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Sightings Log Archive: July 2001 - September 2001

Date: 9/30/01
Location: Winton Woods-Kingfisher Trail
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Good numbers and variety found with mixed flocks of titmice, chickadees, nuthatches,etc. Tennessee warblers, Redstarts, 1 Orange-crowned warbler at very close range,Warbling vireos, 1 Solitary vireo, possible Philadelphia vireo, Swaison's Thrushes (several feeding in vines), 1 definite Gray-cheeked Thrush. 3 children who dislike birding, more interested in trying to whack eachother with sticks, nuts,etc.

Date: (/30/2001
Location: Caesar Creek Lake (beach area)
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: Jackson and Will Reeves

Was able to relocate the sanderling first posted yesterday by Larry Gara. The bird, a molting juvenile, was present on the extreme south end of the beach and is easily approached.

As a bonus, I also saw a juvenile merlin perched in a tree immediately adjacent to the beach. The bird flew off to the south in pursuit of a starling and I was unable to refind it.

Date: 9/30/01
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

One Common Snipe and a Northern Harrier

Date: 9/29/01
Location: Cinti Nature Center
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: Andrea Dailey

Blue-Headed vireo, Magnolia warbler, Tennessee warbler, A. Redstart, chipping sparrows, field sparrows, savannah sparrow....carolina, house, winter wrens, red-shouldered, red-tailed, and sharp-shinned hawk, red-bellied and downy woodies, flicker, many bluebirds, cedar waxwings. Gorgeous day to be outside!

Date: Sept. 30, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Jim Hickman

Yesterday AM there was a Sanderling on the Caesar Creek beach working the rocks at the far end beyond the shelter.This morning Jim Hickman and I found it again. It is a beautiful juvenile bird. Jim also saw a Bonaparte's Gull but we could not locate it again.

Date: 29 September 2001
Location: Cold Spring Park, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Lots of acorn gathering activity. The Tufted Titmice (8) were taking a tip from the Blue Jays (6) and hammering open the tiny willow oak acorns as well as the much larger ones from the white oaks. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was wedging the acorns into the loose white oak bark, while a White-breasted Nuthatch picked apart a large moth, gleaned from the bark of a blue spruce. Also 30 Chipping Sparrows and 12 Eastern Bluebirds.

Date: 29 September,2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A Red-breasted Nuthatch, a different individual than yesterday (this time a male). I think that they are quickly moving through, I saw quite a few in Tennessee earlier in the week.

Date: 29 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Northern Parula, 2 Pine Warblers, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 10 Tufted Titmice, 8 Carolina Chickadees, small numbers of American Crows starting to gather .

Date: September 29, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

highlights: 3 white-throated sparrows, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 2 golden-crowned kinglets, 3 yellow-bellied sapsuckers, 1 northern parula, 2 Cape Mays, 5 black-throated green warblers, 1 ovenbird. (The white-throated and white-crowned sparrows made the morning feel 10 degrees colder...) 12 Canada geese, 2 mallard, 6 killdeer, 1 mourning dove, 1 belted kingfisher, 2 red-bellied woodpecker, 2 downy, 1 flicker, 1 phoebe, 7 blue jay, 3 crow, 10 Carolina chickadee, 3 Carolina wren, 1 house wren, 20 robin, 5 catbird, 1 N. mockingbird, 1 brown thrasher, 10+ cedar waxwing, 30+ starling, 18 Tennessee warbler, 1 1 magnolia, 1 yellow-rumped, 5 common yellowthroat, 5 cardinals, 3 rose-breasted grosbeak, 3 indigo buntings, 10 song sparrow, 3 red-winged blackbirds, 3 goldfinch.

Date: 9/29/01
Location: Westwood
Reporter: Liz Brennan
Other Birders:

First Junco of the season for us.

Date: 28 September 2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

My first Dark-eyed Junco of the fall season. Also a female Red-breasted Nuthatch in the Austrian pines along with 1 Pine Warbler, 1 Cape May Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 30 Chipping Sparrows and 6 E. Bluebirds. The Pine Warbler posed very nicely on top of a gravestone, of course I didn't have my camera with me.

Date: 09/27/01 1405-1500
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Migrants found today: Barn Swallow 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 3, Empidonax sp. 1 (very gray, faint eyering, yellow lower mandible, two white wing bars, seen within 2-3 ft. > Least?), Brown Thrasher 2, Philadelphia Vireo 1-2 (same bird moving around, seen twice?), Nashville Warbler 1, Prairie Warbler 1, Pine Warbler 1, Magnolia Warbler 1, Bay-br. Warbler 1, Black-and-white Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Rose-br. Grosbeak 2 females.

Date: Sept. 27,01
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Arnstrong
Other Birders:

Double-crested Cormorant 3, Wood Duck 4, Mallard 4, Blue-winged Teal 5, Great Blue Heron 3, TV 5, Osprey 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1,Killdeer 11, Rind-billed Gull 30+, Bonapart's Gull 1, Mourning Dove 6, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1,Red-bellied,Downy,Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay(lost count), A. Crow, Red-eyed Viero 1, Eastern Bluebird 6, A. Robin, Gray Catbird 9, Brown Thrasher 1, Starling, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Chickadee, T. Titmouse, AMERICAN PIPIT 1, A. Goldfinch, House Finch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroat 5, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee 10, Roes-breasted Grosbeak 3, N. Cardinal, Indigo Bunting 8, Common Grackle.
All birds were spotted on the south side of the lake near the twin ponds south of the church and the swimming beach.

Date: 09/26/01 1755-1925
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I was hoping to find more field birds, but an adult female Cooper's Hawk patrolling the fields may have kept them down. I only managed to find two species of sparrows, but a really neat sight was a side-by-side comparison of a LINCOLN'S and a Song Sparrow in the same binocular view. The Lincoln's posed in the open on a dead limb at eye-level, long after the Song Sparrow had dropped down into the brush, and proceeded to sing a soft, gargling song, similar to a Song Sparrow but more raspy. Visually, the Lincoln's was noticeably smaller than the Song, and more handsome with its fine streaking as if the streaks were drawn on its breast and flanks with a fine point pen, and its rich buffy undertones complimenting these fine streaks. The Song Sparrow seems drab in comparison.
Other migrants found: Chimney Swift 1, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5, House Wren 2, Gray Catbird 4, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Common Yellowthroat 6 (mostly juv. males), Indigo Bunting 7 (basic), and BOBOLINK 2 (basic). Only waterbirds that could be seen through the vegetation (from the farm lane) were Wood Duck and Mallard in a shallow pool seemingly suitable for small shorebirds.
I did not go to the wildlife viewing shelter, but spent most of my time along the farm lane.
Noteworthy to Lepidopterists: Monarchs numbered in excess of 150!

Date: 9-26-2001
Location: Little Miami Bike Trail (mile 15.75)
Reporter: dale a. bodmer
Other Birders: none

i saw a wild turkey this morning. (about 11:45) it was about a half mile north of the peters cartridge factory at kings mills. there is a trail that goes uphill from the trail to a subdivision. it crossed about half way up the trail.

Date: Sept. 26, 2001
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 Bald Eagle

Date: 9/23/01
Location: Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Three rose breasted grosbeaks

Date: Sept. 24, 2001
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm, Williamsburg Oh.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 Osprey,15 Killdeer, 12 Morning Dove, 1 Chimney Swift, 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flicker, 2 Eastern Wood-peewee, 10 Blue Jay, 5 American Crow, 4 Carolina Chickadee, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 2 White-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Carolina Wren, 5 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 American Robin, 1 Gray Catbird, 2 Northern Mockingbird, 6 Cedar Waxwing, 150 European Starling, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1 Tennessee Warbler, 2 Nashville Warbler, 1 Magnolia Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Yellow-throated Warbler, 2 American Redstart, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 6 Northern Cardinal, 2 Indigo Bunting, 1 Eastern Towhee, 3 Field Sparrow, 10 Song Sparrow, 75 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Common Grackle, 1 American Goldfinch These Yellow-rumps are the first I've seen this fall.

Date: In the last week
Location: P. Ridge
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Sorry some of these are late, but over the last week in my backyard:
many cedar waxwings
swainson's thrush
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker- i haven't seen any posts on this species yet, but this is about when it should start showing up, right?
plus the usuals
Sam

Date: 09/23/01
Location: Covedale (West of Cincinnati)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

2 nighthawks

Date: September 23, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 7:15 to 9:00 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

2 parula warblers foraging together along the Symmes Road dike. Other warblers: ovenbird, 2 bay-breasted, 6 Tennessee, 2 Nashville, 2 redstart, 2 common yellowthroat, 2 Blackburnian. 2 Swainson's thrush, 2 rose-breasted grosbeaks. 10+ goldfinch, 3 cowbirds, 15+ blue jay, 20+ robins, 1 northern flicker, 2 downy woodpeckers, 1 ruby-throated hummingbird.

Date: 9/23/01
Location: Stonlick Twp. Clermont County
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

2 1/2 new birds to the "yardlist" today. a female Summer Tanager which is also a lifer and a Am. Pipit. I had previously only seen the later species at East Fork so it was kinda differnt seeing and hearing the bird fly overhead here. The half is an exotic, Egyptian Goose, sitting on the water and flying with 3 Canada Geese. Very ugly bird until it flew, also it was hissing a lot which I guess is equal to a honk of a Canada??

Date: 9/23/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemtery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Yew shrub full of cedar waxwings, mockingbirds and cape may, blackburnian, chestnut-sided, bay-breasted and tennessee warblers plus a scarlet tanager. Two yellow-billed cuckoos near by.

Date: 22 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Pine Warblers

Date: 22 September 2001
Location: Alexandria, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

3 Palm Warblers

Date: September 22, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Lori Brumbaugh, Jack Busam, Charlie Hoffman

highlights: 1 Philadelphia vireo, 13 species of warblers.

DC cormorant, 2 great blue heron, 5 Canada goose, 2 TVs, 2 red-tailed hawk, 1 killdeer, 10 mourning dove, 1 kingfisher, 1 red-bellied woodpecker, 3 downy, 4 flicker, 2 empid sp., 1 pewee, 1 phoebe, 50 blue jay, 5 Carolina chickadee, 1 tufted titmouse, 4 Carolina wren, 2 house wren, 5 Swainson's thrush, 1 wood thrush, 30 robin, 10+ catbird, 1 brown thrasher, 10+ cedar waxwing, 20 starling, 1 Philadelphia vireo--seen and heard, 1 red-eyed vireo, 15+ Tennessee warbler, 2 Nashville, 1 N. parula, 1 chestnut-sided, 1 magnolia, 6 black-throated green, 1 Blackburnian, 4 bay-breasted, 3 blackpoll, 2 "baypoll," 2 black-and-white, 7 American redstart, 3 common yellowthroat, 1 Wilson's, 6 rose-breasted grosbeak, 2 indigo bunting, 1 red-winged blackbird, 3 cowbird, 10 goldfinch.

Date: 9/21/01
Location: Westwood
Reporter: Alex Morra
Other Birders:

There has been a Black Billed Cuckoo returning off and on high in a tree on the side of my house.

Date: 09/20/01
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This morning the 100+ Ring-billed Gulls were joined by 1 Caspian Tern with a Greater Yellowlegs and a Spotted Sandpiper working the area toward the end of the beach.

Date: 9/20/01 - ~2pm-~3:30pm
Location: East Fork SP - South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

2 Common Terns (1 had flame red legs and bill, black cap, MUCH smaller than Caspian - adult breeding plumage, but did not apear to have black tip on bill.) the other had a dark bill and flameish red (not as red as other bird, but not what I would call orange) legs. It also had more black at the back of the nape (white on top) than my books show for Forster's). 1st summer or 1st fall looking. 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 1 Osprey catching a fish, 1 Redtail Hawk, Many TVs, 1 nonbreeding Bonaparte's Gull? I am not good at gulls. This bird was smaller than the close by Ring-billeds. Had black, thin, pointed bill. Had dark circular ear spot. I could not see the legs or the body very well from my position through the ring billeds, only the head. Wouldn't this be very early?

Date: September 19, 01
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm (Clermont)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

A covey of about 30 Northern Bobwhite have been hanging out in the gardens for two weeks now. A Mourning Warbler was feeding dense vegitation in the fence row.

Date: September 19, 01
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 Pied-billed Grebe on the lake near the North side boat ramp.

Date: 19 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches in the Austrian Pines behind the Conservatory at dusk. I suspect that they may be roosting in one of these pines during the night. Also an adult female Cooper's Hawk was seen in the same pines earlier, making a series of soft chirping and warbling notes. Possibly to attract prey?

Date: 18 September 2001
Location: AJ Jolly Park, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I forgot to mention the 9 Wild Turkeys in a farm field near AJ Jolly on my posting for the 18th.

Date: 9-18-01
Location: MY YARD-CHEVIOT OHIO
Reporter: JAY BROWN
Other Birders:

A PAIR OF WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCHES BURING SEEDS IN MY NORWAY SPRUCE TREE(BARK).A CAROLINA CHICKADEE IN THE FEEDER,SEVERAL MALE & FM GOLD FINCHES,A PILEATED WOODPECKER,2 BLACK CAPPED CHICKADEES

Date: 9/18/01
Location: Anderson Township
Reporter: Annie Collisn
Other Birders:

For the past couple of weeks, I have had a Pileated Woodpecker regularly feasting on the berries of a large poison ivy vine that grows up a tree in my backyard. Not my favorite snack, but it's fun to watch!

Date: 18 September 2001
Location: AJ Jolly Park Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

16 Wood Ducks all sitting along and around a half-submerged log at the water's edge. An adult Black-crowned Nightheron was nestled in a bald cypress directly above them. With a White-eyed Vireo and a Yellow-throated Vireo singing by the shore, the placid lakeside picture was completed by a Pileated Woodpecker flying into the cottonwoods. Also a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches and 4 Great Blue Herons.

Date: 18 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Red-breasted Nuthatch probing along the knobby-barked trunks of young hackberries adjacent to the Austrian pines. A first fall male American Redstart kept flitting up to him, as if searching out a similarly colored, orange-breasted companion.

Date: 9/18/01 10:45-11:45
Location: OH,Hamilton,Cincinnati,McFarlen Woods
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

I took a quick jaunt through McFarlen today and it yielded quite a few species. For such a late start I wasn't sure if I was going to see much, but a few warbler movements did come through while I was there. The highlight birds were 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS!! I found these two birds by the picnic shelter before you get to a grove of pine trees. These two were hopping around in the treetop of a maple picking off dead leaves. The light was perfect and I could see the beutiful buffy underparts as it worked its way along the tree. I also noticed the striped buffy crown on both birds and that's what gave it away. Here is the list of all the species I managed to gather up today: 2 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Broad-winged Hawk, 15 Rock Doves, 10 Mourning Doves, 1 Common Nighthawk, 8 Chimney Swifts, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 PILEATED WOODPECKER, 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee, 5 Blue Jays, 25 American Crows, 35 Carolina Chickadees, 15 Tufted Titmice, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Carolina Wrens, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 2 Wood Thrushes, 20 American Robins, 2 Gray Catbirds, 20 European Starlings, 1 YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 PHILIDELPHIA VIREO, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 3 Tennessee Warblers, 3 Magnolia Warblers, 2 Cape May Warblers, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler, 3 Blackpoll Warblers, 4 Black-and-white Warblers, 2 American Redstarts, 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS, 2 Northern Cardinals, 4 Song Sparrows, 5 Common Grackles, 2 House Finches, 5 American Goldfinches, 15 House Sparrows. Overall, a WONDERFUL day.

Date: 16 September 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

1 Magnolia Warbler in Scots Pines near Grandview School. Also my first observation of a significant line of American Crows flying towards the Mt Adams roost (for this fall), several Common Nighthawks flying the other direction (south).

Date: September 16
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders:

One adult Bald Eagle on Sunday. During this past week we saw Ospreys each day. We saw three at one time.

Date: 9/16/01
Location: Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I flushed up woodcock in my back woods tonight. It was sitting on the edge of a thicket. Woodcocks in an urban area?
I walked up on a cooper's hawk, sitting on a fallen log, eating a good sized bird. This was sometime this past week. Perhaps this is why I found what looked to be a headless swainson's thrush on Friday.

Date: 9/14-15
Location: Miami Whitewater
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Denham

Saw lots of unidentified warblers...one with a washed out brown, not the greenish look of most others. No wing bars but did have an eye ring. Tennessee, magnolia, Canada, Nashville and chestnut sided warblers; hermit and swainson's thrushes and drunken robins and cedar waxwings. The highlight was the calls of a great horned owl which did not resemble anything I have ever heard. Somewhere between the calls of a baboon and a coyote and throw in some barn owl! We were sitting right under it as it carried on for over an hour...awesome.

Date: 16 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

One Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Black and White Warbler.

Date: 15 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

One female Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Date: 15 September 2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Date: 14 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One Magnolia Warbler.

Date: 09/14/01
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Sergejs Berdnikovs

A casual observation, without binoculars, on the way back from our department picnic in the park, yielded a Wilson's Warbler and a Tennessee Warbler.

Date: Sept 13 2001
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont County
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Today in my "backyard" (23 acres or so) had 1 highlite, a Golden winged Warbler! #129 for the yearlist since we moved here 1/99. Very cool female bird.

Date: 9-13-01
Location: Wilmngton back yard
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

An early Red-breasted Nuthatch at our suet feeder lifted my spirits as nothing else could this terrible week.

Date: 11-13-2001
Location: Shawnee Lookout / Mitchell Memorial
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Went looking for warblers and nuthatches (and an escape from the news).

SL Blue Jacket Trail - RE Vireo 2, WE Vireo 2, YB Cuckoo 1, 1 WB Nuthatch, 1 unk Warbler (looked a whole lot like a PINE, but habitate was wrong, and I don't seem them often enough to be sure). 20 species total.

Mitchell Pines - quiet except for a few Chickadees.
Wood Duck Trail - 1 Bay-Breasted Warbler, 1 unk Warbler. 9 species total.

Date: 9/12/01
Location: New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

6 Black Vultures in a kettle above the house.

Date: 12 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Red-breasted Nuthatch extracting seeds from Austrian pine cones, near where the Pine Warbler was doing the same yesterday. One male White-breasted Nuthatch working dead limbs on the same pines.

Date: 11 September 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Pine Warbler extracting seeds from the Austrian pine cones. A baby grey squirrel fell with a loud thud, just a foot in front of where I was standing. I'm not sure if it lost its footing on an overhanging limb or was dropped by the Red-tailed Hawk which was circling overhead.

Date: 11 September,2001
Location: Mt. Airy Arboretum
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Pine and 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler. Also 3 Indigo Buntings.

Date: 9-11-2001
Location: Mason, OH
Reporter: Rick Dage
Other Birders: Wendy Dage

9 Mute Swans at Twin Fountains - 7 juvenile and 2 adults. Also a Snow Goose in the pond at the Corner of Cedar Village Dr and Central Park Blvd. Yesterday we noticed 5 semi-palms in the pond by the FTD warehouse off of Mulhauser Rd, along with 4 Great White Egrets. Wish we were looking for warblers with Neil and Mike.

Date: 9-11-2001
Location: Mason, OH
Reporter: Rick Dage
Other Birders: Wendy Dage

9 Mute Swans at Twin Fountains - 7 juvenile and 2 adults. Also a Snow Goose in the pond at the Corner of Cedar Village Dr and Central Park Blvd. Yesterday we noticed 5 semi-palms in the pond by the FTD warehouse off of Mulhauser Rd, along with 4 Great White Egrets. Wish we were looking for warblers with Neil and Mike.

Date: 9-11-2001
Location: Mason, OH
Reporter: Rick Dage
Other Birders: Wendy Dage

9 Mute Swans at Twin Fountains - 7 juvenile and 2 adults. Also a Snow Goose in the pond at the Corner of Cedar Village Dr and Central Park Blvd. Yesterday we noticed 5 semi-palms in the pond by the FTD warehouse off of Mulhauser Rd, along with 4 Great White Egrets. Wish we were looking for warblers with Neil and Mike.

Date: 10 September,2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

3 Palm Warblers in the Austrian pines. Also 1 male White-breasted Nuthatch extracting larvae under the pine bark (tapping loudly and vigorously).

Date: 10 September, 2001
Location: Eden Park, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches in the pines along Cliff Drive, behind the Conservatory. Also 1 Black-throated Green and three Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Date: 9-10-01
Location: quincy,oh logan county
Reporter: mike smith
Other Birders: none

one bald eagle riding the thermals at first could be seen with the naked eye but in less then five minutes had to use binoculers

Date: 9/10/2001
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Lunchtime walk - 9 warbler species. Golden-winged, 3 Tennessee, Northern Parula, 2 Chestnut-sided, 2 Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, 2 American Redstart, 4 Common Yellowthroat.

Date: 9/10/2001
Location: East Fork Beach
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Birds of note from the beach were 1 Buff Breasted Sandpiper mixed in with lots of Killdeer in the grass, 1 Forster's Tern on a bouy just out from the beach, and an Osprey.

Date: September 9, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Lori Brumbaugh, Charlie Saunders

This is just to contrast the excellent morning Neill had Sunday (see below). At Miami Whitewater Forest, we birded along the road leading to the Timberlakes parking lot from 7:30 am until 10:00 and had but 6 species of warblers: 4 magnolia, 1 Blackburnian, 15+ Tennessee, 3 redstart, 2 black-throated green, 2 chestnut-sided. 1 or 2 wood thrush, 1 summer tanager, 1 yellow-throated vireo. Most of these were found in one small flock with a handful of chickadees. By 10:00 am, everything became quiet where we were. Wish we'd been a few miles away...

Date: 9 September, 2001
Location: Walnut Hills Cemetery, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Red-breasted Nuthatch in Austrian and Scots Pines atop the rise at the south end of the cemetery (off of Victory Pkwy).

Date: 9/9/2001 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Shawnee Lookout, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Unbelievable birding today. Sixteen species of warblers today, with high numbers of Tennessee (24), American Redstart (15), Black-and-white (7), and Magnolia (6). Best birds were Wilson's (3), Orange-crowned (1), and Connecticut (1). Five species of vireos; large numbers of Wood and Swainson's Thrushes; calling Screech-owls, grosbeaks, turkey, and tanagers; and large movements of raptors along the Ohio River served to keep my head snapping back and forth.

The half-day trip list totalled 98 species. Not bad for early September!

Date: 9/9/2001 8:00 - 8:30 AM
Location: Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Stopped by the hotspot west of Tanner's Creek that Jack and Jay posted on 9/3/2001. All of the same shorebird species were present, in somewhat reduced numbers. The really nice part about this spot is how close you are to the shorebirds. This morning was cloudy early; otherwise, I'd recommend later day viewing.

Date: 9-9-2001
Location: VOA
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Short drive thru the park (showing it off to out-of-towners) scared up 2 E. Meadowlarks, 6+ Killdeer, 50+ M. Dove, 1 A. Kestral and 1 R-T Hawk.

Also, had an Osprey lazily fly over my house (West Chester) this afternoon.

Date: September 8, 2001
Location: Mudflat at end of Cowan Lake's Lotus Trail
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: none

Four Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper,
1 Least Sandpiper, 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 SNIPE, about 30 Killdeer.Afternoon light is best and you need a scope.

Date: September 9, 2001
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The sandpipers were seen with the Killdeers in the grass between the beach and the parking lot on both the east and west sides at different times. An Osprey was also patroling the area.

Date: September 8, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jim Cooper

I forgot to add that Jim and I heard a marsh wren singing along the Symmes Road dike this morning.

Date: September, 2001
Location: Sharon Centre
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

This is not a sighting but an announcement. The September 2001 Cincinnati Bird Club meeting is at the Sharon Centre, not Winton Center as noted in the Passenger Pigeon. Please pass this information on.

Date: September 8, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jim Cooper

Our combined lists for the morning included 1 adult male golden-winged warbler, 4 magnolia warblers, 1 ovenbird, 3 redstarts, 4 red-eyed vireos, 1 Swainson's thrush, 6+ chickadees, 10 indigo buntings, 20+ goldfinch, 2 red-tails.

Date: 9/7/2001
Location: I-75 and Cin-Day Rd., West Chester
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Saw my first broad-winged hawk of the fall while taking my son to school early this AM.

Date: 6 September, 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

1 pair of Eastern Screech Owls calling in our yard at dusk.

Date: 9/6/2001
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Lunchtime walk: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Ovenbird, 2 Magnolia Warbler

Date: 4 September, 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

An Eastern Screech Owl flew over our driveway at dusk, and then the pair began to call back and forth for about ten minutes.

Date: 4 September 2001
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 male Red-breasted Nuthatch preening in a red pine at the Pine Meadows picnic area.

Date: September 3, 2001
Location: Lawrenceburg Indiana
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

Jack and I found good conditions for shorebirds in an unlikely spot yesterday along US 50 in Lawrenceburg Indiana. At least 100 shorebirds of 9 species were present but scattered about and we could have easily missed some. The majority of them, about half, were Killdeer, but also seen were Greater(10) and Lesser(15) Yellowlegs, Pectoral(10) Stilt(7) Solitary(2) Least(15) and Semipalmated(4) Sandpipers, and our hilite, (2) Baird's Sandpipers. There was enough shallow water present to suggest conditions may remain decent for a while. The exact spot is located .4 mile west of Tanners Creek on the south side of US 50, just across the street from Wendys and Wilsons Motors. The spot lies between the Dearborn County sewage facility on the east and a small strip mall that includes Star Realtors on the west. Viewing of the area is easy by parking in the strip malls parking lot and looking back to the east. A scope is useful. These fields south of US 50 are sometimes good in wet seasons or in flood conditions, but they are typically dry at this season. This undeveloped(until now) site has about 5? acres of standing shallow water and mud, presumably due to the adjacent developement/construction in the flood plain having blocked or prevented drainage of this area. Not the most pleasing spot to bird, but the birds were there non-the-less.
While these conditions were created accidentally, it is still another perfect example of what just a little shallow water/shorebird management during migration could achieve with relatively little effort.

Date: 9/3/01
Location: Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I had a redstart, pewee, swainson's thrush, gray gnatcatcher and piliated woodpecker in my backyard yesterday. The gnatcatcher appeared to be feeding a fledgling. The catbirds and mockers cover the yard eating the pokeweed. Hopefully I will get all the other thrushes stopping by.
I had been out of town and returned to find these birds in the yard. Also, I kept noticing a Carolina chickadee at my door, banging on the glass and screaming. It really looked like it was looking through the glass at me. I went to the door several times; the bird would leave but return after I went back in the house. Finally I went out to discover the feeders were empty. As soon as I filled them, the bird stopped looking in the door!

Date: 9/2/01
Location: Delhi
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

Saw 11 Nighthawks flying NE (towards the lights of Delhi Pike?) at 8:30PM

Date: 9/1/01 1100-1800
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area-Fayetteville, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Hooded Merganser was most unusual. 1 Great Egret, 4 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 2 Red-shouldered hawks, 5 nighthawks.

Date: 09/01/01
Location: Downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

My wife and I went to a Reds/Pirates game and, as the game became increasingly boring, I watched for nighthawks. We sat in the red seats to the right of home plate, and had a commanding view of the East side of downtown. The general flight direction of the birds was East, as they came from behind us and flew over Cinergy Field. Some of the birds circled the stadium and others foraged over the Great American Ballpark construction. However, I am cofident that I was not counting the same birds several times, as the general flight direction seemed to be East and most birds seemed to disappear into the darkness. Birds circling or flying back toward the West were not counted again, under the assumption that they were already counted. After leaving the stadium, I noticed several more birds circling high above Carew Tower. Thus, my final count, which I hope is not overestimated, is 107 nighthawks. I only located about 1 dozen Chimney Swifts, but many of those were gaining altitude so I may have missed some.

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

American Golden Plover seen from viewing platform.

Date: Sept. 1&2,
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

16 Species of warblers seen on Sat. and Sun. Highlight being a Golden Winged Warbler. Other warblers seen are as follows: 5 Ovenbirds, 2 Blue Winged,
1 Black Throated Green, 1 Blackburnian
4 Black and White, 2 Kentucky, 1 Nashville, 1 Parula, 1 Prothonotary,
5+ Magnolias, 5+ Tennesee, 5 Redstarts,
3 Chestnut Sided, 1 Yellow Throated,
and 2 Common Yellowthroat. All these birds were seen from the road between the playground and the old cabin.

Date: September 1, 2001
Location: Wilson's Creek upstream from camp beach at Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none present

5 wood ducks, 6 blue winged teal, 2 green backed herons, 4 great blue herons (also, 1 painted turtle)

Date: August 31, 2001
Location: camp beach at Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none present

1 osprey soaring around the camp beach area

Date: August 27, 2001
Location: mount of Cowan Creek at Cowan Lake
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none present

7 blue winged teal, 1 green backed heron, 10 killdeer

Date: 1 September, 2001
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

1 pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches at the Pine Meadows Picnic area. They were extracting seeds from the white pine cones and wedging them into the bark crevices of the red pines. Also a female Cape May Warbler and an Osprey soaring overhead.

Date: Sept.1, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The highlight of the morning was certainly the high number of Bobolinks in the area. It is difficult to estimate the total number as many small flocks seemed to be flying through the area. At one point there were at least 350 in the air at once.I'm sure 500 would be a conservative number. Other birds in the area included 30+ Meadowlarks, 5 Horned Larks, 20 Killdeer,1 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Great Blue Herons, Kestrel, Cooper's, and Broad-winged Hawk, and Willow flycatcher.

Date: 8-31-2001 6:30pm-7:30pm
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Observed several groups of Common Nighthawks this evening. I would not have sighted the first group - but as I was scanning a group of specs that turned out to be high-flying Chimney Swifts, I located 9 Nighthawks flying very high. I was unable to see them without binoculars. Groups were as follows:

9 (this was the only group that was flying well above any of the others)
1
6
8
12
1
3
1
1
6*

All of the Nighthawks were flying south, except for the (*) group, they were headed east.

Date: 8-30-2001
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Common Nighthawks still on the move. A 'kettle' of approx. 35 circled near expanding thunderclouds. A few minutes later, another passed overhead. All were heading West-Southwest.

Date: 8/30/2001
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Shorebirds continue to be present at Spring Valley and the habitat has improved slightly with recent rainfall.

Visible today from the south parking lot were - killdeer (15), semipalmated plover (8), semipalmated sandpiper (8), least sandpiper (6), solitary sandpiper (2), greater yellowlegs (1)and lesser yellowlegs (1).

A quick walk down the boardwalk yielded a flyover yellow-billed cuckoo but little else.

Date: August 29, 2001
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Chuck Holliday

53 bobolinks, 16 eastern meadowlarks. It takes a bit of wandering around to find the bobolink flock, but there are still a few around.

Date: 8/29/2001
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Lunchtime walk - 7 Eastern Kingbird, Black-throated Green Warbler, 2 Wilson's Warbler, 3 Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warler

Date: 29 August 2001
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A trio of Red-breasted Nuthatches at the Tall Pines picnic area. Two females and one male probing under the bark of the red pines and pulling out small, white larvae. Also 8 Chipping Sparrows.

Date: 8-29-01
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Lenna Mae Gara

This morning six Forster's Terns were mixed in with the usual flock of Ring-billed Gulls on the beach. Several were in winter plummage and some were still changing.

Date: 8/27, 8/28
Location: Batavia, New Richmond
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

On 8/27, I saw 50 nighthawks pass over Batavia flying south.

Counting for Project Nitehawk, on 8/28, I had a total of 64 nighthawks over my site in New Richmond. This is the biggest movement I have had so far. For more on my Project Nitehawk sightings go to http://oz.uc.edu/~morsedr/projnight.shtmll

Date: 8/28/2001
Location: Clifton gaslight area
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

There was a movement of Common Nighthawks last night. I saw groups of 13 and 29 but dinner preparation got in the way of watching for more.

Date: 08/28/01 9:11 - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

With all of the talk on the Ohio birds listserve about a possible winter finch and r.b. nuthatch invasion this winter, I decided to go to Mitchell Memorial Forest, one of the best places in Hamilton County, other than Spring Grove Cemetery, to find them. Boy, did I hit the jackpot. I had a total of 5 birds, one of them in the Pine Meadows picnic area and the other four together in the Tall Pines picnic area. The list follows:

Highlights: Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Warblers, unidentified wren*

Mourning Dove 2, Chimney Swift 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, Flycatcher sp. 1 (chased from dead limb by 3 Chipping Sparrows before I could ID it. I'm not calling this Empidonax sp. because it could have been a Pewee. Again, I only had a split second glimpse before it flew.), Blue Jay 4, American Crow 16, Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 14, Tufted Titmouse 4, Carolina Wren 7, House Wren 1, wren sp. 1*, White-breasted Nuthatch 4, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 5, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Gray Catbird 2, Blackburnian Warbler 1, Pine Warbler 2, Dendroica sp. 4, American Redstart 1, Ovenbird 1, Chipping Sparrow 11, Northern Cardinal 12, Indigo Bunting 1, American Goldfinch 3.

* I pished in two young Carolina Wrens in worn plumage as they appeared to be going through molt. I then noticed another wren that was twitching its tail from side to side, as described by one observer who reported this behavior in a Bewick's Wren in Columbus. This bird did not have any rust in the sides, but I should caution that neither do young Carolina's. My experience with Bewick's Wren is limited to a bird in Texas in 1983 and an unidentified wren in Brown County a few years ago which might have been this species. I am not calling this a Bewick's Wren. I need to look further in the literature to see if Carolina's exibit this same side to side tail twitching behavior. It is clearly stated for Bewick's Wren in the 3rd edition of the National Geographic guide. Unfortunately, I did not look for white outer tail feathers with black spots, which would have keyed in on the ID.

Date: 8-27-2001
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Over a dozen Common Nighthawks and upwards of 100 Chimney Swifts swarmed over our neighborhood.

Date: August 27, 2001
Location: Mockingbird Hill, Williamsburg (Clermont County)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

Two Pectoral Sandpipers hanging out with the killdeers in the neighbor's lawn.

Date: 8/27/01
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Made a brief trip after work to try to locate the buff-breasted sandpiper reported by Paul Wharton et al in the past two days. Found the bird feeding in the clover on the west edge of the main "wet"land. To my suprise the bird was accompanied by a Baird's sandpiper also feeding in the higher vegetation.

The only other shorebirds seen tonight were 5 least sandpipers and many killdeer.

Date: 8/27/2001
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - Rowe Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Highpoint of lunchtime walk was a Magnolia Warbler and Yellow-billed Cuckoo.

Date: 26 August, 2001
Location: Union Centre, Butler Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

1 Great Egret, 4 Great Blue Herons, 20 Mallards, 120 Canada Geese - at the retention pond off of Allen Rd.

Date: 08/27/01 12:35-1:30 pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery (woodland and section 100)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Chimney Swift 3, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 5, PHILADELPHIA VIREO 1, Red-eyed Vireo 1, American Crow 1, Carolina Chickadee 13, Tufted Titmouse 4, Carolina Wren 3, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 1, Tennessee Warbler 1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, American Redstart 3, Northern Cardinal 2, American Goldfinch 3.

Note: The Y.B. Flycatcher and P. Vireo were in the same tree, a white ash, overhanging the pond adjacent to section 100. (Maps of the cemetery are available at the building to the right inside the Spring Grove Ave. gate).

Date: Aug.27,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Buff-Breasted Sandpiper as reported yesterday by both Wharton and Brinkman was still here at 9:00am today.Some other birds seen Solitary Sandpiper,Least Sandpipers and two Great Egerts

Date: 8-23-24-25
Location: back yard near rapid run park
Reporter: ron heidkamp
Other Birders:

for the last three days we have been entertained with we believe two orchard orioles females at our humming bird feeders verycolorful then there off to a hackberry tree in the back. wife and son saw two great tail grackles also in theyard

Date: 08/26/01 12:55 - 3:00 pm
Location: Miami-Whitewater wetlands and Bowle's woods (2:45 - 3:00)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

All sightings at the wetlands, unless indicated by *, indicating Bowle's Woods area:

Turkey Vulture 7, Northern Bobwhite 1, Killdeer 18, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 1, Mourning Dove 6, Chimney Swift 100+, Ruby-th. Hummingbird 2, Northern Flicker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 8*, Acadian Flycatcher 1*, Eastern Kingbird 3, Purple Martin 23, N. Rough-winged Swallow 11, Barn Swallow 12, swallow sp.- several, Carolina Chickadee 11+1*=12, Carolina Wren 2+3*=5, Sedge Wren 1, Wood Thrush 1*, Gray Catbird 5, N. Mockingbird 1, Brown Thrasher 1 juv., E. Starling 1, White-eyed Vireo 2, Common Yellowthroat 6 (incl. 2 juv. males + 1 juv. female), N. Cardinal 5, Indigo Bunting 5, E. Towhee 5 (family group), Field Sparrow 9, Savannah Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 9, Red-winged Blackbird 15, Am. Goldfinch 88 (incl. 4*).

Date: Sunday August26, 2001 11:30-12:30
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Only a few small puddles remain in the marsh, so shorebird habitat is almost gone. But that didn't matter to the Buff-breasted Sandpiper out in the dried flats. In addition were 5 Least sp., 3 Solitaries,and 11 Killdeer. Other birds of note in the immediate area included kestrel, 1 imm. Red-shoulderd Hawk, 1 Sedge wren, and approximately 50 Bobolinks.

Date: August 23, 2001
Location: NE Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A male Pine warbler was singing away in the late afternoon, at intervals of every 30 seconds for at least 40 minutes- as if it was spring. This bird was singing from the same large White Ash (and also a Red Oak) across the rd from the pines, as on June 17. Thus, I suspect it to be the same individual. I also observed a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (an early date) while watching 2 pairs of White-breasted Nuthatches bickering over territory.

Date: 25 August 2001
Location: Whitewater State Park, IN
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders:

The lake in WWSP has been drawn down for repair of the spillway. The basin is virtually dry (and rapidly succeeding to weeds in north end) and mud/ shallow pools are restricted to the are near the dam and a seep area about half way between dam and beach.

Am. Golden-Plover 1, Killdeer 30, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Semipalmated Sandpiper 17, Least Sandpiper 22, Pectoral Sandpiper 15.

Date: 08/24/01
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Not much in the way of migrants today at lunch time. However, I did manage to find a Tennessee Warbler, an Eastern Wood-Pewee and 7 Chimney Swifts. All other birds were permanent residents. A family of flickers was a nice find.

Date: 08/23/01
Location: Rare Bird Alert: WESTERN KINGBIRD in Dayton, OH
Reporter: fide David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Laurel Theriault (and others?)

A Western Kingbird has been reported on the Ohio birds listserve at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH. Since many of you don't subscribe to that list and I didn't see any postings here, I thought I would pass it on. I have not seen the bird, and it would be a lifer for me. This is just a second-hand report. The directions as posted on the listserve are as follows:

From I-70, take I-675 south to the first exit (24 I am pretty sure, the exit
sign will read WPAFB/444) which will put you on Rt 444. Take a right onto
Rt 444 and head into Fairborn. Once you have gone thru 2 CONTINUOUS GREEN
LIGHTS, the next gate on your right will be GATE 12C. Turn right and drive
toward the gate. Then look for a small parking lot with a small building
(Visitors Center), that is where you would get a pass for the base and a map
of the Huffman Prairie area. When you get the map, look for SYMMES RD.
That is where the WK was seen. Symmes Rd has a fenceline on the left and
wooded areas on the right.

Date: 8/23/2001 7:30PM
Location: Heritage Presbyterian Church, Mason, OH
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Emily Baumgardner, Elaine Anderson, Meg Anderson

Approx. 15 Nighthawks performed a dramatic aerial display over the soccer fields.

Date: August 24, 2001
Location: Williamsburg High School , Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

40+ Common Nighthawks feeding over the ball fields with about as many swifts.

Date: Aug 21
Location: Park off Graves Road, Indian Hill
Reporter: Ev Kitchen
Other Birders: Susan Kichen

Female or first year Canada warbler judging from faint necklace.

Date: 8/21/01
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Kurk Dorsey
Other Birders:

The highlight was a pair (or more) of least bitterns around the boardwalk. Not only were they very active, but they were constantly making their kek-kek-kek calls. Also present were a marsh wren, a cooper's hawk, 3 solitary sandpipers, and a few least sandpipers. An employee of Ohio Wildlife said that the water level will be kept low for maintenance until springtime.

Date: Aug.22.01
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: None

Birded from the south side of the park and swimmimg beach area.Double-crested Comorants 7, Great Blue Heron 4, Canada Geese 15, Mallard Duck 5, Wood Duck 12, Osprey 1, Wild Turkey 11, comprised of 9 young and two adults. Killdeer were in good number as was Chimney Swifts and Barn Swallows. Ceader Waxwings were seen through out the area. Carolina Wrens and Eastern Towhees were very vocal and numberous. Totaled 38 species before the downpoor hit the area. Don't like the lightning. Felt real good to be back in the fields again!

Date: August 22, 2001
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

19 bobolinks, 4 meadowlarks. Zero sedge wrens. Rather quiet.

Date: 8/20/01; 9:45 am to 11:30 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Least Sandpiper 8, Semipalmated Sandppiper 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Killdeer 10, Bobolink 27 (in 3 flocks)

Water levels are very low with only a few small pools of water. Lots of suitable habitat, but drying up fast. Last year there were a large number of shorebirds present in this type of habitat. I wonder if the front moving through moved the birds. With south or southwest winds and some rain to refresh the mdfdlats shorebirds may build up again.

Date: 8/22/01
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: Larry Gara (PM)

A juvenile Baird's Sandpiper was present this morning on the mudflats at Spring Valley Wildlife Area. I observed the bird this morning at about 9:30 AM and again this afternoon at about 2-3 PM. The bird was feeding on the dry mudflat directly in front of (north) of the south parking lot. It was feeding among several least and semipalmated sandpipers. Killdeer and solitary sandpipers were also present.

There were also seven caspian terns (4 juv/3 adults) on the beach at Caesar Creek early this morning.

Date: 8/22/01
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David E. Carr
Other Birders:

Great Blue Heron, Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Turkey Vulture, N. Bobwhite, Killdeer Calidris sp. (too far for me to indentify), Mourning Dove, Rock Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Bells' Vireo (in willows to left of observation shelter), Am. Crow, Barn Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Houe Wren, Sedge Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Am. Robin, Gray Catbird, N. Mockingbird, Blue-winged Warbler, C. Yellowthroat, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, Bobolink, Am. Goldfinch

Date: 8/21/01 1800-1930
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area- Fayetteville, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Spent most of the time at the large pond at the corner of Campbell and Snowhill Road. Not a tremendous variety, not a single shorebird seen. Did see 3 adult Red-headed woodpeckers, 2 juveniles, and one active nest with parent birds feeding black cherries and various insects. Eastern Phoebes and Eastern Bluebirds were concentrated in the swamp edge where dead trees were located in standing water. Also saw 5 Green and 3 Great Blue herons, an immature Sharpshin and several Belted Kingfishers. Also possibly a Prothonotary warbler. Great place to see Red-heads, a scope and chair make for excellent views.

Date: 08/21/01
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Fall songbird migration:

I took a brief stroll thru Burnet Woods on my lunch hour today. Although short on time, I did manage to find three species of warblers. I had 3 American Redstarts (3 plumages - imm. male, ad. male, ad. female), 3 Black-and-white Warblers (all females), and 1 imm. Chestnut-sided Warbler. I also had a singing vireo that I couldn't locate that might have been a Philadelphia. I have been correct on this kind of hunch before and have tracked down singing birds. The song seemed to be sweeter and faster than a Red-eyed, with an occasional three-note phrase in the repertoire. I also heard an Eastern Wood-Pewee.

Date: August 20, 2001
Location: Eden Park, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Two early indications of fall passerine migration in progress. A male Northern Oriole by the main overlook and a Pine Warbler in the Austrian Pines behind the Krohn Conservatory.

Date: August 20, 2001
Location: Mockingbird Hill Organic Farm, Williamsburg Oh.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Three Common Nighthawks flying Southeast and one Bobwhite in the yard.

Date: 8/20/01
Location: Harrison Avenue Viaduct and I-75
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

For the third morning in approximately six weeks, I have seen a Black Crowned Night Heron flying perpendicular to the Viaduct following the mill creek. The mill creek is heavily wooded along its edges and provides good habitat for Night Herons. I suspect there is a substantial population occupying that habitat.

Date: 8/18/01
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

Heard and saw an Osprey flying towards the Butler County Municiple Airport (possibly on approach for a landing) was also being chased by 30+ blackbirds.

Also saw an Osprey on Friday, 8/10, soaring over "borrow pit" off I-71 just South of Columbus. On following day, 8/11, saw an adult Bald Eagle flying over wetland habitat app. 1 mile South of Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky Ohio.

Date: 8/18-19/2001
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

The lake at Spring Valley has been drained recently so that some work can be done on the dam. This has resulted in some reasonably good shorebird habitat. To date I have failed to find any rarities but with local shorebird habitat at a premium I thought I would post this weekend's sightings anyway.

8/18 - killdeer (25), least sandpiper (20), pectoral sandpiper (15), lesser yelowlegs (1), solitary sandpiper (1) and semipalmated plover (1).

8/19 - semipalmated plover (2), killdeer (10), greater yellowlegs (3), lesser yellowlegs (1), pectoral sandpiper (3), semipalmated sandpiper (2), and least sandpiper (15).

The best habitat can be reached by parking in the south parking lot and taking the trail that leads to the northeast. A large mudflat in the southeast portion of the wetland can be viewed from several points along this trail.

Date: 8/19/2001
Location: home, New Richmond, OH.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Project Nighthawk:

With the low pressure system that had moved through here overnight came
light to moderate northerly winds (opposed to southerly), which brought
some nighthawks this evening. I had 11 that were flying high to the
south and 2 (not counted) that were flying low north (feeding?) over the
neighbor's yard.

Last year, the 24th was the 1st I had seen nighthawks.

Other birds: 1 Broad-winged hawk soaring high with sharpie, 20+ Barn Swallows

Date: Sat.August18,2001 6:00-dusk
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders: N.Ky. Sierra club field trip

We took a nice easy walk along the upper farm road of the main body of the Oxbow and saw 30+ Great Egrets, 10 Great Blues, 3 Green herons, and 5 Blk.-crowned night herons. 5 Killdeer, 8 Least Sandpipers, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 1 Spotted Sandpiper were on various mudflats, and a Kestrel and an imm. Coopers hawk were along the edges of the field. No songbirds of any note were seen, but several thousand blackbirds were noted flying west near dusk.

Date: 08/18/01
Location: Fayette County, Ohio
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

2 Caspian Terns over pond just across the Greene/Fayette County line, northbound side of I-71.
Also 100+ Barn Swallows along back roads en route to Deer Creek State Park (Fayette/Pickaway Cos.). Nothing of note at Deer Creek, except one nighthawk. Two more nighthawks in downtown Washington Courthouse on the way home.

Date: August 6th 2001
Location: Vincent, Ohio along State Route 550
Reporter: Jenny Maddox
Other Birders:

On August 6th, at 8:00 AM I was taking my dog out side for a walk and I saw hundreds and hundreds of birds all flying the same direction going over our farm in western Washington County area-- this wide path of birds lasted around 15 minutes. I was not sure why they were doing this but it was sort of a cooler mornight than we had been having-- This was not a usual sight in my areaand I could not stop looking at the unuasual sight -- I watched in ammazement. It brought back memories of the movie I had seen as a child about the "Birds" I was sort of scared but seen they were not causing harm --Just thought your would like to hear about this. This is indeed the most birds I have ever seen at one time flying in the same direction--- Maybe you can tell me is this usual ?? thanks

Date: August 18,2001
Location: California Woods, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The "Summer's Buzzing" sign at the entrance was very appropriate. About the only things "singing" were the cicadas except for a few A. Goldfinches, and an E. Pewee. There was a Great Egret along the L. Miami seen from the Shelter Cove Marina. Also a Belted Kingfisher and 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at Cali Wds. There was a good mudflat at the new Magrish Preserve pond, but just a few family groups of Mallards, along with lots of ragweed in bloom.

Date: Aug. 17, 01
Location: Williamsburg, OH
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

3 Black Vultures riding thermals over the town

Date: 8-16-01
Location: Winton Woods Silt Basin
Reporter: Bill Leaman
Other Birders:

20+ Black Terns

Date: August 17, 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Broadwinged Hawks circling low.

Date: 08/17/01
Location: Covedale @ Glenway & Guerley Aves.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

7 Common Nighthawks.

Date: 8/17/01 1900-2000
Location: Winton Woods Lake
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Amber Kolde

My daughter and I paddled around the part of the lake west of Winton Road. Heard two Barred owls, saw several Eastern Kingbirds, one Green heron and one Great Blue heron, as well as probably 2 Kingfishers. Best was an immature night heron (flying) and we were able to approach within less than 50 ft. to 2 adult Black-crowned night herons. Both were feeding on open shoreline and paid little attention to us.

Date: 16 August 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Adult male Northern Harrier, 3 Sedge Wren's, 2 Purlpe Martin

Date: August 15, 2001
Location: Melbourne, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Kentucky Warbler, 2 Wood Thrushes, 2 Scarlet Tanagers, 2 E. Pewees, 8 E. Bluebirds

Date: August 15, 2001
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Chuck Holliday

42 bobolinks, 4 sedge wren, 27 E. meadowlarks.

Date: August 14,2001
Location: Wilder, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 male Blue Grosbeak singing from the topmost wire of the high tension lines near the entrance to Frederick's Landing Park. Also 1 Green Heron along the creek nearby.

Date: 8/14/01 1830-2000
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest wetlands
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

One Sora seen, another heard in marsh north of bat house. In large prairie area (both sides of path) saw 2 Bobolinks, Savannah sparrow, possible banded Grasshopper sparrow?, saw one Sedge wren, heard two others. Shorebirds few in type and number.

Date: 08/14/01
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

At 9:30 this morning there were five Caspian Terns, including one juvenile, on the Caesar Creek beach along with the usual60 Ring-bills.

Date: 8-13-01
Location: Voice of America Park
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: Ada Habig

Three sedge wrens (only one of them seen), two grasshopper sparrows, several killdeers and approximately 25 eatern meadowlarks. We did not get there until about 8:30 this evening and would probably missed the wrens if they weren't so boisterous.

Date: 08/13/01
Location: Hopple Street Bridge
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None.

10 Black-crowned Night-Herons! (9 ad., 1 imm.)

1700: I arrived at the Health Dept. bldg. that Lori Brumbaugh so kindly provided me in her excellent directions.
At first I wasn't sure where to go, and I walked N along the RR tracks until I came to the bridge and stood underneath it. Then, I looked to the south and low and behold, I spotted three birds, all adults, one of them in the water to its chest. At this point, the birds were at a considerable distance, so I decided to walk S along the tracks and try to find the concrete platform that Lori mentions in her directions. After walking parallel to the tracks and the Health Dept. bldg., I finally found the platform. From there, I could look to the N at the small dam where the birds were standing at the edge of the rapids watching for fish in the Mill Creek. This time there were more birds. Two of the birds flew upriver beyond the bridge, leaving six adults at this point.
1715: I spotted an immature bird on the gravel spit that I either didn't notice before or appeared when I turned away to look downstream.
At one point, a Great Blue Heron flew in, but out of view on the near shore so I was unable to witness interspecific interactions. However, intraspecific competition for position at the edge of the rapids occurred when one of the birds that flew upriver previously had now returned to the rapids.
1718: I looked up and noticed an adult Black-crown sitting in a tree on the near shore not more than 30 yds. away. I failed to notice this bird earlier, perhaps because I was focused on the birds in the water.
1720: Time to go home and post this on the internet so that others can enjoy the same experience!

Directions, again: From I-75, take the Hopple Street exit and proceed across the bridge and take the first LEFT that you can at the first traffic light after crossing the bridge. I believe this is Beekman Street. Turn into the first entrance on your left, at the Health Center, and turn left through the parking lot to the end of the fence. Walk around the fence, through a small patch of weeds, and walk S (turn right) along the RR tracks until you see a square concrete sewage platform. Stand on this and look back to the N. The birds were at the edge of the rapids as described above.
From Westwood Northern Blvd., turn RIGHT onto Beekman, BEFORE the bridge and proceed as above.

Date: 8/11/01
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

It was too wet in just a puddle or two for even for my SUV to get into some of the areas but the pond behind the concrete plant is developing into a decent shorebird area. It was mid-afternoon when I got there and fairly quiet but it seems promising. There was only 1 Great Egret visible but I'm sure there were some back at the Beaver Pond. I was too tired from hiking Muscatatuck to hike back there.

Date: August 12, 2001 7:00am till 10:00am
Location: East Fork State Park BBS block 13 (Bethel Concord Rd)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

5 Great Blue Heron, 4 Green Heron, 5 Canada Goose, 1 Wood Duck, 1 Malard, 4 Wild Turkey (3 young), 1 American Woodcock, 4 Morning Dove, 1 Eastern Screech Owl, 2 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 2 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Acadian Flycatcher, 1 Eastern Kingbird, 6 Barn Swallow, 12 Blue Jay, 4 American Crow, 16 Carolina Chickadee, 5 Tufted Titmouse, 16 Carolina Wren, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Wood Thrush, 2 Gray Catbird, 1 Brown Thrasher, 1 Cedar Waxwing, 6 White-eyed Vireo, 4 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Black-and-White Warbler, 3 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Scarlet Tanger, 25 Northern Cardinal, 5 Indigo Bunting, 20 Eastern Towhee, 3 Field Sparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, 4 American Goldfinch
A final note: 1 Red-headed Woodpecker was seen on Musgrove Road (east of Rt. 133) Between Bethel and Williamsburg.

Date: 8/10-12/01
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands and elsewhere
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I actually saw many yellow throated and red-eyed vireos, a bobwhite and sedge wren after hearing them constantly. The mimics (catbirds, mockingbirds, brown thrashers) and their young are everywhere. The bell's vireos are easily found near the observation deck. The pied grebe is in the pond by the parking lot where I watched a doe, buck and two little ones play in the water. I heard the sedge wrens in three different areas. Two bobolinks were by the farm road. Towhees and young are all over and quite visible. I thought I saw a prothonotary warbler but not sure.

Date: 8-11-01
Location: little miami river island at kroger nature preserve
Reporter: jack zimmerman
Other Birders:

osprey, cormorant,green heron, t.vultures roosting site, gb heron, spotted sandpiper, wood ducks

Date: 8-11-01
Location: little miami river island at kroger nature preserve
Reporter: jack zimmerman
Other Birders:

osprey, cormorant,green heron, t.vultures roosting site, gb heron, spotted sandpiper

Date: 8/11/2001 8:00 AM - Noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

The habitat is perfect for shorebirds, very shallow ponds surrounded by large mudflats. The best shorebird was one juvenile Western Sandpiper with a rusty back.

There were at least five Bell's Vireos calling and flitting among the locusts bordering the bike trail. They were concentrated in the trees immediately south and north of the observation deck.

Along the farm road were Sedge Wrens, Dickcissels, and a solo Grasshopper and Savannah Sparrow. There were also Soras whinnying and squawking to each other in the flooded cattails nothwest of the bat box.

Here's the list:
Pied-billed Grebe 1, Great Blue Heron 9, Green Heron 3, Turkey Vulture 5, Canada Goose 8, Wood Duck 7, Mallard 15, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Northern Bobwhite 6, Sora 5, Killdeer 30, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 20, Solitary Sandpiper 4, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Semipalmated Sandpiper 4, Western Sandpiper 1, Least Sandpiper 30, Pectoral Sandpiper 50, Rock Dove 7, Mourning Dove 15, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Chimney Swift 18, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Willow Flycatcher 4, Eastern Kingbird 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Bell's Vireo 5, Warbling Vireo 2, Blue Jay 1, American Crow 5, Purple Martin 10, Tree Swallow 20, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6, Barn Swallow 25, Carolina Wren 3, House Wren 2, Sedge Wren 4, Eastern Bluebird 4, American Robin 12, Gray Catbird 12, Northern Mockingbird 8, Brown Thrasher 2, European Starling 25, Yellow Warbler 3, Prothonotary Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 18, Eastern Towhee 4, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 20, Savannah Sparrow 1, Grasshopper Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 70, Northern Cardinal 9, Indigo Bunting 18, Dickcissel 2, Red-winged Blackbird 65, Eastern Meadowlark 10, Common Grackle 35, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, Orchard Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 2, American Goldfinch 30, House Sparrow 7.

Date: 08/11/01
Location: Marsh at end of Cowan Lake's Lotus Trail
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

The marsh looks good. This PM it had 7 Least, 4 Pectoral and 2 Solitary Sandpipers along with 40 Killdeer.

Date: August 8, 2001
Location: Frederick's Landing, Wilder,Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Blue Grosbeak heard singing near the entrance gate.

Date: August 8, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Sharon Pawlowski, Dave Dankovic, Keith Ghering

3 sedge wrens, 50+ bobolinks. 30+ meadowlarks, 75-100 barn swallows.

Date: August 7,2001
Location: Northgate
Reporter: Donna
Other Birders:

Black and White Warbler - I first noticed this bird sitting on top of my shepherd's pole (for the cardinal feeder) eyeing the feeder then it flew onto my hummingbird feeder, pecked it for a bit then flew away.

Date: July 31, 2001
Location: Fairfield
Reporter: Donna
Other Birders:

On July 30 as I was taking a smoke break outside I heard a strange loud cry, then a hawk flew overhead and perched in the tree. The bird was very vocal all day. The next day it was still there. As we were leaving, my co-worker (aware of my love for birds) shouted across the parking lot that he could hear a gull, "That's a hawk, Dan" I replied. It was a Ferruginous Hawk, unfortunately, eventhough I brought my video camera to work for days thereafter, I couldn't verify it, although I did hear it from a distance once.

Date: July 12, 2001
Location: Northgate
Reporter: Donna
Other Birders:

I first saw this bird on the 10th but didn't pay much attention (shame on me)i passed it off as a Song Sparrow, afterall there is a family of them living in the same tangle of vines, then around 7am on the 12th this little bird was sitting ontop of a vine singing its heart out but it wasn't a Song Sparrow, it was an American Tree Sparrow. It had the spot on its chest but no streaks and a very distinctive rusty cap! Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture to verify it.

Date: August 7, 2001
Location: Near Oxford Ohio
Reporter: Alfredo J. Huerta
Other Birders:

Black-billed cuckoo. I heard a thump on my house window (on Shollenbarger Road about 1/2 mile south of Road 73) at about 3 pm. I immediately looked up and saw an object fall. I went outside to check it out and saw that it was a bird that I didn't recognize. Never having seen one, I had to identify it using the Birds of Ohio book. It was a male adult black-billed cuckoo. Too bad I had to see it dead.

Date: 08/06/01
Location: Miami-Whitewater wetlands 6:30 pm to 8pm
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

This time I was armed with binocs and scope. I found the following shorebirds: 33 Killdeer, 30 Pectoral Sandpipers, 8 Least Sandpipers, 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 5 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 1 Spotted Sandpiper. Herons included 3 Great Blue and 1 Green (No Little Blue). Songbird highlights were two Yellow-billed Cuckoos near Baughman Rd., one on either side. Spectacular views of one about 10 ft. high in Green Ash as it countersang with other bird, then became silent. Heard a Sedge Wren at the Gazebo, and had a family of Mockingbirds, many of them streaked juveniles. Mockingbirds numbered 7+. At one point, on the gravel path leading from the bike trail to the gazebo, I had all three mimids in one binocular view. There was a juvenile Brown Thrasher with one of the juvie Mockers and a Catbird in a nearby tree. Also saw two juvenile Towhees on the gravel path and an adult female or juvenile YB Chat. Red-winged Blackbirds numbered in excess of 2000+, again, mostly juvenile birds. I did not see or hear the Bell's Vireo, but heard some chattering in the willows from an unknown source, and later saw a female Common Yellowthroat nearby.

Date: August 6, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

Shorebird habitate is very good - perfect for breeding mosquitoes. Many Great Blue Herons (did not see the Little Blue), Green-backed Heron 1, Pectoral Sandpiper 2+, Greater Yellowlegs 3+, many Mallards, Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, and other shorebirds, but the bugs and humidity were too strong.

One vireo sighting near observation deck, but not certain it was Bell's.

Spooked a rail near the bathouse - looked like a Sora.

Date: 7:00-8:30 pm Sun.August5,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders: just a bunch of ticks!

Just a quick evening look at the wetlands found shorebirds and Sedge Wrens. The previously mentioned imm. Little Blue Heron was still present, as were 3 Green Herons, 2 Great Blues, 20+Killdeer, 15 Pectorals, 15 Leasts, 4 Semipalm sp.,1 Gr. Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Spotteds, 2 Solitaries, and at least 5 calling Sedge Wrens along the farm road. A week earlier, I had an additional 2 Sedge wrens in a different area of the wetlands, so a careful and thorough census of the area would surely turn up more birds. Sedge wrens appearing in late July-early August has been a common occurance over the last 6-8 years in the area.

Date: 8/6/01
Location: Stonelick Township Clermont County
Reporter: Neal Eckstein
Other Birders:

I saw 5 redwinged blackbirds, 1 scarlet
tanager, 1 carolina wren, 2 house finches, 1 gold finch, 3 cardinals.

Date: August 5, 2001
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

8 sedge wrens, including two pairs. 25 bobolinks were still around on Saturday night, and we also got to watch a hotly contested game of cricket out in the mowed area along Butler-Warren road...one can see almost anything at the VOA these days. There are a few photos (but none of the cricket game, alas) at http://gilmore.pond.org/voa.shtmll

Date: 8/5/2001
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: None

I braved the ticks and the high weeds today at the wetlands to find the following shorebirds - greater yellowlegs (2), lesser yellowlegs (5), solitary sandpiper (2), pectoral sandpiper (5), least sandpiper (2), semipalmated sandpiper (1)and killdeer (40).
The previously reported little blue heron was also seen.

Date: 08/04/01
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman, Charlie Saunders & his daughter

My wife and I went for a bicycle ride, so I did not have binocs or scope, but ran into Charlie Saunders and his daughter at the viewing shelter who stated that the white bird in the distance may be an immature Little Blue Heron. Frank Frick's observation of 08/03 below confirms this inclination.
I sent an update to Joe Hammond on the shorebird habitat conditions that consist of exposed mudflats on the entire main lake. I can tell that there were many shorebirds on the flats, but without the optics, I could not ID them.
Joe maintains an Ohio Shorebird Habitat website at the following address:

http://www.jjhammond.com/kestrel/shorbrds/

Date: August 4, 2001
Location: West Chester and Liberty Townships
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

20+ mile bike tour of the area turned up: Goldfinch 10+, Housefinch 2, Indigo Bunting 1, House Wren 2, Carolina Wren 3, House Sparrow (too numerous to count), Starling (several flocks numbering 20+ each), Blue Jay 5+, Mourning Dove (several flocks and singles), Crow 3, Turkey Vulture 4, Red Tailed Hawk 1, Red-Shouldered Hawk 1, Kestral 2 (one fledgling), Robin 6, Rough-winged Swallow 20+, Barn Swallow 2, Chimneyswift (too numerous), and Mockingbird 3 (my backyard).

Date: August 4, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

6 sedge wrens, 7 bobolink, 25+ meadowlark, 3 song sparrow, 1 field sparrow, 2 kestrel. Three of the sedge wrens were in the fields near the middle pond. One was in the higher ground west of the middle pond. One was east of the small eastern pond, one was west of the impound lot behind the VOA building.

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

From 2:30-4:00 pm 1 Little Blue Heron an Immature bird.Shorebird Habitat is getting better.1 Solitary SP,3 Pectoral SP,8 Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer.

Date: 07/31/01
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This AM there was l Pectoral and 1 Solitary Sandpipiper on the Cowan spillway in addition to the 2 Least and 3 Spotted which were there several days.
The Semipalmated Plovers were not seen.
With a scope this is an excellent spot to observe shorebirds and worth a stop if you are near Wilmington.

Date: 07/31/01 @ 0830
Location: W. Hills Viaduct
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

One Black-crowned Night-Heron seen flying S over the Western Hills Viaduct this morning.

Date: July 30, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Hoffman, Chuck Holliday

5 sedge wrens, 14 bobolinks. The sedge wrens were fairly well scattered about the area.

Chuck Holliday saw a N. harrier this afternoon near the Cincinnati-Dayton Road exit off of the Butler County Regional Highway.

Date: July 30, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek and Cowan Lake
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This morning there was a Sanderling and a Semipalmated Sandpiper on the Caesar Creek beach.
This aftenoon the Cowan Lake Spillway had 2 Least Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Sandpipers and 2 Semipalmated Plovers.
The Marsh at the end of Lotus Trail had 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, and 1 Least Sandpiper.

Date: July 29, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

27 bobolinks--one flock in a low spot near the middle pond. 1 sedge wren just west of the middle pond.

Date: 07/28/01
Location: CNC & East Fork
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: 4 @ CNC, None @ East Fork

I led a bird walk at the Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC) on the morning of Saturday July 28th from 0815 to 0955. Four other birders braved light rain to find the following birds:

possible Green Heron (unconfirmed bird flushed from Marsh Pond along Edge Trail), Wood Duck 1, Mallard 5, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift (after the walk, I was told that these birds were nesting in the chimney of the Rowe building. I could hear their chatters through the fireplace! Count at least 2 birds, damper was closed, I could not see the birds), Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 (a male and a female at the feeder viewed from the side porch, another male at marker #31, near the junction of Whitetail Trace and Redwing Trail), Downy Woodpecker 2 ( a rather large female at the bird blind along Edge Trail was first thought to be a Hairy, but the bill was small and the white outer tail feathers showed black spots. A male, later seen at Rowe building, was smaller, which begs the question: Are female Downies bigger than males?), Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 (heard by myself after the bird walk upon walking to my car), Acadian Flycatcher 4, Eastern Phoebe 0 (no birds, just old nest that has been on the light fixture above the stairwell to the lower education rooms for years, and is re-used each year), American Crow (a flock thought to be harrassing a raptor that was not seen), Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch 2 (heard in parking lot while assembling for bird walk, another seen at feeders from CNC library window after the walk), Carolina Wren 9 (at least one family group of about 5 birds), Eastern Bluebird 2 (on the way in along the drive, before the bird walk), Wood Thrush 1 (Heard only along Whitetail Trace), American Robin, Common Yellowthroat 1 (jct. of Whitetail Trace & Redwing trail), Eastern Towhee 2 (heard only), Northern Cardinal, Indigo Bunting 1 (at 10:00 in locust, male hummingbird was at 2:00 - I spotted the hummer before the indigo), Common Grackle 1, Brown-headed Cowbird 2 (I saw them in flight, in a chase, I don't know if the others saw them), House Finch 1 (male at library feeders after walk), American Goldfinch.

After the CNC bird walk, and after conducting some research in the CNC library and then having lunch, I proceeded to my breeding bird survey block on the North side of East Fork State Park. There I found the following birds:

Turkey Vulture 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Kingbird 2, Blue Jay 4, American Crow 4, Carolina Chickadee 2, Carolina Wren 2, Cedar Waxwing 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Scarlet Tanager 1, Northern Cardinal 5, Indigo Bunting 6, Field Sparrow 2, American Goldfinch 4.

I then decided to head on down to the south swimming beach to see what good birds may have turned up there. No pun intended, but I did manage to find a Caspian Tern among 19 Ring-billed Gulls, which in turn led to my discovery of the 2 Sanderlings which Hank Armstrong so kindly posted on this site, since I was not near a computer. However, what he didn't mention was the plumage of the two birds. The first one I found was a juvenile, basically a very pale bird which contrasted nicely with the breeding adult that I later found to join the juvenile.
While watching these birds, I also heard a Wood Thrush and an Indigo Bunting. The birds stayed on the beach, despite a few beach-goers and a jet ski. I have seen many Sanderlings in Florida and New Jersey, and they can be quite tame, so they will not flee from humans as readily as many other shorebirds.

Good Birding to all,

David.

Date: 7/28/01
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Dave Brinkman

Dave reported to me at 3:30PM this date he had observed 2 Sanderlings, one Caspian Tern and 19 Ring-billed Gulls at the south swimming beach.

Date: 7/28/2001 8:30-10:00 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Fledglings and nestlings were the order of the day. The Bell's Vireo family continues to frquent the willows surrounding the observation deck. This deck was a convenient dry spot in an otherwise soggy landscape this morning (hence the term "wetland").

I've asterisked the species with nestlings or fledglings in the trip list. It is as follows: Canada Goose 6, *Wood Duck 10, *Mallard 12, *Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, Northern Bobwhite 2, Killdeer 3, Rock Dove 6, *Mourning Dove 45, Chimney Swift 8, *Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, *Willow Flycatcher 9, *Eastern Kingbird 3, *Bell's Vireo 2, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 7, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 9, Barn Swallow 4, Carolina Chickadee 2, *Carolina Wren 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, Eastern Bluebird 2, *American Robin 25, *Gray Catbird 12, *Northern Mockingbird 7, *European Starling 18, Cedar Waxwing 3, *Yellow Warbler 5, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, *Common Yellowthroat 8, *Eastern Towhee 6, Chipping Sparrow 3, *Field Sparrow 12, *Song Sparrow 20, *Northern Cardinal 8, *Indigo Bunting 5, *Red-winged Blackbird 90, Common Grackle 6, Baltimore Oriole 1, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 18, *House Sparrow 3.

Date: July 28, 2001
Location: Hamilton Riverside Natural Area
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

We heard 1 grasshopper sparrow singing from the north side of the large mound in the center of the prairie. This is the first grasshopper sparrow I've heard at Riverside in four years. Also, 1 juvenile black-crowned night heron in the lagoon and 10+ wood ducks.

Date: Thurs. 7/26/01
Location: East Fork St. Park, OH
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

In previous post, failed to include
the following:

Canada Geese 15.
Ring-billed Gulls >20

Date: Thurs. July 26, '01
Location: East Fork State Park - Bantam,, OH
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Was in the Bantam, OH area yesterday with about an hour of free time and elected to *bird* the beach area and the two pond areas near the top of the hill as you leave the beach area.

Pickins were sparse at the best. Few
species listed:

Am. Crows 22
E KIngbird 2
A Robins < 9
Wood Ducks 8
Mallards (immature) 8
and best bird - Green Heron at ponds.

Strange that there were no sightings of:
Any sparrows, grackles, doves,
cardinals.













Date: 7/26/01
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: Mark Piepmeier
Other Birders:

pair of indigo buntings seen last several nights along grass trail near bird blind.

Date: July 27,2001
Location: V.O.A
Reporter: Charlie Hoffman
Other Birders: none

Saw and heard the sledge wren about 25 yards south of the new trail by the middle pond, he was down low in the grasses. No bobolinks or savannah sparrows,numberless eastern meadowlarks

Date: 07/26/01
Location: 6th & Main, Downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

While waiting for the Rt. 53 Metro at this intersection, I observed a pair of American Kestrels in mock combat over the building at the southwest corner of 6th & Main.

Date: July 25, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

8 bobolink, 3 savannah sparrows, 20 eastern meadowlarks, 1 sedge wren, heard and seen in the eastern section on MetroParks property 200 yards south of the the middle pond. There's a narrow mowed trail off the main trail, and the wren was singing and bouncing around on top of the grasses and other vegetation. A storm blew over while I was there, and that might have kept things less active than they could have been.

Date: July 25, 2001
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I observed a juvenile Hooded Merganser at the Watertown Yacht Club this morning at around 10:30. It was able to fly so it may or may not have come from a nesting in this area. If it did I would suspect that it may have come from along Fourmile or Tug Creek a few miles upriver at Silver Grove, where there are many Wood Duck boxes in place and many Wood Duck broods produced annually. The merganser was moving in and out around the boat docks and was still present when I left after a half hour of observation at close range.

Date: 07/22/01
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

4 Common Nighthawks flew over my backyard at 9:15 pm. I suspect this to be a family group consisting of 2 adults and 2 juveniles. They were flying together, no more than a wing length apart. This is the first time this summer that I have seen more than 2 birds around my house. There are many gravel rooftops in the area at local businesses. I have not determined which rooftop they may have nested on, however.

Date: July 22, 2001
Location: Union Centre, Butler County, OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

I just thought I'd check a few spots where I used to get shorebirds in flooded fields before this area was developed. I did find 2 Great Egrets and 6 Great Blue Herons at the large impoundment behind the distribution center on Allen Road. There were also 2 Green Herons and at least six family groups of mallards in the wet areas along Beckett Road.

Date: 7/22/01
Location: Mill creek and Hopple st
Reporter: Charlie Hoffman
Other Birders: none

I observed 6 black crowned night herons between 1030-1130

Date: July 20, 2001
Location: Knorr Avenue
Reporter: Kathy LaDow
Other Birders: family

5 Carolina Wrens fledged from the nest in our back porch transom! The parent(s) prodded them from the nest at about 8 in the evening. There was still one on the porch shade in the morning, but it, too, made it to the safey of the woods!

Date: 07/21/01
Location: Addendum to MW wetlands post
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Add 2 Northern Mockingbirds.
Also, sorry for the double post. I had trasmission problems.

Date: 07/21/01 10:40am-1:10pm
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I braved the extreme heat to find the following birds:

Great Blue Heron 5,Green Heron 1,Wood Duck 13, Mallard 13 (incl. 4 ducklings), Red-tailed Hawk 2,Northern Bobwhite 3, Killdeer 6, Pectoral Sandpiper 2, Mourning Dove 6, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3, Northern Flicker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Willow Flycatcher 7, Eastern Kingbird 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Bell's Vireo 2-3 (1-2 Ad., 1 fledgling)*, Blue Jay 1, American Crow 4, Purple Martin 9, Tree Swallow 3, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3, Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 4, Carolina Wren 1, House Wren 5,Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, American Robin 5, Gray Catbird 8, Brown Thrasher 3, Yellow Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 13 (incl. 3 fledglings), Yellow-breasted Chat 1, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 8 (incl. Ad. Feeding fledgling cowbird), Savannah Sparrow 1, Grasshopper Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow 16+ , Northern Cardinal 4, Indigo Bunting 8, Red-winged Blackbird 100+, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Common Grackle 3, Brown-headed Cowbird 2 (1 ad. Female and a fledgling fed by Field Sparrow), Orchard Oriole 1, American Goldfinch 28.

* The Bell's Vireo was easily heard from the gazebo at 11:10 am and again at 1:00 pm. He sang from low in a willow about 260 degrees WSW of the gazebo, about 25 ft. from it. He then disappeared low into a clump of willows for a few minutes before resuming song on the North side of the dike. Soon thereafter I spotted a non-singing adult (not sure if it was the male or a female) with a fledgling in a willow 160 degrees SSE of the gazebo, about 20 ft. from it. When heard again at 1:00 pm, the male was just to the East of the gazebo.

Date: 07/21/01 10:40am-1:10pm
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I braved the extreme heat to find the following birds:

Great Blue Heron 5,Green Heron 1,Wood Duck 13, Mallard 13 (incl. 4 ducklings), Red-tailed Hawk 2,Northern Bobwhite 3, Killdeer 6, Pectoral Sandpiper 2, Mourning Dove 6, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3, Northern Flicker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Willow Flycatcher 7, Eastern Kingbird 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Bell's Vireo 2-3 (1-2 Ad., 1 fledgling)*, Blue Jay 1, American Crow 4, Purple Martin 9, Tree Swallow 3, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3, Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 4, Carolina Wren 1, House Wren 5,Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, American Robin 5, Gray Catbird 8, Brown Thrasher 3, Yellow Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 13 (incl. 3 fledglings), Yellow-breasted Chat 1, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 8 (incl. Ad. Feeding fledgling cowbird), Savannah Sparrow 1, Grasshopper Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow 16+ , Northern Cardinal 4, Indigo Bunting 8, Red-winged Blackbird 100+, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Common Grackle 3, Brown-headed Cowbird 2 (1 ad. Female and a fledgling fed by Field Sparrow), Orchard Oriole 1, American Goldfinch 28.

* The Bell's Vireo was easily heard from the gazebo at 11:10 am and again at 1:00 pm. He sang from low in a willow about 260 degrees WSW of the gazebo, about 25 ft. from it. He then disappeared low into a clump of willows for a few minutes before resuming song on the North side of the dike. Soon thereafter I spotted a non-singing adult (not sure if it was the male or a female) with a fledgling in a willow 160 degrees SSE of the gazebo, about 20 ft. from it. When heard again at 1:00 pm, the male was just to the East of the gazebo.

Date: 7/21/01 6:15a-8:30a
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

It was a foggy morning but I did hear a white eyed vireo at the parking lot. I was finishing up, whining to myself that again I missed the bell's vireo, when I saw it feeding a fledgling. It kept giving the young bird a huge yellowish orange larvae. They passed it back in forth until the yongster finally swallowed it. I saw only one adult and did see it sing while sitting beside the young bird. I have seen and heard the bell's before, so I am sure of the id. The two were on the dike not far from the observation deck.

Date: July 18, 2001
Location: Voice of America, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Chuck Holliday

Last week we saw 9 bobolinks, tonight we saw 29. Last week the males didn't show signs of molting, tonight they looked like they were wearing cream-colored sweater vests. Every male we saw had either buffy-yellow spots on the sides, or solidly buffy sides, which really contrasted with the rest of their black underparts. A few had one buffy side, the other basic black. At least one female (we assume) was dull white on one side of the breast, and buffy-yellow on the other side. When facing us head on, she looked like she'd been half painted. Perhaps the wicked weather last night had something to do with the numbers today. In any case, all the birds were in the northern portion of the VOA, mostly in the MetroParks grounds.

15 savannah sparrows, 20+ meadowlarks.

Date: July 16, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, etc.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

A Bell's vireo was singing along the dike near the observation deck. Given Neill Cade's posting below, and my aversion to ticks, we didn't walk the dike, but did hear the bird sing once while we were standing in the observation deck. And there were two grasshopper sparrows along the farm road.

The VOA last Wednesday the 11th was a little slower than it has been. 9 bobolinks, 2 grasshopper sparrows. Perhaps the bobolinks have already split.

Finally, there is a retention basin just east of Gilmore behind Hamilton Fixture that might prove to have decent shorebird habitat. On July 7th there were 3 black-crowned night herons, 2 great egrets, 5 great blue herons and 1 green heron feeding on small fish in a shallow, drying pool. Most of the basin is still fairly deep though, and there is only a thin strip of mudflat around the perimeter.

Date: Sunday, July 15
Location: downtown Cinci
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders: 7 family members, non of whom are birders but all of whom nodded and smiled and oooed and ahhed appropriately

We took our Virginia relatives to the top of Carew Tower at 11:30 AM today, and much to my delight, heard and then saw 3 peregrines on top of the Firstar building. The largest soared upward--higher than the observation level of Carew Tower and then semi-dove directly towards us and landed on a ledge just a few feet below us. After about 10 seconds, it took off and headed north. In the meantime, the other two had flown, and I didn't see where they went.

Date: 7/15/01
Location: Rt. 50 bridge-Cleves
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

I don't know if anyone posted this yet but there are several dozen cliff swallow nests under the RT 50 bridge over the Great Miami River in Cleves. Best seen from under the train bridge. park across from GravalRama and walk down a dirt road.

Date: 7/14/01 1900-2200
Location: Indian Creek Wildlife Area-Fayetteville, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Visited ICWA for fishing. At the largest pond off of Snowhill/Campbell roads, saw the following: YB Cuckoo, 6 Green Herons, E. Kingbird,Willow Flycatchers, E. Pewee, Tree, Barn, Bank Swallows, P. Martins. Best were 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers at what appeared to be a possible active nest site. There were also many Wood Ducks, as well as Killdeer and several Least Sandpipers present. At dusk flushed a Woodcock out of buttonbrush, also heard 3 separate Barred Owls.

Date: 7/13/2001 6:15-9:15 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

After some searching, we re-located the Bell's Vireo in its customary stand of willows near the wildlife observation deck. The bird's behavior and vocalizations were markedly different than before. Rather than singing, the bird was shrieking alarm calls and darting from one clump of willows to the next. Although we thought it odd, we decided to move down the levee toward the fenceline and leave the vireo alone.

Twenty minutes later (~7:30 PM), near the end of the levee, Jason spotted a small bird hopping in some undergrowth bordered by cattails. Hoping for a wren, I finally got a clear look at the bird. It was a fledgling Bell's Vireo!

The bill still showed a bit of yellow in the gape, there were no retrices, and only one wingbar was apparent. Otherwise, the juvenile showed a very close likeness to the adult.

Now understanding the adult's earlier anomalous behavior, we beat a hasty retreat.

Date: 7/13/01
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

I went to look for the caspian terns tonight. After scanning the water and the flocks of ring-billed gulls for awhile, I came up with a tern, but it wasn't a caspian. Judging by it's appearance, I would say that it was definitely a common tern (reddish bill with dark tip, largely forked tail, and red legs). It had no head tuft at all, and it's size was nowhere near that of a caspian. Amongst all of the ring billed's, there were several first year birds.

Date: July 13, 2001
Location: The AA HWY, Wilder, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A pair of Blue Grosbeaks feeding three recently fledged young in the field just south of the Town and Country Sports Complex and the Great Escape Theater at the I-275 exit to the AA Hwy. A great place to take the kids and also get in a little birding. They were last seen south of the soccer field next to the Licking River. Also one other male Blue Grosbeak at the entrance to Frederick's Landing Park in Wilder (just south of the city bldg.).

Date: July 9, 10 2001
Location: Mt. Adams, Cinti. Ohio between Immaculata Church and the Highland towers
Reporter: Linda Burton
Other Birders: Marge Hause

Peregrine falacon - total of 3 soaring between the church and the highrise. Viewed from our balcony at the towers on Celestial St.

Date: 7/11/01
Location: Mill Creek under Hopple St. Bridge
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

Today I observed five black-crowned night herons feeding near the rapids in the Mill Creek near the Hopple Street bridge. To observe the birds, park in the Health Clinic parking lot off of Beekman near Hopple street, and walk down to the railroad tracks. A good observation point is from the large sewer platforms which can be accessed by walking south on the tracks, and turning left at the clearing.

Date: 7/10/01
Location: VOA Park
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

I decided to check Voice of America out today. Meadowlarks were everywhere (probably close to 60). Bobolink numbers were down significantly. I personally saw only 10 or so within an hour (I was out during the heat of the day, so they may have been concealing themselves). They were not singing, only giving flight and alarm calls. Barn swallows were also very numerous (~40). The highlight for me was a single savannah sparrow singing along side of the paved path leading through the meadow.

Date: 7/10/01
Location: Mill creek@Hopple st.
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

5 adult B.C. Night Herons and 1 imm. at the dam below Hopple st. Bridge. 1 great Blue also.

Date: July 10, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This AM there were 2 Caspian Terns and 1 adult Herring Gull with the 40 or so Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: July 6,7
Location: Cowan Lake at end of Lotus Trail
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Ed Roush, Lenna Mae Gara

Adult Little Blue Heron not seen today
Monday, July 9.

Date: 07/08/01
Location: West Chester, Quail Run Farms
Reporter: Bonnie Griffith
Other Birders:

Today there was a BROWN THRASHER with 2 young under our bird feeder. Yesterday I saw an EASTERN TOWHEE, male. On 7/5/01 I saw a bird on the ground that I haven't been able to identify yet! Possibly a female towhee?, but it had a beige ring on throat underside and a reddish tail, mostly reddish head with a grey elipse on top, grey wings. I'm going nuts trying to figure out what the heck I saw!

Date:
Location: Addendum to previous.
Reporter: Brinkman
Other Birders:

We were driving West, not East.

Date: 07/07/01 @ 7:50 p.m. EDT
Location: Just West of Dearborn & Ohio Co. line, Rt. 56 in Indiana
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

(Indiana Delorme p. 53, D/E-11)

2 Black-crowned Night-Herons in flight over farmland as we were driving East along the Ohio River Scenic drive.

Date: Early Summer 2001
Location: Covedale/Price Hill - Nighthawks
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman, on occasion.

I have not seen any other postings of nighthawks so I thought I would post this account. Nearly every evening around dusk there have been a few Common Nighthawks foraging above Guerley and Glenway Avenues since late spring. These
birds are not migrants, but summer residents and may be nesting in the area. There are a few flat gravel rooftops throughout the area. One evening in June I even saw a pair performing the dive that creates the booming sound. Last night a pair flew low over our heads on Kellywood Ave. (the street I we live on).

Date: 7/7/2001
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: Mike from Tennessee

Grasshopper Sparrow was still present and singing at the north end of the mowed area that Mike described in the previous email. After not seeing one kestrel the last time I was here today there was 7.

Date: July 4, 2001
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rick Dage, Charles Holliday

59 bobolinks, 21 savannah sparrows, 1 grasshopper sparrow, 33 eastern meadowlarks.

The bobolinks were not singing for the most part. We saw at least three young begging for food and being fed by adults. Of the 59 bobolinks, 36 were females or perhaps also young birds--it seems hard to see the difference from afar, and soon the males will be looking like that, too. Prior to last night, the most females we've seen on one of our trips was 12. The grasshopper sparrow was a nice surprise. It was singing from atop a weed near a large mowed oval area along Butler-Warren Road. Still worth visiting the VOA, though there don't seem to be many male birds displaying and carrying on like they were just a week or two ago.

Date: July 3,2001
Location: MWW wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Some exposed mud flats.1 Short-Billed Dowitcher,1 Lesser Yellowlegs,3 Solitary Sandpipers,Least Sandpipers and Killdeer.Also seen 7 Great Blue Herons and a Great Egret.

Date: 6/16, 6/30
Location: Miami Whitewater - Bowle's woods area
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Sergejs Berdnikovs on 6/16, none on 6/30

I have two Hooded Warbler males on territory in the Bowle's woods area of Miami Whitewater. On the 16th we also had two singing male Kentucky Warblers, but failed to locate them by sight, and I failed to locate them completely on the 30th. The woods was fairly quiet on both visits, with the exception of persistant singers such as Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Thrushes and Acadian Flycatchers. Tanagers seem to be few also, but there is a resident Summer Tanager at the first semi-circle area of the Bowle's woods area across from the ball fields.
Meanwhile, I'm entering 20+ years of sightings into my computer.

Date: July 2,2001
Location: AA Hwy, Wilder, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One pair of Blue Grosbeaks in the easiest to find location yet. Park at the new Gold Star Chili at the SW corner of I-275 & KY 9 (the AA HWY). The male was singing at ten minute intervals from the power lines directly across the street in front of the restaurant.

Date: July 1, 2001
Location: The Red River Gorge, Wolfe Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

A surprising amount of warblers still singing for this late in the summer. Highlights included 1 Swainson's Warbler and 1 pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches, along with a Black-throated Green Warbler collecting nesting material (7 Black-throated Greens total). Other birds included: 8 Hooded, 2 Black & White, 3 Worm-eating, 3 Yellow-throated Warblers, 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes feeding 2 fledglings, 2 Ovenbirds,4 Northern Parulas, 4 Blue-headed, 6 Red-eyed Vireos, 4 Wood thrushes, 1 Broad-winged Hawk (combined sightings from 6/30 & 7/1).

Date: July 1, 2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Wayne Wauligman, Charlie Saunders, George Hardebeck

The Bell's vireo near the observation deck was still there this morning.

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