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Sightings Log Archive: October 1999 - December 1999

Date: December 23rd 1999 2:40-3:30
Location: Camp Dennison Pits
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

I also could not relocate the Swans which from prior experience I believe they are probably the Mute Swans that have been their before. I did see though 2 PB Grebes, C Geese, 25+ Mallards, 2 Gadwall, 20 Am. Wigeon, 3 N. Shovelers, 70+ Ring necked Ducks, 4 Lesser Scaup, 5 Bufflehead, 5 Hooded Mergansers, 8 Ruddy Ducks, 250+ Coots, 2 RB Gulls, Doves, 2 RB WP, 2 N. Flickers, 1 YB Sapsucker, 3 Downy, Blue jay, Crow, Titmouse, 2+ Brown Creepers, 1+ GC Kinglet, 15+ Robins, 15+ Cedar Waxwings, 5 WT Sparrows, Cardinals, Goldfinch, Starlings.

Date: 12/23/99
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits 12:00 noon
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I could not relocate the unidentified swans that I saw the day before.

Date: 12/22/99
Location: Downtown, little miami
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

Downtown - 4 ruddy ducks near the Waterfront
Little Miami near 125 bridge - 1 yellowlegs, large numbers of White crowned, tree, song and many unidentified sparrows in bottoms along river

Date: 12/22/99 12:30pm
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There were two swans that were just out of range for my binoculars to get a positive ID. My guess is Tundra as it did look like dark bills versus the orange with black of Mutes. They were swimming around with neck erect at the far side of the pond next to overlook off from the Camp Dennison Nature Trails. If anyone gets a closer look please drop me an email.

Date: 12/12/99
Location: East Fork State Park, beach, pond near bike trail
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong, Bill Stanley

Horned Grebe 1; Pied-b Grebe 1; Mallard 10; Ruddy Duck 40; Red-br. Merganser 25-30; Coot 50; Killdeer 5; Herring Gull 3; Ring-billed Gull 100; Bonaparte's Gull 300;Yellow-rumped Warbler 1; No. Cardinal 3; Goldfinch 8; Dark-eyed junco 8; Field Sparrow 1; Song Sparrow 2

8:00- about 10:00 am, stay shortened by rain. Rained for about half the time.

The R-b Mergansers were on the lake when we arrived but did not stay very long, because they were chased into flight several times by boats, and flew directly overhead. After circling the lake about twice they left the area flying south.

Date: 12/19/99
Location: East Fork SP, Beach
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Bil Stanley

also add

Coot 200; Killdeer 2; Ring-b. Gull 200; Bonaparte's Gull 1; Belted Kingfisher 1

Date: 12/19/99
Location: East Fork State Park, Beach
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Bill Stanley

Also add

Ruddy Duck 10-15

Date: 12/19/99
Location: East Fork State Park; Beach and Pond near Bike Trail: 7:30-10:00 am
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Bill Stanley

Common Loon 1; Horned Grebe 2; Pied-b. grebe 1; 40 Mallard; Black Duck 8; Gadwall 4-6; Am. Widgeon 1; Lesser Scaup 10; Bufflehead 5 (1 m, 4 f) Hooded Merganser 4 (1 m, 3 f); Red-b. Woodpecker 1; Downy woodpecker 1; Carolina Chickadee; Tufted Titmouse 1; Carolina Wren 1; Mockingbird 1; Robin 4; Eastern Bluebird 12; Am. Pipit 1; Cedar Waxwing 2-4; Yellow-rumped Warbler 1; No. Cardinal 4; Purple Finch 8 (1 m, 7 f); House Finch 2; Goldfinch 10; Dark-eyed Junco 12; Tree Sparrow 10; Field Sparrow 3; White-throated Sparrow 2; Song Sparrow 6.

Beware of Waterfowl Decoys!!! There were "Snow Geese, and Redheads and many other wooden ducks present which caused some initial excitement and later consternation!!

Date: 12/21/99; 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Mute Swan 1; Canada Goose 30; Mallard 10; Flicker 2; Red-b. Woodpecker 4; Yellow-b. Sapsucker 1; Hairy Woodpecker 2; Downy Woodpecker 2; Blue Jay 15; Am. Crow 20; Car. chickadee 15: Tufted Titmouse 2; White-b. Nuthatch 2; Red-B. Nuthatch 10; Brown Creeper 3; Carolina Wren 3; mocking bird 4; Robin 30; Golden -cr. Kinglet 2; Starling 30; No. Cardinal 20; House Finch 1; Goldfinch 8; White-winged Crossbill 2 (1m, 1 f); Dark-eyed Junco about 200; White-thr. Sparrow 10, song Sparrow 5.

Found the crossbills as soon as I arrive d near the Section 77 sign about 100 feet west of the main entry road (white dashed line), and observed them for about 5-10 minutes. The birds were first in hemlocks and cedars along the road which intersects the entry road from the left. The female was sitting on the very top of a hemlock calling, in what I call the "sentry position." The male was in the surrounding cedars. They flew flew a short distance east to trees just along the main road. The male in full pink plummage was seen at close range feeding on Sweet Gum b

Date: 12/13/99
Location: Camp Den. Pits
Reporter: TOM UHLMAN
Other Birders:

A quick look - 100+coots, 20+ Pied Bill grebes, ruddy duck, 10 buffelhead.

Date: 12/11/99
Location: East Fork Lake/ Meldahl Dam
Reporter:
Other Birders:

East Fork- Common Redpoll, Herring, Bonaparte's, Ring-billed Gulls, Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, Horned Grebe, 2 Pipits and too many hunters.
At the dam ther were the usual gulls plus the Kittiwake, Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 DC Cormorant, Coots, Mallards.

Date: 10 Dec 1999
Location: Meldahl Dam KY.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Adult Bald Eagle, 1 Horned Grebe, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Double-crested Cormorant, 10 Great Blue Heron many Coot,Pied-billed Grebe,Bonapart's and Ring-billed Gull,s plus very good (Less than 30 feet) looks at the Black-legged Kittiwake.

Date: Fri. Dec.10,1999
Location: western Colerain Twp.
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

A flock of 37 Sandhill Cranes flew over my yard this afternoon around 3:30pm.

Date: Dec. 10,1999
Location: Meldahl Dam From Ky. side
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Jeff Hays

The Black-legged Kittiwake was observed by Jeff Hays this after noon at the dam and a Bald Eagle was seen several hundred yards east of the dam.

Date: 12/8/99
Location: Lunken Airport
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Around 5pm along area of bike trail that parallels airport road there was a Rough-legged Hawk.

Date: 12/07/99
Location: Blue Rock Rd. Hamilton Co. Ohio
Reporter: Joe Vogerl
Other Birders: Audrey Vogerl

There has been a Merlin visiting our feeders (to eat the birds)in the spring & fall for several years. It returned 5 days age and returned two more times.

Date: 12/8/99
Location: Camp Dennison Nature Trail/Gravel Pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Was there at lunchtime 12 to 1. Ruddy Duck, Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead,
Hooded Merganser, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, American Crow, Brown Creeper, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal

Date: Dec. 5, 1999
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Pied-billed Grebe, Great-blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Am. Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Morning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, N.Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, A.Crow, Carlina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Am. Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, N. Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White Throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Purple Finch(30), Am Goldfinch, Common Redpoll

Date: 5 Dec. 1999
Location: Meldahl Dam, Ky.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Jay Lehman

Frank Renfrow reported a Black-legged Kittiwake feeding below the dam on CBC hot line 4 Dec. 1999 at approx. 2PM. The bird was observed by Jay and me from 7:30AM to 11:15AM, 5 Dec. 1999. The bird was in the company of a large flock of Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls

Date: 12/3/99
Location: Adams County, Ohio west of West Union
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: none

Spent the day at two properties in Adams County for the deer season. The first area was mostly wooded, having most of the woodpeckers except for Red-headed. All the usual small bird suspects in a woodlot were present. I had a screech owl fly up near my deer stand and call several times. Two turkey vultures flew by late morning. The other area was partially wooded and surrounded by cut-over fields and fallow areas. Had a wonderful view of light phase Roughlegged Hawk hovering. I flushed two Eastern Meadowlarks from this same field.

Date: 11/27/1999
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Looked for crossbills again...still no success.

Spectacular flocks of birds (again)today: 900+ A Robin, 100+ C Waxwing, 40+ RB Nuthatch, 1500+ E Starling, 100+ C Chickadee, 80+ DE Junco.

This time only 3 H Thrush: 2 calling and 1 singing!

Date: 11/27/1999
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Looked for crossbills...no success.

Spectacular flocks of birds today: 2500+ A Robin, 200+ C Waxwing, 800+ E Starling, 200+ C Chickadee, 50+ DE Junco.

Had 6+ H Thrush calling (also sighted) simultaneously in large pine stand uphill of Wood Duck Trail.

Date: 11/28/99
Location: Killdeer Plains
Reporter: Kurt Gaskill
Other Birders:

Trip report for Killdeer Plains, 11/28/99, 0900-1200.

Com Loon 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Swan sp 1 (upground reservoir, too far to be conclusive with bins, too much work for scope! prob Tundra)
C. Goose 300+
Green-winged Teal 14
Black Duck 1
Mallard 26+
No. Shoveler 8
Bald Eagle 2 (1 ad)
No. Harrier 8
Cooper's 1
Red-tailed 9 (2 very light adults, I guess Bill Clark would say far north birds)
Rough-legged 2-3 (2 worked one field just south of the area marked "fishermens access" on CH77 between CH 115 and Washburn Rd. The light was not completely favorable, but flight style and light/dark areas were easy to discriminate, esp dark squares on the wing underside. One was very light with a mottled brown lower breast/upper belly. The other was had a much darker, brown breast/belly patch with a darker brown head. Both had white tails, black subterminal band and narrow white terminal band. I got the impression the lighter bird was younger from its appearance. The possible #3 was viewed in very favorable light on CH75 between CH 115 and 108. This bird was similar to the darker bird - #2 - described above but the belly/breast patch did not seem as dark or solid as #2. I cannot be certain it wasn't #2 and I just got a better look at it. Nice Kestrel-like hovering flight over grasslands displayed several times.)
Am Kestrel 4
Killdeer 36
Boney 1
RB Gull 2
Rock Dove
MoDo
Horned Lark 30
Red-belly 1
Downy 2
No. Flicker 8
Blue Jay 14
Am Crow 10
C. Chicadee 1
E. Bluebird 8
No. Mocker 1
Starling
No. Cardinal 5
Am Tree Sp 86 (you just cannot miss these birds!)
Savannah 2 (mixed in with Horned Larks, Washburn Rd)
Song Sp 5
Junco 3
Red-wing Blackbird 4 (all female or last hatched males)
Goldfinch 5

I did not do any walking for these, just birded from the car and the dikes. This was a very interesting area. On the way to and from Dayton using I-75 & O-67 the following were noted:

No. Harrier 1
Red-tail 2
Am Kestrel 10
Am Robin 500+ (outside of Tipp City, moving out of the trees at dawn)

All in all, an interesting day. And a good learning experience on birding Ohio. Thanks to everyone for the tips. Look me up if you go birding in VA (see VA Birds)

Kurt Gaskill, kurtcapt87@aol.com

Date: 11/27/99 1400-1600
Location: Summit Lake SP, Indiana
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Scanned the lake near the beach and east boat ramp,as well as the waterfowl ponds. Best birds seen: 3 C. Loons, 4 Tundra Swans, ducks-Ruddy, Redheads, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Ringnecks, Buffleheads, H. Mergansers,Mallards, GW Teal, Gadwall, Pintail.Other birds were 2 N. Harriers, 5 C. Snipe. There were alot of juncos, WT and Tree Sparrows also.

Date: 11/27/99
Location: CJ Brown Reservoir
Reporter: Kurt Gaskill (fr Virginia)
Other Birders:

Com Loon 9+
Horned Grebe 4
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Mute Swan 1
C. Goose 50+
Mallard ca. 70
Gadwall 11
Bufflehead 4
Lesser Scaup 3 (90% sure, 1/2 mile look)
Ruddy Duck 1
No. Harrier 1 (nr the mudflats)
Am Kestrel 2
Am Coot 35 or so
Boneparte's Gull 100
RB Gull ca 50
H. Gull 2-3
Kingfisher 1

Date: Nov.26 1999 2:45 PM till 4:00 PM
Location: Camp Dennison Pits
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Pied-billed Grebe 10,Great-blue Heron 1,
Canada Geese 41,Green-winged Teal 4, Malard 15, Gadwall 2,Ring-necked Duck 82,Bufflehead 7,Hooded Merganser 5,Ruddy Duck 7, American Coot 500+,Ring-billed Gull 4, Rock Dove 3, Morning Dove 70, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2,Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, American Crow 32, Carolina Chickadee 7,Carolina Wren 1,Golden Crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 40,Cedar Waxwing 2,European Starling, Northern Cardinal 1,Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 2,House Finch1, American Goldfinch 2,House Sparrow 5

Date: 11/25/99
Location: Caesar Creek SP Lake
Reporter: Kurt Gaskill
Other Birders:

From campground and visitor center: 1 Com Loon, 3 Horned Grebe, 4 Pied-billed Grebes, 1 Great Blue Heron, and 40 Boneparte Gulls. The wetland area with the raised platform contained many Am Tree Sparrows and Song Sparrows and one human hunter.

Date: 11/28/99
Location: Dayton Well Field & Eastwood Park Lake
Reporter: Kurt Gaskill (visting fr Virginia)
Other Birders:

3 White Pelicans on the small lake at the Dayton Waterworks well field. Drive by sightings along Rt 4 northbound may be best as no obvious spot to stop. Nearby at Eastwood Park Lake: 6 Horned Grebes, 1 No. Shoveler, 1 Greater Scaup (female, ID from extent of speculum obs during wing stretch) and 3 Ruddy Ducks.

Date: November 26th 1999 3pm-5pm
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Neither the Oldsquaw or Short eared Owl that were previously reported were seen. From the bech birds were limited to Coots and a pair of Northern Shovelers. Further out there are some waterfowl type species that can be seen somewhat better from the Vistor Center. Only birds I could ID were about 20 Lesser Scaup and what I'm 98% sure were 15 Horned Grebes. All i could tell were dark back area and really white chest. Ruled almost all other species out. Near the end of the park road near the water intake (where it says no parking) there were 4 Common Loons.

Date: 11/19-11/26/99
Location: New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The O+ Common Redpoll has been present at my thistle feeder almost daily since 11/19. Anyone else seeing any in Cincy area?

Date: Nov. 25, 1999 - approx. 2pm
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Dennis Timberlake
Other Birders:

Took a little time away from the turkey dinner and headed over to East Fork Lake. Found a female Oldsquaw just off beach. Good looks at her feeding and in flight.

Date: Nov. 21, 1999
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Lois Shadix
Other Birders: Joan Franchi

Best bird: Short-eared Owl on beach.
Others: Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, Killdeer, Ring-billed Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, American Robin, N. Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Junco

Date: 11/24/99 11:10am to 3:10pm
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

NC = Not Censused.

Mallard - NC
Sign of an accipiter - mourning dove feathers (ID by outermost tail
feathers).
owl search - I spent about 20 minutes or so looking for saw-whet owls. I
found a small amount of whitewash on the branches of a cedar on
lookout trail that could have come from a small raptor (saw-whet,
screech, or sharp-shin). No owls found.
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 6
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - NC
American Crow - NC
Carolina Chickadee - NC (many carefully scrutinized but no black-caps
found)
Tufted Titmouse - NC
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 7+ (photographed at the Hall C. Park birdblind,
feeder # 3)
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Brown Creeper - 2 (one at the base of the tree at marker #4 at the Hall
C. Park birdblind, not quick enough with the camera!)
Carolina Wren - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 1-2
American Robin - 7
Northern Mockingbird - 1 (Tealtown Road)
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3
Northern Cardinal - NC
Eastern Towhee - 2
American Tree Sparrow - 3+
Fox Sparrow - 2-3
Song Sparrow - 22+
White-throated Sparrow - 22+
Dark-eyed Junco - 8
House Finch - 12
American Goldfinch - 18

Good Birding to All!

David A. Brinkman
sw. Clermont Co.



Date: 11/20/99
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

I almost to post my favorite place. The bird of the day was one I can't identify for sure. The plumage was totally LeConte's Sparrow but the structure of the head was very flat with a large bill as a Henslow's is while I recall the LeConte's head as being rounded with a more petite bill. There were Pine Sisken, Purple Finches, and 2 Brown Thrashers among the usual birds behind the Refuge Office (not to confused with the visitors' center). The bird-viewing window ant the center was more ordinary altho there were a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Fox Sparrow.

Waterfowl representation was down; there were plenty of Can. Geese and 1 White phased Snow Goose that you really had to hunt for, small numbers of Pintails,
Shovelers and Wigeon. There was a better representation of Mallards, Green-winged Teal, and Gadwall. A few Ring-necks were around but I did not find any other divers. I did not find loons or Horned Grebes but plenty of Pied-billed Grebes.
Some birders from Dayton found a Peregrin but I missed it. I did see a nice Harrier and 3 Sandhill Cranes (but no Common ones)! Actually I had 9 sp. of sparrows if you count the one I could't identify. Vesper, Savannah, White-throated, White-crowned, Song, Tree, Swamp, and Fox.
Pintails, Shovelers, Wigeon,

Date: 11/21/99
Location: Summit Lake in IN and Brookville Res.
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Cinti Bird Club and Audubon Soc. of OH.

For a day that started out so foggy we sure ended up with good birding (and some sun). We found 19 sp.of waterfowl: 4 Surf Scoters, 2 Greater Scaup (arguable), Lesser Scaup, Ring-necks, Bufflehead, Redhead, Canvasback,Ruddy, Hooded Merg., Mallards, Black Ducks, Gadwalls, Wigeon, Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Shovelers, someone said Wood Duck but I missed it, Canada Geese and Tundra Swans. There were probably 6 C. Loons, many Pied-billed Grebes and 1 Horned Grebe. 2 men walking near the beach scared up a Short-eared Owl which gave us quite a show as it tried to elude the crows that took off after it. We also had a Harrier, 3 Cooper Hawks and several Red-tails and Kestrals. There were also Dunlin, Snipe everywhere and Killdeer and DC Cormorant.
Brookville added mobs of Bonapartes Gulls and 3 Pipits to top off our day

Date: 11/22/99
Location: Ohio river dowtown
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

1dark phase buteo flying over old power plant next to 75 bridge. Prob an immature red tail - lost field guide so I can't look it up.......

Date: 11/22/99
Location: Ohio river dowtown
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

1dark phase buteo flying over old power plant next to 75 bridge. Prob an immature red tail - lost field guide so I can't look it up.......

Date: 11/21/99 1200-1400
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Stopped at Spring Grove for a couple hours even though I would have liked to be there sooner. Quite a few Carolina Chickadees ( one flock of about 40 + birds!). Nothing that really stood out, I did see about 10 Red-breasted Nuthatches, only one WBNH, 6 Golden-crowned Kinglets and 3 Brown Creepers (they don't seem very sociable-2 were chasing eachother around a large pine tree). A large group of blue jays and mixed small birds found an owl (I think) in a large maple tree with woodpecker holes in it, but never chased it out.

Date: 11/18/99
Location: House, New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

This morning, I had 1 [O+ I think] Common Redpoll at my thistle feeder. It had a yellowish bill, and a wine red patch on the head.

Date: Nov. 17, 1999, Wed.
Location: Rt. 50 & Wolfpen-Pleasant Hill Road, Perintown
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

About midday a flock of 50 wild turkeys was sighted in the open field at the above intersection by Kathy Michels who lives in Perintown.

Date: 11/15/99
Location: Lakota West High School West Chester Oh.
Reporter: Steve Rapien
Other Birders:

Barn-Owl It was working the field by the football field and was calling. I saw 3 there early September last year.

Date: 11/12/99
Location: Covington, Indiana (near Danville, Illinois)
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Spent the weekend in western Indiana for the deer season. The area I was in was near the Wabash River, which is a mixture of bottomland woodlots and corn/soybean fields. Raptors were very evident on Friday- I spotted 12+ redtails (1 was a Krider's phase), several Red-shoulders, 2 Coopers, a Sharpshin, 1 Barred owl (DOR),several kestrels and best of all 2 adult Bald Eagles. The only other bird of note was a Fox sparrow.

Date: Saturday November 13, 1999
Location: Camp Dennison, Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

A quick afternoon trip to the pits produced a large number of ducks, geese and coots.

Pied-billed Grebe 10, Horned Grebe 1, Canada Goose 20, Green-winged Teal 8, Malard 6, Gadwall 25, American Widgeon 30, Ring-necked Duck 12, Bufflehead 6, Hooded Mergancer 10, Ruddy Duck 8, American Coot 300+.

Date: Sun. Nov.14,1999 3:30-6 pm
Location: near New Trenton, Franklin Cty. Indiana
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

From my tree stand I saw many more interesting birds than I did deer. A flock of an undetermined number of Sandhill Cranes flew over (heard-not seen), 2 Grt. Horned Owls, 1 Redtail, 1 Coop, 1 Sharpie, 1 TVulture, 60+/-Black Vultures, many Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, YRWarblers, and a Hermit Thrush rounded out the highlights. The high number of Blk.Vultures would be exceptional except that the large vulture roost at the Ind.1 bridge just off of Rt.52 near Cedar Grove is only a few miles from where I was. In the past this roost has had in excess of 100 Blacks and even more Turkey Vultures.

Date: Sunday Nov. 14
Location: Miami Wetlands
Reporter: Steve Smith
Other Birders: None

Beautiful but windy afternoon. At least 2 kestrals and an actively hunting immature northern harrier were the highlights. Thought I heard sandhill cranes a couple times, didn't see any. Ran into a flock of about a dozen tree sparrows on the way out.

(BTW, I watched the East Fork Lake Pomerine Jaeger Saturday afternoon for about 90 minutes. He spent most of the time on the water, head swiveling as he watched for likely gulls. He made one attack apparently unsuccesful. Afterward he spiraled out of sight on a thermal.)

Date: Sunday, November 14, 1999
Location: Hueston Woods, Brookville Lake, Summit Lake
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon field trip

Hueston Woods was amazingly devoid of birds. Brookville Lake along Treaty Line Road was completely dry, but had 100 Great Blue Herons standing around. The fields on the way in had American Tree and White-crowned Sparrows. At the Dunlapsville Ramp, there were two Black Vultures overhead, lots of Bonaparte's Gulls, and a moderate number of ducks, including Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, and Bufflehead. About half the participants went on to Summit Lake, where we found many more waterfowl (although still on the low side for Summit), including three Surf Scoters (other birders reported seeing four) and 25 Tundra Swans.

Date: 11/14/99
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders:

I forgot to mention that there was also an American Black Duck with the Teals and Mallards

Date: Sunday, November 14, 1999
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: No

An encounter I wasn't expecting at that place: 3 females Green-winged Teals, among Mallards. These were not on the main little lake right after the entrance of the park, but rather in the tiny pond in the middle of the forest. Maybe they are even still there, despite the kids who were throwing stones at the ducks (with the help of their father, cause they weren't strong enough).

Date: November 13, 1999
Location: Lima Reservoirs & Grand Lake St. Mary's
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Dave Dister, trip leader, Dayton Bird Club

highlights: over 1700 ruddy duck on Bresler & Ferguson reservoirs (Dave believes this to be a high count for ruddies in Alan County); 30+ snow buntings @ Ferguson, and the strange find of a day, also @ Ferguson, 1 dead saw-whet owl, lying about 100 yards north of the boat launch. Judging by a large owl pellet near the headless, but other-wise fairly complete remains, it met its end under the talons of a great-horned owl.

Date: 11/12/99
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

The Pomarine Jaeger is still at the lake as of this morning(Friday)

Date: Sat. Nov. 6 thru today, Thurs., Nov. 11/99
Location: Edgewood, KY backyard
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: neighbors

The three (3) albinoistic(?) chickadees continue to return to my saffold & sunflower seed feeders daily - morning & evening. Since Saturday (first time - 9:30 AM) I have had a Black-capped Chickadee come to my sunflower feeders only once or twice a day on Sat., Mon. & Tues during the last 6 days. Visits are brief, infrequent and are at random times. Usual visitors: 2 RB Nuthatces, WB Nuthatches, Hairy-Downy-RB Woodpeckers, Song Sparrow, C Wren and usual C Chickadees, T Titmice, Goldfinch, House Finches (one Orange Variant). etc.

Date: 11/6/99-1100
Location: Louisville, Ky
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

I was working this past weekend at a facility in the eastern vicinity of Louisville and saw several small groups of Tree swallows flying over the rooftops. This is the latest I have ever seen them in the tristate area.

Date: Nov.11,1999
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Neill & Jason Cade

The Pomarine Jaeger was still being seen at East Fork S.P. this morning at 7:30 am. Birders from Kentucky and central Ohio were there to enjoy this great bird.

Date: 11/7/99
Location: Clifton
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I would considered this as an unconfirmed but it had potential. I was doing some computer work in the spare bedroom of my house on Glenmary Sunday around dusk when some movement caught my eye out the front window. An owl was flying along the street about thirty feet above it. It was being chased by some starlings. Happening so quickly coupled with the restricted field of view out the front window made any sort of visual ID extremely difficult. That night around 11 I heard a very strange barking. It didn't sound quite like a dog's bark and lasted off and on for about 5 minutes. I thought about it the next day and was thinking maybe the barking and the owl sighting were connected so I started researching owls that I wasn't familiar with. After listening to three different audio sources the barking could definately have been a short-eared owl. However, the location isn't really the right habitat (could have been moving through) and I don't know if it would have really made that vocalization under those circumstances (location and lack of nest site). It was interesing though.

Date: 11/10/99 7:15 AM
Location: Clifton, City of Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

While waiting for a light at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and McMicken Ave., I had a flock (murder) of ~200 Crows fly over. Powering its way through this flock was one immature Northern Goshawk! It didn't seem intent on any of the Crows, but that didn't prevent them from scattering. Unfortunately, the light changed, but the Goshawk was heading for another part of the city anyway (last seen heading southwest over I-75).

A pleasant start for the morning!

Date: November 9, 1999
Location: Ashland, Kentucky
Reporter: Lin Towler
Other Birders:

Two of us here in Ashland, KY have black-capped chickadees coming to our feeders in our backyards. Several other birders have verified they are black capped chickadees. Photograph and video have been taken. Hope they stay around for awhile! We welcome visitors, just email ahead!

Date: 8 November 1999
Location: Cliff Road in southwestern Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

13 Black Vultures 10 Turkey Vultures

Date: 11/8/99
Location: Clifton
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

This afternoon from 5:25 to 5:55 around 3500-4500 crows flew over heading SSE. I first saw them from my car when driving home. Once I got to my house on Glenmary I started taking sample counts.

Date: 11/8/99
Location: Spring Grove Cem. & Mitchell MF
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:



Today (11/8/99) I birded at Spring Grove Cemetary and Mitchell Memorial
Forest. The highlights were:

Spring Grove 1:15 - 2:10 pm: 6+ Red-breasted Nuthatches, most of which
were feeding on spruce cones. There is a massive, ripe, cone crop near
lot #52 - has great potential for crossbills. The "damage" can be seen
on the cones where the nuthatches or others have been feeding.

Mitchell MF 2:35 - 3:50 pm: 9+ Red-breasted Nuthatches (some
photographed), 10 + Cedar Waxwings, 3 Brown Creepers (one photographed a
close range) and 1 Pine Siskin. I was searching for crossbills to no
avail. Cone crop here is very good but Spring Grove is much better. The
nuthatches here were feeding on pine cones.

Date: 11/7/99 9:00AM till 11:00Am
Location: East Fork State Park, Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Phoebe Stanley

Birds seen at the South beach and other areas on the South side of the lake.
Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Canada Geese, Malard, Ruddy Duck, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Killdeer, Pomarine Jaeger, Bonapart's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Morning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker,Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, American Pipit, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler,Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Snow Bunting (3 at South Beach), Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch

Date: 11/7/99
Location: Westwood
Reporter: Danny
Other Birders:

I spotted an American Kestrel perched in my backyard.

Date: 7 Nov 99
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders: Steve Pelikan, Charlie Saunders

There were 8 Red Crossbills in the pines by the first parking lot on the left as you enter. We saw them about 7:15 a.m. this morning. There are Red-breasted Nuthatches all around there.

Date: November 6th 1999
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

There are many waterbirds in the water nearest to the Loveland park. Mostly Coots with maybe 400+. There was also 1 Mallard, 4 Canada Geese, 8 Bufflehead, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 45+ Widgeon, 90+ Ring necked Ducks, 10+ Ruddy Ducks, 2 Shovelers, 25+ Gadwall, and 15+ Pied billed Grebes. Also on the way out I had a Ruby crowned Kinglet flying around me, thought it was getting late for them.

Date: 11/6/99
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Andrew Fix
Other Birders: Katie and Jeremy Fix

The Pomarine Jaeger was observed from about 10:00 to 10:30 AM. It was seen from the dam, sitting in the center of the big lake. Then it flew and circled for 5-10 minutes. Also sighted from the dam were 2 Canada Geese, 5 Horned Grebes, 7 Hooded Mergansers, 5 Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 6 Common Loons, and hundred of Coots.

Date: 11/4
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: Darlene Sadler

About 35 Sandhills flying overhead, Purple Finches, 13 Wild Turkeys, Red-Shouldered Hawk, large numbers of Gr Winged Teal,Yellow-rumped Warblers, Red and White breasted nuthatches, 6 Woodducks, 1 PB Grebe

Date: 11/4/99
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary 11:45am to 12:50pm
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

1 Mute Swan, Canada Geese, Mallards, 5 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Flickers, Blue Jays, Crows, 50+ Chickadees (in company with goldfinches, juncos, RB nuthatches and house finches feeding on hemlock seeds), 2 tufted titmice, 7 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Carolina Wrens, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Robins, 3 Northern Mockingbirds, 25+ Dark-eyed Junco (incl. a possible female "Oregon"), 3 House Finches, and 15+ American Goldfinches.

Date: 11/4/99
Location: Jasper-Pulaski, and Summit Lake
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Mary Drago

I headed for Jasper-Pulaski late 11/2 and spent the night in West Lafayette. Daybreak found us at the Crane viewing tower but no Common Crane was found among the Sandhills. We did later find the bird at the intersection of C340N and 1700. Anyone wanting more information can Email or call me at 341-4893 or 581-2227.
Summit was nice but we only had time for a quick stop. We found a Loon, over 200 Ruddies, Hoodies, Pintails, Coots of course, Mute Swans, Tundra Swans, Gadwalls, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Shovelers, Canada Geese (surprise) Pied-billed Grebes,Dunlin, Canvasbacks, Mallards, Harrier, Red-shoulder, and Red-tail. I know I'm forgetting things but by then I was too tired to see.

Date: Nov.3,1999 5:15-6:15 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands-farm road
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The Short-eared Owl reported last week was seen again this evening right at dusk. Other birds seen in the immediate area included 2 GBHs, 40+GWTeal,200+ Mallards, 15 Woodies, 100+Can.Geese, 1 Harrier, 1 Coopers hawk, 1 Snipe, and 25 Killdeer. Most of the waterfowl were flying overhead to the nearby farmpond just to the west of the park property.

Date: 11/03/99
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Jack Solomon
Other Birders: Sue Solomon

We saw an immature Jaeger at the beach, flying over the lake, near the shore at
around 10 AM. We assume it's the Pomarine you've been seeing. We're just in Cincinnati for a brief visit.

Date: Oct. 29, 1999
Location: Batavia, Ohio
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

2 Late Broad-Winged Hawks flew over UC Clermont College. One vocalized (sounded to me like a pewee).

Date: 11/1/99
Location: Jasper-Pulaski
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

This is not my sighting. It is from the Indiana folks. There is a Common Crane at Jasper-Pulaski. It's worth a try, if I can make it happen I'll be there. Another good try would be for the Parasitic Jaeger at Lake Monroe. It has been seen at the Miller Creek area, wherever that is. Good luck to those of you who can do it.

Date: 11-1-99
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Jim Clapp
Other Birders:

The Pomarine Jaeger is still there as of 12:30PM today, about 70 yards out from the beach, floating by itself.

Date: 10/31/99
Location: East Fork S.P. Lake
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Ned,Neill,Jeff,Jay,Linda,Darlena,Bob & others

The Pomarine Jaeger was observed by a large group of birders all day long. Ned and Jeff were the two lucky birders that were taken out on a fisherman's boat to observe the bird a close range.This bird was first seen on Saturday at 8:30am and could have been on the lake for several days prior to its discovery Saturday. A special thank you to the local boaters that were kind enough to give us a close look at this bird both Saturday and Sunday.

Date: 10/30/99 8:00AM-5:00 PM
Location: Muscatatuck NWR, Jennings Co., IN & Drive there and back
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade and Audubon Group led by Darlena Graham

Pied-billed Grebe 8, Double-crested Cormorant 1, Great Blue Heron 5, Turkey Vulture 9, Snow Goose 1, Canada Goose 800, Wood Duck 15, Gadwall 30, American Black Duck 10, Mallard 400, Blue-winged Teal 5, Northern Shoveler 6, Northern Pintail 4, Green-winged Teal 200, Ring-necked Duck 5, Hooded Merganser 6, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 3, American Kestrel 2, Ring-necked Pheasant 1, American Coot 40, Killdeer 40, Greater Yellowlegs 6, Dunlin 2, Long-billed Dowitcher 1, Common Snipe 12, American Woodcock 1, Rock Dove 5, Mourning Dove 10, Belted Kingfisher 6, Red-headed Woodpecker 13, Red-bellied Woodpecker 10, Downy Woodpecker 7, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Phoebe 3, Blue Jay 20, American Crow 30, Horned Lark 3, Tree Swallow 30, Carolina Chickadee 50, Tufted Titmouse 10, Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 4, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 8, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 12, American Robin 70, Northern Mockingbird 4, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 5,000, Cedar Waxwing 60, Yellow-rumped Warbler 40, Eastern Towhee 12, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 15, Vesper Sparrow 3, Savannah Sparrow 15, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 120, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 20, White-throated Sparrow 200, White-crowned Sparrow 100, Dark-eyed Junco 15, Northern Cardinal 40, Red-winged Blackbird 30,000, Eastern Meadowlark 10, Rusty Blackbird 20, Common Grackle 2,000, Brown-headed Cowbird 200, Purple Finch 8, House Finch 15, American Goldfinch 50, House Sparrow 6.

Date: 10/30/99
Location: Burnett Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

A quick walk around the lake yielded RC Kinglet 2, YC Kinglet 1, Eastern Towhee 3, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, Song Sparrow 10+, White-throated Sparrow, WB Nuthatch, RB Nuthatch. The Wt Sparrow was doing a funny hop in which it jumped straight up and kicked both legs back to move leaves.

Date: October 30th 1999
Location: EAST FORK SOUTH BEACH
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong, Hank's wife, Jay Lehman. many others

Found this morning was an adult POMARINE JEAGER. The bird was seen mostly resting in the water far off the beach in the general area of the water intake. Pictures were taken by Hank and I'm sure he will have much more to post.

Date: 10/29/99
Location: Woodland Mound Park
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

The two white-crowned sparrows (seen yesterday) are still there at the feeders at the Seasongood Nature Center within the park. However, although I observed 3 song sparrows at the feeders, I could not relocate the Lincoln's. Two white-throats and a dozen house sparrows were also in attendance.
At the amphitheater overlook there was an immature female Cooper's hawk and 25+ turkey vultures.

Date: 10-29-99, 6:05pm
Location: Milford
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders:

As I look out east my office window from atop Edison Drive, Entek IRD, I can see a continuos stream of what looks to be mostly grackles that has been flying Southwest for the last 15 minutes!

Occasionally the stream comes over the building and I can tell that they are not starlings by the longer wingspan, but I can't ID anything in paticular.

As of 6:08 they have all finally passed by. Most impressive. The route was basicly along a wooded corridor behind the building I work in.

Date: !0/27/99 8:30-9:30 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

A quick jaunt through the cemetery produced lots of birds, featuring: 1 YB Cuckoo (isn't this late?!), 20+ RB Nuthatch, 3 YB Sapsucker, 6 B Creeper, 1 H Thrush, 3 Chipping Sparrow, 5 P Siskin. There were also 90+ YR Warbler, with 50+ in one Sycamore!

While you're there, take your binoculars off of the birds for a second and take in the beautiful scenery. It's as nice a fall in the cemetery as I've seen in some time.

Date: 10/28/99 (@1:45pm)
Location: Woodland Mound Park
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None.

This afternoon (Thurs. Oct. 28, 1999) at about 1:45pm there was at the
Seasongood Nature Center feeders at Woodland Mound Park (se. Hamilton
County):

1 Lincoln's Sparrow
2 white-crowned sparrows (1 ad, 1 juv.)
1 white-throated sparrow
1 song sparrow
3 cardinals
4 house sparrows

Sincerely,

David A. Brinkman
sw. Clermont County
gw.warb@fuse.net

Date: 28 October 1999
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Jim Hickey
Other Birders: Nate Sammons

10 Great Blue Heron, 1 Red bellied Woodpecker, +++ Ring billed Bulls, 3 Canadian Geese, numerous Mallards, 2 Belted Kingfisher, 3 Ruddy Duck, 1 Pied billed Grebe, Coots, coots and more good coots

Date: Tues., 10/26/99
Location: Edgewood, KY
Reporter: Granville Care
Other Birders:

Forgot one of the better parts of yesterday's bonanza. After filling my platform feeder, R-B Nuthatch flew within 5 ft. of my position, eyeballed me before leaving!

Date: Wed. Oct.27,1999 5:30 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands- farm road
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The HCPD was conducting a prescribed burn in the area so I watched to see what flushed up. Don't worry, they did a good job and didn't scorch the whole area! Of course there were gobs of Song, Savannah, White-crowned, Field, a few Swamps, Horned Larks, and Meadowlarks. In addition, there were 2 Harriers, a Redtail, a Kestrel, and a Short-eared Owl. There is still lots of thick tall weeds so maybe the Short-eared owl had some friends in there.
The HCPD plans to do some more burning on Thurs. morning so it might pay dividends to watch the area.

Date: Tues., 10/26/99 - 5:45/640 pm
Location: Edgewood, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Backyard bird bonanza this evening. Usual common species along with Red-breasted Nuthatch (1), White-breasted Nuthatches (2), Song Sparrows (2), Downies, Hairies, Red-bellies (3+ of each), and the strangest of all - 3
Chickadees, all with some albinoism.

The largest (by 15+%), had all white tail feathers, white back and some white on the shoulders. The second had
white outer tail feathers (juncolike), very light gray bib and gray back feathers. The third, and smallest, had gray back, white wing shoulders, the usual black bib, and white outer tail feathers. An unusual occurance it seems to me.

Date: 10/23/99
Location: Brookville Reservoir & Richmond Airport
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

The birds of the day were Merlin, Bald Eagle and Franklin's Gulls. The Merlin was at the Richmond Airport at Boston, IN. on the opposite side of Kitchell Rd. behind the airport bldg. He was sitting on the ground terrorizing the Horned Larks. The immature Bald Eagle was soaring over the north end of the lake terrorizing the gulls. There were 4 Franklins, 2 Herrings, several Bonaparts and a lot of Ring-bills, all the Killdeer in Indiana, 7 Snipe and 1 Greater Yellowlegs. On the lake were I only found two rafts of ducks, 23 Ring-necks and 17 Ruddies. No loons, still some Cormorants and several Pied-billed Grebes.

Date: Oct. 24, 1999
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Tim Fitzpatrick

Tim Fitspatrick spotted a Snow Bunting on the road along the saddle dam this AM. I had 3 Pine Siskins at a feeder 10/23/99.

Date: 10/23/99 8:00-Noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Pied-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Black Vulture 4, Turkey Vulture 18, Canada Goose 20, Mallard 20, Blue-winged Teal 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, Killdeer 2, American Woodcock 1, Rock Dove 14, Mourning Dove 13, Eastern Screech-Owl 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 5, Northern Flicker 3, Blue Jay 11, American Crow 42, Horned Lark 20, Carolina Chickadee 30, Tufted Titmouse 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 4, Carolina Wren 11, House Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3, Eastern Bluebird 7, American Robin 24, Northern Mockingbird 8, European Starling 1200, American Pipit 15, Cedar Waxwing 35, Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 18, Eastern Towhee 5, Field Sparrow 20, Vesper Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 9, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 40, Lincoln's Sparrow 2, Swamp Sparrow 15, White-throated Sparrow 100, White-crowned Sparrow 150, Dark-eyed Junco 6, Northern Cardinal 35, Indigo Bunting 1, Red-winged Blackbird 850, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Rusty Blackbird 25, Common Grackle 90, Brown-headed Cowbird 60, Purple Finch 3, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 265, House Sparrow 15.

The grassland birds were primarily along the "farm road" that cuts across the bike path, particularly the segment west of the bike trail. Follow the bulldozed path as it bends south off of the farm road (well east of the bat box)back to the new ponds (currently dried-up). The birds were in the bare road bed, pond bed, and in the weedy fringes.

Date: Oct.22,1999
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

I was at the south beach at 8am and spotted a large raft of waterfowl in the lake. C. Loon 3, Pied-billed Grebe 30+, Horned Grebe 1, Green-winged Teal 30+, Mallard 50+, Northern Shoveler 3, Gadwall 30+, American Wigeon 50+. On the beach I had Great Blue Heron 8, Black Vulture 3, Turkey Vulture 20. Observed from the beach was Osprey 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Coots 300+, Killdeer 20+, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Dunlin 1 and 50+ American Pipits. At the twin ponds near the south park entrance were Purple Finch 8, Yellow-rumped Warblers, N. Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrows, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, House Finch and A.Goldfinch. The waterfowl were driven off by the boat traffic shortly after 9am. the best time to a ducke there is just at sunrise.

Date: 10/21/99
Location: East Fork (south side)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

A bit of owling produced 1 great horned and 1 eastern-screech, both heard only.
The great horned was heard near the turkey mgt. area and the screech was near the tailwater. Also an 8pt. buck was seen.

Date: Oct.20,1999
Location: Colerain Twp.
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

I had 10 Pine Siskins at my feeders today.

Date: 10/14/99
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve, Clermont Ctny
Reporter: Veronica Brannen
Other Birders:

yellow breasted chat, ruffed grouse.

Date: 10/16/99
Location: Cincinnat Nature Center
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: members of a Cincinnati Nature Center birds walk

I've come to believe that beautiful days mean mediocre birding. We had a gorgeous day, good company and nice but mostly ordinary birds. Good looks at both Nuthatches, both Kinglets and loads of Jays. Only the leader saw a Nashville Warbler so I don't think we can count it. It was sort of a Woodpecker kind of day since we either saw or heard all of them. Sparrows were scarce, oddly enough. We only found White-throated and Field Sparrows. We had a little luck with raptors- Red-tail, Red-shoulder, and Sharpie. I don't know where all of the Canada Geese came from but they were shoulder to shoulder on the lake.

Date: 10/19/99
Location: Withrow Nature Preserve
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

A brief stop before school (1 hour and 7 minutes), yielded 26 species. Highlights include 1 male Hairy Woodpecker at close range responding to psishing, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 Brown Creeper (my first for the season), 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1-2 Hermit Thrushes, 20+ Cedar Waxwings (3 separate flocks?), 10+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Bay-breasted Warblers.

Date: 10/18/99
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Had a small kettle of T. Vultures and Broad Wings circling around 2pm. Around 50 Vultures (may have had some Blacks in there) and at least 3 Broad Wings.

Have also seen many more Sharp-shinned and Cooper's in the neighborhood. Watched one chase a House Sparrow and another perched on my garage.

Date: Oct, 17, 1999
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip

Eleven members of our club joined in to tally 54 species of birds Sunday morning.
Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Blue Heron, Canada Gees, Turkey Volture, Osprey, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Wild Turkey, American Coot, Killdeer, Dunlin, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Eastern Screech Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker,Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Caroline Wren, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, American Pipit (30+), Cedar Waxwing, Starling, Tennessee Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Field, Fox, Song, Swamp, White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Cowbird, Purple Finch (20+), House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Date: Sun. 10/17/99
Location: Newtown Gravel Pit, Broadwell Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Pied-billed Grebe 8

Date: Sat. 10/16/99 11:30 am - 12:00
Location: Winton Woods Settling Basin
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Water Levels have increased. Waterfowl habitat improving.

Green-winged Teal 14 (starting t get breeding plummage, especially on head. Numbers seem higher than the molting birds present earlier.)

No. Shoveler 4

Killdeer

Date: Sat. 10/16/99 8:00-11:00am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Hilites: Good sparrow numbers.

Savannah Sparrow 14, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 50, White-crowned Sparrow 30, Lincoln's Sparrow 2 (also a bird singing whisper song, maybe a third bird), Swamp Sparrow 20, Song Sparrow many.

Other Birds: Turkey Vulture, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, N. Harrier 1, imm., Killdeer, No. Flicker, Red-b. Woodpecker, E. Phoebe 2, Horned Lark 15, Blue Jay, Common Crow, Carollina Chickadee, Mockingbird 6, Robin, E. Bluebird 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 14, Palm Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, house Sparrow, Redwinged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Cardinal, House Finch, Am. Goldfinch, Rufous-sided Towhee

Date: October 17, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

1 winter wren, 10+ yellow-rumped warblers 2 Lincoln's, 4 white-crowned, 2 swamp sparrows. Ruby crowned & golden crowned kinglets. Bob saw a brown creeper, a few palm warblers and a Catharus thrush earlier in the morning(species unkown).

Date: 10/17/99
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Glenn Redmer
Other Birders: Barb Redmer, Steven & James Richardson

This morning at about 10:30 we saw 3 American Avocet mixed with the gulls on the Oxbow lake. There were also about 100 GB Heron, 20 G Egrets, 6 DC Cormorants, 6 N Shovelers, and many RB Gulls.

Date: 10/16/99
Location: Gilmore Rd at Hamilton Mason Rd off Rt 4 BP
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: Andrea Dailey

Two meadowlarks on phonewire, two Coopers Hawks, a female Kestrel, and several Henslow's sparrows. Three red tails soaring low along Rt 4 bypass.

Date: 10/16/99
Location: Suspension bridge downtown
Reporter: tom uhlman
Other Birders:

Adult peregrine sitting on bridge

Date: Oct. 14,1999
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Bill Stanley

We had a very good count of sparrows this morning. Field, Song, Vesper, Savannah, White-throated, White-crowned, Lincoln's, Swamp and HOUSE. Also had a sparrow eater, Sharp-shinned Hawk. There is no water in the large ponds but several new ponds have water in them. They can be seen from the old farm road that leads to the bat box.

Bill Stanley found 18 American Pipits on the South beach of East Fork S. P. Wednesday morning (10-13-99)

Date: October 14, 1999
Location: Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Creasey
Other Birders:

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been sighted in the pines behind to Rowe Interpretive Building. Red-breasted Nuthatches remain in good numbers in the same area. No recent reports of the Red-headed Woodpeckers. They seem to have been replaced by noisy nomadic flocks of grackles enjoying the bounty of acorns.

Date: October 14, 1999, Thursday, 9:45 AM
Location: Roundbottom Rd. near Broadwell
Reporter: Bill Creasey
Other Birders:

One Black Vulture sighted flying low over the trees along the terrace above the gravel pits. May have just come off a roost. Typical field marks: "cut-off" tail, black head, and white circular patches on the underside of primaries. This along with frequent flapping distinguished it from the couple of Turkey Vultures seen nearby. Driving to work from a morning meeting I had no time to stop and do not know how many other vultures were in the area.

Date: Oct 13, 1999
Location: Acton Lake (Hueston Woods S.P.) 9:30-10:00AM
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

While checking on the three (still present) Franklin's Gulls at Acton this morning a large kettle of TVs began circling up on the morning thermal (we have nearly 500 TVs right now). In the middle of of the kettle soaring among the vultures was one Short-eared Owl! It looked like a big moth flapping to gain altitude but circled with the vultures eventually soaring out of sight with them. Also present were the first pipits of the year. Seven Pectral Sandpipers were still present as was the Snow Goose.

Date: 10/12/99
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Gary Hunt, Jerry Lippert

Sparrows: 6+ White Crown, 4 White-Throated, 6 Song; Am. Kestral; numerous robins, blackbirds and doves; 3 Downy Woodpeckers; Warblers: 2 Yellow-Rumped, 10 Palm; 3 Golden-Crowned, 2 Ruby-Crowned.

Also, saw (non-Red Tailed) buteos. One flew over Tylersville Rd. Another had lit on my house roof (West Chester). I only heard, then saw it fly around the house. By the time I rounded the house, it was gone. But the House Sparrows in the back yard were spastic!

Date: Monday, October 11, 1999, end of afternoon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Olivier DEBRE
Other Birders: Celine Michel

Lots of various Sparrows and allies: White-crowned, White-throated, Field, Song, Dark-eyed Junco
Also: American Crows, Mourning Doves, lots of Red-winged blackbird flying south or perching on the tree near the observation tower, Northern Harrier chasing low, Kildeers, 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee singing, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbirds, 1 Warbler quickly seen (yellow undertail, eyebrow, no wing bar), Cardinals, American Goldfinches

Date: 10/12/99
Location: Correction
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The date should read: 10/12/99! My computer's date was off.

Date: 8/12/99
Location: House, New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 DE Junco, 1 Pine Siskin at my feeder this morning (1st so far). Last week a RB Nuthatch visited the feeder.

Date: 10/8/99-10/11/99
Location: Caesar Creek Lake / Cowan Lake
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Visited Caesar Creek Lake early on 10/8/99- the Franklin's gulls that everyone else has seen landed in the beach area at sunrise. Nothing else of note. Cowan Lake viewing over 3 days showed dozens of YR Warblers, Carolina chickadees, TTitmice, WB nuthatches in good numbers, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, Downies, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, etc. Watched 2 Blue-headed Vireos chasing a GC Kinglet. Also saw 2 BTGreen warblers and a Tennessee Warbler. Turkey Vultures were in significant numbers on Friday, about 200 around the upper end of the lake.

Date: Oct 11, 1999
Location: Acton Lake (Hueston Woods S.P.)
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Casey Tucker, Jackie Nooker, Jan Trybula

Three Franklin's Gulls were among the Ring-billed Gulls at the lake today. The flock of Canada Geese containing the white phase Snow Goose was resting in the marsh area of Acton (north end). One DC Cormorant, one Coot, and about a dozen green-wing Teal were also noted. The first Junco's of the year were found near the nature center. Unfortunately duck hunting season is almost upon us and there are nearly a dozen blinds around the lake (in a state park!) so most of the birds will be gone soon.

Date: Monday, October 11, 1999; about 2:30PM
Location: Caesar Creek State Park
Reporter: Don Kinsman
Other Birders:

I went to see if the Franklin's Gulls were still there. There were 5 on the edge of the beach mixed in with probably a couple of dozen Ring-billed Gulls (I didn't count them). There was almost nobody else around and the birds were very quiet so I was able to slowly approach them over 15 to 20 minutes and got within about 25 feet before they walked into the water. They were finally sent into flight by a noisy young couple who came around the edge of a spit of land and plopped down where the gulls had been. The gulls simply flew a bit further down the beach. Very cooperative birds.

Date: October 10, 1999
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Forest: 2 junco, 1 phoebe, 1 sapsucker. Sparrows galore @ the Tall Grass trail. Similar sparrow numbers at the Wetlands: 15+ chipping, 25+ field, 4 Lincoln's, 5 or so each white-throated & white-crowned, 10+ swamp, numerous song. 2 Tennesse and 1 Orange-crowned warbler, 3 palm and 30+ yellow-rumped, 1 Nashville. 1 greater yellowlegs, 14 wood ducks... The biggest concentration of sparrows were eating the grass seed the park planted on the dike just off the Baughman Rd. parking area.

Date: 9/25/99 2:00 - 2:30 pm and at dusk
Location: Winton Woods Settling Basin
Reporter: Jay Gg. Lehman
Other Birders:

2:00-2:30pm: Great Blue Heron, Semipalmated Plover 1; Pectoral Sandpiper 3; Chimney Swift 20, Palm Warbler 1, Indigo Bunting 1

Still good mudflat habitat, water level quite low.

Dusk: Great Blue Heron 25, Killeer 30; Common Nighhawk 20, hawking insects over basin and mudflats

Date: 9/25/99; 10:15 am - 1:15 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland Area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Delayed Report Due to Illness:
Turkey Vulture-unusual plummage, adult bird with red head, but with first 2-3 primaries pure white. Not a Black Vulture. Found flying over nearby roost southwest of wetland east of Baughman Road.

Hedgerow boardering wetland and farm road: No. Harrier 1 imm., Am Kestrel 1, Killdeer 10, Mourning dove, Yellow-b-Cuckoo 1, No. Flicker, Red-b. Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Bank Swallow 2, House Wren 1, Carolina Wren 2, Mockingbird 4, Catbird 15, Brown Thrasher 1, Robin, White-eyed Vireo 2 (still singing!), Tennessee Warbler 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Yellow-rumper Warbler 1, Black-Thr. Green Warbler 1, Blackpoll Warbler 1, Pine Warbler 2, Palm Warbler 4, Co. Yellowthroat 15, Bobolink several chased up from prairie by harrier, overflight flock of 5 (icterids with "wink" call note), Scarlet Tanager 1, Cardinal 25, Indigo Bunting 3, House finch 2, Goldfinch 15, Savannah Sparrow 7 (farm road), Field Sparrow 5 Song Sparrow 10

Orange-crowned vs Tennessee: Tennessee: This bird was small, warbler size with warbler bill, olive greenish on wings, back rump tail, and crown with light yellowish underparts but with with white undertail coverts with eyeline and noticeable eyebrow streak. Orange-crowned: This bird was warbler size with warbler bill, uniformly olive greenish on upper parts (head,back, wings, rump, tail) without significant eyeline or eyebrown streak or wing bars, yellowish underparts with yellow under tail coverts.

Date: 10/9/99, 8:30 - 10:30 am
Location: Caesar Creek State Park; Beach
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Larry Gara, Wilmington

Franklin's Gull 7

Still present (here almost 2 weeks) mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls (about 140) on the beach. This is an excellent opportunity to see and study these birds. They can be seen easily at close range from the concrete path along the beach, and when few people are present, one can get within about 50 ft of the flock. According to Larry Gara, who originally found the flock, they have been here for about two weeks, which is unusual, because Franklin's Gull usually does not stay here very long during migration. These birds are either first winter or molting adults. In flight the white bar at the wing tips is not visible, because this is apparently lost after the breeding season.

Just in case anyone is interested....To distinguish these from Laughing gulls, which would be rarer here:

The white primary tips can be seen when the wings are folded, which laughing Gulls lack.
These birds have a more complete hood than Laughing Gulls in winter plummage.
These birds are smaller and shorter (shorter legs) with smaller bill than Laughing Gull.
In flight, Laughing Gulls have longer and more pointed wings and their primary tips are dark.

Date: 10/9/1999
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Eric Heineke
Other Birders:

Excellent view of a Brown Creeper crawling up a trunk of tree in plain sight at main feeding station of Rowe Interpretative Center.

Date: Oct 9, 1999
Location: Acton Lake (Hueston Woods S.P.)
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

A Franklin's Gull was found with the usual Ring-bills this morning in the NE corner of Acton Lake across from the boat marina. A single Snow Goose was in a large flock of Canadas in the corn field opposite the Hueston Woods Golf course.

Date: 10/7/99
Location: Harvey Rd., New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: 3?

1 Snow Goose (I think, it was slightly smaller than Canada, all white, stockier built, black wing tips) was among ~50+ Canada Geese that I had observed landing in a corn field this evening. The birds again took flight around dusk, heading west.

Date: 10/7/99
Location: New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A flock of 15 TV flew over the house heading due south. A closer look revealed one BW hawk.

Date: Oct 3
Location: Brookville and Huston Lakes
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders: Jay and Jack Stenger

A definite bird movement between 9-10 AM at Brookville resulted in 3 sharpies, 2 Coops, 1 Broad-wing, 1 Red-sholder, 400 Cormorants, 1500 Blue Jays, 6000 Blackbirds, 1 Red-head Woodpecker. The movement noticably stopped after 10. Normal birds otherwise, but there was 11 Franklin's Gulls at the north end of Brookville.

Date: 9/5/99
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

All were on trail around lake.

GC kinglet 5+, carolina wren 2, RB nuthatch 15+, WB nuthatch 6, titmouse 10, belted kingfisher, black-throated green warbler, black-and-white warbler, yellow-rumped warbler 5+

Date: Oct.5,1999
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

Birded around the twin ponds near the park office and found a good number of Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets plus White-crowned and White-throated Sparrows. Tennessee, Magnolia, Yellow-rumped, Palm and Common Yellowthroated Warblers also found there. 37 species seen from just around the ponds.

Date: Oct. 2, 1999
Location: Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Creasey
Other Birders:

One week ago I saw an adult Red-headed Woodpecker feeding on pin oak acorns along the oak allee. This is the original tree-lined drive into the Krippendorf estate. It is located between the Rowe Building and the gatehouse. Today there was an immature Red-headed Woodpecker feeding in the same area. Both birds were sighted at the end closest to the gatehouse.

Date: Saturday October 2, 1999
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

7 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 2 white-breasted. Also, an ovenbird was at the Edge Trail birdblind (is this a different ovenbird, my last CNC report was of an ovenbird at the Crop Fields birdblind).

Date: October 3, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jim Cooper, Bob Lacker

10 chimney swift, 1 yellow-bellied sapsucker, 7 flicker, 20+ tree swallow, 1 house wren, 3 golden-crowned kinglets, 6 catbird, 3 thrasher, 5 Tennesse wbls, 1 maggie, 20+ yellow-rumped, 3 black-throated green, 1 palm, 1 American redstart, 2 common yellowthroat, 1 scarlet tanager, 4 rose-breasted grosbeak, 3 indigo bunting, song & a few field sparrows, 6 white-throated sparrows, 3 white-crowned sparrows, (zero sharp-tailed ;-) 300+ house finch & a few hundred goldfinch in large, mixed flocks on the north side.

Jim found a yellow-billed cuckoo and Bob came up with a Lincoln's sparrow, a brown creeper, & a flock of migrating tree swallows, the number of which I forget--100+ comes to mind?

Date: 10/3/99 0900-1500
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery and East Fork State Park
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Went through Spring Grove in the a.m.- less common birds seen were RB nuthatches(8), Pine warbler, Purple finch(1), YB Sapsucker (4), eastern Pewee (singing briefly). At East Fork, saw 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 2 Caspian Terns .Looked for the Franklins gulls but did not locate them ( North and South beach).

Date: Oct.3,1999
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders: Oxbow Inc. field trip

Water levels are still very low which the herons love and the carp hate. Highlights of trip were: 50+/- Grt. Blue Herons, 10 Grt. Egrets, 20 BWTeal, Coopers Hawk, 3Redtails,2 Kestrels, 8 DCCormorants, 15 Horned Larks, 3 Indigo Buntings, 3 Savannah Sp., 1 Lincoln's Sp., and best of all- an adult Sharp-tailed Sparrow. The Sharptail was seen from 25 ft. in perfect sunlight for 10 seconds. The dark crown, dirty-orange face, throat and upper breast, gray face patch and collar were all seen. It was seen in a patch of tall weeds between the dirt road and the "Jackpot" pond. To get there, enter by the road near Argosy and folow the road till it splits and follow the road to the left until you reach the pond on the left.Look around in the tall weedsjust off the road on the pond side.
Later in the day (10:45-11:20 am) over Miamitown, a large movement of DCCormorant was noted. In that 35 minute period, 7 flocks were seen flying south ranging from 75 to 400 each for a total of approx. 1775 birds.

Date: Sat., Oct. 2, 1999 - 9/11:30 AM
Location: Cinti Nature Center
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: 2 from Lebanon, OH

6 Mallard on Lake Crosley; "bow-coo" Mourning Dove, T Titmous, C Chickadee, A Robin, B Jay, A Crow & other commoner's. At Park viewing blind: R-B & Downy Woodpecker's, several R-B Nuthatch's, 2 W-B Nuthatch's, 3 Ovenbird's, 2 W-T Sparrow's, many N Cardinals but no albino-headed speciman. Best sightings of the day: 1) Sharp-shinned Hawk flew into an oak tree 12 ft away & up 10 ft from me; 2) one female Evening Grosbeak
75 feet from Park blind.

Date: Oct.1,1999
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

I spotted 8 Franklin's Gulls on the south swimming beach along with 50+ Ring-billed Gulls. 60+ Killdeer were there untill a Peregrine Falcon flew over the area and landed in a tree.

Date: Friday, Oct. 1, 1999 - 3/3:45 PM
Location: Oxbow area, IN
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

First time here in many months - very surprised to see such extremely low water. 8 DC Cormorant's; 65 Great Blue Heron's; 5 Mallard; 3 N Shoveler's; 1 T Vulture; 2 Tree Swallow's; 6 A Crow; 200+ R-W Blackbirds and 876 dead carp.

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