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Sightings Log Archive: January 2000 - March 2000

Date: March 31
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

On March 31, a Pied-billed Grebe and D-c Cormorants were seen on the Little Miami River from Heekin Overlook (using a 60x scope). Also, 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, 1 Purple Martin, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Kestrel, several Red-taileds and TVs, as well as 2 Great Horned Owls. GH Owl is the third owl species of the week, following a vesper encounter with an Eastern Screech- and a nocturnal sojourn with a Barred Owl.

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Date: 3/30/00
Location: Crescent Springs, Ky
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

This can't be of much interest to Ohio birders but I had a Grey Catbird in my back yard. My first of the year.

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Date: the last week of March
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

Notable sightings from Ault Park in the past week include: Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, House Wren, Winter Wren, Brown Thrasher, Purple Martin, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (plus 5 species of woodpeckers), Common Loon (flyover), Double-crested Cormorants (flyovers), Bonaparte's Gulls (flyovers), and high numbers of Brown Creepers (not flyovers).
Perhaps the most interesting recent birding event here was 2 crows trying to subdue a Garter Snake. The snake fought back, despite being carried several feet at a time in one crow's beak, and eventually got away. Has anyone heard of or observed such behavior in crows before?

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Date: 3/29/00
Location: Oasis Golf course Miami Twp. Cler. Co.
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

Thought I would throw this sighting out since I haven't seen many sightings of Martins from around here yet. Along with 15+ Tree Swallows I had 5+ Purple Martins during the morning over the lake there.

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Date: 3/30/2000 12:00-1:00
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits/Nature Trail
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Spent lunch at CD. No number indicates not counted.

Ruddy Duck (3), Canada Goose, Mallard (2), Blue-winged Teal(7), Bufflehead (~20), Downy Woodpecker (1; excavating cavity), Belted Kingfisher (2), American Coot (~75), Common Snipe (1), Killdeer (1), Pied-billed Grebe (2), Mourning Dove, Turkey Vulture (2), Blue Jay, American Crow, American Robin, European Starling, Northern Mockingbird (2), Carolina Wren (2), Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow (7), White-throated Sparrow (2), Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle

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Date: Monday 3/27/00
Location: North Park (Off Summerside and Barg Salt Run Roads - Clermont County)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

Brown Thrasher seen and heard.

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Date: 3-28-00
Location: Mt. Lookout
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Dee Ann Gilmore

Chipping Sparrows have visited our backyard frequently since Monday.

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Date: March 15, 2000
Location: Ross High School
Reporter: Janice Broermann
Other Birders:

Three different times this particular week saw 8 Cedar Waxwings!

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Date: March 29, 2000
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm. Williamsburg, Ohio
Reporter: Tammie Stanley
Other Birders:

Northern Marsh Hawk

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Date: March 29, 2000
Location: Afton Ohio (North Entrance to East Fork State Park)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Two Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and a Brown Thrasher.

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Date: 3/29/2000 12:00-1:00
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Spent the lunch hour walking at CNC. Saw 10-12 Tree Swallows, ~15 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk and 1 Osprey.

I was getting in my car to leave when I saw movement above me through the trees. When it got into the clear I was surprised to see it was an Osprey. It was flying in a slow straight line to the NNE.

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Date: March 26th, 2000
Location: Fairfield Backyard
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders:

I also sighted our first Chipping Sparrow OTY on Sunday.

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Date: 3/26/99
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

My first Chipping Sparrow of the season showed up in my back yard on Sunday. It might have been there earlier but I was out of town for 15 days.

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Date: 3/26/00
Location: Summit Lake, Brookville
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

No Ross for me either. I missed the other Cincinnatians at Summit but I left about noon. There was a fishing tournament going on but the birds were still good to see. I also thought I found a Greater Scaup, lighter colored back, rounded head and "tooth".
A Ring-necked Pheasant was near the dam and 50+ Snipe at the nature area. A Loon had come over near the shore on the North Overlook and gave me a super look. An adult Bald Eagle was soaring over the fields west of Centerville. The female Osprey was sitting beside the nest at Brookville, I waited a short while but did not see the male.

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Date: 3/25/00- 0930-1030
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland trail
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Amber and Ryan Kolde

Walked the outer perimeter of the wetland area with my children, who are not serious birders, but were unusually cooperative. We saw several tree swallows, 1 barn swallow; song,field and a swamp sparrow; horned larks, about 12 snipe and a flock of 3 dozen pectoral sandpipers.
On a separate note, I was visiting in Beverly, Ohio along the Muskingum River and saw 2 purple martins near the Rt.339 bridge on 3/21/00.

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Date: Sunday, March 26, 2000
Location: Lost Bridge & Summit Lake
Reporter: Don Kinsman
Other Birders: Chuck Tirone

We saw the 3 White-fronted Geese at the Lost Bridge site just as described by Jay Lehman a few days ago. At about 7:45 AM just as we exited the car they flew right at us and landed in the water. They presented front side and back views over the next 15 to 20 minutes and were well seen with both binoclars and scope.

We went on to Summit Lake, but failed to find the Ross' Goose which was reported a few days ago.

The water was filled with fishermen in boats and there were waders at places as well. We have never seen that many out before. None, however, were racing their boats, most being completly still, and the watrefowl did not seem to be much disturbed by them.

Though the Ross' Goose eluded us there were quite a lot of other waterfowl present including: Pie-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe (1), Canada Geese (lots as always), Mallard, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Lesser Scaup (and maybe one Greater - the light was good and it seemed to have a greenish head but it was distant), Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck (1), Red-breasted Merganser and innumerable Coots. The only shorebirds we found were about 6 Pectoral Sandpipers.

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Date: March 25 & 26
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Spring is on the way. Just a few signs of spring are two Eastern Phoebes constructing a nest, and a Louisiana Waterthrush singing over a swift running stream. Both were on the east side of the park on March 26. On March 25 a lone Northern Tree Swallow was calling from the top of a dead tree located in the lake at the end of Clover Road.

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Date: March 25, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: George Humphreys

13+ green-winged teal, 7 blue-winged teal, 2 shovelers, 2 coot. George saw three hooded mergansers in south pond: 2 females and a male. 50+ mallard, 10+ black duck, 7 canada geese, 1 snipe, 10+ downy woodpecker, 2 rusty blackbirds, 100+ redwings, including 2 or 3 females, 20+ cowbirds, including 6 or so females (hooray!), 2 swamp sparrows--breeding plumage and singing. 1 robin carrying nesting material.

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Date: 3/24/00
Location: Caesar Crrek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Correction to the previous entry : the correct DeLorme grid numbers are 65 D7.

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Date: 3/24/00
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Two white-winged scoters were present at the Harveysburg Road Boat ramp today.
I observed the birds with a spotting scope from about 0900 to 1000 this morning and then again from 1130-1200.
Both birds appeared to be females although one individual allowed much better looks than the other. Most of their time was spent resting over deep water but the occasional wing flap did reveal the white secondaries.
Also present were four common loons, twelve red-breasted mergansers, two Bonaparte's gulls, mallards and Canada geese.
To reach the site take I-71 North to Exit 45 - head west until the sign for Harveysburg Rd. Turn right, the ramp is at the end of Harveysburg Rd.(DeLorme 74 A7.)

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Date: 3/24/00
Location: Shawnee Run Road, Madeira, (NIMBY)
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Barred Owl 1

Calling again at about 4:00 am., as reported previously. This time it was an alarm clock for a neighbor, and Not In My Back Yard.

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Date: 3/23/00; 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: Lost Bridge near Elizabethtown, OH
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

White-fronted Goose 3

These birds were first seen sitting on the bank of the gravel pit and then walking out into the big field with corn stubble to the left of the gravel pit. When I left at 6:30 pm, they were grazing the corn stubble with Canada Geese. The gravel pit is on the left aproaching the bridge over the Greater Miami River on the way to Shawnee Lookout Park.

These are really handsome birds!! The back lighting late in the day on a sunny day provided an extrodinary view. My previous sightings out of state (Delaware and New York) were of birds not in as high plummage as these. The orange legs are stunning, set off by the white, gray and black!

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Date: 3/23/00
Location: Miami Twp Cler.Cty area
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Today in the backyard some decent birds were 3 singing Pheobes, 120 Ring necked Ducks, 3 L. Scaup, and a pair of BW Teal. Only raptor was a RT Hawk. There is a single Snipe that has been around for a few days and at dusk 8+++ displaying Woodcock.

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Date: 3-22-00
Location: Summit Lake
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Joe & Audrey

There has been a sighting of a Ross's Goose at Summit Lake in Henry Co. In. This bird was seen by several birders from Sunset Lodge area and the boat ramp area on the south side of the lake.The bird was seen several days to prior to this report. So it might stick around for a few more.

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Date: March 23, 2000
Location: mouth of Little Miami
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

I discovered your web site last week. Love it! I live on a bluff across from the mouth of the Little Miami and have a scope. Saw a D-C Cormorant this morning floating around. During Feb., there were two Black Swans on the Ohio and the Little Miami. ??? Anyone missing them from their pond or park?!

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Date: March 22, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

One male Kestral near tracks. Not many waterfowl. Around 50 Ring-necked Ducks across the road in pond below landfill. Usual sparrows, blackbirds, robins, etc.

Many American Woodcocks in flight display near north parking lot. (and lots of fairy shrimp in the nearby small pond - no herps evident).

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Date: 3/22/00
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: S. Karam
Other Birders:

75+ waterfowl, including American coot, shoveler (2 pair), lesser scaup, blue wing teal, bufflehead, and ring-necked ducks. Also saw: eastern kingbird, two kestrels, and two flickers.

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Date: Mar.22,2000
Location: Lost Bridge
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

At noon today the 3 Greater White-fronted Geese that were seen last week were seen again on the graval pit lake. this lake is on left side of road when coming from route 50,just before going over Lost Bridge on way to Shawnee -Lookout park.They were with a group of Canada Geese

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Date: 3/22/00
Location: California Woods Nature Preserve
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

10am to Noon, partly cloudy, cool; Canada Geese 2, Turkey Vulture 1, Accipiter sp. 1, Mourning Dove 1, Great Horned Owl 1 (male), Belted Kingfisher 1 (heard), Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 (female inspecting an old nest hole), Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 3 (mobbing Great Horned Owl), Carolina Chickadee 15-20, Tufted Titmouse 2+, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 1, American Robin 5-10, Northern Cardinal 3+, Eastern Towhee 2, Song Sparrow 1, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, House Finch 1+, American Goldfinch 2+.

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Date: Tuesday, 3/21/00
Location: Lost Bridge Area, State Line Road, Hidden Lake
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Looked for White-fronted Geese at the gravel pit and river at dawn and dusk. Still not there as previously reported. Checked the pond on State Line Road and Hidden Lake in the evening.

At Hidden Lake: Horned Grebe 1, Pied-b. Grebe 2, a few Mallards.

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Date: 21 Mar 00
Location: Miami-Whitewater Forest
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders: Joanne Olman

There were two American Bitterns, one calling (at 11:30 a.m.), at the wetlands. There was also a good selection of land and water birds.

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Date: March 21, 2000
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

There were nine Common Loons on the lake below the saddle dam at 11:30 AM today. Most appeared to be in breeding plumage.

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Date: March 20, 2000
Location: Hueston Woods State Park
Reporter: Jackie Nooker
Other Birders:

Dave Russell had seen Horned Grebes and Common Loons on Acton Lake earlier in the morning. In the afternoon, I saw them and the following: 2 Bald Eagles (one adult, one immature) across the lake from the Sugar House, 6 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Bufflehead, many Red-breasted Mergansers, a Pied-Billed Grebe, Mallards, many coots, and many Canada Geese.

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Date: 3/18/00
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club

At the feeders at the bird viewing window we found Purple Finches, Fox, White-throated, and White-crowned Sparrows, Towhees, Juncoes, Cardinals,Goldfinches and Red-breasted Nuthatches. We raced down to the Sanctuary area to avoid the Duck Identification Classes and found Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, Lesser Scaup, Ring-necked Ducks, Mallards, Black Ducks, Wood Ducks, Gadwall and Great Blue Herons. Stanfield Lake had 30 plus Tree Swalllows, 4 Purple Finches, Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Ruddy Duck and Can. Geese. MacDonald Marsh had Gadwall, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, Mallards, Shovelers. Phoebes were common and the expected songbirds were abundant. The company was super and the weather was brisk but acceptable. It was a good day.

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Date: 3/20/2000
Location: California Woods Nature Preserve
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

With light rain between 11:15 am and 12:45 pm, I found: 3 Mourning Doves, 1 Great Horned Owl, 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 Blue Jay, 1 American Crow, 1 Carolina Chickadee, 4 Tufted Titmice, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch, 6 American Robins, 1 or more Yellow-rumped Warblers singing, and 1 Northern Cardinal.

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Date: March 20, 2000
Location: Shawnee Lookout Boat Ramp
Reporter: Glenn Redmer
Other Birders: None

Went looking for the Great White-fronted Geese this morning. No luck with the gravel operation in full gear. I did see 2 Black-crowned Night Herons at the Shawnee Lookout Boat ramp. Made the trip worthwhile.

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Date: Sunday, March 19, 2000
Location: Oxbow area
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Oxbow, Inc. field trip

The Oxbow, Inc. field trip today featured rain, the three Greater White-fronted Geese at Lost Bridge, rain, a Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebes, a Horned Grebe, and several Buffleheads at Hidden Valley, rain, a scattering of other waterfowl throughout the area, and rain.

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Date: Saturday, 3/18/00
Location: Oxbow area & Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

On 3/17/00 Morris Mercer told me he and Karl Maslowski, George Laycock and Jim Simpson had just returned from a visit to the Oxbow area and had seen 3 Greater White-fronted Geese on the gravel pit just west of Lost Bridge over the Great Miami River and north of Elizabethtown Rd. I put the sighting on the CBC hotline, but had little success in reaching many people. On Saturday morning 3/18/00 Jack and I easily found the 3 geese in the same location from the day before. In both sightings the geese were seen resting along a sand bar on the south side of the gravel pit in easy binocular range of the road. Other birds seen in the Oxbow area on 3/18 included Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Ducks, Am. Wigeon, Pintails, 8 Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, many Ring-necked Ducks, hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls and Tree Swallows. Raptors were very obvious and included many Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, 4 Black Vultures, 4 Cooper's Hawks, a Sharp-shinned Ha

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Date: 3/12/00 1500-1700
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Looked around the south area of Gilmore, did not see alot of bird activity. Notable birds were wood ducks, common snipe, several rusty blackbirds and a fox sparrow.

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Date: 3/8/00
Location: Rt. 68 near Springfield, by the Mad River
Reporter: Dan Scheffel
Other Birders: None

Traveling from Urbana back to Cincinnati I saw a Osprey perched in the grove of trees along the Mad River by Rt. 68 in midafternoon.

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Date: Wed. 3/8/00 9:30/11:00 AM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

First time birding in many weeks - couldn't resist the great weather!

Better birds: pied-billed grebe - 2; gr. bl. heron - 1; c. geese - 8; wood duck - 6; mallard - 6+; ring-necked duck - 60 +; hooded mergansers - 7 +; turkey vulture; mourn'g dove - 6. Plus c. chickadees, robins, mockingbirds, starlings and one each r-w blackbird, e. meadowlark and c. grackle. Was surprised by numbers of waterfowl on the sloughs.

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Date: Mar.8,2000
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

8 common snipe,1 redhead, 8 n.shovelers, mallards and canada geese.

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Date: 3/4/00
Location: Muscatatuck and point SE
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jenny Lanham

The birding started before daybreak with a Great Horned Owl atop a telephone post just west of Versailles. At Muscatatuck we found 3 Tree Swallows, 3 Phoebes, 2 Purple Martins, and few waterfowl - 1 Bufflehead, L.Scaup, Ring-necks, Pintail, Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, Black Ducks, Gadwall, Wigeon. Canadas of course. There was also an immature Bald Eagle. On the way home we spotted 17 Kestrals, 1 Harrier and on the west side of Lawrenceburg, on R.50 across from the Kroger shopping center there is a low spot that was flooded and had the best number of dabblers that we found. You can pull off into a small strip mall to view them.

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Date: March 2, 2000
Location: Corner of Erie & Edwards while sitting at my desk looking up out my huge window
Reporter: Mary Jo White
Other Birders:

A buteo hawk circling for five minutes.

Also, surprised a pair of wood ducks in the Ohio R. behind Flerlage Marine on Eastern Ave. below Collins Ave.

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Date: March 4, 2000
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve, SE Clermont County
Reporter: Veronica Brannen
Other Birders: J. Bowman, W. Bowman, D. Arapa, L. Meeks, D. Covert, J. Walker, H. Calhoun, M. Guilliani

Met at 6pm for "Woodcock Watch." Saw Eastern Towhee, pairs of Great Blue Heron, C. Geese, Beaver in Crooked Run Estuary. Heard many Woodcock peent-calls on all sides of trail. Then from 6:45 - 7:15pm, stood in wet meadow area, watched flight display of numerous males.

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Date: 3/5/00
Location: Killdeer Plains WA
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Spent about 5 hours looking around Killdeer Plains ( our first time here)- met some very pleasant people birding. An abbreviated list of the more interesting birds as follows:Long-eared owl/7,short-eared owl/3,harrier/8,rough-legged hawk/3,bald eagle/3,lesser yellowlegs/1,pectoral sandpiper/1, and a possible western meadowlark singing near the intersection of CH115 and CH68.

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Date: 3/03/2000; 8:00 am
Location: P&G Helathcare Research Center, Mason Montgomery Road north of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Reasonable waterfowl migration for this site:
Ring-n. Duck 15
Redhead 7 (3m, 4 f-imm.)
Lesser Scaup 4 (3m, 1 f)
Gadwall 8
Am. Coot 1

Last night 3/3:
Am. Woodcock 1 heard

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Date: 3-3-00
Location: Acton Lake, Hueston Woods
Reporter: Nathan Compton
Other Birders: Sean Surman

male blue-winged Teal mixed in with several green-winged teal sighted in marsh area of acton lake. Barred owl still seen on loop road.

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Date: 3/3/00
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Early AM trip yielded fair numbers of waterfowl- Canada Geese (200),Gadwall (75),Shovelers (40),Ring-necked ducks (50)and Mallards (75). Also present in much smaller numbers were N.Pintails, American Wigeon, Am. Black Ducks,Wood Ducks, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, Pied-billed Grebes and Coots.
Other new and/or notables included a feeding flock of 12-15 yellow-rumped warblers, tree swallows and a singing E. phoebe. Pine siskins, Fox sparrows and Red-breasted nuthatches (among others) were present at the visitors' center. No unusual raptors but nice looks at a N. Harrier.

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Date: 3/1/00
Location: Brookville area
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Mary Drago (my mother)

Mother and I went for a short visit up into Indiana and made a swing by Summit Lake SP and Brookville Res. Both were so quiet that I couldn't believe it, just a handful of Can. Geese, Mallards, 1 Black Duck, Goldeneyes, Scaup, Gadwalll, Ring-necks, & Coots. Brookville was no better.
But! On the way out of Brookville we passed the heronry on the east side of 52 South of town. There was a large flock of GBH's flying in and out of the trees checking out the nests. I counted 38 at one time. With all of the coming and going they were down to 21 by the time we left. There were also Turkeys on the ground in the vicinity.

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Date: 3/1/2000
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

During a lunchtime walk I saw two calling Red-shouldered Hawks that might be a pair. Also, saw 1 Pine Siskin at one of the feeders by the center.

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Date: 2/27/00
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

A pair of hawks has been hanging out in my neighborhood, I am pretty sure they are Red-Shouldered. The last 5 years these birds (or ones similar) have nested right out in back of my house, but this year I haven't seen a nest.

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Date: 2/25/2000
Location: P&G HealthCare Research Center, Mason Montgomery Road north of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Am. Woodcock 1, first display at site

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Date: 2/24/2000
Location: P&G HealthCare Research Center, Mason Montgomery Road north of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Red-w. Blackbird 1, first on territory
Killdeer 1, first flight display at site

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Date: 3/1/2000
Location: P&G HealthCare Research Center, Mason Montgomery Road north of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Red-w. Blackbird 4 on territory, Killdeer 1 flight display

Canda Goose 30, Mallard 30, Gadwall 20, Ring-n. Duck 22, N. Shoveler 2 (m & f), Coot 1

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Date: 02/29/2000
Location: Spring Valley wildlife area
Reporter: Patti Niehoff
Other Birders: David Styer

We'd just seen red-winged blackbirds and song sparrows in the wetlands area, and were about to leave, when we heard this squawking sound in the sky.

We put up the binocs quickly, and there were 3 Sandhill Cranes!!!

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Date: 2/28/2000
Location: East Fork Breeding Bird Survey
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Block # 3: Some highlights of the birds I found included an Eastern Screech-Owl that responded to my Barred Owl imitation in the middle of the afternoon, i.e., 3:03 pm!!! Other birds of note were 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 3 Northern Flickers (courtship & display), 1 Pileated Woodpecker and at the end of the north boat ramp - 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 American Coot, 2 Canada Geese, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 8 Ring-billed Gulls.

Note: Block #3 is on the righthand side of the road as you face the north boat ramp and goes all the way past the horseman's parking lot (90+ acres).

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Date: 26 Feb 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

There were at least 7 Woodcock displaying in and along the mown path heading SE from the parkinglot on Gilmore Rd. Several more were in the field across the road, and several more still in the fields just north of the railroad tracks.

The bird's activity picked up while it was still quite light (due to their high density?) so it was easy to observe their displays, which started about 6:40 (sunset was about 6:30).

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Date: 2/27/2000
Location: Newtown Gravel Pits-Broadwell Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Additions:
Co. Grackle 25
Cooper's Hawk -1 (ad.)

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Date: 2/27/2000
Location: East Fork State Park-Red Fox (Bridle) Trail several locations
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Turkey Vulture 1, Am. Woodcock 1, Turkey 1, Red-b. Woodpecker 2, Carolina Chickadee, Fox Sparrow 2, R-s. Towhee 3, D-e. Junco 40

Note: Access to the lake was shut down on Sunday afternoon due to high water, apparently until this coming weekend.

Not much bird activity, but a few things of interest. This was a presurvey of my assigned breeding survey area. Almost stepped on the Woodcock along the trail. Just as I saw it almost underfoot, it flew into the woods. The Turkey was seen at about 4:15 pm along the north entry road to the boat ramp near Half Acre Road, just south of the campground entry road. The Fox Sparrows were in wet woods with heavy wild rose brambles.

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Date: 2/27/2000
Location: Newtown Gravel Pits-Broadwell Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Greater Scaup 3

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Date: 2/27/2000; 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 3 (very few), Gadwall 4, Am. Widgeon 5, Ring-n. Duck 40, Lesser Scaup 1, Bufflehead 22, Hooded Merganser 4, Turkey Vulture 1, Red-t. Hawk 2, Am. Kestrel 1 (m), Coot 63, Killdeer 2 (flight display), E. Bluebird 3, Golden cr. Kinglet 1, Common Grackle 1,

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Date: February 23, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

6 woodcock (probably more), 1 killdeer, 5 snipe, 4 grackle, 100+ red-winged blackbirds. Woodcock can be found and heard from the Gilmore Road parking lot and all along the west pond trail.

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Date: 2/23/00
Location: House, New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 American Woodcock dancing above the yard this evening.

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Date: 2/23/00
Location: Spring Valley / Caesar Creek Res.
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Spring Valley - Canada Geese (80), Mallards(15), American Black Duck(4),N. Shoveler(4),Gadwall(5),Green-winged teal(8)along with a common snipe,2 killdeer and the expected songbirds and raptors.
Caesar Creek (East campground boat ramp)- Horned grebe(4),Bufflehead (2),Common goldeneye (8),Lesser Scaup(1)and numerous ring-billed gulls.
A great spring morning.

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Date: 2-22-00
Location: Heekin Overlook at Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

Species seen on Tuesday the 22nd include Killdeer, Mallard, Black Duck, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Ring-necked
Duck, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Common Goldeneye, Northern Shoveler, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, and Ring-billed Gull. On Monday the 21st, Turkey Vulture, Belted Kingfisher, and Herring Gull were also observed.

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Date: 12/22/00
Location: Downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders:

5 Sandhill Cranes flying up the Ohio River at midday. Would these birds be migrating or wintering birds???

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Date: Feb 21, 00
Location: Brookville Lake Boatramp at Whitewater and Mounds Beach
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

A fantastic day to be birding! I missed the Golden Eagle (singing or otherwise!) however, the numbers of ducks and geese were the best of the year! 74 Snow Geese (18 blue phase), over 3500 Canada's, 75+ Common Mergs, 40+ RB Mergs, 13 Hooded Mergs, several thousand Mallards as well as nearly 1500 Black Ducks; 110+ Pintail; 150+ wigeon; 6 Wood Ducks; one shoveler; 8 Canvasback; 25+ Redheads; 65+ Goldeneye; 30+ L. Scaup; 55+ Ring-necked Ducks; 25+ Bufflehead; 5 Gadwall; one Mute Swan; but no teal or Ruddy Ducks found. Over 100 RB Gulls-five Herring-but no Bonapart's.

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Date: 2/21/00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I watched a pair of cooper's hawks soaring and then flying overhead in perfect unison. No merlin but there was a third cooper's, mature, who was perched, calling for about 5 minutes.

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Date: 2/21/2000 12pm-1pm
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits/Nature Trail
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There was 2-5 RT Hawks visible during most of the hour. At one point 4 of them were kettling. There was 6 Turkey Vultures. The pintail was hanging out in the middle of around 30 A. Coots. There was certainly a greater variety of ducks but most were on one of the ponds that is farther from the overlook area and I don't have a scope.

Canada Goose, Northern Pintail, Bufflehead, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Blue Jay, American Crow, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal












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Date: Feb. 21, '00
Location: Winter Park, FL
Reporter: Bode
Other Birders:

I was driving near a road when I saw a about 7 turkeys,1 seagull, and a cat with half a tail and spots on his feet that make him look as though he is wearing socks playing croquet as a penguin played the piano and the Golden Eagle at the Farfield Causeway sang all the songs from the soundtrack "Beaches".

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Date: 2/19/00
Location: Brookville Reservoir
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

The bird of the day was a Golden Eagle at the Fairfield Causeway, sitting on the ice on the north side. An immature Bald Eagle was sitting on the ice on the south side until chased off by the Golden. The Golden flew over my head and I could clearly see the all dark underneath (no white patches) and banded tail. Be careful, there are at least two Bald Eagles, there. One sub-adult and the already mentioned immature. There were also hundreds of waterfowl including one Mute Swan and 13 Snow Geese and 3 Blue phase Snows (best seen from the Whitewater St.Park boat ramp into the reservoir). There were at least 23 Common Mergansers, 7 Red-breasted Mergs, many
Hooded Mergs, C.Goldeneyes, Red Headed Ducks, Lesser Scaup, N. Shovelers, N. Pintails, Mallards, Black Ducks,Gadwall,
Wigeon, Bufflehead. The best views of the waterfowl were from the Dunlapsville Boat ramp and the Whitewater boat ramp.
There were 3 Woodcock dancing along the road to the beach at The Mounds.

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Date: 2-20-00
Location: Heekin Overlook at Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

The inundated floodplain of the Little Miami River has yielded several unusual sightings from Heekin Overlook at Ault Park. Species observed on the afternoon of February 20th in the flooded fields north of the Beechmont Levee include Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Mallard, Black Duck, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, American Coot, Canada Goose, and a single white phase Snow Goose. Two Ruddy Ducks were also observed on Saturday the 19th.
The waterfowl are best viewed through a spotting scope as the great distances can render binoculars virtually useless. If you do not own a spotting scope or just want closer looks, I recommend driving north on S.R. 32 from Beechmont Avenue and pulling over wherever you can to scan for birds in the flooded fields.
The most impressive sighting of the afternoon was a first-year Northern Goshawk, which was observed in full soar, glide, and active flight, moving north over the valley. I have a good amount of experience with all three North American accipiters, having conducted the fall hawkwatch at Cape May, NJ. I am certain of this identification. If searching for this bird in the area, be aware that both immature Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks have been commonly observed here throughout the winter.

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Date: 2/19 - 2/20/2000
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Julie Frazier
Other Birders: Gary Frazier

bufflehead, hooded merganser, 2 pine siskin, goldfinch, kingfisher, gadwall, shoveler, N.harrier, lots of cardinals, junco, crow, canada geese, house finch, mallard, black duck, 3 swans, sparrows-fox,song,tree,white crowned,white throated,and field, blue jays, pied billed grebe, chickadees, titmouse, purple finch, white & red breasted nuthatches, towhee, carolina wren,
red-bellied,downy,&red headed WP, mourning dove, 2 meadowlarks, red tailed hawk, ring necked duck, mockingbird, bluebird, great blue heron, robin
Most seen on auto tour and at learning center feeders.

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Date: 2-18-00
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Nathan Compton
Other Birders:

On loop rd: Two coopers hawks and red-tail waiting out the rain perched above road.
On acton lake near mud flats(only part not covered with ice) 4-6 american wigeons, 6 common golden eye, 1-2 redhead, 2-4 green winged teal, black ducks, gadwall, and of course mallards and canada.

This list thing is great.....

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Date: 2/17/2000
Location: Oxbow Area
Reporter: Denis Conover
Other Birders: Dave Styer

peregrine falcon, harrier, hooded and common mergansers, pintails, gadwalls, black vultures, fox sparrows, etc.

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Date: 2-16-00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

Single male White-winged Crossbill was found today in sec 56. The Coopers Hawk, Imm Red-tail, Kestral, and Great Horned Owl were all present but no sign of the Merlin.

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Date: 2/16/00
Location: SR 132 New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

25+ Black Vultures 1/2 way between New Richmond and Amelia on St. Rt. 132.

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Date: February (Sunday) 13, 2000
Location: Spring Valley at the Boardwalk and Tower
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Cass and Bill(?) Daley from Cincinnati

Northern Shrike 1: Seen between about 10:00 - 11:00 am. after the fog rose enough to improve visibility but before the down pour began. Other birds: Harrier, Song Sparrow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufter Titmouse,Mo. Dove, Brown Creeper, Cardinal. The marsh area was very quiet due to the shrike hunting the area. It seemed to be hunting in a circle typicla of shrikes that included the area in the vicinity of boardwalk and the tower. There were also hunters with dogs in the woods nearby, but the shrike did not seem to mind.

Shrike Identification notes: Seen at 60X in telescope at about 100-150 yards. Mask did not extend above the top of bill in front as in Loggerhead Shrike. The mask narrowed toward the base of the bill as in Northern Shrike. Slightly larger bird than typical Loggerhead. The bill was dark (black) and the lower mandible may have been slightly lighter near the base, but this was hard to see on a relatively dim, cloudy day. Viewed from the back, the rump was noticeably lighter/whitish relative to the gray back. This is consistent with a Northern Shrike rather than a Loggerhead Shrike, for which the rump would typically be gray as the back. The behavior was consistent with Northern Shrike. The bird frequently flipped its tail as it turned from side to side while it was hunting/surveying the area for prey. See description of this behavior in The National Geographic guide.

Barring was either absent or very difficult to see, given the lighting conditions. However, it is my understanding and experience that the barring is not always evident and is more noticeable in immature birds. The plummage of this bird appears to be that of an adult. Immature birds are browner but this birds appeared to be gray on the crown, back and rump, etc, with no trace of brown.

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Date: 2/14/00
Location: Shrike at Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

A very important factor in explaining the sighting of this bird I neglected to stress was the weather conditions- it was fairly breezy (which may have affected the bird's flight patterns, as well as when it was perched),which also made for watery eyes.Lighting was very good, almost too bright with the snow cover. I did catch a dorsal view right before the shrike flew and the rump seemed very pale.I thought I saw very faint barring on the chest but once.My gut feeling was a Northern Shrike (nothing like sticking your neck out)

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Date: 2/12/00
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jenny Lanham

Jenny and I were the "unknown birders". One thing that Ron didn't mention that I noticed was that the mask did not extend above the eye nor across the bill. Also, and I don't know if it means anything but it was definitely lighter in color below the mask than above, actually white. My impression was that it seemed larger and lighter than I expect a Loggerhead to be and farther north at this time of the year. I hope someone will make a call on this dude.

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Date: 2/12/00 0800-1600
Location: Cowan Lake, Caesar's Creek, Spring Valley WA, CJ Brown Reservior
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde, 2 unknown (Spring Valley)

Started at Cowan Lake SP, completely frozen over- proceeded to Caesar's Creek Lake, nearly all frozen but for one area just south of the Rt. 73 bridge-there were mallards,black ducks,canada geese,goldeneyes, redheads,widgeon, a gadwall and a RB Merganser.Spring Valley WA had a Shrike at the marsh area- this bird was argued over for differences between Loggerhead vs Northern- flight was somewhat rolling, bobbed its tail intermittently,head appeared rounded, bill did not seem long relative to head size. This bird was fairly active, flying from one perch to the next every 30 seconds or so. A stiff breeze was blowing, which didn't help with viewing. I would like to hear if someone else positively can ID this bird. The shrike flew in a pattern at all points about 50 yards out from the elevated viewing platform. Please let me know if anyone ID's this bird! At CJ Brown, the inlet to the lake was open-there were 8 GB Herons, 8 Common Mergansers, 4 RB Mergansers and 4 Hooded Mergansers.

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Date: Feb 12, 2000
Location: Brookeville Lake
Reporter: Holly Daltabuit
Other Birders:

At the Mounds State Recreation Area there were at least 10+ snow geese on some open water opposite the beach. Both white and blue phase birds. Also on the water: common merganser, hooded merganser, pied-billed gebe, northern pintail, wigeon, common goldeneye, redhead, black duck and of course mallards and canada geese. A lone black vulture was also sighted near the beach.

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Date: 02/12/00
Location: Sugar Camp Road and Route 50/Perintown
Reporter: Mary Butts
Other Birders: George and Greg Butts

A flock of approximately 70 wild turkeys

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Date: Thur.Feb.10,2000
Location: Rt.32 in Batavia
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

I was driving through Batavia on a wild gyrfalcon chase and saw a mixed flock of abt. 40 vultures leaving their roost in the wooded hills. It looked like a fairly even mix of blacks and turkeys. Of course, I did not find the albino Redtail- I mean gyrfalcon- in Portsmouth.

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Date: 2/12/00
Location: miami whitewater wetlands
Reporter: tom uhlman
Other Birders:

1 woodcock

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Date: February 5, 2000
Location: Shawnee Run Road, Madeira
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Another Sign of Spring:

Common Grackle 1, lone bird, "singing" if that's the right word for a grackle's squawks. Since it was not part of a flock, it seems that it was setting up territory.

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Date: Febuary 12th 2000
Location: East Fork North Beach
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders: Drew Foppe

Lots of waterfowl off the north beach. Around 400 Geese I would guess. 1 Greater Wf Goose with the Canada's and then best of all there were 10 Snow Geese with 4 being white and 6 Blue. They were in a flock by themselves and not with any Canada's. Lots of Mallards, Blacks, and Ring necked Ducks.

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Date: Feb. 10, 2000
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm Williamsburg Oh.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

30 Chipping Sparrows feeding in long grass.

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Date: February 10, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

No woodcock... drats... a couple nice flocks of male redwing blackbirds, though. maybe 150 birds, total, plus three grackels.

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Date: Feb. 10, 2000
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm Williamsburg OH
Reporter: Tammie Stanley
Other Birders:

American Woodcock

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Date: 2/10/00
Location: Bethel, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 female Northern Harrier seen ~ 2-3 miles west of Bethel on St. Rt. 232 (south of St.Rt. 125) at around 1:30pm. This is the second time I have seen Harriers at this location. Last fall, I was surprised when a male NH flew right through the backyard. I am seeing more and more of this species around Southern Clermont Co.

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Date: 2/9
Location: Amelia, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The goose was gone this afternoon, but there are weird mallard sized Canadas still there (?snow may be some hybrid domestic).

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Date: 2/5/00
Location: The Wilds
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jeff Hayes

Last Saturday Raptor, Inc. sponsored a field trip to the Wilds led by Jeff hayes. Two inches of snow had fallen the evening prior which may account for the low numbers of short-eared owls seen but illuminated the other raptors. Innumerable rough-legged hawks were seen and two banded. Northern harriers and redtail hawks were seen. An occupied great horned owl's nest was discovered as well as a pair of redtails building their nest. It's a beautiful grassy area well worth the three hour trip.

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Date: February 6, 2000
Location: Union & Wayne Counties, Indiana
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

Thousands of Horned Larks and 15+ Snow Buntings were seen along the rural roadsides of 9-Mile Rd., Rt. 227, Rt.122 and the Richmond Airport on Sunday from about 11am-1pm. We saw no longspurs, but Bill Buskirk, who we ran into, has several recent reports from this same area.
The birds were widespread and we saw 50+ flocks of Horned Larks numbering anywhere between 25-250 birds. All of the Snow Buntings we saw were mixed in with the Horned Lark flocks, mostly individual birds, but one flock had 3 and two other flocks had 2 each. All of these birds were easy to see as the snow covered fields had pushed them to the roadsides.
From US 27 in W. college Corner go north on US 27 about 1 mile and turn right onto 9-Mile Rd. Follow 9-Mile(which is actually about 7 miles long) to Rt. 227. A left turn onto 227 will take you to Richmond Airport(about 5 miles). Rt 122 both east and west of 227 was also very good.

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Date: 2/9/00
Location: Amelia, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Blue Phase Snow Goose among ~50 Canadas with domestic ducks in grassy yard/field on OH SR 132 N of SR 125. (saw it fly in with them)

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Date: February 6, 2000
Location: I-275 eastbound, just south of Amelia exit.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Adult Red-shouldered Hawk sitting about 5 ft. in a young tree (sapling or pole-sized) at the edge of the highway, facing traffic.

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Date: Feb. 7 2000
Location: East Fork State Park North side
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

One light phase Rough-legged Hawk.
On Feb. 6 there were two Northern Harriers in the Williamsburg area. One male and one female.

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Date: 2/5/2000 8:30AM-5:00PM
Location: Southeast Indiana & Southwest Ohio
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Trip List: Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Rusty Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Details: Turkey Vultures (12), Rough-legged Hawk (1), and Northern Harriers (2) at Miami Whitewater Wetlands.

Black Vultures (11), waterfowl, grebe, and pipit (1) at Whitewater River near Brookville and in spillway at Brookville Dam (lake frozen over!).

Peregrine Falcon (1), Black Ducks (6), and Snow Buntings (3) at Sugar Camp in Hueston Woods SP.

Blackbird flock (20 Red-wing, 60 Rusty, 6 Brewer's [4 male, 2 female], 15 cowbirds, 1 meadowlark) and horned larks (25) in field on Golden Rd. just east of IN 101. From the Scenic Overlook (Army Corps of Engineers office) at Brookville Lake, proceed north on IN 101 for ~1 mile (passing a medical center at ~.4 mi). Turn right on Golden Rd. and look for the cattle standing out in a fenced-in field (on your right). The birds seem to favor the steaming remains of cattle supper!

Horned Larks (1200+), Snow Buntings (10+), and Lapland Longspurs (1+) on E. McDill Rd. in Union Co., IN. The birds were seen in a field to the north of E. McDill, between N300 and Stone Rd. From West College Corner, IN proceed ~1.3 miles north on US 27. Turn left on Mc Dill and proceed for ~1 mile, passing Stone Rd., and crossing the railroad tracks. Immediately after crossing the tracks, scan the fields to your right, up to N300 and beyond.

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Date: Feb.6,2000
Location: MWF Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

A light-phase Rough-legged hawk continues to be seen along the farmroad, along with 2 imm.and 1 adult male Harriers.
The fields around P&G Miami Valley Labs continue to host 250+ Horned larks but I couldn't find anything else in with them today.The farmer has spread manure on the field and the birds are feeding in that. Since the manure is spread over a few hundred yards, a scope is necessary to see the birds at the back of the field.

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Date: February 6, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Mark Stephens

4 fox sparrows, 4 white-crowned, swamp, American Tree and song sparrows. 4 Carolina wren, 2 Robin, 2 cardinals.

3 of the 4 fox sparrows were in the ditch along the canal dike east of the observation tower, kicking among leaves right below the snow line.

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Date: 2/5/00 9am-12pm
Location: East Fork
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

Species seen today include PB Grebe, GB Heron, Turkey Vulture,1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE(see below), C. Goose, Gadwall, AM. Widgeon, Black Duck, Mallard, GW Teal, RN Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded and Common Mergansers, 1 jv. Bald Eagle, RS Hawk, RT Hawk, Coot, Killdeer, RB Gull, M Dove, GH Owl, Pileated WP, Crow, Chickadee, Titmouse, Bluebird, Robin, Starling, Mockingbird, YR Warb, Song Sparrow, WT Sparrow, Junco, Cardinal, and Goldfinch. I think thats all.

Ok the Greater White fronted and the Bald Eagle were both off the the Camp Ground beach. There was also a Domestic Goose that probably can be confused with the GWFG that was on the beach but this bird flew with the C. Geese and was a Greater white fronted.

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Date: 2/4/00
Location: Camp Dennison - swans?
Reporter: Bill Heck
Other Birders:

A question rather than a sighting - has anyone located the swans (or snow geese) recently at Camp Dennison?

Thanks in advance for any news.

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Date: 2/4/2000
Location: Socialville-Foster / Columbia intersection Mason, Oh
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: The rest of Digineer, Inc.

Our Ring-necked 'flock' has grown to 7. Six male and one female. Plus a pair of Mallards. And 15 to 450 Canada Geese (depending on the time of day).

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Date: 02-02-00
Location: US 52 West
Reporter: Greg Ryder
Other Birders:

I'm looking for some birders in the Portsmouth area. I have just moved here and have been out birding a few times along the Scioto & Ohio Rivers.
From my car this morning I saw 17 Great Blue's, 1 imm. Red-Tail, 1 Rough-Legged Hawk, countless rock doves and starlings.
Anyone who would like to do some birding with me please e-mail me. Thanks and Happy Birding.

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Date: 12/39/00
Location: Muscatatuck and areas east
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

The Common Redpoll was in the feeder area early in the a.m. I understand it was not found later - several people looked for it including me. A good sparrow day, Fox, White-throated, White-crowned, Song, Swamp, Savannah, and Tree. An immature Bald Eagle, 2 Red-tails, 1 Red-shoulder, and 1 Barred Owl. The only waterfowl visible were hundreds of Can. Geese. There were many ice fishermen so possibly the Swans had gone to the Sanctuary area. There were several others birds of course but nothing that I didn't already expect.
Some really good birding was to found along the roadsides east of the refuge. I found hundreds of Horned Larks, at least 2 doz. Lapland Longspurs, and 5 or 6 Snow Buntings. Also I found 1 beautiful Rough-legged Hawk.
Returning home and going through Lawrencebur, IN. I found a Rough-legged in the large open field on the south side of Rt. 50 across from the Kroger shopping center. I pulled into a little strip mall that backs up to that field and got a good look at the hawk.

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Date: 1/31
Location: I-71 at 275 exit (westbound)
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders:

For second time in 2 months at this spot, I saw what appears to be a peregrine falcon, but I am driving on the exit ramp, so cannot be sure...Today, sitting high in bare tree facing west, last time, sitting on light pole. Seemed too small to be red tail, and appears to have sideburns, could not see tail. Anyone else see this lately?

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Date: 1/31/2000
Location: Mason, Ohio
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jim Hopkins

We have had two male Ring-necked Ducks on our small (runoff) pond/fountain at work all morning. They are diving under the ice (feeding) and coming up back at the fountain (the only open water). (They are a bit skiddish when the blinds go up or down)

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Date: 1/29/00
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve - SE Clermont County
Reporter: Veronica Brannen
Other Birders: Donna Covert

Flock of 10 - 15 Bluebirds, 11 Great Blue Heron, 3 Bufflehead, Mallards, Kingfisher, Ring-billed Gulls, Robin, Blue Jay, Titmouse, C. Chickadee, White-throated sparrow, C. Geese, Junco, Red-bellied, Woodpecker. Mature Eagle seen 1/28.

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Date: 1/29/00 0900-1700
Location: East Fork Lake, Indian Creek WA, Rocky Fork Lake, Paint Creek WA
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Stopped at East Fork to look for waterfowl first, birds seen were a Mute Swan, 12 PB Grebes, coots and about 200 mallards. There was a large flock of juncos & tree sparrows at the North Beach parking lot. Along Rt. 68 in Mt Orab found a group of 8 Rusty Blackbirds with a few Common Grackles. Drove through Indian Creek WA, found 2 Fox sparrows with 2 towhees and mixed sparrows. Rocky Fork lake was nearly completely frozen but for one area by the North beach,which held several hundred mallards and many black ducks, 1 A. Widgeon, 3 Gadwall,6 Goldeneyes, 12 Ruddys,6 H. Mergansers,1 GB Heron and 2 Bald Eagles. One was feeding on a coot. Saw 2 wild turkeys on Skeen Rd, along with a male Harrier. At Paint Creek WA, saw 3 Harriers, 2 were males. Got to see one feeding on a meadow vole.
One flock of 7 Horned larks outside of New Petersburg.

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Date: 1/28/00
Location: Office at Conrey/E. Kemper rds.
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Over the course of this week I had a Chipping Sparrow visit my feeders, as well as a Rufous-sided Towhee. Lots of Tree Sparrows,Song Sparrows and WT Sparrows, as well as House Sparrows and the inevitable Dumpster Quail (starlings) unfortunately.

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Date: 01/30/00
Location: Stonlick Twp. Clermont County
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

With the snow on the ground I decided to put out a little extra bird seed today. Usually just in the feeders but decided to throw some on the ground to see what would come and I was surprised. Birds feeding on the ground were Doves, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Starlings, many Cardinals, 4 Towhees(possibly a couple of others but 4 seen at one time), 5 Tree Sparrows, 12 Song Sparrows, 10 White throated Sparrows, 20 DE Juncos, 3 Rusty Blackbirds(1m,2f), and 1 UNID. Blackbird which I'm pretty sure is a Grackle. All those species are either in higher numbers or usually not seen at the feeders at all. Probably because of the snow and the seed on the ground. Also walked through our yesterday and with the 20+ Song Sparrows I found 4 Swamp Sparrows with them.

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Date: January 29, 2000
Location: near P&G Miami Valley Lab-E. Miami River Rd.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders, Dave Styer

Unfortunately, didn't find any longspurs, but horned lark numbers were similar to those posted by Paul Wharton, yesterday. Also, 1 snow bunting, 4 pipits, 1 harrier, 1 kestrel, which delighted in scattering the birds hither and yon. 4 white-crowned sparrows.

@ Miami-Whitewater Wetlands: 1 harrier, 1 red-tail, 6 bobwhite quail.

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Date: 01/29/00
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

Stopped by the pits around 9am. From where I was I couldn't see right behind the dike area in the middle but I did not see the Swans nor the Snow Goose, they still could be around. What I did see were many C. Geese, a few Mallards, and a few RB Gulls. Other birds on other lakes were a pair of Mute Swans and hundreds more Geese.

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Date: 1/27/2000 4:15-5:00 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Crosbills are still present in the spruces and hemlocks along the main (white hash-marked) drive. I saw at least 3 (2 male,1 female) White-winged Crossbills, and got a good (if somewhat brief) look at 1 male Red Crossbill. They didn't stay in one spot for long, travelling from sections 52 and 53 uphill to 77, then 97, and eventually out of sight.

The White-winged Crossbills were fairly vocal, which gave away their location in the first place.

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Date: 1/27/00
Location: Camp Dennison/East Fork St.Pk.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Lynette Armstrong

A Snow Goose has been added to the mix at the open water at C. D. This morning at 10AM there were 500+ C. Geese sitting on the ice along with the Tundra & Whooper Swan. At East Fork St.Pk. we spotted a Northern Harrier over the fields being chased by a Red-shouldered Hawk. In the lake were 400+ Mallards, 12 C. Geese, 5 Bufflehead, 12+ Pie-billed Grebes, Coots, 4 Goldeneyes, 30+ Black Duck, 6 Gadwall and 3 RB Gulls. The edge of the lake is begining to freez over and the mix of ducks should begin to increase because the boaters will not flush them off the lake.

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Date: Thurs. Jan.27,2000
Location: near P&G Miami Valley Lab-E. Miami River Rd.
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The cattle feed lot and the adjacent fields were full of good birds as they were last year. There were at least 400 Horned Larks , 10 Lapland Longspurs, and 1 Snow Bunting. The birds were in several groups and I never had more than 100 or so in close view at once, so more Buntings and Longspurs could have been present.
In addition, there was a light-phase Rough-legged hawk along Oxford Rd. at the MWF Wetlands.

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Date: Jan. 25 and 26
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Jack Kemp
Other Birders:

I was there 25th from noon till 1:00 P.M. Ovserved two sleeping swans on open water. They never raised their heads. I returned 26th, 11:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. I observed two sleeping swans on land, this time with 40x scope. They frequently raised their heads for 5-10 seconds at a time. One appears to be a Whooper, the other a Tudra. I attempted to shoot slides with 600 mm lens + 2x multiplier, probably will be poor--the wind was vibrating my scope and camera. These observations done from south end of pit.

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Date: Jan. 25, 2000
Location: Long Branch Farm
Reporter: Bill Creasey
Other Birders:

Help! Now I have been corrected that they are not Rusty, but rather Brewers Blackbirds! I have not seen the birds so we need some other birders to stop by Long Branch Farm near Goshen to help with the identification of these birds. Elmer says they are Brewers Blackbirds!

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Date: Jan. 25, 2000
Location: Long Branch Farm, near Goshen, OH
Reporter: Bill Creasey
Other Birders:

Up to six Rusty Blackbirds have been seen in the paddocks adjacent the Education Barn at Long Branch Farm, one of the Cincinnati Nature Center sites. Elmer Bomkamp sighted half a dozen birds on Tuesday, then saw an additional three birds along the road as he left the farm. Long Branch Farm is located 15-20 minutes off I-275 taking the State Route 28 (Milford exit) going East. Call the education office at 722-1038 for directions and to see if the birds are still in the area. If no one answers check at the field office 722-3618. The Rusty Blackbirds have been seen off and on for the past week.

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Date: Tues., 1/25/00 3:10-3:40 pm
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Arrived amidst light fluries and moderate winds. Scoped area including small open patch of water. Swans not observed, but medium numbers of ducks.

At 3:30 found small brass monkey with missing parts, decided time to leave.

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Date: 1-24-00
Location: Outside Oxford
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz, Casey Tucker, Scott Rousch

At least 6 Lapland Longspurs and 2+ Snow Buntings were included in a flock of 60-70 Horned Larks feeding along Stout Rd just outside Oxford. An unusual sighting for this time of year was a Savannah Sparrow mixed in this flock. The sparrow flew poorly. It would drop into the rut in the snow on the road and remain until the car almost ran it over before it would fly 25 feet ahead and again wait until the car was nearly on top of it before flying-this was repeated several times before the sparrow finally flew back into the rut behind the car.

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Date: 1-25-2000
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

Whooper and Tundra Swans still present as of about 2pm this afternoon. There was not much open water left- maybe a 50 m by 15 m section in the middle pond section. Over 80 Canada Geese including one barnyard/Canada cross. 200+ ducks of 10 or so species were also packed into the same area. About 2:30 most of the geese and nearly half of the dabblers left and flew south along the river. As we were leaving the swans were seen flying over the center frozen pond, but we lost them behind the gravel mounds.

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Date: 1/23/00
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: many observers, including Neill Cade, Bobby Foppe, Hank Armstrong, Darleena Graham

Whooper Swan 1, with Tundra Swan. Still present.

Observed Behavior: There has been discussion about whether the Whooper is wild. Head bobbing between the Whooper and the Tundra, which may indicate courtship, was observed (Neill Cade and others). Previously, on Saturday, 1/22/00, during the snow storm, it was reported that the birds could be approached within about 100 yards without flying. On Sunday, 1/23/00, the birds were more "skittish" or wild. Hank Armstrong and I walked down the private road for to try to get a picture. When we got within about 300 yards, the birds started swimming away from us in the direction opposite from our approach. When we got within about 100 yards, the birds flew to a location farther away from us. The closer approach on Saturday, 1/22/00, may have been due to the storm, during which the swans did not want to fly, or had poorer visibility in the snow. Or the birds may have been storm-carried here and could have been tired on Saturday, 1/22/00.

The above behavior could indicate that the Whooper is wild, like the Tundra "companion," or that the Whooper is feral long enough to behave more "wild-like."

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Date: 1/22/00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders, David Styer, Larry Becker

White-winged Crossbill 2, 1m,1f These were seen prior to the flock of seven (5 m, 2f) at about 9:30-10:11 am.

Birds showing possible courtship behavior--bill touching along with wing fluttering. The female may have been a young female. Under certain viewing situations, the streaking seemed somewhat heavy like an immature. If it was not a mature female, then this may have been a feeding display by an immature to an adult male.

We should be on the look out for signs of breeding at Spring Grove. During an invasion winter of 1984-85 in upstate New York, I chased after crossbills (Reds and White-winged) over a three county area from December, 1984 through June, 1985. Evidence of breeding then included flight displays (singing on the wing by males while chasing males and females) and bill touching/feeding between adults, which sometimes preceeded copulation, and gathering of nesting materials. Literature information put together for the Atlas project indicates that White-winged Crossbills will nest almost anytime dependent upon the food supply, but often in the winter.

Total WWCR seen that day: Potentially 9, the 7 (5m. 2 f) reported in Dave Brinkman's report of 1/22/00 and these 2. The two reported above were hanging together, and possibly separate birds.

The unequal number of males in the flock of seven presents an interesting possibility. When females are on the nest, they never leave and are feed by males. When I observed this small flock, the males showed little interst in the females. Then again, this may be just communal flocking.

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Date: Saturday, January 22, Noon - 5pm
Location: Killdeer Plains
Reporter: Dennis Timberlake
Other Birders: Linda Franklin, Ann Geise, Bob Kemp, David & Jemma Tennant

A very cold, windy, and snowy day - not for the faint of heart! Notable sightings include 6 long-eared owls (2 separate areas) and 1 rough-legged hawk. Also observed harriers (probably upwards of 10-12, all of which were female), red-tailed hawks (several), american kestrel (1), and Cooper's hawk (3). Looked for, but did not find, short-eared owls. Other birders we encountered indicated that good numbers of short-eared owls were seen the previous weekend. Isn't this the way it always goes?!

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Date: 1/22/00
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

1 Black-legged Kittiwake, hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls, several Herring Gulls,3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 23 Pied-billed Grebes and bunches of hunters. As soon as I saw them I got the heck out of there.
Ok but not as good as the next day and the Whooper Swan.

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Date: Jan. 23, 2000
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm. Williamsburg OH.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

4 Eastern Meadowlarks

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Date: 1/23/00
Location: House, New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

~15 Rusty Blackbirds came to the feeders at around noon today (didn't stay long). I looked for possible Brewer's, but no luck. I tried to relocate the flock for a better look with no success.

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Date: 1/22/00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: David Styer, Charles Saunders, Larry Becker, Hank Armstrong

Additions to the list by David Brinkman and seen by the following "early birders".

Rufous-sided Towhee (D. Styer, C. Saunders, L. Becker, J. Lehman)

Yellow-rumper Warbler (J. Lehman)

Song Sparrow (J. Lehman)





song Sparrow

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Date: 1/22/00
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

The Trumpeter reported at Camp Dennison is a Tundra Swan. My mistake.

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Date: 1/22/00
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Yvonne Mohlman

A Whooper Swan was spotted by Yvonne Mohlman at Camp Dennison about noon this date. Most of the lakes are frozen over and the Whooper was with a Trumpeter Swan in the small pond just north of the most southerly main lake. The birds were seen by me around 2:30 PM. walking from the small pond to a larger one behing a large mound of gravel that is north of the dark blue 55gal.drum sitting on the dike. Be advised that this is private land.

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Date: January 22, 2000
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary (especially section 52/51/65)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: ten others (three left early)

Note: Before I begin, let me mention that if you are unfamiliar with the section numbers, please pick up a Visitor Map in the building at the entrance to the right as you enter the cemetary. Then follow the white line and park between section 52 and 45.

Now, here's the list: Canada Geese (10+), Mute Swan (1), Ring-billed Gull (20+), Red-bellied Woodpecker (2), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1m, photographed in #52), Blue Jay (1), American Crow (5+), Carolina Chickadee (2+), Tufted Titmouse (1), Red-breasted Nuthatch (6+), White-breasted Nuthatch (2), Brown Creeper (1 in #52), Carolina Wren (1 heard), American Robin (30+), Northern Mockingbird (1), Starling (15+), Northern Cardinal (1), White-throated Sparrow (1), Dark-eyed Junco (5+), Brown-headed Cowbird (12+), and last but certaintly not least WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS (7: 5 males and 2 females photographed at edge of #52 actively feeding in two hemlocks opposite #51)!

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Date: 1/21/00
Location: spring grove
Reporter: Tom Uhlamn
Other Birders:

8+ w w crossbills in sec 54 - scared off by car and loud ice-under-wheels noise

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Date: 1/13-1/14/00
Location: Merrit Island NWR-Florida
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

I realize this has nothing to do with the tristate area, but if you happen to be traveling in central Florida this refuge near Titusville is worth going through.In two outings of several hours each we sighted over 100 species of birds.The majority of these were waterfowl and shorebirds.Highlights that I considered noteworthy were Scrub jay(4),Gannet(6),Bald Eagle(5),Osprey(36),Marbled Godwit(24),Avocet(200+),Roseate Spoonbill(30+),White Pelican(300+),Sandwich Tern,hundreds of Dunlins, both Dowitchers,Peeps,Red Knots,Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderlings.The only discouraging part was that crime is prevalent(compared to this state)and unfortunately I "gave" away a spotting scope, binoculars and a bunch of field guides from my locked rental car.Otherwise it was a nice trip. If anyone would like more information on this area please contact me at my email address.

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Date: 1/15/00
Location: Brookville Reservoir, Richmond Airport, Hidden Valley Lake
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

At the Garr Hill boat ramp there were 3 Golden-eyes, several Hooded Mergansers,1 Buffle-head, Mallards, Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes but the best part were the Sycamore trees in the area. They were full of Robins, Cedar Waxwings, 3 female Purple Finches, Goldfinches, Juncoes, 2 Downies, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Carolina Wren, Blue Jays, several E. Bluebirds, Starlings and a Flicker. At the Fairfield causeway were 5 Grebes and 3 Ruddy Ducks. The best place was the Dunlap boat ramp. The water is very low and the birds are forced in very close. There were thousands of waterfowl; Can.Geese, Mallards, Black Ducks, Pintails, Gadwall, and Wigeon. A mature Bald Eagle was feeding on something but still keeping the ducks on the alert. There were Horned Larks and an adult male Harrier at the airport. State Line pond had several Gadwell and Hidden Valley Lake had Ruddies, Buffle-heads and the usual Coots and Pied-billed Grebes. As I left for home an immature Bald Eagle flew over the interstate. Not a bad morning of birding!

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Date: 1-19-00
Location:
Reporter: Shawn
Other Birders:

I recently rented a movie produced by the discovery channel on tornadoes, on two occasions in the documentary there appears in one segment three disc's flying in formation. Apperantly without the knowldge of the production unit. If you would like I can give you the proper information to investigate for your selves. I would like to see if you could explain this for me.


Thank you
Shawn



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Date: Sunday, 1/16/00, 9:00/10;45 AM
Location: End of Ky Route 8, Boone County, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: 2 unknown Indiana birders

Skein of 31 Canada Geese, 3 Black Vultures circling above cooling tower of power plant below Shawnee Run Park in Ohio,3 low flying falcons (over Ohio River)in front of stacks of same power plant - possible Peregrine's?, Mourn'g Doves, Woodpecker - possible Hairy, Am Crows, C Chickadees, T Titmouose, E Bluebirds 4, Am Robins 8, N Mockingbird 3, E Starlings 55, N Cardinal 3, A Tree Sparrow 3, Family of White Crowned Sparrows 10/12 adult & 8/10 immature, Purple Finch 2. Falcons seen about 10:15.

Granville Carey

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Date: January 17, 2000
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

1 yellow-bellied sapsucker roamed around the backyard for a few minutes, today.

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Date: 16 Jan 2000 10: 00 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest Wetlands
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

5 Black Vulture,s just north of Miami Whitewater wetlands flying of to the south.

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Date: 1/16/00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

We saw 1 male Red Crossbill and 2 White-winged Crossbills,male and female, along the road between sections 110 and 97, just across from the shelter house at about 4:45 pm today. We also heard what we believed to be a White-winged Crossbill around section 69.

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Date: January 16, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds & Hamilton Riverside
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam, Mark Stephens

Gilmore: the saw-whet was absent from the cedar along the trail off Symmes Road dike; however, a second cedar, just off the Symme's road dike, (halfway between Symmes Road and West Pond) had 11 small pellets around the edge and was marked with whitewash. 1 great horned owl in North Woods.

Riverside: 4 common snipe, 4 killdeer, 50+ ring-billed gulls. The waste water plant was in rare form. For a "Mad Max" style adventure, wander the nature trails behind the plant, but bring yer gas mask.

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Date: 1/16/00
Location: oxbow hidden valley lake
Reporter: tom uhlman
Other Birders:

Oxbow - 1 im Bald eagle, lots of GB herons and gulls a few coots, Hidden valley - lots of coots 2 ruddy ducks

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Date: January 16, 00
Location: Newtown, Milford, Camp Dennison Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Members of the Cincinnati Bird Club field trip

Pied-billed Grebe, Great-blue Heron, Canada Goose, Am. Black Duck, Malard, Gadwall, Am. Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Am. Kestrel, Merlin, Northern Bobwhite, Am. Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Dove, Morning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Am. Robin, N. Mockingbird, European Starling, N. Cardinal, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow,
Swamp Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Am. Goldfinch, House Sparrow. The Merlin was seen diving on Ring-billed Gulls that were sitting on a gravel bar in the pit on Broadwell Rd.

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Date: 16 Jan 00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

Three Red Crossbills, 2 males and a female, were hanging around Section 31 this morning.

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Date: 1/15/00
Location: Mahoning County, Ohio
Reporter: Becky
Other Birders:

Today I saw a red shouldered hawk in my backyard.

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Date: 15--1--00
Location: Columbia Golf Course Mpls, MN
Reporter: Larry Watson
Other Birders:

Sage Grouse, Sharp tailed grouse,

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Date: 1/16/2000
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Henry Armstrong
Other Birders: Lyn Armstrong

Merlin is still being seen at Spring Grove Cemetery in the Johnny Appleseed section (block 134).

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Date: January 15, 1999
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam, Dan Silverburg

1 saw-whet owl. It's in a cedar on the side of the south pond dike loop trail. Three fox sparrows (near the observation tower @ the gravel pit), 30+ American tree sparrows, a few white-throated & song sparrows. 1 red-tail.

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Date: 1/15/2000 8:30-11:30 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Great Blue Heron 2, Canada Goose 20, Mallard 24, Northern Shoveler 1, Northern Pintail 4, Northern Harrier 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 2, Ring-billed Gull 12, Rock Dove 15, Mourning Dove 5, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 2, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 42, Horned Lark 16, Carolina Chickadee 14, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 3, Eastern Bluebird 1, American Robin 18, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 400, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Eastern Towhee 1, American Tree Sparrow 95, Field Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 15, Swamp Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 9, White-crowned Sparrow 15, Dark-eyed Junco 3, Northern Cardinal 30, House Finch 5, American Goldfinch 20, House Sparrow 9.

The Shoveler was in the main lake, near the fishing boat dock. The Pintails and gulls flew over at the Wetlands Area (all water frozen). The phoebe was seen at the south end of the main lake, from the Strimple Rd. pull-off.

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Date: 1-13-00
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders: my dad

Drove around the area of Camp Dennison checking the lakes and the only swans found were 2 Mute Swans. Visibility was low due to snow so the only other birds seen were 1 Ruddy, Gadwall, Wigeon, Ring necked, and a few Canada Geese.

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Date: 1/11/00
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

Found the Trumpeter Swan with the Mute resting and preening on a strip of gravel in the middle of the lake. Also the Ruddy Ducks number 20 seemed pretty high and I also saw the large number of Hooded Mergasmers, there were 25 or more.

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Date: 1/08/00
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

At daybreak I was at Muscatatuck in time to watch 10 Tundra Swans awaking, calling and bathing. After a while they left, flying flew north. What a beautiful sight. I also found a red phase E.Screech Owl near the pine stand beside Stanfield Lake (the old scrath on the tree routine). There were good numbers of sparrow: White-throated, White-crowned, Fox, Swamp, Song, Savannah, Tree and Field. Waterfowl: Hooded Mergansers, No. Pintail, Mallards, Black Ducks, Gadwall and of course Can. Geese. All 7 woodpeckers were easy to find.

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Date: 01/11/2000
Location: Milford/Rt. 50 Interchange
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

Hank and I stopped to search a large flock of starlings potential blackbirds, especially rustys or brewer's. There were no other blackbirds but the interesting thing was an ALBINO starling in this large (500+ birds) flock.

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Date: 01/11/2000
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

Oops! I forgot to mention the many Hooded Mergansers that were also present.

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Date: 01/11/2000
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

TRUMPETER SWAN in association with Mute Swan. At approximately 80 yards, the swan in question had a long black bill that was very straight and in line with the forehead, not concave as in Tundra Swan. We were able to see the red tomial stripe (this is what it is called in an article in Birding magazine October 1994 issue)at the base of the bill. The black facial skin ended in a point at the eye, forming a very distinctive V pattern at the eye. The head was appeared only slightly rounded at times, but the overall effect was a flat profile. This bird was not marked on the neck and I was looking at the head region while in flight so we do not know if this bird was banded. My guess is that it is banded, since this is probably an introduced bird. There was a good assortment of other ducks present: Canada Geese, Gadwalls, American Widgeons, Mallards, Ring-neckeds, Buffleheads, and Ruddies. Also Ring-billed Gulls, Pied-billed Grebes and American Coots.

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Date: 01/10/2000
Location: East Fork - Slade Road area
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

Owling 8:50 pm to 9:40 pm, specifically for ESOW. Found two Eastern Screech-owls responding to tape recording, the first of which flew across the road and looked like a grey phase. Skys 100% clear, mild but slightly breezy conditions.

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Date: January 9, 2000
Location: P&G Health Care Research Center, Mason-Montgomery Road, north of Irwin Simpson Rd.
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Gadwall 15, Ring-n. Duck 38
Also locals: Canada goose 10, Mallard 6
Waterfowl build-up similar to last year.

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Date: 1/9/00 @4:30pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I hadn't seen the merlin in over a week and figured it was gone. But today while running, I saw it again in the same general area that I have seen it 4 other times...near the lake with the fountain in the western side of the cemetery. I watched it hunt. Same immature RThawk and a cooper's. No crossbills for me.

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Date: January 9, 2000
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Mark Stephens

2 crossbills (species ?): flew over individually about thirty minutes apart from roughly section 100 down towards the cemetary entrance. Both birds had a similar "chick-chick" "chick-chick" call. I'm not knowledgeable enough about the call notes to differentiate the red vs. white-winged crossbill on call notes, alone. Both birds were high against the gray sky, and presented silhouettes, though we got a decent look at a longish-looking bill on the second bird.

1 hermit thrush at section 53, 10+ red-breasted nuthatches, throughout, 3 golden-crowned kinglets, and assorted other birds you'd expect. Many, many robins. Big flocks throughout the cemetary.

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Date: Januray 8, 2000
Location: Eastfork State Park, South Beach and Pond near Bike Trail; 9:00-11:00 am
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Common Loon 1, Horned Grebe 1, Mallard 4, Common Goldeneye 3 (2m,1f), Ruddy Duck 3, Coot 8, Ring-b. Gull 23,
Red-b. Woopecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 1, Flicker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 10, Crow 20, Tufted Titmouse 2, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Chickadee 10, Carolina Wren 2, E. Bluebird 3, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Cardinal 10, Rufous-s. Towhee 2 (by call), Tree Sparrow 15, Field Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow 13, White-throated Sparrow 6, Dark-eyed Junco 55, Red-winged Blackbird 30, Rusty Blackbird 50, Brown-headed Cowbird 15, Purple Finch 3, Goldfinch 5.

Birds on the way to and from Easfork: Turkey Vulture 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-t. Hawk 2, Am. Kestrel 1, Mourning Dove 3-5, Starling many.

The blackbirds/cowbirds at Easfork were in a flock in a cornfield just opposite the park entry road off of Rt 125 just west of Bantam.

ALERT: This flock should be found again and studied carefully, because it may contain a few Brewer's Blackbirds. I am 60-70% certain that I saw 1-2 female Brewer's, but the light was poor and the flock was difficult to approach close enough to see the eye color. Female Brewer's are essentialy the same size and shape as Rusty's but have brown eyes. Male Brewer's have yellow eyes. Note also, female Brown-headed Cowbird have brown eyes, but have a different overall body shape and shorter bill of different shape than Rusty and Brewer's.

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Date: 1/8/00 3:45 till 5:00 PM
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits, Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Ducks are plentiful in the pits with two surprises, a Mute Swan and a Tundra Swan. The swans were on the pond to the South East.
Other waterfoul seen were Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Malard, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergancer, and Ruddy Duck.

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Date: January 8th 2000
Location: Stonlick Twp. Clermont Cty.
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

Birded the area around my house today. 4 hours on foot produced 34 species of birds. Good birds being 2 Red houldered and 1 Red tailed Hawk, 1 Great horned Owl, 5 Turkey Vultures, (Where are the Blacks??) 2 Yellow bellied Sapsuckers,1 Pileated, 1 Flicker, and 4 Yellow rumps were the highlights of my walk through the area.

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Date: Jan 8, 00
Location: backyard, Sharonville
Reporter: AB
Other Birders:

First ever visit to our backyard from a pair of pileated woodies! Other winter "specials" for us today included Coopers Hawk, white throated sparrow, male common flicker.

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Date: 01/07/2000
Location: California Woods Nature Preserve & Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong, Dave Styer (Spring Grove only)

Calif. Woods NP: The traditional Great Horned Owl is present again this year. Park in the first parking lot accessed from Kellogg Ave., walk back along the drive that you came in until you reach the trailhead of Trillium trail. The first large sycamore on the left is the traditional male Great Horned roost (for the past 5-7 years). He sits on a grapevine very near the canopy of this tall tree (80-100 ft. up). Stand back along the drive once you locate this tree and you may see him. There has been a pair and I always assume that the female is sitting on a cavity nest (there are no old hawk nests that I am aware of) and I have yet to find the nest. Also of note was a Hairy Woodpecker calling.

Spring Grove Cemetery: Hank & I ran into Dave Styer and we unsuccessfully attempted to locate white-winged crossbills. However, in the brief 1.5 hours or so we located 5+ Red-breasted Nuthatches and 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. A small flock of chickadees was feeding on the hemlocks in section #53, which seems to be a promising section for crossbills (massive cone crop, especially on the hemlocks). Many juncos, house finches and robins were present. An immature Cooper's Hawk was attacked by crows and the resident Red-tail was seen frequently. An adult accipiter was thought to be a Cooper's (long tail, cross-shaped profile) but the head projection wasn't right. This bird was soaring so flight-style could not be used.

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Date: 1-7-2000
Location: Fairfield Backyard
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders:

Hairy Woodpecker, first one for our backyard. Feeding or drilling, on larger Sycamore and Walnut trees.

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Date: 1/5/00
Location: Paint creek -rockyfork lakes
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

a quick incomplete look - lots of- r b gulls, G B herons C geese , a few of - coots p b grebes mallards. not much goin' on

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Date: 1/3/2000 12:30-15:00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Took advantage of a day off from work and the lovely weather to spend some time walking around Spring Grove.

Mute Swan (4), Canada Goose (50+), American Black Duck (1), Mallard (50+), Red-bellied Woodpecker (4), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1), Downy Woodpecker (3), Red-tailed Hawk (3), Great Blue Heron (1), Blue Jay (25), American Crow (15), Cedar Waxwing (75+), Hermit Thrush (1), American Robin (100+), European Starling (50+), Northern Mockingbird (3), Red-breasted Nuthatch (7), White-breasted Nuthatch (2), Brown Creeper (2), Carolina Wren (3), Carolina Chickadee (25+), Tufted Titmouse (11), American Goldfinch (15), House Finch (3), White-winged Crossbill (1m), White-throated Sparrow (25+), Dark-eyed Junco (50+), Eastern Towhee (1), Northern Cardinal (20)

The WW Crossbill was calling while flying and landed on top of the conifer that has the section 106 marker on it. It remained there for about one minute and then flew into the woods next to section 106.

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Date: 1/1/2000 11:30-12:30 PM
Location: Sanitation Plant, Millcreek Rd., Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Mallard 8, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Rock Dove 50, Mourning Dove 6, Belted Kingfisher 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 700, Carolina Chickadee 4, American Robin 12, European Starling 500, Song Sparrow 3, Dark-eyed Junco 2, Northern Cardinal 2, House Finch 2, House Sparrow 12.

This is a smelly spot in an unsavory part of town which regularly produces Red-tailed Hawk, and American Kestrel. Cincinnati's peregrine population seems to use it fairly regularly to thin the Rock Dove "herd", and other interesting raptors, as well as ducks, have been known to stop by.

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Date: 1/1/2000 9:30-11:30 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Canada Goose 50, Mute Swan 4, Mallard 30, Rock Dove 3, Mourning Dove 6, Great Horned Owl 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3, Downy Woodpecker 6, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 15, American Crow 50, Carolina Chickadee 35, Tufted Titmouse 10, Red-breasted Nuthatch 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 4, Carolina Wren 7, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, Hermit Thrush 1, American Robin 250, Northern Mockingbird 5, European Starling 2,000, Cedar Waxwing 15, Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Savannah Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 12, Swamp Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 40, Dark-eyed Junco 18, Northern Cardinal 15, Common Grackle 35, House Finch 15, American Goldfinch 18, House Sparrow 12.

No crossbills for me (I see others fared better). The Orange-crowned warbler was feeding on honeysuckle berries behind the settling ponds (for dredge material) toward the rear of the cemetery. It actively fed on or near the ground for ~3 minutes before flying off.

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Date: 1/1/2000 8:30-9:15 AM
Location: Winton Woods (Harbor & Dam Areas), Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Canada Goose 80, Mallard 2, Ring-billed Gull 25, Rock Dove 4, Mourning Dove 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 2, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 30, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 1, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 50, European Starling 400, Song Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 2, White-crowned Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco 5, Northern Cardinal 3, Red-winged Blackbird 3, House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 6, House Sparrow 15.

Ponds and lake frozen except for small opening in harbor area.

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Date: 1/1/2000
Location: Spring Grove
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

After quite a search I found a flock of 6 Crossbills feeding (silently) high in spruce trees in section 36. They flew west and I never relocated them. 1 bird was clearly white-winged, I didn't get a look at the others.

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Date: 1 January 2000
Location: Muscatatuck NWR, Seymour, IN
Reporter: David Carr
Other Birders: Beth Clark

The following are birds we saw during the Muscatatuck CBC. The complete count list (compiled by Donna Stanley) is not yet available.

25 Tundra Swans, 345 Canada Geese, 4 Green-winged Teal, 66 Am. Black Ducks, 5699 Mallards, 3 N. Pintail, 22 Gadwall, 10 Am. Wigeon, 1 N. Shoveler, 35 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 L. Scaup, 11 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Bald Eagle (im.), 1 N. Harrier, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 Am. Kestrel, 2 Wild Turkeys, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 19 Sandhill Cranes, 1 Mourning Dove, 4 E. Screech Owls, 3 Great Horned Owls, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 8 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 11 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 15 Downy Woodpeckers, 7 Hairy Woodpeckers, 3 N. Flickers (Yellow-shafted), 9 Pileated Woodpeckers, 26 Blue Jays, 83 Am. Crows, 34 Carolina Chickadees, 5 Tufted Titmice, 17 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Brown Creepers, 12 Carolina Wrens, 11 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 16 E. Bluebirds, 128 Am. Robins, 3 Cedar Waxwings, 6 European Starlings, 27 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 33 N. Cardinals, 4 Eastern Towhees, 60 Am. Tree Sparrows, 5 Field Sparrows, 4 Fox Sparrows, 43 Song Sparrows, 12 Swamp Sparrows, 4 White-throated Sparrows, 6 White-crowned Sparrows, 36 Dark-eyed Juncos (Slate-colored), 2 Red-winged Blackbirds, 12 Purple Finches, 13 Am. Goldfinches

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Date: Sunday, 1/2/2000, 2:30/4:30 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Final day of looking for ziltsch's - sorry , meant Crossbills. Same as two previous days - "zip", however, starting about 3:00, while scanning the tree-tops, I noticed an excess of Crows streaming overhead. Continued to notice them (not intentionally) until I departed about 4:30. Upon exiting SGC it was very evident that the streaming wa

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