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Sightings Log Archive: January 2002 - March 2002

Date: 3/29/2002 and 3/30/2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

In addition to the birds reported by Steve Pelikan and Frank Frick, the following were seen either on the evening of the 29th, or very early morning of the 30th:

American Woodcock, Virginia Rail (seen), Northern Harrier, Bonaparte's Gull (alternate plumage), Marsh Wren, House Wren, American Pipit (40), Barn Swallow, Brown Thrasher, Tree Sparrow (80), and Vesper Sparrow (singing).

Date: 3/30/2002
Location: Shawnee Lookout, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

There are thousands of waterfowl in the flooded cornfields along Miamiview Rd., heading toward Shawnee Lookout. There are several pulloffs, particularly in the stretch between Mt. Nebo and Dugan Gap Rd. Or, continue to the park boat ramp (careful, it's flooded) and look north and east. Be aware, however, that a spotting scope is mandatory for satisfactory views.

In addition to Canada Geese and ducks (all the dabblers, both scaup, Hooded Mergansers, Wood and Ring-necked Ducks) there were ~80 shorebirds of 5 species (both yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Common Snipe, and Killdeer). Eastern Phoebes, Horned Larks, and American Pipits were heard and seen.

Date: March 31, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie, Lily, and Phoebe

1 Barn Swallow

Date: March 30, 2002 6:15am till 11:30am
Location: East Fork State Park BBS Block 13 Bethel Concord Rd.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Phoebe Stanley

Turkey Vulture 5, Canada Geese 8, Wood Duck 3, Mallard 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk 2, Coopers Hawk 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 2, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Mourning Dove 10, Red-bellied Woodpecker 12, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Eastern Phoebe 5, Blue Jay 13, Am Crow 15, Tree Swallow 3, Carolina Chickadee 22, Tufted Titmouse 18, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 21, Winter Wren 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 14, American Robin 2, N. Mockingbird 1, European Starling3, Louisiana Waterthrush 1, Rufous-sided Towhee 25, Field Sparrow 8, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 26, White-throated Sparrow 11, Northern Cardinal 66, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 5, Brown-headed Cowbird 15, House Finch 1, Pine Siskin 1, American Goldfinch 13

Date: Mar 31, 2002 1100
Location: Spring Valley Wildlife A
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: Andrea Dailey

Heard, then finally saw Virginia Rail, my first. Fifteen feet before the stairs at the end of boardwalk, on left side, about 10 feet from boardwalk. It vocalized several times over a 30 minute period, before we finally got a 4 second glimpse. While waiting out the Rail, saw a common yellowthroat.

Date: 3/31/02 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: My backyard in Wildwood apartments in Fairfield
Reporter: Jo Hudgins
Other Birders: My husband

1 brown creeper

Sitting here eating breakfast looking at the window when my husband says, "What's that bird?" Upon first look I thought it was a red-breasted nuthatch as I hurriedly grabbed for my binoculars ever close by. By the time I had the binocs up to look it had flown away.

We kept looking and it appeared again and this time I had the binocs ready. I was surprised to see that it wasn't the nuthatch but a brown creeper. My first spotting of this bird ever.

Always a thrill to add another one for the life list.

Date: 3/30/02
Location: Spring Valley WA
Reporter: Jo Hudgins
Other Birders: My husband

Our first visit here and was very pleased with the number of waterfowl. There were too many to count so I'll just list the species except the 1 horned grebe we saw right by the parking lot.

1 horned grebe
Blue-winged teal
Bufflehead
Coot
Pied-billed grebe
2 white ducks
Lesser scaup
Canada goose
Great blue heron
Bluejay
Chickadee
Turkey vulture
Starling
Song sparrow
Red-winged blackbird
Cardinal
White-crowned sparrow
Tufted titmouse
Red-bellied woodpecker
Robin
Tree swallow

Date: 03/29/2002
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: Mark Piepmeier
Other Birders:

Active Great Horned Owl nest and active Red Tailed Hawks nest.

Date: 29 March 2002
Location: Winton Woods, Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Covered Bridge on Covered Bridge Road.

Date: 03/29/2002
Location: western Butler county
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

There is an active buteo nest in the NE corner of the intersection of Cox and Tylersville, West Chester. Look for the first tall tree east a few hundred feet. Is this tree on VOA property? Since I was riding my bike, I did not tarry for details.

I finished my bike ride at 12:30pm, Friday. My car was parked in the south parking lot of the Monroe Methodist church at East and Lebanon streets. This is the side opposite the blue Monroe water tower. I heard a ruckus across the street, south. Two crows were chasing a female Pileated Woodpecker out of a tall tree. The crows quit and the Pileated prominently displayed a raised crest. [Wouldn't you?] Then she went down to the cutoff tree next to the young tree with a white tag. I watched her feed vigorously for 20 minutes. Then she tried several other trees. Last I saw, she was heading west between houses.

Date: Mar 28, 2002 0955
Location: Backyard Sharonville
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders:

A Chipping Sparrow and a Brown Thrasher
just appeared at my backyard feeders, (both on the ground) at the same time! Both are first time seen here. What a nice morning to be off work!

Date: 3-27-02
Location: Rapid Run Park-backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Fox sparrow made appearance this morning at 7am along our backyard fence bordering Rapid Run Park. Almost didn't look closely, thinking it was the routine, daily visit of the local song sparrow.

Date: 27 March 2002
Location: MWF wetlands 12:00-2:45
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

Lots of fun birds for a mid-day trip. Waterfowl included Hooded Mergs (4), Ruddy Ducks(3), Bufflehead(2), Lesser Scaup(15) and Ring-necked Ducks(20+), Blue(40) & Green-winged(8) Teal, Pintail (5), Widgeon (2), Shovelers (9), Black Ducks (8) and Wood DUck (25). American Bittern, 80 Common Snipe, lots of Pipits (60+). Swamp, Song, White-throated, White-crowned, Chipping and Savannah Sparrows. And a Moorhen that seemed a bit early to me.

Date: Sunday, March 24, 2002
Location: Oxbow area
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


The Ohio River flood stage was around 48 feet on Sunday and the Oxbow
itself was, of course, entirely flooded.
The Great Miami River valley was also flooded in varying degrees all the way up to Lost Bridge and Elizabethtown Rd. We found small pockets of waterfowl in several places on both sides of the river, but the best spot was the flooded fields just north of Fisters property, best accessed from the old cemetary road underpass off of US 50. A large flock of approxamately 800 ducks were in the flooded stubble. Most were concentrated pretty far out and a scope was needed to see them well. Most notable were about 250-300 Lesser Scaup. There were also about 75-100 Ring-necked Ducks. Also present in lesser but good numbers were Wood Ducks, Canada Geese, Mallards, Green-winged and Blue-winged Teal, N. Pintails, N. Shovelers, Gadwalls and Am. Wigeons. Other species seen in that general area included about 60 Double-crested Cormorants, 14 Great Blue herons, 2 Pied-billed Grebes, over 100 Am. Coots, many Killdeer (we expected,but could find no other shorebirds), several Red-tailed Hawks, at least 10 Black Vultures among 50+ Turkey Vultures, 75+ Ring-billed Gulls, several Tree Swallows, and large flocks of Common Grackles(one flock of 2000). One of the resident Peregrine Falcons was sitting on its nesting box attached to the smoke'stack' at the power plant.

Date: 3-36-02
Location: Rapid Run Park-backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Rapid Run Park/Backyard: Pine warbler observed today and yesterday making brief visit to backyard suet feeder in late afternoon (5:30 pm both days). Red-breasted nuthatch (2)continues on a daily basis. Brown creeper seen several times per week. Yellow-bellied sapsucker still sited every two or three days. Occasional red-shoulder hawk spotted & heard overhead (three weeks ago a rather vocal duo flew overhead).

Date: 24 March 2002
Location: NE Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

a few pinewoods partners-

24 March - An early Chipping Sparrow and one very vocal Pine Warbler. Also a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches and 8 vociferous Pine Siskins. On the 23rd there was also a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker but the trilling duo (sparrow and warbler) had yet to annouce their presence.

Date: 26 March 2002
Location: Ohio River at Cincinnati, OH/Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Quite a bit of action over the past few days, here are some highlights:

23 March Four Seasons Marina
1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Redhead, 5 Lesser Scaup, 2 Buffleheads, 6 male Northern Shovelers - 5 Turkey Vultures relaxing on the sand volleyball "beach".

25 March Newport Riverfront
10 Horned Grebes, 40 Coots, 3 Blue-winged Teal, 1 male Red-breasted Merganser, 19 Buffleheads, 90 Bonaparte's Gulls, 40 Ring-billed Gulls
(not quite as much on 26th but add 5 Northern Shovelers, and still a lot of Bonies)

25 March Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton,KY 1 Gadwall, 6 female Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Redhead 10 Lesser Scaup, 10 Bufflehead, 80 Bonaparte's Gulls, 50 Ring-billed Gulls

25 March Silver Grove - 1 Phoebe

Date: 3/26/02
Location: Caesar Creek Lake
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

A male long-tailed duck was present this evening at the Furnas Shores Boat Ramp at Caesar Creek Lake. The bird is well into summer plumage and is very dark overall.

Other birds prsent included 20 common loons, >75 horned grebes, 3 pied-billed grebes, mallards and a bufflehead. Bonaparte's gulls were also numerous.

Date: 3/26/02
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

2:45 to 5:45pm cold and windy. Suprised to see an American Bittern also two Lesser Yellowlegs.Other birds seen 27 L.Scaups,4 Ring-Necked Ducks,16 Blue-winged Teal,2 Bufflehead,16 Green-winged Teal,4 N.Shoveler,6 Black Ducks,4 Wood Ducks,52 A.Coots also Mallards and Canada Geese.Two N.Harriers male and female.South of the farm road in a recently burnt area 10+ C. Snipe,9+ American Pipit and 25 Killdeer.This is also where I saw the L.yellowlegs.
Other birds seen in the passed week Gadwall,Hooded Merganser,Pied-Billed Grebe,Horned Lark and one Sandhill Crane on the 22nd the first I have seen here in a month.

Date: March 25, 02
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

5 Common Loons in breeding plumage, many Lesser Scaup and Horned Grebes

Date: March 25, 2002
Location: My backyard in Maineville, OH
Reporter: Shawn Dafoe
Other Birders:

Ever since I set up my cool bird feeder, cardinals galore have flocked to it, including a number of odd-looking cardinals that have either a white chest or a white crown. Do I have "albino cardinals" among my visitors? I have nicknamed them "King Cardinal" and "Santa."

Curiously wanting to know ...

Date: 3/24/02
Location: Mounds Rec. Area, Brookville Res.
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Besides the usual and expected birds, there were at least 131 Horned Grebes and 4 C. Loons at the beach. With all of the diving and moving around there may have been more. Many of the Grebes were in advanced stages of breeding plumage. An Osprey was at the nest, preening and waiting for more building material to be deliverd. Nice day, good birds.

Date: March 4, 2002 4:00 till 5:30pm
Location: East Fork State Park Beach and Dam
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie , and others

Highlight Surf Scoters.
2 Pied-billed Grebe, 50 Horned Grebe, 10 Turkey Vulture, 6 Canada Goose, 6 Gadwall, 4 American Widgeon, 5 N. Shoveler, 10 Redhead, 10 Ring-necked Duck, 200 Lesser Scaup, 17 Surf Scoter, 14 Bufflehead, 100+ Am. Coot, 2 Killdeer, 5 Mourning Dove, 1 Ea. Phoebe, 2 Am. Crow, 2 Tree Swallow, 2 Carolina Chickadee, 1 Tufted Titmouse, 2 Ea. Bluebird, 1 Am. Robin, 1 N. Mockingbird, 1 White-throated Sparrow, 1 Dark-eyed Junco, 2 N. Cardinal, 3 Ea. Meadowlark, 5 Common Grackle

Date: Sun., Mar. 24,2002 - 5:45 to 6:20 PM
Location: Sloughs, Petersburg, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Would have stayed longer but temp started to drop. Sightings:
Five G. Blue Heron; seventeen
Canada Geese; four Green-winged
Teal; two Am Black Ducks; NO
Mallard!; fifteen to twenty N.
Shovelers; twenty + Am Wigeon; two
Bufflehead; two Hooded Mergansers;
one Coot; seven Killdeer; ten+ Tree
Swallows; one Mockingbird; four Red-
wing Blackbirds; plus the usual
"regulars" - m. doves, a. crows,
robins, stasrlings, etc.

Date: March 23, 2002
Location: Port Union Wetlands (West Chester)
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders

25+ rusty blackbirds, 1 blue-winged teal, 2 mallards, 1 great blue heron, 1 tree swallow, 12 wood duck, 1 Cooper's hawk, 1 red-tail, 3 towhee.

The wetland area is owned by West Chester and is located off of Rt. 747, just off the Miami-Erie Canal towpath behind the Port Union Cafe. The area sits between the canal and the Mill Creek, and is due east of Gilmore Ponds. The new Symmes Road Extender to Union Center blvd & I-75 goes through the north portion of the wetlands, separating them from Ellis Lake, which in the past 175 years has served as an ice pond, a hunting club, and is now a 30+ acre privately-owned wooded swamp. The bird list we put together yesterday might not be too exciting, but the area is worth watching. Historically (from information provided by Frank Renfrow's "The Birds of Gilmore Ponds"), there are a number of interesting records from this area--the most surprising of which are still believable since they have stuffed specimens as proof (some of which are said to be in the Univ. of Cincinnati collections): black scoters, surf scoters, common loons, red-necked grebe, Eurasian widgeon, etc. Today, though, Ellis Lake is a wooded swamp. Not likely to have any loons, but there could be some other good birds visiting the area. The West Chester-owned wetlands look promising for shorebirds, though we found none but killdeer yesterday.

Date: March 24,2002
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

One Great Horned Owl, one Louisiana Waterthrush, Pine Warblers, one Eastern Phoebe, one Brown Creeper, two Sapsuckers, one Red-breasted Nuthatch and one Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Date: Sat. - Mar. 23, '02 - 3:45/4:20 PM
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone County, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

The species obsevered were not that numerous, it was the condition of the
ducks and geese that aroused my curiosity. First - sightings.
1 Common Merganser sheparding
1 Pied-billed Grebe
? Canada Geese
60+ Mallards
4 Ring-necked Ducks
3+ Killdeer
5+ Tree Swallows (my first this yr)
4 Red-winged Blackbirds
6 Com. Grackles

While watching the ducks and geese, hoping the Red-headed WP would appear,
I noticed a dead barnyard (?) duck nearby.

Then as the birds came around the lone boy feeding the birds I noticed one of the Canada's hopping around on one leg. Then I noticed a female Mallard struggling along on one leg, a male Mallard missing one foot, a hybrid Mallard X Canada with only one foot (been around a couple of weeks)and a barnyard duck waddling with a deformed leg. Never seen the likes of this before! Any ideas?

Date: 3/22/02
Location: Brookville Reservoir (Whitewater State Park)
Reporter: Jackie Nooker
Other Birders:

Saw 33 species in the afternoon. Highlights include BLACK VULTURES - one at Whitewater SP and 4-6 in a kettle of 20 TVs south of the town of Brookville. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, Juncos, Am Tree, Song and FIELD SPARROWS were seen in a small foraging flock. The juncos were singing like crazy! Ten species of ducks include Scaup (a few Greater among the many Lesser), Redhead, Ring-necked ducks (many), Bufflehead, Red-breasted, and Hooded Mergs. A single COMMON LOON was seen close to the Fairfield Bridge.

Date: Friday 03.22.02
Location: Burnet Woods 6:00 P.M.
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Saw an Eastern Towhee near the bird feeder behind the Nature Center...lots of the usual suspects as well.

Also saw my first Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker during a quick morning stroll.

Date: 3/22/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

The merlin was seen yesterday 3/21/02 but not today. I didn't see the scaup tonight but it was a very quick run through.

Date: 3/22/2002 1:00-1:30 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

A quick stop for lunch yielded some nice birds. The Pine Siskins are singing and engaging in courtship flights. Three Chipping Sparrows were warming themselves on the southern exposure of a hill. Two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were busy drilling and sucking sap. A Pileated Woodpecker is again excavating a nest hole along the wildflower drive (5 or 6 years in a row). At least one of the Lesser Scaup that Lori Brumbaugh mentioned earlier is still present on the main lake. Brown Creepers are singing in the Hemlocks around the caretaker's cottage next to the wildflower drive.

Date: 3/16/02
Location: Shrader-Weaver NP,IN and Miami Whitewater Wetlands and the Timberlakes
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Daniel Boone

Sorry for the late posting.
I was with a wildflower group who took a field trip to Shrader-Weaver which has a beautiful old-growth beech-maple forest. On the way there, there were a lot of Turkey Vultures soaring around, about 45, 5 Red-tailed Hawks, and 1 Red-shouldered Hawk. We also found a Great Blue Heron rookery, where there were around 40 Herons on the nests. We also saw 8 Wild Turkey sitting in a corn field. When we finally pulled into the parking lot of the preserve there were about 15 Cedar Waxwings hanging around the parking lot and they seemed to be sticking around. Throughout the forest White-breasted Nuthatches were calling up a storm. In total there were at least 30 Nuthatches. While we were heading down a hill to a seep I heard a strange call coming from back in the woods. So, I took a walk back and found 2 FOX SPARROWS mixed in with 10 Northern Cardinals, 30 Dark-eyed Juncos, and 2 American Goldfinches. The only other birds to report were 20 Carolina Chickadees, 12 Tufted Titmice, 10 Downy Woodpeckers, 5 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Northern Flickers, and 1 Hairy Woodpecker. When we got back from Shrader-Weaver it was about 5:00 and we headed to the wetlands. A short stop provided a few things to report: 20 Mallards, 7 American Black Ducks, 5 Gadwall, 5 Ring-necked Ducks, 12 Lesser Scaup, 25 American Coots, 15 TREE SWALLOWS, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 10 Northern Cardinals, 2 Song Sparrows, and 5 Swamp Sparrows. A walk around the Timberlakes provided 1 EASTERN PHEOBE (hanging around the leftover snags of the trees the beavers cut down by the water), 5 Downy Woodpeckers, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Brown Creepers, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 12 Carolina Chickadees, and 5 Tufted Titmice. Good birding!

Date: 3-18-02
Location: Little Miami Scenic Trail out of Corwin Northbound
Reporter: John Sheehan
Other Birders:

Mile 38 A Bluebird. I have seen this species several times in the area this winter.
Mile 39.5 Spooked a Red-Tailed Hawk and two Crows. While watching the hawk saw a Great Blue Heron flying in the distance.
Mile 41 at Spring Valley Lake 3 Scaup but too far for my eyes to sort out.
Mile 43 another Red-Tail.
Roxanna Rd. Kestrel on wire at the gravel plant.
On the boardwalk at the north end of Spring Valley Lake saw 10 Sandhill Cranes which circled overhead before landing out of sight in the cattails. The light was not good enough to see any red on the head but in one of the turns the grey bodies were clear.

Date: Monday, March 18, 2002
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Twelve species of waterfowl were seen at the settling ponds this late afternoon and included several Canada Geese, several Mallards, Wood Duck 7, Green-winged Teal 2, Blue-winged Teal 2, N. Shoveler 2, Gadwall 16, Redhead 3, Ring-necked Duck 40, Lesser Scaup 50, Geater Scaup 3 and 1 Hooded Merganser.
Also present were 2 Pied-billed
Grebes and 60 Am. Coots.
While there have been lots of ducks present here over the past several weeks, this is the most scaup I have seen here this year. The 3 scaup we were able to identify as Greaters were all males.

Date: 3/16/02
Location: Rowe Woods - CNC noon-5:30pm
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

1 singing EA Phoebe, 1, possibly 2 Fox Sparrows at 2 different feeding stations. The two looked too different to be the same bird (1 bright bird and one dark one). Also a good flock of pine siskins were high in the pine trees around the building (I saw about 10).

Date: 3/106/02
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: none

Whoops, spelling check. It was an uncommon "look" at a Common LOON. Sorry 'bout that.

Date: 3/16/02
Location: Spring Valley, Cowan Lake
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: none

Personal business took me 1/2 way to the Caesar Creek area so I went the rest of the way afterward. Caesar Creek was a bust, not a feather let alone a webbed foot on the lake. At Furnass beach there were 4 Ring-bill Gulls, 2 Bonaparts, and assorted Robins, Meadowlarks, Grackles and Song Sparrows. 2 TVs eyed me but I told them they have to wait. Spring Valley had a few to-be-expected birds but also a Red-headed Duck which I have been missing this winter. Cowan Lake produced 1 Common Look and 1 Horned Grebe, both in nice plumage.

Date: March 17, 2002
Location: Hamilton, Ohio
Reporter: Carol Duerr
Other Birders:

I had a Northern Flicker pair at my feeder today!

Date: 3/17/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

A week ago, I saw a pair of ringnecked ducks on lake in section 61; today there is a pair of scaups. I enjoy watching waterfowl up close without a scope and even without binos, watching the behavior and interaction over a period of time.
The merlin was still seen in Section 125, same tree, like clockwork. The other merlin hasn't been seen for sometime now so I assume it is gone. Each bird perched in its own territory and was not observed crossing over. I have heard of no reports of the birds being seen together, like the male and female were last year.

Date: 3/16/2002 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Stopped by for a brief look after the Bird Club field trip to Miami Whitewater. Once again the conifer-loving species were evident, mixing winter residents, migrants, and breeding birds.

The Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pine Warblers, and Pine Siskins noted last week were still present. In addition there were singing Brown Creepers (3+), singing Juncos (15+), and singing (calling) Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (2). No amount of urging on my part could induce an owl to sing a duet with me. Their loss!

Date: 03/17/02
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders: Ned Keller, Joey

Pine Warbler, in the Pines at the picnic area and a Chipping Sparrow.

Date: 3-16-02
Location: West Chester Oh
Reporter: Steve Rapien
Other Birders:

one Swan (To dark to ID)

Smith Rd. close to Beckett Ridge Bvd. two ponds on south side.

Date: 3/16/02
Location: VOA and SCG
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

After seeing the merlin at SGC 5p in the same tree in section 125, I went to VOA to see the SE owls. Three of them started flying at 6p and then one perched nearby on a stubble. If I had not seen it land, I would not have noticed it. The bird blends with the browns of the winter grass, as did the immature horned lark I almost stepped on. I will have to say that at the VOA I see many birds up close that I struggle to see elsewhere. The bobolinks and fledgling savannah sparrows were awesome last year.
The redtail nest had a head in it? I must have arrived at supper time as all the kestrels I saw were carting dinner.
Hear the woodcock as I was leaving.

Date: 3/15/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Brown merlin still seen at SGC on 3/15/02 @5:30p. It was perched in Section 125 in the tallest tree in that section. This is another common perch. The bird's crop was bulging.

Date: 03/16/02
Location: Long Branch Farm & Rowe Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: 2 bird walk attendees

I led a bird walk this morning at Long Branch Farm in Goshen (Clermont Co.). Highlights of the walk were a singing EASTERN PHOEBE and two singing BROWN THRASHERS, one of them seen. Also a RED FOX was discovered actively "mousing" in a field, and continued to do so until it noticed our presence and scurried away with its meal.
After the walk, Sergejs Berdnikovs and I headed over to Rowe Woods in Milford to look in the gift shop and library. There we saw at least five PINE SISKINS, still lingering.

Date: 3/15/02
Location: Voa
Reporter: John Sheehan
Other Birders:

Saw two Short-Eared owls this evening at 6:15. This was a first for me. Numerous Meadowlarks and Killdeer. One Quail. The Short-Eared was on the ground off of the Cox Rd. entrance but way back and to the left.

Date: 3/13/02
Location: Falmouth, KY
Reporter: Eileen Kruer
Other Birders: Melissa Sanford

I must apologize for the typo! I mistakenly omitted the word "not" in my prior post. I meant to write that the Snowy did NOT eat while we were there, but local residents saw him eat earlier.

Date: 3/13/02
Location: Falmouth, KY
Reporter: Eileen Kruer
Other Birders: Melissa Sanford

Went to visit the Snowy again today from about noon to 13:15. He was on 2 different telephone poles on Bishop Ridge Road. He did eat while we were there, just flew from one pole to the next. He did not seem to mind that we got close enough for good photos! A gentleman from the area said the owl was recently captured & banded.

Date: Mar.12,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

5:00 to 7:00pm things pickup in the evening.100 Mallards,8 Black Ducks,9 L.scaups,3 N.Pintail,4 Wood Ducks,28 Ring-Necked Ducks,1 C.Goldeneye,7 Hooded Mergansers,9 A.Coots,8 Tree Swallows and 26 C.Snipe seen to the north of the farm road in the burned off area.Also a Cooper's Hawk and a N. Harrier.

Date: 3/12/02
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: None

Many Woodcock calling and displaying - 7:00 PM

Date: 3/11/02
Location: SGCemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

There's a pair of ringnecked ducks at the cemetery. No merlin today but did yesterday. Also seeing a cooper's hawk in same area every day.
Watched a redshouldered hawk for some time at MWW woods, just driving through.

Date: 3/10/02
Location: Muscatatuck
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Really nice things up there. I arrived in time for the last Woodcock dance of the night (morning?). I found the Screech Owl that I've heard I near the visitors center (without even scratchin on the tree)and Tree Swallows swarmed after the sun warmed up a bit. I also found one Hermit Thrush, 3 Phoebes and my first Blue-wing Teal of the year. Meadowlarks and Red-wings were singing their hail to spring. With the bright sunshine and signs of spring I didn't even care if I was freeqing. After I had worn myself out I headed for Hardy Lake and found a beautiful Common Loon all by himself. I did my usual Loon-found-victory dance and headed for home.

Date: 3/10/02
Location: South of Falmouth
Reporter: Randy Lakes
Other Birders: Karl Maslowski

Just a quick note to say that the Snowy Owl was still present at the same location as of 3:30 on 3/10/02

Date: 3/10/2002 7:40-Noon
Location: western Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

In addition to acquiring second-degree wind burn ;) I managed to pick up a few good birds.

The Oxford Rd. ponds held good numbers of Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Mallards, a lone Ring-necked Duck, and a pair of Wood Ducks scoping out the local nest boxes. Six American Pipits were a nice find.

The Miami Whitewater wetlands had Lesser Scaup, American Coot, a lone Pied-billed Grebe, and several Common Snipe. A singing Fox Sparrow capped the morning there.

The timberlakes area of Miami Whitewater Forest starred a Red-headed Woodpecker and 10+ courting White-breasted Nuthatches. A distant Red-shouldered Hawk contributed a few screams.

Mitchell Memorial Forest continues to play host to conifer-loving species, with Pine Siskins, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and a singing Pine Warbler in the pine grove picnic area.

The trip total of 59 species seems good for this time of year. Now if only the wind will die down...

Date: 3/10/02
Location: VOA Park
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: Dave Helm

(4),possibly (5) Short-eared Owls seen between 6:20 and 6:50 PM. Also, (30+) Common Snipe, (1)Tree Sparrow, numerous Kestrels, Robins, Meadowlarks, RW Blackbirds, Killdeer

Date: 3/10/02
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Scaups, northern shoveler, many ringneck ducks, hooded mergansers, gadwalls, coots, redheads and American widgeon.

Date: March 8, 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Casey Tucker, Ornithology Class Miami U

We saw our first two Tree Swallows of the year flying over the main marsh this morning. Single Blue-wing Teal, 8-10 L. Scaup, 3 A. Coots, usual assortment Mallards, Gadwall, Canada geese. Covey of about a dozen Bobwhite were along the bike trail to the north of the gazebo. One Snipe, several Savannah Sparrows in the burned prairie area behind the bat house.

Date: 3-5-02
Location: camp ernst lake, boone co ky
Reporter: Amy
Other Birders: Marty & Anna

We stopped to let our daughter feed the ducks and look for birds. While there we saw about 50 mallards, 1 great blue heron, 3 killdeer, ~20 canada geese, and one very friendly red-headed woodpecker. The woodpecker was the highlight of the day as it came down and took the bread we were giving the ducks. Also the red-breasted nuthatch and brown creeper are still coming to our feeder in Erlanger ky.

Date: 8 March 2002
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders: Diana Shuler, Matt Miller

We did not make the loop around the lake to get a total number of each species.

Pintail, Mallard, Canada Goose, Am. Wigeon, Shoveler, Gadwall, Woodduck, Coot, Ring-billed Gull, Red-tailed hawk, Kestrel, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Titmouse, C. Chickadee, Red-winged Blackbird, WB Nuthatch, Red-bellied WP, Downy WP

But the great bird of the day was 15+ Tree Swallows working the lake for insects!!!

Date: Friday March 8,2002
Location: NW Hamilton County backroads
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

I was out doing spring maintanence on some of my Kestrel boxes and besides seeing lots of Kestrels (15+), 12+ Redtails, and a few Cooper's, at the corner of Chapel and Alert New London Rd. there was a flock of at least 60 Pipits in a short grass field. If I hadn't seen them fly, I'd have never seen them. Incidently, 3 of the Kestrel nest boxes already had birds in them. I don't know if they had eggs or not

Date: 3/8/2002 6:15 PM
Location: Seton & St. Lawrence, Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason & Kim Cade

The Eastern Screech-Owl is still enjoying its urban digs. There was a parking spot directly across the street from the owl's nest tree, so we stopped and looked for a few minutes. Kim, who's not much for birding, found the little mite totally charming. The bird spent a fair amount of time preening its throat and uppper breast and scratching its head. Otherwise, it was content to just sit and look around.

Date: 3/8/2002
Location: VOA
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

First time visit to start to get to know the area. No owls, red-tailed took a snake and carried it out over Tylersville. Kestrel (1), Meadowlarks (10+)-moving around so hard to count, canada's (24), mallards (4), song sparrows (many), killdeer (at least 6 pairs), flushed a woodcock.

Date: 8 March 2002
Location: Farm pond just west and north of Morning Sun, Preble Co., this just outside of Heuston Woods S.P., Oh.
Reporter: Jim Hickey
Other Birders: none

A large number of Ring necked ducks, at least 100 - 110. Mixed in with these were 9 Bufflehead, 5 Goldeneye, 3 Hooded Megansers, numerous Mallards and Canada Geese. Large numbers of ring necked and hoodeds have shown up sporadically for the last week or so. Last week a smaller group of 73 (exact count) were on the pond with an assortment of the others. In previous years I think these ring necks stayed on the ponds in the H.W. golf course.

Date: Thurs. 3/7/02 2:40/3:15 PM
Location: Pendelton County, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: David Flores

Had business a few miles north of Falmouth today, and while in the area went to visit the Snowy Owl again. Today the bird was within 50-60 feet of the Old LLL Hwy! One reason for it's closness I feel was that a farmer was plowing up the rear portion of the field. David said the farmer was going to plow only the rear area for now. Don't wait to go visit.

Granville Carey

Date: 3/7/2002
Location: Greenhills-my backyard
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Yesterday 3/6 a Cooper's hawk swept thru the yard about 5 pm. Guess of female from the size. This morning a sharp-shinned hawk made a kill in the yard. Score: Sharpy 1 - downy w.p. 0

Date: Wed., 3/6/02 ---- 4:30 to 6;15 PM
Location: Pendelton Co., South of Falmouth, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: David Flores, plus 8-12 others

Snowy Owl still at site. Was sitting on plowed ground on East side of Old LLL Hwy, North of Bishop Ridge Rd. Got there later than I had planned but the light was great. David had been there 10 hrs hoping to photograph the bird "in flight". Bird stayed on ground whole time I was there, except the last 10 minutes before Dave & I prepared to leave. It flew to top of several telephone poles in the area. David says late afternon is best tiime to see bird hunting.

Date: March 6, 2002
Location: Shawnee Lookout Park
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: Donna Rowe

Two Woodcock were observed performing coutship flights in the area between the playground and the shelter.

Date: 3/6/2002
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond & Glenwood Gardens
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

1 red-shoulder hawk, 2 red-tailed hawks, 95 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 red headed ducks, 10 Gadwall, 1 bufflehead, 15 mallards, 20 coots, 2 Canada geese, 2 wood ducks, 5 bluebirds, and 1 rusty blackbird (Glenwood)plus several of the usual suspects.

Date: 3/5/02
Location: powerplant behind shawnee lookout
Reporter: tom uhlman
Other Birders:

several hundred vultures, a large number of which were black, were roosting near the powerplant. Large numbers would use the hot air rising out of the cooling tower to gain altitude. also a Peregrine was soaring high above the plant.

Date: 3/5/02
Location: Backyard
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders: none

About five days ago I saw a brown creeper "creeping" up one of the trees in my backyard. I was pretty excited to spot it, because I've never found one within my yard or even near it before.

Date: 3/3/02
Location: Miami - Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Andy Diedling
Other Birders: My son Frankie

7 Killdeer in the parking area.
4 Mallards in the pond by the road.
2 American Coots about 75 yards from the observation deck.
1 Marsh Hawk (female) on the wing about 300 yards from the observation deck.
1 American Kestral hovering over New Haven Rd.
2 Red-Tailed Hawks soaring over an open field at the intersection of New Haven Rd.and Rt 128. All this in a span of about 20 minutes.

Date: 3/3/02
Location: Anderson backyard
Reporter: Connair
Other Birders:

Pine warbler at suet feeder. First I've seen. I wondered if it is expected this time of year.

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2002
Location: Hueston Woods/Brookville Lake
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: Audubon trip

We had an incredibly small number of waterfowl. Besides a few Mallards and Canada Geese, Hueston Woods had 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Buffleheads, and a Common Goldeneye. Brookville had 5 Shovellers and a Hooded Merganser. The best birds were near the visitor center at Hueston Woods - a Red-breasted Nuthatch, two Brown Creepers, and a Pine Warbler - the first non-Yellow-rumped Warbler for any of us this spring.

Date: March 2, 2002
Location: Voice of America, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

5 meadowlarks, killdeer(#? heard a couple),2 red-tailed hawks (there looks to be the beginnings of a nest at the corner of Tylersville and Cox Roads), 6+ red-winged blackbirds, 1 song sparrow, 1 kestrel, 2 short-eared owls. Lots of rain. The owls were flushed by a dog. I imagine this must happen throughout the day.

Date: 3/2/2002 7:15 AM
Location: Seton & St. Lawrence, Cincinnati, OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

After missing twice earlier this week, I finally saw the Eastern Screech Owl. This is a red-phase bird, and its color was curiously vibrant this morning in the low light and rain. The inclement weather and unpleasant neighbors (starlings) didn't seem to bother the owl one bit. Unexpectedly heavy vehicular traffic made my viewing short but pleasant.

Date: 3/1/02
Location: Gilmore Ponds settling pond in rear of Hamilton Fixture on ByPass 4 near intersection with Symmes Rd
Reporter: Ted Ellis
Other Birders: Judy Ellis

2 dozen mallard,dozen A.coot,5 ring necks, 3 wood duck,4 pintail, 1 widgeon,one g b heron and two mute swans

Date: Re: 02/26/02 (no sighting, a follow-up on obs.)
Location: UC - East Campus
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Referring to my Feb. 26th sighting of a pair of American Crows gathering nesting material, I looked up the nesting chronology for Ohio in the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas.
It says that nest construction is most prevalent during March...
And clutches have been discovered as early as March 27-31.
There is no mention of nest building being underway in February.
Thought this may be of some significance.

Date: 2/23/02
Location: Camp Dennison Gravel Pits
Reporter: S. Karam
Other Birders: Spouse

Good variety of waterfowl, including: many American coots and ring-necked ducks. Also a few buffleheads, ruddy ducks and hooded mergansers. 10+ shovelers, 3 redheads, 1 pied-billed grebe.

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2002
Location: Pendleton County, Kentucky
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


The Snowy Owl was still present today in the same general area as previously reported. We saw the bird from about 3:15 to 4:00 pm sitting on the ground very close to US 27, however the bird could not have been seen from US 27 because it was sitting at the base of a hill that is not visible from that road.
To get to the best angle to view this spot, from south

US 27 turn left onto Bishop Ridge Rd., then left again onto Old LLL Highway, then left again onto Hartland Rd. The Snowy Owl was sitting very close to US 27 at the base of a hill about 50 yards from a house (literally in their backyard). Not bad for the old yard list.
Directions to this general area can be found on earlier posts.

Date: 02/26/02
Location: Eden Garage - East Campus - University of Cincinnati
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

This morning while waiting for the shuttle bus to transport me back to West Campus after an errond, I noticed an American Crow collecting twigs from a tree while its mate looked on from the same tree. Both birds then flew to the rafters underneath the sky walk that is connected to the Eden Garage. I couldn't tell if the bird laid the sticks down on the rafter and by that time the bus came and I was on my way.
Unfortunately, many times my observations are made while I am at work, so I don't always have ready access to my references after making such an observation. It will be interesting to check the Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas when I get home for the nesting chronology of the American Crow. It seems a bit early to me, but then again I saw a House Sparrow building a nest on December 23rd.

David A. Brinkman
Covedale (Home)
Clifton (Work)

Date: 2/25/02
Location: St. Lawrence at Seton
Reporter: Eileen Kruer
Other Birders: None

Checked out the Screech Owl this afternoon. He's easy to spot & totally fills his cavity to the point I could not see the hole at all. He just blends with the tree.

Date: February 25, 2002; 4:00 PM
Location: Harrison Township, Carolina Trace
Reporter: Glenn Redmer
Other Birders: None

Not rare but I thought of interest. 19 wild turkeys in a field near Carolina Trace and Deer Trace. Including 2 males displaying.

Date: 02/25/02
Location: Snowy Owl, Pendleton County
Reporter: John Robinson
Other Birders: none

Today at 1:00 p.m. the owl was hunkered down in a plowed field on the east side of Old LLL Highway, just north of Bishop Ridge Road.

Date: 02-22-02 9:30 am to 12:pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Dale A. Bodmer
Other Birders: none

testing out a new scope, thought MWW would be a good place.
2 black ducks, 3 hooded mergansers, @15 lesser scaups, harrier, towhee, and about 25-30 sandhill's in the same area that others have been reporting, to your right from the observation building. i would have missed them, but a flock of mallards came in right over them, and all the heads popped up at once.

Date: 2/24/02
Location: VOA Park
Reporter: Ted Ellis
Other Birders: Gary&Cas Daly,Judy Ellis,Jim Decker

5 short ear owls,2 kestrels,meadow larks

Date: 2/24/02
Location: Seton & St. Lawrence, W.Price Hill
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jim Graham

About 5:00 Jim and I headed over to check the report of the E. Screech Owl. We found the tree but no bird. I scratched on it and out popped the Owl. Such a cute little guy.

Date: same as previous post
Location: M-W Wetlands
Reporter: Graanville Carey
Other Birders: see previous post

Sorry but I forgot to mention a very unusual happening. Just before dusk we were very fortunate to watch the Cranes go into their noted "dance"!

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2002 @ 4:00 - 7:15 PM
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: David Brinkman, Paul Wharton, Jared Fischer, Kirk (?) Alexander & wife, and 10/15 + other birders coming & going.

On my arrival David Brinkman pointed out 4+ Sandhill Cranes he had located in the right marshy area previously mentioned in earlier NG posts. Were fortunate to watch them take flight and return a little later. Other birds of note:
Many Canads's at dusk; 2+ Am Black Ducks; numeroous Mallard; 1 N Pintail; 4+ Scaup, probable Lessers; 6+ Hooded Mergansers (2 M courting a F); 1 BV; 2 N Harriers; 1 Cooper's Hawk; 2 Coot; Killdeer; heard 4 Am Woodcock; M Dove; several Am Crow; 30-40 E Starlings; 20+ RW Blackbirds; 1 E Meadowlark; 1 Racoon in nesting box. Just prior to leaviing at dusk, wiith a GREAT sunset, ducks & geese were cooming to the wetlands by the hundreds!

Date: 2-24-02
Location: Miami-Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders:

At least eight sandhill cranes (maybe as many as sixteen) near the wildlife viewing shelter from before 10:00 to after 1:00 pm. One was quite rusty on the back. Also, an imm. harrier, 1 or 2 Cooper's hawk, many pintails, three lesser scaup and one green-winged teal. Plus song, tree, and swamp sparrows.

Date: Sunday, February 24
Location:
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Oh... forget to add that one killdeer was flying over Biggs (Crookshank Road) this afternoon. Noisy as ever.

Date:
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Full time graduate students don't get out much... but from the yard saw a bat flying over head this afternoon. Also in the yard (next to Rapid Run Park) this week: red shouldered hawk & red tail hawk(crows only bothering the red tail), downy w.p., hairy w.p., red bellied w.p., and yellow bellied sapsucker, one brown creeper, two red breasted nuthatches, one junco (junco was seen earlier this week).

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2002
Location: Pendleton County, Kentucky
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders:

The Snowy Owl was still present this morning, but it had moved to the other side of the road, about 200 yards away.

Mehldahl Dam was much better than Neill reported it yesterday - a Pied-billed Grebe, two Canada Geese, several Ring-billed Gulls, and lots of Sauger fishermen.

Date: 2/24/02@ 8:30a
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Scaups, redheads, ring-necked ducks, gadwalls and coots. Could be others but can't tell with binos.

Date: 2/23/02 @4:50p-5:30p
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jon and Marylou Nicodemus

Sandhills were flying this way, then that way while birders went back and forth! From the viewing deck, the sandhills could be seen south of the farmroad in the grass. There were birders on the outside edge of the grass and it was not apparent that they were seeing the birds that were a few feet from them.
The raptors put on a show: three harriers with a sharpei flying through them and then a harrier harrassing a coopers. On the way home, a redshoulder was seen from the highway.
Of course, the snowy owl seen earlier at Falmouth was the highlight of the day.

Date: February 23, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds & Vicinity
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Wayne Wauligman

Hamilton Fixture Settling Pond: 2 mute swans (Erich Baumgardner and Jack Kemp reported 2 swans earlier in the month while driving by on by-pass 4. Today, with closer looks, they turned out to be mutes.) 6 gadwall, 4 pintail, 3+ wood duck, 100+ mallards, 1 great blue heron, 10 Canada geese, 1 common snipe, 2 red-winged blackbirds, 1 swamp sparrow.

Mitigated Wetland, East of Bypass 4: 2 towhee, 1 killdeer, 3 tree sparrow, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 1 creeper, 3 song sparrows, 2 cardinals, chickadees, titmice, 2 red-tailed hawks, 2 kestrels.

Gilmore Ponds: 1 ring-necked duck, 6 mallards, 2 Canada geese, 1 killdeer, 3 red-tailed hawks, 10+ white-throated sparrows, 6+ song sparrows, 10 crow, 1 great-horned owl, 3 rusty blackbirds, 6 red-winged blackbirds.

Between the pond at the landfill west of Gilmore Ponds, Gilmore Ponds proper, the Hamilton Fixture settling pond, and the wetland east of bypass four, there's a lot of water and a lot of places for ducks to go.

Date: 2/23/2002 10:30-11:30 AM
Location: South of Falmouth, Pendleton Co., KY
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong, Frank & Veronica Renfrow

The Snowy Owl is still present. The bird was sitting atop a telephone pole next to the church at the intersection of US 27 and Bishop Ridge Rd. The excellent directions in Cathy Caminiti's posting will get you where you need to be.

The owl seems moderate to smallish for a Snowy, with very pale beige barring on the wings and breast, so I'm guessing that it's a male. One of the local farmer's indicated that he first noticed the bird 5 days ago.

There were several groups of birders looking at this owl; one group had traveled up from Lexington. When Hank and I left at 11:30, the bird was still on the telephone pole.

By the way, don't waste your time going to Kincaid Lake or Meldahl Dam. There were no gulls, no waterfowl, no anything!

Date: February 22, 2002
Location: Pendleton County
Reporter: Ned Keller (forwarding Kathy Caminiti post)
Other Birders:

The following was posted by Kathy Caminiti on the Kentucky e-mail list:

Jeff Hays from Raptor Inc in Cincinnati had called me at work around 3 pm this afternoon stating that he had received a call from a guy from Falmouth and that it sure sounded like a Snowy Owl. So I asked my boss "....pretty please"....what a great boss!

Joe and I met up around 4 pm in Florence and we arrived in the area around 4:45 pm. We were traveling south on US 27 and saw it flying in the field to the front of us on the left. We pulled over and it flew across the field right to us and landed on a telephone pole directly across the road from our vehicle was parked! Fabulous!

One vehicle did stop and tell us that he had seen it in that same field yesterday.

It sat there probably about 20 minutes before taking off like it was going after some prey and went down out of our view....we turned around and went back to Bishop Ridge Road and saw it land on a telephone pole at the other end of the field.

If you're going to try for this bird and coming from the north, it took us 40-45 minutes to get there from the I-275/I-75 interchange in Kentucky. We took I-275 east the 6 miles to Exit 77, AA Highway, and the 3 miles to Exit 14 Cold Springs/Alexandria Route #27, and right on US 27 (south) 24 miles to Falmouth. Then, from the bridge over the Licking River there in Falmouth on US 27, it was 4.8 miles to Bishop Ridge Road (on the left). Right after Bishop Ridge Road is a sign that says "Future site of New Hope Church" and the field just past the sign on the left on US 27 is where we saw the owl.....driving back Bishop Ridge and roads off of there will give you views of the fields too.

Date: Feb. 22, 2002
Location: Xavier University
Reporter: Stan Hedeen
Other Birders:

At 5:45 PM, 3 cranes flew over campus along a flight path that would take them to the Miami Whitewater wetlands. I would theorize that they constituted a daytime feeding group, perhaps utilizing land in the Little Miami River valley. The Miami Whitewater wetlands has perhaps developed (or will develop) into a nighttime resting area for cranes spending some portion of their migratory period in the Cincinnati area. Congratulations to the Hamilton County Park District for making possible yet another addition to the region's wildlife diversity.

Date: Feb.21,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

39 Sandhill Cranes came into the wetlands this evening.Since Feb.5 I have been to the wetlands in the evening 7 times and have seen cranes everytime.I,m thinking they have been coming in for the last few weeks to spend the night.They are being seen from the viewing platform. Look to the right of the open water about 200 yards out in the overgrown marsh area.They usually come in around 5:00 to 5:30. On Feb.5 there were 4 cranes and there numbers have been increasing.

Date: 2/21/02
Location: Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

11 sandhill cranes were heading north-northest over Ft. Thomas about 8:45 this morning.

Date: 16-18 Feb. 2002
Location: Reelfoot Lake area in Tennessee and Kentucky
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders: Cincinnati Bird Club, RAPTOR Inc. trip

Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Greater White-fronted Goose
Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-should. Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
American Coot
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
American Woodcock
Herring Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Thayer's Gull (Barkley Dam in Kentucky)
Iceland Gull (Barkley Dam in Kentucky)
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove (Hickman Kentucky)
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Barn Owl
Red-headed Wood.
Red-bellied Wood.
Yellow-bellied Sap
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Wood.
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Horned Lark
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Golden-cr. Kinglet
Ruby-cr. Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
N. Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Loggerhead Shrike
Yellow-rumped Warb
Eastern Towhee
Am. Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sp.
White-crowned Spar
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle
HouseFinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Date: 02/17/02 (0715-0800)
Location: VOA park (Butler Co.)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bob Foppe and Mike Smith (from TN)

Before heading to Killdeer Plains, Bob and I decided to stop at VOA where we met Mike Smith who was visiting from Nashville, TN. Bob and I saw 2 Short-eared Owls at 7:15 a.m. hunting the fields at VOA and Mike said he had a third owl. We added 6 more Short-eareds at Killdeer Plains and 3 additional owl species. A complete list of our Killdeer Plains trip can be found at the link below:

http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/OHIO.shtmll

David A. Brinkman
Covedale

Date: Feb 18 2002
Location: VOA
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: none

Short eared owl cruising then perching in tree near the road at eastern edge of park at 4:40. I believe I got a female common goldeneye in the largest/west pond at the north end of the park..did not have my scope or strongest binocs, but could see distinctly brown head, pointed in front, gold eye, some white visible at throat, but could not tell if it circled neck. Hope someone with a scope or closer look sees this bird and posts..

Date: 2/16/2002
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders:

I visited the settling pond and the dam at Winton Woods. Great Blue Heron(2), Canada Goose (10), Mallard (10), Northern Pintail (2)(nice sighting), Gadwall (15), Redhead (5), Ring-necked Duck (30), Lesser Scaup (6), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Kestrel (1), and American Coot (6). A nice collection in a small area. The Park has built a little hill further out into the pond. Walking out to the end gives you a better view of the whole pond than we have had in past years. My backyard birdfeeder watch in Greenhills (inside Winton Woods)was a good day also Pileated w.p. (1), Carolina Wren (2), R-b Nuthatch (2), Cardinal (2), Starling (21), House Sparrow (8), Mourning Dove (3), Hairy w.p (1), Goldfinch (1), Crow (5), House Finch (1), Mockingbird (1), Red-bellied w.p. (2), Carolina Chickadee (1), W-b Nuthatch (1), Robin (2), Song Sparrow (1), Northern Flicker (1), Blue Jay (3), Downy w.p. (2), Junco (2), and Grackle (4) (a little early for Grackles I think)

Date: 2.16.02
Location: West Price Hill (St. Lawrence & Academy)
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Saw what I believe was a Cooper's Hawk dive bomb a neighbor's bird feeder on my morning birding walk. He proceeded to a tree branch for a very short rest before exiting. Crow sized, dark gray back with pale breast. I saw it later soaring in an upward circular pattern over the neighborhood.

Also, a neighbor saw my binocs and pointed out an Eastern Screech Owl who resides in a large tree at the northeast corner of Seton and St. Lawrence Avenues. It's home is a large hole in the trunk just to the left of a large rust colored shelf mushroom, about 15 feet up. He is visible even from your car window...you can do a drive-by on this little guy if you want!

Date: 2-18-02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Mike & Kyle Acheson

There were 12 sandhill cranes near the bird blind late Sunday afternoon. We saw eight fly in (groups of 3, then 2, then 3)and drop down into a field. From the bird blind, we saw a total of 12 sandhill cranes foraging halfway between the blind and the white barn (in distance to the right). Also: male & female pintail, two male gadwall, one female hooded meganser, three (lesser?) male scaup and one female, about a dozen mallards, & one coot. Time 4:35-5:15.

Date: 2/17/01
Location: Madeira Backyard
Reporter: Jonathan Woodhouse
Other Birders:

I saw several grackle today mixed in with a huge flock of starlings in my backyard. They're the first I've seen this season. Is this warm weather going to effect migration trends and food sources, etc? I've heard several birds giving mating calls and moving about like it was spring. Please respond on the message board.

Date: Feb. 18, 2001, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: VOA
Reporter: Jo
Other Birders: My husband

Cold, windy and sleeting rain pelted us as we tried to track down the elusive short-eared owls. I'm pretty sure we saw it in the northeast quandrant. It was spied twice doing a magnificent hovering job against mightily gusting winds over the field.

Other birds sighted:
2 meadowlarks
2 killdeer
unknown hawk
96 Canada geese
44 mallards
12 goldfinches
2 robins

Date: 2/16/02
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center - noon
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

There were 8 Pine Siskins at one of the bird blinds {at a feeder}. (the one by the extra parking lot) I heard more in the tree tops as I walked the edge trail.

I also had 8 at my feeder in New Richmond yesterday.

Date: 2/15/02
Location: upper Cowan Creek, south of Wilmington
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none

1 drake and 1 hen Hooded Merganser, 2 drake Mallard ducks, 4 hen Mallard ducks, and 1 Belted Kingfisher.

Date: 2/12/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Michael Frankenhoff
Other Birders:

I saw the Merlin fly over my head near the pond near section 111. It then flew back near the 130 sections I tried to follow on foot but it kept moving towards the back of the cemetery perching briefly in various trees. Now maybe someone can answer my question. I saw its belly quite clearly and saw no streaks and I thought merlins had streaked stomachs.

Date: 2/14/02 Time spent: 10:45 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my mom Kim Cade

I arrived at Spring Grove this morning at 10:45 and went directly to the ponds. While I was looking at the ducks, I noticed something flying in and to my great surprise, one of the Merlins landed in a tree right next to me!! This is the first time I had seen it in the middle of the day, so I got a really good look at it. This was near section #20 right near the main pond. If you drive past the tree with the number 20 on it you will eventually come to a tombstone of Tyler Davidson the tree that the bird was sitting in was right behind and a little to the left of this. This was the definite highlight whereas everyhting else I saw was the normal birds I usually see each visit. Here are a few highlights: 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Mute Swan, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 5 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, and 2 Brown Creepers. By the way, has anyone seen the Pine Siskens recently? I haven't seen them the last couple times I have visited. Happy birding!!

Date: 2/15/02
Location: Round Bottom Road near Newtown
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders:

On my way to work yesterday and today, there have been a flock of Snow Geese mixed in with Canada Geese in the soccer field near Newtown. Coming home from work yesterday they were not there but were back this morning. I counted 13 total.

Date: 2/15/02
Location: Round Bottom Road near Newtown
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders:

On my way to work yesterday and today, there have been a flock of Snow Geese mixed in with Canada Geese in the soccer field near Newtown. Coming home from work yesterday they were not there but were back this morning. I counted 13 total.

Date: 02.08.02
Location: South Bound I-275 On Ramp at California
Reporter: Dr. Kenneth B. Tankersley
Other Birders: Bill and Rosemary Meinhart

At approximately 13:35, an adult Bald Eagle unsuccessfully tried to land atop the tower on the hill that overlooks the South Bound I-275 On Ramp at California, near Coney Island.

Date: 02-13-02
Location: Germantown Reserve, Montgomery County
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders:

I saw several Woodcocks beginning at 6:42 p.m. at Germantown Reserve just west of the City of Germantown.

Date: 1-13-02
Location:
Reporter: Michael Smith
Other Birders:

Hello Cincy Birders,
I'm from Nashville, TN and I'm coming to Cincinnati this weekend (16th and 17th). I was wondering if the Short-eared Owls are still being seen at the VOA. I was there last summer and saw the Bobolinks, so I'm somewhat familiar with the area. Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

Michael Smith,
Nashville, TN

Date: 02.08.02 - 1:00 to 2:00 P.M
Location: Burnet Woods, Clifton
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

A wonderful Pileated Woodpecker spotted in flight; upon landing, it disappeared around a tree trunk after only twenty seconds or so. I would have posted this earlier but just found this website today.

Also saw at least two white throated sparrows, two carolina wrens, a red bellied woodpecker, a white breasted nuthatch, and numerous quite vociferous titmice.

Date: 2/11/02@5:15p - 6:00p
Location: SGCemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Both brown merlins were seen quite clearly while the birds sat cooperatively. Sections: 135 and 16

Date: 2/12/02
Location: Milford
Reporter: Jack Kemp
Other Birders:

A few inutes ago while feeding the birds in my back yard I looked up, and very high overhead were 10 to 12 BLACK VULTURES slowly sailing west behind some overhanging trees, and a couple of minutes later they came back and circled around my open spaace--at least 9 of them did. My first sighting of this species from my yard in the 40 years I've lived here. (5:05 P.M.)

Date: 2/09/02
Location: Aurora, Indiana
Reporter: Greg Mendell
Other Birders: Connie McNamee

Heard a Woodcock at 6:50pm at our place along Laughery Creek. Clear, 57 degrees.

Date: Feb. 10, 2002
Location: Newtown Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

14 Snow Geese. The Snow Geese were seen on Round Bottom Rd. feeding with Canada Geese in the soccer field across from the Newtown Farm Market.

Date: 2/09/02
Location: East Fork S. P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Lynette Armstrong

We arrived at the Horsemans Parking Lot on the North side of the park at 6:10PM to look and listen for American Woodcock. Very shortly several were heard and then we observed their courtship arial display. Over the next 20 minutes 14 woodcock were seen either flying back and forth across the road or high overhead. They put on a great show in the fading light.

Date: Satuday, 2/9/20 - - - 9:45 til noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: As I arrived at the O.P., Charlie Saunders, Ssteve Pelican, S Willis & Mr bentz (?) were leaving

Not a great deal of acitivity, but it was too great a day to stay indoors.
1 Great Blue Heron
4 Canada Geese
2 Mallard
2 N. Harrier
1 Red-tailed Hawk
6 Am. Coot
3 Killdeer
4+ M. Dove
? Am Crow
1 Carolina Wren
1 Am Robin
45+Starling
1 N Cardinal
1 Am Tree Sparrow
4 Chipping Sp.
2 Swamp Sp.
3 Song Sp.
2 White-thr Sp.
1 Red-wing Blackbird. My first
of the year.
? House Finch

Date: 02/09/02
Location: Burnet Woods 12:22 -1:06 p.m.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Well, remember when I first reported the wigeon in November on the lake? Well, guess what? It is still there. And while the mallards are courting, the drake American Wigeon is all alone. Does anyone know of cases of MallardxWigeon hybridization?
Anyway, the list follows, and check the message board for questions about Y.B. Sapsucker breeding biology.

The list: Canada Goose 2,Mallard 28, American Wigeon 1 (wintering drake, since at least November), Mourning Dove 2, Rock Dove 7, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2(a mated pair), American Crow 2, Tufted Titmouse 15+ (very vocal, singing), Carolina Chickadee 25+ (very vocal, calls only),
White-breasted Nuthatch 2-3, Carolina Wren 3, American Robin 2, Song Sparrow 1, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 2, House Sparrow 8.

Date: February 8, 2002
Location: Milford-Rt. 28 by Valley Brook Apartments
Reporter: Edie Lotz
Other Birders:

At 9:40A there were 50+ Vultures still roosted in the trees directly behind the apartments.
At 5:20P there were 150+ Vultures circling the same area coming from every direction.
Did not see any Black Vultures in either sighting.

Date: 2/3/2002 10:30 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Dale Hoffmann
Other Birders: Marianne Hoffmann

Merlin in Section 72. Top of large tree near grand champion tree with section number on it. We watched it for about 15 minutes through our scope. The bird almost appeared to be staring right down into the lense of the scope. It had one foot curled up into it's chest feathers for a while as if it was cold. There were no bands on it's legs. Great bird, never saw one before.

Date: February 2 & 3
Location: Colerain
Reporter: Donna
Other Birders:

Amidst my excitement having the Blackbird identified, I forgot to mention that I also had a male Purple
Finch over the weekend.

Date: 2-6-02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Dale A. Bodmer
Other Birders: Chris Potensky

this was around 8:30am until 10:30am.
harrier, canada geese, mallards, swamp sparrows, coots (2), black ducks (4), starlings, chickadees, gadwall (4), sandhill cranes (4 feeding in corn feed on the left - north about 1/4 mile above the bird shelter), flicker, tree sparrows, carolina wrens, titmouse, cardinal, white-crowned sparrows, redwing blackbirds, crows, goldfinch, kestrel, pintails (2), doves, red bellied wp, downy, bluebirds, nuthatch, blue jay, red-tailed hawk, meadowlarks, robins

Date: 2/5/02
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Park and Wetlands area
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my mom Kim Cade

Sorry, I forgot to mention I also had a Common Grackle with some Robins out at the wetlands.

Date: 2/5/02
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Park and Wetlands area
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my mom Kim Cade

I stopped by to see if there were any of the species of waterfowl reported left. The answer: still a few. At the main lake I spotted 2 Mute Swans, 20 Canada Geese, 15 Mallards, 2 Northern Shovelers, 2 Northern Pintails, and 3 Lesser Scaup. When I stopped by the wetlands, most of it was frozen over. There was one little spot of open water and in it were: 35 Mallards, 12 Gadwall, 5 American Black Ducks, 1 American Coot. The usual sparrows were also present: 10 American Tree Sparrows, 15 Song Sparrows, 3 Swamp Sparrows, 25 White-throated Sparrows, and 8 White-crowned Sparrows. I also ran into a few raptors: 2 Northern Harriers, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, and 1 American Kestrel. I also saw about 20 Turkey Vultures, half of these eating what looked to be a dead Red-shouldered Hawk. I also saw 5 Black Vultures circling in the sky. I also stopped briefly out at the Oxford Rd. ponds. Although the ponds were frozen over as I figured, this stop provided me with the highlight birds. 4 SANDHILL CRANES!! They were all standing out in the field right by the road, in fact they almost crossed giving us very good looks at them. I also managed to scrounge up about 12 Savannah Sparrows which seem to be consistently out there. I didn't locate the Vesper Sparrow however I wasn't really looking hard as we were in kind of a hurry. Happy birding!!

Date: January 20
Location: Colerain
Reporter: Donna
Other Birders:

A female Yellow-Headed Blackbird was visiting my feeders along with a small flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds. Sorry for the late posting but I just had it identified.

Date: 2-03-02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Sorry for the late posting. 11:00 - 11:30 a.m I beat myself to pieces searching around Lot 132-136 looking for the Merlin. I was leaving the area planning to search the entire cemetary when I ran into some other birders who had seen her on Lot 73 in the "Grand Champion" tree. I don't know if the tree she was in was a Grand Champion or not but I found the bird. She looked full and satisfied. I didn't know the birders who sent me there altho I am sure I have seen them. Thanks a bunch!

Date: 2/3/02
Location: Western Hills Viaduct
Reporter: Joe Kappa
Other Birders:

At 1:45PM I saw a falcon species perched on a light pole on the viaduct. I was not able to stop and identify.

Date: Sun., 2/3/02 - 4:45/5:30 PM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

At 4:55, the female Merlin showed up.
Flew to top of Sweet Gum tree in section
#132 - tree with section # on it. Took
several slides, but missed the one shot
I wanted. The bird fanned (spread,
flared ?) it's tail as wide as it could,
distinctly showing the bands. Great
view!

Date: 4 February, 2002
Location: Bellevue, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The one male Red-breasted Nuthatch has continued to show up frequently at our feeder, so far every day during the winter period. A pair of Hairy Woodpeckers have been coming to the suet much more frequently, to the consternation of the downies. Yesterday a female downy continued to come closer and closer to the male hairy, until the hairy reached over with his bill and plucked out a breast feather! The downy was undeterred and continued to crowd the hairy until he finally flew off. Today a male downy and the Red-breasted Nuthatch were grudgingly sharing the suet, when a male hairy approached. The downy actually dove down and struck the hairy, and the hairy did retreat. Interesting "Picidae" interactions.

Date: 4 February 2002
Location: Ohio River, Newport, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 female Ring-necked Duck on the river at the Newport/Bellevue line, 200 Ring-billed Gulls (increased numbers with cold temps). There has not been much on the river since my last posting on 5 January; the 2 Black Swans were present only through 7 Jan., 2-300 Ring-billed Gulls were present daily 6 Jan - 27 Jan, with warmer temps, gulls decreased to 70-100, 27 Jan - Feb 2, but coots increased to 15 - 20 during that period.

Date: 2/2/02, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Sue Cline
Other Birders: Linnea Lose

Located the male Merlin in section 62, atop the large Sweet Gum tree; the female in secion 132.

Others: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in section 62; Mute Swan, many Mallards and Canada Geese on large pond near entrance; Great Blue Heron; many American Robins, Carolina Chickadees.

Also a very large duck with Mallard head, white chest, apparently a crossbreed, hanging out with the Mallards and Canada Geese.

Date: 2/3/2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders:

There is a swan on the pond adjacent to bypass-4. I didn't have my binocs, nor a scope. Many ducks also present.

Date: Feb.2,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

5:30 to 6:00pm 2 Black Ducks,12 Gadwall,mallards,7 Ring-Necked Ducks,9 Lesser Scaups,3 Common Goldeneyes,2 Hooded Mergansers and 2 A.Coots.N.Harrier is still being seen on most vists.
Other Ducks seen in the past few days Common Pintail,A.Wigeon and N.Shoveler.

Date: 2/2/02
Location: OH, Butler, Voice of America Park
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Neill Cade

My dad and I went to see the Short-eared Owls tonight and we were succesful! At least 3 different birds were present and flying around. Other highlights were, a Red-tailed Hawk, two American Kestrels, an Eastern Meadowlark, and a Brown-headed Cowbird. A succesful and exciting evening!!

Date: 1/31/02@4:50p-5:30p
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: JDenham,JHayes,J&JStenger, N&JCade

When I drove into the cemetery along Crawford Road around 4:50p I saw a merlin in the top of the largest sycamore on the left side near Crawford. I proceeded to meet Jan to walk up to section 134 and ran into JHayes and the Stengers who then went back to the sycamore. Jan and I walked the roads of section 134 and 132, figuring the bird would probably return to this area anyways, when in fact, we found it in the same sweet gum tree as last night in section 132. We didn't want to get too close so when the others returned they could see it. About that time, the Cades came upon the scene to see the bird. When Jeff never returned, we suspected he must have found another merlin. So we headed up to the sycamore tree where Jeff was watching the original bird I had seen from the beginning. So we verified 2 merlins, at least one is brown and can't say about the other one. The low light and rain made it impossible to see the colors without a scope.

Date: Jan. 31, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

The Bald Eagle that I reported earlier was a Juvenile bird seen about 11:30AM from the North boat ramp. At 5:30PM I observed from the South beach an adult Bald Eagle sitting in the trees lining the lake on the other side. There were also two Horned Grebes, and seven Pied-billed Grebes.

Date: January 31, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park North Side
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

3 American Woodcock were displaying and a Barred Owl was calling near the horsemans parking lot at 6:30 this morning. Another observer saw the woodcock at the same location on the evening of Jan. 29.
1 Balded Eagle was riding the wind over the hills by the lake at the North boat ramp. There were also 5 Bonapart's gulls mixed in with the Ring-billeds

Date: 1/31/02
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my mom Kim Cade

No Merlin. I went early this morning to look for it but nothing was there. Hardly any activity at all. The only activity was around the feeder, however there wasn't much there because the feeder looked empty. Here is a list of what I saw: 1 Mute Swan, 5 Cananda Geese, 35 Mallards, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 20 Rock Doves, 3 Mourning Doves, 2 Red-bellied woodpeckers, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 15 American Crows, 35 American Robins, 5 Northern Mockingbirds, 20 European Starlings, 1 Red-breated Nuthatch, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Brown Creepers, 3 Carolina Wrens, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 12 Carolina Chickadees, 10 Tufted Titmice, 15 House Sparrows, 8 Pine Siskens, 2 American Goldfinches, 5 Dark-eyed Juncos, 8 Northern Cardinals.

Date: 1/29/02
Location: OH, Hamilton, Miami Whitewater Park and Wetlands area
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my mom Kim Cade

Sorry about the late posting. I went out to Whitewater today because my friend, Daniel Boone, told me he saw a Red-headed Woodpecker by the Timberlakes area. I got to see it as well!! It was down the trail right by the lake. My mom saw it first as it flew over the lake and then I went down into the woods and relocated the bird. It's a juvenile bird that has been hanging around the area for a week already. This is a list of the birds I saw in the Timberlake area and on the main lake: 12 Canada Geese, 45 Mallards, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 Turkey Vulture, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 15 Rock Doves, 6 Mourning Doves, 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 3 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 4 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Northern Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Blue Jays, 20 American Crows, 5 Eastern Bluebirds, 35 American Robins, 1 Northern Mockingbird, 45 European Starlings, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown Creeper, 2 Carolina Wrens, 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 25 Carolina Chickadees, 15 Tufted Titmice, 20 House Sparrows, 2 American Goldfinches, 5 Northern Cardinals.
From here I went to the Wetlands area. Here is a list of birds I saw: 6 Canada Geese, 2 Gadwall, 50 Mallards, 2 American Black Ducks, 2 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 BLACK VULTURE(spotted it in scope scanning the far horizon of the lake), 1 Killdeer, 55 Rock Doves, 6 Mourning Doves, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 Northern Flicker, 5 Blue Jays, 30 American Crows, 35 American Robins, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, 35 European Starlings, 2 Carolina Wrens, 12 Carolina Chickadees, 8 Tufted Titmice, 8 Horned Larks, 25 House Sparrows, 2 American Goldfinches, 3 House Finches, 5 Song Sparrows, 3 Swamp Sparrows, 2 White-crowned Sparrows, 15 White-throated Sparrows, 10 Dark-eyed Juncos, 10 Northern Cardinals.
I then stopped at the Oxford ponds which gave me a few more species including an especially good bird: a VESPER SPARROW!!! I got a very good look at this bird which sat on top of a a cattail for at least one minute and allowed me to look at it thoroughly! I also got a very good number of Savannah Sparrows. Here is a list of the birds by the ponds: 6 Canada Geese, 15 Mallards, 1 American Black Duck, 1 Hooded Merganser, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 140 European Starlings, 25 Savannah Sparrows, 5 American Tree Sparrows, 1 VESPER SPARROW, 5 Northern Cardinals.

Date: 1/30/02 @5:25p
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Denham

The brown merlin was in Section 132 sitting in a sweet gum tree. Very wet. Need a scope to see if she is banded.

Date: January 30, 2002
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders:

Short-eared owls get some local press:

http://www.pulsejournal.com/pj/274115250153635.bsp

Date: 01/29/02 (1700-1740)
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery (section 132)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

After many unsuccessful searches both last year and this year, I finally had my turn at seeing the MERLIN. I arrived at section 134 about 5:00 p.m. After some looking around, I heard what sounded like a kestrel coming from the west. As I looked over that way, I noticed a raptor that was slightly larger than a kestrel. This was 5:20 p.m. I knew it was either the merlin or a sharpy. So, as I began to walk, I decided that I could get there faster by car. So I grabbed the car and rushed over to section 132, where I found a beautiful female Merlin perched in the top of the Sweet Gum tree directly in front of (southeast of) the ACA Memorial. The MERLIN allowed me to approach within less than 20 yds. as it sat bobbing its head and looking around, occasionally fanning its tail and stretching its wings. Such good looks were afforded me that I feel compelled to comment on plumage, for documentation purposes:

The head was small with a dark eyeline, a bland light brown face, a dark eye and a gray bill. I was unable to discern the color of the cere. She had dark malars which contrasted with the light face and outlined the off-white throat. The breast and upper belly was heavily streaked with dark chocolate brown, with no streaks on the lower belly or undertail coverts. The flank feathers were fluffed and were the same color as the breast streaks, but had white spots.
The tarsus and feet were yellow (sorry, I couldn't see any bands on this bird).
The tail was somewhat long and a bit rounded at the tip. The retrices were, for the most part, dark except for three narrow white bands, one of these bands terminal. The overall size of the bird was an impression of a Blue Jay or a male Sharp-shinned Hawk. There were also several avian prey to choose from.
Great bird to have wintering in Cincinnati, seemingly on a regular basis!

David A. Brinkman
Covedale

Date: January 29, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

4 woodcock. Last night I was out at 6:30 pm, but didn't hear any. Tonight they were calling and displaying from about 6:15 to 6:30. It seemed to have tapered off when I left around 6:35.

Date: January 28
Location: Crooked Run Nature Preserve
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

We saw a Barn Owl perched along the lane in the preserve. We were able to watch it for about a minute from 40 feet away. It was perched about 6 feet off the ground.

Date: Jan. 28, 2002
Location: Williamsburg Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

Two Black Vultures and one Turkey Vulture flew over the house this afternoon.

Date: Jan 28, 2002
Location: Hueston Woods/ Acton lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz

Jim and Alex Hickey found six Snow Geese in the marsh at the north end of Acton Lake early Sun morning. The six were still present on Sunday afternoon. Also present on some of the ice free sections of the lake were three L. Scaup, four C. Goldeneye, a couple Gadwall, and the usual 25-30 Mallards, with very few other ducks. A single Killdeer was also present.
A quick note from Friday (Jan 25), the White-fronted geese were still at Summit Lake along with a Snow and many hundreds of Canadas. At least nine Ruddys, a couple of Ring-necked Ducks, A. Coots, Gadwall, C. Goldeneye were scattered among the many Mallard and Black Ducks.

Date: 1/28/2002 5:45pm
Location: Milford Technecenter
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I was leaving work today and saw a loose flock of 70+ Turkey Vultures. I have never seen more than 13 in this location. There were headed to the SW with very little variance (ie no circling).

Date: 27-Jan-02
Location: Sharon Woods
Reporter: Jim Terlinden
Other Birders: Patricia Terlinden

While walking around the lake early evening, we saw one lone Male Pintail with several Mallards right along the shoreline. We were within 20 feet of it. He was on near along the east shore between Kemper Rd. & I275.

Date: 1/27/02 4:30pm - 6:15 pm
Location: VOA park
Reporter: Sue Cline
Other Birders: Linnea Lose, others in independent groups

1 Northern Harrier; 2+ Kestrels; 2 Killdeer; 4 Mallards flying overhead and several lines of Canada Geese;
4 Short-eared Owls showed up just before 6 pm, and settled individually on the ground by 6:05.
Also 1, if not 2, coyotes to round out the afternoon.

Date: Jan. 27, 2002
Location: Englewood Reserve- Dayton
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Saw Whet Owl still present along the trail that runs off of Patty's Falls Trail.

Date: January 26, 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Lester Peyton

7 hooded merganser, 6 ring-necked ducks, 1 harrier, 1 red-tail, 6 or so horned larks, a few singing meadowlarks, 7 white-crowned sparrows, 10+ tree sparrows, 15 bluebirds. There was a huge blackbird flock in the field and tree line by the Baughman road lot. Not sure of exact numbers, but if you're doing the Ohio Winter Bird Atlas it would be reported something like this. cowbirds: XXXX, starlings: XXXX, grackle: XXX, red-winged blackbird: XXX. That is, at least 1,000 cowbirds and starlings, and grackles and red-winged bbs by the hundreds. We were grateful the flock didn't fly directly over us.

Sunday morning at Riverside Natural Area, Charlie Saunders and I saw a pair of mourning doves that were playing with sticks or building a nest together--hard to tell the difference. Also, 6+ gadwall in the "lagoon."

Date: 1/25/02
Location: bend in Ebenezer Road across from Hutchinson
Reporter: Eileen Kruer
Other Birders: my dog, Amber

About 17:20, I saw about 5 Turkeys dancing around on the grass at Ebenezer Rd. right across from the intersection of Hutchinson Rd. They were on the outside of a picket fence at a residence. I don't know whether they were captive escapees or wild, but it surprised me to see them there!!

Date: 1-27-02
Location: Voice of America Park, West Chester, Ohio
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Harriett Clark

Beautiful moon set followed by flight of 4 short eared owls at 7:15 am. We noticed a coyote running across the hill side and got the owls up flying close in the morning sky. Also Meadowlarks singing all over with lots of Canada Geese flying overhead.

Date: 01/26/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery/Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Highlights at Spring Grove Cemetery:
Pine Siskin (HO), Red-br. Nuthatch, Cooper's Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Great Blue Heron.

Highlights at Mitchell Memorial Forest:
5 Pine Siskins, 2 Red-br. Nuthatches (male & female), 1 YB Sapsucker (female).
Also heard a Killdeer in flight.

More later,

David A. Brinkman

Date: Sat.Jan 26,'02
Location: East Miami River Rd. near Miamitown
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Nothing spectacular- just a bit unusual for January- a Turkey Vulture over the yard and a flock of several hundred Grackles flying over.

Date: Fri. Jan. 25, 2002 5:30/6:00 PM
Location: Aurora Ferry Rd - Boone County
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Today being so beautiful, and with the
rains earlier in the week, I figured the ice would be off of the sloughs & the water at normal level - just right for visiting waterfowl. How wrong I was! The ice was gone but the water level was the lowest I've ever seen. Maybe 18" deep. There were a few birds of note:

3 Great Blue Heron
5 Am. Black Duck
2 Mallard
1 Am. Kestrel
21 M. Doves
1 Great Horned Owl (heard)
? Car. Chickadee's
6 E. Bluebirds
2 Am. Robins

2 skeins of Canada Geese flew over as I was leaving. One of 18 birds and one of 14 birds.


Date: 25 January 2002
Location: Spring Grove Cemt. Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Merlin in section 134.

Date: 1-24-02
Location: VOA in WestChester
Reporter: Dale A. Bodmer
Other Birders: Chris Potensky

between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.
1 northern harrier, 3 eastern meadowlarks, around 150 canada geese flying overhead... with 1 snow goose mixed in the middle, 24 mallards in one of the ponds, and 4 short-eared owls.

the owls showed up out of nowhere about 4:50, flying high over the fields just east and north of the main building. they soared and circled for about 5 minutes, then dropped low and started hunting separately over the fields.

Date: 01/24/02 (1305-1333)
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

While on my lunch break, I watched the feeders at the woodland. There was a lot of activity there, including a male Red-bellied Woodpecker which didn't fly away as usual. The kingfisher was very active and extremely vocal (moreso than I've ever heard from a kingfisher) at the pond across from the woodland feeders. Some notes on behavior - it coarsed back and forth from one perch to the next, calling during each flight and at each perch. While calling, the tail is cocked vertically like a wren. I did not see a female anywhere in the vicinity. Perhaps this bird is setting up a feeding territory. The bird was last seen flying high to the NE away from the pond.

List: Mute Swan 1, Mallard XX, Rock Dove XX (Spring Grove Ave.), Mourning Dove 2, Belted Kingfisher 1 (very vocal male), Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, American Crow 1, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Brown Creeper 1, American Robin 1, White-throated Sparrow 3, Dark-eyed Junco 7, Northern Cardinal 2.

Date: 1/23/02
Location: house - New Richmond
Reporter: Don Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The Pine Siskin #s are starting to pick back up after leveling off (from about 10-15 avg. at feeder, never had less than 5 per day that I can remember). This morning I had ~40 in the yard. About 20 feed at the feeders at one time while the others ~20 stay in the trees making their upscaled buzz sound. I wonder if they are building up to head north?

Date: Tues., 1/22/02 , 4:45/6:20 PM
Location: VOA, Westchester, OH
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: Jim Ziegel, Bill Leaman

4:45,
Am Kestrel, sitting on wire on Cox Rd.
about 150' before entrance to VOA park.

About 75' before entrance to VOA park,
on Cox Rd., spotted owl in solitary tr ee south of main Rd into park. As I prepared to set up spotting scope - you
guessed it, the owl flew away.

Later while parked on westernmost north/south lane, joined up with Jim Ziegel. Many M. Doves were flitting about, and the at 5:50PM, as dusk was falling, a Short-eared owl flew up in the Northeast, and with measured wingbeats, stayed in our viewing area for over 20 seconds, while flying off in a northeast direction. Great look.

Just as we were leaving, an unidentified sparrow dove into the clumps of grass
some 75' in front of us.

Before leaving, had opportnity to briefly talk with Bill Leaman - who was also searching for the Short-eared owls.
Bill is ranger with the Hamilton County Winton Woods Park Districk.












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Date: 1/22/02
Location: Anderson Township yard
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

1. Lots of hawk action in my yard! On Sunday, a beautiful view of a red-shouldered hawk perching in a tree about 20 feet behind my house, quite fluffed up, looking around and scratching a little bit. When she (I'm guessing here on the sex of this bird) flew down to catch something, a group of 4-5 nearby crows took chase. She landed further back in the woods, near another hawk, this one darker in color and perhaps a bit smaller. Turns out no dinner - only a clump of leaves in her talons. I have also observed a red-shouldered hawk in back of my house on the previous two weekends, each time with the crows making quite a ruckus about it, and one time with the hawk doing lots of calling. I am hoping this is a pair that will nest as has been the case in some years past.
2. A few weeks ago I looked out my bedroom window to see a Cooper's Hawk sitting in a tree only about 3 feet away!
3. Last year, I had a yellow-bellied sapsucker sleeping every night in a fork in a tree in my backyard. There's one sleeping there again this year!


Date: Jan 19, 2002 and Jan 21, 2002
Location: Mt. Lookout/VOA park
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Dee Ann Gilmore/Todd Gailar

Sat (1/19/01) morning: Witnessed at Imm. Cooper's Hawk kill a Rock Dove in our backyard in Mt. Lookout. Got good pictures on the wing print in the snow.

Mon (1/21/01) evening: 4 short-eared owls appeared at 6:15pm. Due to almost no light we would not have been able to identify these birds if we hadn't already knew they were there. Many birders out looking for the short-eared owls!

Date: 1/21/02 5:15 pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Sue Cline
Other Birders: Linnea Lose

After trying, in vain, to find Section 64 and hope for a Merlin, we did see a Sharp-shinned Hawk atop a large chestnut tree in Section 14 (tried desperately to make this ID work for a merlin, but had to get honest).

Date: 01/21/02 (1504-1640)
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Sorry, no Merlin to report. However, that's not to say it's not there. After all, I only have one pair of eyes...
Birds that were found include:
Mute Swan 2, Mallard 6, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Mourning Dove 6, Red-bellied Woodpecker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 1, American Crow 15+, Carolina Chickadee 15, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 1, American Robin ~55, Northern Mockingbird 3, Dark-eyed Junco 6, Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 3, Northern Cardinal 1, House Finch 5, American Goldfinch 4, House Sparrow ~6.

Date: about Jan. 14
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

I've been so busy I forgot to mention the winter wren that visited my porch and patio a week or so ago! It was fluffed up from the cold and looked like a rust-colored tennis ball as it bounced around pecking at invisible bits of whatever. It was not at all interested in the feeder spillings or the feeders. It was also snatching things from the underside of 3 concrete planters that sit on short legs--old dried up insects in spider webs? Spider egg sacs? It spent several minutes on the porch (open and facing the brushy, wooded hillside that slopes down to the Ohio River) where I watched it through the glass doors from 3 to 5 feet away. Then it flew to the patio below where I watched it several more minutes before it flew into the woods. That's the closest and longest look I've ever had of a winter wren!

Date: Fri. Jan. 18, 2002
Location: Sharon Woods, Hamilton County
Reporter: Al Winstel
Other Birders: home school group

While I was out with a group of home schoolers, we saw a golden crowned kinglet fluttering around some small (20-30 ft.) trees. The location was the tree line between the road leading to Council Bluffs picnic area and the Park District bird blind and vernal pond. We watched the bird for about 5 minutes as it moved to about 20' away and 20' up. At home, the group had read a book called "Owl Moon" about wildlife watching, so the sighting fit in well. We've also had a recent red shouldered hawk sighting near the Sharon Centre. It was chasing a bird outside the wildlife viewing room. It was spotted by Jim and Mary Anne Meiser while they were doing Cornell Feederwatch.

Date: 01/19/02 (0820-1240)
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center (CNC) - Rowe Woods
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: CNC bird walk

I lead a bird walk on Saturday (01/19/02) at the CNC Rowe Woods property. One other observer braved the cold from 0820 to 1130. I lingered around the Rowe Bldg. until 1240.
Highlights of the walk were definitely the Pine Siskins and the very cooperative Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, one which was very active drilling holes in the familiar sapsucker ring pattern around pine and ash trees, the other in a different area of the property which sat motionless, but still very viewable. Following is the complete list, including a Fox Sparrow, Purple Finch and additional numbers of Pine Siskins seen at the Rowe bldg. feeders after the bird walk.

Ring-billed Gull ~20, Mourning Dove 7, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Downy Woodpecker 6, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow ~ 15, Carolina Chickadee ~ 40, Tufted Titmouse ~ 22, White-breasted Nuthatch 6, Brown Creeper 2, Carolina Wren 6, Northern Mockingbird 1 (Tealtown Rd.), American Robin 2, Golden-crowned Kinglet 3, European Starling 1, Northern Cardinal 55, Purple Finch 1 (male), House Finch ~ 25, Pine Siskin 14, American Goldfinch 33, Dark-eyed Junco 25, White-throated Sparrow 11, Fox Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 2.

Photo opportunity, for anyone interested (Maslowski?): Three Raccoons in a hollow in a tree along the Wildflower Steps, right side as you go down the trail toward the far ridge valley.

Interesting arthropod: A Daddy Long Legger was walking on top of the snow on the trail along the edge of the valley!

Date: January 19, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

1 fox sparrow, 5 white-crowned sparrows, 6 song sparrows, 5 swamp sparrows, 20+ American tree sparrows, 10+ white-throated sparrows, 3 red-tails, 2 brown creepers, 10+ goldfinch, 1 mockingbird.

Date: 1-19-02
Location: West Chester Oh
Reporter: Steve Rapien
Other Birders:

Blue Goose is on Beckett Ridge Bvd by Eagle Ridge it was with about 15 of the golf course crowd. It was close to the pond.

Date: 1/19/02
Location: SGCemetery correction
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

As Jay |Stenger pointed out, there is no Section 64 at Spring Grove Cemetery. After double checking,it was section 62 in which I saw the merlin. I did not see it today but thought I did when a sharpshinned allowed me to walk right up under it. Yesterday a kestrel did the same thing to me!

Date: January 19, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Audubon Field Trip

5 short-eared owls, 1 common snipe, 5 kestrels, 2 red-tailed hawks, 16 meadowlarks, 15+ American tree sparrows, 3 song sparrows, 2 goldfinch, 1 flicker, 2 robins, 3 mourning doves, 10 starlings, 2 carolina wren, 1 mockingbird, 3 crow. The snipe was sitting next to a drainage culvert on the side of the road in a little runoff stream that wasn't frozen over. We saw the owls between 7:00 and 8:00 am.

Date: 18 January 2002
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

A good mix of winter birds. 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 5 Red-breasted Nuthatches and 4 Pine Siskins. Still one suspect chickadee (CC/BC hybrid?) frequenting the feeder near the Granite Shelterhouse.

Date: 13 January 2002
Location: Union Centre, Butler Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders: Veronica Renfrow

A belated posting. Before going up to VOA to see the Short-eared Owls this past Sunday, we stopped at Union Centre to look for the Blue Goose. We didn't find the goose but we did find a Northern Harrier, soaring off of Allen Rd. We also saw 1 Great Horned Owl at VOA in addition to the 3 Short-eared Owls.

Date: 1/17/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Had a brief, unsatisfying look at a juvenile or female merlin at about 3 PM.
I was facing Northeast standing at Section 134 when the merlin made a pass to my Northeast. I had the bird in my sight for maybe 10 seconds before I lost it and was never able to relocate it.

Date: 1/17/02@5:10p
Location: VOA
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Immediately upon arriving at VOA, I saw three shorteared owls before the woods on the left. When I drove on back to the parking lot before the baseballs diamond, two SE owls were near and over the driveway. They were very close and great light so I could see all the details I have never seen previously. When i walked back over the ridge, I saw one but after seeing those two so close up,it didnt' matter. When driving back down Cox Road, one was clearly seen sitting in a tree on the VOA side.

Date: 1/17/02
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: my mom Kim Cade

I took a brief 1.5 hour stroll around the cemetery today. There wasn't very much activity at all except for around the feeder, where I did get 1 good bird: a Winter Wren!! There is also no Merlin to report, however I didn't exactly go at peak time so that didn't surprise me too much. Here is a list of the birds I did see however: 3 Canada Geese, 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 5 Rock Doves, 12 Mourning Doves, 4 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flickers, 2 Blue Jays, 35 American Crows, 65 American Robins, 8 Northern Mockingbirds, 45 European Starlings, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 3 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 Brown Creepers, 5 Carolina Wrens, 1 WINTER WREN, 8 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 20 Carolina Chickadees, 15 Tufted Titmice (could be wrong but it looked like one of the titmice was taking nesting material into a hole in a stub of a tree, this was fairly close to the feeder), 15 House Sparrows, 3 PINE SISKENS, 2 American Goldfinches, 2 House Finches, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 10 Northern Cardinals

Date: 17 January 2002
Location: Cliff Road Western Hamilton. Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

10 Black Vultures 3 Turky Vultures.

Date: Wed. 1/15/02
Location: VOA, 3:45 - 4:30 PM
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: Steve Maslowski

Minimal activity. Saw 1 N. Harrier, 2
Am Kestral's and zero Owl's. After
returning home, I reviewed the previous sighting reports RE: VOA, and noticed that most of the Owls & other species were seen after 4:45PM. Guess I left too soon.

Chatted with Steve Maslowski. He had
filmed one of the Short-Eared Owls. Two
cars of birders arrived just as I was leaving.

Date: 1/16/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders: Jan Denham

We saw the merlin tonight which wasa large brown bird, larger the the one last year. She swooped down in front of us into the tree marked section 64 right in front of us.

Date: Jan. 14, 2002
Location: 275 near intersection of RT52
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

7 Black Vultures

Date: 14 January 2002
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

4 Red-breasted Nuthatches and 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets. At least one of the chickadees coming to the feeder looked suspiciously like a Black-capped. It was noticeably larger, longer-tailed and had a considerable amount of white on the outer tail feathers. However, it did not have much white at all on the wing coverts. Possibly a hybrid?

Date: 14 January 2002
Location: Spring Grove Cemt. Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Merlin and 10 Pine Siskins. The merlin was in section 134, this is the 3rd year for winter merlins in this are of Spring Grove Cemt.

Date: 01/13/02
Location: VOA park (Butler Co.)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: m. obs. (20+)

Add to Sam's report 7 meadowlarks (6 of which I saw near Cox Rd. before others arrived).

Date: 1/13/02
Location: Voice of America Park
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

Three Short--eared Owls, flying north of the baseball diamonds just over the ridge, between 5:30-6:00.

Date: Jan. 12, 2002
Location: Caesar Creek State Park (Warren County)
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Ed Roush

The annual winter bird count did not bring many surprises but we had a few. One was a Catbird and another a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks doing what seemed to be a mating ritual just overhead. The feeder at the Visitor's Center had at least four Purple Finches and one Pine Siskin. Ducks were absent, hunters everywhere.

Date: Jan. 12, 2002
Location: Caesar Creek State Park
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Ed Roush

The annual CC bird count revealed a few unsual sightings in addition to the usual birds. Waxwings, ducks (hunter galore) and a few other expected species were absent. But we did see a Catbird, a pair of Beautiful Red-shouldered Hawks doing a mating ritual, and at the Visitor Center's feeder at least four Purple Finches along with one Pine Siskin

Date: Sat. 1/12/02
Location: VOA Park
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: David & Jemma Tennant

Three Short-eared Owls, first appearing at 5:57 PM.

Date: 1-12-02
Location: upper Cowan Creek, south of Wilmington
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: none

Spotted 8 Robins and 12 Eastern Bluebirds in flight this morning near Cowan Creek above Lake Cowan.

Date: 1/11/02
Location: Union Center Blvd., West Chester
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Stopped for gas this AM and found a single adult blue morph snow goose feeding with several dozen canada geese.
The birds were beside an "industrial pond" at the SW corner of the intersection of Union Center and Muhlhauser. Pulling into the Applebees parking lot allowed close, unobstructed views - and I guess if you time it right you can grab a bite to eat, too.

Date: Thurs. Jan. 10, 2002 - 2:00/5:15 PM
Location: Various
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

KY ROUTE 8 FROM NORTH BEND RD., WEST TO
END. 2:00/2:45 PM.

1 Am Kestrel; 2 E. Bluebirds; 1 RT
1 RT Hawk; 2 Mourn'g Doves; Red-bell
ied Woodpecker; 400+ Am. Crows; 2
E. Bluebirds; 12 A Robiins; 1 N Mock-
iing Bird; 4+ N Cardinals; 6+ W-T
Sparrows; 7+ W-Crnd Sparrows.

GARRISON CREEK RD. (BOONE CO.) 3:00/3:45
PM.
1 Am Kestrel; 4+ Am Crows; 1 Blue
Jay; 10 Am Crows; 1 Am Robiin; 5+
N Cardinals; 2 Song Sp.

AROURA FERRY RD (PETERSBURG, KY) 4:00/
4:30 PM.
4 Am Crows; 1 Great Blue Heron; 2 Am
Kestralls; 1 R-T Hawk; 2 N Mocking-
birds.

CAMP ERNST LAKE (BOONE COUNTY)- 4:30/
5:15 PM.
250+ Mallards; 150 Canada Geese; 1
Am Wigeon (M); 2 N Pintail (1 F, 1 M)
1 Mute Swan.












Date: Thurs. Jan. 10, 2002 - 2:00/5:15 PM
Location: Various
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

KY ROUTE 8 FROM NORTH BEND RD., WEST TO
END. 2:00/2:45 PM.

1 Am Kestrel; 2 E. Bluebirds; 1 RT
1 RT Hawk; 2 Mourn'g Doves; Red-bell
ied Woodpecker; 400+ Am. Crows; 2
E. Bluebirds; 12 A Robiins; 1 N Mock-
iing Bird; 4+ N Cardinals; 6+ W-T
Sparrows; 7+ W-Crnd Sparrows.

GARRISON CREEK RD. (BOONE CO.) 3:00/3:45
PM.
1 Am Kestrel; 4+ Am Crows; 1 Blue
Jay; 10 Am Crows; 1 Am Robiin; 5+
N Cardinals; 2 Song Sp.

AROURA FERRY RD (PETERSBURG, KY) 4:00/
4:30 PM.
4 Am Crows; 1 Great Blue Heron; 2 Am
Kestralls; 1 R-T Hawk; 2 N Mocking-
birds.

CAMP ERNST LAKE (BOONE COUNTY)- 4:30/
5:15 PM.
250+ Mallards; 150 Canada Geese; 1
Am Wigeon (M); 2 N Pintail (1 F, 1 M)
1 Mute Swan.












Date: January 10, 2002
Location: Voice of America 5:20 pm to 6:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

4 short-eared owls, 1 male northern harrier, 2 killdeer. The owls were all up in the air together at one time.

Date: 1/9/02
Location: Beekman St. Cumminsville
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

A swan was flying down the Mill Creek towards the Ohio River, as I was driving I couldn't get a good look at it.

Date: Jan.8,2002
Location: Miamitown, Ohio
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

Almost certainly the same flock of Sandhills that Frank saw at 4:00 flew over my house at 5:00 and landed in the corn stubble fields between Miamitown and the HCPD soccer fields on Rt. 128. They were there for about 15 minutes and flew off towards the west around 5:30.

Date: 1/8/01
Location: S. Cumminsville
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

among the normal feeder birds was a hermit thrush

Date: Jan.8,2002
Location: Maimi Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

At about 4:00pm today 66 Sandhill cranes landed on the farm road north of the marsh which is still frozen.Don't know if they will spend the night with out water to roost in. Also two N.Harriers,one an adult male one an imm.

Date: January 6, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

4 red-tailed hawks (1 adult, 3 sub-adults, one of which was a dull brown color with a, dark thick breastband), 8 kestrel (3 were on the other side of th road from the VOA, 5 were in the VOA proper), 2 flicker, 3 chickadee, 1 Carolina wren, 1 robin, 1 cardinal, 10 tree sparrow, 6 song sparrow, 2 white-throated sparrows, 32 eastern meadowlarks, 1 goldfinch. There was one large flock of 28 meadowlarks in the northeastern section of the VOA.

Date: Jan. 6, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

23 American Pipit foraging at the beach on the rocks. If you go to the beach, park at the top of the hill and walk down. You probably won't make it back out if you drive down the hill. We know from experience.

Date:
Location: private residence, erlanger KY
Reporter: amy
Other Birders: marty

n.cardinals (10), carolina wrens at suet feeder (2), titmouse (2), brown creeper (1), red-breasted nuthatch (1),
Blue Jay (2), house finch (15), house sparrow (8), hairy woodpecker (1), downy woodpecker (2), red bellied woodpecker (2), carolina chickadee (4), goldfinches (2), mourning doves (10), starlings (30), sharp shinned hawk (1)

Date: Jan. 5, 2002
Location: E. Walnut Hills (Cincinnati), 1/2 mile north of Ohio RIver
Reporter: Linda Wallpe
Other Birders: ---

Working in garden this afternoon observed a male and female Red Breasted Woodpecker. At 4 PM a flight of appx. 40 Canada Geese flew over from N.E. to S.W.

Date: 5 January 2002
Location: Ohio River ar Cincinnati
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Two Black Swans have returned to the Covington, KY riverfront. I was just starting to wonder if they were going to show up this winter, as they have every winter since 1996. At Taylor Park in Newport, KY there were 90 Mallards, 120 Canada Geese, 5 American Coots and 150 Ring-billed Gulls. At the Public Landing in Cinti, OH there were 120 more Ring-billed Gulls. At the Watertown Yacht Club in Dayton, KY- 1 Common Merganser, 80 Canada Geese, 1 American Coot and 1 Pied-billed Grebe.

Date: Sat., Jan. 5, 2002, 9:30/10:30
Location: East Fork State Park, Lake Harsha
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: 2 - didn't get names

Activity on the slow side.

Mallards, Sharp Shined Hawk, Killdeer,
Ring-billed Gulls, Blue Jay, Am. Crows,
N. Mockingbird, N. Cardinals, Song Sparrows.

Date: Jan. 5, 20002
Location: Gulf Park in Cleves
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

One possibly two house wrens. Seen near the new parking lot for the trail. In brushy area beside the parking lot.

Date: 4 Jan 2001
Location: Mason-Montgomery and Socialville-Foster, Warren Co.
Reporter: Frank Glandorf
Other Birders:

~50 Sandhill Cranes flying south about 12:20PM.

Date: December 30, 2001
Location: Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders:


The results of the 2001 Cincinnati CBC conducted on Sunday 12/30/01 are posted at the National Audubon Society website (www.audubon.org). All of the current NAS CBC results (including our other local CBC's) will eventually be posted here, if there not already.
Historical data from all previous counts can also be found. Just click on "102nd Christmas Bird Count" and choose one of the several options.

Date: 4 January 2002
Location: Meldahl Dam Bracken Co., KY / Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Not much at Meldahl: 4 Pied-billed Grebes, 4 Great Blue Herons, 2 Gadwall, 120 Ring-billed Gulls, 20 American Goldfinches and 8 Eastern Bluebirds. The Gadwall were upriver, near the Ohio shore.

Date: 01/03/02
Location: Western Hills Viaduct (view from upper deck)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

A Cooper's Hawk continues to perch on a light post along the viaduct. (I was driving westbound, bird on westbound side).

Date: 3 January 2002
Location: Center Hill Rd. and Este Ave. Hamilton Co.
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

~75 Sandhill Cranes flying southwest at 4:30 pm

Date: Thurs. Jan 3, 2002 4:30/5:00 PM
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Lake 95% frozen over.
One area of open water about 300'
x 80' held some 800+ Canada Geese,
250+ Mallards, one Pied-billed Grebe.
one Black Duck and one immature female
N. Shoveler.

Granville Carey

Date: Jan. 3, 2002
Location: Gravel pit in Clinton County
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Ed Roush

The six White-fronted Geese and the Snow Goose were still present this PM standing on the ice which gave us an excellent look. This is on private property but the management permits birders who sign a liability waivure and check in at the office. The lake is mostly open and has a number of ducks as well. A scope is required to see the geese.

Date: 3 January 2002
Location: Cold Spring, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

One female Northern Pintail (apparently blind in one eye), 120 Mallards and 160 Canada Geese, all huddled around the one little circle of open water at the large pond at the Cold Spring Roadhouse Restaurant on US 27.

Date: 2 January 2002
Location: Ohio River at Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

1 Imm Sharp-shinned Hawk was perched very obviously out in the open in a bare sapling directly above the birds (mainly Rock Doves)which were gleaning breadcrumbs from the ground at Taylor Park in Newport. Also 500 Ring-billed Gulls, 100 Mallards and 1 American Coot.

At The Watertown Yacht Club in Dayton, there were 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 40 Canada Geese, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 American Coot, 30 Ring-billed Gulls, 10 American Tree Sparrows and 8 Dark-eyed Juncos.

Date: Jan.1-2
Location: gravel pit in Clinton County
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Ed Roush - yesterday

For the second day a Clinton County gravel pit had 6 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE along with a variety of other waterfowl and several hundred Canadas. Today they were joined by a beautiful white SMOW
GOOSE. This is the only open water around and it is private property. The managers will permit birders to scope the water if they stop in the office and sign a waivure of liability.

Date: Jan. 1-2
Location: Gravel pit in Clinton County
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Ed Roush (Jan. 1)

For the second day a Clinton County gravel pit had 6 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in addition to several hundred Candas and a good variety of other waterfowl. Today the birds were joined by a beautful white SNOW GOOSE

Date: 1/2/01
Location: creek near Harrison Rd. exit of I-74
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

7 bluebirds

Date: 1/2/02
Location: Adams County
Reporter: Kurk Dorsey
Other Birders: Robert Dorsey

Birders,
My dad and I drove out to Adams County today and had a great morning. The first hit was a young bald eagle perched along the river just west of Manchester. Bluebirds put in an appearance on Ohio 247 toward West Union and again at the Buzzardroost parking lot. The trail was pretty quiet, just a few kinglets and woodpeckers to go with the juncos and carolina wrens. Our drive back produced a number of kestrels and redtails, but even better was a red-headed woodpecker on 247 a few miles north of West Union, then 8 sandhill cranes above Ohio 32 in Brown County, near Klein Road. When we got back to Anderson Township we were greeted by a red-breasted nuthatch at the feeders.

Kurk Dorsey

Date: 1/1/02
Location: Backyard Near Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders:

I participate in the Cornell backyard feeder watch every other weekend. I do not normally report the feeder sightings but this was a good 2-day period and a nice way to start the year. Mourning Dove (12), Red-bellied Wp (1), Downy Wp (3), Hairy Wp (1), Northern Flicker (1), Blue Jay (2), Crow (1), Carolina Chickadee (1), Titmouse (2), Red-breasted Nuthatch (2), Carolina Wren (2), Robin (1), Mockingbird (2), Starling (7), Cardinal (9), Junco (5), House Finch (7), Goldfinch (9), House Sparrow (14). A total of 19 species. Nice for arm chair birding. I had a Pileated Wp last week but have not seen or heard one this week.

Date: 1 January 2002
Location: Watertown Yacht Club, Dayton, Campbell Co.,KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 female Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Red-winged Blackbirds, 10 American Tree Sparrows, 12 Dary-eyed Juncos.

Date: 1January 2001
Location: Public Landing, Cinti, OH / Newport, KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

480 Ring-billed Gulls

Date: 1/1/2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Erich Baumgardner
Other Birders: Jerry Lippert

Searched for the Saw Whet, but could not find any. Did see several other raptors: 2 Red-tailed hawks, 1 Kestral, 1 Sharp-shinned hawk. There were many sparrows as well; 2-3 Swamp, 30+ Song, 50+ White-throated, and 1 Tree sparrow. We also saw 3 Rusty blackbirds and several other blackbird flocks that we could not identify (beyond not being Starlings or Grackles).

Another interesting note, mammals. There is a dead deer on/in the pond east of the park with lots of tracks in the snow/ice around it. We also found two dead voles and one dead mole along the dike. One of the voles was still warm. None of the small mammals showed signs of how they died. But we weren't that hungry.

Date: Jan. 1, 2002
Location: Williamsburg, Ohio
Reporter: Dave Hess
Other Birders: none

While watching the birds at the bird feeder today, I noticed a couple of birds checking out a bird box farther out in the yard. I got the binoculars and discovered a pair of Eastern Bluebirds taking turns looking in the nest hole. I've never seen them this early or when the temperature is at 15 degrees!

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