noon
Location: Shawnee Lookout, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Elizabethtown Bridge Highlights: 1 H Grebe, 17 GB Heron, 70 C Goose, 6 Mallard, 1 Accipiter, 1 RT Hawk, 4 Killdeer, 15 RB Gull, 10+ H Lark, 1 N Mockingbird, 20+ R Blackbird.

Date: February 6, 1999 9:40-10:00 AM
Location: Pond by Dee's Delights, State Line Rd., Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Highlights: 2 PB Grebe, 1 C Goose, 6 Gadwall, 8 Mallard, 1 Oldsquaw (male[1st winter?]), 1 A Kestrel, 1 E Meadowlark (singing).

Date: February 6, 1999 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: Hidden Valley Lake, Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Highlights: 3 PB Grebe, 80 C Goose, 20 Mallard, 8 Canvasback, 2 L Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 7 C Merganser, 10 R Duck, 1 A Coot, 5 Killdeer, 1 B Kingfisher, 1 N Mockingbird.

Date: 02/06/99 Saturday 1830pm
Location: Strimple Road
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

I found an American Woodcock calling and displaying along Strimple Road near the back end of the lake that borders the golf course at Miami Whitewater Forest.

Date: 02/06/99 Saturday 1830pm
Location: Strimple Road
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

I found an American Woodcock calling and displaying along Strimple Road near the back end of the lake that borders the golf course.

Date: February 5, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Good water levels at the Ponds right now. 100+ Mallards, 4 Black Duck, 4 Wigeon, 3 Canada Geese, 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Killdeer, 1 Great Horned Owl, 1 road kill Screech Owl (no, I didn't "collect" it!), 1 Red-tail. Song, Field and Tree Sparrows.

Date: Feb. 5, 1999
Location: Hidden Valley Lake area. Borrow pit near Langly's Restaurant
Reporter: George Crabtree
Other Birders:

One OLDSQUAW among a few MALLARDS and
one RING-NECKED duck.

Date: 2/4/99
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve 3:05pm-4:10pm
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

According to Bent(1964), the Carolina Chickadee is "...one of our earliest breeders". In fact, within Ohio, excavation of nest holes begins during the second half of March (Peterjohn anOther Birders: Jerry Lippert

1 Western Grebe, 1 Horned Grebe, 30+ Pied Billed Grebe, 1 Common Loon, 1 Canvasback, 1 Ruddy Duck, 100+ Mallard with a few Black Ducks, and several hundred gulls. Many of these were flying in at dusk.

Date: 28 Jan 99
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders: Denis Conover

We saw 1 male Harris' Sparrow at 4:30 this afternoon. It was along the (active) railroad track that goes through Lawrenceburg and across the mouth of the Great Miami River. In fact there is just 1 bend of the track between the Argosy garage and the bridge over the river, and the bird was about 100 yards beyond the bend (on the left side of the R.R.), as you are going toward the river, and it perched at eye level in a maple tree (for 20 minutes) and then flew down into brush. This is a Dearborn Co., IN record.

P.S. Morris Mercer saw a Short-eared Owl today near Lost Bridge, Elizabethtown, OH.

Date: January 28, 1999, 5:00 to 5:30 pm
Location: East Fork Lake State Park
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

In addition to the Western Grebe and Little Gull, there were at least 12 Pied-billed Grebe, 3 Horned Grebe, 10+ Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 Canvas Back, 200+ Ring billed Gulls, and a few UFO waterfowl lost out in the dusk.

Date: 1/27/99
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Western Grebe/Little Gull

Both birds are still at the lake and can be seen from the west side of the swimming beach

Hank

Date: 1/25/99
Location: Mason Montgomery Road N. of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

OOPS!!

4 Redheads, not 5. Let's see, 2 m + 2 f = 4.
The nesting season hasn't started yet!!
...but who knows, the birds were posturing like they were interested!!

Date: 1/25/99
Location: Mason Montgomery Road north of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay Lehman
Other Birders:

This is at the P&G HealthCare Research Center where I work.
E. Meadowlark (early) - 1
Redhead - 5 (2m, 2f)
Ring-necked Duck - 100, estimate
Ruddy Ducks -2
Gadwall - 20
Coot - 2
Mallards & Canada Geese

This site has 60% of the area planted with native prairie species of wildflowers. The ponds are not visible from the nearby roads. Other recent sightings:
12/22/98
Palm Warbler - 1
12/23/98
Ring-necked Duck - 230
Gadwall - 35
Pied-b. Grebe - 2
Mallard - 25

Date: 1/26/99
Location: North College Hill
Reporter: Jonathan P. Ruedisueli
Other Birders:

Backyard feeders-max numbers over past 2 weeks:
2 downy woodpeckers, 2 N. Flickers, 2 Red Bellied WP's, 20 Juncos, 35 House Sparrows, 12 Gold Finches, 3 Carolina Wrens, 15 Chickadees, 13 Mourning Doves, 8 Rock Doves, 30 Starlings, 1 native un-id'd black bird, 20 house sparrows, 3 song sparrows, 2 white throat sparrows, 2 wb nuthach.

It's starting to feel like spring, fooling some year-round residents. The feathers of our Gold Finches are begining to show more yellow and less green, there's been a little variation in the plumage of DE Juncos, and we've been awakened all week by the spring calls of C. Chickadees, Titmice, and Song Sparrows.

Date: Jan. 24, 1999
Location: Newtown/Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: CBC Field Trip

Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Canada Geese, Mallard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Redhead, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Cooper's Hawk, American Coot, Ring-billed Gulls, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Eastern Screeh Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch,Northern Mockingbird, American Robin, Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northen Cardinal, White-throated Sparrow, House Finch, House Sparrow.


Hank Armstrong

Date: January 24th, 1999
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

I also saw both of those birds at about 3pm. The Western Grebe was about at the farthest point on the beach to the right when coming into the area. The Gull was flying with a couple Ring billed and a Bonapartes near the beach.

Date: 1/24/99 10:30am - 1:30 pm (my visit)- others arrived later.
Location: East Fork Lake - South Beach HOTLINE ALERT!!!
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Twelve plus - including Karl Maslowski,Ned Keller, Jay and Jack Stenger, Hank Armstrong, Neill Cade, Kathy McDonald, Yvvone Mohlmann and others.

If you haven't been here yet, NOW is the time to go!!!! What a great experience to have two extreme rarities in southern Ohio! The WESTERN GREBE is still present since Wed. 1/20 and the first winter LITTLE GULL was enjoyed by 12+ observers this afternoon from about 12:30pm until we left at about 1:30pm. The gull has been present at least since Fri. 1/22!

Good Birding to all!

Dave.

Date: Jan 23, 1999
Location: Acton Lake, Heuston Woods
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Dansand

Blue Phase Snow Goose, 3 Canvasbacks, 8 C. Goldeneye, Pintail, GW Teal, 2 Killdeer, Wigeon, 4 Black Duck

Date: January 23, 1999
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

This morning at the pits I found 1 Mute Swan, Canada Geese, many Coots, 2 American Widgeon, 5 Redheads, 20+ Hooded Mergansers, 20+ Ringnecked Ducks, 2 Lesser Scaup, and 10 Bufflehead. Oh and also there are a couple of Grebes. They look like there either Horned or Pied billed but I'm not very good at id'ing them.

Date: Jan. 22,1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

About 300 Canada Geese,over 100 Mallards
1 Snow Goose

Date: 1-22-99
Location: East Fork Lake State Park
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

Western Grebe is still located in area west of swimming beach as of 9:30 AM Jan.22,1999

Date: Thursday, January 21, 1999
Location: East Fork SP, Clermont Co. OH
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders:

Oops! I meant to say the Western Grebe was seen in the cove to the west of south beach, or to your left as you face the lake.

Date: Thursday, January 21, 1999
Location: East Fork SP, Clermont Co. OH
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders:

The Western Grebe was still present this afternoon. I saw the bird from 3:00-3:30 pm where it was first reported from, which was from the south beach looking east into the large cove. A dense fog was on the lake when I first arrived about 1:15, visibility onto the lake was literally about 30 feet. By 3:00 pm the fog lifted near south beach, but continued to hang over the middle portion of the lake.

Date: 1/21/99
Location: East Fork south beach @8:30am - 9:20am.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None.

Western grebe still present amongst a raft of 40 other grebes - pied-billeds and horneds. The grebes can best be viewed, as of this morning, from the far left portion of the parking area. I first noticed the bird as it went back into the cove, but with a little patience and a few raindrops, the bird finally reappeared swimming with a pied-billed and later swam out to join the rest of the raft about 50 yards from shore. There are also about 5 bonaparte's and 3 ring-billed gulls.

Date: 1/20/99
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: George SAdler
Other Birders: Darlene Sadler

C Geese, Mallards, a few Black Ducks, 3 Am. Wigeon, RB Gulls, Rusty Blackbirds

Date: 1/20/99
Location: Camp Den. graval pits
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

40+canada geese 1 mute swan 30+coots 20+ mallards 5 shovlers 8 hooded merg 4 scaup 3 redhead 20+ ringbilled gulls2 PB grebe

Date: 1/20/99
Location: Meldahl Dam from KY side; and Calif. Woods Nature Preserve, OH.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Meldahl Dam: Not much. One ruddy duck was interesting, 1 coot, 1 horned grebe, 12 gulls - 3 IDed as ring-bills, others unIDed.
Calif. Woods: One of the great horned owls still present in the first big sycamore tree on the left as you enter the trailhead of Trillium Valley trail. This pair (both birds seen earlier this month), has been regular here roosting in the same tree for about seven years running but I have yet to find the nest. I suspect it to be a cavity nest somewhere on California Junction trail, which is the next ridgetop. Other birds of interest here included four white-br. nuthatches displaying at the edge of a territorial boundary with drooped wings and fanned tails, cocked like wrens. Nuthatch song was heard, indicating a sign of spring. Chickadees were also singing spring song. Several fresh woodpecker holes were found and downy and red-bellied were seen. Golden-crowned kinglets, two brown creepers and two belted kingfishers made for an interesting visit.

Date: Jan.18,1999
Location: Western Hamilton Cty. back roads and Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

No more snow-no more longspurs or snow buntings!!Not even a horned lark- I'm sure they're out there somewhere but I didn't see any
MWF Wetlands-200 Canada geese,3 Snow geese(white phase),100 Mallards,15 Blacks,5 Pintails,5 Gadwall,2 GW Teal, 40 Red-winged Blackbirds,and 6 N.Harriers seen coming to roost near the bat house(3 gray ghosts)- I stayed until 6:15 looking for short-eared owls but didn't see any
Baughman Rd. pig farm-6 vultures were at the roost but it was too windy to tell how many were blacks and how many turkeys-sorry!!

Date: Monday, January 18, 1999
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: No

1 male Redhead is present

Date: Jan. 16, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Near
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

2 n. Harrier were working the field between the rt 4 bypass and the horse farm at around 2pm. One was sighted later at the field north of Tylersville from the horse farm. There were also 2 Red-Tailed Hawks soaring a few blocks east along Tylersville.

Date: January 17, 1999
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest / Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Lester Peyton

Mitchell: Hawks: 1 Cooper's, 1 Red-shouldered, 1 Red-tailed. 3 Brown Creeper, 3 Towhee, 17 Grackle
Miami Whitewater Wetlands: 1 Harrier, 1 Red-tail, 1 Kestrel, 12 Bobwhite Quail. Didn't see any Snow Buntings in fields, but Horned Larks were abundant. 5 White-throated, 7 White Crowned Sparrows, and 1 huge flock of Blackbirds, mostly Grackles, just off the park property near a private residence.

Date: Sunday, January 17, 1999
Location: Brookville Res. & Richmond airport regions
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

The only open water we could find at Brookville Reservoir was both ,north and south of the Fairfield Causeway. South was entirely open but north was mostly frozen except for a large lead and a smaller area. The main roads are fine but many of the sideroads and boatramps on the lake are still pretty bad. Birds seen from the causeway included the following. Pied-billed Grebe 33, Horned Grebe 4, Great Blue Heron 5, Canada Geese 1500, Am. Black Duck 15, Mallard 300, Co. Goldeneye 15, Hooded Merganser 50+, Common Merganser 110, Red-breasted Merganser 20, Ruddy Duck 10, Bald Eagle 2 (both imm.) Belted Kingfisher 1. In general area 5 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 Am. Kestrels and 100+ Horned Larks.
Birds seen on SR 122 about 1/4 mile east of US 27 just inside Wayne County included 200 Horned Larks, 8+ Lapland Longspurs and 15 Snow Buntings.
Birds seen on the roads bordering the Richmond airport in sw Wayne County included a dark phased Rough-legged Hawk, 400+ Horned Larks, 3+ Lapland Longspurs and 8 Snow Buntings, several Red-tailed Hawks and Am. Kestrels.
Seen farther east and at the intersections of Rt.122 & State Line Rd. was an incredible flock (for this far south) of 1200 Snow Buntings. The birds were watched for 45 minutes as they actively foraged in the fields but mostly along the shoulders of the roadway, taking flight as traffic would pass, usually returning to the road within a minute. While some Horned Larks were in the area this was a sigular flock made up entirely of Snow Buntings. They went back and forth between the to states a couple of seperate times, but mostly stayed in Wayne Co. IN, until the whole bunch picked up and flew off into Preble Co. OH when we left. We believe are numbers to be a conservative estimation of the size of this flock.

Date: Saturday, Jannuary 16, 1999
Location: The Oxbow
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: No

1000+ Canada Geese (VERY muddy, I couldn't go too far, and some of them were in low parts of the field, so that I could just some necks poking out here and there). Also some plastic Canada Geese and Mallards (+hunters)
Also: American Tree and Song Sparrows, 2 female Northern Harriers, 20+ Great Blue Herons, 50+ Ring-billed Gulls, Mallards

Date: Jan. 16, 1999
Location: Miami River, at Shawnee Lookout Park
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Mallards, Canada Geese, 15 Ring-necked Ducks, 8 Buffleheads,10 Common Goldeneyes,2 Canvasbacks, 2 Gadwall and 3 Great Blue herons.

Date: January 16, 1999
Location: Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 American Pipit on the rocks near the hotwater outlet by the big, lonely tree. Also, 4 Great Blue Heron, 2 Black Duck, 100+ Mallard, 5 Gadwall, 4 Canvasback, 3 Redhead, 12 Ring-necked Duck, 24 Lesser Scaup, 7-10 Coot, 4 Northern Harrier, 1 Sharpie, 1 Red-Tail, 2 Kestrel, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, 80-100 Ring-billed Gulls, 4 Herring Gulls. 2 White-throated Sparrows and 2 White-crowned.
There was also an immature Harrier at Gilmore Ponds later in the afternoon.

Date: 1/15
Location: Dayton
Reporter: Dave Dister
Other Birders:

River Bend Ave. at the confluence of the Great Miami and Mad Rivers.
Several Glaucous Gulls and a Great Black backed Gull

Date: 1/15/99
Location: Gr. Miami R. Hamilton
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: Darlene Sadler

Miami River near sewage treatment plant Hamilton
RB Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, Ring Necked Ducks, Bufflehead, Coots, L. Scaup, PB Grebe, Mallards, C. Geese

Date: 1-11-99 thru 1-15-99
Location: Independence Ky.
Reporter: Dave Millward
Other Birders: Amanda Hils

January 11 to 13 I had 29 Horned Larks hanging around my yard and the field next to my house. They ate under my bird feeders, Thistle seed and Milo, they kept picking up Sun Flower seeds and dropping them, I guess they were too big.

Today 1-15, I had a bigger suprise, about 3pm I looked out and saw 7 Snow Buntings eating under my feeders. They are now pirtched on top of my frozen pool, resting.

Date: Jan.15,1999
Location: Western Hamilton Cty. back rds.
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Kilby Rd. @ Robins Nest Golf Course-10 Horned Larks,2 Snow Buntings, 1 Harrier
Simonson Rd. Trailer Park between Kilby and Harrison-100+Horned Larks,35 Snow Buntings, 12 Lapland Longspurs
Baughman Rd.Pig Farm-75 H.Larks,2 Lapland Longspurs, 1 Snow Bunting,2 Blk.Vultures, 1T.V.
Paddys Run Cattle lot-2Snow Buntings,2 Meadowlarks,
P&G Miami Valley Labs area-40 H.Larks,8 Lapland longspurs, 1 Harrier, 4 Canvasbacks,1 C.Goldeneye 5 Coots

Date: 01/15/99
Location: Race Lane Rd. ( rural road, just outside of Harrison,Oh)
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

I found 1 Short -eared Owl perched in
a lone tree close to the road, the
tree is located just past the big cattle yard on your right. The bird flushed after ten minutes of observation, but did not fly far. Bird may still be in the area. Also saw many Horned Larks, Snow Buntings, 1 Lapland Longspur
and 1 Black Vulture along Alert New London Rd in the many cattle yards.

The feeding station along Simonson Rd. was very active with Horned Larks and Snow Buntings.

Date: January 15, 1999
Location: Great Miami River @ Gulf Park
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

All week my wife and I have seen swans on this stretch of the river. First time I saw a single swan. The next few days there were three. Each of these sightings were in the evening and binoculars were used to confirm the identification as Tundra Swans.

This morning I walked the same stretch of river and saw two swans. A closer look with binoculars definitely shows pink on the beaks. These are definitely different birds than seen each evening. At first I thought they may be immature Mutes Swans but immature Tundras also have pink on the beak. I'll have to take another look to confirm the ID but for now it looks like 5 different swans have been seen here.

Also saw a Common Goldeneye and four Buffleheads today along with the usual Canada Geese and GBHs.

Date: Wed., 1/14/99 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: "greater" Petersburg, KY re-visisted
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

What-a-difference-a-day-makes!
Re-visited the same locales in Petersburg that I did yesterday, hoping to be able to identiify a L Longspur out of the hundreds of HL's, SB's, etc.,I had seen. To my dismay there were NO H Larks, Snow Buntings or T Sparrows at any of the sites. Just hundreds of Starlings in the cattle fields. Curious.

Date: Jan.14
Location: harrison twp.
Reporter: Jason Hovekamp
Other Birders:

in the field just north of rolling acres
moble home park right next to simonson rd.
there was a flock of 150+ horned larks with around 20 snow buntings among them.
there also may have been a few lapland lonspurs but could'nt get a good enough look. also a coopers hawk was hanging around in the nearby trees.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 14, 1998
Location: Cleves, By Gulf Park on Great Miami River
Reporter: Jeff and Donna Rowe
Other Birders:

Three Tundra Swans have been seen every day since Tuesday 1/12 on the river. If you go into Gulf Park all the way to the back past the shelter you can walk a short distance southeast to the river to see them.

Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 1999, 3:00/4:45 PM
Location: "Greater" Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none


Access to Petersburg by Route 20 now easily accessible with weather finally moderating and county road maintenance improved.

Tour through Petersburg heading west on Rt. 20; flock of 175 Canada Geese on east side; flock of 200+ Horned Larks and several Snow Buntings flitting around cattle near Vesper Lane; 2 A. Tree Sparrows near cemetary; mixed flock of 150 Starlings and House Sparrows at corn silos at Sunset Valley Stock Farm.

Aurora Ferry Road; near sloughs, two flocks of Horned Larks and Snow Buntings. One flock of 300+ H.L. with 6+ S.B., other flock 75+ H.L. & 4 S.B. with probable Lapland Longspurs - no posistsive ID. Also 1 Red-Tailed hawk; 4 Mourning Doves; 1 Red-Bellied WP; 2 A. Crows; 3 N Cardinals; 1 Song Sparrow.

Returning back through Petersburg, at mouth of Tanners Creek in IN; 21 Great Blue Herons; 6 Pied-Billed Grebes; 7 Am Coot; 45 Ring-Billed Gulls.

Date: Jan 12, 1999
Location: Backyard
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders: Cathy Stephens

Immature Coopers Hawk (yellow eyes)sitting on deck railing. Was able to get a nice picture before he/she flew off.

In the last couple of days:
2 female Red Wing Blackbirds, 2 Tree Sparrows.

Date: January 10, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

In contrast to the other area sightings, Gilmore was almost devoid of birds on Sunday: 2 Great Horned Owls, 3 Cardinals, 1 House Finch, 5 Song Sparrow, 2 White-throated Sparrow, 3 Chickadee, 1 Titmice. Every available plant and food source was encased in ice. The situation was little better in the wooded areas.

Date: 1/10/99
Location: West Chester - backyard
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

45 Horned Lark, 24 Snow Bunting, 3 Tree Sparrow, 15 House Sparrow, 8 House Finch, 7 Starling, 3 Junco, 20 M. Dove, 41 Brown-headed Cowbird, 2 Song Sparrow, 10 Lapland Longspur, 1 Mockingbird, 1 Robin, 1 A. Goldfinch, 1 Accipiter (unk), 6 crow, 1 Rusty Blackbird.

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