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Sightings Log Archive: October 2000 - December 2000

Date: Dec.31,2000
Location: Western Hamilton County
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

I went driving the back roads looking for field birds, and they are still out there in big numbers. The largest flock was still in the fields next to Renck's Nursery on Rt.128 just west of Ross. The fields were alive with birds on both sides of the road and as far back as you could see. A pile of spilled grain brought hundreds of them very close to the parking lot, and the birds were about 50% Horned Larks and 50% lapland Longspurs. No Snow Buntings were seen but they have been seen there recently. In addition, 6 Tundra Swans flew low over the field, and several Redtails and a Harrier were seen as well. On East Miami River Rd. about 3/4 mile north of Thompson Rd. an immature Bald Eagle was seen perched along the river.

Date: 12/30 and 12/31
Location: US 50 & Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Miami Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Dave Brinkman

Yesterday during the Cincy CBC Dave and I had 81 Wild Turkeys at this location around 1600. And today the 31st around 1430 there were approximatly 50 present in the same area. You can tell where they have been because they are digging through the snow in efforts to find food.

Date: 29 December 2000
Location: near Wilmington, OH
Reporter: David Carr
Other Birders: Beth Clark

ccomodation Rd.

Date: 12/29/2000 11:45-12:30
Location: Spring Grove
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Nice raptor show. All in the area of 132. Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk (2), American Kestrel, Merlin. Crows were playing tag with all. The Merlin chased the Kestrel 3 different times while I was watching. Each time it returned to perch in the top of the same tree. I was there yesterday around the same time and only found the Cooper's Hawk.

Date: 12/28/00
Location: near Wilmington
Reporter: Jack Kemp
Other Birders:

As of this afternoon the Snowy Owl is still present on his usual utility pole. He is quite calm and can be approached to right at the base of the pole. Two photographers were tossing mice onto the snow nd shooting action shots of his approach, snatch, and sitting in the snow nearby. Beautiful! A Deputy Sheriff was making cars parked on the edge of the road move. Apparently the landowner doesn't mind our parking on the edge of the field.

Date: 12/28/00 12:54pm to 2:04pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I watched the feeders at the woodland across from section 100 from 12:54pm to 1:07pm. Although there was a lot of activity at the feeders, I could not find a Fox Sparrow. I searched the vicinity of section 132 (It is recommended to stop at the office just inside the Spring Grove Ave. gate to pick up a map showing the sections - I had no idea where 132 was without a map) for the Merlin, but could not locate the bird. Perhaps large numbers of crows kept it in hiding. I followed the raucous calls of Blue Jays but they did not lead me to a Merlin.
Here is a list of the birds at the feeder and elsewhere:

At the woodland feeder West of section 100:

Blue Jay 1, White-br. Nuthatch 1, Red-br. Nuthatch 1, Carolina Chickadee 6+, Tufted Titmouse 4+, Carolina Wren 1, Northern Cardinal 3, White-th. Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco 15 (incl. many light females that might be construed as "Oregon's" or "Pink-sided's" - seems to be a lot of variation in female juncos - I did not have a field guide handy, on break from work)

Elsewhere in the cemetary:

Blue Jay 3, American Crow 150+, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 2, American Robin 3, Northern Mockingbird 3, Dark-eyed Junco 5

Date: 12-27-00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders: none

Saw the Merlin this morning near plot 132, did not find the fox sparrow at feeder, even though I watched the feeder for about an hour. Also have a yellow parakeet visiting my feeder since December 13.

Date: 12/27/00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I saw the merlin again today, near the Johnny Appleseed monument. this time I saw it take off...like a bullet out of a gun! Wow!

Date: Dec. 24, 2000
Location: Lodge at Hueston Woods State Park
Reporter: Dave Dister
Other Birders:

The main chimney at the lodge had 12 Turkey Vultures and 2 Black Vultures on an open ledge near the top. There were also 6 other Turkey Vultures in nearby trees. The entire lake was frozen and thus no waterfowl were present.

Date: 12/27/00
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Saw (and heard) a dozen Cedar Waxwings high in the trees in my backyard this morning.

Date: 12/25/2000 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

What a difference two days make. Following up on Lori Brumbaugh's posting, Jason and I scoured the cemetery for a Merlin...and found one!

Just south of the ACA Memorial (section 132), the Merlin sat in a bare tree with a commanding view of the slopes in the "back end" of the cemetery. Jason and I were doing a stealthy approach when another person, looking for a grave marker and unaware of the bird's presence, walked right past the sentinel tree. The Merlin didn't even flinch! Needless to say, we approached a little closer, took our looks, and left with smiles on our faces.

The feeder in the Woodland Area (west of section 100) still had birdseed from Wednesday. Lo and behold, we picked up a Fox Sparrow, my first-ever for Spring Grove.

Canada Goose 10, Mute Swan 1, Mallard 15, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Merlin 1, Rock Dove 8, Mourning Dove 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 45, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 5, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, American Robin 25, Northern Mockingbird 4, European Starling 45, Cedar Waxwing 5, American Tree Sparrow 5, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 5, White-throated Sparrow 15, Dark-eyed Junco 30, Northern Cardinal 20, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 4, House Sparrow 10.

Date: 12/25/2000 9:30-10:00 AM
Location: Hidden Valley Lake, Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

In this harsh weather, even more than food, available water = birds. The open spot on the lake remains at the swimming beach. There were fewer birds because the hole is rapidly shrinking. The landbirds were concentrated in the wooded slopes surrounding the runoff channel, the only other source of water.

Canada Goose 60, Mute Swan 1, American Black Duck 1, Mallard 20, Redhead 2, Ring-necked Duck 1, Bufflehead 6, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Coot 12, Ring-billed Gull 1, Rock Dove 4, Mourning Dove 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 18, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, American Robin 30, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 40, Cedar Waxwing 12, American Tree Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 3, White- throated Sparrow 4, Dark-eyed Junco 12, Northern Cardinal 6, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 5, House Sparrow 5.

Date: 12/25/2000 8:30-9:30 AM
Location: Shawnee Lookout, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Once again, the Elizabethtown Bridge area proved productive. The river had many of the geese and this winter's first Common Merganser. It also attracted a lone Killdeer, some pipits, and a phoebe.

Enroute to and from this area, Jason and I spotted 8 Red-tailed Hawks and 2 American Kestrels. We also had a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk flying along I-275, just north of the Kilby Rd. exit.

Canada Goose 115, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 15, Common Merganser 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Coot 6, Killdeer 1, Ring-billed Gull 12, Mourning Dove 2, Red- bellied Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 60, Horned Lark 80, Carolina Chickadee 5, Carolina Wren 2, American Robin 25, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 120, American Pipit 7, American Tree Sparrow 45, Savannah Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 8, White-throated Sparrow 15, Dark-eyed Junco 10, Lapland Longspur 18, Snow Bunting 1, Northern Cardinal 6, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 10, House Sparrow 15.

Date: 12/26/00
Location: Oxford Rd. near Miami Whitewater Wetland area
Reporter: Ed Groneman
Other Birders:

Saw a Northern Harrier at the wetland &
many Horned Larks in fields on surrounding roads - also one female Lapland Longspur amidst the Larks.

Date: 12/25/00
Location: Floodplain N of Beechmont Ave. and W of the Little Miami
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Stan Hedeen

On the twelfth day of Christmas the floodplain gave to me:
1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 American Kestrel, 2 Northern Harriers, 3 R-t Hawks, 1 G-w Teal, 3 Hooded Mergansers, 5 Black Ducks, 40+ Mallards, 4 Canada Geese, 50+ R-b Gulls, 1 W-t Sparrow, 12 W-c Sparrows, 50+ Song Sparrows, 100+ American Tree Sparrows, 2 Belted Kingfishers, 4 Great Blue Herons, 3 Horned Larks, 40+ Northern Cardinals, 20+ Carolina Chickadees, 2 Tufted Titmice, 5 American Robins, 4 Carolina Wrens, 1 Winter Wren, 2 Brown Creepers, 15+ Mourning Doves, 3 Rock Doves, 20+ European Starlings, 1 American Goldfinch, 400+ American Crows, 4 Downy Woodperckers, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 2 Northern Flickers, 2+ R-b Woodpeckers, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Date: 12/25/2000
Location: Rt.128 Hamilton-Butler county line
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

The 7 Sandhill Cranes that had been reported on the 23 were seen again today at 11:00 am. They were seen in a corn field at the sign marking the Hamilton Butler co. line on Rt.128.
I assume these are the same birds reported on the 23. The same number of birds and in the same area.

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2000
Location: Western Hamilton County CBC
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: 22 counters

We found a total of 69 species (for those who were at the tally, Great Horned Owl was added later that evening), which is a little higher than average. Except for Canada Geese, which set a new count high of 1783, waterfowl numbers and diversity were down, as would be expected since most water was frozen. We also set new high counts for Ring-billed Gull (1948) and Herring Gull (9), but those had nothing to do with water - most were at Mt. Rumpke. Most raptors were present in normal numbers, except for Northern Harriers, which set a new high of 8. 9 Black Vultures and 4 Turkey Vultures were each only one short of the old high numbers, and were found for only the second time on this CBC. Wild Turkeys were found for the first time; 20 were seen in two flocks. Farm field birds provided the most impressive numbers: there were 2676 Horned Larks (previous high 165), 12 Snow Buntings (20 seen on just one previous count), and 3034 Lapland Longspurs (only a single bird seen previously, out of 41 years). Sparrows also provided some good sightings, with 1 Chipping Sparrow and 5 Savannah Sparrows (singles of each seen on two previous counts), and a Pink-sided form of Dark-eyed Junco seen for the first time.

Date: 12/24/2000
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Mostly frozen water here, too. However, I found an immature bald eagle sitting on the ice at about 10 AM today. Other highlights included a beatiful adult red-shouldered hawk, and (at the feeder at the visitors center) several purple finches and a pine siskin.

Date: 12/24/2000 10:00-11:45 AM
Location: Shawnee Lookout, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Most of today's best birds were found around the Elizabethtown Bridge. Most of the ducks were in the gravel pit north of the bridge. The geese were mostly flyovers, as were the vultures. The lonspurs, buntings, and larks were in the western side (closest to E-town) of the north field.

Most of the woodland birds were found in Shawnee Lookout proper. The best spot was at the feeder on Tomahawk Knob.

There is very little open water in the entire area. The Oxbow region was flooded and completely frozen over.

Great Blue Heron 2, Black Vulture 12, Turkey Vulture 2, Canada Goose 850, American Black Duck 5, Mallard 52, Canvasback 6, Redhead 9, Ring-necked Duck 33, Bufflehead 3, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Coot 30, Ring-billed Gull 15, Mourning Dove 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 7, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 100, Horned Lark 80, Carolina Chickadee 40, Tufted Titmouse 5, White-breasted Nuthatch 5, Carolina Wren 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 38, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 130, Cedar Waxwing 15, Eastern Towhee 1, Savannah Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 24, Dark-eyed Junco 40, Lapland Longspur 140, Snow Bunting 2, Northern Cardinal 28, Brown-headed Cowbird 30, House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 25, House Sparrow 6.

Date: 12/24/2000 9:00-9:30AM
Location: Hidden Valley Lake, Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

There was one spot of open water, visible from the parking lot overlooking the swimming beach. There were a lot of bird bodies packed into such a small space. There were also 4 or 5 domestic geese masquerading as wild waterfowl.

Hidden Valley Lake is a private community. Make sure to STRICTLY observe the posted speed limit.

Canada Goose 75, Mute Swan 1, Gadwall 1, Mallard 40, Canvasback 11, Ring-necked Duck 30, Lesser Scaup 4, Bufflehead 20, Ruddy Duck 5, American Coot 60, Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 4, American Crow 40, Horned Lark 12, Carolina Chickadee 5, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 2, American Robin 15, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 30, Song Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 5, Dark-eyed Junco 8, Northern Cardinal 3, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 5.

Date: 12/24/00
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Denham

The merlin is back at Spring Grove Cemetery. We saw it today while walking. It was alot like the snowy owl in that it just sits and looks down at you while we circled it, right beneath its perch. It was still sitting there when we left. Another small hawk was in the same tree but skittered away when we approached. I presume it was a sharpie and not another merlin.

Date: various
Location: Downtown
Reporter: Connair
Other Birders:

For those of you interested in the downtown peregrine falcons, the breeding pair appears to be sticking around for the winter. They can often be seen perched on the signs on the north side of the 5/3rd building or the south side of the Kroger building.
My office is in a building between the two. A few colleagues and I have observed their habits for the past few months. Up close the male is a striking bird with a very bright white chest to contrast a dark slate back. The female is a bit duskier on back and has a russet tinge to the chest.
The male brought a robin to a lighting platform outside our windows on 12/5/00 and tucked it into a corner, presumably for a rainy day. It's still there but covered with snow. On 12/12 I watched them both team up to catch a pigeon between the Hamilton Co. offices and the P&G towers. The female spotted the bird out in the open and caught up to it with a low dive. She didn't immediately try to take it, but rather chased it around keeping it from going to ground. The male joined in and they took turns until it was worn out and the female casually plucked it from the air and fluttered to the ground.
They tend to use the buildings as cover for surprise attacks and we have seen them diving out of the sun, the female behind the male, presumably also to surprise the otherwise fairly savvy pigeon flocks.
I've been thinking of making the trip up to see the snowy owl. What is the latest?

Date: 12/23/2000 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery & Millcreek Rd., Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

I went to Spring Grove specifically looking for northern finches. After 3 hours of scanning conifers, I came up empty on crossbills, siskins, etc. However, a nice consolation prize was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in a large Hemlock in Section 52. A visit to nearby Millcreek Road yielded 2 Black Ducks in a group of Mallards. These were in the only open water I could find on the Mill Creek. The combined list follows:

Mute Swan 1, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 45, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, Rock Dove 30, Mourning Dove 13, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 160, Carolina Chickadee 35, Tufted Titmouse 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Brown Creeper 4, Carolina Wren 4, Golden- crowned Kinglet 22, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 800, Northern Mockingbird 8, European Starling 70, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Field Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 40, Dark-eyed Junco, 40, Northern Cardinal 35, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 13, House Sparrow 12.

Date: 12/23/99 about 9:00 - 11:30
Location: Western Hamilton County
Reporter: Don Kinsman
Other Birders: Chuck Tirone

I think we saw the same Sandhill Cranes which William Hull reported for this day. We were at the field across from Renck's on 128 where Paul Wharton saw the Horned Larks & Lapland Longspurs on 12/20/00. (We saw a hundred or more Horned Larks, but no Lapland Longspurs though they were probably there somewhere.) A bow hunter in a truck stopped and said he saw a bunch of "big birds" just past "the house up the road" and asked if we would drive down there and tell him what they were. In a field just past a white home there were 7 Sandhill Cranes standing in a group.

We then went on to the site near P&G which Paul Wharton described. There were several hundred more Horned Larks and a number of Lapland Longspurs. They were hard to count because they kept flying around, but there were at least 5 and maybe 6 Longspurs that we could easily see as they came very near the fence; close enough for excellent views of markings and coloration through binoculars. There were both males and females.

Date: 12/23/2000 10:30
Location: W. Hamilton County
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There were 7 Sandhill Cranes this morning in a corn field off from 128 just south of the Hamilton/Butler County line.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 23
Location: Monroe Twp., Clermont Co., Between Bethel & New Richmond OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Dad

There were 2 Sandhill Cranes in the middle of a very large cornfield down the road from the house this morning. One bird appeared chunkier and darker than the other (younger bird?).

Date: 12/22/2000 16:30-17:30
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There is a very small amount of open water in each of the two large pits. There was two Trumpeter Swans, a large number of Canada Geese, Mallards, and American Coots, and a smattering of Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked Ducks, and Hooded Merganser. There was also one Blue-winged Teal present.

Date: 12/16/00
Location: backyard
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

On Saturday the 16th, I spotted an immature red-tailed hawk in my backyard. It was being taunted by several large crows and it was soaking wet from the rain. It kept spreading its wings while it was perched, much like a cormorant. I guess it was trying to dry off, but if anyone thinks otherwise please e-mail me.

Date: Wed. Dec.20,2000
Location: Western Hamilton Cty. backroads
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

If anyone is looking for winter field birds, now is the time. I drove a few back roads around Miami Whitewater and found an abundance of birds.In 26 miles, I found 8 flocks of Horned Larks- all with at least 15 birds. All 8 flocks had Lapland Longspurs, and at least 1 flock had a Snow Bunting. Very rough estimates of numbers are a total of 2000 Horned Larks,130 Lapland Longspurs, 1 Snow Bunting,6 N Harriers, 6 Redtails, and 3 Kestrels.The largest flock of birds was on SR 128 just west of Ross in the fields across from Renck's Nursery.A flock of 1000+/- birds was swirling through the field and contained at least 40 Longspurs and 1 Snow Bunting.If they would have settled longer more of each could certainly have been found. Other major concentrations were at the pig farm on Farmland Rd. in Harrison where the vulture roost was 2 yrs. ago, a farmhouse on Atherton Rd. where grain was spilled near the silos, and the dairy farm feedlot near P&G on East Miami River Rd.

Date: 12-20-00
Location: Wilmington Owl
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

I took some out of town friends to see the owl on Sunday (17th)and it was still at the same location (and appeared much warmer than I was!!)

Date: 12/20/00
Location:
Reporter: Francine Kidd
Other Birders:

Is the snowy owl still in Wilmington? My daughter is coming from Washington DC and I want to take her.
Thanks for the help.

Date: Sunday, December 17, 2000
Location: East Fork CBC
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: 10 Christmas counters

Here are the unofficial results of the East Fork Christmas Bird Count. Ten observers braved the cold to count 64 species. This count is centered in Williamsburg, OH (Clermont co.) and includes all of East Fork State Park as well as surrounding areas within the circle in Clermont and Brown counties. This is the first count where I have seen waxwings outnumbering starlings!

Sunday, December 17, 2000

Pied-billed Grebe 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Canada Goose 238, Am. Black Duck 10, Mallard 140, Canvasback 2, Northern Harrier 3, Cooper's Hawk 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 9, Wild Turkey 57, American Coot 56, Sandhill Crane 3, Killdeer 16, Ring-billed Gull 2500, Rock Dove 46, Mourning Dove 379, Great Horned Owl 2, Red-headed Woodpecker 6, Red-bellied Woodpecker 45, Downy Woodpecker 37, Hairy Woodpecker 9,
Northern Flicker 24, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 43, American Crow 168, Horned Lark 770,
Carolina Chickadee 123, Tufted Titmouse 36, White-breasted Nuthatch 13,
Brown Creeper 4, Carolina Wren 29,
Golden-crowned Kinglet 17, Eastern Bluebird 75, Hermit Thrush 2, American Robin 126, Northern Mockingbird 7,
European Starling 1095, American Pipit 5, Cedar Waxwing 1389, Yellow-rumped Warbler 34, Eastern Towhee 9, American Tree Sparrow 66, Field Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 69, Swamp Sparrow 11, White-throated Sparrow 120, White-crowned Sparrow 3, Dark-eyed Junco 231, Lapland Longspur 111, Snow Bunting 1, Northern Cardinal 277, Red-winged Blackbird 1, Eastern Meadowlark 2,
Rusty Blackbird 24, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, Purple Finch 2, House Finch 57, American Goldfinch 88, House Sparrow 51

Date: 12/17/2000 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

We went out looking for longspurs, and we found a dozen...along with 500+ Horned Larks. The snow moved these birds to the roadside along Baughman Rd., from Farm Lane to the wetlands parking lot. More unexpected were 4 separate flocks of Sandhill Cranes. These were first spotted in Harrison, and wound up with 14 birds standing in the field across Baughman Rd. from the wetlands parking lot.

We braved the elements to scour the fields for sparrows. We were amply rewarded with good numbers of the more common varieties, as well as 15 Savannah Sparrows. Best of all--after a 30 minute routine of pop-up, flit, burrow, and hide--Jason and I are 95% certain we had at least one LeConte's Sparrow. This bird was inhabiting the same Indian Grass field that the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows were in earlier this year. In fact, their former presence is the main reason for the 5% uncertainty.

Oh, yes. Did anyone else notice the peel-the-skin-off-your-face wind and bitter cold?! It was tough!!!

Wetlands and surrounding area list: Canada Goose 60, Mallard 30, Northern Harrier 3, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, Sandhill Crane 79, Ring-billed Gull 6, Mourning Dove 15, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Blue Jay 5, American Crow 150, Horned Lark 500, Carolina Chickadee 8, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 2, Hermit Thrush 1, American Robin 25, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 60, Cedar Waxwing 35, Eastern Towhee 2, American Tree Sparrow 60, Le Conte's Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 15, Song Sparrow 20, Swamp Sparrow 12, White-throated Sparrow 30, White-crowned Sparrow 10, Dark-eyed Junco 80, Lapland Longspur 12, Northern Cardinal 80, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 12, House Sparrow 4.

Date: 12/17/2000 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

There was a nice assortment of the expected species with a few extra goodies thrown in. The gulls were overflying the cemetery the whole time we were there. The sapsucker (immature bird) vocalized loudly the whole time we watched it. By contrast, the Brown Thrasher was stone silent. It was in a honeysuckle tangle behind the (frozen) settling ponds at the rear (north end) of the cemetery.

Jason and I looked for a couple of hours at a variety of conifers, hoping for a stray northern finch. Not today!

Cemetery list: Canada Goose 12, Mute Swan 1, Mallard 15, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Ring- billed Gull 125, Rock Dove 3, Mourning Dove 15, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Blue Jay 5, American Crow 80, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 5, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 12, Eastern Bluebird 2, Hermit Thrush 3, American Robin 30, Northern Mockingbird 2, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 50, Eastern Towhee 1, Song Sparrow 4, White-throated Sparrow 20, Dark-eyed Junco 30, Northern Cardinal 35, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 20.

Date: December 16, 2000
Location: Hamilton/Fairfield CBC
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

70 species total. Highlights: 1 female summer tanager, 1 osprey, 8 tundra swan, a single flock of 110 white-crowned sparrows at Gilmore Ponds. The tanager has been using a feeder at a home near Harbin Park in Fairfield for a week or so. Dave Styer saw the bird on Wednesday or Thursday, wrote up field notes and ID'd the bird. The homeowners would rather not have visitors, but they did report that the bird was still present on Saturday morning. It has taken over a cracked peanut feeder and according to Dave, puts up a good defense against the house sparrows. The osprey was seen flying over a gravel pit, and the tundra swan and most of the count's waterfowl were all found at a gravel pit/hunting club, literally moments before the hunters arrived.

The Great Miami was in foul temper and there were hardly any waterfowl to be found there. Gilmore Ponds was more like the "Poseidon Adventure" than birding. While the counters were out there, the canal dike was breached in at least three places. Quite a sight. The complete count list, plus numbers, will be posted at the Gilmore Ponds website at www.gilmore.pond.org

Date: 12/16/00
Location: Ohio River Christmas count highlights
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders: Many Others

Its was a very wet CBC today, but some notable highlights.
11 Species of waterfowl. Including 4 Snow Geese, and a Tundra Swan at Hidden Valley Lake. One Horned Grebe. 2 Snipe, and over 125 Lapland Longspurs (mostly in Ohio river bottom fields, and mostly in Indiana).

Date: 12-16-00
Location: clinton county
Reporter: Gary L. Cate
Other Birders:

We have a snowy owl (flying free here).
I live in Wilmington Ohio and we have a snowy owl that has been here about 2 months,here are a couple of photos of her.

Date: Dec.16,2000
Location: Acton Lake,Hueston Woods
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Tundra Swan reported on Ohio Bird List yesterday was still there at 11:30am today.

Date: 12/13,14,15/00
Location: Sky over northern Cincinnati.
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: n.a.

On Wednesday and Friday of this week, I spotted 2 huge flocks of herring gulls above my house. I would think that there were about 200 in the part of the first flock I saw, but the whole thing probably contained upwards of 300. They were headed SE, but seemed to be making a turn towards the south, which makes sense. In the second flock, I only saw about 50, and they were headed due-west. A friend of mine that lives about 3 miles NE of my house saw the flocks flying over too. I'll keep an eye out for more.

Date: Dec.15,2000
Location: Miami-Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Two Northern Harriers,one an adult male the other an imm.. Just outside the park on Willey rd. between Atherton and Crosby roads in cutover corn fields a large group of birds was seen, made up of Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs.

Date: 12/13/00; 9:30 - 11:00 am
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Checked out the location (Stone Shelter parking lot) where Neill Cade reported the Red Crossbill on Saturday, 12/9/00. Didn't find the crossbill, but the habitat looks excellent and there were quite a few birds present. Would not be surprised if crossbill(s) is(are stil present.

Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-b. Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Am. Crow 4, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted titmouse 4, Red-br. Nuthatch 3, White-br. Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 1, Golden-cr. Kinglet 1, Am. Robin 3, Cedar Waxwing 80, N. Cardinal 8, Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 1, Dark-eyed Junco 10, House Finch 1, Am Goldfinch 1

Date: Dec.13, 2000
Location: East Miami River Rd. Colerain Twp.
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

There is a bumper crop of bush honeysuckle around the yard and today there were at least 300 Cedar Waxwings feeding on them plus many Robins and Bluebirds. Best of all, there were NO starlings to be seen. The count of 300 is a conservative estimate.

Date: 12:05 PM, Wednesday, 12/13/00
Location: Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none

My first Junco ("snowbird") of the year, at my new home, came with the first measurable snowfall of the year. Certainly justified it's nickname.

Date: 12/12/00
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm Williamburg, Oh
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Palm Warbler feeding on the front porch.

Date: 12/11-12/12
Location: Backyard
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

i need help identifying abird. i saw it yesterday and today. it was small (sparrow sized)and at first i hought it was a house sparrow. but, when it was perched at the feeder, i could see one very distinct white wing bar. None of the other sparrows had this. It also ate alone, while the other sparrows ate on the ground. usually when i see sparrows at the feeder there are a couple on the feeder. Today, while the sparrows ate at the feeder, it ate alone at the thistle feeder. is it another house sparrow, or something else? if you have any idea (because i don't), please email me.
thanks

Date: 12/10/00 1500
Location: Residence -Finneytown, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Had a juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker on an apple tree in the backyard. Also a Sharpshin hawk that has taken up residence in the area.

Date: Dec. 12, 2000
Location: Clinton County
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: S. Clingman

We went up to see the Snowy Owl on Sunday. It was in the usual location. With about 15 cars parked underneath it, there was no problem finding the owl. We arrived about 3:45 and left about 5:15. During that time probably 100 people stopped and looked. One gentlman who has been there for the last seven days told us the owl has been flying from one telephone pole to another starting at 5:10PM. So we waited and sure enough he flew from one pole to another. People told us that folks had been feeding the owl with mice. A quick look underneath the pole he had been roosting on revealed six dead mice.

Date: December 9, 2000
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve / Chilo, SE Clermont County
Reporter: Veronica Brannen
Other Birders: S. Clingman, D. Koller, M. Koller, J. Moermond, D. Dankovic, S. Pawlowski

First Annual Winter Bird Count at Crooked Run Nature Preserve/ Chilo Lock #34 Park on Ohio River. I personally was not present (I was up at Kelley Nature Preserve) but here is the list of reported 43 species counted: Great Blue Heron 5, Ring-billed Gull 7, Mallard 70, Black Duck 2, Wood Duck 1, Sharp - shinned Hawk 1, Red-Tailed Hawk 1, Turkey Vulture 1, Mourning Dove 32, Belted Kingfisher 4, Flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 14, Blue Jay 2, Carolina Chickadee 56, Tufted Titmouse 21, White-Breasted Nuthatch 5, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 11, Mockingbird 3, Robin 4, Bluebird 33, Cedar Waxwing 49, Cardinal 22, House Finch 4, Goldfinch 91, Dark-Eyed Junco 37, Tree Sparrow 6, Field Sparrow 12, White-Throated Sparrow 15, Swamp Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 18, Yellow-Rumped Warbler 57, Starling 14, Crow 9, Hermit Thrush 1, Black Vulture 7, American Coot 3, Lesser Scaup 1, Merganser sp? 3, Pied Billed Grebe 4.

Date: December 9, 2000
Location: Kelley Nature Preserve, NW Clermont County
Reporter: V. Brannen
Other Birders: C. Clingman, J. Rettig, L. Romine, S. Riley

First Annual Winter Bird Count for Clermont County Park District, 25 species found at Kelley Nature Preserve: Great Blue Heron 2, Canada Goose 39, Mallard 8, Red-Tailed Hawk 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Common Flicker 3, Red-Bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 5, Blue Jay 8, Carolina Chickadee 28, Tufted Titmouse 9, White-Breasted Nuthatch 5, Carolina Wren 11, Mockingbird 2, Robin 641, Golden Crowned Kinglet 2, Cedar Waxwing 59, Cardinal 9, Goldfinch 1, White-Throated Sparrow 18, Song Sparrow 5, Starling 225, Crow 3, Widgeon 15, Hermit Thrush 1. Note: found dead Screech Owl in parking lot.

Date: 12/10/00 0730-1400
Location: Wilmington and Caeser Creek State Park
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders: David Dister (spelling?)

At 7:30 AM, the Snowy Owl was still present at the intersection of Farmers and Accommodation Rd south of Wilmington. Flew into the field for a quick snack. Returned and flew low back over the field and landed on fence post in a more southerly field.

Headed to Merganser Bay. Lots of hunters and decoys about. Was hoping to see the Red-breasted Mergansers Darlena Graham had posted earlier. May have seen something more unusual (per David Dister). I spotted a bird very close to two Common Loons and several Pied-billed Grebes. The bird was about two-thirds the size of the loons and about one-quarter larger than the Pied-billed Grebes. Along, with the loons it was busy preening itself and so I got decent looks at the bird from many different angles (thanks to it turning about). It was only about 8:30 AM and very overcast so it was very difficult to make out any color on the bird, though the neck seemed to hint at the slightest bit of a rufous tinge. The bird looked like a Horned Grebe but was larger with a longer darker neck, darker head and longer bill. There was maybe just a hint of white about the cheekline but nothing nearly so defined as seen on a Horned Grebe. It also lacked a "crest" point. After reviewing the field guides I had with me (Sibley and Petersons) and returning to see the bird a second time - probably 30 minutes total of observation time, my best guess was that this was a Red-necked Grebe. I wasn't totally sure though as neither guide showed a rufous neck for a winter bird or the lack of a "crest" point.

David Dister showed up several hours later on the other side of the lake and we introduced ourselves. He seemed to be more familiar with the probability of a Red-necked Grebe this time of year. I hadn't seen the bird for several hours but I tried to guide David to the general area I saw the bird (hoping for an independent confirmation) but all we found were loons. David expressed hope that a hunter hadn't gotten it.

When I returned home and checked my other sources, I found a first winter Red-necked Grebe in the National Geographic guide which agreed very well with the bird I saw and showed the rufous tinged neck and the lack of a "crest" point. While I'm now confident of the species classification, I'd welcome any confirmation or questions on this sighting. Note: for whatever reason I didn't note the bill color, though in retrospect this apparently would have been a good indicator (though as stated before, making out any color was pretty difficult).

David and I observed a raft of ducks from the west side boat ramp that included Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Ruddy Ducks, Horned Grebes, a single American Coot, and a single Northern Pintail.

Other bird species seen prior to meeting David were Mourning Dove, American Crow, American Kestrel, Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Ring-billed Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, European Starling, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, Tufted Titmouse, Brown Creeper, White-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, Carolina Chickadee, Pine Siskin, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, House Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Pileated Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher, American Black Duck, and Rock Dove.

Date: December 10, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 winter wren, 1 fox sparrow, 6 white-crowned, too lazy to count all the white-throated and tree sparrows, 1 grackle.

Date: 12/9/2000 7:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Ned Keller, Penny Borgman, et al

The Hamilton County Winter Bird Count was a bit early this year. Naturalist Penny Borgman has led the group censusing Mitchell Memorial Forest for the past 15 years. This year, 40 species were tallied, including several rare and unexpected birds.

My trip list includes 37 species. The best of these is a male Red Crossbill. I found this bird in a clump of 7 red pines near the southeast corner of the Stone Shelter parking lot. Eventually, all of our group got good looks at this bird. Perhaps even more unexpected than the crossbill were the two Horned Larks that overflew this heavily-wooded area.

Jason picked up two solo goodies: a Tree Sparrow near the maintenance building and a Catbird in the Honeysuckle on the Jordan Road hill (that should be HILL!) tract of the park. Two Pileated Woodpeckers tallied by other members of our group provided the 40th species.

Many of us live fairly close to one of Hamilton County's fine parks. Why not participate in next year's count? There is a tally at the end of the day, where birders can compare sightings, hear a tally for all of the parks, and enjoy some refreshments. A copy of the tally is sent to all counters, and there is no fee for participating. Call 521-PARK for more information.

OK, I'm off of my soap box. Here's the trip list:
Turkey Vulture 2, Mallard 7, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Mourning Dove 1, Great Horned Owl 1, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 6, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 15, Hairy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 8, Blue Jay 7, American Crow 100, Horned Lark 2, Carolina Chickadee 80, Tufted Titmouse 15, Red-breasted Nuthatch 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 10, Golden-crowned Kinglet 15, Eastern Bluebird 6, Hermit Thrush 4, American Robin 35, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 40, Cedar Waxwing 150, Yellow-rumped Warbler 5, Eastern Towhee 4, Song Sparrow 7, White-throated Sparrow 75, Dark-eyed Junco 10, Northern Cardinal 45, House Finch 4, Red Crossbill 1, American Goldfinch 5.

Date: 12-9-00
Location: one to two miles South of Reading Rd. on Snyder
Reporter: Linda Hice
Other Birders: Kevin Hice Keith Williams

Kevin Hice a master falconer, was flying his gyrfalcon when an adult female peregrine crabbed with his bird. The bird was seen on a high tension power line and also sitting in the condo community.

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2000
Location: Winton Woods, Hamilton County Park
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack & J.J. Stenger


An estimated 1200 Ring-billed Gulls were seen sitting on the ice and wheeling over the unfrozen parts of Winton Woods Lake this late afternoon from about 4:30 pm to 5:00 pm. More gulls were arriving as we left and it appeared they intended to spend the night at this location. There were a few Herring Gulls in among them as well, and about 8 Great Blue Herons standing around the edges of this extemely large flock (at least for an urban area).
Over the past several winters, Ring-billed Gulls have increasingly begun to use our local urban areas for foraging and roosting sites. Rumpke Dump, Forest Fair Mall, other Colerain Ave. malls, and Eastgate Mall come to mind as sites that have become regular winter haunts for theses gulls. Winton Woods has had them off & on over the previous several winters, but I can't recall this large of a flock at this location in the past. It was of course impossible to get an actual count due to the coming's and going's, but by counting groups of 50 at least 1200 were present and quite possibly more.
I did not check the settling pond today, but did yesterday. Mostly frozen but a large area being kept open by the waterfowl and coots. Birds seen included many Mallards, 8 Wood Ducks (good number for this date) a few Green-winged Teal, 10 Gadwall, 1 Shoveller, 1 Ruddy Duck and an est. 50 Am. Coots. Just a few days ago a couple of other Ruddy Ducks, a female Ring-necked Duck, several Green-winged Teal, 3 Am. Wigeon and 4 Hooded Mergansers were also present with about the same birds that were still there today. It is quite possible these birds are still in the area, maybe in the open water at the base of the nearby dam, which I did not check.

Date: 12/7/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Patti Niehoff
Other Birders:

American Crow (125), goldfinch (6), Am. tree sparrow (3), Carolina Chickadee (4), Downy woodpecker (1 male), Northern Cardinal (6, mostly breeding pairs), Red -Bellied Woodpecker (1, female?), song sparrow (13), white-crowned sparrow (8)

Date: 12/6/00
Location: Wilmington, jct of Farmers and Acommodation Rd.
Reporter: Dave Helm
Other Birders: no

Thanks for all the postings on the snowy owl. I went up and saw it this morning, sitting on it's favorite pole, the second one from the corner.

Date: Nov. 30th, 2000
Location: Near Cuba on Crouse Rd.
Reporter: Schilling School for Gifted Children
Other Birders: David Tennant, Jeff from Raptor

12 students (aged 7 - 12), Mr. Tennant and myself, spent an hour in the presence of a Snowy Owl. An immature male who was situated on top of a light pole which he left twice to feed on mice in the field below. It was completely amazing and wonderful! Jeff told us the last Snowy Owl was sighted in this area in 1982.
Dr.Christine S. Neville, Head of School

Date: Dec. 5, 2000
Location: Finneytown
Reporter: Dan Hadley
Other Birders:

Upon arriving home in Finneytown this evening I was getting out of my truck when I heard the unmistakable kackle of Sand Hill Crane. Looked overhead to see a flock of 28 birds in classic flying "V" formation. Looked like they were headed in the direction that would take them to the Oxbow.

Date: 12/3/2000 9:00 AM - Noon
Location: Meldahl Dam, Bracken Co., KY
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Please excuse this tardy posting.

The word for the day was COLD!!! Wind chills were in the single digits, and the river literally had whitecaps. Consequently, there were very few birds around the water...NO DUCKS, a few Canada Geese, ~50 gulls (mostly Ring-billed), and 1 flyover Bald Eagle (3rd year). That was it!!!

Fortunately, I walked the gated road that parallels the river and enters a riparian area. There was a huge flock of woodland birds hovering around a dead tree ~.5 mile from the gate. 30+ Eastern Bluebirds, 10 Carolina Wrens, 20+ Carolina Chickadees, 10 Tufted Titmice, and 25 Yellow-rumped Warblers were fussing, singing, and repeatedly diving at the top of this dead stub.

At first, I was certain that there was an Eastern Screech Owl in one of the holes riddling the tree-top. Close examination revealed no owl, but there were insects slowly crawling out onto the surface and taking flight. The intermittent sunlight gave just enough energy to those bugs for a late fall sojurn. Thus, an aerial smorgasboard in an otherwise inhospitable environment.

Not feeling similarly energized, I gave in to the wind and left for lunch.

Date: Sunday, 12/3/00 - 11:30/12:30
Location: Clinton County, OH, south of Wilmington
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: 20/30

20/30 birders at site on arrival. Subject bird sitting on telephone pole on Accommodation Rd. What a beautiful sight! Air was nippy, sky clear of clouds - a bautiful day for poets. Snowy flew down to flat lands on both sides of the road. Bird flew on one trip about 250 yards, landed, and on two hops, captured mornings meal. What eye sight! Balance of time spent on
telephone pole posing for pictues. Just as I was leaving, sherrifs car pulled up and began talking to car inhabitants, presumabably to get them to move off road for traffic control.

Was worth the 142 mile round trip for such a beaulltiful lifer!

Date: 12-02-00
Location: Accomodation Road
Reporter: S. Marty Dermody
Other Birders: Leslie Seifert

All I can say is WOW! The snowy owl is one of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen. This was the second weekend in a row that I took some friends to see this magnificent creature. We also heard some horned larks singing as well.I hope to take a new birder out on Sunday if it stays put. Keep recording your sightings so I can return

Date: 12/2/00
Location: Accomadation & Farmer Rd
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jim Simpson & others

Snowy Owl was being very showy. I watched until a crowd gathered and left for Merganser Bay at Caesar Creek. There were probably over 60 Red-breasted Merganses and 22 Horned Grebes. At least 7 C.Loons. Home, chores, Christmas preparation, and a sick husband called so I headed out, a happy little birder. My Barred Owl at home is hanging out around my feeder now. No wonder my bird food is lasting longer.

Date: 12-3-00
Location: Knorr Avenue
Reporter: Kathy LaDow
Other Birders: Dave LaDow

We watched a flock of about 50 Cedar Waxwings (and a small flock of Robins with them) this morning. They were feeding on Euonymus berries and perching high in the trees facing the sun.

Date: Dec 3, 2000
Location: Accommodation Rd just NE of Farmers Rd., Clinton County
Reporter: Mike Murphy
Other Birders: Sandra Murphy and many others

The snowny owl was perched on the third
telephone pole NE of the intersection of Farmers Rd and Accommodation Rd. We and a constantly growing group of birders and just plain interested folks watched the owl for 1-1/2 hrs. Someone released a mouse and the bird immediately left its perch and pounced on the critter. If people keep feeding the owl it will never go back North. It landed within 30 ft. of some of the observors. It picked a great location since it certainly is "accommodating."

Date: 12/2/00
Location: Accomidation Rd.
Reporter: Dave Tensmeyer
Other Birders:

We drove through the Farmers Rd. area looking for the Snowy Owl. Turning down Accomidation in our big blue Club Wagon van, my family saw 4 or 5 cars all focused on the telephone pole (I believe it was the 3rd one from farmers). After thoroughly examining the bird, taking a few pictures with a cheap disposable camera and making some sketches in my notebook, we headed home. At departure it was about 4:45 PM.

Date: 12-2-2000
Location: Accommadation rd. Wilmington Ohio
Reporter: Linda Hice
Other Birders:

The snowy owl was perched atop the third telephone pole on the left on Accommadation Rd. off of Farmers. I was lucky and got to see him in flight and setting in the field. I was maybe thirty feet from him when I took the best photos. He/she was starring at me and I could see those beautiful eyes. It flew back to the pole and then later someone came and fed it three mice.. Dropping one at a time on the ground, the owl would swoop down and grab it flying further into the field to eat it,then flying right back to his perch. He ate all three mice and returned to his pole each time. When I left it was 3:09. I would like the gentleman who fed the owl to contact me at Lahbirds@aol.com. Jeff H. I need you to contact me as well because I lost your number and Keith is out of town. Linda

Date: 12/2/00
Location: Camp Dennison Lake
Reporter: Dave Tensmeyer
Other Birders:

American Coot (1000), Ring-Billed Gull (7), Pied-Billed Grebe (3), Hooded Merganser (3), Bufflehead (2), Canada Goose (15), American Crow

Date: 12/2/00
Location: House, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

I had 1 Chipping Sparrow eating under the thistle feeder this morning.

Date: December 2, 2000
Location: Farmers & Accomodation Roads 7:25-8:40 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Keith Ghering, et. al.,

We saw the snowy owl flying east over Farmers road, a quarter mile south of Jenkins road, just after sunrise. The bird disappeared into the fields. We drove the "square" comprised of Farmers road on the east, Jenkins road on the north, route 73 on the west, and Accomodation road on the south, two times between 7:25 am and 8:15 am. We stopped a couple times on Jenkins to scan the fields, etc. On the second time around, about 8:15 am, the snowy owl was perched on the second telephone pole on Accomodation road, just off of Farmers road.

Date: Dec. 1, 2000
Location: Farmers and Accomodation Rds.
Reporter: Don Faw
Other Birders: Fay Faw

Snowy Owl still present at 4:15 - 4:45 pm. A new life bird for us. A beautiful bird. Our 2.5 year old grandson really enjoyed it. Thank you for the sighting information.

Date: Dec. 1, 2000
Location: Near Wilmington - Accomodation Rd.
Reporter: Paul Sontag
Other Birders: none

The Snowy Owl was on a telephone pole on Accomodation Rd. about .2 mile from its intersection with Farmers Rd. at 9am. Stayed there for some time then went to the ground in a nearby field. A beautiful bird!

Thanks to the previous people whose reports of their sighting finally convinced me to look for the owl.

Date: 11/30/00; about 7:50 am to 8:10 am; Snowy owl, Yes!
Location: Accomodation, Frmers and Crouse Roads, Clinton Co., near Wilmington
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: none

Snowy Owl 1 Put on quite a show!!

First seen sitting on fence row along Crouse Road. Then flew to the telephone pole at the intersection of Crouse and Farmers Road. Then flew into the field north of Farmer's Road opposite the Crouse-Farmers Road intersection and sat on the ground for a while. Caught something and gulped it down. Then flew to a telephone pole along Accomodation Road, where I left it at about 8:10am after trying some photographs.

Date: 11/29/2000
Location: Wilmington, south
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Just as described, the Snowy Owl was perched atop a telephone pole, a few hunderd feet east of the intersection of Farmers and Accomodation roads. Someone 'offical' was attempting to 'trap' the Owl (I assume for banding, weighing etc). It is quite a sight to see. Well worth the trip. Also saw one Female Northern Shoveler and six Kestral's enroute.

Date: 11/29
Location: our deck (Wyoming)
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders: my mate kathy

reading the paper this am and watching our feeders by our pool only to look up and see a GB Heron standing on the deck of our pool by the deep end as our sheep dog onthe other side of the pool looked on.it was a juvenile and we enjoyed it for about 3 minutes before it lifted off to perch in our neighbors tree for a few,then flew off.Also on the way to Atlanta on 11/24 while on I -75 S early am we saw a formation of about 15 Sandhill cranes flying high and south

Date: 11/29
Location: our deck
Reporter: Jim Scott
Other Birders: my mate kathy

reading the paper this am and watching our feeders by our pool only to look up and see a GB Heron standing on the deck of our pool by the deep end as our sheep dog onthe other side of the pool looked on.it was a juvenile and we enjoyed it for about 3 minutes before it lifted off to perch in our neighbors tree for a few,then flew off.Also on the way to Atlanta on 11/24 while on I -75 S early am we saw a formation of about 15 Sandhill cranes flying high and south

Date: 11-28
Location: Intersection of Accomodation, Farmers, and Crouse Roads near Wilmington, Ohio in Clinton County
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Mike & Kyle Acheson

Snowy Owl observed from 4:20 until dusk primarily at the junction of Accomodation and Crouse Roads. Snowy Owl alternately sat on top of high utility poles, low fences, and occasionally on ground. Flew frequently across fields. Last observed perched on top of a weathervane above a red barn silhouetted against an orange/pink sunset... magnificent!

Date: 11-28
Location: Intersection of Accomodation, Farmers, and Crouse Roads near Wilmington, Ohio in Clinton County
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Mike & Kyle Acheson

Snowy Owl observed from 4:20 until dusk primarily at the junction of Accomodation and Crouse Roads. Snowy Owl alternately sat on top of high utility poles, low fences, and occasionally on ground. Flew frequently across fields. Last observed perched on top of a weathervane above a red barn silhouetted against an orange/pink sunset... magnificient!

Date: 11/27-11/28/00
Location: farm in Adams Cty, Liberty Township
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: none

Most of my obsevations come from a deer stand.Birds of note: a winter wren, about 2 dozen GC kinglets, a Hermit thrush (landed on a branch six feet away),plenty of YR warblers; Pileated, Red-bellied, Hairy, Downy WP's, Lots of Cedar waxwings and Robins eating cedar berries. 1 Ruffed grouse drumming, 2 turkeys.Best was watching a Barred owl go after a small gray squirrel (it didn't get it and seemed embarassed after crashing into the tree). And bringing home the main ingredient for venison Skyline chili.

Date: 11-27-00
Location: SR 73 Wilmington
Reporter: Bill Leaman
Other Birders: Dave Maslowski

noon till 3pm. Snowy Owl perched on barn roof & moved to utility pole on SR 73 approximately 2 miles north of 350.

Date: 11/27/00; 4:30 - 5:30 pm, NO SNOWY OWL
Location: Intersection of Farmers and Accomodation Intersection near Wilmington, Clinton Co.
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: a number of people looking

No Snowy Owl present at this well publicized location. Some local folks indicated that the bird was not seen early this morning (7:15 - 7:30 am) at this location. Maybe the bird has moved on or changed locations? Or has been spooked by the start of deer hunting season and the sound of guns going off?? There is a very large expanse of flat open ground surrounding this location. This would be suitable hunting area for a Snowy Owl. There was not enough time and light to check all the surrounding roads. Does anyone know if the bird stayed in this location late in the day or did it fly somewhere to roost?

Date: 26 Nov 00
Location: Wilmington
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: Andrea Dailey

Snowy Owl is magnificent! Still there today, Sunday at 1130 at location described so well by David Russell, (see his 23 Nov posting below).

Take your camera folks.

Date: 11/25/00 1000-1200
Location: Wilmington; Cowan Lake SP
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Went to see the Snowy Owl, which was there this morning as posted by others. Scanned the lake at Cowan SP, saw one DC Cormorant, 2 Common Loons, 2 Horned Grebes, 1 Ruddy duck, 10 GB Herons, Bonapartes and Ring-billed gulls. Saw about a dozen Horned larks near Clarksville, many Kestrels along RT. 350 (5 in a one mile stretch).Rain made lake viewing difficult.

Date: 11/25/00
Location: Clinton County--Farmers RD
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders: son Lucas

The snowy owl was still there this morning. It's a very cooperative bird. My son spotted it on a telephone pole as we approached Farmers Rd on Crouse Rd. We were able to get within 20 feet of the pole and take nice pics before it casually flew in front of us and landed in the field. What a treat! Life bird...

Date: 11/25/00,11:00am
Location: Wilmington, Clinton Co.
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Many

The snowy owl was still there at the intersection of Farmer's Road and Accommodation. Wonderful views as it is not intimidated by humans.

Date: 11/24/2000 6:30 AM-5:00 PM
Location: Multiple Sites in Clinton, Warren, and Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Jason and I started the day off right, getting the Snowy Owl in Clinton County at 7:50 AM. After 10 minutes of sitting, we watched it fly overhead and pounce on a rodent in a nearby field. It lugged the treasure up to the next pole, and swallowed it. This was a wonderful sight, as irruptive birds usually migrate due to food shortage.

Anyway, we moved on to Cowan Lake SP, gleaning a Black Vulture among the roosting Turkey Vultures. All else was as expected. En-route to Caesar Creek SP, we found a dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk along George Road (just north of Clarksville).

At Caesar Creek SP, we found a decent assortment of waterfowl, loons, and grebes. We also found a nice assortment of woodland birds, featuring Purple Finches and Hermit Thrushes, at Lukens and Oregonia Roads (just east of the Nature Center).

We moved on to the gravel pits and park in Camp Dennison. Among a large assortment of ducks, we found a VERY late Blue-winged Teal, a lone Redhead drake, and a Tundra Swan. We also picked up the trip's only Eastern Towhee, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and Cedar Waxwings (200+).

We wound up our trip near home, at Spring Grove Cemetery. While finding many of the woodland birds we had seen previously, we added a Red-breasted Nuthatch, and a VERY late Ruby-crowned Kinglet. We also added a Great Horned Owl, who was harassed the entire time we were there by no less than 1500 crows!

Here's the trip list:

Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Tundra Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, American Coot, Killdeer, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, American Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Date: 11/24/00
Location: The Wilmington Snowy Owl
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: m. obs.

Many of us observed the Snowy Owl as it perched on the telephone wire next to a telephone pole at the corner of Farmers Road and Crouse Road (Delorme p. 76, A/B 2). I know this has been reported by others but I wanted to comment on plumage. I've read that most snowy owls that show up south of their normal range during invasion years are dark, immature birds. However, the Wilmington owl is a male with very moderate brown speckling on the breast and crown and sparsely on the wings. Otherwise it was pure white and very beautiful (and tame, allowing photographers to walk directly underneath it).

Date: 11/24/2000
Location: Wilmington - Clinton County
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: many others

Observed Snowy Owl from 11:30am-2:30pm. Stayed perched on utility pole entire time.

Date: 11/24/00
Location: Wilmington--Clinton County
Reporter: Casey Tucker
Other Birders: Kevin, Fran, & Cassidy Tucker

The Snowy Owl was still present this morning around 8:30 a.m. It spent most of its time on telephone poles on the corners of Accommodation & Krause Rds. At one point it flew in to a field adjacent to Farmer's Rd., where it landed & we were treated to great views of it feeding on a vole.

In addition to the owl there were also Horned lark calling in the field, & a Harrier (female) patrolling the fields adjacent to Krause rd.

Date: 11/23
Location: Hueston Woods
Reporter: Chris Betrus
Other Birders:

A few hours out around the Acton Lake area was quite productive. Pied-billed Grebe (4), Mallard (100+), Ring-necked Duck (2 - near beach), Green-winged teal (2), Blue-winged teal (probable), Bufflehead (5), American Coot (10), Canada Geese (100+), Double-crested Cormorant (4), Ring-billed Gull (20), Great Blue Heron (4), Turkey Vulture (20 roosted at lodge)

Date: Nov 23, 2000
Location: just south of Wilmington
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Hardy & Steve Eshbaugh;Jim, Alex, Ryan Hickey; Paul Russell

Nathan Compton reported last night a Snowy Owl has been around his folks for the better part of a week. We drove over this morning and were treated to the most fantastic views of a Snowy Owl. From 71 take 73 into the middle of Wilmington, turn right onto 68 south.
Follow 68 south out of town and turn left on 134 south. Take 134 a couple miles until Farmers Rd-turn left. Proceed about 2 miles to the junction of Accomodation Rd. The owl was perched on a utility pole at the junction. It was initially seen on a fence post south of the intersection. Good Luck!

Date: 11-17, 11-20
Location: Oldenburg, IN
Reporter: Georgeanne Wilcox
Other Birders:

4 flocks of sandhill cranes, 100
birds approx. each fly over. Quite an impressive and eerie sight.

Date: 11/22/2000
Location: St. Rt. 32, Batavia, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

25 Sandhill Cranes flying southeast around 5:00 pm. They were headed toward
East Fork lake. I wonder if they will stop there before heading south?

Date: 1122/00
Location: Miami W. wetlands
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

what appeared to be 1 female pheasant near bat house, 50+horned larks with several Longspurs mixed in in fields

Date: 11/22/2000
Location: I-75 at Cincinnati-Dayton Road
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

15 Sandhill cranes overhead this AM headed Southeast.

Date: 11/20/00--Monday
Location: Hueston Woods--Acton Lake
Reporter: Casey Tucker
Other Birders: Jessica Woo, Sean Higgins

A quick trip out to Acton lake was fairly unproductive, but noteable.

Great Blue Heron (5); Mallard (40+); Wood duck (1-male); Black Swan (1); Ring-billed gulls (15+); Pied-billed Grebes (2); Northern Harrier (1-male=Brown road); Turkey Vulture (1=Brown Rd.); Crows.

In addition to the above there were also several (5-8) small unidentified waterfowl towards the dam, but the water was too choppy, the wind too cold & blustery, & they were out of the range of our scope, for a clear i.d., as we looked from the fishing pier.

Date: 11/21/2000
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Absolutely miserable weather conditions made for some tough birding this AM. The Harveysburg Road overlook featured only common loons (4), common mergansers (2)and the everpresent Bonaparte's gulls (60). A trip to the windward side of the lake found better conditions. From the boat ramp north of the beach I found lesser scaup (50), scaup sp. (20), ruddy ducks (50), mallards (15), bufflehead (30), hooded mergansers (10),coots (200),pied-billed grebes (2)and a single common goldeneye.

Date: 11/21/2000
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

1 Black and 1 Turkey Vulture flying together.

Date: 11/21/00
Location: Harrison, Ohio
Reporter: Glenn Redmer
Other Birders: Barb Redmer

Walking to our car in Bigg's parking lot on New Haven Road in Harrison, Ohio we watched 30+ Sandhill cranes fly over headed due south. With this mornings cold I wish I was going with them.

It made a nice birthday present for me.

Glenn

Date: November 19, 2000
Location: Summit Lake SP, Henry Co. Indiana
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club & Audubon Society

Twenty-two birders participated in this joint venture field trip of the Cincinnati chapter of the Audubon Society & the Cincinnati Bird Club. At least 52 species were seen but the trips primary focus was waterfowl and water birds. We made a quick visit to the north end of Brookville Reservoir on our return trip home. Birds seen at Summit Lake and along the road to and from, included the following. The number
given represents an approximation as I made no effort to take an exact count. Common Loon 12+, Pied-billed Grebe 5, Horned Grebe 2, Great Blue Heron 5, Tundra Swan 2, Canada Goose(many), Green-winged Teal 50, Am. Black Duck 7, Mallard 800+, N. Shoveller 25+, Gadwall 50+, Am. Wigeon 25, Ring-necked Duck 10, Greater Scaup 3+, Lesser Scaup 50+, Long-tailed Duck 2 (formerly Oldsquaw), Bufflehead 75, Hooded Merganser 150+, Ruddy Duck 50, Turkey Vulture 3, N. Harrier 2, Cooper's Hawk 3, Red-tailed Hawk 25, Am. Kestrel 10, Ring-necked Pheasant 1, Am Coot (hundreds), Killdeer 10, Dunlin 6+, Co. Snipe 6, Ring-billed Gull 50+, Bonaparte's Gull 15, and Belted Kingfisher 3. Other species seen included many Horned Larks, E. Bluebirds, Am. Tree & Swamp Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds. Our efforts to locate the previously reported Northern Shrike and Le Conte's Sparrow were unsuccessful.
The north end of Brookville still had plenty of water and birds, but all we added new to the day were 20+ Double-crested Cormorants and my first Dark-eyed Juncos of the day. There were actually quite a few waterfowl present, the majority Mallards and Hooded Mergansers but other ducks as well including Gadwall, Am Wigeon, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead and Ruddy Ducks. There were many Ring-billed Gulls and lesser numbers Of Bonaparte's, Great Blue Herons, Killdeer, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, and Am Coots. Because of the size of our group and the nature or caravanning, it is likely others may have had some other sightings. I believe one of the cars in the caravan said they had a Snow Bunting along Rt. 1, just south of Connersville Indiana. I invite any of the group to fill in anything I might have omitted. I wont argue the numbers, there were a lot of ducks present, and these were my impressions in retrospect. The Long-tailed Ducks ( in winter plumage) were out in the main lake, and seen from the south boat ramp. They were loosely associating with a large mixed species raft. The two Tundra Swans were also seen together. They were in the Nature Area, specificaly in the pond on the southeast corner of CR 500E & CR 750N.

Date: 11-19-00
Location: Caeser Creek and Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: none

6 Common Loons (I could not find the Red Throated reported Friday), 17 Bonapartes Gulls, 11 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Blue Heron

Date: November 19, 2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 American tree sparrow, 2 swamp sparrow, 20+ white-throated, 20+ song sparrows, 2 white-crowned. One mixed flock of 150+ blackbirds feeding on the north edge of the plowed corn field off the parking lot: mostly male red-winged (75%), plus cowbirds (10%), plus rusty blackbird (15%). One of the blackbirds was rather interesting: all black wings and tertials (I couldn't see any buff marks), light vertical grey-streaks on the black breast--sort of a "marbled" look"--gray to black head, light line through a yellowish eye. It was very different from the accompanying rusty blackbirds, which I estimated to be males. It was possibly a Brewer's blackbird, but I didn't get a long or good enough look to clinch the case before the flock took off and flew away. And while I watched it, the little devil was dancing around among the corn stalks, making it tough to get a good look at the entire bird at one time.

Date: 11/18/00
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: David Whiteley

Imagine this, another Swan at Camp Dennison. Another winter of swantrovirski? The bird was feeding in one of the back pools near where the dike like thing bisects the 2 main lakes. There was no evidence of leg bands from that vantage point while it was feeding but of course it was very long distance. And it was definatly not Mute or the Whooper that was present last year. And from our conclusion after discussing the bird and cunsulting the NGS field guide we both believe it was a Trumpeter due to the slop of the bill. This was pretty much the only field make, and also the lack of yellow near the eye as shown by the guide. We both saw the bird fly but it only flew for what seemed like 5 seconds before dropping into the further of the 2 main lakes behind the before mentioned dike and never reappeared. So any others that see the bird and see it closer or have better field marks please comment. Also down there were many common waterfall as well as a couple horned grebes.

Date: November 19, 2000
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders & Bob Lacker

1 red-breasted nuthatch, 1 white-breasted nuthatch, 1 winter wren, 2 brown creeper, 2 yellow-bellied sapsuckers, juncos, white-throated sparrows.

Date: 11/17/2000
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: None

A single adult red-throated loon in winter plumage was present on the lake at the Harveysburg road boat ramp today.
Also present were 50 common loons, 2 horned grebes, 4 buffleheads, 100 Bonaparte's gulls, 15 ring-billed gulls and a single double-crested cormorant.
Harsh winds made viewing very difficult this AM. Fortunately, the loon,swimming with several common loons, drifted to less than 50 yards from my position. Once the birds drifted farther out into the cove relocating the bird -even though it is markedly smaller than the common loons -required a lot of patience.

Date: 11-16-00
Location: Swan Lake area-Cinti Zoo-high in a tree a
Reporter: John Mathews
Other Birders:

Black-billed magpie (free flying)
Did not appear to be a captive bird
I have conformation photo. References state that they do appear in this area accidentally in winter.

Date: 11/16/00
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

In addition to the 11/14 sightings at this location by Frank Frick add: American Kestrel (1 - perched on telephone wire), American Wigeon (5+), Northern Harrier (1 female or juvenile + 2 males, may have been just one male sighted twice more than 30 minutes apart).

I was unable to locate the scaup mentioned in Frank's report.

Date: 11/16/2000 @ lunch
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Eastern Phoebe, Cedar Waxwing (75), American Tree Sparrow (10), Yellow-rumped Warbler (35)

Date: November 16, 2000
Location: Dudley Woods, Liberty Township
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

There were a lot of Robins: Hundreds and hundreds (and hundreds again) along Gregory Creek. One could say there were a thousand or more and probably not be exaggerating. Also, 1 brown thrasher that we accidentally flushed from high grass along the trail.

Date: 17 Nov 2000
Location: Heuston Woods S.P.
Reporter: Jim Hickey
Other Birders:

1 Bonapartes Gull, 8 C. Loon, 5 Bufflehead, 6 Hooded Mergansers, 3 P-B Grebe, numerous Coots, Mallards, Ring-billed Gulls and C. Geese. Australian Black Swan still in the marsh by nature center. Barred Owl sighted in tree along road to Sugar Shack.

Date: 11/16/00
Location: UC- Clifton Campus
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Possible Falco sp. flying over Crosley Tower this AM, heading east. Quick glimpse.

Date: 11/16/00
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

8AM from the beach on the south side of the lake there were C.Loons 20+, Ruddy Ducks 23, Mallard 3, Lesser Scaup 10, Bufflehead 20, Ring-neck Duck 4, Horned Grebe 11, Pied-billed Grebe 2, Hooded Merganser 3, A.Wigeon 20+, N. Shoveler 3, D.C. Cormorant, large raft of Coot, a very late Tree Swallow, R.B. Gulls and Killdeer. To be able to see ducks on this lake, one should be on the beach by sun up before the fishermen drive the ducks off the lake.

Date: 11/12/00
Location: cowen lake
Reporter: jim scott
Other Birders: ben and amanda

44 ringbilled gulls,150 turkey vultures,3pb grebes,7gb herons.gulls were floting and fishing at the beach.the vultures were in trees across the lake.grebes and heron were down by the office by the large lilly pad area where they are in the process of "desilting"the bottom of the lake.

Date: 11/14/00
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Pied-billed Grebes,Gadwalls,Mallards,A.Wigeons,Wood Ducks,N.Shovelers,Green-winged Teals,Bufflehead,A.Coots and one female Scaup I changed from a 30 power to 40 power eyepiece to get a better look at this bird and never found it again.

Date: 11/14/2000 @ noon
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There was a swan sp on one of the smaller ponds too far away for me to ID with binocs. It was feeding when I arrived with its butt in the air. Each time it came up its neck was intially s-shaped but then it would straighten. When it started swimming it swam with its neck straight. Only new waterbirds from the 11/11 report below were some Northern Shovelers. Also saw a Belted Kingfisher.

Date: 11/12/00
Location: East Fork South area
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Highlights from the Aud. field trip were 1 Common Loon, a Horned Grebe, several PB Grebes, 25+ Ruddies, 1 3rd year Bald eagle, seen flying over the saddle dam looking from the beach., also 1 Pheobe, and 5+ Swamp Sparrows.

Date: 11/11/00
Location: Indian Creek WMA
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

2+ Red headed woodpeckers seen in the marshy area. Nothing else noticeable in the 10 min trip.

Date: 11/11/00; 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Caesar Creek State Park
Reporter: Jay G.Lehman
Other Birders:

Beach
Killdeer 8, Bonaparte's Gull 32, Ring-b Gull 14, Horned lark 3, Am. Pipit 1

Harveysburg Road at the end;
Common Loon 8, Horned Grebe 16, D-c Cormorant 1, Bonaparte's Gull 100

Date: 11/12/00 1300-1500
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest wetlands
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Amber and Ryan Kolde

Saw plenty of birds, usually flying away from siblings trying to hit each other with cattails and an aggravated parent. West side of wetlands by treeline had over 200 Mourning doves and about 2 dozen Bobwhites. Many sparrows as seen previously by others (no Sharptails) but I did see 3 White-crowned's. Highlight was a good viewing of a single American Tree sparrow near the bat house.

Date: November 12, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

2 winter wren, 2 fox sparrows--one was singing, which was great to hear. 2 white-crowned sparrows, 100+ white-throated, numerous song and swamp sparrows, 1 female towhee, 15 rusty blackbirds, many, many goldfinch. 15-20 mallards flew out of south pond, along with a few UFO silhouette teal, but we saw at least 1 blue-winged teal.

Date: 11/11/00 1430-1600
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

Downy Woodpecker (2), Red-bellied Woodpecker (1), Pied-billed Grebe (5+), Ring-necked Duck (50+), Horned Grebe (1), Bufflehead (2), American Coot (100+), Hooded Merganser (10+), Ruddy Duck (20+), Canada Goose (3), Mallard (6), Carolina Chickadee (10+), Golden-crowned Kinglet (1), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2), Carolina Wren (1), American Robin (3), N. Cardinal (3), White-throated Sparrow (3+)

Other Comments: A RC and GC Kinglet seemed to be in some sort of dispute. I was able to approach with 5 feet of them and they were about 5 feet overhead. Both had their crests fully extended. I had never seen the Ruby-crowned Kinglet's crest before and was I quite surprised by the intensity of its color.

Date: 11/11/00 0900-1200
Location: Gorman Heritage Farm
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

American Goldfinch (10+), American Robin (30+), European Starling (10+), N. Cardinal (10+), Carolina Chickadee (20+), Song Sparrow (3), White-Throated Sparrow (20+), Blue Jay (3+), Cedar Waxwing (10+), Downy Woodpecker (1), Red-tailed Hawk (2), American Crow (20+), American Pipit (5+), Turkey Vulture (10+), Carolina Wren (1), Eastern Bluebird (3)

Other Comments: One hawk was flying south of Cooper Road and was being harrassed by two crows. The hawk seemed remarkably unconcerned with the crows. As I stood in the fields north of Cooper Road a second hawk flew quickly from the GHF woods to the first hawk at which point the crows stopped harassing the first hawk and flew into the trees. At this point I noted many other crows in the trees as well. The hawks were still flying unharassed when I moved on about 20 minutes later. I've never seen crows give hawks the "right of way" like this.

Date: 11/11/00
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David Tensmeyer
Other Birders: Jonathan Woodhouse

American Crow (2000), Red-Tailed Hawk, Black-and-White Warbler (2), Yellow-Rumped Warbler, American Redstart, Brown Thrasher (4), Hairy Woodpecker (2), Downy Woodpecker (12), Pileated Woodpecker, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet (2), Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Bewick's Wren, White Breasted Nuthatch (3), Mourning Dove (20).

Date: 11/11/2000
Location: Caesar Creek Lake and State Park
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

The previous sightings should be dated 11/11/2000. My mistake.

Date: 11/10/2000
Location: Caesar Creek Lake and State Park
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

The lake was fairly quiet today save for good numbers of common loons (25)and Bonaparte's gulls (150). Lots of activity around the lake,however. Highlights included 3 Dunlin among the Killdeer at the campground boat ramp, numerous purple finches, and a great horned owl beside a meadow at dusk. Biggest surprise of all was a woodcock which flushed from underfoot in the prairie restoration area just before sundown.

Date: November 10th, 2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest Wetlands
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Wayne Wauligman

3:30PM - 6PM...1 Short-eared Owl (near Oxford Road along south side of service drive), 1 American Kestrel chasing 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 16 Eastern Meadowlarks, 10 Savannah Sparrows, 12 Swamp Sparrows, 20 Song Sparrows, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Tufted Titmice, 1 Carolina Chickadee, 2 Killdeer, 1 Common Snipe, 1 Mourning Dove, 350 Canada Geese, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 100 Red-winged Blackbirds, 75 Common Grackles, 3 White-crowned Sparrows, 3 Eastern Bluebirds, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 20 American Goldfinches, 3 Northern Cardinals, 1 Mallard, 2 Wood Ducks. We searched for the Sharp-tailed Sparrows but could not locate any.

Date: 11-7-00
Location: across from rapid run park
Reporter: kathy
Other Birders:

a pair of sharp-shinned hawk's,a broadwing hawk and a dozen crows chasing him.

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Date: 11/7/2000
Location: Larwenceburg Road, south of bridge
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

Just in case anyone is heading to Shawnee Lookout early tomorrow morning. There are about 12 to 15 wild turkey roosting in trees at eye level to the road on the river side of the road. They are about 100 yards (about the top of the hill) south of the E-town bridge heading toward the park. It was nearly dark so I'm sure they will be there until sunrise if you want a good view of roosting turkeys.

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Date: 11/7/00
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Four crows harassing a red-shouldered hawk.

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Date: 11/06/00
Location: Milford area in Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Present today outside my house was a Eastern Pheobe. Starting to get a little late for him i would think.

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Date: 11/05/00
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

On the way in, a kettle of about 15 vultures soaring over Zion Road held at least one, maybe two blacks, the rest turkeys. Also a Cooper's hawk was seen over Zion Road. In MMF, a casual walk yielded 1 golden-crowned kinglet, 1 red-breasted nuthatch and 2 dark-eyed juncos for the highlights.

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Date: 5 November 2000
Location: MWF wetlands
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

A great day for sparrows: American Tree (1+, early, we thought), Vesper (2), Nelsons's ST (4), Savannah (20+), Fox (1), Song (30+), Lincoln's (1, deformed beak), Swamp (18), White-throated (lots), White-crowned (even more), DE Juncos.

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Date: 11/4/2000
Location: Edge of Appalachia Preserve, West Union
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: wife Amy

Hiked around Lynx Prarie and Buzzardroost Rock.

Red-breasted Nuthatch (15), Brown Creeper (2), Winter Wren (2), Golden-crowned Kinglet (15), Yellow-rumped Warbler (30), Dark-eyed Junco (10)

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Date: Sunday, November 5, 2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Don Kinsman
Other Birders: Chuck & Rosemarie Tirone

There are now at least 4 Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows present at Miami Whitewater Wetlands. We arrived at the spot where they were seen mid-morning. There were already two very nice birders - whose name we unfortunately did not get - watching and they told us that there were 3 to 4 present.

The four of us watched together for a brief while while several of the sparrows flitted about and then the other birders left. After they had gone we managed to get 3 of the sparrows at once in the field of view of our binoculars and there was one just to the lower left of the field so we put our total at 4.

The other birders had noted variations in the coloring and were again quite correct. The facial and throat coloration varied from quite a deep ochre to a paler, though still distinctive, ochre. The white streaks on the birds' backs were clearly visible in a number of their presentations, but were faint for the palest of the birds. We also had the opportunity to observe the tail structure which gives them their name.

They were not at the scrape area where they have been mostly sighted before. They were much nearer the edge of the "golden grass" field in the direction of the bat house. They were only a couple of feet deep into the grass at the most and were not at all shy.

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Date: Saturday, November 4, 2000
Location: Hueston Woods and Brookville Lake
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon field trip

The highlight of the trip was a Northern Goshawk, seen twice in flight at the north end of Brookville Lake. The first look lasted about a half minute, as the bird flew across the lake, putting all the gulls into the air. The second look lasted longer, but was at a greater distance, as the bird soared overhead. Other noteworthy raptors included 150 Turkey Vultures and 1 Black at Hueston Woods, two more Black Vultures at Brookville, and an Osprey at Brookville.

Waterfowl were scarce: 1 Canada Goose at Brookville, 16 Wood Ducks and a Ring-necked Duck at Hueston Woods, a few Mallrds at both spots, and a few Northern Shovelers and 10 Ruddy Ducks at Brookville. Other water birds were better: 15 Pied Billed Grebes at Hueston Woods, plus 40 more at Brookville; 300 Double-crested Cormorants at Brookville; 30 Great Blue Herons at Hueston Woods, and 50 at Brookville; 400 American Coots at Hueston Woods, with a conservative estimate of 5000 at Brookville; and 500 each of Bonaparte's and Ring-billed Gulls at Brookville, with 3 Bonaparte's, about a hundred Ring-billed, and an immature Herring Gull at Hueston Woods. Besides many hundreds of Killdeers at Brookville and a few at Hueston Woods, there was 1 Greater Yellowlegs at each spot, plus a Black-bellied Plover, 2 Dunlin, and 10 Common Snipe at Brookville.

Terrestrial species were not the focus of this trip; but we had several Pileated Woodpeckers, a Hairy Woodpecker and a Red-breasted Nuthatch at Hueston Woods, and a Fox Sparrow at Brookville.

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Date: 11/04/00
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

As I was walking from the Herb Wall trail toward the Rowe Bldg, I stopped to look into the treetops and a Black Vulture was in flight high above the treetops heading East.

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Date: 11/4/00 1430
Location: backyard in Finneytown, Oh
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

One Pine Sisken with about 2 dozen goldfinches mauling the thistle feeders.Also about 7 DE juncos.

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Date: 11/4/2000
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Good waterbirding at Caesar Creek today,despite much boat activity. Highlight was a 1st winter surf scoter. This bird was observed from the Harveysburg Rd. boat ramp between 1130 and 1245.It spent most of its time in the center of the lake but was quite skittish and flew into the cove when boats passed. Other birds included common loons (10), ruddy ducks (15), mallards (4), N.shovelers (2), double-crested cormorants (3), American coots (> 750), ring-billed gulls (many) and Bonaparte's gulls (25).

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Date: 11/4/00- 0830
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

The viewing is great here- someone removed alot of willow trees. Birds seen were A. coots, GW Teal, Shoveler, Ringnecks, Wood ducks. Several pied-billed grebes, 4 GB herons.Water level looks good for the winter.

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Date: 11/3/2000 lunchtime
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Waterbirds are returning. Good numbers of PB Grebes, Ring-necked and Ruddy Ducks and A. Coots. One Ring-billed Gull was present.

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Date: November 1, 2000
Location: East Fork State Park North boat ramp
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 Common Loon, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 3 American Coots

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Date: 10/28/00 & 10/29/00
Location: Madeira & East Fork State Park
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Kinglet Fall Out this Weekend

Golden-crowned Kinglet 10, in my front yard early on Saturday morning 10/28.

Golden-crowned Kinglet 6, in small area at observation platform, East Fork State Park, near saddle dam, Sunday, 10/29

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Date: 10/29/00, dawn until 2:00 pm
Location: East Fork State Park, 2 locations
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

North side, Horsemans parking lot to boat ramp. Dawn - 9:30 am

Am. Coot 2, Pied-b. Grebe 2,E. Screech owl 1, calling, Red-b. Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Am Crow 5, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted Titmouse 3, Carolina Wren 3, Golden-crowned Kinglet 5, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Hermit Thrush 3, fighting robins for wild grapes and feeding territory, Am Robin 40, Cedar Waxwing 10, Eur. Starling 100, Yellow-rumped Warbler 8, N. Cardinal 10, Rufous-sided Towhee 3, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 18, Co. Grackle 50, Red-winged Blackbird 100, Purple Finch 5, overlight & calling, House Finch 2, Am Goldfinch 5

From Saddle Dam: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Common Loon 1, Pied-b. Grebe 3, Horned Grebe 5, Ring-n. Duck 6, Hooded Merganser 2, m + f, Ruddy Duck 1, Am. Coot 13, Ring-b. Gull 10

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Date: 10/28/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

The Nelsons Short-tailed Sparrow was still there but being very shy. Also found the 10 other 9 sparrow sp., Bobolinks, and Palm Warbler. At Shawnee Lookout on the way home 8 Turkeys crossed the road in front of me just inside the gate.

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Date: 29 Oct 2000
Location: Cliff Road in western Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Osprey, ~ 50 Black Vultures leaving a roost.

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Date: 10-27-00
Location: Westwood
Reporter: Liz Brennan
Other Birders:

My neighbor has lost her white/yellow parakeet. Please e-mail if you see it in the Westwood/Cheviot area. Thanks

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Date: 10-27-00
Location: Westwood
Reporter: Liz Brennan
Other Birders:

Orange-Crowned Warbler by feeders.

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Date: 10/26/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Jeff Hays

Jeff and I saw the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow for a couple of minutes at 11:15 this morning as the dense fog was lifting. It was at the NE corner of the shallow pool of water at the scrape where a few Savannah Sparrows have been bathing. The Nelson's is a beautiful sparrow! Here is the complete list (including 10 species of sparrows!):

~9am - ~11:45am
Mallard 1, Killdeer 5, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 16, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird 4 (3 of them in full song!), Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Northern Cardinal, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 13+, Vesper Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 5+, Song Sparrow 44, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 3, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 4, White-crowned Sparrow 20 (many in full song along bike path), Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark 2, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 5, House Sparrow.

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Date: October 25, 2000
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

Two Pine Siskins and one Junco at our feeders.

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Date: 24 Oct 2000
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders:

The Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow was still in the grasses in the scrape as of 10:30 this morning.

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Date: 10/22/00; 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Highlight: Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 1, Along farm road, the dirt lane that skirts the north edge of the now almost dry wetland. East of the bat house, in the the shallow scrape right beside on the south edge of the farm road and in the tall grass (flattened) opposite the scrape. This is the first scrape from Oxford Road (heading west) mentioned by Ned Keller on Thursday, 10/19. This scrape has a small pool of very shallow water, and is sparsely overgrown with short weeds, but has taller weeds at its edges. I have included these detailed directions for folks outside of the Cincinati area who do not frequently visit MWW. The bird was seen well sitting on weeds or grass in clear view, twice between 12:10 and 12:20 pm. This is a very shy bird and can be difficult to find. Be patient. I found the bird by walking the farm road from just beyond the bat house to the bike path and back several times, as well as walking the edge of the scrape and watching the many Savannah Sparrows carefully for a bird that flies differently and has a slightly different shape. The N. STSP first stayed for about 1 minute on the top of short weeds at the farm road edge of the scrape, and then flew across the farm road to the area where the tall grass is flattened. The bird then flew into tall grass within about 15 feet of me and stayed visible for about 2-3 minutes. As luck would have it, I fumbled to get my camera ready and missed some great shot opportunities. From about 12:30 - 2:00 pm I tried to find the bird again, but got only fleeting glimpses in flight of potential candidates. Plan to be patient, and/or lucky, but it is probably helpful to be early and the first or only birder there. This is a rather shy bird, and hard to find but will sit up and stay long enough to ID if you are patient and lucky.

Trip List: N. Shoveler 1, Mallard 1, Killdeer 8, Mourning Dove 10, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, N. Flicker 1, Horned Lark 4, Am. Crow 4, Carolina Chickadee 4, Carolina Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, E. Bluebird 30 (1 flock of 22), Am. Robin 5, N. Mocking bird 1, Am. Pipit 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 25, Cardinal 10, Rufous-sided Towhee 2, Field Sparrow 15, Savannah Sparrow 40, Song Sparrow 20, Lincoln's Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 15, White-crowned Sparrow 20, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 1, Boboblink 2 (winter plummage), Red-winged Blackbird 300, E. Meadowlark 2, Rusty blackbird 1, House Finch 2, Am. Goldfinch 50

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Date: 10/21/00; 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Highlight: Sedge Wren 2 Farm road, the dirt lane that skirts the north end of the wet land, which is now almost dry. About 50 -100 ft east of the bat house on the north side of the farm road. One bird seen. A second singing incomplete song just at sunset.

Fox Sparrow 3, hedge row on western edge of wet land property just before farm road

Trip list: Great Blue Heron 1, N. Shoveler 1, Mallard 1, N. Bobwhite 20 (one covey), Killdeer 10, Mourning Dove 20, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, N. Flicker 1, 270 Starling, Horned Lark 3, Blue Jay 6, Carolina Chickadee 2, Carolina Wren 1, Sedge Wren 2, Eastern Bluebird 12, Am. Robin 10, N. Mockingbird 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 10, Cardinal 12, Field Sparrow 25, Savannah Sparrow 20, Fox Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 30, Swamp Sparrow 25, White-throated Sparrow 5, White-crowned Sparrow 15, Red-winged Blackbird 30, House Finch 3, Am. Golcfinch 30

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Date: October 21 & 22
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

This past weekend was the first real numbers of waterfowl we have seen since moving in to Crooked Run this past August.
12 Wood Ducks, 45 Canada Geese, 4 Coots, 1 Black Duck, and 5 Common Loons.

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Date: October 22, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds 8:00 - 10:30 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

2 orange-crowned warblers
2 winter wren
2 brown creeper
1 red-eyed vireo
1 hermit thrush
Golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets
25+ white-throated sparrows
10+ white-crowned sparrows
20+ swamp sparrows
50+ song sparrows
1 savannah sparrow
2 Dark-eyed junco

One of the swamp sparrows was an interesting-looking bird. The face was very dark--mostly patchy black to dark black from the lores through and above the eyes and throughout the auricular area. Basically, it was a swamp sparrow with a black face. The body coloration was normal for a swamp sparrow this time of year, but seemed a tad on the dark side. The bird also preened incessantly and shook its wings and fluffed its head feathers incessantly--it seemed like it was a compulsive behavior for the bird. I watched it for five minutes before a train came by--the "11 O'clock CSX Flusher Express"--and it took it off. But for that entire time it fluffed and preened and shook and preened, etc., etc.

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Date: 10/21/00
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Audubon Society of Ohio

It was a pleasant day, no big deals but nice birds and good company.
Pied-billed Grebes, Great Blue Herons, 10 Great Egrets, Turkey Vultures, Can.Geese, Gadwall, Wigeon, Black Ducks, Mallards, Blue and Green-winged Teals, Ring-necked ducks, 1 Sharpie, Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, Kestral. Coots, Killdeer, 5 Snipe, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, Modo,Kingfisher. Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, Pileated, and Flicker, 3 Phoebes, Blue Jays, Crows (in reasonable numbers), Tree Swallows and 1 Rough-legged Swallow. Chicadee, Titmouse, both Nuthatches, Carolina Wren, both Kinglets, more Mockers than I have ever seen in one place and 2 Br. Thrashers. Our only warbler was many Yellow-rumps but we had 9 sp. of Sparrows, Field, Savannah, Fox, Song, Lincoln's, Swamp, White-throated, White-crowned. Towhee, Cardinals, Red-winged Blackbird,Eastern meadowlark,
Grackles, House Finch and Goldfinches rounded out our count. I purposely did not mention the Muscovey Duck or Starlings.
The hits of the day seemed to be the Red-headed Woodpecker and Snipe.

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Date: 10/22/00
Location: Big Oaks NWR Indiana
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 21 other CBC members and Joe Robb

Joe Robb,Refuge Operations Specialist at Big Oaks NWR in Indiana, lead members of the Cincinnati Bird Club on a birding tour of the refuge. Fifty five species were observed including ten sparrows.

Birds seen were as follows:
Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great-blue Heron, Wood Duck, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, N. Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, A. Kestrel, Wild Turkey, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker,Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, N. Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, E. Phoebe, Horned Lark, Blue Jay, A. Crow, Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, A. Robin, N. Mockingbird, E. Starling, Yellow-rump Warber, Common Yellowthroat, N. Cardinal, E. Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, House Finch, A. Goldfinch

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Date: 10/22/00
Location: Covedale Backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I continue to add new species to my backyard list since moving into our new house in late September. The latest addition was a Hermit Thrush this morning.
Also, yesterday at Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale my wife and I saw 2-3 adult Cooper's hawks.

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Date: 10/18/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

I missed the Nelson's Sharp-tailed, although I got a glimpse of a bird that had white stripes on its back but could not distinguish between LeConte's, Sharp-tailed or Marsh Wren with the split-second glimpse before it dove down. However, I found 7 species of sparrows: Song, Savannah, Lincoln's, Swamp, White-throated, White-crowned and Field. I also had two species of warblers: several Yellow-rumped and a Palm. There were also 4 female Green-winged Teal in the large (main) pond (green speculums showing).

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Date: 10/21/00
Location: Corryville
Reporter: Gloria Schumacher
Other Birders:

female yellow and green parakeet. Lost bird? Will she make it through the winter?

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Date: Thursday, October 19, 2000
Location: Miami-Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

The Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow was still there this morning. It was next to the first scrape that still has water, as you come in from Oxford Road, on the left. The other highlight was a very late (and fortunately, well-seen) Grasshopper Sparrow. Lots of other sparrows were there also - ( Field, 35 Savannah, 140 Song, 3 Lincoln's, 60 Swamp, 20 White-throated, and 30 White-crowned. The only warblers were 14 Yellow-rumped.

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Date: 10/16/00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Kim & Jason Cade, Lyn Armstrong

The Helson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow was seen again just befor noon this date in the same area Neill Cade descovered it Sunday. There were 3 Sedge Wrens in the same area. Many thanks to Paul Wharton's sharp eyes for the original sightings.

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Date: 10/15/2000
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: wife

Around 5pm an "artic" adult Peregrine Falcon landed on a snag behind our house and perched for around 15 minutes allowing my wife and I to get wonderful views of it.

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Date: 10/15/2000 8:30-Noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

The Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow is still present!!! I found it at 10:30 AM in a field on the north side of the farm road, approximately 50 yards east of the bat box.

Traveling east on the farm road, you'll see a field of tall, golden grass (looks like wheat) on your left. Approximately 15 yards from the start of this field is where I saw the bird.
It permitted very close inspection; the gray median stripe, white back streaking, and gray auricular patch surrounded by bright ochre and buff were plainly visible.

Bobolinks, a Dickcissel, and a Sedge Wrens were further east in the same field; Savannah and Vesper Sparrows were directly across the farm road in the short-clipped field. The sparrows especially favored the weedy field edge and the brambles in the bulldozed ponds.

Here is the trip list:
Great Blue Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 3, Canada Goose 5, Wood Duck 1, Mallard 17, Northern Shoveler 2, Green- winged Teal 3, Northern Bobwhite 1, Killdeer 25, Rock Dove 5, Mourning Dove 50, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 4, Blue Jay 5, American Crow 8, Horned Lark 10, Tree Swallow 60, Carolina Chickadee 25, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 2, House Wren 1, Sedge Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 60, Northern Mockingbird 4, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 150, Cedar Waxwing 4, Tennessee Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 70, Palm Warbler 3, Common Yellowthroat 4, Eastern Towhee 7, Chipping Sparrow 6, Field Sparrow 80, Vesper Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 45, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 150, Lincoln's Sparrow 3, Swamp Sparrow 80, White-throated Sparrow 40, White-crowned Sparrow 60, Northern Cardinal 40, Dickcissel 1, Bobolink 15, Red-winged Blackbird 1,700, Eastern Meadowlark 6, Rusty Blackbird 50, Common Grackle 600, Brown-headed Cowbird 12, House Finch 10, American Goldfinch 100, House Sparrow 10.

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Date: 10/15/2000
Location: Rapid Run Park, backyard border
Reporter: Kathy
Other Birders:

Around 1:15pm and 3:30 pm 2 red tail hawks perched in tree. 1 winter wren.3 red bellied woodpeckerss, blue jays, yellow and purple finches, tufted Titmice and that silly plastic flamingo next door. :)

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Date: Sat. Oct.14,2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Sparrows again dominated the scene at MWF today, but no red letter birds. Obviously Swampers are in in big numbers- at least 50 were seen today in just a small portion of the area. Savannahs were also in large numbers, as were Songers. In addition, several White-crowneds were present as well. Raptors included Coopers, Red tail, 2 Kestrels, and several TVs. Other birds of interest included 4 Sedge Wrens, and a somewhat late Bobolink. Bobolink is another bird that I feel that we are overlooking in the fall migration. Their call note is distinctive , as is their flight pattern- they just don't look like typical male breeding plumaged Bobolinks that many of us are used to seeing. A pair of Phoebes along the creek at Oxford Rd. topped off the list.Certainly harriers must be around, but I missed them.

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Date: Thurs. 10/12/00 10:00AM-Noon
Location: Middle Creek Rd & Aurora Ferry Rd
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Numbers not too high, but nice variety.
Best bird: Osprey (I don't have a copy of local records), but is this a late sighting?

Great Blue Heron; Black Vultures - 6; Turkey Vultures - 15; Red-tailed Hawk; Mourning Doves; Red-bel. Woodpecker; N. Flicker; Eastern Phoebe; Blue Jay; Am Crow; Car. Chickadee; T. titmouse; E. Bluebirds; Starlings; Tennessee Warbler; Field Sp.; Song Sp.; Red-wing Blackbird; E. Meadowlark - 10.

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Date: 10/11/00; 8:30 - 11:45 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: later joined by Scott Reeves

Highlight: Sparrow migration, 4 Sedge Wrens--quite late, Farm Road, about 100 feet east of bat house on north side, near a clump of cat tails. Birds were close enough to photograph, about 20-30 feet distance.

Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Am. Kestrel 1, Killdeer 15, Mourning Dove 10, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 6, Eastern Phoebe 1, Horned Lark 4, N. Rough-winged Swallow 5, Blue Jay 8, Am Crow 10, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Chickadee 2, Carolina Wren 1, Sedge Wren 4, Easern Bluebird 7, Am. Robin 20, Gray Catbird 5, N. Mockingbird 8 (one singing!), European Starling 10, Yellow-rumped Warbler 30, Common Yellowthroat 3, Northern Cardinal 12, Rufous-s. Towhee 4, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 63, Savannah Sparrow 25, Song Sparrow 14, Swamp Sparrow 15, White-throated Sparrow 2, White-crowned Sparrow 5, Red-winged Blackbird 60, E. Meadowlark 40, House Finch 4, Am Goldfinch 75, House Sparrow 5

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Date: Oct.10,2000 11:00 to 12:00 noon
Location: Ceasar Creek SP
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

1 Black-Bellied Plover seen in grass above beech.A few Killdeer were also seen in same area.16 Bonaparte's Gulls mixed in with Ring-billed gulls.

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Date: 10/6/00
Location: Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I forgot to mention on Friday I had two yellow bellied sapsuckers in my yard, first of the year,accompanied by all other woodpeckers we have except the hairy. What a noisy afternoon!

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Date: Oct.7,2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Just a quick visit to the wetlands, and I was rewarded. The only shoerbird of note for me was a Greater Yellowlegs. There were many Savannah and Swamp Sparrows, but the highlight ,by far, was a great look at an adult Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow.The sunlight on it was perfect and it was 16.5 ft. away(I had to step back to be able to focus it in my binoculars!). I was able to watch it for several minutes. I'm sure this species is overlooked in the area, but it still was the first time I've seen one at the Wetlands. For those interested it was seen along the farm road about 50 yards before the bathouse.

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Date: 10/7/2000 9:15 AM - 12:45 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

All location descriptions are from the Spring Grove Visitor's Map, available at the administration center (near the main entrance).

3 Winter Wrens in brush and log piles on the north end of Sections 108 and 109 (along the road between these sections and the Woodland Area). Mixed passerine flocks along same road.

Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Siskins, and Purple Finches in conifers in Section 99, near the cottage.

Chipping Sparrows in large shrub plantings in Section 131. Owls heard along western border of this section.

Trip List:Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Canada Goose 65, Mute Swan 2, Wood Duck 16, Mallard 25, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Peregrine Falcon 1, Rock Dove 18, Mourning Dove 25, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Eastern Screech-Owl 1, Barred Owl 1, Chimney Swift 80, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 6, Northern Flicker 6, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Blue-headed Vireo 4, Blue Jay 18, American Crow 40, Carolina Chickadee 55, Tufted Titmouse 12, Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 5, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 5, Winter Wren 3, Golden-crowned Kinglet 5, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3, American Robin 250, Northern Mockingbird 6, European Starling 600, Cedar Waxwing 30, Tennessee Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 1, Northern Parula 1, Magnolia Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 30, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Pine Warbler 1, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, American Redstart 2, Common Yellowthroat 4, Chipping Sparrow 65, Field Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 8, Northern Cardinal 20, Red-winged Blackbird 30, Common Grackle 1,200, Brown-headed Cowbird 10, Purple Finch 2, House Finch 12, Pine Siskin 2, House Sparrow 9.

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Date: 10/07/00
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

My latest lifer: an upland sandpiper at the puddle nearest the bat house. I got a good long look through the scope. Isn't that nice when lifers are so cooperative? Two flew in together, but I only saw the one on the ground. also present: blue-winged teal, shoveler, and killdeer.

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Date: 10/07/00
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

My latest lifer: an upland sandpiper at the puddle nearest the bat house. I got a good long look through the scope. Isn't that nice when lifers are so cooperative? Two flew in together, but I only saw the one on the ground. also present: blue-winged teal, shoveler, and killdeer.

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Date: Oct 7, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: Andrea Dailey

Female Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Philadelphia vireo, 6 Yellow-rumped warblers, 2 Tenn warblers, 20 Cedar waxwings, House Wren, 1 W-T sparrow, Song sparrow, 8 flickers, Carolina chickies, many robins, starlings, R-W BB's and cowbirds, nice low flying Cooopers Hawk all morning.

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Date: 10/5/00
Location: Clifton and SGC
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Denham at SGC

This week I have had Swainson's thrushes, magnolia and cape may warblers, and ovenbirds in my backyard. We saw a female northern harrier, cooper's, rtail and unid'ed owl at Spring Grove on Thrusday.

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Date: 10/6/2000
Location: Keehner Park, West Chester, OH
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Spent a couple hours looking for migrants this afternoon. Yellow-rumped warblers (20-25)predominated but magnolia (3), Nashville (2), blackpoll, bay-breasted, black-throated green (2)and Cape May (2)were also seen. Other notables included red-eyed and Philadelphia vireos, Swainson's thrush, a juvenile yellow-bellied sapsucker and both kinglets.

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Date: 09/27/00 (belated)
Location: Queen City & Harrison Avenues
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

While my wife and I were moving from the East side to the West side at dusk, I noticed a large swarm of Chimney Swifts funneling into a chimney at this intersection across from the BP station. There must have been at least 150 birds!

(Sorry for the late posting - computer is still down at home due to moving and been too busy at work to surf)

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Date: 10/4/00
Location: miamiwhitewater wetlands 3:00 - 4:30
Reporter: jack b
Other Birders: elaine

not a whole lot going on

marsh hawk,yellowrumped warbler,palm warbler,goldfinches ubiquitous,other usual birds

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Date: 9/30/00
Location: Ohio River
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

I don't know where my mind was when I made my report of sightings on Sat. On my way home I came down to the Ohio River, crossed the ferry and checked out Meldahl Dam. There were 2 Cormorants and a Pied-billed Grebe at the ferry landing but nothing at the dam. Just down river from the dam however was an immature Bald Eagle. As I turned up the hill at 2228 to go to the AA highway the Eagle lifted off a snag and soared overhead before heading for the river.

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Date: 09/30/00
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

While watching the river we had a very unusual sighting. Seeing something moving in the water about three-fourths the way across the river, I put my scope on it. It wasn't a duck, or any other bird for that matter. It turned out to be a deer. She swam all the way over to the Ohio side. When she got out she seemed no worse for the swim. She looked around a little climbed the bank and disappeared into the brush.
Birds included red-breasted nuthatch, yellow-bellied sapsucker, waterthrush, blackburnian.

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Date: 9/30/00
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: 8 members of a Cincinnati Nature Center bird walk

The birds came in dabs and waves. We had 3 Cape May Warblers in the spruces and pines at the edge of the Succession Field as well several immature and adult Indigo Buntings. Among our other finds were Swainson's Thrushes, 1 Wood Thrush, Cedar Waxwings, Bluebirds, 1 female Scarlet Tanager, Goldfinches, 1 Blackpoll, 2 Baybreasted Warblers, & 1 Philadelphia Vireo. The best birding that we had was back at the parking lot when we had a nice wave of 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 Magnolia Warbler, at least 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Golden Crowned, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a silent Empidonax, 1 White- breasted Nuthatch, Chickadees, Titmice, and a Carolina Wren. We may have had a Brown Creeper that only one very small person saw. (See below) Bill (BigBird) Creasey turned up to give us a boost with this Screech Owl call.
I have to mention also that we had the most unusual child with us. He is in the Kindergarden and does not read but really knew his stuff. His parents were not birders but are fostering his interest & are becoming interested. He pointed out that he had seen a bird working on the trunk of a tree. It was smaller than a Nuthatch, brown, & moving up the tree rather than down. He thought maybe it was a Brown Creeper. We were all impressed. His name is Alex.

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Date: October 1, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: my "evil twin"

I was wrong about the singing sedge wren at Gilmore Ponds mentioned in the posting below. I did some homework, which I should have done before making the post since it was sort of on my mind, and read about a common yellowthroat vocalization which sounds "very much like that of a sedge wren."

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Date: October 1, 2000
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 sedge wren singing near West Pond. warblers: ovenbird, black-throated green, Tennessee, magnolia, 1 northern waterthrush. A few Swainson's thrushes, 1000 or so red-winged blackbirds. White-crowned sparrows--a few. 1 ruby-crowned kinglet. 2 Brown thrasher. 6+ catbirds. 2 yellow-bellied sapsuckers.

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Date: October 1
Location: Backyard feeder
Reporter: Ev Kitchen
Other Birders:

A Junco, not rare, but the first at our feeder this year.

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