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Sightings Log Archive: October 2001 - December 2001

Date: 31 December 2001`
Location: Taylor Park, Newport, KY / Public Landing, Cinti, OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Gull numbers are building up. 400 Ring-billed Gulls at the mouth of the Licking River today. I counted 635 flying downriver from the Silver Grove area yesterday morning. Also 2 Red-breasted Mergansers at the Watertown Yacht Club yesterday (30 Dec.).

Date: 12/30/01@11:00am
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Danham

While walking, we spotted 48-50 sandhill cranes spirally above us, last seen headed southeast. Probably the same group seen over Finneytown.

Date: 12/30/01 about 1200
Location: Springfield Township, Ohio- Finneytown
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

I was on my deck trying to start my uncooperative smoker when I heard, then located about 50 Sandhill cranes. They seemed to be spiralling up as if having left the ground somewhere close by (south of Winton Woods park?), then flew off in a southwest direction. This is the latest I have seen Sandhills in Ohio, the other latest sighting being 1997 during the last week of December in Adams County.

Date: 29 December 2001
Location: Public landing Cinti, OH / Taylor Park, Newport, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

110 Ring-billed Gulls. The first sizable group that I have seen on the OH river this year.

Date: 29 December 2001
Location: Public Landing, Cinti, OH/ Taylor Park, Newport, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

110 Ring-billed Gulls - the first sizable group that I've seen on the river this winter.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

the url mentioned below is http://gilmore.pond.org/sawwhets_122201.shtmll

Date: December 22, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie & Lauren Saunders

There was a saw-whet owl about ten feet up in a cedar tree along the trail behind south pond last Saturday. I was unable to post the sighting, since I had to leave town. However, since Saturday, the bird hasn't been relocated, though a number of pellets have been found under cedar trees at Gilmore Ponds. There's a rather unsatisfactory picture of the bird at
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But there are some excellent photos David Brinkman took of a saw-whet that showed up at Gilmore Ponds in 1992.

Date: 12/28/01 0730- 2230
Location: Liberty Township, Adams Cty, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

All of my observations made on private property. From my deer stand, saw the following of greater interest:
~ 15 Golden-crowned kinglets; 2 Brown Creepers; 2 Pileated woodpeckers and a group of 6 Eastern Bluebirds. Also 7 Turkey vultures.
When leaving the property in the evening found a Barn owl perched on a fence post, only able to view for about 10 seconds before it left.

Date: 27 December, 2001
Location: Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

At Evergreen Cemetery, the female White-breasted Nuthatch flew into her roost hole at 4:30 PM. At 4:50 PM, I finally witnessed the male White-breasted Nuthatch going into his roost hole. This is in a similarly broken off and rotted out end of a medium-sized limb, about 10 meters up in a large American elm. The elm is about 100 meters from the female's roost in the black maple. The male began to call repeatedly just prior to roosting, and 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers also began to call loudly nearby at the same time. 120,000+ Common Starlings flew in to the NKU roost. American Robin numbers do not seem as high as previous years, I estimated around 1500 tonight at NKU.

Date: 12/27/01 (Thursday)
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods) & Vicinity
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bob Foppe

An all intensive search (8:10 am until 3:10 pm) for Northern Saw-whet Owls in several areas of the CNC property and adjacent Wildwood turned up nada, not one species of raptor (vultures are no longer classified as raptors). Several COUNT WEEK contenders found (today is first day of count week).
Note: There is a second hand report given to us about two separate sightings of a probable Northern Goshawk near Shephard (sp.?) Road. We were not in a position, however, to go to that location. Hope someone relocates and verifies (and documents) this sighting.
The list follows:
BLACK VULTURE (3 along Rt. 50, within Cincinnati count circle), Turkey Vulture (2 at CNC, 12 along Rt. 50), Mallard 8+, Ring-billed Gull (50+ at I-275 and Rt. 32), Rock Dove 50+, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, Downy Wp, Hairy Wp, "Yellow-shafted" Flicker, Pileated Wp, Blue Jay, Am. Crow, C. Chickadee, T. Titmouse, WB Nuthatch, C. Wren, GC Kinglet 3, Eastern Bluebird (20+ at Willow Pond on Lookout Trail), Hermit Thrush (1 near shelter at lookout trail), Am. Robin, N. Mockingbird 1, YR Warbler 2, Eastern Towhee 4, FOX SPARROW 3, Song Sparrow, WT Sparrow, DE Junco (many in crop fields - at least 30), N. Cardinal (many - can we have National high again???), House Finch, PINE SISKIN 8, Am. Goldfinch.

Date: Sunday, December 23, 2001
Location: Western Hamilton County CBC
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: 30 observers

The 43rd Western Hamilton County CBC was held on Sunday, December 23. Although the morning was dark and drizzly, we tied our record high species count of 71. Highlights included 4 Pied-billed Grebes (tied high count), 7 Turkey Vultures (tied high count), 12 American Wigeon (new high count), 6 Blue-winged Teal (high count, only the second time seen on this CBC; all males), 111 American Coots (new high count), 18,182 American Crows (new high count), and 1 Common Yellowthroat (for just the second time on this CBC, although they have been found several times in recent years on nearby counts). Notable misses were Sharp-shinned Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Hermit Thrush, Field Sparrow (missed for the first time ever), and Common Grackle.

Date: 12/26/01 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hart Rd. Oxford, OH
Reporter: Janice Broermann
Other Birders:

A male Northern Harrier sighted just off of the road. My first! It's white rump, gray back, and dark tips were my clues. My friend who lives there has also seen it recently.

Date: 12/25/01
Location: Woodland Mound Park, along the river
Reporter: Kurk Dorsey
Other Birders: Robert Dorsey

Birders,
A brief visit to Woodland Mound park turned up a pair of pileated woodpeckers, a wood duck, a kingfisher, about 10 bluebirds, a great blue heron, a kestrel, and more starlings than I have ever seen at once, just thousands and thousands in the trees along US 50. I'm not a big fan of starlings, but the sight was mesmerizing.

Kurk Dorsey
Newmarket, NH, home for Christmas!

Date: 12/24/01
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders: Tony, a friend of my son's

A flock of about 25 sandhill cranes flew right over our house from NE to SW about 10:20 this morning! A first for me! Wow! My son's friend wasn't sure which was more interesting: the birds or my excited behavior. :-)

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

45 Ring-billed Gulls and 1 Bonaparte's Gull on OH River in Newport. The female White-breasted Nuthatch went to the roost hole at precisely 4:25 PM at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Date: December 22, 2001, about 11:00 am
Location: 2419 Maryland Ave., Price Hill, Cincinnati
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

I, too, like Jay and Jack Stenger, saw the probable Rufous Hummingbird at about 11:00 am. I dropped off six prints of photographs that I took last Saturday, 12/15/01, as a gesture of good-will and thanks to the very generous home-owners. Unfortunately, one of them received some upsetting e:mails from birders, who disagree strongly with the intent to capture this bird. We need to remember DIPLOMACY, DIPLOMACY, DIPLOMACY when we interact with home-owners extending their generosity and good-will to us to see the birds on their property, no matter how correct or valid are our positions and no matter how strongly we feel. I also dropped off a large package of printouts of information from the internet (hummingbirdsplus) about identification of hummingbirds and the cold hardiness of Rufous Hummingbirds and other hummingbirds. With this information in hand the home-owners have the oportunity make an educated assessment of the risk to this bird. BTW, I forwarded six photos to Vic Fazio to put on his website. He has informed me that it will be on his website at aves.net/birdnews before the end of the weekend. If the pictures could be put on this site, I would forward them to Ned. Hope that Frank Renfrow's pictures are good and go beyond my pictures. I forwarded my photos to Bob Sargent of hummingbirdsplus, and he has confirmed my assessment that this is a female. However, the photos are not diagnostic, unfortunately, and an unambiguous identification can not be made from them. However, it is most likely an adult female Rufous, my opinion and Bob's.

Date: Saturday, December 22,2001
Location: Maryland Ave. Price Hill, Hamilton Co. Ohio
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


As of 12:30 pm today the Rufous(probable) Hummingbird was still present and free flying (as it should be). While we were there it visited the feeder twice over a 10 minute span, both times for under a minute. We did have to wait initially for about 20 minutes before it first appeared. Thanks to the generous homeowners for allowing all of us to intrude upon their privacy.

Date: 12/22/2001
Location: Clifton
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: wife and son

42 Sandhill Cranes flew over my house in the Clifton neighborhood of Cincinnati at 1:45pm today. They circled a few times as they appeared to catch a thermal and then continued south.

Date: 12/22/01
Location: Day Heights area of Milford
Reporter: Kyle Becker
Other Birders: Mom: Lori

~ 20 Sandhill Cranes circling field beside house, but sadly, did not land.

Date: 21 December, 2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Continuing to follow the roosting behavior of the White-breasted Nuthatches here. It is interesting to note that the male continues to feed for quite a while after the female retires (at least 20 minutes later this evening). Although I have yet to locate the male's roost hole, it seems to be a good distance from the female's, on the opposite end of the cemetery. Also 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (heard).

Date: 12/21/01
Location: Potter's Golf Course, Hamilton
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders:

While taking advantage of the weather on a local golf course, we were treated to 23 sandhills flying overhead. Of course they were heard before being seen. By the direction they were flying, they could have been heading for an overnight at the Miami-Whitewater wetlands. Also had a yellow-bellied sapsucker.

Date: 21 December, 2001
Location: East Fork SP, Harsha Lake, Clermont Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A quick look at the lake from the saddle dam area revealed 2 Common Loons, 40 Mallards, 2 American Wigeon, 200 Ring-billed Gulls, and 35 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Date: Dec.21,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

At 5:00pm 23 Sandhill Cranes were seen flying over the wetlands. A half hour later they were back, circled and flew off to the west.There's a good chance they'll spend the night.

Date: 20 December 2001
Location: Wyoming, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

While leaving a private residence with lots of red and white pines in the yard, I found 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches noisily feeding in the white pines.

Date: 12-20-01
Location: Price Hill
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: kyle & zack

Hummer update: Homeowner "Bob" says FRIDAY, December 21, is the target date for CAPTURE. JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME: observed the hummer today with two 12-year-old boy scouts (my stepson and his school friend). Both young lads were enthralled. How unfortunate the imminent capture will deprive others of such joy.

Date: December 15, 2001
Location: Hamilton/Fairfield CBC results
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

The results for the Hamilton/Fairfield CBC can be found at http://gilmore.pond.org/newsletter/cbc_01.shtmll

The count ended up with 65 species. Will Harbaum told me last night that someone found 2 red-breasted nuthatches visiting a feeder near Miami Woods in Hamilton on Saturday.

Date: 19 December 2001
Location: Price Hill, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I watched the probable Rufous Hummingbird for about a half hour around 2 PM. It was very accomodating, and I was able to shoot a roll of film of the hummer at the feeder and on its favorite perch next to the vine-covered tree. I may go ahead and give it a shot at documenting this bird as a Rufous, hopefully with supporting evidence from the photos. It appears to me that there are sections of rufous in the mantle above where they would appear even on a orange-rumped male Allen's. The homeowner informs me that attempts are to be made to catch the hummer on Friday. The homeowners feel comfortable with the person who will try to over-winter the bird (who they inform me, is a licensed bird rehabilitator) , so it would be best not to mention other possiblities (banding, in hand ID, heated feeders, etc.) to them.

Date: 18 December 2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was working the bark of the spruces near the old civil war ramparts at the summit of the hill. There was also a male Pine Siskin singing away from the top of a nearby ash tree, enjoying the sunny day. A Red-breasted Nuthatch called from the Austrian pines and nearby was found a Brown Creeper and another Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The female White-breasted Nuthatch entered its roost hole at 4:25 PM. A Sharp-shinned Hawk soared around the swirling flocks of Common Starlings headed to their NKU roost along with hundreds of American Robins.

Date: 12/19/01 ~3:30pm
Location: US. Rt. 50 and St. Rt. 222 S Batavia
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

~75 (probably more) TVs flying around and sitting in the trees. There was no BVs in the flock that I could see.

Date: 19 December 2001
Location: Preble County
Reporter: Jim Hickey
Other Birders: Bill Taggart, Casey Tudker

Small pond just NE of Morning Sun Ohio. Finally saw some ducks!! 10-12 Mallards, Female Bufflehead, female Greater Scaup sitting with several male and female Lesser Scaup, 4 Hooded Mergansers.

Rush Run, out of Somerville Ohio. In a field across from Parking Lot 3 there is a flock of American Pipits (ca 20). They were first sighted Saturday on the Xmas bird count and are still there. Tough to pick out a t first, but will pose for a scope view.

Date: 12/19/01
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

The American Widgeon drake was still on the lake this morning (about 8:30) with Mallards. All of the hens that I saw were Mallards. Recall I first reported the widgeon in early November.

Date: 12/18/01
Location: Tranquility Wildlife Area, Adams Cty. Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Dan Scheffel

In a grove of cedar trees by the public shooting range saw as many as 5 Yellow-rumped warblers.
Near the intersection of Tranquility Pike and Rt. 32, found a flock of 9 Meadowlarks, Eastern I suppose.

Date: 12/15/01
Location: Home in Clifton
Reporter: Joe Kamman
Other Birders: Leslie Kamman

Thought someone could help us ID a bird of prey that we observed for some time on Sat. morning. He was pearched in several of the backyard trees of the neighborhood. We couldn't get a match with anything in our bird book.

The distinguishing features were:
* overall color was brown
* chest was buffy with brown spots
* legs were yellow
* head and neck was dark brown with a clean line seperating the bottom of the neck and chest
* eyes looked black
* beak was dark, with a small yellow patch just where it met the area between the eyes
* although the bird flew several times between trees, we didn't notice any significant color that showed during flight

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

whoops, sorry about that, I didn't read far enough!

Date: 12/15/01
Location: Cincinnat Nature Center, Redwing Trail
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jenny Lanham

Probable Golden Eagle. Sorry for the late posting, each of us thought the other was going to do it. We saw a large black raptor circling immediately above our heads at least 3 times slowly.
It was showing no white at all on the wings, not on the tips nor the trailing edge. The wings were not held in a dihedral and there was no rocking - eliminate a TV. The tail was too long for a BV. Besides the fact that there was no mottling underneath, the beak was too small for a Bald Eagle. The only thing that prevents me from making a firm call of mature Golden is that I was not able to see the buffy banding on the tail. The lighting was poor so subtle coloring was difficult to discern.
We also heard Pine Siskin flying with Goldfinches near the visitors center. They did not however land long enough to pin down at 7:45 a.m.

Date: December 15, 2001
Location: Hamilton/Fairfield CBC
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

We had nothing as interesting as a Selasphorus hummer, but there were a couple birds that might be of interest to local birders. An adult peregrine falcon was found at Gilmore Ponds around 10 am, then at about 11 am the bird was perched in a tree in a field off of Becket Road & Rt. 747 where Rick Dage and Charles Hoffman first saw it. The entire field is being developed, basically from Tylersville east to Seward Road, and this bird was literally in the middle of an immense construction site. (Do peregrines feed on yellow "CATS?") Later, Yvonne Mohlman managed to see the bands on the bird--black over silver. Is it one of the Cincinnati birds?

Additionally, late in the day near dusk we had common yellowthroat--probably a first year bird; the mask was light gray and we couldn't see any really noticeble black on the forehead during the brief period it was visible--at the Hamilton Bird Sanctuary off of Campbell Street near the Butler County Fairgrounds. The sanctuary is a promising, but "funky" wetland site that has been basically forgotten by the city, which is likely for the best.

Finally, 6 fox sparrows in and around Gilmore Ponds was pretty nice. 3 T.V.s at Riverside.

I should have all the totals by tomorrow, but for now we're at 63 species, and painfully low on waterfowl.

Date: 16 December 2001
Location: Price Hill, Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

I took my fourth trip out to see the probable Rufous or very unlikely Allen's Hummingbird this morning (other dates- the 12th, 14th and 15th). I got by far my best looks at the bird today. At close range it showed cosiderable rufous up on where the mantle contacts the scapulars, which I would think would eliminate a female of either species, as all of the field guides that I have perused show the female with rufous on the flanks below the wings only, not above the wing, as this bird has. I would have thought that this would also eliminate Allen's but the Nat Geo Guide does show some rufous in this same area on the male Allen's. This bird also has considerable gorget spotting away from the central gorget spot, which may also indicate that it is an immature male and not a female. We talked to Bob and he informed us that Marilyn has decided to postpone capturing the bird until the threat of cold weather is upon us, so it may be present a little longer.

Date: 12/16/01 1500hrs
Location: Winton Woods Park- Hamilton Cty, Oh Settling Basin
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Several Redhead ducks, Ringnecks (most common duck), several Gadwall and American Widgeon, 1 Black duck, and about a dozen Mallards. Many coots and 4 Pied-billed Grebes.

Addendum to 12/15/01 posting: Jeff Hays report reminded me of two groups of vultures seen along Skeen rd south of Rocky Fork Lake- 1 group of 14 Black and 6 Turkey vultures on a deer carcass; second group perched in hillside trees of approximately 50 birds (mixed composition)- the whole group took flight over the trees and wasn't discerned to species.

Date: 16 December 2001
Location: Morgan Township, Butler County
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

7 Black Vulture 5 Turkey Vulture

Date: 12/15/01
Location: Cincinnati nature center red wing trail
Reporter: Jenny Lanham
Other Birders: Darlena Graham

Golden Eagle!!!! Observed this bird for 2 min or so. Flying and turning. Wings were flat, no dihedral no rocking as in vultures.No white from underneath,bird was all dark, bill was too small for Bald Eagle, tail was too long for Black Vulture.

Date: 12/15/01 0900-1700
Location: East Fork SP; Indian Creek WA; Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

East Fork SP- South Beach and Dam:
2 Common Loons; 6 Pied-billed Grebes; 24 Bonaparte Gulls w/ Ring-billed Gulls and 15 Killdeer.
Indian Creek WA- ~100+ Cedar Waxwings, 1 Fox Sparrow with many White-thoated Sparrows and DE Juncos.
Rocky Fork Lake- 1 Common Loon; 1 Unidentified Loon(silhouette was similar to a Red-throated Loon, flew AWAY while setting scope up); 3 Horned Grebes.
Not a single duck seen.

Date: 12/13/2001 1:00-2:15 PM
Location: 2419 Maryland, Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Andy Best

I had to go back to see this bird... Jason insisted! Seriously, he wanted to view the hummingbird, and I wanted to get some better looks at the "question areas" that I mentioned in my earlier post.

Based on this second look, I'm much more comfortable with the idea that this is a female Selasphorus, rather than an immature male. The cap color is the only slight problem there.

As for species, I'm still open. Of course, statistically, this is most probably a female Rufous. Judging the individual bird, however, is based on field marks, not statistics.

On the Rufous side appears to be size, most notably length of bill and apparent bulk (they are marginally larger than Allen's), and possibly width of 5th retrices (they don't look extra narrow, but I don't have calibrated eyeballs). On the Allen's side is possibly lack of notching on 2nd retrices (see earlier eyeball caveat). On the Broad-tailed side (Broad-tailed?!, where's he coming from?) is also apparent size and bulk, as well as the very little rufous that appeared to be in the retrices (based on my limited views).

Otherwise, the preponderance of the field marks go toward Rufous/Allen's: red-orange central spot on gorget (slightly possible for BT), teardrop effect on face, bordered by beige-green eyebrow, possibly a few rufous flecks in upper tail coverts, extent of rufous on flanks and outer breast, etc. Even though the bird vocalizes frequently, I have no idea what (if any) species it sounds most like.

Another note: this bird frequently hovers up from its perch, hangs for a few second, then returns. It appears to be eating from the swarms of tiny insects that are suspended around the ivy. Presumably, this is a good protein supplement to the nectar, which should help with the cold weather coming up. Of course, the bird could just be looking around as well.

Although I'm usually opposed to bird banding, it seems apparent that it's the only way to know for sure what species this hummingbird is. It would be helpful to know for a certainty if a licensed bander has been contacted, as the relatively mild weather we've been enjoying can't last much longer.

The above notes were based on my personal observations, and reviewing the 10 minutes of video footage that I took of this bird (fair to poor quality, unfortunately).

Date: 11:30
Location: 2519 Maryland, Price Hill
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Frank Renfrow

The delightfully hospitable homeowners(Bob & Bob) where the Selasphorus hummingbird is being sited want to remind folks to be careful on their steps: the climb is steep, narrow, and slippery (many wet leaves). Additionally, they request only 1 or 2 people be on the upper deck (same level as the feeder and side door) at one time. Also, they remarked that someone who can legally net hummers may come SATURDAY to look into attempting to catch the Selasphorus hummingbird. And, as others have previously noted, the bird is active between 10 and 4. When not at the feeder, it sometimes can be seen at the bottom of the steps (near the power lines) on the Osage Orange... or on a bare twig sticking out between the second and third vine-covered tree in the yard just to the left of the homeowners' charcoal grill (which is parallel to the level of the feeder & front door).

Date: 12/13/01
Location:
Reporter: Than Cramer
Other Birders:

Talked to a duck hunter at Shawnee Lookout Park Monday and we got on the subject of Sandhill Cranes. He is there just about every day for the last 35 years in his boat up and down the Miami River most of the time by himself so he sees a lot. I asked him if he had spotted any and when was the earliest. He had spotted a flock in late October.

Date: 12/13/01
Location: Winton woods set. pond
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

appx - 15 ring neck ducks, 3 hooded merg., 4 gadwall, 12 A. widgeon, 10 mallards, 1 P.B. grebe, 40 coots, 1 Great blue Herron, 1 coopers hawk,

Date: 12/13/01
Location: erlanger,ky
Reporter: amy
Other Birders:

Around 12:00 today one coopers hawk eating a bird off my feeder. I hope it was not one of my red breasted nuthatches!! It stayed in the area for about thirty minutes until crows chased it away. Also I'm still seeing the chickadee with all the white on its back. I think it is a hybrid because its just a little bigger than the others. Has anyone else seen it?

Date: 12/12/01
Location: Please see message board
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Please see message board for further discussion on Selasphorus hummers.

Date: 12/13/01
Location: No Report: ID Info/Pictures on Internet for Rufous and Calliope Hummers
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Both Rufous and Caliope Hummingbirds are currently in New York City as well as two other unidentified hummingbirds. Information can be found on the internet at

http://birds.cornell.edu/crows/rufous_hummingbird.shtml

www.hras.org

http://home.nyc.rr.com/sausubel/page2.shtmll

www.angelfire.com/nj/BirderNJ

www.linnaeansociety.org/pages/WhatNewR.shtmll

The best for Rufous/Allen separation is at the Cornell site.

Date: No report: RFI on Selasphorus Hummer
Location:
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Does anyone have information on how to get in touch with the homeowner to view this bird in Price Hill?

Thank you,

David A. Brinkman
Covedale

P.S. - I have my hummer feeders up too, still hoping for a Selasphorus this season. ;-)

Date: 12/12/2001 1:20-2:00 PM
Location: 2419 Maryland, Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

I stopped at lunch time to view the Selasphorus hummingbird. The homeowner, Bob, invited me up to the deck. He was very pleasant, and mentioned that the bird is seen between 10 AM and 4 PM.

After waiting ~12 minutes, the bird showed up. It fed at the feeder sparingly, spending most of its time perched in the ivy-covered trees between 2419 and 2417. All told, I watched the bird about 20 minutes, with some very close binocular views, and have a few questions.

Has anyone actually seen the retrices of this bird in lighting and detail sufficient to call the species? I did get some brief looks, particularly during perched preening, but couldn't see a distinctively notched 2nd retrix, much less guess the width of the 5th one.

Has anyone else noticed this bird's cap, which seems to be more olive, distinctly darker than the bird's nape and back? The teardrop effect around the eye seems consistent with Allen's/Rufous, but the cap bothers me. The throat (gorget) shows a cental patch of feathers which were irridescent red or red-orange, seemingly the marks of an adult female. There may have been a few other irridescent feathers scattered on the throat, which bothers me.

Has anyone else been bothered by the size and shape of this bird? It is larger and bulkier than I expected. Having no experience with Rufous/Allen's, my expectations may be wrong, but it still bothers me.

Lastly, has anyone gotten a good look at the undertail coverts of this bird? The light and my one, brief glimpse didn't reveal the color of these.

This is an interesting bird. If anyone gets diagnostic photos, video, or in-hand looks, please share. Thanks!

Date: 12 December 2001
Location: Price Hill, Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I arrived at 10:00 AM to find the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD perched in the Osage Orange next to the driveway for 2417 Maryland. It then went to the hummingbird feeder (at 2419 Maryland) once but after waiting another half an hour I didn't see it again. The feeder can be seen from the base of the driveway for 2417, so it is not neccessary to go up on the deck (as too much activity might disturb the bird). This is on the south portion of Maryland off of Elberon. The homeowner says that it has been present for a week.

Date: December 12th, 2001
Location: "Backyard" Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Good day of birding in the yard, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 35 M. Doves, 1 Barred Owl (flushed when looking for smaller owls in a cedar grove), 1 Belted Kingfisher, 8 RB WP's, 5 Flickers, at least 1 YB Sapsucker, 6 Downy WP, 1 Hairy WP, 2 Pileated WP's, 1 PHEOBE!, 20 Blue Jays, 400+ flyover Crows, 5 Titmice, 20 Chickadee's, 3 WB Nut, 10+ C. Wrens, 25 Bluebirds, 200+ Robins, 4 Mockers, 40 Starlings (high for here), 20+ Waxwings, 2 YR Warblers, 6 Towhee's, 4 Tree Sp, 10+ Song Sp, 40+ WT Sp, 20 Juncos, 40+ Cardinals, 15 H Finch, 15 Goldfinch, 2 House Sp.
Misses that have been seen in the past week include a C Geese, Red tail, 2 Red shoulder's, 1 Meadowlark, and a RW BB.

Date: 12/9/01
Location: I-275 near Route 50 Hillsboro/Milford exit
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Overhead I observed 50-60 vultures (not all in one group) flying in an easterly direction at about 5:00p.m. I guess they were flying off to roost somewhere? Perhaps to Batavia, where several weeks ago in the downtown area, in late afternoon, I observed two separate groups, about a 1/2 mile apart, of at least 60 vultures flying around at treetop level. (Don't know which species they were.)

Date: 12/9/01
Location: Boston Airport
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Please excuse the late posting but I don't think it will do any harm. There were American Pipits at the Boston (IN)Airport on Kitchell Rd. behind the airport, just north of the farmhouse.
I had also been at the Brookville Reservoir without much excitement there.
3 Loons, Pied-billed Grebes, Bufflehead, Hooded Mergansers, Mallards, Ring-necked Ducks, Coots, Ring-bill Gulls, Bonaparte Gulls, and about 65 Sandhill Cranes.

Date: Monday, 12/10/01, 10:35-11:10 AM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd., Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: Pamela Durstsock

After being cooped-up for over 5 weeks,
and after reading the great reports from southwestern KY, I thought the sloughs on Auroa Ferry Rd. might hold some interesting waterfowl. But it was not very producctive. Only 1 Woodie, 1 RT Hawk, 1 A Kestrel & 2 E Bluebirds. Oh Well! It was great to be out in the fresh air again.

Date: 10 December 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Northern Pintail at a pond at Cold Spring. One female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Evergreen Cemetery, where the female White-breasted Nuthatch returned to it's roost hole at 4:30 PM. 6 Ring-billed Gulls, 40 Mallards, 2 Mute Swans and 10 A. Coots at Taylor Park in Newport.

Date: 12/09/01
Location: P&G Health Care Research Center, Mason Montgomery Road, north of Irwin-Simpson Rd
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Ring-necked Duck 8, Gadwall 30

Date: 12/09/01
Location: Miami-Whitewater (wetlands AND park)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I only spent an hour (1155-1250) at the wetlands proper, only going just slightly beyond the wildlife viewing shelter from the Baughman Rd. to identify some blackbirds. My main focus was to find owls and try to video tape a harrier in flight. The only harrier was soaring high over the wetlands, an immature bird. I checked the box from the Wildlife Viewing Shelter and the Eastern Screech-Owl was NOT peering from the entrance hole. I then went on to the park (1255-1550), where highlights were 1-2 Barred Owls*, Hairy Woodpeckers and a lone male Purple Finch. This bird was approaching the feeders at the Tallgrass Prairie trailhead, but was wary of my presence. It was also seen and photographed feeding on White Ash seeds and in a tall Tulip Poplar. All six of the Red-tails were along I-74, all perched in an 11 mile stretch from North Bend Rd. (exit #14) to Dry Fork Rd. (exit #3).

The combined list consists of 31 species: Turkey Vulture 6, Mallard 2, Northern Harrier 1, Red-sh. Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 6, American Kestrel 1 (same wire as Nov. 25th, from Baughman Rd. parking lot), Rock Dove 6, Mourning Dove 1, Barred Owl 1-2*, Red-bellied Woodpecker 7, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 6, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 4, Carolina Chickadee 29, Tufted Titmouse 17, White-br. Nuthatch 5, Carolina Wren 2, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 5000+, American Tree Sparrow 7, Song Sparrow 17, Swamp Sparrow 3, White-thr. Sparrow 3, Dark-eyed Junco 2, Northern Cardinal 5, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Purple Finch 1, American Goldfinch 4.

* The two owls were in separated areas of the park. One, a Barred, was seen well, but briefly, and very skittish. The other was not seen well, and was basically a tail view as it flew away. The interesting thing is that the flight styles of both birds were the same, but the confirmed Barred seemed to flight with strong, steady flight, in contrast to the literature which describes a light, bouyant flight for Barred. Long-eared was ruled out for the unconfirmed owl since I did not see any buffy wing patches. Great Horned was potentially ruled out after consulting my copy of Sibley (just purchased yesterday). The birds in flight has already become a useful feature, in this case. Also, a pellet found at the second roost site seemed too small for Great Horned. Maybe someone should publish an identification of owl tails?
Also, please do not ask me about the whereabouts of the owl roosts. These owls were very skittish and most likely would not like heavy disturbance.

Date: 12/9/01
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Lynette

The 2 Surf Scoters were still at the lake as of 3:30 PM this date. Also almost all the other birds Bill reported.
Good job Bill!

Date: December 9, 2001 9:15 until 10:55
Location: East Fork State Park Swimming Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

1 Common Loon, 4 Pied-billed Grebe, 7 Horned Grebe, 6 Mallard, 2 Surf Scoter, 15 Bufflehead, 2 Ruddy Duck, 2 Red-shoulder Hawk, 20 American Coot, 100 Bonapart's Gull, 50 Ring-billed Gull, 13 Killdeer, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Horned Lark, 8 Blue Jay, 10 American Crow, 3 Carolina Chickadee, 3 Carolina Wren, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 10 Eastern Bluebird, 30 Cedar Waxwing, 3 E. Starling, 4 N. Cardinal, 4 E. Towhee, 3 Song Sparrow, 3 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Purple Finch, 2 House Finch, 10 Pine Sisken, 10 Am. Goldfinch

The Surf Scotors were seen directly North of the swimming beach with a group of Buffleheads. The scoters were both males in summer plumage.

On a sad note: On our way into the park we stopped to look at some waxwings by the two ponds at the bike trails. The waxwings were at least 40 ft. up in the top of a tree by the eastern most pond. One waxwing was tangled in monofilament fishing line and clearly had no hope of escape. The bird was also too high to rescue. I don't know how the fishing line got in the top of that tree, but it clearly caused disaster for this Waxwing. We need to be more responsible with the disposal of our fishing line for the well being of wildlife with which we share this world.

Date: Dec.8,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

7:30 to 9:30 am. 42 Sandhill Cranes also 2 Snow Geese (blue) mixed in with the Canada Geese.

Date: 12/07/01
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Ed Groneman
Other Birders:

Yesterday morning I saw the following at M.W.W. - 250+ Canada Geese, 1 Common Merganser, 35 Mallard, 40+ Rusty Blackbirds, 1 Northern Harrier(female),
6 N. Cardinals, 8 Swamp Sparrows, 14 Song Sparrows, 3 Tree Sparrows, 1 Fox Sparrow, 4 White-Crowned Sparrows, 1 N. Junco, 4 American Goldfinches.

Date: 12-7-01
Location: Cowan Lake SP (Clinton County)
Reporter: Ed Roush
Other Birders: Linda Roush, Lara Gara, Lenaa Mae Gara

The 3 "silent" Sandhill Cranes were sighted for the 15th straight evening at Cowan Lake State Park.
The birds take off in a SE direction between 7 & 8 am return between 4 & 5 in the evening. Also
seen at the lake were 140 Canada Geese and the 90 Killdeer from the morning is now up to
approx. 180.

Date: 12/5/01
Location: spring valley marsh
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

100+sandhill cranes still in the fields near the entrance to spring valley. 20 in the dried out marsh area at the end of the lake. not much else there

Date: 12/1/01
Location: Lake Lorelie
Reporter: Sister Marty Dermody
Other Birders: none

Two Red-shouldered hawk, red-headed woodpecker, white breasted nuthatch, blue jay, great blue heron, mallard ducks, canada geese, red-bellied woodpecker, mockingbird, song sparrows, yellow shafted flickers, bluebirds, pied-billed grebe,tufted titmouse,carolina chickadees, crows.

Date: 12/1/01
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Mike Bussard
Other Birders: Nicole Bussard

Spotted 1 Barred owl, just off Park Road on way to the beach about 5:30 p.m.
He was at eye level, about 10 feet off the road.

Date: 12/3/2001
Location: N/A
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: N/A

For anyone interested, I just posted information about the Hamilton County Park District Winter Bird Count on the message board. Thanks!

Date: 12/2/02
Location: Spring Valley, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Reporter: David Whiteley
Other Birders:

Went to Cowan Lake to try to find the 3 "quiet" Sandhill Cranes that have been there the last few days - no luck. There was a nice supply of the more common species though.

Headed to Spring Valley to try to find the Peregrine Falcon and any lingering Brewer's Blackbirds that were reported weeks ago - no luck but ... as I walked in the grassy area west of the bike path and near the south border of Spring Valley, I thought I faintly heard Sandhill Cranes. I slowly walked toward the source of the sound and it became louder.

Fearful that the cranes would fly off before I saw them, I sprinted a couple of hundred yards across a very muddy field to the bike path, then another few hundred yards south on the bike path to a cross road just beyond the southern border of Spring Valley. There in a private field were 102 Sandhill Cranes! Winded, I watched the cranes for about 15 minutes - not very good views I'm afraid as they were probably 150-200 yards away and backlit strongly by the bright sun. However, I was still happy to see them.

As I made my way back to the "lake" at Spring Valley the cranes began flying to other fields and then over the lake itself. Got very good views of these majestic creatures at only about 200-300 feet altitude.

As I reached the lake, lo and behold, a large gathering of cranes was on the nothern mudflats of the lake. I approached as close as the shoreline would allow and counted 126 cranes. I really must start remembering to carry my camera! I wondered why the Cowan Lake Sandhill Cranes were called "quiet" - now I know!!

Date: 12/2/2001 8:30-11:00 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Today's trip focused on finding wintering specialties, and was moderately successful. There were several flocks of foraging Pine Siskins, the largest group comprising ~30 birds. These were often mixed with American Goldfinch and House Finches. They seemed to be concentrated around the Woodland area, foraging in Sycamores. Other groups were dropping into honeysuckle around several of the ponds, utilizing these as cover while getting a drink.

Four Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, three Brown Creepers (one singing!), 15+ Golden-crowned Kinglets, and several flocks of Dark-eyed Juncos rounded out the wintering birds. Significant misses were Wood Duck, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Hermit Thrush, all of which are regularly present at this time of the year. But hey...it's a big place!

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the numbers of American Robins present: over 600 in the small area I birded.

Date: 12/02/01
Location: house, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

I had 1 male goldfinch at the feeders today that has failed to turn into his winter plumage.

The Pine Siskins had leveled off at around 50 last week. They are continuing to decline to no more than ~20 birds (usually much less).

Date: 12/1/01
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Lynette Armstrong

From the corner of Ohio 222 & Slade Rd. which is located on the west side of the park to the dead end we spotted 40 species of birds. This road is the one which takes you into the park and across the dam. At the parking lot next to the corps of engineers office we found a large flock of migrating Eastern Bluebirds. There was well over 50 birds in the flock. There were also at last 70 Cedar Waxwings in the trees aroung the parking lot. To add to all this color were 4 Purple Finches, 5 Cardinals, House Finches, White-throated Sparrows, Robins, 2 Pine Siskins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Juncos, and 4 species of Woodpeckers. We watched this mosaic of color disappear after several minutes when a Red-tailed Hawk invaded the area. Located on the lake were 22 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 C. Loons, 3 Buffleheads, one Ruddy Duck, 2 Pintail, 6 Horned & 5 Pied-billed Grebes. In the grass on the back side of the dam were 18 Eastern Meadowlarks. Bonapart's and Ring-billed Gulls coursed over the lake and were spotted resting on the south beach.

Date: 11/27/2001
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Spent a couple of hours around the lake today. On the lake I found 20 common loons, a raft of 175 red-breasted mergansers and about 40 Bonaparte's gulls. The woodland s surrounding the lake held among other things my first American tree sparrow of the winter and a single female purple finch.

Date: 11/26/01 (5:15 pm)
Location: University Heights and west to Queen City Ave.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Like a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie, as I was driving home from work, AMERICAN CROWS were literally everywhere. I normally wouldn't report the crow concentrations, but this is the largest concentration I have seen all year, or perhaps in my lifetime. The crows were staging or roosting in trees along Probasco St. in University Heights, and from the traffic light at Marshall and Spring Grove Avenues, I could see several thousand swarming above the treeline, some diving into the trees, on the horizon as I looked west toward Queen City Ave. Closer to the intersection, crows were staging on tops of virtually every building from Flatrow-Riley Produce Co. to the Western Hills Viaduct. As I drove inbound on Spring Grove Ave., still more crows were in the trees to my left (near McMicken Ave.). And yet, even more crows could be seen flying over the RR tracks from the lower deck of the Western Hills Viaduct, in both directions, as far as the eye could see. All told, I would estimate no less than 50,000 and perhaps as many as 100,000. Why do I report all this? The Christmas Bird Counts are coming up, and someone could very easily get stuck counting crows all day.

Later,
David A. Brinkman

Date: 11/26
Location: Clifton backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I watched a mature cooper's hawk sitting by my feeders today, not an unusual sight. But when this bird flew low towards me, I saw distinctly a white rump. It had the rufous barred chest and vent area as well as the red eyes. This bird was very close and I also had the binos on it.
Can anyone explain the white rump?

Date: Nov. 26, 2001
Location: Cowan Lake area
Reporter: Fran Unger
Other Birders: Dick Unger

Saw a beautiful Red Tail Hawk sitting on a utility pole on Yankee Rd. on South side of Cowan Lake about 8:30am. It took flight when we got near. Saw several killdeer and 2 Great Blue Herons also on South Side of Lake near dredging machine. Beautiful morning to be out!

Date: 11-25
Location: Sayler Park
Reporter: Brian Jorg
Other Birders:

Two adult Black Crowned Night Herons have been roosting on Muddy Creek were it is crossed by U.S. 50 for the past week. The best bet is to park on Gracely Drive as it dead-ends, and walk down the hill towards the creek. The birds have been on the opposite bank in the silver maples.

Date: 11/25/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery (addendum)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: David Whiteley

The Pine Siskins were primarily in the woodland, with 23 siskins feeding in one hemlock in section #116 just across from the woodland. They were in a mixed flock of goldfinches and siskins, with siskins outnumbering the goldfinches.

Date: 11/25/01 (0800-1700)
Location: SGC, MMF, and MWW
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: David Whiteley

A Great day to be birding, overcast or not! We visited three sites (Spring Grove Cemetery, Mitchell Memorial Forest and Miami-Whitewater Wetlands) and came up with 41 species in almost 9 hours of birding. Highlights were: Pine Siskins (SGC), RB Nuthatches (SGC & MMF), YB Sapsuckers (SGC), Black Vultures (MWW) and a red phase Eastern Screech-Owl (MWW).
Here are the lists:

Spring Grove Cemetery (24 sp.)[0800-1100]: Falco sp. 1, Mourning Dove 11, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3, Downy Woodpecker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 1, American Crow 5, Carolina Chickadee 18, Tufted Titmouse 3, Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 5, Golden-crowned Kinglet 2, American Robin 30+, Northern Mockingbird 6, European Starling 30+, Cedar Waxwing 12, White-throated Sparrow 9, Dark-eyed Junco 1, Northern Cardinal 4, House Finch 2, PINE SISKIN 50+, American Goldfinch 40+.

Mitchell Memorial Forest (13 sp.) [1145-1245]: Turkey Vulture 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 4, American Crow 5+, Carolina Chickadee 10+, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 5, Eastern Towhee 1, Song Sparrow 10+, White-throated Sparrow 18, Dark-eyed Junco 15+, Northern Cardinal 7.

Miami-Whitewater Wetlands (28 sp.) [1330-1700]: BLACK VULTURE 6, Turkey Vulture 3, Mallard 13, Green-winged Teal 20+, Hooded Merganser 7, Cooper's Hawk 1, American Kestrel 3, raptor sp. 1, Mourning Dove 200+, Eastern Screech-owl 1 (red phase in box 1615-1645 adjacent to observation deck - owl dropped back down into box when two birders or Cooper's Hawk approached), Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Blue Jay 2, Horned Lark 2, Carolina Chickadee 20+, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 2, American Robin 50, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 20+, Cedar Waxwing 3, American Tree Sparrow 12, Song Sparrow 48, Swamp Sparrow 20+, White-crowned Sparrow 11, Northern Cardinal 5, Brown-headed Cowbird 8, House Finch 9, American Goldfinch 9.

Add to these lists 3 Red-tailed Hawks along I-74 to make 41 species total.

Date: Nov. 25, 2001
Location: East Fork Lake Beach
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Saw 2 Adult Bald Eagles from the Beach this morning. Also 4 Common Loons and 3 Pied Billed Grebes.

Date: 11/25/01 - ~800am
Location: House - New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

As I write this message, there is a a flock of about 20! Pine Siskins around my feeders. They are on the thistle feeder (on every feeder - including sunflower) and on the ground and in the trees. They are the most numerous bird at the feeder even beating the goldfinches and house finches. {They are very aggresive - they're biting and landing on the goldfinches backs, forcing them off the thistle tube.}

Date: 11/24/01 (8:40 p.m.)
Location: I-71 S ramp from I-275 W
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

While driving on the exit ramp from I-275 W to I-71 S, a GREAT HORNED OWL flew across the ramp, no more than two inches off the ground, and landed on the side of the ramp on the other side of the white line.

NOTE: The Barred Owl sighting in the previous post in Covedale occurred about 5:30 p.m.

Date: 11/23/01
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

While standing in the driveway talking to my next door neighbors, a BARRED OWL glided directly over my head and proceeded WNW over Glenway Ave.

Date: 11/24/2001 8:30-10:30
Location: Southeast Indiana & Southwest Ohio
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

A bit of a slow morning. The Elizabethtown bridge yielded one cormorant. There were 14 Black Vultures, 30 Turkey Vultures, one Great Egret, and 30 Horned Larks at the Oxbow. Two Black Ducks, 14 Buffleheads, and a Belted Kingfisher joined the Mallards and coots at Hidden Valley Lake's marina. Three Red-tailed Hawks and two American Kestrels were seen enroute.

Date: 11/23/2001 8:00-11:30 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

A surprisingly good morning. We heard at least on Sandhill Crane call (never did find it), and had one flyover Snow Goose. The sparrows were the show, though, with 11 species (including Oxford Rd. ponds). The Fox Sparrows were seen near the observation deck; the Vespers and most of the Savannahs were found behind and between the Oxford Rd. ponds. Most of the ducks were found on the northernmost pond.

Here's the list: Great Blue Heron 1, Snow Goose 1, Canada Goose 5, Gadwall 1, American Wigeon 1, Mallard 20, Northern Shoveler 5, Green-winged Teal 30, Hooded Merganser 6, Northern Harrier 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Northern Bobwhite 8, Sandhill Crane 1, Killdeer 3, Rock Dove 7, Mourning Dove 5, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 6, Northern Flicker 2, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 40, Horned Lark 10, Carolina Chickadee 8, Tufted Titmouse 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 6, Eastern Bluebird 9, American Robin 12, Northern Mockingbird 5, European Starling 150, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 1, American Tree Sparrow 80, Field Sparrow 2, Vesper Sparrow 2, Savannah Sparrow 10, Fox Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow 120, Swamp Sparrow 85, White-throated Sparrow 25, White-crowned Sparrow 60, Dark-eyed Junco 5, Northern Cardinal 20, Red-winged Blackbird 12, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Rusty Blackbird 3, Common Grackle 30, House Finch 10, American Goldfinch 60, House Sparrow 8.

Date: Tuesday, November 20th, 2001
Location: Finneytown
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Pamela Lippert

~457 Sandhill Cranes. As I raked leaves in late afternoon, a flock of approximately 400 Sandhill Cranes flew high overhead, making a good racket with their calls. They were flying in a south/soutwesterly direction. This is likely the group of cranes seen flying over Spring Grove Cemetery and reported earlier on this website. After the first group, about five minutes later a second group of 57 Sandhill Cranes flew over, in the same direction. They were also noisy. It was quite a sight to see such a large number of Cranes!

Date: Sunday, November 18th, 2001
Location: Winton Woods Silt Retention Basin
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders: Park District patrons

A good mix of waterfowl was found here between 9 AM - 10:30 AM on a Park District program entitled "Basin Ducks": Redhead (12), Gadwall (25), Ring-necked Duck (40), Coot (38), Pied-billed Grebe (5), Bufflehead (1), Mallard (12), Wood Duck (6), Northern Shoveler (5), Ruddy Duck (10), American Wigeon (14), Bonaparte's Gull (1). The Bonaparte's gull was not flying but swimming in the middle of the Basin pond.

Date: Thanksgiving morn
Location: Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

Female red-breasted nuthatch at my suet feeder--first one of this species that has visited in the 3 years we've lived here.

Date: 11/21/01
Location: Glenwood Gardens (adj. to Winton Woods)
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

Robins (50), blue heron, cedar waxwings, eastern bluebird, white throated sparrow and brown creeper.

Date: 11/21/01
Location: East Fork South area
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Bird of note this morning were at least 6 C. Loons, 50++ Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 3 Horned Larks and a Snow Bunting, all were seen from the beech.

Date: 11/21/01
Location: 74@ Mt. Airy Forest
Reporter: TOm Uhlman
Other Birders:

1 sandhill crane flying over park

Date: 11-20-01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Brian F Jorg
Other Birders:

Approximately 400 Sandhill Cranes flew over Spring Grove today at about 4:00 p.m. They were at an extreme altitude, but still could be heard. This weekend we will travel to Jasper-Pulaski in Indiana to photograph more. Last report is that there were 16,000 on the wildlife area.

Date: Nov. 21,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Saw about 40 Sandhills from the viewing blind. They took off and were flying around the park as we were leaving.
Also saw 1 Snipe and 1 Fox Sparrow.

Date: Nov. 20, 2001
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

Ed Roush phoned to tell me that at least 12 Sandhill Cranes flew into Cowan this afternoon and will most likely roost there until morning when the usually feed in nearby fields. They are at the South end of the lake and can be seen from the parking lots near the park office.

Date: 11-20-01
Location: Rapid Run Park/Backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Backyard Birds: We continue to see Brown Creepers daily, including three in the same tree simultaneously at edge of Rapid Run Park this afternoon. Two were present yesterday. We also continue to have at least one Red-breasted Nuthatch at feeder throughout the day.

Date: 11/18/01
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

A short hike turned up a Hermit Thrush, Cedar Waxwings and Eastern Bluebirds.
Near the dam 4 Wood Ducks, 2 Gadwall, 5 Great Blue Herons along with the numerous Mallards and Canada Geese.

Date: 11/17/01
Location: Downtown Cincinnati
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

An American Woodcock was found stunned on the sidewalk outside the Convention Center. He was taken into rehab by RAPTOR, Inc., recovered fully and was released the next day in more appropriate habitat.

Date: 11/20/01
Location: Westwood
Reporter: Liz Brennan
Other Birders:

A Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the backyard

Date: 11/20/01 (12:40 - 1:15 p.m.)
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

I went to the cemetary during my lunch hour today. I found a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in section 97. I checked sections 52,53,99, & 110 for crossbills. No luck, but hemlocks have sufficient number of cones in sections 52,53 & 99.
Spruces have a mediocre cone crop. The White-wingeds in 1999 favored the hemlocks.
The crows were also actively mobbing something in the woodland (I tried to get a glimpse while standing in section 110). Could not glimpse the raptor, but eventually heard a Red-tailed Hawk calling.
I also heard some unfamiliar finch calls apparently associated with a goldfinch flock flying overhead. I never got a glimpse of the birds, but beware that redpolls are being reported in northern Ohio.

Date: 11-20-01, ~8:00am
Location: New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Early this morning, I had 7 Pine Siskins at my feeders. This is the most I had seen at one time yet this year. At one point, they seemed to be coming in at a rate of 1-2 per second. (Blue Jays came in and scattered them - they did not return) Also had a Red-breasted Nuthatch for the first this season this past Sunday, it is still here.

Date: 19 November 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I just returned from a trip and was glad to see that a male Red-breasted Nuthatch is still coming to my suet feeder. He also purloined a peanut from the "woodpecker mix" (of which the Tufted Titmice are especially fond).

Date: 11-19-01
Location: Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Creasey
Other Birders:

I've been away for a week on vacation... doing a bit of birding around Sarasota, Florida. Today is my first day back to work, so I was quite excited when I heard an Evening Grosbeak call note (repeatedly) as I walked form the parking area into the Rowe Building. I asked how long the grosbeaks have been here, since I was away last week. Unfortunately, the response was "We haven't seen any." I went outside with some of the other naturalists, but all we heard was other species. Let's hope the bird(s?) come back or head on over to East Fork State Park or Withrow Preserve.

This was definitely an Evening Grosbeak call note: single, relatively short (compared to the long single call note of a flicker), loud, full, almost with a mini-crescendo in the middle of each call note.

I think it was the first winter ('73-'74) I was here at CNC, there were over 60 Evening Grosbeaks here at Rowe Woods all winter. Let's hope we get another invasion!

Date: 11/18/2001
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: Larry Gara

Very little waterbird activity on an otherwise beautiful morning. Ten common loons and a single ruddy duck were all we could locate. Twenty ring-billed gulls and a killdeer were on the beach.

Landbirds were quite active with most of the common winter residents present and accounted for. Two fox sparrows were seen at the wood's edge just west of the beach area.

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2001 about 10 AM
Location: Wilder, KY
Reporter: Don Kinsman
Other Birders:

Driving along KY 9 a bit south of Moock Road I spotted 10 Turkeys on a grassy hillside on the west side of the road.

Date: November 12, 2001
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sue K
Other Birders:

200-plus waterfowl. Predominantly American coots. Several ring-necked ducks, several ruddy ducks. Also smaller numbers of American wigeons and hooded mergansers. One pair buffleheads, one male mallard, and two pied-billed grebes.

Date: 16 November 2001
Location: Cleves, Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

4 Pine Siskin at a bird feeder.

Date: Nov.16,2001
Location: East Fork S.P. beach
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

9:00AM this morning Bald Eagle seen giving some Coots a hard time then landed in a tree on other side of lake.It was still there at 10:00AM when I left. I think this eagle was a fourth year bird. White head and tail,but still some white on the body.

Date: 11/13/01
Location: East Fork - South Beach (or seenfrom there)
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders:

Snow Buntings (2), Many Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls, at least 8 Common Loons and similar numbers of Horned Grebes, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Killdeer

Date: 11-12-01
Location: Miami-Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

I spent a couple hours here this morning. No big surprises bird-wise, but I was very happy to see the ponds all full. There were 30+ green-winged teal, plus a few shovelers and mallards on the big pond. Plus a fabulous look at a perched and relaxed juv. harrier. A few yellow-rumps and all the usual sparrows rounded out the picture rather nicely. On a day like this, everything's breath-taking.

Date: 11-12-01 7:30 AM
Location: Dry Ridge, KY
Reporter: Marshall W. Iseral
Other Birders:

When I arrived at work this morning I was very surprised to see a Snowy Owl sitting on the edge of the building.

The owl is currently on private property. If you would be interested in seeing this owl (if it stays) please contact me by e-mail.

Date: 11/11/01 ~10:00am
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders: My Brother

I checked the south beach, but didn't see anything exciting (NO Snow Buntings) :-( , so I decided to check out the dam area. There, we saw a Peregrine Falcon taking dives at some grebes (pb) on the water (close to shore). Other dam birds: 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 1 TV, many Killdeer. (no waterfowl seen, lake was very choppy)

Date: 11/10/2001 late afternoon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Either 2 American Bittterns or the same bird twice.

Date: Nov. 9, 2001
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

As of this morning between 9:30-10 there was still one Snow Bunting present. Also 5 Lapland Longspurs and 17 Bonaparte's Gulls.

Date: 11/9/01
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Seen from beach this morning at East Fork.C.Loon 1,Horned Grebe 3, Mallard 2,A.Wigeon 4, Redhead 2, Ring-Necked Duck 8,Ruddy Duck 7,Bonaparte's Gull 50 also Ring-billed Gulls.

Winton Woods settleing pong this afternoon.Pied-Billed Grebe 3,Mallard 2,Gadwall 5,A.Wigeon 8,N.Shoveler 3, Redhead 3,Ring-Necked Duck 23, Buffhead 1 female, Ruddy Duck 2,Hooded Merganser 1 male.

Date: 9 November 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

At Evergreen Cemetery, the White-breasted Nuthatch darted into the roost hole at 4:45 PM, this time head first. There was also a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and 20 Dark-eyed Juncos. A male Red-breasted Nuthatch is coming to my suet feeder in Bellevue, but it appears to be a different individual, more rusty in the underparts. The Starling roost at NKU is back, with at least 6,000 birds flying in at dusk.

Date: 11/08/01
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

One advantage to riding the Metro to work is that I get off the bus across from Burnet Woods and walk thru on my way to Crosley Tower on campus. Again, the American Wigeon was on the lake with the Mallards and has been there since at least Nov. 1st. There was an enormous amount of songbird activity at the south end of the lake by the boardwalk (closest to Martin Luther King Dr.). Although nothing out of the ordinary, I did detect a Swamp Sparrow, a couple Field Sparrows and a few juncos. I scanned the goldfinch and House Finch flocks for siskins and redpolls but couldn't come up with any. Overall, not bad for a short walk to work.

Date: 7 November 2001
Location: NE Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Despite the influx of Red-breasted Nuthatches into our area, I have had no luck locating any in the white and red pine plantation area where I had so much luck during the past non-irruptive year. This is probably due to a complete lack of a cone crop on the white pines, which were loaded last winter. I did find 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, I would guess that the presence or absence of a cone crop is of little consequence to them.

Date: 6 November 2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A pair of White-breasted Nuthatches very active about 40 minutes before sunset. The female walked backwards into the hollowed out end of a horizontal limb of a black maple. I cannot recall observing nuthatches walking backwards very often, but this did make sense as the hollow was probably too narrow to turn around in. She did not come back out, so I assume this was her roost hole for the night. Also, several hundred American Crows staging before their dusk flight over to Cinti.

Date: 11/06/01`
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Saw three fox sparrows near the observation deck.

Date: 11/7/01
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

There were 3 Snow Bunting in the grass at the edge of the beach at East Fork SP swinning beach at 8:15AM today. Also spotted a Fox Sparrow in the parking lot near the two ponds as you come into the park from the South

Date: 11/07/01
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

The drake American Wigeon was still on the lake swimming with several Mallards. It was even giving a high-pitched call that I seldom here when scoping ducks at a distance. If you've never seen a Wigeon up close, here's a chance to see one without binocs or a scope!

Date: 11/6/01 dusk
Location: Clermont college entrance
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

1 Great horned Owl perched along the entrace road into the college.

Date: 11/6/01
Location: Madeira Backyard
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

I was surprised today to see a red breasted and a white breasted nuthatch at my feeder at the same time. It was the first time my feeders had been out in about 4 months, and they were there within 15 minutes of my putting them up. It was nice to see that they hadn't forgotten about my yard as a food source throughout the time I wasn't feeding them.

Date: November 5, 2001
Location: Voice of America 12:00 -1:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

10 horned larks, 3 turkey vultures, 2 red-tailed hawks, 1 kestrel.

Date: 11/04/01
Location: Oxford-Hueston Woods
Reporter: Casey Tucker
Other Birders:

Brown Rd. (North of Oxford towards Hueston Woods):
-Red-tailed Hawks
-Red-shouldered Hawk
-Turkey Vultures
-Am. Crows
-Am. Goldfinches
-N. Mockingbird

Big Woods:
-Pileated woodpecker
-White-breasted Nuthatch
-Golden-crowned kinglets

Hueston Woods (around Nature Center):
-1st Fall Rose-breasted Grosbeak female (near deer pen)
-Male/female house finches (on feeders)
-White-breasted Nuthatch
-Am. Goldfinch
-House sparrows
-Mallards
-Male/female Wood ducks
-Canada Geese
-2 barnyard geese
-Ring-billed gulls
-Great-blue Heron
-Killdeer

(not much in the way of activity on the lake--may be due to the number of boats that were still present)

Date: 4 November 2001
Location: Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Reporter: Frank Renfrow (not the observer)
Other Birders:

Just thought I would pass the word that a Vermilion Flycatcher was spotted at ONWR in Northern Ohio today (Nov 4). Check Ohio sites (see links) for details.

Date: November 4 5:30-6:00
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Morris Sandvig
Other Birders: Noah Sandvig

30+ Sandhill Cranes

Date: November 4, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds/ Becker Equipment Co., 4:45 pm
Reporter: Jim Becker
Other Birders:

43 sandhill cranes heading due south following a line roughly along Gilmore Road. Maybe headed for Miami Whitewater or the Oxbow?

Date:
Location: Gilmore Ponds Addendum
Reporter: David Whiteley (for Mike Busam)
Other Birders:

Oops, also two White-crowned Sparrows.

Date: 11/3/2001 8:00AM-11:30AM
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David Whiteley (for Mike Busam)
Other Birders: about 10

Winter Wren 1+ (maybe more heard), Song Sparrow 10+, Fox Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 1, Mourning Dove 20+, Common Grackle 500+, American Robin 15+, European Starling 15+, American Goldfinch (heard), Carolina Chickadee 10+, Brown Creeper 4, White-throated Sparrow 5+, American Crow 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Carolina Wren 2 (plus many heard), Red-winged Blackbird 5+, Tufted Titmouse 5+, Cooper's Hawk 1, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Hermit Thrush 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Canada Goose 9, Northern Cardinal 2, Mallard 7, Gray Catbird 3 (maybe 2 additional heard), Northern Mockingbird 1, Dark-eyed Junco 3, Red-tailed Hawk 3 (2 adult, 1 juvenile), Turkey Vulture 7, Swamp Sparrow 2, Rusty Blackbird 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 5+, Eastern Bluebird (heard), Wood Duck 6

For those who haven't seen a Winter Wren (which unfortunately still includes me), Mike Busam gave this following helpful description: a tater tot with wings.

Date: 11/03-04/01
Location: Spring Grove Cem./Mitchell MF/Covedale Backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

11/03 - Spring Grove Cemetary:

In an attempt to find winter finches, particularly crossbills, we came up with nothing but a few juncos and a goldfinch. Not even a nuthatch was found, of either species. Sections checked for crossbills were - 53, 100, 99, 77, and 110.

11/03 - Mitchell Memorial Forest:

This location faired a little better, with 3 Red-br. Nuthatches, 2 Brown Creepers, 4 species of woodpeckers and a Cooper's and a Red-tailed Hawk. Still no winter finches.
Brief stops, however, were made at each location.

11/03 - Covedale Backyard:

My leucistic chickadee (presumed to be a Black-cap) was back at my feeders again today.

11/04 - Covedale Backyard:

This AM I had a partial albino or leucistic female House Finch that had a
wide white wing bar, which may make the bird appear to look like a female White-winged Crossbill, except that the bill is conical. (This prompts a word of caution against jumping to hasty conclusions).

Date: 11/3/01
Location: Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Finally had two red breasted nuthatches at the feeders today. They were "tamer" than the white-breasted, something I didn't think possibly.They were coming to the peanut feeder 4 feet over my head as I sat talking on the phone.
A first...a house sparrow getting it's head stuck in the hole of the feeder. I don't care for those sparrows but I tore the feeder apart to get him on. He still had a head, too.

Date: 11/3/01
Location: Petersburg, Ky
Reporter: Amy
Other Birders: Marty

One large barred owl eating a squirrel. The bird was on the ground and flew to a nearby tree to finish it's meal while we watched. Very exciting for us. It was the first barred we've seen!

Date: 11/03/01
Location: Gilmore ponds
Reporter: Jo Hudgins
Other Birders: Bill Hudgins

Walked the trail from the parking lot of some business there off Symmes Rd. Started taking a path into a large wooded area but the trail didn't have a definitive path. But I was glad to have wandered in there because I spied a Swainson's thrush sitting up in a tree. He sat there for a good while giving us the eye.

Then went down the trail to the Old Ice Pond and on the way saw:

Several white-crowned sparrows
Hundreds of starlings and grackles
Half that amount of robins
Two dozen mallard ducks
Several cardinals
1 great blue heron

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2001
Location: Hueston Woods/Brookville Lake
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon trip

The highlight of the trip was a pair of Evening Grosbeaks along the road between the dam and the sugar camp. From the same place, we also saw an adult male Northern Harrier overhead. Also at Hueston Woods were a second, immature, Northern Harrier, one Common Loon, at least three Pileated Woodpeckers, a Hairy Woodpecker, and Cedar Waxwings. There were very few ducks on the lake, apart from the hunters' decoys.
Brookville didn't have a huge number of waterfowl, but there were ten species: Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Rink-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, and Ruddy Duck. Brookville also had Black Vultures, many Bonaparte's Gulls and a single Herring Gull.
We had 59 species total for the trip.

Date: 11/3/01
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: Sue K.
Other Birders: Husband

Set up scope at the end of Zumstein Street and stayed on the lawful side of the "No Trespassing" signs. Parked in the lot at the Camp Dennison Nature Preserve. 200-plus waterfowl. Mostly American Coot. Many ring-necked ducks, 15+ ruddy ducks, 5 hooded mergansers, a few pied-billed grebes.

Date: 2 November 2001
Location: Glenwood Gardens and Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Two brief stops;
One Pine Siskin with 8 American Goldfinches, 15 House Finches and 12 Eastern Bluebirds at Glenwood Gardens. One Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Eden Park.

Date: 2 November 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

While I was filling the feeders, the Red-breasted Nuthatch decided to search for bugs (or seeds or grit?) in the gutter up above. Is he trying to tell me something? Maybe it's time to clean the fall leaves out the gutters.

Date: November 2, 2001
Location: West Chester, 5:45 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 winter wren chipping away and running around, seemingly oblivous of the screech owl perched in a box five feet above. I've never had both a winter wren and a screech in the same view before.

Date: 1 November 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

An adult female Cooper's Hawk kept vigil from high in an oak in view of my feeder, which made for sparse feeder attendance this morning. This was made up for in the afternoon by a Pine Siskin (my first for the fall) at the thistle feeder.

Date: late Oct. 2001
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

It's been a nice couple of weeks for "accidental" birding--meaning, I'm too busy to take the binocs and intentionally go birding, but I'm always listening and watching out...

While walking, I flushed a large Cooper's hawk from a stand of pines on our street a couple of weeks ago.

Found that poor dead hermit thrush at my door that I reported earlier.

Have had several kinglets--both kinds--in the evergreens near my feeders with the titmice, chickadees, etc. One female yellow-crowned stunned herself on the glass doors but recovered after a few minutes. We all got to look at her up close. (Now why don't those doors wipe out the house sparrows or the house finches? Sheeshk.)

Hosted a white-crowned sparrow under a feeder with the usual ground feeders a couple of days ago.

Stumbled across several yellow-rumped warblers with the titmice and chickadees and juncos and such up the street this week.

And best of all, heard and then spotted a very cooperative little winter wren on the bike trails below Tower Park yesterday. It's been a few years since I've seen one. :-)


Date: 11/01/01 (short walk from Metro stop)
Location: Burnet Woods (Lake)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

1 drake Am. Wigeon, 1 Am. Kestrel male flying and calling overhead, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet and 10+ Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Date: CORRECTION - I meant NOFL (or YSFL), not RSFL
Location: Bachelor Woods
Reporter: Chris Betrus
Other Birders:

A correction from my posting a few days ago. I had it brought to my attention that I put down RSFL. Yes, this is the species code for Red-shafted Flicker, but no, I did not see one. My only excuse is that I spent the summer doing bird research out west and got used to recording NOFL (northern flickers) as RSFL just to identify to the subspecies. I apoligize for any undue excitement this inaccurate report may have cause anyone.

Date: 31 October 2001
Location: Walnut Hills Cemetery
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Brown Creeper, 15 Dark-eyed Juncos and 5 Chipping Sparrows. We probably won't be seeing the Chippers very much longer- except for the ones that always seem to mysteriously reappear for the winter bird counts.

Date: 10-3101
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: family members

Brown creeper (1) working edge of tree line late afternoons in our backyard nearly every day over the last week. Red breasted nuthatch (1) intermittantly last two weeks. This is late, but we also had two immature yellow bellied sapsuckers late last month(end of September, at same time, on same tree).

Date: October 31, 2001
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 winter wren and 2 brown creepers in the backyard this morning.

Date: 10/30/01
Location: Bachelor Woods - Miami University
Reporter: Chris Betrus
Other Birders:

During a quick walk around Bachelor Woods yesterday afternoon I saw several good birds. The best were probably a winter wren, (2) fox sparrows, and (4) pine siskins. Less exciting were tufted titmouse (one of which a swear had a red M&M in its beak), NOCA, AMRO, CACH, GCKI, Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, RSFL, DOWO, MODO, EUST etc.

Date: Oct.31, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This morning there was a Horned Grebe swimming off the beach area, the first I've seen this fall. There were at least 15 Common Loons seen from the end of Harveysburg Road.

Date: Oct.30,2001
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

American Bittern,Northern Harrier adult male,American Tree Sparrow 1,Fox sparrow 1,six other sparrows.Some water back in the marsh.They burned off some of the area north of farm road this afternoon.

Date: 29 October 2001
Location: AJ Jolly Park, S. Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

I took a long walk back to the campground , which is closed but is accessible by foot. I found 6 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (both adults and immatures). They were busy stuffing acorns from the shingle oaks into the bark of the shagbark hickories. This is the first time I have found them on this side of the lake, away from the golf course. One of the immatures was observed stuffing a large cricket into the hickory bark. Also feasting on the acorns were 2 Downy and 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers (which the Red-headeds tried to chase away), 12 Blue Jays, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches and 6 Tufted Titmice. I observed a titmouse tapping away at an acorn as he held it down with his foot. A pair of PURPLE FINCHES was observed busily consuming the winged seeds at the top of an ash (amazingly, I think this may be my first sighting of this species in Campbell Co., after almost 10 years of birding here). Also 1 Imm. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHTHERON, 4 Great Blue Herons, 15 Wood Ducks, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers and 16 Eastern Bluebirds.

Date: 10-29-01
Location: Hebron, KY / Sola Techologies
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

Getting off of work today at 1730 I witnessed thousands of American Robins (AMRO) moving to the south. I stopped to watch the birds stream overhead for 8-10 minutes and there was no sign of stopping when I finally left. I have never seen so many AMRO at one time. My estimation would put the total anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000. AMAZING.

Date: 10/28/01
Location: covedale/backyard
Reporter: Dan
Other Birders:

the redbreasted nuthatch was back in the feeder again, he came off & on in the morning & afternoon. Also saw 2 tufted titmouse, several carolina chickadees, numerous sparrows, 5 or 6 American goldfinches, & some morning doves.

Date: 10/27/01
Location: Gillmore Ponds
Reporter: Sue Cline
Other Birders: Linnea Lose

Our very first trip to Gillmore Ponds on this gray day (mid-day) yielded a good selection of "locals": Carolina Chickadees, Dark-eyed Juncos, Eastern Towhee, Fox Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, American Tree Sparrow; American Goldfinch, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Winter Wrens, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Cardinals

Date: 10/28/01
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

3 Carolina Chickadees
1 "presumed" leucistic BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE

See additional notes on the message board.

Date: Oct 28
Location: Erlanger Backyard
Reporter: Mandy Hils
Other Birders:

This weekend at feeders and birdbath. Found my upside down thistle feeder, put it out and saw my 1st Pink Siskin. I must have seen them before but having them eat upside down alongside the goldfinch helped me to id them.

Pine siskin
2-3 Yellowrumped warblers
2 Dark eyed juncos
1 Redbreasted nuthatch-Fri
~40 Cedar waxwings visiting birdbath on fri and sat
Carolina wren
redbreasted Nuthatch -Fri

Date: 10/28/01
Location: Milford Ohio
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Edie and Randy Lotz

Today in the backyard of the Lotz's, there was a White winged Crossbill present on their thistle feeder. I was present from about 1315-1415 and saw the bird for 15 or 20 mins of the hour. The drawing in the Sibley book of the Adult female fits the picture of the Crossbill perched onto the thistle feeder at their residence.

Date: 10/28/2001
Location: Showcase Cinemas in Norwood (Cincinnati Showcase)
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

I found a single Snow Bunting today around noon at the Showcase Cinemas in Norwood. It seems like an odd place for the bird. I was practicing driving and flushed it up. The flashy white wings caught my attention and i verified the ID when I pulled up longside the bird.

Date: 10/28/01
Location: Covedale feeders
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Highlights: RB Nuthatch, Junco, Chickadee sp. (Black-capped or hybrid?)*

Mourning Dove 5, Blue Jay 3, Carolina Chickadee 3-4, CHICKADEE SP. 1, Tufted Titmouse 2, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 1 (female), Carolina Wren 1, E. Starling, Northern Cardinal 2, Song Sparrow 1, DARK-EYED JUNCO 1 (my first this year at home), Common Grackle 5, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 1, House Sparrow 35.

* See message board for details on the possible Black-capped or hybrid chickadee.

Date: Oct. 28, 2001
Location: East Fork State Park South Side
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: 16 Birders on the Cincinnati Bird Club Field Trip

C. Loon 2, Pied-billed Grebe 5, Horned Grebe 3, Double-crested Cormorant 2, Great Blue Heron 2, Canada Goose 8, Wood duck 11, Green-winged Teal 10, Malard 1, Ring-necked Duck 3, Ruddy Duck 20, Turkey Vulture 1, Bald Eagle 2, Red-shoulder Hawk 2, Killdeer 6, Bonapart's Gull 5, Ring-billed Gull 60, Common Tern 1, Morning Dove 6, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 6, Hairy Woodpecker 2, N. Flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 1, E. Phoebe 1, Horned Lark 1, Blue Jay 15, A. Crow 8, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 5, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 20, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, E. Bluebird 8, Hermit Thrush 1, A. Robin 6, N. Mockingbird 2, Cedar Waxwing 6, European Starling 25, Tennessee Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 15, N. Cardinal 25, E. Towhee 6, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 20, Swamp Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 15, White-crowned Sparrow 2, Dark-eye Junco 1, Red-winged Blackbird 30, C. Grackle 50, Purple Finch 6, House Finch 7, Gold Finch 25

Numbers of birds was calculated from memory.

Date: 10/28/01
Location: Mason, Kentucky (Southern Grant County)
Reporter: Marshall Iseral
Other Birders:

I have had a small flock of Pine Siskins (4-6 birds) and several Purple Finches feeding on thistle in my backyard for at least a week now!

Date: 10/27/01
Location: covedale/pricehill in backyard
Reporter: Dan
Other Birders: Linda

1 red breasted nuthatch

Date: October 27, 2001
Location: VOA
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

I forgot to add 37 meadowlarks to the VOA list, below.

Date: October 27, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds & Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

Gilmore: Hamilton Fixture Retention Basin--created for the city of Hamilton--had over 150 Canada geese, 25 mallards, 3 hooded mergansers, 1000+ red-winged blackbirds, 1 swamp sparrow, 2 white-crowned sparrows. Gilmore Ponds itself: 2 great blue heron, 0 Canada geese, 200+ mallards, 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 Carolina wren, 1 house wren, 2 ruby-crowned kinglets, 5 yellow-rumped warblers, 2 male eastern towhees, 1 fox sparrow, 3 swamp sparrows, 20+ white-throated sparrows, 2 house finch.

Voice of America: 1 harrier (first year bird), 2 red-tailed hawk, 3 kestrels, 1 coot, 21 killdeer, 10+ mourning dove, 3 horned lark, 2 blue jay, 1 crow, 3 chickadee, 100+ starlings, 3 field sparrows, 2 vesper sparrows, 1 swamp sparrow, 2 white-crowned sparrows, 5 goldfinch.

Date: 27 October 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Pied-billed Grebe, 5 Coots, 3 male, 1 female Green-winged Teal, 20 Mallards, 2 Mute Swans - Newport Riverfront (the teal were on the Licking).

30 Savannah Sparrows, 10 Swamp Sparrows, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Field Sparrow, 50 Song Sparrows and 4 Dark-eyed Juncos - Watertown Yacht Club dredge disposal area on Dayton Riverfront.

1 male Red-breasted Nuthatch is back at my suet feeder (Bellevue, KY). He even got a drink at the bird bath yesterday (an unusual occurrence?). Also 1 Brown Creeper, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers and 10 White-throated Sparrows in my yard today.

Date: 26 October 2001
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 10 White-throated Sparrows.

Date: 10/27/01 - 1300
Location: New Richmond, Oh
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

I finally had one Pine Siskin at my feeder eating black oil sunflower (out of thistle, haven't got to the store yet). Odd that it is by its self.

Date: Oct 27,2001
Location: Backyard, Sharonville
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders:

Yesterday we got a first time visitor to the leaves under the feeder--female Eastern Towhee, scratching and dancing.
Last Sunday 10/20 we had our first pair of juncos, and today 10/27 we have two white-throated sparrows. Picking up a new thistle feeder today to try to get those pine siskins!

Date: Fri., Oct. 26, 2001
Location: Terrace Park, OH
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

Backyard feeding station -- recent sightings of winter residents: 4-6 pine siskins, 1 red-breasted nuthatch, 1 female purple finch.

Date: Oct. 26, 2001
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Ann Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Red-Tailed returned and flew away with the rest of the rabbit. Maybe it will get the cat next time.

Date: Oct. 25, 2001 11AM and 5PM
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Ann Baumgardner

A Red-tailed hawk captured, killed and ate a good deal of a rabbit in our backyard. My wife took several good pictures of it eating. When I arrived home after work, it was just returning. But a neighborhood cat was feeding on the carcass. I ran the cat off and hope the hawk returns.

Date: 24 October 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A definite increase in robins and blackbirds at NKU roost since last counted on 3 Oct. Tonight there were at least 2200 American Robins and 3500 blackbirds (mainly grackles). The Red-breasted Nuthatch has not been seen at my feeder since 22 Oct. Maybe he moved on to Erlanger (see Amy's 23 Oct. posting). Also one "yellow-bellied" Eastern Phoebe at Evergreen Cemetery.

Date: 10/24/01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

2 Winter Wrens

Date: 10-23-01
Location: erlanger,ky
Reporter: Amy
Other Birders:

A red-breasted nuthatch heard calling and spotted at my sunflower/suet feeder.

Date: Monday, 10/22/01 - 4:45 PM/6:15 PM
Location: East Fork State Park Ohio
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: 4 unknown on South Beach

Birds were scarce and those seen were
small in numbers.

A few Canada Geese
7 Wood ducklings iin upper ponds.
Mallards
M Doves
Am Crows
T Vultures
Red-bellied WP
C Chickadees
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard)
Few Am Robiins
Starlings - 50+
N. Cardinals
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrows
Am Goldfinch


Date: Monday, 10/22/01 - 4:45 PM/6:15 PM
Location: East Fork State Park Ohio
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: 4 unknown on South Beach

Birds were scarce and those seen were
small in numbers.

A few Canada Geese
7 Wood ducklings iin upper ponds.
Mallards
M Doves
Am Crows
T Vultures
Red-bellied WP
C Chickadees
Red-breasted Nuthatch (heard)
Few Am Robiins
Starlings - 50+
N. Cardinals
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrows
Am Goldfinch


Date: 22 October 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

The male Red-breasted Nuthatch is still coming to our feeders. This is a very feisty individual, who has claimed the hanging sunflower feeder for his own, at one point holding 3 Carolina Chickadees and 2 Tufted Titmice at bay. He was then chased from his perch, however, by an American Goldfinch on its way to the thistle feeder. Also 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers nearby.

Date: 21 October 2001
Location: SE Butler Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

During a short stop w/family I found at least 30 Swamp Sparrows and 20 Song Sparrows at Gilmore Ponds but no sign of a LeConte's. We checked the holding pond at Union Centre (Allen Rd to Meridian Way behind the Scholastic Book Fair and trucking terminal) at dusk and found quite a few shorebirds. The light was poor so I was only able to ID 3 Greater Yellowlegs and 30 Killdeer but there were probably other species as well. There were also 6 Green-winged Teal, 300 Canada Geese and 3 Great Blue Herons.

Date: 10/22/2001 7:00pm
Location: Clifton
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

1 Common Nighthawk

Date: 10/21/2001 8:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Location: Caesar Creek SP, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

After seeing the Franklin's Gulls on the beach, I decided to bird some areas around the lake that I hadn't visited before. Success!!!

The area at the end of Ward Road yielded all 7 species of woodpeckers, both kinglets, and an Osprey.

Also good was the western terminus of Mound Road (the portion that runs into SR 380. It yielded two snipe, one Solitary Sandpiper, one Semipalmated Plover, 15 Killdeer, and one Bonaparte's Gull.

Other good lesser-visited spots include the ponds at the north end of the dog training area off Scott Road, the boat ramp in the camping area and on Young Road, the end of Lukens Road, and the Nature Center on Pioneer Village Road.

Here's the entire list: Double-crested Cormorant 15, Great Blue Heron 4, Turkey Vulture 35, Canada Goose 25, Mallard 2, Ruddy Duck 2, Osprey 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 3, American Coot 20, Semipalmated Plover 1, Killdeer 30, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Common Snipe 2, Franklin's Gull 2, Bonaparte's Gull 1, Ring-billed Gull 85, Rock Dove 10, Mourning Dove 25, Belted Kingfisher 4, Red-headed Woodpecker 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 7, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 15, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 12, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Phoebe 3, Blue Jay 20, American Crow 60, Horned Lark 15, Carolina Chickadee 30, Tufted Titmouse 8, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 8, Golden-crowned Kinglet 4, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7, Eastern Bluebird 25, Hermit Thrush 1, American Robin 60, Gray Catbird 1, Northern Mockingbird 9, European Starling 900, American Pipit 6, Cedar Waxwing 18, Yellow-rumped Warbler 75, Common Yellowthroat 2, Eastern Towhee 10, Chipping Sparrow 3, Field Sparrow 40, Savannah Sparrow 1, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 60, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 5, White-throated Sparrow 80, White-crowned Sparrow 30, Dark-eyed Junco 45, Northern Cardinal 35, Red-winged Blackbird 300, Eastern Meadowlark 4, Common Grackle 1,500, Brown-headed Cowbird 6, House Finch 15, Pine Siskin 4, American Goldfinch 70, House Sparrow 10.

Date: 10/21/2001 1:00-1:30 PM
Location: Spring Valley WA, Warren Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Shorebirds and waterfowl were very scarce today, but the raptors more than made up for it. The highlight was a first-year Bald Eagle soaring overhead. It circled aimlessly for a couple of minutes, then set its wings and cruised southeast (toward Caesar Creek?).

Here's the list: Wood Duck 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 12, Bald Eagle 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 3, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 3, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Killdeer 14, Ring-billed Gull 4, Mourning Dove 6, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 2, Blue Jay 6, American Crow 10, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 8, European Starling 18, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 2, Tree Swallow 8, Carolina Chickadee 5, Horned Lark 4, House Sparrow 3, American Goldfinch 6, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Song Sparrow 3, White-throated Sparrow 7, Dark-eyed Junco 4, Field Sparrow 6, Northern Cardinal 3, Red-winged Blackbird 40, Common Grackle 12.

Date: 10/22/01
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Charlie Hoffman
Other Birders: none

I found the raccoon but no LeConte's sparrow and 1 Tennessee warbler

Date: SEPTEMBER - DATE FORGOTTEN
Location: MY BACKYARD - ANDERSON TOWNSHIP
Reporter: RON COX
Other Birders: WIFE - NORA

PEACOCK STRUTTING ACROSS MY BACKYARD. DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT A "LOST"
PEACOCK?

Date: 10/21/2001 7:00pm
Location: Clifton
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

3 Common Nighthawks

Date: 10/21/01
Location: Villages of Wildwood, Adams Circle, Fairfield
Reporter: Jo Hudgins
Other Birders:

There is a wooded ravine right in my backyard and this morning there were dozens of robins in the treetops. It sounded like spring again only with lots more of them.

Also out there this morning were two red-bellied woodpeckers. At the feeders were the usual Carolina chickadees, American goldfinches, house finches, tufted titmice, house sparrows, mourning doves, and cardinals.

Yesterday I saw a red-tailed hawk at the rooftop level of my building as I got out of my car. And nearly every evening lately at dusk we'll hear a screech owl for 5-10 minutes.

Date: 10/21/01
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

No luck with the LeConte's sparrow but did see a merlin, immature or female.

Date: 20 October 2001
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

One male Red-breasted Nuthatch going back and forth for sunflower seed (and occasionally suet) virtually all day long at my feeders.

Date: 10/20/01
Location: Residence in Springfield Township, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

While grilling out this afternoon after a not-so-fun-day-as-birdwatching-somewhere-other-than home, had 3 pine siskins mixed with the goldfinches on my thistle feeders.A small consolation for not being at Gilmore Ponds, Caesar's Creek, etc.

Date: October 20, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds 8:00 am to 11:45 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders, Jack Busam

1 LeConte's Sparrow (Directions below): orange face and breast. Orange color ended mid-breast, and the rest of the breast and underparts were white; gray cheeks; thin dark line extending back from the eye; off-white to white median crown stripe; slight orange wash on the flanks. Crisp, dark black streaks on the flanks. Obvious verticle purple streaks on the grayish nape and sides of neck. The rest of the upperparts had prominent black streaks. We were lucky to get within 15 to 20 feet of the bird, and watched it while it perched atop cattails for upwards of 30 seconds. We had a second look, lasting about 1 minute, while the bird moved around in the cattails. It gave a soft "tsit" call once when it flew away. Though there's a lot of color in the bird, it's still rather muted, but compared to the swamp and song sparrows in the cattails, the bird stuck out almost as much as a male summer tanager might among a flock of starlings. We were fairly stunned...

Directions: There is a path in the West Pond (AKA "Cattail Marsh") area, just to the right or east of the observation deck. The deck is noted on the Gilmore Ponds map as location "D." Here's the map: http://gilmore.pond.org/map.shtmll

Follow the path towards West Pond. You'll pass clumps of silver maple on your left and right (and the desiccated remains of a raccoon) just before the paths jogs to the right. The path ends next to a stand of cattails that are on the right side of the path. These cattails are where the bird was.

Other birds: 100+ song, 50+ swamp, 10 white-crowned, 12+ white-throated, 2 Lincoln's, 2 chipping, 8 field sparrows, 1 junco, 1 Tennessee warbler.

Date: Oct. 20, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Doug Overacker and Clark County group

The two Franklin's Gulls were still present on the Caesar Creek beach this AM. While trying to photograph one of them I saw something else come into the water. What a surprise it was to see eight beautiful winter plummaged AMERICAN AVOCETS. I was also happy to see a group of other birders with Doug Overacker leading them.

Date: 10/20/01
Location: Miami Whitewater
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

The poison ivy berries were covered with bluebirds and yellow rumps. Kinglets everywhere. Watched an immature northern harrier catch breakfast. Towhees, white throated, white crowned, swamp, field sparrows everywhere. Two fox sparrows at the observation deck, witnessed also by an unnamed birder. Palm warblers through the wetlands.

Date: Oct 20, 01
Location: Cincinnati Nature Cntr
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: Andrea Dailey

2 male and 2 female purple finches, 20+ yellow-rumped warblers, 1 yellow-bellied sapsucker, 1 red-breasted nuthatch, 1 pileated, 5 red-bellied, 6 downy woodpeckers, 4 flickers, 3 juncos, 2 white-throated sparrows, several song and field sparrows,, driving north on 275 from rt 32 saw 2 black vultures overhead.

Date: Oct. 19, 2001
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

At 9 AM this morning there were two Franklin's Gulls mixed in with the 100 Ring-bill Gulls on Caesar Creek beach.

Date: 18 October 2001
Location: Rowe Arboretum, Indian Hill
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches cramming sunflower seeds from the feeder into the sapsucker indentations in a nearby Scots pine. At sunset, they call noisily from a nearby ash, then disappear (possibly into a hole in a dead limb?). Also 20 White-throated Sparrows.

Date: 18 October 2001
Location: Walnut Hills Cemetery
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches peacefully coexisting with a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches in with a foraging group of chickadees, titmice and 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets. The two pairs part company when the group leaves the Austrian and white pines. The White-breasted's move on to a linden and then to an oak. The Red-breasted's join the chickadees to hang upside down while gleaning seeds from hemlock cones. Also 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 10 White-throated Sparrows and 4 Dark-eyed Juncos.

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

This morning, a Lincoln's Sparrow was foraging in the grass under my birdfeeder. One of those special "feeder moments", which prompted me to wash the windows in the afternoon for a better view.

Date: October 17, 2001
Location: Sharon Woods 10:00 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Three tree swallows were flying around the lake. At least one, maybe two, looked like first-year birds.

Date: October 16, 01
Location: Williamsburg High School (Clermont County)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

One late Common Yellowthroat

Date: 10/14/01 @ dusk
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

Possum at my bird feeders. Feeding on deluxe and select blends from Wild Birds Unlimited.

Date: 10/15/01
Location: shawnee lookout park - end of fort trail
Reporter: jack berninger
Other Birders: elaine

two bald eagles - flying fron oxbow over ohio river to ky then north - can anyone else confirm?

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

One Red-breasted Nuthatch and 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers in the Austrian pines. 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 6 Carolina Chickadees, 4 Tufted Titmice and 2 Norhtern Cardinals, as well as 5 more Yellow-rumped Warblers, were all doing "double-duty" as "marsh birds" in the cattails and willows in a swampy pond on the south side of the cemetery.

Date: 15 October 2001
Location: Walnut Hills / Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One Red-breasted Nuthatch and one Brown Creeper at Walnut Hills Cemetery. Moving on to Cliff Drive at Eden Park, I found quite a bit of activity. A male and a female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker followed each other closely from the pines into the elms and hackberries. Ten White-throated Sparrows were partaking in the bumper crop of bush honeysuckle berries along with 10 Cedar Waxwings, 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers and 15 Dark-eyed Juncos. Several White-crowned Sparrows were heard but not seen. A Red-bellied Woodpecker was also observed gathering Hackberry berries.

Date: Oct.15,2001
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

I was at beach from 9:30 till 11:00 am. The only thing I have to add to Bill Stanley's list of yesterday is a Common Loon.

Date: October 14, 2001 9:00am till 12:00pm
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

As dark clouds rolled over the lake and the rain was coming and going, kettles of Turkey Vultures were rising over the lake 50+ at a time. Another note: On the north side of the lake there were groups of Ring-necked Pheasants along the road leading to the boat ramp on last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I suspect that these Pheasants were released.

Pied-billed Grebe 12, Double-crested Cormorant 1, Great Blue Heron 7, Canada Goose 6, Wood Duck 15, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 200+, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Am. Kestrel 1, Am. Coot 9, Killdeer 15, Bonapart's Gull 1, Ring-billed Gull 50+, Herring Gull 1, Forester's Tern 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 7, Blue Jay 16, Am. Crow 7, Carolina Chickadee 12, Tufted Titmouse 6, Carolina Wren 3, Golden-crowned Kinlet 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, E. Bluebird 6, Am. Robin 1, N. Mockingbird 1, Cedar Waxwing 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 11, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, N. Cardinal 28, E. Towhee 2, Chipping Sparrow 15, Song Sparrow 6, White-throated Sparrow 7, Red-winged Blackbird 1, Brown-headed Cowbird 12, House Finch 4, Am. Goldfinch 7

Date: 14 October 2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell County, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Red-breasted Nuthatch in a large Austrian pine. He spent a goodly amount of time extracting previously stored pine seeds from the bark of the branches, only to wedge them into new, presumably more secure locations. It is possible that the stored seeds may have been loosened by the heavy rain, and he was taking advantage of a short period of sun to remedy the situation.

Date: October 14, 2001
Location: Voice of America, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Very, very windy prior to a thunderstorm at 5:30. 5 kestrel, 1 red-tailed hawk, 30+ eastern meadowlark, 100+ mourning dove, 4 goldfinch, 1 gc kinglet, 5 song sparrows, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 1 palm warbler, 50 redwinged blackbirds, 10 starlings.

Date: 10/13/2001 8:00-11:30 AM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Came Later

The early birder gets the sparrows! From ~8:15-9:30 AM, there was a major feeding frenzy in the trees, shrubs, and cattails surrounding the observation deck. Sparrows were the highlight, with Lincoln's and Chipping being the most unusual. There were also 25-30 Bluebirds actively foraging in this small area...a beautiful display of aerodynamics!

A lone Grashopper Sparrow, several Bobolinks, and a significant portion of western Hamilton County's Song Sparrow population were found along some newly-mown paths adjoining the farm road at the north end of the wetlands. Here's the list:

Turkey Vulture 4, Canada Goose 85, Wood Duck 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Killdeer 5, Rock Dove 4, Mourning Dove 25, Chimney Swift 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 6, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 15, Horned Lark 3, Tree Swallow 12, Carolina Chickadee 10, Brown Creeper 1, Carolina Wren 2, Eastern Bluebird 35, American Robin 15, Gray Catbird 1, Northern Mockingbird 3, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 20, Cedar Waxwing 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 40, Palm Warbler 3, Common Yellowthroat 4, Eastern Towhee 4, Chipping Sparrow 4, Field Sparrow 60, Savannah Sparrow 1, Grasshopper Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 350, Lincoln's Sparrow 2, Swamp Sparrow 80, White-throated Sparrow 10, White-crowned Sparrow 35, Northern Cardinal 45, Indigo Bunting 6, Bobolink 6, Red-winged Blackbird 120, Eastern Meadowlark 7, Rusty Blackbird 20, Common Grackle 30, Brown-headed Cowbird 18, House Finch 1, American Goldfinch 120, House Sparrow 3.

Date: 12 October 2001
Location: Markland Dam IN/KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

12 Double-crested Cormorants, mostly on the IN side of the river. Very quiet, the river was at about pool stage, I could not find a single gull or duck.

Date: 11 October 2001
Location: Cincinnati/Norwood
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

50 Chimney Swifts at dusk at Eden Park. One Common Nighthawk over the Joseph Beth Bookstore after dark.

Date: 11 October 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

4 Palm Warlers at the Watertown Yacht Club in Dayton. 20 Chipping Sparrows at the Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Date: Oct. 11, 2001
Location: Near Pt. Jefferson, Ohio
Reporter: Tony Smith
Other Birders: None

Being a novice birder, it has taken me sometime to determine the new birds my sunflowers have attractd. I'm sure of the Tufted Titmice. The others must be Carolina Chickadees. I'm just within the nothern boundary of their range. Very cool!!

Date: 10 October 2001
Location: Walnut Hills Cemetery
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Chickadees and titmice mobbing something on the other side of the cemetery fence from section 14. A Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Brown Creeper were also in on the action.

Date: Tueday the 9th
Location: St. Xavier Gym
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: My gym class

The kestrel continued Tuesday but was not present todat. I assume it was allowed to escape out of a window. What kind of damage would be done to this bird considering it flew around constantly without nourishment, and especially since it is a bird of prey, which tends to need to conserve energy? I gues this is more of a message board post, so please respond there.

Date: Monday the 8th
Location: St. Xavier High School Gym
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none(other than entire gym class)

This past Monday I sighted a pretty unusual bird, in a pretty unusual place, at a pretty unusual time. I was sitting in the gym, trying to catch a minute of sleep before my next class, when right above me flew a bird. There are usually birds in the gym - ones that have gotten in through windows and doors, but they're normally just strarling and sparrpws, the "uninteresting" birds. This time thuogh, I could see that I was dealing with something else. At first, I assumed it was one of the many local killdeer, but upon closer examination, I realized tat the bird perched very much like a falcon, and was shaped like one too. The lighting in the gym was horrible, but I began to think that this was a kestrel. After a few minutes, the class proceded outside to play football, and I hung back to get a better look. I climbed up the bleachers and got close to the bird (perched in the rafters), and saw that indeed it was a kestrel. Unfortunately, I couldn't do anything besides letting the teacher know about it and telling him that it was important to get such a bird out of the gym right away. I assume that the bird got out, because at the end of the day, I couldn't find it. What a sighting!

Date: 10/10/01
Location: Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

Sadly, a hermit thrush met its demise when it crashed into one of our glass doors this AM.

Date: 10/09/2001
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Good birding this PM at Spring Valley. A few shorebirds remain - best of which was a white-rumped sandpiper in basic plumage. Also present were least sandpipers, solitary sandpipers, pectoral sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs and killdeer.

Chimney swifts and swallows (mostly tree) were quite numerous above the wetland. Also numerous were blackbirds massing into large flocks at dusk. At least ten of these were rusty blackbirds. American pipits were present and the first hints of waterfowl migration (green-winged and blue-winged teal) were evident as well.

Date: 10/8/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Denham

Red breasted nuthatches on a hackberry tree. Cape mays, Tennessees, magnolias, yellow-rumps, pewees. It's beautiful out there!

Date: 8 October 2001
Location: Eden Park/Walnut Hills
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Golden-crowned Kinglets and 1 Brown Creeper along Cliff Drive at Eden Park. One male Red-breasted Nuthatch at Walnut Hills Cemetery, section 14.

Date: 7 October 2001
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co.,OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches working the cones in the shortleaf pines near the granite shelterhouse. Also 1 Brown Creeper.

Date: 7 October 2001
Location: Brown County State Park, Brown Co, IN
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

One female Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 10 Chipping Sparrows, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk. A peaceful weekend at a beautiful park, but we didn't see many birds. Fall colors not quite as far along as Cinti.

Date: 10/06/01 7:55 a.m. to 6:25 p.m.
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands and park
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: David Whitely

Intensive search for LeConte's and Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows was unsuccessful. Although not yet reported here this season, it was worth a try for these elusive species, which have begun their fall migration along with the other species of sparrows. But, 58 species is not bad for a day in October.
Highlights: Northern Harrier, Blue-headed Vireo, Sedge Wren (lifer for D. Whitely), Lincoln's Sparrow (lifer for D. Whitely), Bobolink.
The list: (Some species not censused)
Turkey Vulture 14, Canada Goose 50+, Mute Swan 2 (semi-wild? - hand fed), Mallard, Northern Harrier 2, Buteo sp. 1, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper's Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, Northern Bobwhite 1, Killdeer 5, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift 40+, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 6, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Blue Jay, American Crow, Purple Martin 2, Tree Swallow 10, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 80+, Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 19, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 4, House Wren 1, Sedge Wren 2, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, Eastern Bluebird 6, American Robin, Gray Catbird 2, Northern Mockingbird 5, European Starling, Tennessee Warbler 7, Nashville Warbler 1, Vermivora sp. 1 (Tennessee or Orange-crowned? - brief glimpse), Cape May Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 100+, Palm Warbler 7, Common Yellowthroat 1 (female), Eastern Towhee 2, Chipping Sparrow 3, Field Sparrow 52, Savannah Sparrow 32, Song Sparrow 72, Lincoln's Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 9, White-crowned Sparrow 5, Ammodromus sp. 1 (Short pointed tail, light overall coloration, short stocky build, long sustained flight over weedy field), Northern Cardinal 4, Indigo Bunting 10, Bobolink 27, Red-winged Blackbird, Blackbird sp. 1 (Euphagus sp.? or Red-winged?), Eastern Meadowlark 4, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 150+, House Sparrow.

Date: October 6, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 white-eyed vireo (a first-year bird), 1 scarlet tanager, 5 winter wren, 2 house wren, 3 Carolina wren, 14 yellow-rumped warblers, 5 common yellowthroat, 9 Tennesee, 1 magnolia, 1 black-throated green, 1 indigo bunting, 4 ruby-crowned kinglets, 2 golden-crowned kinglets, 15 catbirds, 8 white-throated sparrows, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 2 Lincoln's sparrows, 5 swamp, 20+ song sparrow, 3 YB sapsuckers, 2 rose breasted grosbeaks, 1000+ red-winged blackbirds (there's a roost in the industrial parks between Symmes Road and Route 4 in Fairfield).

Date: 4 October 2001
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

On a brief visit to Spring Grove I stopped to admire the large Cedar of Lebanon in section 16, and lo and behold, there was a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches in the upper branches. I find it interesting that these birds frequent some of the same old world conifers as their Mediterranean cousins. Namely Austrian pine (Corisican Nuthatch), Cilician Fir and Cedar of Lebanon (Kruper's Nuthatch). All three can be found at Spring Grove (the conifers that is - unfortunately not the nuthatches).

Date: 4 October 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One female Red-breasted Nuthatch and 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets. There is one particular hackberry. which seems to be almost continuously occupied by chickadees and titmice, etc. This is where these birds were also spending much of their time.

Date: 10/05/01
Location: Queen City Ave. & Covedale
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

2 Chimney Swifts along Queen City Ave.
Also, still have Chimney Swifts hanging around in Covedale 10/01-04.

Date: 4-5:30 PM, Thursday , Oct. 4, 2001
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd. area, Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Trees bordering Road not productive. North slough was approx. 75% covered with usual aquatic growth, however following birds observed:

1 Double Crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Green Heron
22+ Wood Ducks
1 R.T. Hawk
4 Killdeer
4 M. Doves
3 Non ID'ed swallows
1 Blue Jay
Numerous A. Crows
1 N. Mockingbird

Unusual occurence - not one starling
observed!





Date: 3 October 2001
Location: Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 female Red-breasted Nuthatch in a large Austrian Pine at Evergreen Cemetery. The Austrian pines here (section 23/24) are absolutely huge (well worth seeing), I counted over 114 annual growth rings on one wind-toppled trunk this past summer. Also, large numbers of American Robins (1500) and blackbirds (1800) gathering at the NKU roost at dusk.

Date: 3 October 2001
Location: Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Definitely a good fall for Red-breasted Nuthatches. One female concentrating on the bark of the large red cedars in a small country cemetery at Wright's Corner (N of Aurora), plus 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers. There are some Virginia pines at this location, they are native just a few counties to the west (Clark SF). Also 2 Great Egrets on the IN side of the Ohio R. by the Oxbow.

Date: 2 October 2001
Location: Newport, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Pied-billed Grebe on the Ohio River in front of the Chart House.

Date: 10/02/01
Location: Covedale front yard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

6 Common Nighthawks flying due south.

Date: 2 October 2001
Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches having a "field day" extracting seeds from the Austrian Pines. These trees are loaded with cones that are just opening up. On several occasions the female caught the winged seeds in mid-air which were dislodged by the male. She also gave a "pit-a-pit" conversational call which I suspect may be unique to the female.

Date: 2 October 2001
Location: Walnut Hills Cemetery , section 14
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Brown Creepers, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets and one female Red-breasted Nuthatch in pines and hemlocks at the top of the hill. The Red-breasted Nuthatch was flycatching the flying ants which were rising en masse from the grass, from her perch on an Austrian Pine. She also spent some time extracting seeds from the cones atop a white pine.

Date: Oct. 2, 2001
Location: Northgate
Reporter: Donna
Other Birders:

I saw my first Brown Creeper this morning spiralling up the trunk of the tree and around its branches in my backyard. As I was getting ready for work I watched it for about 30 minutes. A pretty little bird. I hope it sticks around.

Date: 10/02/2001
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

A white-rumped sandpiper was present on the mudflats at Spring Valley this afternoon. The bird, in basic plumage, was easily visble from the south parking lot. The only other shorebirds present were several pectoral sandpipers and killdeer.

Date: 10-02-2001
Location: MWW Wetlands
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

Not much water left. And saw no shore birds. No ticks and breezy enough to hold off most of the mosquitoes.

Sparrows: White-Throated 2, White-Crowned 3, Swamp 3, and Song 7. I'm sure there are many more. Goldfinch 30+ (must be hundreds out there, lots of prairie going to seed), Chickadee 7, Y-R Warbler 9, C Y-T Warbler 7, BOBOLINK 9, Catbird 3, Blue Jay 8, Flicker 2, Hairy Woodpecker 1, T Vulture 6, Chimney Swift 2, Tree Swallow 8, Bobwhite Quail 2, and C Wren 1.

Date: 1 October 2001
Location: Cliff Drive, Eden Park
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One Red-breasted Nuthatch in the Austrian pines. It was calling in a cadence of 5-6 notes and a pause,in the manner of the fledgling's begging call, which made me suspect that it was a first year bird. Also 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Date: 1 October 2001
Location: Walnut Hills Cemetery, Victory Parkway
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One male Red-breasted Nuthatch, a particularly rusty bellied individual. He was spending most of his time in the dead upper branches of the silver maples and the red oaks.

Date: September 30, 2001
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

1 Cooper's hawk, 2 killdeer, 1 chimney swift, red-bellied, downy, northern flicker, 1 sapsucker, 1 phoebe, 10+ blue jay, 3 Carolina chickadee, 1 titmouse, 2 Carolina wren, 2 house wren, 3 golden-crowned kinglet, 6 ruby-crowned kinglet, 20+ American robin, 10 catbird, 15 cedar waxwing, 10 starling, 12 Tennessee warbler, 4 Nashville, 1 parula, 1 chestnut-sided, 2 magnolia, 2 yellow-rumped, 7 black-throated green, 3 redstart, 1 ovenbird, 5 common yellowthroat, 1 Lincoln's sparrow, 15 white-throated sparrow

Date: 10/01/01
Location: Gilmore Ponds (off Gilmore Rd entrance)
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders:

Duh, I forgot to put the location on my posting below--Gilmore Ponds.

Date: 10/01/01
Location:
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders:

Palm,Yellow-rumped, Nashville, Black-throated green warbler, A. redstart,,, Swamp, White-crowned, and Lincoln's sparrow, female indigo bunting, many robins, song sparrows, goldfinches.

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