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Sightings Log Archive: January 2001 - March 2001

Date: 3/31/01
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: SK
Other Birders: None

100-plus American coots, 1 pair hooded mergansers, 1 pair buffelheads, few ring-necked ducks, one (lesser?) scaup.

Date: 04/01/01
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Main body of the park (3:10pm to 5:10pm): Turkey Vulture 6 (one visiting potential nesting site in barn at West and Dry Fork roads), Mallard 4, Red-shouldered Hawk (incubating on nest - one that Jeff did not know about when I found it in February), Red-tailed Hawk 1, Rock Dove 2 (visiting probable nest site under bridge), Mourning Dove 1, Barred Owl 1, Belted Kingfisher (female on territory?), Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 3 (male visiting possible nest site), Am. Crow 1, Blue Jay 2, Carolina Chickadee 1, Tufted Titmouse 4, Carolina Wren 1, White-br. Nuthatch 2, Am. Robin 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 30+ (males moulting), Song Sparrow 1, Am. Goldfinch 2.

Wetlands area (5:15pm to 7:10pm): Turkey Vulture 4, Canada Goose 5, Mallard (several), Am. Black Duck 5, Green-winged Teal 74, Blue-winged Teal 56, Gadwall 6, Northern Shoveler 6, Wood Duck 1, Bufflehead 1 (female), Ruddy Duck 1 (moulting male), Killdeer 6, Pectoral Sandpiper 9, Lesser Yellowlegs 5, Common Snipe 2, American Coot 6, Mourning Dove 1, Northern Flicker 1, Tree Swallow 4, BARN SWALLOW 1, Am. Crow 2, Carolina Chickadee 4, Am. Robin 20+, Eastern Bluebird 1, Northern Mockingbird 2, Horned Lark 2, E. Starling (few), Field Sparrow 6+, Song Sparrow 15+, White-throated Sparrow 1, White-crowned Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 4, Eastern Meadowlark 5 (observed courtship between a pair at close range thru scope), Red-winged Blackbird 50+.

Date: 03/31/01
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

I noticed that my goldfinches were starting to change colors so I ran up to Wild Birds Unlimited to get some more thistle seed. I normally don't feed birds beyond the winter months, but this is worth the enjoyment. Within minutes of moving my thistle feeders and filling them, a male goldfinch appeared on the thistle stocking sporting a full black cap and mostly yellow on its underparts and some patchwork of yellow and olive on its upperparts. I also have juncos in full song, first I've heard them singing this Spring.

Date: March 31,2001
Location: Maimi Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Nice assortment of birds this morning. Highlights included 1 American Bittern, 12 Mallard, 20 Gadwall, 15 Woodies, 15 GWTeal, 12 BWTeal,2 Shoveler,4 Wigeon, 2 hooded Mergansers, 2 Ruddies, 1 goldeneye -female, 1 Bufflehead, 6 Ringnecks, 2 L.Scaup, 10 Coots, 1Grt. horned Owl, 10 TV, 3 Redtails, 1 Coopers, 8 Killdeer, 6 Grt. Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Pectorals, 40 Snipe, 10 tree Swallows, 12 Meadowlarks, 6 Horned larks, 40 Song Sparrows, 10 Swampers, 10 Field, 15 Savannah, 8 White-crowneds, 3 White-throateds, 55 Tree Sparrows, 3 Phoebes,3 Mockingbirds

Date: 3-31-01
Location: My back yard
Reporter: L. Knab
Other Birders:

This morning there was a Great Blue Heron at my lake's edge as well as a Belted Kingfisher. I also have several Eastern Bluebirds in my yard.

Date: 3-30-01
Location: Winton Woods Silt Retention Basin
Reporter: Wayne Wauligman
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

1 Great Egret, Ruddy Duck, Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Bufflehead, Ring-necked, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Wood Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Horned Grebe (2), Hooded Merganser, Coots, and Woodcocks (all around at dusk).

Date: 3-30-01
Location: Three Rivers High School
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my brother Marcus

When my brother and I were coming out of the school, we observed and heard my first Common Nighthawk of the year flying from the roof. I know this si a little early so Iwas pretty excited!

Date: Mar.28,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Blue-Winged Teal,Green-Winged Teal and Mallards have been seen regularly for the past week or so, Northern Shoveler,Hooded Mergansers, Black Ducks and Wood Ducks have been seen off and on.All these were seen today. Also seen a pair of Ruddy Ducks and a female Bufflehead. A few shorebirds were seen 4 Common Snipe and a Greater Yellowlegs. At a lake in the Shaker Village area seen from Oxford Road 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 11 Pectoral Sandpipers, 5 Common Snipe.Some of these shorebirds may be the same ones seen earlier over in the wetlands.

Date: 03/25/2001
Location: Caesar Creek State Park, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Highlights: Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, and Purple Finches.

Common Loon 20, Pied-billed Grebe 3, Horned Grebe 11, Double-crested Cormorant 6, Great Blue Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 20, Canada Goose 25, Wood Duck 2, Gadwall 9, American Wigeon 4, Mallard 18, Green-winged Teal 40, Ring-necked Duck 3, Bufflehead 11, Hooded Merganser 4, Red-breasted Merganser 45, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 2, American Coot 30, Killdeer 7, Bonaparte's Gull 15, Ring-billed Gull 60, Herring Gull 2, Mourning Dove 15, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 5, Northern Flicker 2, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 15, Horned Lark 4, Tree Swallow 10, Carolina Chickadee 18, Tufted Titmouse 5, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 4, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Eastern Bluebird 3, Hermit Thrush 1, American Robin 40, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 70, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, American Tree Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 5, Song Sparrow 12, White-throated Sparrow 15, Dark-eyed Junco 4, Northern Cardinal 25, Red-winged Blackbird 15, Eastern Meadowlark 3, Common Grackle 8, Purple Finch 6, House Finch 5, American Goldfinch 15, House Sparrow 4.

Date: 03/25/2001
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Highlights: Calling Least Bittern and Virginia Rail.

Pied-billed Grebe 5, Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 2, American Wigeon 2, Gadwall 5, Mallard 12, Blue-winged Teal 15, Great Blue Heron 1, Least Bittern 1, Turkey Vulture 7, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 4, Virginia Rail 1, American Coot 150, Killdeer 2, Ring-billed Gull 15, Herring Gull 1, Rock Dove 1, Mourning Dove 5, Great Horned Owl 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 20, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 50, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 20, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 2, Tree Swallow 60, Golden-crowned Kinglet 8, Carolina Chickadee 40, Tufted Titmouse 12, Horned Lark 6, House Sparrow 18, American Goldfinch 5, House Finch 4, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Song Sparrow 10, Swamp Sparrow 4, White-crowned Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 35, Dark-eyed Junco 12, American Tree Sparrow 6, Field Sparrow 2, Eastern Towhee 2, Northern Cardinal 30, Red-winged Blackbird 150, Eastern Meadowlark 5, Common Grackle 30, Brown-headed Cowbird 6.

Date: 03/25/2001
Location: C.J. Brown Reservoir & Old Reid Park, Clark Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Highlights: 16 waterfowl species, tons (literally) of gulls, 3 Snow Buntings.

Common Loon 30, Pied-billed Grebe 4, Horned Grebe 20, Great Blue Heron 3, Turkey Vulture 3, Snow Goose 1, Canada Goose 155, Mute Swan 1, Wood Duck 2, Gadwall 13, American Wigeon 5, Mallard 35, Northern Shoveler 6, Redhead 20, Ring-necked Duck 18, Lesser Scaup 10, Bufflehead 6, Common Goldeneye 1, Common Merganser 2, Red-breasted Merganser 300, Ruddy Duck 6, Northern Harrier 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 200, Killdeer 4, Bonaparte's Gull 4, Ring-billed Gull 2,000, Herring Gull 20, Rock Dove 8, Mourning Dove 15, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 3, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 50, Tree Swallow 20, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 75, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 40, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Eastern Towhee 3, American Tree Sparrow 4, Field Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 8, White-throated Sparrow 40, Dark-eyed Junco 18, Snow Bunting 3, Northern Cardinal 22, Red-winged Blackbird 30, Eastern Meadowlark 9, Common Grackle 45, Brown-headed Cowbird 4, House Finch 14, American Goldfinch 7, House Sparrow 34.

Date: 03/24/2001
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Highlights: Barred Owls, both nuthatches, Chipping Sparrow, and Pine Warbler.

Turkey Vulture 1, Wood Duck 2, Mourning Dove 3, Barred Owl 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 6, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 5, American Crow 18, Carolina Chickadee 50, Tufted Titmouse 12, Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 3, Golden-crowned Kinglet 5, Eastern Bluebird 4, American Robin 80, European Starling 35, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Pine Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 2, American Tree Sparrow 5, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 25, White-throated Sparrow 50, Dark-eyed Junco 1, Northern Cardinal 35, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Common Grackle 5, House Finch 7, American Goldfinch 4, House Sparrow 3.

Date: 03/24/2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Highlights: Four hawk species, Pectoral Sandpiper, and Fox Sparrow.

Pied-billed Grebe 1, Turkey Vulture 7, Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 2, Gadwall 1, Mallard 8, Blue-winged Teal 20, Northern Shoveler 3, Green-winged Teal 70, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red- shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 8, Killdeer 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 1, Common Snipe 5, Rock Dove 15, Mourning Dove 7, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 3, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 30, Horned Lark 10, Tree Swallow 3, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 4, American Robin 35, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 60, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, American Tree Sparrow 3, Field Sparrow 8, Savannah Sparrow 10, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 80, Swamp Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 5, White-crowned Sparrow 12, Northern Cardinal 40, Red-winged Blackbird 50, Eastern Meadowlark 4, Common Grackle 35, House Finch 5, American Goldfinch 6, House Sparrow 3.

Date: 03/24/2001
Location: Winton Woods (Harbor & Dam Areas), Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Highlights: 15 species of waterfowl, a calling phoebe, and cormorants with prominent crests.

Pied-billed Grebe 2, Double-crested Cormorant 7, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Canada Goose 55, Wood Duck 13, Gadwall 5, American Wigeon 18, American Black Duck 1, Mallard 30, Blue-winged Teal 15, Northern Shoveler 7, Green-winged Teal 12, Redhead 70, Ring-necked Duck 60, Lesser Scaup 15, Bufflehead 1, Hooded Merganser 2, Ruddy Duck 3, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Coot 40, Ring-billed Gull 5, Rock Dove 2, Mourning Dove 18, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 11, American Crow 30, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted Titmouse 2, Carolina Wren 3, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 20, European Starling 35, Field Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 20, White-throated Sparrow 4, Northern Cardinal 8, Red-winged Blackbird 40, Eastern Meadowlark 3, Common Grackle 35, House Finch 8, American Goldfinch 9, House Sparrow 12.

Date: March 24 2001
Location: Stonlick Twp. Clermont county
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Not much to report today. around 20 Ring necked Duck, 2 Wood Ducks, a Red shoulder Hawk, calling Barred Owl, and the first Chipping Sparrow of the spring were all ok backyard birds for one afternoon.

Date: 03/24/01 (Update)
Location: Several
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Sergejs Berdnikovs

63 species total! Breakdown as follows: Calif. Woods (CW) 17 sp., East Fork (EF) 23 sp., Caesar's Creek (CC) 37 sp., Spring Valley (SV) 39 sp. Highlights only are listed: Common Loon (EF 1, CC 6), Pied-billed Grebe (CC 1, SV 4), Horned Grebe (EF 28 - both plumages in raft with 17 L. Scaup), Black Vulture (EF 1), Wood Duck (CW 2, SV 100+ flying back to SV lake at dusk!), Gadwall (SV 7), Blue-winged Teal (SV 12+), Green-winged Teal (SV 7+), Ring-necked Duck (SV 2), Lesser Scaup (EF 17, SV 4), Bufflehead (EF 2, SV 1), Hooded Merganser (EF 2), Red-breasted Merganser (CC 28 in "Merganser Bay" along Harveysburg Road), Red-shouldered Hawk (Rt. 222), VIRGINIA RAIL (SV 2 - HO), E. Screech-Owl (SV 1 - HO (fide Sergejs Berdnikovs)), Great Horned Owl (CW 1), Barred Owl (SV 2 - HO, no activity at traditional site), Pileated Woodpecker (CW 2 - nest found (see below)), Eastern Phoebe (CW 1, EF 1), Tree Swallow (CC 1, SV 100+), Brown Creeper (CC 1), Golden-crowned Kinglet (CC 2), Eastern Bluebird (EF - many boxes occupied), Yellow-rumped Warbler (EF 2), Am. Tree Sparrow (SV 3), Field Sparrow (EF 2 singing, CC 6+), Fox Sparrow (CC 1 - horseman's camp area along Furnas Olgesby Rd.), Red-winged Blackbird (SV 4 males on territory), Eastern Meadowlark (EF 4, CC 3), Rusty Blackbird (SV 1 singing from shrub along board walk at very close range, there may have been others in a mixed blackbird flock containing grackles, redwings & cowbirds).

Date: 03/24/01
Location: Several
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Sergejs Berdnikovs

Some brief highlights of our day. Complete list to be posted tomorrow, I'm much too tired now to post everything. Sites visited today were California Woods NP, East Fork SP, Caesar's Creek SP, and Spring Valley WA. Some highlights: Calif. Woods - found Pileated Woodpecker nest being excavated by female in large sycamore and head of California Junction Trail (first trail as you come in along the drive from Kellogg Ave.); East Fork - a two species raft contained 17 Lesser Scaup and 28 Horned Grebes in both winter and spring plumages, best viewed from the saddle dam at close range; Spring Valley WA - 2 VIRGINIA RAILS (heard only) and more than 100 tree swallows as well as both teal species were noteworthy. Also, at sunset, more than 100 wood ducks returned to the lake! NO, the Laughing Gull was NOT seen by us today at Caesar's Creek.

Date: 3/23/01
Location: New Miami, gravel pits
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders:

A pair of common loons have been displaying and calling on the Marietta Martin Aggregates Lake (Big Blue) DeLorme page 74 A3. A horned grebe was also seen earlier in the week. They can be seen with a spotting scope from the pull off at the entrance. Please do not try to enter the property and use caution with heavy truck traffic in the area

Date: 3/23/01
Location: Butler County
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders:

The pair of nesting Ospreys have returned to Butler County for their fifth year. They were first seen on March 19 repairing their nest.
The nest is very isolated and on private property, Delorme75 A4, west and north of the Fantasy Farm Amusement, across the river and very near a large gravel pit lake.

Date: 3/24/01
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I spotted my first brown creeper today. Red-bellied woodpeckers are courting and piliated is drumming constantly.

Date: March 23, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods/Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Miami University Ornithology class

Things are starting to pick-up at Acton. The winter kill Gizzard Shad have attracted hundreds of Ring-billed Gulls. A Bald Eagle was also present this morning. We found the first Pine Warblers of the year as well as the first Red-breasted Nuthatches. Only a single breeding plumage C. Loon was present this AM-down from at least 5 birds a couple days ago. The rafts of scaup, Redheads, RB Mergs, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergs, and BW & GW Teal also were absent this morning with only single individuals of most species seen.

Date: 3/22/01 0700-1030AM
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

Nothing extraordinary to report. Highlights were a Common Loon in full breeding plumage and 2 Rusty Blackbirds . Other wildlife observed - 4 deer, 1 muskrat, and a chorus of frogs that was almost deafening on Prairie Trail. Complete list:

Common Loon 1, Pied-billed Grebe 3, Canada Goose 15+, American Coot 10+, Wood Duck 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Mourning Dove 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 3, American Crow 10+, Blue Jay 23, Carolina Chickadee 12, Brown Creeper 1, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 4, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 2, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Common Grackle 3, Rusty Blackbird 2, Northern Cardinal 17, Eastern Towhee 3, Dark-eyed Junco 20+, Song Sparrow 9

Date: 3/21/01
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Yesterday on a walk in my neighborhood, twice, I saw (and heard) a low flying swan. This morning at home, I heard, and then saw, five swans flying low -right over my house. (I'm not up on my swan species, so I don't know what kind they were.)

Date: 3/20/01 5:00-6:00 PM
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: None

Made a quick stop at the lake after work - Common loon (3), horned grebe (3), hooded merganser (8), redhead (2), bufflehead (2), ruddy duck (4), mallards and canada geese. Also 80 or so ring-billed gulls and about a dozen Bonaparte's gulls.

Date: 3/16/01
Location: glendale milford @the "millcreek"
Reporter: jim scott
Other Birders: steve grubb

spotted ring neck pheasant walking on west bank heading north along the creek it was not concerned about how close we were,it ambled out of sight.

Date: Mar.19,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

10 Blue-Winged Teal,5 Northen Shoveler,45 Green-Winged Teal,9 Common Snipe and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

Date: 3/19/2001 lunchtime
Location: Cinci Nature Center
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

2 Tree Swallows.

Date: 3/17/2001
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: wife

2 very vocal Barred Owls. Took the compost out during a timeout during the UC game and, like I usually do at dusk, did a screech owl whistle. Usually nothing responds. Almost immediately I got a loud "who cooks for you" and some barred owl laughter and it was close. Over the next few minutes I watched one fly by and then a second land in a tree and then fly by.

Date: 3/18/2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I was on the way out just as the group below was arriving. Highlights in addition to what was mentioned below.

Wood Ducks, Killdeer (5+), Northern Harrier(1 m), Cooper's Hawk (1 juv), GB Heron (1), Black Vulture (4), Tree Swallow (2), Song (many), Swamp (2), American Tree (8), Field (4) Sparrows

The most interesting sighting unfortunately will go id-less. A flock of ~20 shorebirds flew over. All appeared to be same species. My position relative to the sun didn't give me a good look at the wing/underbody pattern. Best feature was that they were long-billed. Looking up, I said to myself, hmm, looks like some dowitchers.

Date: 3/16/01
Location: Corner of Gilbert and Eden Ave Downtown
Reporter: Bird Watcher
Other Birders:

A pair of Redtail hawks have been spotted builing a nest on the east side of Gilbert Ave. west of the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Date: 3/18/01
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

A basic 1 Bald Eagle was spotted at East Fork State Park at 8:10AM this morning. The tempature at that time was 23degrees, clear skies and no wind. The eagle in flight showed whitish belly contrasting with dark breast and ragged trailing edges of the wings. This bird was seen from the South swimming beach. It flew across the lake from west to east and landed in the tree line on the west side of the main lake. It perched there for a few moments then flew off. Where were you J. Woodhouse and D. Tensmeyer when I needed you?

Date: March 18, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds & Riverside & WW Settling Pond
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Steve Miller & the Darke County Bird Club

1 great horned owl on a nest, and a pair of bluebirds investigating a natural cavity in a dead tree roughly 30 yards inside North Woods. (I'm not aware of any breeding bluebirds in the past 10 years or so at Gilmore, but this year, there are at least two pair hanging around and looking at nest boxes or the dead tree. Does anyone have breeding season bluebird records for Gilmore they can share?). 1 phoebe, 5 blue-winged teal, 1 pair of flickers, 1 cooper's hawk, 2 accipiter sp., 3 red-tailed hawks, 3 T.V.s

Riverside: 1 kestrel, 15+ mallard, 1 pair of gadwall, 1 gray squirrel, which plummeted some 20 feet from a set of utility wires and landed flat on its face right in front of us. It seems to have recovered, though.

We had the same species mix at the Winton Woods settling pond as posted below by Rick Dage.

Date: 03-18-2001
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Rick Dage
Other Birders: Jay Stenger, Jack Stenger, Wendy Donald

Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, 2 Am Shovlers, Readheads, Ringnecks, Horned Griebe, Widgeon, Gadwalls. Also special thanks to Jay Stenger and Charlie Saunders who lead a group up to Miami Whitewater Forest this morning where we saw Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Am Shovlers, Snipe, Bluebirds, Meadowlarks, White-crowned Sparrow, Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Deer. Big fun!

Date: 3-17-01
Location: Hueston Woods State park
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: Ada Habig

33 Canada Geese, 2 Snow Geese, 4 GW Teal, 100+ L. Scaup (possibly several Gr. Scaup but not sure), 4 C. Loons, 2 Gr Bl Herons, 5 DC Corms, 100+ Red Breasetd Mergansers, 1500+ Ring-billed Gulls, American Widgeon, 2 Horned Grebe, 3 Bufflehead, 20 Coots, 7 Mallards.

We also visited downtown Dayton and saw our first Peregrin Falcons on the 5/3 Building (Second and Jefferson)

Date: 3/17/01
Location: Mt. Healthy High School
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

Today, while at a track meet at Mt. Healthy High School, I observed a red shouldered hawk flying over the football field while giving its KEER KEER KEER call. I later saw a large flock of crows flying through the woods, and I assume that they were chasing the same hawk. The hawk seemed pretty defensive, so possibly it is nesting in the area. If I have another meet there, I'll investigate a little bit more.

Date: 3/15/01
Location: Anderson Township backyard
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

In the morning, I observed a Cooper's Hawk, perched in a tree, calling out notes. I don't know if this is the same bird that I saw a few weeks ago.

Date: 03/16/01 1215-1310
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I have had absolutely no luck with the Merlins and today was no exception. Am I looking in the wrong places. I searched sections 14 and 132 as posted by others.
Anyway, I did manage to find the following birds: Turkey Vulture 2, Mute Swan 1, Canada Goose 20+, Mallard 3, Wood Duck 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Mourning Dove 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Blue Jay 20+, Am. Crow 11, Carolina Chickadee 2, Tufted Titmouse 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Am. Robin 30, E. Starling 20, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, N. Cardinal 6, Eastern Towhee 1, Song Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 1, Northern Junco 1, Am. Goldfinch 5.

Date: March 16, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek SP Beach
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: None

I saw the Laughing Gull at the beach today around 7:00 a.m. It was in with approximately 50 Ring-bills.

I also saw an unidentified gull that was larger than the rest of the flock. It was darker on the back but the distance and light made it hard to tell what is was through binoculars. It may have been a third year bird from the amount of white and grey on it. Hopefully someone else will see it and be able to identify it.

Date: week of 3-16
Location: little miami bike trail (N of shot tower)
Reporter: Dale A. Bodmer
Other Birders: none

in the last couple of days...
Red-Bellied w'peckers, downy w'peckers, several pilated w'peckers, a couple first winter plumage myrtle warblers, carolina wrens, hermit thrush, winter wren, bluebird, kingfisher, and the usual complement of titmouse, chickadee, crow, blue jay, wb nuthatch

Date: 15 March 2001
Location: College Hill
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

An arrival of migrants overnight brought in a Fox Sparrow, 2+Towhees, and a Brown Thrasher that hadn't been in the yard before.

Date: 3/14/01 1200-1230
Location: Winton Woods settling basin
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Dan Scheffel

Most plentiful ducks were Redheads and Ringnecks. Others of lesser abundance were bufflehead, blue-winged and green-winged teal, shoveler,American Widgeon, mallard,lesser scaup and ruddy duck.

Date: Winter 2001
Location: Mt. Carmel/Romohr Acres
Reporter: M Hager
Other Birders: K

Swainson's hawk, great blue heron, wood ducks, mallards, rufous towhees, house finch, gold finch, red bellied woodpeckers, hairy & downy woodpeckers, white breasted nuthatches, common flicker, black capped chickadees, titmouse, cowbirds, red breasted mergansers, bluejays, and lots of cardinals.

Date: 3/14/01
Location: Hueston Woods--Acton Lake (Butler/Preble Co.)
Reporter: Casey Tucker
Other Birders: Erin White

A quick trip (7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.) out to Acton lake today provided a plethora of species in, & around, the lake. Bufflehead are already doing courtship displays.

2 Common Loons
Horned Grebes
2 barnyard geese
Canada Geese
Mallards
Am. Black ducks
(1 Mallard X Black duck hybrid)
Wood Ducks (at least 2 males)
Blue-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Buffleheads (plentiful)
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Mergansers (plentiful)
Ruddy Ducks
American Coots
Great Blue Herons
Black Vultures
Turkey Vultures
Northern Bobwhite
Ring-billed Gulls (plentiful)
Herring Gulls
American Kestrel
Killdeer
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
White-breasted Nuthatch
Tree Swallows
Red-winged Blackbirds

Date: 3/13/01
Location: pond in East Fork State Park
Reporter: Dave Hess
Other Birders:

The turtles were out sunning today and a two pairs of wood ducks were dabbling along the edge of the water. A pair of red shouldered hawks were in the area also.

Date: March 13, 2001
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders: none

Today I found a Pine Warbler sitting in the gravel lane in the preserve. Yesterday there was Common Loon on the river in front of the preserve.

Date:
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

A Red-Throated Loon was reported at Cowan sometime over the weekeend... has anyone heard anything about it?

Date: 3/13/01
Location: East Fork S. P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

Spotted my first Pine Warbler of the season at the park near the road that leads to the south beach just before it drops over the hill to the south beach.

Date: 3/11/01
Location: Anderson Twp. backyard
Reporter: Connair
Other Birders:

Came home around 11:00 Sun. to find 50+ crows mobbing a female red shouldered hawk in the woods behind a neighbor's house. They seemed intent on just her and were only momentarily put off by the male repeatedly diving at them. I hiked back into the ravine and found she was near what is obviously her nest in a tall sycamore. I wondered whether she was near laying and if the crows had sensed that. They chased her around the woods for 45 minutes until she headed over the houses into the next ravine. When I caught up I spotted the mob around a large shape in an old ash tree. As I approached I realized that she must have shaken off the mob by flying right past a great horned owl. The crows happily abandoned their pursuit of the hawk and chased the owl out of the neighborhood. This is the first I've seen a great horned owl in the woods and wondered if it could be the reason I haven't heard the resident barred owls for some time.

Date: 3/10/01
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club

We had a lot of good stuff so I'll just list the highlights. A Golden Eagle soaring over Richart Trail being harrassed by crows was the star of the day. We also had 3 Harriers, 1 Phoebe, at least 10 Purple Finches, 8 sp. of Sparrows, Tree Swallows, Turkeys, Sandhill Cranes, 2 Horned Grebes, and 11 sp. of waterfowl including 2 Canvasbacks. On the way home our carload picked up 2 Black Vultures over Versailles State Park with TV's.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Kim Ziegel
Other Birders:

This is not a sighting but an earnest request. Does anyone out there have the name or (better yet) the e-mail address of the fellow from Wilmington who was such an ardent follower and photographer of this winter's Snowy Owl? I have lost his name and address and would dearly like to recover them. Thank you!
Kim Ziegel

Date: 3/11/2001
Location: Cinci Zoo
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I was in the outdoor aviary taking some pictures for a bird photo/sound web site I have been working on when I noticed there was a Black-billed Magpie in the scrub behind the aviary foraging on the ground. I snapped a few shots and then went outside to try to get a photo that wouldn't have the aviary mesh in it but it flew at that point. Has anyone seen this bird since the posting on 11/6? While I was trying to get a photo through the aviary mesh it flew 4-5 feet further away every time I tried to position myself close to it.

Date: 03-11-01
Location: Mason, Ohio - Twin Fountains Apartments
Reporter: Rick Dage and Wendy Donald
Other Birders:

A pair of Mute Swans have taken up residence in a small pond near the high tension wires. The male ("cob") and female ("pen") are showing signs of nesting behavior. They normally lay 3-7 eggs in April. The male is very aggressive, protective of the female, and chasing residents away from the pond. (Cool!) This species (Cygnus olor)was introduced in North America around the turn of the century in the Hudson Bay area. Currently, 4500 individuals are being monitored in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods and Brookville Lake
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon field trip

The highlight of the trip was a dark-phase Rough-legged Hawk, seen on the west side of Brookville in the fields between Treaty Line and Dunlapsville. Other highlights, apart from waterfowl, were about twenty Tree Swallows at Hueston Woods, and 3 Pectoral Sandpipers at Brookville.

We had very well-lit views of a moderate number of waterfowl (500 at Hueston Woods, including very few Mallards, and 2-3000 at Brookville, half Mallards and a quarter Blacks). Other waterfowl species were Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, and Ruddy Duck. We also saw Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, and Horned Grebe.

Date: 3/7 and 3/11
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

The female merlin was seen on 3/7 and the male today

Date: 3/10/01
Location: Oxbow and Lawrenceburg area
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

Sorry that I didn't post this list yesterday, when I spotted these birds. I was off of school yesterday and got to go down to the Oxbow for a few hours. Species there included:

Red-tailed Hawk, Am. Coot, Mallard, Belted Kingfisher, Song Sparrow, European Starling, Mourning Dove, Redhead, Canada Goose, Ring-billed Gull, Common Goldeneye, Yellow-rumped Warbler, N. Shoveler, N. Pintail, Am. Crow, Killdeer, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Common Grackle, Great Blue Heron, Horned Lark, Am. Robin, N. Mocking bird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, N. Cardinal.
After the Oxbow, I spent the day at my grandparent's house, which is 5 minnutes away. Species I saw throughout the day that I didn't see @ the Oxbow included:

Wild Turkey, Blue Jay, House Finch, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Tufted Titmouse, Sharp-shinned Hawk, American Woodcock, Golden-Crowned Kinglet

Date: march 10
Location: Caesar Creek
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: none (not even me)

I recieved the following letter over the ohio bird emailer today about a laughing gull at Caeser Creek... though you might be interested:
A Laughing Gull was with the large flock of Ring-billed Gulls at the
Caesar Creek beach (DeLorme 65;D7) on Saturday morning, March 10. The
bird's black hood was nearly complete except for an area of white by the
base of the bill. Wait for this bird to stretch his wings and the
extensive dark areas easily differentiate it from a Franklin's Gull.
(Yes, this bird also has smaller eye crescents and a longer drooping
bill, but the differences in wing patterns between Laughing and
Franklin's are literally black and white.)

Date: March 9, 2001
Location: Procter & Gamble Health Care Research Center, Mason-Mongomery Rd, north of Irwin Simipson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Gadwall 5,Am. Widgeon 2, Bufflehead 2, Ring-necked Duck 57, Redhead 1

Date: March 9, 2001
Location: Ohio River Newport/Bellevue
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

38 rather skittish Horned Grebes (along with 1 Pied-billed Grebe) kept flying up and landing again on the river, in front of the Chart House and the new "Port Bellevue" project. It was good to see so many of these cute, little guys.
There were also 5 male Buffleheads (cute also), at the Mouth of the Licking at Taylor Park in Newport.

Date: March 9, 2001 11:40am
Location: East Fork Lake State Park North Boat Ramp
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 Horned Grebe, 1 Common Loon

Date: 3-9-01
Location: Pond St. rt. 73 Waynesville Ohio
Reporter: Linda Hice
Other Birders: Steven Lee US Army Core of Engineers

I am lucky to have the trumpeters back again today. Steven Lee thinks that they are a wild pair and not a pair that was introduced as they do not have any tags. They have been pond hopping in this area. I don't know why they like it here because my male mute chases them. I understand there is a problem with mute swans chasing away the trumpeters that are supposed to be here. The mute swans are so beautiful and people want to buy them and I am one of them, I actually was raising them myself and now I see it in a different light. I am wanting the trumpeters to stay but my male will probably chase them away again.

Date: 8 March 2001
Location: Winton Woods main lake
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

6 Ring-billed Gull, 3 Red-breasted
Merganser

Date: 8 March 2001
Location: Winton Woods Settleing Pond
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

25 Canada Goose,10 Mallard,5 Gadwall, 10 Green-winged Teal,5 Shoveler,2 Wood Duck,75!!Redhead,25 Ring-necked Duck,4 Lesser Scaup,3 Bufflehead,

Date: March 8, 2001
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

There were a goodly number of ducks on Harsha Lake today, mostly in three large rafts on the north end (viewed from the Army Corp Visitor center overlook- see message board, and saddle dam). Besides a hundred or so ducks too far off to ID there were:

50 Hooded Mergansers, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers, 120 L. Scaup, 90 Ring-necked Ducks, 30 Redheads, 10 Canvasbacks, 6 Bufflehead, 1 Horned Grebe, 2 Pied-billed Grebes and 6 Coots

Date: 3-7-01
Location: Waynesville, Ohio 45068
Reporter: Linda Hice
Other Birders:

I did not have a sighting of the trumpeters today, but I did yesterday and the day before on my pond. I would like to know if this is rare or is this normal for them to pass this way. I would love to hear opinions either on this site or at my email above. Thanks Linda

Date: March 4, 2001
Location: Brookville Indiana region
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

The vulture roost in Cedar Grove Indiana, along the Whitewater River at the junction of SR 1 and US 52 had many vultures coming in for the night at about 5:00 pm this evening. Approx. 100+ Turkey Vultures and 50 Black Vultures were seen. Other Black Vultures were seen around the Brookville Lake area.
The Great Blue Heron rookery along the east side of SR 1, just south of Brookville, is again active. At least 20 birds were on nests. Easy to see at this time of year. Over 70 nests are visible and easily seen from the road.
The usual species one would expect to see this time of year were found around the lake. 8 Bonapartes Gulls(a little early), over a thousand ducks(50%+ Mallards) at the north end of the lake, one lone Snow Goose(white) at Quakerstown, a minor movement of Sharp-shinned Hawks(3), and an immature Bald Eagle near the dam were notable.

Date: 03/05/01
Location: MUSCATATUCK NWR
Reporter: JOE VOGERL
Other Birders:


I just received word that Donna Stanley's mother passed away today.
Joe

Date: 3-6-01
Location: Pond Waynesville Ohio
Reporter: Linda Hice
Other Birders:

The trumpeters visited again this morning but didn't stay near as long as my mute swan was still chasing them.

Date: 3-5-01
Location: Waynesville, Ohio 45068
Reporter: Linda Hice
Other Birders:

I had the great pleasure of seeing two adult trumpeter swans visit my pond. My male mute swan was not happy to see them so he chased them most of the morning. They flew off two or three times only to come back and be chased again. Finally they left late morning, but not before I took many pictures, including my swan chasing them.

Date: 3 March 2001
Location: Summit Lake, IN and Germantown Reserve, OH
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders: Diana Shuler

a quick look around summit lake gave us: hooded merganser, gadwall, mallard, ring-neck duck, canada goose, american coot, bufflehead, common merganser, eastern meadowlark, northern cardinal, downy, white breased nuthatch, killdeer, 14 sandhill cranes (fly-over) and a loggerhead shrike near the beach area.

At Germantown Reserve: between 5 and 8 woodcock displaying near seed nursery.

Date: 03/03/01
Location: Calif. Woods Nature Preserve & East Fork State Park
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Sergejs Berdnikovs

An all day trip yielded some nice sightings. A red-tailed hawk nest was found at East Fork and one of the red-headed woodpeckers was dead in the nest hole, half of its body hanging out of the hole upside down. I suspect this to be a shooting because I don't know how else a bird could die and be in that position. CW = Calif. Woods and EF = East Fork.
Trip list: Black Vulture 21+ (a kettle of 20+ along Rt. 32 just W of Half Acre Road and a single along Elk Lick Rd.), Turkey Vulture (23 EF), Canada Goose (12 EF), Mallard (4 EF), Ring-necked Duck (10+ EF at dusk), Hooded Merganser (10+ EF at dusk), other unidentified ducks at dusk = too dark to see, Red-tailed Hawk (nest found at East Fork, pair near nest), Killdeer (5 EF), Am. Woodcock (3 EF, heard at 8:55 pm = well after dark!), Ring-billed Gull (100+ EF), Mourning Dove (4 EF), Eastern Screech-Owl (4 EF), Great Horned Owl (2= 1 at CW, 1 at EF), Barred Owl (2 EF), Red-headed Woodpecker (3 EF = 2 live, 1 dead), Red-bellied Woodpecker (4 CW, 4 EF), Downy Woodpecker (4 CW), Hairy Woodpecker (3 EF), Northern Flicker (2 EF), Pileated Woodpecker (3 EF), Blue Jay (7 EF), American Crow (2 CW, 20 EF), Carolina Chickadee (15+ CW, 2 EF), Tufted Titmouse (10+ CW), White-br. Nuthatch (4 CW, 9 EF), Brown Creeper (1 CW), Carolina Wren (1 CW, 3 EF), Winter Wren (1 CW), Golden-crowned Kinglet (6+ EF), Eastern Bluebird (4 EF), American Robin (2 EF), Am. Tree Sparrow (3 EF), Song Sparrow (3 EF), White-th. Sparrow (2 EF), Northern Cardinal (2 CW), Eastern Meadowlark (1 EF).

Date: 3/4/01
Location: SGC
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Denham

Merlin still there today at 1:15p in section 14 in the sycamore tree as usual. Looked like the brown one but it was raining hard and the bird was soaked.

Date: March 3, 2001
Location: Camp Dennison
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I just happened to be driving by Camp Dennison, and I accidentally got out of my van and took a look at the forbidden pond (I did stay behind the cable). There were 20 Ring-necked Ducks, 12 Hooded Mergansers, 16 Redheads, 8 Bufflehead, 1 Mute Swan, 80 coots and 5 Pied-billed Grebes.

The three Red-breasted Nuthatches were still present in NE Hamilton Co. One of the two females seems to have perfected an interesting technique for prying off loose bark from dead sections of red pine. After prying her bill under the edge she would give a quick upward flick from the neck, and a large section of bark would go flying. Some of these bark plates were quite a bit larger than the nuthatch herself. The nuthatches were also extracting white pine seeds from fallen cones that had gotten stuck in the mid level branches.

Date: March 3, 2001
Location: Pond at RT 32 and Half Acre Rd. Afton Oh.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 6, Malard 400+, Ring-neck Duck 12, Redhead 6, American Widgeon 8, Lesser Scaup 14, Northern Pintail 10, Black Duck 30, American Coot 2 The estimate for malards is probably low because they landing in the fields and hiding in the corn stubble all around the pond

Date: March 3, 2001
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Donna Hull
Other Birders: Thomas Hull

4 Sandhill Cranes, 16 Shovelers, 12 Greenwing teal, Meadow Lark, 12 Great Blue Herons, 3 Pintail, Ringnecks, Mallards, Redtail Hawk.

Date: Mar.3,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Two Common Snipe

Date: March 2, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods--Acton Lake
Reporter: Casey Tucker
Other Birders: John Gering, Abby Hill, Tabby Fenn, Aaron Tolin, Ed Otten, Laura Kennedy, Keri Vanschaften, Diane Lavsa, Chrissy Dieckhoner, Susan Burchardt

Hueston Wood's Golf Course Pond: Canada Geese, Ring-necked Ducks

Acton Lake: Green-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler (juv. male), Northern Pintail (1), Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ring-necked ducks, Ruddy Ducks, Ring-billed gulls, Canada Geese, Mallards

Hueston Woods & Nature Center: Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Song Sparrow, House sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Red-bellied woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Common Grackle, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey vulture, Black vulture, Killdeer, Carolina Chickadee, Golden-crowned kinglet, American Crow,

Date: March 2, 2001
Location: West Chester 5:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 screech owls. I have two screech owl boxes in the backyard, and this is the first year that there have been owls using each box simultaneously.

Date: 3/2/01
Location: hidden valley lake
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

A loon was at the dam area. I'm not sure what kind it was, head an bill looked small. Could be worth checking if someone is in the area.

Date: 2/25/01
Location: P&G Health Care Research Center, Mason Montgomery Rd, N of Irwin Simpson
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Gadwall 5, Mallard several, Ring-n. Duck 50

Date: 2/26/2001
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jerry Byrd
Other Birders:

Redheads 10, Ring-Necked 40+, Black Ducks 10+, Pied-Billed Grebe 2, American Coots 50+, Mallards 100+, Wood Ducks 20, Hooded Mergansers 5, Scaup 10, Blue-Winged Teal 2, Canada Geese 100+, Pintail 10+, Killdeer 10+, Horned Lark 5, Turkey Vulture 1, Great Blue Heron 10+,Yellow-Rumped Warbler 20+. Also, many thanks for this site.

Date: 2-28-01
Location: ndian Hill
Reporter: R. Selnick
Other Birders:

2 Northern Flicker - yellow shafted
5 downy woodpeckers
2 hairy woodpeckers
2 red-bellied woodpeckers
3 dark-eyed juncos
6 gold fiches
2 house finches
On 2-22-01 I observed a pileated woodpecker in the same area

Date: 2/27/2001
Location: Clifton
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

My wife and I were taking a walk yesterday at dusk and found, quite by accident, a pair of Eastern Screech-Owls. I glanced up at a tree and was surprised to see one sitting in it. We stopped and the female flew in and landed on a second branch.

Date: Feb. 27, 2001
Location: Rt 32 at Half Acre Rd.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 10, Am. Black Duck 30, Malard 300, N. Pintail 25, Am Wigeon 20, Ring-necked Duck 2, Lesser Scaup 5, Red-shoulder Hawk 2, Am. Coot 5, Black Vulture 3

Date: Correction: It was about February 3, 2001
Location: On my deck
Reporter: grace johnson
Other Birders:

A yellow shafted Northern Flicker

Date: 2/22/01
Location: On my deck
Reporter: grace johnson
Other Birders:

A yellow shafted Northern Flicker

Date: Feb. 27, 2001
Location: MockingBird Hill Organic Farm Williamsburg OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

American Woodcock was displaying in the field north of the house. It started about 6:20pm and was still at it the last time I checked at about 9:15pm

Date: Feb. 26,2001
Location: Winton Woods settleing pond
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

42 Ring-necked ducks,1 Redhead,6 L.Scaup,2 Green-winged Teal,3 N. Shovelers,2 Hooded Mergansers,8 A. Coots

Date: 2/24/01
Location: Mounds Rec. area swimming beach
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

2 Horned Grebes and hundreds of gulls. Nothing unusual but I thought the grebes were interesting.

Date: 02/24/01
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

2 red-breasted nuthatches

Date: February 23, 2001
Location: AJ Jolly Park/Meldahl Dam/ Augusta,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I started at the golf course at AJ Jolly where I found 4 Red-headed Woodpeckers in the first few copses of oak trees. Encouraged by this I thought I would walk through the entire golf course to census the woodpeckers while the course was still closed. I did this but did not find any additional Red-headeds. On the lake there were 19 Ring-necked Ducks and 1 Green-winged Teal. I found 12 more Ring-necked Ducks on a farm pond near Foster, KY. At Meldahl Dam there were 4 Redheads, 16 Lesser Scaup, 4 Canvasbacks and 10 Ring-billed Gulls. On the Ohio River in at Augusta there were 14 Redheads, 4 Lesser Scaup and 1 Ring-necked Duck. It was a beautiful, crisp, sunny day. The Song Sparrows and Carolina Wrens were singing
away at Meldahl, the Redheaded Woodpeckers were busily inspecting cavities at AJ Jolly, and at Augusta, a male White-breasted Nuthatch was heartily calling out the "ra-ra-ra" of his courtship song. Red-winged Blackbirds and Robins were on the move at the dam, while Yellow-rumped Warblers chipped from the nearby trees.

Date: 2/23/01
Location: Paint Creek Lake beach area
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

Large numbers of ducks -400 total consisting of scaup, readheads, ringnecks, mallards, black, 6 A. Wigeon, 5 canvasback, 10 goldeneye, 40+Canaada geese, 300+ringbilled gulls, 3 herring gulls

Date: February 22, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Lester Peyton

At least 12 woodcock displaying in the West Pond area. From the Gilmore Road parking lot walk out towards the first observation deck. The birds are all over the place, and if you stand still on the trail, one or two will almost land at your feet. The best looks and the most birds seemed to be in the area of the gasline cut between the parking lot and the first observation deck.
Also, 20+ mallard, 15 wood duck, 100+ starlings, 50+ red-winged blackbirds, 1 mockingbird, 12 or so mourning doves, a couple song sparrows.

Date: 2/20/01
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Lynette Armstrong

Great Blue Heron 1,Canada Geese 20, Wood Duck 2, Black Vulture 4, Turkey Vulture 5, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Mourning Dove 10, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 14, American Crow 18, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted Titmouse 3, Carolina Wren 2, Eastern Bluebird 15, American Robin 200+, Northern Mockingbird 4, Northern Cardinal 18, Eastern Towhee 2, Field Sparrow 10, Song Sparrow 6, White-throated Sparrow 6, Tree Sparrow 3, Dark-headed Junco 30, Purple Finch 1, American Goldfinch 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2. Ruby-crowned Kinglets sighting is the earliest I have observed in the state of Ohio

Date: 2-19-01
Location: Germantown Reserve
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: Ada Habig

Went out to see if Woodcocks had shown up at the park yet. The show began about 6:20 p.m.

Heard one as soon as we were out of the van. With the clear sky we were able to watch the flight portion through binoculars until about 6:45 when it got to dark.

We saw about 7 different birds.

On two ocassions we saw two birds flying close together. When landing several flew within about 20 feet of us as they approached their landing site. The courtship ritual of the woodcocks is one of my favorite birding spectacles.

Date: Feb. 19, 2001 5:50 PM
Location: Bootjack Corner Rd Williamsburg OH
Reporter: Tammie Stanley
Other Birders: Lily and Phoebe Stanley

Approximately 20 Sandhill Cranes heading due North over Bootjack Corner Rd.

Date: 2/19/01
Location: US 50 in Perintown
Reporter: Andrew Fix
Other Birders: Katie and Jeremy Fix

12 noon. Approximately 15 turkeys were seen in the field east of where Pleasant Hill Rd connects with US route 50 in Perintown, Oh.

Date: 2/19/01
Location: Sandhill cranes in Liberty township
Reporter: Andrew Fix
Other Birders: Katie and Jeremy Fix

Today about 11am, 3 Sandhill Cranes were seen flying low over the intersection of route 747 (Princeton Pike) and Hamilton Mason Rd in Libery Township. These birds landed in a cornfield near the southwestern corner of the intersection. They were not present 3 hours later.

Date: 2/19/00
Location: Hueston Woods, Acton Lake
Reporter: Nathan Compton
Other Birders: Sarah Kidder

1 Sandhill crane among canada geese near
group camp ground. Seems to be hanging around for awhile. Tons of gulls, and mallards, 5 lesser scaup, 2 blue-winged teal, 1 american coot. 1 unidentified swan, which was huddled with a flock of mallards and canada's in the middle of the lake on a patch of ice. The bird had it's head tucked in it's feathers so can't give an ID on it, because it's body was pure white with no markings.

Date: 2/18/2001
Location: Muscatatuck NWR
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Overall a pretty good day. Species seen include: GB Heron, T. Vulture, Gadwall, Pintail, H. Merganser, A. Coot, A. Tree Sparrow, Chipping, Field, Fox, and Song Sparrows, 2 E. Meadowlark. Saw about 6 bluebirds and 1 Yellow-Rumped Warbler on Right side of Road just before Souix Pond (heading twards the pond). About ten minutes later saw Mature Bald Eagle fly overhead in same spot. Saw 4 Sandhill cranes in field on right side of road headed West about 1.5 miles West of the park (towards Seymour). Total species count for the day was 51 total species.

Date: 02/18/01 (4:45-~10:30 pm)
Location: East Fork Breeding Bird Survey
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Sergejs Berdnikovs

Canada Goose 16, Mallard 6, Am. Black Duck 8, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 6, Red-shouldered Hawk 1m, American Woodcock 12+, Ring-billed Gull 50+, Bonaparte's Gull 3+, Mourning Dove 1, Eastern Screech-Owl 1, Barred Owl 1, American Crow 2, Carolina Chickadee 1, American Robin 8, Northern Mockingbird 2, Northern Cardinal 2, American Tree Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 3, Northern Junco 10+, Common Grackle 20, Brown-headed Cowbird 10, House Finch 10.

Date: 2-18-01
Location: Summit Lake State Park- Indiana
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Northern Shrike still present at Harvey
Shelter. Immature Bald Eagle also seen
near Harvey Shelter Area in Summit Lake.
On way to Summit Lake this morning, on
74 near the 275 merge, we saw a Great Horned Owl.

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2001
Location: Oxbow +
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club

The Oxbow area produced about a thousand waterfowl, including a few Canada Geese, 5 Wood Ducks, 3 Gadwalls, 20 American Wigeon, 100 American Black Ducks, 200 Northern Pintails, 6 Redheads, 20 Ring-necked Ducks, 3 Lesser Scaup, and 10 Hooded Mergansers. Also seen were 2 Black Vultures, a Turkey Vulture, 2 immature Bald Eagles, and Rusty Blackbirds. HIdden Valley had a very early Common Loon and about 10 Bufflehead. From there we moved on to Miami-Whitewater wetlands, which was pretty quiet. Highlights there included 50-75 Horned Larks, a few White-crowned and Swamp Sparrows, and a Common Snipe.

Date: 2/17/01 about 9:00 - 9:45am
Location: Winton Woods settling basin
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

4 Gadwall, Mallard 1, Ring-n. Duck 18,Lesser Scaup 2 (1m, 1 f), Am. coot 1

These birds are not the same as those I saw and reported on 2/13/01. Both birds on 2/13/01 were male scaup in breeding plummage. I saw no female on 2/13/01. Since waterfowl migration seems to be underway, there is likely to be turnover in the birds present at this and other locations.

Today's scaup were defintely Lesser Scaup. Both with a quite peaked crown, with relatively small nails on the bill, typical of Lesser Scaup. These birds were seen close enough to see on the male the more pronounced barring on the back and the indistinct border between the white sides and the back, which is caused by some barring in the top edge of the white sides. NOTE: the "peak " that I referred to in my post of 2/13/01 should have been "squared off back of crown," since Great Scaup do not have the "peaked look" of a Lesser Scaup. See Sibley's new guide, since a picture is worth a thousand words.

Date: 2/17/01; 7:15 - 8:00 am
Location: near Miami Whitewater Wetland, Oxford Rd, north of thedirt farm road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

fram pond west of Oxford Road and visible from this road.

Gadwall 5, Mallard 20, N. Shoveler 1, Killdeer 4

Date: 2/17/01; 6:30 or 6:45 am to 7:15 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland and area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 200 (count), Snow Goose 3, 2 white phase and 1 blue phase.

Am. Woodcock 3, still doing flight displays and peenting despite the frigid conditions, quite cold in the 20's or lower with a stiff NW breeze and mostly frozen ground and snow flurries. Some tough timber-doodles they are!

NONE of the large number of ducks were present at this early hour and not as many geese. I arrived just as the eastern sky was showing some light. But the ducks must have left earlier or did not stay last evening, and at least half of the geese must have taken off right at first light. The geese that I saw leaving flew west toward the pond and harvested corn fields just west of the park boundary and north of Baughman Rd.

The geese started to leave the main wetland pool shorty after 7:00 am and were mostly gone by about 7:15 m when I left.

Date: 2/16/01: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland: Additional Report
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Forgot to add:

Green-w. Teal 2

Date: February 17,2001
Location: Markland Dam KY/IN
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One adult winter Laughing Gull was floating on the river, just upriver of the dam. There was quite a bit of gull activity, with 350 RB and 7 Imm Herring Gulls also present. The gulls were floating down to the dam and then flying back up a few hundred yards and floating back down again. They were catching a lot of small fish, below the dam and within the dam locks. The dam observation tower seemed to be the best place to observe today's activity.

Date: 2/16/01; approx. 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 400 (est), Snow Goose 2 (ad), Mallard 500 (est), Black duck 100 (est), Am. Wigeon 4, Ring-n. Duck 20, Hooded Merganser 1

Am. Woodcock 9

Displaying and peenting between the observation booth and the parking lot along Baughman Rd. as I walked back to my car.

Red-winged Blackbird 50, Rusty Blackbird 3, Co. Grackle 1

At about 6:15 pm as it was getting dark, the ducks and geese started flying into the wetland from the surrounding fields. It was great to see them come in low over the hedgerow along the west side of the wetland, hear their wings whistling at close range and then see them twist and "slip" to loose altitude. If you can get there before dawn tomorrow morning, they might still be in the wetland, which is now completely full of water.

Date: 2/16/2001
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Doug Kinslow
Other Birders: Jan Watkins

The Indigo Bunting was sighted mid morning Friday, February 16, 2001 at the feeding station on the western side of Rowe Interpretive Building above the stairwell.

Date: February 13, 2001
Location: Markland Dam, KY/IN
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I had better luck from the parking lot of Dan's Restaurant (across from Dan's
Marina), just upriver from the dam on the KY side, than at the Dam itself. An
Imm. Bald Eagle was perched on the IN side just upriver from the new casino. One of the compensations for living in an area where local sightings are split between three states, is to occasionally
be able to count the same bird for two states (and sometimes even three- at Shawnee Lookout). So I watched the eagle for almost an hour in the hope that it would fly over the river into KY. After a few false starts and wing stretches, it finally took off only to fly deeper into Indiana territory, perching farther back on the hillside.
Also at Dan's were 250 RB Gulls, 2 Imm
Herring Gulls and 60 Canada Geese.

Date: 2/13/2001
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: N/A

Please read the information I posted on the Message Board about Camp Dennison.

Date: 2/13/01 12:00 Noon
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

Visited this pond for Greater Scaup mentioned in Jay Lehman's post a few days ago. A male and female Greater Scaup were present and were relatively easy to identify as they were in plain sight for some time and only about 75 yards off shore (though due to overcast skies I could not pick up any "gloss" from the head of the male). The head was noticeably rounder, the peak further aft, and the male's sides whiter than those of Lesser Scaup recently observed at Camp Dennison in similar lighting conditions - though at greater range. The scaup eventually joined with some Ring-necked Ducks and seemed to be just a bit larger than the Ring-necked Ducks (agrees well with field guides in this regard).

Greater Scaup 2, Ring-necked Duck 15, Mallard 20+, Green-winged Teal 2, American Coot 1

Date: January 21, 2001
Location: Deerfield Crossing, Mason-Montgomery Rd
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

A Peregrine Falcon carrying an unid. prey item (dove-sized bird) was seen flying across a field at dusk, along Mason-Montgomery Rd. It proceeded to perch on top of the new tall office bldg at Deerfield Crossing, just to the north of the I-71 interchange. This was some time ago, but I thought that birders who frequent the area (re; Jay Lehman's Feb. 11 posting) might want to keep an eye out, as the Peregrine(s) might be using this bldg as home base. We also saw a N. Harrier in a nearby field.

Date:
Location: Backyard
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Birds seem more active today than they have been in recent weeks. I had about a dozen each of titmice, chickadees, and juncos, and i rarely see more than about 5 chickadees, 3 titmice, or about 7-8 juncos. The hawks, doves, woodpeckers, and wrens seemed more active too? Did anyone else notice this. Is this because of the front?

Date: February 11, 2001
Location: P&G Health Care Research Center, Mason-Montgomery & Irwin Simpson Roads
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Pied-b. Greber 1, Gadwall 8, Am. Widgeon 3, Ring-n. Duck 33

This is private property not open to public birding.

With all the additional waterfowl I saw this weekend and reported on this site, it should be noted that the recent warm front has started waterfowl movement north.

Date: February 11
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Kim Ziegel
Other Birders:

The adult male Merlin appeared at 5:40 PM in Spring Grove Cemetery, alighting for about ten minutes on the top of the oak tree which bears a "section 132" sign on its trunk. It closely resembles the "taiga" race in Sibley excepts its legs are more orange, less yellow than the illustration.
The Wilmington Snowy Owl has apparently departed for the season. I was looking for it Saturday when a local farmer who frequently drives by the corner of Farmer's Road and Accommodation Road stopped to tell me that he had not seen the bird since Wednesday February 7.

Date: February 11, 2001
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 20, Mute Swan 6, Gadwall 38, Am. Widgeon 36, Mallard 10, Canvasback 1, Redhead 2, Ring-n. Duck 130, Bufflehead 2, Hooded Merganser 14, Am. Coot 31

Date: February 11, 2001, about 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 5, Canada Goose, 19, Am. Widgeon 3, Black Duck 28, Mallard 60, No. Pintail 5, Ring-n. Duck 5, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Am. Kestrel 1, Am. Coot 1, Killdeer 3, Ring-b. Gull 40, Rock Dove 10, Mo. Dove 4, Belted Kingfisher 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 4, Horned Lark 1, Am. Crow 35, Carolina Chickadee 2, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-br. Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 3, Golden-cr. Kinglet 1, Eastern Bluebird 12, Am. Robin 26, No. Mockingbird 2, Starling 30, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Song Sparrow 3, Dark-eyed Junco 45, No. Cardinal 3, House Finch 7, Am. Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 3

Started at the South Beach, checked nearby wodland areas and the SE Boat Ramp and then proceeded to the boatramps at NW (main entry) and at NE near the north beach.

Waterfowl were found early from South Beach before many fisherman got on the lake. The RSHA, (somewhat early? due to the recent strong warm front) was being harassed by a Crow on the north side. The BLVU was soaring with TUVU's near North Beach.

Date: February 10, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek SP, end of Harveysbirg Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Am. black Duck 4, Mallard 7, Co. Goldeneye 7 (5 drakes, 1 1rst winter)

Date: February 10, 2001
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Mallard 7, Ring-n. Duck 12, Gr. Scaup 2

Since Gr. Scaup seem to be more unusual in this area than Lesser Scaup, here are the ID notes.

More round headed than Lesser, a very slight crest was occasionally seen but it was positioned toward the back of the crown rather than toward the front of the crown as in Lesser, whichhas a more peaked appearance. Relatively large nail on the end of the bill. The birds were very white on the sides with no visible barring near the top of the white sides and little or no visible barring on the back.

Date: February 10. 2001
Location: Hidden Valley Lake
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Canada Goose 2, Mute Swan 3, Ring-n. Duck 3, Bufflehead 10

Date: February 10, 2001, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jay G.Lehman
Other Birders:

Found the location of the pond west of the wet land, but did not see all of the geese flying, so missed the Snow Geese. the water in thewet land was not frozen on Saturday morning.

Canada Goose 15, Gadwall 4, Am. Widgeon 7,Red-t. Hawk 1, Am. Kestrel 2, Mo. Dove 4, Red-b. Woodpecker 1, No. Flicker 1, Horned Lark 1, Am Crow 60, Carolina Chickadee 1, Am. robin 25, Am. Tree Sparrow 30, Song Sparrow 3, Swamp Sparrow 2, White-cr. Sparrow 11, No. Cardinal 3

Date: February 11, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands & Forest
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders & Bob Lacker

30 horned larks, 1 Lapland longspur, 1 wood duck, 6 meadowlark--singing, too, 30+ canada geese, 2 snow geese (all the geese were flying in the area around what I assume to be the farm pond, off of park property. The large pond at the wetlands was frozen), 2 mallards. 1 fox sparrow, 10+ tree sparrows, 100 or so red-winged blackbirds, 1 accipiter sp.

At the lake in the park there was a male shoveler, 10 or so mallards, a couple Canada geese and a Chinese goose.

Date: 2/8-2/9,2001
Location: Various
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Vulture numbers have definately picked up the last two days.

2/8 Cincinnati Nature Center - kettle of 9 Black Vultures (most I have seen in this part of town is 2); 2 Turkey Vultures. I also saw a Barred Owl.

2/8 Milford Technecenter - 2 Black Vultures

2/9 Camp Denison Gravel Pits - 5 Turkey Vultures

Date: February 7
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A smattering of waterbird species at Meldahl Dam included 18 Canvasbacks, 21 Black Ducks, 1 Goldeneye, 1 L. Scaup,70 Ring-billed and 1 2nd yr Herring Gull. 2 Red-headed Wdpkrs were present at A.J. Jolly Park in Campbell Co., Ky as well as 3 WB Nuthatches (a male spent 5 minutes investigating a likely looking hole as the female looked on). On the lake their were 6 Black Ducks, 60 Mallards, 60 Can. Geese and 6 RB Gulls. A Turkey Vulture and a redtail soared overhead. I did find a RB Nuthatch at Spring Grove on Feb. 3rd and 3 more in northeast Hamilton Co. today (Feb. 8). After spending most of the winter in the cone clusters at the tops of the white pines, this trio spent much of their time on the ground today, gathering up the fallen pine seeds. A tip to find the RB Nuthatch at Spring Grove; look for the conifer, native to Turkey, which is also a favored habitat tree for the closely related Kruper's Nuthatch. By the way, I filled the feeder on the 3rd, if anyone wants to help out, it should be due for more black sunflower by this upcoming weekend (across from sec. 100).

Date: Feb. 7, 2001
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

Four woodcocks calling in the large meadow area.

Date: Feb. 7, 2001
Location: Spring Valley WMA
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

I went out after work this afternoon. The lake was still frozen over but the ice is melting away at the edges, especially near the marsh. The boardwalk was still barricaded also. If you go wear waterproof footwear, the ground is getting very soggy.

Observed: Sharp-shinned Hawk (1), Hairy Woodpecker (2), Downey Woodpecker (11), Cardinals (23), White-throated Sparrow (100+), Song Sparrow (3), Tree Sparrow (3), Golden Crowned Kinglet (1, at arm length), Rusty Blackbird (1), Red-winged Blackbird (7), Mourning Doves (20+), White-breasted Nuthatch (3), Carolina Chickadee (100+), Waterfowl (Zero).

The greatest concentration of birds was about 100 yards either way from the trail leading back to the boardwalk.

Date: February 7, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 6:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 American woodcock, calling and displaying in west pond.

Date: 2/3/01
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Looking out my window, (about 20 feet away) an immature Cooper's Hawk had just caught a Starling near my birdfeeders - it was spectacular! (Thanks to Bill Creasey for helping me ID over the phone.)

The following day I again observed a Red Shouldered Hawk perched in the woods behind my house, accompanied by lots of scolding by Titmice & Chickadees.

I have seen the previously mentioned Yellow Bellied Sapsucker sleeping in his "niche" almost every night, but I have not seen the Brown Creeper there again.

Date: 01/27/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

This is a rather belated report. Didn't see the merlin but we saw something that might be noteworthy at the woodland feeders across from #100. One of the Carolina Chickadees had an official metal band on its left leg. Perhaps this is of interest to local banders?

Date: 2/4/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders: tolerant husband

The male Merlin was out and about in sections 132 and 129 between 5:00 and 5:30 PM. He perched in the top of a tall tree, and we got a good look at him. About 15 minutes later, he soared overhead chasing a large Cooper's Hawk and then performed some fabulous aerial maneuvers as he dive-bombed the hawk. The brown (female?) Merlin put in a brief, flying appearance about 5:00, but we didn't see it again. Nice!

Date: 2/4/2001 8:00-10:30 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

There are a few small patches of open water in the wetlands. Most of the waterfowl, however, are located in a brush and tree-ringed pond on private property. It's ~1/4 mile west of the point where the farm road hits the fenceline. Occasionally, large numbers of geese and ducks flush, which is the only time that they are visible.

Birds in addition to William Hull's highlights list included 3 Mute Swans, 4 Northern Shovelers, 3 Northern Pintails, 5 American Black Ducks, 11 Savannah Sparrows, and 6 Lapland Longspurs.

I hesitate to mention this, but here goes...

While walking the western end of the farm road, a bird flushed from the cattails bordering the main pond on the south side of the road. It flew across the road, landing in an opening in the cattails bordering the small pond on the north side of the road. It immediately STEPPED into the cattails and vanished.

Based on the bird's size, flight, bill shape, and locomotion, I THINK it was a Virginia Rail. The coloration seemed a bit dark, more like a juvenile bird's plumage, but I'm not familiar with rails in "winter" (basic) plumage, if ther is such a thing. At any rate, I can think of no alternative possibility, all the time realizing that they usually aren't here for another month or so. There WAS some open water in the areas that it moved from and to.

The bird was totally unresponsive to any type of rail sounds that I tried, mostly grunting and "kiddick-kiddicking". I was unable to visually relocate the bird, although I did hear movement (this could have been sparrows).

Date: 2/1/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jim Graham

After 3 failed attempts (all between 3:00 & 3:30)to see the Merlin I took my good luck partner with me (or he took me) after work and at 5:30 wefound the bird. The 132 area was full of crows but we finally found the little coward hiding down at 29. Sorry to be so late reporting that.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Shane Patterson
Other Birders: Katy Phelps

Correction on the date for my previous posting. Should be 2/3/01 instead of 2/3/00. Also, the Snow Geese were present again at Caesar Creek on the fourth.

Date: 2/3/00
Location: Caesar Creek S.P.
Reporter: Shane Patterson
Other Birders: Katy Phelps

We saw nine Snow Geese flying over the lake at Caesar's Creek. Two white-morph individuals were flying in the midst of an immense flock of Canada Geese; a second monospecific flock of Snows consisted of five white morphs and two blue morphs. Other waterfowl highlights included four male Ring-necked Ducks, two male Canvasbacks and three Common Goldeneyes (2 males, 1 female). Here's the trip list for the park:

Great Blue Heron (1), Snow Goose (9), Canada Goose (~400), Mallard (~200), American Black Duck (~150), Canvasback (2), Ring-necked Duck (4), Common Goldeneye (3), Turkey Vulture (1), Sharp-shinned Hawk (1), Red-shouldered Hawk (1), Red-tailed Hawk (4), American Kestrel (5), Ring-billed Gull (~50), Mourning Dove (8), Belted Kingfisher (1), Red-bellied Woodpecker (8), Downy Woodpecker (7), Pileated Woodpecker (3), Blue Jay (15), American Crow (25), Tufted Titmouse (12), Carolina Chickadee (9), White-breasted Nuthatch (10), Carolina Wren (1), Golden-crowned Kinglet (2), Eastern Bluebird (14), American Robin (~150), Northern Mockingbird (1), European Starling (30), Yellow-rumped Warbler (3), American Tree Sparrow (8), Song Sparrow (2), White-throated Sparrow (5), Dark-eyed Junco (25), Northern Cardinal (15), Purple Finch (2), House Finch (3), American Goldfinch (12), House Sparrow (10)

Date: 2/04/2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

2 Snow Geese still present with Canada Geese. They spent most of their time in the farmer's field. Other highlights include Northern Harrier, 30+ Horned Larks, 100-200 American Tree Sparrows and 9 Eastern Bluebirds standing on ice.

Date: Feb. 3, 2001
Location: Englewood Metro Park, Dayton Ohio
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

Saw the mature Bald Eagle that has been there for several weeks now. I first saw it below the dam. It flew down river. Later I saw it on the ice on the lake eating carrion.

Date: Feb. 1st, 2001
Location: near Port Jefferson, Ohio
Reporter: Tony Smith
Other Birders:

I enjoyed watching a Pileated Woodpcker here investigating my backyard treetops. I've been wanting to see one for a long time now. there was no mistaking what it was.

Date: Feb 1
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Kim Ziegel
Other Birders:

The Merlin (dark phase) was at the top of a deciduous tree in section 131 at 3:30. I had a good view of him from my open car window but when I raised my camera, he took off in a flash. Apparently he doesn't mind e-mail publicity, but he is camera shy.
There were also too Hooded Mergansers in the main pond of the cemetery--also camera shy.

Date: Feb.1,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

From 5:30 to 6:15 pm about 150 Canada geese were on the water at the wetlands.In the 45 min. I was there about 400 to 500 Canadas past over heading west.Some landed and some would take off, by the time I left there were only a few Canada geese left on the water. Also present were 2 Snow geese, adult white phase, 10 Mallards and 5 Black ducks.

Date: 2-1-01
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Dave Hess
Other Birders: none

I was fortunate to see the bald eagle today near the beach area at Afton. The time was about 2pm and I was standing at the edge of the lake where the old Twin Bridges Road dead ends in the water. As I was looking across toward the beach, the eagle flew out from the bank across the lake. It got out about halfway then turned and flew back up the creek that comes down from the Tunnel Mill boat launch.

Date: january 30
Location: spring grove
Reporter: morris sandvig
Other Birders: noah sandvig

Merlin in section 131. 5:15.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: joe rance
Other Birders:

reportedly the farmer near the snowy owl said he has had the owl for the last five years, that it comes every december and leaves in february or march! has anyone else heard this? could this bird have been up there the past 5 winters without being discovered?

Date:
Location:
Reporter: joe rance
Other Birders:

reportedly the farmer near the snowy owl said he has had the owl for the last five years, that it comes every december and leaves in february or march has anyone else heard this? could this bird have been up there the past 5 winters without being undiscovered?

Date: January 31, 2001
Location: Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 short-eared owl. The bird was in the large prairie, right off the main road that the trucks take back to the sludge lagoon. I saw the owl at 6:15 pm, while I was standing atop the large earthen mound in the center of the prairie. It flew around the field for a few moments, then up and over the lagoon and toward the water plant where I lost sight of it. The water treatment plant is lit up at night, and there's a field behind it, so perhaps it's hunting around the plant--though I couldn't find it in that area. Additionally, there are scrubby fields along the river all the way north to the former Champion Paper Knightsbridge facility. In the rapidly fading light I could pick up the buffy light patches on the upper wingtips, and the bird seemed overall buffy below and on the underwing. It also "flopped" around as it flew about. I imagine it's the same bird John Habig saw yesterday (see below). Also, 1 great horned owl and 2 red-tailed hawks.

Date: 1/31/01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Jan Watkins, Doug Kinslow

We were able to get a digital picture of the Indigo Bunting today. E-mail me if you would like a copy of the picture. - Brett

Date: 1-30-01 Short-eared Owl
Location: Riverside Park - Hamilton
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

Mallards (37), Gadwall (5), Gr. Bl. Heron (8), Starlings (50+), Great Horned Owl (1), Robins (7), Mourning Dove (25+), Swamp Sparrow (30+), Song Sparrow (6), Field Sparrow (3), White-throated Sparrow (1), House Sparrow (5), Red-tailed Hawk (3), Canada Geese (100+), American Coot (1), Blue Jay (2), Carolina Chickadee (14), White-breasetd Nuthatch (1), Cardinal (6), Red-bellied Woodpecker (1),SHORT-EARED OWL (1), Belted Kingfisher (1), American Crow (7), Mockingbird (1), Rock Dove (9), Kestrel (2), Common Snipe (2), Ring-billed Gulls (3)

Date: 1/29/2001 17:00
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

4 Mute Swans, Canada Geese, American Black Ducks, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Bufflehead, Gadwall, American Coots

Date: January 28, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds & Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

Gilmore Ponds: 4,000 grackles, 1 fox sparrow, 4 E. meadowlarks, 20 goldfinch, 20+ white-throated sparrows, 5 or so song sparrows, 10+ American tree sparrows.

Riverside: 2 snipe, 1 killdeer, 5 gadwall, 20+ mallards, 2 great blue herons, 1 yellow-rumped warbler, 1 brown creeper, 1 downy woodpecker.

Date: 1/27/01
Location: East Fork State Park- South Swimming Beach
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: David Tensmeyer

I would just like to back up the sighting of the bald eagle reported by David. As he said, it flew almost directly over, giving us a perfect view. Mr. Hank Armstrong reported it being it in its third year plumage, but the almost pure white head and tail suggested otherwise (possibly this was a different bird). This is a 101% positive I.D.

Date: 1/27/00
Location: East Fork Lake S.P.
Reporter: David Tensmeyer
Other Birders: Jonathan Woodhouse

We went to the south swimming beach and saw some gulls. Then we went on a foot trail to the east which led to another section of the lake. There we spotted the Bald Eagle far off and watched it come in, flying almost directly overhead. (Thanks to Hank Armstrong for the sighting info.)
Our list was as follows:

Bald Eagle, Golden-Crowned Kinglet, Common Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Am. Crow, Am. Robin, Eur. Starling, Red-Tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Ring Billed Gull, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse.

Date: 1/26/01 1530-1600
Location: Schlabach Engines-Apple Creek, near Wooster, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

After receiving directions from Sean Zadar, stopped to look for the Harris Sparrow. Found it after about a half hour. Drive time from Cinti is about 3.5-4 hours. The bird associates with a mixed flock of WC sparrows and Tree sparrows.

Date: 1/26/01
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

A Bald Eagle was seen at East Fork State Park flying over the south swimming beach in the park at 8:30 this morning. It purched in a tree on the east side of the beach for several minutes. Then flew around the lake to the north side where it purched in a tree on the island near the boat ramp. Later it returned to the same tree on the south beach where it stayed for 10 minutes. The eagle is in its third year plumage. Axcess to the park is east of I-275 on SR 125. DeLorme pg.75 D-6 1/2

Date: January 25, 2001
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Reporter: Sandee Read
Other Birders: Dan Marsh, Marcia Huff, Mark Smith, Ken Freeman (Education Staff

Sighted a grey phase common screech owl in bamboo near swan lake. It may be one of a pair but we didn't see the other one. Sighted around 12noon.

Date: 1/25/00
Location: evendale@the millcreek
Reporter: jim scott
Other Birders:

N.Harrier flying low south on the millcreek in the am.Around 2pm Coopers Hawk perched on a tree across from my store on glendale milford rd @the millcreek.Thenit too flew south down the creek.

Date: Jan. 24, 2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Mary Jo White
Other Birders: David Styer & Steve Pelikan

Finally, at 5:25pm, the Merlin flew overhead, landing at the top of a deciduous tree in Section 131. Even though the lighting wasn't perfect, it posed, giving us a good view through the scope until we, freezing cold and noses dripping, walked happily back to the car.

Date: 1/24/2001
Location: Accomodation Rd Wilmington, Oh
Reporter: Richard Weartz
Other Birders:

Went to see the snowy owl Sunday, 1/21. What a treat, the bird is magnificent. There were several photographers there and they put a mouse on a post. The owl flew gracefully down and swooped the mouse up, settling on the ground in the field to eat and pose. What a sight. I am not sure if they should be feeding him but there are plenty of reports of him hunting on his own so it doesn't seem to be effecting him.

Date: Wed., 1/24/00, 10:45 AM
Location: South Fork Condo's, Florernce, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none observed

Observed usual birds this morning but with one addition. A juvenal House Sparrow was seen, but this one was unusual in that it had an opaque left eye, what seemed like a crested head, and a hole in the lower mandible near the cheek. The crested head appearance seems to be a result of a growth above the eye. Is this common in House Sparrows, like it has been in the House Finches the past several years? First I have noticed in House Sparrows.

Date: 1/24/01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Jan Watkins, Doug Kinslow and education staff

Indigo Bunting has been seen several times today ground feeding on seeds outside the Rowe Interpretive Building. Not sure if it is a male or female. However, it has wing bars and golden tint on wings. Blue on the tail and brown streaking on the breast.

Date: 23 Jan 01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: David Styer
Other Birders:

The adult Merlin showed up promptly at 5 p.m. on top of a Sweet Gum tree in the middle of section 132. It stayed for a few munites and then flew to the top of a tree on top of section 132. It was still there when I left a few munites later.

Date: 1/23/2001
Location: Technecenter, Milford
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Saw an Eastern Phoebe at the office this morning. First I have seen at the office since December 18th.

Date: Jan 22, 2001
Location: Spring Grove
Reporter: Charlie Hoffman
Other Birders: John, Mark, and Tom

We saw the Merlin just like clock work, 5pm in the top of section 132

Date: Jan 21, 2001
Location: Meldahl Dam
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

One Coot, 9 Mute Swans, Mallards, Canada Geese, Ring billed Gulls.

Date: 1/21/01@5:00pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brrumbaugh
Other Birders: Charles Saunders(sp), Anne Grise, Bob Kemp

We watched the brown merlin in section 132, not sighting the grey one, of course, when the light was perfect to compare the differences in the colors.
Saw a pair of cooper's hawks earlier, the one was huge compared to the one soaring overhead.

Date: Jan. 21, 2000
Location: Newtown and Camp Dennison area
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 8 Birders on the Cincinnati Bird Club field trip

Canada Geese, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Am. Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Red-tailed Hawk, Rock Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch,Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, E. Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, Am. Robin, N. Mockingbird, E. Starling, N. Cardinal, Am. Tree Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Am. Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Date: Jan. 20, 2001
Location: S.R. 73 and Caesar Creek SP - Gryfalcon
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: Ada Habig

The Saw-Whet Owl was still in the pines west of the Park Office. We also saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk fly over. On the way back home we saw a Rough-legged Hawk in the field next to the Miami Valley Cemetery.

The biggest find though was on the way to Caesar Creek SP. On SR 73 and Township Line Rd a white phased Gryfalcon was seen. It was flying over the fields surrounded by SR 73, Township Line Road and Harlan Road. We were able to observe it for several minutes before it flew over a treeline which we could not get beyond in our vehicle. It was flying northbound when we saw it.

It had the same type white as the Snowy Owl in Wilmington, with pointed wings with black on the tips. At one time it went into a dive position but I was driving and a house got in the way and I could not see if caught anything. I did turn around and we were able to watch for several minutes. This is a positive ID.

Date: 1/20/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: David Tensmeyer

On out way through the cemetery towards section 132 today, we saw several interesting birds on one of the ponds with a fountain. These birds included one mute swan, about fifteen mallards, one white mallard hybrid, and one all black bird with a white breast. After closeley examining our field guides, all that we could come up with was that it was some type of mallard hybrid. There were also two other oddly colored mallards. Although those birds proved to be exciting, we were grealty disappointed in the fact that we couldn't find the merlins. After carefully scanning each tree in several sections, we had seen nothing. Please e-mail me with advice on how we can find these merlins. Thank you!

Date: January 20, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 11:00 am to 1 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 hermit thrush, 2 red-tails, 20+ American tree sparrows, white-throated, song, 1 swamp sparrow. 2000+ grackles (conservative estimate.) Not a starling or cowbird or red-winged or rusty blackbird in the group.

Date: 1/18/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: jan Denham

We saw the gray merlin in section 132 and the brown merlin in section 14 today about 5:00 to 5:30p.

Date: 1/17/01
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: None

Quite a bit more open water than in previous visits - waterfowl numbers are up accordingly - mallard (300), canada goose (150), Am. black duck (55), N. pintail (15), hooded merganser (5)and common goldeneye.
Highlight of the morning ,however, was a northern saw-whet owl roosting in the pine grove just west of the park office. Other raptors discovered while tromping through the pines included a great horned owl and a red-shouldered hawk.

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2001
Location: Forest Park, utility pole at entrance of Dayspring Church and Discovery Zone, directly across from Forest Fair Mall
Reporter: David Tennant
Other Birders:

Watched an immature Peregrine Falcon (?) perched on top of a utility pole last Thursday at approximately 11 a.m.. It was plucking an unidentified bird (Suspected to be a Rock Dove. Returned yesterday to find only the head of dove at base of pole).
Immature Peregrine (?) had wide, brown moustache mark with heavy brown streaking on throat, chest, and belly as well as dark brown back. Portions of top of head and above eyebrows were pale brown, almost tan colored. Seemed to have rather large feet. Peregrine was noticeably larger than Rock Doves which were sitting on wire less than 30 yards from Peregrine. Peregrine visually followed Rock Doves as they flew in and out from their perch.

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2001 (4 p.m.)
Location: Rowe Woods Interpretive Building, Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David Tennant
Other Birders: Jan Watkins, Bill Creasey, Ann Geise, David Tennant, Rob Monteserin

For the last 30 minutes we have been watching, what we believe to be, a male Indigo Bunting in winter plumage. It has been visiting one of the bird feeders at the Interpretive Building. It has obvious blue-gray (slate) tail feathers and the primaries and secondary feathers also have a wash of blue-gray against a brown back. Tail-flicking and a lighter colored throat were also noticed.

Date: January 16, 2001
Location: Burnet Woods Pond
Reporter: Denis Conover
Other Birders:

1 female wood duck, 2 black ducks, 1 American widgeon, 50 or so mallards. Many robins bathing in the running water at south end of pond.

Date: Jan.16,2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

One Merlin seen today around 12:30 in section 132.

Date: Jan. 15, 2001
Location: Little Miami River at old Carmargo Bridge Site
Reporter: Veronica Brannen
Other Birders: Nate Sturm

Saw two mute swans in Little Miami River near Kelley Nature Preserve. We watched them for an hour +. They definitely had knobby, orange bills that were pointed downward, and a sharp "S" neck curve. This could possibly be same pair of "trumpeter" swans reported in the area on Jan. 14.

Date: 1/16
Location:
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Sorry-on my posting on 1/7, both of those hawks were Red Shouldered, not Red Tailed.

Date: 1/15/01
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Looking out my window about 4:15p.m., I observed a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker climb into the fork of a tree in my backyard. About 15 minutes later a Brown Creeper crawled into a niche in the bark of the same tree, about 15 feet below the Sapsucker. Both were well camaflouged (especially the Creeper!), I doubt I would have noticed them if I hadn't seen them "settling in" for the night. Neither of them moved and were still there at 7:00a.m. this morning.

Earlier in the day, saw a low flying Red Tailed Hawk on Route 32 between Eight Mile and Roundbottom Roads.

On Sunday 1/14, I again observed a Red Shouldered Hawk sitting in the woods in back of my house.

Date: 1/15/01
Location: The Wilds
Reporter: Joe Bens
Other Birders: Rick Matchette

Checked out The Wilds on Sunday. 8 Rough-Legged Hawks (4 dark phase), 9 Harriers. Few other birds of note there. Water all frozen. No Short-eared Owls seen this day (we stayed until 6 PM).

Date: 1/15/01
Location: Wilmington
Reporter: Nancy and Mike O'Connor
Other Birders:

Just wanted to report that we saw the snowy owl around noon yesterday in what is apparently his favorite spot on top of the telephone pole near the intersection. He flew down into the field near a snowbank and sat there for awhile before flying back up to the pole. Beautiful.

Date: 1-14-00
Location: Indian Hil
Reporter: Jacques Mahogov
Other Birders:

Saw two trumpeter swans swimming on the little miami river near spooky hollow road at approximately 11 am. Couldn't believe it!!

Date: 1-14-01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Saw one Merlin this morning in section 14 on our way out after searching section 127 and 132. Returned about 15 minutes later and the bird was gone.

Date: 1/14/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders:

No merlins seen this morning. We walked around in sections 132 and 127 in the rain between 9:30 and 11:00, but couldn't find them. We saw tons of cardinals feeding together, a group of 27 mallards on the pond, a few mockingbirds, and some other commoners.

Date: 1/13/2001 8:30-11:30 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery & Millcreek Rd., Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Cemetery surprises included Red-winged Blackbirds and Pine Siskins. No Merlins seen this morning. The Mill Creek sheltered a Belted Kingfisher and American Kestrel. No other raptors (a bit of a surprise).

Canada Goose 40, Mute Swan 1, Mallard 27, American Kestrel 1, Rock Dove 60, Mourning Dove 6, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 7, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Downy Woodpecker 5, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Blue Jay 9, American Crow 400, Carolina Chickadee 60, Tufted Titmouse 7, White-breasted Nuthatch 4, Carolina Wren 3, Golden-crowned Kinglet 10, American Robin 300, Northern Mockingbird 5, European Starling 100, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Song Sparrow 8, White-throated Sparrow 5, Dark-eyed Junco 80, Northern Cardinal 45, Red-winged Blackbird 4, House Finch 8, Pine Siskin 2, American Goldfinch 3, House Sparrow 15.

Date: 1/13/01 10:30am
Location: Burnet Woods Lake
Reporter: Tim Daugherty
Other Birders: N/A

Some open water here today- 68 Mallards (40m. & 28f.); 1 Am Wigeon (male); 2 Am Black Ducks (1m. & 1f.); 1 Flicker.

Date: 1/11/01
Location: Watertown Marina in Dayton, KY
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Two Black Swans were standing on the ice
inside the marina. They were being totally ignored by the Can. Geese and Mallards. I know these Swans are not of interest to purist listers but they are really beautiful birds.

Date: 1/11/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: jan Denham

We saw both merlins today around 5:00pm in two trees side by side. They look the same size to me. Then they moved into the same tree and I could tell no difference in size. One is definitely dark grey. Both of us saw the original brown merlin in great light very close up and neither bird looked like it. Could be the lighting.

Date: 1/11/01
Location: East Fork S. P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

Duck hunters will be at the lake until the 31st. of the month. The good news is the lake is frozen over at most of the boat ramps and throughout the back waters. There were 3 Pied-billed Grebes, 6 Mute Swans, 20+ Canada Geese, 200+ Mallards, 3 Black Ducks, 3 Common Mergansers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Red-shouldered Hawks. Sitting on the ice were over 150 Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: 10 January
Location: Spring Grove cemetery
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

2 Merlins agin today. The adult male was seen off and on from 3:30 to dusk. The 2nd bird was seen only briefly at ~5:15 tail chasing the adult.The 2 birds seemed about the same size, so I think the imm. bird is also a male but not 100% sure.

Date: 3 January
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

2 Merlins near sec. 132 at ~ 5:15 PM 1 was a adult male.Sorry for the late posting.

Date: January 9, 2001
Location: Wilmington, near (Ccorner Farmers & Accomodation)
Reporter: Margaret M. Stigler
Other Birders: Unidentified other people

The Snowy Owl remains in its usual spot as of 3:15 P.M. today, Jan. 9, 2001. What a spectacular sight. Took some slides and photos (black & white as well as color), and hope to be able to share at the Cincinnati Bird Club members' slide night.

Date:
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: None

Made a stop at the cemetery to see if I could relocate the merlin for my 2001 bird list. I found the bird without too much trouble at the wood's edge in section 132. On closer inspection however, I was surprised by what I saw. The bird I observed today was obviously an adult male with a blue back and lots of rufous on its underparts. The bird I had seen back in December was a rich chocolate brown with little or no rufous on the underparts. I had noted the bird in December to be an "immature or adult female." I would love to hear of others' observations of this bird or birds. A quick check of the archives revealed no notation of sex on any of the previous sightings. A quick check of my reference library provided no info on the timing of juvenile merlins transition to adult plumage. I know that it is not uncommon for several birds to winter in the same urban area and wondered if that might be the case here. Please e-mail me with any comments or observations. Thanks.

Date: 1/7/01
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

On a walk near my home, I observed two crows harrassing a Red Tailed Hawk, making lots of noise and attacking it. After several minutes, the hawk caught an updraft, spiraled away and the crows gave up. Later in the same afternoon, I saw a Red Tailed Hawk sitting in a tree in my backyard.

Date: 01 January 2001
Location: Miami Twp., Clermont Cty, near Mulberry
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders: Theresa Marchwinski

A Sharp-shinned Hawk had its dinner, which appeared to be a starling, in our driveway on New Year's Day. I looked outside because I heard a 'thump' and thought that someone had hit my car with a snowball!
Thanks to Ned Keller for the positive ID from my photos.

Date: January 6, 2001
Location: Neville, Meldahl, Chilo
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

While driving west on Route 52, we spotted two eagles chasing each other above the road just before Neville. One was mature, the other immature. They were really moving and diving. We had also seen an immature Bald Eagle on December 23 near Moscow.
On january 6 and 7 we could see what appeared to be 9 Mute Swans between Chilo and Meldahl on the river. They were visible from the Dam and the Chilo Lock #34 Park boat ramp.

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Date: 1/7/01
Location: Muscatatuck & Rt 56 east of Madison
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

I was looking for owls at & near Muscatatuck with no luck but did find 8 sp. of Sparrows, a Brown Thrasher and a No. Harrier. There is no open water but I didn't think there would be.
The bird of the day was found on my way home. What I believe to be a Barn Owl flew out of the trees about 5 miles east of Madison and headed across the river toward KY. I did not get a killer look because the road is narrow there with no good pull offs. I was able to turn around and come back but of course the bird was gone. I am concerned about the call because it was about 4:15. Comments will be welcomed.

Date: 1/6/01
Location: Brookville R. & Boston Airport
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

There is still some open water at Brookville with good numbers of ducks, Mallards, Gadwall, 2 Ruddies, 1 Scaup, 2 No. Pintails,14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Geese, several Pied-billed Grebes, and coots. There were also 3 immature Bald Eagles, one of which was eating something on the ice. At the north end there is also open water where the river comes into the lake. At that point there were many Geese, Mallards, Coots, and 1 immature Mute Swan.
At the airport at Boston there were several small flocks of Horned Larks but on the north side there was a flock of about 50 birds that contained at least 5 L.Longspurs. I really think that there were more than that because everytime they flushed and I caught up with them I was seeing mainly Longspurs. There were also 2 Snow Buntings.

Date: 1/7/01
Location: Accomodation Rd outside of Wilmington
Reporter: Annie
Other Birders:

My boyfriend and I ventured out to see the "sought after" Snowy Owl. We arrived around 3:00 pm to find many onlookers, many with high tech cameras. We watched the "beauty" for at least an hour and got to watch him fly from his favoite utility post to the crosscross of Accodomation and Farmer's Road. The "State Boys" made all of the vehicles get off the road and we had to pull into a muddy field. The "cops" returned 15 minutes later prepairing to give tickets. Take your camera and your 4-wheel truck,ha. It was the highlight for this "year". We'll be going back,if he hangs around.

Date: 1/7/01 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: David Tensmeyer
Other Birders: Family

While taking a walk on the trails of Ault Park, my family and I spotted a Barred Owl which seemed fairly calm and allowed our hushed observation. Although we weren't really birding, we also saw many woodpeckers, including Pileated, Downy, Red-Bellied and Hairy. Also some Robins and Starlings.

Date: 1/7/01
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: David Tensmeyer
Other Birders: Family

While taking a walk on the trails of Ault Park, my family and I spotted a Barred Owl which seemed fairly calm and allowed our hushed observation. Although we weren't really birding, we also saw many woodpeckers, including Pileated, Downy, Red-Bellied and Hairy. Also some Robins and Starlings.

Date: January 7, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 10:00 am to noon
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

highlights: 2 winter wren, 3 Carolina wren, 1 bluebird, 2 red-tailed hawks.

Date: 1/06/01
Location: East Fork Lark
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: David Tensmeyer

On Saturday, David and I went to East Fork Lake in hopes of seeing a good number of birds. Our list wasn't too bad, and it would have been much better if out attempts at identifying several birds hadn't been thwarted by duck hunters. I have seen species lists from East Fork exceeding fifty and sixty birds. It seems like no matter where I go, though, I can never see more than 20 or so in a day. Please e-mail me with some advice on how and where I can get my daily number of species up.

Species list: canada geese (400approx), am. crow, northern flicker(yellow shafted), song sparrow, white-throated sparrow, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, blue jay, yellow rumped warbler, white-breasted nuthatch, rufous-sided towhee, american robin, northern cardinal, european starling, ring-billed gulls(50), several mallards(including mallard decoys), several turkey vultures, red tailed hawk(2), rock dove, mourning dove, black-capped chickadee, great blue heron, american goldfinch, northern mockingbird, tufted titmouse, house finch, house sparrow, coopers or sharp-shinned hawk(not identified)

Date: January 5, 2001
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

1 adult male northern harrier was leisurely making its way over the neighborhood, heading roughly west, round about 2:30 pm while we were taking a walk.

Date: 1 January 2001
Location: Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Reporter: David Carr
Other Birders: Beth Clark

The Muscatatuck Christmas Bird Count was held on Monday, January 1. I have not yet seen the compiled list, but I have pasted below the birds that Beth and I saw in our territory (east of the main road, south of Stanfield Lake). All water on the refuge was frozen except for a small area in the waterfowl complex. The Short-eared Owls that we saw were off the refuge over fields to the east. Take Pricilla Lake Rd (which forms the eastern border of the refuge) approximately 2.5 miles south of US 50. The owls were seen in a field about 1/4 mile up a gravel road to the east. In addition to the species below, a Snowy Owl has been reported near the refuge. Directions to the Snowy are available at the refuge visitor center.

Canada Goose (443), Mallard (13), Gadwall (2), Turkey Vulture (3), N. Harrier (5), Red-shouldered Hawk (1), Red-tailed Hawk (4), American Kestrel (1), Wild Turkey (1), Mourning Dove (31), E. Screech Owl (3), Great Horned Owl (4), Short-eared Owl (2), Red-headed Woodpecker (1), Red-bellied Woodpecker (21), Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1), Downy Woodpecker (26), Hairy Woodpecker (5), N. Flicker (4), Pileated Woodpecker (8), Horned Lark (159), Blue Jay (43), Am. Crow (38), Carolina Chickadee (36), Tufted Titmouse (21), Red-breasted Nuthatch (5), White-breasted Nuthatch (18), Brown Creeper (1), Carolina Wren (11), Golden-crowned Kinglet (3), Eastern Bluebird (30), Hermit Thrush (3), American Robin (64), Cedar Waxwing (6), European Starling (204), Yellow-rumped Warbler (10), N. Cardinal (31), Eastern Towhee (9), Am. Tree Sparrow (103), Field Sparrow (3), Savannah Sparrow (3), Fox Sparrow (4), Song Sparrow (155), Swamp Sparrow (63), White-throated Sparrow (81), White-crowned Sparrow (20), Dark-eyed Junco (118), Lapland Longspur (20), Eastern Meadowlark (16), Am. Goldfinch (30), House Sparrow (2)

Date: 3rd January, 2001
Location: Accomodation / Farmers Road
Reporter: DoriAnn
Other Birders:

Snowy Owl!
Had to go back there today!! He is so magnificant looking in flight!! Would love to get a (good) photo of him, I don't think my camera is powerful enough for a good close-up!
If you haven't been there to take a look at him, you really must go, it'd be worth the drive!!

Date: 31st December 2000
Location: Accomodation Road, Wilmington
Reporter: DoriAnn
Other Birders: My Mom Lynne

2nd telephone pole on Accomodation Road east of Farmers Road.
At first, I never knew what everyone was doing out there, but now I know!
He is an awesome sight to see!
BEAUTIFUL!

Date: 1/3/2001
Location: Westwood
Reporter: Liz Brennan
Other Birders:

We saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch in our backyard, the first of the season for our yard.

Date: 01/03/01
Location: Clinton County
Reporter: David Hess
Other Birders:

I went up to see the Snowy Owl today and he is there at the reported location. The wind was gusty with blowing snow and he was holding on tight to maintain his perch up on the utility pole. It is a beautiful bird.

Date: 10-12-2000
Location: Este Ave. Cincinnati Ohio Mill Creek
Reporter: John Ascherman
Other Birders: Oscar Jones

East Indies Black Duck

I do have pictures of this bird.

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2000
Location: Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Sixty-one participants

In spite of the inclement weather, 61 hardy birders participated in the 54th annual Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count and managed to find a total of 82 species. High and low temperatues of 23/10 degrees, strong winds, blowing snow and mostly frozen water seemed to be difficult obstacles to overcome, but in the end did not diminish the birding as much as might be expected. While there tributaries were frozen solid, the Ohio River, the Little Miami and its East Fork were all at least partially open. 16 species of waterfowl were recorded, although several species were in low numbers. Other water dependent birds recorded included Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Am. Coot, Killdeer, Common Snipe,Ring-billed Gulls and Belted Kingfisher. 11 species of Raptors were counted (still counting vultures as raptors). Black Vulture was recorded for only the 2nd time on this count. Some half-hardy species were suprisingly found, given the weather, and included E.Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Brown Thrasher, Savannah Sparrow and Rusty Blackbird. No particularly "rare" or "new to this count" species were recorded. No Northern Bobwhite were found on this count marking only the third time in 54 years this species was not recorded. 82 Wild Turkeys were a new high for this count. The entire summary follows;
Pied-billed Grebe 2, Great Blue Heron 30, Mute Swan 8, Canada Goose 4642(new count high), Am.Black Duck 56, Mallard 908, No.Pintail 2, Gadwall 19, Am.Wigeon 21, Canvasback 3, Redhead 1, Ring-necked Duck 58, Lesser Scaup 7, Common Goldeneye 6, Bufflehead 13, Common Merganser 6, Hooded Merganser 25, Ruddy Duck 1, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 12, Northern Harrier 7, Sharp-shinned Hawk 5, Cooper's Hawk 11, Accipiter sp. 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 4, Red-tailed Hawk 58, Buteo sp. 2, Am.Kestrel 11, Wild Turkey 82, Am.Coot 73, Killdeer 10, Common Snipe 1, Ring-billed Gull 576, Rock Dove 225, Mourning Dove 343, E.Screech Owl 1, Great Horned Owl 8, Barred Owl 3, Belted Kingfisher 19, Red-bellied Woodpecker 242, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 12, Downy Woodpecker 249, Hairy Woodpecker 38, No.Flicker 73, Pileated Woodpecker 26, E.Phoebe 2, Horned Lark 1, Blue Jay 296, Am.Crow 6708, Carolina Chickadee 1002, Tufted Titmouse 471, Red-breasted Nuthatch 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 112, Brown Creeper 16, Carolina Wren 216, Winter Wren 8, Golden-crowned Kinglet 88, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, E.Bluebird 86, Hermit Thrush 15, Am.Robin 9763, No.Mockingbird 60, Brown Thrasher 2, Cedar Waxwing 2346, European Starling 12370, Yellow-rumped Warbler 81, No.Cardinal 1189, E.Towhee 64, Am.Tree Sparrow 661, Field Sparrow 21, Savannah Sparrow 3, Fox Sparrow 10, Song Sparrow 650, Swamp Sparrow 26, White-throated Sparrow 743, White-crowned Sparrow 25, Dark-eyed Junco 522, Red-winged Blackbird 52, Rusty Blackbird 2, Co.Grackle 73, Purple Finch 1, House Finch 173, Am.Goldfinch 392, House Sparrow 521.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Greg Ryder
Other Birders:

Oops,Northern Goshawk...Sorry Bob Scott P. and Ron C. :)

Date: 01-02-01
Location: Rarden Creek Rd. Rarden, OH St. Rt. 73
Reporter: Greg Ryder
Other Birders: Statia Welch

Coming home today we saw a few raptors!
An American Kestrel, few Red-tails and

a North Goshawk!!!

This was a great surpise to us both we saw the bird on Rarden Creek Rd about a 1/2 mile from the town of Rarden. It was high in the trees which stand about eye level form the road. It was very timid and flew each time we avanced in the car. They habitat the bird was observing was a wetland with a good prey base. If anyone is in the area I live close to the sighting and would enjoy company and am learing the area. Email me and we can make arrangements.

Date: 2 January 2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Merlin on the east side of section 127 at ~ 5:30 PM

Date: Sunday, December 17th, 2000
Location: Northminster Presbyt. Church, E. Compton Rd.
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Pamela Lippert

In midafternoon, 30 Sandhill Cranes flew over the church in a southeasterly direction, apparently fleeing and/or utilizing the bitterly cold winds/weather flowing strongly out of the North today. Their calls gave them away or we would likely not have noticed them. However, they were flying lower than the super-high course they typically take. This flock was only about 200 feet up in the sky.

Date: December 5th, 2000
Location: Finneytown
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Pamela Lippert

High above, 30 Sandhill Cranes glided slowly in a southwesterly direction at dusk, calling as they went.

Date: Jan. 2, 2001
Location: Floodplain north of Beechmont, west of L. Miami River
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders: none

In the accompanying message, where I state 2 Merlins--that should be 2 Harriers. The lesson here is that one should always proofread before hitting the "submit" button.

Date: Jan. 2, 2001
Location: Floodplain north of Beechmont, west of L. Miami River
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders: none

Short-eared owl, 2 American Kestrels, 2 Red-tailed Hawks. 2 Merlins, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, as well as a good variety of other bird species, including seven species of sparrows: Song, Fox, White-crowned, White-throated, Eastern Tree, Swamp, and Savannah.

Date: January 2, 2001
Location: Columbia Road, Lebanon, Ohio
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: None

Two (2) Eastern Meadowlarks at the horse farm at the instersection of Columbia and Turtlecreek Roads.

Date: January 1, 2001
Location: Western Hamilton County & Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

The Lapland longspur & horned lark mix visible from Renck's Garden Center was roughly the same today as Paul Wharton noted in the posting below from the 31st--it was impossible not to see longspurs anywhere you looked. The birds were out there in the hundreds, zipping back and forth over the road, and we got some very close looks from the parking lot. We did have one lone snow bunting zip over our heads. The feed lot near P&G on River Road yielded one white-crowned sparrow and a red-tailed hawk.

Hamilton Riverside: 2 great blue heron, 100+ Canada geese, 20+ mallard, 1 gadwall, 6 common merganser, 1 harrier, 1 red-tail, 1 kestrel, 1 killdeer, 1 common snipe, 100+ ring-billed gull, 2 herring gull, 2 belted kingfisher, 1 hairy woodpecker, 3 bluebirds, plus a few cardinals, song sparrows, etc.

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