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Sightings Log Archive: July 2002 - September 2002

Date: 9-30-02
Location: Rapid Run Park
Reporter: Ann Oliver
Other Birders:

Two common nighthawks over Rapid Run Park this evening: highest count of summer for me was 30+ last weekend after the cold front(half in low-flying group over park...and other half only visible with binos while watching the low-flyers). Also this evening: brown thrasher, american redstart, juvenile white-eyed vireo vs. 1st fall blue-headed. This is first evening that hummingbirds have not been sighted at feeder. There have been two... and frequently three... battling over front and back yard feeders all summer. Also from Rapid Run Park: screech owl (H) for last three weeks and neighbors report multiple sightings this month of great horned owl.

Date: Sept.30,2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

one Nelson's sharp-Tailed Sparrow.Seen on farm road about halfway between the marsh and the bike path. There is a small sometimes wet area here, it was seen on both sides of road. This is the same area a Nelson's was seen in fall 2000.

Date: 9-29-02
Location: Rocky Fork
Reporter: Vivian Wagner
Other Birders: Bill Wagner

The Spoonbills are still there, same place as reported earlier - 4 of them. Great Egrets, Cormorants, mixed warblers and a Semipalmated Plover also present.

Date: September 29, 2002
Location: Clermont County backyard near Ohio river
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders: Rich Kidd

1st year rosebreasted grosbeak at our feeder 2 days in a row. We did a double-take. Just got back from SE Arizona last week. It looks VERY much like a black-headed grosbeak!

Date: September 29, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 8:00 to 11:00 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

It seems this little spot of southern Butler County was not the place to be this morning! Here are my meager results: 2 great blue heron, 30 mallards, 6 killdeer, 20+ chimney swift, 1 flicker, 1 empid sp., 2 phoebe, 5+ chickadee, 2 titmouse, 3 Carolina wren, 1 marsh wren (still near the flooded cattails), 20+ robins, 3 catbirds, 10 starling. Warblers: 1 blackpoll, 3 magnolia, 2 common yellowthroat--and they were hard to come by. 1 rose-breasted grosbeak, 10+ song sparrow, 2 Lincoln's sparrows (both in a dead willow clump in West Pond), 3 swamp sparrows, 10 goldfinch.

Date: 9/29/2002 8:15-Noon
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

There are good birds to be had at Mitchell, particularly along the tree- and shrub-lines bordering Buffalo Ridge Rd. Headline birds include Red-headed Woodpecker, Orange-crowned Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Purple Finch.

Trip List: Mallard 2, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, Mourning Dove 7, Chimney Swift 60, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Downy Woodpecker 18, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 7, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Least Flycatcher 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 2, Blue Jay 30, American Crow 12, Tree Swallow 5, Carolina Chickadee 60, Tufted Titmouse 15, White-breasted Nuthatch 7, Carolina Wren 18, House Wren 7, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, Eastern Bluebird 5, Swainson's Thrush 2, Wood Thrush 2, American Robin 50, Gray Catbird 6, Northern Mockingbird 1, Brown Thrasher 2, European Starling 45, Cedar Waxwing 15, Tennessee Warbler 3, Orange-crowned Warbler 1, Northern Parula 1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 5, Magnolia Warbler 3, Cape May Warbler 4, Yellow-rumped Warbler 3, Black-throated Green Warbler 4, Pine Warbler 3, Palm Warbler 2, Bay-breasted Warbler 3, Blackpoll Warbler 2, Black-and-white Warbler 3, American Redstart 5, Mourning Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 12, Hooded Warbler 1, Scarlet Tanager 2, Eastern Towhee 15, Chipping Sparrow 9, Field Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 15, Lincoln's Sparrow 1, Swamp Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 60, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 12, Indigo Bunting 12, Red-winged Blackbird 150, Common Grackle 30, Purple Finch 2, House Finch 15, American Goldfinch 18, House Sparrow 3.

Date: 9/29/02
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This morning the Lesser Black-backed Gull was hanging out with the Ring-bills as usual. It is less skittish and preening a lot. Its head is not quite as snow white as when it was first observed. The only other bird of note was an Osprey which flew over the lake.

Date: 9/29/02
Location: MWW forest
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

Ooops, pressed the wrong key and off it went! Philadelphia vireo-1, warbling vireo 1, 2 yellow billed cuckoos, one pewee, 7 RB grosbecks, 1 I. Bunting, 3 Am Redstarts, 1-BT blue warbler, 10 BT Green warblers, 30 Cape Mays, one chest nut sided, 20+ Nashvilles and Tennessees. I am sure there were others but I am not good with fall warblers. At the wetlands, you couldnt' miss the vocalizing Lincoln's Sparrow. No shorebirds.

Date: 9/29/02 8:00-9:30a
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

The tree line along the large ballfield beyond Bowles Woods was covered from top to bottom with warblers, vireos, wrens,rosebreasted grosbecks, woodpeckers, and nuthatches.
They were on the ground, in the weeds, shrubs and trees. Two yellow billed cuckoos were very visible in the mix.
White eyed vireo-2

Date: 9/28/02 0730-1200
Location: Eagle Creek near Ripley, Ohio
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Ryan Kolde

Alot of fog,with many birds heard but not identified. Yellow-throated vireo (2) and a single Blue-headed vireo. Cape May, Magnolia, Tennessee warblers, Common Yellowthroats. Hairy, Downy, Red-bellied, Pileated Woodpeckers and Flickers. Also saw one Osprey along Rt. 52 between Ripley and Chilo.

Date: September 28, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

There was one nice little group of birds along the Symmes Road dike before the fog lifted. 6 catbirds, 1 swainson's thrush, 30+ robins, 1 vireo sp. (likely a Philadelphia--rather dark "cap" and eyeline, yellowish throat, yellow vent, but dull and drab sides and belly. I only had a brief look before it disappeared.), 10 Tennessee warbler, 1 Nashville, 6 chestnut-sided, 6 magnolia, 1 black-throated green, 1 Blackburnian, 2 "baypoll," 10 redstart, 1 common yellowthroat, 6 cardinal, 2 rose-breasted grosbeak. While the fog was still just above the tree tops there were numerous chimney swifts swooping down below the tree tops and above the Symmes Road dike. As the ceiling lifted, so too did the birds.

In West Pond along the edge of the cattails there was one marsh wren that offered some nice views. Also, 10+ song sparrows, 2 swamp, 3+ indigo buntings. 1 male bronze copper butterfly, too. Mosquitoes were absent to light during the cold part of the morning and light to moderate when it warmed up.

The new parking lot at the light at Symmes and Holden Blvd is now open. Happy parking.

Date: September 23-27, 2002
Location: Rocky Fork State Park & Paint Creek
Reporter: Edie Lotz
Other Birders: Dianne Lotz

The four Roseate Spoonbills were still present as of Wed. Sept. 25th. Also seen at Rocky Fork:
Great egret
Snowy egret
Great blue heron
Green heron
Double crested cormorants (300+)
Mute swans (2)
Yellow throated Vireo
Red headed woodpecker
Common yellowthroat warbler
Magnolia warbler
Cedar waxwing
Eastern phoebe

At Paint Creek, just drove through the beach area since had never been there and were treated to 4 Osprey hunting the lake sucessfully, 1 Bald Eagle and 2 Belted kingfishers in just a matter of minutes.

Date: Sept. 26, 2002
Location: Backyard Feeder, Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

Two female or immature ruby-throated hummingbirds at the feeder this morning before the rain got heavier. They seem to be hanging around longer this year. I have rarely seen them after Sept. 15 in previous years but I have had two and sometime 3 as regulars around the feeder for the past week.

Date: 09/22 & 24/2002
Location: Covedale & Anderson Twp.
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Ruby-thr. Hummingbird sightings:

09/22 - Anderson Twp. 2 females or immatures at mom's feeder.

09/22 - Covedale 2 females or immatures at my feeders.

09/24 - Covedale 1 female or immature at my feeders.

Date: 9/25/02
Location: East Fork SP
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: none

Forster's Tern on the south beach hanging out with the Ring-billed Gulls. An adult Yellow-breasted Chat was in a hedgerow just to the left of the road leading to the beach. It was in the area just pass the first road on the left.

Date: 9/25/2002
Location: Miami Whitewater
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Migrants in the tree lines around the wetland area included Black-throated Green Warblers and American Redstarts. 4 Swamp Sparrows were near the observation house. Saw my first Northern Harrier of the fall. Blue Jay numbers seem to be up. Saw one flock of 11 flying over and many other smaller groups.

The end of the lake of Strimple Road had 4 Solitary Sandpipers and 1 Greater Yellowlegs.

Date: Meeting on 9/26/02
Location: Sharon Woods Visitor Center
Reporter: Kathy Caminiti
Other Birders:

Denver Holt of the Owl Research Institute will be speaking at the Cincinnati Bird Club/Raptor Inc. joint meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2002 at the Sharon Woods Visitor Center at 7:00 p.m. Free and Open to the Public.

Directions to The Sharon Woods Visitor Center: North of Cincinnati, take I-275 to Sharonville (Route 42) exit; south on Route 42/Lebanon Road to park entrance on left.
For more information about this Cincinnati meeting, call Jeff at (513) 521-4477 or Kathy at (859) 689-4166.

Denver Holt, founder and president of the Owl Research Institute in Charlo, Montana, will be featuring his program "Adaptations of Owls". His work and research with owls and their ecology is known internationally.

Denver Holt is a wildlife researcher with many interests. In particular, his research focuses on owls and their ecology. He has been researching owls since 1978, and has published numerous papers in both scientific and natural history journals. He is founder and president of the Owl Research Institute in Missoula, Montana, and has conducted owl related research in the U.S., Mexico, and Costa Rica. Within the U.S., he has worked in Alaska, Massachusetts, and Montana. Among other research, Denver has worked on gulls, terns, raptors, and small mammals. He is an avid and inquisitive outdoors person with other interests that include insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, plant identification, and geology.

This fall, 2002, (date, TBA) National Geographic Explorer Television Program will feature a program, "Owls:Silent Hunters", on the Owl Research Institute's project on Snowy owls in Barrow Alaska. National Geographic magazine will also have a documentary on this scheduled at this time for their December issue.

To read more about The Owl Research Institute, go to www.owlinstitute.org .

In addition, he is a Victor Emanuel Tour Leader .
You can see the trips he leads at http://www.ventbird.com/db/index.ihtml , then click on Denver Holt under Leader search.

Good Birding!
Kathy



Date: 9/24/2002
Location: Caesar Creek
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders: Larry Gara

The Caesar Creek Lesser Black-backed Gull was there again this morning. It flew in to the beach around 9:15 and hung out with the Ring-billed Gulls until a woman let her dog run at the gulls around 11:00. (Even though the beach is clearly behind the sign that states "No pets past here".) At that point it flew out over the lake. I'll probably have some pics on my website later this week.

http://www.mangoverde.com/birdsound/

Date: 9/23/02
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: none

This morning from 9:15 to 9:45 I observed the elusive Lesser Black-backed Gull which flew in among the resident Ring-bills. This bird had not been reported for some time and is obviously visiting other parts of the lake. It is worth finding, however.

Date: September 22, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Jack Busam, Charlie Saunders

1 ovenbird, 1 chestnut-sided, 2 bay-breasted, 5 redstart, 1 magnolia, 2 common yellowthroats, 1 e. phoebe, 4 rose-breasted grosbeaks, 1 Lincoln's sparrow. There was 1 waterthrush at Hamilton Riverside, likely a northern, but I never got good looks.

Date: 9/23/2002
Location: VOA
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Forgot to add the following to my last post.

There was also 6 Palm Warblers feeding on the ground and in amongst goldenroad flowers. Slightly different behaviour from how I usually see them in the Springtime around here (up in the tops of oaks) but very similar to how I have seen them feeding in wintering areas such as Florida and Cuba.

Date: 9/23/2002
Location: VOA 9:00-10:30
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Dozens of E. Meadowlarks, 4 Bobolinks, 3 Savannah Sparrows, Common Yellowthroat, and a Marsh Wren in the ditch that runs parallel to the fence on the west side of the former VOA bldg. I was looking for butterflies on the flowers blooming in the ditch and the wren totally surprised me.

Date: 9/22/2002 8:15-10:45 AM
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Add to the previous posting: one Lincoln's Sparrow slumming with some Song Sparrows in the mulch piles along the maintenance road near Buffalo Ridge Rd.; one Red-Headed Woodpecker flying over the stone shelter house; and one Red-breasted Nuthatch in spruces adjoining the stone shelter clearing.

Date: Sept. 22, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park South Beach
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

1 American Pipit

Date: 9/22/2002
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

The early-morning fog did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of migrants. Eleven species of warblers, along with good numbers of flycatchers, thrushes, and grosbeaks foraged steadily through the mid and lower canopy. Good looks were had of Blackburnian and Pine Warblers, while a Chestnut-sided and two Tennessees came nearer than close-focus distance for my binoculars.

Many of the birds were quite vocal: call notes were zinging from treetop to ground level. Especially noteworthy were the 15+ Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, calling while perched, foraging, and even passing high overhead. Large flocks of Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, and Red-winged Blackbirds placed today squarely in the "fall" category.

Date: 9/21/2002 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: St. Mary's Fish Hatchery & Harmon's Landing, Auglaize Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Hank, Lynette, & Eric Armstrong, and Jay Lehman

Two small ponds and one large one are drawn down at the Fish Hatchery, providing decent shorebird habitat. Unfortunately, word hasn't gotten around to the shorebirds yet; there were 7 of the more common species totalling about 85 birds (mostly Killdeer).

To offset these conditions, 14 species of warblers were found, featuring Wilson's at the hatchery, and Prothonotary and Black-throated Blue at the landing. The real stars of the show were the 40+ Cape May Warblers at Harmons Landing. They showed the full spectrum of genders, ages, and plumage conditions. Earlier in the morning, Eric asked, "What does a Cape May look like?" Well...now he knows!

Migration was readily in evidence with the swelling numbers of Canada Geese and Mallards. There were a number of Empids: a probable Least, a possible Willow, and I don't know about the rest! Barn Swallows were gathering, and a real treat was seeing 6+ Red-headed Woodpeckers moving through.

As the crowning glory, we had nice looks at a Philadelphia Vireo below shoulder height at Harmon's Landing.

Date: Sept. 22, 2002
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Rick Pope

Correction on my previous entry. I forgot that as we were leaving we saw a flock of an estimated 100 cormorants.

Date: Sept. 22, 2002
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Rick Pope

Stopped for a quick count of some of the flocking birds in the Oxbow Lake between 11 am and 1 pm. The max counts were 52 great egrets, 65 great blue herons, 22 cormorants, 8 black-crowned night herons, and 14 black vultures. These numbers should increase later in the day. Mike Busam tells me that the reported Oxbow high for Great Egrets is 69. Hope we can beat that this year. Go on down and do some counting.

Date: 9-22-02
Location: Green Township backyard-45233
Reporter: Wayne Wauligman
Other Birders: none

A warbler fallout occurred in the backyard trees this morning: Palm, Bay-breasted, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Yellow-throated, Tennessee, and Wilson's. It was quite a show until the Cooper's Hawk showed up and ended it all.

Date: 9/21/02
Location: Indian Creek WA, Rocky Fork Lake, Paint Creek WA
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders: Tim Kolde

Indian Creek- Large pond at Campbell Rd.- Eastern Phoebe, 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers,Red-shouldered Hawk, several Wood Ducks, about 15 Blue-winged Teal, Kentucky Warbler.
Roseate Spoonbills still present at Rocky Fork, also about 12 Great Egrets, many cormorants,2 Caspian Terns.
2 Vesper sparrows, about 12 Blue-winged Teal, also noted 20 Blue Jays, greatest amount seen this year.

Date: 9/21/2002
Location: Caesar Creek SP
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Nice migrant fallout on the road to the Gorge trail this AM. Warbler species included - Blue-winged (2), Tennessee (45), N. Parula (2), Chestnut-sided (8), Magnolia (4), Cape May, Black-throated blue, black-throated green(3),blackburnian (5), bay-breasted, blackpoll, black-and-white (6), Am redstart (4)and common yellowthroat. Vireos included red-eyed, Philadelphia, white-eyed and yellow-throated. ALso two yellow-billed cuckoos, several Empidonax flycatchers and a Cooper's hawk.

The beach hosted a single caspian tern, a 1st year herring gull and 125 ring-billed gulls. No LBBG was seen today.

Date: 9/20/02
Location: Rocky Fork
Reporter: Andrea Scheidler
Other Birders:

The spoonbills were still present (4:30pm). This time they were on the opposite side of the little bridge. We were able to view them much closer this time!!

Date: Sept 20, 2002
Location: Treaty Line Rd-Brookville Lake, IN
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders:

A Sanderling was among the shorebirds seen this morning at Brookville Lk. The Sanderling (ad-basic) accompanied by 7 A Golden Plovers, 3 Semipalmated Plovers, 150+ Killdeer, 23 Least Sand, 2 Bairds Sand, 1 C. Snipe, 4 G. Yellowlegs, 4 L. Yellowlegs, 2 Semipalmated Sand, 1 Solitary and 1 Spotted. 2 Forsters Terns, 2 imm Bald Eagles, 35+ GBH, 8 Great Egrets, 2 DC cormorants were also present.

Date: Tuesday, 9/17/02; 5:45 - 7:00 pm
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Woodland area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

The ususal suspects. Highlights: Great Horned Owl 2, calling, Common Nighthawk 25, Cedar Waxwing 25 (first sizeable flock of the season), Cape May Warbler 1

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

Make the birds in my previous posting Mourning Warblers.

Date: September 19, 2002
Location: Williamburg, Ohio (Clermont County)
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

3 Morning Warblers. One male, female and what appeared to be an immature. The female and the immature were feeding in the brush along the fence row and the male was chipping lowdly in the tall grasses and wild flowers in the field.

Date: 9/19/02@4:30to 6:00p
Location: Clifton Backyard
Reporter: Lori Brumbaugh
Other Birders:

8 magnolia warblers, one brown thrasher, two swainson thrushes, 5 catbirds, 40+ cedar waxwings, two Eastern Wood Pewees and another bird I can only describe. I thought I had been hearing a red breasted grosbeck since Sunday but the sound seemed different...harder. Tonight I spotted a bird sitting beside a robin with the same color breast and throat with no streaking, the beak of a grosbeck, dark head with buffy eyestripe and whitish malar stripe. The wings were much darker than the rump which was orangish brown. Wing bars were bright white and wide with additional white slashings. Does the Red-brested Grosbeck have a burnt orange rump, distinctly different in color from the wings?

Date: September 18, 2002
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: None

Swung along the west side of Oxbow lake and saw two other birders, no ATVs or any other problems. Both Osprey nests are mounted and waiting for next year. The kestrels are using them for better viewing currently. There were 60+ common egrets and 52 great blue heron on the Oxbow lake at about 4:30 pm. Saw 3 black-crowned night heron, 4 blue-winged teal, six double-crested cormorants on a quick stop at the bend viewing point. Still not much in the way of shorebirds. The new mudflats look good but they are so new that there are probably only a few invertebrates in the soil to attract feeding shorebirds.

Date: 9/18/2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Park/Clifton Backyard
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

Miami Whitewater: migrants in the tree lines around the wetland area included Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Black-throated Green Warblers, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos. Must have been a wave of Common Yellowthroats and Gray Catbirds come in also as there numbers were much greater than usual. The end of the lake of Strimple Road had a Sanderling, juv Sora, 5 Least Sandpipers, 4 Solitary Sandpipers, 2 Great Egrets.

Clifton backyard: was making lunch and saw a Blackburnian Warbler in the back with a mixed flock of Carolina Wrens and Downy Woodpeckers.

Date: 09-18-02 10:30-11:00
Location: OH, Hamilton, Cincinnati, McFarlen Woods
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders:

Not much going on at all. No migration movement.

1 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 2 Swainson's Thrushes.

At least there was 1 good bird moving around. Happy Birding!

Date: September 16, 2002
Location: Hamilton Riverside Natural Area 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

2 greater yellowlegs, 2 lesser yellow legs, 1 pectoral sandpiper, 1 least, 20+ killdeer. There are a number of large to mid-sized gravel banks in the river. That's where the shorebirds were. Also along the river edge, 2-3 Cape May warblers, 1 blackpoll, 1 each Tennessee & Nashville, 1 black-throated green, 2 common yellowthroats. On Saturday, Bob Lacker, Charlie Saunders and I saw an osprey cruising and hunting over the river.

Date: 16 Sept 2002
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders: Barb Reuss

The four Roseate Spoonbills have survived the weekend and were visible across from the campground. As I had a limited time I did not count birds; the usual gulls, herons, egrets, cormorants, etc. were there. A photo, taken through a Meade spotting scope: http://www.phillipsresearch.com/images/spoonetx2.jpg

Date: 9/14/02
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Lana Hays
Other Birders: several

I made my third visit from Northern Kentucky to Rocky Fork to see the spoonbills on Saturday. As usual, they were magnificient. This time I had the opportunity to get closer and took some better photographs. For those of you who have not yet gotten to see the spoonbills, I am posting a link to the webpage of the spoonbills. The second link is to some of the other birds that I saw there (except the hummingbirds that were in my backyard).
Enjoy.
http://homepage.mac.com/lhays/PhotoAlbum13.shtmll

http://homepage.mac.com/lhays/PhotoAlbum14.shtmll

Date: Sept. 13pm and Sept 14am
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Roger Ash
Other Birders:

The 4 Roseate Spoonbills were at the spot previously recorded across from campground.Tons of other shore and wading birds.Great 2 hours of evening birding,until hunters' gunshots spooked the Spoonbills..they flew behind the campground area....Went back Sat.a.m. to the same location and waited for the spoonbills' arrival...They finally flew in around 9:00 Sat. morning and began feeding heavily...many other birders present as I left the camp/boat ramp area around 10:30...an unreal sight in Central Ohio!!! Kudos to Hank Armstrong for great directions!!

Date: 9/14/02
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders: a young couple whose names I didn't get

Sometimes you just get lucky. After procrastinating, working, going out of town, and chasing the Phalarope, I finally made it to Rocky Fork. The Spoonbills were just hanging out,looking gorgeous, preening and snoozing. How in the world do they preen with that beak? There were also 2 Caspian Terns, at least 1 Common Tern and several Forster's Terns.

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2002
Location: Caesar Creek SP & Spring Valley SWA
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


Jack and I saw the adult breeding plumaged Lesser Black-backed Gull this afternoon on the beach at Caesar Creek State Park from about 12:45 to 1;15 pm. When we left the bird was still there. When we first arrived we saw a large flock of Ring-billed Gulls and one immature Herring Gull loafing on the beach, but no sign of the Lesser Black-backed. Jim Hickman and son were there for awhile before us,and said they had not seen it either, although someone else told them they had seen it earlier in the morning. A short time later another group of RBG'S flew in with the Lesser Black-backed in tow. We got quite close as none of the gulls were to skittish, obviously being used to humans on the beach. Eventually the LBB and many of the RBG'S flew out onto the lake and settled on the water just off of the beach.
The bright yellow legs, its size (obviously larger than the RBG'S, but considerably smaller than a Herring and much smaller than a Great Black-backed) its dark mantle, and small wite spot at the tip of its primaries(easily seen in flight) all characteristics of Lesser Black-backed Gulls were clearly seen.
We only saw a few warblers, maybe because of the time of day we were out, but we did have some good sightings. At Sping Valley we watched a Merlin (brown bird) harass several Blue Jays and suprisingly 2 Pileated Woodpeckers, for a period of several minutes before it moved on.This was on the bike trail overlooking a swampy area with a lot of dead trees just north and west of the main parking lot. We saw a female Ring-necked Pheasant along Ogleby-Furnas Rd.. We saw our first migrating Broad-winged Hawk (adult) of the fall, and a Sedge Wren in the grassland/wetland preserve near the Day Camp off Clarksville Rd.

Date: 9/15/2002
Location: Brookville Res (Treaty Line Rd), IN
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

The slow pace of fall songbird migration caused me to head out for shorebirds today. Still plenty of habitat at Brookville despite recent rains. Managed to see 14 species of shorebirds in about 90 minutes of observation although numbers have diminished slightly since earlier in the week.

Today's birds included - American golden plover (1-molting adult), semipalmated plover (8), killdeer (115), short-billed dowitcher (1-juv), greater yellowlegs (4, all adults), lesser yellowlegs (20 including several juveniles), solitary sandpiper (6), spotted sandpiper (3), semipalmated sandpiper (35 - mostly juvs, one adult basic), least sandpipers (20 - almost all juveniles), white-rumped sandpiper(2 - juveniles), Baird's sandpiper (3 juveniles), pectoral sandpipers (25) and stilt sandpiper (4 -3 juv, 1 adult basic.)

No unusual waders were seen, but 6 Forster's terns were also present.

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Lori Becker
Other Birders:

my emai is (3) l's and a k! Sorry!

Date: 09/15/02
Location: XXX
Reporter: Lori Becker
Other Birders:

What is the web site being referred to as "Ohio birds"? Also, does anyone have hotline websites for Indiana, Michigan, or Kentucky? Thanks for any help!! I'm a beginner!

Date: Saturday, 9/14/02, 12:10 - 12:30 pm
Location: Miami Whitewater Forrest Lake, Strimple Road
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

On the mudflats and edges of the lake on the south side

Solitary Sandpiper 3, Lesser yellowlegs 1, Least Sandpiper 10, Sora 2, both immature.

To reach Strimple Road: Take Dry Fork Road north off of I74. Dry Fork merges with New Haven Road. From New Haven Road, take Mt Hope Road until it deadends on Strimple road. Turn right on Strimple Road and continue until you see the lake on your right.

Date: Saturday, 9/14/02, 8:15 - 10:15 am
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Woodland Area
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

The highlights of fall migrants:

Eastern Peewee 3 (1 ad., feeding begging young. Seems late.), Chesnut-sided Warbler 1, Magnolia Warbler 3, Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 (1 m.,1 f.), Am. Redstart 2 (1 m. breeding plummage, 1 "yellow-start), Red-eyed Vireo 1, Swainson's Thrush 6

Date: 9/13/02
Location: Caesar Creek SP Beach
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Larry Gara

A Lessar Black-backed Gull has been spotted by Larry on the beach for the last few days. The gull is a Lesser Black-backed Gull and mixes in with the Ring-billed Gulls on the beach so it might take a few minuts of looking to find it. Larry spotted it again this morning shortly after 8 am but the dog walkers drove the gulls off the beach and didn't return untill after 10 am. That is when I spotted the bird on the shore mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls.

Date: 09/12/02
Location: Cowan Lake State Park
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders:

While kayaking between 7-8pm on the north shore between duck blinds 10 & 11, observed 3 Osprey, 1 Belted King Fisher, 2 Wood Ducks, 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, and heard a Great Horned Owl.

Date: 9/12/02, 6:30 -7:30 pm
Location: Caesar Creek SP Beach
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper reported by Larry Gara and Bob Thobaben on Ohio-Birds this afternoon was still at Caesar Creek SP beach area this evening. The bird was first found in the lawn between the beach and the pavilion, also in the lawn area west of the pavilion, and just before I left in the lawn along the concrete walk that skirts the beach. One can get rather close to this bird for great views through binoculars and a scope. It's a beautiful bird up-close. Looks like a young bird of the year. It might be still there early tomorrow morning. Get there at the crack of dawn to see it before crowds arrive.

Date: 9/12/02
Location: Rocky Fork State Park check-in/marina area
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: Fran Unger

Went to Rocky Fork to see Roseate Spoonbills about 10:30 this morning. Found the 4 quickly, perched on a log where previous sightings noted, right out from the campground check-in station. (Rt. 124 E. out of Hillsboro 3 miles, left to Park area, across small bridge, immediate right on dirt drive gave best/closest view. We watched them feeding and preening before they tucked their heads under a wing and stood on one foot for a nap to and warm themselves in the sun. Beautiful and interesting to watch. We saw 3 other birders who had driven up from the Cincinnati Tri-County area to see them. Other sightings: 13 Ring Billed Sea Gulls, 12 Great Egrets, 8 Great Blue Herons, 15 Barn Swallows, about 20 Double Crested Cormorants, 1 Belted King Fisher, and we heard a House Wren and a Cat Bird in the brush. We watched the spoonbills till about Noon in this location. Beautiful day to be out!

Date: 9/12/02
Location: Rocky Fork State Park check-in/marina area
Reporter: Dick Unger
Other Birders: Fran Unger

Went to Rocky Fork to see Roseate Spoonbills about 10:30 this morning. Found the 4 quickly, perched on a log where previous sightings noted, right out from the campground check-in station. (Rt. 124 E. out of Hillsboro 3 miles, left to Park area, across small bridge, immediate right on dirt drive gave best/closest view. We watched them feeding and preening before they tucked their heads under a wing and stood on one foot for a nap to and warm themselves in the sun. Beautiful and interesting to watch. We saw 3 other birders who had driven up from the Cincinnati Tri-County area to see them. Other sightings: 13 Ring Billed Sea Gulls, 12 Great Egrets, 8 Great Blue Herons, 15 Barn Swallows, about 20 Double Crested Cormorants, 1 Belted King Fisher, and we heard a House Wren and a Cat Bird in the brush. We watched the spoonbills till about Noon in this location. Beautiful day to be out!

Date: 9/12/02
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: Steve Lee

Early this morning the hide-and-seek
Black-backed Gull was again observed until some goose hunters spooked it. While looking at the bird we decided the legs were definitely not pink but yellowish like a Lesser but other features are like those of a Great.
If you are lucky enough to see the bird, please let me know.

Date: Sept 12, 2002
Location: Brookville Reservoir-Treaty Line Rd
Reporter: David Russell
Other Birders: Jill Russell

Stopped by yesterday afternoon (9-11) for 30 min. All the previously mentioned species from other postings were present with exception of the Sanderling and Phalarope. An Am. Golden Plover was present, however. There were well over 300 shorebirds, 60+ cormorants, 30-40 GBH, a Snowy Egret, 10-15 Great Egrets, Green Heron (no Little Blue Heron found), Bald Eagle (ad), 12 Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Mallards, Wood Duck.
This morning (9-12) there were at least as many shorebirds present, but the species mix changed overnight. No White-rumps, A. Golden Plover, Sb Dowitchers, G. Yellowlegs were present. Only a single Baird's Sand (down from 4), single Stilt Sand (also down from 4), two Semipalmated Sandpipers (down from 20+), and three Semipalmated Plovers (down from 15+) remained; while Pectoral Sandpipers went from 10-15 to nearly 70. Spotted Sandpipers and L. Yellowlegs also appeared to have increased moderately in number. The Least Sand(25+)and 6-8 Solitary Sand numbers remained stable. Killdeer far outnumber all other species combined. An interesting note, at least seven of the shorebirds are limping badly, including several of the individuals of the species left behind last night (Baird's, Semipalmated Sand, Semipalmated Plover, and Stilt Sand) None of the Killdeer appear to be limping and the Sb Dowitcher with the limp from 9-11 is no longer present.

Date: 9/10/2002
Location: Brookville Reservoir, IN
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Please add 12 pectoral sandpipers to the previous list.

Date: 9/10/2002 0930-1130
Location: Brookville Reservoir (Treaty Line Rd.), IN
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders: David/Jill Russell, Frank Frick

Spent a couple hours looking at shorebirds this morning in Indiana. Lots of habitat at this location although the morning light
is a little harsh and the distance to the birds a little long. Despite my best efforts I was unable to locate the red-necked phalarope previously reported. The sanderling (a molting juvenile) was visible only briefly.

My totals from this morning - semipalmated plover (15), killdeer (175), common snipe (1), short-billed dowitcher (1 -juv), dowitcher sp. (1), greater yellowlegs (3), lesser yellowlegs (20 - several fresh juveniles), solitary sandpipers (8), spotted sandpipers (4), sanderling (1), semipalmated sandpiper (40), least sandpiper (30),white-rumped sandpiper (2), Baird's sandpiper (3), stilt sandpiper (4 - 3 juv, 1 adult basic).

Also saw the imm. little blue heron but no snowy egret. This should be a good spot for weeks to come.

Date: 9/10/02
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders:

This AM from 8:15 to 9:15 the Great
Black-backed Gull was again observed with the Ring-bills. The bird is very skittish but today flew only from one end of the beach to the other. I hope someone else will see and photograph this bird since it is very rare for SW
Ohio. There were also two Sanderlings
on the beach.

Date: September 8, 2002
Location: White Oak Creek @ the Ohio River, Higginsport
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Clingman

5 Great Egrets and One Snowy Egret, and a flock of 12 Black Vultures. WHite Oak Creek empties into the Ohio River at Higginsport. There are couple of back water areas that are disappearing due to campground development, but they still hold birds. Campgrounds and marina are pretty quiet during the week. Busy time of the year is over so the birding can be intersting fall, winter and spring. Egrets can be viewed from ballfield by Our Place restaurant or from campground in the White Oak Creek Boat ramp. It is located in Brown County on US Route 52 about 30 miles East of New Richmond.

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2002
Location: Brookville Reservoir, Union County IN
Reporter: Jay Stenger
Other Birders: Jack Stenger


We went to Brookville Reservoir this afternoon to see if we could find the Red-necked Phalarope first seen and reported by Bill Buskirk on the Indiana list-serv Friday September 6th. The winter plumaged adult Red-necked Phalarope was still present, as was the Snowy Egret he also reported.
Shorebirds were abundant (by inland standards) on a pretty fair sized and probably growing mudflat at the extreme north end of Brookville Res. easily viewed along Treaty Line Rd. In our 2 hour visit we were able to identify 15 species of shorebirds, numbering about 300 individual birds, which is a conservative estimate as we did not make an effort to count every bird. Maybe half of these were Killdeer.
Shorebird species seen and approximate numbers were Semipalmated Plover 15, Killdeer 150, Greater Yellowlegs 4, Lesser Yellowlegs 30+, Solitary Sandpiper 1, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Sanderling 1+ (molting adult female?), Pectoral Sandpiper 25, White-rumped Sandpiper 3, Baird's Sandpiper 2+ (juveniles), Semipalmated Sandpiper 40+, Least Sandpiper 30+, Stilt Sandpiper 3, Short-billed Dowitcher 2(juveniles), Red-necked Phalarope 1(winter).
In addition to the Snowy Egret, an immature Little Blue Heron was also present along with 15 Great Egrets and 35 Great Blue Herons.40+ Double-crested Cormorants, 8 Green-winged Teal, several Mallards and Wood Ducks and about 50 Ring-billed Gulls were also seen.
To get to this site from Liberty IN(intersection of Routes 101 & 44), go west on route 44 about 3+ miles and turn left onto Treaty Line Rd., just pass the bridge over the Whitewater River. Follow this dead end road until it arrives at the waters edge.
A quick look at Acton Lake at Hueston Woods State Park did not yield many shorebirds. Birds seen there in a quick look included Great Egrets 9, Semipalmated Plover 1, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Stilt Sandpiper 2, and many Great Blue Herons and Ring-billed Gulls 75+.
I believe the exposed mudflats (due to the recent drought) at the north end
of Brookville will continue so long as we dont get heavy rains in the near future. The lake has not been drawn down to its winter pool level, that occurs in late October. This site should continue to be excellent the next couple of months.

Date: Sept. 8, 2002
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders:

I arrived at 6:30 am to check the mud exposed along the lake at the Bethel-Concord Rd area of the park before the fishermen showed up and scared everything off. I was two late. Six goose hunters were setting up on the far shore, but they weren't enought to scare off the Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeers and Solitary Sandpipers. Great Blue Herons and a Great Egret roosted in the trees behind them. I'm afraid that the goose hunters weren't successful because at about 7:15 people were fishing right in front of their blind.

There is lots of exposed mud in this area and it might be worth watching.

Double-creasted Cormorant 3, Great Blue Heron 6, Great Egret 1, Green Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 11, Wood Duck 1, Cooper's Hawk 2, Killdeer 28, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Spotted Sandpiper 3, Ring-billed Gull 25, Morning Dove 9, Great Horned Owl 2, Common Nighthawk 1, Chimney Swift 3, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 8, Downy Woodpecker 1, Hairy Woodpecker 2, N. Flicker 5, Pileated Woodpecker 3, Acadian Flycatcher 1, White-eyed Vireo 5, Red-eyed Vireo 1, Blue Jay 30, A. Crow 5, Barn Swallow 1, Carolina Chickadee 15, Tufted Titmouse 7, White-breasted Nuthatch 2, Carolina Wren 16, House Wren 1, Swainson's Thrush 1, Wood Thrush 1, A. Robin 34, Gray Catbird 7, Brown Thrasher 2, E. Starling 11, Blue-winged Warbler 1, Tennessee Warbler 8, N. Parula 1, Magnolia Warbler 2, Prairie Warbler 3, A. Redstart 1, Rufous-sided Towhee 10, Song Sparrow 1, N. Cardinal 31, Indigo Bunting 3, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Common Grackle 51, A. Goldfinch 15.

Date: 09/07/2002
Location: Covedale
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

5-10 Common Nighthawks foraging over neighborhood, not really flying in one particular direction as if in migration. The aimless coarsing back and forth has me uncertain of the actual number of birds.

Date: 09/07/2002 (8 a.m.-11 a.m.)
Location: Gorman Heritage Farm (Evandale, OH)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman (bird walk leader)
Other Birders: one attendee

Mallard, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker (HO), Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, Empidonax sp. (bold white eye ring, brown tones), White-eyed Vireo 1 (HO), Red-eyed Vireo 2, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren (HO), American Robin, Gray Catbird 1, Northern Mockingbird 5 (family), Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling, Tennessee Warbler 1, Magnolia Warbler 5, American Redstart 1, Wilson's Warbler 1 m, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Meadowlark 5 (family), Common Grackle, House Finch (HO), American Goldfinch, House Sparrow.

Date: 9/7/02
Location: Rocky Fork SP
Reporter: Henry Armstrong
Other Birders: none

The 4 Roseate Spoonbills are still at the park in the same area first reported.

Date: 9/07/02
Location: Caesar Creek beach
Reporter: Larry Gara
Other Birders: none

This morning I observed the Sanderling which I had found yesteday and it was joined by a Spotted Sandpiper. But the big surprise was a Great Black-backed
Gull that swooped down and stayed with the large flock of Ring-bills for only ten minutes. It was a beautiful adult bird. I know of no other record of this bird in SW Ohio though it is not unexpected.

Date: September 7. 2002
Location: Keehner Park, West Chester
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

5 ruby-throated hummers, 3 downy woodpecker, 1 willow flycatcher, 1 empid sp., 1 jay, 1 crow, 12 Carolina chickadee, 2 titmouse, 6 Carolina wren, 2 blue-gray gnatcatcher, 5 Swainson's thrush, 10 robins, 1 catbird, 2 warbling vireo, 3 red-eyed vireo, 1 blue-winged warbler, 1 Tennessee warbler, 2 Nashville, 2 chestnut-sided, 2 magnolia, 1 black-and-white, 12 redstarts, 2 Wilson's warblers, 1 Canada warbler, 5+ unidentified warblers up in the tops of the trees along the creek. 6 cardinals, 2 indigo buntings 2 eastern towhee, 2 song sparrow 20+ goldfinch. All the birds I saw were along the creek, which was a little cooler and a lot shadier than the surrounding park land. This is a really nice spot. If you're in the area, I'd recommend it.

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

8 sedge wrens, 10 bobolinks, 25 eastern meadowlarks, 1 savannah sparrow, 4 nighthawks, 50+ cowbirds. The sedge wrens were not singing and 7 of the eight were in an area of maybe 30 square yards, right along the trail west of the middle pond. They would pop up every now and then, give a couple angry chips, drop back down into the grass and then you could see them running around on the ground by following the moving grass--an effect that reminded me of Bugs Bunny tunneling to "Alb-ah-querkie" in the old cartoons. One wren had a strikingly yellow gape and bill, whereas most of the other birds had darker gapes and darker bills, though with some yellow highlights.

Date: sept. 4
Location: Northern Ky Devou Park
Reporter: john volz
Other Birders:

As you enter the Devou Park Trail there
has been a pair of barred owls in the area for over a year. The trail is near the over look. Last seen abt
one month ago. I had erected a house for them last Oct. with no success.
Also sighted in a open field near the trail 10 indigo bunting, 1 baltimore oriole.

Date: 9/1/2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

3 Black-crowned Night-Herons (2 were seen - 1 adult and 1 juv; the 3rd was heard only). They were all in the vicinity of the Ice Pond. About a week earlier I thought I saw one at the Ice Pond but didn't get a good look as it flew off obscured by tree branches. Assuming that is what it was on that earlier visit means that there were 6 species of herons/egrets there on that day.

Date: 9/3/02
Location: Rocky Fork State Park
Reporter: Andrea Scheidler
Other Birders:

Saw the Spoonbills between 12:00-1:30pm in the usual spot! What beautiful birds!

Date: 8/31/2002 8:15-11:15 AM
Location: Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

There were some migrants moving through this morning, but they were tightly clustered in a few areas near the cemetery's smaller ponds. Large numbers of Chipping Sparrows are making foraging flocks near the eastern ridge bordering the woodlot. A lone Red-breasted Nuthatch made a brief foray through the black spruces nearby.

Immature pewees were in abundance, the yellow in the corner of their gape evidence of their tender age. Five species of warblers and two species of vireos brightened the sun-faded leaves...very pleasant.

Trip list: Great Blue Heron 1, Canada Goose 8, Mute Swan 1, Mallard 12, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Killdeer 1, Mourning Dove 15, Chimney Swift 6, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 7, Downy Woodpecker 6, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Eastern Wood-Pewee 7, Least Flycatcher 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 7, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 4, Tree Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 20, Tufted Titmouse 9, Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 6, Carolina Wren 5, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, Wood Thrush 1, Gray Catbird 1, Northern Mockingbird 2, European Starling 15, Cedar Waxwing 6, Northern Parula 1, Chestnut-sided Warbler 6, Black-throated Green Warbler 1, Cerulean Warbler 1, Black-and-white Warbler 3, Chipping Sparrow 80, Field Sparrow 2, Song Sparrow 3, Northern Cardinal 20, Indigo Bunting 2, Common Grackle 20, House Finch 7, American Goldfinch 25.

Date: 9/02/02, Monday, 7:30 - 9:45 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetland
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

Good shorebird habitat, but the wetland will soon be dry if we do not get any rain. This report will include shorebirds and waders and a few other high-lights. We saw few migrants (only Boboliks flyingover) but got a good assortment of local breeding birds. Very hot and humid at the wetlands.

Great Egret 7, Least Sandpiper 12, Semipalmated Sandpiper 2, Semipalmated Plover 4, Killdeer 20, Lesser Yellowlegs 10, Greater Yellowlegs 2, Pectoral Sandpiper 10, Solitary Sandpiper 1

Almost all of the yellowlegs, the Solitary Sandpiper, the Semipalmated Sandpipers, a few least Sandpipers and the Semipalmated Plovers were immature birds of the year. There were one or two Lesser Yellowlegs, which were adults in molt, as evidenced by some really dark breeding plummage feathers remaining on their backs.

Cooper's Hawk 1, immature, harrassing the shorebirds, Grasshopper Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 1.

The sparrows were on the Farm Road.

Date: 9/1/02, Sunday , 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Butler Co.
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders:

Checked out West Pond, which still has some water in the northeast and eastern border. The harrier was hunting over the dried marsh and cattails just east of the observation deck on the west side of West Pond. The nighthawks appeared to be migrating. Lots of mosquitos, so come prepared! No sign of the Little Blue Heron.

Great Blue Heron lots!, Great Egret 44,
Snowy Egret 1, Greater Yelowlegs 1, Lesser Yelowlegs 1, Common Nighthawk 10,
Northern Harrier 1 (immature)

Date: 09/02/2002
Location: Rocky Fork State Park (Highland Co.)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: Bridget J. Brinkman

We saw the spoonbills between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. in the usual location posted by others. We viewed them from the dirt road described at http://aves.net/birdnews
It was like a scene from Florida, minus the anhingas, ibises and aligators!
Other birds of note near the spoonbills included 1 Caspian Tern calling in flight, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, a couple of Great Egrets and Common Nighthawks.


David A. & Bridget J. Brinkman
Cincinnati, OH

P.S. - I also had a Common Nighthawk fly over our heads last night (09/01) in Covedale. The young Mourning Doves are feathering and have eyes fully open. They still had the eggtooth last Friday.

Date: Sept 2, 02
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Gary
Other Birders: Cas

The 4 Roseate Spoonbills were still present at 10:30a.m. this morning .They were still hanging around the old stump across from the boat ramp . Also 2 Caspian Terns ,3 Great Egerts ,30 Ringbill Gulls, 6 D.C.cormorants, mallards and a few Killdeer.An Osprey circled overhead before taking a dive for a bite for lunch.

Date: Sept.1 02,
Location: Ceasars Creek
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Four Caspian Terns at the swimming beach at 9:30 AM

Date: Sept.1 02,
Location: Ceasars Creek
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders:

Four Caspian Terns at the swimming beach at 9:30 AM

Date: 8/31/2002
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Sam Corbo
Other Birders: Many

The Roseate Spoonbills again were present in their usual location early this morning.

Date: August 30, 2002, 5:30 P.M.
Location: Rocky Fork
Reporter: Margie Stigler
Other Birders: Katherine Miller

Four Roseate Spoonbills still present on the far side of the boat dock. Go past the entrance to boat ramp, over the bridge, take the dirt road to the right, park and see!

Date: 08/30/02
Location: Rocky Fork Lake, Hillsboro, OH
Reporter: Ed Groneman
Other Birders:

The Roseate Spoonbills were across from the boat ramp today as of 930AM. Also, 3 Black Terns were over the same area, along with the Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.

Date: Thursday, 8/29/02, 6:10 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Rocky Fork SP
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: three from Crooked Run,Clermont Co.

The four Roseate Spoonbills were present on the old tree stumps opposite the cul-de-sac by the marina at 6:10 pm when I arrived. I got about seven digital images, but they are not all of acceptable quality. Poor light and poor optics. At 6:35 pm they took off with the Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets, circled the lake and then landed in the wetland across the lake to the south. Several birders, three from Crooked Run in Clermont County, and I, went to the south side of the lake to try to find them. We walked out into the weedy overgrown field that borders the wetland on the west, but could not find the birds. They probably landed behind the vegetation out in the wetland. There was a large flock of Eastern Kingbirds present around the wetland. I estimated at least 50 birds, and some of the others present thought there might have been 100. If one splits the difference, a flock of 75 is still a LARGE flock of E. Kingbirds. A flock of at least seven Common Nighthawks were circling and hawking for insects above the marsh. Also, two Lesser Yellowlegs were in the wetland.

I do not recall seeing this posted. An early goose hunting season starts on September 1. If there is shooting and disturbance in the wetland, which is one of the prime shooting areas, the spoonbills might not be present for much longer. So get there soon if you haven't gone to enjoy these birds!!

Date: 29 August 2002
Location: Bellevue, Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

An Eastern Screech Owl, calling at dusk.

Date: 8/29/02 - afternoon
Location: East Fork SP South Beach
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

A quick drive-by produced 1 Osprey flying with 2 BV and TVs. (Dogs were running the beach.)

Date: 28 August 2002
Location: Mitchell Memorial Forest
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

2 Pine Warblers

Date: 8/28 945-1300
Location: Rocky Fork
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders: Bernie Master, Randy and Edie Lotz, etc......

The easy looks at the spoonbills were hard to be had this morning. Actually no looks, that was until Bernie and I ventured very very deep into the wetlands. Near what im assuming is the end. The 4 spoonbills were found with a large group of great egrets back there and flushed out to there usual spot across from the campground once Bernie and I got near them. Good looks but very hard to find at first. Thank you to everyone who has kept track of these birds.

Date: 8/28/2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds (west pond)
Reporter: Scott Reeves
Other Birders:

Checked the shrinking mudflats this AM. Found 1 fresh juvenile stilt sandpiper, 5 greater yellowlegs, 9 lesser yellowlegs, 3 solitary sandpipers and 30 killdeer.

The snowy egret and at least one of the little blue herons remain present among the throng of great egrets. Two green-winged teal were seen amidst the mallards congregated at the north side of the pond.

Date: 8/25/2002 5:15-6:30 PM (not counting the drive!)
Location: Rocky Fork Lake, Highland Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Met Janet and Connie from Columbus

I saw the 4 Roseate Spoonbills in the previously described location. The views were closer from the gravel road east of the bridge (see Hank's directions). However, scoping from the state park campground or picnic area turnaround (just south of campground) permiited better views, with much better lighting and colors. Make sure to pick up a Rocky Fork Lake fishing map, as it has all of the roads and access points for the reservoir.

The spoonbills were being bullied by a local Great Blue Heron, who moved them along several lengths of driftwood, alternately hopping and perching. They were still on the roots of a fallen tree when I left that spot and relocated to the Fisherman's Wharf Marina (see map).

From the marina, while counting cormorants, I saw the spoonbills fly at 6:15 PM into the southwest corner of the lake (see map). It is designated as a wetlands in which boating is forbidden. It is also the area that the birds flew in from early this morning, so it's possible that they roost there overnight.

There were several other nice surprises, including Wild Turkey, a Caspian Tern, and several Eastern Kingbirds standing on the ground, feeding on insects. I've never seen kingbirds standing around before.

Anyway, here's the trip list: Pied-billed Grebe 1, Double-crested Cormorant 400, Great Blue Heron 18, Great Egret 6, Green Heron 1, Roseate Spoonbill 4, Black Vulture 6, Turkey Vulture 12, Canada Goose 4, Wood Duck 6, Mallard 8, Blue-winged Teal 3, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 2, Wild Turkey 4, Killdeer 25, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Ring-billed Gull 40, Caspian Tern 1, Mourning Dove 30, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Chimney Swift 18, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 1, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 3, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Eastern Kingbird 15, White-eyed Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 1, Blue Jay 3, American Crow 15, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15, Barn Swallow 40, Carolina Chickadee 9, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 3, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 4, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 50, Cedar Waxwing 50, Yellow Warbler 1, Eastern Towhee 1, Chipping Sparrow 30, Field Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 8, Indigo Bunting 2, Red-winged Blackbird 6, Common Grackle 3, House Finch 4, American Goldfinch 15, House Sparrow 10.

Date: 8/25/2002 9:00AM-Noon
Location: Brookville Reservoir, Franklin & Union Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

The gate that normally blocks the access road to the dam was open this morning, so I took it to the parking area at the top of the hill. Making rich, metallic chipping noises were a pair of Blue Grosbeaks, perched in a Red Cedar not 20 meters from the parking lot.

Hubble Road runs from just north of the Quakertown SRA Campground to Mt. Pleasant Rd on the northwest side of the reservoir. It harbored 7 species of sparrows, featuring Grasshopper, Savannah, and Vesper.

Treaty Line Ramp still has a fair amount of water, but is showing several mud islands with good numbers of shorebirds and waders. Water-related highlights were 3 Snowy Egrets, 1 Forster's Tern, 1 American Golden Plover, 1 Western Sandpiper, 1 immature Bald Eagle, and 1 Osprey.

At the same time, a moderate push of fall land migrants was occurring. In the trees lining the ramp access road, good numbers of cuckoos and flycatchers along with a few warblers pushed through in a 10-minute time period.

Here's the trip list: Double-crested Cormorant 130, Great Blue Heron 70, Great Egret 15, Snowy Egret 3, Green Heron 2, Black Vulture 30, Turkey Vulture 20, Canada Goose 10, Wood Duck 3, Mallard 80, Blue-winged Teal 2, Osprey 1, Bald Eagle 1, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, American Golden-Plover 1, Semipalmated Plover 1, Killdeer 90, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Spotted Sandpiper 1, Semipalmated Sandpiper 25, Western Sandpiper 1, Least Sandpiper 15, Pectoral Sandpiper 45, Stilt Sandpiper 1, Ring-billed Gull 180, Herring Gull 1, Forster's Tern 1, Rock Dove 3, Mourning Dove 55, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 15, Chimney Swift 10, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4, Belted Kingfisher 3, Red-bellied Woodpecker 5, Downy Woodpecker 5, Northern Flicker 2, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 4, Least Flycatcher 7, Eastern Phoebe 2, Eastern Kingbird 3, Blue Jay 8, American Crow 35, Horned Lark 3, Purple Martin 15, Tree Swallow 25, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 40, Bank Swallow 30, Cliff Swallow 8, Barn Swallow 20, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 8, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Eastern Bluebird 18, American Robin 8, Gray Catbird 2, Northern Mockingbird 4, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 60, Cedar Waxwing 10, Northern Parula 1, Common Yellowthroat 3, Yellow-breasted Chat 1, Eastern Towhee 4, Chipping Sparrow 30, Field Sparrow 18, Vesper Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 6, Grasshopper Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 12, Northern Cardinal 12, Blue Grosbeak 2, Indigo Bunting 8, Red-winged Blackbird 30, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Common Grackle 6, Brown-headed Cowbird 12, Baltimore Oriole 1, House Finch 8, American Goldfinch 30, House Sparrow 65.

Date: 26 August 2002
Location: Rocky Fork SP
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

The 4 ROSEATE SPOONBILLS were still present around 11:30 AM. I was able to observe them (mostly preening and resting) very well from near the boat docks by the campground entrance. Beautiful birds! Well worth the trip.

Date: August 25, 2002
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Rick Chanin, Ken Phillips

Oh and a pair of Mute Swans...I assume they "don't count"?

Date: August 25, 2020
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Ginny Fantetti
Other Birders: Rick Chanin, Ken Phillips (with camera!)

In addition to the 4 ROSEATE SPOONBILLS documented by Ken's photos, there were also 12 Double-crested Cormorants, 5 Great Egrets, 4 Great Blue Herons, 4 Caspian Terns, 30 Ring-billed Gulls, 4 Killdeer and several TV's soaring overhead.

Date: 8/25/02
Location: Muscatatuck/Oxbow
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

Story of my life, when I bird west the excitement is east.
Despite such a nice day (or because of it) birding was slow at Muscatatuck. The Sedge Wrens are back at Endicott Marsh, 5 birds singing. One fun thing, at Otter Marsh an Am. Bittern was standing at least 20 yards from all vegetation doing the classic Bittern pose totally convinced he was invisible. D.C. Cormorants were out in droves.
The Oxbox has developed into perfect shore bird habitat. What a shame so few have found it. 2 L. and 1 Gr.Yellowlegs, several Pectoral, Semi-palm, and Least Shorebirds were all I found.

Date: 8/25/02
Location: Clermont County
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders:

3 nighthawks over our house.

Date: 25 August 2002
Location: Rocky Fork Lake
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders: Ginny Fantetti, Rick Chanin

After spotting four pinkish birds and repositioning to get a closer look Ginny Fantetti identified them as Roseate Spoonbills. Last recorded sighting was 1986, a single bird. Confirmed by photographic evidence: http://www.phillipsresearch.com/images/spoonbill.shtml

Date: August 25, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Charlie Saunders, Wayne Wauligman

47 great egrets, 20 Great blue herons, 1 snowy egret. (high counts from various birders over the past week are 60 great egrets, 50+ great blues, 3 little blues), 2 rt hummingbirds, 1 pewee, 1 phoebe, 4 empid sp., 2 blue-gray gnatcatcher, 1 catbird, 1 mockingbird, 4 warbling vireo, 1 red-eyed vireo, 1 yellow warbler, 1 chestnut-sided warbler, 1 American redstart (brief look, probably a hatch year bird). 1 Baltimore oriole.

Date: August 25, 2002
Location: Voice of America 6:30 am to 7:45 am.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker

1 Henslow's sparrow, 30 bobolinks, 20+ eastern meadowlarks, 8 sedge wrens. We were unable to relocate the upland sandpipers, though we did walk through Ballfield A where other observers have recorded white-faced ibis and willet in the past year. Apparently, the rare bird magnet under the ballfield was turned off, which might explain why the upland sandpipers, weren't there today.

Date: August 25, 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater wetlands/ Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jay & Jack Stenger
Other Birders: Audubon Society field trip participants (16)


The mudflats at the wetlands are looking pretty good and while we did not have great numbers of shorebirds we did have some variety. Most notable was an American Golden Plover in a mostly non-breeding plumage, although its belly was still mostly black. A Stilt Sandpiper was also seen. This bird clearly had only one leg, just a stump remaining where the other leg should have been. It appeared to be foraging just fine as it hopped about. We had 9 shorebird species in total. Killdeer, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Least, Semi-palmated, Pectoral and Solitary Sandpipers being the other species we saw. Other than the Killdeer none of these species were abundant.
Other birds seen included many Pied-billed Grebes, 2 Great Egrets, a few Green Herons, several Blue-winged Teal, a female Ruddy Duck, and a Black Duck.
Most of the group decided to take a look at Gilmore Ponds afterwards. There, among other more common species, we saw the Snowy Egret previously reported, many Great Egrets, several Green Herons, an adult Black-crowned Night Heron, 2 Green-winged Teal, an Immature Am. Coot, and only 4 species of shorebirds, Killdeer, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, several Lesser Yellowlegs, and a Pectoral Sandpiper.

Date: August 24, 2002
Location: Voice of America 5:30 pm to 6:30
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

I struck out on the upland sandpipers, though I did see killdeer, so I suppose I was heading in the right direction. There are around 500 acres out there, so they could still be around. I concentrated on the area mentioned in Darlena's post, plus the ballfields south of the access road.

Date: 8/24/02
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Eric Wolff and Wanda Nichols

Ned led a field trip out to the Oxbow and we saw the usual four kinds of herons, cormorant,in good numbers and a single semi-palmated plover and spotted sandpiper . I won't list the trip list but we did see a fair number of black vultures. After the official end of the trip, Eric, Wanda and I explored the Wood Duck Slough area and heard a red-eyed vireo and saw a single Perigrine (possibly another that flew away just as we were begining to get a look) that was circling above a kettle of mixed turkey and black vultures.

Date: 08/23/02
Location: VOA
Reporter: Mike Kravitz
Other Birders: Dennis Timberlake

Fields north of ballfield A, 7:00 - 8:45 AM: observed 2 Henslow's sparrows, 1 adult singing & 1, probable juvenile, following it. Also heard many and saw a few sedge wrens. One, with insect in beak, flew away as we approached and then dove back to its original location as we passed - perhaps nesting. Also sighted the following in the general area: canada geese (in flight), meadowlarks, killdeer, song sparrow (1 adult & 1 juvenile), barn swallows. This is a great place!

Date: 8/24/02
Location: VOA
Reporter: Darlena Graham
Other Birders:

There were three Upland Sandpipers in the tall grass this morning about 9:30. I was driving slowly along toward the pond when I saw them fly in. One showed himself at the top of the little rise before the pond. I was able to get a good long look at the bird when another called and they flew off to the area at the southeast of the ponds. They seemed skittish so I backed out in the hopes that they will stay and other birders will find them.

Date: 08/22/2002 (~ 11:00 a.m.)
Location: Broadwing building (w. downtown Cincinnati)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

A family of at least four American Kestrels gliding and engaging in mock combat from the rooftop and tower of the Broadwing building on the west side of downtown Cincinnati.

Date: August 21, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Carol Buchold, Dale Bodner, John Mulki, Chris Potenski

3 Henslow's sparrows, 1 flock of 25+ bobolinks (others around. Hard to tell how many), 17 eastern meadowlarks, 3 savannah sparrows, 9 sedge wrens, 25+ barn swallows, 12 nighthawks, 1 cedar waxwing, 1 eastern kingbird, 50+ red-winged blackbirds.

John, Chris, and Dale found the Henslow's sparrows and described a bird that sounds like the juvenile that's been out there. They showed us the spot and we all heard two birds singing, so it's likely there were three there. The Henslow's didn't start singing until after 8:00 pm.

Also, starting Monday, Cox Road will reopen at Tylersville, but it will be closed at Hamilton-Mason Road.

Date: 08-21-02
Location: OH, Butler, Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Kim Cade

My mom and I arrived at Gilmore at 8:00 A.M. and left around 10:30 A.M. We took the 2 mile Wetland loop and proceeded to find a number of good birds. To make this short we mostly found the same birds and about the same numbers as Mike's posting from the 18th. We found the Snowy Egret, Great Egrets, 25 Great Blue Herons, 4 Little Blue Herons, 1 Black Tern, 1 Baltimore Oriole, and the exact same species of shorebirds. The numbers of each species was also very similar except for the Solitarys, which only 3 were present. We did not find the Bald Eagle, however there are a few species to add to the list.
Highlights: 1 Least Bittern (flew in next to one of the Little Blues), 1 Green Heron (seen at the Old Ice Pond flying away with a fish), 1 American Kestrel, 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee, 2 Willow Flycatchers, 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 1 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (seen in the treeline near the back of the loop next to the railroad tracks, of course a train came by as soon as I saw this bird and scared it off!), and 2 Swamp Sparrows.

GOOD BIRDING!!

Date: 8-17-02
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park
Reporter: Keith Robinson
Other Birders: Becky Powers

Great Blue Heron 1, Green Heron 5, Canada Goose 10, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 14, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, Mourning Dove 11, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3, Chimney Swift 9, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, Red-bellied woodpecker 6, Downy woodpecker 2, Eastern Phoebe 6, Great-crested flycatcher 1, Blue Jay 10, Carolina Chickadee 6, Tufted Titmouse 3, White-breasted Nuthatch 3, Carolina Wren 4, House Wren 2, American Robin 27, Catbird 11, Brown Thrasher 1, Yellow-Throated Vireo 1, Cardinal 13, Indigo Bunting 5, Orchard Oriole 2, Baltimore Oriole 2, Goldfinch 17

Date: 08/19/2002
Location: Covedale front porch
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders:

Last Monday (08/12) I discovered a Mourning Dove incubating two white eggs in an unusual location for this species. She built a shallow nest in a hanging flower pot on my next door neighbor's front porch. I have not had a chance to search the literature on this unusual nest placement, but I am aware that wrens and House Finches will build in such locations. As of yesterday (08/18), the eggs have not yet hatched.

Date: Aug. 18, 2002 8:00AM until 10:00AM
Location: East Fork State Park
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie

3 Great Blue Heron, 2 Great Egret, 17 Turkey Vulture, 7 Wood Duck, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Broad-winged Hawk, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 6 Killdeer, 1 single Solitary Sandpiper, 9 Ring-billed Gull, 2 Caspian Tern, 8 Morning Dove, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 3 Chimney Swift, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 4 Belted Kingfisher, 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Downy Woodpecker, 2 Northern Flicker, 2 Eastern Kingbird, 9 Blue Jay, 8 Am. Crow, 1 Purple Martin, 10 Barn Swallow, 3 Carolina Chickadee, 3 Tufted Titmouse, 10 Carlina Wren, 1 Eastern Bluebird, 1 Wood Thrush, 1 Am. Robin, 2 Gray Catbird, 20 Cedar Waxwing, 2 Common Yellowthroat, 5 Eastern Towhee,
2 Song Sparrow, 5 No. Cardinal, 4 Indigo Bunting, 2 Co. Grackle, 2 Baltimore Oriole, 7 Am. Goldfinch

Date: Aug. 18, 2002
Location: Mockingbird Hill Farm Williamsburg, OH Clermont County
Reporter: Bill Stanley
Other Birders: Tammie Stanley

1 Common Nighthawk flying south at about 7:00 PM.

Date: August 18, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Lori Brumbaugh, Ken Phillips

The rains have refreshed West Pond, somewhat, and the mudflats should last at least another good week without rain. Highlights: 1 snowy egret, 4 little blue herons, 1 first-year bald eagle, 1 black tern. Others: 4 juvenile pied-billed grebes, 40+ great blue herons, 26+ great egrets (There are as many as 60+ great egrets moving between Gilmore to the wetlands east of Bypass 4 and west of Seward Road, and upwards of 100 great blue herons), 30 wood duck, 200 mallard, 20 killdeer, 3 lesser yellowlegs, 10 solitary sandpipers, 2 spotted sp., 1 semipalm sp., 6 least sp., 4 pectoral sp., 1 belted kingfisher, 1 Baltimore oriole.

Some notes on the snowy egret. This is a tough bird to pick out. It's probably a juvenile, and from a distance it is practically identical to the 4 juvenile little blue herons. The bill on the snowy is a little darker throughout the length of the bill, whereas the little blues are bluish from the base of the bill until the dark tip. The snowy's bill is also a little lighter at the base--perhaps as much as 1/3 of the bill from the base--than at the tip, which at first glance, makes one think "little blue." Overall, though, the snowy's bill is darker, and this really shows up when you get a good luck at the snowy side-by-side the little blues. (As for the differences in bill size, I couldn't tell any difference, even looking for a difference.)The lores and skin around the base of the bill of the snowy are bright yellow; the same area on the little blues is a dull greenish-yellow. The legs on the snowy are not the typically dark black legs you'd expect, but they are indeed darker than the greenish-blue legs of the little blues. The clincher is that from the "ankle" through the feet, the snowy is pure yellow. However, when the little devil is walking about in the mud, its feet look dark or dull yellow on occasion until it shakes its foot around and washes of some of the mud, which it did for us a few times. They're yellow though, and if you get decent looks, they'll show up. You can also see the yellow feet when the bird flies--if you're close enough! Another thing that threw us initially is that this snowy wasn't behaving like a snowy egret--it didn't act as if it had just drank two triple espressos and eaten a box of Frosted Flakes. It was as deliberate and as much a slow stalker as the little blues. But... when we had good looks at its feet, we noticed that it would occasionally swish its feet around in the water to stir up the mud, while the rest of the bird remained basically as stock still as the little blues it was hanging around with. It's a fun bird, though, and it makes a nice test when they fly around and switch places--like an avian shell game. Hopefully it'll stick around.

Date: August 18, 2002
Location: Voice of America 6:30 am to 8:45 am.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Lori Brumbaugh

5 Henslow's sparrows, 7 sedge wrens, 6+ bobolinks, 6+ meadowlarks. We refound the juvenile-like Henslow's sparrow from yesterday, and it's indeed a juvenile. Here are some pictures: http://www.gilmore.pond.org/voa_3.shtmll

Date: 08/18/02
Location: Cheviot
Reporter: Andy Bess
Other Birders: Diane

30 plus Common Nighthawks flew over Cheviot around 6:30 PM

Date: 17 Aug 2002
Location: Hueston Woods, Butler/Preble Cos.
Reporter: Jim Hickey
Other Birders: Alex Hickey, Tom Hickey

Flying between the Marsh area and the lodge was a flock of 47 Black Terns. Also of interest were 4 Caspian Terns and 5 Great Egret. The latter in the marsh by the Nature center along with Canada Geese, Mallards and Wood Duck. In the flats were Kildeer (numerous), a single Pectoral Sandpiper and about a dozen least sandpipers.

Date: August 17, 2002
Location: Voice of America 6:30 am to 7:45 am.
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rick Dage

10 Henslow's sparrows, 7 sedge wrens. We had a look at 3 Henslow's perched on the same dead parsnip plant. Two were streaked below, one was not streaked and its underparts, particularly the throat and upper breast, were a buffy-orange color. It looked similar to pictures I've seen of juvenile Henslow's, but I have little experience with these birds. Who knows? Anyone have any thoughts?

Date: Aug. 15, 2002
Location: Winton Woods Settling Pond
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

I went out at 9AM this morning and just set up at the settling pond in Winton Woods. 24 Mourning Doves on the wires, 3 Chimney Swift, 3 Goldfinch, 18 Mallards, 24 Wood Duck, 2 Carolina Wrens, 1 Carolina Chickadee, 6 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 Catbird, 2 American Coots, 3 Barn Swallows, 1 Common Flicker, 15 Starlings on the wires, 1 Crow, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Cardinal, 3 Purple Martins, 1 Black-crowned Night Heron, 1 Rough-winged Swallow, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Song Sparrows, 1 Blue Jay and 1 Great Blue Heron. Nice day, cloudy and cool.

Date: August 17, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Rick Dage, David Dankovic, Sharon Pawlowski

1 first-year bald eagle. We first saw it sitting on the edge of west pond among 30 wood ducks and 200 mallards. It spent some time sitting atop a utility pole and it didn't seem to have any bands on either leg. Also, 3 juvenile coots, 4 juv. pied-billed grebes, 36 great egrets, 52 great blue herons (Sharon and Dave's count) 4 juv. little blue herons, 1 Baltimore Oriole, 1 warbling vireo. Shorebirds: 20+ killdeer, 4 least sandpiper, 5 pectoral, 6 lesser yellowlegs, 10 solitary, 1 spotted. The mudflats are drying out in a hurry, which is really frustrating given how much water was present just two weeks ago!

Date: 8/16/2002
Location: Steamboat Marina, New Richmond, OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

16+ (their swarming flight made it hard to count them) Black Terns flying upriver. This is the 1st time I ever seen them.

Date: 16 Aug 2002
Location: Miami Whitewater
Reporter: Jim Hickey
Other Birders: Alex Hickey, Tom Hickey

This morning we spotted a group of 10 - 12 Black Terns flying over the bird blind by the pond. They dipped in and out of the vegetation but were often seen flying high and were readily visisble.

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

3:30-4:30pm today six Black Terns were seen flying over the main pond.At times they would sit on a mud flat that is forming in the pond.

Date: August 11-14
Location: Sycamore Township near Reed Hartman Hwy
Reporter: Diane Meyer
Other Birders:

Still trying to confirm identification - so far closest guess is some type of an Amazon Parrot! Pictures at http://onebridgehome.com/parrot

Date: August 14, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

87 bobolinks, 15 sedge wrens, 30 eastern meadowlarks, 5 Henslow's sparrows, 0 savannah sparrows.

The bobolinks are zipping about all over the place. The 87 birds were in a single flock and I counted the birds I could see in this flock when they were perched among the grass and vegetation. I imagine there are more present, but it's hard to figure out just how many there are. Tonight they were concentrated in the middle of the eastern half of the VOA, in the vicinity of the Henslow's sparrows. There were also two sedge wrens singing on the western edge of the Butler County MetroParks' portion of the VOA, along the ever-widening Cox Road. I haven't heard them there before.

Date: 8/10/2002 8:15-Noon
Location: Miami Whitewater Forest & Wetlands, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade

Like Huey Lewis & the News, I seem to be going "Back in Time" with my postings getting older rather than newer. Sorry for the delay.

It was an interesting day, to say the least. Jason and I just puttered around the wetlands, the southeast end of the Golf course lake, and the pond across the street from it. Birds just kept sounding off and showing up. The most pleasant surprises were the Least Bittern, Great Horned Owl, Acadian Flycatcher, and two Dickcissels at the wetlands area. The relatively small pond across Strimple Rd from the Golf course lake harbored a Northern Harrier, seemingly early AND in the wrong habitat.

We also ran across an immature male Scarlet Tanager that may have reported as a Western Tanager earlier this summer. It certainly was atypical in that its greater and median wing coverts were tipped with brown, giving a sort of wing-bar effect. Also, the darker wings contrasting with the green rump may have contributed to a yellow-rumped effect. Oddly, the bill was duskier than normal: more like a Hepatic than anything else, but not THAT dark and not THAT barbed. An oddball!

Trip list: Pied-billed Grebe 8, Least Bittern 1, Great Blue Heron 6, Green Heron 6, Turkey Vulture 7, Canada Goose 20, Wood Duck 20, Mallard 50, Blue-winged Teal 10, Hooded Merganser 1, Ruddy Duck 4, Northern Harrier 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Northern Bobwhite 3, Killdeer 20, Greater Yellowlegs 4, Lesser Yellowlegs 11, Solitary Sandpiper 8, Least Sandpiper 11, Pectoral Sandpiper 17, Rock Dove 10, Mourning Dove 35, Great Horned Owl 1, Chimney Swift 15, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 4, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Acadian Flycatcher 1, Willow Flycatcher 3, Eastern Kingbird 2, White-eyed Vireo 2, Blue Jay 10, American Crow 35, Purple Martin 5, Tree Swallow 20, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5, Bank Swallow 3, Barn Swallow 55, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted Titmouse 3, Carolina Wren 3, House Wren 2, Sedge Wren 1, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, Eastern Bluebird 3, American Robin 30, Gray Catbird 8, Northern Mockingbird 5, European Starling 40, Yellow Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 15, Scarlet Tanager 1, Eastern Towhee 2, Chipping Sparrow 1, Field Sparrow 15, Grasshopper Sparrow 1, Song Sparrow 40, Swamp Sparrow 2, Northern Cardinal 15, Indigo Bunting 15, Dickcissel 2, Red-winged Blackbird 90, Eastern Meadowlark 10, Common Grackle 30, Brown-headed Cowbird 1, Baltimore Oriole 2, American Goldfinch 30, House Sparrow 15.

Date: 8/14/02
Location: Anderson, Rt.52
Reporter: Fran Kidd
Other Birders:

30-40 (I was driving.....) sandhill cranes flying South over the river.

Date: 8/11/2002 9:20-11:50 AM
Location: Gilmore Ponds, Butler County, OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

Good numbers of waders and a few shorebirds are occupying Cattail Marsh. Good views can be had from the Cattail Overlook, shown as D on the map of Gilmore Ponds (http://www.gilmore.pond.org/map.shtmll).

Two Little Blue Herons were still present, as was a juvenile/immature American Coot that gave me fits trying to identify it. If I'm up to it, I'll post a message later describing the difficulties with this particular identification.

Pleasant surprises included one vocalizing Prothonotary Warbler, and one female Sharp-shinned Hawk. The latter politely confirmed her identification by vocalizing her displeasure at the goldfinch she missed. That sissy voice has nothing on a Cooper's Hawk's squawk!
Trip list: Pied-billed Grebe 2, Great Blue Heron 45, Great Egret 10, Little Blue Heron 2, Green Heron 2, Turkey Vulture 1, Canada Goose 30, Wood Duck 20, Mallard 30, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 1, Killdeer 15, Greater Yellowlegs 5, Lesser Yellowlegs 6, Spotted Sandpiper 3, Semipalmated Sandpiper 10, Least Sandpiper 15, Rock Dove 4, Mourning Dove 35, Chimney Swift 12, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3, Belted Kingfisher 4, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 2, Willow Flycatcher 5, Eastern Kingbird 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Blue Jay 5, American Crow 9, Purple Martin 10, Tree Swallow 15, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8, Cliff Swallow 4, Barn Swallow 25, Carolina Chickadee 7, Tufted Titmouse 3, Carolina Wren 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 45, Gray Catbird 20, Northern Mockingbird 4, European Starling 20, Cedar Waxwing 6, Prothonotary Warbler 1, Common Yellowthroat 18, Eastern Towhee 2, Field Sparrow 15, Song Sparrow 20, Northern Cardinal 10, Indigo Bunting 15, Red-winged Blackbird 50, Common Grackle 30, Brown-headed Cowbird 6, Baltimore Oriole 2, American Goldfinch 50, House Sparrow 4.

Date: 8/11/2002 8:00-9:00 AM
Location: West Fork Dam Settling Pond, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: None

The water level is still fairly high in the settling pond. It was certainly deep enough for the surprise bird of the day: a female Ring-necked Duck. Waterfowl numbers appear to be building, with more of the males starting to molt out of eclipse plumage.

Trip list: Pied-billed Grebe 2, Great Blue Heron 4, Green Heron 1, Black-crowned Night-Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 2, Canada Goose 6, Wood Duck 50, Gadwall 1, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 40, Blue-winged Teal 4, Ring-necked Duck 1, Killdeer 5, Mourning Dove 12, Chimney Swift 60, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, White-eyed Vireo 1, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 5, Purple Martin 120, Tree Swallow 15, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 15, Barn Swallow 15, Carolina Chickadee 7, Tufted Titmouse 1, Carolina Wren 4, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 15, Gray Catbird 3, Northern Mockingbird 1, European Starling 60, Cedar Waxwing 10, Common Yellowthroat 2, Eastern Towhee 3, Field Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow 4, Northern Cardinal 6, Indigo Bunting 3, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Common Grackle 6, House Finch 6, American Goldfinch 18, House Sparrow 7.

Date: 8/11 and 8/13, 2002
Location: VOA
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

On Sunday I verified that the Sedge Wrens (previously reported by Mike Busam) at the Voice of America park have built at least one nest. As of this morning they are still actively singing plus gathering nest material. On Sunday, I saw one Henslow's Sparrow and heard two others. Today, there were 30+ Bobolinks. It is hard to estimate the Sedge Wren numbers but there must be at least 20+. One territory is right next to a picnic shelter/parking area.

Date: Aug. 12, 2002
Location: Winton Woods
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: Jackie Seymour

A Cooper's Hawk made a kill in my yard this afternoon. This is the third kill this year I have witnessed. The first in the Spring by a sharp-shinned Hawk (kill species unknown) and one in May when I saw a Cooper's Hawk kill a downy woodpecker. This time it was a house finch. The funny thing was I saw what was probably the same bird dive the feeders earlier in the afternoon and it missed. I saw it fly into my pines to wait. It must have been very patient, because one and 0ne half hours later I saw it make a kill.

Date: 11 August 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Ken Phillips
Other Birders:

40+ Turkey Vultures feasting on the remains of the fish stranded by the drought. Six Great Blue Herons, One Green Heron, One Belted Kingfisher, One Red-Tailed Hawk, many Sandpipers (or relatives). Seen in the pond on Rt. 4 bypass. Pond is nearly empty by 12 August. Photos of vultures: http://www.phillipsresearch.com/images/tv01.jpg http://www.phillipsresearch.com/images/tv02.jpg

Date: Aug. 03, 2002
Location: Shawnee Lookout
Reporter: Lester Peyton
Other Birders:

Sorry this is late.
While clearing net lanes for fall migration research at Shawnee I observed an American Redstart, HY male.

Date: 08/10/2002 (1:20 pm - 3 pm)
Location: East Fork State Park (Block #3 of breeding survey)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: None

Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Northern Flicker 1, American Crow 1, Tufted Titmouse 2, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 1, Common Yellowthroat 1, Field Sparrow 1, American Goldfinch 1.

Also I saw a Black Vulture circling over S.R. 32 just W of Half Acre Rd.

* I also have a belated report from East Fork block #3 from July 14th that I haven't posted here. If you are interested in the bird list and numbers, please e-mail me privately.

Date: 08/10/2002 (8 am - 11 am)
Location: Cincinnati Nature Center (Rowe Woods)
Reporter: David A. Brinkman
Other Birders: 7 others

I lead a bird walk on this date with up to 7 attendees. We saw and/or heard the following:

Canada Goose, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Red-eyed Vireo (unfortunately feeding a young cowbird), American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Summer Tanager (pair with at least one dependent young), Northern Cardinal (pair at the nest), Indigo Bunting, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird (dependent young fed by Red-eyed Vireo), House Finch, American Goldfinch.

Date: Aug. 9, 2002
Location: Oxbow
Reporter: Jon Seymour
Other Birders: none

I went down to the Oxbow this afternoon between 2-4 pm which is not the best time to bird watch. I saw the usuall TVs and an occassional Red-tail. I was looking for wading birds and waterfowl. I found 30+ Blue Herons, 9 Common Egrets, 15 Cormorants, a small flock of shorebirds ~15 (all Killdeer), 14 Canada Geese, and about a half a dozen wood ducks were lazin' around. It looks like the water in the lakes is still nice and deep and the new area near the levee is showing some nice mud flats as hoped. The Jackpot Pond area is also showing extensive mudflats so we hopefully will get some good shorebird activity later this month. Please everyone notice the new Osprey nest on the west side of Oxbow lake visible from the levee bike path. Keep your fingers crossed that we get a nesting pair next year.

Date: August 7, 2002
Location: Voice of America 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

4 Henslow's sparrows. These birds were between 200 to 400 yards north of the parking pull off opposite ballfield A, and were first heard while walking along one of the main north-south trails. I eventually got good looks at a singing bird, which was nice since this is a lifer for me, I have to admit. Jason and Neill Cade saw and heard a Henslow's sparrow on the east side of the park last week (July 30), out near the set of columns closest to the west pond in the Butler County MetroParks' portion of the park. Tonight's birds were more toward the west side of the park. I would guess these birds are fairly new arrivals. I've been walking the site almost weekly since April, and haven't encountered any or heard of any reports from other birders until this past week and tonight. It's a nice addition to the VOA avifauna! I'm glad Jason and Neill reported their sighting.

Also, 15 sedge wrens, 16 bobolinks, 17 meadowlarks. The sedge wrens could possibly be nesting.

Date: 8/6/2002
Location: Miami Whitewater Park
Reporter: William Hull
Other Birders:

2 Sedge Wrens along mowed path from bike path to bat house. The end of the lake near Strimple Road has some shorebird habitat and there had been a mix of birds there the 3 times I have checked since last Wednesday made up of Pectoral Sandpipers (max 3), yellowlegs (max 2), Solitary Sandpipers (max 3), Least Sandpipers (max 2) and Killdeer (max 15).

Date: Sat. Aug 3, 2002
Location: MWF Grasslands
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

The grasslands are relatively quiet compared to the last several years.How quickly we are spoiled! The highlights were 20 Bobolinks in moulting condition,1 Marsh Wren, and 2 Sedge Wrens. No Dickcissels, no Henslow's, no Grasshopper sp. and no Savannahs- at least I didn't find any.
I did check on the Henslow's sparrows in West Harrison, and at least 2 were calling at 10:30 in the morning. So far the hay hasn't been cut and there are several other nice looking fields in the area.

Date: April 3, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Highlights: 4 pied-billed grebe (three of which were juveniles. Paul Wharton first saw these last weekend), 30+ great blue herons, 5 great egrets, 3 LITTLE BLUE HERONS(juveniles), 3 green herons, 1 black crowned night heron (juvenile), 10 Canada geese, 6 wood ducks, 12 mallards, 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 semipalmated plover, 50+ killdeer, 6 solitary sandpipers, 1 semipalmated sandpiper, 1 pectoral sandpiper, 1 American woodcock, 6 ufo peeps, 1 yellow-billed cuckoo, 1 red-eyed vireo, 1 juvenile goldfinch.

The mudflats in West Pond are developing quickly, particularly around the edges between the cattails and the deeper water. There remains 1 to 4 feet of water in most of West Pond, and it will still be some time before that draws down. One problem is that the edges currently providing mudflats are filled with the stalks of last year's goldenrod and other plants. It is very difficult to view the shorebirds, and they are extremely skittish. When they do put down, they are running around the goldenrod stalks and getting good looks is maddening. The large puddles off of the Gilmore Road parking lot are now pretty much dried up, though the semipalmated plover and six solitary sandpipers were in one ten foot by six foot puddle. The largest puddle is filled with piles of literally thousands of squirming frog larvae, most without developed hind legs. The noise from their frantic floppings sounds like a giant, though unappetizing, bowl of Rice Krispies. I imagine these are green frogs or bull frog larvae(?). Sad to see, but they're heron food, I guess. South Pond is a mudflat, but it had only killdeer this morning; North Pond is still filled with water. To view the mudflats in West Pond, you'll need knee boots or waders and a desire to walk through cattails and lots of deep, thick mud. I encountered no mosquitoes and only one biting fly, albeit it was larger than a catbird.

Date: 8/03/02
Location: Larwenceburg Road - Lost Bridge
Reporter: Jeff Rowe
Other Birders: Donna Rowe

At 9:30 this morning, we observed an Osprey fishing in the pool just north of the bridge. The bird was hovering at eye level about 50 feet from the bridge. Great view.

Date: 8/1/02 - various times of day
Location: Waycross Road- between Mill Rd. and Hamilton Ave.
Reporter: Ron Kolde
Other Birders:

I work at a new development on Carillon Boulevard off of Waycross. The south side of Waycross is owned by Hamilton County Parks (Winton Woods). Directly across from Jacobs Engineering in the referenced field I have heard Sedge Wrens calling (2 at one time). I have not investigated the area due to work, family concerns, etc, but recommend the eastern side of the field to anyone interested- very little mowing has been done. May be worth a look to anyone in the area.

Date: 07-30-02
Location: OH, Butler, VOA
Reporter: Jason Cade
Other Birders: Neill Cade

My dad and I took a brief stroll in the park from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. We got the normal birds being seen and more.

Highlights:
45 Bobolinks, 8 Sedge Wrens, 1 HENSLOW's SPARROW (heard and very briefly seen), and 1 ALDER FLYCATCHER (seen and heard).

Both the sparrow and flycatcher were seen in the same vicinity as the sedge wrens. This location was described in previous postings. Great Birding!!

Date:
Location:
Reporter: Bob Foppe
Other Birders:

I was wondering if anyone is planning on driving up to Pickeral Creek possibly on Saturday. If so and its possible for me to tag along, while paying my half of course could you email me? fopsinc@aol.com. Friday also could possibly work. Thank you!

Date: 7/31/02
Location: Pickerel Creek WA
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders:

A Ruff (female) and a Red-necked Stint have been spotted at Pickerel Creek WA 6 miles west of Sandusky, OH on Ohio route 6. DeLorme page 38, A2. This information was forwarded to me today by Joe Hammond and Vic Fazio.

Date: July 28,2002
Location: West Harrison, Ind.
Reporter: Paul Wharton
Other Birders:

At least 2 Henslow's Sparrows were heard in an uncut 20 acre hay field on Snowhill Rd. about 3/4 mile east of Seeley Rd. and about 2 miles west of Johnson Fork Rd. This is located just above the town of New Trenton on US 52. The field is at a 90 degree turn in the road and there is a Kestrel box on a nearby telephone pole. This same field has hosted Sedge Wrens and Bobolinks in the past. I hope the owner doesn't cut the hay anytime soon.

Date: July 28, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Bob Lacker, Charlie Saunders

17 sedge wrens, 20+ bobolinks, 10 savannah sparrows, 6+ meadowlarks, 1 great blue heron. A few of the sedge wrens are prone to perching just off the edges of the mowed trails atop dead wild parsnip or teasel. A couple of birds have been in the same spots, using practically the same plants for a week or two. If you're inclined to bird photography, you might have a good shot at a few decent sedge wren photos. I'd recommend the east-west mowed trail just beyond the second set of four cement blocks. Park at the picnic shelter and follow the paved narrow road to the north (apologies to Matsuo Basho) and you can't miss this trail--it's just beyond the turnaround for the road. Hang a right and you should find the more photogenic wrens along either side of the trail.

Date: 7/27/2002 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Shawnee Lookout & Elizabethtown Bridge, Hamilton Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

Virtually no shorebirds on the sand and gravel bars in the Great Miami River. Also, no Cliff Swallows were in evidence in the mud nests under the E-town bridge, nor in the swallow flocks over the adjoining gravel pit.

Shawnee Lookout afforded us very close looks at Acadian Flycatchers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, Wood Thrushes, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, an adult female Black-and-white Warbler, a male Summer Tanager, juvenile Chipping Sparrows, and an immature Eastern Towhee.

Trip list: Great Blue Heron 1, Black Vulture 1, Turkey Vulture 17, Killdeer 3, Mourning Dove 9, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 4, Downy Woodpecker 3, Northern Flicker 1, Eastern Wood-Pewee 5, Acadian Flycatcher 7, White-eyed Vireo 3, Yellow-throated Vireo 1, Red-eyed Vireo 12, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 6, Tree Swallow 10, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 18, Bank Swallow 4, Barn Swallow 5, Carolina Chickadee 15, Tufted Titmouse 4, White-breasted Nuthatch 1, Carolina Wren 7, House Wren 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3, Eastern Bluebird 1, Wood Thrush 18, American Robin 25, Gray Catbird 2, European Starling 15, Cedar Waxwing 7, Black-and-white Warbler 1, Cerulean Warbler 2, Common Yellowthroat 7, Summer Tanager 1, Scarlet Tanager 1, Eastern Towhee 15, Chipping Sparrow 6, Song Sparrow 18, Northern Cardinal 15, Indigo Bunting 30, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Common Grackle 2, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 15.

Date: 7/27/2002 8:15-11:00 AM
Location: Oxbow Region, Dearborn Co., IN
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong

The habitat at the oxbow ponds is really starting to look good. Most of the waders, shorebirds, and two Black terns were at the main Oxbow pond, particularly at the south end. The roads are very heavily rutted (but dry) in some areas, so make sure your vehicle has sufficient ground clearance.

Trip list: Great Blue Heron 35, Great Egret 10, Green Heron 2, Black-crowned Night-Heron 8, Turkey Vulture 3, Canada Goose 25, Wood Duck 35, Mallard 10, Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Kestrel 2, Killdeer 15, Solitary Sandpiper 2, Spotted Sandpiper 2, Semipalmated Sandpiper 10, Least Sandpiper 1, Pectoral Sandpiper 4, Short-billed Dowitcher 1, Black Tern 2, Rock Dove 1, Mourning Dove 15, Chimney Swift 10, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 2, Northern Flicker 3, Eastern Wood-Pewee 1, Eastern Phoebe 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 2, Eastern Kingbird 1, Yellow-throated Vireo 2, Red-eyed Vireo 4, Blue Jay 2, American Crow 12, Purple Martin 1, Tree Swallow 3, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2, Barn Swallow 3, Carolina Chickadee 7, Tufted Titmouse 1, Carolina Wren 5, House Wren 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 18, Gray Catbird 2, Northern Mockingbird 1, Brown Thrasher 1, European Starling 20, Cedar Waxwing 6, Common Yellowthroat 9, Eastern Towhee 4, Song Sparrow 35, Northern Cardinal 12, Indigo Bunting 35, Red-winged Blackbird 100, Common Grackle 5, Brown-headed Cowbird 1, House Finch 3, American Goldfinch 35, House Sparrow 6.

Date: July 27, 2002
Location: Gilmore Ponds
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

3 solitary sandpipers, 20+ killdeer, 6 great egret, 6+ great blue herons, 2 green herons. The water in and around west pond is drawing down, slowly. West Pond itself could have excellent mudflats by mid to late August if the weather stays warm and dry--it could even be like it was in August to September of 1996. Otherwise, there are some interesting wet areas in the fields between the Gilmore Road parking lot and the observation tower. You'll need wading boots and you'll have to walk through some tall vegetation and mud, but there could be shorebirds stopping here on occasion. That's where the solitary sandpipers were today.

Date: 26 July 2002
Location: AJ Jolly Park Campbell Co., KY
Reporter: Frank Renfrow
Other Birders:

Some mudflats developing along margins of lake due to drought. A few shorebirds present - 3 Least, 1 Pectoral and 2 Solitary Sandpipers. Also one male Blue Grosbeak behind the Walmart at Alexandria.

Date: July 25, 2002
Location: Chilo Lock #34
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders:

Barn Owl Update. Last known sighting was July 19. We were out of town on the 20th and 22nd. We had no luck on the 21st, 23rd and 24th.
Suzanne did pick up a Willow Flycatcher in the preserve. I think that brings the Crooked run Nature preserve total species to 154.

Date: July 25, 2002, 8 am
Location: Miami Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Ev Kitchen
Other Birders: Susan Kitchen

We believe we saw two female western tanangers just off Baughman Rd at entrance to the wetlands, in the field to the left of the paved path.

From about 15 feet we saw greenish yellow heads and rumps (when flying),plus yellow breasts. Dark bills were shorter and less pointed than on orchard orioles also seen in the vicinity. Scallopy narrow white wing bars were seen on darker green wing of the tanangers. At one time, both the apparent tanangers and an orchard oriole were in the same field of view. The tanangers were noticeably shorter,about two-thirds as large.



Date: July 24, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

11 sedge wrens, 16 bobolinks, 4 meadowlarks, 4 savannah sparrows. Most of the sedge wrens were in the northern portion (that is, the Butler County MetroParks side) of the VOA.

Date: July 11th
Location: Lunen Field jogging path
Reporter: Jeff Westcott
Other Birders:

Indigo Bunting - on the long stretch of the trail nearer to the golf course. Perched and singing on the high branches of a tree right next to the trail.

And your frequently seen Catrbirds, Chimney Swifts, Cardinals, ...

Date: June 21 & 22
Location: Morganthaler & Jacksonburg
Reporter: Jo Hudgins
Other Birders: My husband on Sunday

On Sunday the 21st, my husband and I went to this intersection at 11:30 and again at 6:00. Vainly, we searched for the western kingbird. Another lad was there who had driven down from Columbus and hadn't spotted it either.

I went back alone on Monday morning at 8:30 and sat for about an hour but didn't see the western kingbird. I did see:

5 killdeer in the grassy field
1 meadowlark
1 eastern kingbird
several red-winged blackbirds in the cornfield (where else, )
several starlings
several mourning doves
3 swallows (barn or tree, I didn't check)
1 cardinal
1 kestrel (further down the road as I drove away)

Date: July 21,2002 6:00-6:45pm
Location: Miami Whitewater wetland
Reporter: Frank Frick
Other Birders:

A Ruddy Duck with eight just recently hatched young trailing behind. They were seen on the main pond, from the viewing platform.

Date: 7/20/2002 8:15-9:00 AM
Location: Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rds (M&J), Butler Co., OH
Reporter: Neill Cade
Other Birders: Jason Cade, Chris, John, Ab, Julie

The St. Clair Township Western Kingbird was still present. The bird was actively flycatching out of the cottonwoods and willows at the southeast corner of the M&J intersection. Only the tops of these trees are visible, since they are on the inside slope of a dike that surrounds a gravel pit lake.

The distances and elevation difference made it necessary for me to use my scope to see the white outer-tail feathers of this bird. It did not "pose" in any one spot for long, and spent more time out of view (on the back side of the trees or below the dike top) than during my last visit.

There are enough gravel pits, canals, and creeks pock-marking the immediate vicinity that a variety of riparian birds are readily available. Once you've had a satisfactory visit with the kingbird, take an hour or two to explore the area, particularly east and south of the M&J intersection. If you have a hankering for Bobolinks and Sedge Wrens, the VOA park isn't too terribly far. Have fun!

Date: 07-20-2002
Location: St. Clair Township, Butler County
Reporter: Ed Groneman
Other Birders: none

Western Kingbird was still at same location as described by John Habig on 7-18 today at 1:45PM.

Date: 7-18-02
Location: St. Clair Township, Butler County
Reporter: John Habig
Other Birders: Dan Sanders and Greg Miller

Found the Western Kingbird just north of the intersection of Jacksonburg and Morganthaler Roads. The bird was on the west side of Jacksonburg road between the intersection and the first farmhouse on the left.

We spotted the bird around 4:30 and had good looks until we had to leave around 5:00.

Date: Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park/Crooked Run State Nature Preserve
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Hank Armstrong, Neill and Jason Cade, Chris and Suzanne Clingman and others

Last night Hank, Neil, Jason and I went to Chilo Lock #34 Park to see the Barn Owls. We arrived at about 8:30 pm and birded the area. This is a very interesting and "birdy" area and deserves more attention from the local birding community here in Cincinnati. Just after 9:30 pm, on bird flew over the open fields to the west of the road and into the adjoining new marsh area east of Chilo. The bird circled the area for a few minutes and then appeared to land in or disappear into the tree line northeast of the new marsh area. Just before we left at about 9:45 pm, the bird flew west over the park by the river. For more details, see previous post below on July 11 by Chris Clingman. We met Chris and Suzanne Clingman, who reported the birds, and another couple/birders. Sorry I forgot your names if you are reading this. Special thanks to the Clingmans for reporting the original sighting!

Date: Mid-Morn, Wed., July 17, '02.
Location: Intersection of Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rd's, St. Clair Twp, Butler County, OH
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: Editor of Ohio Cardinal and friend; Neill Cade; Jim Hawl from Terra Haute, IN; local birder on foot; two birders arriving just as I was leaving.

Arrived mid-morn after 65+ mile drive from Florence/Union, KY. Two birders were leaving as I arrived, but I spoke with the Editor of the Ohio Cardinal and his friend. Sorry I didn't make a note of the editor's name. He hung around until he could "pass along" the location of the Kingbird. Shortly thereafter, Neill Cade arrived on a short "pre-lunch" break. Both of us had very good looks at the Western Kingbird thru a spotting scope - with Neill's noted eyesight he was able to see the white outer tail feathers even thru the smog. We at first thought that there were 2 WKB in the cottonwood tree, but it was the WKB palin' around with an Eastern KB. After Neill headed back to work, a birder from Terra Haute, IN (a 120+ mile trip) arrived. He was hoping to also see a Black Vulture while in the vicinity. BTW, the WKB was his 298th Ohio sighting. As I was leaving a couple of birders arrived at the intersection and I was able to "pass along" the location of the WKB in the cottonwood tree. Trip certainly was well worth seeing the Western Kingbird!

Granville

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Location: St Clair Twp, Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rd. W. Kingbird
Reporter: Jay G. Lehman
Other Birders: Bill Heck, Oxford

The Western Kingbird was present in the vicinity of the Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rd intersection between about 6:25 -7:10 pm. The bird was in the tall trees along the road at the nice farm just north of the Morganthaller-Jacksonberg Rd intersection on the west side of Jacksonberg Rd. When I arrvied Bill Heck of Oxford, OH had the bird on a dead limb of the tree on the north side of the gravel driveway entrance. The bird stayed in this location preening and occasionally catching insects from about 6:25 -7:10 pm when we left. There was a brief period when the bird flew west over the barn and disappeared, but it soon returned to the same perch. This dead limb is in the north side of the tree previously mentioned. Although we were facing the sun in the west, we were able to move to the north of this tree and get excellent views by looking south. The bird was very cooperative. If you go, plan on spending enough time to search the area around this intersection and the areas north, east and west of the intersection. The bird was silent, and sometimes sits quietly in the trees looking for insects. Good luck if you go!

Date: 16 July 2002
Location: St. Clair Twp. Western Kingbird
Reporter: Joe Hammond
Other Birders: Curt Dusthimer, Dave Russell, Casey Tucker, Bernie Master, et al.

Greetings,

Here is a copy of my post to Ohio Birds.

The Butler County western kingbird was present this morning (7/16/02) from about 9:15 until Curt Dusthimer and I left at 10:10. The bird is using a fairly large area that seems to center around the previously mentioned field. To increase your chances of finding this bird, check all the wires and fences in the vicinity of the Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rd. intersection.

WARNING - There is a fairly sizeable concrete thing hidden in the grass on the northeast corner of Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rds. It did a pretty good number on my transmission pan.

Good Birding,

Joe Hammond
Columbus, OH

Date: 7/16/02
Location: Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rd.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Lynette Armstrong

Dave Russell's Western Kingbird was observed at the South east corner of Morganthaller & Jacksonberg Rd.in Butler County this morning at 7:35 Am. It was purched on the fence just east of Jacksonberg Rd. on Morganthaller Rd. The bird flew into the large tree that is in the South west field at this intersection.
A special thank you to Dave and Mike for all the info on this my #299 Ohio specie.
Hank & Lynette Armstrong

Date: July 15, 2002
Location: St. Clair Township western kingbird
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders:

Greetings... Dave Russell took a couple photos of the St. Clair Township western kingbird on Sunday, July 14. You can see the pictures at www.gilmore.pond.org The white outer tail feathers that are distinctive of western kingbird are evident in the photo, and it's also clear that the bird's throat is lighter than the head. Thanks to Dave for letting the photos be posted! For directions to the site, see, the posting immediately below this one.

Date: July 1 through July 6, 2002
Location: Western Kingbird St. Clair Township, Butler County
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Tommy and Di Schroeder

I'm posting this sighting information on behalf of Tommy and Di Schroeder. Tommy and his mother, Di, saw and photographed what looks to be a western kingbird in St. Clair Township the first week of July. They saw the bird three times between July 1 and July 6. They have been actively birding for just over a month (Tommy is doing a 4H project on the birds of Ohio), and weren't familiar with western kingbirds. They gave me a copy of the photo and allowed me to post it on the Gilmore Ponds website: www.gilmore.pond.org

I believe the photograph, which Tommy Schroeder took through a car window as part of his project, is convincing, but I'll let everyone judge for his or herself.

The bird has not been seen since July 6, and the Schroeders drive past the site where the bird was seen every day. Here, though, are directions to the site.

From I-75 take the Michael A. Fox Highway (route 129) to Hamilton. Cross Route 4 (I believe it becomes Grand Avenue here) and you'll enter downtown Hamilton. You'll go under a railroad underpass. There's a light after the underpass, and a McDonald's on the left side of the Road. The new Butler County government building is across the street from the McDonald's. Turn right onto State Route 127 (also called MLK Blvd in this part of town). Take 127 through New Miami Town, past an old drive-in theater and past ADS, Advanced Drainage Systems, a large business. The first road on the right after ADS is Morganthaller. Follow Morganthaller. After you go through two curves in the road, there's a straight stretch of road and a field between two cultivated farm fields. The kingbird was seen perched on a wire fence on the left side of Morganthaller in the field between the two farm fields, not too far from where Morganthaller intersects Jacksonberg Road.

Di Schroeder said that Morganthaller is not too heavily traveled, but the bird was seen on private property. However, excellent views were had from the road.

Date: 12-Jul-2002
Location: 10174 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45231
Reporter: Debbie Scfhumann
Other Birders: Dave Eddingfield

I spotted an Indigo Bunting in my birdfeeder in my backyard! My partner had spotted it the day before, also in the birdfeeder. Not very exciting for most, but for me, who has seen maybe 3 other IB's in my lifetime it was a thrill!

Date: Thurs. - Ju;y 11, 2002 7:30 PM
Location: Oxbow area
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders: none

Had a few minutes to check out the Oxbow. First drove down the rutted road that leads to a pond east of the Oxbow and south of I-275. Don't know the name of tbe pond but it had several good birds.

In the low light the roosting Great Herons ad Great Blue Herons made a spectacular sighsting.

Date: Thurs., July 11, 2002 - - 3:30/5:15 PM
Location: Miami - Whitewater Wetlands
Reporter: Granville Carey
Other Birders:

Very pleasant day weather-wise, but bird activity surpressed, which was contrary to my expectations.
P-B Grebe
American Bittern (2). One (heard
call) was within 25-35 feet, in
cattails on right side of obsv.
deck. Second (also heard) was
about 100-150 yards in cattails
in front of deck.
Great Blue Heron
Wood uck
N. Bobwhite
Killdeer
M Dove
E Phoebe
E Kingbird
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
A Crow
E Bluebird
G Catbird
N Mockingbird
Song Sparrow
R-W Blackbird
C Grackle
House Finch

My many thanks to Ned, driver of the water cart, for the lift to and from the deck.

Granville Carey

Date: July 11
Location: Chilo Lock #34 Park
Reporter: Chris Clingman
Other Birders: Suzanne Cingman

2, possibly 3 Barn Owls hunting over field and new wetland along the entrance road to Chilo Lock #34 Park. Owls were sighted about 9:40 PM. We still had some light. One was heard calling. This park is adjacent to the Crooked Run State Nature Preserve where Barn Owl was sighted earlier this year. Chilo Lock #34 Park is located about 15 miles east of New Richmond on Route 52. The Park entrance is just east of Chilo and the route 222 and Route 52 intersection.

Date: July 10, 2002
Location: Voice of America
Reporter: Mike Busam
Other Birders: Audubon Field Trip

Highlights: 4 sedge wrens. (John Mulki and Chris Potenski heard and saw a sedge wren at the VOA on July 4.) 29 bobolinks, 10 savannah sparrows, 15 meadowlarks, 2 eastern kingbirds.

Date: 7/7/02
Location: East Fork S.P.
Reporter: Hank Armstrong
Other Birders: Neill Cade

Mute Swan 1
Canada Goose 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Kildeer 4
Ring-billed Gull 5
Mourning Dove 14
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 8
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 6
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 10
White-eyed Vireo 6
Red-eyed Vireo 20
Cedar Waxwing 4
Eastern Bluebird 30
Wood Thrush 8
American Robin 20
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 14
Brown Thrasher 2
European Starling 30
White-breated Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 20
House Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Tree Swallow 6
Purple Martin 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8
Bank Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 10
House Sparrow 30
American Goldfinch 30
House Finch 1
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 3
Kentucky Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 15
Yellow-breasted Chat 7
Song Sparrow 15
Chipping Sparrow 3
Field Sparrow 12
Eastern Towhee 25
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 30
Indigo Bunting 20
Baltimore Oriole 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
Common Grackle 30

Date: July 5, 6, 7, 2002
Location: Various locations along the river in Brown/Clermont Cos., OH
Reporter: Donald Morse Jr.
Other Birders:

Spent the weekend visiting/camping in various locations in Southern Brown Co. Good Birds were hard to come by.

Birds seen at White Oak Creek:

Great Horned Owl
(1) Broad-winged Hawk
40 TV
7 BV
many Red-eyed and Warbling vireos
Purple Martins nesting in box along the river.
Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows.

My cousin's farm:

2 Broad-winged Hawks (very vocal and up close - later mobed (1) Red-tailed Hawk.
REVI, White-eyed Vireos,
Chat, Wood Trush, YB Cuckoo.

Crooked Run SNP, Chilo Oh. (Clermont Co.)

WEVI, REVI, all the mimics, 1, maybe two Black and White Warblers (in the same place for as long as I've been going there), 1 Blue-winged Warbler w/ the Black and White.
1 unided Empid
other more common summer residents at all locations.

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