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Sightings Log Archive: April 2000 - June 2000

Date: 6/27/00
Location: Mt. St. Mary's Seminary-Beechmont area
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Steve Kolde

Visited my brother this evening, who had told me about several owls flying over the grounds of the seminary and persistently screeching- we called in 3 juvenile Great-horned owls, one of which was not shy at all and allowed good views at dusk.

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Date: 6\29\00 9:00-10:30 AM
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Two Great Egrets seen from the observation shelter this morning

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Date: 6/25/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Lori Brubmaugh
Other Birders:

I see why Paul called it the Dickcissel invasion, as they are everywhere, females and males. This was the first time I had seen them so I won't forget them. The grasshopper sparrow was obvious but I didn't see the Henlow's or the savannah. I did see what I believe was an alder flycatcher. I watched it for a long time and upclose. The call was a "whit" like a Swainson's thrush. No other call heard.

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Date: 06/23/00
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I found two red-headed woodpecker nests today during my breeding bird survey efforts. Both are active nests with unknown contents (code 37 under confirmed category). One nest is in my block, #3, and the other nest is in block #2. Both nests are over water in dead trees. This area is near the north boat ramp accessed from the horse trail at the crest of the hill on the right side as you approach the boat ramp. Follow the horse trail (take your canteen and your insect repellent!) as it winds around down to the water's edge and walk off the trail down through the weeds. The block #3 nest is in the nearest tree to you in the water and the block #2 nest is near the opposite bank across the tributary. I watched the woodpeckers as they flycatched food for young.

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Date: 6/20/00
Location: fountain square
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

2 peregrines, 1 kestral. Kestral was getting real nasty on one of the peregrines on the 5/3 building. other pergrine was on the Firststar building

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Date: June, 2000
Location: Norwood, OH
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I have been transferred to the Norwood Thriftway and I've been working late hours. On many nights with the windows rolled down on the way home, I can usually hear common nighthawks calling near Montgomery Road and the Norwood Lateral, an indication that they are summering or breeding in the area.

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Date: June 16, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

highlights: 1 prothonotary, 2 yellow warblers, 8 catbirds, including 1 fledgling. 20+ red-winged blackbirds. Decent water in south pond and along the eastern edge of west pond. Few mosquitoes...

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Date: June 14,2000 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The Dickcissels invasion continues. There were conservatively 15 singing males and many females. Grasshopper sparrows and Savannahs were also singing(5+/- each). 1 Henslow's sparrow was seen and heard in the traditional spot.In the marsh were 2 female Hooded Mergansers- 1with 4 mostly grown young, and the other with 10 1/3 grown young. Several Wood Ducks had broods, and there was still a male N.Shoveler. The female Shoveler was not seen- possibly she was on a nest. Several Blue-winged Teal were also present strongly indicating breeding. There are several breeding records here for BWTeal, but the Shovelers would be a great local breeding record IF they can be confirmed as nesters.

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Date: 6/14/2000
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Eric Heineke
Other Birders:

Saw a female Yelllow-bellied Sapsucker side by side with a female Downy Woodpecker on my peanut feeder around 8 PM. It remained at the feeder for almost a quarter of an hour clearing out all the food. Refilled the feeder, but it did not return before dark.

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Date: 6/12
Location: Miami Wetlands
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders:

Tick alert here we were constantly pulling ticks off our legs.The trail leading away from the road along the meadow seemed the heaviest,birders beware!

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Date: 6/10/00
Location: SW. Oh.,SE. Ind., No. Ky
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Good stuff at MW-Wetlands. The Dickcissals nearly drove me out, at least 10 singing. Lots of Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrows. No Henslows. 1 L.Bittern heard. The best and biggest surprise was a rather scruffy looking male Black & White Warbler in the tree row near the 1st body of water as you walk in. Wrong place and wrong time but there he was. I also heard a Black-billed Cuckoo as I got out of my car at 6:00 a.m. It was singing from the trees across the road from the parking area at the wetlands. I had to play my CD to reassure myself on the sound but I am quite sure. There was also a Yellow-billed calling down the road a way.
At the Oxbow it was very quite except for the 12 lovely Great Egrets, a few swallows and a Prothonatary Warbler.
As I ate my lunch beside the creek on Middle Creek Rd I looked out the window to find a grey phase E. Screech Owl looking back at me. It was hiding (or so it thought). It should be more careful, the next predator that sees it might be for real.

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Date: 6/10/00
Location: Cowan Lake State Park
Reporter: Patti Niehoff
Other Birders:

crows, brown-headed cowbirds, Canada geese, gray catbirds, cardinals, ruby-throated hummingbirds, turkey vultures (lots!), warbling vireo

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Date: Thursday, 6/8/00 - 8:00/10:15 AM
Location: Middle Creek Rd., Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

After an extended period of inactivity, was able to get down to MC area. Not a great deal of activity but here are some sightings:

Canada Geese (flyover), turkey vulture, cooper's hawk, red-tailed hawk, n. bobwhite, downy woodpecker, e. phoebe, b. jay, a. crow, e. bluebird, n. mockingbird, yellow warbler, common yellowthroat, n. cardinal, indigo bunting, song sp., e.meadowlark, grackle, house finch.

Stopped at the sloughs on Aurora Ferry Rd. on way back. 4 families of woodies, mallard, t. vulture, n. bobwhite, killdeer, tree swallow, barn swallow, e. bluebird, n. mockingbird, n. cardinal, song sp., e. meadowlark, and best of all, a family (?) of 5 kestrels sisting on wire near A.F.Rd., taking turns in hovering and feeding on voles (?) in newly mowed alfalfa field.

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Date: 6/5/00
Location: millcreek gest st bridge
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

black crowned night herons appear to be back along the mill creek... couldn't see any nest though

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Date: June 2,2000
Location: MWF Wetlands along farm road
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The prairie along the farm road has been invaded by Dickcissels!In the fields on both sides of the road were at least 10 calling males and many of them had females nearby. Conservatively, there were 15 birds in the area. In addition there were at least 5 calling Savannah sparrows as well as 4-5 Grasshopper sparrows. Unfortunately, I did not see or hear the Henslow's sparrows.Marsh birds included 1 pied-billed grebe with a brood, 1 female Hooded Merganser with 4 young, several Woodies with broods, 12 Coots (no signs of nesting yet), many Mallards, 4 pr. of BWTeal,and a very late(breeding??) pair of N. Shovelers. I also heard a Marsh wren near the marsh closest to the bike trail. Birds of interest that I couldn't find were bitterns, rails, and C.Moorhen- all of which breed here at least sporadically.

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Date: June 2, 2000
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie, Lily, and Phoebe

A male and female Northern Bobwhite foraging in the back yard.

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Date:
Location: Blue Grosbeak question
Reporter: Jackie Nooker
Other Birders:

I'm heading north at the end of the summer, and would like to see Blue Grosbeaks before I go. Does anybody have a good place to find them?

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Date: May 29,2000
Location: MWF Wetlands and nearby areas
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Just a quick look today in the early afternoon. Highlights were: 4 calling Dickcissels ,2-3 Savannah sparrows, 2 Grasshopper sp., 1 Least Bittern,1 female Hooded Merg. with 4 half-grown young,and 2 BWteal. I did not hear the Henslow's sp. but the time of day was not good for them.
Just outside of Ross at the intersection of Smith and Warvel Rd. there were at least 4 territorial male Bobolinks in a grassy field. Hopefully the farmer won't cut for hay anytime soon.
Also in a field near the P&G plant on East Miami River Rd.,I saw a female Ring-necked Pheasant. I'm sure it was a released bird but interesting anyway.

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Date: May 28, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Sharon & Dave Pawlowski

Sharon & Dave found three adult pied-billed grebes in south-pond today. two of the adults were leading around 3-5 juvenile grebes.

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Date: 5/29/2000
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

A couple late migrants of note at Spring Valley today. First a mourning warbler was present in the tangles beside the path on the west side of the marsh/lake. The bird sang persistently and I managed a couple of good looks before it dove into the brush. A yellow-bellied flycatcher was seen and heard in the woodlot just south of the lake. Finally, dickcissels are still present in the field by Pence Jones Road near the north entrance.

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Date: 5-29-00
Location: Interstate 71 in Kenwood
Reporter: Jacques Mahogoff
Other Birders: Jim Crow

Apparently was driving too slow in the passing lane. Was passed on the inside by a car full of youths, each with his middle finger raised and yelling obscenities. The birds were pale flesh color and approximately three inches long.

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Date: 5/25/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

8 Semipalmated Plovers,22 peeps the ones I could ID. were Least Sandpipers and 2 Dickcissels a male and a female in field on north side of old farm road the same as last year.

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Date: 5-21
Location: hamilton waste water plant(Great Miami)
Reporter: jim scott
Other Birders:

5 GREAT EGRITS A APIR OF NESTING BLUE HERONS AMONG THEM ALSO BALTOMORE ORIOLE AND 2 SHORE BIRDS AT CONNECTING POND THAT I COULD NOT IDENTIFY IN FIELD GUIDE.THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT BIRDING PLACE PARTICULARY WHEN ITS RAINING

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Date: 5/23/00
Location: miamiwhitewater wetlands
Reporter: jack b.
Other Birders: one

american wigeon - hooded merganser still around with young- other usual birds - anyone see any red headed woodpeckers at the old woodlot area ?

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Date: 5/20/00
Location: Spring Valley and Ceaser Creek
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders: Cinci Bird Club field trip

Few Migrants at Spring Valley. All normal nesting birds are in. 3 Wilson's Warblers, 1 Blackpoll Warbler, 2 Swamp Sparrows apparently singing on territory.
Ceaser Creek had 5 Caspian, 1 Forster, 1 Common Terns, 25 Ring-billed, 6 Herring, 4 Bonaparte, 1 Franklin (in full summer plumage) Gulls. No shorebirds.

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Date: May 18, 2000
Location: Mt. Carmel Thriftway (work) - Clermont Co.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Northern Bobwhite heard singing across Rt. 32 from T-way, near intersection with Bells Lane. Given the recent declines in the quail populations, I thought this was worth reporting.

David.

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Date: 5/19/00
Location: Backyard Clifton
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Many blackpoll warblers and an indigo bunting all in an elm tree. Also baltimore oriole and swainson's thrush.

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Date: 5/19/2000
Location: Caesar Creek Lake - beach area
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Quite a bit more mundane than in the past week or so, but a pretty fair assortment of larids for what is a pretty small patch of sand. Ring-billed gull (40), herring gull (8), Bonaparte's gull (5), Caspian tern (3), Forster's tern (2, including one "sub-adult" plumage), common tern (1). All these birds allow close approach and careful study.

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Date: 5/18/00
Location: backyard
Reporter: cathy barger
Other Birders:

there is a hummingbird nesting in a tree out-back, a pair of wrens in the little red bird house, a gray catbird, and a pair of tree swallows in the bluebird house

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Date: 5/16/2000
Location: St. John's Cemetary, St. Bernard
Reporter: Denis G. Conover
Other Birders: none

I saw a red-headed woodpecker in St. John's cemetary in St. Bernard. There appears to be a nest in a tree cavity.

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Date: May 15, 2000; 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Caesar Creek State Park, Beach
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: 2 ladies from Columbus, not good on names

California Gull, Laughing Gull, Franklin's Gull, Black Tern and 2 Willets.

The two Willets took flight and left the beach area shortly after I arived. The Laughing Gull was seen by the two birders from Columbus and left the beach area before I arrived.

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Date: 5/16/00
Location: oxbow
Reporter: tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

11 semi palm plovers, 1 dunlin, 6 d c corm, and a bunch of peeps out in the mud

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Date: May 16, 2000
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

backyard: 1 black-throated blue warbler, 1 TN wbler, 1 Blackburnian, 2+ blackpoll, 2+ Swainson's thrushes, 1 veery.

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Date: 5/15/00
Location: Caesar creek beach
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

Same as David but add 4 black terns

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Date: May 15, 2000
Location: Caesar Creek Beach; Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz; Larry Gara at Caesar Creek

The California Gull, Franklin's Gull, and Laughing Gull were all on the beach this morning among the Ring-bills and Bonapart's (still in winter plumage). In addition, two Willets were present and a Common Tern were present.
The wetlands at Miami Whitewater had many shorebird species including Stilt, Semipalmated, Least, Solitary, and Spotted Sandpipers; L. Yellowlegs, SB Dowitchers, Dunlin, and Semipalmated Plovers. Could not find the Phalarope. One male Bobolink was singing over the prairie near the bat house. Female Hooded Merganser had seven very small young in the back pond behind the bat house.

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Date: May 13, 2000 (Sat), 9:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: East Fork State Park, horseman's trailer parking area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Whip-poor-will 1
(same place as reported one week ago) Block #6

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Date: Sat., May 13, 2000, 8:00 am - 1:00pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Birdathoner (Cass or Cath) early, also Neill Cade later in the morning

66 species at one location. Rather good list considering the weather. Very wet and rainy early, but cleared up by about 9:00-9:30am. Should have completed the Birdathon. High-lights: Brown Creeper singing (rather late),15 warblers, large flocks of Cedar Waxwings

Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 2, Mallard 4, Mourning dove 10, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3, Chimney Swift 4, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1,Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Wood Peewee 1, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Least Flycatcher 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, Eastern Kingbird 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 6, Blue Jay 5, Am. Crow 10, No. Rough-winged Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 1 (singing), Carolina Wren 1, House Wren 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8, Veery 1, Gray-cheeked Thrush 1, Swainson's Thrush 15, Am Robin 10, Gray Catbird 4, No. Mockingbird 2, Brown Thrasher 1, Starling 30, Cedar Waxwing 200, Tenneesee Warbler 3, Nashville Warbler 1, No. Parula 1, Yellow Warbler 1, Chesnut-sided Warbler 2, Magnolia Warbler 4, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Blackburnian Warbler 4, Yellow-throated Other Birders:

20 ringed billed gull , 1 bonaparts, 4 b. w. teal, 2 greened w teal, 1 black vulture, 20+turkey vulture, 11 D B cormorant, lots of coots, 8 yellowlegs, 5 peeps.

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Date: 5/6/00
Location: P. Ridge
Reporter: Sam C.
Other Birders: none

the doves were sitting on the ground... they were very small, about the size of a sparrow... the had small horizontal streaks on their breast, making them look almost scaly there... they had cream-colored patches on the front of their wings... the patches were small and seemed to fade into their wings... they had a long bill that rounded out at the tip... overall they were a lighter brown, darker then a mourning dove...
i am 100% sure that these birds (they were a pair) were doves... i found three possiblities of what these birds might be... i was thinking either young mourning doves, gound doves, or inca doves... the mourning dove would be most likely... except for the fact that they looked mature>>> no downy feathers... there was also no sign of the parents or of a nest... but isn't the chance of a ground dove or an inca dove extremely rare in Ohio???
this morning when i went over they were not there... but there was a small hole where they had been, possibly a nest... i do not think they were killed, because there were no feathers anywhere... this is really confusing me... if you have any idea what it could be please email me at xfan22@aol.com
Thanks!

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Date: May 7, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Mary & Charlie Saunders

shorebirds in west pond: 2 semipalmated plover, 10 killdeer, 2 lesser yellowlegs, 5 solitary sandpipers, 10 spotted sandpipers, includes 1 displaying & very territorial male, 6 least sandpiper, 5 common snipe.

warblers, vireos, etc: 1 yellow-throated vireo, 4 warbling vireo, 1 redy-eyed vireo, 3 Tennessee wblr, 1 Nashville wblr, 6 yellow wblr, 1 yellow-rumped wblr, 1 chestnut-sided, 1 blackburnian, 2 bay-breasted, 1 northern waterthrush, 7 common yellowthroat, 1 Lincoln's sparrow.

Charlie saw 4 male bobolinks in west pond on May 4th.

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Date: 5/6/00-1900-2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

We observed a Plegadis sp. flying into the northeastern area of the marsh but after walking from the observation blind around the west side could not locate it. With the emergent cattails also present we could have missed it easily enough. Also saw 2 Bobolinks and heard a Grasshopper sparrow north of the marsh.

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Date: May 6, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Ruth Ann & Roger Brewer, Glenn & Barb Redmer, Tom Milinski, Jeannie Browne, Larry Herman, Charles Schott, Joyce Silvester

Highlights: 1, maybe 2 sedge wren, behind the power plant on Gilmore Road. The wrens were heard, but not seen. 1 black-throated blue warbler, 1 blackpoll warbler, 1 northern waterthrush, 1 great egret (fly-over).
Other birds included, 1 great blue heron, 1 yellowlegs sp., 3 spotted sandpiper, 2 ruby-throated hummers, 1 pewee, 2 phoebe, 1 kingbird, 5 tree swallow, 4 house wren, 2 Swainson's thrush, warbling vireo, 5 yellow warbler, 1 black & white, 1 yellow-breasted chat, 7 indigo bunting, orchard and Baltimore orioles.

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Date: 5/6/007:00a to 12:00
Location: Mt. Airy and Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

There was so much activity at Mt. Airy this morning and due to inexperience, I am sure I missed most of it! The Highlights of Mt. Airy:
Redstart, indigo bunting, swainson's thrush, wood thrush, GB Herons, BThrasher, Peewee, scarlet tanager, YB cuckoo, RS towhee, RT hummingbird, red-eyed vireo, Magnolia warbler, bay breasted warbler, chestnut sided warbler, and veery. i just drove through SGC and saw A n. parula, rose breasted groesbeck, GC flycatcher, spotted sandpiper and blackburnian warbler.

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Date: 4/2/00 2000 hrs
Location: Tell City, Indiana
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

I wanted to post this even though it wasn't in Ohio (southern Indiana) because I saw 2 Common Nighthawks, which were the first I've seen this year. I would expect to see them soon in our area.
Unfortunately I'm at work today but by our parking lot which abuts I-275 I also saw my first Eastern Kingbird this year.

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Date: Friday, 5/05/00 8;30 - 10:00 am
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders:

Hilights included the following; Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Great Crested Flycatcher, Wood Thrush 4, Veery 1, Gray Catbird 2, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 6, Tennessee Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 2, Yellow Warbler 4, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Magnolia Warbler 2, Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 ( both males, singing simultaneously, chasing each other etc. at the beginning of the Great Oaks trail), Yellow-rumped Warbler 10+, Yellow-throated Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Ovenbird 2, Kentucky Warbler 3, Northern Waterthrush 2(in Kingfisher Trail marsh) Scarlet Tanager 5, Indigo Bunting 10+, E.Meadowlark 1(UC at Winton) and Baltimore Oriole 1.

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Date: 5/4/2000 11:30-1:15
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits/Nature Trail
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Amongst other things...

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great Blue Heron (2), Green Heron (2), Eastern Kingbird, Wood Thrush, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Parula (2), Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting (3), Orchard Oriole (2)

High point was walking around a corner and having the cuckoo sitting in the open on a dead branch about 20 ft in front of me.






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Date: 5 May 2000
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

This place has been really hopping the last couple days. This morning had 23 species of warbler, all vireos except Bell's and Philadelphia, all the thrushes, both orioles, both tanagers. etc. etc.

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Date: May 5, 2000; 6:30 - 7:30
Location: Shawnee Run Road, Madeira
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Blackpoll Warbler 1 singing
Tennessee Warbler 1 singing
Yellow Warbler 3
White-throated Sparrow 1 singing
Great-crested Flycatcher 1

The BPWA seems early. This combination of BPWA, YEWA and WTSP is an unusual combination of early and late migrants.

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Date: May 4th
Location: West Chester/neighborhood
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

new birds on our walk this morning were American redstarts, chestnut-sided warbler, and an increase in the numbers of yellow-warblers.

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Date: 4 May 2000
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

Lots of arrivals, but the most interesting for me was a male Lawrence's Warbler singing in the oaks just north of the turning circle.

Its song was Blue-winged like, but with the second ('buzz') note prolonged to (say) twice the duration typical in bwwa.

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Date: May 3,2000
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Liz

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Date: Tuesday, 5/02/00 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Audubon Society field trip ( 19 observers)

Lots of hookey players and plenty of birds. 69 total species. Hilites (limited to migrants) and approx. numbers included the following; Green Heron 1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2, Chimney Swift 20+, E.Wood Pewee 1, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 5, E.Kingbird 1, Purple Martin 10, Tree & Rough-winged Swallows, Red-breasted Nuthatch 4, House Wren 10, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4, Swainson's Thrush 5, Wood Thrush 5, Blue-headed Vireo 3, Warbling Vireo 5, Red-eyed Vireo 15, Blue-winged Warbler 6, Tennessee Warbler 4, Nashville Warbler 15, N.Parula 1, Yellow Warbler 3, Magnolia Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 40+, Black-throated Green Warbler 3, Yellow-throated Warbler 5, Palm Warbler 4, Cerulean Warbler 1, Black-and-White Warbler 3, Prothonotary Warbler 1, Ovenbird 1, Kentucky Warbler 2, Hooded Warbler 1, Scarlet Tanager 8, Indigo Bunting 6, Chipping Sparrow 20+, White-throated Sparrow 4, Orchard Oriole 1, and Baltimore Oriole 1.A Great Horned Owl was seen in the "woodlot" and 2 Red-tailed Hawks soaring overhead.

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Date: May 2, 2000
Location: Fairfield Backyard
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders:

Bunches of warblers in the woods this morning, but most notable was not a warbler.

Red Breasted Nuthatch, both seen and heard, in a Sycamore tree.

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Date: 5/1/00@4:00PM-5:00PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I had a brief span of time to check for new arrivals but no new warblers. I did see the green backed heron, great crested flycatcher, baltimore oriole and northern waterthrush.

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Date: April 29, 2000 (about 8:00 - 9:30 pm)
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: 2 unknown nature lovers and star gazers from Beaver Valley with the same idea

Went to Spring Valley just to experience dusk in a marsh. It was a beautiful evening. Highlights are:

Am Bittern 1 silently circling the marsh at dusk; Virginia Rail 2-3, 2 calling from 2 different locatio

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Date: 4/20/00
Location: Paint Creek Lake area
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Ryan Kolde

Tried fishing with my 9 year old son above and below the spillway at Paint Creek Lake. Saw a GB Heron skimming half-dead shad off the lake surface by the marina. Down below the dam we saw Yellow-throated, Parula warblers, Yellow-throated vireos,BG Gnatcatchers and at least 12 Black vultures.House wrens were also heard. Saw 1 BW hawk near Perintown along RT. 50.
Also had a Eastern Pewee in my backyard calling on 4/29/00 in the a.m.

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Date: 4/30/2000, 8:45 a.m.
Location: Terrace Park, OH
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

First sighting of female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at feeder.

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Date: 4/29/2000
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Jon Seymour after ~11:30pm

0840 - 1025
Weather Info (Start - End)
Temp.: 45 - 59 F
Relative Humidity: 86% - 39%
Barometer: 29.98 - 30.04
Wind: W 5mph - N 13mph

Migrants

Chimney Swift 3
Tree Swallow 4 (Nesting)
Barn Swallow 2 (Nesting in cabin?)
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Wood Thrush 3
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-winged Warbler 1
"BREWSTER'S" WARBLER 1*
Nashville Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Palm Warbler 1
Kentucky Warbler 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Chipping Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 8

Permanent Residents of Interest

Red-tailed Hawk - 2**
Great Horned Owl - 2**
Blue Jay 1**
American Crow 2-3**

Notes: * The "Brewster's" Warbler was a first generation male [dominant
hybrid of Blue-winged x Golden-winged Warblers]. It was near the
entrance to the auxillary parking lot at the edge of woodland trail. It
was typical of the male Brewster's in the 3rd edition of National
Geographic field guide but with a little more yellowish wash on the
breast.

** One young was visible in the great horned nest and the adult female
was nearby. Jon Seymour joined me at about 11:30pm. As we walked to the
trailhead, we heard the crows and the female owl gave a hoot and flew
off to a nearby tree. For about the next half hour, we witnessed intense
mobbing by 3 crows, a blue jay and 2 red-tailed hawks! The crows were so
intent on the owl that they ignored the hawks who also began
dive-bombing the owl! What a sight!

Also, an unprecedented 13 gray squirrels at the Hall C. Park bird blind
(at the CNC) at one time.

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Date: April 29, 2000
Location: Dudley Woods, Butler County, 8-10 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I was told one could do right at Dudley Woods, so I went there today. Warblers: palm, yellow-rumped, black-throated green, Nashville. Brown thrasher, eastern towhee, house wren, blue-gray gnatcatchers (one nest, too), white-eyed vireo, rough-winged swallow, white-throated sparrow, 2 solitary sandpiper, 1 greater yellowlegs, eastern meadowlark.

Riverside Natural area: 2 Baltimore Orioles.

Dudley Woods is located just south of Americana. From Rt 4, take Lesourdsevill/West Chester Road south to Hankins. The park is on Hankins. Nice place & very quiet. Gregory Creek runs through the park. Nice edge habitat along the bank--sand, gravel, etc. The site is roughly 100 acres or so in size, mostly wooded.

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Date: 4/28/2000 12:00-14:00
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Also had 1 Yellow Warbler outside my office at the Milford Technecenter

Canada Goose (NC), Red-bellied Woodpecker (2), Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker (2), Chimney Swift (3), Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture (2), Blue Jay (2), American Crow (NC), Eastern Bluebird (8), Wood Thrush, American Robin, European Starling, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (10), Carolina Chickadee (NC), Tufted Titmouse (2), Tree Swallow (8), American Goldfinch (NC), Song Sparrow (2), Field Sparrow (7), Eastern Towhee (4), Blue-winged Warbler (3), Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird (3)

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Date: 4/28/00
Location: UC Clermont Campus, Batavia, Ohio
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

I heard an Eastern Wood-Pewee today coming from the edge of the woods in
front of the UC Clermont College campus in Batavia, Clermont Co., Ohio.

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Date: 4/28/00
Location: House, New Richmond, OH Clermont Co.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Osprey heading NNE at around 7:30pm.

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Date: April 23, 2000
Location: Milford near I-275
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Prothonotary Warbler 1

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Date: April 23, 2000; 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Brush Creek Area, Rt 125 e of West Union
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Migrants: Broad-w hawk 2 at 2 sites, E. Kingbird 1, Gr. Crested Flycatcher 1, Wood Thrush 1, Ruby Crowned Kinglet 1, Yellow-thr. Vireo 3 at 2 sites, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Worm-eating Warbler 1, Blue-w Warbler 2, Parula Warbler 10 along Brush Creek, Yellow Warbler 1, Magnolia Warbler 1, Black-thr Green Warbler 1, Yellow-thr Warbler 2, Prairie Warbler 29 all over the place!, Ovenbird 6 at 3 sites, Louisianna Water Thrush 2 at 2 sites, Com. Yellowthroat 2 at 2 sites, Sclarlet Tanager 1

Other Birds: Mallard 2, Wood Duck 6, Red-tailed Hawk 2 (pair in display), Red-sh. Hawk 1 voice, Am. Kestrel 1, Mourning Dove, Pileated Woodpecker 4 at 3 sites, Red-b Woodpecker 4 at 3 sites, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2 (pair), E. Phoebe 2 at 2 sites, Rough-w Swallow 1, Blue Jay, Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse 5, Carolina Wren 6, E Bluebird 3 at 3 sites Blue-gr Gnatcatcher 30, Starling, E. meadowlark, Redwinged Blackbird, Co. Grackle, No. Cardinal, Am Goldfinch, E. Towhee 3, Field Sparrow 3, White=thr Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow

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Date: 4/25,26 & 28/00
Location: Thriftway Marketplace - Mt. Carmel, Ohio
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Taking my breaks outside at work has proved successful. On the 25th and again on the 28th (today), I saw a broad-winged hawk perched on the pole at the intersection of Rt. 32 and Bells Lane. On the 26th I saw a rough-winged swallow flying low over the parking lot of the store. Other highlights seen at work recently include: male American kestrel perched in tree at the edge of the parking lot along Rt. 32, barn & tree swallows and chimney swifts.

Good Birding to all!

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Date: 9:30 AM, Wed. 4/26/00
Location: my new digs in Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Retention pond behind my condo has had up to 90 Canada Geese during the last two months (plus Mallards, one or two Pied-Billed Grebes and the usual domestic ducks). However, this morning a female Canada Goose came waddling by followed by 4 fuzzy goslings, followed by a male Canada with pooper-scooper! Just what this area needs (?) - more domesticated Canada's?

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Date: 4/22/00
Location: Rt. 32, East of Batavia
Reporter: Ralph Herolzer
Other Birders:

Believe I saw a black swan flying and then on a pond off Rt. 32. Is this what I really saw?????

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Date: 4/26/2000
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Spent lunch hour today looking for warblers. Mixed in among the early migrants was a singing Canada warbler (well seen at eye level in understory immediately across from section 110.)This is my earliest date for a Canada at this latitude.
Other warblers present were yellow-rumped, blue-winged, black-throated green, Nashville, black and white and an ovenbird. Also seen were sevral ruby-crowned kinglets, brown creepers and a red-breasted nuthatch.

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Date: April 23, 2000
Location: Shawnee Lookout Park
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: Donna Rowe and Dakota

I list my dog because it seems walking him is not too bad of a time to bird, after all he is a Labrador. He proved this when he flushed a wild turkey from the weeds along the road about 1 quarter mile past the entrance to Shawnee heading west on Larwenceburg Rd. In this same area my wife and I saw an Orchard Oriole. This is the real reason for this entry because I don't recall seeing many reports of orchards yet this year. We also had a near miss with an Accipiter (probably Coopers) which landed in a tree about 20 yards from us.

Note: Since my last report had several fat finger entries, I tried, and was sucessful at copying this text from MS-Word - and pasting it here - after spell checking of course.

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Date: 4/25/00
Location: Spring Valley WA / Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Spring Valley has yet to see its first bona fide wave from the neotropics but the birding is excellent anyway.
This AM I found American bittern, sora (6), Virginia rail (excellent looks at 2 different birds),black vulture (2 birds soaring with turkey vultures), sharp-shinned hawk (2), Cooper's hawk,pileated woodpecker, white-eyed and warbling vireo, four species of swallows,house wrens, both kinglets, yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, yellow-throated warbler, palm warbler, prothonotary warbler and 4 species of sparrows(song,swamp,white-throated,white-crowned.)In addition, a hen ring-necked pheasant was present in the south field beside the bike trail(I presume this is a released bird.)

At the beach at Caesar Creek a single caspian tern was present along with 10-15 Bonaparte's gulls, a herring gull and several ring-billed gulls.

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Date: 25 April 2000
Location: College Hill
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

Another fairly early bird: Black-throated Blue Warbler.

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Date: 4/25/00
Location: Lawrenceburg rd. between E.Town and lost bridge
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Just before lost bridge in left over pond in corn field with dead and dying carp.37 Black Vultures

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Date: April 23
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

Birding, again, along the Little Miami just north of Beechmont Levee, we found 5 species of swallows (all but cliff), palm warbler, blue-winged warbler, northern waterthrush, 2 warbling vireos, wood thrush, a flock of rusty blackbirds, white-crowned and white-throated sparrows, 8 blue-winged teal, 5 lesser yellowlegs, 1 solitary sandpiper, 1 spotted sandpiper, 1 common snipe, 2 great egrets, and 5+ great blue herons.

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Date: 4-24-00
Location: backyard, west hamilton co
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders:

2 pine siskins, chestnut-sided warbler

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Date: 4/23/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands & Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Here are the hilights of my Easter at Miami Whitewater: Am bittern, GBHeron, Ruddy ducks, BW Teals, NShovelers,ringnecked duck, towhee, meadowlark, bthrasher, catbird, whiteeyed vireo, yellow warbler and savannah sparrow. There was a horned or eared grebe.
From there I went to SGC and added to my Easter list: ruby crowned kinglet, oregon junco, baltimore orioles, scarlet tanager, palm warbler, yellow rumped warbler, black throated green warbler. i was not unhappy with taht day! Also I was pleased to see the oregon junco several times that day, reinforcing the fact that I have seen at my nearby residence.

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Date: 4/15-4/21/00
Location: Eugene/ Sisters/ Florence, Oregon
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Troy Abernathy

This posting isn't relevant to our area but I was able to spend some time on a business trip in western Oregon birding.Better birds as follows:Eugene- Vaux's Swift,VG Swallow, Cinnamon Teal,A. Bittern, Spotted Towhee, W Scrub Jay, Anna's Hummingbird,Golden-crowned,Lincoln's,Savannah Sparrows,Brewer's & Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Orange-crowned and Audubons Warblers. Sisters- Barrow's Goldeneye, Dipper, Steller's Jay, Mountain Chickadee,BB Magpie. Florence-Brandt's & Pelagic Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemont,all 3 scoters,Glacous-winged Gull, Surfbird, Black Turnstone and possibly Black Swifts. We found a nesting area for Western Snowy Plovers but ran out of time. If you don't mind rain (and lots of it) this is a great area for birding.

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Date: 4/23/00
Location: Gilmore
Reporter: George Sadler
Other Birders: darlene Sadler

Add to Jay Stenger's list. B&W Wqarbler
Yellow -throated Warbler, and YR Warblers, PB grebe

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Date: Sunday, 4/23/00 3:45-4:30 pm
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

Pied-billed Grebe, Blue-winged Teal 40+, N.Shoveler 10(20 on 4/21/00), Am.Coot 60+, Green-winged Teal 3, Virginia Rail, many Tree (50) & Rough-winged(100) Swallows, Barn Swallow 5. On Friday 4/21/00 an estimated 1000 swallows were foraging just above the surface, about 3/4 (750) were Rough-winged and the rest were Tree (250) and a few Barn Swallows.
Also today along West Fork Creek/Mill Rd. in Winton Woods were 3 singing Yellow-throated Warblers and a N.Parula.

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Date: Sunday. 4/23/00 2:30-3:30 pm
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Butler County OH
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

New arrivals,(for us anyway) included a pair of Orchard Orioles and a Spotted Sandpiper. Also seen were 2 Green-winged Teal among many Blue-winged Teal and a few Shovellers.Also Warbling Vireo 3,Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3,House Wren 4, Brown Thrasher.

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Date: 04/23/00
Location: backyard, Erlanger,KY
Reporter: Mandy Hils
Other Birders:

I have had a male Baltimore Oriole visiting my hummingbird feeder since Fri,21,what a treat.

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Date: April 23
Location: Ault Park, etc.
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan and Tim Hedeen

This morning in the woods we found the following species: blue-headed, red-eyed, and yellow-throated vireos, ovenbird, parula, yellow-rumped, nashville, orange-crowned, black-throated green, prairie, and blue-winged warblers, and a great crested flycatcher.
Yesterday while frisbee-golfing in Burnet Woods sans binoculars, I heard scarlet tanager, warbling vireo, ovenbird, prairie, palm, nahville, black-throated green, and yellow-rumped warblers. Certainly worth a closer look.
Also yesterday, along the Little Miami River (with binos), there was an eastern kingbird, a warbling vireo, a white-crowned sparrow, a great egret, and absolutely no shorebirds except for killdeer.

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Date: 4/23/00
Location: Miami Twp., OH Backyard
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 Least Flycatcher.

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Date: 4/23/2000
Location: Heritage Oak Park, Mason,OH
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

No time for an extended trip today so spent a few minutes in the hilly woodlot at the East end of the park.
Palm warbler (5), yellow-rumped warbler (4), black-throated green warbler (2), orange-crowned warbler, blue-winged warbler, ovenbird, warbling vireo and assorted residents.

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Date: Sunday, April 23, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Darlene Sadler
Other Birders: George Sadler

Myrtle, Yellow-throated, Protonotary and Black & white warbler (Walkers Run dike); BG gnatcatcher, Phoebe (South Pond area). Shovelers and Blue-winged teal were in West Pond. Warbling vireos were numerous. Several House wrens were at the "T" intersection area and also along Walkers Run. Others birds seen: Blue Jays, Cardinal, Turkey vulture, Red-bellied woodpecker, Goldfinch, Mallard, Canada Goose, Purple martin, Robin. A PB grebe was also seen in South Pond.

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Date: 4/23/00 (Easter Sunday)
Location: My apartment on Clough Pike (near intersection w/ Glen-Este Withamsville Road)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Despite having an apartment with no balcony and a very small front yard, I was able to hear and/or see the following 20 species: Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

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Date: Saturday, 4/22/00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary & the Oxbow area
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: A small group of CBC members

This morning a small group of Cincinnati Bird Club members met up with the CBC's previous evenings guest speaker, Vic Fazio, and kicked around a couple of local spots. Our group included Vic, myself, Jack Stenger, Hank Armstrong, Bill Stanley, Anne Oliver, Neil Cade & Joe Bens. Migrants were around in decent numbers and the group list was, by my count, 87 species from 8:30 am to 12:00pm.
Hilites from Spring Grove included, Chimney Swifts, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch's, House Wren 2/3, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Hermit Thrushs 3+, Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo 4, Warbling Vireo 2, Blue-winged Warbler 2, Nashville Warbler 2, Northern Parula 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 30+, Black-throated Green Warbler 3, Yellow-throated Warbler 5, Ovenbird 3, Northern Waterthrush, Louisiana Waterthrush (nearby),and Hooded Warbler.
Hilites from the Oxbow Area included; Pied-billed Grebe 4, Double-crested Cormorants 30+, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret 20, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue-winged Teal 10, N. Shoveler 2, Lesser Scaup 20, Black Vulture 25+, Coopers Hawk, Am. Coot 30+, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs 10+, Solitary Sandpiper 3+, Pectoral Sandpiper, Co. Snipe 3+, Ring-billed Gull 100, Caspian Tern 6, Purple Martins, many Tree, Rough-winged & Barn Swallows, Cliff Swallow, House Wren 3, Wood Thrush, Warbling Vireo 3+, No.Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler 2+, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler 2, Prothonotary Warbler 3, Vesper Sparrow and Savannah Sparrow.

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Date: Saturday, April 22, 2000
Location: Miami Heights backyard
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

Some apring firsts for my yard this morning were Black-throated Green Warbler, Ovenbird, and Great Egret (overhead). A Red-breasted Nuthatch is still here.

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Date: 4/22/00
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermon County
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

Highlights from morning walk were very hard to be found. Located a singing L. Waterthrush that has been present for a couple weeks and a male Orchard Oriole singing which nice for such a slow morning.

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Date: 4/21/2000
Location: MiamiWhitewater Woodland Areas
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: cold, windy, rain! No one else crazy enough!

Wood Thrush 3, Yellow-thr. Vireo 1, Black & White Warbler 2, Nashville Warbler 3, Yellow-rumped Warbler 100, Black-throated Green Warbler 4, Cerulean Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Palm Warbler 1, Ovenbird 2, Hooded Warbler 2, Scarlet Tanager 1, Chipping Sparrow 3

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Date: April 21, 2000; 6:30 -9:00 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: cold, windy and rain!

Hilights; Double-c Cormorant 1 (sitting in a tree, not common at wetlands),Warbling Vireo 1, Yellow Warbler 3, Palm Warbler 1, Northern Waterthrush 1 (by platform in the edge of the cattails), Common Yellowthroat 3, Henslow's Sparrow 1 (the grassy field on west end of farm road, to the right of the marsh and up small hill)

Additional: P-b Grebe 1, Canada Goose 20, Mallard 8, Blue-winged Teal 40, N. Shoveler 4, Wood Duck 25, Ruddy Duck 1, Hooded Merganser 1, Bobwhite 5, Am. Coot 30, Killdeer 10, (1 downy young), Common Snipe 25, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 15, Mourning Dove 6, Tree Swallow 50, Rough-w Swallow 2, Barn Swallow 10, Purple Martin 1 (m), Common Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren 1, Brown Thrasher 2, Am. Robin, Eastern Bluebird 1, Starling, House Sparrow, E. Meadowlark 10, Red-winged Blackbird 200, Rusty Blackbird 2, No. Cardinal, Am goldfinch, R-s (Eastern) Towhee, Savannah Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 10, White-crowned Sparrow 30, White-throated Sparrow 10, Swamp Sparrow 15, Song Sparrow 20

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Date: April 20, 2000; 9:20 am - 2:30 pm
Location: East Frok State Park, Breeding Survey, Block #6
Reporter: Jay G. lehman
Other Birders:

Hilights:
White-eyed Vireo 1, Blue-winged Warbler 1, Prairie Warbler 7, 4 locations

Am. Coot 10, Brown Creeper 1, Winter Wren 1, Ruby-crownded Kinglet 3, White-throated Sparrow 10

Additional, Breeding Birds: Great blue Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk (not in block #6), Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Tree Swallow, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Am. Robin, Brown Thrasher, No. Cardinal, R-s (Eastern) Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Am. Goldfinch

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Date: April 21, 2000
Location: Red Bird Lane, Terrace Park, OH (eastern Hamilton Co.)
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders: none

First sighting of male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at 8:40 a.m. today at feeder by window.

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Date: 4/20/00
Location: Erlanger,KY
Reporter: Mandy
Other Birders:

First male hummingbird at feeder,this evening, right before storm hit. Yippee!

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Date: 4/20/00
Location: Erlanger,KY
Reporter: Mandy
Other Birders:

First male hummingbird at feeder,this evening, right before storm hit. Yippee!

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Date: 4/20/2000
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Recent reports of marsh birds and the promise of an early warbler fallout sent me to Spring Valley this AM. Results were mixed. Sora were easily visible from the boardwalk with at least 4 or 5 individuals seen. One Virginia rail was heard at daybreak but not visualized. Other birds of note included northbound Osprey and broad-winged hawk, 3 solitary sandpipers, 3 greater yellowlegs and a singing warbling vireo. In the warbler department I found only yellow (several singing males),yellow-rumped and yellow-throated.

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Date: April 20
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

My apologies for the thrice-repeated message below -- my mistake. Had 11 species of warblers in the woods this morning: 14 Yellow-rumped, 4+ Black-throated Green, 3+ Blue-winged, 2+ Northern Parula, 2 Cerulean, 1 Nashville, 1 Orange-crowned, 1 Ovenbird, 1 Black-and-white, 1 Worm-eating, and 1 Hooded. Other birds observed in/from the park include: 2 Blue-headed Vireos, 1 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 2 Brown Thrashers, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 12 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2 Winter Wrens, 1 House Wren, 2+ Eastern Towhees, 2 Chipping Sparrows, 30-40 White-throated Sparrows, 5 species of Woodpeckers, 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Green Heron, and 15 Blue Jays (all the jays were moving NNE just before the rain arrived). Raptors included 1 Broad-winged, 1 Coopers, 1 Red-tailed, 1 Osprey, 6 Turkey Vultures, and 4 Black Vultures.

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Date: April 19
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

This afternoon, birding the floodplain just north of the Beechmont Levee, we found 20+ Great Blue Herons, 2 Great Egrets, 1 Black-crowned Night Heron, 1 Osprey, 8 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 8+ Wood Ducks, 3+ Blue-winged Teal, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 5 Tree Swallows, 4+ N. Rough-winged Swallows, 4+ Purple Martins, 3 Chimney Swifts, 1 male Yellow Warbler, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, and 1 Swamp Sparrow. Yesterday, there was also a House Wren (a real one) and a Barn Swallow.

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Date: April 19
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

This afternoon, birding the floodplain north of the Beechmont Levee, we found 20+ Great Blue Herons, 2 Great Egrets, 1 Black-crowned Night Heron, 1 Osprey, 8 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 8+ Wood Ducks, 3+ Blue-winged Teal, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 male Yellow Warbler, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, and 1 Swamp Sparrow. Yesterday, there was also a House Wren (a real one).

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Date: April 19
Location: Little Miami River
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

This afternoon, birding the floodplain north of the Beechmont Levee, we found 20+ Great Blue Herons, 2 Great Egrets, 1 Black-crowned Night Heron, 1 Osprey, 8 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Common Snipe, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 8+ Wood Ducks, 3+ Blue-winged Teal, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 male Yellow Warbler, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, and 1 Swamp Sparrow. Yesterday, there was also a House Wren (a real one).

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Date: 19 April 2000
Location: College Hill
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

New arrivals (for me, at least): Scarlet Tanager and Wood Thrush.

Also, a Mockingbird doing a perfect rendition of a Great-crested Flycatcher.

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Date: 4/18/00
Location: Aicholtz Road, Clermont County
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

3 Chimney Swifts while driving.

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Date: 4/16/00
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

A Barred Owl was calling in the woods directly behing my house from about
10-10:30pm. Against a backdrop of singing frogs it was very enchanting.

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Date: April 16, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds--trip list correction
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club

This is a correction to the trip list below... We saw 2-3 yellow-RUMPED warblers, not "yellow warblers" as I mistakenly typed in. We had HOPED to see yellow warblers, but, alas. (i Must leRn to tipe mre carefuly!)

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Date: Sunday April 16, 2000
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

An Eastern Phoebe is still sitting on a nest and five other Phoebes were found. One Prairie and two Blue-winged warbers were singing as well as three Yellow-throated Warblers and a Louisiana Waterthrush. One Wood thrush was also found. Turkeys are gobbling in the early morning, and last week I happened upon a Tom displaying in the middle of Clover Rd on park property.

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Date: Sunday, April 16, 2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest wetland
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger, Audubon Society group

Hilites included American Bitterns 2/3,Green Heron 1/2, Blue-winged Teal 30+, Green-winged Teal 1, N. Shoveler 20, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, N. Bobwhite 3/4 calling, Virginia Rail 2, Sora 1, Am. Coot 50+, Black-bellied Plover 15+ most in breeding plumage, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Common Snipe 5, Ring-billed Gull 2, E. Phoebe, Tree & Rough-winged Swallows, Brown Thrasher 3, White-crowned Sparrow. 3 Yellow-throated Warblers along Blue Rock Rd.

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Date: Monday, April 17th
Location: Fairfield Backyard
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders:

2 Yellow Rumped Warblers, 2 other UFO warblers.

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Date: April 17
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

At noon, I heard a black-throated green warbler singing near my backyard. A quick venture into the woods between rainshowers turned up 7+ Yellow-rumpeds, 2 Orange-crowneds, 2 Black-throated Greens, 1 Nashville, 1 Blue-winged, and 1 Black-and-white Warbler. THEY'RE HERE.

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Date: April 16, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip

Our list is in contrast to the many warbler sightings in other nearby areas... 1 great blue heron, wood duck, mallards, 3 or 4 dozen blue-winged teal, 2 green-winged teal, 6 shoveler, 6 or so coot, 4 common snipe, field & song & white-throated sparrows, 2 or 3 yellow warblers, 1 common yellowthroat, 6 blue-gray gnatcatchers, 1 ruby-crowned kinglet, carolina chickadees, cardinals, carolina wrens, 2 brown thrasher, 3 eastern phoebe, rough-winged and tree swallows, 1 great horned owl, 2 northern mockingbird, goldfinches, 1 immature--likely female--red tail hawk. 12 rusty blackbirds, grackles, red-wingeds, possibly every cowbird currently living in the tri-state... 2 snapping turtles underneath the beaver dam in the canal. Water levels are fair to good in North and West Ponds, excellent in South Pond, the gravel pit, and the canal and creek. Vegetation makes visibility in N & W ponds difficult.

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Date: 14 and 15 April 2000
Location: College Hill
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

An arrival thursday night produced warblers:
Myrtle, Black-throated Green, Black-and-White, Common Yellowthroat; both kinglets in good numbers, Gnatcatchers, and Chimney Swifts, along with flocks of Field, White-throated and White-crowned sparrows.

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Date: 4/15/00
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

I forgot to mention the 3 No. Paralas.

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Date: Sunday, April 16th
Location: Fairfield Backyard
Reporter: Mark Stephens
Other Birders:

Lone Chimney Swift flying around close to sunset. First of the year.

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Date: 1/15/00
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

There is an interesting goose, obviously an escape at Endicott Marsh. It is no

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Date: April 9, 2000; 1:00 pm, Addition to prev. report
Location: P&G Health Care Research Center,
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Purple Martin 2 (1m, 1f)

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Date: 10 April 2000
Location: Lost Bridge near Elizabethtown
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

~ 200 Double-crested Cormorants

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Date: April 9, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

The water levels at Gilmore are very good at present, though the high vegetation from last summer makes seeing waterfowl in west pond a very tricky task. 4 blue winged teal, mallards, 3 green-winged teal, 1 wood duck, 2 phoebe, yellow-rumped warblers, white-crowned sparrows, 2 rough-winged swallows. Leopard frogs were calling from south pond.

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Date: 4/9/2000
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Midmorning walk with my wife.

Northern Flicker, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Hermit Thrush(2), Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler

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Date: 4/9/00
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Marlesa Gray
Other Birders: none

Also a lot of pied-billed grebes.

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Date: 4/9/00
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Marlesa Gray
Other Birders: none

I saw a fair number of Canada geese, American coots, blue-winged teal, American widgeon, great blue heron (2), osprey (1), belted kingfisher (4), mallards (2), downy woodpecker (1), northern flicker (4), blue jay, American crow, mourning dove, tree swallows, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, eastern bluebird (5), American robin, yellow-rumped warbler (1), white-crowned sparrows, cardinals, red-winged blackbirds, eastern meadowlarks, purple finches, house finches, and four river otters.

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Date: 4/8/00
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: James Toschlog
Other Birders: Jeffrey Bennett

Some interesting things: Northern Parula, Black-throated green, Osprey, Purple finch, Red-breasted nuthatch, Barn swallows, Tree swallows, Rough-winged swallows, and many other common species---71 total species

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Date: 4/9/2000 8:30-Noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Paul Wharton (briefly)

Osprey were attempting to fish in shallow wetland ponds. Quail were in thicket along western fenceline (near first dike). Chipping Sparrows were near Tallgrass Prairie feeder.

Pied-billed Grebe 1, American Bittern 1, Turkey Vulture 7, Canada Goose 15, Wood Duck 6, Gadwall 4, Mallard 6, Blue-winged Teal 30, Northern Shoveler 20, Green-winged Teal 6, Bufflehead 1, Hooded Merganser 8, Osprey 2, Northern Harrier 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Northern Bobwhite 7, American Coot 80, Killdeer 5, Greater Yellowlegs 8, Lesser Yellowlegs 2, Rock Dove 4, Mourning Dove 5, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 10, Horned Lark 12, Tree Swallow 60, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3, Barn Swallow 4, Carolina Chickadee 12, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 3, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 30, Northern Mockingbird 3, Brown Thrasher 4, European Starling 21, Eastern Towhee 2, American Tree Sparrow 3, Chipping Sparrow 5, Field Sparrow 25, Savannah Sparrow 7, Song Sparrow 40, Swamp Sparrow 12, White-throated Sparrow 3, White-crowned Sparrow 12, Northern Cardinal 20, Red-winged Blackbird 80, Eastern Meadowlark 8, Common Grackle 20, Brown-headed Cowbird 12, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 15, House Sparrow 8.

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Date: 4/8/00
Location: Spring Valley, Caesar Creek
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

I went to the wet prairie for Woodcock-no luck. On to Spring Valley for Rails, no rails. I did find good company there. Bob and I hooked up for some good birding, American Bittern, Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, Yellow-throated Warbler and an Oprey fishing for his breakfast.
We left Spring Valley and went to the Fernass Shores boat ramp (across R.73 from the entrance to the swimming beach area). There were 28 Common Loons swimming around in that area off the ramp. I'm sure the nasty weather had them nailed down but for a confirmed Loon lover like I am that was quite a treat. There were also several Bonaparte Gulls, Red-breasted Merg., Ruddy Ducks, and 1 Horned Grebe. Finally the wind and snow drove us off and we headed for the Gorge. Nothing there but after the Loons we weren't being too picky.

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Date: April 9, 2000; ca. 12:30 pm
Location: P&G Health Care Research Center
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Ruddy Duck 11, Ring-n. duck 2, Bufflehead 3 (2m, 1 f), Gadwall 7, Blue-w. Teal 1, Green-w. Teal 3

N. Rough-w. Swallow 4, Barn Swallow 1

Chipping Sparrow 1 (singing on site today and since Friday, 4/7/00)

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Date: April 7, 2000
Location: Oxford
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

First Chimney Swifts (6) of the year flying over about 4:30 PM today.

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Date: April 7, 2000
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm Williamsburg Oh.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Chimney Swift,Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Barn Swallow and several Brown Thrashers.

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Date: 4/7/2000 evening
Location: Clifton home
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

First Chimney Swifts (7) over my Clifton home.

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Date: 7 Apr 00
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders:

A Northern Parula was singing away this morning, along with a Yellow-throated Warbler.

Yesterday (6 Apr 00) I saw a male Black-throated Green Warbler at the Schunk Tract of the Hamilton Co. Park District.

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Date: April 6
Location: Little Miami Flood Plain
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

Today, in a flooded field north of the Beechmont Levee and west of the Little Miami River, we came across several shorebirds, ducks, and other birds: 14 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 12 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 11 Killdeer, 4 Common Snipe, 9 Green-winged Teal, 3 Blue-winged Teal, 12+ Wood Ducks, 4 Mallards, 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 Northern Shoveler, 1 Northern Pintail, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 23 Double-crested Cormorants, 4 Ring-billed Gulls, 10+ Tree Swallows, 4 Barn Swallows, 1 Rough-winged Swallow, 2 flocks of Rusty Blackbirds, 10+ Savanna Sparrows, 4+ Vesper Sparrows, and 2 Field Sparrows.

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Date: Thursday, April 6, 2000
Location: Miami Heights
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

I wasn't sure whether the creek behind my new house would be big enough to attract a Louisiana Waterthrush. It is. :-) At least one, and probably a second, was singing there this evening.

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Date: April 6th 2000
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont Cty
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders: Brad Foppe

In a short walk today found a Red tailed Hawk, OSPREY!! (new yard bird), a pair of Wood Ducks, and my first singing Thrasher.

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Date: April 6th 2000
Location: East Fork north beach
Reporter: Bobby Foppe
Other Birders:

If anyone wants to go down to the campers beach on the north side of the lake it is closed because of high water. I'm not sure about the other areas. Very little bird activity there this afternoon with highlights being a Thrasher and Flicker.

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Date: 04-01-00
Location: Portsmouth area, Scioto river, Scioto Trail state park
Reporter: Greg ryder
Other Birders:

I did not have much time to go out this winter, but the first day of April was a great one for me. I started out at Scioto Trail SP around 10:30am-3 Bobolink (by firetower) 20+ turkey vultures, 3 redtails (seen from sence overlook on Martin Rd) and several others 1 northern harrier, white/red breasted nuthatchs, am. robin, am. goldfinch (starting to change plumage), downy/hairy/red bellied woodpeckers, yellow shafted flicker, and other wintering birds through out the park. After this I went to the Scioto River in Portsmouth near US 52 west. I saw a beautiful adult Bald Eagle and a Kingfisher within the trees. It was a rather muddy, but walked along the shore to find a Great-horned owl out and about in mid-day it was about 3:30pm. Well that's about it. I am somewhat skeptical of the Bobolinks, but according to my field guide that are here. Has anyone else seen them, anywhere? By the way a lot water has risen around the confluence of the Scioto and Ohio rivers again, ducks are about if anyone is traveling through the area. I am going to try and go out to look at them tommorrow, but do not have much experience with waterbirds, plus I don't have a scope. Happy Birding:)

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Date: April 5, 2000
Location: Acton Lake (Hueston Woods) & north-end Brookville Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

Acton Lake- Common Loon (2); Blue-winged Teal (30+); Am. Coot (200+); RB Mergs (16); Horned Grebe (3); Bar-headed Goose from Ap 4 has gone; Louisiana Waterthrush (3) in Big Woods at Hueston Woods.
Brookville Lake [north end] highlights-Caspian Tern (1); Osprey (2); Merlin (1); DC Cormorants (18); Roughwings with Tree Swallows; Great Egrets (9); RB Mergs (80+); Hooded Mergs (35+); Bonapart's Gull (45+ report from Earlham over 450 in morning).

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Date: April 5
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

I spent several hours hawkwatching at Heekin Overlook and the Ault Park Pavilion today. The kettles of Broad-winged Hawks I had hoped to see never materialized, but I did see 1 Broad-winged, 1 Harrier (male!), 1 Osprey (carrying lunch), 1 Sharp-shinned, 1 Kestrel, 6 Red-taileds, and 10 Turkey Vultures. In addition to the raptors, there were fly-bys of 13 D-c Cormorants, 2 Chimney Swifts, and 2 Tree Swallows, plus there were 5 Blue-winged Teal and 3 Yellowlegs (even at 60 power, bill proportion and shape are tough to discern at such distance) feeding in the flooded fields along the Little Miami River. Butterflies present included dozens of Silver-spotted Skippers and Cabbage White Sulphurs, plus 1 Black Swallowtail and 1 Tiger Swallowtail.

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Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2000
Location: Ohio River, downtown Cincinnati & Newport
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: fide Frank Renfro

Frank Renfro found a Little Gull on the Ohio River at downtown Cincinnati today and reported it to the Cincinnati Bird Club this evening. The CBC hotline was put into service, but because of the late time of the report, some people will not get the call until Wednesday. The Little Gull was reported to be in transition from 1st winter plumage into summer plumage. It was seen in the company of about 30 Bonaparte's Gulls. Frank saw the gull from the Kentucky side of the river but there are probably many vantage points on either side of the river you may be able to see the gull from. Generally it was seen along the Ohio River between the I-471 and Suspension bridges. Best viewing may be from the Newport waterfront along Riverboat Row to Taylor Park. To get there from downtown Cincinnati take I-471 south over the river and take the first exit which is Ky. 8. This exit cloveleafs around and deadends into Riverboat Row/ Ky. 8. Turn left onto Riverboat Row and go about .5 mile to Taylor Park, checking the river from all the available parking lot's along the way.

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Date: 4/3/2000 12:00-1:00
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I saw 3 Pine Warblers in some of the pines around the lake. There was at least 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers around the lake. Many kinglets foraging high in the trees. There was at least 1 Barred Owl calling for a 4 minte period. There was a call and response but one called more than the other so somone could have been playing a tape.

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Date: Monday, April 3, 2000; 6:45-8:00 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: only rain!

Sandhill Crane 1 calling-overflight
P-b Grebe 5, Canada Goose 20, Mallard, N. Shoveler 8, B-w Teal 15, Wood Duck 6, Greater Yellowlegs 3, Lesser Yellowlegs 7, Common Snipe 1, Barn Swallow 1, Tree Swallows 30, Brown Thrasher 3 singing, Red-winged Blackbird 100 (estimate), Rusty Blackbird 3 singing, E. bluebird 2
Sparrows: Song, Swamp 5 singing, Field 6 singing, White-crowned 10 singing.

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Date: Sunday, April 2,2000
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

Common Loon 1,Great Blue Heron 3,Wood Duck 6, Blue-winged Teal 20+, No. Shoveller 2, Ring-necked Duck 50+, Lesser Scaup 10, Bufflehead 7, Am. Coot 25, E.Phoebe 2, Tree Swallow 75, N.Rough-winged Swallow 12+, Barn Swallow 1,Brown Thrasher 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 2, Swamp Sparrow 1.
Admittedly, the Co. Loon (in full breeding plumage) was a suprise in this location.

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Date: April 1, 2000
Location: East Fork Lake State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Eastern Phoebe sitting on a nest under an old bridge. Northern Rough-winged Swallow on March 28 in Afton Ohio (North entrance to East Fork State Park)

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Date: 04/02/2000
Location: My backyard
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders:

Louisiana Waterthrush

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Date: March 31, 2000
Location: Bethel, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

There was 1 Snow Goose mixed in with 5 Canada Geese in a field on St. Rt. 232 outside of (South) Bethel last Friday.

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Date: 4/1/00
Location: Muscatatuck, Hardy Lake, Markland Dam
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

I was at Muscatatuck before daybreak to listen for Woodcock. They were conspicuous by their absence. Whether they were hiding from the GH Owl that flew over or from the people in the 5 pickup trucks I don't know. You should have seen those guys roll out of those trucks when some Turkeys gobbled out across the field.
Otherwise some good stuff; 8 Sparrow sp., Song, Savannah, Fox, Swamp, VESPER, Field,White-thr. and White Crowned. A N. Waterthrush bobbed along at the Mini-marsh. Brown Thrashers were singing all over the place. Blue-winged Teal, Gadwall, Wigeons, Ring-necks, Buffleheads, Woodies, Mallards were fairly well represented. A Horned Grebe in advanced breeding plumage was on Stanfield Lake.
At Hardy Lake there were 4 loons,2 more H.Grebes, Bufflehead, Ruddies. Best of all there were 2 Ospreys flying together. Hope they are looking for a home.
There were 4 (possibly more) Franklin Gulls at Markland Dam. They scattered before I could get my scope set up to really check them out; there may have been as many as 8 but I am sure of 4.

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Date: 4/2/2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Northern Bobwhite, Ruddy Duck, Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, American Coot, Common Snipe, Killdeer, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe, Mourning Dove, American Crow, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, European Starling, Northern Mockingbird, Tree Swallow, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird

There was 3 Snow Geese. Twice they lifted off the water, flew in a circle and then landed in approximately the same area they took off from. I couldn't see them on the water as the spot was blocked by reeds. One tree had ~40 Tree Swallows taking a mid-day break.

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Date: 4/1/2000
Location: Burnett Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

My wife and I saw a RT Hawk catch a snake and then take it to a branch to eat. We watched it eat from about 30 feet with binocs. The whole time it ate it was surrounded by 4-5 crows. One crow repeatedly dive bombed the hawk's back half. You could hear the crows feet hitting the hawk with a thud each time. Apparently it was trying to get the hawk to release its prey because as soon as the hawk finished eating the crow stopped the dive bombing. There was also one PB Grebe and one Am Coot in the pond.

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Date: 4/1/2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands/ The Oxbow
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Miami-Whitewater - The south area of the wetland has been recently burned. This area was full of common snipe(at least 15-20 individuals.) Also seen were 1 greater yellowlegs, a mute swan and a nice assortment of dabbling ducks.
At the Oxbow the flooded field directly behind the cement plant has some fairly good shorebird habitat. Present this morning were 30 pectoral sandpipers, 3 lesser yellowlegs, 1 greater yellowlegs, killdeer and ring-billed gulls.

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