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Sightings Log Archive: April 2001 - June 2001

Date: June 27, 2001
Location: VOA
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rick Dage, Wendy Donald, Charles Holliday

29 bobolinks, 22 savannah sparrows, 38 meadowlarks. 65 red-winged blackbirds, 2 grackle, 1 kingbird.

Date: June 28, 2001
Location: AA Hwy Wilder, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Blue Grosbeak singing from the highest wire of the high tension lines, which are located just to the south of the new Wilder City Bldg. This is at the intersection KY 9 (AAHwy) and KY 1632 (Moock Rd). Park in the sports park parking lot behind the city bldg. and look to the south (construction area by 3 mile creek).

Date: June 28, 2001
Location: AA Hwy Wilder, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Blue Grosbeak singing from the highest wire of the high tension lines, which are located just to the south of the new Wilder City Bldg. This is at the intersection KY 9 (AAHwy) and KY 1632 (Moock Rd). Park in the sports park parking lot behind the city bldg. and look to the south (construction area by 3 mile creek).

Date: June 28, 2001
Location: Lunken Airport Trail
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I observed the pair of Bell's Vireos here at midday both yesterday and today.The male sings almost constantly, usually from one of the two oak trees closest to the bike trail just south of the driving range. He is often on an exposed twig, at mid-level or higher in the tree, with tail feathers fanned out while singing. The female joins him about once every half hour. At one point a Warbling Vireo was singing alternately with the Bell's which made for an excellent comparison.

Date: 6/23/01
Location: MWW
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Katherine Miller

We found the Bell's Vireo singing from bushes near the Observation bldg and back about half way to the entry path from the parking area. Other than that we found only the to-be-expected but still nice birds.

Date: 6/24/2001 6:00-7:45 PM
Location: Voice of America Park, Butler Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Intrigued by the postings that Mike Busam has made, I took a look at this area. The virtually unbroken grassland is really pulling in the prairie nesters, with a few wetland species at the north-end ponds.

Bobolink numbers were still around 50 birds, but with an even split between males and females. Since both adults were carrying food and dropping to the ground, I assume they are successfully nesting.

A nice bonus bird was the Green Heron at the largest pond in the north field. It is accessible by following an asphalt and gravel path, which starts from the eastern-most end of the parking area across from Ballfield A.

Date: June 20, 2001
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Chuck Holliday

48 Bobolinks (9 were females); 15 savannah sparrows; 40 meadowlarks.

Date: June 7,2001
Location: Hocking Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One pair Red-breasted Nuthatches at nest (fledged 4 young on June 4). One pair Blackburnian Warblers at nest (first located June 5). One pair Pine Siskins feeding one cowbird fledgling (June 3). 6 Veeries (Clear Creek Rd., June 6). 2 Canada and 2 Magnolia Warblers at Conkle's Hollow, lots of Hermt Thrushes, Black-throated Green Warblers and Blue-headed Vireos.

Date: June 18, 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 singing male American Redstarts, 2 Kentucky Warblers, 1 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Summer Tanager, 4 Wood Thrushes.

Date: June 16, 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Two pairs of Blue Grosbeaks at two separate locations along the AA Hwy.

Date: June 16, 2001
Location: NE Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 juvenile and 3 singing male Pine Warblers, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler. The Pine Warblers have been present here since March.

Date: 6/18/01
Location: Lunken bike trail
Reporter: Dave Helm
Other Birders:

Another Bell's Vireo. A bird singing Saturday and again today from the same oak tree. 350 yards out from the beginning of the bike trail (100 yds past where the driving range fence ends)on the left of the trail.

Date: 6/12/01
Location: Provident Tower Roof
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

As a lucky Raptor, Inc. volunteer, I received a call for a downed peregrine on the roof of this building. One of the recently banded nestlings took its first flight from the nest which is right next door. The fledgling was fine, just curious about all the attention. The parents were ferociously bombdiving the workers on the roof. What a magnificent sight! The building manager said she would minimize the stress to the birds by keeping people off the roof whileit was there.

Date: June 13, 2001
Location: VOA
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Lori Brumbaugh, Rick Dage, Wendy Donald, Keith Gehring, Charlie Hoffman, Charles Holliday

49 bobolinks, 12 of which were females, a number of the females were carrying food around.

26 savannah sparrows; 53 meadowlarks, including one fledgling.

The majority of the birds are in the east half of the VOA, straddling West Chester Parks property and Butler County MetroParks property. Of the birds in the east half, most are in West Chester's property.

Date: 6/10/2001 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Ran into Jim Cooper at wetlands

Wetlands: A Bell's Vireo is still hanging around the Wildlife Observation Deck. It can be seen and heard in the large dead snag and willows along the levee that runs west from the deck to the fenceline.

Park: Cliff Swallows are nesting under the West Road bridge, where Tanager Meadow abuts Dry Fork Creek. When the water recedes, you can follow the creek downstream from this bridge to view a Bank Swallow colony.

Date: 6/9/01
Location: Pike Lake State Park and Forest-Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Spent the day at Pike Lake. Most interesting sightings: Broad-winged hawk, Cooper's hawk catching a Grackle; Cerulean,Hooded, Kentucky, many Yellow-throated warblers. Favorite was a female Ruffed Grouse with 10 chicks crossing Egypt Hollow rd. Butterflies were very noticable. Found a male Luna Moth.

Date: June 9, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

The Bell's vireo is still around. 25 mallards and 1 blue-winged teal in West Pond; over a hundred grackles flocking together in west pond, too.

Date: 6/9/01
Location: Mill Creek dam below Hopple st. Bridge
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

There were 9 B.C. night herons and 1 G. blue heron on the dam this morning. you can look at the as you drive over the Hopple st. bridge going towards Camp Washington or park in the Health center and walk down to a graval road above the creek.

Date: 6/7/01
Location: Cincinnati Zoo Swan Lake area near education building
Reporter: Sandee Read
Other Birders: Zoo staff and volunteers

A nesting pair of wild eastern skreech owls have produced offspring. Have seen both adults and two offspring so far. Male is red phase, female is grey phase.
We have been enjoying the whole nesting process.

Date: June 6, 2001 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: VOA
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Lori Brumbaugh, Keith Gehring, Charlie Hoffman

West Chester side: 34 bobolinks (includes 4 females); 10 savannah sparrows, 10 meadowlarks

Butler County MetroParks side: 4 bobolinks, 10 savannah sparrows, 13 meadowlarks, 1 bobwhite quail.

Date: 5/24 11:30AM-0100PM
Location: VOA Park
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

I'm posting this, very late in this case, in response to Mike Busam's message regarding VOA Park on the message board:

American Kestrel 3, Eastern Kingbird 1, Red-winged Blackbird 20+, European Starling 10+, Song Sparrow 2, Eastern Meadowlard 10+, Barn Swallow 10+, Chimney Swift 10+, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Northern Mockingbird 1, Brown Thrasher 1, American Robin 5+, Mourning Dove 5+, Mallard 5+, Bobolink 10+, American Crow 2+, Common Grackle 5+, Savannah Sparrow 3+, Killdeer 10+, Horned Lark 2, Spotted Sandpiper 1, American Goldfinch 3, Northern Cardinal 2, Blue Jay 1, Orchard Oriole 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Red-eyed Vireo +

The majority of the Killdeer and the lone Spotted Sandpiper were spotted in the southwestern corner of the park, which per Mike Busam, is to be commercially developed (a shame in my opinion).

Date: June 6, 2001
Location: Terrace Park, OH
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

Please refer to my posting on Message Board today regarding hummingbird ID.

Date: June 5, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

The Bell's vireo was still singing along the fencline.

Date: 6/3/2001 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Spotted at least two Bell's Vireos at the wetland area. One adult was in the trees immediately to the east of the bike-hike trail crosswalk, on the north side of Baughman Rd. (east of the wetlands parking lot). The other was seen in the willows to the south of the wildlife observation deck. Both birds were quite vocal and fairly viewable.

There was also an Alder Flycatcher vocalizing in the large trees west of the bat box.

Finally, an Olive-sided Flycatcher was busily singing in a large snag above the creek adjoining the Walnut Hollow Picnic Area. It was seen from a faint foot trail leading from Walnut Hollow uphill to the Timberlakes Picnic Area.

Date: 6/3/01
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Great day for birding and mammal watching. Mother Otter was out with her 3 little ones at Endicott Marsh. This must be a favorite hangout,I've seen them there several times. There were also 4 singing Dickcissels and a female carrying nest material in the vicinity. An Am. Bittern flew by that corner also. A Sedge Wren was singing in the field east of the north entrance road when I drove in. The Mute Swans have 3 cygnets, a beautiful sight even if they are the bad guys.

Date: Friday, June 1
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none present; witnessed by persons on pontoon

Spotted a mature Bald Eagle flying over Cowan Lake near the campground boat dock at 7:30 p.m., just at those on the Friday night pontoon boat ride were leaving the dock. Beautiful sight!

Date: 6/2/01
Location: Voices of America Park
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Charlie Hoffman

What a wonderful place for grassland birds. Hopefully, they will not mow it all down. We got around only a small portion of the fields but at baseball field C, there are savannah sparrows and babies everywhere. Bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks abound. Heard the horned larks again and saw killdear and young.

Date: May28, 2001
Location: Hamilton, Ohio
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders:

This is a late posting, but on Friday evening May 25 I saw a peregrine falcon in downtown Hamilton. I got a good silouette of his pointy wings just before he folded them and dove under the High St bridge. I was able to follow him as he made his way around the courthouse square.
In this morning "Journal-News" a front page headline announced that there have been other sitings and confirmation by photos of a possilbe nesting peregrine. The article can be found by going to www.journal-news.com

Date: 6/2/01 0830-0930
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Saw and heard the Bell's Vireo. The bird was mainly singing from a clump of rose and honeysuckle bushes, as well as the previously mentioned locust tree next to the wooden power pole, about 50' due east of the power generating station fence. Also enjoyed watching the bird banding exercise.

Date: 6/1/01
Location: Voice of America/ Gilmore
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Charlie Hoffman

It was very easy to see many savannah sparrows and bobolinks. Only heard the horned larks. The fields were covered with eastern meadowlarks.
The bell's vireo is still in the same location at gilmore.

Date: 5/31/01
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Charlie Hoffman

Despite very cold weather, we saw the dickcissel, grasshopper sparrows, lots of willow flycatchers and an alder flycatcher. The latter id'ed by call.
Also heard the henslow's sparrows and the savannah.

Date: 5/30/01
Location: our house in Clermont County
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard Kidd

We had a summer tanager at our feeder (!!!)We watched it for at least 10 minutes.

Date: May 30, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

6+ bobolinks, 3 savannah sparrows, + meadowlarks, 2 horned larks, 1 kestrel, 1 red-tailed hawk. We only looked at a small section near the ballfields--roughly a "square" made by a few mowed walking trails.

Date: May 28 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders:

A pair of brown thrashers at Kingfisher Pond. Saw (after extensive hearing) Bobwhite in evergreens near the factory fence, north side. The Bell's Vireo was very cooperative today, sitting at the top of "his" bushes for several minutes singing in the sunshine. The numbers of Baltimore orioles and Indigo buntings here this year is impressive.

Date: 5/27/01 0830-1000
Location: Shaker Trace bike path-Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Traveled the entire bike path, one pass, with my daughter.Weather was breezy but clear. All the common residents were seen. Of particular note, Willow flycatchers and Grasshopper sparrows were abundant. We stopped at a point on the path to the north side of the fields north of the main marsh and did encounter a Henslow's Sparrow. It sang briefly, then flew across the path behind us. There are many mulberry trees on the eastern side of the loop that contained bluebirds, both orioles, waxwings etc.

Date: 5-28-01
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Wayne Wauligman
Other Birders:

The Bell's Vireo is still at Gilmore at the same location as on May 20.

Date: May 26, 2001
Location: N-E Corner Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: Waye Wauligman
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert, Erich Baumgardner

A Mourning Warbler was calling near the Osprey hacking site at about 2pm.

Date: 05/27/01 (AM)
Location: I-74 and Harrison, OH
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

While driving westbound on I-74 just W of I-275 this morning I saw a single Wild Turkey flying low across the highway and landing on the northern side.
Also, while shopping at the garden center at the Bigg's in Harrison, OH, I heard Horned Larks singing. I checked the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas and, yes, they were confirmed as breeders in w. Hamilton Co. during the Atlas project (1982-1987).

Date: 05-27-01
Location: Mason
Reporter: Rick Dage
Other Birders:

After discussion with much more reputable birders, I cannot confirm that the Wren I mentioned in the last posting was absolutely a Bewick's. It may have been a very light immature Carolina.

Date: 05-26-2001
Location: Park in Mason on Kings Mills Rd near E. Main St
Reporter: Rick Dage
Other Birders:

Watched a Bewick's Wren sing for about 20 minutes. Saw a purple martin fly by. Then came upon 30-40 cedar waxwings feeding on early rasberries.

Date: Sat. May 26,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The recent rains are starting to fill in main marsh-only 1 small mudflat remains, but it was enough for 5 Semipalmated sandpipers and 2 White-rumps. There was also a Common Moorhen- I haven't seen moorhens here since '98.Before that,they were annual breeders here for several years in the mid 90's. 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Spotteds, and 15+ Killdeer were the only other shorebirds seen. 5-6 Dickcissels were singing, and many Grasshopper Sparrows were also seen and heard.10 Bobolinks were seen and heard in the area. They have never been confirmed as breeders here, so they bear watching. Neither Sedge Wren or Henslow's sparrow were located.At least a dozen Cliff Swallows were feeding over the ponds and marshes- they must be nesting nearby.

Date: 5/26/01
Location: Brower Rd., near Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

While I was out and about this morning, I was pleasently surprised to find 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER by the railroad tracks. This bird hopped up on a stalk of a plant and started to sing! It sang for about 15 seconds and then flew away.

Date: May 26, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Ab Scruggs, Audrey Mayer, Tim Tolford, et. al.

The Bell's vireo is still there--same tree line, same tree, in fact.
4 woodcock along the trails. Tim Tolford banded a female Connecticut warbler and a yellow-bellied flycatcher. Ab Scruggs saw and heard a Mourning warbler along the trail 30+ yards north of the prothonotary warbler display kiosk.

Date: 5/25/01
Location: Hueston Woods State Park (Acton Lake)
Reporter: Craig Ruttle
Other Birders:

I observed a Bald Eagle (in the distance) being scolded by Crows. At first I thought it was another bird, but much to my great pleasure I saw it fly off and nail a fish in Acton Lake. A photo of the bird appears in the Cincinnati Enquirer, page B10 (Metro) 5/26/01. I was able to get pretty close via kayak. I am a staff photographer for the Enquirer.
--Craig Ruttle

Date: May 23, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

There were still bobolinks and Savannah sparrows to be found in both the Butler Coutny MetroParks and West Chester Township parcels of the VOA land. We didn't see as many bobolinks as on Sunday, but it was raining fairly steadily Wednesday morning when we stopped. There were at least 2 Savannah sparrows singing from atop poles attached to garbage cans near the ballfields. There has been a little mowing around the ballfields--including some modest trails--but I'm told that both park systems are aware of the bobolinks, etc., and wish to avoid disturbing them.

Date: 5/23/01
Location: UC Clermont College, Batavia, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: Esther Anders (not birder)

At around 11:00am, a Peregrine Falcon flew (very fast) over campus from the South heading North. I had thought I had seen one at the bottom of St. Rt. 32 hill this past winter. There is a medium sized population of pigeons living under the 32 bridge. This bird was heading directly towards that area.

Date: May 22,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

9:30 to 11:30 AM. 2 Dunlin and 2 N.Shovelers a male and a female.

Date: 5/20/01 1500-1700
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest and Wetlands
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

On the Tallgrass Prairie trail: Summer tanager, Acadian flycatcher nesting, Yellow-throated and RE Vireos, Wood and Swainson's thrush.
Wetlands area had Willow Flycatchers, several Bobwhites, a Savannah sparrow, great close-ups of a singing Yellow-breasted Chat, 4 singing Grasshopper sparrows, 2 singing Dicksissels. Found a Least Bittern in the field to the northeast of the bathouse, it is a depression with new cattail growth and appears to be fairly shallow. The bird was not seen but called constantly for about 30 minutes.

Date: May 20, 2001
Location: Voice of America-Butler county
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders: Linda Holliday

We made our first trip through the new Voice Of America Park (located just east of the exit for Tylersville Road off of I-75, mile marker 22) this morning. Found over 25 singing Bobolinks.This is a 200 acre prairie!!!!! What a place!!!
Also seen at very close range was a Willet, near baseball diamond "A". Tried my best to make it an upland sandpiper.
Heard several grasshopper sparrows and maybe a Henslow's (definetly not an expert on bird songs)
Other noteables- a pair of brown thrasher, pair of eastern bluebirds, horned lark, many eastern meadow larks

Date: May 20, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 Bell's vireo: from the Gilmore Road lot, walk toward the viewing deck behind the power station. There is a line of electric poles running roughly north-south. Facing the power station, the bird was in the area between the 5th and 6th electric poles. There is one honey-locust-like tree, larger than the other trees along the line, on the left side of the 5th electric pole. There is also a ditch between poles 5 & 6 which drains runoff from the power station into west pond. If you follow this ditch towards the power station, you can make it to a gravel access path that runs between the power station and the electric poles. The vireo was bouncing around in this general area, moving from honeysuckle clump to honeysuckle clump. There are also plenty of weeds, multiflora rose and raspberry bushes of some kind--lots of thorns.

The bird was singing most of the time, and didn't offer too many good looks. It's rather drab, has a faint wingbar, greenish above, yellowish wash along the sides, dark eye line which showed up the couple times the bird perched in the open. Otherwise, it was low and frequented the densest, most tangled clumps of bush it could find.

Date: 5/19/2001 7:30-11:30 AM
Location: Shawnee Lookout and the Elizabethtown Bridge, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Steve Wagner asked me to lead the Oxbow, Inc. bird hike at Shawnee today. Unfortunately, the rain kept everyone away...too bad, since some good birds were missed! There were 82 species in all, with the following highlights:

Two basic plumage Common Loons and one Cattle Egret were at the gravel pits near the Elizabethtown bridge. One Mourning Warbler was heard singing (and seen) in a thicket near the Miami Fort trailhead. Also seen on the Miami Fort trail were five Double-crested Cormorants, one Broad-winged Hawk, one Wild Turkey, and one Canada Warbler.

Trip List: Common Loon 2, Double-crested Cormorant 5, Cattle Egret 1, Black Vulture 3, Turkey Vulture 1, Canada Goose 30, Mallard 2, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Wild Turkey 1, Killdeer 3, Mourning Dove 8, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Chimney Swift 10, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 5, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 7, Acadian Flycatcher 6, Least Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 5, Eastern Kingbird 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 2, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 20, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 15, Purple Martin 5, Tree Swallow 25, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5, Cliff Swallow 60, Barn Swallow 5, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 6, House Wren 10, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12, Veery 2, Swainson's Thrush 1, Wood Thrush 20, American Robin 35, Gray Catbird 2, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 30, Cedar Waxwing 50, Blue-winged Warbler 1, Tennessee Warbler 2, Nashville Warbler 1, Yellow Warbler 12, Magnolia Warbler 2, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Blackpoll Warbler 2, Cerulean Warbler 12, Mourning Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 3, Hooded Warbler 2, Canada Warbler 1, Yellow-breasted Chat 1, Summer Tanager 3, Scarlet Tanager 15, Eastern Towhee 8, Chipping Sparrow 10, Field Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 30, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2, Indigo Bunting 15, Red-winged Blackbird 25, Common Grackle 15, Brown-headed Cowbird 15, Orchard Oriole 2, Baltimore Oriole 8, House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 20, House Sparrow 4.

Date: May 18, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I took a quick, 45-minute walk during the rain this morning: 2 prothonotary warblers, 1 Wilson's, + yellow warblers and common yellowthroats, 1 solitary sandpiper, 1 lesser yellowlegs, 2 semipalmated plovers, 5 willow flycatchers.

Date: 5/18/01
Location: Crescent Springs, KY
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

This morning before dawn my resident Barred Owl was calling, then was joined by a WHIPPOORWILL - I nearly broke my leg jumping out of bed. A Robin spoke up and told everyone to be quiet and let him sleep. They did but I was already awake. I can't believe the Whippoorwill will stay, I've never had one and it doesn't seem to be Whippoorwill territory. I still have a Cape May Warbler also. I'm pretty sure it is a different one from earlier one - he seems brighter.

Date: MAY 17 2001
Location: RAPID RUN PARK
Reporter: KATHY
Other Birders:

this evening we spotted a flock of about 50 to75 cedar waxwings in a mul-berry tree in a back yard adjoing rapid run park. we noticed them this time last year and we were patiently waiting to see if they would return.we believe they were here 4or 5 days .with the return of the hummingbirds and now this we are in heaven

Date: 5/16/01
Location: My home (Milford)
Reporter: Jack Kemp
Other Birders:

Today my wife thought she was halucinating--she thought she saw a male ring neck pheasant trotting down our street. I checked. Spotted it, got my camera and exposed 6 or 8 frames. Prints come back tomorrow.
Also, on 5/9/01 in my neighbor's front yard tree I heard and saw a White-winged dove. Neighbor saw it too. I haven't heard or seen it since that day.

Date: 5/15/01 1800-1930
Location: Gorge Trail- Sharon Woods Park-Ham. Cty
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

A. Redstart, BG Gnatcatcher, Wood and Swainson's Thrush, 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush, GC and Acadian Flycatcher, E Pewee, Baltimore Oriole. 1 R-T Hummingbird.

Date: May 15,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

59 Short-Billed Dowitchers,many Willow Flycatchers singing also a Dickcissel

Date: 5/13/01
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Annette Muckerheide
Other Birders: Bill Wyndaele, Joan Wessendarp

Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Wood Ducks, Brown Thrasher in addition to the usual.

Date: 5/12/01 1200-1400
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest-Hamilton County
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Amber and Ryan Kolde

Swainson's Thrush, a couple "tame" Indigo Buntings, Ovenbird, Red-eyed Vireos and two singing Kentucky warblers seen at close range on the Wood Duck trail.

Date: May 12,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

4 male Dickcissels

Date: 5/10/01 5-8PM
Location: Rowe Woods
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

Bird Highlights: 3 Barred Owls (1 adult and 2 fledglings), mated pair of Summer Tanagers

Other Animal Kingdom Highlights: deer 5+, fox 1, racoon 1 (at bird blind-so close I could hear him chew), Corn Snake 2 (caught in the act right in the middle of the path - no modesty at all)

Complete bird list: Chimney Swift 5+, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 5+, Northern Cardinal 5+, Tufted Titmouse 5+, American Robin 5+, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 (heard only), Indigo Bunting 10+, Carolina Chickadee 2, Wood Thrush 10+ (heard only), Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 (heard only), Hairy Woodpecker 3 (1 seen, 2 heard), Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Brown-headed Cowbird 10+, American Crow 5+, Eastern Kingbird 1, Song Sparrow 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3, Common Yellowthroat 2, Summer Tanager 2, Eastern Bluebird 5+, Baltimore Oriole 1, Blue Jay 1, Red-winged Blackbird 1+, Mourning Dove 5+, Barn Swallow 2, Field Sparrow 3, Tree Swallow 3, Carolina Wren 1+, European Starling 5+, Chipping Sparrow 1+, Red-eyed Vireo 3, Canada Goose 5+, Barred Owl 3 (1 adult, 2 fledlings), Swainson's Thrush 1 (heard only), Cerulean Warbler 2 (heard only)

Date: 5/9/01
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Male and female rose-breasted grosbeaks

Date: May 8 &9, 2001, 8-9 a.m.
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods, All Person's Trail near Lotus Pond
Reporter: David Tennant
Other Birders: Ann Geise

Warblers= Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Nashville, Cape May, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Hooded, Canada, Cerulean, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Yellow-rumped, Tennessee, Magnolia, Kentucky, Yellow-throated, and Louisiana Waterthrush and Northern Parula singing from stream. Flycatchers= Great Crested, Wood Pewee, Acadian, Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, and Least. Wood Thrush, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Broad-winged Hawk (over Rowe Building), and Barred Owl.

Date: 5/7/01
Location: French Park
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

Highlights - male Bay-breasted Warbler, 2 Swamp Sparrows sighted separately some distance apart (unexpected, at least to me, in this park)

Complete List: Red-winged Blackbird 10+, Orchard Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 8, Eastern Kingbird 3, Great Blue Heron 1 (flyover), Indigo Bunting 5+, Northern Cardinal 10+, Tufted Titmouse 2+, American Robin 10+, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1+, Carolina Wren 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Chimney Swift 10+, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, European Starling 10+, Brown-headed Cowbird 5+, Carolina Chickadee 5+, House Wren 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5+, American Crow 20+, Blue Jay 2, Common Yellowthroat + (heard only), Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Eastern Towhee 1+, Gray Catbird 1+, Northern Flicker 1, Song Sparrow 1+, Swamp Sparrow 2, Killdeer 2 (flyover), Hermit Thrush 1, Wood Thrush 3+, Swainson's Thrush 4, Common Grackle 10+, American Goldfinch 5+, Yellow-billed Cuckoo + (heard only), Black-throated Green Warbler + (heard only), Mourning Dove 2+, Tennessee Warbler + (heard only), Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Turkey Vulture 5, Chipping Sparrow 2, Northern Mockingbird 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Barn Swallow 2+, House Sparrow 5+

Date: 5-8-1
Location: Triple Creek Park
Reporter: Bill Leaman
Other Birders:

For a close look at a Common Loon, stop by Triple Creek Park in Colerain Twp. This bird can be approached within 20 feet at times. It appears the Loon does not have enough water space to take flight.

Date: May 7, 2001
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Some new birds seemed to come in last night. This morning between 6:30 and 8:30 I heard 1 veery, 2 Swainson's, & 1 wood thrush, 2+ blackpoll, 1 Cape May, Tennessee, and yellow-rumped warblers, 1 ovenbird, and an Acadian flycatcher.

Date: May 6, 2001
Location: Joyce Park, Hamilton
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

warblers: yellow-rumped, 3 Cape May (in ash trees, primarily, by the playground), 3 prothonotary, 1 bay-breasted, 1 n. parula, 2+ blackpolls, 2 yellow-throated, 2+ Tennessee, 2+ Nashville, 1 yellow, 3 rose-breasted grosbeaks, 1 Swainson's thrush, 2 great-crested flycatchers. Joyce Park along the river isn't a bad spot, though it can be hard to hear the birds over the roar of the racetrack on the other side of the river.

Date: May 6, 2001
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz , Bill Heck, Casey Tucker

Couple hour visit to Spring Valley this morning turned up N Waterthrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, Yellow-throated Vireo, Willow Flycatcher, E. Wood Pewee as new additions to this years list. Most other expected species present, however, no rails or marsh wrens were seen.

Date: May5, 2001
Location: Brown Rd outside Oxford
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

Forgot to tell what the great directions for the last posting were for--four male Henslow's Sparrows were in the fields along Brown Rd. Sorry.

Date: May 5, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods/Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

Sorry for the delay posting. A first year male Blue Grosbeak was actively singing in the mountain bike trail area above the group campground at Acton Lake. Also new for the year was KY, Hooded, BtBlue, and Tenn. Warblers in the Big Woods at the end of Brown Rd. Along Brown Road about a mile or so north of Oxford, in the fields in front of and directly across the street from the colonial style (replica of Jefferson's House?)at the first major bend in the road. At least four males were singing.

Date: May 6, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Sharon Pawlowski
Other Birders: Mick ? and another man

Little Blue Heron seen at the South Pond from 9 - 9:30am. It was still feeding in the open when I left.

Date: May 5, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Gilmore Ponds Field Trip

Tim Tolford banded a Kentucky warbler today. That's a first record for Gilmore Ponds. Field trip birds:
2 Canada geese, 2 wood duck, 20 mallards (14 or so were ducklings), 1 pair blue-winged teal, 1 TV, 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 solitary sandpiper, 1 killdeer, + chimney swift, 1 red-bellied woodpecker, 2 northern flicker, 1 least flycatcher, 2 E. kingbird, + tree swallo, 1 n. rough-winged swallow, 1 barn swallow, + blue jay, 1 car. chickadee, 1 c. wren, 2 house wren, 2 gnatcatcher, 2+ wood thrush, 2 mockingbird, 1+ cedar waxwing, 3+ warbling vireo, 1+ red-eyed vireo, 3+ Tennessee warbler, 2+ Nashville, 1+ yellow, 3 yellow-rumped, 2 Blackburnian, 1 palm, 3 blackpoll, 1 prothonotary, 3 n. waterthrush, 3+ common yellowthroat, 1 y.b. chat, + indigo bunting, 3 field sparrow, + song sparrow, 2 white-throated sparrow, 1 e. meadowlark, 1+ grackle, 5 cowbirds, 2 hosue finch, + goldfinch. The area is drying out fast; few mosquitoes, though.

Date: 5 May 2001
Location: Hewitt Ave (Evenston)
Reporter: Curtis Grady
Other Birders: Myra Britton

There is a Dove nesting in a spruce tree
about 4 feet of the ground. We check on the Dove everyday to if she sitting on her nest.

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

I found only moderate numbers of the common migrants this morning. The only unsualy one was a Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Date: 5/4/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery- woodlot
Reporter: Dan Marsh
Other Birders: Dave Jenike

Many good warblers seen and heard, but first Magnolia and very vocal Tennessee warblers were notable. Was greeted by the "please please pleased to meet'cha" of a chestnut sided warbler when I arrived at the Zoo in A.M. Have to say I was, too.

Date: May 4,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Between 6:30 and 8:00 PM. Dickcissel Male seen in field off farm road.Also seen 3 Sora. They were out in the open and seen at the same time in the small pond right in front of the viewing platform which is fast turning into a mud flat.

Date: 5/4/01
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife Area
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Charlie Hoffman

Warblers included C. Yellowthroat, redstart, yellow, prothonatary, n. waterthrush, ovenbird, chat and heard n. parula. Watched prothonatary and kingbird building nests. Also saw warbling vireo, yellow throated wireo, white eyed vireo, phoebe, orchard and northern orioles, barred owl, indigo bunting,wood thrush and beaver.

Date: 3 May 2001
Location: MWF wetlands, Bowles Woods
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

About 90 species in all, which isn't bad for a midday butterfly count. Most interesting to me:

Lincoln's Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Sedge Wren

There's lots of Grasshopper Sparrows grabbing territory (I heard 6 or 7) in the field they used last year but is about to grow tall with composites this year. Wonder where they'll go?

BW had all the thrushes, which was nice.

Date: 4/28/01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Group of CNC birders


The CNC bird hike led by Celeste and John Baumgarden on April 28

American goldfinch
Eastern bluebird
northern cardinal
Tufted titmouse
Piliated Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted nuthatch
Song sparrow
American robin
blue jay
Mourning dove
cowbird
European starling
Common grackle
Blue-gray gnatcatcher and nest
Downy woodpecker
Red belly woodpecker
Flicker
Tree swallow
Chipping sparrow
Baltimore oriole
White-throated sparrow
Red winged black bird
Back and white warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Great Blue Heron
Great horned owl
Canada goose
Great Crested flycatcher
Catbird
Eastern towhee
Scarlet tanager
Summer tanager
Swainson's thrush
Turkey vulture
Carolina wren
Ruby throated hummingbird
mallard
Common Yellowthroat
Crow
Phoebe
White eyed vireo (Heard)

Date: 5/03/01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Tried a different venue for my early AM walk today. Quantity still low but fairly good quality.

A worm-eating warbler, singing from a lilac bush just off the parking lot was the morning's best bird, closely followed by a vocal Philadelphia Vireo.

Other warblers included chestnut-sided, Nashville, Tennessee (several), Kentucky, Black-throated green, Am. Redstart, yellow-throated, and common yellowthroat. Other highlights were scarlet tanager and rose-breasted grosbeak. Also heard my first veery of the spring.

Date: May 3, 2001
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I heard a blackpoll warbler this morning.

Date: May 2, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods/Acton Lake
Reporter: Casey Tucker
Other Birders: Chris Betrus, Bill Wilson

Took a quick dash out this evening between 6:30 & 9:00 p.m. Picked up quite a few species in a relatively short amount of time.

Species of note:

Indigo Bunting
Kentucky Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Prothonotary warbler
Yellow Warbler
Northern Parula
Common Yellowthroat
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Baltimore Oriole
Eastern Kingbird
Black-crowned Night Heron
Green heron
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret

We also had a potential Little Blue Heron fly over. One was reported in the marsh this morning by Dave Russell, Jill Fentz, Jim Hickey et al.

Date: 5/02/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery- woodlot and environs
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Fairly quiet this early AM - highlight was a very cooperative Cape May warbler who preened in plain view for several minutes. Other warblers included palm, nashville, n. parula, Tennessee, yellow-rumped, and black-and-white (heard only.) Also found two ruby-throated hummingbirds,eastern wood-pewee, wood thrush and Swainson's thrush.

Date: 050101
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest/Bowles Woods
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

Tennessee Warblers singing at MWF this morning.

Date: 4/29
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Brad Pursell
Other Birders:

birds of note:
Least Bittern, Red-headed woodpeckers, waterthrush (sp?), Palm Warbler, Osprey

in a Lebanon backyard: Golden-Winged Warbler

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater (uplands and wetlands)
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: none

Most of the resident songbirds were in the forested areas, including somewhat early Eastern Wood-Pewee and Yellow-bellied Cuckoo. The only migrants were a Nashville Warbler, 5 Black-throated Green Warblers, and 10 Swainson's Thrushes. A Yellow-breasted Chat was at the upper end of the main lake. At the wetlands I found an American Wigeon, 5 female Hooded Mergansers, 6 Killdeer, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 13 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Least Sandpipers, 39 Pectoral Sandpipers, and 3 Common Snipe.

I stopped by Lost Bridge on the way home, and found that the Cliff Swallows are back.

Date: May 1, 2001
Location: Dudley Woods, Liberty Township
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

N. waterthrush (singing), N. parula, 2 Nashville, 1 yellow-rumped, 1 indigo bunting, 2 baltimore oriole, 2 rough-winged swallow.

Date: 4/30/2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

The wetlands and the ponds on Oxford Road continue to hold nice numbers of shorebirds. I've had especially good luck in the evenings this spring. Habitat at both wetlands continues to improve and if the dry spell continues May could be really good.

Totals for tonight :
Oxford Road - Lesser yellowlegs (15), pectoral sandpiper (12), semipalmated plover (6), least sandpiper (5), killdeer (5), spotted sandpiper (2), solitary sandpiper (2), semipalmated sandpiper (1).

Wetlands - Pectoral sandpiper (75), lesser yellowlegs (35), semipalmated plover (15), least sandpiper (4),killdeer (3), common snipe (1).

The majority of the shorebirds are into breeding plumage and are easily observed - a nice change of pace from "warbler neck."

Other birds of note included 30 American pipits at Oxford Rd. and a soaring Osprey over the wetlands.

Date: 04-30-01
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

Acadian Flycatchers at Shawnee this morning.

Date: 4/28/01
Location: Boone Cliffs & Middle Creek Rd in KY
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

4 Worm-eating Warblers were calling but far enough off the trail that I did not see them (I don't leave the trail there), Hooded Warbler, No. Parulas, Scarlet Tanagers, Wood Thrushes, L. Waterthrush, Baltimore Oriole, 8 Ovenbirds, 4 Ky. Warblers, Am. Redstarts, Blue-winged Warbler, and Red-eyed, Warbling & Yellow-throated Vireos were found as well as three sleeping campers (illegal there, as was their fire). I left them alone since I was birding alone. Near the start of the road a Cerulean responded to spishing (they so seldom do to mine) and gave me wonderful looks. Turkeys were calling but not seen. The fields at the No. KY. Aggragates on Ky.20 have been mowed or plowed but I still found some Bobwhites and a Mocker. Aurora Ferry Rd was very quite except for a Yellow-throated Vireo.

Date: April 29, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Mike Busam and the people on the Cincinnati Bird Club field trip

Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Malard, Blue-winded Teal, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Am. Coot, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Am. Woodcock, Morning Dove, Chimney Swift, Downy Woodpecker, N. Flicker, E. Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-wing Swallow, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Red-start, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Savanna Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Date: April 27, 2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary - Woodlot
Reporter: Jerry Byrd
Other Birders:

Highlights for the morning were a flock of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks high in the red oaks in the woodlot area and Scarlet Tanagers (2).

Also saw Swainson's thrushes, Wood Thrushes, Eastern Kingbirds (2), Catbirds, Parula Warblers, and a male Hairy woodpecker.

Date: 4/27/01
Location: East Fork State Park (primarily Blk 19 BBS)
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders: none

Highlights - 8 warbler species

Complete List: Barred Owl 1, American Crow 10+, Northern Cardinal 10+, Carolina Chickadee 5+, Blue Jay 3, Eastern Towhee 4, Brown-headed Cowbird 5+, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5+, American Goldfinch 10+, Chipping Sparrow 5+, Orchard Oriole 2, Eastern Bluebird 5+, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Eastern Kingbird 2, Song Sparrow 5+, Tree Swallow 5+, Brown Thrasher 1, Common Yellowthroat 5+, Blue-winged Warbler 3, Field Sparrow 5+, Indigo Bunting 1, Palm Warbler 2, Canada Goose 2, Common Grackle 5+, Prairie Warbler 3, White-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler 1, European Starling 5+, White-throated Sparrow 5+, Tufted Titmouse 5+, Mourning Dove 4, Red-winged Blackbird 4, Yellow Warbler 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Gray Catbird 1, Wood Thrush 2, Red-eyed Vireo 5, Downy Woodpecker 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2, Louisiana Waterthrush 1

Date: 4/27
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands and Oxford Road Ponds
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders: none

Highlights - 2 Semipalmated Plovers (initially dismissed as Killdeer until they approached within about 10 ft and the smaller size, lack of vocalization, and single collar band were noted), 1 Bobolink

Complete List: Blue-winged Teal 20+, Lesser Yellowlegs 10+, Mallard 5+, Semipalmated Plover 2, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 10+, American Pipit 2, Killdeer 10+, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Hooded Merganser 5, Barn Swallow 2, Tree Swallow 5+, American Crow 3, European Starling 5+, Carolina Chickadee 4, Red-winged Blackbird 20+, Mourning Dove 3, Field Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 2, Yellow-breasted Chat (heard only), Yellow Warbler 8, Brown-headed Cowbird 5, American Robin 2, Gray Catbird 1, Blue Jay 2, Brown Thrasher 3, Bobolink 1, Common Snipe 3, White-crowned Sparrow 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3+, Eastern Towhee 1, Northern Flicker 1

Date: 4/28
Location: Magrish Riverlands Preserve
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Charlie HOFFMAN

After a very productive bird walk at CNC (list to follow), we went to watch a red shoulder hawk's nest near Long Branch Farm. We watched two nestlings with an adult at the nest while a barred owl stopped nearby. We then stopped by Magrish, seeing a northern waterthrush, solitary sandpiper and a spotted sandpiper. As neither of us are up on wading birds, we were working diligently on the identification process when I stumbling into what I would call stink murk. As I sunk up to my knees and couldn't get out, Charlie, the faithful birder, continued to work on those wading birds, knowing I wasn't going anywhere real soon. Beware the cracked, dried looking surface by the wetlands.

Date: 04-28-01
Location: Shaker Trace Wetlands
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: Ada Habig

In addition to usual species:

Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Spotted Sandpiper, Henslow Sparrow, Bobolink, Least Bittern, Orchard Oriole, Solitary Sandpiper, Yellow Warbler.

Thanks Dave for telling me where to find the Bobolink. Also, thanks to Neil and Jason for positively IDing the sandpipers for me.

Date: 04/28/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Mike Kravitz
Other Birders:

Interesting sightings: black-and-white warbler, yellow-throated warbler, northern parula, yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler, orchard oriole (1st summer male), swainson's thrush, empidonax flycatcher, wood duck, eastern kingbird

Date: 04-27-01
Location: Caesar Creek Park
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

Yellow Throated Warbler, Northern Oriole, Wood Thrush, Louisana Water Thrush, along with the usual.

Also saw a Red Shouldered Hawk on nest.

Date: 4/26/01
Location: mt. Airy
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Palm warbler, catbird, Northern Oriole and immature broadwing hawk.

Date: April 25, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest - Bowles Woods
Reporter: Jerry Byrd
Other Birders:

Highlights for the morning were several male Hooded Warblers, Swainson's Thrushes (4+ and very tame), Cerulean Warblers (3 singing males), Eastern Wood Pewees,Red-headed Woodpecker and many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Also, down in the valley at the creek saw American Redstarts, Yellow Warbler, Blue-Winged Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Green Heron, Killdeer, Tree Swallows, White-Throated Sparrows. At the high alluvial bank south of the bridge on West Rd., saw a colony of Bank Swallows (10+).

Date: 4/25/01
Location: Carolina Trace, Harrison Twp.
Reporter: Glenn Redmer
Other Birders: Barbara Redmer

Yesterday the 24th we had our first RT Hummingbird at our feeder for the year. It returned this morning so I guess they are back.

This morniong we also were surprised the see a first ever at our feeder. A RB Grosbeak stopped by for a short time.

Glenn

Date: 4/25/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Gray Catbird, swainson's thrush, yellow warbler, red eyed vireo, white eyed vireo and blue-headed vireo, wood thrush

Date: April 25, 2001
Location: Little Miami Floodplain (N of Beechmont Levee)
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

I flushed a Short-eared Owl this morning -- seems late. Also saw a Bank Swallow -- seems early.

Date: 4/25/2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Forty-five minutes in the woodlot before work turned up the following (migrants or new arrivals only):Warblers- Northern parula (4), black-throated green warbler (3), hooded warbler (2),nashville warbler,blue-winged warbler and ovenbird. Vireos - Blue-headed, white-eyed, red-eyed and warbling. Also wood thrush (2), my first for the year.

Date: 4-24
Location: miami whitewater wetlands
Reporter: morris sandvig
Other Birders: noah sandvig

The usuals suspects plus thrasher, yellowthroat, blue-winged warbler. Ticks out in force.

Date: April 22-24
Location: Ault Park (plus Little Miami Floodplain)
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

The trees have been dripping with migrant songbirds! Here is an at-a-glance summary of recent sightings from Ault Park plus an April 22 excursion along the Little Miami Floodplain north of the Beechmont Levee:

4/24 4/23 4/22 LMF
E. Kingbird x
G-c Flycatcher x
House Wren x
Winter Wren x x
R-c Kinglet x x x x
Gray Catbird x
Brown Thrasher x x
W-eyed Vireo x x
Y-t Vireo x
Warbling Vireo x x x
R-eyed Vireo x x x
Blue-w Warbler x x x
O-c Warbler x
Nash. Warbler x x x
N. Parula x x x
Yellow Warbler x x
Myrtle Warbler x x x x
B-t-g Warbler x x x
Prairie Warbler x
Palm Warbler x x
B&W Warbler x
Protho. Warbler x
Worm-e Warbler x
Ovenbird x x x
L. Waterthrush x x x
Kent. Warbler x
C. Yellowthroat x x
Hooded Warbler x x
Y-b Chat x
Scarlet Tanager x x
R-b Grosbeak x
Indigo Bunting x

In addition to the songbirds listed above, the floodplain held 8 species of shorebirds (Killdeer, G. Yellowlegs, L. Yellowlegs, Solitary, Spotted, Least, and Pectoral Sandpipers, and 16+ Common Snipe) and 9 species of sparrows (American Tree, Chipping, Field, Vesper, Savannah, Song, Swamp, White-throated and White-crowned).

Date: April 24,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

One male Bobolink,singing. Seen from farm road near marsh.

Date: 4/24/01
Location: Anderson Township backyard
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

On Sunday 4/23 I had excellent views of Myrtle Warblers (male and female) and a Black Throated Green Warbler. This morning I saw a Blue Winged Warbler (singing).

Date: April 23, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods/Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz and Jim Hickey

Amazing number of birds and bird species arrived between Sat AM and Mon AM. The Miami ornithology class went to Crane Creek this weekend and on the way out early Sat stopped by Hueston Woods. It was very slow. This morning we wanted to make a quick check on our way in and the 30 min turned into three hours-highlights included the first of the year B. Orioles (8+); E. Kingbird (1); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); YB Chats (3+); Prothonatory/Yellow/C. Yellowthroat/ Blue-winged/Prairie Warblers; Green Heron (also seen Sat). Great Egret still was in the marsh.
A quick note from the weekend-Maumie SP Sat and Ottawa Refuge Sun AM had huge numbers of moving raptors. Hundreds of Broadwings, Sharpies and over 30 Osprey were observed. There was a few of several other species, however, the sheer number of these three species was amazing.

Date: 4/23/01 pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Could have been alot more there but who would know with the wind. White-eyed vireo, blue headed vireo, Northern parula, indigo bunting, wood hrush, scarlet tanager and heard nashville warbler.

Date: April 22, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

highlights: 10 blue-winged teal, 2 coot, 3 greater yellowlegs, 12 lesser yellowlegs, 6 solitary sandpipers, 2 pectoral sandpipers, 1 spotted, 1 snipe, 4 killdeer. Warblers: 1 Blue-winged, 1 northern parula, 2 yellow, 2+ yellow-rumped, 1 cerulean, 1 black-and-white, 1 prothonotary, 1 hooded. 10+ white-throated sparrows, 2 towhee, 1 white-crowned, 10+ cowbirds, both orioles.

There are decent, though small, mudflats at Gilmore in West Pond and a larger area along the edges of the retention basin behind Hamilton Fixture, on Symmes Road east of Gilmore. The shorebirds seem to move back and forth between the two spots. The great horned owl nest near Hamilton Fixture that was active since 1999 was destroyed (by wind, maybe) sometime last week. There was one young owl that's been around approximately 4 weeks in the nest tree Saturday, but it wasn't around Sunday.

Date: April, 22, 2001, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland and Oxford Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: met hank Armstrong, Neill Cade, and Paul Wharton as they were leaving

Turkey Vulture 1, Canada Goose 10, Mallard 4, Blue-winged Teal 50, Green-winged Teal 2 (m), Hooded Merganser 3, N. Bobwhite 3, Killdeer 6, Semipalmated Plover 3, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 16, Solitary Sandpiper 4, Pectoral Sandpiper 50, Common Snipe 25, Sora 3, Virginia Rail 1,

Other highlights:

E. Phoebe 1, E. Kingbird 1, possible Great-crested Flycatcher 1 flying overhead, Warbling Vireo 3, Horned Lark 5, displaying, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, House Wren 3, Eastern Bluebird 6, N. Mockingbird 3, Brown Thrasher 4, Am. Pipit 5, Yellow Warbler 7, Prairie Warbler 1, Palm Warbler 1, singing, Indigo Bunting 1 singing in flight overhead, Chipping Sparrow 6, Field Sparrow 20, Savannah Sparrow 20, Grasshopper Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 30, Swamp Sparrow 15, White-throated Sparrow 1, White-crowned Sparrow 1, E. Meaqdowlark 4, Red-winged Blackbird 30, Brown-headed Cowbird 10, Am. Goldfinch 6

Arrived late so bird activity was rather low. The Semipalmated Plovers were on the eastern mudflat in the main wetland. Looked like they just arrived. A local killdeer was trying to chase them off. Lesser Yellowlegs were confirmed by flight call. There were some rather long billed (for Lesser Yellowlegs) individuals, which were confirmed as Lessers by call. There is a bill size difference in Lesser Yellowlegs that approaches overlap with Greater. Note: Heard that Hank, Neill and Paul may have had more Greater's than Lesser's. Am anxiously awaiting to see their report. In the past few weeks the Green-winged Teal were paired. The unpaired males may mean that the females are on nest. This deserves watching.

Date: 4/22/01
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Birding was incredible. I'll only hit the highlights. Henslows (at least 12 singers)in the fields east of the north entrance road and also south of the refuge office. A Yellow-crowned Night Heron was in the swamp behind the visitors bldg and a Sora in the north end of Endicott Marsh. 14 Warbler Sp.
great!

Date: 4/22/01
Location: Keehner Park, West Chester, OH
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: Jackson and Will Reeves

Took my two boys for a picnic at the park this PM. Birding was incredibly slow with very few migrants of any description heard or seen. On the way out of the parking lot, however, a female merlin zipped overhead. We watched as she accelerated over the ridge and out of sight. Not a warbler fallout but impressive nonetheless.

Date: 4/22/2001
Location: East Fork Lake
Reporter: Wanda Apgar
Other Birders: Ronald Apgar

4 American Avocets. Sighted near the boat ramp for the camp ground. Birds were flying low over the water within 50 feet of where we were standing on shore.

Date: 4/22/2001 0730-1130
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders: none

Highlights - 2 lifers (American Bittern and Sora), Osprey with its breakfast

Overall List: American Kestrel 1, Carolina Chickadee 10+, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 15+, Downy Woodpecker 3, Blue-winged Warbler 1, Northern Cardinal 10+, Red-winged Blackbird 20+, Brown-headed Cowbird 10+, Song Sparrow 10+, Swamp Sparrow 5+, American Crow 2, American Coot 11, American Bittern 1, Tree Swallow 20+, Wood Duck 8, Sora 5 (1 seen, 4 heard), Blue-winged Teal 4, Canada Goose 5+, Great Blue Heron 1, American Robin 5+, Baltimore Oriole 1, Common Grackle 3, White-crowned Sparrow 2, Carolina Wren 1, Eastern Bluebird 2, Green Heron 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Northern Flicker 3, Blue Jay 2, Yellow-throated Vireo 2 (1 seen, 1 heard), Osprey 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 1 (heard), Palm Warbler 1, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-throated Sparrow 5+, Eastern Towhee 2, Northern Parula 1+ (heard only), American Goldfinch 10+, House Finch 2, Turkey Vulture 4, Brown Thrasher 1, House Wren 2, White-eyed Vireo 2, Mallard 2, Eastern Kingbird 2, European Starling 5+, Belted Kingfisher 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Empidonax 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Killdeer 1

Date: 4/22/01
Location: Burnet Woods Park - Clifton
Reporter: Dan Marsh
Other Birders: None

Highlight of the morning was two male hooded warblers; high diversity of other warblers, including ovenbird (1st of year for me). Also, red-eyed, warbling and white-eyed vireos. Northern oriole, hermit thrush, barred owl, gadwall... You name it, this place has got it. Urban birding at its best!

Date: 4/22/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Brown thrasher, baltimore orioles, blue headed vireos, blue winged and black throated green warblers.

Date: 04/21/01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center (addendum)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: 5 other observers on bird walk

Oops! We were so intent on watching the Great Horned Owl nest that I forgot to report the 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes that were fussing behind us along Avey's Run.

Date: 04/21/01
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

After the CNC bird walk, I drove out to the wetlands. By this time the sun had come out, but then the winds really picked up. At one point I was standing in the path of a 30+ mph southerly wind gust. Nevertheless, I was able to find a few good birds: a dowitcher in still primarily basic plumage but going thru early stages of moult was seen from about 50 yds. The winds were gusting very strong, causing my scope to shake and I was unable to ID this dowitcher to species. However, markings I was able to discern were vertical barring on the flanks, going almost to the undertail coverts, and a white eyestripe. With the shaking scope, I was unable to get a good look at the tertials. This bird had an extremely long bill, but bill length cannot be used to separate long-billed from short-billed. Other shorebirds included 25 lesser and 2 greater yellowlegs, killdeer and 1 single, isolated, lone Solitary Sandpiper. Waterfowl, besides the usual mallards and c. geese, included 10+ shovelers, 6 gadwall, 20+ blue-winged teal, 2 green-winged teal and 4 wood ducks. Swallows were 15+ tree, 1 N. rough-winged, two unID which could have been Bank, and Purple Martin. The raptor/icterid highlight was an adult male Cooper's Hawk carrying an adult male Red-winged Blackbird in his talons! Songbird migrants included: Eastern Kingbird (2), Warbling Vireo (1-HO), House Wren (1-HO), Brown Thrasher (2), Yellow Warbler (2), Common Yellowthroat (1-HO), Swamp Sparrow (1), and Fox Sparrow (1). Bowle's Woods only turned up 1 gnatcatcher and a Yellow-throated Vireo (HO) in 10 minutes (I was listening for Hooded Warblers, no luck).
The weather conditions and time of day made for a low yield on songbirds. I believe many were hunkered down to stay out of the winds.

Date: 04/21/01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: 5 others on a bird walk

I led a bird walk from 8 am to 11 am. Overcast skies provided for less than desirable viewing conditions. Thus, small birds in the treetops were difficult to see and identify. Highlights of the walk included the Great Horned Owl nest with one nestling/near fledgling sitting on top of the stub, and one nestling still in the hollow. The adult female (a darker individual than what I am used to seeing) landed a few feet away from the nest in a nearby beech and attempted to coax the youngster to fly. The youngster only stretched its wings and remained in position throughout the entire observation. Other nests found were a FLICKER nest in a large beech along the wildflower steps and, after the bird walk, I found a BARN SWALLOW nest in the log cabin in the middle of the crop fields. Migrant birds included: Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Black-th. Green (3), Blackburnian (1 - HO), Cerulean (2), Yellow-rumped (20+) and Parula Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (6+), Scarlet Tanager (1- HO), White-eyed Vireo (1-HO), and Chimney Swift (2). White-throated Sparrows are still lingering in fair numbers (20+).

Date: 4/21/01 0730-0900
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery- Cincinnati
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: none

My first individuals for the year- Blue-headed vireo (1), Wood Thrush (4), Hermit Thrush (1), Black-throated Green Warblers (several), House Wren (1).
Myrtle Warblers were very common, as well as Yellow-throated Warblers. Red or Black oaks (mature) were the best trees to find the warblers, they appeared to be feeding on caterpillars.

Date: April 19
Location: Aurora, In. near Lesko Park
Reporter: Velda Miller
Other Birders:

3 male purple martins investigating a nesting box

Date: April 20, 2001
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Meghan Walker

A walk in the rain turned up a few migrants this morning:

2 Hermit Thrushes
1 Blue-headed Vireo
1 White-eyed Vireo
5+ Yellow-rumped Warblers
3 Black-throated Green Warblers
2 Ovenbirds
1 Louisiana Waterthrush

Late report:
1 Yellow-throated Vireo (4/15)

Date: April 20, 2001
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders: Meghan Walker

5+ Yellow-rumped Warblers
3 Black-throated Green Warblers

Date: April 21, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Tim Tolford, Sharon Pawlowski, Wayne Wauligman, et. al.

Tim and Sharon were banding today and here are the highlights:

worm-eating warbler, Cooper's hawk, common yellowthroat, yellow warbler, catbird, thrasher.

Other birds heard or seen on Wayne's herps trip: towhee, warbling vireo, yellow-rumped warbler, house wren, blue-winged teal, wood duck, flicker.

The worm-eating warbler was caught in the 1 acre property along Symmes Road, next to the old Symmes road parking area. This property is to be developed, so to speak, this year.

Date: April 20, 2001
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Two Louisiana Waterthrush in the creek on the loop trail.

Date: April 19-20, 2001
Location: Devou Park in and around Rotary Grove, partial list
Reporter:
Other Birders: Alone

3+ Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Blue-winged Warbler
1 Ovenbird
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
2+ Palm Warbler
3+ Yellow-rumped Warbler

Lots of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets

Wood and Hermit Thrush
+ Several other unidentified Thrushes
(4 flew off from beneath the large Beech Trees in the grove I found the above Hermit and a possible Swainson's )

Eastern Bluebird pair(nesting in box on third hole?)

White-eyed Vireo

Juncos

Song, White-throated, Chipping and Field Sparrows

Hairy, Downy, Red-bellied Woodpeckers
N. Flicker
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker-M,F

1 Accipter

1 Turkey Vulture

Date: April 19, 2001
Location: Terrace Park
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

Great day for birding, even through the window. Within the past half-hour first sighting of Ruby-throated Hummingbird at feeder, and at the same time Yellow-throated and Magnolia warblers were investigating the sunflower seed!

Date: 4/19/01 @ 3:10
Location: Wooster Pike and Wrenwood Ln.
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

As I was driving down Wooster Pike today, I spotted an Osprey perched in a tree on the side of the road. I was surprised to see it there, when I wasn't even birding. It sat for about a minute, stretching out its wings periodically, and then flew off towards the Little Miami.

Date: 4/19/01
Location: East Frok State Park
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

While doing my breeding bird survey at the park I spotted a Scarlet Tanager. The first of the year for me.

Date: 4/14/01
Location: Aurora,Indiana
Reporter: sally branham
Other Birders: bill branham

saw a sora rail wandering around the garden center at walmart! guess he thought it looked like a wetland?

Date: 16 April 2001
Location: Southern Campbell County
Reporter: Tom Rambo
Other Birders:

I have heard both black-throated blue warblems and black-throated green warblers. I have also seen eastern meadowlarks and brown thrashers already. Turkeys are gobbling up and down our creek every morning and evening. Great fun!

Date: April 16, 2001
Location: Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz and Jim Hickey

A quick trip to Hueston Woods this morning turned up no Laughing Gull, however, two BCNightHerons were seen on the island at the north end of the lake and a breeding plumage Cattle Egret was at the swimming beach.

Date: April 9, 2001
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods
Reporter: Wanda Apgar
Other Birders:

A hummingbird buzzed by the window at the Rowe Building about 5 p.m. With only a glimpse, it was difficult to determine whether male or female.

Date: 14 April 2001
Location: College Hill & Mt Airy
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

New arrivals (on my little patch) included Nashville, Black&White Warblers and a Wood Thrush. Other warblers were L. Watertrush, YellowThtd, Prairie, and N. Parula.

Date: 4/14/01
Location: Oxbow/Shawnee Lookout.
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: participants of Oxbow field trip

With the river being up I was not optimistic but we did pretty good. We found Pectoral, Solitary, and Spotted Sandpipers, Wood Ducks, Blue-wing Teal, & Mallards, a Cooper's Hawk, Red-tail and Osprey carrying prey, a mature Black-crowned Night Heron as well as various to-be-expected passerines. A few of our people had to drop out but 6 of us went on to Shawnee where we found several Yellow-throated Warblers (several heard, 1 seen)and the same with No. Parulas. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were everywhere. I was hoping for Thrushes with no luck.

Date: April 15, 2001
Location: East Fork State Park BBS Block 13
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Great Blue Heron 1, Canada Goose 18, Wood Duck 4, Malard 5, Osprey 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Wild Turkey 5, Mourning Dove 12, Red-bellied Woodpecker 13, Downy Woodpecker 9, Hairy Woodpecker 3, N. Flicker 5, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Phoebe 7, Tree Swallow 3, N Rough-winged Swallow 1, Blue Jay 26, Am Crow 8, Carolina Chickadee 28, Tufted Titmouse 25, White-breasted Nuthatch 5, Carolina Wren 16, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher 3, E Bluebird 1, Hermit Thrush 3, American Robin 3, Eu. Starling 4, White-eyed Vireo 6, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Blue-winged Warbler 3, Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Nashville Warbler 1, N. Parula 2, Yellow-rumped Warber 4, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Prairie Warbler 2, Louisiana Waterthrush 3, N. Cardinal 63, E. Towhee 30, Field Sparrow 8, Song Sparrow 16, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Common Grackle 7, Brown-headed Cowbird 33, House Finch 4, Am. Goldfinch 31

Date: 4/15/2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Pretty similar to recent reports. No golden plovers today. The stilt sandpiper was present at the main wetlands feeding among several lesser yellowlegs.

Other notable sightings included a sora near the observation blind and my first eastern kingbird of the year. Several grasshopper sparrows were singing in the shortgrass area (no Henslow's heard or seen.)

Date: 4-15-2001
Location: Road side park, feeder canal, Pt. Jefferson
Reporter: Tony Smith
Other Birders: None

We have a pair of Great Egrets (White Egret, Great White Egret) here, apparently nesting. We seldom see them here. Can easily see them while driving by on St. Rt. 47.

Date: 4-15-01
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

A Nashville Warbler (NAWA) was observed at Shawnee this morning.

Date: 4/14/2001 7:30-11:30 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Highlights: Shorebirds at Oxford Rd. pond, including a dozen Golden Plovers and a Stilt Sandpiper. The wetlands held a Least Bittern, Vesper, Grasshopper, and Henslow's Sparrow (the latter two were singing).

Least Bittern 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 3, Canada Goose 12, Mute Swan 2, Wood Duck 2, Gadwall 2, Mallard 2, Blue-winged Teal 60, Green-winged Teal 12, Hooded Merganser 2, Northern Bobwhite 9, American Coot 2, American Golden-Plover 12, Killdeer 9, Greater Yellowlegs 8, Lesser Yellowlegs 20, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Least Sandpiper 6, Pectoral Sandpiper 40, Stilt Sandpiper 1, Common Snipe 15, Rock Dove 3, Mourning Dove 10, Chimney Swift 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Phoebe 1, Warbling Vireo 2, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 7, Horned Lark 12, Purple Martin 4, Tree Swallow 40, Barn Swallow 8, Carolina Chickadee 5, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 2, Blue- gray Gnatcatcher 1, 8, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 35, Northern Mockingbird 4, Brown Thrasher 5, European Starling 50, American Pipit 25, Northern Parula 1, Yellow Warbler 8, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Yellow-throated Warbler 2, Pine Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 1, Chipping Sparrow 5, Field Sparrow 60, Vesper Sparrow 2, Savannah Sparrow 18, Grasshopper Sparrow 2, Henslow's Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 50, Swamp Sparrow 12, White-throated Sparrow 6, White-crowned Sparrow 5, Northern Cardinal 20, Indigo Bunting 2, Red-winged Blackbird 240, Eastern Meadowlark 30, Common Grackle 100, Brown-headed Cowbird 20, House Finch 10, American Goldfinch 30, House Sparrow 5.

Date: 4/13/01
Location: Triple Creek Park
Reporter: Carol Mundy
Other Birders:

1 common loon on the fishing pond at
Triple Creek Park (one of the Hamilton
County Park District parks) A ranger
reported to me that the loon had been on the pond since 4/9. You hardly need binoculars to see him! Park is located at Pippin Rd and Buell Road

Date: April 13, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods/Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Miami Ornithology class

Laughing Gull was on the swimming beach this AM along with a few RB Gulls. While watching the gull a Forster's Tern still in basic plumage was seen working its way along the shoreline. Our first Osprey at Acton this year soared over just about the same time. Jeff Hays provided the highlight of the morning climbing about 60 feet up in a sycamore tree to band two GH Owl chicks now apparently about 5 to 5.5 weeks old. The fresh remains (legs and pelvis only) of a coot were in the nest with the youngsters.

Date: 4/12/01
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Not much going on at the wetlands proper this evening so I drove up Oxford road to scope the "new" wetland area. A couple hundred shorebirds were congregated on the mudflat at the north end - best of the bunch was a single stilt sandpiper in basic plumage. Good numbers of more common species were also present - greater yellowlegs (35), lesser yellowlegs (60), pectoral sandpiper (120), killdeer (30)and common snipe (15). My first soliary and spotted sandpipers (both singles) were also present. As an added bonus, a flock of 15-20 American pipits was seen in the field just yards north of the mudflat.

Date: April 12, 2001
Location: Oxbow (plus Miami Whitewater)
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

A thorough search of the Oxbow this morning yielded a nice variety of birds, despite gale-force winds. Waterfowl included Wood Duck, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, B-w Teal, G-w Teal, Northern Shoveler, Canada Goose, and countless American Coots. Shorebirds were few: Lesser Yellowlegs 4, Killdeer 2, a Common Snipe, and a solitary Solitary Sandpiper. Raptors were plentiful: alot of Turkey Vultures, Black Vulture 4, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Osprey 1, American Kestrel 1, and Peregrine Falcon 1 (along the Ohio River at the I-275 Bridge). Wading birds included B-c Night-Heron 3 and Great Blue Heron 2."Dicky birds" were all over: Tree Swallow 20+, N. Rough-winged Swallow 5, Purple Martin 2, Warbling Vireo 4+, Yellow-rumped Warbler 10+, Prothonotary Warbler 2, Prairie Warbler 1, and Orange-crowned Warbler 1.
A brief mid-day visit to the Miami Whitewater Wetlands turned up a young male Cooper's Hawk, both species of Teal, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Yellow Warbler 2, and a Brown Thrasher. Also, a Yellow-throated Warbler was singing at the West Avenue entrance to the park.

Date: April 11, 2001
Location: Ault Park
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

Another wonderful morning of spring birding turned up another round number of species. Of the 50 I found in the park, the most notable are Blue-winged, Black-throated Green, Pine, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Chipping and Field Sparrows, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown Thrasher, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, 6 species of woodpeckers (3 Y-b Sapsuckers!), a silent Barred Owl, and 3 fly-over Great Blue Herons.

Date: 4-7-01
Location: OH,Hamilton,Miami Whitewater Wetlands Area
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Neill Cade

Sorry for this late posting. My dad and I took a quick evening stroll at the wetlands area to see if we could pick up a few birds. That we did. There wasn't to much going on that night, but we still did get a few good birds. The list is as follows: 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 25 Canada Geese, 8 Wood Ducks, 30 Green-winged Teal, 4 Mallards, 55 Blue-winged Teal, 6 Northern Shovelers, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 3 Turkey Vultures, 1 Northern Harrier, 12 American Coot, 5 Common Snipe, 6 Killdeer, 20 Rock Doves, 15 Mourning Doves, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 2 Blue Jays, 25 American Crows, 35 American Robins, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 15 European Starlings, 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 50+ Tree Swallows, 5 Barn Swallows, 15 Carolina Chickadees, 5 Tufted Titmice, 15 Horned Larks, 15 House Sparrows, 12 American Goldfinches, 2 House Finches, 20 Song Sparrows, 3 Swamp Sparrows, 5 White-crowned Spparows, 25 White-throated Spparows, 15 Savannah Sparrows, 12 Field Sparrows, 2 VESPER SPARROWS(they were again seen in the same field that the Savannah Sparrows are always found in), 20 Northern Cardinals, 350+ Red-winged Blackbirds, 5 Eastern Meadowlarks, 5 Common Grackles, 20 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Date: 4/11/2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Took a quick stroll through the woodlot after work today - windy and sticky conditions limited songbird activity,though. Best bird of the evening was a black-throated green warbler, singing half-heartedly from a low branch. Other warblers included yellow-rumped, yellow-throated and pine.

Other birds of note were a red-breasted nuthatch, an eastern phoebe, several hermit thrushes and chipping and field sparrows. Also saw a Cooper's hawk reduce the tufted titmouse population by one.

Date: April 11, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Correction: below name should be Mark Stephens, not Sears. My apologies!

Date: April 11, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Lester Peyton, Mark Sears, Tim Tolford

highlights: 1 American bittern perched alternately in the cattails and in the willows in south pond; 1 orange-crowned warbler also along south pond. We snapped a picture of the bittern through a scope, and should have the photo at www.gilmore.pond.org fairly soon.

Date: 4-11-01
Location: OH,Hamilton,Cincinnati,2791 Morningridge Dr.
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my mom

My mom and I listened to a Whip-poor-will calling in our backyard for well over 15 minutes before it finally stopped.

Date: 4-10-01
Location: OH,Hamilton,Cincinnati,Mt. Airy Arboretum
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Another beutiful day and a pretty good one for birding. My grandfather and grandmother, my brother, and my mom all were out looking at wildflowers, while I was scavenging for birds. There were a couple of highlights, including: 1 Gray Catbird, and 1 NORTHEN PARULA(vocalizing). The following is a list of the rest of the birds I managed to scrounge up: 4 Mallards, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 15 Rock Doves, 6 Mourning Doves, 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers(a pair excavating a nest hole), 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flickers, 5 Blue Jays, 20 American Crows, 3 Eastern Bluebirds, 20+ American Robins, 20 European Starlings, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet(an absolutetly gorgeous crown on this bird), 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 12 Carolina Chickadees, 8+ Tufted Titmice(also looked lika a pair was making a nest), 20 House Spparows, 5 American Golfinches, 3 House Finches, 55+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 5 Song Sparrows, 25 White-throated Sparrows, 5 Dark-eyed Juncos, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 2 Eastern Towhees, 25 Northern Cardinals, 25+ Common Grackles, 3 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Date: 4/11/2001
Location: Milford Technecenter
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Cerulean Warbler in woods by office.

Date: April 10, 2001
Location: Little Miami R. north of Beechmont Levee
Reporter: Dave Hedeen
Other Birders:

I had a wonderful morning of birding along the Little Miami River, finding 60 species on foot. Notable sightings include: D-C Cormorants 30+, Blue-wiunged Teal 6, Wood Duck 8, Common Snipe 3, American Woodcock 1, Osprey 1, Red-tailed Hawk 7, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, Turkey Vulture 20+, Chimney Swift 20+, Barn Swallow 3, Tree Swallow 8, N. Rough-winged Swallow 10+, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Hermit Thrush 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2, Common Yellowthroat 2, and Horned Lark 4. However, it was the 8 species of sparrows that stole the show: White-crowned 80+, Song 50+, Savannah 30+, Vesper 12, Swamp 10, Field 7, White-throated 4, and Chipping 1.

Date: 4-10-01
Location: Shawnee Lookout and MWF
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

Wood Thrush were singing at dusk at Shawnee Lookout.

Blue-winged Warbler and House Wren at Miami Whitewater this morning.

Date: April 10, 2001
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Suzanne Clingman
Other Birders:

Today we had an Orchard Orilole and Indigo bunting. Over the weekend sightings included Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Osprey, Double-crested Cormorants, Red Breasted Mergansers.

Date: Apr.10,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Double-Crested Cormorant seen from viewing platform and a White-eyed Vireo from bike trail.

Date: Apr.10,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Double-Crested Cormorant from viewing platform and a White-eyed Vireo from bike trail

Date: 4/10/01
Location: House, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 o+ Rose-breasted Grosbeak was feeding at my thistle feeder this morning.

Date: April 9, 2001
Location: Acton Lake (Preble Co)
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Casey Tucker

A quick visit failed to turn up the Laughing Gull this afternoon, however three Caspian Terns were present at the north end of the lake.

Date: April 8, 2001
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm Williamsburg Oh.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

A few highlights: Brown Thrasher, Vesper Sparrow, Common Snipe 8, Eastern Bluebird building in one of Pauls nest boxes

Date: April 8, 2001
Location: East Fork State Park BBS block 13
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Canada Geese 6 (1 on nest), Wood Duck 8, Malard 4, Common Mergancer 1, Turkey Vulture 3, Sharp-shinned Hawk 3, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Wild Turkey 2, Killdeer 4, Lesser Yellowleggs 1, Mourning Dove 8, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 6, Downy Woodpecker 9, Hairy Woodpecker 2, N. Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Tree Swallow 3, Eastern Phoebe 3 (two new nests), Blue Jay 14, A. Crow 7, Carolina Chickadee 24, Tufted Titmouse 16, White-breasted Nuthatch 6, Carolina Wren 13, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher 5, Eastern Bluebird 2, Hermit Thrush 1, European Starling 2,
Louisiana Waterthrush 1, N. Cardnal 48, E. Towhee 33, Field Sparrow 16, Song Sparrow 7, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 13, Red-winged Blackbird 3, C. Grackle 6, Brown-headed Cowbird 45, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 8
In addition to the arrival of Gnatcatchers and a Louisiana Waterthrush a dramatic increase in the numbers of Brown-headed Cowbirds was noted this week.

Date: April 7, 2001
Location: Williamsburg, Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

4 Sandhill Cranes

Date: April 7, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland ADDITION
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Bobolink several overflight calling

Date: April 7, 2001, 9:15-9:30 am
Location: Wes end of Ronald Regan Highway, near Colrain High School
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Broadwing Hawk 4, forming a "kettle" spiraling upward. Started with 1, then 2 and finally 4. Apparently, migrating.

Date: April 8, 2001
Location: Miamitownship (Miamiview Road)
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

While carrying rocks out of the creek by my house, I notices two birds near the riffles bobbing their tails. Having heard there have been Louisiana Waterthrush spotted this spring, I thought that's what they might be. Fortunately I went to the car to get my binoculars. I had to get my book out to confirm this but the dark yellow and dark streaks on the underside seems to indicate these birds were Northern Waterthrush, not Louisiana.

Date: April 7, 2001
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none present

While at Cowan 4-7-01 I saw an osprey flying over Austin Island toward the east end of the lake. Have observed osprey at Cowan the past few years, seeing a pair of them 2 summers ago.

Date: 04/08/01
Location: Miami Whitewater (Bowle's woods and vicinity)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

Highlights today, on a leisurly stroll, revealed: 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and 1 Yellow-throated Warbler. Also found a Red-belly nest.

Date: April 8, 2001
Location: Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

Jim Hickey called with a Laughing Gull at the upper (marsh end) of Acton Lake this morning. The gull was still sitting on a post at about 5:00 this afternoon. Despite the hordes of people on and around the lake, in addition to the Laughing Gull, there were 7+ C.Loons, 25+ RB Mergansers, Hooded Mergs (5), 350+ RB Gulls, 35 Bonaparts Gull (all with black hoods now) hundreds of coots, few Bufflehead, BW Teal, mallards, Wood Ducks (up in Beech trees in forest). The first BG Gnatcatchers of year.

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: none

To add to Jay's report from Saturday: I had one Dowitcher sp. in the wetlands. By date, it would almost have to be Long-billed; but my light was poor enough that I couldn't call it for sure. Also, three American Black Ducks. Finally, at the upper end of the golf course lake there were two Mute Swans.

Date: 4/7/01 0900-1400
Location: Paint Creek Lake and Pike Lake- near Hillsboro, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Our main intent was fishing but noted the following while catching very few fish: Paint Creek- Rough-winged swallows at the spillway cliff area, Yellow-throated warblers, one likely Parula warbler. Pike Lake- Broad winged hawks (2), Pine and Yellow-throated Warblers.

Date: April 8, 2001; 7:00 - 10:00 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, & new Wetland on Oxford Road N. of Baughman Rd.
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Highlights: Cattle Egret 1, on sandbar at north end of water. Unusual here. Seen from observation booth, viewed with telescope at 20 - 60X. Small white egret with orange yellow bill, orange buff feathers on crown/crest, yellow legs. The body length, not including legs, was somewhat longer than that of Blue-wined and Green-winged Teal swimming nearby. Disappeared within 10 minutes of sighting. Probably migrant, stopping over to rest last evening. Some nest up at Lake Erie.

Upland Sandpiper 1, overflight by call over farmroad.

Canada Goose 15, Wood Duck 15, Mallard a few, Blue-winged Teal 40, N. Shoveler 10, Green-winged Teal 25, Hooded Merganser 3, f (investigating wood duck boxes), Am. Coot 5, Killdeer 3, Gr. Yellowlegs 5, Lesser Yellowlegs 4, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 4, Common Snipe 20, Mourning Dove 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, N. Flicker 1, Horned Lark 4, Am. Pipit 1, Tree Swallow 20, Barn Swallow 1, N. Rough-winged Swallow 1, Carolina Chickadee 4, Carolina Wren 2, E. Bluebird 5, Am. Robin 20, Brown Thrasher 6 (singing, very vocal), E. Towhee 2, Field Sparrow many, Savannah Sparrow 30, Song Sparrow 25, Swamp Sparrow 20, White-crowned Sparrow 20 White-throated Sparrow 1, N. Cardinal 15, Red-winged Blackbird 30, Brown-headed Cowbird 15, Eastern Meadowlark 6

Tree Swallow carry nest material. Not loosing any time! Hooded Mergnaser might breed here again this year. They are known to lay eggs in an already occupied Wood Duck nest.

Date: April 7, 2001, 9:45 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Highlight: Eastern Kingbird 1, early, (Hope Road west of north entrance to park)

Other birds: Black Vulture 1 (corner of Hope and New Haven Rds), Canada Goose 10, Mallard 5, Blue-winged Teal 75, No. Shoveler 12, Green-winged Teal 60, Am. Coot 4, Gr. Yellowlegs 1 (by "whee-oodle" (repeated) yodeling song*), Lesser Yellowlegs 10 Pectoral Sandpiper 3, Common Snipe 8, N. Flicker 1, E. Phoebe 1, Horned Lark 2 (singing), Tree Swallow 10, Barn Swallow 2, Am Robin 15, Brown Thrasher 2 (singing), N. Mockingbird 2, E. Towhee 1, Field Sparrow 15 (singing everywhere!), Savannah Sparrow 20 (farm road an short grass field south of farm road), Song Sparrow 10, Swamp Sparrow 6, Red-winged Blackbird 25

Late arrival and windy conditions reduced the numbers of birds.

*This song of the Greater yellowlegs is described in only a few field guides that I know of. It is a spring song, not to be confused with the ringing descending three-noted call. It is described in Field Guide to Birds of Texas, R. T. Peterson, Master Guide to Birding, Audubon Soc., Guide to Birds of Alaska, R. H. Armstrong

Date: April 8, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

1 prothonotary warbler near the South Pond viewing platform--we had nice long looks through the scope. There was some olive in the crown, but otherwise very bright yellow in the head, face, and underneath. A first spring male, maybe? 1 yellow-rumped warbler, 2 gnatcatcher, 3 great horned owls (1 adult, 2 nestlings), 1 cooper's hawk, 1 red-tailed hawk, 3 coot, 14 blue-winged teal, 1 green-winged teal, 5 rusty blackbirds, 6 swamp sparrows, and a few were singing. 3+ towhee, 1 thrasher. Yesterday on a field trip there were 5 pectoral sandpipers, a snipe, 4 killdeer and a yellowlegs (sp?) in west pond. Today that water and mud is mostly dry.

Date: 4-7-01
Location: Shawnee Lookout, Hamilton Co., OH and the E-Town Bridge
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: a fellow Cincinnati Bird Club member but I can't remember his name

My mom and I are now Hamilton County Park Volunteers and were taking part in a bus tour of all the major parks today. I had a little time after we ate lunch at Shawnee Lookout to look around a bit. Boy, am I glad I did, because I saw the following birds:
5 Canada Geese, 2 Mallards, 1 Black Vulture, 14 Turkey Vultures, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 15 Rock Doves, 20 Mourning Doves, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Blue Jays, 25 American Crows, 1 BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 35 American Robins, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 15 Carolina Chickadees, 2 Tufted Titmice, 12 House Sparrows, 3 American Pipits!, 5 American Goldfinches, 1 House Finch, 15 Northern Cardinals, 2 INDIGO BUNTINGS, 5 Song Sparrows, 2 White throated Sparrows, 8 Chipping Sparrows, 2 Field Sparrows, 1 Eastern Meadowlark, 15 Common Grackles, and 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds.

It was like a small warbler wave came through Shawnee Lookout right then! I saw the Warbling and Blue-headed Vireo along with the Gnatcatcher at the picnic shelter right before you get to the old 1800's village. I just walked along the back end and they were all in that grove of trees. So, if you want to give it a try, I would suggest heading out here. Who knows you might just hit the jackpot!

Date: 4-5-01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

What a GORGEOUS day! All of the birds were singing their spring songs even though it was the middle of the afternoon. This proved to be a pretty eventful stop as I decided to look for some birds while my brother and my mom were botanizing. The following is the list of birds I saw: 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Mute Swan, 80+ Canada Geese, 2 Wood Ducks, 70 Mallards, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Kestrel, 2 Killdeer, 2 Ring-billed Gulls, 40 Rock Doves, 20+ Mourning Doves, 1 Great-horned Owl, which according to my dad wasn't seen by him for 6 months, 1 CHIMNEY SWIFT first of the year, 6 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 1 Yellow- bellied Sapsucker, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 6 Blue Jays, 30+ American Crows, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 35+ American Robins, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 25 European Starlings, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 2 Brown Creepers, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 12 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 30 Carolina Chickadees, 5 Tufted Titmice, 1 Horned Lark, 20 House Sparrows, 2 American Goldfinches, 1 Purple Finch, 3 House Finches, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 FOX SPARROW, 8+ Song Sparrows, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 12 White-throated Sparrows, 8 Dark-eyed Juncos, 2 Eastern Towhees, 12 Northern Cardinals, and 4 Common Grackles.

Date: 4/6/01
Location: Gardens Alive and the Oxbow
Reporter: Glenn Redmer
Other Birders: Barb Redmer

Visited gardens Alive this afternoon and saw two Purple Martins at the Martins house. The lady said they arrived yesterday.

At the Oxbow the highlight was an Osprey circleing overhead. Otherwise uneventful.

Date: 4/6/01
Location: New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

After some heavy storms passed through this evening, I noticed two chimney swifts feeding above the house. These are the first I've seen this year.

Date: 04/06/01 (2 pm to 3 pm)
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Sergejs Berdnikovs

Of 16 species found today, only 3 were transients. The 3 transient species were: Bank Swallow, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (male), and Swamp Sparrow.
Nests found were: American Crow (incubation?) and Downy Woodpecker (female removing wood chips). The male Downy Woodpecker repeatedly buzzed a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers that were in the Downy's nest tree.

Date: 4/5/2001 6:00-8:30 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands , Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

This evening was great! It more than offsets some of those so-so days that we all have. On top of good birding, the weather was gorgeous.

Wetland highlights include Vesper Sparrows, Savannah Sparrows, and Bobolink in the short-mown field south of the farm road, and Scott Reeves's American Bittern north of the farm road (I love scavenging birds!).

Park highlights include a Black-crowned Night-Heron and a pair of Barred Owls at the back of the main lake on Strimple Rd.

Pied-billed Grebe 1, American Bittern 1, Black-crowned Night-Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 12, Canada Goose 15, Mute Swan 2, Wood Duck 8, American Black Duck 4, Mallard 9, Blue- winged Teal 45, Northern Shoveler 16, Green-winged Teal 60, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Coot 5, Killdeer 6, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 9, Pectoral Sandpiper 1, Common Snipe 12, Mourning Dove 10, Barred Owl 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 6, Horned Lark 25, Tree Swallow 30, Carolina Chickadee 2, Carolina Wren 2, Eastern Bluebird 5, American Robin 25, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 60, Eastern Towhee 2, Field Sparrow 12, Vesper Sparrow 4+, Savannah Sparrow 20, Song Sparrow 25, Swamp Sparrow 2, White-crowned Sparrow 6, Northern Cardinal 10, Bobolink 8, Red-winged Blackbird 600, Eastern Meadowlark 12, Rusty Blackbird 40, Common Grackle 75, Brown-headed Cowbird 20, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 4.

Date: 04/05/01
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

My first Chipping Sparrow of the season was at one of my thistle feeders (I have three hanging) this evening. Also had a female Red-bellied Woodpecker this morning feeding on thistle and I still have two juncos.

Date: 4/4/2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

The water in the wetland has drawn down slightly in the past 48 hours with similar species but changes in numbers.

Tonight I found fewer ducks and waterfowl but more shorebirds. The highlight of the evening, however, was an American bittern flying out of the wetland and landing in the field just north of the farm road.

Green-winged teal (70), blue-winged teal (40), N. shovelers (15), N. pintail, bufflehead, mallard, coots and canada geese. Shorebirds - Common snipe (50), lesser yellowlegs (18), greater yellowlegs (5), pectoral sandpipers (4), Am. woodcock (1)and killdeer.

Date: April 4, 2001
Location: Backyard - Colerain Township
Reporter: Sparks
Other Birders:

Possible Groshawk sighting... approx. 7 PM - eating a squirrel. Markings as follows: smokey grey back,wings and hood, flat head, red eye with white circle of feathers surrounding, tail feathers banded with black. Underfeathers and breast feathers white with grey mottling giving a smudged appearance.... no brown or reddish tinge to these. Feathering did not extend to talons. Black hooked beak. Appeared to be approx. 14-18" tall, difficult to tell as sitting on felled tree.

Date: 3 April 2001
Location: West Harrison
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

Louisiana Waterthrush ('bout on time) and a BG Gnatcatcher (a little early). Plus 5 species of butterflies.

Date: 4/3/01
Location: Clifton
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I guess I have a partial albino robin in my backyard. I saw it today for the first time and thought my eyes were malfunctioning. It's silver white with normal orange breast.
I have also been watching a barred owl at Mt. Airy.

Date: April 3, 2001
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm Williamsburg OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

One scout Purple Martin flying North

Date: April 2, 2001
Location: CNC - Rowe Woods
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Jan Watkins

The indigo bunting which 1st appeared at a feeding station outside the intepretive building on January 17th is still coming to the feeding station several times a day to feed on millet seed. It has been amazing to watch its spring molt and this beautiful male is now about 90% blue.

Date: April 2, 2001
Location: CNC - Rowe Woods
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Jan Watkins

The indigo bunting which 1st appeared at a feeding station outside the intepretive building on January 17th is still coming to the feeding station several times a day to feed on millet seed. It has been amazing to watch its spring molt and this beautiful male is now about 90% blue.

Date: 4/2/2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: None

Pretty similar to recent reports - still a nice variety of birds on a beautiful spring evening.

Waterfowl included canada geese (6), wood ducks (3), gadwall (3), green-winged teal (75), mallard (3), Am. Black Duck (2), N. Pintail (1), blue-winged teal (50), N. shoveler (30),bufflehead (1), hooded merganser (2), and ruddy duck. Shorebirds observed were common snipe (8), greater yellowlegs (2), lesser yellowlegs(10), pectoral sandpiper (9), and killdeer (15).

Other highlights included 6 species of sparrows (Am. tree, song, swamp, savannah, field and white-crowned), and a Cooper's hawk.

Date: 4/2/2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: None

Pretty similar to recent reports - still a nice variety of birds on a beautiful spring evening.

Waterfowl included canada geese (6), wood ducks (3), gadwall (3), green-winged teal (75), mallard (3), Am. Black Duck (2), N. Pintail (1), blue-winged teal (50), N. shoveler (30),bufflehead (1), hooded merganser (2), and ruddy duck. Shorebirds observed were common snipe (8), greater yellowlegs (2), lesser yellowlegs(10), pectoral sandpiper (9), and killdeer (15).

Other highlights included 6 species of sparrows (Am. tree, song, swamp, savannah, field and white-crowned), and a Cooper's hawk.

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