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Sightings Log Archive: April 2002 - June 2002

Date: June 30, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park Bethel-Concord RD area.
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

They aren't as vocal as they have been, but there are still birds at East Fork. The Northern Parula's have been present since spring.
3 Great-blue Heron, 2 Green Heron, 4 Wood Duck (Young not yet able to fly), 2 Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Wild Turkey, 12 Morning Dove, 8 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 6 Chimney Swift, 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 7 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 6 Downy Woodpecker, 2 N. Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 E. Wood-peewee, 11 Acadian Flycatcher, 6 E. Phoebe (2 young in nest being fed by adults), 1 E. Kingbird, 11 White-eyed Vireo, 33 Red-eyed Vireo, 18 Bluejay, 12 Am. Crow, 5 Tree Swallow, 10 Carolina Chickadee, 32 Tufted Titmouse, 6 White-breasted Nuthatch, 29 Carolina Wren, 2 House Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 11 Wood Thrush, 5 Am. Robin, 1 Gray Catbird, 1 Brown Thasher, 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 5 Northern Parula, 1 Prairie Warbler, 8 Prothonotary Warbler, 2 Ovenbird, 3 Louisiana Waterthrush (1 very young bird that could fly), 3 Kentucky Warbler, 16 Common Yellowthroat, 3 Yellow-breasted Chat, 7 Scarlet Tanager, 25 Rufous-sided Towhee, 7 Field Sparrow, 15 Song Sparrow, 80 N. Cardinal, 26 Indigo Bunting, 6 Common Grackle, 4 Brown-headed Cowbird, 7 Am. Goldfinch.

Date: June 24, 2002
Location: Upper Mill Creek Valley
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

I spent a few mid-day hours birding the upper Mill Creek Valley, consisting of the Winton Woods settling pond (26 species), Gilmore Ponds ( 31 species), and Glenwood Gardens (34 species)for a total of 49 species.
Species present at all 3 sites: Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Eastern Kingbird, Crow, Robin, Starling, Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Grackle, Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.

(* in the following list indicates seen only at the one site)

Winton Woods Settling Pond: Great Blue Heron (3), Green Heron (1), Black-crowned Night Heron*(1A), Wood Duck (8), Mallard* Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird*, Belted Kingfisher, Rough-winged Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, & House Finch*
Gilmore Ponds: Double-crested Cormorant*(1), Green Heron (3), Great Blue Heron (1), Canada Goose*(7), American Coot*, Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Tree Swallow, House Wren, Gray Catbird*, Cedar Waxwing*(20), Yellow Warbler*, Common Yellowthroat, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole*, and Mockingbird.
Glenwood Gardens: Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture* (1), -- I kept looking for raptors and this is the only one I found on Monday -- ODD--, Killdeer, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Wood Peewee*, Purple Martin*, Tree Swallow, Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow*, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Mockingbird, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping Sparrow*, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, & Orchard Oriole* (2)

Date: June 26, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

55 bobolinks, 22 eastern meadowlarks, 19 savannah sparrows.

Date: Sunday, June 23, '02 7:30-8:30 PM
Location: To end of RT 8 (Moore House) Boone Co KY, west of junction with NorthBend Road
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Usually good birding this time of year.
Good tree line on southwest side of road, and several single specimen trees that are magnets for birds on northeast side. Better birds:
Wood Duck (small pond on north side
at top of rise)
Mallard (same spot)
T Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
N Bobwhite (3 calling, 3/4 mi apart)
Killdeer
M Dove
Chimney Swift
Y Shafted Flicker
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Blue Jay
A Crow
C Chickadee
E Bluebird
G Catbird
N Mockingbird
N Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Tree Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
E Meadowlark
C Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
A Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Date: June 20,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

The young Pied-Billed Grebes on the pond by the parking lot that I reported back on 8 June are still being seen.There are 5 now down from a high of 7.There are still P.B.Grebes calling from the main pond but I have not seen any young there.In the next pond up the bike trail from the viewing platform another young P.B.Grebe was seen so there must have been a second nest. Also seen in this pond was an American Coot with 4 young. Back in the main pond the Ruddy Ducks that have been reported by others are still being seen. Today 4 males in breeding plumage and at least 1 female were seen.According to Peterjohn they may start nesting in May or early June so we might still see some young. Also seen today a Yellow-Billed Cuckoo.

Date: June 20, 2002
Location: Clermont County backyard near Ohio river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Richard Kidd

We still have male and female rose-breated grosbeaks at our feeders (haven't seen the female in about a week). The male comes daily mostly in AM and PM. No definite signs of nesting, but isn't this a bit far south for them to still be here now?

Date: Wed. June 19, 02 4:00 PM
Location: Conrad Ln, Boone County, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

On my way to my daughters house this afternoon, I drove down Conrad Ln to reach Bullitsville Rd, from North Bend Rd. About 1/2 mile down Conrad Ln, Between North Bend Rd. and Carry Back Dr. observed the following:

2 Blue Grosbeaks on power lines,
birds about 45' apart.
1 E. Meadowlaark
2 E. Bluebirds
1 T Vulture (soaring overhead)

Plus other abundant common species.

Date: 6/17/02- 0930
Location: Winton Woods -Hamilton County Park
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Driving through the park just west of the campground, observed a single Osprey over the main part of the lake. Did not see later in the day while passing through a second time.

Date: 06/16/02 @ ~ 7 pm
Location: Mill Creek
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Black-crowned Night-Heron flying SSW over Western Hills Viaduct.

Date: 6/16/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands and Forest
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

2 Bell's Vireos, one at the beginning of the gravel trail to the observation deck. The second was seen by Frank Frick and me at the opposite end of the dike. Least bittern and two black vultures. One YB chat on a nest. Frank also pointed out a warbling vireo's nest with three babies. At the Prairie Trail, three fledgling barred owls were very low to the ground and easily seen and heard calling.

Date: 6/16/02
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: Steve Bobonick
Other Birders: None

I walked the entire eight miles of the Hike-Bike Trail this morning (7:20 to 10:00). Of the (61) species seen or heard, of particular note was BELL'S VIREO, which was heard at mile marker 1.2 on the trail. This is about one mile (counter clock-wise) from the location of the original observations near the wetlands viewing shelter earlier in the season. So if you are looking for this bird, try this new location. There was also a Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling in the same area.

Date: 6/15/2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

2 Great Egrets and 2 Double-crested Cormorants.

Date: 6/14/02
Location: Miami WW wetlands
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

Pied Billed G. on small pond at Baughman (sp?) Rd with 6 young. Also last wednesday there was a female hooded merg with 3 young on the main pond

Date: 6-12-02
Location: in a flooded field on East Miami River Rd. near Three Rivers Auto Body
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

I was riding by this flooded field when I noticed 1 Great Blue Heron and 1 LITTLE BLUE HERON standing next to it!! A beautiful male in breeding plumage. Also, there were a few shorebirds mixed in with the herons. I didn't have my binoculars with me, however I could tell there were at least a couple of Semipalmated Plovers mixed in the flock. Good Birding!!

Date: 06/12/02 evening
Location: Covedale
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Two medium-sized herons in silhoette flew WSW over Kellywood Ave. & Glenway Ave. while my wife and I were sitting on the porch. The birds were in silhoette, but by size, structure, flight and probability, they were presumed to be Black-crowned Night-Herons.

Date: 6/14/02
Location: Millcreek at Beekman
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

4 black-crowned night herons, two in breeding plumage.

Date: 06/07/02
Location: Western Hills & Covedale
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Immediately following our softball game, after both teams cleared the field, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows landed on the muddy field to collect gobs of mud for their nests.
I also had a Common Nighthawk calling over my backyard last night (06/08) as I had all summer last year. Think they are again nesting nearby on flat gravel rooftops.

Date: 6/9/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands & Bowles Woods
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Neill Cade

Pied-billed Grebe (defending territory)
Ruddy Duck (courtship display)
Canada Goose
Wood Duck (with young)
Mallard
Turkey Vulture
Northern Bobwhite
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird (defending territory)
American Crow
Yelllow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin (gathering food)
Gray Catbird (feeding young)
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Tree Swallow (young in nest box)
Purple Martin
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
House Finch (nest building)
Yellow Warbler (nest building)
Cerulean Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow (distraction display)
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole (entering nest)
Orchard Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bell's Vireo not sighted

Date: 6-8-02
Location: The Milcreek at I-74
Reporter: Wayne Wauligman
Other Birders:

Two Black-crowned Night Herons were flying north over the Millcreek at I-74 near I-75 around 7:30 pm.

Date: June 8th, 2002
Location: Muskatatuck NWR
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders:

We didn't have a lot of time, and i didn't do any trail walking. Only warblers were a Prairie (heard only) and Prothonotary (many heard and one seen). I'm not very strong as far as calls go (though I do know Prairie and Prothonotary), if I was a little better we would have totaled a few more.

Date: June 8,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Pied-Billed Grebe with 4 young in pond next to Baughman road parking lot. Been seeing and hearing grebes all spring in pond across road from lot,and area near observation platform. So there may be more young. Also a warbling vieros nest with young that just hatched out.

Date: 6-5-02
Location: Cowan Lake
Reporter: Ed Roush
Other Birders: None

Sighted this am at Cowan Lake State Park (Clinton) Lotus Trail was an
adult male Mourning Warbler. Other highlights:

White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Parula
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Kentucky Warbler

Ed Roush
Wilmington

Date: 6/1/02
Location: Boone County, KY
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Following Granville's precise directions I tracked down the Blue Grosbeak on Garrison Creek Rd. Terrible timing, since I stopped there on my way back from Muscatatuck I wound up there at 2:30. Bless his heart, he was singing his heart out(the Grosbeak - not Granville) and I honed in on the song. Boone Cliffs was less welcoming. Altho' the place was swarming with Ovenbirds and Scarlet Tanagers I found not one Worm-eating Warbler. Horrors! I'll give it another try early some morning.

Date: 6.3.02
Location: Backyard-Cedar Grove area of Price Hill
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

About 50 Cedar Waxwings have been dining on the mulberry trees that surround our lot...they have been around about a week and a half, same as last year.

Date: May 29, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

35 bobolinks (seven females) 44 meadowlarks, 11 savannah sparrows. This is only birds counted on the two routes we walk each week. There are pretty much birds everywhere at present.

Date: May 25, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

Bob and I ran the Gilmore Ponds section of the Ohio Wetlands Breeding Bird Survey on Saturday morning. We found a male northern shoveler, which was pretty interesting. It flew into some flooded vegetation near the west edge of the gravel pit. Also: 2 pied-billed grebe, 1 dc cormorant, 10 green heron, 4 black-crowned night heron (maybe six. We had them in three different spots, with four birds being the high count), 10 Canada goose, 11 wood duck, 7 mallard, 1 kestrel, 2 sora, 3 coot, 2 killdeer, 2 woodcock, 2 mourning dove, 1 nighthawk, 2 chiminey swift, 1 downy, 3 pewee, 5 willow flycatcher, 1 phoebe, 4 tree swallow, 1 titmouse, 11 robin, 8 catbird, 1 mockingbird, 10 waxwings, 1 warbling vireo, 2 yellow warbler, 1 blackpoll, 1 prothonotary, 3 common yellowthroat, 3 cardinals, 7 indigo bunting, 4 field sparrow, 6 song sparrow, 11 red-winged blackbird, 12 grackle, 7 cowbird, 2 orchard oriole, 1 Baltimore oriole, 2 goldfinch.

Tim Tolford banded a mourning warbler and a female magnolia warbler, among others.

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2002
Location: Clermont County, Goshen Township
Reporter: Edie Lotz
Other Birders: Linda Grau, Dianne Lotz

We saw a mixed flock of Cedar and Bohemian Waxwings...side by side the coloring was very noticeable. Before we realized what we were looking at, the red wash on the face and the gray belly of the Bohemian, really stuck out against the the yellow belly of the Cedar.
Also seen, Baltimore and Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-winged Warbler (also singing, which was very helpful), Eastern wood Pewee, Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting, Tree and Barn Swallow, Chimney Swift, Northern Bobwhite with a covey of young,Red-winged Blackbird, and a Killdeer on one egg.

Date: 5/24/02 7pm
Location: Williamsburg, Ohio
Reporter: Dave Hess
Other Birders: Julie Hess, Paul and Joy Russell

A pair of Pileated woodpeckers flew into our yard and began hacking away at a couple of green ash trees. We were able to observe them for several minutes before they flew into the woods.

Date: May 22, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rick Dage

32 bobolinks, 19 meadowlarks, 2 eastern kingbird, 12 savannah sparrows & one savannah sparrow nest with 5 eggs.

Date: 5/24/2002
Location: Clermont Couty backyard
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Rich Kidd

We still have a male red-breasted grosbeak (going on 4 weeks). We started out with about 10 at our feeders.

Date: 05.23.02
Location: Burnet Woods 1:30-2:30 P.M.
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Heard and briefly saw a Great Crested Flycatcher in the treetops near the gazebo.

Date: 5.23.02
Location: Spring Grove 8:15-9:00 A.M.
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Stopped this morning for a look. 2 Cedar Waxwings, 2 Eastern Kingbirds building a nest, Eastern Wood Pewee, Red-Eyed Vireo, Spotted Sandpiper, Barn Swallow, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Gray Catbird, Blackpoll Warbler

Also had some sightings in Burnet Woods over the two previous days...Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Veery, Gray Catbird, Blackpoll Warbler

Date: 22 May 2002
Location: Bath and Raymond, IN
Reporter: Bill Buskirk
Other Birders: Dave Jetmore

I checked the dwindling wet spots Dave Russell has been reporting on as well as some others in the area of Bath and Raymond in eastern Franklin County, IN. Particularly productive were ponds a mile south and a mile west of Bath (in the NE corner of the intersection) and a half miles south of Raymond.

Black-bellied Plover 19, Semipalmated Plover 33, Gr. Yellowlegs 2, L. Yellowlegs 2, Spotted Sandpiper 3, Semi. Sandpiper 15, Least Sandpiper 2, Sh.-billed Dowitcher 1.

Date: 5/21/02 1700-1930
Location: Miami whitewater forest, Wetlands
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Not as much birding activity as hoped. Did hear a Ruddy duck calling, saw the male in breeding plumage in front of the viewing shelter swimming through the cattails. Not much else.

Date: 5/19/02
Location: Milford parkway/Riverside ?plaza?
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

The retention basin (or whatever it's called) had the following (all without my binos!):

{between Target and the Showcase Cinemas} There is puddles between the parking lots on top - this is where the shorebirds were.

~10 Least Sandpipers (seen from 1 ft. - did not pay no attention to me), 1 Spotted Sandpiper (again, close up), killdeer, Purple Martins, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows, Northern RWs.

There is GOOD sparrow habitat at this location. Without my binos, however, I could not ID them like I would have liked. 1 singing Vesper sparrow (also seen at close distance), many short tailed sparrows were running (not hopping) in ahead of me. Spishing brought 5 sparrows up for a brief time, but not able to ID without binos. Since they were buzzing when flushed, I would guess Grasshopper Sparrows. (I am not good at sparrows)

Date: 5/20/02
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Rick Pope

Rick and I were out talking crops and not birds but had a nice long look and a green heron working the flood edge and found a cormorant in one of the flooded ponds near Argosy.

Date: May 20, 2002
Location: Bath, IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Russell

The flooded fields are dwindling rapidly, however, this morning there were 200-300 shore birds present. Only one G. Yellowlegs remains, but 2 Western Sandpipers (one in full breeding 'red'), at least 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, the first Semipalmated Sandpipers I've seen this year (well over 50), 13 Dunlin, innumerable Least Sandpipers, and many Semipalmated Plovers (nearly 75-80). At least 8 Spotted Sandpipers were also present. Up just north of the "normal" flooded field off road 200 E[about 2 mi N of Bath Rd], were 6 SB Dowitchers, Solitary Sandpipers, 12-15 L. Yellowlegs, and more Spotted Sandpipers.
On 5-18 30-40 dowitchers were present at Bath Rd with one Ruddy Turnstone- in addition to all the Least, Dunlin, and Semipal Plovers.

Date: May 20, 2002 7:30 to 10:00 am
Location: Becket Park, West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Scott Reeves

highlights: 1 alder flycatcher. Singing and calling--the soft "peeyit" call it gave between the "reebeea's" was the clincher. I have a tin ear when it comes to empid flycatchers, and I've never heard one that I could clearly (to my mind) call an alder until today. That was fun. I was distracted by 1 singing Connecticut warbler, which eventually revealed itself after making me sit in a wet muddy ditch for ten minutes or so. When Scott Reeves stopped by, it sang once, then disappeared. It might have had a late tee time or a brunch appointment up the hill at the country club. Also, 4 Wilson's warblers, 1 blackpoll, 1 Swainson's thrush. 4 or so empids that were not so kind as to sing.

Becket Park is located on Becket Road, just off Union Center Blvd. It abuts Becket Ridge--the subdivision and country club, and the actual ridgeline, which is one of the highest points in the county. You can walk up the sled hill/power line cut to the top of the ridge. It looks like an excellent spot for migrant birds, though today was a bit slow. I think that the various ridges in West Chester, which are all developed, including where I live, carry a lot of migrant birds. The hill and power line cut at Becket Park is nice because you can actually get up into the top of the ridge without prowling neighborhoods. But I have no idea how many birds one might find at the top of Becket Park. However, the alder flycatcher, Connecticut and Wilson's warblers were at the bottom of the ridge in the wood edge along a wet meadow and in the edge of the woods, respectively, at a point where Becket Ridge drains into the meadow via a series of ditches and creeks.

From Union Center Blvd head west towards 747. At the light at Becket, turn right. There's a gravel drive on the right side at a bend in the road just past the fire station.

Date: 5/18-19
Location: Cranes Creek, Magee Marsh, Metzger Marsh
Reporter: Sue Cline
Other Birders: L. Lose

This rookie just wants to share with this list the excitement of happening on a warbler fallout at Metzger Marsh on Saturday, with leftovers on Sunday. Dozens of Blackburnians, Blackpolls, Bay-breasteds, among many others, too close for binocs. Best line of the day was "Watch where you step." This surely is small potatoes by Gulf Coast standards, and perhaps by Metzger Marsh/Crane Creek standards as well, but it was absolutely fantastic for us.
Of the 50-60 species we saw, 22 were warblers, including the elusive Ovenbird. Other highlights, and lifers for me, were Swainson's Thrush, Veery, and an immature Little Blue Heron (green legs....).
Thanks for listening..............

Date: 5/12/02 - morning- late posting
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, section 60
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Late posting due to internet problems and business travel until today. located a first summer male Blue Grosbeak in the stand of small willows at the head of the pond. A male Indigo Bunting was present nearby for great comparison. Beginnings of chestnut wingbars, blue tail and patches of blue on the head and back were evident, as well as a heavy beak. Distinctive call note, "chink", was heard several times, and was how my normally non-birding daughter located it and pointed it out.

Date: 5/18/02
Location: Spring Valley/Caesar Creek beach/Gorge
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Spring Valley was nice - 2 Black Terns were flying and feeding around the southwest corner of the lake and that made my day. I think they may have left since I did not find them later. The Least Bittern was still calling just north of the boardwalk but not showing himself. I also heard 3 Virginia Rails and 2 Sora. The Merganser and young were also still about as well as a family of Woodies. 2 Barred Owls were calling off the North end. A Vesper Sparrow was in the bushes along Pence-Jones Rd.

There was one Forsters Tern at the beach with the many Ringed-bill Gulls but I missed the Willets. "darn!"

The Gorge was nice with three singing Tennessee Warbers as well as our to-be- expected breeding birds. All day I only heard one Wood Thrush (my only Thrush of any kind for the day.) It seems to me that I am seeing fewer migrating species than I expect to find at this time, which is disappointing.

Date: 5/19/2002
Location: Caesar Creek Park
Reporter: Jon Woolf
Other Birders:

A walk at the Caesar Creek beach and then at the Visitor Center this morning produced a number of common birds: Robin, Canada Goose, Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Ring-billed Gull, Meadowlark, Red-eyed Vireo, Cardinal, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Chimney Swift. Most interesting sighting was at the beach: a pair of what looked like Willets.

Date: 05/16,17,18/02
Location: Covedale and Anderson Twp.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Blackpoll Warblers have been singing 5/16-17 in Covedale and 5/18 in Anderson Twp.

Date: 5/18/2002 9:30-10:30
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

I took a quick walk through Burnet targeting Wilson's Warblers for video so I didn't take the same route I usually do. Still turned up a few birds along the way.

American Wigeon, Red-eyed Vireo 6, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler 2, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler 4, Scarlet Tanager

3 very quiet emp flycatchers.

Date: 5/17/02
Location: Spring Valley WA, Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Drizzly and overcast conditions dampened the passerine birding but helped birding at the marsh.

Two common terns were present on the beach at Caesar Creek. At Spring Valley, migrants were scarce and silent. I found blackpoll, chestnut-sided, Wilson's, Black-throated green, Am redstart,yellow-rumped warblers and a Northern waterthrush. Alder and least flycatchers was also present in addition to the territorial willow flycatchers.
A female hooded merganser with young was present on the lake as were many wood ducks. On the boardwalk I got great looks at Virginia rails and sora. A least bittern called continuously from very close to the boardwalk but was never seen.

Date: 5-14/15
Location: Crane Creek and Magee Marsh
Reporter: Marty Dermody, SC
Other Birders: Marty Metz

We had a great trip with 79 species of birds. The highlights included a life bird for me which was a clay colored sparrow. Got great looks through binoculars and scope. The other were two upland sandpipers on Krause Rd. Great weather and great birding. 16 of the 79 species were warblers.

Date: May 15, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 sora, 40 bobolink, 30 eastern meadowlarks, 2 savannah sparrows. The sora were in the flooded area around the ditch that drains ballfield A into the northern portion of the VOA. I also found two red-winged blackbird nests. One had five eggs; the other had 6 eggs, plus a hatchling that was barely as big as the the other eggs. It must have just come out.

Date: 5/15/2002 16:00-17:30
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Notables: American Wigeon, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo 10+, Warbling Vireo 3, Veery, Swainson's Thrush 10+, Nashville Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler 3, Bay-breasted Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird 4, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Scarlet Tanager

The Yellow-breasted Chat and Wilson's Warbler were on the scrubby hilltop in the SW corner of the park.

Also, today in my Clifton backyard there was an American Redstart.

Date: Tues., May 14, 2002 5:00/5:45 PM
Location: Garrison Creek Rd..., Boone Co. KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Best bird: Blue Grosbeak - carrying
food.

Others: Black & Turkey Vultures
Killdeer
M. Dove
E. Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Am. Crow
House Wren
E. Bluebird
N. Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Song Sp.
R-W Blackbird
Am. Goldfinch

Date: 14 &15 May 2002
Location: Neeb Rd. -Delhi
Reporter: Jeff Brown
Other Birders: Jeff Schwierjohan

For two days now it has been difficult to work listening to the several Blackpolls singing in the bushes. They are not shy and will allow you to walk within several feet of where they are foraging.

Date: May 14, 2002
Location: Bath,IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

Among the usual 30-40 Semipalmated Plovers, 25-30 Leasts, 2 remaining Dunlin (down from 6), 27 L. Yellowlegs, and 1 Greater were 5 SANDERLINGS today. The Sanderlings, 2 males and 3 females, were all in alternate plumage in the usual flooded field north of Bath Rd.

Also a quick mention--a "wave" of Cape Mays hit my yard in Oxford this afternoon with at least 6 birds singing in the pines-one Ruby-crowned Kinglet was with them but no other warblers.
At Hueston Woods in the past couple days we have had 4 Forster's and 3 Caspian Terns, but few nonbreeding warblers.

Date: 05/14/02
Location: Covedale backyard.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

A sad day today.
The starlings succeeded in evicting the flickers from the nest that I have been watching next door for the past month or so. I can't remember the last time I've seen a successful flicker nesting.
Incidentally, the flicker nest at the wildlife viewing shelter of Miami-Whitewater has also been overtaken by starlings, as of May 10th.
A recent discussion about this phenomenon has circulated on the Carolinabirds listserve.

Date: 5/14/02
Location: Mt. Airy Forest, McFarlen Woods
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

A very brief stop in McFarlen Woods today yielded an unexpected bird. 1 ALDER FLYCATCHER(calling)!!

Date: May 12, 2002
Location: Backyard, Greenhills-near Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

A single Pine Siskin came to my feeders 2X and then disappeared. Since no one saw one on the bird-a-thon, I thought I would mention this late bird.

Date: Monday, May 13, 2002
Location: Winton Woods,
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Jack and I ran into a pretty good pocket of migrants on a short walk after work and before dinner tonite along Valley View Dr., near Kingfisher Marsh in Winton Woods. The hilites were getting good long looks at 2 Philadelphia Vireos side by side, and what could have easily been a third one a little later, and an Orange-crowned Warbler. Other migrants we picked up in this very active "wave" included Swainson's Thrush 4, Least Flycatcher 1, 2 other empidonax flycatchers, Tennessee Warbler 6, Nashville Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 1, Black-throated Green Warbler, at least 10 Bay-breasted Warblers, about the same number of Blackpoll Warblers and 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

Date: May 10-11, 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands & Forest, etc.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Charlie Saunders, Birdathon teams, et., al.

Charlie Saunders and I spent the birdathon entirely in Miami Whitewater park properties: The forest, the wetlands, the soccer complex, the Strimple road basin, and the gravel pit they just purchased. We hate driving and were curious as to what we could find in just one location, and Miami Whitewater has enough different habitats for nice variety and is large enough that it wouldn't get boring. We ended up with 123 species that we found between 5 pm Friday and 4:00 pm Saturday. Here are the birds that don't appear on Neill's list from Friday morning, below (and I assure you, we are jealous of every one of them that we missed!): Ring-necked duck, red-shouldered hawk, American kestrel, wild turkey, Virginia rail, spotted sandpiper, least sandpiper, dunlin, common snipe, woodcock, nighthawk, marsh wren, blue-winged warbler, yellow-throated warbler, Louisiana waterthrush, Kentucky warbler, hooded warbler, Lincoln's sparrow.

Here are the birds that we missed that other parties, including Neill's on Friday morning, found: least bittern, gadwall, belted kingfisher (we looked all over for that one!), olive-sided flycatcher, Philadelphia vireo, red-breasted nuthatch (Charlie saw it last Sunday, but couldn't relocate it. Another team did, though). Gray-cheeked thrush, Blackburnian warbler, worm-eating warbler, Canada warbler, Connecticut warbler, vesper sparrow, bobolink.

Missing prairie warbler was a disappointment, since we had a few "staked out" at the Strimple Road basin. They just weren't singing for us. Horned lark eluded us, and the kingfisher and Blackburnian warbler were tough misses. We also were counting on double-crested cormorants on the new gravel pit, but they were absent. We thought we'd get red-headed woodpecker, and black-billed cuckoo, too, at the wetlands, but over 7 hours of birding that area left us without those species.

Now... if weather and water conditions had been a wee bit different, if we'd had a little more luck, I think the following birds *could* have been found at MWF and wetlands this weekend during *most* years. I think this is a fairly conservative list, too: American bittern, ruddy duck, black vulture, sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper's hawk, broad-winged hawk, lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated sandpiper, pectoral sandpiper, dowitcher (species), ring-billed gull, screech, great-horned, and barred owls, least flycatcher (this was tough for all the teams, but one or two), horned lark, ruby-crowned kinglet.

The winning birdathon team-Paul Wharton, Jay and Jack Stenger, and Joe Bens-had something like 153 species, which is really excellent. Adding up the birds that Charlie and I had, with the ones that Neill and company had on Friday, plus what I remember other teams reporting from MWF at the tally, PLUS the possibles from my list above, I come up with a possible mid-May list for Miami Whitewater park properties of around 156 birds. That's not too shabby!

Date: 5-11-2002
Location: Magee Marsh, Ottawa NWR, Metzger Marsh
Reporter: dale a. bodmer
Other Birders: chris potensky, john mulkie, john slack

International Migratory Bird Day.

most of the morning, (6 am til 10 am) at magee. 1.5 hrs at ottawa, 1 hr at metzger (2pm to 3pm)

american bittern, american coot,
american goldfinch, american redstart,
american robin, bald eagle (5 imm - ottawa), baltimore oriole, black and white warbler, black-throated blue warbler, black-throated green warbler,
blue jay, blue-winged teal, canada goose, canada warbler, cape may warbler (metzger), chestnut-sided warbler, chimney swift, clay colored sparrow, cliff swallow, common goldeneye, common snipe, common yellow throat warbler,
double-crested cormorant, dunlin,
eastern kingbird, gadwall, grackle, gray catbird, great blue heron, great egret,
green-backed heron, house sparrow,
house wren, killdeer, indigo bunting, least flycatcher, louisiana waterthrush, magnolia warbler, mallard, mourning dove,
mute swan, northern parula warbler,
northern shoveler, northern waterthrush,
palm warbler, pied-billed grebe, prairie warbler (metzger), red-eyed vireo, red-headed woodpecker, ruby-crowned kinglet, ruddy duck, screech owl, semipalmated plover, solitary sandpiper, song sparrow, sora (3), swamp sparrow, tennessee warbler,
tree swallow, virginia rail, warbling vireo, white-throated sparrow, wilson's warbler, wood duck, yellow warbler

Date: 5-10-2002
Location: Presque Isle SP, Erie PA -7am til 11 am
Reporter: dale a. bodmer
Other Birders: chris potensky, john mulkie, john slack

i know this isn't cincy proper, but it is a nice drive, and part of a yearly trip.

cool temp, very windy...

american bittern, american crow, american goldfinch, american redstart, american robin, bald eagle (imm), baltimore oriole, barn swallow, black-capped chickadee, black-crowned night heron, black-throated green warbler, blue jay, brown-headed cowbird, canada goose, chestnut-sided warbler, chipping sparrow, double-crested cormorant, eastern kingbird, european starling, forster's tern, gray catbird, great blue heron, great crested flycatcher, great egret, green-backed heron, herring gull, house sparrow, house wren, killdeer, lesser scaup, mallard, mourning dove, mute swan, northern cardinal, northern flicker, northern parula warbler, palm warbler, red-breasted merganser (f), red-winged blackbird, red-bellied woodpecker,
ring-billed gull, rock dove, ruby-throated hummingbird, ruddy duck,
sharp-shinned hawk, song sparrow,
spotted sandpiper, tennessee warbler,
tree swallow, turkey vulture, warbling vireo, white-breasted nuthatch,
white-crowned sparrow, wild turkey,
yellow warbler, yellow-rumped warbler

Date: 05/11/02
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Jon Seymour and Don Morse, Jr.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON!

Directions: Park at the Hamilton Center parking lot accessed from Symmes Rd. Walk left of the sign that has a map of the site about 50 feet in to where the trees are in standing water. We flushed the bird into a small tree where we viewed it at length. The bird allowed me to go back to the car to grab the scope, camera and camcorder. I attempted some video thru the eyepiece of my scope, but sun glare in the video makes it hard to see the bird. We viewed the bird for aproximately 20 minutes before it dropped back down into the flooded vegetation and out of sight. If you want to continue on the trail to South Pond, you will need to drive over to the old Symmes Rd. parking spot because the trail is under deep water at the wooden slab.
This was by far our best bird of the birdathon. Our team came in 3rd place with 129 species.

Date: 5/10/2002 6:00AM-12:15PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Hank Armstrong

The missing details for the previous posting!

Best birds were Connecticut Warbler (across from the campground), 2 Canada Warblers (Bowles Woods), Olive-sided Flycatcher (Bowles Woods), 2 Northern Waterthrushes (Wetlands), Least Bittern (Wetlands), Bell's Vireo (near observation deck in Wetlands).

106 species...what can I say?!

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Hank Armstrong

Pied-billed Grebe, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Bobwhite, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Rock Dove, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, White-eyed Vireo, Bell's Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Veery, Swainson's Thrush, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Connecticut Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Canada Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Date: 5/8/2
Location: Turtle Creek Nature Preserve, Lebanon Ohio
Reporter: Brad Pursell
Other Birders:

Turtle Creek is a small city park that is mostly wooded and has abundant honeysuckle. The park is within Lebanon city limits and is adjacent to the cemetery. Lately I've been trying to see what birds I can find close to home and had some good finds on Wednesday:

1 Mourning Warbler
1 Black-Throated Blue Warbler
1 American Redstart
1 Chestnut Sided Warbler
3 Magnolia Warblers
1 Red-Eyed Vireo

Date: May 9, 2002
Location: Bath, IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Russell

Tremendous amount of water in most fields in the area. The "flooded field" had only the usual assortment. In other flooded fields in the area, in addition to the Leasts, G&L Yellowlegs, Pectoral, Semipal Plovers, were 6 Dunlin. Opposite the Dunlin in the field of corn stubble were 22 Sb Dowitchers at dusk today. The Bobolink were also present at dusk in the alfalfa field on Snowden.

Date: 5/9/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

An early afternoon swing through the cemetery found difficult conditions (gusty winds and bright sun)and only a few migrants. It was one of those times when I was sure a lot more birds were present than what I was seeing (or hearing).

Warblers seen and heard included bay-breasted, chestnut-sided, magnolia, Am. redstart, Nashville, Tennessee, N. parula, yellow-throated, worm-eating and yellow-rumped.

Other migrants of note included a least flycatcher and great looks at a gray-cheeked thrush.

Date: 5/9/02, 7 am
Location: Madeira, Shawnee Run Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Blackpoll Warbler 1, Tennessee Warbler 1, Bay-breasted Warbler 1, all singing, Yellow-rumped Warbler several

Date: 5/9/02
Location: Milford Parkway
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

If anyone is interested the area behind the Showcase Cinema's in Milford is a retention area for the whole parkway. I stopped today for a brief time without a scope and saw many killdeer, both species of Yellowlegs, and some smaller shorebirds that need a scope. If anyone has time soon, and in the area it might be worth checking on.

Date: 5/9/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

My mom and I stopped into Spring Grove after the rain stopped hoping to get a few warblers. The best spot for me was across the street from the feeder. I walked around the pond picking up quite a few warblers in the trees. The highlights include: 1 GREEN HERON(standing on the bank of the flooded pond across the road from the main pond), 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo(H), 3 Eastern Wood-Pewees, 1 Least Flycatcher, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 2 Pine Siskens, 1 Tennessee Warbler, 2 Nashville Warblers, 35 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers, 3 Yellow-throated Warblers, 2 Palm Warblers, 1 Bay-breasted Warbler, 1 Black-and-White Warbler, 1 AMERICAN REDSTART(female), 1 WORM-EATING WARBLER, 2 Ovenbirds, 2 Lousiana Waterthrushes, 1 Indigo Bunting, 1 Orchard Oriole, and 2 Baltimore Orioles. The number of migrants were down but the species count was still pretty good. The number of Yellow-rumped Warblers are pretty high here so it's definitly hard to pick out other warblers. GOOD BIRDING!!

Date: May 9, 2002
Location: Voice of America Ibis (sp?)
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Ohio Birds List Serve Posting

Greetings... Unfortunately, I don't think word of this got out until today, but here's an email sent to the Ohio Birds List-serve regarding an ibis (species?) seen on Tuesday May 7 at the VOA:

"I was asked to forward this to the list... An ibis (possibly white-faced) was seen at the Voice of America area in
Butler/Warren County on Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at about 1:30 p.m. The bird
was in a wet area in the grass, next to the ball diamond closest to the VOA
building (possibly field 1A).

Video of the bird was shot for possible Ohio Birds Record Committee review.

Donna Daniel
ODNR, Division of Wildlife
District One, Columbus "

Date: 5-08-02 10-11pm
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Enjoying the sounds of nighthawks overhead while doing homework.

Date: May 8,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

One Dunlin mixed in with a few Killdeer and Yellowlegs.Red-Headed Woodpecker still being seen in woodlot north of main pond.

Date: 5-08-02 2pm
Location: Backyard/Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

While taking a 5 minute birding break before heading to an afternoon class, found a white-crowned sparrow (first time in backyard) feeding under backyard feeder. Was side-by-side with white-throat and song sparrow. Also nashville warbler foraging overhead.

Date: May 8, 2002
Location: MU Campus and Sugar Shack Hueston Woods
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Russell (formally Fentz!), Jim Hickey

After lunch, between showers and large number of warblers were found in the small Bishop Woods on campus. First of the years included Blackpoll, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, mixed with 10 other species. E. Wood Pewee was also present.
Because of our success at lunch, we stopped by the Sugar Shack area of Hueston Woods at about 5:30 and immediately found Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, N. Parula (apparently non-breeders), more E. Wood Pewees, and tens of Yellow-rumps and Palms. Literally every tree had 8 to 10 Yellow-rumps and Palms. The days totals for less than two hours work and 50 square yards (both sites combined) was 22 warbler species!

Date: 5/7/02
Location: home- New Richmond, Oh.
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

4 Common Nighthawks feeding over the house at 6:20pm. Probably more, as they were spread across the sky.

Date: May 8, 2002
Location: West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rose Schaffer

Rose and I also enjoyed a bit of a "fallout" today around noon when the rains ended. While wading in the front yard we were treated to a couple Swainson's thrushes, a scarlet tanager, indigo bunding, red-eyed vireo and 11 species of warblers, some in numbers of six or more (the most numerous birds were the Volunteer State duo): Tennessee & Nashville. Also present were 3 or so yellow, chestnut-sided, magnolia, yellow-rumped, black-throated green, blackburnian, black-and-white, redstart, and an ovenbird to boot.

Date: 05/08/02
Location: California Woods Nature Preserve
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

A quick 20 minute stop on the way home from the CNC produced quite a variety of neotropical birds. The permanent resident highlight was a Hairy Woodpecker. The Great Horned Owls were NOT seen. Conditions are muddy, but no flood waters. Many potholes along drive.

Neotropical birds: N. Parula, L. Waterthrush, Ovenbird, YT Warbler, both tanagers, B. Oriole, RE Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo singing (heard only), Wood Thrush, Acadian Flycatcher, GC Flycatcher, EW Pewee.

Date: 05/08/02
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Donald Morse, Jr.

Brief stop (~ 15 min.)

We relocated the two Barred Owl fledglings along the Krippendorf/Herb Wall trail.
I also heard a Magnolia Warbler singing. Several other birds singing were usual permanent residents and neotropical breeders.

Date: 05/03/02 (belated report)
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Rowe Woods

Neotropicals included: Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4 (incl. one at Krippendorf feeders), Pine Warbler 3, Y-rumped Warbler 10, Black-th. Green Warb. 5, Nashville Warb. 2, Black & White Warb. 1, Tenn. Warb. 2, RC Kinglet 2, Indigo Bunting 2, RE Vireo 3, Gray Catbird 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Scarlet Tanager 1, Least Flycatcher 1 (silent).

Date: 5/8/02
Location: Clifton backyard and Vine St. Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

After the storm, had balitmore oriole, summer and scarlet tanagers, magnolia and blackpoll warblers, swainson's thrush in the yard. Also, redbreasted grosbeaks at feeder. The trees at Vine street cemetery, cinti side, are dripping with warblers. going back out once more before leaving for NW Ohio.

Date: 5/7/02 and 5/8/02
Location: backyard
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

While I was in bed last night I heard a Common Nighthawk out the window.

After the rain stopped this afternoon, I stepped out back for about 20 minutes and found 1 Red-eyed Vireo, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, and 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER(my first of the year).

Date: 5/8/02
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

Gorgeous male rose-breasted grosbeak on our porch railing early this AM! Sat there for several minutes looking at our windows and the surrounding area before flying off.

Date: 05/07/02
Location: Covedale residence
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Common Nighthawk 1-2
Baltimore Oriole 1 (heard only) Bay-breasted Warbler (heard only on 5/3)

Date: 5/7/2002 Evening
Location: Clifton home
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

First Common Nighthawk of the year over my house.

Date: 5/7/2002 Lunchtime
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Lunchtime stroll turned up a few birds. The rain had just stopped and there was lots of activity. You could hear Swainson's and Wood Thrushes singing at the same time. No heard only birds are listed.

Notables:
Eastern Wood-Peewee (many), Acadian Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo (a few), Swainson's Thrush (8), Wood Thrush (3), Gray Catbird (5), White-throated Sparrow (2), White-crowned Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler (3), Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler (10+), Black-throated Green Warbler (3), Palm Warbler (2), Bay-breasted Warbler (2), Blackpoll Warbler (4), American Redstart (2), Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager (5), Scarlet Tanager

Date: 5/6/02
Location: Madeira, Shawnee Run Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Blackpoll Warbler 2, singing at about 8:00 am, seems early since BPWA is usually a late migrant

Date: 5/7/02
Location: Ft. Thomas, KY
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

A lone pine siskin visited our thistle feeder this morning. What makes this really odd is the fact that we haven't had any all year! Also spotted and heard a pair of broad-winged hawks over Highlands High School around 1:30 PM while walking.

Date: 5-6-02
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center 7:30-11:15
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong and Kim Cade

The rain definitly dampered the day, however there were still a few birds worth posting. Some highlights include: 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo(H), 2 Eastern Wood Pewees, 5 Eastern Pheobes, 7 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 3 Swainson's Thrushes, 1 Veery, 1 BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and 1 Prothonatory Warbler. Good Birding!!

Date: 5/6/02
Location: Lebanon (Warren County)
Reporter: Elaine Wilkens
Other Birders:

A White-Crowned Sparrow showed up at my feeder a few days ago (5/2/02). He seems quite happy to just hang out with the rest of the sparrows in my hemlock trees. I've also noticed that he has tried to cosy up to some of the girls only to be chased by the males. Will they with other sparrows?

Date: 5/3/02; 5/4/02
Location: Shorewood Drive off Ohio Pike, Ameila, OH
Reporter: Anne Lyon
Other Birders:

5/3/02: Rosebreasted Grosbeak male and female on platform feeder eating sunflower seeds, Shorewood Drive

5/4/02: Rosebreasted Grosbeak male on platform feeder eating sunflower seeds -Shorewood Drive

5/4/02: Rosebreasted Grosbeak male at Foxchase Apartments off Ohio Pike in Withiamsville on multi-seed post feeder

Date: 5/5/02
Location: Miami Whitewater
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

You can't get them all kids! Actually I had 1 female Bobolink, 1 Lincoln Sparrow, several Grasshopper Sparrows and long good looks at the Black-billed Cuckoo and 1 silent Empidonax. However, I missed the Little Blue Heron and the Osprey. Great birding tho. I had started out in the woods and found several Cerulean Warblers, several Parulas, 1 Ovenbird, E. Peewees,3 Black-throated Greens, several Tennesees, Red-eyed and Philadelphia Vireos, Wood Thrushes, Scarlet and 1 Summer Tanager. What a great day.

Date: 5/5/02 0745-1045
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery- Cinti
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Following is not a complete list but more notable birds to us (new for the year. Summer tanager, Eastern Wood Pewee (1), Cape May Warbler (2). Good numbers of Baltimore Orioles, Indigo buntings, "Myrtle" and Nashville Warblers. Most birds were found in red/black oak trees.
At my feeders in Finneytown, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak all day and at least one pine sisken.

Date: 5/5/2002 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center, Clermont Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders:

Some nice birds on a cool, foggy morning included Wild Turkey, Barred Owl, 6 Pileated Woodpeckers, and Purple Finches. Warblers were around the smaller ponds on both sides of Tealtown Rd. There was a Barred Owl fledgling perched in a young tree overhanging the main path to Krippendorf Lodge.

Time presses, so here's the trip list: Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 25, Canada Goose 18, Wood Duck 2, Mallard 1, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Wild Turkey 2, Killdeer 2, Rock Dove 3, Mourning Dove 12, Barred Owl 2, Chimney Swift 40, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 7, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1, Downy Woodpecker 20, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 3, Pileated Woodpecker 6, Willow Flycatcher 1, Least Flycatcher 2, Eastern Phoebe 5, Great Crested Flycatcher 7, Eastern Kingbird 2, White-eyed Vireo 2, Yellow-throated Vireo 3, Blue-headed Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 25, Blue Jay 35, American Crow 12, Tree Swallow 25, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6, Barn Swallow 3, Carolina Chickadee 40, Tufted Titmouse 10, White-breasted Nuthatch 7, Carolina Wren 9, House Wren 2, Winter Wren 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 25, Eastern Bluebird 9, Swainson's Thrush 4, Wood Thrush 20, American Robin 12, Gray Catbird 5, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 18, Cedar Waxwing 6, Blue-winged Warbler 4, Tennessee Warbler 2, Nashville Warbler 12, Northern Parula 2, Yellow Warbler 5, Magnolia Warbler 4, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Black-throated Green Warbler 3, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, Pine Warbler 2, Cerulean Warbler 1, Black-and-white Warbler 3, American Redstart 1, Prothonotary Warbler 2, Ovenbird 3, Kentucky Warbler 4, Common Yellowthroat 8, Hooded Warbler 2, Yellow-breasted Chat 2, Scarlet Tanager 6, Eastern Towhee 12, Field Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 12, Swamp Sparrow 2, White-throated Sparrow 15, Northern Cardinal 50, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 12, Indigo Bunting 25, Red-winged Blackbird 12, Eastern Meadowlark 1, Rusty Blackbird 4, Common Grackle 10, Brown-headed Cowbird 9, Orchard Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 5, Purple Finch 6, House Finch 2, American Goldfinch 60, House Sparrow 4.

Date: May 5, 2002
Location: Bike Path, Hamilton, Ohio
Reporter: Carol
Other Birders:

I saw two Cardinals, two Red-winged Blackbirds, saw one Indigo Bunting and heard another, two Canadian Geese, one Mallard, one Great Blue Heron and numerous Robins. What a beautiful day!

Date: May 5 2002
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Brandt Schurenberg
Other Birders: Dave Rudemiller

Best bird of the morning was an adult little blue heron, perched on a wood duck nesting box in easy view of both the observation platform and the trail as you approach the platform from the bike trail. We also saw one or two pairs of Bell's vireo singing. 58 birds on the trip list; here are a few more highlights: An osprey that flew over the big pond and circled a few times before heading out; a blackpoll and four other warblers; soras and a black-billed cuckoo (both heard only); and both orioles. All the remarkable grassland birds were missing, but all in all a fabulous morning.

Date: May 5, 2002
Location: Hamilton West-Side
Reporter: Carol
Other Birders:

The good Lord has answered my prayers! I have been praying lately to see this bird and this morning as I was fixing breakfast I peered outside and there it was! A Red-breasted Grosbeak! He was munching on some sunflower seeds I put in the tray Oh, he was so handsome! This was the first time I ever had one visit my feeders. What a treat!

Date: May 4, 2002
Location: Miamitownship in Milford, Ohio
Reporter: Edie Lotz
Other Birders: none

We had some great birds in our little one acre of heaven here in Milford:
Baltimore Oriole (male & female)
Scarlet Tanager (male & female) male has been here singing since April 20th
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Eastern Phoebe
Gray Catbird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Barn Swallow
Chimney Swift
House Wren
White-crowned, Chipping, & Field Sparrow
and 2 Northern Bobwhite

Date: 5/4/2002 6:00 AM-12:45 PM
Location: Boone Cliffs, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Hank Armstrong, Andrea Dailey, Ab Scruggs

A good variety of migrants and residents greeted us today. The dawn chorus was incredible (as usual) and took some time to sort out. That and several stops along Middle Creek Rd (one of which yielded a Lincoln's Sparrow) kept us from the cliffs until 9:30 AM.

The best heard-only birds were Wild Turkey and Canada Warbler. We had only one Acadian Flycatcher and no Eastern Wood Pewees! We also whiffed on Worm-eating Warbler. Good looks at a male Blackburnian Warbler and a nesting female Northern Parula were nice consolation gifts. Close (<15 ft)sightings of Veery, Ovenbirds, and a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak were additional bonuses.

Here's the trip list: Turkey Vulture 6, Canada Goose 5, Wood Duck 3, Broad-winged Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 5, Wild Turkey 1, Rock Dove 2, Mourning Dove 8, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 6, Downy Woodpecker 10, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 4, Pileated Woodpecker 2, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 5, Great Crested Flycatcher 12, Eastern Kingbird 4, White-eyed Vireo 3, Yellow-throated Vireo 5, Warbling Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 50, Blue Jay 10, American Crow 15, Tree Swallow 12, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3, Carolina Chickadee 25, Tufted Titmouse 6, White-breasted Nuthatch 5, Carolina Wren 3, House Wren 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 25, Eastern Bluebird 5, Veery 1, Swainson's Thrush 15, Hermit Thrush 1, Wood Thrush 35, American Robin 20, Gray Catbird 10, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 18, Blue-winged Warbler 5, Tennessee Warbler 12, Nashville Warbler 35, Northern Parula 8, Yellow Warbler 15, Chestnut-sided Warbler 1, Magnolia Warbler 1, Cape May Warbler 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Black-throated Green Warbler 15, Blackburnian Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 7, Prairie Warbler 2, Palm Warbler 3, Cerulean Warbler 18, Black-and-white Warbler 1, Ovenbird 30, Louisiana Waterthrush 7, Kentucky Warbler 3, Common Yellowthroat 12, Hooded Warbler 1, Canada Warbler 1, Yellow-breasted Chat 2, Scarlet Tanager 50, Eastern Towhee 12, Field Sparrow 8, Song Sparrow 15, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 4, Northern Cardinal 20, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 8, Indigo Bunting 10, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Eastern Meadowlark 4, Common Grackle 18, Brown-headed Cowbird 18, Orchard Oriole 4, Baltimore Oriole 15, House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 35, House Sparrow 3.

Date: 5/4/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

I failed to mention 3 Least Flycatchers and 1 summer tanager.

Date: May 4, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 5:30 am to 12:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Field Trip & Tim Tolford Banding Station

highlights: 1 American bittern, 2 blue-winged teal, 2 sora, 3 solitary sandpiper--in a depressing spot. They've begun clearing the lot at Symmes & Berk; the contractors accidentally destroyed a strip around 100 feet deep and 200 feet wide of park property. The sandpipers were foraging in the CAT ruts. Last year this spot had Kentucky, worm-eating and Connecticut warblers. This year, solitary sandpipers. That's habitat change!--5 woodcock. Tim banded one, a hatch year bird. During the field trip we flushed four out of a five to ten-square foot area near the water in West Pond. The first bird to flush flew out low to the ground in an awkward, shallow looping flight with its wings spread, tail fanned, legs and feet dangling. Seemed like a distraction display. Then a few seconds later, three woodcock flushed simultaneously from the same spot and flew in the opposite direction. 1 black-billed cuckoo. Tim and Lester Peyton heard it singing up and down the Symmes Road dike. The field trip heard it sing once. 2 downy woodpeckers (fledglings), 2 least flycatchers, 3 phoebe, one on a nest, 2 great crested flycatchers, 2 wood thrush, catbirds galore, 1 brown thrasher (banded), 1 blackpoll warbler, 3 prothonotary, 1 ovenbird, 2 northern waterthrush, 1 yellow-breasted chat (banded) 1 rose-breasted grosbeak, 4 indigo bunting, 1 Lincoln's sparrow, 20+ white-throated sparrows, 1 white crowned, 30 rusty blackbirds, 2 orchard oriole, 15-20 Baltimore Orioles.

I got home and had a chestnut-sided warbler in the neighbor's yard.

Date: 5/4/02 10:00a
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Saw blackpoll and blackburnian warblers,swainson's thrush.

Date: 4 May 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 Bell's Vireo.The bird was seen from the bike-hike trail near the observation deck, same area as in the past.

Date: May 4, 2002 9am
Location: Bulls Run Arboretum, Middletown
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

I heard an unusual crow call and looked up. Two crows were aggressively chasing a Barred Owl through the treetops. Right in the woods, the owl flipped over and showed its talons. It landed in a tree and the crows were right above it, harrasing the owl with gestures and vocalizations. Then a young owl crawled out of a nearby crotch in the tree. It seemed not quite ready to fly. At this point, the adult owl seemed more concerned about my presence. The crows eventually flushed the owl over to a nearby tree and continued to harass the owl. The owl continued to pay more attention to me, so I left.

The coopers hawks are still active. The nest seems to be about half built. Other birds are typical woodland species.

Date: May 3, 2002
Location: MWF Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

A quick walk up the farm road, over to the woodlot and back to Oxford Rd was rather productive. The highlight was a Red-headed Woodpecker that flew into the woodlot from the direction of the observation deck. I went into the woodlot, but never found a second bird. Hopefully I just didn't look long enough and they will breed there again.Other good birds included 5 Lincoln's sparrows, Amer. Bittern, 5+Soras, 10 Bobolinks, 20+snipe, 15 L.Yellowlegs,4 Solitary sp., 2 Gadwall (worth keeing and eye on as possible breeders), 1 Marsh wren seen and heard, Horned Larks, and Pied-billed grebe. Nice taxonomic order huh? In addition to the Gadwall, Bobolinks would be a nice addition to the Confirmed Breeders list.

Date: 5/3/02 1645-1830
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Spent a couple hours in Burnet Woods after work. A beautiful evening, sunny with almost no wind. Very little birdsong , however. Yellow-rumped warblers still outnumbered all other warbler species combined and most of the migrants were "early" species.

The tally tonight included 35 yellow-rumped warblers, 15 Nashville warblers, 5 palm warblers, 4 yellow warblers, and single black-throated green, n. parula, hooded, and yellow-throated warblers. One ovenbird was heard but not seen.

Other migrants included 1 Swainson's thrush (singing), one veery (a single , silent individual - my first of the spring), two least flycatchers, a brown thrasher and several Baltimore orioles. White-throated sparrows were the most abundant species in the area (if you don't count starlings and house sparrows)with at least 60 seen or heard.

Date: Fri. 5/3/02 5:30 PM
Location: Florence condo backyard
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Been here about 2 1/2 yrs. First white-crowned sparrows (2).

Date: May 3, 2002
Location: Bath, IN -flooded fields
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

The flooded field on the north-side Bath Rd had 15 G. Yellowlegs, 11 L. Yellowlegs, 25+ Least Sandpipers, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and 2 Semipalmated Plovers. A flock of 15 Pipits were also present. Several Killdeer chicks (very small, long legs) were on the mudflats adjacent to the road.
First flock of Cedar Waxwings I've seen this year were feeding on the neighbors bushes this morning in Oxford, OH.

Date: May 2, 2002
Location: West-side Hamilton
Reporter: Carol Duerr
Other Birders:

Saw a white-crowned sparrow at the feeders in my back yard.

Date: 5/3/02
Location: Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

First white-crowned sparrow and brown thrasher ever in my urban yard. I also saw 4 fledgling Carolina wrens lined up on a fallen log screaming to be fed. God knows there is an abundance of insects in the yard. It's been bad for weeks now.
Failed to mention that indigo buntings were everywhere along with the RB grosbeaks at SGC yesterday.

Date: 5/2/02; 9 to 9:21 pm
Location: East Fork SP, Horseman's Parking Lot on North Entrance Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Whip-poor-will 1, started singing at 9:05 pm and continued with brief pauses until 9:17 pm, first of year for me

Am. Woodcock 3 separate birds displaying and "peeeenting" from arrival at about 9 pm until 9:21 pm, when the show ended. There is one bird that is easily visible from the parking lot at the trail entrance. The bird was visible on the ground at the north edge of the trail strutting and peeenting. It seemed to take a few steps with each peeeent. It was close enough to hear the "hic-up" prior to each peeent. It was also visible against the brighter sky in flight.

Barred Owl 1 "aawwing" northwest of parking lot

Date: 5.3.02 8:25-9:00 A.M.
Location: Mt. Echo Park & Price Hill Backyard
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Saw White-crowned Sparrow below my feeder last nite and this morning.

Stopped at Mt. Echo Park on way to work...lots of Yellow-Rumped Warblers. Also 2 Nashville Warblers, Am. Bluebird, 6+ Chipping Sparrows. Lots of other stuff that I couldn't get a good look at...must return this evening!

Date: 5/2/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery5-7p
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Oaks seemed to be lite with color. One tree had 4 Baltimore Orioles, one orchard oriole, scarlet tanager, a chat and 11 rose-breasted grosbeaks. 5 more grosbeak in another tree nearby and at least 6 more on the ridge by the woodlot. Most were females. Nashville warblers seemed to be everywhere.

Date: May 2, 2002 8-10:00 am
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jim Jackson
Other Birders:

American Kestrel, Golden-winged Warbler, Tenessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Palm Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting (HBNS -- heard but not seen included, Great Crested Flycatcher, Hooded Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler)

Date: 5/1/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Woods/Wetlands
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

615-830a What a wonderful morning! it's worth it just to sit and take in the concert that has no rival. So soothing to the soul. The towhees and wood thrushes's songs rang so perfectly through the woods. trees dripping with birds. Unfortunately, I had to go to work. Baltimore orioles, scarlet tanagers, great crested flycatchers; 5 male blackburnians, 3 golden-winged warblers, heard but never saw the black throated blue, hooded, palm, cerulean, nparula, black and white, black throated green, yellowthroated, tennessee, nashville.
After work, I return to find the same woods relatively quiet compared to the incredible morning. I headed to the wetlands to catch mamma wood duck and her 12 little ones, two less than this past weekend. The highlights included three male bobolinks, one shortbilled dowitcher, 15+ snipes, 2 greater yellow legs,20+ lesser, solitary sandpiper. Many savannahs and grasshopper sparrows and then the storm hit.

Date: 4-30-02
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest, Bowle's Woods
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

I arrived here at 9:30. This was definitly a later start than I wanted, however it worked out because the woods were very alive. I counted 14 species of warblers and 3 species of vireos between seeing and hearing them. The following is a list of highlights: 1 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO(H), 1 Belted Kingfisher, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, 12 Red-eyed Vireos, 5 Warbling Vireos, 1 SWAINSON'S THRUSH(H), 8 Wood Thrushes, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 25 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Blue-winged Warblers, 3 Tennessee Warblers, 2 Nashville Warblers, 1 Nothern Parula, 1 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER(heard first then seen), 10 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS(all 3 beautiful males), 15 Yellow-throated Warblers, 1 Pine Warbler(H), 3 Palm Warblers, 5 Ovenbirds(H), 2 Lousiana Waterthrushes(H), 2 KENTUCKY WARBLERS, 1 Hooded Warbler, 1 Scarlet Tanager. GOOD BIRDING!! Total species tallied on the day: 89!!!!!

Date: 4-30-02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade and ran into Scott Reeves

The wetlands is very alive right now. I counted about the same number of shore birds as Scott did, however I missed the Solitary Sandpipers but picked up 5 Pectoral Sandpipers. 1 Short-billed Dowitcher flushed from the back of the lake and that's the only one I saw. The others could have very well have been hiding out of view though. I had a very good day out at the wetlands counting species. The following is a list of 64 species I counted including 9 species of sparrows: 2 Pied-billed Grebes, 12 Canada Geese, 5 Wood Ducks, 2 Mallards, 10 Blue-winged Teal, 1 LEAST BITTERN(flushed from the opposite side of the bat box), 2 Black Vultures, 12 Turkey Vultures, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 3 Northern Bobwhite(H), 1 Virginia Rail(H), 3 Soras(1 seen), 15 American Coot, 10 Common Snipe, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 25 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, 5 Pectoral Sandpipers, 5 Killdeer, 5 Rock Doves, 12 Mourning Doves, 5 Chimney Swifts, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, 3 Downy Woodpeckers, 5 Blue Jays, 45 American Crows, 15 Eastern Bluebirds, 20 American Robins, 5 Northern Mockingbirds, 2 Brown Thrashers, 20 European Starlings, 5 Carolina Wrens, 2 HOUSE WRENS(possible nest in a nesting box at the back of the lake), 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 12 Tree Swallows, 2 Purple Martins, 10 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 5 Barn Swallows, 12 Carolina Chickadees, 5 Tufted Titmice, 12 Horned Larks, 20 House Sparrows, 12 American Goldfinches, 2 House Finches, 8 Yellow Warblers, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 15 Common Yellowthroats, 1 FOX SPARROW, 20 Song Sparrows, 2 Swamp Sparrows, 15 White-throated Sparrows, 12 Savannah Sparrows, 10 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS(very vocal), 5 Chipping Sparrows, 25 Field Sparrows, 1 VESPER SPARROW, 12 Eastern Towhees, 20 Northern Cardinals, 5 Indigo Buntings, 1 Baltimore Oriole, 50 Red-winged Blackbirds, 5 Eastern Meadowlarks, 35 Common Grackles, 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds. GOOD BIRDING!!

Date: 5/1/02
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

8:30-11:00am 2 Semipalmated Plovers,1 Great Egret.

Date: 5-1-02
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Rapid Run Park 8:30 to 9:30: Bay-Breasted 1, Nashville 8, Yellow 2, Black-Throated Green 2, Black-and-White 1, Yellow-Rumped 20+, Palm 4, N. Parula (H), Ovenbird (H), Great-Crested Flycatcher 1, Red-Eyed Vireo 2, Warbling Vireo 1, Blue-Headed Vireo 1, White-Throated Sparrows (H), Chipping Sparrows 20+.

Date: 4/29/02
Location: Muscatatuck, Seymour, IN
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

Counted 61 species in a leisurely outing. I was working with my new scope so I wasn't trying to hard. I think 80 would have been possible. Nothing out of the ordinary except for one adult plumage Bald Eagle. A note at the visitor center said that an adult and two immature Bald Eagles had been seen a week earlier on the 24th. Good numbers of cormorants 80-100. Geese with goslings already. Most ducks were on nests and in the reeds.

Date: 4-30-03
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

6:30pm-8pm: Male orchard oriole,female baltimore oriole, 2 male hooded merganers and 1 female, male & female gadwall, several pairs of blue-winged teals and wood ducks, coots, many sora (H), pied-billed grebe (H), numerous yellow warblers and scattered common yellowthroats, bluebirds, brown thrasher, belted kingfisher, field and song sparrows (and others that appeared to be lincoln's and swamp).

Date: 4-30-2002
Location: my backyard-HVL-Indiana
Reporter: Sally Branham
Other Birders:

had a male Baltimore Oriole in my backyard this afternoon

Date: 4/30/02
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

The previous sightings were made on 4/30/02. Sorry for the confusion.

Date: 4/29/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands/Forest
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Quite a few shorebirds at the main wetland area highlighted by four short-billed dowitchers in alternate plumage at the far east end of the main wetland. The birds flushed easily so I had more than one opportunity to hear the telltale flight call. Other shorebirds present included 55 lesser yellowlegs, one greater yellowlegs, 3 solitary sandpipers, 10 common snipe and 6 killdeer.

Other highlights included great looks through the scope at grasshopper sparrows and twelve species of warblers (mostly nesters) in the forest.

Date: 4/29/02
Location: Clermont County Backyard
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Rich Kidd

Wow! We watched 5 male and 1 female rose-breasted grosbeaks at our feeders in the evening. There was a male turkey displaying to a hen out back. Also have a male and female summer tanager at our oriole feeder (where are the orioles?)and saw our first ruby-throated hummer.

Date: 4/29/02
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: tom uhlman
Other Birders:

along with all the usual birds were 6 bobolinks, 4 males 2 females. Many soras. A large beaver lodge has popped up in the marsh also

Date: 4/27/02
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: Jenny Lanham, Annie Collins, a couple from N.W. Ohio

Good stuff. Winter and spring birds. Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Summer Tanagers singing, 2 Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles, N. Parulas,Yellow Warbler, C.Yellow-throat, Blue-winged Warblers,Tennessee Warblers, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-throated, Vireo Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Thrush, Indigo Bunting. Afterwards I checked out the south beach at East Fork and found Barn, Rough-winged and Cliff Swallows. Home in the rain.

Date: 4-28-02
Location: Miami Fort Power Plant/Shawnee Lookout/Campbell Road
Reporter: Jerry Lippert
Other Birders:

Two Peregrine Falcons were observed on the east tower at the nesting box and flying around the towers. One of the adult appeared to be catching food (insects?) and bringing it back to the nesting box. Also, six Black Vultures were observed flying above the powerline cut in Shawnee Lookout. One Yellow-throated Vireo was heard along Lawrenceburg Road, and a Green Heron was seen in a gravel pit. At gravel pits along Campbell Road, an Osprey was seen fishing. Have good birding!

Date: 4/28/02
Location: Caesar Creek, Spring Valley, VOA park
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Determined to not lose another weekend to bad weather I checked a several spots today. Ended up with 72 species but failed to find many migrants.

Caesar Creek - Hooded merganser (2),Blue-winged teal (2),Black vulture, broad-winged hawk, Sora, 6 species of warbler (all nesters or early migrants)

Spring Valley - 8 sora, northern waterthrush, prothonotary warbler, palm warbler, red-headed woodpecker

VOA Park - common snipe, lesser yellowlegs (3), solitary sandpiper (3), bobolink (4), savannah sparrow, lesser scaup. ( The shorebirds were at a flooded area in the center of the park.)

Date: 04/28/02
Location: Covedale backyard
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Northern Flicker nest.

Date: April 28, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Fitton Woods Preserve
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam

Gilmore Ponds: 1 American bittern, 2 sora, 1 pair of ruddy ducks, 1 green heron. 1 each northern waterthrush and prothonotary warbler. In hindsight, we might have gotten there too late in the morning to hear a lot of the birds that might be out there. (I feel properly chastised by Jay's report and results from MWW, below!)

Fitton Woods Preserve (New London and Timberman Roads in Ross Township): 1 prairie warbler--possible breeder? There's a hillside dotted with cedars, clumps of dogwoods, honeysuckle and Russian olive bushes, with a grass ground cover. 1 scarlet tanager, 6 wood thrush, blue-headed, solitary and warbling vireos, common yellowthroat, yellow and yellow-rumped warblers, 3 towhee, field sparrows galore--10+ alone on the hillside with the prairie warbler; orchard and Baltimore orioles, 13 double-crested cormorants.

If we get more warm weather soon, I'd suggest bringing a pint of replacement blood along when visiting Gilmore. Or you might wait 8 weeks between visits. Worth the minor trouble, though. Lots of water. Even North Woods is flooded.

Date: 4/28/02; approx. 9:00 - 11:00 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Forrest, Bowle's Woods, up the road from Tanager Meadows
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: met Andy Bess and wife

Highlites: Worm-eating Warbler 1 (singing and easily visible) north of out house north of playground), eleven species of warblers, including Nashville, Tennessee, Parula, Kentucky, Hooded, Cerulean.

Red-bellied Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker 1, N. Flicker 1, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo 2, Red-eyed vireo 4, Blue Jay 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5, Wood thrush 4, Tennessee Warbler 1, nashville Warbler 3, N. Parula 1, Yellow-rukmpedmWarbler 4, Black-throated Green warbler 3, Cerulean Warbler 5, Worm-eating Warbler 1, Ovenbird 3, Louisiana Waterthrush 1, kentucky Warbler 1, Hooded Warbler 2, Scalrlet atanager 2, Indigo Bunting 2, Am. Goldfinch 20

Highlites of Saturday and Sunday: 20 species of warblers, 5 vireos at three locations.

Date: 4/28/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland; 6:00 -8:30 am
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Arrived at dawn just after the front passed. The sky was clear to the west with a big setting moon. Red sky in the east around cloud bank!! Beautiful morning!!

Highlites: 18 Sora saw five, one close-up, 4 flying away as they flushed from nearby. Many calling. Great Egret, flew in from the south east, stayed briefly then headed north east. Snipe winnowing at sunrise over pond and marsh near Baughman Road. Reasonable list of shorebirds, still early?. Total list below.

Pied-b. Grebe 1 (Dry Fork Road sand pit), Great Egret 1, Wood Duck 15, Gadwall 2, Mallard 4, Blue-winged Teal 10, Lesser Scaup 1 (drake alone, does this mean female on nest??---interesting!!), Hooded Merganser 5 (2 ad. males in breeding plummage, 1 non-breeding plummage. male (immature?), 2 fem.), N. Bobwhite 2, Sora 18, Am. Coot 10,Killdeer 2, Greater yellowlegs 2, Lesser Yellowlegs 17, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Common Snipe 8, Mourning Dove 5, Chimney Swift 2, N. Flicker 1, Eastern Kingbird 1, Warbling Vireo 2,Horned lark 6, Tree Swallow 30, N. Rough-winged Swallow 3, Barn Swallow 3, Carolina Wren 4, House Wren 3, Gray Catbird 1 (Visitor's Center/Headquarters), N. Mockingbird 1, Brown thrasher 3, Eur. Starling 8, Am. Pipit 1, Yellow Warbler 12, Palm Warbler 1, N. Waterthrush 1, Common Yellowthroat 6, Yellow-breasted Chat 1, Chipping Sparrow 2, Field Sparrow 8, Savannah Sparrow 4, Grasshopper Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 6, Swamp Sparrow 10, White-throated Sparrow 3, White-crowned Sparrow 1, Indigo Bunting 1, Red-winged Blackbird 25, Eastern Meadowlark 3, Brown-headed Cowbird 5, Orchard Oriole 1, Baltimore Oriole 1, Am. Goldfinch 6

Date: 4/27/02
Location: East Fork State Park, Breeding Survey Block #6
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

A reasonable list for a small area with limited habitat diversity. 59 species in 4.5 hours, 4-5 mi. of walking. Highlites: 12 species of warblers but only 3 migrant species, 3 vireo species, 1 migrant species, Prothonotary Warbler (pair at known breeding location) and Louisiana Waterthrush in appropriate habitat. Malingering Purple Finches (singing). Total list below.

Turkey Vulture 3, Canada Goose 10, Mallard 2, Wild Turkey 1 (north of #6), Mourning Dove 5, Barred Owl 1, Chimney Swift 10, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 4, Hairy Woodpecker 4, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, White-eyed Vireo 5, Blue-headed Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 4, Blue Jay 9, Am. Crow 9, Tree Swallow 7, N. Rough-winged Swallow 1, Barn Swallow 3, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted Titmouse 7, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 3, House Wren 3, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11, Eastern Bluebird 2, Wood Thrush 3, Am. Robin 2, Brown Thrasher 1, Cedar Waxwing 2, Blue-winged Warbler 5, Northern Parula 3, Yelow-rumped Warbler 6, Black-throated Green Warbler 2, Prairie Warbler 8, Black and White Warbler 1, Prothonotary 2, Ovenbird 4, Northern Waterthrush 1, Louisiana Waterthrush 2, Kentucky Warbler 2, Common Yellowthroat 3, Scarlet tanager 2, Eastern Towhee 9, Field Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 1, White-throated Sparrow 29, Dark-eyed Junco 1, N. Cardinal 22, Red-winged Blackbird 7, Common Grackle 2, Brown-headed Cowbird 6, Baltimore Oriole 1, Purple Finch 5, House Finch 1, Am. Goldfinch 10

Date: 4/28/02, 1:45 p.m.
Location: Terrace Park
Reporter: Jan Watkins
Other Birders:

First sighting of Ruby-throated Hummingbird (female) at feeder today.

Date: April 28
Location: Boone County Cliffs
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders: Ned Keller

Cerulean, Common Yellowthroat, N. Parula, Ovenbird, Kentucky Warbler,Yellow-throated warbler, Red-eyed vireo, Warbling vireo,Great Crested Flycatcher and Baltimore Oriole.

Date: 4/27/02
Location: near Miami Whitewater Park
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders: Andrea Dailey

Highlights included blue-winged warbler, scarlet tanager, acadian flycatcher, nashville warbler. No luck with ceruleans or hoodeds.

Date: 04/27/2002 - morning
Location: Bulls Run Arboretum, Middletown
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

There is a Coopers Hawk nest under construction at Bulls Run, Middletown. It is in the NE corner under the bench near a main trail. Friday afternoon one (male?) performed an impressive non-vocal aerial display similar to the snipe, only much higher with more powerful strokes. They are a vocal couple. They annoy the local squirrel population. And previously crows have chased them. I found the bottom third of a robin on the other side of the Arboretum. Chocolate labs, cats and other domestics occasionally make appearances. Other birds are those typically found in the woodland.

Date: Fri. Apr. 26,'02 11:30 AM
Location: Home in Florence, KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Following are firsts of the year for me.
Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Goldfinch
Swift
Cowbird (ugh!)

Date: 04/27/02 (~ 8 am to 12:10 pm )
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Many Observers

I led a bird walk this morning with our co-leader, Mike Busam, and several other birders. Tim Tolford was there with his banding stations, and he caught some interesting birds in his nets. These were: 2 Warbling Vireos, 2 Gray Catbirds, 1 House Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 White-throated Sparrows, 1 Northern Cardinal and probably others that I'm not aware of. I videotaped a Baltimore Oriole feeding on tent caterpillars, and a gnatcatcher nest thru my Celestron C-90 scope.

Our list of 54 species (* = nest): Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose*, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, (Dave Dister had a L. Scaup), Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, (on the way home I added a Am. Kestrel in Western Hills), Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, Yellowlegs sp. (12 flying away), Common Snipe, American Woodcock (Mike was one step away from stepping on it!), Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo (heard only), Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, N. Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher*, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, (I thought I heard a Cedar Waxwing, but not included in trip total), Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, (I thought I heard White-crowneds, but didn't count in trip total), Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird*, (Eastern Meadowlark or starling immitation? Not counted in trip total), Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch.

Date: 4/25/02
Location: Birdfeeder and yard
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: Eric Rowe

A ruby throated hummingbird flew by our dining room window twice while we were eating dinner. A female rose breasted grosbeak has been at our feeder for the past two days. Spring is definitely here!

Date: April 26
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, 7:45 - 9:45 AM
Reporter: Mike Kravitz
Other Birders: Dennis Timberlake

Noteworthy birds (HO = heard only) - Warblers: hooded, cape may, black-throated green, yellow, yellow-rumped "myrtle" (many), northern parula (HO), nashville. Others: blue-gray gnatcatcher (many; + nest), red-breasted nuthatch (HO), white-breasted nuthatch, oriole sp. (HO), warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo (HO), wood duck

Date: 4-26-02
Location: Middle Creek Road in Boone County
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders: Linnett Leisner

Near Petersburg, Kentucky 3-4 pm at small farm pond (near sign by defunct Aurora toll ferry): two white-crowned sparrows, meadowlarks, kestrel, marsh wrens. Middle Creek Road 4:30-6pm Friday: chat, black-throated green, prairie, yellow-rumped, ovenbird, northern parula, yellow warblers, red-eyed and white-eyed vireos, scarlet tanager, blue-gray gnatcatcher, red-tailed hawks. Same location last Saturday evening 7-8:30pm: cerulean, blue-winged, louisiana waterthrush, indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, barred owls.

Date: April 25
Location: Little Miami River-Miamiville
Reporter: Roger Ash
Other Birders:

Great 2 hours of birding by the river!!
4 wood ducks,1 red-tailed hawk,8 American Goldfinch,pair of Northern Cardinals,numerous black-capped chickadees,pair of red-bellied woodpeckers,and best sight of the day was a pair of orchard orioles feeding high in the top of a sycamore tree.

Date: APril 25, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rick Dage, Charles Hoffman

2 bobolinks, 29 meadowlarks, 2 savannah sparrows, 9 snipe, 2 lesser scaup, 1 purple martin, 1 barn swallow, 10+ chimney swift, lots of wind.

Date: April 25, 2002
Location: Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

I love accidental birding: Black-throated Green Warbler gleaning something yummy off a large mugo pine right outside our diningroom window while I was on the phone. Makes it hard to really concentrate on conversation....

Date: 4-25-02
Location: Winton Woods and Mt. Airy Arboretum
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

In one word I can describe Winton Woods: DEAD!! There was not much moving at all. I picked up 10 American Coots at the settling pond and 12 Canada Geese and 2 Double-crested Cormorants at the dam. The usual stuff was around, a lot of Swallows: Tree, Barn, and Northern Rough-winged. A Chimney Swift and a Purple Martin flew over. A couple Turkey Vultures and 1 Red-tailed Hawk rounded out the raptors. The only other notable things were 10 Wood Ducks in the marshy area across the road from the main lake and the pavillion, and 1 good highlight in the woods. 1 ACADIAN FLYCATCHER heard and seen at Spring Beuty Dell down by the creek. This was definitly the highlight.
Mt. Airy was a little more active, but not much. The highlight was a VEERY! This bird was seen flitting around in some undergrowth on the wildflower trail back by the gazebo. A few other birds worth mentioning are: 3 Northern Mockingbirds, 30 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 Palm Warblers, 1 TENNESEE WARBLER(first of the year for me), 2 Yellow-throated Warblers, 5 Hooded Warblers, 5 American Glodfinches, 2 House Finches, and 4 Brown-headed Cowbirds. Good Birding!!

Date: 04/25/02 (10:35 am to 2:25 pm)
Location: Miami-Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Two in two additional parties

Hoping for Lark or Vesper Sparrow, but no luck. I did not go to the woodland today. I missed Orchard Orioles and YB Chats, which I had on Tuesday.

The list (53 species): Pied-billed Grebe 4 (not attending nest today), Turkey Vulture, Canada Goose (3 nests), Wood Duck 1, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal 7, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Northern Bobwhite 1, Sora 7 (6 heard, 1 seen), American Coot 4, Killdeer 4, Lesser Yellowlegs 15, Solitary Sandpiper 3, Common Snipe 1, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift 50+, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 3 (in nest tree, but not attending nest hole), Eastern Kingbird 1, White-eyed Vireo 2, Warbling Vireo 2, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark 1, Purple Martin 1, Tree Swallow 15+ (One in hot pursuit of Chimney Swift low over marsh), N. Rough-winged Swallow 5+, Barn Swallow 40+, Carolina Chickadee, House Wren 4, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Eastern Bluebird 4, American Robin, Gray Catbird 5+, Brown Thrasher 6, E. Starling (many competing for nest holes near flicker nest), Yellow Warbler 5, Northern Waterthrush 1 (spished in along hedgerow between Baughman and New Haven Rds. across from gravel parking lot - bird closest to New Haven Rd.), Common Yellowthroat 12+ (many males on territory North of farm lane near bike path), Eastern Towhee 2, Field Sparrow 20+, Savannah Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 45+, Swamp Sparrow 25+, White-throated Sparrow 1, White-crowned Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark 4, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird 8, American Goldfinch.

Add American Kestrel over Dry Fork Rd.

Date: Apr.24,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Least Flycatcher che-bek lucky for me it was singing.

Date: 04-24-02 10 - 11 am
Location: miami river bike trail foster to kings mills
Reporter: dale a. bodmer
Other Birders: none

cardinals, blue jays, titmice, chickadees, blue-gray gnatcatchers, downy wp's, red bellied wp's, pileated wp's, canada geese, 3 wood ducks on river, 1 red headed wp, indigo buntings, baltimore orioles, crows, robins, kingfisher

Date: April 24, 2002
Location: Mt. Lookout backyard
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders:

Rose Breasted Grosbeak at my backyard feeder. A lifer for me and in the backyard no less :)

Date: april 23
Location: Little Miami bike path just below Morrow
Reporter: Linda Fowler
Other Birders:

osprey

Date: 04/23/02 4:35 pm
Location: Miami-Whitewater
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Add to the list below 40+ Chimney Swifts swarming over Baughman Rd. adjacent to the parking lot, just before leaving.

Date: 04/23/02 (2:15 pm to 4:35 pm)
Location: Miami-Whitewater (Bowle's Woods and Wetlands)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

At this time of day, I really didn't expect to find much in the Bowle's woods area. But, when I got out of my car, I heard the distinctive "chink" notes of a HOODED WARBLER. Walking a short distance on the trail, a little spishing brought the fluttering burst of energy to within a couple of feet of me before he swooped up to alight on a sugar maple branch only about 15 ft. above my head. He began singing a very soft, almost inaudible, "weeta, weeta, wee-tee-o" before becoming silent on the branch. What happened next was totally unexpected and may explain the difficulties in finding active birds last spring. The bird proceeded to fall asleep as I watched from below, becoming motionless on the branch. Had I not known he was there, he may have been easily overlooked. I was able to proceed down the trail, walking directly beneath him, without causing a stir from the bird, other than a few looks in my direction. I did not see nor hear any other Hooded Warblers this afternoon ... perhaps they too were sleeping.
The most prolific singers in Bowle's woods this afternoon were no less than 5 CERULEAN WARBLERS. I was even able to locate at least three of these birds visually.

Other highlights (of 62 total species) - mostly spring arrivals - included (HO = Heard only) :

BLUE-WINGED TEAL 4; RUDDY DUCK 3; AMERICAN COOT 1; Swallows: BARN 1, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED 4, TREE 9, PURPLE MARTIN 3; WOOD THRUSH 2 (HO); GRAY CATBIRD 1 (HO); BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 11; Vireos: RED-EYED 2, YELLOW-THROATED 1 (HO), WARBLING 2 (HO), WHITE-EYED 1 (HO); Warblers: BLUE-WINGED 1 (HO), YELLOW 3, YELLOW-THROATED 2, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT 1, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT 1 (HO); SCARLET TANAGER 1 (HO); ORCHARD ORIOLE 3.

Nest building activity:

PIED-BILLED GREBE - pair building nest in pond closest to the gravel parking lot near Baughman Rd. The nest is close to the largest clump of willows, in the nearest corner to the parking lot.

NORTHERN FLICKER - male excavating a nest hole in the dead tree closest to the wildlife viewing shelter, the one with the bat houses and screech-owl box.

CAROLINA CHICKADEE - pair apparently collecting nesting material and seemingly very interested in the small snag with the bird box, in front of the tree mentioned above containing the flicker nest.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER - pair very busy collecting cattail down, lichen, and spider webs in the clump of willows between the wildlife viewing shelter and the bike path.

Date: 04/17-18/02
Location: Covedale residence
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

04/17 - 4 Chimney Swifts
04/18 - 1 Common Nighthawk at 5:45 pm.

Date: 4-23-02
Location: Flooded fields in Bath
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

I wanted to send a quick message out regarding the flooded fields outside Bath, IN. This areas was drained a couple years ago destroying a fantastic shorebird site, however, despite their best efforts, the fields on the north-side of Bath Rd still drain very slowly and for the last several weeks have formed a large wetlands. Last week (4-18), over 100 C. Snipe were present, as well as, 6 G Yellowlegs and 2 Lessers. If the rain continues this area should retain water well into May and provide excellent mudflats. If your visiting our area(Jay, Paul, Bill, etc) I would include this area in your travel plans.

Date: 4-23-02
Location: Hueston Woods/Acton Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

Five Willets spent the day on the main swimming beach at Acton Lake today. Baltimore Orioles, Indigo Buntings, House Wrens, Prothontary Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, and Warbling Vireos were well represented in the several areas within Hueston Woods checked this morning. Also, 97 DC Cormorants were on or flying over Acton this morning. On our way to Crane Creek Sat (4-20), the MU Ornithology class found Blue-winged W., Green Heron, B. Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds at Hueston Woods [among over 103 total species seen over the weekend despite the miserable weather].

Date: 4/23/02
Location: Spring grove Cemetery, Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

The birds weren't as numerous as over the weekend; trees weren't dripping with birds or water. While watching a perched GH owl, a piliated woodpecker nearly flew into me while 3 hermit thrushes sat on logs. Saw the gnat catcher nest but no worm-eating warbler, as reported by Neill Cade. Tennessee, Nashville, Yellow throated, palm, nparula warblers and pine siskens.
Backyard first palm warbler ever. First day back for the house wrens.

Date: 4-23-02
Location: Backyard (bordering Rapid Run Park)
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

In the backyard: nashville warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, pine warbler, wood thrush, brown thrasher.

Date: 4-23-02
Location: Rapid
Reporter:
Other Birders:

In the backyard: nashville warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, pine warbler, wood thrush, brown thrasher.

Date: 4/23/2002 9:00 - 1:00
Location: Spring Valley
Reporter: Jim Jackson
Other Birders: Other Birders

Barred Owl, American Bittern, Va. Rail, Sora, Red-headed Woodpecker(2),Yellow Warbler(lots), Palm Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler(2)+ the usual fare

Date: 4/23/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Better weather and much better birding at the cemetery today. Eight species of warbler (yellow-rumped, yellow, yellow-throated, northern parula, Tennessee, black-throated green, palm and prairie)seen in about an hour. Other interesting sightings included my first ruby-throated hummingbird of the spring and several hermit thrushes.

Date: April 23
Location: Cleves
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders:

I heard my first Wood Thrush for the season this morning.

Date: April 23, 2002
Location: Parker Woods - just west of Spring Grove
Reporter: Peter B. Lask
Other Birders:

Northern Goshawk - sighted late-morning, was able to identify positively with book in hand. White bar over red eye.

Date: Mon. April 22, 2002 7:05/7:25 PM
Location: Boone Co. KY, Camp Ernst Lake
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

The red-headed woodpecker was at the lake again this evening. It's appearance here now seems almost commonplace to me, even though it probably is rated as uncommon/rare in this area.

Date: 4/22/01
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Lots of wind and limited bird song at the woodlot at noontime today. A northern parula was the only consistently vocal warbler, with black-throated green, blue-winged and many yellow-rumps singing intermittently. Best surprise of the day was a pair of purple finches and 6 pine siskins moving in a loose flock. Several eastern kingbirds and a Cooper's Hawk rounded out an unremarkable hour at the cemetery.

Date: 4/22/02
Location: Caesar Creek Beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: None

This AM there were two beautiful Caspian Terns on the Caesar Creek beach.

Date: 4/20/02
Location: Spring Valley, Caesar Creek Gorge
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Great birding Saturday, the rain missed me, too. At S.V, 8 Sora, 4 V. Rails, (heard, not seen) Yellow-throated, Black-throated Green, Palm,Prothonatory, and Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, Warbling & White-eyed Vireos, R.C. Kinglet, Green Heron and assorted sparrows, etc. Furness Beech, 4 Caspian Terns. The Gorge: Hooded, No. Parula, Yellow Warblers, Blue Headed and Red-eyed Vireos and a gorgeous Scarlet Tanager. Hooray for spring.

Date: 4-20-02
Location: My backyard
Reporter: Kathy LaDow
Other Birders:

A Tufted Titmouse was gathering nest material. It had what looked like very fine inch and a half long dried grass in its mouth. Then I saw the bird land next to my red and white husky who was sleeping under the picnic table; the bird started pulling hairs from the dog!
He took three of four hairs before Bear woke up and startled the bird away!

Date: 4/21/2002 9:15AM-10:45AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Tried to walk a little between showers but didn't work too well.

Blue-headed Vireo, 10+ White-throated Sparrows, Orange-crowned Warbler, 100+ Yellow-rumped Warblers (percentage that are singing continues to increase), Palm Warbler plus other expected stuff

Date: 4/19-4/21 2002 Between significant rain events
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason & Kim Cade

In addition to the birds cited by previous birders, we had the following:

27 Double-crested Cormorants flying high over the Lakeside Mausoleum on 4/19/2002 @ 5:30 PM.

1 Cattle Egret (breeding plumage) on 4/20/2002, @ 2:00 PM. Seen along the Mill Creek from the gravel parking lot east of Spring Grove & Crawford (across from the cemetery).

1 Worm-eating Warbler on 4/19/2002 @ 8:00 AM gleaning in Cypress trees in northeast point of Section 60 alongside the pond.

Other good cemetery birds over the past three days include: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Barn Swallow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Eastern Bluebird, Swainson's Thrush, Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Pine Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and Dark-eyed Junco.

Date: Sat., 4/20/02 5:25-5:45 PM
Location: Camp Ernst Lake, Boone Co., KY
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Its Saturday, warm, and I was sure that kids would be feeding the ducks and geese at the lake, so I stopped by and the Red-headed Woodpecker was there again, gleaning the bread pieces scattered for the d & g! Great colors in the low light conditions.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2002
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


From 1:45 pm to 5:00 pm Jack and I birded the cemetary. Some of our better sightings included the following; Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed by a Merlin, Barred Owl, Chimney Swifts 10, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker 2, E. Kingbird, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 20+ (one pair putting the finishing touch on a nest), Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwings 5, Warbling Vireo 3+, Blue-winged Warbler 4, N. Parula 6, Yellow Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 20+, Yellow-throated Warbler 7, Palm Warbler, Cerulean Warbler 2, Black and White Warbler 2+, Ovenbird 2, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler 1+, Scarlet Tanager 3, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, and Baltimore Oriole.
Ran into the Stanleys and Bill in addition to some of the above also had Nahville Warbler and Orchard Oriole.
A quick trip through Winton Woods added 2 Barred Owls, E. Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher another Indigo Bunting and more Yellow, Yellow-rumped and Yellow-throated Warblers.

Date: 4-20-02
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

8am-2pm at Cincinnati Nature Center: INDIGO BUNTING, scarlet tanager(H), variety of warblers including common yellowthroat, northern parula, nashville, blue-winged, black-throated green, yellow-rumped, tennessee (H) prothonotary(active near main lake behind visitors center), solitary vireo, warbling vireo, red-eyed vireo, great horned owl, green heron, blue-gray gnatcatcher, many woodpeckers (downy, red-bellied, pileated), ruby-crowned kinglet, tree swallow, eastern phoebe, red-tailed hawk, red-shoulder hawk (H), chipping sparrow, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.

Date: 4/20/02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Red-eyed vireo, catbird, orchard oriole, hooded warbler, cerulean, n. parula, black-throated green,yellow throated warblers, ruby crowned kinglets and pine siskins..the latter covered a sycamore and nearby red oak tree.

Date: April 20, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 male prothonotary warbler, singing and visiting a nest box, 1 northern waterthrush in the willows in west pond 100 yards south of the observation tower, 1 yellow warbler, 4 orchard orioles, 4 warbling vireos, 1 brown thrasher, 5 blue-gray gnatcatchers, 1 gray catbird, 20 rusty blackbirds, 3 house wrens, 1 white-crowned sparrow, 10+ field sparrows, 3 flyover yellowlegs (sp?).

Date: 4/19/02 1800-2000
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

Birded after the storm passed, and it was good. 1 Virginia rail seen, 1 Sora seen, 2 others heard. Snipe were in the easterly flooded field by the main pond, flushed probably over 30 that weren't counted twice, blue-winged teal and wood ducks were abundant. 1 Greater and more than a dozen Lesser Yellowlegs, several Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Pectoral and Spotted Sandpiper. Heard 2 Grasshopper sparrows and several White-throated sparrows, found 2 White-crowned sparrows. Saw possibly a Henslow's sparrow. 17 Rough-winged swallows in area by parking area, also first Orchard Oriole there too. Have not seen that many snipe in one area in Ohio before. Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthoats prevalent. 3 Ruddy ducks, several Hooded Mergansers and a Ring-necked Duck in main pond.
At Winton Woods Settling Basin was a Green Heron.

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2002
Location: Winton Woods & Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Some birds observed on our way to and from a High School baseball game this afternoon and evening included at Winton Woods; Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, several Yellow-rumped Warblers and Scarlet Tanager.
Hilites from MWW Forest included; Mute Swans 2, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow Warblers 2, Yellow-rumped Warblers 20+, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Cerulean Warbler,Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler and Scarlet Tanagers 2.

Date: 4/17/02
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

2 Orchard Orioles and 2 Blue winder Warblers in the yard today.

Date: 4/18/2002
Location: Burnet Woods & Clifton backyard
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: Dan Marsh

7:00AM-8:30AM in Burnet
American Wigeon, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Gray Catbird, 2 Brown Thrashers, 3 House Wrens, 5+ Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow, Field Sparrow, 15+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 Black-throated Green Warblers, 3 Yellow-throated Warblers, 3 Palm Warblers, Black-and-white Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Mid-afternoon in backyard
5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orchard Oriole and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterly

Date: April 18, 02
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

Best birds of the morning walk. Baltimore Oriole, Tennessee & Black-throated Green Warbler, Indigo Bunting and Red-eyed Vireo.

Date: 04/18/2002
Location: Lebanon,OH
Reporter: Ann Boggs
Other Birders:

Mountain Chickadee

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2002
Location: Glenwood Gardens HCPD
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Birds observed during a walk along the trails at Glenwood Gardens from about 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm this evening included the following hilites; Great Blue Heron, Wood Duck 18, Blue-winged Teal 16, Lesser Scaup 4, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Am. Kestrel, Chimney Swift 3, Pileated Woodpecker, Tree Swallow 15+, N.Rough-winged Swallow 10, Barn Swallow, House Wren 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6, E. Bluebird 3, Brown Thrasher 3, Cedar Waxwing 10+, White-eyed Vireo 2, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler 5, Yellow-throated Warbler 1, E. Towhee 5, Chipping Sparrow 10+, Field Sparrow 50+ (in several small groups, we assumed the majority of these were migrating), White-throated Sparrow 60+ (same thoughts as the Field Sparrows, migrants vs. wintering birds still around), Swamp Sparrow, and E. Meadowlark 10.
A Dark-eyed Junco was seen at Harpers Meadow in Winton Woods, and while not a late date, it's getting there.
Glenwood Gardens may not be familiar to some folks. It is owned by the Hamilton County Park District and comprises 335 acres along the West Fork of the Mill Creek just east of the Dam at Winton Woods Lake. The area was pasture land when the HCPD acquired the land around 1996. It was opened to the public in early 2000 after about 3 miles of trails and other facilities were built. The HCPD 86 acre Trillium Trails Nature Preserve abuts the south side of the property. Only access is by foot(no bikes/skates) and the habitat is made up of open fields, wooded riparian, brushy areas, a few small ponds and bordering woodlands. Visitor access is from Springfield Pike in Woodlawn at the intersection of Glendale-Milford Rd.

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Birds seen at the pond today included the following; Pied-billed Grebe 10+, Great Blue Heron, Wood Duck 7, Blue-winged Teal 20+, Gadwall 4, Lesser Scaup 8, Ruddy Duck 2, Cooper's Hawk 1, Am.Kestrel 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Am. Coot 125+, Chimney Swift 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1 (nearby), Tree Swallow 20+, N.Rough-winged Swallow 8, House Wren 1, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Yellow-throated Warbler 7 (5 in pines in and adjacent to the campgrounds), and a Louisiana Waterthrush along the creek at Locust Dell.

Date: 4/17/02
Location: Fernald's Wetlands
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders:

I observed a Great Egret (first sighting this year for me) perched in a tree above the Fenald Environmental Remediation Project Wetland (sorry, this location is not currently open to the public). This wetland is approximately 6 acres in area and about three years old. It is the first of many in the future of Fernald.

Date: 4/17/02
Location: Clermont college
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

1 Kestrel and a singing Blue winged Warbler

Date: 4-17-02
Location: McFarlen Woods 12:00-1:00 P.M.
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

My mom and I decided to take a brief stroll around the park this afternoon. Even though I didn't think there would be much activity, I did hear a couple of nice warblers. Highlights:

2 Hairy Woodpeckers(were in the process of mating when I saw them!), 25 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Blue-winged Warbler(vocalizing), 1 Palm Warbler(vocalizing), and 2 Chipping Sparrows.

A few nice sightings for it being the middle of the afternoon and very, very hot!!

Date: 4/17/2002 7:30AM - 8:45AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

American Wigeon, Belted Kingfisher, 3 Chimney Swifts, Great Blue Heron (flyover), Blue-headed Vireo, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, 5+ Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2 Field Sparrows, Yellow Warbler, 30+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers, Yellow-throated Warbler, 2 Palm Warblers, Cerulean Warbler

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2002
Location: Miami University, Hamilton Campus
Reporter: Ned Keller
Other Birders: none

A couple of Chimney Swifts overhead, and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing from a tree near the parking lot.

Date: 16 April 02
Location: Oxbow Lake
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

Prothonotary Warblers (2 singing), Warbling Vireos (2+ singing), House Wren, and a Gnatcatcher building a nest!

Date: 4-16-02
Location: backyard
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

A couple of nice backyard birds:

1 Chimney Swift and 1 Blue-headed Vireo

Date: 4/16/02
Location: Miami Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

Had a second hand report of a GH Owl nest in the area today, found 2 juv. as well as an adult in the area.

Date: Apr.16,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

two Sora,an Osprey,one Warbling Vireo

Could not find Lark Sparrow

Date: 4/14/02
Location: Anderson Township backyard
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

Four chimney swifts twittering overhead. Welcome back! Also a pileated woodpecker.

Date: 4/16/02
Location: Ft. Thomas
Reporter: Debra Hausrath
Other Birders:

Heard the first white-eyed vireo of the season calling over our hill this morning. Ahhh--spring!!

Date: 10 April 2002
Location: Southeastern Campbell County
Reporter: Tom Rambo
Other Birders: Elinor Rambo

Last Wednesday (10 April) I was walking my dog in my back yard (5 acres of woods)about 6:00 pm. A ruffed grouse flew up in front of us and landed in a tree about 15-20 meters away. It stayed there long enough for me to call my wife and to get my binoculars to check it out for a positive identification. We are located in the southeastern corner of Campbell county, in the hills near the town of California. I have no idea where it might have come from, and we have not seen it since.

Date: 4/15/02
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Lori Brumbaugh

Looked for the Lark Sparrow but did not find it. Met Lori Brumbaugh, who had been looking for several hours. We checked the locations along Baughman Rd posted previously by Neill and Jason Cade, but no luck.

Hi-lights:
Lesser Scaup 10, Ruddy Duck 3, Hooded Merganser 2, drakes, Pied-billed Grebe 1, N. Shoveler 6, Blue-winged Teal 20, Green-winged Teal 8, Wood Duck 4

Lesser Yellowlegs 30, Greater Yellowlegs 6, Golden Plover 3

A great spring evening. Lots of birds singing: Yellow Warblers, Comon Yellowthroat, E. meadowlark, Horned Larks, Field Sparrows, Chipping Sparrow, Swamp Sparrows, Brown Thrashers. Also saw White-crowned Sparrow, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows.

Date: Monday, April 15, 2002
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

A short visit to Winton Woods from 7:00-7:30 pm this evening yielded the following hilites; Cooper's Hawk on nest, a Barred Owl out and about a little early, 3 Pileated Woodpeckers, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, E. Phoebe, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, several Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, N. Parula, Yellow Warbler, 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Palm Warblers, Yellow-throated Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, a few E. Towhees and several Chipping Sparrows.

Date: 4/15/2002 6:30PM-8:00PM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Made it back this evening without my 4 month old for a closer look. Here are additions to my morning list.

A single Broad-winged Hawk came in from the south, I refound the Blue-headed Vireo (or another individual) to get video, Swainson's Thrush, Chipping Sparrow, 3 Field Sparrows, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager

Date: 4/15/02
Location: Stonlick Twp Clermont
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

singing Wood Thrush was new to the woods today.

Date: 15 April 02
Location: College Hill
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

Today's arrivals included a Swainson's Thrush, a Scarlet Tanager (also in Burnet Woods), several Black-throated Green Warblers, and a Prairie Warbler.

Date: 4/15/2002 7:30AM-8:15AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Just a quick pass through this morning.

American Wigeon, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Belted Kingfisher, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, 5+ Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 5+ White-throated Sparrows, Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 5+ Black-throated Green Warblers, 2 Red-winged Blackbirds

There seemed to be a big movement of Blue Jays last night as they are all over Clifton this morning.

I also forget to mention that I saw a migrant Chimney Swift pass over my house the evening of the 12th. This is 6 days later than last year.

Date: 4/14/2002 5:15-7:37 PM
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Ned Keller

The highlight of this trip was the Lark Sparrow seen feeding on the side of Baughman Rd.

As Jason and I were driving to the wetlands parking area, this bird flushed from the roadside. It perched in one of the trees at the end of the fencerow on the opposite side of the road from, and just west of, the parking area. The Lark Sparrow was very faithful to this area, returning repeatedly from foraging flights, or from being flushed by the passing traffic. At one point, it flew as far west as the nearest white house, where it foraged in a freshly-tilled garden with an oddly-plumaged Vesper Sparrow.

Wanting to share this sighting with a fellow birder, we were happy to encounter Ned Keller after an hour or so. The three of us re-located the bird in the same area, feeding right alongside the road. Again, it was flushed by the passing traffic, but continued to return to the roadside adjacent to the fencerow. It was still there when we left.

Other birds noted in the wetland included Pied-billed Grebes (calling and seen), Ruddy Ducks, Northern Harrier, Purple Martins, singing Horned Larks, Yellow Warblers, and one Tree Sparrow. Oh yes, one small duck egg, presumably Blue-winged Teal.

Date: April 14, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park BBS Block 13
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

6 Canada Goose (one on nest), 8 Wood Duck, 2 Mallard, 1 Blue-winged Teal, 5 Turkey Vulture, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 2 Wild Turkey, 10 Mourning Dove, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 10 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 6 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 5 Northern Flicker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 4 Eastern Phoebe (2 on nests), 7 Tree Swallow, 22 Blue Jay, 8 Am. Crow, 18 Carolina Chickadee, 20 Tufted Titmouse, 3 White-breasted Nuthatch, 25 Carlina Wren, 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Am. Robin, 1 Brown Thasher, 1 N. Parula, 11 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Yellow-throated Warbler, 2 Prarie Warbler, 1 Ovenbird, 2 Louisiana Waterthrush, 66 N. Cardinal, 22 E. Towhee, 1 Chipping Sparrow, 13 Field Sparrow, 13 Song Sparrow, 14 White-throated Sparrow, 6 Red-winged Blackbird, 2 Common Grackle, 31 Brown-headed Cowbird, 2 House Finch, 30 Am. Goldfinch.

Date: Sunday, April 14 , 2002
Location: Winton Woods settling pond
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger

A quick look at the pond on this rainy day yielded the following hilites; Great Blue Heron 2, Wood Duck 3, Blue-winged Teal 5, Gadwall 7, Lesser Scaup 20, Bufflehead 2, 150+ Am. Coots, Tree Swallow 50+ Barn Swallow 2, and N.Rough-winged Swallow 5. Could easily have missed other species as heavy rain made viewing difficult and drove us off pretty quickly.

Date: Sunday, April 14 2002
Location: Oxbow area & Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Jay & Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Oxbow field trip participants

Despite the constant and at times heavy rain we were able to find a number of interesting species. Hilites included; Common Loon 1(Lost Bridge gravel pit), Double-crested Cormorants 20, Great Blue Heron 5, Green Heron 3, Black-crowned Night-Heron 2, Wood Duck 2, Green-winged Teal 5, Blue-winged Teal 10, Gadwall 1, Lesser Scaup 5, Hooded Merganser 1, Black Vulture 45+, Am. Coot 40+, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Pileated Woodpecker, Horned Larks, Purple Martins 8, numerous Tree Swallows, N.Rough-winged Swallow 4, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cedar Waxwing 6, Yellow-rumped Warbler 15, Yellow-throated Warbler, No. Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Eastern Towhee 10, many Chipping Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, and numerous Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Date: Sunday, April 14 2002
Location: Oxbow area & Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Jay & Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Oxbow field trip participants

Despite the constant and at times heavy rain we were able to find a number of interesting species. Hilites included; Common Loon 1(Lost Bridge gravel pit), Double-crested Cormorants 20, Great Blue Heron 5, Green Heron 3, Black-crowned Night-Heron 2, Wood Duck 2, Green-winged Teal 5, Blue-winged Teal 10, Gadwall 1, Lesser Scaup 5, Hooded Merganser 1, Black Vulture 45+, Am. Coot 40+, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Pileated Woodpecker, Horned Larks, Purple Martins 8, numerous Tree Swallows, N.Rough-winged Swallow 4, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cedar Waxwing 6, Yellow-rumped Warbler 15, Yellow-throated Warbler, No. Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Eastern Towhee 10, many Chipping Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, and numerous Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles and Brown-headed Cowbirds.

Date: April 14, 2002
Location: Oxford
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

I was cloud watching between rain showers about 12:30 this afternoon when the first Chimney Swift of the year flew over. Is it just me or do the wildflowers seem late and the birds early this year?

Date: Apr.14,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

Five A.Golden-Plovers in field just east of the main pond and south of the farm road.

Date: Sat. April 13, 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

After last nights rains, the Wetlands are very flooded. By far the best bird of the morning was a very early Least Bittern. My previous early date was April 25. Other birds included Virginia rail,4 Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Ruddy ducks, Woodies, 8 Lesser Scaup, Hooded Mergs, 8 N.Shovelers, 50 BW teal, Mallards, 35 Lesser Yellowlegs, 6 Gr. Yellowlegs, 1 Solitary, 2 Snipe,50+Swamp and 25 Savannah sparrows, and several Horned Larks. Yellow Warblers and Brown Thrashers were actively singing in the tree lines. Oh yeah, ticks are out as well!

Date: 4/12/2002 & 4/13/2002
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

4/12/2002 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Thrasher, Winter Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Field Sparrow, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-and-white Warbler, Red-winged Blackbird

4/13/2002 10:30AM - 12:00N
American Wigeon, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Cooper's Hawk, Yellow-throated Vireo, 4 Hermit Thrushes, 3 Brown Thrashers, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Barn Swallow, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrow, 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers

Date: April 13, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

1 American bittern in North Pond, 2 pied-billed grebe, 50+ mallards, 24+ blue-winged teal, 1 N. shoveler, 1 coot, 1 prairie warbler singing and picking through spider webs along the Symmes Road dike, 3 yellow-rumped warblers, 1 phoebe, 10+ tree swallows, 1 barn swallow, 1 house wren, 12 rusty blackbirds, 100+ grackle, 100+ red-winged blackbirds, 2 tree sparrows (a wee bit late), 1 white-crowned sparrow, 6+ white-throated sparrows, 10+ song sparrows, 4 brown thrashers, 1 mocker, 1 red-tailed hawk, 2 kestrel, 4 eastern towhees. 1 drowned cat that must have been swept down Mosler ditch last night. In general, a lot of water everywhere. The canal dike is flooded, and the gravel pit started to overflow during last night's rain.

Date: 4-12-02
Location: Spring Valley WMA
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: None

Among the usual I found 1 Sandhill Crane and at leats one Osprey. I saw an Osprey at the river but did not see which way it flew off. When I got to the other side of the lake I saw an Osprey carrying a fish. It was being harassed by a youg Red-Tail Hawk.

Also saw Brown Thrasher, Black-throated Green Warbler, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup.

Date: 4/12/02
Location: Cowan Lake (Clinton County)
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

Cowan Lake, recently accepted as an Important Bird Area, hosts a number of nesters and some of the early ones were heard or seen this AM - House Wren, White-eyed Vireo and several Yellow-throated Warblers. Though not a nester it was nice to see a lingering Horned Grebe.

The big surprise was a Red-headed Woodpecker and male Purple Finch in our back yard.

Date: 4/11/2002 7:30AM - 8:45AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Gray Catbird, 4 Brown Thrashers, 2 Brown Creepers, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 10+ Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Golden-crowned Kinglet, 3 White-throated Sparrows, 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers





Date: 4/11/02
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Tom Uhlman
Other Birders:

15 B W teal, 13 G W teal, many mallards and wood ducks and coots, 40+ D B cormorant, 2 yellowlegs, 1 dowitcher, 5 great egrets

Date: April 11, 2002
Location: Williamsburg, Ohio
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

2 Bluegray Gnatcatchers, and a Brown Thasher carrying nesting material.

Date: 10 April
Location: W. Hamilton, E. Dearborn Co.
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

Generally had a good arrival of early migrants with numbers of Thrashers (10), RCKinglets(10+), Myrtle Warblers (30+) up. Lo. Waterthrushes, No. Parula, B&W scattered around.

On the 9th in College Hill we had a 6 Woodpecker day in the yard when a Red Headed stopped by briefly.

Date: April 10, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

5 yellow-rumped warblers, 1 blue-gray gnatcatcher, 2 thrashers, 3 rusty blackbirds, 3 pied-billed grebes, 3 coot, one broken-necked coot in the grass under utility wires, 3 N. shoveler, + blue-winged and green-winged teal, 7 wood ducks, 75+ mallards. The water in West Pond is the best it has been in spring since 1998, though it's hard to get close or see exactly what's out there, and for the first time I can remember since 1998, there were ducks (green-winged teal [#?]) in the water in North Pond. There hasn't been enough water in North Pond long enough to host ducks in quite a while. I guess development and the resulting increase in rain water runoff has its hidden advantages...

Date: 4/10/2002 7:30AM - 8:45AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: Dan Marsh

American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser (f, left the pond while I was watching), 10+ Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Wood Thrush, 4 Brown Thrashers, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2 White-throated Sparrows, 2 Field Sparrows, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Red-winged Blackbirds

Could not refind the Henslow's or Vesper Sparrow from yesterday.

Date: 4.09.02
Location: Burnet Woods 8:00-9:00 A.M.
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Magnolia Warbler, female Ea. Towhee, two Golden Crowned Kinglets from about ten feet away, N. Rough Winged Swallow over the pond

Date: April 10, 2002
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Jim Jackson
Other Birders:

American Wigeon, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,Brown Creepers galore, Golden-crowned & Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Field Sparrow

Date: 4/9/2002 10:45AM - 11:45AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Vesper Sparrow, Henslow's Sparrow

Both were near the area of very young trees up the grassy slope from Martin Luther King Ave. The Vesper was on the west side of the trees and the Henslow's on the south. The Henslow's was initially in the grass and flushed into the scrub along the trees. I have video of the Henslow's but don't know how well it came out yet.

Date: 4-9-02
Location: OH, Clermont, Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

I stopped by the nature center to pick up some books this morning, but while I was there I walked on the boardwalk for a little bit. A few exciting birds were hanging around. The AMERICAN BITTERN seen by Jeff yesterday was still there. It flushed from one cove and flew back into another one. 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet was also hopping around in the trees by the boardwalk. However, the best and most unexpected bird was still to come. While walking over the bridge of the stream my mom and I both heard and saw a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH!! I checked the legs on the bird and it also looked quite buffy. Good Birding!!

Date: April 9, 2002
Location: Backyard in Mt. Lookout
Reporter: Brett Gilmore
Other Birders: Dee Ann Gilmore

A pair of yellow bellied sapsuckers on a magnolia tree. The male was in Spring plumage. A nice contrast to the drab winter coloring that we are used to seeing!

Date: April 8, 2002
Location: Great Miami River & Liberty TWP parks
Reporter: Chuck Holliday
Other Birders: Linda Holliday

Finally got to check on the pair of nesting Osprey along the Great Miami. Looks like they had to rebuild their nest this year, but they seem to be ready to start raising a new brood.
Also had several golden-crowned kinglets, an American pipit, and two singing towhees.

Date: 8 April 2002
Location: Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Another American Bittern in an odd spot, standing in "freeze" position on the open lawn under a pine tree.

Date: 8 April 2002
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center
Reporter: Jeff Hays
Other Birders:

1 American Bittern. The bird was seen from the window of the Nature Center. It was standing on the edge of the pond near the bird feeders.Strange spot for a Bittern.

Date: 4/8/2002 7:30AM - 8:45AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

5+ Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 2 Eastern Phoebes, 2 Brown Thrashers, Brown Creeper, 15+ Blue-grey Gnatcatchers, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 5 Field Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Black-and-white Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, 2 Red-winged Blackbirds







Date: Apr.7,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

One Sandhill Crane landed in the wetlands a little after 11:00am today stayed about 20 min. and flew off. Cranes have made significant use of the wetlands this winter-spring.I have seen them in every month since Nov. peeking in Feb. with 10 siteings and then dropping off to one bird in Mar. and one so far in Apr.

Date: Friday April 5, 2002
Location: Bath, IN and north end Brookville Lake
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: MU Ornithology class

31 C. Snipe were seen at the remnants of the flooded field in Bath. Vesper Sparrows, A. Pipits, and Lapland Longspurs also remain in the fields in the vicinity. We found a flock of 25-30 GC Kinglets in the first patch of woods we checked at Brookville Lk. 27 DC Cormorants were on tree falls in the water. The three Caspian Terns seen on April 2 were not around. Both Osprey are now sitting on the nest platform off Brownsville Rd just west of Liberty, IN.

Date: April 5, 2002
Location: CJ Brown Reservoir
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Fentz; Casey Tucker

Sorry for the late posting but I didn't see a note from anyone else. We saw a report of four A. White Pelicans at CJ Brown near Springfield on Fri, after class we dashed up. There were 19 (!) pelicans near the mud flats off Grant Rd-absolutely beautiful!! I have never seen this many in OH! After leaving the 19 we continued around near the dam and observed a single pelican near the dam fishing with a flock of cormorants-this might have been the 20 individual!! We couldn't see the other birds at the far end of the lake from our vantage point. Numerous other birds-DC Cormorants (49 in one flock), at least 19 loons were visible, 75+ RB Mergs, 26 Ruddy Ducks, plus a mix of L. Scaup, 15 Canvasback, Bufflehead, a pair of Goldeneye, etc. At the ponds to the west of the lake (a little park) Roughwing, Barn, and Tree Swallows were feeding. Over a hundred swallows could be seen over the north end of the lake but they were too far to ID, particularly in the shimmering heat waves.

Date: 4/7
Location: Milford/Batavia Area
Reporter: Randy Lakes
Other Birders: None

I've had a Yellow-Throated Warbler eating at a suet and thistle feeder off and on the past two days.

Date: 04/06/2002 - noon - 2pm
Location: Harveysburg Rd, Caesor Creek SP
Reporter: Jim Perry
Other Birders:

Over/on lake:
4 Common Loon [one non-breeding plumage]
1 Horned Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Canada Goose
56 Lesser Scaup
1 Ruddy Duck
4 Turkey Vulture
3 Ring-billed Gull
1 Forster's Tern (species ID unsure - tail notched/not forked)
1 Barn Swallow
Harveysburg
1 Northern Harrier
2 Eastern Bluebird
1 European Starling
1 Northern Cardinal

Date: 4-6-02
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Neill Cade

A few exciting birds to report near the picnic area:
1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 1 Pine Warbler, 1 Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, 10 Turkey Vultures, 6 Black Vultures, 25 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 Chipping Sparrows, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 4 White-throated Sparrow, and 2 House Finches.

A few species in a partly flooded cornfield: 40 Blue-winged Teal, 25 Green-winged Teal, 1 female Bufflehead, 3 Song Sparrows, and 8 Savannah Sparrows.
A nice mixture of spring migrants and winter residents. Good birding!!

Date: 4-6-02
Location: Rapid Run Park/backyard
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Backyard/Rapid Run Park. Pine warbler(male & female) continue daily visits to suet feeder: male sings frequently throughout the day & female observed twice carrying what appeared to be nesting material. Male pine warbler seen and heard often in western-most edge of park near Glenway. Red-breasted nuthatch (1)seen today after absence of 8 days: previously had seen been seeing two. Fox sparrow not sited for 5 days. Towhee seen today after hearing sporadically since late January. Also: red morph eastern screech owl still at corner of Seton & St. Lawrence.

Date: 4/6/02
Location: Sharonville backyard
Reporter: Ab Scruggs
Other Birders:

A female ruby crowned kinglet just stopped by, another first for my backyard list. I love weekends.

Date: 4/6/2002 9:00AM - 10:15AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Belted Kingfisher, 5 Eastern Phoebes, 2 Hermit Thrushes, 4 Brown Creepers, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 30+ Golden-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Red-winged Blackbirds

Also, there was a Black-throated Green Warbler singing in my Clifton backyard this morning.

Date: April 5, 2002
Location: Miami Heights
Reporter: Kathy McDonald
Other Birders: Ned Keller

We saw our first Yellow-throated Warbler of the spring down by the pond this evening. Also Wood Duck, Phoebe, and Bluebirds.

Date: 4/5/02
Location: burnet woods/spring grove
Reporter: tom uhlman
Other Birders:

barred owl still hanging out in beech tree in burnet woods...two pine siskins and one sycamore warbler in spring grove.

Date: 4/5/2002 10:30AM - 11:30AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Belted Kingfisher, 3 Brown Creepers, Barn Swallow, 2 White-throated Sparrows,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Red-winged Blackbirds

Date: 4/4/02
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders:

Stopped for a quick look so did not have time to count. Total numbers were high with mostly coots visible. Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, Mallard, American Coot, tree swallow, Great Blue Heron, and American Bittern. All in all a nice collection. Flushed the Bittern from right below the new viewing area.

Date: March 31
Location: I275 & I71 interchange
Reporter: Jim Terlinden
Other Birders: George O. Terlinden

Active Red-tailed Hawk nest, bird was on the nest. NE corner of interchange, along North 71 exit ramp off West I275.

Date: 4-4-2002
Location: Bath, IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

Stopped by what were formerly the flooded fields outside Bath this AM. Jim Hickey reported 8 C Snipe yesterday in a flooded pool adjacent to the road, 14 C. Snipe were present as was 60-70 A. Pipits, a Vesper Sparrow, and 15-20 Lapland Longspurs. Over 650 L. Longspurs were reported in nearby Liberty, IN earlier this week. Two quick notes-the first Chipping Sparrow of the year showed up at my feeder in Oxford on March 30, followed quickly by several birds singing around town this week. Four Purple Finches were at the feeder this morning (two pairs)-the first I've seen around this area in months. It looks odd having Purple Finches, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and B. Creepers feeding alongside Chipping and Field Sparrows at the feeder-should be an interesting year!

Date: 4/4/2002 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Location: Burnet Wooods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Cooper's Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, 4 Brown Creepers, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 10+ Golden-crowned Kinglets, 2 White-throated Sparrows

Did not see the wigeon.

Date: 4-3-02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery 5:00-6:30
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Neill Cade

I took a stroll, again, in the cemetery today, this time with my dad. There are a few more species worth mentioning that we saw besides the ones I already mentioned in my previos posting. These include:
45 Dark-eyed Juncos, 3 Brown Creepers, 2 White-breasted Nuthatches, 2 White-throated Sparrows, and 2 PINE SISKENS

(Main Lake)
1 Eastern Pheobe

(Feeder)
1 GREAT HORNED OWL(yes it's back very close to the pine trees but was chased away by the crows), 1 HERMIT THRUSH, 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 2 Eastern Pheobes, 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, and 4 Eastern Towhees.
We couldn't relocate the swallows. Oh well. Otherwise, excellent birding!!

Date: 4/2/02, 4-6PM & 3/31/02, 12-2PM
Location: Spring Valley WA & Caesar Creek SP
Reporter: Brad Pursell
Other Birders: Katja Pursell & "Doopy" the bird dog

Spring Valley WA (4/2)

Good waterfowl day at Spring Valley.

Ruby Crowned Kinglet (1)

Bufflehead (>15?)
Ring-Necked Duck (8)
Blue-Winged Teal (>50?)
Northern Shoveler (6)
American Wigeon (6)
Scaup (sp?)(1)
Gadwall (4)
Horned Grebe (2)
Mallard (2)
Wood Duck (2)

Caesar Creek SP (3/31)

Large flock of juncos (~50)
GC Kinglet (6)
8 Common Loons

Date: 3-3-02 9:50-12:20
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

A quick run-down of a few notable species.
(by main entrance of cemetery)
1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Turkey Vulture, many swallows flying over the pond by the new funeral home but didn't get a close enough look to notice anything but Tree Swallows.

(Main Pond)
12 Mallards, 6 Wood Ducks

(Feeder)
25 Golden-crowned Kinglets(EVERYWHERE), 1 female RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 10 Brown Creepers(good number), 1 Brown Thrasher, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
Other than the usuals not much else going on. Good Birding!!

Date: 8:30-9:00 A.M.
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Also saw the vocal Pine Warbler (thanks to William Hull for its location). Also saw a Yellow Rumped Warbler nearby, very wet and preening. Also a few Chipping Sparrows hanging out with some Juncos. Several G.C. Kinglets and Creepers were working on breakfast as well.

Date: 4/3/2002 7:15AM-8:30AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

3 Purple Martins, Barn Swallow, 2 Eastern Phoebes, 6 Brown Creepers, 10+ Golden-crowned Kinglets, Pine Warbler (very vocal), 7 Field Sparrows

Date: 4-2-02
Location: Backyard: Green Township
Reporter: Wayne Wauligman
Other Birders:

At 8 am a male Purple Martin came down from high in the sky and alighted on the Purple Martin house as I was raising it. Constantly vocalizing, he took off after a few minutes.

Date: April 2, 2002
Location: Voice of America 7:15-7:30 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

10+ woodcock, 10+ snipe, 1 yapping coyote. I only stayed a few minutes and only walked 100 yards or so. I imagine that the birds are all over the place. I didn't see any short-eared owls. However, on March 25th, Harriett Clark found short-eared owl feather remains and a large pellet, suggesting that a great horned owl had a short-eared for breakfast. I hear tell they taste like chicken...

Date: 4/2/02
Location: Anderson Township backyard
Reporter: Annie Collins
Other Birders:

TWO Cooper's hawks, perching right in back of my house, calling, and then flying off into the sunrise.

Date: 2 April 2002
Location: Western Clermont Co.
Reporter: Steve Pelikan
Other Birders:

I found a Black-throated Green Warbler and several Louisiana Water-thrushes today. Lots of GCKinglets, several Brown Thrashers.

Date: April 2, 2002--10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Location: Backyard in Wildwood apartments, Fairfield
Reporter: Jo Hudgins
Other Birders:

Several golden-crowned kinglets. Don't know if these are fairly frequently seen around these parts or not.

Date: 4/2/2002 10:30AM
Location: Clifton
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: wife

A Peregrine Falcon flew over intersection of Glenmary and Brookline.

Date: 4/2/2002 7:15AM-8:15AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: Dan Marsh

9 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 20+ Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Eastern Phoebe.

There were three "pairs" of sapsuckers doing display activity.

I was hoping for some early warblers after last night's winds but no luck.

Dave B's wigeon is still hanging out. This morning he was following a male Mallard around.

Date: 4/2/2002 7:15AM-8:15AM
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: Dan Marsh

9 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 20+ Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Eastern Phoebe.

There were three "pairs" of sapsuckers doing display activity.

I was hoping for some early warblers after last night's winds but no luck.

Dave B's wigeon is still hanging out. This morning he was following a male Mallard around.

Date: 4.2.02
Location: Spring Grove Cemetary
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

Stopped this morning for a look... rewarded with a pair of Am. Coot, 3 pair of Wood ducks, an Ea. Phoebe and a Yellow Rumped Warbler. These were all my first sightings of these birds...very exciting!

Lots of other resident birds as well.

Sorry about the double posting on the barred owl.

Date: 4.1.02
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

A magnificent Barred Owl can be seen in Burnet Woods in Clifton! The naturalist at the Nature Center told me it has been around for several years now. Also, last year, there was apparently a female companion as well.

He is very easy to spot. Proceed along the partially paved north trail from the playground/shelter house in the basin area of the park. Shortly after entering the woods, look for the smooth bark of very large beech tree just left of the path. He is about 30 ft. up, nestled in a large wound in the tree. The other side of the tree has a spray painted peace symbol on it (in case you miss it).

You can park inside the park at the north entrance from Ludlow Ave. Good luck!

Date: 4.1.02
Location: Burnet Woods
Reporter: Bill Zimmerman
Other Birders:

A magnificent Barred Owl can be seen in Burnet Woods in Clifton! The naturalist at the Nature Center told me it has been around for several years now. Also, last year, there was apparently a female companion as well.

He is very easy to spot. Proceed along the partially paved north trail from the playground/shelter house in the basin area of the park. Shortly after entering the woods, look for the smooth bark of very large beech tree just left of the path. He is about 30 ft. up, nestled in a large wound in the tree. The other side of the tree has a spray painted peace symbol on it (in case you miss it).

You can park inside the park at the north entrance from Ludlow Ave. Good luck!

Date: 4/1/02
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

2 Purple Martins,1 Fox Sparrow. There is a little edge habitat for shorebirds,1 Lesser Yellowleg today but only 1 C. Snipe down from double digit numbers last week. Back two days on 30 March there were 3 Lesser Yellowlegs and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers.

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